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Looking Back In Yalobusha History

Local members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, CIO, unanimously ratified an agreement Saturday, Nov. 22, 1952, reached in St. Louis between the union and Rice-Stix Dry Goods Co.

The agreement, which was to run to Oct. 1, 1954, gave blanket wage increases to all production personnel of five cents per hour, giving them an hourly wage under the contract of 90 cents.

Mechanics, maintenance men, cutters, spreaders and markers were to have an increase of 15 cents an hour, with the mechanics to have further increases to bring their hourly rate to $1.25 within one year.

The contract provided for pay for waiting time, breakdown time, and gave four hours reporting time. Four paid holidays per years were given all employees and one and two weeks paid vacations were included.

A spokesman for the local union said that the members were well pleased with the contract.

Gas rationing was about to start in November 1942 when this photo was made of P. H. Croft (left) and service station owner John Throop discussing the four gallon limit.

Through The Years From The Herald

• 15 years ago, Nov. 29, 2007 – Citing a tough fiscal year, supervisors balked at a salary increase for Yalobusha County Sheriff’s deputies.

About 50 volunteers served around 180 Thanksgiving meals for Compassion Ministries at the Valley Café.

Local bank officials were warning citizens to beware of bad money orders and counterfeit cashier’s checks that were mostly connected to Internet scams.

Absentee voting was slow for the upcoming special election causing officials to predict that turnout would also be slim. The special election on the issue of legalizing beer was estimated to cost as much as $20,000.

Christmas activities were about to get underway in the Valley with a tree lighting ceremony at the pavilion in Railroad Park on Thursday followed by the annual Christmas parade on Saturday.

In Oakland the annual open house was being planned by Mahaley Hames, Carol Denham, Allison Holland, Flora Vance and Margaret-Jean Ross.

• 20 years ago, Nov. 28, 2002 – The Wildlife Tasting Buffet was held in Coffeeville and winners of the “best tasting” category were Gary Grafton, first; Caleb Beard and Scoot Taylor, second; and Eddie Rogers, third. Tyler Kimzey was pictured shaking hands…or paws with Smokey the Bear. Daryl Burney was master of ceremonies and Jason Ross, a biologist with the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, was guest speaker.

Local winners of the Mississippi Poetry Society contest at the junior high school were Jarvis Robertson, Brad Wood, Laterri Logan, Courtney Woodard and Corey Poteete.

An account was set up at Mechanics Bank for funds to aid in the restoration of the old Pine Valley School.

Chancery Clerk Amy McMinn gave a demonstration of flower arranging at Blackmur Memorial Library.

Winners in the Lions Clubs International poster contest “Dream of Peace” were Ryan Bain, first; Megan Craven, second; Ben Aven, third; and Tyler Jones, honorable mention, all from Davidson Elementary School. Winners from Faith Christian Academy were Mary Hill, first; Amy Bell, second; and Bobby Bell, third.

• 30 years ago, Nov. 26, 1992 – Law enforcement raided a “sophisticated marijuana factory” on Lafayette Street and seized an estimated $40,000 in pot and growing equipment. Charged with possession of more than one ounce of marijuana and manufacture of marijuana were Noel C. Holley, 22, and his wife, Carla Kay Holley, 21. Water Valley Police, Yalobusha County Deputies and State Narcotics Agents were involved in the raid. They found a 14 ft. by 14 ft. growing room lined with aluminum foil and timer controlled ultra violet growing lights.

The O’Tuckalofa Baptist Church celebrated its final service in the old building Sunday, Nov. 22.

The City received a $305,000 grant to reconstruct the municipal airport runway, taxiway and apron.

The Blue Devils took on cross-county rival Coffeeville in basketball action. The WV girls won, 55-42, and the boys lost, 68-65, in overtime.

Missy Dennis, a junior music major at Delta State University, was selected as one of six to perform in the annual Fall Honors Recital.

• 40 years ago, Dec. 2, 1982 – The recently purchased street signs were going up around town. Pictured putting up the signs were city workers Oscar Harris, Roland Hoskin and Mike Calclasure.

The Blue Devil boys basketball team was defeated by Bruce, 64-54, and the girls fell, 49-45.

Blue Devil football players honored at the banquet were Ray Hawkins, most valuable and co-captain; Dean Cummings, Larry Harris leadership award and best defensive lineman; Lamar Brown, E. J. Mays determination award; Jeff Mills, best offensive lineman and co-captain; Carl McClain, best defensive back; Chris Turner, best offensive back; Bill Taylor, scholarship award; Mike Brown, most improved; Virgie Brown, scholarship award; and Sandy Stone, sportsmanship award.

Top readers at the elementary school for Children’s Book Week were Tracey Moore, Jo Henderson, Christy Ray and Tracey Norris.

Mrs. J. G. Carpenter was teaching knitting at classes sponsored by the Extension Homemaker Council.

• 50 years ago, Dec. 7, 1972 – The Devilettes were runners-up in the Water Valley Invitational Tournament, defeating Grenada, 42-38. The Blue Devils were defeated by the Grenada boys, 71-54. Dorothy Sanders was high scorer for the girls with 15 points and Steve Hale for the boys with 11 points.

Santa Claus was pictured riding in the Christmas parade atop the Water Valley Guard Unit’s 155mm self-propelled howitzer being driven by Sgt. Bobby Schmitz.

Two remarkable firsts were recorded for one bale of cotton. It was the 1,000th bale for Herman White for the season and also the first time B&I Gin had ginned 1,000 bales for a single customer.

Roy Massey was promoted by the U. S. Department of Agriculture to senior non-veterinary food inspector at the Mott’s plant.

• 60 years ago, Nov. 27, 1962 – The Blue Devils and Devilettes hardwood teams won their games against Yocona Hi, 66-62 for the boys, and 53-42 for the girls. Larry Prestage and Betty Woods were high scorers.

The Bank of Water Valley float built by the Junior Auxiliary won first place in the Christmas Parade.

Roger Brinegar’s art was on display and available for sale in the Fine Arts Center at Ole Miss.

Charles D. Horton of Coffeeville and Little Rock, Ark., died after being beaten and robbed while at work driving a cab for the Black and White Cab Co.

Earl Barron and Arthur Groner were pictured with deer they killed early on the first day of the season opening. Season was about to open for raccoon and opossum.

Bobby Jones and Morris Surrette were serving as pages in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Joel Edgar, local Lion Oil dealer, was pictured standing next to a new-style gas pump that delivered five grades of gasoline.

The Blue Devils had “a most successful season” finishing second place in the Chickasaw Conference. They defeated the Holly Springs Tigers in their final, 20-14. The Herald writer attributed much of their success to their early training under junior high coach Bobby Clark.

Fred Vaughn was pictured with the hide of a seven foot “highland moccasin” he found near the Enid backwaters. He captured the snake alive, but killed it at the request of Mrs. Vaughn. He planned to make a belt from the hide.
Jamie Green was a member of the Northwest Mississippi Junior College Basketball Team, who were set to play Northeast’s Tigers in the new Water Valley Gym.

Dinner was $.75 per plate at Little Pete’s Café.

Margie Davis was publicity chairman for the Wesley Foundation, a Methodist group, at Northwest Mississippi Junior College.

Blue Devil basketball teams were set to open their season in the brand new gym on Markette Street.

• 70 years ago, Nov. 27, 1952 – Two elementary students were injured at the school on Wagner Street Nov. 24. Carolyn Greenlee fell while playing basketball and broke her left arm and Allen Wayne Jenkins fell down the bank between the two playground and struck his forehead on a rock, sending him to Baptist Hospital in Memphis for surgery.

Mim Carpenter was one of 11 Millsaps College seniors selected to appear in the Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.

Rev. W. C. Howard was elected to the board of trustees for Mississippi College.

Harold Fair was appointed an editorial assistant to the Methodist Publishing House publication “The Pastor.” Fair was a student at the Vanderbilt School of Religion in Nashville, Tenn.

• 80 years ago, Nov. 26, 1942 – Yalobusha County exceeded all quotas in the Food for Freedom program. Editor Phillip “Moon” Mullin wrote, referring to the Thanksgiving publication date of the Herald: “Today the people of Water Valley join with 130,000,000 people of the greatest nation on earth in humble Thanks-giving to the Lord for the greatest harvest ever gathered from this free and abundant land.”

Figures from the harvest indicated the huge increases in the county: milk cows, 4,743 in 1941 increased to 5,468 in 1942; milk production was up almost 20 percent; hog production was up more than 26 percent; eggs up more than 15 percent; beef cattle up more than 22 percent; soy beans up 217 percent – the quota was 150 percent; and there were 2,700 Victory Gardens.

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