Excerpts from the
Mountain Echo
Laurel County's
first newspaper

                                                Reprinted with permission of the Laurel County Historical Society

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Jan. 27, 1888
It is a girl and Mr. and Mrs. J.D. SMITH are about to go ecstasies. It first saw the light of day last Sunday morning.

Died: At 6 o'clock on the morning of the 14th inst. Mary Farnces Barrett, her body was buried at the Pine Creek Church burying ground, Laurel County. She was the wife of Wiley Barrett, the daughter of Jas. and Martha Barnes, and granddaughter of David Graybeal. she was born March 18, 1868. She leaves a little son nine days old.

Marydell: Born on the 18th to the wife of George Hibbard, a son.

Died: On the 23rd the wife of Robert Cheek.

Feb. 3, 1888
Last Wednesday was Police Court and the most important case was that of Simpson TIPTON against his son, Dan, for swapping to him a diseased mule. The verdict was in favor of the defendant.

February 3, --J. L Hale closed a very successful writing school at Slate Hill Church on the 28th ult.

Born to the wife of  L . H. Parsley last Sunday morning, a bouncing boy.

Married: Wednesday January 25th, at J. M. Thompson's home, D.W. Rourke and Nellie Sears, by Dr. Asbill. They left on the midnight train for Missouri, with the bride's parents, where they will make their home.

Ex-Judge J. I. Weaver and family are occupying Mrs. L. J. Williams property recently vacated by J. W. Jones.

Daniel Morgan, an aged and respected citizen of Clay County and a deacon in the Christian Churchy, dropped dead on the 20the ult., of apoplexy.

Elhanan Sizemore shot and instantly killed John Asher on Red Bird, Clay County, a few days ago. We have not been able to learn the particulars of the difficulty more than that Asher shot at and wounded Sizemore before the latter killed him.

Born: On the 26th ult., to the wife of Mr. Thomas Edwards of Raccoon, a boy, William Thomas Gordon Edwards.  Mr. Edwards is just 70 years older than his son and gave the young man a name containing 26 letters, which represents the 26 letters of the alpahbet and also the day of the month on which he was born.

"Gabe Southerland is dead", was whispered along the line last Thursday morning. Died of consumption, aged about 50 years. The surviving members of the seventh Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, who read these lines will likely remember Gabe, who was a member of K Company, and for three years during the sixties, carried a musket. On many a field did the Seventh go down into the valley of death, but Gabe was among the few who returned to the native heath, old Laurel, where he passed his days a plain, good natured man, but non... had a kind word. Gabe lived his life the best he could, and when death came,  was still a soldier  who had no  fear of the  Conqueror. "One by one they cross the river", and in a little while all that mighty host of the nation's defenders will be with their old commander. Gabe's remains were laid at rest in the Camp Ground Cemetery, four miles east of Lily, and amid the forest trees where the winter winds will chant his requiem, and when spring come, may daises bloom at his head and feet.
Gabe left two children, girls 10 and 13 years of age, who should receive the guardian care of his old comrades for he left them but little of this world's goods.

February 10,--Mr. Thomas Alexander, of East Bernstadt, has been granted a pension for services in the Mexican War.

Died: On the 16th ult., at his residence near Fariston, this county, infant son of Mr. and Mrs.  Sigel Turner.

Mr. J. H. Parsley left last Wednesday morning for his father's on Raccoon where he, together with his infrant babe, will make their future home.

Died: At her residence in the suburbs of London at 8 o'clock last Monday night, of fever, Mrs. Susan Parsley, wife of J. H. Parsley and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Mahan. Mrs. Parsley was a bride of only about ten months and leaves behind her a much bereaved husband and an infant boy, just one week old. She was about twenty two years old, and for several years, an
exemplary member of the M. E. church, South, and we believe was truly a christian in the full acceptation of the word. She was a kind, affectionate and generous lady, admired and loved by all who knew her and her death is an irreparable loss to both the church and society, and creates an aching void in the family that can never be filled. What makes her sudden removal from earth to heaven the more deeply felt by the community is the fact that she and her young husband seemed wholly devoted to each other, having united themselves together in poverty and under adverse circumstances; they were struggling heroically up the hill of time, apparently successfully, making their humble, though happy home, pleasant to all who visited them,
and a perfect heaven to themselves. That the flower of such a family should wither and decay so young and its hopes of success and happiness be forever severed is indeed sad. But, in this , his great bereavement, the young husband can hug to his breast the happy thought that he has planted in heaven, that place where sorrow and trouble are unknown and sickness and death never come, a bright jewel, one that will serve as a guiding star to  his weary soul. Her remains after appropriate funeral services had been performed at the methodist Church by her pastor., T. S. Hubert, were laid to rest in the public cemetery on Cemetery Hill last Tuesday.

February 24, --Robert Jones and family, Thomas Day and family, John House and family, Ned Cobb, John Gray, David Nicholson and George Yates citizens of the eastern portion of this county and the western portion of Clay, boarded the north bound train here last Wednesday night for Nebraska, where they intend to make their future home.

February 24, 1888--Died: At home, near London, Ky., on February 11, 1888, Mrs. Nancy Kuhn, in the seventieth year of her age. Mrs. Kuhn had been confined to her house for two years; her sufferings were very great, but she bore them with christian fortitude until God called her from earth to heaven. She was a good neighbor and kind wife and affecttionate mother. She came to her door and called me to her just four weeks before she died, and told me that she was going to die and that she wanted me to close her eyes and to see that she was buried by the side of her daughter. She told me not to say anything about the conversation until after she was dead. I asked
her if she was prepared to died and she said she was ready and awaiting; she  had made her calling and election sure; and I believe she is now in  heaven. Her husband and children have our deeepest sympathies in their grief, and may they prepare to meet her in heaven, where there will be no more parting. Mrs. Sallie Maxie.

Our Harlan correspondent gives a graphic account of the killing of Samuel Ellis by W. S. Blanton on the 12th inst., but want of space forbids publishing the whold letter.

The residence of James M. Parsley, together with all his household and kitchen furniture, save one bed, was destroyed by fire last Saturday; also all the meat, flour and meal he had on hands. The fire was supposed to have been caused by some of the children who had been ironing, putting the ironing clothes away, which were on fire. Call on A.. B. Brown, insure your
property and be reimbursed for such casualties.

Hugh Gregory, living about 13 miles east of here on the Manchester Road, was shot and killed last Saturday evening by William Crawford and Bob Morris. The circumstances of the killing at best we could learn are about these: Gregory usually kept about him a lot of whiskey, which he is reported to have been selling, and as a natural consequence, had about him a class of tough citizens. On the evening above mentioned the parties named were engaged in a game of cards over which they became involved in a difficulty in which Gregory drew his pistol on Bill Crawford when Bob Morris drew an ax on Gregory, telling him not to do that and abut the same
time, struck him with it on the head; the ax glancing off his shoulder, when Crawford seized Gregory's pistol and took it away from him. Realizing the situation, Gregory started to run when Crawford fired at him; the ball entering his back and passing through his body, Gregory continued to run for about 100 yards and fell where he remained until he was picked up by
some parties passing 3 or 4 hours later and carried to his home where he died Sunday night..

Mar. 2, 1888
George SMITH and Hattie KERR, of color, were married at the residence of the bride's mother, in London, on last Thursday evening.

March 2, --Last Tuesday evening, Deputy Sheriff Elhan Sizemore of Clay county, accompanied by Farmer Sizemore, William Sizemore, and Blev Asher, guards, arrived in London with Wm. Crawford and Bob Morris, who killed Hugh Gregory near the Clay county line on the 12inst., an account which was given in our last issue. Mr. Sizemore, who lives on Red Bird, said that
they came to his house from the woods to stay all night and from their demeanor he detected they were guilty of something mean and arrested them upon suspicion of being escape convicts; but, when arrested, they confessed to the killing of Gregory. They were lodged in jail here and their
examining trial here set for tomorrow, Saturday.

Mr. James H. Faris, of Fariston, and Mrs. Nancy Brooks were married at the residence of Mr. John Taylor, Thursday afternoon.

George Smith and Hattie Kerr, of color, were married at the residence of the bride's mother, in London, on last Thursday evening.

Samuel Black, an old and well to do citizen of this county, together with his entire family, has moved to Madison county where he will make his future home.

Mr. E. C. McWhorter of McWhorter, this county, lost his lovely wife by death a few days ago. Mr. McWhorter enjoys the sympathy of the entire community in this his greatest bereavement.

MARCH 9, 1888--Born to the wife of R. B. Brown,  a son, on the 23rd ult.,Oscar Obed.

Jas. Catching closed out his stock of groceries yesterday and left last night for Washington Territory.

Died: On the 2nd inst, after a lingering illness of several months, Miss Ann J. Weaver, at the residence of her brother, Wm. Weaver. The deceased was 43 years of age,  a daughter of W.W. Weaver, dec., and a sister of, Judge J. I. Weaver.

March 23, --Ancil Magill, a very extimable citizen of this county, died at his residence, about three miles south of London, on the 18th inst.

Died: At the residence of Mr. Melville Phelps, nine miles east of London, on the 13th inst., of general debility, Uncle John Phelps, in his 87th year. Mr. Phelps has been very feeble for several years and leaves many friends to mourn his death.

Madison County, Ark., has recently been attracting much attention on the minds of the citizens between here and Marydell, as more than 20 left last Spring and about an equal number passed through our village last Wednesday, paying their last tribute of respect to their many friends with the remark that they "never intended to enjoy the Laurel breeze anymore," and we conceived the idea that a number of them had their castles built in the air with the expectation that they were going to a place of perfect paradise, where money grows on the shrubs and milk and honey flows as free as the waves on the sea. Our best wishes go with them, with the hope that they
have not drawn an idea of misrepresentation within their minds, although we have about decided to the contrary, and it would not alarm us to see a number of them returning in a few months to the place of their childhood with their castles that they had built mutilated and stored away for future reference.

The habeas corpus case of Morris and Crawford was given a hearing before Judge Boyd last Saturday, which resulted in Morris bond being reduced to $2,000.00 and Crawford's bail being fixed at $5,000.00, which amounts to about the same as if he had been held without bail.

April 6, --Peter Braughton, charged with murder of a man by the name of Wardrop several years ago on Hazel Patch in this county was arrested at Jellico a few days ago, brought to this place, and lodged in jail.

April 13, -- Measles are still raging on Raccoon.

Born: To the wife of James Robinson, a girl, It is a girl and James Doughty is the happiest man on McPharling Branch.

Died: At the residence of Mr. Wyatt Dees, April 13, Miss Bell McCowan. She had been very low with consumption for sometime.

April 13, --Mt. Vernon, Ky., George Sutton and John Haum of The Glades have gone to Missouri to seek theri fortunes; one to St. Louis and the other to St. Joseph.

Apr. 20, 1888
Mr. P.W. CATCHING left last Tuesday for Tulare City, Cal., where he contemplates making his future home. May his fondest hopes of a grand fortune be fully realized.

April 20, --Mr. Cassius Eversole and his little brother,  John, who have been attending school at Kirksville, Ky., during the past year, having learned of the death of their father, Mr. J. C. Eversole, passed through London yesterday morning on their return home.

Died: At her home in East Bernstadt, Friday, April 13, 1888, Mrs. Susan V. Moore, wife of Hiram G. Moore. Mrs. Moore was born and raised in Laurel County, and was the mother of eleven children.  She had been a member of the Christian Church for 41 years and was an exemplary christian, a devoted wife and mother and loved by all who knew her. She leaves an aged mother, husband, several children, and a large circle of friends to mourn her loss.

April 27, --Thomas Hill, who has been dispensing whiskey and everything that is mean in a low dive in the suburbs of East Bernstadt for several weeks, was arrested last Monday night and lodged in jail. The officers describe the place as a perfect hell-hole, where all kinds of meanness and corruption is carried on.

Died: At his home in East Bernstadt early last Monday morning of consumption, John W. Mullins. Mr. Mullins was comparatively a young man, in the full bloom of manhood, with a strong mind and good business qualifications and it is a sad thing for one so promising to be cut off so early in life. He was buried Monday evening with Masonic honors on Rockcastle River.

Mr. Isaac J. Weaver of this county left last Monday night for Joseph, Oregon, where he will make his future home.

Died: At her residence at Mershons Cross Roads in the county at 3 o'clock last Saturday morning of cancer of the stomach, Mrs. Susan Baugh, wife of Hon. J. F. Baugh.

Born: To the wife of Joseph Heuden (Swiss George) on April 17,  a daughter, Elsie. Again on April 18, to the wife of G. C. Thompson, a daughter.

Mrs. Lucy Haynes, wife of Milton Haynes, after a two weeks illness, died at her home of the 20th inst., in her 38th year. She leaves a husband, one son and a host of friends to mourn her death. She was a member of the Baptist church, and a kind hearted christian woman, loved and respected by all who knew her. Her remains were taken to Tatesville, Ky.,for interment.

Died: At his home in East Bernstadt, Ky., April 22, 1888, John Mullins aged 26 years. Mr. Mullins was well knnown in this community and well respected. He leaves a young wife, mother, father, and a host of friends to mourn his death. May the everlasting peace of Him who ruleth comfort his wife in this hour of her affliction. His remains were taken to Greenmount and buried with Masonic honors.

May 11, 1888
Sidney A. LOVELACE, who has been attending the Cincinnati College of Pharmacy for the past **unclear** was home on a visit several days during the week.

May 11, 1888-- Memorial services were held last Sunday by the H.H. Scoville Post No.52 at Salem Church in honor of Edward Parker, deceased.

Mrs. W. B. Catching, who left here with her husband about three months ago for Washington Teritory, where they contemplated making their future home but became dissatisfied, returned home again last Friday evening, accompanied by Master Roscoe. Mr.Catching will follow in a few months.

A telegram was received here yesterday  morning announcing the death of John Black of Madison county formerly of this county, and son of Sam Black. He died Satruday night last of -------and was buried Sunday. John was well and favorably known here and the sad news of his death is received with sorrow by all.

Uncle Billy Day has 82 grandchildren and 184 great grandchildren. Beat that if you can.

Dr. Scales is shedding copious tears over the death of his hound dog, "Top" who took his departure for fairer fields of hunting ground Wednesday night, caused by distemper. Doctors Ramsey and Coldwell officiated as pallbearers at the funeral. The doctor reports his other three as convalescent.

May 18, --Died: At her residence near Lily, this county, on the 8th inst., of heart disease, Mrs. Della Hubbard.

Tom Bales, who killed George Vikars at McKee on the first day of the Jackson Circuit Court, an account of which we gave last week, was indicted for murder and made no application for bail.

Capt. Yates and his crew of geologists pulled up stakes her Tuesday morning and left for Cumberland Gap, where they will spend a greater portion of the summer.

May 25, --Died: At the residence of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Faris at 2:30 o'clock last Sunday evening, of a complication of diseases, Miss Lula Randall, after a lingering illness of several months. Her funeral sermon was preached at the Christian Church Monday evening by Rev. J. G.
Livingston, after which her remains were laid to rest in the public cemetery on the hill overlooking London from the east. An apporpriate obituary of her will appear in our next issue. Miss Lula was one of the kindest and sweetest girls we ever knew and in her death, a vacancy is left in the church, society and the family, that can never be filled.

June 15, --It is a boy, weight is eleven pounds, and registered his  existence on the book of time at the residence of Charles Duber at 3:00  o'clock last Tuesday evening. The mother is doing well and thr father is as  happy as a June bug.

Born: Last Wednesday to the wife of Mr. M. E. s. Posey, a couplet; a boy  weighing 6 1/2 pounds and a girl weitghing 7 1/2 pounds.

Mrs. Sarah Harbin, wife of C.C. Harbin, died Wednesday night at 11 o'clock, and was buried Thursday near her home, 1/4 mile west of the depot.

June 15, ---Obituary: Mary Frances Barnes, daughter of James H. and Martha Barnes, was born March 8, 1868. Mary was a lovely and obedient girl during childhood and loved by all who knew her. She was married to Wiley Barrett by Rev. W.T. Bryant, December 9, 1886.They lived in peace and happiness till January 13th, 1888, when the angel of death severed their earthly happiness by taking Mary to her home beyond, where she will live forever;
leaving a little boy eight days old with its grandmother. She stated in her last moments that she would soon be with Jesus, that she was ready to die, the only trouble was leaving her husband parents and friends, and her sweet little baby behind.

June 23, 1888
The Sunday School at Mt. Pleasant, conducted by B.F. JOHNSON, D.O. MOREN, J.H. FARIS and others, is progressing finely with an attendance of nearly 200 scholars. They read at home last week 3,089 chapters.

June 23, ---Died: At their residence near the depot on last Sunday evening, of diarrhea, the infant daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Matson.

Killed by a train: Sallie Doan of Pine Hill was run over last Wednesday by a train while attempting to cross the track just in front of it and instantly killed.

Married: At the residence of the groom's father, J. C. Moreland, on the 14th inst., by Rev. B. Littleton, Miss Ellen Black to Charles Moreland.

June 29,---Wm. Cassida, an aged and respected citizen of Jackson county, died at his home in that county a few days ago.

Died: At Havens Hotel, June 21st, Mr. Thomas Hill of typhoid pneumonia.

Married: At the Presbyterian Church by Rev. John moren, Sunday, June 24, 1888, Mr. Dave Kellet to Miss Emily Black.

July 6, ---It's a girl and, as a consequence, cannot help him tumble freight boxes; it was born last Monday to the wife of our accomodating depot agent, J. H. Hayward.

The case of the Commonwealth against James Thompson, on trial at time of our last issue, was subitted to the jury about 4 o'clock Friday evening and, after a deliberation of about three hours, they returned a verdict of not guilty. Saturday morning the case against Mr. Thompson for shooting and wounding B. G. Poynter was called but the case was dismissed by Judge Jackson, who thereupon adjourned his court and boarded the 10:13 train for home.

Died: At the residence of R. N. Casteel in Princeton, Mo., on the 29th day of June, 1888, after an illness of twelve days, James Spivy Robinson, in the 26th year of his age. Deceased was a son of William Robinson, who lives on Rocastle River near Livingston, in this county. He and his brother, Robert, went to Missouri last fall and have made many warm friends there who, in the last illness and death of deceased, showed them all the kindness and attention they could have received had they been at home.We extend to the family our warmest sympathy in their affliction. We understand Robert is soon coming home but will leave all that is mortal of
his brother in the Princeton Cemetery.

July 13, --Born: to the wife of Charles Scott last Tuesday evening, a girl.

Died: At the residence of its grandfather on Raccoon, last Sunday morning, of cholera infantum, Chester, infrant son of Henry Parsley, aged six months. Its remains were buried Monday morning on Cemetery Hill, in the western suburbs of London.

On Monday of last week, John Paine, George Brock, John Baker and W. and Bob Magee left for Oregon. All contemplate making that state their future home.

July 20,--The widow Jones and family left Tuesday for Louisville, where they contemplate making their future home.

News reaches us of the death Wednesday of Van Gray of Bushes Store, this county. the report says that he got drunk Tuesday, fell into a stupor, and never revived.

Mr. H. C.Sutton, one  of our accomplished blacksmiths, was taken quite ill last Monday while at work in his shop and had to be taken to his home three miles in the country in a wagon.

Mr. A. H. Bishop is building a brick yard near his residence in the eastern suburbs of town. He has only one moulder at work but he is moulding them at the rate of from 5,000 to 6,000 per day. He will burn but one kiln of about 100,000.

Died: On the 9th inst., of cholera infantum, Willie Bib, aged two years, one month and eighteen days, the infant son of Dutch and Sarah Austin. Its remains were interred in the Landrum Cemetery. The parents have the heartfelt sympathy of all in this, their sad bereavement. East Bernstadt, July 18.

July 27,----Mrs. Mallinda Jones of Raccoon, this county, died at her residence at 6 o'clock last Tuesday evening.

July 27, 1888
Married: At the Methodist Church at 12 o'clock Wednesday, by Rev. M. DENNY, Jacob WYTTENBACK to Muss Annie MORI. The bride is the daughter of Rev. Samuel MORI of this county. The contracting parties were Swiss and the matrimonial ceremonies were delivered in German.

Died: July 28the, Elsie, only child of John Herndon (Swiss George), age 3 months.

Died: Saturday July 28, at the home of his father, Milton Haynes, Thos. Haynes, jr., of typhoid fever, age 19 years. His remains were taken to Happy Hollow on C.S.R.R. for interment.

August 3, ---Mrs. J. H. Craft has been for the past week and is still very low with typhoid fever. Mr. Craft has also been quite sick.

Mr. James M. Cook was called home to Pleasant Valley, Rockcastle County, last Sunday morning by a telegram announcing the severe illlness of his father, Hon. M. J. cook, who is reported to be very low with inflamation of the bladder.

Our Hazard correspondent gives a graphic account of the murder of Uncle Shade Combs, which occurred in that county on the 21st ult., and the shooting of John E. Campbell, also an account of the killing of one Bates in Hindman.

Aug. 3, 1888
It is only a question of a very short time when London will have a national bank, and the best institution of the kind in this section of the state. When the people of London get it intheir heads to do anything, they do it well and always succeed.

August 3, ---Obituary: Mrs. Samantha E. Craft, wife of Joseph A.Craft of this city, departed this life last Friday morning, August 3, 1888, after an illness of two weeks of typhoid fever and other complications at the age of 27 years, lacking 9 days. She was a daughter of Solomon and Mary Smith, both of whom died before she was two years old and she and her three sisters fell under the care of Judge Robert Boyd, her uncle and guardian, in whom they found all the affection and devotion and parental care of a father. Samantha grew up to be a beautiful and cultured and accomplished young lady, and was married to Joseph A. Craft November 20, 1877, who was a
most devoted husband. She took sick while visiting her relatives in Whitley county; when she reached home a bad case of fever had developed. Dr. J. D. Foster was immediately called in; later on, Dr. Payton, of Stanford, and Dr. Hunn, of Junction City, were summoned, as was Dr. Scales, local physician, but the disease was unyielding and, after two weeks of suffering, which was borne with great patience and christian fortitude, she passed away. The sadest feature of all is the fact that her husband in the meantime was taken down with the same disease and was not able to stand by her bedside and see her when the angels came for her; but he can think of
her as he last saw her and realize that he now has treasures in Heaven.  Mrs. Craft was ---------Christian Church, a lady of -------social and moral standing, much loved by all her large circle of acquaintances and was almost idolized by both her husband and her uncle, by whom her presence will be sadly missed. Her death creates a real vacancy in the society of our town and is an irreparable loss to her only child, Robert aged 9 years, but as earth loses, Heaven gains an amiable and sweet spirited accession. The funeral services were conducted by Judge Vincent Boreing and she was buried in the family graveyard beside her sister, Ellen, whom she has joined on the other shore.

Uncle George W. Johnson, living five miles south of London, passed away last Saturday morning after a brief illness caused by old age and general debility. (80 years old Justice of the Peace)

August10,--Another Republican-Ben Harrison, was born to the wife of Milton Harbin last Friday morning.

Great rejoicing over one; It is a boy and was ushered into the bosom of Dr. Ramsey's family last Tuesday morning.

Died: On the 7th at Pittsburg, Ky., Lula, six year old daughter of R. C. and Slice Randall, and granddaughter of James S. Randall.

Just before going to press we learned that on last Wednesday while under the influence of whiskey, William Dishman of Barbourville, fell from a two story house and was instantly killed.

August 17,---Hon. M. J. Cook of Pleasant Valley, Rockcastle, died at 5 o'clock on Sunday evening.

Obituary: On the 6th of August, 1888, death entered the humble cottage of Edward Smallwood and took from his family a beautiful little girl, aged 5 years and 6 months. She was a love (paper torn)

J. R. Hodge of this place received a letter from his father a few days ago informing him of the sad news of the death of his sister, Mrs. Mahala Ann Corn, wife of Mr. Pinkney Corn, who moved from this county to Texas only a month or two since. The news of the death was the more shocking in consequence of the manner in which she come to it. she was attempting to kindle a fire by pouring coal oil on it out of a can when the oil  caught fire. bursting and saturating her body with burning oil.

August 31, --An infant child of Rueben Medley died of fever last  Friday. He has another one ver low.

W. R. Hardin and family for the past fifteen years residents of Troy, Iowa, arrived in London last Tuesday evening and will make their future home here.

Boreing: J. M. Jones and Miss Sue Stanberry were united in bonds of matrimony on the 12th inst. May their life be a long and happy one.

Died: on the 20th inst., of cancer, Mrs. William Lichliter.

September 7, --Wm. Nantz, Elisha Burnett and Henry George left last Friday night for California, where they contemplate making their future home if they can, in which effort they have our best wished.

Married: At the residence of the bride's father, Mr. F. B. Riley, last Tuesday evening by Rev. V.Boreing, Mr. Sidney A. Lovelace to Miss Ellen J. Riley. The happy couple left Wednesday morning on the 1:30 a.m. train for Louisville.

Died: On last Friday on Raccoon, this county, Mr. Richard Buckles, after an illness of only about 36 hours. It is believed he died of poisoning resulting from eating watermelons with poison in them.

Died: At 12 o'clock last Wednesday, at the residence of her husband in London, of inflamation of the bowels, Mrs. Martha Boreing, wife of Judge V.Boreing, after a confinement of only about two weeks. She leaves husband and six children. Her remains were laid to rest yesterday in the family burying grounds on Raccoon, nine miles north of London.

September 14,--Wm. Hall and family will leave for Nebraska Monday.

September 21,-- East Bernstadt, Ky: A little child of D. W. Sizemore's died this week.

Larking Byrd was shot and killed by Henry Miller, an Italian, near East Bernstadt, last Snday afternoon between 4 and 5 o'clock. The weapon used was a double barrel shotgun.

Sep. 21, 1888
Boreing: Born to the wife of Rev. John BLAIR, on the 8th inst., a boy which makes the father smile for the fifteenth time over like occurrences.

September 28,--Miss Kate Brown, daughter of Judge W. L.Brown, left Tuesday to take her place in school at Little Rock, Ark.

Died: At the residence of her father in Williamsburg last Friday of typhoid fever, Miss Kate, oldest daughter of Honorable H. F. Finley.

Death of Col. W. S. Evans: Died at his residence near Meadville last Tuesday morning of Bright's disease of the kidneys, aged about 72. He was the father of Mrs. Edward Deetust and Judge Thos. D. Evans of Meadville. Chilicothe Constitution, Mo.

Young man, Jno. W. Clemens, killed by train. He was about 18 and Irish descent and originally from Nashville. He was buried on Cemetery Hill.

October 5, ---Uncle Chap McFadden, an old and respected citizen of this county, died a few days ago.

Died: At his residence in Manchester at 4 o'clock last Friday evening of typhoid, Mr. T.T. Reed.

A Good Lady Gone: Mrs Mary C. Hackney, wife of Jacob Hackney, died at her home in this city at 4 o'clock yesterday morning after an illness of several months duration of a complication of diseasesMrs.Hackney was about 50 years of age. Her remains will be buried today in the burying grounds near the residence of Mr. J. C. Jackson in the northern suburbs of town..

Wm. Hall and other prominent citizens left old Laurel the other day for the purpose of trying the realities of a Western state.

W. B. Day and family contemplate starting for Nebraska in a few days.

Obituary: Sister Elizabeth Taylor, wife of Edmond Taylor, was born May 12, 1807, joined the church in 1834, of which she lived an exemplary member until her death, which occurred the 26th of September, 1888. She leaves an aged and afflicted husband and many relatives and friends to mourn her death.  E. H. Revel

Mr. Baker and Miss Lyttle of Manchester passed through this place last Friday on their way to Jellico, where they were married and returned Saturday.

October 19,--Mrs. David Yaden and family left last Monday for Dakota Territory, where they will join Mr. Yanden and make their future home.

On Monday of last week, E. C. Morgan, one of the principal leaders of the French faction in the French-Eversole war while coming into Hazard, and when about three quarters of a mile from town, was shot from ambush and instantly killed. Thus one by one of the leaders of the great bloody feud are silently stealing over the cold and icy river. Mr. Morgan leaves a wife and six children to mourn his death.

October 19, --Obituary: Mary Harp was born April 22, 1826 and died October 11, 1888, aged 62 years, 7 months, and 12 days. She was a member of the Baptist Church for about forty years, lived a consistent christian life and died in full triump of  faith and left unmistakable evidence of a blessed immortality beyond the grave; and we believe that our loss is her eternal gain She leaves six children and many friends to mourn her death. Her funeral was preached by Rev. W. T. Meadors and she was placed in the grave to await the call to Judgement. May her children emulate her christian character and meet her in that land of eternal rest is the prayer of thie

East Bernstadt: A reunion of Mr. J. S. Thompson's family last Sabbath, all being present except Mr. W. H. Thompson.

Oct. 26, 1888 Prof. W.F. BROCK, an intelligent young man of this place, committed an awful crime of matrimony last Thursday. The name of the bride is Miss Thenia E. PORTER of Crawford, Ky. She is an intelligent and refined young lady. We wish the happy couple much joy, and may their future life be more happy and prosperous than when they were in a state of celibacy.

October 26,--Samuel Young, deputy Sheriff of Leslie county, passed through here Wednesday on his way to the Lexington Asylum, having a charge, William Eversole, son of Lewis Eversole, of that county.

John Miller, a young man and son of Mr. J. H. Miller of Lebanon, was run over and killed by a passing train a mile above Hazel Patch one night last week. No one knows hust how the accident occurred, as it was done in the night and no one saw it. His foot was cut, his thigh and hip broken twice, and injured internally.

Mr. M. T. Craft is very low with typhoid fever and expected to live but a short time unless a change for the better takes place pretty soon. His brother, Robert, is also quite low, but is not thought to be necessarily dangerous.

November 7,---William Goins and family leave next Monday for Oregon, where they contemplate making their future home. May success and health attend them.

Uncle Blev Chesnut, father of J. B. Chesnut of this place, died about 12 o'clock last Monday night and was buried at the family burying grounds, near the old homestead last Tuesday evening. Mr. Chesnut was about 65 years old and had been very Feeble for some time.

One of John Charles boys, aged about 15 years of Raccoon, this county, accidently shot and probably killed himself yesterday.

A man by the name of Jones receied probably a mortal pistol wound at  Manchester yesterday.

Killed By  Train Near London: Joseph Gatlett, a brakeman on the coal train fell off between two cars opposite the residence of A. L. Reid yesterday  about 3:30 p.m. and as the car run over his body it crushed a watch in his pocket. He was picked up and brought to the depot by the 4 p.m. passenger. The officers on the train had not missed him. Deceased has a wife and three
children living in Lincoln county.

Nov. 7, 1888 Mr. Stephen JACKSON, after delving after a fortune for the past two or three years in California and Nevada, returned a few days ago to old Laurel and now occupies a position behind the counters of W.H. Jackson and Company.

November 7, ---A man by the name of Jones received probably a mortal pistol wound at Manchester yesterday.

Mr. Morgan Craft is no better. There is but little hope of his recovery.His sister came to see him yesterday. Mr. Robert Craft is convalescing.

Jesse Rowark and Allie Shepherd have been licensed to wed since our last issue.

Newt Nicholson, a clerk in the Treasury Department at Washington City, who was wounded in the "scrap" at Pigeon Roost precinct on election day, had his leg amputated Thursday by Drs. Ramsey and Scales.

Mt. Stephen Jackson, after delving after a fortune for the past two years in California and Nevada, returned a few days ago to old Laurel and now occupies a positiion behind the counters of W. H. Jackson and Company.

Killed Himself: On last Saturday evening while out hunting with some neighboring boys in the southern portion of this county, M. G. Delph, an eighteen year old, son of Harve Delph, being attracted by some parties nearby, climbed upon a stump to better enable him to discover who they were and, in jumping off the stump, the hammer of his shotgun struck the top of the stump, discharging it, the contents taking effect in his bowels, killing him instantly.

December 7,--The First National Bank of London opened for business last Monday morning and at once began a business that insures success. The deposits for Monday, Tuesday and  Wednesday the first three days of business, amounted to $11,468.75.

Mr. and Mrs. C. E.Faris are the happy parents of a girl baby, which arrived Friday night. Charlie represents the weight of the young lady by the fingers on his two hands. We give this information so that people who saw him Saturday counting his fingers, rub his hands together and smile, will understand.

Married: At the bride's father's near Elvira, this county, at 3 o'clock last Wednesday evening by Rev. J. W. Aoren, Mr. J. L. Estridge of Benge, Clay county, to Miss Jane Angel, daughter of Mr. James Angel.

December 14, ----C. N, Scoville, our efficient City Marshal, in mounting his horse on Thursday of last week dropped his pistol. The hammer striking his foot, penetrated his boot and his sock and buried itself nearly in his foot, inflicting a wound of which he has been complaining very much ever since.

The preliminary trial of Noah Smith, accused of the rape of his niece, Alice Day, occurred Saturday before Judge Baker; R. L. Ewell appearing as the defendant's attorney. He was bound over to the Circuit Court in the sum of $500 and being unable to furnish bond, now languishes in the county bastile.

Jonathan Hatcher, who has been ailing for the past eight months at his residence five miles east of town, is slowly fading away from things earthly, to things eternal. By the time the Echo reaches its readers he may have steered his way through the foggy passage of the river Styx. Judging from what we have heard of his past life, he has heeded the warning notes of King Emanuel's fog horns and has steered clear of shoals and breakwater, and made the port of the Heavenly City in safety. Mr. Hatcher is over 82 years of age, having been born December 10th, 1806. He has been suffering from general disability as the result of old age. He has been a resident of Laurel county all this time except about fourteen months.

December 14, ----Died: At the residence of her father near Boreing, this county, of typhoid fever on the 4th inst., Miss Barbary Blair,daughter of James and Sarah Blair. Miss Blair was about twenty years of age and had been a member of the M. E. Church for a number of years and died a
christian. Her death is deeply mourned by a large circle of friends. Want of space forbids our giving publicity to an extended obiturary of her.

December 21,----Judge Brown visited East Bernstadt Friday. He went to confer with the Nickle Plate Coal Company as their attorney.

The Daniel Boone Dancing Club gave a big ball at Pineville Tuesday night of last week.

Mr. J. W. Alcorn went up to London Monday to attend the funeral of Morgan T. Craft.

Sam Wren is assisting W. H. Jackson and Company this week during the Christmas rush.

Dr. Matson makes daily visits to the bedside of Mr. James Thompson and Jonathan Brown at East Bernstadt.

Uncle Edward Hodge, an aged citizen of this county, died at his residence eight miles south of London last Friday.

Rev. A. B. H. McKee is the happy father of young Ben Harrison, which was born the 14th. If he makes as good a Republican as his pap, it is to be hoped that he will live long and prosper.

The infrant daughter of Harve and Mary Wells......on the 15th instant. (note. cannot be read)

Little Jonathan Brown, the eight year old son of Mrs. E. H. Brown of East Bernstadt, died yesterday morning.

Ira J. Davidson of Barbourville and Miss Naomi Phelps were married at high noon Wednesday at the residence of the bride's father. Judge Vincent Boreing tied the nuptial knot. Only the immediate relatives of the bride were present. The Echo wishes Mr. and Mrs. Davidson a merry bon voyage on the sea of life.

Mrs. Jennie Sears died at the home of her son in law, Nelson Cummins, in Corbin, Monday morning at 1:30 o'clock. Her death was the result of a fall she received while stepping down from one room into another the evening of November 5th. She was eighty-seven years of age and had been a resident of Whitley county all her life. She leaves seven children; three, Mrs. Nelson
Cummins, Mrs. John Moore, and William Sears, live in Whitley county. She was an aunt of Judge Boyd of this place.

Died at his home in London at a few minutes after 11 o'clock last Monday morning, after an illness of over two months, of typhoid fever, Mr. Morgan T. Craft.

Ed Haeuselmann of Bernstadt Colonization Company is talking of establishing a land agency in London after January 1.

Dec. 21, 1888 The following persons have been licensed to wed since December 7: John McMURRIS and Lucy SUTHERLAND; Daniel B. FARRIS and Mollie BOWMAN; Josiah SMITH and Latha MOREHEAD; Scott HUBBARD and Piety Q. TUTTLE; Sam HURLEY and Lottie PARSLEY; Elac ELDRIDGE and Rebecca BARNES; R.M. CASHER and Cassie WILLIAMS; I.J. DAVIDSON and Naomi PHELPS; and, Wm. HUNFLEET and Sarah WILDER.

December 21,----Robert Gentry, brakeman on the train, was killed Tuesday morning by the train near Hazel Patch.

East Bernstadt: Mrs. J. W. Thompson is quite ill with fever.

December 28,---Died: On Sunday night at his residence near this place, Mr. James Martin.

Mrs. M. L. Parsley of Raccoon Bend visited the families of John C. Jackson and William Parsley on Christmas Day.

Mrs. M. V . Pigg of Richmond visited her daughters, Mrs. William Parsley and Miss Cora Pigg, during the holidays.

James Goodin was killed at the railroad camp near Pineville Christmas Day.We did not learn any of the facts or the name of the perpetrator of the deed.

Memorial: Lucy W. Baker, born the 16 of June 1873, died the 20th of December, 1888. She was the wife of James Baker and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. Y. Lyttle. she had hardly reached the summer of life before its scenes closed around her. A lovely bride of only two months, full of life and joy, beautiful, refined manners, pure in sentiment, forgiving and affectionate to all. Her mission on earth is ended after a sickness of two and one-half weeks with fever at the home of her parents, near Manchester.

Miss Bell Rooney of East Bernstadt was injured in a train wreck at Bardstown Junction Monday morning.

Miss Maggie Ross was in London from Pittsburg Saturday.

J. T. Williams harvested ice for use next summer Saturday and Saturday night.

James Pugh, of the State College at Lexington, is at his home at Pittsburg this week.

Miss Minnie Parman gave a party to her young friends at her residence on Main Street, Christman night.

William Hubbard who broke jail about a month ago, was recaptured Saturday near Gray Station by Marshal Lee of Woodbine.

Mrs. N. B. Jones, the mother of Mrs. Dr. Pitman, deceased is at East Bernstadt from Texas, accompanied by her son, Tolbert. She will remain there and will keep house for Dr. Pitman.

S. W. and W. S. Hodge, accused of assault and battery on the person of Justin Seamon at Lily, appeared before Judge Baker Wednesday and were bound over to the circuit court.

William Humfleet and Miss Sarah Wilder were united in wedlock at the residence of the bride's parents at Boreing, Thursday afternoon. Rev. W. H. Brown officiated.

Mrs. Alex Tuttle is dangerously ill of consumption at the residence of her sister Mrs. Yadon, three miles south of London.

Mr. J. R. Cooke, of Altamont, is reported to be very ill.

Charles Swaner is very ill at his home at East Bernstadt.

December 28,---The following persons have been licensed  to wed since our last issue: Arch Murphy and Ellen Lucas; Evan Burnett and Eliza J. Jones; John Spitzer and Kate Jackson; Joseph Mitchell and Fatha Ann Onkst; Lidge Bledshaw and Mary Ross; and Joseph Phelps and Carrie Evans.

The January number of Harper's Magazine contains an article on Kentucky by Charles Dudley Warner. The author treats principally of the mountain district. A lengthy description is given of the Swiss Colony in Laurel county. He also speaks of Pineville, Pittsburg, Barbourville, Harlan
County, Jellico, Cumberland Gap and other places.

Jonathan Hatcher, whose illness was mentioned in the Echo several weeks ago, died at his home four miles east of London, at 12:30 o'clock Christmas Eve. The funeral service took place at the residence at 10 o'clock Christmas morning, followed by interment at the family burial ground. Elder Hiram Johnson of the United Baptist Church, officiated. Mr. Hatcher was born in Virginia, December 10, 1806, thus, making his age at death 82 years and 14 days. When about 12 or 13, he went with his father's family to Carter County, Tennessee and, in 1828, settled in this county, having lived on the same piece of land nearly all the time. In 1820 he married Miss Nancy Lipps of Carter County, Tennessee, who died only about three years ago. Twelve children were the result of this union, eight of whom are now living: J. T. and W. D., of this county; D. W. Hatcher of Crab Orchard; four in Louisiana; and one in Kansas. He had been a member of the United
Baptist Church for 51 years, and was the oldest member of the Rough Creek Church.

Death has again invaded one of our happiest homes and Miss Alice Jackson, wife of Mr. J. H. Jackson, has been called from earth to Heaven after a confinement of about two months with the most terrible of all diseases, consumption. Mrs. Jackson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Williams, was born in 1866, was married to Mr. Jackson in 1882, of which union two sweet children, Bertha, aged about four years, and Robert, about two years, have been born and survive the death of their mother.

The Laurel County Fair Association is contemplating the purchase of a tract of land from A. L. Reid, and will abandon the old fair ground if the terms are satisfactory. The present grounds are not suitable as the race track is too small.

James Winston jumped from the Northbound passenger several ....? obtaining injuries which resulted in his death at one o'clock in the afternoon. Winston was about twenty years old and a native of Hancock County, Tennessee. He had worked for James Copley, who lives on Mrs. S. E. Harden's place. That morning, he walked to Fariston and got on the train to come to
London but had no money to pay his fare. The conductor said he would have to stop the train and put him  off. Just as he reached up to pull the bell rope, Winston ran out of the car and jumped off the rear end of the hind car. The train was runing 15 to 20 miles an hour. They picked him up and backed down to Fariston and the local freight carried the body up to Copley's.

London Society is all awhirl this week and gaiety seems to have cast her joyous influence over not a favored few; her gracious smiles are for all, if ye but seek it. The principal diversion of the holiday season was a social and dance at the resiedence of W. H. Martin on Main Street Wednesday night. A merry crowd assembled from London and the neighboring towns and
tripped the "light fantastic" until a late hour.


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