Personal News Items from Local Newspapers

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

PERSONAL

Mrs. Geo. B. Russell was a business visitor to Farmville Saturday.
Miss Irene Freeman, of Alberta, arrived Monday.  She will teach here in the school, and will live at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Crouch.
Lieutenant and Mrs. Yarbrough, of Ellington Field, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Yarbrough, of Newport News, were guests of their aunt, Mrs. W.S. Crouch and Mr. Crouch, Wednesday of last week.
Mrs. E.F. Daniel, of Danville, who had been visiting Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Daniel, at their home, "Arcadia," near Charlotte Court House went to Farmville Monday to visit Mrs. A.A. Chamberlayne en route to Richmond.
Miss Bettie Friend left Tuesday for Spartanburg, S.C., where she will resume her studies at Converse College.  This is her senior year.
Mrs. Douglas Williams, of Brookneal, spent the week end with her sister, Mrs. S.D. Eggleston and Mr. Eggleston.
F.T. Milton, of Martinsville, spent the week end here at his home.
Brig-Gen. and Mrs. C.D. Young, Mrs. John R. Young and daughter, Miss Ann Booth Young, are spending two weeks at their home, South ? Dr. Franklin M. Thompson and son., John, who have been visiting Major John D. Guthrie at Charlotte Court House left Tuesday to visit his sister, Mrs. Leigh Hanes.
Miss Leone Cooper of Charlotte Court House spent the week end with her parents at Rocky Mount.
Mr. and Mrs. B.D. Parsons, of Charlotte Court House, will spend Saturday and Sunday at Richmond attending the graduating exercises of their daughter, Miss Elizabeth, at the School of Pharmacy of the Medical College of Virginia.
Mrs. J.C. Irby and daughter, Miss Margaret of Blackstone, spent Monday and Tuesday with Mrs. Irby's sister, Mrs. A.H. Hamilton and Mr. Hamilton.
W.K. Payne, Jr., of Washington came Saturday to visit his mother for a week.
Miss Bessie Daniel will begin her music class on September 25th.
Richard Gaines, of Midlothian, arrived Tuesday to visit Miss Mary Bailey Watkins and Dr. Thomas Watkins and other relatives and friends in the county.


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

CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for kindness and sympathy shown us during the illness and death of my wife and our mother, Ellie Vassar; also for the beautiful floral designs.  
Nathan L. Vassar and children.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday,  March 21, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Miss Lelia Fulton in Cousins Wedding
Among the bridesmaids in the wedding of Miss Grace Collier Hutcheson of Richmond to Ensign Horace Lee Pearce, of Hampton Saturday at St. John's Episcopal Church, Richmond, Miss Lelia Fulton, of Drakes Branch.  She wore a Romance Rose taffeta dress with heart shaped neckline, three-quarter-length sleeves, torse bodice skirt shirred on at the hipline trimmed with matching cording.  She wore flowers in her hair and carried spring flowers.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. H.C. Hutcheson of Richmond and the late Hillery Hutcheson, a native of Charlotte County.


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

IN MEMORIAM
REID -- In sad but loving remembrance of my husband Private First Class Willie M. Reid, who was killed in action in France, one year ago, January 2, 1945.
My days are long and lonesome,
My pleasures are but few.
The happiest hours ever spent
Were spent, my dear Willie, with you.
I can see your face before me now
Still feel your hand in mine,
The last sweet look you gave me,
Will linger in my mind.
--WIFE MARY
You had a smile for every one
A heart as pure as gold
We miss you, dear Daddy,
With feelings that can never be told.
SONNY


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December 20, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

PERSONAL
Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Paulett went to Appomattox Sunday where Mrs. Paulett resumed her duties teaching.  Mrs. Paulett expected to return here this week.
John Locke, who has received his discharge from the Army has accepted his former position with L.S. Jackson and son.  Mr. and Mrs. Locke will occupy the apartment recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Nachtrieb.
Mrs. J.L. Payne spent a few days of this week in Richmond.
Mrs. C.L. Tucker, Mrs. C.V. Tucker and Mrs. Roland Chandler of Charlotte Court House spent Tuesday in Lynchburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. Walton and little daughter, Ann Taylor, expect to spend Christmas with Mrs. Walton's mother Mrs. J.L. Barnes of Elm City, N.C.


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

PERSONAL
Mrs. J. Elmer Hearn of Petersburg is visiting Miss Minnie Jackson.
Mrs. William H. Smith, Charlotte Court House was a business visitor in Farmville, Tuesday.
Stanford Vassar, U.S. Navy, Brainbridge, Md., spent last week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I.H. Vassar, near Charlotte Court House.
Miss Christine Vassar a member of the Kenbridge High School faculty spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. I.H. Vassar near Charlotte Court House.
H.E. McSwain of Charlotte Court House, District County Agent spent Tuesday at Danville.
Mrs. S.T. Paulett and Mrs. S.T. Paulett, Jr., attended the funeral of Mrs. Paulett's uncle, W.A. Broocks at the Presbyterian church of Chase City, Wednesday morning January 24th.
Mrs. J.D. Morton, Mrs. Harold Pettus, Mrs. Clyde Hall, Miss Sula Paulett and W.S. Crouch went to Richmond, Wednesday as blood donors for the Red Cross.
Mr. and Mrs. Douglass Moore of near Charlotte Court House and daughter, Miss Jean Moore, a member of the Nurses Cadet Corps of a hospital at Roanoke, returned Tuesday from Camp Blanding, Fla., where they spent the week end with their son, Douglass Moore.
Miss Katie Kent Early of Petersburg, spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Kent Early of Charlotte Court House.
Mrs. Wm. R. Martin of Charlotte Court House returned Friday from Richmond, where she had been visiting her daughter, Mrs. William Drewry.
Reuben Payne, of Charlotte Court House who has been teaching apriculture (agriculture) at the Randolph-Henry High School left Tuesday for Richmond, he will be inducted into service.  J.A. Gills of Lynchburg is teaching in Mr. Payne's place.  Mrs. Gills and two children remained at Lynchburg.
Miss Jeff Rowe, of Richmond spent the week end with her parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Rowe, of Charlotte Court House.
Dr. Wm. R. Martin of the Charlotte County Health Department, attended a Health Officers meeting at Norfolk, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.
Pvt. and Mrs. Aubrey Newcomb of near Saxe announce the arrival of twin boys, December 26th, one of them lived only twenty-four hours.  Private Newcomb is now in service overseas.
W.T. Moore of Norfolk spent the week end with Mrs. Moore at Charlotte Court House.
Mrs. H.H. Morrison of Lynchburg spent last week with her parents Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Nash of near Charlotte Court House, who are confined to their home by illness, but are now improving.
Mrs. Lawrence Vassar and little daughter, Susan Adair, of Norfolk, are spending this week with Mrs. Vassar's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Nash of near Charlotte Court House.  Mr. Vassar accompanied them and spent the week end.
Miss Harriet Purcell, a student of S.T.C., Farmville spent the week end with her parents, Mar. (Mr.) and Mrs. W.V. Purcell.
Mrs. J.H. Daniel of Charlotte Court House returned from Richmond last Thursday.  She was accompanied home by her daughter, Mrs. George Riepe, Jr., and infant daughter, Eleanor Thomas Riepe.
Mrs. J.L. Payne, who had been visiting her son Captain J.L. Payne Jr., and Mrs. Payne of Love Field, Texas and friends at Houston returned home Friday.
Mrs. Fred B. Walton and Mrs. W.S. Crouch spent Wednesday, of last week at Richmond.
Miss Mabel Waddell, a junior at S.T.C., Farmville, spent the week end here with her father, W.E. Waddell.
Mrs. E.H. Chalkley was a business visitor to Richmond today.
Bruce Payne, who is stationed at Norfolk spent the week end here with his mother Mrs. J.L. Payne.


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

ADD PERSONALS
Mrs. G.L. Wingo returned Tuesday night from Washington where she attended the marriage of her daughter, Miss Nora Wingo to S-c Charles Berry of Hickory, N.C.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November  16, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

PERSONAL
Mrs. George Booth, of Charlotte Court House, Mrs. George Booth, Jr., and brother, William Wall, of Aspen, left Sunday for California, to visit with George Booth Jr., who is in service.
Miss Leone Cooper, of Charlotte Court House, spent the week end at her home in Rocky Mount.
Mrs. H.B. Chermside, Jr., and two children, Florence and "Chuckie," of Charlotte Court House, left Saturday for Gulfport, Miss., where they will spend some time with Lieutenant Chermside, who is in training there.
Miss Katie Kent Early of  Petersburg, spent the week end at Charlotte Court House with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Kent Early.
Mrs. L.R. Driskill, of  Richmond, was the guest of her brother, Dick Dunnavant, and Mrs. Dunnavant, of Charlotte Court House, Saturday.
Mrs. W.H. Mahoney and niece, Mrs. Ernest Lacey, of  Halifax, spent Wednesday and Thursday of this week with Mrs. Lacey's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Chalkley.  Today is Mr. Chalkley's birthday. 
Miss Eleanor Berger and Miss Sula Paulett spent Saturday in Lynchburg.
The Literary Club will meet Tuesday, November 21, with Mrs. Tucker Paulett, at 3 o'clock.  Mrs. J.D. Morton will give a book review.
Miss Bruce Hayes of Chase City, spent the week end with Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Friend.
Miss Bettie Sue Tayloe, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Watkins Tayloe of  Live Oaks, Florida, arrived Friday to visit her uncle and aunt, Dr. Thomas Watkins and Miss Mary Bailey Watkins.  She left Sunday for Raleigh, N.C., where she entered St. Mary's College.
Mrs. E.H. Chalkley spent Tuesday in Richmond.  She was accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Russell Hunt, of Charlottesville, who is visiting her parents.
Miss Mary Bailey Watkins visited her brother, Tucker Watkins and Mrs. Watkins of  Halifax, Monday and Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Jackson and two children, Charlotte and Lewis of  Richmond, spent Friday with Mr. Jackson's brother R.B. Jackson and Mrs. Jackson.  They also visited Mr. Jackson's mother, Mrs. L.S. Jackson.
Miss Ruth Tucker, of  Richmond, spent the week end here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Tucker.
Mrs. S.T. Paulett and daughter Miss Sula, and sister, Mrs. S.B. Lassister, of Chase City; Mrs. Tucker Paulett and Mrs. F.B. Walteon were business visitors to Farmville Wednesday.
Miss Ann Jackson, a senior of Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Bruce Jackson.
Mrs. Charles Blake and Mrs. Powell Chapman, oif (of) Roanoke, were recent guests of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Watkins of Charlotte Court House.
Mrs. E.W. Painter and two children, Melinda and Warren, Jr., of  Richmond, arrived Sunday to spend the winter with Mrs. Painter's parents, Dr. and Mrs. John W. Rowe, at the manse at Charlotte Court House.  Mr. Painter is in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. and Mrs. Dillon Robertson and little daunghter (daughter), Priscilla, of South Boston, visited Mr. Robertson's mother, Mrs. E.D. Robertson, of Charlotte Court House Saturday.
Miss Ruth Pleasants Rowe, from S.T.C., Farmville, and Miss Ella Gordon Rowe, of  Richmond, spent the week with their parents, Dr. and Mrs. John W. Rowe, of Charlotte Court House.
Miss Elizabeth Parsons, of Richmond, spent the week end at Charlotte Court House with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.D. Parsons. She was en route to Brookneal, where she is spending this week, assisting at the drug store there.  She will return to Richmond, where she has accepted a position in a drug store.
Miss Caroline Friend and sister Mrs. William Bigelow, of  Greensboro, N.C., spent the week end with Miss Sally Vaughau (Vaughan) and brother, William Vaughan.
Dr. Wortley F. Rudd, dean of the School of Pharmacy of the Medical College of  Richmond and Mrs. Rudd; Dr. Tom D. Rowe and son, Tom, Jr., and Miss Blair Parsons, a student of the pharmacy school, were the guests of  Miss Parsons parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.D. Parsons of Charlotte Court House last Thursdary (Thursday).  Dr. Rud dtook (Rudd took) part in a riund (round) table discussion held at Randilph (Randolph)-Henry High School in the afternoon.
Mrs. Marshall Hopkins, Mrs. R. Page Morton and Mrs. Dick Dunnavant, of Charlotte Court House, spent Tuesday in Richmond.
Mr. and Mrs. Nack Roach, of  Newport News, spent the week end at Charlotte Court House with Mrs. C.H. Gibbs and daughter, Miss Mary Gibbs.
Mrs. William Drewry of  Richmond spent the week end with her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Wm. R. Martin.
Sergeant William Pettus, of  Fort Bragg, N.C., arrived Saturday night to visit his aunt, Mrs. Walter H. Pettus.
Miss Louse Wingo, of  Richmond, who had been spending a few days with Miss Minnie Jackson, returned home Saturday.
Mrs. Coleman Pettus and little son of  Louisburg, N.C., arrived Monday to visit Mrs. Walter Pettus.
Dr. and Mrs. A.C. Hopkins of Charlotte Court House will entertain Friday in celebration of the birthday of Dr. Hopkins and W.G. Williams who have the same birthday.
Mrs. Clairborne Bouldin was called to Charlottesville, Tuesday by the illness of her brother Mr. William Crump of Albemarle and Philadelphia.  Her son Thomas T. Bouldin accompanied her.
Mrs. Manley C. Fauber and children Marilyn and Linda Sue of  Roanoke visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Hurt here recently. They were accompanied home by Mrs. Hurt who spent a few days with them.
Miss Mamie Hurt of  Richmond spent the week end here with her parents Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Hurt.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, November 16, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Betty Carol Harvey Celebrates Birthday
Little Miss Betty Carol Harvey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Gray Harvey, of Charlotte Court House, celebrated her eighth birthday Tuesday, November 7th from 4 to 4:30 with her friends at a party at the home of her parents.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, October 5, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

PERSONAL
Bruce Payne, who is stationed at Norfolk, spent the week end here with his mother, Mrs. J.L. Payne.
Mrs. M.L. Dunnavant, of near Charlotte Court House, entered a hospital at Lynchburg Friday.  She was accompanied to Lynchburg by her daughter and son, Mrs. B.E. Bailey and J.C. Dunnavant, who returned home in the evening.
Mrs. S.B. Lassiter of Tifton, Ga., who is spending some time with Mr. Lassiter, who is on the Chase City tobacco market, came Monday to visit her sister, Mrs. S.T. Paulett and Mr. Pauleett (Paulett).
Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Bailey and Mrs. Bailey's niece and nephew, Laura and Devin Dunnavant, of near Charlotte Court House, spent Sunday with Mrs. M.L. Dunnavant who is in a hospital in Lynchburg.
Mrs. H.B. Chermside, Jr., and children, "Chuckie" and Florence, spent the week end at Richmond with her mother, Mrs. J.H. Bonnett.
Yeoman 3-c Ruth Eggleston, of Washington, spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Eggleston, of Charlotte court House.
Misses Mary and Frances Barksdale, who have been away fro (for) some time, have returned to their home near Randolph.
S.D. Eggleston, Jr., who is with the Highway Department at Suffolk, spent the week end at Charlotte Court House with his parents.
Mr. and Mrs.  J. Creighton Reipe, of Washington, who had been visiting Mrs. Reipe's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Daniel, at their home "Arcadia," near Charlotte Court House, for several days returned home Wednesday of last week.
Mr. and Mrs. R. Douglass Williams, Jr., and children, Elizabeth and Douglass, of Brookneal, were guests of Mrs. Williams' parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Scoggin, Sunday.  They returned from Whiteville N.C., Saturday, where they had been for two months.  Mr. Williams was buying tobacco on that market.
Mr. and Mrs. R. Bruce Jackson spent Tuesday and Wednesday at Staunton visiting their daughter, Miss Ann Jackson, and attended the exercises Wednesday morning, when Miss Jackson received her cap and gown.
Mrs. J.L. Payne and sister, Miss Sallie Vaughan, spent Tuesday and Wednesday at New Hope with their aunt, Mrs. T.A. Proctor and daughter, Mrs. T.R. Rolston, and Dr. Rolston.
Mrs. J. Kent Early of Charlotte Court House, spent Tuesday and Wednesday with her daughter, Miss Ann Early, who is a student at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton.
Mrs. W.G. Williams, of Charlotte Court House, went to Richmond Friday and spent the night with her brother, W.A. Rice and Mrs. Rice.  Mr. and Mrs. Rice and daughter, Martha Rice, and Mrs. Williams attended the marriage of their niece, Miss Page Nottingham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.V. Nottingham, to Floyd Nottingham, also of Eastville, Saturday.  Other members of the family there were Mrs. Swartz, of Buckingham, and Mrs. Nelson Elliott of Blackstone.  Mrs. Williams returned home Monday.
Raymond Vassar, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. I.H. Vassar, of near Charlotte Court House, left for V.P.I., Blacksburg this week where he entered school.
Miss Christine Vassar of Kenbridge and Stanford Vassar of Nottoway Court House, spent the past week end with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. I.H. Vassar, of near Charlotte Court House.
Miss Violet Farrar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dana John Farrar of Barnesville, is attending a business college at Lynchburg.  Miss Farrar is a graduate of the 1944 class of Randolph-Henry High School.
Wiley Payne, who is on the Danville tobacco market spent the week end here with his mother, Mrs. W.K. Payne.
F.T. Milton, of Martinsville, spent the week end here with Mrs. Milton.
Mrs. J.C. Priddy, of Keysville, visited her sister, Mrs. F.T. Milton here this week.
Mrs. W.R. Martin, of Charlotte Court House, went to Richmond Wednesday to visit her daughter, Mrs. William Drewry, for a few days. 
Mrs. W.K. Payne went to Richmond Tuesday and entered a hospital there for treatment.
Mrs. G.L. Wingo went to Washington Saturday to be with her daughter, Miss Nora Wingo, who had a tonsil operation.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, October 1, 1925
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

RETURNS FROM CANADA
Mr. W.H. Garner of near Charlotte Courthouse was in town Wednesday.  He has just returned from a very pleasant trip of about five weeks to Canada.  Mr. Garner spent most of his time while there on the experimental farms. While away he was with Mr. O.G. Williams, formerly of Charlotte County, who has been in Canada about three years.
Mr. D.D. Digges, formerly of Lunenburg County, was also on this farm with Mr. Garner.  Mr. Digges is superintendent of the Experimental Station for Southwestern Ontario, and Mr. Williams's assistant.
Mr. Garner says they have fine crops there, and had plenty of rain.


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

IMPROVEMENTS.-- The sound of saw and hammer is music we love to hear, and we are glad to note the evidences of building up.  The new residence now being erected by Thos. E. Watkins, Esq. is progressing under the skillful hands of Mr. Geo. E. Barksdale, the master builder.
The fence around the grounds and residence of Capt. John G. Brown, with his new coat of white presents a tasteful appearance. And we are pleased to note the new fence and gates on the premises belonging to A.B. Paris Esq.


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

FATHER'S DAY GATHERING
"Father's Day" sure did go wonderful for Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Hamlett Sr. of Phenix.  All of his children and grandchildren were there for an eat-out and homemade ice cream afterwards.
Those present were Mrs. Hamlett's father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Nash of Pamplin.  Their children; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Guthrie, Winfred Vanassa, Winston and Nat all of Naruna; Mr. and Mrs. Garland Harris, Roy, Cindy and Dianne of Phenix; Mr. and Mrs. Reed Sapp and daughters, Denise and Shiela of Richmond; Mrs. Dorothy Davis, Benjy and Dolly of Phenix; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hamlett Jr. and Caroll Ray of Phenix; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hamlett of Richmond; Miss Jean Hamlett of Richmond and Johnny of Phenix.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 19, 1939
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

ON SPENCER FAMILY WANTS INFORMATION
2235 Q. Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C.
January 13, 1939

Editor Gazette:
On May 31, 1844, Charles Spencer and his wife, Mary, of Charlotte County, by their deed, dated on that day, conveyed to one William L. Thornton a tract of land containing about sixty-five acres described as near Thornton's Mill and adjoining lands of H.C. Thornton, William L. Thornton, Charles C. Harvey, and William Anglea.  There was excepted from this conveyance one-fourths of an acre embracing the family graveyard. 
Some time prior to the making of the foregoing conveyance, William Spencer and Mary Spencer, as heirs of James Spencer, deceased, had made a deed to the above-mentioned Charles Spencer as an heir of  James Spencer, wherein they conveyed their interests in the above-described lands.
My mother is a granddaughter of Charles Spencer and is anxious to ascertain what members of the Spencer family are buried in the above-mentioned graveyard, their relationship to each other and the name of the father of James Spencer.  It may be that the tombstones erected over the graves are still standing and that some person will be kind enough to copy the inscriptions for me.  It will be appreciated therefore, if you will publish this letter.  If any of your readers can furnish the desired information, and will do so, both my mother (who was Georgia Spencer, daughter of Sion Douglas Spencer and attended old Bon Air Institute) and I will appreciate it very much.
Very truly yours,
MARCUS W. PRICE


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, March 30, 1933
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Dr. and Mrs. Nicholson Return
Dr. and Mrs. C.M. Nicholson, returned Tuesday of this week and are located at "Arcadia" the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Daniels.  Dr. Nicholson's office will be at Roxobel as heretofore.
Dr. Nicholson says the walls of the hold house have been taken down and the brick cleaned preparatory to restoration of the old home, destroyed by fire Thanksgiving morning.