Pages from the past: A look back with Charlotte BuchananBy CHARLOTTE BUCHANAN COLUMNIST,
100 YEARS AGO, APRIL 1919
The McDowell Music Club met Friday afternoon in the home of Carrie Pittman. The program consisted of the life and works of Nevins
LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM A. H. CABLE
I have traveled practically all eastern Europe, but there is nothing that I can imagine more beautiful to the eyes than dear old Sunflower and Indianola.
The Literary Club met Friday evening with Misses Pauline and Virginia Early.
ITEM LOST AND REWARD OFFERED
Lost by J W. Watkins a wire wheel from the rear of my Nash car. Return to my store in Baird and receive a reward.
50 YEARS AGO, APRIL 1969
The Indianola High School track teams participated in the Leland Invitational Track Meet last Saturday. Linda Hull a sophomore, set individual records in the fifty- and seventy-five-yard dashes and in the long jump. Sammy Henderson won first place in long jump for the boys’ team. Paul Ervin took third in the 440 dash.
Claude Fisackerly of Sunflower with his Grand Champion Angus won grand Champion of the show.
MOORHEAD NEWS BY MRS. GUS NOBILE
The Moorhead Elementary School held a Who’s Who contest with Betty Jo Knight being named Most Beautiful and Steve Grubb was selected as Most Handsome.
25 YEARS AGO, APRIL 1994
The David Holmes Chapter of the DAR met in the home of Mrs. Jimmy Lear. Mrs. Allen Fox, regent, led the opening ritual assisted by Mrs. E. L. Parker, III, Chaplain. Miss Virginia Brickell gave a report on “Out of State Day” at Rosalie.
Randy Randall is the new president of the Indianola Chamber of Commerce, taking over the reigns from past president Julian Allen. Jack Harper was awarded the Morris Lewis Jr. Citizen of the Year award.
Delta Council President John McPherson announced that Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting.
Melvin Davis, a standout Gentry forward has signed to play for the Alcorn Braves.
15 YEARS AGO, APRIL 2004
Editor Jim Abbott reports that B. B. King will not be able to perform at his annual homecoming festival in June. B. B. King is a diabetic and must have extensive eye surgery and his recovery time will be lengthy
B.B. King Homecoming Festival
Today the B. B. King Museum is a magnificent memorial to the King of the Blues. However, its beginning was not so festive. The first event was held in a field out on Kinloch Road. Charlie Fowler, aka John David Martin, a radio personality at WNLA Radio was the first to come up with the idea to honor the internationally famous blues artist.
At first, there was some limited objections to a festival with the objectors thinking it might bring in a “rowdy” crowd. Martin soon had Jim Abbott, editor of the Enterprise Tocsin liking the idea and two members of the Board of Aldermen, this columnist and James Robinson. When it was brought to a vote, it passed unanimously. Funds were limited but Martin enticed local artist Bobby Whalen to paint King’s famous guitar, Lucille, and his footprints on the corner of Second and Church where the famous bluesman had played as a youngster.
Whalen not only has made a name for himself as an artist, he has won many awards like Blues Artist of the Year. The Festival was once held at the Industrial Park and then moved to Fletcher Park. Whalen has recently refreshed the paintings honoring King on the corner.
The Festival will again be held in Fletcher Park on June lst. The lineup of bands is enticing with the B. B. King Blues Band and Michael Lee of The Voice closing out the entertainment