Southern Star

Southern Star
June 20, 1910 (just a small section)

W.N. Galloway attended services at the Primitive Baptist church in Ozark.
On his return was accompanied by Elder Jenkins of Albertville--Brundidge

M.A. Creel was in city Sat.  Marion says he wishes he had an automobile.

Mr. Jas. Andrews came near loosing his home one day the past week by fire
which caught at the stove flew .  After Mrs. Andrews had cooked breakfast
the menfolks all left for the work and Mrs. Andrews was in the garden
gathering her dinner.  She looked back at the house, and saw the smoke
boiling up from the cook room.  So by heroic work carrying water up the
ladder, Mrs. Andrews finally succeeded in putting out the fire.

G.M. Hathaway had a fine jersey calf to go mad and had to kill it.

Mr. R.Y. Dowling, Dr. Bob and Lenn Reynolds was up in............(don't have
the rest copied)
Mr. W.I. Casey bought from Judge Morris at Daleville, and from Daniel Martin
of the western portion of the county about 150 bales of
cotton............They are among the very best farmers in Dale County, and
the fact that they are able to hold their cotton indefintely is evidence of
their independence.

letter from Enterprise, Ala July 18th, 1910
Mr. T.E. Weeks plans to move to Ozark and take charge of the Old Alliance
Cotton warehouse.
June 22, 1910

From Beat 2

Miss Estelle Mosely of Haw Ridge, elected teacher for the next scholastic
year by Trustees at Union School.
Rev. Register filled his regular apt. at Pleasant Hill Sunday.
E.W. Parish, Sheriff elect has been sick but now improving.
Sacred harp singing----------president S.J. Byrd, singing 95th song, Isom
Byrd, Alphius Waters, and Early Caraway gave a lesson.

June 8, 1910

Mr. J.D. HOLMAN has improved property on West Daleville with cement
sidewalks in front of his store.
Mrs. J. ? LEVY is selling chickens and eggs.
Mr. Walker GOFF of Tampa, Fla. visiting his father's family.
Mrs. J.E. JOHNSON and children of Donaldsonville, Ga. guest of Mr. J. C or
G. Goff.
Rev. C.S. TALLEY and Misses Stell COX and Minnie Lee McNAIR in Union Springs
attending a session of the Epworth League.
Mary SOLLIE lost a Kappa Delta sorority pin, reward.
Mr. Walter SIMS with the state, at North Birmingham was here on business
last week.
Uncle Lewis MOSELEY and wife returned from a pleasant visit to relatives in
Sheriff ANDREWS went to Mount Vernon, taking a prisoner to be placed in the
Mr. Y. Allen HOLMAN has returned from a business trip to Cincinnati.
Sam MILLER had an accident at Solcomb (will post details if needed).
J.D. HOLMAN has harnesses, whips and robes.  Also making improvements to his
H.D. GARNER, for hams call him telephone number 8 (my times have changed)
Mr. J.W. BARNES of Andalusia attending bedside of his father, William
Mayor MARTIN has been confined to his bed for a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. G.W. WOODHAM had a boy last week.
Mr. W.D. HUTCHINSON of Elba was in town on business.
Fred CULLENS, operated on at Montgomery, doing nicely, home soon.

(The following names were very hard to read, so there may be some errors)

Alma K(E?)LLNER, 8 year old disappeared at Louisville, Dec. 8 found dead in
an old cistern.
Mr. E? M. COUSINS returned from a visit to Birmingham.
Mr. J. N. RUSSELL or FUSSELL spent last Tuesday at Dothan.
Lewis MOSELY, W.H or M MARCH???, J.R. EDWARDS, Board of Registers Dale
County (voting)
Mrs. Q or O HUNTER of Tamp, Fla. visiting relatives here.
Mrs. H or M. N. HUNTER and children returned after a visit to ? Fla.


part of Star June 18, 1890

Judge Simmons not enjoying good health.
Mr. W.B. Snell living in Skipperville.
M.E. Milligan, Esq. of Geneva.
Mr. I.J. Stewart of Haw Ridge with family of Dr. McNair.
Mrs. Robert King visiting relatives in Troy, accompanied home by Mr. King's
Death of Mr. W.E? Glover.
H.L. Martin, cashier at Planters & Merchants Bank.
Mr. James C. Barnes of Ariosta more favorable for recovery than for some
time past.
Mr. Lewis Moseley building new house on Union street.
Mr. H.M. Sessions visited Troy.
Mr. S.T. Knight of Haw Ridge.
Mrs. William McDonald's husband died at home in Donaldsonville, Ga.  He
married Miss Lonie Matthews of our town 6 months ago.
J.F. Wilkinson at the A.& M. college of ?


Southern Star, April 23, 1890


In the cemetery at the University of Virgina are buried 1097 Confederate
soldiers.  Of these, 82 are from Alabama, 13 from Florida, 224 from Georgia,
84 from Louisiana, 4 from Maryland, 69 from Mississippi, 200 from North
Carolina, 161 from South Carolina, 10 from Tennessee, 12 from Texas, 192
from Virginia, 29 whose states are uncertain, and 17 not known.  Their
graves, although they have not been altogether neglected, are greatly in
need of attention and a movement has recently been set on foot to put them
in decent order and if possible, erect a simple monument to their memory.


                             Unit         Company
Acre S. T.              15 AL         C
Bagwell J.W.          15 AL         G
Ballard G.W.           5  AL         H
Bargamin  J.H.         61 AL        D
Bates D.                  15 AL        L
Barden S.B.            48 AL        B
Benson A.J.             5 AL          I
Berry  J.W.             44 AL        B
Bishop  J.                47 AL        E
Bowden  W.P.        12 AL        B
Boyd  C.W.            15 AL        I
Canida  D.              15 AL        K
Coffield  J.              15 AL        L
Cum G.N.              44 AL        D  (Looks like Cum not Cam or Com)
Cummings  J.L.      18 AL         I
Curry  M.L.           10 AL         I
Davis  F.A.            15 AL        C
Davis  L.                15 AL        E
D?kes  W.W.        15 AL        A
Edwards  R.          15 AL         B
Emerson  J.J.         15 AL         C
Ethridge  J.            15 AL         C
Finley J.B.             48 AL         K
Ford  T.J.              15 AL         B
Garland W.            15 AL         D
Gay  H. M.             61 AL        C
Gentry T.J.             15 AL        G
Gergan  W.            15 AL        C
Gill  W.                  15 AL        H
Graves  H.R.          15 AL        F
Hardy J.W.            47 AL        D
Haynes J. H.          12 AL  (No company given)
Hellai(n?)e  J.         15 AL        D
Hindman  J.J.          9 AL          I
Holden  G.A.          6 AL         H
Holt  J.M.               9 AL         F
Hooks  T.J.            15 AL       G
Hudson  J.              6 AL         A
Johas  L.J.             15 AL        B
King D.R.               46 AL       B
Kinzie J.L.              4 AL          B
Lane  J.                  47 AL        E
Latham  A.             48 AL        G
Loe J.H.                 48 AL        K
Lewis W.                15 AL        F
Mann  J.L.               6  AL        A
Mann ? A.J.            47 AL        A
Moseley W.D.        15 AL  (no company given)
Noblin  J.H.            15 AL         E
Norris  J.                15 AL         E
Owen  W.R.           11 AL         F
Pate J.                    15 AL         E
Paul A.F.                15 AL         E
Payne G.T.             15 AL         H
Radliff  L.                47 AL         F
Peterman                 46 AL         K(no initials)
Ray  S.L.                 15 AL         H?
Reayes  R.               8 AL           H?
Renfroe F.               15 AL          F
Tapp E.H.                5 AL           C
Sartain Reuben         5 AL           C
Saunders A.J.          4 AL            F
Scott  W.F.             47 AL           I
Sellers  M.S.           15 AL           F
Shearer B.F.            61 AL           I
Sheffield  J.M.          6 AL             C (possibly G)
Smith  W.                 5 AL            G
Sikes  J.J.                 61 AL           B
Sketoe  S.                 3 AL            E
Strickland                      ALABAMA
Teague  E.                 44 AL           K
Thacker H.A.             48 AL          C
Thomas W.F.             4 AL            E
Turner  G.                    6 AL  (No company given)
Whatley  L.L.              3 AL           I
Widener A.C.             12 AL         H
Willbanks  S.               4 AL          A
Williams  J.F.               5 AL          C


Southern Star, Feb. 9, 1910


    It is with feelings of deep sorrow that the writer feels called upon to
speak of the passing away of one of his best and truest friends, of one of
the noblest characters in all of his acquaintance, and one of the most
substantial citizens in this section of the state, the Hon. John C.
Killebrew of Newton, Dale County, Ala.
    On January 6th, 1843, in Warren county, Ga., was born the subject of
this memoriam, whose demise on January 20th, 1910, has left void a place in
the circles of friendship that can never be filled.
    In 1861, at the age of eighteen years, Mr. Killebrew enlisted in the
service of the Confederacy, joining the troops that went out from his native
state, and came back home at the close of that bloody struggle with nothing
left him of this world's goods.  But with a big heart and a strong
resolution to fight other battles of life, less bloody, perhaps, but full of
terror and disappointment he went to work to rebuild what a cruel war had
laid waste.
    In May, 1865, he emigrated to Alabama, locating at Newton, in Dale
county, where he has resided ever since.
    In December, 1869, he was married to Miss Nannie Crittenden, of Dale
county, by which marriage three sons and four daughters, viz:  Prof. W.B.
Killebrew, one of the teachers in the Geneva County High School, at
Hartford; Fannie, who died in infancy; M.N. Killebrew, engaged in business
at Birmingham; Mattie Alba, wife of W.J. Snell;  Nora, wife of F.L. Mullens,
both of whom reside at Newton; C.D. Killebrew, assistant Professor of
Physics, Auburn, Ala, and Sallie, who is also deceased.
    Our friend was one of the men who helped to make Newton famous as an
educational point and which today enjoys the proud and young (the next 3
lines are unreadable because of microfilm quality).
To the???and seal of Mr. Killebrew as a friend of education and an advocate
of the building of good characters on a sure foundation, has been added the
energy and pluck of other noble Christian people until today Newton stands
as a beacon light in educational matters and as a monument to their wisdom
and patriotic devotion.
    Since our arrival at the age of manhood we have been intimately
acquainted and associated with Mr. Killebrew, and during all these years of
our acquaintance we never knew him to falter in his devotion to principle,
or prove false to a friend.  Noble in character, lofty in sentiment and true
in principle, he was a man to whom everybody who knew him could point as the
very soul of honor, and our friendship for him became as strong as ties
could make it, therefore it is with deep sorrow that these ties have been
broken by death, and we are forced to part with one we loved and esteemed so
    In politics, he was always a Democrat, but after the party split in 1892
he became a Populist and represented Dale county in the legislature as one.
In the last years of his life he became less active in politics.
    To his beloved companion and five children, who survive him, we extend
our condolences in their hour of bereavement, and although our friend is
gone he is not forgotten.

A Friend


Feb. 9, 1910

obituary for John C. Killebrew of Newton, married to Nannie Crittenden (if
anyone needs this I will post it, it's about 1 column long)

mysterious death of Myler Banks

Clayton, Ala, Feb. 4--
A case in which a young bride refused all allegiance to her husband the same
day upon which they were married was tried before Judge Grubbs in Clayton
Wednesday.  The parties to the contract were Mr. Charles Williamson and Miss
Mamie Bryan, who resides in the county near Texasville.  After eluding the
bride's parents, who opposed the match; the couple were married in
Georgetown, GA., and upon returning home the bride was taken in custody by
her father.  The young groom immediately instituted proceedings and the case
was heard in Clayton.  Council was employed and the court decided that the
bride had not been unlawfully detained.  She was therefore permitted to
return to her husband, but refused, prefering to seek the parental roof and
accordingly went home with her father.  The case to say the least, is
decidedly unique.

 Two cows gone from A.C.L. Railroad stock pin, W.E. DuBose, Clintonville

Berry L. Andrews announcing for the office of Clerk of Circuit Court.

notice from F.B. Cullens about his drug store.


Southern Star March 9, 1910

    One of the most delightful social affairs occurred Friday afternoon,
when Mrs. L.F. Sessions and Mrs. F. H. Sessions entertained at their elegant
home on Broad street.
    The lower floor was thrown together for the entertainment of the guests
and was artistically decorated with ferns and cut flowers.  In the parlor
cut glass vases of Killarney roses added beauty to this dainty room of white
and gold.
Bowls of roses and pink Janonicas were used effectively in the library.  In
the dining room Brides roses enhanced the elegance of its oak furnishings
and from the oval table covered with a cluny lace piece fruit punch was
served by Mrs. B.F. Coleman and Mrs. L.B. Martin.
    Mrs. H.B. Dowling assisted in receiving the guests, and Misses Frances
Reynolds and Willie Belle Sessions kept score for the game of bid dominos.
    After the game a course luncheon was served, carrying out the color
scheme of pink and white in the ices.
    Those invited were Mrs. B.F. Coleman, Mrs. J.L. Williams, Mrs. M.
Sollie, Mrs. H.C. Dowling, Mrs. H.O. Dowling, Mrs. J. A. Eason, Mrs. V.A.
Holman, Mrs. J.D. Holman, Mrs. R.D. Reynolds, Mrs. M.O. Carroll, Mrs. Warner
Carroll, Mrs. T.W. Chaffin, Mrs. Robert Brown, Mrs. W.L. Casey, Mrs. W.W.
Kirkland, Mrs. H.L. Martin, Mrs. J.H. Adams, Mrs. J.L. Reynolds, Mrs. J. O
or Q Adams, Mrs. M.P. Skipper, Mrs. F.S. Howell, Mrs. L.B. Martin, Mrs.
J.E.Z. Riley, Mrs. H.M. Sessions, Mrs. W.J.D. Anglin, Mrs. Daneils, Mrs.
R.E. Holman, Mrs. James Smith, Mrs. J.A. Anglin, Mrs. H.B. Dowling, Mrs.
C.M. Cox, Mrs. O Akins, Mrs. C.D. Barnes, Misses Eva Walls, Letia Garner,
Leila Dowling, Mae?Smith, Hattie Riley and Georgia Dowling.
(blurry image, I think these are the correct initials and Daneils is the
spelling in the paper, probably a typo)

Dr. C.M. McNair has been sick and is now improving.
Mr. J.N. Fussell, candidate for Commissioner, known as "Big Jim" and
"Captain" and "Uncle Jim".
F.B. Cullens wants to buy a place 3 or 4 miles from town.
R.G. Skipper has cabbage plants for sale.
Card of thanks to neighbors and friends from H.B. Wilson and wife concerning
the death of daughter Eloise.

part of Star June 18, 1890

Judge Simmons not enjoying good health.
Mr. W.B. Snell living in Skipperville.
M.E. Milligan, Esq. of Geneva.
Mr. I.J. Stewart of Haw Ridge with family of Dr. McNair.
Mrs. Robert King visiting relatives in Troy, accompanied home by Mr. King's
Death of Mr. W.E? Glover.
H.L. Martin, cashier at Planters & Merchants Bank.
Mr. James C. Barnes of Ariosta more favorable for recovery than for some
time past.
Mr. Lewis Moseley building new house on Union street.
Mr. H.M. Sessions visited Troy.
Mr. S.T. Knight of Haw Ridge.
Mrs. William McDonald's husband died at home in Donaldsonville, Ga.  He
married Miss Lonie Matthews of our town 6 months ago.
J.F. Wilkinson at the A.& M. college of ?

Feb. 2, 1910

Mr. E.A. Trawick and wife in the city guest of relatives and friends.
W.A. Arnold of Clio....
Miss Vela Simmons was with home folks....
Mrs. R.D. Reynolds visiting relatives at Clio....
Miss Jane Doster visitin relatives at Newton.
Mrs. J.W. Parker of Birimingham visiting relatives...
funeral of Mr. Marvin McDonald
Mr. J.F. Moseley had moved to his residence he recently purchased from Mr.
Lewis Moseley on North Merrick avenue.  Mr. Lewis Moseley has moved to his
residence a few miles above town.
Elder A.R. Sims, pastor of the Primitive Baptist church preached here on
last Saturday and Sunday.
W.A. Helms of Bundidge...
H.I. White.....
Hon. J.E.Z. Riley and Mr. H.M.Sessions have received their Automobiles....
J.B. Byrd and W.H. Holloway of Enterprise....

Jan. 19, 1910
Misses Mollie and Matilda Mosely have returned from a pleasant visit to
relatives at Hartford and Dothan.

John C. Holman of Hartford....
Anderson Adcock of Newton....
Mr. and Mrs. Sim Dowling of Daleville visiting daughter, Mrs. Laura D.
Dr. C.C. Deal, of Echo..
Rev. W.F. Stough of Echo Circuit....
Mr. Alex Riley, of this place, appointed Carrier of Route No. 4 out of
Ozark.  Mr. M.F.Pippin the Carrier of Route 4 was transferred to Route 5....

Card of Thanks from H.E. Key and children on death of "our darling son and

This is only a section of one page from the dates given.  The microfilm copy
is difficult to read in places.  I listed the names I could read well enough
to be sure of.

Cathy Van Cleave

Southern Star, June 29, 1910

C.F. James spent Sunday in Enterprise.
F.B. Cullens Jr. visited Montgomery.
Miss Bessie Adams visiting friends in Montgomery.
Dr. J.R. Brown spent last week at Panama City.
Deputy Sheriff Andrews was a visitor to Daleville last week.
Mr. R.L. Rollins and family of Enterprise visited relatives in the city the
past week.
Mrs. W.W. Kirkland has returned home from a visit to Panama City.
Mrs. J.F. Moseley and children have returned from a visit to relatives in
Pike County.
W.D. Hutchinson of Elba was in the city on business.
Miss Lillie Parker has returned from a visit to relatives at Enterprise and
other points.
Mrs. A.C. Parker of Cuthbert, GA. visiting relatives in the city.
Dr. C.F. Hayes of Enterprise was here Mon. & Tues. on regular weekly visits.

Officers at the masonic lodge, Hawridge Lodge # 809, elected June 11th.
J.M. Carmichael   W.M.
W.F. Gunter   S.W.
Louis Snellgrove    J.W.
John Dean    Treas.
P.A. Clark    Sect.
W.J. Hayes    S? D.
D.L. Cain    J.D.
J.B. Carmichael    St. ward
C or O T. Cooper    St. ward
G.T. Hildreth     Chaplain
J.J. Harden    Tyler

Rev. A.L Blizzard delivered the address at the Masonic and Woodsmen of the
World officer installation.
H.R. Smith at Smith & Co. lost a silver openfaced watch with chain.
Mr. R.A. Goff, wife and little son, Rex Malone of Montgomery are visiting
W.M. Cooper of Dothan was in the city on business.
Below is the "Cliff Notes" version of the earliest issue on film:
Vol. 1, No. 40, Sept. 25, 1867, Wednesday Morning.  Note: Jos. A. Adams,
the Editor and Publisher,  was publishing in Newton at this time.

Rev. J.A. PARKER - Subscription Agent (for the Star)
Rev. J.L.M. CURRY - Elected Pastor, Freemason St. Baptist Church
? GRAY - In La Grange jail for selling land script to Negroes
Rev. John P. DOWLING - Service at Methodist Church
Col. OATES - Will deliver an address
John L. FIGG - Has returned from Greenville
Messrs. HARRELL - Charged with Assault and Battery
P.M. CALLOWAY - Letter to the Editor
A.P. WIGGS -- Announcement of Candidacy
John MILLER (Decd) - Estate Sale
William KING (Decd) - Estate Sale
J.L. WILLIAMS -- Administrator for both of above estates
Hon. Daniel CARMICHAEL - Probate Judge
Joseph P. MAUND (Decd) / Mary MAUND (Admin.) -- Letter of Administration,
re: estate
J.W. DOWLING (Decd) - Estate Sale
Levi DOWLING (Decd) - Estate Sale
J.W. DOWLING - Administrator for both of above
William BUSH (Decd) / James E. BUSH (Admin.)- Letter of Administration, re:
William BRACEWELL - Tax Collector
Jesse KENSEL,  Wm. COX, John A. KENSEL, R.A. SOLOMON - Sheriff's Sale
J.L. WILLIAMS - Sheriff
Jos. W. FOXWORTH / Elenor FOXWORTH - Chancery Notice, re: Divorce
Sid A. WILLCOXON - Register
A.M. HUGHES - Solicitor
J.A.F. CAMPBELL (Admin.), S.W. WOODS, (Decd) - Probate Notice
M.S. WALLACE - Advert., Photographer

Southern Star Stockholders Meeting: J.J. HAYLEY, D.R. THOMAS, Daniel

List of Grand Jurors: John W. BRANCH, Wm. WINDHAM, Angus McSWAIN, Elisha

List of Petit Jurors: Whittemore CREWS, Arass MIXON, J.C. CHRISTIAN, W.M.


A.P. WIGGS / W.E. MAULDIN - Attorneys, Newton
J.A. PARKER - Attorney, Newton
W.R. HOUGHTON - Attorney, Newton
A.M. HUGHES - Attorney, Newton
James A. RHEA - Attorney, Montgomery
CUNNINGHAM & GRAVES - Attorneys, Montgomery
W.D. WOOD & J.M. CARMICHAEL - Attorneys, Newton
J.A. CORBETT - Attorney, Abbeville
B.S. RENEAU - Buggy & Carriage Shop, Newton

J.A. AUSTIN, WOLF, DASH and FISHER - Sheriff Sale
Thos. SPELLER, Phillip KING, H.W.B. PRICE & Bro. - Sheriff Sale
Joseph K. BREARE (Decd), A.P. WIGGS (Admin.) - Probate Notice
Sarah A.E. HANKS (Guardian of minor children), Eldred POWELL (Decd) -
Probate Notice
Daniel McDUFFIE (Decd), L. WILLIAMS (Admin.) - Probate Notice
J.W. DOWLING (Decd), John W. DOWLING (Admin.) - Probate Notice
George SOWELL (Decd), G.N. TRAWICK (Admin.) - Probate Notice
Joseph ERVIN (Decd), Henry T. WILKINSON (Admin.) - Probate Notice
David M. JAMES (Decd) - Probate Notice
W.W. POPE (Decd), Thos. G. BLACKMAN (Admin.) - Probate Notice
Daniel McDUFFIE (Decd) - Probate Notice
Advert. - W.E. BESSON, Druggist, Eufaula
B.E(F?). - HUBERT (Decd) - Probate Notice

Jan. 24, 1915

School committee:
Walter Barnes, Chairman
Harold W. Foght
J.W. Dinsmore
Marbel Carney
Florence M. Lane


On last Sunday afternoon four o'clock Mr. Porter C. Andrews and Miss Lola
Bryan were most happily married at the groom's Uncle, Mr. Alex Byrd, Rev. J.
B. Byrd officiating.
The bride is the beautiful acomplished daughter of Mr. Nich Bryan, near
The groom is the son of Mr. W.H. Andrews and is highly respected in his
community.  His many friends are glad to welcome and congratulate him in the
circle and on winning the hand of such a young lady.
The couple came back to the grooms home where a delicious supper awaited

(Porter Carroll Andrews, son of  Willliam "Harper" Andrews and Mary Susan
"Sudie" Porter)

Southern Star, Jan. 5, 1916


Dallas, Tex., Nov. 11, 1915.
W.E. Painter,

Dear Ruf:

     I wrote you for a list of my dear old Co. E. 15th Alabama Regiment who
are now living, and as you were sick Bro. Charley Edwards sent me the
following list vis.-W.R. Painter, W.C. Mizell Ozark; J.R. Edwards, Mat
Williams, Artion; C. V. Atkinson, Newton; Newt Curenton, Haw Ridge; Albert
Austin, Daleville; W.D. Byrd, B.W. Fleming, Enterprise; Dorse Fleming,
Geneva; C.G. Dillard, Ozark Route 1.  To this I add the Texas list---Capt.
Wm. A. Edwards, 4019 Bowser St. Dallas Texas; A.N. Edwards, Gordon,
Tex.;Y.M. Edwards, Alvin, Tex.; J.P. Martin, Italy, Tex.; Ben Martin,
Waxahachie, Tex.; Wm. Mobly Crandal Dallas County, Tex.  The above
constitute the list of survivors as I have it.  If you know of any others
please add them to this.
    The Company left home with 84 men enlisted all told 200.  Returned home
after surrender 100.  So you see 100 brave and as good men as Dale or any
other county ever raised sleep in some Northern or Southern cemetery or in
shallow crude graves on some battle field, or possibly some were buried
under the winter snow or to decay on some bloody hard fought battle ground
and their bones to bleach under a burning sun, and to their dust and memory
we say farewell dear comrades, and we hope some day to meet you beyond the
flash and roar of artillery and rattle of musketry.
 It will probably be some interest to the friends and survivors of Co. E. to
read a short write up of the Company which I hope you will have the Star to
publish and send a copy to all living members.  I t will likely be the last
message they will ever get from me as I am now past eighty and they are not
in their teens.  I want each to take this as a personal letter and I would
be glad to have a letter from all of them.
    No better Co. of citizens soldiers ever left any community than left
Westville on the 18th day of July 1861, 54 years ago the past July.  No more
sumptuous feast was ever spread for departing patriots than was spread under
the shade of the beautiful oaks that stood around old Darian church.  The
loving hands that prepared it have long since been wafted beyond the curse
of war and rage of battles by the angels of God.  In all my life I have
never seen deeper and purer emotions or heard so tender farewells as
followed that sumptuous feast.  Husbands and wives embraced in tender love
and with many it was the last embrace---fathers kissed their only
babes---mothers threw a mothers arm around her son and with a mothers deep
prayer sent her soldier boy to the conflict of battle and perils of war. And
some of the boys felt the tender touch of the bride-to-be as they clasped
hands that day.  It thrilled their souls and nerved their arm for deeds of
daring until they either perished in the campaign or returned home under the
furled banner of the stars and bars.  I have often been anxious to know if
any of them that got back got left.
"That day many parted,
Where few shall meet."
    That night we camped at Fraziers mill on Pea river and almost the entire
company took a bath, and if there were either snakes, alligators or varmints
for miles around they took to the hills and swamps never to return.  Such a
babel of voices and splashing of water I have never heard.  The next night
we camped in the open streets of Perote, and its bests families welcomed us
with royal favors, and our third night out we stopped at Union Springs and
spent the Sabbath there, which stay will always be kindly remembered by
Co.E.  That was the day of the first Manassas battle and Bull Run episode.
Many thought the war was ended and some kind hearted mothers hoped their
boys might see Richmond before they were disbanded.  Well the boys saw
Richmond and beyond.  How little we knew of war and the bitter cup before
the South.

(The letter continued)
Southern Star, Jan. 5, 1916

    We next find ourselves organized as Co. E. in the 15th Alabama Regiment.
Nothing of special interest to the Co. E until our regiment camped at Camp
Toombs between Centerville and Manassas.  There Dick Neil died.  This is
worthy of mentioning because he was the first member of Co. E that died and
the first one that had died in a regimental camp.  He was honored as but few
soldiers are ever honored.  The Regiment was drawn up to witness the solemn
burial, and Co. E with reversed arms and muffled drum followed the corpse to
the road that leads from Centerville to Manassas; and there in plain coffin
with a soldiers blanket for a winding sheet we buried him and a platoon of
Co. E fired a soldier salute about the lonely grave, and there on the lonely
spot unmarked by human hands and unknown to the busy world that passes that
way to-day sleeps the dust of Corporal Neil without a stain on his name or
character at home or in the army.  It was the first crude shock that came to
Co. E and it threw a gloom over the folks at home as nothing had done.  All
began to realize that war was on, and I remember at that camp Col. Canty
told me it would be a terrible struggle.  We spent the winter at Manassas
and the only thing of special interest to Co. E was the task of getting
boards for winter quarters, a task I never heard a single member complain
    I was sent with my Company across Bull Run to the east of Centerville in
the hilly and wooded country that had been but little occupied by soldiers
up to that time, to get boards to cover huts for winter quarters.  And old
federal sympathizer lived about half a mile from our camp and killed hogs
one day, it would have been better had he killed all he had.  I went up to
his house and wanted to buy a hasslet.  He asked 50 cents for it and at that
time we thought ten or fifteen cents good pay.  I went back where the boys
were at work and related what had occurred and I saw one of them give a
significant wink and asked "Do you love hasslet Captain and I told him yes."
Well to make a long story short, next morning when I woke up there was a ham
of a 250 pound hog slipped under my tent and a large hasslet hanging in
front and John Trawick, my cook, singing, whistling and frying liver and ham
just as happy as he could get and you remember John could get very happy.  I
ate it and asked no questions for conscience sake, and as well as I remember
it was the first and last stolen meat I ate during the war.
    1862 was the fighting year of the war.  Before the ground had thawed and
the buds had burst into leaves we were taken from our pleasant quarters and
transferred to the valley and received a formal introduction to Stonewall
Jackson.  There are two incidents in this campaign I wish to relate, not
battles the historian does that, but unnoticed and unknown to the historian
yet of interest to the Co. E.  I allude to the death of Jno. Trawick and
Lieut. Mills.  John Trawick was killed almost under the guns of Harper
Ferry, when we halted in our pursuit of Banks.  We were resting on the
turn-pike when a gun accidentally discharged and shattered poor Johns heel
to pieces.  He was carried to a Winchester Hospital, and in a few days I
received notice he was dead.
    I want to say this for John Trawick, I detailed him to cook for me, and
he did more for my comfort than any one else has ever done.  He carried my
luggage on marches.  (He was big and strong.)  When the Regiment halted if
it was mid-night.  He spread my bedding and cooked my supper no matter how
tired he was, and I have often wondered if Israels chariot was sent down to
take that rough, rugged yet noble son of nature to a bright and better
    Lieut. Mills was killed at Cross Keys, when an unexpected retreat was
ordered our regiment.  He was a hightoned, brave christian gentlemen
confided in at home and honored and loved in the army.  He was devoted to
his mess and his mess to him quiet, intelligent, refined and dignified a
high type of a christian gentleman yet he always impressed me that a cloud
was over his spirits an I have never thought he expected to survive the war,
and I thought and still think that terrible spectre of presentment was ever
before his eyes.
    At night after the terrible battle of Gains Mills at Richmond after
night fall had covered the field of carnage and death which was strowed with
dead and dying,  I fell on Billy Robinson, a fine speciman of manhood, tall,
angular swarthy, hair as black as a crow and fearless as a lion.  He told me
he was mortally wounded and could live but a little while.  He asked me who
held the field I told him we held it.  Then he said I am willing to die.
Tell father I died fighting for my home and country, that I died brave and I
feel I am prepared for a better world.  His father was a Methodist preacher.

(to be continued)
(the letter continued)

Southern Star, Jan. 5, 1916

    Co. E did the fighting for Hood's division at Suffolk.  It held the line
against great odds early morning till night, did the picket duty till mid
night and covered the retreat of the army twenty or twenty five to Black
Water River.  I doubt if any Company ever withstood so strong and persistent
attack, more courageously and firmly than did Co. E.  A whole brigade
against one company for an entire day, but we had the position on them.
During the engagement I met Jess Flowers, hat off sleeves rolled up, and
sweat rolling from his brow.  He said Captain they have killed my mess mate
Cameron, and I am ready to fight the whole Yankee army.  I believe Jess
would have tried it.  Cameron was a good man and soldier and died with his
face to the enemy.  The only three men I detailed to cook for me were
Trawick, Flowers and Charley Jones; the two first were killed and Charley
Jones crippled for life.
    While we were at Suffolk, the battle of the wilderness was fought and
fighting Joe Hooper whipped.  Thence we followed Lee to Gettysburg, which
with the surrender of Fort Donaldson sealed the fate of the Confederacy.
They first brought Grant, the man of destiny into the lime light, and
second, settled the question of invasion, and so reduced Lee's army that it
was only a question of time when it would succumb to superior force.  But I
wish to say a few things about that great and fatal battle.  First the 15th,
Alabama went further in that battle than any other troop, second Co. E went
as far as any part of the Regiment and staid as long.  The men fired their
guns until the barrel become so hot they could not hold and load them.
    The death of private Holloway was to me the sadest feature of this
sanguinary struggle.  We were well protected behind a great rock about 4
feet high, the enemy equally protected behind a rock fence not more than 50
yards in front of us, and Captain Park reported a flanking division
(Sickles) coming in our rear.  Col. Oats ordered a charge and mounted the
rock himself and discharged the contents of a six shooter in the face of the
enemy.  No one would follow but Holloway who mounted the roch [rock], fell
on his left knee, fixed his musket and a ball from the enemy crashed through
his left temple and he fell dead on the feet of his gallant Colonel.  How
gallant!  How useless!  I saw the gallant deed and in the rage of battle and
reign of death I thought what a sorrow it would carry to the bereaved wife
and ten orphaned children far away in our beloved Alabama.

(the rest of the letter)

Southern Star, Jan. 5, 1916

    But our hearts were not always heavy and our heads bowed with grief.
The soldier out of battle was ready for favor and the evening before the
Gettysburg battle Co. E. was out on picket line.
    Gen. Lee had ordered no private property disturbed and among the grove
of large oaks in which [we] were camped a bunch of fine hogs had been
browsing for acorns all day.  Co. E's mouth had been watering all day for a
taste of Yankee pork.  Late that evening the Colonel told me there would be
rations that evening and to let any one kill one of those hogs.  I called
the Co. together and told them to kill one of the biggest hogs and before I
could stop then they had killed three and had a fourth so nearly dead I
allowed them to finish it.  But a very amazing thing occurred during the hog
killing.  I had two men in my Company, some of you may still remember them
for no Company could well be without two such men.  One was Sam Hog a great
big over grown man, and Peters a small little fellow, and I looked out and
saw Peters coming towards me closely pursued by Hog, nearly in touching
distance and at every leap he would cry "help me Captain! Help me Captain."
I called a halt-inquired the trouble, Hog said Peters hit him with a rock
and nearly broke his leg, and Peters gasping for breath said "Captain you
told us to kill the biggest hog we could find and he was the biggest one I
saw.  It was so ludecrious Hog burst into loud laughter and limping turned
to his quarters.  The truth was Peters had missed his mark.
    One more incident that was very amusing to me, and the strange part is
it never cease to be amusing to me.  The parties to this incident were uncle
Dave Snell and Latimer, both as true and worth men as ever girded their
shoes with the accentments of war or shouldered a musket, both are now under
the soil beyond the din of battle.
    One morning at roll call Latimer came up with a broken arm and it was
broken after the rest of the Company had gone to bed, Uncle Dave was to
report the case and with the usual gravity of old men.  He said he and
Latimer went to the spring to get water to cook and coming up from the
spring with a bucket of water his foot slipped, he fell and broke his arm.
No one dared question Uncle Dave's word, but it seemed strange to me they
should be out at midnight after water to cook,  I said nothing knowing full
well if it had any rich or racy features the boys could not keep it from me.
So I pretty soon got a full statement of the case, and not very much like
Uncle Daves.  They had gone to a nearby apple orchard and Latimer climbed a
tree and sized a hornets nest and in his hasty retreat a limb broke, he fell
and broke his arm.  A few days after on the march I asked the old soldier to
tell me exactly how the accident occurred and with great precision he
related the affair to where Latimer started up the hill with his camp kettle
of water and said "Captain he got slickest fall I ever saw."  Well says I,
Uncle Dave were there any hornets about the spring.  "Captain he said I'll
tell you all about it.  I told him no I knew it all.  I never blamed him not
Latimer only for not knowing the difference between an apple and a hornet
nest.  In fact I never blamed Adam so much for eating that red apple Eve
gave him, I expect I would have done as he did.  This occurred as well as I
remember at Racoon ford of the Rapidam.
    In conclusion of this article to my old true and tried friends and
comrades-friends and soldiers tried in the concible [crucible?] of fire.
There are a few things I reflect on with great pleasure.
    1st, after the surrender Co. E returned from the scenes of battle and
war, with true manhood and moral character and honest purpose entered
honorable business and have been successful and useful citizens.
    2nd, that my original mess eight of us are still living and constitute
nearly half of the now living members of the Company.
    3rd, and last and by far the most pleasing reflection is that I treated
my Company as gentlemen,  They were gentlemen at home and I could see no
reason why they should not be treated as gentlemen in the army and I do not
remember having punished one of my men, I consciously believed discipline
could be maintained without it, and I do not believe the Confederacy ever
produced a better Company on the march a more orderly one in camps, nor a
braver one in battle, and soon the last of us will hear the tatoo for final
sleep and rest, and the revilee.  When the trumpit of God shall awake and
the sleeping dust of earths millions, and may we answer the roll call on
that side of the river that makes glad the city of God.


The Southern Star, 22 June 1892

Mr. C. A. Loftin of Skipperville spent Monday in the city.  We learn with
much pleasure that there is a strong possibility that Mr. Loftin will become
a citizen of our town.

Messr. W. S. McLeod, J. E. Z. Riley, W. B. Riley, H. C. Riley, and R. O.
Meek, all graduated at the Southern University of Greensboro last week and
have returned home.  These young gentleman are among Dale county's most
promising young men and we are all proud of them.  Dale county gives them a
hearty welcome back home, and expresses the hope that they my remain with

It is with much sadness that we chronicle the serious illness of our young
friend Tom Beauchamp at Jacksonville.

Last Sunday morning Mr. M. S. Jones and Miss Valley Weatherly boarded the
west bound passenger train on the Midland, for Bainbridge, Ga. at which
place they were married.  They returned on the east bound fast mail, and
proceeded to Union Springs, the home of the groom's parents.  The
youthfulness of the bride and groom was the only objection to their
marriage.  We wish them much happiness and prosperity.

We learn with sorrow of the death of Mr. Marion Dowling, whose death
occurred at his home near Kincey, in Henry county last Sunday, with malarial
fever.  Mr. Dowling was the eldest son of Uncle Wesley Dowling and was
raised within two miles of Ozark, where he still has many friend and
numerous relatives.  He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his untimely

J.E. Acker has been on the sick list for the past week

Mr. Urnest Speller of Union Springs is visiting in Ozark.

Miss Della Campbell of Troy is visiting the family of W. A. Barber.

W. W. Kirkland, Esq. went to Dothan Monday on legal business.

B. H. Jennings spent Sunday and Monday in Clayton his old home.

Miss Sallie Thomas of Lawrenceville is visiting relative in the city.

Miss Lenora Milligan of Daleville is visiting friends in the city this week.

Miss Ethel Dean of Eufaula is visiting her friend Miss Griffin.

Mr. C. B. Goetchus (?) and wife of Eufaula are visiting the family of Mr. J.
E. Griffin.

Misses Callie Knight and Gussie Brunner of Haw Ridge are visiting relatives
in town this week.

Mr. John Huddleston of Eufaula was in town Monday interviewing our

Mrs. W. M. Gilmore has returned from a two weeks visit to relatives in Pike

Messr. C. C. Jones, Gus Adams, and W. J. Blan of Troy, spent Sunday in

Mr. J. W. Mabry and wife of Clayton spent Monday in the city visiting

Miss Willie Carmichael of Clayton is visiting her cousin, Mr. A. T. Borders
this week.

Miss Pauline Martin is at Abbeville this week, attending the commencement
exercises of the experimental school.

Bill Mason and Alf Moog, two clever "knights of the grip" spent Sunday in

Clopton, ALa, June 11, 1892

At a regular communication of James Penn Lodge No 227 A. F. & A. M., the
following officers were elected for the ensuing Masonic year.
W.A. Arnold, W.M.
W. W. Peeples, S.W.
A. S. Steagall, J. W.
C.W. Mizell, Treas.
A. S. Clark, Sec'ty
J. B. Sanders, S. D.
R. D. Hudspeth, J. D.
A.M. Scott, Chaplain
J. W. Stephens, Stewarts [Stewards?]
C. W. Reynolds, Stewarts

Southern Star
Aug. 24, 1910
(only part of page copied)


    God in his infinite wisdom and love has seen fit to take from our midst
our beloved brother, John F. Andrews.  In his death the Masonic fraternity
has lost one of its faithful members, the church one of its truest
christians and his wife and children an effectionate and devoted husband and
    While we deep sympathize with the bereaved family in their great loss
which is forever irreparable, yet we can point them for consolation to our
Heavenly Father who doeth all things well.
    Brother Andrews was indeed a true christian.  What a sweet consolation
to his family circle and friends to know that he awaits that welcome
plaudit, "Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joys
of thy Lord.
    Brother was born Oct 12th, 1839 in Montgomery county, N.C., at or near
Pekin and moved to Barbour county, Alabama in 1858; was married to Jane J.
Burke, Feb. 14, 1880.  He joined the Missionary Baptist church in 1860 and
became a member of the Masonic fraternity at Barnes Cross Roads in 1886
[blurry could be 1866].
    He died July 3rd, 1910 and was buried at Pinckard, Ala. the following
    The funeral services were held at the family residence by the Rev.J.W.
Malone.  The interment was made with Masonic honors.
    Uncle John as he was familiarly known has paid the last debt.  He has
passed through this veil of tears and the dark valley and shadow of death
and is not basking in the light that encompasses the beautiful City of the
New Jerusalem.  Uncle John has gone but never to be forgotten, for the
divine graces and virtues which characterize his daily walk in life will
live forever.
 Therefore---Be it resolved; that the members of Pinckard Masonic Lodge
extend to the family and relatives our heartfelt sympathy in their hours of
    Second:  That a copy of these resolutions be spread on the minutes of
this lodge and a copy be furnished the family of the deceased.
    Done by order of Pinckard lodge Number 611, AF and AM August 6th 1910.


W.M Head
J.W. Hatris
W.T. Gissendaner

Farmers in Dale co. should visit W.L. Casey below town to look at his cotton
Mr. T.E. Weeks, farmer and experienced warehouseman of Enterprise hired to
take charge of the cotton warehouse.
Firm of Weill? Bros., Montgomery secured as a buyer.
First bale of cotton sold at public out cry by Deputy Sheriff Walton Andrews
as auctioneer.
Mr. E.H. Godwin bought it at 21 cents per pound.
Cotton was grown on the plantation of Post Master C.M. Cox below old china
grove camp ground by Henry Borum, colored, cotton classed middling.
Third Quarterly Conference for Ozark Station held at Methodist church
Presiding Elder Threadgill presided.

Southern Star Oct. 16, 1918

Mr. ??? and Mr. Scott Helms are erecting a barn for Mrs. J.T. Hollan.
Judge Edwards is improving.
Mr. W.L. Fleming a prominent citizen of Brundidge was here last week on
Miss Marie Cotton has accepted a position with H.C. Dowling Ten Cent Store.
Mr. H.C. Dowling has been confined to his bed the past few days,but is
Mr. Kirke Adams who is at A.P.I. at Auburn is home until school reopens.
School closed by the Spanish influenza epidemic.
Glenn McNair has accepted a position with the Anglin-Bryans Dry Goods Co.
Rev. J.W. Malone of Pinckard elected moderator of Dale County Baptist
Rev. J.B. Byrd of Daleville, secretary of Dale County Baptist Association.
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Sellers of Valdosta, Ga. spending a few days in Ozark the
guest of
Mr. Henry Sellers.
"Sweet" Moseley [Lewis Franklin Moseley] had the misfortune to come in
contact with the business end of a mule a few days ago, and since that time
has been getting about by the use of a walking cane.  "Sweet" states that
although a lettle disfigured he is still in the ring and ready to serve his
friends when they call at the stables of Parker and Flowers.
Mr. Alvie Rountree and wife who live below Newton were in town Monday.  They
are sending the Star to their children, a son in France and a daughter in
Houston Co.
Oscar Aikins who recently moved to Marianna, Fla. has been in bed with
Spanish influenza as well as his family.  They are on the road to recovery.
Mrs. Josephine Mizell died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.O. Baldwin at
Andalusia one day last week. She often visited in Ozark.  She was the sister
Mrs. Emma Carmichael, wife of the late
Judge J.M. Carmichael and for many years lived at Elba.

Southern Star June 21, 1916

(Partial page)

Miss Julia Smith after an extended visit to her uncle,
Mr. W.A. Hill and family left for Neponset, Ill. to visit relatives.

Mr. H.M. Sessions sent a letter about boll weevils.

Officers elected at Lewis Lodge No. 614 A.F. & A. M. on 7th June:

Silas M. Helms  W.M.
William S. Smith  S.W.
Harvy B. Snell  J.W.
John W. Benefield  Treas.
Quiller M. Kelley  Sec.
Samuel Long  S.D.
John S. Wigging  J.D.
James P. Phillips  S.S.
Cleatus L. Best  J.S.
Ambrous M. Kirkland  Chaplain
Eli S. Sketoe  Marshall
Henry H. Hales  Tyler
 June 24th  9 a.m. is installation and ladies day.
S.M. Hales  Sect.


On Sunday June 18th at the Ward School House an all day Sacred Harp Singing.
W.T. Weed sang "What a Wonderous Love this is"
W.T. Weed Chairman
W.J. Danford  Secretary
W.J. Ward, D. Jerkins and C.J. Waters, arranging committee
A lesson by three of three songs each, first by
John Woodham, second by
Parker Davis, third by
A.F. Williamson.
House called to order with song Second by
Som [Sam?] Price, third by
R.W. Sasanette.
Third lesson by three of three songs each.  First
C.E. Applin, second by
J.W. Threatt, third by
W.J. Danford.

Fourth lesson by three of three songs, first
E.N. Williamson, second
A.J. Beasley, third by
R.W. Sasnett.

Fifth lesson by three of three songs each.  First by
Carson Dowling, second by
J.M. Danford, third by
Jeff Searcy.

Sixth lesson by three of three songs each.  First by
A.F. Williamson, second by
Sam Rice, third by
W.J. Danford

Chairman closed with "We all meet beyond the Grave.'


Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Andrews  [William Harper] were called to the bedside of
their dau.
Mrs. P.C. Andrews, who has typhoid fever.
[Porter Carroll Andrews was their son, so Mrs. P.C. not actually their
daughter, but their daughter-in-law]

Rev. Spencer filled his regular appt. at Post Oak church Sunday.

Miss Luberta Andrews spent several days with Mrs. Weaver of Ozark.
[Luberta dau. of William Harper Andrews, Mrs. Weaver is Mamie Andrews also
dau. of William Harper Andrews]

Mr. Henry Godwin will lead the prayer meeting next Sunday night.

Mr. Oswald Andrews is visiting his brother, Mr. Porter Andrews near
Bellwood.  [Oswald also child of William Harper Andrews]

Miss Josie Helms spent Sunday with Mrs. Annie Belle Jimerson.

Mrs. Gussie Godwin has returned home improved.

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Helms have returned home to Tennille after visiting with
Mr. Helms parents,
Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Helms

Leaders at the singing at Center Ridge,
Messrs. E.N. Wilks, C.P. Guilford, Lige Payne, W.T. Pelham, C.D. Paulk,
Charlie Synco, W.B. Davis, J.W. Davis

Announcement of 4th of July singing at Morgan School House by
J.F. Smith, J.T. Stucky, W.F. Watson, F.M. Gassett, B.F. Watson.

Taniac [a medicine] sold by
W.S. Jimmerson, Ozark
Phillips & Dean, Ariton
C.F. Williams, Daleville
W.S. Helms, Newton
W.W. Weems, Clopton
J.W. Harris, Pinckard
A.G. Hudgens Drug Store, Midland City

Mr. John Archie, nominee for Commissioner from the second district, visited

S.S. Convention, June 25 at the M.P. Church:

D.W. Munn---Devotional services
Rev. M.L. Harris-Teen Age problem in Sunday School
E.J. Laney---Managing Teen Age Classes
Marion Walding---Teaching a Teen Age class
Rev. H.T. Johnson---The Religious Life in the Teen Age
Rev. Evans---The Social Life in the Teen Age
N.A. Jones---Business Methods in Sunday School

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