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Reynolds New Era July 9, 1930
Homer Jolly, a farmer living south of Reynolds in Macon County was killed by a 
white employee named Berrien Massee on the farm of Mr. Jolly.  Mr. Jolly's arm 
was shot off by a shot gun alleged to have been fired by Massee and after 
being operated on at an early hour Saturday morning in Reynolds, died at the 
home of his sister, Mrs. E. L. Brooks.  Mr. Jolly is survived by a wife, one 
son and three daughters living at home and two married daughters living in 
other parts of the country.

The Reynolds New Era April 16, 1930

Under the direction of Mr. G. L. Cooper, the Grand Theatre at Reynolds reopens Friday night with Zane Grey's "Lone Star Ranger." 
Reynolds boasts one of the finest and most beautiful theatres in Georgia for a city the size of Reynolds and it is with pleasure that
we are informed that this theatre will be reopened. It is understood that sound pictures will be shown in just a short time.

 The Reynolds New Era April 23, 1930

Mr. B .E. Hobbs, operating a large plantation in Macon County on the Flint River road was shot
Sunday afternoon at his home by his brother-in-law, Clifford McDaniel.  Mr. McDaniel is a tenant on the
farm of Mr. Hobbs and for some reason had occasion to go to his house which is situated just to the rear
of the Hobbs home and after an altercation, the cause of which is unknown, McDaniel shot Hobbs
with a shotgun.  Mr. Hobbs was standing on the ground at the doorsteps and McDaniel shot him while
standing in the doorway.  Mr. Hobbs was rushed to the Macon Hospital in Goddard's ambulance where
he died at three o'clock Monday morning.  Funeral services will be held in the country cemetery Tuesday
it is understood.  Mr. Hobbs is survived by his wife who was a sister of Clifford McDaniel, and by three
sons and a daughter.  It is understood that McDaniel has been placed in Macon County jail.

The Reynolds New Era  Wednesday, April 30, 1930

The marriage of Miss Frances Powell and Mr. J. B. Benton was solemnized at the home
of Rev. Griffin in Butler Saturday evening in the presence of a few of the intimate friends of the couple. 
They will make their home in Butler for a few weeks. The marriage of Miss Frances Powell
and Mr. J. B. Benton was solemnized at the home of Rev. Griffin in Butler Saturday evening
in the presence of a few of the intimate friends of the couple.  They will make their home in Butler for a few weeks.

Reynolds New Era August 20, 1930

Believed Murdered By Unknown Parties

The body of Homer Bazemore, Taylor County deputy sheriff was found at an early hour
Saturday morning lying face downward in a pool of blood with a bullet hole in the center
of his forehead.  His .38 caliber pistol was found a few feet from the body of the dead deputy
with one emptied cartridge.  It was first believed that Mr. Bazemore had taken his own life but
developments later indicated that he had been murdered.
His body was found on the concrete platform which is a part of Cox's warehouse and had apparently
been dead only a short time.  A coroners jury empanelled and presided over by Judge J. T. Adams
recessed from Saturday until Monday morning at which time it is said the jury rendered the verdict
that Mr. Bazemore came to his death at the hands of parties unknown. Mr. Bazemore has been
connected with the sheriff's office for about five years and was known as an excellent officer. 
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Antioch church. Mr. Bazemore is survived by
his widowed mother, four brothers and three sisters.

Thursday, September 5, 1918

Fine School Opening Monday Morning

Auspicious conditions marked the opening of the 1918-19 term of Butler Male and Female College Monday morning.

We are pleased to note a goodly number of boarding pupils enrolled for this term which, added to the resident pupils,
makes the enrollment on opening day 130.

Good cheer and enthusiasm were pronounced attributes with each and every teacher and pupil as they gathered in rapid
file before the sound of the first bell of the morning had cleared away.

At 8:30 o'clock chapel exercises were held conducted by Rev. J. T. Adams, immediately following which brief, but encouraging
and impressive speeches were made by Prof. Chas. R. Brown, principal of the school; Mayor G. C. Smith; Prof. A. S. Wallace,
county school superintendent, and Rev. L. A. Harrell, pastor of the Butler Methodist Church.

Prof. Brown will be ably assisted the coming year by the following corps of capable teachers: Miss Julia Merritt,
Miss Katie Nell Adams and Miss Nettie Harrell.

The school trustees have been fortunate also in securing Mrs. J. W. Edwards as director of music.
She is well pleased with the beginning made in her department, having the largest enrollment in years on opening day.

In regard to the school. permit us to suggest to parents that they have duties to perform, which they can ill afford to neglect.
They should start their children to school at the beginning of the term, should examine carefully the reports sent by the teacher,
should see that their children are in school every day, and punctual: should assist and encourage their children to do all their
school duties faithfully and well; should co-operate with the teacher in securing the prompt return of their children home
after school is dismissed; should make a friendly visit to the school and talk freely with the teacher and principal in regard to same.

Thursday, September 5, 1918

Reunion Notice

The comrades who wore the gray hack in the sixties, and their families are requested to meet at
McCants Mill on Saturday September 7th. Come with well-filled baskets so that the inner man
may be satisfied. Bring the substantial's and leave off the sweets as sugar must be conserved. Come early,
and lets have another good time together.

Our general reunion meets this year at Tulsa, Okla., Sept 24th for a three-days sessions. They have made
elaborate preparations for our entertainment. Railroad fare about $18. We are entitled to three delegates and
before they are allowed seats our dues must be paid, so send in your dues, which is only a small amount per person.

The U. D. C. Chapter is cordially invited to meet and enjoy the day with us on the 7th as they have always done.

Your comrade & friend,

A. J. McGee. Butler Ga.  August 26, 1918

Thursday, September 5, 1918

Mercer Will Be Made Part Of War Machine


A contract was formerly signed between Mercer University and the United States Government,
which makes Mercer a part of the government's huge war machine, and provides for the training of
four hundred young men at the Baptist institution. Mercer is one of the four hundred colleges of the
country to be used in developing of young men for some branch of the government service, and during
the intense training that begins with the opening of the collegiate year, students are to be uniformed and
they will receive the pay of a private and their board and clothing will be furnished by the government.

Thursday, September 5, 1918

Destructive Fire at Howard.

Store of J. T. Hart Thought to have Been Robbed and Torch Applied. For the second time in
recent years a portion of one of the main business blocks at Howard, in this county, has been swept
by fire entailing a severe loss to the owner of the property, Mr. J. T. Hart.

Mr. Hart's store which was situated about the middle of the block on the west side of the square,
was discovered, about four o'clock Friday morning to he in a blaze that was beyond control, which
seemed to have started in the rear of the building and spreading rapidly. It was through heroic
effort on the part of the bucket brigade that adjoining buildings were saved.

A careful survey of the situation by those first to reach the fire led them to believe that the store had
been robbed during the night and a match applied to the remainder of the stock.

Mr. Hart carried one of the largest and best stock of general merchandise in the county, which is said to
have been valued at about $8,000. The building, which was also owned by Mr. Hart, was valued at about $2,000.
Unfortunately, Mr. Hart carried but little if any insurance, his loss, therefore, being almost a total one.
He has the sympathy of his many friends in his great misfortune.

Thursday, September 5, 1918

Reynolds Local News

Mrs. G. W. Ingram is visiting her son, Wales Ingram, in Chattanooga.

Reynolds showed her patriotic spirit Sunday by leaving off pleasure riding.

Mrs. Robert Beeland has returned to Atlanta after a pleasant visit to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Beeland.

Mrs. B. W. Hinton and Mrs. E. P. Hodges are spending several weeks in Atlanta where they have B. W. Hinton, Jr., for treatment.

We are glad to welcome all the teachers hack to our town. Misses Ida Lou Barron, Octavia Perry,
Georgia Mae Ogburn and Mattie Emma Hartley are with Mrs. W. E. Marshall; Miss Mary Lizzie Simpson
is with Mrs. E. P. McAuley and Miss Inez Troup
is at home.

The following Camp Wheeler boys spent Sunday here: E. A. Newsom, J. E. Whatley, Willis Saunders,
D. T. Montfort, Fred Moore, Wayne Drane and Rob Aultman.

Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Hicks, Mrs. Charles Smith and Miss Ola Young motored to Unadilla Sunday taking
Miss Florence Smith, who will have charge of the music department of Unadilla school.

Thursday, September 5, 1918

Butler friends of Mrs. Lizzie Wallace Monk and her attractive daughter, Miss Mary Monk, will be
gratified to know that they have become residents of our city. They have engaged rooms with Mrs. T. H. Frierson and are cordially welcomed among us.

Thursday, September 5, 1918

Sheriff and Mrs. J. R. Beeland have received a letter from their son, Mr. John D. Beeland, advising them of his safe arrival overseas.

Thursday, September 5, 1918

Social Notes

Miss Virginia Perkins, of Perkins, Ga., will be with her aunt, Mrs. J. W. Edwards for the winter.

Mrs. Hugh Neisler has returned home after a pleasant visit to her daughter, Mrs. Mattie Riley.

Prof. and Mrs. W. M. Pettis left Friday for Reynolds, where they will resume their school duties.

Miss Jeanette Wallace left Thursday night for Bluffton where she will teach another year.

Mrs. J. B. Locke is visiting her mother, Mrs. L. O. Davis.

Miss Nettie Harrell arrived Monday to take her place as primary teacher at Butler M & F College.

Mrs. Lester Royal returned to her home at Reynolds after a pleasant visit to her sister, Mrs. May Fountain.

Mrs. Gilbert Robinson, of Montezuma, is spending the week with her parents, Hon. and Mrs. O. T. Montfort.

Thursday, September 5, 1918

Howard Happenings

Miss Jessie Wade and Master Graham Wade, of Reynolds, spent the week-end with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wade.

Miss Emmie Clyde Chapman, of Pebble, is spending the week with her aunt, Mrs. T. E. Arrington.

Little Miss Virginia Fowler, of Poplar, spent last week with her aunt, Mrs. J. K. Adams.

Thursday, September 5, 1918

Turner's Chapel Items
By May

Mrs. Lizzie Posey has returned home after a visit of several days with her mother, Mrs. E. A. Wallace. Mr. Franklin Moore spent Sunday with his cousin,

Mr. Jack Wainwright.

Thursday, September 5, 1918

Wesley Briefs

Masters Charlie and Joseph Smith and Miss Jewel Adams entered school at Butler Monday morning.

Little Miss Anna Heath was a recent visitor to her grandmother, Mrs. E. C. Perkins, Sr., at Union.

Mr. Ralph Royal happened to the misfortunate of receiving a very painful blow on his head while at his
work in a garage at Thomaston last week. He is at home now and doing nicely, we are glad to say.

Miss Pearl Adams is improving rapidly after several day's illness, we are pleased to state.

Thursday, September 5, 1918

Letter From France

Periguenx, France August 3, 1918

My Dear Sister:

I received your letter today and will answer tonight. I received nine letters this morning, one of them from my
fiancée, well I am mighty proud I have a girl there in the states that thinks something of me.

I was sorry to know that your babies had been sick. I am in fine health and faring fine.

It is a beautiful place here, a nice town with good shows, nice parks, a nice river,
and many fine old castles that were built hundreds of years ago.

I am going to bake again Monday. I like baking much better. As soon as I have time I will write you
out some recipes and send them to you, of course, I have been always cooking in large quantities for
when I make a cake I mix it in a tub. We sometimes make biscuits, and when we do it takes 600,
for we use more bread than anything else.

I have just been reading a San Francisco paper, and their camp cooks are getting $150.00 a month,
but I guess I am as well off in the army for I have never saved anything.

We have had some bad times over here, but we have had good ones too. I could never have a better
time than I am having now. I work only half of my time, so when I am off a lady friend and I go swimming
or boat riding, then in the evening 1 go to her home and she teaches me French. She is a graduate
from one of the best colleges in France. She speaks English, French and German, and, of course she
smokes cigarettes and drinks wine, but that is the custom in France.

Most all the people here are Catholics, but this friend is a Protestant, and on Sunday we go to church,
it is really the only time I have been to church since leaving home, everything is in French, but we understand very well now.

I must close for this time as we are having pay-day.

With love to all, Your brother,


Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 12, 1918

Presentation of Service Flag

A beautiful and impressive service was held at the Methodist church Sunday morning consisting of patriotic songs,
and the presentation of the war service flag to the Methodist church and Sunday school by Hon. Walter E. Steed,
who particularly portrayed the sacrifice and patriotism which these flags represented. Rev. L. A. Harrell,
in behalf of the church and Sunday school, received the flags in an appropriate talk.

The flags which were unveiled by Mrs. M. L. Riley, who has three sons in the service, were donated by
Mrs. Walter E. Steed and the Sunday school. They represented the members of the church and Sunday school
who are now in the American Army in France.

The school is represented by the following: Messrs Lonnie Rawls, Joe Rawls, Otis Montfort, Karow Montfort,
John Respess, Herbert Beeland, Pierce Robertson, Alma Wadsworth, Greenwood James, Wallace Carson, Bob Carson,
Phillip Davant, Thea Shealy and J. J. Shealy, and the church by: W. J. Butler, H. L. Butler, Howard Riley,
Hamp Riley, Lowery Riley, William W. Steed, Mack Mathews, Mulkey West, Zach Respess, and William R. Schell.

In this connection the following from "The Wesleyan" giving an account of the origin of the service flag will be of especial interest:

"Just before the fifth Ohio infantry was mustered out last year after its service on the Mexican border, a certain captain
of the machine gun company of the regiment retired from the service on account of injuries received in an accident.
"When war was declared," he writes in response to a query from the Outlook, the thought came to me that both my
sons who are still officers in the Guard would again be called out, so wondered if I could not evolve some design or
symbol by which it might he known that they were away in their country's service, and which would be to their mother a
visible sign of the sacrifice her sons were making."

This captain was R. L. Queisser, of Cleveland, Ohio, and the symbol which he contemplated evolving was well.
The only malady which such emblems indicate is possible a case or two of swell heads, which generally restricts itself
to the kid brother in the households displaying the flags. To these lads and to the rest of the family the blue in its field
of white far outshines any mere Jupiter or Venus; and its radiance will be surpassed only by the gold star which may
replace it--for that is the means that has been suggested to show that son or brother has given his all.

Regarding the use of these service flags, several items of general interest are given by Major William McChesney,
department judge advocate, central department, Chicago, who prints in the official bulletin for January 31st the following information:

The service flag while not officially recognized, but every one who is entitled to fly it is encouraged and urged to do so.

The idea of the service flag is that there shall be a star to represent each person from the family, place of
business or county serving with the colors. Where the service flag is hung in the window of a home it should
represent only members of the family from such immediate household and not employees, domestic or otherwise.
Where it is hung from a place of business, it should represent employees going from such places of business.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 12, 1918

Mr. G. L. Scandrett,
Victim of Railroad Wreck Monday

Former Butler Citizen Dies of Injuries Received in Wreck on G. S. & F. Road.

The news of the death of Mr. George Lee Scandrett, of Cordele, which was received in a telegram to relatives here,
where he was born and reared, was a great shock to our people.

Besides countless friends, Mr. Scandrett is survived by a wife and three daughters, of Cordele.
One sister, Mrs. S. O. Adams, of Butler, two brothers, Messrs. R. A. Scandrett, of Macon, and John L. Scandrett, of this county.

The manner in which Mr. Scandrett met his death is told in the following dispatch from Cordele:

Cordele - Sept. 10.

When an out-going Southwestern and Gulf railroad passenger train was wrecked on the outskirts of Cordele this morning,
George L. Scandrett,
prominent businessman of Cordele, received injuries that caused his death within 30 minutes.
He was thrown from the rear part of a coach and caught under a truck which had become dislodged in the wreck.
Although Mr. Scandrett's back was broken in the accident, he was conscious and gave directions for jacking up the truck to release his body.
Mr. Scandrett was a contractor and a farmer, and he had large dealings with the railroads.

A Correction.

In our account last week of the destructive fire at Howard, the Herald grievously erred in stating that the
loss was sustained by Mr. Hart when we should have stated that the property destroyed was that of Messrs
Hart & Childs. Mr. W. C. Childs, a member of the firm, being an equal loser with Mr. Hart.
Mr. Childs is one of the county's best known and most highly esteemed citizens, who has the sincere sympathy of his many friends.

We make the correction in justice to Mr. Childs.

L. A. Allen Instantly Killed By Lightning
Many Others Received Burns and Shocks From Same
Bolt. House Almost Demolished.

During a storm that swept this section Thursday afternoon last, lightning struck the residence of Mr. J. W. Hancock,
instantly killing his son-in-law, Mr. L. A. Allen, severely burning his wife, also an eighteen year-old son, shocking
several members of Mr. Hancock's family. A dog and a number of chickens, which had sought shelter under the house,
were also killed. The house and much of the household furniture were badly demolished.

Mr. Allen, who is an industrious farmer, and cultivates lands of Rev. M. T. Gaultney, was together with his family,
visiting at the home of Mr. Hancock at the time of the storm with its fearful result. The Hancock home will he
better remembered as the Kit Hinton place, five miles north of Butler, and now owned by Mr. I. F. Peebles.

Mr. Allen was about 45 years of age, and while he had resided in this section only a short while had made many
friends who were deeply grieved and shocked by the news of his untimely death. Besides a wife,
Mr. Allen is survived by three children, many relatives and hosts of friends.

Those who received burns and shocks are said to be improving nicely.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 12, 1918

Reynolds Local News

Miss Anna Parks, of Howard, is visiting her sister, Mrs. E. J. Pool.

Mrs. Fred Singer, of Lumpkin, is visiting her sister, Mrs. W. F. Weaver.

Mrs. Griffin, of Oglethorpe, is the guest of her daughter, Mrs. C. H. Neisler.

Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Neisler announce the arrival of a young son at their home.

Mrs. Robinson, of Fitzgerald, is spending some time here with her mother, Mrs. Jones.

Mrs. A. J. Fountain, of Butler, spent last week with her daughter, Mrs. E. A. Hollis.

Miss Lucile Hinton of Fort Valley, is the charming guest of her sister, Mrs. J.L. Wilson.

Miss Nellie Musslewhite, one of our attractive young ladies left last week to teach at Baconton.

Mrs. Blount, of Florida, has returned home after a pleasant stay with her father, Major Harp and family.

Miss Agnes Seay, one of our most popular young ladies, will leave in a few days for Cordele where she will teach.

Miss Florence Smith, one of our most accomplished young ladies, left last week for Unadilla to take charge of the music department at the college there.

The many friends of George Goddard, Jr. will be glad to know that he has recovered sufficiently to walk without crutches and be back in school again.

Misses Beulah Barrow and Minnie McAuley, two of our accomplished young ladies, will leave soon for Summit, Ga., where they go to teach in the school at that place.

Mrs. Radcliff has returned from Atlanta where she spent some time with her husband who is in camp there.
She will he here with her father, Mr. Blackman and family for some time.

The many friends of Miss Marie Barrow will be delighted to know that she will return home in a few days from Chattanooga, Tenn., where she spent the summer with her sister, Mrs. John Humphries.

Miss Melissa Ogburn will leave this week for Albany where she will teach in the college. Miss Ogburn is a highly cultured young lady and ranks among our very best teachers. Her many friends here regret to see her leave.  Note: (Melissa Ogburn is a descendant of John Paschal Glover, Jr.  John and his wife are buried at the Glover Schoolhouse cemetery in Taylor County)

Bob Carson Arrives Safely Overseas

After much suspense and great anxiety, parents, relatives and friends of Mr. Robert C. Carson, felt a great relief Monday when his mother, Mrs. J. T. Carson, received a letter from him advising her of his safe arrival "somewhere in France," and that he was in good health and spirit.

Notice to Schools.

The public schools of the county will be allowed to open at any time before the last Monday in October,
provided sixty per cent of the pupils are ready to attend. They must begin not later than the last Monday in October.

There will be increase in the salaries of teachers where they receive below $50 per month.

Two months added to the five may be obtained by the patrons of the schools paying for one month.
By order of the Board of Education. A. S. WALLACE, Supt.

Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Carson have rented rooms at the home of Mrs. W. N. Benns and will occupy same after October first.

The many Taylor county friends of Mrs. Belle Jinks Bazemore will be pleased to learn of her recent return home from
Texas where she spent several months with relatives.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 12, 1918

Mr. N. M. Spillers, of Turner's Chapel community, has rented the Miss Pearl Wallace residence which has been
occupied during the past several years by Mr. J. T. Carson and family. Mr. Spillers will move his family to
Butler that his children may have better school advantages.


Edited by Camp Fire Girls, of Butler, Georgia

Miss Julia Merritt, of Cummings, Ga., arrived Wednesday to take her place as teacher of the 6th and 7th grades of our school.

Mrs. B. A. Jones has returned home after a pleasant visit to her son, Mr. A. C. Jones, of Fitzgerald.

Lieut. Lowery Riley has returned to Camp Jackson. S. C., after a pleasant visit home.

We regret very much to learn of the serious illness of Mrs. W. J. Gilson.

Dr. Eli Garrett spent Monday in Macon where his wife is in the hospital.

Mrs. Walter E. Steed has returned after a visit of several days to her mother, Mrs. W. H. Carithers, at Ft. Valley.

We regret very much to hear of the illness of Miss Nettie Jones, who has a position in Atlanta.

Mrs. T. F. Bergeron has returned to her home in Augusta after a pleasant visit to her sister, Mrs. J. W. Edwards.

Mrs. Annie Taylor, of Birmingham, Mrs. Gilbert Robinson, of Montezuma and Mr. C. C. Montfort, of Cordele,
were called home this week on account of the illness of their mother, Mrs. O. T. Montfort.

Mrs. J. W. Hall, of Macon, is spending a few days with her mother, Mrs. T. H. Frierson.

Mr. James Childs will leave in a few days for Macon where he will attend Mercer University.

The many friends of Mrs. Robert Beeland are pleased to learn that she is improving after undergoing an operation in the Columbus hospital.

News has been received of the safe arrival overseas of  privates M. T. Gaultney and Pope Beeland.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 12, 1918

News from the County

Howard Happenings

Mrs. Mac Renfroe and children, of Macon, are visiting her mother, Mrs. Hamilton.

Mr. E. S. Hickman has purchased the home of Mr. J. C. Wade and will move his family thereto at an early date.

Mr. James Brown left last week for Locust Grove where he will attend school.

Miss Grace King, of Box Springs, visited her sister, Mrs. J. T. Hart, last week.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 12, 1918

Howard School Opens Monday.

Extensive preparations are being made for the opening of the fall term of Howard public school next Monday morning. Miss Mattie Julia Vanlandingham, one of the best educators in the county will be in charge.

Present indications are that the attendance this fall will he one of the largest in years, while school work that will he accomplished will be without a parallel in the history of Howard.

We are requested to state that certificates, showing that entrance fees have been paid to the trustees must be presented to the teacher when pupils enter school. These

certificates can be obtained at the store of Mr. F. R. Purvis.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 12, 1918

Nelson's Mill Items

Mrs. R. A. Spillers was the guest of her daughter, Mrs. L. V. Rogers recently.

Miss Nina Moore spent last week with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Moore.

Miss Victoria Moore left last Sunday for Potterville where she will teach this fall. We wish for her much success.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 12, 1918

Wesley Briefs

Mr. J. A. Heath is having water works installed at hisresidence this week.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 12, 1918

Potterville Items.

The school building at Potterville will soon be completed. School will open Monday morning with
Miss Helen Blackwell and Miss Victoria Moore in charge.

Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Jones visited their brother, Mr. John H. Mathews, last Saturday, p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Mathews are visiting their aunt, Mrs. Nannie Windham.

We are glad to learn that Miss Lillie Blair is improving at this writing.

Mr. J. R. Blair is visiting his daughter, Mrs. G. L. Adams, at Beuna Vista.

Mrs. L. C. Nixon, of Atlanta, is visiting her parents,Mr. and Mrs. J. Blair.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 12, 1918

Smith - Haywood

A marriage of general surprise was that Sunday of Miss Rosebud Smith, the attractive daughter of Mrs. Laura Smith, and Mr. Howard Haywood, of Five Points. Miss Smith's home is in this community and she has many friends here who wish them much happiness.


An interesting event of the week was the marriage Sunday afternoon of
Miss Susie Lizzie Cooper
and Mr. Chas. L. Wright, deputy warden of Sumter county,
which took place at 3 o'clock at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cooper, near Rupert.

The ceremony was performed in a beautiful and impressive manner,
by Rev. J. T. Adams, in the presence of many friends and relatives.

The marriage vows were given under a careful and artistically arranged arch of smilax.
The room was tastefully decorated with pot plants, vases and evergreens.

The bride was handsomely attired in a becoming suit of brown with accessories to match.
The only jewelry worn was a lavaliere with diamond set, the gift of the groom.

Little Misses Lena Bone and Mary Cooper, nieces of the bride, were flower girls
and wore dainty dresses of shirr white being adorned with blue ribbons and gorgeous handwork.
They carried a basket decorated with blue and white ribbons and filled with flowers.

Mr. and Mrs. Wright left for Americus where they will spend a few days with relatives of the groom,
after which Mr. Wright will resume his work with the county.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 19, 1918

The convicts will wind up their work of building a road from Butler to the Schley and Taylor county line about October the first. This road has occupied their attention for more than a year, but the service they have performed is of the highest class and reflects credit upon commissioners and each of the wardens who have come and gone, who have had a part in the work. Upon completion of this work the camps will be moved to the Panhandle district where road work is greatly needed.

It will be gratifying news to the many friends of Mr. O. P. Harris, who was reported to have been wounded in France, to learn that he is recovering nicely. His mother, Mrs. Leanna Harris received a letter from him the first of the week in which he stated that he was able to resume duties after a confinement of thirteen days at the hospital from a German gas attack while on the firing line.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 19, 1918

More Than 1,000 Registered Thursday

A total of 1,043 registered in Taylor county on September 12, as follows: Whites, 621; colored 422. The highest percentage was between 18 and 20.

Thirty-five registrars gave their services free to the government Thursday.
Their names which will go on the country's honor roll for patriotic service are:

Mrs. H. P. Wallace, Butler; A. S. Wallace, Butler; H. P. Wallace Butler; G. C. Smith, Butler; M. A. Chapman, Butler; L. A. Harrell, Butler; W. J. Riley, Butler; H. H. Aultman, Reynolds; J. H. Allen, Reynolds; H. O. Fowler, Reynolds; J. J. Saylor, Jr., Reynolds; E. J. Mims, Reynolds; T. D. Seay, Reynolds; T. Whatley, Reynolds; U. S. Underwood, Reynolds; W. F. Smith, Reynolds; M. J. Trapp, Reynolds; J. H. Neisler, Reynolds; H. E. Neisler, Reynolds; Herbert Fuller, Reynolds; J. W. Gholson, Howard; M. R. Foy, Howard; E. M. Gaultney, Howard; R. M. Suggs, Howard; J. A. Heath, Howard; D. N. Sealy, Howard; J. R. Williams, Howard; J. R. Williams, Howard; F. R. Purvis, Howard; A. H. Hendricks, Mauk; M. W. Flanders, Mauk; S. Garrett, Charing; S. C. Ingram, Charing; J. T. Cochran, Rupert; Edgar Stewart, Rupert; W. S. Colins, Rupert.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 19, 1918

DR. R. C. Montgomery Commissioned 1st Lieut.

Dr. R. C. Montgomery, who some months ago enlisted in the medical department U. S. Navy, has received his commission as First Lieutenant.

He made his first appearance on the streets Sunday attired in his handsome navy suit, cap, shoes, etc., and attracted considerable attention. He has been granted a furlough until November first when he will report at one of the navy training stations for duty. As he is one of the county's best physicians, it is useless to say that he will he greatly missed in this community, but will render valuable services to the boys who are helping Uncle Sam.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 19, 1918

Reynolds Local News

T. D. Seay left for Athens Sunday to enter the University.

Mr. Will Griffin, of Oglethorpe is visiting his daughter, Mrs. C. H. Neisler.

Among the changes that will be made this fall, Mr. and Mr. H. K. Sealy are going to
build a new home and Mr. Coolik will live where Mrs. Scaly now lives.

Little Mary and Martha Hicks have been confined at home several days with chicken-pox.

Everyone is glad to see Mrs. A. M. Carter, Sr. out again after being sick for several weeks.

Mr. McCoy, of Talbotton, was a visitor Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Goddard.

Misses Nettie and Susie Fountain have gone to Macon to resume their studies at Wesleyan college.

Mrs. J. G. Hill took her son, Henry Waters, to Oxford last week to enter him at Emory University.

Mr. Emory Seay has returned from Macon where he has been staying with his little son at the Macon hospital.

Miss Helen Hodges will go to Griffin this week where she will spend the winter with her aunt, Mrs. Sammons.

Mr. J. M. Hicks has received a letter from his son, Mr. Edw. W. Hicks, advising him of his safe arrival overseas.

Mrs. Williams returned home at Columbus last week after a visit to her sister, Mrs. George Goddard.

Mrs. Robert Clements, of Montezuma, was in town last week the guest of her aunt, Miss Pink Montfort.

The many friends of Mr. and Mr. E. F. Seay, will heglad to hear that their little son,
Thoxton, after a very serious illness, is some better.

Mr. B. E. Flowers, who spent last week with the family of Major J. W. Harp, has gone to
Waycross where he will he principal of the high school this year.

Dr. and Mrs. Syd Bryant and Mrs. E. E. Hodges spent Monday in Macon.
Dr. Bryant has bought the house where Dr. Fickling now lives and will move his family there in a few weeks.

It is with much regret that we learn of the illness of Miss Ruth Morse. She has resigned her place in the school at
Albany and at present is at the John Hopkins hospital, where she will be until November.

Among the young people who go away to school this week are: Misses Mattie Saunders and
Sara Mae Hollis to G. N. and L.; Troy and Clifford Whatley to the University;
Ferdinand Carson to G. M. A.; and Eldrige Matthews and Henry Waters to Emory University.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 19, 1918

Prof. A. S. Wallace, Mr. G. W. B. Joiner and others from this county will leave Sunday for Tulsa, Okla, to
attend the annual reunion of confederate veterans.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 19, 1918

Social Notes

Mrs. J. A. Smith and son, John A. Jr., have returned to their home in Talbotton, after a pleasant visit to Mrs. Smith's parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. T. Fowler.

Misses Clayra Shealy, Ross Fountain, Willie B. and Helen Wilson left Monday for Milledgeville where they will attend school at G. N. and L College.

The many friends of Mrs. Eli Garrett will be very glad to know that she has returned home after serious illness at the Macon hospital.

Miss Janie Frierson, of Macon, spent the week-end with her grandmother, Mrs. T. H. Frierson.

Mrs. Annie Taylor, of Birmingham, Ala., returned Saturday after spending several days with her parents, Hon. and Mrs. O. T. Montfort.

Mrs. J. N. Sumner, of Sylvester, has returned home after a pleasant visit to her sister, Mrs. W. J. Gilson.

The friends of Mrs. W. J. Gilson will be glad to hear that she is improving after a serious illness.

Mrs. Merriwether, who is visiting her sister, Mrs. R. C. Montgomery, spent a few days of last week in Talbotton.

Mr. Dewitt Williams, of Rhine, is visiting his uncle, Mr. B. B. Rawls.

Master Tom Bateman is attending school at Dahlonega, Ga.

Mr. W. H. Huff, of Greenville, Ala. is the guest of his sister, Mrs. Florence Jones.

Miss Sallie Hall, of Talbotton, was the guest of her sister, Miss Bertha Hall, the latter part of last week. Miss Bettie Lee Davis entertained in her honor Friday evening.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 19, 1918

Jack Harris, son of Mrs. Tom Harris, left Sunday to enroll as a student at the Agricultural and Mechanical school at Americus.
He is a promising young man and will lead his class at this excellent school.

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Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 19, 1918

In Memoriam

Aunt Hager, a good, old family servant of the Carson's, and having been owned in the slavery times by the family of Major J. T. Carson, died and was buried at Reynolds Tuesday evening at 4 o'clock.

She was ever faithful and devoted (luring the sad and trying times of the sixties and even since the war, her loving interest in our family will always he a bright spot in our memory. We feel like Hager has gone where all good negroes go. and may her children honor and revere her holy name and call her blessed.

She was nicely laid away by the side of Hudson, her husband, on a little mound just north of Reynolds, near her home.
It was my last tribute to her memory to attend her funeral J. T. CARSON.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 19, 1918

In Memory

Dr. Addis B. Gordy was horn in Harris county, Georgia, September 7th 1874, of high-toned Christian parentage.
When he grew to manhood, he attended the Augusta Medical College, and graduated from the Atlanta college
of medicine and surgery in 1899, and as a young practitioner (sic), he located in Box Springs, where his success in practice
of Medicine was such, that in the hearts and homes of many of the best families of that town and community, his memory
 will ever he kept green and fresh, watered by the tears of love, confidence and appreciation. So in that town and community
many hearts were saddened and grieved on account of his death.

In pursuit of his profession Dr. Gordy, came to Butler in 1896, where he won the confidence and love of
Miss Ella Florence Fowler,
whom he married July 23rd 1907. and having married a Butler young lady,
he made Butler his home during the rest of his short life.
It has been said that a person is horn into his calling or profession and so it seems was the case with
Dr. Gordy. His diagnosis of a disease or illness was nearly always clear and correct and his prescriptions right.
So it is no wonder then, that he was successful in his practice. And when in the sick room, he was patient, untiring,
and sympathetic. Entering into and sharing the intense anxiety which pervaded the home loved ones.
Dr. Gordy was also a gentleman in the home, never betraying professional courtesy or confidence reposed.

Dr. Gordy was not a good business man. He did not seem to study business plans or methods but rather his mind centered on his profession, and the well-fare of his patients, and there are many, who are alive today, who attribute the fact to the skill and untiring efforts of this good man and faithful practitioner.

Dr. Gordy was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, having joined the membership of his father's and mother's church in early manhood. His life, like yours and mine, was not a perfect life, and much of his imperfections and weaknesses were attributable to his impaired physical condition. For months and years he was a physical sufferer, not knowing the enjoyment of a well clay. And so, in his weakness, he may like the prodigal of old wandered away, but thank God, like the prodigal, he also came hack home, and as I believe, enjoyed an eternal feast in the glory world above.

Dr. Gordy was also very appreciative and never forgot an act of kindness or a favor done. He often spoke of the help and sympathy which had been extended to him by his many friends during his illness, and especially by the physicians of Butler, who were untiring in their professional attention and attendance upon him. They thought it best for him to be carried to the Columbus City Hospital for an operation, but owing to his physical weakness, Dr. Addis B. Gordy on the 25th day of July 1918, in said hospital breathed his last. His remains were entered in the Butler cemetery, the funeral conducted from the home of the writer, assisted by his pastor, Rev. H. O. Fowler, witnessed by a large concourse of loved ones and sympathizing friends. Besides three brothers and three sisters, he leaves a broken hearted wife and son, to mourn their irreparable loss.

His friend and brother. J. T. ADAMS

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 19, 1918

To the Memory of Rev. J. M. Posey

In love and honor to our much beloved, brother, husband, and father, the Rev. J. M. Posey, a life-long farmer of Taylor county.
He passed out of this life on August 1. 1918. He was a minister of the gospel for about 50 years and a true Christian, a loving father,
a kind husband and a friend to all. To know him was to love him, he bore his sickness with patience, he didn't murmur or complain,
but said that he was willing to go at the will of the Lord.

A loved one from us has gone, a voice from us is stilled. a place in the home is vacant the world can never fill.

Written by request by his brother in Christ.

C. H. Moore

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 19, 1918

News From the County

Nelson's Mills Items.

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Spiller were recent visitors of the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Wainwright.

Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Moore, of this place, spent Saturday p.m. very pleasantly with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Moore.

Mr. Elbert Posey and Miss Velma McCrary were happily married last Sunday p.m. We wish for them a long and happy life.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 19, 1918

Wesley Items

Mr. J. T. Amos spent the week-end with his son, Herman, at the base hospital at Atlanta.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 19, 1918

Howard Happenings

Messrs. Orman Childs and Lorenza Purvis left Monday for Americus where they will attend the A and M School.

Mrs. Slaton, of Pelham, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Lewis Hill.

Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan, of Gretna, Fla., are visiting their daughter, Mrs. R. L. Brown.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 19, 1918

Turner's Chapel.

Mr. Alfonso McCrary visited his cousin, Mr. Ira Rodgers, Sunday.

Mrs. Nettie Allen and son, Britt Whitley, are improving from a shock they received when lightning struck the home of Mr. J. H. Hancock, Sr.

Potterville Items.

Mrs. Emmie Jones is spending quite a while with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Whittington.

Mrs. H Mathes and family spent Saturday and Sunday with their uncle, Mr. G. W. Shirah, at Montezuma.

Mrs. G. B. Windham and children spent the week with her daughter, Mrs. 0llie Parker, at Ellaville.

Mrs. Mamie Harris is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. V. S. Hightower.

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Youngblood are the proud parents of a fine girl.

The many friends of Mr. W. R. Rogers are sorry to know that he continues very ill, but wish for him a speedy recovery.

Mr. J. R. Blair has returned home after spending several days with his daughter, Mrs. G. L. Adams, at Buena Vista, who is quite sick.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Letters From Taylor County Boys

Fighting For Their Country In France.

Private J. Morgan McCants, who is serving his country in France, writes his parents that he will have lots to tell them when he returns home, and that he would not take anything for his experience and what he has seen since leaving the states. He writes as follows.

Somewhere in France, Aug 13th 1918

My Dear Mamma and Papa:

I received several letters from you and other members of the family today, dated from the 8th to the 15th of July, so you see it takes them a long time to reach me, but words are unable to express the pleasure those letters gave this old boy. It is a lot of consolation for me to know you are very well at this date, and I do hope that the Lord will spare you both for me, as I just don't feel like I could come back home knowing I would not find my mamma and papa. I am still in good health. My greatest trouble is thinking about you all too much and then a lots of things I see over here doesn't make me feel good, but I don't think we will be over here long. I only wish I could tell you all that I have seen with my own eyes but of course I can't tell till I see you and then it will take me a long, long time.Papa, I would not take anything for what I have learned since I left our dear old U. S. A. I sure have enjoyed this trip all the way, better than I ever dreamed of. I know this is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and I will always love these French people, for they certainly have been very kind to us. They are Godly people and I surely think we will win this war. Well the Pioneer boys are attached to the Engineers, so you see we are behind the firing lines. Our work is to wait on the fighting men, but we are near enough the front to hear the guns and we see a plenty but cannot tell you much, only we have the Huns on the run and I am most sure we shall keep them on the go. I know that you all keep up with us in the papers as far as you can. The Germans were driven off this place where I am, just a few days before we came here and as they were in a rush they left lots of things that are real interesting to us. I wish I could send some of them home. Some of the boys from the front have been bringing us lots of "war relics" and also good news. We boys are camping in barracks now and we are having nice times, as we are out of all the had weather. We are having had, rainy weather over here, I hope you all are getting some in the pond. Mamma, I sure do feel sorry for these poor little French children.
I see just numbers of them over here the size of Clifton, Jack and Verna. Most all of them are orphans and I tell you it hurts me worse than any thing I see. I give them part of my food each day and they always say: "merci" their word for "thank you. Well, I hope Otis is at home yet. I do hope they wont have to send any more of our boys over here. Tell Murray I think of him every clay and wish I was there to help him out and eat some fish. Yes I wish I could go coon hunting but you see I am out on a hunt for Uncle Sam just now, which is much important. Say Hello to Robert for me and tell him I say stay with you until I come. Tell Mr. Oscar Cox I say write me all he knows. I often think of him and Jere making that flying trip to Camp Wheeler for me and how glad I was to see dear old home once more before crossing over How is Jay? I have tried to hear from him but guess his address has changed. Has Parker and Thea left for over-sea yet'? I am sure they have.You all please worry as little as you can now and write often. Much love to all. God be with you until we meet again is my prayer. Your loving Son, Morgan McCants. Mr. J. J. Shealy, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Shealy, who is with the Colors, is at Liverpool England. The accompanying letter from him has just been received by home folks. Liverpool, England August 21. 1918 Dear Papa and Mamma: I received two letters from you this morning. was so glad to hear from you and to know that you both are well. I am glad you are receiving my letters. I am getting yours promptly now. I get one or two every week and I want you to continue writing to me for I appreciate hearing from home. I write home about twice a week to let you hear from me and to let you know that I haven't forgotten you.I would like to have seen uncle Dan and aunt Berta and also aunt Lula, when she comes tell her to write to me for I have written to her nearly every week but haven't received a letter from her yet. I am glad that Morgan landed safe, also did Mack Mathews. I would like to see them, but don't expect that I will. I am going to try to see Thea when he comes but it is a hard job to find any one that you know as there are so many at the same place.I guess the peaches were fine but I have gotten used to doing without them although when you mention them it made my mouth water for them. I wish you could have had good luck with your turkeys.

Papa, I am glad to know that my hogs are all right and that you are getting my allotment, you may do the best that you know how with the hogs.What is Dock doing? I would like to hear from him some time. I haven't received the Herald yet, I am expecting it every day, I surely would enjoy getting one and see what the people are doing.Don't you get uneasy about me for I will take care of myself. I am doing fine now. Every since I landed I have put my life in God's hands and taken Him as my Savior. I believe that He will send me home to you some sweet day. I would like to see you all but as I cannot I will make the best of it I can. Write to me often for I have just begun to receive your letters.

I will close for this time but will write again soon.

Your loving son, J. J. Shealy,

Co. K 325 Intl. American E. F.. Belmont Pd. Military Hospital Liverpool, Eng.


August 23, 1918

Dear Papa:

I will write to you today to let you hear from me, I am getting your letters all right now. I have received four this week and am so glad to hear you, this leaves me all right and hope it will find you all well and enjoying life. I have made lots of friends over here and the boys seem like brothers to me, I have met some Scotchmen and they seem to he fine boys. I am still with the U. S. boys, they are from Missouri. Well I am glad that you and mamma are getting my allotment all right, I got paid yesterday and it came in handy, of course, but I haven't been broke since I have been here. I am getting my smoking tobacco at the Y. M. C. A. now and it surely smokes good as it is so much better than any we can get here. Papa, I am glad that my hogs are getting along fine and I want you to take care of every thing for me. Tell Aunt Lula to write to me for I would like to hear from her. I have written her often but have not heard from her yet. Tell the children to write. I hope Ethel will get to go to Aunt Mamie's, I would like to hear from her. I have written to most all of my relatives but haven't heard from any except you at home, haven't even heard from my girl, but of course, would like to hear from her. I am praying for all of you every day and am trying to live a life that will bring me hack to you, so don't feel uneasy about me for I will do the best I can and will take care of myself.I am glad that you have a good crop, and wish that you could have had part of the rain that we have been having, but it is getting dry over here now.

Well, I will close, give my love to all and write soon.

Affectionately yours,



Camp Johnson, Fla., September 12, 1918

Dear Mother and Everybody,

How are you, fine I hope. I am o.k. Mother I will not be able to see you all before leaving for France, so I will have to say good-bye to you for a while in this letter.I have a detail of men out this morning loading our supplies in the cars. We will leave here tomorrow or tomorrow night, I don't know just the time but we are under orders to be ready at any moment. I think we sail from Hoboken, N. Y. Tell the children howdy for me and give them my love and best wishes, tell them their brother goes to France as a first class sergeant, next to a commissioned officer. I have direct charge of nine touring cars, one truck, a motorcycle, one-third of a train and it is a lots of responsibility, but I feel good over my promotion and am going to try to make good in every thing. Get grandpa to tell you what the top sergeant was in the civil war. I get $51.00 per month and will get a 20 per cent increase "over there." Now, aren't you proud of you soldier boy, Mamma? You can tell grandmother Adams that I am leaving, I will write her a card if I have time. I am working hard now. Its some work getting a company of men fitted for "overseas" service. Tell grandpa I guess that I will get enough of shooting pistols now for I have a 45 automatic and a belt of cartridges. A complete outfit for the field, I carry no rifle although I handle one well. The pistol is my own weapon unless I get something else "over there." I stood the gas test fine. I took off my mask in a house filled with gas and merely burned my nose a little and made me cry. A mask protects you entirely, they are great things. My girl has made the best sweater and put my initials in it, and also sent me a box of cigarettes.I will have to close and let the boys eat some "grub." Give my love to my grandparents and the children and tell them all good-bye for me. I will come home some day.

With love from your son,

Sergeant Lewis M. Adams

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Two Injured By Automobile, Sunday.

Mr. A. J. McGee and His Son, Theo, Taken to Hospital in Unconscious Condition

Mr. A. J. McGee, of this place, who has three sons and one daughter living at Birmingham, Ala., and with whom he has been visiting during the past two weeks, and one of his sons, Mr. Theo McGee, were run down and severely injured by an automobile Sunday afternoon at Birmingham, while waiting for a street car. Both being struck by the automobile were discovered some time later by passersby, picked up and rushed to the hospital in an unconscious condition. Their wounds were carefully dressed and soon they regained consciousness and were able to be removed to the home of Mr. E. L. McGee. Mr. Theo McGee is reported to be out again, but his father's condition was not satisfactory to his children Monday, whereupon they wired here for their mother, who left immediately for her husband's bedside where she will remain until his condition improves. While his wounds are serious it is not expected that they will prove fatal, and it is hoped that he will be out again in about two weeks.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Car Overturns; One Killed; Four Hurt.

Friends of Mr. Joe Sams in Taylor county, where he was reared and until a few years ago resided in Daviston district, were deeply grieved when news reached here of the unfortunate accident in which he lost his life while he was enroute to Macon to visit his brother who is at Camp Wheeler being sent there recently from this county. Mr. Sam's mother, uncles and other relatives in this county who survive have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends as well as the wife and fatherless children. The following account of the accident appeared in the daily papers of Monday.

Macon Ga.,
Sept. 23rd.

Joe T. Sams, a well-to-do farmer of Roberta, died at the Macon Hospital at 6 o'clock last night from a fractured skull received in an automobile
accident on the Columbus road yesterday afternoon. Four others in the car were injured.

J. B. Visage, also a farmer of Roberta, bruises and injuries to his spine. Mrs. J. B. Visage and little child, slightly injured. James Sams, a brother of Joe T. Sams, bruised.
On Way to Base Hospital. The party left Roberta yesterday morning in a Ford car, en route to Camp Wheeler to visit another brother of Sams, who is ill at the Base Hospital. They intended to stop at the home of City Fireman C. E. Hammock, friend of the families, at No. 865 First Street, on their way to the camp.
Coming along the Columbus road at a rapid rate of speed shortly before 1 1 o'clock a tire blow-out caused the machine to overturn in the ditch.
The accident occurred at the six-mile post. Visage was at the wheel of the machine at the time of the accident.
The Macon Hospital was notified of the accident and dispatched an ambulance to the scene.

Injured Are Brought Here.

The injured persons were brought to the hospital as soon as possible, some in the ambulance and others in a passing automobile. An examination of Sams showed that he had a fracture at the base of the skull and other injuries. The doctors held out no hope for him from the start. Sams' father-in-law, Tom Hortman, of Roberta, and other members of the family, arrived at the hospital late yesterday afternoon, just before Sams died. The injured man was unable to recognize members of the family.
Sams was a native of Taylor county, but three or four years ago he married Miss Josey Hortman, of Roberta, purchased a farm near that place and moved his family there. He has several brothers, one of whom was in thearmy stationed at Camp Wheeler. Besides his wife he leaves two small children.
The body was removed to Hart's undertaking parlors and later was carried through the country to the family home at Roberta. The funeral is to take place at Reynolds.
Mrs. Sams was 28 years of age and is survived by his wife and two children; his mother, Mrs. G. S. Sams, one sister and four brothers.
He was a member of the Woodmen of the World and of the Methodist Church at Roberta.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Reynolds Local News

Miss Resa Harp is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Tom Bentley, at Culloden.

Mr. J. A. Mathews carried his son, Eldridge, to Oxford to enter Emory University.

Mrs. William Lang has gone to Clear Water, Fla. where she has accepted a position as teacher.

Mrs. Henry Saylor has as her guests, her mother, Mrs. Hicks, and sister, Miss Sara Hicks, of Macon.

Mrs. C. L. Pyron was a visitor at the home of her mother, Mrs. A. W. Hicks, at Delta, Monday.

Mrs. Perry Adams from Savannah, is visiting the summer with her sister, Mrs. Humphries at Chattanooga, Tenn.

Mrs. Emory Seay has returned from Macon where she has had her little son in the hospital. We are glad to state that his condition is very much improved.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

News From the County

Doings Around Union.

Central school will open next Monday, Sept. 30th. A full attendance is desired from the beginning and let us plan for a better term, hearty co-operation with each other and teachers will mean much in accomplishing them.

Mrs. M. T. Gholson is convalescent after an illness of some two weeks.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Potterville Items.

Mr. Pass Rodgers of Barnesville, is visiting his brother, Mr. W. R. Rodgers, who is seriously ill.

Mrs. L. C. Nixon spent last week with her aunt, Mrs. W. A. Anglin, at Butler.

Misses Ruby Louise, Corine and Effie Tucker and Mr. Clifford Oliver were guests at a birthday dinner at the home of Miss Vivian Amerson Sunday.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Nelson's Mill Items

Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Posey, of near Prospect, passed through here last Sunday morning enroute to the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. McCrary.

Misses Nina Moore and Eva Childress were the guests of their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Moore, last Saturday afternoon.

Mrs. B. H. Spillers is spending a few days with her mother, Mrs. F. E. McCrary, while her husband is visiting relatives in Oklahoma.

Mr. Alfonso McCrary and cousin, Miss Evatna Hortman, were recent visitors of Misses Florence, Lula and Alice Wainwright.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Wesley News

Mr. Lem Smith, of Atlanta, is the guest of his sister, Mrs. J. H. Adams, this week.

Messrs. Willie Suggs and Archie Heath left recently for Americus where they will enter A. and M. College. Their many friends wish them much success in their studies.

Mr. J. A. Heath and wife and son, Archie, attended the funeral of a niece, Miss Ewing, at Bolingbrook, last week.

School will begin at Wesley, Monday September 30th with Misses Genie Wells and Margaret Heath as teachers. It is hoped by all that they will have a good attendance on the opening day.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Howard School News.

The Howard school opened Monday, September 16th, with an unusually large attendance.

Several of the patrons encourage both teacher and pupils by their presence. Among them were: Mrs. L. Hill, Mess. H. H. Parks, and L. P. Parker, and Trustees A. F. Fain and F. R. Purvis.

Interesting and helpful talks were made by Messrs. L. P. Parker and F. R. Purvis. Both tried to impress upon the children the value of an education and the importance of taking advantage of attending school. They also assured the teacher of their help and co-operation.

Teacher, pupils and patrons are working to make this the best year in the school's history.

A Home and School Up-keep Club and a Reading Club were organized Friday afternoon.

The following officers were elected for the Home and Up-keep Club, Fred Vanlandingham, president; Estelle Purvis, secretary and treasurer.

The following officers were elected for the Reading Club: Mary Woods, president; Program Committee: Mildred Brown, Ruth Williams, Hattie Wakefield, Fred Vanlandingham, Estelle Purvis, Frank Fain, Brown Parker. This Committee is planning a short program for Friday October 4th. A cordial invitation is extended to all friends and patrons of this school.

Mildred Brown, School Reporter.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Miss Eva Daniel, who submitted to an operation at the Macon Hospital last week, is improving nicely we are pleased to learn.
She has the best wishes of many friends for permanent and speedy recovery.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Miss Eloise Peed was taken to Macon last week for an operation for adenoids and tonsillitis, which was successfully performed at the Macon Hospital.

Social Notes

Mr. Dewitt Williams has returned home after apleasant visit to his uncle, Mr. B. B. Rawls.

Mrs. Brooks Benn left Monday for Macon where she will make her future home.

Mrs. A. H. Riley spent the weekend at Prattsburg with her father, Mr. J. T. Davis.

Mrs. T. H. Frierson is visiting her daughter, Mrs. M. E. Everett, at Macon this week.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Death of Former Taylor County Lady

at Columbus Sept 15

Mrs. Victoria Bartlett, aged 62 years, widow of Mr. T. D. Bartlett, died at her home at Columbus Sunday September 15th, after an illness of several months. The deceased was for many years a citizen of this county, and remembered by many friends as Miss Victoria Johnson. She is survived by five children as follows: Miss Beulah Bowden, Mr. J. M. Bartlett, Miss Louise Bartlett and Mrs. Grady Forth, of Columbus, and Mrs. Walter Hamilton, of Marshallville. She was the sister-in-law of Mr. C. M. Bartlett, of this place who attended the funeral at Columbus.


Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918


This month and for the next two months I will try and compile a list of the people in Taylor County, Ga. who were victims of the Flu. In each month of the 1918 BUTLER HERALD I will "bold" the names of those who were reported sick with the flu or pneumonia. I am compiling a list of those who had the flu and those who died. This list will contain information on each person as to birth date, death date and burial place. I need your help with this list because some names were never printed in the paper and some papers are missing.

I start this story with information I received from Debbie Taunton Hileman of Lewisburg, Tenn. She is daughter of Cecil Ward and Dawn Marie (Connett) Taunton. Her paternal grandparents were Wanza Ward and Ludie Corine (Thous) Taunton. Paternal great-grandparents were Augustus and Anna Bartlette Taunton also George Thomas and Shellanna (Williams) Taunton.

Debbie Taunton Hileman contacted me back in 2000 and visited my home. She shared with me many valuable pictures, newspaper articles, and information too numerous to mention here. Debbie is one of those fortunate genealogist who had an Aunt who saved everything. She was Lela (Williams) Walker sister of Shellanna (Williams) Taunton.

I have used some of her information in the past and will publish much more in the future as it fits in my feature stories. The Mt. Pisgah Singing School photo in the May, 2001 TRACER, page 1 1 was supplied by Debbie Taunton Hileman.

The following information supplied by Debbie gives us valuable information on WW I and the Influenza Epidemic of 1918. Joel Armer Williams was born January 03, 1893 son of George W. & Lucie Catherine (Amerson) Williams. Joel was brother to Shellanna (Williams) Taunton and Lela (Williams) Walker.

He was listed in the July. 2001 TRACER with the 40 Selectmen who were to he sent to Camp Gordon Tuesday, July 23, 1918 at 2:57 o'clock.

We begin with a letter from Joel to his sister Leila.





Camp Merritt, NJ

Sept 14, 1918

Dear Father, Mother, & Sister.

We are yet at Camp Merritt and I expect will he here a while. For they carried a man out of one of the Barracks near mine and they say he had the Meningitis, But I sure hope it is not for I am scared to death all most now But I never have been up where he was and I don't aim to. I know we will he quarantined for good now. Well I never have got any mail from you all yet. But some of the boys got answers from letters they wrote send they have been here, got them this evening and I guess I will get one from you all soon.

Well my kidneys has been bothering me some and I don't feel so good. I may he taking the measles again but I think it is caused from eating so much sweet chocolate candy. You know 1 have been so sick things cannot agree with me for a long time.

Well I sure do hope the meningitis wont get had I sure am going to he careful.

Listen some of the boys that come from Camp Gordon before we did has done gone somewhere, I guess sailed. I hope we won't go till spring nor wont have no disease this is a healthy place I think but measles and things goes any where you know. Well. we are getting along all o.k. other wise I think have plenty to eat but we have to stay two clost bet I bet we can't hardly get out of our own barracks now. for a while and I hope they will he close. Say Leila don't for get to tell me who that girl was with you and Mattie Lee on that picture.

Say how is the cotton and corn turning out and how is Alfred and Minnie and children getting along. How is Sister and George and children getting along. I hope cotton will bring a good price But tell Papa to plant plenty of feed stuff next year for if all the boys in the Army eats like this something will he eat up before next year. Also tell him to buy his seed ground peas early for I never seen as many as I could eat. coming through North Carolina and Virginia. While the last year boll weevil section may have planted a good many this year. Well I don't know much else new so I will close and write again soon if I don't get the measles, if I do I will let you all know any way. Say where is Henry Theus. is he still at Camp Gordon. Also when have you all heard from Clyde. Hope he is ok. Well this is Sat. night at about II o'clock and I am in Ordly Room with the Corporal of the Guard he is writing also and I guess I better go to bed so I can get up in the morning for Revilee.



Thursday, October 17, 1918

Who Departed This Life While Serving His Country in a Just Cause

"Friend after friend departs, Who has not lost a friend? There is no union here apart. That find not here an end."

This familiar old stanza touches the heart of many a friend as the news of the death of this excellent young man, whose name we read at the head of this notice, and whose death will recall to many hearts and minds many pleasant associations.

Joel Armer Williams. 26 years old, son of Mr. and Mr. E. G. Williams, died Tuesday night after a short illness from pneumonia, at Camp Merritt, N. J.

He responded to the call of his country on July 23rd last and from that time until a few weeks ago was in training at Camp Gordon. when he was sent to the New Jersey camp where he became ill and died.

How much this community owes him and such as he. it is impossible to estimate, though it would be a grateful task to trace his examples and influence through some of the more direct channels to hold him up in these distressing days, in his characters of son. brother, relative, friend. neighbor and soldier. Suffice it to say. he lived nobly, made many friends, sacrificed his life in the discharge of his duty. and died in peace.

The tenderest sympathy is extended the grief-stricken parents and other relatives.

The remains of Mr. Williams will he shipped home and is expected to arrive tomorrow or Saturday.

THE BUTLER HERALD. Thursday. October 24, 1918



Accompanied by a military officer from Camp Merritt, N. J., the body of Private Joel Armer Williams. who died at Camp Merritt Monday night of last week from pneumonia, reached Butler Saturday morning, and was taken to the home of his grief-stricken parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. W. Williams, thence to Bethlehem cemetery Sunday at noon, where attended by the largest gathering of friends ever witnessed there, funeral service and interment took place the obsequies being performed by Revs. John Locke and C. H. Moore.

There was probably no more popular young man ever reared in his community than Armer Williams, and the sadness occasioned by his untimely end is universally manifested and sincere.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Tribute to Armer Williams

O, I can't write, it seems; my pen refuses to glide over the paper and the ink refuses to flow when I try to write the words, "Armer is dead".

He was born January 3rd 1893 and on July 23, 1918 he answered his country's call and enlisted in the U. S. Army at Camp Gordon, Ga. from whence he was transferred to Camp Merritt, N. J. where he succumbed to Spanish influenza and pneumonia and breathed his last on October 14, 1918. Although Amer never united with any church, yet he was heard to say while he was in the army that he was not afraid to die that he loved Jesus. He was the light and blessing of his home, he scattered a ray of sunshine every where he went, his face was a beam of smiles, dispersing the gloom of every one he met always looking on the bright side of life. 0! God how hard it is to this human heart of our! We yield with a trusting, "Ever so Father, for so it seemeth good in thy sight." Tho the thorn that pierces our hearts to the depths there blooms the fragrant flower of Christian comfort and then our tears falling thick and fast there beams the sweet splendor from that Star of Heavenly Hope, which lighted his way through the last hours of suffering and death to his glorious "Home of the Soul." He was so often heard singing as he went about his work, these lines:

"Bedim the sky above;
I cannot see my Savior's face,
I doubt his wondrous love,
But He from Heaven's mercyseat,
Beholding my despair;
In pity burst the clouds between,
And above me He is there."

'Twas the writers privilege to stand by the casket--the casket that held his manly form; a casket--but the jewel had ceased to shine; A home but the light had gone out; A body human youthful, to whose senses the breath of life was once as sweet as it is to you and me--A bosom pushing with love, faith, joy and hope, but whence all these had flown, A form---A being once fairly radiant with happy manly life; but now the hands were folded---the wonderful heart of love had ceased to heat--the lips moved not in answer--he stirred not at all at the sound of the pleading voices of Father, Mother and Sister, his face once glowing in youthful bloom like the blended dawn of morning, was now pale and cold--so cold and still and his eyes did not sparkle at our coming for they were closed forever on earth and the flesh listening to the Call of Death, had laid down in the silence of the shroud and tomb, while the spirit, thank God, hearing only the call of Life, had leaped out in a Heavenly ecstasy of hope and song and gone up higher to live forever with Christ the Redeemer. "Blessed are they that die in the Lord." It is so hard to give him up but for only where Christ brings His cross. He brings His presence and try bereaved ones, to think altho our way seems dreary and we must face the storms that rise dark o'er our way, But the angel of light hangs a rainbow on the bosom of darkest clouds, and when the angry fury of the tempest rush out from its vapory vaults and harness their thunder shot steeds to the chariot winds does not the spirit of love whisper on the Galilee of every troubled heart, "Peace be still."

Our memory of him will be as an innocent unspotted soul, He has gone from the weariness, toils, struggles, battles, and temptations of this chequered life and who shall say, sorrow laden tho we be that is, is not better so. And our prayers are that a higher than human power may console and support every one of his loved ones.

He leaves a father, mother, and two sisters to mourn his death besides a host of friends for none knew him but to love him.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918


Base Hospital Ward 8

Camp Merritt N. J.

Jan. 8, 1919

Dear Leila,

I reed a letter from you a few days ago I certainly was glad to hear from you and to hear that every body was well. But sorry to hear that James Henry Taunton and Robert Bartlett was dead.

I'm glad you all have a good school ant to that you like teaching. I wish I was home and could go to school again.

I improving nicely now. I've ben to the Y.M.C.A. and to the Merritt Hall twice which is about a half mile from ward 8. I was intending to take a walk this afternoon but the weather is to bad. we had a nice little snow yesterday morning and snowed a little this afternoon.

Leila do you no any of the boys address that are over sea if so pleas write it to me Id like to hear from them. I haven't seen a one of them since Armer died except Eddie A Childers a little while. There's only one besides myself from the dear old State of Ga. in this ward.

Leila you ask me to write you all I knew about Armers treatment and what he said when he would call you and Mrs. Williams. About the only thing he called for was his clothes and shoes. He was treated well they did all they could to save him I think. He had a feather pillow and a nice new mattress to lye on.

They didn't operate on him. I guess he must have thought that you all was there by his calling you all he didn't say any thing about Mr. Williams as I remember or about dying. He had your picture that was taken with May Jinks and Mattie Cox.

yes he kept your letters No he didn't cry about you all.

He didn't talk of you all much but prayed that his life might be spared so that return to you all. I guess he had some money in his pocket but I don't think he had very much as well as I remember he had $15.00 in his pocket, a few days before he got sick with flue. He didn't wish for any thing to eat.

When he got a letter from you he was always glad to hear from you but seemed jolly he wasn't unconscious much of the time. I think that he thought he would get well and in Butler and with the exception of the few years that his father and mother lived at, what is known, as the "Bateman Mill" his life was lived in the town of Butler.

He was reared in a Christian home and by a loving, devoted father, and a saintly. Christian mother. In early life, he gave himself to God and united with the Methodist church under the ministry of his friend of Rev. J. T. Adams, and of which, he remained a member until his frail body was claimed by the angel of death.

Mr. Bateman had only one brother, who grew to manhood, Dr. W. C. Bateman, who preceded him to the Home of the blest, several years ago. He is now survived by three sisters, Mrs. Lena Pool, Mrs. Beulah Moulton and Mrs. C. E. Benns, all of Butler, Georgia.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Prominent County Citizen

Passed Away Friday.

Perhaps no death which has occurred at Potterville within the past twenty-five years, was the source of more regret, or caused more sorrow, than the death of Hon. W. Riley Rogers, which occurred at his late residence at 3 o'clock last Friday afternoon, after an illness of several months, and while his death was not unexpected, yet deeply deplored.

Mr. Rogers was 66 years of age, and from young manhood, had lived at Potterville, and spent the better part of his life intimately connected with the mill work, and which was so successful, that for a number of years, he was superintendent of the mill; looking after not only the manufacturing of cotton products hut the buying of cotton and warehouse business as well. No one before, or since his superintendency has held that important position as long as he.

Mr. Rogers was not only a good mill man but a very successful farmer, and for a good living, home comforts and conveniences, no home in the country afforded more. His was a model home and in which he manifested a continuous delight and pleasure. He loved home, for the peace and happiness which he found in home association.

Mr. Rogers was not a member of any church organization, but was ever found in the forefront for morality, honesty and judged from a human viewpoint was an exceptionally good man. Not only as a neighbor and citizen, but more especially as a husband and father.

His remains were interred in the Potterville cemetery Sunday morning, the funeral service conducted by Revs. J. H. Allen and W. H. Emerson. Besides his broken hearted wife he leaves four sons, W. F., of Potterville, W. L., of Reynolds, and Amos Rogers in army service and Claud Rogers, of Macon. He also leaves two daughters, Mrs. Maude Bullock, of Macon and Miss Annie of the father's home.

Joe Rawls Writes Interesting Letters from Battlefield.

August 15, 1918

Dear Papa:

It has been a long time since I have written to you all, I have been so busy for the last few weeks that I haven't had time to write.

I was on the front at the time the Boch began their big offensive last month, we were shelled very heavy and lost a few men, but the Boch did not make but very little advance where we were. The next time we saw the front we saw some real fighting, but the first thing we did was to "over the top," we went over one evening and advanced a few miles through the woods, we then came to an open field we went across the field to the house and stayed there a few hours. We passed through a very heavy artillery and machine gun barrage that day. A machine gun cut two holes through my pants, but that wasn't a close call at all to what some of the boys had.

I put one German out of his trouble over at the house, it was about dark when five Germans came out of a "dug-out" just outside the house, three of them came to one window and were trying to talk like Frenchmen, the other two jumped in the next window and jumped at the guard in there, but he ran out the door. I happened to be near the door and went to see what the trouble was, but just as I reached the door I saw a big German making for me, I shot him in the stomach with my pistol, he then jumped back out of the window and went to the "dug-out" but died later.

We continued our advance for several days we captured a lots of machine guns and artillery and munitions and also a few Germans.

I must close but will write again real soon.

Fondly, Joe.

September 10, 1918

Dear Papa:

I know that you think that I am not going to write at all, but it has been so lately that a fellow could not write no matter how much he wanted to do so.

I am sending you a little slip telling all that we have done since coming over here.

I am as well as usual and ready for the front again. I saw Mr. Harris' brother yesterday, he had just come back from the hospital.

I was promoted the other day to a corporal, but I do not like the job much, had rather have my old place back any time.

I have no news so will close and write again at the next opportunity.

Your son,


Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Rev. L.A. Harrell's Arm Broken

While Cranking Car

Rev. L. A. Harrell, the Methodist pastor has found out by experience, that the "Ford" car though much abused and still more used, it is not the only car that is guilty of
"back-kicking" or "back-firing" or other things by which the limbs and even the life of the "cranker" is often endangered.

He is willing to testify that while in Panhandle last Friday his very docile car became refractory, short circuited and broke his right arm above the wrist. Bro. Harrell is doing well and notwithstanding the fracture and the pain caused thereby, he kept on and is still keeping on with his work and meeting his regular appointments. He reports that his collections for conference causes are good and that the Butler charge is in fine condition.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Reynolds Local News

Miss Beulah Barrow has gone to Moultrie where she will teach in a good school.

Mrs. Lewis Lucas, of Sandersville, spent last week with her sister, Mrs. S. H. Bryan.

Miss Minnie McAuley left last week for Graymount, Ga., where she will have a fine school.

Mrs. Henry Taylor, of Marshallville, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. B. H. Newsom.

Miss Florence Smith spent the week-end with her mother, Mrs. Chas. Smith and her sister, Mrs. F. A. Ricks.

Mrs. Griffin, of Oglethorpe, who has been spending some time with her daughter, Mrs. C. H. Neisler, has returned home.

Miss Bonnie Newsom has returned home from Tennessee where she spent the summer with her sister, Mrs. John Humphries.

Dr. S. H. Bryan and family are now occupying their new home recently purchased from Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Hill, which is one of the most desirable homes in the city.

Mr. Eldridge Matthews spent the week-end with his parents, Hon. and Mrs. J. A. Matthews, and returned Sunday to Emory college.

The Reynolds friends of Mrs. T. W. Pool deeply sympathize with her, also other relatives, in the death of her brother, Mr. J. T. Bateman.

Mr. Willie Joe Carson has returned to the university of Virginia to resume his studies, and also has entered the students' army training corps.

Mrs. Sewell Williams, of Columbus, is with her sister. Mrs. G. H. Goddard, who has been quite sick. We arc glad to learn that she is improving.

Mrs. William Lang, nee Miss Emogene Anthoney, left last week for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she has a splendid position in a college with thirty other teachers. while she has next to the highest position.

Mrs. H. H. Aultman was called by long distance phone last night to the bedside of her sister, Mrs. Gray, who is critically ill at her home in Macon. Mrs. Gray is well-known and pleasantly remembered here by many friends who learn of her illness with sorrow and regret.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

It is gratifying to the many friends and customers of Messrs. Hart and Childs, of Howard, that they are rebuilding their commodious storehouse which some time ago was destroyed by fire. Mr. O. S. Cox, of Butler, has the contract and those who know Mr. Cox are well assured that the work will proceed expeditiously.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Social Notes

Mr. and Mrs. George Gubberson, of Macon, visited their sister Mrs. W. A. Anglin, recently.

Mrs. Hattie Blassingame of Macon has returned home after spending a week with her sister, Miss Lila Gray.

Mrs. A. S. Wallace has returned home after a pleasant visit to her daughter, Mrs. Pickens Riley, at Carsonville.

Friends of Miss Effie Smith regret very much to learn of her illness.

We regret to learn that Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Fountain and children will make their future home in Columbus.

Master William Salzer, the bright little son of Mr. and Mrs. George Salzer, of Jacksonville, Fla., has returned home after a pleasant visit to relatives and friends here.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Red Cross Auxiliary Formed at Mauk

Another section of Taylor county fell in line last Sunday afternoon, when a Red Cross Auxiliary was organized at Mauk. The meeting was opened by a short talk by Rev. M. W. Flanders, endorsing the organization, and the work it was doing for our men. Then Rev. L. A. Harrell made a talk on "The Meaning of the American Red Cross", which was followed by a talk on "The Organization" by Hon. G. C. Smith, The organization was then perfected and thirty-five members enrolled.

The following officers were elected: O. D. Gorman, chairman; Mrs. Roy Wall, Sec. and Treas.; Executive Committee: S. E. Baker, chairman, A. O. Montgomery, Mrs. J. F. Brooks, and R. M. Jinks. Membership Committee: J. F. Brooks, chairman, Miss Pearl Gorman, Mrs. A. O. Montgomery, Mrs. D. H. Averett, and H. E. Owens. Worman's Work: Mrs. J. T. Chapman, chairman, Mrs. S. E. Baker, Mrs. M. W. Flanders, Mrs. R. M. Jinks, Mrs. O. D. Gorman.

It is expected that they will enroll fifty members within the next few days and then become a Branch Chapter instead of an Auxilliary. Those desiring to join should see the Membership Committee or some of the officers at once.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Ford Roadster Bargain.

Practically good as new, standard road gage and Stromberg carburetor. Two passenger Sedan or Cupelet, with hidden parts and bearings, including radiator, driver shaft, stearing road, rear axle parts or transmitter put in new this year. Not a "blow-out" tire, and only one inner-tube with a patch.

$450.00 will buy it prior to October 15th. Easily worth $550.00. Phone 991 F., O. H. Snider, Wesley.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Telephone Wire Across Road Causes Bad Accident

About five o'clock yesterday afternoon Dr. Eli Garrett and Mr. G. W. Bivins were both painfully wounded as the result of an unusual accident with an automobile.

While returning from Mr. Bivins' river plantation and near the residence of Mr. E. C. Perkins, the automobile in which these gentlemen were riding, with Mr. Bivins at the steering wheel, collided with a telephone wire across the public road, caused the breaking off near the ground of a large telephone pole, to which the wire was attached, which struck Dr. Garrett across the head and Mr. Bivins on the shoulder.

They were brought to Butler as quickly as possible after the accident for medical attention. Dr. Garrett was unconscious for several hours following the accident, but rallied soon after the dressing of his wounds. While the wound on his head was a very painful one fortunately the skull was not fractured and it is hoped that he will soon recover.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Mr. Bivins suffered considerably last night from his injuries, but was reported to be much better this morning.

Messrs. Roy Cox and Martin Streetman received slight injuries yesterday afternoon in an accident with an automobile that Mr. Streetman had just an hour previous to this time purchased, and was taking his first lesson in running the same. Mr. Streetman, losing control of the steering wheel, the car collided with a tree, resulting in injuries to both men as well as the car.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Howard Happenings.

Mrs. A. S. Wallace returned home Saturday after spending several days with her daughter, Mrs. J. R. Williams.

Master Grady England is sick with mumps this week, we are sorry to learn.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank each of our friends who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our dear husband and father. We especially thank Dr. Bryan for his kindness and faithful services. May Gods richest blessings rest upon each and every one is our prayer.

Mrs. W. R. Rodgers and Children.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Mrs. Lizzie Turner

Mrs. Lizzie Turner, age 63 years, died at her home near Turner's Chapel church Thursday, September 19, 1918.

She is survived by her husband, Mr. Perry Turner, and four children, namely: Mr. Frank Turner, of Manchester; Mrs. M. L. Davis, of Macon; Mrs. Addie Dickerson and Mrs. I. N. Wainwright, of this place; one sister, Mrs. Belle Byrd, of Panhandle, besides a large number of grandchildren and a host of friends, who are deeply grieved at their loss.

A large concourse of friends and loved ones attended the funeral which took place from the family residence Friday morning at nine o'clock, services conducted by Rev. Charlie Moore. Interment was made at New Prospect cemetery.

Mrs. Turner was a faithful member of the Freewill Baptist Church for twenty-three years. She was a good, kind Christian woman and highly esteemed by all who knew her. But now she has gone to that sweet resting place above where sorrows never enter.

May God comfort the bereaved ones.


Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Howard School News

We regret very much that Grady and Hamilton England are out of school this week on account of having mumps. We hope that they will be able to return in a few days.

Some of the pupils will be absent this week to help finish gathering crops. For this reason our Reading Club program will he rendered Friday afternoon October II, instead of October 4. as stated last week.

Our School Up-Keep Club will use the dues for the first month to purchase a school dictionary which we needvery much. The club has replaced the broken panes in the windows of the school building and cleaned the school yards this week. HATTIE WAKEFIELD.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Wesley Briefs

Mrs. J. A. Heath spent the week-end with her daughter, Mrs. W. B. Baldwin.

Mrs. Wilson, of Macon, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. D. N. Sealy, at this writing.

Mr. P. M. Spinks, of Daviston, was Sunday guest of his brother, Mr. W. A. Spinks.

Miss Genie Wells arrived Saturday to take charge of her school and was accompanied by her niece, Little Margaret Rutledge, whom we welcome as a pupil of our school.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918


Mr. J. H. Adams.

"Leaves have their time to fall

And flowers to wither at the North wind's breath;
And stars to set,
But thou hast all times for thine own,
Oh Death!"

Once again has the grim Destroyer entered our home and laid his icy hands on one of its fairest members. After an illness of two weeks of typhoid fever the silver cord was loosed on Tuesday evening July 16, 1918, at eight o'clock and the pure spirit of dear papa fled from its tenement of clay and took its flight to Him who doeth all things well.

Papa was born November 16, 1869--died July 16, 1918, making his stay on earth forty-eight years and four months. He was married to Miss Nettie O. Smith November 17, 1895. They lived happily together twenty-two years. To them were born seven children of whom six survive him, three girls and three boys; an aged father and mother, four brothers and six sisters, besides a host of other relatives and friends to mourn this our great loss.When the still voice of God called, "Child, come home," it was so hard to give him up, but God knew best and saw fit to call him from this world of sin and sorrow--and we mourn not as those who have no hope, for we feel sure our loss is his eternal gain.Papa died as he lived -- a Christian. A few hours before he died, he said, "My time has come, and I am ready to go," and called to see all of his children. Oh, how hard it was to stand by his bedside and look upon his dear face, and realizing how weak we were and how short our arms were, we had to hid one we loved so dearly, farewell!Papa joined the Primitive Baptist church when he was 24 years old and was a devoted member until his death. No sacrifice was too great for him to make in this blessed service, he was always present at his meetings. I never remember him missing but one meeting day in my life, that was because he was sick himself.Fourteen years ago he was chosen and ordained as deacon of the church. He was faithful to his God, his family, his church and his community. He was of a cheerful disposition, always looking on the bright side of life, and to Him who doeth all things well.I am unable to utter half the praise which is due him for his well-spent life. To know dear papa was to love him. His friends were many, he was indeed a true friend to everybody, and especially did he look after the welfare of the widow and orphan. He always had a kind word and a smile for everybody he met and knew. A kinder and more affectionate companion and father never lived, always seeking pleasure and comfort for us.Oh, papa, how desolate our home bereft of you - we knew no sorrow - knew not grief, till your dear face was missed. How hard to become accustomed to a voice so still, to the vacant place in our home which never can be Filled--

"Oh home is not home, for papa is not here,
Dark is his room, and empty his chair--
He is gone to that home so peaceful and fair."

We hope some day, dear papa, to meet you in that bright city and sing redeeming grace and endless praise to our blessed Redeemer, where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest. Oh, may we live that when we come to press the dying pillow we can be like him, say, "we are ready," and meet death as calm and peaceful as he did. We know he has only gone to that happy home he so often talked about--hut. oh, how we miss him, but our Heavenly Father knows best. We know his presence has gone from us to return no more, and his body is only sleeping that peaceful rest until the resurrection morning. Oh blessed rest! Safe in the arms of our dear Saviour. Why should we mourn! He is done with the trials of this life and gone to sing redeeming grace, the theme he loved so well. Oh. may we children ever press onward and upward, walking in the footsteps of our good father who loved us so dearly. All was done for him that wife, children, mother, father, physicians, nurse and kind friends could do, but none could stay the cold hand of death.

Funeral services were conducted by Elders Monsees and Fuller. both of whom he loved very much, in the presence of a large congregation of sorrowing friends and relatives who had gathered to pay the last sad respect to dear papa. Sad was the hour of parting when we looked upon his face and stood by weeping, thinking who will fill his place!

Written by his heart-broken wife and daughter Pearl.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Nelson's Mill Items.

We regret to say that Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Moore are now in very feeble health. May God bless them both.

Mrs. R. A. Spillers was the recent guest of her son. Mr. L. L. Wainwright and family.

Lula Moore spent last Friday with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Moore.

Mrs. Ella Hortman, of Roberta, was the week-end guest of her mother, Mrs. F. E. McCrary.

Mrs. J. T. Perkins and little daughter, Effie, were the guests of her sister, Mrs. L. L. Wainwright last Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Moore have received a card from their son, Simon, announcing his safe arrival overseas. It has brought much joy into their hearts to learn that their son landed safely.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Doings Around Union

News was received Monday of the illness of Mr. R. H. Bohler of Marshallville. He has the sympathy of scores of friends here.

Miss Frances Foy had as her guests last week Mrs. J. H. Foy and children, of Upson county; Miss Lonnie Ruth Lifsey. Mrs. Vollie Bohler and Miss Bessie Moody. of Jackson, Ga.

Miss Gladys Herring. our esteemed primary teacher. will he found at the comfortable country home of Mr. E. C. Perkins during the present term.

Go to F. C. Jarrell's -- "the largest country store in Taylor county" -- for anything carried in an up-to-date line of general merchandise.

Central School opened Monday, September 30, with a promising outlook. There were fifty bright. happy faces to greet the two beloved teachers. We hope to have a full attendance in a short time.

Mrs. W. .1. Gilson is well enough to have been moved to the home of Mr. E. C. Perkins.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday , October 10, 1918


Reynolds Local News

Mr. F. M. Carson had a week-end case of Spanish influenza.

Friends of Mr. H. G. Taunton are sorry to hear of his illness.

Mr. Walter Draughon spent last Sunday with his aunt. Mrs. R. H. James.

Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Whatley carried their son to Macon Wednesday for an operation.

Mrs. P. E. McDaniel, Jr. spent the week-end with her father, Mr. J. G. Dugger, in Panhandle.

Mrs. E. E. Payne, Mrs. R. H. James, Miss Ethel James and Mr. Sid James attended Mr. Emmett Green's funeral in Macon.

Friends of Mr. Robert Taylor, of Fort Valley, were glad to hear of his safe arrival in New York, after being wounded in France.

Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Marshall, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Marshall were among those to attend the funeral of Mr. Emmett Green in Macon Sunday.

Glover school will begin next Monday. Pupils be sure to come and bring old hooks, tablets and pencils. Miss Allie Lee Hill will have charge of the school.

Mrs. Sewell Williams returned to her home at Columbus Friday after being at the bedside of her sister, Mrs. G. H. Goddard, who we are glad to state is very much improved.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday , October 10, 1918


Son of Former Citizen Killed When Train Hits Auto.

Friends and acquaintances of Mrs. J. N. Allen, nee Kent. formerly of Reynolds and vicinity, were deeply grieved and shocked when news was received her misfortune and bereavement as related in the newspaper of her home city in North Carolina. The account as published is as follows: One of the most distressing accidents that has occurred in Greensboro in a long time, happened last evening at 7:40 o'clock when Paul Allen, the live year old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Allen was instantly killed, Mr. Allen probably fatally injured and Mrs. Allen seriously hurt. Virginia Graves, negro girl, was also seriously hurt. The accident happened when the automobile in which Mr. and Mrs. Allen and son were riding was struck by the passenger train from Raleigh. The lad was horribly mangled by the wheels of the train. Mr. Allen, who with Mrs. Allen, was taken to St. Leo's hospital, was still unconscious at an early hour this morning and little hope is entertained for his recovery. The extent of his injuries could not be ascertained. Mrs. Allen was reported to be resting well, but it was too early to give a correct diagnosis of the extent of her injuries. Virginia Graves, the negro girl, also riding in the car, is suffering from a broken leg and other minor injuries. Relatives of Mr. Allen at Troy, was immediately notified, as were relatives of Mrs. Allen, who was formerly Miss Kent, of Georgia. Owing to the condition of the parents, no arrangements had been made early today for the funeral for the little son.The accident occurred at the Washington street crossing of the North Carolina line of the Southern. The train, in charge of Conductor C. W. Fowler, with Engineer Hay at the throttle, was 20 minutes late and was coming in at a good rate of speed. The machine struck, a Ford roadster, was struck about the and thrown upon the pilot, pieces being scattered
along the track for a distance of about 400 feet. The negro girl jumped it appeared, when the train struck. The little boy was thrown or carried about 50 feet before he fell upon the track, the wheels of the train passing over his body. Mr. and Mrs. Allen were carried still further up the track, one report being that Mrs. Allen was clinging to the pilot when the train came to a stop. Mr. and Mrs. Allen were placed on the train and brought to the station, from whence the ambulance carried them to the hospital. Mrs. Allen was conscious and seemed to have suffered less serious injuries than did Mr. Allen, who was unconscious. The negro girl was later taken to the hospital and treatment given. It was stated by the railroad officials that the engineer blew the usual signal when approaching the crossing. The yardmaster was authority for the statement that a negro man tried to wave Mr. Allen down and warn him of the approaching train. The track is straight for some distance on either side, but a freight car on the siding just beyond the crossing probably obstructed the view, the car being south-bound at the time. Mr. and Mrs. Allen had made their home here for a number of years, the former being connected with the National company, merchandise brokers, 319 South Davis street. He had just removed from 345 North Elm to 410
Schenck street. Mr. Allen was a cousin of Mrs. Thomas Pemberton, of Asheboro street. The Charing school bids fair for a fine opening on next Monday. The patrons feel that they have been fortunately favored in securing the services of Misses Ida and Bessie Lou Childs of Butler as teachers and are expecting unusually good results, in the school rooms the coming term. The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Simmons will be very much gratified to know, that their daughter, Mrs. Bertha Simmons Smith, who was miraculously preserved and kept during the several ordeal through which she passed in the death of her husband near Moultrie in the early summer, has a fine boy, and that the mother and son are both doing well.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday , October 10, 1918


Mrs. E. B. Baber of Maryland, N. C. is the guest of her sister, Mrs. V. I. Butt.

The friends of Miss Nettie Jones are glad to learn that she is able to be out after being sick for some time.

Mrs. M. L. Cook of Geneva has returned after a pleasant visit to her daughter, Mrs. J. E. Bartlett.

Mrs. J. F. Fountain left Sunday morning for Columbus, where she will make her future home.

Friends of Miss Mollie Rhodes regret very much to learn of her illness.

The many friends of Miss Glayra Shealy, who is attending school at Milledgeville, regret very much to learn that she is in the hospital there.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday , October 10, 1918

Pretty Country Home Burned Last Thursday.

About four o'clock last Thursday afternoon was destroyed by fire the home of Mr. C. A. Windham together with all the contents of the building.

This place will be better remembered as the Wallace or Stokes place, three and half miles north of Butler. Besides Mr. Windham the house was occupied by his son, Mr. Otis Windham and family.

There was no one at home at the time the fire started except one of the small children of Mr. Windham, and he could give no account of the origin save the fact that the fire started in a pile of lint cotton stored in one room of the building. He reported the fire, as soon as discovered, to his mother, who was visiting for the afternoon at the home of Mrs. J. G. Stokes, a near neighbor. When Mrs. Windham arrived at the scene of the fire, the house was too far gone to save anything whatever of the contents of the house.

There was no insurance on either building or furniture, and is a serious financial loss to Mr. Windham, who has the sincere sympathy of his many friends. Many have contributed in a financial way to Mr. Windham's loss, and others are requested to see Mr. G. W. Bivins and do so.

Mrs. G. L. Sealy Passed Away at Macon Monday.  Mrs. Catherine Glover Sealy, who for many years was a resident of Butler, died at the Macon hospital.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday , October 10, 1918

Monday night at 11:30 o'clock, after an illness of one week from acute pneumonia.

Mrs. Sealy was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Glover, ( John Blackstone Glover) former residents of Butler, and while here, "Miss Catherine" and Mr. Gurney Sealy were married and soon afterward moved to Macon, where Mr. Sealy was with the Southern Express Co. with their office in Macon.

Mrs. Sealy was a member of the Methodist church at Butler and upon her moving to Macon, her church membership was transferred to Mulberry Street church of Macon, and of which, she was a member when called from earth to heaven.

Mrs. Sealy, while at Butler, gained for herself a host of strong, true and tried friends, and on account of her sweet disposition and Christian character and the great interest she took in religious endeavor and the promotion of Christ's kingdom, she was universally beloved. So that it was with much regret to the people of Butler, that she moved to Macon.

Mrs. Sealy was 31 years of age, and besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Glover and Hume. Also her mother. Mrs. John B. Glover of Macon.

Her remains were brought to Butler on the afternoon train Wednesday, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Burgdorff, her two sons, Glover and Hume Sealy, Mr. J. A. Childs, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. A. Smith and Mrs. Eula Brown Martin. Mr. G. L. Sealy, the husband, Mrs. Glover, the mother and Mrs. J. C. Sealy, were prevented from attending on account of their illness.

The funeral service was conducted from the cemetery by Rev. 1.. A. Harrell.

The floral offering was very elaborate, costly and beautiful, expressive of the high esteem in which Mrs. Sealy was held by her Macon Friends.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday , October 10, 1918

Boy Loses Life When Boat Overturns

Newnan: Carey Joseph Hardaway, who was in the navy, is the only Newnan boy to lose his life since the war began. His father. Rev. J. S. Hardaway, received a message from the navy department, stating that a motor boat in which young Hardaway was riding was overturned and Carey was among the number of sailors lost.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday , October 10, 1918

Wesley Briefs

Miss Genie Wells, principal of Wesley school, will be found at the home of Mr. C. C. Royal during the present school term.

Mr. C. C. Heath is having water works installed at his residence this week.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday , October 10, 1918.

Howard School News

Joe Brown was a new pupil added to our roll Monday morning. This brings the number up to 45.

Our teacher suspended regular work Friday afternoon after recess and gave us "something different" which we enjoy occasionally. The first three grades had review work in reading and spelling. The fourth grade had a contest in word making; Marie Hickman making highest score and Mary Purvis and Marie Brown making a tie on second highest. The other grades had a geography contest; Ethel Hand making highest score and Fred Vanlandingham making second highest. ETHEL HAND

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday , October 10, 1918

Howard Happenings

Mrs. J. R. Martin, of Macon, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. G. W. Averett.

Mr. P. F. Vanlandingham has received a card from his son, Herman, announcing his safe arrival overseas.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, October 17, 1918

Mr. Emory F. Parr Writes

Interesting Letters From France

American Expeditionary Forces, Q. M Corps Detachment, U. S. A. P. O. Box No. 708, Nebers France.

Sunday Morning, August 4, 1918

My Dear Mother:

The first thing I do this morning, will be to write to you and father -- to start the day off well. I hope you are both feeling fine and that everything at home is all right. We are having some fine weather to sleep, but last night I did not sleep very well — usually do -- but I don't think I will have any trouble tonight.

Mother, I went to a picture show last night at the Y.M.C.A. building and saw five reels of splendid pictures, the first I have seen, with the exception of one French picture since I left Georgia. There were quite a good many soldier boys present and we all had a good time. One of the pictures was very funny and everyone had a good laugh. The Y.M.C.A. workers are doing their hit toward keeping the boys in good spirit and are succeeding wonderfully well, because everyone you see is always ready to smile or say something that will tend to make a fellow feel good. You have never seen a better looking hunch of boys; all strong and tanned. They are, indeed, a fit lot and the Kaiser will soon learn that he stirred up a "hornet's nest" when he forced the United States to war by his inhuman treatment of innocent neutrals. Indeed, even now, he is beginning to "see things" and he isn't dreaming either; but I am inclined to think that before many weeks have passed, it will be like Sam Jones' ghost story--"He hasn't seen anything to compare with what he's going to see."

Mr. Lawson says that he is planning to be a regular farmer when he gets back to Georgia and I have about decided that there will be two farmers, for I think I will do likewise. Don't you think it would be very nice if I could be there on the farm and have everything moving alone nicely? I will be there sometimes soon, and we are going to have a good time together.

When you fry a nice fat chicken, just think of me; you know how I like chicken,. I am sorry that it is necessary to limit the amount of sugar, flour, etc., in America now, but, in reality, Mother, it is a good thing for America. People over there had been living entirely too fast and having everything their way. Now they will be forced to realize that there is something else to life, other than a good time and satisfying their selfish wants--not needs. We, as a nation had begun to grow selfish, perhaps superficially, but it was there and if long continue, would have had a bad effect. But now, it is wonderful how our people, individually and collectively, have responded to the call of Democracy and are offering everything they have to aid in crushing the common enemy. We soldiers know what it means to be an American -- under the Stars and Stripes. The people on this side of the Atlantic (with the exception of the Hun, of course) look upon the American, almost as a super-man, and America as next to paradise, itself; and Mother, they aren't far wrong. Our allies, too, are wonderful people, and this we know.

How is the crop? We have had some fine rains here and everything is looking prosperous; trust the drought has been broken there and that the corn and cotton will be as good as usual. I think Earnest is a pretty good worker and hope it will not be necessary for him to go to the war and leave you, Father and Aunt Matt there alone.

Write often to me, and tell me all the news from around home. I am thinking of you and Father and will keep in close touch with you. Lots of love, from, Your baby, Emory

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, October 17, 1918

Wednesday, August 7, 1918

My dear Mother:

How is my mother tonight? I trust that you and Father are both well. I am as well as usual and everything with me is alright. I am tired tonight and how I can sleep when it is time to retire. We are working hard to "clean out the Kaiser" and are having pretty good success so far.

The majority of the boys are out playing ball this evening and are having a fine time yelling and laughing. When they get off from duty, they are just like children playing. You should see them play, and see them on duty. They are a wonderful lot.

Mother you know the Government has a rest camp in the Alps mountains and every soldier is entitled to a vacation at the expense of the Government. I am going pretty soon and stay seven days. It is a wonderful trip in the French Alps and the scenery is magnificent, so the boys say. Will write when I go, but expect to go in September --not before.

Write to me often and always be sure that I love you, dearly. Good night. Your Baby, Emory.

Sunday morning, August 11, 1918

My dear Mother:

Good morning to you all! How are my Mother and Father this morning? I am felling fine and everything is alright. We have a beautiful Sunday morning; pretty clear-blue sky, just cool enough to make one feel good, and fit for work.

I enjoyed the clippings you sent me from the Butler Herald, and was agreeably surprised to see the names of so many of the boys from the Taylor county lined up in the "Liberty Army" against the enemy. Its fine, Mother to see them line up and I am proud that I am one of them and that I am over here. It will do the boys good too; teach themdiscipline, obedience, and give them the power of concentration and all of these combined will make of them better men and more valuable citizens after they return to their homes. So, you see, there's truth in the almost unbelievable statement that -- "There is good in everything" and that "everything is for the best" as we frequently say.

We should get mail from the States this morning and if so, I am hoping that there will be at least two or three letters from you for me. It has been practically two weeks since I have heard from you. But, do you know, Mother, that if it were possible for me to return to you and home this morning, the time spent over here would seen short, then. Time is passing very quickly with me (because I am busy, I presume) and I feel that before very long, we will be together again.

Is Father well now and does he have any trouble in walking about the place? I hope he will never be so he can't walk about and live, part of the time, at least, in the open, because he loves that life so much. I am sure he will be all right if you can manage to keep him out of the hot son; let him exercise early in the morning and late in the afternoon. And, you must be very careful about your health. There is danger of you having another attack of fever if you aren't very careful this summer.

How are Earnest and Aunt Matt? By this time he should know about what crop he is going to have and I am anxious to learn if everything is doing well on the farm. In your next letter, please tell me all about the crops; ask Earnest about it and give me the news. Earnest might write me a short letter, too, if he can find the time and tell me how he is getting along and what the crop prospect is. I will write a letter to Earnest and Aunt Matt just as soon as I have time. Tell me, also, if he will be called to the army before he can get his crop gathered. I believe that they should let him remain there, under the circumstances, to take care of you and father, because I am not able to be there.

Keep up with the news from the front, Mother, and you will see something good.

Mr. Lawson is well and is looking fine this morning; I have just left him. So far as I can see there is absolutely no change in him, in any respect. He sends best regards.

Let me know about the increased allotment; whether it has reached you or not. By this time, though, you should have it. Be sure that it dates back to include pay for the month of May. Love, Lots of it from, Your Baby, Emory Sunday August 18, 1918

My dear Mother:

Last night was, indeed, one of the most beautiful nights I have ever seen; unusually clear, blue sky, studded with a million stars and the moon shining so softly, yet so brightly down upon the world. I walked out one of the roads leading from this place, a distance of about three miles and enjoyed myself very much. I wonder if you, too, were looking at this moon and thinking of me, because I sent you a message along to America by moonlight, telling you that I was all right, and sending love.

You know, Mother dear, that the world is a very small place, after all, and we are always close, even if we can't be together. We have only to close our eyes, and dream, as it were, of the ones who are near and dear to us, and to remember that only a few short months more and we will be together again; it won't be long. And then, you know, the boys who return to their homes will have a richer, fuller life for having shared the burdens of our neighbors across the sea -- the needy. In a struggle of such magnitude as this, and for such a priceless gift--liberty--a man is very fortunate if allowed to come over and share, even in a small way, in the movement that is slowly but surely restoring that heritage to the world. It seems slow to you dear Mothers back in America who lie awake at night and wonder and pray, and to the boys who are here who are fighting, working, and praying, but then, you know-- "The mills of the Gods grind slowly, but they grind exceeding fine." And too, Mother, you know the inevitable rule is that the harder the task and greater the effort, the sweeter will be the reward. The news is getting better every day and I know the Censor will not mind if I say that we.--the Allies--are having our way about some things and will continue to have our way until it is over. By the way, I saw from one of the clippings you sent me that Earnest has been called to camp. I hope they will allow him to remain there with you, father and aunt Matt until spring again, at least, because you need him during my absence. Write me all about it in your next letter. Will you please continue to send me clippings from time to time from the Butler Herald. I enjoy having them for it keeps me in touch with how things are going at home. Tell Father for me, that I am enjoying splendid health, get an abundance of good, wholesome food, have a good place to sleep. and that everything is all right. I hope that he will continue to gain in strength and that the hot weather will not affect him. I am happy, too, to know that you are well and will try to stay well. Be careful, Mother, especially during this summer and do not overwork yourself, because you haven't the reserve of energy and strength you once had. Tell Mabel that I received her letter yesterday and will write to her within the next day or two, I haven't gotten Julia's letter, but suppose it will come to hand in the next mail. It is just time to go to church-eight o'clock-and the bells are ringing for all they are worth. I would go to church, but then you know I can't understand French sermons very well yet and it would not do me very much good. Perhaps before very long I will be able to speak and understand more French. From today's paper I see that the price of October cotton is slightly higher than thirty cents per pound. That sounds good to me, and I hope it will stay there; or get better along about the time to market the crop. How is the cotton at home this year? I sent you a letter Wednesday from one of the big cities in France, where I went on business for a couple of days, and hope it will reach you all right. It was a beautiful place and the change did me good, for I had been at this station since my arrival in France last year. Pretty soon Iam going to try to get a leave of absence for seven or eight days in order to go the American Rest Camp at Aix-les-Bains, in the Alps Mountains. A great many of the boys have been and they say the scenery is beautiful.

Write to me often, and give me the news from home. I am thinking of you daily and remember you both in my prayers.

Love from,

Your baby, Emory.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, October 17, 1918

Another Taylor County Boy

Writes From France

"Somewhere in France"

September 16, 1918

Editor Butler Herald, Butler, Ga.

Dear Sir:

Having a little spare time I thought I would take the liberty of dropping you a few lines to let my friends know, through you, how I am getting along on this side.

My first glimpse of the ocean impressed me very much. The trip across was very pleasant with the exception of two days of rather bad weather. Quite a few of the boys, myself included, had a little touch of seasickness but thank goodness it was all over in a surprisingly short time.

We landed in some part of England and then we hoarded a train for a rest camp. Everything here was different from our dear U. S. The train coaches were divided into compartment a squad was assigned to each compartment. We then passed thru some of the most beautiful countries of England.

What struck us as a very funny scene was the girls working here and there. You have probably heard of them "Woman's Land Army." Also saw my first game of cricket while enroute to rest camp.

Well, we finally arrived so to say rested a few days, and then prepared for the great event. We were to parade before the king and queen in London, and can bet every one of us were on our best, for our regiment was the first fighting unit to have this honor. The people sure did welcome us and the way they treated the "Sammies" sure did win our hearts. But our days of enjoyment were limited. Soon we were crossing the English Channel bound for somewhere in France.

Well, there is not much to tell. You know what we are all doing over here. We are having our baptism of fire and are still smiling, perhaps here and there are faces missing hut we only fight all the harder for that. The Boche first misread our smiles but he is now well acquainted with the "Sammies" fighting grin.

We have our tour of front line trenches, the support and back to a village to rest and bath and get rid of a few or more troublesome shirt turtles.

I and all the boys are in the best of health and certainly hope all my friends back home are enjoying the best of everything. It gets a little lonesome here in this "parley land" when I think of my wife and baby back yonder in Georgia, but still I am glad to be over here doing my duty and if by God's will I come back and my baby ask me, "daddy what did you do in the great war?" I can answer her unshamed.

Regards to all my friends, with the hope of seeing them soon,

I am Respectfully,
Private A. T. Aultman 3rd Bn. 325 Draft,
A. E. F.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, October 17, 1918


Colored Selectmen Go To Camp Next Week.

List of colored men called to report on October 25th at 10 A. M. at Butler to be entrained on October 25th.

Lorenza Wiggins; A. C. Eavins; Fields Matthews; Elder Kendrick; Eddie Tukes; Percy Lawson; Sanford Langster; Jesse Jordan; Jimmie Small; Ardie Harris; Curtis Mims; Sam Reedy; Jim Burke; J. B. Newsom; Tommie Turner; Andrew McCants; David Dent; Sebe Craxton; Orman Character; Henry Terry; Ellis Wiggins; Wallace Terry; Tommie Love; O. B. Williamson; Jesse Neisler; Willie Raymond; Arthur Turner; Ed Jones; Haxie Matthews; Aaron Ford; Liner Ingram; Jim Little; Charlie Davis; Maceo Foy; Lerond Turner; Luke Carson. The men in the above list were to have been sent on the 16th inst., but an order was received Tuesday changing the date of entrainment until October 25th.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, October 17, 1918

"FLU" Is Prevalent in this Section

    There is a number of cases of Spanish Influenza in Butler and throughout this section. Each passing clay sees new cases developed. No violent illness has accompanied the malady nor has there been any apprehension of serious consequence of cases reported.
    Several parties were victims of the disease last week but they didn't know what it was. They just ached and hurt and suffered pain. Home remedies were applied and they came out all right. Later, they learned it was "Flu" that had them in its grip.
    Nearly every person has experienced sore throat. headache, inflammation of the eyes and kindred ailments all on account of the clouds of dust that are making local habitation uncomfortable. Physicians attribute some of the cases of "Flu" due to germs spread by dust. Thus far there has been no occasion to suspend school or rule against public gatherings.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, October 17, 1918

Death At Fort Valley of Mrs. E. L. Fagan

Our citizens were shocked early Wednesday morning to learn of the death of Mrs. Nan Fagan, the estimable wife of Mr. Len Fagan, which occurred at her home at Fort Valley Tuesday night. She had been ill only a few days and it was not generally known that her condition was serious. Her death, from influenza and pneumonia, came almost suddenly and shocked even those around her bedside.
    Mrs. Fagan and her husband resided here several years during which time they gathered around them a large circle of strong friends, who are deeply grieved by this sad dispensation of an Alwise Providence.

    Mrs. Fagan was zealous in church and civic improvement work. In social affairs she took an active part, also, and was a friend of the young people. She was so vigorous and full of life it is hard to realize that she is dead. She will be sorely missed not only in her home town, Fort Valley, but in Butler, where she often visited, as well.

    A husband, one son, a mother and two sisters survive her, one of these being Mrs. M. A. Chapman, of this place. (Nan Frederick, wife of E. Lynn Fagan, 14 November 1888 16 October 1918, buried Oaklawn Cemetery Fort Valley, Ga.  see Macon County Georgia obits, cemeteries

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, October 17, 1918

Death of Rev. Z. T. Weaver

Former Butler Baptist Pastor

After an illness of several weeks, Rev. Z. T. Weaver, who four years ago moved from Reynolds to Perry to accept the pastorate of the Baptist church at that place, died at his home at Perry, Monday.

The announcement of Rev. Mr. Weaver's death will cause a sigh of regret to his innumerable host of warm friends throughout this section. He was one of the most prominent Baptist ministers in the state, and was universally beloved by those who knew him.

Mr. Weaver, while living at Reynolds and pastor of the Baptist church there for six years served most acceptably the pastorate of the Butler Baptist church for a number of years.

He was 68 years of age and is survived by his wife and one son, Mr. J. M. Weaver, of Reynolds.

The remains of Mr. Weaver were taken to Reynolds for interment Tuesday. The funeral service being attended by an unusually large assemblage of friends.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, October 17, 1918

Death of Private J.A. Williams

Who Departed This Life While

Serving His Country in a Just Cause.

This familiar old stanza touches the heart of many a friend as the news of the death of this excellent young man, whose name we read at the head of this notice, and whose death will recall to many hearts and mind many pleasant associations.

Joel Armer Williams, 26 year old, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Williams, died Tuesday night, after a short illness from pneumonia, at Camp Merritt, N.J.

He responded to the call of his country on July 23rd last and from that time until a few weeks ago was in training at Camp Gordon, when he was sent to the New Jersey camp where he became ill and died.

How much this community owes him and such as he, it is impossible to estimate, though it would be a grateful task to trace his examples and influence through some of the more direct channels to hold him up in these distressing clays, in his characters of son, brother, relative, friend, neighbor and soldier. Suffice it to say, he lived nobly, made many friends, sacrificed his life in the discharge of his duty, and died in peace.

The tenderest sympathy is extended the grief stricken parents and other relatives.

The remains of Mr. Williams will be shipped home and is expected to arrive tomorrow or Saturday.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, October 17, 1918

Taylor County Fair Called Off Account

At a late hour last night the officers of the Taylor County Fair Association authorized the announcement that owing to an epidemic of Spanish Influenza in this community, the fair will be postponed indefinitely. They will probably have other announcements for the public in the next issue of the Herald.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, October 17, 1918

Miss Lilly Carson Dies at Decatur, Ala.

Beautiful and Accomplished Young

Lady Passed Away Tuesday Night

One of Butler's most lovable young ladies died of pneumonia as the result of influenza, Wednesday morning about 2:30 o'clock at Decatur, Ala.., where she had been making her home during the past few months with her brother, Mr. Forrest Carson.

She had been ill for two weeks prior to her death, but her condition was not considered alarming until just before the end came. In response to a telegram her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Carson, left last Thursday to be at her bedside. She rallied from the first attack and was thought to be improving early in the week when her father left her to return to his business here, while her mother remained at the bedside. Mr. Carson had been at home only one day when a message came that his daughter was in a dying condition. He left again Wednesday morning for Decatur, but death relieved his daughter of her suffering before he reached there.

She has left us at the most useful and perhaps the happiest time in her beautiful life, thereby causing great sorrow and sadness throughout this section of the state where she was so well known and highly esteemed.

At an early age in life Miss Lilly gave her heart and life to God and united with the Baptist church, and in her the church had a willing hand and an obedient heart.

She was about 28 years old, and besides her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Carson, is survived by five brothers and one sister, viz: Mr. Forrest Carson, of Decatur, Ala.; Mr. Wallace Carson in the U. S. Navy; Messrs. Tom and Robert Carson with the American expeditionary forces in France; Mr. Dan Carson, of Macon; and Mrs. Ralph R. Dunwoody, of Macon.

Her remains will be brought to Butler for interment. The body will probably arrive this afternoon. Funeral announcement has not yet been made.

[Daughter of John Thomas & Julia Arabella (Wallace) Carson]

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, October 17, 1918

Hon. J. P. Nelson has the misfortune of breaking his right arm cranking his Ford Wednesday afternoon.--Macon County Citizen.

It is with sincere regret that we chronicle the serious illness of Mr. M. R. Foy of Union community. Relatives and friends are troubled over his condition, but there is some hope yet, it is said, that he may recover. The family have the prayers and sympathy of their many friends.

When a team of mules attached to a wagon ran away

last Thursday on the farm of Mr. C. M. Bartlett, and owned by Mr. Bartlett, one of the mules was instantly killed. The animal killed was the most valuable mule on the farm and its loss is very much regretted.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, October 17, 1918


The many friends of Mrs. H. P. Wallace will regret to know that she is confined to her bed on account of sickness.

Misses Ida and Bessie Loui Childs have opened their school at Charing with a full attendance.

The many friends of Miss Louise Hammock will be glad to learn that she is improving.

Mrs. S. O. Adams will spend sometime in Macon, where she will be the guest of her daughters, Misses Julia and Carolyn Adams.

Mrs. George Nelson of Columbus is visiting her sister, Mrs. J. R. Beeland.

Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Carson were called to Decatur, Ala., last Thursday on account of the critical illness of their son, Mr. Forrest Carson, also that of their (laughter, Miss Lilly Carson. A later message from Decatur is to the effect that the former is improving while the latter continues seriously ill. Our people were greatly shocked upon the receipt of a message yesterday afternoon announcing her death.

Miss Amzie Chapman is visiting her sister, Mrs. T. G. Turk, at Reynolds.

Dr. and Mrs. R. C. Montgomery will soon occupy the house recently occupied by the family of Mr. J. E. Fountain.

Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Smith were victims of the Influenza this week but we are glad to state that they are much improved. [Grover Cleveland & Annie Laurie (Fountain) Smith!

Miss Mildred Visher had as her guest last Sunday, her uncle, Mr. C. H. Jackson.

Mrs. E. B. Baber, of Marion, N. C., is the guest of her sister, Mrs. V. I. Butt.

Miss Leah Meade Jones returned to Atlanta today after a visit to her mother, Mrs. Florence Jones.

Butler, Ga.,
Thursday, October 17, 1918

Wesley Briefs

Mrs. 'I'. J. Amos visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Willis, at Prattsburg, Friday.


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