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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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