Reprinted in the Putnam County Herald, 08 July 1937, Page 6.
Sixty Years Ago
This is the fifth installment of this series of re-published items from the old "Cookeville Chronicle," which newspaper began publication in Cookeville on October 5, 1877, with Carnes and Cope, editors and publishers.
"Local News" Issue of Feb. 14, 1877
Dr. J. F. Dyer, of this place, had the misfortune to get his horse drowned while crossing the Caney Fork, on his return from Smithville, one day last week. The accident was, we are informed, occasioned by carelessness on the part of the ferryman.
We can announce to our readers that there is another new firm in town turned up since our lasst issue, "Slaughter, Davis, Arnold and Co.," They will sell you any and everything you want in the mercantile line.
Attorney-General George H. Morgan and R. A. Cox of Gainesboro, are with us this week, discharging their professional duties.
J. M. Mitchell, Attorney-General of the 16th Judicial Circuit, and Col. J. D. Goodpasture, both of Livingston, are in attendance upon our Circuit Court this week.
We call special attentions to the announcement of Col. J. D. Goodpasture of Livingston, for Chancellor of this division. From an acquaintance with the Colonel we find him to be a perfect gentleman.
From his reputation we judge him to be a man in whom the people may be safe in reposing the greatest trust.
We acknowledge the receipt from Hon. H. Y. Riddle, our present Representative in Congress, of the Congressional Globe and other public documents of interest, for which we tender him our thanks.
H. C. Snodgrass, C. Marchbanks, W. J. Farriss and W. F. Story, attorneys of Sparta, are attending Circuit Court, this week.
There was a party given at the Reagan House, on the evening of the 12th, to Mr. Joe P. King, of Carthage, and Mr. W. F. Sotry of Sparta. The house was crowded with the handsomest young ladies that Cookeville can boast of. Everyone present seemed to enjoy it to the utmost.
We have been requested by several persons to insert the sentence of the Supreme Court, pronounced upon the Braswell boys, a second time.
We cannot do this, on account of it begin so long, but will state again that the judgment of the Circuit Court was confirmed and the prisoners sentenced to hang on the 27th of March.
The following market prices paid by the merchants of Cookeville for Country produce.
Bacon sides, per pound, 7 1-2 cents.
Hams, per pound, 7 1-2 cents.
Shoulders, per pound, 5 cetns.
Eggs, per dozen, 6 cents.
Corn meal, per bushel, 50 cents.
Butter, per pound, 10 cents.
Apples, green, per bushel, 75 cents.
Feathers, per pound, 35 cents.
Wool, washed, per pound, 35 cents.
Beeswax, per pound, 25 cents.
Lard, per pound, 8 cents.
Ginseng, per pound, 95 cents.
Cotton seed, per pound, 2 cents.
Cotton seed, ginned, per pound, 8 cents.
Wheat, white, per bushel, 90 cents.
Wheat, read, per bushel, 85 cents.
Flour, per pound, 3 cents.
Mails - 11 mails per week
Arrivals and departure of the mail.
Lebanon mail leaves Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2 a. m. Arrives Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 4:30 p. m.
Livingston mail leaves Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7 a. m. Arrives Tuesday and Saturday at 2 p. m.
Sparta mail arrives Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11:30 a. m. leaves same days at 2:00 p. m.
Rock Island mail arrives Wednesday at 12 m. and leaves same day at 1 p. m.
Gainesboro mail leaves Saturday at 6 a. m. and arrives same day at 7 p. m.
L. R. McClain, Asst. P. M.
"Local News" Issue of Feb. 21, 1878
Byrd Murray from Hollins, Murray & Co., of Nashville, has paid us a visit since our last issue.
There have been three new post offices established in Putnam County in the last few months.
Mr. James W. Snodgrass, who represents the popular boot and show house of Settle & Kinnard, of Nashville, registered at the Reagan House one night since our last issue.
We call special attention to the announcement of John B. Jordan, of Smith County, as a candidate for the office of Attorney-General for the 5th Judicial Circuit, which appears in this issue. We never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Jordan before last week; but from our short acquaintance with him, we are impressed with the opinion that he is a gentleman whose legal qualifications fit him for the position, to which he aspires, and shod the people make him their choice, they will doubtless have no cause to regret it.
The case of the State vs. John Gregg, who was indicted for manslaughter for the killing of Gill Norris, came up for trial, Thursday eveing of last week, a jury was empaneled and sworn and the time up to Friday evening was taken up in the examination of witnesses. Saturday was consumed by the argument of counsel. The court charged the jury late Saturday evening, and they retired in charge of Sheriff Bohannon and deliberated upon the case, when they rendered a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner was discharged by the court.
Our present sheriff, Mr. C. J. Bohannon, is announced in this issue as a candidate for reelection. We hear no complaint against Mr. Bohannon as our present sheriff, and, should be be favored with reelection, he will doubtless continue to give satisfaction.
"Local News" Issue of Feb. 28, 1878
There was a social party given at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Brown, on the evening of the 21st, in honor of Miss Tina Reagan's fourteenth birthday. All who were present enjoyed themselves to the utmost, and the occasion will doubtless be remembered with pleasure.
On last Monday, the Mayor and Alderman of Cookevile (sic) met and made reports for the past year, which will be seen in another column. The Mayor-elect, Anderson Sloan, was then introduced and inducted into office; and the Board then proceeded to elect a recorder and a treasurer and the result was that B. R. Womack, Esq., was made Recorder and A. Algood, Treasurer. Some other business was transacted and the Board adjourned to meet today at 8 o'clock a. m. The Board ailed to elect a Marshal, but we suppose this will be attended to in the near future.
Houston S. Boyd and Alvin W. Boyd are making an improvement in the way of enclosing their law office lot by a nice fence.
We call the special attention of our readers to the announcement of W. Y. Marchbanks as a candidate for County Trustee, which appears in this issue.
To the Board of Aldermen of the Cookeville corporation:
The undersigned reports that he has drawn his warrants on account of work, etc., done on the streets for this year 1877, to the amount of $121.88.
That warrants have been paid off and cancelled by me to the amount of $110.73.
That taxes on property and polls for said year amounts to $147.53.
Collected on merchants and tipplers privileges, $17.70.
Fines and taxes reported collected by the Recorder, $61.30.
Total $226.30, to which add $28.00 taxes due for 1875, and $19.56 due for 1874, aggregates $274.09, less credits as per settlement with Treasurer, $117.34, leaving due corporation, $156.75.
There is also privilege taxes due from J. P. Martin & Co., N. W. Shaw and J. H. Moore & Son.
I have made settlement with Treasurer, which show that he has received as such Treasurer, $120.21, and that he has disbursed, upon payment of warrants, $117.37, leaving cash in Treasurer's hands, $.84.
The Recorder has received from fines, privileges, etc., $99.32, and he has paid over to the Treasurer, $75.27 leaving in his hands, less commission of $2,68, $21.07.
All of which is respectfully reported.
Henry P. Davis, Mayor.
This isssue (sic) of the Chronicle contains the flowing glowing tribute to the Cookeville of sixty years ago.
"Cookeville is a beautiful rural town, located on the plateau of Cumberland mountains, 80 miles east of Nashville. It is the County site of Putnam County. It is surrounded by every variety of soil, some barren and some the most fertile and productive. Take the entire county as a whole, in the midst of which Cookeville is located and it is really a delightful, and most desirable place to live. Its genial, salubrious atmosphere, its, its pure fresh water and the luxuriant fertility of its soil, all combine to render it a terrestrial Eden. It is peculiarly adapted to the wants of all classes. Here may be found a home, alike for the great and the small, the old and the young, the rich and the poor. We believe it safe to say that Cookeville has made more rapid strides in material growth within the last few years than any other town in the state. The large amount of capital invested in her valuable machinery and seam works, the untiring ceaseless energy and industry of her merchants and business men generally, as well as her masive (sic) and commodious business houses, which may serve as perpetual monuments of her skilled architecture, together with the public spirit of her enterprising people, made manifest through the number and variety of her stupendous and magnificent edifices and public buildings, all testify, unmistakably, to the fact that Cookeville is in a state of rapid progress.
New buildings of different kinds and different purposes are in course of construction and are being reared simultaneously, and the tide of immigration brings its numbers who make their homes in our midst. We greet them with a cordial ?? come.
(The readers should bear in mind the fact that, when this glowing tribute to Cookeville appeared in the "Chronicle" of February 28, 1878, that Cookeville was only 22 years old).
The current expenses of Putnam County for the year 1877, as shown by the report of Esquire James K. Peek, chairman of the County Court for the year 1877, were $4, 873.36.
The taxes for the year 1877 were $4,964.07.
During the year 1877 warrants were drawn on the County Trustee for $4,873.36, and the County Trustee paid off warrants during the year 1877, to the amount of $5,071.43.
A Fourth of July celebration in Cookeville Fifty-nine years ago.
(Issue of July 4th, 1878)
The Fourth of July, (in 1878) was celebrated here in a most enjoyable, appropriate and instructive manner.
The exercises, including public speaking, took place on the south campus of Washington Academy. There was a large attendance from throughout the county.
The large audience was called to order at 10 o'clock, a. m. by Captain Samuel G. Slaughter. The opening prayer was by the Rev. William P. Smith.
Henry P. Davis then read aloud the Declaration of Independence.
"Fourth of July" speeches were made by Capt. H. H. Dillard, Houston S. Boyd, Capt. Walton Smith, Prof. Brantley, Alvin W. Boyd, Columbus Marchbanks of Sparta, R. C. Nesmith of Smithville, and Alfred Algood.
There were four speeches before noon and four after noon. Splendid music was furnished by the Cookeville band.
Every family brought baskets and a bountiful basket dinner was enjoyed on the Academy grounds.
Sheriff C. J. Bohannon and the other peace officers are to be commended for maintaining splendid order throughout the day, although the crowd was a large one.
We number 102 years in the great drama of national life today.
We understand that there is to be a grand Fourth of July barbecue and celebration today at Darkey Springs, in the 5th district of White County.