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TBT: Throwback Thursday – 1894 News – Prisoners lonely, mill burned, and horse throws Mr. C. Smith

New from the Times Daily – Florence, Alabama June 2, 1894


There are twenty-six prisoners in the Huntsville Jail, and the Argus says they are beginning to feel lonely.

The committee for soliciting subscriptions for the erection of a grain elevator in Mobile are succeeding very well.

Rev. Elsberry Gunn of Tallapoosa county is 62 years old and the father of twenty children, the youngest two weeks old.

Money is now being raised in Huntsville to build a furniture factory in that place, and the greater part of the amount necessary has been subscribed.


On Friday of last week, while Mr. C. Smith of Smithsonia was riding out on his place, he met with a serious accident, which came near costing him his life. His horse backed himself over a precipice, and in his effort to recover the girth broke, throwing him off and down a perpendicular bank of six or seven feet. Mr. Smith still holding the bridel drew the horse back on him. Drs. Arnold and Sugg were called in to tender the necessary medical attention.


Last Friday night at Mt. Hope incendiaries applied the torch to Mr. A. H. Blackwell’s steam gin, grist mill and wool cards and in a short time the entire structure was in ashes. The loss is $1200, with no insurance. All the machinery was comparatively new and was one of the best mills in Lawrence county. Dilligent efforts should be made to bring the guilty parties to justice, from Russelville Idea

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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

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  1. Hi, I enjoy your website immensely. I was born and raised in Alabama so I’m interested in the state’s history. At one point you solicited stories of olden days. I began to write some stories of memory from my farm life. I would like to submit a couple to you so you can tell me if this is what you have in mind. However, I have misplaced the rules and ‘how to’ included in your post. Can you put it on again and as I recall there are rules on what/how to write and submit
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