Friday, May 3, 2013

Big Show In Town, Apr 1875

This is the original advertisement that was posted around town when John W. Moran opened his new mercantile store in Dresden, Tennessee on April 22, 1875.  I really like the way he lists a lot of the goods that can be had but my favorite is the "patent Parasols for napping in church."

We have just opened our 

And Invite you to examine it.

Silks, Fish-hooks, Lawns, marbles, Ribbons, Traces, Fans, Well-buckets Shirts, fronts, Spades, Hair-pins, Hoes, Linens, Coffee, Gloves, Blacking, Hair-braids, Tinware, Ladies' new style straw Hats, Hoop-skirts, Brooms, Saddles, Augers, Shoes, Shingles, Feathers, Peas, Buggy-harness, Cook stoves, Wall Paper, Meal, Books, Flour, Wheat, Cassimeres, Teas, Cottonade, Rice, Spun-truck, new style Corsets, Broad Axes, patent Gate Hinges, Jewelry, Barlows, Perfume, Hoe-handles, Table Oil-Cloths, patent Parasols for napping in church.

Before the late advance.

I Will sell prints at from
8 to 10 cents, 4-4 Domestic 10 Cents, Brogan Shoes $1.50.

A New Stock of 

At the VERY LOWEST Cash Prices

I ask you to call and see my Goods,
and I will endeavor to please you on prices.
                  J.W. MORAN

Frame House West side of Square.
Dresden, Tenn., April 22d 1875           

Spinster Dies Leaving Gold-Packed Home, 1924

I have yet to find a connection between these Shumate's and Virginia Shumate Moran but she saved this newspaper clipping which indicates to me she thought there was a connection. Martha Shumate died in October 1924 in Winchester, Virginia.

Authorities Protect Fortune Crammed in Nooks and Crannies Before Death.

By the Associated Press.
WINCHESTER, Va., October 22--A bonded caretaker guards the residence property here of Miss Martha Shumate, wealthy spinster, who died last week, following the discovery of a hoarded fortune stuffed and crammed in nearly every nook and cranny of the house.

The guard was established when crowds of persons lured by the reports of hidden treasure threatened to overrun the premises.  Bank officials today admitted that the rich woman had drawn several thousand dollars from her account recently to distribute in modest bequests among her friends.  It also became known that hardly a receptacle in the house has failed to give up money. Clocks, picture frames, covered plates and cracks and crevices poured out old gold and bank notes.  Much of the gold coin is said to be of ancient vintage, many pieces from the California mint, coined while the gold rush was at its height, will command premiums.

Last of Old Family

Miss Shumate was the last of her line, a prominent Frederick County family that had conserved riches through a whole century.  It appears that she did not complete the work of writing her will for a document has been found in which only one bequest is made, and that for only a small portion of her holdings.

No mention was made of the disposition of enormous bank stock holdings, bank accounts, farms and city property, all of which her bank here, named as administrator, lists among her possessions.

Near and distant cousins will benefit in the Shumate riches after their appraisal by court orders, it was declared.
Martha Shumate was the daughter of Tilman Shumate and Eliza Brown.  Tilman was born about 1810 and died in 1847.  He was a merchant in Frederick County Virginia.  He and Eliza married on September 3, 1836.  When he died his wife was left with the task of raising their four small children: Elizabeth 8 yrs old, Rebecca 5 yrs old, Martha (the subject of the article) 3 yrs old and Tilman Jr was just 1 yr. old.

Census records show that Tilman Jr. was a bank cashier.  Tilman, the youngest of the siblings, died in 1883 leaving the spinster sisters to fend for themselves.  But perhaps they didn't have to fend too hard since they obviously had a hoard of money to rely on.  Elizabeth, or Lizzie, the oldest died in 1904.  Rebecca survived until 1923 and Martha followed her to the grave in 1924.

With the exception of Tilman Sr, the family is interred at Mt.Hebron Cemetery in Winchester Virginia.  At this time it is unknown where Tilman Sr. is resting.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

W.J. Sedberry, West TN Photographer

Moran Place was home to many things including a lot of photographs.  Most of the people in the photographs will probably remain unknown to us.  Truth be told, it's usually easier to find out who the photographer's were, when there's a photographers mark, than to find out the subject of the photo.  That's the case with this charming picture.

On the back someone penciled in "Sydney and her faithful friend Mack."  I don't know who Sydney might be.  So far the only Sidney in the Moran tree is John Sidney Irvine and this is not him!

We have a few other photographs by Sedberry so I decided to see what I might dig up about him.  A brief line appears in the Dresden Enterprise dated April 14, 1893, "W.J. Sedberry, the photographer, invites you to call."

William J. Sedberry was born November 13, 1860 in Lyon County Kentucky.  His parents were James Sedberry of North Carolina or Virginia depending on the source and Mary Parmenter.   Census sources indicate his wife's name was Nora Belle.  When I found the death certificate for "Nora" her name was listed as Clara Belle Scates.  Was Nora a nickname or is the death certificate incorrect which happened a lot more than one might think!  Her parents were listed as W.F. Scates and Ray Scates, both of Tennessee.  I have seen the mother's name listed several ways:  Martha Ann Wray, Monica Ann Ray, Mariah Ann Ray, Ann Roy.

In the 1900 Census William and Nora were living in McKenzie, Carroll County TN. It also indicated that Nora had given birth to six children, three were living:
Eric E. b. Oct 1887, 12 years old
Fred C. b. Aug. 1896, 3 years old
Ray (daughter), b. Feb 1900, 3 months old.

And that wraps up what I know at this time about William James Sedberry.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

City of Dresden...where you can live and profit!

Came across a brochure from Dresden, Tennessee.  We think it's from the 1950's.

Here are closeups of the different sections:

A City of Shady Streets, Fine homes and Churches, Full Medical Facilities, Excellent Service and other

Dresden has many lovely homes along its thickly shaded streets.  They give a feeling of serene and peaceful ideal place for a happy family.

This is one of the five friendly churches which are well-attended by the Dresden citizens.  They are handsomely maintained, and exemplify the spiritual well-being of the town.

Many new and modern residences have been constructed in and around Dresden.  This is one of the newer suburban homes, showing how Dresden is progressing.

The Weakley County Health Center is one of the town's most modern buildings.  It houses the county's medical staff, who insure good health for the happiness and continued progress of a dynamic community.

The American Legion and Masonic Building was erected in 1949.  It is a tribute to the servicemen of Tennessee Post No. 94, and to the high ideals of Masonry.  The building symbolizes the gratitude of the community and the members of each organization for one another.  Dresden has excellent service clubs . . Rotary. . . Lions.

The Dresden Manufacturing Co. Producers of the famous Jean Harper coats, is one of Dresden's new industries.  Built in 1949, it is one of the plants operated in the West Tennessee Garment Factory of St. Louis.

In 1948 the first big industrial development came in Dresden--the Bay-Bee Shoe Factory.  They company employs about 150 people to manufacture shoes for infants and children.  Ample labor, harmonious labor-relations, and pleasant working conditions characterize this productive unit.

The story of TVA is well known.  this sub-station is about one mile south of Dresden on State Highway No. 54.  The nation's lowest power rates are found in the TVA regions.

Dresden Tennessee
TVA Power
Low Taxes
Ample Labor
Rail Facilities
Excellent Highways
Fine Schools; Friendly churches
are the factors that are causing more and more industries to--decide on Dresden.

Management today is critically scanning all business and production costs--because in this period of peculiar economy the spread is narrow between profit and cost factors.

Business today must locate where costs are advantageous.  where power is cheap.  Where labor is ample an reasonable.  Where work stoppages do not hamper production and deflate profits.  Business today must have a competitive edge.

Business today also must locate where executives and workers can live pleasantly...where living costs are such that they are afforded the opportunity to save...where children can be educated and reared properly.

The City of Dresden provides these advantages.  Businesses and industries that are already located here will testify to these facts.  In planning your own business or industrial future, we invite you to consider Dresden--where you can live and profit!

Hand in Hand with Dresden's Growing Industries is Prosperous Dairy Farming.  In only Ten Year's Time Dresden Has Become the Fastest Growing Dairy Center in the South!

A well-kept dairy a Grade A dairy the goal of all dairymen.  The highest degree of sanitation and cleanliness marks the county's fastest growing industry.

This is one of the outstanding Jerseys, which will compete in the Registered Jersey Cattle show.  The shows have become annual affairs and attract cattle with the finest pedigrees.  Good cattle require good pasture!  That's the keynote of soil conservation and better farming practices.

Dresden's City Government has Young, Progressive Leadership
The University of Tennessee Martin Branch which is a part of the University of Tennessee, is only nine miles from Dresden.  The school has long been recognized as a leader in its field.  It is being expanded to meet the demands of higher education.

The Weakley County courthouse was erected in 1950 at a cost of $698,000.00.  Dresden is the seat of Weakley County.  It is named Robert Weakley and the County was founded about 1819.  Among the famous person who lived in this County is Davy Crockett.

The Dresden Elementary School is Dresden's newest major project.  The building is being constructed to provide the space needed for the increased school population of the future.

A lovely scene in any town is a modern well-kept post office and federal building.  Murals on the interior walls, depict a story of the early history of Dresden and Weakley County.  They are a great attraction to Dresden's visitors.

Dresden--Hub of the Northwest Section of Tennessee Where Southern Hospitality Abounds.

Young Love, Fannie Moran and George Brasfield

In a previous post I went into detail about George Moore Brasfield.  Who his parents were, who he married, his occupation, children, travel and where he died.  That post was prompted by a letter he had written to J.W. Moran in 1910 asking for a $5000 loan.  If you are interested in more information about George be sure to check out that blog entry!

Today's post is prompted by a school tablet belonging to Fannie Moran, dated about 1889.  At first I wondered what the FMB stood for on the front cover.

As I flipped through the pages I could see that Fannie was studying: grammer, latin, french, literature and poetry.  This page is about the character of Macbeth.

But then I found a few items that were definitely not school related and the mystery of the FMB became clear to me.  It wasn't FMB  it was FM  GB, Fannie Moran and George Brasfield.  Fannie had a crush on George Brasfield.  Whether or not it was reciprocated I cannot say but these tidbits of daily life are the things that make family research so much fun.

Moran & Brasfield, Atty's at Law.  Cases of Matrimony & love a specialty.

And the back cover:

Fannie Lemira Moran.  Geo M. Grasfield, ma chere.  Voulez-vous aller au Dresden Noel?  My dear, Do you want to go to Dresden for Christmas?