News of the Past by C.J. Johnson

100 Years Ago – July 26, 1912 [This issue was not available for review.]

Advertisers in July 1912 included: “Good merchandise at Surprisingly LOW PRICES. SPECIAL FOR COURT WEEK Only! Calico, per yard – 4 cents; Cotton Checks, per yard – 4 and a half cents; Good Rice per pound – 5 cents. – I. F. CORNWELL and CO. – New Corner Store – Two door East of L. B. Graham’s.”

“Coffins and Caskets – I will sell anything in a complete line of Coffins, Caskets, and Ladies’ and Gents’ Burial Robes. Prompt attention given to all orders. – W. H. WEBB, Noxapater, Miss.”

“Timber Notice: Wanted – Oak and Pine Ties, delivered anywhere on main line or sidings on the N. O. M. and C. R. R. Inspection and full settlement every 30 days. Liberal advancement made on ties. KEELE TIE Co. Bennett Bldg., Louisville, Miss.”

“Coffins, Caskets, Burial Robes – Noxapater Hardware Co., Noxapater, Miss.”

75 Years Ago – July 23, 1937 FRONT PAGE: Search ends for the plane of Amelia Earhart – the greatest search in the history of aviation. Earhart and pilot Fred Noonan disappeared 17 days ago.

LOUISVILLE: Little Johnny Fay Long, two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Long was voted “Little Miss Louisville” in the Shirley Temple Revue, sponsored by the 20th Century Club.

- Born, to Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Batte, a fine boy on the 20th. – Little Miss Willie Rushia Long spent the week in Ackerman with her grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Sheedy. – Friends of Mrs. Arnett Melton are glad to see her able to be back at the Radio Café.

John Gordon brought to our office Monday a sample stalk of his cotton crop. This stalk is 3-½ feet high and full of bolls and forms. If it holds anything like what is now has on the stalk, John is good for a bale to the acre.

DEATHS: Mr. Herbert W. Peters, 65, died at his home in north Louisville last Sunday night, following an illness of several months, helpless most of the time. He was a member of one of the oldest and best known families in the county. – Mary Linda Redding, 19, daughter of Sam A. and Maude Redding now of Jackson, died July 16 of infantile paralysis. – Little Mollie Estelle Etheridge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Etheridge, died Wednesday evening, July 14 at a Meridian hospital following a few days of serious illness.

NOXAPATER: Highway 15 is now open for travel from Noxapater to Louisville. – Mr. and Mrs. Truman Quinton and little Martha Delores of Kosciusko spent Sunday here with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mobley Estes. – Master Jackie Webb of Kannapolis, N. C. is here visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Webb, and other relatives.

One of the most enjoyable family parties held at the Legion State Park was the surprise birthday dinner given Mr. John P. Metts by his relatives on last Monday night. John came over from Greenwood Sunday on a visit to his brother, Robt. L. Metts and other relatives. John is the oldest son of Capt. M. A. Metts, a pioneer of Winston county.