“Labor is Honest and Pluck Wins”

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

“Bethlehem had the biggest school at the time,” he said. “That was back when farming wasn’t all that expensive and was profitable.”

He said in those days the residents of Holmes County were self-sufficient.

“They survived on cane syrup, eggs, pork, corn, ground their own meal, grew their own food, got milk from cows, made their own butter,” said Treadwell. “People lived on ham, eggs and bacon, but that was it. There were no televisions and hardly any radios and that’s why the newspaper was so important for getting the news.”

He said he remembered the paper had their own printing press, complete with having to melt their own lead to reform the letters for printing and that he also remembered the old editor, Ed Williams.

“He was a long, tall and thin man who smoked cigars and always had an awful lot of work to be done,” said Treadwell. “He was always in a running fit to get it in the mail and out on time, but he had help from his boys.”

As far back as he could remember, Ed Williams was the editor.

“Ed Williams was an old man in 1940 and being the editor of the paper was all he’d ever done,” Treadwell said, trying to contemplate if Williams was the first editor of the Holmes County Times-Advertiser.

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