News from The Cartersville Express

The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
March 24, 1870, page 2
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Grave Yards.

Mr. Editor—From what was stated last week in the Express, I suppose the Town Council have procured grounds for a public cemetery, and have commenced work thereon.

I see that it includes the ground known as the Methodist grave-yard.

Last year, my Sabbath School Class of young ladies, solicited a subscription to enclose, clear off and other wise improve both the Methodist and Baptist grave-yards.

They obtained a subscription of $230.00, of which, the amount of $46 was paid in cash.

This being so small a sum for so extensive a work, I gave notice for all persons, so disposed, to meet and clear off the grave-yards, which would leave the funds subscribed, to pay for fencing, &c.  Three different days were appointed, and all the clearing off done except about one day’s work on the Methodist grave-yard.  It was reported that the Council would take charge of the whole matter, so we quit our efforts to await their action.

In the mean time, I loaned Dr. W. L. Kirkpatrick the $46, that it might not be idle.

A short time since, I learned that the Council had indeed taken charge of the grave-yard business, so I collected of Dr. Kirkpatrick, the $46 and also $7 interest on the amount.

As the Sabbath School Class had been so kind and used so much energy in the matter, notwithstanding the protestations of many timid and inhuman individuals, I thought proper to purchase five Bible Dictionaries for them, with the seven dollars interest.  As the Council have taken charge of the Methodist grave-yard, it leaves the Baptist only, to be fenced, out of the funds subscribed.

As half the work has been taken charge of by the Council, we will not insist on but half the amounts subscribed, yet would be pleased to have all, if parties subscribing feel disposed to pay all.

Those who paid cash, can receive back one half the amount paid, if they request it, but we will be thankful if they will permit us to use all, as the amounts were very small.

We wish now to let the contract for building the fence around the Baptist grave-yard.  When the work is done a statement will be published of the whole matter.
We believe that the statement made at the outset, will now be fully realized by all those who have participated in the matter, that they would feel glad that they had lent an assisting hand.

By continually agitating the question, it appears that the Council have thought proper to lay out and keep up a public Cemetery, which is the very thing we desired, but could not accomplish before.

We feel very thankful and grateful, that they have taken charge of the subject, as it properly belongs to them.

Thos. M. Compton.
March 22d, 1870.


Page 3.

Pine-Log District.

We paid a hasty visit to this portion of our county, on Saturday last, and was much rejoiced to witness the evidences of thrift we saw on every hand.  We spent Friday night with our old friend, A. J. Weems, who owns a fine section of land, and lives bountifully.  He informed us that he had about 100 acres of land seeded down in clover and the grasses—keeps improved stock, and they all look fat and sleek.  No community can boast of a better citizen than A. J. Weems.  The next place we visited was Possum Trot, familiarly known as “the Trot.”  It is a small village of 30 or 40 inhabitants, store, wood and smith shops, Post-office and a splendid mixed school, under the supervision of the Masonic fraternity, taught by Rev. J. M. Brittain.—It is a very healthy locality, and the school is in a very flourishing condition.  Mr. B. is a ripe scholar, experienced teacher, and Christian gentleman.

From “The Trot” we went to old Pine Log M. E. church, where now sleeps the dust of old father Henderson and his wife, side by side, besides many other old citizens of the District.  The Church is a large one, numbering over 200 members, under the charge of rev. R. H. Jones, in whose company we were traveling.  At this point, before the war, was located a Camp-Ground, the last vestige of which is now gone.  As we viewed the spot, once covered by the arbour, we wondered to ourself to how many souls was that sweet spot of earth recorded in their memory, by reason of what the good Lord had done for them in days gone by.  From there we went to Sunshine M. E. Church four miles above near the edge of Gordon County; all along the route, we were much pleased to look at the beautiful valley and creek bottom farms that spread out on either hand.  The lovely meadows, and beautiful grass and clover fields, together with the clear, limpid mountain streams of water, gave the country a picturesque appearance.  The towering ridges, although too rugged for cultivation, afford the finest range for stock.  Sheep raising here is being made very profitable, and no telling to what extent it can and will be carried.  We were surprised to see so much clover and grass lands.  Fine fruit trees, &c. As we returned home we came down the valley through which the Tennessee Road runs, and our hearts throbbed with emotions of commingled joy and pride, as we looked out upon the magnificent plantations that spread out both sides of the road from Fairmount to Cartersville, a distance of 21 miles.  We think we can truthfully say that it cannot be surpassed in the South.—The lands are generally well prepared for the reception of the seed, which will soon be deposited there, and Providence smiling we may expect to hear a good report from along that line next autumn.  We always did think we had the garden spot of Creation in Bartow County, and every trip we make into the country confirms us the more in the opinion.



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