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 – June 6, 1913

FRONT PAGE HEADLINE: By a vote of 133 to 17 the taxpayers of Louisville indicate their progressiveness and express a confidence in the Town by endorsing proposed $32,000 bond issue for the installation of a Water System. This means that our town will soon have water, sewerage and lights, something that means more to our people than many may surmise.

LOUISVILLE: Mr. Fred Nabors, who has been at Bell Buckle college, joined his sister here this week. – Mr. Pink Cagle’s friends are congratulating him upon the great success attending his efforts in carrying the Band to the Reunion. Our Band took third place among the number of bands present. Drum Major Holmes carried off the honors over all the Majors present. – The factory whistles sure enough did let the surrounding country know that the town went wet on Tuesday.

NOXAPATER: Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Hickman and three daughters, Misses Alice, Eva, and Mrs. T. F. Kilpatrick and two children left Tuesday for a month’s visit with relatives at San Saba and other points in Texas. – The citizens of our town on Monday voted 5 to 1 in favor of a bond issue of $15,000 for a new school building.

MARRIAGES: Mr. Albert Morris and Miss Clara Massey were united in marriage Sunday morning at 10 o’clock, June 1st¸ Judge L. Filer officiating. Immediately following the ceremony, the newlyweds went to the home of the groom’s parents for a reception. – Mr. F. J. Adams and Miss Lydia Wood were married at the Methodist parsonage on Sunday evening, May 25, at 8 o’clock, Rev. S. B. Myers officiating. – On Saturday, May 24th, Mr. J. W. Smith and Miss Ollie Chiles were married and departed for their home in the northern part of the county.

Civil War veterans will meet on the Gettysburg Battlefield on July 1. On the 50th anniversary of the conflict, a huge reunion of the Blue and the Grey, an expected 40,000 will be entertained by the State of Pennsylvania.

ROCKY HILL: There was a very enjoyable ice cream supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Lewis Saturday night. – Miss Hattie Ellis of near Noxapater is visiting her sister, Mrs. R. E. Woodruff, this week end. – Mrs. May Basset of Neshoba station spent the latter part of the last week with her relatives, Mr. and Mrs. John Williamson.

75 Years Ago – June 3, 1938

LOUISVILLE: Hoy Hathorn is doing fine in Macon hospital following an operation for appendicitis. – Emmett M. Herring, Jr. of Ft. Union Military Academy, Ft. Union, Virginia, is visiting his mother, Mrs. Carrie N. Herring.

DEATHS: Mrs. Vinie Gregory died on the 28th of January at 5:30 p.m. She had been in failing health for some time. Reared in Attala county, she had been a Winston citizen since her marriage, residing three miles south of Louisville on the Meridian and DeKalb road for forty years. Her husband passed away about 20 years ago and she had since made her home with her adopted son, Mr. John D. Gregory. – Mrs. Nancy Ann McKay, 87, died at the home of her son, Mr. J. G. McKay Monday morning, after an illness of several months.

NOXAPATER: Mr. and Mrs. Tommie Hensley announce the arrival of a son, born on the 29th. – Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Caperton and son Ralph and granddaughter Beth Steadman will visit Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lipe at Vance over the week end.

WEDDINGS: Mr. Simon Myers of Ford and Miss Mavis Adams of Louisville were married in the home of Mr. W. J. Bane on May 21st. – Mr. Hershel Parks and Miss Alverta Smith were married at Noxapater on May 18th, Rev. J. H. Gunn saying the ceremony. They are at the groom’s old home at Evergreen.

Mrs. Laura Littrell celebrated her 55th birthday, May 29, with about 70 friends and family members present.