Reprinted in the Putnam County Herald, 9 September 1937, Page 6.
This is the eleventh 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 18, 1878
I. O. O. F. - Hall of Mount View Lodge No. 179. On the 26th day April 1878, our lodge will celebrate the 59th anniversary of the Order in the United States of America.
Program - The members of the Order will meet in the lodge hall at 10 o'clock, and at 10:30 they will march to the Methodist Church where speeches will be delivered. Subject: "Independent Order of Odd Fellows," after which they will march back to the lodge hall and retire until 4 o'clock, when they will again met in the hall and take supper, prepared by the ladies of the Rebekah Degree.
None are invited except member and their families, and members of sister lodges and their families.
Committee on Arrangement.
H. P. Davis,
J. J. Mills,
J. H. Brown.
Rev. Smithson, the noted blind preacher of the Christian Church will begin a protracted meeting a this place on the 1st Sunday in May. Bro. Smithson is quite an able mininter and no attentive person can hear a discourse from him without being in some way benefited thereby. Let all turn out and hear the gospel as the blind understands it.
Capt. James Davis and his clan consisting of about a dozen men, (Federal Revenue Officers) made, another raid through this county and into Overton county, at latter part of last week.
K. of H. - To the members of Putnam Lodge, No. 380. K. of H., by order of the Lodge. I hereby notify each member of this Lodge to be present on Thursday night, April 25, 1878.
J. H. Brown, Reporter.
Judge James W. Wright, of Livingston was in town yesterday looking after the interests of his county. He ia one of Overton's most enterprising citizen. He reads the Chronicle.
Cowhided by a Young Lady
There was a young "chap" in Liberty, DeKalb county, not long since who said or done something to the displeasure of his "sweetheart" young lady of that place, whereupon she wrote him a not apprising him of her displeasure. He replied, with many apologies to his adorable dulce, for having acted in such way as to incur her wrath upon himself, but all to no effect, for she continued to grow more wrathful and he to become more penitent, until the result was that she summoned to herself a little aid, in the shape of her father and a young gentleman friend and, with a cowhide, she furiously attacked her former admirer and gave him, from all accounts, a right decent cowhiding, while her father and youthful friend, who has gone along to see it well done, stood by encouraging her with "layon McDuff." The daughter, father and friend are all out of jail under bond for their appearance at the next term of the Circuit Court of DeKalb county to answer the charge of assault and battery.
There seems to be a spirit of improvement, generally, among the people of Cookeville. Nearly all of the old garden and yard fences have been torn away this spring, and new one put in their places.
This issue of the Chronicle contains the formal announcement of candidates for judicial offices to he filled in the regular August election of 1878, (all of whom were democrats.)
For Chancellor - Col. J. D. Goodpasture, of Overton county; W. J Farriss, of White county, Gen'l Geo. H. Morgan, of Jackson county, and Judge W. G. Crowley, of DeKalb county.
For Circuit Judge - Judge N. W McConnell, of Trousdale county, and Col. John A. Fite, of Smith county.
For Attorney-General - Columbus Marchbanks, of White county; John B. Jordan, of Smith county; R. C Nesmith, of Dekalb county, and Henry C. Snodgrass, of White county.
(All of these distinguished Upper Cumberland lawyers have long since passed to their final rewards. The last of these to pass away was Hon. H. C. Snodgrass, who died in Oklahoma a few years ago.)
Issue of April 25, 1878
Two horses, one belonging to Mrs. Montgomery, and one to Dick Pippin were stolen in this county last week.
At a church session of the Cumberland Presbyterian Congregation this place, held Sunday night, Major J. C. Freeze was elected commissioner to represent the Church in the next meeting of the Sparta Presbyterian which meets next Saturday with on of the C. P. Churches in White county.
Messrs. Walton Smith and H. S. Boyd, attorneys of this place, are attending Federal Court in Nashville.
Dr. Mon Anderson, of Hilham, paid Cookeville a flying visit last Sunday. He is looking well.
Dr. S. H. Snodgrass of Sparta, was in town a day or two this week.
Tuesday Night's Hurricane
The storm last Tuesday night was the most violent and its destructive effects more dreadful than any in this country that comes within the recollection of the oldest inhabitant of Cookeville.
The wind blew from a south-east course; no rain of any consequence fell during the most violent portion of the storm.
At the time of this writing we hav heard but little of its destructive effects in the country. Mr. J. H. Moore, who owns a large farm, three miles from this place reports that scarcely a pannel of fence or a large tree is left standing on his farm. Apple orchards are just "riddled," scarcely tree is left standing. The smoke house of Pleas Poteet, three-fourths of mile from town, was blown sway. The roof was blown from the house of John Dowell, near this place. On the Livingston road, in front of Dr. McClain's and Judge Quarles premises we counted, yesterday morning, in distance of 200 yards thirteen large oak trees lying acme the road. Adjoining Dr. McClain is Mr. W. G Cummings, whose smoke house was blown down. Mr. C. N. Wheeler's corn crib was blown down and his orchard was badly damaged. In fact to make a long story short, scarcely an orchard or shade tree was left standing in town. Fencing of all kinds was more or less damaged. A portion, of the roof was blown from the home of Dr. S. Hinds. The southern end of the shed covering Mr. D. L. Dow's steam saw mill, was blown off, but no serious damage reported. A large oak tree standing in the yard of Mr. J. H Moore was blown across the house frightening, the family and damaging the roof considerably. The gable portion of the southern end of the Academy falling through the ceiling and, greatly damaging the room of the Masonic Hall.
The greatest destruction is the new Cumberland Presbyterian Church building, which has been for some time in process of erection, and which was about half completed, and upon which there has already been over one thousand dollars expended; now lies a mass of ruins, almost worthless, the lumber being so badly damaged that but little of it can be worked over to any advantage. The total loss, to the town and immediate vicinity, is roughly estimated at $2,000.00. The storm began to rage about 11 and lasted until after 2 o'clock, apparently increasing all the while.
The citizens of Cookeville, not at all dispirited, have gone to work in earnest to remove the rubbish seeming to think that it was all for the better.
We learn that there was some live stock killed by falling timber, but haven't yet learned the particulars.