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 – January 23, 1914

PLATTSBURG: Misses Issabel Whites and Nettie Germany were guests of Miss Mattie Taylor Saturday. – We are glad to report that Miss Lou McKee, who has been sick for several weeks, is able to be up now. – Mrs. W. A. Kelly has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Carter at Stallo, the latter part of the week.

LOUISVILLE: The Methodist church ladies will hold a market at Mr. J. N. Clark’s store on the 31st. They will be selling desserts, salads, and dressed fowl. – Dr. M. L. Montgomery is now located in the Bradford store. – Postmaster Jordan has completed a nice cottage on north Church street.

DEATHS: Our community was shocked to learn Mr. Sam Crow had been horribly mangled between two freight cars on the Louisville yards about 4 o’clock in the morning. Mr. Crow was coupling cars in the yard and was last seen alive walking beside a freight car he intended to couple. Only a few moments later, the car inspector found him standing between two bumper heads or couplings, the same having struck him in the bowels, pinning him and tearing his bowels horribly and breaking his back. He was a freight conductor and was only assisting the yard crew. He leaves a wife and little girl. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Shannon Crow of Ackerman, and had married Miss Money Kirk of our city. His was one of the largest funeral processions ever seen here.

BIRTHS: MIDDLETON reported a fine girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Patterson on the 19th.

NOXAPATER: Miss Birdie Stevens spent a few days in Louisville last week, guest of Miss Myrtle Blackwood. – On Saturday Noxapater basket ball boys defeated Ackerman here 14 to 2. – Mr. John Andrew Bowie of McCool visited his uncle, Mr. George Taylor, here the latter part of the past week.

100 Years Ago – January 30, 1914

LOUISVILLE: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Eb McCully, a fine boy on the 26th. – Mrs. Emma Smith of Weir is visiting her brother, Rev. A. J. Crawford, this week. – Prof. A. B. McKay of the A & M College spent this morning at L. H. S. and instructed the school boys in setting a goodly number of shade trees on the school yard. He also gave the school a very instructive and entertaining lecture on horticulture.

DEATHS: Mrs. Mary Whites, 92, mother of Pierce, Frank, and Jim Whites, died at the residence of her son Pierce Saturday night. – La Perle Taylor, two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Taylor, died last Tuesday after an illness of a few days with malaria, at the family home in Louisville. Burial was Wednesday in Macon’s Odd Fellow cemetery. – Mrs. Lee Hancock McBrayer died at her home in southeast Winston on Tuesday last. – Our young friend, Jack Miller, died about 12 o’clock Sunday night, Jan. 25th, at the home of his sister, Mrs. J. L. Davis. He held a good position with the railroad at New Albany, but returned home last spring when his health began to fail. He was confined to his room since then with that dreaded disease, consumption. Funeral services were held Monday at the Methodist church, and his body was carried to Noxapater for interment.

WINSTONVILLE: The young people enjoyed singing at Mr. Tobe Presley’s Thursday night. – Miss Bertha Clay returned to her home at Noxapater Sunday, after spending several weeks with her sister, Mrs. Walter Kemp

WEDDINGS: On Tuesday night, Jan. 27, at the home of Rev. A. J. Crawford, Mr. Ira F. Cornwell and Miss Lucy Carr, daughter of Mr. J. S. Carr, were joined together for life, Rev. Crawford saying the ceremony.

NOXAPATER: Mr. M. F. Steward of Philadelphia spent a few days here the latter part of the past week. – Mr. Henry Lawrence has opened a grocery business in the Jarvis building east of the railroad.