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MONDAY MUSINGS: Gems from some Alabama newspapers in the past

While transcribing records from old newspapers, I frequently run across some great gems of wisdom and humor like below:

From an 1908 newspaper

Some one said, “Life without a friend is death without witness.” The more you look at this, the bigger it gets.

“Many true words are spoken in jest, for that’s the only way you can afford to tell some people the truth.”

“We suppose the aeroplane life preservers of the future, will be a parachute kind of a trick, over which a certain doubt will always remain, as to whether it will open at the right time.”


From Dothan Eagle – Jan. 11, 1915

“What is the average weight of light housekeeping?”

“If people said what they thought, the hostilities, would become more general.”

“Very few men like to have a cat around the house, but there continue to be many house cats.”

“While the vote of thanks usually carries by a large majority, it isn’t much of a wonderful reward.

This is from the Dothan Eagle written in 1908 but could be still true today

More Than Truth
“Louise, after being scolded could not be reconciled till her mother had assured her that she loved her, which resulted on one occasion in the following dialogue:
“You don’t love me.”
“Yes, I do love you.”
“Well, you don’t talk like it.”
“Well, how do you want me to talk?”
“I want you to talk to me like you do when we have company.”



About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Hi,
    The Sylacauga Mill article has a video with a picture of the Wallis store owned by my great grandfather, John Ed Wallis. A picture of my grandmother Mary Emily Walis Schuessler is also in the video.
    I really enjoyed the video. Thanks for showing it!
    Mary Schuessler Lines

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