Time Capsules

Compiled by Laura Lucius from WPT files

75 Years Ago:
July 31, 1941

Sills Sawed in 1869

The Eupora store on Dunn Street near the corner of Fox Avenue owned by Mrs. W.W. Naron is undergoing extensive repairs and improvements.

Sills under the floor placed there by Captain G.W. Naron, Confederate soldier and father of the late W.W. Naron, are still in good condition. The veteran had them sawed from his Calhoun County home in 1869 and some were used in the construction of the old ancestral mansion, a landmark in Calhoun County near Vardaman.

Montevista News:

Mrs. Callie Mitchell of Maben visited her sister, Mrs. J.H. Pepper, last week.

Mr. Fred Nelms and mother, Mrs. George Love, left Sunday for several weeks’ visit with their daughter and sister, Mrs. Ollie McKee at Wade.

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Sutton and daughter, Cliffie, and Mr. W.H. Sutton, made a business trip to Oxford on Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beaird were visitors last weekend with parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Beaird.

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Love and children spent Thursday night in the home of Mrs. Love’s sister, Mrs. Luther Hayden of Greenwood.

Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Logan are visiting at Dancy this week.

50 Years Ago:
August 4, 1966

Sunset News:

Mr. and Mrs. Vardaman Burton of Cleveland spent last week with her father, Mr. Sim Bright and children here.

Mr. Floyd Loyd Medders and family of Chicago are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Loyd Medders here and her mother, Mrs. Beulah Littlejohn in Webster.

Mrs. Helen Bright spent last week in Tupelo.

Mr. V.J. Bright visited Monday with his grandfather, Mr. Sim Bright here.

Mr. Hays Bagwell of Memphis spent last week with his many relatives and friends here and elsewhere.

Mr. and Mrs. James Suggs of Alabama visited last week with her father, Mr. Lucene Smith and children here.

Mrs. Buddy Baker and daughter, Mrs. Lillie Burton visited last Thursday afternoon with Mrs. I.L. Baker.

Lollar’s Grove News:

Mr. and Mrs. Everett Newland of California are visiting this week with parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Newland and brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Newland.

Mrs. Fannie Miller spent last week at Columbus with her grandson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Roy Lewis.

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Goines spent last Friday with their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Fuller Cooke and son in Columbus.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Roberts and daughter spent Sunday with parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Roberts.

Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Montroy and children of Tennessee were Sunday visitors with parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Montroy Sr.

Mr. Lee Edwards and Mrs. Lena Salley visited with Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Goines one day last week.

Mrs. Margaret McMullen of Maben spent Saturday afternoon with her mother.

25 Years Ago:
Aug. 1, 1991

Theater Treasure

A lucky find in an attic approximately a decade ago led Curtis Freeman to a delightful hobby. Working on the remodeling job of Wilson’s Department Store in Eupora as a carpenter, Freeman stepped on something in the darkened attic. He brought the dust-covered items into the light and learned they were glass projector slides such as theatres used decades ago to announce previews of coming attractions and also to advertise local and national businesses.

The store, according to Freeman, had at one time been a movie theatre and he presumes those slides were left over from those days, probably the 1940s. Some of the slides, approximately three by four inches, had 1940s dates on them and some announced movies from those dates, some even before WWII.

The honest carpenter reported his find to the owner, who promptly gave the slides to Freeman. Carrying the slides in an attaché case, the proud owner was shocked when the catch came loose and about 60 of his slides broke when they hit the pavement. But, he still had approximately 150 slides left.
Looking around for a projector to use in viewing his slides, Freeman went to the Memphis Film Festival in 1982 where he located and purchased a projector in good working order. Freeman has not been able to date the projector but he believes it was made about 1910 to the 1920s.

Keeping his eyes open for other related items, Freeman found in Maben a record book of the old National Theatre in that city. The slides, projector and record book together, Freeman noted, make a nice nostalgia collection for a theatre buff. Freeman is undecided as to the final destination of his treasure, but one thing he is convinced of is that they are collector’s items of museum quality.