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Clarksville Notes – July 19, 1907

As published in the Nashville Globe:

Since the passing of the saloon a noticeable feature is the entire absence of drunkeness and rowydism. If for no reason other than this, the local option law is to be commended. Strawberry avenue, the former thoroughfare of the saloon element, is deserted save in one or two instances, and at night the most unfrequented place, with only one light to guide the unwonted traveler. Several persons left the city before and after the closing law went into effect; but can it be said that this si the apparent cause of the remarkable behavior fo the citizens? While there are no open places for the thirsty within this desert town, a daily migration to the oases of Guthrie and Hopkinsville is seen.

A hairbreath escape from death with the only damage a demolished bicycle, was witnessed by many persons, on one of the principle streets of the city last Friday evening. A youth of rustic appearance was coasting down Franklin street hill when he noticed an automobile driven my a machinist gaining rapidly on him. Endeavoring to get out of its wake, the cyclist took the opposite side of the street, only to be followed by the automobile. The next instant, a head-end collision occurred with the above name result.

Clarksville, one of the poorest lighted towns in the state, did not hide its beacon brightness under a bushel measure, at the session of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias at Knoxville last week; but the representatives of the Twentieth Century Lodge commanded that august body of Pythians to see Clarksville as it is. Extensive movements are already on foot to make the Grand Lodge visit pleasant, and the largest attendance in the history of the fraternity is expected.

Beaming beatific beams and with hearts bent on pleasure, several merry picnickers from this city went to Hampton Station last Thursday morning to the annual outing of the Fin-de-Siele Club. The day seemed prone with many disappointments. Instead of arriving at the grounds on the first train passing, the merry-makers were relegated to the second, making them one hour and forty minutes nearer the meridian. Frozen desserts orderd, passed by in full view of the management, and came on the Clarksville express office, much to the discomfort of those present. The string band failed to show up; but the goose-bone man was there with a variety of weather that will not be forgotten soon. Not being satisfied with the first drenching rain, the elements made a second and more potent descent, causing some no doubt, to recall the Biblical recital of Noah and his ark. Night, however, gave relief to those clad in white, who had been without proper rain protection.

The announcement of the death of Mrs. Carrie Warfield which occurred last Sunday in her home in this city, will be received with sincere regret not only by relatives and friends of this place, but by relatives and acquaintances in distant communities. The services for the dead were said last Tuesday afternoon before a sorrowing crowd that taxed the capacity of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, with Rev. E. H. Smith officiating. Internment was at Golden Hill Cemetery.

Simple funeral services were said. [this next section of text missing from my photocopy]

Mrs. Annie M. Lowe of Nashville returned to the city Tuesday, after spending a few days with her parents.

Rev. and Mrs. Reed are at Jefferson.

Mrs. Eva Sneed has returned to the city to spend a few weeks.

Mrs. B. A. Darden and two little sons are visiting relatives and friends in the city this week.

Come to the Baptist Church Saturday night to the grand reception of Mother Goose.

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