Look back…on a special train commemorating Anglo-French friendship, 1949

February 11-Feb. November 11, 1949, in The Star: A special train called the French Thank You Train arrived this morning in Anniston at 9 o’clock, bringing with it representatives of the French people, as well as gifts, for the French nation to express its gratitude for the American aid during the war. Representatives from clubs, churches, schools and civic organizations were on hand to welcome the train. The Jacksonville University Band performed both “The Star Spangled Banner” and “La Marseillaise.” This date is also: Passing away last night in a Memphis hospital was W. C. Wilson, 68, who played an important role for many years in the commercial and industrial life of Anniston. He was born in Oxford, entered the business world in Lincoln and came to Anniston in 1921, at which time he founded Emory Pipe and Foundry Co. and was associated with H. B. Rudisill in the Rudisill Foundry Company. Most notably, Mr. Wilson owned the 10-story office building at Tenth and Noble which bore his name until he sold it to the Commercial National Bank in 1946. He maintained his residence at 1604 Quintard. Survivors include his wife, a daughter and two sons.

February 11, 1999, in The Star: Alabama’s Medicaid regulations have left low-income working parents behind, a national study finds. It says Alabama’s eligibility limits for Medicaid coverage are the lowest in the nation. This means that approximately 78,000 Alabama parents with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level do not have health insurance. The study says that because of the way officials wrote the rules — which has nothing to do with the character of people who don’t have insurance — poor working parents are twice as likely not to be insured than those who are unemployed.

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