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Description: Local Laconics;
McGaughey Called Home for Death;
A. J. Watts Shot and Killed Charlie Smith;
Frank Rhea was Shot by Jack Griffin;
News from Springhill; For Sale by Rowzee;
Death of Walter Charles Harris

Date: November 19 1897

Newspaper published in: Pontotoc, MS

Source: MSU Library

Page/Column: Page 3

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Mr. R. H. Maharry, of Gershom, was in to see us Monday.
Holly Spencer was in town yesterday from New Albany.
Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Dillard, of Baldwyn, were visitors here this week.
Mrs. Harriet Dandridge, of Ingomar, was with friends here this week.
Mr. Isaac Bell, of Texarkana, Ark., is on a visit to friends and relatives here.
Dr. Ed Phyfer, of New Albany, filled his professional engagement here this week.
Miss Don Pickens, of Toccopola, has resumed her old position as saleslady at Salmon Bros. & Wilson’s.
Mrs. M. Bissinger and daughter, Miss May, returned yesterday from their summer’s visit to relatives in Philadelphia, Pa.
Mr. W. M. Roberson is acting marshal during the illness of Marshal Bolen, who is confined to his bed with slow fever.
Thanksgiving services will be held in the Baptist church next Thursday afternoon. Rev. W. T. Lowry, of Blue Mountain will probably preach the thanksgiving sermon.
Rev. S. J. Martin requests us to say that there will be the usual forenoon service at the Presbyterian Church next Sunday, and that all are cordially invited to be present, especially the members of that church.

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Miss Johnnie McGaughey, a student of C. F. C. was called home last Friday by a telegram announcing the sudden death from heart disease of her father, W. H. McGaughey, who is a well-known planter of Lee County.
Editor Blakeslee, of the New Albany Gazette, was a pleasant visitor to our office Saturday evening. Blakeslee looks somewhat thin from a recent spell of slow fever, but is still enthusiastic over New Albany—her past, present and future.
Mr. Sam W. Widener returned to his home in Rendon, Tex., last weeks with friends and relatives in this county. He was accompanied by his brother, Dave, who has long been a substantial citizen of our county, but who we regret to say will make his future home in the “lone star” state.
Mr. J. M. Cantrell, lately of New Albany, has removed here and established a barber shop upstairs in the Carr block. Mr. Cantrell comes to this place well recommended as an artist in his line of business, has a nicely furnished and well equipped shop and deserves a liberal patronage, which he will no doubt receive.
A. J. Watts, a well-known farmer living about five miles north east of town, shot and killed Charlie Smith, a negro tenant on his place last Wednesday morning. We cannot learn full particulars of the killing, but understand that it grew out of a dispute over the rent. Mr. Watts will have his preliminary trial before Esq. W. H. Pitts tomorrow.
Dr. Luther Pegram, who has been recuperating his health for some time at his old home in Ripley, came down this week on a visit, and will return to this place next Monday to take permanent charge of his office over Salmon Bros. & Wilson’s store. We are glad to see the doctor looking so well and to know that he will resume work with his wonted skill and vigor.
Burglars entered the stores of T. J. Roberson and W. M. Wheeler Wednesday night, but failed of securing anything of considerable value at either place. Roberson’s cash drawer was torn to pieces, but it contained only a few cents, which was taken, together with a few pounds of canned goods, tobacco, etc. A dollar or so was taken from Wheeler’s cash drawer and his safe was badly damaged from an ineffectual effort to enter it.

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Frank Rhea, living in the third district, about four miles southeast of Randolph, was shot in the groin and in the thigh last Tuesday evening. Jack Griffin, with whom Rhea had had a quarrel, was arrested charged with the shooting, and was arraigned for a preliminary hearing before Justice McCord yesterday, but at this writing we are unable to learn the result of the trial or the extent of Rhea’s injuries.
News of the County
Mr. J. E. Wardlaw, one of our talented young men, left Wednesday for the Mississippi bottom.
Miss Ida Moore, of Toccopola, visited Miss Jennie Moore Saturday night.
Several of our citizens have gone to Tupelo with cotton this week.
School is progressing nicely, there being about 100 in attendance.
The prayer meeting has changed from Wednesday to Sunday night.
Miss Annie Lee Wardlaw, who has been sick for the past few weeks, is now able to sit up.
Mrs. Dr. Niel has been every sick, but is convalescent.
We would like to know about those boys who went to Clayton’s Ridge last Sunday.
Mr. J. S. Donaldson has almost recovered from the dread disease, spell-bound.
For Sale.
One standard bred stallion, Almont R; one finely bred young jack; three standard bred mares, 3, 4 and 8 years old. The 8-year-old is in foal by Almont. Now is your chance to get something cheap.
JOHN ROWZEE 11-12 4t.

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Walter Charles Harris
Walter C. Harris, who has been conductor of the G. & C. passenger train since the building of the road to this place, and who died at the home of his parents in Ripley last Friday morning, was buried here Saturday. A special train was run from Ripley brining the body of the deceased, his family and many friends. Ripley and New Albany lodges and chapter of Masons and Ripley lodge Knights of Honor acted as escort.
The train arrived at this place at 11 a.m., and was met at the depot by Pontotoc and Cherry Creek Masonic lodges, who assisted in escorting the body to the cemetery. On arriving at the place of interment, the religious burial service was performed by Rev. J. M. Wyatt, of Ripley, after which Prof. W. T. Lowry, of Blue Mountain, delivered a very touching eulogy on the life and character of the deceased. The Masons then took charge of the body, and it was buried with the impressive ceremonies of that order.
The attendance from town and county was the largest that has marked a funeral at this place for years, everyone feeling that in the death of Mr. Harris a personal friend was mourned. There is sorrow along the G. & C. R. R. from one end to the other, for Mr. Harris was uniformly kind, courteous and attentive to the traveling public, and had justly won the people as his friends. His place will be hard to fill as he filled it.
To his family we extend our heartfelt sympathy, for we can realize the extent of their loss when we see the loss sustained by the general public.
We take the following tribute to Mr. Harris’ memory from the Ripley Standard of last Friday:
This morning about 7 o’clock the spirit of Walter C. Harris was loosed from its tabernacle of clay and took its flight to the “great beyond.” Surrounded by loved ones, consisting of father, mother, brother, sisters, friends and the wife of his bosom, she to whom he had been wedded so short a time, he quietly and peacefully passed away.
For about two months he had suffered greatly from a complication of liver and bowel trouble, and everything that medical skill and loving hands could do was done; but, alas, ‘twas all in vain—the Master said come, and he went.
We have known “Wat,” as his friends loved to call him, all our life, having been in school with him from childhood to maturity, hence we knew him well, and if there was anything in his warm heart save sunshine and love for his fellowmen, we never discovered it during all those years of intimacy with him.
A young man, he was cut down in the very morning of his usefulness, reminding us that the “old must die, and the young many die.”
We might go on and fill up our paper eulogizing the deceased, when the one work, GENTLEMAN, covers the whole ground when speaking of him. He was indeed a gentleman in every sense of the term.
The remains will be shipped to Pontotoc, where they will be interred in the cemetery at that place tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock, the Masonic order officiating in the burial ceremony. Mr. Harris was, we believe the highest Mason in North Mississippi, and was, also a member of the K. of P. and K. of H. lodges.
Verily, the wife has lost a kind and devoted husband, the mother and father a grateful son, the brother and sister an unselfish brother, the railroad an accommodating and painstaking conductor and the state one of her best citizens.
To the grief-stricken ones the Standard offers its sincere condolence to them in this sad hour of affliction. May God, who knoweth best, speak peace to the troubled hearts, is our sincere prayer. REQUIESCAT IN PACE.

Submitted: 04/22/16

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