Looking Back 60 Years Ago: June 15, 1951

by Nancy Wardlow Kennedy

Latta Motors’ Junior American Legion Baseball team entertained the Box Motors’ team of Corinth and was defeated by a score of 3 to 1.    Selmer got six hits but could only squeeze across one lone tally. Selmer pitcher, Gooch, struck out six batters.  Wayne McClain and Neal Farris each got two of the six hits.

On Tuesday, the Latta team played Bolton Motors at Henderson and at last they won, a thumping score of 10 to 2.  Line up, no first names: Osborn - 2 base; Dancer - 1 base; Jordan - center; Barron - 3 base; Kirk - left field; Wyatt - short stop; Moore - center field; Byrd - right field, Gooch - pitcher.  Barron got three hits and Osborn, Dancer, Jordon, Wyatt, Moore, Byrd and Gooch all got one each.  We have been informed that the baseball field will be lighted so we can be playing night ball next week.

George Huggins, son of R N Huggins, of Huggins Drug Store, wrote a letter of entry in a big contest in Life Magazine.  George was surprised to receive a check for $25.

Rain fell over all of McNairy County last week.  There was some damage in placed, where the rain came down too fast, but as a whole, farmers are very happy.  The War Mobilization Board is urging farmers to fertilize corn when possible to increase food supply.

The annual West Tenn 4-H Livestock Judging School was held in Gibson County.  We were represented by Edwin Hurley and Billy Carroll of Stantonville and O’Neal Whitten of Rose Creek.    Anita Hurst and Jimmy Jones have been attending 4-H conservation camp near McMinnville.

If you are planning to attend 4-H Camp at Martin you need to get registered now.  A registration fee of $3.00 will be charged to every member and provision valued at $5.00 can be taken in food or cash.

Miss Nelda Hopkins, daughter of Mr and Mrs Bennie Hopkins and Miss Blanch Prather, daughter of Mr and Mrs J C Prather were awarded R N Nursing degrees at the Baptist School of Nursing.  Both young ladies graduated together from selmer in 1948.    Miss Prather ranked sixth in a class of 60.

Miss Joan Taylor recently wed W P Peeples, Jr in Memphis.  She is the granddaughter of Mr Winfield Taylor of Selmer.

Health Dept. News: Classes for the Nursing Aspects of Atomic Warfare classes are being held in West Tenn.  Selmer will have a class on July 24.  

There will be a chest x-ray clinic June 20, at the Health Dept for school teachers, school lunchroom workers and school bus drivers.

James M Thomspon, from Selmer received a B S Degree in Engineering from the University of Tenn.  He is the son of Mr and Mrs Z B Thompson.

James H Smith of Selmer was listed on the honor roll at U-T in Knoxville last quarter.  He is the son of Mr and Mrs M E Smith.

A complete soil and water conservation plan was worked out with Forrest W Crowe of Adamsville on his 270 acre farm operated by Sol Brush.  Boss Hockaday has completed a 1.5 acre fish fond.  M L Jones of Chewalla built a combination stock water and fish pond.  Will Tom Abernathy constructed 2150 feet of drainage on the farm he operates on the Stantonville Hwy.

Wallace Vinson, popular young druggist at Adamsville, was written up in the ‘Dixie Digest’ last week.  A picture accompanied the article.  ‘Wallace Vinson is the handsome young man in the picture.  He own the Vinson Drug Store at Adamsville, Tenn and his mother, Mrs Wilma Vinson, is Dixie’s agent at Adamsville.  Watch out Wallace, your drug store will probably be a busy place from now on.’  The Drug Store handles the tickets for the Greyhound Bus line and the sales are personally looked after by his mother.

Arnold Dillon and Tedford Jordan represent the county American Red Cross chapter.  This blood program is the first instituted in the south and will become a part of the National program.  Our armed forces depend on it, and should disaster strike at home, the lives of thousands could also depend upon the success of this preparational endeavor.  Mr Louis Adams is Director of Civil Defense.

Dividing Ridge by Mrs Ester Gatley: A Stanley party given Mrs Aline Smith was well attended with 20 ladies present.

Warning: Driver’s License Expire July 1.  Now on sale at office of Court clerk in Selmer at $2.00.  J T Burks, clerk.

Old Cool Springs by Mrs W A Plunk: Several from this community spent a few days last week fishing and reported a good time.  Mr and Mrs Junior King, Mr John Middleton and Betty Sue left for Missouri.  Mr and Mrs King returned but the others remained to chop cotton.  Church Saturday night and Sunday.

Mrs W M Hampton honored her mother, Mrs Lillie Robison, who is 69 years old, her son Paul Wayne, who is 5 years old, a niece, Charlott McCoy who is one, with a birthday dinner.   The tables were spread out in the shade, with plenty of good eats and drinks.  Others enjoying this occasion: Mr and Mrs Orbie Lot & Effie, Wilma, Jeanne; Mr and Mrs R I Robison, Mrs Frances and Lamiel Hampton, Mr and Mrs Jimmie McCoy and children; Mr and Mrs Arthur Plunk and children; Carl and Archie Franks; Mr Bill Vires, Mr and Mrs Jim Victory, Miss Gay Hutcherson.  

Stantonville by Mrs Edgar Smith: Gene Dickey left for Martin, Tenn where he will enter U-T college.   Mrs Mary Nell Smith has spent a few days in a Memphis clinic.  Billy Chandler has returned home form Peoria, Ill.

Get the Freezer of time-proved dependability: Kelvinator at A G Bishop Company at Finger, Tenn.  Phone 6201.

Beauty Hill by Mrs E C Holland: Billie Carlton Plunk and Miss Mary Allison got married last Friday night.

Tillman Johnson, 12 year old son of Mr and Mrs Rufe Johnson passed away June 11, 1951.  Funeral services were held at Beauty Hill Church with Rev C B Turnbow, minister, and Shackelford Funeral Directors were in charge.  Tillman was a very lovable boy and will be missed by all who knew him.  But our loss is Heaven’s gain.

News Items About Young Folks by Anne Claire Wright: Alice White has returned home after having her tonsils removed.  Wayne McClain is in Humphrey-Phillips clinic where he underwent an appendectomy Tuesday.  Margaret Weatherford is taking a business course in Jackson.  Just about all the young people in and around Selmer went to Corinth or Chickasaw swimming last week: Betty Robertson, Jimmy Plunk, Jack Lewis, Jean Bowman, H J Maxedon, Dean Herchenhahn, Joe Dan Wooten, Frieda Moore, Ann Claire Wright, Glen McBride, James Alton Scott, Jimmy Jones, James Eldon Thomas, Lawrence Kirk, Marjorie and Virginia Steadman, Joe Vance Moore, Walter Phillips.

Showing at the Ritz next week: The Great Missour Raid - The white Tower - The Lion Hunters - Mad Wednesday - Frisco Tornado - Birds of Paradise.  Showtime: Sundays 2pm and 4 pm.  Weekdays 6:30 pm.  Saturdays - 12;30 pm, 5:30 pm.

Burns Community by Mrs R J Wilds: Mr and Mrs Gerald Ray Baker are the proud parents of a baby boy born one day last week.

News Of The Colored by Lula Prather: Mr Samuel Floyd, Mr Garlan Johnson, Mrs Lauthree Thompson and Miss Lois Fay Moore are attending Lane College this summer.  There was an inspiring Children’s Day Program rendered at Roach Chapel Sunday afternoon by Mrs Elmer Ledbetter and Mrs Mabel King.

Hines Store by Miss Irma Plunk: Servicemen home on furlough: Pfc William Henry Plunk, son of Mr and Mrs Daniel Plunk and Pvt Bobby Gene Sanders

Ramer by Mrs J R Hamm: Henry Reeder is a ministerial student at Bethel College.  Mr Van Wardlow has been kept in for a few days by illness. William Coleman Gibson is a student at U T college of Medicine.    W N Smith has been quite sick for a few days.  Miss Montyrue Osborn was recently married to Sgt Gurley of the U S Army Air Corps.  She is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Marvin Osborn.  She has taught school at Ramer  will receive her degree from Memphis State this summer.  ST Gurley is being transferred to New Mexico.

George P Wilson was a member of the last graduating from the U T Junior College at Martin and is also a member of the fist class graduating from U T Martin, now a four year school.  He is the oldest son of Mr and Mrs Richard Wilson of Bethel Springs.

Buena Vista by Mrs Essie Stivers: Mr and Mrs Armour L Davis of New Salem are the proud parents of a baby boy named Larry Wayne.  Mrs Martha Jenkins is not feeling too well.    Mr W B Hubank’s father is in serious condition.  Oscar King used to work with Mr Hubanks at Bemis Cotton Mill.

Leapwood by Mrs Cava Peerey: Gunners-mate Maurice Needham, who has been with the U S Navy for the past 20 years was visiting relatives here last week.  Mrs Lester Hare is on the sick list.   Mrs Ada Roland suffered a stoke last week.

West Shiloh by Miss Zaida Fullwood: Mr and Mrs Howard Fullwood & Mary Frances, Mr and Mrs Norive Case, Mr and Mrs Gib Case and children, met Mr and Mrs Charlie Case and  family at Rheas Springs for a picnic in honor of Mr and Mrs Charlie Case’s 41 wedding anniversary.   Mr Johnnie Forshea is very sick at his home here.  Those attending the Billy Graham services in Memphis: Mr and Mrs Flak Berber, Bill Fullwood, Mr and Mrs Eldon Kennedy, Mr Willie Thomas, Henry Smith, Gerry Kiddy, Gib Wagoner, Mr and Mrs Fred Rickman, Mrs Joe Rickman, Mrs Ellis Tillman, Mrs Maggie Hardin, Mrs Martha Qualls, Mrs Hettie Sweatt & Dorothy, Mrs Jack Fullwood & Cheryl Jane, Misses Lutie surratt, Zaida Fullwood, Sue Nell Curtis, Freida Qualls, Mrs Edna Thacker, Henry Thomas, Mr and Mrs Fred Templeton, Mrs Ben Sweat and Dr and Mrs Sanders.

Greyhound Post House, 152 E court, Selmer.  Phone 9306.  You can go to Miami Fla for $18.95 and round trip for $34.15

Selmer by Mrs Terry Abernathy: Mr and Mrs Julius Hurst and Suzanne were called home to attend the funeral of Mr Julius King.  Mr Hurst is the editor of ‘Farm Bureau News’ published at Columbia, Tenn.  Blair Scott, Jimmy Thompson, James Hagy Smith, Misses Inez Kirk, Lula Frances and Mary Grace Kiser are among those home from college.  Mr and Mrs Lillian Plunk have moved to Memphis.

Rose Creek by Jo Edna Smith: Mr and Mrs Peyton King celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary June 10.  

Cox Community by Dottie Jean Cox: Paul Foster, who has been employed in Peoria, Ill has returned home to his family.   Little Jerry Lee Foster is on the sick list.  

Mr Julius Franklin King, age 75, died at his home at Caruthersville, Mo June 4, 1951.  Following funeral services held at Caruthersville, his remains were brought to Oak Hill Cemetery for burial. June 15 paper:  the deceased is survived by his wife Mrs Rachel Wolfe King; two daughters, Mrs Kinnie Hurst of Selmer and Mrs J E Magee of Memphis; six grandchildren: Julius S Hurst, Rachel Hurst Dillon, Cord Thomas Miller, Julius R Miller, King Miller and James Henry Alley; two brothers, J R Miller and O L King of selmer; two sisters Mrs will Wolfe of Selmer and Mrs Emma Hester of Bethel Springs.  The following served as pallbearers: Julius Hurst, King Miller, Cord T Miller, Grady King, James King and Ervin Hester.

Volume 48, Number 28.  Wilbur Wright Editor and Publisher.