To Marion County
All items transcribed and submitted by Veneta
McKinney unless otherwise noted
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.
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,
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
All Rights Reserved with Full Rights Reserved
for Original Contributor