Jackson County History  1885

Jackson County Sketches, copied by L. K. Smith, from the Upper Cumberland paper, issue dated December 24, 1885.  

In December 24, 1885 issue of the Upper Cumberland announcement is made that the firm, of J. E. Gore & Co., Publishers of the paper, is dissolved by mutual consent. The impersonal partner having sold his interest to Dr. W. W. Baker of Bloomington. The transit had been purchased and merged with the Upper Cumberland. J. E. Gore and Dr. Baker were to continue the publication of the Upper Cumberland under the same name, J. E. Gore & Co. The paper was then about six and a half years old. It may be interesting "to view the Upper Cumberland of its date, nearly 50 years ago. Here ore some of the items:  

Our choice for Governor 1886, Gen. Geo. G. Dibrell of White, Jackson County supported him, but the young man from East Tennessee, Robert L. Taylor, defeated him in the convention.  

From the legal. notices we see that W. M. Gailbreath was clerk of the Circuit Court, H. W. Williams, Clerk and Master, and in our neighboring County of Putnam, W. J. Isbell was County Court Clerk.  

A new firm announced, Eaton & Roddy, Alex Eaton and Fillmore Roddy, successors to W. P. Herod & Co.  

The lawyers whose names appeared in the advertising column were; George H. Morgan, L. K. Smith, T. H., W. B. Butler, Joshua Haile, Jr., Bowen A. Butler, Cox & Anderson, and Howell W. Williams. 

G. W. Hampton and family are visiting T. J. Williams. 

George H. Morgan has gone to Sparta this week on business. 

Prof. Zimmerman's school exercises take place tonight at the Academy. 

Misses Lillie and Minnie Carnes are visiting In our town. 

Bloomington, Cookeville and Livingston are now moving to get the telephone extended to those points. Will not the citizens of Gainesboro and vicinity help --- say, enough to put the poles to the top of the hill? 

From a correspondent it appears that Professor Carnes and Cummins have just closed a very successful term of school at Hilham. (W. D. G. Carnes and J. B. Cummins, as I remember). 

B. S. Minor, S. H. Minor, D. H. Morgan and Miss Tennie Williams returned home on the steamer Bedford from Bowling Green, Ky., where they have been attending the Normal School. Misses Cora and Clara Cox, daughters, of Robt. A. Cox, returned home on the Steamer Bedford, from Dr. Price's School at Nashville. 

Prof. Zimmerman's lecture at the church last Tuesday was quite a success. 

John M. Tinsley and Miss Nannie Johnson were married at the residence of Z. T. Terry at Flynn's Lick last evening, Elder J. R. Hoover performing the ceremony. 

F. K. Kelly wants the party who has his bridle to please bring it home. He needs it.  

Hon. N. W. McConnell, Past Grand Master of Masons, will deliver an address publicly at the Installation of the Officers of Tannehill, Granville and New Bethel Lodges next Monday night, the 28th.  

Directory: Circuit Court, Hon. N. W. McConnell, Judge, W. M. Gailbreath Clerk, meets Tuesday after the second Monday in January, May and September.  

Chancery Court: Hon. W.G. Crowley, Chancellor, H. W. Williams, Clerk & Master. Meets second Mondays in March, and fourth Monday in September. 

County Court: Hon. James Harris, Chairman, James W. Draper, Clerk, meets first Monday in each month.

Justices of the Peace: Ready at all times for business.

County Officers

W. C. Morgan, Sheriff. Lee Sadler, Trustee. A. Pharris, Coroner., J. H. Chaffin, Register: Wm.Gore, Surveyor: B. A. Butler, Notary Public: N. M. Cox, Supt. Public Instructions.


Christian Church, Elder W. D. G. Carnes, Pastor. Elder N. B. Young, Evangelist. George H.Morgan, Supt. Sunday School. Sunday School and Church worship every Sunday. Preaching second and fourth Sundays. Prayer Meeting every Thursday night.

 Masonic Gainesboro Chapter

No. 86, H. H. Cason, H. P. Geo. H. Morgan, Recorder. Meets first Friday each month at 1 P.M.  

Tannehill Lodge, No. 133, R. H. Washburn, W. M. H. P. Loftis, Secretary meets third Friday each month at 1 P. M.

Then follows the schedule of the arrival and departure of the Mails. Bloomington daily, except Sunday; Riddleton Tri-weekly, and Celina, Lafayette, Hilham and Marengo once a week, Saturday, Monday, Thursday and Friday, respectively.

N. B. Young, Postmaster.

Miss Maude Young, the sprightly little daughter of Judge M. B. Young, has been attending school at Dixon Springs, returned home the first part of the week.


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