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Sumter County, Alabama – a car of calves?


August 31, 1923


Mr. W. W. McDaniel of

Whitfield brought in and sold to Mr. Nixon a car of very fine grade Hereford calves Tuesday. Mr. McDaniel makes a rule of selling a car of calves each year and in handling the cattle business this way there is money in it. But let the Journal urge you not to buy high priced stockyard cattle to carry over and feed, raise the cattle you intend feeding, but the most money in the cattle business is selling your calves in August or September and raise hay enough to carry your cows over. Mr. McDaniel not only raises good calves but he also raises his corn, peas, potatoes, molasses, meat and lard and a large crop of cotton. He has his own gin and puts up his cotton in good condition.

Walter has raised a very fine and interesting family and has given them a college education. There are great possibilities in Sumter for the man who refuses to give up. Stay with it — “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.”

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Mr. A. L. Mathews and wife with two sons, A. M. and James Mathews, one daughter, Miss Mattaeleine, and one niece, of Millery, moved to York Thursday to take advantage of the two fine schools we have. The two young ladies and Mr. A. M. Mathews will enter the Sumter County High School Monday and James will enter the Grammar School. These good people come to us well recommended and will take an active part with us in Church and civic work. Mr. Mathews will follow the carpenter trade while here. We welcome these people into our midst and hope their stay with us will prove of immense benefit to us all.

Build houses, landowners and invite the people to come with us and they will gladly come. We have the schools, churches and the work, so all we need is homes to house the people in. Not a house vacant in the town of York, and lots of houses have two families living in them. How about someone building some more houses. Good investment for you.


Hon. John a. Rogers is in Montgomery attending a meeting of the Highway Commission.

Mr. Ovid Murray, who was badly burned here about ten days ago, is convalescing rapidly.

Mrs. B. L. Roberts, who was injured by a fall two weeks ago, is recuperating slowly.

Mrs. Walter McCrary returned this week from a pleasant visit to relatives in Myrtlewood, Mr. McCrary has purchased a new Ford, to the delight of his many friends.

Work on the new gin here is going forward rapidly. It will be ready for work in ten days, Succes of the undertaking is due to the untiring efforts of Mr. J. E. Crumb and Dr. T. F. Long. The latter also has the contract for the erection of the new school building. He expects to begin its construction at once and possible by Christmas it will be ready for occupancy.

The army worm as yet has done no damage through this section but the boll weevil is getting in his deadly work. The corn crop will be short this year also, owing to the drought in June.


School will open September 3rd with the following faculty: Miss Allie Thompson, 1st Assistant: Miss Ruby Meadow, 5th and 6th grade teacher; Miss Emma Bennett, 3rd and 4th Pearce, 1st and 2nd grade teacher. Miss Louis Hale will teach music.

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Mr. W. H. McElroy and wife from Paris, ex., are visiting Mr. McElroy’s mother on Fifth Avenue.


Mr. A. G. Horn left Wednesday for Birmingham where he goes to purchase machinery for the machine shop where he and Mr. Tucker will open very soon to the public in the old wholesale house.

They will start on a moderate scale at first, but hope to add to the and enlarge from time to time.

This is a line of business which is badly needed in York and they no doubt will enjoy a good trade from York and surrounding territory.

They no doubt will get business up and down the A. T. & N. R. R., also as they propose to do all kinds of machine work.

Mr. A. G. Horn is well known all over Sumter and Choctaw counties and will draw trade from all parts of these counties. Mr. Tucker is an old York boy, having been raised here and left a few years to learn the machine business and then comes back to practice his profession.

The Journal wishes for them much success in their undertaking.


Mr. M. F. Larkin of Coatopa paid York a visit Tuesday.

Mrs. Simmons from Meridian is visiting her gran-daughter Mrs. John Thompson on Fifth Avenue.

Charlie Brewster, who has been with the A. T. & N. for some time, left Tuesday for Macon, Brooksville and Columbus Miss., to visit friends.


Mr. M. C. Rumley and brother Mr. W. F. Rumley bought the Prime Lumber Co. planing mill outfit with all acreage this past week and have been placing the same in first-class shape this week. This is a very attractive piece of property and no doubt Rumley Brothers will do a large dressing-in-transit and lumber business at this point. There is quite a large amount of timber up and down the A. T. & N. Railroad in small tracts, and this progressive company will no doubt take advantage of this and operate many small mills on this road as feeders to their planing mill. They are in position to take care of any kind of lumber, as they have several good machines. The Journal wishes them well in their undertaking.


Team No. 17, under the leadership of Captain L. H. Archer of the Meridian Laymen’s League, conducted a service at York Sunday p. m. August 26th.

Talks were made by Captain Archer, Mr. Weir, and a number of York laymen made talks. The Team Quartette (sic) rendered two splendid selections and the meeting as a whole was very enthusiastic and inspired every one present.

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At the conclusion of the service an opportunity was given the Laymen of the congregation to enlist their lives for a definite form of Christian service. A large number of laymen came forward and a local organization was formed with Mr. R. R. Hodges as Captain. Mr. H. G. Cobb was elected 1st Lieutenant, Mr. O. M. Walker was elected to fill the place of 2nd Lieutenant, and Mr. H. L. Hoot was elected Secretary, Messrs. A. G. Horn, G. C. Nichols, D. M. Boswell and J. H. Wallace were elected to constitute an Executive Committee.

Another meeting was held at Presbyterian Church on Wednesday night for the purpose of completing the organization and outlining a program of services.

The League will be known as the Sumter County Laymen’s League, and an effort will be made to have local organizations formed in the neighboring towns, thus uniting the laymen of Sumter County into an effective organization.

Team No. 1 has been invited to conduct the prayer services at the various churches on successive Wednesday nights.

Communities or churches desiring the services of the League on Sunday afternoons or Wednesday nights may communicate with members of the Executive Committee.

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