Compiled by Laura Lucius from WPT files
75 Years Ago:
Dec. 29, 1938
Maben Cheese Plant Opens Jan. 3
Formal opening of the Vick Cheese Co. plant here will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 3 with a public inspection of the plant. At 10 o’clock the day’s program will commence in the Maben Theatre with superintendent of the local school, R.C. Stribling, as master of ceremonies.
Following an introduction of officials, Hon. Dwayne D. Maddox, attorney and stockholder, will speak. Other speakers are J.S. Moore on “Possibilities of Dairy Industry in Maben Territory” and S.A. Roberts, industrial and development director G.M.&N.R.R. on “Pasture Improvement”. A directors and stockholders meeting will be held at 12. The days’ activities are free and everyone is cordially invited to attend.
Rev. E.M. Shaw and son of Houlka came Friday for Miss Mary K. Shaw who will spend the holidays at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Shaw of Embry were weekend visitors with Misses Effie and Lee Ransom.
Mr. and Mrs. Duel Watson of Calhoun City are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Watson.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Richardson of Natchez visited his parents and Miss Sammie T. Richardson returned home with them for a week’s visit.
Mr. and Mrs. Price Shaw were Sunday visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Bill Carroll at Embry.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Goddard and son, E.J. of Smithville are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.T. Richardson.
Mr. and Mrs. J.I. Lucas of Jackson were visitors Sunday and Monday with Dr. and Mrs. E.F. Arnold.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Norwood of Clarksdale were holiday visitors here with relatives.
50 Years Ago:
Dec. 26, 1963
Santa Got His Garb from Poem, Cartoon
Santa first appeared in his now-traditional guise as a plump, jovial, white-bearded and pipe-smoking old gentleman — “a right jolly old elf” — in a poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” written by Dr. Clement C. Moore in 1822.
Earlier, “Santeclause” had been pictured dressed as a bishop in a book called “The Children’s Friend” and in Washington Irving’s “Knickerbocker History of New York” published in 1809. Santa was said to wear a broad-brimmed hat and huge breeches.
Even Dr. Moore’s poem did not apparently clothe Santa in a red suit. “He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot,” said the poem. Santa as he looks today was first sketched by cartoonist Thomas Nast in 1869. The cartoon showed Santa in his familiar red garb, smoking a pipe.
Mr. and Mrs. Claud Phillips and Mr. Woodson visited relatives and friends in and around Sturgis Sunday.
Visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Cook Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Millard Cook and family of Walthall, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cook and Joey and Mr. Thomas Cook of Starkville.
Mr. and Mrs. Sid Haynes visited Mr. and Mrs. Albert Cox Monday.
Mrs. Edna Phillips and Mr. Woodson visited Mrs. Atley Dean one day last week.
Miss Sylvia Cook of Meridian will be home to spend the holidays with her family, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Cook.
Mr. and Mrs. Banks Henley and children and Mrs. Sammie Henley spent a while in the Cook and Beck homes recently.
25 Years Ago:
Dec. 28, 1988
Outstanding Young Men Selected
The board of advisers for the Outstanding Young Men of America awards program has announced that three Webster Countians have been selected for inclusion in the 1988 edition of Outstanding Young Men of America. Among those listed were B. Allen Simpson of Eupora, Richard Gerald Carroll of Maben and Charles Harrell Oswalt of Mathiston.
The PYMA program is designed to honor and encourage exceptional young men who have distinguished themselves in many fields of endeavor.
Mrs. Callie Richardson and Jean spent the holidays in Memphis with friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Webb, Michael, Ryan and Kelly Brooke spent Friday night with Mrs. Ona Webb.
Mrs. Vicki Blaylock and Clanton spent a week with Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Clanton.
Mrs. Tom Gore visited Mr. Dorman Walls a few days ago.
Miss Beatrice Evans made a trip to Columbus on Friday.