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70 Years Ago


May 4 - May 10, 1935
70 Years Ago In Overton County (from the files of the Overton County Library)

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Two Overton County youths serving in the U.S. Marine Corps recently completed basic training and were assigned to duty with the Fleet Marine Force based in Quantico, VA. They are John W. Parris, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Parris, Wirmingham, and Dudley Ledford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Ledford, of Monroe, Route 1.

They were accepted for this service at the Municipal Auditorium, at Macon, GA, last February. They completed training at Parris Island, SC. Parris graduated at the Pickett County High School at Byrdstown, and also attended Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, Ledford was graduated at Livingston Academy with the class of 1933.


During the first 11 months of last fiscal year, the total number of immigrants coming into the United States legally was less than 8,000.


The ranks of the gallant young men who fought in the War Between the States, 1861-65, have become quite thin in Overton County.

Many were the volunteers from this county, but perhaps a ratio of two to one or, 66.23 percent were Confederates as compared with the Federals. Four years ago the number surviving was eleven, seven Confederates, and four Federals, but today there is only one Confederate, Arkley F. Christian, 89, of Hilham.

Three Federals are surviving, as follows, George W. Reagan, 91, of Monroe, Alvin P. Vaughn, 90, of Poteet, and Overton Gore, 90, of Livingston.


Richard Marion Poston, 69, died at his home in Monterey, on Monday, May 5, at 1 o'clock a.m., after an illness of ten days. He was a native of Overton County, but moved to Monterey 22 years ago. He was an industrious, honorable citizen and for forty years was a faithful member of the Missionary Baptist church. His wife, whose maiden name was Loretta C. Ramsey, died four years ago. Surviving are three children, W. Walter Poston, of Livingston, and Herman H. Poston and Mrs. Smith McDonald, both of Monterey, two brothers, and three sisters, John Will and J. Ode Poston, and Mrs. Martha Gore, Mrs. Belle Allred, and Mrs. Sallie Poulson, all of Overton County. He was a son of the late J. Frank Poston, who made a good record in the Confederate Army, and who was at the time of his death, the recipient of a state pension.

Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church at Monterey on Tuesday, May 7, by the pastor Rev. Bill Parrott, assisted by Rev. O.P. Gentry, pastor of the Methodist church at Monterey.

Burial was at the Monterey City Cemetery.

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