Time Capsules Compiled by Laura Lucius from WPT files

75 Years Ago:

March 23, 1939

New Business Started Here

Witty Castle and A.C. Hooper, Eupora businessmen, announced that plans are being made to inaugurate a burial insurance association and construct a modern funeral home..

The new company will be a partnership and both men have been in Jackson this week conferring with the state insurance commissioner, with whom they have filed application for privilege to operate a burial insurance business. Messrs. Hooper and Castle announced that they would soon start construction of a funeral home.

The location had not been ascertained, but it is probable the building will be construction on Adams next to Central Service Station on the site now leased by Hooper-Edwards Chevrolet Co. and used as a used car lot. The Columbus & Greenville Railway owns this lot and final decision has not been made to date as to this location.

Both men are intelligent, aggressive businessmen and friends predict success for their new venture. Mr. Hooper came to Eupora in 1933 and as senior partner of the Hooper-Edwards Chevrolet Co. has gained the respect of the public for his fair dealing and diligence. He is a member of the board of aldermen of the town of Eupora.

Mr. Castle is owner of the Castle hardware, which recently supplanted the W.L. Taylor hardware company here, this being one of the largest hardware stores in this part of Mississippi. He is known over the state as one of Mississippi’s most efficient young businessmen.

Shady Grove News:

Mrs. Kate Vickers and children from the Fame community visited Mrs. Ora Morgan Sunday.

Misses Sarah and Mildred Shelby visited their sister here Sunday.

Mr. J.D. Earnest visited relatives in Birmingham the past weekend.

Mrs. Bettie Eidson spent Saturday night with her brother and family, Mr. Hollis Lucius.

Mrs. J.F. Lucius visited her daughter, Mrs. Willie Vaughan, on Monday.

Mrs. Kelly Porter had her people with her on Sunday.

Mrs. Donald Henley visited Mrs. Porter a while Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Eidson visited Mr. and Mrs. Eldridge Vaughan at Savannah on Sunday.

Miss Ola Lollar visited Mrs. Dalmo Harpole on Monday.

Mrs. Minnie Carson had her daughter from the delta visiting with her at this time.

50 Years Ago:

March 19, 1964

Sunset News:

Mr. Billie Baker spent a while Sunday afternoon with his mother, Mrs. I.L. Baker.

Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Bagwell were glad to have their children and grandchildren spent the weekend with them.

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Walls of Ackerman spent Friday afternoon with her sister, Mrs. U.L. Baker. Mrs. Walls will be remembered as Mrs. Louise Bagwell Graves before her marriage to Mr. Walls.

Mrs. Oscar Medders and daughter visited Tuesday with her mother, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Tom Hodges.

Mr. and Mrs. Troy Bright and their little son, Troy, made a trip to Jackson on Tuesday.

Peppertown News:

Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Pepper visited her brother, James David Henley, in Jackson last Wednesday.

Miss Joy Pepper spent the weekend with her cousin Ruth Ellen Vaughan at Wood College at Mathiston.

Mr. and Mrs. Vick Jenkins and Jimmy were visitors with the Jim Palmertree family last weekend. Supper guests in this home were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Johnson.

Libby and Allen Pepper are spending the weekend with their dad and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Howell Pepper.

Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Turner visited in the Leonard Pepper home on Tuesday.

Gene Palmertree visited his aunt, Mrs. Thomas Neblett, on Friday night. Jane and Joy Pepper visited Mrs. Billie Lynn Chrismond on Tuesday night.

Mrs. Lou Garnett visited Mrs. J.B. Pepper a while on Thursday afternoon.

25 Years Ago:

March 22, 1989

Maben Plans Auction to Fund Town Park

Maben town officials are prepared to auction off anything and everything on April 1 to pay for completions of the town park, according to David Pugh, alderman.

Pugh said the town is taking donations this week and next and will pick up items for the auction. Town officials are hoping to raise $20,000 to $21,000 to go toward completing landscaping on the town’s only park.

The park is located west of Maben High School football field off MS Highway 15. It has two softball fields, one of which is lighted. Pugh said the fields are ready for play and local leagues are gearing up for softball and T-ball. He said in the future there are hopes to add concession stands, tennis courts, and other sports facilities. But, for now, the park committee is focusing on completing final details on the park.

Sand Hill Homemakers Club Meet

The Sand Hill Homemakers Club of Mathiston had the pleasure of coordinating and hosting the quarterly potluck luncheon for the Homemakers Clubs of Webster County.

The luncheon was held at the First Baptist Church in Mathiston. The Fellowship Hall Dining Room was all decked out with spring flowers and Easter bunnies handmade by the Sand Hill homemakers and presented as gifts to each attendee.

A record attendance of 51 homemakers and guests enjoyed dishes brought by all countywide homemakers.

Mrs. Hattie Atkins was recognized as the oldest and a charter member of the club and was presented an Easter basket.