News of the Past by C.J. Johnson

100 Years Ago – June 7, 1912 NOXAPATER: Misses Josie Worthy and Otis Kilpatrick, students of Blue Mountain College, came home this week to spend their vacation. – Miss Willie Atkinson of Louisville spent Sunday here, guest of Miss Ora Crawford. – Miss Bessie Lewis of Rocky Hill community was a guest of Mrs. H. M. Woodruff first of the week.

LOUISVILLE: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Ward, on the first, a boy. – You should see the one and two year old colts that Mr. Foley is training at the Fair grounds. They drive nicely. – We notice some of the boys of town are engaging in a very dangerous practice at the depot, that is riding on the rear of outgoing trains for several yards and jumping off. – We are informed that Marshal, the 17 year old son of Mr. I. J. Smith, received very severe and possibly dangerous wounds by getting caught in the mill belting last Saturday.

75 Years Ago – June 4, 1937 One of the heaviest rain, hail, and wind storms in the history of the community fell there last Tuesday night. It was the heaviest in the Tom Pickett neighborhood, and Tom says it was the worst he had ever seen. Much timber was broken, and some houses injured, but no one was hurt. Another heavy rain followed next day.

MARRIAGES: Mr. B. B. Schoolar and Miss Midgett Arnold were married at the home of Judge Robert Arnold, father of the bride, at Malvina, Mississippi, June 2nd at 9 o’clock.

LOUISVILLE: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Parkes, a baby girl on May 29. – R. E. King returned Friday from Bowling Green, Ky., where he has been taking a business course. – Mr. and Mrs. B. S. Thrailkill of French Camp and Mrs. Irving of Ethel are here on a visit to the formers’ son and family, Rev. C. P. Thrailkill. – Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Hardwick and children motored to Birmingham, Sunday and met Mr. Hardwick’s mother, Mrs. J. M. Hardwick of Detroit, Mich., who will spend some time here.

DEATHS: Mr. John Kemp died at home Wednesday morning, having been in the hospital three times recently and in failing health. A wife and two children preceded him to the grave and six children and his wife are left to mourn him. – Mr. Henry Whites, 67, died at Long’s hospital in Starkville last Saturday. – Mr. W. B. Hooks, 77, died at the home of his son-in-law, R. W. Boydstun, one mile east of the city on Monday night, May 29th. He had lived in Forest, where he had a saw mill. He moved here from Meridian. – Mrs. Laura Dempsey, 76, died in a hospital in Meridian at 5 o’clock Wednesday morning, June 2nd. She was the widow of the late J. A. Dempsey and the daughter and last child of Wm. W. Burroughs, whose name can be seen on the cornerstone of the Court House, which was erected in 1888. Reared at Rural Hill, she moved to Louisville when her husband was elected Sheriff about 1890. – Jacksonfield reported the death of the baby of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Goodin, who died Saturday, May 29.

NOXAPATER: Our many college students are back at home again. – Mrs. J. N. Young had as her guest the past few days her grandson, Harold A. Young of Barges, Texas. – Mr. and Mrs. Forest Fox and children spent Sunday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Manning in Stallo. – Mrs. Charlie Miller of Laurel is a guest of her son Charles and family who have apartments with Mr. and Mrs. C. C. McLeod.