THE JACKSON PROGRESS-ARGUS
Vol 43-No. 35
Is Good Work Elicits
SHORT TALKS ARE MADE
Recently Appointed Jurist
Finds Favor With Bar
And Citizens of Jackson
And Butts County
At a meeting of the Jackson
Bar Association Saturday a reso
lution was passed lauding Judge
Searcy for his fairness and the
dispateh with which he handled
the business of the court. Talks
were made by the members of
the bar association and Messrs.
S. J. Smith and I. H. Maddox.
Judge A. H. Ogletree presided at
a mass meeting when the resolu
tions were indorsed. The reso
lution follows herewith:
Mr. Chairman, Gentlemen of
the Bar Association, Jurors and
We beg to felicitate the Gover
nor of the State of Georgia, and
the people of the Flint circuit in
the appointment of the honorable
W. E. H. Searcy, Jr., Judge of
the superior courts of said circuit.
It is quite an honor to hold the
office of judge of this old circuit;
illustrious men who have passed
over the river, and are resting
under the shade of the trees,
have filled this place of honor
and distinction. There was
Judge Stark, and the grand old
Boynton, and the eloquent Stew
art, the able and learned John I.
Hall, a native of Butts county,
and one whose memory will
ever remain green in our heart
and minds, the late lamented
Robert T. Daniel whose taking
away was so sudden, and grieved
us all. Of the living we have
the names of Hunt, and Marcus
W. Beck, who is now a distin
guished member of the supreme
court of Georgia, and Judge Rea
gan, one of the lovleiest charac
ters who appeared at the bar or
adorned the bench.
In Judge Searcy, we have a
worthy scccessor to these learned
and illustrious men, and a man
well equipped to discharge all of
the duties of the high office of
judge of the Flint circuit. He
shows that he has a firm grasp
of the affairs of the court, and
that to his chosen profession of
the law, he has given diligent
study and much thought, and
as a judge, he has that
turn ot mind, and extraordinary
tact to be both agrd -able and
businesslike in the administra
tion of the affairs of the court.
He is always fair in his rulings,
and ever tempers justice with
mercy. We were especially im
pressed with his charge to the
grand jury. It not only ad
monished the grand jury of its
duties, but was an eloquent ap
peal to the citizens of Butts
county for law and order, and for
the preservation of society.
We offer this, not as fulsome
praise, but as a meed of justice
to a man who so signally honors
the judicial ermine.
0. M. Duke,
Ch’m Committee on Resolutions
C. L. Redman,
J. T. Moore,
H. M. Fletcher,
R. W. Mays,
W. E. Watkins,
H. D. Russel.
Theaboveand foregoing tribute
of respect and endorsement was
unanimously adopted bv the Jack
son Bar association, and bv the
citizens assembled. And it is
hereby ordered that the same
be spread upon the minutes of
Butts Superior Court, and that
Judge Searcy be furnished with
a copy of the same.
Aug. 21, 1915.
A. H. Ogletree, Ch’m.
COURT SEPT. 13
Considerable Business is
Death Sentence For Joe
Puts Stiff Sentences on
Blind Tiger Defendants
After a busy week, the August
term of Butts superior court ad
journed Saturday afternoon. A
large number of criminal matters
were disposed of and the jail was
pretty well cleared.
Judge Searcy will hold an ad
journed term the week of Sep
tember 13. There is a consider
able amount of business on the
calendar and an effort will be
made to clear the docket during
The grand jury completed its
work for the term and adjourned
Saturday. Some forty-odd in
dictments were returned, it was
The following criminal cases
were passed on:
R. C. Thomas, murder, acquit
ted. Judge H. M. Fletcher was
leading counsel for Thomas, and
was assisted by Cols, J. Threatt
Moore, 0. M. Duke, H. D. Rus
sell and Judge E. J. Reagan, and
Col. C. L. Redman assisted Solic
itor Owen in the prosecution.
John Alexander, liquor selling,
12 months or S4OO.
Joe Persons alias Joe Person,
rape, guilty. Sentenced to hang
Dunlap Senter, burglary, sen
tenced to state reformatory.
Scrub Middlebrook. burglary,
12 months or $75.
Cleveland Crawford, burglary,
12 months or $75.
Henry Griffin, burglary, 12
months or $75.
Elroda Martin, burglary, 12
months or $75.
Arthur Meriwether, burglary,
12 months or $75.
Jack Whatley, simple larceny,
Shorty McLendon, gaming, 12
months or S4O.
Tom White, gaming, 12 months
Solomon English, larceny, 10
months or S4O.
Fidler Ingram, pistol (2 counts)
Wade Ridgeway, liquor, 12
months or S4OO.
JACKSON, GEORGIA, AUGUST 27, 1915
May Share in Big Texas
MATTER IS INVESTIGATED
Ball And Spencer Families
Descendants of Dr. Jos.
Boswell, the Rich Texan
Who Recently Died
The Ball and Spencer families
of Butts county are direct de
scendants of Dr. Joseph Boswell,
who recently died without chil
dren, at Wichita Falls, Texas,
leaving an estate valued at be
tween SIOO,OOO and $1,000,000.
The records disclose there were
three children,, Mrs. Eliza Gar
trell, of Atlanta, whose descen
dants have been minutely traced
by the Atlanta papers, Dr. Joseph
Boswell and Levi Boswell. The
brothers married sisters. Dr.
Boswell married Harriet Greg
ory and Levi Boswell married
Levi Boswell had five children,
Elijah Boswell, Mrs. Eliza Bos
well Ball, Mrs. Polly Boswell
Bird, Mrs. Harriet Boswell Bald
win and Josiah BoswelU who di
ed without issue.
The descendants 6f Ipij ah Bos
well are Mrs. Sara t. Bohlen and
Wm. Elijah Maddox, Madison,
Ga., Mrs. Mary Z. Patrick, Con
yers, Mrs. Anna B. Patrick, of
Mansfield, W. Lee Maddox and
Miss Eunice Maddox, Eatonton.
The descendants of Mrs. Eliza
Boswell Ball are Mrs. Sara Spen
cer, Levi J. Ball and James M.
Ball, all of Butts county and an
old and prominent family.
Mrs. Polly Boswell Bird’s de
scendants are Mrs. Marion Ma
bry, Mrs. Hattie Mabry and
Howell Bird, all of Texas.
The descendants of Mrs. Har
riet Boswell Baldwin are Abner
R. Zackerv, deceased, whose liv
ing descendants are Miss Lila M.
Zackery, Mrs. Shepherd Baldwin
and Mrs. Joseph Zackery; Madi
son, Dr. Guy Zackery, Talpa,
Texas, Reid Zackery, Abner
Zackery, Mrs. John Gardner and
Mrs. 0. W. Reid, Eatonton.
Mr. H. 0. Ball, superintendent
of the Pepperton Cotton Mills;
Mr. James M. Ball, members of
the Spencer family, as well as
other heirs-at-law of Dr. Joseph
Boswell, have interested them
selves in the case. Inquiries
have been addressed to the or
dinary at Wichita Falls, Texas,
to ascertain the true status of the
Dr. Boswell resided in Macon
a great many years ago, later re
moving to Texas where he died.
Lawyers in the Lone Scar state
advise that there is a fortune to
be divided among the heirs as
soon as they can all be traced.
Card of Thanks
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Dodson
and family wish to express their
thanks and appreciation to their
many friends for the kindness
shown during the recent illness
and at the death of their little
son, James Edward.
AUDIT OF PUBLIC RECORDS
FAVORED BY GRAND JURY
SSOO Salary Recommended
For The County Treasurer
Other Public Questions Gone Over in General
Presentments of Grand Jury For August Term
We, the Grand Jury, sworn and
empaneled for the August term
of Court, after endeavoring to
perform the duties devolving up
on us in accordance with our oath,
submit, with pleasure, the fol
lowing general presentments, as
a result of our labor and deliber
Each case brought before us
for investigation, has, as per our
oath, been carefully and imparti
ally gone into, and we have,
without favor or malice, render
ed a verdict in accordance with
the evidence. Few, if any, cases
were left on the docket for fu
Each committee appointed from
our body to investigate the books
of the officials, and other matters
of the county, have in the limit
ed time allotted, performed their
duties to the best of their ability,
and from these reports, which
are hereto attached, we make
some recommendations, to which
we earnestly invite the careful
attention of the citizens of our
county, with the expressed hope
that these recommendations be
carried out, and not, as is often
the case, laid aside, and allowed
to go unheeded.
The committee appointed to in
vestigate the Convict Camp, find
the same in sanitary condition.
We further find that they are us
ing one convict as a machinist in
place of a man that has been paid
a salary of $70,00 per month;
that four convicts are being used
to operate road machines in pla
ces of hired labor that was cost
ing the county $140.00 per month,
and another convict in place of
hired labor that was costing S4O
We commend our officials for
the xcellent work being done on
our public roads, as far as they
have gone, in the sections where
work has been done. We find the
following equipment: 19 mules,
good condition; one horse, good
condition; five two-horse wagons,
good condition; one one-horse
wagon, in fair condition; one de-
livery wagon and one buggy,
both in fair condition; three
dump wagons, three road ma
chines, five wheel scrapes, eight
drags, two six-horse plows, one
four-horse plow, one gasoline en
gine, three road scrapes, six
wagons used behind engine, one
scarifier, two steel cages, one
wooden car, one cook car, two
cars for guards, and five tents,
17 felony convicts, and ten mis
demeanor convicts. Of these con
victs four felony are whjte and
thirteen negroes, one white mis
demeanor convict and ten ne
groes, all under the control of
four guards; six head of hogs,
weighing about 200 pounds each.
The committee to examine the
records of the Commissioner of
Roads and Revenues' office make
the following report:
We find the books and vouch
ers correct, execpt in some in
stances the failure of the proper
parties to sign expense bills fully.
In the limited time we have had
to give the work, we have been
unable to determine the true fi
nancial condition of the affairs of
the Commissioner's office, and
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the truth of the matter is, we
believe beyond our ability to,
at present, ascertain.
The books show that warrants
issued from January Ist, to July
Ist, 1915, amount to $36,399.44.
The reports of the various offi
cers are hereto attached.
Tax Collector’s Report
I, J. H. Ham, as agent for
Claude Bryant, Tax Collector of
Butts county for 1914, herewith
present to to the Grand Jury of
the August (1915) term of Butts
Superior Court, the following
statement of entire collections
and disbursements of state, coun
ty and school taxes for the year
1914. (This report includes all
fees reported in the necessarily
incomplete statement made to the
February session of court.)
Recd for county tax $42,283 41
Com paid collector
and receiver $ 1,168 54
Amt paid CoTreas 41,114 87
Amt collected for state. $12,084 01
Com paid collector
and receiver $ 672 89
Amt pd state treas 11,411 12
Amt collected for schools $ 8,225 22
Com paid collector! 206 98
Amt paid county
school Supt 8,018 24
J. H. Ham, Ordinary,
Acting for Tax Collector.
County School Superintendent
The committee appointed to ex
amine the books of the County
School Superintendent beg to re
port that they have carefully ex
amined and checked all vouch
ers, verified all figures, and find
his books in perfect balance and
neatly kept. The system of books
and vouchers are up to date and
easy to examine, and we wish to
commend our efficient Superinten
dent for the manner in which he
is conducting his office.
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Consolidated July 9.1915
Ordinary, Clerk and Sheriff
The committees appointed to
investigate these offices find the
books neatly kept and the affairs
of the offices conducted in an ef
ficient and up-to-date manner.
We cannot too highly commend
the faithful officials of these offi
ces for the pains-taking and care
ful manner in which they are
taking care of the county’s affairs.
The committee reports the
Treasurer for 1915 has received
from automobile tax $718.76
From C. S. Bryant,
Tax Collector 18.80
Thev have verified all vouchers
and find them correct, and a bal
ance of only $30.61 in the hands
of the Treasurer.
The Tax Collector reports
amount of special taxes collected
for the year 1915 to be $917.50.
We find the land cultivated
with the following crops: 35 acres
corn which is very good; 25acres
pea vine hay; 3 acres cotton; 11
acres sweet potatoes, li acres of
sorghum cane. The live stock
comprises two mules in good or
der, three cows, two calves, four
head hogs, fourteen shoats. The
implements are: 1 hay rake, 1
mower. 1 two-horse wagon, ldisc
harrow, 1 fifteen gallon kettle.
The produced supplies are: One
thousand bundles old fodder; ten
loads oats in the straw; two thou
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