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The Way It Was: Man arrested for cursing after church

The Way It Was: Man arrested for cursing after church

July 16th, 2018 by Vivian Osborne in Features

100 years ago


July 16, 1918:


Friends of Ben Williams are relieved over the news that he is recovering nicely at a hospital in France. He was gassed in an attack on the front line in the trenches and writes his mother, Mrs. Henry Lewis, that for several days he was unable to open his eyes. He will be given a rest, probably in Paris, before returning to duty. Mr. Williams pays tribute to the Red Cross for its care of the wounded.


July 17:


Inspection of the Texarkana troop of the Texas cavalry was made at the armory in the Benefield building on West Broad Street yesterday afternoon at 6 o'clock. The inspection was made by Lieutenant Colonel Moffett, of the Sixth cavalry of the United States army, assisted by Lieutenant Colonel Tom Manion, of the Texas National Guard Calvary. Captain Julian Bailey is in command of the Texarkana troop.


July 18:


Tommie Smith, aged 5 years, was severely burned yesterday at his home at the Cottage Hotel East Elm Street. The little fellow stepped into a trash fire in the yard, and his foot was very severely burned. He is the grandson of Mrs. J.T. Smith, proprietor of the hotel, and son of Mrs. Dave Roach, who makes her home there.


July 19:


The war has brought about many changed conditions in Texarkana, but nowhere have they been more potent than in the business world. Offices, shops, stores, all have felt the derangement caused by taking hundreds of men from their various professions and employment. But the women have begun to take the places in the ranks of the working world of these men who have gone to fight for their country.


July 20:


J.S. Hargis and his brother, B.F. Hargis, and children, Florine and Eugene, W.H. Lynch and Esther Echols, formed a pleasant party that departed yesterday in J.S. Hargis' car for a tour of points in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. They will visit at the old Hargis home at Horn Lake, Miss., for the first time in twenty-six years and have planned to reach there Sunday in time to attend service at the church where they attended as lads.


July 21:


G.W. Anthony was arrested yesterday by Chief Terrell on a charge of stealing $8.50 from another man on a Pullman car on Front Street. Both men are Pullman porters. G. Walker was arrested on the charge of cursing and abusing Loye Ridecut while en route home from church. L. Snell was arrested for vagrancy.

July 22:


Mrs. A.C. Taylor has arrived from her home at Taylor, Ark., for a visit with her mother, Mrs. M. Finley; also, next Tuesday will mark the departure of Mrs. A.J. Offenhauser and Miss Lottie Conway for a summer stay at Ludington, Mich.


50 years ago


July 16, 1968:


Texarkana, Texas, police are investigating a break-in Sunday afternoon at the Williams Memorial Methodist Church, 220 Reading Ave. Officers said a glass window had been broken to gain entry to the church secretary's office, which evidently had been searched. Nothing was reported missing, however. Police said the church had been left unlocked for several hours Sunday afternoon, and apparently burglars had walked in the church without forcing entry, then had broken into the office looking for money.


July 17:


William McKinney Akin, son of Mr. and Mrs. McKinney R. Akin, will leave July 18th with his agriculture teacher and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Jack V. Hill, to attend the state FFA convention in Lubbock to receive his Lone Star Farmers award. A senior student at Hooks High School, young Akin has worked on his project of Aberdeen Angus Heifers (registered) for the past three years.


July 18:


Chrysler Corp. set a blistering pace Monday as it reported it sold more cars and made more money in the first half of 1968 than in any previous opening six months in Chrysler history. They reported it sold 800,317 cars in the U.S. stock market as it accounted for 18.4 percent of industry sales—the biggest chunk Chrysler grabbed since the first six months of 1957 when it got 20.1 percent of a smaller market. It was only 10 years ago that Chrysler lost $34 million.

July 19:


The Miss Texas Pageant in Fort Worth started on "press note" Tuesday when the 63 contestants met with newsmen to show off their bathing suits. East Texas girls in the pageant this year include Donna Russell, Miss Gladewater; Alice Hackney, Miss Marshall; Paula Jones, Miss Texarkana; Angela Hill, Miss Linden; and Sharl Dickey, Miss Longview. The pageant will officially open tonight in the Will Rogers auditorium, with winners in swim suit and talent preliminary announced each evening. A new miss Texas will be crowned on Saturday night and be telecast in color on a regional network covering five states.


July 20:


William Roy Penney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Penney of the Miller community near Foreman, Ark., recently was graduated from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla., with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Dr. Penney attended elementary schools in Falls Chapel, Ben Lomond and Ashdown and graduated high school in Winthrop, Ark., in 1954. He attended Texarkana College for two years and graduated from the University of Arkansas with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1959 and 1962.


July 21:


Skunks and minks are members of the weasel family; the prairie dog and the gopher are members of the squirrel; the alpaca and the llama are members of the camel; the brain of a blue whale weighs about 20 pounds.


July 22:


The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reported that "the mottled duck nesting season is running a little late, but nonetheless this looks like a bang-up year for mottled duck production along Texas Coast especially." The estimate was based on aerial census flights from Port Arthur to Brownsville, the department said.

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