April 25, 1931 to May 1, 1931
80 Years Ago In Overton County
(from the files of the Overton County Library)
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E.F. Hassler, of Byrdstown, Tells of Indian Exploration
Among many of my discoveries in the last 40 years, I found a peculiar
burial in the spring of 1919. The grave was under a large rock shelter,
two and one-half miles east of Byrdstown, and one mile up the Wolf
River from the "Devil's Back-Bone" on the north side of the river
under the top bluffs.
The ancient Indian grave was lined with thin stone slabs. The grave
was five feet long, depth three feet. The bones were of an adult,
perfectly sound. The skull was missing.
The outer envelop of the body was cane matting. The next cover was
black bear skins. The next wrapper was of cloth, made of twine and
twisted. The innermost teguments was a mantle of cloth like the
preceding but furnished with large brown feathers arranged with
great art so as to be capable of guarding the living wearer from
wet and cold.
The fabric had been made fmor the inner bark of a tree, twisted
and colored. More than five hundred beads and ornaments were found
with the remains. Everything had been preserved with lumps of saltpeter
as large as a baseball. The grave 2was covered with the bark of
a cucumber tree taken off while the sap was up. The bark was as
sound as when it was placed over the vault.
As evidence to the find, I have scraps of the cane matting. I let
Mr. W.E. Myers of Carthage, Tenn., the connected with the Smithsonian
Institute in Washington, D.C. have the larger pieced of cane matting,
fabric, bear skin, and the bark covering the vault. Also, I let
Mr. P.E. Cox, State Archeologist, Nashville, Tenn., have some scraps
of fabric, cane matting, etc.
Shirley Bilbrey of the Sixth District announced as candidate for
Sheriff of Overton County, subject to the will of the voters in
teh Democratic Primary. Mr. Bilbrey is well and facorably known
in Overton County, having been born and reared here; als0o having
served as deputy sheriff. He is the son of Porter Bilbrey, who served
as Constable at the age of 21, and was three times elected to that
office in thsi county. "I shall greatly appreciate your vote,"
Bilbrey said. "I have never been a candidate for office before,
but I ask you to investigate my record and promise you if elected,
honest and just service."
A.C. Norrod Loses Eye In An Accident
Last week at their farm near Monroe, Mrs. Norrod noticed some children
playing with a loaded dynamite cap in the yard. Fearing they might
be injured, she took the cap from them, placed in on a small piece,
flew some distance hitting Junior in the eye and completely destroying
it. He was hurried to the office of Dr. Brown, who removed the injured
Moments In Time
Excerpts of Overton County & World History
Published January 3, 2001
Overton County News
415 West Main Street
P.O. Box 479
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