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 12, 1914

LOUISVILLE: Jonas Young’s horse fell into a 30 foot well on last Friday night, and was taken out without serious results the next morning. – There will be a supper at the Park tonight for the benefit of the Methodist Church. – Born, to Rev. and Mrs. A. J. Crawford, on the 7th, a fine boy. – Mr. J. P. McGraw and granddaughter Paula Hight are visiting in Vicksburg this week. – Mr. and Mrs. Sam Welch of Philadelphia visited their daughter, Mrs. Boss Miller, Saturday and Sunday.

75 Years Ago – June 9, 1939

FRONT PAGE: Mr. Howell Giffin has just completed the erection of the new Gulf Service Station, and will have a formal opening Saturday, when he will give away several valuable gifts. Mr. Giffin has employed George Pugh, who has been in the service station business here for several years.
NOXAPATER: Mrs. F. L. Bryan is joining Mr. and Mrs. Chism and son of Meridian, Mr. and Mrs. Bernice Bryan of Philadelphia, on a motor trip to the World’s Fair at New York, and also to visit her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Sones in Baltimore, Md., and relatives at other points in the East. – James Hopkins is at home from Duke University. – B. F. Whisenant, accompanied by his daughter, Irene, and sister, Mrs. Hunt, went to Tuscaloosa Saturday, where he entered the Veteran’s Hospital for treatment.
DEATHS: Mr. John Leland Thompson, 81, died at his home south of Ackerman on June 1. The Winston county native was the son of William Alexander Thompson and Martha Kennedy Thompson. He lived in the Bethsalem community and was a life-long member of Bethsalem Presbyterian Church, serving as Deacon and then Elder. He first married Miss Kittie Huffman on September 25, 1895; they had 4 children, three sons and a daughter, with only John Leland, Jr. and William Huffman surviving to adulthood. Burial was in Bethsalem Cemetery. – Mrs. Mary Adella Robinson, 88, died Monday evening following a brief illness. Funeral services were held in the family home, with burial in the family cemetery, near her old home in the Woodruff community. LOUISVILLE: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Libby and little daughter Franky Clair left Sunday for New York City to visit Mr. Libby’s father. – Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Berlin Sharp, a fine boy on June 5th. – Mr. and Mrs. Henry Davis and mother, Mrs. Anniebeth Davis, have returned from a week’s visit to the former’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Bain in Mobile, Ala.
WEDDINGS: Mr. Benny Hollis Swink and Miss Frances Agnes Hathorn were married at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Gage Hathorn, in Calhoun City on June 7th. – Mr. Oma L. Melton and Miss Rosalie Woodall were married June 2 at the Baptist parsonage, Dr. J. N. McMillin performing the ceremony.