News of the Past

100 Years Ago – November 24, 1916

After one of the longest dry spells this country has ever experienced, a nice slow rain fell here during Wednesday night, and cleared up again yesterday. While it is not sufficient to furnish the country with water in dry places, it extinguished the forest fires throughout the county, and settled the dust.

LOUISVILLE: Mrs. Mike Harvey, Mrs. Hutchinson and son Billie, and Miss Nannie Woodward motored over to Ackerman Friday and witnessed ball game. – Mrs. Laura Palmer who has been on a few weeks’ visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Webster, left Monday for her home in Tennessee. – Mrs. A. C. Schryver returned from her trip to Chicago a few days ago and was accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Helmer, and niece, Miss Olive Stratton. They received a hearty welcome from our people, who will be glad to know that Miss Stratton will enter the High School as a pupil. – We are glad to report Mrs. Ben Hughes, who has been quite ill, as much improved.

DEATHS:  We are called upon to note the death of another one of our community’s oldest citizens, that of Mr. W. H. Boyd who died at his home on the 17th inst., and his remains were buried at Betheden with Masonic honors on the following day. One of his good friends has furnished us with the following tribute: On November 17, death in its wonderful power came and took from our midst our loved friend Mr. Henry Boyd. He had been a great sufferer for a long time; been confined to his bed for nearly a year. He had great patience and bore his suffering so patiently.  Mr. Boyd was born in Newberry, Abbeville District S. C., on March 15, 1836, and moved to this State when he was six years old, and has lived here nearly all his life. He was married to Miss Margeret E. Prisock January 18, 1871. To them seven children were born, six boys and one girl, five of the boys are still living. Mr. Boyd was kind and loving to all, his friends were many. His tenderness and fatherly devotion have left an influence for good in the hearts of his children and grandchildren, an influence that no doubt will restrain the wayward, that will increase faithfulness, that will encourage hope, and that will give fresh inspiration to Christian life. To the aged wife and dear, boys, we extend sympathy.

NOXAPATER:  Mr. and Mrs. Eula Price of Memphis, were called here Saturday by the illness of the latter’s sister, Miss Vida Reed, whom we are glad to report much better. – Miss Sudie Gunn, who has a position in the school at Mantee, spent Saturday and Sunday at home. – Miss Helen Harris had as her guests Saturday and Sunday, Misses Elsie Inman and Carolyn McGraw of Louisville. – Mrs. C. A. Jones and Mrs. T. M. Yarbrough of Rocky Hill vicinity were guests of relatives here latter part of last week.

75 Years Ago –November 21, 1941

FRONT PAGE:   The Louisville Laundry and Dry Cleaning Plant, a relatively new facility, was completely consumed by fire last Friday night.  Owners, Mr. and Mr. Gary, were there until 7 p.m. that evening, working on the books.  With Friday being a big laundry day, a large amount of clothing was consumed in the fire. The company had partial insurance.

DEATHS:  Funeral services were held at Murphy Creek church on Nov. 14th for Mrs. Claude Alewine, 53, with Rev. J. L. Ward conducting the services.    

LOUISVILLE:  Norris Hey is the new manager of the Piggly Wiggly store.  –  John Edd Haggard is spending the week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Edd Haggard, and his sister, Mrs. Archie Carter.  He has been serving in the U. S. Navy, and stationed at Norfolk, Va. for the past two months, and will be returning there next Monday.  –  Edd Metts, a veteran of three wars, is ill and is a patient at the Veterans Hospital in Biloxi.  We wish him a speedy recovery.  –  Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Miles dropped by our office to send the Journal to their son Lucian, who is stationed at Camp Croft, S. C.

WEDDINGS:  Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Dallis of Louisville announced the marriage of their daughter, Linda, to Mr. K. E. Ragsdale of Jackson on November 2nd at the Methodist Church in Louisville.  Mr. Ragsdale is connected with the Ordnance plant in Flora.

NOXAPATER:  Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Estes, Mrs. Ada Carter, and other relatives from here attended the funeral of their sister, Mrs. Maggie Estes Richards, widow of the late W. W. Richards at Mashulaville last Sunday.   –  Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Darby had as their guests Sunday Mr. Bud Darby and family of Philadelphia.  – Wilburn Holman, who has been working in Memphis for several months, is home for the holidays.