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Pet Dog Goes Mad and Bites Several Persons.

“Chief” the pet dog at the fire station went suddenly mad last night and bit Mr. Clifford Bray, a mill worker living on north Magnolia St. and Eugene Night and young Caldwell, two school boys. The dog was killed and his brain sent to the Pasteur Institute in Atlanta. We understand that those who were unfortunately bitten by the dog will go to Atlanta and enter the Pasteur Institute at once. Everyone is now praising Mayor Nash for his proclamation ordering the muzzling of all dogs. Source: Ocala Banner: 12-4-1908

Dog Goes Mad

Ocala, Dec 5…A pet dog belonging to Chief Chambers of the fire department, went suddenly mad last night and caused considerable excitement for a few minutes. Before the animal was killed it succeeded in biting C. Boay, Mr. Caldwell of Oklawaha, who is here attending court and Eugene Knight. The men left on the early train to receive treatment at the Pasteur Institute in Jacksonville. The dogs brains were also carried to Jacksonville for examination. Source: Tampa Tribune: 12-6-1908

The annual picnic of Fort McCoy yesterday brought together a crowd of 600 persons. Not quite as large as last year, but in geniality fully up to the best spirits of the times…Rev. Harmon Martin, the pioneer settler of fort McCoy, a preacher of note in the Baptist Church was master of ceremonies and introduced the speakers. Professor Brinson, a nominee for Superintendent of Schools was the first speaker. He told of the interest he had always taken in popular education and said it would ever be his pleasure if elected to add to the present efficiency of the public schools. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 7-18-1908


The Belleview News-Letter says that Belleview is the first town in Marion County to welcome the Advent of the new century baby  and Candler was the second and so far as we know the claims are undisputed. Source: Ocala Banner: 1-11-1901

A National Reserve Located Near Ocala…Over Two Hundred Thousand Acres Set Aside For Scientific Forest Administration

Washington-Nov. 28…President Roosevelt yesterday signed a proclamation that creates a national forest at Ocala, Marion Co., Florida. This action will place the land under scientific administration.

The area involved amounts to some 201,480 acres, of which one-fourth is well adapted to the production of forest growth. The settling upon this locality for a national forest was done by the commission which has the matter in charge. The development of such propositions are, however, slow as the money has to be forth coming to the commission from time to time to allow them to proceed with their work. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-28-1908


Admitted to the Bar…Mr. Emanuel H. Martin, son of Rev. Harmon C. Martin, a bright young man who has been reading law for some time in the office of Mr. E. W. Davis, has been admitted to the bar, having stood a most credible examination before the Supreme Court of the state of Florida. These examinations are now all written. There are a lot of different questions on all the branches of law and to be admitted now the applicant must be a scholar. Mr. Martin has formed a co partnership with Mr. Davis and this paper predicts the new firm a splendid success. Source: Ocala Banner: 6-19-1908


A Youthful Murderer

Messrs. Hubbard and Hood are operating the Crown and Crescent phosphate mines and they tell us of a very youthful attempt at murder that happened there a couple of days ago.

One of the colored men working in the mines has two children aged respectively one and four years. The children were left alone the other day when the older one went to a trunk, took from it his father’s pistol and went to the crib where lay his baby brother, cocked the weapon and deliberately fired at the little one’s head. Fortunately the bullet passed through several folds of a quilt which spent its force and may prevent the child’s death-the bullet, however, struck it in the temple, but did not penetrate the skull.

In youthful depravity this child, we think, is entitled to wear the belt. Source: Ocala Banner: 2-8-1901

Ocala Hit by a Falling Star

Friday night there fell from the heavens a meteor, which marked its course to earth by a flaming tail and coming in contact with the earth in the vicinity of the water tower made a terrific noise and greatly alarmed several families, who, not knowing the cause of the noise, appealed to the guardians of the homes to look for the cause of the sound and these marched forth with their trusty revolvers to see who it was trying to blow up the water works or the A. C. L. depot. The noise greatly mystified the terrified ones and no explanation was given for the same until the next day, when one of the guardians of the home overheard an A. C. L. engineer remark that he saw the meteor when it fell and heard the explosion. The mystery was thus cleared up. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 2-17-1908

Dr. Walter Hood is having his custom automobile made here. He is making it as he thinks one ought to be made for our roads and it is being looked forward to with a great deal of interest, as it is expected to have a good many improvements over those manufactured in the regular factories. It will be on the streets in about ten days. Source: Ocala Banner: 2-5-1909

A Deep Dark Mystery

Old Man Stalbey’s Monthly Period of Conviviality Has Been Unduly Prolonged

Mr. Stalbey, who keeps the little green grocery near the market, has been out of sight for the past several weeks and his place tightly closed. It is confidentially whispered that the old man has been foully dealt with by someone with possibly miserly hoards.

The old man has been in the habit of embarking on periodical pilgrimages to the shrine of Bacchus, but heretofore his absence has been confined to two or three days and genuine alarm is felt for his whereabouts and safety. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-16-1900

Early Bird P. O. Discontinued

The postoffice at Early Bird, Marion, Co., has been discontinued. The mail hereafter will be sent to Standard. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-17-1905

Child Stolen

A colored woman appealed to Judge Hocker this morning to seek his assistance in the recovery of her 3- year-old child, which was stolen from her. The child was taken from her several days ago by a negro man while the mother and child were sleeping. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 6-25-1900


Search Started For Ocala Man

Ocala; June 1st- Authorities were tonight searching for J. P. Milton, formerly of Blackshear, Ga., now a resident of Ocala, who was taken from his home here last night by a party of men and has not been heard of since.

So far as known, none of the party was identified. The men conducted their operations quietly and without disorder.

The authorities express the opinion that Milton was summarily dealt with then sent out of the section for alleged mistreatment for his wife. Source: St. Petersburg Times: 6-2-1902

Professor Brinson is back from Ft. McCoy, where he went to attend the funeral of his Grandfather Brinson, who was one of the pioneer settlers of this county and was the last one of the old men who were members of Capt. Joshua McGahagin’s company of civil war veterans. Mr. Brinson’s death is very much lamented. Source: Ocala Banner: 9-7-1909

St. Johns cemetery has been neatly worked under the direction of its efficient superintendent, Dr. M. Barco. It has been mapped and platted by Surveyor James R. Moorehead, in lots of 8 graves each, which are numbered. The lots are sold at $8 each, the receipts going into the cemetery fund to assist in paying the expenses for keeping it in slightly condition. The form of the receipt is in the nature of a warranty deed. The superintendent enters in a book kept for the purpose the name and date of each person buried and the number of the lot and grave. If this system is kept up until each space is occupied, every mound maybe leveled, all tombstones removed  and then the name of the cemetery map and record book any competent surveyor can easily locate each grave, the name of the person buried therein and the date of burial.

The living owes a sacred duty to the dead and I am glad that Cotton Plant discharges its duty in this respect in a manner that commends universal approval. The cemetery is always kept in nice shape; plants and vines always growing and flowers ever blooming. It is a sweet and hallowed spot. Source: Ocala Banner: 10-20-1905

Short Of Funds

The hospital is running short of funds, by reason of several patients of late failing to pay their board. An informal meeting of the officers was held this morning and it was agreed that hereafter no patient would be received unless payment was received in advance, or the doctor in charge or some other perfectly responsible party guaranteed payment of the bill. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-23-1900

Dr. Hood’s Auto A Success

Dr. Walter Hood is now perfectly satisfied with his patent, home-built automobile. All of the difficulties have been overcome and the machine is working like a clock. The doctor’s first country trip was last week to Blitchton, which the machine made beautifully, with Dr. Walter and Dr. Van Hood. The second trip Dr. Hood made to Hernando Saturday afternoon with Mrs. Hood and returned home yesterday. They went via Dunnellon, a distance of 38 miles and made it in four hours without a single delay. The machine will make ten miles an hour through any sand, mud or over any hills. It has ample power, 20 horse, where most of the high wheeled machines have only ten and it can make 25 miles an hour if desired. Source: Ocala Evening Star:4-12-1909

Ocala…Dr. D. M. Bowey, of this city, has the congratulations of his many friends in Florida on the high honor bestowed on him at the recent meeting of the Optometrical Association  at Cedar Point, O. He was made president of the national examining board. Source: Tampa Tribune: 8-24-1910

Home Made Wine

Mr. Theodore Nindberger, on his farm a few miles west of town, made over 500 gallons of wine this year from his vineyard. Mr. Nindberger learned the art of wine making in France and learned it well. He has several colors and grades and sells it from $1 to $1.25 per gallon. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-12-1901

Editor Gore Goes Blind

Ashville, N. C., August 16—Editor J. Ira Gore, of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, who is in this city for his health, has suddenly lost his sight. Physician’s hope, however, that it is only temporary. It is caused from Bright’s disease.

Mr. Gore is well known all over Florida and his many friends sincerely hope that he will speedily recover his sight. He is an elegant and popular gentleman and owns and edits the Times of St. Petersburg. He has a large family and his affliction is a source of regret to all. Tampa Tribune

The news of Brother Gore’s sad infliction will be received with genuine sorrow by his many Ocala friends. It was here he spent his young manhood, as a clerk in the store of the late Captain Samuel Agnew and was a roommate of d. A. Miller. The star trusts his affliction is only temporary and that perfect sight and health will be his shortly. To him and his sorrowing family we extend heartfelt condolence. Source: Ocala Evening News: 8-18-1900

Mr. John M. Reddick, of Brooksville, was in town yesterday. He is a former resident of Ocala. Mr. Reddick was born in South Carolina, came to Marion county with his folks in his youth, lived in the Fort McCoy flatwood section,  came to Fort King during the Indian troubles,  and moved to Ocala in 1867, but has been a resident of Brooksville for about a quarter of a century. He is a genial, whole souled gentleman and his many friends are always glad to see him. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-9-1902

Creola Johnes, a colored woman, is having a pretty five-room cottage built at the corner of Lime and South Second streets. Levi Alexander is building the house for her. This thrifty and saving colored woman has built and owns almost a block of these houses and gets a nice revenue from them. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 5-14-1914

The McGehee Lumber Company Buys West Lumber Company

   The McGehee Lumber Company of Live Oak, who already have large sawmill interests at Summerfield, have purchased the West lumber mill and timber interests at Levon, a few miles south of Ocala.
   The West mill is owned by Colonel West of Valdosta, one of the richest and most influential citizens of Georgia, and is one of the biggest mills in the state.
   The McGehee Lumber Company are fast becoming one of the biggest and most prominent lumber companies in Florida, and they are to be congratulated upon securing this most valuable property. Source: Ocala Banner: 6-22-1906


Mr. A. B. Halsell, of Anthony, had an experience this morning that has often been duplicated, yet it proved very annoying. He had engaged nine negroes to work in the phosphate mines of Dunnellon and was to meet them at Agnew’s Station and pay their transportation to the Phosphate City. To be sure there would be no disappointment, he got up and sacrificed his breakfast to duty and when the train reached Agnew’s there was only one dusky warrior who had gotten over his holiday frolic, but he landed him in the mine. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-7-1902

Burdorf Released

George Burdorf, the young colored man who was arrested for shooting his sweetheart, Daisy Myers, last Monday week, was given a preliminary hearing Saturday before Dr. Crawford, and discharged. The woman made a written affidavit that Burdorf shot her accidentally and Burdorf substantiated the statement. He says he denied the shooting that night because he was so rattled and she says she accused him of shooting her when she was distracted by pain and fright. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-21-1900

Sam Jacobs Gives Himself Up

Sam Jacobs, who was tries last term of the court for the murder of Charlie McCraklin, at Shady Grove, and the verdict was a mistrial, came in this morning and surrendered himself to Sheriff Nugent. Jacobs broke jail with eight other prisoners several months ago. All the other prisoners were captured, with the exception of two white men, United States prisoners. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-12-1900

Some miscreant, last Monday night, stole from Dr. Newsom’s automobile the doctor’s valise, containing valuable medicines and instruments, but nothing whatever useful to anyone but a physician. The valise was found near “Rotten Row” by a negro woman this morning and brought to the sheriff’s office. It had been cut open and ruined, but the contents had not been taken. A man who would steal a doctor’s grip would rob his mother or swipe the nickels off a dead man’s eyes. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-20-1911

The alarm of fire last night about half past 9 o’clock was caused by an alcohol stove in the room of Mrs. Pope, matron of the hospital. The fluid in the lamp had been exhausted and it was thought the wick was also dead, but in filling it there was enough heat to cause ignition and hence the flaring up of the blaze. The flames from the stove caught the drapery over the mantel and the window curtains and caused much excitement to the attendants of the hospital, but the fire was quickly extinguished and little damage was done. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 4-5-1907

Mr. Blitch is All Right

We are requested to state that the report regarding the death of Rev. M. F. Blitch, from injuries received in the accident at Palm Beach, is not true, as Mr. Blitch is not only alive, but is enjoying good health. Daytona Gazette-Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-1-1900

Orange Springs

A negro, name unknown, belonging in Grahamville, was drowned at the river Tuesday. He was on one of the log rafts, and in some manner fell overboard. He sank at once and the body never came to the surface but was brought up later, though life had long been extinct. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 5-14-1898

Some Bear, This

Captain Meeker, mail agent on the Homosassa run, brought up today from Homosassa the fore paw of a huge black bear killed yesterday by John Head, the famous deer and bear hunter of that section. The bear weighed 500 pounds when dressed and probably about 700 pounds gross. Mr. Head had been missing hogs and went out to look for the cause. He found it in Bruin, who when killed had a shoat in his capacious maw. Mr. Head killed the bear with a shotgun, this being the seventh one killed in eight months with the same piece, besides deer galore. He dried or jerked the meat. Dear and bear are plentiful in that section. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 7-26-1898

Creola Johnes, a colored woman, is having a pretty five-room cottage at the corner of Lime and South Second streets. Levi Alexander is building the house for her. This thrifty and saving colored woman has built and owned almost a block of these homes and gets a nice revenue from them. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 5-14-1914

Last night the old family horse belonging to Mr. D. W. Davis, fell into the cess pool in their back yard. It took four men to get him out and they had to build a big fire to furnish light. The horse has been with the Davis family a long time and they are much attached to him. He seems no worse for his fall. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-29-1911

McAllister Bound Over

C. H. McAllister of Irvine, charged with assault and battery with intent to murder, had a hearing in Judge Bell’s court this morning. He was defended by Mr. Edwin Spencer, Jr.

The witnesses were H. F. Altman, B. F. Early, Clay Ford, T. J. Sherouse, E. P. Collins and Mac Nelly. The evidence was to the effect that McAllister shot at his wife twice in succession at close range and that she escaped him by running away.

Judge Bell bound the defendant over in the sum of $800 to await the action of the grand jury. Mr. McAllister obtained bondsmen without much trouble. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-21-1912

The City of Ocala Will Be Enlarged

 The owners of the City of Ocala, the commodious launch that plys the Oklawaha river and Silver Springs run between the latter place and Palatka, have had the boat drawn out on the ways at the Springs and it is being thoroughly overhauled. The length of the boast will be increased about four feet to make room in the dining hall for more seats at table and a larger and more powerful motor will be installed. The boat will be put in commission for the tourist travel sometime between now and the first of the year. Mr. Frank Mathews, designer and builder of the City of Ocala, is doing the work. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-24-1913

J. W. Pearson has sufficiently recovered to return to his oil well in Sumter county, near Bushnell. Mr. P. has not lost heart, notwithstanding the hundreds of annoyances, hindrances and set-backs that have confronted him in going down 2000 feet in the bowels of the earth in search of the oleaginous fluid, which he is confident he will find. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-26-1904

Negro Boy Stabbed To Death

A negro boy, by the name of Louis Shingles, about 17 years of age was stabbed to death by Andrew Young, another negro about the same age, yesterday in the Pedro section. The wounded boy was brought to Ocala for surgical treatment but died last night. At last accounts the murderer had not been arrested. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-18-1915

The Sleep Disturber Again

L. Dozier’s midnight visitor was heard from again last night. He visited the premises of Mrs. J. M. Mayo and had an encounter with the dogs. Mr. Neely went out and advised the man to leave, which he did.

A negro boy also reports that a man answering the description of this one tried to knock the door of his home down last night. The police may get him if he continues his midnight perambulations. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-30-1900

Back For Trial

Sol. J. Jenkins, the man who killed Policeman Cone in front of McGrath’s saloon in 1891, has been captured in Georgia and brought back to this city. The witnesses to the shooting were subpoenaed yesterday and the man’s hearing came off at 9 o’clock this morning. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 2-18-1896

There was quite an exciting shooting scrape at Port Inglis Saturday morning. There was some slight misunderstanding between W. C. Priest and R. C. James, when the latter began shooting at Mr. Priest as he was passing through a door. Four bullets passed through Mr. Priest’s hat and one bullet hit his right hand and wounded a finger. With the exception of the wound Mr. Priest was in his usual good humor and was a visitor in town today, but carried a bandaged hand. Source: Ocala Evening News: 3-20-1905

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