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Butler Herald

Dec. 15, 1876

Married at the residence of the bride's father on Tue. last.  O. M. Montfort
of Butler to Miss Ella Mc Laughlin of Talbotton.  Ella is the eldest daughter. of
Dr. L. F. Mc Laughlin.

Talbot County
Texas fever is prevailing. W. C. Wiles and John Campbell left on the 11th.

Married near Redbone last week by Elder W. W. Stewart,
Rev. Frank Floyd to Miss Jessie Grace

Dr. W. P. Matthews was married last week to Mrs. M.
Lipscomb of Hale County, Al. 

Arrived at his home in Prattsburg with wife
and stepdaughter.

Frozen to death a negro man by the name of Anderson Holsey was found frozen
to death at the gate of Dr. J. P. Moye's.

The Butler Herald, December 19, 1911
The Butler Herald
Tuesday, December 19, 1911

State News

James Sandefur, a laborer of Crawford County, was almost instantly killed
Wednesday when he became entangled in a gin belt.  He is survived by a wife and
seven children.

The Butler Herald
Butler, Ga. Tue. Jan. 7, 1890

Personal and Otherwise

Prof. Cain opened his school at the College on Monday with a good attendance.

Dr. J. W. Hall has purchased the residence of Mr. W. O. Russ, who speaks of moving his family to southwest Ga.  Butler will lose a valuable citizen when Mr. Russ moves away.

Mr. Oscar Adams has gone to Kendrick. Fl. where he will engage in railroading.

Mssrs. Willie and Arch and Miss Bell Carithers left of Athens last week where the former will engage in business

Mr. A. H. Morris of Shellman a very clever efficient railroad officer has taken charge of the depot at this place.  He will move his family here and occupy the Sistrunk residence.

Transcribed by Margie Daniels from The Butler Herald  12/27/2003

The Butler Herald, Butler Georgia
Personal and Otherwise

Jan 14, 1890

Rev. James R. Hays is improving after a serious illness.

Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Anderson of Ozark Al., are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Anderson.

Joe Davis a negro man living on the farm of Mr. P. G. Shepherd was shot last week by Mr. J. E. Rodgers.  It is thought that Davis will recover, although the wound is very painful, the ball having entered the back and near the spinal column.  Rodgers also received a very painful wound with an axe from Davis.

Rev. W. M. Watts left by private conveyance on Monday for his new appointment at Boston, Ga., having been destined here for several weeks on account of the sickness of his wife. The sympathy and best wishes of many friends go with him to his new field of labor.

The Butler Herald
Butler, Georgia
Tuesday, November 21, 1911
Page 2

Wedding Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Will Hicks. Formerly prominent citizens of Reynolds, but now of
Montezuma, celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary Tuesday, having a 6
o’clock dinner, says the Record.  Those present were Mrs. W.R. Mc El Murray and
son, Mrs. B. R. Adams, Miss Mamie Bunting, Col. Jere Moore and wife, Miss Zella
Holland and Mr. and Mrs. Souter and Lal Cannon.

The Butler Herald, November 28, 1911
Butler Georgia

Mr. H. T. Johnson, of Talbotton, who was carried last week to Atlanta for an
operation, died at a private sanitarium in that city Sunday night.  The remains
will be brought to Talbotton for interment today.  Friends in this county
extend sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Excerpt from the Taylor County Tracer.

Garden Valley, Jan. 3rd, 1890

Rev. Jason Shirah, took his departure last Monday to commence his ministerial duties, in Worth county. We hope success will crown his every effort.

Mr. J. J. Douglass, a worthy young farmer of Garden Valley has moved to his plantation in Worth county. Mr. Douglass carried with him the best wishes of his friends. We do hope kind Providence will smile on and bless his effort.

Miss Katie Herring, is improving slowly, several times her parents, and friends became disheartened in regard to her recovery.

Mr. Joe Bledsoe, and family will move to Garden Valley.

On December 24, Mr. Willie Simmons was married to Miss Lilly Bledsoe; both parties of Garden Valley. We wish them a happy life.

Mr. A. E. Harp and family have moved to Pelham.

Mr. I. R. Aultman, of Garden Valley has forsaken the Valley for Pelham.

Everett Station Dots, Jan. 3rd, `90

The house recently occupied by Mr. Pink Flowers, has been bought by Mr. Wallace Riley; he moved from near Fort Valley, here. We regret very much to part with Mr. Flowers and family, as they were good neighbors; but we are certainly glad that the house will not stand vacant.

A negro was burned to death up near Dasher's saw mill last Wednesday night. Madam rumor says that he was drunk and when the house caught he did not wake in time to save himself.

Mr. G. W. Hobbs, has resigned his position as clerk for Mr. Flowers, and Mr. Abner Young takes his place.

Mt. Pisgah Dots. Jan. 11th, 1890

Mr. Robert Walker, is the happiest man in the county - it's a boy.


Mrs. Hilliard Comer, a most estimable lady died at her home in Macon county on Friday night last. She had been complaining for several weeks past but no one thought that death was so near at hand until death relieved her of her sufferings. She leaves an affectionate husband and five children to mourn her loss. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. M. Posey at Little Bethel on Sunday morning. The scene at the grave is said to have been affecting.

Mr. Ben Willerford also of Macon county died on Tuesday last. He was a good citizen and leaves many friends to mourn his loss.


THE BUTLER HERALD Butler, Ga., Tuesday, January 21, 1890

Personal and Otherwise

Mr. A.H. Morris, the depot agent, has rented the residence of Mr. F. B. Montfort and will move his family to Butler this week.

Mr. John McCrary fell from the platform between two freight cars at the depot last Wednesday night and received very painful injuries.

Miss Eve Jones has taken charge of an interesting school near the residence of Mr. Hugh Neisler.

Miss Lizzie Wallace opened school last Monday morning at the residence of Capt. James M. Bateman, in north Butler. She is one of the most experienced teachers in this community, having taught for several years at the College and is a lady who is a favorite among the children. Her terms are reasonable and location very desirable. She already has a good attendance and those who wish to send their children to a good teacher cannot do better than patronize Miss Lizzie Wallace.

Reynolds, Ga., Jan. 19th, 1890

Rev. Mr. Boland, pastor of Crowell's circuit will make his home in Reynolds. Our people are delighted to have him do so.

Gov. Gordon is at his farm; he attended preaching here Sunday.


Whereas, It has been the good fortune of the town of Butler, and especially the church, to have sister Martha Watts to reside within our midst, during the past conference year, and

Whereas, Sister Watts by her Godly life, circumspect walk, holy conversation and Christian spirit, continuously evinced a true discipleship of the Master in leading the sinner to Christ, in visiting the sick, cheering the faint, relieving the distressed, hearing the broken hearted, comforting the afflicted and thereby greatly aiding the work of the church, and

Whereas, It hath pleased the All Wise Father to call  sister Watts from a life of unceasing labor and toil in His earthly vineyard January 8th, 1890 to a life of celestial joy and peace in the mansions above, therefore be it

Resolved 1st: By the Butler M. E. Church South, in conference assembled that while we bow in meek submission to the will of Him, who is too wise to err and too good to be unkind, yet we greatly deplore this sad dispensation of God's providence.

Resolved 2nd: That we tender God's faithful and venerable servant our beloved brother, Rev. W. M. Watts, our heartfelt sympathy and prayers in this his hour of deep sadness, and earnestly pray the sustaining power of the Gospel of Christ that he preached to others, may abundantly bless and sustain and bring him safe at last to the home and Heaven of the Good.

Resolved 3rd.: That these preambles and resolutions be transferred upon the Church Register, and a copy be furnished the Butler Herald with request to publish; also the Boston World to copy.

B. H. Griffith, R.M. Davant, R. Montfort, Committee



Sunday, January 26, 1890 UNCLE IRA

The Career of an Old Stage Driver One of the Last Relics of a Forgotten Mode of Locomotion

Macon, Ga., January 25. - [Special.] - "Uncle Ira" Jennings, the veteran stage driver, and, perhaps, the oldest star route mail rider in the United States in point of years of continuous service, resides in Bibb county, Ga. He is known as the old democratic war horse of the warrior district. He has rode presidents of this glorious republic, senators, governors and other distinguished men in his coach; he has been the custodian of valuable documents of state and thousands of dollars in money; he has reigned autocrat in his bailiwick, and his nod of approval has elected legislators and many county officials. His frown has blasted the hopes of many aspiring politicians, and his smile has raised many to the pinnacle of fame. He has lived passed man's allotted three score years and ten; his life has been full of thrilling experiences and interesting adventures; he has many times narrowly escaped death. Sickness is something unknown to his body. He has always been active, full of energy and spirit. But now in the sunset of his life, he has been visited by a sore affliction, and for the first time in about three months of a century the tireless feet must remain idle, and the industrious hands must keep still.

"Uncle Ira Jennings is blind."

Such was the announcement made in Macon ten days ago, and there were many expressions of regret as the information was imparted. It was a pitiful sight to see the gray-haired old man who has always been independent of everybody led by the hand about the streets by his little grandson and namesake.

Six years ago a cataract formed over his right eye rendering him totally blind. It spread over the entire ball.

He never cared much for this as the vision of the left eye was perfectly good, and has continued his duties of mail riding without annoyance until the middle of last December, when he found to his dismay that the sight of the left eye was becoming obstructed by a cataract. Gradually the defect of vision became worse, until about two weeks ago, when he had to retire from active service in Uncle Sam's employ, for the first time in about sixty years. During his temporary retirement, however, he has a substitute to carry the daily mail from Macon to Knoxville, Crawford county, a distance of twenty-five miles, and over a route on which he first commenced to take the mails in June, 1834, nearly fifty-six years ago.

Last Thursday week "Uncle Ira" went to the Hotel Lanier and was assigned to room No. 6 by Manager Crawford, to whom "Uncle Ira" had been selling eggs, butter and vegetables over five years. Dr. R O. Cotter performed a successful operation in cutting the cataract of the right eye and enabling the veteran to see out of it for the first time in six years. With that same fortitude and heroism that have marked his entire life, "Uncle Ira" refused to be chloroformed while the operation was being performed, and he bore the surgeon's knife without flinching, or the tremor of a muscle. In this room he has since remained an unwilling prisoner. His eye is bandaged so as to keep the light out of the cut member until it has healed. How impatient must be this free spirit that has lived outdoors all his life, and been accustomed to the sunshine and the storm. How he must long to see once more the green trees and the golden fields of ripening harvest. Later he will have the cataract on the left eye removed.

"Uncle Ira" gave the Constitution's representative most cordial greeting when he called to see him today in his room at the Hotel Lanier. The old man's eyes were bandaged, but he held out his hand, as one in the darkness, and gave The Constitution's hand a warm clasp.


"Uncle Ira" was born July 15th, 1815, at Danby, Tompkins county, New York, on the Ithaca and Owego turnpike. He is, therefore, in his seventy-fifth year. He weighs 150 pounds, is five feet four inches high. He is strong and tough as an ox. He has never been sick a day in his life, though he has been storm-tossed and weather-beaten like some ancient mariner. He has a kindly countenance and a generous and genial nature, full of fun and anecdote. He believes in the principles of the Hardshell Baptists. He commenced his stage and mail driving career in 1831, when he drove a four-in-hand coach from Owego, in Tinga county, N.Y., on the Susquehanna river, to Ithaca, in Tompkins county, N.Y., head of Cuyahoga lake, a distance of twenty-nine miles. He carried passengers and the United States mails. In about a year the stage line was discontinued for a wooden railway.

The body of "Uncle Ira" stage was taken off the wheels and put on the wheels of the wooden railroad and he was the first man to drive on this road. The wheels of the road were made of planks and they rolled on stringers. Passengers and mails were carried in the coach. The coach was pulled by two horses driven tandem.

In 1832 he drove a stage from Binghampton to Owego. It was pulled by four large, swift, elegant gray horses. "Uncle Ira" says he frequently drove one mile in four minutes.


I asked "Uncle Ira" who was the most distinguished personages he ever drove in his coach.

He replied: "I have had the honor and pleasure of driving a great many. I have had as passengers Senators Charles Dudley, Wm. L. Marcy, John A Dix, William H. Seward, Hamilton Fish, of New York, and others."

"Did you ever drive presidents?"

"Oh yes. I once had William H. Harrison, of Ohio, kinsman of the present `Ben,' but that was before William was elected president. Judging by what the papers say of the present ruler, he is a much inferior man to William Harrison. William Harrison was very well thought of in New York state. I also once drove James K. Polk, of Tennessee, who became president in 1845. Millard Fillmore was also a passenger. He was a fine man, and I think one of the most affable gentlemen I ever saw.

"Two of the most prominent passengers I ever had were Martin Van Buren and Andrew Jackson. They rode with me once together. Andrew Jackson was a great man, and he was very popular with the masses. I remember well when, after Jackson and Van Buren reached their destination at Danby, Jackson, who was their president, thanked me for the easy and safe ride I had given him and handed me fifty cents. I was then about seventeen years old. Those were great times then. There was a strong and bitter fight between the Masons and anti-Masons. The Masons were for Jackson, and all my people were Andrew Jackson democrats and have remained so until this hour, your humble servant included. An anti-Mason was then postmaster at Danby, and I recollect distinctly what Jackson said on that occasion. Said he: "All that are not for me are against me, and they must be hulled out, whereupon he removed the anti-Mason postmaster, and appointed my uncle, Hudson Jennings, to the office. That's good doctrine, ain't it, `to the victor belongs the spoils,' and that seems to have been the faith of old Andrew."

"Did you vote for Jackson for President?" VOTED FOR VAN BUREN.

"No, I wasn't quite of age when he ran the last time. My first vote was cast for Martin Van Buren in 1836, a few months after I was twenty-one years old, and after I had moved to Macon."

Continuing "Uncle Ira" said: "One of the grandest men I ever rode in my coach was John C. Calhoun, the great senator from South Carolina. He was a man among men. He should have been president of the United States. Although a man of national fame, he always had a kindly word for even the poor hack driver. I also drove Clay and Webster. I always picked the smoothest places in the road when I had such men as passengers."


"One of the worst accidents that befell me," said

Jennings, "was while I was driving on the line of Pennsylvania. I was going at a rapid pace, when the coach was overturned by running over a log. I was thrown off, and my hand was caught between the wheel and a large piece of rock. The scalp was torn off, and it fell upon the back of my neck. My head was terribly cut, and my left thigh was broken."


In 1833 Jennings went to Virginia from New York with sixteen horses to drive coach and mail for a man named Avery, between Richmond and Petersburg. There Jennings had as passengers many of the Old Dominion's most famous sons. Avery broke in about a year and Jennings was left with not sufficient money to get back to New York. Says he: "I was engaged by a man named Saltmarsh, an Indian trader and star-router, to come to Macon and drive a coach and the mail from Macon to Knoxville, Crawford county. I came by coach through North and South Carolina to Macon, and, had it not been for the drink of liquor in old Virginy, I would never have come to Georgia. I reached here in 1834, and commenced to carry Uncle Sam's mail bags to Knoxville, over the same route that I have daily traversed until I went blind, a week or so ago."


"Did you ever have any thrilling adventure on this route?" I asked

"Yes, several of the most exciting being in January, 1837. I was driving the coach from Knoxville to Crowell stand, in what is now known as Taylor county. There were several passengers in the coach-a merchant of New Orleans, two gamblers and a little boy. When we reached the Flint river it was on a terrible freshet, and I knew it was hazardous to risk the coach on the flat and attempt to cross the badly swollen and rushing stream, which was far out of its banks. But the merchant and gamblers insisted that the attempt should be made, and, of course, I resolved to accommodate them. We had gone but a little distance when the flat was soon from our control. The passengers climbed on top of the coach as a supposed place of safety. Presently the flat was carried under the limb of a large tree, and the passengers were swept off the flat into the torrent. The horses were drowned. I seized the little boy, to protect him, but soon he was torn from my arms by the angry waters, but fortunately he lodged in the limb of a tree, from where he was rescued some hours later. Strange to say, none of the passengers were drowned. I landed upon an island, in the center of which was a large tree. I climbed it and tied my white shut to the top as a signal of distress. It was seen by parties in a boat far up the river, and they


"In the coach when it turned over was a leather pouch, containing $7,000 in bills, that was being sent to a firm in New Orleans. There were also a number of letters in the pouch. After the waters subsided, there was a general hunt by the natives for the pouch, for which a reward of $100 was offered. Four months after the above accident the pouch was found in the swamp of the Flint river. (By Paddy  Carr, according to a later story.) The letters were indistinguishable from the effects of the water, but the money bills were sufficiently distinct to tell that they had been issued by a bank at Washington City. The money was redeemed by the bank."

"The coach drifted into a kind of a lake on a gentleman's plantation, and the lake filled up from the washings of the neighboring lands and became cultivated. Sometime afterwards, when a negro was plowing in this new-made place, the pointer of his 'scooter' stuck into the coach."


On December 5, 1839, Jennings married Miss Elizabeth Newsome, by whom he had four sons and three daughters. Three of the sons were in the late war, and one was killed therein. His son Bill had seven bullets to pass through his clothing. It was Bill who so fearlessly mounted the breastworks at Franklin, Tenn. Uncle Ira located in the celebrated Warrior district in January, 1842, where he has a farm.

"Wait until you hear from the Warrior!"

Many a hope has been builded and many a knoll sounded at the utterance of these words.

Warrior is a precinct post an even dozen miles from the Bibb county courthouse, and in the years gone by the sixty odd good solid voters, upon which so much depended were held in the hollow of Uncle Ira Jennings' hand.

Uncle Ira was the autocrat of the pine stumpy pea-fieldy region, known as the Warrior district, and the candidate who did not see Uncle Ira several months before the election and straighten out matters, regretted it when the ballots were counted.

To see Uncle Ira and inform him of the fact was as necessary as announcing a candidacy in the public prints, and no candidate with any hope of success ever neglected this requirement.

And when the windows of the town precincts went down at the close of the election day with the bang of a sundown gun, and the couriers from the minor country precincts came sauntering in with the official votes, set down in Chinese laundry hieroglyphics on the back of an envelope or a scrap of paper, there was a grouping of candidates and their friends to count noses. If the scales balanced and a few more votes were needed to throw the election one way or the other, there was a world of anxiety and doubt back of the words:

"Wait till you hear from the Warrior."

They tell some hard things on Uncle Ira (and lots of them were false), and among them they said Uncle Ira had somebody on the outside of the anxious groups listening to find out how things stood, and that the Warrior returns were held back to await the listener's arrival. From five to twenty-four hours, it is said, the returns were held back, according to circumstances. Nobody ever accused Uncle Ira of doctoring the returns, but there is no case on record of the Warrior going the wrong way. Uncle Ira's way was always carried until in later years, when his eyesight began to fail and another class of citizens grew up in the Warrior.

"Uncle Ira" has always been a warm friend of the reporters, and on each trip to Macon brought them a batch of good news items. During his confinement the past ten days he has been greatly missed, but with the return of his eyesight he will soon be seen coming down Cotton avenue with his little buggy, in which will be one or more of Uncle Sam's mail bags.              Jno. T. Boifeuillet

Ira Jennings died in March 27, 1904 at Macon, Ga, his son William H. Jennings was paralyzed the day his father died and never recovered and died a few days after his father.


THE BUTLER HERALD Butler, Ga., Tuesday, January 28, 1890

Personal and Otherwise

Mr. R.A. Scandrett speaks of moving to Cordele.

Mr. E. B. Waters speaks of moving his family to Florida.

Rev. James R. Hays and Mr. C. G. Ogburn are still improving.

Miss Syvie Potter, one of Prattsburg's most accomplished young ladies has been installed as postmistress at Prattsburg.

The many friends of Mr. W. J. F. Mitchell will regret to learn that himself and his estimable daughter, Mrs. Durham, left for Texas last week.

Miss Lizzie Russ left for Cordele last Sunday, where she goes to resume her music class in the Cordele High School.

Mr. G. W. Way, of Albany, Ga., has accepted the position of night operator at this place. Mr. Way is accompanied by his estimable lady, Mrs. Way.

The many friends of Mr. C. T. Waters are glad to see him again on our streets after a severe illness. We learn it is the intention of Mr. Waters to put the cotton factory in operation as soon as he has sufficient strength. This will be a paying investment.



Sunday, February 2, 1890


Some of the Men who Speak for the South

The Power of the Country Press in Honest Hands

Pen-Sketches of Prominent Journalists

The man who stands nearest the people, is the country editor!

He hears the first mutterings of the storm when the people are dissatisfied, he hears the first message of peace when they are prosperous, he tastes the wedding cake, is sponsor for the children, and stands reverentially by the grave! He wields a power born of identity of interest; his faults find excuse in the sympathy of those who know him, and his work is more often for the good of others than his own!

Such is the typical country editor, and he flourishes in Georgia as in no other state. The gallant Ben Russell is every man's friend; an analytical pen is held by Sid Lewis, and who that knows W.A. Knowles, but will remember him with pleasure. A gay young widower is Sid Cook; a man of many ventures is Elam Christian; a philosopher is Charley Pendleton, and a jolly good fellow is W.T. Revill. Alone of all the editors of Georgia, is he likely to reach the governor's chair. Christopher is the fiend of the farmer, and does not believe in "trust," especially with the delinquent subscribers. So must the record read until over 200 names are exhausted, but if there were 1,000 instead, none would call up more enthusiasm than that of Miss Ellen Dortch, the pioneer lady editor of Georgia. Tossing up the names, a few are selected, as illustrative of the rest.


J. D. RUSS -  Butler Herald

Mr. Russ was born August 21, 1838; read law under Hon. A.H. Stephens, and afterwards attended Lumpkin Law school, Georgia university. He was a member of the second class of that school, which

graduated in January, 1861. He was elected valedictorian of the class-being the only honor conferred. He opened a law office in Thomaston in the spring of 1861, and soon became assistant editor of the Upson Pilot, published by Colonel G. A. Miller, who, at one time, was editor of the Columbus Enquirer. In the fall of 1861 he entered the confederate service, and served until November 1864, when he was compelled to resign on account of ill-health. In 1865 he removed to Taylor county and opened a law office in Butler, and soon became a partner with Colonel W.S. Wallace. In 1868 he was elected ordinary of the county, and held the office until he resigned it in 1887.

The Butler Herald was established by Mr. Birch about the year 1876, and purchased by its present owner, W.N. Benns, about one year thereafter, by whom it is still published. Mr. Russ became assistant editor of the Herald about 1878, although he had written most of the editorials on general and political subjects before his name was announced as associate editor.

He also wrote for the Herald, "Nina; a Tale of the American Revolution," which was well received by the readers of the paper. He has been frequently requested to publish the story in book form, but has not yet done so. The Herald has steadily increased in circulation and influence, and is today more prosperous and exercises greater influence than at any period of its history.

Mr. Russ has made frequent contributions of a transient nature to other newspapers and to periodicals, the most important of which were contributions to Scott's Magazine.

While not a graduate of any college, Mr. Russ possesses a fair knowledge of Greek, Latin and French languages and is passionately fond of the old classic authors. He has also within the last six or eight years, become tolerably proficient in short hand writing, being able to take the speeches of speakers who talk at the ordinary rate of speed, and also the testimony of witnesses in court.


W. T. CHRISTOPHER, Editor Montezuma Record


Mr. Christopher started out in the printing business with no knowledge of the art, not having an opportunity to serve an apprenticeship. Yet he belongs to a large class of newspaper men who have by energy and enterprise won the meed of praise with which all honest endeavor in this republic is ever crowned, when it manfully struggles forward and reaches the goal of success. William Thos. Christopher was born in Jasper county, Georgia, the birthplace of ex-Governor

Hubbard of Texas, Hon. B.H. Hill and other public men whose names are as familiar as household words. To be born in such a place, some people assert, gives inspiration and energy to young men of nerve and ambition. They too cherish a desire to shed some luster, dim though it may be when compared to that of her noblest sons, upon their place of birth.

 His first venture was a small monthly journal, published at Reynolds, in Taylor county. It was a healthy infant, and grew rapidly as time rolled on. It was enlarged and changed to a semi-monthly and finally a weekly. He moved to Fort Valley and started the Fort Valley Mirror, which he published seven years, and then sold out and moved to Atlanta, where he established the Sunday Phonograph, which was a very popular journal. It was afterwards changed to a daily. During several political  campaigns the paper became widely known on account of the hold and wide independent position which it assumed in regard to corruption and inefficiency on the part of high state officials. In fact, he brought about the impeachment of one officer and the trial of another. At the time his picture and a sketch was printed in a New York illustrated paper as "the Georgia editor who would not take sugar in his'n."

It was exciting times when he came to the front as a brilliant, fearless and conservative journalist. Caring nothing for personal un-popularity with unscrupulous politicians, he heartily espoused the reform movement of the people, and boldly denounced official corruption and party inconsistency whenever they appeared. He won the respect of the masses, and their cordial support in his efforts to give them a paper that could neither be bribed, intimidated nor discouraged in its efforts to secure honesty and economy in public affairs.

In 1883 he established the Record, at Montezuma, and the paper is considered the best weekly in his immediate section of the state. Of late years he has devoted his time and talents towards developing the material prosperity of his town and county. Though his influence a line of steamboats was put on Flint river; a new Methodist church built, costing nearly $5,000; an iron bridge built across the river costing $11,500, and last, the adoption of the free school system in Montezuma. For several years he has been writing and working for these improvements. The best men of his town and county stand united for him in these undertakings. He owns probably the best printing outfit in the state in a country office. Everything is run by steam. Has waterworks in his building and heats the same with an improved hot water apparatus. Recently he built a beautiful house, married and is about as happy and well fixed as the average Georgia weekly editor. His motto now and always has been: "No man ever achieved renown who was too lazy to work for it. There is no genius in life like the genius of energy and activity."

BUTLER HERALD Butler, Ga., Tuesday, February 4, 1890

Personal and Otherwise

Our town is to lose one of its most valuable citizens, Mr. W. O. Russ, who is soon to move his family to Brunswick.

An infant babe of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rowe was buried near the Methodist church last Friday. The parents have our sympathy in their sad bereavement.

Prattsburg Items, Feb. 1st `90

Miss Lucy Parker is attending the side-school.

Mr. Riley Parker one of Prattsburg's most popular young men, is at home on a visit from Mercer University. Miss Mattie Trussel, a most competent and worthy young lady, has charge of the Male and Female Academy. She has the best attendance that the Academy has realized in several years. We wish her much success. Long may the Academy flourish. Catalogues will be out next week for `89-'90.

Mr. Mangham Mitchell is the happy father of a ten pound boy.

Tuesday, February 11, 1890, Missing

THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION Monday, February 14,1890

Safe Blowers in Butler

Butler, Ga., February 16, - [Special.] - Peebles & Co.'s safe was blown open by professional safe cracks last night, and about $200 in cash stolen. The robbers escaped. Wednesday, February 16,1890 Court Week in Taylor

Butler, Ga., February 25.  1890- {Special.} - The superior court met here yesterday morning at 10 o'clock. There were present: His Hon. Judge J. M. Smith, C. J. Thornton and Solicitor General A. A. Carson, of Columbus; R. A. Willis, Henry Persons, Judge J. M. Mathews, J. J. Bull, Jones Perryman and Harry Martin, of Talbotton. All the local bar were present. The jurors, both grand and traverse, answered to their names. After the juries were organized, his honor delivered his charge, which was as usual, clear, able and exhaustive. After this the first case called was the old case of Glover vs. the administrators of J.D. Mitchell. This case was set for Tuesday morning.

Friday, March 7, 1890 Short Telegrams

Reynolds, Ga., March 6. - [Special.} - Mrs. H. A. Paris one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this county, died last night at the residence of relatives in this town.

Dr. J. M. Gostin, a recent graduate of the Augusta Medical college, returned home today, and will locate here for the purpose of practicing his profession.

Friday, April 4, 1890


How the Youth of Butler Enjoyed Themselves Butler, Ga., April 3. - [Special.] -

The first picnic of the season took place at Montfort and Mitchell's mills, two miles from town. It has been the custom for several years for the college boys and girls of Butler Male and Female college to run away on the first day of April, and thus treat the faculty to a genuine "April fool." This was done on Tuesday. The older young ladies and gentlemen of the town, anticipating such an event, resolved to join the boys and girls and make the day one of merrymaking and pleasure to all, and they succeeded most admirably. Early in the morning there were to be seen carriages, buggies and hacks filling with our pleasure-loving people, and wagons being loaded with baskets and boxes of provision, and everyone making ready for a gala day. Arriving at the mills about 10:30 o'clock, it was found that Messrs. Montfort and Mitchell had anticipated their coming, and these gentlemen had gone forward and put in order one floor of their mill house to be used as a dance hall. They had quite a number of nice skiffs, so that boat riding might be enjoyed by any who might like that pleasure. They had also caught a fine lot of fish solely for the occasion, and in short, they had done all that could be done to make the occasion a grand success. The music for the occasion was furnished by Couper's string band. The dancing and music was simply splendid.

The college boys and girls were there in force. The following young ladies and gentlemen were present: Miss Eva Cliett and F. Bacon Montfort, Miss Ella Montfort and Mayor J. Oscar Waters, Miss Maude Cliett and Will Colbert, Miss Maggie Sanders and Hugh Cliett, Miss Bettie Allen and Gray Montfort, Miss Pet Colbert and Jack Russ; Mabelle Cain and L.W. Allen, Miss Walter Potter and Sheftal Cliett; Miss Hattie Stokes and Henry Smith, Miss Josie Jones and G. Jack Willis, Miss Jesse Collins and J. Northern Mitchell, Miss Willie Cheney and Lawson Taylor, Miss Fannie May Cheney and "Tack" Collins, Miss Gussie Hines and Cliff Montfort, Miss Helen Montfort and Emit Rily, Miss Naomi Collins and Fred Chapman, Miss Annie Hall and J. Mangram, Miss Mattie Allen and Charlie Mangram, and others.

The party was chaperoned by Mrs. M. T. Lowe and Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Collins.


Monday, April 7, 1890 A Wee Bit of Humanity

Reynolds, Ga., April 6. - [Special.] - Mrs. Jack Greene, living near this town, has a baby six days old, perfectly formed, in good health, and in peace with all its surroundings, whose face can be covered by a silver dollar, and which will barely turn the scales at one and a half pounds.

BUTLER HERALD Butler, Ga., Tuesday, April 15, 1890

Personal and Otherwise

Rev. J. W. Foy, has returned from the State University, at Nashville, Tenn., and will spend vacation with relatives in this county.

Mr. C. A. Caldwell, a most thorough and enterprising gentleman was married to Mrs. Wakefield, of Danville, Ky., on Tuesday last. Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell are now visiting relatives in Butler. We wish them much happiness.

Rev. H. C. Brewton was unexpectedly called off last Friday to attend the funeral of his brother, Mr. William Brewton, who died at his home in Bullock county, on Thursday, of malarial fever, in the 24th year of his age. He was the youngest and most devoted brother of Mr.

Brewton, and one in whom he had entrusted almost the entire charge of his business. He leaves a wife and two children. The church and community sympathize with Mr. Brewton in his sad affliction.

The many friends of Mr. Robert Anthony, formerly of Butler, who for the past three years has been railroading in Mexico, will be glad to know that by his close attention and shrewd business management, has recently been promoted to a very desirable position, being that of supervisor of the Mexican National Railroad, with headquarters at Mexico. His supervision extends over several hundred miles of road and the managers of the road have furnished him with a car equal if not superior to any car owned by the Central of Georgia. Mr. Anthony is a deserving gentleman and is rapidly gaining favor with his employers. He now receives a salary of about $3,000, per annum and we predict for him far greater success in the future.

Reynolds Locals, April 14th, 1890

Mr. Will Price of Worth county, has accepted the telegraph office here.

The medal contest came off last Friday eve at College. Hall. Miss Birtie Souder won the medal in her class and Master Keith Carson won it among the boys and young men.

Cedar Creek, April 5th, 1890

Miss Mollie Smith has been quite sick.

Mr. Richard Watson is quite sick with chills and fever.


Mrs. Mary Mulkey, a most worthy lady died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Mulkey on Saturday last. She was one of the oldest persons in Taylor county being about 95 years of age, and had always had a very active and useful life. Her death was perhaps partly caused from a severe fall, which she received a few weeks ago while crossing the bridge in north Butler. Her remains were interred in the cemetery near the Baptist church on Saturday evening, the funeral services being performed by Rev. J.B. McGehee. She leaves many friends and relatives to mourn their loss.

Butler Herald, Butler Ga.


Wednesday, April 30, 1890

Remembered in Talbotton

Talbotton, Ga., April 29, - [Special.] -

Memorial Day was very appropriately observed here. The address by Mr. G. H. Estes was judged by all to be one of the best ever heard. The Southern Rifles, under command of Captain J. M. Heath; the veterans, under command of Captain B.

Curly; the ladies of the memorial association, and a great many citizens, all under command of Captain W.E. Ragland, marshal of the day, joined in the line of march to the cemetery, where the ladies decorated the soldiers' graves, and the Southern Rifles fired three volleys.

THE BUTLER HERALD Butler, Ga., Tuesday, May 6, 1890 Vol. XIV         No. 26


At his residence near here Mr. Gield, last Tuesday evening from typhoid pneumonia. His remains were brought here Wednesday and interred in the cemetery near the Baptist Church. He leaves a wife and several children. (First part of each line in article cut off. Possibly General Warren J. Barfield, born 1857, died 1890).

Fort Valley, Ga., Mar. 29th, `90

Mrs. J.H. Logue's babe has been quite sick during the past week.

'The citizens of this and other places near here show their sympathy for Mrs. Parkum, whose husband was struck dead by lightning last Saturday, by appropriating funds to her need.

Mr. Jet Williams formerly of Gailiard, has moved his wife to Fort Valley; she has a pleasing expression and pleasant manners, which will win for her, we know, the best wishes of the people here.

McCant's Mill, March 29th, 1890

Miss Bessie McCants has been quite sick for the past few days.

The little babe of Mr. and Mrs. Greathouse was buried at Hays' Camp Ground a few weeks ago. They have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.

Mr. Jack Perkins received a painful bruise on the head last week by falling from a fence near his home.

The little babe of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Fuller was buried at Hays' Camp Ground last Wednesday. It is very painful to us to write this sad account, as it was their first child and a little beauty. The many friends of the father and mother deeply sympathize with them in their sad bereavement. (Not marked)

Libel for Divorce Taylor Superior Court, Feb. Term, 1890. Ella Kendrick vs Jackson Kendrick

It appearing to the Court by the return of the Sheriff in the above stated case, that the defendant, Jackson Kendrick, does not reside in this State. It is therefore ordered by the Court that services be perfected on the defendant by the publication of this order once a month for four months before the next term of this court in the Butler Herald, a newspaper published in Taylor county, Ga.

Vol. XIV, No. 28, Tuesday, May 20,1890, Missing Vol. XIV, No. 29, Tuesday, May 27, 1890, Missing


One Man Escapes the Peril, But the Other May Die Montezuma, Ga., May 13. - [Special.] - Last night, about 9:30 o'clock, as Messrs G.F. Bell and J.M. Bond were on their way from Oglethorpe to Montezuma, walking on the railroad, and just as they were half-way across the trestle over Flint river they heard the fast train coming.

Mr. Bond stepped off the track and lay down on a cross-tie. The train passed him without injury.

Mr. Bell, thinking he had time to reach the bridge ahead of the train, began running. He saw the train was gaining on him and undertook to jump. He missed the bridge and fell through the trestle on a pile of rock, thirty feet below, breaking several ribs and receiving internal injuries from which he is now in a very critical condition.

Wednesday, June 11, 1890


The Organization of a Branch of the Women's Christian Union

Reynolds, Ga., June 10 - [Special.] - The ladies of this town have organized themselves into a Woman's Christian Temperance union, auxiliary to the State Woman's Christian Temperance union, with the election of the following officers: President, Mrs. R.J. Gastin; vice-presidents, Mrs. T. B. Griffith and Mrs. R.C. Paris; corresponding secretary, Miss Georgia Hodges; recording secretary, Miss Ida Goddard; treasurer, Miss Nettie Paris.

The White Ribbon army are twenty-five strong and will do some faithful fighting before the whisky voters shall ever again have supremacy in Taylor county.

Friday, June 20,1890 Commencement of Butler College

Butler, Ga., June 19. - [Special.] -
The commencement exercises of Butler Male and Female college begins tomorrow with a sermon by Dr. C. E. Dowman, of St. Luke's church, Columbus, Ga.

The literary address will be delivered on Wednesday by Hon. Augustus P. Persons, of Talbotton, Ga.

Monday, June 23,1890 Professor McLaughlin's School.

Reynolds, Ga., June 22.  [Special.]

The closing exercises of Professor C. E. McLaughlin's school took place at the Academy hall Friday night. The programme, which was interspersed with music, recitations, charades, etc., was charmingly rendered, and evinced superior training ability of the principal and his efficient assistant, Mrs. C. E. McLaughlin.

Wednesday, July 2,1890

A daughter, aged four years, of J. G. Mc Cants, of Taylor county, was burned to death a few days ago, her clothing having been ignited while she was playing with matches.


THE BUTLER HERALD Butler, Ga., Tuesday, July 8, 1890 Vol. XIV          No. 35

Town and County Mr. J. W. McCrary has been quite sick. Elder J. G. Murray has been quite sick for several days.

We are pleased to state that Prof E. H. Ezell, who has taught school at Byron, for the past six years, has accepted the presidency of Butler Male and Female College for another year. Prof. Ezell comes highly recommended as a gentleman and a scholar, and the prospects are flattering for a good school another year. He was unanimously elected last Saturday by the Mayor and Council and the citizens of Butler. Our town was never more united than now for the success of the school, and if energy and perseverance, backed by the united effort of the town, we are going to have a good school. Prof. Ezell will move his family to Butler as soon as suitable arrangements can be made. Our readers may expect to hear more from us on this subject.


The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Stewart, will regret to learn of the death of their little babe, which took place at their residence in Macon on Sunday evening after a short illness. It was a bright little boy about two years of age. Its remains were carried to Howard and interred in the cemetery on Monday. The parents have the sympathy of many friends in their sad bereavement.

Items from Talbot

Hon. John Robins, who has been seriously ill for a week or so, is much better, we are glad to note.

The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Matthews will regret to learn of the death of their bright little baby who died last Saturday morning, and was buried in the afternoon at Collingsworth church. It was just six months old.

Mr. J. H. Bryan, one of Talbot's model young men, moved to Columbus about a year ago, and accepted a position with J.A. Kirven & Co. He had been in bad health some time, and came over home to see if a change would not be beneficial. The news of his death last Thursday a.m. carried sorrow to many hearts. He died at his father's, Dr. J. H. Bryan near Bellview, and was buried Friday morning. He was 22 years old, and was a young man of solid piety.


The Alliancemen of Taylor

Butler, Ga., July 7. - [Special.] - The Taylor County Farmers' Alliance met here today, with closed doors, and the following nominations were made: W. J. Northern, Governor; W. R. Gorman, Congressman; S. Montgomery, Representative; J. B. Hunnicutt, Commissioner of Agriculture; J. B. Fowler, Clerk; C. A. J. Pope, Sheriff; W. W. Foy, Tax Collector; John A. Childs, Tax Receiver; James J. West, Treasurer; W. H. Jinks, Surveyor; Cader Pierce, Coroner.

THE BUTLER HERALD Butler, Ga., Tuesday, July 15, 1890 Vol. XIV        No. 36


At 5 o'clock p.m., on Saturday, July 12th, at her father's residence in Butler, occurred the death of Miss Jennie Anderson, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Anderson, who was one of the purest and sweetest young ladies that adorned our society. She was born near Geneva, the 8th day of August 1871, and was consequently in the 19th year of her age. At ten years of age she joined the Methodist church, and in all her life was set forth the purities of a Christian character. She was kind, cheerful and affectionate to her parents, brothers and sister, and loved by all who knew her. She had been confined to her bed only about two weeks, and during this time no one, not even her physician had become alarmed at her condition until the end of life drew near. Her death was not only a surprise but a sad shock to our entire community. Words fail to tell how we appreciated her life or the sadness we feel at her death, but He who rules the stormy winds, who gave us life and lets us live knows best and what He does is well. Her remains were laid to rest on Sunday evening, at 4 o'clock, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. H. C. Brewton. The bereaved loved ones have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction.

Mrs. McCullough, died at the residence of Mr. W. J. Griffith at Elmira Mills on Wednesday last, after a long illness from consumption. She will be remembered as Miss Tudie Long, a sister of Mrs. W. J. Griffith and a most excellent lady. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. T. Adams on Thursday.

Patsaliga, Ga. July 10th

Mrs. J. R. Beeland of Knoxville visited her father's family, Mr. G. F. McCrary, last Sunday.

A few days ago a flash of lightning struck a large walnut tree in the yard near the residence of Mrs. Aden Wainwright. Mrs. Wainwright was standing about ten yards from the tree. She was very badly shocked but has since recovered.

MARRIED: - At the residence of the bride's brother, Mr. C. E. McCrary, at 4 o'clock p.m., on Sunday the 6th inst., Mr. Tobe Byrd to Miss Martha Alice McCrary; Rev. H.T. Mosely, officiating.

The groom is an industrious and prosperous farmer of Panhandle. The bride is one of the most pleasant useful and accomplished young ladies in our community, and while her many friends and admirers will miss her presence, the community in which she will reside may well feel proud of having gained her as one of its members. The Herald with a host of admirers, extend congratulations and wishes for a long and happy life.

Mr. Will Anglin of this county who married Miss Delia Helms, a bright and intelligent looking girl from Alabama a few weeks ago, was tried in Americus last Wednesday before Judge Pilsbury where he had been engaged at work on a charge sworn out by his wife for mistreatment. Mr. Anglin was tried, found guilty and sentenced by Judge Pilsbury on Thursday to six months on the chain gang. For want of proper evidence however, and time for a more thorough investigation of the matter, Mr. Anglin was allowed to give bond in the sum of $50 to await a new trial, when he will doubtless prove himself innocent of the charge alleged against him if our information is correct. Mr. Anglin returned home on Sunday, and wishes us to state that the account of the affair published in the Macon Telegraph of Friday is wholly untrue, but an injustice perpetrated upon him by his wife for selfish motives, as he will prove at the next trial of the case. A sufficient amount was made up for Mrs. Anglin and she returned to her home in Alabama.

THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION Thursday, July 31, 1890

The Macon County Veterans Gather in Reunion and Listen to Governor Gordon and General Cook

Montezuma, Ga., July 30. - [Special.] -

This has been the biggest day in the history of Montezuma, the occasion being the reunion of the Macon county Confederate Veterans' Association.

At an early hour this morning, people began coming in from every direction and before 10:30 o'clock the old veterans formed a line on Dooly street that reached the grandstand prepared for the occasion in the alliance warehouse.

The association was called to order by President J.D. Frederick. A fervent prayer was offered by Rev. J. A. J. Kimball, chaplain. The address of welcome was delivered by Dr. R. O. Engram, mayor, and responded to by Major D. F. Booten, of Nashville. The roll was called by Captain F. F. Snead, secretary. Colonel L.O. Niles then delivered a very appreciative address to his old comrades in-arms. Major J.D. Frederick introduced Miss Willie Holt, who captured the vast audience in rendering that beautiful poem by Rev. Father Ryan, "The Men Who Wore the Grey." Miss Holt is a splendid elocutionist, and many were the congratulations she received.
Eloquent and patriotic speeches were delivered by Colonel W .J. Grace, of Hawkinsville, a son of an ex-confederate, and Colonel B. H. Wilkerson.
After the speaking the veterans formed in line and marched to the railroad to meet Governor Gordon and General Phil Cook, who arrived at 12:30 o'clock.

When these old soldiers stepped from the train, the air was filled with such cheering as was never before heard in this section. People climbed up into the trees and on top of the box cars to get a glimpse of the distinguished gentlemen. After a sumptuous repast, partaken of freely by the old veterans, Governor Gordon delivered one of his most pleasing speeches, and General Cook followed in his characteristic way to make his old friends happy over the events of 1865. Governor Gordon and General Cook met many soldiers, some of them they had not seen since they parted at Appomattox.

General Gordon left at 3:30 o'clock for Atlanta. This will long be remembered as the greatest day in the history of Macon county.

Death of Lieutenant Kimbrough

Talbotton, Ga., July 30. - [Special.] - The town and county were shocked today by the death of Lieutenant E.L. Kimbrough. After a short spell of fever, he died of congestion at 11 o'clock last night. Lieutenant Kimbrough belonged to a large and highly respected family, and was a popular, rising young businessman, twenty-six years of age.

THE BUTLER HERALD Butler, Ga., Tuesday, August 5, 1890 Vol. XIV No. 39

Town and County

Mrs. Searcy of Carsonville is visiting her daughter, Mrs. M.H. Riley, who is quite sick.

Miss Jennie Killen of Perry, Ga., has been secured by Prof. Ezell, as Music Teacher in the College. Miss Killen has just gone through a complete course of music at Shorter Institute, Rome, Ga., under Prof. RE. Henninges, a native of Prussis. Miss Killen is highly recommended and fully competent to fill the position assigned her. We hope the citizens of Butler will welcome her and lend her their aid, so that she may have a flourishing class.

Mr. RE. Allen has resigned his position as an Alderman of the Town Council and Mr. A.O. Cliett has been appointed in his stead. Mr. L. W. Allen has also resigned as Clerk of the Council and Mr. L. Carter has been elected to fill said vacancy. Messrs. R. E. and L. W. Allen are among the most successful merchants in Butler, but have decided to engage in business at Arlington, Ga.

Prof. M. P. Cain has been elected principal of a flourishing school at Arlington, Ga. He is an excellent teacher and a Christian gentleman and during his stay in Butler of about 12 months, he and his interesting family have made many warm friends who wish them much happiness and success in their new field of labor.

Reynolds Locals, Aug. 4th, 1890

Mr. A .L. Calhoun, a former citizen of this place died at Vienna last Friday. His remains were interred at New Hope cemetery on Sunday, surrounded by many old friends. His death was a great surprise.

In Memory of Mrs. R. G. T. Halley

Too much cannot be said in memory of the one whose virtue was worth far more than rubies and whose character was priceless and reputation spotless. Like the rose that budded, bloomed and - its fragrance upon the air, and its leaflets have faded and gone, so the sweet perfume of this consecrated life and character has freighted the moral atmosphere of home and fireside and still lingers and will continue to linger as a heritage to family and friend, unaffected by time or age and not dispelled by the winds of adversity.

Of the early training of sister Halley "nee" Gaines, the writer knows but little, but judging from developments and growth of mind and Christian graces, it was exceedingly careful and good, being nurtured and taught by a Godly Christian mother, who realized fully that depth of character and real Christian graces were not superficial, but elements entering into, governing and controlling the mental and spiritual life, which so fully equips and beautifully adorns true womanhood for any sphere in life. Nature was kind in endowing sister Halley with an even temper, a sweet disposition, and these being renewed by God's grace, and daily refined by the influence of His gracious spirit, her life shone forth in all the beauty of Christian loveliness. She was crucified to the world with all of its price, allurements and sinful passions by having her "life hid with Christ in God." Being a regular attendant upon the public worship of God and His ordinance, she was ready and willing to support the institutions of the church - a friend to her pastor, and one in whom the poor and distressed found a ready sympathizer. She was not emotional, and some might say not demonstrative, yet by a positive Christian life, a circumspect walk and wholly conversation, she daily and hourly demonstrated to the world that she was a child of God. But it was in the family circle, around the hearth stone, with husband and children that she most clearly and forcibly reflected the light of the great "Sun of Righteousness." It is here that many fathers and mothers permit their tempers to become ruffled by the burdens, crosses and trials incidental to home life; thus partially destroying the potency of their influence for good. It was here that she appropriated and realized that God's grace was sufficient for these things. As a wife her husband's interest, reputation, peace and happiness was hers. She studied to please, she lived to bless and make home a place of continuous sunshine. As a mother no child need anticipate one who entered more fully into the cares, sorrows, anxieties or anticipations of her children than she, or who was more careful and patient in pointing them to the Lamb of God. It is no wonder that she calmly and serenely, one by one blessed and bade her loved ones goodbye and sweetly fell asleep in the triumph of a living faith, for the end of a life hid with Christ in God is always triumphant and in peace. May the blessings of a merciful Father comfort the broken-hearted husband, protect and guide the motherless children and richly rest on all the relations.

J. A. Adams, Butler, Ga., July 28, 1890.

Chipola, Fla., July 19th, 1890.


It is with the greatest solemnity I seat myself to inform your readers of the departure of a most noble citizen, brother G. T. Coxwell, who was instantly summoned to depart this life the 13th day of June at 12 o'clock, as he was returning from his work to his home to take dinner with the aged wife who yet awaits his return.

There was a little cloud in the west from which the vivid lightning was playing across the wide spread land. Brother Coxwell was struck and killed without the privilege of speaking to anyone. This kind of death often leaves us in doubt as to whether our friends are at rest or not, but there arises no doubt in this case, as brother Coxwell had made a beautiful profession. On the 26th day of last Dec., about 1 o'clock I reached his home, finding brother and sister Coxwell alone, it being the day after Christmas; everything looked sad and drear, as there had been a large number of his children and grandchildren there, as guests the day before. I don't think there was even a child in the house.

The two old patriots seemed very calm and serene. This always did possess me to discuss religious matters, so I began the subject at once in which I was warmly joined by both. This discussion lasted till about 4 o'clock, p.m., when I returned to my home leaving brother Coxwell under deep conviction. It seemed for want of a new supply of grace, which it seemed he was bound to receive, for he sang a hymn and bowed in prayer where he remained until he received the gift he desired, after which he was uncontrollably happy for three days during which time he slept very little. Since that time sister Coxwell tells me she has never seen him fret at anything. Oh, what a glorious, happy thought to be governed by the love of God, for just six months and seventeen days, at the same time of day we met in this religious service he was called away, leaving a dear wife and six children mourning the loss of a kind and affectionate head and stay.

Brother Coxwell was the chaplain of Board Head Alliance and will be long missed by his much loved kindred and friends. He was born March 26th 1830, aged sixty years and was buried at Red Level June 15th. The burial was largely attended by members of the F. A. and I. U., as well as the community at large. We reached the grounds at about 10 a.m. and found about 200 people present, which number was increased until about 400 were present. The corpse reached the place at 11 o'clock, and as the grave was not quite ready, the people grouped about under the friendly shade trees until about 12 p.m. The grave being ready the coffin  was placed on a temporary bier, and brother Beauchum standing at the head of the corpse, proceeded with the religious services, at the close of which the beautiful, solemn and impressive burial rites of the F.A. and I.U. were concluded. The coffin lid was then lifted so that all might be allowed a last look upon brother, husband, father, friend and the sight of the grief stricken ones who crowded around for a last farewell glance, is long to be remembered and not to be forgotten. After this sad parting scene, the lid was replaced and all that was mortal of a devoted husband and affectionate father, a true friend and exemplary Christian, an allianceman that was true to the care, and a Mason, was consigned to the mother dust.

Respectfully, J.M. Hall

Tuesday, August 12, 1890

Town and County

 Miss Ella Cameron of Americus, Ga., is visiting the family. of her uncle, Mr. J.A. Cameron.



At the residence of the bride's parents on Thursday evening last at 4 o'clock, by Rev. J.T. Adams, were united in marriage Mr. Eugene O. Garrett to Miss Leila Jinks. The bride is the daughter of Mr. T.L. Jinks, and one of the most excellent young ladies in the county, whose virtues of mind and heart will add many charms to the life of the one in whom she has placed her future welfare. Mr. Garrett is an industrious farmer and a most excellent young gentleman. A reception was tendered the bride and groom and a few special friends at the residence of the bride's parents, which was one of the most enjoyable events that has taken place in that community for many years. May their life ever be crowned with sunshine and happiness and at last enter into that rest where parting is unknown.

Reynolds Locals, Aug. 11, 90

Miss Nellie Wilson, who is visiting the family of Major Pelham has been quite sick for some days.


Tuesday, August 19, 1890

Town and County

 We regret to learn that Mr. J.M. Harris has been seriously ill.

Mrs. J.H.M. Cliett is visiting her sister, Mrs. O.M. Cliett.

Rev. J.T. Adams, who has been quite sick at his home is much improved.

Mr. Werter Hines and sister, Miss Cora, of Macon, visited the city last Wednesday.

The many friends of Miss Lizzie Wallace will regret to learn that she is quite sick at the home of her father.

Mr. R.E. Allen left for Arlington last Wednesday where he will engage in mercantile business.

Major Ezell and daughter, of Byron made Butler a short visit last week. They are soon to become citizens of our town and are highly delighted with the people. The prospect for the school is very flattering. Prof. Ezell will open his school on Monday the 25th of August, and will bring at least twenty boarding pupils with him.


Garden Valley, Aug. 15th, 1890

Mrs. Mary Cummings, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. McDonal of Louisville, Ala., visited relatives, Mrs. L. F. Dougless and family of Garden Valley this week.

Mrs. L.F. Douglass has been quite sick for two weeks; she is much better at this time.

Mrs. Rebecca Wadkins is sick; hope she will soon be well again.

Mrs. Mamie Bledsoe has been very sick this week, though she is a great deal better at this time.


In Memoriam

The King of Terror, although as old as humanity, is as potent today as when he first began his destroying round. He comes alike to palace and hovel, to prince and peasant. The most impregnable castle, and deepest word stay not his march. No arrow is proof against his fatal shaft; - no bride however great, can change his course. And wherever his footsteps pause, there he darkens all with midnight blackness, and from out the murkey gloom the wails of anguished, stricken hearts, tell that poisoned dart has too surely gone to its mark.

If a pure and loving heart -a temper clear and genial as the summer's sunny morn; a nature affectionate and true, lavished without stint on companion and kindred, and in all,

a soul as loving and lovable, could have stayed or turned aside the march of the grim, unfeeling tyrant, then our much loved pupil, Jennie Anderson, would be mingling her songs with ours and gladdening our hearts with her sweet and cheery presence. Dear Jennie was in her nineteenth year when she was taken from us. She was good in the best sense of the word. Wherever she went she carried with her an atmosphere that was sure to bring cheerful pleasure and kindly sympathy. She possessed the rare art-no, it was natural with her-if enlivening and making pleasant every circle in which she was thrown. She seemed, and really did, make friends without an effort; and without an effort she held them, because her affections were warm, pure and unselfish as the heart from which they sprung. She was beloved by all who knew her, but most warmly loved by those who were with her most and knew her best.

 As a member of our Sabbath school her attendance was regular and a duty lovingly and willingly rendered. Whenever she was unavoidably kept away, her absence was sure to be noted, because we missed her loving presence and the cheery sunshine she always brought. Oh, when we think of how we loved her-her gentle, affectionate ways-her words of tender sympathy with us and for us, and the sweet music of her voice 'tis hard to say "Thy will be  

done." We would not, with gentlest touch, draw aside the curtain that veils the family fireside from vulgar curiosity; but we beg the privilege of mingling our tears with those of the sorrowing parents and kindred, saying to the pierced and bleeding hearts "in sorrow's gloom" that such heartfelt sympathy as sorrowing friends can give is theirs.

Dear, sweet Jennie a loving goodbye. But not for long. Life at best is short; and when its troubled dream is past, we trust to meet thee in the land of Beulah, to stand with thee on the delectable mountain and look out on celestial valleys-gaze on their silver streams, and in heavenly companionship, strike with the ever golden harp, join in the hallelujahs of the saints which fill the vaulted heavens with their symphony, and forever make glad the redeemed of earth.



The many friends of Mr. John A. McCrary will regret to learn of his death which sad event took place at his residence in Butler about 9 o'clock on Friday morning last. He had been confined to his room with dropsy for several weeks, but despite every effort that could be made he gradually sank lower and lower until death relieved him of the burdens that he bore. He was in the 59th year of his age and had lived a quiet and peaceable life. He leaves a devoted companion, two children besides many friends and relatives to mourn their loss.


Saturday, August 23, 1890

Taylor County

Is "Some" Itself in the Dog Line

Reynolds, Ga., August 22. - [Special.] –

In Sunday's Constitution there appears an item from West Point, headed "Champions of Two States." Now, allow Reynolds district, of Taylor county, to say a word, for we all admire our dogs, and think that we have the best in the south.

Now, we wish to say to Mr. George W. Poer that we will pay him $500 if he will produce a pack of fox dogs that outrun the average fox dog in Reynolds district. It is an easy matter to run down a young red fox, and there are plenty of them at this season of the year; but we do not feel like having our dogs sent to the rear without a showing, especially by dogs who only run kitten fox. Let Mr. Poer challenge us, and put up his ante. We mean business, and we are his mule. B. W. Brand

Butler, Ga., Tuesday, September 9,

Town and County

The many friends of Mr. C.J. Peterman will regret to learn that he is seriously ill from a relapse of typhoid fever.

Mr. J.H. McCrary, who has been with D. Rothchilds, in the dry goods business of Columbus for the past three weeks, returned home quite sick last week.

Mrs. J.A. Goodwin, of Panhandle has returned from Indian Springs, where she has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. J.A. Riddle. Mrs. Riddle returned home with her mother and will spend a few weeks pleasantly in Taylor.

Prof. W.C. Monk has accepted a school at Riley's school house, a few miles eat of town, near the residence of Mr. M.L. Riley. The citizens of the community have erected a very comfortable house and Prof. Monk will have a good school. The patrons of the community should feel congratulated on securing his services.

Reynolds Locals, Sept. 8

Mr. H. Hodges our post master has been quite sick for several days, most of the time having been confined to his bed.

J.C. Griffith has gone to Talbotton where he will accept a place on the West Ga. News.

Miss Nellie Wilson, who has been sick so long at Major Pelham's was well enough to be out riding Saturday. Mr. Joe Pelham stood an examination last Saturday at Butler. He is going to the Technological College at Atlanta.

Everett Station Dots, Aug. 29

A sudden shock to all was the death of Mrs. Eliza Hiley. On last Tuesday morning she was found dead in her bed, supposed to have died of congestion. Her circle of friends is a large one and all mourn her death; but we are glad to say that she was a Christian lady and we believe she is now happy in a "Heavenly home." She was a Christian worker for God, an affectionate mother, a faithful sister and a loving friend. She was loved by all who knew her. She leaves one child, three loving sisters and other relatives to mourn her death. Mrs. Lucy Carnes (her sister who was living with her) said she was not sick at all Monday, but was unusually well for her, as she was in feeble health for several months, and retired Monday night apparently well, only feeling a little bad. Oh! What a blessed thought it is to go to sleep - and wake up in heaven. Her remains were interred in Fort Valley at Oaklawn cemetery Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock a.m. We offer our sympathy to the bereaved family.

There was another sad death near here early last Monday morning. Miss Sallie Cummings, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Cummings, died of typhoid fever. She was confined to her bed for nearly three weeks but bore her afflictions with great patience, and seemed perfectly resigned to the will of the Lord. Sallie was a Christian girl. She was only fourteen years old, but she loved Jesus and her dying words were, "cling to Jesus." We offer our sincere sympathy to the family. She was the favorite of the children, and it seemed hard for the family to give her up.

Miss Nellie Sanford is seriously ill. We are sorry for Nellie and hope she will soon be well


Whereas, it hath pleased the Allwise Father to remove from our midst our beloved brother and father in Israel, Samuel Garrett, and take him unto himself, and

Whereas, as a church it was our good fortune to have him associated with us, and by a well ordered walk, consecrated life, and earnest devotion to the church of Christ, he continuously set forth the principles of our holy Christianity, as a neighbor, as a citizen, as a father and as a husband.

Therefore be it

Resolved 1st: That we bow with submissive spirits to the will of Him who is too wise to err, too good to be unkind.

Resolved 2nd. That as a church we have lost a good, true member, a bright and steady light, but we feel that our loss is his eternal gain, and that he was prepared to receive the welcome invitation "Come ye blessed of my Father inherit the kingdom prepared for you."

Resolved 3rd. That we extend to the family of our deceased brother our heartfelt sympathy in this their hour of sadness and trouble, and a copy of this preamble and resolutions be furnished them, also spread upon the minute of the church book, and also furnished the Butler Herald, with request for publication. Respectfully,

J.L. Stringfield, Jas L. Rogers, W.H. Cochran, Com. Of Pleasant Hill Church.


Mr. S. B. Baldwin, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Baldwin, of Carsonville, died at the residence of his Uncle, Mr. John Baldwin, in Talbot county, on Sunday about noon on the 31 st of Aug. He had been sick some time with typhoid fever and his recovery was thought to be permanent, when he suddenly relapsed, and passed rapidly away. He was in the 19th year of his age and a bright, useful and industrious young man. He was all that a son could be to make his parents feel happy; but "death loves a shining mark." His remains were interred in the cemetery in Talbotton on Monday the 1 st inst. The bereaved parents, relatives and friends have our deepest sympathy in this sad affliction.

Patsaliga, Sept. 6th

Prof. Monk opened school near Beaver Creek, Monday 1 st inst., with twenty two pupils. We think Prof. Monk is doing a good deed for the people.

The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Dock Peterman will regret to learn of the death of their daughter which sad event took place at their residence Friday morning Aug. 29th. She was a bright little girl about eight years of age, but was an invalid from her birth. Her remains were carried to the Hays campground and interred in the cemetery on Saturday. The parents have the sympathy of many friends in their sad bereavement. Lukie Vandunks



Wednesday, September 24, 1890 A Preacher Resigns

Reynolds, Ga., September 23. - [Special.] - Rev. W. J. Durham, of Macon, resigned the care of the Baptist church, in this town, yesterday, and will accept a call to a church in Elko, S.C.

Professor C. E. McLaughlin, the popular and efficient principal of the Reynolds high school, resigned his position today to accept an appointment in the clerk's office in the department of war in Washington city, and will move his family thither at once.


THE BUTLER HERALD Butler, Ga., Tuesday, November 4, 1890

Town and County

Miss Easterlin, an accomplished young lady of Montezuma visited her sister, Mrs. Elliott Dunn last week. On account of the illness of Judge Smith, Taylor Superior court has been postponed until the 4th Monday in February. We are sorry to say, that from reliable information, there is but little probability of his recovery.


The Talbotton New Era published the marriage of Miss Gussie Childs to Mr. George Graham, both of Talbot county; which took place at the Methodist church in Talbotton on Tuesday evening last, Rev. J.B. McGehee officiating. Miss Gussie has many friends and acquaintances in this community who wish her much happiness.

Mrs. Elizabeth Lumpkin of this county was buried at the Lumpkin cemetery on Tuesday last. The deceased had been a consistent Christian from early childhood, and was a member of Olive Branch church. At the time of her death she was 81 years of age. -Talbotton New Era.

A Sad Scene in Macon

Hon. John W. Robbins, of Talbotton Instantly Killed

One of the saddest and most unfortunate accidents that has ever taken place in Georgia was the accidental killing of Hon. John W. Robbins, in Macon on Tuesday the 28th inst., about 3 o'clock. Mr. Robbins left his home on Monday, little dreaming that any misfortune would happen  to him, for the purpose of attending the State Fair. Mr. Robbins intended returning home Tuesday morning, but owing to the earnest solicitation of friends and being desirous to see Barnum and Bailey's circus and balloon ascension, he decided to remain over until Wednesday. As the time for the balloon ascension had arrived, two poles about fifty feet high had been erected for the purpose of raising the balloon, in the center of the race track some forty feet apart. The poles were supported by guy ropes stretched from the top to the ground where they were fastened to stakes. Suddenly one of the stakes was seen to give way or was pulled up by the force of the rope. One of the poles began falling and a shout of warning was given. About 300 people were in the enclosure including Mr. Robbins. The pole fell with terrific force striking Mr. Robbins on the front of the head, scattering his brains in every direction. Death was instantaneous and is described by those who witnessed it, to have been one of the saddest scenes on record. His remains were carried to Talbotton on Wednesday morning where he has a wife and six amiable daughters. The news of his death carried sadness and sorrow to every heart; even those who were not familiar with him in this community expressed their regrets, for they knew that in his death the poor had lost a friend, and Talbot county a valued citizen, whose place cannot be filled. Mr. Robbins was 55 years of age, who enjoyed good health and was strong and well built, and whose every breath was that of patriotism. He knew no stint and his door was ever open to his friend.

He was elected a member of the Georgia legislature in 1880 and in 1884 was elected senator from his district.

We in common with the citizens of Talbot county feel sadly the loss of Mr. Robbins, for we knew the worth of his life, for in times of adversity and affliction we have felt the weight of his charity. He possessed a large estate, but nothing that he possessed was withheld from the wants of a friend. Words fail in this instance to enable us to express our sympathy, but may the sod rest lightly over his peaceful breast and may his grave be a monument to his memory.


THE BUTLER HERALD Butler, Ga., Tuesday, November 11, 1890 V

Town and County

Mrs. W.C. Monk we are sorry to say is seriously ill. Mr. A.J. McGee has been very sick for several days past.

Mr. James A. Hollis requests us to return thanks to his many friends in Butler who expressed sympathy or offered assistance during his recent misfortune in Vienna. Mr. Hollis speaks of suing the town of Vienna, and the G S & F railroad for damages as he was very badly mistreated. He has many friends here who know that he would not do an unjust act.

Rev. W.L. Griffith who moved from this county to Texas about 7 years ago, will return very soon with his family to Georgia. They will be located at present at

Midland, Ga., on the Ga. Midland railroad. Mr. Griffith thinks of locating in Butler another year. He has many friends and relatives in this county who will be pleased to welcome his return. He has been in very feeble health for several years and thinks probably the soil of his childhood will be a benefit to him.


Reynolds Locals, Nov. 3, 1890

Prof. J.S. Searcy is running the school here and is building up a live and flourishing one. He is one of the best teachers ever here, and is giving his whole energy to the building up of the school. Our people are to be congratulated on having him here, and should give him their whole support.

THE BUTLER HERALD Butler, Ga., Tuesday,

November 18, 1890

Neck Broken

John Riley, a negro boy about 17 years of age, son of Adeline Riley was accidentally killed on the farm of Mr. Geo. R. Vemont near Carsonville about noon on Wednesday last. While riding a mule to water he accidentally fell from the mule and in falling, his head struck the ground and his neck was broken. He was brought to town in the afternoon, and was buried on Thursday. He was an industrious and quiet boy.

A Good Woman Gone

At her home in Butler on Monday evening last occurred the death of Mrs. Monk, the affectionate wife of Prof. W. C. Monk, after an illness of several months from consumption. She was a most excellent lady and leaves a devoted husband, several children, besides many friends and relatives to mourn their loss. We are unable to give full particulars of the life and character of this good lady in our present issue, but hope to be able to say more hereafter.



Tuesday, December 2, 1890

Reynolds Locals

Mr. H.H. Aultman one of our best and most successful young men was married at the residence of Mr. C.C. Souder, to Miss Allice Howard, one of our most popular young ladies last evening. Rev. H.C. Brewton, officiating. Their many friends wish for them a long and happy life.


 Tuesday, December 9, 1890

Blassingame - Fincher

At the home of the bride's mother, at Robley, Crawford county, November 26th at 3 o'clock p.m., Mr. Morgan Blassingame was married to Miss Josie E. Fincher. The ceremony was performed by Rev. W. W. Childs in a solemn and impressive manner. The groom is a handsome young man and a successful farmer of Monroe county. The bride a beautiful, quiet and industrious young lady of Crawford county. The attendants were Mr. Charles Fincher and Miss Alvah Adams; Mr. R. Blassingame and Miss Minnie Holmes; Mr. B.Z. Holmes and Miss Lizzie Mauk; Mr. A.W. Childs and Miss Annie Fincher. The bridal presents were as follows.

Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Hillsman, parlor rocking chair; Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Fincher set of silver knives and forks; Mr. E.A. Fincher 1 doz. silver teaspoons; Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Mauk silver castor; Miss Lizzie Mauk silver pickle stand; H.D. Fincher set of china; Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Johnson set of table linen; Miss Mattie Bowen glass tea service; Miss Anna Fincher handsome parlor lamp; Miss Minnie Holmes swinging lamp; Mrs. S.A. Fincher cherry bedroom set; Julius Fincher New Home sewing machine; Miss Mollie McNeiss parlor lamp; J. M. Webb china washstand set; H.P. Wallace tin water set; Mr. Emmett Bankston lovely silver tea service; Miss Alvah Adams a handsome picture.

At 4 o'clock p.m. the party were invited in to lunch where nothing good was missing. All were silent for a few moments while Rev. Mr. Childs in an appropriate manner returned thanks to the Giver of all good gifts for the refreshments. Miss Lizzie Mauk and Mr. H.P. Wallace waited on the table in their own graceful way. A grand reception was given at 8 o'clock p.m. to which everybody in the neighborhood was invited. May the couple ever be as happy as on that occasion.



Tuesday, December 16, 1890

Town and County

Miss Nettie Smith of Howard spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. J.C. Sealy.

Mrs. J.J. Cheney, of Sandersville is visiting her father's family, Mr. P.G. Shepherd of this county.

Mr. Ben Harris who has been sick at the residence of Prof. Ezell for several weeks past returned to his home at Warwick, Worth county last Saturday, much improved.

Howard Items

Mr. L.C. Dickey moved from this place to near Prattsburg today. We regret to give them up.

Mrs. Lizzie Russian,who has been visiting her brother Mr. F. Mathews and her sister Mrs. J.T. Parker, of Prattsburg returned to her home in Alabama today.

Mrs. S. Montgomery we regret to state is quite sick. Her many friends hope for her early recovery.

Miss Walter Potter who has been spending some time with her sister, Mrs. J.O. Waters in Macon returned to her home in Prattsburg Friday.

Mrs. Nina Woodall, of Reynolds is visiting her mother Mrs. S. Montgomery.



 At the home of Judge J.A. Childs, on Wednesday morning the 10th inst., Mr. R.A. Blassingame to Miss Emma Childs. Rev. W.W. Childs, officiating. The bride is the intelligent and accomplished daughter of Judge J.A. Childs, and the groom is an enterprising farmer of Crawford County. The best wishes of many friends are extended for their happiness in life.



Mrs. J. B. Barefield, a most excellent lady died at her home near Bateman's Mill on Wednesday the 26th of Nov., after a severe illness of several weeks. Those who were best acquainted with Mrs. Barefield speak of her in the highest as an affectionate mother, a good neighbor and a christian lady. She leaves a large family and many friends and relatives to mourn her loss.


Tuesday, December 23, 1890

Town and County

There will be no regular issue of the Herald next week.

Miss Van Mitchell has returned from Unadilla, where she has been teaching school.

The people throughout this county seem to be manifesting a new impetus in the education of their children, and we feel glad to know that this is true. We desire to speak well of every community, but especially do we desire to speak encouragingly of the neighborhood which compose the school near the residence of Mr. Hugh Neisler. It was taught the past term by Miss Eve Jones, and our efficient County School Commissioner, Prof. J.O. Mangham, speaks in the highest terms of praise of this school in his report to the State School Commissioner. Miss Minnie Stanford has been employed to teach this school another year and with the united efforts of the citizens of the community they will have a still better school another year.


Boland-Cameron. - At the Methodist church in Butler on Thursday evening the 18th inst., at 5 o'clock occurred the marriage of Miss Julia Cameron to Rev. J. M. Boland. A very large attendance was present to witness the ceremony which was performed in a most solemn and impressive manner by Rev. H.C. Brewton. The church was most beautifully decorated with flowers, cedar and evergreen by the young ladies of Butler, in token of their love and esteem for the bride. Immediately over the chancel railing was an arch from the center of which hung the marriage bell, while upon either side were some of the rarest flowers that bloom. At 5 o'clock the bride and groom were escorted from the parsonage to the church by their attendants. Mr. H.P. Wallace with Miss Lucyne Daniel first

entered the church and filing to the right took position near the alter; Mr. R.S. West with Miss Ella Cameron, of Americus, came second and took a position near the altar to the left; Mr. Arthur Hill, of Schley county, with Miss Bessie McCants, came third and took a position to the right; Col. W.E. Steed with Miss Mattie Lagon, of Geneva, came fourth and took a position to the left; forming a circle in which the bride and groom should stand to make their solemn vow. Thus while the wedding march was being most beautifully played on the organ by Miss Lena Bateman, the bride dressed in a very costly trimmed dove colored silk and the groom in a handsome Prince Albert, marched steadily to the altar, over whom the marriage bell was ringing, and with a few well chosen words by Mr. Brewton, Miss Cameron and Mr. Boland were made one. No congratulations were allowed as the bride and groom were expecting to leave on the 6 p.m. train for Macon to attend the South Georgia Conference.

At 3 o'clock an elegant reception was given at the residence of the bride's father at which a large number of the friends and relatives of the family were present.

The bride is the accomplished daughter of Mr. John A. Cameron for several years the organist of the Methodist Sabbath school and corresponding secretary of the Woman's Missionary Society, besides a valuable assistant in all religious enterprises. Mr. Boland is a very acceptable minister of the South Ga. Conference who has been pastor of Crowell's Circuit the present year. The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Boland, extend to them many congratulations, and will ever pray that their lot may be cast in pleasant places.


A quiet, but happy marriage occurred Monday evening 15th inst., at the residence of Mr. Chris Farmer, 1106 Walnut street. The contracting parties were Mr. J.W. Jordan of Culloden, and Miss Laura Bivens, of Taylor county. The bride is a sister of Mrs. Chris Farmer and is an accomplished and lovable young lady. The groom is a prosperous young man and is well known and quite popular in Macon. Rev. T.R. Kendall, pastor of Mulberry street Methodist church, performed the ceremony in a most beautiful and impressive manner. The happy couple left at 2:30 p.m. via the Macon and Birmingham railroad, for Culloden, their future home, where an elegant reception was tendered them by Dr. and Mrs. Jordan, parents of the groom. The best wishes of a host of friends will follow them through life.       Macon Evening News.


Albert Leonard, an honest and industrious negro man, about 80 years of age died at his home in Talbot county about two weeks ago. He had lived in Butler many years and was liked by all who knew him. He was known as "Uncle" Albert, and every body that knew him spoke well of him. Harrison Leonard, an aged negro man who had been on the pauper list for several years was found dead under his cabin near town a few days ago. The coroner's jury did not find that he came to his death from any violent cause.


Tuesday, December 30, 1890

Administration's Sale

By virtue of an order from the court of Ordinary of Taylor county, Ga., will be sold before the courthouse door, in the town of Butler, on the first Tuesday in January 1891, within the legal hours of sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash, one tenth undivided interest in lots of land numbers 202 and 217 in the 14th district of Taylor county, Ga. Sold as the property of the estate of John D. Mitchell, deceased. Terms of Sale Cash.

T.J. Marshall, R.G. Tomlin, Administrators estate of John D. Mitchell.


By virtue of an order from the court of Ordinary will be sold before the courthouse door in the town of Butler Taylor county, Ga., on the first Tuesday in January 1891, within the legal hours of sale to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property to wit: Eighty five acres of lot of land number 109 in the 14 district; also 50 acres of lot number 108 in the 14th district. Sold as the property of Joab Willis, late of Taylor county, Ga., deceased. Sold for the benefit of the heirs and creditors of said deceased.

T.J. Davis and T.W. Price, Administrators estate of Joab Willis, deceased.


Whereas the appraisers appointed to set apart a twelve months support for the widow of Elisha Waters, late of said county deceased out of his estate having made their return to this office. This is therefore to cite all persons concerned to be and appear at the court of Ordinary of said county on the first Monday in January next, to show cause, if any they can, why said return should not be made the judgment of said Court of Ordinary. Witness my hand and official signature. This the 1st day of December 1890. M. H. Riley, Ordinary

Tuesday, December 30,1890
General Gordon Will Probably Be Absent for Some Time

This week's issue of The Southern Alliance Farmer recalls the fact, in a leading editorial squib, that General Gordon has not yet joined the alliance.

He has been absent from DeKalb county for some time past, spending the while with his family upon his farm in Taylor county. No definite time has been set, it seems, for his return to DeKalb county. Indeed, a special to the Constitution from Taylor county states that General Gordon intends spending the winter there.

This seems to be authoritative. In the meanwhile the arrangements for General Gordon's initiation by the Kirkwood alliance are not being pushed actively. Their consummation seems more remote than ever.

Taylor Co., Ga. Thursday, July 10, 1947


Mrs. Nettie Adams, widow of Mr. John H. Adam former Taylor County citizen, died at her home (home of her son) in Thomaston Sunday, June 22, of a heart attack Mrs. Adams was born in Talbot County in 1874, the daughter of Mr. Charles and Mrs. Margaret Willis Smith. She was married in early life to Mr. John H. Adar who preceded her in death several years ago. During h life they made their home at Howard, but after his death s moved to Thomaston to live with her son. (She moved about 22 years later)

Funeral services were held at Shiloh Church, Talbot County, of which Mrs. Adams was a member. Elder M. B. Walker, pastor of the church conducted the funeral. He was assisted by Elder Hall and Elder McCorkle. Interment was in Shiloh Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Messrs. John Parker, Clem Adams, Earnest Parker, W. J. Edmonson, Julian Beeland and Johnnie F. Beeland.

Mrs. Adams is survived by two daughters and three sons: Mrs. Luke Adams, Butler; Mrs. Sam Walker, Jr., Waycross; Messrs. Grady Adams, Macon; Bentley Adams, Thomaston; and Guy Adams, Eau Gallie, Fla.


Thursday, May 15, 1919

 ANOTHER VETERAN OF CONFEDERACY PASSES Mr. Charles M. Smith, a well known citizen of this county, seventy-eight years of age, died at his home seven miles northwest of Butler, last Wednesday night, May the 7th. Mr. Smith had been very feeble for quite awhile, and while his death was not unexpected, yet the parting was sad. He had long been a resident of Taylor County, and had a large number of strong personal friends. He was a valiant soldier in the Confederate Army, and was proud of the "Gray" he wore and the cause which he espoused and gave the best days of his young manhood to defend. Mr. Smith and Mr. Harris, two Confederate Veterans of this county passing away during the past week to answer the bugle call in the great beyond, tell in language unmistakably how rapidly the line of "Gray" is being thinned.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife and the following children, by his first marriage, Mr. Ed Smith, of Manchester; Mr. Will Smith, of Woodbury; Mr. Lem Smith, of Atlanta; also one daughter, Mrs. John H. Adams, of near Howard. He was a step-father also to the following children by his second wife, Messrs. James Aultman, of Killeen, Texas; John Aultman, of Rupert; George Aultman, of Howard and Ambrey Aultman, of the A.E.F., France.

His remains were interred at Union Cemetery, the funeral service was conducted by Rev. L. A. Harrell, MG.



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