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Footnotes In History

The newly formed Rotary Club posed for a group photo at the construction site of the new power plant building on Blount Street. The members are (front row, left to right) O. T. Hamner, Will Wilbourn, Claude Wood, Earl Sissell, Everett Cock, Will Wagner, Walter McLarty, Frank Tatum, T. O. Gore, William Beauregard Carter, John Wagner, Burk Hunter, (back row) “Butter” Martin, L. K. McNamee, M. L. Hayes, Dr. George Brown, Dr. P. R. Whitley, C. B. Busby, Eugene Tarver, F. B. DeShon, Dr. S. L. Cox,

Water Valley Rotary Organized in 1925

By Jack Gurner


In April of 1925 the Water Valley Rotary Club was organized. They group’s first meeting was held at the Herring Hotel on Main Street and included a “sumptuous” banquet.

The officers selected for the club were H. K. Hunter, President; H. H. Creekmore, Vice-President; T. O. Gore, Secretary; and Everett Cock, Treasurer.

According to an April 17, 1925 story from the North Mississippi Herald, the club was to start with 25 charter members and add a new member each month.


In the August 30 edition of the North Mississippi Herald, Charles Cooper mentioned the Wagner murders in his Reflections column. The victim, W.B. “Will” Wagner is sixth from left in the Rotary Club photograph which accompanies this article.

The magazine article to which he refers is from The Master Detective and is posted on the Internet at If you have problems accessing the site, you can send an email to for assistance.

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