Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past
December 17, 2020
December 15, 1960
The annual Christmas parade was held here last Thursday. The Lewis County Herald reported that it “was one of the best parades ever held here.” Thousands of residents lined the streets to view 46 participants in the parade.
Progress was being made on the industrial building for the Boston Woven Hose and Rubber Company factory. The Vice-President of the company and chief engineer were in Hohenwald to view the progress on the building. It was estimated that the structural steel for the building would be completed in a week or ten days.
A steel worker was killed while working at the site of the new Boston Woven Hose and Rubber Company factory building. According to officials, a piece of steel dropped from a crane and struck the worker from Alabama.
Local attorney W. C. Keaton reported that a bar association composed of attorneys from Lewis, Perry, Wayne, and other surrounding counties. The association would meet at Swan Café on December 16 to draw up by-laws.
Police Chief W. A. Bates reminded residents that city ordinances prohibited the selling and shooting of fireworks within city limits. As a number of fires had been started in dry leaves and several persons narrowly escaped serious injury, the Hohenwald Police Department would be strictly enforcing this law. The penalty for violation was a $5.00 fine plus the additional costs of hearing such cases in court.
The LCHS Panthers won their fifth straight game, defeating Lawrenceburg with a score of 72 to 71. Jimmy Devore was the top scorer for the team with 22 points.
The LCHS band won first prize at the annual Lawrenceburg Christmas parade.
Mr. and Mrs. James Smith announced the birth of their son, Jeffery.
Funeral services were held for Sammie Mayberry, 25; and for Arnold Speiss, 70.
“Jack the Ripper” and “Island of the Lost Women” were the Saturday night double feature at both the Highlands Drive-In and the Strand Theatre.
December 17, 1970
Members of the Lewis County Civil Defense and other volunteer workers banded in a search for two children, aged 9 and 13, who became lost in the woods while looking for a Christmas tree. The children, who were lost for four hours, were found after coming out of the woods at Tower Ranch. Lew Elliot, owner of Tower Ranch, used his public address system which could be heard for miles, to talk to the children and urge them to follow the sound.
Natchez Trace Parkway Superintendent Robert Haraden reminded the public that the removal of plants, including seasonal holiday foliage, was not allowed on the Parkway.
Connie Skelton was named chair of the Teen Action Program for the March of Dimes.
The Lewis County Pantherettes gained their first victory of the season with a 52 to 33 defeat over Elkton. Michele Berwick led the team in scoring with 28 points.
Funeral services were held for Edward Coble; Janie Kelley, 30; and for Luther White, 64.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Adkins advertised their purchase of Marshall’s Café from Mrs. John Marshall. The name of the business would be changed to Maxine’s Restaurant. Hamburger steaks were advertised as an opening special for the price of $1.25.
“The Happy Ending,” starring Jean Simmons and John Forsythe, and “El Condor,” starring Jim Brown and Lee Van Cleef, were the Friday and Saturday double feature movies at the Highlands Drive-In.
December 18, 1980
The City of Hohenwald announced that natural gas would increase by 17 percent and would be reflected on bills received by customers on March 1, 1981. The city’s supplier of natural gas was responsible for increasing the price. Customers were urged to conserve as much natural gas as possible.
The City of Hohenwald adopted a plan to change the street lighting system in Hohenwald to a high pressure sodium light. This change would save the city about $5,600 a year and reduce kilowatt usage by 300,000 per year while increasing the lighting level in residential areas by 20 percent and in commercial areas by 30 percent.
A total of $1,421 was collected during the American Legion’s Big Brother Paper Sale, exceeding their goal of $1,000. Funds were used to provide food baskets at Christmas for those in need and assistance throughout the year when an emergency arose.
A Hohenwald resident suffered burns over 75 percent of his body when his clothing caught fire at his home. It was not known how the accident occurred as the man was unable to tell family or first responders. Reverend William Warren of the Hohenwald Cumberland Presbyterian Church heard the man’s call for help and on seeing him on fire, called the police.
Leonard Glover was installed as pastor of the First United Pentecostal Church in Hohenwald.
Freddie Roth was elected president of the Lewis County Bridle and Saddle Club.
Tony and Diena Sharp announced the birth their daughter, Sasha Miche.
Funeral services were held for Waymer Vaughn, 88.
“Girls in 7C” was the weekend movie showing at the Highlands Drive-In Theater.
December 20, 1990
The re-opening of Lewis County Schools was delayed until January 7. The contractor completing asbestos removal at LCMS had asked for additional time to complete the abatement.
Highland Park Speedway announced that the race track had entered into agreements with the Hav-A-Tamps Cigar Company to host one of the Hav-A-Tamps qualifying races in Hohenwald on July 6, 1991.
The Lewis County Commission appointed a committee called Lewis County Ticket for Tomorrow. The committee would be a steering committee, who with the help of a sub-committee, would consider future planning for Lewis County.
The Henry I. Siegel Company was named a recipient of Apparel Industry Magazine’s 1990 All-Star Award.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputies were conducting a fundraiser to purchase needed safety equipment for the reserve personnel.
A man sought in connection with the death of a man in Lewis County was captured on December 16 in Dakota, Mississippi.
Paul Raines announced his resignation as pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church and announced the formation of Bible Baptist Church.
Kaitlyn Branch won the title of Baby Miss Dixie Christmas Belle in a pageant held in Waynesboro.
Mickie Carroll enlisted in the U. S. Navy.
Gerturde Roth was honored for her 85th birthday with a dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Churchwell.
Funeral services were held for Vernon Dickey, 80; and for John Tatum, 21.
Armstrong Pie Company, Inc. advertised the sale of gift boxes containing 20 individually wrapped pies for the holiday season. Residents were asked to call the company for more information.
December 21, 2000
Billy Ray Cyrus announced he would hold a benefit concert for the Alan Ragsdale family on December 23 at the LCHS gymnasium. Pepsi Bottling Group of Columbia donated Pepsi products to be sold at the concert, with proceeds going to the Alan Ragsdale family. The Lewis County Herald reported that there were no tickets available.
The Lewis County Commission approved preliminary architectural plans for the renovation of the old Genesco factory building on Smith Street. The Commission also approved the Lewis County Board of Education to enter into an Energy Efficient Loan Program to improve facility energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.
Lewis County was awarded $8,641 in federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area.
MLEC donated $250 to the Lewis County Board of Education to purchase incentive awards for students relative to attendance and other school goals.
The Lady Panthers defeated Culleoka with a score of 60 to 48. Crystal Willis was the top scorer for the team with 18 points.
The LCHS Panthers defeated Culleoka with a score of 56 to 47. Brad Page and Kyle Clayburn tied for top scorer with 12 points each.
Joe and Karen Calonge announced the birth of their son, John Joseph “Jack.”
Funeral services were held for Mary Dugger, 94.