June 20, 1931 to June 26, 1931
80 Years Ago In Overton County
(from the files of the Overton County Library)
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BLIND SINCE FIVE, W.A. ROBERT TO TAKE BAR EXAM The unquenchable
spirit of an inspired soul, though denied the world's light, will
reach greater heights this week when W.A. Roberts, 39, former Overton
trustee, takes the state bar examination this week. Mr. Roberts
has been blind since he was five, and bore his burden manfully.
He has struggled to impress on his mind that which his eyes have
failed to supply. He made better grades in law school, Cumberland,
than the man who read the course to him. Mr. Roberts is not one
of the "illiterate" blind. He is expert at the Braile system. When
he was trustee, he could tell the amount of a man's taxes in less
time by feeling the book than another looking at the book. When
he passes his bar exam, it is hoped that he will practice in Livingston.
His confidence in his ability, his courage in the face of adversity,
and his enthusiasm in life command a respect that is sublime.
Jim Crouch, of Moodyville, was in town on business Friday.
H.C. Winningham, of Star-point, has erected a new store building
just a short distance from the old building.
Bulah Bell Mayfield, of Celina, was the week-end guest of her aunt,
Mrs. Lena Thomas.
Miss Ora Gunnels, of Lovelady, was taken suddenly ill Sunday, as
the result of sunstroke, but is recovering.
Mrs. Sophronia C. (Winton) Mitchell celebrated her eightieth birthday
on the 18th day of June at her home in Crossville. Her four children
gathering for the occasion were Mrs. Hettie Speck, of Livingston,
J. Ridley Mitchell, the present representative in the U.S. Congress
from the fourth district, Walter W. Mitchell, of Livingston, and
Dr. Elmo Mitchell, of Crossville. Others present were Mrs. Jessie
Walling, a first cousin, Mrs. Phillip Myers, also a first cousin,
of Livingston, Mrs. J.H. Myers and her daughter, Miss Jean, also
relatives, from Livingston, and Miss Ruth Lee Mitchell, of Livingston.
The three first cousins, Mrs. Walling, age 83, Mrs. Mitchell, age
80, and Mrs. Myers, age 76, were reared in Livingston and were school-mates
prior to the war between the states. Mrs. Mitchell was left a widow
more than forty years ago. Her life has been devoted to her home
and children and her efforts have met with success.
The members of Pickett County Court and the J.P.'s are 1st District,
Jim Ford and Reece Bilbrey; 2nd District, Charley Huddleston and
Hammock Davidson; 3rd District, Dennis Beaty and W.L. Garrett; 4th
District, Dallas Little and Benton Hopkins; 5th District, L.B. Hassler
and Bocie Parris.
Moments In Time
Excerpts of Overton County & World History
Published January 3, 2001
Overton County News
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