Thursday, November 24, 2005


City Personals
Mary Clay Brooks

Patrick and Will Carlton and their families visit here over the weekend

Edie and Harvey Haggard just returned from Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., where they attended the destination wedding of their granddaughter, Cameron Thompson. The groom, Bradley Harris, is a wonderful young man. Pre-nuptial parties were lovely, the wedding was so sweet, the food was ambrosia and being with family and friends heart-warming.

Rowan Thompson of Dallas, Texas, was the weekend guest of his mother, Claiborne Thompson, and family. On Sunday, he treated May Alice Booker and his mother to a wonderful lunch.

Patrick and Mary Glen Carlton of Birmingham, Ala., visited with his parents, Vicki Webb and Collier Carlton, over the weekend. Kate and Will Carlton and son, Bridger, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., were the weekend guests of Vivian and Smitty Smith. While here, they visited with Bridger’s grandparents, Vicki Webb and Collier Carlton.

A big Holly Springs welcome goes out to Drs. Lea and Jason Farese of Oxford, on the birth of their first son, Luke. Congratulations!

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Billy and Beverly Myers are proud to announce the birth of a son, Nathaniel Wayne Myers. Nathaniel was born at Baptist DeSoto Hospital on Tues., Sept. 6, 2005. He was 19-3/4 inches long and weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces.

Welcoming him home were big sisters Breanna and Lydia.

Maternal grandparents are Ann Wolfe of Victoria and the late Sam Wolfe.

Paternal grandparents are Billy and Mary Myers of Victoria.

Billy and Beverly Myers are proud to announce the birth of their baby girl, Lydia Jewel Myers. Lydia was born at Baptist DeSoto Hospital on Wed., June 30, 2004. She was 20 inches long and weighed eight pounds, two ounces.

Welcoming her home was big sister Breanna.

Maternal grandparents are Ann Wolfe of Victoria and the late Sam Wolfe.

Paternal grandparents are Billy and Mary Myers of Victoria.

Daniel and Leigh Norris of Ashland are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Caroline Leigh, who was born October 7, 2005 at 8 p.m. at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women in Memphis, Tenn. She weighted six pounds, eight ounces, and was nineteen and a half inches in length.

Caroline’s grandparents are Kitty and Tommy Hill of Tillatoba and Bobby and Dorothy Norris of Mt. Pleasant.

Her great-grandparents are William O. Hudspeth and the late Bobilu Hudspeth of Ashland; Charles and Pearl Hill of Tillatoba; the late F.O. and Charlsie Norris of Ashland; and the late W.C. and Gladys Jamieson of Potts Camp.

Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

Walter Place on Holly Springs Christmas tour

Walter Place: In 1857, Colonel Harvey Walter decided to build a house. He wanted this house different and he planned towers on each side giving the house a castle look. The clay for the house was excavated from the house lot. Kilns were on the property and the bricks for the house were made right there. The house literally rose from the soil on which it is sitting. General U.S. Grant of the Northern army lived there with his family during the war. At 3 a.m. on Dec. 20, 1862, Confederate General Earl Van Dorn came to town to capture General Grant, but General Grant was spending the night in Oxford. Chivalrous Van Dorn placed southern guard around the house to protect Mrs. Grant and the children. General Grant appreciated it so much; he didn’t destroy anything in Holly Springs. In 1900 the Walter son-in-law, Oscar Johnson became the owner of Walter Place. With the help of the famous architect, Theodore Link, they renovated the house and grounds, to the elegance and magnificence, which is the basis of the gardens today. The property sits on 12 acres. It is the home of Michael and Jorja Lynn.

Featherston Place: Alexander Calvin McEwen, who came here in 1834 when the newly opened territory had started up with the Chickasaw Cession, built the home. He is credited with giving Holly Springs its name. He shipped the first bill of merchandise that was ever sent to Holly Springs before the town was laid out. Winfield Scott Featherston married the McEwen daughter, Elizabeth, in 1858. They lived here and raised a large family until 1900. In 1900 Oscar Johnson inherited the Walter Place and at the same time he bought Featherson Place and Polk Place (they are raised cottage type houses.) He incorporated them into guesthouses for his overflow of guests who would come on the train from St. Louis for his grand parties. After the death of Oscar Johnson in 1917 his widow sold the property to a M.A. Greene who then sold it to George Buchanan. Mr. Buchanan was the mayor of Holly Springs for many years. The kitchen and banquet sized dining room in the basement served as a showplace for dignitaries visiting the mayor.

Michael and Jorja Lynn now own Featherson Place.

Polk Place: This house is also owned by the Lynns. It was built in the 1830s by General Thomas Polk, who was the brother of the “Fighting Bishop” Leonidas Polk, cousins of President James K. Polk. When Oscar Johnson bought Featherson Place in the 1900s, he also bought this house to serve as a guesthouse to all his friends from St. Louis. This English style basement home also boasts a kitchen and dining room downstairs. It has an English boxwood garden on the grounds and sits around the circular drive that goes directly to the back side of Walter Place.

All three of these magnificent homes have been beautifully decorated with period furnishings by Jorja Lynn.

New book available for the holidays

There is a new book available at the Marshall County Museum this week. Lois Swanee’s “Holly Springs - My Hometown” is hot off the press and can be bought at the Square Museum, 111 Van Dorn. Cost of the book is $19.95 and consists of some of the columns Ms. Swanee has written for The South Reporter in the last year and a half. These are stories of Holly Springs never told before Ms. Swanee remembered them and wrote them down. Everyone in Holly Springs needs one of these books for their libraries.

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