25 years ago

New officers of the Rotary Club included president Lee M. Greer III, Billy Owens, Ed Huddleston, Grover Hudspeth, Bernard Payne, James Jobe Madison III, Clarence Hare, Jon Piskos, Kerry Bell, Leon Ridgeway, Lester Odom, Wayne Hart, Jerry Bomar, Charles Hopkins, Bradley White and Clem


Peggy Williams was pictured receiving a plaque of appreciation for her year as president of the Paris-Henry County Arts Council.

Steve McCadams’ outdoors column reported nice stringers being taken on Kentucky Lake, with sauger making a comeback. The “pike” were being taken on deep-diving lures by trolling.


50 years ago

Ted Neumann, son of Dr. and Mrs. John Neumann, received a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Illinois at Champaign June 14. He was in law school at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

The Belk Store had a summer sale. Men’s suits were as low as $29, ladies summer dresses as low as $4, and ladies dress shoes $3.88.

Mrs. Learnie B. Baucum’s Liberty 4 news report said Larry Baucum was back in the hospital in Memphis for surgery on his chest, where he was critically burned while working on an electric line near Puryear.

New National Guard recruits were pictured receiving orientation from Maj. Roland Parkhill and Capt. George Whitfield. In the group were Greg Van Dyke, Roger Martin, David Hart, Phil Jenkins, Glen Page and Ronnie Nanny. 

75 years ago

The city police department announced a midnight curfew for minors in Paris would be rigidly enforced. Damage had been reported to flowers in the courtyard by groups of boys, unnecessary noise was reported late at night and some of the younger girls were reported to be keeping late hours. Youngsters caught would be sent home on first offense and arrested on second offense.

The worst fire in circus history reached 145 deaths when a Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus big top in Hartford, Conn., was engulfed in a raging blaze.

John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers of America, was fined $2 in Alexandria, Va., for not inserting a nickel into a parking meter when he went to pay his taxes.

Pvt. Tommy Neal Derington of Mansfield was reported killed in action in the Italian theater. He was the second grandson of Mrs. Edd Smith of Paris to pay the supreme sacrifice for his country, the other being Sgt. Lowell Norwood.


100 years ago

E.A. Bowles, phone number 65, was buying wool at 40 cents a pound; rags, $2 for 100 pounds; beef hides, 20 cents a pound; horse hides, $4 each; ginseng, $12 a pound; mayapple, 5 cents a pound, and goldenseal, $4 a pound. 

Printed pictures were from a massive train wreck a week earlier at Faxon, two freight trains rammed head-on, killing four trainmen. 

Commercial Bank, in an annual statement, showed more than $3 million in reserves, a 100 percent increase from the year before. 

The newly organized Paris Toilet Co., with W.T. Warren Jr., manager, had leased the armory building on East Wood Street. 

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