In the late Thirties Lois Womack and Sue Crowe gathered the tidbits of what amounted to news in our town for a column in the Courier. Thankfully, there was little of great consequence to report. Usually it was who visited whom; who was sick or recovering; who wedded whom; who took a trip to where; events at the school; mild gossip; and occasional reflections on the weather or season.
In 1935 Sue was 16 years old; Lois was 21. They both worked fulltime in the mill, yet for several years used their spare time to contribute these columns for the community's enjoyment.
They were neighbors on Academy Street, in fact they were third cousins. Sue was the daughter of Tom and Lula Ricketts Crowe; Lois was the daughter of Grover and Mary Silver Womack.
Sixty of their articles have been found so far, all from late 1935 and throughout 1936.
They were transcribed and contributed by Judson “Bud” and his wife Jeri Keener Crow. Sue was Bud's sister. He describes the two young girls and their news gathering methods in “About The Twins.”
If more of their columns are discovered we'll add them to this collection.
Photo courtesy Nelle Womack Webb.