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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. Hymenial. 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. I.O.G.T. 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 Templars. 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 popular.
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 premium. 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. Married 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. Temperance 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 county. 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. Railroad 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. Died 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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