A Glimpse into Hohenwald’s Past

Information gathered by Librarian, Crystal Nash

December 04, 1958

General Shoe Corporation announced a New Year’s program of increased employee benefits including a wage increase, new and broader coverage for hospitalization, and interest on Christmas savings.

Lewis Countians invested $4,580 in U.S. Savings Bonds during October.

The following births were announced: Charles Donavan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shraden; Johnny Dale, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Kelley; Wanda Sue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Martin; Betty Faye, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Waymer King; Ricky Gerald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnis Ewen; and Deborah Jean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Morton.

Funeral services were held for William Adcox, 81; Eddie Hickerson, 14; Vica Haley; and for Ida Whitehead, 74.

Advertised specials at Seaton’s Super Market included Star Kist chunk tuna for $0.29 a can, a pound of Dixie Bell crackers for $0.19, two 22 ounce jars of Libbys sweet sliced pickles for $0.49, a four-pound bag of pinto beans for $0.41, and a box of Martha White cake mix for $0.29.

“Once Upon a Horse,” starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, and “Tall Man Riding,” starring Randolph Scott, were the Friday and Saturday double feature movies at the Strand Theatre and the Saturday film showing at the Highlands Drive-In.  

December 05, 1968

Landis Turner was elected president of the Lewis County Civic Club.

W. Dalton Whitwell was elected Worshipful Master of the Hohenwald Lodge 607.

The Lewis County Council of Home Demonstration Clubs installed a display of ideas for decorations, gifts, and unusual items for the holidays at the community room of the Hohenwald Bank and Trust Company.

The following scores were reported for the Basketball League:  Waynesboro Genesco boys team defeated Hohenwald with a score of 71 to 50.  Hohenwald girls team defeated Waynesboro with a score of 16 to 12.  Debbie Fite was the top scorer with 8 points.  Hohenwald Genesco defeated Hohenwald with a score of 70 to 63.  Jerry Curry was the top scorer for the Hohenwald Genesco team with 20 points; and Kenny Collier was the top scorer for the Hohenwald team with 21 points.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Cowley announced the birth of their daughter, Angela Marie.

Funeral services were held for Sandra Brown, 21; Braxton King, 85; Clifford Turnbow, 22; and for Esther Turnbow, 56.

“Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River,” starring Jerry Lewis, and “Anzio,” starring Robert Mitchum, were the Friday and Saturday night double feature movies at the Highlands Drive-In.

December 07, 1978

W. B. Lester was named grand marshal of the 1978 Christmas Parade.

Waymer Staggs was elected Worshipful Master of the Hohenwald Lodge 607.

The Lewis County Parent-Teachers Association was conducting a toy drive.  New or used toys in good condition could be left at First National Bank or the Hohenwald Bank and Trust Company.

A disaster drill was held on December 6 when five mock-injured victims were brought to the Lewis County Hospital for treatment.  The mock disaster was a staged charter bus wreck on Linden Highway.

The LCHS Panthers defeated Culleoka with a score of 51 to 49.  Mark Sisco was the leading scorer for the team with 19 points.

Kevin Kelly completed U.S. Navy recruit training at the Naval Training Center, Orlando, FL.

Funeral services were held for Carl Hinson, 81; Richard Magoon, 42; and for Nell Seaton.

Advertised specials at Gilliam & Harris Cee Bee included chuck roast for $1.18 a pound, a 20-pound bag of Russet potatoes for $0.99, a 3-pound bag of yellow onions for $0.39, purple top turnips for $0.19 a pound, and a gallon of Colonial Farms 2 percent milk for $1.65.

 “Rape Squad” and “Hookers Revenge” were the weekend double feature movies at the Highlands Drive-In.

December 08, 1988

The Lewis County Commission met in a special called meeting to discuss a pending lawsuit by the School Board in regards to the high school roof, and to pass a resolution abolishing a private act of 1967 which set-up at-large appointments of School Board members.  This action was taken because of decisions by the State Attorney General for other school systems found such private acts to be unconstitutional.  This resolution would have to be passed through the state legislature and accepted by local referendum before it became permanent. 

The Hohenwald Volunteer Fire Department was called to Transit Plastic Extrusion Plant to put out a fire in a mixing vat inside the building.

Juvenile Judge Billy Townsend and Youth Service Officer Charles Lazo announced plans to organize a Lewis County Juvenile Court Association.

The LCHS Lady Panthers defeated Mt. Pleasant with a score of 53 to 35.  Laura Baker was the top scorer for the team with 18 points.  The Lady Panthers also defeated Columbia Academy with a score of 76 to 47.  Laura Baker was the top scorer for the team with 15 points.

Judy Cooper was named Employee of the Year at Lewis County Manor.

Mary Hensley was honored on her 80th birthday with a celebration at her home.

Alton McLemore was honored for his 81st birthday with a celebration at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wayne Clay.

The 1st Annual Athletic Booster Turkey Shoot was advertised for December 10 behind LCHS.  A drawing for a .22 automatic rifle would be held at 3 p.m.

Funeral services were held for Robert Barber, 58; Gilford Brown, 63; Glen Clift, 63; Julia Frazier, 69; Sarah Jackson, 57; Pauline Sayles, 60; and for Jessie Tripp, 90.

December 10, 1998

A large crowd attended the annual Christmas Parade.  There were 98 entries in the parade including the LCHS band, floats, antique cars, decorated cars, and equine entries.  In addition to Lewis County entries there were several from surrounding counties.

The Big Brothers annual paper sale was held on December 5 by the American Legion Post 127 and raised more than $2,500 for needy families. 

Madeline Mays was named Lewis County Health Educator.

A dental sealant program was being offered to third grade students at LCES.

Jonathan Rone and Wesley Runions graduated from U.S. Marine Corps. basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina.

Ernest Hensley grew two turnips weighing three pounds each and measuring 20.5 inches and 21.25 inches in circumference.

Don and Lori Barber announced the birth of their daughter, Phoebe Ellen.

Funeral services were held for Ricky Cotham, 39; Charles Stovall, 63; and for Dola Ward, 82.

Hohenwald Wal-Mart advertised a customer appreciation sale for December 10, 1998.  Numerous door prizes would be given away and many items were listed on sale.

In area news: a Perry County Sheriff’s Department Officer lost his life in a head-on collision.

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