Transcriptions from Birmingham Iron Age published on March 12, 1874

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Some excerpts of articles and stories about local people and events mentioned in the Birmingham Iron Age published on March 12, 1874. WARNING! This STORY contains graphic language and should not be read by those who are offended by explicit statements. Please remember the time period in which it was written, but it has been transcribed here in its original wording to ensure historical accuracy.

Businesses, City and Organizations

  • We take pleasure in directing our attention to the card in another column of Mr. R. B. Abbott, practical plasterer. He understands his trade thoroughly. His asbestic cementing is something worthy of special attention as most durable and economical. Mr. Abbott warrants his work. Address him through the Post Office.
  • The Methodist Mite Society will meet this (Thursday) evening, at the residence of Mr. Lykes, corner 19th Street and 6th Avenue.
  • Our very kind, obliging and considerate Board of Aldermen have passed an Ordinance, we are told, setting apart a certain section of the City Cemetery for negroes and paupers, and all who do not buy a $20 lot must be buried – if buried there at all – among the paupers and negroes. Let us all endeavor to live as long we can – just to spite them.
  • HOOK AND LADDER – By communication in another column, it will be seen that our long-organized Hook & Ladder Company have disbanded – their patience being exhausted in waiting for aid from our “City Fathers.” Aldermen, you have much to account for.
  • KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS – Jefferson Valley Lodge, No. 11, Knights of Pythias, was organized on Tuesday evening, 10th inst., in this city, by Past Grand Chancellor, T. L. Eastburn, of Mobile. The following Brethren were elected and installed as officers of said Lodge for the ensuing term: Dr. M. H. Jordan, Past Chancellor; Dr. J. B. Fonville, Chancellor Commander; Geo. J. Allen, Vice-Chancellor; J. W. Merrett, Prelate; J. P. Baggett, Kepper of Records and Seals; F. M. Fonda, Master of Finances; S. H. Dupuy, Master of Exehequer; James Fort, Master of Arms; S. J. Gatts, Inside Guard; G. W. Samuell, Outer Guard. This Lodge has been organized under very favorable auspices. composed as it is, of active, energetic and well-known citizens; and have been granted a dispensation from the Grand Chancellor of the State, to confer the three Grades of rank at the minimum price (established by the Grand Lodge of the State) for the next thirty days. We wish the new Lodge much success in rapid growth and the acquisition of good members. It is a noble order.
  • Prof. Connerly notifies the public that the free school will not be opened for sometime. The builders are slow and could not come up to promise. We learn that they have not received the sash in time, and for want of sash could not put down flooring.

Labeled First School Building in Birmingham from Alabama Department of Archives and History Q6892

News around the State of Alabama

  • Hon. Francis S. Lyon celebrated his golden wedding at Demopolis on the 4th inst. He had all his children around him, many grand-children, nieces and nephews, and a concourse of attached friends.
  • The Examiner says there are two cork trees in Hayneville.
  • Mike L. Woods is now in the bosom of the Radical negro family. We wonder what office he is after.
  • Tom Ivey, (a runner and elinger), a negro of the usual scent has been appointed mail agent on the A. & C. Railroad, in lieu of Ed. McAlpine who attended to his duties. The negro is from Sumter county, and is under indictment there.
  • Pat. Brady shot himself in Tuskaloosa, the other day. He will buy no more gunpowder.
  • Between Pollard and Mobile, near Williams’ station, Mr. Gillespie was shot. Mr. Gillespie was putting up telegraph poles, and was in the employ of the S. & A. T. company.
  • The Supreme Court, after a tedious and working session, has adjourned sine die. Chief Justice Peters returned to his home in north Alabama on Thursday last.
  • A negro woman in Tuskegee beat her step child with a stick until it was insensible, and then burned its body. The physicians say it was not dead until burned.
  • All the buildings on the Autauga poor house farm were blown down by a recent storm.
  • Mr. F. M. Dunn is erecting a public bathing establishment in Greenville.
  • Montgomery feeds 37,426 dogs.
  • Mr. S. W. Gillespie is our agent at Cullman, Blount county, to receive subscriptions and advertisements for this paper at our published rates.
  • W. O. Monroe is our authorized agent at Eutaw, Greene County.
  • Gerald and Light were put in the Birmingham guardhouse yesterday. (Montgomery Ledger, 5th) But they didn’t stay there long. They found more pleasant quarters on 1st Avenue, where they managed to Lockett.

Political Candidates

  • We are authorised to announce C. C. Ellis as a candidate for Treasurer of Jefferson County – subject to the action of the County Convention.
  • We were accosted by a “sovereign” a day or two since, who asked us if Steve Dupuy was still a candidate for sheriff. We informed him that we would enquire at headquarters and let him know. We “interviewed” our friend Dupuy, and he tells us he is a candidate, subject to the nomination by the County, Convention. Of course he will receive the nomination, and we will heartily support him.
  • Messrs. John Lykes, W. F. Motes and Mr. Kyle have been selected by the Board for City Assessors. They have been qualifed and will enter upon their work today.

Marriages, deaths, and personals

  • The Florence Times reports the marriage in Lauderdale county of Mr. Ervan Ross to Miss Amanda Garrett, and says: “Mr. Ross, born and reared in this county, never walked a step in his life. This is his second wife. At his former marriage he was supported at the side of his bride in a huge basket; but on the latter occasion, basket weddings not being fashionable, he was held up on the side of his bed. The old gentleman now has a darling.”
  • Wm. G. Oat was on our streets a few days ago. Not a citizen would condescend to speak to him. He appeared to be indifferent to their snubbing him.
  • Rev. W. J. Lowery, the distinguished Presbyterian pulpit-orator of Selma, Ala., has consented to deliver the next Commencement Sermon for the University of Ala., in Tuscaloosa, in June next.
  • James Rogers, of Barbour county, sent to the Eufaula News a turnip that weighted 18 ½ pounds.
  • Gen. C. A. Battles has removed to Texas.
  • POWELL HOUSE – We call attention to the card of the Powell House, kept by Mr. J. T. Nixon, formerly of Tuscaloosa. It is an excellent house for travelers and permanent boarders. – The fare is excellent – well-cooked- everything clean, and the best attention is given to guests. Transient board $2.50 per day. Joe Wilkinson is assisting in running this house.
  • Col. or Commodore Ryland Randolph was in the city last Thursday and Friday. He brought his double egg with him and made a free exhibition of it. It is an egg (or two eggs) on the order of Siamese twins – joined by a ligament. – One contained the yolk and the other the albumen, and the shells were soft. So these twins cannot be classed among the Hardshells. We are glad to learn that the Commodore has purchased an elegant residence in this city and eighty acres of improved land near here. It is his intention to enter largely into goober raising next year. We have thought from the commencement the “Magic City” would win him from the ancient “City of Oaks.”
  • McDonald, at the sign of the Red V, has the only Panthogaleon ever seen in the United States. It is a great curiosity.
  • SOMETHING TO ADMIRE – Mr. E. Erswell has a house on the East side of 21st street just North of F. P. O’Brien’s paint and sash store. In front of said house Mr. Erswell has laid a gravelled walk, cemented, and it is an admirable pattern for all walks in the city. Shade trees are so planted along the edge of the pavement, and all of it goes to show the energy and good sense of Mr. Erswell, who is as good as the best carpenter and joiner in all this country.Those in want of first-class work at reasonable rates, should give Mr. Erswell a trial.
  • Mrs. M. E. Ward, an estimable lady, died in this city on the evening of the 6th, of pneumonia, in the 68th year of her age.
  • Mr. M. A. Faver, aged 61, died in this city on the same evening, of heart disease.



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  1. Love the personals in the old Newspapers. Fore runners of Facebook?

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