Its too hot to do much outside so take a minute when you are resting and catch up on the news in the Robinson Constitution about Lawrence County in the fall of 1897. There were 4 murders that occurred but we have pulled them out to run separately later.
SEPTEMBER 22, 1897
At the soldiers’ reunion at Lawrenceville last week, Judge Callahan told of the bravery of the soldiers and when he eulogized the brave women of the land who suffered, wept and worked at home, there was an outburst of applause.
WEDDING LICENSE: I.T.G. Parker, age 54, of Montgomery Township and Miss Hannah M. Highsmith, 39, of Birds.
The horse race Saturday near Landes, between the Gipson horse and the Birds horse, was declared a tie; so everyone there had to drink his own whiskey.
SEPTEMBER 29, 1897
A large barn filled with hay, wheat and corn, belonging to Mrs. Conrad Smith of Birds, was consumed by fire Thursday.
A young man by the name of Hughes, who resides near Pinkstaff died Saturday, while digging a well, from effects of damps.
Johnny Miller, who has been working for Vorhees Combs for several months left for St. Francisville Sunday.
OCTOBER 6, 1897
There will be a game of ball Saturday evening between Flat Rock and Lawrenceville.
The Birds Station was well represented on our streets Sunday evening (Flat Rock news item) by four hoodlums from that vicinity. We wonder where our marshal or some of our city dads were about that time.
OCTOBER 13, 1897
The six year old son of Elmer Rayborn had his life crushed out beneath the wheels of a clover huller at Sumner last week. The huller was passing the school building and the little fellow rushed out with the other boys to climb on and ride a few feet.
LAWRENCEVILLE NEWS-Oct 13, 1897
THE DEADLY "DAMPS"
Last Saturday the entire community near Birds was saddened by the intelligence that Mark Hughes had been killed in a most unexpected manner. He met his death, it is supposed, by inhaling water gas, and the particulars of the sad affair are as follows: Mr. Hughes, in company with Chas Myers and Sam Shoulders, were employed in deepening an old well for Mrs. Cochran. Friday evening a blast of dynamite had been set for firing and upon going to work the following morning, Hughes was lowered into the well to adjust the fuse for the explosion. Upon reaching the bottom of the well he yelled back that everything was all right and proceeded to remove a pile of the old straw which had been thrown into the hole, whereupon he began to gasp for breath and called for help, as he sank down into one corner, his body bent over toward the awl. Charlie Myers was lowered in the bucket as soon as possible, and gathering the limp and lifeless body of his companion in his arms he got in the bucket and signaled to be pulled up. When he was almost at the top Myers himself became faint to such a degree as to cause him to lose his hold on the body of Hughes and it fell back into the well, about forty feet to the bottom. Just as soon as he could again get breath freely Myers tied a strong rope around his body and was again lowered into the well, but upon reaching the bottom and again attempting to get a firm hold upon the body of Hughes he was completely overcome by the gas, and was drawn to the surface in a lifeless condition. It required the labors of a physician and several others together with restoratives to bring him back to life. a third attempt, and a successful one, was made by Sam Shoulders to recover the body of Hughes from the foul pit below. Shoulders had the rope around the body and with the dead form of Hughes in his arms he was drawn back to the surface.
OCTOBER 20, 1897
G.M. Garrigus, who was in Robinson several weeks ago buying old school books, was at Sumner a few days ago in the same business. He afterwards began peddling and was arrested for doing so without license and in default of fines spent the day and night in the caboose and now threatens to bring suit against the city. He refused to divulge his real name and was processed as John Doe.
Hezekiah Bussard came up from Lawrenceville last Friday to remain some time to pick up apples. Mrs. Wm Cochran, his daughter, came with him to visit friends for a few days.
OCTOBER 27, 1897
Eight or ten men engaged in a free-for-all fight at Birds Sunday morning.
NOVEMBER 3, 1897
Marriage permits: Charles L. Pinkstaff, age 31 -Birds & Vina Conrad age 18- Montgomery Twp
George F. Ford age 27 of Lawrenceville & Anna May Ford age 22 -Honey Creek
NOVEMBER 10, 1897
The saloon at Birds found business unprofitable and quit at the expiration of six months.
Hon. A.L. Maxwell has purchased the Lawrenceville News of F.W. Havill. The editor of the Robinson Constitution did not know whether Mr. Maxwell purchased it “as a speculation or intended to mount the editorial tripod and fire hot shot into the ranks of the enemy. If the latter proves to be the case, the gold standard cohorts will have a foreman worthy of their steel.”
NOVEMBER 17, 1897
The Lawrenceville News came out last week under the new management, the Lawrence County News Company, with O.V. Hardacre as editor and Hon. A.L. Maxwell as business manager. The News is a model of typographical neatness and full of local news and will no doubt be a financial success.
NOVEMBER 24, 1897
MARRIAGE PERMITS: John S. Smith age 27-Lawrence County & Florence McCarter age 27-Montgomery Twp
John W. Campbell, of Mt. Carmel, formerly of Birds, who has been tried twice for impersonating Jack Klinger, of Birds, and obtaining $400 from the American Express Company at Bruceville, Ind., is again in trouble, this time on a charge to defraud. In some way he got hold of some blank bills of lading which he filled out showing he had shipped two cars of wheat. These were forged letters of recommendation, he sent to Ballard & Ballard, millers in Louisville, Ky., who sent him $650. This he called for under an assumed name, but failing to be identified, could not get the cash. Some of the express men recognized him this time and lost no time in arresting him. SUMNER PRESS
Lester Fisher, of Russellville came to Duncanville to spend a few days with Bert Duncan and hunt rabbits.
A.W. Duncan sold a new organ to Rick Steffy of Lawrence County last week.
DECEMBER 2, 1897
Chas H. Miner is arranging to move to Lawrenceville, where he has strong inducements to instruct a class in instrumental music. Mr. Miner has musical talent of a high order and Robinson would certainly regret to give him up. It is understood, however, that he will make regular trips to the city to instruct his pupils.
Firman Wardell was appointed postmaster at Pinkstaff Tuesday, vice S.L. Carlyle removed.
A.J. Richardson is drilling a well for Ed Dollahan near Pinkstaff.
Misses Waller and Friese, of Sumner, have been the guests of Mrs. Wm Anderson at Landes the past week.
DECEMBER 9, 1897
James Smith of Heathsville has traded his farm for a stock of groceries at Birds. He contemplates moving to Wayne county.
Rev Josiah Conrad of Birds, was in Duncanville Monday and Tuesday.
Miss Nellie Piper of Sumner, is visiting with her uncle, Wm Huston, at Landes.
Price Johnson of Russellville was in Flat Rock Friday.
DECEMBER 16, 1897
Attorney J.F. McGaughey of Lawrenceville, was in the city Tuesday, fresh from a hunting trip in Mississippi where he succeeded in killing his first deer, even when old-timers like Dr. Jenner failed.
DECEMBER 30, 1897
Mrs. Fanny Barton, of St. Francisville, Ill., is spending the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bethel Martin of Palestine.
John York and family of Allison Prairie are visiting relatives in this county.