Saturday, May 18, 2019

From Days Gone By May 21, 1921

May 21, 1921.
    There was a general mix-up of negroes Sunday afternoon about 4 pm on the Norris plantation on Buckeye owned by Mr. W. C. Tompkins. The result is that Brant Wright was killed outright and Green Norris was mortally wounded and after lingering until Tuesday morning, died. Edd Wright is in jail under a blanket charge of murder. Lucien Norris who is said to have fired the pistol that killed Brant Wright, was arrested but later freed, his act being decided justifiable.
    The fight took place in the yard of John Norris, colored. Edd Wright in jail, stated Tuesday there was a few of them drinking there Sunday afternoon. It seems that he and his brother, Brant, pitched a fight against Green Norris and was getting the best of him, when Lucien Norris, son of Green, came up, ran into the house obtained a pistol and from the porch shot Brant in top of the head, as Brant stood in the yard trying to shoot him.
    Green Norris was hit in the neck and cut with a knife in the body. After the killing of Brant, Lucien went to the nearest telephone and asked that the sheriff come out there. The call was answered and Edd and Lucien were brought in Sunday night. After some investigations the authorities turned Lucien out, under the belief that Lucien was justifiable.
    Edd Wright told a reporter Tuesday he had nothing to do with the fight at all. That Brant killed Green, that Brant was drunk but he was not drinking. Edd lived next door to John Norris and was there on a visit. There were several negroes present, he said.
    Arline Chapel gave a royal singing convention Saturday and Sunday. The next one will be at Smith's Chapel. Soldier Roger Tompkins of the aviation department at Langley was home to see his parents Mr. & Mrs. W. C. Tompkins. Mr. Marcus Carter stationed at Panama is home on a months furlough.
    The Wrightsville baseball club defeated a picked team from Wadley by a score of 9 to 8. Prof. A. J. M. Robinson and Mr. Isham Stephens are in Albany attending the Old Soldiers Reunion. Messrs. Lovett & Hutchinson have moved their saw mill into town and are sawing hardwoods now. It is located on the railroad in the north part of the city. Contractor T. L. Chester has begun work on a new bungalow for Mr. J. D. Hutcheson on South Marcus street.
    Mr. George H. Bray will receive his Victory Medal from the War Department in Atlanta for his service in the world war. Mr. Wiley Cheeves files for bankruptcy.
    The Dock Kemp Training School will close its term on May 24th. W. E. Roberts, principal, states they will have a good program in full this year. There are a couple of towns in the county that are getting on the map educationally. They are coming from out of the old ruts and putting on new life and spirit. Their further educational progress will be watched with much interest by the remander of the county.
    Senator Tom Watson is right, too much of this foreign immigration isn't going to work if the birth of twins is to continue so constantly. The people are also just naturally against the idea of pensioning ex-presidents. If a man can't lay up enough out of as big a salary as this chief executive gets during his tenure of office it's his own lookout and we hope Harris and Watson will fight any such measure in Congress. Soon the mosquito drive will be on.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

From Days Gone By May 14, 1921

May 14, 1921.
    A jury in Emanuel County Superior Court fond guilty one Tom Johns, a white man, on trial for slaying Mrs. Fannie Lumley Coleman on February 8th. He was sentenced to life in prison. Johns was convicted of one of the worst crimes ever committed in this section. He entered a plea of insanity, but physicians, testified he was sane.
    On February 8th, Johns called on Mrs. Coleman, who was at work in a sugar cane field, demanded that she go off with him. She refused him and he left only to return a short time later with a shotgun. He opened fire on her and she fell mortally wounded to the ground. He fired into her prostrate body the second time, and then coolly reloaded his gun and fired another load of shot into her body.
    He was arrested immediately after the crime and was committed and a few days later in a confession to county authorities stated that he killed the woman because he loved her and becausd she would not marry him he would rather kill her than to leave her to live with any other man.
    Pastor John W. Tyndall informed tbe Chrisgian church congegation he would only be with them for two more services as he was resigning. Counth Agent M. E. Crow has arranged to show moving pictures of different county school houses including Minton's Chapel, Davis, and New Home. The school board elects next years teachers. They are Mr. W. S. Branham, principal; Miss Mae Melton and Miss Ola Johnson music teachers. Mrs. W. L. Norris, Mrs. James I. Spell, Mrs. James M. Luck and Miss Rosmond Moral.
    The election in the local school district for three trustees grew heated just before the election between E. E. Sanders, T. V. Kent, B. B. Blount, H. P. Hicks and I. R. Tanner. The vote stood counted Sanders 152, Blount 91, Tanner 90, Kent 86 and Hicks 76.
    Miss Emma Thomas married Mr. Zack Cullens at Jackson, Georgia. Mr. & Mrs. N. D. Whitaker had two bright little daughters born.
    Quite a number of fishing parties have been out this week on the waters of the Ogeechee at Coleman's Lake and McKinney's Pond on down to the Canoochee, Altamaha on to the Satilla.
    Mr. T. F. Bullard, secretary of the county Farm Bureau released their program for the year. 1. Encourage boys and girls club work. 2. For farmers to grow corn, oats, wheat, potatoes, sugar cane, velvet beans, peanuts and hay. 3. Promote the growth of sweet potatoes, hogs and sugar cane on a commercial basis. 4. Reduce fertilizer bills by growing leguminous crops and promote rotation. 5. Establish one bonded warehouse and stock yard and appoint sales agent. 6. Secure county nurse to work with county agents and doctor's in blotting out malnutrition and diseases in the county. 7. Improve schools. 8. Work on beautifying country homes. 9. Establish marketing of eggs. 10. A cow, chickens, garden and orchard for every home.
    The mayor and council of Wrightsville decided not to raise tbe light and water rates of the city. Singers will gather in Wrightsville 5th Sunday in courthousd auditorium for a days program of singers, and basket dinner under the shade of the oaks on the square.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

From Days Gone By May 7, 1921

May 7, 1921.
    The plans for a big fair this fall are still under headway and the committees are busy getting everything in shape. Plans were made to join the Middle Georgia Fair Circuit. Mr. M. E. Crow is working on his part of the Middle Georgia Swine Show, a feature of the circuit's plans.
    The county Farm Bureau organization, in the face of all obstacles is moving along well with its first steps to progress showing up fine Since organizing the bureau has elected to do a big program of work for the year and this has been mapped out in detail and will be read at a rousing meeting at tbe courthouse
    The people of this county are going ahead with dipping their cows and it is hoped this work will soon be over and the expense of the county stopped. Now that the end of Myrtle Avenue looks so nice since it has been opened up all the way to Idlywild Drive.
    Mr. J. O. Tanner is buying Fords and carrying them to the city and selling them. Philip Bedgood of Harrison is now playinv with the Atlana Crackers and seems to be doing good. Of the four pitchers Atlanta has Bedgood is twirling as successfuly as any. He has that make up and strength for an expert pitcher and if he makes good this year there is bigger things ahead for him an the diamond.
    Mrs. E. A.  Lovett, Mrs. F. A. Sinquefield and Mrs. W. L. Thompson are organizing a civic league for Wrightsville. Probably the hardest rain of the year fell here Friday afternoon
    Wrightsville is now feeling the benefit to the community of a first class up to date ice plant that is furnishing ice to the public at almost pre-war prices and it is real good ice, too, coming from pure artesian water and there is no better to be obtained. The plant, too, has saved thousands of pounds of meats for the people of this section and it is still loaded with hams, shoulders and sides curing. This is a fixture here and one the people are glad to have..
    The grain crop of the county that has not already matured is doing first rate since the abundant rains in every section. The oat crop is pretty good but nothing to brag about this year on account of the rather dry spell. The wheat crop is better comparing it with the oat crop. There will be alot of home-made biscuit in Johnson County for the next 12 months.
    Wrightsville could well afford to set one day as a general rat-killing day. There are rats and then some more rats in this town, according to alot of chicken-raisers who are the losers on account of the havoc wrought by rats as large as a half grown cat. They are here. They even bite off chickens legs.
    They undermine and destroy until the loss is heavy. The story of their deadly maneuvers is heard on every hand and it looks like a general sweeping out of these pests will have to be done on the wholesale plan, if the town is to be ridden of them. There are a number of citizens already outspoken for a general rat-killing day and their willingness to co-operate in this work should develop into a city-wide move to rid the community of rats.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

From Days Gone By April 30, 1921

April 30, 1921.
    Judge J. L. Kent is not holding the April Term of Laurens Superior Court having adjourned it till July. The people petitioned him to postpone on account of all the farm work needing to be done. Judge Kent is farming himself these days.
    Wrightsville High will hold its graduation the third Sunday in May. Scott closes on May 5th and the schools at Liberty Grove, Price, New Home, Gethsemne, Rehobeth and Mayo Hill will close Friday.
    Messers. Joe M. Mason, C. D. Roundtree, J. S. Stephenson and Morris T. Riner are the four men responsible for the drive and contributions to the Georgia Tech Fund. The goal is $2,500.
    On May 5th will take place the marriage of Miss Marion Hollinhead of Milledgeville to Dr. Thomas E. Vickers of Wrightsville.
    Mr. Zack Cullens attended the school closing evening and had a bad night coming home, when a piston bolt in the auto engine broke into, damaging the entire engine. Zack's friends are advising him to get married and save on his going all the time.
    While in the city Mr. T. J. Powell made a large purchase of furniture and other furnishings for his new home at Kite. David Lavine, the Jew cobbler, after a lengthy absence from the city, arrived back and says he hasn't found anyplace better than Wrightsville.
    Mr. Gordon Smith died Saturday afternoon at his home in Wrightsville after an illness of several years. He had been confined to his bed for more than a year and almost continuously. His wife and six children, small ones, survive him. Burial was at Beulah cemetery. He was an Odd Fellow and the lodges at Wrightsville and Moore's Chapel officiated.
    After a severe illness of a little more than a week, Mrs. A. F. Smith, wife of the beloved pastor of Brown Memorial died at the pastorium forty five minutes after 12 Tuesday night, April 27th. Mrs. Smith was born at Roswell, Ga. September 4th 1886. She had been a most earnest and consistant member of the Baptist church for 18 years. Surviving her are her husband, seven children, three sons and four daughters, two sisters and three brothers. The funeral was at Brown Memorial and she was buried at Canton, Ga.
    Joe Smith and R. L. (Bub) Brown, both of Davisboro, were arrested tonight, suspects in connection with the assualt and robbery of I. W. Arnold, cashier of the Merchants & Farmers Bank last night. The two men were taken into custody five miles from Davisboro by Sheriff B. A. English of Washington County and a posse as they were endeavering to make tbeir getaway in an automobile.
    Smith and Brown had been sought since the attack on the bank cashier. Saturday night two of the members of the Sheriff's posse, which immediately started in pursuit of the robbers, were held up at the points of guns by Smith and Brown and were told to "walk it.". Both have been in trouble here several times, and are said to have been hiding out several days to avoid arrest. One had $55 and the other $75 when placed under arrest.
    Cashier Arnold, at the time of the robbery, was rendered unconcious by a blow, but revived in time to shoot at the fleeing robbers, who had taken $500 from him. A large posse working under the direction of Sheriff English had been scouring the country all last night and today and rewards of $200 had been offered for the arrest of the guilty parties.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

From Days Gone By April 23, 1921

April 23, 1921.
    While the agitation was so enthusastically on for additional territory for Johnson County, the Wrightsville Headlight has circumavigated the boundary lines of the county circumspectly and made a revelation on its own account in an editorial as well as on the part of a number of citizens who have thought it over and want the lines changed.
    There is much logic in the recomendation of the Grand Jury to add the Adrian territory and also much more in the cutting of the long nook over on the Laurens County side and straighening it out while on this subject.
    These three places need to be cut off of the counties of Washington, Laurens and Emanuel for Johnson's sake, giving Johnson something like 25 square miles more territory and not injuring the neighbors whatsoever. Then our county would be in a very pretty shape.
    The recomendation of the Grand Jury, in line as it was, came a little premature because of the way the law reads. It will require the body to make these recomendations after filing of petitions from the affected area, the publishing of the application, and certain other work. But this could be worked out satisfactory and all right provided the counties cut would agrer to it.
    We find the people of Laurens and the Washington sides anxious to get their lines straighened and along with carrying on the Adrian action it wouldn't take much more work to give these other two sides consideration.
    If Adrian wants to come into Johnson she is welcomed whole heartedly by the majority of our people. Wrightsville made the initiial step. Showing her position as sincere. The rest of the county feels the same way.
    For ten years this towns boundary lines have caused trouble ever since the town was built. These lines have caused disputes among neighbors, uncertain and indefinite civil and criminal court action, a divided political neighborhood strickly speaking, no little worry and trouble over school matters and every phase of business life has been more or less affected.
    But for the hope of a new county there Adrian possibly could have been relieved of this situation years ago and in this we can't resist the admiration of her loyalty and spunk. And who can say that in after years the gransons and granddaughters of the present town will be holding the office of sheriff, clerk, ordinary, etc. of the new county over which the tall towers of the county seat of Adrian pitch and herald justice, wisdom and moderation.
    And welcome to Johnson, Adrian.
    In this connection it may be as well to note the matter now hanging between the counties of Johnson and Emanuel with reference to the construction of the mammoth concrete bridge over the Ohoopee at Adrian. The details are unimportant. Emanuel asks Johnson to pay around $9000 as her part in this bridge construction. Born in Emanuel and our home in Johnson we say right is right and we believe with what we know about the matter that it is right, just, fair, proper and neighborly that Johnson should bear part of this burden. And in this opinion we find ourselves accompained by some of the best though in the county of Johnson.
    Emanuel is asking it on these grounds, that it is right and fair and neighborly. And we believe the contention will be made further and more corroborative strong by the addition of the town of Adrian to Johnson and its adjacent territory, and will figure in the terms of agreement between the two counties when the issue of the cutting off of this territory is faced. They are not asleep at the switch and we might as well face the issue now as hereafter.
    In conclusion we want to empazine our contentions for the best interests of our good county, all of which we cannot see any direct violence coming in making a fight for the addition of this new territory in the three places mentioned.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

From Days Gone By April 16, 1921

April 16, 1921.
    The secretary of the fair association has been  engaged in corespondencr for the past two weeks working on a circuit of a half a dozen towns, lining up a route for a good carnival company to show at each of the fairs this fall.
    Warrenton, Sparta, Louisville and probably one or two more will likely join Wrightsville in the circuit proposition at a meeting to be held in Sandersville this week. A delegation from here will go there to meet the representatives of these fairs in discussion of the circuit.
    Other matters pertaining to a successful fair this fall are being worked out and the outlook for a real fair is encouraging. The people of the county want to keep this fact in mind and make preparations in time for the exhibits.
    If the people who have hogs for sale and wish to sell them co-operatively, county agent M. E. Crow will get the state market man here to help put on a sale. Don't sell your small hogs, none under 175 pounds gross weight and will be first grade hogs. The sale is scheduled for April 20th. Have 30 head already subscribed. Need 45 to 50 more. Hogs will have to be inspectrd and weighef.
    The fine 12 acre pasture is now complete with seed sown and everything in proper shape. It is on the large farm of Mr. Green B. Harrison, just east of the city a few miles and is the first of its kind in the county.
    The total cost of this pasture is $160, that is for the seed, plowing, etc. Mr. Harrison bears a half and the Central of Georgia Railroad the other half, or in other words the railway company agreed to put $100 in these pastures.
    Mr. McWhorter, the system's agricultural agent, and Mr. Brown, the district's general farm demonstration supervisor, who were here, were out at the pasture and assisted in its final touches. It has been sown in Carpet, Dallas and Lespedeza.
    In the pasture the county has an example pf what is being done in many places in the state to improve the cattle industry and also in a measure to meet weevil conditions.
    The latest territorial acquisition and line fixing now centers around Adrian, again. For many years she has been embarrassed one way or another by being mixed up in two or more counties. Now it is proposed to get it right.
    An idea coming from Adrian got the people here busy and want this valuable territory put into Johnson County. Firmly ninety percent of the people want to be in Johnson.
    The territory actually necessary to straighten out the lines and leave the community in the best of shape will embrace around 8 square miles and over a quarter of a million in taxable values. It will take in something like two hundred seventy five voters, minus the ladies.
    The committee and the people there decided to formulate 3 petitions and circulate them among all the folks in the territory and ascertain just what the sentiment is among them. It is intended to make plats of the territory survey it out and get up the necessary data and lay them before the October Grand Juries of the two counties and the Spring Term of next year, after having gone through other lawful proceedings and a long next summer., 1922, this territory can becme a part of Johnson, barring of course hinderences.
    It is thought Emanuel will not fight the move. Treutlen wants the territory but doesn't stand much of a show with those people around Adrian. There is a little nook which runs on down on the west side of the Ohoopee to a distance of almost eight miles from Adrian that Emanuel would like to disconnect with also. But this nook puts the people in it too far away and is thus an unfair proposition to take them into the new county lines. Johnson is gladly assisting in this matter of getting Adrian into her boundaries.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

From Days Gone By. April 9, 1921

April 9, 1921.
    The Dublin District Epworth League Conference of the M. E. Church, South, convenes in Wrightsville on the 8th, 9th and 10th this week. The city's homes have been opened to receive the many guest who will visit the city for three days.
    The Johnson-Washington Singing Convention will meet Saturday and Sunday at Beulah Baptist Church for two days of singing and dinners. Singers are coming from Laurens, Emanuel, Toombs, Treutlen and Jefferson counties.
    News from the University Hospital in Augusta stated that Mr. James Culver had completely lost the eyesight of the injured optic and it was necessary to remove it which was done that day.
    The U. S. Army has again enlisted the services of Dr. I. H. Archer of Wrightsville as one of their dentists and he has gone to occupy the position accepted at New Orleans. He has closed his office here for some time not knowing how long he would be gone.
    Saturday was set aside as a clean up day at Scott. Also two runaway couples were married there. Miss Ethel Rogers and Mr. George Sutton and Miss Vianky Horton to Mr. Marvin Holmes.
    Mr. Johnnie B. Paul files for bankrupcy. Ordinary U. R. Jenkins has made a neater appearance out of the shrubbery at the courthouse. Mr. W. J. Grant came up from the lower part of the county and says he is planting his cotton this week and thinks its in plenty of time.
    Mildred Morgan has opened a picture gallery and is ready to make your pictures. On and after April 9th Wrightsville Police Chief H. T. Downs, the ordinance on speeding and cut-cuts and bursted mufflers will be strictly enforced. The Jackson Brothers of Donovan have purchased the feed mill of Mr. J. H. Rowland and are now prepared to grind velvet beans and corn at the price of 25 cents per hundred pound.
    Mr. & Mrs. W. T. Johnson had a little daughter on March 28th. Mr. & Mrs. Frank Jackson of Donovan had a baby boy on the 31st of March.
    There were two funerals and burials at Pleasent Grove church Monday. Mr. John Edward Cox and Mr. Johnny Meeks. The former was 73 and had been sick for years. His wife, three sons and one daughter survived him. The children are John L. Cox, Walter Cox, Milton Cox and Mrs. John Howell.
    The latter, Mr. Meeks was 45, a son of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Meeks. He died Sunday afternoon. He left six children, three boys and three girls. Both men were members at Pleasent Grove.