Jefferson County, Ga
Collection of Old News from the Past!
Hosted by, Darlene Brooks
Abstracted from The Augusta Chronicle & The Jefferson Reporter
May 5, 1871
The News and Farmer Newspaper office was next door to McGowan and Stratford's Store on Broad Street. Those who subscribed to the paper had to pay in advance $2.50 for a year.
McGowan and Stratford advertised staple and fancy dry goods, groceries, clothing, hardware, cutlery, woodware, buckets and tubs.
Warren and Hayles were retail dealers in domestic and foreign dry goods. They sold fine groceries, hats, fancy articles, and hats.
R. J. Pannal and G. H. Harrell had a carriage business as well as a buggy. wagon and plow manufactory. They also did repairs on their equipment they sold. These gentlemen could furnish coffins on short notice.
Wilkins and Hopkins had a selected stock of dry goods, shoes, boots, hats, groceries and hardware.
Dr. J. R. Smith had moved to Louisville from Sandersville to practice medicine. Dr. Smith specialized in diseases of women and children.
It took one hour and fifteen minutes to go from Louisville to Wadley on the train.
There was a blizzard in February that year.
P. A. Hawkins had a tailor's shop and dry cleaning on Broad Street
Miss Sallie Stapleton, of Spread, Ga., who has been visiting friends on Broad Street, returned yesterday afternoon.
Mr. W. H. Howard and his grandson, W. H. Howard, Jr., arrived in Augusta, Georgia last evening from Athens, Georgia.
Dr. L. C. Warren, Mr. R. D. Warren and Miss Elise Warren attended the Warren-Bethea wedding at Wadley.
Mrs. Frank Butt and children Miss Louise Butt and Charles Butt are spending August at Mountain Meadow Inn, near Nashville, North Carolina. The Butt family will move to Texas in the fall to make their home.
Mrs. Lamar Edwards visited her niece, Miss Blonde Ivey, of Atlanta, Ga.
Walter Jones got his eye shot out last week, He has went home from University Hospital to recover his sight.
I. J. McNair, of Bastonville, was in Thomson, buying goods for his store.
Dr. Buford Jones, of Baltimore, Md., visited his father Judge P. B. Johnson during the Christmas Holidays.
Eugene Clark, of Warthen, spent last week-end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Clark.
Thomas Walden of Atlanta, Ga., visited here this past week-end.
Mr.and Mrs. J. J. Nixon visited last week-end with parents in Augusta, Ga.
Teachers of the school who spent Thanksgiving at their homes were Misses Mary Lee Hall, Marion Woetgen and Donaldson.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee W. Walden, of near Lousville, visited the mother, Mrs. Emma Walden.
Miss Kate Williams, of Lincolnton, spent last week-end with Mr.and Mrs. M. M. Williams.
Boyd Clark left Sunday for Atlanta, Ga. He has a new position in a drug store.
Miss Nancy Mae Dickson, a teacher at Hoods Chapel, near Augusta, spent last week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Dickson.
John Boone, Atlanta, Ga., spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Boone.
Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Price and daughters, Louise and Mary of Vidette, visited Mrs. Florence Stapleton.
Evelyn and Weldon McNair visited cousins, Miriam Gordon and Nellie Clyde Boyd, at G. S. C. W., Milledgeville, Ga.
Miss Anniet Pinks, Hephzibah, Ga., spent Thanksgiving holidays with J. H. Neal.
Mr. Charlie Miller and Miss Helen Miller, teachers near Crawfordville, visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Miller.
Arthur Fleming, Atlanta, Ga., visited friends here the past week.
George Dixon, Avera, Ga., visited with friends Wednesday.
Mr. C. T. Barrell, Augusta Ga., visited with his parents last week-end.
Jim Stapleton is ill with a relapse from the flu.
Miss Glady's Gay visited friends in Broxton, Ga., last week-end.
Mrs. Macon Warthen and daughter Mary of Warthen, Ga., visitors to parents Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Logue.
Miss Virginia Walden from near Louisville was the guest of Mrs. Mattie McNair.
Miss Ruby Logue who teachers at Gracewood visited parents Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Logue.
Attending the Tech Georgia football game last Sunday were, John Walden, Lee W. Brown, George L. Stapleton, Jack Jones, E. J. Stapleton and Eugene Clark.
Mrs. Florence Stapleton, Mrs. Jack Webb and Mrs. G. W. Stapleton visited Augusta, Ga.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thompson and children of Wrens spend Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Williams.
Friends of Edgar Jones Stapleton will regret to learn that he broke his right arm while cranking a car.
The ninth grade girls at Stapleton school are making and selling home made candles to raise money to buy windows for their room.
Mrs. P. K. Wren and daughter Sara were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Stapleton.
Mrs. J. J. Nixon, Jr., Miss Mary Lee Hall, Gladys Gay, Isabelle Kimble, Marion Walden, Beatrice Sheron, Monty Wydener, and Euchalease Donaldson spent Saturday in Augusta shopping.
Mr. Gordon Walden of Augusta visited relatives in Stapleton, Ga.
Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Price and daughter Louise and Mary of Vidette spent Monday with Mrs. Florence Stapleton.
The Baptist Woman's Missionary society recently held their Foreign Mission week of prayer. They held their regular monthly business meeting and elected officers for the coming year as follows: Mrs. J. P. Rabun, president; Ms. J. E. B. Jones, vice-president; Mrs. Elbert Padbett, secretary and treasurer; Mrs. T. C. Berrill leader of the Ann Judson Circle and Mrs. S. J. Dickson leader of the Clifford Hunter Circle.
Mrs. W. C. Phillips and children, Miss Helen Rouse and Mr. William Phillips visited relatives in Augusta.
Mr. Murray Rivers returned to his home in North Augusta, SC after several weeks visiting in Avera, Ga.
Miss Euchlease Donaldson, Monty Wydener and Mr. Ray McNair of Stapleton, Ga., were visitors here Monday.
Mr. Buford Williams, made a business trip to Augusta.
Mr. Buford Phillips motored to Davisboro, Ga.
Mrs. Clara B. Cassidy of Atlanta, Ga., was the guest of Mrs. W. C. Phillips.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Mathis and children and Mrs. W. E. Mathis visited Augusta.
Mrs. George R. Dixon visited Stapleton. Ga.
Mrs. R. A. Clark and Mr. William Phillips visited Louisville, Ga.
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Walden and children of Swainsboro, Ga., were of Mr. and Mrs. Buford Williams.
Dr. and Mrs. J. O. Kelley and daughter, Johnnie Maude visited Augusta.
Mr. George R. Hadden made a business trip to Atlanta, Ga.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. LaFavor and children, Mary Frances and little Jerry were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Rabun of Stapleton, Ga.
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Hadden and children, Mrs. George Hadden and Mrs. Cyrus Kent visited Augusta, Ga.
William Rivers and Welling Thigpen, and Mrs. L. H. Rivers and Miss Bobbie Rivers visited Augusta, Ga.
Mrs. Emma Hadden returned home from a visit to Dublin and Swainsboro, Ga.
Mrs. Jane Irby of Augusta is visiting her daughter Mrs. Charlie Sheppard.
Miss Helen Rouse, Miss Mae Wadsworth and Miss Pauline Joiner visited Wrens, Ga.
Mr. and Mrs. Guss T. Frazier and children visited Augusta, Ga.
The students that made honor roll at Louisville Academy for the first six weeks period in the first grade: Gene Poole, Mildred Cowen, Mary Griffin Smith, Gene Rivers, Lois Hallbrook, Florence Haulbrook, Bobby Cleland, Clarence Henderson, Margaret Barfield, Frances Bridges, Billy Beckfum, Jim Means, Roy Clark, H. M. Bridges, Ruby Alice Gibson, John Hall, Phillip Herrin, Jean Upton, Louise McNeeley.
Dr. John F. Owens, General evangelist of Atlanta, Georgia, has been secured at the leader to conduct services at the Gamble School House.
Mrs. Lillie Mathews, of Augusta, Georgia will be in charge of a series of special services that will be held at the Morning Star Gospel Camp Ground, in the old Bethel School.
Notes form Ancestoring Through Weekly Newpaper Columns by Jean and C. W. Stephens- from "Historical Collections of Georgia by Rev. George White, M.A., published by Pudney and Russell, in New York in 1854.
Rev. George White stated that Jefferson County was laid out from Burke and Warren in 1796. Length 30 m.; bredth, 23 mi.; 690 square miles.
The climate is mild. The instances of longevity are the following, viz:-Elisabeth Jordan died at age 82; Ellen Boyd, at 86; Josiah Wells, at 85; William Paradise, at 84; Sarah Moye, at 86; Simon Fields, a negro at 101.
Jacques Benjamin Gobert, Sen., at 80 years. This gentleman once filled the appointment of Procureur-General for the department in which he lived in France. He held office of Vice-Counsul of France for the port of Savannah for some time.
Mrs. Raiford, at 82; William Lyon, a soldier of the Revolution, 88; John J. Schley, at 80; Aaron Tomlinson, an officer of the Revolution, under General Greene, at 80; Dr. John Bouton, at 87; General Solomon Wood, a Captain in the Revolutionary War, opposition to the Yazoo Law; at 80; Moses Thompson, at 90; Hugh Wilson, at 100; Seth pierce, a Revolutionary soldier, at 85.
When the 1850 census was taken, there were living Hannah Young, aged 80; Abraham Beasley, 81; Ann Justice, 92; Margaret Stapleton, 82; Joseph Price, 82; Patty Collins, 92; Sarah Worrell, 81; James Gunn, 81; Mary Patterson, 98; Nancy Davis, 92; Sarah Marshall, 82; James Sherod, 81; Jane Neely, 82; Mille Pierce, 92; Rachel Gordon, 91.
Hon Roger L. Gamble was a member of Congress, and Judge of the Superior Court.
Capt. James Meriwether who died in this county, October 25, 1817, born in VIrginina and removed to Georgia in 1782.
George Stapleton, Sen., died May 30, 1832. He was born in the State of Virginia; enlisted in the army at an early age, and with patriotic zeal, served his country throughout the Revolutionary War.
Major John Berrien, father of the Hon. John M. Berrien, died in this county, he visited Georgia at the dawn of the Revolution. At the age of fifteen he was appointed Lieutenant in the First Georgia Regiment.
Rev. David Bothwell, a native of the county of Monaghan, in Ireland. After some arrangements, he sailed for Charleston, South Carolina on January 1, 1790, and arrived shortly afterwards in Queensborough. His congregations were large.
Hon. Benjamin Whitaker, died in this county, was the able speaker of the House of representatives of the State of Georgia.
The celebrated Patrick Carr lived and died in Jefferson.
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Baston, of Bastonville, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Baston.
Miss Sarah Pilcher is visiting relatives in Bartow.
Miss Ruth Manser of St. Petersburg, Fla., is teaching in the Bastonville school. She spent the last week with Miss Virginia Howard.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Ursey visited Mrs. Ursey's mother, Mrs. Alex Avera.
Mr. Amplus Howard returned home from Mercer University, spending the Christmas Holidays here.
W. C. Wren and Hulder McMichael and Ruth Manser is in town shopping for Christmas tree for the Bastonville School.
Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Brown are happy parents of a fine girl.
Mr. and Mrs. R. S. McCleskey and children, Henrietta, Lucile and Robert have been recovering from an illness.
Mrs. C. C. Culpepper of Dearing, visited her mother, Mrs. L. C. Wren.
Mr. and Mrs. Kennis Chalker of Davisboro, visiting Chalkers parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Hannah.
L. J. Perdue and son, of Stapleton, were in Wrens on business.
Mr. and Mrs. John Livingston of Augusta, visited Mrs. Livingston parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Dudley.
The chicken car was in Wrens, was more filled and people from miles around came to town with chickens to sell. The chicken sale amounted to $1500 or more.
The W. S. C. S. of Walden's church met at the home of Mrs. Curtis Landrum. The program was given by Mrs. Lester Usry and Mrs. Aaron Rooks, the topic being "Building a World of Tomorrow" with Mrs. Jack Rooks, Mrs. Todd Neal and Mrs. Lester Usry taking part. The devotional was led by Mrs. Harold Sheppard.
F. L. Norton's Grist mill on Monday morning was almost destroyed by fire. Started by a motor in the Engine Room. Property and Equipment was 75% destroyed.
Hubert Lester Padgett, Jr. of Keyville, Ga., Georgia Teacher College nominated for a degree at the Augusta Commencement at McRoss Auditorium.