August 11—Mr. T. J. Jolly lost a horse last week by a bolt of lightning, and the stable where it was standing was hardly damaged at all.
September 1—Mrs. W. P. Leicester is spending several days with her mother, Mrs. W. A. Martin, of Mooresboro, whom we are sorry to learn is confined to her bed with malaria.
October 11—Mr. Victor Fortune, of the Cliffside Marble Works, got one of his hands mashed by a marble slab last week, but is much better.
Membraneous croupe has claimed two victims from our town lately. Mr. Ed Wood’s child, about nine months old, died Friday night and Mr. Bert Lovelace’s child, about eighteen months old, died Saturday.
October 18—Mr. John Bright, who moved to Forest City last spring, moved back to Cliffside yesterday. It seems that when a family lives in Cliffside a few months, and leaves, they come back.
The Cliffside Mills store began laying brick on the new furniture store yesterday.
November 29—The Thanksgiving entertainment given by the Red Men and Pocahontas last Saturday night was a grand success. All seemed to be well pleased and well paid for their attendance. The drill by the children was very beautifully rendered, and songs by the papooses brought the house down. The audience was large and variously estimated at six hundred to one thousand. The writer was present and feels sure that there was at least seven hundred present….There were many visitors here from Boiling Springs, Henrietta, Caroleen, Mooresboro and other places.
December 13—Mr. H. H. Harton, who has been chosen for superintendent of the county home, bought a pair of fine young mules yesterday from Mr. Joe Beason.
There is a place just across the State line where youths from this State go to get married and dodge the payment of a license fee, or the necessity of a false affirmation in regard to the age of the contracting parties, that ought to be stopped or broken up, if possible. On last Sunday a negro wedding party took advantage of it, and returning in the afternoon, a horse belonging to a Mr. Doggett, of Henrietta, was run into a ditch just on the other side of Broad River and had its leg broken in two places. The poor animal stood there suffering till yesterday [Monday] afternoon when it was killed.
December 20—The Cliffside Minstrel and Comedy Company gave it first performance in the hall at Cliffside on Saturday evening to a large and appreciative audience. It was a minstrel composed of a jolly set of darkies, and their dancing, coon songs, jokes, wire walking, costumes, etc., were well worth one’s while to see. A number of their jokes were made personal and the local doctors and mother-in-laws came in for their usual share of ridicule.
The Booster Club of Blackville was a conspicuous feature of the performance. William Jolly was the star dancer, wire walker and all-round actor. Walter Rose, Charlie Haynes, Archie Young and John Bowling were among the other principal characters and best performers.
The company is composed of L. I. Gregory, Charlie Haynes, B. D. Wilson, William Jolley, Walter Rose, Clarence Hughes, Archie Young, T. D. Rudisill, A. Y. Armstrong, John Bowling, Guy Fortune and Carl Martin; with Miss Mildred McLean, B. E. Roach and M. T. Green as musicians.
The company will repeat its show at this place soon and also go to Henrietta, Rutherfordton and other places during and soon after the holidays.