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 20, 1913

LOUISVILLE: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Hudson, a fine boy on the 9th. – Born, to Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Goza, a fine boy on the 18th. – The Creosote plant is now treating timbers regularly. A new $8,000 hoisting machine was received last week and installed. DEATHS: On Saturday night, about 8 o’clock, June 14, Capt. Henry James Gully, 82, died, after suffering several years. He had never fully recovered from a foot amputation two years ago, and had been confined to home. Born in Greene County, Ala. on June 16th, 1830, he moved with his parents to Kemper County, Miss. when he was young. He served in the Civil War from Kemper, and wounded twice, severely so at the Battle of Franklin. Married three times, with four children from his first wife, the first and third wives survive him, as well as his four children. Half of his life was spent in Winston County, on his farm eight miles south of town. – Little Wilford Cunningham, 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. V. H. Cunningham, died at their home 7 miles south of town on Tuesday night, after an illness of several months. – The little baby of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Nowell of Noxapater vicinity died Thursday after a lingering illness of several weeks. – Rocky Hill reported the death of Mr. M. C. Smyth, 56, last Thursday at a Meridian hospital where he had gone for treatment. He was laid to rest in the family burying ground (Enon) near home. He had lived in the county all his life.

NOXAPATER: Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Estes are receiving congratulations on the arrival of a fine girl on the 15th. – Mr. N. W. Web and son Harold visited Dr. R. M. Webb at Hope [Neshoba Co.] latter part of the last week. – Mr. C. D. Fulton and family were guests of Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Price Sunday.

MARRIAGES: Mr. Carl McGee and Miss Yates were married at Philadelphia on June 12th.

75 Years Ago – June 17, 1938

LOUISVILLE: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Prisock, a girl on June 11th. – Miss Mary Frances Reynolds is visiting her grandmother, Mrs. Sam Jones, in McCool. – Steel Harris, on vacation from embalming school at Nashville, left for Hattiesburg this week, where he will relieve the Embalmer at the Hulett Funeral Home for a vacation.

DEATHS: The little baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kemp passed away Thursday and was laid to rest the following day.


WEDDINGS: Mr. Vardy (Vardaman) Stokes and Miss Lillie Tucker were married Saturday, June 4th, in the home of the bride, Rev. W. S. McAllily saying the ceremony.

CLAYTOWN reported a number of locals enjoyed the birthday of Uncle Johnny Wray, 81, where all his children were present, with a host of other relations and friends. There was a nice dinner served in picnic form.