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OBITS and TIDBITS
by Doyle R. Harper


Abstracts taken from available 1925-1930 copies of the Blue Ridge Summit-Post and from 1932 and 1937-1943 Fannin County Times.

       1925

-Feb- Col.  Benton Latain "Tane" Smith, well-known and respected political leader, dies.  Served in State Senate and General Assembly.

-Aug 9- Col Mike McKinney, 85, died.  Founder of Blue Ridge.

-John F. Thomas, b 1842, d 1925, mar. Mary A. Walls and had 11 children: Dr. W. C., G. O., Mercer, Mrs Delia Price, Mrs Mary Ann Davis, Mrs Emma Thomas, Mrs Ella Davis, Mrs Ola Witzell, Mrs Ida Terrell, Mrs Nora Gilbert, & Mrs Pearl Pool.  Survived by 2nd wife, Sarah (Young) Thomas.

1927 

- Jan – Gus Farmer of Lula killed in car wreck in January

-Sheriff J. K. Bell had a man to visit him for whom he had an outstanding warrant.  After the man thawed out before the sheriff’s fire, the guest was hustled off and locked up by the sheriff.

-Fannin County Bank has assets of $300,000.

-Mary P Willingham freshman class elects Hazel Bearden the prettiest and Opal Tarpley the cutest.

-Jan 23- Former Postmistress during Wilson administration, Mrs. Mary A. Smith, 68, of Mineral Bluff, dies. was sister to Ad Harper.

- Feb - Celia Cochran administratrix of estate of P. C. Cochran.

-Feb 20- Cecil McKinney, eldest son of J. M. McKinney, dies.  Left wife and two sons.

-Mar 3-Col. Thos. A. Brown, 64, dies, left wife & sons, Edgar & Stuart..  He was a lawyer for 30 years, served as senator in state legislature, and was mayor of Blue Ridge for one term.

-Mar 2- Mrs Hepsie M. Wheeler, 74, died.  Survived by children: R. H., Oscar, Arthur, and Mrs Sallie Holden.  Thre children predeceased her.

- John F. Tarpley, county game and fish warden moves to Sugar Creek.

-Mar 10-Adam Davenport, Former Supt. of Schools and Confederate veteran, 83, of Hemptown, dies.  Son of William Davenport of Washington Co., Va. and Margaret Speare Ray of Rhea Co., Tenn.  Grandfather was Rev. War soldier.  Married Mary Ann Ashworth in 1868 and had 11 children.

- Mr. W. M. Barnes of Higdons Store died 28 Feb.

-J. E. Davis advertises all-wool men's suits for $21.75

-Mar 27- Joshua M. Hall, 93, dies.  Left sons: James, John, T. G. and daughters: Mrs John M. Ash, Mrs W. G. Thomas and Mrs Thomas R. Johnson.

-Mrs Martha E. (Wilson) Anderson, 91, dies leaving daughters: [Juliette] Mrs J. E. Cochran and [Jane] Mrs J. E.  Willis.  Was married in 1858 to John M. Douthit who died in Confederate Army in 1863, and in 1879 to Thomas Anderson.

-Confederate veteran James A. Jones, 85, of Murphy Junction, dies leaving sons: Perry & Harvey, daughters: Mrs J. W. Clark, Mrs Mollie Brunkow, Mrs Gus Pierce, Mrs Lon Crisp, Mrs Ogle, Mrs O. T. Olvey, and sisters: Mrs Nellie Hughes & Mrs Tilda Butt.  Moved from Union County 30 years ago.

-Weekly newspaper feature on former residents around Akron and Kent, Ohio.

-Sheriff Bell captures a big Peerless 8 car with 101 gallons liquor.

-William Bolile convicted of murder of nephew.  Given life.

-Spurgin Randolph shot and killed by Reed Hickey at Ben Tilley place.  Murder trial ended in mistrial.

-New Chevrolets selling at $525 for a roadster and $395 for a pickup.

- Crawford reunion:  John W. Crawford , 98, (b 1829) was oldest one present.

-"Uncle Jack" Russel, colored, over 100 years old, living at Blue Ridge.  He knew Rev. Geo. Truitt, and Rev. F. C. McConnell since he was a boy.  

-Aug- Joe Brown Chastain, 38, killed in truck wreck.

- W. Lee Cape, Pickens policeman, killed and decapitated by moonshiners.

-         George N. Green dies 8 Dec.

- Mrs Wright, 90+, dies at home of dau., Nrs James Puckett, of Blue Ridge.

-December deaths: J. S. Cathey, John M. Long, 82, and Prof. G. M. Futch.

     1928

-Jan- Fayette Forrester, 85, Union Soldier in Civil War, dies.  He married a Marshall.  Survived by children: J. E. Forrester and Mrs Alice Newberry.

-April- Mrs Margaret (Morris) Trammell, 86, widow of Tom Trammell, dies.  Children: J. Van Trammell, Mrs Gus Smith, Mrs. B. L. Smith.

-Sept- Tom R. Johnson, 69, dies.  Married daughter of Josh Hall.  Survived by children: Josh, Joe, Charley, Reid, Mrs John Mull, Mrs Arthur Olvey, [Vista] Mrs Arthur Gilliam, and Mrs Harry Mallard.

-Nov 6- W. L[ester] "Red" Parks, 37, dies from poisoned whiskey.  Married [Pearl Mae] daughter of Prof. George W. Tarpley.

-Dec.- Mrs John A. McKinney, now of Ball Ground formerly of Chesnut Gap, dies.

-Dec 30- Rev. E. Web Kincaid , 77, brother of J. R. Kincaid dies at Maryville, TN.

-Dec 25- Brown Allen, age about 70, died at home near Cherry Log.

     1929

-Wade Woody, aged gentleman of upper end of county dies.

-J. P. Cochran, b 1856, d 1929, mar. Julia E. Elrod, had daughters: Sarah and Frances.

-Elected:  G. A. Curtis, member Blue Ridge School Board succeeding himself.  R. T. Hampton, Mayor of Mineral Bluff.  Western Whitfield elected mayor pro tem of Blue Ridge to preside in absence of  mayor M. K. McKinney

- Mrs M. K. McKinney dies.

- Jan – Elmer Rose (26) and Rosie Franklin (17) arrested for abandoning baby on porch of Mr Cabe of Epworth.  Confessed all to Squire McKinney.

-Jan 9- Miss Sarah Welch, 90, dies at home of J. S. Bryant, Cherry Log.

-House & 58 acre farm on head of lake at Fighting Town Creek, $450.

-Mary Burnett & Rose farm, 178 acres at Chestnut Gap, $3000.

-F. Y. Weaver place, splendid house, 35 acres, Blue Ridge, $1600.

-Joe Foster, who shot & killed John Gilbert, turned in by bondsman.

-L. E. Cox, Epworth Seminary, receives $25 award for vocational program.

- 8 Feb, Mrs. Elizabeth Carolyn [Orton]. Ralston, 66 [b 26 Jan 1863], of Wilscot, died exactly one year after husband, Robert D. Ralston [d 10 Feb 1928].  Had 12 children of which two died as infants.  Daus: Mrs Nancy Tilley & Mrs Candus Bryan predeceased parents. Survived by children: Martha Ralston, William D. Ralston, Ruth E. McClure, Callie E. Weeks, Mary E. Vanzant, J. Lewis Ralston, Lee W. Ralston, & Joseph P. Ralston.

- 9 Jan – Mrs Golden, mother of J. L. and G. L. Golden dies at Sugar Creek.

- Jan – Joe Foster, who shot and killed John Gilbert at Benton, TN last summer was turned in by bondsman.

- Jan – Prof. L. E. Cox of Epworth Seminary receives $25 award for vocational program.

-Tennessee Egg Company paying $.23/lb for hens, $.35/lb for fryers.

- Feb -Work on power dam between Blue Ridge and Morganton to start soon.

-Deaths in Feb.- C. L. McClure, 80, Mrs Lita Thomas of Epworth, Mrs Jake Ammons of Morganton, Mrs Thomas Morris of Wilscot.

-Feb 25-Nan Josephine (Galloway) Vestal dies.  Husb., John Vestal. Daus: Mrs Maud Rockwell & Mrs Dixie Ford, bros.: Jesse W. (of Doxey, OK) & John D. Galloway.

-Mar 6-Mary E. (Ray) Griffith, 75, wife of former sheriff A. C. Griffith, dies at home of daughter, Mrs C. Riddle of Atlanta.  Survived by children: Capt. J. M.of Chicago, C. P. of Miami, C. A. of Decatur, Mrs Warner Smith, Mrs D. F. Chastain of Knoxville, Mrs W. B. Holyfield, Mrs C. Riddle, Mrs Ben Gartrell of Murphy, Mrs Charles H. Carter of Montgomery, AL, and Miss Vanna Griffith of Blue Ridge. Brother J. C. Ray of Winder.

-Mar 1- Milligan Cantrell, aged gentleman of Flint Hill dies.

-Mar 22- Mrs M. A. Hackney dies.  Survived by sons: J. M., G. N. [of Blue Ridge], and  W. O. [of Denver]; daughters: Misses Maggie, Elizabeth, and Florence; and sister: Mrs E. B. Lawing of Blur Ridge.

 - Mar – 10 yr old son of Carl Dean of Gravelly Gap dies of liquor poisoning.  

-Married: June Love and Marjorie McKinney, Spurlen Abercrumbie and Faye Cox, Kittie Anderson, daughter of J. D. Anderson, and ___McMulligan (of New Orleans)..

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     1930

- Prof. J. M. Clement, 74, dies.  First president, North Georgia Baptist College (1897-1913), and County School Supt.  Survived by wife; daughters: Mrs D. Claud McCay, Mrs Hayden T. McCay, Mrs C. L. Knoedler, Mrs L. R. West, & Miss Lillian; sons: Earl & James Victor.

     1932

-Petition published asking county officers to take 20% cut in pay during time of depression.

-County Commissioner George A. Curtis bought a rock crusher for county.

-Rogers Cash Store: overalls- $.59, sheeting $.05/yd, men's shoes $1.49.

-Chipeta gold mines on Dial to reopen.  (run by Wade Owenby on lease)

-Mar 6- Miss Hattie Jane Galloway dies.  Surv. by parents, John D. & Callie Harper Galloway, by sisters: Mrs J. L. Chastain, Mrs Welbourne Wehunt, Mrs Nora Weese, Mrs Sydney Callihan and Miss Lily Galloway, and by brothers: Sam and Claude.

-Mar- William S. Mashburn, 76, dies.  Leaves wife, daughters: Mrs J. C. Morris, Mrs H. W. Wilson, & Beulah Mashburn, and sons: J. W., Noah, & Monroe, bro.: James, and sisters: Mrs Wiley Craig & Mrs Laura Pittman.

-Blue Ridge Auto.  29 x 4.50 x 20 Goodyear all-weather tires-$4.17 ea.

-Kiwanis Club requests Sheriff to enforce law against fishing on Sunday.

-July 15-Col. Oliver Reed Dupree,78, dies.  Children: O. R., R. C., Ray, Mrs __McAmos, Mrs Fred Kimsey.  Wife was former Retty Beavers (dec).

-Sheriff Bell seeking Frank Thomas for killing Ivory Kinberg.

-Dorothy McKinney, dau. of M. K. McKinney, Sr. marries Edgar S. Harrison

-Aug 27- O. Monroe "Mon" Rector, 47, dies.  Survived by wife, Katie (Brackett), children: Elon, Amon, Arthur, & Elizabeth, and father, A. J.

-Luke Hampton of Copperhill caught 15.75 lb and 18 lb Muskelonge in Lake Toccoa.  Clyde Reese caught a 5 lb musky, and C. C. Davis of Calhoun caught a 10.75 lb musky

-Sept.- Norman Henry shot by Prince Roper in church yarn at Mineral Bluff.  Henry died in October.

-Oct 15- Joseph Marion Beaver, 73, dies.  Mar. first Elizabeth Morris then Nancy Anderson, dau. of John W. Anderson.  Survived by wife, daughters: Mrs T. M. Callen, Mrs H. Phiffer, Mrs H. A. Vanpoer, Miss Louise & Miss Alice, and sons: Reid, Ralph, and Crawford.

-Oct 19- Mart Ross, 82, bro of former Sheriff Art Ross, dies.  Survived by wife and daughters: Miss Florence, Mrs Grant Waters, Mrs G. Marshall Ware, Mrs Ross Ledford, Mrs Paul Mulkey & Mrs Ed Aderhold.

-Mark C. King, Democrat, wins over G. A. Curtis for Commissioner of Roads and Revenue by 210 votes.

-Nov 13- "Aunt Lively" Davenport, 95, dau. of Hosea Thomas and widow of John Davenport, dies.  Survived by sons: William, James, Dillard & Elisha, and daughters: Mrs J. C. Cobb, Mrs Jess Hayes, Mrs T. K. Cook, Mrs George Thompson, Mrs Alcie Forrester & Mrs Nora Thompson.

-Fannin County Times will accept 1 bushel corn for a years subscription

     1937

- Representative R. T. Hampton, of Fannin County was seated in Georgia House even though he is Republican and Democrat Glenn Allen contested the election.

-February- Morganton's new city hall and jail completed.

-Mar 4- Nancy Gray, 87, widow of Sheriff, John Gray, dies.  Survived by brother, Burt Arp, and sisters: Mrs M. C. Brock, Mrs Martha Withrow, Mrs Vira Withrow, and Mrs L. C. Henry.

-Mar 18-Dr. R. H. Robb, 85, retired Methodist minister, dies.  Native of Tyrone Co., Ireland, Served as principal of Ellijay Seminary and Mount Zion or Epworth Seminary in Fannin County.

-Clara Henry (colored), wife of Tom "Sip" Henry, charged with fatal shooting of son, June, bound over to court for Grand Jury action.

-April 17- George W. Hamption celebrates 101st birthday.

-Apr 25- Alice (McDaris) Fox, 66, daughter of Billy and Rachel McDaris, dies.  Survived by husband, Ben, dau, Gertrude Shields, son, Wayne, bros., James, Jeff & Bob, and sisters, Mary Butt and Tennie Brackett.

-Apr 23- Birthday of Hepsey A. McKinney, 95.  She remembered mountaineers trading beeswax, furs, venison, tallow, and dried herbs such as ginseng, lady slipper, golden seal, and may apple with her husband for merchandise.  They wagoned to Atlanta from Chestnut Gap taking three days one way.  After finishing trading, they bought a years

supplies, and deposited any money with John Silvey & Co.  She named a son after Mr. Silvey.  A shoemaker would come to her home each fall and spend about two weeks making footwear for the family.  Once they had six large bears and a cub, the latter trained to eat chestnuts from her hand.  When the Yankees came in 1864, they burned their corn mill and all their belongings.  They refugeed to Tennessee.  Col. McKinney used to own the famous Horse Shoe Bend tract in Tenn.  With J. B. Glover he helped survey and build the old Marietta & North Georgia Railroad.

-May 29- Hepsey Adeline (McClure) McKinney, 95, widow of Col. Michael McKinney, dies.  Survivors: daus.-Mrs S. J. Goodwin, Mrs W. M. Wilson, Mrs Sallie Butts, & Mrs O. G. Paden, sons- Michael K., Solomon L., Joseph B., & Thomas Silvey, and sister, Mrs Hariett Witzel.

-Apr 26- Mrs Paul Dickey dies.  Surv. by mother, Mrs Addie Leatherwood, sister, Mrs Ralph Dickey, and brother Luther Leatherwood.

-Apr 29- Perry Craig, 78, dies.  Survived by wife, sons, A. G., A. T., W. G., and E. A., and daughter Girlie Craig.

-May 8-Miles C. Turner, 90, dies.  He was a Union soldier in Civil War.

-May 10- Cal L. Gray, 82, dies.

-June-  Repeal of Prohibition loses 94000 to 103000 in Georgia

-June- Joe Vestal, 82 returns from trip to Pacific coast.  He married Rose Mull, and had 12 children.  Lives at Madola.

-June 25-Robert Willis Woody, 91, Civil War veteran, died.  Survived by son, John, and daughters, Mrs Belle Stover and Mrs Amanda Weeks.

-Mattie Mashburn, 80, visits Atlanta. Surprised by street cars.  Saw her first movie.  Thought motorcycles were funny.  Enjoyed Cyclorama.

-Jul 30- Ruth Adeline Stuart, 87, dau. of William Smith and Adeline Holtzclaw Smith, dies.  Surv. by children: Bertha Stuart, Frank Stuart, William Butt, R. L. Butt, C. M. Butt, Mrs J. C. Stanbery, & J. V. Stuart

-Aug 4- Mrs A. S. J. Hall dies.  Survived by daughters: Mrs Maxie Howard and Mrs W. J. Chastain.

-Aug.- Constable Joe Brown of Higdons' Store murdered by shotgun blast from a parked car.  Murderers escaped without being recognized.

-Sept. 6- New County Courthouse dedicated.

-Oct- Ex-Sheriff J. K. Bell, 52, dies as a result of a fight with a number of parties at the Question Mark, a soft drink place on the Copperhill- Blue Ridge highway.  Survived by wife, dau, Mrs M. K. McKinney, Jr., and sons Vestall, and Howard.

-Oct- CCC Camp F-13 move from Higdon Store to Drain, Oregon announced.

-Oct 28- William A. Tarpley, b May 12 1873, dies.  Was son of Linsey G. and Martha Tarpley.

-Nov.,Red Cross campaign opens with quota for Fannin County of $300.

-Nov- Fannin County War Memorial dedicated.  Present were Gov. Rivers, Sen. George, Sen. Russell, Judge Deaver, etc.  Names of Robert P. Richards, and John G. Green were accidentally left off the monument.

-Nov- T. B. Thomas, 60, dies.  Survived by wife, daughters: Mrs Gladys Bailey & Miss Loy, and sons: Glenn & Gilbert, both marines.

-Nov-Rufe R. Crawford, 65, dies.  Left wife, daus: Mrs Iva Pickelsimer, & Mrs Emma Hyatt, and sons: Clem, Guy, Wayne, Arthur, Sylva, & Arvil.

- Forty vacancies for service in the U. S. Marine Corps will be filled from this district.  Term is four years.

-O. A.  Dillingham had an old time corn shucking last Saturday, and fed everyone an awfully good dinner.  He didn't get all his corn shucked due to everyone eating too much to stoop over.  Hassen Turner and Luke Davenport put on an eating contest won by Hassen. 

-Anderson & Wilson: Hamburger $.25/2 lb, coffee $.10/lb, pepper $.20/lb.

-Taylor & Collett Motor Co.: New Fords for $599 to $904.

-Messer's Christmas sale: Silk gowns $.89, Boy's leather boots $1.98.

-At CCC Co. 3431 in Gunter Ore., Howard Richards caught a salmon with his bare hands, Arnold Walker caught a Canadian Loon.  Earnest Williams got ducked in the Pacific Ocean when a wave rolled the log he stood on.

     1938

-Sketch about Milligan C. Goss, 75.  Born near Flat Top Mountain, married Maryann Elizabeth Waters, has children, Moses (M. E. Preacher), Luther, and Lura.  Served on County Board of Education, & Board of Trustees of the Epworth Seminary.  Was Notary and Justice of the Peace for 12 years.

-Feb- Hemptown Iron Ore Bank sold for back taxes for 1934-1937 not paid by owners, Hughes & Craigmire

-Pvt Gilbert Thomas, son of the late T. B. & Mrs Annis Thomas, saved the life of a 65-yr old man by pulling him from the river in Alexandria, Va.

-300 CCC camps will be closed before June 1 to reduce strength of Corps.

-Apr 7- Boon Crawford, 71, dies.  Survived by wife, sons: Clyle L. & Lake B., sisters: Mrs W. O.  Bray, Mrs W. C. Bolling, Mrs B. T. West & Mrs H. D. Gurley, and brothers.: Dr. C. B., Mark, and E.  C.

-April- A 15-second earth tremor felt.  No damage reported.

-Ed and Harry Barclay found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in death of ex-sheriff J. K. Bell.

-Feb 10- Mrs Philip Ross dies.  Survived by sons: Rev Milt, George, & Philip, daughters: Mrs C. G. Gray, Mrs J. T. Ross, Mrs Bill Cole, and Miss Dolie.

-Mar 20-Betsy Eveline (Oxford) Parson, 105, widow of Martin Parson dies.

-Jun 15- Dr. Thomas Martin Greenwood dies in Texas.  Born in Morganton.  Surv. by wife, the former Hattie Cook, sons: Hoke, Glenn, Earl, Paul, Worth, Max, & Rex, and daus.: Mrs N. F. Donalson & Mrs Madge Bowden.

-July 5- Poley Gray, 53, formerly of Cut Cane now Hemptown, dies.

-Jul- Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Ballew, 76, died.  Surv. by sons: John, Poley, C. T., Press, & Elbert, and daus.: Mrs Mattie Shuler & Mrs Adie Ballew.

-Aug- George Washington Hampton, 102, dies. Surv.- sons: G. S. & T. B.

-Aug 17- Mrs Armanda [Harper] Gilliam , widow of Jasper W. Gilliam, dies.  Surv. by children: Dr. W. Y., Emory, Arthur, James, Mrs D. E. Douthit, Mrs Jennie Crawford, Mrs Pearl Jones, Mrs Siddie Hedden, Mrs Bill Tate, and Mrs Della Kincaid.

-Aug 24- Lee C. Weeks, 59, former postmaster, dies.  Left wife, the former Ellen Clonts, and sons: Emmett, Edward, Howard and George.

-Sep 5- Mrs Lilie Jane "Toad" Woody, 85, of Dial dies.  Survived by children: Dallas, Elijah, and Mrs Oliver Dillingham.

-Sep 11- Mrs B. I. Crumley, 72, of Epworth dies.  Surv. by husband, daus: Mrs Walter Mashburn and Miss Bessie Crumley, sister: Mrs Julia Ann Watson, and bros.: John M. Ash, G. W. Ash, & M. A. Ash.

-Sep- Tom Brown Stuart, son of late Sheriff Henry Stuart and Josie McDaris Stuart, dies.  Surv. by wife, former Ruby Pack, and son Tommie.

-Sep 30- John A. Gilreath, 95, dies, within three weeks of birthday.

-Wage-Hour Bill sets $.25/hr minimum wage and 44 hour work week.

-Nov 8-Mrs Jane Dillingham, 76, of Hemptown dies.  Surv. by son: Gordon, dau.: Mrs Noah Mashburn, and sister Mrs James Bruce.

-Nov 14- J. T. L. Hartness, ca 75, of Mineral Bluff, dies.

-Dec 9- J. William Dillard of Chestnut Gap dies.  Survived by wife, sons: Andrew, Verlin, & George, and daughters: Mrs J. M. Cochran, Mrs Dela Potter, Mrs Elmer Patterson, and Mrs Essie Callihan.

-Dec 20- James I Hall, 80, dies.  Surv. by wife, children: Effie & Josh.

-Dec 19- W. A. Anderson, 73, dies.  Left wife, dau, Vella, sons: Furman, Frank & Fred, bro.  John, and sisters: Josie, Addie, Janie & Sallie.

     1939

-Feb 2-A. J. Allen, 75, dies.  Children: Mary Abernathy, Mytle Mutz, Dixie Cross, Lilly, Earnest, Beecher, Homer and Everett Allen.

-Mar 8- D. J. Withrow, 74, dies.  Surv. by children: James , Ernest, Mrs Bertha Martin and Mrs Verna Elrod.

-Mar 20- B. I. Crumley, 75, of Epworth dies.

-Apr 4- Anna Mouchet Ferguson, 75, dau of late John Tyler Mouchet of  S. C., dies.  Survived by children: Mrs R. T. Adams, Mrs W. L. Cheek, C. L., Clarence, Joe, George, and Richard.

-Apr 4- Sheriff James L. Hawkins dies of influenza.  Surv. by wife, the  former Alice Grantham, children: Edward & Pauline, bro. Wm, and sisters: [Elizabeth]Mrs John Turner, Mrs Lon Pope, Mrs M. L. Burns, & Mrs Frank McCord.

-Apr 10- Elisha Johnson, 88, of Cut Cane dies.  Surv by wife, Geneva Tarpley Johnson and three children by a former marriage.

-Apr 10- James C. Callihan, 73, of Sugar Creek dies.  Survived by wife and children: Arthur, Dave, Drew, Bob, Willard, Jonnie, Frank, Lord, Mrs Kate Burnett, and Misses Becky, May, and Nora.

-May 4- James A. McDaris, 80, of Morganton dies.  Surv by wife, sons: Earl, Blain, Everett, & Wayne, daus: Mrs Beulah Seabolt, Mrs Bonnie Garren, Mrs Myrtle Curbow, & Mrs Vesta Voght.

-Wade Allen is opening up his gold mine adjacent to old Garret Mine.

-Jun 1-Mrs Mahilla T. Wilson, 87, Union Church, dies.  Surv by children: Rev. W. E., Wm, C. H., W. H., F. G., P. O., and Mrs O. W. Crisp.

-Jun 10- John Dilbeck, 78, dies.  Left wife, and children: Mrs Allie Goss, Mattie Chastain, Nancy Patterson, Rosie Ray and Ivey Dilbeck.

-Jul 11- Mrs Addie German Andrews will tell her story on We The People about being captured by the Cheyenne Indians 50 or 60 years ago.

-Aug 22- John M. Ash, 82, dies. Surv. by wife, children: Mrs Mary Jane Watson, Mrs Margaret Burnett, Mrs Dora Sluder, Mrs Lillie Stewart, Miss Laura Ash, Miss Effie Ash, Mrs Mandy Yother and George Ash.

-Sep 4- J. C. Edwards, 72, Fannin Tax Recvr, dies. Left wife & children: Bessie Akins, Mary Terrell, Dorothy Plemmons, Dewey, Ross, Hoke & Harry.

-Several homes of non-striking employees of Tenn. Copper Co. have been shot into with rifles.  No one hurt but there were several close calls.

-Wade Allen is working the old Garrett gold mine.  Reports samples assay $100/ton.  Says former operators took gold from under adjacent property. 

-Nov 23-Mrs Albert Abercrombie, 65, of Flint Hill dies leaving husb. And children: Dawson, Hobart, & Claud Wright, Bascomb & Henry Abercrombie, Lulu Patterson, Bonnie Abercrombie, Fairy Parris, and Reba Davenport.

-Dec 19-Robert L. Weaver, 68, of Hemptown dies.  Surv.: wife, daughters: Mrs Lily Brackett, Mrs Herbert Allen, Mrs Bessie Patterson, Mrs Howard Brackett, Mrs Joe Brackett, and sons: Elbert, Carl and Fred.

-Dec 24-Martha C. Green, 61, dies.  Surv by bros: Rena, George, & Andrew Green, and sisters: Mrs H. C. Walker, Mrs F. W. Ward, & Mrs Tom Godfrey

     1940

-Apr- For third time in three weeks, TVA transmission towers have been dynamited, disrupting service.  FBI is investigating.

-May- M. C. Anderson, CIO leader of Ducktown, charged with conspiracy to destroy or injure property of the TVA in connection with dynamitings.

-April 29- Death of Samuel Ballew, 73, Surv. by wife, sons: Harrison, Robert, and Floyd, daus: Mrs J. D. Cantrell, and Leatha Ballew.

-Apr 29- Mrs Cynthia Beavers, 85, dies.  Survived by daus: Mrs W. F. Kincaid, Mrs Lulu Woody, Mrs Horace Jackson, Mrs Ralph Beaver, sons: Fred, Edgar, Herschel, & Reed.

-May- Sheep shearing demonstration at farmers warehouse in Blue Ridge.

-May- 22 inch rainbow trout caught in Canasauga River.

-May- Ladies hosiery of DuPont's new fiber, Nylon, being sold.

-May- McAllister Auto Supply offering 4.50 x 21 tires at $4.95, motor

oil at $.29/gallon and car batteries at $2.25 exchange.

-Jun 2- Elisha V. Brackett, 62, dies.  Survived by wife, sons: Clyde &  E. V., dau: Mrs Carl Queen, bros: Frank, Goodson, & Add, sist: Mrs Nannie Butt, Mrs Laura Pickelsimer, & Mrs Dovie Brackett.

-June- Lake Conasauga opens.

-July 4- Columbus Roberts, Demo. candidate for Governor in Blue Ridge.

-June 16- Mrs J. B. Dills, 62, dies.  Surv by son: Roy, daus: Carrie Pickelsimer, Cora Burnett, and Miss Agnes Dills, bro: P. H. Taylor.

-Jul 4- Mrs W. M. Mason, 65, dies.  Surv. sons: Reed, Clarence, & Auldin, daus: Mrs Harold Spriggs, Mrs Robert Dickens, & Mrs C. H. Tate.

-July 28- Cleveland N. Thomas, 66, dies.  Surv. by wife, sons: Dupont, Clyde, Roy, Clarence, Earl, Hoyt, & Otis, and dau: Mrs Cecil Thomas.

-July 28- A.  B. Mosley, 68, of Blue Ridge dies.  Survived by wife, dau: Mrs J. T. ONeal, sons: John & Thomas E.

-August- Open letter to President Roosevelt from Fannin County School Supt.  W. H. Fargason asking why the government is buying power company property which paid $3400 school tax last year, and giving it to the TVA with their payment set at $400.  Our best farm land will be flooded.

-Aug 4- Mrs Eliza Jane Mull, 78, of Blue Ridge dies.  Surv. by daus: Miss Nore Mull, Mrs Birdie Hickey, Mrs Ola Gray.

-Aug 25- Addie Mary Humphrey Ray, 73, widow of C. S. Ray, dies.  Surv. by sons: Henry, Harvey, Wesley, John, Ben, Beta, N. C., & George, daus: Mrs Mary Davis, Mrs Nettie Keener, & Mrs Margaret Farmer.

-Sep 8- Robert H. Frizzell of Hot House dies.  Wife was Nola Harper.

-Oct 18-Contract let for base and paving of Blue Ridge-Murphy Highway.

-Oct 24-Syrup-making, one of the county's major cash crops, at its peak.

     1941

-Jan 8-J. W. Galloway dies in Okla.  Wife was Amanda Wilson.

-Jan 17- First Fannin REA line energized bringing power to Hemptown.

-Feb- Old Garrett gold mine on John Rogers property in Dial will reopen.

-Feb- In last four months in office, Gov. Rivers issued 1879 pardons.

-Feb 17-Theresa Mae Waters Cantrell, 68, wid. of Milligan Cantrell dies.

-Feb 14- Eb Thomas, 75 dies.  Surv by bros: Rev. Luther, Henry & Wm. And sisters: Mrs Alfred Patterson, Mrs Lee Thrasher, and Mrs Hill Huffman.

-Feb 14-James Willard Garrison, 75, dies.  Left wife & children: Edgar, Spurgeon, Marshal, Mrs F. H. Nixon, Mrs Carl Bennett, & Mrs Earl McDaris

-Mar 8- Andrew B. Ellis, 67, nephew of Frank Ellis, Sr., dies.

-Mar-Smokers asked to save tinfoil from cigarette packs for War effort.

-Mar- Lee Henry selling fish scrap fertilizer. 

-Mar 13-J. W. Tutherow, 70, dies.  Surv by wife, Allie Gregory Tutherow.

-Apr 2-Gov. Eugene Talmadge failed to arrive for a speech at Morganton, disappointing a crowd of 2000 waiting to hear him.

-Apr 26- John J. Brown, 82, dies.  Surv. by wife, daus: Mrs Zonnie Anthony, & Mrs Zorris Munday, and sons: William T. & Robert.

-Apr 16-Harriett McClure Witsell, 93, widow of John H. Witsell, dies.  Was sister to Tom McClure, Mrs Mike McKinney & Mrs Eliza McKinney.

-Apr 24-George W. Bryan, 82, dies. Surv by sons: J. S., G. D., & R. M., and daus: Mrs G. M. Fisher, & Mrs T. M. Hensley.

-May 7-Andrew J. Bramlett, 77, of Dial dies.  Surv. by wife, & children: G. L., W. B., D. C., J. B., Roy, Mrs J. M. Cook, Mrs Clifford Myes, Mrs Edgar Payne & Mrs Parker

-May-No paved roads for Fannin this year.  Highway funds are being diverted from completion of primary system started in 1916.

-May 15-Mary Elizabeth Waters Goss, 78, dies.  Survived by husband,  M. C. Goss, and children: M. F., A. L. and Lura Goss.

-May 31-James H. Ray, 77, ginseng grower of Chestnut Gap, dies.  Surv. by wife, sons: William, Tom, Virgle, Joe, Boon, John, & Clyde, and daus: Mrs Charles Evans, Mrs Pearl Hughes, & Mrs Luther Terrell.

-Jul 12- James F. Turner dies in Union County.  Survived by wife and sisters: Mrs John Pope and Mrs L. P. Thomas.

-Aug 13- Joe C. Quintrell, 72, dies.  Mar. Sarah Waters.  Surv. by dau., Irene Quintrel, sisters: Mrs Bertha Wehunt, Mrs J. H. Cole, & Mrs George Shalton, and bros: J. W., S. H., Harry, and T. A.

-Aug 15- Funeral of Elizabeth Queen, 89.  Children: John, Davis, Robert, Harrison, Mrs D. Thomas Dooly, Mrs M. M. Crawford, & Mrs America Lyle.

-Sep 7-Funeral of Mrs Dovie Allen Martin, 80.  Surv by bro., Wade Allen.

-Sep 1- Installation of dial telephone system in Blue Ridge.

-Sep 19- Funeral of Mrs Jasper Brownlow Cobb, 76, of Union County.

-Sep 28- Allen Columbus Chastain, 63, of Morganton dies.

-Oct- Nancy Bethenia Pruitt, 75, of Padena dies.  Survived by sons: Ferd & W. H., and daughters: Mrs Mattie Cruse & Mrs C. C. Buchanan.

-Oct 20-Laura Dean Turner, wife of Rev. W. Lon Turner, dies.  Survived by daus: [Lura Van Hook], [Bonnie] Mrs J[oseph] C. Grantham, [Elzy Jane]Mrs A[lva] E. Craig, [Florence]Mrs I. G[ordon] Queen, [Clara]Mrs Ira Cole.  [Cassie] Mrs Luthur J. Mason, [Evah]Mrs Ernest H. Daves, & [Jessie]Mrs Winston T. Harper, sons: W. Hayden Glenn P. and C. Hassen.

-Oct 3- Joe Edmundson, 90, of Cooper Creek dies.

-Nov 3-Isaac Theadore Petty, 72, dies.  Mar. Jane Self.  Surv. by wife, sons: J. B. & John, daus: Mrs V. M. Collis, Mrs E. L. Queen, Mrs T. H. Ellis, Mrs L. B. Greer, Mrs I. H. Ray, & Mrs Clint Queen & bro., T. L.

-Nov 14- P. B. Bailey, 77, of Epworth dies.  Surv by wife, sons: Ezra & Sam, and daus: Eula Mae & Anna Lee.  Member Turniptown Baptist Church.

-Dec 23- Mrs Laura Wehunt, 79, dies. Surv. by son, Welborn.

     1942

-Jan 13-Funeral of Emma Rush Tate, 79, widow of J. F. Tate. Surv. by sons: Frank, Paul, Noel, Wm., Neal, Homer, Ocean, Ed, & Fred, and daus: Mrs George Arnold, Mrs Emma Mills, & Mrs Mae Taylor.

-Feb 11-Martha Whitfield Hammontree, 62, dau of John Whitfield & Nancy Patterson, dies.  Survived by husband Caleb L. Hammontree, bros: Elias Whitfield of Blue Ridge, & Eugene Whitfield, & sister Mrs Lonnie Ingram.

-Jan 30-Mrs Monroe Farmer of Mineral Bluff, 77, dau of late Albert Mull, dies.  Surv. by husband, children: A. F., J. H., R. L., Hayden, Claud, Frank, Reed, & Mrs Harv Ray, sisters: Mrs Mary Ann Turner & Mrs Alice Richards, & bros: U. S., B. V., Bob, and Bud Mull.

-Feb 15-Adeline Thomas Davenport, 89, wid. of David E. Davenport, dies at home of son, Thomas Davenport, in Young Cane.

-Feb- Sheriff Collins holding Pryor Ballew of Hot House on charge of killing Buster Harper.  Found guilty in April, received life sentence.

-Mar 5- County residents are digging out of a 15 to 30 inch snowfall.

-Apr 7- J. B. Cobb, 79, of Union Co., dies.  Bro. to J. C. Cobb of Hemp.  

-Apr- War Production Board requires purchasers of toothpaste to turn in old tin toothpaste tube.  Cuffs on wool trousers prohibited.

-Apr 16- Man claiming to be Jesse James, 94, ex-bank robber, in county.

-Jul 4- Mrs L. B[ethel]. Tarpley, [neeLouisa Florentine Johnson] 82, dies.  Children: W[illiam] U., Rev. [James A.], Sanford, L[uther] E., [Josie] Mrs F. E.  Ferguson, [Vandora] Mrs Carl Curtis & [Bessie Jane] Mrs Bice Green.

-July- Death of Mrs Hariett Rhodes Walker, 74, of Hemp.

-May 9- Harriett Avanel Cook Greenwood, 79, widow of Dr. T. M. Greenwood, dies in Erath Co., Texas.

-May 26-Martha M. Dean Williams, 79, wid. of W[illiam] A. Williams, dies.  Surv by children: Laura, Floyd, & Claud, sister: Nancy Brock, bro: Jim Dean.

-May 7-Andrew J. Bramlett, 77, dies. Left wife & children: G. L., W. B., D. C., J. B., Roy, Mrs J. M. Cook, Mrs Clifford Meers, & Mrs Edgar Payne

-May 19-Mattie Elizabeth Harper Hyde, 69, dies. Surv. by husband, Albert Hyde, children: Emmett, Ernest, Hervey, Lester, [Florence] Mrs W. Hobart Mull, [Martha] Mrs Herschel Ballew, & [Maggie] Mrs Chas Crawford, bro: Jim Harper & sisters: Nola (Mrs Robert H.) Frizzell, [Callie] Mrs Jim Baker, & Mrs Ada Scott [Mrs Barney Scott].

-Aug 16- W. A. Patterson, 58, of Harpertown, dies.  Surv. by wife, the former Caroline Thomas, and sons: Floyd, Arthur, and Junior.

-C. L. Tilley, 73, dies at home of dau., Mrs Darnell Davenport.  Surv. by dau. Mrs G. L. Davenport, son: Tom, and bros: Albert & Alvin.

-Jul 26- Mrs Arleva Barnes Beavers, pioneer resident, dies at home of adopted son, Henry Barnes, of Higdon's Store.

-Oct 8- Minnie Elizabeth Fain Johnson, 71, dau. of T. W. Fain, dies.  Surv. by husband, Poley Johnson, dau: Mrs John Carter, bros: Dave & Joe Fain, and sister: Mrs Florence Spivey.

-Sep 3-J. J. Brown, 80, dies in Pantertown.  Children: Bob, William, Mrs Payton Munday and Mrs Zona Anthony.  Member Macedonia Baptist Church.

-Sep 15- Laurinia Cordia Arp Henry, 80 [widow of Tyrus Henry], dies.  Survived by children: John B., and [Bertha] Mrs Thomas E. Harper.

-Dec- New "war tires" contain three ounces of new crude rubber and a regenerated compound known as camelback.  Tires will wear from 6000 to 10000 miles below the 35mph speed limit, but will fail in only a few hundred miles at higher speeds.

-Dec- Bootleggers are buying most of the Georgia sorghum crop this year.  They are offering a premium over the OPA ceiling price.

     1943

-Jan 5- Mine explosion at Ducktown resulted in death of: Homer Payne, Simon Dunn, Thomas Fritts, L. G. Spurling, W. D. Deal, Elmer Pless, Ralph Hancock, and C. B. Helton.

-Jan 26- Thomas K. Cook, 80, dies.  Wife, Amanda, died two years ago.  Surv. by children: J. M., Ebbie, Ranzy, Mrs Homer Tate, Mrs A. M. Brackett, & Mrs Bud Ricketts, bro: Allen, and sister: Mrs Nannie Cook.

-Feb 1- Lewis Lenore Woody, 67, of Morganton dies.  Survived by wife, the former Stell Pickelsimer, sons: Roscoe, Reed & Frank, daus: Mrs James L. Panter, Jr., & Mrs Winston Massengale, brothers: Willis, Lee, & Bud, sisters: Mrs Ida Forrester, & Mrs Minnie Woody.

-Feb 1- Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone With the Wind", in Blue Ridge on War Bond drive to raise money to build a new "Atlanta" cruiser.

-Feb 11- George Calvin Seabolt, 73, of Mineral Bluff dies.  Survived by wife, sons: Willie, & Dewey, daus: Ruby, Edna, & Mrs E. G. Turner.

-Mar 8- James A. "Squire" Bruce, 83, dies.  Surv. by wife, sons: Willie, Davis, Ben, Lincoln, Ted, Perry, & John, daus: Mrs Homer Dills, Mrs John Abernathy, Mrs Gene Jones, Mrs Jonas Shore, & Mrs Etta Rhodes.

-Mar 14- Funeral of Jim Dean, of Mineral Bluff.  Survived by wife [Nebraska Williams Dean], sons; William & John E.[Ernest], dau: Helen, sister [in law]: Mrs Nancy Brock.

-Mar 19- Funeral of Mrs Brilla Sara Allen, 72. Member Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.  Survived by husband, five daughters and five sons.

-Apr 8- James O. Green, 82, Galloway Sta. dies.  Left wife, sons: Fred & Bruce, daus: Mrs Carl Queen, Mrs C. M. Engrim, & Miss Frankie Green.

-Apr 13- Mrs Ivan Harper [nee Amanda Little], 65, of Sweet Gum, dies.  Surv. by husband, sons: Winnifred & H. I., daus: [Ruby] Mrs H. H. Willis, Birdie (Mrs Howard W.) Tarpley, Misses Annie Lee & Lois Harper, and sister, Mrs Oscar Dowdy.

-Apr 12- Col. Allison S. Prince, 52, son of Dr. E. L. Prince.

-Apr 30- Vance Kimsey, 76, dies.  Surv. by wife [Caroline M. Smith Kimsey], sons: Paul, & Mark, daus: [Eldie]Mrs R. A. Chastain, [Ara] Mrs W. W. Goss, [Willa] Mrs V. A. Hamilton, [Tilla] Mrs Leroy Weese, sister Mrs T. V. Lance, and brother: R.. E. Kimsey.

-Jun 1- Ruth Mariah Chance Richards, 61, of Hemp, dies.  Survived by husband: Brownlow Richards, daus: Mrs N. B. Simmons, Elizabeth, Callie, & Hattie, sons: Jay, & Frank, brothers: Tom, Bill, Pink, Glenn, Avery, Frank, & Virgel Chance, and sister: Mrs Arbie Bartonfield.

-Jun 5- Miss Pearl Dickey dies.  Surv. by sisters: Mrs Lois Cochran, & Mrs W. E.  Hampton, bros: Hayden R., J. W. N., Paul, Ralph, & George.

-Jun 10- Mrs Sarah L. [Mosley] Turner, wid. of P. B. [Perry] Turner, Lewner, dies.  Surv. by daus: Mrs Abbie Botts [Mrs Larkin Bruce Botts], Mrs Braska Botts [Mrs Jay Botts], & Mrs Belvia Grantham [Mrs Albert Grantham].

-Jun 21- Georgia Annie Frady McKinney, 84, wid. of Robert J. McKinney, dies.  Surv. by sons: Clyde, Forest, & Luther.

-Jun 29- Mrs Mollie Baugh [beloved nurse and midwife, widow of Columbus Baugh ]of Mineral Bluff, dies.  Surv. by son: Winters Stuckey, bros: George, Thart, & Brittain Roberts, and sisters.

-OPA prices for 12 guage shotgun shells- $1.38 for a box of 25.

-Premium Gasoline reduced from 80 to 76 octane rating.

-OPA prices for 54 & 57 guage rayon hosiery- $1.41/pair.

-OPA ceiling price for used tires (low quality)- $1 each.

-Average per capita income in U. S. was $85.03 for April, 1943.

Military expenditures per capita for April was $53.52.

-Jun 25- Charles L. Ballew dies.  Left wife, the former Jane Anderson, sons: Amos, George, Howard, & Kenneth, daus: Mrs Courtland Cooper, Mrs Hugh McCay, Misses Pearl & Fern Ballew, & sister: Mrs Caroline Brown.

-Jul 6- Will Allen, 73, dies.  Surv. by wife, daus: Mrs David Haight, Misses Leila, & Lois, sons: Lt. Joe Ben, Findley, Morris, & Roy.

-Jul 1- Adeline "Aunt Ad" Wolford Harper, 79, widow of Francis M. "Uncle Buddy" Harper.  Survived by [adopted] son, Ernest [Wolford], sisters: Mrs Roy Bass, Mrs Nellie Abercrombie, Mrs Jessie Dean, & Mrs Estes Coggs.

-Jul 8- Bessie Botts Shope dies.  Surv. by bros: Bruce, Jay, & Walter Botts, sisters: Mrs Nellie Shope, Mrs Cretie Parris, & Mrs Nettie Mull, husband [Allen Shope], and seven children.

-Jul 11- William Farmer, 77, dies.  Surv. by sons: E. H.. Blain, E. E., A. R., & Floyd, daus: Mrs L. S. Allen, Mrs J. S. Ross, Mrs J. B. Ray, Mrs W. F. Wilson, & Mrs Edna Guinn, and brother, M. Farmer.

-Sep- Fannin County exceeds quota in third War Bond drive of $133,000.

-Sep 23- Henry Burton Bell, 63, of Hot House dies.  Survived by wife, the former Ada Ballew, son: Claude, and sister, Mrs Emma Garren.

-Sep 21- Quill Weeks (born 9/25/1866) dies.  Surv. by wife, Amanda, sons: John, & Fred, daus: Mrs Leila Daniel, Mrs Maye Davenport, & Mrs Edith Shelton, bros: Avery, & Luthur.

-Oct 11- Mrs Hilley C. Young, 63, of Pantertown dies.  Survived by sister, Mrs Etta Gates, sons: Anderson Gray & Luther Teague, daus: Mrs Myrtle Parris & Mrs Lucile McDonald.

-Oct 19- Mrs Sidney Wilson, 83, widow of T. A. Wilson, and dau of Col. Elijah W. Chastain, dies in Charleston, Tenn.

-Nov 18- Mrs Laura Henson, 81, of Mineral Bluff dies.  Survived by sons: A. W., & A. C., daus: Mrs Geo Seabolt & Mrs Harvey Shuler.

-Nov 15- Louis H. Cochran, 61, of Mineral Bluff dies, leaving wife, Lenora Dickey Cochran, sons: Cecil, Clarence, & John B., daus: [Edith] Mrs Hobart Turner, [Eva] Mrs Stanley Daves, & Mrs Harry A. Bramley.

-Nov 18- J. O. Stepp, 65, dies.  Surv. by wife, sons: Willie, Harvey, Floyd, Franklin, & Roy, dau: Mrs John Puckett, bros: Riley, Louis & William, and sisters: Mrs Josie Loudermilk & Mrs Julie Plemmons.

-Nov 27- A. W. Vandiviere, 63, of Dawson County dies.  Was father of  H. G. Vandiviere, Soliciter General of the Blue Ridge Circuit Court.

-Dec 5- William Benton "Uncle Bill" Lovingood dies.  Survived by wife and daughters: Mrs O. B. Davenport & Mrs J. G. Aaron.

-Dec 4- William F. Ellis, 84, dies.  Surv. by wife, Nancy Jones Ellis, sons: Frank, Truman, & Herbert, daus: Mrs W. R. Elrod, & Mrs T. J. Corn.


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