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Beyond the Century Mark

Beyond the Century Mark
Nashville Globe – February 1, 1907
Pg. 6

Mrs. Jane Bincent, who is one hundred years and one month old, is living with her grandson, Mr. Polk Holt, of No. 23 Tennessee street. Mrs. Bincent was born in Wilson County where she lived fifteen years, Maury County, thirty-five years, Marshall County, thirty years, Davidson County twenty years. She is the mother of ten children – seven girls and three boys. During the dark days of slavery she had four masters and worked in the field every day. She has had good health all her life, and the only dose of medicine she ever took was in her early childhood.


Makes Vanderbilt Pay

Makes Vanderbilt Pay
Nashville Globe – February 1, 1907
Pg. 3

Negro at Last Sells His Old-Cabin on the Biltmore Estate — After years of negotiation, George W. Vanderbilt today purchased from a negro named Collins a cabin and a six-acre lot, says a special to the New York Times, January 26, which have long spoiled the landscape effects around Biltmore House.

Collins purchased his lot and cabin twenty years ago for $200. When Mr. Vanderbilt decided to build Biltmore House landscape gardeners and engineers laid out an approach through Collins property. Mr. Vanderbilt offered Collins a large sum for the place. Collins’ s lawyers told him to double the price. Mr. Vanderbilt refused to pay, but later agreed to Collins’s terms. Collins’s lawyers told him to double again, and this performance was repeated several times.

The approach to Biltmore House was built around Collins’s property. Collins still held out for a big sum. Just how he finally brought to terms has not been announced.

A Card of Thanks

A Card of Thanks
Nashville Globe – January 25, 1907
Pg. 8

I extend my thanks and appreciation to the members of the West End Club, chaperoned by Mr. Speed Henderson. Misses Bertha Greenwood, Minnie Childress, Ella Dartest, who visited me during my illness. I hope to be out soon.

Very respectfully, R. Christopher

Hurt by a Street Car

Hurt by a Street Car
Nashville Globe – January 25, 1907
Pg. 6

Isaac Wallace, who lives on North Second street and who worked in the market, was struck by a First street car in East Nashville Wednesday morning and received severe injuries about the head and hips. It is thought that he received serious internal injuries. He is however, at this writing resting easy.

Watkins Street Fire

Fire on Watkins Street
Nashville Globe – January 25, 1907 (Pg. 5)

Monday morning, before 1 and 2 o’clock, an alarm was sounded for a fire on Watkins street, near Jackson street, which threatened the destruction of the whole block. Owing to the bad condition of the street the company did not make as good time as it generally does, having to go to Park street before making a turn to the South. It is stated that the fire started in the residence of Mrs. Edmondson and before it could be checked two houses were burned, one containing the grocery store of Samuel Cole, whose stock and fixtures were entirely destroyed. It is said that Mr. Cole was insured.

After Twenty Years

Nashville Globe – January 18, 1907
After Twenty Years (pg. 3)

After an absence of twenty years, Mr. E. A. Haggan, of Peoria, Ill., returns to his boyhood home in search of his sister and relatives. He is one of the leading caterers of the West. He has been the guest of his cousin, Mrs. R. P. Moore, 1605 State street. After being entertained and seeing the many places of interest, he goes to join his family in Chicago before returning home.

An Experiment

This is an experiment. This morning, I took a trip to the Tennessee State Library and Archives and while there, came across a black newspaper that had been published here in Nashville the first half of the 1900s. As I am already doing some indexing of another newspaper, Plymouth NC’s The Roanoke Beacon, I immediately became interested in this newspaper. Why? Because I have been looking for a project to contribute to the genealogical cause for Nashville and the ability to focus on a publication that was for and by blacks highly appeals to me.

However, the idea of starting another database is not that appealing to me. Entering the information that I find into the database is rather time-consuming and I’d rather focus my time on transcribing the content. So, I had a thought. I’d take my chances with Google (b/c I am a Google-freak – I love almost everything that Google does) and see how well I could leverage the blog system for this project. Also, as it is likely that I will not be able to devote a lot of time at first to this, this will give me a good way to see how much I progress and if after a year or so I’m actively going, I may consider switching to a database. However, I have faith that I’ll be able to get the level of granularity that I seek by using blogger, tags and google search. So, welcome, and please let me know what you think!