25 years ago

Electricity was off in Henry County for about two hours on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 10, when facilities at the main substation on Palestine Road suffered a malfunction. 

The Paris-Henry County Heritage Center elected David Webb as board chairman, succeeding Mary June Sinnema. Webb was a county commissioner and past president of the Henry County Historical Society. Other new officers were John Van Dyck and Tom Beasley. 

Holy Cross Catholic Church was planning a 75th anniversary of its establishment on the Feast Day of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. 

Henry County High School’s senior and junior dairy judging teams took first places at the West Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Jackson. On the senior team were Rebecca Labare, Lyle Lowe, Veronica Steer and Laura Moss. On the junior high team were Elizabeth Moss, Eric Steer and Will Moss.  

 

50 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Simonsen and sons Bret and Kris, formerly of Paris, were visiting here from Owosso, Mich., with Mr. and Mrs. Crockett Mathis, Lori and Randy, of Franklin Drive. 

Dennis Wimberley was pictured with two big channel catfish and 13 “chuckleheads” he took on a trotline at Jones Bend Lake. 

A Bill Greer staff photo depicted Buck Webb of North Market Street with his limit of squirrels taken with his single-shot 12 gauge. 

Racial unrest in Jacksonville, Fla., and the arrest of nine protesting mothers in Pontiac, Mich., marred a second day of school openings across the nation. The first court-ordered school busing in the North featured protests, while in the South proceedings went more smoothly.

A muddy, slick field hampered both teams as the Henry County Patriots won 25-14 over Dyersburg in the season opener. James “Swivel-hips” Puckett led the Pats in scoring.

75 years ago

Marion Cook visited in Memphis with her aunt, Mrs. Earl Stanley, and daughters. 

Margy Fagenbaum, who had attended Washington University for the summer term, was spending her vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Fagenbaum, and would leave Oct. 1 to return for her senior year. 

The A&P self service food store advertised Michigan fresh peaches for canning at $2.79 a bushel.  

The Montgomery Wild Animal Circus was coming to Paris for a one-night appearance at the city park. It was the only three-ring circus to appear here in the current year. The circus featured Snookie, the largest ape-man in captivity. 

The Sellers Leach Orchestra was being held over for two more weeks at the Casino Club. 

Reynolds Sporting Good Store at 106 Brewer St. advertised pocket knives, thermos jugs, Coleman lanterns and fishing tackle. 

 

100 years ago

Stamm & Greenstone advertised Arrow brand collars at 20 cents each or three for 55 cents. The new dry goods store was on the east side of the square next door to McSwain Bros. Drug Store. 

Dr. and Mrs. J.R. McSwain, who were due back home in Paris after visiting in Asheville, N.C., were delayed in Asheville by the illness of Mrs. O.C. Barton. 

Dr. and Mrs. W.C. Wiggins and Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Lamb returned home after a month in Denver. 

Mrs. Macon Blakemore entertained at the home of Mrs. J.P. Peeples for Mrs. M.M. Randle of New Orleans. Five hundred was played by the hostess and guests and asters, dahlias and roses decorated the house. 

Large crops of butterbeans were filling the larders of Henry Countians, with the finest production in years of the popular vegetable. Giant butterbeans were being displayed at the county fair.

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