This article was found at ChroniclingAmerica and transcribed by Laura Keyes Perry. The Fredericksburg newspaper was very good about printing news and social notes from the surrounding counties, although I do not know how often Greene County was one of them.
This was written in rhymed couplets, and published in quatrains (groups of 4 lines). However, Rootsweb will probably run all the lines together. Sorry.
The Free Lance
March 7, 1901 (page 1)http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87060165/1901-03-07...
A Greene Poet, but not Green in Years or Talent.
TO THE FREE LANCE:
Dear Sir, I beg of THE FREE LANCE
To give the people of Greene a chance,
Their sentiments in brief to tell,
And speak of other things, as well.
By observation it will be seen
A slip of Orange was christened Greene,
Half of which is mountain hills;
It's county seat is Stanardsville.
This county long has famous been
For best of women and kindest men;
Tho' some are gone, yet some remain,
And some I venture here to name.
The home of benevolent Monroe,
Who died a hundred years ago,
And left the whole of his estate,
The white children to educate.
No railroad scans her virgin soil;
No 'lectric wife, their mystic coil.
Has an oil well and copper mines,
And soldiers in the Philippines.
George W. Shearman, of ninety-five --
The oldest man in Greene alive --
Suffers no fever, aches or pains;
And a model Methodist remains.
Mr. Bennie Sims, who lately died,
Was with good works and deeds allied.
His age was forty years and one;
Left wife, two daughters and a son.
Mr. Beasley, known as Miller Jim,
Good deeds were also known of him,
Died of an apoplectic stroke --
And love was in the words he spoke.
At Mt. Vernon, Mr. Jimmie Wood,
Whose eighty years of life were good;
No man could check the ebbing tide;
The Masons laid him in his grave.
Mr. Willis Rucker, of Ruckersville,
Who died and left a hidden will,
Had gold and silver in cracks concealed,
As examination has revealed.
Master Dulaney, the son of Fill,
Is with pneumonia very ill;
But under the care of Dr. Sims
A change for better soon begins.
George R. Jennings, another M.D.,
A blessing to his friends will be --
When from illness himself recovers --
To alleviate the pains of others.
L. J. Duff has lately risen
From a prostate spell of rheumatism;
And J. E. Harlow, a misstep made,
And, falling, hurt his shoulder-glade.
In Stanardsville now can be seen
The largest store-house in Greene;
It's thirty-eight by sixty feet,
Four stories high when complete.
Davis B. Eddins is the man
Who has this mammoth job on hand.
And if there's truth in what I say
He's a first-class man in every way.
This job is now being done
By J. E. Harlow, Bro. & Sons;
And will be when it's shelves are filled,
The wholesale house of Stanardsville.
The people of Quinque all delight
To meet in prayer on Saturday night,
Where hearts and minds of one accord
Invoke the blessings of our Lord.
J. E. H. [middle initial might be R]