25 years ago

The new school under construction on Highway 79 northeast of Paris was soliciting suggestions for a name for the facility. County commissioner and historian David Webb suggested it be named the John Wesley Crockett School, and other citizens had suggested including the word “Lake” in the name. 

Shiloh United Methodist Church at Mansfield was planning to sponsor a gospel concert Oct. 21 at Weston Hall. Featured would be the Glorylanders of southern Illinois and the McKeithens of Nashville. 

Former Parisian Joseph Donald “Joe” Allen of Memphis died at age 59. He formerly lived in Paris and was educated in local schools. Pallbearers at his funeral service at McEvoy Funeral Home were Dan Bundy, George Atkins, Crockett Mathis, Ed Tayloe, Fred Thompson and Jimmy Williams. 

50 years ago

Elizabeth Ann Routon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Routon Jr. of 912 Dunlap St., pledged Chi Omega sorority at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She was a freshman majoring in elementary education.

Jack Wynns of 311 Ogburn St. was shown with a branch from a cherry tree in his yard with blooms and young cherries. The tree had borne a normal crop of cherries in the spring.

A stonewalled Henry County High School football team held a Hopkinsville, Ky. team to six points to win 7-6. Quarterback Mike Adams engineered the Patriots’ winning drive with Jerry Pearson plunging in from the three-yard-line for the touchdown. Pearson was leading rusher in the game.

The Women’s Missionary Union officers of First Baptist Church were installed by the pastor, the Rev. Carroll C. Owen. The new WMU director was Mrs. Milton Brown. 


75 years ago

From the Post Congratulates: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Thomas Murray, formerly of Paris, on the birth of a daughter, Oct. 6 at Great Bend, Kan. She was named Marcia Gene. 

More than 6,000 acres of the Camp Tyson Military Reservation was slated to be sold through the Farm Credit Association. First choices in the sale would be agencies of the federal government, state and local governments, former owners and tenants, World War Ii veterans and others having purchase priorities. 

Pfc. Johnny Gibson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Gibson, received an honorable discharge. He wore service stripes for four years in the Marine Corps after volunteering while still attending Grove High School. 


100 years ago

Diana Matthews was leader of the Westminster Guild in the parlor of First Presbyterian Church. The Bible lesson for the day was on the book of Esther. Mrs. Charlie Watkins had the mission study, which was on Korea. 

J.W. Storer, pastor of First Baptist Church, preached the final two sermons of a two-week revival there, when the evangelist, Dr. R.E. Garland, was called to New York because of the illness of his son. The revival had been a great success, with 47 additions to the church. 

Thousands of Confederate veterans were attending a reunion in Houston. Three from Henry County were there: W.D. Poyner, E.H. Covington and Wm. Jobe.

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