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80 Years Ago

Archives 2-16-2000

80 Years Ago


February 12,1920 to February 18, 1920
80 Years Ago In Overton County
(from the files of the Overton County Library)


First Automobile
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 docket.

Mr. Roberts, the blind teacher, closed a singing school at Ruth's Chapel Sunday.

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 rivers.

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.


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