May 25- May 31, 1935
70 Years Ago In Overton County (from the files of the Overton County
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Funeral services for F.M. (Bris) Gibbons, 80, farmer and widely
known and highly respected citizen of the Third District of Overton
County, who died at his home near Old Union, of infirmities of age,
after a lingering illness, were conducted on Sunday afternoon at
3 o'clock, at the Camp Ground, by the Rev. Dawson B. Hammons, with
burial in the cemetery there.
Mr. Gibbons had been twice married. His first wife was before their
marriage, Miss Sarah Angeline Gragg, to which union eleven children
were born, all of whom survive as follows: five sons, Millard and
John Gibbons, of Overton County; Lonnie Gibbons, of Putnam County,
the Rev. A.R. Gibbons, of Mulberry, and Young Gibbons, of Pomona,
MO; six daughters, Mrs. Oliv Olgetree, Mrs. Harley Murphy, Mrs.
Tot Farris, and Misses Amanda, Cora, and Alba Gibbons.
His second wife, Mrs. Amelia Hooten Gibbons, survives, and also
the following children; one son, Elmo; and two daughters, Misses
Eletia and Willie Gibbons.
Jerry Myers, 67, highly respected and widely known citizen of Overton
County, died Saturday after an illness of several months. He was
a son of the late Bush Myers, who was a slave of Capt. Calvin E.
Myers, before the Civil War.
He is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Belle Myers; two sons,
Sid and Charlie Myers; three daughters, Mrs. Myra Anderson, of Celina,
Mrs. Minnie Copeland, and Miss Lissie Myers; and one sister, Mrs.
Funeral services were held Sunday with burial in the Wilson Cemetery
on Roaring River.
A local law affecting Overton County and sponsored by Representative
Gore in the recent legislature, prohibits non-residents of this
county of hunting and trapping wild animals or birds within the
county unless they have a license costing $10.00. This license is
to be bought from the County Court Clerk, and revenues from it are
to go to the elementary shool funds of Overton County. The law also
requires that the hunters or trappers must have written permission
from the landowners or occupants on whose lands he hunts or traps.
The general game and fish laws apply in all other respects to Overton
County. A new law requires that each automatic shotgun, or pump
gun must have its chamber capacity limited to three shells.
Two large rattlesnakes were killed recently by Elzie Copeland,
on the farm of A.B. Mitchell, in the Bates Cove, two and one-half
miles east of Livingston. The first one killed measured forty inches
in length and had five rattles and a button. The second reptile
was killed within one hundred yards of the spot where the first
one was killed, and measured forty-eight inches in length and had
seven rattles and a button.
These two snakes, which were thought to be males, are unusually
large snakes for this section of the country. The cove in which
they were found is almost surrounded by a mountain and it is presumed
that they had come out of the cliffs into the fields.
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