Saturday, June 14, 2014

1911 "Smoker" for James H Moran

On the evening of Nov. 21st (Tuesday) the young men of Newbern entertained Mr. James H. Moran and his out of town friends with a "Smoker."  Covers were laid for nineteen and a most delightful menu was served by Mrs. Delle JONES.  Mr. L.G. NORVELL acted as Toast Master and acquitted himself with much credit.  The following responded to "toasts"; James H. MORAN, Harry JONES and Mr. THOMASON of Dresden, John M. DRANE, Prof. BRIGHT, J.H. GENTRY, F.E. SCOTT, B.F. GRISHAM and Wm. A. SHIBLEY.

A Dyersburg Orchestra furnished the music.  After a four course dinner had been served, all present accepted an invitation to the dance which was in progress at the Opera House.

Among others present at the "Smoker" were Mr. James MORAN, Harry JONES, Harold (sic) MORAN, Mr. THOMASON, J.V. THOMAS, Q. SHUMATE, L.G. NORVELL, N.B. GENTRY, J.H. GENTRY, B.F. GRISHAM, Jno. M. DRANE, T.A. JONES, Kirby MOORE, H. Parks TIGRETT, W.S. RIDENS, Prof. N.H. BRIGHT, F.E. Scott, Wm. A. SHIBLEY and Dr. MAYO.
Newspaper clipping, unknown source.

What is a "smoker" I wondered.  After dissecting the clipping I decided that it had to be something similar to a bachelor party or a "roast" and the HyperDictionary confirmed it for me. James H Moran III and Virginia Shumate were married November 22 1911 in Newbern, Tennessee.  The Smoker was held the evening before and was given in honor of the bridegroom, Jim Moran, by "the young men of Newbern" which just happened to be where the wedding was taking place and where his bride Virginia, lived, with her Uncle Quincy Shumate's family.  Many of the attendee's at the Smoker are also mentioned in the wedding announcement which can be found here

I wonder what time everyone made it to sleep that night since they also went on to dance at the Opera House after the Smoker.  It's a good thing the wedding didn't begin until 7pm the following evening!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dresden Men in the News, July 1879

If the state debt is compromised and the property taxed to pay the interest who will it fall upon--the owners of taxable property.  We have seen and conversed with quite a number of this class of men--for instance, A.M. BOYD, G.R. BRASFIELD, B.D. IRVINE, G.W. MARTIN, M.P. MARTIN, Alfred GARDNER and J.W. MORAN--worth in the aggregate about $600,000 and owning about 30,000 acres of land.  These men are all warm supporters of the compromise measure, and if such men, who pay largely of the taxes, are willing to vote this tax upon themselves, ought not the poor man who will not pay one dollar of the taxes (for the poll tax goes to the school fund) vote for the compromise?  Can you find ten men in the county worth as much as the seven above named who will vote against the compromise?  We think not.
--Dresden Our Country
Posted in The Milan Exchange July 17 1879, page 1.

Unknown Woman by McFadden Studio, Paducah KY

Another unknown woman from Moran Place.  She was immortalized by the McFadden Studio in Paducah Kentucky.  Taken in the early 1900's.

William G. McFadden was a photographer and an artist who worked in oil.  He was born Sept 14 1869 in Shelbyville, KY to William McFadden and Elizabeth Grub.  His wife was named Hattie, maiden name unknown    He died in Paducah at his home on November 6, 1941 and was interred at Oak Grove Cemetery in Paducah.

Obituary-Paducah Sun-Democrat 
November 6 1941

W.G. McFadden, Photographer for 52 years, Dies
Moved to Paducah at age of 7; was once School Board Member.

W.G. MdFadden, 72, Paducah photographer, died at 5 a.m. today at his home, 1413 South Third Street.
Mr. McFadden was born in Shelbyville, KY, September 14 1869, and moved with his family to Paducah when he was about seven years old.  He went into photographic work when he was about 20 years old with the old Hunt Photography studio on the second floor of a building on the northwest corner of Fourth and Broadway.

After obtaining experience Mr. McFadden went to Louisville where he worked for about three years.  He returned here and took over the Hunt studio.  He moved into the Oehlschlaeger building at Sixth and Broadway more than 15 years ago where he has been ever since.  Besides being a photographer, he was also an oil painter.

He was a member of the Theosophlet Church and the and the Paducah Theosophical Society.  At one time he was a member of the Paducah board of education. 

He is survived by his wido, Mrs. Hattie McFadden; two brothers, Dan McFadden, Paducah and Ed McFadden, Lebanon, Mo., a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Lone, Philadelphia, Penn.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Baseball Team, ca. 1905. Cobb and Nichols School, Dresden TN

The American College and Private School Directory, vol. 8, 1914, listed the Cobb and Nichols School of Dresden, TN as a non-sectarian school.  Charles H. Cobb (husband of Marion Moran) and J.W. Nichols were the principals.

This photo of the baseball team dates to about 1905.  I don't know the names of any of the players, perhaps someone will recognize a relative, but the two men in suits are J.Walter Nichols (left) and Charles H. Cobb (right).

Charles H. Cobb was the son of Thomas D Cobb and Elizabeth Adeline Johnston.  He was born June 27, 1876, in Tennessee.  He lived most of his life in Union City with some time spent in Dresden. In 1900 he was teaching school and living at home with his father and a sister, Birdie.  Cobb and Nichols attended Vanderbilt University together. About 1904 they formed the Cobb and Nichols School in Dresden.

Dresden Enterprise, July 29 1904
Miss Pearl B. Matthews of Trenton has been elected to Conduct the primary dept. of Cobb and Nichols school here in Dresden.

Cobb married Marion Agnes Moran, youngest daughter of J.W. Moran and Sophia Gunn, October 3 1905 at the Methodist Church in Dresden.

Dresden Enterprise, June 1 1906
The Dresden Dramatic Company had receipts amounting to $67 at Greenfield last Friday.  The money will be applied to payment of a new piano at the Cobb and Nichols School building.  They performed at Huntingdon Monday to a full house also.

Dresden Enterprise, June 8, 1906
Miss Pearl Mathews, primary teacher at Cobb and Nichols, gave her students a picnic which was hugely enjoyed by the little fellows.

The Hickman Courier, Aug 3 1906
The Cobb and Nichols School of Dresden, Tenn.
Every citizen of Dresden is justly proud of having in this community an institution so ably managed, doing a class of work so superior, possessing an unexcelled faculty, as the Cobb and Nichols Training School, Chas. H. Cobb and J. Walter Nichols, principals.  Both these young men are graduates of Vanderbilt university, where they were specially prepared for training school work, and that is just what their school here is--a training school in the fullest and most complete sense of the term.  This has been clearly demonstrated by the work of this school during the past two years and today we are rejoiced to say to the public that the outlook for a successful opening this fall is most encouraging.
The pupils that have gone out from the Cobb and Nichols school are its best advertisement, if any it need other than its high-class, thorough work.  The boys and girls who come to Dresden to attend school are taken care of by the faculty and are admitted into the best homes of our town; they are made to feel welcome and at home, as it were, and the faculty sees to it that they do not loaf around the streets neither night nor during the day.--Dresden Enterprise.

The Hickman Courier, Aug 10 1906
The students of the Cobb & Nichols School are required to stay in their rooms at night to study, nor are they allowed to loiter on the streets during day.
The Cobb & Nichols School is a training school, pure and simple, no catchpenny methods, no (ab)normal courses.

In 1907 Charles and Marion Cobb had a child, daughter Carolyn Elizabeth Cobb born April 27 1907.

From Volume 8, Vanderbilt University Quarterly:
'04--Charles H. Cobb, B.A., who has been for three years with J.W. Nichols, of the same class, in the Cobb and Nichols School at Dresden, Tenn., has entered upon the practice of law in Union City, where he has become junior partner with Judge Swiggart in the firm of Swiggart and Cobb.

Cobb continues practicing law but by 1930 is listed as the proprietor of a rain coat factory.  His wife Marion committed suicide in 1934.   In 1936, Cobb married Ottis Leone Luton. Their son, Charles H Cobb Jr, was born in 1937.   Charles Sr died in 1951.

Fountain Park, St Louis Missouri "Lest Ye Forget It" 1908

Fountain Park, St. Louis
Lest ye forget it----

Postmarked August 7 1908
St Louis MO

To: Mr. James Moran
Dresden, Tennessee

It seems to me, that you forget old friends-very soon- or is it just some old friends?  It is well to remember in drinking through life that any old booze is better than new.

Yours for health,

I doubt we'll ever know who "K" was but it seems to me that he's reminding Jim Moran III that old friends are better than new.  But I could be wrong!

The fountain of today differs significantly from the fountain of yesteryear:

The land for Fountain Park belonged to John Lay (1795-1857).  Before his death he made provisions for his family which included platting the land which would be developed into a neighborhood known as Aubert Place located about 4 miles west of St. Louis. Later the park's name was changed to Fountain Park. A good history of the development can be found at the National Historic Register.

The fountain had been donated by John A Scudder and originally placed in front of the Merchant's Exchange building about 1890 with the fountain gracing a hall.  The hall was later remodeled and the fountain moved to Fountain Park in 1903.  At the dedication ceremony the fountain was christened "Scudder Fountain" in honor of John A Scudder.   In the August 2 1903 St Louis Republic the fountain was  describe as follows: " Then Charles Spalding, the 6-year old son of George M Spalding of No. 4933 Fountain avenue, and Dorothy Dodd, the 5 year old daughter of R P Dodd of No 4900 Fountain avenue, turned on the water, and five streams simultaneously issued from the fountain, falling first into the upper basin, above which is the figure of a woman pouring water from a pitcher, and then overflowing into the second basin, above which are the images of four children blowing water out of shells.  After filling the second basin, the water overflowed into the lower basin, which is 16 feet in diameter."

However, just a year later a Park Commissioner's Report said it was a failure as an outdoor fountain due to flimsy construction which is entirely possible since it had been originally housed inside of John A Scudder's home and then in a hall of the Merchant's Building.  By 1915 the fountain and base had been entirely reconstructed but in 1908, on the postcard, it looked magnificent.  

Monday, June 9, 2014

William Minor Lile Letter November 1911

William Minor Lile seated
University of Virginia Law Library
University of Virginia
William Minor Lile was the first Dean at the University of Virginia Law School at Charlottesville, Virginia.  He was the Dean when James H Moran III, class of 1899, attended Law School. 

Lile was born in Alabama in 1859, the son of John A Lile and Louisa C Minor.  He married Maud Carson.  He began his tenure at UVA in 1893.  In addition to being the first Dean of the Law School he is considered the Father of the Law Library.  He was the founder of the Virginia Law Register and helped initiate the Virginia Law Review. He retired in 1932.  At his death in 1935 he was interred at the University of Virginia Cemetery and Columbarium.

Jim Moran must have kept in touch off and on with the Dean after his graduation in 1899.  He thought enough of Lile to tell him of his upcoming marriage to Virginia Shumate in November 1911 and to send him notices regarding his participation in local plays.  

Dean Lile thought enough of Jim to reply.

University of Virginia 
Department of Law
Office of the Dean
Nov. 11, 1911
My dear Mr. Moran:

I have received the official notice of those delightful plays of yours, which you were kind enough to send me, and I cannot refrain from sending you a brief of congratulation. 

I am not a little gratified that you thought of me in the midst of your happiness.  I had lost sight of you, and have been wondering what had become of you. I hope you will bring your bride Virginia word(?) and give us an opportunity of knowing her, and of renewing acquaintance with you.

Sincerely Yours,
Wm. Lile
J.H.Moran, 99'