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70 Years Ago


March 9- March 15, 1935
70 Years Ago In Overton County (from the files of the Overton County Library)

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odd but true: Offending books were publicly whipped in Boston during Colonial Days.


Mrs. A.H. Roberts, wife of former Gov. Albert Roberts, of Livingston, died at a Nashville hospital, Saturday of burns received at her apartment Friday afternoon when a dry cleaning machine exploded and set her clothes afire.

Mrs. Roberts was married to Mr. Roberts in Livingston last fall by Chancellor C.J. Cullom, at the Roberts Hotel. She was a woman of culture and was greatly beloved among the friends she made here. Services were conducted at Dallas, Texas, her former home.


Snake and fish tales are common, but it's rather uncommon for a snake tale to be told similar to this one, and this snake tale is told as a true story. It really happened.

L.S. Gibbons discovered and killed a very large copperhead snake near a spring on the farm of Zina Wilmoth, in the First District of Overton County, on Tuesday, March 5. The reptile measured thirty-eight inches in length.

And this a not all of this snake tale. A few days later another snake thought to be a mate of the one killed was seen near the same place, but it escaped before it was killed.

This snake story explodes the theory of an old timer of this county, who contended that herbs were better for snake bites than whiskey. When asked what could be done if bitten in the winter time when it was almost impossible to gather herbs, he replied, "I say, I say, what are you going to do about snakes in the winter time, too?"


Ruhl Capley, 31, died at his home at Willow Grove, Tenn., on March 8, 1935, at three o'clock p.m. after a lingering illness of internal cancer.

He was an oil prospector and a practical driller and had many friends in the community where he worked and lived. He professed faith in Christ and joined the Methodist church south several months ago. He was a devout Mason, having been a member at Mt. Pisgah Lodge No. 481, but later transferred his membership to Canton Lodge No. 635, Celina, Tenn. He was a worthy and beloved member and popular with the Craft.

Funeral services were conducted at the M.E. Church at Willow Grove on Sunday afternoon, by Rev. Guy Hawkins of the M.E. Church, assisted by Rev. C.B. Pennington of the Baptist church and Elder Dr. E.W. Clark of the Church of Christ. After the funeral services the remains were carried to Fellow Ship cemetery for interment with the Masonic Order in charge and performing the Ritualistic Rites of the order. L. Lester Donaldson, past master of Canton Lodge acting Master, and a large number of the fraternity attending and participating in the services. The following lodges being represented: Besides his home lodge, Eagle Creek No. 531, Mt. Pisgah No. 481, and Livingston No. 259.

Surviving was his wife whose maiden name was Myrtle Marcum, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Capley of Nashville, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary B. Ramsey, also of Nashville, and Mrs. Rosalee Daniels of Akron, Ohio.



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