Carrollton Patriot Newspaper

13 Jan 1921
Married Aug. 24, 1871; 6 children, 5 living.

Isaac of Shipman; Bainbridge Ross at home; Mrs. Martha Hartwick of Linder; Mrs. Ella Hardwick of Mt. Gilead; Mrs. Velma Alexander of White Hall.

Joseph was born Apr. 23, 1842; buried Providence cemetery.
Parents of Joseph Smith: Isaac & Martha Smith.
17 Feb 1921
Next Sunday will be the real centennial day of Carrollton on Feb. 20, 1821, there was not a single house in the town. Thomas Rattan is to be believed to have built the first house; and General Jacob Fry the second. The first frame building was erected on the east side of the square by Cyhus Tolman & Charles Gregory.
20 Oct 1921
Editor the PATRIOT: Some communications of the most remarkable sort are occasionally being received in connection with the historical work that is being carried on at White Hall at the present time, with the aim of recording the complete general history of White Hall from the time of the founding of the town in 1832 to date. The general work is being carried on by E. L. Wendell, who already has completed the chapter devoted to the clay industry. Another big chapter is the soldier history, and that is slowly developing into a full and complete record. The remarkable thing about the soldier history is the fact that eight graves of Revolutionary veterans have been located in the vicinity of White Hall and Roodhouse, some of which are in abandoned cemeteries, and in order to preserve the memories of those Revolutionary veterans negotiations are under way for locating government markers at the Soldiers’ monument on a plot to be devoted exclusively to the memory of Revolutionary soldiers. Highly interesting is a letter from Capt. S. F. Carrico, Company B, 61st Illinois Infantry, formerly of Carrollton, now a resident of Alva, Oklahoma. He writes as follows:
“I am the only office left of the original set, some 33 of us. There are still living Stillwell, Hanks, Wallace and myself. The other three were commissioned in 1865, after the close of the war, except Wallace who was promoted September 8th, 1862, to Second Lieutenant of Company D. In all there were 63 officers in our regiment, all dead, except as above. Capt. G. P. Hanks is at Johnson, Ark. Wallace’s address I do not know.”
“Stillwell’s book is a gem and worth reading, even by the Lieutenant General of the U. S. Army. I mailed a copy to General Hunter Leggett, who appreciated it highly, and his flattering letter I forwarded to Judge Stillwell at Erie, Kansas. I met the General in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in September 1914, and we have corresponded during and since the World War. His letters from Coblenz, Germany, will be a historical relic fifty years hence, and I think some member of my family will keep them or possibly give them to some historical society.”
“I will be 81 years old November 7th next. I am satisfied with the treatment I have received at the hands of the old U. S. A., and let the boys of the World War have their inning. There are but few of us left, especially the officers. I am one of the young fellows - - 2nd and 1st Lieutenant in my 21st year, and Captain in my 22nd. Am an active old man, a good bass fisherman and a good wing shot, quail, chickens or duck, and expect to bag a few ducks as soon as a good rain comes and it turns cold.”
“I am pleased to hear from my White Hall friends. I knew Capt. E. J. Pearce well. He was a good citizen, a good soldier and doubtless a good father. I want to thank you for the several records of soldiers buried in Greene County, which is highly appreciated, as it gave me information of a number of my command that I had lost track of. A record like yours should be kept in every county in the United States for future generation.”
“Many of my boys are buried in the Southland. They rest as well there as at home no doubt, but I would be pleased if the U. S. had seen fit to give us the consideration, at least partially, like they have given the boys in the late World War. As you are very likely aware, very scant consideration was given us after the Civil War, not even pleasant looks. After forty years our boys of ’61 to ’65 have in a measure been recognized. Our services gave far-reaching results, especially so for the old U. S. The World War was of no benefit to us, but a life-saver for England and France, which, in my opinion, they do not appreciate.”

Transcribed 13 Nov 2002 by Carol S. VanValkenburgh

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