OLD NEWS 1889: "Hen Wagon Driver Is Nice Man"

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 3/19/1914 from an edition published May 28, 1889

"Squire" R.M. Marshall, who was later the cashier of the Calhoun County Bank, was its editor.

Benjamin Harrison was president.

- French Stump is attending school here.

- "Bud" Johnson was on the sick list last week.

- S.M. and John McCoy of West Fork (Barnes Run) were here Sunday.

- Two pupils enrolled at Prof. Heermans school here.

- Isaac Simers of White Pine, was looking after legal business here Wednesday.

- Mrs. James Barr of Sycamore, was shopping in Grantsville.

- Okey J. Stump erected a platform in front of Wiant & Barr's store last Thursday. Good job.

- Bent McCan, the hen wagon driver is a nice man. He is a good man, yes, he is a pretty man. (Evidently Mr. McCan had advanced cash on subscription)

- Mrs. Mary E. Bennett and son, Evert, of Muscle Shoals, were shopping here Thursday.

- Lemuel Huffman has a drove of ducks which he keeps expressly to awaken "Tip" Campbell of a morning.

- T.R. Stump's new sign, "Furniture and Undertaking," is a dandy and the new enterprise is a much needed improvement in our town.

- The new church (Knotts Memorial) is at last completed and was dedicated last Sabbath. Captain A. Knotts deserves much praise for the attention he has given to the same to say nothing of the money he has in it. The M.E. Church south at this place cost $1,111.26. The balance due on it when complete was $248.76 which was raised last Sunday making the church entirely paid for and free from debt.

- Jacob Morgan and lady, of West Fork, were here on the 20th laying in their spring supplies. Mr. Morgan is one of Calhoun's most substantial citizens.

- The latest news from Richardson by "Roxey": Quite a hailstorm yesterday. Pat Crow, the pedler, was here yesterday. John Kemner has been on the sick list for a few days. Saul Vandevender is farming extensively this spring.

- The latest news from Minnora: Mrs. S.W. Farrar is the guest of Mrs. A.H. Knotts at this time. A doctor has at last located at this place. W.A. Duffield and lady, J.S. Jarvis and lady, ? .H. Jarvis and lady, John S. Conley and lady and many others of this section "took in" the show at Charleston on the 13th.

- Advertising by local merchants:

Smoke Wantz's celebrated cigars at Sturms.

Bed Steads, bureaus, chairs, stands, safes, parlor sets and coffins at T.R. Stump's & Co.

Brocade Dress Goods 7 cents per yard at Pells.

Wiant & Barr have a full line of dress goods - all the latest styles.

V.S. Armstrong was circuit judge; Absolom Knotts, prosecuting attorney; Clerk of county and circuit court, Geo. W. Silcott; Sheriff, George W. Hardman; deputies, J.S. Jarvis and J.T. Waldo: Assessor, James Duskey; com. school lands, W.L. Stevenson.

Professional Cards: Attys. Linn and Hamilton, A. Knotts and W.L. Stevenson, Reese Blizzard; Drs. R.F. Eagon, W.H. Thomas and L.J. Stump.

Miss Josie Walker conducted a miliner shop in the S.P. Stump building; near the mill, A. Huffman & son with the assistance of H.B. Campbell, ran a blacksmith shop.

Peter Hicks on the job as a tonsorial artist with Mrs. S.R. Cook and A.H. Stump running hotels.

In the school election held that month, Elliott Chenoweth defeated Franklin M. Cain for county superintendent by a majority of 236. The vote polled was small, Chenoweth receiving only 268 votes to Cain's 132.

J.H. Johnson was Worshipful Master and Hagan Barr, Secretary of the A.F. & A.M. Lodge, which had been organized for seven years. The I.O.O.F., L.J. Stump N.G. and A.R. Johnson, secretary, was 3 years old then.