Farmerville Local News

The Gazette
June 14, 1905

Mr. D. E. Laupheimer returned yesterday evening from a visit to Bernice.

Mr. W. J. Turnage went over to Camden yesterday to hear the address of W. J. Bryan delivered at that point.

Major Donley has recovered sufficiently from his late indisposition to sit up and take an interest in things.

Mrs. Inez Taylor returned last week from a very pleasant visit to the home of her father-in-law, Mr. Ben Taylor, of this vicinity.

Miss Linnie Aswell, of Ouachita City, was visiting here last Saturday, the guest of her sister, Miss Tinnie Aswell, returning home Sunday afternoon.

The obituary of Mrs. Poer was handed in by her pastor, Rev. J. W. Elliott too late for publication this week, but will find place in our next issue.

Misses Fay, Gladys and Thelma Baughman, the young daughters of Mr. J. D. Baughman, who are visiting the home of their aunt, Mrs. Radurn, in Monroe, will return home this week.

FOR SALE OR EXCHANGE. I have for sale, or exchange for live stock, a good second-hand surrey and harness and one single buggy and harness. J. E. BAUGHMAN.

Miss Willie Hightower, of Junction City, after a week pleasantly spent in visiting friends in Farmerville, left yesterday morning for Ruston to spend some time the guest of her friend, Mrs. J. G. Bond, in that city.

Joe Phillips, now of Strong, Ark., an attache of the Strong Herald, arrived in Farmerville last Sunday evening, called here by the death of his grandmother, Mrs. Poer, He returned this morning.

Messrs. Ben Taylor, Jr., and Jordan Lee, who have been attending the State University at Baton Rouge, returned to their home in this vicinity last week to spend the vacation.

In view of the fact that Mr. Guehring’s store was entered during the late sitting of the grand jury and nothing but a few shirts taken, the cheerful idiot suggests that perhaps it was one of the grand jurors who needed a change of shirts. A bright idea, that.

District court will convene at this place next Monday and next week will be employed in civil matters, the jury summoned to serve the week following to try a number of criminals cases in which the accused are in jail or on hand ready for trial, several of these cases for murder and other crimes calling for imprisonment in the penitentiary.

A Word With You!. Do you want good bread and biscuits? If so, go to J. D. Baughman’s and buy the celebrated Fleur D’Hongrois and Blanch flour, every barrel fresh from the mill, inspected and guaranteed. Prices $6.50 and $6.25. Do not buy substitutes when you can get the original article.

Mr. Jacob Stein, son of D. Stein, deceased, now employed in New Orleans, arrived in Farmerville last Sunday to remain a week visit-relatives and friends at his old home. The old town retains a warm spot in the hearts and memory of these former residents of its palmy days.

Several cracks having appeared in the upper part of the walls of the old brick structure formerly used as a clerks office, but now occupied as a barber shop, Machinist Bass put two iron bars, or girders, across the top this week which has given security to the structure, which is parish property and is now bringing a rental at $5 per month.

Mr. H. A. Johnson, the barber, had the shelving taken out of the barber shop this week to make way for the new barber fixtures he has purchased at a cost of $350 and which will arrive to about three weeks. This will give his customers modern facilities and the town a neat barber shop.


Mrs. Rachel Poer, an old and respected resident of Farmerville, passed away in death last Sunday morning, the end coming quietly and without apparent pain. For some time she has been reduced to a condition of invalidage from the burden of years and ill health, but on the morning of death seemed as well as usual, aside from a fainting spell early in the day. This had passed off and about noon while receiving a drink of water at the hands of her daughter, Mrs. J. K. Atkinson, she was taken with the chill of death and soon passed away. She was fast approaching the 80th milestone of life and in closing her eyes on earth could look back upon years of earthly trials and vicissitudes met with christian fortitude and motherly devotion, leaving a record of duty, as woman, wife and mother, well and truly done, and in dying has left the world all the better for having lived in it, esteemed by all who knew her best. She was interred in the Farmerville cemetery last Monday evening, a large crowd of neighbors and friends attending the funeral.

Dr. Thurman, who was advertises to come here this week, failed to show up last Monday, but sent his son, John Thurmon, who is also a dentist, in his stead and will probably come in later, his work at Bernice detaining him there. Perhaps engaged in drawing Editor Crochet’s fangs, as the doctor has always been a good friend of ours and would save us from impending harm if possible.

TO THE PUBLIC. We issue a signed guarantee and give you a useful present with each bottle of Dr. Quick’s Antiseptic, that it is better than any antiseptic or liniment you have ever used. Price 35 cents. Farmerville Drug, Co.

We have received a highly appreciated communication from Mrs. J. G. Trimble, giving her impression during their late pleasure trip to Cuba with the press contingent, which we will be pleased to publish next week, assured that it will be perused with interest by many of our host of readers.

TRAIN SERVICE RENEWED. We are informed by Mr. Burk, agent for the Farmerville & Southern at this place, that the regular train service over the E. & B., (disorganized of late by the high water) will resumed tomorrow (Thursday) trains to run daily, according to schedule, between El Dorado and Bastrop. For some time back the run from the river to Bastrop has been necessarily abandoned, while the trip from Felsenthal, north, to El Dorado has been made by the train over the Farmerville & Southern, but under the resumption of regular service each train will be confined to its original run.

WANTED. To sell you your wood at living prices. 100 cords ready for delivery. Phone 39 or 25 and fill your wants in the wood line. A home industry for home people.


W. F. McQueen, charged with complicity in the killing of James Taylor, together with the Daniel brothers, and who gave the Ouachita deputy the slip after he had arrested him at Calhoun, evidently tired of evading the law, came in on the Choudrant mail hack last Friday evening and surrendered to Sheriff Taylor and is now in jail awaiting trial. McQueen’s purpose in running off was to avoid a long period in jail, but learning of the arrangements for a speedy trial he resolved to come in and give up.

Messrs. Harry Vanhook and Will Barnes left last Saturday for points in Texas for the purpose of buying stock and will return in about two weeks with separate droves to be disposed of this market. Mrs. Vanhook accompanied her husband as far as Ruston and from that point will go to Calhoun and Rayville for a two months visit to relative, a portion of the time to be spent with friends in Bernice.

A crowd of ladies and young people, escorted by Mr. Jessie Stancil, left on the train last Friday for the Loutre bridge to spend the day in fishing, and while the fish were not abundant there was a sufficiency for present needs and very pleasant outing was reported by all those attending.

Mr. L. A. Ward received a message yesterday evening that his brother Mr. H. H. Ward was dangerously ill at Center, and he passed through this place last night at midnight enroute for his bedside.

He Needed a Shirt

Mr. Guehring informs us that some time back his store house was entered in the night time by a thief, who gained entrance through the transom over the back door, and old box used for this purpose. Mr. Guebring upon opening up the store next morning discovered that it had been raided in his absence, but a close search disclosed the fact that nothing of any value, aside from a quarter dozen shirts had been taken, the balance of an order Mr. G., had made for himself. However, the intruder had tinkered with the safe in a vain attempt to open it, leaving removed the screw knobs of the hinges, ignorantly presuming that the door could be removed by this means. Unaware that the heavy bolts of the combination extended on every side rendering the door independent of other fastenings. The facts were conceived in hopes that some clue might be found to the offender, who was doubtlessly some prowling coon who will escape detection unless accident discloses his identity.

Mr. J. A. Watson, of Felsenthal, was here last Monday to perfect arrangements to join forces with the Gazette, and accompanied by this son, will return to Farmerville in about two weeks time to take charge of the mechanical department of the paper. Mr. Watson is one among the finest job printers, in this section of the state and will place the Gazette to the front in every respect, especially in the job department, as it is our purpose to add a supply of new type and other material to our job department, and with an expert job man to handle it, will put us in a position to compete with any office in the section in job work. Formerly the Gazette turned out the best line of job work in this section and was the source of supply for a large section of country, and it is our purpose to restore its prestige in this line.

A tax-payer is anxious to know if the increase of street tax from $3.00 to $6.00 per annum means better streets and side walks in town, or it it was only intended as a revenue getter? If intended for improvement he thinks a portion of it might be well applied to the street running north by the school house which in its present condition “mighty poor walkin’ or ridin’, and the bridge on same, near the residence of Mr. Breed, a dangerous proposition for even a flying squirrel to essay.” All we can say in this connection is that the town is quite a big proposition for its present population, albeit, taxpayer should give the new administration a chance to “speil” and then watch for results.

The sale of delinquent tax lands last Saturday was attended by a number of people interested, and we are informed by Sheriff Taylor that he succeeded in selling nearly all the land offered, a very few pieces going to the state. However, as usual, a certain per cent of these sales will be found faulty, cue to erroneous and double assessments, resulting from the carelessness and indifference of tax payers in looking after their assessments.

We understand that the high water in the bayou is falling and that ferry facilities have been practically restored , and this with the resumption of regular train service, on the connections north of us should insure decent mail service, which for the last month has been anything but satisfactory.

Gen. Jim says that if Fred Hudson cannot give away that unproductive bit of railroad near Vidalia, “he had better let Bod Snyder intern it.” That’s what Hudson was trying to get the Railrod Commission to do when he was giving them “the song and dance” alluded to.

We note in Ruston Leader that a large “stinging-snake” was killed near the business center of that town last week. A real, live snake with a stinger, and not a “peruna snake”, by any means, which is said to be common in that locality. We refer the reptile to Gen. Jim for proper classification.

TEACHERS WANTED. The Marion High School wishes to secure the service of two good teachers, one for president and the other for assistant. For Particulars address Dr. O. H. Thompson, chairman, or J. O. Hodnett, secretary, Marion, La.

We learn that a number of our ladies and young are preparing to provide themselves with bathing suits and thus arrayed to take regular dips in the cooling and health giving waters of the bayou. Some of our Prudes are shocked at the proposal, but there is nothing improper in it if conducted under proper conditions and with the right surrounding. But it will be necessary to station all the hubbies and the papas at a radius of about a half a mile around the bathing grounds, as a lot of bold, bad men folks might insist upon intruding their presence to catch a glimpse of the pretty bathing suits — nothing more.

Accept No Substitute There is nothing just as good for Malaria, Chills and Fever as Dr. Mendenhall’s Chill and Fever Cure. Take it as a general tonic and at all times in place of quinine. If it fails to give satisfaction Farmerville Drug Co. will refund.


An ancient belief prevails in this community that years ago an old, and supposedly wealthy citizen, by the name of Habn, died and left a large lot of gold buried on his premises, located where the residence of Banker Trimble now stands. This tale has been revived on various occasions and from some cause it has again come to the surface in a rumor to the effect that a negro boy while digging in the Trimble yard last week found two pieces of gold, and later a search resulted in three buckets full of gold money being unearthed on the spot, the same now held by Mr. Trimble as a treasure trove. Furthermore, it is stated that a note was found on top of the treasure, of a date forty years back, and stating that the gold was the property of said Hahn and buried by him for safe keeping. Hearing the rumor we called Banker Trimble up at the bank this morning to get the facts from him. and was informed that if any gold had been dug up on his premises it was unknown to him, which could hardly be the case, and that he was sorry to inform us that no such good fortune had befallen him, nor was it likely to, although he was aware of the legend connected with buried treasures on his premises.


Bob Burton, the negro charged with entering homes in the night time with criminal intentions, was tried in Ruston this week, and the jury, after a retirement of one hour, returned a verdict of guilty as charged, which carries the penalty of death. Judge Dawkins, aware of the strong public feelings in the case, made an eloquent appeal to the public to let the law take its course, before opening the case on Monday, and every opportunity was given the negro to prove his innocence, but the strong array of circumstantial evidence, supplemented by Burton’s confession (in which he admitted to his captors at the time of his arrest, that he entered the Wells home to assault Miss Wells) was conclusive and left the jury no other course than to convict him. Hon. S. D. Pearce, appointed by the court to defend the accused, did all in his power to serve his client, but was hopelessly handicapped by the facts, while the forcible appeal of District Attorney Preaus and the convincing argument of F. W. Price and C. B. Roberts, of Ruston, who assisted in the defense, rendered the case complete. Burton will hang for his damnable crime, and as there is every reason to believe that he also assaulted Mrs. Hodge (who was ruthlessly pulled down and brutalized in broad daylight near the Industrial school in that town about three months back) it is to be hoped that he will now confess to this crime also, as the knowledge that her assailant was punished would have a good social effect and it would also be a great public satisfaction to know that her misfortune will not pass avenged.


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