50 Years Ago

Week of July 30, 1970

The Tom Gates’ home on the Middle Creek Road was completely destroyed by fire. Since all of the phones were out, a lady visiting the family, drove in to Many and reported the blaze. Nothing was saved.

The body of Richard Maxey, 43, was found in a wooded area near Noble on July 22, according to the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. A charge of murder was filed against William J. Corley on the night of July 21. Corley and Maxey got into an argument at a lounge and Maxey was shot with a .22 magnum Derringer pistol.

A stand of dead trees south of Highway 6 were infested with Southern Pine Beetles, according to the La. Forestry Commission. They were in the process of killing the beetles.

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