Congratulations and hot political topic from 1906

Published 10:19 am Thursday, January 19, 2012

Exciting news!
Mickey Marvin, a two—time Super Bowl Champ (with the Oakland Raiders) will be guest speaker at a very special family event. A Wild Game Supper, sponsored by Cooper’s Gap Brotherhood, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend (men, women and children), but must contact the church office by Friday, Feb. 3 to make reservations. The phone number is 828-625-4628.
Our thanks to the many people who made the who made the Singing for the Soldiers event on Jan. 14 so wonderful. It was a great evening of entertainment with very talented musicians who donated their time and talents to honor our military. The organizers and workers also donated their services to pack up the gifts for our soldiers and to make the evening such a special one for the rest of us. If you missed that show, watch the Tryon Daily Bulletin for the date, time and place of the next Singing for the Soldiers even, and be sure to go. You will be glad you did.
Founder’s Day at Cooper’s Gap Baptist Church will be held on Sunday, Jan. 22. Everyone (including members, former members and visitors) are invited to attend this special service and the luncheon following.  All attending are encouraged to wear clothes that represent years gone by.
Philadelphia Presbyterian Church  (PCA) has scheduled a Valentine luncheon on Sunday, Feb. 12, immediately following the 11 a.m. morning service. All visitors are welcome. For more information, call the church office at 828-457-2150.
Happy Birthday to Emogene Taylor, Grace Durham, Meg Duncan, Jim Hinsdale, Dianne Blanton, Danny and Mickey Edwards, Donna Williamson, Janice Fagan, Joey Maddox, Scott Sain, Joyce Walker, Corine Scoggins, Johnny Shytle, and twins, Dot York and Dora Arledge.
Congratulations to those area couples who are celebrating wedding anniversaries this month, including Marlene and William Henry Page, and Donna and David Pittman.
Congratulations too, to a very special lady, Addie Lee Lynch, who is still active in her church, and who recently celebrated her 93rd birthday. At a drop-in party in her honor, many friends, neighbors, and relatives came to wish her well.
Apparently, politics and politicians have not changed much during the last 100 years. Many of you know that Henry Morgan was the owner of Collinsville, and that he and his family are an important part of Polk County’s history.
Recently, when I came across an old newspaper article with information about a hot topic for politicians running for office in Polk County in 1906, (prohibition) I was surprised to read that Henry Morgan was running for “Representative.”  His bio in the 1906 newspaper article stated that Morgan was “a farmer and distiller by profession…representing his county in the Legislature two terms in the 1880s and is, at present a member of the board of (Polk) county commissioners. It has been reported that Mr. Morgan said that if elected (he) would kill Polk Co. prohibition law, but denied this when approached on the subject by a representative of The (Polk County) News.”
That same newspaper article lists Sheriff W.C. Robertson as a candidate for reelection, Grayson Arledge as candidate for Register of Deeds and Samuel B. Edwards as a candidate for Clerk of Court. His bio reads as follows: “Samuel B. Edwards, present County Treasurer, was elected 2 years ago and is now the… nominee for Clerk of Court. Mr. Edwards is a farmer by profession but has always been active in politics. He served a term as surveyor some years ago and has made a good record as treasurer…he lives near Sandy Plains.”  It is interesting to me that relatives of most of the candidates mentioned in this 1906 article are citizens of Polk County today.
If you have news of this area, please call me at 828-863-2437

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