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TBT: Throwback Thursday – In the Pratt City Herald News on July 21, 1900

In the Pratt City Herald News on July 21, 1900, the following news items were included:

E. E. Forbes Music Company in Montgomery, Alabama to be torn down starting the 27th of July and the largest music store south of the Mason and Dixon line was to be built on Dexter Avenue.Mr. Forbes entire stock of pianos, organs, music boxes and sewing machines were on sale for less than the goods cost, freight and other expenses considered.

Newsboy 1915 Mobile, Alabama (Library of Congress) (2)


Mr. and Mrs, Pat McGowan are in Chicago


J. E. Wood has been elected Consul Commander of the Woodmen of the World to fill the unexpired term of E. J. Hudnall, who resigned.


St. Catherine’s Reading Circle will meet with Mrs. A. J. Reilly next Tuesday evening


The contractors who arae boring the city wells, Messrs. Canfield & Irwin are pushing the work as rapidly as possible.


Miss Susanetta Bailey, of Birmingham, was the guest of Miss Jerome Rogers on Tuesday. She entertained the Tuesday Evening Club with some special selections.


Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Willoughby entertained their friends Tuesday evening, tendering them a lawn party in honor of their guests, Misses Grace White and Mamie White, of Tennessee.


Mr. and Mrs. Sid Harpe have moved here from Union Springs, Ala.


Misses Agnes Lee, of Montgomery, and Susie Y. Lee, of Houston, Texas, are the guests of their parents, Colonel and Mrs. Lee, on North Side


Miss Susie Lee, of Coatopa, is the guest of her cousin, Miss Pearl Lee


Miss Rosa Strickland accompanied the Alabama Press Association on its excursion to Pike’s Peak. She will be absent for about two weeks.


Miss Rosa Graham, of Wilsonville, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. C. R. Atkins


Mrs. E. B. Lentz left today for Auburn and Mobile. Her mother will return with her and will make this city her home.

Jack Stobert, who works at No. 3 Slope, was seriously injured Monday while engaged with his son at work in the mine. They were handling some cars in the slope at one of the entries when by some accident a lot of cars that were higher up in the slope broke loose from the cable and ran down the track striking those which Mr. Stobert was handling. He was caught in some manner by the cars and suffered a compound fracture of the leg and other injuries. He will be confined to his bed for several weeks.


List of Those Who Were Granted Certificates on July 13

The following passed the mine foremen’s examination at the office of the State Mine Inspector on July 13, and were issued certificates, the percentage being in the order in which they are named:

First Class

  • G. R. Davis, Belle Sumter, Ala:

  • A. H. Smith, Lopez, Ala:

  • T. F. Massey, Pratt City, Ala.

  • W. Pritchard, Lopez, Ala.

  • Wm. Askew, Coalburg, Ala:

  • C. M. Parker, Coalburg, Ala.

  • E. L. Elliott, Newcastle, Ala.

  • A. H. Watson, Blocton, Ala.

  • J. B. Baird, Horse Creek, Ala.

  • D. Y. Williams, Coal City, Ala.

  • J. T. Massingale, Pratt City, Ala.

  • J. B. Tomme, Pratt City, Ala.

  • Thomas Belch, Coal City, Ala.

  • W. H. Thomas, Belle Sumter, Ala.

Second Class

  • John Kirkwood, Coal Valley, Ala.

  • S. W. Ellwood, Brookside, Ala.

  • William Cook, Nauvoo, Ala.

  • William Tinman, Lewisburg, Ala.

  • A. Chamblee, Palos, Ala.

  • J. R. McConnell, Brookside, Ala.

  • N. W. Steelman, Milldale, Ala.

  • F. A. Greer, Oakman, Ala.

  • W. R. Ramey, Merkle, Ala.


Wylam, Friday, July 13, to Mr. and Mrs. Ranslot, a daughter


Cardiff, to Mr. and Mrs. David Brown, a daughter


Blount’s Crossing, Tuesday, July 17, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Boyd, a son


Sandusky, Thursday, July 12, to Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Gains, a son


Pratt City, Wednesday, July 18, to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hammond, a daughter


Crumley’s Chapel, July 15, by Rev. T. J. Black, Miss Ida May Black to Mr. William Sharp


Thursday evening Mr. and Mrs. Sam Foley, together with a few friends, celebrated the first anniversary of their marriage. The time was spent pleasantly and delicious refreshments were served. Mrs. Foley was the recipient of a number of handsome presents, among them a beautiful combination desk and book case from her husband.


Pratt City, Tuesday, July 10, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. N. Tonallo, aged 10 months.


Pratt City, Friday, July 13, George Sautel, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sautel, aged 8 months.


Adamsville, Thursday, July 19, Thomas Milligan, aged 30 years.

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  1. Wonderful My Great Grandfather was named Assistant State Mine Inspector by Gov. Sanford in 1901

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