Some Marriage and Death Notices
from the DeSoto Times-Promoter
Extracted by Tim Harrison
Young Man Cyclone Victim (January 5, 1922)
Payne Harrison, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Harrison, of Cockrum, was instantly killed at Clarkedale, Ark., Friday afternoon, December 23d, in a cyclone which destroyed several buildings in that town.
The unfortunate young man was in the store of Banks & Danner, where he was employed, at the time the storm struck, and the store, a brick structure, was left a ruined heap.
Payne was brought to Hernando by his parents 22 years ago when about six months old, his father assuming charge of the jail at that time.
When Mr. W. L. Harrison was elected sheriff, Payne, although a mere lad, practically took charge of the farm. Last year he decided to engage in other work and obtained a position in October with Banks and Danner, a well-known mercantile firm in Arkansas. He was making an excellent employee, loyal to his employers and strictly attentive to his business. His death ended a promising young life.
Payne was a member of the Methodist church, and his character and conduct were above reproach.
Funeral services were held at Cockrum on Dec. 24th, conducted by Rev. T. J. Oakes.
Auto Kills Negro (April 27, 1922)
A small negro girl, four or five years old, was run over and fatally hurt last Sunday afternoon at Gannaway Springs, on the Hernando-Memphis road by a car driven by a Mr. Hughes.
The child was playing in the road when the car of Hughes, a Memphis man, and some one else were passing and the child got between the two before the drivers noticed her.
The accident was unavoidable. The child, with parents, Tom Parker and wife, was first brought here, then carried to a Memphis hospital where she died Sunday night.
Hughes made bond for his appearance at court.
Old Negro Dead. (May 18, 1922)
Don Brown, who claimed to have been 96 years old at the time of his death, passed away at his home near Love May 5th.
Two Young Couples Marry. (May 18, 1922)
Seated in an automobile by the roadside beneath the beautiful blue skies, Mr. Conley Smith and Miss Katie May Haley, and Mr. Martin Thomas, Jr. and Miss Romie Webb were United in wedlock by Rev. W. T. Glenn this week.
Both couples are well known and highly respected young people of Oak Hill community. Their many friends wish them well.
Poplar Corner Pickups. (August 10, 1922) [Marriage of Ollie Black]
Miss Ollie Black, daughter of our good neighbor, J. W. Black, went to Memphis recently on a visit. Last Wednesday she got married without notifying father or mother. They are a little sore at her, but I hope they will soon get over that. Ollie only did what thousands of other girls have done. Ollie is a fine little girl and you can’t blame the young man, Mar. Clifford Brown, for stealing a girl like that. I heard a lady say that Miss Ollie had changed her name from Black to Brown.
Marriage License Issued. (August 10, 1922)
License to marry has been issued as follows since Thursday, August 3d:
White—L. F. Strickland and Miss Inez Baxley.
Colored—Robert Robertson and Mary Curry. Johnnie Miller and Mary Francis Simmons.
Resolutions of Respect. (August 17, 1922) [Samuel R. Droke: 1875 – 1922]
Whereas, It has pleased our “Grand Master” who doeth all things well to summon through his grim “Tyler, Death” to the Lodge above our beloved brother, Samuel R. Droke.
Therefore, be it resolved that in the death of Brother Droke, Oak Grove Lodge has been deprived of one if its most willing, true, and faithful members, his family of a worthy and useful protector, our community of a virtuous and esteemed citizen, state line Baptist church and Sunday school one of the faithful members and the cause of christianity a pure and beautiful exemplar.
Resolved that his modest and untiring worth, his moral character and excellence, his many private virtues, his generous and noble promptings as a Mason demand of us that we sacredly cherish his memory in our hearts.
Resolved that while we bow in sorrow to the wisdom of divine providence that choses him from our circle, we know full well that the “Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.” With the exalted principles of a true christian he taught us by his example to keep our lamps trimmed and burning for we know not when the bridegroom cometh.
Resolved that the sincere sympathy of Oak Grove Lodge 293 is hereby tendered to his family of our deceased brother, and while we feel that their loss is his eternal gain, we can but regret their great bereavement.
Resolved that a certified copy of these resolutions be furnished to the bereaved family of our deceased brother; that a page in our minute book be devoted as a memorial to our beloved brother, and that these resolutions be spread upon our records there to remain among the sacred archives of our Lodge.
A. G. Perry
J. M. Maxwell
J. J. Stevenson
Mrs. T. P. Janney Dead. (September 14, 1922)
After bearing with christian [sic] fortitude a long illness lasting about two months, Mrs. T. P. Janney, of the Oak Grove neighborhood, died at her home there last Monday at o’clock in the afternoon. At her bedside loved relatives were present and peace marked her passing.
Mrs. Janney, whose maiden name was Minerva Craven, was born 66 years ago in the western part of Tennessee. She came to Independence, in Tate county, with her relatives when a child and it was there that she was married 50 years ago, lacking about four months. She later removed with her husband to Oak Grove neighborhood, where she joined the Baptist church in 1885.
Of her immediate family, she is survived by her husband and two daughters, Mrs. E. S. Nichols, of Hernando, and Mrs. Frank Nichols, of Clarksdale. She also had a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Harper Johnson, of Senatobia. Three other children preceded her to the grave.
The life of a good woman is closed, a wife who was a real and loving helpmeet, a mother affectionate and thoughtful for her children, a neighbor kind and considerate, a christian [sic] faithful to the end.
The burial took place at Oak Grove cemetery in the presence of a large number of people, under the blue skies and amid the scenes she loved so well. Services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. L. Price, assisted by Rev. F. W. Roth, of Hernando. Loving hands covered her grave with beautiful flowers.
Popular Young Lady Becomes a Bride. (September 14, 1922)
Miss Leona Dean and Mr. Karl B. Cuesta, of Tampa, Fla., and Havana, Cuba, were married last Monday afternoon at the Chisca Hotel, in Memphis, by Rev. Charles W. Sommerville, of the Westminster Presbyterian church.
Dr. Richard D. Dean gave away the bride, and Dr. and Mrs. Dean gave a luncheon to the bridal party at the hotel before the ceremony.
The bride and bridegroom will visit eastern cities and places in Florida, before going to Havana for the winter.
The bride, daughter of Mr. T. J. Dean, of Nesbitt, and is well known in this section of the country. She is gifted with more than usual womanly charm and a personality that makes and keeps friends.
Alphaba Notes: Death of Bill Dossett. (September 14, 1922)
Mr. Bill Dossett, aged 75 years, died on Thursday night, August 31st. His remains were buried in Greenleaf cemetery. [William H. Dossett was a Confederate veteran who served in Co. C, 6th NC Infantry.]
Poplar Corner Pickups. (November 9, 1922) [Death of T. H. Fort]
I felt sad yesterday when I got The Times-Promoter and saw the death of T. H. Fort, of Redfield, Arkansas. He had been meeting with us at Lakeview at our annual reunions. While he was not a member of our camp, he was one of us. The old boys who wore the gray are gathering home. [T. H. Fort was in Co. K, 9th Mississippi Infantry, CSA]
Resolutions of Respect. (November 23, 1922). [Julius L. Mathews]
Whereas it has pleased the Supreme Ruler of the Universe in His infinite Wisdom to again permit the angel of death to enter our ranks and call to rest our beloved and afflicted brother, Julius L. Mathews, who for two years past had been practically an invalid and most patient sufferer.
Therefore, be it resolved, That in the death of Bro. Mathews Oak Grove lodge has lost one of its oldest and highly esteemed members, his son and loved ones a tender hearted father and an affectionate relative.
Julius L. Mathews was born at Newcastle, Tenn., April 2, 1841, son of John Wallis and Eliza Ruth Alexander Mathews. His father died when he was quite young and with his mother, brothers and sisters moved to Marshall county, Mississippi, to be near his mother’s brother, Mr. Elias Alexander. When the Civil War came on he and his younger brother, John Mathews, enlisted in the First Mississippi Regiment, Company A, under Captain Mosely and Lieutenant Jim Howard. He was the flag bearer at Fort Donaldson and after the conflict often said he might have been captured but never surrendered.
He was married to Miss Josephine Strickland Dec. 12, 1872, to them three children were born, Earnest, Annie, and Henry Lafayette. But only survived by one child, Henry L. Mathews, of Memphis, Tenn.
Bro. Mathews was a member of one of the first and best families of old Center Hill community. His mother, Mrs. Eliza Ruth Alexander Mathews, was a true type of noble southern womanhood and to know her was to love her.
Bro. Mathews was a true hearted southern gentleman with many friends and comrades[,] many of whom have preceeded [sic] him through the shadowed valley and though he suffered reverses as age came on yet he never lost faith in God and during his last illness would say I am ready why not go on, but the Master knows His business.
To his son and near relatives we extend our tenderest sympathies and with bowed heads submit to the will of Him who doeth all things well.
No one hears the door that closes
When they pass beyond our call
Soft as loosened leaves of roses
One by one our loved ones fall.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be spread on our minute book of the lodge, a copy sent to his family and one sent for publication.
R. P. McCargo
J. J. Stevenson
A. Y. Sivley.
Marriage License Issued. (November 23, 1922)
License to marry has been issued as follows since Thursday, Nov. 16th:
White—J. M. Somerville and Miss Esther Stanfield. C. H. Tosh and Miss Ruth Leona Mitchell. L. S. King and Miss Bernice Lyles.
Colored—Sam Perry and Clemmie Rooks. Geo. Pettes and Gillie Pass. Charlie Stanback and Josie Payne. Tom Malone and Lizzie Dean. Previous Benzant and May Lou Lynch.
Mrs. Mamie Neal. (December 21, 1922)
Mr. R. L. Redding returned Monday from Hubbard, Texas, where he was called by the illness and death of his sister, Mrs. Mamie Neal. Mrs. Neal was born in this county and was a most estimable lady. She leaves and husband and two living children; two other children have preceded her to the grave.
Marriage License Issued. (December 21, 1922)
License to marry has been issued as follows since Thursday, December 7th:
White—A. J. Smith and Miss Bernice Berman. Aubra L. Gauman and Miss Hariett Krickel. G. L. Murphy and Miss Beulah Stinson.
Colored—Sam Smith and Odessa Jackson. Silas Jones and Lula Mae James. Loranzie Bowie and Mary Johnson. Iziah Qualls and Ida May Hudson. Eddie Tuggle and Janie McNiel. Frank Jones and Ludie Mciel. Roosevelt Watkins and Katie Alexander. Jim Maxwell and Kissie Butler. Joe Sowell and Annie Haley. Sherman Johnson and Hattie Anderson. George Odem and Sylvia Smith. George Dorris and Nora Phillips. Wilson Thomas and Annie Lorance. Geo. W. Walker and Rosetta Brooks. James Malone and Florence Smith. Albert Pounds and Gussie Cook. Verbin Johnson and Lena Barnes. Lonie King and Rosie Tate. Henry Glasper and Rosie Poster. C. D. Glover and Louise T. Allen. Weary Watson and Camilla Cato. Wm. Henderson and Ethel Hill.
Resolution of Sympathy. (December 21, 1922) [Thomas Carr White, 1845 - 1922]
Whereas, on Wednesday, November 29, 1922, it has pleased the Almighty to remove from our midst, by death our esteemed friend and co-laborer, T. C. White, who has for many years occupied a prominent rank in our midst, maintaining under all circumstances a character untarnished and a reputation above reproach; and
Whereas, We, his neighbors and personal friends, desire to place on record our estimate of his worth; Therefore be it
Resolved, By the Masonic Lodge No. 51, Hernando, Mississippi, That we, through this means, give expression to our appreciation of his admirable character, and to our sorrow at the loss his family, his friends, and the public have sustained by reason of his departure; Be it furthermore
Resolved, That in the death of Bro. White we have sustained the loss of a friend whose fellowship it was an honor and a pleasure to enjoy. That we bear willing testimony to his many virtues, to his unquestioned probity and stainless life; that we offer to his bereaved family and mourning friends, over whom sorrow has hung her sable mantle, our heartfelt condolence, and pray that Infinite Goodness may bring speedy relief to their burdened hearts and inspire them with the consolations which Hope in futurity and Faith in God give even in the Shadow of the Tomb.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions, properly engrossed, be published in The Times-Promoter, and that a copy be presented to the family of our deceased friend.
Dr. A. L. Emerson,
Dr. T. A. Knight,
A. P. Lamb,
Jno. W. Barbee, Jr.
[T. C. White served in Co. F, 3rd TN Cavalry, CSA]