Thursday, March 9, 2006


City Personals
Mary Clay Brooks

Crump Place setting for Texas Independence Day party

Charlie Douglas and children, Chandler and Caroline, of Starkville, were visitors of his parents, Leigh and Dick Douglas, over the weekend. While here, they also got to visit with other family and friends.

David Person threw a wonderful party on Thursday for Texas Independance Day. Everyone wore festive attire, keeping with the Texas spirit. The buffet table was laden with beautiful food, most of which was prepared by his brother, Danny Person, who was visiting here from Texas. He can sure make mean guacamole! There was something for everyone there, including that ever-so-robust Texas chili. Everyone had a delightful time meandering around Crump Place and visiting with friends. Hats off to David who sure knows how to have a Texas stompin’ event, even if it is in Mississippi!

Ed Bounds and Keith Yeager recently returned from a trip to Lake Tahoe.

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Alexis Marie

Shawnda Rogers and Joey Allen are proud to announce the birth of their beautiful baby girl. Alexis Marie was born Feb. 13, 2006 at Baptist Hospital. She weighed five pounds, 12 ounces.

Maternal grandparents are Joe Rogers of Pontotoc and Debra Rogers of Harrisburg, Ark. Great-grandparents are Donald Rogers of Ecru and Sadie Rogers of Pontotoc.

Paternal grandparents are Billy and Virginia Allen of Potts Camp. Great-grandmother is Virginia Hunsucker of Potts Camp.


Darrell and Rhonda Lewis of Potts Camp are pleased to announce the birth of a daughter. Jorja Rae Lewis was born Feb. 16, 2006 at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. She weighed eight pounds, four ounces.

Grandparents are Stanley and Joyce Skelton of Potts Camp; Dorothy Lewis of Potts Camp and the late Ray Lewis.

Also welcoming the new baby home are big brother Devin Sanders and big sister Tabatha Bing.

Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

Flying high to the Mississippi Historical Society meeting

I flew down to Natchez last week for the annual meeting of the Mississippi Historical Society. The plane in which I flew has one engine and I was informed that it only had one parachute. I asked, “Well what’s the pilot going to do because I will need the parachute?” Then I was informed the parachute is for the plane.

It makes the plane into a glider and it glides down if it has no power. This is something new in the world to me. However, the parachute wasn’t needed.

At one point I flew so high up that with the twist of the neck I could see Greenville and Greenwood at the same time. There was one place down below that looked as though I was peering into Hades. (In other words – hell, the real hell.) It was barren wasteland and I didn’t know there was any place in my beloved state that looked like this. However, the trip was wonderful as I streaked through the air in this streamlined airplane. The weather was perfect without a cloud in the sky and the pilot was a real expert. 

The Society met at the Eola Hotel, which was founded the same year that the Peabody in Memphis was (80 years ago). A lot of the people attending were the same vintage and they are the ones who have saved the history of the state for future generations.

Saving history is very important so that we can see where we have been so we can see where we are going. A culture that doesn’t care what’s happened in the past is too shallow. We need roots from which to learn. There was a wonderful attendance of young people here who were interested in history and they are our hope for the future. 

The programs are always on something that happened in Mississippi long ago. One of the programs was on the 1927 flood at Greenville. There was one man there, Sam Olden of Yazoo City, who was an eye witness and lived through it, stood and told how horrible it was.

Madge Lindsey, from Holly Springs, told and showed wonderful pictures of Audubon, which is Strawberry Plains and that program was really good. The programs were so interesting, we wanted them to go on and on but our time was limited. A lot of new history was talked about when the devastation of Katrina was discussed. Toxic drift was one of the programs and what we need to do to erase it. Mississippi’s natural history was one of the programs.

We visited and had meetings in some of the houses. Natchez has over two hundred antebellum houses. There were no programs on Civil War here. When the Federal army got to Natchez, the people in Natchez gave up with -out a shot being fired so nothing was destroyed. It was just occupied. 

Natchez dates back to the 1700s and some of the houses go back to 1790. It was the richest town in the state and boasted about 400 millionaires before the Civil War. 

Martha Swain is the president of the Society. She and her twin, Margo, used to live in Mahon Jones’ house on Salem Avenue. Miss Minnie Demonbom was her sixth grade teacher here. I loved the whole meeting. Then I streaked through the sky back home. That’s a new way to travel to a history meeting.

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