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 – October 24, 1913

LOUISVILLE: The whole county experienced the first frost last Tuesday morning. – Conductor W. A. Strong suffered a serious misfortune Wednesday night. After midnight, he discovered a fire had broken out on the back galley of his handsome home. He raced down the stairs in his nightclothes and endeavored to move a can of oil away from the fire, spilling some on his clothes, which ignited. He was badly burned on both legs. Drs. Dempsey and Portwood were called immediately.

DEATHS: Mrs. Rebecca Scott, 102, was born in Pickens county, Ala., Jan. 10, 1881, died Oct. 16, 1913, at the residence of her son, W. I. Scott in Louisville. Until her death, her memory was clear. Burial was in Bevil Hill cemetery.

NOXAPATER: Dr. and Mrs. J. S. Hickman are rejoicing over the arrival of a fine girl at their home on the 19th. – Miss Allie Morgan of Morton has been elected to fill the position left vacant by the death of Miss Eva Hickman. – Miss Rose DeCell is guest of her sister, Mrs. Thos. G. Hopkins. – Mr. Frank Kirkpatrick left Sunday for Memphis to resume his work at the Commercial College.

75 Years Ago – October 21, 1938

FRONT PAGE: Big Fire At Fair Co. Lumber Mill – A disastrous fire broke out in the engine room of the Fair Lumber Company’s Planing mill about 8 a.m. Sunday morning, and destroyed the planing mill, sheds of finished lumber, and 9 box cars full of lumber ready to ship and 4 tenant houses before it burned itself out. With a strong wind blowing, the fire fighters could only keep the fire from turning into the main yards where millions of feet of dry lumber was stacked. This is perhaps the biggest fire ever experienced in the community.

LOUISVILLE: Mr. S. S. Upchurch has returned from Veterans Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala., after several weeks stay there. – Mrs. E. P Craddock of Corinth spent the week end here with her sons, Warren, Alexander, and William Taylor. – The following young ladies came home from M. S. C. W. for the week end: Misses Laura Sue Ezell, Martha Nabers, Mary Suber, Bob Shackleford, Bernice Triplett, and Mary Frances Catledge.

DEATHS: Funeral services for George W. Young, 57, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Young, were held at the Noxapater Baptist Church Sunday, following his death at Mattye Hershey hospital Saturday. He underwent an operation about ten days before.

NOXAPATER: Miss Jessie Mae Hensley, after a visit here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Hensley, left Thursday for Pasadena, Calif., where she been the past two years. – Mrs. E. H. Carter left for Rush hospital in Meridian where she will have an operation soon.

Mr. W. H. Hooks enjoyed his 70th birthday with a dinner given at his home October 16. There were many friends and relatives present and many nice gifts were received.

BIRTHS: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Nowell, a fine baby boy, October 10th reported in VERNON. – NOXAPATER announced three new citizens: Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Walker are rejoicing over the arrival of a son at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Permenter, October 15; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Caperton are receiving congratulations upon the birth of a daughter on October 16th; and Coach and Mrs. H. E. Denson announce the birth of a son on the 17th at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jordan at Carthage. – LOUISVILLE reported a daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. James Page, October 17.