This information is being taken from a book written by Arahwana Hendren Ridens named the Dyer County and Newbern Tennessee, A history of the 39 earliest families in Dyer County. Part of this information was extracted from this publication, along with other documents and related stories and oral family histories. We continue with the entries of the McCorkle Diaries and what was entered about the from his perspective as a Newbern business owner. We pick up from our October 2016 issue.
In March 1892 Will K. House said he was going with his uncle, Azariah House to Nevada . He went but returned later in the year. In April, Jim Hendrix's house burned in Newbern. In October, all roads led to Dyersburg and the big fair. The main attractions were the four thousand pound ox and the woman snake handler. The greatest event of the month, however, was the big Democratic Rally and barbecue held in Dyersburg on October 31st. The highlight of the day was the great hero of democracy, Edward W. Carmack. He was an outstanding speechmaker.
Rutherford, Tennessee honored its most famous hero, Davy Crockett by celebrating his 106th anniversary. But a big rain spoiled all the fun. (This was a celebration of Crockett’s Birthday born August 17th, 1796 and died March 06th 1836 at the age of 40. Crockett relocated to Gibson County just outside Rutherford in 1823. It is very likely that Crockett hunted this area prior to Newbern being settled. One of his greatest congressional speeches was opposing the Native American Removal Act. When the Native Americans were removed it became known as the Trail of Tears. As we know Crockett lost his life at the Alamo in Texas along with over 200 other men. He was thought to be one of the last men killed.)
On May 24th, Westbrook and Radford and two saloons burned. On October 20th, Mrs. M. E. Peacock arrived from Center Point, Texas to make Newbern her home.
By the year 1893 , Newbern had gained a reputation as a big poultry market, which supplemented the incomes of the families during the winter months when no other cash crop was available. In January, during one week, the sale of poultry, corn, wheat, cattle, hogs, and mules amounted to about $30,000 transacted through the Newbern Bank.
Capital stock at Newbern Bank was $100,000 (Equal to 2.5 million in todays dollars) Mr. H. C. Porter was President. M. C. Hamilton was Vice President; J. A. Crenshaw was Assistant cashier; Q. Shumate, Cashier; W. S. Draper, Attorney. Directors were H. C. Porter, M. C. Hamilton, Q. Shumate, H. R. A. McCorkle, John E. McCorkle, B. Cox, B. R. Parks, L. M. Williams and Lewis Glass.
In March Grover Cleveland was inaugurated President of the United States for the second time. Grover Cleveland is the only man to serve two, non-consecutive terms as President of the United States, occupying the Oval Office from 1885 to 1889 and from 1893 to 1897. When leaving the White House on March 4, 1889, Mrs. Frances Cleveland, the erstwhile First Lady, told the staff to keep things as they were, as the Clevelands would be back four years later. She was right.
In April 1893 G. W. Gregory's store burned. There was too much lime and water in the cellar.
On July 4, 1893 the public waterworks began to furnish water for the streets of Newbern. (This was a process of spraying water on the streets to hold down the dust. Newbern still has a provision in the Charter for a watering tax, though it is not collected.)
Next month we will look at one of the largest disasters to hit Newbern.
Wishing all you a great Thanksgiving.