“Labor is Honest and Pluck Wins”

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM.

BONIFAY — It was 120 years ago the Holmes County Times-Advertiser went to print for the first time.

“I remember the caption that was across every edition of the paper,” said local resident and President of the Kiwanis Club of Bonifay Carlton Treadwell. “It read ‘Labor is Honest and Pluck Wins,’ and we use to send a copy to a relative in the southern pacific and his buddies would ask what it meant, if anything. Pluck means persistence, durability and a drive to finish what you’ve started.”

Treadwell said that the paper was important to the Holmes County community.

“It was very important,” said Treadwell. “It was the main source of news for the county. You had the paper and then you had gossip, but that was it.”

The lifeline during those days was the carriers, said Treadwell.

“Most of the people lived in rural areas and the newspapers were delivered by rural carriers,” he said. “Most of the time those in the rural areas would get their Wednesday paper by Friday and was served through Black, Ala. Route 1. Carriers were very nice and used to buy things from the store if you needed them, so they we’re just the means of getting the paper.”

The biggest population at that time was in Bethlehem, said Treadwell.

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