Cumby......Ninety Years Ago
(Reprints of "The Cumby Rustler" from 1909

From the Cumby Rustler,
G. M. Morton, Editor

Friday, Sept. 10, 1909:

Mrs. Pearl (Mars) Harwell - The death messenger came Wednesday night about 8 o'clock and relieved her of her suffering, all that was mortal of Pearle, wife of Bedford W. Harwell. She had been hovering between life and death for some time but it was thought her chances for recovery were pretty good until a short time before she died. Tis hardly a year ago when Bedford brought her here as his bride with a bright and pleasant prospect for a long happy and useful life. She was of Naples sweetest young matrons. She was 21 years of age. Burial took place at Naples, Texas.

Will Speed passed away Sunday at 11 o'clock. He was picking cotton until 10 o'clock Saturday and quit because he was not feeling well. No thought of approaching death was entertained until Sunday morning, alarming symptoms set in then and he died before anything could be done to bring relief. Will leaves a wife and little grandchild. He was a member of good standing of the Palestine Lodge, W.O.W., and leaves his wife with a good home and money.

Sam Blount writes us from way down in the sticks where he has been chasing a yellow mule up and down the rows all summer, to again advertise his dwelling for sale and to sell it in the next two weeks.

Harris has a few sets of wagon wheels that he offers at less than cost. He will sell you oak rim wheels for $22.50, and bois d'arc wheels for $30. He has different sizes.

Citizens Cotton Oil Co. - Owing to the scarcity of water, we have decided not to operate the oil mill at present, but to give the water to the public. Parties wanting to haul should go in together and fix a scaffold for loading, and it must be understood there shall be no stock turned in.

England's gin at Neyland burned Tuesday. The loss is about $5,000. It was considered one of the fine gins of the country.

Mrs. Georgia Mathis has bought from J. F. Alexander the hotel now occupied by Mr. Holt, to take possession on Jan. 1st. Consideration, $1900.

L. Strickland & Sons have been compelled to shut down their gin until it rains; this is a great financial loss to them and a great inconvenience to the farmers, as this firm is classed among the best ginners in the county.

Rev. C. T. Alexander, of Durant, formerly of this place, has accepted a call to Alexandria, La.

Mrs. Mat Plunkett has been dangerously sick with fever for a week or two but is thought to be improving.

Miss Beulah Keeton left for Amarillo Saturday where she began teaching.

Dial Currin of Sulphur Springs spent Monday in Cumby and left Tuesday for Durant to enter the employment of V. L. Downing.

Mrs. Mollie Parham and little granddaughter, Willie Ray Markham, spent a day or two in Cumby first of the week visiting friends of other days.

Mr. Brewer is putting in sidewalks around his yard and to the street by the corner of the post office. The good work is gradually spreading.

R. W. Harris and Dr. Connor will have concrete sidewalks constructed about their residence at once. Later, when the brick store is completed, they will put in walks in front of their dwellings along Depot Street.

Gaines Satterwhite took his daughter, Miss Oma, to Commerce first of the week where she entered college.

John Warren went to Winnsboro last night to look after his horses. He has eighteen in pasture down there now, having the misfortune to lose one of the best ones yesterday.

Elder Chishohm, one of the distinguished preachers and debaters of the Church of Christ, preached three or four sermons in Cumby, closing last Sunday night.

Fred Cox had his hand injured with a meat grinder Monday.

Work has begun on the Harris new brick. Brick laying will start next Monday.

A large pocket-knife was found while excavating for the Harris brick two feet beneath the surface. No theory as to the former ownership could be formed until some of the old settlers got hold of it and noticed the large cork-screw attached. They as once recognized it as formerly belonging to Dr. Cross of Ridgeway.

Miller Grove Melodies - 

Charlie Cook and William Bone have gone to Commerce to school. Miss Lizzie Pippin and little brother, Pressly, of Point, visited T. G. Pippin and family Saturday. People are busy gathering their crops, it will be a small job this year.

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