1920 Calhoun Monitor MSGenweb
The 1920 Calhoun Monitor
Pittsboro, Mississippi

(April 15, 1920)
New Plan On Road Working

The Board of Supervisors of Calhoun County is going to try an experiment in the way of  (?)

As will be remembered, they have the two big trucks which were given them by the State and Federal Highway departments.  These trucks are still in Jackson, but will be brought out this week.

(?) with Mr. Leland Spraddling [sic] to take charge of these two trucks and proceed to go to working the roads.  Mr. Stacy Gabbert will be Mr. Spraddling’s helper, and will drive the other truck.  Other day labor will be hired as needed.

The trucks will be used to pull a grader, a three-way drag, and to haul sand and other material as needed.

Each member of the board will have Mr. Spraddling for a certain length of time in his Beat and then he will pass on to the other beat.

This arrangement will continue for two months and then the Board will count up the cost and estimate the amount of work done, and the good it amount too, and see whether or not it will pay to continue to carry on the experiment.

The Board is to pay all costs and expenses such as gasoline, oil, etc. and is to pay Mr. Spraddling $150 a month, he to bear his personal expense.

Each member of the Board which has a number of roads which are not under contract, and which they cannot get worked for the money, they can pay.  Too, they want to do some extra work on some of those main roads which already are under contract.

This way they can certainly get their roads worked.  The only question is whether or not it will prove too expensive.

We rather think that the Board is on the right track.  Certainly they have secured a man who is a good man for the job.  Leland Spradling is honest, energetic, and above all has had a whole lot of experience in the matter of road work.

{Note: this article has numerous typos that were corrected; I’ve noticed during all the 1920 papers, their typesetter is very careless.}


No: 3030, Effie Parker vs Clarence Parker, colored
Clarence Parker, whose post office address is unknown: you are commanded to appear before the Honorable Chancery Court of Calhoun County, Mississippi at a term thereof to ...in the Courthouse in the town of Pittsboro, Miss. on the ?th day of  May, A. D. 1920..and there plead, and or demur to a bill filed by Effie Parker, colored, where as you are the defendant...      [Left side of paper missing]
No: 3017, Austin Woodward vs. Ethel Woodward
To Ethel Woodward whose post office address is Little Rock, Ark.
You are hereby cited and ... on the 17th day of May, A. D. 1920. ... or demur to a bill of compl?? filed by Austin Woodward, wherein you are defendant....[Right side not copied]


(May 6 1920)

Executive Committee Meeting  [Excerpts]

The Democratic Executive Committee of Calhoun Co. met at the Courthouse on last Monday where the following business was transacted: N. R. Lamar was elected Secretary.

On motion, Wed. May 12 at 10 o’clock a.m. to be set as the date for the precinct meetings to select delegates to the county Convention and each precinct be allowed the following number of Delegates to said Convention:

Pittsboro -4 Calhoun City -3 Big Creek -2 Sarepta -3 Reynolds -1 Pitts -1
Poplar Springs -3 Banner -2 Ellard -2 Herron -1 Pine Ridge -1 Sabougla -2
Slate Springs -3 Bentley -2 Derma -3 Vardaman -3 New Liberty -2
On motion, Friday May 14 was set as the date for the County Convention to be held in the Courthouse at Pittsboro...
In selecting the delegates, the method to be used according to law is to vote for the persons by secret ballot.
Just received a new line of Young Men's swell shirts, the shirt that makes you feel and know thatyou are well dressed and gives you confidence.  We can fit you.    Sims & Criss    Calhoun City, Miss. Men's Overalls $2.45 per pair; Men's Wash Pants 50c per pair: Dress Ginghams 23 c to 35c per yard; Wool serge x5c per yard; Tennis slippers from 55c up; Ball thread 50c per pound; J. & P. Coats thread 5c; Voiles, Organdies, Flowered Lawns from 12 1/2 c a yard up.                          Wallace & Boyd    Hollis, Miss
Who Said Overalls?
If Overalls are to be worn this season instead of spring suits we can serve you. Selling overalls is not a side line with us.  Its just as much a part of our business as selling clothes of other descriptions.  Overall Clubs are sweeping the county like a prairie fire. We are well fixed to supply the demand as we have now on hand about five hundred pair of Overalls. We are willing to do our part to help the cause along, so we have decided to reduce our prices during the month of May your choice of any of our best grad of Overalls per pair - $2.25 
The Boland Company

(May 13, 1920)
An Interesting Old Newspaper 

We received on Tuesday with the compliments of our friend L. P. Peden of Belen, Miss. a very interesting paper.  It was a copy of the Democratic Banner, published at Pittsboro by Messrs. W. E. Bostwick and J. R. McGregor and dated on February 26, 1886, or just six weeks after the date when the Senior Editor of this paper was born.  This old paper contained many items that are of interest to us, among them a long poem written by Miss Dottie Moore, of Sarepta, on the murder of Detective Wise, for which crime Dock Bishop was hanged on July 4th of that same year.  This poem is a description of the murder and is a splendid piece of verse.  Among the locals is one about the death of an infant of our friend, Major Benning, another about our friend, B. D. Nabors of Sabougla, one about Capt. T. T. Enochs of Benela etc.  At the head of the advertising column is an ad for the “Iron Front Saloon,” with W. E. Moring Proprietor, at Coffeeville, Miss. with a “Full and complete line of Liquors, Wines, Brandies etc.”  Verity the times have changed.

(May 20, 1920)    Saplin Grove

As we haven’t seen any news from this place, will send in a few lines.
Health is very good at this writing.

The farmers are looking mighty blue over this rainy weather but let us trust in God.
A large crowd of our young folks went to Union Grove Sunday afternoon to singing. All reported a fine singing.

Ivy Philpot and Pauline Poteete visited Mamie Springer Monday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Maxey were in these parts Monday.

Miss Ivy Philpot and Lillian Dees took a nice little walk over to Duncan Hill Saturday.

Mrs. Benson and daughter, Mamie Springer, visited relatives near Woodland from Friday till Sunday.

Miss Ora Philpot of Houston will be home Saturday, to the [sic] has been going to school there.  Signed: Boucner


(May 27, 1920)        Dr. Boswell In Calhoun (excerpts)

Dr. Henry Boswell, Superintendent of the State Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Magee, Miss., will be in Calhoun County and will speak at the following places on the dates named:
Calhoun City – 10 a.m. Sunday May 30 – Baptist Church
Vardaman – 4 p.m. Sunday May 30 – Baptist Church

Dr. Boswell has consecrated his life to the suppression of the dread disease, Tuberculosis, and is himself, a living testimonial to the fact that Consumption can be cured. …

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Well, as we know the rain to come, so as the fellow who stepped on the business end of a tack said, “We won’t dwell long on that point.”
(?) attended the Memorial at Rhodes Chapel, Sunday.

Mr. Ashley McCluskey is out on a visit from the oil field in Texas.
We notice (with regret) the continued illness of Mr. Forrest Spratlin. We hope he will be (?)

Mr. A. D. Bingham lost his house and all the contents thereof, by fire last Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Mosley motored to Houston last Monday to have some dental work done.

What has become of Uncle Eli Perkins? … Signed: Jerry

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Saplin Grove

… Rev. Caldwell filled his regular appointment here Sunday, [sic] Pittsboro also Miss Ruby, Jewel and Pearl Maxey of the Pine Ridge community, were pleasant visitors in these parts Sunday.
Mr. Will Liscomb of Union Grove community was here Sunday.

Petition for Pardon
To the Governor And Board of Pardons, Jackson, Mississippi
We, the undersigned qualified electors in and for the County of Calhoun, respectfully ask you to grant unto J. A. Pitts, sentenced from Calhoun County to the penitentiary for four years, a full and complete pardon.
Pitts has served some three years of his sentence, has been a model prisioner, is in wretched health from tuberculosis and has performed meritorious service for the State that we are informed by the officials justified his release.
Respectfully: J. A. Pitt, Joe Willie Davis, W. E. Coleman, W. W. Winters, and others.


(July 1, 1920)
State of Mississippi To N. C. Reeves, Whose Post Office Address is Box 299, Paris Island, S. C.
You are commanded to appear before the Chancery Court of the county of Calhoun in said state on the 9th day of August, the second Monday of said month, A. D., 1920 at Rules, to defend the suit in said court of S. W. Wardlaw, Member of the State Board of Bank Examiners in Charge of the First Bank of Pittsboro for liquidation succeeding S. S. Harris, resigned, wherein you are a defendant.  This the 8th day of June, A. D. 1920.  Signed: C. D. Ellard, Clerk

(July 8, 1920)
State of Mississippi To Geo C. Brown and Co., Whose Post Office Address is Memphis, Tennessee.
You are commanded to appear before the Chancery Court of the county of Calhoun in said state on the, the 2nd Monday of August, A. D., 1920, to defend the suit in said court of Mrs. Margie Hannah,  wherein you are a defendant.  This the 23rd day of June, A. D. 1920.  Signed: C. D. Ellard, Clerk
For Sale: 200 acres of land at Hanna's crossing on Scoona River. 160 acres level and 40 acres in hill. About 40 acres in cotton. Will sell at a bargain.  Small cash payment balance on good terms. Thre is not better land in Mississippi.  A. G. Hamilton, Coffeeville, Mississippi
For Sale: One hundred and fifty bales good Lespedeza Hay.  See me at Pittsboro.  James F. Carter

Sept. 7, 1920
Notice Baptists:
As there were several churches not represented at the Calhoun Baptist Association and as I was elected clerk I asked and received permission of the Association to write you through the paper and ask that your letter be sent me at Pittsboro, Miss., so that you may be represented in the Minutes.
I will not hand the Minutes to the printer for ten days, and if you wish to be represented you may comply with this request within that time.  Leslie E. Roane, Your Friend.

For Sale: - A farm consisting of 130 acres with 60 acres in cultivation, creek bottom land, 8 miles west of Houlka, $25.00 per acre, one fifth cash, balance on good terms.  J. E. Young, Houlka, Miss., R. 2

The swappers brigade was very much in evidence here this week. More stock and sorrier seemed to be the idea.

We have no sale, but list a few prices. 
10 lb bucket pure lard ..$2.60 
Chum salmons pr. can ...  .15 
Domino Granulated sugar, 5 lb ... 1.00 
5 lb. good roasted coffee .. 1.00 
24 lb. sack, Camp Springs Special flour .. 1.90 
24 lb. sack, Southern Pride Cream Meal .. 1.15 

Wallace & Boyd, Hollis, Miss.

For Sale: Three mules, one 2 3/4 James & Grayham Wagon same as new, rigged for logging; one horse, 5 years old; buggy and harness same as new. For sale cheap, for cash or part cash an good note.  J. L. Powell, Derma, Miss.

Found: One man's dress coat on the Big Creek and Calhoun City and near the Ross place. If owner will bring 40c to pay for this ad to Monitor office, he can get the coat.

All kinds of caseing and tube vulcanizing done promptly.  Cooner's Garage

We are having some pretty weather now.
A large crowd from here attended the preaching at Spring Creek.

Some few from this place attended the singing at Water Valley today.
Mr. Duie Ballenger and Miss Vesta Thompson were happily married Saturday. We wish them a happy life.

A large crowd attended preaching Saturday night and were not disappointed.  Signed: Brown Eyes

A Gretna Green affair occurred at Pittsboro last Sunday, when Mr. Calvin McCormick and Miss Velma Arnold drove into town, procured marriage license and were married by Rev. S. H. Shepherd.  Mr. McCormick has been in the Delta for several years, where he has been successfully engaged in the farming business, but he is a native Calhounite - the son of Mr. Henry McCormick, who was one of the County's most popular men - and is a man who is widely and favorably known.  The bride is the daughter of Mr. Joe Arnold, of the Lantrip neighborhood and is one of Calhoun's most popular and talented young ladies. We wish them much happiness.

Health is very good in this.
Everybody seems to be picking cotton and making molasses.

Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Blaylock are the proud parents of a fine baby boy.
Mr. Ruble and Miss Adell Stewart, who have been attending school at Derma, visited homefolks last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lucas visited Mr. N. H. Parker and family Saturday night and Sunday.
Lee and Irene Mitchell attended preaching at Old Town last Sunday.

Quite a crowd from macedonia attended singing at Pine Ridge Sunday.  Signed: Blue Eyes (University, Miss. 9-25-20)

$375.00 will take a 1919 Ford, with practically new tires all-round.  Ford Harrelson, Pittsboro, Miss.

November 25, 1920
A Bit of History About the First Calhoun Village -- Oldtown
Sunday afternoon we spent in the neighborhood of Old Town, visiting old familiar haunts and looking over the ground on which we, our father and his fathr spent a great many of our days.

Old Town was an old town when the white people first settled in Calhoun County in this section in 1828.

For possibly hundreds of years it had been a village occupied by the fierce and warlike Indians. Its first inhabitants were the Chocchumas, a little tribe of Indians who occupied the little strip of territory between the great Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes.  The Chocchumas were on the territory which extended from about Bellefountain [sic] in Webster County to somewhere about the Calhoun-Pontotoc county lines.  They were a small tribe and were continually warred upon by the big neighbor tribes.  At a last and final battle at Bellfountain [sic] back in the 17th Century the tribe was exterminated by the Choctaws; all the men were killed and the women and children were taken into the Choctaw tribe.

After the passing of the Chocchumas, the Chickasaws occupied the territory and they had a village at Old Town on Schoona River.

Every tribe and Indian village had its arrow maker, a man who used his time in making arrow heads of blocks of flint rock. Very few of the boys who now in strolling across the fields, find and pick up the pieces of flint rock, know that all this rock was brought by the Indians from way up North, down into this section by boat, or by trail with it thrown across their backs in buckskin bags.  Flint rock is not native to this section and the Indians went after it to the big flint belts just north of the Ohio River.  It was brought here in pieces about the size of an ordinary brick and then by the arrow makers, chipped off in pieces till they had the finished arrow heads.

When the Indians left here in about 1830, the white settlers came in rapidly from Tennessee and other points.  A number of them settled in and around Old Town.  A flourishing village grew up.

Keel boats and Flat boats ran the Scoona [sic] River down to Greenwood and even as far as New Orleans, carrying cotton and the other products of the land.  There were a number of stores at Old Town.

The first church was at “The Old Burnt Meetin’ House place,” a mile North of where the present church is.  It burned down in 1845.  Then there was a big Camp Ground about two hundreds yards North of the present church.  A Methodist church was built just across the road from the present Enochs house place and was used for many years.

Some of the first settlers were the Enochs, Murphrees, Swoffords, Reagans, Maxeys and others.

In 1852, Calhoun County was organized.  The vote on the new county was 414 for it, and 38 against.  The first courts and meetings of the Board were held at Old Town, or as it was then called “Hartford.”

The first meeting of the Board of Supervisors was held in the Methodist Church at Old Town on the 23rd day of June, 1852.  It fell on the Board of Supervisors to locate the County site.  There were Albert G. Hallum, Lawrence Brasher, Sydney P. Brantley, John Dowdy and Hiram Hall.

Brasher and Brantley being from North of Scoona [sic] favored the location of the County site at Old Town.  Dowdy and Hall being from South of Yalobusha favored the location of the County site in the center of the County.

The center was finally decided upon as being at Camp Springs just North of Pittsboro.  Ebenezer Gaston offered to give the Board 160 acres of land and Hallum, the member from this section cast the deciding vote and located the County site at Pittsboro.

The act of Legislature which created the new county appointed Porter Davis, William DuBerry, Martin Murphree, Christopher Orr, John Hunter and James McCrowry [sic] as Commissioners to organize the new County.

After the removal of the County site, Old Town, as a village, gradually declined.  Though always, as now, there has been a mighty good high class, intelligent citizenship there and a live, progressive patriotic neighborhood.

There is more romance and history around and about Old Town than any other place in Calhoun County.

R. H. "Bob" Hickey writes letter ... Carrolton, Alabama., 11-8-1920...Superintend Marvin Chapel High School...school system different from Miss. and salaries are much better...near Tuscaloosa on the Warrior River... spent some time last year at old home in Vardaman.
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