Young People Entertained

Taken from Metropolis Herald, January 8, 1908
Submitted by Ann Laird

Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Flanagan entertained a crowd of young folks on last Saturday evening at their home in honor of Misses Jennie and Eileen Loud and their friend Miss Estelle Cresup of New Madrid, Mo., these young people have been spending their vacation with their Aunt, Mrs. Andrew Davisson. The music, games and refreshments were fully enjoyed by all. Those present were, Misses Jennie Eileen Loud, Estelle Cresup of New Madrid, Mo. Misses Ethel Simmons, Anna Wade, Nellie Elliot, Alberta Lukens, Hazel Jacobs, Marie Davisson, Agnes Daly, Ruth Wade, Mary Beaumont, Ruth Tucker, Bessie Lukens, Mr. and Mrs. Pal. Johnson, Messrs Bonner Leonard, Leslie Rush, Clarence Rose, Henry Jacobs, Leonard Morris, Lee Lukens, Ruby Hanks, Bennie McKeage, Smith Walsh, Ike Minor, Earl Armstrong and Stewart Bowker. The young folks departed with many expressions of gratitude to the hostess.


Uncle Rob is 90

Taken from Metropolis Herald, March 6, 1907
Submitted by Ann Laird

Last Monday, March 3rd was Uncle Rob Davission's birthday--he was 90. Nobody about here needs to be told who Uncle Rob is--they all know him. Uncle Rob was born in Sciota county, Ohio March 3rd 1817. So he is more than a year older that the State of Illinois as it was "admitted" Dec. 3rd, 1818. Uncle Rob's parents were Amaziah Davisson and Sarah Thompson, both Virginians. He is a grandson on his mother's side of Wm. Henry Harrison the 9th President of the United States and famed as the hero of Tippecanoe--that's where Dick Johnson killed Tecumseh. Apart from his great office as President of the United States, General Harrison bore a very conspicuous part in the affairs of our country. Uncle Rob and his good old wife, aunt Mary Kennedy were married 63 years ago--we regret that Mrs. Davission is wholly confined to her bed on account of a fall which she sustained last summer, in August next she will be 85 years old. Mr. Davission came to Massac County in 1841 and the wedding ceremony uniting the old couple was performed by Col. R. A. Peter, recently deceased.

They have lived here ever since and it a singular fact that Mr. Davission has never paid a penny for funeral expenses and very little in the way of Doctor's bills, for of a family of two sons and two daughters, all are living save his son, Jesse, a man more than 40 years of age at his death, one son, Robert Jr., and two daughters Mrs. Jennie Kidd and Mrs. Thomas Clayton are living. He is in good health and his mental powers are still active--we can see no reason why he should not round out a century.


The Dye Family

Taken from Metropolis Herald, September 11, 1907
Submitted by Ann Laird

Mr. John Dye of Redlands, Calif., has been back here some five weeks visiting her large relationship in this county. Mr. Dye died more that a year ago as related at the time in the Herald. Mrs. Dye says that her son John is now at Honolula, Sandwich Islands--the young man has married in Honolula and is earning $100 per month and found at his trade as a candy maker. Miss Alice Dye married a man named Hoose and is living in Kansas City, Mo. Miss Nellie married a man named Reed and is engaged in the Hotel business in Nowata, I.T. Henry Dye is with his mother and is unmarried, Joseph is married and lives with his mother. Mrs. Dye expects to return to California in October going via Hot Springs, Ark., to visit her sister, Mrs. Chas. Shelton.


Letter From Metropolis Citizens

Taken from Metropolis Herald, December 24, 1913
Submitted by Ann Laird

The following was taken from a letter from Mrs. Charles Songer to her mother Mrs. Barrett.

The young people are now at Redlands, Calif., and they write back here about their trip there and about the town Redlands. Mr. and Mrs. Songer have been at Joplin, Mo., for about four years and was here last summer to visit relatives and friends. The letter was written about the middle of November.

They were accompanied on this trip by some friends of theirs that were at Joplin, Mr. and Mrs. Rock. Mrs. Songer writes, we came through ten states, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California. Our first stop was Montana. We both worked there. It sure was cold there, a foot of snow, awful high climate and they had the best water we ever drank. Then our next stop was Spokane Washington, from there in the evening till nine-twenty at night, that was a pretty place. Next was Portland. It was warm there, the rainy season has just started that is why we didn't stay there, Portland was a pretty place, was there three weeks. Our next stop was San Francisco we sailed from Portland on the steamer Camimo, the scenery was beautiful, was just one week getting to San Francisco. It was a great trip. The ocean was great. Sailed from there to Los Angeles on the steamer Yale, this is a pretty boat. Saw all the coast towns and beaches. We were in Los Angeles only two weeks then we went to Redlands, it is a dry town and as clean as can be. The sea trip me more good than anything but Charles was sea sick and had to eat what little he did eat in bed. When we landed in Redlands, we got rooms for light house keeping. Rocks and us got rooms together and first thing we found a calendar of our family group and upon looking up who the house belonged to, we found the owner was Mrs. Mary Dye once a citizen of Metropolis, She gets the Metropolis Herald every week.

Well here is another funny thing we heard there were some Songers here so we ask about them and found out he is Charles' father's uncle. They are nice old people. He remembered the name Bennett also. He pickles Olives and sells them. This town is made up of Illinois People. Lannis Parker is just a few miles from us. We like out here fine and wish you were here to enjoy eating some of these fine oranges with us.


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