Wise As It Was: In the paper

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, October 20, 2018

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From Friday, Oct. 20, 1893:

  • Boyd, a new town, just incubated, was reported to be vigorous, progressive and promising.
  • Texas stood third among states in the miles of railroad tracks laid during the year. Pennsylvania had 365 miles; North Dakota, 195 and Texas, 141.
  • At Yoakum, a man had been selling what he termed rattlesnake soap for the cure of snake bites.
  • The only saloon in Godley, Johnson County, had suspended for want of patronage. The citizens of Godley proved Godly.
  • District Judge Reed of Wichita, Kan., declared the eight-hour law unconstitutional, asserting that it was a restraint on liberty of action and contrary to the state and federal constitutions.
  • A freed man of Deep Creek rented and moved to Uncle Johnnie Reed’s place and an unknown party; blacked, visited him that night and told him to move out next morning which he did.
  • Paradise had six dry goods houses, two family groceries, four general merchandise stores, one hardware establishment, two drug stores, one hotel, a livery stable, a saloon, several doctors and a weekly newspaper.


From Friday, Oct. 19, 1918:

Flag law must be observed by schools in this county

“To the Teachers and Trustees of Wise County: Your attention is respectfully called to the flag law enacted by the fourth called session of the 35th legislature. This law makes it a requirement that the suitable U.S. flag be placed upon each school building and the expense incurred in carrying out the provisions of the law shall be paid out of the funds of the district. The law provides that the county superintendent shall not approve for payment any voucher drawn on the fund of the district until the provisions of said act are carried out.

“Now as we are all very patriotic, let’s get busy and see that this law is carried out. B.F. Roe, County Superintendent”


  • Allies were smashing German armies.
  • Two different soldiers stationed in France wrote that the trains in France looked like toys compared to American trains.
  • After the first of the year, butter would no longer be allowed to be wrapped in quarter- or half-pound blocks, in order to save paper.
  • Football practice at the college was stopped to conduct military drills.
  • Schools were closed, many meetings and public gatherings were canceled and people were urged to stay home to prevent the spread of influenza.
  • There was a fresh shipment of genuine coco cola at the San la Roy.
  • Prof. Hanley and Joe Day were both confined with influenza.
  • The price of cane sugar was fixed at 9 cents per pound.


From Thursday, Oct. 21, 1943:

  • Instruction were given on how to obtain Ration Book No. 4, when and where to appear to receive it.
  • Miss Opal Jones received a marker for her grandfather, a confederate soldier, from the war department.
  • The ladies of the Women’s Society of Christian Service continued their study of interracial relations. A delicious salad course, coffee and cream were served by the hostess.
  • Decatur Ice Company was lobbying heavily for the acquisition of a frozen food locker plant.
  • Leather “Pig-Tex” coats and jackets were on sale at Perkins-Timberlake. They ranged in price from $7.95 to $15.


From Thursday, Oct. 17, 1968:

Eagles Win First Game Beating NW Texans

“The Decatur Eagles, who had previously scored only 10 points in four games, unleashed all of their offensive fury against the Texans of Northwest last Friday night and came home with a 53-7 victory. The Eagles scored on every possession in the first half as they ran wild for a 39-0 lead at intermission. It was the Eagles’ first victory of 1968, and their first win in defense of their District 10-AA crown.”


  • Decatur High School chose their school favorites: Miss DHS was LaDonna Forman; Mr. DHS, Mark Wiley; Winning Personalities went to Karen Gage and Pat McGraw; Best All-Around was Becky Renshaw and Ricky Terrell; Most Attractive, Pam Moris and George Gage.
  • DHS Citizen of the Month was Carol Brooks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Brooks. She was chosen for her friendly and good-citizen like manners.
  • There was going to be a Halloween party at Whispering Wheels Roller Rink on Halloween night. Prizes would be awarded.
  • A 1-pound package of Hormel Black Label bacon cost 69 cents.


From Sunday, Oct. 17, 1993:

  • Jeremy Armstrong, 18, from Chico, was arrested for attempting to rob two banks.
  • Dr. William Huddleston purchased the former Bridgeport Hospital building during a Wise County Sheriff’s sale for $2,500.
  • County court-at-law judge Melton Cude announced he was seeking re-election.
  • “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Cool Runnings” and “Demolition Man” were playing at Plaza Cinema III.

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