Tuesday, March 20, 2012

11 June 1875 -- Cathey's Creek News Items

Here's a colorful news bulletin from Cathey's Creek, TN dated 11 June 1875:

"T. B. Brooks, a well to do farmer of this creek boasts of the finest mule colt in his district.  Mr. Brooks is an enterprising man and we wish him much success at the world's fair in 1876.

Mr. B. Worley is still cultivating his unlimited genius for mechanism.

The villagers of Worleysville recently awakened from their reverie by the cry of "a deer, look at the deer" in in less than a minute all was a hum and stir in the village.  Bud Worley dashed frantically from his shop with a gouge and chisel in hand, and with the fleetness of a terrified Indian, dashed over fences, bogs, gullies and stumps till he finally exhausted fell. Borkley Dicky, the Nimrod of the creek, was behind the pursuers, and was moving with great velocity, when to his utter astonishment, he found that he had forgotten his gun. at this point, a dead silence ensued.  All eyes were eagerly bent upon him,as much to say, 'You deserve not the appellation of Nimrod'.  With faltering steps and quivering limbs, each one marched slowly back into the village, and spent the remainder of the day in discussing the events of the panic. "

Note:  While the term Nimrod is used in the northern U.S. as an insult, I believe that it refers here to a reference in the Bible about Nimrod being a mighty hunter.

I assume that the World's Fair mentioned in the news article is this one, as described in this excerpt from an article in Wikipedia:

"The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, the first official World's Fair in the United States, was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from May 10 to November 10, 1876, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. It was officially the International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures and Products of the Soil and Mine. It was held in Fairmount Park, along the Schuylkill River. The fairgrounds were designed by Herman J. Schwarzmann. About 10 million visitors attended, equivalent to about 20% of the population of the United States at the time." 

I believe that there might have been another fair claiming the title of the World's Fair at the time, but I am not certain.


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