News of the Past by C.J. Johnson

100 Years Ago – January 3, 1913 MARRIAGES: Married, at old Hickory Grove on December 25th, 1912, Mr. Marshall Smith and Miss Florrie Pressley, J. D. Hill officiating. – On December 22nd, at home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Davis north of town, Mr. Melvin McCully and Miss Aline Davis were married by Rev. S. B. Myers. – On December 27th, Mr. Clyde Cooper and Miss Mary Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Davis, were married, Rev. S. B. Myers performing the ceremony. – Mr. Jim Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Davis and Miss Hettie Wallace were married at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, December 29th at the home of her parents, Rev. and Mrs. N. B. Wallace, with her father officiating.

DEATHS: We extend sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Authur Clark in the sad death of their little six years old girl who died at their home here on Dec. 27th, after a several weeks illness. During the same week they had the misfortune to get their little baby burned by falling out of a chair into the fire, and we are glad that it is improving from its burns. – Mrs. Mary Ann Lewis, 80, widow of the late W. T. Lewis, died at the home of her step-son, Mr. O. T. Lewis last Monday evening. She fell 5 weeks ago, hurting her hip, thought to be nothing serious. However, she began to suffer untold agonies the last few weeks. – One of the most unfortunate events in our town happened last Saturday night about dark, when Zelda, the little 2 ½ years old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Melton was burned to death. It is supposed that her clothing caught in the grate in the hall. She ran to the porch where the other children were, and stood like a statue while the children tried to put out the flames. Mrs. Melton had gone to town. Mrs. Quant¸ sister of Mrs. Melton, who lived next door, saw the event, and ran to put out the fire, but not before the child was so badly burned that she died at 10 o’clock that night

LOUISVILLE: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Horn, on the 30th, a fine girl. – The Hull Grocery Co. moved into the Bennett building this week. Mr. J. N. Clark will move into the Hollingsworth drug store building which he recently purchased. The drug store has been purchased by Mr. W. J. Tabor and moved into the house vacated by Mr. Clark. – Mr. J. C. Carr has purchased a home in northwest town and will move his family here at an early date that his children may get the benefit of our good school. He will remain on his fine farm in western portion of the county. He is one of our county’s largest planters. – Mr. Fred Nabors of Belle Buckle College visited his sister Miss Beulah Nabors last week.

75 Years Ago – December 31, 1937 LOUISVILLE: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ward, a fine boy on the 24th; they have named him Robert Ellis. – Dr. Kemp was called here from Sanatorium Monday by the serious illness of his aged father. – Visiting Mr. and Mrs. Hop Hathorn over the holidays were sister Miss Pat Hathorn of Moorehead, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hathorn of Calhoun City, and Mrs. Agnes Woodruff and son Joe of Jackson.

DEATHS: S. Albert Kemp, 81, of Fearn Springs died at his home on Wednesday night, December 29th, after a lingering illness of several months. This well-known and respected man could be depended upon under all circumstances. He leaves a devoted wife, seven sons, and two daughters. – The funeral and burial of Mrs. A. C. Cooper, 70, was conducted at Poplar Flat cemetery Thursday morning. She died at her home in Sulphur Springs on the 29th, from a stroke she suffered Christmas Eve night. – The remains of Mrs. Maggie Moore, 81, were brought to Concord cemetery in Choctaw county Tuesday and interred. The widow of the late J. M. Moore, she died at the home of her daughter.

NOXAPATER: Those visiting Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Permenter over the holidays were daughter Miss Donie Rae Permenter of Washington, D. C., and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Colbert of Osceola, Ark. – Mr. and Mrs. Porter and little son of Ackerman were guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. McBrayer.

MARRIAGES: Mr. Henry Caperton, Jr. and Miss Edith Weaver, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. C. C. Weaver, were united in a single ring ceremony at the Noxapater Baptist Church on Christmas Day afternoon. Rev. C. C. Weaver performed the ceremony at his daughter’s wedding. – Mr. Edmon E. Warren and Miss Pearl Ray were married in a quiet ceremony on Christmas Eve in Kosciusko, the Justice of the Peace performing the ceremony. – Mr. Robert Prisock of Louisville and Miss Wylodean Hays of Bradford, Tenn. were married in the home of the pastor of the Huntington, Tenn. Baptist Church , Rev. Bernard Scates, officiating. – Mr. Irvin Boswell of Louisville and Miss Margerite Callahan of Philadelphia were married at the Baptist Parsonage in Louisville on December 23, Rev. McMillin saying the ceremony. – Mr. Doyle McCool and Mrs. Gladys Yarbrough Clark were married in Meridian on Christmas Day, W. F. Lancaster officiating.

ELLISON RIDGE: Mr. and Mrs. William Hurt are the proud parents of a 10 pound boy who made his arrival December 24. – Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ethridge and two children from Washington, D.C. made a happy surprise in the home of Mr. George Ethridge by spending the holidays all together.