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1879

The Deputy Sheriff of Troy, being a kind hearted and sympathetic individual, permitted a prisoner whom he had captured and was carrying to jail at Troy, Ala. to ride a distance on his horse, dismounting himself and walking by the side of the weary and foot-sore culprit.  They continued to travel in this way for about one mile when coming to a fork in the road the dastard put spurs to the horse and disappeared.  The Sheriff has not been able to see or hear of his man or horse since, which has been six months ago. Source: Vernon Clipper, Lamar County AL, October 31, 1879 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 


1880

The Troy Enquirer says:  JOHN JONES, of this county, has an anvil which he brought to Alabama in 1818, and had been is use at that time about thirty years.  He also has a hat made in the village of Troy in 1836, which he still wears.  Source: Vernon Clipper, Lamar County AL, Janaury 23, 1880 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 


 1886

TROY, ALA. - Jan. 4 - The anti-liquor men of Troy have fought a good fight.  Whisky is downed.  But one saloon keeper has made the effort to procure license for a month past.  He has left no stone unturned to procure the requisite number of names to his recommendation.  He lacks now more than one hundred and his list is being hourly scratched, growing small by degrees and beautifully less. Troy is now and will continue to be a dry city.  Source: Lamar News, Lamar County AL, Janaury 14, 1886 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

There were several applicants for the vacancy in the office of treasurer for Pike County.  The Governor has very properly given the position to the editor of the Troy Messenger, Mr. W. J. BLAN.  Mr. BLAN it will be remembered, had both hands blown off last year by a premature explosion of a cannon. Source: Lamar News, Lamar County AL, February 4, 1886 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 


1887

The Messenger says Thos. Gilbert colored who lives on Mr. Herring’s plantation near Troy is 119 years old. He had had his third wife, and is the father of thirty-four children. He is in good health and was in town on Saturday last. Was born the year the Revolutionary War closed. He helped General Jackson open up the old Three Notch road. Source: Lamar News, Lamar County AL, June 9, 1887 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

 


1888

Bishop Wilson, of Maryland, dedicated the new Methodist Church in Troy on last Sunday. Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, April 26, 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

The excursion of colored people to the camp meeting at Chunneugee Ridge last Sunday had over 800 in attendance from Troy. Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, September 27, 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

A Primitive Baptist Church has just been organized at Troy.  Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, November 29, 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


1889

With the last issue the Troy Inquirer entered upon its sixteenth year. Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, January 11, 1889 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

The first Republican appointment for Alabama falls to Stephen A. Philley as Postmaster at Troy. Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, March 28, 1889 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

W. A Gunter, at Troy, wants to find his brother, Thomas C. Gunter, whom he says lives near Birmingham. Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, May 2, 1889 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 


1890

 The First Baptist Church of Troy was dedicated on Sunday last by Rev. J. B. Hawthorne, D. D. of Atlanta.  This beautiful structure was erected at a cost of over $20,000 and is a gem of architecture. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, January 16, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Thomas Madison of three Notch, Pike County, is 86 years old and has thirty-seven grand children and thirteen great-grand-children. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, January 23, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Troy wants to suppress the carrying of Winchester rifles in that town. Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, March 13, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


1891

 Incandescent lights are being placed in a good many of the stores and office throughout Troy and when the current is turned on, how it will shine!  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, May 7, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

A horrible accident happened at Troy on last week.  Folmar's Opera House collapsed while a music class were in it rehearsing for a concert and about twenty persons were buried in its ruins. Two young ladies were killed and others dangerously injured. The accident resulted from the roof spreading and pushing down the walls. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, May 7, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

W. D. Gilmore of Troy had his barn, two mules and a horse burned one night last week.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, May 21, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

June 25th in the city of Troy, there is to be a grand band tournament. The brass bands, including the Union Springs boys, embracing 162 instruments, in all, will parade the streets. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, June 18, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

At Troy, Mr. John F. Smith, while at the bat in a game of ball Saturday receive the ball full in the temple and was knocked senseless. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, October 22, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

 At Troy, the churches are al having electric lights put in place of lamps. The Parker House and all the lodges and public halls will have them also. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, October 22, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


1893

Morgan Forsyth fell from a train at Troy a few days ago a distance of thirty feet and lives. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, January 5, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

AN EXAMPLE FOR NORTHERN PENSIONERS
      The Southern soldier when he returned from the field of battle went to work.  He had little save a stout heart, and a fixed determination to earn a support for him self and those dependent upon him.  Many of them were badly disabled and scarcely able to do the rough work which they had to encounter. Such things did not daunt or dismay them.
      The Troy Messenger furnishes a sample of the sort of men referred to in the following;
      On last Saturday an old Confederate veteran, Mr. ENOCH RENFROE, who fought with that noble band of soldiers, the Fifteenth Alabama Regiment and lost a leg, was in the city.  He was approached and asked if he had been enrolled for his pro rata share of the money appropriated by the state for Confederate soldiers.  He said he was not enrolled and did not know whether they would take him or not.  He went over to see and when asked by Judge Hilliard if he was worth over $400, he said: "Yes, I have 200 acres of good land and run a three mule farm and have plenty of good stock thereon.  He said he came home without a cent of money and he and his wife plowed an ox.  He had only one leg and a piece of another, and that was very sore at that time.  He had, though, but persistent effort and close living at home accumulated all he had.  Now, take this as an example young men. If a man in his condition could make a living as he has done, whey could you not do as well, and even better.
      This is an example for our own Southern young men, but wheat rebuke it should be to the hundreds of thousand of able-bodied Federal soldiers who draw pensions form the Government, and in a measure absolutely depend upon that source for sustenance. Not the whole system is democratizing and is teaching men to become idlers instead of workers.
      The disability law which was vetoed by president Cleveland and repassed by congress and approved by Mr. Harrison, is shown to be the prolific source from which our extravagant pension system has grown.  A few words in that law did the mischief. They allow pensions to those disabled 'in such a degree as to render them unable to earn a support."  These disabilities may have been incurred long after the war, and are held not to apply total incapacity. Hence there are other thousands on the pension list who are able to and do continue their regular occupations, and earn for themselves and families a comfortable and adequate support, while there are many thousands possessed of independent means,.  A return to biennial medical examinations, to separate those entitled to pensions by actual disability from the pretenders is suggest but it would only be a drop in the bucket.  A commission to go over the allowed claims, now rapidly nearing a million, is set down as impracticable.
      The pension system is upon the country for perhaps a century to come, but if the spirit of self-reliance was manifested by Northern soldiers that has been exhibited by the ex-Confederate, the burdens could be greatly diminished, and only those enable to provide for themselves because of disabilities in the service would be pension beneficiaries - [Mont Advertiser] - Source: Hamilton Times, marion County AL, April 13, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The Troy Daily Gazette is the name of the last new daily started in Alabama, and is very handsomely gotten up and deserves to succeed Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May 4, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Mr. Thomas Pardon of Pike county has a powder gourd that was used by his grandfather in the revolutionary war.Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May 25, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

A white oak tree at Wingard, Pike county, measured 35 ft and 6 in in circumference three feet from the ground. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May 25, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Victor Ballard, of Mil, Pike County has been appointed a clerk in the Navy department. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, June 15, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Edgar M Wright of Troy has been appointed by Superintendent J. G. Harris to a scholarship in the Peabody Normal Institute at Nashville.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, June 1, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

A white oak tree at Wingard, Pike County measures 35 feet 6 inches in circumference three feet from the ground. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, June 1, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


 1895

A CITIZEN OF PIKE WHO HAS HELD OFFICE THAT LONG
Mr. William Higgins of Pike county, commonly and familiarly known as "Uncle Billy" has held the office of constable in Beat 8, for just forty-nine years, and during all that time has never been resisted in making an arrest. At the last election "Uncle Bill" was re-elected but declined the office, not desiring to do the hard work incumbent upon the position in his old age.  He is proud and respected by his neighbors and has always been a democrat (Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, January 17, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

AN EPIDEMIC OF MAD DOGS AND MAD HOGS - Several persons bitten
Troy, March 9 - Mad dogs seem to be raging near in this section than any other. Recently, Mrs. Carroll, near Banks, narrowly escaped being bitten by a dog which bit a number of other dogs and hogs. Since then a made dog has bitten many things in the neighborhood of Enterprise. Several persons have been severely bitten.  Thomas M. Murphy has been there all the week applying his madstone to the wounds. Some person are bitten in a number of places.  Mr. Murphy reports that the madstone adhered to some of the wounds as long as fourteen hours at a time. (Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, March 14,  1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


1897

Troy is soon to have outside connection by long distance telephone. When the system was put in the management assured the citizens that if the business would justify the necessary outlay, that the long distance system would be adopted.  The necessary machines, etc. are all ready except one little piece of some kind, and it is ordered and on the road.  Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, February 25, 1897- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


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