Wise As It Was: In the Paper for Saturday, November 24, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, November 24, 2018

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From Friday Nov. 24, 1893:

A chart of the heavens

“The civilized nations of the world have agreed, says the Westminister Review, in taking a photographic chart of the heavens. Some 20 telescopes are to work four years and will result in mapping probably 25 million stars; with longer exposures probably two thousand million could be photographed. It is an achievement the thought of which fills us with awe and wonder. Yet it serves to remind us of our insignificance when we remember that, were our instruments placed upon some distant star, our earth would not even figure as one of those two thousand million points of light that tell us something of the wonders of the heavens.”


  • Brother Miller in Chico was adding his moral influence by publishing a good weekly paper, the Review, then in its seventh month of journalistic excellence.
  • In Chico, the Brown Hotel, J.T. Brown proprietor, offered board for $1 per day. It was newly fitted up in every respect.
  • Also in Chico, Porter’s Hotel, J.W. Porter proprietor, offered rates of $2 per day. His was home for the traveling public.
  • Greenwood college reported an enrollment of 147 pupils with new ones coming in all the time.
  • 100 YEARS AGO

    From Friday, Nov. 22, 1918

    The city council swats pool hall

    Passes ordinance which bars hall from operating in Decatur

    “At last the pool hall is to be removed from Decatur. After months of effort on behalf of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of this city … the city council passed an ordinance which put the kibosh on the pool hall in this good town. The Messenger has tried to assist in removing this temptation from the many young men of the town and county because it believes that no good can come from a pool hall, and there is much of harm which can come from such a place. The councilmen are to be congratulated on passing the ordinance, and they can be assured that they have acted with the consent of a brutal majority of the people of this section.”

    Pay the Teachers

    “The state school superintendent rules that teachers are entitled to pay for the time schools were closed …

    “It seems to be a very just decision. Heaven knows the teachers didn’t start the influenza, and heaven is equally aware that the teachers did not order the schools suspended. Therefore to have charged the lost time to the teachers would have compelled thousands of them to do their Christmas shopping on credit and driven other thousands into matrimony – the last resort of the nerve-racked schoolmarm.

    “To keep our teachers from running into debt at the stores, and to defend them against the wiles of wooers, ought to be a main object of our more or less paternal government. Sometimes it looks like there ought to be a law forbidding any man to court a school teacher. For any masculine egotist to burst up a perfectly good school by marrying the teacher may sometime be made a felony. What is the interest of any one person, or any number of prospective persons, in comparison with the multiple interests of a score or more of actual, already-realized children?

    “Any parent who has to spend half of his winter evening struggling with sixth grade grammar in order to save his darling child from being nominated a numbskull at school knows what a debt he owes to the teacher, the dear, kind teacher, who endures all, suffers all and keeps sweet for $75 a month. Were all the teachers to quit teaching and throw the children back upon the parents, there would be a revlution in our homes and an uncontrollable crop of Bolsheviki in every community. Pay the teachers.”


    • Theda Bara was starring in “Rose of Blood,” being shown at the Majestic on Monday nights.
    • The football team of Decatur Baptist College had been using a tackling dummy in their practice.
    • It was suggested that Cohen, the little Hebrew junk dealer and a war hero in his own right, be added to the coming home celebrations when the boys came home from France.
    • A tire expert was coming to the Meridian Garage to offer education about tires, tubes, etc. All tire-related questions would be answered.

    75 YEARS AGO

    From Thursday, Nov. 25, 1943:

    • WFA-NBC radio was offering a program on U.S. Mail, featuring important mailing information in a dramatic setting.
    • Dr. Hiram Bently Glass, a graduate of Decatur Baptist College, wrote a book called “Genes and the Man.” He settled the question of nature vs. nurture.
    • Bethlehem Steel announced a new world’s record in ship construction of 25 days. They beat the 45-1/2 day record from WWI, which they also had set.
    • Sam D. Morris of Decatur received a telegram from the War Department that his son, Sgt. Embry T. Morris, was a prisoner in Japanese prison camp in the Phillipines.
    • The Messenger was grateful for another free American Thanksgiving, the 322nd

    50 YEARS AGO

    From Thursday, Nov. 21, 1968:

    • The Decatur Eagles won the district title for the fourth year in a row.
    • J.G. Perkins of Decatur was appointed by Pres. Johnson to the local draft board No. 93 at Bowie.
    • Dec. 1 was the deadline for entering pecans in the annual Wise County Pecan Show, which was to be held in Bridgeport that year.
    • Mrs. Lee Hall was spending time in the Decatur Clinic since the death of her son.
    • Turkey was advertised at 39 cents per pound for hens and 33 cents per pound for toms. It is not explained how one might tell the difference.

    25 YEARS AGO

    From Thursday, Nov. 25, 1993:

    • Two Wise County 4-H members, Joanna McConaghie of Chico 4-H and Kristen Talley of Alvord 4-H were recognized at the District 4 Gold Star Banquet.
    • “Mrs. Doubtfire,””Adams Family Values,” “The Three Musketeers” and “We’re Back!: A Dinosaur’s Story” were playing at Plaza Cinema III.
    • Northwest High School’s volleyball team came in second at the state tournament.
    • A waterbed was stolen from an apartment in Bridgeport while the occupants were gone.
    • A burglary of a building in Boyd resulted in the theft of a calculator and a carton of Blue Bell chocolate fudge ice cream.
    • The Decatur hospital board considered a $7 million expansion of Decatur Community Hospital.

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