August 17, 1923
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The following letters will no doubt be read with interest by the majority of the Sentinel's readers; the first from then Assistant Postmaster-General A. A. FREEMAN; (remembered by all the older citizens of this county)to Hon. H. H. MAHON; and the other from Mrs. J. W. HANNIG, formerly Mrs. A. DICKERSON, who with her infant daughter, were the only survivors of the Alamo in Texas massacre;
Dear MAHON--When I stopped here, Austin, Texas, on my way south, I learned that the wife of Lt. DICKERSON, now Mrs. HENNIG, lived in a few miles of this place. I learned this fact too late to see her in the evening. I had to leave town next morning at 7:30 o'clock; but I determined, before I left, to see the rerson who last saw Davy CROCKETT alive, and who was present on that memorable occasion. Accordingly, at 4 a. m. I took a hack and drove out two miles to her residence. I found her a portly lady of apparently 65 years of age. I asked the old lady to write me a short history of the massacre, which she did. I herewith enclose it, and would like to have the paper preserved in some suitable manner. A. A. FREEMAN.
Mr. A. A. FREEMAN--You ask me to write a few sketches of the fall of the Alamo. I will do so , although I have forgotten a great many points. Just before the enemy arrived, headed by Santa Anna, I was at the Marquiz house near Main Plaza. The enemy appeared first in swarms early in the morning in the south western suburbs of the city. Their forces were from ten to thirteen thousand strong. As soon as my husband foudd out the enemies were coming, he rode up to the house and told me to give him the baby and told me to get up behind him, which I did, and we reached the fort in safety. I stayed there till after the fall; then Colonel BLACK ask if Lt. 's DICKERSON's wife and baby were in there. At first I was afraid to say a word, but being assured by Col. BLACK (who was an English Colonel in the Mexican Army) that they were not there to kill women but to fight men, I spoke. Then I was permitted to leave the fort, but was shot at and wounded in my right ankle. Before leaving and during the struggle, I saw the last man fall. His name was WALKER. He often fired the cannon at the enemy. Wounded, he rushed into the room where I was and took refuge in a corner opposite to me. The enemy followed him and shot him first, and thenstuck their bayonets in his body and raised him up like the farmers do a bundle of fodder with their pitchforks, when they load their wagons. Colonel BOWIE was sick at the time. He was killed on his couch, but not until he had shot down with his pistol several of the foe as they entered his chamber. Col. BOWIE was remarkable for his bold and fearless disposition. Col. TRAVIS commanded the garrison and was killed in the struggle, David CROCKETT remarked during the seige that he had rather be out in an open field to fight than to be shut up like they were. I do not remember how many men he killed. I never saw my husband, Lieutenant DICKERSON, after the enemy took the fort. Just at the beginning of the fight, he came in to my room and kissed me and said goodbye my dear wife, if you are spared, take care of my baby; then ran out drawing his sword. That was the last I saw of him. I have been where our men were burnt. My daughter and son-in-law are both dead, and left four children, two boys and two girls. The girls are with me and the boys are doing for themselves. And now, Mr. FREEMAN, I must close, hoping that you will be pleased. Very Respectfully, Mrs. J. W. HANNIG-; formerly Mrs. A. DICKERSON.
Mrs. John HUMPHREYS, of Jackson, and daughter, Mrs. Clara SUTTON, of Nashville, were honored guests of our town.
Mrs. Geo. M. CORNATZAR, of Bells, is the guest of her son, Ernest, near town.
Mrs. E. L. LEMONDS and little daughter, mary Frances, spent Tuesday in the home of Prof. Paul CONLEY and wife of Crockett Mills. She was accompanied home by C. M. WILLIAMS and Harold OZIER, of Henderson.
Henry EDWARDS, wife and Miss Nettie DAVIS spent the week-end with relatives in Dyer and Dyersburg.
Bro. R. L. MOBLEY, now of Cincinnati; one of Crockett's proud sons, leaves Sunday for Louisana to assist in a big revival with one of his college classmated.
W. Lee PERRY, of Nashville, spent lasr week with his aunt, Mrs. J. D. PORTER.
W. B. BOOKER, wife and children, accompanied by Mrs. R. L. MOBLEY and Miss Lillian BRANDENBURG, attended the homecoming at Brownsville last week.
Mrs. Emmett GRIGGS had as her guests this week, mrs. Harold REECE and baby, of Memphis; Mrs. REECE will be remembered as Miss Gertrude TULLOS.
Mrs. Annie R. CASEY spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Humboldt with her sister, Mrs. Ollie JONES, to be at the bedside of her little neice, Loise, who had her tonsils removed.
H. W. REAVES, J. N. JACKSON, Tom HUMPHREYS, and Dr. JAMES attended the funeral of Dee COLVETT, last Monday.
J. L. BLACK and family of Vicksburg, Miss., are here as the guests of his mother, Mrs. J. C. BLACK.
Mrs. Joe WILLIAMS left Thursday to visit her sister, Mrs. Ira JACKSON.
Mrs. W. C. RAGLAND had as her guest last week, Miss Ruby LAY, of Brownsville.
The homecoming of the children and grandchildren of Mr. & Mrs J. M. WARREN, August 8th, to honor and reverence the 78th milestone of "mother" was not only a source of pleasure to the family, but to the close friends who were among the 71 guests to pay homeage to this good woman. May she live on to see many more birthdays to draw together her sons and daughters , families and friends.
The annual reunion of the Tipton County Confederate Veterans, under the auspices of Jim Brown Bivouac of which Capt. James R. FALLIN is Commander, was held at Brighton. About 5, 000 people were in attendence. The counties, Tipton, Shelby, Lauderdale, Dyer, Fayette and Haywood being well represented.
The large farm of Geo. A. FARISS and Sons, near Savannah known as the Fairfield Stock Farm, has been sold at public auction. The entire property brought about $15, 000.
Odell JONES, wife and son, Henry, of Memphis and Miss Mattie Lou JONES, of Humboldt, were the guests of Roe RAINES and family Monday.
Miss Mary WATSON, of Elizabeth, is spending the week here with her sister, Mrs. Leslie VERNON.
Dr. J. E. HAYSE, wife and daughter, of Dyersburg spent Sunday with his brother, W. C. HAYSE and wife.
Dr. Dave CONYERS, wife and daughter, Gladys, of Chestnut Bluff, were here, guests of R. L. CONYERS and family Sunday.
Mrs. SCOTT, of Crockett Mills spent the week with her daughter, Mrs. A. L. COLTRAIN.
Herbert PERRY and mother, Aylmer CATES, wife and son, David, of Brownsville, spent time at Reelfoot Lake and visited Jack PERRY at Tiptonville.
--CROCKETT MILLS ITEMS--
F. M. HENDERSON and wife are the proud parents of a little girl, born Saturday. she has been named Lucy Jean.
A. A. SCOTT, of Tigrett, spent the week-end with his daughter, Mrs. W. C. COOPER.
W. E. TODD, wife and daughter, Mary Frances, of Bells, spent Sunday in the F. M. HENDERSON home.
Mrs. Sam BALLENTINE underwent an operation for appendicitis at a Dyersburg hospital Sunday.
J. B. MANNING and sons, Bennie and Myrle and J. B. STEPHENSON spent a few days in Paragould, Ark.
Miss Lucy REVELLE, who has been sick for several weeks is reported worse.
--KARRAKER & BADGER--
Under the softly glowing candle light, in a room beautifully decorated with ferns and sweet peas, Miss Charlene BADGER & Mr. Alva H. KARRAKER were married at 6 p. m. Sunday, July 29th, at the bride's home in Ewing, Illinois, by Rev. H. L. WATERS, pastor of the Baptist Church of that city. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. S. G. BOOTH, formerly of Crockett County. She will be remembered as a pupil and teacher in the Maury City School. Miss BADGER was very poplar with a wide circle of friends in Ewing and Mt. Vernon, where she has been teaching the past two years. The groom, since graduating fron the University of Illinois, has been with the University Extension Department, with the exception of two years served with the Engineers during the World War, one year in France. A pleasing feature was the presence of Mrs. Alice RICHARDSON, who sang the same song that she sang at the mother's wedding, also the wedding march. After the ceremony, the young couple left for a motor and lake trip to Niagara Falls, and other points.
--CLARK FAMILY REUNION AT CLEM CLARK'S, NEAR CYPRESS CHURCH--
On August 9th, at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Clem CLARK, near Cypress Church, a very happy reunion of relatives and friends occurred. Those present were: Mr. & Mrs. Frances CLARK, Victor CLARK and wife, and Mrs. Anna MENZIES and daughter, all of Paragould, Ark. ; S. B. CLARK, H. P. CLARK, wife and son, G. H. CLARK, wife and daughter, Mrs. J. N. CLARK and son, Vestal WATKINS and family, Mrs. M. E. GIBBONS and son, Mrs. Jennie SKIPPER, Mrs. Candis CROSSNOE, and F. M. GOLDSMITH and wife. At the noon hour, a bountiful dinner was served, which was highly enjoyed, and all were lavish in their praise of Clem's good wife for providing such a feast.
Mr. B. T. LEWIS has been able to be on the streets again, to the delight of his family and host of friends.
We are glad to report that Mrs. J. F. NEIL is recoving from a malarial attack, which kept her confined to her room for ten days.
Mr. A. W. HAWKS, of Humboldt, has been here visiting his daughter, Mrs. A. ENKINS.
Miss Faye PERMENTER was hostess of an enjoyable week end house party given in her beautiful country home. Guests were Misses Robbie & Pauline SANFORD, of Nashville; Minnie Lou THOMPSON, of Friendship; Rebecca FARROW and Martha WHITE of Bells.
Misses Allie Maie BRYANT, of Memphis and Frances BRYANT, of Providence, have been guests in the home of their grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. R. D. BRYANT, visitng their brother and sister, O. E. & Mildred BRYANT. They all accompanied Allie Maie home Thursday for a visit.
Mr. Thornton MOSLEY and family, of Chicago, Illinois are here visiting in the home of his uncle, J. C. MOSLEY.
Dr. L. A. JELKS and family, of McCRORY, Ark., were visitors here last week in the home of her sister. Mrs. F. H. NEIL.
Miss Birdie WHITE, of Brownsville, spent Wednesday in the home of her brother, E. E. WHITE.
Mrs. BARTON and daughter, Mrs. Kyle GRAY and daughter, of Mason, were guests of Mr. & Mrs. G. W. WALKER.
Miss Fostina PARKER returned home Wednesday, via the Dodge Route, accompanied by Misses Lillie MARR, Jessie McCALL, and brother, J. D. PARKER, of Portageville, Mo.
On his way to Jackson last Saturday afternoon in a car, Mr. Pled PATTERSON ran into a two horse wagon and was pretty badly bruised up. He was able to be brought home Wednesday, but will no doubt be able to be out in a few days.
Mrs. R. L. CROSSNOE returned last week from a ten days visit to her husband at Prlrhatchie, Miss., where he and Messers. L. H. BOLING and John CARTER are marketing a lot of timber from land they bought a few years ago.
Mr. Ernest GIBSON arrived on Thursday of last week and remained until Sunday at 6 p. m. when he and his wife and baby left for their Texarkanna, Texas home. Sunday afternoon Mr. C. DINWIDDLE, wife and two children came up from Brownsville, so the editor had the delightful pleasure of having his seven children, five in-laws and seven grandchildren all home at the same time.
Mr. & Mrs. R. L. AIKIN are visiting relatives in Selma this week. They will visit their son, Henry and wife in Knoxville next week.
--MAURY CITY ITEMS--
Mrs. H. R. BRANCH left Wednesday for Gainsville, Fla., to visit her daughter, Mrs. Rebecca THOMPSON.
Mrs. PITTMAN, of Bells, was the guest of her sister, Mrs. L. N. JETTON, this week.
J. B. EZELL, wife and Mrs. CARTER spent Saturday & Sunday with their sister, Mrs. Laurs HARRELL.
Miss Fay TIPTON, of near Alamo, has been a guest of her uncle, Jimm HARRIS, for several days.
Burion PERRY and wife of Memphis spent the past weekend with his parents, Will PERRY and wife.
During the electrical storm Friday, lightening struck Will Thomas MOORE's residence and did considerable damage.
A colored man by the name of Will ROBERTSON was drowned Saturday in a creek near the mound. The body was found 24 hours later near where he sank.
Miss Annie BOLING, of Bells, spent the past week with her uncle, Guy PERRY.
Lee FULLER, wife and neice, Annie Katherine PIERCE, of Oakland, Miss., spent Tuesday night with his uncle, J. D. HARDISON and family.
The little 10-months-old baby of Jim CHANEY and wife came near dying early Friday morning. In some way their little daughter, three-years-old, Abner, got a box of strychinine tablets that a veterinary had left for a cow and the baby ate a part of one of the tablets. They rushed the child to town and by the time they reached here it was having convulsions, but with the quick work of Drs. BOOTH & O'NEIL, they saved the child's life.
Notice is hereby given that I have qualified as Administrator of the estate of R. B. GRIGGS, deceased, and all parties havings claims against the estate are hereby notified to file the same, duly authenticated, with John H. PERRY, County Clerk Court Of Crockett County, Tennessee, within 12 months from this date, or they will be forever barred.