Friday, November 29, 2013

Bransford Lumber Co, Union City TN ca 1900

Compliments of Bransford Lumber co.
Union city Tenn.
Tel 285
I found this piece of advertising ephemera among the MORAN paperwork.  It's an old advertising fob, circa 1900, with a pretty woman wearing a saucy hat for the Bransford Lumber Co. in Union City Tennessee.  I can't tell you much about the Bransford Lumber Co. but I did find a couple of  articles that I've included here in regards to John BRANSFORD and William Albert DODDS:

The Paducah Evening Sun 
Monday, February 22, 1909
Western Kentucky and Tennessee lumber Dealers Will Meet.
E.A. Enochs, of Jackson and C.H. Sherrill of Paducah, Elected President and Vice President.

At the conclusion of the convention of the Western Kentucky and Tennessee Retail Lumber Dealers' association Saturday evening Memphis was chosen as the place for the 1910 convention and following officers were elected:  President, E.A. Enochs, of Jackson Tenn; vice-president, C.H. Sherrill, of Paducah; secretary and treasurer, John Bransford, of Union City, Tenn.

It's possible that the Bransford Lumber Co. was founded by Benjamin H. BRANSFORD.  Benjamin BRANSFORD was born in Smith County Tennessee April 14, 1840.  His family moved to Obion County in  1844 when he was but 4 years old.  He was part of the Beck, Bransford & Ekdahl furniture and lumber company. During the Civil War he joined the First Mississippi Cavalry in 1861 and was also a special scout for General Nathan Bedford FORREST.  After the war he began a manufacturing company which burned in 1886 and was rebuilt.  One of his sons was named John, perhaps it is the very same John Bransford that is mentioned in the Hickman Courier Journal mentioned above.  For more information you can read the complete Goodspeed article here.

The Hickman Courier 
January 4 1912

W.A. DODDS Now Owns Union City Lumber Yard.

W.A. Dodds closed the deal yesterday for the purchase of the business of the Bransford Lumber Co. at Union City, including their stock of lumber, buildings and grounds.  This is said to be the leading lumber concern of the city in which it is located.  The deal involves upwards of $20,000.

Mr. Dodds will continue to look after his lumber interests in Hickman, and for the present John BRANSFORD, who has been connected with the Bransford Lumber Co., will look after the Union city yards for Mr. Dodds.  The home office of both yards, of course, will be Hickman.

I did locate W.A. Dodds, the man who purchased the Bransford Lumber Co., in the 1920 Census.  William and his wife Fannie and two daughters Anita R. and Martha E were living on Alleghany Street in Hickman Kentucky.  He was 57 years old making him born about 1863 and his profession is lumber dealer. According to Kentucky Death Records William Albert Dodds died in 1928 in Hickman Kentucky.  His parents were J.H. Dodds and Martha Freeman.

Originally posted on Victorian Hoarders Sept 21 2012.

Nashville Gun Club 1927 Trophy Cup

The Moran family have always enjoyed sports of all kinds. They were and are competitive people.  James H. Moran III was a participant in the 1927 Nashville Gun Club competition.  The lid actually is not part of the cup but it fits perfectly so that's where it's been probably since it went to Moran Place.  The picture is of older brother James, the trophy winner, with his younger brother Nathan H. Moran.

Nashville Banner
Nashville Gun Club
Fifty Bird Handicap
Won By
James H Moran III

The cup was never engraved with his name.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 20 "Some of Our Elegant Homes"

This is the twentieth 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 sixteenpart seventeenpart eighteen, part nineteen.

Some of our Elegant Homes

The handsome brick residence of Hon. John R. Thomason and wife, formerly the old Gardner homestead, was built by Major Alfred Gardner, deceased, and which has in days gone by been a place where a large family amid social pleasures reigned supreme.  It has been thoroughly remodeled, and is described as follows:

The entrance to the grand hall is beautifully frescoed in pale tints; the hall divided in the center by silken portierrers; stairway heavily carved, with handsome newel posts; the whole being lighted form a skylight.  On the right you enter the drawing-room or parlor, done in pink and white; furniture heavily upholstered in brocade satin in light shades, no two pieces alike, which is quite novel; cabinet mantel, large mirror with brackets in the sides; wood-work, maple; Aixminster carpet, pink, shaded roses, on cream ground.  Dining room--soft shades of green and red; wood-work, English oak, heavily carved; table, chairs and sideboard to match; Royal Wilton carpet.  Family Room--Furniture and wood-work, walnut; large extensive bay windows, giving a fine southern exposure and a beautiful view of the lawn.  Guest Chamber--Rich mahogany furniture and wood-work to correspond; Aixminster carpet in Persian color, very handsome.  Guest-Chamber--Furniture and wood, red oak; blue and cream carpet, draperies to match; cabinet mantle with mirror.  Bed Room--Birch furniture and wood-work; carpet and trimming, red and gold.  Library--Lower room green and red; book cases, table and chairs, oak.

Thus, with porches without number, a commodious bath-room, closets, pantries, a large kitchen, with all the modern improvements, make this one of the handsomest homes in West Tennessee.

As will be seen from the cut, J.W. Moran, president of the Dresden Bank has a magnificent residence--not completed yet, it is true, but an inspection of the interior--which consists of thirteen rooms, including large reception room, front parlor, library and dining hall--will show their beauty and utility.  All these rooms are connected by double doors, and will be handsomely finished in oak, with cabinet mantels.  Besides these, are the large living room down-stairs, little Miss Marion's room (this was actually J.W. Moran's room, Marion was upstairs), and many closets and other conveniences.  Leading up from the reception hall is a wide staircase, that adds much to its beauty.  Up-stairs are a number of bed-rooms, set apart for certain members of the family, and a large airy guest-chamber in the northwest corner.  In the attic is an immense tank, which will supply water for the bath-rooms.  The house has double floors, double walls besides the plastering, and is in every way more substantially built than are the houses of to-day.  there are forty-five windows in the building, and the whole structure rests on a firm foundation.  It will be expensively and tastily furnished throughout, but will not be ready for occupancy before fall.  Mr. Moran is worth much to the town, and we wish we had more men with his financial ability to adorn Dresden with such homes.

Continued on page 9.   Unfortunately, that part of the newspaper is missing.  Hopefully I will come across at a later time.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 19 "Dr. Shobe Smith and W.F. Overby"

This is the nineteenth 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 sixteenpart seventeen, part eighteen.

Back in spring 2013 you'll find a blog devoted to Dr. Shobe Smith and his wife Mattie.  For that reason I'm just going to post the brief article about him here.  For more information check the earlier article listed above.

Dr. Shobe Smith was born in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 7 1866, and was educated in the Louisville schools, in 1888 going to the Cincinnati, Ohio dental college.  After that he located in Nashville, remaining there three years.  In 1893 he came to Dresden, alternating between here and Palmersville, and was married during that time to Miss Mattie D. Wooldridge, of Gleason, a most accomplished lady and a fine musician. They make most excellent citizens, and are residing at the Thomason residence near the depot.  

In politics the doctor is a Democrat, in religion a Cumberland Presbyterian, in manners, a gentleman, in business an expert.  Our people are glad, indeed to count him and his wife as permanent citizens here and cordially extend an invitation to more like them to follow.  His office is upstairs over the Dresden Bank, where all may feel assured of receiving courteous treatment and excellent work in his line.

F. W. Overby

In this issue will be found the display advertisement of W.F. Overby, who tells of greatly reduced prices to his customers.  Mr. Overby some time ago opened up a general store in the country, six miles from Dresden on the Cane Creek road, three years ago, and during that time has done a nice business.   His store is largely patronized by people in his community.  When needing anything  in his line give him a call.

The Overby name is sometimes seen as Overby, Overbey, or Overbay.  There is more than one W.F. Overby from Kentucky which makes tracing the family a bit tricky.  I believe that the F.W. Overby in the article is actually William Franklin Overby.  Here is what I've found:

W.F. Overbey married Miss B.A. Farris on Nov 22 1879 in Henry County TN.

The 1880 Census for Calloway Kentucky lists William F. Overby, age 19, farmer.  His Wife was "Rubecka" age 18.

In 1900 there is a Frank (William Frank?) residing in Fulton Kentucky.  He is 39, married and a grocer. His wife Becky (Rubecka?) is 38, has given birth four times and has four living children.  Their son Lambert is 17.  Another son is transcribed as "Trellis", age 16.  Both are clerks.  Ella is 13 and their youngest son is Oren, age 5.

1910 Census for Weakley County Civil District lists William F. Overby, age 49, born in Kentucky.  He's widowed.  Occupation was general retail merchant.  Also in the household are Rosa E. age 22, daughter and Oren F age 15, his son.  Becky died between 1900 and 1910, final disposition is unknown.

Lambert Jefery Overby's World War I Draft Registration card shows that he was born Aug 18 1882 and his father was W.F. Overby.   Both were living in Hot Springs Arkansas   Lambert was tall, medium build with gray eyes and brown hair.  He was self employed in the restaurant business.  Interesting to note that on line one his name is spelled Overby and yet he signed at the bottom as Overbey.  Lambert is listed in the 1928 Hot Springs city directory.  On Nov. 24 1925 he divorced Eula M. at Garland Arkansas and the following day he married Minnie B. Cozart in Saline Arkansas.

Trellis Overby is married and farming in the 1910 Weakley County Census.  He is 26 years old.  His wife is named Mattie Dunlap and she's 19.  Their daughter is Granada, age 2.  By 1930 Trellis and Mattie have a lot of children:  Q.T. son age 17, G.C. son age 14, Hillis son age 12, Ella M. age 8, Coolidge son age 6, Gilma son age 2.  Granada is now Granada Fortner age 22, widowed.  Another daughter is listed as Fern Fortner age 19 and she is also widowed.  The last name is spelled Overbay. Like his brother Lambert, Trellis also had a World War I Registration Card.  His full name is Trelis Washington Overby, living in Dresden Weakley Tennn, birth date Dec 20th 1882.  He's a self employed farmer.  At the bottom he has signed Trellis W. Overby.   He was medium height and build with blue eyes and dark hair.

Trellis Overby/Overbey/Overbay is buried at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Weakley County. Then name on the stone is T.W. Overbey.  The following information comes from his death certificate:  T.W. Overbey, residence R.F.D. #2 Fulton Kentucky.  His wife was mattie Dunlap Overbey.  The date of birth is Dec 20 1881 (the draft card said 1882 the headstone says 1883.  He was a tennant farmer.  Birthplace was Weakley county.  His father was W.F. Overby and his mother, Beckey Farris.  He died of bronchopneumonia and influenza.  His daughter Granada Fortner (wife of James Fortner) was the informant and she was living in Fulton KY.  

William F. Overbey is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs Arkansas.  The headstone is inscribed as follows:   Father W.F. Overbey, Born Nov. 12 1860 in Calloway Co. Ky, Died Feb 4, 1918.

I did find one family tree that spells the name as Overbey.  Some of the information was listed as unknown but I've found some of those such as the death of W. F. Overbey.
From that tree:  William F. Overbey was the son of George Washington Overbey and Nancy J. McDougall. Date of death unknown. He married Rebecca Farris who was born Nov 21 8161 in Kentucky and died Feb. 1 1910, place unknown.  Her parents were Samuel J. Farris and Nancy Ellen Pool.  Their children were Lambert Jeffrey Overbey who died May 18 1932 at Garland County Arkansas.  Lambert was married to Minnie Unknown and Eula M. Unknown.  The fate of Rosa Ella Overbey is unknown.  Oren F. Overbey was born Aug 10 1894 and died Nov. 11 1910, probably at Weakley County.

On a side note I came across a Margarette Christman Overby interred at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, the same cemetery where Trellis Overbey rests.  A quick search revealed that she was born in Kentucky.  In 1880 she is living iin Calloway County Kentucky with her husband George W. Overby age 45 and their two daughters M.F. age 16 and L. age 10.  In addition her mother, T. Chrisman age 72, is in the household.  I believe Margarette is the sister-in-law of William F. Overby.  

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.

The complete list of links in this multi-part series: