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August 4, 1894 – Personals from The Times Daily, Florence, Lauderdale county, Alabama – reveals many residents names


August 4, 1894

Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama



  • Rev. W. S. Brown will preach at the Cloverdale tent meeting the early part of next week and will then go to Gravelly Springs to fill the pulpit there Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rev. C. E. Yates preaches at the latter place the first part of the week.
  • The Ladies’ Exchange Saturday will be conducted by Mrs. Dudley. Delightful refreshments will be served. Call and get your dinner.
  • The last contingent of the Wheeler Rifles arrived in the city from Birmingham Thursday morning. The boys look a little bronzed, but in good health.
  • Mr. F. P. Hall of Oakland treated THE TIMES force Saturday to a fine watermelon. Mr. Hall has a fine crop of melons and is frequently seen on the streets with wagon loads of them.
  • Mr. F. Brott left at our office Saturday last some fine sample of his grape crop. Thanks for his consideration.

  • All of our citizens will be interested in the romantic marriage of Miss Edna Jones, formerly of Florence, but now of Chattanooga. The interesting story will be found on the first page of THE TIMES.
  • Mr. J. W. Walker, one of our most enterprising and useful citizens, says the music of the early morning steam whistles in the manufacturing district of the city makes sweet music to his ears. They tell of reviving industry.
  • Mr. A. P. Smith, Resident Manager, informs THE TIMES that the Pump and Lumber Company have been instrumental so far in bringing thirteen or fourteen families to the city from the North – worthy and intelligent people who will make excellent citizens. Florence cordially welcome them.
  • Mr. Walker, manager, has recently put in a telephone at the city meat market now run by Mr. S. P. Merrill. The No. is 25.
  • Harry, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Coplan died on Wednesday morning last. In the death of their child, the only son, the bereaved parents have the sincere sympathy of many friends. Rev. Dr. West performed the funeral service and a very large congregation of sympathizing friends were in attendance.
  • Prof. A. S. Paxton brought to our office Wednesday a bunch of grapes that was a perfect picture of beauty. It was of the Niagara variety and the bunch weighted a pound. The grapes were grown in Mr. Paxton’s garden.
  • Mr. B. Paul Larabee informs us that the opera house company are already booking some fine shows for the coming season. They intend to do their level best to serve the people well in this line.
  • They have a fine Sunday School at the Wagon factory, with a membership of 53. Mr. J. M. Gast is the superintendent. The Wagon Works people do not intend to get left in any direction.
  • The popular little actress Patti Rosa died in New York last Sunday from an operation for appendicitis. She visited Florence several times and was a favorite among the footlights. The boys once tendered her the compliment of a german.
  • The young people had a very pleasant dance at the home of Capt. Brown on Tuesday night.
  • Mr. E. A. Von Friese has again placed us under obligations for vegetables. This time for fine tomatoes grown from seed brought from “the old country.” They are very fine and Mr. Von Friese has our thanks
  • The Masonic lodge room is in the hands of a committed for repapering and general brushing up, preparatory for the reception of the brethren of the 8th district next month.
  • Miss Jane Weeden entertained a number of her young friends at “Sweet Water Home” on Tuesday afternoon last. It was a very pleasant occasion.
  • The Hattie Ensley furnace is expected to light her fires on about August 15. Whoopee! Whoopeee!
  • Judge William Richardson, candidate for Congress, was in the city today.
  • Mr. Leon Gans, a veteran commercial tourist from Philadelphia, has been in the city this week.
  • Mrs. Thos. H. Davenport of Birmingham, is visiting her niece. Mrs. F. M. Hargrove on Military avenue.
  • Mrs. W. M. Provost of Mobile, accompanied by her two little sons, is in the city the guest of her parents. Col. And Mrs. J. G. W. Leftwich.
  • Mrs. M. L. Asher of Mempihs is visiting her sister, Mrs. Lizzie Rie.

  • Mr. Jno B. Weakley, Jr. spent several days in Nashville this week.
  • Miss Lizzie Pettit of Memphis has been the guest this week of Mrs. Jno. B. Weakley, Jr.
  • Mr. Randolph Thompson, formerly of Florence, has drifted to Montana, and has now a position in the First National Bank at Helena.
  • Prof. & Mrs. J. W. Morgan, Jr., spent several days with relatives at Pride’s Station this week.
  • Dr. G. W. Reynolds and wife, of Paris Tenn., are visiting the mother of Dr. Reynolds at Pruitton. They were in the city Wednesday.
  • Mr. W. B. Ballentine, street repairer, is out again after an attack of sickness.
  • Mr. Thos. Grigsby has been quit ill the past two weeks at his home on Poplar street. We are pleased to know he is now better.
  • Masters Thomas and Fred, little sons of Mrs. F. E. Neal, returned home this week from Tennessee where they have been spending some time with their grandmother.
  • Mrs. Dr. Wayne Morris and family returned Monday from Lynville, Tenn., whither she went to inter the remains of her husband. She was accompanied home by her brother, Mr. John Fry.
  • Mr. N. C. Elting cashier of the First National Bank, has been in the North the past week on a business visit.
  • Mrs. Jas. R. Robinson and Misses Bell Douglass and Brownie are spending a few weeks at Bailey Springs.
  • Dr. H. A. Moody, chancellor, informs THE TIMES that the prospects for Bailey Springs University this coming session are first-rate.
  • Judge W. J. Wood has been in Washington City this week.
  • Rev. G. Waverly Briggs, former pastor of the First Methodist church at Florence, has just recovered from a dangerous illness of fever. He is located at Austin, Texas.
  • Miss Eloie Powers is visiting relatives at Town Creek.
  • Mr. R. M. Bolinger made a brief visit to Kentucky the past week, returning Tuesday.
  • Mr. Robert Ricketts of Mount Pleasant, Tenn., I again among his Florence friends.
  • Mr. Eugene L. Broaddus of Clarksville, Miss., was the guest this week of Mr. P. A. Patrick. Mr. Broaddus is a cousin of Mr. S. S. Broadus of the Merchant’s Bank.
  • Judge W. B. McClure has had two children ill with fever the past week.
  • Mr. Willie McCluskey, is in Marion City, Tenn., under special treatment of an oculist for trouble with his eyes. We hope he may be entirely cured.
  • Capt. A. D. Coffee and family are spending the warm season at Mont Eagle, Tenn.
  • Prof. D. J. Edwards and Mr. S. H. Till of Waterloo were in the city Tuesday and paid THE TIMES a pleasant call.
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Kachelman of Evansville, Ind., have been the guests this week of the former’s sister, Mrs. M. A. Finley, near Florence.
  • Mrs. A. S. Paxton and little child left last week to spend some weeks in Virginia. She will visit Miss Mary at Hollins Institute and then go on to Staunton.
  • Maj. H. C. Wood and wife very hospitably entertained at dinner last Sunday at Locust, Dell, their historic home, two forlorn grass-widowers, whose families are away.
  • Mr. Judson Gilbert and wife of Jackson, Tenn., were the guests this week of the former’s brother, Prof. H. C. Gilbert.
  • Miss Jennie Wood left Thursday for Nashville to visit her friend Mrs. Garnet Morgan who as Miss Aggie Phillips and one of Florence’s most popular young ladies.
  • Miss Norma Brown left Thursday after a visit of several weeks to visit Miss Jennie and Lizzie Wood. Miss Brown went via Columbia, Tenn., where she will visit her sister, Mrs. Warfield.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Emmet O’Neal and children will today on a Northern tour, during which they will visit Niagara, Old Point and other celebrated places.
  • Mrs. Laura Leath and Miss Talulah White, of Memphis, daughters of the later Dr. Geo. W. White, formerly Rector of Trinity church, this city, are guests at Bailey Springs.
  • Mr. Massie Jones (brother of Mr. Will Jones) of Florida, visited friends here last week and is now at Bailey’s His many friends were greatly pleased to see him.
  • Prof. C. B. Van Wie has spent several weeks this summer in study at a summer school at Worcester, Mass., conducted by Dr. G. Stanley Hall, president of Clarke University. The Normal will get the benefit next year of any new corner of the professor’s brain that has been cultivated.
  • Maj. Birthright and family left their home, Sulphur Springs, Texas, after a month’s visit to Col. Cutler Smith and wife. Maj. Birthright thinks there is a bright future ahead for Florence.
  • Miss Anna Wager of Sheffield is in the city, the guest of Miss Annie Brown.
  • Mrs. J. S. Woodall and little girls, of Nashville, who have been visiting the family of Mr. H. McVay
  • Mr. Loofborrow, mentioned in Mr. Merrill’s letter on our first page, is in Florence for his health, and is greatly pleased at the results. He has suffered very much with hay fever and asthma, but has felt no sign of it since he has been here. He tells THE TIMES that if he safely runs the gauntlet through this month he will bring his family here to lie and nothing could induce him to leave.


  • Mr. John Kachelman, Sr. for many years a well known and highly respected citizen of Florence, died at the home of his son, John Kachelman, Jr. at Evansville, Indiana on Sunday night last, at the advanced age of 79 years. His remains were brought to Florence on Monday, and after funeral services in the Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. Anson West, D. D., were laid to rest in the city cemetery.
  • Mr. Kachelman was born May 4th, 1815 near Bamburg, in the Kingdom of Bavaria, and was christened into the Lutheran Church. He came to this country in 1840, landing at New York, and four years later came to Lauderdale. He was first in the employ of the late Mr. John Simpson, father of Messrs. R. T. and James Simpson; and subsequently bought the land now known as the Mound Garden, which he cultivated many years, becoming a trucker and market gardener.
  • By industry and thrift he acquired considerable property. The romance of his life was the coming of his young sweetheart from the place of their nativity, after a separation of several years. Mr. Kachelman leaves a son, John Kachelman, Jr., of Evansville, and Mrs. M. A. Finley of this county. He was a good man, a faithful friend and a worthy citizen. His pall-bearers, friends of his early life, were Messrs. A. C. Chisholm, J. C. Conner, James Simpson, Henry W. Sample, R. T. Simpson, Sr., Jas. M. Crow, William Linder, John H. Young, Andrew Brown, T. K. Furgerson.


New Enterprise

  • Mr. Geo. A. Leftwich is making arrangements to start a steam saw mill in East Florence, near the mouth of Sweetwater. He is going extensively into the business and will give employment to about 20 men, including the “loggers.” We wish him great success. He understands his business and will press it vigorously.


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