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Transcribed excerpts of articles about local people in the Birmingham Iron Age from March 26, 1874.

Below are some excerpts of articles and stories about local people and events mentioned in the Birmingham Iron Age published on March 26, 1874.


  • Brother Ben Kieser, editor of the Montgomery Daily Ledger was in our city a few days ago. He paddled about in our mind as gracefully as a Birminghamian.
  • Mike J. Kappell, a printer well known throughout the South, died at Dawson, Ga. a few days ago.
  • See administratrix notice of Mrs. Abigail M. Faver, in another column from the hands of Judge Morrow
  • THE SKATERS ARE HERE! – Last night Mr. J. W. Hearn introduced the Roller Skates to our citizens at Sublet Hall. It is a beautiful, healthful pastime for the young and active, and superior to dancing for exercise. We acknowledge the Complimentaries” from Mr. Hearn.
  • Our friend Dr. J. B. Fonville has his card in this issue. It would be superfluous for us to say aught in his favor. He is well known as a successful physician of large practice – We can but commend him to the afflicted.
  • Who was it that got shot at Dargin’s store the other night? We understand there were only three persons in the store at the time.
  • BATH HOUSE – Messrs. Morefield & Knauff opened their Bath House last Saturday, and their charges are so moderate that any one can afford the price. Quit drinking whisky and keep clean. If you would be healthy and happy, bathe daily. The Bath House is on 21st street – in Cheek’s two-story frame building.
  • The Eutaw Observer says several citizens of that town have “Birmingham on the brain.” If they have as much brain as Col. J. J. Jolly they will follow the example he set them.
  • NEW FIRM – Messrs Ledyard, Going & Co., have bought the Eagle Store on 20th street from Constantine & Dupuy. Mr. Ledyard is one of the best business men in Alabama. He had a long and valuable experience in business in Montgomery, and his references are numerous and the very best. The new firm, we hope and believe, will largely increase the trade of the old stand, and the sign of the Golden Eagle, 20th street, will long be known as the place where good and cheap goods can always be had. We sincerely wish the new firm great success.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows certificate ca. 1855 (Library of Congress)
  • TO ALL ODD FELLOWS IN BIRMINGHAM – At the last meeting of Mineral City Lodge, No. 74, I.O. O. F., a resolution was adopted to request every Odd Fellow in good standing in this city to hand in his name to Secretary M. A. Bridges, or Past Grand, F. A. Duval, at this office. The object is to celebrate in an appropriate manner the Anniversary of the Order in the United States.
  • OXMOOR – This name (pronounced “Oxmore”), recently adopted by the Post Office Department for the post office heretofore called “Pratt,” on the South & North road, is taken from Tristram Shandy. It was the name of the estate, in North Carolina, where our friend, Col. D. S. Troy, was born, and he insists that it has a more perfect Anglo-Saxon ring, and more music in it also, than any other word in the language. It is certainly a good, homespun word, and will wear well.. . The Railroad station at the same place been heretofore called “Ironton,” but this duplication of names for the same place has been found very inconvenient, and we learn that the Railroad officials will shortly change the name of the station to “Oxmoor” (Montgomery Advertiser.
  • ADMINISTRATRIX NOTICE – Estate of Moses A. Faver, Deceased. Letters of Administration upon the Estate of said deceased, having been granted to the undersigned, on the 23rd day of March, 1874, by the Hon. John C. Morrow, Judge of the Probate Court of Jefferson County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said Estate, will present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. ABIGAIL M. FAVER, ADM’X

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