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70 Years Ago


August 31 - September 6, 1935
70 Years Ago In Overton County (from the files of the Overton County Library)

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Marriage Licenses
Twenty-one marriage licenses were issued by H.C. Swallows, county court clerk for Overton County, for the month of August. They are as follows: Omer Hargis and Bertie Smith; Wallace Stephens and Erma Wilson; Sherlie A. Lewis and Alma M. Honold; Harold D. Copp and Ruth Bullock; Dave Hite and Flora Smith; Johnnie Scott and Dessie Hatcher; Garland Gunnels and Ophia Ledbetter; Jim Phillips and Daisy Stewart; Gordon Phillips and Erma Lee Norrod; William A. Ferrill and Verdie E. Stepp; Willie V. Carr and Ora Benson; Walter Buck and Vollie Dyle; Eddie Ray Smith and Myrtle Green; C.C. Sayre and Cleo Draper; Hooper Reynolds and Ophia Smith; V.W. Cooper and Tiva Harris; Jim Wilson and Maggie Pryor; and Claude Wilson and Annie Greer.


Livingston Academy opened the school year Monday morning with an enrollment of more than two hundred and this number is expected to increase to two hundred and seventy-five when houses are added for the transportation of pupils.

J.C. Taylor, who has served as superintendent of Millan City schools for the past two years, is the new principal succeeding L.W. Houtchens, who has served as principal of the school for the past ten years, and who resigned to accept a position with a high school in Dallas, Texas.


Mr. F.W. (Eldon) Sewell, of Pawnee, Okla., while on his way to visit his old home in Pickett County, visited friends in Livingston last Friday and Saturday. Mr. Sewell is in his 81st year, and is very active for his age. He drives and has traveled over a large portion of the United States during the last few years.

Mr. Sewell was born in Pickett County, near Byrdstown, but at that time was Overton County. He sat on the first jury, the first court ever held in Byrdstown. The court was held in the upper story of the building now occupied by J.H. Robbins & Sons.

Mr. Sewell went to Texas in 1883. He made his first trip back here two years after being away 52 years. He has worked 19 years among the Indian tribe of the west for the government. In 1905, he was appointed instructor for cement work, wagon making, and blacksmithing, in the government school for Indiana at Ft. Mojova, Arizona, transferred in 1907 to the Indian School at Ship Rock, New Mexico, again transferred in 1917 to the school at Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he remained until retiring from the service in 1924.

Mr. Sewell has a very interesting collection of handiwork made by the Navajo Indians, which include blankets, hand-worked silver, and bead work.



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