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BATTLE OF JACKS CREEK - CIVIL WAR BATTLE
A Battle between Union forces and Confederate forces at Jacks Creek took place December 23 1863.  
LAND for SALE, Acreage, Store, Lots
In CHANCERY COURT at Jackson TN.     Will sell to highest bidder at HENDERSON STATION on August 10 1871 the following property belonging to the estate of Jno. West, deceased.
1st Tract.   The Homestead of about 125 acres lying in and near the town of Henderson with elegant two story residence, outhouses and etc. Well improved.
2nd Tract.   Undivided half interest in a lot 50x100 feet which is situated a two story frame store-house now occupied by CASON, O'NELL & CO in town of Henderson.
    ALSO the undivided half interest in three vacant lots in Henderson between the store houses of Cason, O'Neill & Co and Hart & Bro. These lots each front 25 feet on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad and run back 100 feet, and are very desirable for business houses and being located in the most eligible part of said town.
    Also at the same place and time two others lots, lying in Pinson, Madison County Tenn, fronting about 100 feet on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad and running back 100 feet, one vacant and one occupied by Johnson & Co, other lot vacant between said store and Davis & Ray's Grocery.
    Also on Friday, August 11 1871 at Mifflin, Henderson County, Tenn the following belonging to the estate of John West, one tract, 67 acres known as Mill Tract lying one and a half miles from Mifflin on the road to Lexington Tenn, containing grist mill on unfailing water power and another tract of 112 acres.
AD ran by D M WISDOM,   C & M,   WHIG and TRIBUNE, (newspaper) Jackson TN   August 5 1871, page 4

MRS MARTHA HUDDLESTON'S HEALING SALVE
Mrs Martha Huddleston's Healing Salve used successfully in the following diseases: risings, ulcers, carbuncles, erysipelas, white swelling, swollen joints, bruises, cuts, burns, tetter, ringworm, chapped hands, inflamation of the skin, felons, risings of ladies breasts, sore throat and serofula. Testimonies as part of the ad included Henderson Station; March 9 1871; Mrs Martha Huddleston; I have used the salve obtained from you and believe it superior for the treatment and cure of obstinate ulcers, and many skin diseases so common among the people, and do believe every family should keep it as a family remedy and am satisfied all who give it a fair trial will keep it.   Respectfully,   J. D. Smith M. D.     Ad in WHIG and TRIBUNE, (newspaper) Jackson TN   August 5 1871, page 4
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STORE ADS - 1893
J. C. Winningham announced   "Our new Stock of Spring Goods has Arrived.  See Miss Watlington, who will be pleased to serve all of her friends in the latest styles of millinery goods at very low prices."

"Our Stock is Complete."   Wm Bray Dry Goods Co.

Ads from THE NEW ERA, Henderson TN, issue of Friday, March 31 1893.

CASON VISITING
Charles Cason of Ft Worth Texas is visiting the family of his father, Joe Cason near Montezuma.
Mrs J C Carson of Cairo, who has been visiting here for sometime, returned home Tuesday.
Misses Ruth and Helen Cason are with friends in Corinth this week.     HENDERSON HEADLIGHT issue of May 23 1902.

SUPREME COURT
J. F. Bray went to Jackson yesterday, a witness before the Supreme Court.     HENDERSON HEADLIGHT issue of May 23 1902.
HOUSE for RENT
A desirable six room house for rent. Recently occupied by Mrs McCorkle. Apply to W. C. PRIDDY     HENDERSON HEADLIGHT issue of May 23 1902.
HEADLIGHT & BOLIVAR BULLETIN Exchange
We place with pleasure upon our exchange list the Headlight published at Henderson Tenn by W. FORREST JORDAN. It is neatly printed, well edited and has liberal advertising patronage.   Mr Jordon was born and raised in Hardeman, and is an energetic, brainy young man. The BOLIVAR BULLETIN wishes him success.     HENDERSON HEADLIGHT issue of May 23 1902.
AD for COFFEE, ETC
10 pounds of good coffee for a dollar at Perry's.
Fruit Jars, Perry has them and them and the price is right.
The nicest, cleanest line of canned goods, is at Perry's.
Don't forget to call at Patterson's Art Gallery and have your beauty snatched.
Patterson, the Photographer, makes a specialty of taking photo's of babies and will guarantee satisfaction.
Patterson the practical photographer will make you a flashlight picture any night in your own home, anywhere. They are the latest. See his samples.
Garden Seeds - Standard Varieties and Brands, at Perry's
Don't forget that Friday and Saturday May 30 and 31st are bargain days at R. H. Williams.   It will be to your interest to visit his store on these dates.     HENDERSON HEADLIGHT issue of May 23 1902.

SHERIFF DEMING
Sheriff Deming and Burl McKinney made a tour of the stix, east of town, one day this week.
Sheriff Deming, County Clerk Stewart, Circuit Clerk Will T Cason, ex-Senator Jno M Hodge, and our merchant friend John McDonald attended decoration services at Woodville Sunday.     HENDERSON HEADLIGHT issue of May 23 1902.

MOBILE & OHIO TRAINS
Time of Trains at HENDERSON
NORTH BOUND
No. 2 - Mail and Express ........... . 8:48 a. m.
No. 4 - Mail and Express ........... 10:31 p. m.
No. 16 - Local Freight .... ............5:10 p. m.
SOUTH BOUND
No. 1 - Mail and Express ............6:54 p. m.
No 3 - Mail and Express ............ 6:04 a. m.
No. 15 - Local Freight .......... .... 9:35 a. m.     HENDERSON HEADLIGHT issue of May 23 1902.

SHOPPING - VISITING
Misses Jennie and Allie Moore, Lizzie Rhodes, and mesdames A. B. Hood and T. B. Hardeman were shopping in Jackson Tuesday.
Mrs J G Hardeman and children accompanied by her mother, Mrs Davis left Tursday for a weeks visit among relatives at Clarkton, Ark.
Jno W Ozier, and wife, left first of week for Dumas Texas, where they will remain until about August 1st, visiting their son, Ross, who is engaged in cattle raising.
Esq John A. Miller was in from Sweet Lips this week and called to shake hands with the force and inspedt the plant of Chester's leading paper - The Headlight.     HENDERSON HEADLIGHT issue of May 23 1902.

VENIRE FOR JUNE TERM OF COURT
1st Dist.   J H Wilkinson, W R Nolan
2nd Dist.   J L Hendrix, J S Holmes
3rd Dist.   Joe Holly, B J Browder
4th Dist.   Jessie Woodruff, Joe Walker
5th Dist.   J S Pearce, T J Butler
6th Dist.   R P Burkhead, J N Galbraith
7th Dist.   D C Holder, Jack Ferrell
8th Dist,   S L Ozment, J S Jones
9th Dist.   H C Skinner
10th Dist.   J P Isbell, E P Gilmore
11th Dist.   J W Pool, John H McEarl
12th Dist.   W O MKitchell, W J Hurst
13th Dist.   J W Holley, John McNatt     HENDERSON HEADLIGHT issue of May 23 1902.

GEORGIA-ROBERTSON CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
Prof. Hardeman of G. R. C. College spent Sunday in Crockett County.   L. L. Brigance preached at Mars Hill Sunday last.   HENDERSON HEADLIGHT issue of Friday, May 30 1902.
TYPHOID FEVER - ROWLAND
Levi ROWLAND, son of our distinguished blacksmith has a severe case of typhoid fever. We are sorry to learn, and Mr Rowland has deepest sympathy having lost two of his family recently, who died of this same disease, it having been in his family for several months, we hope Levi will soon recover. (HENDERSON HEADLIGHT, issue of June 2 1902)
CABO NEWS
Rev E A VANDIVER preached an excellent sermon at Cabo Church Sunday.     (HENDERSON HEADLIGHT issue of June 2 1902)
Miss Fanny WELLS has returned home after teaching a successful school at Enville. We are glad to have her back again.     (HENDERSON HEADLIGHT issue of June 2 1902)

CHESTER COUNTY POWER ASSOCIATION
The temporary Chester County Power Association was Organized in January 1933   The Committee is responsible for securing electric power from TVA for Chester County and placing it before the people of Chester County. This temporary committee was selected by the Tennessee Valley Authority and is composed of the following prominent citizens of Chester County: N.B. Hardeman, chairman; F.L. Browning; F.C. Malone; R.E. McCallum; and T.L. Hardeman.

ANDERSON'S GROCERY
      Anderson's Grocery was advertising in the Chester County Independent in January 1934.

G M & O DEPOT BURNS
    The G M & O depot burned March 5 1934. Freight and two box cars also burned.   The Fire Chief for the City of Henderson Fire Department fighting the fire was Eli Peddy.

ROWSEY & MORGAN, Funeral Directors
    Rowsey and Morgan, on Main Street have made improvements in their display of caskets. They have been in business for more than twenty years in Henderson. They are the only funeral directors in Henderson to have motorized equipment.   Chester County Independent issue, March 1934
MOFFITT PURCHASES NEW AMBULANCE
      In order to take care of the increase in his Funeral business, Laurence Moffitt has purchased a new 1937 PACKARD Ambulance and Funeral Coach.     CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT issue of October 8 1936
THE GREYHOUND RESTAURANT
        Mr John Hodges, who for years operated a sandwich and drink shop between Frank's Service Station and the Walker Building was forced out of business a few months ago due to a fire.   He has purchased a Greyhound bus body, reworked it, he is now open for business. The brick foundation and brick front are attractive.   Abstracted from CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT issue of October 22 1936.
NEW STATE THEATER
      The new State Theater opened in early August 1937.
SCHOOL OPENING
        All County schools will begin on July 21 1947, including the high school.   School will "let out" for cotton picking.
BINGO PARTY GLENDALE SCHOOL
        Notice: A Bingo Party at Glendale School, December 7 1950 at 7:00. Proceeds go to improve the school.
COTTON REPORT
Hubert Seaton, Special Agent for US Dept of Commerce reports that 5,028 bales of cotton were ginned in Chester County from the crop prior to Dec 1 1950 compared to 10,635 bales in 1949.   CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT issue of December 15 1950
S & W SUPER SERVICE STATION
Dick Stewart and Kenneth Woods announce that a branch business of Henderson Truck and Tractor business will be S & W Service Station. The station will be open 24 hours a day offering an all night mechanical crew at their new location on North Hwy 45. The entire task of moving the truck and tractor business to this new location will be completed in a few days.   Extracted from CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT issue of December 15 1950
FFA NEWS
Local Chapter of the FFA Parliamentary Team composed of Dossie Allen Talley, Joe Cooper, Gene Ledbetter, Billy Naylor and Charles Wallace won first place in the annual Lexington District contest.   Dossie Talley was elected District President of Future Farmers of America at the meeting.   Extracted from CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT issue of December 15 1950
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NEW POLICE CAR
The local Police are all smiles these days since the Mayor and City Board have just purchased a new patrol car.
The car is a black Ford coach and bears the gold letters "Henderson Police" on each side.   With the blinking red light in the center of the radiator grille and the screaming siren it is quite a step forward when compared to the truck Police used for so long in patrolling the city.   (Chester County Independent, issue of Dec 22 1950)

 
LIST OF NEW SUBSCRIBERS and RENEWALS (83) included L. L. Peddy, Route 3     J T Blankenship Store, Jacks Creek TN     Stroud Chevrolet, city     Leo Williams, Beech Bluff TN     Mrs Rebecca Melton Route 2     Dr J E Rowsey, city     (Chester County Independent, issue of Dec 22 1950)

KIRBY FARRELL TO MANAGE BALL CLUB IN IOWA IN '51
Kirby Farrell of Henderson just completed a deal whereby he will manage the Cedar Rapids, Iowa baseball club in 1951.
Cedar Rapids is in the Three-Eye League and was a second place contender last season.
The club will train at Daytona Beach Florida and Farrell will leave in March for spring training.
Farrell has managed Spartanburg South Carolina for the past four years and set somewhat of a record for that Club, finishing in the first division each year.
Cedar Rapids belongs to Cleveland of the American League and this is quite a promotion for this well known baseball player.   (Chester County Independent, issue of Dec 22 1950)

DOCTORS DELIVERING BABIES FOR CHESTER COUNTY RESIDENTS IN 1951
Steadman Clinic,   Dr L C Smith,   Dr J. B. Stephens,   Dr H. D. Farthing in Jackson.
AIR FORCE 1951
Jimmy WAMBLE, son of Mrs Ed Wamble and Charles "Red" REID, son of Mr and Mrs G. O. Reid recently volunteered for the Air Force and are now stationed in Wichita Falls Texas for their basic training.   Chester County Independent issue of January 12 1951
FREED - HARDEMAN LECTURES

Hundreds of visitors from 16 states attended the annual Lectures at Freed-Hardeman College last week.     CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT issue of January 19 1951
BAPTIST CONFERENCE MEETING

Rev and Mrs A L Bishop and Mrs E E Peddy attended the Workers Conference and Executive meeting of the Madison-Chester Baptist Association at Maple Springs Baptist Church on January 16 1951.     CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT issue of January 19 1951
REV. CANADAY better

Reverand J D Canaday is still confined to the Methodist Hospital in Memphis, where he is undergoing treatment, following an attack suffered several weeks ago. Attending physicians report his condition as improved. However, he is expected to be hospitalized for some days yet.   CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT issue of February 9 1951.
CARROLL in WISCONSIN

For the benefit of the many friends of Pvt Houton C Carroll his address is:   Pvt Houston C Carroll, U S 53016886, Co "C", 199th Engr (C) Bn, Camp McCoy, Wisconsin.   CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT issue of February 9 1951.
DR. CECIL PARRISH OPENS OFFICE HERE

Dr Cecil O Parrish has opened his office in the Walker Building over the Melton Barbershop on Main Street in Henderson Tennessee for the general practice in dentistry.   Dr Parrish has been located in Savannah Tennessee for the past three years. He is the son of Mrs T O Parrish. He will live with his mother on West Main Street.   CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT issue of Feb 9 1951
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ROBBERS AGAIN BURGLARIZE OUR NEW HIGH SCHOOL

Last Saturday night, March 3 1951 robbers again entered the New Chester County High School building. Much damage was done to doors and lockers as they looked for loot. Principal James Williams had taken the gate receipts from the Saturday night basketball game and from the PTA sales in the cafeteria and placed them in a vault in town, a practice he has started doing since the 1st burglary.   Extracted from CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT issue of March 9 1951


MOORE GROCERY SOLD TO SELMER RESIDENT

Moore's Grocery on Union in Henderson, has been sold to Mr W F Wilkerson of Selmer TN.   Mr Wilkerson, a native of Selmer is expected to name a new Manager soon and to rename the store.     CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT issue of Jan 18 1952

NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY
County Court Voted in January 1954 To Erect a National Guard Armory Here. It was built on Hwy 100 (Main Street) at the Eastern edge of Henderson.

VISITING RELATIVES   -   SPORTS   -   BURGLARS
SWEET LIPS NEWS     Laquita PICKETT of Memphis spent the weekend with her parents, Mr and Mrs S. L. Pickett. She also visited her sisters, Mrs Neal Hinson and Mrs Sonny Jones.

The Freed-Hardeman College Lions, coached by Dick Stewart concluded their most successful season since basketball resumed in 1950.   They won 15 games and lost 12.

BURGLARS ENTER COURTHOUSE.     Would be burglars gained entry to County Court Clerk John Weeks' office by using two crowbars. They ripped the combination from the vault door, but did not gain entry to the safe. The safe had several thousand dollars from the receipts of the tournament at CCHS and from sale of auto tags by the Clerk's office on Saturday.       CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT, issue of March 9 1956


CLUB ALAMO BLOWN UP
Three explosions Wednesday morning, March 21 1956 at 3:45 am destroyed the Club Alamo. Luke White, owner operator stated that he heard the first at 3:45 with the second two coming minutes later. The city policeman on night duty heard the explosion and assumed that it was the bank down town being broken into. The honkey tonk was on North hwy 45 at the city limits. Some of the fixtures were blown across highway 45.   Extracted from CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT, issue of March 23 1956

VISITING RELATIVES
Mr and Mrs Oscar Smith, also Mrs Burl Parrish were in Bay Arkansas Sunday to see their Grandmother, Mrs Mora Vernon who is seriously ill.

Mrs Robert Meadows od Memphis was here Sunday with her sister, Mrs Eli Peddy.   CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT, issue of March 23 1956


TWINS in CCHS in 1961
The Graduating Class of 1961 at Chester County High School had 4 sets of twins.   Ray & Fay Hinson   Kay & Frankie Bell   Donald & Linda Malone   Jan & Judy Bray.     Page 6 of REFLECTIONS published 1979 by First State Bank, Henderson TN
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ICE STORM HITS
"Ice Storm Hits Area"     The worst ice storm in 24 years hit Chester County and West Tennessee Wednesday night, January 10 1974 leaving thousands without heat and power in the west state area. The last major ice storm was in 1950.

BOGUS ONE MILLION DOLLAR CASHIER'S CHECK PASSED
Everett L Stout, a Poinsett County Ark long haul driver mailed a one million dollar "Certified Banker's Check signed by Freeman Leader LeRoy Schweitzer to the Chester County Clerk's office in November 1995 to secure a bond so that Stout could act as a Notary Public in Chester County. When Stout appeared at the Clerk's office to pick up his Notary License he was arrested. He spent three weeks in jail until his bond was lowered. Then he skipped the preliminary hearing and an arrest warrant was issued.

BURNED BODY FOUND IN CHESTER COUNTY
A man, probably over 40, 5-9 to 5-10, stocky build, former open heart surgery, with previous gun shot wounds was discovered badly burned in Chester County by rabbit hunters a few feet off the Peach Orchard Road on March 15 1997. (This is a narrow gravel road that connects Tucker Road with Hwy 225 South of Masseyville.) Authorities originally were not sure whether it was burned before or after death. The grass around the body was black from being burned.   March 1997     Since that time officers of the Chester County Sheriff's Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) have followed up numerous leads and have yet to identify the victim.   The medical examiner's office in Memphis determined the victim was most likely a white male, 40-60 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a stocky build, with brown hair turning gray. He had a partial dental plate.   In 2005 Sheriff Davidson said all of the information and evidence of the crime had been turned over to the TBI. The victim has not been identified.

ELK HUNT
Mickey and Susan Hamilton own the Suzi Q Ranch off Highway 100 in Chester County. It is 6 miles of high fencing around a licensed game preserve. They offer Elk ($4,000 +), Axis Deer ($1,500), Blackbuck Antelope ($800) and Fallow Deer ($850) are hunted. The game preserve ranch was opened in 1994 and was still operating in 1996.

CHESTER COUNTY LIBRARY
The Chester County Library opened in 1961 on the upper floor of the Chester County Courthouse. It was relocated in the Court House in 1962.   In 1975 it was moved to the 1200 sq feet, 100 year old building on Main Street that the County owned.   The building had no restroom and by 1997 the roof was leaking with every rain.   In 1993 Chester County ranked 90th out of 95 counties for library spending per capita.     In April 1997 Nancy Canada Librarian asked the City of Henderson and Chester County to contribute to a new library.   The Chester County School Board donated land on Hwy 100 for a new building.   Eventually Mayor Eddie Patterson and Chester County Executive Anthony Bolton were in favor of a new building.

DEER TAKEN IN CHESTER COUNTY
      preliminary kill report issued December 1998
  ARCHERY,   Does - 61;   Button Bucks - 6;   bucks 28
  JUVENILE HUNT,   Does - 24;   Button Bucks - 5
  MUZZLE LOADER,   Does - 24;   Bucks - 61


FOUR TN NEWSPAPERS WIN QUALITY AWARDS
TN Press Association gave Sweepstakes Awards at their state meeting in Memphis in June 1999.   CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT, a weekly paper under 5,200 paid subscriptions won three 1st Place Awards for Sports, Public Service and Best News Picture.

CHESTER COUNTY STATE GARAGE CLOSING
The State of Tennessee will close 15 of it's 95 County Highway Garages by March 1 2000.   Most construction is now performed by private contractors. The state employees mostly repair pot holes, do sign maintenance, mow and vegetation removal, snow and ice removal.   The nine employees of the Chester County State Garage were transferred to McNairy County. Savings will come from not having to replace current buildings and eventually fewer employees as not all retiring employees will be replaced.

Hwy 100 Bypass
Construction of the Hwy 100 Bypass around Henderson is in full swing. August 2005

CITY POLICE CAR BURNED
A police car driven by Tim Crowe and parked in his yard was burned in the early hours of September 28 2005. Aarson is suspected.   A suspect was later arrested.

CHESTER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL MAY 2013
CCHS graduated 192 Seniors May 13 2013 in Loyd Auditorium.

PLANE CRASHES February 2014
A single-engine Cessna 172 crashed Friday night, February 14 2014 in Chester County, NW of Henderson near the Carl McGill Road (and near the Madison County line). Both Passengers survived. The pilot, Bill Lyons of Florence AL was not injured. His wife, Amber BUCKLEY LYONS 48, was transported from the wrecked plane by ambulance to a Jackson hospital and later to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. Reports indicate Amber Lyons has multiple broken bones.   Amber Lyons was raised in Chester County and has family here.

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