This sheriff meant business from the start


(Excerpt from The Tallapoosa New Era, Dadeville, Alabama, January 6, 1887)

The newly-elected Sheriff of Nolan County wants his people to understand that he meant business from the start. The following official bulletin is clipped from the Sweetwater Record:


This is to inform all citizens of this burg, and strangers sojourning therein, that on and after this date, Monday, Nov. 8th, 1886, it will be unlawful for anybody to carouse, cuss or whoop

On and after this date there will be in this town also

No more compelling people to drink when they don’t want it.

No more shooting of plug hats.

No more short card games of chance.

No more drinking whiskey out of bottles when the bars are open.

No more noisy deviltry.

Any man riding or driving a horse into a public bar will be shot.

Any man raking down the pot at poker without the cards to back it up will be shot dead.

Any man or men compelling any man or men to dance will be shot.

Tramps, tinhorn gamblers, back door lunchers, beggars, boneyard bummers, horse thieves three-card monte men, swill pail scrapers and coffin paint demolishers are warned away from this burg.

It is the determination of the new administration to usher in an era reform, and all good citizens will array themselves on the side of the law. All others will be turned over to the coroner.


VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

Have you heard excessive brain labor causes baldness or the cure for wrinkles is a tepid bath in bran?

Do you want to know Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Vinegar of the Four Thieves or how to make Ox Tail Soup?

Have you ever had ‘blueberry pickles’, ‘batallia pie’ or ‘snow birds’? You will learn all this and more in “Vinegar of the Four Thieves.”

Our ancestors had to be resilient when they faced obstacles in daily life, from dealing with pests, medical emergencies, caring for clothing and cleaning shortcuts. Almost everything they used in daily life was homemade. Some ideas were great but some were very strange.

This book is a collection of household tips, medical cures, clothing care and old recipes from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Many of the tips, such as the household cleaners, cooking tips and ways to control pests, still work and are helpful in today’s ‘green’ environment while others such as ‘how to cure a dog of eating eggs’ will make you laugh. Either way, this book will help you appreciate the difficult life your grandparents endured.

With Bonus: First two chapters of novel Ribbon of Love

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and

All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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