News of the Past by C.J. Johnson

100 Years Ago –April 25, 1913
FRONT PAGE: Livery Stable, Six Stores, and other property Lost by Fire
Monday Morning. The fire originated in the rear of Carr’s Stable and
soon spread to near-by buildings, entailing a loss of about $32,000 –
insurance $12,400.

NOXAPATER: Misses Lyda Coleman, Ruth Adams, and Claude Curtis,
Messrs. R. E. Stewart and Sam Young spent a most delightful day at
Burnside lake Tuesday. The party was chaperoned by Mrs. R. H.
Glenn. – Misses Mattie and Stella Kelley of Plattsburg were guests
of their aunt, Mrs. B. F. Speaks.

DEATHS: We sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. Earl Woodruff in the death
of their nine months old baby, which occurred at their home at eleven
o’clock Tuesday, from the burns which it had received the 12th.

LOUISVILLE: Mr. Jackson, whose blacksmith shop was burned, informs
us that he will build on lot north of Tomlinson and Reed sale stable,
and will be ready to serve the public within ten days. – Mr. and
Mrs. R. O. Alexander and family sold out their home to Mr. D. C.
Lovelace and took their departure for Texas Wednesday last. -
A number of our young people enjoyed a moonlight picnic at Sulpher
Springs on last Tuesday night. They were chaperoned by Mrs. H. C. Wood

75 Years Ago – April 22, 1938
. On April 17, a birthday celebration was held at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Nowell, in honor of Mr. Nowell. Many relatives and
friends were in attendance.
At noon, an abundance of food was spread on a long table in the open
for all to enjoy.

LIBERTY: Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Wilkes are rejoicing over the arrival of
a big girl, who made her arrival Friday, April 15. – Born, to Mr.
and Mrs. Irvin Suttles, abig baby girl, April 17.

LOUISVILLE: W. B. Richardson purchased and moved this week into the
Lancaster home, south of the Methodist church. – Rev. C. P.
Thrailkill preached the commencement sermon at Ethel Sunday. – R.
B. Lee returned to Memphis, where he is employed by Henley’s Flower
Shop, after a week’s visit here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. T.
Lee. – Miss Ruth Nabers spent the holidays with her sister, Miss
Martha Nabers, at Belhaven College.

DEATHS: Following an illness of several years, Mr. David D. Dempsey,
73, died on Saturday, April 16, at his home one mile south of town.
Funeral services were held at the home of his eldest son, Mr. and
Mrs. Eugene Dempsey, on Metts Street.

Mr. Dempsey was born and reared on a farm in western portion of the
county, where he farmed for a number of years. He had been a citizen
of this community for 27 years, having retired from farming 17 years
ago.

NOXAPATER: Mrs. Ethel Clay, a recent bride, was complimented with a
miscellaneous shower, sponsored by the Baptist W. M. U., and was held
at the CityHall Thursday afternoon. – Miss Katie Hensley, a student
at Touro Infirmary, New Orleans, is at home on vacation with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hensley and family. – Mr. and Mrs. H. L.
Thompson’s little son Bobby narrowly escaped drowning Saturday
afternoon when he fell into the fish pond on the campus. Artificial
respiration, administered by Mrs. I. T. Havens, saved the little
fellow’s life.