Valley Virginian: October 9, 1867Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
(Column 01)Summary: A silver mine was discovered on Larew's farm, ten miles from Staunton. It "is said to be very rich, and promises a fine yield."The Last Shot of the War
(Names in announcement: Larew)
(Column 02)Summary: The Valley Virginian disagrees with the claim that the Richmond Howitzers fired the Army of Northern Virginia's final shot. That honor should go to Col. Charles T. O'Ferrall's command, which had been stationed in the Valley and "had a successful engagement with the enemy, after we were paroled at Appomattox. His command was the last organized force in Virginia, of the A. N. Va., to surrender, and if dates were at hand, we think it could be proven."Words Fitly Spoken
(Column 03)Summary: Since the war ended slavery, and the labor of the Freedmen is deemed unreliable, the paper advocates immigration from abroad or from other sections as the only way to fill the South's labor needs. Large farms will need to be divided and sold to attract immigrants.
Full Text of Article:The Leadership of the South
There is one thing, says the Washington Evening Express, that Virginia more needs at this time than any other, it is immigration. The revolution in labor resulting from the late war renders it impracticable to attempt the prosecution of agricultural enterprise on the old plan, and to depend on the present generation of freedmen for anything like regular labor to rely, in too many instances, on a broken reed. Consequently, the large plantations must be divided and sold to thrifty, practical, and enterprising persons from the more densely populated States, thousands of whom would gladly avail themselves of the opportunity to settle on the prolific soil of the Old Dominion, and would bring into the State that manly vigor and steady purpose which, in a few years, will develop her inexhaustible resources, and bring millions to the pockets of her people.
(Column 04)Summary: This selection from the Washington Express argues that, with much of the old leadership class disfranchised, it becomes even more imperative that those remaining southerners of "education" and "culture" must take leadership roles. They must especially move to care for the Freedmen or the Radicals will step in and gain influence among them.
Origin of Article: Washington ExpressFull Text of Article:Travelling Over the Chesapeake and Ohio Route
The planting interest of the South in former times controlled it, and this not simply by virtue of position, but because of fitness, intelligence, and independence. It is right that the intelligent class in a community should rule it, and we would be sorry to see the leadership of the South pass into the hands of irresponsible demagogues. But the late slave owners must do their duty. They are now a meagre minority. Many of them, too, are disfranchised. We regard this as unfortunate, but the deed is done, and it only makes it the more imperative on those whose position, culture, and experience entitle them to lead, that they should do their duty. And this requires that they should so mingle with the people as to enlighten and instruct them, especially in the principles of political economy, that they should become familiar with their wishes and their opinions, ascertain their grievances, discuss with them their purposes, and generally expose their blunders. On the intelligence of a community rests the responsibility of guiding it. If its educated men and accomplished women seclude themselves from society they are guilty of a gross betrayal of their trust. They have no moral right to give way to a selfish exclusion that would thrust their obligations upon less competent shoulders. The exhibition of an earnest, honest desire to ameliorate the condition of the colored people of the South, on the part of the leading whites, will do more towards retaining the rightful leadership of the latter than all the tricks or legislative devices that may be contrived. The day of dictation is passed. The authority based on forces is ended; that based on freely recognized fitness is, after all, more potent. For as there is no government so strong as a republic which rests on the free will of the people, so there is no leadership so secure as that which rests on the genuine appresiation and honest affection of those led.--Washington Express.
(Column 05)Summary: A correspondent of the Valley Virginian reports on a trip through western and West Virginia along the proposed route of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. They praise Staunton residents, the Messrs. Trotter, for putting the Turnpike from Covington through the mountains in "good order." The traveller reported on passing battle sites in the mountains, and described the abundance of coal as well as the overgrown nature of some of the areas abandoned during the war.
(Names in announcement: Trotter)
(Column 01)Summary: The popularity of baseball has been waning in the Valley, and a return to Town Ball is suggested.Public Meeting
(Column 02)Summary: Conservative Convention candidates from Augusta will be nominated at a public meeting at the Court House on Saturday.Births, Marriages and Deaths in 1866
(Column 02)Summary: W. A. Burnett, Augusta County Court Clerk, issues the following records for Augusta in 1866: 477 births; 289 marriages; 153 deaths.[No Title]
(Column 02)Summary: The counties of Augusta, Albemarle, and Louisa will form one district for the election of a member to the Convention. The total of registered voters is as follows: Augusta, 3,505 whites and 1,209 blacks; Albemarle, 2,166 whites and 2,688 blacks; Louisa, 1,023 whites and 1,617 blacks.Commissioner's of Election For Augusta
(Column 03)Summary: The following Commissioners of Election have been selected for Augusta: 1st District, John Paris, W. B. Kayser, John J. Christian, B. T. Bagby, M. P. Funkhouser, Charles W. Parker; 2nd District, S. G. Hopkins, L. Opie, Alick Anderson, W. B. Young, Tuley J. Mitchell, John B. Evans; 3d District, Isaac C. Myers, William Shelton, Simeon Desler, R. M. Firth, Hildebert Perry, Granville Borham, W. T. McCutchen; 4th District, Adam M. Hawpe, George Rubush, four still needed; 5th District, G. W. Sutler, N. B. Jones, Zacariah F. Calbreath, Rufus M. Markwood, W. B. Alexander, Michael A. Coiner; 6th District, H. K. Eakel, David Myers, James R. Stout; 7th District, David Alexander, Daniel Fishburn, Seawright; 8th District, James Todd, W. H. Showalter, John H. Kerlin; 9th District, Henry Rippitoe, Jacob Hoover, Jacob Bear. The election will be held on October 22.Town Council--October Session
(Names in announcement: John Paris, W. B. Kayser, John J. Christian, B. T. Bagby, M. P. Funkhouser, Charles W. Parker, S. G. Hopkins, L. Opie, Alick Anderson, W. B. Young, Tuley J. Mitchell, John B. Evans, Isaac C. Myers, William Shelton, Simeon Desler, R. M. Firth, Hildebert Perry, Granville Borham, W. T. McCutchen, Adam M. Hawpe, George Rubush, G. W. Sutler, N. B. Jones, Zacariah F. Calbreath, Rufus M. Markwood, W. B. Alexander, Michael A. Coiner, H. K. Eakel, David Myers, James R. Stout, David Alexander, Daniel Fishburn, Seawright, James Todd, W. H. Showalter, John H. Kerlin, Henry Rippitoe, Jacob Hoover, Jacob Bear)
(Column 03)Summary: The Town Council met for the October session on Saturday, Recorder Kayser presiding. Only Trout, Hope, Points, Bickle and Peck were absent. The Water Committee report showed water depth at the spring 20 inches above the supply pipe, and the Works in good order. The Water Committee did $25.02 in work for individuals, and $36.95 for the town. W. P. Johnson was refunded $1 in erroneous water taxes, and Tim Honihan was refunded $2. $25 were appropriated to improve the street leading to the Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institute. $75 were appropriated to improve the street leading from Augusta Street between John Gregory's lot and Market Street, and the public hydrant was cut off at the corner of the lot. The Clerk of the Corporation was ordered to award to the lowest bidder a contract for the public printing. Despite Mr. Kayser's statement that "he had always had the work done at the office which would do it cheapest," the court has no record of ever receiving bids, which is imperative to uphold "the interest of a heavily taxed people." Mrs. B. Bolen was relieved from having to pay tax on two drays, or one dray and cart, for 1868.Marriages
(Names in announcement: Kayser, Trout, Hope, Points, Bickle, Peck, W. P. Johnson, Tim Honihan, John Gregory, Mrs. B. Bolen)
(Column 03)Summary: G. F. Mayers, of Stephensburg, and Miss Augusta F. Hailman, of Augusta, were married on September 17th by the Rev. J. D. Shirey.Marriages
(Names in announcement: G. F. Mayers, Augusta F. Hailman, Rev. J. D. Shirey)
(Column 03)Summary: John Yago and Miss Virginia Johnson, both of Augusta, were married on October 3rd by the Rev. J. W. Kiracofe.Marriages
(Names in announcement: John Yago, Virginia Johnson, Rev. J. W. Kiracofe)
(Column 03)Summary: Isaac H. Strole and Miss Sarah Brower, both of Augusta, were married on October 5th by the Rev. John Brower.Marriages
(Names in announcement: Isaac H. Strole, Sarah Brower, Rev. John Brower)
(Column 03)Summary: St. Clair Coiner and Miss Sallie M. Mowry, both of Augusta, were married on September 15th by the Rev. J. J. Engle.Marriages
(Names in announcement: St. Clair Coiner, Sallie M. Mowry, Rev. J. J. Engle)
(Column 03)Summary: A. R. Cox and Miss M. E. McClure, both of Augusta, were married on September 19th by the Rev. C. Ward.Marriages
(Names in announcement: A. R. Cox, M. E. McClure, Rev. C. Ward)
(Column 03)Summary: William Root and Miss Margaret F. Hiler, both of Augusta, were married on September 22nd by the Rev. C. Ward.
(Names in announcement: William Root, Margaret F. Hiler, Rev. C. Ward)
(Column 01)Summary: Since the South needs "a laborer for every acre," the paper issues an appeal for Yankees to "come in." "We won't hurt you."