LOOKING BACK

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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