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From: "Betty Sellers" <>
Subject: Re: 1886 Madisonville Times
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 20:22:13 -0800

Okay--- I've been typing old newspapers and in the early 1900's... in the
early spring the farmer brought in the largest snake they could kill to show
in the Cadiz Record office.. My grandfather was one of those in 1912.. Seems
he didn't want to be left out! It was fun finding his name.

During the reclamation of the land in the 1950's... the snakes were drove
out... It was not uncommon to find copperheads and other snakes in the
town's... Many a woman found them on their front porch... but a limb across
a road is a fairly big snake... I'll look for more stories..

Thanks Marion...
-----Original Message-----
From: Marion Donaldson <>
To: <>
Date: Thursday, December 11, 1997 1:17 PM
Subject: Re: 1886 Madisonville Times

>While delivering mail, my father had to stop his car to remove a tree or
limb that had fallen across the road as it was too large to drive over. When
he got out to remove it,it was gone! He kept this to himnself(as it sounded
like a "likely story"). for a time until he heard some old-timers talking
about older people who had spotted especially large snakes several years
prior to this time.It would have been in southern Trigg,probably
Donaldson-Linton area.Was told that LBL area is growing large ones again
since is unoccupied. Any other snake stories? Marion
>> 1886 Madisonville Times
>> The MADISONVILLE TIMES reports a most thrilling episode. " A young lady
>> here, MISS MOLLIE BACON, had a terrible experience last Sunday. she had
>> been visiting at her grandfather's, int he country, and the parlor of her
>> father's house had b een unused for several days. She returned Saturday
>> Sunday she went into the parlor, laid down and fell asleep. She was
>> by a sense of suffocation and felt something on her neck and face. She
>> sprang to her feet, when to her horrors she discovered that she had been
>> disturbed by a venomous snake, a spreading viper. Miss Bacon's mother
>> to sweep it out. It did not seem to be vicious, only crawled around the
>> pillow, as though seeking for warmth. It was finally killed. Another
>> citizen in that part of town found one of these same retiles in his house
>> few days ago.
>> Betty Sellers

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