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THROWBACK THURSDAY – News from April 21, 1900.

Besides the election results of April 1900 for the State of Alabama, The Pratt City Herald on April 21, 1900 reported the following stories:

Dr. Wilson Killed By Lightning

Rev. O. B. Wilson, superintendent of Stillman Institute at Tuskaloosa, was killed by lightning Monday. He was talking over the telephone when lightning struck the wire and he was killed instantly. He is a Virginian by birth and education. He had a wide acquaintance in the southern states and was universally beloved. At the time of his death he was wholly employed in labor for the colored people of the sough under the Southern Presbyterian church, and was giving himself to it as a work of love, not consenting to receive any salary for a most laborious work.

Stillman Institute 1907 (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

Stillman Institute 1907 (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

Goat and Gun and Child

At Hoke’s Bluff John Funderberg’s little child got hold of a loaded gun in some manner and had it out doors playing. A pet goat standing near by butted the child over and discharged the gun. The load took effect in the child’s leg, producing a very dangerous wound.

A Freight Collision

The south-bound local freight and a work train came into collision Saturday on the Mobile division of the Southern railway, near Thomasville, Ala., both locomotives being ruined and a fireman hurt. The wreck is said to have been caused by an attempt to work freight trains on time time card, in the absnce of qualified operators, the telegraphic employees being on a strike.

Briefly Noted

The Cullman Cotton company will put in a cotton seed oil mill at Cullman to cost $50,000. This company will also put in two more gins.

Lum Sterling shot and killed Radford Higgins near Lebanon Church in Randolph county, Both are negroes. Sterling has surrendered to the authorities.

Messrs. J. T. Tillman and R. B. Collier are making an effort to build a broom factory at Wyeth City. They are now figuring with the farmers to find out how many will agree to plant broom corn the coming season.

John Bradford of Springfield, Ills., will establish a canning factory at Montgomery. The People’s Ice Factory company there will put in a new ice plant at a cost of $25,000.

Gen. Wheeler Has Resigned

A special from Huntsville, Ala., says:

“General Joe Wheeler, of this, the Eighth Congressional District, has requested Governor Johnston to call a special election to fill the vacancy caused by his resignation as a member of Congress.

Joseph Fighting Joe Wheeler (September 10, 1836 – January 25, 1906)

Gen. Joseph “Fighting Joe” Wheeler (September 10, 1836 – January 25, 1906) 

Pointed Paragraphs

Mrs. Tom Outlaw and family visited her mother, Mrs. Matthis, this week at her home on Shade’s Creek, six miles below Bessemer.

Messrs. P. J. Rogers and J. T. Rogers were called to Spigners on Wednesday by a telegram announcing the serious sickness of their father who resides there.

Rose plants, all varieties and sizes at Mrs. Frye’s green house.

W. G. Ornie is again able to attend to his duties at the commissary.

The two millinery apprentices, Condon and Sholtz, are very devoted to their newly chosen occupation, and if close attention to business amounts to anything they will soon rival the fashion producers of Paris.

The marriage of Miss Dora Treherne and Cornelius Turner, Thursday night, was the culmination of a pleasant love affair and unites two well known young people. Their many friends wish them a long and prosperous journey through life.

F. O. Harris spent several days in Atlanta this week.

Miss Ida Richards, of Faulkville, is the guest of Dr. and Mrs. George W. Brown.

T. F. Corput, of Ensley, was the guest of friends in the city Wednesday night.

Dr. Modie Cunningham has gone to Baltimore to spend several months taking a post graduate course in medicine. Mrs. Cunningham will probably join her husband in a short time.

Julian Hawthorne, the great novelist, and Homer Davenport, the famous artist and caricaturist, are in Birmingham, the guests of the Morris hotel.

Julian_Hawthorne (Wikipedia)

Julian Hawthorne (Wikipedia)

R. H. Walker, for seven years editor and proprietor of the Athens Democrat, was in the city this week. Mr. Walker has recently sold the Democrat and is in the Birmingham district looking for a new location. He is a young man of considerable newspaper ability and has made a success of his paper at Athens.


Some stories include lost & forgotten stories of Alabama such as:

  • The Birth of Twickenham
  • Captain Slick – Fact or Fiction
  • Vine & Olive Company
  • The Death of Stooka

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  1. Jackie Smith Aaron

    my grandfather was a little more than 2 months old

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