News of the Past by C.J. Johnson

100 Years Ago – May 24, 1912 Due to the deplorable freight situation on our railroad, we are compelled to issue a half size paper this week.

ROCKY HILL reports complaints of the recent cold weather killing the cotton. – Mr. H. M. Woodruff is moving his saw mill from Noxapater over in our vicinity.

NOXAPATER: Quite a number of our young people enjoyed an outing at Burnside two days this week. – Mr. and Mrs. J. W. McLeod and children were guests in the home of Mr. J. B. Johnson Saturday and Sunday.

LOUISVILLE: We are reliably informed that Mrs. Susie Johnson who lives a mile south of town and Miss Hester Ross, who lives at Ross’s Switch six miles down the railroad, were the heroines in saving a serious wreck on last Monday night. The switching crew in the railroad yards allowed another lot of cars to get loose and start south, when Mrs. Johnson happened to see them pass her home and phoned to town the fact. When Miss Ross was immediately phoned of the circumstance, she grabbed a lamp and ran to the railroad which is right near her home, and flagged a freight train which was passing under full steam; succeeding in getting it stopped just as the loose cars were coming into sight, meeting the freight train.

75 Years Ago – May 21, 1937 LOUISVILLE: Mrs. Al Boren and baby of Aberdeen spent several days here this week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Fair. – Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Ware left this week for Pelahatchie, where they will reside in future. – Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Castle left Thursday for Oxford, where Mr. Castle will be connected with the CCC camp. – Mrs. Fannie Cagle returned home Saturday from a five months stay in Miami, Fla. She spent the winter with her son, Freeman Cagle, who has a good position with the Clyde-Mallory Steamship Lines.

WEDDINGS: Mr. Felix M. Revere of Mobile and Miss Ethel Graham Smyth of New Orleans (formerly of Winston County) were married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence H. Snelling in New Orleans on May 4th at 9:30 p.m., Rev. J. G. Snelling officiating. – The marriage of Mr. Raymond Merchant and Miss Estelle Alewine was quietly solemnized in Louisville May 28, 1937.

NOXAPATER: Mrs. Hattie Morgan had a right painful experience Friday evening, when she was bitten through the hand by a weasel that was molesting a coop of her young chickens. – Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Barnes announce the birth of a winsome daughter on Sunday the 16th. – We welcome Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Peay to our town. Mr. Peay becomes section foreman on the G. M. & N. R. R. here.

DEATHS: Funeral services were held at Noxapater Baptist Church on Friday, May 7 for Mr. Charlie Wilks of the Calvary community. – Mr. Jepp Whitehead, 53, of the eastern part of our county died at the Harrison Hospital in Philadelphia on Saturday, May 8th. – Mr. R. W. Cockrell, 77, of Perkinsville, died at his home on May 11th. He had been in failing health for some years and confined to his room and bed the past six months. – Friends sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. Bud Quinn and family of Hight in the sudden death of their son and brother Jack, 21, who died Sunday, May 9, in Harrison Hospital of pistol wounds inflicted by Cecil McClellan Saturday night. – Mr. John Stewart, 82, died at his home after an illness .