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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Farmers Market Opened In 1981 Near Depot

Through The Years From The Herald 

• 5 years ago, Aug. 10, 2006 – The Yalobusha General Hospital was looking at the possibility of opening a nurse practitioner clinic in Coffeeville.

The Yalobusha Dive Team received authorization from the Board of Supervisors to purchase a pontoon boat for $16,000.

Christopher Demon Yancey, WVHS Class of 1999, was hired as the head basketball and volleyball coach at North Panola High School.

Elizabeth Hurdle won the Junior Hamburger Division of the North Half Cookout Contest.

Watermelon Queen Courtney Lowe was pictured being escorted by Mayor Bill Norris.

• 10 years ago, Aug. 9, 2001 – Former Watermelon Queen Kathleen Hague Harding of El Paso, Texas, visited the city during Carnival weekend. Mrs. Harding was the 1939-40 Queen and presided over the last of the old Carnivals.

The Mississippi Land, Water and Timber Resources Board approved a $5 million grant for construction of a cattle processing plant for Yalobusha County.

School opened with Principals Cliff Craven (WVHS) and Chester Drewrey (DES).

Yalobusha Deputy Stephen Story was pictured fingerprinting youngster Erin Howell for her identification card.

Chamber of Commerce President Butch Surrette presented Watermelon Queen Julie Jones with flowers at the Music Festival.

Among the members of the Watermelon Court were Petite Miss Jordan Lowery, Little Miss Sarah Diana Howell, Tiny Mister Brady Austin Dickey, Tiny Miss Taylor Christene Sikma, Petite Mister Hunter Cheyenne Ashford, Junior Miss Austin Marie Shaw, Miss Preteen Kiara Shanice Campbell, and Miss Teenage Anna Jane Crow.

• 20 years ago, Aug. 8, 1991 – Derrick Surrette grew the biggest watermelon – a 75-pounder – in the Carnival competition.

Ashley Wayne Harris joined the American Angus Association as a junior member.

Interviews were conducted at the O’tuckalofa School Reunion about the 1942 tornado for the Yalobusha Memories video.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Garry Hervey was serving on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal.

Vietta McLeod was on the spring honor roll at Jackson State University.

Andrea Berry and Nikki House were chosen as Rebel Recruiters at Ole Miss.

• 30 years ago, Aug. 13, 1981 – Mayor Ham Henry was shown with a group of city and county leaders in front of the Farmers Market sign on Blackmur Drive. In the photo are Tomie Ashford, Travis Clement, James Nicholson, Tillet Swindoll, L. D. Jones, Wilford Harbour, Gear-rell Wright, Bo Green, G. A. McCord, Doke French, Freddie Lee Phillips, J. C. Winters, and Butch Surrette.

The city was facing an “acute” water shortage and citizens were asked to economize with the use and refrain from watering lawns and gardens from 2 until 9 p.m.

Ken French and his band were playing at the Rolling Hills Lodge in Sardis.

• 40 years ago, Aug. 12, 1971 – County Agent Doyle Varner an-nounced that due to the Venezuelan Equine Encephaloymelitis that all “horses, asses, mules, and zebras” would have to be vaccinated.

Some of the folks enjoying the Yalobusha County Agricultural Workers Council family picnic at Tillatoba Lake were B. B. Billingsley Jr., Plant Materials Center Manager; Lincoln Shields, husband of Area Extension Home Economist Mamie Shields; John Wilkes, Assistant County Agent; James Clay, SCS Soil Conservationist; Morris E. George, SCS District Conservationist; and Clyde Pace, ASCS Exec. Director.

• 50 years ago, Aug 10, 1961 – The Water Valley All-Stars Little League team that won over Coffeeville consisted of Lafe Chittom, Tommy Hudson, Terry Anthony, Jimmy Maynor, Larry Evans, Larry McCay, Bobby Joe Stribling, Jerry Holt, Mickey Greer, Tommy Ashford, Johnny Abernethy, and Charles Benz.

Water Valley students set to graduate from Ole Miss included Edelle Gray Sansom, Sara Nell Trusty, Greer Pittman Person, Margaret Spivey Person, Charles Eugene Larson, Harvey Louis Gray, and Gay McVey Sims.

A want ad appeared in the Herald looking for a saleswoman for one of Water Valley’s leading stores. According to local legend, the ad wasn’t really looking for anyone. Supposedly the ad was to keep the already working sales ladies on their toes just thinking that they might be up for replacement. Another ad listed the Kool Kone Drive-In for sale .

• 60 years ago, Aug. 16, 1951 – Candidate for Governor Paul B. Johnson spoke in Water Valley. He was about to face Hugh White in the runoff.

Merle Cox, who wrote anonymously at first in her “Just Ramblin” column, reported that her corn crop in Railroad Park wasn’t doing well because of the heat.

In the want ads Wallace Forsyth was trying to sell a sawmill; J. B. Massie had a good, six-room house for sale priced at $3250; and C. C. Crews was looking for eight foot gum and oak logs.

• 70 years ago, Aug. 14, 1941 – City fathers were about to spend about $70,000 on a street paving program. The money was to come from property owners, the Works Progress Administration, and the City. Mayor DeShon said that Cemetery Street (Blackmur Drive) would be paved first followed by Wagner Street.

The Herald announced that free subscriptions would be given to any man serving in the armed forces.

In the society column it was noted that Miss Jessie Wagner entertained a large group of the young set at Locust Hill (the Wagner home on Dupuy and Pate Streets). The party was in honor of her niece Katherine Wagner.

An ad for Wilbourn Motors offered a very good used 1934 Plymouth Coach for $165.

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