Political News Items from Local Newspapers

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, June 4, 1874.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 To The Citizens of Charlotte.
The undersigned desires to announce himself as a candidate for the office of the CLERK OF THE COURTS for the county of Charlotte.  His past experience and thorough acquaintance with the duties of the office, will he trusts, entitle him to the suffrages of his fellow citizens.  If elected, he pledges himself to the faithful discharge of the duties of the office.
WM. Smith
Clerk County Courts


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, June 4, 1874.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 CLERKS OFFICE, CHARLOTTE CO.
May 7, 1874 
To my fellow citizens of Charlotte County:
I hereby announce myself a candidate for position to the office of CLERK of the Circuit and County Courts of Charlotte County at the approaching election in next November.  I have endeavored to serve you faithfully in every position to which duty has called me, and in the future, should I be re-elected.  I promise the prompt and faithful discharge of the duties of the office.
Thanking you for the support which you have heretofore given me, I remain
Your obedient servant,
H.A. Carrington


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA, Thursday, July 5, 1894.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 DELEGATES TO THE SIXTH DISTRICT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION
Precinct meetings were held on Saturday, June 30th, for the choice of Delegates to the 6th Dist. Dem. Convention to be held at Roanoke, August 15th.  
The following delegates were chosen:
Scott's Store - F.B. Watkins
Courthouse - T.W. Scott
Smith's Tavern - J.E. Robertson
Aspenwall - H.C. Rice, S.D. Morton
Harvey's Store - Wm. T. Pugh, Wm. C. Carwiles Priddy's Store - C.C. Paris, C.E. Bouldin Keysville - C.A. Osborne, T.E. Gregory Clements - W.H. Crafton Wylliesburg - T.Z. Morgan Red Oak Grove - A.J. Atkins Delegate at Large - Jas. C. Watkins


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA, Thursday, July 19, 1894.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 HUGH, VA., JULY 13, 1894
Editor of Gazette:
Dear Sir: - In your paper of the 5th inst., you report A.J. Atkins as a delegate from Red Oak Grove to Dem. Cong. Convention.  There was no Democratic meeting held at this precinct, but the People's Party held a meeting, which Mr. Atkins attended, and stately publicly that election frauds and a thorough conviction that the Democratic party no longer represent the interest of the people, force him to leave the party, and in the future he would support the Populist-Prohibition Party.  Will you kindly publish this correction.
       Respectfully,
                   S.C. ADAMS


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, June 11, 1874.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 Township Officers
Owing to the interest in the doings of Circuit Court, there was comparatively little excitement attending the township elections.  Save in one or two cases, there was very little competition.  The following are the officers elected:

ROANOKE TOWNSHIP 
Supervisor, R.W. Gaines
Clerk, R.H. Gaines
Assessor, T.M. Jones
Collector, C.G. Barksdale
Overseer of Poor, H. Jackson
Road Commissioner, P. Robinson
Justice of the Peace, J.A. Jackson
Constable, C.G. Barksdale

WALTON
Supervisor, J.R. Bailey
Clerk, J.H. Thompson
Assessor, George Chappell
Collector, Wm. T. Watkins
Overseer of Poor, J.N. Schmidt
Justice of the Peace, 1 year, A.R. Spencer, 3 years, D. Comfort Constable, J.D. Hawkins Road Commissioner, G.C. Smith

BACON
Supervisor, H.L.M. Goode
Clerk, G.A. Lipscomb
Assessor, J.E. Booker
Road Commissioner, J.B. Ferrill
Overseer of Poor, J.H. Redd
Justice of the Peace, 3 years, J.E. Booth, 2 years, E.L. Hawkins Constable, D.C. Hutcheson Collector, J.B. Brooks

MADISON 
Supervisor, T.M. Tucker
Clerk, D.F. Thornton
Assessor, T.G. North
Board Commissioner, A.D. Ford
Overseer of Poor, W.E. Read
Justice of the Peace, Bufus Palmer
Constable, P.R. Ford
Collector, P.R. Ford


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, September 26, 1907.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 For Sheriff.
To the Voters of Charlotte County:
I hereby announce myself a candidate for the office of Sheriff of Charlotte county. Having served the people for sixteen years as Deputy Sheriff, I am thoroughly familiar with all the duties of the office. If elected to this position I pledge myself to an honest and faithful discharge of the duties of the position, and respectfully solicit the support of my fellow-citizens.
M.W. Dickerson.
May 14, 1907


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, May 9, 1907.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 TO THE VOTERS OF CHARLOTTE CO.
You will soon be called upon to select your Representative for the next session of House of Delegates, and I respectfully announce myself a candidate for the honor.  If elected, I shall strive, by diligent and faithful attention to my duties to discharge every obligation of the position in such a manner that your best interests will be subserved.  I am sincerely grateful to the people of the county for my election to House of Delegates, session 1904, and I hope that my record meets your approval.
BERKLEY D. ADAMS


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, June 13, 1946.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 HUGH B. POWELL ELECTED MAYOR OF KEYSVILLE
The returns from the Keysville election which was held Tuesday, June 11, as follows:

FOR MAYOR
Hugh B. Powell, 80; L.J. Yeaman 23 votes

FOR CITY COUNCIL
P.F. Garland, 100; J.H. Graves 96; B.H. Baldwin, 93; F.I. Hanmer, Jr., 90; T.D. Neal, 76; J.G. Neal, 72; M. Lyle, Jr., 69; H.P. Tuggle, 54.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, February 28, 1940
Submitted By: 
Bea Adams King
Old Charlotte  (Taken from the Gazette files of 54 years ago)

Board of Supervisors

At the meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Charlotte County, held at the Courthouse on Tuesday, June 29th, 1886.  Present J.W. Eggleston, chairman, S.E. Spaulding, and John R. Bailey.
The following appointments of road commissioners were made, in accordance with Act of Assembly, approved March 3rd, 1886, providing a road law for the County of Charlotte. Walton District, R.L. McGeorge, Bacon District, Giles T. Cruthcher, Roanoke District, M.C. Holt, Madison District, Luther R. Ford.
It appearing to the Board that under the laws incorporating the town of Smithville that said town has to keep in repair its roads and streets, and that the citizens of the town are relieved from working roads outside of the corporate limits; and it also appearing to the board that the property in said corporation has been assessed with a tax of 15c on the $100 for road purposes outside of the limits of said town, and it also appearing to the board, from the proper authorities, that the property holders, within the said corporation, have been assessed with a tax of 15 c on the $100, for the purpose of rebuilding roads and streets within the corporate limits, thus imposing upon the property-holders of Smithville a double-tax; it is ordered that warrants be issued, payable to the Street Committee of the town of Smithville.
At the last meeting of the Board, H.F. Harvey was summoned personally to appear before the board and settle his account as Creek Overseer.  The summons was returned executed by the Sheriff.  He did not appear, and the matter is referred to the Commonwealth Attorney to compel his appearance.
J.C. Carrington and William Smith are appointed a committee to have the closet immediately in the rear of the County Court Clerk's office removed as soon as practicable, to any place they think best.
Adjourned to July 12th. 1886.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 22, 1944
Submitted By
:  Bea Adams King

Brookes Re-Elected Mayor Of Keysville

The election for mayor and members of the town council was held in Keysville Tuesday, June 13, at which time J.S. Brookes, was re-elected as mayor of the town for the next two years.  The councilmen elected were: E.M. Arvin, P.F. Garland, F.I. Hanmer, Thomas Travis, J.H. Graves, J.W. Bennett, H.H. Hanmer, Jr., H.H. Hanmer, Sr.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, July 10, 1873.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Charlotte C.H., July 7th, 1873
At a meeting of the Conservative party held to day.  Wm. W. Read was made chairman and J.W. Marshall secretary.  The object of the meeting having been explained, the following delegates were appointed, from the several townships, to the Conservative Convention to be held in Richmond on the 6th of August next.
Roanoke - Hon. Chas. Bruce, delegate, Major J.B. McPhail, alternate
Bacon - R.A. Barnes, delegate, Jno. B. Barnes, alternate
Walton - Wm. G. Friend, delegate, Wm. Smith, alternate
Madison - J.D. Ford, delegate, T. M. Tucker, alternate
Wm. R. Gaines having signified his intention to resign the position of Superintendent to for the County, R.H. Gaines was elected to fill his place.
J.W. Marshall, Sec.
Wm. W. Read, Chairman


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, June 25, 1874.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

To The Citizens of Charlotte.
The undersigned desires to announce himself as a candidate for the office of the CLERK OF THE COURTS for the County of Charlotte.  His past experience and thorough acquaintance with the duties of the office will, he trusts, entitle him to the suffrages of his fellow citizens.  If elected, he pledges himself to the faithful discharge of the duties of the office.
WM. SMITH


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, May 28, 1873.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

We are glad to chronicle the election of Edward Thompson, as justice in Walton township.  Mr. Thompson is a new settler, in the county, but a man of energy, and one whose interests and sympathies are identified with our people.  Would we had more like him.
 The Charlotte Gazette


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, June 27, 1907.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King The Charlotte Gazette

CANDIDATES CARDS
For Senate
To the Voters of the Eighteenth Senatorial District:
At the solicitation of many friends, and having been endorsed by the Democratic Committee of Charlotte, my own county, I have decided to become a candidate to represent the Eighteenth district in the next Senate of Virginia. 
I respectfully ask your support for this position, and assure you that if elected, I will use every honest effort to represent you faithfully and further the interests of the District and State.
THOMAS W. SCOTT
Drakes Branch, Va., May 11, 1907

For Senate
To the Voters of Fluvanna, Buckingham, Appomattox and Charlotte:
After mature consideration I have decided to become a candidate for the Senate of Virginia from the Eighteenth Senatorial District, composed of the above named counties.  My candidacy will be subject to confirmation by the Democratic party.  If elected, I pledge myself to discharge the duties of my office faithfully and fearlessly, and will at all times be found advocating such measures as are for the material advancement of the State's interest.
W.C. WHITE
Hardware, Va.

For House of Delegates
To Voters of Charlotte County -- I respectfully announce myself as a candidate for the House of Delegates subject to the action of the Primary election.
Should it be your pleasure to elect me as your Representative, I assure you no one will more faithfully represent you, or look after your interests with greater zeal and care than your humble servent.
S.D. MORTON
May 16, 1907

TO THE VOTERS OF CHARLOTTE CO
You will soon be called upon to select your Representative for the next session of House of Delegates, and I respectfully announce myself a candidate for the honor.   If elected, I shall strive, by diligent and faithful attention to my duties to discharge every obligation of the position in such a manner that your best interests will be observed.  I am sincerely grateful to the people of the county for my election to House of Delegates, session 1904, and I hope that my record meets your approval.
BERKLEY D. ADAMS.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, May 29, 1873.
Submitted By
:  Bea Adams King

Township Officers
The following is a list of township officers elected on 22d May 1873, prepared for us by Deputy Clerk, W.A. Smith.

BACON TOWNSHIP
Supervisor -- H.M.L. Goode
Township Clerk -- Geo. A. Lispcomb
Assessor -- John E. Bouker
Collector -- James B. Brooks
Road Com. -- James R. Ferrell
Overseer Poor -- John H. Redd
Justices Peace, 3 yrs. -- E.L. Harkins
    "           "     2 "    -- J.B. Barnes
    "           "     1 " -- James E. Booth
Constable -- John W. Perkinson

MADISON TOWNSHIP
Supervisor -- Thomas M. Tucker
Township Clerk -- D.F. Thornton
Assessor -- F.G. North
Collector -- P.R. Ford
Road Com -- A.D. Ford
Overseer Poor -- Wm. Shepperson
Justice of Peace - Ezekiel Ramsey
Constable -- P.R. Ford 

ROANOKE TOWNSHIP
Supervisor -- Wm. R. Gaines
Township Clerk -- R.H. Gaines
Assessor -- T.M. Jones
Collector -- H.O. Morton
Road Com. -- Parker Robinson
Overseer Poor -- Hezekiah Jackson
Justice Peace 3 yrs -- R.F. Hutcheson
     "         "    2  " -- James A. Jackson
Constable -- Wm. B. Dunn

WALTON TOWNSHIP
Supervisor -- John R. Bailey
Township Clerk -- J.H. Thompson
Assessor -- George Chappell
Collector -- H.G. Richardson
Road Com -- George C. Smith
Overseer Poor -- A.W. Keeling
Justices Peace 3 yrs -- J.N. Schmidt
     "           "   2 " -- Edward Thompson
Constable -- H.G. Richardson


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, June 5, 1873.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

An internal meeting of the conservatives of Charlotte was held on Monday, and the following gentlemen were appointed a Committee to take measures for the organization of a working Club; -- Wm. A. Smith, Wm. R. Gaines, R.H. Gaines, J.C. Bowman and J.M. Bouldin. It is high time to organize.  There is work to be done.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, June 5, 1873
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Republican Committee
Charlotte Courthouse, Va., May 19, 1873
Capt. A.J. Terry:
Dear Sir: -- We the undersigned, Republicans of Charlotte County, having carefully considered the matter as to who would be the right man to represent us in the next General Assembly of Virginia, and, after having made ourselves acquainted with your character, ability, and standing as a Republican, have concluded, if agreeable to your wishes, to present your name to the next Republican County Convention for that position.
Very respectfully,
J.G. BROWN,
H.W. McGeorge, R.C. Howell, W. Cardwell, Chas. Davenport, and others.

Charlotte Co. C.H., Va., May 31st, 1873
Capt. John G. Brown, and others:
Gentlemen: -- In reply to your letter of the 19th, I have to say, that while I feel most deeply thankful for the compliment you have paid me, I cannot, in justice to myself and the good people of my adopted State, accept the honor you would so kindly confer upon me.  I am a Republican, and ever shall be, while that party adheres to the principles enunciated in the National Platform; but, were I to become a candidate for any office at this time, my motive, I am quite sure, would be misconstrued, as I have been a resident of Charlotte but a few months, although a resident of the State for several years.  Again thanking you,
Your ob't servant,
A.J. TERRY 


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, May 29, 1873
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Township Officers
The following is a list of township officers elected on 22d May 1873, prepared for us by Deputy Clerk, W.A. Smith.

BACON TOWNSHIP
Supervisor - H.M.L. Goode
Township Clerk - Geo. A. Lipscomb
Assessor - John E. Bouker
Collector - James B. Brooks
Road Com. - James R. Ferrell
Overseer Poor - John H. Redd
Justices Peace, 3 yrs. - E.L. Harkins, 2 yrs. - J.B. Barnes, 1 yr. - James E. Booth
Constable - John W. Perkinson

MADISON TOWNSHIP
Supervisor - Thomas M. Tucker
Township Clerk - D.F. Thornton
Assessor - F.G. Nort
Collector - P.R. Ford
Road Com. - A.D. Ford
Overseer Poor - Wm. Shepperson
Justice of Peace - Ezekiel Ramsey
Constable - P.R. Ford

ROANOKE TOWNSHIP
Supervisor - Wm. R. Gaines
Township Clerk - R.H. Gaines
Assessor - T.M. Jones
Collector - H.O. Morton
Road Com. - Parker Robinson
Overseer Poor - Hezekiah Jackson
Justice Peace, 3 yrs. - R.F. Hutcheson, 2 yrs. - James A. Jackson
Constable - Wm. B. Dunn

WALTON TOWNSHIP
Supervisor - John R. Bailey
Township Clerk - J.H. Thompson
Assessor - George Chappell
Collector - H.G. Richardson
Road Com. - George C. Smith
Overseer Poor - A.W. Keeling
Justices Peace, 3 yrs. - J.N. Schmidt, 2 yrs. - Edward Thompson
Constable - H.G. Richardson


Newspaper: The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, January 24, 1895
Submitted By:  Bra Adams King

Change of Names of Post Offices

No little confusion exists in the changes of names of post offices, to suit the whims of the people, railroads, or the Department.  The county seat of most of the counties have been, and many still are recognized as Lunenburg C.H., Spotsylvania C.H., and the like.  Sometimes these places become incorporated under some local name, which is adopted by the Department as the name of the post office.  Halifax C.H. is now known as Houston, Pittsylvania C.H., is known as Chatham, Charlotte C.H. is called Smithville; but how many know the name of Campbell C.H.?
Most of these places are money order post offices; but money orders are sent to Charlotte C.H., while no such office is known in the Department, and the result is the order must be sent back for correction.  Much mail ??? because of confusion thus arising.  Mail for "Smithville" goes to "Smithville," Va., or to "Smithville, Ga.  The Department is not to blame for these changes since the names are often changed by petition of the people to perpetuate some local name or as we have said to accord with the name of a railroad station.
Not long since the courthouse of Appomattox Co. was burned, and a new one erected some two and a half miles distant, at a place on the railroad known, we believe, as Nebraska.  Some suggested a change of the old name, "Appomattox C.H., " to "Surrender," and the Department, in accordance with the wish, adopted the name.  A general protest has followed, "Appomattox C.H." no longer exists at the old point, the locations having been changed; but there is a county seal which should be Appomattox C.H.  The removal of the courthouse does not change the fact of history that the surrender of the army of No. Virginia took place near where the courthouse once stood; nor is the name "Surrender" for the post office necessary to save the memory of the fact from oblivion.
Let the name of "Appomattox C.H." follow the courthouse; it is but a necessary result of the removal.  There can be but one Appomattox Courthouse, and it was near that point that the important events of 1865 were enacted.  The discretion of the citizens of the point where the old courthouse ones stood will suggest a name for their post office which will be generally satisfactory and which the Department will accept.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, July 10, 1873
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

JUSTICE APPOINTED. -- It will be remembered that Maj. John N. Schmidt, who was chosen Justice at the Walton township election, declined to serve.  Failing to qualify at the appointed time, Judge Bouldin, at the request of a number of citizens of the township, has appointed David Comfort, Esq. in his place.  Mr. C. has served in this capacity with great ability and occupies a high place in the esteem of his fellow citizens.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, July 10, 1873
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Charlotte C.H., July 7th, 1873
At a meeting of the Conservative party held today, Wm. W. Read was made chairman and J.W. Marshall secretary.  The object of the meeting having been explained, the following delegates were appointed, from the several townships, to the Conservative convention to be held in Richmond on the 6th of August next.
Roanoke--Mon. Chas. Bruce, delegate, Major J.B. McPhail, alternate.
Bacon--R.A. Barnes, delegate, Jno. B. Barnes, alternate.
Walton--Wm. G. Friend, delegate, Wm. Smith, alternate.
Madison--J.D. Ford, delegate, T.M. Tucker, alternate.

Wm. R. Gaines having signified his intention to resign the position of Superintendent for the County, R.H. Gaines was elected to fill his place.
J.W. Marshall, Sec.
Wm. W. Read, Chairman


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, May 15, 1873
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Mr. Giles S. Crafton was announced as a candidate to represent the County in the next legislature.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, September 5, 1901
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Mass Meeting of Court Day
Pursuant to the call of E.R. Monroe, county chairman of the Democratic party of Charlotte county, a mass meeting of the citizens assembled in the Courthouse, and was called to order by the chairman, who then stated that as the party had made on nomination for the Legislature, the meeting was, under the rulings of the State Democratic Convention, not in a position to re-organize at present, as per the following section in the Plan of Organization adopted in 1900 and re-affirmed this year:
Each county and city, by popular meeting after due notice, or through the medium of existing organizations, may appoint a county or city committee, to consist of two members from each district or ward in each county or city, who shall be selected by the Democratic voters of their respective districts or wards and who shall be charged with the affairs and conduct of the party in such county or city, regulating and directing the same, either by districts or wards or otherwise as such committee may prescribe.  Such committees shall be re-organized.  All count and city committees must be re-organized in 1901 when nominations are made for the House of Delegates, and every two years thereafter.
Capt. J.E. Robertson then moved that the meeting proceed to nomination of chairman.
H.C. Grigsby moved the meeting adjourn.
W.C. Carrington then addressed the meeting claiming that no agreement heretofore entered could bind the sovereign will of the people, and that this meeting was legally and fully entitled to proceed to the business for which it was called.
State Senator D.Q. Eggleston then addressed the meeting in an earnest and energetic plea for harmony and united action among Democrats, and moved to allow time for more mature consideration, and that some plan might be devised on which all Democrats could agree, the meeting adjourn to next Court.
Mr. W.C. Carrington then spoke in reply to Mr. E.; also Mr. H.C. Rice and Capt. J.F. Robertson made statements on the situation.
The confusion of the conclusion of the speaking was so great that we were unable to get any very concise idea of what what (was) said or done.  A division was called for, but was never had or counted.  Cheers, calls and how is reigned supreme for some time.
J.D. Shepperson mounted a table and said that Capt. Terry's friends would not recognize an election of a chairman under the present circumstances, and all who were opposed to ??? action at the present time withdrew from the house.
Chairman Monroe pounded for order and finally left the chair, stating to us later that he did so because he had no control over the meeting, which was so disorderly that it could transact no business.
After some time W.C. Carrington took the chair, and appointed a committee to wait on Mr. Monroe to invite him to resume the chair, which he declined to do, and on motion of Capt. T.W. Scott, Mr. Carrington was elected chairman.
A.B. Crawford moved that Lee W. Morton be elected county chairman, which was seconded by Capt. J.E. Robertson.  The motion was carried.
Capt. Scott then moved that the chairman be empowered to select his own secretary and committee, which was also carried.
The meeting was then adjourned.
It cannot be too much regretted the position of affairs in the county.  Instead of unity of action discord reigns supreme and factional spirit is rampant.  What will be the final outcome of the present discord we do not know.  We gravely doubt whether the meeting or either candidate will be recognized by the State organization; but if the Republicans do not take advantage of the situation to run in a Delegate from Charlotte we will be fooled.
At a late hour on Monday night an effort was being made to leave the matter to a board of arbitration consisting of one chosen by each candidate and some disinterested party from abroad to decide upon the whole case.  No result had been reached when we left the Courthouse.