January 14, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
S. C. Russell died at his home in Bellevue yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. He had been in declining health a long time and his death was not unexpected. Mr. Russell was seventy-eight years of age, and had been a resident of Macon thirty-one years, moving here from Baldwin county, where he was born in 1842. He was a member of the Baptist church.
Surviving him are his widow, one daughter and one son, Mrs. Lorena Johnson and F. M. Russell.
The funeral services will be held from the residence this (Wednesday) afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. Mr. Jones officiating, and the interment will be in the family lot at Evergreen cemetery.
January 20, 1920
Mr. John W. Barnes, a well known citizen of Baldwin county, died January 9th, and was buried in the city cemetery the 10th inst.
Mr. Barnes was for a number of years a mechanic at the State Sanitarium, but had for the past two or three years been in ill health.
Mr. Barnes is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Cecil Hargrove, being the only one residing in this city.
January 27, 1920
Mr. Luther Wood, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Wood, died at the home of his parents Monday. He was with the Postal Telegraph Co., for a long while, and left here several months ago to take charge of the office at Madison. He was a bright industrious and capable young man, and his death is a sad blow to his parents. The funeral services were held Wednesday. The bereaved family have the sympathy of friends.
January 27, 1920
Mrs. Addie Carr passed away at her home at Granite Hill, Wednesday night, Jan. 21st, after an illness of a few days with pneumonia. Mrs. Carr before her marriage was Miss Addie Collins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Collins, and was fifty three years of age.
A good woman has been called to her reward. She was a devoted mother, and good neighbor. In her passing the community in which she lived has lost a woman whose sojourn here was full of good deeds.
She had been a faithful member of Black Spring church for many years.
Her remains were interred in the Black Spring Cemetery Friday afternoon, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. J. P. McGraw, assisted by Dr. D W Brannen.
She is survived by five sons, John J., Geo. W., Henry C., Lewis and H. Carr, and three daughters, Mrs. R. S. Roberson, of Granite Hill; Mrs. M. S. McCarter, of Sylvester, and Miss Mollie Carr, of Granite Hill.
January 27, 1920
Mrs. Alice Branan Cooper, wife of Mr. John O. Cooper, died at the Hall Little Sanitarium Saturday, Jan 24th, after an illness of several days.
During her illness she received careful nursing and the treatment of medical skill, and everything possible was done to stay the hand of death but to without avail.
The funeral services were held at the Midway Methodist Church Sunday afternoon, Rev. E. R. Cook, who was called from Paris Island, S.C., officiating. The church was filled with friends and neighbors of the deceased. The burial, on account of the inclement weather did not take place until Monday afternoon at Cooperville.
Mrs. Cooper before her marriage was Miss Alice Brannan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Branan. She was a native of Baldwin County, and was well-known and greatly beloved by a large circle of friends. She was a member of the Methodist church, and was a devoted wife and mother.
She is survived by Mr. Cooper and three children, two sons and a daughter; her parents, and two brothers and three sisters.
The bereaved family have the sympathy of their friends throughout the county.
February 10, 1920
Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Ivey of St. Augustine, Fla. have the sympathy of their man friends in Baldwin County on account of the death of their daughter, Lucille, which occurred at their home last Saturday. The remains were brought to this county by Mr. Ivey and buried in the Salem cemetery Monday. Rev. Will Green, of Grey, officiated. The little girl was eight years of age and was a bright sweet child, and her death is a sad blow to her parents, who idolized her.
February 17, 1920
~excerpts~ Mrs. Sallie S. Robison, relict of the late Dr. W. R. Robison, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 11th, at half past five o'clock, after a lingering illness at the Hall-Little sanitorium.
..ill health past several months,..stroke of paralysis in July of the past year....
The funeral services..held at the Methodist church Friday morning..remains were laid to rest beside those of Dr. Robison, who died several years ago.
..before her marriage was Miss Sallie Shinholser, a daughter of the late Mr. James Shinholser, and during her young ladyhood resided at Scottsboro. After her marriage to Dr. Robison they lived in Washington county for several years, later coming to Milledgeville. Dr. Robison became one of the leading physicians of the city,...
February 24, 1920
DEATH OF AN INFANT. Nellie, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Ivey, died at their home in Quitman Monday afternoon. The remains were brought to this county and buried in the cemetery at Salem. Mr. Ivey is a former resident of Baldwin county, and has friends here who regret the sorrow that has come to him.
February 24, 1920
Miss Rosa May Hodges and Mr. William F. Allen were united in marriage Saturday.
The bride is one of Baldwin county's attractive and popular young ladies. Since the opening of the public school term she has been teaching at Salem, and has been very efficient in the performance of her duties, winning the love and esteem of her pupils and patrons.
Mr. Allen is a successful young farmer, and is a splendid young man, being held in the confidence of all who know him.
They commence life together with the best wishes and congratulations of a large number of friends throughout the county.
March 9, 1920
News and Notes from the Union Point Vicinity
Another shadow has cast itself over our community in the death of one of the oldest and best women, Mrs. Perry Lingould. She had ben in ill health for several months and death ended her suffering last Tuesday evening.
She was a member of the Black Springs Baptist church, where the interment took place last Wednesday afternoon at three thirty o'clock, services being conducted by Dr. J. C. Wilkinson, of Milledgeville.
Mrs. Lingould was a useful and noble woman and consecrated to her family and loved ones. In her home was where her light shone brightest. This is where she will be greatly missed. She is survived by her husband and five sons and daughters who are left to mourn her loss. We sympathize with them in this, their darkest hour, and pray that an all wise Father will comfort them in their sorrow and distress.
The remains of Mrs. Eli Huff, of Tennille, were laid to rest in Black Springs cemetery last Thursday afternoon. The services were conducted by Dr. J. C. Wilkinson, of Milledgeville. The family have our deepest sympathy.
March 9, 1920
DEATH OF A LITTLE GIRL.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Watson have the sympathy of their many friends throughout the county on account of the death of their only daughter, Mary, which occurred at their home in the western part of the county Saturday morning at 3 o'clock. The death of the child was due to an attack of pneumonia. Little Mary was five years of age, and was a bright, sweet child, the idol of the hearts of her parents.
The funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon, Rev. L. W. Browder, pastor of the Baldwin circuit, officiating.
DEATH OF MRS. C. B. HAM
Mrs. C. B. Ham, wife of one of Milledgeville's well-known barbers died at her home in Midway Sunday night after an illness of several days with pneumonia. She is survived by her husband and a little daughter. They have the sympathy of many friends. The remains were buried at Friendship church, in which neighborhood Mrs. Ham lived before her marriage. She was a Miss Johnson. Her death is regretted by a large circle of friends in Midway and in Washington county.
DEATH OF MRS. LINGOULD FOLLOWS SHORT ILLNESS.
Mrs. F. P. Lingould died at her home in East Baldwin on Monday, March 1st, after a short illness with pneumonia.
The funeral services were held at Black Springs church Tuesday, Dr. J. C. Wilkinson officiating. Mrs. Lingould was a member of the Baptist denomination, and was known as a good woman. She has lived in the house where she died twenty-four years, and was held in high esteem by her neighbors.
The deceased is survived by her husband and four children, Messrs. O. R. and J. E. Lingould, Mrs. J. W. Jackson, of near Soperton, and Miss Myrtle Lingould. She was sixty-five years of age.
March 14, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Mrs. Mattie L. Bonner, aged 82 years, widow of William T. Bonner, died Friday night at 11:15 o'clock at the home of her son, Emmett Bonner, No. 118 Ridge avenue, Crumps Park. Death was due to the infirmities of old age.
Mrs. Bonner was born and reared in Baldwin County. She is survived by her son, Emmett Bonner, and two grandsons, Emmett, Jr. and Edward Bonner, also one sister, Mrs. T. Z. Hill, of Ellaville.
The funeral will take place at the home on Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Rev. Dr. T. D. Ellis, paster of Mulberry Street M.E. Church, of which she was a member, will conduct the service. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
March 16, 1920
Mrs. Fannie Farrell Nelms, of Hardwick, and Dr. B. H. Green, of Maysville, were united in marriage Tuesday evening, March 9th, at five o'clock, Rev. C. M. Verdell officiating.
Immediately after the ceremony Dr. and Mrs. Green left for the home of the groom in Maysville, where they arrived Wednesday afternoon. They were met by a party of relatives and friends and given a mist cordial welcome. A nice dinner was served.
Mrs. Green has a large circle of friends in Hardwick and Midway. Before her marriage she was Miss Fannie Farrell, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Farrell.
Dr. Green is a prominent citizen and physician of Maysville.
Nancy E. Rambant, wife of the late
Richard K. Rambant, died
at the home of her niece, Mrs. J. L. Lavender, in Jones county,
last Monday morning about one o'clock.
Mrs. Rambant had been in feeble health for the past several months, but her death came as a shock to the entire community in which she lived. She was seventy years of age, and had been a member of the Missionary Baptist church for some time, and was a true Christian woman.
Mrs. Rambant before her marriage was Miss Nancy E. Chambers, daughter of the late John E. and Eliza Chambers, and her childhood days were spent in Baldwin county, near Hopewell church.
The deceased is survived by one sister, Mrs. S. A. Minter, of Baldwin county, who was with her at the time of her death, and several nieces and nephews. Her remains were laid to rest in Union Hill cemetery Tuesday afternoon, Rev. W. L. Lewell officiating. The bereaved have the sympathy of many friends.
March 15, 1920
Mr. and Mrs. William Trice Hines announce the engagement of their daughter, Antionette, to Mr. Campbell Thomas King, jr., of Macon, the wedding to take place April 21st, at the First Baptist Church.
March 23, 1920
Mrs. C. L. Cloud died at her home in the northern portion of the city Thursday morning after a protracted illness with pneumonia.
The remains were carried to Sharon Friday morning for burial.
Mrs. Cloud before her marriage was Miss Lillie Moore, of Sharon, and was a sister-in-law of Mr. F. P. Goluke, by his former wife. She came to Milledgeville with her family to make her home last September. She is survived by Mr. Cloud and five children.
During the last illness of Mrs. Cloud one or two of her children were dangerously ill, but their condition has improved and they are getting well.
March 23, 1920
DEATH OF MRS. JESSE MORAN
The remains of Mrs. Jesse W. Moran were brought here from Culverton Thusday morning and buried at Black Springs cemetery.
Mrs. Moran before her marriage was Miss Emmie Babb, and was a native of Baldwin county. The greater part of her life was spent in East Baldwin. She is survived by several children and other relatives.
April 6, 1920
Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Cason announce the engagement of their daughter Doris, to Mr. Joseph Lewis Hargrove, the marriage to be solemnized at the home of the bride's parents in May.
April 6, 1920
Miss Fannie Belle Massengale of Gordon, and Mr. Joseph W. Martin, of Baldwin county were united in marriage Sunday evening at the home of the bride's parents, Rev. Dewel officiating.
The marriage was a very quiet affair, and was witnessed by only the immediate relatives of the bride. Miss Massengale is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Massengale, and is popular with a large circle of friends, who love and admire her for her locable dispostion.
Mr. Martin served in the United States army in France a year, and is held in the highest confidence by all who know him. Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Martin left for their future home. They have the best wishes of their many friends.
April 10, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Walter Mansfield died at his home, 248 Main street, at an early hour yesterday morning after an illness of one week with pneumonia.
Young Mansfield was 18 years of age and was born in Baldwin county. Surviving him are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Mansfield and one brother, and one sister, Elmer and Eva.
The family moved here about six months ago from Baldwin county. The body was taken to Stevens Pottery this morning for funeral and interment.
April 13, 1920
Mrs. Clifford McComb, widow of the late Mr. Fred McComb, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. B. Adams, jr., Saturday night about half past eleven o'clock, after an illness extending through several weeks.
The funeral services were held at the residence Sunday afternoon, Rev. C. M. Lipham, of the Methodist church, officiating, The remains were interred in the city cemetery. The pall bearers were four grandsons: Messrs. B.B.Adams, 3rd., Clifton, W. D. and F. D. Adams, and Messrs. T. J. Lafferty and C. M. Adams.
Mrs. McComb was a native of Baldwin county, and before her marriage was Miss Clifford Pugh. She was 76 years of age, and is survived by three daughters: Mrs. B. B. Adams, jr., Mrs. J. W. Scott and Mrs. Fredie Bowden, of Ellenwood, and several grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs, Huffman of Hardwick, and Mrs. Fannie Daniel of Hancock county, and a number of other relatives.
April 13, 1920
Monsieur and Madame R. Cuon, of 6 Rue Pasteur, Paris, France, announce the marriage of their niece, Mademoiselle Alex Augustine Rachel Richard, to Field Clerk Charles Stubbs Morris, of Milledgeville, Ga., U.S.A.
The wedding took place at 10 a.m.,, March 17, 1920, in the chapel of the Royal Palace in Coblenz, Germany. The ceremony was performed by Maj. Easterbrook, who is American chaplain there. Only a few officers, relatives and friends were present on the occasion.
Mrs. Morris is a charming young woman and was educated in France, England and Germany. She is the daughter of a French inventor, but has been living with her aunt in Paris since the death of her parents.
Lieutenant Morris met the young lady through mutual friends while stationed in Paris during the war.
Lieut. Morris and his bride expect to return to his home for a visit this summer, when he will have a leave of absence. They are now at home in Coblenz at American headquarters, where Lt. Morris is assistant in the inspector general's office. Mr. Morris' many friends congratulate him and look forward to the coming home of he and his bride this summer.
April 13, 1920
Mr. J. B. L. Hammond died at his home in this city Tuesday night about 8:40 o'clock after an illness of several days with pneumonia.
Mr. Hammond was a machinist, and was an employe of Fann's Garage. He was a hard-working and industrious man. He came to Milledgeville about two years ago from Eastman. He was thirty-four years of age, and was reared in Enigma, Berrien county.
The deceased is survived by his wife and three children, eight brothers and one sister. Four of his brothers Four of his brothers, Messrs. A. B., J. W., P. H., and T. G. Hammond, were with him when he passed away. The remains were carried to Enigma for burial.
April 20, 1920
Miss Emmie Moran and Mr. Emory Cook, of Mansfield, will be united in marriage Wednesday afternoon, Apr. 21st, at four o'clock.
The ceremony will be a very quiet home affair, and will take place at the home of the bride's parents, in the easter part of county county. Dr. J. C. Wilkinson officiating.
The bride is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Moran, and is popular with a large circle of friends, who love and admire her for her pleasant manner, and attractive personality.
Mr. Cook is a successful young farmer of Newton county, and is a young man of splendid character.
They will commence life together with the congratulations and best wishes of their many friends.
April 20, 1920
BLACKWELL - WADE
A marriage which came as a surprise to the friends of the contracting parties was that of Miss Maggie Blackwell and Mr. J. L. Wade, which took place at the Baptist church last Thursday evening in the presence of a few relatives, Dr. J. C. Wilkinson officiating.
The bride is an unusually attractive and lovable girl, and has a large circle of friends. She was a popular member of the sophomore class of the Georgia Military College, and her many friends there, while wishing her happiness, regret to lose her from their circle.
Mr. Wade is a young man of sterling character, who recently came to Milledgeville from Memphis, Tenn. He is foreman of the Milledgeville Milling Co.
Their many friends wish for them unbounded happiness and prosperity.
They will make their home with Mrs. Wade's mother, Mrs. Blackwell on north Wayne street.
May 2, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Miss Josie Grant Slumbers 22 Hours Daily; Physicians Puzzled
Milledgeville, May 1 - Physicians and family are alarmed by the progress of the mysterious sleeping malady from which Miss Josie Grant, a 17-year-old Milledgeville girl, has been suffering since April 12. For the last week or ten days she has been sleeping soundly for twenty to twenty-two hours of each day of 24, and all attempts to arrest the disease or to arouse her during the attacks have failed completely.
While suffering no conscious physical distress and maintaining normal temperture, the young lady is rapidly losing flesh. No remedy has made the slightest impression on the disease, and no diagnosis has been announced. It is understood that specialist are to be called in unless some headway against the trouble is soon apparent.
Miss Grant is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Grant, who live on North Jefferson street and is popular with the younger set.
Study May Have Over-taxed Nerves.
The attack was first noted April 12, but did not become so serious as to alarm the family for several days. Then its progress became rapid, and medical aid was called in. The prevailing opinion is that overstudy may be responsible for her condition.
Miss Grant has been noted for her studiousness in school, and form many weeks has been applying herself to music studies in addition to school work.
Miss Grant's waking hours are in the late afternoon and evening, when she takes nourishment. She has been suffering now for practically three weeks.
May 11, 1920
SHOOTING IN WESTERN PART OF COUNTY. GEORGE HOGAN KILLED ANDREW KING AT COUNTY LINE CHURCH BY SHOOTING HIM TWICE. VERDICT OF MURDER RENDERED AGAINST HOGAN. George Hogan shot and killed Andrew King Sunday afternoon at the County Line church, in the western part of the county.
King was shot twice, one of the bullets entering his abdomen, and the other the left side just above the heart. The wounded negro was brought to the office of Dr. Boddie in this city, whre he died a few hours later.
Coroner Newton summoned a jury and held an inquest Monday morning. After an investigation the jury returned a verdict of murder against Hogan.
Hogan left the place immediately, and has not yet been apprehended.
Note: See July 20, 1921
May 11, 1920
Miss Ethel Ryles and Mr. David Wood Harry were united in marriage Sunday afternoon at the home of the bride's parents, Rev. C. M. Lipham officiating. The ceremony was performed in the presence of a few relatives and friends, who gathered at the home which was most tastily decorated.
The brides is an attractive young lady, and is admired by her friends on account of a most pleasing personality. Mr. Harry is well-known in Milledgeville, having been connected with the Milledgeville News as linotype operator. He now holds a splendid position with the Macon Telegraph. He is a splendid young man.
After a short trip to Florida they will make their home in Macon.
May 11, 1920
MissAnna Dora Spear died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Spear, Wednesday morning, May 5th, about eight o'clock, after along illness.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Thursday morning at 11 o'clock, Dr. J. C. Wilkinson officiating.
Miss Spear was about eighteen years of age, and was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Spear. She was the idol of the home and her going away has cast a gloom over the hearts of her parents and brothers and sister. She was a member of the Baptist church and her life, though short, has been a blessing and benediction to those whom it touched. The sympathy of the people in our community goes out to those who have been bereaved.
May 18, 1920
BENFORD-CABINESS. Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Benford announces the marriage of their daughter, Bessie, to Mr. Luther T. Cabiness, of Pascageula, Miss., which took place at their home near Coopers, Ga., Wednesday evening, May 12th, at eight o'clock, Rev. Terressa, of Macon, officiating. After the ceremony the bride left for Pascagoula to make their home.
May 25 1920
A NEGRO KILLING IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF BALDWIN. Henry Allen and Sill Reynolds, two negroes from Wilkinson county, came over into Baldwin county Sunday and became engaged in a difficulty, which ended by Allen being shot and killed by Reynolds.
The killing took place near Black Creek chruch in the soutern part of the county.
Coroner Newton was notified of the killing and held an inquest. The jury returned a verdict of murder against Reynolds, who made his escape after the shooting and has not yet been captured.
June 4, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Miss Nannie Elizabeth Batson. The body of Miss Nannie Elizabeth Batson was taken to Coopers early this morning for funeral and interment. Miss Batson died at her home 960 Hazel street, Wednesday night at 10:15 o'clock after a long illness. The deceased was 43 years of age and was born in Wilkinson county. She lived with her sister, Miss Alice Batson, and a brother, W.O. Batson. They had been residents of Macon thirty years.
June 20, 1920
BLAND-RODDENBERY. On Thursday evening will take place the marriage of Miss Lucie Graham Bland to Mr. Robert Samuel Roddenbery, jr., of Moultrie, at the Baptist church. The ceremony will be performed by Dr. Roddenbery, grandfather of the groom. The ushers for the happy occasion will be Messrs. Oscar Ennis, J. C. Cooper, Frank Bone and Dr. Edwin Allen. Miss Bessie Bland, sister of the bride, will be her maid of honor. The attendants are Misses Mary Lucy Hargrove, GenevieveJoseph, Lillian Farrar, of Harrisburg, Ky., and Gladys Seay, of Lexington, Ky. The best man is Mr. Hall Roddenbery. The groomsmen Messrs. Joe Faulkner, F. M. Haughs, W. H. DeLoach and Emmett Jackson. Mrs. Edward R. Hines will preside at the organ and Miss Agnes Cline will sing. After the ceremony the young couple will leave for a short bridal trip, after which they will make Moultrie their future home.
June 28, 1920
A. M. McComb
Milledgeville, Ga., June 27 (Special) A. M. McComb died at the home of B. B. Adams, Jr., in this city Friday, and was buried Saturday. Mr. McComb was a confederate veteran, and lived on a farm in Baldwin county throughout his life of eighty years.
June 29, 1920
The death of Mrs. Rollin Ivey which occurred at her home in the Salem community at ten o'clock Wednesday morning, June 23rd, brought great sorrow to a large number of relatives and friends throughout the county.
Mrs. Ivey's death was caused by blood poison, resulting from picking a small pimple on her face with a needle the Saturday before. It became infected, and the poison developed rapidly and in a short time her condition became alarming. She passed away in spite of every effort of physicians and loved ones.
The funeral services were held on Thursday morning, Dr. J. C. Wilkinson officiating. The remains were buried in the cemetery at Salem church.
Before her marriage Mrs. Ivey was Miss Ethel Pugh, a daughter of Thos. E. Pugh, of East Baldwin. She was a graduate of the Georgia Military College, and was a sweet, attractive woman, loved by a large circle of friends. She was a member of the Baptist church, and her life was one of devotion to her loved ones.
She is survived by Mr. Ivey and two small children, her father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Pugh, two brothers, Mr. P. N. Pugh, and Dr. Thos. E. Pugh, one sister, Mrs. Gordon Hooten, and half-sister, Miss Orline Pugh.
Those who have been thus suddenly bereaved have the deepest sympathy of the people of this city and county.
June 30, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Falls From House Roof, Sustaining Broken Neck. Samuel T. Chandler of Milledgeville Is Instantly Killed.
Milledgeville, June 29 (Special) Samuel T. Chandler, aged 35 years, and member of one of the best known families of Baldwin county, was killed this evening when he fell from the roof of the home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Gordon McComb, six miles from Milledgeville, and sustained a broken neck. His death was instantaneous.
Mr. Chandler was assisting some painters who were at work on the McComb house about 7 o'clock this evening. He had just carried a bucket of paint up the ladder and as he was in the act of stepping on to the roof his foot slipped and he fell to the ground, a distance of about thirty feet.
The deceased was a widower and resided in Milledgeville. He is survived by one son, aged 5 years, his mother and by five brothers,
J. E. , C. N., Harry, John, W. J. and Walter Chandler. Two of his brothers, W. J. and C. N. Chandler, compose the firm of Chandler Bros., one of the largest mercantile firms in Baldwin county.
No arrangements for the funeral had been made tonight.
July 18, 1920
Macon Weekly Telegraph
The marriage of Miss Naomi Bostick and Mr. Proctor W. Stokes, both of Milledgeville proved to be one of the biggest social events of the season. The ceremony took place at the home of the bride's mother, with Rev. Freeman Lee Stokes, father of the groom officiating. The parlor and drawing room were attractively decorated in ferns and cut flowers which formed a beautiful setting for the occasion. The bride wore a suit of blue trictine with small blue ostrich tips and blouse with blue georgette. a dinner immediately followed the ceremony which was made very impressive by shaded lights which cast a soft glow over the room. Mr. and Mrs. Stokes are spending a short on their bridal tour after which they will be at home to their many friends in Atlanta. Many guests were in attendance at the ceremony and out of town guests which included Mr. and Mrs. Peters of Waycross; Mrs Clinton Williams of Dothan; Miss Lee Coleman of Lakeland and Wilbur M. Stokes of Seattle Wash.
July 20, 1920
ANOTHER OLD VETERAN HAS PASSED TO BEYOND
Mr. Mathew William Stinson died at his home in the western portion of the county Monday afternoon, July 12th, at three o'clock.
Mr. Stinson had been in ill health about eighteen months, and two months ago he was carried to Williams Sanitarium in Macon, where an operatin for a cancer was performed. Although the operation proved successful until ten days ago, his last illness being caused by heart failure.
The furneral services were held at Hopewell church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Verdell officiating. The remains were buried in the church cemetery. A large crowd was present to join in paying the last sad tribute to the deceased.
Mr. Stinson was seventy-nine years of age, and was born and reared in Baldwin county. He saw service in the Confederate army during the sixties, being among the first to answer his country's call. He was a member of the Methodist church in Milledgeville, although of late years he has resided in the country, and did not attend services here. He was a member of Camp Doles.
The deceased is survived by his wife and four children, Robert Stinson, Misses Annie Will and Myrtle Stinson, and Mrs. H. C. Moore, of Macon, and a number of other relatives.
The bereaved family have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends.
July 20, 1920
A NEGRO WOMAN IS MURDERED BY HUSBAND. BODY OF TILLEY MAE HARRIS FOUND IN OCONEE RIVER ON WEDNESDAY
WITH GUN SHOT WOUND IN BACK OF HEAD.
The body of Tilley Mae Harris, a negro woman, was found in the Oconee river, just above the dam, last Wednesday afternoon. The woman had been missing from her home, near the Georgia railroad depot, since Thursday afternoon, July 8th.
Early after dinner on the above date the woman and her husband Gene Harris, left home for the river to spend the afternoon fishing. The man carried his gun with him. When they failed to return relatives reported the matter to the police, and made a search for them.
Since the finding of the body of the woman, it has developed that Harris was seen late in the afternoon boarding a Georgia railroad train going towards Augusta. It is reported that he endeavored to sell his gun to some negroes at the Porter brick yards, where he got on the train. Nothing has been seen of him since.
At the coroner's inquest, which was held Wednesday afternoon, an examination of the body showed that the woman had been shot in the back of the head, and had fallen or been thrown into the river.
Harris came to Milledgeville from Steven's Pottery, and was employed at the Oconee Brick & Tile Co. His original home is said to be in Putnam county. He was known as a bad negro among his race.
The verdict of the coroner's jury was that the negro woman came to death as the result of gun shot wounds from the hands of Gene Harris, and that the same was murder. Great indignation is felt among the colored people of the city on account....
Note: See August 31, 1920
July 20, 1920
FERRYMAN SHOT AND KILLED SATURDAY. Madison Cummings Shot Mac Simmons Four Times at Fraley's Ferry, And Is Charged With Murder.
Mack Simmons, ferryman at Fraley's Ferry across the Oconee river, nine or ten miles north of Milledgeville, was shot and killed late Saturday afternoon by Madison Cummings. Simmons was shot three times, and died immediately.
Madison Cummings and his fther, Jesse Cummings, were returning to their home in the northeastern part of the county from Milledgeville. While crossing the river Jesse Cummings asked Simmons about cutting some wire fencing, and letting his cows into a field. This was the commencement of the fuss. The evidence before the coroner's jury was that both Jesse and Madison Cummings both drew their pistols, and Madison shot Simmons three times to the back. There was no evidence of Simmons being armed. Lucious Simmons, a son of Mack, was also shot in the leg by Cummings.
Immediately after the shooting Madison Cummings returned to Milledgeville and surrendend to the sheriff, and was place in jail.
The inquest was held by Coroner Newton Sunday morning and a verdict of murder was rendered against Madison Cummings, and one against Jesse Cummings as accessory.
Both negroes are now in jail, and will probably be tried during the present session of court.
July 27, 1920
CUMMINGS CONVICTED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER
Senteced to Life Imprisonment in The Penitentiary for Shooting and Killing Mack Simmons. Motion for New Trial Filed by Attorneys.
Madison Cummings was tried in the superior court the past week and convicted on the charge of murdering Macon Simmons.
The crime for which Cummings was convicted occurred Saturday afternoon, July 17th, at fraley's ferry on the Oconee river. Summings shot Simmons three times.
Cummings was defended by Messrs. Allen & Pottle, and Solicitor Doyle Campbell was assisted in the prosecution by Messrs. W. H. Burwell and T. F. Fleming. The case was stubornly fought by both sides.
The jury after being out a short while returned a verdict of guilty and recommened a life sentence, which was pronounced by Judge Park.
A motion for a new trial was filed by Cummings' attorneys.
Jesse Cummings, the father of Madison, was arrested as an accessory. He was not tried, however, and is out on bond.
August 8, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
A very interesting engagement announcement is carried in today's Weddings and Engagement Column of The Telegraph, that of Miss Sadie Ethel Humphrey of Milledgeville, and Mr. Farish Furman Talley of this city. The wedding plans have not been definitely outlined, because of the illness of the bride elect's brother. Miss Humphrey is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Humphrey and is a very prominent and popular young woman of Milledgeville. Miss Humphreys was graduated from G. N. and I. C. and taught at G.M.C. The past two years, however, she spent in Washington, D. C., where she was in the War Risk Bureau, taking courses meanwhile at Georgia Washington University.
Mr. Talley is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Talley of this city. His mother is very active in club activities, being regent of the Mary Hammond Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, in addition to numbers of other offices. He was graduated from the University of Georgia, and taught last year at Lanier High School. At present, Mr. Talley is district manager for the Columbia National Life Insurance Company. During the approaching school term, he will teach science at Boys' High School in Atlanta, as well as hold his present position.
August 10, 1920
ETHERIDGE-TORRANCE. Miss Etta Etheridge and Mr. Chas. R. Torrance were united in marriage Wednesday, August 4th. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Wm. Greene, at his home in Jones county.
The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Etheridge, and is popular with a large circle of friends in south Baldwin county and elsewhere. She is attractive and possesses those womanly graces which go to make a happy and congenial home.
Mr. Torrance is one of Baldwin county's successful young farmers, and substantial citizens. He is held in confidence by all who know him.
The Union Recorder joins in congratulations and best wishes.
August 10, 1920
~excerpt~ In loving memory of our precious father, Mr. Daniel Brewer, who departed this life July 10, 1920, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. J. Carmani, Dublin Ga. He was 79 years of age.
August 17, 1920
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Thomas have the sympathy of their friends on account of the death of their infant son, Lucius, the little fellow passing away Friday afternoon, after a short illness with pneumonia. He was one of the twin children of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and was eleven months old.
August 23, 1920
MILLEDGEVILLE GIRL IS FATALLY BURNED
Milledgeville, Ga., August 22 (Special) Little Alice Bloodworth four-year-old daughter of one of Milledgeville's leading citizens, Oscar Bloodworth, was burned to death on the evening of August 19. She was in the yard near the house playing with a few other children, lighting candles with matches. Her dress caught on fire and before the older members of the family heard her screams, the fire had burned her very seriously.
The accident occurred about 3 o'clock and she died at 2 the following morning. She was an unusually bright and attractive child.
August 24, 1920
Miss Carrie Bell Gladin, of his city and Mr. William M. Harrell were united in marriage Tuesday evening at half-past eight o'clock at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Eula Stanley. The parlor was tastily decorated, and the ceremony was impressively performed by Dr. J. C. Wilkinson in the presence of a few relatives and friends.
The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. G. W. Gladin and possesses a most pleasing personality, which has won for her the love and esteem of all who know her.
Mr. Harrell holds a splendid position with the First National Bank of Pelham, and is held in confidence by the people of his home town.
Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Harrell left for a trip to the mountains. They will be at home at Pelham.
August 30, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Mrs. S. C. Russell,aged 73, died yesterday morning at 7 o'clock at her residence on Bellevue Road, after a short illness. She is survived by three daughters and two sons, Mrs. R. G. Golden, Mrs. W. H. Barkley, and Mrs. W. A. Sumner and S.C. Russell and F. M. Russell.
Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock this morning from the residence, Rev. W. C. Jones officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Mr. A. B. Barber died at his home near this city Tuesday morning after an illness extending through several weeks.
The funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Midway Methodist Church. The remains will be buried in the City Cemetery.
Mr. Barber was one of Baldwin county's successful farmers and was known and respected as an honest, industrious man, who lived a quiet life giving his attention to every day duties.
He is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Mary E. Ray, Atlanta; Mrs. Roy Curbow, Washington, D. C.; Miss Alberta Barber and Mrs. J. C. Brewton, of Savannah, and Miss Ruth Barber, of this city.
GENE HARRIS WAS ARRESTED IN OHIO. Negro Charged With Murdering His Wife Caught at Cleveland And Brough Back to City by Baliff J. T. Brown.
Gene Harris, the negro accused of shooting his wife and thowing her body in the Oconee River, has been arrested in Cleveland, Ohio, and brought back to Milledgeville, and place in jail. He was brought from Cleveland by Baliff J. T. Brown, who went after him.
Harris and his wife left their home to go to the river fishing. Harris carried his gun with him. They failed to return home and a week later the body of the woman was found in the river, and an examination showed that she had been shot.
Harris had made his escape and evidently went to Cleveland, where he was arrested.
Note: See January 21, 1921
October 12, 1920
~excerpts~ (Pelham Journal.) The marriage of Miss Inez Lord, the popular daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Lord, to Mr. George Carpenter, of Milledgeville, was a brillant event and was solemnized on Wednesday evening at 7 o'clock at the First Baptist Church, Rev. J. P. Lee, the pastor, officiating.
Miss Bera Benton, the pianist, rendered the music, accompanied by Mr. Donahue with violen. Mrs. J. J. Hill, as soloist, sang two lovely songs. Miss Estelle Branch, who was maid of honor...Mrs. L. J. Poitevint and Mrs. H. H. Hill, as dames of honor..The maids, Misses Bess Nesmith, Claude Maye and Marilou Parker..
The flower girls, little Misses Alice and Clara Hand, Elizabeth O'Neal, Sarah Culpepper and Frances Barrow...
The bride ...given in marriae by her father, Mr. J. W. Lord....
The groomsmen were Messers. Edgar Long, Tom Funderburke, Ulla Hill, Harris Hill and Dr. Young Little. The groom entered with his uncle, Mr. J. C. Cooper...
Mr. Carpenter and his bride left late in the evening for an extended wedding trip.
October 19, 1920
N. C. IVEY SHOT BY NEGRO EARLY SUNDAY. Will Lee, a Negro, Shot And Killed By Marion Ford, Who Was Shooting at White Men-Ivey is in a Precarious Condition.
Marion Ford and Frank Myrick, two negroes, are in the Baldwin County Jail, held in connection with the shooting and killing of Will Lee, another negro, and dangerously wounding N. C. Ivey, a white man. Ford is held on the charge of doing the shooting and Myrick as accessory.
the shooting took place Sunday morning about two o'clock on the Eatonton road about four miles north of Milledgeville. Ivey, Lonnie Beck, Gorley Willis, Clyde Brunadge and Roney Blount, all white men, were in an automobile, driving towards Eatonton. They came up with three negroes, Marion Ford, Frank Myrick and Will Lee in a buggy. The white men state they were stopped by the negroes and when they got out of the automobile the shooting followed. The killing of the negro Lee was accidental and was done by Ford while shooting at the white men. The weapon used was a single barrel shot gun, the shell carrying No. 6 shot.
Ivey was shot with the same weapon and was dangerously wounded in the abdomen. He was brought to the city by his companions and carried to the Hall-Little Sanitarium. An operation was performed by Dr. Thomas M. Hall. The wounded man is in a precarious condition, and the physicians are in doubt about his recovery.
Mr. Ivey is a guard at the State Farm. Coroner Newton held an inquest over the body of the negro, and Sheriff S. L. Terry went to the scene of the shooting early Sunday morning and made a thorough investigation. The result of the inquest and investigation was that Marion Ford and Frank Myrick were arrested and lodged in jail.
November 2, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Scandal Breaks Out at State Farm When Guard "Elopes" With Prisoner. J. W. Gans and Juanita Weaver, an Inmate Now on "Honeymoon." Man Deserts His Family; Woman Leaves Her Mother Behind Bars.
Milledgeville, Nov. 1 - Announcement was made here today by officials at the State penitentiary that J. W. Gans, a day guard at the female building and Juanita Weaver, an inmate, "quietly" eloped late Saturday night for parts unknown.
Juanita was serving a sentence of one year for shoplifting, being convicted in Atlanta last May. She is described as being about 21 years of age, a blonde and beautiful. Her mother, Mrs. Hilton, is also serving a similar sentence at this prison.
Guard is From Green County.
Gans is from Greene county and has been a guard at the penitentiary for a number of years. He was at the male building when Leo Frank was taken from the prison. Shortly after this occurred he resigned from his position and opened a small store in Milledgeville. Sometime ago he gave up his business and went back to his old duties at the farm. He was assigned as day guard at the female building. He is said to be married, and has a family.
Saturday night when Gans was relieved by the night guard, he called Juanita and informed her that Warden Hays wanted to see her. She replied that she just knew the warden was going to put her in dungeon. They left the building and it is believed that the woman changed her clothes in the commissary building, located near by.
An automobile was waiting a short distance from the prison to aid in their "elopement" plans. It is not know what direction the couple started on their honeymoon, but Warden Hays has been in telegraphic communication with every city in Georgia and Florida to be on the lookout for Gans and the woman.
Mother and Brother in Prison.
Mrs. Hilton, the mother of Juanita, was arrested in Atlanta for shoplifting. A short time after that the young woman was arrested (sic). Mrs. Hilton arrived at the State farm, following her conviction on May 6. Juanita came close on her heels, arriving May 13. They were greeted at the prison by James Cheatham, son of Mrs. Hilton by her first marriage, who was serving time as a drug addict. He has served his sentence.
It is said by officials at the prison that Mrs. Hilton is well connected in South Carolina, and that both she and her daughter were far above the average type of prisoners confined in the female department.
November 8, 1920
The Columbus Enquirer-Sun
GUARD COMPELLED HER TO ELOPE, GIRL SAYS. Jaunita Weaver, Beautiful Atlanta Girl and Guard From State Farm, Are Captured In Tampa When Their Funds Gave Out.
Milledgeville, Ga., Nov. 7 - State prison farm officials were advised tonight that J. W. Gans, a guard, and Juanita Weaver, beautiful Atlanta girl who was serving a year for shoplifting, who eloped a week ago, have been captured at Tampa, Fla. Warden Hays left tonight for Tampa to bring them back.
Prison farm officials stated tonight that Mrs. Hilton, mother of Juanita Weaver, who also is a prisoner at the farm, has had a large sum of money on deposit in a Milledgeville ban for several months. They claimed that $1,500 of this was withdrawn on the day before the elopement of the daughter and the guard.
GIRL CHARGES GUARD EXERTED AN UNDER INFLUENCE OVER HER.
Tampa, Fla, Nov. 7 - Juanita Weaver, the 18 year old prisoner from Milledgeville, Ga., who eloped with J. W. Gabs, a guard, stated tonight, according to the police, that she had left with Gans because she was in fear of her life.
Gans, she said, ws infatuated with her and threatened to kill her unless she accompanied him. The man promised to take her to Cuba, she claimed, but when they reached Tampa their funds gave out.
She claimed Gans exerted an undue influence over her because, she declared, he induced her to resume the use of morphine, to which she formerly had been addicted.
When arrested at a hotel here, both Gans and the girl denied their identity but when questioned separately by the police, the girl broke down and told her story.
November 9, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Juanita Dyes Her Hair Red for Disguise; Gans Seems a Little Chilly. Ex-Convict Points Out Prison Guard to Tampa Police. Eloping Couple From Penitentiary Will Be Brought Home Tuesday
Macon Telegraph Bureau, The Kimball House.
Atlanta, Nov. 8 - J. W. Gans of Green county, the day guard at the woman's department of the State farm, Milledgeville, who last week eloped with Juanita Weever (sic), one of the young women prisoners, is in for a rock road in the courts for some time to come. Gans and the Weever (sic) woman have been captured in Tampa, Fla., and tomorow (sic) will be on their way back to Milledgeville, in charge of Warden J. L. Hayes, unless Gans resists and refuses to voluntarily come back to Georgia.
Saturday the State Prison Commission got information through a former convict, who had served time at the State farm, that Gans was stopping at a hotel in Tampa; that the ex-convict has talked with him and "Gans seemed to be pretty chilly." Chief of Police Guy W. Toph was communicated with and Gans and the young woman serving time for receiving stolen goods, in shoplifting cases in Atlanta, were arrested. Gans gave the name of James W. Carr of Gainesville, and the woman said they had been married nine months. The only disguise affected by the pair was in the young woman having died her hair red Saturday morning. She is on the prison record as a decided brond (sic), 19 years old.
If Gans declines to come back to the State with Warden Hayes a warrant will be taking out for his arrest and retention on a charge of aiding and abetting in a jail delivery, charging effecting escape of a State prisoner and subsequently the State Prison Commission will report the case to the United States authorities under the Mann act, and ask for prosecution on a charge of white slavery. If a warrant has to be issued for Gans by the Prison Commission the Governor will be immediately asked for a requisition on the Governor of Florida requesting extradition of Gans. John W. Hammonds.
November 10, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
CHAMPION PRISON ELOPERS ARE NOW RETURNING FROM HONEYMOON. Juanita Will Resume Her Task As Water Carrier; Gans Will Have a Cell in Jail on Felony Charge.
Milledgeville, Nov. 9 Authorities at the State Prison Farm today forwarded a warrant to Atlanta in order that Governor Dorsey may issue requisition to Florida authorities for taking into custody, J. W. Gans, a guard at the prison who planned the escape of Juanita Weaver from the prison Sunday two weeks ago by eloping with her.
Warden J. L. Hayes has gone to Tampa, where the runaway couple have been arrested, and in case Gans resists being brought back to Georgia to face the several charges that will be lodged against him, a requisition from the governor will probably be sent.
It is expected that the warden, will have no trouble gaining possession of the two prisoners and will likely be back at the penitentiary Thursday morning.
Woman Will Finish Her Time
Juanita Weaver, the young woman prisoner with such a crime record, will be put again in prison to finish her one year sentence, which ends next May. It is not known whether any longer time will be imposed on her. Her friend and liberator, Guard Gans, will, of course, be lodged in the Baldwin county jail charged with the offense of aiding the escape of a felony and the penalty for such being from one to two years. Unless he can make bond he will remain in jail for some time before the next meeting of the grand jury.
It developed since this runaway episode that this girl, Juanita, her mother, Mrs. Hilton and other members of her family are well known criminals. Warden Hayes for years was connected with the Fulton County jail, and he and his wife, who for eight years was matron at the tower, have had much dealings with the family.
The mother's first appearance in police circles was for highway robbery and she was then going under the name of Marie Evans. Before and since she claims to have been married a number of times and has used during her life all the following names: Mrs. Marie Cheatham, Marie Williams, Marie Farrar and Mrs. Hilton, the name she is now using and convicted under.
Mother, a Wealthy Woman.
She has lived in New Orleans, Jacksonville, in Oklahoma and Kansas and has inherited some property, mostly land, which is said to have a value of several thousand dollars. A man, whom the mother and daughter called "Dad," has been on several visits to the prison since Mrs. Hilton and Juanita have been here. He seems to have charge of their business affairs. J. Mallory Hunt of Atlanta is said to be Mrs. Hilton's attorney, and has sent to her on several occasions legal papers, such as deeds and property transfers, which Mrs. Hilton has signed and executed before local officers. The properties were in the states of Oklahoma and Kansas.
What money she came in possession of and it seems like it was considerable, she deposited in a local bank to be drawn out by her checks always endorsed by Warden Hayes.
She is very indulgent, buying extravagantly, whatever she and her daughter craved in the way of fine hosiery and underwear and things to eat, especially candy. Both she and her daughter were haitues to the use of morphine and it is a well known fact that people so addicted eat a great deal of sweets.
Juanita Cured of Drugs.
Juanita has also served a sentence in the Atlanta prison for shop lifting and "doping." She was known as Juanita Miller at the time and has also used the name of Millaney.
Both she and her mother are attractive in appearance and must be fascinating inasmuch as they have been in so many so called marital alliances.
There is nothing true in the report that Juanita has been mistreated since coming to the prison. Records show that as soon as she was gotten off her morphine habit she was made a "trusty." that is she was made a water carrier to the other prisoners and guards who were at work in the fields and around the farm premises.
Her mother suffers with rheumatism and stays in bed a good deal of the time. She has done some sewing and other jobs around the prison. She expresses surprise at the conduct of her daughter in running away with Gans, but she beleives that Gans planned with her about the escape as he was seen often in conversation with her.
November 11, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Claiming That Her Live Was Threatened By Gans, Juanita Welcomes Arrest. Dyed Her Hair From Blonde to Bright Red To Throw Pursuers Off Track. Says Capture Came As Relief, As Husband Kept Close Watch of Her.
When Juanita Weaver escaped from the State Prison Farm at Milledgeville ten days ago and eloped with J. W. Gans, one of the most trusted guards in the institution, she was a blonde. When she passed through Macon late yesterday afternoon in custody of Warden J. L. Hayes, her hair was a bright red.
Gans also was in custody of the warden. Both reached Milledgeville safely last night and the girl was taken to the State Farm while Gans was confined in the Baldwin county jail on a charge of aiding and abetting a prisoner to escape. It is possible that a Federal charge of violating the Mann white slave act will be placed against him.
To a reporter for The Telegraph, Juanita explained that she dyed her hair when she left the prison farm to throw their pursuers off the track. She added that when they reached Tampa she was disgusted, wanted to return to prison and leave Gans. "
But" she added, "he threatened to kill me and himself if I attempted to escape from him.
Stranded in Tampa
"We were stranded in Tampa, absolutely without money and without a passport. We wanted to go to Cuba. That story about my mother financing this trip is all rot. If we had had money we would have gotten away all right."
Then the girl indicated that the couple had been married after leaving the State Farm. She didn't say where the ceremony was performed, and it was the the first intimation that there had been a marriage ceremony. Gans entered no denial while she was discussing the case, although he sat in the adjoining seat.
Soon after our marriage I became disgusted." she went on. "I had enough of the life that we were leading and I wanted to come back to be with mother and to finish serving my sentence. He kept close watch on me, threatening to kill me on the slightest provocation. I wanted to call Milledgeville and tell the warden where I was, but I feared to do so."
Woman Relieved By Arrest.
The detectives in Tampa, according to Warden Hayes, said that Juanita was much relieved when they made the arrest. Asked the reason for her relief in being arrested, the girl said, "I thought that he intended to kill me Sunday morning, and believe that he had laid his plans to do so. When the detectives walked in, I was certainly glad to see them because I knew I was safe then."
Gans, in a desperate frame of mind, sat rigidly slouched in his seat - just one seat in advance of the Warden and the girl. "Desperate frame of mind" is the way the Warden expressed it, and so it seemed.
The bright-looking young girl, who did not seem at all old for her age and was really beautiful, formed a shocking contrast with Gans, his face lined with thought wrinkles, grimy with train soot, and as a whole rough looking.
In clothing as well, the difference was great, the girlish shoplifter dressed richly in a modish tailored shit wearing a black hat with a drooping brim-and the guard dressed in a grayish, dusty-looking suit. The features of the girl were as small and smoothly chiseled as those of some actress, while those of the man were heavy and coarse.
Will Finish Her Sentence.
Back to the farm, Juanita Weaver goes to finish her sentence of a year. The girl of sixteen with such a crime record leaves the farm next May 1. On the other hand, Gans will be put in the Baldwin county jail charged with aiding the escape of a felony prisoner, and with one or two years of imprisonment probably confronting him. This was the situation that Warden Hayes revealed yesterday afternoon.
The couple were being brought to Milledgeville from Tampa, Fla., where they were captured on their honeymoon escape Saturday night by detective working on the case in Tampa. Warden Hayes went for the couple Monday, and the trio spent about ten minutes between trains in Macon yesterday afternoon on their return trip. No extradition papers were necessary to secure the prisoners, as they came voluntarily, and Florida authorities voluntarily turned the prisoners over to him, Warden Hayes said.
November 16, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Reform Wave Is Needed at State Prison, Says Champ of All Elopers. Juanita's Soul Mate Says Conduct of Guards Should Be Probed. Officials and Citizens Place Little Credence in Gans' Charge.
Milledgevlle, Nov. 15. J. W. Gans, former State prison guard, eloped with Juanita Weaver from the female building at the penitentiary early this month, has attempted a prison reform wave. He charges that the conduct of other employees about the women's department should be investigate.
Gans, a man of family, is now confined in a cell at the Baldwin county jail awaiting a preliminary hearing on the charge of aiding and abetting a prisoner to escape. He has trumped up his charge, according to county and other officials, as a lame defense of his own responsible conduct and that the has sought to implicate prison officials to turn the attention of the public from his guilt,
When it was learned that he charged undue familiarity existed at the State Farm between guards and women prisoner and that it should be broken up by a rigid investigation, and that he was considering starting a reform wave, the people of Milledgeville received his statement more as a jest, since it came so close on the heels of his own escapade.
Charge Denied by Warden
Warden Hayes and other penitentiary officials deny the alleged nebulous reports set in motion by Gans. As far as can be learned, Warden Hayes has a number of men in the capacity of guards under his administration, each of them being a trusted employe (sic) and some of them have been employed for years and enjoyed the confidence of all the prison authorities.
Warden Hayes says that he had discovered unfaithfulness on the part of Gans and that he was guilty of misconduct, and that he had so advise him, and had told him the week of the runaway to get him another job that he would be discharged the following Monday.
Not even Juanita who became Gans soul-mate for ten days in their sensational escape from the prison, puts any credence in Gans' charge. She for the time being is trying to unbleach her hair from red to light auburn. In her dash for Cuba she disguised herself by dying her hair a crimson color. Her task will be completed in about a fortnight.
Gans is unable to arrange for bond. No date for the preliminary hearing has been set and it is not probable that the same will be called within the days few days.
November 11, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
GANS THE LOSER EVEN IF JUANITA PAID THE BILLS. Eloping Prison Guard Denies He Married Fair Prisoner, But Charges Her of "Vamping" Him Away From His Job.
Milledgeville, Nov. 10 - Juanita Weaver with her "bottled" red hair, along with her guard, J. W. Gans, together with their lawful guardian, Warden Hayes, arrived here tonight, ending an escapade second in sensation to that of the case of Leo Frank which took place several years ago.
When the doors of the female building at the State penitentiary closed with a bang behind the most beautiful prisoner ever incarcerated in the State prison, a honeymoon of then days duration ended with fair Juanita glad to get back to her mamma, who is also confined in the same building.
Almost at the same time a cell door closed behind Gans in the Baldwin county jail.
Throws Charges at Her "Romeo."
Juanita threw charges right and left at her "Romeo."
She almost accused the guard, who eloped with her, of murder, but towards the end she cooled off and contended that she was going to stick to Gans when he would be placed on trail on a felony charge.
Gans broke his long silence after remaining gin a cell for more than an hour and stated that Juanita with her beauty and charm along with her bank roll enticed him to elope with her from prison. He stated that she financed the trip from beginning to end. They became financially embarrassed in Tampa and the "jig" was up. However, Jaunita went back to her old drug habit and for a while she failed to act just like a bride should and which caused the landlady of the boarding house, in which they were stopping to call the police and resulting in Warden Hayes talking a railroad ride to bring them back.
Denies They Were Married.
He denied the statement made by Juanita that they were married on their way to Florida. He stated that no steps were taken in that direction. He fully realizes that he is the loser, even though Juanita footed the bills. He stated that the woman's game was to finally "ditch him" when they arrived in Cuba. Prison authorities are under the same impression for they are thoroughly familiar with the antics of Juanita and her long criminal record.
The former guard made efforts shortly after he was place in jail to secure bond. He appealed to several of his friends, but die to the late hour no definite steps were taken. It is believed by jail authorities that it will be several days before he will be able to secure his liberty.
When asked whether he believed that his wife would affect a reconciliation and that he would be welcomed back into his family, Gans hung his head and stated "I have not given the matter a thought."
See December 21, 1920
December 5, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
WILLIAM PARKS STEVENS
Funeral services forWilliam Parks Stevens, retired manufacturer of Clay products and well known citizen of Macon, who died late Friday afternoon at the residence, 727 Orange street, after a brief illness of pneumonia, were held yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the residence, Rev. T. D. Ellis and Bishop W. N. Ainsworth officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery.
The pallbearers wre: Active - J. B. Riley, J. N. Neel, R. B. Wright, Dr. F. F. Jones, Francis Williams, C. B. Lewis, S. T. Coleman and J. B. Harriss; honorary - W. A. Taylor, A. D. Schofield, J. H. Williamson, A. E. Chappell, G. P. Rankin and O. M. Grady.
Besides his wife, Mr. Stevens is survived by three children, Mrs. R. Holmes Mason, Mrs. Washington Dessau and William P. Stevens, Jr., all of Macon; one brother, J. Henry Stevens of Stevens Pottery, and three sisters, Mrs. Ella Davis of Decatur, Mrs. Annie Brewer of Milledgeville and Mrs. Jane Boone, of Macon.
December 8, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
MANIC ATTACKS BALDWIN CITIZEN. Robert R. Harper's Throat Slashed by J. E. Kinsey. WOUNDS ARE NOT SERIOUS. Sanitarium Inmate For Twenty Years Escapes From Guards
Milledgeville, Dec. 7 - Robert R. Harper, a merchant and postmaster at Meriwether, Ga., and well known throughout Baldwin county, was badly wounded this afternoon as the result of being attacked by a J. E. Kensey, an escaped lunatic from the State sanitarium. Mr. Harper's throat, was severely gashed by a knife in the hands of the insane man.
The affair took place near Meriwether, located nine miles from Milledgeville. After he had been wounded, Mr. Harper overpowered Kensey, took the weapon from him and placed him in his automobile and brought him to the city, where he was turned over to the police authorities. Mr. Harper, weak from the loss of blood, collapsed a few minutes after arriving here. His wounds were dressed by a physician and he was removed to his home.
Insane For Twenty Years.
Kensey, who has been confined as a dangerous inmate of the sanitarium for more than twenty years, made his escape Monday afternoon. The alarm was spread by attendants at the institution immediately upon the discovery that Kensey was missing and a thorough search was started.
J. R. Humphries, a former employee of the sanitarium and now a fireman on the Macon to Covington passenger train, recognized Kensey this morning walking alongside of the railroad tracks going in the direction of Meriwether. On the arrival of Humphries' train at Meriwether, the fireman reported to the agent about seeing Kensey. Mr. Harper was standing by and overheard the report.
A few minutes later Mr. Harper left Meriwether for Milledgeville to be secured a better description of the hunted man. He also told attendants of the report made by the railroad d man. Mr. Harper left Milledgeville for his home shortly after noon, accompanied by Mrs. Spyles (sic) and John Rape. After taking Mrs. Spyles, who resides a short distance from Meriwether, to her home, the two men continued on their journey towards their homes.
Uses Knife in the Attack
On nearing Meriwether, Mr. Harper sighted Kensey walking in the middle of the railroad tracks carrying an open umbrella. Mr. Harper stopped his car and advance towards the man. When within hailing distance, the postmaster requested the lunatic to come with him. The man stopped and Mr. Harper went up to him. When reaching a distance of about five feet from where the man was standing, Kensey leaped upon Mr. Harper, knife in hand.
The blade of the weapon entered Mr. Harper's throat under the chin and a wound extending for several inches on the right side resulted. Mr. Harper broke the grip of the insane man from around him and then overpowered him before Mr. Rape could come to his assistance. The two men placed the raving man in the automobile and brought him to Milledgeville.
Kensey is about 43 years of age and during the long period of confinement at the institution he has been regarded as dangerous. It is said that his home is in Atlanta.
The Macon Daily Telegraph
JUANITA AGAIN ESCAPES FROM PRISON; RETURNS
Milledgeville, Ga., Dec. 20 - Juanita Weaver, the queen of the female prisonrs at the State Farm here and whose wealth and beauty is alleged to have lead J. W. Gans, a prison guard, to elope with her more than a month ago, again sought to gain her liberty by escaping from her confinement, according to an announcement made her today.
Juanita and another woman prisoner ran away late Saturday afternoon, but the clay hills and ravines of Baldwin county proved too much for the pair and after several hours of tramping, they appeared at the gates of State Sanitarium and requested that they be taken back to the penititary.
See January 18, 1921
January 7, 1921
OSCAR STEELE FROM PISTOL WOUNDS. Oscar Steele colored, who was shot by Clairborne Norwood, another negro in the eastern part of the county during the holidays, died of his wound Sunday evening.
After an inquest held by the coroner Monday, Norwood was held to awayit the action of the grand jury which mees nast Monday. Norwood claims slef defense but evidence before the coroner was conflicting.
The Macon Daily Telegraph
GANS RECEIVES TWO YEARS. Prison Guard Who "Eloped" With Fair Juanita Pleads Guilty.
Milledgeville, Ga, Jan. 17. The grand jury of Baldwin county found a true bill against J. W. Gans, the former guard at the female building of the State prison, charged with aiding Juanita Weaver to escape and leaving with her, both being captured in Tampa, Fla., ten days later.
The escape happened in December last, and because of the queer combination, it proved to be a novel and sensational case. When his case was called today, Gans pleaded guilty, and a statement was made to the court in his behalf by Joseph E. Pottle, former solicitor general. In fixing the penalty of two years in penitentiary, Judge Park said it was difficult for him to sentence him, for Gans had been a citizen of Green, his home county, and had often been one of the court bailiffs, and he regretted to have to inflict such punishment upon his old acquaintance. Gans will probably be sent to the State farm as a prisoner where he has served as a guard for a number of years.
See August 15, 1921
GENIE HARRIS TO HANG FOR MURDER. Negro Charged With Murder Admits Homicide And Says He Killed Wife in Self Defense.
Genie Harris, colored, self-confessed wife murerer was Tuesday sentenced by Judge Park to hang on Feb. 25th, but an appeal by his attorneys, Sanford and Luther will stay the execution on the date named.
Harris was indicted for murder by the present term of the grand jury. Last July Harris with his wife went fishing near the city on the Oconee river. Harris returned late in the afternoon and left on a train that night after trying to dispose of a shotgun that he had carried on the fishing trip. He was caught several weeks later in Cleveland Ohio and has since that time been in jail here to await action by the grand jury.
The body of the woman was found in the river after Harris made his escape with a gunshot wound through her neck which had causd her death. Harris admitted killing his wife and throwing her body in the river. In his statement to the jury Harris claimed that he shot in self defense, stating tht his wife was reading some letters from an old acquaintance of his and that she became infuriated and when he approached she began shooting at hime. Three of the bullets from a pistol hitting him, on in the foot, but the state proved that he was able to walk to the station near Milledgeville and board a train for Augusta. No more was heard of Harris until information was given the sheriff that he was in Cleveland Ohio where he was arrested and returned here.
The appeal for a new trial was granted by Judge Park and the haring on same will be before the Judge at the early part of March. The appeal stays the execution and if a new trial is dealed Harris will be re-sentenced.
Note: See March 4, 1921
January 26, 1921
JAMES B. KING. James B. King died Monday at the residence, 248 Oglethorpe avenue. He is survived by his two sons, Chandler W. and J.B. King; and four daughters, Mrs. H.H. Babb, Mrs. J. W. DeFore, Mrs. C.I. Giles and Mrs. W.C. Babb.
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 4, 1921
MR. THOS. J. COOPER HAS PASSED AWAY. One Of Baldwin County's Oldest and Most Widley Known Citizens Succumbs Wednesday Afternoon.
Mr. Thos. J. Cooper passed away at his home at Cooperville at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, his death being due principally to old age.
For several years Mr. Cooper has been quite feeble. He was in his 84 year at the time of his death and ue to his weakened condition his passing away was not unexpected.
For many years Mr. Cooper was in the business in the little village of Cooperville. He was born and reared in Columbus, though he moved to Baldwin county while quite a young man. He was the father of ten children nine of who survive him.
Probably few people in Baldwin were so universally known as was Mr. Cooper. He was a resident of the county for a period of more than fifty years. It was here that he reared every member of his family.
A number of years ago Mr. Cooper retired from active life, his old age demanding him do do. During the last decade he was unable to get about extensively.
The funeral and interment took place at Cooperville Thursday afternoon at four o'clock. The funeral was held from the Cooperville Baptist Church and was conducted by Dr. J. C. Wilkinson, pastor of the Milledgeville Baptist church, interment talking place in the village cemetery.
The deceased is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Sarah A. Robinson, of Milledgeville, Mrs. G. E. Bigham, of Cooperville, Mrs. P. M. Wood, of Cooperville,
Miss Effie Cooper, of Cooperville. Also he leaves fives sons and one sister, Mr. James O. Cooper, of Covington, Mr. C. H. Cooper, of Cooperville, Mr. John O. Cooper of Hardwick, Mr. R. E. Cooper, of Savannah, and Mr. Cleveland Cooper, of Milledgeville, and Mrs. W. F. Partee, of Cooperville.
The many friends in Milledgeville of Miss Nola Scott and Mr. Jearle Davis will be pleased to learn that they were married Wednesday afternoon and will make their future home in Milledgeville.
Miss Scot has made many friends since she came here from Melbourne Florida and Mr. Davis is a popular mill man who numbers his friends by his acquaintances.
March 4, 1921
~excerpt~ HARRIS NOT HUNG AS PER SCHEDULE. Negro Sented to Hang Here Gets Respite Until Motion for New Trial Can Be Heard by Judge Park.
Gene Harris, negro, sentenced by Judge James B. Park at the January term of Superior Court here to hang last Friday, February 25th, has a new lease on lie, for a short time, if no longer.........
Note: See May 11, 1921
April 26, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Milledgeville, GA. April 25. Warren Edwards, a prominent Milledgeville citizen, died today at noon after being stricken with paralysis on last Saturday. He was postmaster of this city during part of the last administration and was prominently mentioned for the same office under President Harding.
He was 63 years old and leaves a wife and four children.
May 6, 1921
Macon Weekly Telegraph
W. B. Breedlove, aged 71 years, died at his home, 205 Carling avenue, Wednesday afternoon after a long illness. Mr. Breedlove had been a resident of the city twenty-five years, and was a well-known contractory. Surviving are his widow and one daughter, Miss Josie Breedlove, and one grandson, Bernard Breedlove, all of this city. Mr. Breedlove was elected lieutenant of the Baldwin Blues at Milledgeville on September 2, 1874. The funeral will be from Hart's chapel this (Thursday) afternoon at 5 o'clock. Rev. H. N. Fugate, pastor of the Tattnall Square Baptist church, officiating. The interment will be in Riverside cemetery.
May 11, 1921
~excerpt~ HARRIS CASE TO GO TO SUPREME COURT. Negro Convicted of Murder Of His Wife Will Have Hearing Before Higher Court Next Monday........
Note: See October 19, 1921
May 20, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Milledgeville, Ga., May 19 - William L. Whitaker of this city died at the home of his sister, Mrs, H. D. Allen, this morning at 6 o'clock. He was born and raised in Baldwin county, and in early manhood lived in Texas until the death of his wife, when he returned to Milledgeville. He leaves no children. The funeral will be held tomorrow and the members of Confederate Camp Doles will attend the funeral in a body. Mr. Whitaker will be buried in the City Cemetery.
July 4, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
BALDWIN MERCHANT IS ASSAULTED AND ROBBED. William Ivy, Crippled Store Keeper of Stevens Pottery, Knocked Unconscious by Strange Negro
Milledgeville, Ga., July 3 - William Ivy, merchant and well known citizen of Stevens Pottery, near this place, was knocked unconscious by an unknown negro in his store Friday night by a blow on the head with a single tree. Robbery was the motive - the cash drawer was discovered rifled.
It is understood that one suspect is now being held in the Baldwin county jail here, but he has not been brought before the merchant for identification.
It is said that the unknown negro called the merchant to the door of his store after closing hours. When questioned as to his name he gave that of John Jones, who was known to Mr. Ivy. The negro was admitted to the store and called for a soft drink. While the merchant was bending over the ice box he was struck over the head. His condition is not regarded as serious.
Mr. Ivy is a cripple and popular throughout this section. The assault upon him has stirred up considerable feeling.
July 14, 1921
WALTER J. VAUGHAN DIEDS IN THOMASVILLE
Thomasville, Ga. July 13. (Special) Walter J. Vaughan, a well-known merchant of this city died here today after an illness of a few days. Mr. Vaughan was born in Milledgeville in 1870 and moved to Thomasville seven years ago.
He ws for several years editor of the Milledgeville News and was well known in the newspaper world. He is survived by his wife and five children, William, Annabelle, Walter, Marion and Margaret. The funeral will be conducted here tomorrow with Masonic ceremonies.
July 20, 1921
GEORGE HOGAN TO HANG AUGUST 19.
Negro Found Guilty of First Degre Murder When Trial Comes up Monday Morning.
George Hogan, was found guilt of first degree murder int he Baldwin Superior court Monday and was sentenced to hang August 19th.
Hogan was found guilty of murdering Andrew King, anothr negro in the summer of last year. The killing took place at a negro church in the extreme western part of Baldwin county.
WHen Hogan was instructed to stand up before the Judge to receive his death sentence he did so with but little emotion. Judge Park set the hour of the hanging between 10 o'clock in the morning and 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
This was the only murder case to come up for trial during this term of court.
August 3, 1921
HORNE - BINION. A marriage of cordial interest to a large circle of friends was that of Miss Willette Binion of Benevolence, Ga., and Mr. Lewis Horne which occured Wednesday at the home of the grom's sister Mrs. Floyd Frederick in Macon.
The ceremony was performed by Rev. T. J. Morrow, pastor of Sacred Heart church and was witnessed only by close relatives and friends.
Mrs. Horne was a popular member of the 1921 graduating class of the Georgia Normal and Industrial College and had a number of friends in Milledgeville having visited here during the past summer.
After a short bridal trip, Mr. and Mrs. Horne returned to Milledgeville where they are at home to their friends.
The Enquirer Sun
FREES BLONDE BEAUTY OF THE PRISON FARM. Milledgeville, Ga. - Aug. 14- Juanita Weaver, blonde beauty of the state prison farm, who, several months ago, eloped with J. W. Gans, a guard, has been pardoned by Governor Hardwick, it was learned today. The couple were arrested in Tampa and Gans, who is the head of a large family, is serving time now, as a result of the escapade.
September 21, 1921
JOHNSON - BLACKWELL. The marriage of Mr. L. H. Johnson to Miss Bessie May Blackwell, both of this city, was solemnized at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. S. E. Blackwell Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the presence of a number of relatives and friends.
The ceremony was performed by Rev. Thos. G. Watts. After the marriage the young couple left for a stay of several days in points of interest in South Carolina.
October 8, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
The body of T. H. Potter, aged 76 years, who died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. C. A. Blackshear, Friday morning at 4 o'clock, was taken to Snowhill (sic), Baldwin county, early this morning for funeral services and interment. Mr. Potter was born and reared in Baldwin county, but came to Macon about three weeks ago for treatment. He was a Confederate veteran and a member of the Methodist church. Besides his wife, Mr. Potter is survived by three sons, J. W. , R. G. and Charles Potter, of Macon; five daughters, Mrs. Betty Mitchell, of Jacksonville; Mrs. C. R. Dyes, Mrs. C. A. Blackshear, Mrs. W. R. A. Butler and Mrs. J. C. Black, all of Macon; and two brothers, John and Charles Potter, of Milledgeville.
October 17, 1921
KILLED IN AUTO WRECK. Macon, Ga. Oct. 10 -Frank Echols, 25, secretary and assistant general manager of Stevens Brothers, pottery manufacturers at Stevens Pottery, was killed this afternoon when an automobile turned over three times, on the national highway 40 miles south of here. Tom Lawson and Pariah Mercer of this city sustained serious injuries. Echols was a lieutenant in the seventh division and Mercer was an aviator in the World War.
~excerpt~HARRIS MUST HANG SAYS HIGH COURT. Negro Sentenced to hang for Killing Wife Should go to The Gallows, Opinion Supreme Judge.....
Note: See December 14, 1921
October 19, 1921
AUTO ACCIDENT IS FATAL TO A. B. BERRY
Misses Ruby Hoover and Gertrude Ham Still in Critical Condition as Result Saturday's Tragedy.
One of the most horrible automobile accidents ever taking place in Baldwin county happened Saturday afternoon when a big Cadillac touring plunged down a steep embankment on the avenue leading out from Milledgeville to the state sanitarium and carried with it seven persons.
Mr. A. B. Berry, who was driving the high powered machine, was dead when reached within a couple of minutes after the catastrophe. His neck was literally broken and his body was other wise mangled.
Misses Ruby Hoover and Gertrude Ham, nurses at the state sanitarium suffered serious injuries by being pinned beneath the automobile. It is said that Miss Ham was taken from beneath the car after it had landed in a stream of water some thirty feet from the peak of the elevated road.
Miss Mable McDonald, a member of the class of graduate nurses to receive diplomas Wednesday evening of this week, came out of the wreck with a broken arm and leg. She is said to be rapidly recuperating from the injuries received.
The other three occupants of the automobile were Misses Susan Hyde, and Cora Benford, and Mr. L. W. Grant. Miss Hyde is a graduate nurse at the sanitarium and Miss Benford is in training to become a nurse. Mr. Grant is a patient at the sanitarium. Neither of these three occupants of the machine were injured to any considerable extent.
The accident took place about four o'clock in the afternoon. Most of the occupants of the car were returning to the sanitarium from Milledgeville. Misses Hoover and Ham were taken into the automobile at the store of Mrs. E. F. Bloodworth on the avenue to the sanitarium. These two young ladies had ridden hardly three hundred yards before they found themselves plunging down embankment at a speed that might be calculated to produce death nine times out of ten.
At the time of the accident, it is said that Mr. Berry was undertaken to drive by an automobile driven by Mrs. J. T. Hollis. According to those who witnessed the tragedy the bid cadillac touring car was going at a rate something like sixty miles per hour when it suddenly leaped down the long embankment.
WHen the car had reached its destination it was bottom upwards with the front turned in an exact opposite direction to which the machine was headed while under the control of Mr. Berry, who was at the steering wheel. The automobile was almost completely demolished, even to the body and back of the seats, to say nothing of the top.
During the day Sunday there were thousands of people to visit the place of the great tragedy. Viewing the indentions into the bank by the falling automobile and the conditions of the machine itself spectators expressed to wonder to themselves how there happened to be any survivors of the catastrophe. The roadway is an elevation practically equal to the height of a two store house and the embankments is much steeper than the roof of a common residence.
According to physicians at the state sanitarium, Misses Ham and Hoover were resting Tuesday as well as could be expected. Both are still suffering very much from internal injuries sustained in the accident and there still remains some doubt of the recovery.
Mr. Berry is survive by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Berry, of Milledgeville, his wife and seven children, two brothers, Isaac Berry, of Stevens Pottery, and John Berry, of Lakeland Fla., four sisters, Mrs. H. C. Hamrick, of Macon, Mrs. W. W. Childs, of Stevens Pottery, Mrs. Eva Pearson, of Stevens Pottery, and Mrs. J. C. Ivey, of Milledgeville.
The funeral of Mr. Berry was held from the residence Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the services being conducted by Rev. Greene, of Gray. Interment was in the cemetery in Milledgeville.
November 21, 1921
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.
December 7, 1921
Mrs. Elizabeth Smith Passed Away Dec. 1. Well Known and Highly Esteemed Milledgeville Woman Succumbs at Age of 69 After Long Illness-Funeral Friday Morning.
Mrs. Elizabeth Smith died at the home of her son, Mr. C. C. Smith, on North Wayne street Thursday morning, after a long illness.
The funeral services were held on Friday morning at eleven o'clock at Montpelier church. The remains were interred in Montpelier cemetery.
Mrs. Smith before her marriage was Miss Elizabeth Hall and was born March 11, 1852, in East Baldwin.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. O. F. and Mrs. C. N. Brown, of Hancock county, three sons, Messrs. T. N. and C. C. Smith of this city, and C. S. G. Smith, of Gainesville, Fla., one brother, Mr. J. W. Hall of Atlanta.
December 11, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Old Corner-Stone of Oglethorpe Is Found
Excavation Work Near Milledgeville Brings Relic to Light.
Milledgeville, GA, Dec. 10 - A most interesting and historical incident occurred near this city last week when the cornerstone of Oglethorpe University was unearthed. Oglethorpe University in its day was one of the most celebrated and largely patronized institutions of learning in the South, numbering among its students Sidney Lanier and others who won their way to honor and to fame in this State. The discovery of this historic relic came about as the merest accident, but brought to light an object hidden from the eyes of men for almost a century since with impressive ceremonies it was place in position on March 30, 1837, the college building being completed in July, 1840. The cornerstone was of granite and the tin box into which were placed the articles given for that purpose was sealed into the stone with cement and bolt.
Few Coins and Papers.
Stories of many valuable articles hidden in the recess of this cornerstone have been told to the people of this city by those who lived in the balmy days of the famous old institution of learning, however, the following articles ere found: A silver quarter, a silver half-dime and the following newspapers, all published at Milledgeville: The Standard of Union, dated March 21, 1837, edited by P. L. Robinson; Southern Recorder, dated March 28, 1837, edited by Greeve and Orme; Georgia Journal, dated March 23, 1837, edited by William S. Rockwell; The Federal Union, dated March, 1837, edited by John A. Cuthbert. A piece of paper upon which something was written had entirely disappeared. A drawing of General Oglethorpe by one Clouney.
The cornerstone, according to the custom then prevailing, was placed at the foundation of the building under the northeast corner and was, after being placed, covered with dirt, Dr. Thornwell Jacobs, in an address in which he gave the history of Oglethorpe University, says:
Broken Up by War.
"Oglethorpe flourished until the War Between the States. When the war broke out every student at the university and the professors as well cast their lots with the Confederacy. The school invested its funds in Confederate bonds. Near the close of the war the buildings themselves were burned by Sherman and when peace was declared Oglethorpe was a tradition. Oglethorpe bled to death on the fields of Vicksbury and Appomattox."
Almost on the side of this famous old institution there is now nearing completion a magnificent and modern three-story building, the latest addition to Allen's Invalid Home, and in some excavation incident to its erection the cornerstone was found. Dr. and Mrs. Allen have placed the stone in the wall of their building and there it will stay as a memorial to old Oglethorpe. The articles found in the cornerstone are highly prized by Dr. and Mrs. Allen and will be preserved by them.
GENE HARRIS PAYS PENALTY OF DEATH. Negro Convicted of Murdering His Wife in Month of July Last Year is Placed Upon Gallows' Friday.
Gene Harris, negro who has been confined in the Baldwin county jail for several months awaiting decision of the Supreme Court as to a death sentence placed upon the man at the January term of the Baldwin Superior Curt, paid the penalty Friday for killing his wife in July last year.
From the time Harris was hauled into court on the charge of murder he never denied having killed his wife, though he set up a plea of self-defense. The act was committed on the Oconee river a short distance from Milledgeville, the negro making his escape into the state of Ohio.
After shooting his wife and throwing the body into the river, Harris made his departure, leaving several small children at their place of residence near the Georgia Railroad depot. He was captured in Ohio the latter part of last year and brought back to Milledgeville to face the charge of murder.
Only four of five persons witnessed the hanging of the murderer, who was placed upon the scaffold at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon. Hundreds of colored persons congregated around the jail awaiting the pulling of the rope that meant the end of Harris.
Before being placed upon the scaffold the condemned man declared that evil company and whiskey were responsible for his acts and told his hearers that he had repented and was ready to make his departure from the world. He walked steadily to the platform and announced to the officers that they need not fear any resistance.
December 14, 1921
GENIE MORAN PASSED AWAY SUNDAY NIGHT. Resident of East Baldwin Stricken With Apoplexy Saturday Afternoon, Succumbs at 3 o'clock Following Day - Interment at Black Springs.
Mr. Genie Moran, (Arthur E. ) about forty-five years of age and a resident of east Baldwin county, passed away at his home at 8 o'clock Saturday night.
Saturday afternoon Mr. Moran suffered a stroke of apoplexy from which he never recovered, his death taking place in a little over twenty-four hours. He had been in poor health for a number of years.
The deceased is survived by his widow and two children, mother, Mrs. Sam Moran, on brother, Mr. Sam Moran, Jr., and three sisters, Mrs. Lila Cook, Mrs. Robbie Lee Favors and Mrs. F. D. Posey, all of East Baldwin county.
The funeral and interment took place at Black Springs church Monday afternoon.
December 17, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
J. W. CARAKER, VETERAN POLICE OFFICER, DIES. Chief Thompson Pays Tribute to Man Who Served Twenty Years on Macon Force.
Jacob W. Caraker, a member of the Macon police force, died yesterday at 1 o'clock at the Clinic on Walnut street after a major operation. Mr. Caraker was born in Milledgeville and came to Macon about twenty years ago.
Mr. Caraker had been on the police force for nearly twenty years at the time of his death, with the exception of a short time during the Miller administration. He returned in 1908 and had been on duty continually until his recent illness.
In speaking of the character of Mr. Caraker as a patrolman, Chief Martin Thompson stated yesterday, "Caraker was one of the finest men we ever had on the force. He was true blue and a brave officer. He was popular with the men and held in high esteem by his superiors."
The funeral arrangements will be in charge of the F. O. E. Lodge No. 977, of Macon, and Macon patrolmen and detectives will be the pallbearers. The funeral will be held this morning at 12:30 o'clock from Hart's Chapel, on Mulberry street. Rev. O. F. Cook, of the Vineville Methodist church will officiate. Following the funeral the body will be shipped to Milledgeville for interment.
The pallbearers taken from the police and detective force who are ex-brother officers of Mr. Caraker, and Chief of of Dectectives Home Hardison, Lieut. Robert Griffin, Lieut. R. E. Glenn, Patrolman W. H. Hawkins, W. M. Bragg and I. N. McCrary. The pallbearers will accompany the body to Milledgeville.
He is survived by his widow, who was before her marriage, Miss Viola Pitts, of Milledgeville; one son, D. H. Caraker, of Montgomry, Ala., and one daughter, Mrs. A. C. Carlisle, of Macon; also three sisters, Miss Anna Vinson and Mrs. Sallie Vaughn, both of Macon, and Mrs. Will Leonard, of Bartow, Fla.
December 28, 1921
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Macon Man Drops Dead In Doctor's Office At Milledgeville. ON VISIT TO HIS SISTER.
Milledgeville, Ga., Dec. 27 - Ralph Harper, of Macon, died suddenly of heart failure here this afternoon. He was here on a visit to his sister, Mrs. Howard Ennis. Feeling badly after dinner he walked down to his physician expiring just after reaching the office. He was 44 years of age and a salesman of Young, Smith Field Co., of Philadelphia. He made his home with his mother, Mrs. A. P. Harper, of Macon and was a brother of Mrs. B. W. Butts of Sparta; Mrs. Howard Ennis, Mrs. J. A. Fort and C. C. Harper, of Bartow, Fla.; Mrs. Randoph Jaques, Jr, Misses Lille and Blanche Harper, of Macon.
The funeral arrangements have not yet been made. His remains will be interred here, the old home of the Harper family.
December 31, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
PROMINENT CITIZEN OF BALDWIN PASSES AWAY. Capt. George W. W. Hollinshead Dies at Home in Milledgeville;
Funeral Services Will Take Place Today.
Milledgeville, Ga., Dec. 30 - Capt. George W. W. Hollinshead, aged 76, died at his home here today. He was one of the most prominent citizens of Baldwin county and known throughout the State. He was a native of Houston county, but came to Baldwin county at an early age in life. He resided here for 44 years.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock from his residence. The majority of the civic organizations of Baldwin county will act as honorary escort at the funeral, among them being the Baldwin County Farmers' Club and the Doles Camp of Confederate Veterans of which he was president and commander, respectively.
Captain Hollinshead was for many years farm steward at the Georgia State Sanitarium, and was Chairman of the Baldwin County Democratic Executive Committee. He was also a member of the board of stewards of the local Methodist church.
He is survived by his wife and six children, Mrs. A. F. Latimer, of Athens; Mrs. J. F. Bell, Mrs. Darden Asbury and George W. W. Hollingshead, Jr., of Milledgeville; Mrs. L. L. Shivers, of Atlanta and Mrs. Thomas Vickers, of Harrison, Ga.
January 4, 1922
~excerpt~ The marriage of Miss Ruth Conn to Mr. William Davidson Morrison Wednesday afternoon at six o'clock was a social event of much interest in Milledgeville. The ceremony...perfomed by Dr. B. F. Fraser, of Atlanta, the spacious Methodist church in which the event took place...
A beautiful musical program was rendered by Mr. Charles G. Conn...accompanied by Mrs. Lous Flemister at the organ, with violin obligato by Mrs. John S. Allen...the chorus was composed of Miss Frances Hall, Mrs. George Reid, Miss Roberta Lawrence, Miss Regina Cline, Miss Katherine Beeson, Miss Anne Kidd, Miss Helen Keenan, of Savannah, Miss Agnes Cline, and Mrs. L. P. Longino.
The bridesmaids were Miss Genevieve Joseph, of Atlanta; Miss Lillias Myrick, of Milledgeville; Miss Cornelia Wall, of Milledgeville; Mrs. Chas. C. Conner, Jr., of Atlanta; Mrs. Herman W. Martin, of Fitzgerald, and Miss Louise Alford, of Milledgeville.....maid of honor, Miss Julia Lennard, of Vienna... matron of honor was the bride's mother, Mrs. Otto Miller Conn...
The father of the bride, Mr. Otto Miller Conn, gave the bride away.....
...groom and best man, Mr. William Irby, of Blackstone, Va.
The groomsmen and ushers were Mr. Randolph Cabell, of Waynesboro, Va.; Mr. Louis Flemister, Mr. Linton Fowler, Mr. Thomas Morton, of Gray; Dr. Richard Binion, Mr. Russell Bone and Mr. L. L. Griner, of Fitzgerald.
....spend their honeymoon in Atlanta, after which they will go to Selma, Ala., to make their future home, where Mr. Morrison is teacher of athleties and history in the Selma High School.
January 10, 1922
The Macon Daily Telegraph
NEGRO IS KILLED. Stevens Pottery Laborer Dies in Battle With Plant Officials.
Stevens Pottery, Ga., Jan 3. In a pistol battle fought here late Saturday between Zack Stephenson, a negro, and L. R. Riley and W. H. Smith, superintendent and cashier, respectively, for the Stevens Brothers and Company pottery plant, Stephenson was killed instantly and another negro, a bystander, was wounded. The battle is said to have last several minutes.
Stephenson is alleged to have made threats against the cashier and on walking into the company's office to secure his pay, he drew his pistol and stated that he knew his pay was wrong and that he intended to shoot it out. Mr. Smith and Mr. Riley, the only occupants of the office a that time, backed the negro out of the office and the fight was on.
Febuary 22, 1922
Macon Weekly Telegraph
MRS. J. HOWARD ENNIS DIES IN MILLEDGEVILLE. Was One of the Most Prominent Women in Baldwin County; Funeral Services Will Be Held This Morning.
Milledgeville, Ga, Feb. 1 - Mrs. Tommie Ennis, wife of J. Howard Ennis, died at her residence at 8:30 o'clock Tuesday morning after a long illness. Mrs. Ennis was a most estimable woman and very useful in the community and church here in Milledgeville, and her untimely death is mourned by a great host of dear friends.
Besides her husband, who is a well known Georgian and leading business man of this section, she leaves one son, Howard Bert Ennis and her mother, Mrs. Alph Harper, Macon; her sisters, Mrs. Ben Butts, of Sparta, Ga.; Mrs. Randolph Jaques, Macon; Mrs. Ford, Bartow, Fla., Misses Lily and Blanche Harper, of Macon, and one brother Clifford Harper, of Macon.
The funeral services will be held here Wednesday at 11 o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. H. D. Warnock, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which she was a loyal and a working member.
March 15, 1922
MRS. JOHN T. ALLEN DIES IN MILLEDGEVILLE
Milledgeville, Ga., March 14 (Special) Mrs. Hattie Hendrickson Allen, wife of Judge John T. Allen, of this city, died at her home in this city early Monday morning, after a lingering illness of several months. She lived her entire life in this city and she was prominently connected.
Mrs. Allen is survived by four children. Miss Isabell Allen, Mrs. W. T. Garrard, Jr. of Milledgeville; Mrs. Loyd Brown, of Gainesville, and one son, Marion Allen, of Atlanta. The funeral services were held Tuesday.
March 20, 1922
The Macon Daily Telegraph
FRANK P. IVEY.
Fort Valley, Ga., March 18 -The body of Frank P. Ivey was taken to Milledgeville yesterday afternoon for burial. Mr. Ivey, who was 62 years of age, died here Friday. he had been an invalid for years. Surviving are one son, Grover Ivey, of Fort Valley, and two daughters, Mrs. R. M. Durr annd Miss Elizabeth Ivey, of Macon.
March 21, 1922
Captain Caraker, of Milledgeville, Dies in Atlanta. Captain George W. Caraker, aged 80 years, widely known and prominent Georgia and former mayor of Milledgeville, died Thursday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. D. Echols, 49 Powell street.
Death was due to a stroke of paralysis which Captain Caraker suffered a week ago. He had been unconscious for the last five days.
Captain Caraker, in addition to having held the office as mayor of Milledgeville, was for 15 years city clerk and was actively identified with civic development. He served in the confederate army during the civil war with the rank of captain.
The body will be taken to Milledgeville at 7:50 Saturday morning, where funeral services are to be held at 3 o'clock in the afternoon at the First Methodist church, the Rev. Mr. Lipman, officiating. Interment will be in the Milledgeville cemetery.
April 02, 1922
The Macon Daily Telegraph
GEORGIA JOINED IN MARRIAGE TO MARYLAND WOMAN AT CAPITAL.
Mr. Willis Howard, of Milledgeville, Weds Miss Marjorie Marble Downey.
Macon Telegraph Bureau, 921 15th St., N. W. Washington, April 1 - The marriage of Miss Marjorie Marble Downey, of Chevy Chase, Md., and Mr. Willis Howard of Milledgeville, Ga took place at 6 o'clock tonight at the Calvary Baptist church, Washington, D.C. The ceremony was performed by Rev. W. S. Abernethy, Representative Carl Vinson, of the Tenth Georgia District, was best man. A reception was held at the Raleigh Hotel after the ceremony.
Mr. Howard has been in the Government service in Washington for several years. After the wedding he and his bride left for Atlanta, where Mr. Howard will be stationed with the United States Veterans' Bureau. Hugh. W. Roberts.
April 6, 1922
Macon Daily Telegraph
Milledgeville, Ga. April 5. Five negro men were painfully and perhaps some of them seriously injured here this morning when the joists and walls of the C.M.E. church gave way and these men, who were engaged in the tearing down of the structure, were plunged with a crash to the floor 25 feet below.
Those injuries were: William Steele, carpenter, ribs broken and internal injury.
J. S. Lee, superintendent Sunday school, head and face lacerated.
Albert Brown, carpenter, neck injured.
Z. T. Phillips, back broken
Edward Lee and Tyler Hill, wounds and faces cut.
This old church has stood for more than 50 years near the city cemetery and was being torn down to get timbres to use in the new brick church that the congregation have in process of erection in a different part of the city.
April 7, 1922
MR. HENRY VINSON DIED THURSDAY. One of Baldwin County's Oldest Citizens Succumbs After Short Illness - Funeral Friday Afternoon.
Mr. Henry C. Vinson, one of the oldest and most widely known citizens of Baldwin county, passed away Thursday shortly after noon, after a brief illness, his death being due principally to old age.
Mr. Vinson was 79 yeas of age. He was a native of Baldwin county and a brother of Mr. E. S. Vinson, of this city.
For a period of 20 years Mr. Vinson resided in Savannah and McRae. About 25 years ago he left Milledgeville and went to Savannah, where he remained until five years ago, when he returned to Milledgeville.
Mr. Vinson served throughout the Civil war. He was at all times an active member of the Confederate veterans and at the time of his death he was a member of Camp George Doles.
The deceased was the father of eight living children: Messrs. C. C., Frank and Lucious Vinson, of Savannah, and Harry Vinson, of Fitzgerald; Mrs. Hutchinson, of Mt. Vernon, Ga.; Mrs. Paul Elkins, of Macon; Mrs. Austin McEachern, of Atlanta and Miss Annie Lou Vinson, of Milledgeville; also one brother and one sister, Mr.
E. S. Vinson, of Milledgeville, and Mrs. Lucy V. Williams, of Birmingham, Ala.
The death of Mr. Vinson was not unexpected. For several months his condition weakened from week to week on account of old age and several days before his end came it was realize that the remainder of his time was of short duration.
The funeral services will take place Friday afternoon and interment will be in the city cemetery.
April 10, 1922
Columbus Daily Enquirer
JUMPS FROM TRAIN AND FRACTURES SKULL.
Charlottesville, Va., April 9. Timothy Reynolds, 30, of Milledgeville, Ga., a world war veteran, while suffering from an epileptic attack, leaped through a window of one of the Southern Railway's fast trains six miles north of here today. His skull was fractured and he died before the train reached the city.
April 11, 1922
Mrs. Florence Butts Hardy, wife of W. C. Hardy, died at their home, 261 Pierce street, Monday afternoon after an illness of several months. Mrs. Hardy was 43 years old and was born and reared in Milledgeville. She livd in this city fifteen years, and was a member of the East Macon Methodist church. Surviving are her husband, W. C. Hardy, one son and one daughter, Robert Lee and Dotsy; two brothers, E. C. Butts, Macon; O. Butts, of Milledgeville; also an aunt of this city, Mrs. Mary Edwards. Funeral servie will be from the residence this morning at 10:30 o'clock, Rev. A. B. Wall, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Fort Hill Cemetery.
April 19, 1922
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Mrs. W. H. Burkett, 65, died here at 7:30 o'clock Wednesay morning after an illness of many months of paralysis. She was born in Baldwin county. Mrs. Burkett was the widow of W. H. Burkett. Before her marriage she was Miss Annie Wright, the daughter of Pierce and Sarah Wright, of Baldwin county. The body was taken to Milledgeville for funeral and interment early this morning.
April 28, 1922
The remains of Rev. W. R. Foote, once pastore of the Baldin circuit and one of the best known ministers of the North Georgia Conference were brought to Milledgeville Sunday afternoon for interment.
Mr. Foote died at his home in Forsyth Saturday morning. after suffering but a few hours from an attack of acute indigestion. He was a brother-in-law to Mr. J. C. Whitaker, of this city, having married Miss Maggie Whitaker, the youngest sister of Mr. Whitaker.
The deceased had a number of warm friends and admirers in Milledgeville and Baldwin county. Surviving are Mrs. Foote and one son, Mr. W. G. Foote, of Decatur, and two brothers.
Interment was in the city cemetery, the hour of burial being three o'clock.
May 3, 1922
ONE DEAD, ANOTHER SERIOUSLY WOUNDED IN BALDWIN COUNTY. Lonnie Griffin Stabbed to Death, His Brother, Veasy, Wounded, At a Dance.
Milledgeville, GA, May 2. A tragedy occurred early this morning at the home of W. R. Renfroe, in the easter part of Baldwin county, in which Lonnie Griffin, 21, son of John Griffin, of Washington county, was slain by Cleon Johnson of Washington county.
There was a community candy pulling and dance at the Renfroe home, which was attended by the neighboring young folks of the three counties of Baldwin, Washington and Hancock. While the dance was in progress about 1 o'clock, Cleon Johnson and a friend, Charlie Hitchcock, of Hancock county, became disorderly.
Lonnie Griffin and his brother, Veazy remonstrated with them. Later Mr. Renfroe found it necessary to request the two misbehaving young men to leave the home. They did so, but waited on the outside and when the Griffin brothers came out to go home they attacked them, and Johnson severed the jugular vein of Lonnie, from which he died in a short time, and seriously cut Veazy about the face.
Johnson and Hitchcock fled and have not been yet arrested.
The crime happened in Baldwin, but all parties involved lived in the adjoining counties. Coroner Newton held an inquest this morning, the jury returning a sealed verdict, but is is generally understood that a murder charge is lodged against Johnson with Charlie Hitchcock as an accessory.
The affair involves some of the best known families of this community, and is widely regretted.
June 16, 1922
Mrs. M. A. Pittman, 87 years of age, died Thursday evening at the home of Mrs. C. L. Morris, after an illness of several weeks.
Mrs. Pittman was a native of Irwinton and it was there she spent most of her life. During recent years she spent a great deal of her time with her children. Before her marriage she was Miss Martha Bush, a memember of one of Wilkinson county's most prominent families. She was married first to Mr. William Stubbs and after the death of Mr. Stubbs she was married to Mr. Pittman.
The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. C. L. Morris of Milledgeville, and Mrs. Wilbourne Fuller of Pinora, and two sons, Mr. R. E. Stubbs of Macon, and Mr. J. L. Pittman of Fitzgerald.
The funeral was held Friday afternoon, the services being conducted by Bishop W. N. Ainsworth. The remains were interred in the ciy cemetery.
June 22, 1922
Aged Veteran Dies. Milledgeville, Ga., June 21 (Special) Augustus Dunn died at the home of C. E. Bonner here at noon Monday, June 19. He was 79 years of age, and one of the oldest of the confederate veterans of Baldwin County. He is survived by his widow and one sister Mrs. Simpson, of south Georgia. The body was buried in the city cemetery.
June 23, 1922
Little Alex Goldstein, the twenty one months old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Goldstein, passed away Wednesday morning.
The child had been ill for several weeks. The remains were carried to Atlanta for intement Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Goldstein have the sympathy of their friends in their sadness.
June 30, 1922
SMITH-LAMB. A quiet but beautiful wedding of last week was that of Miss Lillian Smith of this city, and Mr. Frank Lamb of Danville, which took place at the home of the bride's uncle, Mr. R. G. Smith on Wednesday evening.
The impressive ring ceremony was performed by Rev. L. W. Browder.
The home was beautifully decorated with ferns and quanities of summer flowers. In the living room where the ceremony was performed, and improvised altar was formed of ferns and baskets of shata daises tied with tulle.
The bride worn a becoming suit of midnight blue Poiret twill with hat and other accessories to match and carried a bouquet of brides roses.
Immediately after the ceremony the bride and groom left for a short wedding trip after which they will make their home in Danville.
July 21, 1922
JOHNSON GUILTY. Life For Slaying Lonnie Griffith Near Milledgeville.
Milledgeville, Ga., July 20 - Cleon Johnson, a young white man charged with murder in connection with the death of Lonnie Griffin, who was cut to death at a dance held in this county a few months ago, was today convicted by a jury in the Baldwin Superior Court and sentenced to serve life in prison. Charlie Hitchock, who was indicted on the same chargle, will be placed on trial on the same charge.
July 23, 1922
GUILTY VERDICT. Charlie Hitchcock Sentenced to Pen By Baldwin Court.
Milledgeville, Ga. July 22. The jury retunred a verdict of guilty in the case of Charlie Hitchcock, charged as accomplice in the murder of Lonnie Griffin and given a sentence of 5 to 10 years. Cleon Johnson, as principal, was tried last week and given life sentence.
August 4, 1922
~excerpt~ Shortly before noon Wednesday a message was received in Milledgeville chronicling the death of Mrs. Bessie Fleming Callaway, widow of the late Dr. John A. Callaway.
Mrs. Callaway was with her sister in Maxeys when she passed away. ...
The body was brought to Milledgeville Wednesday evening. The funeral was held from the residence Thursday morning at 11 o'clock...services being conducted by Dr. J. C. Wilkinson and Rev. H. D. Warnock...
The deceased is survived by two sons, Messrs. L. N. and Thos F. Callaway, both of Milledgeville, and several sisters.
Interment took place in the city cemetery in the family burial lot.
August 11, 1922
~excerpt~ Mrs. Annie Barrington Gibson, widow of the late Judge Park Gibson, passed away at two o'clock Thursday morning, following an illness of only a few days.
For more than thirty years Mrs. Gibson was a resident of Milledgeville. She was sixty-five years of age and a native of Baldwin couny.
Surving Mrs. Gibson are three children, Mrs. Homer Bivins of this city, Mr. Sneed Gibson, of Miami, Fla., and Mr. Conn Gibson of Athens; also three brothers, Messers J. W., J. B. and Will Barrington, all of this county.
..interment will be in the Milledgeville cemetery.
August 18, 1922
Mr. James McDaniel, for a number of years a faithful employee at the state sanitarium, passed away Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. McDaniel was a Confederate veteran and was highly respected by a large number of acquaintances. He was a member of Camp George Doles, United Confederate Veterans and was held in the highest esteem by his comrades.
The remains were interred in the Milledgeville cemetery.
August 18, 1922
NEGRO IS KILLED IN AUTO ACCIDENT. Struck by Machine Saturday Night, Fulton Walker Dies Shortly Afterwards From Injuries Sustained.
Saturday night a negro by the name of Fulton Walker was struck by an automobile driven by John Griffin, a young white man of Macon, and died shortly afterwards from the injuries sustained.
The negro man at the time was walking along the public road a short distance beyond the Oconee Bridge. Mr. Griffin was enroute from Sandersville to Macon and as he approached the curve in the road just over the bridge he was forced to turn sharply in order to prevent running into on of two wagons. As he attempted to pass between the two horse drawn vehicles he dashed into the face of Walker, who was afoot.
After being run down and severely injured by the automobile, Walker was place in the machine and rushed to a physician. It was found that the negro's skull had been severely crushed and spine broken, from which injuries he died shortly afterwards. Walker was a well known negro about Milledgeville, having been employed at the Baldwin hotel.
Mr. Griffin was a traveling salesman for the Case-Fowler Lumber Co. of Macon. After fully explaining the nature of the accident and fully convincing the authorities here that the fatal happening could not be avoided under the circumstances, he was allowed to proceed on his journey homeward.
August 18, 1922
Macon Daily Telegraph
Miss Alice Batson died at the Macon Hospital at 4:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Miss Batson was ill only a few hours. She was 64 years of age and was born in Baldwin County. She resided here at 960 Hazel Street, and had been a resident of Macon thirty-five years. She leaves one brother, Oscar Batson, of St. Louis, Mo., and several cousins of Macon. She was a member of the Baptist church. The body was taken to the home of her cousin, Mrs. J. H. Doke, 618 Elm Street, awaiting to hear from her brother. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
August 19, 1922
Macon Daily Telegraph
The body of Miss Alice Batson will be taken to Cooper's Station early this morning for funeral and interment. Miss Batson died Thursday afternoon at the Macon Hospital after an illness of a few hours.
September 22, 1922
~excerpt~ Mr. Henry Goodman, age 77, one of the few remaining Confederate veterans in Baldwin county, passed away at his home in this city shortly after five o'clock Saturday morning.
Mr. Goodman had been in failing health for several years, though until the last three or four months he never gave up an active life. He served throughout the Civil War, entering the army at the age of fourteen years. While serving the Confederate he was seriously wounded, from which he never fully recovered.
For more that fifty-six years, Mr. Goodman was a resident of Milledgeville. Immediately following the closing of the Civil War, he came to this city and remained here throughout the remaining years of his life. He enlisted in the Confederate arm from Gordon, Ga., and was amongst the young soldiers serving in the army of the South.
Mr. Goodman was born in Oberdorf, Germany. When quite a child he came to this country and entered school in New York City. Shortly before the sucession of the Southern States, he moved to Gordon, and when the man power of the South was called to arms he was amongst the first to offer his services. He was enlisted in Company B., 14th Georgia regiment and was made Orderly Sergeant.
For more thatn thirty-five years Mr. Goodman served as secretary of Benevolent Lodge Masons and was one of the most popular members of the local Masonic lodge...
For about twenty years Mr. Goodman was engaged in the mercantile business here, having associated with him the late Mr. J. J. Wootten, Sr. Ten years ago he retired from business on account of failing health.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at three o'clock, the services being conducted at three o'clock, the services being conducted by Rev. C. M. Lipton. The remains were laid away by the members of the Plantagenet Commandery Knights Templar....
The deceased is survived by Mrs. Goodman and several distant relatives.
September 29, 1922
~excerpt~ Mrs. Nannie P. Tucker, age 73, passed away at her home in this city Wednesday morning, at 1:45 o'clock after a brief illness.
Mrs. Tucker had been a resident of Milledgeville for the past thirteen years, having moved here with her two children from east Baldwin county. Before her marriage she was Miss Nannie Ennis, her parents being the late Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Ennis....
The deceased is survived by two children, Mrs. E. J. Mcafee, of Wrightsville and Mr. Harper Tucker, of this city. Also, four brothers and four sisters survive, Mrs. F. L. Palmer, Mrs. T. E. Pugh, of Baldwin county, Mrs. Lula Bothwell, of Milledgeville, and Mrs. Rastus Irby, of Hardwick, Messrs. C. W. Ennis, James Ennis, Myrick Ennis and Sam Ennis, Jr., of Baldwin county.
October 5, 1922
The remains of Mr. Owen Meadows who died at the home of his morther, Mrs. W. T. Savins, in Salt Lake City, Utah, were brought to Milledgeville Thursday and interred in the city cemetery.
Mr. Meadows was a native of this city. He was the son of the late Mr. Charles Meadows and had lived in Salt Lake city with his mother for more than ten years.
October 5, 1922
Mrs. Geo. Gumm died at her home in Milledgeville Tuesday morning a few minutes after twelve o'clock, after an illness extending through several weeks.
The funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday morning at eleven o'clock. Revs. C. M. Lipham and H. D. Warmack officiating.
The following were the pall bearers who placed the remains in their resting place: Capt. J. H. Ennis, Messrs. C. H. Barnes, W. W. Miller, Burt Wilson, A. J. Carr and T. J. Wall.
Mrs. Gumm before her marriage wasMiss Emma Brake, and wasborn and spent her life im this city and city. The family of her parents was a large one, and she is the last of eight daughters, she is survived by two brothers, Mr. W. J. Brake of this city, and Mr. Guss Brake, of Clarksville.
Mrs. Gumm lead a quiet life in the home, performing the daily duties faithfuly and well, making a devoted wife and mother. During her last illness she was sustained by the christian faith.
She is survived by her husband, and four daughters, Misses Cora, Leone, Lucille and Merylee Gumm and one son Mr. Lumpkin Gumm of Atlanta.
The sympathy of our people have gone out to the bereaved ones.
October 5, 1922
Mr. Blake Little, brother of Mr. H. W. Little and Mrs. S. D. Maxwell, of this county, passed away at his home in Atlanta Friday afternoon after a prolonged illness extending over a period of two months.
Mr. Little was quite well known in Milledgeville. He attended school at the Georgia Military College and frequently visited relaives here after settling in Altlanta. He was fifty years of age.
Besides Mr. H. W. Little and Mrs. Maxwell the decased is survived by another sister and two brothers, Mrs. D. R. Lydeo, of Atlanta, Mr. Allen Little, of Griffin, and Lieut. Col. J. M. Little, of Atlanta.
The funeral and interment took place Saturday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. C. M. Lipham, pastor of the Methodist church.
October 7, 1922
Macon Weekly Telegraph
James B. Moran died at 7:22 o'clock Friday morning after a short illness. Paralysis was the cause of his death. Mr. Moran was 41 years of age and moved here about four years ago. He was born in Baldwin County. Surviving are his wife, two brothers and one sister. He was a member of the Methodist church, and resided at 105 Green street.
Funeral services will be from the residence this (Saturday) afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. J. T. Collins officiating and the interment will be in Fort Hill Cemetery.
October 15, 1922
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Dr. E. T. Gilmore died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. B. Cox, here on Tuesday morning. Dr. Gilmore was 80 years of age and had been in good health until few months ago.
He was a prominent physician of Washington and Baldwin Counties. During the Civil War he served the full four years.
Dr. Gilmore was born in Muscogee County on May 9, 1842. He lived at Ivey, Ga., for a number of years and for the past few months has lived with his daughter here.
Dr. Gilmore is survivvied by Mrs. Byington, of Irwinton, Ga., H. M. Gilmore, of Tavo, Ga.; Mrs. Annie Jones, Leslie, Ga. and Mrs. Cox.
Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Cox Wednesday at 11:30 o'clock, with Rev. Father Morrow officiating. He was laid to rest in the city cemetery.
October 20, 1922
Macon Daily Telegraph
B. H. Russell died of apoplexy at his home, 142 Piedmont Avenue, at 8 o'clock Thursday morning. Mr. Russell had been in declining health several weeks. He was 74 years of age. For eighteen years he was connected with the Central of Georgia Railway here. He was a member of Mable White Baptist Church. He was born in Baldwin County August 18, 1848, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin H. Russell. He leaves four daughters and five sons, Miss Katie Russell, Mrs. Mary Major, Mrs. Alice Russell, Mrs. J. W. Butts, and C. A., of Montgomery. Ala.; B. F. of Atlanta; F. A., of Macon; W. H. and G. M. Russell, of Memphis, Tenn. The body was taken to Milledgeville early this (Friday) morning for interment.
October 27, 1922
MRS. EMMA HANFT DIED IN ATLANTA TUESDAY - WELL KNOW MILLEDGEVILLE WOMAN SUCCUMBS AFTER LINGERING ILLNESS-DEATH CAME UNEXPECTED TO HER FRIENDS AND RELATIVES.
Mrs. Emma P. Hanft, one of Milledgeville's well known women, passed away at the home of her daughter in Atlanta Tuesday morning.
Mrs. Hanft had been in failing health for several months. Recently she left her home in this city to spend several weeks with her daughter, Miss Annie Hanft.
The funeral and interment took place in Milledgeville Wednesday at 12 o'lock. The funeral was freom the Methodist church and was conducted by Rev. C. M. Lipham. The pall bearers were Messrs. L. S. Fowler, M. S. Bell, R. B. Moore, R. T. Baisden, Benjamin Bass and R. H. Wootten.
Mrs. Hanft was the widow of the late Mr. Fred Hanft. She was remembered by the older citizens as being Miss Emma Pluma Cushion (Cushing) before her marriage having spent practically all of her life in this city.
November 2, 1922
~excerpt~ On Thursday evening at 8 o'clock the wedding of Miss Ruth Parks and Mr. Leslie Griffin Callahan of Pocomoke, MD. took place ithe "Old Executive Mansion," the home of her parents Dr. and Mrs. Marvin M. Parks. .....
The beautiful vocal solos by Miss Alice Lenore Tucker who sang "Come to me" and Mrs. L. P. Longino's "Constancy" wre followed by an equally beautiful violin selection by Mrs. J. S. Allen, and Mrs. Emmett Barnes Jr. on the piano...bridal party. Miss Dorothy Parks.....Miss Catherine Parks....entered first. Little Virginia Cooper ..scattered rose petals. The bride then entered with her father, Dr. M. M. Parks, and joined the groom, who came in with Marvin Parks, Jr....nuptial vows..nu Dr. Luke Johnson, of Atlanta, an unclde of the bride. ....will make their home in Pocomoke, Md.
November 10, 1922
Mr. Z. B. Johnson, one of the most widely known men connected with the Georgia State sanitarium, died at his home at Midway Saturday morning at two o'clock, following an illness of more than two months.
For more than thirty years Mr. Johnson served as an employee of the state sanitarium. During the last twenty years he has filled the position of usher of the big institution and during this period he has come in contact with thousands of people taking occasion to visit the various wards of the sanitarium. Mr. Johnson was reputed as being a man of an unusually courteous disposition and he had many friends who will be grieved to learn of his death.
Mr. Johnson was a native of Putnam county, having moved to Milledgeville with his family some thirty-five years ago. He reached the age of eighty-two years before death overtook him.
The deceased is survived by his wife and six children. The children are: Mrs. H. B. Disharoon, of Roanoke, Ala., Miss Roberta Johnson, of Atlanta, Mr. B. H. Johnson, of Milan, Messrs. L. P., M. D. and F. H. Johnson of this city.
The funeral services were conducted from the residence Sunday morning at ten o'clock by Rev. J. K. Kelly, interment being in the Milledgeville cemetery.
November 10, 1922
Mr. George Thompson, age twenty, youngest brother of Mr. Homer E. Thompson of this city, passed away in Atlanta Tuesday evening at six o'clock.
Mr. Thompson had been ill but a few days and his deat came unexpected to his friends and relatives. His condition was not considered critical but a short time before he passed away.
As a boy Mr. Thompson resided in Milledgeville with his parents and was well known by a number of young people in this city.
The funeral and interment tood place in Milledgeville Wednesday at noon, the remains having been brought here at 11:40 o'clock on the Central of Georgia train.
The deceased is survived by his widow and three brothers, Mr. Homer Thompson, of this city, Mr. Wilbur Thompson, of Atlanta, and Mr. Edgar Thompson,and one sister Mrs. Edgar Cook, of Macon.
November 24, 1922
~excerpt~ Mr. R. C. Robson, one of the most prominent citizens in Milledgeville and widley known throughout Georgia, died suddently about seven o'clock Thursday evening.
Mr. Robson was in Thomson whem he died, his death being due to heart failure. When he suffered the attack that resulted in his death he was seating talking over a business matter with a friend. He died within a few minutes after the collapse....
For several months Mr. Robson had held a position with the Federal Farm Loan Bank. He was asigned to the duty of appraising farms belonging to applicants for loans on land and in this work he was looked upon as an expert...recently given a splendid promotion by the department of the government of in which he was employed. He was in Thomson on business for the Federal Farm Loan Bank at the time he passed away.
Mr. Robson was born and reared in Sandersville, having moved to this city with his mother when quite a young man. For several years he has engated in the wholesale grocery business here, being the senior member of the firm of Robson & Evans. Later he beame engaged in farming on an extensive basis on a plantation situated in the western portion of Baldwin county.
The deceased is survived by a widow and thwo children, a mother Mrs. S. E. Robson, of this city; two brothers Mr. C. W. Robson, of Milledgeville and Mr. Lucious Robson, of New York; three sisters, Mrs. Sam Evans, Mrs. A. H., Wilhite and Miss Elizabeth Robson, of this city.
The funeral will be held from the residence Saturday morning at eleven o'clock, the services to be conducted by Rev. T. G. Watts. Interment will be in the Milledgeville cemetery.
December 1, 1922
Mr. W. S. Brooks, well known by a large number of residents in this city, passed away at an early hour Wednesday night after having suffered a stroke of apoplexy.
At the time of his death Mr. Brooks was at the home of his sisters-in-law, the misses Moore. He was strickened with apoplexy at his home in Miami, Fla. the first of lst week and was brought to Milledgeville by Mrs. Brooks and daughter, Miss Mary Brooks, Friday morning.
December 8, 1922
A marriage which centered the interest of a host of friends, was that of Miss Clara Childs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Childs, and Mr. James Taylor, Jr., of Milledgeville, which was solemnizerd Sunday afternoon, November 25, at three o'clock, at the home of the bride's parents, Elder Will Green officiating.
Miss Erma Childs, sister of the bride, was maid of honor and only attendant.
Mr. Pittman of Santonia, Texas, was Mr. Taylor's best man.
The bride, who is a pretty blonde, was lovely in a suit of French blue velour, with accessories to match.
Those present were the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Childs, her sisters, Misses Erma and Laura Childs, and little brother, Walter, Jr., Mrs. E. P. Berry, Mrs. J. C. Ivey and children of Milledgeville, Mr. J, E. Berry of Waycross, Mr. T. A. Torrance, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson and children, Mrs. Eber Pearson and children of Cooper, Mr. Pittman of Santonia, Texas.
Immediately after the ceremony the young couple left for Macon, where they will leave for Florida. Upon returning they will be at home to their many friends at North Jefferson street, Milledgeville, Ga.
December 13, 1922
Macon Daily Telegraph
G. W. WOODALL. Toomsboro, Ga., Dec. 12 - G. W. Woodall, 60, died at his home near here last Friday, after a two-year illness. He was a Confederate veteran, and a member for many years of the Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife and eleven children: H. R., G. T., P. T., and Mary L. Woodall; Mrs. J. B. Wilson, Mrs. W. P. Huff, of Macon; C. I. Woodall, of Milledgeville; S. B., F. C., G. H. Woodall and Mrs. C. L. Brack of Toomsboro. A large number of grandchildren also survive.
December 17, 1922
The Macon Daily Telegraph
The body of Mrs. J. P. McMullin was taken to Coopers early this morning for funeral and interment. Mrs. McMullin died at her home, 718 Third Street, at 9 o'clock Friday night after an illness of a day. She was 37 years of age and was born in Wilkinson County. She leaves two sons and one daughter, Lamar and George and Ruby McMullin and three brothers, W. E. Jeans, of Sylvester; T. S., of Milledgeville, and C.M. Johns, of Dexter, and two sisters, Mrs. C. C. Johns, of Milledgeville, and Mrs. J. C. Peeler, of Milledgeville.
December 29, 1922
Two Deaths Occur In One Family at Midway
MRS. GEO. W. EUBANKS SUCCUMBS THURSDAY FOLLOWING DEATH OF BABY THE DAY BEFORE. HUSBAND AND SIX CHILDREN.
Two deaths in a single family occurred at Midway the past week, Mrs. Geo. W. Eubanks passed away Thursday, while the day before the infant passed to the great beyound, the two deaths casting much sorrow throughout the community.
Mrs. Eubanks' death was due to influenza, it is said. She was well known in the Midway community and was much loved by a large number of friends.
Surviving the mother and baby are, Mr. Eubanks and six children, who have been the recipients of many expressions of sympathy for their bereavement.
January 22, 1923
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)
February 18, 1923
MILLEDGEVILLE GIRL IS BURNED TO DEATH
Milledgeville, Ga., February 17. Willie Mae Adams, aged 5, daughter of Leonard Adams, employee of the state farm, was burned to death last night when her dress caught on fire while she was standing in front of an open grate.
February 26, 1923
Dallas Morning News
GEN. J. J. JOLLEY DIES AT LOCKHART. CIVIL WAR VETERAN AND MASON FOR HALF CENTURY IS CALLED.
Special to The News. LOCKHART, Caldwell Co., Texas, Feb. 25 - Brigadier General John H. Jolley of Brigade No. 2, United Confederate Veterans, died at his home yesterday after an illness of ten days.
Born in Baldwin County, Georgia, April 30, 1837, he was 86 years old at the time of his death. He came to Caldwell County after the war and reared a large family.
When the war broke out, General Jolley was a senior in the Georgia University, and when the call for volunteers was made the entire class joined the cause of the Confederacy. He was a member of the Seventeenth Mississippi Regiment and rose to the rank of Captain.
He was past master of the Blue Lodge and past high priest of the Royal Arch Masons and a member of the Lockhart Blue Lodge for half a century.
April 3, 1923
J. M. Fountain Dies. Milledgeville, Ga., April 2 - (Special) J. M. Fountain, age 75, died at his home at Hardwick, Ga., near Milledgeville Saturday. He is survived by his widow, two small children and three married daughters, Mrs. Wynn, Mrs. Lewis Fountain and Mrs. Hardy of Wilkinson county. The funeral service was held at Snow Hill. Rev. Consley, of Atlanta, officiating.
June 6, 1923
BONNER - DUNN. Marriage of Prominent Milledgeville Man Is Suprise. Milledgeville, Ga., June 5. Mr. Charlie Bonner, 65, wealthy retired merchant of Milledgeville, and Mrs. Gustavus Dunn were married here this morning at 10:30 at the home of Mrs. L. S. Granade. The ceremony was performed by Rev. C. M. Lipham.
The marriage was a surprise to the friends of the couple.
August 24, 1923
~excerpt~ Atlanta, Aug. 23...J. Howard Ennis, of Milledgeville, who is in addition to being Baldwin County's representative in the Assembly, also is mayor of Milledgeville. is the groom. Mr. Ennis married Miss Eva Roberta Beck, also of Milledgeville, who was visiting in Atlanta, today.
The ceremony was performed at the home of J. T. Rebb, a cousin of the bride, and before friends of the couple learned of the wedding, the bride and groom already were enroute to Asheville, N. C. ................
October 13, 1923
Milledgeville, Ga., Oct. 12. Mrs. Martha Torrance died at her home in this city this morning at 7 o'clock. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock. Services will be held at Camp Creek Church in the western part of the county.
Mrs. Torrance was born and reared in Baldin County, and is survived by four sons and two daughters: W. A., J. R., Charlie and T. A. Torrance, and Mrs. F. I. Wilkinson and Miss Mamie Torrance, all of Baldwin.
October 21, 1923
INGRAM BARNES. A wedding of much interest to their many friends was that of Miss Marguerite Barnes, of Milledgeville, to Mr. James Kemp Ingram, of Barbourville, Ky., the ceremony having been performed at the First Methodist Church, Milledgeville, Tuesday afternoon, last. Rev. C. D. Echols, of Atlanta, assisted by Rev. C. M. Lipham, of Milledgeville, performed the impressive ring ceremony.
December 28, 1923
Mrs. Missouri Lee, aged 77 years, widow of Monroe Lee, died yesterday morning at 6 o'clock after a long illness. Mrs. Lee was born and reared in Baldwin County, and was a member of the Salem Baptist Church in that county. She had been a resident of Macon for the past fifteen years. Surviving is one son, John Lee, of Milledgeville. The body was taken to Brown's Crossing, Ga., this morning at 6 o'clock where funeral services will be held this morning at 11 o'clock from the Salem Baptist Church.
January 13, 1924
J. H. LAWRENCE DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS. Milledgeville, Ga., January 12 (Special)J. H. Lawrence, well known citizen and tax collector of Baldwin county, died at his home Thursday morning as a result of a stroke of paralysis over a year ago.
Mr. Lawrence came to this city about thirty years ago from Putnam county and served for many years as chief of police of Milledgeville.
He is survived by seven sons: Henry, Ed, Rollin, John, Carlton, Louie, and George Lawrence, and two daughters, Mrs. George Middlebrooks, of Haddock, and Miss Edith Lawrence, a student at the Georgia State College for Women.
January 31 1924
GRIEVE - Died, at the residence, 310-A Myrtle street, Tuesday, January 29, 1924, Mr. J.H.L. Grieve in his 78th year. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. C. G. Brown; three nieces, Mrs. David Ferguson, of Milledgeville, Ga.; Miss Callie Williams, Miss Bessie Williams, and two nephews, Mr. P. J. Williams, and Mr. H. G. Williams. The remains were taken to Milledgeville, Ga., this (Thursday) morning, January 31, 1924, at 6 o'clock, via Georgia railroad, for funeral service and interment, by H. M. Patterson & Son.
March 26, 1924
DEATH OF MR. JOHN BABB
Mr. John E. Babb, a well-known and faithful employee of the Georgia State Sanitarium, died early Friday morning, March 21st, after an illness of a month's duration. The funeral services were held at the Milledgeville Baptist church, Saturday afternoon, at three o'clock Rev. J. F. McCluney officiating. The remains were buried in the city cemetery, with the impressive ceremony of the Junior Order of American Mechanics, of which order he had been a member for a number of years.
Mr. Babb was a native of Baldwin County, and had been a trusted employee at the State Sanitarium a long time, having charge of the recreation of the male patients. He was a man of quiet disposition, faithfully performing the duties of life, thereby winning the confidence and esteem of all who came to know him.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Adah Babb, and four children, Mrs. Julian Cox, Miss Lillian Babb, and Jardine and Verline Babb, his mother Mrs. M. E. Babb of Macon, two brothers, J. F. Babb, of Miami, Fla., and C. H. Babb of Macon, and three sisters, Mrs. H. M. Edwards, Miss Pearl Babb and Mrs. J.C. Humphries, all of Macon.
May 12, 1924
Jewell Allen, 14-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Allen, did at 10 o'clock Sunday morning, after an illness of one week. Besides the parents, one brothr and five sisters survive; also grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Allen and Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Adams. Funeral will take place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, in Baldwin County, this (Monday) morning.
December 6, 1924
TRACY FUNERAL HELD IN MILLEDGEVILLE. Milledgeville, Ga., December 5- The funeral of William Tracy, 65, who died at Lumber City, his body being brought here for interment, was held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Bonner today at 11 o'clock. Rev. H. C. Emery, officiating, assisted by the Benevolent Lodge of Masons.
April 16, 1925
DEATH OF AN AGED WOMAN
Mrs. Francis Brookins, wife of Mr. Benjamin Brookins, died at her home in the eastern part of the county Sunday night, at eleven o'clock.
The funeral and burial was at Black Springs church and cemetery Monday afternoon, Rev. H. D. Warnnock, officiating.
Mrs. Brookins was 82 years of age, and her life was spent in the neighborhood in which she died. Before her marriage she was Miss Francis Babb.
June 4, 1925
OLDEST GRADUATE OF WESLEYAN DIES IN WASHINGTON
Milledgeville, Ga., June 3 (Special) Mrs. Melissa White, more than 91 years of age and formerly of Milledgeville, who died in Washington D.C., last week, was the oldest living graduate of Wesleyan college at Macon. Her body was brought to Milledgeville for interment.
August 14, 1925
MRS. R. S. OVERMAN DIES AT MILLEDGEVILLE
Milledgeville, Ga., April 13 (Special) -- Mrs. R. S. Overman, 79 and a member of one of Baldwin county's most prominent families, died Friday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. C. Hurt, in the Trilby community near here. The funeral was held at the Hurt residence Sunday morning, interment being in the Milledgeville cemetery.
Mrs. Overman, before her marriage in 1869, was Miss Addie Parker, of Washington county. Her husband was a member of the First Georgia regulars, being one of the first to volunteer in Baldwin county after Georgia seceded from the union, and served throughout the civil war. He died in 1916.
Mrs. Overman was a member of the Baptist church here for more than 50 years.
She is survived by the following children, all residents of Baldwin county: John P. Overman, Mrs. J. T. Taylor, W. P. Overman, Mrs. C. C. Hurt, Mrs. H. M. Hurt and Mrs. A. A. Leonard.
September 16, 1925
NURSE IS KILLED BY CRAZY NEGRO. Miss Amy Oxford Is Victim State Asylum Patient. BEATEN WITH PICK HANDLE.
Milledgeville, Ga., Sept. 15. Miss Amy Oxford, a young nurse at the Georgia State Sanitarium, was killed instantly Tuesday morning by an instance negro patient.
Miss Oxford, who was head of the occupation theory department of the sanitarium, had gone from her office down to another building on the grounds and was returning in front of the negro building when she was attacked without any warning by Willie Sims, alias Willie Dixon, who struck her on the head with a pick handle.
A large number of negro patients were engaged in moving bricks by wheelbarrow to a portion of the negro building. Sims was supposed to have been pushing a wheelbarrow an it is not known how he got hold of the pick handle but he had knocked Miss Oxford down and struck her several times before an attendant, who was about ten yards distant could reach them.
The negro was sent to the sanitarium from Richmond County in January, 1924, and was not regarded as dangerous.
Murder, Is Inquest Verdict. An inquest was immediately held by Coroner Newton at the institution and the jury returned a verdict of murder by the negro.
Miss Oxford was about 25-years-old and was reared at Monticello. She had an uncle, George Oxford, there who died about a year ago. She has a brother, Sam Oxford, in St. Petersburg, Fla., a sister near Macon and a cousin in Macon. She had taken postgraduate work in several hospitals over the country and was a graduate of the University of Georgia. She was a member of the Hardwick Christian Church, a teacher of the senior Sunday School class, clerk of Church and president of the Christian Missionary Society.
Dr. Swint, superintendent of the sanitarium, and other officials regarded Miss Oxford as one of the most efficient nurses employed at the sanitarium. She was an active church worker, had been at the institution for several years and was well known throughout this section of the State. Funeral arrangements have not been made awaiting the arrival of her brother.
See September 22, 1925
September 17, 1925
~excerpt~ NURSE'S BODY TO ARRIVE. Funeral For Victim of Insane Negro Will be Held Here. the body of Miss Amy Oxford, 25-year old nurse, who was instantly killed by an insane negro patient at the Georgia State Sanitorium, Milledgeville, Tuesday, will arrive in Macon at 1:40 p.m. today.
Services and interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery.
....Surviving are one brother Sam, St. Petersburg, Fla., a sister residing near Macon and a cousin living here.
September 20, 1925
~excerpts~ Miss Willis Is Bride Of Mr. R. H. Sherrill.
Of cordial interest to a wide circle of friends was the marriage of Miss Frances Willis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Willis, of Milledgeville, Ga., and Mr. Russell Hobson Sherrill, of Statesville, N. C., which took place at the suburban home of the bride's parents Thursday afternoon, Sept. 10, 15 6 o'clock....
The ceremony was performed by Rev. W. D. Warnock, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Milledgeville.
Preceding the ceremony Miss Sara Barnes sang beautifully At Dawning and O Promise Me. Miss Ruth Hargrove, accompanied by Miss Mary Lucy Hargrove on the violin, played the wedding march and during the ceremony To A Wild Rose.
The maid of honor, Miss Mary Willis, the bride's sister......
The bride cam in alone and was met at the altar by the groom and his best man, Mr. J. L. Terry...
The bride is a most charming and popular young woman. She is a graduate of the Georgia State College for Women, and for the past two years has taught in the public schools of Statesville, N.C.
The groom is a member of the Sherrill Lumber Company, of Statesville, N. C.....They will make their home in Statesville.
Milledgeville, Ga. Sept. 21. A sweeping investigation of the lynching last night of Willie Dixon, alias Sims, insane negro, who last week killed Miss Amy Oxford, nurse at the State Sanatorium, will probably be ordered within the next few days. Dr. R. C. Swint, superintendent of the sanatorium, will confer with Governor Walker immediately on his return from Cuba.
Details of how the party of white men, who gained entrance to the sanatorium last night, seized the negro and carried him to a spot in Wilkinson County, chained him to a tree and beat him to death with a pick handle, indicated that the job was engineered by someone well acquainted with the sanatorium, were related by Dr. Swint tonight.
"Someone in the party was evidently well acquainted with the sanatorium for they went immediately to the room where the negro was confined. " said Dr. Swint.
"None of the men were masked, and I believe that it will be possible to bring some of them to justice. I will present the matter before Governor Walker immediately on his return from Cuba," he said.
Was Large Party. According to evidence given Dr. Swint by attendant's a party of some 25 or 30 men drove up in front of the outer gate of the sanatorium shortly before midnight. Feigning that something was wrong with their automobile, Dunn, a white attendant, who was on duty there was asked for assistance. On reaching the car he was seized from behind, a bag place over his head, his arms and legs securely bound, and carried to a spot some distance from the sanatorium. Here several members of the party kept was over him.
The others then entered the colored ward. The three negro attendants on the first floor were told to keep quiet and their lives, threatened if they reported the matter. The party then went to the second floor, where the three negro attendants were on duty there were given the same warning. The party then entered the room, where the negro had been confined since his attack of Miss Oxford. He was taken by the party to the cars and hurried away. The party harmed no one else and left as soon as they secured the negro.
The attendants, mindful of the threats made by the lynching party, failed to give the alarm last night and it was only this morning that Dr. Swint was informed of the disturbance.
A search was immediately instituted and the negro's lifeless body was found this morning, chained to a tree in Wilkinson County and every evidence that he had been beaten to death with a pick handle. The pick handle was found some few feet from the body. The negro had been beaten over the head until his skull had been fractured. The negro used a pick handle in his fatal attack on Miss Oxford.
Coroner's Verdict. A coroner's inquest was called and verdict that the negro met death at the hands of unknown parties was returned.
"Miss Oxford, nurse in charge of vocational and occupational department of the sanatorium, passed some some negroes at the sanatorium last Tuesday, and Dixon attacked her with pick handle. She was beaten to death before she could reach help. She had been connected with the sanatorium for sometime.
The negro came to the sanatorium from Richmond County in January of 1924. He had served two terms on the chaingang. He was suffering from paranoid dementia praecox officials at the sanatorium stated.
Since the attack on Miss Oxford, he had been confined in a cell, where a constant watch was kept. The body is in charge of the officials at the sanatorium. Relatives have been notified but no word has been received.
October 7, 1925
MYRICK - Mr. Wm. S. Myrick died at his residence, 43 Cascade avenue, Tuesday afternoon, October 6, 1925. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Katherine Johnston. His remains will be carried to Milledgeville, Ga., this (Wednesday), October 7, 1925, at 6:15 a.m. via Georgia railroad for funeral services and interment. Barclay and Brandon.
December 16, 1925
REMAINS OF INFANT BURIED AT BLACK SPRINGS
The remains of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Babb were brought here and buried in the Black Springs cemetery Saturday. Both Mr. and Mrs. Babb are well know here, as they are natives of Baldwin County and have many friends who sympathize with them in their sorrow. Mrs. Babb was formerly Miss Alice King.
(Note - Herbert Chandler Babb is child's name)
IN MEMORY OF A DEAR FATHER
SAMUEL B. COLLINS
Born in Hancock County October 16, 1842, died at his home in northeast Baldwin on the night of December 19, 1925. How sad now when I go home, no dear papa to meet, neither can I go to the fire side and greet him sitting in his accustomed place. He is not there. He has gone to dwell in realms above where we shall one by one gather with him in the beautiful city where is no sin or sorrow. How we miss him; his going away has brought grief and sorrow to us, but we bow in “humble submission”, remembering “Thy will not mine be done.” “For dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” He was such a good father, his heart was kind, warm and tender and sympathetic at all times ready to lend a help in hand to those in need. The ones who knew him best loved him best. He leaves a place which cannot be filled, but it is a comfort to think our loss has been his gain. He is not dead, he is just passed away in that land of eternal day. He was a Confederate veteran, and was wounded in the latter days of the war. He was a faithful member of the Black Springs Baptist Church and a deacon at the time of his death. On Feb. 8, 1866, he married Miss Elmira Antoinette Babb, who survives him, and a better mother never lived than she. Almost 60 years they had walked side by side. He was engaged in farming all these many years. That a blessing and joy we received through his long life now he is gone to reap the reward prepared for the faithful. If I could just describe his excellent character as a man, a husband, a father, how beautiful it would be but no worlds are adequate to do it.
Little Misses Anita and Norma Babb, young daughters of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Babb, entertained about twenty-five of their young friends at a delightful birthday party given at their home on top of Medlin Hill. Games and jokes were enjoyed by all until a late hour. The children then returned into the dining room which was beautifully decorated with cut flowers, pink and white paper. The most delightful part of all was the eager children waiting to cut the cake which contained a ring, a thimble and a dime. Miss Runette Simmerson received the thimble, Miss Lavada Almond the ring and Lorine Posey the dime. Other refreshments were served and the children returned home at a late hour.
January 3, 1926
~excerpt~ Miss Sara Jordan Is Bride of Mr. J. T. Terry.
An event of much interest was the marriage of Miss Sara Jordan, of Whigham and Mr. J. T. Terry, of Milledgeville, which was solemnized at the Whigham Methodist Church at hign noon Dec. 30. Rev. J. C. Walker performed the impressive ceremony in the presence of a large assembly of relatives and friends.........
Mrs Terry is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Jordan and a young woman of rare personal attractions and talent. She is a graduate of Georgia State College for Women and has been a member of the faculty for a number of years.
Mr. Terry is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Terry, of Milledgeville. He was educated at the University of Georgia is a promising young business man.
After being entertained at luncheon at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Terry left in their car for a short wedding trip, and upon their return will be at home in Milledgeville.
January 11, 1926
Mrs.Nancy Bloodworth Lyster died at No. 1 Dannenberg Avenue Saturday night at 11 o'clock. Mrs. Lyster was ill one hour and her death was unexpected. She was 69 years of age, born Dec. 14, 1856. Mrs. Lyster was here visiting relatives from her home at Stevens Pottery.
Surviving are two sons and four daughters: J. T. and W. W. Lyster; Mrs. L. F. Clance, Mrs. B. Clance, Mrs. Frank Crosby, of Twiggs County, and Mrs. W. E. Evans, of Stevens Pottery, one brother, W. M. Bloodworth. The deceased was a member of the Baptist church.
The body will be taken to Stevens Pottery early this morning and funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock from Salem Baptist church, Rev. J. T. Pettigrew officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
May 17, 1926
NEGRO SLAIN FOR ATTACKING WIFE. Father of Woman Kills Husband For Beating Her. ATTRACTED BY SCREAMS.
Milledgeville, Ga., May 16. Beating his wife led to the death of Phillip Cole, negro, 26, laborer, at the hands of the woman's father, George Birdsong, 45, also a laborer, here last night. An inquest held here today exonerated the father of all blame.
The father and son-in-law lived hear here at what is know as Jarrett Springs at about 10 o'clock tonight the father was attracted to the daughter's room by her screams. As he went to the rescue of his daughter, Cole threatened him with a pistol and fired at his son-in-law. Cole died a few hours later at the City Hospital here.
Birdsong was arrested by police, but released following the findings of the coroner's jury here today.
June 15, 1926
KNIFE WOUNDS FATAL. Farmer is Fatally Stabbed Following Argument Over Girl. Milledgeville, June 14. Ike Seay, farmer, died in a local hospital early this morning, as the result of knife wounds said to have been inflicted by Jim Miller, another farmer, which followed and argument between the two Sunday night. The fight took place four miles from here on the Sandersville road.
The two starte fighting followin and argument over a girl, according to evidence given before the coroner's jury, which exonorated Miller and returned a verdict of justifiable homicide.
June 15, 1926
MURDER LAID TO NEGRO. Milledgeville, Ga., June 14. A coroners jury investigating the killing of Issac McClelland, negro, during a fight Sunday night on the grounds of St. Mary's Church, near here, charged Cecil Norwood, negro, with the murder. He is being held in Baldwin County jail.
August 12, 1926
November 15, 1927
Milledgeville Pottery Plant Damaged by Fire; $50,000 Estimated Loss
Milledgeville, Ga. Nov. 14 (UP) Fire which started from a stove in the molding room of one of the plants operated by Stevens, Inc., at Stevens Pottery, nine miles from here, partially destroyed the smaller plant owned by the company. The loss is estimated at $50,0000 by Walter S. Stapler, president of the organization.
Stevens, Inc., which is owned and operated by heirs of the late W. C. and J. H. Stevens, manufacture firebrick at their two plants at Stevens Pottery. Mr. Stapler said that the fire will not materially affect the company as the larger plant was not damaged and plans will be made for the rebuilding of the destroyed plant as soon as the board of directors can be convened.
The company has its own fire apparatus and firemen were at work soon after the flames were discovered. It was only due to the work of the employers who aided in fighting the fire that the damage was not greater, Mr. Stapler said.
The building was partially covered by insurance.
November 29, 1928
CAPT. J. W. ROBERTS DIES. Former Milledgeville Police Chief Passes After Long Illness.
Milledgeville, Ga, Nov. 28. Capt. J. W. Roberts, 86, former chief of police of Milledgeville, died at his home here this morning after an illness that has extended over several months.
Captain Roberts, one of the few remaining Confederate veterans, had been in the service of the city of Milledgeville for more that a quarter of a centyury and was active on the police force until a few years ago, when he was forced to resign, due to his feeble health.
He was born in Hancock county and came to Baldwin county after the war. He is survivied by his widow, daughters and one son.
December 15, 1928
LOCAL MAN SLAIN IN STATE ASYLUM. J. W. Nicholls, 74, is Reported to Have Been Beaten to Death by Youthful Inmate.
J. W. Nicholls, 74, local man carried to the Milledgeville asylum Tuesday, was Wednesday beaten to death by an inmate of the asylum, according to information reaching here yesterday.
According to the information Mr. Nicholls was attacked by a young man and terribly beaten before guards could stop the affray. Shorthly afterward the story goes, the aged man was found dead. According to the reports, it was not definitely determined whether the assault directly caused Nicholls' death or whether he was the victim of a cerebral hemmorhage or of a heart attack. No explanation has been made of how Nicholl's death or whether he was with dangerously insane inmates, nor of why guards did not interfer in time to save his life.
Nicholls was carried to Milledgeville by Sheriff J. A. Beard and deputies along with Dave Brookins and John Rushing, negro, convictes murderers, who have since been granted stays of execution of the death sentence imposed on them.
Mr. Nicholls came to Milledgeville several years ago, moving here from Lanett, Ala. A daughter, Mrs. George Carpenter, lives in this city.
For some time prior to his transfer to the state asylum Nicholls was confined in the county jail here, but he was regarded as harmless, though insane.
Funeral services and interment were held in Milledgeville Thursday, it is understood.
December 18, 1928
NEGRO SLAYERS TAKEN. Milledgeville, Ga., Dec. 17. After a search that lasted until late this afternoon, Deputy Sheriff J. T. Terry arrested John Reese and Luther Saulsbury, Baldwin county Negroes, on charges of killing Ed Thomas, an itinerant Negro barber, at Saulsbury, last night. Robbery was said to be the motive for the slaying.
After he was taken into custody, Reese made a full confession to the Baldwin officer, declaring that Saulsbury assisted in killing the barber. The Negro was beaten to death with the barrel of a shotgun.
Reese is said to be wanted by Atlanta officer on another slaying charge.
Old Burial Ground Almost Lost to The World Found by Mrs. J. L.Beeson
Mrs. J.L. Beeson, Secretary of Nancy Hart Chapter D.A.R., has reported to her Regent, Mrs. Young Harris Yarbrough, the discovery of the grave of William Babb, Revolutionary soldier.
In an old book of land grants, one reads that Elizabeth Babb, widow of a Revolutionary soldier, was given land in Baldwin County.
When Mr. Babb, who lives near Black Springs Church, was questioned about it, he remembered that when he was a tiny child, he attended the burial service of his grandmother, Elizabeth Babb. She was buried by the side of her husband William Babb.
Mrs. Collins, now 83 years old and cousin of Mr. Babb, remembers that she attended the burial services, both of her grandmother Elizabeth Yates Babb, one of her grandfathers William Babb, who died about 1852. He was from North Carolina and his nine children were: Brinkley, William, Berkeley, Jesse, Ransom, Tom, Lizzie, Lilah, Martha.
As soon as the Nancy Hart Chapter establishes William Babb's service, it will petition the Government for a marker for the grave.
The many graves in the old country cemetery where he lies, have become only hollowed-out places in the woodland; but four tall cedars still stand guard. It is by these trees that the descendants know the whereabouts of the two graves.
The owner of the land is Mr. Sam Ennis, and he has long wished to enclose the old burial place which has become almost lost to the world.
Mrs. Beeson was so enthusiastic over the discovery, that a visitor to Mr. and Mrs. Babb asked how much money was
was making out of it."
April 18, 1929
AGED WOMAN DIES HERE TUESDAY
Mrs. S.B. Collins, 83, died at here home near here Tuesday night and funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at three thirty from Black Springs church, where she has been a member since childhood. Rev. J.F. McCluney will conduct the service.
She is survived by her one son, W.R. Collins, of Miami, Mrs. J.B. Kennedy and Mrs. W.N. Arnold of Devereaux and Mrs. A.M. Arnold of Macon, two sisters, Miss Mattie Babb of this city and Mrs. W.E. Rowell, of Musella.
September 18, 1929
J. T. Babb, 63, died at his residence, 118 Crisp street, at an early hour yesterday morning. He was born in Hancock county and moved here over 20 years ago. He had many friends here, and was connected with the Dixie Ice Cream company. Although he had been ill only since Saturday, his death was not expected. He is survived by his wife, who was Mrs. W. R. Ivey, two sons, Hulen and Frank; five daughters, Misses Lillie, Maggie, Jennie, Pearl, Nettie and Sarah Babb.
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at Hart's Chapel. Rev. J. F. Warren wll conduct the services and interment will be in Riverside cemetery.
The following will serve as pallbearers: A. J. Davis, J. R. Woodall, T. M. Roberts, W. B. Beale, Jack Windon and C. H. Fuller.
December 9 1929
MAN KILLS WIFE, TAKES OWN LIFE. Quarrel Between Two Families Held Responsible. TWO NEIGHBORS ARRESTED. Milledgeville, Ga. Dec. 8. After he had taken the life of his wife by firing a charge from an automatic shotgun into her head, Maurice E. Harrington, prominent Baldwin county planter, who lived a few miles from this city, killed himself at his home late last night, the double killing terminating a quarrel which had been in progress several days, witnesses testified.
L. H. Peace and his wife were jailed today by Sheriff W. J. Haynie after a warrant had been sworn for them for assault and battery, linking them with the homicide because of their part in the quarrel before the killings.
After an inquest was held this morning by Coroner C. E. Newton, a verdict was returned which declared Mrs. Cora Harrington had met death from a wound caused by a shot gun in the hands of her husband, Harring was charged with his own destruction. The evidence at the inquest showed that Harrington had been out with Mr. and Mrs. Peace and when they returned to the Harrington home, a quarrel between Mrs. Harrington and Mrs. Peace resulted in a fight in which Mrs. Peace beat Mrs. Harrington. Mr. and Mrs. Peace went to their home, a short distance from the Harrington home, and later heard the shots.
Mr. and Mrs Harrington were members of prominent Baldwin county families, with wide connections throughout this section. Mrs. Harrington had previously been married and has several children. Mr. Harrington has also been married before and had a large number of children. They had been married about nine years and had one son. The funerals will be held in Milledgeville, Monday.
December 28, 1929
NEGRO'S SLAYER FREED. Coroner's Jury Holds Baldwin Man Justified in Shooting. Milledgeville, Ga., Dec. 27. Briscoe Butler was justified for the killing of Jasper Liggins by a coroner's jury here today, the investigation showing that Butler had shot in self defense.
Last night Butler, a white man who resides in the eastern part of Baldwin county, was taking Liggins, a Negro, and his wife to their home. Liggins had been drinking and made an attack on his wife with a pocket knife and then turned on the young white man, who was driving the car. Another Negro interfered and was badly cut by the enraged man. When he turned to make another cut at Butler, he was killed, the white man drawing his pistol and firing two shots through Liggins' heart.
Coroner C. I. Newton went to the scene and held an inquest, after Sheriff W. J. Hayine had made an investigation. No arrest was made after the coroner's jury verdict of justifiable homicide.
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