Glimpses of Hohenwald’s Past

By Crystal Nash

January 22, 1959

A.O. Ramay was voted president of the Agricultural Workers Association.

Leo Greengrass was named chairman of the 1959 Heart Fund campaign in Lewis County.

The LCHS Panthers defeated Loretto with a score of 57 to 49.  Melton Simmons was the top scorer in the game with 17 points.

The following births were announced: Shelia Jean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shelby; and Cora Christine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fuller.

Grady Weatherspoon was honored with a birthday dinner at this home.

Funeral services were held for Deborah Hooper, infant; Arzie Ribsby, 80; Henry Roberts, 74; and for Chyenne Staggs, infant.

Advertised specials this week at Piggly Wiggly included a free 5-pound bag of sugar with the purchase of 6 Plymouth light bulbs, a 50-pound can of lard for $6.25, a 10-pound bag of Idaho potatoes for $0.49, boneless perch at the price of $0.39 a pound, 2 bottles of Heinz ketchup for $0.49, and a 4-pound bag of red delicious apples for $0.49.

“Space Master X-7,” starring Bill Willis and Lyn Thomas, and “Gunslinger,” starring John Ireland and Beverly Garland were the Friday and Saturday double feature at the Strand Theatre and the Saturday night movies at the Highlands Drive-In.

January 24, 1969

W.T. Starbuck was re-elected chair of the Hohenwald Bank and Trust Company Board, and Rex Grimes was re-elected bank president.

Mrs. Carlos Ammons was presented a plaque from W.L. Tuttle at the Civic Club Banquet.  The plaque was presented in memory of her husband, Carlos Ammons, who had been very active in scouting in the Buffalo River District.

William Lewis, Jr. was promoted to the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

Rudy Staggs was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon completing requirements for graduation from Tennessee Tech.

Wayne Brewer was stationed with Company E, 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry, 25 Infantry Division in Cu Chi Vietnam.

Barry Spears was the grand champion in the annual Pinewood Derby race.

The LCHS Panthers girls team defeated Santa Fe with a score of 51 to 42.  Sherry Quillen was the top scorer for the team with 27 points.  The LCHS boys team defeated Santa Fe with a score of 61 to 58.  Ronnie Tiller was the top scorer for the team with 18 points.

The Genesco basketball team defeated the Hohenwald Independents with a score of 93 to 82.

The Citizen’s Advisory Committee met and discussed projects undertaken in 1968 and planned for 1969.  The committee went on the record as favoring the construction of a community building and library and urged all citizens to give thought to the projects and support them.

Newt Hensley celebrated his 74th birthday.

Funeral services were held for Geneva Skelton, 41.

“The Anniversary,” starring Bette Davis, and “the Secret Life of an American Wife,” starring Walter Matthau, were the Friday and Saturday double feature at the Highlands Drive-In.

January 25, 1979

The Lewis County Jaycettes won five first place district awards and three second place awards.  Margaret Booker was named Jaycette of the Quarter, and Debbie Landers was named Spokette of the Quarter.

The LCHS Pantherettes defeated Mt. Pleasant with a score of 45 to 41 and defeated Clifton with a score of 21 to 22.  Susan Curry was the top scorer for the team in both games.  She earned 29 points in the game against Mt. Pleasant and 12 points in the game against Clifton. The LCHS Panthers defeated Clifton with a score of 50 to 43.  Randal Stewart was the top scorer for the team with 19 points.

Marge Rushton bowled 202 for the high game and 525 for the high series during the Tuesday Night Ladies Bowling league game on January 16.

Alan Bell was named Teen of the Week at Riverside High School.  Both of Bell’s grandmothers resided in Hohenwald.

The following births were announced: John Wayne, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Roder; Jerrie Ellen, daughter of Gary and Martha Potts; and Japser Lee, son of John and Brenda Hinson.

Funeral services were held for Paris Cotton, 69; and for Osby Hughes, 70.

“Naughty School Girls” and “Stateline Motel” were the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday double featured films at the Highlands Drive-In Theater.

January 26, 1989

Lewis County residents joined Lawrence, Perry, and Wayne County citizens in opposing a proposed private landfill in the Henryville area of Lawrence County.  Members of the Buffalo River Preservation Association passed a resolution stating their intention to join in protest of the site.

Six railroad bridges, including one in Lewis County, would be repaired during spring of 1989 through a project authorized by the South Central Tennessee Railroad Authority.

A paratransit vehicle with a wheelchair lift would begin operating in Lewis County one day a week by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the South Central Tennessee Development District.

Vandalism was reported at the First Pentecostal Church.  A large windo located on the front of the building had been broken.

James Brewer, owner of Campbell and Brewer Public Accountants in Lawrenceburg, announced his purchase of the accounting business owned by Janice Plemmons.  The staff of the office would remain the same.

Floyd Tubbs graduated from Marine Corps recruit training at Parris Island, SC.

Robert Rawdon, Jr. was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The LCHS Panthers defeated Hampshire with a score of 75 to 71.  Scotty Duncan and Richie Carroll both led the team in scoring with 16 points each.  The Lady Panthers defeated Hampshire with a score of 56 to 39.  Nicole Gordon was the top scorer for the team with 14 points.

Terry and Wanda Peery announced the birth of their daughter, Rachel Ann.

Funeral services were held for David Carl, 32; Ethel Dees; and for Lois Goodman, 59.

January 29, 1999

Heavy rains fell on January 22 caused flash flooding and severe damage throughout the county.  Approximately 10 bridges were damaged throughout the county, about 20 to 25 miles of chert road and 5 miles of blacktop was destroyed by the flooding.  A total of 4.8 inches of rain fell.

Frank Yancey joined the Lewis County Agricultural Extension staff as assistant agent.

A Lewis County inmate walked away from the Inmate Work Crew with the help of a friend on January 11.  The escapee was captured in Louisiana and transported back to the Lewis County Jail.

The LCHS Panthers defeated Hickman County with a score of 65 to 63.  Josh Keltner was the top scorer for the team with 31 points.  The Lady Panthers defeated the Hickman County Lady Bulldogs with a score of 38 to 35.  Stef Hinson was the top scorer for the team with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal.

The Hohenwald Family Community and Education Club met at the home of Roberta Grimes, a charter members of the Hohenwald Club, for the purpose of reactivating the group.  The club, the first Home Demonstration Club (now F C & E Club) in Lewis County was reorganized after being inactive for two years due to health of several members.  The Hohenwald Club was first organized in 1944.

George and Stacey Herrin announced the birth of their daughter, Rebecca Lyn.

Funeral services were held for Elva Ayers, 84; and for Ray Johnston.

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