“Labor is Honest and Pluck Wins”

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

He said his sons were DeVane and Edward Williams II.

“Edward Williams II became post master, but by then the paper was owned by someone else and DeVane Williams was editor until the day he died.”

After DeVane Williams passed away Orren Smith, who married Williams’ daughter Dianne, became the publisher, said Treadwell.

“He was publisher of the paper for the longest time,” he said.

Dianne, great-granddaughter of the original owner W.D. Williams, said that four generations of her family owned and edited the paper for almost a century, from the time it was established in 1892 till the paper was sold to the Woodhams in 1981.

“When I was in my pre-teens and early teens I would come in on Saturday mornings and afternoons and fold the Baptist Church’s announcements for $1,” she said. “Back then that was enough to go to the movies and pay for candy and popcorn.”

She remembered when things broke on the press that her grandfather and father could fix it, but it would be stressed to get the papers out.

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