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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: Rice is the most widely used food.


Mrs. Eliza Gillentine French, 79 years of age, wife of K.L. French, died at her home in west Livingston, Saturday, after an illness of several months.

She was widely known and highly respected and had many friends. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for many years.

Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons, Pack French of Nashville, Paul French of New York, and Fred French of Oklahoma; a daughter, Mrs. Eula Davis of Livingston, and one brother, Fayette Gillentine of Livingston.

Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday afternoon by the Rev. S.D. Organ, pastor of the M.E. Church, with burial in the Good Hope Cemetery.


The large barn of John Little, of Allons, was destroyed by fire, together with a quantity of hay, two milch cows, two calves, an automobile, some corn, harness, etc., the loss being estimated at several hundred dollars, with no insurance. Origin of the fire is unknown.


The large barn of John Thompson, who resides in the Second District of Overton County, was destroyed by fire Thursday, together with a large quantity of corn, hay, and farming implements, one horse, one cow, sheep, an automobile, harness, etc., the loss being estimated at somewhere around $2,000 with no insurance.

The fire was started when some gasoline was being transferred from the Thompson car to a car which was driven by Herman Waits, who ran out of gas while passing the barn, and the gasoline became ignited when a match was struck.


Elizabeth Dickson Phillips, 59, wife of Eli Phillips, of the Fifth District, died at her home in the Highland Community, of Dropsy, on Thursday after a lingering illness.

She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Dickson.

Besides her husband, she is survived by four brothers, Issac, Henry, Decatur, and D.H. Dickson, and one sister, Mrs. Epsy Phillips.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, by the Rev. John Phillips, with burial in the Oakley Cemetery. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for many years.


Pupils of the fifth and sixth grades of Alpine School were entertained with a theater party given in their honor by their teacher, Clarence Copeland, at the Dixie Theater, Wednesday morning.

The Dixie gave a special show for the benefit of the party.

The guests were Lucile Gore, Dimple Norris, Venela Wilson, Blanche Booher, Ruth Crawford, Woodley Deck, Jewel Ledbetter, Sylvia Smith, Wilmah Ringley, Tyson Byrd, C.J. Carr, Joe Edgar Copeland, Layton Ledbetter, Carl Norris, Houston Smith, Reuben White, Billy Winton, Carlos Winton, John Hancock, John Thomas Koger, and Clevis Smith.


A woman is seldom called an old maid until she begins to act like one.



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