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 – May 8, 1914

LOUISVILLE: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Wood on the ninth, a fine girl. – Mrs. Tomlinson of Terre Haute, Ind., is the pleasant guest of her daughter, Mrs. O. A. Bennett. – Mrs. G. W. Hunter and little son of Okolona are here on a visit to her sister, Mrs. W. O. Butler. – Mrs. Carrie Gunn of Noxapater is here on a visit to Mrs. R. H. McGraw. – Mr. and Mrs. Joe Chattman have moved into their handsome new cottage on South Church Street.

DEATHS: Mr. Bell, ill for some time, died at his home near Noxapater Tuesday and was buried at the Baptist Cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

NOXAPATER: Mr. and Mrs. Will Kemp and baby of Fearn Springs were guests of the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Carter here the past Sunday. – Little Miss Virginia Hopkins entertained quite a number of her little friends on Friday afternoon in honor of her third birthday

75 Years Ago – May 5, 1939

FRONT PAGE: A new billiard parlor, known as the Rex, is being opened up by Blume Triplett, in one of the Rhodes buildings on North Church street. – The barn and smoke house of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Hopkins of the Liberty community burned down last Friday, consuming between 150 and 200 bushels of corn, a lot of peas, and a nice lot of meat.

LOUISVILLE: Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Atkinson enjoyed a family reunion in their home on North Church street one day last week when they had all their children and grandchildren with them for the day. – Mrs. W. H. Scrivner of Maben is visiting her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Clark. – Mrs. Leon Givens from Cleveland is visiting Mrs. Wilson Long. – Nancy Upchurch, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Upchurch, is in Mattie Hersee hospital, Meridian, for appendicitis.

We are informed of a disastrous fire suffered by one of our county’s most substantial black farmers, Will Davis, south of town, which occurred last Monday when his barn, together with its contents burned. About 150 bushels of corn, two good mules, new wagon and plow tools were burned. It is thought the fire was set by his grandson, with whom he had trouble, we are informed.

DEATHS: Funeral services were held for Mrs. Gussie Graham Stewart, 73, wife of the late Jeff D. Stewart, on Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Mitchell on South Columbus Avenue. Burial was in Hattiesburg cemetery by her husband and several children. She passed away Tuesday night, May 2nd, following a long illness, having taken ill while visiting her daughter at Christmas. She was one of the last two living children of Mr. L. B. Graham. – Funeral services were held at Masonic cemetery Sunday afternoon for little Lynda Elva Suber, eight month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Suber, who passed away Saturday, April 28th in Meridian hospital following a case of diphtheria.

NOXAPATER: The children of Mrs. Ollie McBrayer celebrated her 70th birthday with a surprise dinner at her home Sunday, April 30. – Mrs. Anna Carter returned home from a visit with her son, Holder and his family, in the Liberty community. – Mr. and Mrs. Milton Clay of Stallo visited their new granddaughter here in the home of Rev. and Mrs. C. C. Weaver. – Thad McLeod, who has work near Florence, Ala., moved his family there the past week.

A reunion of the family of Mrs. Mary Katherine Pickle Sanders was held at Legion State Park last Sunday, observing the 85th birthday. Five generations of her descendants were present. Notwithstanding her age, Mrs. Sanders entered into the gayeties with all the zest of the youngest present. Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren in attendance numbered 96. Mrs. Sanders was married at fourteen and was the mother of fifteen children.

WEDDINGS: Mr. A. L. McMillin, Jr. and Miss Doris Bennett, daughter of Mrs. Charles Bennett were married Saturday evening, April 29, in the home of the bride’s mother on her mother’s 31st wedding anniversary.