25 years ago
A feature story by Spider Dumas told of the comeback of cotton as a cash crop in Henry County. Pictured was a mechanical cotton picker on the Jimmy Tosh farm that could pick in days what previously took weeks by hand picking.
United Methodist Women from Trinity Methodist Church were planning a luncheon, bake sale and bazaar. Pictured doing an inventory of items were Jane Hill, Roberta Hill, Carrie Villaflor, Jane Plumley and Lalia Winsett.
Henry County native Bun Wilson appeared at the Hayloft Jamboree at Eddyville, Ky.
Three employees of Paris Manor Nursing Center completed state requirements to become certified nursing assistants. They were Marie Pierce, Lydia Jones and Lynn Thompson.
50 years ago
A bomb threat emptied the Capitol Theater here. Theater operator Billy Winn said an unidentified man telephoned the theater twice and said a bomb was there. A thorough search was made but nothing was found.
The Uncle Lee store advertised Zerex or Prestone anti-freeze at $1.59 and $1.69 a gallon; girls’ coats at $1.88 to $11.88, and ironing boards at $3.99 and $6.99.
Five gaming machines were seized here by special agents of the Internal Revenue Service.
The Henry County Patriots racked up a 20-0 victory over Brownsville Carver in football action. The Henry County defense held Carver to 36 yards in total offense. Tim McPherson, Alf Caldwell and Gary Swayne turned in more than 20 tackles.
75 years ago
Janice Brummitt and Elaine Loveman entertained a group of their friends with a Halloween party at the Loveman home. Eating doughnuts off strings, bobbing for apples and other entertainment was the pastime of the night. Attending were Billy Brown, Carol Fish, Lewis Allen, Earl Thompson, Bobby Lee Compton, Joyce Alexander, Sam Ed Atkins, Sarah Jane Atkins, John Burton, Madelyn Davis, James Dancy, Joan Paschall, Jimmy McGehee and Mary Ann Clark.
Jeane Williams of Paris had the lead role in a play, “Nine Girls,” at Whitworth College for Women in Brookhaven, Miss., where she was a senior.
John Earle Jackson of Paris received the Good Conduct Medal, according to a notice received here by his parents, Simon and Sally Jackson. He was serving “somewhere in France.”
100 years ago
J.F. Nored of Jackson Street grew a monster apple that weighed one pound and measured 13 inches around. It was an Arkansas Black variety.
A candidate for the meanest man in town was an anonymous malefactor who entered the Presbyterian church and vandalized the pipe organ. It was supposed he entered the building through a basement window sometime after prayer meeting on Wednesday night.
Jutt Orr was burned to death at his home near Crossland. He was kindling a fire that was stubborn to start and threw oil on it when it exploded.
The Ladies Aid of the Christian Church had their homemade mincemeat on sale at all the local grocery stores. It was made with a secret recipe and had been sold for many years.