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Marion Herald, June 23, 1887

Detroit, Ala. June 17, 1887 - Editor Herald: Feeling that our quiet little village should no longer remain in the realms of oblivion, I have decided to give you a few items this week. Farmers are very busy laying by their crop, which are said to be the finest we have had in this section for several years. Mrs. M. L. DAVIS who has been seriously ill for some time is now convalescing. Dr. J. S. STANLEY has purchased a set of new lightning rods, which is quite an ornament to his neat little dwelling. Miss VERA PEARCE of Bexar is visiting relatives and friends in and around town. Mr. F. W. NORTHINGTON made a business trip to Aberdeen this week. The young men of Detroit will meet at the school house on Saturday night, June 25th for the purpose of organizing a Debating Society. All that wish to improve their oratorical talents are invited to come out and take a part with us. Mesrs. C. E. CARTER and VAN MOSLEY spent last Sunday at RIGGAN'S Chapel. They seem to have been very badly disappointed but so far we have been unable to find out the true nature of their disappointment. - "Butler"

Marion Herald, July 21, 1887

DETROIT DOTS - July 18th 1887 - Editor Herald   -In compliance with a request of my friend "butler" I will try to give you a few dots from this place. I am not as efficient in the dispensation of news as "Butler" but I hope you will take into consideration the advantage he has over me. "Butler" is a "King of the Quill" as also of the yard stick - a counter hopper - a vendor of picked oysters and weevil eaten crackers; while I am only a manipulator of a three quarter rope over a one-eyed horse's sore back.  We have better crops in this section that we have had for several years, and most everybody is done "laying by" The Wheelers had a picnic at the Davis School house last Saturday. Several of our town folks attended and report a good time. The audience was addressed by Dr. STANLEY, Prof. J. E. WHITE and others.   Miss ANNIE STOUT and MR. BOB RAY'S family of Aberdeen, Miss. are visiting at Dr. STANLEY'S.   Our popular friend TROY LANGSTON is in town.   Our town is noted for its large number of bachelors and scarcity of young ladies. Mr. E. D. GILMORE of Miston, Miss. is the latest accession to the bachelor fraternity Your correspondent is uneasy about himself just now, as the only barrier between him and "bachelordom" is time and not much of that when a fellows' girl writes him such as this.  "Farewell! We'll meet again some day, and all our future we'll relate; Of love, lets have no more to say 'Tis clear we're not each others fate. Our fame in pleasant fashion ends; We can cry quite san be good friends."   I say, Mr. Editor, when a fellows' girl writes him such as this what else can he expect but to sail right into the midst of "bachelordom" with "every foot up."   We have an interesting debating society at this place. The query discussed at the last meting was "Resolved that education should be made compulsory." The subject through deep one was handled well by both sides - the "negatives' won by a point or two.   "Clip"

Marion Herald, August 4, 1887

DETROIT ITEMS - Detroit, Ala. July 30th, 1887  - Editor Herald:  After a silence of six weeks, I again attempt to give you a few items from Detroit.   The health of our community is unusually good, and crops are still looking fine.   Mr. BOB RAY'S family and Miss ANNIE STOUT who have been visiting in our town, returned home first of the week.   Prof. J. F. WHITE made a business trip to Aberdeen on last Monday.   Mr. T. W. NORTHINGTON started to Birmingham last Tuesday with about 800 chickens. We hope FRANK will find ready sale for this "cargo" and soon return home in safety.   We are happy to meet our esteemed friend, W. R. WHITE, in town on last Wednesday evening.   Our friend "Clip" attended the picnic at Brown's on the 23rd inst and told us confidentially that he had met his "destiny" (his intended). Being old and cunning, "Clip" is very anxious that his be kept a secret, but he dealt so relentlessly with us last week we wish to propagate it from the Atlantic to the Pacific.   The Detroit Debating Society met last Thursday night and discussed the following query: Resolved, that there is more pleasure in a married life than in a single life. After a warm contest, our bachelor President, Mr. E. D. GILMORE, decided in favor of the affirmative; and judging from his peculiar conduct at Central Point the next day, the decision was made with an approving conscience.  ------BUTLER

Marion Herald, August 18, 1887

DETROIT NEWS - Detroit, Ala. August 15th 1887 - Editor Herald:  We are not as jubilant over our crops as we were at our last writing. The rust is injuring the cotton crop in some localities.   Our popular friend JAS. M. RIGGAN left on last Tuesday morning for Okolona, Ark. where he expects to become salesman for his cousin JOHN M. RIGGAN. We regret to loose JIMMIE from among us, but as it is our fate, we can only hope that our loss will be both pleasant and profitable to him.   Dr. STANLEY'S family are sojourning at Henson Springs this week.   Some sickness around town but none serious.   Rev. DUNCAN closed his meeting at Wesley Chapel yesterday. After nine days service, he was rewarded with eighteen accessions to the M. E Church, and $19.00 subscription to the Missionary cause.   The Missionary Baptists are carrying on a protracted meting at Liberty Hill this week.   Mr. JOHN MORGAN and family of Lee County, Miss. are visiting at W. F. HAMILTON'S this week.   - - CLIP

Marion Herald, March 8, 1888

FROM DETROIT Mr. Editor: Perhaps a few lines from Detroit would not be amiss as she has not been represented in some time, except in Capt. COOPER'S Revenue Court. The farmers in this vicinity are badly behind with their work - some of them are not through sowing oats yet. Detroit has a big trade, notwithstanding the completion of the new railroad, which runs in a half circle around us, and the erection of many stores along its line, our live and enterprising merchants are holding their own in a way that would seem marvelous to a stranger. Mr. J. F. WHITE is the happiest man in town - it's a fine girl. We presume our Congressman, Hon. J. H. BANKHEAD has become fully initiated, as he has begun to monopolize our mails with garden seeds. We need something very bad but don't think its garden seeds. Our women folks raise their own garden seeds and you couldn't make one of them believe but that "these foreign seeds were raised year before last and wouldn't come up." Any merchant will corroborate this statement. Our Congressman is a wise and worthy man, as his past record and present position stand as proof, and we do not propose to dictate to him his duty. He ought to know best what we need and we only wanted to give him a hint of the intensity of our necessity that he may stop this garden seed business and give us something we need and will appreciate - or rather turn his attention to the abolishment of a "legal curse" that has been an impediment to our nation's well doing for many years. I dare not say more. CLIP

Guin Dispatch, January 12, 1889

FROM DETROIT The Christmas holiday were greatly enjoyed by the young people of our town. The Fire Cracker Brigade was on parade the greater part of the week, and their demonstrations ranged from the crack of the toy pistol to the booming of anvils. The young folks had many social gatherings and their enjoyment was unusual even for Christmas. Mrs. C. L. WHITE is visiting friends and residence of her old home in Columbus, Miss. We are glad to note that little JOHN STANLEY, who has been dangerously sick, is rapidly improving. JOHN L. GUTHRIE has renewed his engagement with Mr. WHITE for another year and will remain at this old post to the delight of his many friends here. Mr. TRIGG SPROUSE has moved into town and has charge of CARTER'S mills. Your correspondent as well as another young gentleman of this town received through the mails on New Years day a very small doll baby, undress and in a little paper box with glass covering. A very nice Christmas trick, and it is very definitely suspicioned that they entered the mail pouches at Guin. We have a very dear friend there whom circumstances recently victimized, and believing it to be him we accept this token of remembrance with quiet submission and patiently bide the time when this trick shall have come home to him, not as a joke but a candid reality. At night when we turn into our undivided couches and go meandering down the rose strewn patch of a bachelor's dream we will remember our thoughtful friend n our happiness, as he in his woe paws the cold midnight air with bare hoofs, and his arms filled with fuss and long skirts. CLIP, Detroit, Ala, Jan 9, '89

Guin Dispatch, January 26, 1889

OUR DETROIT LETTER Messrs. RAY & CO. finished ginning last week. They put up 317 bales of cotton this season. The Alliance held a meeting at the school house last Saturday night. Many of the wheelers belong to the Alliance and also many who are not wheelers. Rev. C. M. RICE moves his family to Hamilton today. We all regret to give them up, but as they go there for the benefit of a school we can not enter a protest but wish them happiness in their new home. Mr. LUCIEN BYRD has rented the parsonage and is moving in today. Mr. J. V. GREGORY is the latest accession to our mercantile fraternity; eight business houses here now in "full blast." Two bales of cotton passed through here this morning bound for Amory, Miss. Mr. J. F. WHITE is to leave tomorrow for Guin. He will probably make a business trip to Memphis before he returns. Some "blind staggers" among the horses of this vicinity, unusual rottenness of corn is supposed to be the cause. Latest arrival - a girl baby at Mr. JIM MURRAY'S near town. CLIP - Detroit, Ala., Jan. 22, '89

Guin Dispatch, February 23, 1889
OUR DETROIT LETTER Mrs. C. L. WHITE opened school here on last Monday. Mrs. BETSY YOUNG returned last week from Itasca Texas where she has been visiting her son. Mr. R. C. HAMILTON has moved to Aberdeen to clerk for the brother PHELAN. Mr. J. H. DAVIDSON is over at Sulligent handling fertilizers. Mr. MURRAY COBB, one of Sulligent's most prominent businessmen, spent Saturday night and Sunday in our town. We had a wedding here on St. Valentines Day. Mr. MILTON TURMAN to Miss ----- NOE, J. H. RAY officiating. The candidates each had a chew of "taffy" in their mouths and were made husband and wife ere they ceased to chew it or to remove it. May they continue to chew "taffy" together happily for many years. Dr. STANLEY is winding up his business here and preparing to go to Duncan, Miss. The Dr. is a clever gentleman and we wish him much success in his new field. Detroit, Ala. Feb. 21, '89.

Hamilton News Press, February 28, 1895

 FROM DETROIT - WALLACE WILSON was here first of last week. Dr. STANLEY and family have moved to Verona, Miss. Col. JIM HUMPHREYS, the jug maker, spent a few days here last week. HARRIS WILSON is moving out on Mrs. MARY YOUNG'S farm. Masters MARVIN and VICTOR WHITE of Hamilton visited relatives here last Saturday and Sunday. J. V. GREGORY paid Aberdeen a business trip last week. Our school is improving since spring seems to have opened up. Prof. D. F. BROWN has vacated his school at Friendship until crops are laid by. J. F. WHITE expects to occupy his new residence soon, though it will hardly be completed under a month yet. J. H. DAVIDSON, who has been engaged with Guthrie at Sulligent for some months, is home again. JACOB CODY and family, who have had a two years residence in Texas, seem to be satisfied and are now back "doing business at the old stand." J. A. DAVIDSON is off to Vernon this week, where he is to hold down a grand juror's chair for eight or ten days. TOMMIE HARRIS and Miss BEULAH FRANKLIN eloped last Thursday night from the latter's home at Pine Springs, and were married near here at CHARLEY MURPHY'S by the Rev. ED HARRIS. CLIP, Detroit, Ala., Feb. 25

Hamilton News Press, March 14, 1895

FROM DETROIT - GEORGE RAY has moved into the STANLEY house. A new boy came to THOMAS WRIGHT'S one night last week. More oats are being sown in this vicinity than usual. Prof. RUSH vacated his school here last Friday until crops are laid by. Miss MARTHA and Grandma ARMSTRONG left last Tuesday for Texas. It seems that the low price of cotton has created a desire among our people to raise better hogs and more corn as several pretties have ordered through-bred Berkshire and Poland China pigs. Mrs. E. C. DAVIDSON was summoned to the bedside of her mother, Mrs. C. L. WHITE at Columbus, Miss., on the 27th ult. Mrs. WHTTE has had a severe attack of pneumonia and lung fever but was convalescing last Thursday. CLIP., Detroit, Ala., March 11

Hamilton News Press, March 21, 1895

FROM DETROIT Judge POPE of near Gattman, Miss., was in town Saturday. YOUNG GREGORY from near Amory spent Saturday night in town. DOCK PARHAM of near Splunge, visited friends and relatives here last week. Mrs. DAVIDSON is still with her mother at Columbus and will likely remain until Mrs. WHITE is able to come home. Notwithstanding the low price of cotton people will raise a few folks. A new boy at JIM EVANS' last Friday is the latest. JIM went to Hamilton yesterday and Grandma CARPENTER is expected to return with him and spend a few days CLIP, Detroit, Ala., March 18

Hamilton News Press, April 4, 1895

FROM DETROIT - Grandma WILSON is visiting old friends here. Rev. D. W. WARD, of Sulligent was over last week and organized an Epworth League. The farmers rushed things last week and some planting was done but generally speaking we are very late. Widow EVANS who lived on the COON BROWN place had the misfortune to get her house and entire contents destroyed by fire on last Tuesday afternoon. She was away, and supposes it caught from a very little fire that she had carefully covered up in the ashes. CLIP, April 2, 1895

Hamilton News Press, April 11, 1895

FROM DETROIT - Grandma WILSON has gone home. Miss JEFFIE PEARCE of Bexar is visiting relatives here. J. D. CARTER and Miss ETTIE are off to Amory this week to have some dental work done. Mrs. WHITE is improving at Columbus but Mrs. DAVIDSON’S children now have measles there. Through the efforts of our kind ladies Mrs. EVANS now lives in the LUM BYRD house and has been supplied with the immediate necessaries of life. After Rev. ROBERT WILSON had concluded services at Wesley Chapel last Sunday the audience was surprised when Mr. GEORGE PICKLE and Miss GLO WILLIAMS stepped into the altar and were married in the Rev. WILSON’S pleasing style. The young couple were from Splunge, Miss. and had quietly stolen away from the “old folks at home.” While we deeply sympathize with those whom this affair may have displeased, we heartily extend the old time “wish you much joy, etc.”  CLIP, Detroit, April 9

Hamilton News Press, April 25, 1895

DETROIT LOCALS - WALLACE WILSON is here to paint J. F. WHITE’S residence and FRANK NORTHINGTON’S store. Tax Assessor METCALFE and Tax Collector GUTHRIE were here one day last week harassing our citizens. Mrs. WHITE and Mrs. DAVIDSON have returned from Columbus and the old man steps around like he was wearing a pair of patent electric wire shoe soles. The children seem to be about over measles and it is hoped no one here will take it. We are very sorry to learn of the suicide of an old friend and school mate, WM. DUKE, Jr. who was found on the 6th inst. by the roadside, near Shreveport, La. with his throat cut. He did it with a razor and no cause can be assigned for the rash act, but it is some relief to know he was not poverty stricken as he had money on his person and in bank at Ft. Worth, Texas, to the amount of $700. We extend to his aged parents and relatives living near here our heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement. CLIP, Detroit, April 22


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