unveils new book
By SUE WATSON
A collection of columns written by Lois Swanee as part of her writings published in The South Reporter are now available in book form.
All proceeds from the book, My Hometown, subtitled Growing up in Holly Springs, Mississippi, go to pay utility costs at the Marshall County Historical Museum where Swanee is curator.
The book became available during the 2005 Christmas Tour of Homes. There are about 40 copies available in this limited edition, Swanee said. No second edition is planned.
Swanee included many old photographs of historic Holly Springs that embellish the stories.
A copy can be purchased at the Museum, now located in the Fitch Building on Van Dorn, until the Museum is reopened following restoration.
Copies go for $19.95 plus $1.50 tax.
Some interesting photos of individuals, families and architecture are scattered throughout the book as illustrations.
There is a photograph of Lt. Gov. Carrol Gartin riding in a convertible in a parade during a 1957 visit to the city. In the background is Staffords Cafe, which was a favorite stopover spot for refreshments by Elvis Presley. The Cafe also served as the bus station.
There is also a photo of a horse-drawn ice truck used in the 1930s to deliver block ice to homes of residents. Swanee remembers riding on the ice truck and Jessie the ice man.
Plenty of other interesting books and collectibles can be purchased at the museum at reasonable prices.
Some of them include:
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