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1940’s – Holden Avenue Church of Christ

1940’s – Holden Avenue Church of Christ

One of the largest congregations in Newport was the Holden Avenue Church of Christ. The Church of Christ had come to Jackson County in the mid-1800's and had flourished to the point that by the 1940's there were more than 25 congregations in the county. (Courtesy of...

1940’s – First Baptist Church

1940’s – First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church in Newport was organized in 1892 and the sanctuary pictured here, which is still in use, was built in 1946. ( Courtesy of Jane Parnell.)

1940’s – St. Cecelia’s

1940’s – St. Cecelia’s

St. Cecelia's Catholic Church in Newport started out in the 1890's as the Church of St. John the Evangelist. Parishioner Christian J. Saenger was instrumental in raising construction funds, and the church building was completed in 1896. The first church burned in the...

1940’s – Tinsley and Hulen Boys

1940’s – Tinsley and Hulen Boys

On the home front, life went on as usual for most Jackson County residents. These two little Swifton boys, James Tinsley (left) and J.W. Hulen, enjoy playing with the chickens in the backyard of the Hulen home. Raising chickens for their eggs, and for Sunday dinner...

1945 – WWII Swifton Sailors

1945 – WWII Swifton Sailors

These sailors from Swifton obviously enjoyed their time on leave and had someone snap their photograph for Mom. From left to right are Johnny Tharp, Billy Gale, and J.W. Willmuth. (Courtesy of J.W. Hulen.)

1940’s – WWII Newport Soldier

1940’s – WWII Newport Soldier

These sailors from Swifton obviously enjoyed their time on leave and had someone snap their photograph for Mom. From left to right are Johnny Tharp, Billy Gale, and J.W. Willmuth. (Courtesy of J.W. Hulen.)

1940’s – Pilot Wiley Albright

1940’s – Pilot Wiley Albright

In other areas of the World War II effort, these Newport soldiers served stateside in the Army. From left to right are Roy Evans, ? Landrum, ?Anders, John Burke, and Ralph Monroe. Evans published the Probe, an Army newspaper, at Wakeman Hospital in Indianapolis....

1940’s – Airbase – Cullus Walker

1940’s – Airbase – Cullus Walker

Wiley Albright was one of several Jackson County boys who earned their wings at the Newport Airfield. From 1942 to 1946, Wiley was a fighter pilot in the Pacific, flying off the carrier Antietam. His father owned a construction business in Newport, and after the war...

1940’s – Airbase – Maintenance

1940’s – Airbase – Maintenance

Cullus Walker was one of the pilots who won the heart of a Newport girl and returned after the war to spend his life in Jackson County. Movie-star handsome, he could have been a poster boy for the whole war effort. (Courtesy of Jackson County Historical Society,...

1940’s – Airbase – Flyers

1940’s – Airbase – Flyers

These are a few of the officers and men who gathered at the Newport Airfield to learn to be pilots and maintain airplanes. The sudden arrival of thousands of young men in Jackson County contributed mightily to the nightlife in a county with legalized alcohol sales and...

1940’s – Airbase Layout

1940’s – Airbase Layout

These are a few of the officers and men who gathered at the Newport Airfield to learn to be pilots and maintain airplanes. The sudden arrival of thousands of young men in Jackson County contributed mightily to the nightlife in a county with legalized alcohol sales and...

1940’s – McDonald Siblings

1940’s – McDonald Siblings

In November 1942, the Newport Army Airfield sprang into existence after only one year of intensive effort to clear rice fields and marshes, build barracks and training centers, and recruit potential pilots from all branches of the military services to participate in...

1941 – 1942 – Swifton School 4th grade

1941 – 1942 – Swifton School 4th grade

Descendants of Judge John Robinson, The McDonald siblings were the children of Alvin Tobe McDonald and Mary Susan Johnson McDonald. They are, from left to right, Sue McDonald Robinson, Robert Haas McDonald, Lottie McDonald McCartney, Joseph Johnson McDonald, Ralph...

1940’s – Unidentified members, St. Paul AME

1940’s – Unidentified members, St. Paul AME

These are a few of the officers and men who gathered at the Newport Airfield to learn to be pilots and maintain airplanes. The sudden arrival of thousands of young men in Jackson County contributed mightily to the nightlife in a county with legalized alcohol sales and...

1941 – Kindergarten class, St. Paul AME

1941 – Kindergarten class, St. Paul AME

Unidentified members of St. Paul AME Church's congregation stand on the front steps of their church sometime in the 1940's, among them many of the leaders of Newport's black community. (Courtesy of James Logan Morgan Jr. and the Butler Center.)

1940’s – St. Paul AME Church

1940’s – St. Paul AME Church

The 1941 kindergarten class at St. Paul AME Church was taught by Willa Black. Years later, a day car center was named in her honor. (Courtesy of James Logan Morgan Jr. and the Butler Center.)

1940 – Senior Choir, Morning Star Church

1940 – Senior Choir, Morning Star Church

St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1880, and the congregation built this fine structure in 1914 at the corner of Sixth and Main Streets. Long the home of a vibrant congregation, the church moved "out on the highway" (away from downtown), and...

1940’s – Mount Gillard Baptist Church

1940’s – Mount Gillard Baptist Church

These sailors from Swifton obviously enjoyed their time on leave and had someone snap their photograph for Mom. From left to right are Johnny Tharp, Billy Gale, and J.W. Willmuth. (Courtesy of J.W. Hulen.)

1940’s – Aerial view of Newport

1940’s – Aerial view of Newport

In other areas of the World War II effort, these Newport soldiers served stateside in the Army. From left to right are Roy Evans, ? Landrum, ?Anders, John Burke, and Ralph Monroe. Evans published the Probe, an Army newspaper, at Wakeman Hospital in Indianapolis....

1930’s – Pickens Black

1930’s – Pickens Black

On the home front, life went on as usual for most Jackson County residents. These two little Swifton boys, James Tinsley (left) and J.W. Hulen, enjoy playing with the chickens in the backyard of the Hulen home. Raising chickens for their eggs, and for Sunday dinner...

1939 – Jacksonport School Children

1939 – Jacksonport School Children

The First Baptist Church in Newport was organized in 1892 and the sanctuary pictured here, which is still in use, was built in 1946. ( Courtesy of Jane Parnell.)

1930’s – Workers outside the Button Factory

1930’s – Workers outside the Button Factory

In November 1942, the Newport Army Airfield sprang into existence after only one year of intensive effort to clear rice fields and marshes, build barracks and training centers, and recruit potential pilots from all branches of the military services to participate in...

1936 – Shelling for Mussels

1936 – Shelling for Mussels

In other areas of the World War II effort, these Newport soldiers served stateside in the Army. From left to right are Roy Evans, ? Landrum, ?Anders, John Burke, and Ralph Monroe. Evans published the Probe, an Army newspaper, at Wakeman Hospital in Indianapolis....

1930’s – Pearling at Newport

1930’s – Pearling at Newport

An aerial view of Newport shot in 1940 shows the bend in the White River on the north side of town, with the blue bridge spanning the river and leading into the business district. Clearly, the devastation of the 1926 fire has been overcome, and a prosperous little...