Farmerville Local News

The Gazette
June 21, 1905

A telegram brought the sad intelligence that Mr. Levy Glanton, a brother of Mrs. Harry VanHook and a nephew of Mrs. A. J. Bell, had died this morning at his home on Boueff river in Richland Parish. The tidings of his death was a great shock, as no knowledge of his illness had been impaired, his decease very sudden and probably the result of congestion, so common in the swamp districts. He was an industrious young man with fine prospects in life and leaves a young wife and an infant child to mourn his loss. His mother, Mrs. Mattie McDonald, who was here recently recuperating from a severe illness, and two younger brothers and two sisters survive him, his father having died in his early childhood. Mrs. VanHook is visiting in that section at present and was probably at his bedside at the time of his death.

The Monroe News of Friday last notes a delightful entertainment at the Webb home in that city the evening previous, given by Misses Ouida and Camille Webb in honor of their visiting cousins, Misses Gladys, Fay and Thelma Baughman and Bernice Everett, of Farmerville.

Miss Josie Gill, after a three months visit to the home of her uncle, Mr. J. D. Baughman, in Farmerville, returned last week to her home in Ruston.

Major J. G. Lee, Commissioner of Agriculture, accompanied by his sister, Mrs. R. C. Webb, of Mer Rouge, arrived from Baton Rouge yesterday evening on a visit to Farmerville, and are the guests of their sister, Mrs. W. J. Turnage.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Maroney yesterday morning, a girl, and as the first of their connubial treasures brings joy and happiness to their home.

Mrs. Hudson, wife of Engineer Fred Hudson, of the Farmerville & Southern, returned last Monday from El Dorado where she had been nursing her husband through a spell of sickness, and returned again to El Dorado yesterday morning where they will move their effects, Mr. H., not reinstated as yet in his old position on the F. & S., notwithstanding he reported for duty several days back.

Best for Women and Children. On account of its mild action and pleasant taste Orino Laxative Fruit Syrup is especially recommended for women and children. It does not nauseate or gripe like pills and ordinary cathartics. Orino Laxative Fruit Syrup aids digestion and stimulates the liver and bowels without irritating them. Remember the name ORINO and refuse substitutes. Farmerville Drug Co.

The well known Cooper Bros., transfer in Shreveport was sold last week, together with their stables, to the McWilliams Co., for the price of $35,000, which includes everything connected with the business except the buildings.

The temperature in New York registered 88 degrees last Monday and a number of cases of prostration from the heat followed — four deaths among children were attributed to this cause.

Thrown From a Wagon. Mr. George K. Babcock was thrown from his wagon and severely bruised. He applied Chamberlain’s Pain Balm freely and says it is the best liniment he ever used. Mr. Babcock is a well known citizen of North Plain, Conn. There is nothing equal to Pain Balm for sprains and bruises. It will effect a cure in one-third the time required by any other treatment. For sale by all dealers.

The young men of town tendered a picnic and fish fry to their young lady friends at the Loutre bridge and a gay crowd left this morning, per wagon, for a day of pleasure, J. Plovius willing.

Mr. W. D. Munholland, after a protracted absence in South Louisiana in quest of health, has returned home greatly improved in health and general appearance. He came up from Monroe on the Mattie.

Mr. H. W. Ragan and wife, after a pleasant stay in our midst, left for their home to Ruston this evening. They were the guest of the home of Mr. Edward Everett, clerk of court, during their stay.

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. D. BAUGHMAN.

A negro while fishing in the Little Cornie, near Junction City, one day last week discovered the remains of a human being floating in the stream, and when examined later by the authorities the flesh had decayed and dropped off to the extent that it was beyond recognition. However, a bit of skin attached to the bones disclosed the fact that it was a white man’s remains, and it was then remembered that a strange white man had been observed roaming aimlessly in the swamp several weeks prior and it is supposed that he was hemmed in by high water and lost his life in the overflow.

JOHN SCHULTZ DEAD. Mr. John Schultz, formerly a resident of this place, but for the last year a resident of Monroe, died in that city Tuesday night and the remains shipped on the Steamer Mattie to be entered in the Farmerville cemetery on Thursday at 11 o’clock a.m., the funeral to take place under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, in which he ranked high. The deceased resided in this parish for years and at one time held the position of assessor, and was generally respected and esteemed and the announcement of his death will be received with regret by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in this, his old home parish.

The Monroe Bulletin says the peach crop is poor in the hills this year, but a bumper crop of watermelons will result if the season continues favorable.

Mr. W. D. Fryar, of the Rosebrough Monument Co., of St. Louis is on one of his periodical visits to this section.

Mr. and Mrs. Ragan, and Mrs. J. G. Trimble were guests of the Baughman home, about one and a half miles from town, yesterday, spending the day pleasantly amid its delightful surroundings.

Mr. Abe Stein, of Monroe, came over to Farmerville last Tuesday to look after his large property interest here and incidentally spend some time with his brother, Mr. Jake Stein, and other relatives and friend here. He was also on hand to attend the Shultz funeral.

BORROWED A RIDE. Wince Ellison, a negro from the Forks of the Loutre was brought in well roped this morning and committed to jail on the charge of horse stealing, having been captured over the Arkansas line with a horse belonging to Mr. Geo. Futch, of the Loutre community in his possession. It seems that Mr. Futch turned his horse out to graze one day last week and the animal fail to come up as usual, a search was instituted with the result that the negro was traced into Arkansas and found with the horse as stated. He claims that he was merely visiting a woman (one of his flames) over the line and intended to return the animal after the he had made the trip. It is possible he will get a free ride a the state’s expense after the grand jury has passed on his case.


A STRONG FLOW OF GAS

Last Monday evening while digging a well on the premises of Mr. T. J. Breed, on the north side of town, the negro well -digger encountered a strong flow of gas when about 20 feet down, which quickly drove him to the surface and continued to flow freely all the evening with a loud bubbling noise, plainly heard by those above; the water in the well agitated, as the negroes describe it, “like a pot aboiling’. At the time the gas made its appearance the negro was working in a straits of hard, blue rock (peculiar to that locality) beneath which he expected to find a supply of water, and the gas evidently came through a crack or crevice in this formation doubtless, under which it had accumulated. The flow mephitic and not of an inflammable kind, as the negro was breathing with difficulty when he emerged from the well, and a lighted torch of resinous pine was extinguished when lowered not quite half way down the well by means of a rope. Some of our people were deeply interested in the discovery, inclined to think it indicated the presence of oil or a supply of valuable natural gas; but as we have said, the accumulation is of the mephitic order (highly obnoxious to the human system) often causing the death of those overtaken by it in wells, where it is frequently met with in more or less quantity. And while it will eventually pass out to be neutralized by contact with the pure air, it will be hard to get the negroes in question to go back into the well, as they were thoroughly frightened by their former experience; the old coon said to be blowing like a porpoise, while his eyes stuck out on stems like a crayfish’s as he scrambled out of the well with the gas hissing in his rear.


Mrs. A. J, Bell, who was quite sick this week, at one time threatened with congestion, is now convalescing.

Capt. M. W. Wilson, who was quite ill last Sunday, is up and able to be out again.

Sheriff Taylor has had some much needed repairs added to the sewer arrangement at the jail, Mr. J. B. Heard doing the work.

SPECKLED PEAS. Fifty bushels for sale. Call at J. D. BAUGHMAN’S.

Judge R. B. Dawkins, who had just closed a session of district court at Ruston, is in Monroe this week, serving as one of the judges of the court of appeals.

LOST CUFF BUTTON. Lost some where about town this week, a gold cuff button, with “D. E. L.” engraved thereon, The fining by returning same to me will receive a suitable reward. D. E. LAUPHEIRMER.

The colored Odd Fellows of Farmerville, will hold an anniversary celebration, with a parade, at this place on the 22th instant.

ACCIDENT INSURANCE TICKETS. For sale at 25 cents a day. For particulars apply to JULIUS ARENT, Farmerville, La.

Mr. J. K. Atkinson is engaged this week in repapering and renovating the interior of Johnson barber shop, preparatory to putting in the new fixtures bargained for and soon to arrive.

Mr. H. H. Ward, reported sick in our last issue, was conveyed from Center to his home at Hobson last Saturday, evening, the wagon stopping here several hours to rest him from the fatigue of the journey.

REMOVAL SALE. Until July first, I will sell in any quantities my entire stock at actual cost. See me before leaving town, I have a bargain for you. All goods purchased must be cash. D. O. RAMSEY.

The Camie, Cecil & Fay Telephone Co., located at this place, is doing a profitable business with the exception of their long distance Arkansas connection with Strong and other points north, which due to the bad condition of the line, is not paying expenses. However, the home exchange, with some 85 phones is paying them about $100 per month over and about expenses

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. J. B. Clark called on us yesterday morning, June 20th, and left with us our first cotton bloom of the season, brought from his farm, 4 miles north of town, and he informed us that many others are to be seen scattered over this cotton fields. We have noted in our exchanges the appearance of cotton blooms in other parishes over a week ago, but this is the first one brought to our notice in this parish.

PUBLIC NOTICE. All persons who have relatives and friends buried in the Shiloh cemetery are hereby requested to bring their dinner on Saturday, June 24th, and come prepared to assist in clearing off the same. There will be a memorial service at 11 o’clock by the pastor and church. R. J. Tabor, Church Clerk.

Beard and Fike completed their telephone line from Bernice to this place last Saturday evening, connecting with the exchange, and we understand that they will at once construct a line from Bernice to Ruston along the line of the Arkansas Southern. This will give us added telephone facilities to that point in connection with the Cook line, by way of Downsville and the Post line, by the way of D’Arbonne. Dr. Cook has added to the Downsville line by putting an exchange at that place with 16 local phones.

Mrs. Sam Maroney left last week for Hot Springs, where she will remain for a time health seeking before departing for her new home in Arcadia, where Mr. Maroney is now employed.

Mr. H. W. Ragan and wife, who had intended to remain several days in Farmerville left for Huttig, Ark., yesterday morning, Mr. R. called to that point on urgent business.

The district court, late in session at Winnfield, was principally occupied with blind tiger cases, a number of convictions resulting and heavy fines levied. An unusual feature was, the trial of a female “booze-shover”, who was duly convicted and at once went down in her stocking for the amount imposed on her.

After nearly a week tied up by the high water, the Choudrant mail made connections last Monday, returning in the evening with a large quantity of delayed mail for this place. Fully two big armfuls of exchanges falling to our share, placing double service upon us this issue in getting up matter for our paper, having been shut off during interim from any journalistic touch with the outside world, and it required hours of steady reading to catch the drift of passing events.

Due to the waters falling and causing a shoal in the slough at the Cox ferry, the Choudrant mail failed to make connection from Tuesday of last week to last Monday morning, and as most of our mail comes over this route, our community has bee deprived of mail facilities during this time, little or no mail coming in on the train. This has discommoded us greatly and while some of our people are inclined to censure the contractors for not making due efforts to carry the mail, we believe that they have done all that could be expected of them under the circumstances to serve the public, sacrificing a trips pay every day they fail to take the mail. From those in a position to know we learn that they would have had to swim a considerable distance to reach the flat, and while the department expects the contractors to use every reasonable means to carry out their contract daily, still they are not required to endanger life, limb, or property in doing so , and in the present instances we consider the excuse valid and that everything has been done to carry out the contract under the law.

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.


Prospective Citizens

Mr. H. W. Ragan, of Ruston, accompanied by Mrs. Ragan, arrived in Farmerville last Monday evening and will remain several days visiting here, where we trust Mrs. Ragan will find the situation pleasing and agreeable , as we are informed that her visit is for the purpose of giving her an opportunity to view the locality and form some impressions of the community, where, if everything is agreeable and satisfactory, she may make her future home. Mr. Ragan, in view of his valuable interests in the parish and convinced of the future development of the town, under proper conditions, is desirous of making his home in our midst, but like a wise man, conferring with his good lady before making the move, and if he concludes to do so, will erect for himself an elegant home upon some site yet to be selected. The addition of desirable people like Mr. Ragan and his family would be a great gain to the business and social circles of our town, and we trust that Mrs. Ragan will not be slow in recognizing the sterling worth and hospitality of our community (which is second to none in the state for good people and genuine sociability) and will elect to cast her lot in the old town, which is destined in the near future to rise phoenix-like from the ashes of the past and resume her former position as one of the leading towns of North Louisiana. The resources surrounding it and the natural conditions that prevail destined to attract a share of the business and enterprise that is seeking facilities and investment in the South to-day. The conditions that brought us trade and prominence in the past, still existing today, and when restored by the modern facilities of the railroad will bring Farmerville solidly to the front again. All we need is enterprise and the development of natural resources along modern lines.


The rumor of finding the buried treasures at the Trimble home in Farmerville, is still retailed in some quarters, the treasure described as three ten-pound tin buckets (lard cans) full of gold coin, and also containing a note dated back 40 years, designating the amount and ownership of the treasure. The people who swallow this myth forgetful that tin lard cans were not common, (if in use) forty years ago, and if such were used this long burial in the earth would leave little of the cans and less of such perishable material as written note. This treasure has been sought for on more than one occasion, a couple of citizens at one time following the lead of a diving rod in its quest and removing enough dirt in one night to have started well upon the construction of the Panama canal, all to no purpose as nothing but more dirt was found at the bottom of the hole.


The members of the “Take-It-Easy Club” are now regularly engaged at their “good old summer past time” of pitching dollars, in which they expend as much (wasted) energy as would dig a ditch or saw a cord of wood. Nevertheless it has its commendable features, for while hard on shoe leather it is saving on the bosoms of their pants, which otherwise could be brought into steady requisition, and it goes without saying that a naked foot would be preferable to the public than a tattered conjunction.

STIMULATION WITHOUT IRRITATION. In the case of stomach and liver trouble the proper treatment is to stimulate those organs without irritating them. Orino Laxative Fruit Syrup aids digestion and stimulates the liver and bowels without irritating these organs like pills or ordinary cathartics. It does not nauseate or gripe and is mild and pleasant to take. Farmerville Drug Co.

A well written descriptive communication relative to the late trip of the Louisiana editors to Havana, Cuba, by Mrs. J. G. Trimble, who was one of the party, will be found on the first page of this issue, which will be read with pleasure to those interested in the land of Maximo Gomes, who has just closed his eyes on the land he helped to free from the bloody oppression of the remorseless Spaniards.

Rev. J. W. Elliott, pastor of the Baptist church, requests us to extend thanks for himself and family to the members of his church and others, who generously contributed $20 last week toward purchasing a cow to replace the one lost by him last winter. This voluntary contribution an evidence of the respect and esteem in which he is held by the community in general.

The government is calling upon the various furniture manufacturers of the country to bid on the lot of furniture to be bought on June 26th to be used in furnishing 500 houses for the use of its married employees, 500 ranges, 500 refrigerators, 500 parlor sets, 950 bedroom sets, 1000 hair mattresses, 500 sets for sitting rooms, kitchen sets and utensils, specified among other numerous articles required, these supplies, wanted in connection with the work on the Panama canal.

The department of education is preparing to send to the various parishes of the state their share in quarterly apportionment of school funds, which amounts to $55,151.52 the present quarter.

The announcement of the death of Maj. E. A. Burke in Honduras, appearing in the papers of the state last week, has turned out to be a mistake resulting from the death of Maj. Burton, another American refugee in that country, with which the name of Burke was confounded. It now appears that the exile from Louisiana is still alive and struggling in far off Honduras to retrieve his fortunes with the hope of one day returning to this state to make restitution of the pilfered sums, and resume his domicile amid scenes where once he was the dominant political power.

As a search of the late exposure in New Orleans of a regular system by which girls and women were secured for immoral purposes, the grand jury of that city has returned an indictment in the case of one Sam Felix charging him with abduction, and also made a special report in the matter of their findings relative to the alleged “organized club” for traffic in women.

Miss Mattie Lou Alexander has accepted a position as operator at the telephone office.

The old China tree growing in front of the clerk’s office, now occupied by Dr. Love, met with disaster last Friday evening, one of the two large limbs remaining snapped off by the high wind prevailing at the time and has served to block the door way with its branches and foliage. The old fire-blasted tree on the north side of the Arent lot, also went to earth in the gale of last Sunday evening.

Parish Superintendent Hodnett, who was here last Saturday to contract with the public school teachers requests us to state that the regular meeting of the school board, which has been fixed for Tuesday, July 4th, had been refixed for Monday, July 3rd, on account of the former date falling upon a legal holiday.

The infant child of Mr. Kennedy, living in the vicinity of town died last Sunday night from the ravages of membranous croup, the little one suffering great pain until death intervened. Dr. Taylor attending but unable to counteract the disease, so fatal to child life.

Messrs. Smith and Bass, tobacco drummers, and R. J. Rasbury , representing the Monroe Grocer Co., of Monroe, were here this week interviewing the trade on their various lines.

While good and timely rains have been reported from other sections of the parish, the rainfall in this immediate locality has been limited to showers falling last Sunday and Monday and a considerable precipitation yesterday, barely enough to lay the dust up to that time. However, the indications are that we will have plenty and some to spare ere the clouds roll by.

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.

The new canal from Alexandria to Three Prong Lake, a distance if 30 miles, has just been completed by the Andrews Dredging Co., of Hamilton, O., at a cost of $140,000. The work was authorized by the levee board of the district, the canal from 40 to 50 feet wide and requiring three and a half years in its construction.

Alexandria is to secure the proposed Baptist college for this state, the committee which has the matter in hand having decided to locate it in that city provided the cash bonus of $30,000 and a suitable site is forth coming, or guaranteed, by July 1st. The most of the cash consideration has already been subscribed.

Cotton blooms are now regularly reported in the cotton fields of North Louisiana and ere long the magic staple will whiten the fields of southern industry, with more or less success for the producer, who will have little cause to deplore conditions which forced a reduction of the yield if not the acreage to any practical extent.

A voracious green worm, differing from the regular caterpillar, has been discovered in great numbers feeding on the cotton plant in the western parishes of the state and threaten great damage as they are said to feed indiscriminately of the leaf, stem, bloom and boll of the plant.

The Illinois Central railroad carried the inmates of the Soldiers Home at New Orleans free of charge to the late Confederate reunion at Louisville.

We were in error in stating last week that district court would convene at this place last Monday. This was the time for the regular monthly session, the third Monday, but in view of the fact that Judge Dawkins had to sit with the circuit court at Monroe in his capacity of circuit judge this week, the session was deferred until next Monday, the 26th, when the special jury will serve in connection with the civil term.

Mr. A. E. Silverthorn, of Junction City, the head of the Summit Lumber Co., is a visitor to Farmerville, looking after timber interests in this section.

A young lawyer of town was picked up this week by one of our court officials with the old catch “Heads I win, tails you lose,” and his fruitless argument to keep out of the hole was quite amusing, but in it he would have gone, head and heels, had he not set up the plea of a lack of compensation, or argumentative bankruptcy.

Jack, the man who suffered from delirium tremens here some time back, but who later recovered his faculties and served at Mayo’s cold drink stand, seems to have received a severe shock to his system and as a consequence his health has sunk to such a low ebb that he was forced to leave yesterday morning for Shreveport to enter the hospital in that city for treatment. Jacks is an industrious, well meaning fellow, and having decided to reform his life, as the result of his late trying experience, we trust that he may be restored to health to fulfill the years of usefulness he had decided upon. But his appearance when he left here was any thing but assuring on this score.

Mr. Henry Brown, formerly a resident of this place, arrived in Farmerville last Friday evening on a visit to relatives and was pleasantly greeted by many old friends, who did not fail to recognize him, notwithstanding the changes wrought by the years and a plentiful share of gray hairs, his absence covering a period of nineteen years. He formerly engaged in the saloon business here, but moved to Texarkana, Texas, about the time mentioned and is now doing a grocery business in that city and is evidently meeting with success, to judge from his appearance. He will be the guest of his brother-in-law Mr. Gus Harman, during his stay.

A stranger who arrived here last Monday from the Union Sawmill, gave us the particulars of a very bad cutting affray which took place among the mill hands last Sunday evening at a “beer joint’ south of Huttig and on the Louisiana side. Two men cut at the hands of a third, one supposed to be fatally injured. It appears that Jack Seals and a man named Rogers having tell out in their cups, Seals hit Rogers over the head with a beer bottle cutting him severely and later when a friend of Rogers, named Peterson, was dressing his wound, he offended Seals, who then attacked Peterson with a knife, stabbing him first in the back and then in the breast, the blade in the latter wound driven in about four inches just over the heart, from the effects of which it is thought Peterson will die.

Mr. J. L. Hicks has contracted with the Stein heirs to tear down and remove the stable building on the west side of the courthouse square and also another stable on the north side of town, for the price of $50. In connection with this we understand that Mr. Hicks is figuring on a contract to repair the Stein property in town.

The waters are going down and notwithstanding rods and lines have been brought into action, very few fish have yet been taken hereabouts, but late when conditions are right great sport is anticipated this section noted for its fine fishing facilities.

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