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Abston, John: SAD ENDING -- Brother Attempted to Play Joke. -- Crossville, June 18 -- Elijah Abston of Gang, shot and killed his brother, John Abston, yesterday evening. Elijah Abston had been working for A. L. Potter and was on his way home. When near home his brother John saw him coming and thought that he would have some sport with Elijah who is nearsighted. John advanced along the path in the direction of his brother, began calling like a turkey and at the same time dodging throughtthe bushes. Elijah heard the turkey call and was on the lookout. Soon is brother's head came in view through the bushes and he thought it was a turkey and shot it with the rifle that he was carrying. The bait struck the young man in the right side of the head killing him three hours later. The brother and parents are almost frantic with grief over the affair. [Date: 06/20/1901, Vol. XV, No. 25, Page: 1]

Allen, Mack: Mr. Mack Allen of Jackson county, died a few days ago. [Date: 05/23/1901, Vol. XV, No. 21, Page: 1]

Apple, Infant of Mr. and Mrs. H. W.: The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Apple died Thursday morning at their home in West End, aged eleven months. [Date: 05/02/1901, Vol. XV, No. 18, Page: 5]

Baxter, Mrs. Jere: Mrs. Jere Baxter Passed Away This Morning -- Mrs. Jere Baxter passed away at 2 o'clock this morning at her home, 305 South Belmont avenue. She had been ill for several months, and for several months, (sic), and for the past two weeks has been in a semi-conscious conditions from which her physicians were not able to arouse her. The end came peacefully and the whispered word of the physician told the watchers that she was no more Mrs. Mattie M. Baxter was born in Terre Haute forty-five years ago, and was the daughter of Judge William Mack, a gentleman of culture and distinction. In 1877 she was married Col. Jere Baxter president of the Tennessee Central Railroad. A husband and two sons, Mack and Here Baxter, Jr., survive her. She was a woman of rare attainments. After completing an exceedingly liberal education, she spent some years abroad traveling Europe, Asia and Africa. As a result of her wide reading and travel, she was a conversationalist of unusual versatility, and her command of language was exceptionally fine. She took great interest in study, and delved deep into the sciences and literature. Her opinions were formed after careful thought, and were independent and courageous. But it was as a wife and mother that she was known to the best advantage. During the years of uncertainty as to the future of her husband's great project, she never lost hope, but was always ready to give encouragement in gloomy moments. At home she made her fireside a charmed spot for every member of the household. She ruled as queen of her home by kindness and tenderness, and by her daily life encouraged those by whom hse was surrounded to a higher life. Mrs. Baxter was a member of Christ church. [Date: 12/05/1901, Vol. XV, No. 49, Page: 1]

Bean, Bettie: Mrs. Bettie Bean who has been sick for the past thirty days, died Friday morning. [Date: 01/17/1901, Vol. XV, No. 4, Page: 4]

Bomar, Marshall: Killed by a Negro. -- Paris, Sept. 1 -- Marshall Bomar, a Deputy Sheriff of Henry Countys (sic), was shot and killed last night (sic0 about 11 o'clock at a negro barbecue, near Mansfield, by a negro named Tom Tharp. Bomar was trying to arrest the negro for promiscuously shooting a pistol. Tharp refused to halt when ordered, but instead fired on Bomar. Tharp is still at large. A posse left here this morning with a pack of bloodhounds to hunt him down. [Date: 09/05/1901, Vol. XV, No. 36, Page: 1]

Boyd, Mary: Mrs. Mary Boyd, an old and respected citizen of the lower end of the county, died in this cvcinity at her daughter's, Mrs. John Crabtree, last Saturday night at 11:20 o'clock. [Date: 03/21/1901, Vol. XV, No. 12, Page: 1]

Boyd, Sarah: Mrs. Sarah Boyd, who has been visiting in Jackson county for some time, died there last week and was buried here Monday. [Date: 03/21/1901, Vol. XV, No. 12, Page: 1]

Bradford, John Byrd: SHOT IN AMBUSH -- John Byrd Bradford Killed Near Mine Lick -- Last night, John Byrd Bradford was shot and instantly killed near Mine Lick. He and Allen Roberts had been over at Double Springs, and left their (sic) about 7 o'clock at night so we learn, and when in the vicinity of Ten Lock's house were fired upon from the bushes. One bullet took effect just above Bradford's left eye, killing him instantly. Another struck Roberts in the nose inflicting a slight wound. It has been impossible to learn any of the details or who fired the fatal shot, but a searching investigation is now going on. Bradford was released from jail a short while ago, and where he recently had a case of smallpox. [Date: 01/10/1901, Vol. XV, No. 2, Page: 1]

Bridges, Dr. James G.: Dr. James G. Bridges Dead. Carthage July 6. -- Dr. James G. Bridges, the oldest physician in this county, died last night at New Middleton from a stroke of paralysis. He has been in bad health for several months. No man in the county was held in higher esteem both as man and physician than he. [Date: 07/11/1901, Vol. XV, No. 28, Page: 1]

Brown, Wife of Corder: Mrs. Brown Dead. Mrs. Brown, wife of Corder Brown, died at their home at Brown's Mill last Sunday night. The family had recently moved back to the old homestead, where Mr. Brown was raised. Much regret is felt tin the neighborhood, as this was Mrs. Brown's first visit to Tennessee. The family have the sympathy of all who know them. [Date: 01/24/1901, Vol. XV, No. 4, Page: 4]

Burton, B. F.: B. F. Burton Dead. -- On the night of Dec. 21, at his home three miles east of Cookeville, B. F. Burton, quietly breated his last. Mr. Burton was the oldest son of the late S. D. Burton, and was 64 years of age. For over forty years has been a devout member of the M. E. Church South, and was a most pious and God fearing man. He was kind and charitable and his life full of generous deeds. He leaves a family and host of friends to mourn his loss. [Date: 01/03/1901, Vol. XV, No. 1, Page: 5]

Burton, Lizzie: Mrs. Burton Dead. -- Mrs. Lizzie Burton of Pekin, died at her home Tuesday after a brief illness with pneumonia. She was the widow of the late Alex Burton, and was seventy years of age. She was a most excellent Christian lady. Mrs. Burton was the mother of Mrs. S. F. Carr at this place. [Date: 02/28/1901, Vol. XV, No. 9, Page: 5]

Byers, M. L.: We regret very much to learn of the death of Mr. M. L. Byers at his home near Double Sprints on last Monday morning of pneumonia fever. Mr. Byers was a first class man in every respect and his death will be sincerely regretted by a long list of friends all over the county. [Date: 11/21/1901, Vol. XV, No. 47, Page: 5]

Carlen, W. B.: W. B. Carlen Dead. On the 8th day of August 1901, Capt. William B. Carlen died at the home of his daughter near Buffalo Valley in this county. Capt. Carlen had been in feeble health for some time and his death was not a surprise to his neighbors and intimate friends. He was about seventy-seven years old at the time of his death. Although he never sought or held office, he was widely and favorably known in this and surrounding counties. When the war broke out he raised a Company became attached to Shaw;s Battalion which was afterwards, we believe, a part of Dibrell's Brigade. After the death of Maj. Shaw, Capt. Carlen succeeded to the command of the Battalion and remained with it until the surrender. e was a gallant fearless soldier, a firm but considerate officer always, careful of the rights of the boys under his command. Like all other worthy confederate soldiers, aft4er the war was over he returned to his home in Rock Spring Valley and resumed his place on the farm where he remained until the end. Capt. Carlen was an active and intelligent man, sober, honest and manly at all times and places. He was a professor or religion, but never joined himself to the church. He was a member of Pat Clebourne Bivouac and also fo Pat Clebourne Camp U C. V. of Cookeville and had been for several years, and stood high in the councils of each. His amiable wife died many years ago and his children all married and provided home of their own, among whom J. A. Carlen, Circuit Court Clerk of this county, is the eldest son. Peace to his memory. [Date: 08/15/1901, Vol. XV, No. 33, Page: 1]

Carr, Mrs. Paris: Horrible Death - Mrs. Paris Carr Killed in a Run-away -- A sad and most horrible death occurred three miles south-west of Cookeville Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Paris Carr were out riding in a farm wagon and were going down hill when the brake broke throwing the wagon against the team which took fright and ran away. The wagon struck a tee throwing the occupants over the dashboard. The wagon passed over the bodies of both Mr. and Mrs. Carr. Mr. Carr was rendered unconscious, and when he revived he found his wife a few feet away dead, her head crushed. Mr. Carr although seriously injured will recover. They had only been married about six months. Both are members of highly respected families and the unfortunate accident cast a gloom over the entire settlement in Mr. Carr resides. [Date: 11/21/1901, Vol. XV, No. 47, Page: 1]

Chang, Li Hung: Li Hung Chang Dead -- Pekin, Nov. 7 -- Li Hugn Chang died at 11 o'clock this morning. At 9 o'clock last evening, while Li Hung Chang was still alive, the courtyard was filled with life-sieze paper horses and chairs, with coolie bearers, which his friend sent in accordance with Chinese customs, in which to be buried in order to carry his soul to heaven. Earl Li's persistent refusals to refrain fom attending to Government business aggravated his malady, while the refusal of the family to permit certain measures customary in Western medical practice for relieving the stomach contributed to bring his end near. [Date: 11/07/1901, Vol. XV, No. 45, Page: 1]

Coit, G. T. : Col. G. T. Coit Dead. Col G. T. Coit, who came to Cookeville, several years ago, died last Sunday at the Shanks House where he made his home. He has been in poor health fro some time. He was probably eighty years of age and was never married Col Coit had no relatives here and only a few distant relatives survive hm in New York state, where he originally came from. He had suficent property to support him, which he willed to various persons and institutions. He was buried int he cemetery here. [Date: 02/28/1901, Vol. XV, No. 9, Page: 5]

Davis, Charlotte: Mrs. Charlotte Davis died at her home 3 miles from Cookeville on the Smithville road last Monday of pneumonia fever. She was a consistent member of the C. P. Church. She was the step-mother of H. P. Davis. She leaves a brother A. H. Ditty, of this place, among others to mourn her loss. [Date: 04/04/1901, Vol. XV, No. 14, Page: 5]

Davis, Irena: In Memoriam. -- On Feb. 23, 1901, the pure spirit of Mrs. Irena Davis took its departure, leaving overwhelmed in grief, a devoted husband, kind father, loving sisters and brothers. Irena was just 22 years of age.She had been in feeble health for a long time and, while everything was done that could be done to restore her to health, she gradually grew worse. She was a true Christian, and a member of the C. P. Church. Her last hours were spent in prayer for friends. She said that she had no fear of death, and called her friends around her and asked them all to live in the way that would fit them to meet her where they would part no more. . . . [Date: 03/21/1901, Vol. XV, No. 12, Page: 2]

Davis, Mrs. Travis: Mrs. Travis Davis died last Saturday at her home near Cookeville. [Date: 02/28/1901, Vol. XV, No. 9, Page: 5]

Davis, Nancy: Mrs. Nancy Davis died Tuesday with fever, at her home three miles southwest of town. [Date: 02/21/1901, Vol. XV, No. 8, Page: 5]

Eaton, Mrs. J. W.: Mrs. J. W. Eaton, of Smithville, died last Friday. Mrs. Eaton was a sister of Mrs. H. C. Martin and Mr. P. C. Shields of this place. When was a most excellent lady and very popular.Her life was filled with good deeds, and a host of friends as well as relative mourn her loss. She leaves a husband and one child. [Date: 02/14/1901, Vol. XV, No. 7, Page: 5]

Ensor, William: Capt. William Ensor, a prominent citizen of the 12th district, was found dead in his bed yesterday morning. He was in good health, and his death was a great surprise. [Date: 03/14/1901, Vol. XV, No. 11, Page: 5]

Ensor, Wirt: Wirt Ensor Dead -- Wirt Ensor, one of the most popular and prominent farmers of the twelfth district, died last Thursday after a weeks illness with flux. He was the youngest son of the late Capt. William Ensor, he was a devoted member of the Southern Methodist Church and was a progressive, public spirited citizen. He was about thirty-five years old and leaves a wife and several children. [Date: 10/24/1901, Vol. XV, No. 43, Page: 4]

Epperson, Child of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. : SOCIETY -- The following resolutions of respect were adopted by the Pieran Club Aug. 24, 1901: . . . Whereas God, the Almighty Father, Giver of all lif3e, had taken home the dear sweet baby, the light of the home and the joy of the hearts of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Epperson, be it resolved 1) That we, members of the Pierian Club, tender them our sympathies. 2) That the parents can still the cries of their aching hearts by saying it over and over again: Our child is in heaven! Out Own dear child still! With Jesus, with loved friends! Thank God! . . . [Date: 09/05/1901, Vol. XV, No. 36, Page: 4]

Epperson, Margaret: Margaret Epperson -- On Tuesday morning at six o'clock, Margaret, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Epperson, died at the home of her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Arnold. She was only seven months and fourteen days old, and yet those little fingers had wound themselves with love around the harts (sic) of the entire family and their hearts will ache for the "coo" and smile of the little one. For a brief time she was a ray of sunshine in their home, then God took her to his own home. The remains were interred in the Cookeville Cemetery. [Date: 08/22/1901, Vol. XV, No. 34, Page: 4]

Flexter, Infant of Mr. and Mrs.: Monterey, July 3. -- The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Flexter died last week. [Date: 07/04/1901, Vol. XV, No. 27, Page: 1]

Ford, Charles Randolph: Charles Randolph Ford -- It becomes our painful duty to announce the death of this venerable gentleman, which occurred at his home in Cookeville just before noon on the 18th inst. As was his custom throughout his long life, he rose early on that morning and went to work in the garden, but soon thereafter it was discovered that he had fallen to the ground, and was picked up in a speechless condition. Doctors were called immediately and under vigorous treatment he rallied sufficiently to talk to those around him. His last words were "O Lord! O Lord! I can't be here long." If he had lived until the 26th day of August next, he would have been 92 years old. Mr. Ford was born in Buckingham county, Virginia, and lived with his parents, a near neighbor of Thomas Jefferson, of whom he retained vivid recollections to the day of his death. When quite young he emigrated to this state and settled on the Caney Fork river near St. Mary's Church in Smith county, in which neighborhood he grew up to manhood, during which time he taught school and was noted for his polish, intelligence and gentlemanly deportment. He afterwards went to Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri and spent many years in surveying and mapping out the valley lands of the then wild and trackless frontiers of the country. Returning to Tennessee he engaged in the merchantile business at Gainesboro, Flynn's Lick, Pekin, and other places. In 1854 he married Miss Henrietta P. Draper of Jackson county. Soon after Putnam county was established he moved to Cookeville where he ever afterwards resided. He was never an office seeker, but held several offices of trust all along through life. Good many years he was Deputy County Court Clerk of this county, was Register of the same for several years, and Justice of the Peace. In early life he was a member of the Methodist Church, and lived a moral, upright and manly life. Esquire Ford was widely and most favorably known. He was a man of marked intelligence, and was, perhaps, among if not, the best read man in the state. He was a great historical student and up to the very day of his death, kept fully abreast of the times. Although nearly a century old no one ever heard him allude to the fact and he always talked and acted as if he was in the prime of life. He looked on the bright side of every prospection and was as keelny alive to such questions as the Nicaragua Canal as the youngest man in the land. He always favored every progressive measure which tended to better and up build the condition of the human race. Notwithstanding his great weight of years he never soured or became morose and despondent, ever ready to suggest new and better methods when or wherever necessary. He lived the life of a manly man and his moral, amiable and lovable life will stand as a shining light in the pathway of those who are to follow him. This community feels most keenly the loss of its oldest inhabitant and one who has done so much to stamp upon Cookeville those traits of order and sobriety fo which it is so justly celebrated, and did on yesterday attest their appreciation by attending the last sad rites in honor of the memory of this elegant old gentleman. We do not apologize for the length of this tribute to his memory and the recollection of the good deeds of our departed friend and neighbor of a third of a century, feeling that he has done so much good and such little harm that our pen ceases to rest, or stop in recounting the same. Esquire Ford leaves an aged wife, six living children and several grand children and numerous other relatives and friends who will sincerely mourn his loss. The Press joins in expressions of deepest sorrow but full of assurance that his immortal sour rests with Him who died that he might live. [Date: 06/20/1901, Vol. XV, No. 25, Page: 1]

Ford, Child of James: The two year old child of James Ford, and employee in the handle factory, died from the effects of poison last Friday. [Date: 01/31/1901, Vol. XV, No. 5, Page: 5]

Gabbert, Mrs. J. C.: Mrs. J. C. Gabbert Dead. -- Mrs J. C. Gabbert died at her home in West Side, last night at 10 o'clock. She has been in feeble health for some time, and on last Tuesday she was for the third time stricken with paralysis from which she never regained consciousness. Mrs. Gabbert was a devote member of the Christian Church, and a most excellent lady. Her death will be mourned by numerous relatives and friends. She was the mother of J. B. Barnes of this place and A. P. Barnes of Jeremiah. She will be buried this afternoo (sic) in the cemetery. [Date: 02/07/1901, Vol. XV, No. 6, Page: 5]

Gause, Maj.: Maj. Gause Dead. Lebanon, June 7, -- Maj. S. S. Gause, editor of the Springfield Herald, died this afternoon at 4 o'clock of dropsy of the heart at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. E. E. Adams, in the 62nd year of his age. Death came very suddenly. [Date: 06/13/1901, Vol. XV, No. 24, Page: 1]

Gibson, Bill : GAINESBORO, Tenn., Feb. 15. Bill Gibson, who was shot during Christmas week by Mrs. Grace wiloe attempting to break into her house, died Wednesday at Dr. Fowler's infirmary while undergoing an operation. The ball entred just above the heart and was extracted by the physician. The day after the shooting the wound healed from the outside and the blood clotted from a punctured artery, and yesterday the doctor opened the wound and let the blood out and tied the artery. It was so rotten that it would not hold and he died in a short time. Cullom Huff was accused of doing the shooting and was arrest about two weeks ago in Nashville while on his way to Texas and brought back here and tried for the shooting, but was cleared. It was learned that Mrs. Grace did the shooting. [Date: 02/21/1901, Vol. XV, No. 8, Page: 1]

Green, Mrs. Enoch: Mrs. Enoch Green died at her home near Cookeville, Monday. [Date: 03/21/1901, Vol. XV, No. 12, Page: 5]

Hagar, Mrs.: Mrs. Hagar -- The many friends of Mrs. Tommie Hager Warren will be grieved to learn of the death of her mother, which occurred on last Thursday. Mrs. Warren and sister have the heartfelt sympathy of all. Their recent loss of a dear sisters makes this all the more sad. [Date: 11/28/1901, Vol. XV, No. 48, Page: 4]

Hampton, Andy "Dick": G. W. Hampton received a telegram Wednesday evening bearing the sad news of his brother, Andy Hampton's death, which occurred at Springfield, Mo. The deceased was commonly called Dick, and will be remembered by many of readers. -- Gainesboro Sentinel [Date: 06/20/1901, Vol. XV, No. 25, Page: 2]

Hancock, John: John Hancock died last Sunday eve, at his home in Jackson county. [Date: 03/28/1901, Vol. XV, No. 13, Page: 1]

Hill, John: Capt. John Hill Dead. -- Capt. John Hill died at his home near Goffton, yesterday of Bright's disease. His health had ben failing for some time, yet his death was rather unexpected. Capt. Hill was one of the most substantial and prosperous farmers of this county, and had a wide acquaintance. He was a progressive man and always set the pace for his neighbors in industrial development. He was a brave Confederate Captain, and . [Date: 01/03/1901, Vol. XV, No. 1, Page: 4]

Hinds, James: Shot Himself - Jamestown, July 1 -- James Hinds, a prominent farmer of the Frist district of Pickett county, who lives near the line of Fentress county, was killed near his home on the river. The supposition is that it was an accident, as his double barrled shot gun was found near him with both barrels discharged. He wa shot in the breast. It is supposed that he was getting in a canoe, as one was near him, and fell and shot himself. He is ex-county clerk of Fentress county His death is deeply lamented by all. [Date: 07/04/1901, Vol. XV, No. 27, Page: 1]

Holladay, Child of Mr. and Mrs. J. H.: SOCIETY -- The following resolutions of respect were adopted by the Pieran Club Aug. 24, 1901: Whereas, it has been the will of God to remove from the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Holladay their treasure and incalculable blessings, His inestimable loan, be it resolved 1) That we extend the parental hearts our condolence. 2. That the child in heaven is the priceless treasure still there with loved ones to greet him. Oh the joy of this thought! How rich are those parents! . . . [Date: 09/05/1901, Vol. XV, No. 36, Page: 4]

Holly, Rufus: Rufus Holly died at his home in west end last Sunday morning, from injuries in the head which he received a few years ago. [Date: 03/28/1901, Vol. XV, No. 13, Page: 5]

Howell, Wm: Wm. Howell Dead. Sparta, Sept. 2 -- After lingering several week Wm. Howell, who shot himself in an attempt to take his life, is dead. He became unbalanced mentally some time ago and seemed bent on taking his life, but his plans were frustrated a number of times. However, he disappeared and was not located until the next day when he was found unconscious weltering in his own blood, and a shotgun which he had endeavored to reload after firing the fatal shot by his side. He objected very strenuously to having a physician. He was a a farmer in good circumstances. [Date: 09/05/1901, Vol. XV, No. 36, Page: 1]

Huddleston, Lewis: Lewis Huddleston, one of the oldest citizens of the county, died Tuesday at his home near Salem. [Date: 10/24/1901, Vol. XV, No. 43, Page: 5]

Hypark, Sherman: Sherman Hypark was accidentally killed at Ai last Friday. He was working in a spoke and handle factory at the time, when a piece of timber was hurled against his stomach, by the machinery, and caused his death. [Date: 08/01/1901, Vol. XV, No. 31, Page: 5]

Jared, Simon: Simon Jared Dead. -- Simon Jared, died at his home in the lower end of this county last Friday. He was a most excellent young man, and had recently completed his education at this place, and was entering upon the duties of life. He was never very strong, and his constitution was not sufficient to battle with the lung trouble with which he was afflicted. [Date: 03/07/1901, Vol. XV, No. 10, Page: 5]

Jenkins, Jim : At Bon Air. Sparta, July 4. -- Jim Jenkins was shot and instantly killed by Oscar Brown near Bon Air this afternoon. Jenkins and Brown's brother were seemingly in a difficulty when Oscar shot Jenkins, the ball entering just below the lft nipple, Brown escaped. [Date: 07/04/1901, Vol. XV, No. 27, Page: 1]

Jones, Wade: Wade Jones, Jr died at his home in Buffalo Valley last Tuesday, his son Lem Jones having died the previous Sunday. [Date: 08/22/1901, Vol. XV, No. 34, Page: 5]

Lansden, Maude S.: Maude S. Lansden - A recent funeral at Livingston, Tenn., illustrates the line,"Death plucks the flowers before he reaps the meadow, " When Maude S. Lansden, who died in her twentieth year at the residence of her brother, Hugh C. Lansden, Hilham, Tenn., a family widely known for its worth and for its love for the baby sister was bereft of its jewel and the world of one of its most charming personalities. Maude was the baby of her parents household, and never did a family more clearly show pride in its youngest and fairest member. If she had been an infant still, her stalwart brothes (sic) could not have treated her with more fondness and tenderness. She was just in the bloom of womanhood, in feature and life beautiful beyond even lost of the famously fair, witn (sic) a face as soft, innocent and expressive as a madonna's and a manner as amiable as the leaf that bends to every breeze. The amiability of Maude was not of art; it came not to her by long drawn-out training; but sprang from a heart overflowing with kindness, beating in sympathy with all human woe, mirroring a pure soul as naturally as a dewdrop reflect the blue of the sky. . . . [Date: 08/22/1901, Vol. XV, No. 34, Page: 4]

Laycock, Bell: Miss Bell Laycock of Jackson county, died Wednesday and was buried Thursday, in the Dotson Branch burying grounds, in the presence of a large crowd. [Date: 04/11/1901, Vol. XV, No. 15, Page: 1]

Lee, Jack: The funeral of ex-deputy Sheriff, Jack Lee, will be preached at the Macedonia church near his residence the second Sunday in September by Revs. Matt Judd and G. W. Pennington. [Date: 08/29/1901, Vol. XV, No. 35, Page: 5]

Lephews , Infant of Pleas: The infant of Pleas Lephews died last Thursday. [Date: 04/18/1901, Vol. XV, No. 16, Page: 1]

Long, Infant of Mr. and Mrs. Will: The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Will Long died last week. [Date: 02/07/1901, Vol. XV, No. 6, Page: 1]

Markwater, Mrs. W. T.: Mrs. W. T. Markwater died at Algood last Tuesday. [Date: 08/22/1901, Vol. XV, No. 34, Page: 5]

Marlow, Mrs. James: Mrs. James Marlow, wife of a section hand, fell dead of heart trouble as she stepped from the Bon Air train this afternoon. She had her 3 months old child in her arms at the time. He was unhurt. She and her husband came from their home near Bon Air to visit relatives near Sparta. [Date: 06/13/1901, Vol. XV, No. 24, Page: 1]

Matheny, Beulah: Miss Beulah Matheny died at her home five miles north of Cookeville, this morning. [Date: 01/03/1901, Vol. XV, No. 1, Page: 5]

Matheny, Beulah: Quiz, Jan. 7. -- Miss Beulah Matheny died last Thursday morning and was buried at the Maddox grave yard in the afternoon. [Date: 01/10/1901, Vol. XV, No. 2, Page: 1]

Mayberry, Becky: Mrs. Becky Mayberry died a few days ago. She died of old age. [Date: 05/23/1901, Vol. XV, No. 21, Page: 0]

McGregor, Miss Eudora: Miss Eudora McGregor, It is proper that we, the Daughtrs of the Confederacy, should have this memorial service in honor of our dear sister, Miss Eudora McGregor. Resolved, That to us,her death was so sad and seemed so premature, yet we realized that God cannot ere, and doeth all things well we, therefore, bow to His allwise will. She was always cheerful and read to do her part. Her sympathy and self sacrifice for others, the consecration of her young life to God and deep devotion to her earthly friends is worthy of our highest emulation. . . . [Date: 08/22/1901, Vol. XV, No. 34, Page: 4]

Moore, Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom: The little two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Moore died Tuesday morning of scarlet fever at their home in Nashville. [Date: 12/05/1901, Vol. XV, No. 49, Page: 4]

Moore, J. H.: J. H. Moore Dead. In the death of J. H. Moore, familiarly known as "Hamp," the county has lost one of its most valuable citizens. Mr. Moore had been in bad health for four or five years next preceding his death, which occurred at his home in this city on last Thursday evening. He was one of the oldest residents of Cookeville, having lived here ever since the town was located. He had been Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff of the county, also Trustee of the county and held many other minor positions of trust. For forty years he had been a warm active member of the M. E. Church South. He was about 78 years old at the time of his death, and a first class man in every respect. In his young days he was full of life and energy and is the father of a large, interesting and prominent family. It is not saying too much to state that he was one of the best men Putnam county ever produced. Honorable, upright, manly in his dealings and intercourse with his fellow man, no man ever died in this community leaving more genuine friends, and his death has caused a pang of sorrow to the bosom of many good men and women throughout this section of the State, but there are full of consolation in the knowledge of the fact that Brother Moore rest in peace in that home where all is peace and love, which storms and sorrow do not approach. In common with the entire community, the Press joins in tokens of deepest sorrow. [Date: 03/14/1901, Vol. XV, No. 11, Page: 5]

Moore, James : James Moore, sond of Jesse Moore, died at is home near Waterloo last Monday. [Date: 08/22/1901, Vol. XV, No. 34, Page: 5]

Moore, John L.: At the match ball game at Bon Air Asbury Moore shot and probably fatally wounded John L. Moore, his uncle. Several shots were fired, the most severe wound being near the left eyes, shooting the ball out. The difficulty was over an old grudge about some borrowed money and had no connection with the game which passed off very peacefully Asbury was arrested, Deputy Geer having his arms around him before he fired the third shot. He was lodged in jail. There is some hope of Moore's recovery. [Date: 07/04/1901, Vol. XV, No. 27, Page: 1]

Neal, James A.: James A. Neal Dead. Lebanon, June 28. -- James A. Neal died this morning at 11 o'clock at his residence on South College street in his 58th year. He was an ex-Confederate soldier. He was a brother of Ed M. Neal of Nashville. He leaves a wife, a son and a daughter, Mrs. Annie Bryant, of Meridian Miss. He was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery this afternoon at 5 o'clock. He was the heaviest man in Lebanon, weighing about 400 pounds. [Date: 07/04/1901, Vol. XV, No. 27, Page: 1]

Nichol, Dr. W. L.: Dr. Nichol - Quietly in Nashville, Sunday -- Dr. W. L. Nichol, a distinguished physician and surgeon of Nashville, died in that city on the 23rd inst. In speaking of his life and character, the American of the 24th inst. has this amount things, to say of him: "Dr. Nichol was born in this city Oct. 8, 1828. He was the son of Wm. and Julia Lytle Nichol. On the patrnal side he was of Irish descent. His grandfather, Josiah Nichol, emigrated from Ireland and settled at King's Salt Works in Virginia. From there he removed to Knoxville, Tenn., and subsequently to this city, where he died of cholera in 1832. In his day he was a merchant of considerable repute. Dr. Nichol's maternal grandfather, Wm. Lytle, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and resided in Murfreesboro. Dr. Nichol was educated at the University of Nashville where he graduated in 1845. He began the study of medicine the same year under Dr. Thos. R. Jennings. In 1846 he went to Philadelphia and entered, as a private student, the office of Dr. Wm W. Gerhard. subsequently he matriculated as a student at the University of Pennsylvania and was graduated in 1849. The same year he was elected as assistant residing physician in Blockley Hospital, where he remained one year. n 1852 he entered the U. S. Navy, was ordered to join the North Pacific exploring expedition, serving as assistant surgeon on the ship Vicennes, the flagship of the squadron. during this cruise he visited Cape Twon, Syndney and China, and then went to Japan shortly after the ports of that country were opened by Commodore Perry. From Japan he went to the Artic Ocean and returning to San Francisco in October 1856, he resigned his commission in the navy. That year he came back to Nashville and took up the practice of medicine. Upon the breaking out of the war he enlisted in the Confederate army and went out with the First Tennessee Regiment as surgeon. He was afterwards promoted to the position of Surgeon-in-Chief of Gen, Joseph E. Johnston's army and later served with Gen. Forrest around Atlanta. At the cessation of hostilities he returned to Nashville and resumed his practice. In 1868 he was elected professor of diseases of the chest in the medical college of the university of Nashville, and remained in connection with this institution until December 1886, when he resigned after having served as Dean of the college for half a session. He filled one chair of obstetrics, diseases of women and practice of medicines, and from 1875 to 1895 he filled the same chair in the medical college of Vanderbilt University. [Date: 06/27/1901, Vol. XV, No. 26, Page: 1]

Night, Polly: Leon, Dec 16 -- Mrs. Polly Night who lives near this place, d9ied at her home on Friday morning, 13th inst, at 8 o'clock. She was about 72 years of age, a good Christian woman, a kind and affectionate mother, with a pleasant greeting to all with whom she came in contact. She leaves six children to mourn her loss, but their great loss is her eternal gain. Her husband has been dead for several years. Dear children though we cannot understand the great mysteries of God, yet we know He doath all things well. Though you will miss the tender counsel of mother, and miss the vacant chair around the fireside and at the table, yet God doeth all things well. [Date: 12/19/1901, Vol. XV, No. 51, Page: 1]

Noonan, James: Mr. James Noonan, one of our best citizens, died at his home in this place last Monday and was buried in the cemetery Tuesday. Mr. Noonan was a successful business man, and left, we learn, his wife and little child in comfortable circumstances. He was a quit orderly gentleman, fair and honorable in all his business relations The family has the sympathy of the entire community in this hour of distress. [Date: 10/03/1901, Vol. XV, No. 40, Page: 5]

Officer, David S.: David S. Officer Dead. -- David S. Officer died at his home in the 11th district on the 17th inst. at 7 p m. aged 62 years. The immediate cause of death was grip, the he had been in poor health for some time. He leaves a wife and foud children. David Officer was a substantial farmer and a good citizen. He was a member of the Confederate army, serving with bravery under Gen. Dibrell. -- Sparta Expositor [Date: 02/28/1901, Vol. XV, No. 9, Page: 1]

Peek, J.: Peekville, April 3. -- J. Peek died last week and was buried at Salem. [Date: 04/04/1901, Vol. XV, No. 14, Page: 1]

Phy, Della: Peekeville, Jan. 28 -- Della, the little daughter of John Phy, died of fever last Sunday morning and will be buried today. [Date: 01/31/1901, Vol. XV, No. 5, Page: 1]

Price, Thomas: Monterey, July 20. -- A party of internal revenue officers were ambushed six miles from Monterey, in Putnam county, at four o'clock in the morning, and a deadly volley pured into the posse without warning. Deputy Marshall Price was fatally wounded and Posseman Cord Mackey badly wounded. The fire was returned by the posseman, and it is thought at least one moonshiner was shot. The officers were scattered and beat a retreat, leaving Price's boy on the ground. The Attack It was just at 4 o'clock, as day was breaking this morning, that the posse, composed of General Deputy Collector E. E. Bell, Deputy Marshal Thomas Price, Deputy Collector Stone, Special Deputy G. W. Floyd, Corder Mackey and another posseman, were creeping along a steep hillside about the illicit still, when they received determined order to "Throw up your hands!" They had barely located the speaker forty feet below them when several guns belched forth. The men were some distance apart, and it is probably that the fire was concentrated on Price and Mackey as they both fell. The fire was returned, but the moonshiners made the flight so hot that the four men left could not hold their own, and Collector Bell retired, taking Mackey with hm. They had put one moonshiner out of business, however, as he was heard moaning to his friends that he had been killed. Some citizen from this place went out to the scene of trouble and brought in Mr. Price. It is thought that he will live but a short while. Deputy Marshall Price was a well-to-do farmer and stockman, living near Sparta and had held office since Marshall Overall was first appointed, over three years ago. He was a fearless man and a splendid officer. [Date: 07/25/1901, Vol. XV, No. 30, Page: 1]

Proffitt, Geo. C.: G. C. Proffitt was born in Sullivan county, Tenn., December 11, 1835, and died in Bloomington May 20, 1901. Age 66 years 4 months and 10 days. He joined the M. E. Church South in 1867, in which he lived a consistent member until death. Brother Proffitt was a good citizen and a good school teacher. He was the father of ten children, five of whom preceded him to the grave. He leaves a wife and five children and a host of friends to mourn his loss. He died in full triumph of a living faith and has gone home to rest. [Date: 06/27/1901, Vol. XV, No. 26, Page: 4]

Ramsey, Harvey: Harvey Ramsey, son of Aut Ramsey, died at his home three miles norht of town Wednesday morning of fever. [Date: 08/01/1901, Vol. XV, No. 31, Page: 5]

Reagan, Louisa Woolsey: Mrs. Louisa Woolsey Reagan. "after lifes fitful fever, she sleeps." Saturday afternoon at 4:30 the soul of Mrs. Louisa Reagan took its flight. She had been sick of pneumonia for two weeks and her death had been expected for several days. Mrs. Reagan was born in Fentress county, May 1st 1822. She was married to Isaac D. Reagan in 1854 and moved to Cookeville in 1856. She was the mother of five children, three of whom survive her. Her husband died in 1872, and since then she has kept her children and grandchildren with her as one large family. "Grandma" was the light of the household, counsillor as it were. She was converted to the Baptist faith in her girlhood and joined the Baptist Church when it was organized in Cookeville in 1870. She was one who was staunch in her doctrine and believed in living up to it, lying her brethren with the true Christian spirit. Services were held over her body at her home, Monday afternoon, by Bros. W. H. Gilbert and Carr, begin read from her Bible, which had been used the her and muchly worn. She was buried at the Reagan grave yard. A more devoted mother,consistent Christian, and worthy neighbor than Mrs. Louisa Reagan is not to be found. Mrs. Reagan was one of the pioneers of Cookeville. She came here ealy in the town's history, and has seen it grow from almost nothing. She was a close friend of the "older set" and was thought none the less of by the younger. She has been an important factor in the affairs of Cookeville. The children surviving her are Mesdames E. D. Staley, S. B Yeargan and J. H. Brown. [Date: 02/28/1901, Vol. XV, No. 9, Page: 4]

Reynolds, Belle: Mrs. Belle Reynolds of this place died last Friday and was burried (sic) Saturday leaving a husband and friends to mourn her loss. [Date: 07/04/1901, Vol. XV, No. 27, Page: 1]

Roberts, William: MURDER IN JACKSON -- William Roberts Shot Dead by a Negro -- Gainesboro, Feb. 5 -- Last night about 8 o'clock William Roberts , a white man about 35 years old, was shot and instantly killed at the home of Andy German, colored, about three-quarters of a mile from town. The killing was done with a shot gun, about seventy small shot entering Robert's breast. Monroe German, a son of the man at house the killing occurred, was arrested after an inquiry had brought to light facts which served to indicate that he either fired the shot or knew who did. His hat was found near the dead man. He was brought to town and placed in jail, and this morning there was considerable talk of lynching hime Becoming alarmed, he this afternoon made a confession, implicating John M. G. York, q white man 21 years of age. York was arrested and is now in the custody of the Sheriff. Roberts had two insurance policies on his life, aggregating it is said $5,000, and one of these policies was made payable to York. Monroe German is an ex-convict, having served a term in the State prison from this county for larceny. A. B. Hastings, a merchant at this place, who was also a beneficiary of one of the insurance policies on Robert's life has been arrested, and he and York are now in jail. [Date: 02/07/1901, Vol. XV, No. 5, Page: 1]

Scarlett, Mary: Mrs. Mary Scarlett of this place, died last Sunday evening leaving a husband and three children and hosts of friends to mourn her loss. [Date: 04/25/1901, Vol. XV, No. 17, Page: 1]

Shanks, S. R.: S. R. Shanks Dead. -- Mr. S. R. Shanks, one of the old and highly respected citizens of Cookeville, died at his home in West Side Saturday night. He had been in poor health for a year or more and his death was not unexpected. Mr. Shanks was engaged for years in the grocery business, having moved here from Sparta. Later he purchased the Duke House and has been running that hotel since. He was a member of the Christian Church. He was a close attendant to business and never troubled over other people's affairs, thus gaining the good will and esteem of all. He leaves a wife and five children. His remains were taken to Cassville for interment. [Date: 03/14/1901, Vol. XV, No. 11, Page: 5]

Smith, Mrs. Ida G.: Mrs. Ida G. Smith -- It is with much regret we announce the death of this estimable woman, which occurred at Birmingham Ala., last Sunday night. Mrs. Smith left Cookeville about two months ago to visit her brother who resides at Birmingham. Soon aftr her arrival there she became sick and although every attention was given her it was impossible to save her from the pangs of death. Her death is peculiarly sad to the PRESS aside from the general regret of the entire people which is pronounced and genuine, by reason of the fact that her poor bereaved disconsolate orphan children were attaches of the PRESS and had been for some time previous, to whom deepest sorrow is felt by all of this people. Mrs. Smith was a most excellent woman in every respect, cultured, bright, intelligent and social, making friends wherever she went, scattering blessings and sunshine along her pathway. She was about 41 years old and had been a member of the Presbyterian church from early life. She was a teacher in the Sunday School of the C. P. church at Cookeville all of whom regret so much to learn of her untimely end. On receipt of a telegram form her brother, last week, her children immediately left for Birmingham and was with her until death claimed her. The entire PRESS force joins in expressions of sorrow and regret. [Date: 08/29/1901, Vol. XV, No. 35, Page: 4]

Smith, W. W.: W. W. Smith Dead -- Again death has brought sorrow to the people of Cookeville and grief and anguish to a heretofore happy family. On last Monday at his home in Cookeville, W. W. Smith Esq. passed away surrounded by his family and friends. He had been intensely sick for the last month or more with typhoid fever, alternating between life and death. Monday morning he was pronounced "better" but by noon all hopes were lost, and death soon after ended his suffering. Brother Smith was about 53 years old and had been a member of the Baptist church ever since he was 10 years old. Mr. Smith was one of the best men Putnam county ever boasted of. He was a moral Christian gentleman. He seemed to be full of the spirit of his Lord and Master at all times, and especially did he enjoy seasons of revivals. He has been surveyor of the county for many years and Justice of the Peace in the Cookeville district. He was a kind hearted, charitable man. A splendid husband and father, a useful citizen and an ornament to church and state. Funeral services were held at his home on Tuesday by Revs. Gilbert and W. H. Carr, after which he was carried to the old Smith Cemetery near the Jackson county line where he was laid to rest with his fathers. The wife and children of the deceased have the sympathy of the entire community in this hour of sore distress. [Date: 09/26/1901, Vol. XV, No. 39, Page: 4]

Steele, Infant of Clinton: Ai., April 1 -- The infant of Clinton Steele died last Saturday and was buried Sunday. [Date: 04/04/1901, Vol. XV, No. 14, Page: 1]

Watson, Infant of J. P.: The infant child of J. P. Watson of Flynn's Lick died on the 12th inst. and was buried on the day following, W. G. Wilson officiating. [Date: 12/19/1901, Vol. XV, No. 51, Page: 5]

Welch, Alex: Alex Welch Killed. Guy Bohannon and Willie Buckner were on the way to Monterey, last Tuesday to buy some mules, when near the Pinhook hill not far from Dent Whitaker;s store, they met Alexander Welch, a son of Thomas Welch. Mr. Bohanon as Welch if he knew where he could get some whiskey. Welch replied that he could get it, and went off and brought a quart, soon after Welch said to Bohanon, "you have not been treating me right, or as you should lately," Bohanon replied that he had not been mistreating him, Welch then bantered him to wrestle with him, and took out of his pocket a ten dollar bill and offered to bet it that he could out-wrestle him. Bohannon replied that he was not out on such business and turned to get into his buggy, when Buckner, who was in the buggy, told Bohanon to "look out." Bohanon turned toward Welch, when he Welch struck him in the nose with his knife, and continued to stab or cut him in the breast ans shoulders six times. We learn that one of the eye witnesses swore on the inquest that Welch cut Bohanon four times before the latter attempted to do anything. Bohanon then pulled his pistol and commenced to fire on Welch, who had hold of him at the time, and fired four shots into him before he broke his hold on Bohanon and fell to the ground, with his knife firmly gripped in his hand, and still had his knife so gripped at the time the inquest was held. WE are unable to procure the report of the jury of inquest or tl learn what it was. Mr. Bohanon surrendered to the authorities and came into Cookeville yesterday in company with the sheriff and remained the greater part of the day but no one appearing to prosecute hme he returnd home where he will remain until called for. [Date: 08/08/1901, Vol. XV, No. 32, Page: 4]

White, Infant of Mr. and Mrs. Fred: SOCIETY -- The following resolutions of respect were adopted by the Pieran Club Aug. 24, 1901: . . . God has required back recenty in this town several "loving jewels dropped unstained from heaven," One of whom had been the infantr of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whit4e. We as the Pieran Club adopted the following resolutions of respect for Mr. and Mrs. Whit4e and family and Mrs. C. H. Whitney and Miss Gertie, our member, be it resolved 1) that we sympathize with them in their bereavement. 2) that the cheering innocent one, so fresh from God has returned to Him, there to await the coming of her parents and loved ones. 3) That these resolutions be spread on the club book and sent to the PRESS. [Date: 09/05/1901, Vol. XV, No. 36, Page: 4]

Williams, Esther: Silver Point, Feb. 11. -- The many friends of Mrs. Esther Williams, of this place, will be sorry to learn of her death which occurred on last Wednesday. She was buried in the family grave yard here last Thursday. She leaves three sons and two daughters to mourn her loss. [Date: 02/14/1901, Vol. XV, No. 7, Page: 1]

Wilson, Arnold Seymore: Arnold Seymore Wilson -- Cruel death has again entered the family of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Arnold and taken form their midst another grandchild. Just six weeks ago, Margaret, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Epperson, was gathered unto the angels, Saturday, Arnold, the oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Wilson, followed. He was taken with scarlet fever one week before, and seemed to have only a light form of t, when the dread disease settled in his bowels. Arnold was a bright, beautiful child, the pet of the household, the idol of his mother's and father's heart, his merry prattle and bright winning ways will be remembered long after. Arnold, he lived, would have been a man. How heart-rendering it was to give him up, and how he will be missed only those can know who have been bereft of their little ones. The entire community grieved with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson in their loss. [Date: 10/17/1901, Vol. XV, No. 42, Page: 5]

Wilson, Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E.: Resolutions -- Death has again entered our midst and the all wise Father has seen best to take the little son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Wilson, she a member of our club, be it resolved that whereas: In his death his parents and friends have suffered an inestimable loss and while to us it seems hard, be it resolved that: We extend to the parents our sincerest sympathy and with them look to Him for comfort and trust that we may all be united in that happy home where comes no death or arting and be it further resolved that: A copy of these resolutions be give Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, be spread on the minute book of the Pierian Club and given to the PRESS. [Date: 10/24/1901, Vol. XV, No. 43, Page: 1]

Yates, Willie: Committed Suicide. SPARTA, Feb. 26 -- Miss Willie Yares, aged 17 years, took a dose of poison with suicidal intent last Sunday, from the effects of which she died yesterday The reason she assigned for the rash act, was that her lover had "gone back" on her. [Date: 02/28/1901, Vol. XV, No. 9, Page: 1]

Yeargan, Eugene: Eugene, the little son of Prof. and Mrs. S. B. Yeargan, died of scarlet fever Wednesday morning. The little fellow was taken sick Sunday afternoon, but not considered seriously so until Tuesday evening when his throat began to swell, and Wednesday morning he broke out with scarlet fever. Eugene was an unusually bright baby, the darling of the entire household and his welcoming smile, as each came in from work or school will be remembered and missed by all. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire town. [Date: 12/05/1901, Vol. XV, No. 49, Page: 5]

Zanone, James: James Zanone Killed. Nashville, June 8 -- James Zanone was slain last night a few minutes before 8 o'clock by Maury Petway. The tragedy occurred in Zanone Bros. saloon, 443 North College street, and was the result of a difficulty that occurred in the saloon about 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Zanone was shot three times with a 38 calibre Smith & Wesson revolver. The first two balls entered his body near the right and left shoulder, and the third struck him square in the back of the head, penetrating the brain and being the one that resulted in death. This is the same Zanone that was here at the fair last fall with the dancing girls. [Date: 06/13/1901, Vol. XV, No. 24, Page: 1]