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Description: County News - Verona, Shannon, Hebron, Baldwyn, BirminghamDate: June 12 1885
Newspaper published in: Tupelo, MS
Source: Lee Co., MS Library
Page/Column: Page 3, Column 4
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Miss Anna Battle visited Shannon, last week.
Mr. Gillie Turner, of Florida, is visiting relatives, in Verona.
Miss Nannie Looney is visiting her sister, Mrs. Lowry, of this place.
Miss Anna Abernathy, of Shannon, is visiting at Mrs. Battle’s this week.
Mrs. Robert Gordon, of Okolona, is visiting her brother, Mr. R. W. Easley, this week.
Miss Minnie Kincannon returned, Tuesday morning, from a pleasant visit to Okolona.
Miss Alma Simmons spent some days in Tupelo, last week. She returned home, on Tuesday.
The burial of Mrs. Kimball will take place here, this (Wednesday morning), Rev. J. S. Berry, of Baldwyn, will preach her funeral.
Miss Lillian Johnson is still at Mrs. Battle’s. We hope this charming young lady will extend her visit for a long while—and we think we are not alone in the wish.
Mr. John S. Cobb, Jr., has been absent some time in St. Louis and Louisville, endeavoring to secure business, in which he will doubtless succeed.
Mr. Charley Kilpatrick is expected home from Okolona this (Wednesday) morning. He is sick and comes to his father’s to stay till he improves.
Mr. Thomas J. Ross, of Macon, has been visiting his uncle, S. H. Ross, of Verona, for several days past. He left for home, on Tuesday morning.
Miss Cora Cobb, Miss Hattie Trice, Miss Carrie Trice, Miss Eliza Sue Kilpatrick, Miss Mary Lou Ligon and other young ladies, of Verona, visited Tupelo, last week.
Miss Imogene Hine __ __ returned from Columbus, Miss., where she has been attempting school. She will go back to Columbus as soon as the school resumes its exercises.
Mrs. Kimball, a worthy lady of this place, died suddenly, on Tuesday morning. Mrs. K., was the daughter of Mr. Richard Russell, and cousin to A. J. Russell, Esq., of this place.
Mr. Robert Walker, of Baldwyn, was a visitor to Verona recently. He came to hear the commencement sermon and attend the exhibition at our Female College—of course that was all.
Miss Margla Baker has returned to town after a protracted absence. She has been teaching in Monroe County. We are all glad to meet this excellent young lady. Hope she will remain with us a long while.
We witnessed the death of Mrs. Mattie Boyd, in Shannon, recently. Her death was the most triumphant and happy we ever saw. Mrs. Boyd was a niece of Col. Whitesides and wife of Mr. Charley Boyd, of Shannon.
Tim Williams, a colored man living two miles south of Verona, is the boss worker of this section of the county. He has 28 acres in cotton and 10 in corn—all in splendid condition; has paid $13.40 for hired work, did all the rest himself, says he barred off 10 acres of cotton, last Friday; works two mules. Who can beat this?
A meeting was held at Pleasant Grove, in the western part of this supervisor’s district, on Friday last. The object was to consult as to some practical plan for securing a Justice of the Peace for that part of the district. No one was a candidate. But Maj. A. B. Bell consented to serve if the people saw proper to elect him. Thereupon, he was unanimously selected. We now have two candidates—one in the east, C. B. Mayfield, and Maj. Bell in the west. It is not probable that there will be any other candidate. Shannon, with her Mayor, who is EX-OFFICIO Justice of the Peace, and a Justice in each end of the district, those functionaries are favorably distributed. Everything passed off harmoniously and satisfactorily at Pleasant Grove. J. O. Garmon and H. C. Whitehead had assumed the position of candidates for Supervisor. Both of them residing in the west, they requested the meeting to decide which one of them should continue in the field from that section. Mr. Whitehead was selected. Thus far we have Mr. Whitehead and J. B. Lauderdale for Supervisor.
Last Saturday morning this community had thrown upon it a gloom of deep mourning by the death of Mattie Laura Boyd, wife of C. R. Boyd. She died of severe puerperal peritonitis. When Mrs. Boyd was an infant her father and mother died, and she was brought up by her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Whitesides. No pen—certainly not the one which traces these lines—is equal to the task of portraying the solid worth and real loveliness of Mattie Boyd. The warm affection cherished for her by all, can be felt and conceived, but not described. She was simply the dearly beloved of all who knew her. Sorrow necessarily hung around the bedside of the dying lady; but if the grief of survivors can be relieved by the happiness of the expiring, such relief might have been found in the expiring hours of this departing one. Fully conscious, and with proper emotions for weeping relatives and friends, she begged them to be of good cheer, for she was certainly going to Heaven. So far as concerns the happiness of the dying, it may be safely stated that a more subline death-bed scene was never witnessed. The dearly beloved Mattie departed from life in a joyous rapture of Christian glory. With life extinct, the sorrowful survivors looking upon the lamented remains might well recall the soul-dissolving lamentations of the grief-stricken Capulet, when first he gazed upon the lifeless form of his darling daughter, the lovely Juliet:
“Death lies on her like an untimely frost
Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.”
Mrs. Boyd died in the full bloom of early life, her age being a little over twenty years. She was married not quite a year ago. Her remains were conveyed to, and interred in, what is known as the Keys Cemetery, Itawamba County, where her father and mother and other relatives are buried.
Mr. Tom McDonald has a child dangerously ill.
Rev. Jas. Woodruff preached at Hebron, last Sunday.
Rev. John McElhannon will preach at Hebron, next Sunday. We expect a large attendance, including many of our Itawamba friends.
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Judge J. P. Povall, of Booneville, visited our town recently and we trust the coffers of the Pleader office were liberally replenished.
Capt. J. W. Burress presented his wife, recently, with a patent carpet-sweeper. It’s in order for some other husbands to “go and do likewise.”
“Children’s Day” will be observed by Baptist Sunday School, next Sunday, Miss Lottie Perry being Mistress of Ceremonies, there can be no doubt of success. The other Sunday Schools are invited to attend.
Bonnie Dillard, selected as umpire in the baseball match game between the clubs at Tupelo and Guntown, has been reading up on the rules and regulations, so that he might faithfully discharge the duty assigned him.
The Clarksville (Tenn.) Tobacco Leaf, in its last issue, compliments the address of W. M. Cox, Esq., of Baldwyn, delivered, last week, before the Alumni of the University, in the highest terms, and recognizes in the speaker the qualities that in part make up the armor of the orator, statesman and successful politician.
EDITOR JOURNAL—After a silence of some time, we come again, hoping these desultory notes may find a lodging in your valuable paper. The farmers in this section are very busy, and well up with their work.
We recently elected a Board of Mayor and Aldermen. R. A. West, who received the unanimous vote for Mayor, has been commissioned by the Governor.
The birthday of the writer, last week, did not pass by without notice by Mrs. H., with whom we enjoyed a good dinner, last Saturday.
Long Life to the JOURNAL. H