One hundred years ago this week:

• A Coker man drove his team into a gully at the Mobile and Ohio Railroad resulting in the horse having a broken neck. When found, the man was asleep and his little boy was sitting in the wagon crying. The man was arrested for disorderly conduct.

• Sheriff Hughes reported that two men in the jail asked passers-by for coins to buy tobacco. The two men couldn’t agree how to split the coins and a fight wouldn’t work, because one was a one-armed man, so they just didn’t speak to each other.

• Sheriff Hughes recovered one of his best bloodhounds, lost when he was chasing a convict. The dog would not give up the scent when the search was called off and the Sheriff had to come home without him. Mr. Jim Clements was in the chase and later came upon the dog while driving his car, 28 miles from the city. The footsore dog recognized him and jumped into his car. Clements delivered the dog to a grateful sheriff, but wouldn’t accept any payment or reward.

• A military company was being formed at the High School with 1st Sgt. Gordon of the U.S. Marine Corps in charge.

• Ground was broken for a handsome six-room cottage for W.L. Reed on Greensboro Avenue. The cottage was to cost $5,000 and was located on the lot adjoining the residence of John R. Kennedy, between 11th and 15th streets.

• City and County Health Officer A.A. Kirk said that mosquitoes had made their appearance is some parts of the city and as a result there was some malaria. Kirk recommended turning over any cans or flower pots that held water.

• E.J. O’Rourke prepared to open a bakery in the old picture show building adjoining the Merchants Bank. The bakery would use the latest equipment, known as the Barker oven system (a rotating oven).

• Hardin’s Bakery advertised in the same issue that their bread was the best bread on the market. Hardin’s had installed new machinery and had on order highly improved machinery at a cost of nearly $3,000. 

 Compiled by retired News librarian Betty Slowe.