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50 years ago, 25 years ago, 10 years ago – Dec. 4

50 years ago: Assistant Postmaster Howard Noe demonstrates the new stamp vending machine at the post office to Mrs. Harold Watson, as Postmaster John G. Little looks on . . .a disastrous fire gutted the Riley Lumber & Supply Co. building and the Greenville Butane Gas Co. late last Wednesday afternoon . . . the new Taylor Parts and Supply staff is composed of Manager Ben Snead, Charles Colquette and James Whittington . . . purchase a super-size, super-bright aluminum 6 ½ ft. Christmas tree-extra bushy!-for just $1 with any purchase of $50 or more at Hainje’s . . . make this Christmas a happy one with a new 1961 Ford or Falcon from Clement Motor Co. . . . Cub Scout Dave Boyd reported Den 7 met at the home of Perry Gafford with Larry Cumbie serving refreshments. An election was held. Nixon beat Kennedy 7-4 . . . K.V. Reagan, teacher of vocational agriculture at Greenville High School, is leaving Birmingham Friday on a jet plane for Los Angeles as a delegate to the American Vocational Association . . . Butler County’s cotton quota is set at 10,586 acres said E.O. Cates Jr., office manager . . .

25 years ago: Directors for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce for the 1986 year were recently elected: Paul Mitchell, Jimmy Gardner, Bill Simms, Calvin Poole III, Joe Watts and C.H. Buster MacGuire, Chamber executive director . . . included in the 1985 Candlelight Home Tour are the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Jim McGowin; Dr. and Mrs. E. Vernon Stabler; Mr. and Mrs. Sumpter McGowin; Mr. and Mrs. James Frakes, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Williams and Mrs. Rufus Poole Sr . . . Linda Daniel, cookie chairman for the Greenville Girl Scouts, tests out samples for the annual cookie drive . . . Greenville residents woke up to a chilly temperature of 26 degrees. The colder weather seems to be in the Camellia City to stay this time . . . Paul Stafford, representing the Life Underwriters Association of Greenville, presents a check to Mrs. C.H. MacGuire of the Department of Pensions and Security for the Christmas Fund Drive . . . Allen Raines, Pam Davis, David Scott, Janet Bender and Stephen Snow of Fort Dale-South Butler Academy were named to the Wendy’s Tip-Off All-Tournament Team . . .

10 years ago: Kim Owens’ fifth grade class at Greenville Middle School participated in a study of Native Americans. The students, Jesse Householder, Crystal Lawrence, Jelisa Bailey, Jazmine Albritton, Tikina Scott, Anna Schofield, Heather Blackmon, Justin Gregory, Kodie Fulton, Cortez Crenshaw, Edward Seawright, Samantha Gibson, Dawnisha Peagler, Zandra Coleman, Jazmine Taylor and Elon Duncan, dressed up, wrote reports and built a model of a Native American home . . . Meredith Mosley, Marcy Adams and Ashley Paulk were the top scorers for the FDA Lady Eagles in their win over the Greenville Academy Lady ‘Nados . . . International Paper donated the materials for a hardwood log cabin playhouse built by employees, to be featured in the Greenville, McKenzie and Georgiana parades. Chances on the playhouse are $2 and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society . . . Tommy Lee Pate, an inmate at the Butler County Jail, attempted to escape but after a brief jog in the woods, was quickly taken back into custody . . . Teresa Stevens, owner/operator of Camellia City Florist, is shown making an evergreen wreath . . . Justin Pierce jumps for one of his four three-pointers during the FDA Eagles’ victory over the GA Tornados last Tuesday night.