The Breckenridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky
Wednesday, March 21, 1900
Death at Hardinsburg
The numerous friends of J. A. Witt will be sorry to learn of his death which occurred at his house in Hardinsburg, Monday morning at 8 o’clock. Mr. Witt’s illness dates back more than a year ago, when his general health began to decline. There were times when he rallied and seemed to improve, but relief was not permanent.
He had been confined to his bed about a month. A change for the worse came one day last week, and he lingered until Monday morning.
Mr. Witt was a native of Virginia, but came with his parents to Kentucky when a child. His ancestors were of old Virginia stock, and were a family of some distinction. his father resided in Hancock County some years, where he died. Subsequently his mother married Joseph McPhateon, of this city. She resided here for some years, and died at an advanced age.
Mr. Witt received his early education in the schools of Cloverport. At the age of fourteen he started out in life for himself. He first learned the tailor’s trade. Back in the forties, this was considered a good business, but it did not last long. Later Mr. Witt embarked in the mercantile business at Stephensport, but only remained there a short while. He went to Hardinsburg in 1871, where he bought tobacco for Hensley and Beard. Being quite successful in this, he afterwards began to do business on his own account. This was in 1874 and he continued it quite successfully until his death. some may have had more capital, but no one had more energy and industry than Mr. Witt. It was this that kept his business up for twenty-five years. He was kind and genial to everybody, and this won him a host of friends.
Mr. Witt was twice married, the first time to Miss Mary Jarrett, of Stephensport, who died in 1863. His second marriage was in 1874 to Miss Eliza Hardin, who resided near Rosetta, this county. His wife and two adopted daughters, Misses Allie and Julia, survive him.
Mr. Witt was a brother of William Witt of this city, and Richard Witt, a farmer at Rosetta. The funeral services took place yesterday at the M. E. Church South, in Hardinsburg, of which Mr. Witt was a member for years. Rev. F. M. Petty, the pastor, conducted the services. Mr. Witt was sixty-nine years of age.
To Run For Congress
R. M. Jolly, of Irvington, a Republican politician who represented the counties of Breckenridge, Meade and Hancock as Senator in the last two sessions of the General Assembly, is a candidate for Congress in the fourth congressional district, to succeed David H. Smith, the present Democratic incumbent.
Senator Jolly’s announcement was made yesterday. He came to Louisville yesterday afternoon to confer with a number of local Republican politicians regarding his race. He said to a reporter for the Courier-Journal yesterday afternoon he had fully determined to make the race, and would shortly make his formal announcement.
Senator Jolly is a miller, and was one of the hold-over senators at the recent term of the General Assembly. He is one of Mr. Taylor’s closest friends and is a loyal party man. Courier Journal.
Mr. Green Roberts Dead
Lewisport, Kentucky, March 15 – Mr. R. Green Roberts died Thursday afternoon at 5 o’clock after a short illness of spinal meningitis, at the age of forty-seven.
He was a member of one of Hancock County’s old and highly respected families. He was a charter member of Starlight Lodge No. 54 A.O.U.W., and will be buried by this order at the family burying ground Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Owensboro Messenger.
A beautiful home wedding occurred Saturday night at nine o’clock in this city at the Johnson house. The contracting parties were Miss Birdie Johnson and Mr. James Kennedy. Rev. W. B. Rutledge of the Baptist church performed the ceremony. The bride is the handsome daughter of Mr. and Mr. E. H. Johnson who recently moved here to run a boarding house. The groom is one of Hancock County’s substantial farmers and a popular young man of that county. They left Monday for their country home near Hawesville where they will live in the future.
Died of Consumption
Another sad day for Mr. James Durham and family was caused by the death of his son, Mr. John Durham, who departed this life Sunday morning, March the 11th. His death was caused by consumption. He had been spending some time at Ashville, North Carolina, hoping to recover his health and returned home only in time to bid his loved ones goodbye. The funeral took place Monday at 2 o’clock and he was buried in the family burying ground. The family has the sympathy of the entire community.
Rev. John M. Crowe
Rev. John M. Crowe, A. M., student, philosopher and orator, will deliver his famous lecture, “The Tell-Tale Tick of Time,” at the Methodist Church Monday night, March 26. Admission 25 and 15 cents. Reserved seats 50 cents.
Those who have heard the two week’s series of sermons delivered by Rev. Crowe will be delighted to make a part of his audience, and others are urged to take this opportunity of hearing one who has been pronounced the equal of Sam Jones, Dr. Talmage and Joseph Cook.
The Franklin Favorite, speaking of this lecture recently delivered there, say: ‘His dramatic efforts in some of the more impassioned parts of his discourse, his fine imagery and his faultless and elegant language, combined to render the effort, from an artistic standpoint, one of an extremely high order, while the wholesome truths and helpful counsel which abounded throughout were calculated to be of much practical value to his listeners.’
Rev. Crowe receives no remuneration for his two weeks’ work among us, save the proceeds of his lecture which should be well patronized.