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Feature Friday – A Bond Dispute?

Feature Friday posts will feature relevant information from a chosen online resource. This month, the database is Google Books.

Wow.  As I was searching Google Books for blog fodder, I found something so extremely relevant it is just plain cool.   No less than 15 minute prior to going over to Google Books, I added this following bullet item from the December 16, 1898 issue of the Roanoke Beacon into the index.

“Mr. C.L. MORTON, the popular Clerk at Walker & Myers mill, has recently been appointed Superintendent to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Capt. BANKS.”

Once in Google Books, I come across an item that mentions the very same C.L. Morton!

The document is called The Southeastern Reporter, Volume 42: Supreme Courts of Appeals of Virginia and West Virginia, and Supreme Courts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia. The text covers from July 26, 1902 – January 17, 1903.

On pg. 334 a case is described whereby there was some dispute over a bond related to the hiring of Morton. Involved in the case are D.O. Brinkley, L.S. Landing, Louis P. Hornthal, and Warren Ambrose; names I have seen very frequently repeated in the Roanoke Beacon. They oversaw the operation of a saw mill in Plymouth.

The case states that “…in December of 1898 [they] employed one C.L. Morton as their general manager and agent of said mill and milling business.”  Yep! This matches the date of the Beacon Flashes notice.

I honestly do not understand exactly what the dispute was about, but if you have a penchant for legalese, check out the description.  I just thought it was so neat that I would find this so soon after reading of Morton’s hire.

Morton by the way had several mentions in the paper prior to this time.  I have previously posted about his marriage to Myrtle Bennett.  In July of 1898, he had a very painful accident

“While Mr. C.L. MORTON was at work with an adz at Walker & Myers’ mills on Thursday of last week, the tool (which is said to be one of the most dangerous used by carpenters) slipped, striking Mr. MORTON on the leg, cutting a gash two inches long and one inch deep. Dr. W.H. WARD was called and dressed the wound and at this writing friend MORTON is getting along well, and we hope he will soon be out again.”

Sounds like that one must have hurt!


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