125 years ago
october 30, 1891
The Methodist ladies scored another gratifying success this week in their “Carnival of Nations.”
F.M. Turkle, of Aulne, brought us a yellow sweet potatoe last week which measured sixteen inches one way and twenty-five the other and weighed four and a-half pounds.
The U.S. Express and the Wells Fargo have consolidated their business in the hands of one agent, S.F. Glass, whose office is in the Kirk establishment, next door to the Record office.
G.W. Stanforth returned last Monday from his Ohio visit. He comes back a more enthusiastic prohibitionist than ever. He says that a blind man can almost see the difference after crossing the state line. In his old home town, about twice the size of Marion, they have eight saloons and he says he saw more drunk men in his stay there than he has seen in ten years in Marion.
We neglected last week to note the departure of W.G. Bates and family for their new home in West Virginia, where their boy Reuben had gone some weeks before. It seems strange thinking of Will Bates being no more a citizen of Marion. He had been a prominent citizen here nearly, if not quite, a quarter of a century and has often held positions of public trust to the great satisfaction of the people. He is a big-hearted man and left an army of friends in Marion county, all of whom will unite in wishing him and his excellent family long life and much prosperity.