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January 23, 1953
A bicycle ridden by Jimmy Conway and an auto driven by Russell Bagley crashed Friday at the intersection of Range and Pinckney Sts. Young Conway was thrown several feet into the air by impact, but was not seriously hurt. Sonny Mason driving the family Dodge in from Cherry Lake late Sunday night happened to an accident at the foot of the cemetery hill north of town when he lost control and the car left the road and wrecked into a ditch. Mason escaped injury. He was alone. The car was badly damaged. The road was slippery from the heavy rain. Twelve Seaboard Railway cars were derailed at ten o’clock last Thursday night a few hundred yards west of Champaign crossing, some five or six miles west of Madison. The train pulled a draw head, which caused the accident. Mrs. E L Flowers chairman of the Mother’s March for Polio for Lee, announces plans for the Mother’s March on Jan. 29th from 7 to 8 p.m. The workers will meet at Whitty’s at 6:30 to receive instructions. At 7:00 p.m. people will “Turn on their Porch Lights.”

January 22, 1954
The old Madison County Memorial hospital is now located on its new site on North Hancock street. The former location on North Shelby Street is now vacated and ready for work to start on the new hospital. Trammel Brittle aged approximately 32 years, white, of Monticello, met death accidently about 3 p.m. Wednesday while at work at the Shollar crate mill in Greenville. Brittle, who was working in the log yard, was crushed under falling logs of a truck. Madison County donated $438.63 to the Children’s Home Society of Florida in 1953 according to the annual report sent out by Executive Director Philip Lovejoy. Birmingham, Ala. – James J Love, Quincy, has been named as Florida’s “Man of the Year in Service to Agriculture” by a Southwide farm magazine, The Progressive Farmer.

January 21, 1955
Mrs. W C Copeland Jr., entertained with a seated tea at her home Wednesday afternoon, complimenting Mrs. M MacNaught of Providence, RI who is visiting her son and family the Edward Mussers, since a trip to South Florida while attending the State Dog Shows. There will be a Polio Benefit basketball game between the Madison High School girls and boys teams and town teams Saturday night January 22. Girls’ game will begin at 8:00 and boys’ game immediately following. These games will in the Madison High School gym. Billy and Jimmy Goree and Laurie Duval of the US Army, stationed at Fort Mead, Maryland, spent a furlough with their parents and friends. Scott Kelley, age 27, last week became the youngest mayor in the city of Lakeland’s history. Kelly was born in Madison County in 1927, son of Jim Kelley, who lost his life in an automobile accident at Quincy a few years ago, and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William Scott Kelley and of Mr. and Mrs. J Q Hunter, life-long residents of this county.

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