Hancock County Ga.
In the News 1910-1925
1910
January 13, 1910
The Macon Daily Telegraph
The death of Mr.Franklin Tye occurred at his home near Devereaux, Ga., on January 6, 1910 in the seventieth year of his age. He was married to Miss Mary Leila Powers, daughter of the late Judge Abner P. Powers, at Griffin, Ga., on October 11, 1871, by the Rev. Caleb Dowe. By this union there is one son, Lewis C. Tye, of Devereaux. Mr. Tye lived in Macon in early life, where he had many warm friends. He was compelled by ill health to retire from active business a number of years ago and returned to the old family home in Jones, where he passed his declining years with a devoted son and his family.

January 21, 1910
Union Recorder
Death Mrs. Emma Grimes Occurred Last Tuesday
  In Hancock county, near the Baldwin line, Mrs. Emma Grimes died last Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock after a long illness. She was sister of Mrs. J. D. Pound, of Milledgeville. Mrs. Grimes was about 35 years of age and is survived by five children and her husband.
  The funeral occurred at Island Creek church in Hancock county Wednesday.

February 3, 1910
Atlanta Constitution
SPARTA CHURCH BUILT 1805 IS DESTROYED BY FIRE
Sparta, Ga. February 2 (Special) The Sparta Methodist church was totally destroyed by fire this afternoon, which originated in a defective stove flue. The Women's Missionary Society had just adjourned from the building. The church was built in 1805 and afterwards remodeled several times. There was $1,000 insurance. The building was very dear to the Methodist.

March 18, 1910
Union Recorder
~excerpt~ In Loving Remembrance of Mrs. Ida Moore.
  The death angel has again invaded our community and taken from our midst a noble woman, Mrs. Ida Moore. She was ill for many months yet she bore her affliction patiently and like a true child of God.
  She leaves three children to mourn her loss, Miss Lula Moore, Mrs. Seals, of Powellton, Ga., and Mr. Chas. Moore, of this place.

March 22, 1910
Union Recorder
Mrs. Martha A. Smith died Sunday at her home in Hancock county. The funeral services were conducted Monday by Rev. Lamar Sims. She was 85 years of age, and was a member of Island Creek Baptist church. She was a  good woman. She was marred at 15 years of age to Mr. Wm. Smith.

April 1, 1910
Union Recorder
Mrs. C. E. Prosser, formerly of this city and wife of the late C. E. Prosser, formerly sheriff of Baldwin county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. H. Little, of Sparta, and the funeral was held here last Saturday, Rev. S. P. Wiggins, assisted by Rev. Lamar Sims, officiating.
  Mrs. Prosser had a host of friends here who were grieved to hear of her death and to the family sincere sympathy has been extended.

April 1, 1910
Union Recorder
Mrs. R. T. Long, nee Miss Mattie Wall, formerly of this city and sister of Councilman R. L. Wall, died suddenly at her home near Culverton last Saturday afternoon, the funeral occuring here Sunday afternoon,m Rev. Lamar Sims conducting the services.
  It appears that Mrs. Long died without a struggle. Her children were out at an Easter egg hunt and her husband was absent attending to his farm duties and coming in early in the afternoon was shcocked to find his wife lying dead on the floor, appartently just as she fell.
   Mrs. Long was highly esteemed by all who knew her and she leaves a husband and eight children besides several lother relatives and four brothers, Messrs. R. L. Wall, Charles Wall, Fred Wall and Frank Wall. The sympathy of the community is extended to all.

April 22, 1910
Atlanta Constitution
Hon. S. N. Chapman, Powellton
Sparta, Ga., April 21 (Special) Hon. S. N. Chapman died at his home in Powellton last night very suddenly of heart trouble. He was in the seventy-fifth year of his age He was chairman of the board of education of Hancock county. He had been principal of the Powellton school for forty-one years. He was clerk of the Baptist church there equally as long and represented this county in the legislature. He was held in high esteem by the entire county.

May 13, 1910
The Macon Daily Telegraph
MUCH DAMAGE REPORTED AT CULVERTON YESTERDAY.
 Augusta Ga, May 12 - A special to the Chronicle from Culverton, Ga., says a very heavy wind and hail storm there this afternoon was the worst that has ever visited that section.
  While there were no lives lost as far as can be asertained there were several houses blown from their pillars and the steeple of the Methodist church was blown down, several houses were unroofed.
  One of the R. F. D. carriers, who has just come in reports that cotton and corn along his route are completely ruined and that there is not enough left to tell what was planted in the fields
  The peach crop in this section will be a complete failure as the main part of the storm passed directly through the peach center.

August 28, 1910
The Macon Daily Telegraph
William D. Ford died at his home in East Macon Friday night at 11:55 o'clock after a short illness.
   Mr. Ford was 85 years of age and is survived by a wife, four sons and two daughters. They are: J. W. Ford of Macon, W. G. Ford of Augusta, C. D. Ford of Jackson, S. P. Ford of South Carolina; Mrs. M. L. Johnson and Mrs. M. Hataway of Jackson.
   Mr. Ford was formerly of Augusta and came to Macon several months ago the make his home here.
   The funeral services occurred at the residence yesterday afternoon at five o'clock. The remains will be carried to Sparta, Ga., this morning for interment.

September 20, 1910
Union Recorder
PISTOL DUEL AT CARRS STATION Sunday Afternoon - One is Dead and Two are Seriously Wounded.
   As a result of a pistol duel at Carrs  Station on last Sunday afternoon, Charles Simmons is  dead. Charley Burns and Miss Simmons, a sister of the dead man, are seriously wounded.
  It seems that Simmons objected to Burns' attentions  to his   sister and on Sunday Miss Simmons and  Burns had met at the house of a friend near the Simmons home, when Charles Simmons came over, and it is said, called Burns out and opened fire  upon him with out warning, his  shots went wild, however, and Burns returned the fire killing his antagonist instantly. Simmons brother came up and began to fire at Burns, who had taken refuge in a closet, shooting through the door. One bullet struck Burns in the arm inflicting a painful wound above the elbow.
    Miss Simmons received a serious wound in the breast, being hit by a stray bullet.
  No arrest have been made as  it seems to be a clear case of self-defense on the part of Burns. Sparta Isahamelite.

September 23, 1910
Macon Daily Telegraph
SID B. SIMMONS DROPS DEAD AT SPARTA HOME. Was a Confederate Soldier and Elder in Presbyterian Church, and Had Been Prominent in Business Circles.
Sparta, Ga., Sept. 22 - Sid B. Simmons dropped dead at his home here last night without any premonition of his end, having been up to that hour in good health. He was 66 years of age, an ex-Confederate soldier, an elder in the Presbyterain church and  a member of an old and honored Hancock county family. He had been a merchant most of his life. He leaves a widow and three children, Mrs. Thomas, of Valdosta; Miss Rosa and Rutherford, of this place.

October 9, 1910
Macon Daily Telegraph
Clancey-Moate
Judge and Mrs. Frank Lightfoot Little, of Sparta, Ga, announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Florence Richwood Clancy, to Mr. Luther Moss Moate of Devereaux, Ga., the wedding to take place on Wednesday evening of November 23, at the Sparta Methodist church.

October 20, 1910
The Enquirer Sun
CAPT. J. R. MERRITT IS DEAD IN SPARTA.
   Sparta, Ga., Oct. 19 - Capt. J. Robert Merritt died here last night from a stroke of paralysis. He was 71 years old.
  Hon. R. L. Merritt and Miss Nannie Merritt, the only two children survive him here.
   His body was carried to Forsyth, his former home, for burial this morning.

October 21, 1910
Milledgeville News
  Quite a surprise Wednesday morning was the marriage of Miss Nelly Jones, of this city, and Mr. Wm. H. Rives, of Devereux. While it was generally known among the friends of the families that the event was scheduled for the fall still no announcement of general public nature was made.
  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Lamar Sims at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Jones on Wayne street, only a few invited guess and relatives being present. Miss Jones is well known throughout this section of the state as a beautiful and accomplished young lady, while Mr. Rives is an enterprising business man of Devereux. Congratulations were showered upon them as they departed for a bridal trip to Florida points of interest.

November 10, 1910
Macon Daily Telegraph
MRS. GEORGE M. AMOSS IS CLAIMED BY REAPER.
Sparta, GA, Nov. 9 - Mrs. George M. Amoss, wife of a prominent planter, died here last night of pneumonia. She was 68 years old and leaves the following children: Mrs. B. A. Florence, Atlanta; Mrs. J__ County, Mrs. B. L. Binion, Mrs. Mattie Hudson, Mrs. L. B. Hudson and Miss Myrtle Amoss, of Sparta.

November 25, 1910
Milledgeville News
Mrs. Charles Kilgore, wife of a well known farmer living near Carr's Station died last Friday night after a illness of some time. She was sister of Mr. Rory Grimes and had several relatives in the country.  She is also survived by her husband, but no children.
  The interment was in the family burial grounds and occurred Saturday afternoon. To the family sympathy is extended by many friends.

November 25, 1910
Marietta Journal
Edwin Allen McCook, one year of age, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. McCook, in the southern part of the city Friday afternoon, and the remains were interred at Sparta, the former home of the family, Sunday afternoon.


1911
January 17, 1911
Columbus Daily Enquirer
 Sparta, Ga., Jan. 16. Mrs. L. C. Miller died Sunday night after a lingering illness. She was married just two years ago. Before her marriage she was Miss Emily Graves, daughter of the late R. A. Graves, prominent banker here. Besides her husband she leaves an infant girl three weeks old. She was thirty years old, member of the methodist church.

January 18, 1911
The Macon Daily Telegraph
ARNOLD FUNERAL SERVICES.  The funeral services of A.M. Arnold were held at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. F. Binion, 619 Elm street, yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, Rev. W.M. Sentell officiating.
  The body was carried to Devereaux, the old home of the deceased, yesterday afternoon at 4:40 o'clock for interment.

February 8, 1911
Macon Daily Telegraph
G. P. BURDICK, SPARTA
  Sparta, Ga., Feb. 7 - George P. Burdick, Sr., died here Sunday. He was 77 years of age and had been in feeble health for some time. He was orginally from Providence, R. I., but spent most of his life in Macon, Ga. He leaves the following children: Mr. G. P. Burdick, Jr., of Sparta; Mr. Barnes Burdick, of Nashville, Ga.; Mrs. John McCoy, of Mableton, Ga.; Mrs. Charles Dickson, of Columbus, Ga. The body was carried to Macon for interment.

February 13, 1911
Macon Daily Telegraph
FORMER SHERIFF OF HANCOCK COUNTY DIES. J. T. Pinkston, of Sparta,
Who Had Military and Political Record, Passes Away.
Sparta, Ga. Feb. 12 -J. T. Pinkston died at his home today in the 64th year of his age. He had a military and political career.
    He entered the Confederate army at the age of 17 as a private in the Sixth Georgia Regiment and served gallantly for several years and until his regiment was disbanded at the close of the war.
    He had been prominent in local politics and for eight years made a distinguished record as sheriff of Hancock County.
    He leaves a widow and a large number of children, all of whom are grown. He will be buried with Confederate honors in the local cemetery.

March 23, 1911
The Macon Daily Telegraph
LAFAYETTE POWELL, SPARTA.
Sparta, Ga., Feb. 22 - Mr. LaFayette Powell died here today in the 77th year of his age after living a quiet but successful and higly honorable life. He leaves a wife and three grown children: James, Miss Susie Day Powell, and Mrs. Waldron Middlebrooks. The deceased was a faithful member of the board of education, a devoted member of and steward in the Methodist Church. He was brother of the late Drs. T. S. Powell, of Atlanta, and T. O. Powell, of Milledgeville.

March 23, 1911
Atlanta Constitution
Flames Destroy College At Sparta
Main Building of Tenth District School Burned to the Ground
Sparta, Ga., March 22 (special) The main academic building of the Tenth District Agricultural College burned to the ground this morning about 2 o'clock. The loss is estimated at around $25,000, but is partially covered by insurance.
  The origin of the fire is unknown, though it is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary.
  The building will be rebuilt as soon as practicable.

March 30, 1911
Macon Daily Telegraph
JOHN COLLINS DEAD AT RIPE OLD AGE.
John Collins, aged 82 years, died at his home in Hancock County, near Sparta, at an early hour yesterday morning. He was well known throughout Central Georgia and had been employed at the Central shops, in Macon, up until four years ago, when he was forced to retire from active work on account of old age and feeble health.
   He is survived by one son, George D. Collins, and one sister, Mrs. Dougherty, both of Sparta. The remains will arrive in Macon this morning at 11:20 o'clock over the Georgia Railroad and will be immediately carried to Riverside Cemetery for funeral and interment. The funeral will be conducted by Rev. R. E. Douglas, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.

April 4, 1911
Macon Daily Telegraph
HENRY H. THOMAS IS DEAD AT SPARTA HOME
  Sparta, Ga., April 3 - Henry H. Thomas, one of the most prominent citizens of Sparta,  died here last night in his 86th year, leaving a widow and four children, Mrs. W. O. Shivers, Mrs. T. M. Jones, Clarence and Winton Thomas. The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church, attending all of its services, and was a member of the board of stewards of that organization. He saw considerable service as a Confederate soldier, being a member of the Sixty-sixth Georgia regiment.

April 4, 1911
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Death Claims Man of Prominence In Sparta
Sparta, Ga., April 8. - Lewis L. Clinch passed away last night at his home on Clinch Terrace, one of the suburbs of this town. He was in his fifty-sixth year and had never married. He is survived by his mother, brother and sister. Duncan L. Clinch and Mrs. Sterrett Tate, both of New York.
   The deceased was the eldest son of the late Col. H. A. Clinch, of Confederate war fame, and the grandson of General Duncan Clinch. He was an honored citizen and was in prosperous financial circumstances.

April 7, 1911
Atlanta Constitution
R.H. Thomas, Sparta
Sparta, Ga., April 6 (Special) R. H. Thomas, one of the most prominent and useful citizens of Sparta, died suddenly last Sunday night, and was buried Tuesday morning, the burial service being held at the home, and conducted by Rev. Mr. Eakes. The deceased leaves, besides his wife, two daughters, Mrs.T. M. Jones and Mrs. Oscar Shivers of Sparta; two sons Clarence Thomas, of Atlanta, and Milton Thomas of Sparta; four brothers, Louis W. Thomas, of Atlanta; F. G. Thomas, of Sparta; Dr. J. M. Thomas, of  Griffin, and Professor W. P. Thomas of West Point and one sister, Mrs. A. J. Perryman, of Talberton.

April 27, 1911
Atlanta Constitution
Lavoscie Lamar, Dixie Hero, Dies As "Taps" Sound For Dixie's Dead.
Macon, Ga., April 26 - "Taps" for the confederate dead had scarcely ceased in Macon this afternoon before Lavoscie Lamar breathed his last. As a boy of 16, in Cobb's brigade, stationed here, be broke through the federal lines thrown out by Stoneman and swarm the Ocmulgee river for six miles bearing dispatches, the delivery of which later accomplished the defeat of Stoneman. He was for years a prominent planter in Bibb county. He died at the age of 63.

May 19, 1911
Milledgeville News
KILLING IN HANCOCK ON LAST SATURDAY
After  Fiscuff Jasper Bouyer (Boyer) Returned And Opened Fire on James Johnson Producing Instant Death
  After having a  fistcuff battle over some minor affair last Saturday evening about six miles east of Devereaux, Jasper Bouyer fired upon James Johnson with a breech loading shot gun and almost blew the head of the latter from his shoulders.
  Bouyer is an old man about 75 years of age, while Johnson was only about 30, and it is reported the latter gave the older man some severe treatment and being dissatisfied with the deal. Bouyer walked a short distance away toward his son's home, Alex Bouyer seized his gun, returned and immediately opened fire, which resulted in the instant death of Johson. (sic)
  It is said both of the men were drinking, and while at the home of Howard Bouyer, another son of the older man, they began a dispute over some small matter, which later resulted in the passing of licks.
  Boyer was arrested Sunday afternoon and carried to Sparta and was held until Monday morning, when he was given a commitment trial and again turned a free man.
See March 26, 1912

June 3, 1911
Augusta Chronicle
KILLED IN RUNAWAY. W. P. Nichols, Mrs. Nichols and Son, of Sparta, Thrown from Buggy - Mrs. Nichols' Injuries Were Fatal
Sparta, Ga. June 2 - Mrs. W. P. Nichols who died yesterday from being thrown from a buggy on Wednesday, was buried this afternoon.
  Mr. and Mrs. Nichols and little boy were driving a young horse, when it became frightened and thew all those from the buggy.
   Mrs. Nichols skull was broken and an operation was performed with hopes of saving her life but the injuries were of so serious a nature that she died yesterday afternoon.
   Mr. Nichols was also hurt but is doing well now, and the little boy escaped unhurt.
   The accident occurred just in front of the Nichols home near Zebulon church on the Sparta and Linton road.

October 2, 1911
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Mrs. Virginia Lane Mullaly, mother of J. Lane Mullaly, sheriff of the city court of Macon, died at her home in Sparta yesterday morning at 3 o'clock, after an illness of several months. With marvelous bravery and fortitude she had stood the intense suffering and when the end came yesterday morning she was resigned.
  Mrs. Mullaly had been in a dying condition for several days and when death came her only son, J. Lane Mullaly, of Macon, and her two daughters, Mrs. H. Rountree and Miss Nina Mullaly, and other relatives were at her bedside. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Harry Stillwell Edwards, of Macon.
  Mrs. Mullaly was the oldest daughter of the late Colonel A. J. Lane, who was at one time prominently connected with the Georgia Southern and Florida Railway Company. In a quiet, unassuming way she spent her life in the welfare of her family, dispensing charity among her neighbors. Perhaps no woman in Hancock county, where she had lived practically all her life, was better known or better loved and her death is considered a decided loss to that community.
  Hundreds of friends in Macon and throughout middle Georgia extend their sympathy to the grief-stricken relatives.
  The funeral will be held in Sparta this morning at 10 o'clock, and the body will be laid to rest in the family burial grounds.

October 12, 1911
Macon Daily Telegraph
   After after a short illness, Alfred P. Harper, a Confederate veteran, and a resident of Macon for five years, died at his late residence, 400 Forsyth street, early yesterday morning.
  Mr. Harper formerly lived in Hancock, and was one of its most prosperous farmers.
  Besides his wife he leaves eight daughters, Mrs. B. W. Butts, of Sparta; Mrs. J. H. Ennis, of Milledgeville; Mrs. J. A. Fort, of Bartow, Fla.;  Misses Blanch, Lillie and Kathleen Harper; and two sons,  Ralph and Clifford Harper.
  The body will be taken to Devereaux, Hancock county, over the Georgia road this morning  8 o'clock, where the funeral and interment will be held.

November 27, 1911
Union Recorder
Mrs. Mary Sanford, widow of the late Mr. T. G. Sanford, died at her home in Hancock county Monday morning. The funeral services were held this morning.
  Mrs. Sanford was a native of this county and the larger portion of her life was spent in this city. She was a sister of Mrs. H. V.  Sanford. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. P. Moody, of Commanche. Tex.
  She was a christian woman, and has gone to her reward after a useful life.
  those who have ben bereaved by her death have the sympathy of their friends.

November 29, 1911
Macon Daily Telegraph
BURT HARPER, STURDY CITIZEN, PASSES AWAY.
Sparta, Nov. 28 - Mr. Burt Harper, living ten miles west of Sparta, near Devereaux, died Sunday and was buried yesterday. Mr. Harper was one of Hancock's sturdy citizens and one time made creditable race for county commissioner. He was about 60 years old, and had been in ill health for several years. Besides a wife, he leaves the following children: Mrs. Johnson King, Putnam county; Mr. Alvin Harper and Mrs. H. H. Arnold of Hancock county. He was a prominent Mason for a number of years.

December 5, 1911
Union Recorder
  Dr. Hutchings was called to Hancock county today on account of the death of his uncle, Mr. Chas. Hutchings, at Linton. The burial will take place in the old family burial ground near Devereaux, Wednesday morning ten o'clock.

December 15, 1911
Macon Telegraph
  Sparta, Dec. 14 - S. D. Rogers died early this morning of heart trouble. He had been in bad health for some time and his sudden death was not unexpected. He was 69 years old and leaves a widow. Mr. Rogers was a prominent planter and a man of culture and refinement. He was a Confederate veteran and for a number of years was commandant of the H. A. Clinch Camp, Confederate Veterans, of the county. He was a devoted member of the Methodist church, and had been a for a quarter of a century a Sunday school teacher.

December 26, 1911
Union Recorder
   Last Sunday Mrs. J. C. Boyer of Hancock county died at the age of 70 years. She was well known here, being the mother of Mrs. E. N. Ennis and Mrs. E. E. Finney. The funeral services were conducted from the residence and the burial was at Zebulon cemetery.
  Her death casts a gloom over the entire family, and friends extend to them heartfelt sympathy.

December 26, 1911
Union Recorder
LARY-SIMPSON. At the home of the bride, Saturday afternoon, at 4 o'clock, Miss Lizzie May Lary was united in marriage to
Mr. E. Simpson, of Sparta. The bride is a pretty and attractive young lady of this city, who has scores of friends in this city, who congratulate the groom on the happy choice he has made. Mr. Simpson is a substantial farmer of Hancock county.


1912
January 9, 1912
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Jan. 8 , The funeral of C. J. Andrews was held here yesterday afternoon. Mr. Andrews died suddenly here Saturday morning of the absence of the Baptist minister, of heart trouble. He was about 50 years old, and leaves a wife and five children. Rev. W. H. LaPradde, of the Methodist church, officiated at the funeral.

March 24, 1912
The Macon Daily Telegraph
BURNETT - ROZIER.
  Thursday night, at the residence of Rev. Marvin H. Britt, the Presbyterian pastor here, Edward Rozier and Miss Eileen Burnett were united in marriage. This marriage came as quite a surprise to the friends of the young couple. There was no objection on the part of either of the families to the marriage, but the young people wished to escape the trouble of a conventional marriage, and so they left home, having expressed their intention of going to an entertainment. Instead, they went to the residence of Mr. Britt, were married and left at 8:30 o'clock for Atlanta.
  There is no young woman more popular in Sparta than Miss Burnett. She is a petit (sic) brunette, a talented musician and numbers her friends by the score. She has for several years been the teach of piano a the Sparta high school. She is the eldest daughter of J. D. Burnett, cashier of the Bank of Sparta. Edward Rozier is one of the most popular young business men of Sparta and his many friends congratulate him on his happy marriage.

March 26, 1912
Macon Daily Telegraph
75-YEAR OLD VETERAN CHARGED WITH MURDER
  Jasper Boyer Before Court in Sparta Charged With Killing a Man-Discharged at commitment Trial, but Indicted by Grand Jury.
  Sparta, March 26  - Hancock superior court convened here this morning in its regular biennial session, Judge James B. Park, of Greensboro, presiding. Solicitor Dave Brown of Elberton, was on hand to look after state matters. The docket  contains two murder cases, but it is not expected these will take up much time of the court. One of these cases is that of Jasper Boyer, a 75-year-old Confederate, charged with shooting a young man. At the commitment trial Boyer was acquitted as being justified in the act, but later the grand jury indicted him.
  The other murder case is that of a negro woman shooting a negro man at a hot supper.

April 2, 1912
Union Recorder
  Mr. W. H. Bass died at his home in Hancock county Thursday afternoon from a stroke of paralysis.
   His remains were buried Friday in the cemetery at Devereaux.
    Mr. Bass was a resident of Milledgeville for a number of years, engaging in the mercantile business here. He was a member of the Board of the trustees of the G. M. College. He removed from this city in 1897.
  Mr. Bass was a brother of Mrs. F. A. Hall, of this city, and Mr. W. A. Bass of Devereaus., Mr. H. W. Bass of Macon, and Mrs Moate, of Devereaux, and Mrs. Sallie F. Brown, of Atlanta.
  He is survied by Mrs. Bass and three children.

April 7, 1912
Macon Telegraph
~excerpt - ..in Swainsboro Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist parsonage..Miss Bessie Hood became the bride of Noah A. Proctor...performed by Rev. J. W. Domingoes.
...lovely young woman of Sparta, Ga....two years' regime as principal of Garfield High School..to become a permanent resident of Garfield. Mr. Proctor..cashier of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Garfield.

April 30, 1912
Union Recorder
Mrs. A. S. Simpson died at her home in Mosleyville Friday morning almost half-past eleven o'clock, after a long illness. Her remains were buried at the family burial ground, in Hancock county, Saturday afternoon.
  She is survived by her husband and five sons, Messrs. Samuel, Alonzo, Charles, Joe and William Simpson, and five daughters, Mrs. Ira Hemphill, Mrs. Annie Boyer, Mrs. E. J. Horton, Mrs. Clarence Roberts, Miss Maybell Simpson.
  Mrs. Simpson had reached a ripe old age, and had reared a large family of children, who will always honor her memory. She was a consistent member of the Baptist church, and her life was consistent with her profession. She met death with Christian fortitue and has gone to her reward.
Irene Block, the infant daughter or Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Roberts, and a grand child of Mrs. Simpson, died Thursday night, and the burial services were held at the same time as those of Mrs. Simpson. It was indeed a great bereavement that came to Mrs. Roberts in giving up child  and mother and the same time. Those who have thus been bereaved have the deepest sympathy of the people of this community.

May 4, 1912
Atlanta Constitution
Hall-Hutchings. Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Hall of Deepstep, announce the engagement of their daughter, Clare Inez, to Dr. Ernest Hughes Hutchings, of Devereaux, the wedding to take place in June at the Methodist church, Deepstep, Ga.

August 14, 1912
Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Aug. 13. - After a lingering illness of typhoid fever, Mrs. Frank Garrett died here this morning. Mrs. Garrett was before her marriage a Miss Boyer, resident of this, Hancock county, daughter of Mac Boyer. She was 30 years old, and besides two small children, her husband survives her.

October 18, 1912
Milledgeville News
LITTLE HORACE BLAND DIED TUESDAY MORNING.
Horace Bland, 12 years of age, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Bland, died at the family home, 12 miles from Milledgeville, just over the Hancock county line, Tuesday morning. He had been ill but a few days and death resulted from appendicitis.
  The family have the sympathy of many friends in their bereavement and the grief stricken parents feel keenly their loss.

November 13, 1912
Macon Telegraph
  The body of Dr. F. M. Hamilton, who died Monday at Sparta, has been brought to Macon, and the funeral will occur today from Holsey's Temple, A. M. E. church, on Washington avenue, at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The interment will be at Lenwood cemetery. All members of the Keystone Lodge, K. of P., and of the Virgin Lodge, of Odd Fellows, are requested to attend.

November 19, 1912
Atlanta Constitution
Henry E. Moore, Culverton
Culverton, Ga. November 18 (Special)Henry E. Moore, a well known citizen, passed quietly away this morning at 2:30 o'clock. His death was expected, as he had been in ill-health for some time. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.

December 24, 1912
Macon Daily Telegraph
ARRESTED AFTER YEARS. Negro in Columbia Confesses Murder in 1904.
Killed L. D. Thornton, of Hancock County, Ga. - To Be Brought There By Officers.
  Columbia, S. C., Dec. 23 - After living in Columbia for more than eight years under the alias of "Joe Lewis, " "Buck" Devereaux, a negro, was arrested here yesterday charged with the murder on July 2, 1904, of J. D. Thornton, a Hancock county, Ga., farmer. Devereaux today admitted the killing but said he did so in self-defense after a quarrel with Mr. Thornton, in the latters corn field. He expressed willingness to return to Georgia without requisition papers, he is guaranteed protection.

December 27, 1912
Macon Telegraph
BODY FOUND IN WOODS That of John Epps With Skull Crushed In. Mystery Surrounds the Killing of the Sparta Boy-
Had no Sum With Him.
Sparta, Dec. 26. - Several days ago the body of John Epps, 15 years old, son of Holsey Epps, was found in the woods about two miles from Sparta, with his skull crushed.
  The night before he had left the store of R. A. Graves company, where he clerked, with 95 cents in his pocket. Some negroes left town with him, but coroner's jury failed to find them implicated. The tragedy is still a mystery.
See November 9, 1913
 

December 28, 1912
Macon Daily Telegraph
Mrs. Alice Roberts and W. H. Britt Are Married.
Sparta, Dec. 27, - A social event of much local and general interest was the marriage here yesterday of Mrs. Alice Roberts to W. Hewett Britt. The marriage took place at the Drummers' Home, of which Mrs. Roberts is owner and proprietress. This hostelry is known throughout the state as one of the best in point of cuisine and cleanliness.
   Mr. Hewett Britt is a brother of Rev. Marion Britt, pastor of the Presbyterian church here. The ceremony was impressively performed by Rev. D. W. Brannen, of Milledgeville.
   After the ceremony an elaborate luncheon was served to a number of special guests.


1913
Jan 5, 1913
Atlanta Constitution
Scurlock. In The Constitution of December 1, 1912, the state editor has asked for information as to the grave of William Scurlock, a revolutionary soldier buried near Columbus. Some information relative to the Scurlock family may be of interest, and a brief sketch is given below:
  William Scurlock was born in North Carolina, and served in the revolution with the militia of that state. It is likely that the family removed to South Carolina, as a William Scurlock received a bounty in that state (Revolutionary Bounties, Book 4) in 1784. He received a bounty in the Georgia lottery of 1827, being then a resident of Baldwin county. He was a revolutionary pensioner, and the records show that he was living in Alabama at the time of his death.
 The father of William Scurlock, was Joshua Scurlock. He made his will in Hancock county, Georgia, September 14, 1794 (Probated August 18, 1795) and mentions children, Agatha Watts, Thomas Scurlock, Elizabeth Scurlock, Daniel Scurlock, William James, Pressley, Joshua, Sarah Parker and Lucy Norman, and made his sons William and Daniel his executors. In 1803 William Scurlock returned for taxes in Hancock county three slaves; no land.
  Joshua Scurlock drew 580 aces in Wilkes county in 1785, on Upton's creek. Joshua Scurlock was captain of the Jackson county militia in 1801, and was granted 624 acres in that county in 1815. In 1820 the entire family seems to have been living in Baldwin County. Sarah Scurlock married, in 1793, Jacob Parker, Jr., who died in a few months, their twin daughters Sarah and Polly, being born after his death. Sarah Parker and William Ryan were made administrators of the estate of Jacob Parker, and they were married a few years later.
  Pressley Scurlock and his sons Jefferson and Eli, took up land in Walton or Jackson county, west Florida in about 1824 or 1825, as did Joseph Scurlock, Jr.
  The writer is descended from Sarah Scurlock and here husband Jacob Parker, and should like to get into  communication with other Scurlock descendants.
J. A. LeConte, Atlanta, Ga.

January 14, 1913
Macon Telegraph
  G. L. MIDDLEBROOKS. Sparta, Jan. 18 - The sudden death of George L. Middlebrooks, of this place, caused a great deal of sorrow to his many friends.
   Mr. Middlebrooks was walking to the depot with several of his friends Saturday night when he was suddenly seized with an attack of apoplexy, expiring in a few minutes.
   The funeral and interment took place today, the interment being at the city cemetery at Sparta.

February 16, 1913
Macon Telegraph
  A very pretty event of the week was the marriage of Miss Myra Pierce Epps and Henry Randolph Garrette, the marriage having taken place on the evening of Wednesday, February 12, at 8 o'clock, at the home of the brides parents, Mr. and Mr. Henry Epps, in Sparta. The whole lower floor was thrown open to the guests and beautifully decorated with southern smilax, palms, ferns and quantities of jonquils and violets. Just before the ceremony Miss Lelia Berry sweetly sang "O, Promise Me." To the strains of Mendelssohn's "wedding March," played by Miss Elizabeth Coleman. of Devereaux, the bride entered with her maid of honor, Miss Fadye Grace Rowlett, and was met at the altar by the groom and his best man, John Greiner. C. A. Norten performed the ceremony. The popularity of the couple was manifested by the handsome presents. The out-of-town guests were Mrs. C. P. Ezelle, of Augusta; Miss Elizabeth Epps, of Macon; Miss Ocie Pelot and Miss Dadye Grace Howiett, of Atlanta, Miss Frances Taylor, of Social Circle, and W. H. Epps, of Chattanooga.
  Immediately after the ceremony the bride and groom left for points of interest in Florida.

February 25, 1913
Macon Telegraph
Sparta, Feb. 24 - Mrs. Sara Rawls Turner,  Sparta's oldest citizen, died here last night, after a short illness.
   She had been in feeble health for some time, though never very infirm. She was a member of one of the most aristocratic families of ante-bellum days, was widow of Col. Thomas M. Turner, one of the prominent and wealthy citizens of this section of Georgia.
  Mrs. Turner outlived many of her children, the following, though, still survive her. Mrs M. S. Orr and Delamar Turner, both of Atlanta, and Mrs. R. W. Thomas, Sparta. Mrs. Turner has many grandchildren here and elsewhere, viz. Mrs. Will Beel, Sandersville, Ga., Frank Turner, Mrs. Fred Cloes, Fitzgerald, Marion Turner, Hawkinsville; De lamar Turner, Jr, Keysville, Ga, Mrs. R. Thomas, P. E. Orr, Mrs. C. J. Cofr, Miss Katrina Orr, Miss Maude Orr, Mrs. E. L. Orr, Mr. R. C. Turner, Miss Rawls Turner, Mrs. L. W. Brown, mrs. Dowie, all of Atlanta; Mrs. Louise Allen, Dawson, Ga., Miss Julia Pierce, Washington D. C., Mrs. Will Ferguson, Gibson, Ga., T. C. Orr, Knoxville, Tenn; Mrs. T. M. Jones and W. F. Thomas, all of Sparta. She has many great-grandchildren. The interment will be Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock in the City Cemetery.

March 9, 1913
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Sparta, March 5. Mrs. Thomas R. Brantley, wife of Thos. R. Brantley, manager of the city market here, died last night at midnight.
 Mrs. Brantley was a sufferer from Bright's disease, but her condition was not thought quite so serious.  Besides her husband, she leaves one child, a girl, about 12 years old. Mrs. Brantley was a member of the Methodist church, and a woman who made her friends know her Christian character by her daily life. Her interment was this afternoon at the old family burial ground, Smyrna church, seven miles from Sparta.

March 12, 1913
The Macon Daily Telegraph
MRS. MYRA SMALLWOOD. Sparta, March 11. Mrs. Myra Smallwood, mother-in-law of J. T. Rhodes, a prominent merchant of this place, died here last night at the age of 73 years. She died after an illness lasting for some time.
  Besides Mrs. J. T. Rhodes, she is survived by the following children, four daughters: Mesdames F. Pouche, of Wrightsville; J. H. Adams, of Sparta; J. M. Langham, of Thomson, and J. H. Fallin, of Atlanta, and one son, W. H. Smallwood of Indianapolis.
  The funeral service will be held here tomorrow and the interment will occur at the city cemetery.

May 8, 1913 
Macon Telegraph
   The body of J. M. Lewis, whose death occurred Tuesday, was taken yesterday morning over the Georgia Railroad to Sparta, where the funeral and interment took place at his former home. The body was accompanied by several relatives and friends from Macon.

May 23, 1913
Milledgeville News.
  Mr. J. M. Grimes of Island Creek community in Hancock county, died Wednesay night after a lingering illness. He was 73 years of age, veteran of the civil war, and one of the best known men in the county. For thirty years he held the office of justice pf the peace in the 104th district, and never had but one case appealed and reversed. He was a Mason for the same period, and for half a century was a member of Island Creek Baptist church.
  He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Goodwin of Atlanta, Mrs. Emma Lee Grimes of Milledgeville, Miss Mattie L. Grimes and two sons, Messrs. Carlos and John Grimes. The funeral will be held this (Friday) morning at 10 o'clock from the residence, interment at Island Creek cemetery, Rev. N. W. Cox of Macon conducting the services.

August 22, 1913
Atlanta Constitution
PROF. ALBERT A. BELL DIES AT SANITARIUM
Professor Albert A. Bell, of Sparta, Ga., died at a local sanitarium Thursday. Professor Bell was superintendent of schools at Sparta, and one of the state's well-known educators. he is survived by a wife, two children, his mother and several brothers and sisters. He was cousin of Congressman Tom Bell, of Gainesville.
     The body was taken to Barclay & Brandon's funeral parlors, from where it will be taken this morning to Sparta, where the funeral and interment will be held Sunday.

September 8, 1913
Macon Daily Telegraph
MISS MOLLIE COFIELD
   Following an illness of about two months, Miss Mollie Cofield, 69 years of age, died at an early hour yesterday morning at her home, 116 Gordon street. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. G. H. Brooks, of Macon, and Mrs. J. J. Bates, of Devereaux, besides a number of other relatives in Macon.
   The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock at her late residence, Rev. T. F. Callaway, pastor of the Second Street Methodist church officiating. The body will be taken at 8:30 o'clock this morning over the Georgia Railroad to Sparta, where interment will take place. The pall-bearers are requested to assemble at the home at 7:45 o'clock. They are Messrs. J. O. Huey, H. L. Keith, R. K. Stevens, Oscar Tidwell, Lee Stevens and E. H. Rousseau.

November 2, 1913
Atlanta Constitution
Mrs. Benj. Gause, Milledgeville
Milledgeville, Ga. November 1 - (Special) The funeral of Mrs. Benjamin Gause was held this afternoon from the Baptist church. The death of Mrs. Gause, which occurred Thursday morning after an illness of less than an hour, came as a great shock to everyone here. Acute indigestion is ascribed as the cause. Mrs. Gause was the wife of one of the best known business men of this city. Surviving her, also, is her daughter, Miss Mabel Gause; three sisters, Mrs. James Long of Jewell, Mrs. William Coleman of Devereaux and Mrs. W.A. Bass of Devereaux, also one brother, John Amoss, of this city.

November 9, 1913
Macon Telegraph
SPARTA CASE MAY RIVAL THE FAMOUS KING MURDER CASE. Mrs. Ada Griffith and John England Held for Murder.
CLAIMED THEY KILLED BOY To Prevent Husband Learning Of Alleged Relations. EVIDENCE NOT POSITIVE But Strong Enough to Warrant Holding Them. LOCAL DETECTIVE FIGURES. Fifteen-Year-Old John Epps Was Killed Last December, But Detectives Moore and Foster Were Only Recently Employed to Solve Mystery.
  The mysterious murder of John Epps, a 15-year-old boy at Sparta, may be near a solution with the arrest and detention without bond of Mrs. Ada Griffith, wife of a farmer, Will Griffith, and John England, a convict guard at Sparta, both of whom are now in jail at Sparta, with a charge of murder lodged against them.
  Though the alleged murder of the boy was committed on December 4, last, the arrest of Mrs. Griffith and England did not take place until last week, after Detectives C. P. Moore and E. L. Foster of the South Detective Agency, of Macon, had spent several days in working up the evidence. Detective Agency, of Macon, had spent several days in working up the evidence. Detective Moore is the man who solved the mystery of the murder of James King in Jones county and the subsequent arrest of Nick Wilburn and Mrs. Kate King, wife of the dead man.
   The evidence against Mrs. Griffith and England is entirely circumstantial but the detectives claim it is so strong they will have little difficulty in bringing about a conviction. Their theory is that the boy had knowledge of alleged intimate relations existing between Mrs. Griffith and England and that he was killed to insure his silence and keep him from imparting his knowledge to Mrs. Griffith's husband.
  Both Committed to Jail.
  Yesterday Mrs. Griffith and England were arraigned before Justice of the Peace James H. Rogers, at Sparta, and were committed to jail without bond on the charge of murder. The two defendants were represented by Attorneys Hunt and Lewis, of Sparta, while W. H. Burwell of the firm of Burwell & Fleming of Sparta, represented the state.
  The strongest point in the circumstantial evidence against the two prisoners is a note which Mrs. Griffith admitted on the stand she wrote to England, inviting him to come and see her the night on which the Epps boy was killed, her husband being absent at the time filling England's place as convict guard.
  England did not admit receiving the not, but a witness was introduced at the hearing yesterday who stated that England, who could not read, had come to him to get him to read the note for him which he did.
  Mrs. Griffith, though she has a family of five children, had been accustomed to working in a store in Sparta on Saturdays. The Epps boy was also employed in a store there and on the night he was murdered is alleged to have rode with Mrs. Griffith in a buggy to her home.
Not Killed Where Found.
  It is the contention of the state that the boy was killed at the Griffith home and his body taken from there to a pine thicket, three-quarters of a mile distant where it was later found by his father, H. A. Epps, a farmer living two miles from Sparta, the skull having been crushed by a blow in the back of the head.
  What leads the state to the belief that the alleged murder was committed at the Griffith home, was the fact that wagon tracks led from there to the spot where the body was found and at the time a peculiar mark was found at each revolution of the wagon wheel. The is alleged to have been proven later to have been a wire which was wrapped around the tire of Will Griffith's wagon, which the state claims, bears out the theory that the body was carried to the thicket in Griffith's wagon.
  What actual knowledge young Epps had of any alleged relations between Mrs. Griffith and Emgland is not known, but as he is alleged to have gone with Mrs. Griffith from Sparta on the night he was killed and couple with the fact that Mrs. Griffith admits writing England the note to come to her house that night, leads the state to believe the boy saw something at the house that night, it was desired to keep from Mr. Griffith.
Still Another Theory
  Another theory that the state entertains is that the boy, after going home with Mrs. Griffith, was struck in the head by someone who did not intend to kill him, but that after the deed was committed the body was carried to the pine thicket to make it appear he had been killed there.
  Mrs. Griffith, at the hearing yesterday, according to Detective Moore, denied that the Epps boy rode home with her on the night he was killed, stating he left the store with some negro boys. Another witness, however, testified that the Epps boy had told him just a few minutes before he left for the night that he was going to ride home with Mrs. Griffith.
  H. A. Epps, father of the dead boy, testified at the hearing yesterday, says Dectective Moore, that after he had searched the neighborhood of his home for the boy when he did not come home, he went to the Griffith home where Mrs. Griffith said: "Mr. Epps, what do you want to search all over the county for" Why don't you go down there and look in that thicket." Mr. Epps allege she pointed to the thicket where the body was lady found. The state contends that this is a strong circumstance to show that MRs. Griffith knew the body was there.
Had About Given Up Hope
  At the time the body was found dead no clew could be found to the identity of the alleged murderers and his father had just about given up all hope of ever running the guilty party or parties down. Early in November Detective C. P. Moore was in Sparta on another case and Mr. Epps consulted with him about the murder of his boy.
  Dectective Moore went to work on the case on October 13, and worked on it until he caused the arrest of Mrs. Griffith. The following day England was placed under arrest. It was only through means of the note written by Mrs. Griffith to England that the latter was connected with the case. In addition to the testimony of the man who says he read the note to England, the warden of the convict camp where England was employed, testified that he saw this man reading the note to England.
 Detective Moore says Mrs. Griffith admits being intimate with other men, using a pine thicket opposite her home as a rendezvous.
  Mrs. Griffith is forty years of age and the mother of five children. She is said to be fairly good looking.
  England is unmarried and thirty years of age.
  Mortgages His Property
  H. A. Epps, father of the dead boy, is a tenant farmer, but so anxious was he to run down the murderer of his boy that he mortgaged what little property he had to raise the necessary money.
  Because of the time which has elapsed since the boy was killed, feeling is said to have died down and no trouble of any kind is feared. Will Griffith is said to be standing by his wife in her trouble an does not belief that she had anything to do with the murder.
  Both Mrs. Griffin and England will be tried at the term of court which convenes on the fourth Monday in February.

November 23, 1913
Macon Daily Telegraph
HANCOCK COUNTY LAND FOR SALE. The J. C. Sigman plantation, containing 760 acres, will be sold the first Tuesday in December at Sparta, Ga. It is an ideal farm; will produce a bale of cotton per acre; twelve-horse farm in cultivation; plenty of houses; convenient to schools and churches; public roads fork on premises and good roads on all sides; fine location for big country store; thickly settled community in prosperous condition. For particulars see Dr. J. M. Sigman, Macon, Ga. or Mr. Grover Sigman on the premises.

November 28, 1913
Macon Weekly Telegraph
 Following a brief illness, Mrs. Mary E. Minor, widow of the J. D. Minor, Sr., whose death occurred three months ago, died yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home of her son, J. D. Minor, Jr., 768 Oak street.
  Mrs. Minor is survived by two sons, J. D. Minor, Jr., of Macon; and Walter M. Minor, of Savannah; by two daughters, Mrs. George E. Hamilton, of Thomson, and Mrs. Inez M. Allen, of Brunswick. She is also survived by five brothers and two sisters.
  Born and reared in Hancock county, Mrs. Minor, who was before her marriage Miss Williams, later removed to Toomsboro, where she resided until the death of her husband a few months ago. She then came to Macon to make her home with her son here.
  The funeral will be held this morning at 11 o'clock from her son's home on Oak street. Dr. E. C. Dargan, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside cemetery.

December 25, 1913
Atlanta Constitution
Son of Professor In Oglethorpe Aids
The Father of Superintendent Thomas, of West Point, Was Teacher in Old College.
   One of the latest subscriptions to the Oglethorpe fund comes from W.P. Thomas, superintendent of the public schools of West Point, Ga., and a son of one of the professors in the old Oglethorpe university.
    Mr. Thomas subscribes not only to help build the new university, but also because of the intimate relation of his life to those who have always been close to the Oglethorpe plan.
   "I send you herewith  my subscription of $25 to the Oglethorpe university fund.
   "I am inspired to do this for two reasons: First, to give my little mite to the aid of the university, and, second, on account of the sentiment connected with said school and my family.
     "Before Dr. Nathan Beman established his celebrated school at Mount Zion, Hancock county, Georgia, my grandfather was a farmer living on Shoulderbone creek, three miles from this little village.
     "When Dr. Beman, who was a celebrated Presbyterian minister, about 6 feet tall, and big all the way up, established his school at Mount Zion my grandfather Thomas moved into Mount Zion to educate his children under Dr. Beman.
     "My father, Dr. Francis Anderson Thomas, and his brother, Dr. James E. Thomas, who was for fourteen years president of Emory college, and their sisters were prepared for college by Dr. Beman.
     "After my father graduated in Virginia, Dr. Carlyle P. Beman, brother of Dr. Nathan Beman, came to Georgia also to teach school, his brother Nathan having returned to the north.
     "Just about this time, Oglethorpe university was established and located at Midway, near Milledgeville. Dr. Carlyle P. Beman was elected its first president, and my father was elected on of its first professors.
     "After my father had taught several years in the school, he attended the medical colleges of Augusta and charleston, where he graduated in the same class with Dr. Willis Westmoreland, Sr. He afterwards located in Culloden, where he practiced his profession.
     "I mention these matters because my father often talked to me about them. The fact that his earliest young manhood was connected with the infant Oglethorpe university, inspires me to want to do a little something for the rehabilitation of this grand school."


1914


May 16, 1914
The Macon Daily Telegraph
BUCKSHOT INSTEAD OF GREETING MEETS NEGRO
Hancock County Black Called to Door of His Cabin, is Killed by Revengeful Enemy.
  Sparta, May 15 - Sheriff T. B. Hightower placed a negro named Will Brown behind the bars of the Hancock county jail this morning under a warrant charging him with murder.
   During the early part of last night the incarcerated  negro fired upon and instantly killed another negro named Allan Cooper at the former's home about five miles west of Sparta. It is said that bad blood had existed between the two negroes for some time and that Cooper went to Brown's home for the purpose of settling the difficulty having previously armed himself with a shotgun. When he had arrived at his destination he called to Brown to come out, and the call was answered with a load of buckshot which took effect in the dead negro's heat, producing instantaneous death.
  Brown has employed attorneys and it is likely that a commitment hearing will be had tomorrow morning before Justice of the Peace James H. Rogers.

June 5, 1914
Milledgeville News
Hancock Farmer Fell Dead Here Saturday. Attacked With Heart Failure While Sitting In Buggy, Well Known Man Lived But Few Minutes.
   Mr. M. J. Grimes, a prominent farmer of Hancock county and well known in Milledgeville died suddenly here Saturday afternoon from an attack of heart failure.
  After having spent the day here transacting business matters, Mr. Grimes had just stepped into his buggy, which was standing in front of the store of Mr. D. F. Montgomery, when his head fell back, followed by a groan. Bystanders immediately noticed his condition and went to him to render aid by assisting him across the street to the Wayne Hotel and calling for a doctor, who failed to reach him in time. Mr. Grimes was about 45 years of age and was apparently in good health throughout the day Saturday up to the time of his sudden attack, which was pronounced heart failure.

August 28, 1914
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Mrs. A. N. Anchors, aged 64, died at the Macon hospital last night at 11:40 o'clock after a short illness. Mrs. Anchors had lived here for some time and was well known.
  She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. J. D. Layfield, of Macon; Mrs. J. D. Shore, of Shore, Ga.; Mrs. C. Rosumsum and Miss Alice Miller, of Ft. Worth, Texas and one son, O.M. Anchors, of Milledgeville.
   The body lay at Burghard's until 6 o'clock this morning when it was taken over the Georgia railroad to Sparta, where the funeral and interment will occur.
W.M. Hitchcock, age 53, died yesterday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock at the Macon hospital. Typhoid fever is given as the cause of his death. Besides his widow, Mr. Hitchcock is survived by one brother James Hitchcock, of Macon and three sisters.
  For several years Mr. Hitchcock had been employed by the Southern Express company here. He came to Macon from Hancock county, his native home. Hishome in Macon was on Main street, East Macon. The body will be taken this morning at 6:30 o'clock to Devereaux, where the funeral and interment will take place this morning.

October 15, 1914
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Sparta, Oct. 4 - Thomas C. Moon, editor and proprietor of the Sparta Ishmaelite, died at his home here yesterday after a protracted decline. He leaves a wife and four children and many friends, for he occupied a large place in the hearts of the people. The publication of the Ishmaelite will continue under the management of William Barnett.

October 30, 1914
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Macon Mourns Death Frank Garrett Thomas. For Many Years He Was Traveling Salesman for Adams' Bros. Co. - Death Due to Grief Over Wife's Tragic End.
  Word has reached Macon thatFrank Garrett Thomas, aged 59, for many years a traveling salesman for the Adams Brothers' Grocery company, of Macon, and widely known in middle and south Georgia, died yesterday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas H. Smoot, in Decatur.
  Up to three years ago Mr. Thomas had never known illness, but his health began to fall then, caused members of his family believe, by grieving over the tragic death of his wife, who was burned to death. For three years he has been gradually falling, until death released him yesterday morning. His remains were taken to his old home in Sparta yesterday afternoon, where the funeral will be held this morning at 10 o'clock.
  Mr. Thomas is survived by the following children: Mrs. T. H. Smoot, Decature; Mrs. L. C. Pope, Dublin; Wales W. Thomas, business managre of the Rome Tribune-Herald; Mrs. W. H. Underwood, Macon; J. Lewis Thomas and Josid Thomas, Jr., Decatur; Miss Georgia Thomas, Dublin; Miss Dorothy Thomas, Macon. He is also survived by three brothers and one sister, Lewis W. Thomas, Atlanta; W. P. Thomas, West Point; Dr. J. M. Thomas, Griffin, and Mrs. A. J. Perryman, Talbotton.
  Several of his children were at his bedside when the end came.

December 30, 1914
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Sidney Lewis Is  Dead; He Was Newspaper Man. Sparta, Dec. 29 - Sidney Lewis, founder and until recent years editor of the Sparta Ishmaelite, succumbed to an attack of apoplexy this morning at his home in this city. The deceased has been recognized as one of the leading newspaper men in Georgia, having been connected with the editorial departments of the Macon Telegraph, Augusta Chronicle and other leading papers in the state.

December 31, 1914
The Augusta Chronicle
KILLED BY HIS SON
J. J. Carr, Aged Fifty, Attacked Wife and Sister, and Was Shot to Death by His Son, George Carr.
Special to The Chronicle. Milledgeville, Ga., Dec. 30. - J. J. Carr, about fifty years of age, and merchant at Carrs Station, twelve miles from Milledgeville, was shot and instantly killed, about 3 o'clock this afternoon by his son, George Carr, in defense of his mother and widowed sister, Mr. Goodloe Beck, according to information received here tonight.
   Mrs. Beck, who lives in Milledgeville, left here this afternoon at 2 o'clock to visit her parents and a little twelve year old son of Mrs Beck returned on train reaching here at 5:40 to report killing to relatives, stating that the grandfather of child attacked his and grandmother immediately upon their arrival and that his son, George Carr, came to the defense of them both by killing his own father.
  J. J. Carr, the dead man, is well known in this section. He was a man of considerable means. According to information received here, Carr was drinking heavily at the time he was killed.
See January 12, 1915


1915
January 4, 1915
Macon Telegraph
IS BROUGHT FROM TEXAS TO ANSWER OLD CHARGE. Brooken Brown to Be Tried for Crime 12 Years Old.
ALLEN WAS CONVICTED. He Was Pardoned by Hoke Smith-Allen and Brown Were Indicted for Killing Columbus Boyer-Brown Has Married and Lived Under Assumed Name.
  Sparta Jan. 8 - Twelve years ago Columbus Boyer was killed in this county.
  T. A. Allen and Brooken Brown were accused of the crime. They were both indicted for murder in the first degree.
   Allen was arrested, tried, convicted with a recommendation of mercy and sentenced to life imprisonment and was afterward pardoned by Hoke Smith, when he was governor.
  Brown made his escape on the morning of the killing and disappeared from this part of the country. Nothing more was heard of him until a week or so ago, when he was located in the town of Tyler, Texas. There he was arrested and brought back to Georgia by Sheriff T. B. Hightower, of this county, who has just arrived in the state with his prisoner, whom he lodged in the Fulton county jail until the meeting of the superior court in March.
  Both of these men implicated in the killing of Boyer were young, unmarried men. Brown belonged to one of the oldest and best families in the county and Allen was a grand-newphew of the late Richard Malcolm Johnston.
  It is said that since going to Texas Brown has married and raised a small family. He lived under and assumed name.

January 12, 1915
The Macon Daily Telegraph
YOUTH HELD JUSTIFIED IN SHOOTING FATHER.  Young George Carr Released by Sheriff at Sparta, Having Surrendered Day Before, Following Tragic Event.
  Sparta, Jan 1 - His action is shooting his father to save his mother and sister from threatened violence wa held justifiable in the eyes of the coroner's jury investigation, and George Carr was released here today by the sheriff.
  Young Carr came here, and surrendered yesterday following the shooting of his father, J. J. Carr, a merchant at Carr's Station, being held overnight.

January 31, 1915
The Macon Daily Telegraph
ARCHER-RHODES
On Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Jan. 27, at the First Baptist church of Sparta, Mrs. Hattie Archer was married to Charles Rhodes, Rev. W. O. Young, pastor of the Baptist church, performing the ceremony. The large number of friends that gathered at the church to witness the wedding of this popular young couple were ushered to their respective places by Messrs. Harry Middlebrooks, Earl Wheeler, Welborn Moore, of Sparta, and Dr. Holmes Archer, of Wrightsville.
  The church had been most artistically decorated for the wedding. The altar was a mass of green palms and ferns, interspersed with Easter lilies; the surrounding arch was garlanded with smilax and white carnations; the columns were entwined in green, and the whole formed a most enchanting background for the wedding scene.
   Miss Mary Johnston, a sister of the bride, played Schumann's Traumeret and Miss Mae Gheesling, of Greensboro, niece of the bride, sang "the Hour That Gave Me You" and "So Fair, So Sweet and Holy." To the strains of Mendelssohn's wedding march, following the ushers, came Mrs. Archer with Mr. Rhodes to the altar, and Rev. Young performed the ceremony simply and solemnly.
  The bride wore a traveling suit of blue cloth with a touch of rose at the neck and her hat was a combination of blue and rose. She carried a bouquet of bride's roses, showered with lilies of the valley. Her costume was especially becoming to her Spanish type of beauty.
  Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes left for Florida and Cuba.

February 15, 1915
Macon Daily Telegraph
MRS. S. B. STEVENS
Sparta, Feb 14 - One of Sparta's best and most honored citizens passed away on Friday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock as Mrs. S. B. Stevens breathed her last. Mrs. Stevens was 83 years old, and had been in failing health for several years. She will be very much missed, especially in the Baptist church, where she had labored for many years.

May 8, 1915
Union Recorder
  Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Culver, of Culverton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Helen, to Mr. Harmon Lavelle Harris, the wedding to take place  in June.

July 16, 1915
Atlanta Constitution
Large New Flour Mill For Baldwin County
Milledgeville, Ga. July 15 (Special) An important new industry in this section is the flour and grist mill now finished and in operation at Culverton, Ga. a short distance from this city, known as the Culverton Milling company.
  This enterprise has been put through by John Moore and will provide for the increased crop of wheat being raised hereabouts. The mill is up-to-date and equipped with the most modern machinery. The flour department is the new roller process and has a capacity of sixty barrels a day.
  For the benefit of farmers living too far to make the trip back and forth in one day a camp house has been provided that they may stay all night and also a place to house their stock comfortably.

October 2, 1915
Macon Daily Telegraph
MRS. LUTHER MOATE
Sparta, Oct. 1. - Mrs. Luther Moate of Devereaux, was buried here today. She lived in Sparta as Miss Florence Clancy until her marriage, which occurred here a few years ago. She was much beloved here. She was the granddaughter of Judge and Mrs. Frank L. Little. She is survived by her husband and two little daughters and two brothers, Messrs. R. D. and Donald Clancy. She was a niece of Dr. William Little of Macon.


1916
Feburary 1, 1916
Union Recorder
Dr. R. L. Ray died suddenly at his home in Hancock county, about 9 o'clock, last Wednesday night with heart failure. When he was attacked medical aid was summoned from this city, but a telephone message a few minutes later announced that he had died.
   Dr. Ray was a successful practioner and farmer of hancock and was well known. He was financially interested in several enterprises in Milledgeville. He frequently visited this city ahnd had a large acquaintance here.
  Dr. Ray was about 50 years of age.

May 17, 1916
Macon Weekly Telegraph
MARRY AT SPARTA.
Sparta, May 16 - MissDora Hilsman and Sidney B. Rives were married here tonight in the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Walter Smith. Rev. M. S. Roberts, pastor of the Baptist church, performed the ceremony at 8 o'clock.

June 17, 1916
The Macon Daily Telegraph
DR. JOSEPH B. DILLARD.
  Sparta, June 16. Funeral services were held here Wednesday for Dr. Joseph B. Dillard, 81 years old, who died Tuesday night after two weeks' illness from jaundice. Dr. Dillard practiced medicine in Union Point for years, but recently had been residing here with his daughter, Mrs. John R. Lewis. Others who survive him are five daughters, Mrs. A. W. Quillian, of Harlem; Mrs. W. F. Dunlap, of Chipley; Mrs. Walker House, of Cornelia; Mrs. James Aiken, of Union Point, and Mrs. W. J. Steward, of Carrollton; also three sons, Dr. Joseph Dillard, of Sparta, James Dillard, of Davisboro, and Dr. Samuel Dillard, of Atlanta. The deceased was interred at Union Point.

July 11, 1916
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Albert H. Birdsong. Sparks, July 10 - The funeral of Albert Birdsong, whose death occurred Saturday morning, was held here today. For many years he was treasurer of Hancock county. Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Dr. J. L. Birdsong, of New Haven, Conn; a daughter, Mrs. J.M. Middlebrooks, of near Sparta, and several sisters and brothers.

Walter Pierce. Sparks, July 10. - The funeral of Walter Pierce, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Pierce, of Richmond, Va., was held Sunday afternoon. Interment being at Sparta cemetery.

August 15, 1916
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Sparta, Aug. 14. - The funeral of Judge James A. Harley was held today at 11 o'clock. Although he had been in ill health for several years the end was sudden and a shock to his family and friends. Besides his wife he leaves two daughters, Misses Paula and Ella Harley, of this place; two sons, Foster P. and J. A. Harley, Jr., of Columbus, and two brothers, W. I. and R. B. Harley, of Sparta.

October 10, 1916
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Augusta, Oct 9 -Edgeworth Bird Baxter, a former attorney of Augusta, but for the past several years and instructor in jurisprudence and philosophy at Princeton university, died Saturday at Trenton, N.J.
  The remains have been coveyed to Sparta, Ga., the home of his father, Col. Richard Baxter, where the funeral took place today. Edgewood Baxter was 48 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ella Alexander Baxter, of this city, and two daughters, Misses Lucy and Vera Baxter, students at LaGrange Female college.

November 28, 1916
Union Recorder
MR. J. A. JONES KILLS A NEGRO.
  Mr. J. A. Jones, formerly of this city, but who is now residing on his plantation in Hancock county, shot and killed a negro by the name of Dennis Burton Monday, November 20. The shooting occurred at Mr. Jones home.
  Mr. Jones and the negro previous to this had a misunderstanding over the settlement of a cotton debt the negro was due him. At the time the negro was armed with a double barreled shot gun and was very defiant in his attitude, Mr. Jones being unarmed. At the time of the shooting Monday morning, Mr. Jones had just left his home going to a nearby field carrying with him his Winchester rifle. He saw the negro coming with his shotgun, holding it in a threatening position. Mr. Jones quickly raised his rifle and fired, the ball striking the negro in the head. The negro fell and died immediately. The gun he carried was found by his side with both barrels cocked and loaded with buckshot. The coroner of Hancock county was notified and held an inquest. The verdict of the jury was that Mr. Jones was justifiable.

December 24, 1916
The Macon Daily Telegraph
ORGAIN-BLACKWELL
Mr.and Mrs H. L. Orgain, of Sparta, announce the marriage of their daughter,Agnes Rebecca, to Col. John Clyde Blackwell, of McKenney, Va., Dec. 20, at the home of the bride's aunt, Mrs. R. A. Graves.

ATCHINSON-EVANS
Miss Dena Atchison and Mr. John Evans, of Devereaux, were married the evening of Dec. 12, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hill Grace. Rev. F. Roberts, pastor of the Baptist church, performed the ceremony.

HUTCHINSON-RYCROFT
    A wedding of interest was that of Mr. Edgar Poe Rycroft, of Sparta, and Miss Robbie Lucile Hutchinson, of Adel, Wednesday afternoon at the home of the bride's parents, the Rev. Mr. Sims, of Valdosta, officiating. Only the immediate family and a few intimate friends witnessed the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Rycroft are spending the honeymoon in Florida, and will be home in Sparta after Jan. 1.


1917
February 16, 1917
Milledgeville News
  Mr.J. W. Buck, one of the most widely known citizens of the community of Linton, and well known in this city, died at his home in that place Monday night, after an illness of several weeks duration.
  Mr. Buck was a confederate veteran, having served in the army practically throughout the entire Civil War. He had many friends and a number of relatives in Milledgeville, being survived by two daughters, Mrs. Nora Boyer, and Mrs. Warren Welch, both of Linton, and one brother, Mr. J. A. Buck, of this city, and one sister, Mrs. J. D. Malpass, also of Milledgeville, who will have the sympathy of their many friends.
   The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Pattillo, pastor of the Methodist church of Deveraux. Interment took place in the cemetery at Linton.

February 27, 1917
The Macon Daily Telegraph
CAPT. JOHN L. CULVER
Culverton, Feb. 26. Capt. John L. Culver, one of the most prominent and widely known residents of Hancock county, died at his home here this morning after a brief illness. He was in his 87th year, and is survived by three children, Mrs. J. E. Kidd, of Milledgeville; Miss Annie M. Culver and L. E. Culver, of this city.
  Capt. Culver served with distinction in the Civl war. At the outbreak of hostilities, he was elected second lieutenant of Company K, Fifteenth Georgia regiment, and after a few months was promoted to the captaincy. He later served the staff of Maj.-Gen. G. W. Smith. After the war, Capt. Culver represented Hancock county in both houses of the state legislature, was for more than twenty years a member of the board of county commissioners; was a director in the Bank of Sparta, and at the time of his death was a trustee of the state sanitarium.
  The funeral will take place at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon.

March 4, 1917
Macon Telegraph
  A wedding in interest and pleasant surprise was that of Miss Elise Stribling and Mr. Bent Holt, of Sparta, which took place on Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock at the Baptist parsonage at Eatonton, Rev. W. T. Granade performing the ceremony. Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Holt left for Atlanta for a short stay prior to Mr. Holt's leaving on Saturday for El Paso, Texas, to join his regiment. Mrs. Holt is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Stribling and a young girl with a wide circle of friends at home and in Atlanta, where she graduated a year ago at the Piedmont sanitarium. Mr. Hold is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Holt, of Sparta, and is a splendid young business man.

July 15, 1917
The Macon Daily Telegraph
COLE - REESE
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Norton Cole announce the marriage of their daughter,Bessie Wallace, to Mr. Thomas A. Reese, of Sparta, Ga., on Sunday afternoon, July 1.

August 15, 1917
Atlanta Constitution
Rev. M. C. Britt Dead; Was Prominent Minister in Presbyterian Church
Sparta, Ga., August 14 -(Special) Rev. M. C. Britt, for twenty-nine years pastor of the Sparta Presbyterian church, died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Haden Blake, near Concord, in Pike county, during last night.
   Mr. Britt was spending the month of August at his boyhood home, and retired last night as usual, and was found dead this morning when he was called.
  The deceased was one of the strongest and ablest ministers in the southern Presbyterian church. He had severed churches in Atlanta, Cuthbert, Quitman, and other places. He was universally beloved throughout this section by all denominations for his Godliness and deep spirituality. He was a classmate of President Woodrow Wilson.
  He will be buried in Sparta Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. He was the oldest Presbyterian minister in Georgia in point of active service. He was in his sixty-fifth year.

September 7, 1917
Atlanta Constitution
DUGGAN - Remains of Dr. Ivey W. Duggan, who died Thursday morning at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Walter P. Callaway, 42 Virginia avenue, will be taken this morning to Linton, Ga., for funeral and interment. Funeral party will leave Terminal station, via Central railway, at 8 o'clock. Awtry & Lowndes company, funeral directors.

October 9, 1917
Union Recorder
Mr. M. Arnold, one of Hancock county's most respected citizens, died at his home near Devereux Sept. 28th, after having a stroke of paralysis several days previous.
  Mr. Arnold was well-known in Milledgeville, being a frequent visitor here, and was held in the highest respect by all who knew him. He was seventy-six years of age, having been born Dec. 10th, 1841. He taught school in Baldwin county in his young manhood. In 1867 he married Miss Sarah McCloud, and afterward settled near the old homestead in Hancock county, where he has since lived.  He was justice of the peace for a number of years in his district and was known as "Judge." He is survived by his wife, a sister and four children, Mrs. Mattie Butts, and Miss Eva Arnold, of Milledgeville, and Mrs. D. Henry, of Dayton, O., and W. H. Arnold, of Columbus, O.
  He met death with a Christian fortitude, and realized that it was well with him.
  His remains were buried in the old family cemetery.
   A good man has gone to his reward.

October 16, 1917
Union Recorder
  Sacred to the memory of Mr.Seaborn H. Gilmore who departed this life on the 3d day of Oct., 1917, at his home near Carrs Station. Bro. Gilmore was a long and patient sufferer. Bro. Gilmore had cancer and visited Dr. Rawlings Sanitarium frequently in the last two years. Everything was done that loving hands could do, bu the Lord knew best and said come up higher and rest. Bro. Gilmore was 64 years old and was married 30 years ago to Miss Mary Horton, of Hancock county, who still survives him.
  They lived happily together and indeed their home was always a pleasant home to visit for they were always anxious to make their friends happy and contented.
  He leaves a disconsolate and almost heart-broken wife and two sons, Messrs. Lonnie and Linsey Horton, and one daughter, Mrs. S. M. Moran, Jr. to whom he was very much devoted and these children almost worshiped the father and it is almost more that the mother and children could bear to give their dear father and beloved husband up. A. S. AVANT.

October 17, 1917
The Columbus Enquirer-Sun
LIEUT. FLEMING, SPARTA, KILLED WHEN HORSE FALLS.
Eagle Pass, Tex. Oct. 16.Second Lieutenant Harry R. Fleming, Fourteenth cavalry, died in the post hospital here Monday as the result of a fractured skull, caused by his horse falling on him last Monday. The body was sent to Sparta, Ga., Fleming's former home.

October 19, 1917
Macon Daily Telegraph
White Man Kills His Negro Tenant. Thomas Davis Shoots Tom Dunn on Farm Near Sparta and Surrenders.
  Sparta, Oct. 18 - Yesterday a white man named Thomas Davis killed Tom Dunn, a negro, in the Fort Creek neighborhood. The negro was his tenant. There were no witnesses to the affair.
  Dunn had been giving Davis a good deal of trouble in making a settlement, and bad feeling had arisen between them. Davis shot him twice at close range, once in the back of the head and once in the forehead, the latter shot being fatal. The first one would not have been, for the bullet did not penetrate his skull, but flattened against it. Davis immediately surrendered.
  The coroner's jury today, after hearing much evidence, found a verdict that the deceased came to his death by a pistol shot wound at the hands of Thomas Davis, who shot not in his own defense.

November 19, 1917
The Macon DailyTelegraph
REV. J. S. L. SAPPINGTON
Maysville, Nov. 18 - Rev. J S. L. Sappington, member of the North Georgia Conference, died Saturday at his home here. He was 59 years old. His wife and eight children survive. The remains were taken to Sparta.

November 25, 1917
The Macon Daily Telegraph
NEWSPAPER 112 YEARS OLD
Sparta, Nov. 24 - The Ishmaelite, the local paper, is exhibiting a newspaper 112 years old. It was published here, and apparently was the official organ at the time. The paper was known as the Farmers Gazette. it was a four-page, four-column publication. The name of the publisher has been obliterated.


1918
January 11, 1918
Augusta Chronicle
  Sparta, Ga, Jan. 10 - Mr. Frank White, one of the oldest residents of Hancock County, died at his residence in this city yesterday. Mr. White was born in Hancock County, March 18, 1833. He was one of the oldest merchants in this section of Georgia, being  the senior member of F. White and Son.
  Mr. White was a Confederate veteran and a splendid man and citizen, and will be greatly missed in this community. He was an earnest Christian, an elder in the Sparta Presbyterian Church, and had been superintendent of the Sunday School for more than a quarter of a century.
  He is survived by his wife, two sons, Mr. H. K. White, of Sparta, and Mr. George White, of Atlanta, and one daughter, Miss Clyde White, of Sparta.

March 17, 1918
Union-Recorder
DEATH OF MR. THOS WEST. Died at the old homestead in Hancock county after a short illness on March the 14th, Thomas S. West. He is missed and regretted by a large number of friends and relatives. He was a Musician of no mean ability and a member of the former West Band. A veteran of the divil war and a member of Camp Doles. He was in his seventieth year. Leaves a wife, two sons and three daughters, six brothers and one sister, to mourn his loss.

March 23, 1918
Macon Telegraph
   Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Evans, of Sparta, announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Mae, to Mr. Merrit Eugene Morris, the wedding to take place at the home of the bride in April.

June 2, 1918
The Macon Daily Telegraph
REYNOLDS - CLARK
  Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lester Reynolds of Mayfield, announce the engagement of their sister, Miss Ruth Reynolds, to Mr. Benjamin Harvey Clark of Columbus and New London, Conn., the wedding to take place in June, the date to be announced later.

August 4, 1918
Macon Weekly Telegraph
THOMAS DUNN.
  Sparta , Aug. 3 - From a stroke of paralysis suffered this week, Thomas Dunn, former marshal of Sparta, and well known in this section, died at his home here Wednesday night. Deceased was a member of the Baptist church. His wife and daughter survive, as well as other relatives in Hancock and adjoining counties. Mr. Dunn was a native of Hancock county, moving into the city several years ago.

August 22, 1918
Augusta Chronicle
The Death of S. W. Roberts
  The other day - last Thursday to be exact - Sterling W.  Roberts died in Milledgeville after having rounded out 74 years of life, most of which was active and all of it certainly useful to his fellowman. During the last few years of his life he had been in failing health and the end came peacefully and quietly at the home of his nephew, with whom he has resided most of the time since the death of his wife several years ago.
    The history of service which surrounds the life of Mr. Roberts was one of singular worth and ability. He was the first president of the Georgia Press Association, organized thirty-odd years ago, and his guiding hand had much to do with shaping the course of the organization which has made it such an important factor in the affairs of the state through all the years and during the entire career of the association he has watched its progress with increasing solicitude and interest down to the present time.
     In politics he sought no distinction and yet he had honors bestowed upon him, being the delegated authority to cast the electoral vote of Georgia when Grover Cleveland was first named president. He also held an important appointive office under the president at that time. Most of his newspaper career was in Sparta, during a part of the time associated with the lamented Sidney Lewis in the publication of the Sparta Ishmaelite, which was one of the best known of Georgia weeklies.
   The passing away of Mr. Roberts is greatly regretted by hundreds of friends throughout Georgia and those who knew him best realize the state has lost a valued citizen.

September 17, 1918
Macon Weekly Telegraph
H. L. Hancock, age 81 years, a native of Hanock county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. S. Peacock, 215 Belle street yesterday morming at 2:30 o'clock. Mr. Hancock formerly lived at Carrs Station, but came to Macon about three weeks ago, and was taken ill and rapidly grew worse until the end came. A few years ago Mr. Hancock was employed with the Georgia Railroad. He was a Confederate Veteran and a member of the Presbyterian church. He leaves three sons and two daughters, J. H., B. F., and Q. M. Hanock; Mrs. J. S. Peacock, and Mrs. Carrie Humphrey of Tennessee. The funeral will be held this morning at 11 o'clock in the Evergreen Cemetery, Rev. J. G. Harrison will officiate.

October 10, 1918
Macon Telegraph
CHARLES WEST, The body of Charles West, who died at his home, 102 New street, Tuesday night, was carried to Carr's Station yesterday afternoon for funeral and interment. The funeral services will be held there today.

December 29, 1918
The Macon Daily Telegraph
SIGMAN - PETERSON
Mrs. Frances A. Sigman, of Sparta, announces the marriage of her daughterFrances Leola, to Mr. William Hoy Peterson, of Vidalia, on Dec. 25.


1919
January 18, 1919
Macon Weekly Telegraph
LONNIE JAMES DAVIS and Helen McKinney, who claim to be from Sparta, were refused a marriage license here yesterday. They returned to Sparta and said they would get married there. Davis gave his age as 21, but the court thought he looked younger.

February 9, 1919
Macon Daily Telegraph
  MRS. G. BURNETT MOORE
    One of the saddest deaths that has occurred for some time was that of Mrs. G. Burnett Moore, wife of G. Burnett Moore, editor of the Sparta Ishmelite, of Sparta. Her death came Monday evening, February the 3rd, after a brief illness of influenza. Mrs. Moore formerly resided in Macon, and is better known here as Mrs. Nanaline Genero, a daughter of Mrs. E. E. Baily, who has resided in Macon for several years. Mrs. Moore was one of Macon's beautiful and popular young ladies, she being an active member of Tatnall Square Baptist church previous to her marriage and going to Sparta to make her home: she being a bride of ten months, having married April 10th, 1918. All who knew her were charmed with her sweet and cheerful disposition. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, Burnett Moore, and little son, Edwin; her mother, Mrs. E. E. Baily; three brothers, N. Rupert Baily, of Macon, and Charles and A. W. Baily, of Florida, and three sisters, Mrs. Reese Johnson, of Macon, and Mrs. Flynn Vause, and Miss Azalee Baily, of Palatka, Fla.
  Funeral services were conducted by Dr. E. J. Forester, Tuesday afternoon, interment taking place at Sparta, where many sorrowing friends gathered. The many beautiful floral offerings were  a token of love and esteem in which she was held by both Macon and Sparta friends.

March 2, 1919
The Macon Daily Telegraph
BULL DOG IN SPARTA RIDES ON COW'S TAIL.
  Sparta, March 1. Every town has its favorite dog. Sparta's is "Mut," a bull dog, and he has the reputation of holding on once he clamps his jaws onto something, regardless of what the something may be. The other day a cow started cutting up and Mut decided that it was up to him to do something to preserve the peace and he did.
  The swishing tail of the cow caught Mut's eye and in a moment he grabbed the tail. The attack somewhat startled the cow, but only for a moment.
  Deciding that anywhere but that particular spot was where a cow ought to be this cow started, with an "I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way" air. Spring street was the avenue of escape sought.
  But Mut was not to be so easily thrown aside. He held on as long as the  cow's tail held together, leaving only when the part he had between his teeth parted company with the rest of the swishing apparatus.
  All of which is why one of Sparta's cows is minus four inches of tail.

June 29, 1919
Macon Telegraph
   Mrs. F. M. Simmons died at the Macon Hospital yesterday morning at 10 o'clock. She was born in Hancock county,  and before her marriage to the late F. M. Simmons, who died at Milledgeville several years ago, was Miss Nancy Ella Herringdine, and was in her fifty-eighth year of age. Mrs. Simmons lived at 1053 Walnut street, and has been a resident of Macon the last five years. Since early in life she has been a devoted member of the Baptist church. Mrs. Simmons had been critically ill for several days, although her death came as a great shock to her many friends and relatives. Surviving her are two sons and five daughters, J. R. and J. I. Simmons, Mrs. O. B. Bell, of Alabama, Mrs. J. E.   Dobbs and Misses Lilly Mae, Eunice and Pearl Simmons, all of Macon. The funeral services will be conducted from Hart's Chapel this afternoon at 4:30 o'clock by Rev. Gordon L. Yates of the First Baptist church. The interment will immediately follow in Riverside cemetery.

August 17, 1919
Atlanta Constitution
Land At Devereaux Changes Hands Twice
Devereaux, Ga., August 16 (Sparta) The old home place of H. C. Keys was sold a short time ago for $15 per acre. This is a 200-acre tract and about six miles from Milledgeville. After the trade was made Mr Keys decided that the price was too low, and by paying a small cost got the place back.

September 7, 1919
Macon Daily Telegraph
  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Francis Etheridge of Sparta announce the engagement of their daughter, Ruth, to Mr. Richard Turner Moore, the wedding to take place in November.

September 26, 1919
Macon Daily Telegraph
HUMPHREY GIVEN FREEDOM BY JURY. Hancock County Man Found Not Guilty On Charge of Murder. Smith Trial Scheduled Today.   Sparta, Sept. 25 - John A. Humphrey, who went to trial here this morning in Hancock superior court on a charge of killing
Dan W. Wheeler at the Georgia Railroad station in Mayfield July 20, this year, was acquitted shortly after ten o'clock tonight. The case went to the jury about six o'clock after consuming the entire day. Little difficulty was experienced in securing a jury.
  The widow of Wheeler was a witness for the state. Owing to the prominence of the families involved a large crowd was attracted here for the trial. When given a commitment trial some time ago Humphrey was ordered held for trial on a charge of manslaughter and he was allowed to give bond. When the present grand jury met a bill charging Humphrey with murder was returned.
  The defendant was represented by Burwell and Fleming, while Solicitor General Doyle Campbell had associated with him in the prosecution Attorneys Jos. Pottle, of Milledgeville, Marion B. Felts, of Warrenton, R. L. Merritt, of Sparta.

October 17, 1919
Macon Daily Telegraph
  Sparta, Oct. 16 - After a hearing which occupied the entire day here Wednesday James Taylor, charged with the murder of Jack Meriweather on August 7, last, was found guilty of manslaughter shortly before midnight. The jury fixed the maximum penalty at five years and the minimum at two years. Burwell & Fleming represented the defendant.

October 28, 1919
Augusta Chronicle
Mrs. Sally Brake Ivey, wife of Meriam C. Ivey, died yesterday noon at the University Hospital after an illness of four weeks, age 46 years. The furneral will be held this afternoon from the family residence, 916 Bohler avenue, at 4 o'clock, Rev. J. T. Eakes officiating. Interment will be in West View Cemetery.
    Mrs. Ivey is survived by her husband, five brothers, L. A. and Thomas Blake, of Crawfordville, Pilcher and Irving Brake of Culverton, and Lunce Brake of Powelton, also ony one sister, Mrs. M. E. Leonard, of Powelton.

December 7, 1919
Macon Daily Telegraph
SMITH-TUCKER. Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Smith of White Plains, announce the engagement of their daughter, Austria Howell, to Mr. T. J. Tucker, of Sparta, the wedding to take place during this month. No cards.

December 16, 1919
Union Recorder
  Mrs. J. F. Muldrow has the sympathy of her many friends here on account of the death of her sister, Mrs. Alvin Hitchcock, which occurred Saturday night at her home in Hancock County. Mrs. Hitchcock before her marriage was Miss Jesse Boyer. She is survived by Mr. Hitchcock and two children, her parents and two brothers and three sisters. The relatives, who are well known in Milledgeville, have the sympathy of many friends here.


1920
February 1, 1920
Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Jan. 31. Dr. A. F. Durham, who has been in failing health for some time, died yesterday at the home of W. A. Martin, where he was living, and was buried in the Sparta Cemetery this afternoon at 3 o'clock, his funeral being conducted by Rev. R. C. Wilson, Jr. and Rev. John R. Lewis. The pallbearers were J. W. Alfriend, Marvin Middlebrooks, Dr. A. J. Brown, Watts Alfried, Ham Alfriend, and E. B. Culver.
  The deceased is 55 years old, and is survived by one brother, Cal Durham, and a sister, Mrs. Gordon McCombs both of Baldwin county.

February 13, 1920
Macon Daily Telegraph
MRS. FRANK WHITE.
  Sparta Feb. 12 - Mrs. Frank White, after an invalidism of about three years, died here yesterday at noon, and her funeral was held this afternoon at 3 o'clock, with Rev. R. C. Wilson, Jr., of the Presbyterian Church, conducting the services at home. The interment was in the Sparta Cemetery.
  Mrs. White was Miss Mary Little. of this county, before her marriage and grew up with Sparta. She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and always actively interested in it, with her husband, who, was an elder and Sunday School superintendent, until his death about three years ago.
  In 1915 Mr. and Mrs. White celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, with a large number of friends. She was 77 years of age, and had been helpless nd unable to walk since last September, but her mental faculties were keen and unimpaired until her death. She leaves one daughter, Miss Clyde White, of Sparta; two sons, George White, of Atlanta, and H. K. White, of Sparta; and two brothers, John Little and Tom Little, both of Atlanta.

February 17, 1920
Union Recorder
  Mrs. Frank Hall died at her home in Devereaux Tuesday night after a short illness. Her remains will be brought to Milledgeville Wednesday afternoon, after funeral services at Devereaux. Mrs. Hall before her marriage was Miss Mattie Bass, a sister of Mr. W. A. Bass, of Devereaux. She was a member of the Methodist church and a good woman. She is survived by Mr. Hall and one daughter, her brother and other relatives. The sympathy of our people go out to the bereaved.

February 18, 1920
Macon Telegraph
 Sparta, Feb. 17 - Walter F. Pierce, after a short illness, died yesterday at Richmond, Va. The body is expected to arrive here tomorrow night and funeral arrangements have been made for the burial to take place Thursday in the Sparta cemetery, with the services to be conducted by Rev. A. B. Saunders, pastor of the Pierce Memorial Church of Sparta. Mr. Pierce was fifty-two years old and was a son of Mr. Lovick Pierce, of Washington. D. C. , and a grandson of the late Bishop George F. Pierce.
  He was born and reared in this county, was a graduate of Emory College and made his home here until about twenty-five years ago, when he became connected with the Southern Methodist Publishing House with headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. Later, when a branch house was formed at Richmond, he was made the manager and went to that city to take charge of the business and to make his home.
   He leaves a wife,  who was Miss Sallie Fanny Alfriend, of this city, and three children, Miss Clara Pierce, Lovick, Jr., and a young daughter, Sarah. 7 years old, his father, Mr. Lovick Pierce, of Washington. D. C., three sisters, Mrs. J. W.  Alfriend, of Sparta, Mrs. W. H. Ferguson, of Gibson, and Miss Julia Pierce, of Washington City.

March 9, 1920
Union Recorder
  The many friends of Dr. W. B. Hutchens will regret to learn of his death which occurred last Thursday.
  Dr. Hutchens practiced dentistry in Milledgeville several years ago, but was compelled to give up his practice on account of ill health, and since that time has made his home in Hancock county. He was known as a religious and honorable young man devoted to the Baptist church, of which he was a member.
  The funeral services were held in Hancock county, and were attended ny a large crowed, who knew and loved him. His remains were buried in the old family cemetery.

March 19, 1920
Macon Daily Telegraph
Hancock County Men Make Heavy Investment in Vicinity of Ocala.
Sparta, March 18 -  A party of real estate men from Hancock county, including R. W. Brantley, L. C. Miller, Henry B. Harris, Mayor John H. Baker, and Attorney Thomas F. Fleming, have returned from Ocala, Fla., where they went to investigate an attractive offer for the sale of land. While away they purchased 85,000 acres of land around Ocala which they expect to hold as an investment. This is the largest deal ever made by this company, even eclipsing the purchase of several thousand acres of land in Mississippi by L. C. Miller a few months ago and which was later sold at a large profit by Mr. Miller.

April 14, 1920
Macon Telegraph
Sparta, April 13. Mrs. Thomas S. Oliver died this morning at  o'clock after an illness lasting about two weeks. Her health had not been good for a year or more. She was Miss Lula Landrum of Edgefield, S.C., before her marriage. In early girlhood she joined the Baptist church. She was about 64 years of age, and leaves a husband, four daughters, Misses May, Carrie, Fannie and Ruby, of this city; for sons, Jim of Sparta; Morgan of Quincy, Fla.; and Tom of Augusta; an Uncle, Morgan Landrum of Augusta; a cousin, Mrs. W. E. Wiley of Sparta. The funeral will be held at the home at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning, conducted by her pastor, Dr. E. J. Forrester, of the Baptist church, and the interment will take place in the Sparta cemetery.

June 1, 1920
Union Recorder
DEATH OF MR. J. C. BOYER.
  Mr. J. C. Boyer died at the home of his son, Frank Boyer, in Hancock county last Thursday morning. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Zebulon.
  Mr. Boyer was one of Hancock's oldest and best known citizens, having spent all of his life as a resident of that county. He was eighty-eight or nine years of age. He was the father of Mrs. E. E. Finney and Mrs. E. N. Ennis of this city.
  Six of his grandsons acted as pall bearers at his funeral.

June 11, 1920
Macon Telegraph
Mrs. Anna C. West, aged 64 years, well known Macon woman, died at her home, 285 Washington avenue, at 2 o'clock yesterday morning. Before her marriage, Mrs. West was Miss Anna Devereaux. She is survived by three sons, S. L., T. W. and G. W. West, three daughters, Miss Myrtle West, Mrs. M. E.Johnson and Mrs. J. M. Cosby, and one brother, S. M. Devereaux. The body was taken to Carrs yesterday afternoon at 2;30 o'clock, where funeral services and interment will take place Friday.

July 4, 1920
Macon Daily Telegraph
TRAWICK-GILES
  A wedding of interest to a wide circle of friends was that of Miss Marie Trawick and Mr. J. K. Giles of Athens, which took place at the home of the bride at Linton on Wednesday.
  The front porch of the handsome old-fashion brick colonial home was used for the setting of this occasion. Graceful smilax, pot plants and pink hydrangeas formed the pretty decorations. Just preceding the ceremony, Mr. Charlie Coon of Milledgeville, sang "O Promise Me" and "The Sweetest Story Ever Told," and Miss Coina Walker of Barney, played the wedding march and "Hearts and Flowers" during the ceremony,
  Miss Estelle Trawick was maid of honor and Mr. Garnett Daniel of Atlanta, was best man. Miss Louise Trawick, Miss Lois King, Miss Madian Moran of Sparta, and Miss Jessie Trawick were bridesmaids and Miss Ellen Swint and Miss Dorothy Harrison were flower girls and Miss France Hutchings was ring bearer. The maid of honor and the ring bearer wore green organdie and the bridesmaids and flower girls wore pink organdie and carried sweet peas. The bride's dress was white taffeta with overdrapery of tulle and her veil was caught with orange blossoms. She carried a bouquet of bride roses showered with valley lilies. The ring ceremony was performed by Rev. J. F. McCluney.
  Following the ceremony, a barbecue dinner was served on a table in the oak grove to the large number of guests present. The bride changed her wedding gown for a traveling suit of blue tileotine and Mr. and Mrs. Giles left for a trip to the mountains of North Carolina after which they will be at home in Athens.

July 18, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
CREECH - MOORE.   Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Creech of Quitman, announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Emily, to Mr. George Burnett Moore of Sparta, the marriage to be solemnized at an early day. No cards.

August 8, 1920
Macon Daily Telegraph
GUILL - HILL. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Abner Guill of Sparta announce the engagement of their daughter, Alma, to Mr. Summie Lee Hill, of Atlanta, the wedding to be solemnized August 24, at the Pierce Memorial Church.

August 24, 1920
Union Recorder
  ~excerpts~ Mrs. Lula Minor Tanner, wife of Mr. Richmond W. Tanner, died at her home in Hancock county Sunday night.....
  The funeral services were held at Black Spring Church on Tuesday afternoon, at three o'clock, Rev. Mr. Brantley and Dr. J. C. Wilkinson officiating. The services were attended by a large number of sorrowing friends.
  Mrs. Tanner, before her marriage was Miss Lula Minor, a daughter of Mr. Frank Minor, and was born in Hancock county, the old homestead being located near he home where she died. She was a devoted member of the Baptist church, her membership being at Black Spings, and was true to its teachings from early girlhood....
   She is survived by her husband, two sons, Messrs C. B. and H. H. Tanner and three daughters, Mrs. T. J. Whitton, of Florida; Mrs. R. G. Torrance, and Miss Annie Mae Tanner. She is also survived by a number of brothers and sisters, among them are Messrs. Wm. Minor, of Hancock county; Mr. Chas. Minor, of South Carolina; Mr. T. J. and Frank Minor, of Macon; Dr. C. W. Minor, of Americus; Mr. W. H. Minor, of this city, and Mrs. J. T, Simpson, of this city; Mrs. Sallie Oxford, of Ocilla; and Mrs. Emma Owens, of Texas.....

September 2, 1920
Macon Daily Telegraph
PROMINENT SPARTA WOMAN DEAD. Sparta, Sept. 1 - Mrs. Robert Kirkland Harley, of Beaufort, S. C., formerly Miss Sara Clopton Pierce, a member of the distinguished Pierce and Harley families of this county, died at Hot Springs, Ark, Monday. Funeral services will beheld in Sparta Thursday morning. Mrs. Harley's death came after a slight throat operation.

October 10, 1920
Augusta Chronicle
J. Matt Pound of Sparta, Dead
Sparta, Ga., Oct., 9 (Special) The funeral of Mr. J. Matt Pound took place in the Baptist Church here this morning and the services were conducted by the Pastor Dr. E. J. Forrester and Rev. R. E. L. Harris of Crawfordville. The interment was in the Sparta cemetery.
  Mr. Pound had been in failing health for several months and his death was not expected occured Thursday night. He was 68 years old. He joined the Baptist church when he was a child and had been a lifelong member and was a deacon at the time of his death. He was active in every phase of life in his community, and will be missed by a large circle of friends. He leaves on son, Marvin G. Pound, and three daughters, Mrs. T. L. Sykes, Miss Ella Pound and Miss Eva Pound. His wife died three years ago in October 1917.

October 20, 1920
Atlanta Constitution
AGED SPARTA WOMAN IS CALLED BY DEATH
Sparta, Ga. October 5 (Special) Funeral services of Mrs. John Rhodes, who died suddenly Sunday, was conducted by Rev. A. B. Sanders and Dr. E.J. Forrester at the home in Sparta this morning, and interment was at the Culverton cemetery. Mrs. Rhodes was a native of Hancock county, having been born here in 1839. She was 81 years old.
  She was married to the late John Rhodes when she was 18 years old, and they lived together for more than half a century until his death about ten years ago. She was the mother of ten children, five of whom are living.  They are: J. T. Rhodes, W.J. Rhodes, Mrs. F. J. Arche, Miss Josie Rhodes, of Sparta, and Mrs. A.D. Middleton, of Thallmann. She joined the Culverton Methodist church in early girlhood and has been a lifelong member.

October 20, 1920
Macon Telegraph
Revolver Duel at Sparta This Morning Results in the Death of One Dueler
 Sparta, Ga, Oct. 20 - As a result of a revolver duel that was fought this morning in the store of A. L. and C. F. Reynolds, at Mayfield, in this county, A. Humphrey is dead and Forrest Wheeler is at an Augusta hospital perhaps mortally wounded, with four bullet wounds in his body.
  Reports that have reached here say that the shooting was caused by the killing of Daniel Wheeler, father of the wounded man, by Humphrey about a year ago.

October 21, 1920
Macon Telegraph
ONE DEAD, ONE IS WOUNDED IN DUEL
John A. Humphrey and Forrest Wheeler Stage Pistol Battle
Humphrey Killed Instantly, Wheeler Dying in Augusta Hospital.
Sparta, Oct. 20 - John Aleck Humphrey, of Mayfield, was instantly killed and Forrest Wheeler of Atlanta, is now in a critical condition in an Augusta hospital, as the result of a pistol duel between the two men in Mayfield early last night.
  Wheeler was in Carr's store and Humphrey was in Reynold's store, located next door, and each walked out about the same time and met on the street. Without any preliminaries each began to fired at the other. Wheeler fell with three bullets in his body, and Humphrey fell with bullets drilled through his heart and head.
  The tragedy grew out of a family feud of long standing. More than a year ago Young Humphrey shot and killed Dan Wheeler, the father of Forrest Wheeler. A sensational court trail followed and Humphrey was acquitted.
  Since his father's death, Wheeler has been living in Atlanta and is a bookkeeper for the Atlanta Gas Company. He was at home on a visit. Both families are widely known and prominently connected.

Wheeler Not in Augusta
Augusta, Oct. 20 - The University and Margaret Wright hospital authorities announced at a late hour tonight that no patient by the name of Forrest Wheeler had been brought to their institution for treatment nor did they know where he was taken following his duel with John A. Humphrey at Mayfield Tuesday night. Few details of what brought about the shooting were available in Augusta tonight.

Wheeler Reported Dead.
  telegraphic reports from Sparta to The Telegraph last night stated that Forrest Wheeler had died from wounds received in a duel with John A. Humphreys at Mayfield. it was believed in Sparta, which is located near Mayfield, that Wheeler had been removed to Augusta for treatment and had died in a hospital there following an operation.

October 22, 1920
Macon Telegraph
MYSTERY DEVELOPS IN MAYFIELD DUEL
Third Man Is Suspected of Having Taken Part in Battle
WHEELER'S WOUNDS ARE FATAL
Coroner's Verdict Says Humphrey Met Death by Unknown Party.
SPARTA, Oct. 21. More than two men took park in the pistol duel staged at Mayfield Tuesday night, which proved fatal to John Aleck Humphrey and Forrest Wheeler, is now suspected following an inquest held by a coroner's jury.
  Humphrey's body reveals three direct bullet wounds while the pistol used by Wheeler showed that only two cartridges were fired.
  Coroner Sharpe of Hancock county, conducted an inquest at Mayfield today over Humphrey's body. The verdict was that Humphrey came to his death by a pistol shot through his head fired by an unknown party or parties. The following served on the jury: Foster Middlebrooks, T. T. Brantley, Henry Yarborough, Bob Armstrong, Percy Jackson and L. M. Carr.
Wheeler Wounds Are Fatal
to a hospital in Augusta, but he was found to be too weak to take the trip.
  Mayfield is about twelve miles from..
Forrest Wheeler passed away at the home of his mother Wednesday afternoon and was buried at Horeb church near Mayfield this afternoon at 4 o'clock. Dr. H. L.  Earle of Jewell was first physician to reach the wounded man and preparations were made to take him to  sparta  and there is no direct telephone connection and many conflicting rumors have been repeated here. It is stated that there was no eye witnesses to the duel. Both men were found lying on the ground, one dead and the other mortally wounded. It was dark when the shooting took place an vague rumors have it that Humphreys was shot three times and there was only two empty cartridges in Wheeler's pistol.
Family Feud Ended
  Mayfield is quiet and there is not any danger of any trouble arising as the result of the shooting. The affair Tuesday night is believed to have ended the feud between the Humphreys and Wheelers.
 It is stated that much feeling has been felt by the Wheeler faction over the outcome of the trial of Dan Wheeler, father of Forrest Wheeler. It was alleged by members of the Wheeler family that the trial and the verdict was unfair on account of political alignments. There are many and prominent branches of both families in Hancock county.

November 9, 1920
Macon Telegraph
Sparta, Nov. 3 - The funeral of Miss Margaret Burdick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George P. Burdick, was held this morning, the services being conducted at the home by Rev. A. B. Sanders, assisted by Dr. E. J. Forrester, and the interment was in the Sparta cemetery.
  Members of the senior class in the Sparta High School, of which she was a member, acted as honorary pallbearers and the entire school closed and went inn a body to the funeral. Miss Burdick had been ill in health for some time and about two weeks ago was taken to a hospital in Atlanta, where she died Saturday night, with all her family around her.
  She leaves, besides her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Burdick, one sister, Miss Julia Burdick, and two brothers, George Burdick, Jr., ensign in the United States Navy, and Gilbert Burdick, of this city, two uncles, Gilbert Bell of Augusta, and Walter Bell of Atlanta.

December 21, 1920
Union Recorder
County Policemen Shoot Ben and Gene Trawick, Two Brothers, on Saturday Afternoon, When They Resisted Arrest.
Ben Trawick and Gene or Joby Trawick, two negroes, who live in Hancock county, about three miles from the line of Baldwin, were shot and killed by the policemen of that county Saturday afternoon.
   The reports that have reached this city about the affair are as follows:
  Saturday afternoon Messrs. Lovejoy and Boskey, county policemen of Hancock and a Mr. Jackson, and two other white men went to the home of the Trawicks to arrest them for selling liquor. After reaching the house they placed the Trawkick negroes under arrest and started to make a search of the house. The shooting started when Mat Trawick, a sister of the Negroes, endeavored to pass one of the white men, who was keeping her from going into the kitchen. The man knocked her back and shot his pistol, which was pointed to the ground twice. The negro woman screamed, and Ben and Gene Trawick who were in charge of officers. made a break to go to the woman and a scuffle ensued.
  It is reported that Ben had a knife and Gene had a razor. It was known by the officers that the Trawicks kept their firearms in the kitchen, and they believed that the negroes intended to go after them. Ben was shot twice and Gene four times.
   Sunday morning the officers, accompanied by a posse, returned to the Trawick house and placed Mat, George and Jim Trawick under arrest and carried them to Sparta. A search of the house was made. Three shotguns, a Winchester rifle and three pistols were found and taken in charge by the officers.
  The affair created a great deal of excitement among the negroes of that neighborhood, but has apparently quieted down.

December 24, 1920
Macon Daily Telegraph
Hancock Citizen Dies
Sparta - John Underwood, one of Hancock county's oldest and most highly respected citizens, died at the home of his son, Eugene Underwood, in this city last Tuesday. His death was caused by advanced age. The funeral took place here Wednesday.

December 31, 1920
The Macon Daily Telegraph
R. BAXTER MULLALLY DIES. Funeral of Macon Man Will Be Held Today in Sparta.
  News was received in Macon yesterday morning of the death ofR. Baxter Mullally, 25-year-old son of Deputy Sheriff J. L. Mullally, at Sparta.
  Mr. Mullally left on an early morning train but reached Sparta after the death of his son, which occurred at 5:30. Mrs. Bessie Mullally, mother of the young man, was at his bedside when death came.
  The funeral will be held in Sparta during the day, the exact time of which has not been announced. Interment will be in the family burying ground.
  The deceased left Macon about nine months ago for Sparta, where he had been connected with the Goode Cotton Company. He was taken sick several weeks ago, though his condition was not thought to be serious. It took a turn for the worse late Wednesday night.
  He is survived by his father, J. L. Mullally, his mother, Mrs. Bessie Mullally, his wife, formerly Miss Epps, and his grandfather,
R. B. Baxter, with whom he was living at the time of his death.


1921
January 29, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
   Mrs. Emma Russell, widow of Joseph Russell, died Friday morning at 1:30 o'clock at her home, 2017 Third street.
  Mrs Russell had been in ill health a number of years. She was 67 years of age and was born in Hancock county. Surviving are two sons, C. L. Russell, of Macon; J. B. Russell, of Augusta; and two daughters, Mrs. C. W. Jones, of Macon, and Mrs. J. H. Cooper, of Augusta.
  The deceased was a member of the Baptist church.
   The funeral services will be from the residence this (Saturday) afternoon at 5 o'clock, Rev. T. J. Tribble of Mercer University, officiating. The body will be taken to Milledgeville for interment.

February 20, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
BERRY - POUND
  The culmination of a series of brilliant social affairs was the wedding of Miss Camille Berry and Mr. Marvin G. Pound, of Sparta, which took place at the Pierce Memorial church on Wednesday afternoon at 6 o'clock. The church was decorated with masses of palms and graceful festoons of Southern smilax and tall floor lamps and wax tapers cast a rosy radiance over the beautiful scene. Just preceding the entrance of the wedding part Mrs. Steward Brotherton, accompanied by Miss Susie Yarborugh, sang At Dawning and then as Mendelssohn's wedding march was played the ushers, Mr. John C. Lewis, Mr. Edward Walker, Mr. Durrelle Berry and Mr. Robert Wiley, of Chester. S. C., took their places. Then alternately came the bridesmaids, in their rainbow costumes, Miss Sadie Rhodes, wearing pink; Miss Julia Burnett, wearing orchid, and Miss Ethel Middlebrooks, wearing green, and each with hats to match their gowns. The two matrons, Mrs. Elizabeth Phillips and Mrs. Durelle Berry, wore yellow and turquoise blue dresses and matrons and maids all carried large bouquet of pink roses. Mrs. E. H. Berry, mother of the bride was the matron of honor and wore a gown of canton crepe, while she carried a bouquet of Russell roses. Little Betty Phillips, wearing a pink dress and hat, bore the ring in an Easter lily. The groom came in with his best man, Mr. Nisbet Holt, and was met at the altar by the bride on the arm of her father, Mr. E. H. Berry, who gave her in marriage. The beautiful ring ceremony was performed by Rev. A. B. Sanders, pastor of the Methodist church, and by Dr. E. J. Forrester, pastor of the Baptist church. Mrs. Stewart played Consolation softly during the marriage service. Mr. and Ms. Pound left the church for an extended motor trip through Florida. Upon their return they will be at home in Sparta.

March 27, 1921
Macon Telegraph
   Mr. and Mrs. Jerry G. Ward of Sparta announce the engagement of their daughter, Berta, to Mr. William A. Garner, the ceremony taking place on March 18.
  Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Rhodes of Sparta announce the engagement of their daughter, Mattie Mae, to Mr. Frank Wesley Shields of Thomason, the wedding to be solemnized in April at home.

July 6, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
TRAIN VICTIM EXPIRES
Body of Elrich Haygood is Sent To Sparta for Burial
   The body of Elrich Haygood, aged 30, Granite Hill, who died yesterday morning at the Clinic on Walnut street as the result of injuries sustained Sunday night when he was struck by a passenger train of the Georgia Railroad near Sparta, was shipped to Sparta yesterday afternoon for funeral and interment.
   He was brought to the Clinic late Sunday night in a serious condition, his hip and left leg having been crushed by the train. Little hope was held out for his recovery by the physicians from the time he arrived.
  According to members of the train crew the deceased was sitting on the track with his face buried between his knees as if asleep when the train struck him.

August 4, 1921
Augusta Chronicle
Carl Yaffe, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Yaffe, died Tuesday morning at Sparta, Ga. his parents home, after a four-month illness. He was four years, six months of age.
  The funeral was at the City Cemetery, yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Rabbi Folk officiating. Interment was in the city cemetery.
  The remains were brought from Sparta to R. E. Elliott and Sons Funeral Home.

August 18, 1921
Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Ga., Aug. 17 - the body of SergeantJohn Baugh, who went into the military service from this county and who was killed in the Argonne Forest, was buried in the Devereux cemetery this morning at 10 o'clock. The burial was attended by practically all of the members of the Clifford Darden Camp of the American Legion. Sergeant Baugh was the only soldier from Hancock county to be killed in battle. The dead soldier is survived by his mother and two brothers, all of whom reside at Devereux.

October 23, 1921
Augusta Chronicle
~excerpts~ Sparta, Ga., Oct. 22 - Beautiful in every detail was the wedding of Miss Lazinka Lewis and Mr. George W. Johnson, which occurred a the Pierce Memorial Church of Sparta at five o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 18........
   Before the ceremony, Mrs. C. E. Doughterty rendered several selections on the pipe organ, and Mrs. Marvin Pound sang............
   ...Miss Mildred Lewis, maid of honor,.....little Miss Dorothy Moore...bearing the ring...
  The bride...her brother, Col. John C. Lewis, who gave her in marriage...groom best man his brother, Mr. Verne Johnson of Augusta.
 ...performed by Rev. John R. Lewis, uncle of the bridge. Messrs. Iverson Johnon, Edward Reese, Wilfred Berry, Sam H. Wiley, Marvin Pound and Franck Ck. Lewis.
....Her father, Judge Robert H. Lewis, is one of the best known lawyers in the state....
   ..groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Starnes Johnson.
 .....out of town visitors were Miss Eliabeth Chapman, of Washington; Mesdames H. F. Waller and L. E. Moore, and Miss Anna Moore Oliver, of Culverton; Mr. and Mrs. Verne Johnson, of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. P. R. Johnson, of Thomson.
 

November 21, 1921
Atlanta Constitution
BALDWIN RESIDENT BURIED AT SPARTA.
Sparta, Ga., November 20 (Special) The body of Gordon McComb, formerly a leading citizen of Sparta, but of late years a resident of Baldwin county, who died at his home Saturday night, was buried in the Sparta cemetery Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock, in the presence of a large gathering of friends. Mr. McComb was in the seventy-first year of life at the time of his death, which is attributed to cancer of the stomach. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie Durham McComb.

November 24, 1921
Macon Daily Telegraph
MILTON LITTLE.
Sparta, Ga., Nov. 23 - After an illness of fifteen years which was super induced by a wound received while a soldier in the Confederate army, Milton Little, who had been one of the most prosperous farmers in Hancock county, passed away at his home 12 miles north of Sparta early Tuesday night. Deceased was exactly 82 years of age at the time of his death, having passed away on his birthday. The burial took place Wednesday afternoon in the family burial ground in the presence of a large assemblage of friends, many of them having come from Sparta.

December 21, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
MRS. B. P. SHARPE
  Sparta, GA, Dec. 20 - Mrs. B. P. Sharpe wife of Coroner B. P. Sharpe, of Hancock county, succumbed to a stroke of parslyis which has afflicted her for many months at her home in this place Tuesday morning. Her demise had been momentarily expected by the members of her family and the attending physician for several days. She was in the sixty-seventh year. Besides her husband, the deceased is survived by two sons, J. B.Sharpe and W. L. Sharpe, and two daughters, Miss Orlean Sharpe and Miss Elizabeth Sharpe. All of the survivors reside in Sparta. The interment will take place in the cemetery at Powellton, this county, Wednesday morning.

December 24, 1921
The Macon Telegraph
Sparta, Ga., Dec. 23. George P. Burdick, president of the George P. Burdick Company, one of the leading dry goods establishments in this section of the State, passed away at his home in this city Friday morning of acute indigestion.
   The deceased has occupied a prominent position in the religous and political affairs of the town for several years. He was a steward in the Pierce Memorial church and was an alderman of the city for several terms.
  Surviving the deceased are his wife, Mrs. Julia B. Burdick, and Ensign George F. Burdick, Jr. , of the United States Nacy; Gilbert P. Burdick and Mrs. E. E. Evans, Ocala, Fla.

December 24, 1921
The Macon Daily Telegraph
  Sparta, Ga., Dec. 3 - The funeral of Mrs. J. L. Culver, 81 years of age, who died at her home in Sparta Friday morning, took place in the Sparta cemetery today. The unusually large attendance at the burial and the profuse floral offerings bore fitting testimony of the esteem in which the aged lady was held. The burial ceremony was simple, but impressive.
 



1922


January 10, 1922
Augusta Chronicle
HANCOCK COUNTY FARMER DEAD.    Sparta, Ga., Jan. 9 - C. A. Hill, sixty-eight years of age, according to information reaching Sparta Monday morning, died at his home near Mayfield, this county Sunday afternoon. His demise was caused by organic heart disease super induced by rheumatism from which diseases he has been a sufferer for several years. The deceased has been a prominent figure in Hancock county politics for many years though he has never aspired for public office. There has been no better known or highly esteemed farmer in Hancock county than he for a long time. He was a member of the Smyrna Methodist church.
  The burial will take place Monday afternoon in the Smyrna cemetery. The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. I.  L. Collins, of Birmingham, Ala; Mrs. F. H. Jackson, of this county; and three sons, C. R. Hill, J. G. Hill and S. J. Hill, member of the board of roads and revenues of Hancock county, all of whom reside in this county.

January 19, 1922
Augusta Chronicle
Sparta, Ga, Jan. 16 - Of much more that ordinary interest was the marriage of Miss Mary Smith, of this city, to Mr. Warner Eskew, of Atlanta,, which was solemnized at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Smith, Sunday morning. The wedding was a quiet home affair only the immediate members of the families of the contracting parties and a few intimate friends were present. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. T. Robins, pastor of the Pierce Memorial church.
  For a number of years the bride has been one of the most popular and attractive young ladies of Sparta and her marriage on Sunday was of much interest to her large circle of acquaintances in the county and elsewhere. The groom is a prominent young business man of Atlanta.

February 28, 1922
Augusta Chronicle
    DIED - February 27th, 1922, at the residence of her son, Mr. Edward D. Beman, 1215 John's Road, MRS. HENRY D. BEMAN. Funeral services from the residence this Tuesday afterooon at 5 o'clock. Interment Wednesday morning in Sparta, Ga.

April 19, 1922
Macon Daily Telegraph
RADIO BUG INFECTS SPARTA. Hancock Metropolis Will Erect Large Receiving Station.
Sparta, Ga, April 18 - The "radio bug" has hit Sparta by storm. A meeting was held in the courthouse at 6 o'clock this afternoon to formulate plans for the erection of a large receiving station in Sparta. A public subscription has already been taken up among the business men of the city and about $300 has already been given for the work. Superintendent Wilson, of the local light and water plant, has offered his services in installing and operating the plant, which has been accepted.
  The outfit will be purchased in the next  few days and installed just as soon as the material can be shipped here. Later on they expect to put in a broadcasting station and add power amplifiers to the present contemplated receiving station. The receiving set they will purchase will be the largest of any small city in the State.

June 20, 1922
Macon Daily Telegraph
BIRDS BUILD NEST IN SPARTA'S FIRE ALARM.
  Sparta, Ga., June 19 - Sparta's big fire alarm siren failed to work last night and upon investigation this morning by City Electrician Roy Wilson, it was fond that sparrows had built a nest in the mouth of the whistle which was so large that the two-horse meter could not turn it over.
  The nest was torn out and several young birds found in the debris. The city fathers are planning to erect the siren on a high steel tower in the near future and place a wire netting around it to keep the birds out.

July 1, 1922
Macon Daily Telegraph
James Johnson died at his home, 1310 Broadway, Friday morning at 8 o'clock after an illness of four weeks. Mr. Johnson was 48 years of age and was born in Hancock county. He was a resident of this city seventeen years. He was a painting contractor.
  Surviving are his wife, two sons and one sister, Johnnie A., and Albert Johnson, and Mrs. R. B. Griswold, of Macon. He was the son of the late Scott and Martha Johnson, of Hancock county.
  Funeral services will be held from the residence this (Saturday) afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. A. J. Johnson, pastor of the East Macon Baptist church, officiating. Interment will be in Fort Hill cemetery.

July 9, 1922
Atlanta Constitution
Southern Veteran Dies
Sparta, Ga, July 8 (Special)Benjamin Morrison, 76 years old, and a civil war veteran, died Saturday morning at the home of his son-in-law, six miles east of Sparta. His death was the result of a long illness caused by complications incident to his advanced age. He was well-known in this section. Funeral arrangements have not been made but the interment will take place in Sparta Sunday afternoon.

July 9, 1922
Macon Telegraph
NEGRO IS DROWNED IN SPARTA.
  Sparta, Ga, July 8 - A negro named Tom Taylor, an employee of the Georgia Quincy Granite Company of Sparta, with offices in Macon, was drowned yesterday while in swimming. Several of the negroes were in bathing at a swimming pool, which was a hole blasted in the solid granite, and while diving Taylor struck his head against the rocks, fracturing his skull.

July 28, 1922
Milledgeville News
Negro Is Shot Dead At Neighbor's Home.
  Sparta, Ga., July 25 - While, it is alleged, he was trying to enter the home of Tom Jeans four miles from this place at 2 o'clock Tuesday morning, Jule Hunt, was shot and killed by the former. Both are said to be industrious negro farmers. A coroner's jury is holding an inquest. Claiming justification for the homicide, Jeans came to Sparta early Tuesday and surrendered to Sheriff J. M. Jackson.

July 31, 1922
Macon Telegraph
KILLED BY LIGHTNING BOLT. Sparta Received Report of Death of James Hitchcock.
Sparta, Ga. July 30 - News was received in Sparta this morning of the death of James Hitchcock, who was killed by a bolt of lightning while sitting in a room of his home near Devereux, Saturday afternoon late. The lightning is said to have struck the top of the house and ran down one of the rafters and struck Mr. Hitchcock, death being almost instantaneous. The body was brought to Sparta and interred in the city cemetery this afternoon. He leaves a wife and family.

August 12, 1922
The Macon Daily Telegraph
BUYS BOTTLING PLANT. Former Owner of Sparta Company Resumes Charge.
Sparta, Ga, Aug. 11 - Announcement was made in Sparta today that Mark Newman, former owner of the Sparta Chero Cola Bottling Company, had bought bck from the present owners, the Stephens Ice and Coal Co., of Sandersville. He will take charge of the local plant at once and will make Robert C. Wiley, Jr, manager, according to the report. Mr. Newman owns a Chero Cola plant at Chester, S.C., where he removed from Sparta and will run both plants. He is an experienced bottler and will no doubt make a success of the Sparta plant.

September 2, 1922
Macon Telegraph
Hawkinsville, Ga. Sept 1 - A wire was received in Hawkinsville this morning from Asheville, N.C. announcing the death of Dr. J. J. Stone, one of the most prominent citizens in this section of Georgia. Dr. Stone has practiced medicine in Hawkinsville about eighteen years. He came here from Milledgeville, Ga., where he was associated in the practice of medicine with Dr. H. D. Allen. He was born in Linton, Hancock County, forty seven years ago.
   Dr. Stone was a member of the United States Army draft board for Pulaski County.
   Several years ago Dr. Stone married Miss Hazel Coleman, of this city, who with their son, John Judan, Jr., survive hime. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. R. G. Stone, Sr., of Milledgeville, as well as two sisters, Miss Ruth Stone and Mrs. Dr. Swint, of Milledgeville, and one brother, Dr. R. G. Stone, of Trenton, N. J. His remains will reach Hawkinsville Saturday. As yet the funeral arrangments have not been made.

September 28, 1922
Macon Telegraph
Sparta, Ga. Sept. 27 - The funeral and interment of William A. Martin was held here on yesterday afternoon. He was 81 yeas of age and one of the oldest Confedrate veterans in Hancock County. Mr. Martin and his wife celebrated their fifty-sixth wedding anniversary a few days ago. His wife and a number of relatives survive him.

September 29, 1922
The Macon Daily Telegraph
MRS. SALLIE TREADWELL.
Sparta, Ga., Sept. 28 - The funeral of Mrs. Sallie Treadwell, one of Sparta's oldest inhabitants, was held this afternoon in the Sparta Cemetery at 4:30 o'clock. Mrs. Treadwell had been in declining health for some months and passed away at 7:30 o'clock last night. She is survived by one niece, Mrs. Harry Binion, all of her near relatives having preceded her to the grave years ago.

October 6, 1922
Augusta Chronicle
MRS.  ETHEL HEAD HELD FOR MURDER. Augusta Woman Accused Of Shooting
Mrs. Cora Dudley Horton in Hancock County Wednesday Morning.
   Following the death of Mrs. Cora Dudley Horton,  of 1209 Reynolds Street, who died at the University Hospital yesterday afternoon from gunshot wounds, sustained in a row on the farm of Dr. A. B.  Redding, near  Sparta,  Ga , early Wednesday morning,  Mrs. Ethel Head, wife of William Head, proprietor of a soft drink stand  at 105 Twelfth Street, has been committed to the Hancock County jail on a warrant charging her with murder.
  According to the police authorities at Sparta, the party of which Mrs. Head was a member, came through that city late Tuesday night, in a Ford automobile from Augusta. It is said that the party stopped at the farm of Dr. Redding, which is located about five miles from Sparta, and there the trouble which proved  fatal to Mrs. Horton begun. The chief of police at Sparta, said last night that the party who consisted, of Mr. and Mrs. Head, and Mrs. Horton, were all under the influence of an intoxicant at the time of the row and he said that he was in possession of information to the effect that the automobile trip was made to Hancock County for the purpose of hauling a load of whiskey to Augusta.
  The shooting, according to Sparta authorities, took place at about 1 o'clock Wednesday morning, and the wounded woman was left on the roadside. She was found shortly after daylight, and was rushed to the University Hospital in a private automobile, while Head and his wife were taken in to custody in connection with the shooting. Both parties firmly denied connection with the crime when first arrested, but Mrs. Head later made a confession to the authorities, saying that she fired the shot.
   Both Head and his wife were committed to jail, but the husband was later released on bond. Mrs. Head was detained pending developments in the condition of the wounded woman, and a charge of murder was docketed against her last night. William Head will be required to face a charge of wife beating at the next term of city court at Sparta.
  The wounded woman was brought to the University Hospital early yesterday morning, and local police and detective authorities conducted an investigation yesterday. In a statement to Officer Martin, the wounded woman said that MRs. Head shot her while in an intoxicated condition, and that domestic trouble was the cause of the row. The bullet which caused her death, entered the left side above the hip and passed through the body. The woman died at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
  The deceased was 30 years of age and had been a resident of Augusta for the past twelve years. Funeral services will be conducted from the residence of Mrs. Addie Moody, at 543 Bohler avenue, tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock.

MORAN - STURGIS
  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wesley Moran announce the engagement of their daughter, Olive Eldna, to Mr. Alfred B. Sturgis, the wedding to be solemnized December 27, at Sparta Baptist Church.

December 2, 1922
The Macon Daily Telegraph
EDWARD A ROZIER. Sparta, Ga., Dec. 1 - The funeral ofEdward A. Rozier, Sr., pioneer merchant of this city, was held this morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. J. T. Robins, of Thomson, formerly pastor of the Sparta Methodist Church, performing the ceremony.
  Survivors include Mrs. Rozier, and three daughters, Zelle and Fionne Rozier, and Mrs. D. T. Turner; two sons, E. A. Rozier, Jr., and Harold F. Rozier, besides several grandchildren. Interment was in the Sparta Cemetery.
    O. L. BINION. Sparta, Ga., Dec. 1 - The funeral ofO. L. Binion, who died in a sanitarium in Macon Wednesday night, was held this morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. J. T. Robins, former pastor of the local Methodist Church, officiating.
  Survivors include Mrs. Binion, two daughters, Mrs. E. L. Fryer, of Blakely, and Mrs. George Berry, of Sparta; two sons Harry Binion, of Sparta, and Dr. Richard Binion, of Milledgeville, besides several grandchildren. Interment occurred in the Sparta Cemetery.

December 24, 1922
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Dies At Age of 93 Years. Mrs. Ella Clinch, One of Sparta's Oldest Residents, Is Buried.
Sparta, Ga., Dec. 23 - Funeral services were held this morning for Mrs. Ella Clinch, one of Sparta's oldest residents. If she had lived a few more days she would have reached the age of 93 years.
  Mrs. Clinch was the widow of H. A. Clinch, prominent and wealthy citizen of Sparta during the Civil War. The local camp of Confederate veterans bears his name. Mrs. Clinch is survived by one sister, Miss Lily Ford; a son, Col. Duncan Clinch, a prominent attorney of New York, and several grandchildren.
   The interment was in the Sparta cemetery beside other members of her family who have gone before.

December 20, 1922
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Ga., Dec. 29 - Mrs. Camilla Powell, wife of the late Lafayette Powell, died at her home in this city this morning at 9 o'clock after an illness of several days. Mrs. Powell was 77 years of age, and a lifelong resident of Sparta. She is survived by three children - two daughters, Mrs. W. H. Middlebrooks, and Miss Susie Day Powell; one son, James I. Powell.
  The funeral and burial will take place tomorrow morning in the Sparta Cemetery.

December 31, 1922
Macon Telegraph
~excerpt~Beautiful in its simplicity and solemnity was the marriage on last Thursday afternoon when Rev. J. R. Jordan, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Barnesville, uttered the words that united the lives of Miss Gladys Moore of Sparta, to Mr. Loyd Barrett, the impressive double ring ceremony being used.
    ...ushers, Mr. Clay Coleman, of Sparta, and Mr. Howard Collins, of Barnesville..followed by Misses Wilhelmina Macken and Sara McNeely..music rendered by Miss Susie Yarbrough...Miss Sara Hunt..sang sweetly, At Dawning.
    ..bridesmaids, Misses Huble Clare Hughes and Inez Stone. ..flowers girls, little Misses Gladys Bunim and Emily Cross..
  Little Miss Maxine Bethune, of Macon...bearing the ring..bride on the arm of her brother, Mr. Clem G. Moore..best man, Col. Curtis Barrett, of Barnesville...
   Miss Moore is the only daughter of the late Thomas Cobb Moore and Mrs. Lucy Hall Moore, of Sparta, and is a descendant of the Lumpkins of Georgia,  great-grand-niece of Gov. Wilson Lumpkin, as a gradaute of Sparta High School and completed her education at Brenau Conservatory of Music...
  Mr. Barrett, the groom...is the son of the late Hon. T. J. and Mrs. Emma Barrett, of Barnesville, the former...prominent in affairs of both county and State...represented his County of Pike..
   ...artistic handiwork of Mrs. S. C. Shivers, a lifelong friend of the bride. ..They will be home after January 1 at the home of the bride's mother in Sparta....


1923
January 12, 1923
Macon Telegraph
   Dublin, Ga., Jan. 11. Funeral services and interment were held for J. W. S. Reynolds here today, following his death from influenza and pneumonia Wednesday afternoon.
   He was a native of Hancock County, 64 years of age, and is survived by his wife, ten children and one brother. He had resided in Dublin for thirteen years.

January 14, 1923
Macon Telegraph
MULLALLY- COX. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Epps announce the marriage of their daughter, Lucea Epps Mullally, to Mr. James T. Cox, of Sparta, the marriage having been solemnized Jan. 12

January 15, 1923
Atlanta Constitution
MURDER IS CHARGED DURING NEGRO FROLIC. Sparta, Ga. January 14. (Special) Isiah Hilsman was brought here Saturday afternoon from Devereaux and lodged in the county jail charged with murder of List McLin, Friday night at Hilsman's home, where there had been a negro hot supper, dance and the things that go with them. Accounts reaching here are to the effect that there was much gun play. Arrests of others who were present, and took part in the shooting are expected.

January 16, 1923
Macon Daily Telegraph
Sparta, Ga., Jan. 15 - Mrs. Etta Levine, 70, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. B. Dunim, in this city last night. Mrs. Levin's death was sudden, although she had been in failing health since coming here several years ago from Brookly, N. Y., where she had resided a number of years.
   She is survived by her husband, J.S. Levine; two daughters Mrs. H. R. Dunim, of Sparta, and Mrs. Goldman, of Norwood; one son,
I. J. Levine, of Sparta, and several grandchildren. The remains were carried to Atlanta this morning, where the interment will take place in the Jewish cemetery of that city.

January 16, 1923
Macon Daily Telegraph
  Sparta, Ga., Jan 15.-Mrs. John A. Brown, 32, wife of the late Dr. John A. Brown, died at her home here ysterday morning after an illness of some days with pneumonia and other complications. This death is the culmination of a series which began with the death of Dr. and Mrs. Brown's infant daughter about two weeks ago; the father was buried a week ago and today the mother will be buried, all victims of pneumonia. These deaths have cast a gloom over the entire city.
  Mrs. Brown before her marriage was Miss Electa Wing Cook, of Augusta. She is survived ny two sons, John, Jr., 10; Bobby, 3, and Electa 3. Besides her mother and several sisters, all of Augusta. The funeral was held this morning in the Presbyterian Church and interment was in the city cemetery.

January 20, 1923
Atlanta Constitution
DEATH IN SPARTA OF A. W. GRIFFITH THINS VETS' RANKS
Sparta, Ga. January 19 (Special) The ranks of the confederate veterans in this county were further thinned Thursday night when A.W. Griffith, aged 82 years, for many years one of the  most  prosperous farmers of this territory, died at the home of his son, Joseph Griffith, a few miles south of Sparta. His death is attributed to senile troubles.
  A native of Oconee county, Mr. Griffith moved to this county 25 years ago and has resided here since. He was a member of H.A. Clinch Camp of United Confederate Veterans, a prominent Mason and a member of the Baptist church.
  The burial, with Masonic honors, took place in the Sparta cemetery Friday afternoon, civl ware veterans attending as honorary pall bearers. Deceased is survived by one son, Joseph Griffith, and a number of grandchildren in the county. Other relatives reside in Oconee county.

January 22, 1923
Atlanta Constitution
CONFEDERATE VETERAN DIES IN MILLEDGEVILLE
Milledgeville, Ga., January 21 - (Special) S. G. W. Gladdin (Gladin), 86, one of the oldest confederate veterans in Baldwin county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Eula Stanley, of this city, Wednesday. Mr. Gladden was a native of Hancock county. He served in Co. E., 15th Georgia regiment in the war between the states and was wounded in service.
     Funeral services were held at the Cooperville church of which he had been a member for years, and interment took place in the family burial ground.
    Mr. Gladdin is survived by his wife and ten children. They are E. J. Gladdin, of Manchester; M. A. Gladdin, of Baldwin county; Mrs. Eula Stanley, of Milledgeville; C. E. Gladdin, of McIntyre; Mrs. C. E. Goodwin, of Greenville, Ala.; J. H. Gladdin, of Gordon; Mrs. W. M. Harrell, of Pelham, Ga.; J. S. Gladdin, of Sandersville; I. D. Gladdin, of Barlow, Ga.; A. R. Gladdin, Lakeland, Fla. He also is survived by one brother Mr. L. A. Gladdin, of Sandersville.
(note: he is buried in the Cooperville Church cemetery)

January 22, 1923
Atlanta Constitution
HARRIS - The friends and relatives of Mrs. Henry Harris, Miss Martha Harris, Mrs. T. M. Park, Mr. Charles H. Harris, of Buerios Aires, S. A.; Mrs. W. M. Yarbrough, of Sparta, Ga.; Mr. Arthur Park and Mr. Harold H. Park, of Chicago, Ill., are invited to attend the funeral of Mrs. Henry Harris this (Tuesday) morning, January 23, 1923, at 10 o'clock, at the residence, No. 507 North Main street, College Park, Ga. The Rev. John Henderson and Rev. J. W. G. Watkins will officiate. The remains will be taken to Sparta, Ga., via the Georgia railway, this afternoon at 12:15 o'clock, for interment, by H. M. Patterson & Son.

March 24, 1923
Macon Telegraph
TWO DEAD IN HANCOCK OF FLU AND PNEUMONIA. Miss Ruth Boyer Dies and Her Mother Lies at Point of Death; Mrs. Tom Roberts, Aged 70. Succumbs.
     Sparta, Ga., March 23. Influenza with pneumonia, caused two deaths in Hancock County last night.
   While her mother lies at the point of death, Miss Ruth Boyer, youngest daughter of Mrs. Mac Boyer, a widow died last night after several days illness. Besides Mrs. Boyer, she is survived by several brothers and sisters. her mother if also a sufferer with influenza and pneumonia, and is not expected to live.
Mrs. Tom Roberts, wife of a prominent farmer of Hancock County, died last night from an attack of influeza and pneumonia. She was 70 years of age, and is survived by several sons and daughters. Interment occurred this afternoon.

March 28, 1923
Macon Telegraph
    Sparta, Ga., March 27. Mrs. Mac Boyer, of the Zebulon community, in this county, did at her home last night afters some days' illness with influenza and phenumonia. Mrs. Boyer's death followed closely that of her daughter, Miss Ruth Boyer, which occurred last Saturday. Mrs. Boyer's death was not unexpected.
    She was the widow of the late Mac Boyer, prominent Hancock County citizens who died several years ago. She is survived by several sons and daughters. Interment will be in Zebulon Cemetery this afternoon.


1924
February 24, 1924
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., feb. 3 - Miss Anna Rogers, 77, did at the home of her cousin, Harry W. Culver here this morning at 7 o'clock. Miss Rogers had been in failing health for several weeks and the end was not unexpected. She was a staunch member of the Methodist Church. No immediate relatives survive except a nephew Henry W. Rogers, of Atlanta, and a number of cousins. The interment will be in the City Cemetery Monday morning.

March 9, 1924
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., March 9 - Roy W. Cawthon, 24, who died in Atlanta several days ago after an operation for appendicitis, followed by pneumonia, was buried at Rives Chapel Church, near Devereaux, in this county yesterday. Mr. Cawthorn is survived by his father and mother and other relatives who live in this county.

March 9, 1924
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., March 8 - Mark A. O'Rear, 82, Confederate veteran, died at his home in this county yesterday after an illness of several months. Mr. O'Rear had been a lifelong resident of Hancock County and had a large family connection, all of whom reside in this county, in the same section in which he died. He is the second Confederate veteran of the Clinch Camp of Hancock county to pass a way this week.

March 29, 1924
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., March 28 - Barney Cawthon, 52, well-known farmer of this county, died at his home last night, a victim of pneumonia. He had only been ill a few days before his condition became so serious that the end was not unexpected. He is the second one of his family to succumb to this malady in the past three weeks, a son having passed away recently. The funeral and interment will occur at Reynolds Chapel in this county. He leaves a widow and several children.


1925
January 7, 1925
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., Jane 6. Archie Janes, Sr. 75, died at the home of his niece, Miss Johnnie Gaissert, near Sparta this morning. Mr. Janes was a brother of the late Mrs. Ludwick Gaissert, and has several nieces and nephews in the county. He was prominently connected in this state, being closely related to the late Henry Grady and other prominent Georgians. Mr. Janes had been in feeble health for many years. He is survived by two sons, one a resident of Norfold, Va., and the other of Pensacola, Fla. His wife died several years ago. The funeral and interment will take place in the Sparta cemetery tomorrow morning.

January 29, 1925
Macon Telegraph
   The body of Mrs. Emma Clancy Rogers, aged 75 years, widow of S. D. Rogers, was taken to Sparta at an early hour this morning where funeral services will be held this morning. Interment will take place by the side of her husband in the family lot at Sparta. Mrs. Rogers died at the home of her sister, Mrs. A. S. Bates, 856 Mulberry Street, Tuesday at noon. Besides her sister, she is survived by one brother, T. Johnson Clancy, of Louisville, Ky. 

December 13, 1925
Dallas Morning News
Seven Sons of Slaves in High Positions. By The Associated Press
ATLANTA, Ga.. Dec. 12 -Camilla Hillman Hubert, a negro, former slave and mother of a remarkable family, is dead. Six of her seven sons hold high positions of service in various parts of the country and her five daughters have wedded men holding similar places.
      "Born in slavery, she and her husband had little opportunity to acquire any education for themselves, but through self-denial they were able to rear and educate a large family, " one of her sons said.
  The seven sons and their positions are:
Z. P. Hubert, president of Jackson College. Jackson, Mississippi
B. F. Hubert, director of Agriculture, Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama
John W. Hubert, principal, negro high school, Savannah, Ga,.
J. H. Hubert, executive secretary, Urban League, New York City
Moses Hubert, farm demonstration agent, Hancock County, Ga
G. J. Hubert, pastor of two Atlanta churches and who runs a 600 acre farm
Theodore Hubert, senior at Morehouse College, Atlanta
  Zack Hubert, her husband, also survives her. The family was reared on a large farm in Hancock County, Georgia.


1926
January 2, 1926
Macon Telegraph
    Sparta, Ga., Jan. 1. Mrs Eleanor B. Irvin, 87, the oldest resident of this city died at the home of her son E. H. Berry here early this morning. Mrs. Irvin had been a sufferer for several weeks ince a fall at which time she sustained a broken hip. 
   Mrs. Irvin was a resident of Atlanta for a number of years during the life of her husband, but moved here after his death. She was a life-long member of the Methodist church and was always prominent in church life as long as her health permitted.
  Mrs. Irvin is survived by one son, E. H. Berry, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren all of Sparta.
    The funeral and interment will take place in the Sparta Cemetery tomorrow afternoon. Rev. Claude Hendrick, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating.

January 9, 1926
Macon Telegraph
   Milledgeville, Ga., Jan. 7. Mrs. Carrie Hitchcock, of the Beulah district of Hancock County, died suddenly of heart failure at her home shortly after noon Wednesday. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the residence, Rev. J. L. Pittman officiating.
   The deceased was 65 years of age and is survived by eight children, most of whom attended school in Milledgeville. Her four sons are: Grady Hitchcock, Dr. C. M. Hitchcock and W. J. Hitchcock, of Moultrie, and A. D. Hitchcock, of Hancock County. Her daughters are Mrs. Josie Martin of Milledgeville, Mrs. W. J. Ray, of Macon, Mrs. J. W. Brantley and Mrs. R. A. Brewer, of Sparta. 



1927

January 4, 1927
Macon Telegraph
   Sparta, Ga., Jan. 3. Funeral services for Mrs. Mamie Harrison, widow of the late Oscar E. Harrison, who died in the early hours of Saturday night, were held yesterday afternoon and interment was in the Sparta cemetery. Mrs. Harrison had only been ill for a few weeks. She had lived in Hancock County all of her life. She is suvived by a daughter and two sons, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. David P. Johnson and several brothers, all of this county. Rev. Claude Hendrick of the Methodist Church conducted the services.
 
 



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