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80 Years Ago

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70 Years Ago


April 6 - April 12, 1935
70 Years Ago In Overton County (from the files of the Overton County Library)

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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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