25 years ago

Vaxter Pate of Paris was enrolled at Cumberland University in Lebanon, the oldest private college in Middle Tennessee, founded in 1842. He was the son Hattie Ray Pate and planned to major in business administration. 

Some of the home care workers who worked at the Henry County Health Department were pictured: Sandi Smith, Peggy Ball, Bettye Jane Elliott, Cookie Collins, Catherine Wagster, Beth Earhart and Betty Parrish. It was the oldest home health care agency in the county. 

Kesterson Food Co. was given three honors during a Tennessee Restaurant Association trade show and convention. Tommy Kesterson was pictured displaying a Purveyor of the Year plaque. 

Bob Cathey, Pella Glass distributor in the Paris area, was named “Heavy Hitter” for his sales effort in 1992.  


50 years ago

Private 1st Class Gary Hall of Mansfield became the county’s ninth patriot to pay the supreme sacrifice for his country in Vietnam. An Army chaplain from Fort Campbell, Ky., notified Hall’s wife and parents of his death. He was a well known and popular youth in the Mansfield area. When the death message was delivered to his mother in Mansfield, she was reading a letter he had written to her and had just sent him a Christmas present. He had volunteered for his service in the armed forces. 

Pictured decorating at the Woody Jackson home on Dunlap Street for a “Holiday Homes” tour were Mrs. Lee McLean, Mrs. Jack Nichols and Mrs. Jackson. 

Tickets had gone on sale for a pre-Christmas concert by the Golden Voices to be presented at Henry County Training School. In the group were Pearlie McClain, Mary Farmer, Marian Hutcherson and Eleanor Hudspeth. 


75 years ago

“Sergeant York,” a film starring Gary Cooper about the World War I hero, was playing at the Capitol Theater. Cooper’s role won him an Academy award. 

A United States submarine sank eight Japanese cargo ships and damaged four others near the Japanese coast. The submarine was patrolling so close to the coast its crew could watch pony races on the shore. 

Paul J. Meals, chemist at Tyson and Co. and commanding officer of the local State Guard Company, accepted a position as pharmacist with the Tennessee Valley Authority at Norris. 

Jimmie Brice, carrier boy for The Post-Intelligencer, received the nation’s highest award for any carrier boy for selling the most war savings stamps. Young Brice sold 78,638 10-cent stamps for the war effort. 


EDITOR’S NOTE — Files from 1917 are missing from our records. The 100 Years Ago section will return in 2018.

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