Hancock County Ga. 
In the News 1900 - 1909

 

Surname Index:

Alfriend, Allen, Anderson, Avant; Barnes, Bass, Bell, Berkrian, Berman, Berry, Binion, Bird, Birdsong, Blackshear, Boatwright, Bomar, Bowen, Brake, Briscoe, Britt, Brown, Bryan, Buffington, Burke, Burnet, Burnett, Burwell, Butts; Carr, Cary , Chapman, Cheatham, Christopher, Clancey, Clancy, Clark , Clary, Clayborn, Clopton, Coleman, Collins, Conn , Conner, Culver, Cumming; Daniel, Dixon , Dockman, Dougherty, Driskell, DuBose, Duggan;  England ; Floyd, Flury, Frisk, Fryer, Furgerson; Gaissert, Gardner , Garrett, George, Gibson, Glenn, Graves , Guill; Hall, Hamilton, Hamlett, Hargrove, Harper, Harris, Harrison, Hart, Hartri, Hearn, Hodges, Hood, Hudson; Ivey; Jackson, James Jaynes, Jenkins, Jernigan, Johnson, Johnston, Jones , Jordan ; Kendrick, Kidd; Lamar, Lane, Lawrence, Lee, Lewis, Little, Long; Mandle, Martin, McBrooks, McCook, McEvoy, Mclain, Meigs, Middlebrooks, Miller, Moore, Morgan; Ohlman; Perryman, Pierce, Pounds, Powell, Prosser, Raines, Reynolds, Rivers, Roberts, Robertson, Rocker, Rozier, Rush; Sasnett, Scott, Shelman, Shelverton, Stton, Smith, Sonnenberg, Springs, Stacer, Stanford, Stephens, Stewart, Syker, Sykes; Talbotton, Terrell, Thomas, Thweatt, Tuner, Turner; Vardeman; Walker , Waller, Warren , West, Whitaker, White, Whitehead, Wilburn, Williamson, Winslett, Wrench; Yarbrough, Young


1900

January 16, 1900 
Atlanta Constitution 


SPARTA LADY DIES SUDDENLY 
Mrs. Joseph Sykes Drops Dead While on way to Church. 
Sparta, Ga., January 14 (Special) 
Just as she was leaving home for church this morning, Mrs. Joseph Sykes dropped dead on the sidewalk in front of her home on Spring 
street. Mrs. Sykes was one of the most popular ladies in Sparta and leaves a husband and a large family to mourn her loss. 


May 10, 1900 
The Macon Telegraph 
MRS. DUFFUS CLANCEY DEAD. She Passed Away Yesterday In Macon. Was Visiting Here Hoping to Improve the Health That Had Been So Rapidly 
Failing for Sometime-Funeral in Sparta. Mrs. R. Duffus Clancey died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Robert McEvoy, yesterday morning. She had been ill for some time, the cause 
of death being eurasthemia. The remains were shipped to Sparta at 4:15 yesterday. Mrs. Clancey leaves three little children and a devoted husband. She was 
39 years of age. Before marriage she was a Miss Little of Sparta, and was always a great favorite with all who knew her. She was a sister of Dr. Little of Macon. The first years of her married life were spent here, where she and her husband made many friends. Her death will cause profound sorrow throughout Middle Georgia. For the past several years Mr. and Mrs. Clancey have lived in Tennessee, but a few months ago it was thought a change of climate would improve her rapidly failing health, and she came to Macon. Later, it was thought there was no hope for her, and Mr. Clancey was summoned hurriedly to her bedside, but she lingered until yesterday 
morning. 


December 24 1900 
Atlanta Constitution 
Sparta, Ga. 
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Reynolds Lamar was resplendent with light and warmth and coloring on Friday evening in honor of their twenty-fifth wedding day anniversary. Decorations of holly, mistletoe, trailing vines and the rich foliage of tropical plants enhanced the attractions of the different apartments, the effect emphasizing the artistic sense that directed the arrangement. From a floral bower in the reception hall a massive silver punch bowl, with its steaming good cheer, gave to the guest a first welcome greeting. The was presided over by Mrs. W H. Burwell, who served the refreshing drink during the evening with her usual queenly grace. To the rear of the hall a space beneath the stairway was transformed into a fairy grotto from within which Misses Susie Yarbrough and Lily Vardeman served the assembled throng with delicious hot coffee. This proved a popular resort to the many weary young men who needed 
the refreshing beverage. Mr. and Mrs. Lamar, assisted by their daughter, Miss Sue, and Mrs. T. M. Jones, received in the drawing room, doing the honors with ease and grace and meeting 
congratulations and good wishes with expressions of grateful warmth. Mrs. Lamar wore the elegant dress of silver gray silk in which she stood a happy bridge a quarter of a century ago. Miss Lamar was charming in an evening dress of pink organdy over pink taffeta. Little Miss Clara Lamar, a dancing sprite of twelve years, was a lovely vision in a costume of pale green and white. The one circumstance to mar the pleasure of their silver wedding was the unavoidable absence of the two manly sons - Messrs. Lawson and Lavoisier Lamar. The elegant supper served in courses was in keeping with the other splendid appointments of the occasion. A magnificent display of solid silver presents attested the esteem in which the host and hostess are held. 
A beautiful home wedding was solemnized Wednesday morning, December 19th, at the home of the bride's mother, near Linton. Mr. J. Ivey Roberts and Miss Bessie Louise Moran being the contracting parties. Mr. Harley Pierce attended the groom as best man and Miss Evelyn Roberts was maid of honor on the happy occasion. The ceremony, which occurred at 10 o'clock, was pronounced by Rev. L. W. Rivers, of Woodlawn, and was witnessed by the relatives and intimate friends of the happy pair. The bridal party arrived in Sparta as the 
afternoon hours were wanted and were tendered a reception by the groom's parents. Mr. Roberts and his charming bride will be welcome additions to the social life of our town. May the happiness they so well deserve be theirs. The reception tendered by the young gentlemen of Sparta to their lady friends Wednesday evening at the home of Dr. and Mrs. G. 
S. Vardeman was a brilliant social function. Decorations of similax, holly, ferns, and mistletoe formed a fit setting for the animated assemblage, whose sparkling eyes, gay repartee and rippling laughter were sure indications that pleasure held sway. Conundrums and music furnished pleasing pastimes until the party was summoned from the "fest of reason and the flow of soul" to the dining room, where a substantial feast and flowing bowl awaited. The charm of well laden tables was enhanced by the agreeable coloring of green and gold. The prizes for correct solutions to the conundrums were assigned by lot, as there were several correct lists. Mrs. E L. Culver drew the picture and Mr Frank Stewart the box of stationary. Miss Mamie Binion has returned from Gainesville to spend the holidays with her parents here. She has been taking a course of musical instruction at Brenau college. Granite Hill, the suburban home of Mr W. B. Lee, was the scene 
of a beautiful wedding this afternoon at 3 o'clock. At that hour Mr. John Ellis Gibson, of Macon, and Miss Grace Lillian Lee were united in marriage. Rev. B. H. Ivey officiated. Miss Lena Allen presided at the piano rendering Mendelssohn's wedding march with the skill of an accomplished musician while the bridal party marched into the drawing room. Miss Frances Briscoe, of Atlanta, with Mr. W. B. Lee, Jr., of Dallas, Tex.; Miss Ava Bomar, of Douglasville, with Mr. Walter F. George, of Mercer university. The groom followed on the 
arm of his best man, Mr. W.W. Driskell, of Millen, and received the bride from her sister, Miss Claude Lee, maid of honour. Amid a wealth of beautiful surroundings in the presence of many loving friends and admirers the happy pair were made one in solemn and impressive tones by the bride's pastor. During the order of congratulations Miss Allen delighted the assemblage with Lohengrin's bridal chorus. In the reception which following the ceremony Misses Ivey, Heath and Lynda Lee, of Talbotton, and Dr. C. S. Jernigan assisted the family in doing the honours. Mr. Gibson was accompanied from Macon by Messrs, J.A. Bryan, of The Atlanta Journal; Eugene Anderson, of The Macon Telegraph; W. W. Driskell and W. F. George 
and by Miss Lynda Lee of Talbotton. Mr. Gibson is a graduate of Emory college of the class of '97. He is an enthusiastic Sigma Nu and gained distinction as a debater. Mrs. Gibson is a graduate of Cox college, a young lady of charming presence and popular wherever know. They will reside in Macon. May their future be as happy as their wedding day is auspicious. 




1901
June 27, 1901 
Atlanta Constitution 
John Daniel, Sparta, Ga. 

Sparta, Ga. June 26 - (Special) John Daniel, a prominent farmer and confederate veteran of this county, died at his home near here Monday. He was buried in the cemetery at this place today. 


June 27, 1901 
Atlanta Constitution 
Sparta High School 
Sparta, Ga. June 26 - (Special) The election of teachers for the high school took place yesterday. All the former teachers were re-elected except Miss Jessie Christopher, of the second grade, she having resigned. Miss Marcha Culver, of the primary department, was promoted to Miss Christopher's place, and Miss Eunice Thomas, a recent graduate of the Normal and Industrial college at Milledgeville, secured the primary. 

June 30, 1901 
Atlanta Constitution 
58. WILLIAMSON- In reply to inquiry of Shelman of two weeks ago, I beg to say that I have in my possession the diploma conferring the degree of bachelor of arts upon the said William W. Williamson. The degree is issued from the University of Georgia and is signed by Joseph Meigs, president of the university, and is dated 1804. I cannot account for the diploma being in my possession, unless it be in the following manner: My father, Robert Raines, of Thomas county, was the son of Lucian Hamilton Raines, formerly of Hancock 
county, later of Thomas. My grandfather, Lucian Raines, had a sister, Martha who married Dr. Thomas W. Terrell, of Sparta, whose sister married the aforesaid William W. Williamson. This may explain the case, as the diploma was among the papers of my grandfather at his death. Elizabeth Williamson, one of the daughters of William W. Williamson, married Peterson Thweatt, father of Peterson Thweatt, late comptroller general of Georgia. My grandfather, Lucian Raines, was also very closely related to the Thweatts, his mother, Sarah, 
wife of Captain Robert Raines, of Hancock county, being the daughter of John Hamilton, of Hancock county, whose wife was Tabitha Thweatt. 

I am sorry I cannot throw any light upon Shelman's inquiry, but I trust what I have written will not be entirely uninteresting. I hold the precious document at the disposal of William Williamson's 
descendants, but would suggest that it be presented to the university, as this is its centennial year. I feel sue it will be gratefully received by the chancellor and students and would be a 
fitting gift at this season. THOMAS HART RAINES, M.D. 59. RAINES- Some weeks ago A.C.T. wrote to know either my address or to beg me to insert the genealogy of my family. I take pleasure in giving both. My home is in Thomas county, Georgia, but my present address is Kirkwood, DeKalb county, Georgia. I shall be pleased to receive any communication A.C.T. would like to make. 

My lineage is as follows: 
Captain Robert Raines, of the county of Hancock, was born July 11, 
1766. He commanded company H, of the 1st Regt. of Georgia troops in 
the Revolutionary war. he also was a member of the house of 
representatives of Georgia in 1810 and 1811. He died July 31st, 
1816. He married Sarah Thweatt Hamilton, daughter of John Hamilton, 
Esq., of Hancock county. 
Lucian Hamilton Raines, eldest son of the above, was born 
November 29th, 1801. He married Ann Emily Blackshear, daughter of 
Edward Blackshear, Esq., of Pulaski county, later of Thomas. 
Robert Raines, eldest son of the above, was born August 31st, 
1835. He married Mary Judson Hart, daughter of John Stanford Hart, 
Esq., of Leon county, Florida. He died Sept. 22d, 1891. 
Thomas Hart Raines, M.D., only child of the above. 
Should A.C.T. care for more minute details of generation I 
shall be pleased to furnish these also. My connection with the 
Floods is from the marriage of Colonel Everard Hamilton, brother of 
my great-grandmother to Mary Haggard Floyd, daughter of General John 
Floyd. 
THOMAS HART RAINES 


September 21, 1901 
Atlanta Constitution 
Waller's Knife Draws Blood 
Moore is Badly Stabbed in His Chest at Sparta Sparta, Ga., September 20 (Special) Near the Culverton depot Wednesday afternoon J. O. Moore was badly stabbed in the chest by B. 
H. Waller. The wound, though a bad one, is not necessarily fatal. Both young men belong to prominent families in the county. Not Much Cotton Handled Sparta, Ga., September 20 (Special) 
Very little cotton is being brought in now, as the unprecedented heavy rains have prevented the gathering of the crop, which promises to be very fair in this county. 


December 28, 1901 
Atlanta Constitution 
BANKER R. A. GRAVES IS DEAD 
One of the Most Prominent Men of Hancock County. Sparta, Ga., December 27. (Special) R. A. Graves died at his home here today. He was a man of large wealth and prominence and was one of the best known and popular men in the county. He came to Sparta from Richmond county and engaged in mercantile business and in 1887 commenced the banking business. He had held many offices of trust in the county and at the time of his death was chairman of the county commission. Several times he was vice president of the Georgia 
Bankers' Association. His death will not interrupt the business of the bank of R.A. Graves, of which he was president, as J. D. Walker, cashier since 1890, has been made sole executor and he will continue the business. 



1902
February 2, 1902 
The Landmark (N.C.) 
Mrs Julia Blandina Springs, widow of the late Col. A. Baxter Springs, died Thursday morning at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Jno. M. Scott, in Charlotte. She was born near Sparta, Ga., in 1826 and was married in 1850. 

May 9, 1902 
Atlanta Constitution 
Burial of George F. Pierce 
Sparta, Ga, May 8 (Special) George F. Pierce, aged 23 years, who died in Atlanta on Sunday, was buried here yesterday in the cemetery lot where rest the remains of his father, Hon. G. F. Pierce, one of the most brilliant lawyers of his day, and of his illustrious grand-uncle, Bishop Pierce. 


June 20, 1902 
The Macon Telegraph 
CUMMING-ROBERTS 
Sparta, Ga, June 19. - A beautiful home wedding was that of Miss Mallie Roberts and Mr. Howard Cumming, which was solemnized at 10 o'clock this morning by Rev. T. J. Holmes of Tennille. The spacious parlors were unusually attractive in decorations of white and green. Similax, ferns and choice flowers were freely used and tastefully 
arranged. Miss Susie Yarbrough played the wedding march and the attendants entered in the follow order: Miss Beulah Ivey, daintily gowned in cream white, with Reese Brantley; Miss Kate Roberts, in pink organdy, with Oscar Smith of Milledgeville; the groom with his best man, W. K. Bell; Miss Willie Roberts, maid of honor, in a lovely costume of blue mull, with the bridge, whose elaborate toilet of filmy white was accentuated by a shower bouquet of lilies of the valley. 


After the ceremony and brief reception, the bride donned her going-away gown and the party boarded the train for their future home in Savannah. The charming personality of the bridge has won for her a large number of friends and admirers. Mr. Cumming is a rising young business man of Savannah and is esteemed for his integrity of character. 


September 4, 1902 
Atlanta Constitution 
Frank Stacer, Hancock County Sparta, Ga., September 3 (Special) 
Frank Stacer, an aged citizen of Hancock county, died Tuesday evening. He was for many years engaged in the lumber and saw mill business, but retired several years ago from active business. Three sons and two daughters, all married, survive him. 

October 26, 1902 
Atlanta Constitution 
Two prominent citizens of Hancock county who were here to take in the inauguration were Judge Frank Little and Captain Culver, former member of the state senate. Judge Little has long been identified with the politics and affairs of his county, both as a leading member of the bar and judge of the county court. Captain Culver is a prominent planter, his residence being at Culverton. Culverton was founded by and named after his father, who represented Hancock in the legislature for several terms and was particularly prominent in religious and educational matters, being the intimate a friend and coworker of Bishop Pierce. Captain Culver was in command of a company of the Fifteenth Georgia in the confederate 
army. After the war he went back to his plantation and now recognized as one of the foremost planters in middle Georgia. He represented his county in the lower house for two terms, and in 1890 and again in 1896 represented the twentieth district in the senate. 


November 16, 1902 
Atlanta Constitution 
Engagement Announced. 
Sparta, Ga., November 16. (Special) The engagement of Miss Bessie Reynolds and Mr. Thomas Mallary Cheatham is formally announced, the marriage to occur Wednesday evening, November 19, at 6'30 o'clock. It will be a quiet home wedding. Miss Reynolds is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Reynolds of Mayfield, Hancock county, 
and is an attractive and cultured young lady. Mr. Cheatham is actively engaged in the saw mill and lumber business near Wadley and is held in high esteem. They will reside in Wadley. 




1903
January 25, 1903 
Atlanta Constitution 
Bishop Hargrove, president of the board of trustees for Vanderbilt university, also resides near the campus. But for his deafness he would still be an effective bishop. His mother was born 
in an old fort on Shoulderbone creek, in Hancock county, Georgia. He will visit this section of Georgia during the coming summer, and hunt up his ancestral home, and if possible find the remains of the old fort in which his mother was born. The spot is about 10 miles north of Sparta. At present he in engaged in writing an autobiography, covering a period from 1832 to 1903. It will be a book of rate interest. 


February 4, 1903 
Atlanta Constitution 
HIS NINETY-FIFTH BIRTHDAY 
Arthur Butts, of Milledgeville, Born in 1808, Celebrates Milledgeville, Ga., February 3 (Special) Arthur I. Butts, the oldest and one of the most highly respected citizens of this city, 
celebrated his ninety-fifth birthday today. Mr. Butts was born in South Hampton county, Virginia, on February 3, 1808. His parents soon afterwards moved to Hancock county, and 
when a youth of only 9 years of age, he came to this city on horseback twice a week to secure copies of The Georgia, a paper then published here, to distribute through portions of Hancock and Baldwin counties. He paid one visit to his old home in Virginia in 1827. He went on horseback and he was fifteen days getting there. Mr. Butts moved to this city in 1847 and has never left the state of Georgia since. He has lived under all the administrations since Jefferson, and he talks interestingly of those days. While feeble and somewhat infirm, he has a bright, clear mind, 
cheerful and happy disposition and is enjoying good health. His life has been a blessing to all who know him, and he can spent his latter days in the assurance that he has made the world better 
for having lived in it. 


March 12, 1903 
Atlanta Constitution 
J. J. Flury, of 52 Lee Street, died yesterday afternoon in Milledgeville. He is survived by his wife and ten children. The following children reside in Atlanta: A A Flury, H. B. Flury, J. H. 
Flury, T. T. Flury, Mrs. S. P. Jones, Mrs. M. L. Hamlett and Misses Gertrude and Ruth May Flury. The funeral will occur today in Sparta. 

April 5, 1903 
Atlanta Constitution 
The old Mount Zion building shown in this illustration was used as a country store before the war, and later it did service as a dilapidated negro cabin. When it had ceased to be fit for either, it 
was then consecrated to the use of the community school, which purpose it served till 1901. For more than a year the superintendent of schools struggled with the community to awaken sufficient interest to build a new house, but he was defeated by the blind determination of each man to have the building near to his own door. Finally, the county board of education, looking only to 'the greatest good to the greatest number,' and irrespective of the wishes of any individual, selected a central location and proposed to the community to furnish the material if the patrons would haul and build the house. The proposition was accepted, and by the outlay of $200 by the board and $200 in labour by the patrons the building 
was soon completed and ready to use. It is well lighted and well furnished, and is comfortable every respect. This house, with slight modifications, represents the grade of buildings that are being constructed throughout the county. 


May 22, 1903 
Atlanta Constitution 
Mrs. Martha Reynolds, Mayfield, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga., May 21 (Special) Mrs. Martha Reynolds died at her home in Mayfield Tuesday morning after a protracted illness, having survived her husband, the late Jesse Mercer Reynolds, just three weeks. She was a member of the Baptist church and a consecrated Christian. Three daughters and four sons survive her. The are Mrs. T. M. Cheatham, of Wadley; Misses Pearl and Ruth Reynolds, of Mayfield; Frank Reynolds of Atlanta, and Arthur, Clarence and Ralph Reynolds of Mayfield. 


July 11, 1903 
Macon Weekly Telegraph 
Rev. Boling H. Sasnett died last night at 7:30 o'clock at his home in Atlanta. Rev. Mr. Sasnett was a son-in-law of the late J. W. Burke of Macon, and a man of literary prominence, being several years connected with the Methodist publishing house in Nashville. He was 56 years old and leaves a wife, three sons and three daughters. He was reared at Sparta in Hancock county and was the son of a prominent practicing physician. 


August 31, 1903 
Atlanta Constitution 
Mrs. Gordon Moore, Sparta, Ga 
Sparta, Ga., August 30.- (Special) - Mrs. Mary Moore, wife of Gordon Moore, a planter and daughter of Mr. and Mrs John M. Jones, of Culverton, died at her home, 5 miles west of Sparta, Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The funeral will occur today and the interment will be in the family burial ground in Culverton. Mrs. Moore was about thirty years of age, and her life was an example of devotion to duty. 


September 6, 1903 
Atlanta Constitution 
Three Farm Houses Burned. 
Sparta, Ga., September 5 (Special) R. H. Moore, of Culverton, suffered a serious loss by fire Thursday, his three warehouses on the line of railroad having been consumed. They contained cornmeal, meat, salt, bagging and ties. The loss is estimated at, $1,200, with no insurance. The fire is attributed to sparks from a passing engine. 


Negro Given Twenty Years 
Sparta, Ga., September 5. (Special) John Dixon, the negro who attempted an assault a month ago and who was carried to the Macon jail to escape mob violence, was brought over by Sheriff Berry Thursday evening and place on trial Friday. He pleaded guilty of attempted assault and was sentenced to the penitentiary by Judge Lewis for twenty years. 


November 29, 1903 
Atlanta Constitution 
PRETTY GEORGIA TOWN IS A GOOD FRUIT MARKET. 
Sparta, Ga. November 28. Sparta, on the Georgia railroad about halfway between Macon and Augusta, is a town of 1,400 population. It is the capital of Hancock county and its people are noted for their culture, liberality and high moral tone. The Methodist, Baptist and Episcopal churches are comfortable buildings, each having a seating 
capacity equal to the needs of the congregation. The Presbyterians have recently erected a new building, which is a gem of architectural beauty. The high school building, which was erected ten years ago, is a monument to the enterprise of our public-spirited citizens. It is equipped with all the modern appliances requisite to the conduct of a successful school. This fall a building for manual training, consisting of three rooms, has been added to the original structure. 

The business of the town is on a solid basis and is increasing by a gradual and healthy ratio. It is surrounded by fine agricultural and fruit lands, and is an excellent market for all farm products. 
About 5,000 bales of cotton have been marketed here this season. Four large up-to-date dry goods stores, three smaller establishments dealing in similar lines, seven grocery, two drug and two millinery stores and an excellent market are supported by the public trade. There are two well equipped banks and two excellent hotels and a restaurant. The elegant colonial home of Mr. J. D. Walker, erected within the past year, is an ornament to the residence section of the town, as are the beautiful cottages of Dr. J. G. Harrison, T. H. Little, Mrs. H. H. Pierce and others. R. A. Johnson has just completed a substantial granite store house on Broad street, and the Ferguson building, a splendid new structure of brick with stone foundation on the corner of Broad and Spring streets, is receiving the finishing touches and will be occupied the 1st of December. The Sparta Ishamelite, edited by Mr. Lewis, is one of the strongest factors in the life and progress of our town. R. Wellborn Moore is our efficient and popular mayor. He is a lawyer of recognized ability and holds the office of county solicitor. He is also a successful farmer, having raised and marketed ninety bales of cotton this year. 




1904
January 6, 1904 
Atlanta Constitution 
Mrs. Charley Lane Caught Afire Keeling Before Hearth Barnett, Ga., January 5-Mrs Charley Lane, of Powelton, Ga., a village 6 miles south of here, was frightfully and perhaps fatally 
burned at an early hour this morning. It seems that she arose and gone downstairs and while waiting for breakfast had kneeled before and open fire in prayer, as was her 
custom. While thus engaged her clothing caught fire and she was enveloped in flames before realizing her peril. She made and effort to wrap h some bed clothing around her body, but the fire burned so fast that she was unable to extinguish it. She is quite young, being not over 18 years of age, and has been married but a few months. Her father, who lives in New Orleans, has 
been notified of the sad accident, and is expected to arrive tomorrow. The many friends of this popular couple feel the deepest sympathy for them. 
Her recovery is extremely doubtful. 


March 23, 1904 
Macon Weekly Telegraph 
Sparta, Ga., March 22. Mr. H. Harris Sasnett, a former citizen of our town, died of paralysis at his home in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday March 19. Deceased was a brother of Mrs. F. L. Little of Sparta and an uncle of Mrs. R. P. McEvoy and Dr. W. J. Little of Macon. A wife, three daughters and two sons also survive him, all of whom reside in Jacksonville. He was a Confederate veteran, a member of the Methodist church and an active Christian worker. 


May 17, 1904 
Atlanta Constitution 
Mrs. Eliza Whitehead, Sparta, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga., May 16. (Special) Mrs. Eliza Whitehead died today at 10 o'clock after an illness of two years. She was a consistent member of the First Methodist church and highly esteemed by all. She leaves three daughters, Mrs. A. A. Turner, of Forysth; Mrs. Skrine and Miss Mary Whitehead, of Sparta. Mrs. Whitehead was 85 years of age. 


July 06, 1904 
Atlanta Constitution 
DROWNED PAIR LAID TO REST 
Particulars of the Jones-Harper Tragedy Just Now Obtainable. Eatonton, Ga. July 5 - (Special) Particulars of the drowning of W. H. Jones and Miss Myrtle Harper, which occurred yesterday, are just now obtainable. The occasion was a Fourth of July picnic given in honor of Will H. Jones, the deceased; Albert Jones, his brother, and John Clopton. Quite a number of the party went in bathing. Among the number were Miss Harper, who was drowned, and several other young ladies. In the stream, is an island, on the Hancock side of which the water is shallow, but on the Putnam side is very deep. By those who were acquainted with the stream the bathing parties were warned of the dangers of the deep waters. 


Will Jones, with Miss Harper, whose hand rested upon his shoulder for support, undertook to swim across the deep water. The young lady's hand slipped, she became frightened and sank. Jones, in his efforts to save her, lost his presence of mind and went under. When discovered by their companions it was too late to reach them and save them from the impending doom. 
Every effort to rescue them failed, and when finally they were found and hauled out, their bodies had lain in the water four hours. In their efforts to save the drowning couple Brad Brake and Jim Clayborn narrowly escaped a watery grave. The body of young Jones was buried this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the family burial ground at Concord Church, near the family's home. 
The remains of Miss Harper were carried to her home in Hancock and buried this afternoon at 4. 


September 14, 1904 
Atlanta Constitution 
Sparta, Ga. September 13. Mrs Sarah Ann Jaynes (Janes), 93 years of age, and the oldest resident of Hancock county died yesterday morning at the home of Mr. L. Gaissert and was buried this afternoon in the Sparta cemetery. Mrs. Jaynes (Janes) was a sister of the renowned author, Richard Malcolm Johnson (Johnston). Her husband the late Dr. W. Jaynes 
(Janes), an eminent physician of his time, died forty years ago. Two daughters, Mrs. Gaissert and Mrs. Warren, and two sons, Rev. W. M. Jaynes (Janes) and Mr. Arch Jaynes (Janes) survive her. 


October 9, 1904 
Atlanta Constitution 
Thomas R. Lamar, Sparta, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga., October 6 (Special) Thomas Reynolds Lamar, until two years ago a citizen of Sparta, and a former clerk of the court of Hancock county, died in Sandersville Friday night, and will be brought here for interment Sunday morning. He died on his forty ninth anniversary. 

November 13, 1904 
Atlanta Constitution 
Sparta, Ga. 
Mrs J. D. Walker complimented the Heath-Culver bridal party with an antenuptial entertainment Wednesday afternoon. Miss Leola Birdsong entertained a party Wednesday. 
Mrs. E.L. Culver and Miss Susie Day Powell were hostesses at a linen shower Friday afternoon, complimentary to Miss Emmy Heath. The affair was at the home of Mrs. Culver. 
Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Waller, of Culverton, announce the marriage of their daughter,Anna Lou, and Davis H. Clary, of West Point, which will be solemnized Wednesday evening, November 16. 




1905
March 17, 1905 
Atlanta Constitution 
Joe Syker sic Sykes, Sparta, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga., March 16 (Special) Joe Syker sic Sykes died here today about noon. He was 73 years old, and one of the most noted citizens of Hancock county. He leaves six sons and six daughters. The burial will occur here tomorrow. 


April 18, 1905 
Atlanta Constitution 
A. Sidney Bass, Devereux, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga., April 17 (Special) A. Sidney Bass, for many years a merchant and station agent at Devereux, Hancock county, died this morning of paralysis, aged about 65. He was a member of the Methodist church and a confederate veteran. A wife and two daughters, Misses Annie and Dora Bass, survive him. 


April 29, 1905 
Atlanta Constitution 
G. P. Culver, Culverton, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga., April 28 (Special) Germah P. Culver, of Culverton, a small town 8 miles from here, died this morning., He leaves three brothers and one sister, a wife, three sons and one daughter, all of this county, except two sons in Mississippi. He was 87 years of age, and served in the Virginia army during the confederate war. The 
funeral arrangements have not been perfected, but the burial will occur here tomorrow. 


March 22, 1905 
Atlanta Constitution 
MRS. THOMAS REYNOLDS LAMAR aged 48 years, after a long illness, died about 11:40 o'clock last night at the residence, 46 Currier street. The deceased moved here from Sparta, Ga., about four months ago. She is survived by her four children, Lawson Lamar, Lavoister Lamar, Miss Clara Lamar and Mrs. Sam Whitaker. The body will be taken to 
Sparta, Ga., at 7:55 o'clock this morning for funeral and interment. 

April 16, 1905 
The Macon Telegraph 
Sparta's Oldest Citizen Dies. Sparta, Ga., april 15. Mr. John Frisk, Sparta's oldest citizen, died here today at six o'clock. He was 89 years old and is survived by a wife and six children, Charles, Victor and Ed. of Atlanta, his sons, and Mrs. Dockman, of Washington and Mrs. Smith and Mrs. McCook. He was born in Germany, but has 
lived here many years, and was highly respected by all. The funeral will occur tomorrow in Washington, Ga. 


April 14, 1905 
Atlanta Constitution 
Mrs. Fannie Burnet, Sparta, Ga 
Sparta, Ga, April 13 (Special) Mrs. Fannie Burnet, wife of William Burnet, died Wednesday evening aged 75. Her surviving children are 
Mrs. Lucy Kendrick, of Macon; Miss Anna Burnet, and Mr. J. D. Burnet, of Sparta. 


May 1, 1905 
Atlanta Constitution 
To Replace Burned Houses 
The business houses that were destroyed by fire one month ago will soon be replaced with imposing structures. J. D. Walker will erect a 
three-story brick building with basement, and the two lots belonging to the Graves estate will have glass front stores. Workmen are busy 
on the new store of O. L. Binion. 


May 30, 1905 
Atlanta Constitution 
George Lewis, Sparta, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga., May 29 (Special) George Lewis, eldest son of Editor Sidney Lewis, of The Sparta Ishmaelite, died this morning. Besides 
his father, a brother, Robert Lewis of Atlanta, and a sister, Miss Bessie Lewis, survive him. He had had considerable experience in 
journalism and telegraphy, and was gifted with vigorous mentality. 


June 6, 1905 
Atlanta Constitution 
Miss Martha Stanford, Sparta Ga 
Miss Martha Stanford of this town, died last evening. She leaves two aged and afflicted sisters, Miss Josephine and Miss Ann Stanford. 
Messrs. Oscar and Gunby Jordan, of Columbus, are her near relatives and Mr. George Young, of Atlanta, who has been at her bedside the 
past week, is her nephew. 


June 25, 1905 
Atlanta Constitution 
H. L. Middlebrooks, Sparta, Ga. 
Sparta Ga., May 24 (Special) Henry L. Middlebrooks, an aged and esteemed citizen of Sparta, died suddenly at noon today. An hour 
before his death he walked to the post office and back home, and while reading his mail, fell dead. He leaves a wife, who was a 
daughter of the late Bishop Pierce, and six sons and three daughters. 


June 29, 1905 
The Macon Telegraph 
Funeral of Mrs. Jenkins 
The body of Mrs. Havanna Jenkins who died Tuesday night at the residence of her son Mr. Tallie Jenks, No. 220 Calhoun street, was 
taken to Devereaux, Ga., yesterday afternoon at 4:20 o'clock over the Georgia railroad, where the funeral services will be held this 
morning. The interment will be in the family burial ground. 


July 14, 1905 
Atlanta Constitution 
The Georgia Improvement Company has planted large orchards near Sparta, and expect to ship about forty carloads. The company is composed of prominent business men of Sparta and Savannah, and have bought large tracts of lands upon which to plant peaches W.N. Coleman, of Northen, Ga., is another important grower, and does a large business. A small town has sprung up around his orchards and packing house, and will probably ship about thirty cars. W. W. Stephens, of Mayfield, Ga., is another large grower. He 
will probably ship twenty-five cars. Berkrian Bros. have large orchards at the same place and operate a nursery in connection with the fruit business. They will ship thirty to forty cars. J. M. McBrooks has about seven cars. Besides these growers, there are C.S. Cary, T. W. White & Son, E.A. Rozier, James T. Gardner, W. H. Britt, W. T. Beman, Ham Alfriend, Marshall Guill, E. H. Berry, Sam Mandle, Fletcher Waller, R. H. Moore, all of whom have large orchards and will ship from five to twenty cars each. 
The crop this year, while not very abundant, is fair, and unless there is a slump in the market, all will realize a nice profit. There is no sign of cessation in planting, and soon Hancock county 
will be a veritable orchard of Elbertas. 


July 16, 1905 
Atlanta Constitution 
FIFTY-FITH ANNIVERSARY 
Jewell, Ga., July 15. (Special) Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Long celebrated their fifty-fifth marriage anniversary at their home near Jewell Wednesday. 
Gathered with them were their ten children and thirty-nine grandchildren. They have seven sons and three daughters, all married except one son, who lives with his parents. It is remarkable about this family that they have never had a death in it, have raised then children and the seven boys are all living right near the old home, while the daughters reside in Waynesboro, Sparta and Mayfield. Mr. A.. M. Long is 78 years old and is still quite active. Mrs. Long is 72 years and she still looks after the household duties. 


July 16, 1905 
Atlanta Constitution 
SPARTA, GA 
Miss Maud Gaissert is in Albany. 
Miss Aileen Johnson is at Jewells. 
Mr. and Mrs. Pierce McBrooks chaperoned a house party at Oconee Springs last week. 
Miss Jessie Bowen has returned from Milledgeville. 
Miss Carrie Harris is at Tallulah Falls. 
Mrs. Samuel Maudle is hostess of a house party at Pine Green in 
honor of Miss Rose Sonnenberg, of Richmond, Va. 
Mrs. A. J. Perryman and son, of Talbotton, are guests of Mrs. T. G. Thomas. 
Miss Leola Birdsong entertained Friday evening in honor of her guest, Miss Emmie Bird. 
Miss Boatwright has returned home from a visit to Miss Leola Birdsong. 
Mrs. E. L. Fryer, of Blakely, is visiting Mrs. O. L. Binion. 
Miss Gerturde Avant is in Milledgeville. 
Mrs. J. D. Walker is hostess of a house party at her summer residence on Ogeechee farm. 
Miss Janie Duggan is visiting in Warthen. 
Miss Rebecca Little, of Milledgeville, is visiting Miss Marion Graves. 
Mrs. Benjamin Ohlman entertained in honor of Miss Rebecca North. 
Wednesday afternoon Misses Clancy and Vardeman chaperoned a straw ride in connection with this event. 
Miss Emily Wilburn is in New York. 
Miss Bessie Powell is in Atlanta. 
Mrs. Connor, of Tuskegee, Ala., is the guest of Mrs. J. W. Allen. 
Mrs. Asa Bates is the guest of Mrs. S. D. Rogers. 
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Culver have returned from Dublin. 
Miss Hattie and Lou Derrel Coleman are in Athens. 
Mr. and Mrs. Wrench, of St. Simons island, are visiting relatives. 
Mrs. Pierce, of Augusta, is the guest of Miss Claude McBrooks. 
Mrs. R. A. Matthews, of Thomaston, is the guest of Mrs. S. R. England. 
Mrs B. L. Binion is in Atlanta. 
Miss Hodges, of Savannah, is the guest of Mrs. England. 
Miss Effie Rush, of Social Circle, is the guest of Miss Annie Smith 
Miss Ella Pounds is in Sandersville 
Mrs. Frances Barnes has returned home after a visit to Mrs. Coleman. 
Mrs. E. L. Culver is visiting Mrs. Tate, of New York.. 


September 21, 1905 
Atlanta Constitution 
Barn Burned Near Sparta 
Sparta, Ga. September 20 (Special) E. A. Rozier's barn and stables, together with a quantity of feed and other storage, were destroyed by fire last night. The fire was caused by a mule kicking over a lantern during the feeding hour, scattering burning oil on inflammable material. All the live stock and vehicles were saved. Losses are partly covered by insurance. 


October 21, 1905 
The Macon Telegraph 
Mr. J. G. Collins died yesterday afternoon at 4:20 o'clock in this city after an illness of several months. Mr. Collins came to Macon for treatment a few days ago from Sparta, Ga., his home. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. T. A. Buffington, of Macon, and Mrs. Jessie Jackson, of Hancock county; also a brother, Mr. H. M. 
Collins, who was at his bedside at the time of his death. The deceased was prominently connected in Odd Fellowship. He was a charter member of George F. Pierce lodge, No. 258, of Sparta, GA. The funeral services will take place at Smyrna church, 
Culverton, Ga., this morning upon the arrival of the 8:35 Georgia 
train from Macon. 

December 3, 1905 
Atlanta Constitution 
Mrs. W. P. Glenn, Sparta, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga, December 2 (Special) 
Mrs. Willie Powell Glenn, aged 42 years, died in Milledgeville Thursday night, and was buried in the Sparta cemetery at 10 o'clock this morning, Rev. S.R. England conducting the funeral services. She was the widow of Professor B.P. Glenn, who died in Savannah five years ago; and the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette 
Powell, of Sparta. Besides her parents she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. W.H. Middlebrooks and Miss Susie Day Powell, and a brother James Powell. She was niece of Dr. T.O. Powell, of the State Sanitarium. 




1906
March 1, 1906 
Atlanta Constitution 
William A. Burwell, Sparta, Ga. 
William A. Burwell, who was stricken with paralysis Sunday morning, died at half-past 1 o'clock this afternoon, aged 71 years. He was 
formerly a merchant and later a traveling salesman for a Boston shoe firm until age and debility forced his retirement from business. He 
was a deacon of the Presbyterian church.. Mr. Buwell was a native of Virginia and a direct descendent of colonial fame. His wife, two 
daughters - Mrs. S. M. Brooks and Ruth Burwell - and three sons, Cabell Burwell, of Brooksville, Fla,; Rev. Henry W. Burwell of New 
Orleans, and Colonel William Burwell, of Sparta, survive him and were all at his bedside when the summons came. 


April 2 , 1906 
Atlanta Constitution 
Mrs. M.J. Moore, Culverton, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga., April 1 (Special) Mrs.Mary Josephine Moore, wife of Hon. James W. Moore, died suddenly at _ o'clock last night at her 
home in Culverton. Besides her husband, to whom she had been married fifty-six years, she is survived by seven children and many 
grandchildren. Her children are: Mrs. R H. Lewis and Colonel R.W. Moore of Sparta; Mrs R.A. Chapman, of Washington, Ga.; Mrs. D.L. 
Brown, of Macon; Mrs. T.A. Waller, Gordon Moore and E.L. Moore, of Culverton. She was 72 years of age. 


May 27, 1906 
Atlanta Constitution 
Mrs. Kate DuBose, Sparta, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga., May 25 (Special) Mrs.Kate Dubose, widow of Colonel Charles W. Dubose, died at 9 o'clock this morning at her home here, 
aged 80 years. She was a woman of strong mentality and personal magnetism. A writer of note, her contributions to literature are 
distinguished for depths of feeling and elevation of sentiment. She was a member of the Presbyterian church. Her surviving children are 
Colonel A. Miller Dubose, of Sparta; Surgeon W. R. Dubose, of the United States navy, and Dr. George Dubose, of Washington, D.C. 


May 31, 1906 
Atlanta Constitution 
John M. Hood, Sparta, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga, May 30 (Special) John M. Hood, a prominent citizen of our town, a Confederate Veteran an an exemplary Christian, died this 
morning at 11 o'clock, aged 69 years. Besides his wife, eight children survive him. They are: Mrs. H. T. Mclain, Mrs. Carlos 
Duggan, Misses Ruth, Bessie and Renie Hood, and Messrs. Eugene Hood, of Savannah; James and Frank Hood, of Sparta. 


July 8, 1906 
Atlanta Constitution 
SPARTA FARMER TAKES POISON 
Carr, of Sparta, Becomes Despondent and Drinks Laudanum Sparta, Ga. July 7 (Special)John Henry Carr, a prominent citizen and 
farmer of Hancock county, becoming desperate over financial troubles, took two ounces of laudanum Friday evening at 7 o'clock 
and died three hours later. He was 35 years old and leaves a wife and one young son. 


August 2, 1906 
Atlanta Constitution 
Farmer Killed in Runaway 
George Smith is Thrown From a Wagon Near Sparta Sparta, Ga., August 1 (Special) George Smith, a prosperous farmer living 3 miles east of Sparta, was driving home yesterday afternoon 
when his mules became frightened and ran away. Calling to his young son, who was in the wagon, to jump out, Mr. Smith held on, thinking 
he could control the team, but he was thrown out and instantly killed. The son was unhurt. A wife and seven children survive. 


September 25, 1906 
Atlanta Constitution 
William H. Burnett, Sparta, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga., September 24 (Special) William H. Burnett, a prominent citizen of our town, a Mason, confederate veteran and exemplary 
Christian, died this morning at 2 o'clock. He was 83 years old and during his long and useful life had held positions of trust with 
railroads and insurance companies. He leaves three children, Mrs. Lucy Kendrick, of Macon, Miss Annie Burnett and Julian Burnett, of 
Sparta. Messrs. Frank Burnett, of Sparta, and Eugene Burnett, of Columbus, are his brothers. 


October 4, 1906 
Atlanta Constitution 
Mrs. Hattie Pierce, Sparta, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga., October 3 (Special) Mrs. Hattie Pierce died at 2 o'clock this afternoon of a stroke of parlaysis. She was the widow 
of Hon. George F. Pierce, Jr., and the mother of Mrs. Robert Hartri, of Beaufort, S.C.; Marion Pierce, and Hartri Pierce. Two sisters, 
Miss Annie Hartri, of Savannah, and Miss Mary Hartri, of South Carolina, and three brothers, Judge J. A., Sir B., and W. (I?) 
Hartri, also survive her. 

November 27, 1906 
Macon Daily Telegraph 
REMAINS MRS. A. W. GARRETT SENT TO SPARTA FOR BURIAL. 
The remains of Mrs. A. W. Garrett, wife of Captain A. W. Garrett, president of the First National Bank of Dublin, passed 
through Macon last night, en route to Sparta for interment. The remains reached the city last night at 7 o'clock, via the Macon & 
Dublin road, and left over the Georgia Central at 2:50 this morning. 

Mrs. Garrett is survived by a husband and two small daughters. She was an estimable woman and had many friends, not only in Dublin, 
but in Macon and Sparta, which last named place was her former home. 

December 3, 1906 
Atlanta Constitution 
ARE ELATED OVER VICTORY 
People of Hancock County Rejoice Over Getting School Sparta Ga, December 2. (Special) The people of Hancock county are 
highly elated over procuring the agricultural college of the tenth district. The committee, on its return from Augusta, was greeted 
with an ovation, and whenever a member of this committee stops on the street, even now, a crowd gathers around and bombards him with 
questions as to how the whole thing was done. Sparta's success last Monday is due principally to the adroit management, untiring energy, boundless enthusiasm, and shrewd 
political sagacity of our county school commissioner, Professor M. L. Duggan, whose name is expected to be inscribed on the cornerstone 
of the main college building. Yet, in accomplishing our success, others played no small part, and among these were: Judge Seaborn 
Reese, W.H. Burwell, and Messrs. E. A. Rozier and J. L. Walker. The college will be located three miles east of Sparta, on the 
road between Sparta and Culverton, and within a few hundred yards of the Granite Hill station. It will occupy a part of what was 
originally the country estate of the late Colonel A. J. Lane, and will be separated by the road and railroad from the broad fields, 
meadows and orchards of Rocky (ROCKBY), the home of the late Colonel Richard Malcolm Johnson, where his celebrated school for boys gave 
instruction to so many of the famous men of our state. Rocky (ROCKBY) is now owned by C. J. Rocker, a thrifty and 
industrious German, and a most excellent citizen, who learned grape culture on the banks of the Rhine, and who, on coming to this 
country, served the confederacy most valiantly in the war of the 60's. The college buildings will be constructed of Hancock granite, 
which has been donated for that purpose. They will occupy an eminence presenting a fine view, both from the road and railroad. 
Work on them will begin at an early date, and it is expected that the school will be in operation by the fall of 1907. The executive 
committee of the board of trustees, with Professor Duggan as chairman, will have a meeting at an early day to agree upon all the 
details of construction. Owing to the certainty of this school land in Hancock county has already made a decided rise. 




1907

March 8, 1907 
Atlanta Constitution 
Mrs. R. W. Moore, Sparta. 
Sparta, Ga., March 7 - The funeral of Mrs. R.W. Moore, of this place, who died on Tuesday afternoon in Atlanta, while on a visit took 
place yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the Sparta cemetery in the presence of one of the largest gatherings of people that ever 
witnessed a similar service in Sparta. Mrs. Moore was the wife of R. W. Moore, mayor of the city of Sparta, and one of the most prominent young lawyers in middle 
Georgia. She had for fifteen years been a member of the Methodist church, always taking an active part in its work. 

May 8, 1907 
Atlanta Constitution 
MRS. JOHN TURNER PASSES AWAY. 
Was Eldest Daughter of the Late Bishop Pierce Sparta, Ga., May 7. (Special) Mrs. John L. Turner, of Culveton, died 
Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Moore, where she had made her home since the death of her husband. 
Mrs. Turner was the eldest daughter of the late Bishop George F. Pierce. She was 72 years of age and had been an invalid for a number 
of years. She leaves the following children: Mrs. John Moore, Mrs. R. C. Wilson and Mrs. Robert Smith, of Culverton; Mr. Pierce Turner, of 
Monroe; Mr. T.F. Turner, of Indian Territory; Mr. John Turner, of Thomasville; Mrs. John D. Seago, of Greenwood, S.C.; Mrs Stewart 
Davis, of Macon; Mrs. Dudley Williams, of Atlanta; Mr. Warren Turner, of Arizona. The funeral services were held today at the Methodist church at 
Sparta. 


June 19, 1907 
Atlanta Constitution 
Pioneer Dies at Masonic Home 
Macon, Ga., June 18 (Special) Judge John T. Berry, aged eighty-three years, a former resident of Sparta, Ga., and a member of Sparta 
Lodge No. 442, who has since 1906 been an inmate of the Masonic Home here, died at 6:25 o'clock yesterday evening. He is survived by a 
son, J. T. Berry, of Chalker, and a daughter, Mrs. E. W. Sitton, of Atlanta. The remains left Macon this morning at 8:40 o'clock for 
Sparta, where they will be interred with Masonic honors, 


June 27, 1907 
Atlanta Constitution 
Lyman Hearn, Sparta, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga., June 26 (Special) Lyman H. Hearn, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Hearn, of Eatonton, died at the home of his father-in-law, J.L. 
Culver. He was 30 years old. Besides his parents he leaves a wife, who was Miss Daisy Culver, to whom he married nine years ago. 
Drs. Frank E. and W.D. Hearn, of Atlanta; Messrs H.Reed Hearn and M. Hearn and Misses Mattie, Sarah and Rebecca Hearn, of Eatonton, 
are his brothers and sisters. 


July 24 1907 
Atlanta Constitution 
H. A. Lawrence 
The body of H. A. Lawrence, who died at a private sanitarium Monday morning (July 22), will be taken to Sparta, Ga. this monring for 
funeral and interment. 


August 7, 1907 
Atlanta Constitution 
DIED FROM LICK OF BASEBALL 
Assistant Clerk of Hancock Superior Court Dead 
Sparta, Ga. August 6 (Special) Avary Lamar,who, although only 23 years of age, has been for years assistant clerk of Hancock superior 
court, died Sunday night from peritonitis. In a game of baseball in which he participated a few weeks ago, young Lamar was struck in the side by a thrown ball when has since 
that time caused him to suffer greatly, but his condition was not regarded as being serious until within the last few days, when the 
disease which caused his death began to develop. He was a prominent secret order man. He leaves a mother, one sister and a brother. 


August 13, 1907 
Atlanta Constitution 
C. P. Dougherty Ill 
Sparta Ga., August 12 (Special) C. P. Doughtery, aged 69, was this morning stricken with paralysis. He was a confederate soldier, a 
member of the Nelson Rangers and was personally acquainted with General S.D. Lee and General Forrest. His illness is probably fatal. 

August 20, 1907 
Atlanta Constitution 
DEATH TAKES DR.T. O. POWELL 
Well Known Georgia Dies at Tate Springs From Pneumonia 
Tate Spring, Tenn., August 19 - (Special) - Dr. T. O. Powell, superintendent of the Georgia sanitarium, died here last night from 
pneumonia. His wife, his daughter, Mrs. Julia Webb; his brother-in-law, John Conn, and Dr. H. M. Lamar were at his bedside 
when the end came. The remains were removed to Milledgeville today, where the funeral will occur. Dr. Powell had been in poor health for about a year, and when 
attacked with pneumonia shortly after his arrival at Tate Spring-had not the strength to combat the disease. Story of His Live. 
Dr. Theophilus O. Powell was born in Brunswick county, Virginia, in 1837. He was not more than 6 or 7 years of age when his parents 
removed to Georgia, settling in Hancock county. In this historic county young Powell received his education under that capable and 
distinguished educator, Richard Malcom Johnson. After studying medicine privately, young Powell attended lectures at the Georgia Medical college, Augusta, from which he was graduated in 1859. Soon after graduation, he located in Sparta, where he at once won recognition by his skill and ability. At the commencement of the 
civil war Dr. Powell at once enlisted as a private in the Forty-ninth Georgia regiment, in which he rendered faithful and devoted service until August, 1862, when he accepted an appointment 
as first assistant physician of what was then known as the Georgia State Insane asylum, now known as the state sanitarium. 
Record in Civil War. 
While in the Confederate army Dr. Powell was in all the battles around Richmond, besides many skirmishes. Having rendered most successful served as assistant physician, 
after the death of Dr. Thomas F. Green, superintendent, in 1879, Dr. Powell was elected as his successor, a position he has held ever since with increasing efficiency and honor to himself and for the best interest of the treat number of the state's unfortunates. His singular fidelity, his executive ability, his love for the patients under his charge, his innate nobility and piety are beyond all 
praise. In 1886, in compliance with a joint resolution of the house and senate, Dr. Powell rendered an exhaustive report on his investigations into the increase in insanity in this state and the 
most important factors in its causations. The report reflected distinct credit on his erudition, his profound study and his wide and patient research. This report at once added to his wide 
reputation as an allenist of note, and he was quoted the authority in all the great councils of physicians on diseases of the mind. President of Medical Society 
Dr. Powell has been a member of the State Medical Society for many years, and served as its president in 1887. He was also a member of the American Medico-Psychological Association and the National Medico-Legal Society, the former of which he had served as president. He was also a Free and Accepted Mason, being a member of 
Benevolent lodge No. 3, Milledgeville, Ga. He was a Knight Templar, a sir knight of Plantagenet commandery, Milledgeville. For years he had been a most faithful member and steward of the Methodist church of Milledgeville. In the Methodist circles thought out the state he is known and honored as a humble Christian and a sagacious 
counselor. he has ever held the esteem and love of the officers and physicians of the state sanitarium, who realized that he was not only a superintendent in name, but in fact. Dr. Powell was married in 1850 to Miss Frances, daughter of Edward Birdsong, of Hancock county, a union blessed with two children-wife of P.A. West, of Hancock county, a union blessed with two children-wife of P.A. West, of Baldwin county, and Harriet, deceased wife of John Conn, of Milledgeville. 

November 2, 1907 
Macon Weekly Telegraph 
ALEX R. ROBERTSON DIED AT CULVERTON 
BODY WILL ARRIVE IN MACON AT 11:15 THIS MORNING FOR FUNERAL 
Mr.Alex R. Robertson, aged 71 years, a former resident of Macon, died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Walter Dougherty, at Culverton, 
Ga., yesterday morning. Mr. Robertson was for a number of years engaged in the marble and stone cutting business at Athens and Macon, and was well known here. 
His body will arrive via the Georgia road this morning at 11:15 o'clock, following which services will be conducted at Rose Hill cemetery. Rev. R. E. Douglas will conduct the services. 


November 2, 1907 
Macon Daily Telegraph 
Death of Mr. A. R. Robertson 
Sparta, Ga., Nov. 1. A. R. Robertson died here this morning, aged 73. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He came to this country as a 
young man and fought in the Confederate army. He was married in Oglethrope County, Georgia, and had two sons. His family are now all 
dead. He was a prominent builder and accumulated a good deal money, but at the time of his death he had only about nine thousand dollars 
which is in cash on deposit here. He made a will with Dr. C. S. Jernigan and Mr. John D. Walker as his executors. He will be buried 
in Macon tomorrow. 




1908

July 5, 1908 
The Macon Daily Telegraph 
Death of Mrs. Sally Martin 
Mrs. Sally Martin died at 9 o'clock last night at her residence. She leaves her husband and two children, both girls, Velma Cone and Ella 
Louise; also her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Hinsley, who live at Sparta. The body will be shipped to Sparta Monday morning 
where the interment will take place Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Rev. T. E. Davenport will officiate. 


July 9, 1908 
Atlanta Constitution 
MRS. F. G. THOMAS DIES OF BURNS 
She Was a Member of a Very Prominent Georgia Family Sparta, Ga, July 8 (Special) Mrs. Frank G. Thomas, who was so badly 
burned yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock died last night. Her husband and two daughters, Misses Mary and Lizzie, in endeavoring to extinguish the flames, were badly burned. 
Mrs. Thomas was 45 years of age and was regarded as one of the most cultured and most beloved women in this section of the state. 
She was the daughter of Dr. Josiah Lewis, a famous Methodist divine. She was a sister of Rev. Walker Lewis, D.D., and Mrs. Willis 
Caldwell, wife of a well known minister, both of Atlanta; Rev. William Lewis, of Texas; Editor Sidney Lewis and Hon. R.H. Lewis, of Sparta. 
Besides her husband who travels for a prominent Macon concern, Mrs. Thomas leaves nine children. The children are Wales W. Thomas, 
one of the editors of the Sparta Ishmaelite; Mrs. Smoot, wife of the principal of the Sparta academy; Miss Mary Thomas, teacher in the 
Griffin public schools; Miss Elizabeth Thomas, Lewis Thomas, Joe Sid Thomas, Frank Thomas, Georgia Thomas and Dorothy Thomas, all of Sparta. 
The husband of Mrs. Thomas is a brother of Mr. Lewis W. Thomas, the well-known Atlanta lawyer. This others brothers are Dr. Joseph 
M. Thomas, of Grirrin, Walter P. Thomas, superintendent of the West Point public schools and R. H. Thomas of Sparta. Mrs. A. J. 
Perryman, of Talbotton, is a sister. They are all children of the late Dr. Francis Anderson Thomas, a native of Sparta, who was in his 
time one of the most eminent physicians of that section of the state. 
The funeral will be conducted some time tomorrow in Sparta. 

July 23, 1908 
Macon Daily Telegraph 
Mrs. DeLamar Turner. Fitzgerald, Ga., July 22 - Martha Claudia, daughter of Irby and Martha Hudson, was born in Hancock County, 
1849, and married to Mr. DeLamar Turner November 1, 1866, died in Fitzgerald of paralysis July 21. She leaves, besides her husband, 
five children, Frank H., of Macon; Marion, of Hawkinsville; DeLamar, Jr., of Waycross; Mrs. W. A. Beall of Sandersville, and Mrs. F. J. 
Clark, of Fitzgerald, Ga. and one brother, Mr. Irby Hudson, and one sister, Mrs. J. E. Jackson, both of Greensboro, Ga. She belonged to 
the Hudson family who originally settled Hancock and Putnam Counties during the first of the last century. The family leave with remains 
this evening for Sandersville, where she will be buried July 22. 


August 30, 1908 
Atlanta Constitution 
Mrs. M.H. Shelverton, of Decatur, Ga, writes: "Having seen the article, 'Proposed List of Graves of Revolutionary Soldiers' will 
give the names of two who were buried in Sparta, Ga. John Epps Scott (my great uncle), was buried near his sister, Mrs. Duke Hamilton. 
Both graves must have had stones of some shape over them. Mrs. Hamilton's grave was looked up and the tombstone placed in order 
over her grave by the sexton (by my request) some two or three years ago. A letter I received from the adjutant general this years says: 
'It is shown by the records that John Epps Scott served in the years 1777, 1778, 1779 as a second lieutenant in the Eleventh and Twelfth 
Virginia regiment (consolidated) latterly known as the Eleventh Virginia regiment, revolutionary war. It is stated on the records 
that the officer resided in Dinwiddle county.' The other revolutionary soldier's name was Henry Mitchell, also from Virginia." 


October 11, 1908 
Columbus Daily Enquirer 
Hon. J. A. Miller Dies At Home In Sparta. Sparta, Ga., Oct. 10 - The furneral of Hon. J. A. Miller was conducted at the Smyrna Methodist 
church. Mr. Miller died of Bright's disease. He had been a sufferer for some time, and his death was not expected. He was sixty years of 
age, and besides a wife, leaves three sons, George, Hill and Robert Miller. Mr. Miller was one of the most prominent citizens of the 
county, and left considerate means having large farm and fruit interests. He represented Hancock county in legislature at one time, 
besides always prominent in everything that looked to the betterment of his community. He has been a consistent member of the Methodist 
church from early childhood. 




1909
February 20, 1909 
The Macon Daily Telegraph 
Sparta, Ga., Feb. 19 - Mr. D. P. Furgerson, familiarly known as "Uncle Dan," died here this morning of heart disease, at his home at 
5 o'clock. He had anticipated his end. He leaves a widow and three sons by his former wife. During his twenty years' reasoned here he has held many important 
positions in civil life and was a devoted member of the Methodist church. He died in his seventy-third year. 


April 27, 1909 
Atlanta Constitution 
A special instance of the application of this remedy is given by Mr. Duggan in a brief account of the Culverton Consolidated School 
of Hancock county. Here five schools, with a total of 128 pupils, have been consolidated into one, and four wagons are employed to 
bring in the pupils who formerly attended the other schools. Three teachers do more and better work because of consolidation and 
increased time for recitations in each grade, than was done by five under the old plant, while the cost, including four wagons and teams 
has been reduced from $238 to $218 per month. There has been no material change in the enrollment, and the average attendance is 
better than the aggregate for the five "one-teacher" schools. 


July 30, 1909 
Atlanta Constitution 
Judge Henry Harris. 
Telegrams received in Atlanta yesterday announce the death at his home in Hancock county, near Sparta, of Judge Henry Harris. Judge 
Harris is survied by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. S.M. Park, of Atlanta, and Miss Martha Harris, of College Park, and one son, C.H. 
Harris, of Seattle. Judge Harris was about sixty-eight years of age. 

June 14 1909 
Atlanta Constitution 
W.M. Yarbrough, Sparta, Ga. 
Sparta, Ga., June 13. (Special) Wiley M. Yarbrough, the receiver of Hancock county, and an ex-confederate soldier, died at his home last 
night, at the age of sixty-four years. He lost one leg at the charge at Gettysburg. He was a member of the Methodist church, and leaves a 
widow and four children. Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow. 


June 19, 1909 
Atlanta Constitution 
16 Children Shocked By Bolt 
Lightning Strikes Tree Near Sparta 
During a Picnic at Martin's Springs a Storm Came Up. Little Ones Gathered Under Tree for Protection- None Seriously Hurt. 
Sparta, Ga. June 18 (Special) There was a picnic yesterday at Martin's Spring, three miles in the country. In the afternoon a rain 
and thunder storm came up. Sixteen little children gathered under a large tree for protection. The lightning struck the tree and shocked 
every child more or less. None of them could walk, but some of them could crawl about on the ground. It has not proven fatal, so far; 
however, some of the children are in a serious condition. Many were strangely affected. On the bodies of some the tree was 
clearly photographed. 


August 2, 1909 
The Atlanta Constitution 
CHAS. M. PROSSER DIES. 
He Was Formerly Sheriff, of Baldwin County. Sparta, Ga., August 21 (Special- Charles M. Prosser, of Milledgeville, died here this morning at the home of his son-in-law, 

T. H. Little. He was 65 years old, and left a wife and one daughter. 

He was for a long while sheriff of Baldwin county, and was well known throughout middle Georgia. The funeral will be held at Milledgeville tomorrow. 


September 9, 1909 
The Atlanta Constitution 
Mrs. John L. Culver. 
Mrs. John L. Culver, aged 80 years, died Sunday morning last at an early hour at her home in Culverton, Ga., after a lingering 
illness. Her husband, who survives here, was at one time a member of the Georgia senate, and has been a prominent citizen of Hancock 
county for many years. This excellent lady was well known and highly esteemed for beautiful and Christian-like character. She is survived 
by her husband and three children, Miss Anna Culver, Lewis E. Culver, both of Culverton, Ga. and Mrs. J. E. Kidd, of 
Milledgeville, Ga, besides eleven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. 


September, 1909 
The Atlanta Constitution 
"Colonel Hugh Hall, my great-grandfather, who served with the North Carolina line, moved to Hancock County, and is buried near 
Sparta. I should judge that a number of people in that county can point out the place of his burial." 


November 11, 1909 
The Atlanta Constitution 
Mrs. Mary Winslett 
The funeral services of Mrs. Mary Winslett, who died Sunday night, will take place this morning at 8:30 o'clock from Greenberg, Bond & 
Bloomfield's chapel, and the body will be sent to Granite Hill, Ga., for interment. 

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