The Newton Record
abstracted by Bess Hollingsworth
Volume 1, Number 1, December 5, 1901
McCain, J. A.
J. A. McCain, a prominent citizen of Lawrence, died at the home of his daughter in Meridian last Thursday morning after a lingering illness of something like a year or more. The remains were brought through here on the noon train and interred in the Lawrence cemetery. Mr. McCain was one of the oldest residents of that place, a useful and prosperous citizen, and had many friends in this county and state who will sincerely mourn his demise. Mr. McCain was about 67 years of age, and was the survivor of his wife who had gone on before. He leaves two sons and four daughters to mourn their loss and who have the heartfelt sympathies of all.
Volume 1, Number 2, December 12, 1901
...A falling tree brings death to Jesse Johnson and his little five-year-old son. Interment was in Hickory. He leaves a wife and three little boys, one older and two younger than the son killed.
Miss Kate Armistead, aged about seven years, died at the home of her aunt in Newton, Mississippi , Sunday morning at 9 o'clock. After a brief illness of only a few days, this bright little rosebud was plucked from earth's flower garden and beckoned by the hand of Providence to her eternal home. She had an attack of scarletina on Tuesday and began to grow worse on Saturday night It terminated in something like pneumonia and she breathed her last on Sunday morning.
The funeral services were held at the house Monday at 2 o'clock, and conducted by Rev. J. W. Crisler, pastor of the Methodist church of which she was a Sunday School member. Her remains were laid to rest in the Armistead lot in the Knights of Pythias cemetery. Little Kate was an orphan her father having died in ‘95 and her mother about a year ago and she leaves one only brother and a half-brother and two half-sisters whose deep grief is shared by many loving friends.
Died at the home of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. G. H. McNeill, in Newton, Miss., Dec. 11, 1901, at 9 o'clock p. m. of typhoid fever, Tennie McNeill, aged 10 years. Tennie had been ill for several weeks, and for the past week the death angel had been hovering about the form of this loved one, there being little hopes for her recovery. A day or two ago it was reported that the crisis had been passed, and hopes of all were brightened, and when at an early hour this morning it was circulated that she was no more, it came with a shock to the community. Every care and attention that loving and faithful hands could administer was without avail, and in her childhood innocence, she was borne to the land of rest.
She was the third daughter of Dr. and Mrs. McNeill and the third one that has been taken from them by the cruel hand of death within the last few years, and the demise of Tennie fills their cup of sorrow to overflowing. May the Comforter in distress be with and console the bereaved parents and brothers and sisters. The funeral services were held at the residence this afternoon at 3 o'clock, and conducted by Rev. N. L. Clark, pastor of the Baptist church. Her remains were laid to rest in the Knights of Pythias cemetery, by the side of her sisters who had preceded her, and followed to the grave by a host of sorrowing friends and schoolmates.
Volume 1, Number 4 December 26, 1901
Killed by an A & V train, Will Robinson, son of Dr. A. D. Robinson of Lake, near the Forest depot.
Jones, Rev. R. J.
Rev. R. J. Jones, who was formerly pastor at Crystal Springs, and appointed by conference to return to that charge next year, died at his home this week. He was about 60 years old, had been preaching about forty years, and was well known in this section and over the state.
Volume 1, Number 5, December 2, 1902
William Cornett, a young man who lived in Newton a number of years, died in Hattiesburg the latter part of last week and the remains were brought here on the 3:38 train Monday morning for interment.
An Indian named Morris, about 50 years old, was cut and stabbed to death with knives on Christmas night in the neighborhood of Dormanton, twenty odd miles northeast of here in this county.
Volume 1, Number 7, January 16, 1902
The 4-year old daughter of David Carr died last Saturday morning at 3 o'clock, of congestion, and was buried near Lake Sunday afternoon.
Volume 1, Number 11, February 13, 1902
Mrs. Jesse Jackson, whose husband met such a fearful death at this place a few months ago, has been presented with $250 by the Postal Telegraph Co. in whose employ Mr. Jackson was.
Wilson, Mrs. Lizzie
Wilson - At her home in Newton, Tuesday, February 11, 1902, about 7 o'clock A. M., Mrs. Lizzie Wilson, wife of A. B. Wilson, aged 36 years.
The entire community was shocked Tuesday morning when the announcement of the death of Mrs. Wilson was made. She had been real ill for several days, but was thought to be out of danger. Monday night she ate a rather hearty supper, and the next morning just after the family had gone to breakfast, she called them, and by the time they reached her, life was extinct. Mrs. Wilson was the mother of a little two-day-old infant, and also leaves three older children, two girls and a boy, all small, and it is a terrible blow to them and her bereaved husband. The profound sympathy of every one is extended to the sorrowing husband and motherless little ones. The funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. N. L. Clarke, the Baptist minister, and the remains were laid to rest in the Poplar Springs cemetery, six miles south of here.
Mrs. Wilson was a Miss Baucum, sister of T. A. Baucum, at this place, and married A. B. Wilson about fifteen years ago. They moved to Newton from Garlandsville last year.
Volume 1, Number 12, February 20, 1902
Cleveland, Mrs. Emily
We are sorry to hear of Mrs. Emily Cleveland's death, which occurred Friday, 14th. She was buried at Decatur cemetery Saturday. Services by Rev. N. L. Clarke, of Newton.
Volume 1, Number 13, February 27, 1902
Thompson - In Newton, Thursday, February 27, at 4 o'clock A. M., of consumption of the bowels, Mack Thompson aged about 22 years.
Mr. Thompson, who has been employed as fireman on the Gulf and Ship Island road, came home from Jackson about Christmas not having been well then for several months, and has been confined to his bed ever since. He has had the attention of Drs. McElroy and Tatum of Newton, and Hunter, of Jackson, but their faithful efforts all proved futile, and he passed away early this morning. Mr. Thompson leaves one brother, two sisters and other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, which order will conduct the funeral ceremonies, if they arrive from Gulfport in time. The services will take place at the residence of Mrs. M. S. Doolittle tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, and interment will be in the family burial ground.
Volume 1, Number 14, March 6, 1902
Everitt, Chas. E.
The following special was sent out from Slidell, La, on February 25:
Chas. E. Everitt, formerly of Newton and Handsboro, Miss., died here tonight of pneumonia. The deceased was about 48 years old and came here about a year ago. He was a man of splendid habits and a valued employee of the Salmen Brick and Lumber Company, of this place. He was a son-in-law of J. T. Liddle, of Handsboro, Miss., a son of Dr. G. G. Everitt, who for many years was a practising physician of Newton, Miss., also a nephew of Hon. P. K. Mayers, of Brandon, Miss. A devoted wife, two sons, two daughters, four brothers, namely, H. B. Everitt, of Meridian, Miss., G. W. Everitt, of Cuba, Ala., Captain S. B. Watts, of Meridian, Miss., Major A. B. Watts of Corpus Christi, Tex., three sisters, Mrs. F. M. Meek, Mrs. Emma Moore and Miss Laura Everitt of Laurel, Miss., survive him. The funeral will take place tomorrow evening at 4 o'clock.
A special from Laurel says that "William Seals, a young man, 32 years of age, died here to-night of pneumonia. The remains were taken to Newton County for interment. Deceased leaves a wife and two children."
Hickory Reporter-Index, 27: Tuesday morning Jake Godwin, who lived south of here near the county line, dropped dead while at work in the woods. He and his brother-in-law went to the house nearby to get some oil to grease the saw, and on returning, found Mr. Godwin dead. Heart failure is supposed to be the cause, as he was subject to heart trouble.
Newton Times, 27: Last Sunday an Indian went to the home of a son of Hoche Johnson, Indian, for some ball sticks, and on opening the door was horrified at seeing the dead body of a man hanging by a rope from a rafter. Investigation showed that the dead man was the son of Hoche Johnson, and that the body had been dead for at least 2 weeks. It was evidently a case of suicide. This occurred near Union in the northern portion of the county.
Mrs. Wm. Weems, who has been here a few weeks with her brother, Mack Thompson, whose death occurred Thursday last, returned to her home in Gilbert, Scott Co. Saturday.
Volume 1, Number 15, March 13, 1902
A tragedy was enacted in Hickory last week in which a negro named Will Gray was shot and killed by Ras Harrison, who runs a meat market at Hickory. The Reporter-Index states that the negro was caught stealing some meat, and was told by Harrison that he would have to pay for it, whereupon the negro cursed Harrison and called him a liar, at the same time drawing a pistol and firing at Harrison, taking effect in the hand. Harrison drew his gun and emptied the contents into the negro, causing his death at once. Mr. Harrison gave himself up to the sheriff and will make a plea of self defense.
Volume 1, Number 20, April 17, 1902
The friends of Dr. A. M. McCune sympathize with him in the loss of his sister, Miss Eugenia McCune, who died at her home in Decatur last Sunday evening, after an illness of long duration.
Pettus, Mrs. Thos. E.
The friends of Capt. Thos. E. Pettus, a former resident of Newton, will regret to learn of the death of his estimable wife, which occurred at their home in Albany, Tex., the latter part of last week.
It is with much sorrow that we chronicle the death of Miss Jennie McCune, which sad event occurred Sunday afternoon. The bereaved family have our most sincere sympathies.
George Cleveland, of Stamper, died Saturday and was buried here Sunday.
Volume 1, Number 22, May 1, 1902
Davidson, Geo. W.
KILLED BY RUNAWAY TEAM; Geo. W. Davidson Meets Death in a Horrible Manner;
He and His Wife and Son are Run Over and Trampled Under Foot by a Double Team of Horses
An awful scene was witnessed Tuesday just before noon when a runaway team came dashing down the depot hill and crashed into the buggy of Geo. W. Davidson, resulting in a terrible wreck and in the death of Mr. Davidson several hours later, as well as painfully injuring his wife and little son who were in the buggy with him. They had been to Lawrence to the funeral of Mrs. Taylor, driving in a single top buggy and were returning home having gotten just opposite the depot. A negro driving two horses drawing a spring wagon belonging to J. L. Jackson, was coming along some distance behind, dropped his whip near the residence of A. B. Wilson and got out to get it, leaving his horses unhitched. Before he could get back to them they ran off from him and kept increasing their pace until they were at full speed when they neared the depot. The top of Mr. Davidson's buggy was up, and he did not hear the runaway team coming behind until it was nearly on him, and the horse he was driving became frightened and began to prance, when he checked him, just as this was done, the frightened animals behind in trying to evade the buggy in front, reared up and ran completely over it. There was a terrible crash the result being such a terrible smash-up that it was impossible to tell what happened at the time. The occupants were thrown out and trampled to the ground, the buggy torn into splinters, and all three of the horses detached from the vehicles and their run continued. A number of people rushed to the assistance of the unfortunate people and found, what seemed almost a miracle, that no one was killed. Mr. Davidson and little son were considerably bruised and lacerated, but the aged husband and father sustained the most serious and painful wounds. For a time it was thought that life was gone, but on having a stimulant administered, he revived and was able to talk. His head and back were terribly bruised and he was hurt internally. He was carried into the waiting room at the depot and Dr. McElroy was summoned and said that while his injuries were serious, they were not necessarily fatal; that he thought no bones were broken, though it could not be told how badly he was hurt internally. Everything possible was done to alleviate his pain and he was able to be taken home in the afternoon about 3:30 o'clock. He lived until 8:30 that night when death brought an end to his suffering. Mr. Davidson, or "Uncle George" as he was familiarly called by many, was one of the oldest residents of the county, having lived in it something like fifty years. He had been a citizen of Newton twenty years or more. He was about 75 years old and was a good, honest and upright man. During the war he was locomotive fireman on the Vicksburg and Meridian railroad, and since that time has engaged in farming, and had accumulated considerable property in and about Newton. He was twice married, and one grand daughter, an only some had his wife and two step-sons and a step-daughter survive him. The remains were carried yesterday to the Erin graveyard, about eighteen or twenty miles north of here, near Stamper, where the funeral was held to-day. He was a member of the Erin Presbyterian Church.
The sympathy of the entire community is with the grief-stricken and afflicted wife, and little son, who was the pride of his father's heart.
Taylor, Mrs. Emma Burton
Mrs. Emma Burton Taylor, well and favorably known in Newton where she had many friends, having lived here for a while, died at her home in Jackson Sunday night and was buried at Lawrence, four miles west of here, Tuesday morning, Rev. Dr. Black, of Jackson, officiating at the funeral. Mrs. Taylor was a native of Brookhaven, but before moving to Jackson with her husband recently, she had made Hattiesburg her home, where she was married to J. E. Taylor. Mr. Taylor is a brother of Mr. Taylor of the large mercantile firm of Johnson-Taylor and Co. at Jackson, and went there a short time since to accept a position with this house. His many friends sympathize with him in the loss of his wife of only a few months.
Died, the little daughter of A. B. Wilson, of typhoid pneumonia, in Newton, Miss., Monday morning at __o'clock, aged about 6 years.
The many friends of Mr. Wilson deeply sympathize with him in his sorrows which have not come singly, he only a short while ago having lost his wife, and now is bereft of his daughter. Viola had been a sufferer for six weeks, her first attack being pneumonia. She was very ill for a time with this, but was thought to be out of danger, when there was a relapse and the disease developed into typhoid pneumonia, which brought an end to her young life. She was a member of the Presbyterian Sunday School and the pastor, Rev. J. M. Rhea conducted the services at the residence Monday at 1:30 o'clock. and the remains were laid to rest in the Poplar Springs burial ground. May the sod rest gently on her fair young form.
Volume 1, Number 23, May 8, 1902
Viola, the little daughter of A. B. Wilson, whose death occurred last week, was only four years old instead of six.
Volume 1, Number 24, May 15, 1902
A FATAL RAILWAY WRECK
Engineer Doolittle and Negro Fireman Crushed to Death
An Open Switch Run Into Saturday Night at Jackson, on the Gulf and Ship Island and Engine Derailed.
This community was shocked and saddened Sunday morning when a message was received here saying that Sam Doolittle had been instantly killed in a railroad wreck at Jackson.
The following item from Jackson tells the manner of his tragic death:
"Passenger train No. 4 on the Gulf and Ship Island railroad, which reaches the city every night shortly after 11 o'clock, was wrecked last night in the yards here, and the engineer and the fireman were killed. The dead are:
"Sam Doolittle, white, engineer, of Jackson.
"Ollie Byrd, colored, of Hattiesburg, fireman.
"Besides these persons, an unknown Negro who happened to be standing beside the track at the time of the wreck, was struck by the engine and is now in a precarious condition, and the physicians do not think that he can recover.
"The wreck occurred shortly after 11 o'clock, and was caused by the engine splitting the switch. The engine ran for several feet after it had left the rails, and Mr. Doolittle was swept out of the cab backwards by a switchstand, and when he was picked up a few minutes later he was dead. The fireman was crushed beneath the engine, which overturned.
"None of the passenger coaches left the track, the engine being followed only by the baggage car, which left the rails but did not overturn. "The remains of Mr. Doolittle were taken to his home on Lea Street where a sad scene was enacted. The run was not Mr. Doolittle's regular run, but he came in as an extra in the place of another engineer, as he desired to spend Sunday with his family in this city. He had just built him a neat little cottage on Lea Street, where he had installed his wife and children. He was one of the most popular engineers on the road, a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and a member of several secret orders. The remains were taken to Newton this afternoon, where they were interred in the family lot at that place. "The accident is said to have been caused by a carelessly set switch. When the engine hit the switch, the same not being properly set, it caused it to ‘split the switch' as they say in railroad parlance."
The remains arrived here Sunday evening on the 5 o'clock train and the funeral services were held at the home of his mother, Mrs. Martha Doolittle, Monday morning at 10 o'clock. The ceremonies were conducted by Rev. J. W. Crisler, and interment was in the family burial ground, just north of town. The remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. Mr. Doolittle was about 37 years old and was raised in the town of Newton. He was formerly an engineer on the Alabama and Vicksburg road. A wife and three children, two girls and a boy, survive him, as well as his aged and widowed mother, of whom he was the only son. They have the profound sympathy of every one in their sad misfortune.
A native Chinaman, known as Thomas, who has lived hereabouts for a number of years, died at his home just outside of the corporation a few days ago. He was a Confederate soldier during the war. Thomas married a Negro woman, who, with several children, survive him.
Volume 1, Number 25, May 22, 1902
The reports sent out last week from Jackson saying that Ollie Byrd, the Negro fireman on the train which was wrecked, was killed, were erroneous, and the Clarion Ledger says: "Ollie Byrd, the Negro fireman who was seriously and perhaps fatally injured in the wreck of the Gulf and Ship Island passenger train near the city limits of Jackson on the night of May 10th, has filed suit in the circuit court of Hinds county asking damages in the sum of $5000."
Volume 1, Number 27, June 5, 1902
A negro named Otho Jones, who works on the farm of R. T. Williams, north of town, was struck by lightning last Friday evening and instantly killed. He was at work in the field plowing and the horse, which belonged to Mr. Williams, was also killed.
Horace Evans, the negro who was shot about ten days ago while working in a saw mill down at Abel, on the Laurel branch of the Gulf and Ship Island, and was brought to his home here, died Tuesday night as a result of the wound. He was shot one time in the side the ball striking the spinal column, causing blood poison. The slayer is said to be a white man of the aforesaid town, and as yet he has not been placed under arrest. G. H. Banks, of this place, has been employed to prosecute the case and leaves on to-day's noon train for Abel, to effect the capture of the guilty party.
Volume 1, Number 29, June 19, 1902
Heidelberg, A. C.
Maj. A. C. Heidelberg of Heidelberg, well-known here, died at his home Tuesday. He was here often of late in the interest of the Richardson Land Co. He was 63 years old, and mayor of Heidelberg at the time of his death.
J. G. Brunson, of Conehatta, was in Newton Monday and brought the news of the killing of Lonie Walters by Tom Smith, both negroes, which occurred at that place last week. The difficulty occurred during a crap game when, in a scuffle over a bottle of whiskey, Walters was shot with a 41 Colts revolver. At the preliminary hearing the evidence showed that the killing was accidental, but as it was a case of criminal negligence, Smith was bound over to the circuit court in the sum of $500, which bond he made. He was defended by Mr. Brunson.
Volume 1, Number 33, July 17, 1902
KILLED BY A FALLING TIMBER; James Long, of Near Lake, Loses His Life While Unloading a Wagon
Jas. Long, a farmer and teamster living near Lake, who was in the employ of the Earle Lumber Co., was killed Saturday evening about 3 o'clock by a heavy piece of 12x12 timber falling on him. There was no witness to the deplorable accident, but it is thought that in trying to unload his wagon, the hook he was using slipped and the heavy timber caught him before he could escape. There was another teamster about a quarter of a mile distant behind him, but by the time he arrived and removed the log, life was extinct. Deceased was between 35 and 40 years old, and was held in respect and esteem by all. He leaves a wife and seven children who have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community. The funeral was held at High Hill Sunday evening. Mrs. Long is a cousin of J. L. Bell, at this place.
Whereas, By the providence of a kind and loving heavenly Father, we are called upon to mourn the loss of our sister and co-worker, Miss Cornelia A. Watts, who God removed to that Eternal Rest on the 26th of June, 1902, and
Whereas, We wish to express in some degree our high appreciation of her worth as a consecrated Christian worker, and especially her ardent devotion to duty in her Sabbath school, Resolved, By the Sunday school of the Methodist Episcopal Church South at Newton, Miss., that we recognize the beautiful Christian character of our beloved sister, and esteem in the highest the years of consecrated devotion she gave to our school, both as member and teacher. That as a daughter she was tender and thoughtful of a kind father who welcomed her to the "Better Land" and her devotion to her mother, who waits on this shore, was beautiful; that no truer sister ever lived; that she always spoke a kind word for everyone. Her life was one of self-sacrificing devotion. That while by her death our Sabbath school has sustained a great loss, we realize that it is better because she lived and labored in it. With a holy resignation to the will of her heavenly Father, and with Christian fortitude complaining not, through all her suffering, her departure, though sad to all, has left its benediction upon us.
May our Father comfort those whom she so loved on earth and sustain them in their great bereavement. Expressing our sympathy for the family in their sorrow, we bow reverently to the will of God. Resolved further, that these resolutions be spread upon the Sunday school minutes and a copy furnished to the family of our deceased sister, also copies to the town papers for publication.
Mrs. Crisler, Committee
Volume 1, Number 35, July 31, 1902
Partin, I. P.
E. W. Partin went to Meridian Friday to attend the funeral of his brother, Dr. I. P. Partin, returning Monday.
Castles, M. S.
M. S. Castles, of near Chunky, died last Sunday at 5:30 A. M. of typhoid fever. He was a promising young man and had many friends here. He was a brother to W. S. Castle, formerly of this community, who died at Pachuta last Tuesday and was buried in the Sixteenth cemetery on last Wednesday. The families have our sympathy.
Dr. Camp's five week old baby died at this place (Chunky) last Wednesday at 8 A. M. and was laid to rest in the Blue Springs cemetery Thursday. We join the doctor and family with sympathy in their sad loss.
Volume 1, Number 39, August 28, 1902
Wilson, S. H.
S. H. Wilson, well known here, where he was a former resident, but late of Point, near Chunky, died at his home Saturday. Deceased was aboout 45 years old and leaves a wife and four children. He had been married twice, and was a brother-in-law of J. R. Woodam of this place. Mr. Wilson had built up a prosperous mercantile business at Point. The funeral took place at Siding.
FATAL WRECK; Westbound Mail Train Derailed, Fireman Killed and Engineer Seriously Hurt
The westbound mail train, which passes here at 3:38 A. M. was wrecked this morning at Dixon, about five miles west of Jackson, and the fireman killed and Engineer John Jones probably fatally wounded. The cause of the catastrophe was a tree fallen across the track, and the information is that the engine was almost demolished when it struck it. Particulars are rather meagre, as on account of the stormy weather the wires are not in good working order and it is not known what further damage was done.
Miss Plasette Kidd, who has been confined to her bed since spring, died last Monday and was buried at Hickory.
Wilson, S. H.
Since commencing to write up the Chunkey news, we learn that S. H. Wilson, of Point, two and a half miles east of this place, died today of yellow jaundice.
Volume 1, Number 44, October 2, 1902
Watts, J. B.
Resolution of Respect
We, your committee appointed to draft resolutions relative to the death of our deceased brother, J. B. Watts, who was buried Masonically by Newton lodge No. 57, Be it Resolved, That in the death of our worthy brother, J. B. Watts, McLaurin Lodge No. 449, has lost one of its brightest jewels, who early succumbed to that great messenger, Death.
Resolved, That we tender thanks to Newton lodge No. 57 for the Masonic burial of our worthy brother, who departed this life July 22, 1902. Be it further Resolved, That a page of our minutes book be set aside to his memory and a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the parents of our deceased brother and the lodge wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.
R. M. Spencer
J. F. Wilder, Committee
Died, last Saturday night, the infant of Jno Parker, of cholera infantum. We extend sympathy to the bereaved.
Volume 1, No. 50, November 13, 1902
Colored girl found dead...Alberta Rainey, of Newton, met with tragic end. Body discovered about 5 o'clock Monday morning, on sidewalk in Meridian, with neck broken..
Volume 1, No. 52, November 27
Overstreet, T. R.
It was estimated that 150 persons attended the funeral of T. R. Overstreet last Thursday. Among them were many sorrowing relatives from the upper neighborhood. The whole affair was sadly witnessed by our people as well as those elsewhere, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and sorrowing relatives. The remains were laid to rest in the Chunkey cemetery at 3:30 last Thursday evening, Rev. W. P. Vaughn officiating..
Ervin Tillman, aged 22 years, died of slow fever after an illness of about two weeks at the home of his father, Jno. Tillman, one and a half miles west of this place. Ervin was a promising young man, who by the careful and good training of his parents, had won the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. He leaves a host of sorrowing relatives and friends who join in sympathy with the family whose regrets one can never realize except by like experience.