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 – July 3, 1914

LOUISVILLE: Chas. Jordan has secured the services of another plumber and says he is now prepared to do all plumbing on short notice. – Miss Jennie Newsom left a few days ago for Ashville, N. C., where she will take a special course in expression. – Born to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd McCollouch on the 1st, a fine boy. – Our section as well as the entire country almost is still suffering from one of the driest spells ever experienced.
MARRIAGES: Mr. T. L. Blackwood of Durant and Miss Beatrice Isabelle Doss were married in her parents’ home, Rev. R. B. Gunter officiating.

75 Years Ago – June 30, 1939

FRONT PAGE: At the corner of Main and Church streets, the newly remodeled Stubbs Department Store will have a formal opening on today, Friday, June 30th. Of the 17 Stubbs stores, Louisville has always ranked second. However, Mr. Stubbs says that with the store expansion and remodeling, he expects to make the Louisville store the first in importance.
NOXAPATER: Carter Kemp, who has been stationed in a camp in Florida, is home on vacation. – Mrs. B. F. Whisenant attended the Humphries reunion at Legion State Park Wednesday. – Mrs. M. A. Pagan returned home from Meridian, where she visited her brother, Patty Hickman and family, and other relatives. – Mr. J. H. Webb left Monday for a three weeks stay in Hot Springs.
DEATHS: Funeral and burial was held for Mrs. Chas. H. Hudson at White Hall church on the 19th, following her death the previous day. She had suffered an illness for months. – Herman Johnson, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gail Johnson, was killed by lightning Wednesday afternoon in the field where he and others were hoeing. He is survived by his wife and little daughter as well as sisters: Mrs. Wilbur Woodruff of Rocky Hill, Mrs. Billie French and Miss Audene Johnson of Noxapater. – Mr. Dock Allen, 80, passed away Wednesday night after a lingering illness, with burial in Liberty cemetery, Rev. Weaver in charge. – Mr. Neil Beasley was laid to rest in Harmony cemetery Tuesday. – Mrs. Lida Bennett Beacham died June 25. She married Roy P. Beacham in September 1915. The funeral was conducted by Rev. C. P. Thrailkill, assisted by the pastors of the other local churches.
LOUISVILLE: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Upchurch on the 22nd, a fine boy. – William Hull Forster, 7 pounds 12 ounces, was born on June 24th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Forster of Shelby Miss. – We welcome Mr. and Mrs. Rush from Eupora. They have an apartment with Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Craig.
WEDDINGS: Married, on June 11, Mr. Selby Garvin and Miss Pauline Alexander, at Ackerman. Mrs. Garvin is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Alexander of Chester and niece of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Lucas of Louisville. – Mr. Joe W. Lee and Miss Hatta Laura Hall of Louisville were married June 22 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Lee, parents of the groom. – Mr. Blakeslea C. Polk of Union and Miss Elizabeth Jordan were married in Jackson, June 20, Rev. O. E. King officiating. – Mr. Robert Cooper Malone of Columbus and Miss Ethel Maria Hemphill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Hemphill, were married June 25 at the home of the bride’s parents.
Gathering in honor of Judges John D. Humphries, and John D. Humphries, Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., were 75 members of this prominent family on June 28th at Legion Park. All of those present were from Winston county, excluding the special guests. Dinner was enjoyed at the picnic grounds, followed by visits to the Museum and Lodge.