Model Farm of T.L. Emery, 1883, NC

year 1883

June 7, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page)

Mr. W.A. Dunn tells us that while in Weldon last week he visited the “Model Farm” of Mr. T.L. Emery. He says that Mr. Emery has forty acres of land in clover and orchard grass. It will average four feet in height, and about four tons can be cut therefrom this season. Mr. Emery is one of the most prosperous, energetic, and thrifty men in the county, and we wish some of our Roanoke farmers would follow him, and sow grass and clover. The investment would pay.

 

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W.T. Whitehead Plants Peanuts, 1883, NC

year 1883

June 7, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page)

We learn that Mr. W.T. Whitehead has planted forty acres of land in pea-nuts on his farm near Meritt’s bridge. He thinks that he can easily produce 100 bushels per acre. His land is rich and it is well adapted to the pea-nut culture.

 

 

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Grizzard Sprains Ankle Playing Baseball, 1883, NC

year 1883

June 7, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page)

Mr. James Grizzard, of Halifax, had the misfortune to sprain his ankle while engaged in a match game of baseball at Weldon on last Friday.

 

 

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Train Turn-Table Almost Complete, 1883, Halifax County, NC

year 1883

June 7, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page)

Soon our train will be able to run forward to and from Halifax. The turn-table is nearly completed.

 

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Burwell Property and Toodle Interest to be Auctioned, 1883, NC

year 1883

June 7, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page)

I shall sell for cash in front of the Court House door in Halifax, on Monday the 2nd day of July, 1883, the following tracts of land to satisfy the State and county tax due for the year 1882:

One tract lying in Palmyra Township containing Fifteen Hundred and fifty Nine acres, the property of R.R. Burwell.

The interest of Frank Toodle in Three Hundred and Ninety acres lying in Palmyra Township and listed by William Toodle.

J.T. Dawson, Collector
B.I. ALsbrook, Deputy,
June 2, 1883.
40 4t.

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[On Ancestry, the 1880 census for Palmyra, Halifax, NC, shows a Frank Toodle. His sister and nephew lived with him, Ann and James Brooks. He was born about 1853 in North Carolina. It appears that William Toodle was born about 1845, also on the 1880 census.]

 

 

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Hicks Injured in Confrontation with Floyd and Cook, 1883, NC

June 7, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page)

[From Here and There Section]

Gold Leaf: In a difficulty last night, Alex. Hicks was severely cut in the side and about the head by Haywood Cook. Hicks’ wound in the side is of a serious nature, and it is thought he may die from it. George Floyd and Stephen Cook were arrested and held as accessories to the affair. All colored.

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[The Gold Leaf appears to have been a newspaper out of Henderson, NC, published from 1881 to 1911.]

 

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Accident at Shingle Mill of Ed. Stirewalt, 1883, NC

June 7, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page)

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Leg Torn Off in a Shingle Mill.—On Thursday last Mr. Ed. Stirewalt, a prominent citizen of Cabarrus county, where he does a good deal of his business, met with a distressing accident in his new shingle mill at Mill Hill, by which he lost one of his legs, from the knee down. He was working with the machinery, when, by some unaccountable accident, his foot was caught in the saw and was torn to pieces, together with the ankle and part of the leg. Dr. G.G. Smith attended to the wounded man and found it necessary to amputate the leg below the knee. Mr. Jacob Stirewalt was in the city Thursday, and knew nothing of the accident that had occurred to his son until he reached home. Journal –Observer.

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[Unfortunately, according to dates found on Find A Grave, it appears that he died from this accident before the paper went to press. The accident happened in Cabarrus County, possibly on May 31, 1883, (depending on the time lapse of "Thursday last" and when it was picked up by this paper), he died on Sunday, June 3, 1883, and this paper in Halifax County (picking up the story from another paper) was printed on Thursday, June 7, 1883. 

He was born July 29, 1851, so he was about a month shy of his 32nd birthday.

On Ancestry, the 1880 census shows that he would have had two sons, ages in 1883 approximately 5 and 4. Find A Grave shows another son who died at the age of 1-1/2 in 1882. Thus, in the span of one and a half years (January 1882 to June 1883), his wife lost a toddler son and then her husband in a horrific accident. Her name was Ella Virginia Summers Stirewalt.]

 

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