Monday, July 8, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 6 "Weakley & the Tennessee Centennial"

This is the sixth in a multi-part series featuring the April 24 1896 edition of the Dresden Enterprise.  If you missed the previous posts you can find them here: part onepart two, part threepart four, part five.

Today's post covers page 3.  The top half of the page is an advertisement for something called the "Cash Racket Store" and the bottom section is dedicated to the Tennessee Centennial.



Transcription of the Tennessee Centennial article:

Beckersteth in his beautiful poem, "Yesterday, Today and Forever," speaks of anniversaries as white stones in the journey of life.  They are set up to comemmorate what i past, and to give strength and inspiration for the further journey.  They mark both a burial and a birth.

Tennessee is completing the circle of years that marks her stone one hundred.

All the hands that placed the first stone have mouldered back to dust.  The men and women of the old heroic days belong now to history.  In camp, in forts, in the humble home, in legislative hall, in foreign courts, anywhere and everywhere, the men who fought our battles and laid the foundation of our state and plead for her recognition were such as posterity delights to honor.  Their praises have been sung in poetry and written in books and inscribed on stone.  It is eminently proper, then, that the state should herself celebrate her Yesterday by a Today that will make her famous forevermore.  This notable event should be a great gathering in which every county, every citizen, every woman, every child is suitable represented.  The mother, venerable in years and usefulness, deserves a token from all who claim her care--who share her protection.  A long absent son writing from a foreign field said, "Mother, I cannot be with you, but I send my love and my offering."  There are ninety-six counties in Tennessee ? is able to send love and an offering worthy of the occasion.  some of the counties--through the county court--have devised liberal things. When the courts refuse an appropriation more remains to be done by individual action.

Weakley, so rich in resources, will surely send some gift for the birthday of the state.  Right here in Dresden we have one of the best mills in West Tennessee.  It runs regularly, working from ten to fifteen hands, with a capacity of 100 barrels of flour, fifty barrels of meal and fifty barrels of chopped feed.  It is owned and operated by home men--S.P. Scott and B.D. Irvine, with a capital of thirty thousand dollars.  In tobacco the showing is just as creditable, while the growth of small fruits and tomatoes yields a heavy income for the money and labor invested.  All in all, Weakley County is a good county and one that has honored the state in nearly every deppartment. (sic)  Why should not Weakley take some part in the erection of that white stone to mark the Mother's birthday into a fuller and more glorious future.  I know that there are difficulties in the way of the Woman's Board.  It is a hard matter for the wives, mothers and children to do anything or to go anywhere without help from the husbands, the fathers and the brothers--yes and the old bachelors, for on these Rome used to put a double tax for all public enterprises.  however, despite discouragements, the members of the Woman's State and County boards appeal to one and to all for help in securing suitable means for a creditable county exhibit.  They earnestly desire that the exhibit of woman's work from Weakley shall not be a whit behind the chiefest.  To this end, they urge upon sub-committees throughout the county, or in each civil district, and upon all women to put forth their best efforts to secure specimens of handiwork of every kind, fine needle work, painting, embroidery, crocheting, knitting, leather work, dairy products--anything from the home or from a farm or garden managed by women.  Then we must have money or the exhibit cannot be transported and mounted.

Now, in some neighboring counties the farmers are helping by donation of hams, flour, corn, cotton, tobacco, meal and the women donate the money from a pound or more of butter, the sale of so many dozen eggs.  The hams are cooked and made into dainty lunches by the women and sold for the Centennial fund.  The articles donated all go to the treasury.

Who will be the first to help our county board with such things as he or she can spare from the farm and from the dairy and the orchard?  Will not each help to make the mother's birthday an occasion of great rejoicing?
           Mrs. S. F. Mooney
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