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 – April 24, 1914

(Local news columns were unreadable.)

DEATHS: We regret to learn of the death of Mr. J. C. Holder who died at his home at Burnside on last Friday. He was an honored citizen of Winston for many years, having removed to Burnside a few years ago.

75 Years Ago – April 21, 1939

FRONT PAGE: Little Buddy Vernon Suffers Horrible Death at Water Mill: Last Tuesday, the 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Vernon, was pulled into the fly wheel of the Vernon water mill, by the belt, and had one arm and one leg pulled entirely off, and the other leg broken in four places. He was carried to the Macon hospital but died a few minutes after arrival.

LOUISVILLE: Mr. S. S. Upchurch returned Saturday from the government hospital in Gulfport where he spent a month. – Mrs. Prentiss Taylor of Murphreesboro, Tenn., was called here Wednesday by the death of her father, Mr. Tom Humphries. – Mrs. Arnett Melton left Saturday for Detroit, Mich., where she will visit her brothers. – Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Rowe, a fine boy on April 9th. – Mrs. Carl Shaw and baby of Starkville are here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Woodward.

DEATHS: Winston County native Mr. Thomas J. Humphries, 82, died Tuesday, April 18th, at his home in the Mt. Pleasant community, following a continued illness of several months duration. Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Whisenant and daughter Irene of Noxapater, along with Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Jones attended the funeral service at the home Wednesday afternoon with interment in Louisville Masonic cemetery. – Funeral and burial was had for Mrs. Minnie Gully McBrayer, 51, at Mt. Hebron on April 7th. – Mr. W. H. McElroy died at his home in High Point after several weeks’ illness. Mrs. A. T. Callahan, daughter of Mr. McElroy, attended his funeral Wednesday morning at High Point¸ along with other members of her family. Burial was in Bethsalem cemetery.

ROCKY HILL: The children and grandchildren of Mr. W. H. Fulcher surprised him with a birthday dinner last Sunday, celebrating his 68th birthday. All of his children and their families were present, as well as a few friends who enjoyed with them the bountiful dinner spread picnic fashion. – Mrs. Wood Fulcher and Mrs. Tommie McLeod were guests of their sister, Mrs. Thaddeus Woodruff of Noxapater last Wednesday.

NOXAPATER: Mrs. Lemuel Walters and son Charles of Durant were week end guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Gunn and family. – Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bryan of Blaine, Miss. spent Sunday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Estes. – Mr. L. H. Reed has worked in Louisiana the past two weeks. – Wilson Estes, who is employed at Whitfield, visited home folks the past week end.

WEDDINGS: Mr. Malcolm Davis of Pensacola, Fla. and Miss Myrna Batte, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling A. Batte, Sr. were married Saturday evening, April 15, at the home of the bride’s parents.
Sixty-five relatives and friends gathered at the home of Frank Nowell April 9, for a birthday celebration in his honor. At the noon hour, many full baskets were brought forward and a bounteous dinner was served picnic style.