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Rev. J.P. Robinson

Nashville Globe – 1 Mar 1907

Rev. J.P. Robinson Coming — At the next regular meeting of the National Baptist Publishing Board, which is to be held on the second Tuesday in March, it is learned that the Rev. J.P. Robinson, D.D., of Little Rock, Ark., will be in attendance.  He is a member of this board as well as chairman of the House Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention with headquarters at Little Rock, Ark.  Dr. Robinson is supposed to meet both the Publishing Board and the Home Mission Board, but owing to the distance and extreme pressure of business, he is not always present.  He has not been to Nashville since just prior to the meeting of the National Convention, but is always represented by proxy.  Dr. Robinson is one of the leading ministers in the Baptist denomination; he is pastor of the First Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., which has a membership fo 1,200.  He is also Vice President of the Capital City Savings Bank and the author of several books.  His last “Sermons and Sermonettes,” is now about on its third edition.  As a minister, he is one of the logical few of the old which God left in the South.

New Officers of Allen League

Nashville Globe
1 Mar 1907

The installation of officers who will serve the Allen Christian Endeavor League, will take place at the Saint Paul A.M.E. Church on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. This will come in conjunction with the regular business meeting which is usually held on the first Sunday in each month, while the others Sundays in the months ere only for special programs and devotional exercise. The following officers will be installed; Prof. J. B. Batte, President; Miss M.M. Wyms, Vice President; Miss Ella Dunlap, Secretary; Miss Willa Nichols; Assistant Treasurer; Mr. Burton Campbell, Chorister. The friends and visitors are expected in large numbers.

Negroes Purchase Land in New Fisk University Place

From the Nashville Globe
1 Mar 1907

Over Forty-Two Thousand Dollars Worth of Real Estate Changes Hands – Record-Breaking of Beautiful Home Sites – Company Looking For Other Tracts — One of the greatest real estate sales recorded in the history of Nashville took place last Friday between 12 and 1 o’clock and what is known as the Fisk University Place, a new and beautiful tract of land opened by thrown upon the market by the Abraham Lincoln Land Company, whose office is 71 Arcade, upstairs.  It was the intention of the movers of the new suburb addition to Nashville, to open a strictly first-class colored sub-division.  Not however, with any intent at discrimination, or jim crowism, but for the purchase of giving every Negro in Nashville an opportunity to become a property owner at prices within reach and on such terms as would not embarras their financial condition regardless of how small their salary is.  The $1.00 cash payment enable the most humble of the race to secure a home.  Every one should have a place called home.  Grant efforts had been put forth advertising this sale through different papers and ere the dial on the clock pointed to 12, fully 3,000 people had gathered on the grounds, which lie west of Fisk University, occupying one of the most beautiful sites about Nashville.

This sale was not to begin until one o’clock, but the crown had grown so large and impatient until the management decided that it would be best to open the sale one hour earlier.  It was almost like opening public lands in the far West.  Each group of people could be seen here and there selecting their future homes.  Truly, the Negroes have decided to get some of this world’s goods, and judging from the hundreds of youn, able-bodied, well-thinking members of the race who invested on Washington’s birthday, it will not be long before the tax list in Nashville will show that every male member of the race who has attained his majority will appear thereon.  It is learned that fully $42,000 worth of real estate changed from the Abraham Lincoln Land Company to individual owners on this day.  Not more than two lots were sold to any one person.  The lots rage in prices from $175 to $300.  Thus, it can be seen that a large number of lots was disposed of.  It is already learned that some of the purchasers will begin the erection of their homes in the near future and will stop rent as soon as possible.  The demand has been so great that this same Company has decided to purchase additional lands in the same vicinity, as ther is another desireable tract of land just adjoining Fisk University Place, which would increase the size.  Rumors are wild already that the Nashville Street Hallway Company will extend Jefferson street car line, allowing it to pass Fisk University Place, making a loop and coming back into Jefferson street.  If this is done, it will bring the place within ten minute’s ride of the Square.  This seems to be the only rival of West Nashville ever opened, and with the wide alloys to the property and excellent streets that will be out, there will be nothing left to make this now sub-division all that is expected of it.

Only about seventy or one hundred lots remain unsold, it is learned that applications for there are homes made almost daily.  The Company has already opened offices on the grounds and will answer in person, inquiries made at the place or by phone or otherwise inquiries made in the Arcade office down town.

“I Wonder” by Cecil Gant

Back in January, I posted about an R&B artist that lived in Nashville named Cecil Gant. After being contacted by someone who was researching him, I did some searching and provided some information about him to the person that inquired. During the course of my research, I learned that Cecil had a number one hit titled “I Wonder”. Today, someone anonymously provided a URL to the mp3 file of the song on the Internet Archive. I have just listened to it about 5 times – it’s a beautiful song! If you’re in the mood for some old school blues, check it out. Thanks to whomever provided the link!

I added an entry for him on FindAGrave.

City Items – Feb 22, 1907 (Part 3)

Nashville Globe – City Items (Part 3)
February 22, 1907

  • Rev. S. Thompson, B. Th., is occasionally in the city.  Hardly a week passes but that he is in Nashville on various official duties.  He is a minister of good reputation and is always ready to assist in some good work for our people.
  • Mr. Wm. A. Ewing, who is at present residing in Muncie, Ind., is in Nashville on a visit to his brother,  Mr. Paul Ewing, of Stevens street.  His many friends will possibly be glad to know that he is in town, as he lived in Nashville some years ago.
  • Mrs. Fannie M. Lauler, of Martin, Tenn., continues to write encouragingly of the standard maintained by the Globe as a newsy journal.
  •  Some very excellent photographs of Miss Aurelia Mildred Ford have been received in Nashville.  Miss Ford is from Little Rock, Ark., and it will be remembered spent an excellent summer in Nashville last year.  She was indeed the recipient of much social attention.
  • Mr. John Moore, of 1213 Thirteenth avenue, South, contemplates making an extended trip during the summer months.  Just what points will be visited is not yet known, but it will appear in the columns of the Globe later.
  • Miss Philster Womack, of 1502 Hamilton street, who was reported ill a few days ago, is now entirely well.
  • Little Willie Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks, of 504 Fourteenth avenue North, who has been ill for the past three or four weeks is slowly improving.
  • Miss Willie Battle, who has been in poor health for the past six or seven months, walks down town occasionally and apparently enjoys the exercise.
  • Mrs. Eliza Binkley, of Jefferson street, is at Mercy Hospital under medical treatment.
  • Mrs. Mattie P. Haddox, of Ninth avenue and Gay street, has been confined to her room for several weeks.
  • Miss Henrietta M. Campbell and Miss Georgia L. Hadley are reported to have left the employ of the N.B.Y.P.U. Board.
  • Mr. W.M. Flowers, foreman of the pressroom of the Baptist Publishing Board, is on vacation.  Mr. J. Blaine Boyd is filling his place.
  • Bishop Evans Tyree has just returned from Louisville, Ky.  He rushed back to fill an engagement at Payne Chapel on Wednesday night.
  • Mrs. Adelia Mills, the popular Jefferson street grocer, has been very sick but is improving.
  • Prof. W.S. Thompson, principal of Meigs School, has been suffering influenza for several days.
  • Prof. W.L. Cansler, who has been seriously ill for several week, is fast regaining his health.
  • Miss John D. Thompson, of 1305 Demonreun street, has been suffering from throat troubles for several days.. <rest of notice cut-off on my copy>

City Items – Feb 22, 1907 (Part 2)

Nashville Globe – City Items (Part 2)
February 22, 1907

  • Mrs. Sophia Cannon, of Ninth street, who was reported very ill last week, is much better.
  • Mrs. Mattie Statton, of Berry street, who was on the sick list last week, is able to be out again.
  • Miss Bessie Whiten, of Ohio, is in the city on business, stopping with Mrs. Elam on Smiley street, East Nashville. She will be here until March.
  • The sermon preached by Rev. Fields at the First Baptist Church, East Nashville, Sunday, was very much enjoyed by the members.
  • Rev. Goodall was in Clarksville last week.
  • One of the most charming occasions of the season was a valentine reception given by a jolly little crowd of East Nashville girls at the residence of Miss Viola Bibbs, on Webster street, last week.
  • Shirley Nichols, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nora Nichols, of Crooked street, is on the sick list this week with malarial fever.
  • Miss Mary Walker, of 410 Ninth avenue North, is on the sick list, not being able to be about her duties in the music room.
  • Dr. and Mrs. R.H. Boyd, of 523 Second avenue, North, are both on the sick list this week.  Dr. Boyd is convalescing, while Mrs. Boyd at this writing is still in bed.
  • Miss Josie Joyce, of Manchester, Tenn., an ardent supporter of the Globe, was in Nashville last Sunday and took advantage to have the Globe sent to her Manchester address, where she hopes to keep up with the news of Nashville.
  • Tickets for Prince Herman’s special engagement at Meharry Auditorium Friday night, March 8th, may be had at the One Cent Savings Bank, 411 Fourth avenue, North, Wilson’s Drug Store, University street, and Crescent Drug Store, Main street, East Nashville.
  • Miss Bessie L. Woodford, who resides at 1036 Sixteenth avenue, North, has been seriously ill.  The doctors pronounced it heart disease, but she shows signs of rapid improvement.  Although not able to be out of bed, it is her desire to see many of her friends.
  • Mrs. M.L. Foston, of 1509 Harding street, is another one of the cold sufferers of North Nashville; but this has not detained her from being about the house during the week.
  • Miss Susie A. Webb, of 8711 Wabash avenue, Chicago, who is a native Tennessee girl and who visited her sister in East Nashville last fall, writes that through the columns of the Globe she is able to keep up with all that is going on in Nashville.  If she misses the paper one week she feels like coming back South.
  • Mr. H.C. Scarlett is one of the prominent seniors at the Meharry Medical College.  It is learned from different sources that Mr. Scarlett will possibly locate, after he has finished in his old home at Waycross, Ga., where is his much admired and holds a good reputation.
  • Mrs. Chas. A. Kelly, of Clarksville, Tenn., a prominent secretary of one of the leading lodges, is expected to arrive in Nashville within a few days on business connected with the organization.
  • A party of ladies last week, who have been in Nashville for some time, went on an inspecting tour of the various publishing houses.  In the party were Mrs. A.T. Cooper, wife of Rev. Cooper, Miss E.B. Williams, and Mrs. M.L. Gallaway.  They expressed themselves as well pleased with the remarkable progress being made in Nashville.  These remarks were made to a Globe reporter, who chanced to see them just as they were completing their trip.

Mrs. Margaret Barnes

Nashville Globe – 22 Feb 1907

Mrs. Margaret Barnes,  a former resident of Nashville, but now of Memphis, will spend the summer with her mother, Mrs. Anderson, in this city.  Mrs. Barnes moved from here to Memphis some time ago, so that she could be with her husband, Mr. Eli Barnes.

Donation Party

Nashville Globe – February 22, 1907

A number of benevolent members of 106 met at the residence of Mrs. Annie Gouch, of Lafayete street,  Monday night to storm Mr. and Mrs. Steward.  Baskets were filled “with provisions.”  At  8:30 o’clock the members marched to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Steward of Maury street.  Beautiful songs were sung on entering the hall.  The family was overjoye, as Mr. Steward has been confined to his bed for three months.  Mr. Steward has a wife and small children who need a helping hand during his sickness.  Prayer was offered by Mr. Legion; song by Mrs. Rosie Brown, after which the members left for their home.

Brison Venson Loses His Home

Loses His Home
Nashville Globe – February 15, 1907
pg. 4

Fire is very destructive when it breaks out in a tender place. The house owned and occupied by Brison Venson, at 158 Lafayette street, was considerably damaged by fire Thursday morning about 3 o’clock. The fire was well under way when the fire company arrived. The fire is said to have been caused by a defective flue. The loss has been estimated at $1,000, fully covered by insurance.

It’s All Your Fault, Brother Smith!

It’s All Your Fault, Brother Smith!
Nashville Globe – February 15, 1907
pg. 3

“Apropos to the preparing of a set of inoffensive resolutions relating to the suppression of “The Clansman” in this city and to the forceful presentation of them to Mayor Freirson, Rev. Joe Smith, pastor of the First Congregational Church, and member of committee on resolutions, as the shades of night drew on, saw pandemonium break loose, negroes defenselessly shot down; the streets coated with human gore. Weak-kneed and vascillatingly he sought the chambers of the city council and pleased for a return of said resolution for fear that his name would be endangered he failed in maintaining the courage of his convictions.

“The sense of the signed citizens was to offer the protest, feeling that the good of the community of white and black demanded it. But by a play of diplomacy on the part of Brother Joe the council assembled and adjourned without the presentation of these resolutions. We wish therefore to have this article convey the sense that there is nothing contained in the withdrawal of above resolutions that was a suggestion of fear of engendering hard feelings. We therefore adopt this method of announcing to the general public that the sentiment of the signers still maintains, Brother Joe Smith to the contrary notwithstanding.

“Further, we wish to express earnest appreciation of the manifested intent of the councilmen of registering a vote against said presentation of “The Clansman,” should the resolutions have been presented.

This communication to Rev. Smith was in the nature of a round robin as it was not signed by those signing the resolution, though it is the consensus of opinion that it expresses the sentiments of a majority of them. In the meanwhile, The Clansman appeared as per schedule and played before crowded houses, having profited by the free advertisement which it had been so kindly furnished it.

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