Time Capsules Compiled by Laura Lucius from WPT files

75 Years Ago: April 8, 1937 State Premiere at Local Theatre It is not often that the people of a little city so small as Eupora have the opportunity of seeing the first showing in the state of one of the film hits of the year. But that is the manner of opportunity which they will have Wednesday and Thursday of next week when Eupora Theatre will proudly present “Waikiki Wedding” starring Bing Crosby, Bob Burns, Martha Raye and “Wofford.” The reason Mr. J.F. Wofford, genial manager of Eupora Theatre, has been accorded this preference by the film magnate is because of his name. In this interesting picture which national magazines describe as the film sensation of the year, a new and mysterious star with the simple single name as “Wofford” will be presented for the first time. It is said that “Wofford” will work in close harmony with Bob Burns, the famous bazooka player and Arkansas philosopher, and it is further said that “Wofford,” who plays an important comedy role in the film, is very similar in appearance, demeanor and action to Eupora’s popular movie magnate. Anyway, people of Eupora and surrounding territory are preparing to come in big numbers to honor their genial theatre manager when he presents this singular film, and see for themselves if the name of “Wofford” means anything in the picture business. Montevista News: Mr. Jim Lewis of CCC Camp in South Mississippi returned home to stay this week. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scott and children of Cumberland visited the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Pepper last Sunday and attended church here. Mrs. J.J. McQuary of Shady Grove spent last weekend with her nieces, Mrs. W.H. Sutton and Mrs. W.C. Sutton. Mrs. Delma Sturdivant of Clarkson is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Edna McMullen this week. Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Tabb spent several days last week with their son, Dr. Granville Tabb at Greenwood. 50 Years Ago: April 5, 1962 Eupora Graduate Honored as Favorite Teacher Thomas Eddie Dalton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Dalton of Eupora, has recently been chosen as “Favorite Teacher” in Cobb County, Ga. He was chosen favorite teacher in Campbell High School, where he teaches chemistry prior to being honored by the entire county. In addition to teaching chemistry, Eddie has accepted a position on the coaching staff of the Smyrna, Ga., school for next year. Dalton graduated from Eupora High School in 1957, attended Holmes Junior College and received his B.S. degree in education from Delta State College in 1959. Honeysuckle News: Mr. and Mrs. George Dutton of Lucedale spent Monday night with Mr. and Mrs. Ben Jones and children and visited in the community on Tuesday. Mrs. Erma Montroy and Margie were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Will Hodges on Thursday. Mrs. Monie Jones spent Friday with Mrs. Erma Montroy and Margie. Mrs. Bertha Sims visited Mrs. Ruby Lewis on Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Fuller Cook of Columbus visited parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Goines, this weekend. Miss Margaret Roberts visited Miss Linda Rushing Saturday. 25 Years Ago: April 2, 1987 Self Creek News: Two of Mattie Pearl Butler’s visitors recently were Christine Saucier and Hester Kornegay. Madge O’Brian went to see Wrenn Butler, Horace Hendricks and Thetus Daugherty recently. Also, she stopped to see William and Cleo Thompson. Decima Neely went to Clay County last Monday to see her brothers and nieces. She returned home Tuesday. John L. Petty visited William and Cleo Thompson last week. Christine Saucier and Claudia McClusky visited Doris Fulgham recently. Joann Gable visited her daughter, Diane Hartley and grandson, Clyne, in West Point last week. West Shady Grove News: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bailey visited Sunday afternoon with Mrs. Minnie Bailey. Minnie’s son, Thomas of Memphis, spent Wednesday and Thursday with her, returning to Memphis Thursday afternoon. Going back to Memphis with him was his sister, Dora Ann Thomas, who had been visiting her mother for several days. Mrs. Gladys Harrison and her sister, Jessie Richardson of Oxford, went to Jackson on Wednesday where they were joined by their sister, Claudine Wheeler. They all went to New Orleans to visit another sister, Lorene Pressley. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bailey of Tupelo visited Tuesday evening with Mr. and Mrs. George Bailey. Visiting Mrs. Minnie Bailey on Friday were Mr. and Mrs. Coyt Hendon of Shaw, Mrs. Earlene Franks of Oregon and Mrs. Eva Jones of Indianola.