Pages from the past: A look back with Charlotte Buchanan

By CHARLOTTE BUCHANAN COLUMNIST,

100 YEARS AGO, MARCH 1919

Front page ad: “Man may work from sun to sun, but woman’s work is never done”. That’s why women are overworked, nervous, all run down and no appetite, and can hardly drag around, and that’s why they need VINOL.

Burglars have been busy for some time and numerous stores and other places have been robbed. Saturday night, they were quite bold and pried three locks off from Ben Fried’s and robbed the place of more than $100 in goods.

Mesdames S. D. Neill and Sally Gayden, Miss Ada Mae Neill and Frances Gayden left Wednesday for New Orleans where Miss Ada Mae and Miss Frances will have their tonsils removed.

Attorney B. B. Allen one of the foremost contenders for County Attorney visited voters last week and seems pleased with his political prospects.

 

50 YEARS AGO, MARCH 1969

A number of Indianola High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society this week. They are James Davis, Carol Fultz, Melissa Smith, Ina Mae Heslep, Ellen Speer, Deborah Webb, Jane Clark Taylor, Joyce Boyer, Gayle Gresham, Johnny McWilliams, Carl Jepson, Jerry Solomon, David Robinson, Lisa Ross, Charles Powell, Ronny Campbell, and Beth Harkness.

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Allen Buchanan announce the birth of their son, Curtis Allen, Jr on March 9th.

From Around the Town: Mrs. Walter Coursey, house mother at Delta Delta Delta sorority at Ole Miss spent the weekend with her daughter, Mrs. Willie Mitchell Pitts and family.

 

25 YEARS AGO, MARCH, 1994

A group of concerned citizens met last week to discuss the crisis of crime and vandalism among youth here. Circuit Judge Howard Q. Davis is one of the organizers.

 

15 YEARS AGO, MARCH 2004

The Sunflower Humphreys County Progress held their first Red and White Ball. They raised over $10,000 to be used in their projects.

Indianola businessman John McPherson was presented the Morris Lewis, Jr. Citizen of the Year award at the Chamber of Commerce banquet. Governor Haley Barbour was the speaker.

 

TWO HONOR

 STUDENTS FROM FIFTY YEARS AGO STILL LIVE IN

INDIANOLA

Two of the seventeen honor students from 1969 still live in Indianola and are exemplary citizens.

The former Ellen Speer is married to Jimmy Clayton, CEO of Planters Bank.

She lives an active lifestyle and is a devout member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.  She participates in many community activities through the Episcopal Church Women such as events at Indywood, Christmas gifts for foster children, and of course visiting grandchildren.

Johnny McWilliams is a well-known local attorney and has served as board attorney for the Board of Supervisors for a number of years. After obtaining his law degree, he started practice with Townsend, McWilliams and Holladay, with offices in Drew and Indianola. 

After living in Drew for several years, he and wife, the former Barry McGregor returned to Indianola.

He is very active in the First United Methodist Church. This past week, he was honored to give the eulogy for his friend Rex Morgan. Johnny grew up in Holly Ridge.

Though he has lived in Drew and Indianola, if asked where he is from, the answer more than likely will be “Holly Ridge.”

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