25 years ago
Local Baptists were among a group touring the Holy Land. Included were Dr. Buck Morton, Annette Morton, Sarah Murphy, Patty Ross, Illa Jackson, Nancy Snow and Billy Ross. Morton had made the tour of Israel 12 times.
Cottage Grove’s Freedom Fest was highlighted by a wooden car put together by Eddie Veazey from a 1936 Ford running gear and oak wood. It had a fully operational 1930s engine, but Veazey joked that it had to be treated for termites.
A graveside funeral service was held at Maplewood Cemetery for prominent Paris attorney James W. Van Dyke, who died at age 98. Pallbearers were James H. Wilson, James D. Huffman, William H. Crosser, Doug Martin, William B. Caldwell, Bryant Williams, John Butler and Chester Simmons.
50 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Puckett and children Hall, Jan and Charles Curtis of Atlanta were guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Nichols and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Puckett, and his aunt, Grace Puckett.
Seven Henry County High School majorettes and one alternate were pictured before leaving for a summer camp at Arkansas State University. In the group were Libby Scott, Marsha Hendrix, Betsy Carothers, Jill Patterson, Mary McGlohn, Susan Murray, Sarah Dunlap and alternate Elizabeth Dunlap.
Pictured leaving for a convention of Quota International in Washington, D.C., were Mr. and Mrs. John T. Ridgeway, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Jackson and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Redmon.
75 years ago
President Franklin Roosevelt was in the running for a fourth term of office. He said he “will continue to serve if commanded by the American people.”
Two tent revivals sponsored by Baptist churches were reporting good attendance. One was on Chickasaw Road and the other at Porter Court.
Light showers had done little to relieve severe drought and heat here. Daytime temperatures had been over 100 degrees for some time and night readings were above 80 degrees.
J.L. Maupin, located over the Poplar Street Shoe Store, advertised fancy watch crystals installed while you wait.
100 years ago
Paris was added to the H.A. McElroy chain of 5, 10 and 25 cent stores, when they purchased the Johnson & Co. Store in this city.
Warren Jewelry Co. announced prize winners in a Kodak picture contest. Alice Lampley won first prize in class A and received $15. Other winners were Middletah Phillips, Nat Porter Jr. and L.N. Hamlin.
The Junior and Christian Endeavors of the Presbyterian Church and Christian Church enjoyed a gypsy tea at Russell’s Lake, with plenty of good things to eat. Leaders were Diana Matthews and Connie Frazier.
Mrs. L. Matthews and son Clinton and daughter Diana left for Memphis to spend two summer months.