Roanoke Beacon Newspaper

Washington County, N. C.

Vol. No. 1 - Issue No. 13

August 2, 1889 (Part 3)

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[listing of officials of State, County and City government. Church services - previously transcribed

Baptist Church pastor has changed from Rev. C. W. Robinson to Rev. R. B. Collier]

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Who got the snake?

Rain! rain!! rain !!!

Louis Schultz sports a stiff upper lip.

Say, how about the street lamps ?

Men's Pants, 65c, at R. Schultz & Co's.

Hurrah ! for the Plymouth Cornet Band.

Men's wool Hats, for 25c at R. Schultz & Co's.

What we want in Plymouth is men of capital.

Our town has the appearance of a big cow-pen.

Prof. Dunston says it is very muddy in the country.

Mr. Henry Walker, of Columbia, was in the city this week.

Mr. Louis Jackson made a flying visit to Baltimore last week.

Mr. E. A. Carter and family have returned from the West.

Rev. J. Wm. Lee, of Edenton, gave us a pleasant call on Saturday.

Ladies fine Cloth Slippers, only 50c a pair, at R. Schultz & Co's.

The business Manager got the flowers this week and we got LEFT.

Marriner & Truett will order the hearse. The sooner the better gentlemen.

Miss Alice Rogerson has returned home after a pleasant visit to Columbia.

Verily, this has been a week of sunshine, rain, wind, thunder and lightning.

Mrs. David Alexander, of Creswell, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Fannie Norman.

Miss Loulie Bateman is the guest of her brother, Mr. G. R. Bateman on Adams street.

Mrs. Emily Newbery after an absence of several weeks in the bounty is home again.

We enjoyed a pleasant drive behind G. R. Bateman's trotter on Monday afternoon. Thanks.

We are informed that the Calithumpian Band will re-organize in the future - Police forbid it !

If you want Plastering, White-washing, or any kind of Brick Word done, call on Henry Pettiford.

The colored people of this town have organized a new church, or a branch of the Missionary Baptist.

Mrs. J. A. Willboughy and Master Clarendon are vistingKnots Island the guests of Capt. J. W. Beasley.

Mr. T. W. Butt, the popular painter at the Old reliable carriage factory, is on a visit to friends at E. City.

Mr. J. B. Willoughby has removed from 48 Washington street to the corner of Main and Monroe streets.

Messrs. J. H. Smith, L. P. Hornthal, H. A. Blount and Johnnie Skittlethorpe spent the past week at Norfolk, VA.

J. H., McCarty says if you wish Painting done with neatness and dispatch he is still in the field. Give him a call.

Quite a sever wind and rain storm, accompanied by heavy thunder, passed over our town yesterday afternoon.

Mr. J. M. Arps has purchased the bar of J. F. Miller and is carrying on the business at the old stand on Water street.

Mr. A. S. Legget, one of Plymouth's successful drummers for Samuel T. White, of Baltimore, was in the city this week.

The series of meetings announced in last issue, to be held at the Baptist church, this town, has been postponed until September.

Dr. Geo Lloyd a specialist in Eye Diseases will be at Bryan's drug store to-day and to-morrow until boat leaves for Williamston.

The Plymouth High School, C. W. Toms, Ph. B., Principal, will open on the first Monday in September, See "ad" in this issue.

Mr. J. W. Johnston after and absence of two months as state guard over the convicts at work on the Railroad at Scotland Neck, has returned home.

Dr. W. H. Ward and Mr. John Stocks returned on Sunday from Baltimore where they went to purchase horses. The doctor now drives a pair of fine greys.

Rev. R. B. Collier made an appeal to his congregation on Sunday last for aid in building a Baptist church at Ropers, and over thirty dollars was subscribed.

Miss Sallie Bet Robertson, who has been on a pleasant visit to relatives and friends in this city for the past few weeks, returned to her home in Williamston, on Tuesday last.

Mr. A. C. Lehman has accepted an appointment as Revenue Collector, under Hon. E. A. White. He left on Tuesday afternoon for Raleigh to assume the duties of his office.

We refer our readers and the public generally to the Livery business of B. F. Owens. See advertisment in this issue. Mr. Owens means business and deserves a liberal patronage.

The talent of our devil is inexhaustible. He goes from the canvas and brush to shop building. He is now building a sloop to be called "Pond Lilly" which will be a fine specimen of his architectural talents.

Why not some of our men of capital open a ship yard? As it is, our boats have to be sent elsewhere to be repaired, when it could be done at home. We are sure such an enterprise would pay. Who will be the man?

It is with pleasure we publish communications from, Columbia, Creswell, Lees Mills and Long Ridge. Would that we could keep our friends interested enough to give us news from their homes each week.

See advertisement of the Perry Manufacturing Company, Norfolk, Va., in this issue manufactures and dealers in machinery of all kinds and machine supplies. When in need of anything in this line correspond with them.

We acknowledge with pleasure a visit from the Revs. R. B. Collier, of Columbia; Willie Keeife, of Norfolk, Va., and W. T. Totton, of Columbia, on Monday last. Call again gentlemen, we are ever glad to meet the servants of God.

Prof. W. S. Dunston has been employed as Principal of the Creswell Academy. We congratulate the citizens of that place on having secured the services of such a man as Prof. Dunston to take charge of this school in its first effort.

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In the absence of Capt. Williams, who is off on his regular annual vacation, the Str. Plymouth is commanded by Capt. Walter Harney, who is one of the most competent young men in the employ of the Norfolk southern Railroad company.

Messrs. Nurney & Jackson have leased the vacant lot on Washington street, between S. B. Spruill's law office and Keenan's shoe shop from the Vestry of Grace Episcopal church and will at once erect thereon a building to be used as an undertakers shop.

Mr. C. J. Norman, the popular bookkeeper for the R. R. R. & L. Co., after an absence of a few days this week at Winfall, to which place he was summoned to the bedside of his sick brother, Mr. Ellis Norman, has returned, and, we are glad to say, reports his brother much improved.

Vine Hill Academy, Scotland Neck, N. C., is one of the oldest and best institutions in the State. Many of our best public and private men, both of the present day and the past, received their training there. Those who have boys to educate can find no better of cheaper place to send them.

Read the obituary of Mr. James S. Stevenson of Snowden who died on May 24th, written by his pastor, Rev. W. Latwon Meilichampe. Mr. Stevenson was for a long while a resident and highly respected citizen of Plymouth and our entire people join the Rev. gentleman in extending to the bereaved family his deepest sympathies.

WANTED - a lady correspondent with a view of matrimony, by a young man light complexion, weight 145 pounds, has a fair education and some cash. The lady must have a good form, weigh about 130 pounds, have a good education and know how to cook good bread and bake cakes and pies. - Address Conway, Care Beacon, Plymouth, N. C.

"Crazy Mariah" should be confined, while she may not be dangerous, yet the women and children of the town are afraid of her. We do not see why the authorities will allow such a character to run at large, knowing well that this woman has in the past caused much trouble for our town. In justice to the public, and for her own good, she should be confined and if possible sent back to the asylum.

     The following named persons were among the arrivals at the Latham House during the past week.
     K. Sallinger, R. L. Millar, A. Hoffman, E. W. Browne, D. A. Jones, W. S. Dunston, L. P. Hornthal, J. Wm. Lee, Gideon Lamb, C. W. Stevens, W. M. More, C. W. Kellinger, E. E. Tull, W. B. Muir, T. W. Butt, J. F. Tatem, H. C. Walker, S. F. Harell, J. D. Moore.

     Some people say we ask too much of the County Commissioners, others say we ask too much of the Town Councelmen. If we do, we wish to make an apology, but it is our opinion that we do not. We do not at any time ask for anything from either of these bodies which will not be of benefit to the town or county.
     We are not here to try to force any one, but we are here to ask for those things most needed for the welfare and promotion of the interest of our people.
     The article expressing a desire for the publication of the proceedings of the county commissioners, came from a tax payer and not from us, as will be found by reference to the Creswell letter under date of July 19th. We think it right and just to the tax payers, that they should know what is being done in the county.

     Chief Police Tucker has at last persuaded the Councilmen to let him have the lead ditch cleaned out, and with a gang of hands he has been engaged for the past week, doing that much needed work. He informs us that this ditch had filled up so that he had to take out about two feet of mud to give the water free access.
     After the ditch is put in thorough order, as it will be when Mr. Tucker gets through with it, the mud should be scattered and sprinkled with lime or copperas, to keep the malady from rising therefrom.
     All Police Tucker wants is money to run the town and he will keep it in a sanitary condition, if any man can, so we say give him what he needs.
     Mr. Tucker has been the Chief Officer of the town for several years and knows were work is most needed and if given the means he will, beyond a doubt, keep the town clear of all nuisances and in a good condition. No unnecessary expense will be imposed upon the town by him, but if aided he will do his duty for the welfare of our people.

     The following marriage licenses were issued by Register J. P. Hilliard, during the month of July:
     WHITE - Benj. F. Bailey and Sarah F. Williams.
     COLORED - Wright Hogart and Edie Washington; J. H. Tann and Mary Horton, Benjamin Hill and Jennie Alexander, David Cherry and Sarah Rogers, Glassco Blount and Kittie Carter, Samuel Simpson and Annie Saraughs [or Sara ughs].

Lee's Mills, N. C., July 30, '89.
     Editor Beacon: - The A. & P. R. R. co. has now a large force of hands at work and expect to push the road through to Pantego by the 1st of October. The first passengers came over the road last week from near Pantego.
     Crops are looking very good here, especially the one of esteemed friend, Mr. Will Spruill.
     Protracted meeting now at Zions Chapel near here, conducted by Rev. Mr. Davis.
     A collission on the A & P. R. R., between this place and Mackey's Ferry. No one was hurt except Conductor J. e. Johnston who was seriously injured. - S. R. B.

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COMMENCEMENT. Of Prof. Dunston's School at Columbia.
     On Friday night July 19th, Prof. Dunston's Preparitory School held its Commencement exercises.
     Long before the hour to commence Columbia was thronged with visitors anxious to be present and to hear the young gentlemen and girls speak and recite. It were a difficult task to decide which of them excelled - all did well - reflecting very great credit on their most excellent instructor, who is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.
     Prof. Dunston, as is his custom, offered a gold medal to the young man who should best declaim on that occasion; and appointed as judges the Rev. Mr. Eborne, Messrs. Bush, Lee and R. P. Felton, who decided that Mr. Joseph Alexander had merited the same. Rev. Mr. Eborne was requested to present the medal which he did with appropriately remarks.
     Two gentlemen friends of the school offered a medal to the girl who had stood highest in her class during the session and who should best recite at the Commencement.
     Prof. Duston appointed Messrs. R. P. Felton, J. C. Meekins, Jr., and Rev. R. B. Collier a committee to decide who was entitled to this reward.
     Miss Ella Wynn was the happy recipient of a lovely medal presented her by Rev. R. B. Collier.
     Thus ended a most excellent session of Columbia's school.
     It is the universal desire of patrons and people that the Trustees will increase the Professor's salary and thus induce him to remain with us another session.
     An excellent band of music played at intervals, and all left at a late hour, feeling that they had been amply repaid, though the weather was uncomfortably warm and rainy. - Ren.

Creswell, N. C., July 29, '89.
Editor Roanoke Beacon:
     We are in the midst of another rainy spell and farmers are looking blue.
     Mr. Jesse Cahoon, a drummer, is now in our place, supplying our merchants with dry goods and notions.
     Mrs. A. L. Cahoon, wife of one of our new merchants, (who was formerly Master of Str. I. D. Coleman), presented the Captain with a fine daughter on the 24th inst., which makes his second child and causes him to look very happy.
     Mr. B. F. Spruill is having his new house painted - a beautiful pea-green - which makes a handsome appearance. Mr. Bland, of Elizabeth City, (an experienced painter) is doing the painting, and seems to thoroughly understand his business.
     Mr. C. T. Spruill, who has burned out here some weeks ago has commenced making preparations to rebuild on the burnt district.
     Mr. Bailey White and Miss Winnie Biggs, who lives near here, were married by Justice J. B. Spruill, of Tyrrell county, on the 21st inst.
     It seems that money will be plentiful in our section if crops are short judging from the amount of pensions being allowed recently, ranging from 500 to 2,000 in several cases. We are glad to note this, as every dollar that comes into a community benefits it, and we hope everyone one who wants it can get a pension.
     Miss Edna Phelps, a very worthy young lady of our place, has commenced teaching a public school three or four miles from town.
     Mrs. Mariah Webb, is teaching the public school in this District. Her reputation as a teacher is too well known for me to comment upon.
     Capt. A. S. Conklin, of Str. Roberts, is off of the line now on his usual summer vacation, and Mr. B. F. Spruill, of our city has charge of said steamer. He has been mate on her for a long time and is thoroughly competent to handle the boat.
     Watermelons are getting to be plentiful in our market now and the prices are within the reach of all. We also noticed an abundance of fine peaches in town on Saturday last, but every one seemed to have been supplied, and the larger part of the fruit had to be carried off - there being no sale for it.
     More next week. - X. Y. Z.

     A special from Williamston, N. C., of July 24th, to the News and Observer, contains the following horrible account of a man poisoning his wife:
     On Thursday last one Theodore Council, a young man bout 22 years old, white, went to the town of Robertsonville, in this county, accompanied by his wife. He called at the store of J. W. Anderson & Co., and bought a package of rough on rats. He asked at the time if it would kill a person. The clerk told him it would. He then procured some whiskey and deposited the rough on rats in it. On his return home he induced his wife to drink it and before getting to her home she was taken deathly sick. He took her home and pretended to go for a physician, but did not go and left her there to die, and has fled. She died very suddenly on last Friday morning. It was not till her father was sent for, and he went for a physician that the above facts were brought out. Her remains ere buried. Upon investigation the fact that a murder had been committed became so plain that coroner's inquest and post mortem examination was demanded. The lady's remains were disinterred on yesterday, and a post mortem examination made by Dr. W. H. Harrell, county superintendent of the board of health. The coroner's jury has been on the case since Monday, and rendered a verdict today of murder. Connell is still at large and strenuous effort is being made to arrest him.

[Notice of Incorporation - Creswell Academy. Previously transcribed]

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     Thanking my many friends for their kind patronage since I have been in the Livery and Sale business, I ask a continuances of the same. Over a year ago I purchased from Mr. Joe Skittletharpe his livery, trade and good will in this place. I have served my friends and the people faithfully by square and honest dealings.
     My business has at al times my personal supervision, my stables are nicely situated on Main street nearest hotels and boarding houses. They are not a "Palace," but nicely kept with comfortable box stalls and are free from dangers of fire. My horses are no through-bred, but are reliable, prompt drivers, with head always up and heels always down. My buggies and wagons are nice and comfortable.
     I respectfully solicit a continuance and large share of the public patronage by square, hones dealings and not by blowing and misrepresentation.
     My prices shall be as low as any one elses. My business is run by myself and polite, social drivers, well acquainted with this whole section and all the merchants at every point, and not by street bummers to falsely represent and delude the traveling public. My horses, buggies and prices will speak for themselves. I am receiving new horses every week and will keep 20 or 30 head of horses and mules during the coming season for sale for cash or on terms.
     I am making arrangements to keep a buggy and harness depot. Can sell top buggies at $57.50 open buggies for $32.00.
     Call and examine stock before going else where is all I ask.
Respectfully, B. F. Owens, Agt.


Dr. E. E. Murray, Dentist - Plymouth

S. K. Everett, Dry goods, Boots, Shoes & Groceries - B. F. Owen's old stand corner of Water and Adams streets - Plymouth

S. Adler, Dry goods, Boots, Shoes & Groceries - Sherrod & Newberry's old stand - Plymouth

J. T. Pettiford, Groceries & Confectioneries - foreign and domestic fruits - No. 141 Water Street, Plymouth

O. Newman - now doing business in Edenton - formerly of Plymouth

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