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Staunton Vindicator: September 23, 1870

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Extracts from the Minutes of the Executive Committee of the Augusta Memorial Association for the Confederate Dead, Sept. 10th, 1870
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Summary: Describes in detail the articles adopted by the Augusta Memorial Association at its September meeting. Most of the articles deal with appointing committees and officers, proper protocol for decorating graves, dues to be paid, etc.
(Names in announcement: Capt. J. H. Waters, Capt. James Bumgardner, Capt. J. N. Opie, S. Travers Phillips, Col. Bolivar Christian)
Full Text of Article:

The following resolution was unanimously adopted as the first action of the Committee:

Resolved, That the thanks of the relatives and friends of the Confederate dead, who lie in the Thornrose Cemetery, are due to Mrs. Robert Cowan individually, and as President of the Augusta Ladies' Memorial Association, for her untiring zeal and unselfish devotion in the cause of protecting, caring for, and consecrating the graves of the fallen Soldiers of the South; and this Committee trusts that her health and life may long be preserved, and thus her efforts in this holy cause be long continued.

A Constitution prepared by order of the meeting in June last, was adopted as follows:


The name of this Association shall be, The Augusta Memorial Association for the Confederate Dead.


The object of this Association shall be the preservation, care and annual decoration of the graves of Confederate dead, who are interred in Thornrose Cemetery and other localities in Augusta County.


The members of this Association shall consist of all persons, not deserters from the Confederate army, who shall contribute annually the sum of fifty cents for the purposes of the Association.


Honorary members of the Association shall consist of all persons who shall contribute the sum of five dollars for the purposes of the Association.


The officers of the Association shall be a President in Staunton, and one Vice President in each Township of the County, Secretary and Treasurer, who shall be elected by the Association at each annual meeting, convened for the purpose of decorating the graves of the Confederate dead; their duties shall be such as are appropriate to their respective offices, and as may be specified by the By-Laws of the Association.


There shall be an Executive Committee of its Association, consisting of five members, inclusive of the Presidents of the Association, who shall be ex officio a member thereof, to be chosen by the Association at each annual meeting thereof, and of whom three shall be a quorum for the transaction of business. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to transact the current business of the Association, to determine and direct all the operations of the Association in reference to the graves of the Confederate dead, to make all contracts in regard thereto, to control all the expenditures of the Association, and upon whose draft all the moneys of the Association shall be paid by the Treasurer, and to whom the Treasurer of the Association shall report the condition of the Finances of the Association whenever required so to do by said Committee. Said Committee shall have power to draft by-laws for their government, to appoint Sub-committees, and shall appoint a Secretary, and keep a record of all their acts and resolutions, and shall meet whenever required so to do by the President of the Committee. The Executive Committees shall make a report of their transactions to each annual meeting of the Association.


The Association shall meet yearly at a place to be designated by the President on the 9th of June, as the annual "Memorial Day" of the Association, to decorate the graves of the Confederate dead and to transact appropriate business.

The President of the Association assisted by the Executive Committee shall prescribe the ceremonies of the Memorial Day, provide for the delivery of such addresses as may be proper, and give sufficient previous notice thereof by publication in the newspapers of the County.

The President and Vice Presidents shall be ex-officio Marshals of the Day.


The annual contributions of the members of the Association shall be expended under the directions of the Executive Committee, in keeping in repair the graves of the Confederate dead in Augusta. The fund arising from the contributions of honorary members, may be invested in a permanent fund or otherwise as the Association may determine.


The Secretary shall inscribe the names of the members of the Association in a well bound book for preservation, and the roll of members shall be published annually in the papers of Augusta, under the direction of the President.

Upon motion it was Resolved, That each Vice President now in office (together with the Committees to be hereafter published) shall proceed without delay to enrol members of the Association, and that a meeting of all the members be held at the County Fair on the second day in Gatherem Hall to perfect the organization of the Association in all respects; also

Resolved, That a member of the Executive Committee be assigned to each Township, to select therefrom Sub-committees of two gentlemen and three ladies at each precinct to collect contributions and to obtain members for the Association.

Under this resolution the following appointments were made, viz:

Staunton and Beverley Manor.--Capt. J. H. Waters.

Riverheads.--Capt. James Bumgardner.

Middle River.--Capt. J.N. Opie.

North River and Pastures.--S. Travers Phillips.

South River.--Col. B. Christian.

Resolved, That the Secretary request the papers of Staunton to publish from the minutes extracts for general circulation in the County.

The names of the Sub-committees will be published next week.


Chm'n Ex. Com.


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Summary: The corner-stone of Staunton's African American Baptist Church was laid in a ceremony last Tuesday. The Rev. Mr. Williams delivered the address.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Williams)
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Summary: The voters of Waynesboro will meet to elect delegates to the county convention.
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Summary: Meetings were held at precincts throughout Augusta to choose delegates to the county convention. The paper lists the delegates chosen. Hebron: Jacob Baylor, St. F. C. Roberts, J. T. Mitchell. Sandy Hollow: John N. Opie, John Ramsey, Robert Powers. Bolivar: A. W. Harman, Joseph Merriken, S. Croft. Mt. Sidney: William Crawford, Thomas Burke, Charles Roller. New Hope: S. B. Finley, Charles Grattan, Dr. Gillespie. Barterbrook: A. G. Christian, William A. Abney, H. G. Guthrie. Fishersville: David S. Bell, P. T. Burkholder, William Caldwell. Buffalo Gap: William M. Tate, Baxter Crawford, Lorenzo Sibert. Greenville: A. Blauth, William F. Smith, Adam M. Hawpe.
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Summary: Reports on the successful vote for an additional subscription by Staunton for $50,000 of stock to the Valley Railroad.
Full Text of Article:

On Saturday last an election was held at the regular voting places, in Staunton, on the question of an additional Subscription of $50,000 to the Stock of the Valley Railroad Company and the Subscription carried by a large majority, making the Subscription of Staunton to the Stock of the V.R.R. Co., $150,000.

The vote stood as follows:

For Subscription 286 Against Subscription 90 Total vote 376

A three-fifth vote was necessary to carry the subscription, which it will be seen, from the above figures, was obtained, with 151 votes to spare.

The opinion prevailed generally that the subscription would be carried and consequently many favoring the subscription did not take the trouble to vote. This accounts for the comparatively small vote cast.

Ward Meetings
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Summary: Meetings were held in Staunton's ward number 1 and 2 to choose delegates to the county convention. Ward No. 1 selected William G. Sterritt, Bolivar Christian, and Richard Fisher, and endorsed A. H. H. Stuart for Congress. Ward No. 2 selected H. M. Bell, M. G. Harman, and J. M Hardy. The following were selected as delegates and alternates for the Congressional Convention. Delegates: John B. Baldwin, William A. Burke, M. H. Effinger, S. Travers Phillips, and M. G. Harman. Alternates: P. H. Trout, W. H. H. Lynn, S. H. Hilb, A. S. Lara, R. G. Bickle.
(Names in announcement: William G. Sterritt, Bolivar Christian, Richard Fisher, A. H. H. Stuart, H. M. Bell, M. G. Harman, J. M. Hardy, John B. Baldwin, William A. Burke, M. H. Effinger, S.Travers Phillips, M. G. Harman, P. H. Trout, W. H. H. Lynn, S. H. Hilb, A. S. Lara, R. G. Bickle)
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Summary: Daniel T. Scrogham and Miss Elizabeth F. Humbert, both of Augusta, were married on September 8th by the Rev. Martin Garber.
(Names in announcement: Daniel T. Scrogham, Elizabeth F. Humbert, Rev. Martin Garber)
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Summary: Henry S. Kennedy and Lucy C. Rhineheart, daughter of Oliver Rhineheart, all of New Hope, were married on September 14th by the Rev. John H. Wolfe.
(Names in announcement: Henry S. Kennedy, Lucy C. Rhineheart, Oliver Rhineheart, Rev. John H. Wolfe)
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Summary: James Edwin Fretwell, infant son of William W. and Sarah Fretwell, died on September 20th. He was 2 years old.
(Names in announcement: James Edwin Fretwell, William W. Fretwell, Sarah Fretwell)
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Summary: William Yarbrough died at New Hope on September 4th. He was 81 years old.
(Names in announcement: William Yarbrough)
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Summary: Miss Lucy A. Edmondson died near Staunton at the residence of her brother, E. L. Edmondson on August 24th. She was 35 years old.
(Names in announcement: Lucy A. Edmondson, E. L. Edmondson)

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