Transcriptions of personal items of interest from the Birmingham Iron Age, February 26th 1874

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  • HURRAH FOR OUR SIDE – Messrs. J. H. Dargin, W. F. Motes, Joe Mader, J. M. Sublett, and others, deserve great credit for their public spirit and liberality in beautifying south side of 2d Avenue, between 20th and 21st streets, by widening their pavements, planting shade trees, and “running things in the ground” – the tin gutters, we mean.
  • Morgan county is being settled by thrifty Germans from the North.
  • The following are the officers of the Alabama Grand Lodge I. O. O. F., for 1874; B. L. McInnis, of Mobile, Grand Master, C. P. Sparrenberger, of Montgomery, Deputy Grand Master; D. W. McGauhey, of Mobile, Grand Warden; W. A. Shields, of Mobile, Grand Secretary; Stewart W. Cayce, of Mobile, Grand treasurer.
  • Chas. B. Wallace has given an appeal bond to the U. S. Supreme Court, in the case of Alabama and Chattanooga Railroad, for final settlement.
  • The subject of building a railroad from Tuscumbia via New Burg, Mt. Hope, Landersville, Moulton and Danville, to connect with the S. & N. road at or near Falkville, is being agitated.

First House Built in Birmingham, Ala., 1869. First Avenue Near 21st Street of TodayFirst House Built in Birmingham, Ala., 1869. First Avenue Near 21st Street of Today (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

Ugly hair fashion and pork

  • The News say: “Some of the prettiest girls in Montgomery have revived the ugly fashion of cutting the front hair so that it hang like a fringe across the forehead. It will, of course, be universally followed.
  • On the night of the 6th inst., a cask containing 600 pounds of bacon, was stolen from the basement of the residence of Hon. Chas. Hays, in Greene county.
  • John B. Rittenhouse, who edited the Greensboro Beacon, some 37 years ago, and who subsequently was made a paymaster in the U. S. Navy, died on the 22d ult.
  • Wm. Smith, one of the defendants in the celebrated Ku-Klux cases in Judge Busteed’s Court, was killed by lightning a few days ago in Coosa county.
  • Rev. John Potter, of Gadsden, will remove to Jasper, Ala., in a short time, where he goes to take charge of a fine school.
  • Mr. W. T. Neeley, of St. Clair, county, has put away 6,300 pounds of pork this winter, of his own raising.
  • A young lady named McLemore knocked a burglar down, in Montgomery on Wednesday night, who had entered her room. The scoundrel was a white man, and had a confederate outside.

Important people

  • Miss Pauline Nininger, the daughter of a former citizen of Lowndes county, has completed her studies at Milan, Italy, and will soon appear in opera.
  • Mr. C. H. Witten, of Lownesboro, will patent a device for the destruction of the cotton worm.
  • Geo. H. Todd of Montgomery, has got a new invention, patented. It has India rubber between the horse’s foot and the iron.
  • Bob Knoxious is to start a weekly Radical sheet in Montgomery this week or next.
  • Judge Wm. R. Smith, editor of the North Port Spectator, honored us with a visit on Monday last. The Judge is one of the brightest lights of our State.
  • We received a visit from Col. Ryland Randolph, editor of the Tuscaloosa Blade, last Saturday. We trust he found his visit to the “Magic City” a pleasant one and profitable. He will be always welcomed among our good people.
  • We are glad to learn that Prof. Connerly is recovering from the illness that has confined him to his room for nearly two weeks past. We hope to see him again on our streets very soon.
  • THE DUKE – Col. J. R. Powell, Mayor, returned to the city Tuesday last after a prolonged absence in Montgomery.


  • LAW CARD – With pleasure we direct attention to the law card, in another column, of our friends Somerville, McEachin & Clarkson, the two former residing in Tuskaloosa, while Mr. Edgar Clarkson has his headquarters in this city. He is a young man of great promise and will write his name high on the temple of fame. He is industrious, energetic, and above all, talented. His partners in law have won enviable reputations.
  • EAT, DRINK, &c., – Gen. Sturdivant superintends the Welch House at Calera. He knows how to keep a hotel. The “Welch” is the eating0house for all trains, and good meals are always ready on arrival of trains. The “General” is a trump in every way. See his card in another column.
  • SEWING – Mrs. Allen and Mrs. White, on 20th Street, will be glad to receive sewing of every description, for the benefit of the Mite Society. Our citizens having sewing, should give these ladies the preference for a worthy cause.

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