25 years ago Eight Henry County young men were chosen to attend an annual Boys State program in Cookeville. Included were Mark Lee, Stanton Geller, Luke Gore, Kevin Garrett, Bert Snow, Jeremy Butler, Chad Ray Ferguson and Kip Roberts. Park Ranger Joan Williams spoke to the Blossomway Garden Club about endangered wildlife. She detailed cases of several wildlife species that had recovered from being endangered. Steve McCadams’ outdoors page reported several large mayfly hatches along the shores of Kentucky Lake had the panfish striking well. Joshua Douglas Crews, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Crews of Puryear, was selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He was a student at the University of Tennessee at Martin. 50 years ago Employees of Midland-Ross Corporation were back at work after a strike of three weeks that had been settled. Plant manager was Joe Romeo. The former home of John R. Rison on North Poplar Street was being razed to make room for additional office and parking space for the Henry County Farm Bureau. On the seventh-grade honor roll at Grove School were Jan Burton, Janet Fielder, Dee Dee Gagion, Steve Greer, Jackie Hays, Steve Hopkins, Gary Maddox, Sonya Muzzall, Karen
Norton, Sharon Norton, Karen Taylor and Sophia Wheeler. County Agent Curtis Shearon reported excessive rain had farmers behind on planting, harvesting and insect control. 75 years ago Having their three sons home on furlough at the same time was a treat for Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Mitchell of Powell Avenue. Pvt. Veston Mitchell, Pfc. Vybret Mitchell and Lt. Vyron Mitchell were here together for time with their parents. The three were guests at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club. Mrs. Bryant Williams of East Wood Street received word that her husband, Lt. Bryant Williams, had received the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in line of duty. He was with an
anti-aircraft unit in Germany. During the late war he had served in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Austria. Japanese radio sources were pouring out a torrent of invasion talk, including confused references to a new American landing closer to their homeland. Included was a broadcast claiming some 200 American ships off Okinawa. 100 years ago John Arnett, Henry County chairman of the Salvation Army home service appeal, organized a corps of workers. Several businessmen, under the leadership of Bob Humphreys, canvassed the downtown businesses. The McCullough property at Poplar and Blythe streets, was purchased by the Christian Church. Howard Jones, W.I. Dale and Connie Frazier were trustees of the property, on which the new Christian Church house of worship would be erected. They had been worshipping at the Grace Episcopal Church. New Fords were becoming more common in the community. J.A. Patrick, who had a brand new Ford parked at the chautauqua, came out of the center and found his new tin lizzie simply gone. No trace of it had been found and a reward of $150 was out for information.