February 12,1920 to February 18, 1920
80 Years Ago In Overton County
(from the files of the Overton County Library)
What is said to be the first automobile in the world was discovered
in France near LeMans in the magnificent stables of the estate of
the Marquis de Broc. The authentic record of this self-propelled
road-car is that is was built in 1878. It was used on long road
trips and had a speed of about twenty-two miles an hour; but the
Marquis stopped using it, as it frightened the neighbors horses.
The automobile somewhat resembles a stagecoach in design, having
a powerful engine in the front and a chimney in the rear. It was
propelled by steam. The car is now stored in the Marquis garage.
Miss May Neely, of Celina, is visiting her sister, Mrs. T.W. Carlock.
Misses Ethel Goolsby, Nettie, and Frankie Vaughn, who are attending
school here, visited homefolks at Allred over Sunday.
Walter and Litira Stockton of near Miranda were here the first
of the week.
The case against Charlie Smith, charged with shooting deputy sheriff
John Seber, was continued. This was the most important case on the
Mr. Roberts, the blind teacher, closed a singing school at Ruth's
There has always been a difference of opinion as to which day in
February is real Groundhog day, some claiming the 2nd, some Valentine,
and some Washington's birthday. However, we accept the theory of
"Uncle" Billie Tays and recognize the 14th, on Valentine's Day.
That was last Saturday and it leaves the world in doubt as to what
the proverbial 40 days are to be.
Miss Madge Barnes is in Nashville buying her Spring stock of goods.
The many friends of Sid Ward regret to hear of his death which
occurred at his home in Hilham Saturday night. He was as well as
usual at supper time and retired early. He died suddenly during
the early part of the night. He is the father of Mrs. Elzie Dillen
and also Benton and Grover Ward, merchants in Hilham.
Atty. J.Q. McDonald and Buchanan Matheny of Byrdstown were here
last week on their way to Nashville to begin work on the state highway
through Pickett County. Bridges have been built over Obed and Wolf
The body of Comodore Martin, son of Jas. F. Martin, was brought
from Akron, Ohio where he died last week. The burial was in the
family graveyard near their home at Oakley. He leaves a young wife.
Herbert Byers of Algood was in town Friday.
Overton County News
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