This information 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 March 2017 issue.
July 1896, the temperature got to 98 degrees by the 30th!!
On August 1st there was a big Bob Taylor Day in Yorkville. (He was a candidate for governor) Over 5,000 people were on the grounds. Plenty to eat and good order. Rice Pierce and Jim McDearmon spoke in forenoon . It was a hot day -- about 100 degrees in the shade!
On August 9th, "Jesse Pierce, one of Dyer County's oldest citizens, the founder of Trimble Station and one of the richest men in the county died. Although a plain and odd man in his dress and habits he was respected by all of his neighbors and acquaintances. (Lynn Willis provided the following related to the above statement: “ According to information found in the Railroad Gazette, of 1874, and the Jackson Sun, of 2014, the Pierce family was a large landowner in northern Dyer County in 1874. When the Paducah and Memphis railroad came through and needed to create a watering stop for its locomotives, and to fulfill a contract obligation to Dyer County, a station was established just inside of the Dyer County line, on what was Pierce-owned property. The Pierce family requested the new stop be named Pierce Station, but the railroad overruled them. A railroad exec named M.R. Hendrix had the “water stop” named Trimble, after P&M Railroad Vice President Lawernce S. Trimble, who was also a Paducah Judge, and had served in Congress from western Kentucky after the Civil War. So, the Pierce family did help set up the community around the depot, and helped found the depot location more than likely, but the railroad company named the depot as they wanted. The Town of Trimble was incorporated in 1904. The death notice of Mr. Pierce was giving him, and the family the honors they deserved. In all rights and following other named stations… Trimble should have been named Pierce, Tennessee.)
Jim Ridens bought 6 head of cattle for $101. 43 . Two days later, August 18th a gentle rain began and the temperature fell 36 degrees in 24 hours!
In September it was politics as usual. A big Democratic rally was held in Newbern. Quincy Wood’s house burned on September 22.
On October 17, 1896 Governor Bob Taylor, candidate for re-election as governor, made a speech in Newbern but "at the railroad, the trains passing and depot business caused such a fuss he had to quit after speaking only a few minutes, and that was to everybody’s regret". Some old dyed-in-the-wool Democrats called them "Republican Trains" and felt that party had been responsible for the earlier assistance given the railroads in the State. Governor Taylor was successful in his campaign and was re-elected Governor of Tennessee. Also elected in November were: Wm. McKinley, President of the United States, Rice A Pierce, U.S. Congressman, W. B. Claiborn, State Senator and J. P. Harris, Representative.
By March· 16th, 1897, the Mississippi River, Obion River, and its tributaries were higher than ever known since the great earthquake of 1812. (This is an indicator that more than just Reelfoot lake was affected. There must have been some stories handed down to validate the river levels during that time. There are records of settlers who lived in this new frontier in 1811-1812.
On April 8, W. E. Copelan, Mayor of Newbern, fell dead in front of Shoffner's store. (Currently we have no records of where this store was located.)