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People and news transcribed from the April 2, 1874 edition of The Birmingham Iron Age newspaper

People in the news transcribed from the April 2, 1874 edition of The Birmingham Iron Age newspaper, Birmingham, Alabama

  • PUBLIC INSTALLATION: There will be a public installation of Ruhama Grange officers on Wednesday, the 8th inst, at 1 P. M. Gen. Geo. D. Johnson, will be installing officer and will deliver an address at the same time.
  • Ryland Randolph, of the Tuskaloosa Blade, has purchased a residence on Nineteenth Street, corer of Fifth Avenue, Birmingham, and about eighty acres of cleared land two miles north of the city. This looks well on paper, but if a man should stand on the corner of Nineteenth Street and Fifth Avenue after dark, it is very probable that he would think he was lost in the woods. (Troy Messenger) That would be according to how drunk he was. When we lived in Troy we saw a man on the public square of that city who thought he was lost in h—ll.
  • The Rev. Mr. Stillman, of Tuscaloosa, will conduct Sacramental services in the Presbyterian Church in this city, next Sabbath.
  • The mail route from Ashville to Cedar Grove, in Jefferson county, has been extended to Helena, in Shelby county, and will go into operation the first of the month, which gives two new offices in Shelby county, Highland and Bridgton.
  • Mrs. H. C. Nabors, John P. Spencer and James Elliott, of Shelby county, left last Monday week for Sherman, Texas, accompanied by Mr. Joseph Harris, for several years a resident of that State, who carried with him his mother and sister.
  • Dr. Jackson and J. Carr Gibson intend to cut up about 3,000 acres of land into 40 acre tracts, and give alternate pieces to emigrants who will settle upon and improve it. The land lies eight miles from here, across the river, and is well adapted to making a settlement and village. This looks like doing something to induce emigrants and to build up our State. (State Journal)

First school in Dolomite, Alabama, located in the “Sweet Gum Flat” area. Odd Fellows Hall was on the 2nd floor. (by Mildred Brown Crain, Alabama Department of Archives and History)
  • The Odd Fellows of Montgomery have invited Hon. B. H. Hill to deliver the annual address before that order on the 26th of April.
  • Mrs. Joe Phillips, a widow lady, has been appointed postmistress at Union Springs, Alabama, in place of C. H. Davis, a defaulter.
  • On our desk is a ball of the cotton cord made at the new cotton factory of Mr. Lee Fearn Irwin, who has established the initial cotton factory in Mobile. (Mobile Graphic)
  • The Mobile Register will henceforth be published by Messrs. John Forsyth and John L. Rapier. Success unlimited say we, to this noble couplet.
  • The South and North Alabama Railroad has sold quite recently 1,000 acres more of land to the German colony at Cullman, Blount county, The number of settlers there in the past twelve months is close on to 1,000, and still continues.
  • ALABAMA COAL – We note the receipt yesterday of 3,500 bushels(140 tons) Alabama coal, from the vicinity of Tuskaloosa. The lot was shipped by Mr. Robert H. Neilson, to Messrs. R. & P. A. Weaver, and the same party has two more barges under way, loaded with about 300 tons of the same sort. Mr. Neilson is engaged in mining a short distance from Tuskaloosa and will ship in large quantities if he can find a market. The coal is said to be of good quality. (Mobile Register)
  • A. J. Sivley respectfully announces himself as a candidate for the office of Treasurer of Jefferson County at the ensuing November election.
  • We are authorized to announce S. H. Dupuy as a candidate for Sheriff of Jefferson county, subject to the Democratic Convention.
  • We are authorized to announce Mr. C. C. Ellis as a candidate for Treasurer of Jefferson County- subject to the action of the County, Convention.
  • Mr. Charles Linn, we all know, has erected a very handsome Bank building on the corner of 1st Avenue and 20th Street. The Court Journal intimates that it was built for the interests of this city. We say it was built for a Bank, to make money in—in the interests of Mr. Chas. Linn and for his benefit– not the city’s. It is one of the finest buildings in the State—would do credit to any city—but, it was built of the benefit of the owner—and he is right. It is his property, and he don’t intend that “Peppergrass” shall ‘white-wash’ it.
  • All enterprising men are selfish—There is no denying that proposition.
    Mr. Allen offers the late “Alamo House” for rent.
  • A PRETTY LITTLE LADY – Last Thursday, just after our paper was issued, we heard a knock at our door and upon opening it, the card of Miss Etheline May Smith was handed to us by a waiting-maid, and immediately appeared the sweet young lady herself. We could not refrain from kissing little bright eyes, at which she made a face, as if not used to the mode, from bachelors, at least. Call again, Miss Etheline.
  • Mr. J. B. Webb is having laid the most substantial pavement in the city, around his corner, 20th Street and 2d Avenue. Such a walk as that will last a life-time. He has the thanks of all our citizens.
  • I.O.O.F. Mr Frank A. Duval, of this office, has been appointed by the Grand Lodge of Alabama, District Deputy Grand Master of the Fourteenth District of Alabama, composed of Jefferson and Blount counties. Brothers desiring any information of the Order, or wishing to establish Lodges, will please address him at Birmingham.
  • Our friend Sivley is announced in our columns as a candidate for the office of Treasurer of Jefferson county, Mr. Sivley is a young man of fine business qualifications and has numerous friends in this county.
  • We regret to lose so good a citizen as our friend Mr. L. P. Baggett, who leaves this morning for Shuqualak, Miss., his future home.—He is a gentleman who has the confidence and esteem of all who know him here, as a Christian, temperate, orderly gentleman. Success to him wherever chance may direct his footsteps.
  • Home Job Office – This office is now under the management of Frank A. Duval solely; Mr. Persinger having withdrawn and removed hence to Tuscaloosa. The Home is better than ever prepared to do any kind of printing usually done in the South.
  • Doctors Taylor, Sears, Jordan and Parker, of this city, have been elected by the Jefferson County Medical Association delegates to represent the Society at the State Medical Convention, to be held in Selma on the 12th inst.

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