Farmerville Local News

The Gazette
July 26, 1905

Mr. W. F. Jackson, employed temporarily as telegraph operator at Felsenthal, has returned home to look after his wood yard.

Rev. B. F. Neal, assisted by Rev. J. E. Thompson of Center, closed a very successful meeting at Mr. Tabor church last week.

F. E. Mayo moved into his new quarters at the old Jackson stand last Friday, where he has opened up a grocery business is connection with his cold drink stand.

Mr. James Mays an old and respected citizen of the Mt. Nebo community, died at his home last Friday and was buried at Mt. Nebo church on Thursday morning.

Miss Clara Bell, daughter of Mr. L. J. Bell, of Choudrant, has accepted the position of assistant teacher in the High School at Marion for the ensuing session.

The Mormons of Utah have purchases 665,000 acres of land in British Columbia for $400,000 and will locate Mormon colonies thereon in connection with other colonies located in that country.

Sen. Morgan, of Alabama, who strongly favored the Nicaragua route, for the isthmian canal, still opposes the Panama route, for which he predicts failure and disaster.

Since the was with Spain the demands for the “Stars and Stripes” has been on the increase, three million flags of silk and bunting manufactured annually, while as many more are made of other material.

Divorce proceedings are much more common in the North than in the South, the Philadelphia Ledger noting the fact that 54 divorces were granted within one hour in the courts of common pleas in that city recently.

There were three loads of water melons and peaches in town last Saturday, all of which were disposed of by retail or in bulk, bringing good prices, but from now on these commodities will be so plentiful they will sell at your own price.

Mrs. A. J. Bell and little ones, accompanied by Miss Lillian Donly, left on the streamer Mattie yesterday morning, the farmer in a visit to relatives at Monroe, Calhoun and Choudrant and the latter enroute for Sligo, La., to visit her sister, Miss Florence Donly, who is engaged in teaching at that point.

Those who followed the counsel of the Southern Cotton Growers’ Association and the advise of the press and held their cotton while the price went down to six cents, can now congratulate themselves while disposing of their holdings at ten cents per pound, or in other words, about $18 profit on the bale.

Prof. J. C. Monroe, originally from Texas, but lately employed in as principal of the Pollock school, has been employed as principal of the Farmerville High School, with Misses Nellie Keysaer, of Tennessee, and Evelyn Evans, of Bastrop, as assistants. Prof. Monroe comes highly recommended as an educator and the assistants, who taught here during the late incumbency of Prof. Hix, have a efficiency in this community.

Frank Hill, the man who broke jail at this place a short while back, is still at large and has not been heard from, and to say the least, the riddance for the parish is a good one, as such a character as this was no addition to our citizenship. His kind indicated by the way he made his way out by picking the lock, indicating a jail bird and a practiced had at that. He would very probably have escaped the charge against him, on at least would have got off with an nominal fine or imprisonment, thus leaving him upon the public to commit some greater crime, while as it is, he has fled the parish to stay, which under the circumstances is the best that could happen.

The bureau of crop statistics has been reorganized and Secretary Hay will prepare the government estimate, which has been delayed by the discovery of dishonest practices in the agricultural department.

Mrs. J. A Watson and family arrived here last Thursday evening and are temporarily domiciled at the Jackson home where they will do light housekeeping until the home they have in view is vacated.

Editor Lee and wife, of the Strong Herald, were visitors to Farmerville last Friday evening on business and returned home on Saturday morning train.

We understand that Conductor Crockett has resumed his run on the F. & S., relieving Conductor Cargile, who has gone on a vacation to Alabama to return later to resume his position on the other end of the road.

Parish Superintendent Hodnett was here last Saturday arranging salaries with the teachers, and while giving us a pleasant call, expressed himself favorable to arrangements by which the proceedings of the school board would be published regularly for the information of the public, for which there is a reasonable demand.

Under the law each parish in the state is permitted to maintain a pair of bloodhounds as an adjunct to the sheriff’s office, the police jury to provide for their purchase and maintenance, and in this connection Sheriff Taylor is seriously thinking of adding an auxiliary of this kind to his office.

The Misses Osborn, reported sick at Capt. Wilson’s last week, have recovered, and left on the steamer Mattie yesterday morning for their home at Pollock. They were accompanied to West Monroe by Mrs. Wilson, who will visit friends at that point.

The peace conference is due to meet at Portsmouth on Aug. 5th and everything is being arranged for the reception of the envoys, now enroute for the conference. The state authorities of New Hampshire are taking a great interest in the meeting and have asked to be allowed to meet the expenses of the conference.

Judge Dawkins and W. D. Munholland, Esq., of this place, are advertised to deliver addresses at the Marion barbecue on the 28th, but it has been rumored on the streets that the barbecue has fallen through from some cause. However, the match game of ball between players from Union Parish, La., and Union County, Ark., will be pulled off on that date, a big crowd from this place due to attend.

NOTICE OF PARDON. Notice is hereby given that I shall apply for a pardon for Joe Green, now in the state penitentiary serving a term of two years for manslaughter. Said application to be made after a 30 days publication hereof. This July 26th, 1905; 7-26 30 pays. John Andrews.

Mesdames Donly and Hall visited Strong to attend the Unger sale-advertised for that date, returning home in the evening. We mention this visit as a strong illustrations this visit as a strong illustrations of the virtue of advertising, these ladies making the trip through the attraction of extensive advertisements sent out in the Strong Herald, in which goods were marked away down, and as a further inducement to outsiders, the firm offering to pay the traveling expenses of those purchasing at least $25 worth of goods at this sale. The ladies went prepared to spend this amount, and more, each but were disappointed with the display, , the goods not coming-up with the advertisement, but nevertheless, this may be taken as a pointer by merchants who grumble of hard times and dull sales, when people in their own towns have good money to spend with them if induced to do so by proper prices and juiciness advertising. For we are sure one merchant can make profits at certain prices, and thus enliven dull trade, another can do likewise. It is a poor commentary on a town when its’ people must go a day’s journey away from home to seek business inducements, while the home merchants are able to meet all requirements if they choose to do so. Make the prices and let it be known by a live line of advertising and the trade will come to you and your own towns-people will not have to go abroad to spend their money, which should go to you under proper circumstances. Trade is never dull with the live, up-to-date merchants, who has the nerve to advertise and divide profits with his customers.

PUBLIC NOTICE. Notice is hereby given that the undersigned committee appointed at the late meeting of the police jury to let out contract for grading the “Hodge Hill” on Arkansas road, will be at the site of said work on Saturday, August 9th, to let out said contract to the lowest responsible bidder, all persons interested in same are requested to be on hand on said date. Said contract to be entered under a good and solvent bond. This July 20th, 1905. J. P. Odom, W. O. Bearden, Committee

Mr. J. S. Farr, of this vicinity was in town last Saturday with a wagon load of melons, peaches, grapes and other country produce, for which he met a ready sale at good prices. The grapes were of the Concord variety, raised by Mr. Odom, and were very fine, and the editor returns thanks to Miss Ernestine Odom for several fine bunches sent us, and to Mr. Farr also, who presented us with a sample of his peaches. He says it pays to handle fruit and farm produce in Farmerville, which he looks upon as the best market in North Louisiana for the sale of anything from a bushel of goobers to a bale of cotton. And he speaks from experience.

HATS AT COST. I have a stock of “ready-to-wear” and ladies trimmed hats which due to lateness of the season. I will sell for the next 30 days at absolutely cost, and those desiring to buy a stylish hat at small cost will do well to call early and secure a choice. Mrs. J. O. Hodnett, Marion, La.

Norway and Sweden, at one time on the verge of war, have about settled their differences without a recourse to arms, Sweden tacitly consenting to a dissolution of the union, which could never again be available in view of what has passed. While at one time it appeared that Norway would blossom into a republic, it is now likely that a monarchical government will be retained, the throne to be filled by some member of the family of King Oscar, the reigning sovereign in Sweden.

STATE REUNION. Maj-Gen. A. B. Booth, commander of the Louisiana Division of Confederate Veterans, announces Lafayette as the point for holding the state reunion this year on Wednesday and Thursday, the 23rd and 24th of August, at which a major general will be elected. Railroads have agreed to a one cent a mile rate on this occasion.

The petition for a free rural delivery mail route leading out of Farmerville in the direction of Cherry Ridge, a distance of about 12 miles and and return, has been handed to the postmaster at this places properly signed by the heads of 100 families as required by law, and will be forwarded at once to the free delivery department and later a representative of this department will be sent to locate and establish the route, which, if up to the requirements, will be in operation as soon as the preliminaries are arranged. From what we learn of this route it will leave Farmerville in a northwesterly direction, running 8 miles parallel with the Cornie, thence about 4 miles along Loutre and thence back by a different route to Farmerville and when is operation will be the first rural free delivery route to be established in this parish.

Mr. Cothran, a friend and inmate of Mr. J.A. Watson’s family removed with them to this point and is now looking about with the view of investing in property at this point, his intention to purchase a place adjoining town for the purpose of establishing a chicken ranch to raise chickens for the market. This a business we have often mentioned as offering good profits to the right kind of person, as the demand for chickens and eggs for the last three years has remained active all the year round, good prices offered at all seasons for these commodities.

Consignments of material having arrived, work on Sheriff Taylor’s new residence is being pushed and it is probable the work will be completed within the next two weeks, or sufficiently advanced to permit him to move therein.

The steamer Mattie left on the return trip to Monroe yesterday morning.

The mail failed to go to Choudrant yesterday, the slough rendered impassable again by heavy rain.

Rev. Elliot and wife, who were quite sick last week, we are pleased to state are now improving.

Miss Lizzie Guehring, who has been quite sick for several days with fever, in now improving.

W. D. Munholland, Esq., who has been at Eldorado several days looking after legal business for the railroad company, is at home again.

Miss Alice Wilson has resumed her position at the telephone exchange, Miss Julia Donly retiring to give her place.

Miss Edna Jameson, who has been teaching music at Bernice, returned home last week to spend the vacation.

Miss Emma Webb, stenographer, engaged her in abstract work for the Drew Investment, Co., will leave this week on a visit to points in Texas.

Mr. George McKinzie, representing the Ruston Marble Works, was here yesterday looking after business for his company in this section.

Maj. Donley who was on the sick list the first of the week is able to be up and about again, although his health has been poor for the last few month.

The nine year old son of Mr. Will Patterson, of this vicinity died last Sunday from congestion, Dr. Taylor arriving too late to relieve his sufferings.

A representative of the post office department was here yesterday looking into the frequent delay of the mails of late, which is entirely chargeable to the continued high waters.

Mrs. Henry Brown and daughter Ruth, of Texarkana , accompanied Mrs. Marx, of Pine Bluff; Ark. and two little ones, are at present visiting realtives in Farmerville, the guests of the Hartman House.

The little child of Mr. W. J. Turnage, dangerously ill with congestion last Friday has about recovered from its sickness, Mrs. Turnage, who was sick at the same time, also able to be about again.

The police jury adjourned last Wednesday having completed the review of the assessment, the proceedings appearing in this issue. The public printing contract was renewed with the Gazette for another year.

Mr. Ernest Robinsen, of Delhi, has accepted a position as assistant pharmacist at the Arcadia Drug Co’s drug store and was installed in his new position last Monday. Mr. Robinson is an affable young gentleman and we trust that he will meet with pleasant experience in his new home.

There has been more sickness here of late than at any time in the last five years, which our physicians ascribe to the continuous rains that have prevailed. However, it consists of light fevers and bilious affections, with occasional congestive tendencies, but in most cases yielding readily to treatment.

The police jury at it’s recent session ordered Sheriff Taylor to make the necessary repairs on the jail, which should have included good and substantial locks for the steel gates, the insufficiency of those now in use demonstrated by the late exit of the man Hill from the same through the agency of a simple piece of wire.

Marshal Atkinson was fixing the adjustable sign on the front of the bank building when he met with his late accident, and the situation remains as he left it, the first letter, (F) of the sign in place, which will remain statuque until he is able to direct the work. However, his condition is improving, he having recovered sufficient to go about with the aid of crutches.

Mr. Rudolph Haas reports an acrobatic rat observed by him last week while walking, or rather running, along a medium sized wire stretched across Baughman’s store, the daring rodent making the trip with the case of a trained wire-walker and with an abandon that would put Blondin, the king of rope walkers, to the blush. He says he has creditable witnesses to prove the fact.


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.

We are informed that the local school board at a recent meeting decided to build a music hall in connection with the Farmerville High School, the work to begin at an early date and a teacher supplied for this branch of instruction

NOTICE. I am applying for a pardon. J. L. Wynn.

THE GAZETTE, one dollar a year in advance.


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