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80 Years Ago

Archives 06-01-2005

70 Years Ago


May 25- May 31, 1935
70 Years Ago In Overton County (from the files of the Overton County Library)

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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. Myra Maynord.

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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