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 – July 11, 1913

LOUISVILLE: The Mayor and Board of Aldermen now have under consideration for immediate action the matter of installing the water and sewage system for our town. – Mr. Ira F. Cornwell this week sold out his stock of dry goods to Mrs. M. L. Richardson, who will continue the business at the same stand. – Mrs. S. E. Johnson has our thanks for one of the best beets it has been our pleasure to eat this season. – One of the finest rains of the season fell yesterday morning, insuring a much better corn crop. – Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Cochran and daughter of near Ackerman are visiting the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Gammill.

The Turning On of Our Electric Lights! Not since the coming of the “iron horse” has anything happened of so great importance to the old town as the turning on of the lights by Messrs. Woodward last Tuesday evening. While this was only a testing out of the plant, the lights, both in the houses and on the streets, were equal almost to the best, and far superior to many plants at their best.

DEATHS: Mr. J. B. Johnson, 77, of Noxapater passed away during the night or early dawn Wednesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. B. Lampley. “Uncle Hop” as he was known, was one of Noxapater’s oldest and best citizens.

75 Years Ago – July 8, 1938

Over two thousand car loads of people, as guests of the General Sam Dale Society, visited the nationally historic Nanih Waiya Indian Mound in southern Winston County on Monday, July 4th. Mexico, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and practically every county in our state contributed its quota of visitors.

WEDDINGS: Miss Mary Owens Walters, daughter of Mrs. Elsie Walters of Lebanon, Tenn., became the bride of Spiva L. McCullough of Louisville, Mississippi at a quiet ceremony at the home of the bride’s mother on Wednesday, June 29th, at 2 o’clock.

NOXAPATER: Mr. and Mrs. Hobby Bridges and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Bouchillon and family visited Miss Berta Bouchillon in Gulfport during the past week end. – Mrs. T. L. Robinson spent the week end in Hattiesburg with her sister, Mrs. Bill Smith and family.

BIRTHS: From UNION RIDGE, born, to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Quinn, a bouncing baby boy, July 1st. They have named him Larry Taylor. – NOXAPATER reported Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Watkins are announcing the arrival of a little son Wednesday morning, July 6th, at the Harrison hospital in Philadelphia.

LOUISVILLE: Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Boyles and son of Hattiesburg spent last week end here with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Boyles. – Miss Dyalthia McCully, accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben McCully, is enjoying her vacation in the mountains of North Carolina. She accompanied Prof. and Mrs. Sullie Woodward home, following their visit here and in Choctaw with relatives.

DEATHS: After several months’ illness, Mr. R. B. McAlilly, 84, passed away at the home of his son, Rev. W. S. McAlilly, on Metts Street, Sunday morning, July 3rd. Burial was at Center Ridge church. Mr. McAlilly had lived all his life at Center Ridge, except the last year, when he resided with his son. – Aubrey Reed was killed while riding on a running board of a car driven by Mr. Parker. The car met a school truck, driven by Pat Richardson, on the Town Creek bridge east of town. Reed was either knocked off or fell off, but his absence was not noticed immediately. When he was found, Reed only lived a few hours.