Hale County, Alabama

Community News


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


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


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


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


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


Two plantations belonging to the estate of the late Col. I. F. Lewis were sold at auction in Greensboro last Wednesday.  They are both situated in South Hale and are valuable places.  One of them - the Drake place - containing 643 acres, was bid in by H. C. Benners, Esq at $22.25 per acre, and the other - the Hermitage place - containing 980 acres, was bid in by I. F. Lewis at $10 per acre. - (Hamilton Times, Marion County, AL, January 8, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

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


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


Dr. F. M. Peterson has been elected president of the Hale county medical society.  (Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, Jan 12, 1888, transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney)

The Selma Times says: There are not many families that can boast of six generations living, though Hale comes to the front with a family of that kind.  Old Aunt Phillis Jones is about 100 years of age, and lives on the Colonel Borden place, in Hale county.  She was the slave of Col. Benjamin Borden before the war, and has continued to reside on her master's old plantation, even after her freedom was given her. She speaks in the mot affectionate terms of her master and says he was always good to his slaves. the next member of the family is Mary Franklin, aged 74, who resides on the Borden place with her mother.  Clara Franklin, aged 50, the granddaughter of Phillis resides in Selma, and is the cook of Mr. L. B. Pearce, Mrs. Pearce being a Borden.  The fourth member of this remarkable family is Fannie Jones, aged 33.  Fannie's daughter, Rennie Lee Jones, is 17 years of age, and assists her grandmother, Clara at Mr. Pearce's.  Rennie has a son, Charles Jones, 2 ½ years of age., who lives across the river with some relatives.  A son of Old Aunt Phillis was carried North by the Federal soldiers at the surrender, and she never heard of him for twenty-six years.  One day a few years ago he walked back to the spot where he had spent his youth.  He was carried before his old mother, and the only that she could recognize him was by a burnt finger.  He said that he would have come home sooner but he had been told that all of his relatives were dead.  He remained at home a few months and then returned to his home in Dixie, Ill. There are not many families that can boast of six generations living at the same time.  In fact, it is a remarkable occurrence. (Hamilton Times, Marion County, AL, May 11, 1893, transcribed and submitted 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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