News of the Past by C.J. Johnson

100 Years Ago – November 1, 1912 LOUISVILLE: The first performance of the Johnson moving picture show was held on Wednesday night, and liberally attended, and very much enjoyed by the audience. Another show will be held to night. This is the first moving picture show our town has ever had located here. – Romeo Melton returned from Draughon’s Business College at Memphis recently where he took a business course, coming out with high honors. – His many friends sympathize with Mr. T. A. McCreary upon the sad death of his aged mother in Carroll county week before last.

LIBERTY: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Kelly, on the 22nd, a girl. – Arriving at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ross on the 23rd, a baby girl.

NOXAPATER: Mr. B. Mitchell of Ackerman spent last Sunday here with his son Claud. – Misses Josie Worthy and Velva Estes spent Sunday in Stallo, guests of Miss Lillie Shumaker. – Mr. Floyd Young and Miss Wayner McBrayer surprised their friends last Monday evening by getting married, Judge L. Filer performing the ceremony.

75 Years Ago – October 29, 1937 NOXAPATER: Mrs. T. L. Robinson received a message Monday about the death of her brother Mr. Will Jarvis, aged 50, who resided at Kennedy, Texas. Their father, G. W. Jarvis died about 14 months ago, and their brother G. I. Jarvis died last November. – Mr. D. F. Luke of Preston was a guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Jones, Sunday. – Mr. and Mrs. Frank Glenn, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Sam Myatt and children, Miss Ruth Gully, Mr. and Mrs. David McBrayer attended the funeral of Mrs. J. H. Hancock at Middleton, last Sunday.

MARRIAGES: Mr. Howard Childs of McMillin and Miss Jessie Lindsey of Betheden were married March 18, 1937 in Macon, at the Methodist parsonage, Rev. Lawhorn officiating. – Mr. Henry Davis and Miss Elizabeth Bruner were married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd McMillin, on Sunday afternoon, October 25th, Rev. C. P. Thrailkill officiating. – Mr. Archie Kelly and Miss Allie Mae Estes were married Friday night, October 22, with the ceremony performed by Rev. Mr. Ward in Louisville. UNION RIDGE: Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Lee are rejoicing over the arrival of a daughter on October 15th. – Mrs. Minnie Suttlesworth spent the week end with her sister, Mrs. Jack Johnson.

On Sunday, October 10, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Ray, an informal Coleman reunion was held with brothers Ed, George and Griffin Coleman and sisters Mrs. Claude Ray and Mrs. Tom Smith in attendance. Many of their children, other kin, and friends were present. It had been many years since the siblings had been together. A bountiful dinner was spread on the lawn at noon.

LOUISVILLE: Mr. and Mrs. Bill Strange were called to Meridian Saturday by the illness of Mrs. Strange’s father. – Mrs. O. A. Hemphill has returned from a two weeks visit to her daughter, Miss Ethel Marie Hemphill, in Washington, D. C. – Mrs. Al Rucker, nee Miss Sophia Block, of Taylorsville, Ill., arrived Thursday and will spend several days her with her parents, Mr. and M. Block and brother Alfred.

In Noxapater, a large crowd attended the church dedicatory service Wednesday at the Methodist Church at 10 o’clock. Church and community members gathered for this service of celebration and Thanksgiving. A special sermon was presented by Rev. L. P. Wasson. In the afternoon, many of the people went to Mt. Pisgah for a similar service.

DEATHS: Mr. W. O. McQuirter died on the 20th inst. at his home in the Rural Hill community. – Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Hill are mourning the death of their bright little nine-months-old son, Alton, who died on October 18th. – Mr. Cleve Linch, a well-known and well-liked black man, was killed by a truck on Brooksville road last Tuesday. His wife was very ill and he was headed to catch the truck to come to town after medication for her, but he ran in front of the truck and was hit, breaking his back. – On Friday, October 22, Mrs. J. L. Horton, 56, died suddenly from heart failure at her home in the Ford community west of town. Funeral services were held at Pleasant Hill, her old home, by her Pastor, Rev. W. S. McAlilly, assisted by pastors Smoot, McMillin, Watson, and Thrailkill. She had suffered a stroke nine years ago, and never fully recovered.

Jim Sullivan brought in the “boss potato” of the county so far. The Puerto Rico potato, one of the best varieties, weighed in at seven and a half pounds and was grown at his District 3 farm by his grandson.