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Bay Briefs (10 Feb 1899)

From the Roanoke Beacon:

  • Mr. Ben Hassell left this week for Norfolk on Business
  • Capt. John Thomas made a busines trip to E. City last week.
  • Mr. Will McRoughton has been spending a few days with his parentsys with his parents at Bay.
  • Miss Minnie Owens, who has been the guest of her cousin, Miss Bertie Owens, for several weeks, returned to her home in Currituck, last week.
  • Our popular and charming young friend, Mr. Tommy L. Swain, gave us a pleasant call this week.  He comes over to teach one of our public schools, and we feel sure he will make a very successful teacher, as he is universally esteemed wherever he is known.
  • Essie Wynne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Wynne, departed this life at their home at Bay, Jan. 28th, after a long and painful illness, aged three years and six months.  She was a child of remarkable brightness, and was loved and petted by all who knew her.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Moses, and the remains were laid to rest in Albemarle cemetery on Monday at eleven.  The family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.

A Serious Cutting Affray

Roanoke Beacon
23 Sep 1898

On Saturday morning last Mr. Edgar JACKSON, conductor on the Pinetown train, and Mr. Henry WYNNE, an employee of the road, became involved in a dispute which led to blows. JACKSON struck WYNNE with a bottle, inflicting an ugly wound on the head, and WYNNE used a knife, freely cutting JACKSON through the abdomen, across the throat and over the heart.

Dr. S. HASSELL was summoned to the scene, ten miles up the road, but when he arrived Dr. J.M. MCCARTY who happened to be near, had sewed up the wounds and rendered necessary attention which saved JACKSON’s life, for if he had not been treated before Dr. HASSELL could have reached him he would have died from loss of blood.

Though the wounds came near being fatal, Mr. JACKSON is getting along nicely. Mr. WYNNE came to Plymouth to give himself up, but failed to find an officer, so he went his way until Sunday when he surrendered to Sheriff PHELPS and gave bond for his appearance at court.

Foot Pierced by a Nail

Roanoke Beacon
19 Aug 1898

While walking across the yard on Sunday morning last, Miss Mary Midgett stepped on a nail which stuck through her shoe and pierced her foot, passign through the fleshy part, between the instep and ball, making an ugly and painful wound. Dr. S. Hassell was summoned and rendered necessary medical attention, and at this writing we are pleased to say Miss Midgett is getting along nicely. The Dr. says that if the nail had pierced the foot a quarter of an inch nearer the ball, the chances are that death from lock-jaw would have been the result.

Commissioner’s Proceedings – 12 Aug 1898

Roanoke Beacon – 12 Aug 1898

Commissioner’s Proceedings – At a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Washington County held August 1st 1898, with all members present, the following proceedings were had:

  • minutes of the last meeting were read and approved
  • ordered that the names of T.N. Gray and H.O. Gray be inserted as Road Contractors with Frank Gray
  • ordered that Samuel Wilson be allowed one half ration per month until further orders
  • ordered that Thadeus Lamb be allowed one full ration per month until further orders
  • ordered that Geo. Rhodes be allowed one half ration per month until further orders
  • ordered that Charles Hassell be released of poll tax until further orders on account of bodily infirmity
  • ordered that Frank Gray be allowed the sum of $30.00 for furnishing nails, hauling lumber, labor of self and amount paid hands repairing Conoby bridge
  • ordered that Walker & Myers be allowed the sum of $8.7 for lumber furnished for Conoby bridge
  • ordered that Jno. L. Phelps, Sheriff, be allowed the sum of $24.15 for 2 days service and expenses incurred in covering S.A. Craddock to insane asylum at Raleigh, and board and turnkeys for Anderson Leigh
  • ordered that W.H. Hampton be allowed the sum of $22.51 for supplies furnished to the poor house and outside poor for July
  • ordered that J.P. Hillard be allowed the sum of $1.73 for preparing papers in lunacy case of S.A. Craddock
  • ordered that J.A. Harrison be allowed the sum of $12.08 for one month service as keeper of poor house, making 5 garments and amount paid Hasty Garrett for 5 weeks washing at poor house
  • ordered that Rufus Swain be allowed the sum of $8.40 for one days service as county commissioner and mileage, one months service as acting warden to the poor and for provisions furnished to Joseph Elliott for the months of May, June and July 1898
  • ordered that the Roanoke Beacon be allowed the sum of $3.00 for publishing the proceedings of the Board for July
  • ordered that F.M. Bunch be allowed the sum of $5.25 for one days service as county commissioner, one months service assistant warden to the poor, services hiring out jail prisoners, collection costs, etc.
  • ordered that N.M. Ambrose be allowed the sum of $4.80 for one days service as county commissioner and mileage
  • ordered that F.L.W. Cahoon, Sheriff of Tyrrell county, be allowed the sum of $4.70 for conveying Anderson Leigh form Columbia to Plymouth jail, turnkeys, board, etc, for said Leigh
  • Board adjourned to meet the 1st Monday in September 1898

W.H. Stubbs, Clerk

Cupid’s Capers

Roanoke Beacon – 22 Jul 1898

Cupid’s Capers — The M.E. Church at Roper was the scene of a pretty marriage last night at 8 o’clock, the contracting parties being Mr. W.B. Jones, a popular salesman of that town, and Miss Florida Spruill, one of Washington county’s most lovable young ladies.  The attendants were: Miss Alice Cahoon with Mr. Johnnie Hassell,  Miss Bessie Brown with Mr. Clem Chesson; Maid of Honor, Miss Eloise Johnston; Best Man, Mr. Jas. Spruill.  The wedding march was played by Mrs. J.T. Lewis.

After the ceremony the bridal party, with a few invited friends,  repaired to the home of the bride’s parents, where a reception was held until 11 o’clock.  Our best wishes are extended to the happy couple.

In New Quarters

Roanoke Beacon
1 Jul 1898

In New Quarters

Mr. J.W. BRYAN and Dr. HASSELL moved into their new quarters yesterday. This new drugstore is roomy and well arranged. In the rear, Mr. BRYAN has an office, and Dr. HASSELL has a reception room and private office, something he has long needed.

Mess. BROTHERS & BROOKS, the furniture men, also moved back to their old stand yesterday (the old is now new) and when they get their stock in place they will have one of the neatest furniture stores in the South.

Creswell Letter – 10 Jan 1890

Creswell Letter
January 10, 1890
pg. 2

Editor Roanoke Beacon

  • Our village was again enlivened last evening by a brilliant party at Capt. B. F. Spruill’s, with Miss Mattie Ludford and Mr. W. D. Holmes as managers. Our town was well represented, and everything passed off pleasantly.
  • Messrs. Sikes and Holmes left this a.m., for Middleton, Conn.
  • Bishop Watson preached to a large and appreciated audience, at St. David’s church (near here,) last Sunday, from the text, “Not every one that sayeth unto the Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Father who art in Heaven.” The sermon was simply grand. Three persons were confirmed during the services, viz: John J. Rowe, George Burgess and Miss Allie Hassell; and one baptized, viz: Miss Matilda Spruill, of Tyrrell county, daughter of Noah Spruill.
  • Mr. McCleese, of Pamlico county, who is a brother-in-law to Dr. J. L. Hassell, of this place, be in our midst. We learn that he came over to look at a farm near here, with a view to purchasing and locating. We hope he purchased, as we would gladly welcome such worthy men in our section.
  • Mr. Alfred Moore (an old gentleman who lives in Tyrrell county, 4 miles from here) was stricken with paralysis yesterday and is in critical condition with scarcely any hopes of recovery, so is physician says.
  • Mr. Henry T. Hassell of our place is the happy father of another “bouncing” boy, aged about 3 weeks.