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Look Back In Yalobusha History

By David Howell

 • 10 Years Ago, April 14, 2005 – The Casey Jones Railroad Museum in Water Valley was one of 17 sites in Mississippi included in the National Geographic Travel-er’s Appalachian Map Guide.

  The Yalobusha County Relay for Life raised $78,000.            

• 20 Years Ago, April 20, 1995 – Finalist in the Watermelon Queen category of the 1995 Watermelon Pageant included Lara Leigh Smith, first alternate; Teresa Myrick, second alternate; Heather Horan, Watermelon Queen; and Tracy Lee McMinn, third alternate.

• 30 Years Ago, April 18, 1985 – Pilot Club members Mrs. Sam McCachren and Mrs. Markley Trusty were pictured as they were leaving town headed to the Louisiana-Mississippi Pilot Club Meeting in Jackson.

Attending the New Madrid Earthquake Confer-ence in Memphis were Dean Arrington, Mayor of Coffee-ville; Henry Dean Gray, Supervisor of District 5, Fred E. Moorman, Supervisor of District 1; Doyle Varner, Radiological Officer, Yalo-busha County Civil Defense; Patsy Upchurch, Director of Yalobusha Civil Defense; and Paul Roberson, City of Water Valley.

• 40 Years Ago, April 17, 1975 – Third grade students Janice Carroll, Sandy Stone, Mark Jefferson and Rebecca Hawkins were among performers in the Water Valley Elementary School Music Department’s concert.

Participants in the Yalobusha County Spelling Bee included winners Diana Wright and Suzette Shields, both of Coffeeville, Darlene Hardy of Water Valley, Missy Davis of Water Valley and Emma Benson of Oakland.

• 50 Years Ago, April 15, 1965 – Water Valley City Librarian Lucille Chapman and Water Valley Lions Club President Bill Larson examined enlarged copies of the Reader’s Digest, which the Lions Club made available  to aid people who had trouble reading fine print.

• 60 Years Ago, April 14, 1955 – Water Valley was to be featured on the radio in a day-long radio broadcast over Oxford Station WSHU.

 on April 27, the Junior Chamber of Commerce reported in the Herald. Radio station WSHU 1420 on the radio dial was scheduled to start broadcasting at Oxford on April 24, with a power output of 1000 watts.

            The special Water Valley program was to be composed of interviews with the mayor, county superintendent of education, city school superintendent, legislators, civic and church leaders, two of the older and two of the younger citizens of the community, as well as men on the street.

            New arrivals in the April edition included Paula Ann Knight and Walter Young Parker, Jr. Knight was born Easter Sunday, April 10, at the Oxford Hospital. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Knight. Parker was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Y. Parker of Coffeeville. He was born Saturday, April 9, at the Water Valley hospital.

• 70 Years Ago, April 20, 1945 – Two of Water Valley’s older citizens, G.R. Woods and August Enderlin, were guests of the Water Valley Rotary Club.

            Earl K. Fly, Chairman of the War Finance Committee, announced a war loan drive would be launched.

            Harry S. Truman took office as President of the United States President following the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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