Time Capsules

75 Years Ago:

July 7, 1938

Fourth of July Fish Tales

Some got some, some got none — but everybody had fun. No way, of course, to estimate the number of Webster Countians who played with rods, reels, bream poles and flies on the Glorious Fourth.

Luckiest local fisherman appears to have been A.C. Hooper, whose party visited Grassy Lake. Hooper, Eupora Alderman-Elect and partner in the Hooper-Edwards Chevrolet Co., brought back 11 of the finest bass seen in these parts in many moons.

Lucky and frightened too were a certain young Webster County matron and a girlfriend who were idly paddling around a lake bank in search of a few choice bream. The young matron caught a small bass, started trying to fool her husband a hundred yards away in another boat by throwing the bass in and out, saying: “Got another one!” On her third throw, she screamed: “Help! Police! The Marines! Somebody come here and help me land this thing!” She and her girlfriend snarled the line, nearly capsized, but landed a 2-pound bass!

Ditty-Wa-Ditty News:

Mr. W.H. Holland visited his daughter, Mrs. Earl Shaffer Tuesday.

Mrs. Beulah Verhine visited Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Verhine Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Shaffer and Mr. and Mrs. B.G. Holland enjoyed a fish supper Saturday night.

Mrs. Alex Oglesby of Jackson is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Grover Starnes.

Mr. and Mrs. B.G. Holland and Mrs. Earl Shaffer visited Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Holland on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Hood and children spent a while Sunday night in the Earl Shaffer home.

Mrs. Ollie Roberts visited Mrs. Bessie Starnes Sunday.

Miss Juanita Shaffer visited Miss Bernice Holland Sunday.

50 Years Ago:

July 4, 1963

Mantee News:

Mrs. Thelma George spent last week in Memphis with relatives. Mrs. Robert George and children of Memphis were recent visitors with Mrs. George here.

Mrs. Ora Montroy is on a special bus tour of the western states to California.

Mrs. Ina Crawford, Mrs. Madeline Applewhite of Columbia, mother and grandmother of Mrs. Bill Baker spent the weekend with Rev. and Mrs. Bill Baker.

Kay Scott spent last week in Houlka and Aberdeen with relatives.

Miss Linda Skelton of Lawrence is a guest in the A. Skelton home.

Mt. Pisgah News:

Mr. and Mrs. John Morgan are happy to have their daughter, Johnette and family visit with them.

Tommy, Polly and Harold Lawrence made a trip to Grenada last Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. N.H. Baker and Cheryl and Mrs. Nola McKnight attended and enjoyed the singing at old Mt. Pisgah Church Sunday evening.

Beatrice Maddox was a visitor of Polly Lawrence Saturday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Ellington and children from Shreveport are spending their vacation with Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Walker.

Sunday dinner guests in the Tommy Lawrence home were Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Ellington and children and Mr. and Mrs. Billy Lawrence and Teresa.

Judy Smith and Jimmie Lawrence visited Andrea Prewitt last Monday.

25 Years Ago:

July 6, 1988

New Hope News:

Mrs. Violet Gargon of Kennett, Mo., visited Mrs. Mary Doss on Monday afternoon and other friends in the community. She spent the week with Mrs. Lola Holland at Slate Springs and they attended the revival.

Mr. and Mrs. William McCluskey of Starkville visited Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E. Doss and family recently.

Little Miss Tiffany Woodcock of Jackson celebrated her first birthday in the home of her great-grandfather, Mr. Howard Macon. Those helping her celebrate her birthday were Mr. and Mrs. Woodcock and Marie Mitchell of Long Beach, Dr. Carolyn Baggett of Oxford, Mr. Joel Woodcock of Jackson, Dr. Myra Macon of Cleveland, Tom Jr. and Patty and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Woodcock.

Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Allen visited Mr. and Mrs. Bert Nail and family at Starkville.

Mrs. Ruth Dorroh of Bellefontaine is spending this week with Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Langston.

Self Creek News:

Alice Cantrell of West Point visited her sister, Mattie Pearl Butler, last week.

Madge Smith is driving to Montgomery Saturday to meet her grandson, Jesse Smith, of Auburndale, Fla.

Vevie Thompson and Linda Doss made a trip to Arkansas recently.

Charles Thompson of Florida came to visit his parents, William and Cleo Thompson last week.

Bernie Smith visited Horace Hendricks recently.

Compiled by Laura Lucius from WPT files