Misc. Articles from the Paris Mercury


April 28, 1916 


Biddy’s Easter Bonnet.  (Mary Margaret McBride)  Speaking of Easter bonnets and East chickens, did you ever see the combination tried out?  No, we are not speaking from a slangy…  Mrs. Trav Darnell of the Oak Ridge vicinity set hens on 180 eggs and has 160 young chickens – a record breaker for Biddy and to make any sort of incubator green with envy.


Thomas B. Moss Dead.  Thomas B. Moss of Little Rock, Arkansas, died in St. Luke’s hospital at Booneville following an operation for gall stones.  He was for many years an inhabitant of Stoutsville and was well known in Monroe county.  He is survived by a wife and daughter at Little Rock and a sister, Mrs. J.P. Dooley, at Stoutsville, and a mother, Mrs. M.A. Moss at Monroe City, besides another sister and brother.


Good Woman Dead.  Mrs. Elizabeth Pike died last Monday at the home of her son, John Pike at Clapper, and the funeral was conducted Wednesday morning from the Holy Rosary church at Monroe City.  A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Pike had live in Monroe County practically all her life.  She is survived by nine of the ten children born to her.  Of these, Mrs. Mary Montgomery, Indian Creek, Mrs. Bede Williams and Mrs. J.S. Montgomery, Monroe City, and John Pike, Clapper, live in Monroe County.  An invalid for some time, Mrs. Pike’s death, while a relief to personal suffering, is a loss to many friends.


In Society.  Miss Vinnie Bassett and Mrs. Ralph Ballou entertained with a large tea Friday afternoon in honor of Miss Bess Settle of Centralia.  Besides the hostesses and guest of honor, the receiving line also included Mrs. Berta Hitner.  At the dining room table, which was beautifully decorated in pink tulips and smilax, with rabbits and chickens in honor of the season.  Mesdames Frank McCann and Thomas Major poured tea.  The girls who served were: Misses Pauline Brayton, Marguerite Geotz, Virginia Newton, Kitty Blakey and Nelle Alexander.  The matrons assisting in the living room included: Mesdames Stella Grimes, Hunter Freeman, Ola Hutchinson, Chris Buerk, Cam Gex and Winfrey Gregory.


Santa Fe Loses Three Old Citizens.


Three of Monroe County’s oldest citizens, all residents of South Fork township, have died within the week.


Ruben Pervis, aged 70, died at that place Monday morning and the remains were buried at Lick Creek church in Ralls county Tuesday.  He is survived by four children and was a man highly esteemed.


Within an hour of Mr. Purvis’s death, Zack Hunt, one of Monroe County’s oldest and best known citizens, died at his home in the same locality.  He was 72 old and is survived by four daughters and two sons, the remains being buried at the Cox burying ground Tuesday.  He was a fine type of man and citizen and will be mourned by a wide citizen and will be mourned by a wide circle of friends.


Thomas Davis, another citizen of that locality, died Sunday and the remains were buried at Santa Fe Monday.  He was a brother of the late J.B. Davis of Paris, a member of one of Monroe county’s oldest families, and a man held in the biggest esteem.  A wife and several children survive him.”