Time capsules

Compiled by Laura Lucius from WPT files

75 Years Ago: March 9, 1939

Have You Ever Seen a Groundhog?

One would think that with all the commotion made about the fellow and his shadow every February that almost everyone would know a groundhog when seen.

However, when J.B. Pepper of the Bellefontaine community brought one of these thickset marmots to town last Friday, very few people know what it was. Hundreds crowded around the wire cage in which Mr. Pepper had imprisoned it, and there were but a few in the crowds that ventured a guess as to the name of the animal.

Woodchucks or groundhogs (they are both the same) are more numerous in the New England states and Canada than in other sections. They are grizzled, reddish brown in color, have a head like a rabbit, are very chunky in build, have a short tail, and fur similar to that of the coon. Mr. Pepper captured it on his farm last week.

Sunday Storm Was Damaging

A heavy wind and hail storm struck Eupora and Sapa communities Sunday afternoon with sudden ferociousness, wreaking heavy damage, but fortunately causing no human injury.

The airplane hangar of Jim Curry, located near the city limits, was blown down, the airplane loosed and swept away by the wind. The plane was thoroughly demolished. Garages belonging to O.T. Sullivan and J.O. Gary were also blown over.

The wind was strongest in the Sapa community. The Long Branch Methodist Church building was demolished beyond repair and a residence belonging to Mrs. Woody Sparkman, but fortunately recently vacated, was destroyed.

The residence of Mrs. Cordie Schaeffer and nearby barn were badly damaged; the residence of Walt Williams suffered similar damage, that of John Graham was unroofed, and the residence of Claud Henley blown off its foundations. A shed in Mr. Graham’s yard was also blown down.

The Rev. E.G. Mohler, pastor of the Long Branch Methodist Church, says that an effort will be made soon to rebuild this church. The community needs a church building and it is thought that the good people of the county will join in a general effort to provide one there.

Other parts of the county were visited by heavy winds, but no great damage has been reported. James Tharp of the Sapa community suffered a nerve-wracking experience. He was caught out in the open, blown through a barbed wire fence, and carried by the wind over a hundred yards. However, he sustained only slight bruises.

Colonel Staley, executive of the American Red Cross, was here Monday, but was informed that no emergency existed.

50 Years Ago: March 5, 1964

Allen Murphy Receives Annual Jaycee Award

Allen Murphy, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.L. Murphy of Eupora was selected to receive the Annual Jaycee Award for the Outstanding Senior of the graduating class at Eupora High School.

Allen was selected by his fellow classmates to receive this honor and will receive the award at the Awards Day that will be held at Eupora High School later this spring.

Allen is a member of the Beta Club, Glee Club, Annual Staff and Honor Senior. He is also a member of the Who’s Who. After graduation, he plans to enter college and major in mathematics.

Bellefontaine News:

Mr. Claude Swindoll of Memphis spent Saturday with his sister, Mrs. Mamie Embry, and brother, Mr. Herbert Swindoll.

Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Harrison, Sale and Gail visited Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Leo Tindall in West Point.

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Hood of Grenada spent the weekend recently with her parents, the W.D. Harrison family.

Mr. Donald Skelton of Grenada visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edd Skelton, Saturday afternoon.

Mrs. Dora Gregg of New Hope visited friends in Bellefontaine Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Carl Hardy Jr. is visiting her sister, Mrs. J.D. Crenshaw, in Greenwood.

25 Years Ago: March 8, 1989

County Schools Receive Excellent Rating

The Supervisor of Pupil Transportation Field Services inspected the school transportation department and reported that it was in excellent shape and that all guidelines required by the state Department of Education’s transportation department were being met.

The only recommendation that his report included was that the district maps may be redone. He suggested ordering bigger maps and that the district continue to color code each route so they would be clear and recognizable. The Bus Shop personnel and drivers were complimented by stating that it was one of the best he had visited.

Webster County Superintendent Pete Powell stated, “I was not surprised that the district received an excellent rating. That rating is a direct reflection on our bus shop personnel and our drivers. They do an excellent work with a very demanding job.”

Mathiston Recognizes WJC in Street Naming

Wood Junior College and its influence and heritage to the Mathiston community are reflected in recent actions taken by the Mathiston Board of Alderman in the naming of two city streets.

The road running directly in front of the college from Highway 82 north to the city limits was officially designated Wood Junior College Road by the board on Feb. 8. Also receiving a new name at an earlier board meeting was Sutphin Street in honor of the former Wood President and Mrs. Felix Sutphin. The street is located midway north of Highway 82 and the college. The street moves east off of Wood Junior College Road.

Board action was initiated by the Mathiston Vice Mayor, Owen Gordon. Consideration is being made to the possibility of erecting markers identifying the Wood Junior College Road at Highway 82 and the city limits. According to Gordon, Mathiston is in the process of naming all of its unnamed streets with the intentions of eventually assigning street numbers.