75 Years Ago: Sept. 30, 1937 ‘Uncle Billy’ Harvey Went A Fishin’ When the American Legion Lake opened last Thursday morning, daybreak found “Uncle Billy” Harvey of Mathiston on the bank with a cane, line, cork, sinker and hook.
In his hip pocket he had a can of red worms. He spent the entire day on the bank of the lake, the oldest fisherman who has yet visited the new lake. “Uncle Billy,” who was a private in the 5th Mississippi Cavalry during the Civil War, disdained all offers of those who wanted him to come on and get in a boat and use live minnows and artificial bait. “I’ve been fishing for more than eighty years,” he said, “and I’ve never fished from a boat yet. I’m too old to start now.”
“Uncle Billy” had a big time Thursday. He enjoyed the fish fry, despite the fact that his contribution to “the pot” consisted only of the kind of fish that will bite red worms.
Fine Fish Taken from Legion Lake Since the opening of the American Legion Lake for fishing, boats at the lake have been going at a premium. Fishermen from a radius of many miles have fished the lake, using all varieties of bait and have come away with the limit.
Most of the bass taken have been of a uniform size — about a pound and a half — with some lucky fishermen taking some weighing as high as three pounds, these being the creek bass already in the pool when the dam was thrown up. At the fish fry on last Thursday evening, everyone had an enjoyable time with plenty of fish, bread and strong black coffee. Last Wednesday, Legionnaire Ernest Elkin and assistants returned from Greenville with ten barrels of white perch obtained from the State Game & Fish Commission. These perch were placed in the lake.
All funds received during this two-week period will be used in wiring off a portion of the lake for the protection of smaller fish with which the lake will be restocked from time to time.
50 Years Ago: Sept. 27, 1962 West Shady Grove News: Mr. and Mrs. Preston Pearson visited Mr. and Mrs. Felix Ingram in Alva last Sunday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hobby of Greenville spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hodges and other relatives in the community.
Mr. George Bailey and Mr. Leland Sellars visited Sam Bailey in Jackson the first of the week.
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Jones, sons, Durwood and Adrian, daughter, Mauree and Mrs. Calvin Hodges were recent visitors with Mr. R.L. Jones.
Visiting Sunday with Mrs. Elmer Putnam Sr. at Mathiston were Mr. and Mrs. Bunyan Putnam.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hodges spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hodges.
Montevista News: Mr. and Mrs. Elks Scarbrough and Bob Sullivan of West Memphis spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Cap Scarbrough.
Mrs. Bessie Crowley spent two days the first of last week with her sister, Mrs. Gray McBride and family.
Mr. R.A. McDade, Mrs. Lottye Weeks and Mrs. Minnie Darby spent Thursday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Allen Wade.
Rev. and Mrs. Jimmy Vance visited a while Friday night with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Williams and Tom.
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Casey Hendrix spent Sunday at Grenada with relatives.
Mrs. Ethel Hood went to Houlka Saturday afternoon for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hood.
25 Years Ago: Sept. 24, 1987 Scott Celebrates 104th Hard work, little sparking and eating what you have can make you live longer. A T-shirt tacked to the wall of his room at Hillhaven Convalescent Center with the lettering “Life Begins at 97,” Otha Scott is the prime example. He celebrated his 104th birthday Sept. 16, 1987.
“Good eating habits might be a possibility, but we just ate what we had,” he said. “Foods such as pork, sausage, whole milk and real butter, the things your doctor today might say to eat less or none of.”
Scott has been in Hillhaven since April and before his hearing loss and cataracts clouded his eyes, he was most energetic. Born at Hohenlinden in 1883, Scott spent much of his life in Webster County, where he worked in a meat market among other jobs.
“I remember selling $700 worth of meat in one day,” he said, “but not by myself. Scott also worked with cattle. He says that he was somewhat of a cowboy back then. “We would drive cows from Abbott to West Point and load them on rail cars of the C&G. Some were shipped to St. Louis and others to New Orleans,” he said.
Making $25 a month plus room and board for clerking in a store in Tomnolen doesn’t sound like much, but Scott said it would go a long way.
“I could get my hair cut for 25 cents and a shave for 10 cents. Now, it costs you $4, so I just let mine grow,” he said with a chuckle.
Scott is the oldest in age and membership of First Baptist Church in Eupora and was very faithful in attendance until approximately a year ago. He and his wife, Ethel Mann, now deceased, had seven children, six of whom are still living, 18 grandchildren, 24 great- grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.