25 years ago
Following custom of many years The Post-Intelligencer printed a Christmas editorial originally from the pen of C.P.J. Mooney of the Memphis Commercial Appeal on Dec. 12, 1912.
An end-of-the-year ice storm coated the area. Power interruptions were experienced in some areas as ice brought down some lines, but the worst of the storm just missed the county.
The Oakland Fire Department made its first call when fire destroyed a Springville home. The volunteer fire department had been formed in the fall of 1992.
Walter T. Murray was pictured with a bobcat he had killed in northwest Henry County. He also killed a deer the same day.
50 years ago
America’s Apollo 8 space pioneers blasted into Christmas Eve orbit around the moon, giving man the first ever chance to observe the dark back side of Earth’s nearest neighbor. Ground controllers in Houston shouted “We’ve got it, we’ve got it,” after word that the spacecraft had reached its destination.
Letters to Santa were printed from Pam Stamps and Patsy Neese.
Arab-Israeli battling broke the peace of Christmas in the Holy Land. Jordanian bazooka snipers opened fire along the Jordan River and Israeli jet fighters struck back.
75 years ago
Sheriff E.C. Graham reported the previous week was the quietest he could remember here. There were no arrests over Christmas weekend.
A soldier at Fort Campbell, Ky., learned the hard way not to cheat the government. He was sentenced to five years at hard labor for trying to get a family allowance for a person who was not eligible.
Charles P. Nichol, son of the Rev. and Mrs. D.W. Nichol of Paris, was made a private first class before even finishing his basic training at Camp Rucker, Ala. To top his record he was made a corporal Christmas Day. He said he liked life at Camp Rucker because several other Henry County boys were there.
100 years ago
Lt. Robert Travis was a veteran of 31 years in the military and had come through many mishaps without harm until he attempted to crank a Ford touring car here in Paris. The crank jerked backward and broke his arm.
The Church of Christ, worshiping at the courthouse, had a visiting speaker, Bro. E.A. Elim of Nashville. He was associate editor of the Gospel Advocate and editor of sabbath school literature.
An airplane which was due over Paris returning to Park Field was reduced to going back home on an L&N Railroad flat car. The machine crash landed with engine trouble and a flat car was summoned to load the airplane to be hauled home. Nobody was injured.
A revenue bill was in Congress to reduce postal rates to pre-war amounts. A first class letter would go from 3 cents to 2 cents and a post card from 2 cents to 1 cent.