Bob Cox’s Yesteryear
Today’s article comes from the March 1, 1894, edition of The Comet newspaper, one of my favorite publications of old:
“Editor Comet: Snow, blow and freeze have been the order of the exercises on the part of the weather bureau out here for the last few days, but, at the time of this writing, it appears as if Old Sol will yet be victorious.
“The school at Douglas Shed, taught by Reverend W.A. Adcock, closed last Friday, and an attempt was made to give a public concert on Thursday night.
“In anticipation of a nice time, quite a number of our boys and girls went over there, but promptly came back because a significant crowd of rough individuals took over to divide the entertainment by keeping up such a confusion in the house that it was impossible to hear anything.
“The crowd becoming unmanageable causing the teacher to dismiss the audience almost at the opening of the concert. But we were glad to say that the school met on Friday and proceeded with the program in spite of the interruption on the night previous.
“We think it is high time that the good citizens who are in favor of law and order should rise in their might and say that whosoever disturbs a meeting of people who have gathered for improvement or amusement shall be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
“The instigators of this disturbance are well known, and they should be made an example of by meting out to them such punishment as they rightly deserve.
“In other news: The Methodists have been conducting a revival at Mount Zion for the last week and are reported to be meeting with some success.
“Miss Mary Simmons of Hawkins County, who has been visiting relatives in the neighborhood for the last few weeks, started for home last Saturday. Mr. Ben Wine of Sullivan County paid his brother a short visit this week.
“Mr. W.K. Martin was through here last week trying to enlist the service of our Republican friends in his behalf at the coming primary.
“We are, as ever … Tattlek. Spurgin, Tennessee, Feb 27, 1894.”
More information can be obtained about Spurgin from the impressive 1,290-page “History of Washington County,” compiled and edited by Joyce and W. Eugene Cox.
If any of my readers can identify with Spurgin and/or Douglas Shed, I would be interested in any information for a future column.
Reach Bob Cox at email@example.com or go to www.bcyesteryear.com.