Dec. 15, 1894, Personal names in News stories from Lauderdale County, Alabama

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DEC. 15, 1894



Died in Texas

The subjoined letter is published by special request of the relatives of the young gentleman whose sad death is chronicled:

Midlothian, Texas, October 24, 1894

Miss Mollie Haddock, Cloverdale, Ala. –

Dear Unknown Friend,

It is with sad heart that I take this opportunity of writing to you. I feel like it is my duty to write you under the circumstances. I am very sorry indeed to tell you that your dear brother died last night. Jim (as we all called him) had been a “little sick for several days, but not of much consequence. Jim told me day before yesterday that he was afraid he was going to take the slow fever. he was up all the time and seemed lively enough. At nine o’clock last night he talked to ‘the boys’ and was cheerful. At 11 o’clock his partner, Mr. Lovett, went in and went to bed, thinking all was right, but on getting up this morning found him dead. Oh, sad to think the died alone comparatively. Our little town was raised to great excitement over the death of poor Jim. I have this to say to you and your father and mother: Jim was a nice young man and well thought of by all who knew him. Jim was cared for all right. I am the undertaker at this place, so I will say I put up a nice coffin for poor Jim and he was put to rest nice and in good style. There was about 100 of our people went to see him put away. We had nice services at the grave, conducted by Rev. C. B. Smith and Rec. S. C. Bailey. We sang three beautiful songs, “Waiting at the Portals,” “My Heavenly Home,” and “The Unclouded Day.” We were all made to feel very sad. I will say this to Jim’s mother. You need not think because you were not here that there were no tears soed, for there were mothers there that took your place and shed many tears; also fathers, brothers and sisters. So I hope you will take this as some consolation. We have a warm and tender-hearted people in Texas. Jim was burled in a nice well-take-care-of graveyard. As, perhaps others will write to you, I believe I have said all that I can to help you understand how everything was. There are many of Jim’s friends who could join me in what I have said. May God bless you in your sad hours and help to bear you up in your sad trials.

Your friend, F.J. S



Under contract with the court of county commissioners, Messrs. J. W. Nichols & Co. are now at work at the court-house renewing and repairing the cornice. The cornice on the ends and in rear will be made new and that on the front repaired. The work is to cost $225.


On Friday night last Sheriff Hines accompanied by Officer Teb Howell went down in the Reserve ten or twelve miles west of Florence and captured John Milton and James Bagley, who are wanted in Henderson, Tennessee, to answer to the charge of perjury and for other reasons. The officers left town at 9 p.m. o’clock and returned at 3 a.m. having their game in hand. The night was a dark and rainy one, but this did not deter Mr. Hines who has an unusual keen scent for evil doers at large. The officers found their men in bed asleep on one of Mr. Frank Perry’s farms.

On Sunday Sheriff Wier came for his men and carried them back to the scene of their operations.


On Tuesday evening last the ladies of the Episcopal church gave a reception and musical entertainment at the residence of Capt. and Mrs. Andrew Brown, which was in all repects one of the most refined and charming entertainments of the season. Vocal music by Mrs. Piper and Mrs. Leftwich and instrumental music by Mrs. Erskine were highly interesting lectures. The famous male quartette rendered several pieces handsomely, and Messrs. Larabee and Ricketts were delightfully in evidence on the guitar and harp. Refreshments were served during the evening.


We are growing all the time and Edgar James is in the lead this time with a stock of pianos and organs and will furnish anything the music world wants at hard times prices and on easy monthly installments. He offers to undersell and give as good terms as any house in the larger cities. Will have a tuning and repair department.

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