Time Capsules Compiled by Laura Lucius from WPT files

75 Years Ago: Feb. 24, 1938 Phillips Opening to be Brilliant Affair On Friday evening, March 4, the J.R. Phillips Co. will open one of the state’s most modern department stores with a well-planned style revue and floor show.

The public is cordially invited to attend this gala opening in order to view the newly remodeled and decorated building on which work in now almost complete. As a feature of the floor show, Miss Virginia Riley and Miss Patty Mancill will present several dance numbers, representatives of the newest dance styles.

Both the young ladies are pupils of Mrs. Joe Reedy at her dancing school in West Point, considered one of the best in the state. Miss Riley was elected “Miss Mississippi” for 1927, thus winning a trip to Atlantic City and was among the last 10 contestants to appear before the judges. Miss Mancill is a very talented dancer who has appeared with several orchestras and who has won several contests in central Mississippi.

Mr. Phillips states that he is sparing no expense to make this opening one of the most interesting and attractive ever staged in this section.

Mr. Joe Reedy of Reedy Sales System, West Point, has charge of the decoration and revue. He promises one of the most interesting programs ever seen in Eupora with the newest fashion creations in the style revue and the latest in rhythm steps by an outstanding dance team.

Around the County Seat: Mrs. Ballard Fondren spent the weekend with her friend, Mrs. Opal Richardson, in Ripley.

Thursday night visitors with Miss Beatrice Evans were Misses Regina Sugg and Virginia Willingham.

Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Bingham and daughters, Doris and Ruby, of Springhill were Sunday guests with Rev. H.Y. McCaleb.

Misses Sarah and Ruth Peeples of Eupora spent last weekend with Helda Anne Crowell.

Mrs. Sallie Wells spent Thursday with Mrs. I.W. McDowell.

50 Years Ago: Feb. 21, 1963 Hearing Set to Discuss No. 9 Highway Project A public hearing is scheduled on Friday, March 15 at the Eupora City Hall to discuss proposed construction on state route 9 through Eupora, according to Roy C. Adams, Northern District highway commissioner. The proposed project begins at the intersection of Highway 9 and Figgatt Avenue and extends to near White Creek Bridge, a distance of approximately one-half mile.

Mr. Adams said highway department engineers will be present to explain the planned project and interested persons may ask questions or make statements concerning the work. He added that the public hearing is one of the steps taken by the highway department in preparing a project for bids and construction. Following the hearing, the highway department may proceed with the final plans.

Happy Hollow News: Mr. and Mrs. Lem Stallings spent a while Tuesday with Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Harville. Mr. and Mrs. Cleo South and Yvette and Mrs. E.W. South spent a while Monday night with Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Jones and children. Several attended a party at the home of Mrs. A.P. Young on Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Jones and children, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Harville visited Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Collier in Sturgis last Sunday. Jimmie Hilliard of Maben spent Sunday evening with Danny Paul Harville. Mr. and Mrs. Vernon White of Greenville spent last weekend with Mrs. Nellie Fisher.

25 Years Ago: Feb. 24, 1988 Beta Club Sponsoring Rhonda Ballard The Eupora High School Beta Club is sponsoring Rhonda Ballard as a candidate for state Beta secretary at the Mississippi Beta Convention in Biloxi. Rhonda is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Ballard of Eupora. She will compete with six other contestants from high schools in Mississippi.

Prior to the election, each contestant will present a speech and beta members from each school will participate in a skit. Participating in other areas of competition are Kim Gladney, English Quiz Bowl, Renee Sappington, Math Quiz Bowl and Becky Hodges in talent competition. The Eupora High School Beta Club us under the leadership of Mrs. R.H. O’Neal and Mrs. Hilda Burt.

Center News: Mrs. Georgie Huffman visited in the B.T. Huffman one afternoon last week. Martha Rogers visited with her mother and sister on Friday afternoon. Mrs. Fannie Blalack visited a while Saturday afternoon with Mrs. Taffie Griffin. Mrs. Georgie Huffman visited with Mrs. Fannie Blalack a while Sunday afternoon. Bro. Vance and Mrs. Vance are sick with the flu. Hope they soon will be well.