OCR Interpretation

The commercial. (Union City, Tenn.) 190?-193?, December 11, 1914, Image 1

Image and text provided by University of Tennessee

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn89058321/1914-12-11/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

Ovrr White & Burchard'i Drug
Store, Union City, Tenn,
OiSc M4-2, Residence 144-3
Over Whita & Burcharj' Druy
Stort, Union City, Term.
Office 144-2; Residence 144-3
fniou Cit7 Commercial, eahl!shs d !S0 j
Wel Tennessee Courier, established 187 I
VOL. 23, NO. 37.
Consolidated September 1, 1497
T7-k TT A TT
it I
Xi XI J ii
roNT keepyouk:
When your money is burned up, regrets won't bring it back
to you. It is very unsafe and it worries you a whole lot to have
money in your house or in a hole in the ground. , Besides "look
ing" time after time to see if it is safe teaches people where it is
and makes it very unsafe.
Union City, Tannsssae
Grain: Co.
' Wholesale and Retail
Grain, Hay and Field Seeds
Alsike, Alfalfa, Red Top, Timothy,
Blue Grass, Orchard Grass
and all kinds of Field Seed
Corn Chops, Bran, Oats, Cotton Seed
Meal and Hulls
and all kinds of Feed.
Union Gity, Tenn.
Telephone No. 31
p y
Let me figure with you on your feeding this winter.
I am in position to give you some close prices on
Cotton Seed Products
As I am associated now with the Lake County Man
ufacturing Co., both at Tiptonville and Dyersburg,
Tenn.; am representing them on a salary and can
give you
Mill Prices and Ilia IliEiiest Protein Jails
Call either at office or by residence phone at night.
We are also paying the Highest Market Price for
Custom Ginning after this week, Wednesdays and
Office Phone 346. Residence Phone 514
F, L. PITTMAI1, Usnsgsr Union Giiy, Tenn.
Legislature Should Provide
Convict Labor on Roads.
The great question that is confronting
tbe people of Tennessee, is to find "ways
and means" to build good roads. Tbe
necessity for them is known to every
one, and is disputed by none. They put
the farmer in closer touch with the
world. They will bring the auto truck
to his door, taking to market such things
that ba has to sell and returning, bring
ing him those things necessary for tbe
welfare of the family. Tbey will bring
graded schools, and their influence will
be felt in the churches by increased at
tendance, and by having better paid
preachers, the moral conditions of the
community will be much improved. The
question of government aid is one for
future statesmen to solve. Aid from
this source is far in tbe distance and we
should now direct our activities looking
for, and devising ways and means to
build them ourselves.
The system that seems to be giving
universal satisfaction is, building pubiic
highways by convict labor. Tbe States
of California, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas,
Missouri, Montana, New York, Oregon,
New Mexico, Virginia, Wyoming, Colo
rado, who have been experimenting with
this system for a number of years, are
very enthusiastic about it, and are now
planning for great things along this line,
the coming year. ' , .
"Now, as Warden Tynan remarks,
the Colorado convict is no saint, and
about 25 per cent of them are dangerous
and should be confined. Of the 75 per j
cent, some really should not be where
they are and all can be trained to better
citizenship for the return to freedom by
treating them as men. In accordance
with this theory, which has been con
firmed in practice, the men who are al
lowed to go out to work are treated
housed and directed in their work -like
any well arranged railroad camp outfit
They constructed their own temporary
living quarters, but there are no bolts on
the doors nor bars on the windows
True, they all retire to bed and arise at
the same time, but so do soldiers. The
men are worked in rural districts; they
do not go to town, 'and unless a man
breaks a rule be need never return to
the prison. He can serve his full term
in the open air, and when bis time ex
pires be he has become proficient in
something, surveying, , blacksmithing.
farming or other occupations for which
there is a demand. Not only that, but
by earnest, faithful work of eight hours
daily and observance of the rules he can
reduce a five year term one half."
Tbe State of Virginia says to any
county that wants to build a good road
(this applies to the building of perma
nent roads only), If you will furnish
the tools and material, the State will
furnish the brains and labor.". The
brains are furnished through the engi
neer of the State Highway Commission
and the labor furnished is that of con
victs. Should a county decide to engage
in the building of good roads an appli
cation is made to the Highway Commis
sioner, who visits tbe place and makes
a complete survey, just as for a railroad.
A blue print is struck off and the county
furnished with a detailed estimate of the
cost of the road, so that it will know be
forehand the exact expense. If they
agree on the kind and character nf road
to be built, a requisition is made upon
the superintendent of the penitentiary
for so many men of the State Convict
Koad Force. The superintendent then
drafts the required number of men and
sends to tbe point of work without cost
to the county. "
The men are not clothed in the usual
prison stripes, but have a uniform of
Khaki or blue. The men as soon as
put on the road gain rapidly in flesh and
their appearance is much improved.
It would be humane and just to pay
the convicts while at work so much per
hour for their labor to enable them to
take care of those depending upon
them. v;:. ,,
The laws of these States have been
carefully read and examined, and the
gist of tbem is, that the best system ii
to have a Highway Commission with
power to hire a competent engineer to
assist and direct county engineers in lay
ing out a comprehensive system of roads,
connecting with adjoining counties.
Many counties need changes in their
line of roads, taking them out cf creek
bottoms, straightening them, reducing
grades and running around the bills in
stead of over tbem. This will meet with
much opposition by those affected, and
tor will reouire the services of a skilled
engineer and a diplomat to make the
We have had too much enthusiasm in
some of our road building, and some of
the money raised by bond users has
been spent unwisely,leaving the counties
with a burdensoms debt, and no money
for maintenance. It would be better if
tbe necessarv concrete culverts and
bridges were built first, and then an
earth road graded and keptin order with
a split log drag; thin makes a fine surv
iceable road when properly cared for,
The gravel and broken stone can be ap
nlied at anv time, and at places where it
is most needed. The longer that an
earth road is used and dragged, the bet
ter it is. Tbe United States Office of
Public Boads, Washington, D. C, is
sues pamphlets describing how to build
all kinds of roads, tbe split log drag and
bow to use it. Many counties of our
State are working their work house
prisoners on the public roads with good
results. The using of prisoners for this
work has passed the experimental stage
it has proven to be all that its strongest
advocates claimed for it; it has won
high place in public favor. Our next
Legislature should enact such laws 'as are
necessary, looking to the building of our
roads by convict labor. ,
Buffalo To Try Commission,
Buffalo, the second city in New York
State, with a population estimated at
400,000, is to become the world's largest
commission-governed city. The fight
for a new charter, which has continued
over a period of t ten years, was won at
the recent November election, the city
votine bv a majority of more than
16,000 to establish the commission form
of government.
., Some of the notable features of Buf
falo's new- charter are summarized by
the Albany Knickerbocker Press. From
this summary it appears that the new
charter abolishes a total of fifty elective
municipal offices. For these it substi
tutes five elected officers, only three of
whom are to be voted for at any one
election after the first election in No
vember, 1915. t The charter abolishes
the use of all party emblems and party
names at primaries and general elections,
providing that names of candidates must
appear alphabetically on the ballot. It
eliminates the ward system of "govern
ment and abolishes the present method
of nominations. It gives any 800 citi
zens the right by petition to nominate
, In place of the old councilmanic
boards there will be five Councilmen, or
Commissioners, each of whom is at the
head of a department. They are au
thorized to pass ordinances and to con
duct the affairs of the city in general.
All meetings of the Commissioners are
to be public and the votes of each Com
missioner are to be put on record. The
old Board of Education is also abolished,
and with it the elected School Superin
tendent. The new charter establishes a
Department, cf Public Instruction with
its head a board of education of not less
than five, of which one must be a WO'
man, to have charge of tbe public
schools, their properties, expenditures
and affairs. 1 v
Under the provisions of the new char
ter franchise grabbing will be a thing of
the past. , The voters alone are given the
power, at a general or special election,
to grant rights for public service corpo
rations to occupy streets and public
places. If special elections are called to
pass oh such matters the public service
corporation which is seeking favors must
pay the expenses of such elections. In
this respect the charter is said to be dif
ferent from that of all other commission
charters now in existence.
A referendum check is provided for
all ordinances, should the voters, by a
5 per cent, petition, demand one within
thirty days, except in case of emergency
ordinances affecting the public health or
safety.: . , .
Other features of the charter aresimi-
ar to , tne commission cnarters else
where, and the scheme of government
is practically the same as that in other
commission cities. It will be more than
a year before Buffalo enters' upon tbe
new regime. , As the largest city under
the commis.sion form, its experience will
be of interest and value to other munici
palities, Louisville Courier JournaL
Death of Miss Addie Gardnar.
After an illness of nearly three years
Miss Addie Gardner died at the home of
her mother, Mrs. Nan Gardner, in the
city, on Saturday afternoon at 5:30
o'clock, Dec 5, 1914. !
Miss Gardner was 48 years of age
She was reared in Union City and for
some years was saleswoman in the lead
ing Union City dry goods stores. She
enjoyed a liberal patronage and an ex
tensive friendship and her work was of
great value to the merchants, as well
also did hit good judgment, generosity
arid kindness contribute to the pleasures
of home. There were those at home
for whom her sacrifices made up a life
of heroic character, but one of pleasure
and devotion to these duties.
She preferred the plain and simply
practical in life, but wag unalterable in
faith and loyalty tbe highest standards
of character, and earned the encomiums
of truest friendship. , Miss Addie was
esteemed by the largest number of peo
pie, loved by her friends and enjoyed
tbe affections of her mother and family.
witnessed in their devotions through ber
long illness. She had intellectual force
adorned with the graces of heart, and
her life was an example of true womau
Miss Gardner was a member of the
Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She
is survived by her mother and sister
Mrs. Annette Boaz, and her brothers,
Dick at home and Ben at Malvern, Ark
Her father, S. M. Gardner, died about
twenty-five years ago. :
Services were held at the residence on
Second street Sunday afternoon at
o'clock, conducted by Rev, C. M
Zwingle, and the remains were interred
at East View, escorted by a large funeral
procession, and her grave was covered
with beautiful floral tributes.
Death of J. L. Cox.
Jacob L. Cox died at his home about
six miles west of Woodland Mills on
Friday night, Dec. 4, 1914, after an ill
ness from access or tne stomacn and
bowels. Mr. Cox was born Feb. 18
1840, aged nearly 75 years.
He enlisted in the vicinity of his
home in the early days of the Confed
eracy and served in tbe Southern cause
three and one-half years. He was in
the Thirty-tbird Tennessee. In 1874
he was married to Miss Mary Aun
Whipple and two. children were born,
one dying in infancy, the other a daugh'
ter, whose death took place severa
years ago.
After the death of his first wife Mr.
Cox was married again. Mrs. Josie
Inman, who gurvives, became Mrs. Cox
in 1899. There are also surviving t
sister and brother of Mr. Cox, the lat
ter Mr. Green Cox, besides a grandchild,
Mr. Cox was a member of the Bap
tist Church, and a well known citizen,
esteemed by his community as a man
of worth and character, and his death
causes universal sorrow.
Remains were interred Sunday at
Salem, with services at the church by
Rev. Huey.
: Death at Hopkinsville.
W. S. Long, of this place, received a
message last week stating that his cousin,
Mrs. Dr. Young, of Hopkinsville, Ky.,
had died very suddenly of heart trouble;
The same message stated that Thomas
W. Long, brother of Mrs. Young, had
died from the shock of his sister's death.
Tbe death of these most estimable peo
ple plunged the community in which
they lived into inexpressible grief. They
were children, ofc Gabriel Long, of Hop
kinsville, Ky., and great-grand-children
of Major Gabriel Long, of Virginia.
Tbe Hopkinsville New Era speaks of
them thus: - No two people Lad mora
real friends and there were none as true
and loyal friends to more people.
Their death brings genuine sorrow to
everybody, high and low, rich ani poor,
who camo within the scope of their
friendship and their places can never be
filled in the hearts of those who bad the
privilege of knowing and enjoying their
plendid generosity. No one in trouble
ever appealed to them in vain, and their
hole lives were of unceasing kindness
to those tbey were able to befriend.
- Lady Reaper.
Call l-'O and pr-t your coal and wood.
Union City Ico k Coal Co.
Memory of Uncle Lee Gray.
The subject of this sketch was born
in Kentucky July 29, 1S23, aud 1 hence
tbe family moved to' Louisiana for a
short time. In 1845 they settled in
Obion County at the home place near
Crystal. The country was at that timo
practically a wilderness of native forest
of the bills and canebrake of the low
lands. In 1845 Mr. Gray was married
to Miss Manda Howard, who died in a
short time. His second wife was Miss
Nancy Howard, and the union was
blessed by a large family of children,
ten of whom were reared to maturity,
as follows: Henrietta, David Allen,
Frances, Demaris, Demetry, Marion,
Mary Ann, Willie Dee, Maggie, ; and
Lou Rena, Beven living and three do
ceased. The mother died May 4, 1914.
Mr. Gray was a member of the Bap
tist Church about sixty-five years. He
was one of tbe members of the Reelfoot
Baptist Church and never missed a pro
tracted meeting for sixty years. For
two years he was an invalid and could
not attend. He was a great church
worker and a man of powerful influ
ence for good in his community. Every
body knew and loved Uncle Lee. His
life was ripe in the years of stalwart
manhood, of usefulness and Godliness,
and his community and those dear to
his heart will ever cherish his good
name. -
Deceased bore his illness and suffer
ing with patience and forbearance, and
left with his parting words, that he was
"only waiting for the Lord to call him
home." Death took place Nov. 18,
1914. ,
Death of A. G. Allmond.
Aaron G. Allmond died in this city at
the home of his son, S. E. Allmond,
Dec. 3, 1914, at 10.10 o'clock a. m. af
ter a few months illness. Deceased was
74 years of age. He was born Jan. 9,
1841, in Henry County and reared in
Weakley County. He was married in
Weakley to Miss Mary Ann Wilson Fob.
12, 18G1. ? The death of the latter took
place seven s years ago. Mr. Allmond
was tbe last of a family of brothers and
sisters. He is survived by a son and
daughter, S. E. Allmond and Mrs, Cora
Harrison, the latter residing at Dresden.
Deceased was by trade a carpenter and
followed that pursuit in Union City for
a number of years. The family settled
in Obion County about thirty-seven
years ago. ; He was a member of the
Christian Church, an Odd Fellow, and
lived to honor his church and fraternal
connections, Since the death of Mrs,
Allmond Mr. Allmond has lived with
his son and daughter, and had been
with the former for some months, when
illnes overcame him. U
Mr. Allmond was a man of quiet
habits and pleasant manner. He was
thoroughly houest in his convictions of
right and duty and respected bis obliga
tions with tbe highest faith and prac
tice. He lived uprightly and honorably
and his death brings its parting grief
and consoling memories.
Services were held Friday at the resi
dence of S. E. Allmond, conducted by
Rev. Louis Jones, of Troy, and the re
mains were interred at East View.
Kathryn Bingham.
On Friday night, Nov. 27, at 1 o'clock
Miss Kathryn Bingham, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs, J, L. Bingham, of Ken
ton, Teun,, was called from the flower
and beauty of youth Co the gajrden of
paradisetransplanted from a tenement
of earth to tbe immortal glories of Eden.
The young lady was one of the most
nteresting and attractive of her school
ife and environments. She was a mem
ber of the M. E. Church Sunday school
and devoted to ber class work. Indeed
gifted in the graces of sweetest girlhood .
she was universally loved, an affection
ate daughter, a loving friend, who will
be greatly missed from the circles at
home and elsewhere. She leave .with
heart3 bowed down father, mother, one
sister and one brother.
The remains were conveyed on Sun
day afternoon to Union Grove Church,
with service by Rev. B. TV Fuzzell, and
interred at the Union Grove Cemytery.
Deceased was & relative of Mrs. S. D.
Wooahy, of this city. .
Attention, Confederate Veterans. .
Warren McMonald Camp No. itfO
will met in tbe City Hall in Union City
the first Moirday in January, 1915,st 1
m. ... . : ,:
J. T. LA-ntv, CommanJiT.
It. Poutix, Adjt.

xml | txt