Wednesday, August 26, 2015


EDWARD DAVISON, Ohio County, was born December 30, 1830, in Grayson County, Ky.; removed with his parents to Breckinridge County in 1836, where he was reared to manhood, and in 1854 located in Ohio County, where he has by industry, frugality and strict adherence to business become one of the leading business men in the county. His father, William Davison, a native of Washington County, Ky., born in 1804, and in childhood removed with his parents to Grayson County, where he served as magistrate for many years, and died in 1872. He was the son of Edward Davison, who died in 1830. William married Elizabeth, daughter of William Eobinson, of Breckinridge County, born in 1812, and died in 1883. From this union sprang our subject, Margaret A. (married to Henry R. Dean), and Samuel. February 22, 1853, Edward Davison married Mary J., daughter of Francis and Jane (Mason) Lendrum, of Grayson County, born in 1832, and died in 1865, and to them were born William F. (deceased), Amanda (married to John Godsey), Samuel, Lillie B. (married to Cicero Whittinghill), and Charles. Mr. Davison was next married January 1, 1867, to Amanda F., daughter of William and Sallie (Herndon) Blaine, of Grayson County, born July 21, 1839, and to this union were born Edward W., Virgil, Henry, Anderson, and Russell E.  Mr. Davison has, on the place where he now resides, been engaged in merchandising, lumbering and general
trading, in which he has met with encouraging success. He has always been a farmer and extensive dealer in stock, and is now title owner of 2,000 acres of land, 1,300 of which are in a good state of cultivation, well improved, etc. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and a Democrat. Mrs. D. is a member of the Christian Church. Her father was a soldier in the war of 1812.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note: Mr. Davison died 12 Dec 1910 in Ohio County. He is buried in a family cemetery in Fordsville, Ohio County.

Saturday, August 22, 2015


ELDER JAMES CLINTON DAVIS, Ohio County, was born March 29, 1834, in Roane County, Tenn. At the age of six years he removed with his parents to Warren County, Ky., and in 1848 to Ohio County, where he has since resided. His father, Alexander H. Davis, now living, was born in Roane County, Tenn., in I8l5. He is the son of James Davis, of Roane County, who died about 1880, over one hundred years of age. Alexander H. married Sarah N., daughter of David and Polley (Tootles) Liles, of Roane County. She was born March 29, 1815, and died in 1850. This union was blessed by the birth of the following-named children: James C, William H. (died in the army), John T., Thomas L., Nancy J. (Sanderford), Benjamin M., George L., and Sarah (Raley). Alexander H., after his first wife's decease, married a second wife, and their offspring are Isaac N., Reuben W., Mary E. (Ranney), Alexander T., Jesse G., Martha (Douglas), and Luella. In December, 1860, James C. Davis married Melissa, daughter of George W. and Amanda (Thomas) Austin, of Ohio County. She was born June 20, 1845, and died May 30, 1870, and from their union sprang George J., Thomas H. (deceased) and Alexander H.  Mr. Davis was next married, December 30, 1870, to Mrs. Mary, widow of George W. Sanderford, born in 1838, and to them have been born Oma, Gertrude, Judson B., Ophelia, and Finis.  Mr. Davis is a farmer, owing 150 acres of good land in a fine state of cultivation. He is a Mason; has been for thirty years an elder in the United Baptist Church, and in politics a Republican.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ohio County Politics

Ohio County Politics and
Newspaper Announcements

In the nineteenth century, Ohio County citizens were fiercely loyal to their political and community life, as reported in the weekly local county newspapers – The Hartford Republican and The Hartford Herald.

Strong loyalties and rivalries occasionally erupted into bitter strife among its citizens, turning election time into high-spirited, political county-wide feuds, with outbreaks of ill-feeling between town and county voters.  Rival newspapers often put in jokes and poems about the opposing Republican or Democratic party.

In past times, there were periods when county government offices, such as justices of the peace and court officials, made up a self-perpetuating county court; later came the more democratic period when the buying of votes replaced the buying of offices.  Those days may be past, but the tradition of Ohio county loyalties and rivalries remains as strong today as it always has in Kentucky.

Hartford, Ohio County, was settled by 1790 and named Fort Hartford. It was made the seat when Ohio County was formed in 1798. Hartford was incorporated in 1808 and the Hartford Court House post office opened in 1801. The first Ohio County Courthouse was built of logs in 1800. The present 2015 structure, the fourth, was built in 1940.

 Ohio County 1910 courthouse - home to the local court of law.
                               According to Chad Schapmire, the picture was taken in 1910.                                                                                           Shared by Judith Wilson.

Typical newspaper announcements:

M. L. Heavrin Asked to Announce
For State Senator

In view of the long and faithful service and the eminent qualifications and fitness of the Hon. M. L. Heavrin for State Senator, we the undersigned voters of the Fordsville voting precinct, respectfully petition and urge him to allow his name to be presented in the Republican Convention for the nomination of said office and pledge him our hearty support.

We believe the nomination is due him and urge him to grant this, our request.
E. R. James           J. W. Cheek
H. D. Loyd           S. G. Autry
A. T. Gard             Rusaw Bard
M. C. Basham       Alex Wells
J. T. White             Huston Dewitt
W. C. Petty            Nuton Anderson
J. L. Roberts          James E. Hedden
Jas. Morton            W. T. Whittinghill
W. D. Turman        S. G. Dalton
T. C. Aubrey          L. R. Duvall
John Allen              Geo. H. Hedden
Lafe Byers              Ernest Basham
W. C. Petty             F. H. Hedden
           R. J. Williams        S. P. Roby  
           Jno M. Key            John W. Huff
           W. S. Gaines          Buck Owen
           Mitt Withum          Jesse Newton
Joe Hillard              A. J. Harris
Lafe House            G. H. Roberts
Manul Brooks        Jas. A. Boling
J. R. Murphy          O. T. Cobb
J. W. Smith             S. T. Kissinger
Jas. W. Martin        C. C. Brown
A. Shapero              J. W. Burden
Charley Shown       P. B. Martin
Elvis Hines              J. H. Murphy
G. H. Smith             J. H. Lloyd
Ike C. Adair            Andrew Henderson
Warren Craig          Joseph Eskridge
Dock Oiler               Frank Robertson
Frank Hines             C. C. Baird
R. R. Bransford        M. S. Wise
S. O. Keown            George Holts
James Turpen           J. J. Roberts
Tom Dean                Sherman Rusher
E. Hedden                Joe Hedden
Sherd Basham          George Cheak
Geo. W. Roberts       Edwin Forbes
J. W. Hale                 J. A. Wells

Similar petetions were announced for Hon. M. L. Heavrin on behalf of the voters of Rosine, Ceralvo, Rockport and Aetnaville, with names of each petitioner of the voting Precinct...(much too long to print here).

  Source:  The Hartford Republican,
                May 15, 1903, Image 1

A Call and Endorsement for
Sam A. Anderson

          We, the undersigned Republicans of Ohio County, hereby solicit Circuit Court Clerk, S. A. Anderson to make the race for re-election, and we pledge him our hearty support.  We feel that he should have the nomination from the Republican party without opposition, considering the long contest he had with the Democrats after he was elected to office in 1897.

John Duncan             E. M. Kimmel
W. T. Bishop              J. M. Bishop
W. C. Batton              J. E. Bishop
R. W. Smith               H. T. Maddox
Lige Davis      E. T. Allen
J. T. Carter                E. T. Southard

Robt Webb                A. Webb
E. G. Stewart             Gideon Heflin
L. B. Shaver               W.B. Heflin
W. M. Heflin              Felix Shaver
Sam Shaver

Joel H. Roach             E. H. Morgan
C. B. Baughn              G. A. Ralph
H. A. Babbitt              J. L. Roach
J. C. Roach

Lon Thomas              W. C. Leach
G. W. Stewart                        C. V. Christian
Oscar Autry               J. T. Haynes
S. Foster                     J. R. Johnson
Levi Allen                   Jacob S. Ford
Job Arnold                 Norman Camp
W. M. Miller              Emmett Wallace
Robert A. Miller                    Alex Foster
E. D. Ford                  Elbert Ford
T. H. Awtry               W. W. Gatton
L. W. Camp               J. B. Allen
Ed Tabor                   W. H. Burden
Jas. Perguson             Joe Miller
A. C. James                R. L. Boyd
W. P. Miller               G. W. Bond
W. F. Maiden             James M. Miller
W. T. Jamison                       J. A. Arnold
H. Mercer                   J. W. Ford
C. W. Royal               W. M. Combs
Wm. W. Crowder     M. B. Crowder         

W. H. Davis                J. S. Lee
E. Bowers                   W. M. Murphy
O. P. Willis                 J. T. Tucker
                                         Peyton Sullenger           Len Able
                                         Henry Lawrence           Pal Coots
I. P. Wimsatt              J. B. Wedding
Mark Renfrow          Thomas Whittinghill
W. P. Coots                W. V. Midniff
J. T. Cox                    G. W. Russell
A. B. Wedding                       C. L. Armendt
H. C. Crawford         Joe H. Roach
Wesley Hines              M. F. Jones
Thos. F. Johnson                   A. R. Renfrow
J. W. Thomas                        W. H. Renfrow
Claude Renfrow                    Sam Smallwood
R. H. Crawford                     T. F. Crawford
R. F. Bean                  James Wimsatt

G. H. Smith                S. P. Roby
E. W. Johnson                       G. V. Anderson
T. H. Hedden             G. H. Hedden
S. L. Basham             J. T. White
W. C. Hedden                        Jas. E. Hedden
D. F. Hedden             J. W. Cheek
W. C. Beatty              W. T. Whittinghill
A. P. Loyd                  L. R. Dowell
Ernest Basham                      W. D. White
W. T. Wells                S. F. Aubrey
T. C. Aubrey             D. W. Taul
H. C. Petty

A. B. Stanley              C. H. Stanley
S. H. Haws                 T. S. Williams
E. A. Williams                        W. L. Williams
H. S. Haskins             Hiram Taylor
G. W. Benson

                                        Jno. M. Graham           W. J. Graham
A. F. Grahaffi               H. L. Carter
       W. H. Carter                James Carter   
L. W. Camp               J. B. Allen
C. C. Carter          S. W. Carter
Thos. M. Shultz          Thos. B. Shultz
       W. H. Petty          Jas. R. Whitescarver
Geo. Cummings          Andy Cummings
                                        J. T. Moorman             Ed Wright
J. B. Bewley          Jno. P. Johnson
J. P. Berkley          Walter V. Minkift
J. W. Condor               L. N. Askins
C. T. Gulley              W. E. Coppage
A.J. Thompson          A. J. Coppage
J. P. Petty              T. V. Bratcher
W. O. Cole          J. F. Coppage
J. W. Powers          E. R. Powers
                                             Caleb Wright            R. C. Duff
J. B. Foreman          Charles Carter
                                          H. F. Foreman          S. Brown
Owal Sulnar          F. T. Hardison
H. T. Boling          W. S. Sanders
W. F. Crawford          Matthew Duncan
Johnnie Baker          J. H. Maxwell
J. M. Coppage          G. H. Aubrey
                                          J. B. Rummage          W. P. Allen
Moses Coppage

Source:  The Hartford Republican,
                January 16, 1903, Image 3

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For State Senator

  We are authorized to announce Hon. A. S. BENNETT as a candidate for State Senator from the Seventh Senatorial District , subject to the action of the Republican party.

   We are authorized to announce S. L. STEVENS as a candidate for State Senator from the Seventh Senatorial District, subject to the action of the Republican party.

   We are authorized to announce D. BAKER RHOADS as a candidate for State Senator from the Seventh Senatorial District, subject to the action of the Republican party.

Source:  The Hartford Republican,
                May 15, 1903, Image 1

Older Ohio County Courthouse - Seat of Justice

Old Ohio County City Hall – Scene of Municipal Government

Many thanks to Janice Brown for submitting this article.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Catherine Render Borah

WILLIAM J. BORAH, of Dallas county, is a son of Lee and Catherine (Render) Borah, and is of German extraction. His paternal great-grandfather was a native of that country, and came to Amer­ica in Colonial times, settling in the Susquehanna valley of Pennsylvania, where his son, our subject's grandfather, was born. The latter at as early day came by way of Pitts­burgh, and down the Ohio river on flat-boats, and settled in Butler county, Kentucky, when that country was almost a wilderness. For many years he was engaged in rafting and flat-boating between points on the Ohio river and New Orleans, and died at an advanced age in the county of his adoption.  Our subject's father, Lee Borah, was born in Butler county, Kentucky, February 10, 1808, and passed his early years in flat-boating on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. He married Catherine Render, of Ohio county, Kentucky, a daughter of Joshua Render, a pioneer of western Kentucky. On account of his wife's health, Mr. Borah came to Texas in 1856, settling in Dallas county, where he purchased 320 acres of land lying on Grapevine prairie, which was then unimproved. He spent the remainder of his life on that farm, dying in 1877, at the age of sixty-nine years. His wife died at the same place, in 1851, and she and her husband are buried at the Bear creek cemetery, nearby. They were both members of the Baptist Church, and were the parents of six children, all but one of whom reached maturity, viz.: Christopher C., who enlisted in the Confederate army at the open of the war, and died from cold contracted on a forced march at Arkansas Post, during his term of service; the next child, a daugh­ter, died in infancy; William J., the subject  of this sketch; Jane, the wife of A. H. Boyd, a Tax Collector of Tarrant county; Martha A., wife of Thomas Powell, of Grapevine prairie; Rosie A., wife of J. P. Terrill, of Elizabethtown, Denton County, Texas.

William J. Borah, our subject, was born in Butler county, Kentucky, August 27, 1842, and was fourteen years of age when his parents came to Texas. His youth was passed on a farm, and in February, 1862, he enlisted in the Confederate army, in the First Texas Squadron, and saw his first service at Chattanooga, Tennessee. After that battle he was in Gano’s command, and was with General John Morgan in his celebrated raid in Ken­tucky and Ohio, and participated in all the fights, marches, thrilling adventures and wild orgies which characterized that most wonderful military expedition. He was with Mor­gan at the time of his capture, and was near him when he was taken. He was captured with the remainder of the command, and after spending a short time at Indianapolis, Indiana, was taken to Camp Chase, Colum­bus, Ohio, shortly afterward to Camp Douglas, Chicago, and after the expiration of twenty-one months was taken to City Point to be exchanged. They were then paroled under instructions not to go south of the north line of South Carolina, but Mr. Borah went over the line, and, being in the vicinity of his regiment, rejoined it, secured a furlough, and was on his way home at the time of the surrender,

Mr. Borah tells some interesting recollections of the  days when he served under Morgan, as well as of the days when he attempted to make his way back home to Texas without transportation or money. He reached home at the close of the war, wearing one shoe and with one foot tied up in a shirt, from the effects of a frost bite. He paid big last cent, $16 in Confederate money, to get across the river at Shreveport, Louisiana. Again at home and the war over, he settled down to farming on the old homestead, where be has since resided. Mr. Borah has one of the richest and best improved farms on Grapevine prairie, and it is the same his father bought in 1856, and has been in the family since. Al­though it was divided at the death of the father Mr. Borah bought his sisters' interests, and he now owns 292 acres of the original 320 acres, all of which is cultivated. He also owns other land in Tarrant county; ad­joining, and is one of the most successful farmers is the community where he resides. It is a notable fact that there has never been a failure on the Borah homestead since it was first settled in 1856. Mr. Borah has the reputation of being one of the most energetic men in the western part of Dallas county, and everything on his place shows that this reputation is well deserved. He is liberal­-minded and a public-spirited citizen, and lends a helping hand to all deserving purposes.

December 12, 1868, he married Miss Lou Terrill, a daughter of John Terrill, then re­siding at Grapevine, Tarrant county, but originally from Randolph county, Missouri, where Mrs. Borah was born, having come with her parents to Texas when a girl. The wife died August 6, 18--, leaving three children: Lee, May, now Mrs. C. L. Dillon, of this county, and Susie. Mr. Borah afterward married Miss Mary T. Bradley, a native also of Randolph county, Missouri, and a daughter of George W. Bradley, a resident of Taylor county, this State. To this union has been born five children, three of whom still sur­vive, viz.: Jessie, Maud, and De Graff. Mr. and Mrs. Borah are members of the Baptist Church, as were his parents before him, and he also takes an active interest in the moral and educational needs of his neighborhood.

Source: History of Dallas County, Texas

Note:  Catherine (Kate) Render was born 10 February 1814 in Ohio County, the daughter of Joshua Render and Mary (Polly) Jackson. Catherine was the oldest of eleven children. She married Lee Borah 22 June 1822 in Ohio County. She died 15 December 1861 in Tarrant County, Texas and is buried Bear Creek Cemetery, Euless, Tarrant County, Texas.

The Render Family
          The writer has but an indistinct recollection of the head of the Render family in Ohio County. As far back as recollection extends, he sees a large, portly old gentleman (Joshua Render, Sr.) whose head was silvered over with grey, and who rode a fat horse. Joshua, George, and Robert Render were his sons and the early settlers of those once thrifty farms in the vicinity of the Render and McHenry coalmines. All were strict members of the Baptist church and industrious, honest, and peaceable members of society.
            Colonel Joshua Render died at about middle age, leaving a family of children and grandchildren, all of whom, as far as known, are doing well.
            George Render, the oldest son, was a preacher, well accepted where he was known, but spent most of his time on his farm. He preached only at such suitable times as occurred, receiving no pay or salary from the churches. He was a man remarkable for his strength and melody of voice, which was pleasing and enchanting to hear.
            George Renders children, so far as recollected, died early in life. Green and George Render, and Rev. James Austin his only grandchildren rank among our best citizens.
            Robert Render would have been a model citizen in any community; thoroughly modest and unassuming almost to a fault, he was a man of unusual good sense and sound judgment. He was seldom passed by when a juror, road viewer, commissioner, or arbitrator was needed, for his good, practical sense and scrupulous honesty always pointed him out as the best person. He left a long line of descendants, none of whom has ever tarnished the name of so good a man.
Source: Ohio County Kentucky in the Olden Days, by Harrison D. Taylor

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


JOSEPH DANIEL was born in Halifax County, Va., August 1, 1832, and is a son of Royal and Elizabeth (Owen) Daniel, both of whom were natives of Virginia and of English descent. Royal Daniel was educated and married in his native State, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits, the hotel business and merchandising until the spring of 1839, when he removed to Muhlenburgh County, Ky., and bought a farm four miles east of Greenville, upon which he resided for several years. He then removed to Tennessee, remaining only two or three years, when he returned to Muhlenburgh County, where he engaged in farming and teaching until his death, which occurred May 10, 1862, in his sixty-ninth year. Joseph Daniel received a good common school education in youth, and was employed on his father's farm until he was thirty years old, or until his father's death. He continued to farm until 1870, when he came to Rockport, Ohio Co., Ky., where he has been employed at the carpenter's trade, the grocery and saloon business ever since. In January, 1884, he opened a grocery store at Rockport, where he is doing a fair business. Mr. Daniel is as yet unmarried; he belongs to no secret society or church; in politics he is a Republican.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Saturday, August 8, 2015


ROBERT J. DANIEL, Ohio County. One of the leading industries of Kentucky is that of raising, packing and selling tobacco, and among the most extensive dealers in leaf tobacco in the county is Robert J. Daniel, who has been engaged in that business since 1850. His operations have extended throughout the entire State, to New Orleans, New York and during the last fifteen years to Louisville, now the largest tobacco market in the world. He owns a large tobacco warehouse, and is one of the most successful business men of the county. His ancestors came from Virginia, walking from their old homes to the new, bringing their slaves with them. He is the son of George M. and Nancy (Tilford) Daniel, born in Cape Gray, Lincoln Co., Mo., August 29, 1829, but returned when quite young to Cannon County, Tenn., and afterward removed to Ohio County, where he was educated. He was married on the 4th of October, 1857, to Amanda J. Boswell, fifth daughter of Henry Boswell, an old settler of Ohio County. She was born April 24, 1884, and received her education in the same county. They have four children: Ella, wife of Oscar Stevens, a druggist at Beaver Dam; Donnie, Robert Lee, and Freddie. Mr. Daniel's father died in 1880, and his mother in 1883. Mrs. Daniels' father died in 1870, and her mother in 1883. Mr. Daniel has associated with him in business, a brother, U. C. Daniel, who was a member of Company F, Seventeenth Kentucky Federal Infantry; enlisted October 3, 1860, severely wounded and left for dead, but subsequently recovered; was all through the Georgia campaign, in thirty-seven battles and skirmishes. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity; was married February 4, 1866, to Mary C. Austin, by whom he has four children; he was engaged in the mercantile business twelve years before entering into partnership with his brother. Robert J. Daniel was also a brave soldier, and an old line Whig in politics, and voted for Henry Clay; has ever since been a Democrat. He is a most prosperous farmer, owns ten farms of 1,600 acres, as well as one of 500 acres of the very best in the State of Kentucky. His corn yielded fifty bushels to the acre. He also has an extensive business in lumbering, and has a regular trade in stock between Kentucky and Atlanta, Ga. He was in the wholesale grocery business six years at Louisville, and had his residence in that city two years.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  Mr. Daniel died February 1, 1905 in Cromwell, Ohio County, KY. He is buried in the Green River Baptist Church cemetery, Cromwell.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Street Fair - 1903

Ohio County Street Fair
 To Be Held at Hartford
May 15 and 16, 1903

    List of Premiums to Which New Ones
    Are Constantly Being Added

          Here are the rules and regulations governing the fair:


I.    Messrs. Ben Newton, W. P. Render, Sr. and H. B. Taylor, Sr. are invited to attend and act as the Executive Board, and they shall decide all questions that may arise, their decision being final.

II.   The Secretary shall keep a record of all entries, record all votes and guesses and issue his warrant for all premiums.  He shall also assist the Executive Board in counting votes and guesses.

III.  All premiums to remain in the possession of those who gave them until 4 o’clock p.m. of the last day, then to be delivered on the last day.   Then to be delivered on the warrant of the Secretary. 

IV.  Everyone except citizens of Hartford to have full privileges and prerogatives in showing products, voting , guessing and receiving premiums.

V.   No one but a farmer shall act as a member of the executive Board or act as judge of any product or article.

VI.   The Executive Board shall select judges to pass upon the merits of all stock, fowls, products and performances exhibited for premiums.

VII.   No person, stock or product shall be entitled to any premium, that was awarded a premium at the late opening of T. J. Turley & Co. in Hartford, Ky.

VIII.  All entries to be made with the Secretary by 12 o’clock p.m. on Friday, May 15, 1903.

IX.    All entries exhibited to be returned to owners and no executions will be made for articles on account of taking a premium.


   We, the undersigned, agree to give the articles and amounts opposite our names for the purposes indicated by us, same being given in support of a Street Fair entertainment, to be held in Hartford, Ky. on May 15 and 16, 1903, with the understanding that no citizen of Hartford shall participate, either directly or indirectly, in voting, guessing, showing products or receiving premiums.

   As the time draws near for the Street Fair, interest in its success increases and from indications there will be nothing to ask for but room to stand. 

   The Executive Board met last Monday and completed the programme in every detail, and they are putting forth every effort in connection with the business men to make the enterprise a success.  More prizes are likely to be offered, chief among which will be a capital prize by the Hartford Bar, and also a nice premium by the “Court House Ring,” or county officials.

   There are handsome and valuable prizes offered for almost everything the farmers have and as it costs nothing to come or enter products, there is likely to be a very large number of entries in every ring.

Source:  The Hartford Republican
               May 8, 1903, Page 3

     Hartford’s Street Fair
       Large Crowds in Attendance Both
      Days – Premiums Awarded

   As was anticipated the Street Fair here Friday and Saturday was a complete success in every detail.  The crowd Saturday was estimated at 5,000, while less than half that number was here Friday.  The visitors seem to have been entertained in a way eminently satisfactory.

   Below we give a list of premiums awarded and the donors:

Ring No. 1, by Carson & Co. – Best mare and young colt, one sewing machine, $25.  Won by E. E. Brown, Rockport.

Ring No. 2, by John B. Foster, best suckling calf, one barrel best flour, $5.  Won by J. B. Sanderfur, Horton.

Ring No. 3, by Thos. Bros, best cow and calf, one cooking stove, $5.  Won by H. B. Taylor, Sr., Beaver Dam.

Ring No. 4, by Taylor and Lewis, Best gelding, one set of buggy harness.  Won by B. F. Tichenor, Centertown.

Ring No. 5, by Carson Bros, best young colt, one shotgun, $6.  Won by J. W. Rowe, Centertown.

Ring No. 6, Riley’s Meat Shop, Best ewe and lamb, one clock, $5.  Won by John Chinn, Beaver Dam.

Ring No. 7, Commercial Hotel, Largest turkey, five dollars in gold.
Won by Mrs. F. M. Porter, Hartford.

Ring No. 8, by L. F. Woerner, Best hen and chickens, one pair of ladies fine shoes, $3.50.  Won by Mrs. S. J. Hawkins, Hartford.

Ring No. 9, by J. C. Rhoads, Best half-dozen frying chickens, one set of dining chairs, $6.  Won by Albert Rial, Hartford.

Ring No. 10, by Bank of Hartford – Best pair of mules, any age, owned by one man, fifteen dollars in gold.  Won by W. W. Park, Clear Run.

Ring No. 11, by Bank of Hartford—Best horse or mare, any age, ten dollars in gold.  Won by S. D. Myers, Render.

Ring No. 12, by L. T. Barnard—Best mare and suckling mule, saddle, blanket and bridle, $10. Won by Leslie Coombs, Palo.

Ring No. 13, by E. L. Bullington—Best pig 5 months old and under, five dollars in gold.  Won by J. E. Maddox, Rockport.

Ring No. 14, by Cleve Iler—Best boy rider, 10 years and under, boy’s saddle, blanket and bridle, $5.  Won by Ben Kimmel, Ceralvo.

Ring No. 15, by Henry Nall—Best old-time fiddler, saddle, bridle, and spurs, $15.  Won by Jno W. Ashley, Taffy.

Ring No. 16, by A. D. White—Winner in foot race, one bicycle $20.  Won by Wilbur Johnson, Sulphur Springs.

Ring No. 17, by Ohio County Bank—Best double-team in harness, regardless of sex or ownership, ten dollars in gold.  Won by Zeke E. Reid, Smallhouse.

Ring No. 18, by First National Bank—Best yoke of oxen, twenty-five dollars in Gold.  Won by Clarence Patton, Adaburg.

Ring No. 19, by R. L. Tweeden—Best fifty ears of corn, one shovel plow, $5.  Won by Jno Foster, No Creek.

Ring No. 20, by W. M. Hudson—Best mule, ten dollars in gold.  Won by Fox Brown, Wysox.

Ring No. 21, by Yelser and Morrison—Best half-bushel of wheat, one shovel plow, $5.  Won by Jno. Chinn, Beaver Dam.

Ring No. 22, by R. H. Gillespie—Best half-bushel of oats, one set of double-tree and singletrees, $2.50.  Won by Hardin Baird, Hartford.

Ring No. 23, by Lee Chinn—Best 2-year old colt, one set of harness, $15.  Won by L. E. Ward, Hartford.

Ring No. 24, by Wood Tinsley—Best bale of hay, three dollars in gold.  Won by Nat Lindley, Mantanzas.

Ring No. 25, by B. B. Collins—Best string band, ten dollars in gold.
Won by Dundee String Band.

Ring No. 26, by City Restaurant—Winner in sack race, $7.50 to first and 2.50 to second, total $10.  Won by J. M. Hamilton 1st , and G. M. Hoover, 2nd, Hartford.

Ring No. 27, by Fair & Co. –To choir that makes the best music, limited to five selections each, $30 yards all-wool ingrain carpet, $15.  Won by West Point Choir.

By J. H. Williams—Nearest correct guess to number of pills in a pound bottle, one watch, $15.  Won by Wavy Liles, Taylor Mines.  No. of guess, 2,337; No. in jar, 3,339.

By Sam Bach—Best looking man, one suit of clothes, $15.  Won by John Brown, Hartford.

By G. J. Bean—For the finest looking lady over 28 years old and under 45, who has never been married, five silver dollars. No entries.

By R. T. Iler—Best looking widow, one side saddle, blanket and bridle, ten dollars.  Won by Mrs. Addie Broomfield, Jingo.

By J. W. Ford—Prettiest baby 2 years old and under, ten dollars in gold.  Won by Edna Pearl Shown, 1st premium, daughter of Hosea Shown.  Eva M. Moseley and daughter of Robt. Moseley.

By the Economy Dry Goods Store—To the most popular young man, one trunk, 7.50.  The most popular young lady, one ladies’ hat, $7.50. Total $15.  Won by H. M. McCormic, No Creek.  Lady, Miss Lena Miller, Magan.

By T. J. Turley & Co. –Best cake baked by a farmer’s wife or daughter, one silver tea set, $25.  Won by L. P. Turner, Maxwell.

By J. G. Shacklett & Son—To the oldest man, one walking cane, $2.50.  Won by T. L. Allen, Hartford.

By W. S. Tinsley—To the father and mother of the largest family (all to be present), 1 hatchet, 1 brass rule, 1 drawing knife, 1 cold chisel, 1 try square, 1 No. 102 block plane, 1 whetstone, 1 mincing knife, 1 pair 7-1/2-inch shears, 1 dozen table spoons, 1 Delft sauce pan, 1 Delft tea kettle, total $6.  Won by and equally divided between Jos. Thompson, Heflin and J. L. Hicks, Beda.

By C. J. Rhoads—Nearest guess to number of grains of corn in a quart jar, one iron bedstead, $10.  Won by Claude  Moxley, No Creek.  No. of guess, 2020.

By E. Crabtree—Nearest guess to number of seed in a pumpkin, 25 pounds of coffee; to the next nearest, 15 pounds of coffee; to the next nearest, 10 pounds of coffee, total $10.Won by Melvina Williams, 1st; S. P. Rowan 2nd and Lizzie Travis, 3rd.

By Z. Wayne Griffin & Bro.—Nearest guess to quart of mixed grain, a set of dishes, $25.  Won by S. H. Ellis.  No. guessed; number in jar, 5,228.

By Wm. Schlemmer—Nearest guess to number of loaves of bread sold on both days of the fair, one cake, $5.  Won by Clayton Bozarth,  Hartford.  Guessed 409; number sold 410.

To the one that would throw a greased hog over the court house fence, premium offered by R. T. Collins.  Won by L. L. Newcomb, Beda.

By Bean Bros—3 worth of tiling to the largest and smallest man.  Won by C. A. Hudson, Buford, and W. N. Stevens, Hartford.

As a closing event of the Street Fair festivities, a special purse was made up for the best lady dancer.  The prize was $15 in gold--$10 to the best and $5 to the next best dances.  The dancing occurred on the concrete pavement in front of the post office.  Only two ladies danced and they were Misses Bertie Feemster, living Hartford, and Rosa Wilson, living Rosine.  The judges awarded the $10 to Miss Feemster and the $5 to Miss Wilson.

The music for the Street Fair was furnished by the Morgantown Brass Band and was first class.  The lawyers, county officers, doctors and other business men of the town contributed the money ($65) that brought the band.

Source:  The Hartford Republican
               May 22, 1903

Thanks to Janice Brown for furnishing this article.