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 – August 7, 1914
In Monday’s election, the school bond issue for adding a $4000 annex to the

school building to address increased enrollment carried overwhelmingly, 113 to 12.
LOUISVILLE: Mr. and Mrs. James Allen have a new addition to the family, born on the 29th. – Misses Mattie Hull of McCool and Mattie Selby of Pope are guests of their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hull this week. – We need to organize a fire department company at once so that the community may benefit from the water system.
DEATHS: Young Johnny Barnes, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Barnes of Fearn Springs, died last Monday after an illness of about a week. He had just completed his first session at Medical College. He was taken with a very severe type of fever. Interment was in Good Hope cemetery. – Mrs. Allen Sanders, daughter of the late Mr. Tom Metts, died at her home two miles northeast of town on Tuesday night last. She had been suffering from an abscess or boil on her wrist for several days. Monday the physician operated on it and blood poison set up. – We didn’t know until a few days ago of the death of Mr. A. T. Smith at his home in Fearn Springs. – Vardaman Smith, 9 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Y. Smith of Noxapater, was killed by a falling tree last Tuesday. Burial was in Noxapater’s Methodist cemetery. – Mrs. Catherine [Cutts] Avery, mother of Mr. N.S. Avery, died at her home in the eastern part of the county on July 27th.
About midnight last Sunday the residence and most all household effects of Walton Reed were destroyed by fire, in the western part of the county. The fire started in the stove room.
NOXAPATER: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Miller on the 23rd, a boy. – Miss Myrtle Blackwood and little niece, Mildred Busshardt, of Louisville, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Stevens Sunday.
MARRIAGES: Mr. Emmett Reynolds and Miss Mabel Black of McCool were married in Kosciusko on last Thursday.

75 Years Ago – August 4, 1939
DEATHS: Mrs. Lucy J. Myers, 61, died at the Laurel hospital last Wednesday, following a 10 months illness. Funeral services were held from the Philadelphia Methodist church, interment in Cedar Lawn cemetery. She is survived by a sister and brother in Philadelphia, two sons, and five daughters, including Mrs. I. A. Wells of Louisville. – Mr. Joseph Simpson Brasfield, who would have been 87 next week, died on Friday, July 28th. Funeral services were held at the home, his pastor Rev. Thrailkill of Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. conducting. Burial was in Masonic cemetery.
LOUISVILLE: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. John McCully of DeKalb, on Saturday, July 2, at Lewis Hospital in Meridian, a fine eight pound boy they have named William Edward. – Three week old Austin Jones McCaskin, Jr. was carried to Rush hospital in Meridian in critical condition.
CALHOUN: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Tilden Parkes, a fine boy recently. – Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Stokes, Johnnie Wray, and children and several others returned last Sunday from a fishing trip in the Delta, where they caught plenty of fish.
On July 4, 1939, Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Haggard celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Puckett. Mrs. Puckett also celebrated her 59th birthday on this occasion. A large crowd of relatives and friends attended the dual celebration.
NOXAPATER: Miss Ruby Lee Gully of Talladega, Ala. is spending her vacation here with her sisters, Mrs. David McBrayer, Mrs. Sam Myatt, and Miss Ruth Gully and other relatives. – Mrs. Jimmie Coats and little son are spending the week in Hardy, guests of Dr. and Mrs. Coats, the latter’s grandparents.