Now and Then

July 22, 1943

Fifth Case Of Polio Develops East Of Fairfield – The 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Cox, living at the Humble Pump Station, nine miles east of Fairfield, was carried to a Dallas hospital, Sunday, and is pronounced to have infantile paralysis. This makes five recent cases to develop about nine miles east of Fairfield, two being at the pump station, two of the Bishop children and one Crouch child. All are being treated in hospital.

‘Old Landmark’ Destroyed By Fire – The dwelling on the “John Lake” farm, on Ward Prairie was destroyed by fire Friday morning at 8:30. The house was occupied by Vernon Willard and family, who lost practically all their household goods. Mrs. Willard and small son were the only ones at home, and succeeded in saving a sewing machine, a cedar chest, and a few bed clothes. Over 500 cans of fruit and vegetables were lost. The building was owned by Mrs. W.O. Keaton of Teague, and there was no insurance on either the building or its contents. The fire originated from an oil stove. The building was a landmark in the Ward Prairie neighborhood. It was built for John Lake, a pioneer settler in 1884, by Lewellyn Johnson, W.D. Pittman, and Jas H. McIlveen, all old time and well known citizens of Fairfield.

Ira’s – Cabin in the Sky starring Ethel Waters and Rochester; The Leather Burner starring William Boyd and Andy Clyde; A Stranger in Town starring Frank Morgan and Richard Carlson; Mission To Morocco starring Walter Huston and Ann Harding

July 18, 1968

Butler Family Is Reported Lost Off Bahama Islands – The Talmadge Butler family has been reported lost in a squall near the Bahama Islands and, thus far, no trace has been found of their aircraft. According to word received here, Rev. Butler and his wife, and Steve, their son, as well as the plane’s pilot Clayton Gamber, are all natives of


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