Monday, November 25, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 18 "W.B. Mayo and W.G. Myrick"

This is the eighteenth 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 sevenpart eightpart ninepart tenpart elevenpart twelvepart thirteenpart fourteenpart fifteenpart sixteen, part seventeen.

William B. Mayo and W.G. Myrick

Mr. Mayo was born at Palmersville, this county, and lived on a farm until fifteen years of age.  he first went into a general mechandise business with his brother, G.T. Mayo, later going to Fulton, Ky.  After remaining there four years he went to Hopkinsville, Ky, where he remained one year, returning to Palmersville, where he remained three years.  Later he traveled, at the same time being interested in business at Palmersville.  In September, 1893, he came to Dresden and went in the livery business on East Side with R.N. Irvine, and in February following was burned out losing heavily thereby, with no insurance.  Last July he went into the grocery business with W.G. Myrick in the Carroll Scott brick, where they remained until a few weeks ago, when the firm moved over next door to this office where they have added very largely to their stock, now carrying a full line of furniture, stoves, etc., in addition to a full stock of groceries, queensware, etc.  Mr. Mayo has recently bought him a home in Dresden, and has thoroughly identified himself with Dresden's interest.  he has a wife and two children, and our people are glad to have them permanently located here. He is a bustling, first-class business man, and is going to have a good share of the trade in his line that comes to town.  In politics he is a Democrat, in religion, a "hail fellow well met."  

His partner, Mr. Myrick, was born and raised near Dresden, and attended school in Dresden several years. Later he clerked for C.W. Cottrell, after which he bought t. M. Little out in the grocery business, the same business now conducted by him and Mr. Mayo.  Mr. Myrick is a young man of sterling worth, and has the respect and friendship of one and all in Dresden, and just why he remains unmarried is a mystery to his friends.  He comes from a Republican family from "away back," and has not departed from the faith. together these men make a strong team, and it is expected they will do a thriving business.

William B. Mayo was the son of William B. Mayo Sr and Mary Ann Hart.  His brother mentioned in the article is Rev. George Thomas Mayo.  William Mayo Jr married Lucy M. Brooks, the daughter of George Brooks and Mary E. Atkins.  William and Lucy had a son, Thomas Brooks Mayo.

I'm not sure who W.G. Myrick was but I think he might be the same William G. Myrick that appears in the 1880 Census for Palmersville.  He's 6 years old and living with his mother Eva E. Myrick, age 28, and his siblings Heland (sic) age 3 and Mary A. age 1.  In the 1910 Census for Atlanta a William G. Myrick is listed, born in TN in 1874 and married to Florence M.   His occupation is manager of a typewriter company.  In 19210 he and Florence are living in Winter Haven Florida and he's a salesman.  The 1940 Census shows that William and Florence are  now the owners of a citrus grove.  I located one family tree that said Florence died March 1953 in Winterhaven. but William's date of death was not listed.  However, I found that he died in May 1959 in Orange County Florida.  

Other's mentioned were Robert N Irvine and Thomas M. Little, both distant relatives of the Moran family.

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