70 Years Ago
April 6 - April 12, 1935
70 Years Ago In Overton County (from the files of the Overton County
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Livingston Hotels Crowded to Overflow
Business in Livingston is on the up and up, with every hotel in
town crowded to overflow.
This is due to several crews of government employees sent here
to make surveys on the submarginal land project, Veterinarians,
inspecting cattle, and numerous other crews. We are informed there
are more to come soon.
With the "hustle and bustle" on the square during the
past two weeks, Livingston again takes on the aspect of former days,
some times referred to as "The good ole' days".
Funeral services for Roscoe C. Smith, farmer and livestock dealer
of Alpine, who was instantly killed Monday at about 10:30 a.m. when
he fell from a truck while making a curve coming down from the Crawford
mountain, on the Livingston to Crawford Highway, about 20 miles
southeast of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. at Brown's Chapel
by the Rev. R.B. Hurt, with burial in the Copeland Graveyard.
Mr. Smith was riding in the seat of the truck with the driver,
Ray Mullins, and while making the first large curve of the thirteen
curves coming down the mountain, the door came open and as the truck
made the left turn, he was thrown out and the right wheel ran over
his head, crushing it. He died instantly. His body was brought to
the Blount Funeral Home, Livingston.
He was born and reared near West Fork in the Eleventh District
of Overton County and was widely known as a wide awake livestock
dealer. He owned a farm on the West Fork river.
He was a World War veteran, having enlisted on July 24, 1917, and
was a member of Company B of the 119th Infantry. He was a member
of Bohannon Post No. 4, of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ona (Pryor) Smith, who was a sister
to Mrs. Una Cole, who, together with her husband and seven children,
were killed in the storm which swept through Overton County on the
night of May 9, 1933, when more than twenty people were killed.
He is also survived by one brother, Tom Smith; and six children;
two daughters, Maurine and Eveline Smith; and four sons, J.C., James,
Donald, and Carson Smith.
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