Geneva Citizen
Newspaper Abstracts


Submitted NOV 2005 by Susan O'Keefe.

Geneva Citizen newspaper

January 1, 1895 – “R.M. Gray, Register in Chancery is a man of sterling qualities, reliable and a man of the people.”

March 6, 1895 – “J. J. Johnson is on a business trip to Pensacola carrying Miss Alto Johnson to DeFuniak who will pass several days at the Chautiuqua.”

March 20, 1895 – “Geneva was pretty well represented at the Chautiuqua last week. Among those who attended were Messrs. Angus McKinnon, Emerson Laird, accompanied by Mrs. W.D. McKinnon, Miss Ida Green and Miss Sweet Foster. Of course in such company, pleasure ruled the hour.”

“Ask Angus McKinnon why he wanted to cut his pants off at the knees.”

April 10, 1895 – “Go to George Leigh’s for hats, shoes, crockery. Tin ware at cost.”

April 17, 1895 – “Mr. J.J. Johnson having completed his beautiful brick row, has got about with characteristic energy to erect a large and substantial brick store room as an addition to his block.”

“A. M. McKinnon is making preparations for a two-story brick building of elegant design and finish.”

May 29, 1895 – “It is a rumor that Miss Nellie Leigh will teach the primary school formerly taught by Miss Ida Greene.”

“The roof of Mr. Johnson’s warehouse, the jail, the courthouse and several other buildings have been dressed in a fine coat of paint.”

June 26, 1895 – “Miss Tessa Latimer is at DeFuniak, the guest of Miss Plank.”

“A.M. McKinnon is now burning a kiln of brick and a few weeks more will witness the completion of his building also.”

“Mr. Charles Lake has the contract for the new building to be erected for Mr. W. J. Keith.”

“A Day of the Masonic Brethren – Orator of the day was the Hon. John L. McKinnon of DeFuniak, father of our young friend, Luther McKinnon who introduced and delivered a most admirable address, rich in thought and delivered in eloquent and attractive language and style.”

July 3, 1895 – “Miss Ida Greene has returned from a week of rest and relaxation at Chipley, Fla. From the arduous duties of the school room.”

July 3, 1895 – “Mr. McKinnon informs us that he will have the Pea River bridge finished by next Wednesday or Thursday of this week unless high water shall prevail.”

July 10, 1895 – “Pea River Bridge has been completed.”

July 17, 1895 – “Commissioner’s appointment, G.Y. Malone and R.M. Gray to examine claims of Confederate Soldiers and their widows who may need the pittance granted them as a pension.”

July 17, 1895 – “The little folks at the comfortable home of Mr. A.D. McKinnon and neighbors had a good time on Saturday, the occasion being the birthday of Mr. Tommy Laney. The guests were: Misses Annie Keith, Louis Milligan, Blanche Greene, Miss Clyde McKinnon, Kathleen and Cleo McKinnon, Juanita Latimer, attended by the following train bearers: Masters A.D. McKinnon, Tommy Laney, Gray McKinnon, and Ed Greene. The young ladies and gents acquainted themselves handsomely, displaying excellent appetites, and living appreciation of the elegant menu presented on the occasion.”

July 21, 1895 – “I have a good brood mare and a colt for sale.” – R.M. Gray.

July 28, 1895 – “Misses Aggie Reynolds and Minnie Leigh, two of our clever ladies, draw wonderfully well for the limited lessons in art taken by them.”

July 28, 1895 – “Captain and Mrs. Stephen Cawthon of Chipley, Fla. Are visiting the family of A.D. McKinnon and other relatives in town.”

August 21, 1895 – “Mr. and Mrs. George Leigh have returned from their visit to friends and relatives at Evergreen and Brewton.”

Geneva County Reaper newspaper

September 28, 1895 – “Little Gray McKinnon has been very sick for the past week.”

“We have been informed that Mr. Tom R. Keith will leave for Texas about October the first to reside permanently.”

November 16, 1895 – “ Messers Frank and Walter Laird, Sidney Latimer and H.M. Cooper are in Atlanta.”

“The popular Miss Jennie Jenkins tendered some of her many lady friends a reception Thursday and candy pulling was the order of the evening.”

November 23, 1895 – “Miss Tessa Latimer, who has been visiting friends in Dothan, returned home Wednesday.”

December 7, 1895 – “The Geneva Brick Yard turns out an average of 15,000 bricks a day. It is one of Geneva’s principal and best industries. – owner A.M. McKinnon.”

“The wife of Dr. M.F. Fleming has been very sick for the past several days. We are glad to note she is improving.”

January 4, 1896 – “Wallace McKinnon has returned from a delightful trip to the Exposition.”

“We welcome Rev. Dannely among us and hope that his coming will result in much good begin done to the people of Geneva. We know the Reverend gentleman and can surely say that he is a man of worth and integrity, full of vim and energy and worthy of support in every movement for the good of the people.”

“After a pleasant visit to relatives and the Exposition in Atlanta, W.D. McKinnon returned last week accompanied by his sister-in-law Mrs. Egbert Beall who will spent some time with her sister Rebecca at their home on Commerce Street.”

January 11, 1896 – “Leap Year quotes from Geneva singles:
Luther McKinnon – “If you deny me, tie upon your law.”
Angus McKinnon – “I love the mystery of a female mind.”
Sidney Latimer – “Methinks I feel this younths’ perfection, steal with an invisible and subtle stealth.”

February 7, 1896 – “ Adelphia Literary Club Leap Year program included Sidney Latimer, Miss Tessa Latimer, Luther McKinnon and Miss Johnnie Slaughter to name a few.”

April 22, 1896 – “Mrs. R.M. Gray has returned home after a pleasant visit with relatives and friends in LaGrange and Atlanta, Georgia.”

“Angus McKinnon with Mrs. Laney’s children and Miss Gillis are enjoying the invigorating waters of Turner Springs.”

“Miss May McKinnon of Marianna, Fla. visited relatives.”

April 25, 1896 – “Mrs. Rebecca McKinnon left for Pensacola on Monday for an indefinite stay to her brother Paul Gray, Esq. She carried her daughter Clyde and son Gray with her.”

May 30, 1896 – “Dr. B.A. Latimer and family are in town. Miss Katie Keith has also returned. Master Albert Latimer has returned from a visit with his brother. Mr. John Keith has returned from St. Andrews (Florida).”

June 13, 1896 – “Albert Latimer visiting brother in Martha.”

“Miss Stephens is visiting the family of Rev. Dannelly.

“Miss Nellie Leigh left Thursday for Coffee Springs where she goes to teach school.”

“Miss Donie Dannelly of Camden, Alabama who has been visiting the family of her brother Rev. Dannelly of this place left for home last Wednesday.”

“G.W. Dannelly of Dead Lake, Fla. Who was struck with an axe some time ago died from the effects of the blow this week. His assailant we understand is still at large.”

September 3, 1896 – “R.M. Gray is very sick.”

September 21, 1899 – “J. R. Keith Grocer ran it’s first advertisement in this newspaper.”

December 7, 1899 – “Mrs. Luther McKinnon of Pensacola is visiting her sister, Mrs. Charles Keith of Geneva.”

January 4, 1900 – “On last Monday, Mr. W.J. Keith, Sr. and wife transferred to Messrs. Graves, Morris, and Co. 2,240 acres of land in Geneva County. The consideration was $4.00 per acre, one-half cash. This is the largest transfer of real estate that has taken place in Geneva County in many years and the deal compromises some of the finest timber land in this section of the state.”

January 25, 1900 – “In the election of Mayor pro temp W.J. Keith, Sr. was the unanimous choice of the council. J. R. Keith is the new town marshal.

April 26, 1900 – “Mr. D.O. Vaughan and Miss Katie Leigh married Wednesday morning, April 25th at the residence of the bride.”

December 20, 1900 – “Representative W.J. Keith, Sr. returned home from Montgomery last night to spend the holiday recess of the legislature with his family.”

January 3, 1901 – “Albert Latimer left town for Troy to visit relatives. B. McKinnon spent an entertaining Christmas with old friends.”

January 3, 1901 – “Captain H. T. Slaughter of Madison County, Texas was shot and instantly killed at that place on December 7, 1900. The man’s name was Seth Duncan. The attack was unprovoked and no reason was assigned to the act. Capt. Slaughter formerly lived in Alabama was the father of Mrs. C.R. Keith, Mrs. Luther McKinnon and Mrs. Albert Slaughter, all of Geneva.” (reported in the Geneva Journal newspaper Dec. 20, 1900)

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December 20, 1900 – “Henry T. Slaughter was murdered in robbery attempt, leaving wife Celestia Slaughter a widow.”


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