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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