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December 19, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

1896: News From Ransons

Slate River Mills. Courtesy Historic Buckingham.

In 1896, the Appomattox and Buckingham Times printed correspondence from a regular contributor “Artificer.”

Ransons Items.

Mr. Benj. Spencer and Miss Carrie File, were married on Wednesday, Nov. 25th, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ashton File, near this place, by Rev. Joel T. Tucker, of Richmond, Va., the uncle of the bride. Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Spencer left their home near Slate River Mills in this county accompanied by a number of friends and relatives and the best wishes of all present for the future happiness.

Mr. Eddie L. Roberts died on the 25th inst, after not quite two weeks of illness and was buried Friday after noon, at the home of his mother near Garrett. Mr. Roberts was a son of the late William H. Roberts and was about 35 years old. He leaves besides a widowed mother, three sisters and two brothers. We tender to the bereaved our deepest sympathy. How often we are reminded of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death.

Mrs. Eldridge, widow of the late D. Walker Eldridge, living near this place, at the misfortune to lose by fire her barn together with a valuable horse and a large quantity of food, a few weeks ago. The horse was gotten out, but was so badly burned that it died soon. The fire occurred about 1 o’clock in the day. And it is said was caused by someone going in the barn smoking.

Many of the colored laborers are leaving this community to work in the coal mines in West Virginia.

Nov. 28th, 1896.  ARTIFICER.

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