Thursday, September 15, 2016

In the News - Uniontown, Kentucky 1895

Every genealogist strives to find those documents that make up the backbone of our research.  Marriages, probates, deeds and census records are absolutely necessary in proving when and where our ancestors lived.  However, there is a way to add details to their lives and that is through the neighborhood news in the newspaper.  I live near a large town in Indiana and each week news of the little towns in southwestern Indiana, southeastern Illinois and western Kentucky were found in the old issues of the Sunday newspaper.  Some towns were listed in one week and others in the next week. No matter how often, the news told when people died, had company or moved.  It also told of church,  school and fraternal activities.

"News from Uniontown," Union County, Kentucky was published in the Evansville Sunday Courier on Sunday, 13 January 1895.

Dr. Nathan Cartmell, of Tustin, California, died at his home January 3, aged 75 years. He was many years a resident of this place, being in the banking business up to his departure in 1893. His wife, who survives him, is a daughter of Judge George Huston, of Morganfield, and a sister of Mrs. S.H. Davis, of Evansville.

At Morganfield last Monday, county court day,  installation of the county officers took place. A majority of these were re-elected to their respective offices, but the best paying office of the county changed hands, Mr. W.T. Cannon succeeding Capt. John H. Wall as county clerk . Capt. Wall is a confederate veteran, and has held this office twenty-four years since the war, his last three terms, 18 years, being continuous..

The ladies of the Episcopal church gave an oyster supper Thursday evening in the city hall, which was well patronized. The oysters were sent direct from their beds, off the Maryland coast, and were a gift to the rector, Rev. Mr. Ewing, and his wife.

Mrs. Sam Clements, of Pittsburgh, Kansas, is in the county visiting her sister, Mrs. Louis Clements.

Mrs. Alonzo Hatfield, the pleasant hostess of the Carlisle Hotel, entertained at cards, Wednesday evening a coterie of young people.

The Uniontown Minstrel Troupe will make their maiden performance in Berry's opera house next Tuesday evening, a benefit for St. John's Episcopal church.

Where else would you find this type of information that adds color and texture to the lives of our ancestors?

 Published 15 September 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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