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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 – 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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