Files from Yesteryear: 1939 and 1957


From the Files of 1957:

Cold Springs Boy Makes Record with Corn Crop

Jack Rice, President of Cold Springs F.F.A. Chapter, proved that corn can be economically grown in this section. Last year, he raised 135 bushels of corn on three acres, at the cost of 22 ¼ cents per bushel. The cost included: rent, $2.00 per acre, man labor, 10 cents an hour, horse labor at 5 cents per hour and seed and tools at cost. He used no fertilizer under his corn, but side-dressed with nitrate of soda.

He also made 2 ½ bales of cotton on three acres. His improvement projects were: one to two acre of crimson clover and home improvement.

Hanceville Happenings

Miss Ruth Glasscock has recently received a scholarship at Alabama College, Montevallo. She will leave soon to begin her studies for the second semester.

C.H. Gray spent Monday in Birmingham.

Mr. and Mrs. Felix Harris and children and Mrs. J.D. Harris, of Birmingham, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Thomas on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Frankwood, of Cleveland and Miss Audie Compton, of Oneonta, spent  the  weekend  with  Mr.  and   Mrs. W.K. Compton.

James B. Kelly left Sunday for a business trip to Evansville, Indiana.

Mrs. Janie Harris and daughter, Lorene, visited relatives in Cullman, on Sunday.

Mrs. J.S. Harmon returned to her home at Elmore on Monday, after a visit to Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Gantt. She was accompanied home by Miss Nina Gantt, who will be her guest this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thomas spent the weekend at Hayden with the latter’s mother, Mrs. Henry Ratliff.

James Wood, of Montevallo, spent the weekend with relatives.

From the Files of 1939:

John W. Mitchell, one of the county’s beloved pioneer citizens, was claimed by death on Monday noon, February 6th, following several weeks of illness. Mr. Mitchell was nearly 75 years of age, at the time his passing.

The deceased was born at New Prospect, near Arkadelphia. His principal occupation was farming. Over ten years ago, he moved to Cullman and for several years was employed by Mr.  R.E.  Lee. The remaining years have been spent in retirement.  For well over fifty years he was a devoted member of the Baptist Church.

Mr. Mitchell is survived by his widow; two sons, the Honorable Homer F. Mitchell, Judge of Probate, of Cullman County    and    Hubert    Mitchell, local attorney; two daughters, Mrs. J.D. Burson, of Birmingham and Mrs. Jeff Sanders, of Scottsboro and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend J.E. Marion, assisted by Reverend S.J. Calvert, from the residence of Judge Homer F. Mitchell, at 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday afternoon.

Interment followed in the Protestant Cemetery, with Moss-Scheuing in charge. Pallbearers were: G.W. Ponder, Jack Tucker, Mayor J.A. Dunlap, Doctor T.A. Robinson, R.E. Lee and L.L. Thompson.

Mount Pisgah News

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hale and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Brown called on Mr. and Mrs. Grady Jackson on Sunday afternoon. Miss Wanda Dye spent the night with Mr.  and Mrs.  Hoyt Grimes, on   Friday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Grady Dye, Mrs. Jim Farley and Mrs. Earl Farley called on Mr. and Mrs. Bud Huddleston on Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Waldrop were the Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Ivey.

Miss Alma Benefield was the Sunday dinner guest of Miss Ozell Talley.

Elmer Farley, Winifred Guess, Ernest Farley, Wanda Dye, Hershell Talley, Pauline Huddleston, Eloise Talley, Truman Cook and Iris Hanes motored to Guntersville Dam on Sunday afternoon.

Misses Pauline and Elsie Huddleston spent the night with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Huddleston on Saturday night.


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