Farmerville Local News

The Gazette
May 17, 1905

Master Henry Haas, who has been attending Soole’s Institute in New Orleans, returned home this week.

Miss Mav Shultz, now of Monroe, came up on the Mattie this week to visit friends in Farmerville.

Messrs. J. E. Clayton, J. D. Barksdale and C. B. Roberts came in last Sunday evening to attend court at this place this week.

Mrs. Sophia Cromwell and her sister, Mrs. Ida Aleas, of Bernice, arrived in Farmerville last week on a visit to the home of their brother, Mr. Rudolph Haas.

STABLE MAN WANTED. A Responsible young white man wanted, to work in livery stable and sleep there at night. Must be unmarried, sober, attentive to business and willing to work. If you are hunting a soft snap, you aint the man and this aint the place. Wages good, apply in Farmerville, to SELIG & BAUGHMAN, Livery Men.

We neglected to mention the fact that Preaus & Mathews have moved their law office from the courthouse building to commodious office quarters upstairs over the bank.

Mrs. Gregory, mother of Mrs. T. A. Crow, who has been spending several months at the home of her daughter, left for her home in Columbia last Tuesday morning, taking passage on the steamer Mattie.

MACHINERY FOR SALE. I have to sale an 8 horse power Erie City steam engine and boiler. In good order and will be sold at bargain prices. Apply to H. H. Rugg, Mosley’s Bluff.

A failure to receive the necessary material for construction, has caused the contraction to suspend work on the new residence under construction for Sheriff Taylor, which under present conditions will not be ready for occupancy before July 1st.

REDUCTION SALE. I will sell out at cost and below cost from May 14th to June 1st. Calicos, at 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 cents per yard. Lawns from 3 to 15 cents per yard. All shoes worth $3.50 for $2.85; and $2.50 shoes for $1.85, and other things in proportion. Call on JAMES M. NETTLES, Marion, La.

The general demand for gasoline hereabouts is sufficient, we think, to justify some dealer in laying in a supply for sale to the general public. Hardly a day passing that we do not have demands for a division of our store of this commodity, which we have to refuse.

J. B. Holstead, Esq., one of the leading attorneys of Ruston, and a substantial citizen of that town, is among the visiting attorneys in Farmerville this week, having business before the district court. Mr. Holstead formerly resided in Farmerville, where he has many friends who are pleased to greet him in their midst.

Revs, Mapled and Rogers, lecturers, lectured at the Baptist church last Monday night, and as a diversion, gave a very interesting moving picture and phonographic exhibition in connection with the lecture, but notwithstanding there was a very good crowd out to hear them, the collection taken up was very limited. These gentlemen given very fair entertainment and are fluent talkers in the cause of temperance, which is their principal mission, the entertainment features merely employed as an attractive auxilliary.

It has been discovered that the large sale of fertilizer tags reported are misleading in their purport and intended to deceive the cotton grower as to the amount of fertilizer purchased the present year. Four and five of these tags fastened to one bag of fertilizer and numbers of them thrown loosely in cars loaded with fertilizer. The intention to leave the impression that there has been no diminution in the use of fertilizer the present season and thus mislead those who are inclined to make the fight against over production.

Next Thursday will mark the close of the present session of school at this place and we learn that Prof. Hix will very probably refuse to take the principalship for another term. We trust that this rumor will prove incorrect, as Prof. Hix has rendered excellent satisfaction during his administration of our school and we would be sorry to see him give the work up in its present stage. However, should he conclude to give up the position, he well leave here with the respect and best wishes of patrons and pupils alike for his future success in life. A very estimable and and cultured gentleman and a fine educator.


Badly Mixed

Complaints from various quarters continue to come into us relative to the delay of the Gazette in reaching our subscribers. The paper a week old in some cases when it reaches nearby offices, where it should be on hand the next day after publication, or in two days at the very least. Last week was an exception, as we were delayed one day in our publication on account of the delinquent tax list coming on us at the last hour, but up to that time we have been getting the paper out on Wednesday, and there is no palpable reason why this delay should obtain. We are just as eager to get the paper into the hands of our subscribers as they are to get it fully aware of the fact that this is one of the features of success in the publication of a country paper — to get it as soon as possible in the hands of its readers. And the present failures to do so are annoying us very much, and more so, as we cannot divine the cause. However, the mail has been recently disorganized by the change to train service, which has a tendency to disrupt established conditions, albeit, our post master here informs us that our mails are promptly forwarded from this place, hence the blame must lie with some of the outlying transfer offices, from which the smaller routes receive their supply. This is a matter of great dissatisfaction to us and calculated to result in financial loss, and we trust that matters will soon regulate themselves in this respect, otherwise we will be compelled to go out and look for the trouble, and when found, if due to some one’s negligence, we are going to make trouble over it. This delay does not alone afflict us, as we frequently get papers from neighboring parishes, which are fully a week old when they arrive. The Ruston Leader among the number, one copy of this paper received a few weeks back which was two weeks old when it landed here. The long and short of it is that we are not going to stand for any unnecessary delay on the part of the Gazette.


TO HONOR THE DEAD. Next Sunday is the date set aside by the Knights of Pythias to decorate the graves of their deceased brethren at this place, the ceremony to take place at the cemetery at 4 p.m., and all friends and neighbors are invited to attend and participate, the ladies specially requested to bring flowers and evergreens to place on the graves.

(Advertisement) TIMBER NOTICE. To those who have timber under former options, on the basis of 50 cents per thousand, we are authorized to say that the Summit Lumber Co., are offering $1.00 per thousand for same, and you are referred to their representatives, Price, Roberts & Elder, in Farmerville, if you desire to get the benefit of a plain business proposition.

THE BEST FARM LABOR. Mr. Planter: Your crops are late. In order to catch up you will need more labor. If you can’t increase your field force you can do better. you can get an implement for $40 that will do the work of two men. Supposing you could get good labor, would it not be cheaper to buy an implement at the cost of $40 and save the wages of at least one man! This is not an experiment. We have been demonstrating for the past five years that Avery’s Revolution and Western Cultivators will do this. Your money back if you want it. Your Truly, MONROE HARDWARE CO., LTD.

For some reason probably the high water the train brought comparatively no mail yesterday evening.

A VALUABLE PRODUCT. We interviewed MR. J. D. Fenton this week relative to his investment in Gensing culture and learned that he and Conductor Crockett, of the Farmerville and Southern, had purchased 100 cuttings, or roots of this valuable plant, which have been planted under favorable conditions and are now coming up nicely, promising a good stand. Their investment represents about $30, which will bring them a handsome profit if everything turns out favorable, this root, which is absorbed by the Chinese in large quantities for its alleged medical qualities, for it s alleged medical qualities for its alleged medical qualities, quoted at from $8.00 to $10.00 per pound on the market. These plants, which are very susceptible to the hot sun, must be set out on semi-shady soil, and during the hot, dry season must be watered daily, but require only one planting and need no special cultivation other than keeping down the grass and weeds. However, the results justify all the trouble taken as on acre well rooted is valued at $10,000. Messrs. Fenton and Crockett are going to give it a thorough test and hope to secure enough of cutting from their present planting to set out a sufficient crop to give them valuable results in the future.

Messrs. W. F. Jackson and Horace Ludwig have rigged up a small Bookwalter engine and sawing outfit on the east side of town with the purpose of establishing a public wood yard to furnish the wood for the community, the outfit to be used in sawing the wood in proper lengths for family use. If these gentlemen succeed in making this commodity cheaper than at present they will surely prove to be public benefactors, as the price of this necessary household adjust is as dear as in the cities, notwithstanding our little town is forest-begirth, and we have “wood, wood, every where, but not a stick to burn,” under $3.00 and $$4.00 a load. Saw wood, gentlemen; and saw it cheap and plenty and net only posterity, but the present generation, will rise up and call you blessed.

Several improvements have been added to the new brick building, a new awning attached to the front to shut out the evening sun rays, and a substantial balustrade enclosing the outside stairway, which contributes a feeling of safety to the timid who may be called upon to visit the offices above.

Last Sunday was the date fixed for an excursion over the railroad to Felsenthal, a number of young men from this place taking advantage of the trip. Mrs. H. a. Johnston and Miss Florence Donley were the only ladies in the crowd from this place.

The water in the Ouachita is said to be very high and still rising, the gauge at Camden is reported to measure 44 feet above. A gentleman on the road unformed that the river at Ouachita City was fully a mile wide in places, and trains have been deterred by the danger incurred from crossing the bridge at Felsenthal. No trains running in that direction to Little Rock and the first train in a week from Collinston crossing last Friday.

Some fancy horseback riding, remarkable more for its strenuosity than for graceful pose, was a tree entertainment offered on the public square last Saturday evening, a determined black animal from the drove lately brought by Mr. Barnes from Texas, offering the occasion for several colored experts to show their ability to stay on top of a Texas whirlwind. After repeatedly breaking dirt with previous mounts the black at last surrendered to the prowess of Louis Page, who received a purse of several dollars contributed by the crowd to see him tackle the black, which in her exhausted condition, could not be said to have had a fair “shake,” but nevertheless at one time came very near to adding her conqueror to her private “dumping ground”.

The regular term of district court at Ruston having adjourned last Saturday, Judge R. B. Dawkins and District Attorney F. F. Preaus returned home last Sunday and are holding court at this place this week.

We received at the hands of Mr. J. L. Hicks last Monday morning, four fine heads of cabbage sent us by an estimable lady friend. Mrs. A. M. Webb, of D’Arbonne as an evidence of her success at truck raising. Hard and white, and well matured, we will venture to say they would have a prominent place among the prize heads in any of the early shipments made by the Ruston truckers notwithstanding early and special cultivation for market. We appreciate this kind remembrance on the part of our good friend and patron.

Dr. R. E. Thompson, now of New London, Ark., under indictment for selling liquor in this parish plead guilty in one case last Monday and was fined $500 and cost, amounting in all so about $570. Other cases against him were suspended, but with the understanding that they will be revived in full force in case of future offending of this kind.

Police Jury Meets. The police jury met this morning in special session, for the purpose of ordering an election in the Bernice school district to take the sense of the people in the matter of levying a ten mill tax for a specified number of years, to build a $10,000 brick school house at Bernice. And to order an election in the Farmerville district on the question of a five mill tax for public school purposes. The proceedings will appear in our next issue.

A FALSE REPORT. As reported in our last issue, the rumor prevailed here last week that the contemplated annual picnic at Mosely’s Bluff had been called off on account of the backward work on the farm. Capt. Wilson, who had arranged for a free public boat ride on this occasion, also abandoning his purpose. However this report proved erroneous, as the picnic was held last Saturday according to program, but the attendance was considerably restricted due to the report that had gone out. Several citizens of this community attended and report a very nice time, but a number of persons who had not heard of the rumored abandonment and who brought their families as the way to Farmerville in wagons to take the boat, were greatly disappointed and inconvenienced by the turn of affairs. We do not know who was responsible for the erroneous report, but we are not inclined to believe it was intentional as some have expressed themselves.

Mr. R. J. Armstrong, photographer, accompanied by his wife and little one, arrived in Farmerville last Friday evening and after remaining here a few days, left this morning for Bastrop via Huttig, Ark.

The recent appointment of E. S. Dorch, state senator of Bossier as a justice of the peace of his parish, was not made until the governor had secured the assurance of the attorney-general that an appointment of his kind did not conflict with the provision of the constitution, which prohibits one person holding commissions to two political officers int the state.

The removal of the accumulation of old lumber, ladders and platforms, used in building from the rear of the new brick building would greatly improve the general appearance of the premises.

Mrs. Jewel Webb, of Monroe, was a visitor of Farmerville yesterday.

We understand that Mr. Hudson an engineer on the Farmerville & Southern, has rented the old house adjoining the Donley residence and formerly occupied by the post office and will reside therein with his family.

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