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Fill DAY, lTI'RUAIIY 17. 1911
GfcOVl'R - We have llie nuthmitv to nutsoiini-e
Jim Kite Oiovcr a oinuii!;u-?r v.i-;;1 oi" tlie
C-miity of Oui n. (subject to the action of the
if iii r;tiic ;.-:i:ly,
HICKMAN - V. have t!ic nu: rarity 0 ;rrv-M..ce
M. Jlicki-uin a c.i'iii4tte tr She:tS of tie
county of ii '!m. Miojcct A.o tl'.c act:o;i t. t:.e
Dvmovr.'itic T.iriy.
FINCH Me have the- authority to announce
John K. l'iiKh a caniitdule for .Sheriff &t Obion
CAunty, suhje-.-t to the ictiuii of the Demo
ciativ party. '
For Trustee.
SAMIKRS We luive the authority to Announce
johnie Ktiirif-rs a otiidblutt? fur the office of
Trtitfe of Ohion Count v, aubject to the action
of tile lM-inucrnlic party.
The Good Road to the Lake.
The first Monday in March all in
terested citizens of Obion County are re
quested to meet at the courthouse at
'1:30 p. in. to hoar reports), elect a treas
urer anil transact such other business
. ' may come up.
, Star of Empire.
The headinz of this article hvi
luen written when a Western Union
.messenger handed us a message from
M. Dana Pnratid, Commissioner of the
Census Bureau, that the town popnla
tiou of Union City in 1910 was 4,389
It was right in line with the work we
had just started.
Thin is a gain of 982 persons in ten
years, or about twenty-nino per cent
In the opinion of the writer this gain
Las been made practically in seven
years. From lS'JO to 1900 the census
. figures show that Union City had lost
little in population. The last of the
furniture manufactories, which was the
nrincirml ntnl tii-nnf ionllv flic nnlu !,-.!
1 I " , J ' ' ' - - v v Hl 1 1 1 I J Mil
dustry here for many years, began to
decline late in the nineties and it was
. 1 1 i , .i .........
pr juaoiy aoout tno years IWz or
that wo reached the lowest mark of that
period. We are basing this statement
upon actual conditions. The same busi
ness houses which sold for 11,400 up to
$1,500, with but little demand, are a
ready sale to-day for $3,500 up to $3,000
and we have a new building which can
not bo bought for $20,000. Property
all over the city has increased in price
llie low prices above did not prevail
uuruig tiie furniture factory period
therefore it was upon the decline of that
industry, and the bottom of the decline
reached us about the year 1903. The
owners of this paper started in business
here in 1001, just ten years ago. There
was still some furniture made when wo
came here. There was also a chair fat
tory, In 1003 we saw the last of it, and
for a time it seemed that" we would
never have any more of the manufac
turing spirit, but a' few years ago the
Commercial Club began . to wake up
and started the cannery, the cotton gin
and the grain people began to enlarge
their milling plants. Mills and ek
vators wore built until to-day wo have
the largest grain center in West Ten
nessee In the meantime, the schools
of Union City were growing in stand
ing, in numerical strength and popu
larily. They have grown to be second
to no preparatory schools in the State.
A little incident just recently is an ex
ample of Union City school standards,
when a former pupil won in a spelling
contest between the schools of two Illi
nois counties, one, of which has for its
metropolis tho city of Cairo.
In many respects Union City has
.grown and spread. In the past three
r four years many new and handsome
homes have been built iu Union City".
Our streets have been improved and to
day Sullivan '& Long, of Birmingham,
Ala., are plowing through the city with
a big steam trencher and putting in the
pipes and proper apparatus for a gen
eral sewerage system. Among the nev
residents are some of tho most substan
tial people of the country ranging num
bers of miles from Union City. Many
of tho wealthy farmers have moved
hero as 'well as other citizens. The
many new homes are occupied and not
a house to rent except when a family is
ready to move. We are needing mor
new houses, and now is tho time for
monied men to buy and build. By
actual count made by., tho insurance
companies last year Union City had 19
houses niore than Dyersburg, the town
next in size.
Union City's shipments amount to an
approximate of 15,000 full cats yearly.
Tho actual count three years ago was
11,000 cars-. ,
With the impetus already gained the
prospects of tho future are even far
brighter and better. The manufactur
ing spirit, which was considered a dead
hitter for some time, is revived. This
revival came about in a small and tedi
ous manner, but with tho few small in-;
dustries irt operation, a recent enterprise i
materia uvjfC
mr.'iv ti
in wind; a niiiij'ter of
the largest i-: jita'ts in the city are iu-ten-ited.
Tl:,.s enterprise is the Ieeoy
Duck CV-i.ijtf.-y, which has been tti-lar-iil
to at factory with a capi
tal stoc'-. i't i'MAOOO and Lacked Ly
that .-urn. This company
a raincoat bv a secret
process 'suA.1 tMt- product is to be had
nowhere ciy? iu the country. The com
pany U Ur i-uIW without competition.
The opvi-M'ou and opportunities of this
t . . . .. i -i i . . .
i.-ictory were ui'scrttwd id last week 'c
paper. Tli -re is practically no limit to
its future. . These goods can Le made-
ami sold af a good profit and the field
is a new one altogether. The stock
holders yre enthusiastic without re
straint o ;er tliu possibilities of this fac
tory, ard they are encouraged not only
from a viewpoint of private interests,
but fr m the fact that Union City is
about h be herself again as a manu
facturing town.
Tl is is only a part of what the future
holt i. Contracts are to be let soon for
mora new business houses and resi
dences. We are to have a new Car
negie library at a cost of $10,000 in
connection with our City School. The
$35,000 sewerage contract is to bo com
pleted in six month nnd in operation
s ion thereafter. Some of our best cit
ipns are interested in the building of a
bird road to Keelfoot Lake and already
Ikivc liberal subscriptions made to the
v'ork. The Obion County Drainage
Association is arranging to open up tho
'fork of reclaiming the bottom lands
,'hich surround Union City and the
lountry roundabout, which alone means
en increase in population and agricul
tural industry tributary to Union City
markets. It means millions to the
county. All these things are in sight.
Ihere is no speculation about them and
n -any more we might name of less im
portance probably.
The star of empire is coming this
way, and no people in the world accept
it with greater appreciation. Union City,
assuming its station as third in popula
tion and size among West -Tennessee
cities, bids fair to become even larger
and greater comparatively. The pros
pects are indeed flattering.
e have tho best people, the best
schoolsand churches, the best water,
the Ik health and tho best town on
earth j -
Mayor J. T. Perk ins and Geo. P. Hurt
of Martin, were in the city Tuesday in
conference with some of our citizens
The purpose oi tho visit, as we unde
stand it, was to sound our people with
K.'J-eiu to accepting a slice of Weak
ley County in return for the privilege
of a law court. We are to bo offered
districts two, three, fourteen and that
part of W,eakley County which includes
Martin, with tho agreement that we arc
to favor a law court at Martin. Many
of the people of Weakley County are
fighting a Weakley County law court
so the people of Martin and other west
em sections of that county want to be
annexed to Obion. Some time ago
conference was held here for the -pur
pose of swapping territory with Weak
ley, but this is a different matter alto
gether. The people of Terrell, Martin
hirdner and of Mount Telia, as these
gentlemen represent them, want to be
annexed to Obion and have a court of
their own. Kb one, as far as we know,
discouraged them, and they received a
very kind reception.
A meeting is called by the president
and secretary of the Commercial Club
for all interested citizens in ' the good
roads movement to meet at the City
Hall Monday night, Feb. 20, at 7 o'clock
to take steps to help push the movement
to success.
February 22 is set as the day for so
licitors of the good roads fund to the
lake to get busy and finish the canvass
for cash and work on the widening and
grading proposition.
The fishermen of the lake offer a free
fish fry,s about the first of August or
after tho completion of the good road
from Union City to the lake. Get ready,
men, for five thousand of us.
Other districts of the county are catch
ing the fever and may likewise begin to
improvend widen the roads.
e i. ve been having good roads talk
for twenty-five years, now we are going
to put it into execution.
The drag is a great help to tho roads.
See a sample on the west road by S. 11.
Bratton's and Jake Caldwell's.
Move back men make a forty-foot
road, and when properly graded you will
have a good dirt road.
Work will begin in March on the road
to the lake.
That fish fry, free for all, sounds good
to us.
Membership Weelw
Thirteen years have come and gone
since our beloved and immortal k-adi-r,
Francis Waiiard, was parted from us
h;:J was promote! to higher, nobler
service in God's heavenly kingdom.
Even yet to those of us who were privi
leged to know her and who have felt the
WotKiious inspiration of tier presence and
Her spoken wora, there comes sucti a
longing for the -touch of her vanished
hand, such a hungering for the sound
of her voice, w hich for so long has beeh
still that we cannot restrain the tears
v. Iucii rise in our hearts and gather to
our eves as we think of those davs that
are no more. Never was there a woman
more truly loved, nor'was there ever a
human being more, worthy of the love
and devotion she inspired.
Instead of rearing to her memory a
costly monument ofstone or bronze, her
loyal followers thought of a more beauti
ful w ay, and through the offerings given
on February 17, her heavenly birthday,
they are building a living monument,
which shall exist in constantly increas
ing glory and beauty through the ages.
As one has well expressed it: "The
outer significance of February 17 and
membership week is two-fold an outer
and inner." The outer significance
must be first of all commemorative. A
great life is humanity's best heritage.
No other such rich gift can ever be given
to the world as that which inheres in
the lives and characters of its heroes.
Francis E. Willard was such a soul. She
lived always upon tho heights, because
she lived so constantly in the depths of
body and soul consecration. All that
she had, all that she was, she gave with
a royal generosity, a munificent bounty
to her brothers and sisters everywhere.
Her mind was stored with the wisdom of
the ages; her heart was always on fire
with the love of God as manifested to
man. Such souls come but rarely to
earth. When one is manifested it
marks an era in history. Therefore,
those who were privileged to know at
closest touch this marvelous life, owe it
as a sacred duty to their fellowmen that
they should pass on its knowledgo and
inspiration. ' j
If during membership week each com
rade of the white ribbon army would j
peek until she could find even one other
who would join hands with us in this
great atid blessed work what marvelous
results in added power and influence
would grow out of this consecrated sea
But the inner significance of member
ship week is far greater, more vital than
the outer. What is it to be brought in
to contact with, forces which go to the
making up of a great life and character?
What was it to come into close touch
with Francis Willard when she was, with
us in the flesh? Did it not inevitably
mean a quickening of our spiritual na
tures, a renewed consecration to all that
was highest and best, a new impetus iu
our work and a new concept of the great
heart of God, in which she so constant
ly and so joyously dwelt? Is she then
less a real personality because we no
longer clasp her hand and look into her
eyesr v ould not personal contact with
her to-day mean infinitely more than it
meant even in those exalted moments,
when she seems to us to bring her mes
sage straight from within the veil? Why
should we feel that such contact is not
ours? She is not dead. She is more
intensely alive than we ever saw her. As
we think of her, can we not feel certain
that she thinks of us. Surely she who
never forgot a friend or a friends need
has not so soon become oblivious to tho
needs of her comrades in this great eu
deavor. Ho, she remembers, and in
some way beyond our understanding we
must believe that it is possible for her to
reach us in new help and inspiration
even as we think of her.
Best of all memorial week may have
for each of us a special significance in
bringing us nearer to tho great source
from which all inspired souls have re
ceived their inspiration.
Before woman lies a broad path of
progress and incalculable use; since
Christ has done so much for her, should
she not try to do all she can for him?
There are little children she must lead
to the mercy seat in prayer and teach
such sweet songs of Heaven, that all the
noise of earth cannot hush them in their
souis. mere are cimrciies sue may help
ith her presence, her means and her
labor. There are other great moral re
forms that her subtile and delicate ge
nius may best guide. ' There is a world
to be saved, and what better missionary
to lead it heavenward than woman?
When woman is for God the world will
be redeemed and not before. Mightiest
preacher of the truth is she, fairest!
poslle of love ou earth, treasury of j
irtues, fountain of affection, exquisitely
fitted out to teach the road to heaven.
Sisters, let" us ever be found at our
post, faithful to our duties,'
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