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James Greenville Trimble and Joseph Proctor – Stories of Long Ago

I found this most interesting article while searching for the obituary of James Greenville Trimble (which I could not find).  Since he lived through so much history, and was given first hand accounts of early history, I wanted to share this with you.  It’s too bad he didn’t talk more about his adventures during the Civil War.  I thought it most interesting when he said he had lived under the administrations of twenty-four presidents!

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, April 25, 1916

Heard Battle Story From Proctor’s Lips

J. G. Trimble Learned of Historic Event of 134 Years Ago from a Participant

The following article which appeared in Wednesday evening’s Louisville Port, will be of interest to local people.

A famous battle between Indians and white settlers, known in history as ‘Estill’s defeat,’ was fought on soil now included in Montgomery County, Kentucky, March 22, 1782.

That was 134 years ago, before the War of the Revolution was ended, before the United States was an established government, yet there is living in Mt. Sterling today a citizen who has heard the story from the lips of a man who took part in it.

Mr. James Greenville Trimble, head of the Mt. Sterling National Bank, is the Kentuckian who constitutes such a remarkable link between the present and long ago.  He is almost ninety-three years old, and he heard the story from Joseph Proctor, who lived to a great age and died in 1844.

Mr. Trimble has given the Evening Post an account of Proctor and his story of that battle in the following letter:

Editor Evening Post:

I notice in your issue of March 25th you published a letter written by the Hon Henry L. Stone, of your city, which is an extract from a short history of Montgomery County, prepared by the Hon Richard Reid, formerly of Mt. Sterling, in 1876, in which he gives a minute description of one of the greatest and hard fought battles (considering the number engaged) that was ever fought upon Kentucky soil.  He especially alludes, in a complimentary manner, to the gallant services performed by one of the soldiers, named Joseph Proctor, who was the last survivor of those who participated in that great battle, which is known in history as Estill’s Defeat, which took place 134 years ago.

I had the pleasure, as well as the honor, of being personally and intimately acquainted with Mr. Proctor, having lived in the same town and within 100 yards of him for two years, and I met with him almost every day.  He was a large man, six feet high, weighing about 180 pounds.  He was a local Methodist preacher, having been ordained by Bishop Francis Asbury (the first Methodist bishop ever in America, who was born in England, August 20, 1745, came to America in 1771, and died at Fredericksburg, Virginia, on March 31, 1816, 100 years ago).

My acquaintance with Mr. Proctor was during the last three years of his life.  His death occurred on December 2, 1844.  I attended his funeral and burial.  He was buried with military honors at Irvine, Kentucky.  A company of fifty militia fired their guns as his body was lowered into the grave.  He was buried in an old, dilapidated and unused cemetery, which has not been used for that purpose since, and there is not now a stone to mark his last resting place.  I would suggest that the descendants of the man who was carried on the shoulders of Proctor from the battlefield to Madison County, a distance of twenty-five miles, erect a monument to perpetuate his memory.  Captain Estill was honored with a marble monument at Richmond, Kentucky, which cost several thousand dollars.  Why not give one to Proctor, who was a very poor man, and had no property whatever?

During my residence of two years at Irvine, Kentucky, I had the position of Deputy Clerk of the Estill Circuit and County Courts, at the large salary of $100 a year and board.  Major Robert Clark (nephew of Gov. James Clark, whose home was at Winchester) was clerk of both courts, and he being one of the principal pillars of the Methodist church in that town, Proctor made the office his loafing place.  During the summer season and in favorable weather he would spend much of his time at our office, and the people of the town and county would often call to see him and hear him talk and relate the many thrilling scenes through which he had passed with the Indians, and the experiences he had with Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton, Calloway and many other pioneer heroes, which was always entertaining to the people and was a favorite subject with him for discussion.

Mr. Proctor, on account of his advanced age, impaired health and other infirmities, did not preach any during my acquaintance with him, but he never failed to attend his weekly prayer-meetings and Sunday school, and occasionally he would deliver to each of them eloquent exhortations and able in prayer; I was never acquainted with a more devoted and consecrated Christian.  I am perhaps the only man now living who was personally acquainted with a soldier who participated in that bloody conflict which occurred 134 years ago.

Captain Estill, with his twenty-five men, overtook the Indians with a similar number at Hinkston Creek, a very small stream, not more than four or five miles to its head.  He found three of the Indians on the west side of the creek engaged in skinning a buffalo, the balance of them had passed over to the opposite side of the creek and were taking their rest.  The three Indians on the west side immediately joined their main body on the east side, and the firing then commenced; every man on both sides took a tree for protection, so far as was possible, with the creek between the conflicting sides.  When the fight continued for some time without any apparent result, Lieut. Miller, with six soldiers of Estill’s command, withdrew from the company, ostensibly for the purpose of crossing the creek above and getting into the rear of the Indians; but instead, they left for parts unknown and never did return.  This reduced Captain Estill’s fighting strength to eighteen against twenty-five.  It is supposed that the Indians suspected there had been a division of Captain Estill’s forces, on account of slack firing, and they, therefore, made a charge in a body across the creek, most of them with tomahawks and knives.

All of the real hard, hand-to-hand fighting took place on the west bank of the creek, the result of which is so well described by Col. Henry L. Stone in his letter which you published, and which corresponds with the history I have of it from Joseph Proctor.  I will, therefore, not allude to it, except to say that Captain James Estill, who was a very small man, came in contact with the largest Indian that belonged to the company, who would weight over 200 pounds, armed with butcher knives.  Mr. Proctor told me that he was standing nearby, but could give Estill no relief.  He witnessed the giving away of his arm, which had been broken a few months previous, which placed him completely in the power of the savage, who plunged a large butcher knife into his left side which penetrated his heart, and Captain Estill instantly fell dead at the feet of the savage.  Within ten seconds thereafter the trusty rifle of Joseph Proctor, with its deadly and unerring aim, placed the lifeless body of the big Indian by the side of the dead body of Captain Estill.  Mr. Proctor never did admit in my presence that he killed the Indian, but in speaking of the incident he would say, ‘I never heard of that big Indian killing anybody afterward, nor committing any depredations.’

A few years previous to his death, Mr. Proctor was brought to this county and taken over the supposed battle ground to see if he could identify the place where the battle occurred, but he was unable to do so.  In 1782, when the battle occurred, the county was a wilderness – nothing but timber and cane; whereas, at the time of his visit it was all cleared out and in cultivation and bluegrass.

I am a native of Morgan County, Kentucky, and was born in a log cabin on a farm upon which Hazel Green was afterward located, on the 15th day of June 1823.  I will, therefore, be ninety-three years of age on the 15th day of the coming June.  I continued to live in Hazel Green for fifty-three years, and since then I have resided in Mt. Sterling.  I have lived under the administrations of twenty-four presidents of the United States, commencing with James Monroe, and including Woodrow Wilson, who will be our next president.  This includes all the presidents we have had since the formation of our government, save four – Washington, Jefferson, John Adams and Madison.  Their political complexion was as follows:  Democrats, twelve; Republicans, ten; Whigs, three; Federalists, two; making twenty-seven.  Washington had no politics, but was president of all the people of the United States.  I have been a voter for seventy-two years, and during that time I have never held an office of any kind, and, with the exception of local and municipal elections, I have never scratched the Democratic ticket but once.  The first vote I ever cast for president and vice president was for James K. Polk and George M. Dallas.

I can say that which few men of my age can say.  My general health has always been good, and I have never felt the effects of old age.  On the 4th of June, 1907, I fell down the elevator shaft in the Louisville Hotel of your city and sustained injuries of such a character that I have never been able to walk alone without the aid of crutches, and were it not for my crippled condition, occasioned by that fall, I could now take daily horseback rides, of which I am very fond, of from forty to fifty miles a day, with ease.  At one time during the Civil War I rode on horseback one hundred miles without stopping forty minutes.

James Greenville Trimble

Weddings from the Madison Climax

The Richmond Climax, Madison County, Kentucky

Wednesday, October 2, 1901

Elder-Burns, Hardin-Todd

A double wedding was solemnized I the County Clerk’s office here last Thursday, the contracting parties being Mr. A. J. Elder, the well-known Berea liveryman, and Miss Sallie Burns, and Mr. Isaac Hardin and Miss Christie Todd.  The bridal party drove down from Berea, where they reside, and their presence soon attracted a large crowd to see the ceremony, which was pronounced by Squire D. P. Armer in his usual felicitous manner.  In concluding the ceremony, the Squire commanded the newly made husbands to salute their brides with a kiss, which they did in the most approved Hobson fashion, to the no small amusement of the spectators.

Scrivner-Hamilton

Mr. Harry Scrivner, son of Mr. Ambrose Scrivner, of Station Camp, Estill County, and Miss Bettie Hamilton, daughter of Sim Hamilton, Esq., of the same locality, were married last Thursday, at the bride’s home.  The groom, who is a brother-in-law of County School Superintendent J. W. Wagers, of this city, is a splendid young man and popular with all who know him.  The bride is an acknowledged belle in that section, and is as lovely in character as she is handsome in person.  After the nuptials, a delightful reception was tendered them.  The climax joins with a host of friends in wishing the newly wedded a long life of happiness and prosperity.

Taylor-Hall

Ex-Governor ‘Bob’ Taylor, the noted lecturer, who has several times delighted a Richmond audience with his incomparable wit and humor, was married last week at Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Mrs. Alice Fitts Hall, a charming widow of Montgomery, Alabama.  The marriage was set for January next, but Mr. Taylor went down to visit Mrs. Hall before she left for a six-weeks’ trip to California, and persuaded her to forego the journey to California and become Mrs. Taylor.  Mrs. Taylor is a daughter of the Hon. James H. Fitts, a treasurer of the State University and a wealthy banker of Tuscaloosa.  She was a favorite in the social circles of Montgomery, where she had resided since her first marriage in 1886.  Gov. Taylor and bride were registered at the Galt House, Louisville, last Wednesday, enroute East.

McKennon-Heath

The marriage of Miss Nannette Camilla Heath, daughter of Dr. M. C. Heath, of this city, and Mr. Charles W. McKennon, a prominent wholesale druggist, of Waco, Texas, was quietly celebrated at Lexington, Wednesday at 1 o’clock p.m. at the home of the bride’s aunt, Mrs. John Embry, of East Main Street.  Rev. E. O. Guerrant, of the Presbyterian church of Wilmore, Kentucky, performed the ceremony and the wedding music was beautifully played by Mrs. J. S. Hawkins, of Jessamine County.  The Lexington Democrat has the following account of the nuptials: ‘Though the wedding was a quiet one, there were a number of relatives and friends present to witness the ceremony and to give their sincere congratulations and the house was made most charming for the occasion.  Darkened and with the soft glow from many tapers the effect of the decorations of palms and plants and pretty fragrant roses was very lovely and made the bridal picture one not to be forgotten.  To the music of the Lohengrin Wedding March the bride and groom entered the drawing room and with a background of palms they stood for the impressive ceremony.  Very lovely indeed the bride looked in her pretty gown of gray etamine over gray silk, its touches of old rose being very becoming.  A picture hat of white beaver completed the toilet.  An immense bouquet of American beauty roses was carried in her hand.  Immediately following the congratulations, the happy couple left for Louisville where they will be at the Galt House until tomorrow.  The will be entertained at luncheon today by Mr. Henry Embry, of Louisville, and from Louisville they will go to Columbia, Tennessee, to visit relatives for short while before going to their future home in Waco, Texas.  Quite a feature of the wedding was the lovely bridal gifts received from numbers of friends.  There were beautiful pieces of cabinet bric-a-brac, lovely cut glass, attractive house furnishings and much handsome silver.  Noticeable among the gifts was a diamond sunburst, the present of the bride-groom, and a chest of silver received from Mr. Wallace Embry, of Louisville, an uncle of the bride.  The bride is a very charming, attractive girl, who has made numbers of friends, here during her short stay in Lexington, where she was a very popular teacher, and it is with regret that her friends give her up while wishing for her a bright and happy future in her new home.  Mr. McKennon is prominent in the business and social circles of Waco and is a man of very agreeable personality.  Among the guests present at the ceremony were Dr. M. L. Heath, of Richmond, father of the bride; Mrs. J. S. Hawkins, of Wilmore; Dr. Fish and Mrs. Nannie Wilhoit, of Nicholasville; Dr. Vaught, of Richmond; Mrs. B. W. Turner, Misses Laura and Helen Bennett, of Richmond; Mr. Wallace Embry, of Louisville; Mr. Albert Severance, of Stanford; Mr. and Mrs. Tarlton Embry, of Cincinnati; Miss Betsey Cloud, Mrs. J. T. Brock, Mr. William Brock, Mrs. La Fayette Brock, of Somerset; Misses Minerva and Dolly Embry and Master Tarleton Embry.

 

News from Wednesday, June 1, 1910 – The Springfield Sun

This is an old newspaper clipping from a 1941 Springfield Sun – the local newspaper for Washington County, Kentucky.  I’m sure this was one my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, saved, since it was a few years before she died – and because her mother’s death, thirty-one years previous, was listed as part of the news for June of 1910.  Other interesting tidbits were a couple of marriages, finding of the body of a missing woman, and the dedication of the capital in Frankfort!

Small Town News From The Hartford Herald

More small town news.  Within these tidbits are many names and interesting stories that would help flesh out your genealogy.  The birthday dinner story gives the names of parents, a sister, a father, and children.  And what a happy occasion.  Following are weddings, an elopement, death and illness.  All part of everyday life.

from The Hartford Herald, Ohio County, Kentucky

Wednesday, July 23, 1902

A Birthday Dinner

Thomas W. Wedding, of Barretts Ferry, and Miss Nancy Wright were married in Ohio County on the 16th day of October 1845.  To them have been born nine children – four girls and five boys.  Of said children three boys and one girl are dead.  The living children are Mrs. Mary Ann Midkiff, wife of W. P. Midkiff, Mrs. Ada Acton, wife of S. S. Acton, Mrs. Manda Rebecca Foreman, wife of Elijah D. Foreman, John T. Wedding and James B. Wedding.  Mrs. Nancy Wedding was seventy-seven years old on the 19th day of July and Thomas W. Wedding, her husband, was 80 years old on July 20.  The children mentioned above of these old and honored people gave their parents a birthday dinner on Sunday, July 20.  The dinner was bountiful and carefully arranged and good enough to satisfy the most extreme epicure.  Mr. Thomas W. Wedding and Mrs. Mariah Davison, wife of George W. Davison, are the only living children of the late George W. Wedding, who died in 1854.  Mrs. Davison was present and is now seventy-three years old and in frail health.  There were twenty-four grand-children present and many of the neighbors – about fifty people in all being present.  Mr. Wedding gave a short talk in which he expressed his appreciation for the kindness shown him and his wife.  We hope these old people, who have lived honorable lives, and who are now more than three score and ten, may live to see many birthdays and that their declining days may be the most peaceful of their lives.

Marriage Licenses

Marriage Licenses since last Wednesday:  W. H. Blackburn, Ceralvo, to Edna Myers, Ceralvo.  Oscar Smith, Flint Springs, to Clovia M. Daugherty, Flint Springs.  John E. Shultz, Fordsville, to Lillie Eskridge, Fordsville.

Visit

Mrs. D. F. Cawthorn, of Glasgow, arrived a few days ago to visit her daughter, Mrs. D. W. Likens, of Jingo, who is very weak with consumption.  Mrs. Cawthon will visit her brother, Bob Forrester, of this place, and visit her old friends of Hartford before she returns to Glasgow.  It will be remembered by many, Mrs. Cawthorn left Hartford seven years ago to make her home in Barren County.

Wedding

As announced in these columns a few weeks ago, Professor Charles H. Ellis and Miss Corinne Landrum will be married at the First Baptist Church in Calhoon this evening at 8:30 o’clock.  Mr. Ellis, who is one of Ohio County’s most promising young men, is to be congratulated in winning the heart and hand of such an estimable young lady.  After the ceremony the bride and groom, together with several friends, will repair to the residence of the bride’s parents, Judge and Mrs. Ben F. Landrum, where a sumptuous repast will await them.  They will remain in Calhoon until Friday, when they will visit the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Ellis, near town.

Died

Died at the residence of her aunt, Mrs. H. A. Miller, at 12 o’clock, noon, last Thursday, of that most dreaded disease, consumption, Miss Annie Lewis.  Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Coakley and Petrie.  Her remains were interred in Oakwood Cemetery Friday afternoon.  Miss Annie, who had been a member of the Baptist church for 22 years was a most lovable lady.

Elopement

Mr. Rethel L. Duke, of Hartford, and Miss May E. Davis, of near Prentis, aged 18 and 16, respectively, eloped to Cannelton, Indiana, last Sunday and were married.  They returned to the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Duke, Monday night.

Taxpayers for Lots in the Town of Springfield 1817

I thought this list was interesting – those who owned lots in the town of Springfield in the year 1817.  I do not have any relatives on the list, but am familiar with the Booker’s, Montgomery’s, Lancaster’s, McElroy’s and Rudd’s.  Do you have anyone on this list?

This article appeared in the March 19, 1936, Springfield paper.

from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by Orval W. Baylor

A list of persons, with their improved Lots in the town of Springfield subject to Taxation for the year 1817.

Note:  In the following arrangement the person’s name comes first, then the number of tithes, number of lots and lastly the valuation of lots.

George McKay, 3 – 1 – $500; John Hurst, 1 – 2 – $800; Richard Phillips, 3; Samuel Robertson, 4 – 2 – $1200; Elias Davison, 6 – 1 – $6000; James Woods, 1; William B. Booker, 2 – 1 – $1200; Paul J. Booker, 2 – 2 – $500; William T. Phillips, 4 – 2-$4000; Hugh McElroy, 1; William H. Hays, 2 – 2 – $1500; Electius Mudd, 3 – 1 – $1200; James S. Simms, 1; Benjamin Montgomery, 1; Daniel McAllister, 1; Raphael Lancaster, 2 – 2 – $1000; Joseph B. Lancaster, 1; Daniel Thompson, 2; James Hughes, Jr., 1; George Wilson, 1; Anthony McElroy, 1; Christopher A. Rudd, 1 – 1 – $1500; Matthew Nantz, 1; Philip Barbour, 2 – 1 – $800; Jesse T. Riney, 1; John Bainbridge, 1; Nathaniel Whitehead, 1; Richard Biddle, 1; Benson Riggs, 1; John A. Montgomery, 1 – 1 – $500; Robert H. Nantz, 1; William Glasscocke, 1; Hugh Lunch, 1; John Viers, 1; Joseph Willis, 1; Charles Crossgrove, 1; James Rudd, (Teacher), 1; John Wilson, 1; Jonathan Riney, 0 – 2 – $1500; Thomas Houts, 0 – 2 – $600; John Hays, 0 – 1 – $300; Dudley Robertson, 0 – 1 – $200.

To Patrick Morgan, Collector of the Town Tax of Collection.  By Order of the Board of Trustees.  April 11th, 1817.  Attests.  John Hughes, Jr., CBT.

‘Cupid Cutting Capers In June’ 1905 In Christian County

from The Kentuckian, Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky

June 17, 1905

Cupid Cutting Capers In June

No Let Up in the Rush of Matrimonial Matters

Still More to Follow

Two Weddings Thursday of Well Known Young Lawyers

The marriage of Mr. Roger Wayles Harrison and Miss Evie Louise Nash Thursday afternoon was an especially pretty church wedding.

The Baptist church was well filled with the friends of the young couple and the stand was elaborately decorated with potted plants.

Messrs. James A. Young, Jr., Wallace Kelly, R. M. Fairleigh and Charles H. Nash, Jr., were the ushers and preceded the wedding party as they entered promptly at 4:30 o’clock to the strains of the wedding march played by Mrs. James H. Anderson.

Mr. Harrison entered on the arm of his best man, Mr. John Stites, and the bride came in with her sister, Miss May Nash.  Meeting at the chancel, the bride and groom took their places on the stand and the ceremony that united them was appropriately said by Dr. Charles H. Nash, the bride’s father.  Dr. Edmund Harrison, father of the groom, stood beside Dr. Nash and concluded the ceremony with a short prayer.

Upon leaving the church, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison went at once to the L & N depot and boarded the 5:18 train for a Southern trip.  Returning next week, they will be at home at Bethel College.

The bride’s costume was a handsome traveling dress of blue.

A large party of friends accompanied them to the depot and threw handfuls of rice at them as they boarded the sleeper.

Mr. Harrison is the youngest son of Rev. E. Harrison, President of Bethel Female College, and is a rising young attorney.  His bride is the oldest daughter of Rev. C. H. Nash, D.D., Pastor of the Baptist church.  Petite and graceful, with dark hair and eyes, her beauty is of the Southern type.  She is a graduate of Bethel College with the degree of A.M., and is an accomplished musician.

Prowse-Lyon

Mr. Charles Odom Prowse and Miss Elizabeth Lyon, of Nashville, were married Thursday evening at 7:30 o’clock, at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Julia B. Lyon, in Nashville.  Rev. M. P. Logan, of the Episcopal Church, officiated.  They left for Monterey, Tennessee, to spend a few days before returning home.

The bride, a few years ago, visited Mrs. C. K. Wyly, in this city, and Mr. Prowse met her and the attachment was formed that has so happily culminated.  She is a young lady of aristocratic lineage and possesses much beauty and many personal charms.

Mr. Prowse is a son of County Clerk John P. Prowse, and is the Republican nominee for County Attorney.

They will live at the home of the groom’s father, on South Main Street.

Woosley-Hiser

Mr. John Thomas Woosley and Miss Ida Mai Hiser will be married at the home of the bride-to-be’s brother, Mr. T. G. Hiser, on West Fifteenth Street, next Thursday, June 22nd.

Smith-White

Hon. Denny P. Smith, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Miss Susie White, daughter of Mr. W. C. White of Cadiz, will be married on June 28th.

Two Weddings and a Silver Wedding Anniversary Party In 1881

The old newspapers from by-gone days give us a good example of life during those years.  Today I share stories of two weddings and a silver wedding anniversary from The Daily Evening Bulletin of Maysville, Kentucky.  It sounds as if these events were planned for many weeks or months, and enjoyed by all who attended.  The description of clothing, entertainment and people who attended make these stories come alive!  Remember, in 1881, the ladies fashions were still long, flowing and elegant. 

from The Daily Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Wednesday Evening, November 23, 1881

Corded Couples

Jones-Thomas

The main topic in Maysville society for the last week or two has been the approaching marriage of Miss Bessie Thomas to Mr. Robinson J. Jones, of Cincinnati.  They were married this morning at half-past ten o’clock in the Church of the Nativity, by the Rev. J. D. Powers, in the presence of a large gathering of invited friends.  Messrs. Hiram Pearce, Henry Chenoweth, George Bruce and Harry Talbott, popular society young gentlemen, acted as ushers and attendants.  The bridesmaids were Misses Anna Douglass January, Julia Chenoweth, Lottie Poyntz, Mary B. Pearce, Lizzie Cox and Lilian Frazee.

The bride was dressed in plain and brocade satin, veils and flowers and the bridesmaids in white mull, vallencienes and large Gainsborough hats trimmed with ostrich feathers.

The ceremony was brief, beautiful and very impressive.  As the newly wedded pair left the church the ushers gave their arms to the bridesmaids, leaving last the two youthful ones, Misses Cox and Frazee, who at the close of the ceremony came in front of the altar and standing at the side of the font made a picture worthy of the brush of Titian.

The presents were numerous and costly and the wedding breakfast a marvel of delicacies.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones left by the train at noon, for Cincinnati, accompanied by the best wishes of their many friends.

Gilmore – Blackery

The marriage of Miss Louisa C. Gilmore, one of our most charming and amiable young ladies to Mr. W. O. Blackerby, of Bracken County, took place at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs. S. M. Gilmore, this morning.  Rev. J. B. Glorieux performing the ceremony.  The wedding was a quiet one, only the immediate friends of the family being present.

 

from The Daily Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Thursday Evening, November 24, 1881

From Ripley

The silver wedding of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Mockbee, was an elegant social affair.  The invitations read from four to eleven p.m.  Most of the guests were married couples, and the older people availed themselves of the earlier hours of the evening.  The house was profusely decorated with flowers, many the gifts of friends.  Mr. and Mrs. Mockbee received in the large parlors, standing near the center.  On the right of Mr. Mockbee was his son, W. S. Mockbee, and his bride, (nee Miss Hattie Wiles), and Miss Mary Mockbee.  On the left of Mrs. M. were little Edward, Laura and Dora.  Their son Charles was indispensable in the dining room.  Mrs. Mockbee was attired in a most lovely silver-colored silk, trimmed with steel passamenterie and fringe.  She wore white lace fichu, white kid gloves and white flowers in her hair.  Mr. Mockbee wore a full evening dress of black, and white boutonniere.  The young ladies of the family, pure white.  It was a very charming group indeed.  Among the presents displayed – from associates and employees of the Champion Mills:  gold-lined fruit bowl and castor combined, from officers and the teachers of the M. E. Sunday School, of which Mr. Mockbee has long been superintendent.  The family gifts were as follows:

From Mr. and Mrs. Scott, silver cake basket.  From Charles Mockbee and his cousin, Miss Georgia Shaw, silver card receive and bouquet stand.  Dozen silver knives from W. S. Mockbee and wife.  Solid silver tablespoons from Mary Mockbee.  Teaspoons from Ed, drinking cup from little Laura and Dora.

There were very many other presents from friends at home and abroad, which we cannot here enumerate.

The tables were handsomely decorated and the supper beyond our pen to describe.  A nice feature of the entertainment was the presence at different times during the evening of all the employees of the Mills of which Mr. Mockbee is a large owner.  Many strangers from a distance were present.  Among them were Mr. Powers, wife and daughter, of Augusta, Kentucky.  Mr. and Mrs. Manker of Maysville, Kentucky.  Mr. and Mrs. Gazely of Decatur.  Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Miller of Russellville.

Stamm’s Band appeared about 10 o’clock and discoursed sweet music, and were most royally entertained.  A beautiful poem by Mrs. Snedeker was highly enjoyed by all.