The Banks Observer
May 30, 1888
The Summer's heat has come.
The health of the county is very good.
Mr. P. M. Edwards was a little on the sick list last week. His friends are glad to see him out again.
The county is looking forward to a time of plenty when the fruit crop ripens.
Sheriff Henderson puts in his leisure time between the plow handles. This is a sure sign of peace and plenty.
Judge Hill is now preparing lumber for two new bridges across the Middle River.
Many of Homer's residences are being nicely painted by Mr. Geary, a skilled workman and a jolly, good fellow.
Farmers are beginning to harvest the oat crop, which is unusually low this season.
The wheat crop will soon be harvested, and promises to be an ordinary yield.
There is by far the largest crop of potatoes planted in this section that has ever been put out.
Mr. J. E. Stephens, the efficient P M, is fast becoming a farmer and one of Homer's energetic men.
Sheriff Henderson has one bird of color in the cage, charged with disturbance of the peace.
Mr. Robt. Dyar, one of North Georgia's best mechanics and mill-rights is now building a mill for Mr. Eli Riley, in Habersham County.
Mr. G.C. Forbes is at his mother's home quite sick with the mumps-so his brother reports. Trusts he will be up soon.
Mr. P. F. M. Furr is now running his reaper in full blast, and is one of our best farmers. Wonder why he can't---Well, he is not by himself, if we know ourself.
At an early day there will be places at every cross-road and forks of the roads, handsome guide-posts, which will relieve the weary traveler of many ill-conveniences, and the citizens of much annoyances.
It was the pleasure of the writer to make the acquaintaince of a number of Harmony Grove's good citizens and businessmen last Friday. While in the progressive village several names were added to the Observer's already large list of subscribers.
The singing at Bushville Sunday school Sunday evening was excellent. Quite a number were present. After the exercises the shcool proceeded to discuss the mater of electing a superintendent. Owing to the lateness of the hour, the writer could not wait to hear who was elected.
Mr. J. W. Sumpter's work has only to be seen to pronounce him a natural genius. He is one of the best workman in northeast Georgia. If good judges want to see a speciman of his workmanship call at this office and look at the Observer's press, which he has overhauled. Cincinnati, St. Louis or New York press foundries can't eclipse it.
It is the universal opinion of this county that this will be a "free-for-all race" with the candidates this year.
The Observer's columns, if you will note, are brim full of spicy locals and communications, written by those who have the welfare of their town and county at heart. This is encouraging to any newspaper or any other enterprise just starting as the Observer. Homer's people, at least the majority, unite on all matters that will build their town and county up. Like all other places their(sp) are a few who would like to be "Lord of it all". But these need only to be seend to be known. Therefore, their influence is generally in their vest pocket and will stay there as far as the public cares. They may be bloated bondholders or first cousins to John Gould-who cares? The road to success is "Onward and Progressive".
Rev. J. F. Goode preached at the Baptist Church on Sunday last to a large congregation. Text: "the glorious gospel of the blessed God which he had committed to my trust." --
On account of the feeble condition of the pastor's health, the subject was not completed. The congregation was all attention and listened with great interest. The Lord's Supper was partaken of by a large number after which the services closed.
Banks must be accepted as one of the counties without a prisoner in her jail for several months.
Transcribed as printed.
Copyright 2003 by Jacqueline King
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