Abstracts from the Hickory NC
Times Mercury Newspaper
Dec 2, 1891 - Dec 21, 1989

Thanks to Linda McCarthy for sharing her abstracts with us. The following is from a microfilm ordered from the NC State Archives. Film identified as HicMer1 and is a part of the NC Newspaper Project. It is also not an "every name" abstraction, but items Linda selected that have interest.

Linda tells us - "After ordering a roll of microfilm and not finding what I wanted, decided to start copying some of the information and pass it along. Hope some little piece of information may help someone else. [To the Catwaba West NC List] The people on this list are the best and have helped me many times. This was the only entry for 1891 on the roll".

This information has been published by James Miller Jr: Excerpts from The Hickory Mercury, 1891-1897, a Hickory, NC Newspaper by James W. Miller, Jr. order from: Staley Publishing and Genealogical Research P. O. Box 7, Patterson, NC 28661-0007

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The film has one issue for 1891 (Dec 2nd), for 1892 the issues are Mar 9, Apr 6, Jun 29, Aug 24 & 31, Sep 14 & 21. There are no issues on the film for 1893 through 1896. 1897 has 18 issues and some for 1898.


To make the page easier to scan I have put all of the surnames in blue. These are NOT hyperlinks.


From the Local News section of the Hickory Mercury, December 2, 1891

Mrs. W.A. Clay, of this city, is visiting at her father's, Mr. L.H. Link, in Caldwell, this week.

Miss Lizzie Abernethy, of near Granite Falls, has been in the city for the past few days, visiting friends and relatives.

Mr. Will Lefever, who has been running a harness shop in this city for some time, left on last Saturday with his family for Rutherfordton, where he will go into business with his brother Gus. We wish him much success in his new enterprise.

Died.- On Monday morning, at 4 o'clock, the little year old son of D.H. Ramsour, of Jacob's Fork township, with membranous croup, and was buried on Tuesday, at 11 o'clock, at the Robinson graveyard.

Mr. J.R. Sherrill, of near Maiden was in the city on last Sunday and Monday.

Mr. F.P. Rocket, who has been teaching at King's Mountain for some months returned to his home on last Saturday. He is in fine health, and says he has had quite a pleasant stay at King's Mountain.

President R.L. Abernethy, of Rutherford College, has finished the college building. It is an imposing structure, of modernized architecture, with all necessary conveniences. The outlay, in money, has been considerable, the institution is owing about $3,500, which we trust will be advanced by those philanthropically inclined. We like to see our people laying up treasures above. Who will be the first to respond? Don't all speak at once!

From the Local News - Hickory Mercury, March 9, 1892

Mr. L. H. Shuford, of Monbo, was in the city Saturday.

Sam'l Patterson, of Yadkin Valley, was in the city yesterday.

Mr. Worth Elliot, our boys say, is going to have the prettiest lot in town.

A.L. Lutz has his two story building in east Hickory nearly completed.

Mr. Frank Long, a former citizen of Catawba, is very sick at Haskel, Texas.

Dr. Fate Abernethy is making improvements on his lot on Morganton Street.

Mr. E.L. Shuford starts this week for the Northern markets, to lay in his spring stock of goods.

Mr. G.W. Cline has quit the shoe shop and gone to farming on the lands bought of Mr. J.B. Beard.

Mr. A.J. Cansler started on the 3rd inst. to Boone County, Arkansas, where he will make his future home.

Mr. White, of Statesville, spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the city, visiting his daughter Mrs. J.A. Bowles.

Mr. Alexander Hall, who is attending school at Davidson College, came home Saturday and returned Monday.

Messrs. Kinnear, Jones Shuford and James Bonniwell are making quite improvements on their premises.

J.W. Seaboch and family left last Thursday, for Greensboro, where he has secured work in a Sash, Door, and Blind factory. We wish them much success.

G.L. Shuford brought a pig to this city last Wednesday. It weighed 250 lbs for which he received 7 cts per lb. How does that strike you "for high?"

Mr. E.E. Cline of Caldwell county sold his tobacco last Thursday at the Farmers Warehouse, in Statesville N.C. It brought him from 41/2 to 25 cts. He was tolerably well pleased.

DIED---Near this city, Monday morning, Mrs Mary Poovey, age about 83 years. She was only sick six days. Died from a stroke of paralysis. She leaves several children and many friends.

MARRIED-- In Hayesville, N.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 23d. by Rev. L.T. Cardell, Miss Lula E. Hill to Mr. Geo. H. Snyder. There were many invited guests and a very enjoyable time.

Mr. W.P. Reinhardt, of this city, and one of Catawba's best posted agriculturists, came in this office Thursday morning and stated that he had gotten the worth of his subscription to the MERCURY in the reading of Senator White's article on terracing, and said he wanted to see the Senator.

We hear that there was quite a cutting affray at Mr. R.R. Hart's house last Saturday night. Wes Winkler and Dave Eckard got into a difficulty, in which Winkler used the knife on Eckard, cutting him severely in several places, but not dangerously. It was quite an ugly affair and is to be regretted. A Mr. Poovey, who tried to part them, also received a slight cut. There had been a log rolling and quilting there that day.

Saturday night, while Mr. William Yoder was at church, someone prized his window open with an axe,went in, tore up his papers and got a small piece of money from the mantle. No clue to the party.

Hickory-Mercury April 6, 1892 - Local News

Mr. J.H. Trolinger, of Catawba, we noticed Friday, had 700 cabbage plants set and growing nicely.

The finest fish we have seen this season, Mr. D.M. Huffman caught in the Catawba River last Monday morning. It was a German Carp and weighed 6 pounds.

Mrs. Mary Ann Hickman, of Jumbo, is very low and not expected to live. This is sad news to her many friends in and out of her county.

On our way to Catawba last Friday, we saw that Mr. J.L. Miller, the truck farmer, just this side of Conover, was working out his truck which seemed to be in a nice growing state. Mr. Miller is making quite a success at the business.

Mr. J.H. Martin, who has been on a business trip through the counties of Iredell, Davie, and Yadkin, returned Monday, and reports every thing dull and money scarce. From his report, we have less to complain of than any of our sister counties.

Mr. Frank Icard, of Newton was in to see us Monday and showed us some as fine apples as we ever stuck a tooth in, all of his own raising.

Last Thursday, E.J. Bowman of Jumbo, lost his barn and corn crib and their contents by fire. The loss is great and Mr. Bowman has the sympathy of his community.


By virtue of levies made by me for default payment of taxes for 1891, I will expose for sale at the court house door in Newton, on Monday the 2nd, day of May 1892, the various tracts, or parcels of land, herein named. The whole of each tract, will be put up for sale at the same time, and the bid will be struck off to him, who will pay amount of taxes, with all expenses, for the smallest part of said land:

Cline's Township.




Deal, N.T.

56 acres

$ 3.30

Dellinger, Willie

70 acres

$ 4.64

Mefner, Wm M.

8 acres

$ 2.35

Hefner, Frank S

7 acres

$ 2.28

Henkie, C.H

14 acres

$ 5.05

Killian, Sylvanus

134 acres

$ 8.05

Killian, Elijah

42 acres

$ 1.65

Little, Sr. F.A.

53 acres

$ 4.97

Miller, L.S.

98 acres

$ 4.32

Miller, Elbert A.

1 acre

$ 2.16

Sipe, James

10 acres

$ 2.20

James, Walter

41 acres

$ 3.28

Stubbs, E.W.

1 acre

$ 1.34







Brown, John

7 acres

$ 3.25

Brown, Pink

7 acres

$ 2.26

Brinkley, Daniel

95 acres

$ 4.93

Connor, Mose

2 acres

$ 2.16

Kerr, James

3 acres

$ 2.24

Kale, Samuel

86 acres

$ 4.37

Moore, Wm L

1 acre

$ 2.35

Setzer, P.H.

46 acres

$ 2.85

Setzer, Noah

249 acres

$ 7.62

Setzer, H.D.

83 acres

$ 3.71

Sherrill, Adam

8 acres

$ 4.28

Shuford, Sidney

9 acres

$ 2.50

Steward, J.H.

2 acres

$ 3.74

Trollinger, R.H.

73 acres

$ 5.93




Cornelius, Hend

100 acres

$ 6.67

Childres, Wm

67 acres

$ 2.03

Frazier, Wm

105 acres

$ 5.64

Gamble, Wm J

256 acres

$ 13.64

Holdsclaw, M.A.

191 acres


Harwell, C.C.

100 acres

$ 7.04

McCombs, J.J.

36 acres

$ .96

Sloan, John

4 acres

$ 2.26

Sherrill, Claudius

35 acres

$ 7.07

Sherrill, Eliza

187 acres

$ 6.10

Delinquents who meet me at Newton on Saturdays, or Mondays, or send money to pay their taxes before the day of sale, will only be charged with cost of advertising, twenty cts. on each tract or lot of land, and their names will be dropped from the list. Certificates will be given each purchaser, and, unless the owner of any land sold, shall redeem the same within one year after day of sale, by paying the sum mentioned in the Certificate, with interest thereon at the rate of twenty per cent, per annum, from date of purchase: then upon return of Certificate, on demand, the Sheriff will execute and deliver to the purchaser a deed of conveyance for the real estate, described in Certificate.

M.J. Rowe, Sheriff

April 4th, 1892

 Wednesday, August 24, 1892 - Local News

Mr. B.J. Bean, of North Catawba lost a tobacco barn and its contents by fire on the 13th inst., loss $100.

Miss Bessie Moore of Catawba is visiting friends and relatives in Asheville. We wish her a pleasant trip, and a safe return at an early date.

Mr. E.L. Shuford has just returned from Blowing Rock and Morganton, where he has been rusticating for some weeks, he is in fine health and spirits.

We learn that Mr. John Lentz, of this city, started on Monday, driving his horse in a vehicle in the direction of Penelope; he had gone but a short distance, when his horse sickened and died.

Mr. Henderson Crots, while working at the old Bradley saw mill in King's Creek township, Caldwell county, N.C. recently, had one hand so lacerated as to render amputation necessary.

Mrs. Martha Dellinger of Cline's township, is in the city visiting the family of Mr. Mark Setzer.

 Hickory-Mercury Wednesday June 29, 1892

Mrs. Melinda Coulter of this county died on the 25th inst. aged 91 1/4 years. Her funeral was conducted at Grace Church on the 27th, by her pastor Rev. J.L. Murphy.

Mr. Jule Abernethy says he has left off the use of tobacco one month and has in that time gained 11 pounds in weight. If every man had his moral courage there would be no need for Keeley Institutes.

Mrs. Daniel Rowe's little boy was packing down wheat in the barn Monday, when he fell thtough a hole, onto the wagon below, his head striking the wagon tire and inflicting a painful wound, but it is hoped not a dangerous one.

We learned that Capt. John Teague of Alexander County returning home from Taylorsville on the 18th inst. attempted to step or jump from his wagon, his mules took a fright, he became entangled in the gear, and fell. His neck was so nearly dislocated by the fall that he died in thirty minutes: He was a good citizen.

Mr. Carroll H. Little, son of Mrs. Little, of this city, gave us a call yesterday. He is just home from Roanoke College, Salem, Va. where he at the last commencement took the highest distinction ever attained at that institution. He made 99.93, thereby winning the Greek medal.

 Hickory-Mercury Wednesday August 31, 1892 Local News

Mr. L.H. Philips is repainting his dwelling this week.

Mr. Houk of Rutherford College, is in the city this week.

Birth - To Mr. R.W. Stevenson a son: we congratulate the happy parents.

Mr. A.S. Forney has bought an interest in the Mercury and will be in this office soon.

Mrs. Peeler is improving her property on High Street. Her houses appear new and comfortable.

Mr. Henry Elliot, who is at work at Barium Springs, spent Monday night at his home in this city.

Mr. Frank Allen lost his fine colt Sunday. It had a fall some days before, which is thought to have caused its death. It was the finest colt in this section.

Alphonzo Setzer of Washington state, in a letter last week to his grandfather, Mr. W.A. Setzer of Penelope, said "politics is all the talk: I think Weaver is the man."

Mr. Forney Dellinger and family returned to their home here Monday after several weeks visiting in the mountains. We see he brought a fine drove of cattle with him.

Mr. S.M. Asbury of Gastonia made us a pleasant call on Friday; he was on his way from Morganton; he says the People's party seems to be advancing all along the line.

J.B. Turner of Pamlico county in a letter to his sister, Mrs. C.M. White of this city, said: "The People's party is stirring everything here; Democrats are nearly all gone, and many of the Rads."

 Mt. Bethel Items

There was a week's meeting at Bethlehem Church, conducted by Rev's J.M. Shaver, J.W. Bumgarner, and C.C. Pool. Much good done. 22 converted, 17 baptized and 4 joined by letter. A lady 70 years old was baptized.

Married by J.F. Downs, Esq. on the 18th, Miss Bettie E. Brown of Alexander county to Mr. R.H. Hedrick of Catawba.

Also on the 14th, by the same, at the residence of the bride, Miss Fannie Bolick to Mr. S.A. Lael.

 Hickory Mercury Wednesday, September 14, 1892

Married near Penelope, on last Sunday at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. John B Fry, Miss Bessie Fry to Mr. E. Hampton Whitener. Rev. J. L. Murphy officiated.

Since our last issue The Mercury has moved to the rooms over Whitener & Abernethy's store, where our friends will find us in the same rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Dolph Abernethy as a shoe and harness shop. Call and see us in our new quarters.

Wednesday, September 21, 1892

Mr. J. A. Bowles's new house is nearing completion.

J. M. Totten left yesterday for a weeks visit to Caswell, his native county.

Mrs. Dolph Sigman and family have returned from a visit to Chester, SC.

Mr. J. A. Seaboch has bought a part of the Hail land in East Hickory and has begun to erect a dwelling.

An infant child of Mr. Monroe Sigmon of East Hickory died on the 15th inst. and was buried at St. Stephen's Church; funeral services conducted by Rev. D.K. Bennett.

Mr. H. A. Miller who has been living in Missouri for years is in this section visiting friends. He is the son of Mr. Joel Miller, who lives near this city.

 Wednesday - August 11, 1897 - Local News

Mrs. Hay, of Hillsboro, sister of Mr. J. B. Beard, of this city, is visiting relatives here.

Mr. & Mrs. T. J. Green left this morning for a three weeks' stay in Canada.

We are pleased to see Mr. J. W. Shuford out on the streets again, after a severe attack of fever.

Mr. & Mrs. Holiday are the happy recipients of a 9 pound boy.

Mr John L. Archer of Savanah, Ga. is visiting the family of Mr. J. W. Cobb.

Miss Bonnie Neal, of Marion, daughter of Mr. Joe Neal, is in the city visiting the family of Mr. H. L. Moore.

Miss Pearl Williams, of Yorkville, who has been visiting Miss Mary Crouse for several days, returned home Monday morning.

Rev. Dr. J. A. Ramsay, left for Irdell county Monday, to assist Rev. J. E. Sommers in a protracted meeting at Fifth Creek Church.

Miss Mary Ramsour, of Washington state, and her sister, Miss Sallie Ramseur of Charlotte, are visiting at the home of Mr. John Marshall.

Mr. W. D. Martin and Mrs. Elizabeth Tucker, of Caldwell county, were married last Sunday evening. Rev. J. T. Shell performed the ceremony.

Died at Claremont, Tuesday at 6 p.m., August 10th, of typhoid fever, Mrs. G. A. Arndt, daughter of Mr. C. A. Little, of Caldwell county. Her funeral will take place at 1p.m. today from the Lutheran church in this city.

Mr. Kennedy and other members of his family, we are glad to say, are better. A young man, a nurse from Morganton hospital, was with them one week and did first-class service. Mr. Moses Abernethy, Mr Kennedy's father-in-law, has been with them for about six weeks.

 With one or two exceptions the typhoid fever patients in this city are improving. Dr. Murray is much better, and Prof. Patzer, who was very low with fever, last week, is thought to be out of danger. Mrs. Frank Barger was much worse yesterday, and a child of Mr. Lon. Setzer is quite ill with fever.

Local News, Wednesday, August 18, 1897

Mrs. E. Chadwick will teach vocal music during the coming year in Miss Beard's school.

Mrs. J.F. Click and children are on a visit to relatives and friends in Davie county.

Mr. W.A. Clay has purchased the Thurston lot in East Hickory and will build on it some time this year.

Mrs. G.E. Flowers and children of Granite, spent a few days in this city last week, visiting the family of Mr. W.A. Miller.

Mr. A.C. Cloninger, of Maiden, called in Thursday, and made us a pleasant visit. Mr. Cloninger is one of Catawba county's most thrifty farmers but he says McKinley's prosperity wave hasn't swept through his vicinity yet.

Mr. Gilbert Hay, of Texas, arrived in the city last week via New York, and will spend a few days with his brother, Mr. L.G. Hay.

Capt. W.J. Kerr, an aged citizen of this city, died at his home Aug 11th about 9 o'clock of general debility, and was buried at Oakwood Cemetery.

Dr. T.T. Hay and two daughters, Misses Ella and Rossie and Mr. W.D. Hay and little daughter, all of Raleigh, are in the city visiting the family of Mr. L.G. Hay. They expect to remain here for some time.

Mr. J.L. Lyerly who bought the old Yoder house from Mr. J.D. Elliott is having it removed to one of his vacant lots in West Hickory where he will remodel it to become a beautiful residence.

Mrs. Frank Barger died at her home in this city last Friday night, of typhoid fever. The funeral was held from the house Saturday evening. Rev. Mr. Cashwell conducting the services. She leaves a husband, eight children and many friends to mourn their great loss. They have the sympathy of the entire community.

Married, on Sunday Aug 15, at the residence of S.E. Killian, Esq. in Hickory, by Mr. R.W. Pitts to Miss Emma Townsend; both of this township. On the same day Mr. P.A. Propst and Miss Carrie Bolch were married at the house of the bride's father, by S.E. Killian, Esq.

Also in the paper under the heading of "Notes From the Corinthian"

Mrs. Eila D. Johnson of Washington D.C. is spending part of the summer with her mother, Mrs. Adelaide Shuford of Hickory.

Mr. C.L. Marshall, a useful and much esteemed young man of the Hickory congregation, has accepted a position with the Whiting Lumber Company, Elizabethtown, Tenn. He has already entered upon his duties. We will miss him.

Grace Church of the Hickory charge is one hundred years old this year and services appropriate will be held on October 30. Being a union church, Lutheran and Reformed, the services will be under the directions of Pastors Yoder and Murphy.

 Local News Wednesday, August 25, 1897

Mrs. S.P. Bisaner visited her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Healan, at Lenoir, last week.

Miss Gay McLoughen, of Gastonia, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Theo. Sigmon, in this city.

Miss Emma and Garland Settlemyre, of Caldwell county, spent several days in town last week.

Mr. T.A. Bean left Saturday evening for Gastonia, to see his brother-in-law, who is very sick.

Mr. Guy Cline went on a biking tour to Newton, Catawba and other down country points Saturday.

Mr. Swan Sigmon, of Hickory, will open up a lumber yard in Salisbury now soon, says the Watchman.

Mr. C.L. Hahn has purchased a lot of Mr. J.W. Robinson just east of Moretz's Store, and at an early date will erect thereon a brick store building.

Mr. & Mrs. C.A. Carrier, of Brookville, Pa., are spending a few days with their son, Mr. J.G. Carrier, who has a severe attack of typhoid fever.

Many Hickory people attended Balls Creek camp meeting Sunday; among them were Mr. & Mrs. J.A. Lentz and son, Mrs. Carrie Gamble, Miss Brock Holder, Esq. S.E. Killian and family, Mr. George Wooten and Chas. Geitner.

Last Tuesday evening, Ray, the little son of Mr. Robert Drum, Cline's township, was kicked in the forehead by a colt. Although the skull was fractured, the physicians think the little fellow will recover. Little Ray is about 20 months old, and, his mother being dead, lives with his grandfather, Mr. M.L. Cline.

Mr A.S. Abernethy's saw mill near Baker's Mountain, burned the 17th inst. - caught from the engine. Loss $100. Sad indeed.

Mr. W.M. Newton, of the firm of Bost & Newton, and Miss Mattie Huffman, daughter of Mr. J.M. Huffman, were married at the home of the bride's father Wednesday evening, Rev. C.D. Besch performing the ceremony. We extend congratulations.

Mr. Horace Pollard died of dropsy, at the home of Mr. Frank Miller in Berryville, on Wednesday evening, aged about 35 years. The funeral was held from the house Thursday after which the body was interred at the old Dry Pond burying ground near Penelope.

  Hickory-Mercury Wednesday September 1, 1897

Local News

Died near Fair Grove church, Sunday, Mr. Chas. Killian. He was buried Monday at four o'clock.

Mr. John Cilley, of Morganton, was in town Sunday night, came down to see his father, Judge Cilley, who is sick.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lock, of Penelope, are the proudest folks in the neighborhood; they have a brand new daughter at their house.

The two year old child of Mrs. Lillie Hill, of Newton, which has been paralized for a month or so, died last Friday and was buried Saturday evening.

Mr. R. K. Harris and daughter, Ethyl, left Monday for several day's visit in the mountains of Watauga county. We wish them a pleasant trip.

Ex-Sheriff J. K. Cline and little son, of Lincolnton, were in the city yesterday.

Mr. Rosco Latta is rejoicing over his first born - a boy. He thinks it is the prettiest child he ever saw - just like his papa.

Squire Abel Whitener has moved into the new building his son J. A. Whitener has just completed near his premises in West Hickory.

Mr. Adolphus Young, of Bandy's township, and Miss Minnie Abernethy, of Penelope, were married last Sunday morning at the home of the bride by Rev. Mr. Beaver.

Mr. G. W. Williams, of High Point, spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the city, visiting his daughter, Mrs. R. K. Harris.

Lenoir Topic: Mr. Marcus E. Keever, of Hickory, and Miss Florence M. Stine, of Lenoir, were married last Wednesday at the residence of Rev. I. W. Thomas, the officiating clergyman.

Oxford's Ford News

Mr. Polycarp Little of Alexander county, died last Thursday and was buried on the day following at Friendship church. He was a son of Mr. Jacob Little and a brother of Mr. Thomas Little.

Mr. W. P. Deal is building a new dwelling on the Daniel Hefner farm.

News Items From Yoder

Katie Yoder, daughter of Andrew Yoder, met with a very serious accident a few days ago. She fell off the porch backwards and broke one of her arms.

Wednesday, September 8, 1897

Local News

Mr. J. C. Shuford and family have moved into Mr. Phillips' residence.

Mr. John F. Setzer has moved into the Lyerly house, joining Mr. J. D. Elliott.

Mr. Arthur M. Ingold left Friday for Nashville, and to visit his sister, Mrs.C. E. Timberlake in Stevenson, Ala.

Mr. S. M. Murphy has moved his family to New Sterling, Iredell county, where he has a job with Bradford Bros. We wish him much success.

Mr. E. C. Clement, chief of police, is visiting his mother in Virginia. Mr. J. A. Seaboch will fill his position till he returns.

Mr. George Ramsour and family, of Morganton, spent Thursday night in the city on their way home after spending a few days visiting relatives in this county. Mr. Ramsour is a native of this county, and says he feels at home among us.

Miss Ophie Kerley, who has been visiting in this city for some time, returned to her home in Burke county Saturday, accompanied by her sister, Mrs. H. F. Elliott, who will spend some time visiting friends in that, her native county.

Miss Hope McAlpine, who has been spending several months visiting friends in Reidsville, on her way to her home in Morganton, stopped over here yesterday and will spend several days here with her cousin, Judge L. M. Totten.

Mr. and Mrs. James Jones buried their new born babe yesterday evening.

Miss Della Edmonson, of Morganton, is visiting her sister, Mrs. G. F. Burns, in this city.

Miss Mary Mowery, daughter of Mr. W. A. Mowery, left this morning to attend Claremont College.


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