Reprinted in the Putnam County Herald, 26 August 1937, Page 8.
This is the tenth installment of this series of republished items from the old "Cookeville Chronicle," which began publication In Cookeville on October 5, 1877, with Carnes and Cope, editors and publishers.
"Local News" Issue of April 11, 1878
Mr. D. L. Dow left last Saturday, for Spencer to negotiate with the proper parties for the contract of building the new college at that place. Mr. Dow is an energetic, enterprising man, and, should he get the contract, will, we think, put the thing through with as little tardiness as any one in the bounds of our knowledge.
Died-On the morning of the 5th, instance, in Cookeville, little Lola, infant daughter of N. W. and Lizzie Shaw. Death, with his grim visage, entered the family and rudely laid his icy fingers upon the beautiful, tender form of the household pride. She was sick only a few days and calmly passed off into the "beautiful land," where she doubtless shines as bright a jewel as decks the crown of Him who called her thence. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.
Our clever County Court Clerk. Henry P. Davis, left last Tuesday morning for Nashville to attend the Grand Lodge of the K. of H., he being the representative of Putnam Lodge No. 380.
Since the execution of the Braswell brothers, there has been much talk and conjecturing as to the number of people that witnessed it. Some of our citizens have, for their own satisfaction, put the measure to the space occupied by the crowd on that occasion. and their very lowest estimate, after all due allowance is fifteen thousand people.
Mrs. Staley and sister, Miss Tina Reagan, returned from Sparta, last Friday where they had been to witness the marriage of W. F. Story. Esq., to Miss Hattie E. Cole; they were the bearers to us of some samples of very nice wedding cake, for which we return our thanks to whomsoever they are due.
Our enterprising fellow townsman, Walton Smith, Esq., has improved his property considerably making a nice new plank fence around it.
The County Court, at its quarterly term, failed to vote any tax for public school purposes, but made promise of the matter by putting it before the people, for their decision next August. In this we think the Court acted wisely. The people, having the tax to meet, should be the ones to say whether there should be such a tax and a large percent of the people have very serious objections to the present public school system, for the reason that but little good has ever been known to result from it. (An Editorial).