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 – December 13, 1913

On November 27, the pupils of Noxubee Hills entertained their parents and friends with a real live Thanksgiving Party, with local fall foliage decorating the building.

DEMPSEY: The stork visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Swinton Dempsey on the 1st inst. and brought them a fine girl. – Mr. Oscar Horton and Miss Bessie Mills were quietly married at the home of Mr. W. E. Dempsey on November 21st, W. E. Dempsey officiating.

NOXAPATER: Mr. P. B. Worthy and sister Miss Kate, Mr. F. M. Estes and daughter Stella left last Sunday on a visit to relatives in Chester, S. C. – The cold weather this week has been ideal for hog killing. – Mr. Wren Coleman visited his mother at Weir the past Sunday. – Mrs. C. C. McLeod was a visitor to Louisville Tuesday.

75 Years Ago – December 9, 1938

LOUISVILLE: Miss Mildred Hull, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hull and a graduate nurse and laboratory technician at the Houston Hospital is now with Dr. E. L. Richardson’s clinic. – Mrs. E. E. Reynolds and daughter Miss Leona and Miss Imogene Earhart attended the funeral of Mrs. Reynolds’ aunt, Mrs. Ollie Bennett in Kosciusko last Saturday.

DEATHS: Mrs. Mary Richardson died Friday night, leaving a devoted husband, daughter and four sons, with several grandchildren, reported CENTRAL news. – Mrs. Charles Cornelius McLeod, 74, died Monday evening in a Meridian hospital, where he had been carried Friday to combat sytemic poisoning from which he had suffered for the past month. He was the son of the late Charles Thomas McLeod and Emma Liza Crow. “Uncle Charlie,” had been somewhat physically disabled in recent years, but was known and loved by neighbors and friends. His remains were interred in Rocky Hill. – Harris Funeral Directors reported Mrs. W. H. Dempsey, 66, died on December 3rd at her home west of town. – Dan Edwards died at his home in Betheden on Thursday, December 7th. Funeral and burial will be at Betheden at 11 this morning. This young man had been ill for several months and will be remembered as a mechanic with Ed Glenn’s force here for several years.

NOXAPATER: Mrs. Wren Coleman left Wednesday for Laurel, where she goes to make her home. – Mr. and Mrs. Pennie McLeod, Gilruth Fulcher, Mrs. Martha Roberts and son Clyde of Yazoo City attended the funeral of C. C. McLeod here Tuesday, as did Mr. W.D. Ellis of Union. – The Noxapater Civic Club met in the home of Mrs. C. C. Weaver with Miss Ruth Lay co-hostess.

The home of E. G. VanLandingham, known as the Kerr old homestead near Highpoint, was burned Monday. The entire household effects were also burned.

MACEDONIA reported Mr. Robert Upchurch is remodeling his house. Having made a nice chicken yard and bored a well, when finished, he will have one of the prettiest homes on this highway. – Mrs. Lettie Chambliss was badly burned with a steam cooker.

Mrs. Alice Pugh, one of our county’s oldest citizens, celebrated her 77th birthday anniversary of December 2nd at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Daisy Bennett, on North Church Street. Open house during the day witnessed 67 guests, 18 dinner guests, children and grandchildren, who enjoyed a bountiful dinner.

BIRTHS: Mrs. Belle Mitchell and son Maurice spent last week with the former’s brother, Mr. C. N. Strait and family at Calhoun. She reports a fine boy born to Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Strait on November 26, whom they have christened Carl Davis. – Louisville reported several new citizens: a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ming on December 7; another new citizen is the fine boy, born to Mr. and Mrs. C. L. McCullough, on December 5, as well as a baby girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clark on November 29th, and a sweet baby girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Barney Taylor on December 2.