November 8, 1907

Harriet Williams died at the home of her son, Nathan Williams, aged about 91 years. Funeral services were solemnized at Zion M. E. Church and interment made in the adjoining cemetery.

James A. Jefferson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jefferson, died in Milton, aged 1 year and 5 days.[i] Funeral services by the Rev. J. B. McCready, at Reynolds M. E. Church on Monday and the remains interred in the adjoining cemetery by S. J. Wilson & Son.

Roland Maull of Milton and Miss Georgie Wilson of near Georgetown were married at the home of the bride on Sunday evening.

Hattie Waples, colored, has bought the property on the corner of Walnut and Front Streets, of the S. S. F. & D. Co. Consideration $250.

Smith & J. W. Bailey will open a meat store on the corner of Mulberry and Federal Streets. They propose to keep all kinds of meats and cater to the wishes of the public in a general way.

Mrs. G. B. Atkins and Mrs. Lizzie King visited Laurel this week.

The old hickory hitching post in front of the late residence of Dr. George Prettyman has succumbed to time’s decay, and has totted off. It has been relegated to the back yard.

S. J. Wilson & wife have returned from the Jamestown Exposition.[ii]

Clement Hart has put a new roof of corrugated iron on his home residence on Federal Street.

Edwin P. Johnson is repainting his cottage on Broadkiln Beach.

The new building now being built by David H. Wiltbank is nearly enclosed. It is of modern style, and J. C. Clendaniel is the builder.

Orren G. Fenner, aged 63 years and 19 days, died at his home in Lincoln City, on Wednesday. Funeral services were held on Friday at the M. E. Church, at Lincoln, and interment made in the cemetery adjoining. Rev. Cockran preached the oration, S. J. Wilson & Son inhumed the remains.

Naomi H. Atkins, relict of her husband, went peacefully to the great beyond on Wednesday, aged 76 years 9 months.

Leah R. Davidson died at her home in Harbeson, on Wednesday aged 74 years and 10 days. Funeral services, at Beaver Dam M. P. Church, on Saturday afternoon, S. J. Wilson conducted the last sad rites.

The new residence and millinery store now being builded [sic] by Joseph & Morris, on Union Street for Miss Eva Smith—not Eliza Smith—is getting pretty well underway.[iii]

Rev. Alfred Smith delivered a temperance lecture at the M. E. Church on Sunday night.

Robert B. Betts, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Betts, died early on Monday morning, and was interred at Zion Church on Monday afternoon by S. J. Wilson & Son.[iv]

Conner & Baily are negotiating for the purchase of the schooner Golden Rule that now lies water logged off Mount Ararat docks. One of the gentleman is a carpenter and the other a sail maker, and should the purchase be consummated the vessel will soon be put in commission.

Ladies, children and others paraded the streets in the anti-license interest on Monday afternoon, and nearly all of the morning and afternoon of Tuesday. Cornets and drums furnished music and it was a pretty parade.

During the parade on Tuesday morning a man with a two horse team had one of them frightened so badly that the animal reared and fell dead. Enough money was raised to pat the owner the cost of the horse.

At the election on Tuesday there were about 500 votes polled and Broadkiln “dry” by 19 majority.


[i] Cause of death was registered as meningitis

[ii] The Jamestown Exposition was a large fair commemorating the 300th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown in the Virginia Colony. It was held from April 26 to December 1, 1907, at Sewell’s Point on Hampton Roads, in Norfolk, Virginia. See the Wikipedia article for more information

[iii] This is a correction to Conner’s report on October 25, 1907.

[iv] Cause of death was registered as meningitis. Large outbreaks of this disease were common occurrences in the first half of the 20th century, according to the Center for Disease Control. This is not to be confused with “brain fever,” which was a catch-all term for anything illness that Victorian-era people could not understand