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 thi s p ublication, along with other documents and related stories and oral family histories. We continue with the entries of the McCorkle Diaries and wh at was entered about the from his perspective as a Newbern business owner. We pick up from our Aug 2017. We closed with the capture of a felon.
There was a lot of sickness around the community in July of 1899. One of the churches in town was to have a protracted meeting. However the minster took ill as well as several in the community. The meeting was postponed. (A protracted meeting is similar to a modern day church revival or camp meeting. The difference is that one or more ministers may preach and they were very charismatic in nature. The preachers came with one intent, to save and baptize every lost soul in town. They were loud, blunt and did not mind pointing fingers and calling names. The meetings would normally be scheduled for 3 to 5 nights. Based on the “enthusiasm” and number of attendees, some meetings were known to last as long as 7 to 10 nights with hundreds in attendance.)
July was a long dry month. The month of August was very hot with temperatures reaching 96 some days. Flies almost tormented the life out of the horses and cows.
On August 19th, Bob Dozier fell off a wagon load of wood and the wagon rolled over him. He got better after that but he died on May 03, 1900. Later in the month, lightening struck an oak treed and killed Jim Pace near Ms. John D. Light’s house.
Arriving to visit the McCorkle family were Mrs. M. E. Peacock and her three year old granddaughter, Mary Margaret Murry.
In September Jordan McCorkle, (a young black man) visited the McCorkles . Mr. McCorkle said "I raised him from a one year ol d up to nearly manhood. He lives now and has for many years at Trimble, Tennessee.
September 30th, Mrs. Joe (Pattie) Murry of Texas arrived in Newbern for a visit with the McCorkle's. She stayed until October 17th when she returned to San Antonio, Texas.
October 2 Mr. McCorkle bought Allen (Tobe) Scott's farm of 51 acres and 132 poles for $1535. On October 30th: Just homefolks here for the first time in 3 months.
On November 4, 1899 there were two fires in Newbern. One was the residence of Asa Dickey occupied by T. S. Buchanan and the other a local corn - sheller. Both Mr. Dickey and Mr. Buchanan had some insurance but none for the corn-sheller.
Charlie C. Davson, Sheriff spent the night with the McCorkles. On November 21 , there was an election of town officials for Newbern. Elected were H. J. Swindler was elected Mayor; John W. Prichard, Recorder; John W. Willis, Marshall; The Alderme n elected were: H. C. Porter, J. W. Ridens, W. F. Milan, J. S. Radford, E. O. Cherry and G. L. Williams . Ed Biggons was elect ed Superintendent of the Poor House and J. C. Balthrop was elected the physician for the Poor House. (Often the poorhouse was situated on the grounds of a poor farm on which able - bodied residents were required to work; such farms were common in the in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A poorhouse could even be part of a prison farm and other penal institutions. Poor farms were county - or town - run residences where paupers, mainly elderly and disabled people, were supported at public expense. The farms declined in use after the Social Security Act took effect in 1935, with most disappearing completely by about 1950. Most pour houses or pour farms produced at least some of the produce, grain, and livestock they consumed. Residents were expected to provide labor to the extent that their health would allow, both in the fields and in providing housekeeping and care for othe r residents. Rules were strict and accommodations very minimal.)We do not know where Newbern’s was located at this time.
Visitors in the McCorkle home during November were Mrs. C. W. (Bet) Hall, Edwin Reeves and wife, Jennett Jones, Miss Eva Hunt, Miss Annie Binkley, Madams ZelIa Hensley, Mamie Sherrill and A. J. McCorkle.
In December, Lotie (Blythe) Hill died at Battle Creek, Michigan. She was Richard Locke's step daughter. She leaves a husband a two small children.
Next Month we will begin a new century in the Town of Newbern - 1900.