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1878
 

The Southern Argus.  An Agricultural, Political, News, and Literary paper, a fearless home rule and white rule organ, is devoted to the promotion of Southern interests in general, and Alabama interests in particular, and to these ends is independent of rings, cliques and combinations of all kinds, holding men as nothing, but looking lonely to the general good through honest policy.  Bright, live, newsy and fresh, it is the paper for the farm and the fireside, the home and the family circle.  It is the journal of the people, not of the politicians – an organ of the toiling masses – a fearless and vigilant critic of the office holders.  It is admittedly one of the best papers in the South, and is also the cheapest.  Single copies to any address, postage paid by the publisher, $1.50 a year, five copies, one year, $5.00; ten copies, ordered at one time, sent to the same or to different post offices, for $10 and an extra copy for the person making the club.  Address. ROB’T MCKEE, Selma, Ala.  Source: Lamar News, Lamar County AL, September 30, 1886 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 


1886
 

SELMA SPIRITS - SELMA, ALA.     Sept. 14 – Some excitement has been created in East Selma by Miss Clara Owens, a young miss of about 14 years, who claims to communicate with the spirit world by what is known as the independent state process.  Miss Owens did not know that she possessed this power until last April.  At that time a day medium from Texas visited her father’s family, and after experimenting found that she was the only one of the family who possessed this extraordinary faculty, the manner in which she communicates is about as follows: Some one in the audience writes a question on the slate and she puts it under the table with one hand, while the other arm is extended in full view of the spectators.  Almost immediately afterward she draws the slate from under the table with the answer written thereon.  Sometimes the question is written on a card and put in a sealed envelope, where she can not possibly read what is written.  After holding the slate under the table for about one second the answer will be written on it and will invariably be correct.  She has never been known to fail to give the correct answer as yet, and crowds visit Mr. Owen’s red fence every night to see this wonderful child.  One evening about five months ago she fell into a trance and had conversations with the spirits.  It seemed that they extended to her an invitation to remain in the spirit world, but she declined.  During that time she would not wake before 10 o’clock.  About that time the family becoming greatly alarmed summoned Drs. West and McKinnon, who decided that they would not wake her before twelve o’clock.  At that time she was wakened and immediately fell into a sound sleep.  Next morning she did not remember anything that had happened the evening before.  A lady whose father died a short while back, communicated with him, and says the answers were as correct as if he could have answered them himself.  Miss Owens is creating a excitement among the residents of the eastern portion of the city, and her house is thronged nightly by a crowd of eager citizens who desire to communicate with their departed loved ones or friends.  Source: Lamar News, Lamar County AL, September 30, 1886 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


1888

 

J. B. Ellis’ house at Orrville was burned last week.  Source: Marion County Herald,  Marion County AL, October 4, 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney  


1895

 

CONFEDERATE VETERAN MISSING - The relatives of Michael J. Niel are anxious to learn of his whereabouts.  Any information concerning him will be thankfully received by his brother, A. J. Niel, Selma, Alabama.  Both are Confederate veterans. His relatives heard that Mr. Niel was in Memphis a few days ago.  They have not heard from him personally in two years.  He left home without saying a word to any of his intentions, and has not written since leaving.  Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County AL, February 28, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

 

The Selma Times notices the fact that Mr. Willie Todd, a man 80 years old, was in town and paid up all his old debts by his crop of this year something he had not been able to do for many years.  Besides he had enough to eat to last him a year.  Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County AL, November 7, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 


1897

 

John Harrison, a former Selma boy, has struck it rich in Mexico, where he went some months ago.  He bought a mining claim for a small amount and has just refused for it $75,000.  Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, February 11, 1897- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 


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