Choctaw County:

1800's through1900's
People, Places, Events

        Information for this page is taken from the Choctaw Plaindealer, articles written by Louis Taunton. This page will contain information about some of the history of Choctaw Co, MS...people, places, and events.



The following article appeared in the Choctaw Plaindealer Jan 3, 2001:
Backward Glances
by Louis Taunton
1888 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        The co-partnership between G. W. WHISENANT and W. C. LINCH has been dissolved by mutual consent and the business will be continued by W. C. LINCH at Weir.
         The co-partnership between James DRANE and Mrs. S. O. EVANS has been dissolved by mutual consent and the business will be continued by Mrs. S. O. EVANSat Chester.
        HUGHSTON and HUGHSTON, Attorneys-at-Law, had attorney S. R. HUGHSTON at Chester and E. V. HUGHSTON at Ackerman.
        T. W. BENTHALL advertised as a gunsmith at McCool.
        W. W. RILEY at the Hester House in Ackerman advertised staple and fancy groceries.
        DAVIS & CARTER, French Camp, advertised as dealers in general merchandise.
        Marion F. TOLLERSON had filed for homestead and named the following as witnesses to prove his continuous residence on the land he had filed homestead as: John SHAW, Jesse BORING, Frank SHAW, James SHAW, all of Ackerman.
        James L. POWER, advertised as a Blacksmith and general repair shop and agent for engines at Ackerman.
        DAVIS, CARTER & Co. advertised from Weir as cotton buyers and general merchandise.
        BLUMENFELD and FREID of Starkville advertised as the place to sell cotton and buy goods.
        W. C. NOLEN was a dealer in drugs and medicines at Ackerman.
        F. D. SEWARD & Co. were general merchants at McCool and SEWARD Bros. of Ackerman were dealers in general merchandise.
        M. W. CONNER & Co. were dealers in dry goods and groceries at Ackerman.
        SWEATMAN, TROTTER and DANIEL were attorneys-at-Law in Ackerman.
        Mrs. A. B. TENHET advertised millinery for sale. She was located on Chester Street in Ackerman.

50 Years Ago -- January 5, 1950

        PFC James A. CAGLE, 22, 7th Infantry Division, son of A. W. CAGLE of Ackerman, has arrived at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, where he is undergoing treatment for wounds inflicted by the enemy in Korea on December 1.
        Progress News: Mr. and Mrs. W. D. HUDDLESTON were happy to have as guests during the holidays, relatives from Chicago, Illinois and Alabama for the first time in 46 years.
        Bogue Chitto News: Mr. and Mrs. Troy CRENSHAW and children were visiting relatives in the New Haven section recently.
        Reform News: Mrs. Doyle PHELPS of Chicago has been visiting relatives through the holidays.
        Chester News: Messrs. J. H. Harley and Riley McINTIRE were called to Crowder Saturday due to the death of a nephew and cousin, Mr. Fred McINTIRE.
       Weir News: Mr. and Mrs. C. B. McARTHUR and family of Silver Creek visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. RAY, during the holidays.
        Clinton H. GRAVES, Jr. has returned to his school work in Madison, Wisconsin after a two week visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. GRAVES.
        Holiday guests of the Edgar REIDs were Miss Judy REID of Corinth and Mr. and Mrs. Robert DYE of Atlanta.
        Sgt. and Mrs. J. M. CARTLEDGE of Ft. Benning, GA.; Mrs. L. B. ALLEN of Fayette, AL; and Mrs. U. R. PRICE of Tutwiler were visitors during the holidays with Mr. and Mrs. G. P. REED.
        Mr. and Mrs. John J. OWENS of St. Louis, MO spent the Christmas holidays with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. KING.


The following article appeared in the Choctaw Plaindealer Jan 10, 2001:
Backward Glances
by Louis Taunton
1888 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Henry C. SIDES, Jr. filed for homestead and named the following individuals witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon the land: J. N. Prewitt, J. P. COLLIER, Charley McCLURE, and James LANTHRIP, all of Ackerman Post Office, Choctaw County, Miss.
        Noah FONDREN filed for homestead and named the following individuals witnessses to prove his continuous residence upon the land: D. N. DANIEL, W. G. MATHIS, David BALLARD, and W. G. CROW, all of Pinto Post Office, Choctaw County, Miss.
        J. C. BURTON, Principal of Pinderville Public School, wrote the editor about Pinderville School, which was located two miles east of Weir. In July the school was started with 40 students and it now has 118 students in September. Mr. BURTON urged voters to re-elect the present Supt. of Education, Prof. J. D. PERKINS, because of the help Prof. PERKINS had given Pinderville School.
        S. B. Dobbs, Circuit Clerk of Choctw County, was visiting the different precincts in order to register votes.
        Mr. A. C. BURNETT, wife and son, are on a visit in Leake County.
        Hon. J. C. CLARKE, wife and child, of Kosciusko spent last Saturday and Sunday in town, the guests of Col. Bud RILEY and wife.
        Ab REED and lady came in from Texas, in which state they have been residing in for near a year, last Wednesday morning.
        Ackerman High School was led in 1888 by Prof. W.A. RAMSEY. The trustees of the school were: B. F. BAILEY, J. L. POWER and E. R. SEWARD.
        By an oversight we failed to make mention of the fact, that our nobel and genial young friend, J. M. MATHIS, of the northern part of the county, has gone to attend the Louisville Medical College of Louisville, KY.

50 Years Ago -- January 12, 1951

        M/Sgt. and Mrs. Everett CUTTS and son, Curtis NABONS, returned to El Paso, Texas Friday after an extended visit with Mrs.CUTTS' mother, Mrs. Charlene HOFFMAN and other relatives.
        Myte Creek News: Mr. and Mrs. Oran HARRIS received telegram last Tuesday that their daughter, Mrs. Frank ARNAULT and children, had landed in Germany safely.
        Providence News: We are glad to welcome Mr. and Mrs. J. E. HUFFMAN into this community.
       Panhandle News: Ralph RAY of Bowling Green, KY, spent Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl RAY.
        Chester News: Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester TACKETT and family have moved to the Sam C. RAY place. We welcome them to our community.
        Weir News: Friends were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Mr. Lloyd TABOR which occurred at his home in Leland a few days ago. Mr. and Mrs. TABOR were former residents of Weir.
        Sherwood News: Mr. and Mrs. Wiley DOBBS visited relatives in Weir, Brownsville, Tenn. and Ripley this week.
       Antioch News: Mr. and Mrs. Downey PITTMAN of Nashville visited relatives here a few days ago.
        Mr. and Mrs. J. L. CHAPMAN of French Camp now have four sons in the Armed Forces: J. T. CHAPMAN, age 26, in the Navy; Cpl. Edward S. ChHAPMAN, age 24, at Ft. Jacuson, S. C.; Cpl. Billy G. CHAPMAN, age 21, Korea; Pvt. Charles Ray CHAPMAN, age 18, Castile Air Force Base, Merced, Calif.



The following article appeared in the Choctaw Plaindealer Jan 17, 2001:
Backward Glances
by Louis Taunton
1888 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        The stock of M. W. CONNER & Co. has been sold out to a Canton firm and was moved there last week.
        W. L. HEFLIN has had his store painted inside and out.
        W. A. HANNA returned from St. Louis Wednesday morning where he had been for some time buying goods.
        Jeff D. ADAMS, who went to Sterling, Colorado some years ago, has been back in Choctaw County during the last week visiting his relatives and friends. Jeff was one of our most prosperous citizens when he left here and we are glad to state that in his new home in the West he has prospered abundantly in the same line of business that he was in here -- merchandising.
        W. W. INMAN has left us and has gone to Canton, where he will live in the future.
        Dr. J. D. WEEKS returned last Saturday morning from Nashville, Tenn., where he has been taking a special course in the Medical Dept. of the University of Tenn. This college is the doctor's Alma Mater, he having graduated there several years ago and at the close of the session last week; he, with many others, who have graduated from that institution have made M. D.'s out of several of our brightest young men, among whom we may mention: Drs. W. T. FOSTER, J. D. DRANE and Will DRANE.
        W. J. DANIEL, Esq. has moved his office into the back room of the Plaindealer office and we now have law and wisdom under one roof.
        Dr. A. T. TOWNSEND of Weir was in town Monday.
        Married on the last day of March 1888 at the residence of the bride's mother, Mr. Eli SNOW to Miss Martha MANN by Henry WOOD

50 Years Ago -- January 19, 1951

        Dr. and Mrs. Henry L. KENNEDY were Sunday guests of Mrs. KENNEDY's mother, Mrs. J. D. WEEKS.
        Major L. M. JURNEY, son of Dr. and Mrs. M. P. JURNEY, has enlisted with the U. S. Army and will enter the service at a camp in South Carolina, Jan. 25.
        Mrs. W. W. KELLUM of Tutwiler has been spending this week with her sister, Mrs. J. Roy WILLIAMS.
        Weir News: Members of the 31st Division who left for military duty this week were: Billy Brewer SSTEWART, Bert LINDSAY, William HAWKINS. Major Earl ROSS also left for active service recently and is stationed at Ft. Benning, GA.
       Weir News: Mr. and Mrs. W. A. WHITTEN, Sr. have received a message announcing the arrival of a little boy in the home of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITTEN in Buenos Aires, Argentina, whom they have named David.
        Williams Hill News: Mr. Frank WISE made a business trip to Jackson recently. While there he visited his children.
        Chester News: Mr. and Mrs. Wesley TACKETT and family of Leland spent several days with their brother, Mr. Slyvester TACKETT, Mrs. TACKETT and children, last week.
        Rayville News: Aunt Kitty MARTIN visited Mr. and Mrs. Sam MILLER a few days last week.
        Progress News: Several of our people attended the 89th birthday celebration of Bud TENNYSON last Sunday.
        Mrs. J. P. IRVING is visiting in Hillhouse, Miss. with her daughter, Mrs. JACKSON.
       Progress News: Wesley LUCAS of Chester was in this vicinity last week on business.



The following article appeared in the Choctaw Plaindealer Jan 24, 2001:
Backward Glances
by Louis Taunton
1888 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

         Percy L. MOORE, editor of the Winona Advance and D. R. BRANCH, editor of the Winona Times, got into a broil the first of the week over the Hamilton-Gamble case and shot it out.  MOORE was seriously wounded, if not fatally injured.
        Henry WOOD, member of the Board of Supervisors has married, during his official capacity, 186 couples, and Supervisor Jim PATTERSON has married during his official capacity, 37. May Judge WOOD and Jim PATTERSON live long to carry on the good work.
        Married: On the 26th day of February 1888, at the residence of John KEEN, Eld. Geo. W. HENSON to Miss Martha MANN, by Henry WOOD.
        Hezekiah M. BOWIE filed for homestead with the Jackson Land Office and named the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence on the land: D. E. BLAIN; J. B. McMULLEN; J. L. WELLS and J. E. RSY, all of Chester, Choctaw County, Miss.
        E. V. "Victor" HUGHSTON, Esq. left Ackerman for Louisville last week where he has located for the practice of law. the firm of HUGHSTON & HUGHSTON will continue as before and S. R. HUGHSTON will look after the business at this end of the line.
        We, the undersigned, would like to have a reunion of the 35th Mississippi Regiment at the A & M College during commencement week. Hon. Ethel BARKSDALE will deliver the annual address on the 20th of June 1888. What do the surviving members of the regiment say to this reunion. We would be glad to hear from them through the press or by letter addressed to J. O. HENRY, Starkville, Miss. J. O. HENRY, J. H. STILLMAN, J. H. BUTLER, Henry COTTON, Capt. P. QUINN, all of Company C; Dr. J. G. CARROLL, A. M. PAGE, B. F. PARISH, all of Company K; J. M. WILLIAMS of Company G; J. N. EDWARDS of Company I; Lt. G. C. EDWARDS, Company D; and J. F. ARCHER of Company F; all of the 35th Mississippi Regiment.

50 Years Ago -- January 26, 1951

        Meredith E. MATTHEWS, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. MATTHEWS, has enlisted in the U. S. Navy and is stationed in San Diego, Calif.
        Mary Jo RAY, student at Blue Mountain College, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. RAY.
        Linda HEMPHILL of Leland spent the weekend with her grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. M. O. OSWALT.
        Cpl. Billy Perry McGAUGH, Cpl. Bill Black POWER, Sgt. Billy McCLURE and Sgt. John Leland THOMPSON left this week for Ft. Jackson, S. C. where they will be in training with the 31st "Dixie" Division of the National Guard.
        Chester News: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HODGES and Mrs. Monie CROWSON of Memphis, Tenn., visited Mr. and Mrs. Wiley COLLIER and other relatives over the weekend.
        Weir News: Mrs. Richard BRISTER of Shreveport, La. arrived Sunday night for a week's visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert PREWITT.
       Weir News: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur PICKLE of Senatobia were guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. BLACK Saturday.
        Providence News: Mr. and Mrs. Albert BUSE of Cleveland spent Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. J. S. TRUSSELL.
        Sherwood News: Mr. Hugh STARNES and Mr. SPEED of Ruleville called on Mr. Wiley DOBBS and relatives here a few days ago.
        Antioch News: Mr. and Mrs. Billy MONCRIEF called on relatives at Liberty a few days ago.
        Rayville News: Mrs. Ida MILLER was a Sunday visiter of Mr. and Mrs. Brewer MANN.
       Progress News: Our people are glad to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Marvin TEDDER and family as neighbors in our community.


The following article appeared in the Choctaw Plaindealer Jan 31, 2001:
Backward Glances
by Louis Taunton
1888 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Hon. J. W. BARRON is on a trip to New Orleans this week.
        W. M. ROBERTS, S. R. HUGHSTON and Major J. W. PINSON of Chester have all been in town this week.
        D. R. K. PREWITT intends keeping a beef market and will supply the town with beef twice a week or more often. A beef market is needed and can be kept up only by giving it liberal patronage.
        Dr. George W. WHISENANT and family of Weir have been visiting the family of W. J. DANIEL, Esq., this week. Dr. WHISENANT is speaking of leaving Weir and will locate at another point. Any community is fortunate to secure the citizenship of such a gentleman. Besides being a fine physician, he is an honorable and upright man.
        We paid our old home at French Camp a visit last Friday and Saturday, although but three short months had past since our last visit there. Great were the changes we noticed. What has been said of Ireland can be said of French Camp -- "it is a hire of industry and a lamp of learning." Everything indicates energy -- new fences, gardens, streets and houses. For the refinement and culture of its citizens it is the equal of any town we know. There are young men and young ladies in the two schools from all parts of the state and the reputation French Camp now possesses as an educational point is equal to any of the oldest in the State. French Camp is proud of her schools and all the citizens harmoniously cooperate to make them an honor to their town and section.
        C. W. WHITE, Clerk of Choctaw County issued to R. M. KEEN and E. P. SMITH a summons to appear in Chancery Court to defend the suit of T. J. KEEN, J. C. KEEN, M. L. KEEN, H. E. MONTGOMERY and others to divide and sell land.

50 Years Ago -- February 2, 1951

        Bogue Chitto News: The many friends of John R. PHILLIPS will be glad to know he has been promoted from 1st Lt. to Captain in the service of our country.
        Weir News: Mr. Henry MILES of Memphis, spent several days of this week here with his family.
        Weir News: Johnny REED spent the weekend in Jackson with Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BLACK.
       Sherwood News: Mr. Robert KILPATRICK was a business visitor to our community recently.
        Rayville News: Mr. and Mrs. Vardaman BURTON and famiy have moved from our community to Boyle.
        Antioch News: Mr. and Mrs. Gerald GAMILL were weekend visitors to
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur CLARIDY of the Self Creek Community.
        Progress News: Mr. and Mrs. W. C. ORR and Virginia of Ala. were weekend guests of their kinfolk in this section this week.
        Chester News: A number of our people attended the funeral of Mr. Lunda RAY of Winona which was held at New Haven Church last Wednesday.
        Chester News: Miss Jimmie Doris DEAN who is taking nurse's training at Grenada spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hester DEAN.
        Robert R. GAMBLE, seaman recruit USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. GAMBLE of Weir, is undergong recruit training at the world's largest Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.
        Mr. and Mrs. U. C. MATTHEWS and daughter, Joyce Ann, from Memphis, Tenn and Mr. and Mrs. U. L. MATTHEWS and Mrs. Loda WOMACK from Robinsonville and Mr. and Mrs. K. E. MATTHEWS and H. L. MATTHEWS of Laurel spent Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. MATTHEWS of Fentress.


The following article appeared in the Choctaw Plaindealer Feb 7, 2001:
Backward Glances
by Louis Taunton
1888 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        W. W. Riley has just received his new Soda Fountain. It is a beauty, call and see it.
        Miss Ida Coleman of Fentress paid our city a pleasant visit Tuesday of this week.
        T. A. Stinson, the photographer, has been doing a thriving business this week and everyone is well pleased with his work.
        The District conference of the M. E. Church, Columbs District, will convene in Ackerman the 10th of May.
        Dr. W. T. Foster, his wife and baby, paid Ackerman a visit Monday. The object of their visit was to have a photo of their girl at Stinson's Photography Gallery.
        Capt. H. H. Reed is on the Grand Jury and J. M. Commander is on the Petit Jury at Aberdeen in the U. S. Court in session at Aberdeen now.
        Last Saturday night some time about eleven o'clock, Thos. J. McArthur was shot twice with a double barrel shot gun, one load striking him in the stomach and the other in the hip. The shooting occurred in front of W. W. Riley's house. At first it was thought that the injury was slight, but afterwards the wound became serious and for a time the physicians thought his recovery doubtful, but at this time Mr. McArthur is doing well and will recover. After McArthur was fired upon, he fired upon his assailants three shots. W. L. Heflin has been arrested, charged with the shooting and the case set for hearing next Monday. Major J. W. Pinson and S. R. Hughston have been employed for the State and J. W. Barron and W. J. Daniel for the defense.

50 Years Ago -- February 9, 1951

        Alvin F. Richardson, recently appointed Captain in the U. S. Navy, was born in Sturgis. He is the son of Mrs. H. L. Rhodes and the late Dr. A. F. Richardson and his sister is Mrs. H. D. Marshall. He moved to Ackerman in 1911 with his mother and sister. He is a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy.
       Weir News: Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Black of Jackson were weekend visitors in the A. E. Reed and Reuben Black home.
        Weir News: Guests in the Charley King home the past week were Mrs. King's sister, Mrs. Henry Rodgers and daughter of Marks.
        Miss Elsie McDowell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee McDowell, left Jan. 27 for Washington, D. D., where she is employed.
        Providence News: Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wells and Sandra of Tomnolen visited his parents a few days ago.
        Antioch News: Gerald Richardson of Washington, D. C. is spending some time with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Richardson. He and his mother went to Jackson Sunday to attend the wedding of his sister.
        Sherwood News:  Mr. Chris Pinnix and Miss Office McMinn spent Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lovie Pinnix.
        Weir News: Mr. and Mrs. John Irving of Jackson spent Saturday night and Sunday with Mrs. J. T. Irving and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Simmons.
        Mrs. C. J. Murphy left Monday for a visit with her grandson in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bowie of Memphis.
        Friends here will be interested to know that Mrs. Nathaniel Ray is recperating from a recent operation in a hospital in Royal Oaks, Michigan.
        Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Hunt and Annie Mae spent the weekend in Jackson.



The following article appeared in the Choctaw Plaindealer Feb 14, 2001:
Backward Glances
by Louis Taunton
1888 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        A. WADE, Dr. ROVINSON and Marion JOHNSON attended the fair at Memphis this week.
        Mrs. A. WADE spent several days at Unity Springs this week while Mr.
WADE attended the fair in Memphis.
        Our young friend, D. B. ALLEN, spent last Sunday with his father and mother in the northern portion of the county. We don't think the entire object was to visit his relatives, but to take a photo to "somebody", as he had his photo taken a few days ago at STINSON's Photograph Gallery.
        Dr. J. D. WEEKS paid New Orleans a visit Saturday evening returning Tuesday morning.
        W. J. DANIEL and his wife have returned from their protracted visit in the northern portion of the county.
        A small shooting fracas occurred betwen S. A. GUNTER and John GREER on last Saturday night, but no one was seriously injured.
        Miss Birdie HAMBLEN is enlivening the home of Mr. B. L. DAVIS of our town this week. We wish you much joy and happiness while in our midst, Miss Birdie.
        Hon. J. W. BARRON has returned from several days visiting in Alabama. We are glad to see him back for it was all we could do to spare his benevolent heart and smiling face any longer.
        The Methodist Church is nearing completion and we think that it will be in good shape for the Conference that assembles here on May 10 through 12. The people of our town are doing all in their power to make it a grand occasion.
        Capt. HASTINGS returned from Louisville yesterday evening and reports having a good time.

50 Years Ago -- February 16, 1951

        Weir News: Mr. and Mrs. George SNOW, former residents of Memphis are now living in Weir and have an apartment at Mr. Monroe RODGERS.
        Weir News: Mr. and Mrs. Edd CLIFTON have bought Mrs. Lacy HUFFMAN's home and have recently moved here from Kosciusko.
        Williams Hill News: Mrs. Ralph GERMANY of Jackson spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank WISE.
        Chester News: Mrs. Mildred ROBERTS of Amory spent several days last week in the home of her parents, Rev. and Mrs. T. M. PLUNKETT.
        Providence News: Weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. S. SIMPSON were their children and families: Mr. and Mrs. W. D. SIMPSON of Natchez; Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy LONG and daugher, Patricia, of Lambert; Mrs. George ROOKS and son, George, Jr., of Marks and Dutro SIMPSON of State College.
        Mr. and Mrs. B. R. JOHNSON and three children of El Cerrito, Calif, spent this week with Mrs. JOHNSON's parents, Mr. and Mrs. K. N. BLAKE.
        Mrs. Ina WEEKS has returned home frm an extended visit whith er son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Carl WEEKS of Carthage.
        Mrs. Bo McCARLEY of Clarksdale spent this week with her sister, Mrs. Herbert GOODE. Mr. McCARLEY will join them for the weekend and accompany Mrs. McCARLEY home.
        Mrs. Annie Mae GREEN and children, Laura Lee and Guy of Biloxi, spent this week with her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins O'BRYANT in the Eric HOLLIS home.
        Antioch News: People of our community regret to learn of the death of Mr.
R. D. WORRELL. He, at one time, lived near our community. He and his family have many friends here.



The following articles appeared in the Choctaw Plaindealer Feb 14, 2001:
Backward Glances
by Louis Taunton
1888 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Continuation of article on Chester from last week: Judge J. R. W. FOSTER and J. H. EVANS keep Hotels and are ready at all times and at low prices to feed the hungry.  They also have full stores and pay courteous attention to customers.
        F. M. McKNIGHT, one of the best men in the world, has a large store full of every variety of goods and authorizes us to say that he is selling at cost.
B. G. McGARITY does the blacksmith and woodwork and is prospering.  R. W.
LOWRY does the grinding for the folks hereabouts.
        Prof. RAMSEY is the school teacher and is a man of urbanity, intellectuality and verbosity.
        The Contractors now have the brickyard in full blast and the new Jail will be
ready for occupancy by the next term of the Circuit court.
        On last Friday night it was the pleasure of our foreman to witness a grand
hop in the magic little city of Fentress, the entertainment was given by Col.
R. A. LOCKHART in honor Miss Birdie HAMBLEN of Memphis, Tenn. and Miss Renah FERGERSON of Oden, Ill.  After the dance was over, Miss HAMBLEN played some of her beautiful selections upon the piano, which was very entertaining, but on account of our foreman being not well, did not remain to hear the music.   Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves very much, and everything passed off nicely.  We insist on the Colonel giving another entertainment soon.
        Dr. R. T. LOVE attended a meeting of delegates from the various states in New Orleans last week, the object of which meeting was to take steps for the
alliance to put on foot a scheme for the sale and exchange of cotton to Liverpool manufacturers.

50 Years Ago - March 2, 1951 - The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Named as Mr. Ackerman High School for 1951 was Gip GARNER and named as Miss Ackerman High School for 1951 was Margaret WOOD.
        Virginia BLACK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernice BLACK of Weir, has been chosen by the Belhaven student body as May Queen.
        Weir:Mr. Ovan RAY who teaches in Noxapater School was home for the weekend.
        Weir:Mrs. Mollie WALKER of Sturgis spent the past week with her brother, Mr. Edd Patterson and Mrs. Patterson.
        Mr. and Mrs. John KEEN had as dinner guests Sunday, Mr. and Mrs.
Harold KEEN of Hot Springs, Ark.; Mr. and Mrs. Lamar KEEN of Memphis, Tenn.; Mr. and Mrs. Leon KEEN and son, Johnny, Mr. and Mrs. Everette ADAMS and Mrs. James B. KEEN.
        Chester: Mr. and Mrs. Ben BARNETT and Bessie Mae of Louise, spent several days last week with their mother, Mrs. A. E. BARNETT, their father, Mr. Joe McINTIRE and other relatives.
        Sherwood: Born to Pvt. and Mrs. Johnnie F. BELL on Feb. 11 a son at Eckford Clinic in Starkville.  The name chosen for the young son was
Larry Fredrick BELL.  The father is now stationed at Ft. Jackson, S. C.
        Mr. and Mrs. Jim PATTON and daughter, Bettie, of Indianola, spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. C. O. WHITEHEAD.
        Visitors in the Roy WILLIAMS home last weekend were Mr. Dale DOVER and son of Birmingham; Johnny REED of Columbus; Mrs. Robert LONG, Columbus; and Mrs. W. W. KELLUM of Tutwiler.
        Mrs. L. L. PRICE of Charleston spent last weekend in the home of her sister, Mrs. J. D. HERRINGTON.
        Bogue Chitto: The many friends of the MING Trio enjoyed hearing them from radio station WSSO last Saturday.  They are the children of Mr. and Mrs.
Ethel MING.



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer Mar 7, 2001.
Backward Glances
by Louis Taunton
1888 News From The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Hon. Lafayette ROBINSON was in town Monday looking well after his legislative duties.
        John KIMBROUGH, Esq., Surveyor of Attala County, came up Saturday night and stopped over till Sunday evening with his relative, W. W. RILEY.
        Hezekiah M. BOWIE filed for homestead with the Jackson Land Office to
finalize his claim.  Witnesses to prove his claim were: D. E. BLAIN; J. B.
McMULLEN; J. L. WELLS and J. E. RAY, all of the Chester Post Office.
        Married at the residence of the bride in the town of Ackerman on Thursday
night, Sept. 27th 1888 by Frank TOWNSEND, Dr. Andy CAPERTOWN to Miss Martha DRANE.
        No train of any kind has run through Ackerman since last Sunday morning and at this time it is not known when any will run.  (Note: This was because of the outbreak of yellow fever in Jackson.)

50 Years Ago - March 9, 1951 - The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Mr. G. P. WOOD of Nashville, Tenn., and Mr. Burton CATLEDGE of Greenwood spent this week in the home of Mrs. C. B. WOOD and Mrs. J. G. WOOD.
        Mr. and Mrs. R. B. DRAPER have returned home after spending several months with their children in Greenwood, Yazoo City and Canton.
        Mr. and Mrs. Bill RAMSEY, Beth and Nancy, of Aliceville, Ala., spent last weekend with Mrs. Ramsey's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. MABUS.
        Chester: Mr. and Mrs. Tabor RAY and Cathy Faye of Memphis, Tenn. visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Riley RAY last weekend.
        Weir: Mr. and Mrs. Lenoir BLACK of Natchez spent the weekend with their parents.
       Weir: Mrs. B. BURT has returned home after an extended visit with her son, Smith and Mrs. BURT, in Little Rock, Ark.  Enroute home she spent several days with Mrs. Helen NEAL in Louisiana.
        Sherwood: We were happy to see two soldiers from this community, Morris THOMPSON and James VAUGHN, at home on furloughs this week.
        Antioch: Mr. and Mrs. Gerald GAMMILL called on her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John FULGHAM of Starkville a few days ago.
        Providence: Mrs. Irene McPHERSON is visiting her parents in Birmingham, Ala., for a few days.
        WilliamsHill: Mrs. Remo WHITT moved to her new home this past week.
        Rayville: Mr. and Mrs. Willie RAY and baby visited parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack JENKINS, of Tomnolen last weekend.
        Weir: Mrs. Iva BEASLEY was called home Sunday because of a death of a
relative.



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer March 14, 2001.
Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton
1888 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Hon C. Wiley WHITE, the popular, competent and accommodating chancery Clerk of Choctaw County was in town yesterday.
        Messrs. SEWARD Bros. and W. A. HANNA & Co. have erected them a cotton platform on which to deposit their cotton till ready to transport.
        S. B. DOBBS, Circuit Clerk of Choctaw County, will be at the following voting precincts in the county with the registration books for the purpose of registering all persons not registered: LaGrange; Pigeon Roost; Dido; Mt. Airy; Ackerman; New Prospect; Spay; Weir; French Camp; Bankston; Kenago; and Chester.
        At the Board of Supervisors Meeting held on 25 Sept 1888 at Chester, the following was communicated: This day the Board of Supervisors of Choctaw County, Miss., after considering the matter to quarantine the county against the yellow fever, came to the conclusion to recommend that the people in the towns, along the railroad in the county, do not allow the trains to stop and the people throughout the county protect their own homes against parties traveling, and the Clerk of this Board send a copy of these proceedings to the Plaindealer for publication, a newspaper published in the town of Ackerman, Miss.  A. J. PASSONS, Pres., C. W. WHITE, Clerk.
        All the cotton that has come to town so far has been wrapped in jute bagging.
        Senator BARRON returned from several days visit to the G. P. Railroad Monday.
        Mrs. J. D. WEEKS is on a visit this week to the residence of W. T. WEEKS, Esq.

50 Years Ago - March 16, 1951-The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Mr. and Mrs. W. D. HUDDLESTON spent last week in Clarksdale visiting their two sons and two daughters.  While there Mr. HUDDLESTON celebrated his 80th birthday.
        Mrs. G. W. WATSON, who lives near Bankston, celebrated her 83rd birthday lastSunday.
        Mr. Chris SHEEDY, who lives near McCurtain's Creek church, is the oldest member of a large family and is the only surviving member.  He celebrated his 93rd birthday with his family recently.
        Weir: Mrs. C. O. DEAN is at home after spending two weeks in Kosciusko with her sister, Mrs. C. C. ADAMS.
        Reform: Mr. H. D. MARTIN went to Jackson Sunday to see his brother-in-law, Mr. Walter KELLUM, who is seriously ill.
        Weir: Mrs. Gene BECKMAN of Kingstree, S. C. is visiting in the home of her mother, Mrs. C. O. POWER.
        Mrs. Willie B. VINSON returned home Tuesday after a visit to New Mexico and into Old Mexico.
        Mrs. Don SPENCER of Calhoun City is with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold HUNT, since her husband has enlisted in the Air Corps and is stationed in San Antonio, Texas.
        Chester: the body of J. D. BARNETT arrived here last Friday and was buried in Salem Cemetery.  Survivors include his wife and parents.
        Sherwood: Mrs. Hugh PEACOCK and family called on her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. BROOKS last weekend.
        Mr. and Mrs. J. Roy WILLIAMS left Wednesday for Mayo, Florida to visit their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. NORRIS.  Before returning home they will vacation for several days in Miami.



The following article appeared in the Choctaw Plaindealer Mar 21, 2001:
Backward Glances
by Louis Taunton
1888 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        The school under Prof. RAMSEY is a success. He now has about 38 on the roll and still they come.
        We are deeply and sensibly thankful to Miss Minnie COLLIER for the plentiful supply of turnip greens and potatoes received this week.
        The Choctaw County alliance met at Zion Hill Church on yesterday, the place of meeting having been changed to this place from Grange Hall in order to have a more commodious house.
        In the Town Church Directory of Ackerman, the preacher at the Baptist Church was Rev. T. G. SELLERS; at the Methodist was Rev. W. T. BARNETT; and at the Cumberland Presbyterian the pastor was Rev. E. T. NEAL.
        The University of Mississippi advertised that its 37th Annual Session of the institution would open on Sept. 27. The faculty consisted of eleven professors. Cost for the nine months was advertised as $200 for the entire course; law students $215.
        Several of our citizens will attend the Louisville Baptist Association which convenes in French Camp this week.
        Dr. J. D. STAPLES of French Camp, one of the most prominent and best citizens of Choctaw, spent a part of two days in our town this week.
        D. N. DANIELS, brother of Capt. W. J. DANIELS of our town, was in town last Friday night and ordered the Plaindealer for twelve months. Dick has lately embarked in the mercantile business on the G. P. Railroad and reports business good. The firm is composed of D. N. DANIELS and W. J. DANIELS. May many barrels of Sheckles be reaped on this new firm.

50 years Ago, Mar 23, 1951

       Chester News: Mrs. Monie CROWSON of Memphis, Tenn., is on an extended isit with her children and other relatives.
        Williams Hill News: Mr. and Mrs. W. D. BEACH, of Cleveland, visited his grandmother Mrs. Sallis BROOKS and his aunt, Mrs. Willmirth GILLESPIE, recently.
        Rayville News: Mr. and Mrs. Olen MANN and baby of Crystal Springs spent part of the week with Mr. and Mrs. John MANN and other relatives.
        Doyle B. TENNYSON, Supt. of Education, was able to resume his duties at his ofice this week after several days suffering from injuries received from a wreck.
        PFC Billy Black POWER, CPL Billy Perry McGAUGH and SGT John Leland THOMPSON of Ft. Jackson, SC spent the weekend with home folks.
        Mr. W. F. IRVING of Durant was greeting friends on the streets Wednesday of this week.
        Weir News: Mrs. Lillian WEIR is at home after spending two months in Hughes, Ark and Leland.
        Weir News: Mr. and Mrs. Harvey GLADNEY of Memphis spent the weekend with Mr. GLADNEY's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edd GLADNEY.
        Providence News: Mr. J. H. WELLS is visiting his daughter, Mrs. Buck HALL and family in Shaw this week.
        Providence News: Mr. Zolie FOX died at his home in McComb the first of the week. Mr. FOX was well known here.
        Sherwood News: Mr. and Mrs. W. W. BOX and children of Laurel Hill, LA and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene BRUCE and baby of Hinds Junior College, were here to visit their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lon BOX and Mr. and Mrs. Henry BRUCE the past weekend.



The following article appeared in the Choctaw Plaindealer Mar 28, 2001:
Backward Glances
by Louis Taunton
1888 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        William A. GORDON had filed for homestead and named the following individuals to prove his claim to homestead: O. C. McKNIGHT; D. Y. McKNIGHT; Bird MITCHELL; and E. B. WEAVER, all of Chester P. O.
        H. Y. DOTSON was the head of the school at Fentress.
        Tommie HUGHES, son of Dr. J. C. HUGHES of McCool, who is about 14 yeas of age, while out hunting last Friday evening accidentally shot himself in the hand and breast. At first his life was despaired of, but Monday evening the last time we heard of him, he was doing very well with a chance of recovery. Drs. H. H. DAVIS and B. W. CLARK were attending him.
        Mrs. TABOR, formerly a resident of this county at Bankston, and now of Missouri, has been visiting in the county for some weeks past.
        Col. Joe A. PIERCE passed thrugh Ackerman this morning on his return from Memphis where he had been for some days on business.
        William BLANTON, a talented young man, is now staying with Dr. WEEKS in the drug store and is preparing for the profession of medicine.
        W. H. SEAWRIGHT, of McCool has fitted himself up a boarding house in that live town and the rush of business is phenomenal. They say not long ago so great was the rush that a certain young man had to lie on the porch.
        J. W. DAVIS, who has been studying Telegraphy for quite a while at Weir. went to Osborn Thursday morning to manipulate the keys at that place. Mr. DAVIS, a young man of commanding appearance, indomitable energy, with a naturally bright mind and it well cultivated, and when to these is added the fact that he has a pleasant and an unblemished charater, we see no reason why his upward course in railroad circles should be impeded. He is a genuine South Carolina and success is his motto.

50 Years Ago -- March 30, 1951

        Pvt. William Bruce BURNEY, son of Mrs. B. BURNEY of Ackerman is completing his Air Force Basic at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, TX.
        Weir News: Friends were sorry to see Mr. and Mrs. Upton RODGERS and Toby leave Sunday. They have gone to Florida to make their home.
        Weir News: Rev. and Mrs. Leon GAYLOR and Mr. and Mrs. Walter GAYLOR from Texas were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Lucas and other relatives during the past week.
        Meredith MATTHEWS of US Navy stationed at San Diego, Calif. arrived in Jackson Saturday evening by plane and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. E.MATTHEWS met him and accompanied him home where he is spending a fourteen day leave.
        Sherwood News: Mr. Lamar SMITH who has been in Alaska is visiting relaties here at this time.
        Sherwood News: Mr. Ben BETTERTON of Calif. visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Olen FRANKLIN recently.
        Chester News: Mr. and Mrs. A. T. HEGAN and children of Gulfport were recent guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. HODGES.
        Progress News: Dr. Clyde RUFF of Tomnolen made a business trip to our community recently.
        Reform News: Mrs. J. E. LONG has recently visited her children in Clinton, LA.
        Mrs. John OWEN, Jr. of St. Louis, spent this week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. KING, and other relatives.
        Faye BROGGAN, who has been employed in Texas spent a few days this week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin BROGGAN before going to Memphis where she has employment.



The following article appeared in the Choctaw Plaindealer Apr 4, 2001:
Backward Glances
by Louis Taunton
1887 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        M. J. HENDRICKS, J. T. STEPHENSON and Barbara HOYO were ordered to appear before the Chancery Cour to defend a suit by J. W. STEPHENSON, administrator of the estate of J. T. STEPHENSON, deceased.
        Married on August 1, 1887, Mr. A. C. BURNETT to Miss Beatrice BARRON. They were married by Rev. W. T. BARRETT at the home of the bride's father, Mr. Joe BARRON.
        Dr. J. E. SUBER, D. D. S., traveling dentist, who lived at Sturgis and offered his professional dentistry services to the citizens of Choctaw and surrounding counties, has now relocated to Crystal Springs for the practice of Dentistry.
        J. K. ALMON of the Durant Democrat was u Sunday and Monday visiting Ackerman.
        Mr. A. A. MONTGOMERY, who will be the nominee and likewise our next Senator, whose home is at Osborne, in Oktibbeha County, was here Monday.
        Dr. W. D. COLEMAN of Weir was in town Thursday on a flying visit.
        Court has almost depopulated Ackerman, nearly everybody being either in Chester or in the woods hunting.
        M. W. CONNER has a new boarder at his house and he weighed ten and a half pounds when he commenced boarding.
        The Ackerman School opens next Monday, with Prof. SHUMAKER as principal and May TIMS as assistant.
        Jerry DISHMAN, Sr., one of the pioneers of Ackerman, who has been sojourning in Texas for the past 18 months, returned with his family Sunday and reports the cotton crop between here and Texas one half short.
        Miss Ella ELLIS of West Point, who has been visiting in Ackerman, returned home this week.

50 Years Ago -- April 20, 1951

        Graduation for Sturgis High School will be held on April 22. Graduating Seniors are: Calvin JACKSON; Leon REEVES; Ira Dell PATTERSON; Donald SMITH; Jacqueling HUNT; Virgie RAY; Pauline MILLER; Gladys McHANN; Willie JONES; Lawrence KINARD; Jimmy Ray ESKRIDGE and Sidney QUINN.
        Antioch News: Mr. H. P. RAINS celebrated his 71st birthday Sunday with his children and other relatives present for the occasion.
        Miss Sara WHITTEN, who teaches in Greenwood, spent the weekend here with friends.
        Rev. and Mrs. W. A. O'BRYANT of Grove, Okla, spent last Wednesday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eric HOLLIS. They are the parents of Mr. and Mrs. HOLLIS' son-in-law.



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer April 4, 2001.

Backward Glances
by Louis Taunton
1888 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        It was our pleasure to fall into good company in going over to French Camp to attend the Association.  On the train down to McCool we had as traveling associates, Dr. T. G. SELLERS, Revs. H. J. VANLANDINGHAM, and J. T. CHRISTIAN, and while only one of these wears the name of Christian, they are all Christian gentlemen.  After going to preaching at night -- as we always do, when we feel like it -- we passed a pleasant night in company with Rev. J. W. SIMS at the residence of Dr. J. B. HARRIS.  Saturday morning we took passage with George HUGHES, a handsome and bright young man who runs the hack from McCool to French Camp. George has a good business, and we will be disappointed if it does not improve as he is as kind and accommodating as he can be and has a pair of good stage horses as were ever put on the road.
        Ackerman had two commercial failures last week -- J. M. JACKSON and A. WADE.   We are informed that attachments were levied on Mr. JACKSON amounting to about $400, and his goods invoiced to something over $300.  There were attachments levied on A. WADE amounting to about $7000, and his goods invoiced at about $3000.
        The Louisville Association convened with the French Camp Baptist Church on Saturday.  The Moderator, N. Q. ADAMS, read the 116th Psalm, and Elder J. W. SIMS led in the opening prayer.  J. J. CARTER and J. H. CORNWELL were appointed reading clerks.  Forty-four churches were represented, and three new churches were received.  Other ministers mentioned in the article were
Elders W. B. WILLIAMS; J. T. CHRISTIAN; H. J. VANLANDINGHAM; W. H. H. FANCHER; J. R. W. FOSTER; T. A. J. OWEN; J. T. FREEMAN and J. B. GAMBRELL.   The Association adjourned to meet with New Hope Church in Winston County on Saturday before the second Sunday in October 1899.

50 Years Ago - April 6, 1951

        Sgt. and Mrs. L. B. HUNT of Albuquerque, New Mexico, announce the arrival of a baby daughter, Patricia Dianne, March 26.  The mother will be remembered as Dana BLACK.
       Chester: Mr. and Mrs. George FOX of Crenshaw, Miss. and Memphis, Tenn. spent the weekend with their father, Mr. W. A. KING.
        Myte Creek: Mr. and Mrs. Lavon McKAY and baby and Mr. and Mrs. Roy MILLS and girls of Jackson spent a few days of last week here with their parents.
        Sherwood: Mr. and Mrs. C. B. POLLARD, Jimmie and Virginia and Mr. and Mrs. Broadus POLLARD recently visited their sister and aunt, Mrs. Spencer GARNER of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
        Antioch: Mr. and Mrs. H. D. STEWART and daughter, Sigma, and grandson, Mike GALLOWAY of Pine Bluff, Ark., were visitors to her brother Roger SHUMAKER and family last week.
        Capt. and Mrs. E. H. JACKMORE of Cheyenne, Wyoming are spending several days here with their mother, Mrs. Amanda MOSS.
        Mr. and Mrs. Eddie STAPLES spent the weekend in Forest City, Ark.
        Mr. and Mrs. Robert Charles Catledge of Jackson spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. CATLEDGE and with her mother, Mrs. J. W. HENDERSON.
        Mr. and Mrs. J. W. DOWD of Richland, Washington spent the weekend with Mr. DOWD's sister, Mrs. Carl LOVE and Mr. LOVE.
        Weir: Lt. J. R. PHILLIPS is spending a few days with his mother, Mrs. Nola PHILLIPS.
        Weir: Mrs. Florence WEIR has gone to Birmingham to spend several weeks with her two daughters, Mrs. Lorene CARPENTER and Mrs. Martha Christine POWELL.



The following articles appeared in the Choctaw Plaindealer April 11, 2001

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton
1888 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Elijah H. ROOK has filed for homestead.  To prove his claim, he named the following witnesses: M. I. OSWALT; J. W. OSWALT; L. ALEXANDER and S. F. ALEXANDER, all of Ackerman Post Office.
        Miss Ada VOWELL of Winston County is now on a visit to the family of Mrs. SHUMAKER.
        Judge CAMPBELL and E. F. NOEL went over to Walthall this week to hold Circuit Court.
        G. P. GAYLOR has another girl at his house.  It will be a week old next Sunday.
        Mrs. J. D. WEEKS and Miss Alice JONES paid Starkville a visit last Saturday morning, returning home Sunday evening.
        Prof. W. B. SHUMAKER, who is now teaching school at Bradley, was down home Sunday and reports things as moving along with him nicely.  He has a first-class school at Bradley.
        Little Rubie FULCHER, young child of J. D. and Ella FULCHER, was born Dec. 7, 1886 and died June 9, 1888.  Obituary and tribute was written by Annie BARNETT.
        W. B. MOTHZ, the celebrated mattress maker, is located at Ackerman and is now ready to serve the public in making mattresses on short notice.
        Van BLACK of the Weir neighborhood called in on Monday and left the sum for two years subscription to the delight of this office.
        Virgie HAIMES.  Miss Virgie, has been a visitor to our town for some time at the residence of her sister, Mrs. A. M. CARR, and left for her home in Winston last Sunday.

50 Years Ago - April 13, 1951

        The students graduating from Ackerman with honors are those whose average is above 90 for the past four years.  They are: Kay McCLURE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ethel McCLURE; Shirley McHAN KEMP, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McHAN; Rita McDOWELL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard McDOWELLl; Delores OSWALT HUNT, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Noel OSWALT; Margaret WOOD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sanford WOOD, and Sheron McINTIRE, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. McINTIRE.  Kay McCLURE is Valedictorian and Shirley KEMP is Salutatorian.
        Mrs. W. E. CONNER returned home Wednesday after a pleasant visit with her children, Mr. and Mrs. Bill CONNER and family of Port Aransas, Texas.
        Mr. and Mrs. Raymond ROACH and son, Travis, of Ripley spent the weekend with Mrs. ROACH's parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. G. SANDERS.
        Mr. and Mrs. Edwin WARD attended the funeral of Mr. H. G. MANSFIELD, husband of Mrs. Gladys BUCK of Mansfield, which was held near Memphis last Sunday.
        Weir: Mrs. Sam MOSS of Durant visited her sister Mrs. Herbert PREWITT Friday.
        Weir: Mr. and Mrs. Tom DOUGLAS of Macon spent a few hours Saturday evening with Mrs. C. O. POWER.
       Sherwood: Master Sgt. Edd BROOKS and family were at home for a few days from Ft. Sill, Okla.
        Chester: Guests of Mr. and Mrs. Avery TULLOS Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Leander PREWITT and Sandra of Adaton.
        Myte Creek: Mrs. O. O. SMITH has returned to her home in Arkansas after spending a few days here with her mother, Mrs. Buster HARRIS



The following appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer April 18, 2001

Backward Glances
by Louis Taunton
1887 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        M. J. HENDRICKS, J. T. STEPHENSON and Barbara HOYO were ordered to appear before the Chancery Cour to defend a suit by J. W. STEPHENSON, administrator of the estate of J. T. STEPHENSON, deceased.
        Married on August 1, 1887, Mr. A. C. BURNETT to Miss Beatrice BARRON. They were married by Rev. W. T. BARRETT at the home of the bride's father, Mr. Joe BARRON.
        Dr. J. E. SUBER, D. D. S., traveling dentist, who lived at Sturgis and offered his professional dentistry services to the citizens of Choctaw and surrounding counties, has now relocated to Crystal Springs for the practice of Dentistry.
        J. K. ALMON of the Durant Democrat was u Sunday and Monday visiting Ackerman.
        Mr. A. A. MONTGOMERY, who will be the nominee and likewise our next Senator, whose home is at Osborne, in Oktibbeha County, was here Monday.
        Dr. W. D. COLEMAN of Weir was in town Thursday on a flying visit.
        Court has almost depopulated Ackerman, nearly everybody being either in Chester or in the woods hunting.
        M. W. CONNER has a new boarder at his house and he weighed ten and a half pounds when he commenced boarding.
        The Ackerman School opens next Monday, with Prof. SHUMAKER as principal and May TIMS as assistant.
        Jerry DISHMAN, Sr., one of the pioneers of Ackerman, who has been sojourning in Texas for the past 18 months, returned with his family Sunday and reports the cotton crop between here and Texas one half short.
        Miss Ella ELLIS of West Point, who has been visiting in Ackerman, returned home this week.

50 Years Ago -- April 20, 1951

        Graduation for Sturgis High School will be held on April 22. Graduating Seniors are: Calvin JACKSON; Leon REEVES; Ira Dell PATTERSON; Donald SMITH; Jacqueling HUNT; Virgie RAY; Pauline MILLER; Gladys McHANN; Willie JONES; Lawrence KINARD; Jimmy Ray ESKRIDGE and Sidney QUINN.
        Antioch News: Mr. H. P. RAINS celebrated his 71st birthday Sunday with his children and other relatives present for the occasion.
        Miss Sara WHITTEN, who teaches in Greenwood, spent the weekend here with friends.
        Rev. and Mrs. W. A. O'BRYANT of Grove, Okla, spent last Wednesday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eric HOLLIS. They are the parents of Mr. and Mrs. HOLLIS' son-in-law.
        Mrs. A. M. BLACKWOOD of Belzoni spent Sunday through Tuesday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. ALFORD.
        J. Keith WORRELL and James Keith of Carrollton and Oris E. WORRELL of Hughes, Ark. were in their home town during the weekend and were dinner guests of Mrs. Eula SIDES Saturday.
        Weir: James EDDLEMAN, wife and baby, of Los Angeles, Calif., spent the past two weeks in the home of Mr. EDDLEMAN's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard EDDLEMAN.
        Weir: Mrs. C. L. HIGGASON and son, C. L., Jr., of Canton and Miss Inez WEIR of Jackson spent Sunday with their mother, Mrs. Lillian WEIR.
        Mrs. W. C. BLANTON and children and Mr. and Mrs. E. M. BLACK of Oak Ridge,
        CPL. F. R. FILES of Camp Pickett, Va., spent several days here with their
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom FILES.



The following appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer April 25, 2001.

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton
News from the 1887 Choctaw Plaindealer

        The 1887 Democratic slate of candidates for Choctaw County were: District Attorney: E. F. NOEL; for Representative: Lafayette ROBINSON; for Sheriff: W. M. ROBERTS; for Chancery Clerk: C. W. WHITE; for Circuit Clerk: S. B.DOBBS; for Tax Assessor: E. B. WEAVER; for Treasurer: W. A. EDWARDS; for Cotton Weigher: T. J. STAPLES; for Surveyor: F. F. McGARY; Supervisors: Beat 1: Henry WOOD; Beat 2: W. L. CURRY; Beat 3: J. P. PATTERSON; Beat 4: A. J. PASSONS; Beat 5: W. T. WEEKS; for Justice of the Peace: Beat 1. W. H. ADAMS; B. McGOVERN; Beat 2: J. T. PIERCE; W. T. ATKINS; Beat 3: J. A. DOWNING; J. A. AUSTIN; Beat 4: J. M. BLACK; J. T. SAWYER; Beat 5: M. L. OSWALT; J. W. BRADBERRY; Constables: Beat 1: C. JENKINS; Beat 2: J. M. WEAVER; Beat 3: Love BOYD; Beat 4: Unknown; Beat 5: J. C. SHAW.
        A. A. RANDLE has gone after his family near Vaiden this week.
        Mr. ESLY HUNT, one of the solid men of the Pan Handle, was in Ackerman Saturday and Sunday.
        W. W. RILEY will open up a grocery store soon.
        The Choctaw County Alliance will meet at Clear Springs Church on the 4th dayof October 1887.
        We went through G. E. COLBERT's store in McCool last Saturday.  He has the largest stock of goods we have ever seen in McCool.
        Rube HUNT is behind the counter at F. D. SEWARD & Co.'s at McCool.
        W. M. ROBERTS, Capt. DUNN, and J. D. FULCHER of Chester have been in townthis week.
        J. J. SCARBOROUGH of Louisville was in town Wednesday, looking as pleasant asever.

50 Years Ago - April 27, 1951

        Four generations enjoyed a bountiful birthday dinner for Mrs. W. C. ADAMS of Ackerman at the home of her oldest son, Marvin, of Sturgis, on April 22, celebrating her 70th birthday.
        Sherwood: Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur HUFFMAN and family who have been in El Paso, Texas, since Christmas, have returned to their home here.
        Mrs. and Mrs. L. M. McKNIGHT returned to their home in Manchester, Ga, last Wednesday after spending their vacation with his mother, Mrs. Golden McKNIGHT and other relatives.
        E. T. McKNIGHT, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. MULLINS and J. D. WATSON
attended the funeral of a cousin, Mr. Tom THOMPSON, which was held in Ethel last Saturday.
        Dr. Cynthia COUNCE and Mr. E. W. COUNCE of Hopkinsville, Ky., were the guests of the Edgar REIDs this week.
        Providence: Mrs. Otha REED and little son of Ruleville are spending a few
days with Mr. and Mrs. James REED.
        Weir: Mr. Ken IRVING of Tchula spent several days the early part of the week with his sister, Mrs. A. E. REED, Sr.
        Weir: Mr. and Mrs. Harold BURRIS and Mr. and Mrs. W. H. LAVENDER enjoyed having Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence SOLOMAN and children of Belzoni with the Sunday.
        Progress: Mr. and Mrs. Edd WEEKS and Alton WEEKS and family all visited in the home of Alvie WEEKS and family last Sunday.
        Antioch: Mr. J. C. ELLIS of Colorado spent some time with his brother, W.
L. and other relatives.
        Williams Hill: Mr. and Mrs. Wade WOOD spent the weekend with their children, Mr. and Mrs. Revis HOLT in the Self Creek Community.



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer May 2, 2001

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1887 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Terrell BLACKWOOD left town Wednesday for the Harpersville College in Scott County to complete his education.
        J. L. POWER, the staunch blacksmith, wants the people to remember and not forget that he has on hand a lot of his own make of wagons that he will sell at hard times prices.
        Mr. E. E. BUCK, Mrs. Fannie BUCK, Miss May TIMES and little Miss Jennie BUCK all paid our better half and the Plaindealer a visit last Thursday evening.
        Emmett is an old newspaper man, but is now Postal Route Agent on the C. A. & N. Railroad, and make a good one at anything he undertakes.
        Will S. CONNER, station agent at Weir, spent last Sunday with relatives, friends and someone else in Ackerman.  They say Will is becoming serious in a certain matter and makes Ackerman his objective point at every opportunity.
        We sent down to Beulah Tuesday night and organized an Alliance with a good membership.  The Alliance is just taking root in that vicinity, but once started, it promises to strike deep its foundation and grow strong and vigorous as it is in a neighborhood of intelligent and thriving men.
        W. T. INMAN, one of the many clever young fellows of Ackerman, still does the agreeable behind the counters of M. W. CONNER & Co.
        Henry HERMAN of the house of M. W. CONNER & Co. returned last Thursday from an extended visit to relatives and friends in New York City.
        While in Weir Tuesday evening we went down to Weir's Mill and took a tour of inspection.  The Colonel has the best equipped outfit in Central Mississippi. The engine he uses cost $700 at the factory, and one has to see it in motion to know it is steamed up and so smoothly and noiselessly does it run.  He has a self-feeding gin, and its capacity is about seven bales per day.

50 Years Ago - May 4, 1951

        Progress: Mrs. Y. A. McHAN of Starkville and Mrs. Roy CYPERT of Little Rock, Ark., were recent guests in the home of their sister, Mrs. F. JOHNSON.
        Antioch: Mr. Dudley PITTMAN of Corinth visited his mother, Mrs. Mintie PITTMAN of recent date.
        Mr. and Mrs. Lewis LANDRUM spent Sunday in Minter City with Mr. LANDRUM's brother, Mr. O. B. LANDRUM and family.
        Mrs. J. W. FLETCHER, accompanied by her nephew, Porter GRIFFITH, of Memphis spent the weekend with relatives.
        Miss Norma MING and her sister, Mrs. John HUNT and little daughter, Jennifer, of Eufaula, Ala, left Friday for Los Angeles, Calif. for a two weeks; visit in the home of Mrs. Fannie HUNT.
        Rayville: Mrs. Cleo STEPHENSON and girls spent the week in McComb with hersister and family.
        Myte Creek: Mr. and Mrs. Ira CHILDS of Louisville and Mrs. Howard BOWIE and Mrs. Vernon MILLS and baby called on Mr. and Mrs. Buster HARRIS one afternoon last week.
        Chester: Mr. and Mrs. Charlie RAY and boys and Mr. W. T. HODGES and Kay spent Sunday in Magee with Mrs. Myrtice Ray HODGES.
        Sherwood: James NICKLES was called to the Army last Tuesday.
        Mrs. W. L. BURCHFIELD and daughter, Mary Helen, and Mrs. Joe DANIEL and granddaughter all of Pensacola, Fla., visited recently in the home of Mrs. BURCHFIELD's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mac WORRELL and sisters, Mrs. Doyle LOVE and Mrs. Albert WELLS.
        Mr. F. E. WOODWARD of Gulfport spent several days of last week with his
sister, Mrs. J. D. WEEKS.  Weekend visitors included Mrs. WEEKS' son-in-law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. Henry L. KENNEDY of Greenwood. Mrs. KENNEDY remained over for this week.



The following appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer May 9, 2001

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1887 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer
        Wednesday night someone broke open the Drug Store of Dr. R. K. PREWITT & Son and carried away about 35 pounds of tobacco, a box of cigars and eight gallons of alcohol.
        Tribute of Respect: On Thursday the 15th inst., Bro. D. P. MOORE of Crape Creek Alliance departed this life - age 74 years.  He was a worthy member of the Crape Creek Baptist Church, also a member of the Masonic Fraternity. Signed by Crape Creek Alliance Committee, W. W. DACUS. D. P. JONES, and C. W. WHITE.
        In 1887 the following business establishments were doing business in Ackerman: W. H. HARDAGE & Co. general line of goods and buys cotton; Mrs. N. A. LOVE - millinery shop; J. W. BARRON - general store; A. L. DARNELL - general store; W. W. RILEY - grocery store; M. W. CONNER & Co. - general store and buys cotton; A. WADE - general store and buys cotton; W. L. HEFLIN - grocery; W. T. WEEKS - Drug Store; A. J. GASTON - general store; H. H. NAUGLE - grocery; SEWARD BROTHERS - store full of everything; W. A. HANNA & Co., general store and buys cotton; J. B. F. SIDES - general store and buys cotton; Dr. R. K. PREWITT & Son - Drug Store; J. L. POWER - Blacksmith and Wagon Maker; J. W. MORRIS - Blacksmith; T. F. McGEE - Livery stable; Mrs. A. B. TENHET - millinery shop; O. F. THOMPSON - does tin work; A. M. CARR - does the draying and keeps a feed stable; J. B. TIMS - city restaurant and shoe shop; B. F. BAILEY - runs saw and grist mill; J. M. COMMANDER - grist mill; H. A. HEARON - keeps the hotel for the traveling public; A. B. JONES - keeps the beef market and sells good beef and will buy sheep, hogs and cattle.

50 Years Ago - May 11, 1951

        Weir: Mrs. R. C. LANE left last week for Tyronza, Ark., where she will spend several weeks with her daughter, Mrs. Emmett ALLEN.
        Weir: Mrs. Jack Weir left Friday for a visit with relatives in Sheffield, Ala.  She was accompanied by her grandsons who will meet their mother, Mrs. Sherman JUSTICE, and continue to their home in Cleveland, Ohio.
        Sherwood: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene FULGHAM were here for the funeral of their aunt last Friday.
        Chester: Mr. Lloyd JENKINS and sons, James and Kenneth, made a business trip to the Delta section over the weekend.
        Antioch: Recent visitors in the SHUMAKER home were Mr. and Mrs. McKAY and sons and Mr. McKAY's brother and Mrs. SMITH, all of Mobile, Ala.
        Beech Chitto: Another one of our fine young men, Baker WEAVER, has gone into the service of our country.  He is in the Navy.
        Mr. and Mrs. Pervie ARRINGTON and children are spending their vacation in Missouri with relatives.
        Mrs. Elmer LANDRUM of Gladewater, Texas and Mrs. James TACKET of Jackson visited their sister, Mrs. Sam McGOVERN, and other relatives last week.
        Mrs. Frank LONG and her children, Hilliard and Laverne of Nettleton, Ark., the past weekend with Mrs. LONG's brother, Mr. Edd McMINN and Mrs. McMINN.
        Pvt. Doris OSWALT will leave Saturday for Ft. Lawton, Wash., after spending several days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. OSWALT and sister, Emelia.
        Postmaster E. M. COMMANDER has been ill for several days at his home on Chester Street.



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer May 16, 2001

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1887 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Electric lights have been put in the old mills at Columbus.
        A great many of our citizens have been in Aberdeen this week in attendance upon federal court.
        Our young friend, Tom BARRON, left Monday to attend a course at the state university.  We wish him success.
        C. D. EASTLAND, one of the old standbys of Winston County, passed through town Sunday on his way to Aberdeen to attend United States Court as a juror.
        Dave QUINN has been authorized to report for the Plaindealer.  He will report all matters of interest, and especially keep on the alert and lookout for any parties booked for matrimony in the near future.
        Married at the residence of the bride in the town of Chester, Miss., by Rev. W. H. H. FANCHER on Thursday evening at 4 o'clock, Mr. R. W. TOWNSEND to Mrs. Catherine FONDREN.
        Dr. J. H. BARRON has moved into the store of W. L. HEFLIN and opened up a fine stock of drugs.  The doctor is comparatively a young man, but has already made for himself a reputation as a physician that but few of his age enjoy.  The doctor is not only a good physician but a very clever gentleman, and you will always find him just as we say.
        Ab. REED, the inimitable, whosouled and irrepressible Ab., is in town again and has become a fixture in the dry goods establishment of J. W. BARRON.  Ab. says he means business, and we know his many friends in Winston and elsewhere will be glad to learn that he has located as near the place of his nativity, so they can come and see him often.
        Brother J. K. ALMON and wife took their final leave of Ackerman last Monday morning to take up their permanent abode at Durant, and what our town has lost Durant has gained.
        Proceedings from the Board of Supervisors, October Term, 1887: ordered that contract with G. H. B. ALLEN to build bridge over Little Bywy Creek near Steadman's be annulled and contract given to W. CROW.  That seven commissioners be appointed to review new road from French Camp by D. R.
MECKLIN's and HOLLOWAY's farm to Huntsville.  That contract to build bridge over Beechetta Creek near J. BUCK's on Chester and Ackerman Road be given to B. G. McGARITY at $1.00 per foot and contract to build bridge over Dry Creek near McGOVERN's Mill be awarded to B. E. WATSON at $1.30 per foot.

50 Years Ago - May 18, 1951

        Valedictorian of Weir High School is Nannie Pearl HARRIS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tommie HARRIS.  Salutatorian is Charles FERGUSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. FERGUSON.
        Sherwood: Mrs. Azelle BROOKS and son are visiting their relative, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. BROOKS.  Mrs. BROOKS' husband, Sgt. Edd BROOKS is on his way to Germany.
        Providence: Mrs. Mary YOUNG of Adger, Ala. is visiting her brothers, W. R., D. S. and J. W. McPHERSON, this week.
       Myte Creek: Mr. and Mrs. Carlee McDANIEL and Mr. Clay McDANIEL and girls spent last Sunday afternoon with parents, Mr. and Mrs. McDANIEL of West.
        Weir: Mrs. Lillian WEIR went to Canton Friday and her children joined her
there in the home of Mrs. C. L. HIGGASON for Mother's Day.
        Weir: Mrs. Johnny Ray, Faye, Allene and Buddy and Mr. Tom RODGERS of Hazlehurst spent a few days of the past week here with relatives.
        Weir: Lt. and Mrs. John CRAFT and son, Barry, of Pine Camp, N. Y. and Billy Joe NAIL, who is stationed at Mather Field, California have been guests of
their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest NAIL for the past week.
        Chester: Mr. and Mrs. W. A. McCAIN and children of Greenville were visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hester Dean.  Mrs. McCAIN is a sister of Mr. DEAN and will be remembered as Earline DEAN.



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer May 23, 2001.

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1887 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Administrator's Sale: By virtue of a decree of the Chancery Court rendered at the April Term, 1887, the undersigned will, on the 24th day of October 1887, in front of the Court House door in the town of Chester, offer for sale at public outcry to the highest cash bidder, the following described notes, belonging to the estate of J. D. MURFF, deceased: Jack WOOTEN - $6.00; J. C. McCALISTER - $36.00; G. W. FIFE - $22.75; W. M. WOOTEN - $30.00; Chas. CAMPBELL - $7.20; J. J. SAWYER - $18.75; J. E. MARTIN - $13.00; G. W. SHEARER - $3.30; R. E. BLAND - $20.00; D. W. BURCHFIELD - $3.50; J. O. McBRIDE - $36.50; W. M. POOL - $40.00; Geo. BELDSOE - $37.50; J. M. McKIMEY    - $5.50; J. F. KELLUM - $64.65; M. WESTBROOK - $6.25; Edney DELOACH - $8.80; Jno. MITCHELL - $22.45; Sam FIFE - $39.50; Jno. A. FIFE - $14.70; L. P. STEWART - $4.00; J. H. JOHNSTON - $44.00; A. C. ROBERTS - $3.00; J. W. FORD - $12.95; J. M. REID - $12.50; A. NORRIS - $2.00; R. B. CUMMINGS - $15.75; R. G. BROOKS - $21.15; M. O'BRIEN - $24.80; J. T. HARPOLE - $39.95; D. B. LEWIS - $5.00; W. C. TUCK - $9.50; S. R. SCOTT - $24.95; A. L. STEWART - $12.65; M. LANGFORD - $6.25; ALEX EUDY - $20.10; W. P. LEVERETT - $45.00; D. B. STRICKLAND - $29.40; C. E. BAYNHAM - $19.85; J. R. VAUGHN - $18.00; C. A. HUGHES - $28.00; D. M. FRANKLIN - $18.00; Vardie CARDIN - $6.50; J. H. HOUR - $7.00; G. THACKSTON - $25.00; W. A. HOGAN - $25.00; J. G. INGRAM - $18.50; Isaac CARROLL - $23.00; Geo. W. FIFE - $17.50; W. R. LOLLAR - $32.00; J. E. McKINSEY - $11.00; P. M. HARPOLE - $13.00; J. R. LONG - $12.50; James CLEGG - $21.45; Jno. LEWIS - $10.00; O. B. OSWALT - $6.20; J. L. WALKER - $7.00; M. WILLIAMSON - $31.25; A. W. KELLY - $16.95; M. P. WALKER - $9.50; J. M. NORRIS - $32.00; T. A. STEWART - $25.30; Susan SHAW - $16.00; J. T. KIRKSEY - $32.35; A. J. WALKER - $40.00; John CARTER - $57.00; J. H. JOHNSON - $32.37; J. A. DOUGLAS -
$54.00; Alex PHELPS - $9.50; By T. F. MURFF, Administrator, Hughston & Hughston, Attorneys.
        T. TANNER, Administrator of the Estate of M. E. TANNER, deceased, filed suit against T. J. HOLLOWAY, et al. in order to sell land in Choctaw County.

50 Years Ago - May 25, 1951
        Sherwood: We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the relatives of Mrs. Mary BALLARD who died Thursday from injuries of a car wreck a week ago Sunday.  Mrs. BALLARD was formerly of our community, but at the time of her death was a resident of Summit.
        Providence: Mrs. C. C. SHEEDY and Mrs. S. SIMPSON spent this week visiting their children in Clarksdale and other points in the Delta.
        Bond: Mr. Arvil PUTMAN of Greenville made a short visit to this community Saturday afternoon.
        Sunset: Miss Thelma SINGLETON is on an extended visit with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Wes DEAN, in Memphis.
        Chester: Mr. and Mrs. Edd DAWSON were happy to have their children, Mr. and Mrs. Durell DAWSON and children of Ackerman; Mr. and Mrs. Buck BUSH of Jackson; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard MARSHALL and baby of Carrollton and Mrs. Clint BEARDEN and children of Buena Vista, Ga., with them Sunday.  Mrs. BEARDEN and children remained for a longer visit.
        Myte Creek: Mr. T. M. RODGERS and Mrs. J. A. RAY and family of Hazlehurst and Mr. T. T. L. RODGERS of Alexandria, Va., visited Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Singleton recently.
        Rayville: Mr. and Mrs. Coy MANN are the proud parents of an 8 pound baby girl born May 19th.  She was given the name of Shirley Jeannette.
        Weir: Mr. and Mrs. Harry LAVENDER and children of New Orleans, La. were recent visitors of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. LAVENDER.
        Weir: Dr. and Mrs. R. H. POWER and daughters, little Cornelia and Rhea, of Vaiden and Mr. and Mrs. Ira HUMPHREY of Columbus, Ga., were recent visitors of Mrs. C. O. POWERS and Miss Minnine POWER.



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer May 30, 2001.

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1887 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Married at the residence of the bride's mother, Oct. 9th, 1887 by Rev. E. A. FANT: Miss Mattie MATHIS and Mr. Charlie DOBBS.
        Dr. H. H. BARRON is having him a house put in order and will soon open up with a $2500 stock of medicine.
        Rev. W. H. H. FANCHER and wife, and Joe GAMBRELL, were in Ackerman last Thursday night and enjoyed the hospitality of the editor's family.
        We regret to chronicle the death of George WOOD, son of Mr. J. W. WOOD, which occurred at his home in Choctaw County about four miles south of Ackerman last Saturday.  The young man was about seventeen years old.
        Elder HUTSPET of Arkansas and elder N. B. PATTERSON, Ministers of the Christian Church will begin a series of meetings before the third Lord's Day in October in French Camp.
        James G. IRVING of Weir certainly takes no stock in the general belief that hard times are coming.  He has a house at Weir 95 feet long and has goods from floor to ceiling.
        We are indebted to our long time friend, H. P. DOTSON, for a nice lot of sweet potatoes.
        Mrs. LOVE, one door west of HARDAGE's has received a fine assortment of millinery goods from the market.
        Friday while at McCool we went through the huge store of G. E. COLBERT. There never was such a stock of goods in that town before.  He has four clerks and has as many goods as they can say grace over.
        H. E. REED of the LaGrange vicinity has sent us some fine as well as novel specimens of corn raised on his farm.

50 Years Ago - June 1, 1951

        Bond: Mr. and Mrs. David COLLUM and baby of Greenwood visited in the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie COLLUM last Sunday.
        Williams Hill: Mr. Jim WALTERS of Detroit, Michigan is visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Remo WHITT.
        Sherwood: Vester JONES is suffering from a snake bite on his foot.  He was
treated from the CURRY Clinic.
        Weir: Cargon WILLIAMS, CPO, USN, now serving aboard the U. B. COBB, recently visited here with his aunts, Mrs. E. A. McARTHUR and Mrs. Hub SMITH.
        Weir: Sgt. Billy McCLURE of Ft. Benning, Ga., is spending several days here with his wife and baby.
        J. Fred RHODES left Sunday for Vallejo, Calif. for an extended visit with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley REED.
        Sylvia PORTER spent last weekend in Biloxi with her uncle and aunt, Sgt. and Mrs. Claud GILLIS.
        Cpl. Webb WOOD of Ft. Benning, Ga., enjoyed a weekend pass at home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam WOOD.
        Mr. and Mrs. W. D. SIMPSON of Natchez are staying with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. HOLLIS while Mr. Simpson is in school at State College.  Mr. Simpson is a teacher at Natchez.
        Mrs. Don SPENCER left last Saturday for Kirksville, Missouri to join her husband who is with the Army Air Force, but is in school at North East State College.
        Lt. Robert L. BLACK has been called back into the service and is stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas.



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer June 6, 2001.

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

The following is from an article originally published in the 1935 Webster Progress and reprinted in 1950.  The article was written by Sam T. SCOTT.
        Old Greensboro: The BRANTLEYs were prominent in this old Choctaw capitol. They were brave men and were active in the defense of their beloved Southland when the ominous clouds of the Civil War hung over it.
       Youngest Confederate General: General W. D. BRANTLEY organized a brigade which served valiantly in the Confederate cause.  His brother, Arnold BRANTLEY, was a secret agent for the Confederate government with head- quarters in Jackson.  He was also gambling in the BOWMAN House there, having a large gambling outfit.
        While in Jackson, Arnold BRANTLEY met a man named GREEN who had known an older brother of BRANTLEY who was murdered in Texas.  He told BRANTLEY that he indorsed the killing of his brother and that he'd kill him for twenty-five cents.  BRANTLEY told him that he was not armed then.  GREEN told BRANTLEY that he thought he was lying but admonished him to be armed the next time they met.  "I shall," said BRANTLEY.  He forthwith went and got his shotgun, seated himself in the office of the BOWMAN House, and as GREEN came down the steps, he shouted: "I am Arnold BRANTLEY, the brother of Dr. BRANTLEY, who was murdered by the BALZELL brothers, and whose murder you indorse; you would kill me for twenty-five cents.  I'll kill you for nothing."  And he shot GREEN's head off.  This incident was recounted by Edgar S. WILSON about ten years ago.
        Arnold BRANTLEY was killed about fifty-five years ago while attending a theater in Winona.  His murderers made their escape.  General BRANTLEY was killed from ambush while enroute to Greensboro from Winona, about a mile out of Winona.  The RINGERS were given credit for his murder.
        Another brother, A. H. BRANTLEY, was prosecuting attorney in the Fifth Judicial District of Mississippi.  He died about thirty-five years ago, and together with his brothers who were murdered, is buried in the Old Greensboro Cemetery.
        E. F. H. "Jaybird" JOHNSON was one of Greensboro's most widely known characters.  He was a doctor, preacher and merchant.  He was born in London, and came as a stowaway to the United States when sixteen years of age.  He settled at Old White Field, Choctaw County, and there he killed a man and was involved in serious trouble.  He managed to get out of that and moved to Greensboro.  One night a group began to throw rocks at his house.  He was a fighting man, resented the stoning of his home, and came out shooting his Winchester at his assailants.  They shot and killed him.  Nobody ever bore the mark of Cain for this, although rumors had a sub rosa circulation, and it is still told in whispers.
        Seth PLATNER killed Criswell SNOW at Greensboro.  He afterwards killed a Mexican woman in Texas and was pursued by a party of Mexicans who riddled him with bullets.
        S. Newton BERRYHILL, editor and poet, wrote an article for the Eupora Progress in 1885 listing all the murders of Greensboro and the fate that befell them.  In his list are included, in addition to those already mentioned, the following:
        Killers Die Violently: George DAVIS killed an old man whose horse he had just levied upon.  DAVIS was afterwards killed in Texas.
        Robert MEDLEY killed a lawyer named NOWLIN in Greensboro.  He was lodged in jail at the outbreak of the war.  He was released to volunteer in the Confederate Army.  He rose to the rank of Captain in the renowned Fifteenth Mississippi Regiment and was wounded at Shiloh -- a ball pierced his forehead.  He was afterward killed by a fellow gambler.  To be continued...



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer June 6, 2001.

News of The Choctaw Plaindealer
By Louis Taunton

1887 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Married at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. John BUCK, in the town of Chester, Sunday morning, Oct. 7, 1887 by the Rev. W. T. BARNETT, Mr. S. B. ROACH of Holmes County to Miss Fannie BUCK.
        Married at the residence of the bride's father, Wednesday, Oct 12, 1887 by Rev. David BURNEY, Mr. Jerry POWER to Miss Ellen QUINN.
        Died at his home near French Camp on the evening of October 15, 1887, Mr. Will R. DAVIS.  Survivors were his wife and young son, Joseph.
        Dr. J. D. STAPLES, W. M. ARNOLD and Johnie REED took in the Exposition at Atlanta last week.
        Dr. Sanford V. HUGHSTON at French Camp has opened up a fine drug store with all the modern equipment.
        Mr. B. H. BLANTON has been on a visit to his old home in South Carolina and the Carolina Spartan published at Spartanburg has the following in regard to his visit back to the old home place: Berry H. BLANTON, who left this country in 1845 and settled in Choctaw County, Mississippi was out last week on a visit to the place of his birth.  Forty two years has brought wonderful changes.  He was able to recognize the old fire place around which he sat in boyhood, but everything else about the old homestead looked strange to him. When he left here, his father, mother and nine or ten brothers and sisters were living.  All have passed away except one sister.
        Columbus HEMPHILL has filed notice of his intention to make proof in support of his claim of homestead.  Witnesses to support his claim were: Charles SEALS, Andy PILCHER, General LOVE and Lewis LOVE, all of French Camp Post Office.

50 Years Ago - June 8, 1951

        Weir: Mr. and Mrs. Robert FRANKS and son, Hester, of Dumas, Ark., visited in the home of Mrs. C. A. FRANKS Sunday.
        Weir: Mrs. Ella STEELE left this week for Louisville, Ky. to join her sister, Mrs. Gus MEEK, who is visiting there in the home of her son, R. L. MEEK. Mrs. Gus MEEK is a former resident of Kosciusko but now lives in Santiago, Calif.  The sisters have not seen each other in 16 years.
        Providence: Our sympathy is extended to the bereaved families in the deaths
of Mr. Phillip TEER and Mr. Jim JENKINS.
        Antioch: Miss Hazel RAINES of Jackson spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. P. RAINES.
        Chester: Mr. Lloyd JENKINS and sons left the first of the week for Tulsa,
Okla. for a visit with their brother and uncle, Mr. Ethel JENKINS.
        Mrs. S. M. DOBBS visited her son, Charles and family in Port Gibson last week and attended the graduation of her grandson, Billy DOBBS.  Enroute home she visited her sister, Mrs. L. H. HOWARD, in Jackson.
        Mrs. W. M. MILEY and her father, Mr. Will SUDDATH, of Starkville were very welcome visitors to Mr. and Mrs. Addie STROWD Sunday.  General and Mrs. MILEY are now stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC.  She had just visited her son in Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, D. C., who was badly wounded in Korea.  She also visited PFC Eckford STROWD who is doing fine.
        Doy* and Van HEMPHILL left Tuesday evening for Houston, Texas to spend their vacation with their grandmother and other relatives.
*Name may be Roy, instead of Doy



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer June 13, 2001.

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1887 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        W. H. HARDAGE & Co. has moved their stock to the TEAT House on the corner on Front Street.
        A. WADE returned home from Tenn. last Monday morning where he had been on a short visit to his mother.
        Sid SMITH of the Fentress neighborhood was in town this week, happy in the hope of soon being a married man.
        L. C. HUGHS of the Bankston Community has gone to Memphis to take medical lectures.  We wish him abundant success in his new undertaking.
        Hon. T. J. WOOD of Starkville was in town this week.
        Ab. REED is now happy.  He has his hands full waiting upon his many customers who are constantly inquiring for him.  Ab. is universally popular with all classes in general and the ladies in particular.
        R. E. McGRAW in company with his two sisters went to Meridian this week.  The young ladies will make Meridian their home in the future.
        Dr. R. H. DAVIS of McCool passed through Ackerman last Saturday morning on his way to S. C. to look after his interest in a rich estate out there.
        We have moved the Plaindealer into the back room of W. L. HEFLIN's store. All who desire to find us can do so with but little trouble.
        J. M. COLLIER advertised his place lying on Louisville Road a mile south of Ackerman: 40 acres of land of which seven are in cultivation, a house with four rooms and a good garden, for sale.

50 Years Ago - June 15, 1951

        Hon. J. P. COLEMAN of Ackerman has received the Democratic nomination without opposition for the office of Attorney General of Mississippi. His new term will expire January 1956.  He is the first resident of Choctaw County ever to be elected Attorney General.
        The Rev. George A. BAKER will succeed the Rev. H. L. BEASLEY as pastor of the Ackerman Methodist Church.  He comes to Ackerman from Shelby. Rev. BEASLEY will move to the Methodist Church at Batesville.
       Weir: Mr. and Mrs. Bob MEADOR of Greenville spent the weekend in the home of their parents, Dr. and Mrs. D. D. WATSON.
       Weir: Mr. and Mrs. W. C. STACY and Dock BLACK of Raymond were home for the weekend.
        Chester: Mr. and Mrs. Jack KEEN and children of Boyle spent several days of last week in this community.  They were called home due to the death of their father, Mr. Frank KEEN.
        Rayville: Mr. and Mrs. Clarence OSWALT and family and Mr. and Mrs. LIKLIE of Greenville visited Mr. and Mrs. Wesley LUCAS Sunday.
        Charles H. "Tack" NAIL from San Pedro, Calif. is at home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clovis NAIL, after being away for three years.
        Mr. Frank MAGYAR of Connecticut joined his wife and children here Saturday for a few weeks vacation.
        Mr. and Mrs. Andrew BLACK returned home Tuesday night from a visit in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their children, Mr. and Mrs. L. B. HUNT and grandchildren, Trudy Fay and Wanday Kay.  The grandchildren came home with them for a visit.



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer June 20, 2001.

BACKWARD GLANCES
By Louis Taunton

1887 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        W. W. RILEY and wife visited Kosciusko the first of the week.
        Rev. G. W. BACHMAN will preach in Ackerman at the Baptist Church next Thursday night.
        Cole J. W. BARRON is on a visit to Bessemer, Ala. this week to look after his investments there.
        We are informed that Mr. J. K. THOMPSON, the well known saddle maker of French Camp, died there Wednesday morning.
        Hon. S. R. HUGHSTON passed through Ackerman Wednesday evening enroute to Winona on important legal business.
        Near McCool last Saturday morning, Peter BLACK killed five turkeys with five shots.  Peter, so we were informed, would have been able to get home with all of them had it not been for the assistance of Dr. CLARK, who chanced to be along.
        Dr. John BOYD, formerly one of our most prominent and substantial citizens and who left us a few years ago and has been making his home in Texas, has been mingling among his old friends and acquaintances in this county for the last few weeks.
        In this issue of our paper will be found the law card of SWEATMAN TROTTER and DANIEL.  All business of the firm at this place is in the hands of W. J. DANIEL.
        Ab. REED was on the eve of taking off to Bessemer this week, but so great has been the rush to the store of J. W. BARRON that he could not find the time to spare.
        The gin of Mr. J. B. McGEHEE, which was situated just beyond the Attala line in the part of Carroll which lies east of Big Black River, burned on Thursday evening, killing two boys helping him, ages 14 and 18.

50 Years Ago - June 22, 1951

        Garvin WORRELL, who has spent the past two years on the staff of the American Embassy in London, has arrived for a vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. WORRELL.  He expects to be assigned to the embassy at Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
        Myte Creek: Mrs. Ada SCOTT of Sturgis is spending a few weeks here with her daughter, Mrs. Morris HARRIS.
        Dacus: Polly Fay DENDY has returned home after spending a week with her sister, Mrs. Silas LEE, in Tennessee.
        Weir: Mr. and Mrs. Wilson BOWIE, who have been living in Kosciusko, have recently moved to Augusta, GA.
        Weir: Mrs. John CRUGER with her niece and husband of Mobile were here this weekend visiting Mrs. CRUGER's sister, Mrs. Tom RAY.
        Weir: Mrs. Richard BRISTER and Anita arrived Friday morning from Shreveport, LA. for a visit in the Herbert PREWITT home.
        Mrs. Henry KING of Yazoo City visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. B. DRAPER, during the weekend before moving to Ft. Worth, Texas.
        Sunday visitors with Mr. H. J. PEARSON were Mr. and Mrs. B. H. PREVITT, Tallulah, La., and Mr. and Mrs. Orrell and little son, Randal of Monroe, La.
        Mrs. Ethel DYE of Oxford, N. C. and Mrs. N. E. BALL of Columbus were guests of the Edgar REID's this past week.
        Mrs. Ida JACKSON visited in the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Coyt JACKSON of Memphis this week.  They are the proud parents of a baby son, William Henry, born May 30.
        Mr. J. L. LOVETT of Maben, former editor and owner of The Maben Press, was a pleasant visitor to this office Friday of last week.



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer June 27, 2001.

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1887 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Messrs. T. H. HALE and W. D. ARNOLD, who have been doing up Oktibbeha County for a time, returned to their homes last Monday.
        Mr. Lafayette MYATT, who left Attala County in 1866 and went to Texas, is now back among his friends in Attala and Choctaw.
        Dr. J. D. STAPLES of the Bankston vicinity will move his family to French Camp soon where they will remain in the future.
        Miss Addie ARNOLD of the Bankston community, who has been visiting friends in Oktibbeha County, returned home Monday.
        Bankston has a photographer now, Mr. KERR, and the people over there can have their shadow snatched by calling any time within the next two weeks.
        Miss Jeffie HALE of Starkville, who has been visiting relatives and friends in the Bankston neighborhood for some time, returned to her home last Thursday.
        Our worthy friend J. N. TABOR of Bankston gave us a call Wednesday morning.
        We had a pleasant call Saturday morning from our old time friend, Dr. John E. SUBER, who had lately located at Crystal Springs to practice his profession. The doctor is a good dentist and a clever gentleman.
        Died on Sunday evening at her home near McCool, Miss Alice HUGHES.
        Married on the night of October 27, 1888, at the residence of the bride's father in Choctaw County, by Rev. M. J. McLEAN, Mr. Robert STEVENSON to Miss Nannie DUNBAR.

50 Years Ago - June 29, 1951

        Antioch: Mrs. Ina STEADMAN has returned home from Killeen, Texas after a visit with her brother, Clyde MEDDERS.
        Sherwood: Mr. Tom PINNIX of Winona and Mrs. Floy WILLIAMS and son of Drew visited relatives and friends here recently.
       Weir: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde RAY moved into their new home this past week, and Mrs. Nina BRASWELL and children are now living in the home vacated by the RAYs.
       Weir: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph MERIDETH and son Bill of Batesville, Miss., were recent visitors in the home of Mrs. Merideth's mother Mrs. John FRANKS.
       Weir: Mr. and Mrs. Johnson WATSON and daughters, Beverly and Barbara of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Lt. and Mrs. Daniel M. WATSON of Oklahoma City, Okla. were recent visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. D. WATSON.
        Chester: We are glad to see our home boys spending furloughs with their parents: R. L. RAY from Ft. Jackson, S. C. and Calton BOWEN from a camp in Texas.
        Tommy BAGWELL and Betty Sue BERRY of Chipley, Fla., are spending their vacation with their parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob BAGWELL.
        Mr. and Mrs. Herbert A. DRAYER and children, Tommy and Sherry of Royalton, Penn., arrived here last Friday to spend their vacation with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom BARRON.
        Mr. and Mrs. Edward CRENSHAW of Pendleton, S. C. spent several days last week with Mr. CRENSHAW's sister, Mrs. Frank ALFORD.
        Mr. and Mrs. C. J. EDWARDS and Sammie Faye of Moorehead visited their mother, Mrs. Mollie EDWARDS and sister, Mrs. Jewel McClure, last Sunday.



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer July 4, 2001.

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1887 News of The Choctaw Plaindealer

        New Prospect: Mr. W. M. WOODWARD is rebuilding his gin house as he lost his mill and gin house and thrasher by fire some time ago.
        New Prospect: Mr. C. G. KERR has his new gin and mill in operation and is
doing a fine business.
        New Prospect: Dr. TERRELL says this neighborhood is very healthy, and of course he ought to know as he rolls the pills and doses out the quinine for us.
        Mr. A. WADE's mother and sister are visiting his family this week.
        Mrs. P. A. FANCHER and her daughter, Miss JENNIA, from Attala are visiting relatives and friends in Ackerman this week.
        The hearts of some of our young men are rejoicing - Misses Sallie WOODWARD, Mattie TERRELL and Lena PREWITT are visiting friends and relatives here.
        G. T. RUFF and Mr. SMITH left Ackerman last Monday for Tennessee to purchase some blooded stock.
        We have removed the Plaindealer office into E. V. HUGHSTON's law office and trust we are now permanently located.
        Sid SMITH of Fentress was in town this week.
        Bill KENNEDY has moved into the office next to Dr. R. K. PREWITT's Drug Store where he is prepared to shave the public quick and clean.
        Misses S. A. E. SCARBROUGH and S. E. JAYROE gave Ackerman a call Monday.
        E. R. SEWARD returned from a short trip to Alabama the first of the week.
        Public School started Monday at the Noxubee Hall under the supervision of
Miss Sarah McLEAN.

50 Years Ago - July 6, 1951

        Reform:Mrs.Hattie HARRISON of Greenwood, Miss., spent the weekend in the home of her niece, Mrs. Vester STEADMAN.
        Fellowship:Miss Victoria JONES spent the evening with Miss Carrie Lou BROOKS Sunday.  They attended the singing at White Church.
        Williams Hill: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wise are happy to have their grandson, Jimmie Frank WISE, of Leland, spend this week with them.
        Chester:Mrs. Goar BOWIE was called to Bessemer, AL Friday due to the death of her nephew, Mr. Grady COLLIER.
        Joyce Ann BRASWELL of Chicago is spending the summer with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. O. OSWALT.
        Mr. and Mrs. Jessie ALLEN of Ft. Worth, Texas visited last week in the Lew LANDRUM home.  Mrs. ALLEN is a granddaughter of Mrs. Sallie LANDRUM.
        Mrs. D. E. RAMAGE is visiting in Atlanta with her children, Mr. and Mrs. Doyle RAMAGE and Mr. and Mrs. Doyce RAMAGE.
        Mrs. Bill BLANTON and children of Oak Ridge, Tenn. are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom FILES, this week.
        Weir: Mrs. H. E. BLAINE and Judy Elaine BLAINE have returned to their home in Jackson after a week's visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charley PREWITT.
        Weir: Mr. and Mrs. Melven HUNT and children of Sheffield, Ala., Mr. Fred DEAN, and Mrs. Mary DEAN of Tishomingo, Miss., were guests of Mrs. Jack Weir last Monday.
        Weir: Mr. Howard RAY of Mobile was home for the weekend.
        Mr. and Mrs. R. B. PARKER of Quitman spent last week with Mrs. PARKER's mother, Mrs. W. C. GILLIS.  Their little daughter Margaret returned home with them after spending three weeks here.



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer July 11, 2001.

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1910 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        J. P. JOHNSON, the popular Manager of the Bank of McCool, spent Tuesday night in town.
        A. CRAMER, a prominent citizen of Philadelphia, was shaking hands with old friends in town last Saturday.
        Married: In the city of Jackson on last Saturday night, Nov. 5, 1910, Mr. T. B. QUINN was married to Miss Maud Mae ALFORD of Ackerman.  MissMaud Mae is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. ALFORD, and the groom is the eldest son of Mr.and Mrs. D. H. QUINN.
        John PINNIX, Ed BRUCE and Jeff KEEN have returned from Alabama where they have been traveling the past year.
        Born to Mr. and Mrs. W. H. LAVANDER on Nov. 11, a fine boy.
        Rev. J. R. NUTT returned last Friday from Gilmer, Texas, where he had been to conduct a revival meeting.
        Mrs. H. M. YOUNG of Belzonia visited their daughter, Mrs. S. J. RUFF, this week.
        J. S. CROW, who was called to Texas a week or ten days ago on account of the killing of some of his relatives on account of the Mexican Rebellion, returned Sunday night.
        We had a pleasant and agreeable call from our young friend, B. K. WATSON, last Monday, he being on his way to the A. & M. College where he holds a good position.
        G. W. WATSON and Dr. T. M. HOLLOWAY, two of Beat Three's good citizens were in Ackerman last Monday on business.
        Mrs. D. H. COOPER has gone to Atlanta to visit her mother.
        W. N. DOTSON, a prominent young business man of Mobile, was in Ackerman several days this week.

50 Years Ago- July 13, 1951

        Weir: Mr. and Mrs. C. E. ROSS were happy to have their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. ROSS and sister, Lula Mae, and Mr. and Mrs. Horace HUMBLE of Star, Miss. with them for the day Sunday.
        Weir: Mr. and Mrs. A. M. BRASWELL and family of Lucy, Tenn. were visitors in the Curtis POWER home last week.
        Providence: Mr. and Mrs. Olen McPHERSON and three children, Mr. and Mrs. Witt WATSON and two children returned home from Beaumont, Texas after visiting Mr. and Mrs. Burry CROWSON.
        Sherwood: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene DOBBS of Clinton spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wiley DOBBS.
        Antioch: Mr. and Mrs. S. JONES of Gulfport spent their vacation with parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin JONES.
        Bobbie McGOVERN and Rodney McCLURE are spending their vacation in Jackson with their aunts, Mrs. Howard IVY and Mrs. James TACKETT.
        Mr. and Mrs. Byron TERRELL and children of Lubbock, Texas spent last week with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mac BRUCE.
        Mr. and Mrs. Andy FELDMANN and children, Barbara Ann and Gordon ALLEN, of Valley Stream, N. Y. are visiting Mrs. FELDMAN's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom POWER, this week.
        Mr. and Mrs. Skeets BOWIE of Greenville visited his brothers, Clarence
and Ralph BOWIE and families last Thursday.
        Mr. and Mrs. L. S. McCLURE and son, Sammie CHARLES, of Pine Bluff, Ark., visited his mother, Mrs. Jewel McCLURE and brother, William McCLURE and other relatives.
        Mrs. B. G. PULLEN of Shelbyville, Texas, spent last week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom POWER.



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer July 18, 2001.

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1910 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

Chas. W. TOWNSEND and wife, and Miss Nanie WRIGHT of Louisville spent several days the first of the week with relatives in town.
                The contract for building the new Jail for Choctaw was let out by the Supervisors last Tuesday to the Pauly Jail Building co., of St. Louis, Mo., for the sum of $9,392 complete.  The building will be two stories high and contain seven cells.  The contract calls for the building to be completed by the first of May 1911.
        Ackerman Lodge No. 119 F. & A. Masons has elected the following officers for the ensuing year: J. A. HATHORN, W. M.; E. B. DOBBS, S. W.; C. P. BAINE, J. W; D. W. OSWALT, Treasurer; E. W. PINSON, Secretary; E. O. MABUS, Tyler; H. H. WOODSON, Chaplain.  The Deacons will be appointed later.
        Miss Birdie LONG, who spent the week with her brother, Dr. J. B. LONG, returned to her home in Sallis Monday morning.
        Rev. Sam R. GORDON, an old Choctaw boy now residing in Monroe, La. sends in a dollar and said, "Let the Plaindealer keep coming my way."
        C. T. KING, a prominent farmer of the Weir vicinity made this office a pleasant call last Friday.
        Taken from the meeting of the Board of Supervisors: A. M. CARR - 26 telephone poles - $19.50; J. F. COBB and Son - coffin for pauper - $12.00; Dr. J. W. McCLAIN - medical attention to paupers - $12.00; J. H. TABOR - inspecting bridges for two days - $6.00; HARMON & WHITE - fans for circuit court - $.75; Dr. W. C. LINCH - 2 visits to see pauper - $6.00; Town of Ackerman - electric
lights for Court House for July through November -$24.00

50 Years Ago - July 20, 1951 - The Choctaw Plaindealer

        The dedication service for the new building at the Fellowship Baptist Church will be held on July 22.  Rev. J. V. WILSON of Bellefontaine, who was pastor of the church when the building was constructed, will preach the dedicatory service.
        Leon (Gyp) GARNER, son of Mrs. Ollie GARNER of Ackerman, will play on the North team in a half back position at the All-Star Football game in Jackson on August 3.  He was selected All Choctaw conference and scored 13 touchdowns during his senior year at Ackerman High School.
        Mr. and Mrs. Harvey SEYMORE of Eagle Pass, Texas, spent Thursday in the home of Mrs. Annie WHITE and Mrs. Fannie ROACH. Mrs. SEYMORE is the daughter of the late Mr. Ed BUCK.
        Mrs. Myron GRAVES and Bobbie have returned from a visit in Georgia with her mother and family.
        Mrs. Vivian MOSS and her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Austin MOSS and Karen of Tampa, Fla., visited last weekend in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. McGEE and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley HAMRIC.
        Jackie HEMPHILL, son of Mrs. Magilou HEMPHILL, and Harold STEPHENSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. STEPHENSON, went to San Antonio, Texas last Friday where they are stationed in the Army Air Corps.
        Providence:Mr. and Mrs. Belton GREGG of Silver Creek, N. C. spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. N. H. MORRIS.
        Antioch:Irby FORD who is in the Armed Forces spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dudley FORD.



The following articles appeared in the Choctaw Plaindealer July 25, 2001:

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1910 News from the Choctaw Plaindealer

        Misses Jewell CROW, Myrtle ARNOLD and Lucille TOWNSEND are at home from the I. I. & C.
        Miss Stella BARRON, who is attending Ward's Seminary at Nashville, returned home last Sunday.
        Lee DANIEL, who has been taking a law course at Washington and Lee University, is at home.
        Mrs. J. R. NUTT left Monday for Cherry Creek to visit relatives before she and Bro. NUTT leave for the Lone Star State to make their future home.
        We had a very pleasant and substantial call from our good friend, H. W. WEIR, the popular Mill man of Weir, last Monday. Mr. WEIR, up to last Saturday
night, had ginned 697 bales of cotton this season and is now grinding from 150 to 180 bushels of corn every week. He has an up-to-date mill, and for some time he has been placing Bolted Meal on the market that is as good as the best that can be bought anywhere at a better price.
        Mrs. Mary BRYAN and daughter, Mrs. J. A. DAVIS, of the Delta visited relatives here this week.
        Born to Dr. and Mrs. J. B. LONG on October 12, a fine boy.
        The writer had the pleasure of dining in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. POWER on Friday of last week, that day marking the point on life's highway which made the head of the family 69 years of age.
        While here last Monday, Hon. C. LINDSEAY, Choctaw's able Representative, made this office a pleasant call.
        Lester HUNT has rented the J. P. SHEEDY residence on Church Street and moved his family into same several days ago.

50 Years Ago - July 27, 1951

        Mrs. W. W. KELLUM and Mrs. Lewis KELLUM of Tutwiler spent last Thursday with Mr. and Mrs. J. Roy WILLIAMS.
        Mr. Carvel ADAMS and son, Terry, of Pascagoula spent several days here this week.
        Sam H. COLLIER left last Tuesday for Orange, Texas, after spending his leave here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William COLLIER.
        Guests in the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett McGOVERN and Mr. and Mrs. Sam McGOVERN last weekend were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank McGOVERN and Tom of Philadelphia; Mr. and Mrs. J. T. McGOVERN and sons, and Mrs. E.  ROBINSON of Cleveland.
        Billy HUNT of Odessa, Texas spent two weeks here with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. W. T. HUNT.
        Weir:Buddy and Faye RAY of Hazlehurst are spending this week at South Union Camp Meeting with their aunt, Mrs. Henry SMITH.
        Weir: Dr. and Mrs. Raymond POWER, Rhae and Cornelia Ruth of Vaiden spent Sunday with his mother, Mrs. C. O. POWER.
        Weir: Recent visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earnest NAIL were Mrs. NAIL's parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. DAVES of New Haven and her sister, Mrs. Upton CRENSHAW and Mr. CRENSHAW of Greenwood.
        Bond: Mrs. Nancy DENDY has had as a visitor her daughter, Cleste, of New Mexico.
        Sherwood: Mr. and Mrs. W. L. IVY and son, Hulon, visited their son and brother, Mr. Clovis IVY at a Memphis hospital this week, and they also visited Mr. IVY's brother, Meredith, of Arkansas, whom he had not seen in 25 years.
        Fellowship: Mrs. Casey WEEKS and children spent Thursday with her mother, Mrs. Henry BRUCE.



The following articles appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer August 1, 2001.

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1910 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        W. J. DANIEL attended Federal Court at Aberdeen this week.
        Mesdames H. A. HEARON and J. D. WEEKS attended the  PAINE- TERRELL marriage at Aberdeen last Wednesday.
        Chester Baptist Association adjourned last Monday evening.
        Mrs. Lester HUNT and two children who have been on a visit to relatives in Nashville for some time returned last Saturday.  She was accompanied back by her aunt, Mrs. WILLARD, who will spend a while with her.
        The Board of Election Commissioners, composed of J. D. FULCHER, J. T. PIERCE and T. F. McGEE were in session here the first of the week revising the registration and poll books.
        Dr. J. H. McCLAIN, Gus GAINE, R. V. BURNEY, J. L. COLLIER, W. L. PINNIX and perhaps others took advantage of the low excursion rate on the I. C. Railroad last Tuesday and visited New Orleans.
        Dr. W. B. COLBERT has moved his Dental Office from upstairs to the ground floor on the corner in front of SEWARD's Store where he has fitted up four handsome rooms and invites everyone to come by and inspect his new offices.
        In the town election for Marshall of Ackerman, M. T. CARTER has been declared the winner over R. P. MOSSCARTER received 72 votes and MOSS received 69 votes.
        Miss Mary Emma HUGHSTON left Wednesday for the University of Mississippi where she went to resume her studies.
        Dr. W. D. ARNOLD made a business trip to Memphis last week.
        Judge C. L. DOBBS was a distinguished visitor to Ackerman for a short time last Saturday.

50 Years Ago- August 3, 1951

        Mr. and Mrs. W. E. PERRY of Chester observed their 50th Wedding Anniversary on July 22.  they were married on July 21, 1901 at the home of the bride's parents in Choctaw County.
        Weir: Mr. and Mrs. Harvey SCOTT of Arizona have been visiting in the home of her sister, Mrs. Bernice GLADNEY and family this week.
       Weir: Nolen R. MING and son, Charles, of Jackson visited relatives here this weekend.
        Weir: William HAWKINS of Ft. Jackson, S. C. has been enjoying a furlough with his home folks.
        Williams Hill: Mr. Leander MARTIN and son, James of Norfolk, Va. visited recently in the Coleman WHITT home.



The following article appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer August 8, 2001.

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1910 News from the Choctaw Plaindealer

        Mr. and Mrs. Vivian W. MOSS of Meridian are visiting relatives and friends in town this week.
        Misses Stella WHISENANT and Jewell CROW have returned from a visit to relatives in Arkansas.
        We had a pleasant and substantial call last Monday from our good friend, Mr. W. M. BUFORD, one of Choctaw's oldest citizens.
        Joe BIGGERS had the misfortune to lose his country home by fire on last Saturday morning.
        The Pension Board was in session several days this week passing on applications.  The Board now consists of Ed RAY, C. P. GUNTER, W. H. POWER, W. J. HANNA and W. BRUCE.
        The faculty for the Ackerman School year for 1910 is as follows: Prof. S. L. WOODWARD, principal; Misses Helen McLEOD, Stella WHISENANT, Ora WILSON, Mary MOSELY, Eva BRIGHT and Norma McLEOD, assistants.  Mesdames HEARON and ADAMS have charge of the music pupils.
        Riley RAY has resigned the office of Bailiff of his beat.
        Letter from J. G. FANCHER of Amarillo, Texas told of the dry conditions in Texas.
        Mr. and Mrs. J. S. CROW were called to Louisville this week on the account of the illness of Sam CROW's little child.
        W. H. DURHAM has rented and moved into the W. F. COLE cottage in the eastern part of town.
        Born to Mr. and Mrs. W. S. MOORE on Sept. 2, 1910 a girl.
        Prof. S. L. WOODWARD has moved his family to town and is occupying a cottage near the K. C. Depot.

50 Years Ago - August 10, 1951

        Reform: Mr. and Mrs. Roy COMPTON and Peggy of West Point spent Sunday in the home of her mother, Mrs. Cenna FONDREN.
        Providence: Mr. James TRUSSELL is leaving Monday for the Army.
        Williams Hill: Mr. and Mrs. Earl GERMANY of Jackson are the guests of her parents this week.
        Mr. and Mrs. Doyle RAMAGE and baby of Atlanta, Ga. have been spending their vacation with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. E. RAMAGE.
        Mr. and Mrs. W. E. KILPATRICK were very happy to have their children, Lt. and Mrs. Stancil WISE visit them a few days last week.  They have been stationed at Waco, Texas, but have been transferred to Enid, Oklahoma.
        Beech Chitto: We sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. T. J. CROWSON in the loss of their little son.  They are former residents of our section.
        Chester: Mr. and Mrs. Luther DANIEL and sons of Memphis, Tenn. were weekend guests of their brother, Mr. Harley McINTIRE.
        Sherwood: Mr. and Mrs. Bunyan PUTMAN called on his father, Rev. E. T. PUTMAN Sunday afternoon.
        Bond: Mr. Albert BASKIN returned to his home in Freeport, Texas after a brief visit with Mr. and Mrs. Bob BRAMLETT.  Mrs. BASKIN, Wendell and Bobbie Jean are staying for a longer visit.
        Fellowship: Mr. Robert LEGGETT from Tennessee has been visiting his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Albert V. LEGGETT.
        Progress: Warren JOHNSON and family of University were visitors to his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred JOHNSON last Sunday.



The following article appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer August 15, 2001.

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1910 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        The race track at the Fair Grounds has about been completed, and it is a favorite resort for the lovers of horseflesh.  Such sportsmen as Dr. WEEKS,
Judge HOUGHSTON and Alderman SHAW spend a great deal of their time down there, and each one has the fastest horse ever, or words to that effect, to hear them tell it.
        Mrs. Will NEAL and children of Meridian are visiting in the home of Mrs. Fannie HUNT for a few days.
        Mrs. M. D. McKINNON entertained quiet a number of young folks at Progressive Forty-Two last Friday night in honor of Miss Mamie BLACK of Cameron, Texas.
        R. G. PREWITT Camp Confederate Veterans will hold their Annual reunion at south Union Camp Ground on August 31, 1910.  Messrs. John DRAPER, W. H. ADAMS, Tom TRUSSELL, R. R. LOVE, D. E. RAY and D. B. McKINNON will be responsible to clear off the grounds.  The Weir Brass Band will be at the Reunion.
        Hammond McKINNON of New Orleans is on a visit to relatives here for the present.
        Miss Myrtle ARNOLD is visiting relatives and friends at Ruff for a while.
        Mr. and Mrs. Floyd BRUCE have returned to Meridian after a visit to relatives and friends in Ackerman.
        Miss Stapie BURNEY, Assistant Postmaster at Waynesboro, after spending a vacation here, returned to resume her duties there on last Sunday.
        Mrs. Victor MOSS spent several days of this week in Weir visiting Mrs. J. B. IRVING.

50 Years Ago - August 17, 1951 - The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Services for PFC. Herbert H. VOWELL, who was killed in Action in Korea on Sept. 5, 1950 were held at Mt. Zion Church Friday morning.  He was the 22
year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow VOWELL of the Panhandle Community.
        Myte Creek: Paul BENNETT of Texas is spending a few days here with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie PREWITT.
        Weir: Mrs. Nannie LUMMUS of Eden, Miss., and Mrs. John LEVER of Pickens are spending several days with their sister, Mrs. Dee WEIR.
        Mr. and Mrs. J. F. BOBEEN and son, Gene, of Electra, Texas are spending several days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard MOSS.
        Mr. and Mrs. Grover FORD of Adaton and Mr. and Mrs. Hub HEARON of Ponder, Texas visited in the home of their uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. FULGHAM Tuesday.
        Mr. and Mrs. W. H. CRENSHAW and children, Janice and Billy, of Pendleton, S. C. spent several days of this week with Mr. CRENSHAW's sister, Mrs. Frank ALFORD and Mr. ALFORD.
        Antioch: Mrs. Louise DOLLMAN of Austin, Texas is visiting her mother, Mrs. Mintie PITTMAN.
        Chester: Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland COLLIER of Cabot, Ark. were guests of their sister, Mrs. Goar BOWIE recently.
        Reform: Mr. and Mrs. A. C. FULCHER visited his sister in the Delta last weekend.
        Dacus: John Edd BRANSCOME of Kilmichael, J. D. WHITE of Warsaw, N. Y. and Emmett McMILLUN of McAdams called on G. H. BRANSCOME Friday afternoon.



The following article appeared in The Choctaw Plaindealer August 29, 2001.

Backward Glances
By Louis Taunton

1910 News from The Choctaw Plaindealer

        Capt. Dave McMILLIN, a prominent farmer of McMillin Switch, Winston County, was a pleasant visitor to Ackerman Tuesday.
        The Horse Swappers convention will be in session here next Monday, and the lame, the halt, and the blind will all be on the turf.
        Born to Mr. and Mrs. M. L. CROSBY a fine boy.
        Born to Mr. and Mrs. P. P. BUCK a fine twelve pound girl.
        Dr. PREWITT is now harvesting his peach crop, shipping his first car load this week.
        W. J. DANIEL spent Monday in Memphis, going there to meet Mrs. DANIEL and two children who were returning from a visit to relatives in Texas and Oklahoma.
        Commissioner's Sale: Ruby and D. G. FONDREN, minors vs. Mrs. Martha BURTON, for the sale of land for partition.  J. B. KERR, Commissioner.
        Miss Mary Emma HUGHSTON is visiting friends in Jackson.
        French Camp: Preston WILSON is out from the Delta on a few days visit to homefolks.
        French Camp: Miss Mattie SANDERSON left Saturday for Monteagle, Tenn.
        French Camp: Mr. Clifford STUBBLEFIELD is out from Greenwood for a while.
        French Camp: Mr. and Mrs. INGRAM and family of Yazoo City are visiting in the home of Mrs. INGRAM's parents, Rev. and Mrs. A. H. MECKLIN.
        French Camp: Those who attended the Memorial services at Nebo Thursday were Revs. ALLEN and PERRY, Mrs. J. A. SANDERSON, and Joe ROBINSON.

50 Years Ago - August 31, 1951 

        Weir: Mrs. Tom Douglass of Macon spent several days the first of last week with her mother, Mrs. C. O. POWER.
        Weir: Mr. and Mrs. Harris TURNIPSEED are announcing the arrival of a baby son, from the Eckford Clinic, Starkville, Sunday, August 19, whom they have named Harris Edward, Jr.
        Pvt. Rex BOWIE of Camp Rucker, Ala, is spending a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Allen BOWIE.
        Mr. and Mrs. Alvin HILL and four children of Dayton, Ohio, visited for a short time Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. T. COTTON.
        Michael EVANS CSG2 has returned to his ship, the U. S. S. Glynn, at Norfolk, Va. after spending an eighteen day leave here with his wife and daughters.
        Dr. Lallie Ray DOTY and his bride of Baton Rouge, La., enroute from theis honeymoon trip, spent Monday with his grandfather, Rev. W. L. GRAVES and Mrs. GRAVES.
        Myte Creek: Mrs. Dee WORRELL is spending this week in Jackson with Mr. and Mrs. Lovan McKAY.
        Progress: Mr. Aron UPCHURCH and family of Irtta Bena were welcome visiters in this section recently.
        Antioch: Mrs. Louise DOLLMAN and Dennie of Austin, Texas, visited her brothers in Corinth and Nashville while here.
        Chester: Mr. and Mrs. Earl SMITH of Columbia, South Carolina are spending their vacation with their mother, Mrs. Willard COLLIER.
        Williams Hill: Mr. Jeff STEVENS of Jackson called on his sister, Mrs. Bob GRIFFIN, Tuesday.


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