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 18, 1913

LOUISVILLE: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Garrigues, a fine boy on the 11th. – Mrs. N. G. Ray was called to Rural Hill last week on account of the death of her sister, Mrs. L. M. Black. – Dr. Haggard tells us that Mrs. Lowery, whom he carried to Meridian recently for an operation for appendicitis, underwent the operation alright and is gradually improving. – Mr. H. A. Harris has just received a nice large stock of buggies and surreys, and invites you to call.

DEATHS: Mr. Kit McArthur, once a citizen of our county, died in Choctaw County on the 14th.

NOXAPATER: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Caperton on the 14th, a boy. – Gaines Crawford, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Crawford, fell from a barn Sunday and broke his arm. – Miss Annie Chandler, the last house guest of Miss Otis Kilpatrick’s house party, departed Monday morning for her home at Braxton.

75 Years Ago – July 15, 1938

LOUISVILLE: Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Renager are the proud parents of a fine eight pound son who arrived July 12th. – Robert and Frederick Hemphill will leave July 20 on a month’s tour of the west and northwest, including Yellowstone Park, Hollywood, Salt Lake City, and Washington state. – Misses Marjorie Langley and Marjorie Woodruff are visiting Miss Kathleen Hathorn in Calhoun City this week. – Mrs. J. M. Kurtz of Augusta, Ga. will visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Boyles, here for three weeks.

NOXAPATER: Miss Irene Whisenant is spending her vacation on the Coast in company with Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Hunt of Louisville and Noxapater. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bryan of Blaine spent the past week end here with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Estes. – Mrs. Nannie Horn of Jackson is a guest of her sister, Mrs. Della Robinson and other friends. – Mr. and Mrs. Richard Porter of High Point were guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Callahan last Sunday. They were accompanied home by their niece, Mrs. Ernest Lowe and little daughter, who will spend a few days there with relatives.

A picnic-fish fry was enjoyed by more than a dozen families on July 4th, in the pasture of Ed Farish, Jr. Cooking and visiting took place in the morning, with a sumptuous dinner spread at noon. A game of soft ball was enjoyed by all the teams in the afternoon, followed by a watermelon cutting.

WEDDINGS: Mr. Walter Elon Hurt and Miss Mable Carr, both from Ellison Ridge, were married at the home of Rev. F. H. Miller on May 13, 1938.

On Sunday, July 10, the McLeod Family held a family reunion at Legion State Park. It was such a success the family and friends agreed to make it an annual event. Eighty-seven were registered as attending.

A reception will be given for Mr. and Mrs. Jesse O. Weeks and their daughter of Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, July 31st, at the home of his cousin, Mr. Willis Weeks near Sturgis. The public is invited. This is to be an all day come-and-go-as-you-please affair in the nature of a reunion of relatives and friends of the Weeks family, who are pioneer settlers of this community and the state. It is also a celebration of Mr. Week’s birthday, and plenty of ice cold watermelons will be furnished by him. A community basket dinner will be a feature of the day.