Sequachee Valley News – August 19, 1920


Ninety per cent. of the woman colored voters of California vote while the white woman vote is only 20 per cent. Two points are involved. California went democratic and gave us a peace president, and the colored woman voter appreciates a good thing.

Why American Women Want the Ballot


New Zealand, First Country to Grant Suffrage to Women, Has Lowest Infant Mortality Rate in the World—Women Use Ballot to Further Legislation for Home and State.

In days gone by dire accusations were brought against women who dared nurse an ambition to have voice in the government of their country. Every unlovely epithet in the English dictionary—and there are several-was bestowed upon them. They were home-wreckers, child-haters, family destroyers. But year by year woman suffrage was tried out, country by country, state by state, and lo! it was discovered that woman was using her vote, not to wreck the home, to protect it; not to the hurt of children, to their great good; not to destroy the family, to strengthen and secure it. So widespread has been the discovery that opponents of woman suffrage no longer dare make these charges save in backwoods places or places that they consider backwoodsy. In view of the facts, It is to flout the intelligence of a community to tell it that to give a woman the right to protect her home and her children by a vote is to make her hate home and children. Every time and everywhere that woman gets a chance to vote she proceeds to use that vote for the benefit of home and children. Consider the record:

  • Over 300,000 babies die every year in the United States before they are one year old. The National Conservation Commission estimates that an individual is worth $2,900 to society. At this rate the 300,000 babies represent a yearly loss of $870,000,000 to the United States.
  • Five countries have a lower infant death rate than the United States. They are New Zealand, with an infant death rate of 50 per 1,000 births; Norway, 68 per 1,000; Australia, 72 per 1,000; Sweden, 72 per 1,000, and France, 78 per 1,000. The women In all five countries leading the list now have full or municipal suffrage. Women have had the vote in New Zealand for twenty years and New Zealand has the lowest Infant death rate in the world.
  • In the United States, California, a full suffrage state, is the banner Baby State. It has the highest birth rate in the Union, and a very low death rate. One of the lowest infant death rates In the United States, 47.7, is in Berkeley, California.
  • In Portland, Oregon, the infant death rate is 55.1 per 1,000 births; In Spokane, Washington, 57.7. Kansas has reduced its rate from 120 to 70 since it adopted a Public Nursing Association In 1913. Washington gave women the vote in 1910, California in 1911, Kansas and Oregon in 1912.

When, of all the civilized world, the country that has had woman suffrage the longest has the lowest death rate, and the countries with the next lowest rate all have woman suffrage, can there be a doubt that woman suffrage helps to bring about healthier living conditions for all the people?

Isn’t it evident that when mothers are represented in government and their opinions and interests are consulted, babies have a better chance? Isn’t it proved that women with the ballot do not neglect their homes and babies?

Giving the ballot to women not only helps them to do their own work more effectively, but actually increases the wealth of the nation, both in man power and in dollars and cents.

  • The lowest death rate recorded in the 1920 World Almanac figures was in equal suffrage Seattle, Wash., where In 1917 it was 6.9 per 1,000 population. The nest lowest was 7.0 per 1,000 in Boise, Idaho, in 1018, and the next was 7.3 In Berkeley, Cal., in 1917.
  • Full suffrage Colorado pays $1.43 per capita for charities, hospitals and corrections as against Florida’s $1.61.
  • Colorado has 610 prisoners per 100,000 population committed in 1910 as against Florida’s 1,307 per 100,000 population—less than half as many.
  • According to the United States census for 1910, the number of paupers in almshouses in full suffrage Kansas was 735 as against Connecticut’s 2,244.
  • According to the same census, Connecticut has the second largest number of paupers of any state in the Union, 201.3 per 100,000, the largest number being In New Hampshire, 230.2 per 100,000. Both of these are male suffrage states. Kansas has 43.5 paupers per 100,000 population. Oklahoma, another full suffrage state, has the lowest record of all, 2.9 per 100,000.

A little injustice has been done A. F. Shockley, the principal of the colored school in this district. He was teaching for $80, but asked for $10 more per month, so as to equalize his salary with that of other colored teachers of the county who have less scholars in attendance. He was denied this raise, which is equivolent [sic] to only $3.33 buying capacity, and disgusted, resigned his school. He is a teacher of ability and the difference should be paid him.


Chas. Webb, driving a Ford car at a rapid rate at Jasper last Thursday, struck the eight year-old daughter of Mrs. D. A. Lawson, the child running into the street before the automobile. She was badly bruised and a leg broken. A touching incident in connection with the affair is that the child on recovering from the anesthetic given her in setting the broken leg, asked for her father, who has been dead about a year, saying, “Where’s pappy?”


Special to the News.

  • Rain seems to be the order of the day.
  • Red Campbell was seen going down the road this morning.
  • Myrtle Pittman is going to school every day.
  • School at Marionville is progressing very fast. Have about twenty in roll now.
  • Mr. Hoback and Pete Tate went to Sequatchie to day.
  • Faster Hrice still enjoys going to the Valley on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Bill Foster and Foster Price returned to Marionville Sunday night about nine o’clock in their Ford.
  • Mr. Bill Lee went to South Pittsburg Saturday night.
  • Miss Myrtle Barker had a rainy day for coming back to Marionville Sunday.
  • Mr. Bill Tate was seen in Whitwell Friday afternoon.
  • Hugh Lewis still calls to see Miss Myrtle Pittman.
  • Wonder why Miss Maud Holoway looked so sad Sunday afternoon.
  • Mr. Norwood Dykes and Bud Hooper were out riding Friday afternoon.
  • Wonder why Arther Campbell enjoys coming to the store every afternoon. He visited the school at Marionville Monday.
  • Mr. Gilliam Barker was out here Friday.
  • Foster Bryant went to Jasper Monday.
  • Mrs. Hoback is liking the mountain fine.
  • John and Dave Barker called on the girls Saturday night.
  • They are planning to have a Box Supper at Hicks Chapel Saturday night.
  • School started at New Hope last Monday.
  • Mr. Raymond Barber called on Miss Mabel Barker.


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Sequachee Valley News – May 5, 1898



  • A. W. Crockett has headed for Indian Territory.
  • B. L. Arledge took a trip down the Valley Monday.
  • Rev. E. G. H. Pryor is making an addition to his barn.
  • Mr. W. B. Hilliard kindly renews his subscription to the News.
  • Mr. J. J. Maguire, the traveling optician, is in town this week.
  • Bright Eyes J. M. Price, Jr., is clerking for C. C. Shirley this week.
  • J. B. Martin will open his harness shop in the premises vacated by O. W. Eakin.
  • Ask Mesdames T. N. Graham and O. H. Crozier about that secret and watch them smile.
  • W. C. Adams and wife went to Chattanooga to attend the Spring Festival.
  • Landlord Graham of the Graham House, harvested his first crop of bees for this year Monday afternoon.
  • W. C. Adams proudly claims to have doubled his business the last pay day, which we are very glad to know.
  • Wm. Hoots has bought out Geo. W. Eakin’s barber shop and will run the same in connection with his own.
  • A Mr. Knight has taken charge of Mr. T. N. Graham’s photograph business and is doing some excellent work.
  • Cal Adkins has a boil, which has shifted from his arm to his neck and he is not correspondingly happy thereat.
  • The T. C., I. & R. R. Co. have the gasoline engine at work and the boys feel happy as it means work and pay for them.
  • Hon. John H. Dykes renews his subscription for the News. He also has it sent to his grandmother, Mrs. Nellie Dykes, of Beersheba Springs.
  • Mr. C. C. Shirley has added agricultural implements and machinery to his hitherto crowded stock and the space in front of his store looks like an artillery park.
  • The members of the band are practicing every day and have now a repertoire of five or six pieces. They will probably make their debut at Sequachee on May 30, Memorial Day.
  • Deputy Organizer Geo. F. Harris of the Regents of the White Shield has organised a lodge at Victoria Saturday night and conducted fifteen through the mysteries.
  • The school is getting up an elaborate program for the closing exercises. If they will send it to the News we shall be glad to publish it free of charge. We are always with the schools.
  • Col. Gaines, superintendent, was in town last week and left orders with Capt. Crozier to get out all the coal they could as the Company has a large order for coal from the Government, consequently the men are doubling on shifts.
  • Mr. Smith, of Smith & Poe’s Pound Store is actively and energetically pushing his business. His partner, Mr. Poe, has charge of their Dunlap store but at present is near Chattanooga looking after a strawberry farm in which he is interested.
  • Mr. W. B. Hilliard says his wheat is looking fairly well with the exception of some places, the reason of which be cannot understand. He wishes a flour and grist mill could be built In the Valley on the line of railroad in which we heartily concur.
  • Rev. J. M. Wooten will leave Whitwell for Chicago next week, and his many friends will hear from him from time to lime through the columns of the News. Everyone wishes Mr. Wooten unqualified success in the new field in which be is to enter.
  • Geo. W. Eakin is overseer of the roads and is getting in some good work. He has had many bad places filled with cinders and his territory extends from Lon Smith’s half way to Victoria and he has the benediction of the cyclists as well as others for good roads.
  • Miss Maud Harlson of Etna is visiting in the city.
  • A concert was given Thursday evening at Red Men’s Hall by a traveling band.
  • Dol Teague was killed Saturday by coal falling on him. He was one of the older miners in Whitwell.
  • B. E. Tatom, Esq., of Jasper, was in the city on legal business, Thursday and Friday.
  • Mr. J. H. Harris has purchased a lot in the eastern part of the town and will erect a residence on it soon.
  • Mrs. Hudson, wife of John Hudson, Sr., died last Thursday night of consumption. She had been a valetudinarian for several years.
  • The third quarterly meeting for Dunlap and Whitwell circuit was held at Red Hill last Saturday and Sunday. the preaching was done by L. M. Cartwright, Presiding Elder, and the venerable John Alley, of Dunlap. Alley preached the funeral of Jesse Shirley deceased on Sunday morning.
  • An entertainment was given last Friday evening at the Red Men’s ball, by Miss Mattie Vincent’s school. It was a success in every particular. The large hall was crowded to overflowing. The music rendered by Mrs. E. A. Ashburn was super excellent. The girls and boys, mostly girls, acquitted them selves with credit to themselves and honor to their teachers, showing that they bad been properly and well trained.


  • J. E. Dyer went to Chattanooga Wednesday.
  • The Monroe Conclave here has about seventy-two members and is making ready to start the work of erecting the combination building, school house, and R. W. S. Hall. Notices are out for the bids here and the work on the building will be started next week, and will be pushed with rapidity until completed. The building will add greatly to the looks of things on the top of the mountain, besides the convenience to schools and churches that it will afford these necessities that should be more strongly encouraged at this place.
  • Last Saturday night the R. W. S. organized at Victoria with a goodly number of members from nearly all parts of the country around Victoria.
  • We will note the sad accident that occurred here last Saturday morning. Mr. Doll Teague left home very early that morning to get to the mines to load some cars that were standing at his room and the shot that he had fired the night before had left the coal standing and he went to mine the coal out, and after be had mined two or three feet under the coal the coal broke and fell on him holding him for some time while his partner was using all possible means to get the large piece of coal off of him, but had to dig him out after all. This occurred about 5 o’clock in the morning and shortly after seven they succeeded in getting him to the mouth of the mines, and then to the foot of the mountain to his home where he could talk with his family till about one o’clock when the dark hour came and be passed quietly away leaving a wife and four children to mourn his loss. The entire community tender their heart-felt sympathy to the bereaved widow and the fatherless children.
  • Last Thursday was rather an unlucky day in the mines. Three boys narrowly escaped death. Thomas Henson’s little son was sitting in the mines watching his father work and a piece of slate fell from the top of the room and broke one of his legs. Then Willie Doss a trapper was thrown from a trip in No. 1 Bank, and barely escaped with his life. And Bennie Adkins was coming out of No. 3 Bunk on a trip of coal when the mule became excited and and ran away hurling the boy between two of the loaded cars head first and was being badly jammed when Harry Eckert caught him and pulled him from between the rapidly moving cars and saved his life. We hope all will be more on the lookout after such serious accidents.
  • Wishing the News may extend all over the land I remain.

-Oliver Bolivar.

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Sequachee Valley News – July 25, 1901


Wheeler’s Cavalry Raid.

Rev. Geo. W. White, son of Robert N. White, deceased, who was a scout for the Union Army, gives us some interesting data in connection with the famous raid of Gen. Wheeler. He says that at Burnett’s school house and on his father’s farm he has picked up bolts and other parts of the train destroyed. At McLean’s Ford where the ammunition train was destroyed, which is about four miles further up, he says that the remnants of ammunition in the shape of parts of bullets can be found there to-day. An episode in connection with the destruction of supply train is that Mr. White, his father, managed to secure a bag of salt from the burning train and salt was very valuable then. Still more interesting he tells us his father has told him repeatedly that he as a scout warned Gen. Rosecrans, which warning if heeded would have saved his train.

The following letter from Mr. White is self-explanatory.

After my return from Jasper I consulted my mother in regard to Wheeler’s cavalry raid in Sequachee Valley. She says Wheeler’s men did no shooting at my father at the time, and that he procurred [sic] that bag of salt from the wagon train, and made his lucky escape for refuge to the side of Walden’s Ridge, a distance of about 400 yards from where the ammunition wagons were burned.

In my statement to you about the ford I was mistaken but after reflecting and consulting my mother who lived at the Longly ford at the time of the surrender, and it was at the Longly ford instead of the McLean. There are two fords in that section of country, the Longly and the McLean. They are only about a mile and a half apart and therefore I got confused about them.

I have picked up particles of lead and bursted shell and cartridge balls there years ago and others can now be found there. All the other statements I gave are correct.

At that time my father lived on Walden’s Ridge on the old Haley Road in Hamilton County near the Suck, and had been sent to this valley on a scout by Gen. Rosecrans. Father afterwards bought a farm on Looney’ Creek of John G. Kelley, our present county judge and moved to this valley, but he afterward sold it to John Hudson.

While living there he had some trouble with bush whackers and narrowly escaped death. He afterwards moved to the Longly Ford and was there when he was mustered out of service of the U. S. at Nashville. Sometime after he was mustered out of the service he purchased of P. H. Grayson a farm at Burnett’s school house, in this county and moved on it and was living there at the time of his death, Sept. 24th, 1895.

On this farm at Burnett’s school house four miles south of the Longly Ford, Wheeler burnt a wagon and 2-horse hack up. When I was a little boy have often heard my father say that he told Gen. Rosecrans that Wheeler would destroy his train for him in this valley. Had Rosecrans listened in time to my father and sent aid Wheeler would never have destroyed his train.

I am pleased to make tho above correction to my mistake as I want nothing but facts to appear.

Very Respectfully,

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Sequachee Valley News – November 27, 1902



For Day Labor and Mining Coal at Tracy City and Whitwell.

Tracy City, 42 1/2c and 50c per ton.

Price of dead work to remain as last week.

Mule drivers, $1.40; 2 mules $1.50, 3 mules $1.60, 4 mules $1.70; boss driver, $1.97 3/4; trapper, 58c; pumpers, $1.58; water bailers, $1.58; boiler fireman, $1.43; general company work in mines, $1.43; miner on company work, $2.28; helper, $1.43; rock work with hammer and steel, $2.28; engine man and repairer, $2.48; furnace man, $l.43; magazine and office man, $1.74; assistant, $1.43; boss track man, $2.28; tracklayer $1.72; helper, $1.43; gripman, $1.78; trip rider $1.30; brattice man, !2.28; slate dumper, $1.43; incline track man, 1.44; helper, $1.21; signal and coupler man, $1.30; screen feeder, $1.15; weignman at foot, $1.80; car loaders and movers at Whitwell, $1.43; car loaders at Tracy, $1.86 1/2; helpers, $1.43; head carpenter, $2.37; helper, $1.78; blacksmith, $2.28; helper, $1.43; pick sharpener, $2.00; oven charger, $1.75; boy helper, 70c, man helper, $1.28 3/4 ; yard men and runtenders, $1.28 3/4; watchmen, $1.70; head watchman at Tracy, $2.14; helper, $1.28 3/4; mason on ovens, $2.57 1/2; helper, $1.28 3/4; drum man, $2.00; weigh boss, $2.17; tip men, 1.29; car greaser, 89 1/4c; car builder, $2.28; helper, $1.78; timber man, $2.28; helper, $1.43; coupler boy, 71c; washer man, $2.14; levelers on ovens, $1.98; elevator boy, 58c; draft man on ovens, $1.43; machine shop blacksmith, $2.57; floating gang, $1.13; stable man shall receive $84.75. out of which he shall pay his helper $30 per month; Entry coal yardage, per yd, 76c; slate yardage, 51c; air course. $1.01; all slate fallen in rooms to be paid the same as entry slate per yard.


Special to the News.
Autumn has come and day by day we are nearing the end of another year. As we look around us at the beauties of art and of nature we all must stop in our career and gaze upon this lovely earth which God in his wisdom has set apart for man. Just stand behold this lovely Sequachee Valley in all of its grandeur. The mountains are clad in nature’s loveliest dress of green, red, yellow and white. It seems as though these mountains are nothing but beds of flowers. The angels of heaven can not help but play around and about this beautiful valley. Thankful we all ought to be for this plentiful land of ours. We cannot appreciate it as much as we ought for we have never experienced what real want is.

There is not much sickness in our vicinity at this time.

It seems that everything is moving on in our valley. They are shipping coal from Dunlap every day. We got good prices for everything we make and goods are cheap. We are having good times and will have just as long as we live under good republican administration. I hope we never will see such times as we did in Cleveland times.

N. Deakins and wife will visit our uncle at Inman, Preston Mitchell, and family, and George D. Smith and family.

Mrs. Mary Walker of Whitwell, is up visiting her father, old Uncle Daniel Deakins, and sister, Mrs. Barker.

Frank Barker is improving after a bad spell of typhoid fever. His many friends will be glad to hear that he is better.

Success to the News and all its correspondents and editor.

M. E. Graham.

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Sequachee Valley News – March 3, 1904



Special to the News.

The welcome News comes every Saturday morning, full of news from every place. We read it with such interest and delight so much in reading all of our correspondents letters. It don’t make me frown to read any letters in the News, for I enjoy reading them all. I wish the News great success this year and all its writers. I wish I had some thing more interesting to write about than I have been writing about.

Was sorry to hear of cousin Dr. Hall of Pikeville, being so low with the grip. We fear we shall hear of his death in the next issue of the News.

Mrs. Addio Ridge is still the guest of her mother. Mrs. Smith is somewhat improved at this time. Hope she will soon recover.

M. E. Deakins is somewhat better from a fall he got while in Chattanooga a few days ago. He received severe injuries.

Measles are still raging around here.

James Hartman is recovering from the measles. They did not hurt him much.

O how glad I will be to see sweet spring come again.

Am glad to say that Mr. Cunningham is some better this week.

Mrs. Janey Hartman will give her friends a birthday dinner Friday. She gave ye writer a welcome invitation to take dinner with her that day. She will be 38 years old on that day.

Frank Barker of Dunlap, has had to leave his store on account of an attack of the measles. His brothers, Flayius and Floyd, have not had them yet.

Cousin David Deakins, of Looney’s Creek, gave us a pleasant call Thursday. We are always glad to see him.

I note that several are hitting at me sharply. I am a woman and don’t want to hurt any one’s feelings. Whatever I have said in my correspondence to the News was said in a friendly way not thinking that some smart Elic would try to insult me about the matter, or otherwise take my correspondence in any other spirit that what it was intended.

M. E. G.

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Sequachee Valley News – November 16, 1905 – Selected Items




The situation at Whitwell, as near as we can make out from the many reports prevalent and the multiplicity of dispatches sent to the dailies, is this:

A court of inquiry has been instituted, presided over by S. L. Havron, and composed of jurors J. R. Pickett, John Moore, John Andees, John Bailer, M. C. Pryor, W. L. Beaver and J. L. Beech, and citizens have been summoned to testify before the court. In the testimony it was asserted that high pressure (steel jacket) rifles had been received by Pat Cary, a District Board Member, U. M. W. of A. and the whole effort of the court has been to find out the whereabouts of those rifles if sent, and what the parties in whose possession they were said to be were doing on the night of the murder of Clark Roberson. Various testimony was received, and Saturday, J. W. Morrison, deputy sheriff and Lieut. Bass arrested Mat Griffith, President of the local organization; Pat Cary, J. W. Arledge, John Looney, Taylor Shadrick, Geo. Young, Sam Queer, Eugene Henson, Jno. Henson, Ash Rawlings, J. W. Mosier, J. H. Hooper, Dan Farmer, Bud Smith, Geo. Bailey, Ben Farmer and Rollie Coppinger, all white and Richard Pryor, Willie Wade and Ed Walker, colored.

They were taken to the camp under guard, and subjected to searching examination, which ended in the releasing of all except Cary, Coppinger, Ben Farmer, and Shadrick, who are held for examination before the grand jury. The mixed testimony of Shadrick and Farmer in regard to going to Gary’s home on the night of the shooting is the ground for holding them as well as the fact that Coppinger was with them at Walker’s store on the same night.

Monday Sheriff Harris appointed Col. Fyffe, chief deputy, and J. W. Morrison and G. W. Jordan, assistant deputies, which greatly assisted in restoring quiet, for the union miners were beginning to feel that an attack as being made on their organization alone, and they are just as eager to have the blame laid on the guilty parties as anyone.


Latter Will Be Taken Before Coroner To Testify Relative to Whitwell Trouble.

WHITWELL, Tenn., Nov. 14.—A detail of soldiers will be sent to Tracy City to-morrow after witnesses to testify before Coronor’s [sic] jury, evidence before the jury tending to corroborate the rumor that armed miners from Tracy City were in Whitwell at the time of the shooting of Robertson [sic].

The jury held no session to-day. Pat Carey, Ben Farmer, Taylor Shadrick and Rollie Coppinger, who have been held for examination have been released on bonds of $500 each.

The soldiers continue to bring in witnesses from the mountains, five being brought in to-day. The detail ordered to Tracy City will go across the mountains, the distance being eighteen miles.


Special to the News.

  • Sunday school is progressing nicely.
  • We are having fine weather now.
  • J. H. Hudson is through sowing wheat.
  • A. B. Holland attended Sunday school Sunday.
  • The party given by Miss Josie Ridge Saturday night in honor of Miss Stella Vandergriff, was highly enjoyed.
    Dr. Geo. Brock and Miss May Ridge were out driving Sunday eve.
  • Warner Brimer spent Saturday night at Whitwell.
  • Early Barker passed through this vicinity Sunday on the sick list.
  • Miss Martha Easterly spent Saturday night with Miss Charlcie Brimer.
  • The singing at Hick’s Chapel was well attended Sunday eve.
  • Jim Deakins and Miss Ella Hudson took a flying trip to Whitwell Saturday. Likewise A. B. Holland.
  • Miss Bertha Burnett looked sad Sunday.
  • L. B. Brimer and Lucretia Pickett were out driving Sunday.
  • John Barker’s barn was burned Sunday night.
  • A. B. Holland is painting his buggy. Lookout, he is fixing to take drives.
  • Lee Smith is drumming for the Bonds-Powell Fertilizer Co. He will deliver one sack to anybody who wants a sample.
  • We are glad to note that Charlie Bridges is the finest workman around this place. Wash Holland had him put in a grate which was well done.
  • Miss Alice Davidson of Cedar Spring is spending a few wees [sic] with her cousin, Miss Charlcie Brimer.
  • Misses Hallie and Lou Hudson took dinner with Miss Charlcie Brimer Sunday.
  • W. H. Higgins, of Hollow Pole, Tenn., spent Saturday night with L. B. Brimer.
  • I guess if Peter Haunch, of New Hope, still wants to give that widow a bunch of peach tree blossoms he can find them at Joe Teague’s.
  • Ask Geo. Thorp how he likes to talk to the girls.
  • Andy Holloway, of Looney’s Creek passed through this vicinity Sunday en route to W. H. White’s.
  • Harrison Pickett made googoo eyes at Hick’s Chapel Sunday.
  • Jackson Brimer and Frank Hudson were distributing circulars for the fertilizer company Saturday of last week.
  • Hello, Red Bird, just come over and get a square meal. We have bacon and beans and cabbage three times a day and that is hard to beat.
  • Ben Thorp is anticipating moving to Whitwell.
  • Joe Hackworth and his best girl passed through this vicinity Sunday.
  • Hope this will be interesting to the readers for I don’t know of anything to write but hope to hear from all the good writers through the News this week.


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Sequachee Valley News – July 9, 1903 – Selected Items



Special to the News.

A. D. Stewart has changed his appointment from the 2nd to the 3rd Sunday in July. He changed his appointment on account of the two weeks meeting at Dunlap. It will begin the first Sunday in July. Rev. Hunt and some others will conduct the services.

Don’t forget A. D. Stewart’s appointment the 3rd Sunday in July. Let everybody come and bring a full basket.

Frank Barker and V. L. Smith are sick this week.

Canning black berries is the talk of the day.

Your old scribbler has been making some blackberry wine this week. Let me tell you how I make it. I gather the berries, mash them up and let them stand one night. I then strain the juice out of them and to every quart of juice add a quart of white sugar. I put spice and nutmeg in it and put it in a cool place until ready for use. If you will make it that way it is hard to beat. Friends call around and try some of my wine.

We have fine gardens. Potatoes are good and the prospects for corn are also good. Farmers are pushing to get done laying by crops.

The Mansfield mill is making fine flour. Mr. Rigsby is a fine miller and an accommodating man.

M. E. G.

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Sequachee Valley News – May 30, 1912 – Selected Items


Third District.

Special to the News.

Well, it is funny, indeed, how some republicans up here plays fliperty flap since Col. Roosevelt carried Ohio. Nearly all these wishy washy Taft leaders and supporters are now saying “I am for Hughes, I never was for Taft,” after packing the convention at Jasper with nearly a car load of the colored boys and had them go against the will of the rest. In fact, over two thirds of the colored race and the whites, too, of Marion County, are for Col. Roosevelt and was for him at the time you lobsters cut your dash. I will truthfully state, as I said in the past, Roosevelt is the republican winner in this nation, and W. J. Bryan will be the democratic winner. There isn’t a democrat in the field can carry a two-thirds majority, which it takes to nominate in that party, except Bryan. Three times for Roosevelt in the chair, three times for Bryan, either president or three times defeated, but nevertheless all you Taft federal office holders through this part of the moral vineyard take notice, if ever you make application again to fill the office you will have to make it to either Roosevelt or Bryan. If you should make your application to Taft would look to me like a stub tail dog crossing a footlog on a moonlight night with a ham of meat in his mouth, and while crossing the creek he shies at his shadow on the water. He makes a dive at the shadow, misses his mark and loses the ham of meat in the transaction, and comes out the worst defeated dog on earth, and so this will be like these Taft fellows that really thought they were actually the republican party and in the majority, when in fact they were in the minority, and I fear they will come out at the little end of the horn, and another man will be in the saddle, so you just as well now begin to bid your friend Taft farewell, for in a few more days he will go down like the great sea ship, the Titanic, and say farewell to all.

We have had several law suits on one old plug mare worth $20, three replevy suits, one attachment, one levy by execution, and yet my feet are sure put to the fire to understand all the law points involved in so many suits of the same nature on a plain lien note with title retained. Just why the adverse party, the maker of this lien note, should be entitled to gain the possession of this property when the title at no time was ever in the maker, I am still at a loss as far as the law prescribes to thoroughly understand how one J. P. can render five different judgements in one cause of action, and get none of them appealed unless a confessed judgement can’t be appealed is why the parties are afraid to go up and get this same suit. The suit is still up and one suit by attachment is set before Esq. Merritt, and a replevy suit is set before C. H. Holloway, J. P., and it seems that there has been more law demonstrated and expounded in this particular case than has ever been known in the history of the county, and the end is not yet in sight. Both contesting parties are determined to test the validity of the law on a right and title and lien note. The attorneys engaged in this contest are McCurry, White and Morrison. Neither side seems in the least to be weakening and it seems to be dividing the people to a great extent, either on one side or the other of this issue. Esq. Holloway says this above named suit is the greatest mental strain ever came before him since his inauguration, and the most physical exertion ever known this hot weather on the part of the attorneys engaged in this famous law suit.

The next long and tedious law suit on file will be that of J. L. Wooten vs. M. T. Tipton for damage in a breach of a written contract extending over a period of five years. All parties to his breach of contract suit are prominent. It will be set before W. Johnson of Jasper, one of the oldest Justices of the county with many years experience.

Don’t fail to note that W. A. Cantrell will have to mighty near run sideways up here to keep from flying, for I tell you those democratic managers for the other fellow are doing him more injury than good. They don’t know how to manage a county campaign. Using profane and abusive language because your fellow citizen wont agree with you in the outset is a streak of and type of ignorance gone to seed.

I had a catfish and a big eel for dinner today and I feel so dadlammed heavy and stupid I can’t write anything of importance. I guess the readers will say I am like a catfish because they are all mouth and no brains.

Nancy White, the widow of the late Robt. N. White, is now bedfast and can hardly recognize any one. She is nearly totally blind and will last but a short while longer. She is suffering from one of the most dreadful cancers I ever saw.

W. H. Grayson and Dr. P. C. Grayson and wife, and Aunt Betty Grayson are now getting very feeble, and Nancy White, William H. Grayson, P. C. Grayson and wife are four of the oldest citizens living in this part of the 3rd and in just a short time they will be gone.

The blight in some parts of this end of the county has played havoc with the apple trees and a great number of pear trees. There isn’t more than one third apple crop, but the pear and peach trees are full. Dewberry, blackberry and huckleberry crops are good and will be plentiful. The cherry crop is light. The May cherry is a total failure. Mulberries and sarvices are plentiful around here, but the dry, hot weather is cutting short the early Irish potato crop. Beans, cabbages, and onions look well, and all other garden vegetables are good. The early hay crop is now almost ready to cut, and the outlook is that the hay crop is better than for years.

My old friend, J. W. Norwood, is the most brainy man at the company store when it comes to a political show down. He can always tell you what is going to happen before hand. He said long ago Roosevelt would get the nomination for president, and others hooted at that prophecy, all but me. I knew Mr. Norwood was keeping in touch with the issue, even to S. L. Havron who as a great democrat and wonderful leader said to me, “If Roosevelt gets the nomination there isn’t a man in the world can beat him.” Oh, how sensible some of you are. You speak the truth. The whole world has gone hog wild over the “Rough Rider.” Don’t all you fellows get excited now over the bear hunter and forget about B. Long running for Trustee of the county of Marion as you scan along down your ticket in the coming August election. He is fairly entitled to full consideration from both republican and democratic parties. He is our countryman by birth and it will be perhaps our last opportunity in life to ever extend to him a helping hand.

I see some of the old writers have dropped off and new ones stepped in, so I welcome both new and old. It is the only method in which we can get in close touch with the whereabouts of our friends, and keep in touch with the outside world, so, writers, please don’t fail to hand in the news and happenings of your locality, for I enjoy and appreciate reading all of your letters.


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Sequachee Valley News – June 10, 1915 – Selected Items


Where the Sweet Sequatchie Flows.

There’s a little woodland river,
Flowing through a land of dreams;
Where the pearl-pink laurel blushes,
And the golden sunlight gleams;
Through a little valley glowing
With the sumac and the rose;
Just a little laughing valley
Where the sweet Sequatchie flows.

Where the warm hills life their faces
To the roving Southern breeze,
As it coquets, laughs and dallies
With the drowsy, listening trees;
Dimpling down the dusky twilight
Of the fragrant summer’s close,

In the deep hills’ heart forever
Still it softly winds along,
Just a little loving river
With a pleading, plaintive song
Of the sumac and the laurel,
Of the sweet old Southern rose,
In that peaceful little valley
Where the sweet Sequatchie flows.

W. A. D., in Nashville Bauner [sic].


Whitwell, Tenn., June 7.— Winn Condra shot Bennett Layne through the fleshy part of the leg at Cedar Spring Tuesday evening of last week. The shooting was done with a revolver with which Condra had been in the woods shooting at squirrels. He had the one cartridge in the weapon when the trouble arose. From the best reports obtainable the two men quarreled at a cream supper as a result of a joke. Layne was with a young lady, and Condra who was treating every young lady with cream, came up to them and asked her if she would have some, jokingly saying that “Layne would not treat the girls.” This angered Layne, and when the two met at the store at Cedar Spring, there was some discussion over the matter, which ended in the shooting of Layne by Condra. The wound was not serious though painful. Sheriff Hudson, of Whitwell, arrested Condra Friday, but he secured bond.

Looneys’ Creek.

Special to the News.
Visiting seems to be the order of the day.

  • Miss Annie Hicks visited Mrs. F. A. Yochem last Friday.
  • Miss Eva Barber, of Whitwell, spent Saturday night and Sunday with her cousin, Miss Lena Barber.
  • Mrs. G. F. Holloway visited her parents in Chattanooga from Wednesday until Saturday of last week.
  • Leonard Kilgore, of Victoria, spent Saturday night and Sunday with his sister, Mrs. Oscar Tate.
  • Miss Corinne Teague returned home from Bradley County, where she has been visiting. She was accompanied home by Miss Lottie Carleton.
  • Misses Corinne and Bertha Teague, Lottie Carleton, Cora Coffelt, Flora, Amanda and Myrtle Holloway, Messrs. Albert and Edly Condra, Kelly Bailey, Looney and Ernest Holloway, Kay and Fletcher Hudson went to hear Miss Anna Gallimore, a missionary from India, lecture. She sure made a fine lecture.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Leon Walker, of Jasper, spent Sunday at J. M. Coffelt’s. They came up in their Hupmobile. They were accompanied home by Mr. and Mrs. Crawford Thompson.
  • T. H. Richie, of Stanley, spent Sunday night at G. F. Holloway’s. He was on his way to Jasper.
  • Will Webb, of Whitwell, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Tate and Leonard Kilgore went automobile riding Saturday night.
  • Mrs. J. Thomas and little son, Ralph, spent Sunday and J. M. Coffelt’s.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Henry Anderegg and children, of Whitwell, spent Sunday at Tobe Tipton’s.
  • Kay and Fletcher Hudson spent Sunday afternoon at J. E. Teague’s.
  • Misses Lottie Carleton, Bertha and Corinne Teague were out horseback riding Saturday.
  • G. F. and J. E. Holoway, J. E. Teague and J. H. Hudson, J. B. Tygart and Joe Hicks attended the Dixie Highway meeting at Jasper Monday.
  • F. A. Yochem is on the sick list this week.
  • Mabel Barker and brother, Dave, spent Sunday with Lena and Raymond Barber Sunday.
  • Allen Holloway took dinner with Sam and Frank Holloway Sunday.
  • Jo Teague spent Sunday with Lena Barber.
  • Clyde Coffelt visited Myrtle Holoway from Thursday until Saturday.
  • Jo Teague made a short call on Nellie Coffelt Thursday.

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Sequachee Valley News – June 14, 1917 – Selected Items



WHITWELL, Tenn., June 11.—Jennie Campbell, the nine-year old daughter of W. M. Campbell, residing on Cumberland mountain near Sequachee, fell into a well 37 feet deep Friday and escaped unhurt. She was visiting a relative near Whitwell when the accident occurred. The well was curbed with tiling about half way down and this fact prevented the little body from coming in contact with the rocks that circled the balance of the well. There was about nine feet of water in the bottom and it supposed she fell feet foremost and went to the bottom, the water checking her fall. When she came up she clung to the rocks. Her fall was noticed by Mrs. Josie Smith and others, who lowered a rope to her with a loop in it and the child placed her feet in it and was hauled to the top. She was not injured in any way.


WHITWELL, Tenn., June 11.—An automobilist from Florida is here this week awaiting repairs for his car before continuing his journey to his home in Indiana. He has for a travelling companion an immense Indian python 22 feet long and weighing 215 pounds. Millican, for that is the traveller’s name, has been the owner of the reptile for nine years and they have got to be great companions. When Millican gets tired of driving his car all he has to do is to drive off on the side of the road and the python gets a fan and fans him to sleep. It is not necessary to say there is no interference when prowlers come up to the car and see the monster snake on guard. The reptile is very affectionate also and it is wonderful to see the intimacy between the two.


Thursday morning about two o’clock, during an electrical storm, nine head of fine Hereford cattle, the property of Joe W. Pope, were killed on the Stepp farm east of Pikeville. Apparently the storm was not so heavy and was not observed by but few of Pikeville’s citizens. A good rain accompanied the storm.

The cattle were found when daylight came lying in the field and some were perhaps fifty feet apart. The cattle would probably be worth in the neighborhood of $1,000.00, as they were exceptionally fine and this is a severe loss to Mr. Pope.—Pikeville Banner


WHITWELL, Tenn., June 13—The farmers of Marion county organized a mutual insurance company here Monday, under the title of the Sequatchie Valley Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. It is organized principally for fire protection though tornadoes are mentioned. The office of the company will be at Jasper. Officers were elected as follows: President, Byron Hudson…. Under this system of farmers’ mutual insurance a very low rate is secured for members who pay only for losses of members of the company and do no outside insurance. A charter has been secured from the state and by laws adopted in perfect accord with state regulations.

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