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1879

Mr. H. A. SANBORN, of this place, has a banana tree, six years old, that has been blooming within the last two weeks, and has now four clusters of fruit on it - the larger containing ten bananas.  As the tree is now unprotected, and the fruit nothing like grown, it is not likely to mature before frost.  The tree is quite a curiosity in this latitude.  It has leaves on it fully 5 feet in length.  The tree is about ten feet high, and probably four inches in diameter.  The blooms, when they first open, are very pretty. - [Greensboro Beacon] Source: Vernon Clipper, Lamar Co. AL - November 21, 1879, transcribed by Veneta McKinney


 1880

JOHN G. HARVEY has published the Greensboro Beacon since January 1st, 1844.  Source: Vernon Clipper, Lamar Co. AL - January 16, 1880, transcribed by Veneta McKinney


1886

The Greensboro Methodist Sunday School has 181 pupils, officers and others on its roll. Source: Lamar News, Lamar Co. AL - April 1, 1886, transcribed by Veneta McKinney

A society, composed of seventeen young ladies, has been organized in Greensboro, its principal feature being to prevent the members from speaking evil of anyone.  They hold weekly meetings and collect a fine of one cent for every “mean thing” the members have said about people during the week.  We did not learn how much had been paid into the treasury, but we are told that the amount was sufficient to buy all of the ladies a badge.  One of the members informed us that they were liable to a fine if they said a boys was ugly, a dude conceited, stuck up, his clothes didn’t fit, or had big feet, etc. and we decided at once that the organization was a good one, and it has our best wishes for success. – [Greensboro Watchman]  Source: Lamar News, Lamar Co. AL - October 21, 1886, transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 


1887

 

Mr. Jim Sledge’s stables, seven miles from Greensboro burned April 1 about daylight.  Thirteen mules the finest saddle horses in the country, hogs, etc. perished in the flames.  All the provender was lost.   Loss, 2,500 to 3,000.  No insurance. Source: Lamar News, Lamar Co. AL - April 14, 1887 transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 


1888

Forty-four years may seem quite a long time for one man to publish a newspaper, but that veteran democrat John G. Harvey, of the Alabama Beacon, began its publication in 1841 and excepting about four and a half months during 1860 he has published it to the present day. Thus making a term of 44 years that the people of Greensboro and Hale County have been greeted with its cheering presence. Long may it yet live to aid in the advancement of the people's interests for whom it has been such an indefatigable worker.  Source: Marion Herald, Marion co. AL - Jan 12, 1888, transcribed by Veneta McKinney


1889

W. C. Christian has been appointed circuit clerk in Hale CountySource: Marion County Herald, Marion co. AL - May 23, 1889, transcribed by Veneta McKinney


1890

The Greensboro Watchman says Gov. Thomas Seay has purchased the Besten place near Greensboro, paying $9,000 for it, or about $12 an acre.  Source: Marion County Herald, Marion co. AL - March 27, 1890, transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

The census returns recently made will show that Greensboro has a population of about 1850.  In 1880 the number of inhabitants was 1834.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar Co. AL - July 10, 1890, transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

James W. Bondurant succeeds the lamented John Harvey as publisher of the Greensboro Beacon, which is over a half century old. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion Co. AL - July 17, 1890, transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 


1891

The lands of the late James Jack were sold at Greensboro recently 480 acres bringing $12.00 cents per acre, and 150 acres $15.95 per acre.  The lands are in North Hale.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar Co. AL - January 29, 1891, transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

Ivey F. Lewis was admitted to the bar in Hale County recently. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar Co. AL - March 5, 1891, transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

A pickled nine from the Southern University at Greensboro played a game of baseball at Tuscaloosa Saturday with the Cadets of the University of Alabama resulting in a victory for the latter by a score of 17 to 19.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar Co. AL - May 28, 1891, transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

The Southern University at Greensboro opened this year with a roster of 178 pupils and the prospect for more.  Greensboro Female College had the best opening in its history.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar Co. AL - October 15, 1891, transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

J. A. Elliott and Frank Cobbs lost their gin house by fire, near Greensboro, last week.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar Co. AL - November 5, 1891, transcribed by Veneta McKinney 


1892

Hon. Thomas K. Jones, formerly of Hale county, has moved to Tuskaloosa and will engage in the practice of law with his brother, Henry A. Jones, Esq.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar Co. AL - June 14, 1892, transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

Mrs. E. W. Bayol, of Greensboro, has just completed knitting a quilt containing 1,191228 stitches. The quilt was begun on the 9th of last March and finished on Thanksgiving Day.  No 8 spool cotton was used, and it required six dozen spools to make it. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion Co. AL - December 15, 1892, transcribed by Veneta McKinney 


1893

Dr. T. R. Ward's beautiful residence at Greensboro, was burned one day last week. It caught in the roof from the chimney.  There was $3,000 insurance.  Most of the furniture was saved.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar Co. AL - February 2, 1893, transcribed by Veneta McKinney 


1897

GREENSBORO UNIVERSITY - The commencement exercises of the Southern University closed at Greensboro last week, and the session was found, on a cast-up, to have been one of the most successful of the school’s history.  At a meeting of the trustees it was decided to enlarge the building and equip a first-class gymnasium.  Source: Marion County News, Marion Co. AL - July 1, 1897, transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 

B. L. Allen, the man who has taken the first bale of cotton to Newberne for several seasons, did the same thing this year.  The 1897 bale weighed 500 pounds and was sold for 7 ½ cents.  Source: Marion County News, Marion Co. AL - August 26, 1897, transcribed by Veneta McKinney


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