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Description: Blue Springs Dots;
Obituary of Julia Ann Hale
Newspaper published in: Hartselle, AL
Source: Madison Co., AL Library
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Blue Springs Dots
EDITOR ENQUIRER:-- As I have not seen anything in your valuable paper from this community for some time so I thought I would send you a few dots.
The farmers have done but very little work, as the weather has been so bad.
We are waiting patiently for the Rome & Decatur to come to give east Morgan a boom.
Misses M. L. and Ida St. John, two of Blue Springs fairest flowers visited relatives in Cullman last week.
Messrs. J. H. Weaver, J. W. Peck, W. J. Weaver and W. J. St. John have gone to Decatur this week with a large lot of timber.
We are glad to learn that Miss Belle Johnson, who has been very sick with pneumonia, is recovering.
We have a very interesting debating society at Nunn’s mill.
Mr. W. C. Self, of Lawrence’s Cove, visited in this community this week.
Prof. W. A. Johnson, who has been very sick, took a charge of his school at Nunn’s mill last Monday.
Wishing much success to the ENQUIRER, I will close.
An Interesting Letter from
Rev. T. H. Deavenport
MR. EDITOR:--Before leaving Hartselle I promised to send you some “dots” occasionally. Thus far I have been so busy that but little time has been left for writing, will try to do better in the future.
In this I will write of but two interests of Warrior—mining and church.
Warrior, as you are aware, is situated in the midst of the Warrior coal mines. Within two miles of the town there are eight mines. All of these but one are operated by free labor. Only one has convicts and that one made the change recently, perhaps to its financial injury. These mines employ about eight hundred hands, perhaps more. Those who dig in the mines get the coal up and put it on “tram-cars” are paid seventy cents a ton. The average is about three tons a day, the hands averaging about two dollars and ten cents per day, some more, some less, I do not known what drivers, dumpers, etc, are paid. I suppose the eight mines do not pay out much less than fifteen hundred dollars a day, perhaps more. These operatives spend their money here, they send very little away. What a pity that so much of it goes into the hands of whisky dealers. The coal is not very good to burn in grates but is fine for cooking. The demand is equal to supply, the only trouble is sufficient transportation.
There are three white churches and as many colored.
The Baptist have a neat church, built last year, I believe, with Rev. S. R. C. Adams, pastor. I do not known their strength, but over a hundred. They have preaching twice a month, their pastor will soon make this his home. We wish Bro. Adams and his church a prosperous year. The Roman Catholics have a church, I cannot yet speak definitely of it but will inform myself and write of it hereafter. The Methodist church has on its roll about one hundred and fifty with many more who have not yet identified themselves with the church here. The congregation is large, too large for the house. We have a beautiful lot and much of the material on the ground for building a larger and better house. We are receiving members every Sunday. Sunday school is large and good, we have preaching every Sunday. The outlook for a successful year is good. I and mine are in fine health/.
In my next I will write of Warrior’s population, schools, mercantile and other interests.
I have seen but one copy of the ENQUIRER since I left Hartselle (last week’s issue.) I am glad Hartselle yet has some life in it. Hope your $100,000 association will be a success. A good year to you.
T. H. DEAVENPORT.
Death has laid its icy hand upon one whose name we cherish and that we esteemed as friend, Miss Julia Ann Hale, who was born August 25th, 1859, and raised in Morgan County. In 1863 her father died in middle Tennessee in the confederate army and for a number of years she lived with her mother and sister enjoying the pleasures of life, though lonely. In the spring of 1885 her mother was seized with pneumonia that caused her pilgrimage here below. She then with her sister was left to battle through life, being afflicted with a lingering disease, she toiled and labored up to about three months prior to her exit, when she was told by her friends that she had consumption, medical aid was summoned, her suffering was not relieved until Jan. 10th, 1888, when the angel of death called her should from earth, was we hope to a place of rest where diseased is not known. Julia was kind-hearted, relieving the distressed when in her power. She was ready to give instruction to the enquiring. At an early age she was convince that she was accountable unto God for her life and gave testimony to the church at Mt. Zion that she believed that God for Christ sake had pardoned her sins; Sep. 18th, 1888 [sic] she was baptized from that time forth as far as the writer knows, she has lived a consistent Christian life. She gave evidence unto her death that all was well. Her funeral was attended by a large number of kindred and friends. Rev. W. G. W. Smith made some very appropriate remarks from Cor. 15th chapter.
In her death we have lost a kind friend the church, one of its members and the neighborhood, a model lady, the sister, an affectionate sister.
May the Lord bless that dear sister that remains and give her grace to withstand all of her trails through life. Though she is without father, mother, brother or sister, may she ever trust Jesus.
Peace to her ashes.