“Labor is Honest and Pluck Wins”

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

“They would take all of the sheets and go down to the house, which was where the A-Plus Pharmacy is now, and they would lay it out on a big table,” said Dianne. “Then the women of the family would fold all the papers to get them ready to go out. The whole family would pitch in those days.”

She said she and her husband had left, but would find themselves back home and back in the newspaper business.

“I never knew my great-grandfather, W.D. Williams, who was actually editor and publisher longer then any one,” said Dianne. Her grandfather, E.A. Williams, was editor and publisher of the Advertiser for 40 years. “When he retired my father (DeVane Williams) became publisher and editor and when he became ill my husband and I bought the paper from him.”

“My husband was the one really in charge,” she said. “I helped with writing weddings. I wrote about the wedding dress, the reception and was usually a nice write-up about their wedding in general.”

Her mother, Dianne said, wrote about the local weddings, and then she followed suite.

“Weddings and Obituaries were always very important to the community,” she said. “Obituaries were always important and if the person was known by the editor or well known in the community the editor would say a few words about them. Obituaries were always flowery; praising the person’s life, but eventually that changed to be more matter-of-fact and strait-to-the-point.”

These events fell under the category of “Social News.”

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