Farmerville Local News

The Gazette
June 28, 1905

Miss Fannie Weinburg, of Junction City, arrived on a visit to Farmerville last Friday and is the guest of Miss Ellen Haas.

Madam Rudolph Haas and Miss Maud Selig left on the Mattie yesterday morning for Monroe, where they will spend some time visiting relatives and friends in that city.

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

Misses Gladys, Fay and Thelma Baughman, after a visit extending over two weeks in Monroe, the guests of their aunt, Mrs. Webb, of that city, returned home last Monday evening over the Farmerville & Southern, having met with delightful experiences in the Parlor City.

The gas mentioned as appearing in the Breed well last week, continued to flow freely until the water rose to a depth of several feet in the well when it ceased and it is not known whether it is exhausted or merely cut off by the volume of water.

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

Sheriff Taylor had the number of his wards in the parish jail considerably reduced this week, four of the defendants in the case of the State vs. Geo. Watson, et. als., charged with entering a house in the night time, adquitted and another giving bond, thus leaving nine out of the fourteen parish guests formerly on hand.

A grand excursion to El Dorado and a match game of ball between Union Parish, La., and Union County, Ark., is under consideration for July 4th and will probably be materialized.

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.

Mr. J. D. Fenton and family are preparing to leave for a sojourn at Mineral Wells, Texas, and will probably get off this week.

Messrs. S. D. Pearce and J. B. Holsterd of Ruston, who were conferred with relative to presiding in the trial of Daniel brothers and McQueen, tomorrow, being unable to comply, W. D. Munholland, of the local bar, will probably be appointed to serve as judge.

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. Price a $6.50 and $6.25. Do not buy substitutes when you can get the original article.

Misses Ouida and Camille Webb of Monroe, accompanied the Misses Baughmans on their return home and are spending some time in Farmerville, the guests of their aunt Mrs. Edw. Everett and the Baughman home.

Maj. J. D. Beardsley late of the L. & N. M. R. R., is now engaged in working up a suburban line of electric railway from Mineral Well to Fort Worth, Texas, with every prospect of success.

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.

Mr. J. W. Alexander has bee confined to his room for several days with a carbuncle on his hand, but we are glad to see him on the streets again, greatly improved.

Judge Allen Barksdale, J. E. Clayton and C. B. Roberts, of Ruston, and W. R. Roberts of Bernice are the visiting attorneys attending court this week.


Major J. G. Lee, state commissioner of agriculture, who is here for a protracted visit to his old home to mingle with old friends and recuperate his health, had a talk with us last Saturday relative to the proposed organization of a competitive corn club, as published in these columns in a recent issue, and while highly approving of the idea, stated to us that the agricultural department of the state would contribute a substantial sum to the enterprise and would join the police jury of the parish in encouraging this competition by furnishing an equal sum with the parish towards assuring success. We trust that this valuable offer of help will serve to arouse public interest in the scheme and that our police jury will prove equal to the occasion by coming forward with a helping hand in the premises. While on this question Maj. Lee touched upon the matter of a parish fair for this parish, and expressed hopes that the matter would not be left to to by default, and that public spirited citizens would take the matter in hand and push it to success. As Union Parish cannot afford to take a back seat in a matter of so much interest to her farming people, other hill parishes going forward along this line and preparing for successful fairs this fall. His department so impressed with the value of these institutions to the agricultural development of the state, that every aid in money and men is being extended to their general establishment. The limited fund central led by the department divided among the parish fairs in the way of premiums for excellence in the various industries of the farm, and trained assistants sent out to lecture and assist in conducting these fairs.

Major Lee urged upon us to not let the question of a fair for this parish this fall, to die for lack of agitation, promising funds and aid from his department, and will attend himself, if possible, should a fair be decided upon. Like ourselves, he believes that a regularly organized stock company promises the greatest success, but at any rate let us have a fair of some kind, as it is a source of much regret to Major Lee, while organizing fairs in other parishes, to hear his home parish, which holds his greatest interest, alluded to as being devoid of modern agricultural enterprise. The job is open to some modern Moses to lead us out of our present agricultural Egypt.

TELEPHONE NOTICE. On July 1st all accounts due the Camie, Cecil & Fay Telephone Company for services must be paid in full, and thereafter prompt payment will be expected from patrons on the first of each month, otherwise service will be discontinued in the case of all delinquents, and the phones taken out. Positively, there will be no exception to the rule. CAMIE, CECIL & FAY TEL. CO. PER WALTER STRIPLING, Mngr.

Mr. W. D. Munholland, fully restored to health and energy, has resumed his law practice, with a new lease on a life of usefulness and success before him. Mr. Munholland is a gentleman of fine intelligence and ability and ranks among the leading practitioners of the district, and the editor of the Gazette, with numerous other friends, rejoices to see him restored to health and vigor.

Deputy Clerk E. L. Ramsey is holding down the court room today in the absence of his sick chief, and as usual is meeting the requirements with dispatch and efficiency. No office in the district supplied with a more expeditious and efficient deputy.

PICNICS. Those who contemplate running cold drink stands in Farmerville vicinity on the 4th of July will find it to their interest to figure with K. A. Pleasant in the matter of supplies, as he can save you money for the reason that he deals in that line and handles ice by he carload. Call on him for bargains in these line.

Mr. A. J. Mashaw, the Ruston jeweler, is here this week serving customers in this section in his line.

DISTRICT COURT. There were two criminal cases tried before the district court last Monday, one in the matter of the State vs, Ike Morris, charged with “wounding less than mayhem,” and the other in the matter of the State vs. Geo. Watson, et. al., charged with “burning house in the night time.” In the first case the accused, Ike Morris was convicted, and in the other, Geo. Watson, Shelton Watson, Ed Green and Ike Morris, the accused, were acquitted. Yesterday Charley Williams was before the court on the charge of “wounding less than mayhem, ” and was duly convicted on the charge. In the case of the State vs. Wes Ward, charged with perjury, the jury returned an verdict of not guilty.

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.

Hon. J. M. Smith, state treasurer, arrived in Farmerville last Thursday on one of his regular visits to his old home to spend a week among former friends and associates who are always glad to welcome their distinguished fellow citizen, who with other sterling sons of old Union, have won honors in public service, while at the same time reflecting credit on the home parish. Mr. Smith, as state treasurer, has added worth and honor to his former meritorious public life and Union parish takes an honest pride in her Heards, Smiths and Lees; a merited respect and esteem which is shared by the state at large, and we have others. Mr. Smith having reached the limit of his stay, departed to resume his public duties today.

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.

Mr. Henry Brown, after a week spent pleasantly visiting relatives in this community, left last Friday for his home in Texarkana, Texas. In mentioning his presence here last week we erroneously stated that he had formerly engaged in the saloon business here, when in fact, he conducted at the time one of the large mercantile businesses of the town, a stock of liquor kept, as was customary with large mercantile concerns of the day, for the benefit of his large line of customers. The farmer in the old days adding a jug of “booze” to his other plantation supplies, usually contributed free by his merchant as a mark of appreciation of his trade.

As will be observed in the notice published elsewhere in this issue, the Camie, Cecil & Fay Telephone Co. has adopted the rule of prompt payment for telephone service on the first of each month, under the penalty of having your phone cut out and the service discontinued. This rule adopted as the result of a large arrearage due the exchange, cases existing where parties are due for service was instituted, about two years back. Under the circumstances, the company is justified in enforcing this rule, especially as the local service has been excellent and satisfactory in every respect.

Dr. C. T. Hines, state lecturer for the Masonic fraternity, is a visitor to Farmerville this week, arriving here last Sunday evening, and will remain until tomorrow (Thursday), engaged in fraternal work with the lodge here. Aside from his fraternal connections, Dr. Hines is meeting with many old friends and acquaintances in our midst, having resided for years at Downsville, engaged in the practice of medicine, and is well and favorably known throughout the parish, which still claims a share in his public honors and success, notwithstanding his culture and ability and high standing among the foremost Masons of the state has called him to a broader field of usefulness. An old acquaintance and well wisher of ours, we are always pleased to meet our honorable friend, Dr. Hines.


A rumor relative to an accidental death in Ruston has been going the rounds in this section, remarkable for the fact that it affected the town in question to a most disagreeable extent, and likely to dwell upon the minds of those visiting the “Chautauqua City”. So rumor hath it, that several days ago a negro was commissioned to clean out the iron tank in the water tower of the Ruston water works, and failing to show up for several days his presence on the tower was remembered and an investigation realized the worst fears of the authorities, as his remains were found in the bottom of the tank, where they had lain for two days soaking in the daily water supply of the town. The unfortunate coon supposed to have lost his balance and filling in the tank soon perished in the absence of assistance. Doubtful of this sensational tale, we sought friends from Ruston in our midst this week, who expressed ignorance of the incident until we met with Judge Allen Barksdale, who was able to shed some light on the situation, by remembering a joke perpetrated upon a lady in Ruston some time back to discredit the water supply of the city, of which she was justly proud and inclined to refer to on every occasion. A tale made up and related to her in all seriousness to the extent that a negro had been found in the reservoir, in which he was thought to have stumbled and remained for several days. This had the desired effect of rather discounting the city water with the victim of the jest, but it did more, by creeping abroad and furnishing the fabric for the fiction we have related, which ranks with the idle tale that went the rounds a year ago to the effect that the remains of seven infants had been found in the city reservoir when the Ruston water works were removed to their present station.

TRESPASS NOTICE. Having acquired the control of King Lake, with all its fishing privileges by lease, the public is hereby notified that all persons fishing in said Lake, other than the members of this club and their families and who have paid their prorate share for the privilege, will be considered as trespassers and will be prosecuted accordingly. This June 21st, 1905. FARMERVILLE FISH & GAME CLUB.

Mr. G. Hartman informs us that it is his intention to add four rooms to his hotel property and otherwise improve his public facilities this summer, which will give him a capacity of ten rooms and it is his intention to run a regular $2.00 per day house, with no deviations from the rule.

Mrs. Florence Johnson, of Monroe, attended the Shultz funeral at this place last Thursday and remained over to visit friends, the guest of Mrs. F. F. Preaus.

Dr. D. B. Garland, of Bernice, was attending court at this place this week, and favored us with a call last Monday morning.

Miss Cora Cook, stenographer, is absent from her office at the courthouse this week, confined to her home by illness.

Ex-Mayor W. F. Jackson and his daughter Miss Willie May and one of the younger children are reported sick with fever, the present condition of the weather favorable to fever and bilious attacks, several of our citizens reported indisposed last week, but none of a serious nature, the natural conditions around Farmerville conducive of good health.

The case of the Daniels and W. F. McQueen, on the charge of killing James Taylor, who was ruthlessly assassinated while at his work about one year ago, has been fixed for trial for tomorrow (Thursday) and in view of the serious nature of the case, a big crowd may attend the trial, which involves the death penalty.

We regret to note the illness of Mr. Edw. Everett, our popular clerk of court, who is confined to his room with fever. His infant child and nephew Frank, are also on the sick list.

C. B. Roberts, Esq., of the firm of Price, Roberts & Elder, came over from Ruston last week on legal business in their office here, and remained over to attend district court in session here this week, his firm, together with Judge W. R. Roberts, of Bernice, engaged to defend the Daniel brothers and McQueen in the case against them to be tried tomorrow.

Dr. O. H. Thompson, physician and merchant of Marion, is in Farmerville this week attending court.

Mr. J. A. Watson and son Edwin, late of Felsenthal, arrived in Farmerville to take up their residence here, Mrs. Watson, who is at present conducting a hotel business in Felsenthal, to follow with the rest of the family later. Mr. Watson is in charge of the mechanical department of the Gazette, and being an expert printer of years of practical experience and a job print of acknowledged ability, he will soon restore the Gazette office to its former excellence and commercial prestige. We have already arranged for a full line of up-to-date job type and modern facilities and will make the Gazette better than ever as a newspaper and job office having the material and the ability and experience to do so. Mr. Watson and son are domiciled at the house of Mr. W. F. Jackson for the time being.

Judge Dawkins having recused himself in the Taylor case on the ground of consanguinity (the deceased his nephew) Judge Hall, of Monroe, had consented to try the case of the Taylors and McQueen, charged with the crime, but sent notice last Monday that it would be out of the question for him to attend and directing that some other qualified person be selected in his stead to preside in the trial. Hence Judge Dawkins was compelled to turn to the bar for a trial judge and a message was sent to Ruston yesterday requesting that Hon. S. D. Pearce or J. B. Hostead, Esq., of that bar to assume the position, and one or the other will be on hand today to open the trial tomorrow.

The water in the bayou was reported to be falling fast last week and several fine catches of fish were made as a result, but the rainfall this week will change conditions in this respect for a time at least.

We have heard it rumored that Mr. W. F. Jackson and family contemplate moving from our town, but have not learned the point selected for a new abode. we trust, however, that this rumor is unfounded.

Hon. L. H. Henry, of Holmesville, called upon us last Monday in the matter of the free scholarship placed at his disposal by the Tulane Institute at New Orleans, a notice of which appears in the Gazette later, and in discussing the late fire which consumed his store and contents at Holmesville, gave it as his opinion that the fire was the result of the robbery of the store, the thief after looting the house sticking fire to the premises to cover up his tracks. A strong proof of this the fact that he found a large quantity of nickles, left that night in the cash drawer, at a point in the ruins remote from the place where the drawer was located, the thief evidently breaking the drawer loose from its fastenings, and placed on the counter while it was looted of the cash it contained, consisting principally of about $25 in silver, of which there was not trace left in the ashes, although the nickles, as stated, were found scorched and blackened by the flames. The hour the fire broke out (just before daylight) and the absence of any fire about the building the evening before, further proof that work was that of an incendiary. Unfortunately for Mr. Henry, he had neglected to renew his insurance, which had run out a short time previous, the result that the building and stock were a complete loss, the latter valued at about $3,000. However, it is Mr. Henry’s intention to rebuild and resume business on the old site.

J. R. Henderson and R. J. Rasbury, representing the Southern and Monroe Grocery companies, respectively, were here yesterday in the interest of their firms, each of which do a regular business in this section.

Mr. W. F. Jackson has devised a mechanical wood splitter for use in his wood-yard. It is made on the order of a wedge and is ingenuously arranged to deliver a downward stroke similar to that of an axe and is said to work well in the capacity for which it was devised.

We understand that Farmerville is to lose it’s small drove of Jennets, the remnant of Hon. J. M. Smith’s experiment in jack raising and which have been permitted to run at large on the commons since his removal to the state capital. Mr. Smith having bargained to sell them to some person at Calhoun for the price of $100. These animals are of the Spanish strain and Mr. Smith made a success of his venture before breaking up his home here, having sold one or two jacks of his own breeding for the price of $500. Their absence from this community will deprive the boys of the exciting sport of riding these long-eared pensioners, which frequently took lofty falls out of their youthful inquisitors and yielded very limited transportation in return for the energy bestowed upon them.

A dispatch to the Chicago Record Herald, under date of Denver, June 14, says: “President Roosevelt has protested against a photograph in which, beside the picture of himself, is that of a young woman wearing a skirt which lacked many inches of toughing the ground. The photograph is one of the presidential hunting party, taken when it was returning from the mountains of Colorado. The young woman is the Glenwood Springs correspondent of a Denver newspaper. On account of the presidents’s objections several hundred copies of the picture which had been printed, have been destroyed.” — Ex.

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