"South Boston as it was in 1876: A Look Back into the Day When South Boston was a Tiny Village" By R. H. Beasley.
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South Boston as it was in 1876 A look back into the days when South Boston was a tiny village. by R.H. Beazley "The News"--April 28, 1904 En route to fill an engagement to "norate" on "Cradles, Paragoric and Broomsticks," in the city of Danville in the month of March, 1876, I met for the first time Capt. E. B. Jeffress, who boarded the soughbound [southbound] train at South Boston. It was a dull, gloomy day and there were only two or three passengers in the coach where I was seated, and I was glad to welcome another. The Captain eyed me for a few moments, glanced at my beaver hat a nd [and] Prince Albert, and asked if I was the individual who was advertised to lecture in Danville that night. I then in turn asked him about South Boston, what sort of place it was, etc., for in passing, then as now, nothing could be seen but boxcars and the depot. The interrogation seemed to please him, and with characteristic candor and courtesy he proceeded to tell me a good deal about the hustling little village, and invited me to stop over on my way home as his guest and take a look at the place. This I did, and as a result I decided to make the town my future home, and on the 28th day of April, 1876, just 28 years ago today, I cast my lot with the good people of South Boston, and in doing so I feel that the lines have fallen to me in pleasant places. But the object of this sketch is to give some reminiscences of South Boston as it appeared in 1876. The t own [town] was not so large then as now. There were only a few families. As we leave the depot, passing up the street, to the left there was a large,