Almyra Gleanings: There are still a few cases of sickness in the Dunlap Orphanage; and some of them are very sick. Mrs. Sweaney, the trained nurse, has been there two weeks last Monday, and it has been two weeks of most faithful service. Besides nursing the sick, she has filled well the position of matron of the home, carefully looking after all its interests in and about the house. Miss Rubye Moffatt was a faithful helper until the latter part of last week, and the Red Cross of Covington sent Miss Ruby Bringle to take Miss Moffatt’s place in looking after the culinary department of the home.
Mrs. Estes Williams, of the Almyra neighborhood, was very sick the latter part of last week, but seems to be improving now.
Miss Mattie V. Kelley, of Almyra, has had a protracted spell of the “flu” the past two weeks, but is improving now.
Robert Thomas, a prominent colored farmer of the Almyra neighborhood, died last Monday about 5 a.m. He had a stroke of paralysis on the previous Wednuesday [sic] evening, which caused his death. His remains were interred in a colored cemetery near Arlington Wednesday about noon. Thomas started out in early life as a school teacher, but soon turned his attention to farming, and was a successful farmer. At the time of his death he was one of the wealthiest colored men in the 8th district, owning nearly 300 acres of good farm land.
On last Thursday and Friday Rev. I. S. Caldwell, pastor of Salem A. R. P. church, and W. J. Shaw, a lay delegate from the same congregation, and S. O. Huey, of the Sharon congregation, attended the fall meeting of the Memphis-Louisville Presbytery in Memphis.
On account of the inclement weather last Sabbath, there was no service of any kind in Sharon church at either morning or evening hour. It was regretted that the United War Work speakers were unable to be present on Sabbath afternoon, as had been announced.
Rev. W. C. Kerr, of Covington, is expected to preach in Sharon next Sabbath afternoon at 3 o’clock, which will be preceded by Sabbath school.
[Almyra Gleanings, The Covington Leader, 21 Nov 1918]