What was life like 100 years ago in Shelby County?

Complete March 26, 1919, edition of The Champion is reproduced in this week's print edition of The Light and Champion
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This week’s edition of The Light and Champion has a special treat for local history buffs interested in Shelby County history.

In our section of the paper we’ve reproduced an eight-page section published this week, 100 years ago in The Champion.

The March 26 edition of the weekly has a variety of stories and ads giving a glimpse of what life was life a century ago.

Shelby County soldiers returning from the battlefields of World War 1 were welcomed with a “well attended and enjoyed” reunion with family and friends.

Farmers State Bank had an ad seeking business, claiming deposits were “protected by the Guaranty Fund of the State of Texas.”

At the Ford dealership, Tol T. Smith was taking orders for cars. A Ford Touring Car could be secured for $525; a Runabout for $500; a Coupe for $650; and a sedan for $775.

The John C. Rogers store invited residents to stop by the store window — ”Fishermen, We have everything you need in the Fishing Line. Now is the time to begin planning your fishing trip.”

In other news stories the new issuance of Victory postage stamps was to be going on sale soon across the nation for 3-cents to commemorate the successful conclusion of the war.

Shelby County Commissioners only made a maximum of $1,000 a year, according to a story on page two of the section. For that sum they were responsible for roads which were mostly dirt.

Roads have been bad from one end to the other.” It went on to say “worse” places have developed on most roads “and various commissioners have been on the jump all the time.”

While the saved edition of the 1919 newspaper is not perfect, it was in good shape considering it is 100 years old. We thank Marcy Bradbury of Shelbyville for sharing the edition with us and thanks to Buster Bounds for making sure we were aware the historic newspaper was still around.

Bradbury has had it laminated to protect it from further deterioration. But that made reproducing it a little more of a challenge with some waves and a little glare here and there. But we hope you can read enough of the section for it to be of interest.

Bradbury came across the newspaper when going through Napoleon Bonaparte Cannon’s things in the early 1970s. Cannon was Bradbury’s grandfather who had held onto the complete 1919 edition.


The historic, 100-year-old reproduction is included in this week's edition of The Light and Champion.

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