he self-deprecatingly says when told the producers were going to talk and film him to gather family history. Some of his facts contradict what others deem true. But, how precious this visual documentation is for all relations and for the Shoals area at large. I love his aristocratic dialect.
Nedward Dawson Hovater 1897-2000, is the focus of this, the first of eight parts of the interview on video. Each will be accessible here over time. Enjoy.
published in the Florence Times on 23 March 1964 included these three cute girls. Are they still in the Shoals Area?The girls are six-year-old Karen Moore, three-year-old Debra Moore,and one-year-old Brenda Moore. The parents are Mr. and Mrs. Grady Moore.
“Lest We Forget.”
Hon. George H Latimer of the Saturday Evening Post writes as follows in the wildly popular journal:
“The statesmen of the world pledged themselves to the end of war; the common people of all nations fought and died to end it. That was an open covenant openly made. Shall it be nullified in secret? If one thousandth part of the brain power that is applied to planning for war, were applied to make it more ‘efficient,’ more deadly were applied to planning for peace, the thing would be done.
Today the world needs nothing so much as a course in a good memory system, a system whereby the mention of war would immediately bring up in the minds of speaker and listener a definite picture of a trench half filled with foul water, rotting corpses unburied in the field before it, or half buried in the ground underfoot, men stuck through like pigs, torn by shells, crying out in agony, men with gas seared lungs gasping for a last breath, bullets whinnying low and shells shrieking high overhead, and all over a stench of powder and gas, and putrefying human flesh.
If the mention of war clearly called up this picture for every man, and he could see himself as the one in the trench, instead of the safe and warm stay-at-homes, there would be no more war. If the kings, the leaders, the men who get near enough to the battles to get their thrill and stay far enough away to feel safe, if the greasy ghouls who profiteer from death could see themselves in this trench there would be no more war. But it is precisely these men who cannot call up this picture.”
The great mass of our common humanity have been looking with unutterable longing for our statesmen to bring peace to the world – and they have been woefully disappointed. Later on history will blacken its pages with eternal disgrace to some men now in high authority.
The above newspaper article was published 4 March 1921 in the Florence Times. It is just as àpropos today, is it not? Let’s do the math,:2011 minus 1921 equals 90 years. Add seven days and it is precise the length of time that has elapsed since this article. And, further, this article was published a couple of years after the War to End All Wars. So now you know how long – the bare minimum – this has been going on. This bears the question of just how much longer the American citizens are going to allow it to continue. This is the question, and the answer is what I want to know.
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sound so familiar. Are any of these soldiers of the 27th Alabama Infantry in your family tree? The 27th ALabama Infantry - Rosters Companies C and E The 27th ALabama Infantry Company C, The 27th Alabama Infantry WHEELER, A.S. Captain THOMPSON, Empson B. Captain GENTRY, John W Lieutenant DENNIS, W.A. Lieutenant CHANDLER, James H. 1st Lieutenant ALEXANDER, E.M. 1st Lieutenant BECKWITH, A.W. 2nd Lieutenant OLIVE, James J. 2nd Lieutenant WINBOURNE, Henry G. Sergeant [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] SIMMONS, James M. 1st Sergeant[Died during the war] THOMPSON, William A. 1st Sergeant RANDLE, Wiley W. Sergeant CANNON, J.P. Sergeant BRADFORD, J.D. Sergeant LEDBETTER, M.T. Sergeant SPENCE, W.M. Sergeant POOL, Nathaniel A. Sergeant FLETCHER, J.W. 1st Sergeant FLYNT, John 2nd Sergeant BRADFORD, Jesse D. 5th Sergeant[Filed for pension in Madison County] CANADA, W.A. Corporal CLARK, Samuel Corporal COOK, Samuel V. Corporal GRAMMER, J.R. Corporal SUMMERHILL, William R. Corporal Privates: ADAMS, Henry J ANDERSON, J.R. ARMSTRONG, J.F. BALCOMBE, Allen[Died during the war] BARBER, J.M. BAYLES, John H. BEVIS, A.J. [Died during the war] BEVIS, Jesse W BEVIS, Thomas F. [Filed for pension in Colbert County] BLALOCK, A.C BRYANT, Edward BURGE, William BURR, James CANADA, Starling CANNON, E.N. CARR, John J [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] CARR, Milton CASEY, Samuel G.[Died during the war] CLANTON, James CLANTON, Jesse C [Died in Limestone County] CLANTON, Joseph CLINTON, Isaac CLARK, Dennis CLARK, Robert CLEMON, J.W COTHRON, W. Monroe CURTIS, Hillary DALRYMPLE, T.W. DENSON, J.W DEMPSEY, John Y. DEWBERRY, Jabez [Died during the war] DOCKINS, Reuben DOWDY, W.C DUNCAN, Reuben ELLIS, Zack EZELL, D.C. FLINT, GEORGE [Died during the war] FLYNT, Henry A. [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] GARRETT, W.G. GARVIN, William M. GILBERT, Richard GRIMES, George B HACKETT, Thomas HEATHCOAT, M HENDRIX, A.J [Died 1909 Winston County] HIGGINS, Zack [Died during the war] HIPP, A.H HOOKS, Curtis D[Died in Lauderdale County] HUGHES, Nathan HURLEY, George W JOHNSON, E.H JONES, John W. JONES, Nathan A. LANDERS, Isaac C. LANDERS, James H [Filed for pension in Lawrence County] LANGFORD, Joseph E. [Died during the war] LANGFORD, W.D. LEDBETTER, F.M LINDSAY, Adron L [Filed for pension in 1921 in Lauderdale County] LINDSAY, Andrew J.[Died during the war] LINSEY, Monroe LONG, John [Died 1901, widow filed for pension in Lauderdale County] LOVE, Thomas J. LOVELACE, Asa LOVELACE, Hazel L. MARTIN, Asbury McCAMPBELL, James A. McINTYRE, A.J. MOLT, William MOODY, James W. NIXON, William H. NORMAN, William C ODOM, Watson W PALMER, James W. [Died during the war] PALMER, Samuel PALMER, William C. PARIS, Elias C. PARKER, George W PHILLIPS, Charles W PHILLIPS, John w POOL, G.C POOL, James M PRICE, Caswell PRUITT, John C. RHODES, Noah S. RICHARDSON, Bryant W. RICHARDSON, James W RICHARDSON, Jefferson L SEGO, G.W [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] SHARP, Ira SMITH, John R [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] STEVENS, T.C TERRILL, Richard THOMAS, N.A. TIDWELL, Samuel WAITS, Shelton A. WALLACE, John W [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] Wallace, J [Died during the war] WALLACE, W.A. WESSON, Randolph WESSON, William [Died during the war] WILKINSON, O.T. WILLIAMS, Allen C. YOUNG, William W. Company E, The 27th Alabama Infantry JONES, T.A. Captain BELSON, W.B. Captain ANDREWS, Robert Captain [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] PETTUS, William W 1st Lieutenant[Died 1882 Lauderdale County] KILLEN, Henry A 1st Lieutenant [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] CUNNINGHAM, G.W. 2nd Lieutenant McMAHEN, James A 2nd Lieutenant RICHARDSON, James 2nd Lieutenant McCRACKEN, J.E. Sergeant McMAHEN, R.A. Sergeant MURDOCK, J.A.D. Sergeant ALLEN, Henry D Sergeant [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] ENGLE, E.H. Sergeant HOOD, W.C. 1st Sergeant CONNER, A.J 1st Sergeant BYNUM, S.E. Corporal COTTRELL, Geo. W. Corporal COX, Hiram Corporal [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] CRUMP, W.G.H. Corporal KEENER, J.S. Corporal KILLEN, Daniel D. Corporal [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] THRASHER, J.H. Corporal Privates: ABERNATHY, John ALEXANDER, Thomas ALLINGTON, Sidney P [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] ANDREWS, T.M. BARNETT, James W. [Died during the war] BARNETT, Zechariah [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] BOWEN, E.B. BROWN, James BROWN, Jancel [Died during the war] BURK, B.Y. BURROUGHS, James H. CAGLE, J. CREEL, Josiah C [Filed for pension in Marshall County] CROSS, J.A. DOUGLAS, N.H. EDWARDS, B. ELLIS, Edward T. ENGLISH, James P. FORESYTH, G.W. FOSTER, A.C. FRENCH, Garrett FRENCH, James [Filed for pension in Lawrence County] FULKS, John [Died during the war] FULKS, M GARRARD, William G [Died during the war] GREEN, Leonard [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] HARRISON, James Marion [Widow filed for pension in Lauderdale County] HILL, William H. [Widow filed for pension in Lauderdale County] HOLDEN, C.C HOLT, J.T HOUSE, James JAMES, Charles JOHNSON, Edwin JOINER, T.L. [Died during the war] JONES, Charles [Died during the war KILLEN, Daniel M [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] LANDROP, John LAUDERDALE, D.L. LILES, James [Widow filed for pension in Lauderdale County] LILES, Stephen MASSEY, Richard, H. MAXWELL, J.W. McCALL, J. MORTON, E. NIXON, J.B. ODEN, Britton B. [Died during the war] QUILLEN, William M RACHELS, John J. RICHARDSON, Isham M [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] RITTER, L.T. [Died during the war] RITTER, John [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] ROBBERSON, J.B. ROE, William P. [Died during the war] RORAX, J.W. ROSS, B.F. [Died in OK] SHELTON, Thomas B[Died during the war] SIMS, W.H. SIMMONS, G.W. SPRUELL, G.T. STEWART, C.D. TAYLOR, W.H. THIGPEN, Amos M. [Died in 1925 Tennessee] THIGPEN, Riley F.M [Died 1912 Lauderdale County] THOMPSON, James [Died during the war] THRASHER, M.J. WALDROP, Jasper WALKER, T.C.[Filed for pension in Lauderdale County] WALTON, T.H. WATKINS, J.W. [Died during the war] WILLIAMS, D.P WILLIAMS, J.J. WILLIAMS, J.L. YARBOROUGH, J.W. Source: Archives Alabama
Brother Tittle at Grant Hotel in 1949!
Now, had I known that I would have given Brother Tittle the same advice my mother gave me as a young girl. She said when downtown Sheffield that ‘nice’ girls do not walk on the side of the street where the pool room is located. At another time she stated that ‘nice’ girls do not walk on the side of the street where the Grant Hotel is located. Anyone else see what is wrong with this advice? Iirc, they were on opposite sides of the streets.
Brother Tittle was a huge asset to the community where he pastored at Southwest Nazarene Church. I know my grandmother thought a lot of him. I went to services with her as a young girl several times. The ladies wore hats and gloves. The following newspaper photograph is courtesy of Sheila Turberville, Virgil Tittle’s niece.
with the event he and Ian Sanford are putting together for downtown Sheffield. The event is called Back to the Sixties on Saturday Night. It will be held Saturday, May 28, 2011 on Montgomery Avenue 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Included in the performer lineup for the event are the Weejuns. Weejuns I asked? What are weejuns? Perhaps they are ‘Long Tall Texans’ with a penny in their shoe.
Photos of Norwegian farmers wearing loafers to perform work inspired the re-introduction of them here in the United States. That was back in the 1930s. In the 1950s they were again popular, very popular.
The shoes featured no buttons or shoestrings, had a low heel, and fit below the ankle. Loafers suddenly became quite popular, and were manufactured by both Spaulding and the Bass Company. Bass retained the Norwegian name for loafers, calling them Weejuns. One can still purchase Bass Weejuns today, though technically they only differ from other loafers in name.
The shoe had a mouth opening which soon was used to hold an ornamentation – perhaps a penny and thus penny loafers became a style. Penny loafers often held a dime instead of a penny. If a girl’s date got out of line she could call home on a pay phone. We called the dime or dollar mad money.
Never having been a material girl, it is just now that I realize that you were not cool unless your penny loafers were Weejuns. By that statement I’m not confessing that anyone was or was not cool in high school, I just did not care if the brand name of my penny loafers was Weejuns.
When a photographer came around in the early 1900s, people gathered themselves together and got their picture made quickly while the opportunity presented itself. My grandmother told me about the day a photographer made this photo of her parents, Minnie Viola Russell and Andrew Ethelbert Kerby. They saw the photographer coming up the road while out in their yard on Trade Street in Florence, Alabama around 1923. Not dressed up for pictures they hurriedly put on a jacket and a fox stole. My grandmother, Marie, was particularly fond of this picture. She would laugh every time she looked at it.It was a little perplexing to me to see that around my great-grandmother‘s neck. I wasn’t used to seeing animals fur with the head still on it.
I remember seeing the fox stole, I think my Aunt Irene had it. I thought it was pretty morbid — head and all! I wonder if anyone else has a picture of their ancestors with a fox stole? Well, needless to say the picture is a keepsake to me!
Hey Kerby cousins out there… do you have any more info on the fox stole?
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was sometimes referred to as Florence Wagon Works. It was also called Florence Wagon Factory. Regardless of what it was called, it was the second largest manufacturer of wagons. Business in the wagon factory was booming until that Henry Ford had to spoil things. I would suppose that the glue factory may have had an uptick at the demise of the wagon which would have been horse-drawn. Consider this, had there been no Henry Ford, there would likely be no reliance on OPEC for oil today.
Please aid in identifying these fine gentlemen of the Florence Wagon Works in the photo. Third from left of those seated is Chester Kerby. Who are the others? The photo is vintage 1915 and was published in the Florence Herald.
and features a daughter of William Deaton Jackson “John” Murray, Mary Ophelia Murray and her husband Thomas Jasper “Tom” Vandiver who is the son of William Francis Vandiver and Louisa McBride of Franklin, now Colbert County, Alabama.
we gather together to ask the Lord’s blessings. Thirty-eight years ago today. Sandra Gail Peebles and Douglas Aaron Pullen became husband and wife. And they have lived happily everafter. Mother clipped this from the paper 38 years ago. You can still see her scissor marks. Happy Anniversary Sandra and Doug Pullen.
who married Sarah Delia Sparks is the father of Nora Lee Roberts and William H Roberts. Nora Lee Roberts married William Arthur “Willie” Oliver. Nora Lee Roberts and Willie Arthur Oliver had a daughter, Mattie Myrtle Oliver. Nora Lee and Willie married in 1902; this was the about the same time this photograph was taken of them and another couple. Can anyone identify the other couple? Nora Lee Oliver died before 1910 and Willie Oliver married, Lillie Mae Fretwell who was three years older than his daughter.
count a Hovater among their relatives.
in Lawrence County, Alabama even if the state has no record of her death. Conversely that means that she lived. Yes, she lived and died in Lawrence County, Alabama. She was born in 1884 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. Her family originally resided at a community named Rawhide, but she was born in the area known now as Center Star near Gabriel Butler’s Bluewater Creek cemetery and on Chief Doublehead‘s former Reserve property. She lived there until
shortly after the 1900 Federal Census was enumerated. Then she moved with her husband to his stamping ground in Lawrence County, Alabama. It was there she died in 1939. But, The state has no death certificate on file for Willie Viola Casey Peebles. Numerous attempts to obtain an official death certificate has resulted in a response of are you sure she did not die in another state. I would stomp my little feet and say, I am SURE she died in Lawrence County, Alabama. I can take you to her grave and show you her marker. I can show you her obituary from the Decatur Daily Newspaper dated 4 December 1939. OH, yes, she lived.
In 1888 records of Goodsprings Church in Center Star, she is listed as a member of the church. That is the same church that Gabriel Butler helped establish. It was a lovely little white wooden church and should have been of great historical value but since then it had been added on to and now is bricked, so how much of its historical value is left is not for me to say. I just know that every time I have driven or gone by that little church, I always think of her.
Her maiden name was Willie Viola Casey. She was undoubtedly named after her father Willis Robert Lucas Casey. A measure of how much she was loved by family might be indicated by the fact that at least two descendants were named in her honor. My mother and other grandchildren lovingly called her ‘Willmaw.” She married George Washington Peebles (Maj) and became the mother of eleven known children.
One of her grandsons recalled her fondly. He stated that she was a very religious woman. His favorite memory of her was her singing. He stated that she could sing every bit as well as Loretta Lynn. He recalled that on bringing the family cow up for milking that she would be singing the song “Amazing Grace.” He cherished that memory.
My mother’s memory of her always seemed wistful if her body language was any indication. Mother talked of her having breast cancer. As she recalled the next part, her face would show the pain she felt at the recall of those memories. She stated that her grandpa told Willmaw that if she had her breasts cut off she could no longer live in his house. Mother said that Willmaw did not have her breasts cut off; and that her grandpa got his way of her not living, at least living very long, in his house. She said Willmaw didn’t live long after that in his house, and I shuddered at the thought. Perhaps this is the reason that in my grown up years I am so adamant that only a woman can govern her own body as it has never been Government Issue.
Mother would go on to talk about going to Willmaw’s funeral. If I recall correctly, it was Luke who drove an old school bus and took all those who cared to ride to Willmaw’s funeral at Cottingham Cemetery. The cemetery is located just off the highway. Back in the 1960s when I would take Mother and others around to the cemeteries Cottingham Cemetery would pretty much tear your car up if you drove back to it. There was a little loop around the cemetery that circles the cemetery. After a business located and built their shop near it, they improved the road and a car could easily maneuver back there and all around the little cemetery.
Getting there was likely an adventure for the kids like my mother, but nothing would compare with the return trip. She stated that Luke drove the bus and that Luther would lean out the door of the old decrepid school bus and hold a coal oil lamp to try to illuminate the way to drive back home. It must have been a long, long trip back home under those circumstances. It left a little tear in her heart for the rest of her life.
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his sixth birthday with friends.
spirit was high that year. And it was a very good year. We are Remembering the Class of 1957. That was a year of many changes. And on December 1st of 1956 Joe Vengrouskie had a surprise waiting on him when he returned home from school. Joe must have done a double take when he saw a steer in his front yard. Pauline Vengrouskie, his mother, won a “jingle” contest, and a steer was delivered from El Paso, Texas to their home on Annapolis Ave. It was a good thing that there was a fence around Joe’s house to contain the steer and to keep it safe from neighborhood dogs, According to the newspaper article the steer was afraid of dogs. No doubt, Joe Vengrouskie, sold it or maybe they ate it.
strike a pose. Vogue. In the photo are: Amy Flippo Montgomery, Donesia Springer, Jamie Priest Thomason, Kay Ivey, Kim Blackstock, Nancy Cook, Remembering the Shoals, Sara Long, Teena Robertson. Featured are the Weeden School Gymnasts.
was born at LaGrange in Colbert County, Alabama on 21 May 1847. Her parents were Jacob L and Eleanor Luna Landers. She died 10 Jan 1918 in Sheffield, Colbert County, Alabama. She married John David Vandiver Feb 1870. They had seven known children: John Robert Vandiver 1870 – 1960, Mary M Vandiver 1871 – , Matilda Doshie Vandiver 1872 – , Nancy Irene Vandiver 1875 – 1951, James Vandiver 1879 – , and Matthew A Vandiver 1882 – 1917.
There are a number of photographs of the John David Vandiver and Eleanor Landers Vandiver family over the years. The photogrph in this article is thought to be that of John David Vandiver’s wife and the mother of his children. Can anyone verify that this is indeed Elizabeth Eleanor Landers Vandiver?
in the Madison County, Alabama Courthouse.
On January 20th 1970, while serving with the First Marine Division in the Republic of
Vietnam, Staff Sergeant Thomas W. Dunn coordinated a joint unit operation of US Marines
and South Koreans in the search of a tunnel complex that was reported to be occupied by
Viet Cong cadre. Upon locating the enemy tunnel site he observed an enemy solider
entering a cave. He fearlessly approached the cave entrance and demanded the soldier’s
surrender. Three enemy soldiers emerged from the cave and were captured by Staff
Sergeant Dunn. Unwilling to risk the lives of his comrades, Staff Sergeant Dunn then
entered the cave alone to search for additional enemy forces. In his search he located vast
quantities of enemy grenades and ammunition, all of which were destroyed by allied
forces. SSGT Dunn, 3rd CIT, continued to distinguish himself by his exemplary
performance of duty which was instrumental in the apprehension of several important
members of the Viet Cong Infrastructure, the
destruction of two major Viet Cong headquarters, and the neutralization of enemy attempts
to control the local populace.
For his heroic actions Thomas W. Dunn was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor.
|Lt. Cecil Bolton
Born in Crawfordsville, Fl., grew up in Sheffield, Al. and
Military Hall Of Heroes
Madison County Courthouse 100 Northside Square, Huntsville, AL 35801
IN THE SPRING OF 1909 my mother Lucy and her children John and Richard (myself) left St. Louis for Tucson. The doctor had ordered her to go to a dry climate or face certain death in a few months from tuberculosis. My father came with us but stayed only a few days. He felt he had to get back to his job with the hardware firm he had been with for years. He came to visit us a few times but never lived with us. For him the desert around Tucson was like a foreign country and he could not identify with it. Besides, he had to support his family. He was a valued employee and his place with the firm was secure, so he kept his job in St. Louis till the day of his death. Mother accepted this separation as inevitable, but it made her very sad at heart.
John, then about twenty-five years old, acted as head of the family. He found us a tent-house on Park Avenue some three blocks north of Speedway. This was one of several rentals owned by a family who lived at Park and Lester, a few blocks north of us. It was one of the better sort, having a wood floor, wooden sides, a steel roof three feet above the canvas and two cottonwood trees which gave us some shade. The interior, about thirty feet long, was divided into a bedroom for Mother and a kitchen-bedroom-living room for the rest of us. Thirty-five feet to the rear was a one-hole toilet. An outside faucet supplied water from a shallow well owned by the people from whom we rented the tent. The water was very alkaline so John bought a copper still for improving it. Drops of pure water came out of the coil into a bucket. The neighbors facetiously accused John of running his still for the manufacture of whiskey.
Tent City, or Tentville as it was called, extended about three-quarters of a mile north of Speedway between North First Avenue on the west and Campbell on the east. These boundaries, however, were not too strictly defined since growth was a haphazard affair. When a sick person needed a place to live, beginning about the turn of the century, he somehow got a tent set up in this general area. The streets were unpaved and consequently it was very dusty. There were no street lights. An outside toilet served behind each tent. It was “a place of squalor shunned by most citizens.”
I have no way of estimating how many tents there were or how many invalids lived in them, but there must have been several hundred, and smaller colonies existed in other parts of the community. They were dreary places. The desert with so little vegetation seemed forlorn in contrast with the green fields and tall trees of Kansas or Iowa. The invalids
were too sick to work. The nights were heartbreaking, and as one walked along the dark streets, he heard coughing from every tent. It was truly a place of lost souls and lingering death. Sometimes life was too much to bear and a victim would end it. He was soon replaced, however, by others who hoped for a cure in the dry air and bright sunshine of Arizona. It was a desperate and sometimes a heroic gamble which many lost and few won.
There were better facilities for people with money. St. Mary’s hospital had been receiving TB patients since 1880. The Whitwell Hospital on North First Avenue (later known as the Southern Methodist Hospital and Sanatorium) was opened in 1906 and there were a few smaller enterprises. Later, more and better facilities were built, but most of the “lungers” in the early days were poor and some of them were destitute.
Isolation was one bad feature of Tent City. It was nearly three miles from downtown. The closest ride was the streetcar which stopped at Park and Third Street–a good mile from Adams and North First and the only way to get there was on foot. A mile was a long way when one walked with only one lung.
Another bad feature of the situation was the way most healthy people felt about the disease. They were terribly afraid of it and of the sick men and women–justifiably so since the death rate was very high. They were seriously advised to stay at least three or four feet from a tubercular individual and avoid any personal contact. This was a sad thing for my mother. She never dared hug or kiss any of us. When I was seven or eight, I would sit at the foot of her bed and read aloud but never came any closer. She probably suffered heartache since she did not dare kiss me. In her mind it would have been tragic madness to do so. This taboo had a queer effect on me. I don’t remember kissing a girl until I was at least twenty years old. Kissing was just not a part of my life.
The situation was not all bad. On the good side, there were always people who cared. Foremost among them was the Reverend Oliver E. Comstock, who came to Tucson in 1907 from Alabama when one of his daughters contracted the disease. In the course of the following year his oldest son died of appendicitis. Comstock took the boy’s body back home for burial, sold out his printing business and returned to Tucson in the summer of 1909 to take up permanent residence. With his son’s life-insurance money he built a home at 727 North Second Avenue and went on to become a Tucson legend.
At the time of his arrival he was fifty-three years old with an interesting career behind him. He complained of growing up under adverse conditions but his father was, in fact, a well-to-do manufacturer of pianos and melodeons at New Albany, Indiana. Oliver, however, became an earnest Baptist and preferred theology to trade. After a public-school education he enrolled in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisville, Kentucky. He took time out from his studies to marry Jennie F. McClelland, who became the mother of his ten children, but he completed his course and in 1887 was licensed to preach. His first post was with the Second Baptist Church of Louisville, but for reasons of his own he left the active ministry very soon and went into business as a printer, carrying on “missionary” work at the same time. He spent several years as editor and publisher of the Sheffield Reaper at Sheffield, Alabama, but never forgot that printing was his trade. He was a member of the Typographer’s Union and carried his card till the end of his life.
Eventually he sold his business and was elected city clerk of Sheffield, holding the position until he moved to Tucson.
He meant to start a printing business there and listed himself as a printer in the 1910-11 Tucson city directory with only his home address, 727 North Second Avenue. By 1912, however, the Smith-Comstock Printing Company was in existence at 216 East Congress, prepared to do all kinds of typographical jobs. The business provided him with the wherewithal to do the work which he undoubtedly felt the Lord had laid upon him. He made a little extra by serving as justice of the peace from 1912 to 1914, and it pleased him for the rest of his life to be called Judge. He was also at one time a member of the city council.
His personality was striking but by no means simple. Humble and charitable as he was, he was not without personal pride. His daughter remembers that he had “a magnificent bass voice–in fact, almost a limitless baritone, and should have been in grand opera with all the adulation from male and female that such a profession brings.” The mutton-chop whiskers which he wore when the majority of Tucson men were clean shaven was a trademark which marked him as an uncommon man and told the world that his baldness did not mean hairlessness. He always wore a coat and tie and appeared to his last day in a celluloid collar. Even the bicycle which he rode all over Tucson was a sort of demonstration of his affinity with the common man. He owned a car, when cars became available, but preferred to pedal his two-wheeled vehicle.
For his time he was an intellectual. Behind his house was a small building which housed his library–an unusually large collection for Tucson in those days–in which he read constantly. His reading never shook his basic conservatism, however. He was a rigid Baptist and an unyielding moralist who never compromised with what he considered sinful. Alcohol and dancing were works of the devil. Personal adornment was a vanity. And so powerful was his influence In his own family that his taboos were influential in the second and third generation.
His wife shared his convictions and had strong ideas of her own. She was a devoted mother and not one to “dawdle her days away.” Her daughter says she “served to the death. Mute, exhausted,” as so many women did in those long-gone days.
led by Mr. Irby attends the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville, Tennesee.
Some of those identified in the photo are: Christopher Cantrell, Melissa Spires Hall, Mia McElroy, Sheneese Short, David Bo Matthews, Mark McCutchen, Kathy Driskell, Jeff Roland, Jennifer Mussard, Amy Thrasher, Gregg Hall, Brooke Perry, Traci Hamilton, William H Reynolds, Loren McCall, Mary Beth Harris Hall, James Barry Cochran, Rajest Boorgu, James Irby, Regina Stovall, Karl Long, Kellie Ingram, Shannon Ayers, Alicia Hall, Seth Lewey, Ellen Milam Aday, Bart Brocato, Pam Fosset, Gina Wells Van Devender, Lynne Mayfield Morris, Kerrie Ingle, Eric David, Stephanie Moore, Renée Frederick Cox, and Michael Coleman. It would be very helpful if someone would tag this photo with the names.
following the War of Northern Aggression could be applied for and submitted to Congress by an individual who had property seized or destroyed by Union Soldiers during the War. The process was long and tedious and required the services of a lawyer.
Sarah A Goins from Colbert County, formerly Franklin County, made such an application, as did her daughter Louisa Eliza Goins Sparks, widow of Coleman Sparks. The content of the application made by Sarah Ann Downs Goins, widow of J Bazil Goins, follows along with the interrogatories:
Amount Allowed $95.00
Claim of Sarah A. Goins
1. 50 bush corn 62.50/ 50
2. 600 lbs fodder 12. /6
3. 50 lbs flour 4./ 4
4. 100 lbs bacon 20./ 20
5. 1 saddle 15/ 15
Claimant is a widow about 64 years of age, was a widow when the property was taken. She resided in Colbert County, Alabama. She sympathized with the union cause, has a son and son-in-law in the union army. She rejoiced at the success of the union army and regretted its reverses. The property was taken by Gen’l Wilson’s forces in April 1865. At this time army supplies bore a very high price. We think the proofs justify the above allowances and we recommend the payment of $95.00
Commissioners of Claims
20129 Feb. 24
Petition of Sarah A. Goins, Colbert County, Ala.
To the Commissioners of Claims
Submitted 19, Oct. 75
Nature of Claim, corn, flour, fodder, bacon and saddle.
Amount Claimed $113.50
Filed by Tho. C. (Lewis crossed out) & Fullerton
Attorney-at-Law, Washington, D.C.
Petition to the honorable Commissioner of Claims under the
Act of Congress of March 3, 1871, Washington, D.C. The petition of (1) Sarah A. Goins respectfully represents:
That she is a citizen of the United States and resides at or near (2) Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama that she so resided when this claim accrued at or near (3) Tuscumbia, Colbert County , Alabama. That she has a claim against the United State for property (4) taken for the use of the army (5) of the United States during the late rebellion (or near) Tuscumbia in the County of Colbert and state of Alabama. That the said claim, stated by items, and excluding any and all items of damage, destruction and loss, (and not use) or property; of unauthorized or unnecessary depredations by troops and other persons upon property, or of rent or compensation for the use or occupation of building grounds, or other real estate, as follows:
1. 50 Bu corn 1.25 62.50
2. 600 lbs fodder @ 2.4 12.00
3. 50 lbs flour @ 8.4 4.00
4. 100 lbs bacon @ 20. 20.00
5. 1 new saddle (cost) 15.00——-Total 113.50
That the property in question was taken or furnished for the use of a portion of the army of the United States, known as (5) Wilson’s Raid and commanded by Gen’l Wilson and that the persons who took or received the property, or who authorized or directed it be taken or furnished, were the following:
That the property was removed to (6) by Army and used for or by (7) them? All this on or about the day of April in the year 1865. That (8) no voucher, receipt, or other writing, was given for the property. That your petitioner verily believes that the property described was (9) under the following circumstances, or one or more of such circumstances, viz:
That (10) petitioner of Colbert County, Alabama the original owner of said claim, and that she is
the present owner of the same, (11) that your petitioner remained loyally adherent to the cause and the Government of the United States during the war, and was so loyal before and at the time of the taking of the property for which this claim is made, and she solemnly declares that, from the beginning of hostilities against the United States to the end thereof her sympathies were constantly with the cause of the United States; that she never, of her own free will or accord, did anything or offered, or sought, or attempted to do anything, by word or deed, to injure said cause or retard its success, and that she was at all times ready and willing, when called upon, or if called upon, to aid and assist the cause of the Union, or its supporters, so far as her means and power, and the circumstances of the cause permitted.
5. Describe the organization as fully and particularly as possible.
6. State as well as can be done the place to which the property was conveyed.
7. State as fully and minutely as possible, the particular persons or commands using the property, and to what particular uses it was applied or intended to be applied.
8. If any vouchers or written papers were given, attach the originals or copies, or state where the originals are to be found and give the substance of them.
9. Taken of “furnished.”
10. The loyalty of the owner of the property when taken or furnished, and of all persons having a present beneficial interest in the claim, must be established by proof.
11. If any other persons than the original owner now own or have an interest in the claim, state how such ownership or interest was acquired.
Robert Wardlaw , James Osborn
County of Colbert
Sarah A. Goins (14) being duly sworn (15) deposes and says that he is the petitioner named in the foregoing petition, and who signed the same; that the matters therein stated are true, of the deponent’s own knowledge, except as to those matters which are stated on information and belief, and as to those matters he believes them to be true; and deponent further says that he did not voluntarily serve in the Confederate army or navy, either as an officer, soldier, or sailor, or in any other capacity, at any time during the late rebellion; that he never voluntarily furnished any stores, supplies, or other material aid to said Confederate army or navy, or to the
Confederate government, or to any officer, department or adherent of the same in support thereof, and that he never voluntarily accepted or exercised the functions of any office whatsoever under, or yielded voluntary support to, the said Confederate Government.
Sarah A. (x her mark) Goins
1. 50 Bu Corn @ 1.25 62.502. 600 lbs. Fodder @ 2.4 12.003. 50 lbs. Flour @ 8.4 4.004. 100 lbs Bacon @ 20. 25.005. 1 new Saddle @ 15.00—————–Total $118.50
That as stated in the Petition referred to, the property in question was taken from Sara A. Goins, of Colbert County, in the state of Alabama, for the use of a portion of the Army of the United States, known as (3) Wilson’s Command (called Wilson’s Raid) and commanded by Gen’l Wilson, and that the person’s who took or received the property, or who authorized or directed it to be taken or furnished, were the following:
of his own free will and accord, did anything, or offered, or sought, or attempted to do anything, by word or deed, to injure said cause or retard its successes, and that he was at all times ready and willing, when called upon, or if called upon, to aid and assist the cause of the Union, or its supporters, so far as his means and power and the circumstances of the case permitted:
Petitioner herself of Colbert County, AlaAdeline Goins of Colbert County, AlaJosephine Goins of Colbert County, AlaFrances Goins of Colbert County, Ala
Adeline Goins of Colbert Co., AlaJosephine Goins of Colbert Co., AlaFrances Goins of Colbert Co., Ala
recorded, at such place and at such time as the Special Commissioner may designate at the proper cost of the said Claimant; and that due notice of the time and place of the taking thereof be given to the Claimant, through his council.
relating to confiscation, or to captured and abandoned property?
Are you in his employ now, or do you live on his land bought from him? Are you in his debt? What other person besides yourself has any interest in this claim?
were occupied, and to what place they removed the property.
changed my residence or business, the county of Colbert being a part of Franklin previous to and during the war.
what Company or Regiment my said son in law went. (into was crossed out) He died soon after. I have never heard of my son since I learned he was captured and carried to Jackson, Mississippi as before stated, and cannot produce his discharge papers, as I never saw it, if ever given.
No recent battle or skirmish had taken place near there.
Deposition of Washington J. Goin
Claim of Sarah A, Goin
Of Colbert County, State of Alabama
Sarah A. Goin, page 5-13
Washington J. Goin, page 14-16
William Goin, page 17-19
William C. Grissom, page 20-23
James M. Goin, page 24-27
Submitted 19 Oct. .75
Taken by R.S. Watkins, Special Commissioner
Actual fees and
costs, $7.75 including postage
Agents or Attorneysat Washington:
Thos. C. Fullerton
Note. – On this page the special commissioner may enter any explanation, statement, note or comment of his own which may be of service in the examination and decision of the claim at Washington. If there be anything noticeable in the appearance, conduct, or condition of the witness the fact should be noted on this page. If the special commissioner knows or hears anything, apart from what appears in the deposition, that either confirms or impugns the credibility of the testimony or the merit of the claim, he should state what he knows or what he has heard, with the means of knowledge, or the names of his informants, as the case may be, in order that formal inquiry may be made, or further evidence demanded, if necessary. It would be serviceable to both sides if the special commissioner were to ascertain and set down the names of the men, still living, who, by general reputation, were leading Unionists of the war-period in the vicinity of the claimant. Comment or opinion based merely on the testimony taken is not desired.
The foregoing depositions of Sarah A. Goin, claimant, and of her witnesses, Washington J. Goin, William Goin, William C. Grissom, and James M. Goin, contained on the fore-going pages from 5-27 inclusive, were taken by me in all respects as stated in my certificate preceding the same on page 1.
Sarah A. Goins of Alabama
$95.00 Due him Out of the Appropriations for Claims of Loyal Citizens for supplies furnished during the rebellion.
For the amount allowed by the Commissioner of claims. Reported March 31, 1874 Returned April 4th, 1877
Requisition No. 3753, dated April 7, 1877, transmitted for Warrant April 12th, 1877.
on Doublehead Reserve in what is now Lauderdale County included Thomas G Butler, Richard Butler, John Butler and Gabriel Butler.
Gabriel Butler Timeline (1779 – 1856)Source: Byron Butler, a descendant of Gabriel Butler’s through his son Chisholm Butler
1779 Gabriel Butler born in South Carolina. (This is from information Gabriel Butler provided in the 1850 census.)
1800 – 1803 Gabriel Butler is living in Logan County, Kentucky which is just north of the Tennessee state line. Other Butler’s living in Logan County include John Butler, John (Jr) Butler (who appears to be living alongside Gabriel) and Thomas Butler.
December 26, 1803 Gabriel Butler marries Sarah Whiteside in Warren County, Kentucky (Gabriel Butler’s 1st Marriage).
Mar 19, 1804 In the Warren County, Kentucky marriage of Henry Butler to Polly Russel, Gabriel Butler acts as security (i.e. it was he who presented that both of those parties were over 21)
January 14, 1806 John W. Butler is born in either Tennessee or Kentucky (1st child of Gabriel & Sarah)
1806 The Cherokee Chief Doublehead and John D. Chisolm establish a land company and begin granting leases to settlers to lands in what is now Lauderdale County, Alabama.
1806 In testimony stemming from an 1816 court case in Logan County, Kentucky, Leonard West stated that THOMAS BUTLER left (Logan County, Kentucky) in the spring of 1806 in search of new country and when he returned he said had found one and made some sort of agreement with DOUBLEHEAD and CHISM. He moved in the fall of 1806. (This is apparently the same Thomas G. Butler that subsequently is listed as an “old settler” on the listing of Doublehead tenants.) Apparently at or about this same time, Gabriel Butler relocated to Doublehead’s Reserve (present Lauderdale County, Alabama) along with Thomas G. Butler as he is subsequently found on lists of settlers on Doublehead’s Reserve.
August 9, 1807 Chief Doublehead is murdered by Cherokees at Hiwassee.
April – June 1809 Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs leads troops from Hiwassee Garrison in Tennessee into Northwest Alabama to evict intruders following complaints from Chickasaw Chief Colbert.
March 1809 Outgoing President Thomas Jefferson writes a letter to the incoming President James Madison concerning Intruders on Indian Lands: “…all should be removed except those settled on Doublehead’s reserve under titles from him; & they should be notified that those lands having been claimed by the Chickasaws as well as the Cherokees, purchased the Cherokee right with the exception of Doublehead’s reserve, which we did not guarantee to him, but left it as it stood under the claims of both nations; that consequently they are not under our protection that whenever we purchase the Chickasaw right, all their titles under Doublehead will become void; as our laws do not permit individuals to purchase lands from the Indians: that they should therefore look out for themselves in time.”
May 25, 1809 Return J. Meigs inventory of Intruders on Indian lands shows Gabriel Butler as an “Old Settler” and having a legitimate lease. Also shown as “Old Settler’s” in this listing are Thomas G. Butler and John Butler.
1809 The Cherokees Chief Tahlonteskee, a kinsman of Doublehead’s, leads about 300 Cherokee (including those that that lived at Bluewater Creek) in emigrating to Arkansas. They are “accompanied by John D. Chisholm, a white man who had been adopted into the tribe.”
1809 Mary “Polly” Butler born in either Kentucky or Alabama (2nd child of Gabriel & Sarah)
December 1809 A petition signed by Gabriel Butler and others (including John Butler, Thomas G. Butler and Richard Butler) then living on Doublehead’s Reserve is received in Washington. (James Madison was then President.) The petition ask that these settlers not to be evicted from the land they had leased from Chief Doublehead.
1810 Fort Hampton, in present Limestone County, Alabama, is constructed to keep intruders off of Indian lands Fall
1811 Eviction of Doublehead Tenants by Fort Hampton soldiers
November 1812 Gabriel Butler is found on Maury County, Tennessee tax list for 1812. In that year Gabriel, along with Thomas G. Butler, Henry Butler and John Butler were all charged in Maury County, Tennessee with negro stealing.
October 1813 State Docket listing of October Term 1813 of Maury County, Tennessee, batch 5 – 8, show cases on the docket including State vs. Thomas G. Butler, State vs. Henry Butler, State vs. Gabriel Butler, and State vs. John Butler. All were continued due to sheriff’s notes not being found.
1814 Henry W. Butler born in Kentucky (3rd child of Gabriel & Sarah)
1816 Treaties with Cherokee and Chickasaw signed allowing settlers into Northwest Alabama and then able to “file” for the land
1816 Elizabeth “Betsy” Butler born in Alabama (4th child of Gabriel & Sarah)
Circa 1816-1817 Sarah Whiteside Butler dies 1818 Gabriel Butler sold back to Samuel Whiteside (for $50) the land he received from Samuel when he married his daughter Sarah who was then deceased
Circa 1818 Gabriel Butler marries Sophia (?) Littrell (2nd Marriage)
November 14, 1818 Gabriel Butler traveled to the Huntsville, Alabama land sales office where he filed for land (purchased from the Government) along Bluewater Creek in what is now Lauderdale County. This property was in the same Section where Doublehead’s chief village, home and store had been in 1807.
February 20, 1822 Chisolm Butler born in Alabama (1st child of Gabriel & the Littrell wife)
February 7, 1824 Susan Butler born in Alabama (2nd child of Gabriel & the Littrell wife)
1827 Some settlers were still trying to recover the lands (or compensation for the land) they had leased from Doublehead
January 22, 1829 John W. Butler, son of Gabriel. marries Margaret “Peggy” Herston
February 4, 1830 Mary “Polly” Butler, daughter of Gabriel, marries Samuel H. Richardson
Circa 1830 Gabriel Butler, Jr. born in Alabama (3rd child of Gabriel & the Littrell wife)
1831 Construction begins on the original Mussel Shoals Canal Project
September 3, 1831 Henry R. Butler, son of Gabriel. marries Nancy Phillips
November 30, 1834 Elizabeth “Betsy” Butler, daughter of Gabriel, marries Robert Phillips
Circa 1834-1835 Sophia Littrell Butler (2nd wife of Gabriel Butler) dies
August 8, 1935 Gabriel Butler marries Frances Winstead Paine (3rd Marriage)
Circa 1837 Francis Butler born in Alabama (1st child of Gabriel & Francis)
Circa 1839 Henry R. Butler and his family move to Texas
August 18, 1839 Chisolm Butler marries Mary Ann Paine (one of the twin daughters of Francis Winstead Paine)
Circa 1840 Sarah P. Butler born in Alabama (2nd child of Gabriel & Francis)
Circa 1840 John W. Butler, son of Gabriel, and his family move to Mississippi
May 16 1840 Gabriel Butler executes deed giving 2 acres of land for the Baptist Meeting House at Bluewater
January 25, 1842 Susan Butler, daughter of Gabriel, marries Abner Barnett
January 24, 1849 Gabriel Butler, Jr., son of Gabriel, marries Sarah Ann Bevers
September 1849 Sarah Ann Bevers Butler (wife of Gabriel Butler, Jr.) dies
November 1, 1853 Gabriel Butler, Jr. marries Charlotte Best
April 13, 1856 Gabriel Butler files his last will and testament
November 1856 Gabriel Butler dies and is buried within rock enclosure at Butler Cemetery, Bluewater (Lauderdale County, Alabama)
- Doublehead Reserve 1810 Document (rememberingtheshoals.wordpress.com)
married first Eli Smith Gregory; and second Daniel Newton Hand. She is the daughter of Daniel M Lucas and Margaret Elkins Lucas Ross. She is pictured with her two sisters: Isabella “Belle” Lucas and Eliza Jane Lucas Hutto. There was one brother, Samuel Gilbert Lucas as well. The photo was taken in Colbert County, Alabama circa 1920s.