Farmerville Local News

The Gazette
September 13, 1905

Mr. H. H. VanHook arrived with his stock last Monday night.

Mrs. Rogers of Junction, was committed to the jail last Saturday night in a demented condition.

John Green, charged with robbery committed near Bennett, was locked up at this place last week.

Mr. J. B. Heard closed a contract with the police jury to do additional improvement on the jail structure.

Will Sutton and Louis Johnson, charged with robbing Pleas Smith, were committed to jail last Friday. All colored.

Mrs. A. J. Bell was taken with fever last week and Saturday and Sunday was very sick and is still confined to her room as a result.

Mr. L. H. Barnes, who is spending the summer months at the home of his mother in Farmerville, made a limited trip to Monroe and Ruston last week.

A typographical error made the price of Household Flour $6.50 per barrel in the ad of J. W. Stancil & Bro., when it should have read $6.00 per barrel.

A fake report of the prevalence of yellow fever in Monroe was circulated on the street this week, but the facts go to show that there was no foundation for the rumor.

Mr. Jewell Webb is quite sick in his room at the Hartman House, his condition very serious last Saturday evening, but at the present time he is in no immediate danger.

Several wagon loaded of freight were received by our merchants from Monroe, Bernice and Ruston, this system of freightage our dependence until traffic over the railroad resumed.

Frank Pleasant Jr., was taken sick with fever while fishing on the bayou and last Sunday was dangerously ill, threatened with congestion, but we are pleased to say that his condition is now improved Dr. Taylor at one time feared an attack of swamp fever in his case.

Mrs. Janie VanHook, who returned home last Saturday evening after spending the summer with her mother near Rayville and with friends in Bernice, we regret to state, was taken ill with a chill last Monday and is still on the sick list.

Mr. J. M. McKinzie, one of the editor’s old Lincoln friends, was in Farmerville last week and gave us a pleasant call. Mr. McKinzie says the crops in Lincoln parish are about on a par with those of Union, a very limited yield of cotton resulting from the unfavorable season.

Mr. Will Barnes, who in company with Mr. Harry VanHook, has been absent for several months with a drove of horses is the western parishes of the state returned home last Saturday evening, but left again on Monday to rejoin Mr. VanHook at Walnut Lane and assist him in bringing their stock to this place.

Mr. H. D. Flenniken, ex-marshal of Ruston, was here last Friday, just up from a protracted illness, and now on the road with a line of show cases, jewelry, etc. Despite the reports of a shortage in his official accounts, Mr. Flenniken has settled in full with the town of Ruston as marshal, exhibiting to us a clear receipt of all indebtedness to the town of Ruston, which he served for a long time, making one of the best officers the town ever had, the write residing there during his administration.


Miss Bettie Haas, returned Sunday from a visit to Bernice.

On Monday evening the young people were entertained by Miss Annie Pleasant.

On the night of September 11, the dancing crowd was pleasantly entertained by Misses Reeta and Miriam Harman.

Mrs. Hardy, with her daughter Miss Kate, and son, McNary, left for Ruston, Thursday, leaving here called to the bedside of Robt. Hardy, who is ill with typhoid fever.

Miss Myrtle Goyne, of Ruston, is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Stancil.

Misses Ella Ellis and Lily Smith of Downsville, are the guests of Miss Reeta Hartman.

At her home, about eight miles from Farmerville, Miss Corrinne Taylor, entertained at a delightful house party last week. The people from Farmerville were Misses Julia and Lillian Donley and Mattie May Barnes.

A few couples were entertained by Miss Evelyn Sanders last Wednesday, evening. Dainty refreshments were served and a pleasant evening was spent by all present.

Miss Annie May Slade, of Magazine, Ark., spent last week with her cousin, Miss Bessie Murphy.

Messrs. Henry Haas and Fenner Murphy left last week, the former to accept a position at Monroe, the latter at Randolph, La.

Complimentary to Miss Bessie Murphy and her guest, Miss Slade, Mrs. T. J. Breed entertained a merry crowd of young people on Thursday evening.

Miss Amelia Haas, who has been visiting relatives at this place for the past month, left Sunday for Bernice. She was accompanied by Miss Ellen Haas.

Complimentary to the visiting young ladies, Miss Willie may Jackson entertained on Friday evenng.

Mr. Romaine Gill, of D’Arbonne spent last Thursday with Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Baughman. He was accompanied home by little Misses Fay and Thelma Baughman.

The younger crown were entertained by Miss Bessie Murphy last Saturday evening.

Mr. J. H. Sanders arrived from Collinston Thursday, returning Friday, accompanied by Mrs. Sanders, who has been visiting her mother for the past few weeks.

The Yellow Fever.

The conditions still continue to show improvement at all points except Lake Providence, Tallulah, Patterson and Leeville, which are the worst points of infection, Tallaluh showing up with about 20 cases on hand and at Lake Providence the Marine health officer admits the disease has gotten beyond his control and is spreading into the country and advises all who can to leave. New cases continue to appear at Vicksburg, while one case is reported at Baton Rouge, the latest report from New Orleans (Sunday) shows 47 new cases and one death. Total cases to date 2,262 total deaths 309. In all the conditions are considered an improvement ever the the previous week.

We have received a letter from Robt. J. Rasbury stating that he has severed his connection with the Southern Grocer Co., of Monroe, to accept a position with C. L. Gunhy, of West Monroe, where as he will be seen by his card in this issue, he will be pleased to meet and serve his friends.

The police jury after a three days session, adjourned last Tuesday and the proceeding coming in at a late hour we have only been able to get in a portion of them this week. The most important action of the body was the decision to put in a new steel cell down stairs in the jail. Sheriff Taylor instructed to correspond with the different firms doing work of this kind and get the best prices on the work.

Mr. Hartman has about completed the extensive improvements planned for his house and here after will be able to extend adequate accommodations to the traveling public coming to our town, having added six commodious rooms to his residence.

A letter from President W. E. Taylor of the Industrial Institute, announces the postponement of the opening of the institute from September 19 to Oct. 3rd, and intimates that the attendance will be very fall this coming session.

Shreveport is now completely bottled up in the full significance of the term completely devoid of passenger train service of any kind the Texas and Arkansas authorities refusing the proposition to run trains in and out the city through their territory.

Due to continued illness and quarantine restriction Mr. K. A. Pleasant was compelled to abandon his ice business for the time being, but Mr. F. E. Mayo conferred a boon on the sick ones in the community by having two wagon loads of this soothing commodity brought over from Bernice and Ruston.

Mr. J. D. Fenton and family are likely to be lost to our community, Mr. Fenton having announced his intention to sell his property here and remove to some other point to establish himself in business. We have heard Mineral Wells, Texas, mentioned as his choice of business location, he and his family having spent some time there last summer.

Mrs. Fryar, who accompanied her husband, Mr. W. D. Fryar, chief representative of the Rosemend Monument Co., of St. Louis, to this place last week and was taken sick on the road has been quite ill at the Hartman House for several days, is now improving.

The Bernice people held up in construction of their proposed $12,000 brick school house, for which a special tax of five mills was voted in the late election held for the purpose, the law requiring that a special act of the legislature must be had authorizing the bond issue to secure the funds, and as the legislature will not assemble until May next the construction of the building will be delayed until after that date. However, temporary quarters will be provided for the school in the meantime. The citizens of Bernice seem to be a determined and progressive set of people and will eventually land their proposition.

A letter from one of the officials of the railroad removes the last vestige of the hope for railroad service from Monroe over the Lillie Rock & Monroe and the Farmerville & Southern to Farmerville, the letter pointing out the fact that separate trains would have to be operated over each road, which the prospective business would not justify. However, the trouble with these people is that they are under the erroneous impression that the junction of the L. R. & M. and the F. & S. is on the state line, when in fact it is about one mile south of the Arkansas line in this state, and the only difficulty to be experienced is the matter of turning the train, which, however, could be backed down to this place, a distance of 24 miles otherwise a loop might be added at the junction. Notwithstanding that Superintendent Wyatt has not been heard from still we have little hope of any material results.

The Star say that the Monroe Progressive League is still working to secure train service to this point over the L. R. & M. R. R. A service of three trains a week asked.

The report prevails hare that Mrs. Tom Dumas, living about 7 miles from town, died suddenly one day last week while on the creek fishing. She was in the act of extracting a thorn from her little boy’s foot when she fell over dead. She had been in bad health for years.

WILL BE EXTENDED. We have received a private letter from Mr. Abe Stein, of Monroe, in which he assures us that the purchase of the Arkansas Southern by the Rock Island, (which we mentioned in last weeks issue) will in nowise effect the proposed extension of the Frisco from Hope, Ark., via Farmerville and Monroe. In fact this deal having been effected long before the extension in question was proposed. He further states that the arrangements are now going forward to place a surveying corps in the field just as soon as quarantine restrictions are removed, the work to be inaugurated about January 1st. He says we can depend on this information and we are pleased to lay it before our readers, as it means the future development and upbuilding of our town and parish. This and the prospect of the early extension of the F. & S., south, puts us in line for early and very important railroad development.

Col. James T. Harris, son of Mr. S. J. Harris, of Ruston and formerly a resident of Shiloh, after a absence of 14 years, is at present visiting relatives in Farmerville, the guest of Hon. F. F. Preaus, Col. Harris who has been in the government service for years, left his family in New Orleans June 19th, and has been barred by the quarantine since that date, but has no fears of his family contracting the disease.

TO MY FRIENDS. I have severed my connection with the Monroe Grocery Co. Ltd., and have accepted a position with C. L. Gunby, of West Monroe, La., where I will be glad to serve any of my friends that may call on me. Come to see me. Robt. J. Rassbury.

The Ruston Leader mentions the fact that Judge Dawkins, who is holding court in that day, had some difficulty last week in squaring it with the quarantine authorities there, having failed to provide himself with the necessary health certificate when leaving his hope at this place.

The only quarantine duty performed at this point is left to the marshal, who makes it his business to look after all strangers coming to our town to see that they are provided with proper health certificates. However, the board of health is keeping a vigilant eye on the situation and should the infection approach to dangerous limits the proper public safeguards will be at once adopted. As it is we are not in the remotest danger of infection.

The editor was pleased to meet an old friend in the person of Mr. John Hudson in Farmerville last Saturday, Mr. Hudson here introducing the Cliff Williams Machinery Company to the public, representing their branch office at Winnfield. They are the makers of a portable saw mill outfit, one of the cheapest and most practical combinations on the market, by which any farmer with the timber on hand can set up in the saw mill business in a limited scale on his own hook, and can move his lay out from place to place with the facility of a wagon. Mr. H. will later place two of these machines on exhibition here to demonstrate their practicability.


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