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July 4th in 1877 news included a unique way to avoid getting hydrophobia

News From the Birmingham Iron Age – July 4, 1877

  • A new post-office has been established at Holme’s Gap, Cullman county, J. H. Oden, as postmaster.

Gadsden Times Building by Carolyn Highsmith – Library of Congress 2010

Gadsden Times Building by Carolyn Highsmith 2010

  • The Gadsden Times says – Several persons in this section have lost valuable horses and mules recently with a disease called by some distemper, others call it glanders.
  • The Gadsden Times says – On Saturday night last Dick Moragne, son of Capt. I. P. Moragne was struck on the head with a rock by a man named Fiquet and died from the effects of the wound in less than twelve hours. Fiquet fled the country next day.
  • Rev. F. L. Ewing, well known in Tennessee, and now a resident of Talladega, Alabama, has gone to attend the Pan-Presbyterian Council at Glasgow, Scotland, with his bride, formerly Miss Burgett. Mr. Ewing is a brother of Z. W. Ewing, one of the State Railroad Tax Assessors. – Nashville American
  • Mr. Thos. R. Miles, brother to N. F. Miles, and a former resident of the this city, died in Florida, on the {???} ult.
  • Married in this city, on the 29th ult., by Rev. W. C. Hearn, Mr. Peyon L. Zeigler, of New Castle, Jefferson County, to Miss Annie Thompson, of this city.
  • Today is the “Glorious Fourth” the stars and stripes are floating from the post office and the flag pole in Linn Park in honor thereof.
  • Mr. T. L. Hudgins is in town preparing to move his family up.
  • Garden hose is used a great deal, especially by our young ladies who play croquet.
  • Hon. John D. Phelan has been visiting his son, Maj. Ellis Phelan the past week.
  • Dew-drops – those little slips of paper that inform you when your note will be due in bank.
  • Hydrophobia can be prevented by getting on top of a high fence and waiting till the dog goes away.
  • Mr. Maxwell, who committed suicide at Tuscaloosa, was an important witness in the counterfeit cases at Huntsville. It is a little singular, in this connection, that two other important witnesses in these cases were assassinated last year in a short time of each other, and now a third one takes his own life.

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About Donna R Causey

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



  1. John H. Allen

    This is so confusing.’

  2. I found this hilarious! I expected something medicinal, but this remark to get on a fence until the dog leaves had me laughing!

    I have just been signed on to Alabama Pioneers for a few days, but enjoy the daily issues very much. Thank you Donna Causey!

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