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February 6, 1930

Grand Jury Returns Indictment For Murder Of Monroe Higgins – The 87th Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Earl Williford with murder of Monroe Higgins, negro found dead in Cottonwood Creek recently. The Grand Jury also returned an indictment against Williford charging him with violating the prohibition law. Judge Boyd granted $1,500 bail in the murder case and $1,000 in the liquor case.

Fall From Derrick Fatal To Mexia Man – Edgar F. Brown, 24, is dead the result of a fall of 60 feet from the top of an oil derrick on the Magnolia “B” lease Sunday. Brown, an employee of the Magnolia, slipped and fell to the derrick floor at 9 a.m. Sunday. He died in DeBerry hospital at 4:45 p.m. of internal injuries sustained. The deceased is survived by his wife and an 18 month old son; two sisters, Mrs. Oak Newbrough, Mexia, and Mrs. C.E. Flanigan, Breckenridge; and a twin brother, Ernest Brown, also of the Magnolia.

Talks To Pupils – Miss Sadie Kirgan accepted an invitation to talk to Teague High School pupils Friday morning, her subject being “Folk Lore of Freestone County.” Her talk was well received by the faculty, teachers, and visitors at the school.

Star Theatre – Skin Deep starring Monte Blue, Betty Compson, and Daisy Lee; The Hollywood Revue starring 25 regular stars.

February 10, 1944

Vocational Training Shop To Open – There will be a free picture show and open house for inspection at the new vocational agriculture building at the Fairfield High School Friday night, Feb. 11, at 8:15 P.M. Mr. Herring, the School Board, the P.F.A. boys and their teacher, Mr. Sybert, have been working hard during this school year to get this building completed. The shop is now complete after six months of planning and working and is equipped with $1,500 worth of equipment furnished through the State Department by the Federal Government. The shop will be


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