C.J. Johnson, who has deep genealogical roots to Winston County, provides news from past editions of the Winston County Journal.
100 Years Ago – July 23, 1915
FRONT PAGE: No arrest has been made yet for the killing of Will Mitchell, who was found dead east of town last week.
LOUISVILLE: Mrs. McNair and sister of Meridian are guests of Mrs. E. E. Miller this week. – Among the sick this week are Mrs. Mirk Watson, Cunningham Catledge, and the baby of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Brasfield. – Gilbert J. Wood, popular mail clerk in Kentucky, is at home on vacation. – Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin McCully, on the 19th, inst., a fine boy.
A good crowd saw one of the season’s best games Wednesday when Louisville defeated Ackerman 6 to 2. Louisville is right on the heels of the leaders and expects to win the pennant.
DEATHS: Little Mathilde, 3, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sid M. Jordan, died at their home on Church street Saturday, after suffering intensely for several days. Funeral services were held at the home by Rev. A. J. Crawford, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. – Mrs. J. B. Hammond died Monday after a brief illness of appendicitis. It was found she was suffering from complications, following the surgery. Her remains were carried to Lawrence, her former home, Tuesday. She was known here for assisting her husband at the Café for the past year.
The Chinaman Lay Sam, who it is claimed was robbed last week, was so frightened that he ran off and was gone several days, finally showing up at Bassett’s mill east of town. His brother-in-law came up from Philadelphia and carried him home with him. He was in a fearfully weakened state, physically and mentally, and was unable to return here yesterday and appear against the boys in court. We have never seen a more pitiable human and it must be very humiliating to the guilty parties that are responsible for his condition.
NOXAPATER: Miss Otis Kilpatrick visited her aunt, Mrs. A. H. Fulton in the Rocky Hill area the past week. – Miss Myrtle Blackwood of Presnel is guest of her sister, Mrs. J. V. Stevens. – Mrs. P. B. Whites left Sunday for her Betheden home after visiting her brother, Mr. Oscar Hull.
BETHEDEN: Mrs. Raymond Stiles and children of near Sturgis are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Crumpton this week. – Mrs. Mary Ivy’s baby was brought here for burial Monday evening. – Mr. John Spence of Winston spent a few days with his daughter, Mrs. R. H. Richardson.
75 Years Ago – July 19, 1940
FRONT PAGE: The tallest man in medical history, 8 feet, 9 inches, Robert Pershing Wadlow, died July 15 from complications from an infected foot. Weighing 491 pounds when he died at 22, he was born and reared on a farm near Alton, Ill.; his parents, brothers. and sisters were all of normal ordinary stature.
County Agent Murphree states the recent continuing rains have damaged 65% of cotton crops, 50% damage to both corn and hay, and 75% damage to food crops, after surveying area fields this week.
LOUISVILLE: Miss Inez Calloway recently returned from Crown Point, N. M., where she taught school the past session. – Mr. and Mrs. Ray Mitchell are the proud parents of a fine baby son, who arrived July 13th.
Mr. and Mrs. Meek Stokes of Macedonia are rejoicing over the arrival of a sweet baby girl.
WEDDINGS: Mr. Tom Fant of Louisville and Miss Inez Carr from Ellison Ridge were married on July 10, 1940, at Louisville, Rev. J. L. Ward officiating. – Mr. Earnest Jordon of Grants, N. M. and Miss Evelyn Crosby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Crosby of Noxapater, were married June 30th.
Bids will be received up to July 27 for furnishing wood for Ford School.