Hancock County Ga.
In the News 1910-1919
January 13, 1910
The Macon Daily Telegraph
The death of Mr.Franklin Tye occurred at his home near Devereaux, Ga., on January 6, 1910 in the seventieth year of his age. He was married to Miss Mary Leila Powers, daughter of the late Judge Abner P. Powers, at Griffin, Ga., on October 11, 1871, by the Rev. Caleb Dowe. By this union there is one son, Lewis C. Tye, of Devereaux. Mr. Tye lived in Macon in early life, where he had many warm friends. He was compelled by ill health to retire from active business a number of years ago and returned to the old family home in Jones, where he passed his declining years with a devoted son and his family.

January 18, 1910
Union Recorder
DEATH OF MRS. L. A. FRALEY. Mrs. L. A. Fraley died at the home of her son, Mr. B. L. Fraley, early Friday morning, after an illness of several weeks.
   The funeral services were held at the residence Saturday morning, at half past eleven o'clock, Rev. S. P. Wiggins officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the city cemetery.
   Mrs. Fraley was a native of Hancock county, and was seventy-two years of age. She was a member of the Methodist church and here life was that of a christian. She is survived by three children, Messrs. Thomas and B. I. Fraley, and Mrs. J. B.  Malpass. They have the deepest sympathy of our people in their sorrow.

January 21, 1910
Union Recorder
Death Mrs. Emma Grimes Occurred Last Tuesday
  In Hancock county, near the Baldwin line, Mrs. Emma Grimes died last Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock after a long illness. She was sister of Mrs. J. D. Pound, of Milledgeville. Mrs. Grimes was about 35 years of age and is survived by five children and her husband.
  The funeral occurred at Island Creek church in Hancock county Wednesday.

February 3, 1910
Atlanta Constitution
Sparta, Ga. February 2 (Special) The Sparta Methodist church was totally destroyed by fire this afternoon, which originated in a defective stove flue. The Women's Missionary Society had just adjourned from the building. The church was built in 1805 and afterwards remodeled several times. There was $1,000 insurance. The building was very dear to the Methodist.

February 15, 1910
Macon Telegraph
L. H. PATTILO DIED IN SPARTA ON SUNDAY. Fine Residence of Col. J. B. Walker Entirely Destroyed by Fire.
  Sparta, Ga., Feb. 14. Lewis H. Pattillo, a prominent insurance man, died here last night after a week's illness. He leaves a wife and two little boys.

   This morning between 9 and 10 o'clock the residence of Col. Jno. B. Walker, on Raborn street, was totally destroyed by fire. The Catholic church caught from sparks, but was extinquished. Most of Mr. Walker's funiture was saved, bu the contents of his home office, including many valable papers, were lost. The fire orignated from a defective chimney on the second story. There was about $6,000 insurance. Mr. Walker was not home at the time. The entire property was valued at between $10,000 and $12,000. The loss incldued Mrs. Walker's jewels, among which was ome valuable diamonds.

March 18, 1910
Union Recorder
~excerpt~ In Loving Remembrance of Mrs. Ida Moore.
  The death angel has again invaded our community and taken from our midst a noble woman, Mrs. Ida Moore. She was ill for many months yet she bore her affliction patiently and like a true child of God.
  She leaves three children to mourn her loss, Miss Lula Moore, Mrs. Seals, of Powellton, Ga., and Mr. Chas. Moore, of this place.

March 22, 1910
Union Recorder
Mrs. Martha A. Smith died Sunday at her home in Hancock county. The funeral services were conducted Monday by Rev. Lamar Sims. She was 85 years of age, and was a member of Island Creek Baptist church. She was a  good woman. She was marred at 15 years of age to Mr. Wm. Smith.

April 1, 1910
Union Recorder
Mrs. C. E. Prosser, formerly of this city and wife of the late C. E. Prosser, formerly sheriff of Baldwin county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. H. Little, of Sparta, and the funeral was held here last Saturday, Rev. S. P. Wiggins, assisted by Rev. Lamar Sims, officiating.
  Mrs. Prosser had a host of friends here who were grieved to hear of her death and to the family sincere sympathy has been extended.

April 1, 1910
Union Recorder
Mrs. R. T. Long, nee Miss Mattie Wall, formerly of this city and sister of Councilman R. L. Wall, died suddenly at her home near Culverton last Saturday afternoon, the funeral occuring here Sunday afternoon,m Rev. Lamar Sims conducting the services.
  It appears that Mrs. Long died without a struggle. Her children were out at an Easter egg hunt and her husband was absent attending to his farm duties and coming in early in the afternoon was shcocked to find his wife lying dead on the floor, appartently just as she fell.
   Mrs. Long was highly esteemed by all who knew her and she leaves a husband and eight children besides several lother relatives and four brothers, Messrs. R. L. Wall, Charles Wall, Fred Wall and Frank Wall. The sympathy of the community is extended to all.

April 22, 1910
Atlanta Constitution
Hon. S. N. Chapman, Powellton
Sparta, Ga., April 21 (Special) Hon. S. N. Chapman died at his home in Powellton last night very suddenly of heart trouble. He was in the seventy-fifth year of his age He was chairman of the board of education of Hancock county. He had been principal of the Powellton school for forty-one years. He was clerk of the Baptist church there equally as long and represented this county in the legislature. He was held in high esteem by the entire county.

May 13, 1910
The Macon Daily Telegraph
 Augusta Ga, May 12 - A special to the Chronicle from Culverton, Ga., says a very heavy wind and hail storm there this afternoon was the worst that has ever visited that section.
  While there were no lives lost as far as can be asertained there were several houses blown from their pillars and the steeple of the Methodist church was blown down, several houses were unroofed.
  One of the R. F. D. carriers, who has just come in reports that cotton and corn along his route are completely ruined and that there is not enough left to tell what was planted in the fields
  The peach crop in this section will be a complete failure as the main part of the storm passed directly through the peach center.

May 21, 1910
Macon Telegraph
~excerpt~  Milledgeville News Notes. At the advance age of 80 years, Mrs. J. A. Jones, wife of the late Dr. J. A. Jones, died at the home of her son Wednesday afternoon. The burial took place Thursday morning at the old family burial ground in Hancock county, Rev. Lamar Sims officiating. J. A. Jones, of this city , is her only surviving child.

May 22, 1910
Macon Telegraph

DUBLIN. At Sparta a few days ago Miss Madona Askew, of Lovett, this county, was united in marriage to R. T. Smith, of Hancock county.

August 28, 1910
The Macon Daily Telegraph
William D. Ford died at his home in East Macon Friday night at 11:55 o'clock after a short illness.
   Mr. Ford was 85 years of age and is survived by a wife, four sons and two daughters. They are: J. W. Ford of Macon, W. G. Ford of Augusta, C. D. Ford of Jackson, S. P. Ford of South Carolina; Mrs. M. L. Johnson and Mrs. M. Hataway of Jackson.
   Mr. Ford was formerly of Augusta and came to Macon several months ago the make his home here.
   The funeral services occurred at the residence yesterday afternoon at five o'clock. The remains will be carried to Sparta, Ga., this morning for interment.

September 20, 1910
Union Recorder
PISTOL DUEL AT CARRS STATION Sunday Afternoon - One is Dead and Two are Seriously Wounded.
   As a result of a pistol duel at Carrs  Station on last Sunday afternoon, Charles Simmons is  dead. Charley Burns and Miss Simmons, a sister of the dead man, are seriously wounded.
  It seems that Simmons objected to Burns' attentions  to his   sister and on Sunday Miss Simmons and  Burns had met at the house of a friend near the Simmons home, when Charles Simmons came over, and it is said, called Burns out and opened fire  upon him with out warning, his  shots went wild, however, and Burns returned the fire killing his antagonist instantly. Simmons brother came up and began to fire at Burns, who had taken refuge in a closet, shooting through the door. One bullet struck Burns in the arm inflicting a painful wound above the elbow.
    Miss Simmons received a serious wound in the breast, being hit by a stray bullet.
  No arrest have been made as  it seems to be a clear case of self-defense on the part of Burns. Sparta Isahamelite.

September 23, 1910
Macon Daily Telegraph
SID B. SIMMONS DROPS DEAD AT SPARTA HOME. Was a Confederate Soldier and Elder in Presbyterian Church, and Had Been Prominent in Business Circles.
Sparta, Ga., Sept. 22 - Sid B. Simmons dropped dead at his home here last night without any premonition of his end, having been up to that hour in good health. He was 66 years of age, an ex-Confederate soldier, an elder in the Presbyterain church and  a member of an old and honored Hancock county family. He had been a merchant most of his life. He leaves a widow and three children, Mrs. Thomas, of Valdosta; Miss Rosa and Rutherford, of this place.

October 9, 1910
Macon Daily Telegraph
Judge and Mrs. Frank Lightfoot Little, of Sparta, Ga, announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Florence Richwood Clancy, to Mr. Luther Moss Moate of Devereaux, Ga., the wedding to take place on Wednesday evening of November 23, at the Sparta Methodist church.

October 20, 1910
The Enquirer Sun
   Sparta, Ga., Oct. 19 - Capt. J. Robert Merritt died here last night from a stroke of paralysis. He was 71 years old.
  Hon. R. L. Merritt and Miss Nannie Merritt, the only two children survive him here.
   His body was carried to Forsyth, his former home, for burial this morning.

October 21, 1910
Milledgeville News
  Quite a surprise Wednesday morning was the marriage of Miss Nelly Jones, of this city, and Mr. Wm. H. Rives, of Devereux. While it was generally known among the friends of the families that the event was scheduled for the fall still no announcement of general public nature was made.
  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Lamar Sims at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Jones on Wayne street, only a few invited guess and relatives being present. Miss Jones is well known throughout this section of the state as a beautiful and accomplished young lady, while Mr. Rives is an enterprising business man of Devereux. Congratulations were showered upon them as they departed for a bridal trip to Florida points of interest.

November 10, 1910
Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, GA, Nov. 9 - Mrs. George M. Amoss, wife of a prominent planter, died here last night of pneumonia. She was 68 years old and leaves the following children: Mrs. B. A. Florence, Atlanta; Mrs. J__ County, Mrs. B. L. Binion, Mrs. Mattie Hudson, Mrs. L. B. Hudson and Miss Myrtle Amoss, of Sparta.

November 25, 1910
Milledgeville News
Mrs. Charles Kilgore, wife of a well known farmer living near Carr's Station died last Friday night after a illness of some time. She was sister of Mr. Rory Grimes and had several relatives in the country.  She is also survived by her husband, but no children.
  The interment was in the family burial grounds and occurred Saturday afternoon. To the family sympathy is extended by many friends.

November 25, 1910
Marietta Journal
Edwin Allen McCook, one year of age, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. McCook, in the southern part of the city Friday afternoon, and the remains were interred at Sparta, the former home of the family, Sunday afternoon.

January 17, 1911
Columbus Daily Enquirer
 Sparta, Ga., Jan. 16. Mrs. L. C. Miller died Sunday night after a lingering illness. She was married just two years ago. Before her marriage she was Miss Emily Graves, daughter of the late R. A. Graves, prominent banker here. Besides her husband she leaves an infant girl three weeks old. She was thirty years old, member of the methodist church.

January 18, 1911
The Macon Daily Telegraph
ARNOLD FUNERAL SERVICES.  The funeral services of A.M. Arnold were held at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. F. Binion, 619 Elm street, yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, Rev. W.M. Sentell officiating.
  The body was carried to Devereaux, the old home of the deceased, yesterday afternoon at 4:40 o'clock for interment.

February 8, 1911
Macon Daily Telegraph
  Sparta, Ga., Feb. 7 - George P. Burdick, Sr., died here Sunday. He was 77 years of age and had been in feeble health for some time. He was orginally from Providence, R. I., but spent most of his life in Macon, Ga. He leaves the following children: Mr. G. P. Burdick, Jr., of Sparta; Mr. Barnes Burdick, of Nashville, Ga.; Mrs. John McCoy, of Mableton, Ga.; Mrs. Charles Dickson, of Columbus, Ga. The body was carried to Macon for interment.

February 13, 1911
Macon Daily Telegraph
Who Had Military and Political Record, Passes Away.
Sparta, Ga. Feb. 12 -J. T. Pinkston died at his home today in the 64th year of his age. He had a military and political career.
    He entered the Confederate army at the age of 17 as a private in the Sixth Georgia Regiment and served gallantly for several years and until his regiment was disbanded at the close of the war.
    He had been prominent in local politics and for eight years made a distinguished record as sheriff of Hancock County.
    He leaves a widow and a large number of children, all of whom are grown. He will be buried with Confederate honors in the local cemetery.

March 23, 1911
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Ga., Feb. 22 - Mr. LaFayette Powell died here today in the 77th year of his age after living a quiet but successful and higly honorable life. He leaves a wife and three grown children: James, Miss Susie Day Powell, and Mrs. Waldron Middlebrooks. The deceased was a faithful member of the board of education, a devoted member of and steward in the Methodist Church. He was brother of the late Drs. T. S. Powell, of Atlanta, and T. O. Powell, of Milledgeville.

March 23, 1911
Atlanta Constitution
Flames Destroy College At Sparta
Main Building of Tenth District School Burned to the Ground
Sparta, Ga., March 22 (special) The main academic building of the Tenth District Agricultural College burned to the ground this morning about 2 o'clock. The loss is estimated at around $25,000, but is partially covered by insurance.
  The origin of the fire is unknown, though it is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary.
  The building will be rebuilt as soon as practicable.

March 30, 1911
Macon Daily Telegraph
John Collins, aged 82 years, died at his home in Hancock County, near Sparta, at an early hour yesterday morning. He was well known throughout Central Georgia and had been employed at the Central shops, in Macon, up until four years ago, when he was forced to retire from active work on account of old age and feeble health.
   He is survived by one son, George D. Collins, and one sister, Mrs. Dougherty, both of Sparta. The remains will arrive in Macon this morning at 11:20 o'clock over the Georgia Railroad and will be immediately carried to Riverside Cemetery for funeral and interment. The funeral will be conducted by Rev. R. E. Douglas, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.

April 4, 1911
Macon Daily Telegraph
  Sparta, Ga., April 3 - Henry H. Thomas, one of the most prominent citizens of Sparta,  died here last night in his 86th year, leaving a widow and four children, Mrs. W. O. Shivers, Mrs. T. M. Jones, Clarence and Winton Thomas. The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church, attending all of its services, and was a member of the board of stewards of that organization. He saw considerable service as a Confederate soldier, being a member of the Sixty-sixth Georgia regiment.

April 4, 1911
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Death Claims Man of Prominence In Sparta
Sparta, Ga., April 8. - Lewis L. Clinch passed away last night at his home on Clinch Terrace, one of the suburbs of this town. He was in his fifty-sixth year and had never married. He is survived by his mother, brother and sister. Duncan L. Clinch and Mrs. Sterrett Tate, both of New York.
   The deceased was the eldest son of the late Col. H. A. Clinch, of Confederate war fame, and the grandson of General Duncan Clinch. He was an honored citizen and was in prosperous financial circumstances.

April 7, 1911
Atlanta Constitution
R.H. Thomas, Sparta
Sparta, Ga., April 6 (Special) R. H. Thomas, one of the most prominent and useful citizens of Sparta, died suddenly last Sunday night, and was buried Tuesday morning, the burial service being held at the home, and conducted by Rev. Mr. Eakes. The deceased leaves, besides his wife, two daughters, Mrs.T. M. Jones and Mrs. Oscar Shivers of Sparta; two sons Clarence Thomas, of Atlanta, and Milton Thomas of Sparta; four brothers, Louis W. Thomas, of Atlanta; F. G. Thomas, of Sparta; Dr. J. M. Thomas, of  Griffin, and Professor W. P. Thomas of West Point and one sister, Mrs. A. J. Perryman, of Talberton.

April 27, 1911
Atlanta Constitution
Lavoscie Lamar, Dixie Hero, Dies As "Taps" Sound For Dixie's Dead.
Macon, Ga., April 26 - "Taps" for the confederate dead had scarcely ceased in Macon this afternoon before Lavoscie Lamar breathed his last. As a boy of 16, in Cobb's brigade, stationed here, be broke through the federal lines thrown out by Stoneman and swarm the Ocmulgee river for six miles bearing dispatches, the delivery of which later accomplished the defeat of Stoneman. He was for years a prominent planter in Bibb county. He died at the age of 63.

May 19, 1911
Milledgeville News
After  Fiscuff Jasper Bouyer (Boyer) Returned And Opened Fire on James Johnson Producing Instant Death
  After having a  fistcuff battle over some minor affair last Saturday evening about six miles east of Devereaux, Jasper Bouyer fired upon James Johnson with a breech loading shot gun and almost blew the head of the latter from his shoulders.
  Bouyer is an old man about 75 years of age, while Johnson was only about 30, and it is reported the latter gave the older man some severe treatment and being dissatisfied with the deal. Bouyer walked a short distance away toward his son's home, Alex Bouyer seized his gun, returned and immediately opened fire, which resulted in the instant death of Johson. (sic)
  It is said both of the men were drinking, and while at the home of Howard Bouyer, another son of the older man, they began a dispute over some small matter, which later resulted in the passing of licks.
  Boyer was arrested Sunday afternoon and carried to Sparta and was held until Monday morning, when he was given a commitment trial and again turned a free man.
See March 26, 1912

June 3, 1911
Augusta Chronicle
KILLED IN RUNAWAY. W. P. Nichols, Mrs. Nichols and Son, of Sparta, Thrown from Buggy - Mrs. Nichols' Injuries Were Fatal
Sparta, Ga. June 2 - Mrs. W. P. Nichols who died yesterday from being thrown from a buggy on Wednesday, was buried this afternoon.
  Mr. and Mrs. Nichols and little boy were driving a young horse, when it became frightened and thew all those from the buggy.
   Mrs. Nichols skull was broken and an operation was performed with hopes of saving her life but the injuries were of so serious a nature that she died yesterday afternoon.
   Mr. Nichols was also hurt but is doing well now, and the little boy escaped unhurt.
   The accident occurred just in front of the Nichols home near Zebulon church on the Sparta and Linton road.

October 2, 1911
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Mrs. Virginia Lane Mullaly, mother of J. Lane Mullaly, sheriff of the city court of Macon, died at her home in Sparta yesterday morning at 3 o'clock, after an illness of several months. With marvelous bravery and fortitude she had stood the intense suffering and when the end came yesterday morning she was resigned.
  Mrs. Mullaly had been in a dying condition for several days and when death came her only son, J. Lane Mullaly, of Macon, and her two daughters, Mrs. H. Rountree and Miss Nina Mullaly, and other relatives were at her bedside. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Harry Stillwell Edwards, of Macon.
  Mrs. Mullaly was the oldest daughter of the late Colonel A. J. Lane, who was at one time prominently connected with the Georgia Southern and Florida Railway Company. In a quiet, unassuming way she spent her life in the welfare of her family, dispensing charity among her neighbors. Perhaps no woman in Hancock county, where she had lived practically all her life, was better known or better loved and her death is considered a decided loss to that community.
  Hundreds of friends in Macon and throughout middle Georgia extend their sympathy to the grief-stricken relatives.
  The funeral will be held in Sparta this morning at 10 o'clock, and the body will be laid to rest in the family burial grounds.

October 12, 1911
Macon Daily Telegraph
   After after a short illness, Alfred P. Harper, a Confederate veteran, and a resident of Macon for five years, died at his late residence, 400 Forsyth street, early yesterday morning.
  Mr. Harper formerly lived in Hancock, and was one of its most prosperous farmers.
  Besides his wife he leaves eight daughters, Mrs. B. W. Butts, of Sparta; Mrs. J. H. Ennis, of Milledgeville; Mrs. J. A. Fort, of Bartow, Fla.;  Misses Blanch, Lillie and Kathleen Harper; and two sons,  Ralph and Clifford Harper.
  The body will be taken to Devereaux, Hancock county, over the Georgia road this morning  8 o'clock, where the funeral and interment will be held.

November 27, 1911
Union Recorder
Mrs. Mary Sanford, widow of the late Mr. T. G. Sanford, died at her home in Hancock county Monday morning. The funeral services were held this morning.
  Mrs. Sanford was a native of this county and the larger portion of her life was spent in this city. She was a sister of Mrs. H. V.  Sanford. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. P. Moody, of Commanche. Tex.
  She was a christian woman, and has gone to her reward after a useful life.
  those who have ben bereaved by her death have the sympathy of their friends.

November 29, 1911
Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Nov. 28 - Mr. Burt Harper, living ten miles west of Sparta, near Devereaux, died Sunday and was buried yesterday. Mr. Harper was one of Hancock's sturdy citizens and one time made creditable race for county commissioner. He was about 60 years old, and had been in ill health for several years. Besides a wife, he leaves the following children: Mrs. Johnson King, Putnam county; Mr. Alvin Harper and Mrs. H. H. Arnold of Hancock county. He was a prominent Mason for a number of years.

December 5, 1911
Union Recorder
  Dr. Hutchings was called to Hancock county today on account of the death of his uncle, Mr. Chas. Hutchings, at Linton. The burial will take place in the old family burial ground near Devereaux, Wednesday morning ten o'clock.

December 15, 1911
Macon Telegraph
  Sparta, Dec. 14 - S. D. Rogers died early this morning of heart trouble. He had been in bad health for some time and his sudden death was not unexpected. He was 69 years old and leaves a widow. Mr. Rogers was a prominent planter and a man of culture and refinement. He was a Confederate veteran and for a number of years was commandant of the H. A. Clinch Camp, Confederate Veterans, of the county. He was a devoted member of the Methodist church, and had been a for a quarter of a century a Sunday school teacher.

December 26, 1911
Union Recorder
   Last Sunday Mrs. J. C. Boyer of Hancock county died at the age of 70 years. She was well known here, being the mother of Mrs. E. N. Ennis and Mrs. E. E. Finney. The funeral services were conducted from the residence and the burial was at Zebulon cemetery.
  Her death casts a gloom over the entire family, and friends extend to them heartfelt sympathy.

December 26, 1911
Union Recorder
LARY-SIMPSON. At the home of the bride, Saturday afternoon, at 4 o'clock, Miss Lizzie May Lary was united in marriage to
Mr. E. Simpson, of Sparta. The bride is a pretty and attractive young lady of this city, who has scores of friends in this city, who congratulate the groom on the happy choice he has made. Mr. Simpson is a substantial farmer of Hancock county.

January 9, 1912
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Jan. 8 , The funeral of C. J. Andrews was held here yesterday afternoon. Mr. Andrews died suddenly here Saturday morning of the absence of the Baptist minister, of heart trouble. He was about 50 years old, and leaves a wife and five children. Rev. W. H. LaPradde, of the Methodist church, officiated at the funeral.

March 24, 1912
The Macon Daily Telegraph
  Thursday night, at the residence of Rev. Marvin H. Britt, the Presbyterian pastor here, Edward Rozier and Miss Eileen Burnett were united in marriage. This marriage came as quite a surprise to the friends of the young couple. There was no objection on the part of either of the families to the marriage, but the young people wished to escape the trouble of a conventional marriage, and so they left home, having expressed their intention of going to an entertainment. Instead, they went to the residence of Mr. Britt, were married and left at 8:30 o'clock for Atlanta.
  There is no young woman more popular in Sparta than Miss Burnett. She is a petit (sic) brunette, a talented musician and numbers her friends by the score. She has for several years been the teach of piano a the Sparta high school. She is the eldest daughter of J. D. Burnett, cashier of the Bank of Sparta. Edward Rozier is one of the most popular young business men of Sparta and his many friends congratulate him on his happy marriage.

March 26, 1912
Macon Daily Telegraph
  Jasper Boyer Before Court in Sparta Charged With Killing a Man-Discharged at commitment Trial, but Indicted by Grand Jury.
  Sparta, March 26  - Hancock superior court convened here this morning in its regular biennial session, Judge James B. Park, of Greensboro, presiding. Solicitor Dave Brown of Elberton, was on hand to look after state matters. The docket  contains two murder cases, but it is not expected these will take up much time of the court. One of these cases is that of Jasper Boyer, a 75-year-old Confederate, charged with shooting a young man. At the commitment trial Boyer was acquitted as being justified in the act, but later the grand jury indicted him.
  The other murder case is that of a negro woman shooting a negro man at a hot supper.

April 2, 1912
Union Recorder
  Mr. W. H. Bass died at his home in Hancock county Thursday afternoon from a stroke of paralysis.
   His remains were buried Friday in the cemetery at Devereaux.
    Mr. Bass was a resident of Milledgeville for a number of years, engaging in the mercantile business here. He was a member of the Board of the trustees of the G. M. College. He removed from this city in 1897.
  Mr. Bass was a brother of Mrs. F. A. Hall, of this city, and Mr. W. A. Bass of Devereaus., Mr. H. W. Bass of Macon, and Mrs Moate, of Devereaux, and Mrs. Sallie F. Brown, of Atlanta.
  He is survied by Mrs. Bass and three children.

April 7, 1912
Macon Telegraph
~excerpt - ..in Swainsboro Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist parsonage..Miss Bessie Hood became the bride of Noah A. Proctor...performed by Rev. J. W. Domingoes.
...lovely young woman of Sparta, Ga....two years' regime as principal of Garfield High School..to become a permanent resident of Garfield. Mr. Proctor..cashier of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Garfield.

April 30, 1912
Union Recorder
Mrs. A. S. Simpson died at her home in Mosleyville Friday morning almost half-past eleven o'clock, after a long illness. Her remains were buried at the family burial ground, in Hancock county, Saturday afternoon.
  She is survived by her husband and five sons, Messrs. Samuel, Alonzo, Charles, Joe and William Simpson, and five daughters, Mrs. Ira Hemphill, Mrs. Annie Boyer, Mrs. E. J. Horton, Mrs. Clarence Roberts, Miss Maybell Simpson.
  Mrs. Simpson had reached a ripe old age, and had reared a large family of children, who will always honor her memory. She was a consistent member of the Baptist church, and her life was consistent with her profession. She met death with Christian fortitue and has gone to her reward.
Irene Block, the infant daughter or Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Roberts, and a grand child of Mrs. Simpson, died Thursday night, and the burial services were held at the same time as those of Mrs. Simpson. It was indeed a great bereavement that came to Mrs. Roberts in giving up child  and mother and the same time. Those who have thus been bereaved have the deepest sympathy of the people of this community.

May 4, 1912
Atlanta Constitution
Hall-Hutchings. Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Hall of Deepstep, announce the engagement of their daughter, Clare Inez, to Dr. Ernest Hughes Hutchings, of Devereaux, the wedding to take place in June at the Methodist church, Deepstep, Ga.

August 14, 1912
Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Aug. 13. - After a lingering illness of typhoid fever, Mrs. Frank Garrett died here this morning. Mrs. Garrett was before her marriage a Miss Boyer, resident of this, Hancock county, daughter of Mac Boyer. She was 30 years old, and besides two small children, her husband survives her.

October 18, 1912
Milledgeville News
Horace Bland, 12 years of age, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Bland, died at the family home, 12 miles from Milledgeville, just over the Hancock county line, Tuesday morning. He had been ill but a few days and death resulted from appendicitis.
  The family have the sympathy of many friends in their bereavement and the grief stricken parents feel keenly their loss.

November 13, 1912
Macon Telegraph
  The body of Dr. F. M. Hamilton, who died Monday at Sparta, has been brought to Macon, and the funeral will occur today from Holsey's Temple, A. M. E. church, on Washington avenue, at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The interment will be at Lenwood cemetery. All members of the Keystone Lodge, K. of P., and of the Virgin Lodge, of Odd Fellows, are requested to attend.

November 19, 1912
Atlanta Constitution
Henry E. Moore, Culverton
Culverton, Ga. November 18 (Special)Henry E. Moore, a well known citizen, passed quietly away this morning at 2:30 o'clock. His death was expected, as he had been in ill-health for some time. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.

December 24, 1912
Macon Daily Telegraph
ARRESTED AFTER YEARS. Negro in Columbia Confesses Murder in 1904.
Killed L. D. Thornton, of Hancock County, Ga. - To Be Brought There By Officers.
  Columbia, S. C., Dec. 23 - After living in Columbia for more than eight years under the alias of "Joe Lewis, " "Buck" Devereaux, a negro, was arrested here yesterday charged with the murder on July 2, 1904, of J. D. Thornton, a Hancock county, Ga., farmer. Devereaux today admitted the killing but said he did so in self-defense after a quarrel with Mr. Thornton, in the latters corn field. He expressed willingness to return to Georgia without requisition papers, he is guaranteed protection.

December 27, 1912
Macon Telegraph
BODY FOUND IN WOODS That of John Epps With Skull Crushed In. Mystery Surrounds the Killing of the Sparta Boy-
Had no Sum With Him.
Sparta, Dec. 26. - Several days ago the body of John Epps, 15 years old, son of Holsey Epps, was found in the woods about two miles from Sparta, with his skull crushed.
  The night before he had left the store of R. A. Graves company, where he clerked, with 95 cents in his pocket. Some negroes left town with him, but coroner's jury failed to find them implicated. The tragedy is still a mystery.
See November 9, 1913

December 28, 1912
Macon Daily Telegraph
Mrs. Alice Roberts and W. H. Britt Are Married.
Sparta, Dec. 27, - A social event of much local and general interest was the marriage here yesterday of Mrs. Alice Roberts to W. Hewett Britt. The marriage took place at the Drummers' Home, of which Mrs. Roberts is owner and proprietress. This hostelry is known throughout the state as one of the best in point of cuisine and cleanliness.
   Mr. Hewett Britt is a brother of Rev. Marion Britt, pastor of the Presbyterian church here. The ceremony was impressively performed by Rev. D. W. Brannen, of Milledgeville.
   After the ceremony an elaborate luncheon was served to a number of special guests.

Jan 5, 1913
Atlanta Constitution
Scurlock. In The Constitutionof December 1, 1912, the state editor has asked for information as to the grave of William Scurlock, a revolutionary soldier buried near Columbus. Some information relative to the Scurlock family may be of interest, and a brief sketch is given below:
  William Scurlock was born in North Carolina, and served in the revolution with the militia of that state. It is likely that the family removed to South Carolina, as a William Scurlock received a bounty in that state (Revolutionary Bounties, Book 4) in 1784. He received a bounty in the Georgia lottery of 1827, being then a resident of Baldwin county. He was a revolutionary pensioner, and the records show that he was living in Alabama at the time of his death.
 The father of William Scurlock, was Joshua Scurlock. He made his will in Hancock county, Georgia, September 14, 1794 (Probated August 18, 1795) and mentions children, Agatha Watts, Thomas Scurlock, Elizabeth Scurlock, Daniel Scurlock, William James, Pressley, Joshua, Sarah Parker and Lucy Norman, and made his sons William and Daniel his executors. In 1803 William Scurlock returned for taxes in Hancock county three slaves; no land.
  Joshua Scurlock drew 580 aces in Wilkes county in 1785, on Upton's creek. Joshua Scurlock was captain of the Jackson county militia in 1801, and was granted 624 acres in that county in 1815. In 1820 the entire family seems to have been living in Baldwin County. Sarah Scurlock married, in 1793, Jacob Parker, Jr., who died in a few months, their twin daughters Sarah and Polly, being born after his death. Sarah Parker and William Ryan were made administrators of the estate of Jacob Parker, and they were married a few years later.
  Pressley Scurlock and his sons Jefferson and Eli, took up land in Walton or Jackson county, west Florida in about 1824 or 1825, as did Joseph Scurlock, Jr.
  The writer is descended from Sarah Scurlock and here husband Jacob Parker, and should like to get into  communication with other Scurlock descendants.
J. A. LeConte, Atlanta, Ga.

January 14, 1913
Macon Telegraph
  G. L. MIDDLEBROOKS. Sparta, Jan. 18 - The sudden death of George L. Middlebrooks, of this place, caused a great deal of sorrow to his many friends.
   Mr. Middlebrooks was walking to the depot with several of his friends Saturday night when he was suddenly seized with an attack of apoplexy, expiring in a few minutes.
   The funeral and interment took place today, the interment being at the city cemetery at Sparta,

January 20, 1913
Macon Telegraph

VICTIM OF MENINGITIS. Fourteen-Year-Old Arthur West Expires. Physicians Say His Was Only Case of Spinal Meningitis in City - Due to Previous Infection.
  After an illness of a few days, Arthur West, the 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. West, 1514 Second street, died at the Williams sanitorium at 6:15 o'clock yesterday morning, the cause of his death being spinal meningitis. The remains will be taken to Carrs Station this morning, where the funeral and interment will take place.
    Surviving the lad, there are the father and mother, one twin brother, Charles, another brother, John, and two sisters, Ruth and Louise West.
   Physicians state that this was the only case of meningitis known in the city, and probably developed from a previous infection the lad had.  

February 16, 1913
Macon Telegraph
  A very pretty event of the week was the marriage of Miss Myra Pierce Epps and Henry Randolph Garrette, the marriage having taken place on the evening of Wednesday, February 12, at 8 o'clock, at the home of the brides parents, Mr. and Mr. Henry Epps, in Sparta. The whole lower floor was thrown open to the guests and beautifully decorated with southern smilax, palms, ferns and quantities of jonquils and violets. Just before the ceremony Miss Lelia Berry sweetly sang "O, Promise Me." To the strains of Mendelssohn's "wedding March," played by Miss Elizabeth Coleman. of Devereaux, the bride entered with her maid of honor, Miss Fadye Grace Rowlett, and was met at the altar by the groom and his best man, John Greiner. C. A. Norten performed the ceremony. The popularity of the couple was manifested by the handsome presents. The out-of-town guests were Mrs. C. P. Ezelle, of Augusta; Miss Elizabeth Epps, of Macon; Miss Ocie Pelot and Miss Dadye Grace Howiett, of Atlanta, Miss Frances Taylor, of Social Circle, and W. H. Epps, of Chattanooga.
  Immediately after the ceremony the bride and groom left for points of interest in Florida.

February 25, 1913
Macon Telegraph
Sparta, Feb. 24 - Mrs. Sara Rawls Turner,  Sparta's oldest citizen, died here last night, after a short illness.
   She had been in feeble health for some time, though never very infirm. She was a member of one of the most aristocratic families of ante-bellum days, was widow of Col. Thomas M. Turner, one of the prominent and wealthy citizens of this section of Georgia.
  Mrs. Turner outlived many of her children, the following, though, still survive her. Mrs M. S. Orr and Delamar Turner, both of Atlanta, and Mrs. R. W. Thomas, Sparta. Mrs. Turner has many grandchildren here and elsewhere, viz. Mrs. Will Beel, Sandersville, Ga., Frank Turner, Mrs. Fred Cloes, Fitzgerald, Marion Turner, Hawkinsville; De lamar Turner, Jr, Keysville, Ga, Mrs. R. Thomas, P. E. Orr, Mrs. C. J. Cofr, Miss Katrina Orr, Miss Maude Orr, Mrs. E. L. Orr, Mr. R. C. Turner, Miss Rawls Turner, Mrs. L. W. Brown, mrs. Dowie, all of Atlanta; Mrs. Louise Allen, Dawson, Ga., Miss Julia Pierce, Washington D. C., Mrs. Will Ferguson, Gibson, Ga., T. C. Orr, Knoxville, Tenn; Mrs. T. M. Jones and W. F. Thomas, all of Sparta. She has many great-grandchildren. The interment will be Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock in the City Cemetery.

March 9, 1913
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Sparta, March 5. Mrs. Thomas R. Brantley, wife of Thos. R. Brantley, manager of the city market here, died last night at midnight.
 Mrs. Brantley was a sufferer from Bright's disease, but her condition was not thought quite so serious.  Besides her husband, she leaves one child, a girl, about 12 years old. Mrs. Brantley was a member of the Methodist church, and a woman who made her friends know her Christian character by her daily life. Her interment was this afternoon at the old family burial ground, Smyrna church, seven miles from Sparta.

March 12, 1913
The Macon Daily Telegraph
MRS. MYRA SMALLWOOD. Sparta, March 11. Mrs. Myra Smallwood, mother-in-law of J. T. Rhodes, a prominent merchant of this place, died here last night at the age of 73 years. She died after an illness lasting for some time.
  Besides Mrs. J. T. Rhodes, she is survived by the following children, four daughters: Mesdames F. Pouche, of Wrightsville; J. H. Adams, of Sparta; J. M. Langham, of Thomson, and J. H. Fallin, of Atlanta, and one son, W. H. Smallwood of Indianapolis.
  The funeral service will be held here tomorrow and the interment will occur at the city cemetery.

May 8, 1913
Macon Telegraph
   The body of J. M. Lewis, whose death occurred Tuesday, was taken yesterday morning over the Georgia Railroad to Sparta, where the funeral and interment took place at his former home. The body was accompanied by several relatives and friends from Macon.

May 16, 1913
Augusta Chronicle
DEATH OF W. H. GRAVES. Special to The Chronicle.
    Sparta, Ga., May 15 - Mr. W. H. Graves died here at 4:30 o'clock this morning. He had been ill  about one week with bowel trouble. Mr. Graves was never married. He was reared in Augusta, and lived a number of years in Atlanta. He was a bookkeeper and accountant by profession. He was about 70 years old and had been in declining health for some years. He was a brother of the late R. A. Graves, prominent banker and esteemed wealthy citizen of Sparta. The interment will be this afternoon at he City Cemetery.   

May 23, 1913
Milledgeville News.
  Mr. J. M. Grimes of Island Creek community in Hancock county, died Wednesay night after a lingering illness. He was 73 years of age, veteran of the civil war, and one of the best known men in the county. For thirty years he held the office of justice pf the peace in the 104th district, and never had but one case appealed and reversed. He was a Mason for the same period, and for half a century was a member of Island Creek Baptist church.
  He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Goodwin of Atlanta, Mrs. Emma Lee Grimes of Milledgeville, Miss Mattie L. Grimes and two sons, Messrs. Carlos and John Grimes. The funeral will be held this (Friday) morning at 10 o'clock from the residence, interment at Island Creek cemetery, Rev. N. W. Cox of Macon conducting the services.

June 26, 1913
Augusta Chronicle
~excerpt~ Powelton, Ga, June 25. No more beautiful wedding has ever been attended in Hancock County that that at five o'clock this afternoon, at the Baptist Church here, when Miss Mary Zena Herndon and Mr. Simeon D. Morris, Jr., were married by Rev. O. P. Gilbert, pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Augusta.
   The bride and groom were attended by the following: Miss Minnie Lee Herndon of Powelton, maid of honor; Mr. W. J. Morris of Augusta, best man; Mr. B. P. Herndon and Rev. George R. Wheeler of Powelton, Ga., ushers...........

August 22, 1913
Atlanta Constitution
Professor Albert A. Bell, of Sparta, Ga., died at a local sanitarium Thursday. Professor Bell was superintendent of schools at Sparta, and one of the state's well-known educators. he is survived by a wife, two children, his mother and several brothers and sisters. He was cousin of Congressman Tom Bell, of Gainesville.
     The body was taken to Barclay & Brandon's funeral parlors, from where it will be taken this morning to Sparta, where the funeral and interment will be held Sunday.

September 8, 1913
Macon Daily Telegraph
   Following an illness of about two months, Miss Mollie Cofield, 69 years of age, died at an early hour yesterday morning at her home, 116 Gordon street. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. G. H. Brooks, of Macon, and Mrs. J. J. Bates, of Devereaux, besides a number of other relatives in Macon.
   The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock at her late residence, Rev. T. F. Callaway, pastor of the Second Street Methodist church officiating. The body will be taken at 8:30 o'clock this morning over the Georgia Railroad to Sparta, where interment will take place. The pall-bearers are requested to assemble at the home at 7:45 o'clock. They are Messrs. J. O. Huey, H. L. Keith, R. K. Stevens, Oscar Tidwell, Lee Stevens and E. H. Rousseau.

November 2, 1913
Atlanta Constitution
Mrs. Benj. Gause, Milledgeville
Milledgeville, Ga. November 1 - (Special) The funeral of Mrs. Benjamin Gause was held this afternoon from the Baptist church. The death of Mrs. Gause, which occurred Thursday morning after an illness of less than an hour, came as a great shock to everyone here. Acute indigestion is ascribed as the cause. Mrs. Gause was the wife of one of the best known business men of this city. Surviving her, also, is her daughter, Miss Mabel Gause; three sisters, Mrs. James Long of Jewell, Mrs. William Coleman of Devereaux and Mrs. W.A. Bass of Devereaux, also one brother, John Amoss, of this city.

November 9, 1913
Macon Telegraph
SPARTA CASE MAY RIVAL THE FAMOUS KING MURDER CASE. Mrs. Ada Griffith and John England Held for Murder.
CLAIMED THEY KILLED BOY To Prevent Husband Learning Of Alleged Relations. EVIDENCE NOT POSITIVE But Strong Enough to Warrant Holding Them. LOCAL DETECTIVE FIGURES. Fifteen-Year-Old John Epps Was Killed Last December, But Detectives Moore and Foster Were Only Recently Employed to Solve Mystery.
  The mysterious murder of John Epps, a 15-year-old boy at Sparta, may be near a solution with the arrest and detention without bond of Mrs. Ada Griffith, wife of a farmer, Will Griffith, and John England, a convict guard at Sparta, both of whom are now in jail at Sparta, with a charge of murder lodged against them.
  Though the alleged murder of the boy was committed on December 4, last, the arrest of Mrs. Griffith and England did not take place until last week, after Detectives C. P. Moore and E. L. Foster of the South Detective Agency, of Macon, had spent several days in working up the evidence. Detective Agency, of Macon, had spent several days in working up the evidence. Detective Moore is the man who solved the mystery of the murder of James King in Jones county and the subsequent arrest of Nick Wilburn and Mrs. Kate King, wife of the dead man.
   The evidence against Mrs. Griffith and England is entirely circumstantial but the detectives claim it is so strong they will have little difficulty in bringing about a conviction. Their theory is that the boy had knowledge of alleged intimate relations existing between Mrs. Griffith and England and that he was killed to insure his silence and keep him from imparting his knowledge to Mrs. Griffith's husband.
  Both Committed to Jail.
  Yesterday Mrs. Griffith and England were arraigned before Justice of the Peace James H. Rogers, at Sparta, and were committed to jail without bond on the charge of murder. The two defendants were represented by Attorneys Hunt and Lewis, of Sparta, while W. H. Burwell of the firm of Burwell & Fleming of Sparta, represented the state.
  The strongest point in the circumstantial evidence against the two prisoners is a note which Mrs. Griffith admitted on the stand she wrote to England, inviting him to come and see her the night on which the Epps boy was killed, her husband being absent at the time filling England's place as convict guard.
  England did not admit receiving the not, but a witness was introduced at the hearing yesterday who stated that England, who could not read, had come to him to get him to read the note for him which he did.
  Mrs. Griffith, though she has a family of five children, had been accustomed to working in a store in Sparta on Saturdays. The Epps boy was also employed in a store there and on the night he was murdered is alleged to have rode with Mrs. Griffith in a buggy to her home.
Not Killed Where Found.
  It is the contention of the state that the boy was killed at the Griffith home and his body taken from there to a pine thicket, three-quarters of a mile distant where it was later found by his father, H. A. Epps, a farmer living two miles from Sparta, the skull having been crushed by a blow in the back of the head.
  What leads the state to the belief that the alleged murder was committed at the Griffith home, was the fact that wagon tracks led from there to the spot where the body was found and at the time a peculiar mark was found at each revolution of the wagon wheel. The is alleged to have been proven later to have been a wire which was wrapped around the tire of Will Griffith's wagon, which the state claims, bears out the theory that the body was carried to the thicket in Griffith's wagon.
  What actual knowledge young Epps had of any alleged relations between Mrs. Griffith and Emgland is not known, but as he is alleged to have gone with Mrs. Griffith from Sparta on the night he was killed and couple with the fact that Mrs. Griffith admits writing England the note to come to her house that night, leads the state to believe the boy saw something at the house that night, it was desired to keep from Mr. Griffith.
Still Another Theory
  Another theory that the state entertains is that the boy, after going home with Mrs. Griffith, was struck in the head by someone who did not intend to kill him, but that after the deed was committed the body was carried to the pine thicket to make it appear he had been killed there.
  Mrs. Griffith, at the hearing yesterday, according to Detective Moore, denied that the Epps boy rode home with her on the night he was killed, stating he left the store with some negro boys. Another witness, however, testified that the Epps boy had told him just a few minutes before he left for the night that he was going to ride home with Mrs. Griffith.
  H. A. Epps, father of the dead boy, testified at the hearing yesterday, says Dectective Moore, that after he had searched the neighborhood of his home for the boy when he did not come home, he went to the Griffith home where Mrs. Griffith said: "Mr. Epps, what do you want to search all over the county for" Why don't you go down there and look in that thicket." Mr. Epps allege she pointed to the thicket where the body was lady found. The state contends that this is a strong circumstance to show that MRs. Griffith knew the body was there.
Had About Given Up Hope
  At the time the body was found dead no clew could be found to the identity of the alleged murderers and his father had just about given up all hope of ever running the guilty party or parties down. Early in November Detective C. P. Moore was in Sparta on another case and Mr. Epps consulted with him about the murder of his boy.
  Dectective Moore went to work on the case on October 13, and worked on it until he caused the arrest of Mrs. Griffith. The following day England was placed under arrest. It was only through means of the note written by Mrs. Griffith to England that the latter was connected with the case. In addition to the testimony of the man who says he read the note to England, the warden of the convict camp where England was employed, testified that he saw this man reading the note to England.
 Detective Moore says Mrs. Griffith admits being intimate with other men, using a pine thicket opposite her home as a rendezvous.
  Mrs. Griffith is forty years of age and the mother of five children. She is said to be fairly good looking.
  England is unmarried and thirty years of age.
  Mortgages His Property
  H. A. Epps, father of the dead boy, is a tenant farmer, but so anxious was he to run down the murderer of his boy that he mortgaged what little property he had to raise the necessary money.
  Because of the time which has elapsed since the boy was killed, feeling is said to have died down and no trouble of any kind is feared. Will Griffith is said to be standing by his wife in her trouble an does not belief that she had anything to do with the murder.
  Both Mrs. Griffin and England will be tried at the term of court which convenes on the fourth Monday in February.

November 23, 1913
Macon Daily Telegraph
HANCOCK COUNTY LAND FOR SALE. The J. C. Sigman plantation, containing 760 acres, will be sold the first Tuesday in December at Sparta, Ga. It is an ideal farm; will produce a bale of cotton per acre; twelve-horse farm in cultivation; plenty of houses; convenient to schools and churches; public roads fork on premises and good roads on all sides; fine location for big country store; thickly settled community in prosperous condition. For particulars see Dr. J. M. Sigman, Macon, Ga. or Mr. Grover Sigman on the premises.

November 28, 1913
Macon Weekly Telegraph
 Following a brief illness, Mrs. Mary E. Minor, widow of the J. D. Minor, Sr., whose death occurred three months ago, died yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home of her son, J. D. Minor, Jr., 768 Oak street.
  Mrs. Minor is survived by two sons, J. D. Minor, Jr., of Macon; and Walter M. Minor, of Savannah; by two daughters, Mrs. George E. Hamilton, of Thomson, and Mrs. Inez M. Allen, of Brunswick. She is also survived by five brothers and two sisters.
  Born and reared in Hancock county, Mrs. Minor, who was before her marriage Miss Williams, later removed to Toomsboro, where she resided until the death of her husband a few months ago. She then came to Macon to make her home with her son here.
  The funeral will be held this morning at 11 o'clock from her son's home on Oak street. Dr. E. C. Dargan, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside cemetery.

December 25, 1913
Atlanta Constitution
Son of Professor In Oglethorpe Aids
The Father of Superintendent Thomas, of West Point, Was Teacher in Old College.
   One of the latest subscriptions to the Oglethorpe fund comes from W.P. Thomas, superintendent of the public schools of West Point, Ga., and a son of one of the professors in the old Oglethorpe university.
    Mr. Thomas subscribes not only to help build the new university, but also because of the intimate relation of his life to those who have always been close to the Oglethorpe plan.
   "I send you herewith  my subscription of $25 to the Oglethorpe university fund.
   "I am inspired to do this for two reasons: First, to give my little mite to the aid of the university, and, second, on account of the sentiment connected with said school and my family.
     "Before Dr. Nathan Beman established his celebrated school at Mount Zion, Hancock county, Georgia, my grandfather was a farmer living on Shoulderbone creek, three miles from this little village.
     "When Dr. Beman, who was a celebrated Presbyterian minister, about 6 feet tall, and big all the way up, established his school at Mount Zion my grandfather Thomas moved into Mount Zion to educate his children under Dr. Beman.
     "My father, Dr. Francis Anderson Thomas, and his brother, Dr. James E. Thomas, who was for fourteen years president of Emory college, and their sisters were prepared for college by Dr. Beman.
     "After my father graduated in Virginia, Dr. Carlyle P. Beman, brother of Dr. Nathan Beman, came to Georgia also to teach school, his brother Nathan having returned to the north.
     "Just about this time, Oglethorpe university was established and located at Midway, near Milledgeville. Dr. Carlyle P. Beman was elected its first president, and my father was elected on of its first professors.
     "After my father had taught several years in the school, he attended the medical colleges of Augusta and charleston, where he graduated in the same class with Dr. Willis Westmoreland, Sr. He afterwards located in Culloden, where he practiced his profession.
     "I mention these matters because my father often talked to me about them. The fact that his earliest young manhood was connected with the infant Oglethorpe university, inspires me to want to do a little something for the rehabilitation of this grand school."

December 29, 1913
Macon Telegraph
TWO NEGROES ARE SHOT AND KILLED AT SPARTA. Sparta, Dec. 28. Following a marriage ceremony seven miles north of here yesterday afternoon a son of Fred Lewis, negro, was shot by another negro. The boy died from loss of blood before medical aid arrived. This was the second tragedy of the week here.
   On Christmas morning Jack Bennett, employed on W. P. Beeman's place, shot and killed another negro, George Lawrence. The shooting was accidental it was claimed. Lawrence went to Bennett's house early in the morning and just as he reached the doorstep Bennett fired off a Christmas gun, as he claimss not knowing that the other negro was near.'


May 16, 1914
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Hancock County Black Called to Door of His Cabin, is Killed by Revengeful Enemy.
  Sparta, May 15 - Sheriff T. B. Hightower placed a negro named Will Brown behind the bars of the Hancock county jail this morning under a warrant charging him with murder.
   During the early part of last night the incarcerated  negro fired upon and instantly killed another negro named Allan Cooper at the former's home about five miles west of Sparta. It is said that bad blood had existed between the two negroes for some time and that Cooper went to Brown's home for the purpose of settling the difficulty having previously armed himself with a shotgun. When he had arrived at his destination he called to Brown to come out, and the call was answered with a load of buckshot which took effect in the dead negro's heat, producing instantaneous death.
  Brown has employed attorneys and it is likely that a commitment hearing will be had tomorrow morning before Justice of the Peace James H. Rogers.

May 22, 1914
Milledgeville News
Mr. Asa Simpson, aged 77 years, died at his home in Midway Wednesday after a prolonged illness. Mr. Simpson came to this county from Hancock and lived here virtually all his life.
    Survivng him are ten children, all of whom are well known in Milledgeville and Baldwin county. Mr. Simpson was a veteran of the civil war, a member of the Baptist church and a stable citizen who will be missed. To the family many friends extend sympathy.
    The funeral was held at the residence and the interment was at Harrison cemetery in Hancock county.

June 5, 1914
Milledgeville News
Hancock Farmer Fell Dead Here Saturday. Attacked With Heart Failure While Sitting In Buggy, Well Known Man Lived But Few Minutes.
   Mr. M. J. Grimes, a prominent farmer of Hancock county and well known in Milledgeville died suddenly here Saturday afternoon from an attack of heart failure.
  After having spent the day here transacting business matters, Mr. Grimes had just stepped into his buggy, which was standing in front of the store of Mr. D. F. Montgomery, when his head fell back, followed by a groan. Bystanders immediately noticed his condition and went to him to render aid by assisting him across the street to the Wayne Hotel and calling for a doctor, who failed to reach him in time. Mr. Grimes was about 45 years of age and was apparently in good health throughout the day Saturday up to the time of his sudden attack, which was pronounced heart failure.

August 28, 1914
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Mrs. A. N. Anchors, aged 64, died at the Macon hospital last night at 11:40 o'clock after a short illness. Mrs. Anchors had lived here for some time and was well known.
  She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. J. D. Layfield, of Macon; Mrs. J. D. Shore, of Shore, Ga.; Mrs. C. Rosumsum and Miss Alice Miller, of Ft. Worth, Texas and one son, O.M. Anchors, of Milledgeville.
   The body lay at Burghard's until 6 o'clock this morning when it was taken over the Georgia railroad to Sparta, where the funeral and interment will occur.
W.M. Hitchcock, age 53, died yesterday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock at the Macon hospital. Typhoid fever is given as the cause of his death. Besides his widow, Mr. Hitchcock is survived by one brother James Hitchcock, of Macon and three sisters.
  For several years Mr. Hitchcock had been employed by the Southern Express company here. He came to Macon from Hancock county, his native home. Hishome in Macon was on Main street, East Macon. The body will be taken this morning at 6:30 o'clock to Devereaux, where the funeral and interment will take place this morning.

October 5, 1914
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Sparta, Oct. 4 - Thomas C. Moon, editor and proprietor of the Sparta Ishmaelite, died at his home here yesterday after a protracted decline. He leaves a wife and four children and many friends, for he occupied a large place in the hearts of the people. The publication of the Ishmaelite will continue under the management of William Barnett.

October 30, 1914
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Macon Mourns Death Frank Garrett Thomas. For Many Years He Was Traveling Salesman for Adams' Bros. Co. - Death Due to Grief Over Wife's Tragic End.
  Word has reached Macon thatFrank Garrett Thomas, aged 59, for many years a traveling salesman for the Adams Brothers' Grocery company, of Macon, and widely known in middle and south Georgia, died yesterday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas H. Smoot, in Decatur.
  Up to three years ago Mr. Thomas had never known illness, but his health began to fall then, caused members of his family believe, by grieving over the tragic death of his wife, who was burned to death. For three years he has been gradually falling, until death released him yesterday morning. His remains were taken to his old home in Sparta yesterday afternoon, where the funeral will be held this morning at 10 o'clock.
  Mr. Thomas is survived by the following children: Mrs. T. H. Smoot, Decature; Mrs. L. C. Pope, Dublin; Wales W. Thomas, business managre of the Rome Tribune-Herald; Mrs. W. H. Underwood, Macon; J. Lewis Thomas and Josid Thomas, Jr., Decatur; Miss Georgia Thomas, Dublin; Miss Dorothy Thomas, Macon. He is also survived by three brothers and one sister, Lewis W. Thomas, Atlanta; W. P. Thomas, West Point; Dr. J. M. Thomas, Griffin, and Mrs. A. J. Perryman, Talbotton.
  Several of his children were at his bedside when the end came.

December 30, 1914
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Sidney Lewis Is  Dead; He Was Newspaper Man. Sparta, Dec. 29 - Sidney Lewis, founder and until recent years editor of the Sparta Ishmaelite, succumbed to an attack of apoplexy this morning at his home in this city. The deceased has been recognized as one of the leading newspaper men in Georgia, having been connected with the editorial departments of the Macon Telegraph, Augusta Chronicle and other leading papers in the state.

December 31, 1914
The Augusta Chronicle
J. J. Carr, Aged Fifty, Attacked Wife and Sister, and Was Shot to Death by His Son, George Carr.
Special to The Chronicle. Milledgeville, Ga., Dec. 30. - J. J. Carr, about fifty years of age, and merchant at Carrs Station, twelve miles from Milledgeville, was shot and instantly killed, about 3 o'clock this afternoon by his son, George Carr, in defense of his mother and widowed sister, Mr. Goodloe Beck, according to information received here tonight.
   Mrs. Beck, who lives in Milledgeville, left here this afternoon at 2 o'clock to visit her parents and a little twelve year old son of Mrs Beck returned on train reaching here at 5:40 to report killing to relatives, stating that the grandfather of child attacked his and grandmother immediately upon their arrival and that his son, George Carr, came to the defense of them both by killing his own father.
  J. J. Carr, the dead man, is well known in this section. He was a man of considerable means. According to information received here, Carr was drinking heavily at the time he was killed.
See January 12, 1915

January 4, 1915
Macon Telegraph
IS BROUGHT FROM TEXAS TO ANSWER OLD CHARGE. Brooken Brown to Be Tried for Crime 12 Years Old.
ALLEN WAS CONVICTED. He Was Pardoned by Hoke Smith-Allen and Brown Were Indicted for Killing Columbus Boyer-Brown Has Married and Lived Under Assumed Name.
  Sparta Jan. 8 - Twelve years ago Columbus Boyer was killed in this county.
  T. A. Allen and Brooken Brown were accused of the crime. They were both indicted for murder in the first degree.
   Allen was arrested, tried, convicted with a recommendation of mercy and sentenced to life imprisonment and was afterward pardoned by Hoke Smith, when he was governor.
  Brown made his escape on the morning of the killing and disappeared from this part of the country. Nothing more was heard of him until a week or so ago, when he was located in the town of Tyler, Texas. There he was arrested and brought back to Georgia by Sheriff T. B. Hightower, of this county, who has just arrived in the state with his prisoner, whom he lodged in the Fulton county jail until the meeting of the superior court in March.
  Both of these men implicated in the killing of Boyer were young, unmarried men. Brown belonged to one of the oldest and best families in the county and Allen was a grand-newphew of the late Richard Malcolm Johnston.
  It is said that since going to Texas Brown has married and raised a small family. He lived under and assumed name.

January 12, 1915
The Macon Daily Telegraph
YOUTH HELD JUSTIFIED IN SHOOTING FATHER.  Young George Carr Released by Sheriff at Sparta, Having Surrendered Day Before, Following Tragic Event.
  Sparta, Jan 1 - His action is shooting his father to save his mother and sister from threatened violence wa held justifiable in the eyes of the coroner's jury investigation, and George Carr was released here today by the sheriff.
  Young Carr came here, and surrendered yesterday following the shooting of his father, J. J. Carr, a merchant at Carr's Station, being held overnight.

January 31, 1915
The Macon Daily Telegraph
On Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Jan. 27, at the First Baptist church of Sparta, Mrs. Hattie Archer was married to Charles Rhodes, Rev. W. O. Young, pastor of the Baptist church, performing the ceremony. The large number of friends that gathered at the church to witness the wedding of this popular young couple were ushered to their respective places by Messrs. Harry Middlebrooks, Earl Wheeler, Welborn Moore, of Sparta, and Dr. Holmes Archer, of Wrightsville.
  The church had been most artistically decorated for the wedding. The altar was a mass of green palms and ferns, interspersed with Easter lilies; the surrounding arch was garlanded with smilax and white carnations; the columns were entwined in green, and the whole formed a most enchanting background for the wedding scene.
   Miss Mary Johnston, a sister of the bride, played Schumann's Traumeret and Miss Mae Gheesling, of Greensboro, niece of the bride, sang "the Hour That Gave Me You" and "So Fair, So Sweet and Holy." To the strains of Mendelssohn's wedding march, following the ushers, came Mrs. Archer with Mr. Rhodes to the altar, and Rev. Young performed the ceremony simply and solemnly.
  The bride wore a traveling suit of blue cloth with a touch of rose at the neck and her hat was a combination of blue and rose. She carried a bouquet of bride's roses, showered with lilies of the valley. Her costume was especially becoming to her Spanish type of beauty.
  Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes left for Florida and Cuba.

February 15, 1915
Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Feb 14 - One of Sparta's best and most honored citizens passed away on Friday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock as Mrs. S. B. Stevens breathed her last. Mrs. Stevens was 83 years old, and had been in failing health for several years. She will be very much missed, especially in the Baptist church, where she had labored for many years.

February 20, 1915
Macon Telegraph
Eugene Binion, 55 years of age, died yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at his residence, 1309 Broadway, following a brief illness. He had been a resident of Macon for a number of years and had been in the railroad business. Besides his widow, he is survived by several brothers and sisters.
  The body will be taken this afternoon at 1 o'clock to Carr's station, his former home, for funeral and interment.

May 8, 1915
Union Recorder
  Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Culver, of Culverton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Helen, to Mr. Harmon Lavelle Harris, the wedding to take place  in June.

July 16, 1915
Atlanta Constitution
Large New Flour Mill For Baldwin County Milledgeville, Ga. July 15 (Special) An important new industry in this section is the flour and grist mill now finished and in operation at Culverton, Ga. a short distance from this city, known as the Culverton Milling company.
  This enterprise has been put through by John Moore and will provide for the increased crop of wheat being raised hereabouts. The mill is up-to-date and equipped with the most modern machinery. The flour department is the new roller process and has a capacity of sixty barrels a day.
  For the benefit of farmers living too far to make the trip back and forth in one day, a camp house has been provided that they may stay all night and also a place to house their stock comfortably.

August 15, 1915
Macon Telegraph
WALLER-M'CLECKEY. Mrs. Henry Fletcher Waller, of Culverton, announce the engagement of her daughter, Mary, to Mr. Samuel Linton McCleckey, the wedding to take place this fall.

August 19, 1915
Augusta Chronicle
    MR. FRANK BURNETT IS DEAD AT SPARTA. He Was the First Freight Conductor Employed on the Macon Branch of Georgia Road.
    Sparta, Ga., August 18- Mr. Frank Burnett the eledst as well as one of the leading and most highly respected citizens of Sparta died late yesterday afternoon at the home of his nephew, Cashier J. B. Burnett of the bank of Sparta. He was in the eighty-third year of his life and until a few months ago was a very vigorous man and had enjoyed the best of health. Mr. Burnett's death was due to the ailments incident to a man of his years.
    The deceased was a faithful Confederate veteran. He enlisted in the army of the South at the outbreak of the war and served continuously until the end came. At the conclusion of the struggle between the States he returned to Sparta where he has since resided.
    He was the first railway conductor employed on the macon branch of the Georgia railroad and in this capacity he served many years.
   The interment will take place in the Sparta Cemetery this afternoon at 5 o'clock.

September 19, 1915
Macon Telegraph
VARDEMAN-BAGLEY. Dr. and Mrs. George S. Vardeman, of Sparta, announce the engagement of their daughter, Grace Eugenia, to Mr. William Webster Bagley, of Americus, the wedding to take place Nov. 24 at the Pierce Memorial church. No cards.

October 2, 1915
Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Oct. 1. - Mrs. Luther Moate of Devereaux, was buried here today. She lived in Sparta as Miss Florence Clancy until her marriage, which occurred here a few years ago. She was much beloved here. She was the granddaughter of Judge and Mrs. Frank L. Little. She is survived by her husband and two little daughters and two brothers, Messrs. R. D. and Donald Clancy. She was a niece of Dr. William Little of Macon.

Feburary 1, 1916
Union Recorder
Dr. R. L. Ray died suddenly at his home in Hancock county, about 9 o'clock, last Wednesday night with heart failure. When he was attacked medical aid was summoned from this city, but a telephone message a few minutes later announced that he had died.
   Dr. Ray was a successful practioner and farmer of Hancock and was well known. He was financially interested in several enterprises in Milledgeville. He frequently visited this city ahnd had a large acquaintance here.
  Dr. Ray was about 50 years of age.

May 17, 1916
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Sparta, May 16 - MissDora Hilsman and Sidney B. Rives were married here tonight in the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Walter Smith. Rev. M. S. Roberts, pastor of the Baptist church, performed the ceremony at 8 o'clock.

June 11, 1916
Macon Telegraph
   PARROTT-GARNER. Mr. and Mrs. J. Casey Shannon, Jr., of Jeffersonville, announce the engagement of thie sister, Ida Loette Parrott, to Mr. Oscar Lee Garner, of Sparta, the wedding to take place in July.

June 17, 1916
The Macon Daily Telegraph
  Sparta, June 16. Funeral services were held here Wednesday for Dr. Joseph B. Dillard, 81 years old, who died Tuesday night after two weeks' illness from jaundice. Dr. Dillard practiced medicine in Union Point for years, but recently had been residing here with his daughter, Mrs. John R. Lewis. Others who survive him are five daughters, Mrs. A. W. Quillian, of Harlem; Mrs. W. F. Dunlap, of Chipley; Mrs. Walker House, of Cornelia; Mrs. James Aiken, of Union Point, and Mrs. W. J. Steward, of Carrollton; also three sons, Dr. Joseph Dillard, of Sparta, James Dillard, of Davisboro, and Dr. Samuel Dillard, of Atlanta. The deceased was interred at Union Point.

July 11, 1916
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Albert H. Birdsong. Sparks, July 10 - The funeral of Albert Birdsong, whose death occurred Saturday morning, was held here today. For many years he was treasurer of Hancock county. Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Dr. J. L. Birdsong, of New Haven, Conn; a daughter, Mrs. J.M. Middlebrooks, of near Sparta, and several sisters and brothers.

Walter Pierce. Sparks, July 10. - The funeral of Walter Pierce, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Pierce, of Richmond, Va., was held Sunday afternoon. Interment being at Sparta cemetery.

August 15, 1916
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Sparta, Aug. 14. - The funeral of Judge James A. Harley was held today at 11 o'clock. Although he had been in ill health for several years the end was sudden and a shock to his family and friends. Besides his wife he leaves two daughters, Misses Paula and Ella Harley, of this place; two sons, Foster P. and J. A. Harley, Jr., of Columbus, and two brothers, W. I. and R. B. Harley, of Sparta.

August 27, 1916 
Macon Telegraph
   Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Moore, of Culverton announce the engagment of their daughter, Sarah Lou, to Oscar Clarke Baskin, the wedding to take place in September

October 10, 1916
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Augusta, Oct 9 -Edgeworth Bird Baxter, a former attorney of Augusta, but for the past several years and instructor in jurisprudence and philosophy at Princeton university, died Saturday at Trenton, N.J.
  The remains have been coveyed to Sparta, Ga., the home of his father, Col. Richard Baxter, where the funeral took place today. Edgewood Baxter was 48 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ella Alexander Baxter, of this city, and two daughters, Misses Lucy and Vera Baxter, students at LaGrange Female college.

November 5, 1916
Macon Telegraph
KENNEDY - HELTON. Mr. J. B. Kennedy, of Devereaux, Ga., announces the engagement of his daughter, Minnie May, to Mr. William Roswell Helton, of McIntyre, the marriage to take place on Dec. 28, at home.

November 28, 1916
Union Recorder
  Mr. J. A. Jones, formerly of this city, but who is now residing on his plantation in Hancock county, shot and killed a negro by the name of Dennis Burton Monday, November 20. The shooting occurred at Mr. Jones home.
  Mr. Jones and the negro previous to this had a misunderstanding over the settlement of a cotton debt the negro was due him. At the time the negro was armed with a double barreled shot gun and was very defiant in his attitude, Mr. Jones being unarmed. At the time of the shooting Monday morning, Mr. Jones had just left his home going to a nearby field carrying with him his Winchester rifle. He saw the negro coming with his shotgun, holding it in a threatening position. Mr. Jones quickly raised his rifle and fired, the ball striking the negro in the head. The negro fell and died immediately. The gun he carried was found by his side with both barrels cocked and loaded with buckshot. The coroner of Hancock county was notified and held an inquest. The verdict of the jury was that Mr. Jones was justifiable.

December 24, 1916
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Mr.and Mrs H. L. Orgain, of Sparta, announce the marriage of their daughter,Agnes Rebecca, to Col. John Clyde Blackwell, of McKenney, Va., Dec. 20, at the home of the bride's aunt, Mrs. R. A. Graves.

Miss Dena Atchison and Mr. John Evans, of Devereaux, were married the evening of Dec. 12, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hill Grace. Rev. F. Roberts, pastor of the Baptist church, performed the ceremony.

    A wedding of interest was that of Mr. Edgar Poe Rycroft, of Sparta, and Miss Robbie Lucile Hutchinson, of Adel, Wednesday afternoon at the home of the bride's parents, the Rev. Mr. Sims, of Valdosta, officiating. Only the immediate family and a few intimate friends witnessed the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Rycroft are spending the honeymoon in Florida, and will be home in Sparta after Jan. 1.

February 16, 1917
Milledgeville News
  Mr.J. W. Buck, one of the most widely known citizens of the community of Linton, and well known in this city, died at his home in that place Monday night, after an illness of several weeks duration.
  Mr. Buck was a confederate veteran, having served in the army practically throughout the entire Civil War. He had many friends and a number of relatives in Milledgeville, being survived by two daughters, Mrs. Nora Boyer, and Mrs. Warren Welch, both of Linton, and one brother, Mr. J. A. Buck, of this city, and one sister, Mrs. J. D. Malpass, also of Milledgeville, who will have the sympathy of their many friends.
   The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Pattillo, pastor of the Methodist church of Deveraux. Interment took place in the cemetery at Linton.

February 27, 1917
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Culverton, Feb. 26. Capt. John L. Culver, one of the most prominent and widely known residents of Hancock county, died at his home here this morning after a brief illness. He was in his 87th year, and is survived by three children, Mrs. J. E. Kidd, of Milledgeville; Miss Annie M. Culver and L. E. Culver, of this city.
  Capt. Culver served with distinction in the Civl war. At the outbreak of hostilities, he was elected second lieutenant of Company K, Fifteenth Georgia regiment, and after a few months was promoted to the captaincy. He later served the staff of Maj.-Gen. G. W. Smith. After the war, Capt. Culver represented Hancock county in both houses of the state legislature, was for more than twenty years a member of the board of county commissioners; was a director in the Bank of Sparta, and at the time of his death was a trustee of the state sanitarium.
  The funeral will take place at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon.

March 4, 1917
Macon Telegraph
  A wedding in interest and pleasant surprise was that of Miss Elise Stribling and Mr. Bent Holt, of Sparta, which took place on Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock at the Baptist parsonage at Eatonton, Rev. W. T. Granade performing the ceremony. Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Holt left for Atlanta for a short stay prior to Mr. Holt's leaving on Saturday for El Paso, Texas, to join his regiment. Mrs. Holt is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Stribling and a young girl with a wide circle of friends at home and in Atlanta, where she graduated a year ago at the Piedmont sanitarium. Mr. Holt is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Holt, of Sparta, and is a splendid young business man.

May 10, 1917
Augusta Chronicle
TWO NEGROES KILLED BY G. GRANDY, ANOTHER NEGRO. Sparta, Ga, May 9. News of the killing of Adam Reynolds and Alex Jackson by George Grandy, several miles from Sparta, Sunday afternoon, resulted in the capturing of Grandy by Sheriff Hightower, Wednesday, and he has been place in jail here to await commitment trial. The cause of the shooting is unkown, as the prisoner has made no statement. All parties were negroes.

July 15, 1917
The Macon Daily Telegraph
COLE - REESE. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Norton Cole announce the marriage of their daughter,Bessie Wallace, to Mr. Thomas A. Reese, of Sparta, Ga., on Sunday afternoon, July 1.

August 15, 1917
Atlanta Constitution
Rev. M. C. Britt Dead; Was Prominent Minister in Presbyterian Church. Sparta, Ga., August 14 -(Special) Rev. M. C. Britt, for twenty-nine years pastor of the Sparta Presbyterian church, died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Haden Blake, near Concord, in Pike county, during last night.
   Mr. Britt was spending the month of August at his boyhood home, and retired last night as usual, and was found dead this morning when he was called.
  The deceased was one of the strongest and ablest ministers in the southern Presbyterian church. He had severed churches in Atlanta, Cuthbert, Quitman, and other places. He was universally beloved throughout this section by all denominations for his Godliness and deep spirituality. He was a classmate of President Woodrow Wilson.
  He will be buried in Sparta Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. He was the oldest Presbyterian minister in Georgia in point of active service. He was in his sixty-fifth year.

August 19, 1917
Macon Telegraph
   Mr. and Mrs. Jeff C. Smith, of Culveton announce the engagement of their dughter, Mary Bridges, to Mr. L. Edwards Culver, the marriage to take place at the John Turner Memorial Church, Culverton, Ga., Sept. 18.

September 7, 1917
Atlanta Constitution
DUGGAN - Remains of Dr. Ivey W. Duggan, who died Thursday morning at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Walter P. Callaway, 42 Virginia avenue, will be taken this morning to Linton, Ga., for funeral and interment. Funeral party will leave Terminal station, via Central railway, at 8 o'clock. Awtry & Lowndes company, funeral directors.

October 9, 1917
Union Recorder
Mr. M. Arnold, one of Hancock county's most respected citizens, died at his home near Devereux Sept. 28th, after having a stroke of paralysis several days previous.
  Mr. Arnold was well-known in Milledgeville, being a frequent visitor here, and was held in the highest respect by all who knew him. He was seventy-six years of age, having been born Dec. 10th, 1841. He taught school in Baldwin county in his young manhood. In 1867 he married Miss Sarah McCloud, and afterward settled near the old homestead in Hancock county, where he has since lived.  He was justice of the peace for a number of years in his district and was known as "Judge." He is survived by his wife, a sister and four children, Mrs. Mattie Butts, and Miss Eva Arnold, of Milledgeville, and Mrs. D. Henry, of Dayton, O., and W. H. Arnold, of Columbus, O.
  He met death with a Christian fortitude, and realized that it was well with him.
  His remains were buried in the old family cemetery.
   A good man has gone to his reward.

October 16, 1917
Union Recorder
  Sacred to the memory of Mr.Seaborn H. Gilmore who departed this life on the 3d day of Oct., 1917, at his home near Carrs Station. Bro. Gilmore was a long and patient sufferer. Bro. Gilmore had cancer and visited Dr. Rawlings Sanitarium frequently in the last two years. Everything was done that loving hands could do, bu the Lord knew best and said come up higher and rest. Bro. Gilmore was 64 years old and was married 30 years ago to Miss Mary Horton, of Hancock county, who still survives him.
  They lived happily together and indeed their home was always a pleasant home to visit for they were always anxious to make their friends happy and contented.
  He leaves a disconsolate and almost heart-broken wife and two sons, Messrs. Lonnie and Linsey Horton, and one daughter, Mrs. S. M. Moran, Jr. to whom he was very much devoted and these children almost worshiped the father and it is almost more that the mother and children could bear to give their dear father and beloved husband up. A. S. AVANT.

October 17, 1917
The Columbus Enquirer-Sun
Eagle Pass, Tex. Oct. 16.Second Lieutenant Harry R. Fleming, Fourteenth cavalry, died in the post hospital here Monday as the result of a fractured skull, caused by his horse falling on him last Monday. The body was sent to Sparta, Ga., Fleming's former home.

October 19, 1917
Macon Daily Telegraph
White Man Kills His Negro Tenant. Thomas Davis Shoots Tom Dunn on Farm Near Sparta and Surrenders.
  Sparta, Oct. 18 - Yesterday a white man named Thomas Davis killed Tom Dunn, a negro, in the Fort Creek neighborhood. The negro was his tenant. There were no witnesses to the affair.
  Dunn had been giving Davis a good deal of trouble in making a settlement, and bad feeling had arisen between them. Davis shot him twice at close range, once in the back of the head and once in the forehead, the latter shot being fatal. The first one would not have been, for the bullet did not penetrate his skull, but flattened against it. Davis immediately surrendered.
  The coroner's jury today, after hearing much evidence, found a verdict that the deceased came to his death by a pistol shot wound at the hands of Thomas Davis, who shot not in his own defense.

November 19, 1917
The Macon DailyTelegraph
Maysville, Nov. 18 - Rev. J S. L. Sappington, member of the North Georgia Conference, died Saturday at his home here. He was 59 years old. His wife and eight children survive. The remains were taken to Sparta.

November 25, 1917
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Nov. 24 - The Ishmaelite, the local paper, is exhibiting a newspaper 112 years old. It was published here, and apparently was the official organ at the time. The paper was known as the Farmers Gazette. it was a four-page, four-column publication. The name of the publisher has been obliterated.

December 10, 1917
Macon Telegraph
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Little, wife of Judge Frank L. Little, died Saturday at midnight at her residence in Sparta. She was in her 79th year and had been ill for several weeks following a fall which fractured her hip.
    She is survived by her husband, Judge Frank L. Little, and the following sons and daughters: John Franklin Little, of Washington, D. C.; Capt. Young Allen, of 121st United States Aviation Corps, Camp Gordon; Mrs. R. P. McElvoy, of Macon, and Dr. William J. Little, of Macon.
   The funeral and interment will take place this (Monday) noon at Sparta.

January 11, 1918
Augusta Chronicle
  Sparta, Ga, Jan. 10 - Mr. Frank White, one of the oldest residents of Hancock County, died at his residence in this city yesterday. Mr. White was born in Hancock County, March 18, 1833. He was one of the oldest merchants in this section of Georgia, being  the senior member of F. White and Son.
  Mr. White was a Confederate veteran and a splendid man and citizen, and will be greatly missed in this community. He was an earnest Christian, an elder in the Sparta Presbyterian Church, and had been superintendent of the Sunday School for more than a quarter of a century.
  He is survived by his wife, two sons, Mr. H. K. White, of Sparta, and Mr. George White, of Atlanta, and one daughter, Miss Clyde White, of Sparta.

February 18, 1918
Union Recorder
NEWS FROM NEAR CARRS. Dunn - Gilmore.     We the friends of Miss Kate Baugh Dunn and Mr. Lindsay Gilmore have just learned of their marriage which took place last Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the home of Rev. Nat Wood. Mr. Wood officiating.
   The bride is the youngest daughter of Mrs. Ida Dunn, widow of the late Mr. Henry Dunn, of Devereux, and is a charming young lady and is loved by all who know her for her sweet and friendly disposition, while Mr. Gilmore is a progressive young farmer of near Carr's Station.
   We wish them good luck in the future and may happiness and prosperity follow them all through life.

March 17, 1918
DEATH OF MR. THOS WEST. Died at the old homestead in Hancock county after a short illness on March the 14th, Thomas S. West. He is missed and regretted by a large number of friends and relatives. He was a Musician of no mean ability and a member of the former West Band. A veteran of the civil war and a member of Camp Doles. He was in his seventieth year. Leaves a wife, two sons and three daughters, six brothers and one sister, to mourn his loss.

March 23, 1918
Macon Telegraph
   Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Evans, of Sparta, announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Mae, to Mr. Merrit Eugene Morris, the wedding to take place at the home of the bride in April.

April 21, 1918
Macon Telegraph
MACDOUGALL - SIGMAN. Mr. and Mrs J. G. MacDougall, of Cambridge, announce the marriage of their daughter, Daisy Louise, to Mr. Cheney Carter Sigman, of Sparta April 7, 1918.

June 2, 1918
The Macon Daily Telegraph
  Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lester Reynolds of Mayfield, announce the engagement of their sister, Miss Ruth Reynolds, to Mr. Benjamin Harvey Clark of Columbus and New London, Conn., the wedding to take place in June, the date to be announced later.

August 4, 1918
Macon Weekly Telegraph
  Sparta , Aug. 3 - From a stroke of paralysis suffered this week, Thomas Dunn, former marshal of Sparta, and well known in this section, died at his home here Wednesday night. Deceased was a member of the Baptist church. His wife and daughter survive, as well as other relatives in Hancock and adjoining counties. Mr. Dunn was a native of Hancock county, moving into the city several years ago.

August 22, 1918
Augusta Chronicle
The Death of S. W. Roberts
  The other day - last Thursday to be exact - Sterling W.  Roberts died in Milledgeville after having rounded out 74 years of life, most of which was active and all of it certainly useful to his fellowman. During the last few years of his life he had been in failing health and the end came peacefully and quietly at the home of his nephew, with whom he has resided most of the time since the death of his wife several years ago.
    The history of service which surrounds the life of Mr. Roberts was one of singular worth and ability. He was the first president of the Georgia Press Association, organized thirty-odd years ago, and his guiding hand had much to do with shaping the course of the organization which has made it such an important factor in the affairs of the state through all the years and during the entire career of the association he has watched its progress with increasing solicitude and interest down to the present time.
     In politics he sought no distinction and yet he had honors bestowed upon him, being the delegated authority to cast the electoral vote of Georgia when Grover Cleveland was first named president. He also held an important appointive office under the president at that time. Most of his newspaper career was in Sparta, during a part of the time associated with the lamented Sidney Lewis in the publication of the Sparta Ishmaelite, which was one of the best known of Georgia weeklies.
   The passing away of Mr. Roberts is greatly regretted by hundreds of friends throughout Georgia and those who knew him best realize the state has lost a valued citizen.

September 17, 1918
Macon Weekly Telegraph
H. L. Hancock, age 81 years, a native of Hanock county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. S. Peacock, 215 Belle street yesterday morming at 2:30 o'clock. Mr. Hancock formerly lived at Carrs Station, but came to Macon about three weeks ago, and was taken ill and rapidly grew worse until the end came. A few years ago Mr. Hancock was employed with the Georgia Railroad. He was a Confederate Veteran and a member of the Presbyterian church. He leaves three sons and two daughters, J. H., B. F., and Q. M. Hancock; Mrs. J. S. Peacock, and Mrs. Carrie Humphrey of Tennessee. The funeral will be held this morning at 11 o'clock in the Evergreen Cemetery, Rev. J. G. Harrison will officiate.

October 10, 1918
Macon Telegraph
CHARLES WEST, The body of Charles West, who died at his home, 102 New street, Tuesday night, was carried to Carr's Station yesterday afternoon for funeral and interment. The funeral services will be held there today.

October 19, 1918
Macon Telegraph
JUDGE FRANK LITTLE DIES. Father of Macon Alderman, Passes Away at Home in Sparta.
   Sparta, Oct. 18. Judge Frank L. Little, known throughout Georgia and one of this section's most prominent citizens, died at his home here this morning. He was stricken with paralysis several months ago. For thirty-six consecutive years he was judge of the County Court of Hancock and City Court of Sparta, retiring a few years ago. Judge Little was chairman of the board of trustees of the Sparta High School and was also chairman of the board of stewards of the Methodist Church.
    In Judge Little's death at Sparta and Hancock County have lost a citizen whose activity in matters of public importance has been of substantial benefit to the entire section. He stood for all that was good for his community and was known and like by many, not only in his home city, but throughout Georgia.
   Surviving him are three sons, Dr. W. J. Little, of Macon;  Lieut. Allen Little, with the United States Medical Corps, now with the army in France; Frank Little, of Washington, D. C. , and one daughter, Mrs. Robert McEvoy, of Macon.

December 29, 1918
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Mrs. Frances A. Sigman, of Sparta, announces the marriage of her daughterFrances Leola, to Mr. William Hoy Peterson, of Vidalia, on Dec. 25.

January 18, 1919
Macon Weekly Telegraph
LONNIE JAMES DAVIS and Helen McKinney, who claim to be from Sparta, were refused a marriage license here yesterday. They returned to Sparta and said they would get married there. Davis gave his age as 21, but the court thought he looked younger.

February 9, 1919
Macon Daily Telegraph
  MRS. G. BURNETT MOORE.   One of the saddest deaths that has occurred for some time was that of Mrs. G. Burnett Moore, wife of G. Burnett Moore, editor of the Sparta Ishmelite, of Sparta. Her death came Monday evening, February the 3rd, after a brief illness of influenza. Mrs. Moore formerly resided in Macon, and is better known here as Mrs. Nanaline Genero, a daughter of Mrs. E. E. Baily, who has resided in Macon for several years. Mrs. Moore was one of Macon's beautiful and popular young ladies, she being an active member of Tatnall Square Baptist church previous to her marriage and going to Sparta to make her home: she being a bride of ten months, having married April 10th, 1918. All who knew her were charmed with her sweet and cheerful disposition. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, Burnett Moore, and little son, Edwin; her mother, Mrs. E. E. Baily; three brothers, N. Rupert Baily, of Macon, and Charles and A. W. Baily, of Florida, and three sisters, Mrs. Reese Johnson, of Macon, and Mrs. Flynn Vause, and Miss Azalee Baily, of Palatka, Fla.
  Funeral services were conducted by Dr. E. J. Forester, Tuesday afternoon, interment taking place at Sparta, where many sorrowing friends gathered. The many beautiful floral offerings were  a token of love and esteem in which she was held by both Macon and Sparta friends.

March 2, 1919
The Macon Daily Telegraph
BULL DOG IN SPARTA RIDES ON COW'S TAIL.   Sparta, March 1. Every town has its favorite dog. Sparta's is "Mut," a bull dog, and he has the reputation of holding on once he clamps his jaws onto something, regardless of what the something may be. The other day a cow started cutting up and Mut decided that it was up to him to do something to preserve the peace and he did.
  The swishing tail of the cow caught Mut's eye and in a moment he grabbed the tail. The attack somewhat startled the cow, but only for a moment.
  Deciding that anywhere but that particular spot was where a cow ought to be this cow started, with an "I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way" air. Spring street was the avenue of escape sought.
  But Mut was not to be so easily thrown aside. He held on as long as the  cow's tail held together, leaving only when the part he had between his teeth parted company with the rest of the swishing apparatus.
  All of which is why one of Sparta's cows is minus four inches of tail.

March 23, 1919
Macon Telegraph
CHAPMAN-BERRY. Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Chapman of Sparta, announce the engagement of their daughter, Esther Belle, to Mr. Wilfred McFerrin Berry, the wedding to take place in April. No cards.

June 29, 1919
Macon Telegraph
   Mrs. F. M. Simmons died at the Macon Hospital yesterday morning at 10 o'clock. She was born in Hancock county,  and before her marriage to the late F. M. Simmons, who died at Milledgeville several years ago, was Miss Nancy Ella Herringdine, and was in her fifty-eighth year of age. Mrs. Simmons lived at 1053 Walnut street, and has been a resident of Macon the last five years. Since early in life she has been a devoted member of the Baptist church. Mrs. Simmons had been critically ill for several days, although her death came as a great shock to her many friends and relatives. Surviving her are two sons and five daughters, J. R. and J. I. Simmons, Mrs. O. B. Bell, of Alabama, Mrs. J. E.   Dobbs and Misses Lilly Mae, Eunice and Pearl Simmons, all of Macon. The funeral services will be conducted from Hart's Chapel this afternoon at 4:30 o'clock by Rev. Gordon L. Yates of the First Baptist church. The interment will immediately follow in Riverside cemetery.

August 17, 1919
Atlanta Constitution
Land At Devereaux Changes Hands Twice
Devereaux, Ga., August 16 (Sparta) The old home place of H. C. Keys was sold a short time ago for $15 per acre. This is a 200-acre tract and about six miles from Milledgeville. After the trade was made Mr Keys decided that the price was too low, and by paying a small cost got the place back.

September 7, 1919
Macon Daily Telegraph
  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Francis Etheridge of Sparta announce the engagement of their daughter, Ruth, to Mr. Richard Turner Moore, the wedding to take place in November.

September 26, 1919
Macon Daily Telegraph
HUMPHREY GIVEN FREEDOM BY JURY. Hancock County Man Found Not Guilty On Charge of Murder. Smith Trial Scheduled Today.   Sparta, Sept. 25 - John A. Humphrey, who went to trial here this morning in Hancock superior court on a charge of killing
Dan W. Wheeler at the Georgia Railroad station in Mayfield July 20, this year, was acquitted shortly after ten o'clock tonight. The case went to the jury about six o'clock after consuming the entire day. Little difficulty was experienced in securing a jury.
  The widow of Wheeler was a witness for the state. Owing to the prominence of the families involved a large crowd was attracted here for the trial. When given a commitment trial some time ago Humphrey was ordered held for trial on a charge of manslaughter and he was allowed to give bond. When the present grand jury met a bill charging Humphrey with murder was returned.
  The defendant was represented by Burwell and Fleming, while Solicitor General Doyle Campbell had associated with him in the prosecution Attorneys Jos. Pottle, of Milledgeville, Marion B. Felts, of Warrenton, R. L. Merritt, of Sparta.

October 17, 1919
Macon Daily Telegraph
  Sparta, Oct. 16 - After a hearing which occupied the entire day here Wednesday James Taylor, charged with the murder of Jack Meriweather on August 7, last, was found guilty of manslaughter shortly before midnight. The jury fixed the maximum penalty at five years and the minimum at two years. Burwell & Fleming represented the defendant.

October 28, 1919
Augusta Chronicle
Mrs. Sally Brake Ivey, wife of Meriam C. Ivey, died yesterday noon at the University Hospital after an illness of four weeks, age 46 years. The furneral will be held this afternoon from the family residence, 916 Bohler avenue, at 4 o'clock, Rev. J. T. Eakes officiating. Interment will be in West View Cemetery.
    Mrs. Ivey is survived by her husband, five brothers, L. A. and Thomas Blake, of Crawfordville, Pilcher and Irving Brake of Culverton, and Lunce Brake of Powelton, also ony one sister, Mrs. M. E. Leonard, of Powelton.

November 23, 1919
Macon Daily Telegraph
  Sparta, Nov. 22. The funeral of Judge Wellborn Moore, who was killed in an automobile accident at Haddock Thursday night, took place at the Sparta cemetery this morning. The services were conducted by Rev. W. S. Robinson, of the Methodist Church, assisted by Rev. R. C. Wilson, Jr., of the Presbyterian church and Dr. E. J. Forrester, of the Baptist church. The attendance was large with people from all over Hancock county and other sections of the state present.
   Judge Moore had always been popular with a large number of friends and wide family connections. It has often been said he was the most popular man in the county. He was solicitor of the city court and afterwards judge for twelve years from which he resigned to go the legislature last year, succeeding W. H. Burwell with opposition. Since this is Hancock's turn to furnish the state senator the two local papers carried Judge Moore's announcement this week that he would be a candidate for the senate. It is conceded he would have gone without opposition. He was a Shriner, president of the Sparta Savings Bank and a steward in the Methodist church.
  He leaves a widow who was Miss Effie Brown, of Newnan, and three little doors, Mary, Effie and Madaline, one brother, L. E. Moore of Culverton, four sisters, ,Mrs. R. H. Lewis of Sparta; Mrs. Joseph Wagner, of Macon; Mrs. J. F. Waller of Culverton, and Mrs. R. A. Chapman of Washington.  

December 7, 1919
Macon Daily Telegraph
SMITH-TUCKER. Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Smith of White Plains, announce the engagement of their daughter, Austria Howell, to Mr. T. J. Tucker, of Sparta, the wedding to take place during this month. No cards.

December 16, 1919
Union Recorder
  Mrs. J. F. Muldrow has the sympathy of her many friends here on account of the death of her sister, Mrs. Alvin Hitchcock, which occurred Saturday night at her home in Hancock County. Mrs. Hitchcock before her marriage was Miss Jesse Boyer. She is survived by Mr. Hitchcock and two children, her parents and two brothers and three sisters. The relatives, who are well known in Milledgeville, have the sympathy of many friends here.

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