Time Capsules Compiled by Laura Lucius from WPT files

75 Years Ago: Oct. 7, 1937 Japanese Beetles Not in Town The State Plant Board sent a field inspector to Eupora last week to check on the published statement in this paper that “Japanese Beetles were attacking Rev. Guinn’s Chinese Fir shrubs.”

The inspector said to “Preacher” Guinn: “No Japanese beetles, although it made a good yarn. The preacher had received his information from a horticulturist.

Later, Rev. Guinn received a communication from the State Plant Board which said in part: “No evidence of plant disease … simply the natural pruning process of the tree … branches dying back from the bottom. The Japanese beetle is a dangerous insect, and we certainly don’t want the information to get out that we have this insect in the State of Mississippi, when fortunately, so far, it has not invaded us.”

Clarkson News: Mr. and Mrs. Ray Easley were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Palmer and family. Mrs. H.A. Walker returned home Saturday from an extended visit with children at Memphis. The church elected Rev. J. Vernon Wilson to serve as pastor for the year 1938. Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Lewis and children were Sunday guests of their mother, Mrs. Ella Lewis and aunt, Mrs. Lula Kimbrell. Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Curry had as their weekend guests Mr. and Mrs. Kimbrew Walker. Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Sturdivant and children were gests of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Sturdivant Sunday afternoon.

50 Years Ago: Oct. 4, 1962 Fellowship News: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Norris and Shirley spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. T.B. Fulcher of Reform. Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Lewis have returned home after spending a week with Mr. and Mrs. James R. Pollard and family. Mrs. Bessie Roberson of Reform spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. James R. Pollard and family. Mrs. M.O. Henry spent a few days this week with Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Gresham and boys of Starkville. Mrs. Casey Weeks and children spent Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bruce. Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Halford visited Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Lollar of Weir Wednesday afternoon. Sunset News: Mr. and Mrs. Billie Baker and family were Sunday night supper guests with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I.L. Baker. Mr. Clarence Hall of West Point and daughter, Sue Ann, visited Saturday afternoon with their many friends in Eupora. Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Williams of Flint, Michigan are enjoying their vacation with their many, many friends here at home. Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Bagwell were among the many to attend and enjoy the football game in Jackson last Saturday. Mr. Dixie Hall visited his many friends in Eupora Saturday afternoon.

25 Years Ago: Oct. 1, 1987 Gum Springs News: Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Wright and Mrs. Letha Mae Cullman visited Mr. and Mrs. Fred Parker on Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Scott Edwards and children visited Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Williams on Sunday. Mrs. Gaines spent the weekend with friends in Jackson. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Jones and Stacy of Jackson spent the weekend with parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Cooper. David Kilgore visited recently with Mrs. Kara Daniels in West Point. Mrs. Rilla Strickland is at home and feeling better after surgery at Webster General Hospital. Lollar’s Grove News: Mrs. Charlie Berry and grandson, Earl Berry, of Mantee visited Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Gaines a while Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Bertha Mae Cummings visited Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sims Friday afternoon. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ray on the birth of a baby girl named Jackie LeAnn. The baby’s grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Holland and Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Ray of Walthall. Mrs. Nancy Cochran and daughter visited her mother, Mrs. Faye Carroll, Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Jo Kimbrell, Mrs. Erma Montroy and Mrs. Nellie Gaines visited Mr. Harold Starnes and daughter, Angie, of Ackerman on Thursday.