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in the Greensboro Watchman April 15, 1922 


Judge Edward deGraffenried of Tuscaloosa, died suddenly on April 5th at the residence of Mr. J. A. Blunt in Greensboro. His age was 61 years. Judge deGraffenried was in Greensboro attending the session of the circuit court where he had several cases to try. He was in the courtroom nearly all of Wednesday morning but was too unwell to go into the trial of his cases, and they were continued. When court adjourned he went to the home of Mr. Blunt, with whom he was staying, and upon arrival there he stated to a servant that he was feeling unwell and went to his room and lay across the bed. This was a little after one o’clock. Sometime between then and two o’clock in the afternoon he passed away. This night before his death he had suffered a like attack. The news of Judge deGraffenried’s death came as a great shock to his many friends here in his boyhood home, and the town where he had spent the better portion of his life. Judge deGraffenried was one of the three original members of the state Court of Appeals, serving for one term, from 1911 to 1912. He was appointed to the state Supreme Court where he served with distinction, succeeding the late Judge R T Simpson. Judge deGraffenried he’d this high office until 1917, after which he moved to Tuscaloosa, where he resumed the practice of law. At the time of his death he was president of the Tuscaloosa bar association, and had qualified as a candidate without opposition as a delegate to the state Democratic convention. He was a’so at one time president of the state bar association, and was a member of the constitutional convention of 1900, representing Hale county. At the time of his death he was a member of the Methodist church and was a teacher of a large class of men at the First Methodist church in Tuscaloosa. The deceased is survived by his wife, one son, Edward, Jr., both of Tuscaloosa, his mother, Mrs Sue deGraffenried of Greensboro, and five brothers, Richard of Greensboro, Treas and Shelley of Meridian, Miss., T. S. and Frank of Seale, Alabama. 

A splendid program on Mexico was given by the Woman’s Missionary Society of the Methodist church on Monday p.m. Mrs White conducted the devotionals; a special song “Mexico” was given by four young ladies, Misses Lewis, Findlay, Neighbors and Owens of the Y P M Society. Miss McCrary told of the resources and industries of Monteray; Miss Evelyn Elliott gave us an insight into the work our church is doing there through schools, hospitals and church; Miss Ezelle told the life story of a Mexican girl of one of our schools; Miss Swan Ella Owen told of the sanitation of Monteray. Splendid reports were given by each officer. Mrs White and Miss Chapman sang as a duet “Spend one hour with Jesus.” Mrs R J Griffin the president, had the Society repeat the district slogan “Increasing in all things— for His sake.” The Society is planning a group meeting for some time in May, when we hope to have with us representatives of all the W M S of Hale county. 


Mr Tom Boardman, who formerly resided in Greensboro, died in Baltimore, Md., on April 11th after a long illness. He leaves a wife and four children. The burial took place in Baltimore. 


The barn on the premises of Mess. Heck and Luther Seale six miles north of Greensboro on the Tuscaloosa road, was destroyed by fire early Monday morning last, A –quantity of feed stuffs was burned. The origin of the fire is undetermined. 


A change of schedule on the railroad passing Greensboro went into effect last Sunday. The passenger rain from Akron arrives in Greensboro at 10:25 a.m.; and returning from Selma in the afternoon arrives at 6:15. The freight train gets from Selma at 10:25 a.m.; and returns from Akron at 2 p.m. 


“Uncle” Mart Cook, probably the oldest man in Hale county–being 96 years of age– was in Greensboro a few days ago looking well and hearty. Mr. Cook was born and reared in Northeast Hale and has lived all of his life in that section except the time he was absent serving in the Confederate army. He is a good citizen, and many friends wish him more years in life. — 


While out riding in a car last Sunday night with a party of friends Mr Clifton Crabb fell from the car and sustained a broken collar bone. “Clif” will be out of commission at Stollenwerck’s drug store for a week or two. 


Make an engagement with your best girl for the evening of June 9th. An unusual attraction is coming. It will be inspirational to you both. 

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