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From: The Clarksville Star


December 2,1927-- He’s neither an editor or reporter, but 30 seems to be the number you would ring to get Clyde Clayton Trinkle, Corbandale farmer and World War veteran. 30 in newspaper parlance means the end of a story or the closing of a newspaper man’s career.

Trinkle served in the 30th Division of the U.S. Army in the World War. Shortly after the war he chose the 30th day of December 1919 for his marriage to Helen Murch Swift. On November 30th his third child to be born on the 30th of the month came into the world. The child is a daughter who has been named Effie Ida. Two older sisters, Mary Evelyn and Helen F., saw the light of day on a 30th day of a month. A son, Benjamin C., however, was different from the girls. He was born on another date just missing the 30th by two days.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


September 10,1918-- Mr. Joe Baggett died at 5:00 A.M. today from a fractured skull resulting from the falling upon him of a tier pole in his tobacco barn Monday afternoon about 5:00.

Mr. Baggett, it is said, was trying by means of a pinch bar to replace another tier pole. In doing so, he released the pole immediately above his head. He was knocked to the ground senseless, the heavy pole falling across his body. While the injury to his skull was sufficient to cause death, it is said that he would have been killed notwithstanding by the weight of the pole on his body.

The tragic death of Mr. Baggett is deeply deplored throughout the community in which he lived. He was one of it’s leading citizens and was widely known and highly esteemed.

Mr. Baggett was 50 years of age. He is survived by his wife and four children, the youngest of whom is six years of age. Mr. Baggett was a member of the Junior O.U.A.M. Council #62 at Cunningham. Burial will be at old Lone Oak Church.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


December 19,1906-- A pretty wedding was solemnized on Monday evening at 7:00 at Mt. Zion Church in District 22, when E.H. Thompson and Miss Clara McCurdy were united in marriage. The attendants were Misses Nannie Swift, Bertie Harvey, Mabel Cox, and Eva Swift, and

Messrs. P. Wall, Thomas Weems, Burr Batson, and Walter Swift. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Lansom and the church was filled with friends of contracting parties. Mr. Thompson is a well-known young planter of this county and his bride is the daughter of J.D. McCurdy. She is an attractive and accomplished young lady who is quite popular with a large circle of friends.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


September 18,1909-- In the Chancery Court Judge Stout rendered a decree granting a divorce to Mrs. Tommie Harvey Wickham from her husband Walter Wickham. This case created much interest on account of the youth of the bride who is now in her fourteenth year, and has been married nearly two years. Wickham is a widower with several children and is about 45 years old.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


July 10,1933-- County agent, G.C. Wright and twenty Montgomery County 4-H Club members left this morning for Columbia where they will remain for a week at the ninth annual Middle Tennessee District 4-H Club Camp.

The object of the camp is to provide recreation, instruction, and practice demonstrations for regularly enrolled 4-H Club boys

The local group will put on a demonstration in forestry work and will exhibit some of their requirements in forestry work done in this county.

The group includes: Lewis Coke, Lewis Hinton, Nick Richardson, and Rollow Haggard of Salem; Wallace Lyle from Hackberry; Owen Hodges and John Dickson of Marion; and Lurton Biter, Leroy Black, Lawrence Baggett, and Graham Murphy of Gum Springs.

The group expressed their appreciation for the free transportation furnished them by Homer Smith of the General Tire and Service Station.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


January 23,1926-- The first basketball game between the two literary societies of Southside High School was played Friday afternoon after the program by the Workman Society.

The Workman’s played a good game, but they could not handle the Cats of the Atkins Society. At the end of the first half the score was 5 to 4 in favor of the Atkins team. The game ended 11 to 6 in favor of the Atkins Society.

The line-up:

For Atkins: R. Hagewood (forward), I. Davis (9pts., forward), D. Wyatt (2pts., center), B. Plummer (guard), F. Plummer (guard)

For Workman: Dailey Dunn (forward), B. Batson (2pts., forward), W. Wyatt (2pts., center),

B. Batson (guard), J. Lynch (2pts., guard)


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


August 10,1929-- Friday afternoon, Sheriff George S. Abernathy, Constables W.T. Milling and John Westfield and Deputy W.O. Hudspeth, armed with a search warrant, raided the home of

“Sugar Tree” Joe Lyle of District 19. A forty gallon capacity still was found in the smokehouse. The complete outfit was of copper and there were 150 gallons of peach mash boiling just ready to be run off into brandy. Lyle was attending the funeral of Pugh Jackson at the time and has not yet been arrested.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


March 25,1908-- A large congregation attended the missionary rally at Martha’s Chapel Tuesday. The sermon was by Rev. R.J. Craig; Miss Mora Minor read a missionary paper; and

Mrs. Paul Neblett read an excellent paper “Why Should We Do Missionary Work?”.

Committees had been appointed for Salem, Antioch, Louise, and Martha’s Chapel to collect funds for the various departments of work this quarter.

Martha’s Chapel $44.80; Louise $7.30; Antioch $62.03; Salem $101.50; for a total of $215.63. The pastor Rev. J.L. Chenault said this was the best report ever given.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


August 7,1913-- Wallace Lyle of District 13 sustained a broken leg Monday while loading logs on a railroad car at Steele’s Spring. The fracture is just above the ankle and a very bad one. After the accident, he was taken to the home of John Steele, where his injury was attended to by physicians. He remained there until this morning when he was removed to his home near the Searcy Ferry.


From: History of the 14th Tennessee Infantry Regiment


Organized June 6,1861-- reorganized April 26,1862; paroled at Appomattox Court House April 9,1865.


                              Lt. Col. Milton G. Gholson                 Lt. D.S. Martin

                              Capt. William G. Russell                     Lt. George Horn

                              Capt. William J. Jennings                     Lt. D. Billortem

                                                           Capt. Howell H. Averitt


                                      Sgt. W.H. Bailey                      Sgt. John B. Cross

                                      Sgt. Robert T. Mockbee            Sgt. William H. Riley

                                      Sgt. William C. Buchanan          Sgt. Thomas H. Lyle

                                      Sgt. Samuel B. Powers              Sgt. Ike H. Shelby

                                      Cpl. George Breames                Cpl. Richard Steele

                                      Cpl. James A. Tyson                 Pvt. John Arnat

                                      Pvt. James F. Baker                  Pvt. James Allen

                                      Pvt. Hezekiah Baggett               Pvt. Samuel V. Baugh

                                      Pvt. W.H. Bayley                     Pvt. James Broom

                                      Pvt. William E. Broom              Pvt. Thomas Boling

                                      Pvt. J.W. Burditt                      Pvt. B. Brown

                                      Pvt. J.A.L. Davis                      Pvt. John D. Davis

                                      Pvt. John Davis                        Pvt. L.M. Burnett

                                      Pvt. Ichabod Dean                    Pvt. Patrick H. Denniston

                                      Pvt. John G. Dicks                    Pvt. Joseph T. Fletcher

                                      Pvt. Thomas Dunbar                 Pvt. Samuel Furgerson

                                      Pvt. J.M. Gardner                     Pvt. James D. Hamlett

                                      Pvt. Benjamin F. Hagler            Pvt. James Hicks

                                      Pvt. William F. Hicks                Pvt. George W. Horn

                                      Pvt. James Horn                       Pvt. John Jennings

                                      Pvt. Daniel Humphreys             Pvt. Charles Lee

                                      Pvt. Jessy Lewis                       Pvt. William J. Martin

                                      Pvt. John McDonald                 Pvt. Robert H. McDonald

                                      Pvt. Samuel J. McFall               Pvt. Charles H. McGan

                                      Pvt. Henry Melrose                   Pvt. James B. Mickle

                                      Pvt. Henry Myers                     Pvt. Lindsey G. Myers

                                      Pvt. Robert T. Nolen                Pvt. J.I. Pannels

                                      Pvt. W.D. Parchman                Pvt. Robert A. Porter

                                      Pvt. Jacob N. Robinson             Pvt. Edward Roland

                                      Pvt. George W. Rushing            Pvt. Robert Scarce

                                      Pvt. Joshua Seals                      Pvt. Henry C. Shelby

                                      Pvt. Powell Sinks                      Pvt. Pleasant A. Span

                                      Pvt. Deward H. Steele               Pvt. Richard I. Steward

                                      Pvt. Richard Stewart                 Pvt. Lemurel Sugg

                                      Pvt. Quintus Sugg                     Pvt. Burrell W. Tinsley

                                      Pvt. Sylvanus Trotter                Pvt. James U. Tyson

                                      Pvt. J.G. Vaughn                      Pvt. Cincinatus Wall

                                      Pvt. J.B. Williams                     Pvt. John B. Williams

                                      Pvt. C.H. Williams                    Pvt. Lewis Williams

                                      Pvt. Thomas Williams               Pvt. William Williams

                                      Pvt. William Workman              Pvt. Edward A. Wynn


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


January 2,1941-- Montgomery County’s last hand cranked telephone will go out of existence in the next few days--a victim of the march of progress.

W.E. Cross, local office manager of Christian-Todd Telephone Exchange announced today that Marion Exchange, the last rural office here to be placed on the modern dial system, would be switched over later this month. The new plant has been finished along with a complete new system of lines. Only minor details are holding up the switchover, including publication of a new telephone directory about the twentieth of the month. The work started about three months ago.

All of the county’s other five rural exchanges have been placed on dial including Palmyra, Sango, Port Royal, Fredonia, and Southside.

On the switchboard for a total of thirty-three years, Mrs. W.M. Suggs, veteran Marion Operator, will retire on a pension from the company when the change is made. She began her long period of service in the Clarksville Office and moved to Marion at the time of her marriage.

Approximately sixty telephones will be affected by the change at Marion. Mr. Cross said there were twenty-eight straight-out subscribers and between twenty-five and thirty farmer line connections on the exchange.




Post Office McAllisters Crossroads--

                162 dwellings              162 families

                306 white males          290 white females

                129 black males          142 black females

                287 cannot read          310 cannot write

                0 deaf and dumb         3 blind

                0 idiotic                      0 insane


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


December 22,1896-- An accident happened at Palmyra this morning by which the Towboat Kenton lost a portion of its tow. This boat had two barges of coal and was enroute to Nashville when a point in the vicinity of Palmyra was reached, one of the barges began to leak and could not be stopped, sinking in the river. The loss is considerable, but the amount could not be learned from the river men. The Kenton proceeded up the river with the remains of her tow.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


December 23,1896-- In trying to pass Palmyra Island just above here, the boat(The Kenton) met with trouble of some kind, and let one of the barges loose from her. It floated down opposite the town and sunk on the bar on the opposite side of the river.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


September 14,1931-- Road Number Thirteen South between Shiloh and Lone Oak, a distance of 4.02 miles, will receive a gravel surface and work of graveling it will begin this week. An appropriation of $2100.00 has been made for this project which will require about 10,000 yards of gravel. The state has Appropriated $4,500.00 for the upkeep and maintenance of Number 13 from Lone Oak to the Kentucky State Line for this fiscal year.


From: Daily Tobacco Leaf-Chronicle


March 7,1892-- The first wreck of any consequence occurred on the Mineral yesterday evening about 5:00 near Louise Station. The train had pulled out from Louise and was running slowly. The caboose and a freight car immediately in front of it jumped the track and rolled down an embankment. The cars were not damaged to any great extent. Gold Goodlett, New Providence, was in the caboose and sustained severe bruises, but was not seriously hurt. He was unable to come home, however, last night and Dr. Whitfield, of New Providence was summoned to his aid. Dr. Whitfield has not returned, consequently the exact damage to Mr. Goodlett cannot be learned.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

November 30,1912-- Thursday while James Rye, a young man near Shiloh, was assisting in hauling saw logs, he was suddenly killed. The team was being used to draw the log up the wagon, having a long chain around the log. When partly up, the log slipped, loosening the chain in such a way as to catch Mr. Rye around the waist and drawing him with a jerk against the coupling pole, killing him instantly. Mr. Rye was a son of a widowed mother and had been married for several months. He was twenty-three years old and a young man who stood high in his community.

The burial took place yesterday at the family burial ground in the presence of a large concourse of neighbors.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

July 14,1909-- Fulton Murphy of Louise, Tennessee was killed in a mine explosion at the Red River Iron Company’s ore mines near Lyles Station in Dickson County yesterday. Murphy was foreman of the mines and his death was the result of the accidental discharge of a blast. His body was horribly mutilated. The remains passed through Dickson yesterday enroute to Louise. The deceased leaves a family.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

August 9,1909-- Allen Myers Jr. son of Allen Myers Sr., was found dead at his barn near Palmyra this morning with a bullet hole in the body in the heart. The pistol, a bull derringer, was lying near, indicating he had committed suicide. Esquire McFall of district 19 was notified and immediately repaired to the scene of the tragedy and after empaneling a jury and after careful investigation, reported that he came to death by his own hand.

Mr. Myers was only 21 and stood well in his community. He was reported to have been very much in love with a young lady in that section and the marriage was opposed by her parents, going to the extent of the clerk being notified not to issue license. He became sad and morose over being thwarted and it is thought that this is the culmination of this opposition.

The entire community is shocked over the unfortunate affair and a large number were present at the inquest.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

August 7,1928-- Dragged half a mile by a mule after being thrown from the animal’s back and his foot became entangled in the harness, the badly mutilated body of Mr. Owen Yarbrough, 26 year old farmer and mechanic, was found by hands on the farm of Walter Minor, where Yarbrough was employed, about dark Monday night, dangling from the mule’s side in the horse lot.

Yarbrough had been plowing corn in a field about half a mile from the home and it is supposed that as he mounted the mule after unhitching from the plow, with a bucket in his hand in which he carried drinking water to the field, the mule became frightened at the bucket and made a lunge, throwing Yarbrough, with his foot hanging in the harness. The mashed up bucket near the plow and blood along the road to the stable indicated that the body had been dragged the entire distance from the field to the stable lot. His body was warm which indicated he had been dead only a short time when found.

Throughout the western section of Montgomery County where he is widely known and had scores of friends, Mr. Yarbrough’s tragic death causes a distinct shock. For nearly two years, he had been a mechanic and farm helper for Mr. Minor.

Mr. Yarbrough was born in 1902 in the 18th district, a son of James Henry and Mary Yarbrough. Two years ago, he married Miss Sarah Byrd, daughter of John Byrd, and his widow, a six months old daughter, Mabel Louise, and his mother survive, together with four brothers, Clarence, Henry, Jessie, Horace; four sisters, Mrs. Lula Davis, Mrs. Pearl Rye, Mrs. Angie Baggett, and

Mrs. Effie Smith; half brothers, Walter and Robert; half sisters, Emma and Lucy.

Funeral services and burial will be at Antioch Methodist Church.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

September 28,1908-- Ellis Hogue age 12 years was thrown from a horse at Gholson Sunday afternoon and sustained injuries which caused his death two hours afterwards. The boy was out riding when the animal became unmanageable and he was thrown, his head struck the ground, causing concussion of the brain.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

December 12,1925-- Francis E. “Frank” Broome, about 67 years of age, well known farmer of district 19, was found dead this morning as a result of a shotgun wound believed to have been inflicted by his own hands. The tragedy incurred about 6:30 when Mr. Broome had gone to the stable apparently to complete early morning chores. Hearing a shot in the horse lot his wife and daughter Miss Ruth Broome, rushed to the lot and found him dead. O.L. Peacher and

W.H. Hayes, who were also in ear shot of the gun, arrived on the scene within a few minutes following the report of the gun.

Coroner J.R. Harper and his jury, after conducting an inquest, pronounced that he met his death by a gunshot believed to have been fired by the dead man. The gun was lying nearby and according to the coroner, a small stick which had apparently been driven into the ground by

Mr. Broome probably was used as a lever to spring the trigger. The coroner’s jury was composed of Pete Hatcher, Charlie Wickham, S.E. Brunson, W.R. Neblett, Hugh Suggs Jr., W.J. Powers, and S.K. Crawford.

Mr. Broome and his family were in the process of moving from the farm to Palmyra and two or three loads of furniture and household goods had already been moved from the house. The farm had been rented. While suffering from stomach trouble, Mr. Broome’s health was fairly good. No reason is given for the shot if it were not accidental. The weapon was a single barrel breech loading shotgun. The wound was about an inch in diameter and entered his left side just below the heart. Death resulted almost instantly.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

June 4,1881-- Respect to the memory of a worthy colored woman, Susan, wife of Burt Ramey, who died May 29,1881, aged 46 years. I conducted a short funeral service at the grave which was heartily joined in and responded to by the white and colored people of the community. It was a general remark that no woman of any color would be more missed in the neighborhood. Susan was gifted with more than an ordinary degree of solid common sense and was a true Christian. She went far and near to wait upon the sick and was rarely gifted in nursing and soothing the afflicted. She could lay out a feast and preside over it as few persons could and was often called into requisition for such works. Her own family was raised and trained to be respected by all. The Community in which she lived and died will bear witness that she was worthy of all we have said and more. Southside May 31,1881 J.W. Cullom.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

April 6,1878-- Died, Mrs. Martha Clark, at the residents of her brother, Mr. Lewis Hale, on the first inst. of dropsy. She was born June 7,1829 and was consequently nearly 49 years old. For many years she had been left in widowhood, she and her children finding a home at the home of her brother, where she died. During a long and tedious illness, she received every kind of attention which tender affection could bestow. We often sat down at her bedside and heard assurance of her readiness to die. She delighted in hearing the songs of Zion which cheered her in her deep affliction. An hour or two before she died, she sent a messenger for us saying she wanted to hear singing once more. While we were singing “And let this feeble body fail”, she called her friends to her and one by one to tell her leave of them. Then at her request we sang “The Old Ship Of Zion”. She was getting on board and was soon out of sight of those she had left on shore. Today, we strike her name from the list of church membership at Salem but it is recorded in the Lamb’s book of life. Peace to her memory. J.W. Cullom.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

January 30,1930-- A tragic death was the fate of little Margaret Louise Clausson, 3 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Clausson of near Palmyra as a result of pot of boiling water overturning on the kitchen stove and spilling its contents upon the child.

The little victim with her brothers and sisters was playing in the kitchen standing near the stove which was minus a leg. A flat iron was serving as a temporary leg for the stove and one of the children jerked iron from beneath the hot stove. The pot of water in which a rabbit was being boiled overturned and the contents scalded the left side and face of the child.

The parents did not believe that she was fatally injured although she suffered intensely. Thirty-six hours after the accident, death occurred. Funeral services were held at the residence Saturday afternoon at 2:00 by Rev. E.H. Lovell, Palmyra Methodist minister and burial was in the Myers Cemetery.

Various Crimes

From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


July 30 1923-- John “Big John” Hall, Palmyra farmer about 50 or 55 years old, and

Mrs. Dollie Perigo, wife of Frank Perigo, former fireman at the Palmyra Lime Company’s plant, are held in the county jail here charged with murder in connection with the death of Perigo whose body was found about 6:00 Sunday afternoon, partially buried in a shallow gully on the farm of Sam Broome, near Palmyra, a short distance from Hall’s home.

Mrs. Perigo, according to the sheriff, registered no emotion of interest in the finding of her husband’s body, merely saying, “Oh, they have found him, have they?” Hall admitted under oath at the inquest at Palmyra, the sheriff says, “that he had spent about fifteen minutes at Perigo’s home Friday afternoon, and had loaned Perigo $15.00 with which to attend the Junior Order of United American Mechanics’ picnic at Lone Oak Saturday.”

Perigo’s body was found by John Robertson, or Williams, a white man who lives and works on Hall’s farm. He testified that he had gone near the gully to pick some luscious looking blackberries to eat while in the field. He said he was attracted to the gully by its appearance, and found the body. According to Deputy Joe Stalls and Sheriff Oscar Johnson, the body had been placed in the gully at a place where the gully was about a foot wide and probably a foot and a half deep on the upper side. Some dirt had been placed over the body, and some bushes had been cut around the spot, apparently with a pocket knife and laid over the gully.

Perigo was last seen alive, so far as known, when he was passing up Weaver’s Hollow going in the direction of Hall’s house Friday afternoon.

Mrs. Perigo is said to have ridden a horse to Hall’s home early Sunday Morning and during the afternoon, a son of Hall’s went to the home of G.W. Dinsmore, a Justice of the Peace in District 19 and pleaded with the magistrate to issue a warrant for the arrest of Mrs. Perigo and her ejection from his father’s home. It is said the boy left the magistrate’s home, apparently badly disappointed because it was his mother’s dying request that Mrs. Perigo be kept away from the place. Mrs. Hall was buried two weeks ago at Blooming Grove in this county on July 17,1923.

Perigo is said to be about 49 years of age. He was twice married and is survived by two children of his first marriage (Lonnie and Ardie). They live with Thomas Jackson near Palmyra. Mrs Perigo was twice married, her first husband being Munroe Durham. She married Perigo about a year ago.

Perigo has been a resident of Palmyra for the past twenty years or more, and has been a hard worker, honest, reliable, and well liked by his employer and neighbors. The body was taken to Palmyra this afternoon for interment by Hugh Allen, Shiloh undertaker, who brought it here Sunday night.


From: Semi-weekly Tobacco Leaf Chronicle


January 21,1896-- Officer Heggie, of the lower portion of the county, a day or two ago, captured Coon Elliott, of Pot-Neck, over in Stewart County, and he will be brought here to jail. Elliott is charged with stealing a horse from an old man living in the vicinity of Palmyra named

Coon Powell. It is stated that the man was caught up with by reason of his attention of a woman of the vicinity in which he lived, and Officer Heggie learned of Elliott’s whereabouts and captured him.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

November 16,1878-- A shooting scrape occurred last Sunday at the house of Miss Sivels on Scace Grease Branch. It seems from what we can learn that a row was raised and Hardin Bradley shot Jim Wynn, the shooting taking effect in his arm, making a slight but painful wound.

Bradley , who was arrested the next day, was tried before Squire Wilson and bound over to the court. (This branch is off Benton Ridge Road)


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

January 26, 1932-- Robert Elrod of District 19 was fined $18.00 including cost by

Bowman S. Meriwether, Justice of the Peace, Monday on a charge of assault and battery Friday night upon McCormack Suggs, farmer of the same district.

Suggs swore to a warrant for the arrest of Elrod after he said Elrod beat him over the head with a rock and manhandled him when he was returning from a meeting at the Union School House when the Eastern Dark Fired Tobacco Association contract was explained to a number of growers. He said Elrod had it in for him ever since a number of months ago when he quarreled with Elrod for the manner if which the latter cut his hair.

Suggs said Elrod accused him of calling him a vile name and talking about him and he said he responded “you are not worth talking about.” Then he claimed Elrod leaped of him. The fight occurred near Suggs’ home.

Elrod admitted to fighting with Suggs, but said Suggs had been talking about him. He was represented by W.R. Fain Jr., while Suggs was represented by G.B. Lyle.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

September 15,1931-- Warrants charging assault and battery with a gun, driving a car while intoxicated, disorderly conduct have been issued against Gracey Appleton, Southside resident, as a result of a disorder on the home of Tom Willoughby near Hampton Station Monday night.

Appleton was alleged to have been disturbing on Willoughby’s home and Constable Julius Stanley was summoned to arrest him. Appleton is said to have drawn a shotgun on Stanley and compelled him to leave the place.


From: Clarksville Tobacco Leaf

November 19,1873-- An old grudge between William Lane and John Dawson, at Mt. Vernon Furnace, culminated last Wednesday, 12th inst., in a rather serious affair. Lane fired three shots at Dawson, the last one taking effect, passing through Dawson’s right lung. Tom Murphy, a brother-in-law of Dawson, was deputized by the magistrate in the neighborhood to arrest Lane, who fled from the scene of action. Murphy went in search of Lane at several places, and in the rounds, searched the premises of William Thompson, a collier at the Mt. Vernon works. Failing to find Lane, some words occurred between Thompson and Murphy, the latter finally leaving, making some threats. After night, Murphy returned to Thompson’s, and demanded the door be opened. Thompson refused, telling him that Lane was not there; whereupon Murphy broke the door down and entered, when Thompson struck him in the forehead just below the hair, with a hatchet, breaking the skull in, depressing the brain, and a second blow inflicting a severe gash on the back of the head.

Dr. Ussery and Dr. Eldridge were called in to see to the wounded men. Murphy’s case required a very skillful surgical operation which they performed, and both parties are doing well, with fair prospect of recovery.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

May 5,1941-- Verile Lee Vance, 33, of the 17th District, was allegedly caught making whiskey in a still described by officers as little more than cooking utensil, was scheduled to face U.S. Commissioner W.B. Corlew for arraignment at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon.

Vance was charged on a federal warrant with owning and operating an unregistered still and possessing unstamped liquor, after officers said they raided the small outfit at the edge of the woods near his home Saturday. They said Vance was in the act of making a run on the small ten gallon capacity still at the time, and had made a gallon and a half of whiskey. That was confiscated along with four barrels of mash.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

August 15,1923-- Preliminary hearing was set at 1:30 today for Robert Lyle, Negro, who was arrested near Lone Oak this morning, charged with assault and battery, sworn out by his brother, Henry Lyle. The warrant charged that the prosecutor and his son Herbert Lyle, had been driven out of their own woods by Robert Lyle who used Henry Lyle’s ax and his own knife. Bob Lyle does not deny the charges. It is claimed that the assault came as a result of a dispute over Bob Lyle and his children stove wood out of Henry Lyle’s woods. Practically all of Henry Lyle’s clothing was cut off in the attack, but no cuts received.

August 17,1923-- A fine of $5.00 and costs was imposed on Bob Lyle charged with assault and battery with a knife and an ax on his brother Henry Lyle.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

June 13,1933-- Clarence Byard, about 42, resident of District 13, was lodged in the county jail Monday afternoon by Deputy Sheriff Tom E. Huggins, and Gracey Cotton is at home suffering from a pistol wound in his cheek as a result of an altercation Sunday night at Brodie’s filling station on old 13 and 48.

Byard is charged with assault and battery with a revolver. Hearing has not yet been set.

Cotton told Deputy Huggins that Byard shot him during an argument when he went to him a second time Sunday night to purchase liquor. One bullet grazed the side of his skull and the other lodged in the cheek.

Genie O’Neal, Negro, said he heard the shooting when he had gone into the filling station to buy some peanuts. He hurried out and found Cotton wounded. O’Neal conveyed him home. Cotton was not believed to be critically wounded.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

July28,1933-- The criminal court returned a verdict of guilty against Clarence Byard, District 13, resident, giving him a sentence of eleven months and twenty-nine days in the work house and a fine of $100.00 Byard was found guilty of shooting Gracey Cotton with intent to kill. The testimony was conflicting in a number of details. Several of the witnesses admitted that they had been arrested and served sentences.

Witnesses for Cotton said that he did not appear to be drunk when seen after the shooting. Cotton said that he bought whiskey from Byard that afternoon and had gone back to get more whiskey when the shooting occurred. He claimed that he met Byard some distance at the back of the station and asked for whiskey. Byard refused, and according to Cotton’s testimony he called him a liar, and at that Byard began firing at him.

Witnesses for Byard said that someone came to the back door of the Brodie filling station located at the intersection of 48 and old 13 and knocked violently on the door. Byard rushed to the door with his pistol and as he opened the door, someone struck at him with a large stick. Byard then struck at the man with his pistol, his gun striking the man, he stated. Then as soon as he could, he fired three times at the man, who fled without making any noise except the sound made while running.

Byard said that he did not know that he had hit anyone until the next day. Byard pleaded self-defense of his property.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

January 19,1933-- Making, according to Sheriff W.E. Beaumont, who with Deputy T.E. Huggins arrested him, a complete confession to the robbery and slaying Sunday night of Kleeman Hughes, 34 year old partially paralyzed farmer of the Palmyra community, John Robert Davenport, 27, was jailed here this morning without bond.

Davenport, captured about 3:30 a.m. today by the weary sheriff and deputy on a road on the edge of Houston County a short distance from the Montgomery County line, admitted in route to Clarksville, according to the sheriff, that he beat Hughes down with a stick he had cut in the woods near the Hughes home, took $38.00 from a purse in his trousers pocket and left him dying on the roadside.

The deed completed, Davenport went to Nashville where he paid $25.00 for a secondhand Ford Coupe in which he returned to this section early Monday night. From this city, he went to Houston County to accompany a woman who had been with him part of the time since the robbery and slaying of Hughes.

We suspected Davenport in our first investigation of the case Sunday night and had since been on his trail constantly.

When placed under arrest the sheriff had not mentioned the killing, nor had he said a word to Davenport until he arrived at the scene of the crime. Stopping his car Sheriff Beaumont asked the prisoner “who used a mailbox directly in front of them?” Davenport replied he believed it belonged to the widow Hughes. “Isn’t that Kleeman Hughes’ mailbox?” the officer suddenly asked, and Davenport replied that the officer was trying to frame him. Confronted with proof he had gathered after tireless investigations the prisoner declared, “You know too much, I’ll just tell you the whole thing.”

He then related the circumstances leading up to the murder. He said he did not mean to kill Hughes, but after he had struck him, the victim cried out. He hit him again to silence him, and said he must have struck him harder than he intended.

Davenport confessed before W.B. Corlew, Justice of the Peace. His reason for killing: “the depression and his desire to buy an automobile”. He will be formally charged with murder in the first degree.

Davenport had only a few cents of money in his possession when arrested this morning. He had a bill of sale for the automobile he purchased in Nashville.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

July 17,1923-- Two young men, Andrew Pulley and Frank Powell, have furnished bonds before Marable McFall, Justice of the Peace of District 19, for their appearance at a preliminary hearing now set for July 28 in connection with charges lodged against them as a result of a cutting and disorderly affair Saturday night a short distance from the Central Church in District 19.

William Vaughn, about 20 years of age , son of Riley Vaughn is in serious condition from wounds alleged to have been inflicted by Pulley during the trouble which followed an ice cream supper at the church. The men, it seems, were engaged in an argument regarding their attention to some girls at the supper and according to Joe Stalls, Deputy Sheriff at Palmyra, who arrested Pulley and Powell, both the defendants made battle on Vaughn. There is said to be a grudge of long standing between Vaughn and Pulley, which is believed to have contributed to the trouble.

Pulley is charged with assault and battery with a knife with intent to commit murder and charges of unlawfully carrying a pistol and disorderly conduct were brought against Powell. Vaughn suffered from a four inch knife wound across his left breast.

July 30,1923-- Andrew Pulley and William Vaughn were held to the state on charges of assault and battery with intent to commit murder at the preliminary hearing at Sailor’s Rest before G.W. Dinsmore and Marable McFall, Justices of the Peace. A coincidence in connection with the trial was the arrest of the prosecutor Vaughn on a warrant sworn out at the outset of the trial by Pulley, who charged Vaughn with assaulting him with a rock which he said caused him to cut Vaughn.

Charges against Frank Powell were dismissed.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

January 11,1937--Five hours after he was charged with having stolen the 1931 Model Ford Coupe belonging to Boyd Dilliard from in front of Mrs. Lee Chester’s Roadhouse on Highway 48 Saturday afternoon, Dillon Baggett of the Louise community was arrested by Deputy Sheriff

J.A. Rinehart. The auto, its front bumper, radiator, and hood badly bent up was found where it had been abandoned on the creek bank some 300 yards from Baggett’s home.

Baggett, according to the officer, did not deny riding to his home in the car, but he claimed he did not remember whether he had driven it there or not.

Deputy Rinehart said he was also investigating a “tip” that Baggett was drunk at the time the car was taken, and that a second count of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquors may also be brought against him.

Mr. Dillard had left the switch key in the lock.

School Happenings

From: Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf


August 8,1890-- The public schools opened Monday. Miss Helen Leigh is the teacher at Corbandale and Miss Georgia Bradford teaches the Tarsus school.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


June 2, 1928--

Briarwood-- Mrs. Kate Davis, Miss Rubye Petty, Miss Maude Yarbrough.

Southside-- J.L. Meadows, T.G. Hinton, Miss Anita Whitfield, Miss Mary Gannaway, Mrs. Lewis Lyle,

Miss Bertha Powell.

Salem-- Miss Mary F. Betz, Miss Sarah Cooper, Miss Anna Bell Cocke, Miss Naomi Smith.

Lone Oak-- Miss Louise Chadwick, Miss Mildred Clardy.

Antioch-- Mrs. Eva Bumpus.

Hackberry-- Mrs. Kate Smith, Miss Bessie Painter, Miss Bertha Hughes.

Oak Ridge-- Miss Louise Allen, Miss Alene Black.

Gum Springs-- Miss Mabel Kennedy.

Pleasant View-- Miss Elsie Hayes.

Central-- W.B. Daingerfield, Miss Minerva Basford.

Palmyra-- J.F. Davidson, Miss Wilkie Hunter.

Union-- Miss Bertha Nolen, Miss Sara Howard, Miss Irma Adams.

Shiloh-- C.B. Smith, Miss Myrtle Rossetter, Miss Mollie Rossetter.

Marion-- Miss Nannie Swift, Miss Madelene Payne.

Sunny Side-- J.D. Corlew, Mrs. J.D. Corlew.

Louise-- Boyd Bulle, Miss Pearl Lyle.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle


August 9,1873-- The election of school directors on Thursday created but little interest here and the vote was small.

District 17-- H.O. Wyatt; Thomas Mills, Esquire; Dr. B.W. Ussery

District 18-- J.W. Attaway, J.P. Kelly, J.M. Seehler.

District 19-- J.M. Peacher, Dr. J.H. Marable, U.D. Tomlinson.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

South Side

August 26,1901-- The twelfth annual session of the South Side Preparatory School opens next Thursday the 29th. Very few changes will be made this year. Professors McKee and Harper Associate Principals, will have charge of their same classes, while Mrs. Annette McKee will continue in charge of the primary and intermediate classes. The only change in the faculty this year is the principal of the music department. Miss Mollie Barker, of Newburn, Tennessee has been selected for the place. She comes very highly recommended, and this selection is not only a mark of the good judgment of the associate principals, but insure the best of training for the large class of music pupils. In order to have everything in readiness to start her class Thursday, Miss Barker will arrive tonight.

The prospects for a large attendance this year are very encouraging indeed. The school has had a very satisfactory growth from the beginning and has already made an enviable reputation.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


August 28,1901--

13,498-------------Scholastic population

7,251--------------Pupils enrolled

3,910--------------Pupils average daily attendance

14-----------------White secondary schools

51-----------------White primary schools

33-----------------Colored primary schools

24-----------------White male teachers

61-----------------White female teachers

13-----------------colored male teachers

32-----------------Colored female teachers

95-----------------County school houses

$ 74,449.35-----Value of Houses, grounds & apparatus


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


December 3,1934

1st grade---- Mabel Yarbrough, Harold Thompson

2nd grade---- Hazel Oldham

3rd grade---- Marine Byard, Virginia Haines

4th grade----Mary & Martha Yarbrough

8th grade----Elnore Poole

Marine Byard and Elnore Poole had perfect records in spelling. Twenty-seven students had perfect attendance records for the month.

Submitted by Kathy Reynolds & Patty Davis

From: 1937 Class Yearbook


The Young Literary Society was organized October 18,1937 with the following officers elected:

President--------------------Owen Hodges

Vice-President-------------Mary Louise Allen

Secretary & Treasurer----Irene Aderhold

Sponsor---------------------Miss Young


Irene Aderhold                                    Owen Hodges                   Mabel Davis

Elizabeth Neblett                                 Tom Pitts Harris               Bailey Jones

Mernice Marsh                                    Ann Swift                        Brandon Wyatt

Ruby Abernathy                                  Eloise Patterson                John Edward Dickson

Jasper Ledbetter                                  Buena Ferrell                    Sara Durham

Paul Edwards                                     Charles Grant                    Mary Nell Baggett

Lewis Dickson                                    Sara Waller                       Myrtle Proctor

Henry Baggett                                    G.B. Hinton                      Lorraine Hagewood

Ethadel Dunn                                     Virginia Edlin                     Mary Louise Allen

Mattie Jones                                      Martha Thomas                  Madeline Herndon

Clara Ruth Jones                                Allene Harvey                    Dorothy Pearl Britt

Joe Hunter                                        Margaret Morris                  Johnnie Hagewood


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


December 9,1929-- An unusually fine observation day was held at Salem Friday when eleven schools were represented by their teachers. In addition to the patrons present, there were three interested visitors including: F.G. Garner, head of the Education Department, Tennessee Teachers College at Murfreesboro; Mrs. Britty Williams of the Austin Peay Normal School; and C.H. Moore, Superintendent of the Clarksville schools.

Lunch was served at the school at noon by members of the Salem PTA.

The host teachers were: Miss Mary Florence Betz, Naomi Smith, Margaret Walthal, and Julia Wall.

The visiting teachers: Misses Lucile Smith and Christine LaHiff, Shady Grove # 13;

Misses Louise Chadwick, Mary Bell Harris, and Mildred Clardy, Lone Oak; Misses Ailene Martin, Robbie Waller, Sarah Cooper, and Mrs. Lewis Lyle, Sr., South Side; Misses Katie Lee Thompson and Martha Harris, Poplar Grove; Mrs. Sadie Freeman and Misses Ida Fowler and Stella Wall, Walnut Grove; Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Corlew, Sunnyside #22; Miss Pearl Lyle, Antioch;

Mrs. Katie Davis and Misses Sallie B. Smith and Maude Yarbrough, Briarwood; John Power, Misses Katherine Royster and Edith Young, Ringgold; Mrs. William Lyle, Mrs. Robert Wall, and Miss Terese Wilson, Fredonia; and Misses Vivian Williams, Elizabeth Bellamy, Joe Blevin, and Mrs. Louise Reed Broadbent, Oak Grove.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


March 8,1932--Miss Doris Hinton, teacher at Antioch School, announces the following Honor Roll for February:

1st Grade.............Martha and Mary Yarbrough

2nd Grade............Lucille Poole

4th Grade.............Maxine Sutton

8th Grade.............Lillian Suiter


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


April 11,1931--Salem Grade School, under direction of Misses Mary Hysmith, Naomi Smith, and Nettie Mai Smith, observed the commencement season a week earlier, owing to conditions in the community.

On Thursday night graduation exercises were held for the 8th grade students, who included:

Doris Trotter, Pauline Davis, Edwin Abernathy, Beulah Lisenbee, Billie Mills, Mary E. Bumpus,

Maidel Parker, Charles Hinton, and Francis Stacey, and three students of the Poplar Grove School:

John Louis Bumpus, Elinor Abernathy, and James Brame. Miss Lucile Smith is teacher of that school.

The Rev. W.T.S. Cook, Methodist Pastor, gave the invocation, and Maidel Parker delivered the Salutatory address. The Valedictory address was given by Mary E. Bumpus; each in her own way making a splendid address.

Superintendent A.W. Jobe presented the diplomas to the class. Another prize was awarded that carried a special honor, a silver loving cup to the Salem basketball team of which Laura Neblett was captain. This team did not lose a game throughout the entire season. Miss Mary F. Betz, Principal and team sponsor, was proud to share in the honors.

The exercise brought to a close one of the best all-round years of work the Salem School has ever known.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


April 21,1931--Superintendent A. W. Jobe, out of 250 applications for the 106 positions, made the following appointments:

Antioch....................Ina Dorris Hinton

Baggett’s Chapel.......Gladys Bellamy

Dunbar.....................Nina Mickle

Grange Hall...............Mrs. Lewis Lyle

Oakridge...................Mrs. Herman Baggett

Pleasant View...........Oma Suggs

Gum Springs.............Joe Bievens, Dorothy Sullivan

Louise......................Mrs. Carmac Hodges, Pauline Harvey

Poplar Grove............Lucille Smith, Elizabeth Bumpus

Shady Grove.............Hazel Tyson, Mary Frances Ferrell

Sunnyside.................Thelma Douglas, Agnes McCarroll

Palmyra....................J.F. Davidson, Elsie Hayes

Marion......................Mrs. Stetson Harvey, Madeline Payne

Shiloh.......................Myrtle and Mollie Lassiter

Walnut Grove............Irma Adams, Martha Belle Harris

Briarwood.................Louise Cherry, Maude Yarbrough, and Mabel Timmons

Hackberry.................Mrs. Katie Smith, Mrs. Katie Yarbrough, and Mrs. Rodney B. Hayes

Lone Oak..................Hattie Minor, Mary N. Harris, and Louise Chadwick

Salem........................Mary Hysmith, Naomi and Nettie Mae Smith

Southside...................Hazie Chadwick, John D. Lynch, Sarah Cooper, Agnes Scott, and

                                 Maurine Powers.

Union........................Sarah Abernathy, Eugenia Richardson, and Willie Mae Wilson


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


August 12,1931--Construction of the new two-room school building at Gum Springs in District 22 was to begin today under direction of Edgar Walker, carpenter employed by the County Board of Education. It is hoped to have it completed for occupancy at the opening of school on September 7.

The school at Gum Springs will have an enrollment of about 50, Superintendent A. W. Jobe said today. It is a four-year-old institution having been conducted previously in the Gum Springs Baptist Church building. Teachers for the coming term are: Misses Dorothy Sullivan and Jo Blevins.

Patrons of the school furnished the building site, have placed most of the framing material on the ground, and will supply sixty days of free labor in its construction.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


August 28,1901--The public school opened at Palmyra last Monday. Mrs. Robertson, wife of the Rev. Mr. Robertson, Pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, is in charge of the school, with Miss Beatty as assistant. Miss Joanna Corban has charge of the Music Department.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


August 15,1931--Plans for a four-room addition to the Southside school building, on which work is to begin Monday and which it is hoped to be complete by October 15, were approved by the County Board of Education in regular session Friday in the office of Superintendent A. W. Jobe.

Under the provisions of the agreement with patrons, the Board will build three additional classrooms, and the citizens of the community will construct a combined auditorium and gymnasium adjoining the three new classrooms.

The building will then have ten classrooms, one of which will be the present auditorium. Four of the rooms will be used for high school work, and the remaining six for the elementary grades.

It is the only school in the county outside of Clarksville giving four years of high school work. Last year there was an overflow attendance in both the high school and elementary departments, the peak reaching 225, of which sixty were high school students.

The size of the faculty has not been increased and the same personnel who served last year will be in charge during the coming term.

The high school faculty is composed of: John Matthews, Principal; T. G. Hinton, Vocational Agriculture; Miss Marie Riggins, Latin and Science; and Miss Jessie Basford, Home Economics.

The elementary department faculty is again composed of: Mrs. John Gannaway, 7th and 8th Grades; John Lynch, 5th and 6th Grades; Miss Maurine Powers, 4th Grade; Miss Sarah Cooper, 3rd Grade; and Miss Agnes Scott, 1st and 2nd Grades.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


May 5,1926--The commencement exercises of Southside High School will begin Sunday, May 9th with an invocatory prayer by Rev. Ensor, Pastor of the Southside Methodist Church.

Wednesday evening, the Senior Class will present the comedy “Honor Wins”, the proceeds of which will be used to benefit the school.

Thursday evening, the debate and essay contest between the two Literary Societies will take place. The debate “Resolved that Congress shall have power to restrict and prohibit labor of all persons under 18 years of age” will be argued by Robbie Walker and Roy Batson for the affirmative and Virginia Thompson and Bailey Batson negative. John Herman Trotter will deliver oration on

“Character Building” for the Adkins Society and John Lynch, who will speak for the Workman Society has chosen as his subject, “Motherhood”. Essays on “Robert E. Lee” and “Why Go to College” will be read by Fannie Moore for the Adkins Society and Mariah Williams for the Workman Society.

Lucy Harris having made the highest average, 92 5/8 %, will deliver the Valedictory Address and Hattie Mae Talley having second highest, 92 1/4 %, will deliver the Salutatory Address.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


February 24,1930--A successful observation day was conducted Friday at Shiloh School with eleven schools represented by 24 teachers. Teachers taking part in the program included:

Miss Theo Neblett and Miss Elsie Hayes, Palmyra; Misses Grace Jackson and Ailene Black, Oakridge; Mrs. Katie Swift, Miss Elsie Bridges and Miss Kate Yarbrough, Hackberry;

Miss Fay Bayer and W. B. Dangerfield, Central; Misses Sarah Howard and Irma Adams, Union; and Misses Nannie Swift and Madeline Payne of Marion.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


October 25,1925-- Liberty School Honor Roll: Mary Weakley, Alberts Weakley, Fannie Jones, Estelle Jones, Nora Mai Jones, Ellen Mills, Mary Mills, Irma Atkins, Eryline Rogers,

Lorene Bumpus, Pearl Milam, Harris Jones, Claude Jones, Claude Coke, Elma Bumpus, Hugh Atkins, Ruby Lee Grant, Maude Rogers, Madilyne Rogers, Elizabeth Black, John Louis Bumpus,

Ples Jones, James Brame, and Martha Stack.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


October 25,1925-- Salem Junior High Honor Roll:

Primary..... Anes Lewis, Eula Hampton, Herbert Hogue, Louis Hinton, Richard Dowlen,

Martha Parker, Virginia Easley, Lewis Coke, Bailey Lisenbee, James Ogle.

Intermediate.....Virginia Hinton, Albert Lisenbee, George Abernathy, Emmett Corlew,

Elliott Parker, David Hinton.

High School..... James Richardson, Garnet Richardson, Eva Iargent, Sarah Abernathy,

Louise Corlew


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


December 2,1925-- Marion School Honor Roll:

1st.....Ethel Coleman, Mildred Coleman, Catherine Heggie

2nd....Dossie B. Minor, Rebecca Bryant, Marie McWhorter

3rd.....Joe, Hattie, Sammie Bryant, Opal Weakley, Janie Heggie, Stella Underwood, Pearl Smith,

Lurton Biter

4th.....Clara Biter, Jewel Sims, Mattie Shepherd, John Irvin Dickson

5th.....James and Dorris Ferrell, Lathie Coleman, Lucy Biter, Wade Shelton

6th.....Stella Biter

7th......Lois Ferrell, Lola Sensing

8th......Elizabeth Coleman


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


March 30,1932-- Salem School Honor Roll:

1st.....Angelyne Edmondson, June Lowe Edmondson, and Earl Hinto n

2nd....Walter Bedwell, Walton Coke, Lois Atkins, Laura Morrison

4th.....Furman Parker, Amanda Richardson, Jewel Atkins, Eddie Lee Hampton, Mildred Coke

5th.....J.G. Corlew, Julie Hinton, Mary Orgain

7th.....Louis Coke, Virginia Easley, Ina Orgain

8th.....Irma Orgain

Teachers: Miss May Hysmith, Mrs. Naomi Smith, and Mrs. Wilton Moore


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


December 26,1874-- We went down Saturday on a special train to Mr. P.G. Johnson’s large sale of the I.D. West property.

The West estate was a most magnificent one left by Robert West consisting of several thousand acres of land, much of it fine iron deposit of pipe ore, river and creek bottom of the most fertile kind with the railroad running through the river farm.

Mr. West was a man of great energy, of speculative tendencies and began before the war, largely involved and indebted to parties who had advanced him money- some of them relatives, some a usurious interest. When the war closed, proceedings were begun against him and he filed a bill alleging usury seeking to adjust the liens of his creditors and in fact, to procure alibis. The bill was tenable but in the state of our judiciary at the time, it was maintained. He made a most remarkable fight, finally going to the Supreme Court when a sale of course was ordered and made in 1872.

(13,000 acres, May 15,1872). A part was sold to other parties, but the great body of land was sold to Mr. West at a very large price and this was ordered sold for the purchase money.

The sale is as follows: River Farm

J.A. Woods Jr.-- $14,429 for 855 acres.

A.J. Lyle--two lots at $8.57 per acre.

William Channell--one lot at $4.25 per acre, one lot at $5.00 per acre.

Henry Lyle-- one lot at $4.05 per acre, one lot at $4.15 per acre.

W.B. Dunbar-- one lot at $.25 per acre, two lots at $.35 per acre, one lot at $2.95 per acre.

Jacob West (colored)-- one lot at $1.10 per acre.

Dr. J.F. Outlaw-- one lot at $.25 per acre, one lot at $1.10 per acre.

Dr. B.W. Ussery-- one lot at $8.00 per acre.

James Woods Jr.-- mill and 267 acres for $5,800.00.

The aggregate is: Acres- 4,925 at $28,113.48; average per acre- $5.70

Much of the land is worn out and coaling and about one-half is moderate farming land, one-quarter is good, and one-fifth is the very best.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


October 3,1929-- Resumption of the grinding of limestone by the Palmyra Lime Company after a lapse of about five years during which the plant at Palmyra was owned and operated by the Southland Lime Company is announced.

The reorganized Palmyra Lime Company is composed of G.W. Dinsmore, Who was formerly associated with Robert O’Neal and George Fort of this city in its conduct. They sold the plant to the Southland Lime Company which bought a number of other Kilns in the western section of Tennessee, but which has recently ceased to operate. Associated with Mr. Dinsmore in the reorganization concern is Att Powers who was operations foreman for the Southland Lime Company.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


March 26,1919-- A bank was organized at Southside yesterday which is to be known as the Southside Bank. Charter has been applied for. The capital stock will be $10,000, all of which has been taken. The bank officers are: President--G.M. Hunter; Vice-President--W.C. Harris; Cashier--A.M. Durrett; Secretary&Clerk--A.J. Durrett; Directors--A.D. Rye, W.C. Harris, S.E. Neblett,

G.M. Hunter, A.J. Durrett, W.L. Weems, G.H. Trotter, George Fort, A.M. Durrett; Executive Committee--W.C. Harris, Will Neblett, and A.J. Durrett. The bank hopes to be ready for business by May 1.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


March 25,1897-- J.H. Harvey, of Palmyra has a patent chicken coop, which is said to be sure protection from all enemies of chickens, such as rats and other “varmints”. W.H. McCauley and J.H. Marable both of this city, are associated with Mr. Harvey in this patent. In this coop it is said that chickens can be raised for very early market. It is to be exhibited at the Centennial.


From: The Chronicle


January 21,1859-- The contractor on the tunnel at Palmyra, Mr. Conelly, is pushing forward vigorously with a day and night shift, so nothing less than two hundred feet in length remains to be done, which will be finished simultaneously with the other work. For the information of the readers, we state the size of the tunnel, which is to be sixteen feet by eighteen feet, and through the hardest species of flint limestone rock.


From: Clarksville Tobacco Leaf


August 27,1873-- This is the name of a young village just springing up in the county, about twelve miles from Clarksville on the south side of the Cumberland River. It has about twenty-five inhabitants, there is a first rate dry goods and grocery house, conducted by L.S. Collins and Brother. Mr. R.C. Collins is carrying on blacksmithing and wagon making extensively. Dr. C.A. Wilkins is doing the practice for the neighborhood. A Post Office has lately been established--Dr. Wilkes, Post Master; Mr. L. S. Collins, Deputy Post Master. Mr. R.W. Workman has a large brick-yard, and the project of building a church and schoolhouse is now up, and the town promises thrift.


From: Daily Leaf Chronile


January 10, 1898-- H.H. Buquo of Erin bought the Palmyra Lime Company property, the consideration being $3,000.00. It had been owned and operated by M.M. Hussey.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


January 6,1908-- County Court in quarterly session actions: The appeal of N.W. Russell to change a road in District 20 was granted on condition that certain work be done to the road bed; Antioch Church Road was asked for in District 13 and a jury of view was appointed; and a jury of view was ordered to review the road in District 19 from Tarsus to Corbandale.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


January 8,1917-- The old-time water mill known as Batson’s is grinding. If flour is out of your reach, we around Rye’s can have good bread--cornbread. Won’t some of you Southsiders over there have your grinding done?


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


January 1,1940-- The county highway department has constructed 13.5 miles of new roads, built 12 miles of asphalt roads, s pread 65,456 cubic yards of crushed stone and gravel, and constructed 321 lineal feet of bridges over twenty-foot span during the last year-1939.

The TD 18 crawler-tractor and scraper completed 1.5 miles of the Louise Road, 1.75 miles of the Powers Road running from the Tarsus Church Road to Yellow Creek, raised approaches to Budd’s Creek Bridge on Old Highway 13, filled the second bridge for Highway 13 on the Rocky Ford Road. Another crawler-type tractor and grader ditched roads in Districts 13,16,17,22,20,and is now in 19.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle


May 23,1874--Captain Searcy’s steamer, The Silver Spring, is laid up for the present on account of a lack of business. She will be on hand again whenever business gets brisk.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle


August 31,1878-- A company of men from the Green River Handle Works have put up and just started a factory on the East Fork of Yellow Creek, three miles from Corbandale, for making ax-handles, etc. Its capacity is to be about 1,500 handles a day, and they say they will pay out $1,500 per week for labor and timber.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle


April 27,1872-- John Edmondson, Esquire, has purchased the right to sell the Haynes Patent Brace Fence on the south side of the Cumberland River. It is a good and cheap fence and especially adapted for river bottoms.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle


May 17,1873-- We learn that Dr. B.W. Ussery and Rev. Lewis Lowe have opened a store for the sale of dry goods and groceries at Washington Furnace on the old Charlotte Road about nine miles from this city.

From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


November 9,1918-- Henry Whitlow and Ruth Meeks, meat sellers of District 13, having partaken of “Joy Water” yesterday, took Commerce Street for a speedway, in the afternoon and in their hilarious ride down the hill crashed in the jail yard, tearing their meat wagon to pieces, crippling the horse, and bruising their own anatomies considerably. Deputy Sheriff Johnson happened on the scene just as the wreck occurred and with humanitarian aims gave each a nice bed and cell in the jail. Considering their celebration incomplete without some fireworks, they proceeded to tear up their bedding and set fire to it with some matches that had escaped the eagle eye of the jailer. The hose was turned on their cells and the fire put out before either celebrant was scorched. Taken before Squire Smith this morning the magistrate furnished the “set pieces” for their desired fireworks by fining each a sum amounting with cost to $26.00.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


January 20,1913--The skeleton of a man in summer clothing was discovered in a dense woods near Hackberry Thursday night by a crowd of oppossum hunters headed by Johnson Yarbrough. The young hunters were frightened by the ghastly sight and did not make an investigation until Friday.

An examination next day showed that all the flesh was decayed except part of one foot which was protected by a shoe, and that possibly two years had elapsed since death. From the dried fragment of flesh in the shoe, it was ascertained the man was white. The sum of $1.61 was found in the pockets, a small collapsible drinking cup, a memorandum book without entries, compliments of McEwen Bank of McEwen, Tennessee, in it two ticket coupons from tickets bought at Clarksville and Cumberland City. Nearby gold-rimmed spectacles were found. The teeth indicated a person of middle age. No signs of violence or robbery and who he was and how the remains came are mysteries. Found on a hill side in a dense woods about two miles from Hackberry and half a mile from Antioch Church.

Squire Matthew Sanders was notified and after holding an inquest had the bones and clothing put in a box and buried.

During the first week in August, Ed Bagwell, who was cultivating a field of tobacco within twenty yards of the spot where the skeleton was found, saw many buzzards flying over the spot.

January 23,1913-- The skeleton found near Antioch Church last Thursday night, is thought to be a Mr. James C. Bunnell.

On July 29 Mr. Bunnell of Clarksville disappeared. On that day a carnival company was setting up its shows on the Public Square. Mr. Bunnell came uptown and as late as noon was seen at the corner of Franklin & Second Street at the Northern Bank. Since then, he has never been seen nor heard from.

The skeleton found was about the size of Mr. Bunnell. Mr. Bunnell had a brother, Dolph Bunnell living at McEwen. He also had a nephew connected at that time with the Bank of McEwen. In the pockets of the coat was found a memorandum book marked “compliments of Bank of McEwen, McEwen, Tennessee”.

When Mr. Bunnell left home on the morning of July 29, he wore a pair of low tan shoes. The shoes found on the skeleton were also of that pattern. He also used eye glasses and at all times carried a pair with him. a pair of gold-rimmed Glasses were found near the skeleton.

Relatives have been notified of the find and Mr. Blake Bunnell of Erin and Lee Orrell of Clarksville will go to Hackberry tomorrow and endeavor to identify the remains.

Mr. Bunnell wore a black hat when he disappeared, but the hat found was brown; it may have faded.


From: The Clarksville Star


August 15,1924-- A nice “pull in” was made by Bomer Lewis, Corbandale farmer, this morning when he drew from the water of the Cumberland River near Corbandale on his trotline, a forty-five pound yellow catfish. The water dweller fought vigorously, but Lewis’ skill as a fisherman proved too great for him.


From: The Clarksville Star


December 16,1924--District 20, so far in the hog-killing season, claims the champion slaughtered swine. Ben (Little Ben) Weems of that district, this week killed a two-year-old Duroc male which netted 800 lbs.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


July 31,1913-- Two stables at Southside were destroyed by fires late yesterday afternoon following a flash of lightning which struck one of the buildings. The first destroyed was the property of Albert E. Hudgens, who also lost a fine buggy horse valued at $250.00. The second stable was property of T.H. Durrett. A small quantity of feed also was lost by both gentlemen.

Another bolt of lightning struck a tree near the residence of Mr. Edward Gannaway, badly shocking his son, Fagan Gannaway. Had it not been for a hard rain which followed the electric storm, other buildings would have been ignited with greater losses.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


July 7,1933-- Billie and Jewell Batson went out hunting Tuesday afternoon. While Jewell had the good luck to kill thirteen hawks, Billie killed four polecats. They were satisfied and came in with their game.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


January 31,1917-- Clem McCorkle brought a mule to be shod a few days ago. The mule was unruly and to quiet it, Clem put a twister on its nose. In the scuffle, the mule bit Clem’s thumb severely.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


June 16,1930-- A stable and a tobacco barn on the farm of Mrs. Mattie Lyle in the Salem Community of District 17 were completely destroyed by fire about 6:30 Sunday afternoon. The fire was discovered by Mrs. Lyle and a bucket brigade was hastily summoned, but the blaze had gained too much headway. Harness and tools in the stock barn were taken from the blaze, but seventy barrels of corn and a large quantity of hay in the tobacco barn were burned.

The origin of the fire has not been determined. The buildings stood almost together and one quickly ignited from the other. Mrs. Lyle had insurance on the buildings, but not enough to effect the loss estimated at possibly $2,000.00.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


May 15,1899-- James Swift killed a large rattlesnake recently in the woods where he was logging. It had nine rattlers and was the size of a man’s arm.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


May 18,1899-- Mr. Dump Edmondson, the sawyer at the mill on the Marable Farm, was painfully hurt when the saw struck a knot and threw off a piece of plank, breaking his nose and spoiling the beauty of his looks.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


July 11,1913-- Allen Baggett of Louise, lost his stave mill last night by fire. All the machinery, belts, pulleys, etc., were a total loss, with no insurance. The cause of the fire is thought to be incendiary. Mr. Baggett is in town today buying new supplies preparatory to reengaging in business.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


November 29,1913-- B.T. Hogue, who is in the butchering business, extracted from the body of an eight month old calf, a tapeworm sixty feet long, measured by the rule. The animal seemed in perfect condition otherwise, and Mr. Hogue has no idea how this parasite found its way into the intestines of the animal. It was destroyed after being inspected by several neighbors, but Mr. Hogue has since found that he might have sold the worm for more than the calf was worth had he preserved it on alcohol, as its size would have put it in the class of museum freaks.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


November 9,1924-- A series of storms leaves heavy damage in its wake. A.L. Cunningham possibly suffered the most damage in this section. A barn on his farm containing about six thousand pounds of tobacco was lifted from its foundation and the tobacco scattered over a large area. Much of the tobacco was ruined. A tree was blown across a tenant house on the farm, badly damaged the building but none of the occupants were injured. The front porch was blown from the Cunningham residence.

Others in the area whose property was damaged were Hadley Allen and Wayne Wickham.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


June 25,1928-- Recovery recently of a valuable gold watch he lost twelve years ago while picking blackberries proved gratifying to Baxter Batson, young farmer of this community, who found the watch while plowing over the spot where the brier patch formerly thrived. To Batson’s surprise the watch fell out of a clod of dirt. The timepiece, which was presented to him by the First National Bank at Clarksville when he was employed by that institution, is highly prized by Batson. The watch is in good condition with all its parts intact.


Kathy Reynolds & Patty Davis

The Old Courthouse and the New
March 13, 1900

Submitted by Sandra Stacey
Tobacco Leaf-Chronicle
April 29, 1890

A number of Miss Dale Jennings's friends met at the Arlington House parlor Friday evening and
enjoyed themselves.  Dancing was in order and nimble feet kept time to merry music.
Refreshments were served at a seasonable hour and formed an agreeable part of the program.
There were present Misses Dickinson, Margery Byers, Susie Shelby, Bettie Semmes, Eva Bailey
and Mrs. Walthall and Mrs. Jennings.  The gentlemen were John Beach, George Alwell, Charlie
Major, Morton Turnley, Rice Orgain and Charlie Kincannon.

A gang of horse thieves have been operating in Trigg county recently, and in the past three weeks
ten or more good horses have been stolen.  The sheriff of Trigg was in Russellville a day or since
on the trail of some of the stock that had been stolen.

It was rumored on the streets Saturday that the city guards had been ordered to Springfield for
the purpose of defending the jail.  The boys say that one member fainted dead away when he
heard it.  But we didn’t believe it.

Robert Chilton, a popular young gentleman of Pembroke, was married Wesnesday evening to
Miss Ophelia Childs, of Trenton, Ky.

Oscar Hughes of the Oakville, Ky., neighborhood, and Miss Ida Robertson, of Cedar Hill, Tenn.,
were married last Wednesday.

The Russellville Herald reports much uneasiness from several cases of hydrophobia in animals
about Keysburg.

Jerre Bull, one of the oldest citizens of the south side, died, at his home on Indian creek Tuesday
morning.  The interment took place at the family burying ground Wednesday morning, with
services by Rev. W. A. Turner.

Criminal court met Monday morning and adjourned over indefinitely, or until after Circuit court,
which begins next week.  People are so busy in the country just now that the Judge and Attorney-
General concluded that it was pest to postpone the Criminal docket to a more leisure time.

Dr. Johnson offered his Greenwood avenue property for sale at auction Monday at 12 o’clock.  It
was knocked down to A. B. Gholson at $2,500, and the bid was rejected.

The young ladies of the Baptist church contemplate having a strawberry festival the second week
in May.  They have engaged the first berries of the season.

The LEAF-CHRONICLE has it reliably that Jas. Hanratty will shortly move to his property on
Second street and open a saloon and restaurant.

Mrs. A. F. Smith and family have moved to the reselence [?] corner of Seventh and Madison.

Nathan Smith, a little boy in C. D. Runyon’s family is very ill with measles and pneumonia.

Mrs. C. D. Bailey and three of her children are laid up with the measles in a mild form.


This is an article written in 1938 by Martin Van Baggett, son of Belinda and Henry Baggett:  Mentions his mother Lindy and her Brother Joseph Powell and his children.

Dickson County Herald - 18 November 1938

"...I was born in Montgomery county near the O.K. Furnace, on January 23, 1857, which made me eighty-one years of age this year.  I was the son of Henry and Lindy Powell Baggett.  My father was born in Montgomery county, but my mother came from North Carolina here.  I was the youngest child of five boys and three girls.  I have outlived them all.
   I was born on a farm and have spent all my life on a farm.  I have always had work to do and didn't play much.  When I was a boy I did fish a little but I didn't get to go to school much.   I remember one incident very plainly which happened when I was about eight or ten years old.  "Old Man" Bob Baxter, who was a partner in the Baxter Furnace, was shot and killed by a fellow Harris.  Baxter was a fellow that did just as he please.  He was a drinking man and after he was killed, Mr. Harris was elected Sheriff of Montgomery county and remained sheriff until he died, a period of 20 years.
I can remember the Civil War very well.  My mother cut and made uniforms for the soldiers.  I can recollect a lot she made them for.  There were Jeff Weakleys's boys, five of them, and a lot more.  The uniforms were of greay gean.  They got up a Company not far from where we lived.  Dr. Walton's Company.  He was a Methodist preacher and a doctor, too, after he got back.  I can remember the soldiers drilling.  They were good to us.  I had an uncle who stayed in the War the whole four years and got back and lived a long life afterwards.  "Uncle" Joe Powell.  I have seen the Yankees come two by two.  We were afraid of them.  But the "Gorillas" did more dirt than any of them.  They were those who just prowled around and robbed and scared people.  I remember when they caught two of them "Peachy" Pollard and Gossett.
   I stayed on the farm in Montgomery county and was married when I was about twenty-seven to Mary Page Stack.  We stayed there until we bought this farm and moved here in 1909.  We moved on the second day of January.  My wife died in may of 1926 a little over twelved years ago.  I have been broken up ever since and have never had a home.  It never has been home without her. 
   My wife and I had seven children and all lived to be grown.  The oldest one died when he was almost twenty-five years of age.  There are three girls and three boys.  Edgar lives here on this place, and Cage lives on a farm not far from here.  I have a son Atlas in Detroit, Mich., and I have two daughters, Mrs. Beacher Young and Mrs. Brewer Crews, who live in Chicago, Ill.  My other daughter, Mrs. Ramey Smith, lives in Nashville.  There are 54 grandchildren and one great grandchild in the family.
   I am a member of the Sylvia Baptist Church.  I belonged to the Methodist Church for 28 years but have moved my membership.  I feel all right about my Christian life for I have done the best I could.
I am in good health except for the rheumatism.  I have been so I couldn't feed myself and put on my clothes.  My seeing and hearing is a little bad.  The flue did that.  But my memory is good.  I can recollect things that happened as far back as 1859.
   My oldest boy died in jackson County, Georgia, eighty miles from Atlanta, and I went down there and stayed a while.  I stayed a week at Camp Pike in Arkansas during the World War.  My son, Edgar, was in the service two years eight months and four days.  That's what his discharge says.  He was in the Navy.  My son Cage was in the service for seven years.  He spent wome of this time during the World War.  He was in the service three years.
   I have worked in Chicago, some, and just came back here six weeks ago.  I plan to return when I get htings straightened out here and live with my daughters.  I always call this place home.  I have been to Detroit and over into Canada...
Sylvia, Tenn."

Submitted by Cindy Powell