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 June 2017. We closed with the burning of the State Gazette office on Nov. 22, 1897. buildings burned in Dyersburg.
On March 18th Walker Brothers burned out in Dyersburg and a day later Hudson Brothers burned in Dyersburg.
On July 11th it was so cold "had to put on a heavy coat at noon". Also, Trimble Station hotel block burned.
On September 8th, Newbern was again quarantined against yellow fever as were all the towns south of there.
On November 8th, the "election results were: Governor, Benton McMillan; Congressman, Rice A. Pierce; State Senator, W. E. Bell; Representative J. P. Harris and Floater, Mr. Hutchison.
On the 6th of January 1899 it rained and sleeted all day. The roads were solid mud holes. On February 9th the thermometer plummeted to zero. On the 12th of February it dipped to 8 degrees below zero and snowed and the next day. The temperature f ell all the way to - 14 degrees F. below zero! Stayed that low all day but climbed to 10 above zero the next day. It was a good t ime for all the neighbors to get together for quilting parties and visiting the sick.
On April 29th Boose Pope got one arm torn off and he had other serious wounds when he was hurt by a train in Trimble. He died May 11th.
Corn sold for 30¢ per bushel. Farmers were still taking wheat to the mill to make flour and bran. On May 7th a big crowd went to the church for the foot washing.
May 10th found a case of small pox in Newbern and the following Saturday all the horse swappers and country folks failed to go to Newbern as they were afraid of the small pox. Unseasonably cool weather continued which made it comfortable for farming. They harvested the wheat and then began plowing and cutting clover. Then they began to lay in the corn. It was good weather for farming. In June Mrs. Speight was on her way to visit her son, Bob (Jeff) Speight who was in the buggy with her. They were on their way to Paducah and between Paducah and the state line there was an accident that killed Mrs .Speight. Her son got his arm broken. Many neighbors gathered at Center for the funeral.
When the 4th of July 1899 came around a big celebration was held in Dyersburg with an old time Fiddler's contest. Several from Newbern attended. It was a pleasant summer day.
Mr. McCorkle had set his rat traps and caught 13 rats in a trap at one setting. He was jubilant.
On July 8 a big Sunday School picnic was held at Hollan's Spring. There was a Barn Dance at Rose's Mill. There was also a Barn Dance held near Emmit Cawthon's.
Hugh Thomas Adkins knocked Mat Scott on the head with a stick which caused his death in a few minutes. Hugh Thomas Atkins ran off and got to Carbondale, Illinois before Mr. Dunlap and Mr. Pitt caught up with him and brought him back to Newbern for trial. He was tried and sent to jail for the murder.
Source: Date: Friday, July 14, 1899, Paper: Daily Telegram Adrian, MI Page: 1, Transcribed by: D.Oberst
ADKINS, THOMAS TENNESSEE MURDERER CAUGHT Carbondale, Ills., July 14, - Thomas Adkins, wanted for the murder of Henry Scott in Newbern, Dyer County, Tennessee, was captured here Wednesday by Chief of Police Robertson and turned over to Deputy Sheriffs Pitts and Dunlay, of Dyer county. Adkins killed Scott last Saturday evening with a club during a barbecue. Adkins does not deny the killing.