Family Stories

News From the County

The Mr. Joe Burkhead mentioned below is the son of Charles and Margaret Chesser Burkhead of Washington County, Kentucky.  Joseph Pope Burkhead married Sarah Bell Satterly, December 10, 1893.  They had 8 children:  Ray E., Ohmar (mentioned below!), Naman, Della, Nellie, Johnnie M., Lizzie A. and James Burkhead.

Oscar Foster is the son of John W. Foster and Nancy White, and the grandson of Elisha White who is listed as ill (and died in September of 1906).  Oscar married Mattie Brothers October 15, 1911.

I love the ad at the bottom of the page, from McElroy Brothers – “If you can’t get out, This cold weather call up McElroy Brothers”!  I believe pickles is the largest word in the ad!  Does anyone know what evaporated peaches are?  The bargain was a a set of china plates for only 75 cents!

Don’t you love the price of their fine coffees offered in the ad at top right – none more than 25 cents per pound!  I think I’d like to try their Golden Rio!

from The News-Leader, Springfield, Kentucky

Thursday, February 16, 1905

Tatham Springs

Mrs. Charlie Gibson is very low with consumption.

Rumor reports a wedding in this community soon.

Mr. Joe Burkhead has gone to Louisville this week with his tobacco.

Oscar Foster bought a new buggy from Wilham & Co. last week for $83.

Mr. Elisha White, Sr., is very sick at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John D. Keeling.  We would be very glad to hear of his recovery soon.

Mr. Samuel Royalty and sister, Lula, of Anderson County, visited relatives near Pleasant Hill Saturday night and attended church here Sunday.

The hotel at this place has a large supply of ice for the summer, so all who want to visit there needn’t be afraid of not having good ice water to drink.

I don’t think that we ever heard of as much tobacco being raised in the winter time as we have this winter.  I suppose they call them winter crops.

Messrs. Samuel and James Burkhead, of Indiana, are visiting relatives here this week.  First time they have been to their old Kentucky home for ten or twelve years.

Ohmar Burkhead, the son of Mr. Joe Burkhead, happened to a very unwelcome accident.  He and his little brothers were playing and he caught his hand between some rocks, tearing his finger almost off.

The last two weeks have been a very dangerous time on account of the ice.  We read of several getting wounded in our last week’s Leader, and since then Mr. John Bird, better known as Uncle Johnnie, of near Maple Hill, fell on the ice, breaking several ribs, and as he is very old there is little hope of his recovery.

Died February 10, Mrs. Otis Jenkins, wife of Mr. Willie Jenkins, and the daughter of Mrs. Bettie Mobley.  Deceased was 21 years old, had been lingering along with that dreaded disease, consumption, for over a year.  She was a dear christian woman loved by all who knew her and was a member of the Baptist church at this place and attended church as long as her health would permit.  She leaves besides her husband and her mother one sister and one brother, besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn her death.  Funeral services conducted at Rockbridge church after which the remains were interred in the Rockbridge cemetery.

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