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[AL] Cleburne County News
NEWSPAPER Issue of Thursday, May 28, 1896
LETTER FROM WILDWOOD, ALA
To the Editor of the New Era:
Dear Sir, while resting at noon after having been running around a little cotton in the forenoon, I take my pen in hand to write a few thoughts which suggested themselves to me while I was plowing. My mind was carried away back to the sixties in time of the rebellion, when all the able bodied men were gone to fight the battles of their country and the women and children, with a few old and disabled men, were left behind to provide for themselves as best they could.
Yes, I remember April 1862 when my dear old father volunteered in Thomas Wood's company and left my mother, two younger brothers and myself to provide for ourselves. I was then a lad of eight years old and did not realize the situation. In fact, I did not care much about my father's leaving, as he moved us to grandpa's and I thought there was nothing on earth like living at grandpa's, but I soon found that there was a hard row for me to weed, and I have been weeding that row ever since.
In 1863, we moved back to the old homestead and I walked in between the plow and handles, being only nine years old, and I have been walking there ever since. Young as I was, my mother and I, managed to make a living for the little family but we had a hard time of it. I said there was no men left at home except old and disabled men, but I said wrong, there were lots of men lying in the woods, they were called bushwhackers, and a great many were they. They plundered, stole, burnt fences and houses and did a great many things that was wrong and mean, but it was war times they say and so it was, but war times gives men a chance to prove what they are and a great many showed themselves up during that time, but it is all past and we try to forget it, and look to the future.
Times were hard in those days but the people lived; that is, they didn't perish but it was hard times then and those who can remember the war will agree with me in saying that it was rough times in those days. I frequently hear people complaining about the hard times now and saying they never saw such stringent times; they certainly have forgotten the hard times of the sixties. I'll admit that times are hard enough now but not like they were during and after the war. Oh, ye grumblers, think of it and if you are having a hard time, who is to blame for it? Is is the government or it is yourself? We have got a very good government, the best in the world, notwithstanding it could be better, but we must not wait for the government to help us but must help ourselves if we want help.
I remember a man who in 1866 hired to work at eight dollars a month and gave two dollars per bushel for corn to bread his family and they didn't perish. I heard one of our best fixed farmers say not long ago that soon after the war he cut and split rails for a peck of corn, per hundred rails to get bread for his family, and he don't grumble about hard times now but says times are very good, and he knows what he is talking about.
If you want good times go to work and watch closely after your own business, quite cursing after the government and pay no attention to those hungry office seekers, who are going around telling their flowerly talk trying to make the people believe that if they would elect them to some fat office, that all will be well. It will be well for those who get the fat offices but not for the people. We have to look out for ourselves in this weary world. Signed, I No.
ARBACOOCHEE Community News
Mrs. Seaborn Denson is a lucky lady to find gold. She picked up two very pretty nuggest in her yard a few days ago.
Mr. Tom Ruffin took on a little too much bug juice last Thursday morning and feeling his "jug " he proceeded home and took upon himself to take it out on everything and everyone he came in contact with. He first brutishly attached his wife and choked her almost into insensibility. He then attempted to brain Dr. Swartz with a hatchet
but was prevented from doing so by Mrs. Jane Wheeler who was present and knocked the villian's licks off. He was soon pulled and carried before Equire Hall who bound him over in the sum of $300. While he was perambulating around town pretending to get some fine gent to stand his bond, he gave the officer the dodge and skipped for parts unknown. We don't know whether he left on the hog train or not but 'speck he did.
Heflin has 258 registered voters.
Mr. Daniel Eubanks of Boaz, Ala., visited the family of J.J. Boman this week.
Mrs. Bell and Miss Lillie O'Kelly of Breman, GA visited their sister Mrs. W.C. Worley during commencement.
Capt. W.P Howell of Oak Level is in town this week. He is engaged in surveying lands for the Heflin Fruit Growing Association and others.
Mr. Charlie Burgess of Edwardsville will open a saloon in Heflin on July 1st. He will occupy the house formerly occupied by J.H. Calahan as a saloon.
Miss Belle Lipham, a '96 graduate of the Tallapoosa High School, of Tallapoosa, GA, attended the commencement exercises of Ross Institute this week, the guest of Col. and Mrs. T.H. Shackleford.
A SAD DEATH
Mrs. J.J. Mims died at the residence of her mother, Mrs. J.C. Taylor, yesterday, Friday evening. Her home is with her husband at Tifton, GA and she had come up a few weeks ago to spend the summer here. Mr. Mims was notified by wire Friday morning and the same evening the sad message that she was dead was sent him.
Expressions of sympathy with grief stricken husband and sorrowing relatives of Mrs. Mims are heard on every hand. Truly this is a sad and sudden ending of a peaceful, happy life.
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