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Dale County Alabama

Southern Star
July 22, 1914


 Recently I walked out along the new public highway west across Claybank
creek to look round a little.  It always does me good to go over the foot
prints of day agone, and this trip was no exception to the rule.  My father
built his home a little beyond CHARLEY BYRD's and on north side of the road
in what is now a field, in 1849.  In 1850 he brought the place where I was
reared and moved to it.
 CHARLEY BYRD is a chip off the old block and despite the discouragements of
serious affliction in his family, is doing well.  He has plenty of
everything about him and to spare.  This year's crop is quite promising and
he will have bread for the next twelve months.  And let me say, he has one
of the smartest little girls in Dale County.  She is only thirteen now, and
for several years has done most of the cooking for the family.  When I was
out there the other morning she was preparing to get dinner, and so far as I
could see, was doing so with as much good judgment and alacrity as a well
matured woman.  By the way Charley is one of the cleverest as well as one of
the most successful citizens.
 We walked out to an old fashioned horse power gin house which was carried
to a point near where the roads fork east of the house a little ways by JOE
PARKER some thirty years ago.  About 1838 PHIL RENFRO built a gin house on
the identical spot now occupied by the residence of M.M. HOLMAN on Daleville
street in Ozark.  Some time afterwards he sold the gin to MOSES MATTHEWS and
he ran it up to about the time of the civil war.  THOMAS G. BLACKMAN come to
Dale from Russell county about 1854, and soon after built a gin about where
H.A.W. MARTIN's residence stands at the head of North Union Avenue.  This
gin was sold to JOE PARKER and he first moved it on the west side of North
Merrick Avenue beyond the present residence of R.Y. DOWLING.  When he moved
it across the creek to the point above described.  I have had some curiosity
to ascertain whether, or not his is the same old gin house built by RENFRO,
and on the occasion of my visit I closely scanned the inside walls and
girders throughout to see if I could find some mark to indicate its builder,
or owner in former days.  But I failed to find it.
 Inquiry reveals some facts of interest in this connection.  JOHN N.
SANSBURY bought the running gear, the gin heads, scales and other parts of
the old Renfroe gin and put them into his gin after the war where WINSTON
BYRD now lives.  But he did not buy the logs that composed its walls because
he let the rafters come down to plates just above the floor in his gin.  It
is of some interest to note that GEORGE C. SANSBURY of Daleville had the old
cotton scales used by MOSES MATTHEWS and probably by RENFRO while he owned
the gin.
 But going a little further into the history of the old gin house across the
creek we find it connected with one of the bitterest tragedies enacted in
the closing scenes of the war.  The failing fortunes of the South had
encouraged those who had failed to come to her rescue in the time of her
rescue in the time of her need, and they became quite bold.  LENT SPEARS had
been assassinated and ALEX SPELLER shot near NOEL DOWLING's in October,
1864.  DOC PRIM had been captured a little later in what we know as the
Baptist bottom in Ozark.  About the same time, AUS BLACKMAN, belonging to T.
G. BLACKMAN and another colored man who yet lives in Ozark, were holding
counsel with the Yankees and their allies and had planned to leave the
country with them.  When PRIM was brought to THOMAS G. BLACKMAN's on one
Monday morning in November and was hung on Tuesday morning following by
Brear's Home Guards, attention was turned to AUS and the other man.  AUS was
taken under this same old gin house when it stood near BLACKMAN's residence
and there stripped and buckled across one of the levers of the King post and
given a severe flogging in an effort to get out of him what he know about
the plans of the Yankees.  He told them all he knew and probably a little
more to save his back of the promised stripes in case he should fail.

                                  Southern Star 2



 Thu, 17 Aug 2000, By Cathy Van Cleave

 From the Southern Star (on or near Sept. 10, 1884, forgot to write the date but this date is on the cotton statement quote)


Capt. N. HUGHES with the Wire Grass Bazaar.

H.H.(could be N.) MIZELL, Esq. of Haw Ridge was in town.

Dr.  Jno. C. MOSELY of Geneva....visiting relatives and friends in Ozark.

Prof. McCARTHA opened his school at Newton.....

Rev. W.L. ANDREWS teaching at Haw Ridge......

Mr. and Mrs. S.E. HALLFORD's youngest child died last Monday evening......buried at Claybank church yesterday evening.

Harvey YELVERTON.....been out west returned home

Mr. J.W. FALL, rep. of a stationary house of Marshall & Bruce, Nashville, spent Sabbath in Ozark.

E. MANCILL and J.N. MOSELEY will close books, must have accounts to them settled.

Rev. Mr. GILLIS conducted meeting at the Methodist church.

Mr. and Mrs. D.Y. DOWLING's youngest son, Alva died last Monday, buried at Claybank.

Jack  and Alfred GISSENDANER in county court.


Southern Star (on or about March 7, 1888)

 Prof. J.C. HOWELL in town, opening a writing class.

Mr. Henry W. MORGAN, present marshal, candidate for reelection.

Mr. MARTIN and affiliations with republicans mentioned.

J.D. BALIEY, Esq. agent for C.M. Bailey & Co. (have saw mill 2 mi west of Ozark).

MOSELEY & ANDREWS have best and cheapest whiskies.

Mr. BROWN.... at his brick yard....has new machinery....Mr. KELLS the inventor from Adrian, Mich.

Capt. Needham HUGHES, Harris McDONALD, C.A. MORGAN, candidate for tax collector.

Curtis BYRD, Jr.,  John B. YELVERTON,  tax assessor candidates.

Angus  B. BYRD,  T.C. LEE, and C.C. TURLINGTON running for sheriff.

Rob't. J.  DOWLING,  candidate for treasurer.


Newton Messenger, Oct. 15, 1887

 Henry JOWERS took Mr. G.W. ETHRIDGE's watch.....Mr. METCALF found it.

Eld. N.C. UNDERWOOD has not accepted care of our church.

Mr.I.J. STEWART of Haw Ridge...

Mrs.  H. J. SESSIONS visiting family of Dr. BRUNER at Haw Ridge.

C.P. ATKINSON left for the Southern University

A mule belonging to Mr. P.M? CALLAWAY Jr. while attached to a buggy ran away on last Sunday evening, inverting the buggy, inflicting slight wounds upon members of his family and dislocating his shoulder.  Mr. Calloway was brought immediately to town and the dislocation reduced by Drs. SMISSON and JENKINS.  The hurt ones are rapidly recovering.

>From advertisements.........

A.L. BLIZZARD, real estate, Newton


M.L.  BALKCOM,  dental surgery.

H.J.  SMISSON,  doctor.

Thos. J.  WYNN,  E.W. CLARK, confectioneries.

N.J. PETERS, saddle and harness shop.

WINDHAM and  REESE, wagons and furniture.

         Cathy Van Cleave


 Southern Star  June 29, 1910

 E.B. Ard , M.D., T.J. Killebrew, Board of Pension Examiners for Dale Co. (Confederate)

Mr. Robert G. Skipper was the first to present the Star man with a watermelon, consequently he gets the paper free for one year.  ...also mentions his truck farm.

Rev. R.B. Arnold delivered an interesting talk at instalation of the masonic officers of the Asbury Lodge.

D.S. Cain also attended.

Prof. W.M. Head and wife spent last Sat in the city.

Mr. Charles Dowling gave the Editor a tomato weighing 19 lbs.

Prof. R.L. Marchman of Daleville was in the city on business.

Henry Sellers gave the Editor some very fine plums  (this Editor is doing good in the food dept.).

G.W. Carter of  Dothan in the city Mon.

Sheriff Andrews has been playing in hard luck lately.  The sheriff has a very fine plum orchard in his pasture, and some low down, mean person was not satisified with getting his plums but killed one of his very finest hogs.  He has an idea who the guilty party is, and no doubt something will develop in a few days.

Messrs. S.J. McEntyre, Y.D. Dowling, J.O. McEntyre and H.R. Thomas spent Sunday at Daleville with relatives.  Trip made in Mr. McEntyre's Ford.


Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000  Dale Co., Al list----------Southern Star, June 29, 1910


C.F. James spent Sunday in Enterprise.

F.B. Cullens Jr. visited Montgomery.

Miss Bessie Adams visiting friends in Montgomery.

Dr. J.R. Brown spent last week at Panama City.

Deputy Sheriff Andrews was a visitor to Daleville last week.

Mr. R.L. Rollins and family of Enterprise visited relatives in the city the past week.

Mrs. W.W. Kirkland has returned home from a visit to Panama City.

Mrs. J.F. Moseley and children have returned from a visit to relatives in Pike County.

W.D. Hutchinson of Elba was in the city on business.

Miss Lillie Parker has returned from a visit to relatives at Enterprise and other points.

Mrs. A.C. Parker of Cuthbert, GA. visiting relatives in the city.

Dr. C.F. Hayes of Enterprise was here Mon. & Tues. on regular weekly visits.


Officers at the masonic lodge, Hawridge Lodge # 809, elected June 11th.

J.M. Carmichael   W.M.

W.F. Gunter   S.W.

Louis Snellgrove    J.W.

John Dean    Treas.

P.A. Clark    Sect.

W.J. Hayes    S? D.

D.L. Cain    J.D.

J.B. Carmichael    St. ward

C or O T. Cooper    St. ward

G.T. Hildreth     Chaplain

J.J. Harden    Tyler

Rev. A.L Blizzard delivered the address at the Masonic and Woodsmen of the World officer installation.

H.R. Smith at Smith & Co. lost a silver openfaced watch with chain. Mr. R.A. Goff, wife and little son, Rex Malone of Montgomery are visiting relatives.

W.M. Cooper of Dothan was in the city on business.

 Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2000 ----------------Southern Star June 8, 1910

Mr. J.D. HOLMAN has improved property on West Daleville with cement sidewalks in front of his store.

Mrs. J. ? LEVY is selling chickens and eggs.

Mr. Walker GOFF of Tampa, Fla. visiting his father's family.

Mrs.  J.E. JOHNSON and  children of Donaldsonville, Ga. guest of Mr. J. C or G. Goff.

Rev. C.S. TALLEY and Misses Stell COX and Minnie Lee McNAIR in Union Springs attending a session of the Epworth League.

Mary SOLLIE lost a Kappa Delta sorority pin, reward.

Mr. Walter SIMS with the state, at North Birmingham was here on business last week.

Uncle Lewis MOSELEY and wife returned from a pleasant visit to relatives in Daleville.

Sheriff ANDREWS went to Mount Vernon, taking a prisoner to be placed in the asylum.

Mr. Y. Allen HOLMAN has returned from a business trip to Cincinnati.

Sam MILLER had an accident at Solcomb (will post details if needed).

J.D. HOLMAN has harnesses, whips and robes.  Also making improvements to his store.

H.D. GARNER, for hams call him telephone number 8 (my times have changed)

Mr. J.W. BARNES of Andalusia attending bedside of his father, William Barnes.

Mayor MARTIN has been confined to his bed for a few days.

Mr. and Mrs. G.W. WOODHAM had a boy last week.

Mr. W.D. HUTCHINSON of Elba was in town on business.

Fred CULLENS, operated on at Montgomery, doing nicely, home soon.

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

Alma K(E?)LLNER, 8 year old disappeared at Louisville, Dec. 8 found dead in an old cistern.

Mr. E? M. COUSINS returned from a visit to Birmingham.

Mr. J. N. RUSSELL or FUSSELL spent last Tuesday at Dothan.

Lewis MOSELY, W.H or M MARCH???, J.R. EDWARDS, Board of Registers Dale County (voting)

Mrs. Q or O HUNTER of Tamp, Fla. visiting relatives here.

Mrs. H or M. N. HUNTER and children returned after a visit to ? Fla.

 Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2000 20:28:56 0400------Southern Star  June 20, 1910 (just a small section)

 W.N. Galloway attended services at the Primitive Baptist church in Ozark.

On his return was accompanied by Elder Jenkins of Albertville-Brundidge News.

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

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

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

Mr. R. Y. Dowling, Dr. Bob and Lenn Reynolds was up in.......(don't have the rest copied)

Mr. W. I. Casey bought from Judge Morris at Daleville, and from Daniel Martin of the western portion of the county about 150 bales of cotton............They are among the very best farmers in Dale County, and

the fact that they are able to hold their cotton indefintely is evidence of  their independence.

 letter from Enterprise, Ala July 18th, 1910

Mr. T.E. Weeks plans to move to Ozark and take charge of the Old Alliance Cotton warehouse.


June 22, 1910

From Beat 2

Miss Estelle Mosely of Haw Ridge, elected teacher for the next scholastic year by Trustees at Union School.

Rev. Register filled his regular apt. at Pleasant Hill Sunday.

E.W. Parish, Sheriff elect has been sick but now improving.

Sacred harp singing----------president S.J. Byrd, singing 95th song, Isom Byrd, Alphius Waters, and Early Caraway gave a lesson.


                                                     SOUTHERN STAR  6/22/1892

                                                             From Terri Tait

 The Southern Star, 22 June 1892

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

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

hearty welcome back home, and expresses the hope that they my remain with us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Clopton, Ala, June 11, 1892

At a regular communication of James Penn Lodge No 227 A. F. & A. M., the following officers were elected for the ensuing Masonic year.

W.A.  Arnold, W.M.

W.W.  Peeples, S.W.

A. S. Steagall, J. W.

C.W. Mizell, Treas.

A. S. Clark, Sec'ty

J. B. Sanders, S. D.

R. D. Hudspeth, J. D.

A.M. Scott, Chaplain

J. W. Stephens, Stewarts (Stewards?)

C. W. Reynolds, Stewarts



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