News of the Past

C.J. Johnson, who has deep genealogical roots to Winston County, provides news from past editions of the Winston County Journal.

100 Years Ago – September 5, 1913

NOXAPATER: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Gunn, on the 2nd, a girl. – Mr. W. B. Woodall and family moved last week to Liberty community; we wish them well. – Mr. Wren Coleman visited his mother at Weir first of the week, and brought home with him his sister, Mrs. Lillie Wade. – A number of our fishermen went to Pearl river Monday and caught about 300 pounds of fish.

MARRIAGES: Married at Murphy Creek Church on Sunday, August 21st, Mr. Minor Russell of Mashulaville and Miss Vera Kate Pagan of near Macon, Rev. J. D. Fulton performing the ceremony.

LOUISVILLE: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Mims Duramas, a fine girl on the 1st. – Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Wilkes arrived here a few days ago from Montgomery, Ala., and will make their home here. – Mr. John Gaston, formerly of our town and now living in Meridian, visited his relatives, Mr. W. M. Fox and family here last week. – Mr. W. F. Woodward will have his grist mill in operation tomorrow (Saturday) and will take care of all the corn brought in.

75 Years Ago –September 2, 1938

On August 14, 1938, a number of friends and relatives gathered in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hisaw for the purpose of celebrating Mrs. George Ella Ruff’s 71st birthday. A delicious dinner was served in picnic style. In the afternoon everyone attended baptizing.

LOUISVILLE: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Hoy McAlilly, a fine son, August 28th. – Mr. and Mrs. George Ivy have moved into their handsome new home. – Mrs. Julia Rogers left Sunday for Vanderbilt University, where she will enter for the coming term. – Miss Pat Hathorn will leave Saturday for Tulane University, where she will receive her Master’s degree in the spring. – Henry McGraw left last week for Washington, D. C., where he has accepted a good civil service position. He recently completed his course at L.S.U.

A reunion of the Rogers Family held at Legion State Park Sunday was enjoyed by a great number of people, some who had not seen each other in thirty years. In the morning, the young people enjoyed swimming in the lake. At noon, a delicious lunch was served. In the afternoon they all went to the Lodge and enjoyed some real good singing by the Rogers Quartet.

DEATHS: The little three months old daughter of Clyde Blackwood died in Jackson, Tenn., at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Remer Blackwood, where the little girl had been kept since the death of its mother, which occurred at its birth at Highpoint. Burial was in the Bethsalem cemetery.

Sunday, August 21st, relatives and friends met in the home of Mr. J. A. Lipscomb, with Mr. and Mrs. Sten Clark serving as host and hostess. Guests arrived with well-filled baskets of food, which was spread picnic style under the large spreading elm tree. The afternoon was spent kodaking and chatting with friends as the sun sank low on the horizon.

NOXAPATER: Lightning killed a fine mare of Mr. M. D. Barnes during the Tuesday afternoon storm. – Dr. and Mrs. Stribling Watkins announce the birth of a winsome daughter at the Harrison Hospital on the 28th. Mrs. Watkins is the former Hazel McKay. – Miss Marjorie Clower left Monday night for Memphis to resume her duties as student nurse at Baptist Hospital, after spending two weeks at home recuperating from an operation.

Mr. Walker Porter, one of Winston County’s foremost citizens, celebrated his 80th birthday on August 28, 1938. This annual celebration was attended by about 125 friends and family members, including several from Texas. Mr. Porter has lived on his farm here for 53 years. The climax was the dinner which was spread picnic style on long tables under the great oak trees in the yard. The afternoon was spent renewing friendships, talking, and eating watermelons.

WEDDINGS: Mr. Valley Sennett of Mashulaville and Miss Mavis Eaves of Ellison Ridge were recently married at Mashulaville.