Wise As It Was: In the paper for Saturday, September 15, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, September 15, 2018

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From Saturday, Sept. 16, 1893

  • The Messenger reported that Granville Jones’ sermon on the divinity of Christ was the most complete and unanswerable argument against infidelity and skepticism ever heard.
  • Kansas was to vote soon as to whether women should have a right to vote on all questions.
  • Dr. Annie Fulton Reynolds of Boston, Mass. was the first woman to graduate from a New England dental college.
  • The citizens of Selma, Calif. escorted the Chinamen out of town and forced them to leave.
  • Fort Worth and other towns, including Decatur, were complaining of a scarcity of water.


From Friday, Sept. 20, 1918

Mad Horse Bites off Child’s Chin

G.W. Jr., the 1-year-old son of Rev. and Mrs. G.W. Tyson, was bitten by a mad horse . . . . The fleshy part of the chin was bitten off.

He had gone out to the lot fence to turn the water into the horse trough when the old family horse came up and bit the boy. The cries of the child attracted the attention of his mother, who came and after examining the child’s injury and giving him first aid, hitched the horse up to drive to town. The horse began acting peculiar and seemed to be suffering. Mrs. Tyson drove back home and put the horse in the stable and called the physician and veterinarian Farrell. Dr. Farrel at once decided the animal had rabbies, and Rev. and Mrs. Tyson took their little son to the Pasteur Institute at Austin Sunday, where he is now receiving the treatment.

. . .

At last reports the injured boy was doing nicely.

Looks in wrong direction

Bad Practice of Many Operators of Cars to Keep Eyes on Accelerator Pedals, Etc.

Keep your eyes on the road. Many operators are continually looking down at their feet, at the accelerator pedals, etc, while operating. This takes their attention away from the road, which is dangerous. With a little practice you can soon locate all the necessary pedals, etc. without looking for them. This is the only safe way to drive.


  • On the warfront, a German mess sergeant, who had been instructed to pack up and leave, underestimated the speed of the American advance. He was carrying beer and cheese and when he saw the Americans approaching he did not run, but busied himself like a bartender and received them standing behind a table on which the beer and cheese were ready for consumption.
  • Roe McBroom wrote from somewhere in France that the country was fine, but queer. The buildings were strange and the people wore wooden shoes.
  • Pastor McMatthews of the Baptist church delivered a very strong sermon against the pool hall.
  • Glowing reports were coming in from the oil field, and the Decatur investors were almost ready to admit they were oil magnets.
  • President Wilson told the Hun and his pals that there would be no peace talks until all savages were driven out of France and Belgium, or words to that effect.


From Thursday, Sept. 16, 1943

  • Cpl. Franklin Erving Curtis, a member of the Lost Battalion, sent word to his wife that he was a prisoner of war in Camp No. 2 Hakadate, Japan. He reported that he was in good health, was working and enjoying his work.
  • H.R. “Hoot” Fullingham was on a 30-day furlough before reporting to the U.S. Navy hospital in San Diego.
  • Pvt. Robert N. Gregg, a member of the Lost Battalion, sent word to his parents that he was in a prison camp at Moulmein, Burma. He stated he was well and working for 15 cents a day.


From Thursday, Sept. 19, 1968

  • The City of Decatur had been taking money from its water revenues to cover deficits in the general funds.
  • The Wise County Historical Society was planning a reunion of the dissolved Decatur Baptist College. The historical society was refurbishing the administration building to house their museum.
  • The Slidell Methodist Church, faced with either building a new sanctuary, or disbanding, opted to rebuild.
  • P.L. Beaty of Sunset brought the first load of peanuts to the peanut dryer on Sept. 10.
  • A 20-pound bag of potatoes cost 98 cents at the A&P.
  • Of the 63 spring graduates of DHS, 45 went to college.


From Thursday, Sept. 16, 1993

  • Residents of Precinct 2 met with county commissioners and threatened to sue for discrimination if the county didn’t fix the road conditions in that precinct.
  • Boyd teachers addressed the school board requesting a reconsideration of the decision to deny pay raises.
  • Efforts to relocate KSTV-FM to Wise County was squelched by the FAA, who rejected the radio tower for aviation concerns.
  • Thieves in Bridgeport continued to steal car hood ornaments.
  • Pet parenting classes were scheduled for the fall.
  • Don Raley of Bridgeport, launched a computer bulletin board service for those with a computer and a modem.
  • Undercover Blues, Striking Distance and the Real McCoy were showing at Plaza Cinema III.
  • A Santa Fe/Southwest decorating theme was becoming very popular.

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