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People in the news – transcribed from the March 4, 1875 Birmingham Iron Age newspaper

Transcribed news & personal information from the Birmingham Iron Age March 4, 1875 about Tuscaloosa and Marion, Alabama

  • Mr. Bartlett of New Orleans, who is agent for the Grangers’ Life and Health Insurance Company, paid us an agreeable visit yesterday. The Company is progressing admirably. All the stock is progressing admirably. All the stock has been taken for this State. It is destined soon to be the Insurance Company of the South.
  • “Doc.” (Will R. Hull, alias Howard) is circulating in and about Tuscaloosa. He actually honored us with his charming presence, in our sanctum, for about ten seconds, one day last week. Yes, “Doc.” is at large– thanks to that admirable act of the preceding Legislature,. By which thoughtless fellows, accidentally guilty of penitentiary offenses, are permitted to escape on their worthless recognizance. What can atone for wrongs of such legislation?

Alfred Battle Home, Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, AL April 3, 1934 photographer W. N Manning – Other name is Battle-Friedman House Students’ Masonic Building  (Library of Congress)
  • We learn that the fine residences, known the one as the Alfred Battle house and the other as the William Battle house, were sold last week. The former was bought by Mr. Friedman, of this city, for $6,000, and the latter for $7,000, by parties from Missouri, who intend to become citizens of Tuscaloosa. They are said to be men of wealth and enterprise, and we cordially welcome them to citizenship in our midst.
  • We regret to learn of an unfortunate affair which took place in Marion last Monday. James Crenshaw, a gentleman well-connected and who is well-known in Selma, shot and instantly killed a negro in that place. We do not know any of the particulars in regard to the matter. Col. Moore, City Marshal, receiving a telegram yesterday morning in which it was stated that such a murder had been committed. Mr. Crenshaw has left for parts unknown (Selma Echo, 24th)
  • Col. R. Barnwell Rhett, formerly editor of the Picaynne, and at present residing in Huntsville, Ala., will soon settle in Dallas, Texas, with a view of entering the journalistic field, so says the Galveston News.
  • Dr. Will R. Hull, alias Dr. Howard, who was to appear before the County Court on Monday, to answer a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses, did not make his appearance until Tuesday; when an application on the part of the defendant for a continuance, and was granted. (Livingston Journal 26th)
  • P. L. Sink, formerly of Selma, lives in Salado, Bell County.
  • Jno A. Spalding died near Ashville on the 5th inst.
  • Fred Wolffe has been appointed assignee of the Alabama and Chattanooga Road, vice Bailey, resigned.
  • J. J. Hinds has been nominated for Marshal of the Southern District of Alabama.
  • Grant has appointed W. H. Council, a blatant Radical negro of Huntsville, Receiver of Public Money for the Land Office at that place.
  • The Huntsville High School under the judicious and experienced instruction and discipline of Professors Connerly and Morrison, is earning golden opinions and growing patronage.
  • Thanks to Pat O’Brien, War —, for a cask of his excellent coal.
  • Carlos G. Smith, President of —-State University, honored us with a visit on last Saturday.
  • Harvey Cribbs, of the firm of Cribb& Vidmer, Mobile, was in the …. Monday.
  • Miss Fannie Archibald is superintendent of the Etowah Female Academy.
  • Rev. Dr. West held Quarterly conference at Blount Springs last Saturday and Sunday, and will per….the same duty at Brock’s Gap next Sunday.
  • Col. John J. Jolly has removed his office into the building (up …) formerly occupied by John J. …..on 26th street.
  • Sheriff Hagood advertises to ….real estate in Trussville on the next Monday in April.
  • At the election held for the city of Elyton on Monday, March 1, the following officers were elected:C (?) A. Walker, Mayor: Councilmen— J (?) B. Earle, Jno M. Dupuy, Dr. J. (?) Vann
  • Mrs. M. E. Clift, near the Alabama and Chattanooga Railroad Depot, has just built and refitted a commodious building, where she proposes to take either regular or day boarders. See advertisement in another column.
  • Prof. A. V. Robinson, well-known here, was at Opelika last week endeavoring to organize a dancing school.
  • Reuben Ellis, Register in Chancery of Blount county, publishes another column this week an important notice to two nonresidents – (?) S. Watkins and John O. Feamster.
  • Miss Robert K. Moore, a beautiful and highly accomplished young lady, who graduated at the Judson last year, is engaged as one of the assistant teachers at Springville. The Principal of the School is Mr. Turner, who was educated at Howard College, Marion. The school promises to be one of the best in our section of the State.
  • The attention of the travelling public is called to the advertisement of the Allen House. We can confidently recommend it to our transient friends, as it is situated immediately in front of the railroad depots, and is furnished with good rooms, beds, etc., and the table with the best the market affords. An omnibus will convey passengers to and from the depot at all hours. Give the Allen House a trial.
  • FRANKLIN HALL – A Debating Society has been formed at Oregon, of which Dr. Barton is President and Walter Neaves Secretary. The Society is called the Franklin, and their place of meeting will be known as Franklin Hall. We are pleased to learn that a Sunday School has been organized to meet at the same place. A large congregation assembled there last Sunday to hear a sermon by the Rev. Mr. Hardie in reference to the death of Mrs. Bankston.

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