Thursday, March 24, 2005


City Personals
Mary Clay Brooks

Dr. Ben Martin visits family in Starkville

Christopher and Jenny Cupp and daughter, Emma Grace, spent Sunday with Becky Cupp and family.

Lois Swanee’s granddaughter, Natalie Swaney of Memphis, Tenn., is at home recuperating from a recent car accident.

Hillery O’Brian of Hogansville, Ga., and Kelli Wheeler of Norcross, Ga., were the weekend guests of Mary Clay and Gene Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady. While here, the girls also visited with their aunt, Kay Wheeler, and her family.

Dr. Ben Martin travelled to Starkville, to see his grandchildren, Tanner and Tristan, on Saturday. He also visited with their mother, Tara Martin, and her parents, Jerry and Ann Moulder.

Doris Cochran and Clark and Harriett Cochran all attended the wedding of Bin Langus, son of Rita Cochran Langus, formerly of Holly Springs, and husband, Johnny, in Mobile, Ala., over the weekend.

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Miss Felesa Turnage to wed Deldrick McClellan Saturday

Mr. and Mrs. Clevester Turnage announce the wedding of Deldrick Jamaal McClellan and Felesa Coretta Turnage, both of Holly Springs. Deldrick is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George McClellan.

The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2005 at Greenwood MB Church in Lamar. Pastor Ronnie Franklin will officiate.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

Southwest Historical Tour set for April 30

Come take a trip back in time with us as we travel across historic paths of Marshall County roads and places. We will visit the Civil War port of the old town of Wyatt’s Landing. The Yankees burned the town in 1864 and the only thing that is left is the overgrown site.

When we last had it mowed we could see ground wells and cisterns and bricks scattered all over. Now big trees are there as swaying sentinels of an era past. Big boats came up the Tallahatchie River to this place but the river began to get shallower at this point and up river wasn’t navigable from here. The farmers brought their cotton here to be shipped to New Orleans, as the price was better than Memphis. 

Be prepared for a chill when we arrive at the Civil War parapets left deserted with only ghosts of yesteryear haunting this place. If only they could talk, what a tale they could tell!

The parapets were used for holding cannons and these were used by both sides. The Northerners built them at the beginning of the War, and then the Confederates took over when General James Chalmers from Holly Springs had a battle there in 1864. This is hallowed ground, but you can wear your boots over it. 

On this trip we will also see three plantations with renewed glory, the past having evaporated with the vicissitudes of time.

There will be several old log cabins to visit, one where General Nathan Bedford Forrest lived. We will see where the Federal troops camped and hear narrations of all these happenings.

We will visit two more plantations where only the magnolias and flowering shrubs are left as poignant reminders of a time past. Part of the tour will be a hayride or if you are allergic to hay, you can ride on two beautiful wagons pulled by pairs of pink mules! We will have a Mississippi lunch of catfish and hush puppies. Narrators will give the history. 

The Marshall County Historical Museum is the sponsor of this annual tour, which began in 1964.

The county is so large that only a section a year can be visited and it takes about four or five years to get around to all of it.

It will also be a scenic tour as we travel over beautiful Marshall County on a modern air-conditioned bus. Because of the bus and the lunch, reservations must be made in advance. The cost of the tour is $30 per person. Call 662 252-3669 or come by the Square Museum at 111 West Van Dorn Avenue for tickets.

We have carefully saved historic information from all the tours and are compiling them into historic books so that future generations will have access to this wonderful story of our past. We here in Marshall County do have an incredible heritage!

If you would like to have your family’s history, photos, recipes, and family trees in the book, please bring it in and you’ll make history. Your ancestors should be so honored. Bring it to the Museum and we will help you sort it out if you need help. We have a deadline so hurry and don’t procrastinate.

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