Farmerville Local News

The Gazette
July 19, 1905

Mrs. Habyan is reported to be quite sick at her home on the west side with a severe spell of fever.

Mr. Rudolph Haas spent last Sunday in Bernice with his wife, who was visiting relatives at that point.

Mr. Tom Atkinson, of Monroe, is at present visiting the home of his father, Marshal Atkinson, in Farmerville.

Miss Julia Donley has accepted a position at the telephone exchange, and is now regularly installed as “hello girl” for the general public.

Miss Effie Wells, from Ruston, after a week’s stay with friends at this place, left on the Mattie yesterday enroute for Pollock, having just received notice of the sudden death of her sister’s child.

Bar fish are plentiful in D’Arbonne this season, for the first time, a great many being taken by our fishermen, who find no difficulty in catching fine strings of these fish when supplied with the proper bait – live minnows.

Miss Gertrude Barthelow, of Sherman, Texas, is at present visiting the home of Mr. Burford Taylor, two miles east of town, and in company of Prof. Ben Taylor, spent last Saturday in Farmerville, the guest of the Donley home.

Farmerville was quite deserted last Sunday a big crown attending the impromptu fish fry at the warehouse, over 200 barfish caught and served on the occasion with other viands, the affair arranged without an preliminaries.

The new rule of the telephone exchange which prohibits those who refuse to have a phone those who refuse to have a phone put in at their homes from using their neighbor’s phone, has caused some feeling of the part of those concerned, but Manager Ward says the rule will be adhered to, as it is a fact that parties have had their phones taken out with the view of taxing their neighbors for these facilities. However, is case of fire and sickness the rule will not be enforced.

We regret to note the illness of Mr. Karl Pleasants, who has been confined at his home with fever ever since his return from Bernice about a week ago, and is now pronounced to be suffering from slow fever, or typhoid. In addition to this, his younger brother Frank was also taken ill with fever last Friday evening, and it is feared that he is down for a spell of the same malady.

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.

As will be seen from a notice appearing elsewhere in this issue there will be a big barbecue and public meeting given at Marion on Friday, the 28th, W. D. Munholland, Esq., of Farmerville, and others to address the assemblage, and among other attractions, a match game of base ball between the picked-players of Union Parish, Louisiana and Union County, Arkansas, is advertised to come off. A special train will be run on this occasion under round trip reduction.

Sheriff J. W. Taylor returned home on the Mattie last Wednesday night from his trip to Baton Rouge and was confined to his home several days suffering from fever and biliousness developed on the trip, a number of people in this vicinity indisposed from the similar causes, the late changeable temperature and frequent rains conductive to biliousness and slight fevers, which however, yield readily to treatment.

While the water is still high for fishing considerable fish are being caught hereabout, perch, bream, pike (jack fish) and barfish the kinds mostly taken, the latter giving promise of being numerous this season. In fact old fishermen give us the assurance that every indication points to an abundance of fish this year, the stream well stocked and fine sport will be afforded later when the waters fall to the proper stage.

Rev W. Y. Quisenberry, baptist pastor at Ruston, resigned last Sunday, his resignation to take effect at once.

Mrs. H. L. Jameson and niece, Miss Edna Jameson, of Farmerville, are visiting friends in Ruston, the quests of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Guthrie. — Ruston Leader of 12th.

Capt. B. F. Pleasants has been added to the sick list at his home, himself and sons Karl and Frank, Jr., all down with fever, Mr. Will Covington in charge of their grocery business during their illness.

The police jury, which adjourned last Saturday, met again yesterday morning to complete their labors in reviewing the assessment, and will finish up the work today, several contests continues over from last week.

Sheriff Taylor has sufficiently recovered from his late indisposition, contracted on his late return from the state capital, to attend his office at the court house, his illness consisting of a bilious attack.

Mr. James McMoy, who visited his old home at Downsville about the 4th, has returned to Farmerville and is looking after Mayo’s cold drink stand in the absence of the latter.

Dr. A. C. Hammons, who recently returned from Felsenthal to remain in his office here for a time, was summoned to his father on urgent business and is still in Lincoln Parish.

Mr. F. E. Mayo left on the Mattie yesterday morning enroute for Shreveport, where he will buy a stock of groceries preparatory to opening up a grocery business in the Jackson old stand at an early date. Manager Ward, of the telephone exchange, accompanied him as far as Monroe.

Mrs. Crockett, wife of Conductor Harry Crockett, of the F. & S., and son Eugene, returned last week from a visit to Jackson, Miss., where they were the guests of Mrs. Chapman, and were joined last Saturday night by Mr. Crockett, who will probably resume his run on the F. & S.

Rev. J. W. Elliott requests us to state that on Sunday next he will begin a protracted meeting in Baptist circles at Weldon, this parish, and will be assisted by Rev. W. R. Brown, field editor of the Baptist Chronicle, and on the first Sunday in August he will begin a protracted meeting at the Baptist church in Farmerville, and will be assisted by Rev. J. S. Campbell, secretary of the State Baptist Convention.

Misses Lucy and Effie Osborn, of Pollock, are visiting the home of Capt. Willis Wilson in Farmerville, and we regret to note that both young ladies have been ill since their arrival, one of them quite sick at the present time and confined to her room under medical treatment suffering from fever on her arrival, which developed on the trip.

Mr. J. D. Baughman, after several days of illness, is able to be up and about his business again, and in this connection we wish to mention a little incident which goes a long way in illustrating the results to flow from a little advertising. Some time back Mr. Baughman gave us a local notice in which he offered to exchange for stock a buggy and a surrey with harness, and in a few days disposed of both through the medium of the advertisement. But through neglect of the printer the notice continued to run, and the very first thing Mr. B. attended to after leaving his sick room was to notify us to discontinue same, or he would be compelled to bring charges against us for loss of time and annoyance in dismissing applications from persons wanting to buy or trade for the vehicles mentioned. As a consequence he will place another advertisement for buggies, etc., in with us, firmly convinced that advertising pays at all times, and especially when business is dull.


Salem school house, near Sadie, was destroyed by fire last Thursday morning between the hours of four and five o’clock, and as no fire had been used in or about the building the previous day, this and tracks discovered leading to and from the scene aroused suspicious of incendiary work, and the tracks having been traced to the home of G. N. Cobb, two and a half miles distant, Constable Gresham, of ward 4, accompanied by O. O. Nash, went to the Cobb residence next morning and arrested Levi and Arthur Cobb and Thornton Bilbury on the charge of having fired the building. The officers state that they first made a show of resistance, but finally weakened in the face of the positive attitude assumed by the representatives of the law, and were subsequently brought to Farmerville, where they gave bond in the sum of $500 each for their appearance should the grand jury take action in their case.

The grounds for arrest were purely circumstantial, the tracks leading to their home and the previous reputation of the accused in the community leading to their arrest. However, from one of the posse we learn that some local differences also conspired to direct suspicion to the Cobbs, as they were bitterly opposed to the organization of a new church congregation at Salem, for the reason it would tend to disorganize Union church, two miles distant near the Arkansas line, and they are said to have combatted the 5 mills tax for educational purposes, to be voted on in that district last Saturday. Salem school house was among the best local structures in the parish, having cost $1000, and its destruction greatly irritated the community, which were justly proud of their school facilities, and sensibly feel the loss they have sustained and are in a bad mood to be trifled with in this respect.

Master Frank and little Miss Ruby Jackson, accompanied by little Miss Vivian Fortson and four of their younger sisters, visited their father, Mr. W. F. Jackson, at Felsenthal, last Friday, returning home in the evening after a very pleasant day, the guests of Mrs. Watson.

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.

Mr. W. D. Turrentine, the piano and organ man of Ruston, was here several days last week placing orders with customers in this section. Mr. Turrentine is one of the oldest and most responsible converses in North Louisiana, and as a proof of the prosperity and advancement of our people, is selling number of these instruments annually, very few representative homes without this evidence of culture and refinement.


There will be a big free barbecue at Marion on July 28, to which the public is cordially invited.

A big game of ball will be played in the park between the picked players of Union Parish and the picked players of Union county.

There is a fine ball park with seats for 1000 people. Nice refreshment stand. Plenty of good barbecued meats and good baskets, in fact plenty of everything good to eat will be served on the ground.

Everybody within reach of M

Everybody within reach of Marion is requested to bring a basket of something good to eat.

There will be speaking by Hon. W. D. Munholland and others on the grounds that day.


The teachers in the public schools of the parish are hereby notified that I will be in Farmerville on Saturday, July 22nd, to settle teachers salaries for the first month of the term, and those having claims for salary due are requested to be promptly on hand to receive same. J. O. HODNETT, Parish Superintendent.


Last Thursday morning it was rumored on the street that the prisoners in jail had escaped during the night and were then at large but from Deputy Underwood, who has the jail in charge, we learned that only one bird was out of pocket, one Frank Hill, under indictment for shooting into a tent at Ouachita, and other public disturbance, who by means of a piece of wire, obtained from the outside, had managed to pick the big lock on the cage an let himself out, and after gaining entrance to the corridor had no difficulty in letting himself down from one of the windows by means of a blanket knotted to the bars, one of which had been sawed in two several months back and has never been repaired.

After his fellow jail birds, Wynn and another man named Hill, in for minor offenses, had retired for the night, Hill busied himself about the door, and later in the night awoke the others and informed them that they could secure their liberty by following him, and when informed that they did not care to get out that way, he sat in the window for a few minutes, and inquiring the distance to Ruston, let himself down by the blanket and made off in the darkness. Mr. Underwood found the wire used on the floor next morning, and there is no doubt that he escaped by this means, as the doors were securely locked the evening previous, and it was learned from the other prisoners that Hill stated when first incarcerated that he could get out whenever he pleased, and is evidently an expert at the business. However, the locks on the jail are said to be very insecure, and once out of the cage it is very easy to get out of the body of the building, one of the windows having a bar out and left without repair, and other weak points invite escape with little exertion. This should be looked after a once by the proper authorities and the necessary repairs made, as the late escape shows how very insecure the jail is at present. No criticism of Mr. Underwood could obtain, as he had been careful and attentive in his management of the jail and on the night in question locked it securely, making an examination after turning the key in the lock.

THANKS. To my friends in Union Parish I am happy to announce that I was the fortunate contestant for the piano offered by the Strong Herald for the most popular young lady in this section and I return my sincere thanks for the support you accorded me in the contest. Miss Lillie Gray

There is some sort of a union among the colored wash ladies about town, a gentleman who recently wished to change washerwomen for cause, receiving a refusal at the hands of others he applied to, met with the statement: “Your washin’ ‘long to dat tother culled lady an’ I can’t broke inot her ‘fairs, ‘oordin’ to de ‘greement ‘tween us.” While his may suit the “culled ladies,” it won’t go with their employers, who will not stand to have poor service forced upon them ” ‘cordin’ to de ‘greement ‘tween us.”

The editorial and machanical forces of the Gazette joined in invading the D’Arbonne with rods and lines last Saturday evening to get out a special edition of bar fish, but after “pieing” a lot of bait we returned home having experiencing the proverbial “fisherman’s luck,” our only catch consisting of an average wetting, the result of a summer shower that came along about that time. However, nothing daunted, we are determined to “extend our circulation” among the finny tribe later.


A very desirable dwelling house, situated in Farmerville, on the north side of the town and convenient to business section, will be sold cheap for cash in whole or part. Large and roomy with garden and lots and other home facilities attached, ti is well arranged for a private residence or a boarding house, and in view of the prospects of future advance in the price of property, the right person can secure a very profitable purchase in this property. Call at Gazette office for particulars.

THE GAZETTE, one dollar a year in advance.


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