Thursday, May 11, 2005


City Personals
Mary Clay Brooks

Farleys enjoy weekend at the Kentucky Derby

Becky Cupp and Billy and Tammy Cupp joined Walker and Heather Cupp of Collierville, Tenn., and their children, Cade and Lexi, in Memphis on Sunday for a wonderful Mother’s Day lunch at Folks Folly.

Friday night, local high school seniors were treated to a Mexican fiesta at David and Sherry Childers’ home. The party was hosted by the Childers, the Colhouns  and the Woods. The party was in honor of Bailey Owens, Rebecca Colhoun and Robert Woods (who is graduating from Briarcrest). They ate Mexican food and had an ice cream bar by the swimming pool.

Saturday morning, Julia DeBardeleben, Rhea Malone (fondly called Nonnie) and Shirley Skipper treated high school seniors with a breakfast. It was in honor of Molly Malone. The breakfast was held at Nonnie’s home in Byhalia. The children were served homemade biscuits with chocolate gravy, along with a variety of other breakfast foods.

Tammy Cupp and Susie Murphy joined some lifelong friends not long ago at the Fish Camp located in Tunica County. They gathered to celebrate the birthday of Paquita, who is from Oxford.

Deles and Bob Farley treated their boys, Owen and Preston, this weekend by taking them to the Kentucky Derby.

Sunday night, a luau was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Minor, Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey, Mr. and Mrs. Malone and Mr. and Mrs. Hollingsworth in honor of graduating seniors Amy Harris, Mindy Minor, Molly Malone, Bailey Owens and Boyce Hollingsworth. The party was given at Sonia and Scooter Dempsey’s home in Byhalia. Everyone dressed in Hawaiian attire. They danced and sang karaoke.

Jack and Michelle Hagins and grandson, Jake Jones, travelled to Starkville, over the weekend. They attended the graduation of Lindsey Anderson, daughter of Michelle Anderson of Gainesville, Fla., and granddaughter of Jack and Michelle, from Mississippi State. Lindsey received her bachelor of science degree, graduated magna cum laude and has been accepted to veterinary school at Mississippi State.

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Miss Leslie Swords and Nicholas Roberts to wed May 28 at First Baptist Church

Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Franklin Swords are pleased to announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Leslie Amber, to Nicholas Michael Roberts of Marietta, Ga., son of Mr. Michael and Dr. Vanice Wise Roberts of Marietta, Ga.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mabel Swords of Ecru and the late Lester Swords and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bishop of Waterford.

Leslie is a 2001 graduate of Marshall Academy and is currently attending Mississippi State University, pursuing a degree in English. Leslie was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and served as assistant vice president of membership.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Pat Wise of Marietta and the late Stancil O. Wise and Barbara Roberts of Calhoun, Ga. and the late Jack Roberts.

Nick is a 1999 graduate of Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga. and a 2005 graduate of Mississippi State University. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, where he served as sargent at arms. While at MSU he earned two degrees in teaching, coaching and psychology.

Leslie and Nick will be married at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2005 at First Baptist Church in Holly Springs.

After a honeymoon in Aruba, they will make their home in Holly Springs.

Mr. and Mrs. T.H. Stubbs celebrate 60th anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. T.H. Stubbs, affectionately known to their friends and family as Pat and Jack or Nana and Papaw, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in their home on April 28, 2005.

About noon they were paid a surprise visit by Linda Stubbs, Lou Jones and Martha Carlisle with the news that friends and family would be arriving late afternoon for the celebration.

They were married in New Orleans during World War II. Jack had returned to LaGarde Hospital in New Orleans recuperating from wounds received in France. There he was joined by his bride-to-be and after 60 years, they remain side by side.

On special display were Pat’s wedding dress and hat and Jack’s army hat which were apparent in pictures made at their home.

Friends and family converged with a large array of food which was placed on the dining table with a beautiful “scaled down” wedding cake in the center. They were toasted with champagne amidst well wishes and reminiscing.

Among guests were Mrs. Stubbs’ brothers and wives, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Williams and Mr. and Mrs. M.B. (Snooky) Williams of Water Valley, her niece, Lee Anne Young of Senatobia, her nephew and family, Bill, Karen and Katy Schneller, grandson Ellis Stubbs and Linda Stubbs. Congratulatory calls were received from family members who were out of town.

Mr. and Mrs. Stubbs came to Holly Springs in 1953 and operated a store on the square until their retirement in 1985.

Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

Memories connected with the Square; some good and some not so good

It seems like the east side of the Square has always been full of action. The I. C. Levy Store (now Linwood’s) began in 1859, or so they advertised. It’s been in this location more than a century. It’s one of the longest-lived department stores in the state and today is still an elegant store. I.C. Levy was a very prominent citizen of Holly Springs. He was in the Civil War. We have his amnesty oath at the Museum. Every surviving Confederate veteran had to sign papers after the War was over pledging their allegiance to the United States of America or they couldn’t be citizens, couldn’t own property, couldn’t vote or all their rights would be taken away. I.C. Levy was in the town band and we have a photo of that band at the Museum. I only know two people in that photo, the other is Peel Cannon’s father, and the photo was taken in 1902.

Back to Levy’s store, it was first located where the City Café is now, then moved to the northwest corner across from the Post Office but moved to this location in 1879 and is the only business in town that has survived so long. It was built right after the town started. During World War II, the USO was upstairs. All the town girls would be up there with our high heels and short skirts. It was wartime and the cut back of material to help the War effort made the styles short. Our hair was done up in a roll away from our faces. Someone had given a piano and we played it and sang. There was always food, such as cookies, sandwiches and cokes. Games had been donated. Most of the soldiers were from Camp McCain in Grenada. Johnny Carson may have been one of them, but it looks like I surely would have remembered him.

Booker’s Hardware has always been a fascinating store. It was complete with two gas pumps in front on the Square until about 1950. Originally Bookers was located on the west side of the Square and was Booker & Brown’s Hardware. Long ago, Mr. Stojowski had a hardware store next to Booker’s. He was an old bachelor but he had a sweetheart named Addie Brown, John Dabney Brown’s aunt. When Mr. Stojowski died, he left Addie the hardware store so Stojowski store merged with Bookers.

Everybody remembers Lanier Holland, who worked here for many years. He had a slow drawl, even for here. One day a man came in and told Lanier that he wanted to buy a half a stove pipe, so Lanier went back to see Mr. Booker in his inner office and as he walked in, said to Booker, “There’s some fool out here who wants to buy half a stovepipe!” Mr. Booker didn’t say a word but looked terribly pained and looked beyond Lanier. Lanier then saw that the man had followed him. Lanier said, “And this nice man wants to buy the other half!”

Mrs. Isom Jones was next in line with her sophisticated dress shop. A long time ago I remember going in there before Thanksgiving and Jean Seale (Ben and Margaret Anne’s mother), who worked there, told me about President Kennedy being assassinated. Esler Greene then had a dress shop in the building. She was Shepard Smith’s grandmother. She, too, had an elegant shop, where it was fun to shop.

Next door was Claiborne Thompson’s husband, Ben’s, drugstore called “Crawford’s Drug Store.” The Crawfords were the descendants of Dr. R.H. Peel, who owned Montrose. The drug store was in the ground floor of the Masonic Building that burned on that cold February 7, 1951, that turned out to be so disastrous. Our local hometown boy, E.H. Crump, who was a political figure in Memphis, brought out the Memphis fire trucks to help our fire trucks put out the fire, but it burned all the way down. The building, other than the courthouse, was the biggest around the Square, being three stories tall. It had a ballroom on the top floor and I remember when I was in high school going up there to dance.

Originally when Holly Springs first began, there was a three-story building on this site. General Grant stored Federal munitions in it, so Van Dorn blew it up. Onlookers said that the whole building literally rose up about 10 feet and then exploded. Little Sam Finley was an onlooker; he was about 10 years old and a flying brick from the explosion hit his forehead and left him scarred for life. He lived to be old. Then the duplicate building was built on the site only to burn 89 years later, in another holocaust.

Among the other businesses located on this side were Bloomingthal’s Department Store and Buford’s Furniture Company. Before the fire, the Bufords raised a big beautiful family in the living quarters upstairs, as did many families in business around the Square. The Bufords were all beautiful. Buford’s is still clicking today and wins the prize at Christmas every year for the most beautiful windows in town.

When I was small, along this line of businesses, Mrs. Freddy Rogers had an electrical shop, then it was Fred & Ted Hensley’s shop. Before that, the building was Calame’s Jewelry (wish they were still here) but they moved away to Memphis and we lost them. “The Golden Rule” Store was a delightful five and ten cent store and was everybodys favorite store. Frank Hopkins folks owned it and then the DeBardelebens had it for years.

The Merchants and Farmers’ wonderful building on the north end of the east side was a great building built about the beginning of the 20th century. Now it’s moved to a new location and is now the tax assessor’s office for the county. Mr. Mullins, bank president, (Lanier Robison’s grandfather) was a grand old man and had great visions for his bank and Holly Springs. In the 1870s, the Holly Springs trolley line ran on tracks that turned around on a swivel at the backside of this site. When it was a bank, the Belk brothers, Fred and Dean, had their law offices on the second floor for decades.

There are many memories connected to the Square for everybody, some good and some not so good.

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