Thursday, May 4, 2005


City Personals
Mary Clay Brooks

Jim Hart celebrates birthday

Cade Cupp, son of Walker and Heather Cupp, of Collierville, Tenn., was the overnight guest of his grandmother, Becky Cupp, on Saturday.

Jim Hart, son of Joey Hart, celebrated his seventh birthday Saturday with a John Deere Tractor themed party. Party guests included numerous family members and close friends. Happy birthday, Jim!

Frances Buchanan, Nyla Moore and Dorothy Warren attended the production of Bus Stop at Theater Memphis on Sunday.

Leslie, Joan and Sam Sigman of Ripley, Tenn., had lunch and visited with Doris Cochran on Sunday.

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Miss Stephanie Taylor to wed Wayne Carter May 21

Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Taylor of Holly Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Fitch of Iuka announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Stephanie Taylor of Holly Springs to Samuel Wayne Carter of Warner Robbins, Ga., son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Carter Jr. of Atlanta, Ga. and Mr. and Mrs. Ted Harridge of Warner Robbins, Ga.

Stephanie is a 2003 graduate of Marshall Academy. She has completed basic training for the U.S. Air Force and received her air crew wings in 2004. She is serving with the U.S. Air Force in North Dakota as an inflight re-fueler.

Wayne is a 2001 graduate of Houston County High School and completed Air Force basic training in 2003. He received his air crew wings in 2004 and is serving with the U.S. Air Force as an inflight re-fueler, currently in North Dakota.

The wedding will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 21, 2005 at First Baptist Church in Holly Springs. A reception will immediately follow in the church fellowship hall.

All family and friends are cordially invited to attend.

Miss Frannie Farris chosen DAR Good Citizen recipient

Miss Frances “Frannie” Terry Farris, a senior at Marshall Academy, has been selected as the DAR Good Citizen recipient by the Major Matthew McConnell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This award is based on dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Miss Farris’s school activities include being in the Beta Club in the ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades during which she was president in the ninth and 12th and vice president in the 11th grade, in the Key Club in ninth, 10th 11th and 12th grades serving as secretary in 11th and 12th grades, in the Anchor Club in 10th, 11th and 12th grades, in the Anchor Club in 10th, 11th and 12th grades serving as secretary in 11th and 12th grades, in the Science Club in ninth, 10th and 11th grade serving as secretary in the 10th grade and vice president in the 11th grade and also serving as the computer layout chairman for the Science Fair during ninth, 10th and 11th grades. She’s been a member of the Spanish club in the 11th and 12th grades, a Student Council representative during her 11th and 12th grade years, the class secretary in the 10th and 11th grades, on the yearbook staff in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades as well as the business manager in the 12th grades. She’s been a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes during all four years in high school as well as serving as a teacher in-service volunteer during her junior and sophomore years. She was also a dancer in the school play “Peter Pan” along with being a buyer, setup and takedown worker in the Santa Shop. Miss Farris’s honors and awards include being on the honor roll all four years in high school, in the Honors Society in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, on the Strategic Planning Committee during her senior year, which is chosen by the headmaster, in Honors English in ninth, 10th and 11th grades, whereby she received the Extra Effort Award in ninth grade. She was in Honors Society History her junior year, competed in the Academic Betterment Competition during her sophomore and junior years, received the Perfect Attendance Award and the Presidential Spirit of Community Award during her junior year, was the Football Homecoming Maid in 10th, 11th and 12th grades, was selected Who’s Who Among American High School Students in ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades and she attended the Ole Miss Summer School program where she earned six hours of college credit. Her athletic involvement includes track team statistician in 9th, 10th and 11th grades. Scholar Athlete in ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades, cheerleader in ninth, 10th and 11th grades, where she was co-captain and UCA All-Star in ninth grade and she played varsity tennis in ninth, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, where she was MVP in ninth, 10th and 11th grades, #1 District in ninth and 10th grades and #2 District in 11th grade. Her community involvement and community service includes volunteering for the Museum Auction, docent at the Yellow Fever Martyrs Museum as well as lawn maintenance at the museum and rectory, Marshall County Food Bank volunteer at New Hope Village, Project Angel Tree volunteer, chaired the Marshall Academy Tsunami Relief Fund resulting in over $1,200, a volunteer at the National Guard farewell dinner at the United Methodist Church, a volunteer reader at the Holly Springs Primary School in ninth grade, Holly Springs Pilgrimage Queen in 12th grade, hostess for the Pilgrimage in ninth, 10th, and 11th grades, a Holly Springs Christmas Tour hostess in ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades, was a Lady in Waiting at the Prophets of Persia Mardi Gras Ball in New Orleans during her junior and senior years, was a Bienville Club Debutant in New Orleans her senior year. Her work experience includes babysitting, cheerleading coach, a math tutor, a Patriot Summer Day Camp counselor, a catering hostess, and working for Magnolia Crete Systems. She also is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Miss Farris is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Farris of Holly Springs.

Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

A wonderful time was had by all

What a day Saturday was for a Marshall County history adventure! We have had tours in the winter (it snowed), in the fall (it rained), and the spring (it was cold). Saturday was perfect; cool and cloudy. We never have these tours in summer because it’s always too hot! (I’m allergic to the heat). Once an earthquake was forecast for the date of the tour but it didn’t happen. We had one here Sunday; did your windows rattle? All my pictures are awry. Is that why? The tours are always great.

We began by going to Frank Swords Field Day at his farm, where he showed different farm implements, had plowing contests and many interesting things. We all enjoyed it. Then we traveled four miles south of Holly Springs on Old Highway 7 by the sites of Athenia and Moro Castle and Lumpkin Mill Pond. Athenia was there until 35 or 40 years ago. Moro Castle was never finished because of the Civil War. It was about a quarter of a mile below Athenia. The families were kin and they were neighbors, both close to the railroad tracks but on opposite sides. All that’s left at Moro Castle are magnolias and daffodils. People have removed the shrubs and bricks. Nothing is left of Athenia. The spring fed pond is all that’s left at Lumpkin Mill. The Federal Army from Illinois camped here, and then burned it when they moved out. The Rather family’s ancestor owned these places and they were also kin to Dr. Ben Martin. Hugh H. Rather said the mill was four stories tall and the family had a house up on the hill overlooking the panorama. It was burned at the same time the mill was. Bobby Mitchell was the narrator.

Jennifer Bone told the history of new and old Waterford and pointed out the strategic points here and those gone also. There was much Civil War action in Waterford, which was begun in 1836. Then new Waterford moved to the railroad tracks in the late 1850s. She told us about different families there and read to us the first publication from old Waterford telling about the Jamaican blacks that were there. A man who signed his name “The Wanderer” wrote it.

Cliff Valentine reiterated the history of Malone Tank and the river tales of the Civil War on the Tallahatchie. We walked the cannon parapets, which are remarkably well preserved and still eerie with the nostalgic ideas of what happened here.

Next when we arrived at Tom Honecker’s Plantation, his home was a big and beautiful country house. This is where the Battle of Coxe’s Crossroads took place. Mr. Honecker runs field trials on this property. In the 1920s and ’30s it was the grounds where the United States Field Trials were held and at that time it consisted of 10,000 acres. It sits near the site of Galena Plantation House that has been gone since the 1950s. Galena was the home of William Henry Coxe. The Coxe family was distinguished with an English lord and a Carolina governor for ancestors. Mr. Coxe sent his five sons to Mississippi in the 1840s to create plantations. They had fabulous wealth and unbelievable extravagance but none lived to produce a son. Lida, the only daughter, survived to have children who are the Laceys and the Coffees. The Coxe men were daredevil men who had wild orgies, and had tragic deaths. They built Airliewood in Holly Springs as their townhouse. Their horses had silver mounted harnesses.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Fitch of the Fitch Farms were our hosts at their farm, which was next on our agenda. We toured the lovely Nathan Bedford Forrest house and rode on elegant wagons pulled by the pair of pink mules, named Jack and Jill, and another grand wagon with a pair of red mules whose names I forget. It was great riding in such luxury. This Fitch Plantation is called Galena and at the time of the Civil War was the Milam Family plantation.

A soldier from Illinois with Grant’s Army returned after the War as a carpetbagger, he liked Mississippi so well. During this time of Reconstruction he managed to buy the Milam Plantation and the Milams moved to Texas. The Milams had a mad-stone that was used to draw poison from a dog bite, or bring to a boil a head, or any sore. Remember, there were no antibiotics. The stone was tied to the sore. The Newsoms have it now, as they are the Milam descendants.

The bluff at Wyatt’s Crossing was the furthermost point where the steamboats traveled up the river and turned around, as the Tallahatchie was too shallow beyond this point to navigate. The town of Old Wyatt was burned by the Federals in 1864 and that ended everything except the cemetery burials. It’s still there but not used anymore.

At lunchtime at the Laws Hill Café, we were treated to a delicious Mississippi lunch of catfish, hush puppies and peach cobbler. During the lunch we were entertained by Stacy Puckett, who made beautiful music with his guitar, which was made of a cigar box. He was truly an original as was his cigar box!

Darrell Brown gave an interesting history of the Laws Hill Area. It sits on a high hill and is very scenic. He also gave a wonderful tour of the Blackwater community and Tyro, his hometown. Old Marshall County used to extend over there but during Reconstruction in 1870, Desoto and Marshall counties were carved up in order to make Tate County.

Our “Grand Finale” was a visit to the home and farm of Robert and Sheryl Bowen. It was actually two cabins put together. It has a couple of bedrooms in the loft and a great porch that hangs off the back in a wooded setting. The Bowens also have a glorious new modern house, Tuscany style, that they shared with us. Their player piano played ragtime for us during our visit. The Bowens’ Revolutionary ancestor Alexander Meeks is buried not too far away in a family cemetery. One of the Meeks was in the War of 1812 and the Meeks also lost six sons to the Confederacy.

Finale: Everybody enjoyed the tour. The weather was cool and invigorating, and absolutely perfect, the bus was comfortable, the food was delicious, and the history throughout was incredulous. The tour was enjoyed by all.

Our first tour we used cars and people drove themselves to the site. People got lost, ran in a ditch and dispersed early. The next group of tours, we used three school buses. Vadah Cochran was narrator on the first bus, Charles Dean was narrator on the second bus, and Hubert McAlexander was narrator on the third bus. That’s where Charles met his future wife, Phoebe Moss; so you see, we have even had some romantic happenings on this tour. When the school buses (which were free) played out, and the narrators played out, we settled for one professional bus. On the first trip, which was to Old Wyatte, the famous Berry Brooks and his wife were on the bus. His Brooks ancestors owned part of the land of Old Wyatte. So you see, we’ve had celebrities make this trip also. The first Mr. Brooks was the richest person ever to live here. Berry Brooks had these African animals in the Pink Palace, so we all could see an elephant or a lion with a black mane or etc. The animals were from his safaris.

Renting the “professional” air-conditioned bus with all the amenities and a microphone to carry the message across was the right decision, as everybody likes comfort. Once the bus broke down and we had to hitch a ride back to Holly Springs. Once we had to climb a riverbank to see beech trees where the Yankee soldiers had carved their initials while camped there. I tied a rope to a tree on the top of the bank; people threw away their crutches and went down via the rope to see the trees. Another time we had to get our musician for the day out of jail to play for our tour. Another tour a hermit lived on the Civil War battlefield, and he had a pack of wild hungry dogs that wouldn’t let us down there. When he died his son inherited the hut and the dogs and he became the new hermit.

It’s all been wild, wooly and wonderful. Each tour is completely different from the other, even the people are different. We used to carry our own picnic and the fare was always the same: Mississippi fried chicken, Holly Springs tomato sandwiches, Dixie relish (made of black-eyed peas), pimento cheese sandwiches, Mississippi Mud Cake and Jeff Davis pie. It was all gourmet and fantastically delicious.

These tours have been great teaching, learning and social events, all wonderful and exciting. We missed you.

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