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Alabama News in 1858 included a fire, two murders, a convention and an election


(transcribed from Memphis Daily Appeal., August 08, 1858)

The Postmaster-General has established Post Offices at the following places in Hillaber (Hillabee?), Talladega County, Ala., Flat Rock, Chas. Davis, P. M.; Middle Ridge, James M. Browning, P. M.; Pine Flat, R. P. Johnson, P. M.; Curry, Wm. S. Whatley, P. M.

The South Alabamian says, some gentlemen of Greenville, Butler, County, have searched out and exhumed the remains of Capt. William Butler, and removed him to Greenville, the county seat, with a view of enacting a monument to his memory. He fell in battle in 1818 in the territory which now forms Butler County, and was so named for him.


The Teachers’ State Convention which met at Marion on the 20th ult, elected Prof. John W Pratt, of Tuscaloosa, President; F. R. Lord, of Talladega, 1st Vice President; P. A. Tome, of Cababa, 2nd Vice-President; S. J. C. Sweesey, of Marion, Corresponding Secretary; W. S. Wyman, of Tuscaloosa, Recording Secretary; D. G Sherman, of Marion, Treasurer.

R. P. Tutwiler 1867 The following is written on the back – To Albert J. Pickett from his old friend, teacher, and room-mate, R. P. Tutwiler, Green Springs, Alabama, Nov. 28th 1867 (Alabama Department of Archives and History)


The Standing Committee consists of Milford F. Woodruff, of Tuscaloosa; F. C. Bragg, of Lowndesboro (?) C. W. Smith of Autaugaville; J. B. Valden of Uniontown; J. F. Dunklin, or Selma. It was decided to establish “The Alabama Journal of Education,” and Prof. Noah K. Davis, of Montgomery, was unanimously elected resident editor; and the following 12 gentlemen a Board of Editors; Dr. L. C. Garland of the University of Ala.; Dr. H. F. Talbird, of Howard College; Prof. H. Tutwiler, of Greene Springs; A. Goddard, of Coosa; F. R, Lord, of Talladega. P. A. Tome, of Cahaba; H. B. Hatfield, of Eutaw; W. F. Perry, of Tuskegee; W. F. Walthalt, of Mobile; John W. Pratt, of the University of Ala.; W. C L. Richardson, of Summersfield; (Summerfield?) F. C. Bragg, of Lowndesboro.

Y. A. Gray shot, with a double-barreled shot gun, and instantly killed Edwin L. Lester, at Florence, on Thursday last.


This important and delicate operation, classed among the highest and most difficult parts of a surgeon’s art, was successfully performed in this county, on last Tuesday night, on the person of Mrs. B., by Dr. S. D. Beloate, assisted by Dr. Jas. W. Stewart and B. F Crittenden. The patient, being under the influence of chloroform, underwent the operation without pain, and at the date of our writing (July 29th) is doing well, with a good prospect of speedy recovery. Thus, in the space or a few months. Dr. Beloate has performed, with triumphant success,

The patient, being under the influence of chloroform, underwent the operation without pain, and at the date of our writing (July 29th) is doing well, with a good prospect of speedy recovery. Thus, in the space or a few months. Dr. Beloate has performed, with triumphant success, lithotomy and the Caesarean operation, certainly two operations that, above all others, require the highest surgical nerve, and skill. Florence Gazette


The new Custom House in Mobile will probably be finished by the first of November next. It was considerably damaged by the heat from a fire. on the 25th ult, which consumed Kellly’s livery stables, Franklin Hall and the Apollo Saloon all of which were insured.

A dispute occurred at Dadeville, the other day, between two men, Farrar and Tucker, about a dime lost at “crack lou” T. give F. .the lie and F, severed his jugular with a knife killing him instantly.

Madison County Elections. Geo. W, Carmichael is elected Sheriff, Levin Powell, Tax Assessor, and Daniel Johnson, County Treasurer.

For Commissioners, Thos. McCrary 1,516; Allen Walls, 1515; Dickson Cobb, 1470; O. D. Sledge, 1256 elected. Levi Hinds also received 1,174 votes. Huntsville Democrat

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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