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1920
February 1, 1920
Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Jan. 31. Dr. A. F. Durham, who has been in failing health for some time, died yesterday at the home of W. A. Martin, where he was living, and was buried in the Sparta Cemetery this afternoon at 3 o'clock, his funeral being conducted by Rev. R. C. Wilson, Jr. and Rev. John R. Lewis. The pallbearers were J. W. Alfriend, Marvin Middlebrooks, Dr. A. J. Brown, Watts Alfried, Ham Alfriend, and E. B. Culver.
  The deceased is 55 years old, and is survived by one brother, Cal Durham, and a sister, Mrs. Gordon McCombs both of Baldwin county.

February 13, 1920
Macon Daily Telegraph
MRS. FRANK WHITE.   Sparta Feb. 12 - Mrs. Frank White, after an invalidism of about three years, died here yesterday at noon, and her funeral was held this afternoon at 3 o'clock, with Rev. R. C. Wilson, Jr., of the Presbyterian Church, conducting the services at home. The interment was in the Sparta Cemetery.
  Mrs. White was Miss Mary Little. of this county, before her marriage and grew up with Sparta. She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and always actively interested in it, with her husband, who, was an elder and Sunday School superintendent, until his death about three years ago.
  In 1915 Mr. and Mrs. White celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, with a large number of friends. She was 77 years of age, and had been helpless nd unable to walk since last September, but her mental faculties were keen and unimpaired until her death. She leaves one daughter, Miss Clyde White, of Sparta; two sons, George White, of Atlanta, and H. K. White, of Sparta; and two brothers, John Little and Tom Little, both of Atlanta.

February 17, 1920
Union Recorder
  Mrs. Frank Hall died at her home in Devereaux Tuesday night after a short illness. Her remains will be brought to Milledgeville Wednesday afternoon, after funeral services at Devereaux. Mrs. Hall before her marriage was Miss Mattie Bass, a sister of Mr. W. A. Bass, of Devereaux. She was a member of the Methodist church and a good woman. She is survived by Mr. Hall and one daughter, her brother and other relatives. The sympathy of our people go out to the bereaved.

February 18, 1920
Macon Telegraph
 Sparta, Feb. 17 - Walter F. Pierce, after a short illness, died yesterday at Richmond, Va. The body is expected to arrive here tomorrow night and funeral arrangements have been made for the burial to take place Thursday in the Sparta cemetery, with the services to be conducted by Rev. A. B. Saunders, pastor of the Pierce Memorial Church of Sparta. Mr. Pierce was fifty-two years old and was a son of Mr. Lovick Pierce, of Washington. D. C. , and a grandson of the late Bishop George F. Pierce.
  He was born and reared in this county, was a graduate of Emory College and made his home here until about twenty-five years ago, when he became connected with the Southern Methodist Publishing House with headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. Later, when a branch house was formed at Richmond, he was made the manager and went to that city to take charge of the business and to make his home.
   He leaves a wife,  who was Miss Sallie Fanny Alfriend, of this city, and three children, Miss Clara Pierce, Lovick, Jr., and a young daughter, Sarah. 7 years old, his father, Mr. Lovick Pierce, of Washington. D. C., three sisters, Mrs. J. W.  Alfriend, of Sparta, Mrs. W. H. Ferguson, of Gibson, and Miss Julia Pierce, of Washington City.

March 9, 1920
Union Recorder
  The many friends of Dr. W. B. Hutchens will regret to learn of his death which occurred last Thursday.
  Dr. Hutchens practiced dentistry in Milledgeville several years ago, but was compelled to give up his practice on account of ill health, and since that time has made his home in Hancock county. He was known as a religious and honorable young man devoted to the Baptist church, of which he was a member.
  The funeral services were held in Hancock county, and were attended ny a large crowed, who knew and loved him. His remains were buried in the old family cemetery.

March 19, 1920
Macon Daily Telegraph
Hancock County Men Make Heavy Investment in Vicinity of Ocala.
Sparta, March 18 -  A party of real estate men from Hancock county, including R. W. Brantley, L. C. Miller, Henry B. Harris, Mayor John H. Baker, and Attorney Thomas F. Fleming, have returned from Ocala, Fla., where they went to investigate an attractive offer for the sale of land. While away they purchased 85,000 acres of land around Ocala which they expect to hold as an investment. This is the largest deal ever made by this company, even eclipsing the purchase of several thousand acres of land in Mississippi by L. C. Miller a few months ago and which was later sold at a large profit by Mr. Miller.

April 14, 1920
Macon Telegraph
Sparta, April 13. Mrs. Thomas S. Oliver died this morning at  o'clock after an illness lasting about two weeks. Her health had not been good for a year or more. She was Miss Lula Landrum of Edgefield, S.C., before her marriage. In early girlhood she joined the Baptist church. She was about 64 years of age, and leaves a husband, four daughters, Misses May, Carrie, Fannie and Ruby, of this city; for sons, Jim of Sparta; Morgan of Quincy, Fla.; and Tom of Augusta; an Uncle, Morgan Landrum of Augusta; a cousin, Mrs. W. E. Wiley of Sparta. The funeral will be held at the home at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning, conducted by her pastor, Dr. E. J. Forrester, of the Baptist church, and the interment will take place in the Sparta cemetery.

June 1, 1920
Union Recorder
DEATH OF MR. J. C. BOYER.
  Mr. J. C. Boyer died at the home of his son, Frank Boyer, in Hancock county last Thursday morning. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Zebulon.
  Mr. Boyer was one of Hancock's oldest and best known citizens, having spent all of his life as a resident of that county. He was eighty-eight or nine years of age. He was the father of Mrs. E. E. Finney and Mrs. E. N. Ennis of this city.
  Six of his grandsons acted as pall bearers at his funeral.

June 11, 1920
Macon Telegraph
Mrs. Anna C. West, aged 64 years, well known Macon woman, died at her home, 285 Washington avenue, at 2 o'clock yesterday morning. Before her marriage, Mrs. West was Miss Anna Devereaux. She is survived by three sons, S. L., T. W. and G. W. West, three daughters, Miss Myrtle West, Mrs. M. E.Johnson and Mrs. J. M. Cosby, and one brother, S. M. Devereaux. The body was taken to Carrs yesterday afternoon at 2;30 o'clock, where funeral services and interment will take place Friday.

July 4, 1920
Macon Daily Telegraph
TRAWICK-GILES
  A wedding of interest to a wide circle of friends was that of Miss Marie Trawick and Mr. J. K. Giles of Athens, which took place at the home of the bride at Linton on Wednesday.
  The front porch of the handsome old-fashion brick colonial home was used for the setting of this occasion. Graceful smilax, pot plants and pink hydrangeas formed the pretty decorations. Just preceding the ceremony, Mr. Charlie Coon of Milledgeville, sang "O Promise Me" and "The Sweetest Story Ever Told," and Miss Coina Walker of Barney, played the wedding march and "Hearts and Flowers" during the ceremony,
  Miss Estelle Trawick was maid of honor and Mr. Garnett Daniel of Atlanta, was best man. Miss Louise Trawick, Miss Lois King, Miss Madian Moran of Sparta, and Miss Jessie Trawick were bridesmaids and Miss Ellen Swint and Miss Dorothy Harrison were flower girls and Miss France Hutchings was ring bearer. The maid of honor and the ring bearer wore green organdie and the bridesmaids and flower girls wore pink organdie and carried sweet peas. The bride's dress was white taffeta with overdrapery of tulle and her veil was caught with orange blossoms. She carried a bouquet of bride roses showered with valley lilies. The ring ceremony was performed by Rev. J. F. McCluney.
  Following the ceremony, a barbecue dinner was served on a table in the oak grove to the large number of guests present. The bride changed her wedding gown for a traveling suit of blue tileotine and Mr. and Mrs. Giles left for a trip to the mountains of North Carolina after which they will be at home in Athens.

July 18, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
CREECH - MOORE.   Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Creech of Quitman, announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Emily, to Mr. George Burnett Moore of Sparta, the marriage to be solemnized at an early day. No cards.

August 8, 1920
Macon Daily Telegraph
GUILL - HILL. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Abner Guill of Sparta announce the engagement of their daughter, Alma, to Mr. Summie Lee Hill, of Atlanta, the wedding to be solemnized August 24, at the Pierce Memorial Church.

August 24, 1920
Union Recorder
  ~excerpts~ Mrs. Lula Minor Tanner, wife of Mr. Richmond W. Tanner, died at her home in Hancock county Sunday night.....
  The funeral services were held at Black Spring Church on Tuesday afternoon, at three o'clock, Rev. Mr. Brantley and Dr. J. C. Wilkinson officiating. The services were attended by a large number of sorrowing friends.
  Mrs. Tanner, before her marriage was Miss Lula Minor, a daughter of Mr. Frank Minor, and was born in Hancock county, the old homestead being located near he home where she died. She was a devoted member of the Baptist church, her membership being at Black Spings, and was true to its teachings from early girlhood....
   She is survived by her husband, two sons, Messrs C. B. and H. H. Tanner and three daughters, Mrs. T. J. Whitton, of Florida; Mrs. R. G. Torrance, and Miss Annie Mae Tanner. She is also survived by a number of brothers and sisters, among them are Messrs. Wm. Minor, of Hancock county; Mr. Chas. Minor, of South Carolina; Mr. T. J. and Frank Minor, of Macon; Dr. C. W. Minor, of Americus; Mr. W. H. Minor, of this city, and Mrs. J. T, Simpson, of this city; Mrs. Sallie Oxford, of Ocilla; and Mrs. Emma Owens, of Texas.....

September 2, 1920
Macon Daily Telegraph
PROMINENT SPARTA WOMAN DEAD. Sparta, Sept. 1 - Mrs. Robert Kirkland Harley, of Beaufort, S. C., formerly Miss Sara Clopton Pierce, a member of the distinguished Pierce and Harley families of this county, died at Hot Springs, Ark, Monday. Funeral services will beheld in Sparta Thursday morning. Mrs. Harley's death came after a slight throat operation.

October 10, 1920
Augusta Chronicle
J. Matt Pound of Sparta, Dead
Sparta, Ga., Oct., 9 (Special) The funeral of Mr. J. Matt Pound took place in the Baptist Church here this morning and the services were conducted by the Pastor Dr. E. J. Forrester and Rev. R. E. L. Harris of Crawfordville. The interment was in the Sparta cemetery.
  Mr. Pound had been in failing health for several months and his death was not expected occured Thursday night. He was 68 years old. He joined the Baptist church when he was a child and had been a lifelong member and was a deacon at the time of his death. He was active in every phase of life in his community, and will be missed by a large circle of friends. He leaves on son, Marvin G. Pound, and three daughters, Mrs. T. L. Sykes, Miss Ella Pound and Miss Eva Pound. His wife died three years ago in October 1917.

October 20, 1920
Atlanta Constitution
AGED SPARTA WOMAN IS CALLED BY DEATH
Sparta, Ga. October 5 (Special) Funeral services of Mrs. John Rhodes, who died suddenly Sunday, was conducted by Rev. A. B. Sanders and Dr. E.J. Forrester at the home in Sparta this morning, and interment was at the Culverton cemetery. Mrs. Rhodes was a native of Hancock county, having been born here in 1839. She was 81 years old.
  She was married to the late John Rhodes when she was 18 years old, and they lived together for more than half a century until his death about ten years ago. She was the mother of ten children, five of whom are living.  They are: J. T. Rhodes, W.J. Rhodes, Mrs. F. J. Arche, Miss Josie Rhodes, of Sparta, and Mrs. A.D. Middleton, of Thallmann. She joined the Culverton Methodist church in early girlhood and has been a lifelong member.

October 20, 1920
Macon Telegraph
Revolver Duel at Sparta This Morning Results in the Death of One Dueler
 Sparta, Ga, Oct. 20 - As a result of a revolver duel that was fought this morning in the store of A. L. and C. F. Reynolds, at Mayfield, in this county, A. Humphrey is dead and Forrest Wheeler is at an Augusta hospital perhaps mortally wounded, with four bullet wounds in his body.
  Reports that have reached here say that the shooting was caused by the killing of Daniel Wheeler, father of the wounded man, by Humphrey about a year ago.

October 21, 1920
Macon Telegraph
ONE DEAD, ONE IS WOUNDED IN DUEL
John A. Humphrey and Forrest Wheeler Stage Pistol Battle
Humphrey Killed Instantly, Wheeler Dying in Augusta Hospital.
Sparta, Oct. 20 - John Aleck Humphrey, of Mayfield, was instantly killed and Forrest Wheeler of Atlanta, is now in a critical condition in an Augusta hospital, as the result of a pistol duel between the two men in Mayfield early last night.
  Wheeler was in Carr's store and Humphrey was in Reynold's store, located next door, and each walked out about the same time and met on the street. Without any preliminaries each began to fired at the other. Wheeler fell with three bullets in his body, and Humphrey fell with bullets drilled through his heart and head.
  The tragedy grew out of a family feud of long standing. More than a year ago Young Humphrey shot and killed Dan Wheeler, the father of Forrest Wheeler. A sensational court trail followed and Humphrey was acquitted.
  Since his father's death, Wheeler has been living in Atlanta and is a bookkeeper for the Atlanta Gas Company. He was at home on a visit. Both families are widely known and prominently connected.

Wheeler Not in Augusta
Augusta, Oct. 20 - The University and Margaret Wright hospital authorities announced at a late hour tonight that no patient by the name of Forrest Wheeler had been brought to their institution for treatment nor did they know where he was taken following his duel with John A. Humphrey at Mayfield Tuesday night. Few details of what brought about the shooting were available in Augusta tonight.

Wheeler Reported Dead.
  telegraphic reports from Sparta to The Telegraph last night stated that Forrest Wheeler had died from wounds received in a duel with John A. Humphreys at Mayfield. it was believed in Sparta, which is located near Mayfield, that Wheeler had been removed to Augusta for treatment and had died in a hospital there following an operation.

October 22, 1920
Macon Telegraph
MYSTERY DEVELOPS IN MAYFIELD DUEL
Third Man Is Suspected of Having Taken Part in Battle
WHEELER'S WOUNDS ARE FATAL
Coroner's Verdict Says Humphrey Met Death by Unknown Party.
SPARTA, Oct. 21. More than two men took park in the pistol duel staged at Mayfield Tuesday night, which proved fatal to John Aleck Humphrey and Forrest Wheeler, is now suspected following an inquest held by a coroner's jury.
  Humphrey's body reveals three direct bullet wounds while the pistol used by Wheeler showed that only two cartridges were fired.
  Coroner Sharpe of Hancock county, conducted an inquest at Mayfield today over Humphrey's body. The verdict was that Humphrey came to his death by a pistol shot through his head fired by an unknown party or parties. The following served on the jury: Foster Middlebrooks, T. T. Brantley, Henry Yarborough, Bob Armstrong, Percy Jackson and L. M. Carr.
Wheeler Wounds Are Fatal
to a hospital in Augusta, but he was found to be too weak to take the trip.
  Mayfield is about twelve miles from..
Forrest Wheeler passed away at the home of his mother Wednesday afternoon and was buried at Horeb church near Mayfield this afternoon at 4 o'clock. Dr. H. L.  Earle of Jewell was first physician to reach the wounded man and preparations were made to take him to  sparta  and there is no direct telephone connection and many conflicting rumors have been repeated here. It is stated that there was no eye witnesses to the duel. Both men were found lying on the ground, one dead and the other mortally wounded. It was dark when the shooting took place an vague rumors have it that Humphreys was shot three times and there was only two empty cartridges in Wheeler's pistol.
Family Feud Ended
  Mayfield is quiet and there is not any danger of any trouble arising as the result of the shooting. The affair Tuesday night is believed to have ended the feud between the Humphreys and Wheelers.
 It is stated that much feeling has been felt by the Wheeler faction over the outcome of the trial of Dan Wheeler, father of Forrest Wheeler. It was alleged by members of the Wheeler family that the trial and the verdict was unfair on account of political alignments. There are many and prominent branches of both families in Hancock county.

November 9, 1920
Macon Telegraph
Sparta, Nov. 3 - The funeral of Miss Margaret Burdick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George P. Burdick, was held this morning, the services being conducted at the home by Rev. A. B. Sanders, assisted by Dr. E. J. Forrester, and the interment was in the Sparta cemetery.
  Members of the senior class in the Sparta High School, of which she was a member, acted as honorary pallbearers and the entire school closed and went inn a body to the funeral. Miss Burdick had been ill in health for some time and about two weeks ago was taken to a hospital in Atlanta, where she died Saturday night, with all her family around her.
  She leaves, besides her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Burdick, one sister, Miss Julia Burdick, and two brothers, George Burdick, Jr., ensign in the United States Navy, and Gilbert Burdick, of this city, two uncles, Gilbert Bell of Augusta, and Walter Bell of Atlanta.

December 21, 1920
Union Recorder
County Policemen Shoot Ben and Gene Trawick, Two Brothers, on Saturday Afternoon, When They Resisted Arrest.
Ben Trawick and Gene or Joby Trawick, two negroes, who live in Hancock county, about three miles from the line of Baldwin, were shot and killed by the policemen of that county Saturday afternoon.
   The reports that have reached this city about the affair are as follows:
  Saturday afternoon Messrs. Lovejoy and Boskey, county policemen of Hancock and a Mr. Jackson, and two other white men went to the home of the Trawicks to arrest them for selling liquor. After reaching the house they placed the Trawick negroes under arrest and started to make a search of the house. The shooting started when Mat Trawick, a sister of the Negroes, endeavored to pass one of the white men, who was keeping her from going into the kitchen. The man knocked her back and shot his pistol, which was pointed to the ground twice. The negro woman screamed, and Ben and Gene Trawick who were in charge of officers. made a break to go to the woman and a scuffle ensued.
  It is reported that Ben had a knife and Gene had a razor. It was known by the officers that the Trawicks kept their firearms in the kitchen, and they believed that the negroes intended to go after them. Ben was shot twice and Gene four times.
   Sunday morning the officers, accompanied by a posse, returned to the Trawick house and placed Mat, George and Jim Trawick under arrest and carried them to Sparta. A search of the house was made. Three shotguns, a Winchester rifle and three pistols were found and taken in charge by the officers.
  The affair created a great deal of excitement among the negroes of that neighborhood, but has apparently quieted down.

December 24, 1920
Macon Daily Telegraph
Hancock Citizen Dies
Sparta - John Underwood, one of Hancock county's oldest and most highly respected citizens, died at the home of his son, Eugene Underwood, in this city last Tuesday. His death was caused by advanced age. The funeral took place here Wednesday.

December 31, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
R. BAXTER MULLALLY DIES. Funeral of Macon Man Will Be Held Today in Sparta.
  News was received in Macon yesterday morning of the death ofR. Baxter Mullally, 25-year-old son of Deputy Sheriff J. L. Mullally, at Sparta.
  Mr. Mullally left on an early morning train but reached Sparta after the death of his son, which occurred at 5:30. Mrs. Bessie Mullally, mother of the young man, was at his bedside when death came.
  The funeral will be held in Sparta during the day, the exact time of which has not been announced. Interment will be in the family burying ground.
  The deceased left Macon about nine months ago for Sparta, where he had been connected with the Goode Cotton Company. He was taken sick several weeks ago, though his condition was not thought to be serious. It took a turn for the worse late Wednesday night.
  He is survived by his father, J. L. Mullally, his mother, Mrs. Bessie Mullally, his wife, formerly Miss Epps, and his grandfather,
R. B. Baxter, with whom he was living at the time of his death.


1921
January 29, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
   Mrs. Emma Russell, widow of Joseph Russell, died Friday morning at 1:30 o'clock at her home, 2017 Third street.
  Mrs Russell had been in ill health a number of years. She was 67 years of age and was born in Hancock county. Surviving are two sons, C. L. Russell, of Macon; J. B. Russell, of Augusta; and two daughters, Mrs. C. W. Jones, of Macon, and Mrs. J. H. Cooper, of Augusta.
  The deceased was a member of the Baptist church.
   The funeral services will be from the residence this (Saturday) afternoon at 5 o'clock, Rev. T. J. Tribble of Mercer University, officiating. The body will be taken to Milledgeville for interment.

February 20, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
BERRY - POUND
  The culmination of a series of brilliant social affairs was the wedding of Miss Camille Berry and Mr. Marvin G. Pound, of Sparta, which took place at the Pierce Memorial church on Wednesday afternoon at 6 o'clock. The church was decorated with masses of palms and graceful festoons of Southern smilax and tall floor lamps and wax tapers cast a rosy radiance over the beautiful scene. Just preceding the entrance of the wedding part Mrs. Steward Brotherton, accompanied by Miss Susie Yarborugh, sang At Dawning and then as Mendelssohn's wedding march was played the ushers, Mr. John C. Lewis, Mr. Edward Walker, Mr. Durrelle Berry and Mr. Robert Wiley, of Chester. S. C., took their places. Then alternately came the bridesmaids, in their rainbow costumes, Miss Sadie Rhodes, wearing pink; Miss Julia Burnett, wearing orchid, and Miss Ethel Middlebrooks, wearing green, and each with hats to match their gowns. The two matrons, Mrs. Elizabeth Phillips and Mrs. Durelle Berry, wore yellow and turquoise blue dresses and matrons and maids all carried large bouquet of pink roses. Mrs. E. H. Berry, mother of the bride was the matron of honor and wore a gown of canton crepe, while she carried a bouquet of Russell roses. Little Betty Phillips, wearing a pink dress and hat, bore the ring in an Easter lily. The groom came in with his best man, Mr. Nisbet Holt, and was met at the altar by the bride on the arm of her father, Mr. E. H. Berry, who gave her in marriage. The beautiful ring ceremony was performed by Rev. A. B. Sanders, pastor of the Methodist church, and by Dr. E. J. Forrester, pastor of the Baptist church. Mrs. Stewart played Consolation softly during the marriage service. Mr. and Ms. Pound left the church for an extended motor trip through Florida. Upon their return they will be at home in Sparta.

March 27, 1921
Macon Telegraph
   Mr. and Mrs. Jerry G. Ward of Sparta announce the engagement of their daughter, Berta, to Mr. William A. Garner, the ceremony taking place on March 18.
  Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Rhodes of Sparta announce the engagement of their daughter, Mattie Mae, to Mr. Frank Wesley Shields of Thomason, the wedding to be solemnized in April at home.

July 6, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
TRAIN VICTIM EXPIRES
Body of Elrich Haygood is Sent To Sparta for Burial
   The body of Elrich Haygood, aged 30, Granite Hill, who died yesterday morning at the Clinic on Walnut street as the result of injuries sustained Sunday night when he was struck by a passenger train of the Georgia Railroad near Sparta, was shipped to Sparta yesterday afternoon for funeral and interment.
   He was brought to the Clinic late Sunday night in a serious condition, his hip and left leg having been crushed by the train. Little hope was held out for his recovery by the physicians from the time he arrived.
  According to members of the train crew the deceased was sitting on the track with his face buried between his knees as if asleep when the train struck him.

August 4, 1921
Augusta Chronicle
Carl Yaffe, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Yaffe, died Tuesday morning at Sparta, Ga. his parents home, after a four-month illness. He was four years, six months of age.
  The funeral was at the City Cemetery, yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Rabbi Folk officiating. Interment was in the city cemetery.
  The remains were brought from Sparta to R. E. Elliott and Sons Funeral Home.

August 18, 1921
Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Ga., Aug. 17 - the body of SergeantJohn Baugh, who went into the military service from this county and who was killed in the Argonne Forest, was buried in the Devereux cemetery this morning at 10 o'clock. The burial was attended by practically all of the members of the Clifford Darden Camp of the American Legion. Sergeant Baugh was the only soldier from Hancock county to be killed in battle. The dead soldier is survived by his mother and two brothers, all of whom reside at Devereux.

October 23, 1921
Augusta Chronicle
~excerpts~ Sparta, Ga., Oct. 22 - Beautiful in every detail was the wedding of Miss Lazinka Lewis and Mr. George W. Johnson, which occurred a the Pierce Memorial Church of Sparta at five o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 18........
   Before the ceremony, Mrs. C. E. Doughterty rendered several selections on the pipe organ, and Mrs. Marvin Pound sang............
   ...Miss Mildred Lewis, maid of honor,.....little Miss Dorothy Moore...bearing the ring...
  The bride...her brother, Col. John C. Lewis, who gave her in marriage...groom best man his brother, Mr. Verne Johnson of Augusta.
 ...performed by Rev. John R. Lewis, uncle of the bridge. Messrs. Iverson Johnon, Edward Reese, Wilfred Berry, Sam H. Wiley, Marvin Pound and Franck Ck. Lewis.
....Her father, Judge Robert H. Lewis, is one of the best known lawyers in the state....
   ..groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Starnes Johnson.
 .....out of town visitors were Miss Eliabeth Chapman, of Washington; Mesdames H. F. Waller and L. E. Moore, and Miss Anna Moore Oliver, of Culverton; Mr. and Mrs. Verne Johnson, of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. P. R. Johnson, of Thomson.

November 17, 1921
Macon Telegraph
M'DONALD BOYER. Sparta, ga, Nov. 16. Having suffered a third stroke of paralysis a few days ago, McDonald Boyer, 76 years of age and a veteran of the War Between the States, passed away at his home about ten miles south of Sparta Wednesday aftrnoon. The deceased  was a prosperous farmer of the county and was widely known and well thought of. He had seven brothers, six of whom did military service in the confederate army. He is survived by his wife and several children. The interment will be at Zebulon cemetery, this county, Thursday afternoon.

November 21, 1921
Atlanta Constitution
BALDWIN RESIDENT BURIED AT SPARTA. Sparta, Ga., November 20 (Special) The body of Gordon McComb, formerly a leading citizen of Sparta, but of late years a resident of Baldwin county, who died at his home Saturday night, was buried in the Sparta cemetery Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock, in the presence of a large gathering of friends. Mr. McComb was in the seventy-first year of life at the time of his death, which is attributed to cancer of the stomach. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie Durham McComb.

November 24, 1921
Macon Daily Telegraph
MILTON LITTLE.
Sparta, Ga., Nov. 23 - After an illness of fifteen years which was super induced by a wound received while a soldier in the Confederate army, Milton Little, who had been one of the most prosperous farmers in Hancock county, passed away at his home 12 miles north of Sparta early Tuesday night. Deceased was exactly 82 years of age at the time of his death, having passed away on his birthday. The burial took place Wednesday afternoon in the family burial ground in the presence of a large assemblage of friends, many of them having come from Sparta.

December 21, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
MRS. B. P. SHARPE
  Sparta, GA, Dec. 20 - Mrs. B. P. Sharpe wife of Coroner B. P. Sharpe, of Hancock county, succumbed to a stroke of parslyis which has afflicted her for many months at her home in this place Tuesday morning. Her demise had been momentarily expected by the members of her family and the attending physician for several days. She was in the sixty-seventh year. Besides her husband, the deceased is survived by two sons, J. B.Sharpe and W. L. Sharpe, and two daughters, Miss Orlean Sharpe and Miss Elizabeth Sharpe. All of the survivors reside in Sparta. The interment will take place in the cemetery at Powellton, this county, Wednesday morning.

December 24, 1921
The Macon Telegraph
Sparta, Ga., Dec. 23. George P. Burdick, president of the George P. Burdick Company, one of the leading dry goods establishments in this section of the State, passed away at his home in this city Friday morning of acute indigestion.
   The deceased has occupied a prominent position in the religous and political affairs of the town for several years. He was a steward in the Pierce Memorial church and was an alderman of the city for several terms.
  Surviving the deceased are his wife, Mrs. Julia B. Burdick, and Ensign George F. Burdick, Jr. , of the United States Nacy; Gilbert P. Burdick and Mrs. E. E. Evans, Ocala, Fla.

December 24, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
  Sparta, Ga., Dec. 3 - The funeral of Mrs. J. L. Culver, 81 years of age, who died at her home in Sparta Friday morning, took place in the Sparta cemetery today. The unusually large attendance at the burial and the profuse floral offerings bore fitting testimony of the esteem in which the aged lady was held. The burial ceremony was simple, but impressive.
 



1922


January 10, 1922
Augusta Chronicle
HANCOCK COUNTY FARMER DEAD.    Sparta, Ga., Jan. 9 - C. A. Hill, sixty-eight years of age, according to information reaching Sparta Monday morning, died at his home near Mayfield, this county Sunday afternoon. His demise was caused by organic heart disease super induced by rheumatism from which diseases he has been a sufferer for several years. The deceased has been a prominent figure in Hancock county politics for many years though he has never aspired for public office. There has been no better known or highly esteemed farmer in Hancock county than he for a long time. He was a member of the Smyrna Methodist church.
  The burial will take place Monday afternoon in the Smyrna cemetery. The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. I.  L. Collins, of Birmingham, Ala; Mrs. F. H. Jackson, of this county; and three sons, C. R. Hill, J. G. Hill and S. J. Hill, member of the board of roads and revenues of Hancock county, all of whom reside in this county.

January 19, 1922
Augusta Chronicle
Sparta, Ga, Jan. 16 - Of much more that ordinary interest was the marriage of Miss Mary Smith, of this city, to Mr. Warner Eskew, of Atlanta,, which was solemnized at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Smith, Sunday morning. The wedding was a quiet home affair only the immediate members of the families of the contracting parties and a few intimate friends were present. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. T. Robins, pastor of the Pierce Memorial church.
  For a number of years the bride has been one of the most popular and attractive young ladies of Sparta and her marriage on Sunday was of much interest to her large circle of acquaintances in the county and elsewhere. The groom is a prominent young business man of Atlanta.

February 28, 1922
Augusta Chronicle
    DIED - February 27th, 1922, at the residence of her son, Mr. Edward D. Beman, 1215 John's Road, MRS. HENRY D. BEMAN. Funeral services from the residence this Tuesday afterooon at 5 o'clock. Interment Wednesday morning in Sparta, Ga.

April 19, 1922
Macon Daily Telegraph
RADIO BUG INFECTS SPARTA. Hancock Metropolis Will Erect Large Receiving Station.
Sparta, Ga, April 18 - The "radio bug" has hit Sparta by storm. A meeting was held in the courthouse at 6 o'clock this afternoon to formulate plans for the erection of a large receiving station in Sparta. A public subscription has already been taken up among the business men of the city and about $300 has already been given for the work. Superintendent Wilson, of the local light and water plant, has offered his services in installing and operating the plant, which has been accepted.
  The outfit will be purchased in the next  few days and installed just as soon as the material can be shipped here. Later on they expect to put in a broadcasting station and add power amplifiers to the present contemplated receiving station. The receiving set they will purchase will be the largest of any small city in the State.

June 20, 1922
Macon Daily Telegraph
BIRDS BUILD NEST IN SPARTA'S FIRE ALARM.
  Sparta, Ga., June 19 - Sparta's big fire alarm siren failed to work last night and upon investigation this morning by City Electrician Roy Wilson, it was fond that sparrows had built a nest in the mouth of the whistle which was so large that the two-horse meter could not turn it over.
  The nest was torn out and several young birds found in the debris. The city fathers are planning to erect the siren on a high steel tower in the near future and place a wire netting around it to keep the birds out.

July 1, 1922
Macon Daily Telegraph
James Johnson died at his home, 1310 Broadway, Friday morning at 8 o'clock after an illness of four weeks. Mr. Johnson was 48 years of age and was born in Hancock county. He was a resident of this city seventeen years. He was a painting contractor.
  Surviving are his wife, two sons and one sister, Johnnie A., and Albert Johnson, and Mrs. R. B. Griswold, of Macon. He was the son of the late Scott and Martha Johnson, of Hancock county.
  Funeral services will be held from the residence this (Saturday) afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. A. J. Johnson, pastor of the East Macon Baptist church, officiating. Interment will be in Fort Hill cemetery.

July 9, 1922
Atlanta Constitution
Southern Veteran Dies
Sparta, Ga, July 8 (Special)Benjamin Morrison, 76 years old, and a civil war veteran, died Saturday morning at the home of his son-in-law, six miles east of Sparta. His death was the result of a long illness caused by complications incident to his advanced age. He was well-known in this section. Funeral arrangements have not been made but the interment will take place in Sparta Sunday afternoon.

July 9, 1922
Macon Telegraph
NEGRO IS DROWNED IN SPARTA.
  Sparta, Ga, July 8 - A negro named Tom Taylor, an employee of the Georgia Quincy Granite Company of Sparta, with offices in Macon, was drowned yesterday while in swimming. Several of the negroes were in bathing at a swimming pool, which was a hole blasted in the solid granite, and while diving Taylor struck his head against the rocks, fracturing his skull.

July 28, 1922
Milledgeville News
Negro Is Shot Dead At Neighbor's Home.
  Sparta, Ga., July 25 - While, it is alleged, he was trying to enter the home of Tom Jeans four miles from this place at 2 o'clock Tuesday morning, Jule Hunt, was shot and killed by the former. Both are said to be industrious negro farmers. A coroner's jury is holding an inquest. Claiming justification for the homicide, Jeans came to Sparta early Tuesday and surrendered to Sheriff J. M. Jackson.

July 31, 1922
Macon Telegraph
KILLED BY LIGHTNING BOLT. Sparta Received Report of Death of James Hitchcock.
Sparta, Ga. July 30 - News was received in Sparta this morning of the death of James Hitchcock, who was killed by a bolt of lightning while sitting in a room of his home near Devereux, Saturday afternoon late. The lightning is said to have struck the top of the house and ran down one of the rafters and struck Mr. Hitchcock, death being almost instantaneous. The body was brought to Sparta and interred in the city cemetery this afternoon. He leaves a wife and family.

August 12, 1922
The Macon Daily Telegraph
BUYS BOTTLING PLANT. Former Owner of Sparta Company Resumes Charge.
Sparta, Ga, Aug. 11 - Announcement was made in Sparta today that Mark Newman, former owner of the Sparta Chero Cola Bottling Company, had bought bck from the present owners, the Stephens Ice and Coal Co., of Sandersville. He will take charge of the local plant at once and will make Robert C. Wiley, Jr, manager, according to the report. Mr. Newman owns a Chero Cola plant at Chester, S.C., where he removed from Sparta and will run both plants. He is an experienced bottler and will no doubt make a success of the Sparta plant.

September 2, 1922
Macon Telegraph
Hawkinsville, Ga. Sept 1 - A wire was received in Hawkinsville this morning from Asheville, N.C. announcing the death of Dr. J. J. Stone, one of the most prominent citizens in this section of Georgia. Dr. Stone has practiced medicine in Hawkinsville about eighteen years. He came here from Milledgeville, Ga., where he was associated in the practice of medicine with Dr. H. D. Allen. He was born in Linton, Hancock County, forty seven years ago.
   Dr. Stone was a member of the United States Army draft board for Pulaski County.
   Several years ago Dr. Stone married Miss Hazel Coleman, of this city, who with their son, John Judan, Jr., survive hime. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. R. G. Stone, Sr., of Milledgeville, as well as two sisters, Miss Ruth Stone and Mrs. Dr. Swint, of Milledgeville, and one brother, Dr. R. G. Stone, of Trenton, N. J. His remains will reach Hawkinsville Saturday. As yet the funeral arrangments have not been made.

September 28, 1922
Macon Telegraph
Sparta, Ga. Sept. 27 - The funeral and interment of William A. Martin was held here on yesterday afternoon. He was 81 yeas of age and one of the oldest Confedrate veterans in Hancock County. Mr. Martin and his wife celebrated their fifty-sixth wedding anniversary a few days ago. His wife and a number of relatives survive him.

September 29, 1922
The Macon Daily Telegraph
MRS. SALLIE TREADWELL.
Sparta, Ga., Sept. 28 - The funeral of Mrs. Sallie Treadwell, one of Sparta's oldest inhabitants, was held this afternoon in the Sparta Cemetery at 4:30 o'clock. Mrs. Treadwell had been in declining health for some months and passed away at 7:30 o'clock last night. She is survived by one niece, Mrs. Harry Binion, all of her near relatives having preceded her to the grave years ago.

October 6, 1922
Augusta Chronicle
MRS.  ETHEL HEAD HELD FOR MURDER. Augusta Woman Accused Of Shooting
Mrs. Cora Dudley Horton in Hancock County Wednesday Morning.
   Following the death of Mrs. Cora Dudley Horton,  of 1209 Reynolds Street, who died at the University Hospital yesterday afternoon from gunshot wounds, sustained in a row on the farm of Dr. A. B.  Redding, near  Sparta,  Ga , early Wednesday morning,  Mrs. Ethel Head, wife of William Head, proprietor of a soft drink stand  at 105 Twelfth Street, has been committed to the Hancock County jail on a warrant charging her with murder.
  According to the police authorities at Sparta, the party of which Mrs. Head was a member, came through that city late Tuesday night, in a Ford automobile from Augusta. It is said that the party stopped at the farm of Dr. Redding, which is located about five miles from Sparta, and there the trouble which proved  fatal to Mrs. Horton begun. The chief of police at Sparta, said last night that the party who consisted, of Mr. and Mrs. Head, and Mrs. Horton, were all under the influence of an intoxicant at the time of the row and he said that he was in possession of information to the effect that the automobile trip was made to Hancock County for the purpose of hauling a load of whiskey to Augusta.
  The shooting, according to Sparta authorities, took place at about 1 o'clock Wednesday morning, and the wounded woman was left on the roadside. She was found shortly after daylight, and was rushed to the University Hospital in a private automobile, while Head and his wife were taken in to custody in connection with the shooting. Both parties firmly denied connection with the crime when first arrested, but Mrs. Head later made a confession to the authorities, saying that she fired the shot.
   Both Head and his wife were committed to jail, but the husband was later released on bond. Mrs. Head was detained pending developments in the condition of the wounded woman, and a charge of murder was docketed against her last night. William Head will be required to face a charge of wife beating at the next term of city court at Sparta.
  The wounded woman was brought to the University Hospital early yesterday morning, and local police and detective authorities conducted an investigation yesterday. In a statement to Officer Martin, the wounded woman said that MRs. Head shot her while in an intoxicated condition, and that domestic trouble was the cause of the row. The bullet which caused her death, entered the left side above the hip and passed through the body. The woman died at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
  The deceased was 30 years of age and had been a resident of Augusta for the past twelve years. Funeral services will be conducted from the residence of Mrs. Addie Moody, at 543 Bohler avenue, tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock.

MORAN - STURGIS
  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wesley Moran announce the engagement of their daughter, Olive Eldna, to Mr. Alfred B. Sturgis, the wedding to be solemnized December 27, at Sparta Baptist Church.

December 2, 1922
The Macon Daily Telegraph
EDWARD A ROZIER. Sparta, Ga., Dec. 1 - The funeral ofEdward A. Rozier, Sr., pioneer merchant of this city, was held this morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. J. T. Robins, of Thomson, formerly pastor of the Sparta Methodist Church, performing the ceremony.
  Survivors include Mrs. Rozier, and three daughters, Zelle and Fionne Rozier, and Mrs. D. T. Turner; two sons, E. A. Rozier, Jr., and Harold F. Rozier, besides several grandchildren. Interment was in the Sparta Cemetery.
    O. L. BINION. Sparta, Ga., Dec. 1 - The funeral ofO. L. Binion, who died in a sanitarium in Macon Wednesday night, was held this morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. J. T. Robins, former pastor of the local Methodist Church, officiating.
  Survivors include Mrs. Binion, two daughters, Mrs. E. L. Fryer, of Blakely, and Mrs. George Berry, of Sparta; two sons Harry Binion, of Sparta, and Dr. Richard Binion, of Milledgeville, besides several grandchildren. Interment occurred in the Sparta Cemetery.

December 24, 1922
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Dies At Age of 93 Years. Mrs. Ella Clinch, One of Sparta's Oldest Residents, Is Buried.
Sparta, Ga., Dec. 23 - Funeral services were held this morning for Mrs. Ella Clinch, one of Sparta's oldest residents. If she had lived a few more days she would have reached the age of 93 years.
  Mrs. Clinch was the widow of H. A. Clinch, prominent and wealthy citizen of Sparta during the Civil War. The local camp of Confederate veterans bears his name. Mrs. Clinch is survived by one sister, Miss Lily Ford; a son, Col. Duncan Clinch, a prominent attorney of New York, and several grandchildren.
   The interment was in the Sparta cemetery beside other members of her family who have gone before.

December 20, 1922
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Ga., Dec. 29 - Mrs. Camilla Powell, wife of the late Lafayette Powell, died at her home in this city this morning at 9 o'clock after an illness of several days. Mrs. Powell was 77 years of age, and a lifelong resident of Sparta. She is survived by three children - two daughters, Mrs. W. H. Middlebrooks, and Miss Susie Day Powell; one son, James I. Powell.
  The funeral and burial will take place tomorrow morning in the Sparta Cemetery.

December 31, 1922
Macon Telegraph
~excerpt~Beautiful in its simplicity and solemnity was the marriage on last Thursday afternoon when Rev. J. R. Jordan, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Barnesville, uttered the words that united the lives of Miss Gladys Moore of Sparta, to Mr. Loyd Barrett, the impressive double ring ceremony being used.
    ...ushers, Mr. Clay Coleman, of Sparta, and Mr. Howard Collins, of Barnesville..followed by Misses Wilhelmina Macken and Sara McNeely..music rendered by Miss Susie Yarbrough...Miss Sara Hunt..sang sweetly, At Dawning.
    ..bridesmaids, Misses Huble Clare Hughes and Inez Stone. ..flowers girls, little Misses Gladys Bunim and Emily Cross..
  Little Miss Maxine Bethune, of Macon...bearing the ring..bride on the arm of her brother, Mr. Clem G. Moore..best man, Col. Curtis Barrett, of Barnesville...
   Miss Moore is the only daughter of the late Thomas Cobb Moore and Mrs. Lucy Hall Moore, of Sparta, and is a descendant of the Lumpkins of Georgia,  great-grand-niece of Gov. Wilson Lumpkin, as a gradaute of Sparta High School and completed her education at Brenau Conservatory of Music...
  Mr. Barrett, the groom...is the son of the late Hon. T. J. and Mrs. Emma Barrett, of Barnesville, the former...prominent in affairs of both county and State...represented his County of Pike..
   ...artistic handiwork of Mrs. S. C. Shivers, a lifelong friend of the bride. ..They will be home after January 1 at the home of the bride's mother in Sparta....


1923
January 12, 1923
Macon Telegraph
   Dublin, Ga., Jan. 11. Funeral services and interment were held for J. W. S. Reynolds here today, following his death from influenza and pneumonia Wednesday afternoon.
   He was a native of Hancock County, 64 years of age, and is survived by his wife, ten children and one brother. He had resided in Dublin for thirteen years.

January 14, 1923
Macon Telegraph
MULLALLY- COX. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Epps announce the marriage of their daughter, Lucea Epps Mullally, to Mr. James T. Cox, of Sparta, the marriage having been solemnized Jan. 12

January 15, 1923
Atlanta Constitution
MURDER IS CHARGED DURING NEGRO FROLIC. Sparta, Ga. January 14. (Special) Isiah Hilsman was brought here Saturday afternoon from Devereaux and lodged in the county jail charged with murder of List McLin, Friday night at Hilsman's home, where there had been a negro hot supper, dance and the things that go with them. Accounts reaching here are to the effect that there was much gun play. Arrests of others who were present, and took part in the shooting are expected.

January 16, 1923
Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Ga., Jan. 15 - Mrs. Etta Levine, 70, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. B. Dunim, in this city last night. Mrs. Levin's death was sudden, although she had been in failing health since coming here several years ago from Brookly, N. Y., where she had resided a number of years.
   She is survived by her husband, J.S. Levine; two daughters Mrs. H. R. Dunim, of Sparta, and Mrs. Goldman, of Norwood; one son,
I. J. Levine, of Sparta, and several grandchildren. The remains were carried to Atlanta this morning, where the interment will take place in the Jewish cemetery of that city.

January 16, 1923
Macon Daily Telegraph
  Sparta, Ga., Jan 15.-Mrs. John A. Brown, 32, wife of the late Dr. John A. Brown, died at her home here ysterday morning after an illness of some days with pneumonia and other complications. This death is the culmination of a series which began with the death of Dr. and Mrs. Brown's infant daughter about two weeks ago; the father was buried a week ago and today the mother will be buried, all victims of pneumonia. These deaths have cast a gloom over the entire city.
  Mrs. Brown before her marriage was Miss Electa Wing Cook, of Augusta. She is survived ny two sons, John, Jr., 10; Bobby, 3, and Electa 3. Besides her mother and several sisters, all of Augusta. The funeral was held this morning in the Presbyterian Church and interment was in the city cemetery.

January 20, 1923
Atlanta Constitution
DEATH IN SPARTA OF A. W. GRIFFITH THINS VETS' RANKS
Sparta, Ga. January 19 (Special) The ranks of the confederate veterans in this county were further thinned Thursday night when A.W. Griffith, aged 82 years, for many years one of the  most  prosperous farmers of this territory, died at the home of his son, Joseph Griffith, a few miles south of Sparta. His death is attributed to senile troubles.
  A native of Oconee county, Mr. Griffith moved to this county 25 years ago and has resided here since. He was a member of H.A. Clinch Camp of United Confederate Veterans, a prominent Mason and a member of the Baptist church.
  The burial, with Masonic honors, took place in the Sparta cemetery Friday afternoon, civl ware veterans attending as honorary pall bearers. Deceased is survived by one son, Joseph Griffith, and a number of grandchildren in the county. Other relatives reside in Oconee county.

January 22, 1923
Atlanta Constitution
CONFEDERATE VETERAN DIES IN MILLEDGEVILLE
Milledgeville, Ga., January 21 - (Special) S. G. W. Gladdin (Gladin), 86, one of the oldest confederate veterans in Baldwin county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Eula Stanley, of this city, Wednesday. Mr. Gladden was a native of Hancock county. He served in Co. E., 15th Georgia regiment in the war between the states and was wounded in service.
     Funeral services were held at the Cooperville church of which he had been a member for years, and interment took place in the family burial ground.
    Mr. Gladdin is survived by his wife and ten children. They are E. J. Gladdin, of Manchester; M. A. Gladdin, of Baldwin county; Mrs. Eula Stanley, of Milledgeville; C. E. Gladdin, of McIntyre; Mrs. C. E. Goodwin, of Greenville, Ala.; J. H. Gladdin, of Gordon; Mrs. W. M. Harrell, of Pelham, Ga.; J. S. Gladdin, of Sandersville; I. D. Gladdin, of Barlow, Ga.; A. R. Gladdin, Lakeland, Fla. He also is survived by one brother Mr. L. A. Gladdin, of Sandersville.
(note: he is buried in the Cooperville Church cemetery)

January 22, 1923
Atlanta Constitution
HARRIS - The friends and relatives of Mrs. Henry Harris, Miss Martha Harris, Mrs. T. M. Park, Mr. Charles H. Harris, of Buerios Aires, S. A.; Mrs. W. M. Yarbrough, of Sparta, Ga.; Mr. Arthur Park and Mr. Harold H. Park, of Chicago, Ill., are invited to attend the funeral of Mrs. Henry Harris this (Tuesday) morning, January 23, 1923, at 10 o'clock, at the residence, No. 507 North Main street, College Park, Ga. The Rev. John Henderson and Rev. J. W. G. Watkins will officiate. The remains will be taken to Sparta, Ga., via the Georgia railway, this afternoon at 12:15 o'clock, for interment, by H. M. Patterson & Son.

February 5, 1923
Macon Telegraph
    GILMORE, SHOT BY NEGRO, DIES. Before Dying Identifies Slain Black as Assailant. SECOND ROBBER ESCAPES.
Denial Is Made That Negro Sought Has Been Lynched.
    Milledgeville, Ga., Feb. 4. Lindsay Gilmore, white farmer who was shot by one of two negro robbers who were being pursued by at posse yesterday, died at Devereaux, Ga., during the night. His body was brought to an undertaking establishment here this morning and later taken to the Gilmore home in the easter part of the county. Mr. Gilmore is survived by a wife and small child.
   Before he died Mr. Gilmore said that the negro who was put to death by a posse at 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon was the one who shot him. He said that he knew the negro as George Butts, who had been reared near Carrs Station.
   There have been persistent reports in Baldwin and Hancock County during today that Butt's companion in the robbery of stores near the Hancock-Baldwin County line, also was put to death during the night, but inability to produce the body of the other negro today has brought denials from officials in both counties.
  In fact the man hunt for the other negro has continued throughout the day, track dogs from the State Prison Farm being used for the work. Once a negro was seen leaving a railroad track and strike out across a field. The dogs were taken to the scene. This negro gave a good account of himself, however and the posse was satisfied that he had no connection with the crimes.
   A coroner's jury held an inquest here this morning over the body of Butts. A deputy sheriff explained to the jury that it was he who fired the shot that killed Butts, after the negro had resisted arrest and when he made another attempt to use a shotgun with which he mortally wounded Gilmore.
   The coroner's jury returned a verdict that Butts came to his death while resisting arrest.

Excitement Quiets Down
Sparta, Ga., Feb. 4 - Lindsay Gilmore, white farmer, who was shot by a negro bandit near Devereaux, in the western part of the county yesterday morning, died today from the effects of the load of bird shot which entered his abdomen at close range. It is reported here that the other negro bandit who was with the one shot to death by the posse yesterday afternoon has met a similar fate at the hands of his pursuers. At nightfall last night he was surrounded in the river swamp. Excitement in this section of Hancock and the eastern part of Baldwin has quieted own today and no more trouble is expected.

Reward Offered for Capture.
  Atlanta, Feb. 4. Sheriff Jackson, of Hancock County announced tonight to the Constitution that a $50 reward has been offered for the capture of Clinton Champion, Atlanta negro, 30, whom he says officers suspect as being the partner of George Butts, negro killed by a posse in Baldwin County.

March 24, 1923
Macon Telegraph
TWO DEAD IN HANCOCK OF FLU AND PNEUMONIA. Miss Ruth Boyer Dies and Her Mother Lies at Point of Death; Mrs. Tom Roberts, Aged 70. Succumbs.
     Sparta, Ga., March 23. Influenza with pneumonia, caused two deaths in Hancock County last night.
   While her mother lies at the point of death, Miss Ruth Boyer, youngest daughter of Mrs. Mac Boyer, a widow died last night after several days illness. Besides Mrs. Boyer, she is survived by several brothers and sisters. her mother if also a sufferer with influenza and pneumonia, and is not expected to live.
Mrs. Tom Roberts, wife of a prominent farmer of Hancock County, died last night from an attack of influeza and pneumonia. She was 70 years of age, and is survived by several sons and daughters. Interment occurred this afternoon.

March 28, 1923
Macon Telegraph
    Sparta, Ga., March 27. Mrs. Mac Boyer, of the Zebulon community, in this county, did at her home last night afters some days' illness with influenza and phenumonia. Mrs. Boyer's death followed closely that of her daughter, Miss Ruth Boyer, which occurred last Saturday. Mrs. Boyer's death was not unexpected.
    She was the widow of the late Mac Boyer, prominent Hancock County citizens who died several years ago. She is survived by several sons and daughters. Interment will be in Zebulon Cemetery this afternoon.

June 12, 1923
Macon Telegraph
SPARTA GIRL MARRIES W. M. MIXON, AUGUSTA.     Sparta, Ga., June 11 - Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Chapman, of Sparta, announce the marriage of their daughter, Mary, to Mr. William Maddox Mixon, Jr., of Augusta, the ceremony having been performed in Savannah Saturday June 9.

June 17, 1923
Macon Telegraph
WOOD - CASTLEBERRY.   Interesting in every detail was thje wedding of Miss Alberta Wood of Sparta, to Mr. Homer Castleberry, of Macon, which occurred Saturday afternoon, June 9. A color scheme of pink and green was beautifully carried out. Mrs. E. J. Forrester sang O. Promise Me, just before the ceremony.
Dr. E. J. Forrester performed the double ring ceremony, while little Miss Carrie Bell played softly, To a Wild Rose. Miss Wood has been a popular teacher in the Tenth District College for the past two years. Mr. Castleberry is a young man formerly of Columbus nut quite recently of Macon.

July 18, 1923
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., July 17. Mrs.Cornelia Hood, 80 years of age, died at her home her last night after several months of feeble health. Mrs. Hood was a native of Hancock County and lived in and near Sparta all of her long life. She was a prominent member of the Methodist church. She is survived by five children, Mrs. Dena Ryals, of Sparta, Mrs. Proctor, of Atlanta, Miss Ruth Hood of Sparta, Frank Hood, of Atlanta, James Hood of Sparta. Her husband, John M. Hood preceded her to the grave some years ago. The funeral and interment took place this afternoon in the city cemetery.

July 24, 1923
Macon Telegraph
    WALKER-PUGH. Mrs. Christine Berry Walker announces the marriage of her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Walker Phillips, to Dr. Thomas E. Pugh, both of Sparta, on Monday July 16, at high noon.

August  12, 1923
Macon Telegraph
NEGRO IS HELD. Sparta Black is Accused of Murder of Young Girl.
    Sparta, Ga., Aug. 11 - Robert Howell, a negro youth who killed Kathleen Newman, a young negro girl, near here last Saturday has been committed to the Hancock County jail upon a charge of murder and will be tried in the approaching September term of Hancock Superior Court.

August 28, 1923
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., Aug. 27 - The funeral for David L. Butts, Sr., was held at Devereux yesterday. Mr. Butts died from the effects of a storke of apoplexy on Friday night at home in Devereaux. He died without entirely regaining consciousness. He had been a prominent figure in this community for a number of years and is survived by his wife, two sons, David L. Butts, Jr., William Butts; two daughtrs, Mrs. Fred Mills, of Liveoak, Fla., and Miss Lyndal Butts.

October 7, 1923
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., Oct. 6. Mrs. Rebecca Beall, 84, died at her home near Sparta yesterday morning after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Beall had been a life-long resident of Hancock County. All of her near relatives have preceded her to the grave years before. The funeral occurred at Bethel Cemetery, in this county, Friday afternoon.


1924


January 4, 1924
Macon Telegraph
 NEGRO IS SLAIN. Julian Hudson, of Hancock County, Killed by Companion.     Sparta, Ga., Jan 3 - Julian Hudson, a negro about 15 years of age, was killed yesterday afternoon, near Devereaux, in this county, by Adam Salad, another negro. The two negroes, who were only 10 and 15 years of age, became enjaged in a quarrel over a toy pistol. The quarrel became so violent that Adam Salad rushed from the vacant house where they were playing, procured a shotgun, came back and blew the whole side of Hudson's head off. Coroner B. P. Sharpe was called and an inquest held. He swore out a warrant for Salad and he is now lodged in the Hancock County jail under a charge of murder.

February 5, 1924
Macon Telegraph
    Sparta, Ga., Feb 4 - The funeral and interment of Mrs. Benjamin J. Holt took place here in the city cemetery yesterday afternoon after the funeral services conducted at the First Presbyterian Church by the pastor, Rev. Frank Morgan. Mrs. Holt had been a lifelong member of this faith. She is survived by her husband, well known warehouseman and cotton factor, three daughters and one son.

February 24, 1924
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., Feb. 3 - Miss Anna Rogers, 77, did at the home of her cousin, Harry W. Culver here this morning at 7 o'clock. Miss Rogers had been in failing health for several weeks and the end was not unexpected. She was a staunch member of the Methodist Church. No immediate relatives survive except a nephew Henry W. Rogers, of Atlanta, and a number of cousins. The interment will be in the City Cemetery Monday morning.

March 9, 1924
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., March 9 - Roy W. Cawthon, 24, who died in Atlanta several days ago after an operation for appendicitis, followed by pneumonia, was buried at Rives Chapel Church, near Devereaux, in this county yesterday. Mr. Cawthorn is survived by his father and mother and other relatives who live in this county.

March 9, 1924
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., March 8 - Mark A. O'Rear, 82, Confederate veteran, died at his home in this county yesterday after an illness of several months. Mr. O'Rear had been a lifelong resident of Hancock County and had a large family connection, all of whom reside in this county, in the same section in which he died. He is the second Confederate veteran of the Clinch Camp of Hancock county to pass a way this week.

March 29, 1924
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., March 28 - Barney Cawthon, 52, well-known farmer of this county, died at his home last night, a victim of pneumonia. He had only been ill a few days before his condition became so serious that the end was not unexpected. He is the second one of his family to succumb to this malady in the past three weeks, a son having passed away recently. The funeral and interment will occur at Reynolds Chapel in this county. He leaves a widow and several children.

July 8, 1924
Macon Telegraph
  Sparta, Ga., July 7- J. B. Kennedy, 66, died suddenly at his home near Devereux, in this county last night about 8 o'clock. Mr. Kennedy's body was found in his corn crib a few mintues after his death. He had gone there to get feed for his mules and expired while lifting a basket of corn. He was one of the wealthiest and most prominent planters in the Western part of the cunty and a life-long resident of Hancock.
  He is survived by a widow, two sons, J. B. Kennedy, Jr. and Howard Kennedy, and one daughter, Mrs. Helton of Deepstep.
   The funeral and interment took place this afternonn.

August 24, 1924
Macon Telegraph
FARMER IS SLAIN; SON-IN-LAW HELD. T. E. Frazier, 50, of Hancock County Is the Victim.
MARION SPARKS ARRESTED.
Latter Is Being Held in Washington County Jail.
   Sparta. Ga,.Aug. 24. T. E. Frazier, 50, prominent farmer of Hancock County, was shot to death at his home late this afternoon after a quarrel with his son-in-law, Marion Sparks, 35.
    Sparks had come to Mr. Frazier's home to see his wife, from whom he had been separated for two months. they had been talking for a few minutes when Frazier turned on his heel and proceeded to walk away. Witnesses say that Sparks opened fire, shooting his father-in-law twice.
    Frazier dropped to the ground and died in a few minutes. Sparks jumped into an automobile and fled to the home of his father, John E. Sparks, prominent farmer of Washington County, just over the line from Hancock County.
Father Surrenders Him. After telling his story to his father the latter delivered Sparks to the Washington County jail at Sandersville tonight where he is being held for Hancock County officers on a charge of murder.
   Sheriff J. M. Jackson, of this county, informed the Washington County sheriff that the arrangement was satisfactory, as Washington County has a better jail.
    Sparks is said to have made several efforts lately to persuade his wife to return to him. This afternoon, just before the shooting, he conversed with her in the Frazier home and then went outside and talked with Frazier.

September 25, 1924
Macon Telegraph
DEFENSE OFFERS INSANITY PROOF. Marion Sparks on Trial for Killing His Father-in-Law. FRAZIER'S SON TESTIFIES.
Mental Condition of Defendant's Family is Brought Out.
   Sparta, Ga., Sept. 24. Although fourteen witnesses, one for the State and thirteen for the defense, had testified during the day in the trial of Marion Sparks, Washington County farmer; for murder in connection with the homicide of T. E. Frazier, well-to-do Hancock County farmer, his father-in-law, on Aug. 24, the trial was far from being complete late this afternoon. The State's case was rested by Doyle Campbell, solicitor general, when one witness, Marshall Frazier, son of the victim and only eye-witness to the homicide, had made out a prima facie case by documentary evidence.
   That Sparks was recently adjudged insane and wa a patient at the State Asylum for the Insane, together with similar evidence that two brothers of J. E. Sparks, father of the defendant, have been adjudged insane and that one of the brothers is now an inmate of the asylum was introduced over the objection of State's counsel.
   The trial of Sparks is expected to continue well into Thursday if not throughout the entire day, it was thought Wednesday afternoon. Defendant's counsel stated to the court when the State's case was rested that the defendant expected to establish that the homicide of Frazier was justifiable though the additional defense that Sparks at the time of the homicide was insane and was  a victim of hallucinations

September 26, 1924
Macon Telegraph
CONVICT SPARKS: GETS LIFE TERM. Recommendation Given by Jury in Homicide Hearing. TRIAL LASTS FOR 2 DAYS.  Farmer Found Guilty of Killing His Father-in-Law.
     Sparta, Ga., Sept. 25. Marion Sparks, Washington County farmer, was sentenced to life imprisonment in the penitentiary by Judge James B. Park this afternoon after the jury trying the case of murder against him, growing out of the homicide of T. E. Frazier, well known Hancock County citizen, returned a verdict of guilty with recommendation to mercy in Superior Court. The case against Sparks was called for trial when court convened Wednesday morning.
   The trial consumed more than two days, a night session of court being held Wednesday night to expedite the hearing.
   The homicide of Frazier occurred at the Frazier home, near the line of Washington and Hancock counties, Sunday morning, August 24. Sparks' wife, daughter of Frazier, having become estranged from her husband on account of domestic differences, was at her father's home where she had resided since the separation. When Sparks had been unsuccessful in his effort to persuade his wife to return to his home he became involved in a heated discussion with Frazier, as a result of which he drew a revolver and shot the former in the back, death resulting before medical assistance could be summoned, evidence showed. The trial has attracted the most interest of any criminal case i this county in many years. It was not known Thursday afternoon whether attorneys for Sparks would file a motion for a new trial.


1925
January 7, 1925
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., Jane 6. Archie Janes, Sr. 75, died at the home of his niece, Miss Johnnie Gaissert, near Sparta this morning. Mr. Janes was a brother of the late Mrs. Ludwick Gaissert, and has several nieces and nephews in the county. He was prominently connected in this state, being closely related to the late Henry Grady and other prominent Georgians. Mr. Janes had been in feeble health for many years. He is survived by two sons, one a resident of Norfold, Va., and the other of Pensacola, Fla. His wife died several years ago. The funeral and interment will take place in the Sparta cemetery tomorrow morning.

January 29, 1925
Macon Telegraph
   The body of Mrs. Emma Clancy Rogers, aged 75 years, widow of S. D. Rogers, was taken to Sparta at an early hour this morning where funeral services will be held this morning. Interment will take place by the side of her husband in the family lot at Sparta. Mrs. Rogers died at the home of her sister, Mrs. A. S. Bates, 856 Mulberry Street, Tuesday at noon. Besides her sister, she is survived by one brother, T. Johnson Clancy, of Louisville, Ky.

March 12, 1925
Macon Telegraph
    Sparta, Ga., March 11. Mrs. Elizabeth Buckner, 70, who died in a hospital in Savannah yesterday, will be buried here tomorrow morning. The body arrive here this afternoon and wa carried to the home of her brother, Thomas H. Little. The funeral will be conducted from the Presbyterian Church, of which she was a life long member.
   Mrs. Buckner is survived by two sons, J. R. Buckner, and Irby Buckner, of Savannah; two brothers, T. H. Little, of this city, and W. F. Little, of Milledgeville, besides a number of relatives. She was prominently connected and well known over the State.

June 10, 1925
Macon Telegraph
   REWARD IS OFFERED. Sparta, Ga., June 9. Governor Clifford Walker has notified the Sheriff of this county of a $200 reward he has offered for the arrest of one Herman Miller, negro, who is wanted for the alleged murder of his kinsman, Ed Miller, on the Dickson farm two weeks ago. the negro escaped immediately after the killing.

July 2, 1925
Macon Telegraph
      Sparta, Ga., July 1. Mrs. Maud A. Davis, aged 70 years, widow of the late F. W. Davis, of Linton, this county, died of senile causes late Tuesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert A. Walter, of Culverton. Until the infirmities, inccident to her advanced age, compelled her to abandon that work, the deceased was prominent in the work of the church of which she was a  member,
    Mrs. Davis is survived by several children, Mrs. Robert A. Walter, of Culverton; S. D. Davis, of Macon; W. W. Davis, of Devereus, and E. G. Davis, of Linton.
  The funeral and interment took place Wednesday morning at Linton in the presence of a large gathering of relatives, friends and neighbors.

July 21, 1925
Macon Telegraph
RURAL MAIL CARRIER DIES.  E. H. Lundy, 47, Was Oldest Employe in Point of Service in Sparta.
   Sparta, Ga, July 30. E. H. Lunday, 47, of thsi city, passed away today at the home of a sister, in Greene County.
   Mr. Lundy was the oldest rural mail carrier in point of service at the local postoffice and would have been retired in a year or two. He was a native of Greene County, but had made his home here for a number of years.
   He is survived by five sons, Harold Lundy, Fitzgerald, Ga., Max Lundy, Allendale, S. C.; Gerald Lundy, Sparta, Ga., Ray and Theodore Lundy, of Siloam, Ga., two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Middlebrooks, of Farmington, Ga., and Mr. Cooper Stanley, of Siloam, Ga. His wife died several years ago. The remains will be brought to Sparta and interred in the family lot at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.  

August 9, 1925
Macon Telegraph
JOSEPH HITCHCOCK.  Sparta, Ga., Aug. 8. Funeral services for Joseph Hitchcock, 50, well known Hancock County farmer, who died at his home near Sparta yesterday, were held this morning in the City Cemetery.
   Mr. Hitchcock had been in failing health for several months and the end was not unexpected. He  was a son of the late Asa D. Hitchcock, well known merchant of Sparta. The deceased is survived by his mother, Mrs. A. D. Hitchcock; his widow and several sons and daughters. Funeral services were conducted by his pastor,
Dr. E. J. Forrester of the Baptist Church.

August 17, 1925
Macon Telegraph
John P. Culver, aged retired planter of Sparta, Ga., died yesterday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. Lundy Smith, 686 College Street, after a short illness. Mr. Culver was in his eightieth year.
  The body will be taken back to Sparta tomorrow morning for funeral and interment there in the afternoon.
  Mr. Culver was born and reared at Sparta and spent his life there, where for years he was one of the leading planters. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Sparta.
   Surviving him are his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Smith, and on son, Harry W. Culver, of Sparta. Several grandchildren also survive.

September 28, 1925
Macon Telegraph
~excerpt~ One murder case is on docket. It was thought that two cases would be tried, but the second one, that of Jim Collier, a negro, for the alleged murder of his wife near Devereux, two weeks ago, has not been captured. It seems now that he has made good his escape. It is thought that he is still hiding in the dense Oconee River swamp which is only a short distance from his home.

October 15, 1925
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., Oct 14. Funeral services for Dorothy Crooms, 10-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Crooms of the Devereux Community, this county were held this morning in the Devereaux Cemetery. The little girl died as the result of a fall from a spring board while playing at school more than a year ago and has been a sufferer since that time.
  She was the eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Crooms. She is survived by her parents, one small brother and other relatives. Rev. J. A. Bonner, pastor of the Devereaux Baptist Church conducted the funeral.

December 13, 1925
Dallas Morning News
Seven Sons of Slaves in High Positions. By The Associated Press
ATLANTA, Ga.. Dec. 12 -Camilla Hillman Hubert, a negro, former slave and mother of a remarkable family, is dead. Six of her seven sons hold high positions of service in various parts of the country and her five daughters have wedded men holding similar places.
      "Born in slavery, she and her husband had little opportunity to acquire any education for themselves, but through self-denial they were able to rear and educate a large family, " one of her sons said.
  The seven sons and their positions are:
Z. P. Hubert, president of Jackson College. Jackson, Mississippi
B. F. Hubert, director of Agriculture, Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama
John W. Hubert, principal, negro high school, Savannah, Ga,.
J. H. Hubert, executive secretary, Urban League, New York City
Moses Hubert, farm demonstration agent, Hancock County, Ga
G. J. Hubert, pastor of two Atlanta churches and who runs a 600 acre farm
Theodore Hubert, senior at Morehouse College, Atlanta
  Zack Hubert, her husband, also survives her. The family was reared on a large farm in Hancock County, Georgia.


1926
January 2, 1926
Macon Telegraph
    Sparta, Ga., Jan. 1. Mrs Eleanor B. Irvin, 87, the oldest resident of this city died at the home of her son E. H. Berry here early this morning. Mrs. Irvin had been a sufferer for several weeks ince a fall at which time she sustained a broken hip.
   Mrs. Irvin was a resident of Atlanta for a number of years during the life of her husband, but moved here after his death. She was a life-long member of the Methodist church and was always prominent in church life as long as her health permitted.
  Mrs. Irvin is survived by one son, E. H. Berry, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren all of Sparta.
    The funeral and interment will take place in the Sparta Cemetery tomorrow afternoon. Rev. Claude Hendrick, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating.

January 9, 1926
Macon Telegraph
   Milledgeville, Ga., Jan. 7. Mrs. Carrie Hitchcock, of the Beulah district of Hancock County, died suddenly of heart failure at her home shortly after noon Wednesday. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the residence, Rev. J. L. Pittman officiating.
   The deceased was 65 years of age and is survived by eight children, most of whom attended school in Milledgeville. Her four sons are: Grady Hitchcock, Dr. C. M. Hitchcock and W. J. Hitchcock, of Moultrie, and A. D. Hitchcock, of Hancock County. Her daughters are Mrs. Josie Martin of Milledgeville, Mrs. W. J. Ray, of Macon, Mrs. J. W. Brantley and Mrs. R. A. Brewer, of Sparta.

January 20, 1926
Macon Telegraph
    Sparta, Ga., Jan. 19. A. S. J. Kennedy, retired and wealthy planter and business man of wester section of Hancock County, residing near Devereux, died at his home Monday night. Stricken with paralysis several months ago, deceased, had steadily lost strenght, his life having been despared of by his physicians and members of his family for several weeks preceding dissolution. The deceased was 68 years of age at the time of his death, and one of the county's outstanding citizens, always actively and enthusiastically espousing progressive development programs for the county, especially agricultural programs with eal that made its impression and inspired the farmers of the county with determination when faced by threatening conditions. The deceased left a widow and many near relatives. The funeral and interment was in Devereux this afternoon.

January 20, 1926
Macon Telegraph
    Sparta, Ga., Jan 19. D. W. Long, 70, Hancock County farmer, residing near this city on the Detroit-Jacksonville Highway, died suddenly of organic heart disease at his home Monday night. The deceased has a large family connection here and elsewhere, several brothers and sisters living in Florida, the Carolinas and North and South Georgia. He was the owner of valuable farming lands in the county. The deceased is survived by a son, Frank Long, and many close relatives in the county and elsewhere. He had long been a member and practical supporter of the Knowles Chapel Methodist Church, by which he will be missed. The funeral and interment took place this afternoon in the Knowles Chapel Cemetery, the pastor of that church performing the services.

June 13, 1926
Macon Telegraph
   HANCOCK RESIDENT IS TAKEN BY DEATH. Sparta, Ga, June 12. Considerable excitement was created here yesterday afternoon when information was received from the Buffalo section of the county, that Miss Pearl Boyer, about 40 years of age, had been found dead in bed. At first it was not known how her death occurred and ast there were no eye witnesses, Coroner B. P. Sharpe empaneled a jury with G. W. Rives as foreman and hurried to the home of Miss Boyer about eight miles from Sparta. Dr. C. S. Jernigan also accompanied the coroner and made an examination of the dead woman. The verdict of the jury was that she came to her death from natural causes.
  Miss Boyer is survived by seven brothers and sisters, all of whom she reared after the murder of her father which was the culmination of a feud between several families of this section of the county, about twenty years ago. The funeral and interment took place today in the Zebulon cemetery, this county. 


1927
January 4, 1927
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., Jan. 3. Funeral services for Mrs. Mamie Harrison, widow of the late Oscar E. Harrison, who died in the early hours of Saturday night, were held yesterday afternoon and interment was in the Sparta cemetery. Mrs. Harrison had only been ill for a few weeks. She had lived in Hancock County all of her life. She is suvived by a daughter and two sons, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. David P. Johnson and several brothers, all of this county. Rev. Claude Hendrick of the Methodist Church conducted the services.

January 6, 1927
Macon Telegraph
     Sparta, Ga. Jan. 5. Carl Brookins, 26, of the Linton community, Hancock County, died at the home of his parents last night from a tree. Mr. Boyer (Brookins)  fell from a tree in the Buffalo Creek Swamp near his home while climbing for an oppossum his dog had treed. He fell on his head fracturing his spine near the base of his neck. He was rushed to the hospital in Sandersville and remained there some weeks but the physicians were unable to render him any aid and his death was the result.

January 20, 1927
Macon Telegraph
    The body of Mrs. Annie LeGrady Bass Brown, wife of M. B. Brown, of Devereux who died at a local hospital Tuesday afternoon, will be conducted from the Methodist Church at Devereux this morning at 11 o'clock. Interment will take place in the family lot at Devereux. Mrs. Brown was widely known throught that section, having been born and reared at Devereux. She is survived by her husband, her mother, Mrs. Ella C. Bass, and one sister, Miss Ora E. Bass, of Devereux.

January 27, 1927
Macon Telegraph
   GIRLS HELD AS KILLERS. Two Negresses Charged With Murder of Hezekiah Lawrence.
    Sparta, Ga., Jan. 26. Two negro girls, Ellen Latimer and Ida Scott Reed, were arrested here yesterday afternoon and lodged in the Hancock County jail for he alleged murder of Hexekiah Lawrence near Devereux last Sunday night. The warrant was sworn out by Matty Lawrence, mother, of the dead negro.
   Sheriff Jackson and Coroner Sharpe were calld ot the scene of the murder Sunday night and found the negro seated in his buggy with a bullet wound in his head. The two negro girls now under arrest were in the buggy with him and claimed the negor had been killed by the accidental discharge of his pistol when it fell in the foot of the bugggy. After further investigation by the officers it appears that Lawrence could not have been shot in the manner he was, unless by some other person. A commitment hearing will be given the negro girls tomorrow.

March 1, 1927
Macon Telegraph
NEGRESS STABBED. Emmie Battle Slays Rival; Held in Hancock Jail.
    Sparta, Ga. Feb 28. Rosa Beall, young negress of this city is dead from a stab in the breast which she received on Saturday night in an altercation with a 15-year-old negro girl, Emmie May Battle, on Spring Street almost in the heart of the business district. The Battle girl wielded the knife with such force that it penetrated the heart of the Beall woman.
   She was dead almost before bystanders could reach her. The assailant took to her heels immediately after the woman fell but was captured later by Sheriff Jackson and is now lodged in the Hancock County jail on a charge of murder. The fight is said to have occured over a negro man who had been attentive to both women.
   This makes the third negro girl now lodged in the local county jail with a charge of murder against her as two others have been in jail for the past several weeks for the alleged murder of Hezikiah Lawrence, a young negro man in the wester part of the county. Another negro, Will Newman, is also in jail awaiting trial for the murder of his wife, Cora Newman, at their home several weeks ago.
  All four murder cases will be tried at the March term of Hancock Superior Court which convenes on the fourth Monday in next month.

March 11, 1927
Macon Telegraph
HANCOCK WARDEN BURIED Sparta, Ga., March 10. Funeral services for A. C. Wilson, former assistant Hancock County convict warden who was shot Sunday night a the local stockade by John Pound another guard, was held yesterday afternoon at the family burial ground in Washington County. Mr. Wilson died at the hospital in Sandersville Monday night from the affects of the bullet wound in his abdomen. He is survived by a widow, one son and several brothers.
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March 21, 1927
Macon Telegraph
MURDER CASES JAM HANCOCK'S DOCKET. Sparta, Ga., March 20. The approaching March term of Hanock Superior Court has more murder cases on the docket than have ever been up for trial in the history of the county. All of the alleged murderers are negroes, three of them young women, the youngest being only 15 years old.
   If the four men, two whites and two negroes, are apprehended, who robbed and left Joseph Clark, negro, dying on the highway last Wednesday night, it will bring the number up to 11 murder cases on the court docket. Sheriff Jackson and his deputies are gathering all of the evidence possible in connection with all of the cases which will be turned over to the grand jury and Solicitor Joe Duke to be used in the prosecution.
   This term of the court may consume more than a week, if all of the business is disposed of. Practically no civil business is on the docket for trial.

June 7, 1927
Macon Telegraph
NEGRO IS HELD ON CHARGE OF SLAYING
Sparta, Ga., June 6. Jimmy Scott, negro farmer, was brought here and put in the Hancock county jail yesterday afternoon for the alleged murder of Rogers Lundy, another negro, while plowing on the plantation of Lou Dickerson, near here yesterday.
   The Scott negro went to the field where Lundy was plowing and started a quarel, according to evidence secured by the sheriff, which ended up in the shooting. Scott fired two shots from his pistol, one entering Lundy's hip and the other went through his heart, killing him instantly.
    Immediately after the shooting Scott fled to the home of his father, near Devereaux, where he was arrested by Sheriff Jackson and Rosser F. Smith. He offered no resistance to the oficers in making the arrest.

July 23, 1927
Macon Telegraph
Sparta, Ga., July 12. John Cooper, 78, one of the oldest residents of the Powelton community of this county, died at the home of his brother, Dr. A. S. Cooper Saturday morning and the funeral and interment was in the family cemetery yesterday. Mr. Cooper was a resident of Warren county for many years but since his health declined several years ago he has made his home in this county with his brother. The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia, although he had been in feeble health since coming here. A number of relatives survive, many of whom reside in this county.

December 21, 1927
Macon Telegraph
   Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Moate, of Sparta, announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna Elizabeth, to Mr. W. I. Waller, of Eatonton, the wedding to take place in January. No cards.


1928
January 1, 1928
Macon Telegraph
   Mrs. Sallie R. Veal, of Sandersville, Ga., announces the marriage of her daughter, Lorene, to Mr. A. J. Trawick, of Linton, Ga., Dec. 22, 1927.

  Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Alsabrooks,  of Culverton, announce the marriage of their daughter, Mary, to Mr Horris Veal, of Sandersville, Ga., the marriage having being solemnized Dec. 28.

January 15, 1928
Macon Telegraph
    Sparta, Ga. Jan. 14. Mrs. Carrie Latimer, 75, one of the oldest matrons in the county died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. Hyman, yesterday afternoon after a short illness. Mrs. Latimer had made her home with her brother, T. T. Brantley until his death some months ago and still lived in his home, but was on a visit to her niece and nephew when death came.
   She was a native of Hancock county and is survived by several nieces and newphews besides other relatives. The funeral and interment took place this afternoon in the family burial ground beside her husband who precedd her to the grave years ago.

January 24, 1928
Macon Telegraph
BODY IS EXHUMED. Sparta, Ga. Jan. 23. After some delay, the body of a six-year-old Negro girl believed to have been poised by her mother, Julia Dessau, last week, has been exhumed and the fiscera removed and sent to an Atlanta chemist for examination. In the meantime the mother has been held in the Hancock county jail and will remain there until a commitment hearing is given her after the report of the chemist. This trial will no doubt occur this week, according to local officers.

February 2, 1928
Macon Telegraph
     Sparta, Ga. Feb. 1Aunt "Cindy" Walker, probabley the oldest Negro woman in the Whaley community of this county, died yesterday at the age of 85 years, after serving the Jones family for many years. She was famed over the county for her 125 grand-children and great-grandchildren, whick is said to be the largest number known her. She was proud of her long line of "gran-chillun" and referred to them on all occasions.

April 1, 1928
Macon Telegraph
    NEGRESS IS ACQUITTED. Sparta, Ga., March 31. The most sensational case which was up for trial at this week's term of Hancock Superior court ended last night with the acquittal of Julia Dessau, Negress,  who is alleged to have poisoned her six-year-old-daughter to get a small life insurance premium on the child's life. The jury was out approximately 24 hours before they finally reached a verdict. Solicitor Duke prosecuted the cae and the Negress was representd by C. L. Clements, of Macon and John C. Lewis of this city.

May 26, 1928
Macon Telegraph
    Sparta, Ga., May 25. Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Golden Yaffe, wife of Louis Yaffe, merchant here, who died at an Atlanta sanitarium at an early hour Friday morning, will be had in Atlanta Sunday afternoon with interment in Oakland cemetery. Mrs. Yaffe, though she had only had resided here for only about three years since her marriage, had become one of the most popular matrons in the city's social circles.
   Besides her husband and two stepchildren, Miss Rosa Yaffe and Bertram Yaffe, she is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Golden, of Atlanta, a nephew, Mr. Pfeiffer, and a number of other relatives.  

July 18, 1928
Macon Telegraph
NEGRO SLAYER CAPTURED. Sparta, Ga. July 17. Woodson Lawrence, Negro, sought on a charge of murder in connection with the death of another Negro following an argument during a gambling game was captured in Washington, D. C., and has been returned here to stand trial. Lawrence is charged with killing the Negro over 50 cents. He will be tried at the September term of court.
See October 1, 1928

September 28, 1928
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., Sept. 27 - Funeral services for Henry M. Collins, 65, were held this morning in the Smyrna cemetery, six miles from this city.
    Mr. Collins was the last member of a prominent Hancock county family all of whom preceded him to the grave. The rites were conducted by Rev. H. M. Strozier.

September 29, 1928
Macon Telegraph
HANCOCK NEGRO CONVICTED. John Gilbert Given Year for Man's Death in Auto Collision.
   Sparta, Ga., Sept. 28. A jury in the Hancock Superior court returning a verdict late last night sentencing John Gilbert, Negro, held for the murder of Clinton Ivey, a year in jail.
   Mr. Ivey, who resided in Milledgeville, was traveling along the highway between here and Milledgeville several months ago, and had a head-on collision with the Gilbert Negro. Both were driving light touring cars and according to the evidence the Negro was on the wrong side of the road and driving at a reckless speed.
   Mr. Ivey was fatally injured and died in the Milledgeville hospital the next day. Other occupants of the car were seriously injured also but recovered. The Negroes escaped with minor injuries.
   The grand jury returned a true bill against Gilbert for murder but the jury gave him the lightest possible sentence for involuntary manslaughter. The Negro claimed the steering wheel locked and caused the accident.

October 1, 1928
Macon Telegraph
 NEGRO IS SENTENCED. Sparta, Ga., Sept. 30. Will Lawrence, Negro, tried in the Hancock Superior court just closed for the murder of another Negro in a "skin game" several years ago, was given a sentence of twenty years at hard labor. Lawrence killed the Negro over a bet of fifty cents. He escaped from the county immediately after the killing and was not heard of for several years when Sheriff Jackson, of this county, received a message from the police authorities of Washington, D. C., that they had a man wanted in the county for murder. Upon investigation the officers here found that it was Lawrence. 


1929
January 4, 1929
Macon Telegraph
     Sparta, Ga. Jan. 3. Funeral services for Miss Bessie Warren, 54, highly esteemed woman of this city, who died yesterday were held this morning in the city cemetery.
    Miss Warren had been in feeble health for several months and her death was not unexpected.
   She is survived by one brother, J. L. Warren, Millen, Ga.; one nephew, William W. Warren, of Sparta; four nieces, Miss Susie Warren, Mrs. Alfred West, of this city; Mrs. R. B. Jackson, Warrenton, and Mrs. Sam Humphrey, of Milledgeville.
   The rites were conducted by her pastor and interment was in family burial lot.

January 11, 1929
Macon Telegraph
    Sparta, Ga. Jan. 10. Joseph Dickson, 73, died at his home in Hancock county after several weeks illness.
    Mr. Dickson was a native of Hancock and had lived here the greater portion of his life. For the past several years he had practically blind and unable to attend to his farming business.
  He is survived by a widow, two brothers, and several children and grandchildren. The funeral and interment will be held Friday afternoon, in the family cemetery.

March 19, 1929
Macon Telegraph
~excerpt~ Miss Marion Tye Weds Mr. Jerome Castleberry. On the afternoon of March 15, at 3 o'clock, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Rives, of Sparta, was solemnized the marriage of Miss Marion Tye, of Devereaux, to Mr. Jerome Castleberry, of Gainesville......the ceremony was performed by Rev. Mr. Maxwell, of the Devereaux Methodist church.
  Appropriate music was rendered before and during the ceremony by Mrs. Frank Stewart, vocalist, and Mrs. Edward Rozier, pianist.
   ..previous to their return to Gainesville where they will make their home.
  Among the out of town guests were the immediate family of the groom, his mother, sister and brother; also Mrs. Eve Tye, mother of the bride, with her three daughters, Misses Louise, Mary Franklin and Ethel.........

August 25, 1929
Macon Telegraph
   Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Whaley, of Sparta,  announce the marriage of their daughter, Myrtis Louise Whaley, to Charles Brantley Bryan, of Leesville, S. C., the wedding having taken place Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the home of the bride's parents, in Sparta.
 
 




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