Compiled by Laura Lucius from WPT files
75 Years Ago:
Sept. 8, 1938
Cotton Now Comes in Colors
Creating considerable interest is a stalk of cotton displayed this week in the windows of The Webster Progress. In all ways, it is similar to other cotton stalks except that the staple is brown instead of white.
The stalk is about standard height and bears fourteen bolls, most of them having opened in the field. Old-timers have declared that never have they seen anything like it, some declaring however, that they have seen blue cotton.
The cotton was pulled from the farm of Tommie O. Estes just north of Eupora and was the only brown cotton in his fields of snowy white. Naturalists may yet eliminate dye in the making of cotton goods. Farmers may buy their seed every spring in all the latest colors. Red, white and blue fields would present a fetching spectacle for tourists.
Griffin’s Grocery New Eupora Store
Carpenters and decorators are busy this week in the building recently vacated by C.A. Lamb & Son, improving the interior preparatory to the opening of Griffin’s Cash Grocery schedules for Saturday morning.
The owner of the new business will be R.D. Griffin, recently affiliated with Jitney-Jungle and more recently manager of the Farmers’ Cash Feed Store. Mr. Griffin is popular in Eupora and Webster County. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. V.H. Griffin of Mantee, is a graduate of Eupora High School, and is well known as one of Eupora’s most able young business men.
Immediately after graduation, he was employed by the Hartman-Clarke Construction Company of Peoria, IL, later joining the Eupora Jitney-Jungle staff under the management of G.E. Childs & Son where he obtained valuable experience which, with his own native abilities, augurs well for the success of his first venture in business for himself. Staple and fancy groceries will be sold by Griffin’s Cash Grocery, an appealing new stock now being ready for Saturday’s opening. Sales will be strictly for cash.
Mr. Griffin said yesterday: “I have decided to run a cash business with no exceptions. I believe that by so doing, I can give the buying public greater values and more efficient service. My intentions are to give low process on high grade groceries, and to do so my sales must be cash.”
Celebrating the opening liberally filled baskets of groceries worth about $2.00 each will be given away at several times on Saturday. The new store is announcing a number of attractive “specials” in an advertisement in this issue.
50 Years Ago:
Sept. 5, 1963
Farm Bureau Gets Queens
Miss Judy Hodges, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pascal Hodges of the Grady community was selected as Webster County Farm Bureau Queen in the senior division last Thursday night at Mathiston High School. Miss Mary Curtis Logan, daughter of Mrs. Curtis and the late Mr. Logan was the winner in the junior division.
Judy, who is a senior at Eupora High School this year, won the title over two other contestants. Last year, Miss Hodges was the winner of the Junior Farm Bureau Queen Contest and moved up this year to win the senior division. Miss Sue Gary, who is the reigning Miss Eupora and who participated in the Miss Mississippi pageant was the winner of the talent division with her song and dance cowgirl act.
Master of ceremonies for the program was Dr. Felix Sutphin, president of Wood Junior College. The program was part of the annual picnic and beauty contest that is held each year by the Webster County Farm Bureau. Mrs. Irby Shaw was director of the activities.
Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Logan from Texas visited Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Madie Bland. They came here to bring their daughter to enter Wood Junior College.
Mrs. C.L. Stallings visited last weekend in Memphis with her children.
Miss Linda Stevenson and brother from West Point visited several days with grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Earnest.
Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Palmer visited part of last week with Mr. Everette Roane and family in Tunica.
Mr. and Mrs. O.C. O’Brian of Ruleville visited recently with Mr. and Mrs. Jack O’Brian.
Miss Becky Bland of Water Valley visited several days with grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bland.
Mrs. Inez Pennington and family from New Orleans, Mr. Jesse McRee and family of Eupora and the Rev. and Mrs. Hill and Mr. Jones of Philadelphia were recent visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Pennington.
Mr. and Mrs. Dillard Stallings and children of Houston visited Sunday with Mrs. Pearl Stallings.
Miss Sue Davis left Sunday afternoon to enroll in school at Wood Junior College in Mathiston.
25 Years Ago:
Sept. 7, 1988
Church Observes Waits Birthday
Tommy A. Waits was honored with a surprise birthday celebration at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church on Aug. 7. Mr. Waits’ son, Thomas P. Waits of Bruce, Sam Waits of Grenada and Alfred Waits of Jackson and their families were present along with other relatives and friends. Special guests were Mr. and Mrs. Watt Carter of Jackson.
A retired educator, Mr. Waits did most of his teaching in Mississippi. He taught for six years in Georgia and Florida. Mr. Waits served two terms in the Mississippi Legislature, one from Webster County and one from Calhoun County.
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Woods visited with Mrs. Winnie Clanton in Calhoun City recently.
Miss Jean Richardson is visiting friends in Memphis this week.
Mr. Charles Garner of MSU spent the last weekend of August with Mrs. Doris Carroll.
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Harrison, son and daughter visited with Mrs. Doris Carroll last weekend.
Mrs. Martha Hood is home after spending several days in Jackson with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mathers and Melanie.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Woods and Mr. and Mrs. Barry Breazeale and children spent last weekend in Jackson and Vicksburg.
Mrs. Lester Webb visited with Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Harrison on August 30.