The Huntsville Weekly Democrat
The Huntsville Weekly Democrat
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Description: Personals, Wm. Lowe Death, Death of Bob Taylor, 2 marriages, Luke Pryor, City Fire House

Date: October 18 1882

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Microfilm at Huntsville Library


Miss Elisa Todd has returned from a trip to Tennessee and Kentucky.

Miss Viola Baldridge has gone to Athens.

Miss Rebecca Lee, of Montgomery, has gone home.

Miss Nannie French has returned from Holly Springs, Miss.

Chas. Pelham, of Washington, City a renegade brother of the Confederate hero, called by Gen. R. E. Lee "the gallant Pelham," was here several days ago.

George Chadwick and Hernando D. Wood are here from Washington.

Misses Mary Lou Dancy and Mollie Sykes are at Col. W. W. Garth's.

We are glad that George Steele is recovering from his broken leg, caused by a Railroad accident.

Mrs. Robinson and Miss Brandon, of Pulaski, are at Mrs. Burritt's.

Mr. W. R. Moore and Mr. Charles Cox are in the city.

Dr. F. W. Sykes, Gen. John D. Rather, J. B. Spragins, of Leighton, and Fariss Smith, of Nashville, were among the fair visitors.

Gen. Jos. Wheeler and Mr. Sam. Blackwell were here to-day.


Death of Hon. Wm. M. Lowe
Col. Lowe died in this city, lat Thursday, Oct. 12, at 3:45 a. m. Twelve months or more ago, he was attacked with bronchitis and lost his voice. Last Spring, he had a serious attack of pneumonia in Washington City. He came home in the Summer, greatly impaired in health, returned to Washington, and went, thence to Baltimore for medical advice, and was advised to go to Colorado. He returned from Colorado to enter the canvass for re-election to Congress, some of his friends saying that he was greatly improved and would be able to make a vigorous canvass.—The result proves that they were mistaken. He went to Scottsboro and, afterward, to Tuscumbia and Florence, to see his friends, but was unable to speak. Week before last he came home greatly oppressed in breathing. Last Wednesday afternoon, his breathing became very difficult, yet he received visits from political friends as late, we hear as 9 o'clock p. m., and talked with them. Shortly after, the difficulty of breathing increased, he called for and drank an egg nog and sweet milk, went to sleep and never became conscious up to the moment of his death. We join with the community generally in profound sympathy with his sisters in their distress.
Col. Lowe was a student in the Wesleyan University at Florence, a law student at Lebanon University, Tenn., and for some months, in the law school of the University of Virginia. He had more than ordinary intellectual capabilities, unusual powers of irony and sarcasm, and affluent political ambition. He entered political life as a speaker, advocating Douglas for President in 1860.
In 1861, he volunteered as a private in a Huntsville company, which was assigned to the 4th Alabama regiment, and was seriously wounded in the head in the first battle of Manassas. He was brought home, recovered, and Gov. A. B. Moore appointed him his aid with the rank of Colonel. Afterward, he served as aid to Gen. Clanton and to Gen. Withers, but (so far as we have been able to ascertain) was never engaged in any perilous service after the first battle of Manassas. He was captured on the South side of the Tennessee river in Morgan Co., Ala., we hear, just before the war ended, taken to some Northern prison, and, afterwards, released.
In 1865-6, the Alabama Legislature elected him Solicitor of the Huntsville judicial circuit, and in '67 or '68, he was removed by U. S. military order. In 1870, he was elected as a Democrat to the Alabama Legislature and served one session. In 1875 he represented Madison County in the Constitutional Convention, as a Democrat. In 1878, he ran, as an Independent Greenback Democrat for Congress and was elected, and in 1880 as a candidate for re-election, and defeated by popular vote, but given the seat by Congress.
At his death, he was a candidate for re-election to Congress.
Speaker Keifer, of the U. S. House of Representatives appointed the rest of the Alabama delegation in the House, Speers, of Ga., Hooker of Miss., Dibrell, McMillan, Simonton and Moore, of Tenn., to attend the funeral, and, we hear, Ex-Marshal Jos. H. Sloss as special Sergeant at-Arms. None of the Congressmen were here. Mr. Herbert started (the Montgomery Advertiser says) from Montgomery on Friday, expecting the funeral to occur on Saturday, but Col. Lowe's remains were buried in our city Cemetery on Friday afternoon.


Farley-McGaha.—On Oct. 12th, at the residence of the bride's father, near Whitesburg, by Rev. J. A. B. Lovett, Miss Mattie McGaha to Mr. John B. Farley, all of Madison Co.

Trotman-Beadle.—On Oct. 17th, at the residence of the bride's mother, near Huntsville, by Rev. J. A. B. Lovett, Miss Molle A. Beadle to Mr. Ferdinand M. Trotman, all of Madison County.


The City Fire Engine House has been re-painted, and the engines look as bright as new pins under the management of the competent Engineer John P. Spence. The Fire Company was organized some time ago, with Mr. A. A. Baker as its excellent Foreman.

Hon. Luke Pryor
Our gallant Democratic candidate is making good headway in Madison County. At Nichols's Springs, Monday, he spoke to about 250, and at Hazel Green, to a crowd estimated at 700 to 1,000, was enthusiastically applauded, and, we hear, made many votes. The Democracy gain every time he speaks. If a fall vote shall be polled in this county Nov. 7, we predict heavy gains for Luke Pryor, the people's man, an able and eloquent advocate of the people's rights.


Col. Lowe's body had not been buried before Geo. Turner, Chairman of the Radical Executive Committee of Alabama, telegraphed to Henderson, Sec'y of the Republican Central Committee, Washington, D. C., naming D. D. Shelby as Lowe's probable successor and calling for help from the Hubbell two per cent, assessment of public officers: "You must aid the district as much as possible." Thus, the Radical Party in power hope to buy up votes to defeat the popular will. Will not freemen indignantly respond by voting for Luke Pryor, and prevent their rights and liberties from being sold to the highest bidder?


Bob Taylor, one of the Taylor brothers, who boarded the Va., E. T. & Ga. Cars, Sept. 14th, and killed the Sheriff and his deputy, and rescued John Taylor, a murderer in their charge, was shot and killed by Sheriff Goodall in a Laclede Co., Mo., several days ago. Bob's body was identified by many people, embalmed, packed in ice, and brought to Chattanooga, to be taken thence to London, E. Tenn., and delivered to his family for burial. ‘Tis said, the Chattanooga authorities paid Goodall $2,500 reward. The where-abouts of John Taylor and his other brother is not yet known.


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