Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, VA

August 21, 1908


Mrs. Robert Ray Suddenly Seized By Blood Poisoning. Other Russell News.

Lebanon, Va. Aug. 19.

A very sad death occurred last Saturday night 8 miles north of Lebanon, very suddenly of Mrs. Robert Ray. She attended a protracted meeting near her home and labored around the altar with penitents and after the night services Saturday night, she returned home and was preparing to retire, and on removing her stockings she discovered a sore on her leg and after removing the stocking blood spurted and before aid could conne to her assistace she expired. She was 51 years of age, and a exemplary, christian woman, and the mother of a large family.

Rev. W. H. Bays, of Columbia, S. C., is visiting his brother, L. L. Bays of this place. This is his first 14 visit for 23 years. He was pastor of Dickenson circuit four years, and was held in high esteem by all his flock. Since he joined the N.-Ga., conference he has held the most important charges.

Mrs. John L. Davis and son of Knoxville, Tenn., are visiting Mrs. Davis' brothers, C. C. and W. H. Alderson.

Mrs. Tom Gent Alderson, of Wise, is visiting relatives in town this week.

Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Williams, of this place, spent a week with their daughter, Mrs. Price, of Rogersville, Tenn.

W. W. Gilmer, who lives near town, is building a nice residence in Lebanon, so as to be convenient to the school here.

Mrs. C. H. Smithdeal, of this place, will leave this week for Richmond, where she will visit her mother.

The Board of Supervisors will let to contract 20 miles of road the 20th. Russell will have good roads as we have an enterprising Board.

The most remarkable family near here, is the family of Mrs. Eliza Tate, of St. Paul. She is 54 years of age, and the mother of 11 living children. The 2 elder are boys, and the 9 are girls, all grown but 2. In January 1900 her husband died, and in April following her girl baby born and the two boys married, so there was one death, one birth and two marriages in the family the same year. We think President Roosevelt should have a group of the mother and her 9 daughters. He surely would give them a ticket to Washington City.

Misses Blanche Brown and Martha Steele, of Tazewell, are visiting Miss Sada Finney, of this place.