Time Capsules

Compiled by Laura Lucius from WPT files

75 Years Ago:

Aug. 18, 1938

Sawdust Pile Makes Melons Prolific

Sometime ago, good farmer T.R. Perkins of the Starnes community, on passing a sawdust pile scooped out a hole and inserted a number of watermelon seeds.

He forgot about it until the other day when passing the pile in the company of his friend, W.J. Adams, noticed a huge vine loaded with choice melons growing around and atop the pile. Nineteen melons ranging in size from 10 to 40 pounds each garnered by Messrs. Perkins and Adams, who now declare they are sold on the idea of planting melons in a sawdust pile.

Not alone does sawdust cause fine melon specimens. Not in many years have Webster County farmers harvested such a wonderful crop of the luscious fruit. Other fruits and vegetables have also been above the average in flavor, size and quantity.

Gum Springs News:

Mrs. Sallie Wells and Mrs. Jeannie Jones spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Wade Threadgill.

Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Strickland and baby visited their parents the past weekend.

Mrs. Willie Lowrance spent last week with her daughter, Mrs. Moree Vaughan.

Mr. and Mrs. Dock Springer and children spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Cooper.

Mrs. Pansy Woods and little daughter, Nancy Adams, visited Mrs. Katherine Wright Saturday night.

Miss Venita Dill spent Sunday night with Miss Dora Love.

Mrs. Lola Cooper and Hugh and Sarah Cooper visited their daughter and sister, Mrs. Katherine Wright, in Monday.

50 Years Ago:

Aug. 15, 1963

Big Black News:

Brother Moss of Wood College brought the message on Sunday. It was very inspiring.

Mr. and Mrs. Webb Johnson were Sunday callers with Mr. and Mrs. John Ferguson.

Mrs. James Crowley was a recent guest to see her uncle in West Point.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Henley were Sunday callers with Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Gammill and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Schmitz.

Mr. and Mrs. Ocie Holland called to see Mr. and Mrs. Junior Doss Sunday.

Mr. Curry Meredith, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh N. Curry and Mrs. Edna Walker were Sunday visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Jim Tom Curry.

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Crowley visited with Mr. and Mrs. Carl Nichols Sunday afternoon.

Mt. Pisgah News:

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Davidson and son of Memphis were weekend guests in the Joe Lawrence home. They also visited in the Tommy Lawrence home.

Mr. and Mrs. Allen Booth and grandson visited Polly Lawrence last Friday evening.

Visitors in the J.H. Walker home last Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Lawrence and boys, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Baker and family, Mr. and Mrs. M.H. Baker, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Baker of Memphis and Howard and Agnes Walker and children.

Mrs. J.H. Walker visited a while with Polly Lawrence last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Maddox and Mr. J.H. Walker made a business trip to Ackerman last Monday.

Mr. Joe Lawrence and Mr. Jimmy Booth attended and enjoyed the singing in Webster County Sunday evening.

25 Years Ago:

Aug. 17, 1988

Big Black Valley Festival Saturday

About 50 arts and crafts dealers are expected to display their goods on Main Street in Eupora Saturday during the first-ever Big Black Valley Festival.

The Eupora High School Band will perform during the day, and two groups of dancers will also entertain in the morning and afternoon. The festival is sponsored by the Eupora Business and Merchants Association, which was established in 1987. Food booths will be located in the immediate area.

New Hope News:

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E. Doss and Joy of Charleston, MS visited Saturday with Mrs. Mary Doss.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Moore of Calhoun City visited Mr. and Mrs. Howard Skelton recently.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Skelton of Jackson spent Friday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Skelton.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Skelton went to Jackson Saturday and came back by Grenada to see Wilburn.

Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Allen were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Allen at Eupora on Sunday,

Mrs. Russell Gregg visited her brother and family, Rev. and Mrs. Everette Denton in Alabama last weekend. She visited Mr. and Mrs. Earl Denton in Dentontown Community on Saturday.