The way it was 10/15

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

100 Years Ago -- October 15, 1903

ITEMS -- Attorneys A.J. King and W.H. Hallett went to Metz today to try a case in the Justice Court in that place. Fresh oysters and celery at Hill's Meat Market on north side of the Square. Miss Molie Sickles passed through Nevada today en route from Schell City to Parsons, Kansas, where she will spend the winter. Our new 25-cent window shades are the best values we ever had. Meyers Book Store. Rev. S.S. Pitcher, pastor of the A.M.E. Church has returned from the annual conference of this church which was held at St. Louis. The conference transferred Rev. Pitcher to Joplin and he will leave this week to take up his new duties. Rev. H.H. Tripiatt of Kansas City will become the pastor of the A.M.E. Church here.

75 Years Ago -- October 15, 1928

A large number of Nevada and Vernon County Democrats are going to Sedalia tomorrow to hear Governor Al Smith, who speaks at that place tomorrow night. Many will drive to Sedalia, while many others will go by train. The railway companies have granted a reduced fare of $3.25 for the round trip.

50 Years Ago -- October 15, 1953

ODD & INTERESTING -- From Dallas, Texas:"Uncle Walt" Williams, who starts off the day with a chew of tobacco and a cup of coffee and who will be 111 years old next month, was in Dallas today to see the State Fair. The oldest living Civil War veteran and his 80-year old second wife flew into town yesterday in a plane piloted by a friend, Henry Hejl of Rosenberg, Texas. "I like it better than riding a horse," said Gen. Robert E. Lee's former 16 year old forage master. It's Uncle Walt's ambition to reach 119 years old like his grandfather, Stephen Williams of South Carolina. "My daddy, George Washington Williams, died when he was just 95," Walt commented. At 110 years old, the ancient soldier is in very good health, uses no glasses but has no teeth and poor hearing. WILLOW GROVE -- Everyone is enjoying the cool weather after the last weekend rain. Many farmers are planting barley or rye for pasture and also wheat. The Golden Rule Club met Thursday with Mrs. Charles Vickers. Piecing quilt blocks was the work of the day. A covered dish dinner was served to nine members and seven children.