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80 Years Ago

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80 Years Ago

July 3, 1919 to July 9, 1919
80 Years Ago In Overton County
(from the files of the Overton County Library)

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bedford Hix, of Hilham, a boy. Also a fine girl has made her arrival at Irvin Saints.

Jake Phillips has lost five good hogs recently.

On last Sunday the rights of matrimony were solemnized between Buford West and the daughter of Sam Station. Buford is the son of Abe West and has recently made his return from overseas.

Jas. Hudson has bought Austin Hawkins farm.

DIED, at midnight Monday, June 30th, Old John Barleycorn, after a tempestuous career in America dating from 1492. Many mourn his final demise, but the sorrow will doubtless soon pass away. There is no ban as yet on soda water and buttermilk.

The death of Thomas Fleming on last Monday removes one of our oldest citizens. He died at his home a few miles west of town after a short illness. His body was laid to rest beside his wife in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Mr. Fleming was two months over 82 years of age, having been born May 9,1837. He leaves several children, among whom are J.S. Fleming and Mrs. W.H. Dillon, of Livingston. He was the last of the older generation of Flemings.

Sanford Matthews, of Windle, and Miss Vechel McCormick were married last Sunday in Algood. The groom is a son of William Matthews. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dawson McCormick.

Killed By Train:
J.S. Reed, a former resident of Livingston, was struck by the 2 o'clock passenger train at the Crossville depot last Friday, dying four hours later.
Mr. Reed attempted to cross the track as the train ran into the depot. His left shoulder, arm and side were crushed. He regained consciousness two hours before he died and seemed to suffer but little. He told them they need not have any hope for he must die, and stated that it seemed strange that he could live to such an old age and then be killed by a train.
His body was taken to Oakley Saturday. He was buried beside his wife in the family graveyard.
His three sons, M.F., J.S., Jr., and Dr. W.A. Reed, with their wives and children followed him to his final resting place.
Mr. Reed was 69 years old. He was up to a few years ago one of the leading farmers of Overton county. His wife died three years ago.

Local showers fell this week, and crops are doing fine.

Miss Edith Huddleston spent the week-end at Jamestown with Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Grace.

Troy Cantrell has sold one of his farms near Windle to John Smith of Pickett County.

Benton McCulley and Mary Lou Gragg were married last Sunday. The bride is a daughter of Frank Gragg and the groom is a son of George McCulley.


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