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80 Years Ago

Archives 06-20-2001

70 Years Ago



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.







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