125 years ago
july 24, 1891
One of the finest rains we ever saw fall in July poured down here Wednesday night. It was a soaker. The corn was beginning to need it, and this glorious rain was just “in the niche of time.” It ensures thousands of bushels of corn.
Our fellow citizen, David Lucas, left at this office yesterday a relic of the war, about half of a six-pound shell, picked from the field of Shiloh, and sent him this week by comrade W.H. Dugdale, formerly of this city, now an attorney at Savannah, Tennessee. The interesting relic can be seen at this office.
The beautiful resort of Central Park is in process of foreclosure, and is soon to be sold to satisfy a mortgage. Two propositions are being discussed: First, the purchase of the Park by the city. Secondly, its purchase by the churches of the city and neighboring towns, with a view to making it permanently available for camp meetings, picnics, and ultimately Chautauqua and other moral, patriotic, educational and religious purposes. The Record merely mentions the propositions. It trusts that one or the other of them, or some other equally good plan, will materialize and that this splendid Park, so grandly located, will be saved to the public. It would be a public calamity for it to pass permanently into private hands and be used exclusively for person purposes. But whatever is done must be done quickly.