News of the Past

100 Years Ago – July 6, 1917 The Boy Scouts of our city, in charge of Scout Master Rev. R. B. Gunter, left last Monday morning early for a hike to the A. & M. College, where they spent the week, and are expected home tomorrow. They had been invited to the College, and were looked after and entertained by Prof. John Rundle, an instructor in the Summer School there. The boys anticipated a great time—many of them never having been away from home so long before. They camped at Noxubee river going and coming where they expected to catch fish sufficient to feed themselves night and morning. Those going on the trip were: Rev. R. B. Gunter, Scout Master, William Hight, Leader of Partridge Patrol, James Davis, Jim Taylor, Berlin Sharp, Henry Gully, Frank Dixon, Walter Spiva, Claud Kirkpatrick, Forest Cagle, Lem Metts, J. T. Earhart. MARRIGES: Rev. T. B. Holman, Pastor, Methodist Church, Vicksburg, Miss., at Ministers home, Tuesday, June 28th 8:30 p. m. performed the marriage of Mr. Eugene Dempsey and Miss Birdie Pyle. The groom is one of our city’s popular young business men, and the bride is a charming young lady and daughter of attorney Ebb Pyle of the northern portion of the State. LOUISVILLE: Walter Baker was called to Arkansas Wednesday on account of the serious illness of his aged mother who is not expected to survive. – Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Clark of Austin, Texas, are visiting the latter’s brother, Sheriff A. P. Hull and family. – Mrs. Penny and children of Pontotoc, were guests of the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Parkes and family this week. – The first cotton bloom of the season sent to our office was from Mr. J. H. Lovorn, of southeastern portion of the county, on June 26th. – Mrs. Laura Woodruff, of Velasco, Texas, is visiting her brother, Mr. J. P. McGraw, and sisters Mrs. J. M. Robinson and Miss Alice McGraw. Mrs. Woodruff left here over 25 years ago; this being her first visit back. DEATHS: The funeral of Mr. Cole whose death was the result of an accident at the mill of the Noxapater Lumber Co., was held here at the Methodist Cemetery Wednesday afternoon. The services being conducted by Rev. W. C. Carlisle of Louisville. The deceased is survived by a wife and several children and other relatives. NOXAPATER: Mrs. G. B. Taylor and two little sons Boyce and Curtis of Ruleville are guests of Mrs. Taylor’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Curtis. – Miss Lois McLeod entertained the young people Tuesday evening with a lawn party, in honor of Miss Kate Curtis of Wills Point, Texas. 75 Years Ago – July 3, 1942 DEATHS: Mrs. Lenora Ann Ray, 81, died unexpectedly at the home of her son, Theodore Ray of Liberty, Sunday. She was the widow of the late Cyrus B. Ray. Funeral services were held at Rural Hill on Monday. She is survived by four daughters, two sons, 35 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and a sister. – Funeral services were held Saturday at the family home on South Church St. for Mrs. Ella Krebbe Giffin Quinton, 69, who died on Friday. She is survived by her husband, G. H. “Mack” Quinton, a daughter, six sons, three sisters, and a brother. – Funeral services were held on June 26th at the Baptist Church for Dr. Meridith M. Ellis, 53, who died from a serious illness lasting six weeks. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Ellis. He is survived by his wife, a fine young son, James, three brothers and two sisters. – Funeral services were held Wednesday at Betheden for Mr. Joseph Oscar Pugh, 60, who died in a Memphis hospital on Tuesday, June 30th. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Arrie Thomasson Pugh and eight children. – Little 6-year-old James Allen Leach, son of E. L. Leach, died at the family home in the New Hope community on July 1st. – Funeral services were held July 2nd at Ellison Ridge for Mrs. Minnie Eaves, who died in Meridian Hospital the day before. She is survived by her husband Buck, one daughter and one son. – Christopher Vandeveder died suddenly on June 24th. Funeral services were held at Kellis Church in the Gholson community. He is survived by his wife Alma and five children and a brother. – Services were held for Mrs. John Russell, 75, at the Noxapater Baptist church Saturday. She died at the family home Friday following a lingering illness. Surviving her are two sons and eight grandchildren. LOUISVILLE: Mrs. Doss Tabor and children left Monday for Huntsville, Ala., where they go to join Mr. Tabor, who holds a position there. – Mrs. B. C. Hurt, Sr. attended the wedding of her son, Lt. B. C. Hurt, Jr. in Augusta, Ga. on June 27th. – Mr. and Mrs. Grady Stokes are the proud parents of an 8-pound daughter, Jo Ella. – Little Miss Judith Haggard made her arrival on June 17th in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Haggard, Route 6. She weighed in at 9 pounds, 10 ounces. WEDDINGS: Mr. A. L. Summers and Miss Gwendolyn Ellis were married June 28 at the Baptist church in Noxapater, Rev. C. C. Weaver officiating. NOXAPATER: Mrs. Jim Martin is recovering nicely in Harrison hospital following an operation. – Mr. and Mrs. Otis Black and two sons of Raleigh, Tenn. spent the week end visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Kilpatrick. 100 Years Ago – July 13, 1917 LOUISVILLE: Miss Birdie Vowell of Purvis is a guest of Mrs. W. E. Dempsey. – Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Catledge, a fine boy on the 6th inst. – Mr. R. J. Atkinson has returned this week from a visit to Forest. He was accompanied home by his sister, Mrs. Bettie Milling, who is guest at the home of W. J. Atkinson. – Dr. and Mrs. Lucas of Moorehead were guests of Mrs. Lucas’ sister, Mrs. J. K. Armstrong this week. – Mr. and Mrs. Palmer of Memphis are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Webster, this week. Our city extends a hearty welcome to Dr. R. A. Cody and family who arrived here this week and will make their future home. Dr. Cody will be pastor of the Presbyterian Church. He has resided in Meridian for the past 21 years, and is an able minister, and very affable gentleman. DEATHS: On the morning of July 4, 1917, about 4 o’clock God sent His death angel to knock on the door of the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Walters, and called for their sweet little baby girl, Maurine. She was the joy and pride of that home, the pet of the community. Maurine would have been two years old the 16th of August. God was sweet to lend her to that home to spread sunshine and joy that long. She had such cute little ways, was always in a good humor, all through her sickness she was so sweet to mind, took every dose of medicine without a frown. On the evening before she died, she kissed papa and mamma good bye and from then she didn’t seem to notice anything more. – The funeral of Mrs. Clyde Hickman was held in Noxapater Wednesday at 11 a. m. at the Methodist church, Rev. R. W. Gordon conducting the service. The deceased is survived by a husband and three children, father, mother and a large number of other relatives. NOXAPATER: Rev. V. C. Curtis and family of Greenville spent several days here with the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Curtis. They left Monday for a visit with relatives at Shuqualak. – Mrs. Frank Kirkpatrick has as her gests this week Miss Cecil Estes of Estes, and Miss Callie Meek Garrigues of Louisville vicinity. – Miss Willie B. Love, who has been teaching the past two years in Durant, Okla., is a guest of Mrs. J. M Harris. – Mrs. Franklin and daughter Miss Ella of Arkansas are guests of the former’s daughter, Mrs. J. N. Young. 75 Years Ago – July 10, 1942 FRONT PAGE: Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Dempsey have finally heard from their son, Elbert, Jr., who is in the U. S. Army. They had no correspondence from him in more than five months, when he was writing once a week. The letter dated April 21 stated he was fine, but did not say where he was located. He also said all the Louisville boys that were with him were okay as well. DEATHS: Funeral services conducted by Rev. J. F. Carter were held at Ellison Ridge Baptist Church July 3 for Mrs. Minnie Eaves, who died in Meridian hospital July 1st. Surviving are her husband, Mr. Buck Eaves, two children, Avenelle and Lamar, and a granddaughter. LOUISVILLE: Mrs. H. G. Woodruff and son Roland will leave Sunday for Indianola to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Criss, and her brother, who is home on furlough from Camp Edward, Cape Cod, Mass. – Mr. and Mrs. Homer Addkison and son Homer Sherrill of Minden, La., are spending their vacation with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Addkison. – Mrs. E. L. Hollingsworth had as her guests over the week end, her son, Woodrow Hollingsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Billie Furr, and Miss Wilda Dean Ellis of Columbus. – Fred Nabers and Henry Fair of Auburn University spent the week end here with home folk. BIRTHS: Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Eaves are rejoicing over the birth of a fine daughter, born June 26, and name Ruby Ann. (Ellison Ridge) – Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Haggard on June 17, a fine baby girl called Judith. (Ellison Ridge) – Born, to Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Parkes, a fine boy recently. (Calhoun) – Mr. and Mrs. Willie Robertson are receiving congratulations on the birth of a fine young fellow, born recently. (Calhoun) – Mr. and Mrs. Stacy King are the proud parents of a fine son born July 6th. (Louisville) – Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Upton Gillet on the arrival of twin girls July 1st at their home near Cliftonville. (Macedonia) WEDDINGS: Miss Jeanette Boutwell and Mr. Joe Garrigues were married June 20th in Purvis, at the Methodist parsonage. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Boutwell and her late husband, former Chancery Clerk. The groom is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Garrigues of Louisville. The couple will reside in Aliceville, Ala., where he has a lucrative government job, although he is still subject to be called up by the Navy. NOXAPATER: Mr. and Mrs. Harvin Baskin and baby of Shuqualak visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Baskin and other relatives over the week end. – Lt. and Mrs. E. W. Garrison of Ft. Benning, Ga. are spending his furlough visiting relatives here and at Tremont, Miss. – Mrs. W. T. Quinton and two children have returned home to Jackson after a two- week visit with her mother, Mrs. Mobley Estes. Her sister, Miss Colleen Estes returned to Jackson with them for a visit.