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HICKMAN IS ONLY TOWN IN THE U. S. WITH OVER 4O0O POPULATION THAT HAS NO ARC LAMPS
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HICKMAN, FULTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY, THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 1909.
WHOIX NO. 2432
ESTABLISHED IN THE TEAR 1899
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History of Fulton Countij
, the 99th In order
, ii situated in the
art of what If known
I -n. hate, and Is bound
rert -"in county, on the
. Tr: iee, and on the wett
rl-i.::.. rp' river, which tep.
nin ' l Mtttouri.
Tl- i t it divided Intwo parfs
T r..rr the western part,
r.aj!JaJr J Bend, being sep
:j,eJ u tlie eastern part by
A Tennessee territory.
j of exceedingly rich
- .juiI landt of the
a.Jey, heretofore tub-
r i, of the Mississippi
l .i system of Govern-
- winch hat practically
ii' u said territory from
.rrrt-w, which Is beiug
.ire up and put in fine
... at. n. The remainder
, , ; rullniR table lands,
kJ, and drained by
re-us, and as fertile at
; , products are corn,
t.Ucco, cotton, hay,
j -:.J vegetablet of all
y.i berries grow to
j k raising of all
j profitable in the
- t'-'on it most excellent. In
-' re arc ess to the Missis-
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rr ' me ivui iiiio
u ., pssmg through the
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pal creeks of the county
'. Obion, Bayou De
, P t and Dixon creeks.
' j some that prior to
! elfooot Lake, both
N-n and Little Obion,
: -g into the Mississlp-
g i Prdfoot creek and
te, i-l t' a tr? encroachments of
F'v v.1 Wateis finally cut into
-I'M t'"'J" j and comDelled them
r waters directly Into
. . ' Lane, besides having re-
c.Tfi world-wide fame
c.:t a the night riders, has
pgbe"a rer.:wned and favorite
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I"iiZ,J-.r EB ADVICE,
kM at i
fishing and hunting resort. It is a
body of water about 40 miles long,
and from 1 to 8 miles wide, occupy
ing a portion of the southwest part
of the county, extending also into
Tennessee. Its origin Is traced to
the earthquake of 1811, as may be
inferred from the appearance of the
timber which still shows, though
much decayed, above the water in
many places. Historians tell su
"It was formed by sand blown out
of a chasm openell by the earth
quake and depoiited near the mouth
of Reelfoot Creek, causing a sudden
damming of its waters which spread
over the adjacent low land, forming
the lake and deadening all the tim
ber growing along the banks of the
creek. It it a great resort for all
kinds of water fowls, llxards, cotton
mouth and other snakes, motquitoet
and is full of excellent fun."
Earth-crackt" varying in width
from 10 to 70 feet, may be seen in
the bluffs on the Kentucky side of the
river. These cracks are bounded
by parallel sides rising from one to
five feet above the sunken ground
between them, and have trees of
considerable size growing along
tbem, and have their ancient origin.
They are supposed to have been
caused by some sudden and power
ful convulsion of nature. In Mis
souri, near New Madrid, these
cracks are still more remarkable.
In the bluffs along the river have
been found many stone implements,
carvedimages, human bones, ulensels
of earthen ware, devices, etc., giving
evidence of an ancient race of peo
The region of Reelfoot Lake is
subject to vjolent tornadoes that of
ten do great damage to property.
It Is thought that the presence of the
lake is largely responsible for their
origin. "One of these, which can
not be traced further south, took
place March 20th, 18J4, between 9
and 10 a. in., passing by Felicinia,
on the edge of Graves county, and
within four miles, destroying six or
seven houses, and carrying clothing
a distance of 20 miles." On Christ
mas day, 1875, another destructive
tornado passed over the county from
southwest to northeast, inflicting
great loss in its wake. "The house
of Andrew Shuck was struck about 1
p. m., and completely demolished,
and severely Injuring his son in-law
W. M. Bacon. A larg trunk in the
sitting-room was forced open and
the contents scattered far and near.
A contract between to neighbors
and left in the house for safe keep
ing, was carried to May field and
afterward returned. A negro wo
man was killed during this stoim
besides a number of people being In
Earthquakes in this section are
not unfrequcnt. Beginning about 2
o'clock in the morning of December
16th, 1811, occurred one of the
most remarkable of these "shakes."
Convulsing the whole valley of the
Mississippi and its tributaries, it ex
pended a large part of its force In
Fulton county and the adjacent ter
ritory, During the remainder of
the night above mentioned, some 27
shocks, distinct and violent, occurred,
rending the earth and terrifying the
French fishing crews that were ply
ing their vocation along the river.
These shocks cotinued with decreas
ed frequency and violence up to
February, 1812. Senator Linn, of
Missouri, describes them as follows t
"During the continuance of this
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-CiOsrnnized May 15, l846t$r-
rHE abcrve Is a likeness of the Uaptisl Church building of
this city Ji appears today, though it has suffered some
misfortunes in bygone days. The first 'Baptist church
in this city tvas huitt in 1856, but toas destroyed by fire
Jan. 27, 1379. Later a new building was erected. On March 9,
1901, this building tojs demolished by a severe 'wind storm, liflinq
the building and leaving the floor, seals, organ and furnishings fust
as they were before the storm struck the house. Re-building tvas
again in order, and the faithful members erected the building which
e shdlv above. The first Baphst pasior in this city iuas Rev.
Willis While, ho as engaged as regular pasior immediately after
the church's organization SAIay 15, 1846. The present pasior is
Andrtfo Tufklnglon, of Ireland, a young man of splendid ability.
The first Haplist church in Fulton county was organized in
i628-29, and their meetings ere held at Poplar Grdbe, six miles
east of this city. From that date, the Baptist denomination began to
flourish and branch out until il is one of the leading churches in the
county today. .
appalling phenomenon, which com
menced by distant rumbling sounds,
succeeded by discharges as if a
thousand pieces of artillery were
suddently exploded, the earth rock
ed to and fro ; vast chasms opened,
whence issued columns of water,
and sand and fcoal, accompanied by
hissing sounds, caused perhaps, by
the escape of pent-up steam ; while
ever and anon flashes of electricity
gleamed through the troubled clouds
of night, rendering the darkness
doubly horrible. The current of
the'Mississippi was driven back up
its source with the greatest velocity
for several hours, in consequence of
an elevation cf its bed. But this
noble river w.is not thus to be stay
ed. Its accummulated waters came
booming on and over-topping the
barrier thus suddenly raised, carried
ed everything before them with re
sistless power. Boats, then floating
' on the surface, shot down the de-'
livity like an arrow from a bow,
amid roaring billows and wildest
Four miles southwest of this city
is Comb's Springs, from which issues
a valuable chalybeate water, con
taining free carbonic acid and var
ious saline matters. It is now used
principally as a picnicing place, but
with a little money spent upon it,
inight'be made the nucleus of a
profitable heath resort.
Fulton County, named In honor of
the great inventor, Robert Fulton,
was formed out of the southwestern
part of Hickman county, in 1845.
The establishing of the new county
was caused by the desire of Moscow
to become the county seat of Hick
man county instead of Clinton. The
people of Clinton, and notable Judge
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' Annie and Ruth Ellison
James, were determined, at all
hazards, to defeat the aspirations
of Moscow, and for that purpose
united with the citizens of Hickman,
who were ambitious of having a
county seat. Thus Fulton county,
with her 184 square miles,, the gar
den spot of Jackson's Purchase was
formed. The records of the County
Clerk's office contains a record of
this interesting document; "Be it
remembered that at the Tavern
House of Greenbury Watson, in the
town of Hickman, on Tuesday, the
1st day of April, in the year 1845,
pursuant to an act of the General
Assembly of Kentucky, entitled
"An Act to establish the County of
Fulton," approved Jan. 15, 1845,
Robert Brown, James P. Tyler,
Jesse Edmonston, Ralph McFadden,
Shedrick Boar, Asa W. Clark, Hugh
B. French and Thomas M. Smith,
severally produced commissions
from his Excllency, the Governor of
this Commonwealth, appointing them
justice of the peace for Hickman
county, administered to the said
Brown et. al., a county court was
begun and held for said county of
The first court was held in a frame
building owned by the Planters Bank,
of Tennessee, which stood on the
site now occupied by Beale's Book
Store. The first transaction recorded
was the transfer of 160 acres of
land, northwest quarter of Sec. 18,
Township 1, Range 5, by Goodrich
and others to Greenbury Watson,
dated Feb. 13, 1845, consideration
S500. The first mortgage, dated
March, 1845, was made by Bruce
M. Hughes to Matthew Watson, and
transferred 160 acres of land and
one town lot in Hickman, considera
The first man to hold the oftlce of
Sheriff was Jacob White, whose
commission bore date of Jan. JO,
1845. Objection to his qualifica
tion was raised by Lewis Scearce,
but was overruled by the court.
His oath embraced loyalty to the U.
S. and to Kentucky, and to refrain
from dueling. His bond was fixed
at $3,000. He was succeeded in re
gular order by Robert Brown, James
P. Tyler, R." C. Prather. B. F.
Easley, Shedrick Boar, Thomas E.
Reed who filled Boaz's unexpired
time, William Heron, R. E. Millet,
Willam H. Roper, John F. Tyler,
B. R. Walker, W. C. Johnson, W.
A. Shuck, T. H. Johnson, M. D.
Johnson, J. T. Stublefield. Geo. L.
Carpenter, the present incumbent
being' Jas. T. Seat. The bond made
by the sheriff of the present time is
The first County Clerk was L. D.
Stephens, chosen pro tem, April 1,
1845, with a bond of $10,000. Fol
lowing him were Dick Givens, J. W.
Gibson, Geo. S. . Morris, John T.
Trent, J. A. Wilson, A. M. DeBow,
W.P.Taylor, Sam D. Luten and
the present clerk is S. T. Roper.
The first Circuit Clerk was Dick
son Givens, then B. G. Dudley, L.
D. Stephens, Geo. S. Morris, John
C. Gardener, W. A. Brevard, J. T.
Bynum, T. M. French, W L. Mc-
Cutcheon, 1. F. Royster, and last
but not least, J, Wesley Morris.
A. S. Taylor was the first Sur
veyor, and following were Thos. W
McMurry, A. E. Brevard, W. A.
McConnell A. C. Hombs, Morgan
Davidson. A. C. Hombs, is the pres
Robert Powell heads the list o
Coroners. Succeeding him were
Natham Scearce, H. C. Bailey, T,
W. Thomas, Julian Nail, M. L.
Mcjilton, Peter George. Owing to
the failure of the office to pay for
the trouble, a number failed to
quality following the year of 1874
L. D. bmlth is the present coroner
Prior to the adoption of the pres
ent constitution, the senior magis
trate of the county, with his assocl
ates, constituted the county court
Under the present constitution
Lewis Scearce was the first Judge
and held his position until 1854,
when he was succeeded by Josiah
Parker, who served without interrup
tion until 1862, and again from Sept.
1866 til his death in 1867. During
the period of the civil war not filled
by Judge Parker, magistrates held
court. B. R. Walker was the next
Judge, then John W. Wingate, J. H.
Montgomery, H. C. Bailey, R. S.
Murrell, Joshua Naylor, H. M.
Kearby, G. W. Whipple served
Kearby's unexpired term, and W.
A. Naylor who has the honor to fill
the office at the present time.
Our Jailers started with John Belts
followed by Julian Nail, George
W. Stubblefield, W. D. Taylor,
R. F. Thomasson, T. V. Wallace,
Geo. L. Carpenter, and last "Uncle
Joe Noonon, who succeeds himself
every four years through the will of
The important office of County
School Commissioner was first held
by A. D. Kingman in 1847, and has
been followed by the following edu
cators : W. S. McConnell, William
Owens, Dr. J. B. Nichols, A. S.
Tyler, R. T. Tyler, B. C. Caldwell.
In 1884 the law was changed, and
the Superinteddent was chosen by
the people. Kingman was again
elected, followed by J. H. Saunders,
D. E. Wilson and the present incum
bent, Miss Dora Smith, who is the
only lady official the county can
E. I. Bullock assumed the duties
of County Attorney in 1854 and has
been succeeded by A. D. Kingman,
W. M. McConnell, J. F. Gardner,
Geo. C. Hallet, C. P. Buck, J. H.
Roulhac, H. A. Tyler, T. O. Goald
er, Geo. P. Prather, R. S. Murrell,
Wan en Llndsey, H. F. Remley and
T. N. Smith. Mr. Smith holds the
office at present.
continued next week.
Keep The Kidneys Well.
Health is Worth Saving, awl
Some Hickman People Know
Uow to Save It.
Many Hickman people take their
lives in their hands by neglecting
the kidneys when they know these
organs need help. Sick kidneys are
responsible for a vast amount of suf
fering and ill health, but there is no
need to suffer nor to remain in dan
ger when all diseases and aches and
pains due to weak kidneys can be
quickly and permanently cured by
the use of Doan's Kidney Pills.
Here is a Hickman citizen's recommendation.
A. P. Iverbey, living in Hickman,
Ky., says: "For two or three
months I was troubled from the dis
ordered condition of my kidneys, I
had dull pains in the small of my
back, and whenever I stooped or
lifted anything, sharp, twinges
would cause me misery. At night
the aching in my back greatly dis
turbed my rest and I arose in the
morning feeling lame. I usually
felt tired and lame and languid and
nervous spells bothered me. My
kidneys needed attention as was
proved by the sediment contained in
the secretions. Learning ol Doan's
Kidney Pills, I procured a box at
Helm and Ellison's drug store, and
in three days they relieved me. It
required but one half the contents of
the box to affect a'complete cure. I
am glad to say this cure has been
permanent, and have no hesitancy in
allowing you to publish my state
For sale by all dealers. Price 50
cents. Foster-Milburn Co , Buffalo,
New York, sole agents for the Unit
Remember the nameDoan's
and take no other.
To prohibit the intermarriage of
negroes and whites in Washington,
Senator Milton, of Florida, has In
troduced a bill in the Senate which
provides that any person having one
eighth or more of negro blood shall
I be declared a negro.