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 – November 7, 1913

LOUISVILLE: Those estimable ladies, Mesdames B. F. Curtis, R. H. Glenn, of Noxapater, and Mrs. C. A. Jones of Rocky Hill are visiting relatives in Texas. – A very disastrous fire occurred at the home of Mr. D. O. Bennett on last Sunday evening when his large barn and its contents were consumed. Mr. Bennett, who lives six miles west of town, has a very fine farm, well improved in every way.

MARRIAGES: Mr. Jack Richardson and Miss Price, charming daughter of Mr. T. A. Price, were united in matrimony at Highpoint, on last Sunday.

J. S. Carr advertised that he is now in the Grocery Business, located at the first store south of J. L. Davis. Mr. Carr guarantees his prices to be right.

75 Years Ago – November 4, 1938

The Front Page: Horror Tale Panics Nation, when a horrible fantasy of war waged on the United States by fearsome space-conquering men from mars was broadcast on Sunday, October 30th. [“War of the Worlds” – Orson Wells]

LOUISVILLE: Attending the funeral of Bill Hinkle in Crawford were J. W. Baker and Mrs. E. H. Flurry and daughter Miss Shirley, and Mrs. William Finley, as well as Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Ellis and Mr. and Mrs. Ewell White. – Mr. and Mrs. Peyton Nunnally were called to Jasper, Ala., Friday, by the serious accident of Mr. Nunnally’s father, Mr. John Nunnally, who was badly hurt by a mule.

DEATHS: Mrs. Minnie Glenn Edwards, 58, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Regina Kinard, in Betheden on Saturday, October 29th. Funeral services were held at Betheden on the following day. – Winston county native, Mrs. Louella Scarbrough (Mrs. W. C.) Frost died at her home near Lexington, MS at noon on Thursday. She had been seriously ill only nine days. – BETHANY reported the sad death of the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Innabinet, which occurred last Friday morning (Oct. 25th) about 4:30 o’clock. – Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hill of VERNON were called to Betheden by the death of Mrs. Hill’s niece, little daughter of Mr. and Mr. Johnnie Abner. – Following a lingering illness of twenty years, Mrs. Daisy Wood Lucas, 40, passed at 8 o’clock Wednesday night, November 3rd. She was the youngest daughter of the late Robt. L. and Sophronia Watts Wood. She was married to James L. Lucas. – Mr. Marion J. Moody, 68, was laid to rest in the famous old Rocky Hill burial ground last Sunday, October 30. He died the previous Saturday evening following a serious illness of only a few days. He was the son of the late Jeptha Moody, a pioneer of this county. He was previously Tax Assessor for two terms.

NOXAPATER: Friends of Mrs. Forrest Fox sympathize with her in her misfortune when she received painful wounds from her clothing catching fire a few days ago. – Mr. and Mrs. I. I. Massey and son D. Taylor of Ethel were Sunday guests of their niece, Miss Lizzie Hisaw.

Mrs. J. C. Lewis celebrated her 90th birthday last Saturday, when her daughter, Mrs. George S. Skidmore, entertained a large number of people with a birthday celebration. The house was filled with floral arrangements. About sixty people registered at the reception table during the afternoon open house. Mrs. Lewis spent a most enjoyable day and was the recipient of many lovely gifts. Later, dinner was served to a host of family and close friends.