Look Back ... to comic books a menace? 1948

Oct. 1—Oct. 1, 1948, in The Star: There's a possibility that certain comic books deemed by youth authorities to be a bad influence on the children of America might be banned in Anniston, following Birmingham's lead in banning 52 such magazines last week. Anniston Mayor E. D. Banks said he would take the matter under advisement. The "comic book problem" is creating something of a furor all over the nation. Back in August in New Albany, Ind., three young boys said they got their ideas from a comic book after they were charged with torturing and nearly killing a playmate. Also this date: In grateful appreciation for his 11 years of loyal service to their congregation, the leaders of First Methodist Church in Anniston yesterday presented a home to Dr. and Mrs. Waights G. Henry Sr.. The residence is located at 1012 Christine Avenue, where the air was soft and fragrant late Thursday afternoon with the scent of the many flowers sent by church members to lend their beauty to the occasion of the property transfer. The now-retired pastor told the crowd the home would be the last one he and his wife would ever need and would "furnish refuge in the succeeding years." [Dr. Henry died in August 1960 at age 81.] Additionally: The California Supreme Court today threw out a California law that prohibited white people from marrying black people. The court found that any law that restricts one's choice of whom to marry is a restriction on the right of marriage itself. [This was nearly 20 years before the U.S. Supreme Court would resolve the question on a national level.]

Oct. 1, 1998, in The Star: Mead Corporation said yesterday that it would sell its Mead Ink Products division in Anniston for $21 million to Progressive Ink. Co. of St. Louis. The move had been expected, however, on account of company silence on the matter it's not known publicly whether the sale would affect local operations in any way. About 55 people work at the Anniston plant, which was opened in 1988 and is located on National Drive. Also this date: The Rev. Scott Whetstone has been named the first full-time pastor in the 160-year history of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, a small rural church north of Wellington. His father, Ronald, is a previous pastor of the church, which unfortunately is also known for having lost its sanctuary during the same Palm Sunday tornado that wrought fatal destruction on Goshen Methodist.