Thursday, May 31, 2007
Lloyd Thompson visits from Ocean Springs; Alice Totten visits from Moss Point
Lloyd Thompson of Ocean Springs, arrived recently for a long weekend visit with Kay and Laura Wheeler. While here, she will also be visiting with Mary Clay and Gene Brooks and their children, Caitlyn and Grady. Alice Totten of Moss Point also arrived and will be staying with Frances Buchanan.
Hallie Kazemba, daughter of Mike and Jacque Kazemba, recently returned from a trip to Dallas, Texas, with Betty Kazemba. While there, she visited with her relatives and had a wonderful time!
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Vicki Campbell and David Algee to wed
Mr. and Mrs. Jessie A. Fesmire of Laws Hill are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Vicki Fesmire Campbell, to David Algee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Algee of Ashland.
Vicki and David will unite in holy matrimoney on June 9, 2007 at 6 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Laws Hill.
A reception for all family and friends will immediately follow the ceremony.
Telecia Wright and Antonio Thomas to wed June 3 at Cummings Street MB Church
Telecia Latorian Wright, of Olive Branch, and Antonio Markel Thomas, of Byhalia, will unite in marriage on Sunday, June 3, 2007 at Cummings Street M.B. Church located at Memphis Area Home Builders in Cordova, Tenn., with Pastor Gary L. Faulkner officiating. The reception will follow immediately.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Earl and Lovie Wright, of Olive Branch. Telecia is a graduate of Olive Branch High School, and the University of Mississippi.
The prospective groom is the son of Jerry and Priscilla Brunson, of Byhalia.
Antonio is a graduate of Byhalia High School and Rust College.
Sister, Tina Williams, will serve as matron of honor. Bridesmaids will be Makeshi Kizer, Tanya Lewis, Telesha Thomas, and Lakesha Woodson.
Daughter of the bride, Teona LaShay, will serve as junior bridesmaid.
Torianno Thomas, brother of the groom, will serve as best man. Groomsmen will be Leroy Newson, Dwight Thomas, Jarvis Tuggles, and Kenneth Wright.
Son of the groom, Antonio Thomas Jr., will serve as the ring bearer. Following a honeymoon at Riu Palace in Cancun, the couple will reside in Olive Branch.
The War and Holly Springs
Memorial Day is respect and remembrance of boys (and now girls) who fought in wars to help make our living ground livable. At the Museum we have memorabilia from ten wars that have been fought by the United States. We are now in the eleventh in Iraq and as yet, the museum has nothing from that war. Beginning with the Revolutionary War, the war was very important. That’s why I belong to the DAR as we are very dedicated to the love of the United States and keeping patriotism alive, which is a battle in itself. In some places we have narrowed down George Washington to one sentence in the textbook.
We have a uniform that belonged to Pat Brooks’ ancestors who fought in the War of 1812 with Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans, which was fought after the war was over as communications were so bad. This is the only 1812 uniform in the state.
Then in 1835 we fought the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. I went out there to the World’s Fair in 1968 (?) and when I walked into the Alamo, I saw on the wall the name of Micajah Autry who was one of the heroes and I knew his aspiring tombstone was by the west gate of our cemetery. His widow and son, James Autry, moved here in 1836. James Autry went into the Confederacy with such valor that he was to receive a general’s commission on a certain day but that day he was killed fighting in the Battle of the Atlanta. They lived in the yellow house at the corner of Walthall and Van Dorn. Micajah Autry was such an important person back home in North Carolina, that until this day they celebrate “Micajah Autry Day.”
When the war with Mexico was fought in 1845, many men from here volunteered to fight. That’s where many soldiers in the War Between the States received their experience and their commissions. Elconah Greer’s experience had to do personally with leaving behind his sweetheart, Cary Freeman, who was Kate Clark’s grandmother. The Seale family’s progenitor, Alexander Bradford, thoroughly enjoyed the war.
Not many places in the United States can say that they had battles fought in their backyards, but we did. Marshall County was located in a strategic battle zone with Tennessee on the north and the Tallahatchie River on the South.
In the War Between The States, Mississippi produced twenty-eight generals and eleven of them came from Marshall County. We also produced seven adjutant generals and one naval officer from this landlocked county. Sixty-two small battles were fought here because we had the all-important railroad and General U.S. Grant of the U.S. Army chose Holly Springs as his headquarters.
Then in 1898 came the Spanish American War in Cuba with Teddy Roosevelt in charge. The only person I ever knew who was in this eight-month war was Mr. Custer, father of Lawrence and Edward, Hazel and Ethel. He was coming through here on a troop train on his way to war when the troop train stopped and he got shot in the heart by Cupid when he met Lena Vandenburg at the depot. He came back, married her and lived here 70 more years. Also, from Byhalia came Myers who also fought in this war with Teddy Roosevelt. He was a commissioned officer and became a lifelong friend of Teddy Roosevelt.
World War I in 1914-18 drew in some of our boys. Claude Smith and Howard Jones became new commissioned pilots and fought for the first time in the air. John Lester was in the army and he was the first American captured by the Germans. They paraded him through the German streets on exhibit as their prize catch. The Red Cross liberated him but at the time the only food they had to give him was chocolate.
World War II came on us with the big bang of Pearl Harbor and turned the world around. The northerners were sent south, the southerners were sent north and many marriages resulted from this. John Dabney Brown and Henry Gatewood were local heroes who came out of this war because they were prisoners of war. Jim Buchanan and Bin Cochran merited special prayers when afloat at sea for a while. John Isom was in the terrible death march in Bataan at the first of the war. John lives today in San Antonio.
The Korean War in 1950 was the beginning of a new war with the far east. This war reached down and got boys who were too young for World War II and put them in another war to fight. The war lasted 1,127 days and all centered around the 38th Parallel which divided North Korea from South Korea. Our army of occupation in Japan, left over from World War II had been squeezed into the Prison Perimeter with no way out. The genius, General Douglas McArthur, got himself fired by overstepping President Truman’s orders. At this war, there were no winners, no peace treaty, only wrecked cities and sullen prison exchange.
Next was Vietnam with no declared war, moving in after the French moved out. It was a new kind of war fought in the jungle. Our own Bill Moore was a product of that war when he came home disabled, but at home he showed the valor of his spirit by contributing again to his country by going into business and leading a good life.
Then there was the Desert Storm War fought in the middle east in places that we had been hearing about forever in our Bible studies, places that now meant something else to us.
And now we have the War in Iraq in ancient Baghdad, close to where Arabram, who at that time was Abram, came from.
This is our unfinished chapter.
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