Farmerville Local News

The Gazette
August 2, 1905

As the waters recede the bar fish are beginning to bite again, several fine strings caught this week.

We are requested to call attention to the fact that Messrs. Odom and Bearden, of the police jury, will be at the site of Hodge Hill next Saturday to let out the contract for grading same.

Mr. F. F. Preaus and family will move into their new residence on the west side today Messrs. H. A. Johnson and J. A. Watson and families, to occupy jointly the house vacated by them.

Mr. J. E. Underwood, who was recently laid up from a bilious attack, has been confined to his home for several days suffering from neuralgic affection of the face, superinduced by his former illness.

Mrs. Gilbert and family are preparing to join Mr. Gilbert in Felsenthal, where they will make their future home, Mr. Berry and family to occupy the house vacated by them. Mr. Gilbert will conduct a barber business in Felsenthal.

A number of persons here who expected to attend the ball game at Marion last Friday evening, were disappointed by the failure of the special train to arrive at noon, and after waiting for over an hour at the depot were forced to give up the trip.

The waters in the D’Arbonne are reported falling at present, and it is to be hoped they will soon reach a stage to permit the passage of the mail at nay rate. First mail from Choudrant (from Monday to Saturday) received late last Saturday evening.

Mr. K. A. Pleasent and Miss Willie May Jackson, who attended the Marion entertainment last Friday, were on the train enroute for home when it was derailed last Saturday evening and were forced to return to Marion arriving home on the first train Sunday evening.

Mr. Marshall Munholland, wife and baby , are expected to arrive tonight from Delhi, La., for the purpose of making their home in Farmerville, Mr. Munholland to engage in the practice of law at this point in company with his brother, W. D. Munholland, Esq.

The colored string band from Monroe being in this vicinity last Saturday evening, a dance was arranged at the Hartman House on that date, a very pleasant evening spent by those present, who “tripped the light fantastic to the hour of midnight.

Last week in mentioning the presence of Mr. Ernest Robinson in Farmerville, we assigned him to the “Arcadia Drug Co.,” when it should have been printed the Farmerville Drug Co. Mr. Robinson is late of Delhi and is a relative of Mr. W. D. Munholland of this place.

We understand that Mr. W. F. Jackson has accepted the position of timber buyer for the Little Rock Cooperage Co., and it is stated that the company will shortly establish two stave “buckers” in this locality to “buck” the staves for the mait factory, employing a number of hands.

Mr. “Bunk” McDongal, son of Mr. John McDougal, o’ the Conway community, died at his father’s home last Saturday morning from the effects of congestion and was buried at the Olden graveyard last Sunday evening. He was a young man about 25 years of age and bore an excellent character.

A large delegation of our citizens from the town and vicinity attended the Marion barbecue last Friday, the two coaches of the train loaded to their fullest capacity, many of the masculine contingent filling the aisles and on the platforms, and were forced to stand up the entire trip. One and all expressed themselves greatly pleased with their experience of the day, the people of the Marion locality noted for their hospitality and the success of their public entertainments.

Conductor Crockett captured a species of rattlesnake, known as the “rattlesnake’s pilot”, last Sunday evening and brought it to town and turned it over to H. A. Johnson, who has it confined in a glass top box at his barber shop. This snake is very poisonous and is the most pugnacious of the rattler tribe, to which it belongs although devoid of rattles, and like others of its kind, disdains to take food in captivity and after a slow starvation of months usually dies, resentful to the end.

In the game of baseball between the picked players of Union Parish and Union County, Ark., notwithstanding the latter were reinforced by several strong players from El Dorado, the Arkansians proved an easy mark for the Louisianians who walked away with the game in a score of 10 to 5. However, the “Hoosiers” put up a stiff game, but were out-batted and out-played generally by the “Creole” contingent, who put the leather sphere over the fence behind the pitcher more than once, clearing bases to the tune once, clearing bases to the tune of two and three baggers.

We have just added a full supply of new type and other material to to our job department and we are now prepared to do any thing in this line in the very best shape, our Mr. Watson, (the genius of the job office) now turning out some job work that we are not afraid to submit with the best job products that may come along. We are also arranging to put in a new fast running Chandler & Price job press, (the beat made) which will complete our facilities and enable us to turn out large quantities of up-to-date work. However, in the mean time, if you have any job work to do, bring it along and we will do it for you first class order and strictly on time.

The match game of baseball between the players on Union Parish and Union County, Ark., last Friday at Marion, was witnessed by a large crowed on interested spectators, but the Louisiana boys were too hefty for their opponents, swinging the bat with telling effect throughout the game, their superiority in this respect rendering success a fore-gone conclusion from the start, the score of 10 to 5 in favor of the Louisianians, suggestive of the relative merits of the teams. The Louisiana line up was as follows: Burton, catcher; Booles, pitcher: Oxley, first base; Revels, second base; Hudson, third base; Ramsey (captain), short stop; Turner, right field; Bryum, center field; Perdue, left field.

Miss Lizzie Brantley, of Marion, was the guest of Mrs. J. W. Stancil last Thursday.


The barbecue at Marion last Friday may well be added to long list of successful public entertainments of that community, which has long held a reputation for unqualified success in this line. The announcement of a public entertainment in this locality taken to mean a pleasurable event and unbounded hospitality. The occasion in question was attended by a crowd variously estimated at from one to two thous and people, zest added to the occasion by the announcement in the program that a match game of baseball would take place in the evening between picked players of Union Parish and representatives of the game from Union County, Ark. Sudge R. B. Dawkins and W. D. Munholland, of this place, were billed to speak on this occasion, but the former failed to attend and through some hitch in the program the latter, though present, did not respond. The dinner was bountiful and thoroughly enjoyed by those present, the supply sufficient to meet the demands of the big crowd on hand. The ball game in the evening afforded great pleasure to the lovers of the game and was watched with much interest, the score resulting in a victory for the Union Parish boys, who registered 10 runs to 5 for their opponents. The game was spirited and hotly contested, but the superior batting on the part of the victors decided the contest in their favor. Several brilliant plays were made on both sides, the ball sent far afield on various occasions. Special trains were run from both ends of the road, and were loaded with pleasure seekers, a big crowd attending from this place. The Marion people, and especially the managers, deserve great credit for the success of the program, which was fully carried out.

We are seriously considering the question of issuing a trade or souvenir edition of the Gazette later, which will embrace the entire parish, and will be intended as a strong advertisement of Union Parish, its agricultural and commercial resources and possibilities. Our purpose to visit and write up the different localities and towns within the parish, with appropriate illustrations. If we decide to get out this edition, it will be neatly printed in book or pamphlet form, new type and presses to be used, and will make it a souvenir in fact, and something of which our people will be justly proud, the mechanical work to be in the hands of a modern, up-to-date expert in the job line.

The southbound passenger train on the Farmerville & Southern was derailed at Marion last Saturday evening, a box car near the engine leaning the rail a the sound end of the switch and came very near going over the steep dump at that point, the trainmen chaining it to the track as a precaution, while the engine ran over to this point to communicate with headquarters and secure assistance to replace it on the track, also bringing the mail and passengers to Farmerville. The car in question has been casing trouble all along, due to one of the axles in the front trucks having been bent out of alignment with the track. The track was cleared for traffic by next day.

We hear some talk of the probable establishment of a steam gin system and brick making plant at this place, certain parties negotiating the purchase of an outfit of this kind with the view of locating it here. An institution of this sort would doubtless succeed in this locality if operated by the right sort of people, and those in question are fully competent to make it a success.

NOTICE. We will be at Marion from July 28, to August 5, and at Huttig from August 5, to August 12 to do dental work. Drs. Thurmon and Thurmon.

The Courts have decided that a young lady who is hit on the nose by a foul tip while watching a baseball game from the grandstand cannot recover damages, particularly if she is wearing one of those confounded picture hats when she is hit.

John and Mack McMillan, aged 12 and 10 respectively, have been arrested by the police of Shreveport on the charge of bootlegging. The boys were caught in the act of selling whiskey at 50 cents a quart. They made a partial confession implicating a person much older than either of them.

The state of Mississippi has quarantined against the entire state of Louisiana.

Johann Hoch, wife murderer, to hang last Friday, was reprieved until Aug. 15th.

Seven persons have been killed and fifty-seven injured in automobile accidents in Chicago up to date this year.

John Ramsey Dead.

Mr. John Ramsey, a representative citizen of this parish, died suddenly at his home, about 10 miles north of Farmerville, last Sunday morning. He had been in very bad health for some time back, which effected his mind slightly and while effected his mind slightly and while here last Saturday gave evidence of mental derangement. Last Sunday morning he left the house to go out over his place and later was found in a dying condition by one of his neighbors, who took him in his arms and hastened to the house, but he died before he reached the door. The remains were buried last Monday in the Taylor graveyard, the deceased having married a daughter of Mr. Ben Taylor, of this vicinity. Mr. Ramsey was a man of excellent character and was highly respected by all who knew him, and his untimely death is regretted by a wide circle of friends and neighbors. He was about 45 years of age at the time of his death, and leaves a wife and ten children to mourn his loss.


Acting upon a phone message from Choudrant last Saturday, Sheriff Taylor succeeded in arresting Jack Ross, a young white man charged with stealing $50 from a fellow mill hand at Eros. Notifies that he was heading this way, having been observed at Sibley and Downville, a guard was placed at the ferry and a close watch kept on the town, but due to a defective description, he arrived here about two o’clock unobserved, and after getting a meal and attending the negro ball game, went to the barber shop and got a shave, where his identity was first suspected. Mr. Johnson, who had been posted by the sheriff, observing that one of his front teeth had a gold crown, (one of the features of the description given), and when he flashed a considerable roll of money, remarking his intention to visit Felsenthal, he was sure of his man, and slipping out informed the sheriff, and going together to the livery stable, found Ross arranging for a team to the Arkansas point. When questioned by the sheriff he showed some signs of agitation, and the opportunity presenting itself, but was detained by the officer, who seized him by the clothing in the back, and held him until Messrs. Johnson and Selig came to his assistance. He was then conveyed to the sheriff’s office, where he was identified by Mr. W. M. Lumpkin, the man he robbed, who had arrived in the meantime in company with a companion from Choudrant, close on the trail. A search disclosed $45 of the stolen funds, he having spent the balance in hiring a horse to carry him from Downsville to the ferry, and for wants in town. After vainly trying to get the authorities at Vernon over the wire, Sheriff Taylor committed Ross to jail to await the arrival of the Jackson sheriff, Lumpkins and the other man leaving for home Sunday morning.

Ross had been working at the mill in Eros, and last Friday evening laid off ostensibly to to to a ball game, but entering Lumpkin’s room at the boarding house, he broke open his trunk and securing $48 in time checks and about $5 in silver therefrom, he appropriated a new suit of clothing belonging to another man and departed for Tremont, the head-quarters of the mill 12 miles distant, where he cashed the checks at a discount and then settled down to await the Shreveport train to pass up later. However, Lumpkins having missed his money, at once divined the thief, and taking the train at Eros went over to Tremont, where he learned from a tramp, placed by Ross to watch for him, that he (Ross) was then in the dry house keeping dark till train time. An effort to arrest him there failed, and dodging across country he headed this way, first reported at Sibley and later from Downsville, his career ending here as stated.

Ross, who claims to have come of good people in Mississippi, and to have graduated from the A. & M. College of that state, is a young man of good appearance with over average intelligence, but evidently has fallen into bad ways through evil associations, and is said to have lost the most of his wages in gambling during the few months he has worked at Eros, leaving a board bill of $17 unpaid. He seems to have a strain of desperation in his composition, for when cautioned by Sheriff Taylor not to repeat his attempt to run for fear bullet might stop him, he replied “that he did not care for that and if he had known it he would have given him a chance to shoot, as he would as soon be dead as alive, as it would then be all over with.” And when asked why a young man with his opportunities would stoop to this theft, he shrewdly remarked “that this was a matter that did not concern his questioner, but would come up later with other persons, who had some interest in the premised.” However, he asked for the privilege to send a telegram to his father in Mississippi, and added that “his only regret was the trouble the matter would cause his parents.” He virtually admitted to stealing the clothing, and tacitly committed himself to the theft of the money by directing Sheriff Taylor to turn over the $45 found in his pocket when arrested, to Lumpkins, as he was leaving Sunday morning. At any rate he can easily be identified as the person who cashed the checks at Tremont, and as it stands, the case looks dark for him. While also charged with cutting the telephone wire between Eros and Tremont, this cannot well be proven.

It was announced last Friday that a special train would be run from Marion to this place at noon to give those who did not get off to the barbecue in hte morning a chance to attend the ball game, and a number of our citizens, desiring to see the game, assemble at the depot to meet the special, but after a fruitless wait, were compelled to give it up, the train failing to materialize.

Mrs. Rudolph Haas and daughters returned last week from a visit to Monroe and Bernince.

Quite a heavy rain, accompanied by repeated flashes of lightning and terrific peals of thunder, fell last Monday evening about nine o’clock.

Assessor Murphy is now busily engaged preparing his assessment rolls, the police jury having passed upon and equalized the present assessment.

Mr. J. P. Fenton and family returned last Thursday from Mineral Well’s, Texas and points in Arkansas, where they visited relatives after a season at the Wells.

The Farmerville bakery furnished 500 loaves of bread for the Marion barbecue, the order gotten out principally on Thursday and promptly shipped out on Friday mornings train.

Mr. D. E. Laupheimer gave an entertainment to his friends at his mother’s home last Wednesday night, refreshments served and dancing and other social pleasures indulged in.

Mrs. Jonas Wolf and family, after a protracted visit to relatives in Farmerville, left on the steamer Mattie last Tuesday morning enroute for their home at Lecompte, La.

His little son having greatly improved, Editor Dawkins returned to Monroe last Sunday, leaving the little fellow to the care of his grandmother. He gave us a short call during his stay in our midst.

We pleased to announce that we have ordered a sufficient new type to five the Gazette a new dress and with the new job press now enroute and a new supply of type already added to our job office, our office will be new and up-to-bate in every department. Watch us.

The Board of Health at New Orleans reports a total of 256 cases of yellow fever to date, with 54 deaths. The total number of (?) or centers or infection are 37. There were 30 new cases Saturday, the highest mark, but the spread is growing slower and the board hopes to check the disease within its present limits.

The colored people hereabouts gave a barbecue last Saturday under fraternal auspices, a big crowd, as usual, attending some of them coming many miles to take in the event, public meetings of this kind, especially when there is something to eat in it, having great attraction for the negro. The ball game in the evening, between Farmerville and Bernice, was largely attended by both white and black, resulted in a victory for the home coons.

The New Orleans physicians have absolutely accepted the mosquito theory in fighting the yellow fever and are directing their forces against this insect, the patients carefully shielded from its attacks and the cisterns screened and all standing water treated with coal oil. It is claimed that the female stegomya fasciata in biting the patient takes up the fever poison and then injects it into the system of the next subject of its attack, thus setting up a new case. There are 35 species of mosquito in the state, but only one of these transmits the fever through the female of the specie.

Dr. Jameson is receiving the material for his new residence on the west side, which will be a two story structure and will be built on a commodious and convenient plan, his purpose to build it in line with the future development of the town.

DWELLING FOR SALE. 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, it 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 every profitable purchase in this property. Call at Gazette office for particulars.

Mr. S. Burk, depot agent at this place, accompanied by his family, left last Saturday morning on a two weeks vacation to his old home at Winsboro, Franklin Parish. Mr. Mayo, late of Texas, taking his place at the depot, himself and wife stopping temporarily at F. E. Mayo’s boarding house.

Marx Phillips, formerly an attache of this office, but now employed on the Strong Herald, spent the Sabbath with relatives in Farmerville, and informed us that he and his brother Joe were considering a proposition to buy the Herald and run it conjointly.

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.

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.

Due to the continued rains and the unprecedented high water the D’Arbonne will remain open to navigation until late in the season, Capt. Wilson informing us that his boat, the Mattie, will be able to continue in the trade to Monroe until September, even if no rain should fall in the interval.

The police jury at its late session authorized the sheriff to have the necessary repairs done on the jail, and Mr. J. B. Heard has taken the contract, which will amount to about $60, and includes the repair of the masonry, the replacing an securing the loose and broken bars in the windows, fixing the pump and other deficiencies about the building, but dies not include locks for the cells, which are badly needed.

The Choudrant mail remained tied up by conditions at the ferry from Monday until Saturday evening, when it was brought to the ferry tot he other side of the stream and ferried across, and it is probable that arrangements will be made to have the mail sent around by the railroad should the high water continue for any length of time.

WILL INTEREST MANY. Every person should know that good health is impossible if the kidneys are deranged. Foley’s Kidney Cure will cure kidney and bladder disease in every form, and will build up and strengthen these organs so they will perform their functions properly. No danger of Bright’s disease of diabetes if Folys Kidney Cure is taken in time. Farmerville Drug Co.

Editor O. C. Dawkins, of the Monroe News, came to Farmerville in hast last Thursday on Capt. Cooley’s gasoline launch (making the trip in about 4 hours) called here by the sudden and serious illness of his son Frank, who together with his brother, has been spending some time in Farmerville with their grandmother, Mrs. Thompson and was taken very sick with fever last Wednesday and at one time was pronounced dangerously ill. Mr. Dawkins came prepared to convey the sick boy to Monroe on the Dixie Land, but under the advise of the physician the move was not made, the father remaining over with the sick child, who has continued to improve.


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