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|To Call All Negroes In First Quota
The forty negroes called by the local board to report for departure for Campe Devens, Ayer, Mass., on the 29th are: Moore L. Walker, Talmadge Smart, Henry Green, Robert Smith, Lee Kingston, Cliff Williams, John Shingles, Ralph Williams, Oscar Battles, George Wilson, King McElvey, Attaway Batson, Thomas F. Sweet, John Allen, Elijah Perry, Laundra Watson, Godfrey Singleton, Dismey T. Jones, Herbert Peeples, Cornelius Gainey, Willie Jackson, Will Nelson, Asa Mack, Erwin McMillon, Adolphus Henry, Arthur L. Harrison, Emmett McQuinn, Wilis Hearn, Jack James, Charlie Brown, Celie Jackson, George Thomas, Lewis McCullough, Dock McGriff, Noah Mitchell, Ed McMillon, Roddie Pittman, Arthur Spiller, Hamp Coleston, George Robinson.
In addition to these forty men, ten other negroes have been called to report on the 29th so that in the event some of those summoned fail to appear the quota can be filled. They are: Simuel Stevens, John Mack, Wm. Campbell, Pleas McRae, Chas. Harris, James Preston, Joseph Carroll, Earnest Goodwin, and Will Buie.
Instructions from Major Anderson are that one half of the colored men still due on the first quota are to entrain during the five day period beginning March 29. After the completion of this movement all remaining negroes under the first quota will be called out and sent to camp within three weeks. Unless it is impossible to secure the necessary transportation facilities the first half of the remainder of the quota will all leave here March 29.
|The Growth and Progress of Havana|
Little Evidence of the Disastrous Fire Two Years Ago Remain and The Town is Growing Along Progressive Lines
May Soon Be As Large As Quincy
Owns Light and Water Plants and Streets May Be Paved in Near Future...History of the Town
It was just two years ago last Sunday that the town of Havana, Quincy's lusty little offspring eleven miles away in the eastern part of the county, was destroyed. Now, the only vestiges of that disaster are the ruins of two brick buildings near the railroad station, and in a short time these will be replaced by five up to date business structures. This debris would have disappeared long ago, and the bigger and better Havana made over entirely but for the stubborness of one of the owners in the burned area. It is now announced that the recalcitrant has been eliminated, and the eyesore to the enterprising merchants of Havana will speedily be removed.
(First part missing) as "Old Salem," embraced now within the limits of Havana, at about the time the G. F. & A. railroad was nearing completion through that section. Later Mr. Slappey became associated with Mr. Shelfer. In addition to being a storekeeper and postmaster, Mr. Slappey, who is now president of the Havana bank, became agent for the railroad upon its completion. His duties as station agent were not very onerous, as there was no station, and trains stopped only on signal.
The first train ran through on May 28, 1902, and Havana began to take on the appearance of a "settlement" or hamlet. There were three stores, Shelfer's, Slappey's and Bond's, but the railroad continued to ignore the place, so far as freight was concerned. The managment refused to recognize Havana, except as a flag station for passengers, and made Hinson, a mile and a half to the north the regular station for that section. Freight from the east had to be carted from Midway, and for four years the struggle of the growing little town to compel recognition from the railroad had to be maintained before success was won. The persistance of Mr. Slappey and the others finally prevailed with General Manager Coleman of the G. F. & A., Havana which had far outstripped Hinson became a full fledged railroad station, ever bulging bigger and bigger with business, until now, every variety of merchandising is carried on, with the most approved modern methods and equipment.
Previous to the fire, the water from the artesian well was carried to the houses in small pipes; now it rushes through large mains capable of furnishing ample force and quantity to combat a future fire. The school house is a modern brick structure with six teachers, one of whom instructs in music; there are three physicians and a dentist, a large garage, and on every side evidences of modern alertness and efficiency that would reflect credit upon any American community, north, south, east or west.
"The merchants of this town made more money last year," said Mr. (probably Lawson) Ellinor, one of the leading business men, "than they did in the five years previous to the fire."
And it may be pertinent to say right here, that these merchants confidently expect to more than dupliate the success of last year, the coming season. Tobacco, the staple crop of the district, is to be planted in greater quantity than ever, the acreage to "shade' expecially being very materially increased.
All in all Quincy may well congratulate its young offshoot upon its rehabilitation from the holocaust of St. Patrick's day 1916, and also, it may be well for the parent city to look carefully to its prestige.
|Gadsden Man Writes of Army Life
In a letter to Sheriff G. Scott Gregory, Carl P. Green, who is attached to Headquarters Company 156th Depot Brigade at Columbia, S. C., this splendid young soldier from Gadsden county says that he likes the service and is getting along fine. An extract from his letter says:
"I will say that I am enjoying the service; have had the best of health and it is a real pleasure to me to be able to do my bit in the service.
"I have seen in papers some complaints in regard to the way the soldiers are being cared for, but take it from me, it is better than I expected to find in army life. We have plenty of good wholesome food and good, comfortable quarters, with good bunks and plenty of blankets. I can truthfully say that I have not been hungry or slept cold since I have been here and we have had some pretty cold weather, too.
"Let me thank you for sending me in the first five percent, for I feel that I was just a little lucky by being assigned to a supply detachment, which was about the first organization to be made up. My work is not hard and yet we are kept busy and when meal time comes I am always on hand with a good appitite."
The following pupils did not miss a day in attendance at school during the term just ended: Sallie Vickers, Guy Perkins, Ruby Vickers, Erma Kemp, Mattie Miller, Myrtis Cook, Inez Perkins, Sarah Patersn, Pennie Paterson, Lillian Stevens, Emma Kemp, Ava Cook, Blannie Cook, Lorenzo Lovell and Mandy Perritt.
The Baptist Sunday School is planning to have an Easter program on Easter Sunday. Mrs. Charlie (Mettie) Darsey is training the children for that occasion.
The farmers are happy over the little rain we had Monday and Tuesday. They will all roll up there sleeves and proceed.
We are glad to learn that W. R. Craven's leg is on the mend, for he has had a serious time of it; he hasn't walked in five weeks.
Douglas Flournoy and W. R. Craven were visitors to Gretna and Quincy Monday.
T. C. Craven and wife were visitors to Providence Sunday.
Julius Knowles and J. B. Strawder were visitors to the home of Raymond Craven Sunday evening.
Palmer Paramore made his regular trip to Providence Sunday.
E. J. Rudd was a business visitor to Quincy Monday.
What's everybody's business is nobody's business.
|Local and Personal (from a Quincy perspective)
Julian Howard is in Jacksonville and South Florida this week.
R. K. Shaw was a business visitor to Bainbridge Tuesday.
L. F. Roberts has accepted a position with the F. P. May Drug Co.
Carey Jessup returned Tuesday from Macon, where he went Sunday on business.
A number of the young people attended the weekly dance in Chattahoochee Friday night.
Choice hams and breakfast bacon 40 cents a pound; rib sides 35 cents pound. H. F. Bostick. adv. 1t
Mrs. Harper Davidson of Tallahassee was in Quincy Wednesday the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Perry May.
Miss Jeannette Campbell of Greensboro and Miss Witherspoon of Amsterdam were the week end guests of Misses Sallie and Laurie Love.
Philip Davis of Greensboro has accepted a position in the Quincy State bank. He went to work there Monday.
H. and Wm. Feinberg and families spent the day Sunday in Thomasville as guests of friends. The trip was made by automobile.
Mrs. N. B. Jordan returned home Saturday night from Jacksonville and Monticello where she has been visiting for two weeks.
Mrs. J. E. Broome and Mrs. Peter Miller left Tuesday for Cuthbert, Ga., where they will be the guests of friends for two weeks.
The Quincy Telephone Company is distributing among its patrons copies of the new telephone directory which has just been completed by the press of the Gadsden County Times.
Herschel Munroe, who is a student at the Southern College of Pharmacy in Atlanta, came in Sunday on a visit to his parents in Quincy and will be here for two or three weeks.
Mrs. T. C. Vann is spending a few days in Jacksonville this week. She went over to attend the recital of Mrs. James McCall at the Morocco Temple Monday night.
The young ladies sewing club had a very delightful meeting Saturday afternoon with Miss Esther Snyder.
Miss Ruby McDavid and sister, Miss Ellagene (Ella Jean) McDavid were in town Wednesday.
Miss Falk of New Orleans arrived Wednesday to be the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Falk at the Quincy Hotel.
Mrs. R. G. (Sarah) Harris, Grand Matron O. E. S. (Order of Eastern Star), left Monday afternoon for Pensacola, Bluff Springs and other towns in West Florida on an official visit.
Roy Blitch who was book keeper at the State Bank resigned as he will be among the number of selected men to leave about the twenty ninth.
H. Q. Brewer, wife and little daughter left Wednesday for a short visit to Mrs. Brewer's relatives in Red Bay, Ala.
Mr. Roberts, the new pharmacist at May's, has returned to his work after a few days spent in the country with his sister, Mrs. Owens.
Ray Jones, the general representative of Rhodes Millinery Co., of Atlanta, was a business visitor in the city Tuesday.
Mrs. H. W. Jones is entertaining at bridge this afternoon, honoring Mrs. Sessions, of Enterprise, Ala., and Mrs. Harper Davidson, of Tallahassee.
Mulford Refined Hog Cholera Serum, Pure, Potent, Steril, is distributed by Druggists and veterinarians everywhere. Ask for it. 3-21-8t pd.
Circle No. 1 of the Missionary Society of the M. E. Church will hold a Lilliputian Bazaar at Mrs. McKeown's store Thursday, March 28.
Lieut. Kenneth MacGowens returned from a visit to Winter Park and Tallahassee Tuesday. He left Tuesday night for Memphis to await orders.
Mrs. L. A. Bell and Mrs. J. B. Ley of Cairo were the house guests of Mrs. L. L. Wilis from Sunday till Wednesday.
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