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Excerpts from the Interior Journal

March 8, 1872-March 22, 1872-  April 12, 1872- April 19, 1872-

The Interior Journal

Friday, March 8, 1872

>From Somerset

Bad Accident.

A little son of Mr. T.Q. Jasper met with a fearful accident a few days since, 

while out in the woods with his father, who was felling a tree, a branch of 

which struck the little fellow in the region of the jugular vein, inflicting 

a severe wound and causing the blood to flow in an alarming manner.  The flow 

of blood was eventually sopped and we are glad to hear that the little fellow 

is rapidly recovering.


Mr. John Duncan of Wayne County, who was married a few days since to Miss 

Mattie Stone, at Crab Orchard, Kentucky, passed through this place en route 

for home.  May success attend them.


Total abstinence is the crowning feature of Somerset.  We have two lodges of 

Good Templars, once controlled by Rev. R.G.W. Emerson, W.C.T., and the other 

by Col. Thos. Z. Morrow, W.C.T.  Both are in a flourishing condition, and are 

exerting a great influence for good in this community.  More anon.

The Interior Journal March 22, 1872

>From Somerset

Religion and Morals

Elder King, of Lincoln, has just closed a meeting at the Christian church 

here.  About twenty-seven additions which has revived and encourage the 

church greatly.

There has also within the last three months been revivals at the Northern and 

Southern Methodist, and Baptist churches of our town, with about seventy-five 

of eight additions.

    Our citizens are now manifesting a great interest in the religion and 

morals of our town and truly has there been a great change.  Our worthy Board 

of Trustees, refusing to grant whisky license the present year, the whisky 

ring has "played" and not a single case of drunkenness before our Police 

court in '72.  While our physicians and druggists use their prescription 

power with great caution.  Such is the exerting influence of our Good 


Plank and Lumber

A number of rafts of pine and other lumber, with several boats laden with 

choice plank, were shipped from our county the present week for Nashville.  

The lumber trade of our county is extensive and brings back a great deal of 

money to us.  On account of low water, no coal shipped this season.

Masonic College

The Masonic Fraternity of this place have secured the services of Col. S.A. 

Newell and lady, who have taken charge of this college.  This is certainly a 

fortunate occurrence for our citizens, as we now have a flourishing school 

numbering about 100 scholars.  Col. N. is the right man in the right place 

and will build up and secure to our town a school that would do honor to any 

county.  He and lady are both well qualified and experience teachers and very 


Interior Journal April 19, 1872

>From Somerset

The heavy rains of Monday morning and Monday night of last week was almost 

unprecedented in the amount of water that fell.  Our small streams were 

converted into rivers and our rivers overflowing the bottom lands sweeping 

away fences and everything else that could be reached in their mad fury.  The 

following is a partial list of the losses:

    The Graham Mill, two plank boats laden, one raft and a number of valuable 

saw logs, off Rockcastle River, loss estimated at $8,000

    Woodcock's Mill, on Buck Creek, six coal boats, four of which were laden, 

rafts, logs & c, $10,000

    Allen Jones & Co. two coal boats & c, $2,000

    Other coal boats belong to different parties, $5,000

    Mayfield's Mill on Buck Creek, $1,000

    Cowan's Mill on Sinking near Somerset, $2,000

    Parker's M., V. Cundiff's, F. Cundiff's and other mills greatly damaged.

A great number of rafts, ready for shipping, lying on the Cumberland and 

South Fork were lost.  $100,000 will not cover the loss in our county, 

including fencing and other property, and from the fact that it falls mostly 

upon the poor and laboring class, it will be more keenly felt, some of whom 

losing all they possessed.  The damage to mills, rafts, etc, in counties 

below this is also great.  Twenty odd coal boats, etc., a few rafts were 

saved form the angry flood and shipped to Nashville; but many notes must 

continue to bear ten percent, that would have been paid off had not this 

great disaster befallen our hard working mountain men.

Bank Stock

Twenty five shares of stock in The National Bank of Somerset were sold a few 

days since, belonging to the estate of V.P. Moore, deceased, at 5 ½ percent 


Candidate for Congress

Many of the leading Democrats here are urging the claims of Col. W.A. 

Hoskins, whose noble and manly conduct, and protection given to the citizens 

of Pulaski during the war, can never be forgotten, much less repaid.


J. M. and Sarah J. Gossett, divorced some three years since, were reunited in 

the holy bonds of wedlock, by Rev. Mr. Emerson, at the residence of Wm. 

Frazure, on Wednesday evening the 10th inst.  May their future prove an 

agreeable and happy one.

Interior Journal April 12, 1872

>From Somerset

The suit of Sallie A. Jeno, by next friend, against Judge C.A. Zachary, for 

breach of marriage contract was tried at the recent town of our Circuit 

Court, which resulted in a verdict in favor of plaintiff for $500 in damages. 

 A suit of this kind was something new on our docket, and the parties both 

being highly respected, it created a considerable feeling and anxiety on the 

part of friends.  The plaintiff was represented by attorneys W. McKee Fox, 

J.E. Hays, M.H. Owsley, and Denton & Curd; the defendant by Van Winkle & 

Pettus, W.R. Moore and W.O. Bradley.  This trail consumed seven days of the 

term and its result will no doubt be a warning to many of our gallant young 

gentlemen, particularly those who are in the habit of writing "love letters." 

 David Barnett, of color, indicted for stealing Dr. Perkins fine mare, 

confessed his guilt and goes to Frankfort for four years.  Wood Osborne, 

indicted for the murder of Geo. W. Price, of our county some time since, will 

be removed to the Stanford jail for safe keeping.  A. Bridgewater, the giant 

of Lincoln County, was present during our court, proposing to settle up 

"horse liabilities: -- a Pulaski jury to be the arbiters.  Our excellent 

Judge F.T. Fox presided with his usual dignity and ability, and dispatched 

considerable equity business.


During the first week of our court, the Hon. Berry Pitman, John S. Van Winkle 

and J.E. Hays, delivered temperance lectures, all of whom are able and 

effective speakers, particularly Mr. Pitman, who, from sad experience, can 

say "beware you moderate dram drinkers:  Berry's lecture was a good one and 

will long be remembered.  Our citizens are wide awake on the subject, and 

intend, if possible, to exterminate the traffic of ardent spirits from our 


Appellate Judgeship

The Hon. George R. McKee is favorably spoken of as a candidate for Appellate 

Judge, and will no doubt receive the nomination of our county.  He is 

certainly a man of great legal attainments, and would do honor to the 

appellate bench.


Judge C.E. Bowman, of Danville, assured our citizens a few days since that 

whether Danville or Lancaster were made a point on the Cincinnati Southern 

Railroad, Point Isabel, of our county, would be the crossing on the 

Cumberland River.  We hope the Judge is correctly informed.


On the 31st day of March, 1872, at his residence in Somerset, Dr. E. 

Thompson, near ninety years of age, the oldest resident of our town.  He 

continued to practice his profession up to within a few months of his death.  

He was a good man and a worthy citizen.

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