Thursday, Decembery 7, 2006
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - December 5, 1996
Milan to be marshal of Christmas parade
Henderson Milan will serve as the grand marshal of the eighth annual Holly Springs Christmas parade Dec. 14. A kind, gentle man who has served his community well over the years, Milan will lead the parade through the streets of Holly Springs. Married to Mary Milan, he has been a correspondent for The South Reporter for over 50 years.
Byhalia choir surpasses $22,500 goal
The Byhalia High School choir has earned enough money for 20 of their members to earn a trip to New York City and a place on the stage of Carnegie Hall as part of the Mississippi Youth Chorale in March. The group has gone past their goal of $22,500 that will pay for the students’ airfare, hotel accommodations and sight-seeing expenses. Now, the 50-member choir has to audition to see which members will get to make the trip. When the choir, directed by Armastine Gipson, arrives in New York, they will be part of a mass choir made up of hundreds of voices.
25 Years Ago - December 3, 1981
Receive highest degrees
Four Marshall Countians received the highest degree (33rd) in Scottish Rite Masonry of the Prince Hall Affiliation during the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction that convened in Jackson in October. In Masonry, they obtained the title of Inspector Generals. They are Levan Miller, teacher at Galena High School and grand lecturer of the Second District M.W. Stringer Grand Lodge; George Dowdy, salesman for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and deacon at Providence Baptist Church; Rev. W.C. Armstrong, presiding elder of the Holly Springs District of the North Mississippi annual conference of the CME Church and principal of Galena High School; and Prof. J.H. Ford, principal of Holly Springs School and commander of American Legion Post 250, Holly Springs.
Common Cause president chosen
Clarice Campbell of Holly Springs has been elected state president of the citizens’ lobbying organization for Common Cause - Mississippi.
50 Years Ago - December 6, 1956
Rook Moore wins Eagle Scout award
Rook Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Moore of Byhalia, was recently presented his Eagle Scout award, the first award ever presented a Byhalia Scout.
Mrs. Jackson Johnson dies in St. Louis
Mrs. Minnie Wooten Johnson, widow of Jackson Johnson, the first president and the first chairman of the board of International Shoe Company, died at her home in St. Louis Dec. 1. Mrs. Johnson, who was 98, died from infirmities of old age. She was born in 1858, in Holly Springs, where the beginnings of what was to become the International Shoe Company, had its start. Her life covered that vast period of industrial development in America that started just before the War Between the States. She was an honorary member of the Holly Springs Garden Club and always opened Montrose, her lovely antebellum home in Holly Springs, during the annual Pilgrimage. She had given the club her mother’s parlor furniture, two lovely oil portraits and several gifts of money. When the old library burned, her donation of $500 was one of the first received.
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