Monday, May 26, 2008

"Today in Fayetteville" Oct. 5. 1906

Big things were happening in 1906. Let us take a look at the Fayetteville News, date, Oct. 5,1906, and see what was of interest to our ancestors of that period..
                                              FAYETTEVILLE NEWS
                                                       Oct. 5. 1906
                                          Historic Round House Burned
               Property of W. and A. railroad to value of $150,000 destroyed in Atlanta
In less than three-quarters of an hour Monday night flames licked up $150,000 in property within 1 1/2 bocks of the Fire Department Headquarters in Atlanta.
The old Western and Atlantic round house and work shops together with tools and equipment, are a total loss, Eighteen engines valued at an average of $9,000 each were damaged at Approx. $5,000 each, and 250 men are, indefinitely, thrown out of employment.
                                                  Noted Conspirator Dead
                         Arnold, confessed to complicity in plot to abduct Lincoln.
Samues Bland Arnold, who confessed that he was a party to the conspiracy to abduct president Lincoln, which culminated in the assassination of the president by John Wilkes Booth, died in Baltimore Friday, he was 72 years of age. Arnold with three others, was sentenced in July, 1865, to life imprisonment at the Dry Tortuga's. All four were pardoned by president Johnson in 1869.
Does smoking injure the mouth, no, there is not a trace of evidence in favor of tobacco smoke being in itself injurious. It may irritate the tongue. Jagged pipe, mouth pieces, may set up a tongue sore, and this maybe the starting point for cancer, but the offender is not tobacco.
submitted by CB Glover

Sunday, May 11, 2008

"Today in Fayetteville" Sept. 3, 1909

Let us look back in time to see the concerns and events affecting our ancestors. Just another day in Fayette Co.
early September 1909. Note the busy intersection of Hwys 85 and 54 in photo..
Today in Fayetteville
September 3, 1909
Last Sat. night the mule being drove by Messrs. James Pritchett and Ben Renfroe being frightened near the home of Marion McEachern in the upper part of the county and both were thrown from the buggy. Mr. Pritchett received several bruises and it was necessary to take some stitches on his head. The wounds are healing and pain has almost ceased.
The public school at this place will open next Monday. Every pupil should enter the 1st day if possible. There is no change in the teachers and they promise their best work.
Because of the dry weather, the cotton crop of this county has suffered much loss during the past two weeks.  Late cotton will likely be one-fourth less than the expectation two weeks ago.  The late corn seems now as if it would be almost a complete failure.  The farmers never had a better time to save their fodder and many have taken advantage of the fair weather and now have their hay crop in their barns.
We are printing 4,000 copies of by-laws for the UBA society this week. It will be remembered that this society originated among the colored people of this place, and is now the strongest order of its kind in the state. Most of the officers are residents of this county. It has given to many colored people of the county a good and decent burial and had it not been for this society they would have been on the charity of the people.
Religious society believes that in 1914 change will come.
Saratoga, NY-Believers in the early dawn of the millennium, members of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society gathered here from several stares for this annual conference. The followers of the sect believe that in 1914 "after times of great trouble" the world is to be transformed into a paradise.  They profess to find their information for this belief in the study of scriptures of the prophets.
Submitted by CB Glover

Sunday, May 4, 2008

"Today in Fayetteville" Feb. 8, 1895

Politics were a big topic  in February 1895, and women wanted to be a part of it. Go back in time with me to see the attitudes of our ancestors, and how they felt about the issue..  
                                THE FAYETTEVILLE NEWs
  Feb. 8, 1895
That crowd of women that met in Atlanta last week to talk about voting, etc. ought to be satisfied with what they have to do without wanting to be allowed to take part in politics. The men do not object to their wearing "bloomers" but they do kick at them wanting to take off our pants and step into our shoes and controlling the whole business. "Go home" and stay indoors where you are needed to look after preparing your poor "hen-pecked" husbands meals and thereby stop a divorce suit or perhaps trouble in your neighbors family. We beg your pardon ladies if none of you have husbands, but we do not wonder at it.
A woman out of Iowa has been elected justice of the peace by mistake. Her husband was conducting business under his wife's name which was not generally known, and at the nominating convention and election her initials were used when the intention was to elect him.
However, she was elected, and there being no obstacle in the law, she has qualified and is now filling the office.
Dr J.B. Hawthorne delivered a sermon in Atlanta Sunday which was carried by telephone to the homes of fifty people in the city of Athens, a distance of sixty miles. It is said that it was heard perfectly and was greatly enjoyed by the Athens people. Even the music of the choir was equally well heard. Electricity is accomplishing wonders.
                                        Local News
There is a force of hands now at work opening the new street east of the railroad.
Teeth extracted without any pain whatever at the corner Drug store. Its the place to go.
Submitted by CB Glover