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Newspaper Abstracts

1900 - 1909

Used with permission of Julie Hampton Ganis

From surrounding area newspapers with mention of Stanly Co residennts
or former residents.

January 23, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)
-The Journal says that Mrs. Lydia T. PUSSER, of Union county, a widow who has 13 children, and Mr. G. H. GARMAN, of Stanly county, a widower who has 13 children, were married at Monroe last Tuesday.

October 5, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-Charlotte Observer, 3d - A telephone message to the Observer yesterday morning from Dr. A. J. AUSTIN, Oak Grove, Union county, states that Mr. Vann SIKES, of Stanly county, and the wife of Sam NOTS, colored, have been arrested on a charge of poisoning Dr. S. J. LOVE, on the 31st of last August. A telegram to the Observer yesterday afternoon from Monroe states: “A telephone message received there a short time ago says that Mr. Vann SIKES, a prominent white man, and a negro woman, have been arrested, charged with poisoning Dr. S. J. LOVE and others at Mr. Tom LOVE’S a few weeks ago. The woman has confessed that SIKES gave her $5 and the poison for doing the deed. The prisoners are guarded near the scene. About fifty people are collected and the highest excitement prevails.”

An account of this poisoning was published in the Observer of September 5th - the day following the death of Dr. LOVE. In this publication it was stated that on the 31st of August Mr. and Mrs. Thomas LOVE, whose residence is just across the river from LONG’S Store, in Union county, had their wheat threshed, and, following the usual custom, entertained at dinner all the men engaged in the threshing.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas LOVE, Dr. LOVE, who lived with his parents, and his brother, Wade, and his sister dined with the large party of threshers. The meal was the ordinary bountiful repast for such an occasion. Within 15 minutes after it had been eaten Dr. LOVE became violently ill, suffering with intense nausea. His mother, sister and brother and five of the threshers also became sick with the same symptoms. Though suffering greatly the latter were taken to their homes and recovered; and all the members of the LOVE family recovered except Dr. LOVE, who died four days later.

Since the poisoning the legal authorities have been diligently at work on the case, with the result that the NOTS woman was arrested yesterday morning. Dr. AUSTIN phoned the Observer that she made a confession of her guilt to the officer making the arrest, and had implicated her husband’s brother, John NOTS, a negro named HAMILTON, and, finally, Mr. Vann SIKES.

The woman was a cook at the LOVE residence at the time of the threshing. According to Dr. AUSTIN’S information she said yesterday that John NOTS had given the poison to her and told her to poison Mr. and Mrs. Thomas LOVE, Dr. J. S. LOVE, his brother Wade LOVE, and a thresher named TAYLOR. The poison was in the form of a white powder, and was, presumably, arsenic. In giving the powder to her, she said, John NOTS explained that he had received it from a negro named HAMILTON, and that it had been given to the latter by Mr. Vann SIKES, who would pay $5 if it was administered.

The prisoner said that she sprinkled the poison over tomatoes, which she served at dinner and which were eaten by others in addition to those she intended to kill. After the white people had concluded their meal she removed and threw away all uneaten tomatoes to prevent the poisoning of the negroes in the kitchen. From the information supplied Dr. AUSTIN no malice on the part of the woman thus far appears. She committed the murder for the $5.
[Later information is that Mr. SIKES was acquitted, the effort to implicate him being the result of a conspiracy among the negroes. The negro woman, Ellen NOTS, and her brother-in-law, John NOTS, were committed to jail. Another negro named HAMILTON, who was arrested, was acquitted.]

August 22, 1901 The MONROE ENQUIRER, (Union County, NC)
-Mr. John YOW, of Stanly county, is a vegetarian, not from a standpoint of health, but from taste. Mr. YOW is thirty seven years old and has never tasted meat....

Tuesday, June 2, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)
-Mr. Andrew HONEYCUTT, the oldest man in Stanly county, died last Friday, in his 95th year. The journal made mention some weeks ago of the fact that Mr. HONEYCUTT had bought a monument for himself and wife. He was a link between the present and the past, and was full of interesting reminiscences of the past. He had shot buffalo and deer at the famous Big Lick, years and years ago.

Tuesday, August 25, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)
-W. W. KISER, a farmer living just over the line in Mecklenburg, near Wardlaw, shot himself with a pistol late Wednesday evening and died immediately. The deed was done in the public road almost in the presence of the man’s family, and no explanation of it or a probable motive has been suggested, except a mere belief that his mind was unbalanced… He came to Wardlaw from Stanly county two or three years ago, and was about thirty years of age…. A wife and four children survive him.

Tuesday, November 17, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)
-Mr. J. C. LITTLE of Leo, Stanly county, was in town Saturday and reported that one of his neighbors, Mr. John YOW, got his back broken a few days ago. In shouldering a large sheet of cotton he gave his back such a wrench that he was rendered perfectly helpless and is likely to remain so, as the doctors said the spinal column was broken.

Tuesday, November 24, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)
-The Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer says that Messrs. T. L. CAUDLE, L. J. HUNTLEY, G. W. HUNTLEY and Henry HANEY, all of Wadesboro, have bought the well known Rocky River Springs property, in Stanly county, and will make improvements sufficient to make it a first class resort.

Tuesday, December 29, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)
-Mr. Adam LONG of Goose Creek township, whose injuries and fatal sickness was reported in the Journal some time ago, died on the 17th inst. Though eighty-five years of age, Mr. LONG’S death resulted from illness consequent upon the breaking of his arm by the kick of a horse. The body was buried at Crooked Creek church and the funeral preached by Elder S. E. WILLIAMS. Mr. LONG loved all his long life where he was born, and was a model to his neighbors for all the years of his manhood. Kind, honest, industrious, neighborly, it could not have been otherwise. Mrs. LONG survives her husband. For sixty-one years they lived and loved, reared their children and kept a happy home. “Uncle Adam” was the patriarch of his community, a man in whom there was no guile. He leaves four sons, all of them substantial and good citizens with children and grandchildren of their own. They are W. G. LONG of Goose Creek township, Jesse L. LONG of Stanly county, John I. LONG of Monroe and Thomas E. LONG of Arkansas.

Tuesday, January 12, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)
-Esq. J. W. SMITH of Olive Branch died on the 3rd instant. He was 82 years old. For a portion of his life he lived in Stanly county, from which he was sent to the State senate. Mr. SMITH was an up-right honest man and useful citizen.

Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer Feb 1804
-Marshville, Feb. 18 - Mr. Valentine MAUNEY, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Stanly county, died at his home in New London Sunday before last, aged 88 years.

Tuesday, March 15, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)
-Mr. J. C. SMITH of New Salem was married to Miss Laura HONEYCUTT of Stanly county on February 25th. The ceremony occurred at the bride’s home and was performed by Rev. Mr. BLACK.

Tuesday, April 26, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)
-Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer
-Stanly County News: Mr. Lindsay LOWDER is happy over discovering gold on his place 2 ½ miles north of Albemarle…


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