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The Calhoun Monitor - Miscellaneous Items -- 1903

 J. W. Jacobs and Dennis Murphee [Murphree]- - Editors and Business Managers

Edited at the Pittsboro post office as Second-class matter

Official Organ of Calhoun County


January 14, 1903 - Locals 

Dr. Shipp was up from Big Creek Monday. 
Ex-Chancery clerk Clements was here Monday. 

Chancery clerk Lamar visited his mother at Vardaman Sunday. 
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Ellard are the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy. 

Hon. Thos. L. Haman, Jr. visited his parents at Vaiden the latter part of last week. 
Miss Etta Patterson left last Thursday for a several weeks visit to Houlka, and Eupora. 

John E. Dye was up from Calhoun City Saturday night to attend the K of P meeting. 
Sheriff C. R. Young went to Jackson last week to make his final settlement with the state. 

Dr. R. A. Creekmore attended a meeting of the Directors of the Grenada Bank at Grenada the first of the week. 
Attracted by the justice court that was set for last Monday a large crowd gathered at the county capitol. 

Quite a number of our good friends called around Monday and left the wherewith for another year for which we ex- [not copied] 

With sadness we learn of the death of Hernando Murphree which occurred at the home of his father at Loyd on the night of the 4th.  Hernando was one of nature's noblemen and though called hence while yet in his twenties his life has been such that its influence will live long after the mouldering dust has consumed his body.  For several years past he has been in failing health and had sought for succor from nearby mineral wells, but neither this nor the skill of physicians seemed to any avail.  Hernando Murphree will be missed by the numerous friends he had all over the county and all will join the sorrowing parents in this dark hour of grief with sincere sympathy. 

We appreciate visitors to the Monitor office anytime, and we always have time to entertain real visitors - those who came in to transact business or pay us a social call - but we are too busy to devote our time to loafers. Those who have no employment should stop and think before taking up the time of those who have.  We do not mean this personally to anyone - just merely wish  to cause them to think how busy we always are. 

The boys at the court house played off a right good joke on Assessor Reid Monday night.  After the Woodmen Lodge, he went into the Chancery clerk's office, sat down before the fire and went to sleep, and while he was sleeping, the boys blew out the lamps, went out and locked the door and then waited for him to wake up.  Atty. Johnson remained in the office hidden, to see the fun, and he hasn't quit laughing yet. 

County News Items

Lots of men will walk all around a dozen good jobs looking for the one that doesn't exist. 

It is now claimed that it is a hard matter to keep soldiers. Men do not care to enlist in the army at $13 a month when they can get from a dollar and a half a day to three dollars.  In the army they would only get 43 cents a day.  So it looks like the wages of the soldiers should be raised. 

Say Mr. Man, what would you know about your neighbors, or even your own children, if you wife didn't keep you posted now and then. 

Say, don't ever take a back seat at church just because somebody asks you too, for one never knows, maybe you are entitled to something better. 

Why is all this row over the increase in price of lager beer.  Any blockhead ought to know that it isn't putting beer up that makes trouble, it is putting too much of it down. 

Some men only agree with their wives now and then just to escape a tongue lashing. 

When a boy at the age of 16 or 17 falls in love with a girl, he won't go to school regular, he can't sleep at night and the most trouble of all, he won't stay at home, but finally he runs his wagon against a stump, then he gets his wheels fixed. 

It is better to be poor than dishonest, but it's better to be neither one. [copied ended] 


January 8, 1903

Veterans Meeting
Slate Springs
,  Miss.

Jan. 2, 1903

The following named Confederate soldiers of this community met at Mitchell’s Hotel today at 10 a.m. pursuant to call of president Windham.

After spending several hours telling experiences etc. of the trying times from 1861–65, dinner was announced and after enjoying a splendid repast transacted the following business.

Hon. D. J. Windham was elected permanent President and Dr. G. L. Fox was asked to serve as Secretary.

Motion by H. S. Moore carried, that this be made a permanent organization, also that a committee of three be appointed by the president who shall have power, with the president, to call the organization together at any time for the transaction of business.  The President appointed J. T. Pryor, S. F. Mitchell and H. S. Moore on committee.

Resolution by J. T. Pryor that all members of this organization, as far as possible attend the funerals of all Confederate Soldiers and also visit them in sickness, adopted.

Resolution of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Mitchell for their hospitality and excellent dinner to all, unanimously carried.

J. T. Pryor



42 Miss

S. M. Doolittle



45 Miss

W. J. Vance



3 Miss Cal

S. F. Mitchell



10 Tenn

I. B. Clark



19 Bat C

D. J. Windham



13 Miss

J. T. Gregg



41 Ala

F. M. Hodge



? Miss. C

H. S. Moore



4 Miss In.

J. T. Burns



4 Miss. In.

T. P. Walton



7 Ky

J. H. Woodward



44 Miss

Gary Moore



42 Miss

M. C. Allen



Valentine Reg. Miss.

That the Calhoun Monitor be requested to publish these proceedings and accept the thanks of the entire body for doing same.
Meeting adjourned subject to call.  D. J. Windham, Pres.  G. L. Fox, Sect.
Walthall Warden and Eupora Progress please copy.

We gladly publish the above notice of the meeting of old Confeds and we also appreciate their resolution of thanks to that effect.  Long may they survive to meet and enjoy such reunions.   Publishers


On the night of Jan. 1, 1903, the home of Mr. James M. Wadkins was saddened by the death of grandmother Wadkins.  For many yesrs this old soldier of the cross has fought life's battles and borne life's afflictions...

At this writing, Mrs. Pennie Dowdy is dangerously sick.  For two weeks or more Mrs. Martha Inmon has been suffering with something like a sunpain.  Mrs. Sallie Pogue is yet quite sick.  We know of no other serious sickness in this settlement, but Miss Sallie Herring of Wardwell has been very sick this past week but we are told that she is somewhat improved.

Signed: A Fellow Citizen


W. C. Mitchell Letter  [excerpts]
rented land 3 miles from North McAlister, pay a 3rd and 4th and get $5 per acre for all I take in, besides what it makes.
North and South McAlister are nearly joined, and together make a town three miles long.
The average crop is 40 bushes of corn per acres and half bale cotton. Milk cows are worth from twenty-five to thirty-five dollars, hogs five and one half cents gross, flour, one dollar and eighty cents per hundred, meat, twelve and one half cents.
I received only one letter from brother W. G. Orr, want to hear from my friends.  Direct mail to McAlister instead of Halleman I. T.,



 January 29, 1903  Click on this date for separate webpage.


January 29, 1903See additional link above

Private M. P. Burke 

The above picture is a likeness of M. P. Burke, as he appeared while enlisted in the army against Spain a few years back. He has lived at Burke in this county some eight or ten years.  He has served as baliff for the center beat since Jan. 1900.  Mr. B. showed a patriotic spirit by enlisting in the Spanish-American war, while he was in no battle he was ready.  Mr. Burke is one of the several good men who aspires to be Sheriff. 

Italy, Texas, January 21, 1903.
Dear Monitor Readers: --

I am very much opposed to taxing ones patience with reading matter that neither instructs nor amuses, but our kind editors have given me permission to write whenever I fell disposed, and they will print whenever they feel disposed and if you get tired of reading my trashy budget, you can give the editor a hint whenever you feel disposed and it will all be disposed of.

So if the candidates will give me room, I will give you a few dots in regard to the progress of our now muddy country.  We have had a great deal of rain for three months past.  Roads have been the nearest bottomless I ever saw, Schoona swamp and flat woods toward Pontotoc not excepted.

When the rains commenced, out of six weeks people got only eight days that they could possibly get into their cotton fields and the last six weeks has been very little better, consequently there is much cotton in the fields yet, our renters have at least twenty bales and farmers generally from two to thirty or forty bales in the field, but when, oh when will they get it out, another big rains last night, but it has faired off this evening. 

Darkies from the south are being brought in to do much of the work and are being paid from seventy five cents to one dollar pre hundred pounds.  I know one man, a renter, who has sold his interest in his cotton crop, yet in the field, for eight dollars per bale.  Had the weather been favorable up to Xmas cotton crops would have turned out fairly well after all its calamities.

It is now time for the preparation for another crop, but without more rain it will be some time before they can get to breaking their lands and I [not copied]

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Another big boy now makes his home at Mr. Andrew Inmon's.  Because of his five boys, Andrew smilingly contemplates the future, when he may sit in his chair of ease and watch his sons help to roll on the wheels of progress.

W. J. Rish visited Mr. J. L. Edmondson's family last Sunday.  Mr. Edmondson's little son, Elmer is very sick, recovery doubtful.

Mrs. Dowdy lingers in her suffering with little hope of recovery. [not copied]



February 19, 1903  Click on this date for separate webpage.



March 5, 1903



Among the new comers are Messrs. Lucus, Boyd, Mitchell, McCord, Hawkins, Embry, Vanlandingham, Landreth and Mitchell.  They are in the stave business. Mr. Landreth is the sub-contractor. So candidates, watch how you pass for fear you get crushed before crushing time.


We have been having some very rainy weather, schools small and farm work retarded.

Mrs. T. R. Davis is on the sick list this week. We hope she may soon recover.


The storm Feb. 15th has given our bottom farmers lots of work to do. Esqr. Patterson says he has logs enough for a week’s rolling. Mr. Patterson has a fine farm.

Mr. Joe Lucus was among our people this week. Mr. Lucus has many relatives and friends here that are always glad to see him.


Mr. Leonard Powell who has been attending school at his place has returned home.

Our town has been visited by several drummers and candidate this week.  We don’t know which are the best talkers, though it seems that both were doing their best.


Deputy Sheriff H. S. McComic was here on business Friday.

The depot at Pontotoc was burned a few weeks ago. Messrs Phillips and Murff of this place had about $1200 worth of good burned.


Mrs. Powell has been teaching for a few days in Mrs. Howell’s place.

We always enjoy reading the items from the different places, but when we try to write, news is always scarce.


Yes, we too are in favor of a State uniform book system, and believe if we could have cheaper books we could have better schools and longer terms. Give us good books at reasonable prices.   JIP



Quite a number of candidates mingled with our people last week.

Professor J. W. Rogers visited Pittsboro last Saturday and Sunday.


Mr. Bob Davis and Hattie Vance of Reagan visited friends here Sundays.

Miss Fanie Bailey has returned from an extended visit to Byhalia.


Mr. Bingham of Cadaretta and Mr. Bates of Pittsboro were pleasant visitors in our town Sunday.

Miss Dora Shipp having closed her school at Loyd until summer, returned home Sunday.


We are glad to state that Mrs. Swan Shipp is improving after an illness of several months.

Miss Ana Foster of Burke spent Saturday and Sunday with Miss Martha Bailey.


Miss Ivy Brock has suspended her school at Sugg until summer, and returned to her home in Slate Springs last Friday.


Messrs Ben Polson, Buck Armstrong, Dewitt Forrest, Bertrand Locke and Mesdames M. E. Provine and W. A. Forrest of Kilmichael accompanied the remains of Rev. J. M. Hampton to this place last Saturday.


Mr. Tabb of Houston brought us a very encouraging R.R. news last week. We are looking forward with great eagerness for the time in the not far distant future when the line will be completed to our town.


Rev. J. M. Hampton died last Friday at the home of his grand daughter; Mrs. W. A. Forrest of Kilmichael.  His remains were brought to hits place and entered in the Chapel Hill Cemetery. Bro. Hampton was eighty-five years old and lived hereabout 57 years. He was an exemplary Christian, having been a minister of the gospel about sixty-four years. He was loved by all who knew him for his kind genial spirit and unselfishness with the love and respect of all. While we mourn the loss of one to whom we were so attached and one whose visits every summer will be missed, we feel that our loss is Heavens gain. The family has our heartfelt sympathy in their sad bereavement.  GAY



Another beautiful day and it the 1st day of March. Spring time is here. I can remember when by the first of March I could make hickory whips, as we boys called them. The poles would peel because of the rising of the sap, but not so now, and from all appearance it will be the first of April before the hickorys will peel.


It seems that we are a long ways ahead in many things and a month behind in some.


Well, health is good enough in this neck.  Mr. Jack Easley is now undergoing a period of slow fever, but fortunately for him it is a light form.

Mr. Felix Vanhorn has been on the puny list but I see he is able to be out at preaching to day at Mt. Herman.


Mr. John Drake has moved to Mr. B. F. Hollis.  He is now a citizen of Hollis. There is a little more room in this part if any good man wants a home.  Well, I suppose if he is a good worker somebody will take him.


Mr. C. B. Hollis says he will not run for bailiff unless he has an opponent, if so he will run like blazes otherwise he will just walk through.


In my items week before last, I stated that our school was progressing exceedingly well under the careful management of Prof. Sims and Miss Eurly Maxey, but the time has come for it to fall off some, will have to stop to work in the field.  The writing spoken of failed to appear.   Uncle Fuller





I have just opened up a new and up-to-date stock of Dry Goods, Notions, Hats, Shoes, Groceries etc

in the A. J. Zinn house, Slate Springs, Miss.,

which will be sold at reasonable prices for cash.  I will also carry a nice and up-to-date line of millinery

which will be under the management of Miss Ivy Brock, a tasty milliner of several years experience,

who will take great pleasure in showing you through her line

and aid you in making selections of the latest styles.

Call and examine my stock in all the lines and get prices before purchasing elsewhere.

 No trouble to show you goods.   C. E. Boland



Notice To Creditors


Letters of Administration have been granted me on the 2nd day of March, 1903 of the estate of Mrs. Eliza Shipp, I hereby give notice that all persons having claims against said estate must probate and register their claims with the clerk within one year, and a failure to so do will forever bar their claim.

This the 4th day of March, 1903

J. H. Gulledge, Admr.

Brewer, Creekmore & Bates Sol.



Bridge Notice


I will on Saturday, the 28th day of March, 1903 at 2 o’clock p.m., let to the lowest bidder

The building of a bridge across Yalobusha river at Inmon Crossing on Atlanta and Oxford Road

Price not to exceed 75 cents per foot. Bridge to be let at bridge site.

Right reserved to reject any all bids.

W. Z. Edmondson, M.B.S



For Sale


I will on March 16th, 1903 sell to the highest bidder, for cash, at the court house door in

Pittsboro, the following described land to wit: 

NE quarter, Section 20, Township 24, Range 8 east.

Sale will be made at 12 o’clock, at the request of the owners thereof for division.

W. T. Scott



You know that the Texas Photographs always make the best pictures.

So wait until they come, will be here soon.

Texas Photo Co.  J. W. Blaylock, Proprietor



March 19, 1903

The Calhoun Monitor


A Sad Accident


A letter from Mr. Quitman Murphree, of Garland Tex., with a clipping from his local paper gives full particulars of the sad but accidental killing of young Roscoe Henderson by the train at that place. 

It seems that Roscoe arrived at Garland about the middle of February and hired to a Mr. Pickett. In company with this gentleman and a couple of boys, returning from their days chopping about the 12th of March, he playfully undertook to board an incoming train and in doing, was swept under the wheels and both feet almost amputated from the legs.  His back also was badly lacerated and head bruised.


He was placed on the train, carried to Mr. Willis Graham’s, where the best of attention was given him, good physicians were in attendance and all that medical skill and deft fingers could do for his relief was done. He expressed himself as being at peace with God and ready to meet him at the judgment.


Garland is a little village fifteen miles from Dallas, leading out toward McAlister, I. T. and a good per cent of the population is composed of ex-Calhounites, Mace and Willis Graham, J. Y. and W. K. Maxey, Geo. Smith, John Prescott, the Murphree’s, Hawkins’, Brannons etc., live here and Roscoe was among friends, some of whom had lived a neighbor to Mr. Berry Henderson – his father – at Sarepta, for many years.  Mrs. Ada Graham, nee Miss Ada Baker, was a constant and kind nurse, during the few hours he lingered. Mr. Truman Hawins (Hawkins) accompanied



I have just opened up a new and up-to-date stock of Dry Goods, Notions, Hats, Shoes, Groceries etc in the A. J. Zinn house, Slate Springs, Miss., which will be sold at reasonable prices for cash. I will also carry a nice and up-to-date line of millinery which will be under the management of Miss Ivy Brock, a hasty milliner of several years experience, who will take great pleasure in showing you through her line and aid you in making selections of the latest styles.  Call and examine my stock in all the lines and get prices before purchasing elsewhere. No trouble to show you goods.  C. E. Boland


In accordance to an order by the board of Supervisors at the March term of the court, recorded in book E, page 452, I will on the first Monday of April at 1 o’clock, in front of the courthouse door in Pittsboro, let to the lowest and best bidder the building of a bridge across Yalobusha on the Pittsboro and Slate Springs road, it is further ordered that said bridge be built and completed within sixty days from time of letting contract according to plans and specifications on file in the Chancery Clerks office, bond required for faithful performance of said contract. The board reserves the right to reject any and all bids.


Mr. John H. Brasher has yielded to the solicitations of friends and became a candidate for supervisor of beat No. 2.  Mr. Brasher is a solid citizen of good financial judgement [sic] and sufficient learning to fill this most important of all offices and if entrusted with the same will doubtless strive to mete out justice alike the county and to the individuals holding claims against the same for value received.


Among the candidates for Supervisor in beat No. 1 we this week add the name of that genial fellow, substantial farmer and law abiding citizen Ben J. Hasting.  He was raised just north of Scoona [sic] in this precinct and has succeeded in accumulating some property by dint of hard work in the field, when not in school. He is a good financiere, [sic] capable and honest and if elected will make the beat a good officer.


That belled buzzard has been heard and sighted again in the east and southeastern portion of the county by various parties: first, by Mr. J. R. Lucus, [sic] and family, by Mr. R. E. Stewart’s family, by Mr. O. L. Alexander and others. The bell is a size smaller than the ordinary sheep bell. Mr. Lucus wishes to know when the bell was fastended [sic] on the bird, where and by whom. Can any of our readers inform him.  [sic]



March 26, 1903 - Cemetery

In company with our better half and the venerable A. M. Ramsey, last Sunday eve, we followed the growing custom of our neighbors, both old and young and strolled leisurely through our village graveyard.

It is interesting to note the final resting place of the dead, to read the dates and verses over the deceased, some of whom were old pioneers to this country, while others were veterans of the great civil war as the friends of later years.  It is reassuring to observe the care and attention bestowed by the living on these sacred places, for an old proverb says: “you are to judge a people by their reverence for their dead and for their heroes of the past.”

It fills one too, with sad sweet thoughts of the long ago as he gets down and reads the inscription on a marble slab over some friend of his younger days. Fifty years ago there was no sign of a cemetery at Pittsboro, now the bones of some 1400 people including infants are moldering beneath the sod here. We can hardly realize the fact that the average interment for the last half century has been 28 a year, yet it must be remembered that this has been a burial place for a considerable territory and sometimes the remains of individuals from a great distance.

The yard is comparatively well kept and there are many attractive tombstones and monuments bearing epitaphs which call up thoughts of the past.

J. B. Morris and his kind old consort were among the first pioneers to this country. Uncle Joe and Aunt Peggy were well known and liked by younger people here 25 or 30 years ago, now they sleep side by side and the slabs above them informs the passerby that Mr. Morris was 83 years and six months old at his death, his wife had preceded him on a few months.  He was born in 1800 and she in 1821.

Another old pioneer couple that slumber here is Judge Eli Byars and his wife, Sarah, they were well known hereabout 40 years ago, and were well beloved by those who came first.  Judge Byars was born 1807, his wife in 1819.  But the earliest date we notice is that of Wm Sugg (supposedly the father of Prof. J. A. Sugg deceased and of the venerable H. T. Sugg of Big Creek) the date of his birth as given was 1793, he died during the civil war in 1864.

Captain E. R. Enochs and his two wives are sleeping here; he was a veteran of two wars, was born in 1821 and came here from Tennessee after having served in the Mexican war.

Sanders Swaffer, than whom a better man never lived, is sleeping beside Mary, his beloved wife.  He was a veteran of some of the old Indian wars and was a lieutenant in Co. F 4th Miss. Inft. In the war between the states, his company loved him like a father.  He was 67 years old when he died in 1886.

Major H. C. Horton came here from Tennessee about 1848.  When a young man 24 years of age he was a useful citizen and a brave confederate officer.

Well, we should like to mention many others, but afear to tax farther the patience of our readers.

John A. Wear lived 54 years and was buried just before the beginning of the war, Judge J. S. and Z. J. Ryan who only a few years ago were well known throughout the county and were honored by the people, rest here till the resurrection morning.  There also repose the mortal remains of old Drs. Roane, Ryan, Capt. DuBerry and his beloved wife, Silas and Ransom Pilgreen, Esq. Sam A. Spence: and wife and a host that we can’t mention now.

These with many other pioneers and veterans who sleep in this cemetery deserve to be mentioned and remembered for their noble deeds are worth of perpetuation.  Their upright principals and patriotism left us as an inheritance are worthy to be followed.  In every graveyard of any magnitude in this county may be found the moldering remains of just men and women. Can they be forgotten? Never.

Dear Monitor:
I feel like blotting a little space by your permission. Your welcomed visitor to us weekly, contents read with great pleasure.  Its many contributors furnish us with much to meditate over.  Random talk stirs up our very soul when he speaks of our country, her people.  Dear old Calhoun, bless her sons and daughters, brave souls can never tread the soul than did in the 60’s.  They are now called veterans and are getting fewer annually.  When I look at the long list of aspirants for office on first page, it makes my heart feel glad and sad too.

It means war but not a war to be fought with gun and bayonet, but it’s a political war.  I wonder sometimes if they will serve our country (the elected) and be as loyal to their trust as the Dear boys of old Calhoun that volunteered to serve their country during the civil war.  Will they study to be worthy to go in and come out before the people.  I hope as they canvass our country they will see so much of the great need of the true and wright [sic] as it should be that nothing will be a greater pride than to serve their respective places in honor to themselves and to their country and make our people feel as proud of her boys as did the now veterans did on the long line of volunteers that went out to serve their county in the 60’s.

Dr. Strattam made the opening address to the company of the Calhoun and Choctaw grays then followed by an address by Miss Nan Hallie Fox presenting to them the flag.  God knows the hearts of those who sent up their voices Huzza! Huzza! for the Calhoun and Choctaw grays.

Yes, God knew and we remembered seeing the silent tears roll down the cheeks of the dear fathers and mothers on that day.  Many of the dear boys did give their lives for their country.  One Jesse Fox on that day mounted a stump, doffed his cap, waved it o’er his head and said, “I will live for my country, O, my country!”  He was a brother to the Hon. A. F. Fox.

Another one of those boys had his brother to pull at his side in battle, but he had to go on after the battle was over, and after dark he went back, took up his dead brother on his back, carried him on a high hill and buried him.  Oh God, does it not make us feel that there cannot be more loving loyal people in our county than those that had such or would for true love do such deeds.  God help us all do everything for good and to the up-building of our people and country is the wish of an old veteran.
Signed: Veteran

“The general commanding, Robert Lowry, through the brigade commanders of the Miss. division, whose hearty cooperation has been stintingly given, has urged all camps that have not already done so to connect themselves with the State division and that all camps endeavor to increase their numbers by the addition of worth comrades who have not connected themselves with the association.

Our numbers are annually growing less which should serve as a reason for closer ties between those who stood on the front line of fire forty years ago.

It is confidently believed that the annual reunion of the U. C. V.’s at New Orleans in May will be the largest yet held, and every camp in the Miss. division should be represented.  Those who shared common dangers and sufferings in the unequal and gigantic struggle appreciate the obligation to our fair country women who annually dispense flowers over the graves of the heroic dead, and who never cease working for the comfort of those who stood for Southern homes and Southern honor.

“The beautiful custom of appointing sponsors and maids of honor has been broadened by Gen. Gordon, the commander-in-chief and now embraces a sponsor and chief maid of honor each for departments and divisions and a sponsor for brigades and camps with maids of honor without limit for the [rest not copied]


May 7, 1903    The Calhoun Monitor   Pittsboro, Miss

Poplar Springs

It was the first Sunday in May 1866, just 37 years ago if we mistake not; that W. A. Beasley of Houston, and H J. Hawkins of Ellzey, met at Poplar Springs church with a few war worn “rebs”, their noble wives and the children of this neighborhood and engaged in a song service, using the old sacred harp as a text.

That day in the old, old church with its huge chimney facing to the east and sheltered by the great oaks south, was a delightful day to the unassuming good people there assembled and in mingling their voices together in song, the old veterans seemed to forget for the time being, their dilapidated farms, as well as the hardships and dangers through which they had just passed, and the kind old matrons, thankful that their husbands and sons were once again permitted to be with them on the old hill, seemed to pour forth their joy and gratitude in songs of praise.

True, those people were not dressed in the styles of today, for that was the transition date when Mississippi was changing attire from the gray jacket and Home spun dress to the more gaudy apparel now worn, but the independent and progressive spirit of today, was discernible then, when these old pioneer leaders of vocal music called their class together and laid the foundation of these annual signings that have continued to this good day, gathering momentum as time rolls on.

This writer has been present at many of these singings at Poplar Springs on the first Sunday in May and in his scattering way, has attempted time and again to write them up, to tell of the crowds that attend, the pleasures seen there and the good dinners always provided.  As Mr. J. J. Burt expressed it last Sunday; “There is always a good dinner here, prepared by good women.” Last Sunday was no exception to the rule.  The crowd was variously estimated at from two to three thousand and there was plenty of dinner for all, possibly some one failed to get dinner, but twas his own fault, if he did.  It was there, in pans, buckets and boxes.  The report that these people were short on “grub” at any gathering here, has never reached our ears.

There is little conventionalities to be observed on any of these occasions and last Sunday all seemed to enjoy themselves to the fullest extent – each in his own way.  Ye senior took his in chatting the friend of Auld Lang Syne, but there were some he failed to meet in that great crowd.  The house was not large enough to accommodate all, but it was an ideal day and there was plenty of room outdoors.

So another singing at old Poplar Springs has come and gone. The good work began by these beloved and time honored citizens, has spread to other churches and places.  Another generation has caught the refrain which must travel down the line to remote generations perhaps though the noble instigators lend their active aid no more, but they have done enough.  They have made the heart glad, where sorrow appeared enthroned.  They have shaped a custom that is here to stay despite the hard kicks it may receive.  The old gray heads like them; the courting people like them, and they are the candidates Haven.  “The music in his heart he bore; Long after it was heard no more”.

In the bundle of Calhoun Monitors which came to the post office here the other day was found an extra one addressed “to the ugliest ex-Calhounite there.” Our clever post mistress knowing that this copy did not rightfully go to any ex-Calhounite (all of them being good looking folks) submitted the proposition to those who were present, and after considering the matter the paper was turned over to Capt. C. W. Partee, who seemed very grateful for the compliment thus bestowed.  Mr. Partee is not from Calhoun but from Panola, which amounts to nearly the same … Quitman Quill.

Proceedings of the Senatorial Executive Committee           [excerpts]
Pursuant of the call of the Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Executive Committee of the 31st District met at Houlka, Chickasaw Co., Miss., Monday, April 20th, 1903.  Meeting called to order by the Chairman, W S. Bates of Chickasaw Co

The roll call disclosed the presence of the following members: J. T. Hightower and J. A. Sims from Calhoun Co; W. S. Bates and S. L. Wilson from Chickasaw Co.; E. G. Boyd and R. V. Fletcher from Pontotoc County

Adjourned to meet again April 28th, 1903, at Houlka, Miss… Some members spent as before except S. L. Wilson of Chickasaw. The resignation of W. P. Vanhorn, a member from Calhoun Co. was received and excepted [accepted] and J. H. Ford was duly elected as his successor. The resignation of S. L. Wilson, a member from Chickasaw Co. was received and accepted and Da. J. R. Williams was duly elected as his successor.  The resignation of J. H. Holland, a member from Pontotoc Co. was received and accepted and Jeff Wilson was duly elected as his successor.

At the request of the delegation from Chickasaw Co. and for the reason that his resignation was not absolutely, but conditional and qualified, the resignation of A T. Stovall, a member from Chickasaw Co. was not accepted, but he was continued as a member of the committee W. S. Bates, Chairman, R. V. Fletcher, Secy.


A Negro Sermon

“Dar was a rich man named Degrees, en likewise a po’ man named Latherus. Well, Latherus came long ‘bout Christmas en bein’ all stove up wid rheumatism, en threatened wid’ de small pox, he sot down for to rest hisself ‘long side de rich man’s gate, en Latherus bein’ hungry hollow out; “Christmas gif!”

But the rich man tell him; “Go way from heah man! I ain’t got ez much ez a crumb for you!” En den de dogs come out en chase him off.

But see de prevention er providence? De rich man overeat hisself en wake up stone dead en hotter den de sun in Augus! En he look roun en say: “Whar is I?” an de debil say: “My son, you’s in de fire department. You jined last night” Den de rich man say: “I wish you please sir, tell Mister Latherus to turn on de hose on me, kase dis place heah’s hot stuff!”

But the debil made answer: Yo fren, Latherus is up yonder spendin’ Christmas wid Mister Abraham, he ain’t got no time ter fool wid you.  You’s my meat now en I’s gwin to brile you plum brown.”

En all kase de rich man failed to come down wid de money when Latherus hollow out, Christmas gif! How many sinners heah is gwine to do like Degrees done?  How many is gwin to drive Latherus fum de gate on Christmas day, Brer Will, pass de hat en less see… Ex.

Well at last the Baptist church at this place has come together and called a preacher Brother John A. Killingsworth being the one chose by a unanimous vote hope Brother Killingsworth may be in a position to accept the call and attend the church at regular appointments and the church may cooperate with him in doing good for Christ.

We had the pleasure of attending the annual singing at Hopewell last Sunday, a large crowd was present and good behavior and splendid singing of course it was agreeable with us to meet with a good many of our friends and school mates and glad to find all well except Scott Hardin who was thrown from his mule on his way to court last Monday was a week and was very badly hurt he said he was better when we left there.

Mr. J. J. Adams of Pittsboro was at the singing and gave some music also delivered an excellent lecture on Sunday school work which if properly carried out will be a great benefit to all who heard him several of our youngsters attended the big singing at Poplar Springs last Sunday they report a good time.

Our friend G. W. Dowdy was in these parts last Saturday on business, he says those devilish boys got off with Esq. Cook like they did with Ben Darby when Ben throwed off his load of staves and came back home for fear his gal would marry some other man.

Mr. Jim Wells of Benela was over last Sunday and attended the singing at Poplar last Sunday.

Choose you this day whom you will serve if it be Teddy Roosevelt who fosters the present administration or Grover Cleveland who will be the nominee for president in the next campaign you know both their views and can accept either and not be hurt. So make your choice and vote accordingly.  Signed: Old Rusty

The weather is dry and cold. Our farmers are about through with their planting, unless they should have to replant.
Sunday school at the Baptist church was well attended Sunday afternoon.

Dr. M. W. Jackson and family visited friends near Pine Valley the first of the week.
School closed at Banner last Friday evening. We are informed that Prof. Spradling will open school again about the third Monday in July.

Misses Zula Spradling and Jannie McCurley are visiting at Mr. M. B. Pates this week where they expect to try their skill with the fisherman’s outfit.

Mr. J. H. Lamar of our village and Miss Rosa Gaines of a few miles north of town were happily married Sunday. Rev. Jake Pilkinton officiating. We wish them much happiness.

Prof. A. A. Newell and little daughters visited relatives in Banner Sunday.
Dr. Will Gore of Water Valley spent a few days in our town last week doing dental work.  Dr. Gore made a favorable impression on our people and we hope to see him back again.

Mr. R. M. Hutchinson is spending a few days with relatives at Pittsboro this week.
Mr. Bob Emery and wife spent Saturday and Sunday in Banner.

No candidates are circulating among the good people of these parts this week. Good idea, candidates. These cold dry days and happy impressions are not compatible.

Will some body send us a few candidates for beat office? So far, Beat no. 3 is in arrears as compared with other Beats. Come out, men of public spirit and let your wants be known. If you should be snowed under you will only be in the majority and the object of not half so much jealousy as the man who wins.  By Argus.


Just now this people would welcome the down pour of a refreshing rain for it is badly needed on gardens and fields.

Oscar Gilder has been very low with pneumonia but we are glad to state that he is now improving and hope he will soon be out among his many friends again.  We know of no other sickness at this writing.

Memorial services will be held at Midway church Saturday May the 19th in the morning, the Atlanta W.O.W. camp will hold their Memorial service in the cemetery afterwards will follow regular Memorial service.  Each community should look after the last resting place of its dead and these Memorials services keep us promptly regarding this.  Basket dinner as usual will be partaken on the church ground.

Mr. Austin Bingham and family visited their kinsman W. J. Rish last Sunday.

A. J. Inmon and wife were visitors at the home of W. D. Wells. G. W. Dowdy and family at Mr. John Hanna’s, R. L. Inmon and family at J. T. Tedders and Jim Blue and his mother visited relatives at Ellzy Sat. and Sunday.

Sunday school is somewhat revived and think it will grow better if it gets no “back set,” Eh?

Vardaman buttons are all we see and Vardaman praises are all we hear. Did we not see and hear for ourselves, we could not believe that any man could be so generally beloved by the people, poor and rich alike stand by this man, Mississippi’s next governor.  Of course, there are some few exceptions, but tis useless to count them against the overwhelming majority, who hold the welfare of their own children, the supremacy of their own race and the honor of their beloved state above all things else.  To the old darky uncle and black mommy of ye older days, they stretch arms of love and care, but what of these Latter Day hybrids?     A Fellow Citizen.

Partial Listing of Candidates

S. C. Lee, W. B. Sims, P. I. V. Martin

Dist. No. 4 - D. A. Lunceford
Dist. No. 5 - L. D Cook, N. T. Easley, Jas. Brand, J. E. Whitehorn

For Constable:
Beat No. 1 - Juber Cozart, John W. Keenum, Bob Byars J. R. Evans, A.R. Shipp, Scott Patterson, S. Fondren
Beat 2 - T. R Davis

Beat 4 - J. R. Hitt, B.F. McPhail
Beat No 5 - J. C. Hawkins, Wiley Martin

Mrs. R. L. Crawford and Mrs. M. F. Young of Ellzey were shopping in Pittsboro Tuesday of this week.
Mr. E. D. Lamar and wife of near Mathews, Miss. were visiting their son, W. D. Lamar of this place this week.

Mrs. W. D. Lamar has been quite sick, but we are glad to note that she is improving rapidly.
Mrs. M. J. L. Howell is reported as being very sick at this writing. Hope however that she will soon regain her wanted health.

Maj. Jas K. Vardaman paid the dues for ten old Confederate veterans of this camp and Hon. R. N. Provine paid for another ten.
Here’s health to your purse.  W. H. Bailey & Bros.

A trip ticket to the New Orleans reunion and return costs one cent per mile. Time 18th of May.
We understand that Gov. Longino, candidate for the U. S. Senate will speak at Pittsboro on the 14th of this month and has invited Senator Money to be present and speak. Come out and hear them

We omitted to mention last week that Mr. Ortho Harrelson has moved to Pittsboro. He occupies with his family the J. J. Adams house in the northern part of town.

We understand that photographer, Blaylack [Blaylock] is soon to return to Pittsboro. He will occupy the Revis house near the M. E. church. Our people are generally well pleased with his work.

Married **
At the home of the bride’s brother-in-law, Mr. H. W. McGuire, by Rev. J. P. Pilkinton, Sunday morning at 10 o’clock, May 3rd, 19093, J. H. Lamar Esq. and Miss Rosa E. Gaines, all of Banner, Miss.

Mr. G. J. Houser of Bentley was in town Monday.  Mr. Houser is a new resident of this county, having recently bought land and is establishing a large saw mill plant at old Bethlehem, near Bentley. Mr. Houser says he has enough faith in the coming of the railroad to invest this much, as a mill like this would not pay unless near a railroad.

Dr. G. G. Armstrong, returning from the Memphis medical College spent 2 or 3 days with his parents here last week.  He is a studious and promising young man has passed successfully the examination and has a diploma, he will return to his old stand (Sarepta) to practice his profession.

Mrs. M. A. Thomas of Big Creek called at The Monitor office while passing Saturday past and chatted us a few moments. This good lady was among the first pioneers to this region and stood by the old South through out that “unpleasant” war period. Mrs. Thomas will attend the New Orleans reunion and visit relatives in Texas thereafter, for several months.

We do our work by main strength and awkwardness in this office now, but we will grow better. Correspondents, don’t think hard of us if your copy appears a little mutilated at times. We don’t always use quotation marks when we should and there are other faults, but we are doing the best we can now.

A little son of Mr. Otho Harrelson was dangerously hurt last Friday eve by a fall backwards of several feet from floor to ground. Dr.’s Creekmore and Hardin sewed up the wound and it is to be hoped that the little [missing line]

Hon. J. M. Byars .
Candidate for local representative of Calhoun County.  John came here long before the county and has served his people as a teacher, soldier, surveyor and State Senator, he is well and favorable known throughout the county, he is one of the immortal Spartan band that went out with Capt. J. R. M. DuBerry and the lamented McEachern and stayed till the bitter end, when no other man would make the fight for the 31st senatorial district, John stepped out and became the standard bearer for democracy

A Good Man Gone
Rev. J. B. Countiss of Freedom, Miss, died at his home Wednesday evening ..buried at Reasons Cemetery. ..born in Alabama. 18th 1828, and came to Miss.. 1850 he was for 56 years ..member of the M. E. Church.   [parts of paragraph not copied]

In Memory of Roscoe Henderson
On the 27th of Feb., as the sun sank slowly down the slope of the skies and the shadows of the evening lengthened, the life currant of Roscoe Henderson was ebbing away. He was the victim of a fatal accident.  With all a boy’s exuberance of spirit, he had attempted to board a  [rest not copied]

Capt. J. D. Hale, Chancery clerk of Yalobusha County and a prominent candidate for reelection to the same, died at his home in Coffeeville last Tuesday night. He was about 70 years of age and is said to have been the first white child born in Yalobusha county.
He was a clever gentleman and a brave old confederate soldier.

Dr. B. N. Webb spent several days last week in his old, Banner neighborhood on professional and other business. While the Doctor is of a lively turn and able to laugh when some of his patients feel like crying, he is one of the kindest hearted men and does a full share for charity work, he don’t charge for extracting teeth for little children and he has never turned a patient away because he had no money, but then he’d rather pay for his work presumable.  Dentistry is an important profession and it seems that it is not crowded in this country, as some other professions are, but we learn that other good dentist are soon to locate in this country and we think the work will justify.


All is quiet in this part though the cotton question is somewhat perplexing.  The planters are in as to whether they will get a stand or not because of the cold and dry weather.

Mr. Joe Hawkins and wife are blessed with a new born son, Mr. Bud McClimore and wife with a daughter.

To day Sunday there was a large congregation at Mt. Hermon to hear an interesting sermon preached Eld Verell. Bro. J. E. Mitchell was ordained deacon of the church at Mt. Hermon.  I think the church made a good selection there is no better man in our country than J. E. Mitchell.

Mesers F. Y. Martin and Jack Hawkins accompanied by Misses Venia and Lilly Martin.  Misses Mattie and Mira Hawkins and Minnie Orr went to Hopewell Sunday they reported a good time at the annual singing.

Several of the youngsters went to Poplar Springs Sunday to the annual singing.

They say that Mr. M. A. Hollis better known as Elly, has gone into the dog business.  He has nothing but imported ratling bull fiste, [Fiest] now I won’t vouch for the truth of they  [not copied]

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R. W. Armstrong vs Spring Hill Colored Methodist Episcopal Church South. Execution for 21.40 issued by J. H. Eubanks, J. P. in Dist. No. 1, Calhoun County, Miss.
To satisfy above execution, I shall on June 1st, 1903, within legal hours, at the East door of court house at Pittsboro, Miss., offer for sale as the property of said defendant, at public auction, for cash to the highest bidder, the church house of said deft. And one fourth acre of land on which same is situated, of which land said house is the center and situated near the NW corner Sec 19, T. 13, R. 1 W said county.  Signed; M. P. Burke, Constable.

State of Mississippi, Calhoun county To Robert Wiggs.
You are commanded to appear before the Chancery Court of said County of Calhoun, in said state on the 3rd Monday of May, A. D. 19903, to defend the suit in said court of Mattie Wiggs, wherein you are defendant.  This the 20th day of April A. D. 1903.  Signed: R. Cruthirds, Clerk.



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May 14, 1903 -- 

Charley Shelton a negro said to have been 108 years old died here last Saturday he was a polite old man “Faginry darkey” and was able to earn a support, by work up to within a few days of his death.  Old Charley was widely published in the papers several years ago because of his extreme age and remarkable career as told by himself, he helped dig the James river canal and build the first railroad in Virginia, was married 8 times, and was the father of 37 children he was decently interred at the negro grave yard, half mile west of town, the white folks bearing principally the expense of the funeral.

Mr. Wiley L. Brannon of Coffeeville is one of the battle scarred veterans of the old 29th Miss. Inft. and the verdict of his comrades is that a braver man never shouldered a musket.  Time has dealt gently with Wiley, and his fair dealings, honest methods and straightforward way, has brought him a name that is worth far more than riches.  Long life to old wounded knight of honor, says The Monitor.

The following list of names of Confederate soldiers who get their mail at Sarepta, Miss. by Squire A. E. Peden.
G. W. Cox,  Co A. 8th Miss.
J. H. Barnes, Co H, 7th Miss.
S. J. Jenkins,  H … 7th
T. D. Goad, E … 1st
A. J. Yancy, K … 35th
J. N. Beckham, C … 11th
L. N. Reid, H … 11th
J. Overby, F … 42nd
J. M. Jenkins, F … 42nd
S. T. Little, A … 8th
T. L. Davis, A … 6th LA
James Spencer, F … 15th SC
J. N. W. Porter, G … Valn. Regt.
T. J. Porter, F …Valn. Regt.
T. Rankin, A … Duff’s Bat.
Frank Bachman, H … 12th GA.
A. E. Peden, C … 1st MS

We are glad indeed to add Bentley and Banner to other localities from which we are (at least occasionally) to receive the local news. We honor our correspondents and gladly welcome the news, we think also that ere long Big Creek will contribute a prorate share of news to the Monitor columns.  As we have one communication from Bentley, we pass the news items from that place for this week. We want short newsy letters from every post office in the county. The Monitor is the servant of the various localities which taken  

May 21, 1903

Mr. Rich Blue cut his foot very badly one day last week though he is able to walk without a crutch.
Miss Annie Wells came home with her sister Mrs. Lizzie Cook from the memorial and will stay for a while.
Mr. Taylor Byars was through these parts last Monday buying beef cattle.
Rev. J. A. Killingsworth will preach at Friendship next Sunday also Mr. John Morgan will sing at the same place on the same day. We saw both gentlemen concerning the conflict, it is agreeable with both parties.  Old Rusty

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We are the recipients of a blessing in the form of rain which came just before it was too late, it is very likely now that the stand of cotton will be very good, every farmer knows that a half a stand makes three fourths of a crop. Corn is looking well now, of course this is not news in Calhoun but this paper is read by people in Ark., Tex., I. T. and such will be interesting to our old friends in the way west.
Mr. Baxter Alexander had the misfortune to loose his [not copied]

Confederates who get mail at this place:
W. G. Taylor, Co. G … 42nd Miss. Regt:
Jas. H. Woodard, Blythes Bat. Duberry Co.:
C. G. Bentley, Co G … 42nd Miss;
J. P. Mathis, Co I … 4th Miss;
J. H. Brown, Co. I … 4th Miss.
T. J. Noron [Naron], Co. ? … 13th Miss.
E. C. Streeter, Co. G. … 42nd Miss.
T. J. Chancelor, Alabama Regt.
John Loften, Buttermilk Cavalry
These men are not all back numbers. Anyway, deserved to be kindly remembered.

Miss Mary Aycock died this morning May 12th.

Gardens are looking fine especially Irish potatoes; corn also is ok, but cotton not so good.

Mr. W. C. Few, Tom Carter and Will Douglas are Bentley’s politicians, and W. D. Harris is champion pudding eater, can’t speak to him on any subject, but he will use the word pudding in reply. In passing him the other day I thought I would catch him napping and he would have no chance to use the word.  He was chopping wood, I said you have a fine ax there “yes” said he “I wish I had as much pudding as I could cut with this in a day”. A few days ago he came in with a large turtle and asked his wife if she couldn’t make a pudding out of it.
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June 11 1903

Rather warm, eh. Think we will have some more rain soon.
Farmers are busy this week battling with old general green.

The little one year old child of Mr. Mike Bratton has been dangerously ill for the past week. Dr. Rich says however with proper nursing it will recover soon.

Mrs. Juda Chrestman is still sick, but somewhat improved at this writing.
Esq. Crocker and wife visited relatives in Rocky Mount neighborhood Saturday night and Sunday.
Some of our young people attended the concert at Pittsboro last Friday night.  They report a very nice time.

Mr. Johnnie Chrestman says, “A fellow is liable to get married at any old time or place.” He can well afford to say this; you see he and Miss Mary A. Covington got married while at the spring at Rocky Mt. Sunday.

Quite a crowd at the Sunday school and singing at Mt. Comfort Sunday eve. Mr. J. S. Morgan was with us and we had some good singing.

Mr. Edd Moore says he may go seining next Sunday instead of going to the singing; says he wants to seine some of those frogs out of his cotton patch.

Mr. Jeff Cain filled his appointment with the singing class at Old Town Sunday.  Signed: Clide

We chronicle the death of Mr. R. L. Crawford, the termination of a difficulty between Daniel and Lon Cook and Dee and Rich Blue. We don’t know the particulars; don’t know whether Mr. Crawford was implicated in the former difficulty or not; however, Mr. Lon Cook stabbed him through the heart, causing instant death, about half past two o’clock Sunday in Capt. T. W. Young’s yard.

The Children's Day service last Sunday was largely attended and enjoyed by everybody; but didn’t get through the program on account of the killing.

H. J. Hawkins and R. Kilgo were able to be out at the Children’s Day service last Sunday. We were glad to see the old gentlemen out again.

Mr. B. M. Ellzey is not doing so well this week though he is able to be about.

Mrs. Elizabeth Adams had the misfortune to get very badly hurt one day last week, trying to get a hog in the pen. She has been so she could not turn herself over in the bed, though she is getting along splendidly at this time.

As every thing is confused in this community, we desist.  Signed: Old Rusty

[not copied may be Hollis]     Excerpts
Our new railroad is still pushing in the direction of Calhoun. I am still hoping to hear the whistle before Xmas.
The angel of Death is with us all the time, occasionally taking a member of some family. Last Friday at 12 o’clock death seized little Floyd, son of Jim and Christian Winter, after a short illness off four and one-half days.   Signed: W. H. Hawkins

Mr. Editor, I must tell your readers a little joke on one of our candidates for sheriff. He was riding in the Hardin neighborhood near Hopewell, every family that he had struck that day was related to Baily Hardin.

Finally, he came to Frank Hodge’s, hailed at the gate.  Mrs. Hodge came to the door. Good morning, is Mr. Hodge at home?

No sir, he is down on the farm on Topashaw, one and a half miles away.

Has he any kinsman running for sheriff’s office?

 No sir, no blood kin.

Well, as you are the first family that I have met today that is not related to Baily Hardin I must get down and talk a little.

Baily Hardin is a Bro. of mine said Mrs. H.

“The thunder you say, come up old horse, good day Mrs. Hodge.”

The next family he came to was a colored man. Good morning uncle, I am glad to meet you. You are the first man that I have met today that was not related to Baily Hardin. I know that you are not from your color.

Mity near it Boss” said he.

How near?

“Well Boss, you see Mr. Baily’s daddy raised my wife dat makes us feel like kin.”

“I suppose that you are a Hardin man?”

“Always been Boss.”

“How far is it out of this Hardin neighborhood?”

Dunno Boss, mity near all over de county I think.”

The candidate then went east into the Bentley neighborhood. There he met old man C. G. Bentley and was telling him how glad he was to get out of the Hardin country and told the old man of his experience down there. Mr. B. told him that Mr. Hardin was a brother-in-law of his. “Is that so? God! I believe the old negro is right.”

We must not tell his name for a while yet.  Signed: Old Reb


October 8, 1903…separate webpage


Nov. 5, 1903

Proceedings Board of Supervisors November Term
Wiley Embrey, timber for road $4.00
W. T. Scott, delivering road commissions $50.00
J. F. Smith assessing personal taxes $299.00
Pittsboro Merc. Company, snuff for paupers $2.25
J. E. Gaston, fix election booths $1.50
A. J. Ruth, keeping paupers $90.00
W. I. Vanhorn, timber $2.35
Cooner & Harrelson, goods for paupers $14.00
Monitor, blanks officers $4.80
W. T. Scott, in lunacy case $3.75
T. M. Patton, lumber & nails $3.30
W. R. Byars, 1 day ex-offic. $2.00
J. C. Beasley, nails for road $.73
Wm. Boland, 1 day ex-offic $2.00
R. Cruthirds, express, post. $2.35
C. A. Beasley, salary post.
A. J. Smith, ass'tg examiner 4 da 60 sets papers $25.00
Miss Blondie Fox, same $25.00
J. M. Burleson, bldg bridge $39.00
Acct. J. L. Furguson bridge, con. J. L. Ferguson bldg bridge $43.00
W. Z. Edmondson ex-officio three days $6.00
Acct. of Monitor for printing tickets continued
H. T. Gaines, goods paupers, $5.80
H. T. Gaines ink and pens for Election Commissioners $2.85
H. T. Gaines desk for Supt. $32.20
A. P. Williams goods $1.95
J. L. Cobb, ex-officio 2 days $4.00
R. Cruthirds, in lunacy case $2.00
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November 26, 1903

Petition for Pardon
of Mississippi,
Calhoun County
Slate Springs, Oct. 29, 1903

To the Hon. Governor of Mississippi: We the undersigned citizens of Calhoun and Webster counties most respectfully petition your excellency in behalf of one Ester Fox (colored) who is now one of the convicts of Mississippi; that you pardon him and let him come to his aged mother, who very much needs his services. His parents were exceptionally good negroes and spent a large portion of their lives in slavery. his father being dead, leaves his aged mother much in need of his aid, therefore, we most respectfully ask that you pardon him. (Signed) W. J. McPhail, M. K. Denley, Dr. G. L. Fox;  J. B. Spencer, J.T. Pryor, L.Y Mallory and seventy-five others.

In the matter of the estate of George Prescot, deceased, A. P. Williams, Admr.
  By virtue of a decree of the Chancery court of Calhoun county, Miss, rendered at the Nov. term, A. D. 1903 and recorded on the minutes of said court on page 447, I will, on the 19th day of Dec. A. D. 1903, within legal hours, in front of the court house door in the town of Pittsboro, sell to the highest and best bidder for cash; the NE 1/4 sec 36, T. 12. R. 3 west, situated in Calhoun county.  Tittle [Title] to said land, good.  This the 20th day of Nov., A. D. 1903.  A. P. Williams, Admr. Hill & Adams, sols. for Admr.

[This property is on the eastern side of Anglin Mt. where CR 242 connects Melton town to SH 330]

November 26, 1903

Commissioner's Sale.
The State of Mississippi -- Webster County -- No. 784
Exparte J. W. Buchanan et. al.
  By virtue of a decree of the Chancery court of said County, rendered in the above styled cause on the 6th day of Oct. A. D., 1903, at the Oct. Term A. D. 1903 of said Court, I, the undersigned, duly appointed Special Commissioner of said Court, will, on the 7th day of December A. D., 1903, between the hours of eleven o'clock a.m. and four o'clock p.m. sell, at the south door of the court house in Walthall, in said Webster county, to the highest bidder or bidders for cash, the following described real estate, situated in the county of Calhoun, in the state of Mississippi, to wit; beginning at a point 7 chains and 36 links south from the NW corner or SW 1/4, Sec. 26, T. 14, R. 1 west, thence east 16 chains and 78 links, thence south 14 chains and 14 links, thence west 16 chains and 78 links, thence north 14 chains and 14 links, except two acres lot upon which the Methodist Episcopal Church South is situated in SW 1/4 Sec. 26, T. 14. R. 1 west in Calhoun county, state of Miss.  Dated this the 27th day of Oct. 1903.  W. A. Rogers, Special Com.                

 [These coordinates are in the Benela community]

 December 10, 1903

We regret the absence of Prof. A. A. Newell and his excellent partner, Mrs. Georgia Newell, from the school room during the past fortnight. Their presence there appears to be almost indispensable just now though some good teachers to wit Prof. C. A. Beasley and Prof. J. L. Johnson have been doing faithful work during the illness of the former.  A few days ago, a former patron of these teachers said in our hearing "I had rather trust my children to the care of Prof. Newell and his wife than have them under my own eyes" and this is the way many of us feel.   We trust ere long that they will be able to assume control again and that every thing will go as heretofore at the college.

Mr. Lee Bennett is rejoicing over the advent of a new girl at his house. May the tiny tot live to useful womanhood and find flowers in abundance all along life's pathway.

Notice: I will sell on Tuesday the 15th of Dec. to the highest bidder for cash, all my household and kitchen furniture, plow tools, corn, etc. M. E. Countiss -- Four miles north of Pittsboro

Our good friend Elder S. E. Wallace passed through the "bnrg" [burg] Tuesday with a load of brick. He is a working man and at home any where you put him.

Madam Rumor has it that Mr. C. W. Patterson of Gulf Port, who formerly sold goods here, is to return soon and put up a store at the Patterson & Co. house on North side of square.

Miss Bettie Stewart, formerly of Texas, has moved to Mr. T. W. Greenslade's and will make her home there in future.
Mr. T. W. Greenslade and Misses Bettie Stewart and Clevie Richards visited Mr. M. W. Morgan and family last Sunday.

Mr. Wiley Lowry had the misfortune to fall from the pike while crossing Chuchatoncia creek last Friday night. One mule pushed the other one off the pike and swung him till the harness was cut and the mule fell to the ground.  Didn't hurt the mule much but hurt Mr. Lowry very bad, though he is able to be about now.

We saw Mr. B. F. Watkins pass through Ellzey last Saturday evening on his way to Houston to visit his son, Brooks, who is at work there. He says Houston {end of copy}
Mr. John Blaylock is moving his effects from Loyd to Freedom he has purchased land near the latter place.


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