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September 4, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Correspondents

Farmville Herald

Over the decades, there have been many Buckingham County correspondents to The Farmville Herald.

In April of 1932, the following individuals provided “The News of Buckingham” from several communities:

F. R. Moon, Jr. Warminster, Va. County Chairman

CONTRIBUTORS: Mrs. F. S. Spencer, Mrs. H. M. Culbreth, Mrs. Gladys Camden

Sheppards: Mrs. M. J. Cox

Buckingham: Mrs. J. B. Boatwright

Dillwyn: Mrs. W. W. Moore

New Canton: Mrs. Kramer Anderson

Gold Hill: Mrs. W. B. Clarke

Alcoma: Mrs. T. A. Collins

Arvonia: Miss Julia Fuqua

Additionally, from time to time, Miss Lulie Patteson wrote a special feature.

Recognize someone?

Know of others who helped report Buckingham news during the early 20th century?

Please comment.


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  1. Kim Agee / Jan 24 2015 6:44 am

    My grandmother, Isabel Watson reported for Toga.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jan 24 2015 6:46 am

      Kim, Thanks for adding your grandmother’s name to our growing list. Joanne

  2. William Coleman / Sep 5 2014 5:34 am


    This is a very interesting topic. For Enonville, I know of 3 right off the top of my head: Josephine A. Coleman, Katie Dunevant, and Pauline Word. I would be interested in getting the archives of these stories if available. Please keep up the good work.

    By the way, I found the foundation of the Enonville School. I don’t know if you were planning to do a story on it. Something like that could possibly be registered as the remnants of an old building in the national/historic register, couldn’t it? Hope so.

    Thank you, Bill

    • Joanne Yeck / Sep 5 2014 7:54 am

      Bill, Thanks for adding more names to our list of correspondents. About the foundations for Enonville School, I’m not aware of ruins being registered. A post about the school is a future possibility. Joanne

  3. Bill Davidson / Sep 4 2014 8:21 pm

    Mrs. J. B. Boatwright was almost certainly the wife of John Baker Boatwright (John was born about 1881) who was Miss Grace Nalla Jones (her name, per what I see on the internet, anyway).. John Baker Boatwright was a son of one of the several Reuben Boatwrights who were in that family. I suspect that my ggg-grandfather Reuben F. Davidson was named for one of those Reuben Boatwrights, and several clues strongly suggest that Reuben F. Davidson’s mother was a Mary/Mollie Boatwright. I note that typical files on the internet show several known sons for Benoni Boatwright (an ancestor of the various Reuben Boatwrights), but they do not seem to show any known daughters. I would not be too surprised if Mrs. Mary/Mollie (Boatwright???) Davidson was an unknown daughter of Benoni Boatwright. My Davidson family sold land in Cumberland Co., VA to Benoni’s son Daniel Boatwright in the late-1700s.

    • Joanne Yeck / Sep 4 2014 8:28 pm

      Thanks, Bill, Perhaps another reader will know more about Mrs. Boatwright.

  4. Faye Shumaker / Sep 4 2014 10:34 am

    F R Moon Jr ( Russie ) was my cousin and ran F R Moon & Company in Warminster, Va. He frequently was one of the winners in the contest sponsored by the Herald and made several trips to New York City.

    • Joanne Yeck / Sep 4 2014 11:47 am

      Faye, Many thanks for the information about “Russie” Moon. Can you tell us more about the contests? Were these writing contests? Was a trip to New York City the prize? Thanks! Joanne

      • Faye Shumaker / Sep 4 2014 11:54 am

        It was based on how many subscriptions a person sold. It was always a big competition in Buckingham and another frequent winner was Genevieve Agee who was also a correspondent. I can remember seeing pictures each year ( in the 50’s) of the group standing beside the bus.

  5. Fran Harris-Hill / Sep 4 2014 10:32 am

    In the early 1950s, my Mom was a Buckingham County correspondent to The Farmville Herald for the Chestnut Grove community in Buckingham. I have a scrapbook she made of articles during that time and plan to give it to the Housewright Museum so others can gain information about family members. It has many wedding and death announcements and I have used it for information on my own family. It covers the late 40s and early 50s.

    • Joanne Yeck / Sep 4 2014 11:41 am

      Fran, Thanks for your addition. What name did your mother write under?

      • Fran Harris-Hill / Sep 4 2014 8:05 pm

        It was Mrs. H. F. Harris (Hal Flood Harris-my Dad) and many times noted “of Appomattox”. Our mailing address was Appomattox, VA.

  6. Patty Montgomery / Sep 4 2014 9:42 am

    Mrs. Kramer (Marie) Anderson was my 5th grade teacher in 1954 and went to my church (Mt Zion Baptist)

    • Joanne Yeck / Sep 4 2014 9:45 am

      Patty, did you know that Marie Anderson contributed to the newspaper? Thanks for your comment!

  7. Joanne Yeck / Sep 4 2014 9:28 am

    Harry, Many thanks for this portrait of Mrs. H.M. Culbreth!

  8. Harry Stuart Holman / Sep 4 2014 9:22 am

    Dear Reader,

    I am pleased to see that among the contributors to the Farmville Herald from Buckingham was Mrs. H. C. Culbreth. For the older readers she was Mrs. Culbreth of Dillwyn, who lived on the side street across from the Methodist Church. Her home had been once “The Old Dominion,” a hotel of some note early in the last century, established by her in 1903. She lived in Dillwyn until 1956, when she moved to Charlottesville. Mrs. Culbreth was originally Henrietta Moseley Hooper– Dolly Hooper of Arcanum–two miles west of Willis Mt. She was the fifth child born to Powell and Willie Ann Holman Hooper of “Hooper’s Mt.” She was born there in March of 1881 and was educated at Cartersville Academy. She became a stenographer for Mr. White in the days when Dillwyn was a “new spot” on the map. She married Mr. Harry Culbreth–a Maryland native and food broker–about 1903. She had three children: Harry of Bethesda, Maryland, Jim of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Mrs. Frances Deane of Charlottesville.

    This contributor was her grand-nephew–a grandson of her sister, Ellie Hooper Holman.

    Harry Stuart Holman


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