1923 News from Paris

Judge Matt Grigsby, of Paris, is the owner of a peach which grew directly out of a limb an inch in diameter. There was an absence of leaves as well as a small twig upon which peaches usually grow.

At a recent session the Monroe County Court it was agreed to build a bridge in Paris over a branch on the way to the Fair Grounds, the structure to be 20 feet wide and 60 feet long and cost not to exceed $5,000. the bridge will be completed before the 1924 Monroe County Fair.

Mrs. May Cottingham has been allowed $8,000 from the estate of her father, according to the verdict of a jury. She had sued for $10,000 in payment for caring for her father. She received a verdict of $4,000 in the probate court and appealed the case.

C. Ray Mathews was divorced from his wife, Helen Mathews, who did not appear in court.

Carl H. Brinker, north of Paris, a cigar maker of many years experience here, has rented the Baskett building formerly occupied by the Richmond Studio, and will start a cigar factory. Mr. Brinker plans to open for business by October 1st, but has not decided under what brand name he will sell his product.

A large number of persons of the Strother vicinity gathered with a basket dinner and gave Mr. and Mrs. Zeno Reid a farewell surprise dinner. The Reids are to move to Hannibal soon. Those in the gathering were: Mr. & Mrs. Vern Jelly and family, Byron Wilkerson and family, Mrs. Horace Wilkerson and family, Mr. & Mrs. Miller Dashner and family, Miss Lizzie Hunt, Mrs. George Dowell and son, Mr. & Mrs. Horace Bybee and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. John Turner, Mr. & Mrs. Uel Cline and family, Mr. & Mrs. Verd Gahan and family, Mr. & Mrs. Claud Crow and son, Mrs. Gutherie and daughters, Mr. & Mrs. Dan Rogers and family, Mr. & Mrs. Joe Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. Jack Peake and son, Frank Smith and family, Mr. & Mrs. Mappin Belmer and family, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hurd and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Guy Reid and daughter of Columbia, Mrs. Frank Hanna and family, Miss Margaret McGill, of Chicago, Miss Loretta Bybee, Mrs. Sallie Scobee and daughters.

Tom Gentry and son, Jesse, narrowly escaped a disastrous collision late Sunday afternoon at the Catholic church crossing in Stoutsville, when Jesse, who was driving, turned the car sharply down the side of track just in time to avoid ramming head on to a fast Wabash freight going south. The Gentry car was coming from the south and the freight was not seen by the occupants until the engine had come onto the crossing and only a few feet intervened between it and the car. S. T. Dooley, who was passing along the road, called to Gentry and drew his attention to the freight. In the attempt to avoid crashing into the moving train, the Gentry car was turned down the high, steep embankment at the west of the road but escaped overturning. Dave Noonan of Paris was standing just across the track and witnessed the incident.

W.B. Priest, driving a Chevrolet touring car, ran into a fence at Board Bros. farm, southwest of Paris, last Friday, seriously damaging the radiator, a fender and other parts of the car. Mr. Priest was looking at the rear wheels to see if one of his tires was down when his car swerved to the ditch.

W.B. Priest went to New London Sunday to visit his brother, Judge Henry Priest, who was seriously sick. The brother is 81 years old.

As Roy Key and Mr. Robbins were bringing a barrel of fish from Hannibal last Thursday night to the Key fish fry near Santa Fe, they were held up at New London to see what they had. After finding the barrel contained only fish they were allowed to proceed on home. Key and Robbins won’t say whether the men who held them up were revenue officers or thirsty friends.

Reports from the Monroe County Baptist Association composed of 14 churches state that at a recent revival 23 persons were admitted to the by confession and 25 by letter or previous confessions.

Arthur Davis received $100 damages in a recent term of court from Ora Bradley and J.D. Tully who sold him an unsound mule for $115 which was warranted all right.

A.B. Boomer has been given the privilege by the court of adopting David C. Norman, 26 years of age.

Source: Article from the Monroe County Appeal reprinted in the Perry Enterprise dated September 13, 1923; submitted by MaryBeth Kirtlink.