Reprinted with permission of the Laurel County Historical Society
Jan 2, 1891-State News- Charles Smoot, aged 75 dropped dead at his home, Fern Leaf, Mason county.
James Devine is under arrest at Harrodsburg, charged with attempting to kill his infant child.
The wife of J. C. Anderson, a farmer living near Louisville, sold his farm for $12,000 and eloped with a blacksmith named Doke.
On Bennett's Fork, about three miles from Middlesborough, Robert Howard killed Louis Roeberger, with a hatchet under no provocation whatever, and escaped into the mountains.
Young Bach, editor of the Pikeville Monitor, was instantly killed by the accidental firing of a pistol, in the store of John Day, in Jackson Breathitt county, which a man let fall onto the floor.
Mrs. Coon Ager, who lives in Menifee county,
swallowed a silver half dollar, several weeks since. It still remains in
her throat, resisting all efforts to disloge it. She has been able to swallow
nothing but liquid food
since the accident happened.
Local Items- Mrs. Wm Hunt living on Raccoon in this county gave birth to a boy a few days ago, she being 56 and her husband 77 years of age.
County Clerk Scoville issued yesterday morning, license for the marriage of Mr. Gilman Webb and Miss Sallie Lyncks. Tho they begin the new year.
MARRIED-At the residence of the bride's father, Mr. Wiley W. Jones of London, on Tuesday evening Dec. 30th by the Rev. R. L. Ewell, Mr. James N. Reynolds and Miss Ida M. Jones.
Mr. and Mrs. Con Gains of Winchester, were in town during the week. They are now visiting the family of Mr. J. F. Baugh, Mrs. Gains father, at Mershon's Cross Roads.
Mrs. Elizabeth Dempsey, of this county, the widow of James Dempsey, an old soldier, has been granted a pension amounting up to the present time to $1,500, and from this time on at $12 a month.
Misses Sarah and Emma Stapleton of the county, have taken rooms at Mr. J. R. Hardin's and are attending Laurel Seminary.
Sheriff Pearl left on Tuesday for Frankfort with Hugh Jackson, who visits that city with the view of serving a one year term in the penitentiary for the malicious shooting and wounding of Alex Williams.
The South bound train did not arrive at London on Christmas day until 8 o'clock that night. The delay was caused we understand by telegraph poles across the track, broken down by the storm of sleet which fell that morning and the night before. All trains on Friday were delayed by obstructions caused by the same storm.
The death of Judge Thomas W. Vernon, at Stanford, on the night of Dec. 24th, will be learned with sorrow by many of the citizens of London and Laurel county, to whom he was well and favorably known. He was a popular citizen and an efficient and faithful officer of Lincoln county for many years, and his death will be deeply felt in the county and much regretted in the surrounding counties in all of which he had many friends.
On Christmas eve a large company gathered at
Liberty Meeting House a few miles from town on the Somerset road, where
a Christmas tree had been prepared for the children of the Sunday-school
and all were expecting a pleasant and happy time, but unfortunately too
much mean whisky and too many pistols were aboard and soon a disgraceful
difficulty arose, resulting in the shooting and wounding of Wm. Miller,
a young man of the neighborhood, and the frightening of the women and children
present. Reports are so conflicting that it is impossible to tell who were
most to blame in the matter, but we are satisfied if there had been no
the disturbance would not have occurred. Warrants have been issued for Frank Medley, charged with the shooting and for several other parties, charged with disturbing the meeting.
Jan 9,-- State News-There were 3,303 deaths in Louisville during the year 1890.
Andy Baxter at Richmond ate fifty-four bananas at one sitting.
Wm. Mills aged sixty, was run over and killed at the Kentucky Central depot at Maysville.
The Paducah News says, the transit owned by Aaron Burr, when he was a civil engineer, is now the property of Mr. J. W. Stewart, living near Dexter Station in Calloway county.
The jury of inquest in the case of the death of four children of Jesse Higbee, at Muldraugh, say in their verdict that the mother of the children, Mrs. Julia Higbee, poisoned them and that she is insane.
Jan. 9,--Mrs. Jesse C. Thompson, of East Bernstadt was with Mrs. Emma Smith Monday.
Mr. George Melvin who has been confined to his room for a couple of months with fever, we are glad to report is improving.
The little old "shack" near the depot belonging to Judge W. R. Jones and occupied by one Harrison Gordon, of color, caught fire last Wednesday and burned down. The saw mill of J. T. Johnson, near by also caught fire, but was extinguished before much damage was done.
Sheriff Pearl went to Stanford the other day
and returned with B. P. Martin, who is under indictment for the murder
of Tom Hodge, at Lily in this county, last Fall, and has been confined
in the Lincoln county jail. Martin executed before Circuit Clerk A. B.
Brown, his bond for $5,000 for
his appearance at the next term of the Laurel circuit court, and is now at liberty.
The dance at the Jackson House, Saturday night, was well attended though several who would have been present were prevented by the lateness of the train which was delayed by the wreck at Dillion's Switch. Pittsburg was however on hand to help the London folks out, and we understand the affair was very pleasant and enjoyable to all who were in attendance.
Jan. 16--General News--W. C. McCowan was arrested in New York on suspicion of having thrown his mother from a five story window, killing her almost instantly.
Henry Lutz, aged eighty-two was arrested near Bethlehem, Pa., on the charge of murdering a whole family in Germany thirty years ago.
A detachment of troops sent out by General
Miles, from Rosebud Agency, to bury the Indians killed at the Wounded Knee
battle was fired on by the hostile Sioux. The Indians were driven off,
after a desperate and sharp firing of the Hotchkiss gun, and forced to
seek the protection of the
In Claiborne county, Tenn., a difficulty occurred between James Claiborne and Sylvester Spangler about their land interest, which resulted in the former shooting Spangler through the heart, causing death in a few moments. But before dying Spangler cut one of Claibornes arms off and crushed his skull with an axe.
State News-C. H. Warren a large contractor and coal dealer, of Middlesborough left there Saturday night, ostensibly on business but his creditors fear he has skipped the city.
Jane Mullins, who lives alone with her five children in a cabin two miles from Crab Orchard, shot and killed her oldest son, Henry Sunday night. She became angry at the boy for the manner in which he was playing with a child left with her by a relative a few days before.
Julia Woolfork, colored was arrested and jailed in Winchester, on a telegram from Lexington accusing her of murder. Several days before her arrest she struck Emma Black also colored, on the head with a rock from the effects of which the latter died and now Julia is accused of killing her.
Local Items-Mr. Hardin McMillan has been confined to his bed with typhoid fever for two weeks.
Mr. Robert P. Brown has again been very sick, and unable to be in town for over a week.
Union Lamon, with his family left East Bernstadt on the early train yesterday morning, for Mercer county, Mo., where he expects to make his future home.
Gran Maxey was brought to town Monday under arrest charged with stealing corn from his neighbor, Fred Weidmer. An examination was held Tuesday and maxey proving himself clear of the charge was released from custody.
Mrs. J. W. Jones has been in Girard, Ill., for over two weeks attending her mother, Mrs. M. J. Long, who has for some time been very sick and was at one time so low that her recovery was despaired of. Mrs. Jones will not return until the recovery of her mother is assured.
DIED-On Sunday last, in the South western part of this county, " Aunt Becky" wife of Uncle Jesse Morgan aged about sixty five years. Also at his residence in this county on Thursday, the 8th inst., Mr. Jacob Ponder, aged seventy four years. He was buried the following day in the burial ground near the residence of Judge W. T. Moren.
Judge Canifax was kept busy all day Wednesday, examining into the disturbances that occurred at Liberty Meeting House on the nights of Dec. 23d and 24th, last. The examination resulted in the holding of Frank Medley to Circuit Court in a bond of $250, for the shooting and wounding of Wm. Miller on the night of the Christmas tree exercises, and the holding of Wm. Miller and Wm. Adams in two cases each for disturbing the services at the church on both the nights named. Wm and Gilbert Miller were also required to give bond to keep the peace. The parties all gave the required bonds.
We learn from Danville, that Mr. Arthur Scott, who for over a year was a citizen of London, has gone to Birmingham, Ala., where he has secured a good situation as prescription clerk in a drug store. While in London Mr. Scott was with S. A. Lovelace & Co. Druggist, and is kindly remembered by those who knew him all of whom are glad to hear of his success in life.
Jan. 23,--General News-Squire Massie Bealely of Aberdeen, O., has married 4,512 couples since 1849. He married eight couples in one day and the largest fee ever given him was $40 and the smallest was a basket of grapes and a bucket of persimmons.
George Estes and Fannie Hogan were married at a country church in Marion county, Ala., about 50 miles east of Jasper on Friday night the 9th inst., and just as the ceremony was concluded a shot was fired through the window, killing the bride instantly. A discarded lover is suspected of being the murderer.
The Indian war was thought to be over, the
hostiles were surrendering their arms to the troops and General Miles,
on Sunday issued a congratulatory address to his soldiers on the cessation
of hostilities and the return of peace but on Monday news was brought into
camp that Few Tails and four of his band had been murdered by the whites
and his wife wounded. This excited
the Indians again and may cause further trouble.
Jan, 23, Mrs. Sam Ward of Livingston is visiting the family of Mr. R. G. Ward.
Itch Cured in 30 minutes by Woolford's Sanitary Lotion. Never fails. Sold by W. H. Jackson & Co., London.
A Training School for teachers and those intending to teach, will be opened by O. Edwards at Corbin, Ky., and will continue five months from 5th of January, 1891.
Robert Brown a miner working with the Laurel Coal Co. at Pittsburg was badly hurt Monday by the falling in of the roof of the mine in which he was working.
Some of the boys had a little "brush" on Main street Saturday and Police Judge Canifax asked three of them to hand over $2.50 each to help run the town.
Mr. Andrew Baker, Superintendent of Schools in Rockcastle county, and Miss Ella Ramsey were married Tuesday Jan. 6th, in that county at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. Joseph Ramsey.
Joh McCarty, who with his family went to Missouri to find a home in November last, is back in Laurel again. The health of his wife and children while in Missouri, was such that he was advised by physicians to return with them to Kentucky.
Having just purchased the bakery of Antonio
Vigliotti near the London depot I have opened up in it a first class Confectionery
where a hot lunch can be had at all hours. I will also keep constantly
on hands a full line of vegetables. The patronage of all is solicited.
MRS. ANNIE SCHOMOKER
Cort Brown, while scuffling with his nephew, Charlie Jones, in the store of Barnes & Jones, last Friday afternoon, by some mishap fell and broke both bones of his right leg just above the ankle. He was removed to his home and Dr. Ramsey called in to treat the fracture.
Mr. Ad Reese's little daughter, Gussey, died at the Jackson House in this place Wednesday afternoon, of some disease of the throat. The little girl was nearly eighteen months of age. She was buried yesterday evening on the Cemetery Hill. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the whole communtiy.
Bob Catching, a colored man born and raised
in London, well known to all our citizens and for several years an employe
at Jackson's livery stable, died rather suddenly Saturday evening about
5 o'clock. He had been sick for some time but Dr. Coldwell, his physician,
who was with him about three hours before he died, was not expecting a
fatal termination of the case so
soon. The Doctor says his death was caused by heart trouble.
J. W. Mullins, known to everybody in Laurel County, went with his family to Kansas last fall, to settle, but as he has done a half dozen times before he has returned to Kentucky, this time by way of Chattanooga and Knoxville. Mr. H. C. Eversole informs us that he was with Mullins on the train between Williamsburg and this place Thursday and that the whole family left the train at Woodbine, Mullins telling him that he would be in London in a few days. Mullins has surprised us a little, as we did not look for him before the first of March, but we knew that he would be here by that time. Wiley did not return with the others, but remained in Kansas.
They will marry at any time at any place, so they marry. On the 13th inst. J. D. Sweeney and Miss Elizabeth McNeill were married in the law office of Ewell & Smith, by the Rev. R. L. Ewell. On Thursday of last week Squire B. R.Baker performed the marriage ceremony for James H. Hibbard and Miss Rosa Charles, in the county court clerk's office, and on Wednesday, January 21st, Rev. R. L. Ewell performed the same ceremony for James Lanham and Miss Margaret Reynolds in the store of Faris & Co.
Miss Mollie Jackson a very pleasant appearing young lady of Woodland, Cal., is in London, visiting the family of Mr. W. H. Jackson and other relatives in the town and county. Miss Jackson is the daughter of Dr. George Jackson, of Woodland and a grand daughter of Mr. John H. Jackson, who lefe London several years before the late war, and who will be remembered by our older citizens as living in the house which Mr. W. H. Jackson tore away when he built his present residence, and as a brother of "Uncle Jarvis" Jackson. Miss Jackson we understand will remain in London several weeks.
The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lucas who left
this county several years ago to make their home in the West, and are now
living at Columbus, Kansas, will be pained to learn of the death of their
little daughter and grandson, at their home on the 3rd day of the present
month. Their daughter, Martha May, was the child of their declining years,
a bright little girl aged four years, ten months and twenty six days. Edward
Attey Evans was the grandson of Mr. Lucas and the son of Jerome C. Evans.
He was one year and eight months old. The two died of membrane croup, on
the same day and within four hours of each other, A friend the Rev. W.
H. Ayling, writes of this sore
affliction and says, that every thing was done to save the little ones that human skill could devise. Mr. Lucas and his family are thankful to those sympathizing friends who were with them in this great trouble, and we can assure them that they have the sympathy of many friends they have in this county.
January 30,-- A difficulty occurred a few days since on Troublesome Creek in Breathitt county, between Robert S. Combs on one side and John Fugate and Jas. Miller on the other in which Combs was wounded by a pistol ball. This affair is likely to precipatate another Breathitt feud.
East Bernstadt, Mrs. Elizabeth Pedigo died of consumption on the 26th inst. after a long and painful illness. She was buried in the Litton graveyard. She lived a Christian life and died a Christian death. Her brother Mr. Vincent, of Clay county, Tenn. reached here the day after she was buried. He came for the purpose of taking her home with him but he was too late. He left Saturday for his home taking with him her four little orphan children.
Mr. Dick Litton who went West some years ago is back in Laurel visiting relatives and friends.
Joe McKee who has been visiting relatives in Rockcastle county has returned home.
BORN-On Wednesday of last week to the wife of Alonzo Province, a bouncing boy weight 10 pounds.
Mr. Milton Jones who left this county over twenty years ago and has been living at Bedford, Ind., was in town Wednesday.Mr. Jones is the father of "Peck" well know to all London people.
John Mayhew was last week convicted at the special term of the Knox circuit court, for the malicious cutting a few months since of John King, of Crab Orchard and given one year in the State penitentiary.
Jeff McQueen who left this county a few months ago with his family to settle in Kansas, has returned to Kentucky and bought a farm in Rockcastle county where he expects to spend the remainder of his days.
Mr. Jack Adams died at his home in Mt. Vernon on Wednesday evening January 21st, at the age of seventy-five having been born on the 2nd day of January, 1816. Mr. Adams was an uncle of Mrs. Judge Pearl of this place.
BORN-To the wife of Mr. John Kuhn in this county on Sunday Jan. 25th a fine boy. This boy was born on the 70th birthday of his grandfather, Solomon H.Kuhn, and will we hope make as good a Republican as the old man.
We missed Reuben Hatcher from the streets and upon inquiry found he had gone to Louisiana where he has three sisters living. We would have liked to have shaken Reuben's hand before his departure but as it is the hand shaking will have to be deferred until his return.
KILLED A BEAR-On the 21st day of December Boss John Lewis, aged 65 and Charles B. Daniel of Hyden killed a very large black bear after chasing it all day. The bear weighed 365 pounds and they were offered $55.00 for the hide, but refused to take it and contemplate having a partnership overcoat made of it, which they will appreciate very much and will keep as a memento of the memorable occasion. They report having a veritable feast for three days after they killed it.
Eph Moore, who stood indicted in the Knox circuit court for the murder of Harvey Steele and David Campbell and whose trial was set for Thursday January 22, at a called term of the circuit court at Barbourville, removed his case from the docket by shooting himself through the brain on the morning of the day on which he was to be tried.
Wils Howard who was recently reported to be in the California Penitentiary under an assumed name, serving a term for robbery in that State was found to be certainly there. He has been pardoned by the Governor of California and delivered to officers of the State of Missouri, who are on their way with him to that State, where he will be tried for the murder and robbery of a deaf boy a year or two ago.
Mr. John W. Faris, who was raised on Robinson, in this county and left in the Spring of 1871 with his family for Missouri, in which State he lived several years, afterwards going to Kansas where he now lives, is back on a visit to his old home. After a twenty years absence Mr. Faris finds many changes in London and in the county, but still has a kindly feeling for old Laurel. He is a son of Mr. Joseph L. Faris, who also moved from this county in 1871, and a nephew of our fellow townsman, Mr. C. B. Faris.
February 6,--Born to the wife of Mr. D. R. Totten a fine son, on Feb. 1.
Pensions have recently been granted to John
Smith and Peter Mayfield Williamsburg: W. McDaniel, Altamont: Thomas Earles,
Bald Rock: Robert Jones and Calvin Hamlin, Lot: Reubin Haggard, Hyden:
Minors of James Green, Mershon's Cross Roads: and the pensions of Pleasant
Wilson, Manchester: David Lewis, High Knob: and Nathaniel Brittain, Woodbine,
The case of Wm Jennings, convicted in the Laurel Circuit Court at its last term, for the murder of John S. Bailey in Harlan county and taken up on appearls Feb. 7.
DIED-In London February 3rd, of consumption, Mrs. Julia A. Wells, aged 25 years. Her remains were interred in the burial grounds at Old Union meeting house on Wednesday afternoon. The Bereaved husband and little children have the sympathy of the whole community in their great affliction.
DIED-At his home on Hazel Patch, in this county, Mr. Thomas P. Wells, on Friday, Jan. 30th. Mr. Wells was an industrious and good citizen of Laurel county for many years, and 65 or 70 years of age at the time of his death. His remains were taken to Old Union Meeting House for burial Sunday afternoon.
The little child of Wm Cole died on the 3rd
inst., after an illness of three or four days. The parents have the sympathy
of a host of friends, but may they not despair for Christ says: "Suffer
children to come unto Me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Mr. W. M. Howard who was reported sick last week is able to be on the streets again.
Jno. Howe, an aged citizen, met with a serious accident a few days since, cutting his foot entirely open. He is doing nicely.
Paul J. Hogan is having a nice paling fence constructed around his dwelling, which will add considerably to the beauty of our town.
It is more than probable that there are a great many that are not aware of what a beautiful town we have. Altamont is a small mining town, beautifully located in the mountains of South Eastern Kentucky (noted for her fast horses and pretty women.) Her nice pavements and a beautiful Broadway and Boulevard. Why should it not be a celebrated Summer resort?
Rev. J. W. Moren, father of Sheriff Moren, who has been copying the tax list for the Sheriff, inform's us that he found on the list the names of 86 Jones, 53 Johnsons: and 39 Browns, citizens of Laurel County.
Simpson Stanifer, who shot J. W. Milburn, as stated in last week's ECHO, came to town Saturday and surrendered himself to Judge CAnifax. He waived an examination and gave bond in the sum of $200, for his appearance in the Circuit Court.
May 1, --Money was raised Tuesday by subscription among our citizens, for the purpose of buying additional lamps for the streets. The lamps will soon be purchased and placed at convenient points and then London will be lighted indeed.
David Carr, of color, who has been in jail for several months to satisfy a judgment of the Circuit Court is at home very sick. He was allowed to be taken home by order of the County Judge and Attorney, that he might be properly nursed by his family.
DIED-At his home near London on Monday night,
April 27th, after a protracted and painful illness, John A. Taylor, aged
43 years. John A. Taylor was born in Washington county, East Tennessee,
April 16th, 1848. He was very young when the civil war broke over the country,
but like many
other noble young men of his section he enlisted in the Union army and served as a private in Co. D. 8th Tennessee Cavalry. About fifteen years ago he came to Laurel county and has since that time resided here, marrying Sept. 20th, 1880, Miss Jane Chesnut, daughter of late Blevens Chesnut, an old citizen of the county. When sixteen years of age he became a member of the Methodist church, but in 1880 after comming to Kentucky, he united himself with the Christian church in London, and lived in the communion of that church until his death. He was well known in London and liked by all. His faithful wife survives him, who has the sympathy of the whole community in her great afliction . Only a few days before he died he received notice that a pension had been allowed him for his serivces in the war. This pension he should have had years ago. His remains were interred Tuesday afternoon on Cemetery Hill by the members of H. H. Scoville Post, G. A. R. of which Post he was a worthy member.
DIED- After an illness of many months, Geo. W. Melvin, on Saturday evening, April 25th, in Boone county, Ky. Mr. Melvin had been a resident of London Manufacturing Company. He was a hard working and industrious man, until attacked by typhoid fever in the early winter, from which he never fully recovered. Suffering from a relapse of the fever it soon became evident to his physician that he was a victim of that dread disease, consumption. When able to leave his bed, he was advised that a change might possibly be of benefit to him and some six weeks ago he left London, going first to Broadhead and then to the home of his wife's relatives in Boone County. There he became worse and died on Saturday evening. He was about twenty-five years of age and leaves a wife and one child as mourners over his untimely grave.
May 8,--Mrs. W. B. Ragan is improving in health.
Mr. Montgomery Patten, of North Carolina, is visiting his sister, Mrs. Jesse Thompson.
MARRIED-Mr. George Jones to Miss Chapman, Sunday morning. May this couple live long and happy lives is our wish.
We learn that Mrs. Mollie Pitman came near
meeting with a serious accident Wednesday afternoon. While riding near
the depot her horse became frightened by the whistle of a train and ran
with her. The saddle turned and Mrs. Pitman jumped to the ground with her
child in her arms.
Fortunately she lighted on her feet and recovered herself with out injury to herself or child.
Don't leave your overcoat hanging on the fence such nights as Wednesday night was. George Wren tried it, and has not seen his coat since.
J. R. Griffin of Rushville, Ind. was in London Saturday, visiting his children, Mr. Oliver Griffin and Mrs. J. W. McGee.
DIED-At his home near Lily, of heart trouble on Monday, April 30th, Mr. J. C. Crowder, an old and respected citizen of Laurel County.
May 8,--Wiley Mullins has returned from the West to try life in Laurel county again.
Miss Amanda Moore has been quite ill during the week but is improving.
Croquet is now the rage in town. Boys be careful about Sunday playing.
Jake Corbett, of Manchester, passed through London yesterday morning on his way home from Louisville.
Mose Parsley has sold out his store near the depot, to T. J. Johnson, and Miller John Jones.
MARRIED-At the Broughton House in London on Wednesday night, May 6th, by Judge M. M. Barnett, Mr. Samuel A. Parsley and Miss Nannie Sulfridge, all of Laurel County.
MANCHESTER COURT-We are indebted to Mr. J. H. Porter, of Clay for these court items. Carlo Lyttle, charged with the killing of D. K. Garrard, was acquitted. The case of the Commonwealth vs. the Wilsons, charged with the murder of Garrard Baker, resulted in a hung jury. Hiram Benge was given 99 years in the penitentiary for the murder of Jo Bowling. He filed grounds for a new trial, which were overruled by Judge Lilly. The grand jury returned 245 indictments.
It is a boy! The first after fifteen years of marriage and so happy was Mr. David Johnson that he forgot to tell his friends about it until it was a week old.
We understand that Hugh Jackson colored, who is serving a term in the penitentiary for malicious shooting and wounding has been paroled and is looked for home today.
MARRIED-By Rev. J. W. Gardiner, on Sunday morning, May 3d, at the residence of the brides father, Mr. Joe Leak, near London. Mr. George L. Jones and Mrs. Roxey A. Chapman.
The weather has been very cool for the season since Monday night. Tuesday a cold wind blew all day and it was very disagreeable. Heavy frosts fell Wednesday and Thursday mornings and it is feared much damage has been done to the fruit and wheat crops.
Some of our friends had a nice game of croquet Sunday afternoon, in the grounds adjoining the old Faris store house. But it was not so nice the next morning when Judge Canifax put a fine of $2.50 on each of the party for violation of the Sabbath.
May 15, --John Watkins was fined $5 last week for selling cigarettes to a minor.
A new post office has been established in Laurel county, called Oakley, and J. C. Mullins appointed postmaster.
Harry Thompson, a boy about twelve years of age, was before Judge Canifax Saturday for obstructing the railroad track, and held to Circuit Court in a bond of $200.
We are sorry to learn that on Thursday afternoon of last week Miss Anne Brown, of East Bernstadt, while riding near Pittsburg was thrown from her horse and had one of her ankle joints dislocated. She was taken to the house of her uncle Mr. Wm. McNeil, where she was compelled to remain several days before she could be removed to her home.
The Court of Appeals has affirmed the verdict rendered in the Laurel Circuit Court in the case of Wm. Jennings for the murder of John S. Bailey in Harlan county. Jennings goes to the penitentiary for the remainder of his life.
A fishing party, composed of Mrs. C. W. Jones and sons, Miss Lucy Jones, Miss Sudie Lincks, Mrs. J. W. Jones, Mr. Ed Graggin and Mr. G. T. Hughes and family left town Tuesday afternoon for Cumberland river, near the mouth of Rockcastle. We know of one young man in London who would like to be a fish in that river now, he would rise to the surface and beg to be caught.
Mr. James Parsley met with a painful accident last Friday afternoon on the raod between London and Pittsburg. His wagon loaded with hay, from some cause overturned and in jumping Mr. Parsley became entangled in one of the wheels and received a painful though not serious hurt.
May 15,--DIED-At his home near London, of heart failure, preceded by typho-malaria, on Monday, May 11, Mr. David Anderson, aged 56 years. Three weeks ago the ECHO contained notice of the death of Mr. Anderson's wife, since then two of his daughters have been very sick with fever, and worn out with the attention he had been giving his sick family he had not the strength to combat the disease when himself attacked, and in a few days fell a victim to the destroyer. He formerly lived in Lincoln County and had been residing here about five years.
Piney Woods-Mr. Caleb Jones has been quite sick for several days, with typhoid malaria, but is now improving.
May 22,--A writ of forcible detainer against
Mrs. J. T. Matson was returned before County Judge Barnett last Friday,
which after argument by counsel was dismissed. The writ was sworn out by
Mrs. Hannah Matson of Rising Sun, Ind., who claims to have beeen the legal
wife of Dr. J. T. Matson, at the time of his death, and her son Charles
B. Matson. Beside young Matson and
his mother, John L. Davis, J.. P. Long, D. C. Thorne, D. S.Wilber, M. J. Steward, of Rising Sun, and Mrs. S. B. Hornoday, of Cincinnati, were here as witnesses, or in some way interested in the case.
Simpson Standifer has sent us a communication in regard to the account of his shooting W. J. Milburn, which appeared in the ECHO some time since. He says that Milburn came to his house and threatened to have his sister, Susie Sandifer, out of there or shoot the doors down. Milburn had his pistol drawn and frightened the family badly. Sandifer says his sister had been left in his charge by their father and , believing that Milburn was not a suitable person for her to be with, he was unwilling for her to leave the house with him. He says he shot Milburn and is ready to answer for it.
May 29,--After a chase of two weeks the Dalton brothers and their gang, who robbed the Santa Fe passenger train at Wharton Station were captured by Deputy U. S. Marshals, aided by a detachment of the 5th Cavalry. The fight lasted nineteen hours, one of the Dalton's was killed and one soldier wounded.
Born to the wife of J. W. Godsey, the 22nd a fine son.
The graves of the Union Soldiers, buried in and around London, will be decorated, with appropriate ceremonies tomorrow afternoon at 1 pm by H. H. Scoville Post.
DIED-In London, on Sunday morning, May 24th of erysipelas, Mrs. Mamie Carr, wife of David Carr, of color. Mrs. Carr was in the 23rd, year of her age and was married to David Carr, in Mt. Vernon, on the 4th day of September, 1887. She was buried Sunday afternoon in the Boyd burial grounds on the Whitley road.
Letters were received by relatives in London yesterday morning containing the news of the death of Dr. J.S. Faris, at his home in Bargarsville, Ind., He died suddenly of apoplexy on Wednesday, the 27th, Dr. Speed Faris was a native of Laurel County, and one of the large family, only two of whom Squire G. W. Faris and his sister Miss Phoebe Faris of this place are now living. His wife who is a sister of Rev. J. W. and Judge W. T. Moren of this county and four children all grown survive him.
DIED-At his home near London of pneumonia on Wednesday, May 27th, Humphrey Hardin, an old colored citizen, much respected by all who knew him. He was buried yesterday afternoon.
We were mistaken last week in say the case
of John Bossee, charged with comspiracy in the murder of Larkin Bird, had
been continued. It was only passed and on Friday afternoon was called for
trial. The jury was obtained that evening and the evidence taken and argument
heard the next day, but it was not until Monday that the jury reutrned
a verdict of guilty, with three years in the penitentiary. A motion will
be entered for a new trial. On Monday the case against Hiram F. Glass for
the murder of Mat Wagoner was taken up and Wednesday morning the jury brought
in a verdict of acquittal. The cases of Fuson, moved to this county
from Whitley W. M. Howard and J. N Griffin, all for murder, were continued
until the next term. Wm. Johnson, col., and Joseph Redman pled guilty to
the indictments against them: the first for house breaking, was given one
year in the penitentiary and Redmond for horse stealing, two
years. B. P. Martin is now on trial charged with the murder of Tom Hodge at Lily last November.
Mr. Charles Girdler and "Smiling" Dave Jackd\son were in town this week..
Mr. J. L. Arnold and granddaughter, Louisa Faris, visited Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Norris Sunday.
Mr. Jas. Landrum was home from Cumberland Gap Sunday. He was accompanied home by his wife and baby.
Thieving on a small scale has been going on for some time at this place. The last reported was the depot and Aunt Mary Crews cabbage patch.
Susie Cruse has been very ill with something like LaGrippe, but is improving. Nannie Cruse is at home from Pittsburg.
Eight or ten mad dogs have been killed in this community in the last ten days. A cow of Mr. William Cook died from the effects of being bit by one of them last week.
Will Dodson was struck with a revolver in the hands of Zion Cornelius, inflicting a severe wound above the left eye.
C. L. Harbin, of Barbourville, is visiting his relatives at this place.
BORN-To the wife of Mr. O. H. Griffin on Friday, May 29th, a son.
The "kids" of the town enjoyed themselves Monday night by serenading Mr. E. E. Hale and his young bride.
The jury in the case of B. P. Martin, who was on trial when we went to press last week, charged with the murder of Tom Hodge at Lily, last November, failed to agree and were discharged Saturday night. The case goes over to the next term.
Uncle Joe Speak died at his home in this county on Friday. May the 29th, and was buried the next day at Old Union. He was in his eightiety year.
Mr. Wm Hayward, depot agent at his place, is
off on a six weeks jaunt. He expects to go as far West as Denver before
his return. J. R. Berry, the night agent, has charge of the office during
absence, and Harry Brownlee is doing the night work for the present.
MARRIED-At the Riley House, in London, on Sunday afternoon, May 31st, by Rev. J. W. Gardiner, Mr. E. E. Hale and Miss Mollie Charles, all of this county, Ed took us all by surprise, but none the less do we wish for him and his young bride a long and happy life. May they know much of the pleasure and little of the sorrow that comes in some way to us all.
About daylight Tuesday morning Jerry Stanfield
and a Miss Abrey, an eloping couple from Clay County, reached London, after
a hard night's ride and left on the 10:21 train, going north, in search
of some one who would agree to join them together for life. The young lady
is under age and parental objections to the match forced them to leave
home. They would not wait for the evening train to take them to Jellico
for fear some of Miss Abrey's friends might put in an appearance
and stop their flight. Miss Abrey sold
the mare she rode to London, said to be worty $100 for $30. On Wednesday a messenger, sent by her father was in London in search of the mare, but failing to find the animal here, followed on in the direction she was reported to have been taken.
Mr. Alvah Pullins, of Garrard county, is in town, visiting his daughter, Mrs. John Pearl, and the new arrival in that home.
Dr. Coldwell, E. H. Hackney, C. N. Scoville, John Pearl, W. R. Hackney, and Bill Scoville have gone to Sinking on a fishing trip.
Another Clay county man, tired of single life,
passed through London Wednesday with his girl, a Winchester and a "Forty-four"
in search of some one who whould make the twain one. The couple left
on the afternoon train for Jellico and returned on the night express, Miss
Emma Hibbard having in
the meantime become Mrs. Clayton Jones.
BORN-On Thursday night, June 4th, to the wife of Mr. John Pearl, a son, Louis Shakespeare. John is gathering enough of these little fellows around his hearthstone to have become used to it and take it as a matter of course, but he was so proud of this new arrival that he entirely forgot to write his regular weekly letter to the Interior Journal.
"Little Dick" Ewell did a thing in a fit of
anger, Saturday evening which no sooner than done he regretted to
the extent of $150. or more. A fine young filly, which Mrs. Ewell, with
her baby in her arms was riding, became suddenly frightened and threw Mrs.
Ewell and the child to the ground. Dick
standing near caught the bridle and seeing a club lying on the ground, seized it and struck the filly a heavy blow across the head, felling her to the ground. In a short time the filly was dead and Dick was sorry. Dick had refused $140 for the filly and says she was worth more than that.
DIED-About 2 o'clock Tuesday morning, June 9th, of pneumonia, at the home of his son, Jno. W. McGee, in London, Mr. James McGee in the 72nd year of his age. Uncle Jim McGee has been living in London about eight years and was highly esteemed by all our citizens. Two years or more ago he suffered from a sun stroke and has never been the same man since. From that time he has been a continual sufferer and death was to him a happy release. His daughter, Mrs. Jennie Evans, of Harrodsburg, was with him during the last few days of his life and her husband, Mr. Clarence Evans, reached London Tuesday afternoon to attend his burial. He was buried Wednesday evening on Cemetery Hill.
Mr. Dock Faris little daughter Clara, is very sick.
Nathan Bible sold to R. R. Ewell one yoke of oxen for $70.
Saturday was school election and quite a number of persons became intoxicated.
Died-Tuesday morning, June 2nd, of Summer complaint, little Stella, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. c. Brewer.
Berea: W. T. Terrill was bitten by a mad dog Saturday. The mad stone stuck to him six times.
J. M. and H. C. Thompson with their families, went to Mt. Carmel Sunday.
Geo. Barnes was arrested and taken to Corbin for stealing. The good people of East Bernstadt contributed money and sent his wife and her children to her people.
BORN-To the wife of J. S. Singleton, Sunday, June 14, a boy Rufus Claiborne.
MARRIED-Mr. M. S. Evans to Miss Nannie Hopkins. May Heaven shower its purest blessings upon this union.
Tilford Stillings, while gathering "sarvices," fell and had both of his wrists dislocated, which gave him considerable pain for a few days, but has gradually improved.
The latest "fad" out writing notes to young ladies and carrying them yourself.
Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Ward and Master Earle have been rusticating at Livingston this week.
MARRIED-On Thursday, June 18, in the county clerks office by Judge M. M. Barnett, Mr. Geo. H. Simmons and Mrs. Eliza J. Jones.
The ECHO now has a sworn circulation each week of 1426 copies, which is far in excess of any other paper in South Eastern Ky.
Marion Gilbert, of color, left here Tuesday for Harrodsburg where he intends to take unto himself a better half. We have not been able to learn the fortunate young lady's name, but can assure her that we believe she is "driving her ducks to a rich market."
NOTICE TO ALL:-My daughter Rachel Farmer, aged
about seventeen years, left home this morning without my consent and against
my will and each and everybody is hereby notified and warned against harboring
her under penalty of the punishment defined in ouir statutes against harboring
Theo Moren went to Manchester Saturday to a
dance and returned Monday, with a smile on his face telling what a good
time he had been having. He says there was some uneasiness about the town,
but Theo was not frightened he would risk a mad dog's bite every
day in the week to get to see some of
those Manchester girls.
HARLAN C. H., KY. JUNE 6th, 1891
About 1 o'clock yesterday evening in the hall
of the court-house, Hiram J. Cawood shot and killed James Hall. Your correspondent
was not present and does not know just how the thing occurred. Deceased
was shot four times, he got out of the house and got perhaps fifteen or
twenty yards away and sank
down. He lived twenty minutes or half an hour. Cawood lives in town and Hall lived about ten miles from town, on Martin's Fork. Cawood surrendered immediately and today waived examination and executed bond in the sum of six thousand dollars before Squire S. S. Neeley, Cawood is a nephew of Judge Wilson Lewis, who was killed by his son some time ago.
Mr. George Chesnut is down with a severe attack of typhoid fever at Dr. Scales.
In the Whitley Circut Court the jury trying the case of Granville Fee, one of the parties indicted for way laying and murdering James T. Middleton in Harlan county on the evening of the last August election, returned a verdict of guilty, on Sunday morning and fixed the punishment of the defendant at imprisonment for life. Unless a new trial is granted the case will be taken to the Court of Appeals.
Mrs. M. V. Pigg, of Cumberland Gap, Tenn., with several of her children, is in town visiting her daughters, Mrs. W. A. Parsley and Mrs. J. H. Pearl. Mrs. Pigg's health has not been good and her physician advised a change, thinking it would be of benefit to her.
The judgement of the Laurel Circuit Court in the case of John Bossee, convicted of aiding and abetting in the murder of Larkin Byrd, has been reversed by the Court of Appeals and Bossee will have a new hearing. As soon as the mandate is received by the Circuit Clerk, Bossee will make a bond and be released from jail.
The scholars of the two Sunday schools had
a very pleasant picnic last Friday in the grove near Mr. S. H. Kuhn's,
except for a shower or two of rain that interrupted their pleasure for
a while. The neighboring houses protected them from the rain and
after it was over the sun soon dried
everything off, permitting the young folks to return to their plays and enjoyments.
There is quite a number of cases of typhoid
fever in the country, but as yet not a case has broken out in London, and
if the proper caution is taken in all probability there will not be. Every
person in London
should immediately clean up their premises and keep them clean and if they do not do it the authorities should see to it that they do. One single case of typhoid would cost more than it would take to clean up and keep clean the entire town and no one knows just where it is going to break out, hence the obligation of each and every one to do his utmost to avoid its appearance.
Last Thursday night the L & N depot at
Pittsburg was broken into and a lot of bottled beer and passenger tickets
stolen. Some parties who were strangers at Pittsburg, were arrested and
brought to London charged with the robbery but there being no proof against
them, where soon released. On
Saturday night Craig Gregg, Hence Byrely and Tucker Mullins, were brought to town and lodged in jail to await an examination on the same charge. Monday an examination was held by Judge Canifax, which resulted in Gregg being held in a $300 bond for his appearance in Circuit Court and the release of the other two. Gregg has not yet made his bond and is still in jail.
Died Pedro, Eva Stillings little Canary bird and when he was lowered to his final resting place the tears were scattered as profusely on the little tomb as if he had born an immortal spirit.
BORN-To the wife of D. O. Moren, Tuesday June 16, a girl. Also to the wife of Joe Cochram a boy and girl.
A few nights ago Alex Hubbard and a boy by the name of Lovins crept up to within a short distance of old man Perry's house and fired at the inmates of it as they were seated around a lamp held by one of the girls, but fortunately no one was hurt.
JULY 3, 1891
A young child of Jacob Hofer died, last Friday of cholera infantum.
MILLINERY BUSINESS is lively at L.J. Williams. She leads in stock and prices.
Mrs. J.D. Oldham, of Leipsie, O., was the guest of Mrs. M.V. Ryan during the week.
To-morrow being the Fourth of July, a National holiday, the Bank of London will not be opened.
Rock is being placed on the ground for building the wall and pavement in front of the courthouse.
We are sorry to learn that Mr. R.C. Ford, the clever cashier of the London Bank, is sick with typhoid fever.
Mr. Frank M. Ford of Georgetown, is in London called here by the sickness of his brother, Mr. R.C. Ford.
Miss Betsy Moore and Mrs. Wm. Hollingsworth, daughter of Judge Jno. M. Green, of Pineville, were in town Wednesday.
Capt. Byron, has moved into the property he recently purchased of Mr. J.W. Jones. Mrs Jones left Tuesday for Louisville,
Misses Lena and Susie Rogers are at home, from their school at Louisville, visiting their mother and friends for this summer's vacation.
Misses Nannie McWhorter and Cattle Blair are in town,
Little Arthur, son of Mr. Ray Province, has been very sick, but is much better.
P.F. Stilling (Pet) has returned from the University at Ann Arbor Mich., a full fledged lawyer.
Mr. John McCarty is erecting a dwelling house on the road between London and Dr. J.D. Foster's.
John Brown, son of Robert Brown, of color, died early yesterday morning, at the residence of Rev. A.B.H. McKee of fever. He was eighteen years old.
Our old friend, Solomon H. Kuhn, has been sick for several days, with flux, but we are glad to learn that he is better and will soon be able to make his appearance in town again.
Miss Anne Nelson, who has been visiting the family of C.H. Moses, for several weeks, left Friday afternoon for her home in Knoxville, Tenn., by the way of Middlesborough,
Mr. W.H. Brown, one of our compositors, has been confined to his bed for three days, but is now improving and we hope he will be out in a few days again. His sickness has thrown us a little behind this week, yet we are out on time.
A telegram was received, by friends, on Friday night, containing intelligence of the serious illness of Mr. fohn Jackson, of Cherryvale, Kans., a former citizen of this county and brother of W.H. Jackson, of our town. Mr. Jackson has a large number of relatives and friends in Laurel county who will regret to hear of his sickness His son and his sister, Mrs. James Harkleroad, left London Friday night for Cherryvale. A dispatch received since their arrival there says that Mr. Jackson's condition is very critical.
Miss Kate P. Brown, daughter of Judge W.L. Brown, who for a num ber of years has been engaged in teaching in the Arkansas State Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, arrived in London Wednesday morning, and expects to spend her summer vacation with her relatives in Laurel county.
Mr. Ira Davidson, U.S, Storekeeper and Gauger, has been with his family at Faris Station, for several days. The distillery of J.P. Reppy, in Mercer county, where he has lately been at work, having shut down for the season, Mr. Davidson will be assigned to duty elsewhere in a few days. He was in town Saturday and renewed his subscription to the ECHO.
Charles Dorner, a miner living at Pittsburg, was accidentally shot at Altamont on Thursday evening of last week and died Friday morning from the effects of the wound. He had laid a double barreled shot gun on a coal car, and throwing a piece of scantling onto the car it struck the gun, causing it to fire, discharging the contents of both barrels into his bowels, He lingered, in great agony through the night and died the next morning, as stated above.
DIED-In London, Wednesday afternoon of erysipelas, Mr. James L. Province, 59 years of age. Mr. Province was born in Lee county, Virginia, in May 1832 and came with others of his family to Laurel county in 1854. He has since then resided in the county, and for more than a year has been a citizen of London. He was an unassuming industrious man and lived the life of a good citizen. His remains were interred yesterday afternoon in the burial grounds on Cemetery Hill.
DIED-At his home, near Hazle Patch, on Friday, June 26th, Thomas Mason, father of Gee. W. Mason, of this place. Mr. Mason was born in Tennessee in March 1815, and was consequently, 76 years of age in March last. He moved to Kentucky while young and has since then been an energetic, hard working citizen of Laurel county. Some time since he suffered from a stroke of paralysis, which eventually caused his death, He was buried on Saturday at Wm. Balls near Stepping Rock,
DIED-At the residence of Dr. N.M. Scales, in this county on Friday night, the 26th of June, 1891, of typhoid fever, George V.L. Chesnut in the 47th year of his age. George Chesnut was born and lived all his life in Laurel county. He had a large relationship and was known to all Laurel county people. He was a kind and good hearted man and had no enemies. His body was borne to the McKee burial ground, near London, Saturday afternoon, by weeping friends, and laid away to await the call that shall summon us all on the last great day.
JULY 10, 1891
STATE NEWS Mrs. Maggie Moore was arrested at Harrodsburg for appearing on the street in male attire, which she donned for the purpose of obtaining work. Her sweet voice and tiny feet betrayed her.
Mr. J.A. Tanner who has been confined for several weeks with rheumatism we are glad to report is rapidly improving.
Miss Sallie Leak is still very low with fever.
Quite a number of our young folks attended the picnic at Lily Saturday and Sunday.
Miss Alice Jones is visiting on Roccastle this week.
Wm. Graybeal met with a serious accident a few days ago cutting his hand entirely open. He is doing nicely.
Miss Effie Sampson has been quite ill for several days.
Miss Nannie Sampson of London visited her mother Sunday.
Miss Thena McFadden went to Pittsburg Saturday.
Miss Silvesta Green is sick with measles.
Miss Hattie Jones is visiting her grandfather J.A. Tanner.
Preaching next Saturday and Sunday at Piney Grove "foot washing" and sacrament. A large crowd is anticipated.
It is a girl and Ad Reese is proud and happy.
Mrs. W.B Catching has been quite ill during the week, but is improving.
Mrs. Ward, wife of James Ward, of Pittsburg, died last Saturday.
Hen, Ed Parker visited Booneville last Monday in the interest of his candi- dacy for the State Senate.
Layton and George Reid left Monday for California, in which state they expect to make their future home.
Mr. J.T. Brown's family have returned from the country, and have settled down to town life again. Miss Chloe Cowan, of Danville, is visiting Mrs. Brown.
The Fourth was a quiet day in London. Many of our citizens went to Pittsburg and Woodbine to celebrate and a number of young folks spent the day at Speak's Mill.
One of Mr. H.C. Eversole's little sons accidentally cut a younger brother on the leg with a mowing blade, the other day, inflicting a very painful but not serious wound.
James and Con Wren and Willis Pearl, who have been inmates of the Masonic Widows and Orphans Home in Louisville during the year, are home for their summer vacation.
Mr. R.C. Ford is still confined to his bed with a genuine case of typhoid fever. His father and brother who have been here have returned home but his sister remained with him,
We had cool rains durin9 the first of the week and the weather has since been chilly, in fact almost cold. Overcoats and fires, an unusual thing in July have been called into requisition and are wonderfully comfortable.
Some of the boys were pretty full of "red eye" on the streets Sunday afternoon. The matter was brought to the notice of the Police Judge and a couple of the boys made a small contribution towards paying the running expenses of the town.
Mr. T.J. Purdee has been spending the week in Manchester delivering work sold in that county. Mr. Purdee is one of the best marble cutters in the state, does good and substantial work and those desiring work in his line should give him their order rather than sent it abroad.
Mrs. Delany Covington, wife of Uncle John Covington, of this county met with the misfortune of falling and breaking one of her thigh bones, a short time since. Dr. N.M. Scales, having been called in to treat the fracture, declined on account of Mrs. Covington's age, she being over eighty years old, to attempt to set the bone, being satisfied that she could not stand the pain of the operation. Mrs. Covington has since been suffering greatly and will hardly recover from the effects of her hurt.
Quite a singular circumstance occurred at East Bernstadt during the week. On Friday Mr. Milton Green lost one of his sons by death who was buried Saturday and while the corpse was being carried from the house, birth was given to a handsome daughter. Thus as death mows down, God makes alive.
The picnic at Pittsburg was a grand success. An immense crowd was there and everything passed off very pleasantly and with but very little friction. Only one little event occurred to mar the pleasure of the day and that a slight difficulty arose between one of the Mitchell's and two of the Maxey's but parties interferre and stopped it before any one was hurt.
Quite a number of our London belies and beaux spent the Fourth pleasantly at Speak's mill, returning in the evening covered with flowers and with smiling faces. After reaching town, on their return, one of the vehicles lost a wheel and dumped its load of beauty in the street, Fortunately no one was hurt and the laughing fair ones sought their homes on foot.
Misses Sallie Jackson and Mattie Scales were the guests of Mrs. H. Magee Saturday.
Mr. S.A. Minks will shortly move into J.H. Harkleroad's new business house on the corner of Manchester and First Street.
A picnic at Lily the 4th. All was quiet and a large crowd in attendance. Also a Sunday school picnic the 5th at the same place.
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Wyatt visited Crab Orchard on the 4th.
Mr. J.W. Mullins is very much complimented in Washington upon his invention of fire arms.
W.J. Mullins will leave this place in a short time for the city, where he will accept a position with a wholesale manufacturing company.
Rev. E.H. Bullock is home from Mississippi where he has been in the interest of mail route business.
Mr. J.H. Moon has gone to his home in Jackson county, to the regret of one.
Mr. W.A. Faris, of this place, can be found studying law at his office on Manchester street. Success to you William.
Hiram Denham, of Somerset, is visiting his mother.
Mr. Ira J. Davidson has returned to his official business.
Mrs. A.F. Watkins and her daughter, Miss Hily, went to London to Church Sunday.
JULY 17, 1891
L.K. Barnett is home from Woodbine.
Wm. Graybeal has sold his farm to Riley Wills, of Keavy.
Miss Fannie Martin visited relatives in London during the week.
Mr. and Mrs. William Hatfield, of Woodbine, visited here Sunday.
Mr. S.W. Hedge of Lily, was the guest of J.A. Farmer Sunday.
Mr. W.H. Brown and his best girl of London, attended church here Sunday.
Messrs. W.D. Tanner and William Oakley, of London, were in our midst Sunday.
Misses Lilly Jones and Cattie Tanner are on the sick list. "Heart trouble is the result."
Walker Brown is down with typhoid fever. He is doing remarkably well.
Miss Eliza Brown visited the bedside of her sick nephews, Dan and John Woodward, Monday.
Mrs. Maggie E. Jackson left Wednesday afternoon for a few days visit at Pineville and Middlesborough.
Miss Nannie McWhorter is at her mother's for a few days. She expects from there to visit friends at Paint Lick.
Messrs. John and Dan Woodward, sons of Mr. Henry Woodward, of Boreing, this county, are very low with typhoid fever.
Mr. Isaac Swafford, of Clay county has our thanks for a club of eight cash subscribers. Let all our friends emulate his example.
Mrs. A.A. Lovelace went to Manchester last Friday and from there visited relatives in Knox county. She returned home Tuesday.
Our Traveler's Rest correspondent gives an account of the mortal wounding of John Botner, of that place, by Jacob Lynch last Sunday evening.
BORN-To the wife of W.F. Townsend of this place last Saturday morning a bouncing boy. May the fondest hopes of these happy parents be fully realized.
On account of the illness of Mr. R.C. Ford, the business of the Bank of London has been placed in charge of Mr. R.M. Jackson, the Vice President of that institution.
Hen. John Young Brown, the Democratic nominee for Governor will speak at the Court house, next Wednesday the 22nd instant. Come out and give him a good crowd and be entertained by a good speech.
Three ladie's hats for 5c. Childrens Suits at $1.10. Youths Suits cheap. Dried peaches good and nice 5c a pound at CHEAP JOHN PEARL's.
The wife of Pleasant Owens, of this county, died Tuesday morning from over exertion and exhaustion in waiting upon a sick child. She was 54 years of age.
Cards of invitation are out to the marriage of the Rev. J.C. Steeley, who preaches for the Baptist congregation at this place, and Miss Fannie H. daughter of Mr. Dutton H. Jones, of Knox county.
KILLING-A difficulty at Bud Rudder's saloon, about thirteen miles East of London, near the Clay county line, last Sunday evening, between James Stewart, Bob Stewart and others on the one side and Jackson Downey, Dave Chaddle, Jas. Brown and others on the other side, in which Winchester rifles and large pistols were freely used, resulted in the wounding of James Stewart, of which he died early Monday morning, and the probable mortal wounding of Jack Downey. Reports as to the orgin or beginning of the difficulty conflict, however it is a well recognized fact that an old grudge has existed between them ever since the bloody fight at the Pigeon Roost voting precinct, Clay county, at the August election, 1889, in which the Stewarts and Chaddles were on opposite sides, The difficulty of last Sunday evening is reported to have been commenced down at Rowlands store and after the parties got up on the hill to the saloon, they steamed full of whisky we presume, renewed the difficulty with the above mentioned results. Stewart was shot square through with a 44 caliber ball, while Downing's body was entered on the right side by a 38 Winchester ball, passing around the backbone and out at a similar point on the left side. Dave Caddie is believed to have fired the fatal shot at Stewart, while Stewart is believed to have fired that shot that wounded Downey. Downey after being wounded, rode horseback about four or five miles back to Tom Brown's on Horse Creek, but is now reported to be in a dangerous condition.
TRAVELER'S REST, KY. July 13, 1891 Great excitement was created among the citizens of this place yesterday evening, about 7 o'clock, by the report of a revolver about one-fourth of a mile from this place, which resulted in the shooting of John Botner, son of Benj, Botner, of this place, by Jacob Lynch. Botner has a wife and one child. Dr. McDonald was at once summoned, and after examination found Botner to be shot once by about a 44 caliber revolver, the ball taking effect near the point of the right shoulder, breaking his collar bone, passing through the top of his lung and lodging near the spinal column, Botner is resting well this morning and it is hoped will recover. Botner was unarmed and begging for peace at the time he was shot. Lynch fled, but is being pursued by officers that mean business. We suppose the arrest will be made soon. We are unable so far, to state particulars.
On Tuesday evening Hen. Ed Parker, while in pursuit of the prisoner Craig Gregg, who was endeavoring to make his escape, fell and sprained his left ankle, also painfully spraining his right arm.
Mr. Sam Young, a native of Laurel county, now residing in Fayette county, and his daughter, Miss Lucy, were in town yesterday. Mr. Young expects to spend a few days at his old home on Rockcastle river.
H.P. Brown Jr. is home again from Arkansas, where he has been subletting mail contracts. Joe Young is back also from Ohio, having been in that State on the same business. Joe says the people of Ohio were wonderfully pleased with him and told him that he was by far the cleverest mail route man that had ever been in their midst.
We are glad to know that Mr. R.C. Ford is much better than he has been and hope that he may soon be able to resume his duties in the bank. His mother, Mrs. Frank Ford, of Owenton, has been with him for a few days and his sister, who came when he was first taken down is still with him.
Next Sunday the German Church will be dedicated. There will be preaching at 10 in the forenoon in German by Rev. Von Grueningen from Stanford. At 2 o'clock in the afternoon Rev. Dr. Stevenson will preach in English, and after that again German by Rev. Von Grueningen. Our friends of London and vicinity are cordially invited.
There will be a grand picnic given at Lily on Saturday August, 1st. Among the amusements of the occasion will be wheel barrow racing, music and dancing by both white and black. There will be an abundance upon the ground to eat, and a good time is promised to every one who will attend. Public speakers on the Constitution question are invited. There will be reduced rates given on the railroad.
DIED-At Cherryvale, Kas., on Monday, June 29 Mr. John Jackson in the 56th year of his age. Mr. Jackson was a native of Laurel county Ky. a brother of Mr. W.H. Jackson and Mrs. James Harkleroad, of this place. He moved from Kentucky to Kansas about twelve years ago and has since resided there, with the exception of a few months spent here within the last two years. His friends and acquaintances in Laurel county will regret to learn of his death.
A gay and happy group of young people gathered at the residence of Mr. R.G. Ward last Friday evening and passed two or three hours most pleasantly. We dropped in, during the time, to look at them and take note of their enjoy- ment. The rooms sparkled with beauty, and we must say that never before in London have we seen assembled so fair a company. Every feature of the evening was appropriate. The eye was gratified at every turn, the taste was amply satisfied by Mrs. Ward's delicious cake and cream and the ear was charmed by the sweet music furnished by the string band. Mrs. Ward cannot be beaten as a hostess, and much credit is due Miss Annie Fernie and her fair compeer, Miss Kitty Jackson, styled by her friends "The Queen" for their tact and taste exhibited in the management of the affair.
On Tuesday evening about dark Craig Gregg, who has been confined in jail for some time charged with breaking into the railroad depot at Pittsburg, was allowed to go outside for the purpose of removing some slop buckets and, as he was returning, he hurriedly set down his buckets, bade his guard good by and took to his heels. A hue and cry was raised and soon a pretty good army of the boys was after him. Several pistol shots were fired, which aroused the own, frightening the women and children, but failing to stop the fleeing man. But Gregg soon became exhausted and was compelled to ake refuge under the floor of McKee's planing mill. Here he was soon discovered and brought out, and in a short time was behind the bars again. One of the bullets fired at Gregg grazed his right ip and another crashed through one of the large glass in the front of M. Foutz's tailor shop.
JULY 24, 1891
Mrs. Elizabeth Farris has been jailed at Mt. Vernon, charged with murdering her neighbor, Mrs. Fatsy Todd.
On June 1, 1892, the State of Kentucky will be one-hundred years old, and the Filson Club, of Louisville, in connection with other Historical Associations, will celebrate the event with ceremonies of an historical character.
Frank Rossimus was taken from the jail at Middlesborough, early Friday morning and hanged to a bridge, by a mob. On the evening before Rossimus and Giles Johnson created a disturbance by firing their revolvers in the city limits and, when police started after them, fled out of the city, leading the officers into an ambush from which they were fired upon and two of them wounded. After a fight Johnson was captured and sent to Pineville. Later Rossimus was captured and placed in jail. During the night he was taken out and hanged as stated above. Johnson would have shared the same fate had he not have been sent to Pineville earlier in the evening.
BORN-To the wife of Humphrey F. Faris, on Sunday, July 19, a girl Leila.
Misses Eva and Carrie Baugh were in town Monday with Miss Nora Lovelace.
BORN-On Friday July 17, to the wife of Stephen R. Jackson, a twelve pound boy, Waiter Craig.
Miss Belie Gunn, of Lexington, spending several days in London, the guest of Mrs. Judge Brown.
Since our last issue Mr. R.C. Ford has had a relapse and been much worse. He is again better.
Dr. P.A. Pennington, of Williamsburg, was in town Sunday to visit his brother, Dr. H.V. Pennington.
Mrs. Judge Pearl and Mrs. M.V. Ryan were visiting Mrs. W.B. Landrum, near Mershon's X Roads during the week.
MARRIED-In London, Wednesday night, July 22nd, by Judge M.M. Barnett, Mr. Thomas Holt and Miss Lizzie Green.
MARRIED-By Judge M.M. Barnett, on Friday evening, July 17th, Mr. Cortez Brown, of London and Miss Belie Vaughn, of this county.
There will be an ice cream supper given at Fred Hugi's this Friday evening, for the benefit of the German church. Everybody is invited.
Information was received, by letter Wednesday, that James W. Mason of London, is sick with fever at Hyden. Some of the family started for that place yesterday, to be with him during his sickness.
Last Tuesday afternoon Miss Mary Stillings ruptured the varicous vein in her right leg and bled so profusely that she fainted. Dr. Pennington has charge of the case and we learn she was better yesterday.
Teachers Examination will convene at London on Friday, August 7th. All teachers wanting to pass an examination will be on hand promptly at 8 o'clock. We will only have one day. W.D. WEAVER, CO. Supt.
Misses Belle and Julia Boreing were visiting the Misses Brock at their home, near Rough Creek, the first of the week. They returned to town Wednesday morning, accompanied by Misses Laura and Lucy Brock.
Cris Jackson, son of W.S. Jackson, who has for some time been working at McKee's planing mill, had his right hand badly cut by a saw Wednesday afternoon. The wound is not serious and we are glad to learn that he will lose no portion of his hand.
Mr. C.R. Pennington of Oakley, this county is an energetic and worthy young business man and is entitled to the patronage of the people. He has built up a magnificent trade and has done it by hard work, fair dealing and low prices. When needing anything in his line give him a call.
The London district school will open next Monday. Under the charge of Mr. M.B. Jones and his assistant, Miss Nannie Brock, we are sure this school will be entitled to the patron age of all living within the limits of the district.
Miss Mattie Lovelace left for Knox county Saturday afternoon, to act in the capacity of bridesmaid at the marriage of Rev. J.C. Steeley and Miss Fannie H. Jones, daughter of Hen. Dutton Jones, of that county. The wedding was to have been celebrated last night, the 23rd, and we hope nothing occurred to interfere with the wishes of the happy couple.
We understand that a dog, thought to be mad, recently bit two cats belonging to the family of Mr. Robert Hatcher, in the Hazel Patch neighborhood. The dog and one of the cats were killed. A few days afterwards the cat, which was not killed bit two of Mr. Hatcher's children alarming the family badly. A mad stone was obtained as soon as possible and applied to the wounds. The stone adherred to the wound on one of the children, but not to the other. Another child in the same neighborhood was also bitten and the stone applied, but with what effect we have not learned.
A dog reported to be mad was in town Sunday morning and bit two dogs belonging to John Pearl. Mr. Pearl searched for the dog with his gun in readiness for use, but failed to find it. There is so much talk of mad dogs in the county that some precaution should be taken against them. The fact is there are too many dogs at large and as "Sonny" Hedge would say, "We could very well spare many of them, whatever." We think the Board of Town Trustees should make an order directing the Marshal to kill every dog found on the streets without a muzzle. Let all dogs be kept up or muzzled.
August 7, 1891
During the last week London has had its sensation and a big one, in the elopement of the beautiful and interesting daughter of Judge Vincent Boreing. For a long time it has been known that an attachment existed between Miss Belle Boreing who is now scarcely past sixteen years of age and Mr. Joseph Young, who for many months was clerk in Judge Boreings store. Judge Boreing bitterly opposed the match and sent his daughter off to school, first to Bowling Green, Ky., and than to Oxford, Ohio. Miss
Bell's health becoming bad, she was brought home from Oxford several months ago. But, preparation being made to send her off again, she determined to settle the matter by fleeing from home and being joined in marriage to the man she loved. We learn different times set for the elopement, but for
reasons, unknown to us all plans failed until the last and successful one of last Friday and but for the determination and unfaltering will of the young lady, this would also have proved a failure. Friday afternoon the two were to meet at a point selected and start for Tennessee. but on the morning of that day a telegram was received from her lover saying for her not to start as the plan would not work at that time. Notwithstanding the reception of this telegram the young lady determined to go and at the
appointed time quietly walked with a lady friend out of town and, being joined by two other friends, struck off down the Whitley road as rapidly as the four could walk. Of course Young was not at the appointed place, and as the day began to wane the four found themselves five miles from town and
all their plans frustrated. What should they do? Miss Belle declared her determination to die before she would return home, and a friend coming along just at that time she persuaded him to take her to Lily, where she could be secreted until Young could be found, so she mounted her friends horse and Miss Mattie Lovelace, one of the four ladies, declaring she would go with her, mounted behind and off they put for Lily.
The other two young ladies then took up their weary march for London and reached home soon after dark. All this time London was alive with excitement. As soon as the young lady was missed the search began. Runners were seen here and there making inquiries for the missing one, news came that they had been seen about two miles from London almost running towards Lily, and off the pursuers put after them. Then came word that Young had met them in a buggy and would soon reach Lily and be off on the first train. The South bound passenger was nearly due, back the pursuers put for the depot to take the train, hoping to intercept the fugitives when they came aboard at Lily. But when the two young ladies who had left them, returned it became known that they would not be on the train, as Young had never met Miss Belle. During the night Young came into twon and being informed of how matters stood, started off to find his lady.
All day Saturday the two ladies were in hiding near Lily. Every effort was made to find them. Men were searching everywhere, and it seemed to those on the outside that they could not possibly escape. That night they were captured and locked in a house, over which guards were placed, but "love laughs at locks and bars" and also at guards.
They evaded their guards and managed to get
away. All night they tramped through brush and bogs, reaching London
unseen early Sunday morning. There they were secreted for a while
but again they left, going, on foot, towards Manchester, and now fate smiled
on the lovers and for the first time in all
this rough and toilsome tramp they met. Soon preparations were made and accompanied by friends sufficient to secure their safety, the party started on horse back for Tennessee. Monday it became known in town that they had got together and were off. Everyone felt relieved, even the father, who had sought so earnestly, but unsuccessfully for his missing girl, was better satisfied to know that her long wanderings would soon be over. He had consented to withdraw all opposition, if the two would come home and marry, and even authorized a friend to give that assurance. But it was too late. They were beyond all reach. Tuesday morning a telegram was received, saying they had married at Jellico and had started for home. Wednesday evening they reached town and that night were serenaded by the Cornet Band. What those two girls suffered in all that round no one can tell, and never again may friend of ours have to endure the like.
August 7, 1891
Just after we had taken in a good dinner on
Tuesday and were feeling at peace with all the world, we were startled
by the sound of several pistol shots, coming from the direction of the
Province House and soon saw an excited crowd of men running toward that
point. When we reached the battle ground we found that a difficulty
had occurred between James Doughty on the one side and Andy Edwards, his
son in law John Gill and John Marlow on the other. These persons
all live on Raccoon and the trouble had originated over the expulsion of
Edwards children from the district school by the trustees, one of whom
was Doughty and had been gathering force for several days. Bitter
words had passed between Doughty and Edwards earlier in the day, but they
had separated without coming to blows. But when Marlow, who is a
stepson of Edwards, met Doughty the difficulty was renewed and while
these two were quarrelling
Edwards threw a rock at Doughty, thus starting the fracas. Doughty and Marlow both drew their weapons and commenced firing. Doughty retreating towards the Province House as he fired. He ran into the house and news soon reached the street that he was shot all to pieces, but upon examination it was found that the bullet had only grazed the skin across his bowles. Marlow's coat showed two bullet holes but he was unhurt. Thus the battle ended with much smoke, but little fire. The party was soon taken before County Judge Barnett, who upon the defendants waiving examination, held all four for the action of the grand jury and placed each of them under bond to keep the peace.
Mr. Jas. Parman has commenced the erection of a residence on the lot he purchased of Mr. S. R. Parman.
R. M. and S. R. Parman have opened a general merchandise store in the building formerly occupied by Mrs. Sarah Totton.
Our old friend Solomon H. Kuhn, united himself with the Christian Church in London last Sunday and was baptized that afternoon, in the presence of many friends by Elder John G. Livingston.
We are sorry to learn from the Lancaster Record that the dwelling house of Mr. Alvah Pullins, father of Mrs. John Pearl, of this place, was burned at Paint Lick on Tuesday night of last week. Fortunately most of the contents of the house were saved.
Mrs. Capitola Posey with her three children left Wednesday for Lexington where she will visit relatives of Capt. Posey for several weeks. Mrs. Posey was accompanied by her niece, Miss Ollie Smith, who will remain with her aunt during her stay from home. The party went by way of Louisville and expected to remain two or three days in that city before proceeding to Lexington.
Mrs. Talitha Gresham, after an absence of several months has returned to London.
Last Friday afternoon Earle, the bright little son of Mr. R. G. Ward, had the misforturne to get one of his fingers caught in the wheel of a bicycle, cutting off the end of the finger and giving the little fellow great pain. Only a small portion of the finger was lost and proper remedies being speedily applied, the pain soon quieted and Earle was able to be running around the next morning.
But for the weather last Saturday our Swiss
citizens would have had a very pleasant celebration of the six hundredth
anniversary of the independence of Switzerland at the old Paul Schenk farm,
near Bernstadt. A large crowd gathered and would have had a happy
time if rain had not interfered with their
enjoyment. Several speeches were delivered, among them one by our fellow townsman Mr. E. K. Wilson, which we hear highly praised by those who were present.
Vince and Bob McFadden are home from Rockhold.
Master Jim Hodge of Lily is visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Tanner.
Mrs. S. J. Price has been quite ill for several days but is improving.
Miss Annie Johnson of near Lily, was a guest of Miss Ella Wian Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Milburn have returned from a visit to relatives in Madison County.
Miss Laura Magee, visited in Lily during the week.
Born-on Sunday, August 2nd, to the wife of Mr. George Little, near London, a daughter.
Mrs. Sallie Craft and little Walton are visiting the family of Mr. W. C. Pitman at Manchester.
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hope of Pittsburg, are visiting Mrs. Hopes sister, Mrs. Ohler, at Yates Centre, Kansas.
August 14, 1891
A quarrel arose last Monday between Miss Maggie Sams and Ellen Decker, which at last ended in a fight. There was not much damage done. Just a little hair pulled and a few boards used.
A row arose between G. C. Carpenter and Bud Mize at Hazel Patch. Mize came upon the train somewhat intoxicated and went into Carpenters store, on the account of his behavior was soon told to get out. This he refused to do and threw a can at Carpenter but while Carpenter was getting his pistol Mize was taken out by a friend and no one was hurt.
Mrs. G. D. Brownlie and neice, Miss Mamie Conger, are visiting Grays and Wasioto this week.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Litton spent Sunday with Mrs. Litton's sister, Mrs. J. B. Moore, near London.
The L & N railway company seems to be doing an immense business of late there were twenty-one trains passed yesterday.
Miss Ellen Pitman, of London, is visiting in town.
Mr. J. S. thompson and wife and G. C. Thompson and wife went to London last Sunday to attend quarterly meeting.
Mr. J. C. Prichard attended the Danville fair last week.
Miss Mirtie Wilds and sister visited friends here last week.
Mrs. G. L. Jones is at the bedside of her sister, Miss Sallie Leak, who is very low with fever.
Miss Mertie Sandusky is visiting her sister at Burnside, Ky.
Miss Lucy Litton has gone to London where she comtemplates dress making.
Mr. R. J. Morris and Dr. Breese have been on the sick list but are recovering.
Fresh Oysters Saturday evening at The Pullman.
Did you see Charlie Catching Monday? Any one could tell what was the matter. It is a boy. Nine pounds and a fine one, Walter Randall Catching.
Mrs. J. C. Gill of Louisville, is visiting friends in London.
Born-On Saturday night, August 8th, to the wife of John Graybeal near London a twelve pound boy.
Hugh Jackson, sent to the penitentiary from this county, has been parolled and reached home yesterday morning.
Mr. Robert A. Dyche of Jackson county, is in London attending the sick bed of his brother, the editor of this paper.
One cottage containing five good rooms with
coal shed, stable and good well on the premises. Situated on Main
Street, London, Ky.
MRS. J. C. GILL
Misses Sallie and Bettie Baugh left on Wednesday morning's train for Madison county. They will visit relatives at White's Station and Richmond for several days and then make a visit in Winchester from which place they will go to Midway where they will enter the Kentucky Female Orphans School as pupils for the ensuing year. They were accompanied by their cousin, Miss Addie Cochran, who will be with them during their stay in Madison county.
Enos Howard, confined in the Whitley county jail charged with murder of James Middleton in Harlan county on the night of the August election in 1890, attempted suicide by cutting his throat with a razor, Friday afternoon. The case was transferred from Harlan county to Whitely by change of venue.
August 21, 1891
Mrs. J. H. Bustle of this place is visiting friends at London.
Mr. W. M. French's children are on the sick list.
Mr. W. M. Boston has sold his farm on Rockcastle River to a Mr. Boon.
Mr. Douglas Sams, of North Carolina, accompanied by other friends is visiting his father, Mr. Melvin Sams of this place.
Some intelligent young man threw a stone through a window of the Mt. Zion church house, breaking the sash and four lights.
Twenty-five railroad trains passed London last Sunday.
Watermelons are to be seen in abundance on our streets.
BORN-To the wife of Mr. John Lovelace, of Lily, on Tuesday night, the 18th inst, a fine boy.
The Bently Bros. gave a concert at the court house Tuesday night, which was well attended.
Miss Fannie White, of Manchester, spent Sunday in London, with Mrs. L. A. Byron, on her way to Danville.
The extensive additions to the residence of Mrs. Bettie Faris are nearing completion. When finished Mrs. Farris will have one of the prettiest and most comfortable homes in the town.
Mrs. J. C. Gill, we are sorry to learn, has received intelligence of the death of her nephew. Marcellus Peyton, caused by a fall from a bridge at Newport, on which he was working.
Mrs. J. W. Gardiner and her three little boys have gone to her father's home in Harrison County, where they will remain until after the meeting of the Kentucky Conference, when it will be known where her husband will be stationed for the coming year.
DIED-The daughter of James and Manda Kirby August 15th, 1891. The remains of the lovely daughter were interred at the Kirby graveyard and a very large crowd of weeping friends gathered to take the last look at one they loved so well. She was good and tender hearted and always ready to lend a helping hand in time of trouble, she was raised by christian parents and I hope their loss is her eternal gain. At the graveyard Brother Bruner delivered one of his best sermons, that will not soon be forgotten.
AUGUST 21, 1891
Mr. E. G. Fernie, of Louisville, arrived in London on Sunday afternoon, and will hereafter make his home here with his sister, Miss Mary Fernie. Mr. Fernie's health has been bad for sometime, but we hope he may derive much benefit from breathing our pure mountain air.
Report has gone out, we understand that fifty cents will be charged for entrance to the Fair Grounds. This is a mistake calculated to keep many from attending. Let all bear in mind that only 25 cents will be charged at the gate for adults and 15 cents for children. This placing the entrance fee at a rate that no one can complain of.
The "Tackey" party at Mr. J. D. Smith's last Saturday night, was a success and a very enjoyable affair, most of those present performing their parts so well as to induce the belief that their actions were wholely natural and not at all cultivated. The prizes offered for the "tackiest" young lady and gentleman present were voted respectively to Miss Kittie Jackson and Mr. John J. Moren, and well did both deserve the honor. To their dying day will they preserve the doll and jumping jack, so elegantly presented to them by the Hon. W. R. Ramsey, as heppy remembrances of this eventful evening in their young lives.
Mr. S. A. Mink has added to the looks of his commodious store building by having a beautiful sign placed upon his glass front.
H. P. Brown, Sr., of your city, was the guest of Mr. J. W. Mullins last Sunday.
The L. & N. R. R. Company have torn away the plank platform at this place and put instead a more substantial one out of coal cinder.
Miss Sallie Jackson is visiting Mrs. H. Magee.
A. F. Watkins is the leading cross tie man here at the present.
Thomas Tuttle loaded and shipped from this place six cars of bark this week.
AUGUST 28, 1891
MARRIED-At the residence of the bride's father, Mr. W. L. House and Miss Eliza Mullins. Immediately afterwards they boarded the train for their home in Columbus, Kansas. They were accompanied to Louisville by Mr. J. E. Wyatt.
HIGH KNOB, KY
A few lines from this part might be of interest to your many readers. In the first place I will give the news of the marriage of Mr. Felix York to Miss Nancy Estridge, both of Clay county. The rites of matrimony was solemanized by Rev. Levy Pennington, of the Christian church. The number in attendance was about one hundred and fifty at the residence of D. S. Botkin.
The three prisoners confined in the jail at this place made an attempt to escape Tuesday afternoon. They succeeded in prizing up a plank in the floor of the jail and tunneling under the foundation of the house, made an opening outside of the jail walls, through this opening they all passed and struck for liberty. They were however, discovered and an outcry raised. Mrs. Lovill wife of the jailer, appeared upon the scene, pistol in hand and fired shot after shot at the fleeing men, until she had unloaded her weapon. Pursuit was so rapid and persistant that two of the fugitives were recaptured before they reached the limits of the town but the third one Craig Gregg was not taken until he had reached Mr. J. C. McKee's, about one mile from town. This is the second attempt of Gregg's to escape, he having run a few weeks ago when the Deputy jailer had him out in the yard. The jailer should see that he does not get another chance to run, as the third time is generally considered to be the charm.
John Tipton living on Raccoon, in this county, died rather suddenly last Friday. He was in his usual health, but had overheated himself while at work the day before and drank a quanity of cold water. That night he was taken with severe cholera morbus and died, as stated, the next day. He was a farmer born in Laurel county and about thirty-seven years of age. He was buried Saturday evening at Rough Creek.
On Saturday night, Wm Miller, son of Thomas Miller of this county was shot and fatally wounded by George Gregg at Pittsburg. Gregg claims that he was compelled to shoot Miller in the performance of his duty as a Deputy Marshal of the town. He says that the parties were all at a dance and that Miller and several companions became noisy and unruly and that he (Gregg) told them that he would have to arrest them, thereupon the whole party turned on him and he had to shoot Miller in self defense. We have been unable to obtain the particulars as given by Miller's friends, but understand that they claim the killing to have been a cold blooded murder. The wound was not at first thought to be dangerous, but about five o'clock Sunday afternoon Miller became suddenly worse and in a short time died. On hearing of Miller's death Gregg's friends claimed that it had not been caused by the shot received Saturday night, but from a wound received in a difficulty last Christmas. On Account of this claim it was thought best that a post mortem examination, should be held, so on Monday, Drs. Ramsey, Givens and Coldwell held the examination, and found that Gregg's bullet, which was a 38, fired from a 41 calibre pistol, had struck Miller in the left side, ranging up, until it struck a rib or bone, which turned it downwards and them passing the stomach had entered the bowels and caused his death. Gregg surrendered himself and is now under guard, awaiting his examining trial, which is set for tomorrow.
SEPTEMBER 4, 1891
Work has commenced on the wall in front of the Court House lot. Dont't Stop it.
Last Sunday was the fifth Sunday in the month and there was no preaching in town, a rather unusual thing for London.
Mr. Thomas M. Hopper, lately of Somerset, Ky. and Miss M. L. Barnett formerly of Booneville, Ind. were married at the residence of the bride in London, on Sunday, Aug. 16th, Rev. R. L. Ewell officiating.
At his examining trial last Saturday George Gregg, charged with the murder of Wm. Miller at Pittsburg, Aug. 22, was held for further trial, and allowed to give bail in the sum of $3,000. Up to this time he has not been able to make a bond.
Warren Scoville and Bob Catching have gone to the Barbourville Fair with C. N. Scoville's two mules, prepared to outrun any and all mules that may make their appearance in the ring and to carry off all premiums offered for the fastest mule.
Walker the little son of Mr. Thomas Province, who is recovering from an attack of typhoid fever, was very sick with colic, Monday night, caused by over eating. His friends were very uneasy about him for some hours, but he got relief at last and now seems to be doing very well.
A freight wreck at Pittsburg Sunday night delayed all trains on this end of the road. The night express from Louisville did not reach London until eight o' clock Monday morning and the North bound train was held here several hours, until the wreck could be cleared away.
Mr. Dyche, editor of the Echo is still sick with typhoid fever. He has been confined to his bed since Aug. 4, and we had hoped his fever would have left him before this time, but have been disappointed. By next week we may have better news in regard to his condition for our readers.
A man supposed to be named Welch, and arrested at Middlesborough, on a warrant issued on a requisition from the Governor of Alabama was brought to London Wednesday and lodged in jail. He is charged with having committed a murder in Alabama several years ago, and will reamin here awaiting the arrival of some one to indentify him as the murderer. The man denies that he is Welch, and says he never was in Alabama in his life. He gives his name a J. B. Hart and claims to live in Cherokee County, N. C.
SEPTEMBER 11, 1891
On Tuesday afternoon Jas. Collins, conductor
on the local freight going South, was killed by his train on this side
of the bridge near Lily. He was attempting to make a running switch
and, getting down between two cars to uncouple, his foot slipped and he
fell between the cars, crushing and mangling
him terribly. When taken out he was dead.
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Colbert of Lily, were in town Sunday.
Miss Amanda Moore is visiting in Pineville and Middlesborough.
Miss Eva Baugh has returned to her home at Mershons X Roads, after a visit of three weeks in London.
Darling Jones, an old citizen of this county, died at his home in the Bush precinct last Friday.
Henry P. Brown Jr. has returned to Danville, as a student in Centre College, during the current year.
Mr. Jacob Hackney had a very fine cow killed by a train Tuesday morning near the crossing on Sublimity Street.
Miss Lou McKee has been visiting in Rockcastle county and is now in Washington county visiting relatives. She will not return to London for several weeks.
Geo. Gregg, held for the murder of Wm. Miller, at Pittsburg, a few weeks ago and allowed bail in the sum of $3,000, filled his bond on Monday and was released from custody.
Ed Lucas a native of Laurel county, now residing near Columbus, Kansas, was in London Monday. He is in the county on account of the sickness of his son, J. D. Lucas who has typhoid fever.
Col. A. H. Clark came down Sunday to spend
the day with his daughter Mrs. Charlie Shively, returning to Barbourville
that evening. Col Clark had with him his two younger daughters and
left Miss Lillie with her sister, Mrs. Shively, until Monday afternoon,
when she also returned home, accompanied by
We see in our Corbin letter that our old friend Alex W. Francis and Miss Alice Chesnut were married at Woodbine on Tuesday. Alex has many friends in London who will be glad to learn of his good luck and the ECHO extends wishes of happiness and long life to him and his young bride.
SEPTEMBER 18, 1891
Rev. F. K. Struve, the new Methodist minister for the ensuing year was in town this week.
W. B. Landrum and sister, Mrs. Julia Thompson, are visiting their mother who is reported quite sick.
Mrs. Gott who has been spending the Summer with her sister, Mrs. T. J. Pitman, left for her home in Tennessee Tuesday. She was accompained as far as Jellico by Mr. T. J. Pitman.
In a difficulty which occured at East Bernstadt Saturday afternoon John Bull son of Dan Bull, a well known character of that community bit off the nose of Anderson Wyatt and trampled it in the ground. Bull had been released from the county jail only the evening before where he had been confined for some disturbance of Wyatt's family and is again occupying his old cell on account of his propensity for chewing human flesh. Bull-his name we think should be Bull-dog was before Judge Barnett on Monday and held to answer the action of the next grand jury, being allowed bail in the sum of $750, which he has as yet not given.
MERSHONS CROSS ROADS
Born-To the wife of J. N. Nelson, a son.
Capt. John Pennington and Lieut. J. F. Baugh have gone to the reunion at Cumberland Gap.
Willie, little son of J. C. Mullins, is very low with fever at Mt. Vernon, where he was visiting with his mother.
MARRIED-At the residence of the bride's father, Mr. James Allen and Miss Martha Allen on Thursday, September 10.
DIED-At the residence of his father, on the 6th inst., Wiley Mullins He was a son-in-law of Judge King, of Jackson county and leaves a wife and two small children.
Mr. Geo. Pigg, of Langnau, was visiting in this vicinity last Sunday. Wonder what he means by coming down here so often?
Charlie Baker has gone to Big Creek, Clay county.
Mrs. Charles E. Faris is in Louisville with her daughter and nurse.
Miss Nannie Brock spent last Sunday with her father's family at The Glades.
J. E. Wyatt has been appointed postmaster at Fariston, in this county, vice S. A. Magee, resigned.
Mrs. Struve, wife of the Methodist minister, reached London with her little daughter, Wednesday afternoon.
James and Chris Catching have typhoid fever at the old Catching home, on Little Laurel. The former is very sick, but Chris seems to have a light case.
Mrs. Judge Pearl is seriously ill with a complication of diseases and we are extremely sorry to say, that her physicians and friends have little or no hope of her recovery.
Three pipes for 5 cents, 2 ladies hats for 5 cents, heavy whole leather women shoes for $1, medium fine solid button shoes for ladies at $1, Sugar, coffee, notions, everything cheap at Cheap John Pearl's.
When the new Constitution goes into effect Police Courts will not be authorized to transact civil business. Bearing this in mind Judge Canifax, desiring to get all the good he can out of his court, did more business at the last term than is usually done in three or four months.
We present our thanks to Rev. John W. Moren, for one of the largest and finest apples we have seen for years. It was a pippin, weighing within a fraction of a pound, and was one of a number that Bro. Moren brought to town on Monday as specimens of the delicious fruit he has raised this year on Raccoon.
On Wednesday night the prisoners in the County jail succeded in breaking out of the cage in which they were confined and four of them escaped. One of them named Collins, returned he said to get his hat, and was recaptured, but Craig Gregg, John Bull, and Bill Dotson are still at large. This is Gregg's third break for liberty and it seems he has brighter prospects of success than heretofore.
The Union Sunday school will have a picnic at Old Union school house the 4th Sunday in this month. Everybody is invited and a grand time is anticipated.
Miss Bettie Asman, of Columbus, Ohio, was the guest of Miss Cattie Tanner Monday.
The people in the neighborhood of Old Union are under many and lasting obligations to Lewis and Jim Barnett for furnishing lights at the prayer meeting Thursday night.
SEPTEMBER 25, 1891
Miss Delia Jones has been on the sick list for several days but is improving.
Born, Sept. 11, to the wife of Mr. Enos Graybeal, a fine son-Merle McCall.
"Little" Dick Ewell and Will Faris, of Fariston, passed through here Friday with a load of Lumber.
Miss Tilda Johnson, of Keavy, was the guest of Misses Ida and Maggie Jones during the week.
Miss Sallie Leak is very low with consumption, and is expected to survive but a short time.
Married, at Keavy, on Thursday Sept. 17, Mr. William Jones and Miss Margaret Storm. May their pathway ever be bright.
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Miller spent Saturday and Sunday at her home in Barbourville.
Miss Mamie Cooper who has been visiting here for some time, left last Friday for her home at Mt. Gillead, Ohio. She was accompanied as far as Cincinnati by her by her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Brownlie, who will visit relatives at Salina, O., before they return.
H. C. Thompson has moved into the residence of the late Dr. J. T. Matson. Mrs. Matson remains in the house, retaining a number rooms for her own use.
A fishing party, composed of Wm. Lovelace, S. A. Lovelace and wife Miss Nora and Vane Lovelace, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Young, left for the mouth of Rockcastle yesterday.
The people of London, and vicinity are hereby notified that the hog law is yet in force. Those missing hogs had better call on me and look them up. R. W. Harbin M.T.L.
J. W. Clark, who was recently in London, looking around with a view of establishing a stove factory, has, we understand, concluded to locate here, and will be here as soon as he disposes of his stock now on hand at Buckeye, Tenn.
Squire Onkst, who has the contract for building the wall and pavement in front of the public square, had his hands at work on the job. He has done well in employing Mr. Thomas Hodges, an expert stone mason, and we have the promise that the work, which has been so badly needed, will soon be completed.
Dr. G. A. Thomas will be here Thursday, Oct. 22nd, to remain three days only, prepared to do all kinds of dental work and to extract teeth without pain.
Mrs. Callie Smith, of Garrard county, was in London for several days attending the beside of her sick and dying sister, Mrs. Judge Pearl. After seeing her sister laid in her last resting place, Mrs. Smith left for her home on Tuesday morning. Another sister, Mrs. Ella Jackson, also left the same day for Paint Lick, where she will remain with her father a few weeks, before returning to her home in Sherman, Texas.
Our people are pulling fodder.
We are sorry to hear of the prolonged illness of Mr. Dyche, editor of the ECHO.
We had a shooting match the other day under the management of Judge Barnett.
We regret to part with Mr. Richard Stapleton from our place. He has gone into business at Lily.
Bangs are all the go here.
A bridge is very much needed across Laurel river at the Barton Mill four miles from Keavy and three miles from Corbin. When the water is high people have to travel eighteen miles to reach Corbin from here instead of seven by the direct road.
OCTOBER 2, 1891
An earthquake shock was felt in Louisville and several other Kentucky towns Saturday night. In Franklin it started all the clocks to striking.
Capt. John Lightfoot, a native of Kentucky, and one of the five men who organized the Grand Army of the Republic, died a few days ago, at Bloomington, Ill.
There is some excitement in Pulaski county caused by the arrest of several parties, charged with belonging to an organized gang of thieves and desperadoes, of which Dr. Gilliland, father of the Gilliland boys who were lynched for the murder of Sheriff McHargue, is said to be the leader, should Doc Gilliland be captured it is feared there will be another lynching.
Plenty of dust mud with the juice squeezed out of it.
Preaching at Poynter's Chapel next Sunday by Brother Karr.
Fodder time is about over. School district No. 51 will begin again Monday.
The boarding season is over at Rockcastle Springs and the guests are all gone.
F. T. Stephens will move next week to Altamont, where he will occupy a position in the coal mines.
The Lord's will be done-preaching at Bald Rock Church to-day by Revs. Frank Bray and John Holt.
Judge Brown is attending Harlan Circuit Court.
BORN-To the wife of Anderson Brown, on last week, a fine girl.
Mrs. Geo. T. Faris is visiting her father's family in Garrard county.
The Laurel River Association convenes today at Old Salem meeting house.
We hear whispers in the air of a wedding soon. Will the Local receive cake and such?
Uncle Peter Felton now living in Pineville, was in town two or three days during the week.
Miss Lucy Brock was in London Friday evening on her way to visit her father's family, near Rough Creek.
What is the matter with the street lamps? Haven't our City fathers discovered that the moon is in the dark?
Mac Fitzgerald, W. H. Jackson & Co.'s clever drug clerk, made a flying visit to Georgetown, his old home, a few days ago.
Mrs. Robert Barnes, who has typhoid fever, is very sick, though her physcians think she is a little better than she has been.
Mrs. Sarah Bibb, of Guthre, Ky., is visiting her sister, Mrs. Mary F. Young and other friends and relatives in this vicinity.
MARRIED-At the home of the bride's parents, near Richmond, Ky., on Thursday, Sept. 10, Miss Emma E. Crawford and Mr. W. B. Harper, of Omaha, Nebraska. The bride is a native of Laurel county, and has many friends in London who congratulate her on this new step she has taken in life. Mr. Harper was for sometime a few years ago a resident of London and is remembered by our citizens as a young man of industry and worth. Immediately after the marriage Mr. and Mrs. Harper left for Toronto, Canada, the home of Mr. Harper's father, and from there went to Omaha, where Mr. Harper is engaged in business making stops on their trip at Niagara Falls, Detroit and Chicago. The young couple have the best wishes of the ECHO for a long life of happiness and prosperity.
Mr. Dyche is still improving. He has been in the office several times.
A nice and well located store room for rent-very suitable for clothing or drugs. Call at once. Mrs. L. J. Williams
Rev. E. H. Bullock has the thanks of the ECHO boys for a nice watermelon, which he presented to them on Monday last.
The damage suit of Mrs. Sarah J. Matson against Charles B. Matson for $1,000 tried last week in the Common Pleas Court, resulted in a judgement for the defendant.
Our Town Marshal, Mr. Richard Harbin, has a smile on his face that extends from "ear to ear," but he cannot help it for it's a 9 pound boy and was born yesterday (Thursday) morning.
J. D. Lucas, whose sickness with typhoid fever was mentioned in the ECHO several weeks ago, and who was thought to be recovering, became suddenly worse and died on Sunday the 11th inst. He was buried the following day in the Wyatt burying ground.
The Court of Claims at its session last week, allowed Henry Onkst an additional $100 on his contract for the walk and stone wall in front of the Court house square. Our citizens are becoming anxious to see the walk completed and hope this additional appropriation will hurry the work along.
Miss Annie Dodge, aged 80 years, an inmate of the Poor house at Butte, Mont., has received notice that she is heir to an estate worth $8,000,000 in England.
OCTOBER 30, 1891
The Mt. Vernon Signal of last week says: "Quite a number of Rockcastle county people left Tuesday to find their fortunes in Missouri."
Grandma Mary Hendrickson was born in Tennessee
on October 26, 1791 and was yesterday, the 26th of October, 1891, 100 years
old. She lives with her son-in-law and daughter, Uncle Wiley Jones
and wife. They gave her a dinner yesterday in honor of her one hundreth
birthday. There were present Mrs. R.
Daughty and son, of Cedar City, Mo. Mrs. J. W. Mullins and daughter, Miss Florence, of Fariston, Ky. Mrs. and Mrs. Hiram Jones and family of Green Mount and your scrib. The dinner was prepared by Mrs. Mollie Jones, Miss Florence Mullins and Miss Laura Jones. The cake, Pies, Jellies etc., were the
finest your correspondent ever ate. Grandmother Hendrickson is the mother of thirteen children, the grandmother of over 100 children, the great grandmother of about 600 children and the great, great grandmother of some 200 children. She is very feeble and will hardly live to see another birthday. The combined age of mother, daughter, and son-in-law as they sat at the table was 259 years.
Mr. Geo. W. Colbert, late of Lily, has rented rooms of Mrs. Sallie Craft and now occupies them with his family.
Miss Lina Moses left last Friday with her grandmother, Mrs. S. W. Moses, for Knoxville, Tenn., and will spend a few weeks with her relatives in that city.
The rush of milinery at Mrs. L. J. Williams has compelled her to employ two extra hands this week, as her time is all taken up in the trimming department.
Mrs. Lucy Williams kitchen was discovered to be on fire about dark Wednesday evening. The alarm being given, a crowd gathered and the flames were soon extinguished without material damage to the house or its contents.
NOVEMBER 6, 1891
BORN-to the wife of G. T.Jones, in this county, on Monday, Oct. 26th, a boy.
BORN-To the wife of George Rorex, at Lily, on Sunday, Nov. 1, a thirteen pound boy, Woodson Hodge Rorex.
Judge James W. Reid, of Clay county, died at his home near Manchester, on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 31, from the effects of a stroke of paralysis. He was buried on Monday. Judge Reid was a popular man in Clay county and served one term as County Judge.
On Saturday last Jailor Lovill captured Craig Gregg, who made his escape with the other prisoners several weeks ago, and returned him to the county jail. Lovill had located Gregg at the residence of James Parsley a short distance from town, and on Staurday, with G. C. Thompson and Calliham Magins, came upon him as he was watering his horse at Parsley's well about dinner time. Gregg made no resistance, as he knew he had no chance to excape. Lovill will try to keep him until Circuit Court which convenes on the third Monday of this month.
On Monday morning Dan, son of Wm. Green, living on the Sublimity road, a few miles from town, left his father's house to go to a neighbors's. In the course of the morning he returned home, having on his face marks and bruises, as if he had been beaten by some one. He states that when about a mile from home he heard a noise and was suddenly knocked to the ground. He thinks he lay unconscious for some time. When he came to himself, he found bruises upon his head and face. Who his assailant was, or why he was thus mistreated, he has no idea.
NOVEMBER 13, 1891
Samuel Metcalf and wife are visiting friends and relatives in Jackson county. We wish them a good time.
John Lockaby and his sister, Miss Mary, are going to Piney Woods to-day to visit their brother and sister.
BORN-In London on Wednesday Nov. 11th to the wife of Mr. E. H. Hackney, a son. A fine boy, and named William Christopher a compliment to our good looking friends, Will Hackney and Chris Pearl.
A difficulty between Geo. Brackett, a miner of Pittsburg and his sister-in- law, Miss Casibianca Jarvis, near that place Sunday, which terminated by Miss Casibianca drawing a pistol and shooting her brother-in-law, inflicting a wound from the effects of which he was reported on Monday to have died, but we learn later that the report was false and that Brackett is likely to recover.
John W. Bastin of Pittsburg, Secretary of the Laurel Coal company at that place while inspecting the mines on Friday was painfully injured in his left hip and back by falling slate, under which he was caught. His wounds, while not fatal are serious and will confine him to his bed for some time. Dave Carr, a colored miner, was with Mr. Bastin at the time and also injured. He had three ribs broken, but he thinks he will be able to get about in a few days.
We learn from the Barbourville News that J. W. Taylor, sheriff of Campbell county, Tenn. left Barbourville, Tuesday night, having in his custody Sam Robbins a notorious character charged with arson in setting fire to a church near Jacksborough and that while waiting for the south bound train at Corbin, Taylor got drunk gave Robbins his pistol and set him at Liberty. Robbins fled and is now out of the reach of any officer who might wish to arrest him. Such officers as Taylor should be arrested themselves and made to suffer the penalty of the law for turning loose upon the country criminals who may have been placed in their charge.
NOVEMBER 20, 1891
MERSHON'S CROSS ROADS
We all saw the eclipse.
A Baptist protracted meeting is going on at Mt. Pleasant.
Farmers are busy gathering corn and report a good crop.
Will Cornelious, who has been sick for some time was no better at last report.
Chester Jones school has closed. He did not have any scholars for the last month.
Miss Vina Allen is at home, from London, sick and is thought to have typhoid fever.
We had the first snow of the season Tuesday morning, and that night the ground was frozen hard for the first time.
Rev. E. H. Bullock of the M. E. Church, preached two very interesting sermons at Wian's school house, a few miles south of London, Sunday.
The Miller boys were on a tare at Pittsburg Saturday night. Firing off their pistols and cutting up generally. They put a pistol ball into George Pitman's dwelling house.
Our citizens were out Sunday night to take a look at the moon in eclipse, and were anxious for a clear night and a fair view. They were gratified, for although clouds hung around the horrizon early in the evening, the sky soon became clear and the view was unobstructed until the moon passed out of the shadow and sailed undimmed across the heavens.
Eugene K. Wilson, son of Dr. J. M. Wilson, has been at home for the past two weeks, sick with typhoid fever. While he has been very sick, at this writing he is much better and hopes to be able to return to his practice at London, Ky., in a short time.
A number of Harlan county people are attending our Circuit Court. Hon. D. McDonald, County Judge of Knox county, is a witness in the Noble Smith case. He has been in town since Monday.
NOVEMBER 27, 1891
When we went to press last week the case of Noble Smith for the murder of Charlie Bawood, in Harlan county, was on trial. Nine speeches were made in the case four for the Commonwealth and five for the defense. On Friday the jury came in with a verdict of acquittal, and Smith was discharged from custody.
Frank Medley, for malicious shooting and wounding, was fined $100. Monday morning a motion to grant George Gregg, indicted for murder bail was argued and the Court allowed him to go on a bond of $3,000. Ed Parker, Mike Hope, W. A. Pugh and John Bastin being his bondsmen. His trial has been set for next Monday.
The case of George C. Thompson, indicted for robbery was taken up, the jury sworn and the examination of witnesses commenced, but not finished until Tuesday, after which it was argued. The jury was out but a short time when a verdict of guilty was returned and his punishment fixed at two years in the State Penitentiary. Motion for a new trial was entered which has not been argued by counsel or passed upon by the court.
Wednesday only misdemeanor cases were disposed of. Thursday morning as we write, Dale Reid is being tried for malicious shooting and wounding, John Marlow's case for the same offense will be taken up next. The grand jury has returned but few indictments except for minor offenses.
BORN-On Wednesday night, Nov. 18, to the wife of John B. Oakley a son.
David Graybeal, of this county, is on a visit to his old home in Ashe County, N. C. for the first time in over thirty years. He will be gone about one month.
If you don't trade at Hackney's, why don't you? Other people do. They believe a satisfied customer the best advertisement and spare no pains to please their customers. Ask the people who trade with them.
DECEMBER 4, 1891
Dale Reid, who was on trial when we went to press last week, for malicious shooting and wounding was acquitted. In another case, for shooting into the house of Mrs. Lees, Reid was fined $100 and given thirty days in jail.
John Marlow, for malicious shooting and wounding, was fined $100, the felony being waived by the Commonwealth. The same action was taken in the case of Jim Potter, colored, for the same offense and he was fined $50.
In the case of Craig Gregg, for malicious shooting and wounding the jury failed to agree. The case against Gregg for malicious stabbing was continued until the next term of the court. The case of both Fuson and George Gregg, both indicted for murder, were also continued.
B. P. Martin is now on trial for the killing of Levi Hodge. The case will hardly be given to the jury before Saturday morning. The grand jury will probably be discharged this (Thursday) evening.
Our street lamps were lighted Friday night, the first time in many months, and we all rejoiced that we could once more see way along the rugged streets.
A fire at Bernstadt (Swiss Colony) Wednesday morning, about 7 o'clock, burned the residence of Mr. Abraham Aeschlemann and all the contents. The family were at the barn feeding the stock when the fire was discovered, too late however, to save the house which was a large confortable log building very conveniently arranged. Mr. Aeschlemann had slaughtered a beef and several hogs on Tuesday, all of which being in the house was destroyed.
Mr. J. D. Smith has received a telegram, informing him that his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Black, of Longton, Kans. and her daughter Mrs. Mahala Ann Crawford, are on their way to London and expect to arrive here today. Mrs. Black with her family, moved from Laurel county in 1870 and has since resided in Kansas. She is a sister of Hon. C. B. Faris of this place, and has many relatives in the county whom she will visit before retuning home.
DECEMBER 11, 1891
The jury in the case of B. P. Martin indicted for murder in the killing of Tom Hodge, at Lily, a year ago, brought, in a verdict of acquital.
B. Mullins for stealing Steve Jackson's watch, was sentenced to one year in the penitentiary and Joseph Miniard to three years for forgery. Miniard is the man who attempted to pass two bogus checks on the National Bank at this place, and after his arrest, struck Sheriff Moren in the head with a rock.
The indictment against John Bossee and Henry Miller for killing Larkin Baird, at East Bernstadt, was dismissed as to Bossee and Bossee was released from custody.
The motion for a new trial in the case of George C. Thompson, convicted of robbery was overruled and the case goes to the Court of Appeals.
The Grand jury was discharged on Friday and the Petit jury on Saturday afternoon. One hundred and thirty-five indictments were returned most of them for minor offenses. The Grand jury investigated the killing of Tom Beckner, in the Bush precinct, by E. Hale, and the killing of Dan George by Ben Owens on Raccoon, but the evidence being insufficient to sustain as indictment in either case, none were returned. Court adjourned late Saturday evening.
Mahala Reams was born in Laurel county, Ky., on the 12th day of January, 1819, at the old Faris homestead at the station now called Fariston, and died Dec. 5, 1891, being 72 years, 10 months, and 23 days old at her death. She was married to John Reams on the 23rd day of December, 1841. She was buried at old Union Meeting House, beside her father and mother, James I. and Mary Faris, both of whom lived to a ripe old age and passed away several years since. "Aunt Hala" lived in Laurel county all her life, and was for more than forty years a faithful, consistent member of the Christian Church. Aunt Hala, as she was known by all in the community in which she lived, was one among the very few whose whole heart was filled with the love of Christ. She exemplified in her Godly walk and Christianly character, the shadow of the Cross. There are many who weep for Aunt Hala now who had learned to love her as an aunt although they were not related only by love and veneration. Aunt Hala and Uncle John lived together dovotedly lovingly and tenderly, for almost fifty years, and while no children were born to them, she became a mother to the motherless and he a father to the fatherless. They raised and reared in their own house several fatherless and motherless children who feel now that they are verily motherless again.
DECEMBER 18, 1891
Christmas tree at the Methodist church Thursday night next.
100 lb sacks of brown sugar for $3.85 per sack at Hackney's.
Jailer Lovell has purchased of John Marlow the dwelling house recently erected by Mr. Marlow on the old Fair ground property.
Miss Nannie Phelps of Bush's Store, after visiting friends near London, left Sunday afternoon for Barbourville to visit her sister Mrs. Golden.
There will be exercises of some sort by the Sunday School at the Christian church Christmas night. Exactly what they will be we have been unable to learn.
Mr. J. D. Smith went to Harrodsburg Friday and on his return was accompanied by his daughter, Miss Nettie, who has been attending Daughters College at that place for several months.
Mr. Oliver Griffin has returned to his old home, Connersville, Ind. and will here after reside there. His family left for that place on Monday. The good wishes of all London people go with them. Mrs. John W. McGee, Mr. Griffin's sister, and her two little girls also left on the same day for Connersville, where they will visit relatives for some time.
Sheriff Moren on his return from Frankfort last week, was accompanied by his sister, Mrs. Sarah Elzey of Fayette county, and two children. Mrs. Elzey will make a visit of two weeks or more among her relatives in Laurel county before returning home.
The Town election Saturday resulted in the choice of R. C. Ford, R. M. Jackson, J. T. Williams, W. L. Brown and A. R. Dyche, as Trustees for the coming year. Those elected were members of the old board with the exception of Mr. A. R. Dyche who takes the place of J. W. McGee, the latter having declined re-election. Dick Harbin was re-elected Marshal. The proposition to tax owners of property in the town for the purpose of raising money to build cisterns and purchase a fire engine, was defeated.
DECEMBER 25, 1891
Our Swiss fellow citizens will have a Christmas tree, at their church on the hill this afternoon at 2 o'clock.
W.R. Hackney is home from his school at Lexington and Henry P. Brown Jr. from Center College, for the holidays.
Dr. H.V. Pennington is back from Tennessee, returning sooner than was expected. He was bound to be in London on Christmas.
Mr. C.R. Brock of the Williamsburg Baptist College, was in town Saturday. He will spend the Christmas holidays at his fathers about five miles from London.
Our friend ex-sheriff Pearl now leaves his shoes outside the door when he goes home for fear he will waken the baby, a young lady who made her appearance in the Pearl mansion on Saturday last, Dec. 19.
Report has reached town that on Wednesday Perry Cole shot James Bowman two or three times at Pennington's store, several miles from town on the Richmond road. We have learned no particulars of the difficulty, nor the extent of Bowman's injuries.
The London Union Sunday School will celebrate Christmas by giving an entertainment at the Court house Friday night, December 25, 1891, at half past seven o'clock. A splendid Cantata, entitled "How we waited for Santa Claus," interspersed with recitations by the children and an exhibition drill by "The Boys Brigade," will be the principal features. This will be a delightful affair and no one should miss seeing it. Let everybody go and encourage the children. A small admission fee of ten cents will be charged to defray necessary expenses. Reserved seats, 15 cents each.
DECEMBER 25, 1891 (Part II)
MERSHONS CROSS ROADS
Born-To the wife of George Cornelious, a son.
Born-To the wife of Mosos Mullins, a daughter, also to the wife of Edward Parker, a daughter.
Cross Roads had an attempted elopement last week. Rumor says it will be tried again.
Married-Dec. 10, Miss Annie Hollingsworth to Mr. John McCarty. Rev. B.B. Van Nuys officiating. Abountiful supper was spread for the large number of invited guests.
Born-Dec. 12, to the wife of William Landrum, a son.
On Wednesday morning James M. Thompson shot
and in all probability fatally wounded Wm. Logsden in the store of the
Nickle Plate Coal Company at East Bernstadt. From what we gather
the Company thought Logsden had been making trouble with the miners, which
had resulted in a strike, and that morning the bookkeeper had settled with
him and told him that the small amount due him would be paid on the next
pay day. This did not satisfy Logsden and he went to Thompson, the
General Manager, and demanded a due bill, but was told that it was contrary
to the rules to give due bills, but that he would get his money when pay
day come. He left still dissatisfied and soon returned complaining.
After a while, Thompson, who was in the office, told him to leave the store
and repeated the order. Logsden refused to go and Thompson said "if
you will not leave, I will," but when he attempted to leave Logsden held
the door and told him he could not leave until the matter was settled in
some way, at the same time drawing his pistol. Upon seeing this motion,
Thompson reached for a shot gun, which was in the office and fired through
the check window. The gun was loaded with bird shot, and the whole
load struck Logsden in the jaw, tearing it all to pieces and passed into
his neck, laying it open to the bone, making a fearful wound. We
understand that Logsden feels that his wound is fatal and says that he
does not know why Thompson shot him. Thompson came to town and gave bond
in the sum of $1,000 for his appearance on Saturday for trial, W.B. Catching
and J.H. Pearl being his bondsmen.