Articles written by Robert LaMartin
Kissimmee Valley Gazette
Transcribed by W. F LaMartin
December 8, 1897
From Our Regular Correspondent.
We are having delightful weather at present, with pleasant showers of rain.
Truck patches are doing well.
Another bunch of beef cattle passed through to Tampa for shipment to Cuba gathered by E. O. Morgan. H. H. Holmes, and others sold a bunch of 195 head of mixed beef to Z. King of Fort Ogden. Al___ Alderman drove a bunch of 100 head extra fat beef cattle sold to E. O. Morgan and consigned to Alderman and Raulerson of Fort Pierce.
The orange packing and shipping business is still going ahead here. The Hno. M. Pierce grove is not done gathering. Ft. Drum alone will gather and ship about 1000 boxes all sold to the W. & C. G. Company. Surely such a quantity of beef and oranges going out should put afloat some money among the people of this section, but we have looked in vain to see any of the tin in circulation. Gone to fill the vacuum caused by two years of general depression and hard times we suppose.
Will Addison, lately of Okeechobee but now of Punta Gorda, is here with a contract for 500 Cockerels.
Mrs. D. L. Alderman is gone to East Coast for several weeks.
J. C. Morgan's family are visiting relatives at Ft. Meade.
S. M. Chandler is down with an abscess on his jaw and throat. He is getting very feeble these days of over 3 score and ten.
Robert H. Alderman will soon have finished his unique looking and comfortable residence. We are glad to welcome his location in our midst, which he has chosen on account of our good school. At present he will remain on his island property and give his whole attention to stock and improvement of his orange grove.
W. S. Chandler has gone to the Everglades trapping and hunting, and will be gone two months.
Uncle Bill Underhill and Hardy Walker finished their syrup making--everybody who wanted a sweetened tooth was welcome.
"The boys" have all returned from attending Titusville circuit court. They report a good time, and that our friend "Jap" Taylor made a most favorable impression, as a legal light, among the Indian River people.
Messers. M_Quaig and Benham are again visiting our section of country. They are after the pasture fences. They are clothed with counsel of the two legal lights of the five pooled incorporated land companies that own large bodies of land in this county.
Bassinger tenders her compliments to the journalistic union of the Valley and Gazette. A consummation devoutly to be wished for. May its voyages of life be large and prosperous. May it be rich in the field of moral, literary and political thought, and its shadow never grow less.
January 21, 1898
From Our Regular Correspondent.
The season of Yule tide, of rejoicing, and merry greetings to us all, is passed away--gone down into history. How many reunions will owe their consummation to that period of happiness? How many friends who have drifted apart, like "ships that pass in the night," harked back in thought to old scenes and old faces? And how many strong hearts who have gone out into the struggles of life have returned in spirit to the memories of old folks at home? All of us who have been blessed with life and health to see the return of that auspicious day, ought to set up good resolutions-dawn of new hopes, and the beginning of better deeds and times.
The new year dawned upon us, to bring with it another cold wave that has blasted the sanguine expectations of many. But we, who are so fortunate to have cast our lot- _____ our homes within the Kissimmee Valley and Osceola county-have good cause to feel grateful to a benign Providence: for the cold wave as touched us but slightly, with a comparatively light loss. Only the tender vegetables are dead, the hardy kind is still safe. The tender young sprouts of the orange and grape fruit trees are injured; a few will lose their tender young branches or sprouts that have but recently put forth. It will not cause any fall back in the flesh in the stock upon the range. If no worse cold visits us next month, the stock will pass through the winter season, as well, if not better, than for several years.
Mr. D. L. Alderman and family have returned from their East Cost outing enjoying fine health. They must have had quite a good time from appearances.
Mr. Tedder, the sewing machine man is visiting Bassinger. He is perfectly delighted with our climate, healthfulness and future prospects. He says he found the country he long sought for. He anticipates soon making some investments in real estate.
Bassinger's new preacher, Rev. T. M. White, has arrived among his little flock. He has made quite a favorable impression upon the community. We wish him much success in his new field of labor.
West Bassinger school is going straight ahead, doing good work.
Junor the painter is sure putting up a first class job on Mr. Robt. H. Alderman's pretty new residence. When he gets off the present job, he has contracted with Col. E. O. Morgan to do the same ___ and efficient piece of work on his residence.
Mr. S. M. Chandler is still suffering from his afflictions, and is much weaker. We are fearful of the results. He is surrounded by all the members of his family, except his daughter, Mrs. Paul Gibson, who lives in Tampa. They are expecting her arrival on every boat.
Bassinger is not done shipping. Grape fruit are yet hanging on the trees unhurt by the cold, and looking pretty and attractive, especially to the eyes of those who want to build and orange grove be (ending missing).
January 28, 1898
From our Regular Correspondent
Hope the readers of the VALLEY GAZETTE will pardon my delayed items, as I have been away for sometime (from Ft. Drum).
The saw mill keeps changing hands; it belonged to Sloan, Miller and Miller when I last wrote; now it belongs to Drawdy, Swain and Swain. Now is the time to get lumber as they are through going men with plenty of grit and elbow grease.
The freeze did considerable damage here and at Bassinger, killing all the guavas and lemons, some small orange trees (with bark busted) but all the orange trees that were any size will come out again all right.
There is said to be 1,000 bushels of sweet potatoes for sale here this year.
Drum had a good Xmas tree, one dance, three babies, and a wedding between G. Hare and Miss Willis, the well known J. F. Willis's daughter, who lived near Pud Muddle Pond on the Miami road.
H. Holmes and wife are having an $800 house built here.
J. W. Swain and Capt. H. L. Parker keep their store houses chock full of valuable goods, are pleased to wait on customers, and will take all the free silver that comes in their way.
Syrup, potatoes, oranges, fat beef and pork, some times a turkey, deer or fat hog is the order of living in Drum nowadays.
S. S.(M.) Chandler is not expected to live with a fearful carbuncle on his jaw, which has been there for some time, and he is improving very slowly.
Dr. Young of Haines City is doing dental work here now.
W. S. Chandler came our of the Everglades with 41 otter hides and 50 alligators; George Walker with 16 otter skins, some gator's, etc.
Frank Pierce sold off four trees, $73.00 worth of oranges.
This winter a new school started in East Basinger, with Mr. Whidden of DeSoto county as teacher. We wish him the greatest success.
Rev. J. M. White, our next preacher, is here with us, and seems to give good satisfaction so far. He preached two eloquent sermons Sunday morning and night.
Hiram J. Moody, of Tampa, is here after a bunch of beef for that market.
E. O. and J. C. Morgan attended court at Kissimmee last week.
D. L. Alderman and wife are home from a long visit to Ft. Pierce.
March 4, 1898
From Our Regular Correspondent:
Our man Burton keeps finding deer when he goes in the woods, that he has to shoot in self protection.
W. S. Pearce of Istopoga Island was here buying beef cattle for the Key West market. He drove off 69 head.
Mr. P. C. Poppell of Reames is here on a short visit with friends.
Rev. T. M. White is around again to fill his appointments at Orangedale, Midway and Drum.
We the owners in the Ft. Drum pasture have just completed a good set of cow pens.
The two schools conducted by B. S. Snell and Miss Virgie Mayfield seem to be doing well and giving complete satisfaction.
A. L. Chandler has been bothered with a severe cough which caused pneumonia but has at last smothered it out by good nursing and poulticing, &c.
S. M. Chandler of Bassinger is slowly improving from a severe carbuncle.
April 22, 1898
From Our Regular Correspondent:
The sad news came to A. L. Chandler last night that his father S. M. Chandler died at 12 o'clock on the 16th.
Mrs. H. A. Holmes and his entire family went to Bassinger to attend quarterly meeting 16th and 17th.
Miss Virgie Wigfield's school closed Friday the 15th with exercises and speaking and music, with a happy greeting from each scholar thinking that they would have her for a teacher next year.
A man by the name of Davis that was cut by Arthur Speer of Orange county some time ago died at Buster Ferrel's camp on Okeechobee beach last week of blood poison caused from a deep gash under his shoulder blade. I guess speer cut deeper than he meant.
Mr. A. J. Drawdy was happily united in marriage to Miss California Swain last Wednesday evening. All the many friends and relatives of both the bride and groom were invited to be witnesses of the occasion and to partake of a bountiful supper. May the happy couple have long life and much property is the wish of their many friends.
The Midway school, after a very successful term, closed last Friday with an exhibition, in which the children did remarkably well, showing forth the faithfulness of teacher and pupils and patrons.
Prizes were awarded for constant attendance, best speaking in the exhibition, cards of remembrance to each pupil, and candy to all present.
The teacher of the Ft. Drum school and part of her pupils took part in the exhibition, making it more entertaining and pleasant.
Dinner was furnished for the visitors from Fort Drum and surrounding country by Mr. Martin Smith. A dinner fit for royalty is certainly was.
B. S. Snell and R. D. Holmes started for Jasper Monday morning to attend school this spring and summer. They carry with them the best wishes of their many friends.
W. S. Pierce was again in our midst ___ chasing cattle for Mr. Bill Towles of Bartow.
We are having a much needed rain today.
Mr. D__ Carlton of Fort Pierce, _____
______ ___ to ___, which begins the fourth Monday in this month.
The Ft. Drum school will ____ ___ ____ ___.
September 22, 1899
Bassinger is still booming.
R. L. Vickers has moved away and H. M. Lanier has moved over to Bassinger and bought the S. A. Gilbert's place, which is one amongst the finest cottages in town.
T. B. Hilliard of Denaud, Fla., arrived here last week with his family to live with us. He is going to put in a good saw mill at this place, which is a good investment for To_ and will prove to be of great benefit to the citizens of this community, as we haul our lumber 18 miles or pay six dollars per thousand if we ship it by steamer from Kissimmee.
R. L. Pearce has bought a place at Bassinger and will arrive next week.
E. O. Morgan has started 675 head of stock to Kissimmee to be shipped from there by rail to Tampa, and has another herd of 800 head which will be shipped at Tampa. They will start from here on the 17th inst. and go via Fort Mead. Mr. Morgan will meet the cattle at Tampa and sell them to W. H. Towles. Price $13.50 per head.
News reached Bassinger by reliable sources that Tom Tiger the big Indian and the big Chief of the Seminoles was instantly killed by lightning last Wednesday at Okeechobee, known by this scribbler to be the Vans Agnew & Wilson town, or the place that they selected for the Indians. Tom Tiger was the best man physically in the State of Florida. He tipped the beam at 229 lbs. and was as active as a cat and as strong as a lion, but he was so genteel and polite in his manners and so kind and affectionate to everybody he met that her had as many warm friends as any man in his county. I have been acquainted with him ever since 1870 and have always known him to be honest and esteemed by all who knew him. Everybody that is acquainted with him will regret to hear of his death.
School opened last Monday with 40 pupils, Miss Flora Farnsworth of Kissimmee is principal.
School No. 18 opened also with Dr. G. M. Hubbard as principal.
We Bassingerites tender our best wishes to the Valley Gazette.
April 6, 1900
Mr. Robert La Martin has a new picket fence around his grove. By the way, he has one of the finest small groves __ Bassinger.
Mr. Will Alderman is putting out a grove in Brevard county.
Mr. A. S. Campbell says he as a radish four feet in diameter (understated, he means the top, not the root).
Mr. W. __ Addison is going into business again and is now building a house for that purpose.
Mr. Roebuck is repairing the Morgan & Leslie storeroom preparatory to placing a stock of goods in it. He has recently purchased two groves at Ft. Drum and has his eyes on a piece of Hammock land on which he will plant trees. Roebuck is a hustler and will succeed if anyone can.
Uncle Bill Underhill has been quite sick for several days.
Three boats on the river now and a great deal of business being done. To accommodate all this we need a new wharf and a road thrown up through the marsh so that teams may get to the landing and load without going through so much water.
The grippe has been giving some of our citizens a little trouble.
Mr. Willis Chandler talks of moving to Taylor's creek.
The orange groves here are all looking well and we have a good prospect for a crop. The freezes did but very little damage to the trees.
Mr. Lam Lanier left yesterday for B_ll creek, where he expects to remain this summer.
Bassinger is growing steadily and is destined to continue to do so till all available land is taken and improved. We do not want a boom, but prefer a slow and healthy growth.
August 31, 1900
Weather very hot at present, but have had some refreshing showers this week.
A. S. Campbell and wife have been quite sick; but are better now.
A young lady arrived at Mr. Roebuck's on the 21st. Roebuck says she is mighty good looking.
Mr. Rayford Durance, of DeSoto county, has bought Peter Raulerson's place here, and will move his family and stock of cattle to this place.
Hardy Walker is setting a place on Gum Slough. He sold his place here to James Hendrix.
Mr. Whidden, of DeSoto, has been here looking for a place. He wishes to bring his cattle to this range.
Candidates have been circulating quite freely for a few days. Each one expects to be the lucky one.
William Campbell, of Campbell Station, and James Campbell of Lakeview were on a visit here recently.
Jack Lamb has moved here from Indian River. He intends to make this his home _____. Orange trees getting on a fine growth.
September 28, 1900
The orange crop at Bassinger is the best this year of any since the freeze. Mrs. Pierce's is as fine as any in the State. She told the writer last winter she was offered $30,000 for her grove. The Lanier grove is also a fine one and the crop is estimated at 2500 boxes.
Mr. A. J. Wright, who has been living at Turkey Hammock, has moved to Bassinger to send his daughter, Miss Hortier, to school
The East Bassinger school, with Prof. Hubbard as teacher, is getting along nicely, he has 30 scholars. The West Bassinger school has not commenced yet on account of so much sickness among the children. Miss Porter is waiting patiently and is ready to commence her school, and it is hoped that she will be able to do so soon.
The store of Walker & Bass is doing a good business. Capt. T. A. Bass is the salesman.
Roebuck and Gilbert is also doing a good business. The steamer is always loaded with supplies for them.
Last, but not least, is Little Tom Alderman, who also has recently put up a store and is ready to supply this neighborhood with dry goods and groceries.
Maj. Gen. Robert Lamartin, better known as the "Sawgrass Philosopher," has gone to Crabb on business and will most likely go to Tallahassee before he returns.
James Woodall, of Kissimmee, is spending some time in Bassinger. Some folks think Jim is looking for a location as he seems to stand well in Bassinger among the young folks.
November 11, 1900
Mr. Roebuck has put a partition in his store. He intends to make a packing house of the rear room.
T. A. Bass has Pierce's old stand and is putting an addition to it for a ware room.
T. B. Hilliard has put a stock of goods in William Addison's building.
Dick Ba_s is on the range after a drove of cattle for the Cuba market. He is buying of Rob and Lee Alderman.
Mr. Durrance has repaired his house and will soon become a citizen of this county. We are glad to see such men settle among us.
Report says a new pasture is to be built near Bassinger.
Oranges seem to ripen rather slowly this season.
We saw an estimate of the orange crop in Osceola County, and immediately the old adage "wait till your chickens are hatched" came to mind.
A great deal of sickness prevails in this part of the county.
T. J. Campbell, who has been visiting relatives at this place, has returned to Palm Beach.
John Thomas has moved from Polk county to this place.
Miss Vera Porter, the teacher at No. 18, has been on the sick list.
The river at this point is falling slowly.
Gus Hunter has moved to Oak Island.
William Addison's family are going to visit relatives in Polk county soon.
A small hotel would be a good investment at Bassinger. Tourists would find plenty of ways to amuse themselves.
December 7, 1900
We are having fine weather at present--somewhat dry--and in some respects are needing rain.
Some of our merchants and stockmen are feeling very tenderfoot on the falling of the water in the river and canals.
Mr. Gad Bryan failed to materialize on the Pearce orange sale, hence her buyers were sought for.
Mr. T. B. Hilliard's face shows up on the streets again, none the less welcome from his trip to Tampa, undergoing investigation at the hands of the U. S. authorities for alleged packenham accusations.
Capt. T. A. Bass is hustling business like a hustler, as _e is. Messrs. Roebuck & Gilbert and Mr. T. F. Alderman are also pushing things in their line right along with an old-time vim, thereby making a good showing that Bassinger is a live town.
The notorious "Dick" Vickers, once counted among us as one of our merchants, is visiting old friends and acquaintances again. He seems to be well pleased at the future prospects of Bassinger.
There are a good many oranges yet remaininig unsold in Bassinger and Ft. Drum.
Mr. B. B. Godwin and sister, Lee, are visiting relatives at Bassinger.
The health of Bassinger is nothing to boast of at the present, from the effects of bilious malignant fever that has been with us for several months, but we hope with coming of winter it will vanish away. For from its effects has caused one of our schools to lose its teacher and the other public school to suspend several weeks, besides making many of our friends and neighbors look rather thin and hard worn. We all hope and prophasy a merry Christmas for all--young and old.
December 28, 1900
Your itemizer has been wrestling with a severe case of fever, hence the scarcity of items in the last few weeks.
There is still a great deal of sickness in our community. Messrs. Rob pierce and Will Raulerson each lost a child by sickness recently.
The orange men are busy getting the fruit to market. They fear the water will get too low for boating.
We hear of quite a number of persons wanting to invest in land for planting groves. Come on; there is plenty of room.
Mr. Rob Alderman and family contemplate a trip to Indian River soon.
Mr. Mooney made a flying trip to our town this week. He sold Rob Alderman a nice piano.
Our stores all seem to be handling large quantities of goods of all kinds.
Mr. Durance has taken up his residence on his new place, and intends improving it by building a good barn.
Will Hilliard is going to enlarge his grove.
Dr. Newton, of Arcadia, is thinking of locating at this place.
May 24, 1901
A very good rain fell here on the 8th inst. We were glad to receive it; as corn was beginning to need it. Some pieces of corn have been badly injured by insects.
A. S. Campbell has just completed a kitchen
T. B. Hilliard is going to move his saw mill to this place.
Mr. Durrence has been quite sick, but is now able to be at his business.
On the morning of the 6th Alderman's store at this place was consumed by fire. Nothing was saved and no insurance on it. It is not known how the fire originated. We have not learned whether the business will be started again or not.
Cattle men are busy marking and branding. Cattle on this range are looking well. The grass is the best in a number of years.
Capt. Hall goes to the lake for fish when he comes on his regular trips. By the way, the Capt. has one of the trimmest boats on the River.
Prospectors keep coming to look for locations in this, the best part of our county.
The orange groves are looking well, have plenty of fruit on them.
The road workers are among us, ready to begin work. We hope they will put our roads in good condition.
The River is low and the boats will probably have to tie up. Your ox teams and prairie schooners will then have work.
November 15, 1901
We are needing rain. Some of our people keep vegetables growing by watering them.
The River is out of banks and still rising.
Oranges seem to ripen rather slowly. Jim Walker has shipped a few boxes of his crop.
Mr. A. S. Campbell thinks he will have a hundred boxes on his grove.
There is some talk of consolidating the schools in this part of the country and forming a sub-district, so that a graded school may be formed. This will give us the best school in the county outside of Kissimmee.
Mr. Jim Walker gave a hop last Friday night.
Railroad is all the talk now. We are expecting to hear the scream of the locomotive soon. We have not picked the location for the depot.
Tom Alderman has opened store in his new building.
Miss Nellie Furen opened school at No. 18 last Monday. She has a good attendance this week.
Messrs. Walkup and Langford are arranging to plant a tomato crop on the Lanier place.
The cattle trade seems to be quite dull at present.
Mr. Aleck Thompson and Miss Hartie Wright were married this week. It was a very quite wedding, as but a few knew of it till it was over.
Gus Hunter was summoned to Arcadia in the case of the State against Strickland, for killing Roberts.
our hunters are getting ready for the winter campaign against the otters, raccoons etc.
James Campbell is getting ready to build a house on his place, which joins A. S. Campbell's place on the north.
There will be quite a number of trees planted here this winter.
Game is becoming scarce near this place. The deer seem to have gone to hunt mast.
The patrons of school No. 18 are making arrangements to bridge the slough for the benefit of the pupils of this school.
April 2, 1902
The people here are planting corn, beans &c. Everything looks spring like, the birds are singing and "sweet blossoms scent the air." The guava bushes are not killed as supposed, for they are now coming out in leaf even to the top, except some which were most exposed. Orange trees are full of blossoms and the maple trees here have long since been in leaf.
Dr. Hubbard's school is out and he is busy planting and working in his young grove.
Protracted meeting is going on at the church.
Mr. Martin has two tame whooping cranes and Mr. Campbell two fox squirrels.
I think we will have a railroad here--but, but, but I don't know when.
Some of the people here take a great interest in education, and some, some, well, they take a great interest in work, and so the world moves.
Bassinger is a historic place, and I remember, long ago of seeing the name on the map and I had a desire to make the town a visit, but a person is liable to take the wrong street and thus get lost. If you come here bring your own policeman or a guide. If I don't get in the lock-up maybe I will write some more about the place.
June 6, 1902
Lively Budget of News From Our Thriving River Metropolis.
From Our Special Correspondent:
Bassinger is still contending with the prolonged drought. All we can note is its effects becoming more manifest in a more serious degree. how long before we will be visited with a gracious rain, we know not. All signs and predictions fall in dry weather-the eternal and unchangeable laws of nature must be obeyed-but we have faith that copious showers will come in due season, and then we can plant rice and potatoes, two good crops to stand by for bread. The unwelcome drought, at all events, is productive of some good. The stock on the range is doing and looking extremely well, and soon will be in fine condition.
Now every man person that is not cow hunting, with the exception of the merchants, doctor, preachers and a few decrepits, has rigged himself with the full necessary regalis for the "gator business" and gone for him. And really there is some degree of novelty and fascination attached to the "gamy" and uncouth profession, when you see with your own eyes from three to six dollars a day realized from expert hunting. Good cash, good grits and splendid stuff to buy or give boo_ in horse swapping. Such is the style among the professors.
Capt. Ben Hall, Jr., with the steamer Naoma 3rd came down with a good cargo of freight. He is booked for Myers via the Caloosahatchee. His motto written across the masthead "Pike's Peak of bust," is characteristic of the man.
Master Wm. Roebuck, of the "City of Bassinger" loaded with a full cargo arrived safe and sound as a fiddle. He will return instanter for another cargo to Kissimmee.
Mr. Nugent, Sheriff of Marion county, is visiting B. on a business trip.
Mr. W. S. Chandler has a fine flock of sheep he wishes to sell at a reasonable price. He has between two and three hundred, all looking in fine condition.
Mr. Lewis Hooker bought 150 head of good beef cattle from the brothers Dock and Frank Pearce, of Fort Bassinger. He is driving them to Bartow for Mr. James Hooker. The same parties also delivered to the Kings and Parkers, of Arcadia, a bunch of mixed cattle about the same time.
Mr. Hardy Lanier anticipates ere long building a Missionary Baptist church at Lanier's Landing. A commendable effort in any locality, for churches and schools are the mudsills of civilization,
Several of Mr. H. Moody's cowboys came in to B. to recruit. Among them was Mr. Robert McLaughl(in?)., of Olney. He is a cow hunter with Moody, his and the family's stock of cattle. He is enjoying good health and says the anticipated bride's pun was made from an imaginary joker running an ice fountain.
Mr. Hiram Alderman, from the Okeechobee section, was in town today shopping and buying supplies. He reports that the spell of dry weather has not damaged his crop as yet. He claims fine prospects. His crop is growing upon hammock land and has plenty of stalks of corn that will measure (fifteen ?) joints to the stalk. Very good recommendations for the Okeechobee hammock lands.
Mr. I. Sam Campbell has sold his Cypress Slough home to Mr. Hardy Raulerson of Taylor's Creek and has moved to be a neighbor of his father, (Maj. A. M.. ?) Campbell of B., and Mr. Raulerson has moved upon his newly purchased home also.
July 11, 1902
The weather continues hot and dry. Corn on the island will be a short crop, but we hear that in some parts of Brevard the corn is good.
Some orange trees have a fair crop on them, others have dropped most of their fruit.
Mr. T. B. Hilliard has his mill at work getting material for the new school house.
Jim Campbell is working for E. O. Morgan at his place in Brevard.
Mr. Elam Townsend has moved to his place in Hillsboro county.
Mr. Ab. Wright has gone to Micco's Bluff to live.
Doc. Gillispie has moved into the house vacated by Mr. Townsend.
The gator business seems to be good, if you don't believe it watch the boats plying between here and Kissimmee.
Capt. Roebuck is on his way to Kissimmee again. We think he will make it if he has to grease the bottom of the canals and slide his boat through.
R. H. Alderman's corn and melon crop is not a blooming success, too dry.
The executive Committee's work does not give satisfaction, too much red tape business about it.
Any true Democrat ought to be willing to help hold his party primaries without being paid for it.
The present assessments excludes many a well qualified, honest man from running for office.
Vote for no one for the legislature who is not willing to vote to repeal the obnoxious features of our primary law.
Morgan Bass was here a few days ago looking after his interests in the coming primary. He is the only candidate to visit us thus far.
August 8, 1903
Short Items from the Southern
Part of the County
We are having some unusually warm weather in this part of the country, If it were not for a shower occasionally I think we all would die of heat.
Mrs. James Alderman of Ft. Pierce is now visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Alderman, who reside on Broadway.
Mrs. J. S. Walker has just gotten in a new stock of goods and can supply the wants of every one.
Mr. Ed. Underhill, Ziba Addison and Misses Annie Addison and Cuthbert Underhill returned not many days ago from and extended visit among friends and relatives at Midland, Ft. Meade and Bartow.
The "cow boys" left on Sunday for a two weeks trip in the woods. They shall be missed greatly during their absence, especially "Arnie."
Mrs. S. J. Alderman leaves Thursday for Tampa where she will purchase her entire stock of fall goods.
Miss Pauline Addison spent last week at Piercetown visiting her sister Mrs. Walter Pierce.
Mr. W. A. Roebuck expects to leave in a few days on a business trip to Kissimmee.
Mrs. J. S. Walker entertained a "Flinch" Friday evening from 8 to 11 o'clock. Among those present were Misses Charlotte Milton, Latitia Parker, Caddie Alderman, Messrs. Willie Walker, Frank Walker, Wesley Alderman and Misses Carsons and Bass for Fort Myers. During the evening Messrs. Alderman and Parker rendered several beautiful vocal and instrumental selections on the piano which were enjoyed immensely.
We regret to learn that we shall soon lose one of our charming young ladies. We can almost hear the wedding bells ringing now. Allow us to congratulate you, Mr. B. on being so fortunate in wining the love of such a lovely young lady.
Our school will open within a few days and we are expecting a large attendance this year. We are pleased to know that we shall have two of Arcadia's most accomplished teachers, Prof. Hawthorne and Miss. Freeman.
May 25, 1904(?)
Echoes From Tantie.
We had a very heavy rain the past Monday afternoon, which was very much needed.
If you want a good newsy paper subscribe for the Valley Gazette thereby keep up with the current news.
Mr. peter Raulerson attended church Saturday and Sunday at Ft. Drum.
Mrs. Lewis Raulerson and children are visiting relatives at Ft. Drum.
Mrs. Ruth Hancock visited her friend, Miss Faith Raulerson, last Sunday.
A party of English people, cruisers on the East Coast, stopped over here a few days the past week on their way to Bell City, where they will meet their host. Messrs. Lewis Raulerson and John Evans took them to Bell City from this place.
Last Friday a week ago Misses Charlotte Melton and Tishie Parker, two charming young ladies from Bassinger, accompanied by Mrs. Ellen Parker and Mr. Millie(?) Walker visited friends and relatives here for several days.
Mr. S. S. Holt, from New Haven, Conn. spent the week before last at Mr. Peter Raulerson's. He was much pleased with this part of the country and anticipates returning next winter. He left Monday. Mr. Sam Gray took his by boat as far as Bell City.