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1886

Mr. R. H. Wynne, of Etowah county, recently killed a sixteen months old Polard China pig which weighed 453 pounds.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, January 21, 1886 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


1887

The object of the purchase by a North Carolina syndicate of 50,000 acres of land near Attalla is to plant a Dutch colony on it. Source: Marion Herald, Marion County AL, June 2, 1887 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


1888

Gadsden is having a big excitement over rabid dogs.  Last week two men were bitten by a dog supposed to be mad.  A license will be charged all dog owners in the city during the summer months. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, June 15, 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

Lois Hast, of Gadsden, rode from that city to Rome, Ga. on his bicycle, by the dirt road in eight hours, the distance being sixty-three miles. Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, June 21, 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

A few days ago a man under the influence of liquor drove into the ferry boat at Gadsden to cross the river, and rove his team off of the boat into the river.  He and his children barely escaped with their lives. The wagon and one horse went to the bottom. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, June 29, 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


 

1889

 

The goldmine recently discovered near Attala on the property of J J. Lee will be worked this fall. Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, July 4, 1889- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

ETOWAH COUNTY – One of the Newest and Wealthiest counties of Alabama

[Attalla Age Herald] – Etowah County is the newest county in the state of Alabama and with two or three exceptions it is the wealthiest county in the state.  The increase in the wealth during the last five years has been marvelous, and it is thought the proportionate increase will be as great during the next five years as it has been during the past five.  When Attalla gets the court house and the mineral resources of Etowah County more fully developed, it will be one of the wealthiest, if not the wealthiest of the sixty six counties in Alabama. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, September 26, 1889- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


 

1890

GOGGINS AS AN EATER - [Gadsden Times News] – Berry Goggins, a young man of Attalla, about 18 years old, weighing 150 pounds stepped into a restaurant in Attala last Sunday night and called for supper.  The proprietor told him he would give him as much as he could eat for 25 cents. The young man sat down and got the worth of his quarter as follows:  He ate 12 biscuits, 1 loaf of bread, 12 cups of coffee, 2 ˝ cups of sugar to sweeten coffee, 4 plates tomatoes, 3 plates of hominy and meat in proportion, besides several other dishes, the names of which our information has forgotten.  Berry’s stomach refused to submit to such treatment, and deposited its contents in the back yard of the restaurant. Our informant is a reliable gentleman and mentions several other witnesses to this wonderful feat. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, January 30, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

 A new post office called Crudup has been established near Gadsden. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, February 6, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

Contract has been let for a $2,500 Methodist Church at Gadsden. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, March 27, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

F. M. Bishop, of near Gadsden, lost his barn by fire on last week.  Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, March 27, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Beginning with Sunday, the Attala Enterprise, a daily paper, will be published. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May 8, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The county commissioners of Etowah have selected the plans for their new court house and will advertise for bids in a few days.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, June 12, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

James. I. Brooks has been elected captain of the Gadsden Etowah Rifles.   Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, July 17, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


1891

The gin house of James McClendon, near Attala, was destroyed last night, and eighty-four bales of cotton with it. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, January 8, 1891- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Gadsden has passed an ordinance prohibiting the erection of barbed wire fences in the corporate limits. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, January 8, 1891- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The thriving little city of Attalla was destroyed by fire on last week. The best business houses of the town were burned and the total loss is estimated at $75,000.  Source: Hamilton Times, marion County AL, September 10, 1891- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

At Gadsden J. M. Chadwick was awarded the contract for the brickwork of the new Methodist Church, and A. D. Simpson the woodwork, painting, etc. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, August 13, 1891- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 At Gadsden the contract for the new Methodist Church to be built on the corner of Chestnut and Fifth Streets has been let to Simpson & Chadwick of that city.  They will begin work in a few days. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, August 20, 1891- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Mr. J. C. Johns is the new rector of the Church of the Holy Comforter at Gadsden. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, August 27, 1891- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

GREAT FIRE IN ATTALIA - Attalla, Sept 3 – The most destructive conflagration which ever occurred in this section of the country visited Attalla last night.  One whole block of brick buildings were destroyed.  The fire had its origin in A. H. DEAN’S store, a two story brick building near the centre of the block.

                Despite all efforts to conquer the mad flames they spread in both directions.  The total loss to the town is estimated to be $75,000.  It was indeed a great calamity, as Attalla was in the zenith of prosperity. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, September 10, 1891- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Mrs. J. W. Reagan, living four miles below Gadsden, was in Gadsden last week with a stalk of okra eleven feet and two inches high. She found one seed in a dollar’s worth of Peaberry coffee she bought last year of Seibert & Ward. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, November 5, 1891- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


 1892

Uncle Jonathan Sitz, of Gadsden, the aged and demented old man who wandered off two weeks ago, has not yet been found, although the searching parties have constantly been hunting for him.  It is now feared that he was drowned in the high waters of Willis Creek.  He was 76 years of age.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, February 11, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Etowah's new court house is to be lighted with incandescent lights.   Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, February 25, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Rev. S. L. Dobbs, of Fort Payne, has been appointed to take charge of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Gadsden, made vacant by the election of Rev. Thomas Armstrong to the editorship of the Christian Advocate. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, March 3, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Dock Miller, colored, has the distinction of being the wealthiest negro in the Gadsden section.  He decided and has entered forty acres of land in the very heart of East Gadsden, which is estimated to be worth $20,000. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, March 24, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The large mill dam at Farrar's in Etowah, county, on the Louisville and Nashville road, gave way recently, caused by the recent heavy rains.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, April 21, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The telephone line between Gadsden and Centre is to be built. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, April 21, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The Attala volunteer fire company has been organized with fourteen charger members.  F. L. Morsque was elected chief, and J. A. Shook, assistant.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, June 2, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The attendance at Gadsden's free schools is very good, over 400 having been enrolled and still growing. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, October 20, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

J. H. Pruitt, of Markton, Etowah County has been granted a patent on a burglar alarm that is a burglar getter every time. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, December 29, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


1893

Miss Rubie Wilson won the Demorest gold medal in the literary contest at Gadsden Monday. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, Jan 5, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Incendiaries burned the house of Steve Balcomb at Gadsden last Sunday.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, Jan 19, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The dwelling house and all the contents of John Owen, living near Hokes Bluff, Etowah county was destroyed by fire last Friday entailing a heavy loss.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, May 4, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The Etowah county Confederate Veterans organized a camp and named it after Emma Sanson the brave girl who piloted General Forrest across Black Creek a the ford just above the falls.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, June 29, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


1894

W. R. USRY, of Etowah County, raised so much corn this year that he had to build extra cribs to house it in.  Source: Hamilton Free Press, Marion County AL, October 11, 1894 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 


1895

Gadsden - A coal famine is on in Gadsden, not a ton can be had for love or money and in consequence the water works company have been unable to pump water in the reservoir, which is empty and the city is at the mercy of the fire fiend. 
       One family was found today that were half starved and nearly frozen to death. 
      The ground is frozen eight inches deep. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, February 21, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


 

1896

 

Colonel R. B. Kyle of Gadsden has begun the erection of a handsome summer home on Lookout Mountain, in Etowah County.  The location is the highest point on the mountain.  Source: Hamilton Appeal, Marion County AL, May 1, 1896 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


 

1897

 

W. M. Meeks has just finished a neat dwelling on the Dixie stock farm, twelve miles from Gadsden, and will move his family there. Source: Marion County News,  Marion County AL, January 14, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

The post office at Alabama City has been enlarge and a number of lock boxes put in. Source: Marion County News,  Marion County AL, January 14, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

Gadsden has put in a liberal bid for the North Alabama College, so it is said. Source: Marion County News,  Marion County AL, January 14, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

N. M. Gallant, County Superintendent of Education, has appointed Prof. D. W. Hill, D. P. Goodhue, J. M. Davison and W. Y. Adams a committee to select a uniform text-book for Etowah county, Source: Marion County News,  Marion County AL, January 14, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 It is now very probable that the Jones College near Gadsden will be reopened shortly.  A deal has been consummated by which the property is controlled by the loan companies, and they have several parties who wish to open up a school here.  One of the representatives will be there soon to take a look at the property.  Source: Marion County News,  Marion County AL, February 18, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The recent rains have havoc with bridges in Etowah County.  The large iron bridge across Wills Creek on the Ashville road was completely wrecked and other smaller ones torn down.  Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, March 25, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 The merchants of Attalla are raising a big kick because the city dads have ordered all goods displayed on the sidewalks removed. Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, March 25, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Gadsden is to have a new city jail.  It will cost $3,500 and will be completed by September. Source: Guin Gazette, Marion County AL, April 3, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

The Walnut Grove telephone line from Gadsden will be taken down, as every week vandals tear down the posts and pull down the wires. Source: Guin Gazette, Marion County AL, April 3, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The County Sunday School Convention of Etowah county will be held the fifth Sunday in May at Brand’s Chapel. Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, May 13, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

J. F. Pittman, residing near Gadsden Ala yesterday declared that he had just found that his father, M. W. Pittman, whom he thought had been killed during the war in the Seven Day’s fight of the Wilderness, was alive and residing at Albany, Ga. and that he was preaching. Source: Guin Gazette, Marion County AL, May 28, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

The city of Gadsden will not allow bicycles on the sidewalks.  Source: Gazette Appeal, Marion County AL, August 27, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

The telephone line connecting Gadsden and Ashville has been completed. Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, October 17, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


 

1903

 

CURFEW SHALL RING EVERY NIGHT –

Mayor Robert Campbell of Gadsden announces that the curfew law enacted several years ago is still in effect and that he intends to see that it is vigorously enforced. This means that boys must not be found on the streets after 9 o’clock.  If they are they will be arrested regardless of whom they are - Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL, April 16, 1903  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

NOT A SCRATCH  Did He Receive, Although Dragged Forty Feet and His Horse Injured

Z. V. Bell, the electrician of the car line of the Alabama steel & Iron Co, at Gadsden, had a very narrow escape from death and eh is still wondering how he is alive.  Mr. Zell was riding a horse which he was trying with a view of purchasing. The horse became unmanageable as soon as he saw a train and made a break in its direction.  Mr. Zell lost control of the animal and they were struck by the train.  Horse and rider were dragged for forty feet or more, the pilot finally throwing both of them to the side of the track.  Mr. Zell got up, and when he found no bones broken and no scratches he was amazed.  The horse had one leg broken.  Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL, August 27, 1903  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

WORK BEING PUSHED

The work of cutting approaches to the Louisville & Nashville tunnel at Altoona on the branch road to Attalla is being pushed rapidly and will probably be finished by Christmas. Two shifts of seventy-five men each are now employed. The tunnel proper will be started about January 1 Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL, October 29, 1903  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

GADSDEN’S NEW POST OFFICE

Gadsden is very proud of its new post office on Fourth Street.  Its fixtures and appointments are first class in every particular and the new quarters will prove very convenient to citizens. Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL, October 29, 1903  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

The city of Gadsden is building a home for a superannuated preacher.  $765 has been raised for this purpose and it is announced that it will be completed by Dec 1st which will be a five-room cottage with bat room and all modern conveniences.  Rev. R. A. Timmons will occupy the home. Every town in the state should follow Gadsden’s example.   Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL, October 29, 1903  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

 

GADSDEN WANTS NO GAMBLERS
Gadsden continues her war against the gambling fraternity and is now apprehensive that  a part of Birmingham disposed gentry will fall to her lot.  However, the Time-News states that the editorial "we" will see that none locate in Etowah's capital city. Slot machines are enough for awhile, at least.  Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL, November 26, 1903  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

GADSDEN HOME FOR PREACHERS
Gadsden is building a home for superannuated preachers which will probably be ready for occupancy by December 1.  This is a movement that could be followed with advantage by every town in the state.  The average minister of the gospel is poorly enough paid for his services and, as a rule, old age too often finds him in need of life's necessities.  A great many people have an idea that a preacher has an easy time, but this is a mistake in most cases. There are drones and idlers in every walk of life, but few are to be found in the ranks of the preachers.  Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL, November 26, 1903  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 


1908

AWARDED $5,000 DAMAGE

At Gadsden in the case of Pat Heald vs the Alabama Consolidated, a suit for $15,000 brought by the plaintiff as administrator of the estate of his brother R. W. Heald, who was killed in the mines of the defendant company, the jury awarded a judgment in favor of the plaintiff in the sum of $5,000.  Source: Marion County Republican, Marion County AL, October 14, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

 

PICKED SOME COTTON

William Wood who lives near Gadsden reports that four of his children whose ages range form 8 to 16 years, one day last week picked 1,566 pounds of cotton in one day from 7 o’clock in the morning until 5:30 in the afternoon and carried their own cotton to be weighed. This makes an average of 389 pounds each, which is extra good for children of their age.  Source: Marion County Republican, Marion County AL, October 21, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

 

GRASSHOPPER INVASION -

Millions of grasshoppers invade Gadsden and portions of Etowah county this week, literally covering the city as though they had been swept in from the great corn prairies of the gold west. A fisherman secured a tow sack full of grasshoppers for bait right on the plaza in front of the court house. Some fear is expressed that the grasshoppers have migrated from the west and will be felt in the agricultural section of the county in the spring.  Source: Marion County Republican, Marion County AL, October 28, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

 

EXPLOSION IN GADSDEN STREWS DEATH AND RUIN

                One man dead, one missing, one dying and four injured are some of the results of a dynamite explosion at the Hammond mines, seven blocks from the business section of Gadsden, shortly before 9 o’clock Wednesday night.  So terrific was the explosion that almost every plate glass front in Gadsden is broken and fragments of costly windows strew the pavements.

                Twenty-four miners houses in the vicinity of the place where the explosion occurred are leveled to the ground and others in the vicinity are damaged.

                Dead: Henry Kell, Rome Ga, employed by the A. & J. Manufacturing Company

                Fatally Injured: Jake Loman, member Gadsden fire department, leg broken, internal injuries

                Others injured more or less seriously: Mack Ferrell 

Source: Marion County Republican, Marion County AL, November 4, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

CEMENT SIDEWALKS FOR GADSDEN

C. O Duncan, who has taken the contract for a large amount of cement sidewalks from Gadsden has set a force of men to work and will push the improvements as rapidly as possible. The contract calls for some 10,000 square yards of paving, and it will take some weeks to execute it. 

Source: Marion County Republican, Marion County AL, December 2, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 


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