Business News Items from Local Newspapers

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, August 9, 1928.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 DISSOLUTION NOTICE
The firm of Dickerson-Collins and Co. has this day been dissolved by mutual consent.  All persons indebted to Dickerson-Collins and Co. are requested to settle with Chappell and Collins.  All persons having claims against Dickerson and Collins will present same to Chappell and Collins for settlement.
F C DICKERSON
S H COLLINS
T H CHAPPELL


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, November 1, 1928.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 MR. J.T. COLGATE TO OPEN GARAGE
Mr. J.T. Colgate, who has been located at Farmville for the past two months, has returned here and reopened his garage on the hill which he has run for several years.  Mr. Colgate's family had not left Drakes Branch, and his friends are glad to have him return to his home town.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, March 29, 1928.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 J.T. COLGATE MOVES BACK "ON THE HILL"
When The Gazette, in a recent issue, told the transfer of the Moon building lease by Mr. J.T. Colgate to the Crutcher-Williams Co., we stated that the future plans of Mr. Colgate were not at that time, determined.
After transference of building to the new owners, Mr. Colgate decided to return to his original stand familiarly known as "on the top of the hill."
Mr. Colgate has done business, for many years at his present location.  
There he has repaired a many trouble to many cars, to say nothing of tires sold and sundry parts.  In fact Mr. Colgate says he feels like he imagines a fish would feel to get back to water.  He is glad to get back to his old stand again.
Mr. Colgate will continue to do repair work and sell parts, tires, oil, gas, etc.
Tom says in Drakes Branch, births, may occur, deaths take place, old firms go out of business and new ones start up, that there may be occasional marriages, but that during it all he expects to continue doing business "on top of the hill" which, to paraphrase a popular song, will be "sitting on the top of the world."


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes  Branch, VA, Thursday, January 27, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 SPECIALIST ON TOBACCO WORKING IN COUNTY
On July 1, 1954, Wesley Witcher was employed by Halifax and Charlotte Counties to work two thirds in Halifax and one third of his time in Charlotte as Assistant County Agent specializing in tobacco.  Mr. Witcher, whose home is in Franklin County, grew up on a tobacco farm.  He entered the Air Force in
1942 and served three years as a bomber pilot.  He graduated from VPI in 1949.  He taught Vocational Agriculture for five years going back to VPI in the summers to work towards a Master's degree.
Mr. Witcher will work with farmers on all phases of tobacco production and marketing.
Mr. Witcher lives in Halifax, but spends two days each week in Charlotte County, usually on Monday and Tuesday.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, April 14, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 HAMILTONS 5 AND 10 OPENING TODAY
Hamilton's 5 and 10 will hold its Grand Opening today, and Friday and Saturday.  The new store is owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Hamilton, Jr.  Located on Main Street here, the entire building has been remodeled and redecorated.  The owners stated that they will have free gifts for children visiting their store on the opening days, and there will also be a Grand Prize given Saturday afternoon at 4 P.M.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, January 27, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 J.G. PAULETTE TO OPEN DEPT. STORE HERE SOON
J.G. Paulette, a native of Drakes Branch, will open a department store here soon.  Mr. Paulette will open his business in the store on Main Street here formerly occupied by Bolton's Department Store.
According to Mr. Paulette, he will have a complete stock of ladies, men's, and children's wear and shoes, along with other department and variety store items.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, March 17, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 SEED FOR GAME PLANTING AVAILABLE
Game Warden D.L. Tharpe announces that he has a supply of seed furnished by the Virginia State Department of Game and Conservation, for sportsmen to plant for bird feeding.  Available will be a bird mixture, milo, and bi-color seed.  These seed are free and limited quantities may be obtained at Mr. Tharpe's home in Drakes Branch any day after 6:00 p.m.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, July 14, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 KEYSVILLE MERCHANT ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP
Bennett H. Baldwin, owner and operator of Baldwin's Market for the past ten years, is very happy to announce that Lacy E. Dodson is now as of July 1, co-owner of the store.
Mr. Dodson, formerly employed by Home Beneficial Life Insurance Co., is well known and liked throughout Charlotte, Lunenburg, and surrounding counties.
I am sure that his many friends will be glad to welcome him.  Come in and do so!  We will be glad to see you.
The store will be closed every Wednesday afternoon during July and August.
In the future the business will be known as the "Family Grocery."


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, April 9, 1874.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 KEYSVILLE
The property known for many years as Keysville was sold on the 9th of March, 1874, to Messrs. Hardman & Rummell, of Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, who propose at an early day to offer all inducements possible for business men to settle at this desirable point.  Surrounded as it is by a good farming country, it must, under the proposed liberal management of these enterprising gentlemen, soon become a thriving town.  It is the terminus of the Roanoke Valley railroad, running to Clarksville, now partly built, and which when completed must add largely to the business of the place.
At the present time there is located here one Hotel, two large Tobacco warehouses, three Stores, Masonic Hall and storehouse, Wagon and Blacksmith's shops, the Depot buildings of the Richmond and Danville Railroad Company, besides a number of dwelling houses and other buildings.  Here is a good opening for many kinds of manufacturing operations, for mechanics, and business men generally.
In addition to the privileges of its schools and churches, Keysville also possesses a Masonic Lodge, Lodge of Good Templers, and a Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry, whose meetings are held as follows:
Regular communications of Keysville Lodge, No. 154, A.F. & A.M., is held at Lodge rooms on the second Saturday of every month, at 2 o'clock, P.M.
F.J. GREGORY, W.M.
The regular meeting of the L.O. of G.T. are held at Masonic Hall on the first and third Saturday of each month, at 3 o'clock, p.m.
SHOTWELL POWELL, W.C.T.
The regular meetings of Keysville Grange, P. of H., first Saturday in every month, at 10 o'clock, a.m.
J.M.B. OSBORNE, MASTER 


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, February 13, 1890.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 SPECIAL NOTICES

To Contractors
The undersigned, Special Commissioner, will re-let the contract to build Baldwin's bridge across Cub Creek, under the same specifications it was let before.  I will receive proposals at any time from now until March court.  
Persons wishing to see specifications can call at my house or will be shown on Court day.
Feb. 13-td      M.C. Holt, Commissioner

To Contractors
The same Commissioner will also receive proposals for two new bridges across Turnip creek, one on Dr. Dejarnette's farm near John D. Smith's place; the other on Lafayette Mason's farm near Craptown.  Parties wishing to contract will meet me at the store at Craptown on the 21st day of February, at 10 o'clock, A.M., and we will visit the two places and have there the specifications.  Proposals will be received up to March court.
Feb. 13-td     M.C.Holt, Commissioner.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, September 8, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 OPTOMETRIST OPENS OFFICE IN KEYSVILLE
Dr. George W. Raulfs, Jr., Optometrist, of Richmond, last week opened an office in Keysville, for the examination of eyes and filling glasses.
Dr. Raulfs' office is located in the Professional Building, over Taylor's Drug Store.  He will be in the office each Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. 
to 4:00 p.m.
A native of Norfolk, he attended William and Mary College for two years prior to entering the United States Navy during World War II.  After serving in the Navy for over 4 years he attended Northern Illinois College of Optometry where he practiced until moving to Richmond last year.
He also did graduate work at Penn State College of Optometry in Vision of School Children.
Dr. Raulf's stated "I would again like to live in Southside Virginia, and feel that Charlotte County is a good place to live."  He is a member of the Methodist Church and the father of two children.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA, Thursday, August 9, 1894.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 LETTER FROM MOSSINGFORD
D.C. Jeremy has employed Jno. W. Howard, late of Chase City, to take charge of his mercantile business at Saxe.  Mr. Jeremy, we understand will divide his time between Saxe and Wilkesbarre, Pa.  He expects to leave for Wilkesbarre next week.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, January 1, 1874.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 SPECIAL NOTICES
Dissolution of Co-partnership
The mercantile co-partnership which has existed between the undersigned, at Charlotte Courthouse, has been dissolved by mutual consent:  William H. Galloway has withdrawn from the firm, and the business will hereafter be conducted by Walter L. Galloway, alone.
WALTER L. GALLOWAY
WM. H. GALLOWAY


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, May 7, 1874.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 TAILORING - Mr. A.T. Faris, of this village, is always ready to do what he can to clothe the naked as well as to feed the hungry.  Many of our citizens can testify to his skill in cutting as well as making garments.  An easily fitting coat is a comfort, and Mr. F. always gives his customers fits.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, May 7, 1874.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 BUSINESS CHANGE - We understand that Mr. Wm. H. Smith has taken his brother into partnership, and the business will hereafter be conducted under the firm of W.H. & H.S. Smith.  They have recently received a large addition to the stock and invite their friends and the public to call and examine it.
Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, June 25, 1874.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 VIRGINIA AHEAD - The Staunton Vindicator states that an agent from Ohio recently called on Mr. S.M. Wilkes, furniture dealer, of that place, to sell his patent Spring Bed Bottom.  Mr. Wilkes, who by the way is a Charlotte boy, showed him his own Patent Bed Springs.  The Ohio man examined them carefully, acknowledged the superiority of Mr. Wilkes' article, and left an order for a number of different sizes, which were promptly shipped to Ohio.  We speak of the matter with some pride for our county, as well as State.


Source:  Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, December 5, 1907.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 PARTNERSHIP DISSOLUTION
Notice is hereby given that the business co-partnership heretofore existing under the firm style and name of Bailey and Berkley is this day dissolved by mutual consent.  
All parties having claims against the said firm will please present them for settlement, and all parties indebted to the said firm are asked to come forward and make settlement.
             L.P. BAILEY, jr.
             G.W. BERKLEY.
Rough Creek, Va., Nov. 20, 1907


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, November 14, 1907.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 ANNOUNCEMENT
Mr. Wood Bouldin, Jr., and Mr. W.B. Scott having formed a partnership to do;
             LAND SURVEYING
                   and      
             CIVIL ENGINEERING WORK,
under the name of Bouldin & Scott, offer their services to the public.
Mr. Bouldin is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, and in addition took a post graduate course at Cornell University, and has had several years experience on Rail-Road and Civil Engineering, being employed with the Florida East Coast and other railways.
Mr. Scott has had eight years experience in Land Surveying and Civil Engineering.
Office at Houston, Va.  Accessible by mail or long-distance phone.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, November 1, 1928.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 TO MY FRIENDS AND PATRONS

I wish to announce that I have accepted a position at South Boston, with Walton and Hailey, at Motleys and Farmers Warehouses and will be on floor to look after your interest at all times.
J.L. NEWCOMB


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, February 29, 1940
Submitted By;  Bea Adams King

Mr. Shelton Buys Keysville Property

We are informed that H.G. Shelton, of West Point, Va., has purchased the two brick buildings from W.A. Keeling at Keysville.  The buildings are now occupied by Jack Gee and A.A. Hailey as cafes.  Mr. Shelton is connected with the Chesapeake Steamship Company.  Mr. and Mrs. Shelton spent the week end with Mrs. Shelton's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Keeling.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday. February 29, 1940
Submitted By
;  Bea Adams King

Sheldon Brothers Buy Pettus Service Station

G. Overton Pettus, former owner of Pettus Service Station, has sold the station and surrounding grounds to W.E. Sheldon, H.G. Sheldon and G.L. Sheldon of Cartersville, Cumberland County.
The Messers Sheldons are sons of S.G. Sheldon of Cartersville, and are located in Keysville permanently.
Changes and improvements will be made in the service station.  The name will be changed at a later date.
At the present time A.J. Vogel, contractor of Cartersville is in charge of erecting six tourist cabins.
These cabins will be modern and up-to-date in every respect and when completed with landscaping and trees will be a tourist camp that will be an asset to the county.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday , April 11, 1940
Submitted By
;  Bea Adams King

FOR SALE: Pair nice horses; weight around 1100 lbs; good ages; can be seen at Staunton Hill Farm, David K.E. Bruce, owner.  Will sell cheap to quick buyer.  See W.B. Tarry, farm manager, Route 2, Brookneal, VA.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, February 8, 1940
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

The Steamer Jean:  (Taken from The Charlotte Gazette 54 years ago)

The Campbell County Record, of the first says "the much talked of steamer is now lying at the Brookneal landing.  She brought up quite a cargo, including hogsheads and tierces for tobacco.  She will take down quite a quantity of tobacco: she has already taken down sumac.  By a change in the location of her machinery, she now runs more easily than at first. Her owners propose to build a smaller steamer for passengers and small freight.  The prospoect for traffic on the river, as we learn is encouraging.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, February 8, 1940
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Telephone Company:  (Taken from The Charlotte Gazette 54 years ago)

There was a meeting of the stockholders of this company, held in this village April 10, for the purpose of effecting a permanent organization.  The following persons were elected a Board of Directors: Messrs. L.C. Jackson, Wm. H. Wood, Jas. H. Price, M.M. Martin, A.J. Terry, Wm. H. Smith and Robert Catlett.
Messrs. D.Q. Eggleston, and J.C. Carrington were appointed a committee to prepare a code of By-Laws, and report at next meeting.
The Board of Directors met and elected M.M. Martin, president; J.C. Carrington, secretary and treasurer; B.P. Eggleston, business manager.
The bids which have been made for erecting the poles were then opened, and the contract awarded to R.W. Jones.  The business manager was instructed to contract with parties for the balance of the work.  This enterprise will prove a great convenience to the village, bringing our citizens in direct communication with the railroad and Richmond.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 4, 1940
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King
Old Charlotte  (Taken from the Gazette files of 54 years ago)

Dissolution of Partnership

The undersigned, heretofore conducting a mercantile business at Randolph and Coles Ferry, Charlotte County, have this day dissolved the co-partnership, by mutual consent.  H.S. Smith is authorized to settle the affairs of the firm at Randolph, and C.D. Lewis, at Coles Ferry.  The business at Randolph will be conducted in the future by Mr. Smith and that at Coles Ferry by Mr. Lewis.
Thanking the public for the generous patronage heretofore extended, and requesting a continuance of the same, we remain,
H.S. SMITH
C.D. LEWIS


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, July 13, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Law In Regard to Sanitation of Homes in Charlotte County

Below is a copy of an ordinance passed by the Charlotte County Board of Health on the 25th day of March, 1929.  This ordinance is still in effect, and is a law on the statute books at the present time.
"Resolved, and be it hereby ordained by the County Board of Health of Charlotte County, acting under authority of an act of the Legislature of Virginia, Chapter 465.  Acts of the General Assembly of 1924, as amended by an act approved March 15, 1926, that it shall be unlawful withing the County of Charlotte, Virginia, for an owner of any house or other building to be used as a human habitation to occupy, or to rent, or to lease the same for occupancy by an person, firm or corporation, or for any person, firm or corporation to occupy the same, until said house shall have been supplied with a sanitary privy or closet, of such form as to comply with the law.  On the provisions of said Act hereinbefore referred to, are hereby adopted by the Board, and the County Officer is instructed to carry out the provisions of the law relative thereto."
The above is published to remind all householders and property owners that this law will be enforced to the best of our ability for the protection of the public health.
Charlotte County Health Dept.
By: WM.R. MARTIN
Health Officer


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, September 21, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Veterinarian Locates At Charlotte Court House
Dr. F.E. Carter, a recent graduate in veterinary medicine of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, opened an office at Charlotte Court House on September 11th, and will be available to the farmers of Charlotte and adjoining counties on and after that date.
Dr. Carter has been thoroughly trained in his profession and his training includes the most up to date methods in dealing with livestock ailments and the use of drugs.
Farmers in Charlotte County are urged to make use of Dr. Carter's services in keeping their livestock healthy.
In the past many farmers have hesitated to call a veterinarian when he was needed because of the difficulty of securing one and the excessive cost due to the distance he had to travel.  This has meant that valuable animals that really needed the attention of a veterinarian have been neglected.  With a veterinarian in the county these difficulties should be removed.  Dr. Carter is working independently, but his charge for his services should be much less than that of veterinarians that are called into the county from outside points.  He is prepared to test cattle for Tuberculosis and Bangs disease, immunize various animals against diseases, and anwer emergency calls for all kinds of diseases of livestock.  He will give a part of his time for work in small animals.
Dr. Carter will be located at Charlotte Court House, and can be reached by telephone day and night.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, September 7, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Drakes Branch Restaurant Under New Management
The Drakes Branch Restaurant was reopened Friday September 1, under the management of Mrs. R.L. Ponton.  It will be operated Monday through Saturday only.
Hot lunches, soups, sandwiches and pastries will be served.
Mrs. Ponton will have as her assistant, her sister, Miss Enid Severn, of Elkton, Michigan.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, December 7, 1899
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King


Big Hogs
Mr. J.F.M. White, of Ward's Fork Mills, informed us on Monday that the week before he had killed four hogs whose aggregate weight was 1, 280 pounds.  The average weight was 320 pounds.  Mr. White is an up to date farmer and raises good crops and big hogs as the above shows.  Who can beat this?
Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, August 24, 1944
Submitted By
:  Bea Adams King 

Special Notices
PLENTY OF STARK'S DELICIOUS APPLES, both red and golden, are ready for use.  Come to Crymes' Orchards, or buy from your grocer.  W.L. Crymes, Keysville, Va.

STRAYED -- Fresh Guernsey cow strayed from my home last week.  Weight between 700 and 800 lbs. Short horns, dark nose.  J.H. Snell, Phenix, Va.

WANTED 100 CEMENT BLOCKS or more, to be delivered on U.S. Highway 15, in Redoak, Va., opposite County Road No. 610, care of Roy Weston, Route one, Redoak, Virginia.

THREE FARMS FOR RENT OR SALE -- We have three farms for rent or sale.  Home place, contains 185 acres, with five acres bright tobacco allotment; three barnes, pack house an dother outbuildings.  Farm No. 2 has 107 1/2 acres with four acres bright tobacco allotment, six room house, tobacco barns, etc.  Farm No. 3 contains 57 1/2 acres and has two and eight-tenths allotment of bright tobacco allotments, tobacco barns, etc.  See or write I.W. NEWCOMB, or FLORENCE M. NEWCOMB, Saxe, Virginia.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 26, 1928.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

WANTS
FOR RENT - Nice country home, 8 Room house.  Good outbuildings and garden.  Store building with fixtures.  Rent cheap.
J.P. BAKER, Drakes Branch, Va.

SEED SWEET POTATOES - After the first of April at $1.25 per bushel at 
M.L. CARPENTER, Drakes Branch, Va.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 26, 1928.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

A REMARKABLE HEN
Mr. M.S. Carpenter, who lives near Drakes Branch, says that some poultry raisers are trying to improve their flocks by attempting to make their flocks by attempting to make their hens lay larger eggs, but he says he has a hen that has already made improvements along this line.  Mind you, the hen did not just lay one large egg, but all it laid were large, five of the eggs weighing three and one half pounds.
Mr. Carpenter has set the hens on eleven of the eggs, as he wants to see what the offspring will do in the egg laying business.
He will let the people know through the columns of The Gazette how the experiment turns out.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, July 6, 1972.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Resolution Honoring Mr. R.S. Chamberlayne, Jr.
WHEREAS, We, the Board of Directors, Officers and Patrons of the Bank of Phenix, wish to express our deep appreciation, and our profound gratitude to the Honorable Robert Scott Chamberlayne, Jr., for his untiring efforts, his wise counsel and his never failing devotion, as he has served this institution, with honor, and distinguished leadership.
WHEREAS, Mr. Chamberlayne has not only served our Bank, but he has likewise served our County in various capacities, as a member of the Charlotte County School Board, the County Board of Supervisors, the Patrick Henry Boys Plantation Board, the Ruritan Club and other organizations and agencies, Mr. Chamberlayne's record exemplies a record of helpful citizenship.  We take note of his fine example and commend his record to the youth of our County.
WHEREAS, it is with deep regret, that we accept his resignation from active service on our Board, and as President of the Bank of Phenix, Inc. Knowing that his health and well-being come first, we trust that his retirement may be pleasant and happy, as he continues to enjoy a host of friends, and a devoted family.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors and Officers of the Bank of Phenix, assembled at the Bank on the 12th day of June, 1972, do hereby express and record our gratitude, and our heartfelt thanks, to one whose courage and dedicated financial leadership, has guided our Bank through more than a half century of distinguished service.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT a copy of this resolution be sent to Robert Scott Chamberlayne, Jr., The Charlotte Gazette to publish therein, a copy filed with the permanent records of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Phenix, Inc.
H.B. Andrews, Jr.
E.B. Canada
B.A. Howard
L.M. Jones
G.O. Pettus, Jr.
M.B. Rice, Jr.
G.A. Dixon


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

Treasurer's Notice
Person's having business with the County Treasurer, are hereby notified that he can be found in his office at the Court House on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, of each week.
JOHN B. BARNES, Deputy Treasurer, will be at Keysville every Thursday, and at Wylliesburg every Saturday.
ROBT. F. HUTCHESON
Treasurer of Charlotte County
Charlotte Courthouse, Jan. 15, 1874


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

Strayed or Stolen,
FROM my premises, 3 1/2 miles west of Charlotte C.H., on Sunday, the 14th inst., one IRON GRAY MARE MULE.  Any information of her whereabouts will be gratefully received, and if safely delivered at my house, a reasonable reward will be given.
PASCHAL V. YOUNG


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

Keysville, may 24, 1873
MR. EDITOR -- Our tobacco sales at this place for the past two weeks have been large, and prices for all grades good.
Upwards of 100,000 lbs. of tobacco were disposed of; prices for primings from $4 to 5; lugs $5 to 6 3/4, and leaf $7 to 12.
The planters have expressed, in nearly every instance, their entire satisfaction at the prices obtained for their tobacco, and all seem to be united in their determination to sustain the market, and thereby save a great deal of hauling and expense they have heretofore incurred by patronizing a market twenty-five miles distant.
 ASHCAMP.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, May 22, 1873.
Submitted By
:  Bea Adams King

MR. JOHN M. WHITE -- expresses his high appreciation of the Virginia Tobacco guano, he purchased it last spring from D.T. Thornton, and after testing it with stable, cowpen manure and Pacific guano, he pronounces it superior to any other fertilizers that he has ever used.
MR. JOHN W. ELDER -- says that he has tested the Virginia Tobacco guano, and thinks it the best fertilizer in use, and especially adapted to the growth of tobacco.
We have similar letters from Abner D. Ford and John D. Ford.


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

R. J. Cralle
WATCH MAKER AND JEWELLER,

Drakes Branch, Charlotte Co., Va.
Is prepared and will execute all work in his line promptly and in the best manner, at reasonable charges.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, February 13, 1890.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

SAW MILL NOTICE
BUILDERS! LOOK AT THIS!
THE undersigned, WM. E. GREEN, trustee under the will of Wm. B. Green, deceased, is still running his 

SAW MILL,
at the old stand, about one mile from Reese's P.O. and a half mile from the Reese's and Mossingford road.
All orders for LUMBER will receive prompt attention.  The usual grades and dimensions for ordinary purposes, such as 
FRAMING TIMBER
   INCH PLANK
  WEATHER-BOARDS
  HOGSHEAD STAVES and
  HEADING,
are always kept on hand.  Special bills filled with dispatch and care.  As Orders solicited

                                     WM. E. GREEN,
Reese's P.O., Charlotte Co., V.   Trustee
January 13, 1890.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, June 26, 1873.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

By a handbill which has just fallen under our eye, we learn that Messrs. Jackson, Overby & Gilliam have completed their large new warehouse, and will hold their first sale of tobacco to morrow, Friday, the 27th inst.  We also learn from the same source that they "intend to issue a paper, to be called the Drakes's Branch Advertiser; for gratuitous distribution."  The Branch certainly seems to be growing, and to aid this liberal policy, we give the benefit of this notice without charge.


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

SPECIAL NOTICES
Notice.
Mr. JOHN R. WILBON is no longer engaged in the mercantile business, having sold his interest in the same to A.A. WILBON, Jr.
All persons indebted to him are earnestly requested to come forward and make settlement.
A.A. WILBON, Agent
JOHN R. WILBON


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

We don't love to cry ourself, and if we have any done, we shall do it by proxy.  And one of the best criers we know of, is E.B. Davis, the well known auctioneer.  We don't know how it is, but when Davis cries, the people are good natured, and he is sure for the most part to get a good price.  It is a treat to hear him, as you may every Wednesday and Saturday at Daniel & Tucker's Tobacco Warehouse.


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

GOOD WHEAT -- A gentleman, who has of late traveled extensively in adjoining counties, told us the other day that two of the best fields of wheat he had seen were on the road from the Court house to Drake's Branch.  One was on the land of Capt. F.N. Read and the other on the Johnson estate.


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

LAND SALES -- Several lots of land have been sold the past week by Thompson's agency at Keysville; one of 263 acres, called Pleasant Grove, for Geo. Atkinson to H. Riley, of Michigan; a lot of 441 acres, in Pleasant Grove, township; Lunenburg Co., for L. Arvin, to N.P. Finnicum, of Ohio; another, of 382 acres, near Keysville, to George Allbough, of Ohio.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 4, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

 SPECIAL NOTICES

FOR SALE -- Tools, tool chest, work table and movie machine.
Mrs. C.E. Ferrell, Keysville, Va.

OFFERS WILL BE RECEIVED
for a workable volume of standing hardwood and yellow pine timber, located on John Randolph Plantation.  Address all inquiries to Gerald Cheney, Saxe, Charlotte County, Virginia.

FOR SALE
One 16 inch Case Hammer Mill.
J.R. Howard, Saxe Va.

FOR SALE
Used Myers deep well electric pump, includes pump, frostproof unit, 1/2 H.P. electric motor.  Heavy duty automatic switch, 30 gallon pressure tank, 110 feet pipe with sucker rod, brass cylinder, $75.00.
H.E. McSwain, Charlotte C.H., Va.

FOR SALE
One good work mule gentle, easy to handle.  Will sell at a bargain.
W.B. O'Geary, Saxe, Va.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday,  April 4, 1946.
Submitted By
:  Bea Adams King

 E.C. MOON, of Saxe, is now agent for the Dowless Oil Burning Tobacco Curer.  They will be on display at his store within a week. You are cordially invited to come in and make a thorough investigation.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, February 28, 1946
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

F.B. Tharrington, Jr. Opens Barbershop Here
F.B. Tharrington Jr., of Wylliesburg has opened a barbershop at Drakes Branch in the building formerly occupied by W.M. Morton. Mr. Tharrington has had several years experience in barbering.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 3, 1946
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Auction Sale Of W.J. Farrar Place Postponed
On account of the snow the auction sale of the W.J. Farrar farm 6 miles northwest of Keysville on highway No. 261 was postponed to January 19 at 1:30.  Anyone interested in farm or timber is invited to look it over.  Half million feet or more, of commercial timber, pine, oak and poplar.
N.W. Rhodes, owner


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 25, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

 Baldwin Market At Keysville Now Open
The Baldwin Market has opened at Keysville in the Geo. O. Pettus building.  The interior has been completely remodeled and is neat and attractive in appearance.  It is cash and carry and you serve yourself, with someone at the meat counter.  They carry a nice line of fresh vegetables and fancy groceries with some staples and a variety of meats at all times.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 25, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

New Operators At Telephone Exchange
Mrs. Dorothy Guy and three children from near Charlotte Court House, and Mrs. Paul Lacks and little son of near Randolph, have moved into the Telephone Exchange Building and will have charge of the Telephone Office.  Mr. Lacks is in Service overseas.
Mrs. W.T. Moore of Charlotte Court House, who has had charge of the office for several weeks will join her husband at Norfolk.  The patrons of the telephone in the county wish to express their appreciation of her pleasant and cooperative service.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 18, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

County To Have Bus Line
Approval by the State Corporation Commission was given this summer for a bus line to run from Rocky Mount to Keysville, via Brookneal and Charlotte Court House.  Plans call for one bus each day each way over the line, service to start as soon as arrangements can be made for buses, gas, and tires.  This line will be a great convenience to Charlotte County people especially during these days of rationing of gas and tires, and also because it will connect with stations on the Southern and N&W, as well as other bus lines for Lynchburg, Farmville, Richmond, and other towns.

J.D.G.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December 6, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

                                                        The New Theatre
                                                KEYSVILLE, VIRGINIA
                                                          PRESENTS

 FRIDAY AND SATURDAY                                                              DECEMBER 7 AND 8
                           Roy Rogers, Gabby Hayes, Dale Evans, Sons of the Pioneers, Bill Elliott
                                           "BELLS OF ROSARITA"
        (All of Republic's Famous Western Stars In A Super Musical Adventure)
                  Plus: Hollywood Victory Caravan and Monster and Ape No. 9

MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY                                                        DECEMBER 10 and 11
Eddie Bracken, Veronica Lake, Cass Daley, Par?yakarbus, Carmen Cavallero, Joe Beichman,
              Ray Noble, Ted Fiorita, Henry King, Cary, Phillip, Denns and Lin Crosby
                                           "OUT OF THIS WORLD"

                     (The Picture That Will Surprise You ???? Year's Wackiest Musical Hit)
                                                 Plus: News of the Day

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY                                                   DECEMBER 12 AND 13
               Richard Arlen, Cheryl Walker, Roger Pryor, Bobby Driscoll, Lola Lane
                                            "IDENTITY UNKNOWN"
                                       (The Strangest Story of World War II)
                             Plus: Cartoon and March of Time (8 Million Orphans)

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY                                                              DECEMBER 14 AND 15
                   Al Pearce, Dale Evans, Brad Taylo., William Frawley, Jerome Cowan
                                            "HITCHHIKE TO HAPPINESS"
                                      (Thumb A Ride On The Road To Romance)
                                         Plus: Terrytoon, Monster and Ape No. 10


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November  30, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Special Notices
FIVE STACKS of Lespedeza hay for sale.  E.H. Chalkley
SECOND HAND LUMBER, mostly sills, price $20 per thousand.  R.L. Ponton, Drakes Branch Va.
FOR SALE Six young heifers most of them will be fresh this spring.  See T.H. Chappel or J.E. Cole, Drakes Branch, Va.
NOTICE After you have an automobile accident, it is good to know your insurance is Standard Stock Company Liability Insurance, bought from a man easy to find.  It saves you trouble up to 100%.  H. GREY HARVEY,
Resident Agent, Charlotte Court House, Va.
LOST OR STRAYED One bay mare about 850 pounds.  Anyone knowing the whereabouts or having seen please notify Boyd S. Queen, R.F.D., 2, Keysville, Va., and receive reward.
FOR SALE: 7 acres land, 4 room house, combination smoke house and corn crib near New Hope church, Reese's; one half mile from main road.  House practically new.  Mrs. Emma Moseley, Randolph, Virginia.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, May 29, 1873
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

REAL ESTATE - There is to be a large sale of Real Estate at Chicken town, on Tuesday, June 24th.  
SALE OF LAND - Attention is called to the sale of the Spaulding tract of two hundred and sixty acres of land, two miles from Keysville, which will be sold on Friday the 6th of June.
COMMISSIONER'S SALE - E.B. Davis will sell at public auction at Keysville Depot, on Friday the 6th of June, 265 acres of land, formerly owned by Mrs. M.A. Allen.  This land is two miles from Keysville, and has on it a brick dwelling and good improvements.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November 12, 1925
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

STAUNTON HILL BRINGS $100,000
Valuable Property Passes Back To The Bruce Family.  Historic Virginia Estate is Bought By Charles M. Bruce.
After remaining for eighteen months in jeopardy of being converted from a country gentleman's estate into a modern country club, with all the up-to-date innovations that the term implies, Staunton Hill, in Charlotte County, is to pass back to the Bruce family, which held it for many years, it is learned.
Following an auction sale of the property after a country club that had taken possession of it had gone on the rocks the historic property during the last week was sold to Charles Morelle Bruce, a brother of Senator William Cabell Bruce, of Maryland, and of Phillip Alexander Bruce, the noted historian.
Charles Morelle Bruce was born at Staunton Hill and so was the sister, Annie, the first wife of the late Thomas Nelson Page, of Virginia, noted diplomat and author.
Senator Bruce sold Staunton Hill about eighteen months ago to private parties who converted it into a country club.  The club did not thrive and the estate was sold at auction recently.  Mr. Jerry White of Brookneal, bought it in at about $60,000, it is understood, and sold it a few days ago to Charles Morelle Bruce for about $100,000.
Mr. Bruce expects to move to Staunton Hill shortly from Washington, where he has been making his home.  He was assistant commissioner of the general land office during the Wilson administration.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, September 24, 1925
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

MR. GUY KEELING TO OPEN CAFE HERE
Mr. Guy Keeling, of Keysville, a successful cafe and hotel man, has rented the vacant store room in The Gazette building and will conduct a cafe here.  The majority of our people know, by personal experience, that Mr. Keeling conducts modern establishments, rendering courteous, efficient, and wholesome service, and are much pleased to have him locate here.
Mr. Keeling will open up here, as soon as the improvements that are being made on the building are completed, which will be in a week or two.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, June 19, 1873
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

REMOVAL - We learn that Messrs. E.A. Roberts bros., are soon to remove to Richmond, for the purpose of engaging in the wholesale boot and shoe business in that city.  We wish them success.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, August 27, 1964
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Jackson Hardware Opening Set For Sept. 4 & 5
Judd C. Jackson, owner of Jackson Hardware here, announced this week that his new store in Drakes Branch will have its grand opening on Friday and Saturday, Sept.  4 and 5.
Mr. Jackson, who has long been a merchant at Wylliesburg, purchased the building in Drakes Branch, formerly occupied by L.S. Jackson & Son.  The building has been extensively remodeled, and will be stocked with a full line of quality merchandise.


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

Notice.  
Mr. John D. Shepperson, having purchased the interest of Mr. J.M. Bouldin, in the Gazette, is admitted a member of the firm from this date, Mr. Bouldin retiring.
The paper will hereafter be published by Paris, Shepperson & Cox.
Charlotte C.H., July 1st, 1873

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Charlotte C.H., July 7th, 1873
To the Patrons of the Charlotte Gazette.
The undersigned is no longer connected with the Charlotte Gazette having sold his entire interest in the same to John D. Shepperson, Esq.  In desolving my connection with our county paper I desire to return my thanks to my friends for their generous aid and to most earnestly beg that they will continue to extend the same to the gentlemen who now conduct the paper,
Respectfully,

JNO. M. BOULDIN 


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, July 2, 1964
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

"VILLE VIEW" SOLD AT AUCTION, TO BE A FAMILY HOME
By Betty H. Tipton

"Ville View", 19th century, red-brick, Colonial home of the late John Dennette Guthrie, world-renowned forester, author and hero of World War I, was sold at public auction Saturday for $23,275.
Located 600 feet from Route 40 near the heart of the village, the house is situated in a fine grove of oak and other trees, planted by the Major. This 3 story, 8 room dwelling was bought by L.M. Jones for $17,750.  The new master plans to start installing modern conveniences and other renovations at once to turn it into a spacious, family home. 
Adjoining lots, belonging to the estate were purchased by Guy Dixon of Cullen and six other lots, on the highway were sold to Jim Ferguson, also of Cullen.
A native of Charlotte County, Major Guthrie, who was General Inspector for the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1934 until 1943, acquired "Ville View" upon his retirement.  Here, he lived until his death at 84 in December 1962, and established one of Virginia's earliest tree farms.
Known as "Mr. Forester" he had served the United States Government for more than forty years.  Beginning in 1902, he was one of the leaders in the efforts to conserve forests in the West.
Major Guthrie handled forestry assignments in Mexico, Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Scotland, Finland, and Sweden.  He also wrote several forestry publications, and was a frequent contributor to national and international periodicals. 
During World War I, he was command captain of Company C, 13th Engineers (Forestry) AEF.  He was assistant to General W.P. Richardson in central France.  Then he was stationed at Archanged, Russian, and finally with the War Damage Command in Romania.
Decorations and Awards
France awarded him the Merite Agricola and Russia conferred on him the Orders of St. Anne, St. Nicholas, and the Compassionate Heart.  In 1925, he received the Pack Prize from the American Association of Foresters.
A national trustee and vice president of the Patrick Henry Foundation, Major Guthrie is believed to have collected the most complete library on the statesman who is buried in this county at "Red Hill".  He kept this in the front room on the left at "Ville View".  The house also contained many, other valuable and unusual items Major Guthrie had found in his world travels.
A brick cemented into the right corner of the front of the house bears the date "1831" but some sources claims the original house was begun in 1790.  Its roof today is painted a medium green and there are matching blinds at the many windows.
The front door leads to a wide front hall sweeping the width of the house.  There is a staircase in the grand manner, leading to the second floor.  Pine-panelled wainscoting decorates the "walls.  On either side are high-ceilinged rooms.  In the living room, the wooden fireplace is exquisitely carved.
The rafters in the attic on the third floor are hand-hewn and fastened together with wooden pegs.
The new owner is a native of Galax in Grayson County, who has been working in Charlotte County for 18 years.  He owns the Jones Oil Company.  Mrs. Jones was born in Charlotte County and is the former Miss Betty Lee Cobb.  They have one daughter, 13 year old Beverly, who is a student at Randolph-Henry, the Charlotte County High School, about a block away on the other side of the highway.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 8, 1933
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

NOW LOCATED AT HANMER BROS. MOTOR COMPANY
Hanmer Brothers Hardware Store is now doing business in the Hanmer Motor Company building in Keysville.  The hardware store is occupying half of the display front of the building, and is well situated and attractively arranged to serve its patrons.
Hanmer Bros. Hardware Store was destroyed in the recent fire at Keysville.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 4, 1934
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

MR. AND MRS. HUBBARD ARRIVE
Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Hubbard of Farmville arrived in town and will make their home here during the tobacco season.  Mr. Hubbard is the buyer of the Export Tobacco Company.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, May 25, 1933
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

E.C. MOON AT SAXE IS THE "HAM KING" OF THIS SECTION
We had an interesting visit to Saxe this week and one of its major points was a look into E.C. Moon's smokehouse.  Mr. Moon has cured about 4,000 pounds of ham this year besides some shoulders and side meat.  It was a pretty sight to see the meat hanging from the ceiling of the specially constructed house back of his store, and we certainly looked at it with interest, but he didn't give us a ham, although we must have looked hungry.
Mr. Moon is becoming to be known as the 'Ham King' and for his hams he commands a higher price than hams are bringing on the market.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, May 4, 1933
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

PLANTERS BANK OPEN FOR BUSINESS MAY 2
Occupies Office next to the Keeling Drug Store.  Bank Carried no Insurance on Building
The Planters Bank of Keysville, which occupied one of the buildings in the block destroyed by fire last Wednesday evening, reopened Tuesday for business in the office next door to the Keeling Drug store, in the building owned by Mr. Keeling.  All of the fixtures that were saved as well as the iron safes which were undamaged by the fire were transfered (transferred) to this building Monday.  Records which were placed in an iron vault were destroyed when the vault blew up during the blaze.
The bank carried no insurance on the building, furniture and fixtures.  The Odd Fellows Hall, which was in the second story of the bank building had recently been refurnished, all of which was destroyed without insurance.
Hanmer Brothers Hardware store, next door to the bank building was insured for $20,000; $12,000 of which was on the stock, the rest on the building.  Mr. F.I. Hanmer said they had not decided whether or not the store will be rebuilt.
The Howell building which was destroyed by the flames was insured for $3,500, and the stock of E.M. Arvin, who rented the building, was insured for $1,500.  Mr. Arvin will reopen in the near future.