25 years ago
Mrs. Earl Anderson of the Paris Garden Club was pictured receiving the Garden Club of the Year award from Mrs. W.M. Barron, District I director of the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs. The award was made during a district spring luncheon in Memphis.
Former Parisian Dennis Freeland was promoted to editor of The Memphis Flyer, a 50,000 circulation weekly newspaper in Shelby County. He was the son of Bill and Juanita Freeland of Logan Road.
A Jan Williams photo depicted preliminary dirt work being done at the location of a proposed new elementary school on Highway 79 northeast of Paris.
A Jim “Spider” Dumas feature story told of Spurgeon Taylor of near Como who was still working in his vegetable garden at age 101.
50 years ago
The Christian Women’s Fellowship of First Christian Church sponsored a “Festival of Values” sale. Items for sale included men’s and women’s suits, a mink stole and antiques.
Funeral services for Army Spc. 4th Class Samuel Alexander Dumas were held at Mount Zion Baptist Church. He had been killed in action in Vietnam, and was Henry County’s 15th serviceman to pay the supreme sacrifice for his country in Vietnam.
Members of the Xi Epsilon Exemplar chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority met and elected new officers. Mrs. John Lance was re-elected president and others were Bonnie McPherson, Mrs. Paul Turbett and Mrs. Jim McKee. An impressive service was held in memory of the late Christine Reynolds.
75 years ago
Pfc. Harold V. McFarland of Paris saved his own life by “playing possum” while on duty in Luxembourg. His unit was stormed by the Nazis on a hill they had been holding. McFarland, shot in the arm and hand, pulled the old possum trick and played dead when the German infantry advanced. McFarland said he took wound tablets and did minimum dressing to his injuries.
Baxter Clark returned to Paris after attending furniture markets in Evansville, Ind. and St. Louis. He had planned a furniture sale at his store to make room for new goods.
America’s First Army, supported by more than 1,300 airplanes, opened the battle for the Ruhr district in Germany. The doughboys had opened a bridgehead east of the Rhine river.
100 years ago
Routon Florists had an advertisement that said, “When you think of flowers, think of Routon.”
Knoxville became Tennessee’s “third city,” after the 1920 census showed its population at 77,818, eclipsing that of the former third city, Chattanooga.
The county highway department announced the acquisition of three large army trucks to be used for hauling gravel and like services.
J.W. Thompson’s Store advertised the newest model John Deere slat model (board) plow that would pulverize red clay and shed it from the mold board.
A prosperous farmer and country merchant in Alabama had an advertisement testimony on the benefits of Ferraline for stomach and bowel trouble. He said after only six bottles he was relieved of any pain. It was said to be an old Indian remedy used by Indians in the vicinity.