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 – June 19, 1914

FRONT PAGE: The Board of Supervisors at the last meeting exchanged a small lot owned by the county next to Newson’s grocery, for a double brick house to be erected in the southeast corner of the Court House yard to be used as a public toilet. The toilet house is to be of brick and fitted up with sewer and water. The town will maintain the toilet house and expense. There will be no cost to the county.
LOUISVILLE: We received two cotton blooms yesterday from J. M. Ray, living on Jack Wallace’s place near Loakfoma. He pulled them the 16th and 17th from his field. – Herbert Gully purchased of G. W. Liddell this week a cabbage raised by the latter weighing 14 ½ pounds. – Messrs. J. L. and J. F. Hemphill, Mrs. W. J. Edwards of Thornton and Mrs. Wilson of Jackson, Tenn. who were called here by the illness and death of their aged father, Mr. W. C. Hemphill, returned to their homes this week.
DEATHS: The remains of Robert Wragg, about age 50, reached here from Louisiana last Saturday and were interred in the Masonic cemetery by friends. He was reared here and was from one of the first families in the county. He was the last member of the original Wragg family but has a number of relatives here. Peace to his ashes.

75 Years Ago – June 16, 1939

LOUISVILLE: The Dental Clinic of Dr. Chas. Blue is nearing completion. It is being erected on the lot just east of the Postoffice, and one of the prettiest lots adjoining the business district. The building contains a number of rooms finished in the latest style and will be one of the most attractive and comfortable Dental Clinics in the State when finished. – Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Fulcher had as their guests Lt. and Mrs. S. W. Seeley of Annapolis. – C. L. Hann, formerly with the G. M. & N Shops is now in Washington City, where he has a good Government position. – Mrs. C. P. Thrailkill is rapidly recovering from an operation at Dr. Rush’s hospital in Meridian. She will return home shortly.
WEDDINGS: Mr. Frank Leon Nicholson of Fort Worth, Texas, and Miss George Evelyn Lee, daughter of Mrs. Mildred Lee and the late Hon. Homer Lee of Louisville, were married on Thursday evening, June 1st, at Fort Worth. Clarence L. Morris of Clinton and Clarksdale and Miss Beatrice Frye, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. C. H. Frye were married at the home of the bride’s parents in Blue Mountain at 9 o’clock Sunday morning, with the bride’s brother, Rev. W. A. Frye of Pheba performing the single ring ceremony. Miss Grace Fulcher of Louisville and Mr. Bowen Morris of Memphis, brother of the groom, were the only attendants.
The family of the late Mr. Bill Gully held a family reunion last Sunday at Legion Park, with family arriving from Ohio, West Virginia, Alabama, and from various Mississippi locations.
NOXAPATER: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Palmer of New Albany visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Morris. The couple was enroute to Philadelphia, where Mr. Palmer has work and they will reside. – Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Smythe and children of Louisville were guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. VanLandingham. – Our farmers are busily engaged this week in an effort to save their crops after so much rain.
DEATHS: Mr. J. Hughes Cornwell, brother of Mrs. J. J. Campbell, died at his home in Birmingham on June 10, at age 67. He was reared in our county and a member of one of the best families here. He suffered a stroke only a few weeks prior to his death.
The work on remodeling the Stubbs store is almost complete, almost making a new structure with two buildings brought together with a beautiful glass front, which makes it one of the prettiest, most outstanding stores in Central East Mississippi.