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80 Years Ago

Archives 9-15-99

80 Years Ago

September 11, 1919 to September 17, 1999
80 Years Ago In Overton County
(from the files of the Overton County Library)

Deputy Sheriff Shot Livingston was thrown into an histeria of excitement Monday when Charlie Smith shot and dangerously wounded deputy sheriff John Seber. It seems Seber was riding through town in company with his son coming in contact with Smith whose brother, it will be remembered, Seber killed a few weeks ago. Eye witnesses do not talk, however, Smith fired four shots from an automatic pistol. One shot took effect in Seber's side or back, one shot went through a window of the Farmers Bank, while the others went wild. Seber was rushed to Dr. Breeding's Office and a hurried examination was made when it was decided to take him to Nashville. Latest news says he is likely to recover.
Smith turned from the scene, got on his mule and rode to near the depot, and sent for the sheriff, stating that he wanted to give up. He was taken to jail.
No legal action has been taken up to this waiting. Smith's brother, Emmett, was in town but was on the other side of the square at the time.
Later - Smith has been released on a $5,000 bond.

Charlie Bilbrey was in town Monday. He and his brother, Italy, have recently bought an interest in the K.L. Bilbrey hardware business at Crossville. K.L. Bilbrey has bought out a hardware firm at Sparta, and will move his family there, leaving his brothers in charge of the Crossville store.

J.B. McDonald is here from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Force Smith, of Cravens, visited relatives here Sunday.

Five of James Duncan's children have malarial fever.

Dr. H.H. Hopkins has moved to the Shirley Speck property.

James Tayes and Miss Ora Neeley, two popular young people of Windle, were married Sunday.

Willis Ledbetter, son of John Ledbetter, has returned from over sea service.

W.S. Martin was in from Oakley Monday on business.

Ellison Poston came near being electrocuted at the Power Plant Monday night. He climbed the pole to change the transmitter and came in contact with a live wire. Ray Eastland, another employee, heard him screaming and ran to find him hanging to the wire.
When he cut off the current Poston fell to the ground, 15 feet. He was unconcious for a time, but Dr. Doak Caps was called and soon had his wounds dressed. His arm and side are burned, but he is not seriously hurt, after the shock wore off.

Joe and Herman Dillon motored up to I.D. Goolsby's Saturday night.



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