A Look Back
Traditionally, weekly newspapers such as the Hartselle Enquirer have been the most trusted sources for reporting the inevitable transitions of life. They are indispensable for folks doing genealogical research on their ancestors.
1895-April 25, Mr. William W. Orr of the Danville community died at his home last Sunday evening. He was one of the best citizens of the county. During his illness he expressed a wish to be buried in a homemade coffin and that his kinsmen, William F. and Robert F. Orr, should make it. His wishes were carried out.
1910-April 25, G. A. Poteet, a well-known merchant of Somerville, nine miles east of here, died suddenly at his home tonight.
1905-April 26, Public memorial exercises for the late Judge D. W. Speake and the late Chancellor W. H. Simpson, both of whom died in office within the past few weeks, were held at the Morgan County courthouse today.
1943-April 27, Fred M. Speake, Jr., is missing in action, apparently the first war casualty among the many Hartselle men now in the armed services.
1918-April 28, Judge J. C. Kumpe, probate judge of Lawrence County and one of the oldest probate judges in the state in point of service, a member of the state Democratic executive committee, and a widely known citizen is near death at his home in Moulton. 1909-April 29, John T. Cooper, one of the most highly respected citizens of Morgan County, is gravely ill at his home at Stringer. Mr. Cooper was stricken with paralysis several months ago and has been constantly confined to his bed since then.
1904-April 30, People returning from Athens report that a tragic accident occurred there today on the public square when Lee Jones, a farmer, received at the hands of Ben Vining a fatal thrust with a knife.
1909-May 1, A difficulty between J. L. Bentley and Will Lynn early this afternoon about four miles east of Hartselle resulted in the fatal wounding of Lynn. There has existed bad blood between the two for a long time.
(Researched by Dr. Bill Stewart)