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Happenings of a Day in Alabama February 7, 1900 – Part VI – Information about many people who passed through Montgomery

(Local news transcribed from THE MONTGOMERY, ADVERTISER, Montgomery, Ala., February 7, 1900)


Mr. E. W. deGraffenried of Greensboro, is in the city in attendance upon Supreme Court. Mr. deGraffenried is one of the ablest lawyers in West Alabama, and he probably enjoys the most lucrative practice of any lawyer in that section. He is a nephew of the late Governor Thomas Seay, and was the law partner of the latter up to the time of his death, when he fell heir to the very large practice of the firm. The firm of Seay and deGraffenried was one of the first law partnerships in the State from the point of ability, and its reputation is being sustained by the surviving member. Mr. deGraffenried now has associated with him Mr. R. B. Evins, a very bright and promising young attorney who was reared in Marion.

Captain E. W. Booker spent yesterday in the city. Captain Booker has for several days had under advisement the matter of becoming a candidate for Auditor of the State, but he authorized a representative of The Advertiser yesterday to state that he would, under no consideration, enter the contest. It is understood that Captain Booker’s devotion to the candidacy of General Shelley for Governor has kept him from making the race. He has been strongly urged to made the contest, and had he consented, he would have proven a formidable candidate.

Editor C. H. Greer of The Marion Standard was in the city a few hours yesterday en route home from a business trip to Atlanta. He is wildly in love with Marion and its people. He had never lived in a black belt community until he went to that delightful town, and now says he has not words sufficient to express his idea of the charm of living there. Mr. Greer is intensely a Morgan man, and says he does not believe 100 votes will be cast against him in the April primary.

Captain J. W. Stokes of Abbeville was in the city yesterday. He is one of Alabama’s most sterling sons. He went to the front in the days of war and served gallantly as a Confederate soldier. He was captain of Company E. 60th Alabama Regiment – Gracie’s Brigade – and no man more faithfully discharged his duty. He has many friends here who are always glad to welcome him.

Hon. James M. Miller of Marengo County, is attending Supreme Court. Mr. Miller represented Marengo in the lower House of the last General Assembly, and was a candidate for renomination, but his espousal of the cause of Governor Johnston caused him to be snowed under by an overwhelming vote.

Hon. Thomas E. Knight of Greensboro, former member of the General Assembly from Hale Count was in the city yesterday attending Supreme Court. Mr. Knight is one of the brainiest young lawyers in the State. Two years ago he was a candidate for Chancellor of the Southwestern Division, and came within a few votes of receiving the nomination. Mr. Knight announces that he is now out of politics.

W. W. Kirkland, Esq. of Ozark is in the city for a few days. He is very pronounced in the opinion that in Dale’s primary on the 17th inst. The Democrats will declare in favor of General William C. Oates for United States Senator.

J. O. Sentell, Esq., of Luverne spent yesterday in the city. He was nominated in the recent Democratic primary in that county, and there is scarcely doubt of his election. He will make a capable and conservative legislator.

Dr. T. A. Davis of Baldwin County is visiting his son, Mr. Robert Davis, Dr. Davis was for a number years a resident of Autauga County, but later removed to Anniston. He is now spending the evening of a well-spent life down by Mobile Bay.

Congressman Jess Stallings was in the city last night. He does not appear to be so sangiune of his nomination for Governor as he has formerly been. He wears a worried, anxious expression. He will go to Bullock County this morning to fill an engagement to speak in Union Springs tonight.

Mr. Gesner Williams of Demopolis was in the city yesterday. Mr. Williams was formerly mayor of that town and it was under his administration that Demopolis took on a new growth which has forced it to the point as the best commercial town in the western portion of the State.

Judge W. H. Mathews of Marion County spent yesterday in the city. Judge Mathews is a candidate for State Auditor, and he was at the Capitol yesterday visiting the several departments.

Hon. J. Craig Smith, candidate for State Treasurer has returned from a short canvassing tour. Mr. Smith says he has received splendid encouragement in his canvass, and he is confident of success.

Hon. B. M. Miller of Camden is in the city. Mr. Miller is a leading lawyer and has represented Wilcox in the Legislature. He is very hopeful of

his brother’s nomination for Congress in this district.

Mr. Walter D. Seed of Tuscaloosa, was in the city yesterday. He is very hopeful of success in his candidacy for State Treasurer.

Hon. J. N. Miller of Camden candidate for Congress from the Second Congressional District, is in the city attending the Supreme Court.

Messrs. W. W. Lavender, J. T. Ellison and S. D. Logan of Bibb are in attendance upon the Supreme Court.

Judge J. H. Stewart of Perry County is attending Supreme Court.

Colonel Daniel Collier of Tuscaloosa was in the city yesterday.

Mr. P. U. Browning of Selma is in the city.


Senator Pettus’s Bill is Passed

Washington, Feb. 6 (Special) Senator Pettus’s bill appropriating $100,000 for a post office building at Selma, Ala., passed the Senate today.

A patent was granted to John M. White of Anniston, Ala., for a lamp lighting attachment for lamp chimneys.

Representative Underwood has returned to Washington.


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