Looking Back: 80 Years Ago: Pushmataha trial has DeKalb connection


Here are a few items of interest from issues of The Kemper County Messenger from one, five, 10, 25, 50 and 80 years ago.


(APRIL 29 ,2021)

— The Kemper Academy baseball team was looking to win two games on the road Wednesday in the state Mid-South Independent Schools As­sociation baseball playoffs.


(APRIL 27, 2017)

— A historic two-day retreat bring­ing together leaders from all of Kem­per County’s governmental bodies, as well as business leaders, was a suc­cessful venture said Craig Hitt, exec­utive director fo the Kemper County Economic Development Authority.

— An open house is set for tonight at 6 to celebrate the completion of Scooba Public Library’s renovations. The celebration will include a recog­nition of donors and volunteers and their accomplishments.

— Kemper County High School’s fledgling track and field program made a big statement earlier this month when the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats brought home the team championships at the Division 4 Meet.


(APRIL 26, 2012)

— Former East Mississippi Commu­nity College football standout Johnny Fisher was one of 15 individuals across the state inducted into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame during Tuesday night’s induction banquet held at the Muse Center on Hinds Community College’s Rankin campus.

— For the second time in a week’s span, East Mississippi Community College is sending a student-athlete to Delta State University to continue her education and athletic player ca­reer. Chadisty Hickman, a product of Kemper County High School, was a two-time MACJC All-North Division First Team selection.


(APRIL 24 1997)

— A new fire truck was delivered this week the the Spring Hill Volunteer Fire Department by Byron Fer­guson and Associated of Jackson.

— From Scooba News by Thelma McConnell: Mrs. Annie Lois Hutcherson of Emelle, Ala. visited in my home and in the house of Gene and Lola Watts on Sunday afternoon.

— Darlene VanDevender killed a two-bearded turkey that was called up by Bobby Lee Haskins on April 16.


(APRIL 27, 1972)

— From Kellis Store news by Mrs. W.F. Clark: Mrs. Holly D. Hailey and children visited Mrs. Clark Stokes of Coy.

— Miss Jenifer E. George, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. George of Damascus, received the Sliver Cross Nurse’s Schol­arship from the Kings Daughters Rest Home in Meridian. Miss George plans to enter the Matty Hersee School of Nursing in the fall term.

— From Union News by Mrs. L.D. Pace: We hope all planes flying to destroy fire ants will be successful as they are most plentiful in most places.

— From the Sledgeham­mer Column by Lamar Sledge: Someone was in the office the other day and the subject of high medical costs camp up. It’s up to $75 per day for hospital room rent.

— The Honorable John C. Stennis was guest speaker at the Kemper Jaycees Charter Night on April 24th at the EMJC Cafeteria..


(APRIL 23, 1942)

— The two most famous trials held in Mississippi were the trials of Aaron Burr at Washington near Natchez, and Pushmataha, famous Choctaw Indian or­ator and chief fo the hot na­tion. The trial of Pushmataha took place in territorial days under a tree where DeKalb is now lo­cated The town of DeKalb is built on the former Choctaw national capitol.

— From the Ems ’n Ens ’n Quads column: My wife and I were walking out in the street Monday and she told me to move from the center of the pavement be­fore someone ran over me. She ought to know better than that. As scarce as tires are, no one is going to risk a puncture running over me.

— From Scooba News: Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mar­tin have moved to the Hal­ford place, which they have recently purchased.

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