Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 9 "George Thomas Mayo"

This is the ninth 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 fivepart sixpart seven, part eight.



George Thomas Mayo, born in 1860 near Palmersville TN, was the son of William Mayo, who died during the Civil War, and Mary Ann Hart.  Over the course of his lifetime he worked in the dry goods business, clerked, was the County Court Clerk and had a lengthy career as a Baptist Minister.  He was married twice. First to Ella Savannah McWherter and late in life to Annie Mai Pentecost.  He and Ella had a large family together.  Rev Mayo and many of his family are interred in Sunset Cemetery, Dresden TN.

The following brief article and the picture above appeared in the Dresden Enterprise April 24, 1896.

Mr. Mayo, who is our present county court clerk, was born near Palmersville, remaining on the farm until grown.  He entered the dry goods business at Woodland Mills, Obion county, and was married while living there to Miss Ella McWherter, of Palmersville five children having been born to them.  

Mr Mayo was at one time in the dry goods business in Paducah and Fulton, Ky, and also clerked here a while for C.W. Cottrell. Later he went into the dry goods business for himself at Palmersville.  He was elected to fill the unexpired term of T.M. Biggs as a member of our county court, and later was re-elected. Two years ago Mr. Mayo was nominated on the Democratic ticket as a candidate for county court clerk, defeating Mr. T.L. Little, one of the very best officers this county ever had.  Mr. Mayo, was triumphantly elected, and his coduct (sic) of the county's business proves that he was a wise selection.  

He has bought a home here which he has greatly improved, and has thoroughly identified himself with the town's interests, something we Dresden people like very much to see done when practicable.  Mr. Mayo is a thoroughly honest man in his conceptions of his duty, and this caused him to withdraw from the Primitive Babtist (sic) organization because he found he had been mistaken in believing that church meant to do anything for the cause of foreign missions.  He is now a Missionary Baptist and will make them a good member.

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