Geneva County, Alabama Genealogy Trails


The Geneva Record is a new paper just established at Geneva Ala. Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, April 12, 1887 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


A cyclone destroyed considerable property in Geneva County recently.   Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, February 20, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The old-fashioned way of having fun hasn’t been entirely driven out of the modern boy by the latter-day programme of moral session.  On April 1st the school boys of Geneva locked the teacher out and took the girls with them on an all-day frolic in the woods.  Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, April 10, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


The two story brick jail at Geneva is nearing completion and will be a beauty. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, September 17, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


Mrs. Nancy Crosby, a resident of Geneva, is 85 years old.  She is the mother of eleven children, and has sixty-five grand children, 171 great-grand-children and eighteen great-great-grand children. Her memory is as good as it ever was. She has her second eyesight and last year she cut two teeth.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May 11, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The Geneva Mirror has had a visitor in the person of Master Solomon Ivey, who is four months old and weighs forty pounds. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May 25, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


Capture - Jim Hathaway, who killed his father, Dick Hathaway, in Coffee county last December, said to be an unprovoked murder, was carried through here to Elba, where he broke jail, on Monday, having been captured at Freeport, Fla.  (Geneva County Citizen, 17 Apr 1895, p4.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Chautauqua - Geneva was pretty well represented at the Chautauqua last week.  Among those who attended was Messrs. Angus McKinnon, Emerson Laird, Collins, Lanier, and Clayton, accompanied by Mrs. W.D. McKinnon, Mrs. Emerson, Missee. Lindsey, Burkhart, Jeter, and Miss Stacey Williams, Miss Ida Green, and Miss Sweet Foster.  Of course in such company, pleasure ruled the hour. (Geneva County Citizen, 20 Mar 1895, p4.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Our Public School - The public school of Geneva will open on September 16th and promises to be the best school and the best attendance ever had in Geneva.  Improvements are now going on at the school house getting everything in readiness that the pupils may be comfortably situated and may have nothing to keep them from putting in their full time.  The tuition is comparatively nothing, being two dollars and a half for each term.  First term begins Monday September 16th and runs for four months.  Pupils will get a matriculation ticket from W.W. Barnett. (Geneva County Citizen, 30 Jan 1895, p3.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Serious Runaway - Some of our good citizens ought learn a good lesson by the following:  Dr. R.L. Justice was called to see a man at Pittman's Ferry last Wednesday whose horses ran away and threw him out, causing the lower jaw to be fractured in three different places.  He, of course, was in danger, but Dr. Justice is hopeful of curing him yet. (Geneva County Citizen, 30 Jan 1895, p3.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Whiskey and a Row - Peter Patton and Bill McGriff got into a quarrel at the wharf on Friday night which ended in Patton shooting McGriff in the head.  The ball failed to enter McGriff's skull and but little danger will result, both are "Gemmen of color," Patton fled. (Geneva County Citizen, 13 Feb 1895, p3.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)


Miss Ida O. Greer has assumed control of the Geneva post office.  Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, August 19, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


The town of Hacona, in Geneva county, was almost burned up, the loss being $60,000.  It is the second fire recently.  The Haconda Drug Company, the Haconda Mercantile Company and the Parker Mercantile Company were the largest losers, with small insurance.  Source: Marion County Republican, Marion County AL, October 14, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


GENEVA, ALA, July 12 – A gusher struck at Kelly-Martin oil well number one at Geneva.  However it is not oil but artesian water.  At 819 feet a splendid flow was found, delivering some 600 gallons per minute.
This was quite a curiosity and attracted large crowds.  However at 926 feet the gusher was struck – flowing an almost incredible amount of water.  A trough thirty feet long was built and the water turned through it and by ascertaining the width and depth and the velocity, it was calculated that the well was flowing 55 gallons a second, 3,300 gallons per minutes, 198,000 gallons per hour, 4,752,000 gallons per day. Source: Montgomery Advertiser, Thursday, July 13, 1922 - Transcribed by Jeanie Neil

Oil Well Drilling, Sacred Harp Singing and Baseball Feature Program
     GENEVA, ALA., July 6 – Notwithstanding the heavy rain of Monday night and the drizzling rain up to near noon Tuesday and the sloppy condition of the roads leading into Geneva, there was an ingathering of a crowd variously estimated at from six to seven thousand people from nearby territory. There were also many from other parts of the state and some from other states, attracted by the oil well which is being drilled just a mile east of the court house.
    Many visitors went over to see the work going on and all who investigated the outfit became enthusiastic over the prospects of a rich oil field in this section.  The well is now 600 feet deep and the formations similar to those found in the richest fields of Texas.  Drilling is being rushed at top speed day and night, seven days in the week.
     About noon the sun came out and the skies became clear and everybody seemed to take on the holiday spirit.  There was a sacred harp singing at the court house which drew a full house.  Another morning attraction was a baseball game between Geneva and Florala which resulted in a defeat for the visitors.  These same teams met again in the afternoon and gave a classy clean exhibition of the national game, Geneva winning by a score of four to nothing.
     As the noon hour approached, the crowd found a continuous procession for about two hours down to Riverside Park where the barbecue was to be served and the various prizes drawn and distributed.  C. D. Carmichael was master of ceremonies.  Dinner was announced and everyone present was bountifully served and re-served if he so desired.  It was unanimously agreed that no better meats had ever been cooker.
     After everyone had feasted, there was practically a ton of barbecued meat left over.  Then came the drawing and awarding of twenty-one prizes, the capital prize, an oil lease valued at $200.00 was drawn by Annie Gamble of Coffee Springs.
     The pavilion was cleared and the dance began which lasted until night, to be succeeded by another dance at nine o’clock.  Music was furnished by the Boy Scout Bank of Hartford for the celebration and by a string band for the dance.
     As a precaution there were several extra policemen on duty; however, there was not an arrest made, nor was there any breach of the peace or accident to mar the pleasure of the occasion.
     Battery B under command of Capt. A. A. Carmichael, opened the ceremonies by the coming of cannon and a parade which attracted much attention and favorable comment on the neat appearance of both men and horses and equipment.
     Practically every place of business in Geneva was closed the entire day that all might enter into the spirit of the celebration of our one hundred and forty-sixth birthday as a nation and that Geneva might the better display her genuine hospitality. Source: Montgomery Advertiser, Friday, Judy 7, 1922 - Transcribed by Jeanie Neil







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