Pages from the past: A look back with Charlotte Buchanan: A brief history of our local newspapers



MAY 1919

From the Editor, J. A. Richardson:  Women, to be sure, lack some of the intellectual abilities of the superior man. Such as, spitting tobacco juice all over the sidewalks.

Indianola surely set the pace for welcoming returning soldier boys of Sunflower County back home. She spared no expense, and everyone had the greatest time of their lives.

LEGAL NOTICE: The petition of P. F. F. Herring and others praying that the Board cause Percy Street from the East to where said street intersects with Catchings to be paved with concrete or other endurable material. Signed by W R. French, Clerk of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Town of Indianola.

Re Investment of First Liberty Bond interest in Thrift and War Savings stamps is urged upon the citizens of Indianola by Mayor J M. Gilmer.


MAY 1969

Mrs. Mary Gresham Chapman died at the General Hospital in Greenville after a five weeks illness. She was the widow of W. R. Chapman.

Mr. and Mrs. Wyndham Burton Fletcher, Jr. are happy to announce the birth of a third daughter who was born at the Greenwood Leflore Hospital. She has been named Ann Wyndham after her parents.

Over 600 people attended the dedication and touring of the new $950,000 courthouse on Sunday.

The Honey Theatre announced that Gone With the Wind, winner of 10 Academy Awards will show Wednesday through next Tuesday. SPECIAL NOTICE: All children under four must be accompanied by an adult.

INVERNESS NEWS BY MRS ROBERT WARREN: Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Taw Woo entertained the Senior Class of Inverness last Wednesday honoring their daughter Shirley Kay Tau Woo.

Billy Stinson of Moorhead was elected Reporter for the Agricultural Economics Club at MSU.


MAY 1994

Slain Indianola Police Officer Larry King was remembered by the Indianola Police Department with a memorial service. He was killed in the parking lot of the Indianola Country Club. Two of his fellow officers have been charged in the murder. The trial is set for late August.

Mrs. Bettie Robinson is retiring after teaching 30 years at Carver Elementary School. She is a native of Indianola and graduated from Gentry in1959. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees in elementary education from Mississippi Valley State University. Her motto in teaching is “In giving love, it shall come back”.


MAY 2004

The National Guard Unit of Drew has been placed on alert that it may be called into active service in Iraq. This will be the second unit in Sunflower County to be placed on alert. Earlier, the Indianola unit received similar orders.

CDA held its annual Awards Day program last week. Lucy Baird received the Headmaster’s Award and Lauren Simmons received the DAR Citizenship Award.

Merritt Middle School presented awards recently. Named as Star Student was Brittany Davis. Star Teacher was Felisha Cochran.



The earliest date of a newspaper being distributed in Indianola was in 1885 published in Greenville and distributed n Indianola by A. J. McDade.

The Sunflower Tocsin was founded by Charles P Adair, an early mayor of Indianola. In fact, there was a time in Indianola history when there were two weekly papers. W. E. Chapman was the editor of the Indianola Enterprise in 1895.

The Tocsin was bought by J. A. Richardson, better known as Joe in 1895. The Tocsin was handed down to Joe’s son, Morrell. In 1951 the Chapman family bought the Tocsin from the Richardson family and it became The Enterprise Tocsin.

Several other papers were published for a brief time including Indianola Index, Indianola Forum and Sunflower Pensee

The majority of the Chapman and Richardson families moved from Mississippi years ago.

The son of Morrell Richardson, Arthur lives in Jackson.

He graduated from Indianola High School in 1950, attended MSU and the Naval Academy at Annapolis.

Though he majored in engineering in college, that wasn’t his life’s vocation. He retired from the Mississippi Highway Patrol as Captain over Computer and Network Services.


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