Compiled by Laura Lucius from WPT files
75 Years Ago:
Jan. 5, 1939
Thomas B. Murrah New Store Manager
Friends are congratulating Thomas B. Murrah, young Eupora businessman, on his recent promotion to manager of Eupora Volunteer Food Store.
Mr. Murrah for 2½ years has been first assistant to T.B. Pugh, who recently bought his own store and entered business for himself at Crowder. Although Mr. Murrah, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Murrah of Eupora, only recently passed his 21st birthday, he is already regarded as one of the city’s best businessmen.
Long hours and hard work did not deter him from making a keen study of the grocery business under Mr. Pugh, and he is known to be expert in the buying and arranging phases of grocery merchandising. For one so young he has an unusual sense of responsibility, and those who are well acquainted with him, declare that he will make a success of his new duties.
The store he has in charge is one of the finest in this part of the state. Mr. Pugh was very popular here, and although his removal was witnessed with regret, his hundreds of friends are wishing him great success in his business venture at Crowder.
Mr. and Mrs. Luther Hayden of Greenwood spent several days with the latter’s sister, Mrs. H.L. Love, last week.
Miss Sybil Crumby of Rolling Fork and Mr. and Mrs. H.N. Crumby and boys of Cumberland and Rev. and Mrs. Louie Crumby and children of Water Valley spent several days during Christmas with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Crumby.
Miss Lois Sutton of West Point spent Christmas Day with homefolks.
Mrs. Callie Mitchell of Maben spent last week with her sister, Mrs. J.H. Pepper.
Miss Edwards and Miss Gladys Sturdivant of Lexington spent Christmas Day with the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ewell Sturdivant.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Gary and children of Embry visited the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.M. Tabb, last weekend.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Tabb of the delta spent last week with parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.M. Tabb.
50 Years Ago:
Jan. 2, 1964
Eupora Band Is Very Active This Past Month
The Eupora Band, along with 80 other bands, made the annual trip to Greenwood on Dec. 6 for the Delta State Band Festival and Greenwood Christmas Parade.
Six bands played concerts in the afternoon, including one by the Mississippi Southern Woodwind Ensemble. The solo coronet played is a former student of Mr. Andrews, who is director of the Eupora band. The State Band Clinic was held in Biloxi Dec. 13-16. Mr. Andrews, Carolyn Minyard and Bill Latham represented the Eupora Band.
Last year, Carolyn and Bill were classed in the Blue Band. All of the students were classed in either of three bands: Gray Band, top band; Blue Band, middle band; and Maroon Band. This year, they again were classified in the Blue Band. Bill was 2nd drummer this year and Carolyn was solo 3rd clarinet.
Mrs. Curtis Stephens and children are visiting for a few days with Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Miller, the Walter Stephens family and other relatives.
Mrs. Ola Swindle spent Tuesday in the Rexal Swindle home.
Mr. and Mrs. Billie Joe Stephens and baby spent last Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stephens. They also visited a while with Mr. and Mrs. Lee Perrigan Sunday morning.
Mrs. Louise Lynn returned to her home Thursday evening after spending several days with Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Miller.
Mr. and Mrs. Wister Ray and boys spent Sunday with relatives in West Point.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Walker are expecting their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Mann of California to spend a few days with them.
25 Years Ago:
Jan. 4, 1989
West Shady Grove News:
Frank Farley of Houston visited during the weekend with his mother, Mrs. Mary Lou Farley, and other relatives.
Friends and relatives of Mrs. Ina Bailey Kosut were saddened by her death Saturday night in Texas. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs. Minnie Bailey spent Christmas with her son, Thomas and family and other relatives in Memphis.
Last Thursday afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson of Austin, TX and Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Roy Hueneke of Jacksonville, FL visited Mrs. Christine Bailey and Mrs. Minnie Bailey.
Mrs. Lisa Stewart and daughter, Bailey, returned to Carthage Wednesday after visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bailey. Lisa’s sister, Buffie and husband, Jimmie, will return to Baltimore on Thursday after visiting with parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bailey and other relatives.
Mrs. Doris Cooper of Winona visited during the weekend with her daughter, Mrs. Debra Cooper.
Mrs. Rives Dickinson and son, Burney, Miss Amy and Jerry Gentry came down Saturday night and spent Christmas day with Mrs. R.L. Cooke. Also visiting were Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Dalton and daughter, Shirley, Mrs. Brenda Pittman, Timothy and Leslie, Mr. and Mrs. Dana Pittman and Nathan and Matthew and Mr. Leland Sellars. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cooke were afternoon visitors.
Monday visitors with Mrs. R.L. Cooke were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pittman, Mr. and Mrs. Dalton Sellars, Mrs. Burks Gentry and son, Allen.
Timothy and Leslie Pittman visited Wednesday and Thursday with Mrs. R.L. Cooke.