25 years ago
Two Paris insurance agencies with ties that went back to 1942 greeted the public in an open house to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the State Farm Insurance Company, their parent company. Vern Steedly and Jane Cozart served refreshments at their respective offices.
Larry Ray, executive director of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, was elected president of the board of directors of the Northwest Tennessee Certified Development Corp.
Lottie May Key Grooms died at age 73. Grooms was an
original member of the Key Quartet, a noted gospel singing group.
Steve McCadams wrote on his Outdoors page that Father’s Day would be a great time to take Dad fishing.
50 years ago
The “Down the Garden Path” column by Mrs. W.P. Williams said the watchword for the summer season was “Dig, Spray and Water.”
Dixie Products advertised low prices on film developing.
An eight- or 12-exposure roll of Kodacolor developed and printed was $1.99, and color slides and movies processed were 99 cents.
The Candy Stripers girls auxiliary at Henry County General Hospital elected officers. President was Delores Kirkendoll and others were Betty Jo Robertson, Lalia Brewer, Carol Casey, Linda Turbett and Paula Brantingham.
The First Assembly of God on Mineral Wells Avenue, with pastor David O’Brien, sponsored a walkathon from Uncle Lee’s to Paris Landing, in support of mission work.
75 years ago
The House Banking Committee voted to eliminate sugar rationing for individuals immediately. Sugar was one commodity that had been rationed during World War II.
E. Ray Jerkins, the new minister at the Church of Christ, had a large and attentive audience Sunday when he preached his first sermon here. The auditorium of the church was filled.
First Trust & Savings Bank cashier Jack E. Veazey was re-elected commander of Lowell-Littleton post of the American Legion.
Boy Scouts of Troop 26 enjoyed a river cruise on three boats loaned to the group. The Scouts included Alan Lasater, Jimmy McGehee, Glen Gentry, Ernest Williams, Billy Williams, Morris King, Horace King, George Moore, Gene Moore, Charles Hurt, Ted Magnor, Doris Humphreys, Peter Brice, John Fryer, Rex Latimer, Lewis Allen, Gerald Bennett, J.L. Richardson, Lowell McGuire, Billy Harris, Reginald Nairon and Charles Franklin.
100 years ago
A special story on the front page by T.H. Hogan reported the little Church of the Holy Cross which had been going up for some months would be dedicated the following Sunday, June 18, to the service of Almighty God. The Right Rev. Monsignor D.J. Murphy of Saint Patrick’s Parish in Memphis would perform the ceremony representing the Catholic Bishop of Tennessee.
At the weekly meeting of the Lions Club at the Caldwell, the club voted to give $50 to the American Legion for a Fourth of July celebration. Dr. Murray Woods, club secretary, would travel to Hot Springs, Ark., to represent the club at a convention.
Paris was assured of being one branch location of the American Cigar Factory when an official of the company came here and met with local businessmen.