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No Woman Can Patronize the Waltz

The New Orleans States fires this random shot: “A Topeka preacher said that ‘no woman can patronize the waltz and maintain her virtue’ and a few days later the pious sky pilot was forced to resign his pulpit for swindling several members of his congregation. It seems that there is always something wrong about a man who is so good that he goes to extremes and shocks and insults people.” Exactly so!! Vernon Courier Vernon, Alabama January 14, 1887.

Moonshiners & Revenuers


In the Federal court some twenty dealers in that good stuff called “moonshine” from Lamar County, were brought forward to the bar of the court in order that they might arrange their bonds. Congressman BANKHEAD promptly stepped forward and agreed to become their bondsman.

Thereupon ex-Gov. Smith in his driest style but with a twinkle in his eye, arose and said: “If it please the court, there are about twenty more moon shiners from this congressional district who are anxious to find a bondsmen. I would like to have them brought before your Honor, in order that I may qualify upon their bonds. If the congressional fight is going to open up today, I want to know it. I don’t propose to get left. I am going to keep up with the procession and with Capt. BANKHEAD.”

The laughter that followed, though checked by his Honor Judge Bruce, was enjoyed by everybody present, the amiable congressman himself appreciating it with full zest.

Second Lamar County Courthouse

The Beginning         

Vernon, Lamar Co. Alabama

Lamar second courthouse

Second Courthouse Lamar County, Alabama in Vernon.

The first courthouse was a log building owned by Daniel Molloy.

 Lamar was made from part of Fayette and Marion Counties February 4, 1867, by an act of legislature. It was named Jones County in honor of E. P. Jones of Fayette County. By an act of Legislature, it was abolished, November 13, 1867, and returned to the former counties. October 8, 1868, an act of Legislature created a new county of the same territory call Sanford County. By an act on February 8, 1877 Sanford County became Lamar. This time it was named for L.Q.C. Lamar, a Georgia born statesman of Mississippi. Almost in the center of this county is the county seat, Vernon. Mr. John Molloy owned the land where Vernon is, he gave the county the plot to be laid off in lots for a town. County sold lots to raise funds to build court house and jail.

1867      Jones County, B. L. Falkner, Probate Judge, and Commissioners: W. H. Brown, Jason Guin, W. C. York, N. T. Morton laid off lots, S. E. Hopkins Surveyer.

  1. Laid off square to build temporary building for court house 20 X 30 10 feet high.
  2. Lots 1, 2, 13,14, 15 to be reserved for the jail. Lot 9 for court house.
  3. Lots 42, 45 reserved for church property.

1868      June 1st, bid let to N. F. Morton to build the court house for $4000, N. T. Morton Judge, Jones County.

Lot 45 is where Eddie Wood Collins has a building.

Lot 42 is where Mr. John Price now lives (1960).

Lot 44 is where the Methodist church was before moved to where it is now. That is about where Mrs. John Price had a store in 1960.

Lots 39, 40, 28, 29 is where the Methodist church is located now (1960).

Surveyed for Jones County coming on the 27 August, 1867, the town lots of Swayne Court House, as foregoing platt commencing at NE corner set a stake from which N 88 deg. E 5 links sweetgum, thence S 120 poles, set stake from which S 32 deg. E 58 links sweetgum, thence W 40 poles, set a stake from which S 32 deg. E 58 links sweetgum, thence W 40 poles, set a stake from which S 75 deg. E 9 links peach tree thence E 40 poles to the beginning. This is to certify that the foregoing survey and plot is nearly correct, yet not precise as done by me this September 4, 1867. S. C. Hopkins, Sworn Surveyor.

Lot Numbers Sold to Amount
1, 4, 16, 25, 26, 46, 47, 48 W. W. Pool $180.62 1/2
5, 8, 6 Jessie Taylor $ 190.25
7,33 E. W. Lawrence $ 65.25
17, 55 Samuel Curry $96.55
32, 27 A. J. Hamilton $ 130.50
31 W. H. Johnson 92
24 Edward Barnes 50
30, 29, 56 A. J. McAdams 207.50
38, 39 M. G. Darr 97
27, 28 W. W. Kennedy 162
40 (Methodist Church property now) Peter Shaw 25.50
34,35, 36 T. C. Burdick 197
57,58 J. S. Cox 69
59,60 John Woodard 50
44 D. C. Gillian 46.50
43, 50 George Pennington 72.50
49 D. M. Patterson 26.75
62 John Bobo 26
41 ? Andy Bobo 20.50
51 Henry Bush 21
52 W. N. Scott 10
54,53,63,64, N. F. Morton $51.75

1867, September 16. To be paid out by the Treasurer on the Certificate of Probate John Morris $15, H. Jackson be paid $1.50 for selling lots. G. M. Morton be paid $1 for selling lots. (Auctioneers).

Court adjourned until 8 0’clock tomorrow morning, September 17, 1867.

Next morning: Commissioners establish election precincts lying and between rand 14 and 15 at point where old County line which divides and Fayette crosses said line west with said former county line bet to the range line between ranges 15 & 16, thence S with said range line to the Powel’s road, thence E to range line between Range 14 & 15, thence N to the point of beginning to be call Town Beat. Lots – 90, 89, 99, 100, 101, 111, 112, 114 to be reserved from sale at present. Sold lots for pay in 6 months to pay. The purchaser giving note with two securities.  This all found in Commissioner’s Court Minutes in Court House, Vernon, Ala.

Men who served as Lamar’s first officers:

Probate Judge                                  B. L. Falkner

Clerk                                                   Tom Morton

Sheriff                                                George Brown, Dept. J. L. Morton

Tax Collector                                    Luke Guin

Tax Assessor                                     Jake Clines

Treasurer                                           Fayette Hayes

Superintendent of Education       W. M. Morton

Commissioner                                  William Brown

Historical information taken from research notes of Mrs. Maggie Lee Hayes housed in History room of Mary Wallace Cobb Memorial Library in Vernon, Alabama. Transcribed as written by Barb Carruth.