November 26, 1891
H. R. Stembridge has a notice posted on the bulitin [sic] board at the court house to the effect that his wife has left his home without cause and his consent.
Source: Crittenden Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1879-1907, November 26, 1891, Image 3 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.
April 6, 1893
On the 29th day of March, 1893, Mr. H. R. Stembridge, at his home near iron Hill, in honor of his fifty-seventh birthday, spread a sumptuous feast, where friends, relatives and neighbors were made welcome and bountifully served. Music was discoursed by Robert Hodges. Old and young enjoyed a healthful relaxation from work and care, and the entertainment will furnish pleasant recollections for years to come.
Mr. Stembridge was born and raised in Tennessee and came to Kentucky twenty-one years ago. He is the father of thirteen children; all but one living; and has eleven grandchildren. Although a victim of poor health, he enjoys life with the calmness of a christian philosopher, and is recognized by all who know him as that “Noblest work of God,” an honest man.
May he have many succeeding happy birthdays.
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April 5, 1894
Mr. H. R. Stembridge celebrated his 59th anniversary on the 29th day of March. Early in the morning his friends and relatives began to gather at his residence, not withstanding the earth was wrapped in snow, but they continued to gather at his home. The old ones talked about the present, past and future events; the young people enjoyed themselves in different ways. At noon they all partook of a sumptuous feast and he seemed to enjoy himself as well as could be expected, as he is an invalid, and has been for several years.
Mr. Stembridge was born in Wilson county, Tenn., in 1835, and moved to Kentucky in the year 1871. He is the father of 13 children, nine boys and four girls. All are living except one. He his [has] sixteen grandchildren. He is a highly respected citizen and a good neighbor, and we hope he may be permitted to celebrate several birthdays, if it is consistent with the will of God, in whom he trusts for every [blessing], both temporal and spiritual.
A. J. E.
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April 4, 1895
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Uncle Henry Stembridge's birthday came last Friday, and with it, the accustomed celebration. By some means a few of the young bloods had supplied themselves with some “calamity water,” which they did not use with proper caution, and some “common disburbance” was the result.
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April 11, 1895
Sixty Years Old.
H. R. Stembridge celebrated the 60th anniversary of his life March 29. He was born in Tennessee on Sunday, March 29, 1835. Emigraged to Kentucky November, 1871. Religiously he is a Primitive Baptist; politically, a Democrat; socially an honest, upright gentleman, honored and respected by all who know him. Hi is the father of thirteen children, twelve of whom are yet living.
There were about one hundred and twenty persons present—children, grandchildren and friends. At 11 o'clock, a. m. he called the crowd together and gave an appropriate talk, after which Rev. Sampson Vanhooser led in an earnest prayer. Then all went into the dining room and partook of a magnificent dinner, prepared by Miss Beckie Vanhooser.
Taken altogether it was a brilliant affair and will be long remembered by those who were present.
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April 22, 1897
Mr. H. R. Stembridge celebrated his sixty second birthday on the 29th day of March, this being the sixth time he has celebrated his birthday. He has twelve children living and ten of them were present and a goodly number of relatives and friends. At eleven o'clock the audience was called to order and he read the ninth chapter of Romans, after singing and prayer the crowd retired to the dining room where their appetites were replenished with a sumptious [sic] feast of all the good things that generally adorn such tables. He received several presents from his children and grand children which he appreciated very much. He has been an invalid for several years, but being a christian man we pray Gods blessing to rest upon him and his, that he may be spared to celebrate a goodly number of his birthdays yet, and when God sees fit to call him home may we all be permitted to meet him where parting will be no more.
A. J. E.
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April 5, 1900
On March the 29th, 1900, Mr. H. R. Stembridge celebrated his sixty-fifth birth day. Early in the morning the neighbors, friends and connection began to gather in at the home, and by 10 o'clock seventy-five people were present. He sung a hymn and read a chapter in the Bible, and after a prayer by A. J. Eskew, the table being ready the congregation was invited to feast on the good things that Mrs. J. A. Stembridge and Miss Didame [sic] Stembrige [sic] had prepared for the occasion, and after dinner the old people conversed on the topics of the day while the young people enjoyed themselves as it suited them.
Mr. Stembridge is old Baptist, and has been a member of the church 44 years; he has 12 children living, the youngest being 22 years old; he has two chairs, one is 50 years old, the other 75; he also has a dinner horn, he said was older than he was.
Mr. Stembridge has been an invalid for years, but we pray God that he may be spared to celebrate several birth days yet.
A. J. ESKEW.
Source: Crittenden Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1879-1907, April 5, 1900, Image 4 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.
October 17, 1901
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John Stembridge and wife were the guests of W. C. Stembridge and family Sunday.
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April 9, 1903
Mr. H. R. Stembridge, one of Iron Hill's most substantial citizens, celebrated his sixty-eighth birthday on March 29th. Six of his children, a number of grand children and many neighbors and friends gathered at his home and made the day a joyous one. The Iron Hill and Blackburn singing classes were present and many songs added to the pleasures of the day. To the half a hundred guests the day will long be a source of pleasant memories.
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April 14, 1904
Mr. H. R. Stembridge and J. A. Stembridge celebrated their birth days on the 29th of March, 1904. H. R. Stembridge is 69 years old and J. A. Stembridge is 28 years old. H. R. Stembridge's family consists of 12 children, 8 boys and 4 girls. There were 2 boys and 4 girls present on his birthday, and all enjoyed themselves as children will, gathered at the old homestead. Mr. H. B. Stembridge is politically a Democrat, religiously an old Baptist, and our best wish is he may live long, to enjoy many more birthdays, if it is consistent with the will of the Giver of all good things that we enjoy.
A. J. E.
Source: Crittenden Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1879-1907, April 14, 1904, Image 4 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.
May 3, 1906
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Uncle Henry Stembridge was called to Marion recently and presented by his children, with a fine suit of clothes and a hat, for a birthday present. He is almost as proud of them as he was of his first trousers he ever donned about seventy years ago.
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Isaac Stembridge of Sturgis, visited his father, in this vicinity Sunday.
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Source: Crittenden Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1879-1907, May 3, 1906, Image 1 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.
June 28, 1906
Last Sunday Miss Dama Stembridge of the Iron Hill section, was led to the alter by J. C. Walters, of Crider. The ceremony was performed by Rev. E. B. Blackburn in his usual impressive way, at the residence of the bride's brother, Sam Stembridge, in East Marion.
The bride is the daughter of H. R. Stembridge, one of the county's best citizens, and is a sister of Messrs. Sam and A. J. Stembridge of this city, and is entirely worthy of the man of her choice.
The groom is head miller for the Crider Milling Co., and stands high with all who know him. They left Sunday night for Crider where they will reside.
Source: Crittenden Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1879-1907, June 28, 1906, Image 1 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.
October 18, 1906
Stembridge Re-Union Here Last Sunday.
Over Fifty Were Present, Four Generations Being Represented—Big Dinner Enjoyed.
Last Sunday the families and relatives all met at the home of Sam Stembridge in Northeast Marion to have a reunion. The morning was spent in greeting the lvoed ones we had not seen for so long and telling things that had happened since last they met. The father, H. R. Stembridge, is past his allotted three score years and ten and is yet hale and hearty and stronger than most men of his age.
Ten children were present, six sons and four daughters, two sons being absent. One is out west and the other was detained on account of sickness. Others that were wished for could not come, some of the family being ill.
Four generations were there, the father, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Fifty in all were present. Everyone brought a well-filled basket and at twelve a sumptuous dinner was spread in the yard. All gathered around the feast and a blessing was invoked, after which a happy hour was spent in eating the bounteous dinner.
The evening was spent in talking, singing and music, all enjoying themselves immensely. It was a beautiful October [day] notwithstanding the [torn page] because of the many clouds [torn page] morning. A more suitable [torn page] not have been selected [torn page] meeting place was [torn page] but all will be glad to [torn page] around when they [torn page] another happy [torn page] the good byes [torn page] not but [torn page].
Source: Crittenden Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1879-1907, October 18, 1906, Image 4 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.
April 18, 1907
On the 29th day of March, 1907, H. B. [R.] Stembridge celebrated his seventy-second birth day, at his home near Iron Hill. He prepared a sumtious [sic] feast for his children and friends, but being an unfavorable day, there was onlyl a few present, but they enjoyed them selves.
Uncle Henry Stembridge, as he is commonly known, is the father of thirteen children, and twelve is still living, and he is an old Baptist in faith and practice and a democrat politically. He is loved and respected by all of his acquaintences. [sic] And we hope he may be spared to celebrate several more birth days, if it is the will of the Creator of all things.
A. J. E.
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May 9, 1907
Stembridge Family Reunion.
H. R. Stembridge requests all his children grand children and great grand children to meet him at Henry Belts house of the Fords Ferry road 5 miles from Marion on Sunday May 26th, at which time he hopes all his kindred will be enjoying good health and able to attend, the family reunion of 1907.
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May 30, 1907
May 26 a happy crowd of relatives met at the home of H. L. Belt to celebrate the Stembridge reunion.
You may know all were eager to be there when we say that they began to arrive at 11 o'clock the night before. At noon H. R. Stembridge, the head of the family, was seated at the table, everyone present taking him just a little piece of something to eat. But the funny part was he failed to eat at all. Several had measles and could not be there, but a goodly number were present.
Source: Crittenden Record-Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1907-1909, May 30, 1907, Image 1 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.
July 25, 1907
Celebrated His Fiftieth Birthday.
W. B. Stembridge celebrated his fiftieth birthday Saturday a large crowd attended and at twelve o'clock a grand dinner was served and was enjoyed by all present. In the afternoon the old folks chatted and the young folks sung, it was a great day to all. Every one seem to be glad to be there, the guest were T. J. Fralick, H. R. Stembridge, W. E. Davis and family, L. E. Fralick and family, Mrs. Mary Murry and son of Marion, Mrs. Mollie Coleman and children, Mrs. Bettie Vanhoosier [sic] and sons. Mrs. Smitha [Sintha] Roberts and children, Misses Clara Bertlie Davis and friend.
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July 16, 1908
ELDER C. H. CAYCE,
Dear Brother in Christ—I have thought for some time I would write some of my past life and send it to you for publication if you deem it worthy.
I was born in Wilson county, Tenn., March 29, 1835. My father died May 16, the same year. My mother was left with six children—one girl and five boys. I was the youngest. Then we were moved to Warren county, under watch-care of a grand-father. My grand-father was an old Predestinarian Baptist. Father and mother belonged to the same church. I was under the watch-care of grand-father until I was eleven years old, when mother married again. Then all our happiness was gone. About this time I began thinking about my future state. I thought that as I had been a very good boy all my life I could plead with the Lord a little and He would pardon all my little wrongs. When I was eighteen or nineteen years of age I would go to dancing parties for amusement. Then I would say to myself, “I wont go there again.” When I would hear of another I would go again. Then I would see my wrongs again. A short time before my twentieth birthday I was married. Now I thought I must go to work for the Lord, and could not see much wrong that I had done. I moved to DeKalb county, where I had bought a little farm in two miles of Bildad church, which was a Predestinarian Baptist church and was organized in 1809. Now I would go to this church. When about twenty-one years of age I was at this church and heard an old man tell his experience. He said that he had been a good boy too, but alas! His sins were mountains before him. While listening to him something seemed to tell me of my own sins, and the tears began to flow from my eyes. Day by day I grew worse. Oh, what a wretched man I had been all my days. I thought I was going to die, and that hell would be my doom. Sleep left me, and it seemed that everything I did was a sin. When I would lie down at night my eyes would overflow with tears. Oh, what a wretched man I had been.
On the second Sunday in May, 1857, I left my house to go to the woods and die. While walking along I became so weak that I could go no further. I went to a fence and hung my arms over it, then they gave way and I fell to the ground, when it came to my mind that if I was saved it was the mercy of God and if I [was] damned it was just. Quick as a thought my burden left me, and I arose and started to the house to tell my wife about it. On the fourth Saturday in November, 1858, I went before the church and told some of my feelings and was received by the church, and was baptized on the fourth Sunday in December by Elder Isaac Denton. I moved to Kentucky in 1871. In 1872 I went before the church at Providence with my letter and they received me into their fellowship. We had some trouble in our church a few years ago, but we are now in place and love.
Now, dear brethern, look forward to the time when we will all meet above and be with Jesus. Then we can sing praises to his holy name, and we will be spiritual, not carnal. We have Elder J. N. Wallace for our pastor.—The Primitive Baptist.
Yours in love,
H. R. STEMBRIDGE,
Iron Hill, Ky.
Source: Crittenden Record-Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1907-1909, July 16, 1908, Image 4 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.
September 3, 1908
On August the 30th at T. A. Murray's, H. R. Stembridge and decendents [sic] had a reunion. All were present but three. There were thirty-six present and at noon there was a sumptuous feast spread and all did honor to the occasion. Mr. Stembridge started to Tennessee to visit his old home, it being thirty-seven years since he left Tennessee, and he is 77 years old. He was presented with a new suit of clothes and $17.60 in money. He will be gone some four or five weeks.
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September 3, 1908
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H. R. Stembridge, of Iron Hill, was here Saturday, and on Sunday he went to visit his sons-in-laws and daughters, Mesdames Henry Belt and Thos. Murray. Monday he left for a visit to his old home at McMinnville, Tenn., where he has many relatives residing.
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October 1, 1908
Uncle Henry Stembridge Enjoying Himself in Sunny Tennessee.
McMinnville, Waren [sic] Co., Tenn., Sept. 15th, 1908.
Dear Editor of the RECORD-PESS, [sic] I will write a few lines for the PRESS. I started from Marion the fifth Sunday in August, for Warren county, Tenn.. I was met at Smithville by John Van Hooser, my brother-in-law, Sept. 1st, finding him and family all well, staid with him two nights then getting me a horse and saddle, I went to visit my niece, I fount them all well and stayed two nights with her, and there I found a great field of relatives that I would have to go to see, so I started out, just staying one night at place in which I have seen many faces of my kindred and old friends in which it would take me two months to get around to see them all.
The old country don't look like it did when I left it thirty-seven years ago. I have visited nearly all of my old homes and two of the old churches, one of the churches was organized in 1816, I saw the first bench that was put in that church, they were split open and bark taken off the round side and the face side hude [hewed] and auger holes bored in each end and legs put in them.
The people out here have been pulling foder [fodder] the past weeks. There has been two good rains out here since I came to this state.
It will be some time in October before I can get home I will stop off in Wilson county a few days to see some of my relation.
H. R. STEMBRIDGE.
Source: Crittenden Record-Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1907-1909, October 1, 1908, Image 1 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.
December 17, 1908
Letter From H. R. Stembridge
Iron Hill, Ky., Aug. 28, 1908.
Editor Crittenden Press.
I have been asked by several of my friends to write of my trip to Tennessee, in which I had been absent 37 years. On the 28th of August I left my home to go to one of my sons, on the 29th to one of my daughters, Mrs. Hannah Belter [Belt], on Sunday, the 30th, to another one of my daughters, Mrs. Mary Murer [Murray]. There I met all of my children but three. There we ate a lucious [luscious] dinner, in which my children had prepared. Dinner being over, I made my way to Marion, there taking the train for Crider to another one of my daughters, the 31st to Princeton, there taking the train for Hopkinsville, then to Nashville, from there to Watertown, Wilson county, Tenn., September the 1st, there taking the stage for Smithville, DeKalb county. There I was met by my brother-in-law, John Van Hooser. Got to his house about midnight. September 3 I visited my niece that I had not seen in about 37 years. The 4th and 5th visited an old neighbor, who almost felt like a brother to me, then to one of my cousins. He is in his 89th year. He was so proud to see me. He is living at the same place that he selected when he first moved. He has made his own coffin; he was quite pert; he had everything in order about his place; his buildings are covered on the old style rafters, healed and coned, then to a man by the name of Nomack. He had something growing in his garden he called chufere, which he said would yield about 150 bushels to the acre, which was fine for hogs, then to a Mister Allen's, a second cousin, then visited some old Baptist and another second cousin by the name of Mullican, then back to my niece again. On the 12th I was carried to Mackminville [McMinnville]. There I saw one of my old schoolmates, Billy Nomack. He was so proud to see me, also several of my old acquaintances. There I saw the fine monument in remembrance of John H. Savage, who had served in three wars as colonel. On the 14th I visited my old home place. It had been changed so that it didn't look natural. From there I visited my Grandfather Mulican's [Mullican's] old place, in which I was partly raised, and I wandered over the place an hour before it seemed natural to me. The old house was gone, the apple trees all gone, the spring didn't look right, everything was in a different shape. From there I went to James Webb's, a cousin to my wife; stayed all night with him. One of my nephews came there and I did not know him. He stood around some time before he made himself known. From there to T. G. Porter's, another cousin, then back to my nephew's Billy Stembridge, then to Tom Stembridge's. Now the neighbors began to send for me to visit them and set the time for me to visit them. I was having a fine time, plenty to eat, and enjoying myself. Then on the 3rd Saturday in September I visited an old Baptist church that was organized in 1816, then on the 4th met with my old home church in the association. There were some able ministers at the association. There I met with many of my old acquaintances, in which we had many a handshake. On Monday there was a very sudden change in the weather. Now as my time had closed out I began thinking about home and I made my way back to John Van Hooser's and delivered up the animal that I had been riding. From there I made my way to Smithville. There I stayed two nights with the Webb brothers and one night with Judge Webb, one night with James Parish. On Tuesday morning, October the 6th, I mounted a road wagon for Watertown, twenty-two miles. There I found a friend that carried me in a buggy near Shape Springs [Shop Springs] to one of my second cousins, Henry Shorter. The next day he took me in his buggy to my grandfather's old home place, my Grandfather Stembridge, where I was born. The old house was covered the old way. It had been build about one hundred and fifty years, according to what the old people told. I saw lots of fine stock in Wilson county; then to Lebanon, where I saw acres of land covered with cedar poles, telephone poles and fence posts. They have a pencil factory that they work 250 hands making pencils. I mounted a road wagon, went out three miles to one of my cousins, Track Williams, that I had not seen in about 40 years. October 13th I took the train for Nashville, found one of my nieces that I hadn't seen in 40 years. There I saw five generations, myself, niece and her daughter and her daughter and her daughter and child. While in Nashville I went to the old Confederate soldier's reunion. The old gray heads were lively when Dixey [Dixie] was played. They would be dancing and singing. At twelve o'clock dinner was prepared for everybody. This dinner was out eight miles at Glendale Park. Sunday, the 18thl, my niece and I visited the Baptist church. Doctor Stevens is the pastor of the church. Having a very sick son at home my children wanted me. They telephoned to Nashville, but could not find me so I took the train to Dawson Springs, Ky. There I got the word that my son John had three doctors with him and they wanted me at home. When I got home he did not know my nor didn't for about ten days. He has recovered now and is getting along very well. I will say that I am proud of my trip to Tennessee. I have just touched on a little of the pleasure that I saw out there. Yours in love, to all inquiring friends.
H. R. STEMBRIDGE
Iron Hill, Ky.
Source: Crittenden Record-Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1907-1909, December 17, 1908, Image 2 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.
February 25, 1909
WANTED--To know the whereabouts of Houston Stembridge, of Iron Hill, Ky., lately of Walnut Hill, Ark. Have not heard of him in two years.
W. B. STEMBRIDGE
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April 8, 1909
On March 29th, 1909, H. B. [R.] Stembridge and J. A. Stembridge celebrated their birthdays. H. B. [R.] Stembridge being seventy-four years old and J. A. Stembridge being thirty-three. He had a dinner prepared and a good many of the neighbors and two of the children were present, and at 12 o'clock all partook of the dinner which was composed of the good things that nature has be the help of man provided to eat. All enjoyed a good time.
Uncle Henry, as he was called is the father of twelve children and eleven are living and grown. In politics, he is a staunch Democrat, his religious principles is a Primative [sic] Baptist, he is a kind and a good neighbor, and a kind up-right man, and the wish of one all is that he may live to celebrate several birghdays yet if it is according to the will of God who directs all things for our good.
A. J. S.
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April 15, 1909
Keep The Rats Out.
Editor Record-Press:—To keep the rats out of your corn crib: In the fall when you go to gather your corn, sprinkle your crib floor with sulphur, [sulfur] a pound or so to the crib. Do the same with your hay lofts. Rats can't stand it.
H. R. Stembridge.
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May 5, 1910
Blacksmith and Wagon Shop.
A. J. STEMBRIDGE, Prop.
If you want a wagon made in which is the best wood and best iron put up by a man that knows how to build a wagon come to me. When I put up a wagon it will prove serviceable to you longer than any other, giving you the least trouble.
I can also repair and make new your old one, or your buggy. I am prepared to do any kind of work the farmer needs and feel that if allowed to demonstrate this fact to you that you will evidently see your interests and come to me when in need of anything in my line. My work goes out under a guarantee. Don't forget the place.
A. J. STEMBRIDGE.
BELLVILLE STREET NEAR THE RAILROAD
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June 2, 1910
Death Of Henry Stembridge
Uncle Henry Stembridge as he was generally known died at his home near Iron Hill, Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Feeling that his time was not long on earth gave a beautiful testimony for God that he was willing and ready to die a few days before his death. He was seventy-five years of age. He is survived by twelve children to mourn his death. Mrs. Henry Belt, Mrs. T. A. Murry, Mrs. Joe Rowland, Mrs. J. C. Walters of Kuttawa, William, Isaac, John, James, Sampson, Jackson of Kentucky, Huston of Holly, Ark. The funeral was conducted at the grave by Rev. Wallace of Providence.
The interment taking place immediately after at Rowland's grave yard near Walnut Grove.
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June 23, 1910
Wagon Given Away
On December 24, A. S.[sic J.] Stembridge, the wide-a-wake proprietor of the Stembridge Wagon Works will give away to the one guessing nearest to the number of seeds in a gourd, a new 2 3-4 Stembridge wagon.
Every dollar spent with him entitles youto a guess, you get a ticket with every dollar. Don't forget to see him you may win the wagon, and it is a nice one.
Source: Crittenden Record-Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1907-1909, June 23, 1910, Edition 2, Image 4 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.
January 5, 1911
Stembridge Wagon Contest Closed Dec. 24th.
About 1000 guesses, each representing $1.00 cash paid to A. J. Stembridge for work, were made in the wagon contest which was closed at his manufactory Saturday. The wagon was won by Peter E. Shewmaker the well known farmer and capitalist of north Crittenden. The winning guess was 452 which was the exact number of seeds in the gourd.
Other good guesses were made by Mr. Shewmaker 450 451 453 454 457 and by J. N. Boston 451 which was in one of it and 453 also within one of it made by J. E. Cullen, S. S. Stembridge and Thos. A. Rankin.
Source: Crittenden Record-Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1907-1909, January 5, 1911, Edition 2, Image 1 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.
April 30, 1920
Information as to whereabouts of Ernest Stembridge, last heard of near Hot Springs, Arkansas. Information necessary to settle estate. Son of Huston Stembridge, formerly of Crittenden County, Kentucky. Any one knowing his present address, or having proof of his death communicate with W. B. Stembridge, Marion, Kentucky
--B. M. Duvall Repton, is prepared to furnish gasolilne, cylinder oil, Repair work, Meal, etc.
Source: The Crittenden Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1919-Current, April 30, 1920, Edition 1, Image 1 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.