25 years ago

Amy Jane Cozart was crowned Miss Teen during a review at the Henry County Fair. Her court included first maid Kris Stewart and second maid Amy Farmer. 

Mrs. Alex Irion and Mrs. Martin Elder presented programs on birds and horticulture at a meeting of the Paris Garden Club. 

Maplewood Baptist Church celebrated its 60th anniversary with a special speaker at the morning worship service, followed by a meal. The Rev. Paul Veazey, a Henry County native and former pastor, was the morning speaker. 

Longtime physician John Neumann became the first person in this area to be awarded a life membership in the Knights of Columbus, a charitable men’s organization in the Catholic Church. 

  

50 years ago

Linda Paschall Wilson of Paris was one of 500 graduating seniors at Murray State University. She graduated summa cum laude, with highest honors. 

A concrete floor had been poured and metal walls were going up at the new commercial exhibits building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. 

A special 16-page section on the new Henry County High School was published in The Post-Intelligencer.

Mrs. J.T. Van Dyck and Joe Routon were pictured rehearsing a violin duet they would present in a musical, “Feelin’ Good,” at the county fair. 

  

75 years ago

The girls softball team sponsored by the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. had been leading the league since the season began. Team members were pictured: Annie B. Salmon, Carrie Rawls, Linda Middleton, Mary Sue Irion, Sue Dyer, Jo Cleta Williams, Margaret McGehee, Love Waddy, Polly Ross, Joan Webb, Jean Pillow, Beverly Berry, Hassie Michael, Carleen Robertson and Laverne Pickler. Team mascots were Larry and Ronnie McGehee and Billy Dyer. 

D.M. Cooper of Head Street made a specialty of growing unusual fruits and vegetables. He said he had a vine peach with a lot of fruit on it that made great pickles. He also said he had grown a green bean several feet long but his wife saw it growing through the door, thought it was a snake and chopped it in two. 

 

100 years ago

John T. Vandyck of the Vandyck area was in town as was Harry Vandyck of the Clifty area. 

The black population here observed a big Emancipation Day Aug. 8, celebrating the freedom of their race from slavery. Many of the county population were in town for the festivities, which included horse racing, mule swapping and boys buying girls ice cream cones. Watermelon and barbecue were also available. 

All members of the Sweet Potato Growers Association were notified of a called meeting at the courthouse to take care of business. 

Two big vaudeville acts were advertised, with admission 15 cents for children and 30 cents for adults.

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