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Local News - Circa 1913


Clarence Horn has tendered his resignation to the Rural Telephone Co. It took effect last Monday. Cletus Trevathan has accepted the job. Clarence is a deserving, energetic young man, and has made the telephone people a valuable employee during the time he has served them. He will now devote his time to public work in and around town. He is a handy man indeed, and can do most anything he turns his hands to. Anyone wanting any repair work of almost any nature will do well to have Clarence do it.


V. A. Page was in St. Louis for a few days last week. He has moved recently to the place formerly occupied by Clarence Horn. Clarence has moved to the place he purchased from Sam McMahan last week.


The auto craze has at last struck our little town, E. A. White having purchased last week, and Carl Parks this. We now have four autos and two motorcycles. E. A. While has installed an up-to-date gasoline oil tank in front of the livery stable. By this device autos and motorcycles can be replenished with oil in a very short space of time, and accurately measured. Several boys and girls of the younger set went on  a joy ride all the way to McKenzie on Tuesday evening. Also, a great many of the Greenfield people were in Gleason last Sunday, all coming over in cars in the morning and returning in the afternoon. We hear there are now 37 autos in Greenfield.


A nice concrete walk was laid in front of the Terrell-Brummitt Drug Store this week, which adds a great deal to the appearance of Front Street.


Why not let's build a road from Gleason to Greenfield? We understand there is a movement on foot to build one from Greenfield and intersecting with the McKenzie-Greenfield road. It can be done. Let  us get busy.


The following from here left this week for Jacksonville, Florida to attend the "Confederate Reunion": the Whitworths, Jesse Margrave, Polk Smith,  Robert Smyth, R. M. Page, Carlos Alexander, Bob Jackson, Dr. Curry, Esq., J. P. M. Deck, and Steve and Tom Wray.


The little son of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Trevathan, in West Gleason, has been quite sick with  flux for a while. There is quite a lot of sickness here, several cases of Typhoid Fever. Unless it rains soon, we are fearful that more sickness will be the result. Also, little Reba Oliver is reported to be right sick, and Mrs. Alexander had quite a severe attack of billousness this week.


Mrs. Carlos Oliver left for Nashville, where she expects to have an operation for appendicitis. She was accompanied by her husband , her father, John M. Bragg, and her doctor, Dr. I. J. Tatum.


Oldtimer's Column - Gleason Herald


This weeks column is taken from the Thanksgiving issue of the Herald in 1913. Jesse L. Margrave spent the weekend in his old  town of Bells. Little Jack Jeter was real sick but Guy Hodges had recovered. The Bank of Gleason had a new metal roof installed. Clarence Horn moved to the place bought from Sam McMahon.  D. F. Terrell was almost ready to move into a new concrete building.


In the matrimonial column Bernie Heath and Miss Myrtle Sheppard were married by Squire Deck and out at East Grove,  Curtis Dinning and Miss Lola Dovis were married by squire H. G. Dinning.


In the business world, the new 1914 models of Indian motorcycles were on sale by Calloway motor and Cycle Co. of Gleason. Prices on electrically equipped cycles were $200 to $325 for 7 H.P. Specials with electric starters.


In the sporting world, Verner M. Jones was describing the forthcoming Thanksgiving football game between Vanderbilt and Sewanee. Both held victories over Tennessee.


The Jane's Mill reporter had a long column dealing with the new Central high school. J. W. Cantrell drove the state furnished transfer-wagon which was up to date and resembled a street car. Students were conveyed to school free.


Homer Lockhart sold 48 acres north or Jones' Mill for $1,000.



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