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The Galveston Daily News, Tues., June 30, 1874:

Gregg County – From the New Era of the 27th, published at Longview: Married at the residence of the bride’s father in Gilmer, June 15, by Elder H. B. Pender, Mr. C. L. GALLOWAY to Miss Ida W. HEWLETT, both of Gilmer, Texas.


The Galveston Daily News, Tues., June 30, 1874:

Gregg County – From the New Era of the 27th, published at Longview: Married on the evening of the 25TH inst, by the Rev. J. P. Holloway, Mr. Benj. E. PHILLIPS of Gregg county, and Miss Mattie J. FAMBROUGH, of Rusk county.


The Galveston Daily News, Feb. 19, 1875:

Mr. O.H. PEGUES, treasurer of Gregg county, died suddenly near Longview on the 14th.


The Texas New Era, Sat., Jan. 4, 1879:

Married at the residence of the bride’s father in Shreveport, Louisiana, on Dec. 24, 1878 by Rev. W.C. Dunlap, Mr. Thomas M. CAMPBELL to Miss Fannie J. BRUNER.


The Texas New Era, Sat., Jan. 11, 1879:

Married at the residence of the bride’s father in Longview on Tuesday, the 7th, Mr. Leroy TRICE and Miss Mollie M. SEIGLER. J. L. Terry officiating.


The Texas New Era, Sat., Sept. 20, 1879:

Married at Peach Grove on Thursday, August 21st by Rev. Mr. Stinoham, Mr. Joe EASIE and Miss Bell Y. ACRE.


The Texas New Era, Sat., Sept. 20, 1879:

Married at the residence of the bride’s parents on Tuesday, September 16, 1879 by Rev. A. E. Clemmons, Mr. Joe H. CARTER and Miss Sarah HOSKINS, daughter of J. M. Hoskins Esq.


The Texas New Era, Sat., Oct. 11, 1879:

Died, Mrs. M.M. ORR on Oct. 4, 1879 at her residence two miles north of town. Mrs. Orr was the daughter of James F. and M.A. Renfroe, and was born in Hancock county Georgia on November 22, 1846. She had been a member of the Baptist church for 16 years, and died in that faith. The husband and three little motherless babes, together with the parents and other relatives, have our sincere sympathies.


The Texas New Era, Sat., Oct. 18, 1879:

Died, Mrs. Mary DOBBS, wife of Mr. T.M. Dobbs, on Sunday evening. She left a devoted husband and two little children. Her mother lives in Georgia.


The Texas New Era, Sat., May 9, 1880:

Removed: Mrs. Blanton and sister have moved to a private residence north of the Era office. Mrs. Blanton has a small lot of clothing and millinery on hand which she will sell on very reasonable terms. She will also contract for sewing, dress making, etc.


The Texas New Era, Sat., May 22, 1880:

Married at the residence of the bride’s father on May 20th at 2 PM, Mr. H.E. PHILLIPS of Mineola to Miss Hattie TAYLOR of Longview. Rev. John Portmess of Terrell officiating.


The Texas New Era, Sat., Oct. 9, 1880:

Married at the residence of the bride’s father in Longview on Thursday night, October 7th, Mr. Charles B. CUNNINGHAM and Miss Neva WHITEHEAD, B. W. Brown officiating.


The Texas New Era, Sat., March 5, 1881:

Married at the residence of the bride’s father Mr. Wilson SMELLEY, near Longview, on February 24th, Mr. Isaac H. HOWARD and Miss Eliza SMELLEY. Rev. D.A. Dickard officiating.


The Texas New Era, Sat., Aug. 13, 1881:

The home of Mr. TRICE, son-in-law to Mr. John P. Seigler, was made joyous one day this week over the arrival of a fine son.


The Texas New Era, Sat., Sept. 24, 1881:

On Tuesday the 18th Patrick E. KING, 46, died. He was born in Ireland, county Mayo, on July 22, 1835 and came to this country when he was 24. The people of Dallas, Gladewater, and Longview will remember him as an honorable business man.


The Texas New Era, Sat., March 3, 1883:

Married, T.D. CAMPBELL and Miss Anna HACKETT on Sunday morning, February 25th, 1883 at Baptist Church in Shreveport.


The Texas New Era, Sat., March 10, 1883:

Married, Prof. J.M. PERDUE and Miss TODD on Sunday, February 25th at the residence of the bride’s mother in Upshur county.


The Texas New Era, Sat., April 21, 1883:

Died at his residence near Gladewater in this county on last Thursday, Mr. Ira JOHNSTON. He died of consumption.


The Texas New Era, Sat., April 21, 1883:

Died in this city on the 26th, R.E. THOMAS, recently from Burksville, Cumberland county, Kentucky.


The Texas New Era, Sat., April 21, 1883:

Married near Hallsville in Harrison county on the 12th, Mr. C.F. SCHAFER and Miss Cenia MORRIS. C.C. Dickard Esq. Officiating. All of Harrison county. Mr. Schafer is 52, and she is 16.


The Texas New Era, Sat., Aug. 18, 1883:

Married at the residence of the bride in this city on last Wednesday morning at 10:00. Mr. P.E. COLEMAN and Mrs. Nora E. COLEMAN, relict of Dr. T.M. Coleman, deceased.


The Texas New Era, Sat., Aug. 18, 1883:

Married on the evening of August 15, 1883 at the residence of the bride’s mother Mrs. S.J. Dickard, Mr. James L. HENDERSON to Miss Adella C. DICKARD, all of Gregg county. Rev. B. W. Brown, officiating.


The Texas New Era, Sat., Oct. 6, 1883:

Died: Mrs. PENDLETON, proprietress of the Junction Hotel, Longview, died of consumption at the residence of her uncle in Frankfort, Kentucky on September 15th.


The Texas New Era, Sat., Oct. 6, 1883:

Married at the residence of Mr. Peter Vanderwater in this city on Sunday, September 30th, Mr. Robert K. PERRY and Miss Nellie L. Young. Rev. J.L. Terry, officiating.


The Texas New Era, Sat., Oct. 20, 1883:

Married at the Presbyterian Church in this city on last Wednesday night, Mr. F.A. GLENN and Miss Carrie WILSON. Rev. DeWitt Burkhead officiating.


Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Sun., Sept. 28, 1884:

LONGVIEW, Tex., Sept. 27 – Mr. W. S. F. WILKINS, probably the oldest mill man in this section, died suddenly this morning, it is reported from a hypodermic overdose of morphine, to the use of which the old gentleman was unaccustomed.


Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Court of Appeals of Texas:

No. 2639: James Tillery v. the State, Nov. 11, 1884

James TILLERY was charged with the murder of J.N. ALLISON in Gregg County. The venue was changed to Harrison County, and Tillery was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 30 months in the penitentiary. Apparently Allison had at one time accused Tillery of burning Allison's store house down and there was bad blood. Tillery, a grocery merchant, at one time had occupied Allison's storehouse and the two parties had an altercation after the presidential election of 1884.

Allison had a drug store. The shooting occurred about 30 steps north of the telephone office, which was in the second story of the Boring & Kennard building. Allison, after the shooting, fell from his horse nearly in front of his drug store on the north side of Tyler Ave (now occupied by Rembert as a dry goods store).


Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Sat., Nov. 15, 1884:

Longview, Tex., Nov. 14 – Evans TERRY, editor of the Surprise, was greatly surprised by two surprises given by his wife Wednesday night. They are named Cleveland and Hendricks. They weighed seventeen pounds. Father, mother and children are doing well.


Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Dec. 1, 1884:

Longview, Tex., Nov. 30 – A report of a horrid death comes from Grand Bluff neighborhood. An eccentric gentleman named John LeNOILE, who had allowed his hair and beard to grow until it reached his waist, was hurriedly ginning his last bale of cotton and in endeavoring to loosen a “tight roll” his hair and whiskers became entangled, drawing his head down to the saws. The machinery being thrown out of gear, the driver ran to see what was the matter and found the old gentleman in a dying condition, living but a short time after being taken home


The Galveston Daily News, Mar. 9, 1885:

Longview, Mar. 8 – Yates FLANAGAN, son of Mayor J. W. Flanagan and brother of Hon. Web Flanagan, died of heart disease, was buried in Henderson.


Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Weds., April 29, 1885:

Longview, Tex., April 28 - Three deaths occurred here Sunday from disease of the heart. Rev. Job Taylor succumbed to heart disease. He will be remembered by all the old settlers in this part of the state, having come here thirty-three years ago. As a Methodist minister he preached throughout this section for 25 years. He had many relatives in various parts of this state, and in Mississippi and Tennessee.

W. F. Casey, one of the prominent men of the junction, was another victim. He had been at the Gould hospital at Fort Worth a short time, returning home a few days since. A member of the Knights of Pythias, his remains were taken in charge by the Pythian lodge and buried with the Knights’ appropriate and touching ceremonies.

Mrs. James Callahan, wife of a poor carpenter and mother of a large family, also died suddenly Saturday afternoon of the same disease. Mr. Callahan was at work on a building when about 3:00 his daughter came with streaming eyes to inform the husband and father of his unexpected and sudden loss.


The Galveston Daily News, Jan. 3, 1886:

Necrology of Physicians in Texas – 1885:

Dr. O. J. Mitchell of Gregg County died on a visit to his sister in Longview, September, 1885.

Dr. McCutcheon of Longview, Gregg county, died at Humbolt Tenn. after a long illness on Nov 8, 1885.

Dr. Soll Ward, of Marshall, Harrison county, died June 17, 1885, aged 77 years.

Dr. E. P. M. Johnson, of Marshall, Harrison county, died of paralysis, September 4, 1885, aged 66 years. He was a member of the Texas State Medical association, a Cumberland Presbyterian, and was buried with Masonic honors.

Dr. T. C. Hood, of Marshall, Harrison county, died October 9, 1885, after a long, painful illness.


The Galveston Daily News, June 26, 1886:

Mr. B. BUTTERILL, one of Longview’s and Gregg County’s oldest and best citizens suffered a stroke June 25th, and is in critical condition.


The Texas New Era, Sat., May 1, 1886:

Married, W.E. GARABRANT, one of the oldest engineers on the T&P railroad was married this morning, April 28th, to the beautiful, young and accomplished Miss Lizzie SMITH at her home in Longview Junction. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Father Granger of Marshall.


Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Fri., Feb. 18, 1887:

Longview, Tex., Feb. 17 – Mrs. Polly GRAY, an old lady of 86 years, was burned to death in a horrible manner near Harmony Hill on Tuesday. Mrs. Gray was carrying in a shovel of embers when she was overcome by a fit of vertigo, dropped the embers, then fell upon them.


Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Tues., June 2, 1887:

Mr. H. PLATT, telegraph operator at the Junction, was married at Elmo yesterday to Miss Katie HOLLIS of Anson, Texas.


The Fort Worth Gazette, Mon., June 13, 1887:

The death of “Uncle Jonnie” HARRIS last night cast a gloom over the community. Uncle Johnnie was night caller at the Junction, and was one of our oldest and best citizens, and famous for jokes and fishing and hunting exploits.


The Fort Worth Gazette, Fri., Dec. 30, 1887:

Longview, Tex., Dec. 29 – The most brilliant wedding ever celebrated in this place was consummated last night between Dr. J. E. CLEMENS, a prominent young physician a short time resident of this place, but whose home is in Louisville, Ky., and Miss May C. EVANS, daughter of Major Richard J. Evans, receiver for the Galveston, Sabine and St. Louis and general manager of the Texas, Sabine and Northwestern railroads.

The ceremony was performed by Father Granger of Marshall, Texas, and was a ceremony used by the Catholics when a member of their church is wedded to a member of some other church, and unlike the church ceremony. Miss Laura Evans, Miss Anais Evans, Miss Ella Poe and Miss Mayde Allison were the maids attending the couple.


Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Tues., Jan. 3, 1888:

Longview - J. P. HIBBARD, an old Scotchman, aged about seventy years, died quite suddenly yesterday morning at his place two miles north of town.


Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Fri., Jan 6, 1888:

Longview, Tex., Jan. 5 – Robert H. BRUCE, a wealthy young merchant of Mineola, on January 4 married Miss Mittie BROWN, daughter of B. W. Brown, D.D., one of the very first Methodist devines of this place, and organizer of this, Gregg county, and its first Representative to the Fourteenth Texas Legislature in 1873.

The ceremony, performed by Rev. George A. Le Clere, was very fine.


Fort Worth Weekly Gazette, Fri., Jan 27, 1888:

Longview, Tex., Jan. 25 – Last night at 12:15 fire was discovered in the cotton warehouse owned by Allen West Compress Company, of St. Louis, which contained one hundred bales of cotton most of which belonged to F. T. Rembert, a merchant of this place. The flames spread so quickly that the faithful work of the fire department was of no avil in saving the immense structure, but they kept the fire from spreading to the adjoining buildings which if once on fire would have doomed the entire eastern portion of the business part of town including perhaps 25 stores.


The Galveston Daily News, Fri., Feb. 10, 1888:

Longview – On Tues. M.W. HUNTER, living 6 miles west of Longview on the Allison place near Pine Tree, died. He is the son of Dr. Hunter who came here from South Carolina. Dr. Hunter suffers from paralysis.


Forth Worth Daily Gazette, Fri., Dec. 21, 1888:

Longview, Tex., Dec. 20 – Yesterday Charley McDONALD caused a sensation by marrying Miss Alice DELOY of this place, only 16 years old. She had no lawful guardian, but was living with the aunt. Mr. McDonald is from Neches, and had a friend here who arranged the elopement for him, which was carried out very successfully, though it was quite bold. The friend in a carriage drove up to the front door of L. c. brown’s, who was Mrs. Deloys uncle, and Miss Deloy, by pre-arrangement, ran out bareheaded and was rapidly driven toward the courthouse, stopping to take in Mr. McDonald on the way. The couple were married before the old folks were aware of it.


Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Thurs., Dec. 27, 1888:

A brilliant wedding will be consummated in the Presbyterian church to-morrow night, the contracting parties being Hon. R. B. LEVY, Jr., member of the state legislature from this county, and Miss Essie WRIGHT, daughter of the general Texas and Pacific passenger conductor of Fort Worth, but whose family resides here. The bride and groom will leave immediately for Galveston, thence to Austin to attend the ensuing term of the legislature. Richard Levy will be the youngest man in this body, and, but for his wedding, would have been the only young single man in the Texas legislature


Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Mon., April 7, 1890:

Longview, Tex., April 6 – This morning at 5:00 the switch engine ran over and killed a blind beggar. From papers on his body his name was made out to be Lige DAILY, from some place in Missouri. Other papers made him from Texas, but owing to defacement the words could not be read.


Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Tues., Sept. 23, 1890:

Longview, Sept. 22 – Saturday evening late W. C. HERNDON, a worthy blacksmith of this place, was putting on a wagon tire which parted and struck Mr. Herndon on the stomach with terrific force. He was soon under the influence of opiates, but died last night at 9:00. He was one of Longview’s first settlers, and was one of our best citizens.


The Fort Worth Gazette, Weds., June 10, 1891:

Longview, Gregg County, Tex., June 9 – Sam JOHNSON, who was assisting in loading rails on the Brown and Flewellen train railway this morning was knocked off and had his foot crushed and skull broken. He was brought to this place and three hours after the accident was attended by a physician but diet at 2 PM.


The Fort Worth Gazette, Fri., March 4, 1892:

Longview, Gregg County, Tex., March 3 – The most terrible boiler explosion ever know in this county occurred this morning at 7:50 at H. C. Terrell’s mill, fifteen miles southwest of this place, instantly killing four men and badly injuring four others. The explosion was the heaviest known to mill men, tons of heavy iron being blown a quarter of a mile high and several miles away. The nearby mill pond was blown dry, and all houses near were demolished.

Lee BERRY, a temporary fireman, was instantly killed, all his clothes being burned off. His wife had recently died, leaving two children.

J. M. BURCHAM, saw filer, was also fearfully mangled, and leaves a wife and four children.

James FLOWER, shingle cutter, was killed. He was a single man, and came here lately from Wisconsin.

Abe MITCHELL, colored, night watchman, cut about the head, perhaps fatal, his wife and several children.

Squire Jones DILLINGHAM, one of our county commissioners, a man eighty years of age, but very vigorous, father-in-law of Superintendent Brasher, was standing near by and was struck and knocked down with a piece of the boiler about eight feet square, of several hundred pounds weight, is still alive, but will die. He is the oldest inhabitant in this county, having fought Indians and served in the three last wars.


Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Sun., March 6, 1892:

Longview, Gregg County, Tex., March 5 – Mr. H. C. Ferrell brings the intelligence contrary to the small hopes of the doctors here, that Esquire DILLINGHAM died this morning at 7:30. Abe MITCHELL, the Negro watchman, is still suffering, but will recover. Francis FAMBROUGH is suffering considerably, and his wound may yet be fatal. Mrs. J. M. Burcham, the widow of Burcham, the saw flier killed instantly, gave birth the night of the disaster to a girl. Both are doing well.


The Galveston Daily News, Weds., Feb. 14, 1894:

Pensions: Mexican war survivors increase: Samuel A. Houston, Longview, Gregg county.


The Galveston Daily News, Aug. 13. 1895:

Longview., Aug 12th – This morning night policeman C.M. BUTTS, who had a key and was allowed access to J. M. Sparkman’s Drug Store, made a soda and accidentally used a fatal amount of a drug thinking it was syrup. Dr. Obrien took care of him until he died.


The Houston Daily Post, Fri., July 16, 1897:

Longview, Texas, July 14 – Last night about 9:00 while a large party of merry-makers were bathing in Lake Thorne, the large tank belonging to the Texas and Pacific railway at the junction, Mrs. B. W. Van ALLEN became exhausted and sank in 20 feet of water. Her sister, Miss Sharlie Peck, and Mr. Garland Pegues came near losing their lives in a heroic attempt to save her. It was two hours before the body was recovered. The funeral took place this afternoon. Mrs. Van Allen leaves a husband and a child 15 months old.


The Houston Daily Post, Sat., April 2, 1900:

Longview, Texas, April 27 - W. M. COLE, the new mayor of Longview, was born in Ladonia, Texas, January 1, 1864. He graduated in medicine at the Kentucky School of Medicine June 18, 1891, and has been engaged in the practice of medicine at Longview since that time.



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