The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
April 5, 1894, Page 5
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“City Affairs.”

Messrs. Frank and John Stephens, of Cartersville, are in the city to attend the trial of Wilkerson, the man who murdered their brother, the late Free Stephens. –Rome Hustler.


Eighty-Eight Birthday.

Mrs. Sarah A. Stegall Participates in a Family dinner in Her Honor.

Last Saturday was an interesting day at the home of Mr. John P. Stegall, at Emerson. The 28 th of March was the birthday anniversary of Mr. Stegall’s mother and the 29 th that of his daughter, Miss Sallie. He chose, therefore a day as near to these two dates as convenient for a joint birthday dinner.

Mr. Stegall invited a few friends to join the family in the enjoyment of the day and a pleasant little company was formed. Those present besides the family were Col. And Mrs. R. H. Jones, A. M. Franklin, and a Courant American man, from this city, and Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Henderson, of Stilesboro.

The day was a lovely one and was spent most enjoyably. The dinner was a capital spread attesting signally Mrs. Stegall’s skill in culinary matters and her ease of manner and thoughtfulness as a hostess. Mr. Stegall is as genial a man as one wants to meet and manifested this quality eminently on this occasion to all present. He has lived at his present home for twenty-eight years and has an interesting family of four children, two of whom are married. The two single children, Paul, and Miss Sallie, both possess a musical turn, and entertained the guests agreeably with music on the harmonica, an Italian harp and piano. Miss Sallie is quite an artist also and the walls of the home are adorned with capital specimens of her handiwork, both in oil and crayon. She took lessons from Mrs. Gregory, of Atlanta.

Mr. Stegall’s brother, Robert, of Chattanooga, was expected with some, or more, of his interesting family of fifteen children—there are besides, two dead. He was prevented in some way from being on hand.

Gus Franklin and Rashe Henderson kept the guests entertained with reminiscences.

Mrs. Sarah A. Stegall, Mr. Stegall’s mother, is an interesting character. Although eighty-eight years old, she gets about with ease, and is in apparent good health. She has a most remarkable memory recalling accurately names and dates connected with incidents of years back in the past and has every notable passage of scripture at her tongue’s end. She is a Methodist and a consistent Christian. Her husband Emsley Stegall, passed over the river at a ripe old age, November 25 th, 1888.


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