Monday, February 13, 2017

News from Birds and Other Places 1903

News of Lawrence County from the Robinson Constitution
Wall mounted phone, wood case,
hand held ear piece, speaker mounted on case--
have you seen this phone?

JUNE 10, 1903
W.E. Bond (Flat Rock) was called to Russellville to conduct the funeral of Miss Boyles.
 Isaac Gerhart (Birds) received 2,500 pounds of binder twine this week. Prices are low.
 Isaac Gerhart and Mr. Bowden, of Olney, were in Russellville, securing Deering machine parts.
 Rev Chamness. who has been minister at Mt. Zion for the past five years preached his farewell sermon Sunday night. Mr. Chamness has been an earnest worker in our community and a good deal of good has been accomplished by his persistent efforts. J.L. Cox will be the minister four the ensuing year.

JUNE 17, 1903
BIRDS NEWS: A crowd composed of John Heath, Geo. Baker, Tom Osman, Joe Hill, Chas Hill and Fred Gerhart rode to Vincennes on wheels last Thursday. (bicycles)

JUNE 24, 1903
Marriage license: W.K. Miller age 21-Pinkstaff; Mary Fore age 19-Birds.
 W.A Hunt of the Bridgeport Reporter was in Birds Saturday looking after his paper.

JULY 1, 1903
Sam Anderson (colored) about forty years of age, who has been working at the Jean Poultry Plant for some time died suddenly Friday morning about nine o'clock. He had gone to work taking along his dinner, not expecting to return home until evening. He soon complained of pains in his chest and said he would go home and return later in the day if he felt better. On arriving home he felt worse and laid down. A doctor was summoned and soon arrived but found life almost extinct. All efforts at restoration proved futile and he was soon pronounced dead. Relatives, at Pinkstaff were notified and his wife's parents arrived on the noon train. The remains were taken to Pinkstaff for interment Saturday.
The Birds base ball team, known as the Farmers, will play here (Birds) during Carnival. Will play against Lawrenceville July 3 and against Flat Rock July 4. Everybody should go out to see the big games.
W.E. Bond, our up-to-date undertaker (Flat Rock) conducted the funeral of a Miss Stevenson of Birds Monday.

JULY 8, 1903
Marriage license: Frank M. Doyal age 22-Lawrenceville; Della Weger age 19, Lawrenceville
Marriage license: Charles Windell age 24-Pinkstaff; Eva Cunningham age 20-Flat Rock
 The German medical show is in out town this week (Birds)

 JULY 29, 1903-Birds news
The Farmers played two games of ball last week. On Friday they played the best team Lawrenceville could get from St. Francisville and those attending Normal School. They also had an array of "slang rooters" who are the very worst chop the team could scare up. Regardless of this our team scored 13 and this conglomeration of gentlemen, hobos and rascals only 6. On Sunday the Farmers played the Billett boys and found them to be a set of gentlemen, not a wrangle was had during the entire game and the Farmers were successful by a score of 7 to 10. (Ed comment:  really?  they won with a score of 7 while Billet had 10?)

Ad in Sumner Press Feb 9 1905
AUGUST 5, 1903
Our ball team was defeated at Bridgeport Friday by a pick up from Lawrenceville, Bridgeport, Mt. Carmel and St. Francisville.

AUGUST 12, 1903
At Neal's sale, near Bridgeport, will be sold Berkshire brood sows that are money makers. If you like that kind of hogs manage to be there.

AUGUST 16, 1903
The following attended the Crawford County Veterans Reunion:
BIRDS-Warren Preston-Co I, 5th Ohio and H.P. Mills Co F, 91st Ill.
WESTPORT-Chas McGoon-Co E 4 Inf
SUMNER-Lewis Mushrush-Co C, 63rd Ill.
LAWRENCEVILLE-F.M. Goff, Co B, 62 Ill.
 The Sumner ball team came to Birds Sunday evening to play the Landes team. The game was a lively one and resulted in a score of 10 to 14 in favor of Landes.

 AUGUST 23, 1903
BIRDS NEWS: Lyman Emmons will build a new store room between S.I. Carlyes and J.C. Smith soon, which he will use for furniture and undertaking.
We regret to report the death of D.P. Daily who died at his home here Wednesday afternoon at 6:30. He was sick only from Monday until the time of his death. He leaves a loving wife and daughter eight years old to mourn his death besides a host of friends. He was buried in the Jones cemetery. Rev Pellum delivered the funeral address at the residence Friday at 10:00 A.M.
 Cannan and Birds played ball Saturday, the score stood 18 to 10 in favor of Birds.
 The infant child of Carry Roberts died Saturday.
 The funeral service of Truman McCleave was preached at Mt. Zion Sunday by Rev Steffy, of Paris.