25 years ago
The 1995 World’s Biggest Fish Fry was off and running with fried fish and the trimmings being served at the fairgrounds. Pictured were members of Buchanan Masonic Lodge 772 as they cooked up a batch of hush puppies.
The April 17 dances of the National League of Cotillions, Paris chapter, were held at First Presbyterian Church. Hostesses were Mmes. Mark Morton and Martin Elder. Teaching assistants were Emilee Dale, Kevin Garrett, Molly Comer and Burton Vick.
Debbie Jelks, physical therapist at Henry County Medical Center, spoke to members of the Athena Delphian Club about the hospital’s pediatric unit and its pediatric advisory committee.
Medical technologist Linda McCadams was pictured taking blood from Arthur VanDeVeer. It was part of a drive to take blood from those who were facing surgery later, when their own blood could be used.
50 years ago
The April meeting of the Paris Garden Club was held at Kay’s Steak House. Hostesses were Mmes. J.F. Jennings, R.V. Presnell, William Cronin and A.B. Brookshire. Mrs. T.L. Whitaker led a discussion on shade plants.
John L. Johnson was elected president of the Lions Club. Other officers included Dr. Joe Beale, Jim Coffey, Charles McCutcheon, S.A. Moon, Dick Sturm, Charles Farmer, Jerry Owen and Frank Killebrew.
Women of Trinity United Methodist Church were pictured at a rummage shop on East Washington Street which they managed, with proceeds going to a new parsonage. They had sold enough clothing in five years to pay for the parsonage. In the picture were Lettie King, and Mmes. C.B. Christopher, Archie Eskew, Robert Bromley, Coby Irby, Jessie Smothers and Garland Nash.
75 years ago
Berchtesgaden, Adolf Hitler’s famous hideout and mountain retreat, was literally blown off the face of the earth by British Royal Air Force bombers using “earthquake” bombs.
Eugene Clark of Osage received a message from the War Department that his son, Pvt. Charles Mitchell Clark, had been killed in action March 27 somewhere in the Southwest Pacific. He was the latest Henry Countian to offer the supreme sacrifice for his country.
American and Russian forces had come together in a dramatic meeting near the little town of Tergan in central Germany, joining two forces from half a world apart. A press release said “the last, faint desperate hope of Hitler and his gangster government has been extinguished.” The question remained as to where Hitler was holed up.
100 years ago
The annual foot washing at Hollow Rock was scheduled May 2. A large crowd of residents and people from surrounding areas were expected to attend.
Dr. E.W. Grove of St. Louis, former resident and benefactor here, was back for a visit of a few days. He was entertained by J.D. Atkins and Col. O.C. Barton.
Tom Leach of the Leach-Diggs Motor Sales Co. was in Detroit superintending the drive-away of five touring cars and one sedan. He was accompanied by E.D. Steiger, Harry Vandyke, Vernon Postlethwaite, Rollin Eaker and Bryant Beard.
The annual reunion of Confederate veterans was planned in Knoxville if adequate accommodations for an expected large crowd could be arranged. Famed cavalry commander Gen. N.B. Forrest was in Knoxville to help plan the event.