December 4,1919 to December 10, 1919
80 Years Ago In Overton County
(from the files of the Overton County Library)
Early Indian Agriculture
When the white men first arrived in this country they found an aboriginal
population mainly sedentary and agricultural. The Indians were mostly
farmer, peacefully disposed and dwelling in villages. Predatory
and usscrupulous, after the manner of his kind, the intruding Caucasians
drove them to war and forced them to adopt a roving and unsettled
mode of existence.
Corn was the principal crop, a cereal unknown to Europe. How extensively
they grew it may be judged from the fact that in 1685 the British
destroyed 12,000 acres of maize planted by the Senecas.
The Indians of pre-Columbian days pursued agriculture on a co-operative
plan. Large fields of corn were made up of hundreds of individual
fields. The squaws stirred the fruiful earth and planted the grain.
At harvest time the men and boys helped to gather the ripe ears.
A.P. Warren who lived just over the Putnam County line died Saturday.
He was 80 years of age.
Edward Albright, owner and editor of the Gallatin News, has been
nominated by Pres. Wilson to be United States Marshal for Middle
If the fashion fads get much worse, we may expect some profiteering
in fig leaves before another season ends.
J.C. Bilbrey is putting up his mill on the J.B. McDonald farm.
Floyd Brown is building a new dwelling and store house, also David
Franklin is building a dwelling.
School is progressing nicely in Alpine with an enrollment of sixty-four
new students this week. Mrs. Bailey, a new teacher, came in last
week, and another teacher is expected next week.
Mrs. Michell Winton is very poorly with something like heart trouble,
also Mrs. Barnett is very poorly.
Erbie Jones came home last week, having been discharged from Naval
Hilery Brown lost a fine milk cow last week.
Mrs. Loyd Speck of Algood was here last week visiting her mother,
Mrs. Turney Qualls.
N.S. Jackson was laid up with a cold last week.
Mrs. R.L. Mitchell is reported on the sick list this week.
The Senior Class of Livingston Academy will give a play, "Galliger,"
a high school comedy, Friday night, December 19th in the Chapel.
Jesse Beasley has just arrived from Robbins where he has been visiting
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