Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 7 "Weakley County Officers"

This is the seventh 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 fourpart five, part six.



F.P. Fonville - Weakly county's present trustee, and by the way one of the best we ever had, Mr. Franklin P. Fonville, was born in 1852 in the eight (Sharon) district, when that part of the county perhaps never dreamed that some day that district would have a flourishing little village.  Mr. Fonville was raised on the farm, and remained with his father until he was of age.  Since that time he has been both self-reliant and prosperous.  At one time he was in the dry goods business at Sharon, and for seven years bought and rehandled tobacco, in which he was very successful.  four years ago he became a candidate for the Democratic nomination for trustee and easily won over several worthy competitors.  Two years later he had no opponent in the Democratic primary, and in August was re-elected, having no opponent.  Mr. Fonville this year declined to run for a third term, saying he believed in rotation in office and would step aside for some other Democrat.  He will have a worthy successor in Mr. W. C. Croft, the Democratic nominee.  Today there is not a better man morally in Weakley county than Mr. Fonville, or one who has more friends, both because of his good private character and his unassailable public record.  He is a member of the Baptist church (missionary) and has a very happy family, consisting of a wife and seven daughters.  His wife is a sister of C.D. Bowden, now doing business in Dresden.

John J. Thomason - Mr. Thomason was born in the old Thomason homestead five miles from Dresden, two and a half this side of Gelason.  Mr. Thomason was in the drug business in Texas for sometime, but returned here to take care of his father, who had been stricken with paralysis.  He was his father's deputy until time for another election, at which time he was a candidate, being nominated in the Democratic primary over several very strong men. He makes a good clerk and has in Mr. T.E. Irvine, a splendid assistant.  Mr. Thomason is very popular with people all over the county, and especially so at home, where he is well known.  John is not married, but is counted among the old bachelors who hopes to be this year.  He is a public spirited young man, and is always abreast with the times, when it comes to leading issues of the day.  he is an enthusiastic sound money man, and is very confident that his position is the correct way out of our financial troubles.  He, however, believes in majority rule, and will abide the decision of his party should it be against him.

G.T. Mayo - The information for Mr. Mayo and others will be the topic of the next blog entry.


F.P. Fonville is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sharon with his wife Emma Bowden Fonville.

William Congrave Croft, Fonville's successor, is interred at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Weakley County.

A search of John J. Thomason on ancestry.com shows him listed as the son of Joseph Green Thomason and Sarah Caroline Peck.  His date of death is given as March 22, 1899, place of interment is unknown.  His assistant, T. E. Irvine is interred in Sunset Cemetery.

More information about Henry Leake Hill will appear in a subsequent blog post. 












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