Lawrence County, Mississippi News From the Past

Daily Clarion Ledger
Contributed by Frances Clark Cronin January 26, 2006SEPTEMBER 22, 1940

Lawrence School Will Be Improved

MONTICELLO, Sept 21—-Joseph Dale, editor of the Lawrence County Press, is in receipt of a telegram from Senator Pat Harrison at Washington advising that President Roosevelt had approved WPA project
50032 to improve the school building of the Monticello Special Consolidated school district.  The allotment made was $3,092.00


Southern Journal
Contributed by Deb Haines January 25, 2006

Painful Occurrence.We learn from the Southern Journal, published at Monticello, in this State, that Mr. Andrew Jackson Holliday, and Mary Louisa and Lucy Arrington, daughters of Mrs. Joanna Williams Arrington, of Lawrence County, were drowned in Pearl river on the 15th inst. They had gone to a convivial party,
and in returning the boat in which they had gone was driven by the current against a tree, and broken to pieces. Mr. Holliday perished in attempting to rescue Miss Louisa, Mr. Francis J. Larkin (late of this city) was of the party, and exerted himself to the utmost to save Miss Lucy. He attempted to swim out with her clinging to his waist, and sunk several times, when she separated from him, exclaiming, “we are gone,” and sunk. Mr. Larkin then seized her dress and attempted in vain to raise her, the treacherous garments giving way. All his efforts proving unavailing, he, with difficulty, himself reached the shore. Dr. Arrington, brother to the sisters, was on the shore with a younger sister; having left the boat to lighten it, a short time before the awful catastrophe; he rushed into the water, but soon become chilled and disabled by exertion, and only saved his own life by clinging to a tree.
The same paper also announces the death of Dr. Z. E. Pendleton, of wounds received in an affray with Mr. Edward Englehart. The verdict of the coroners inquest, was that Dr. P. came to his death by wounds afflicted by Mr. Englehart in self defence.

Source: The Guard, Holly Springs, MS, April 6, 1842

The Leader
Contributed by Peggy Palmertree

The Leader Newspaper
Brookhaven, Ms.
March 17, 1909

A phone message of the Leader’s esteemed friend Dr. George A. Robertson announces the death
of 2 aged & respected ladies of Fair River community.   The first was Mrs. Margaret Maxwell,
wife of Simeon Maxwell, who died on Sunday at the advanced age of 80.   The funeral took
place at New Zion–Lawrence Co., Tuesday.
(2nd. death was Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson.  Since she was important to me, I didn’t copy it.) 

The Leader
Contributed by Peggy Palmertree

From the newspaper,  The Leader
Ms., Nov. 22, 1888

On the night of the 15th about 7 p.m., the  Henry Maxwell mill, the oldest was know of, took fires
& was burned down with about 4 bales of seed cotton & great many cotton seed.  Supposed to be the
work of a incendiary.  No insurance. 

The Leader
Contributed by Peggy Palmertree

Leader newspaper March 8, 1877

Personal–Mr. Henry Maxwell, of the county is a rare speciman of Physical manhood.
He is 84 years of age, is hale & heavy,  moves about with the activity of a man of  45, seldom
uses a cane, & can perform as much manuel labor as any man of Lincoln Co.

Unknown date or Newspaper…

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