Time Capsules Compiled by Laura Lucius from WPT files

75 Years Ago: Dec. 16, 1937 Mad Mule Chases W.J. Paxton Mr. W.J. Paxton of the Walthall Community says he can’t imagine what possessed the mule to “take out after” him, but that’s exactly what happened one day last week when Mr. Paxton went into the pasture.

The said mule gave a bray and then started in the direction of the man who had fed and given him the tenderest of care for many years. Mr. Paxton started out in the direction that eventually, with the mad mule at his heels, led him to the safety of the barn.

For some days, the mule had given symptoms of some functional disorder (or maybe it was his glands that were not up to par), not eating as he should and braying all night instead of sleeping. Dr. J.L. Black of Bellefontaine was called in on the case (after the owner finally escaped from the barn). The veterinarian pronounced it hydrophobia (rabies), and the mule was shot.

Shady Grove News: Mr. and Mrs. Albert Strickland were Sunday visitors in the J.E. Bailey home.

Mr. and Mrs. Alpha Newman and family visited with Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Bailey.

Visitors over the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Robison were Mr. and Mrs. Jim Robison, Miss Merle Steed and Mr. Kale Davenport.

Mr. John Courtney was a guest last weekend with a friend, Mr. Edwards, of Lexington.

Messrs. Fred McGarr, J.E. Bailey, and Simmie Bailey were in the delta cities of Greenwood and Rosedale over the weekend.

Mrs. J.O. Gary visited Bro. John Courtney and Mrs. T.F. Bailey on Friday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Duckworth were Sunday visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bailey.

50 Years Ago: Dec. 13, 1962 Sunset News: Mr. Billie Baker visited on Monday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I.L. Baker.

Mrs. Ethel Bright and children moved back in this community last Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. I.L. Baker enjoyed a pleasant Tuesday afternoon visit with their children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Mamie Medders of High Point spent the weekend with relatives here.

Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Bingham of Starkville visited Sunday afternoon with her aunt, Mr. and Mrs. I.L. Baker.

Several here attended and enjoyed the Christmas parade in Eupora Tuesday night.

Lebanon News: Visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Schaeffer were Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Mixon and Jimmy, Mr. Levi Sellars and Walter Lee, Mr. Thomas Early and Mr. Wayne Lamb.

Visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Latham on Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Maston Latham, Mrs. Elmer Kilgore, and Mrs. Ronnie White and babies.

Mrs. Velma Lamb spent the weekend in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Sellars and family.

Visitors in the John Pearson home on Monday were Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Schaeffer.

Mrs. Buddy Fulch and Mrs. Maston Ray Jr. spent a while with Mrs. Vera Latham.

Miss Gail Latham spent Sunday afternoon with Miss Judy Lamb.

Those visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Patridge Saturday night were Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Patridge and children and Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Schaeffer.

25 Years Ago: Dec. 10, 1987 Mathiston Parade a Success The 1987 Mathiston Christmas parade held on Saturday was a huge success. A large crowd watched as 51 units passed them. There were floats, bands, new cars, antique cars, horses, 4-H Club, queens, law officials and various units.

Mrs. Charlene Wilson would like to express a special “Thank You” to everyone who came and helped to make the parade a good one. The float winners were Buttons and Bows Kindergarten, Mathiston Ladies Civic Club, Webster General Hospital and Plymouth Tube. In the Walking division, the Mathiston 4-H Club, Eupora High School band and Wood Jr. College gymnastics were winners. Old Santa was on hand on the new fire truck just recently acquired by the town of Mathiston. He was throwing out candy to kids both young and not so young.

West Shady Grove News: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Farley and children from Houston spent the weekend with Frank’s mother, Mrs. Mary Lou Farley.

Mrs. Claudine Bailey Wheeler of Jackson attended her class reunion at Eupora this weekend. She also visited with relatives.

Mrs. Evelyn Gee of Grenada spent the weekend with her mother, Mrs. Eva Hodges. Mrs. Hodges will return to Grenada, then to Oxford where she will visit with her daughter, Mrs. Mae Walton Fondren.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bailey were hosts Sunday afternoon in the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Bailey for George’s 99th birthday. A festive holiday table was centered with the birthday cake baked by granddaughter, Janet Hubbard.