Thursday, August 23, 2007
Locals enjoy touring the Keys while others take weekend trip to Las Vegas
All good things must come to an end and in January, the 32-year career of our Marshall County prosecutor, Fred M. Belk Jr., is one of those things. Marshall County citizens need to be very grateful that we have had such a fantastic man in this office. He has taken care of all of us for so many years and will be sorely missed. Congratulations for such a long and wonderful career and good luck in the future!
Hattie Marshall, daughter of Sheri and Joe Marshall, rode home on the train Friday night from The Mississippi School of the Arts to spend the weekend with her parents.
Larry Hutchens Sr. and family, Larry Hutchens Jr. and family, Hank Thomas Sr. and wife, Donnie, Hank Thomas Jr., and family, as well as family friend, Boyce Hollingsworth; Duncan Baker Sr. and family and Berniece Roland recently enjoyed a tour of the Florida Keys. They toured Ernest Hemingway’s home and enjoyed his six-toed cats. They went to the southernmost point of the United States while there. Many of the family enjoyed flying ultra light planes and parasailing. After a week in the Keys, they enjoyed a cruise to the Caribbean Islands. Stops were made in Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk. After completion of the cruise, the families visited Sea World with highlights there such as Shamu and petting and feeding dolphins.
Mr. and Mrs. Billy Cupp Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Harold Murphy, Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Babb and Hyla Jones and Tim Cook recently returned from a fun-filled weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., where they stayed at the beautiful Caesar’s Palace. While there, they enjoyed a “blast from the past” concert, with The Pretenders, where Chrissy Hines “rocked the house and was just awesome,” along with ZZ Top and the Stray Cats!
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Sharlean LeSueur and Tracy Finch to wed September 8 in Lithonia, Ga.
Sharlean LeSueur and Tracy Finch will wed Sept. 8, 2007 in Lithonia, Ga., at 4 p.m.
Sharlean LeSueur is the daughter of Jeremiah and Hazel LeSueur, of Holly Springs and is scheduled to wed Tracy Finch of South Carolina.
Sharlean is a 1989 graduate of Holly Springs High School. She received her B.S. degree in education from Rust College.
Tracy is the son of Mrs. Georgia Finch and the late Cliftard Finch of South Carolina. Tracy received his B.S. in construction technology. He is a graduate of Norfolk State University in Virginia.
Sharlean is currently teaching in Lithonia, Ga. Tracy is currently employed with Car Max in Lithonia.
They will honeymoon in Jamaica.
Devon Street and Jason Hall to wed Sat. at St. Matthew MB Church
Devon Martina Street, the daughter of Judy Street and the late Randy Gregory of Byhalia, and Jason Rodney Hall, son of Josephine and Charlie Hall of Byhalia, announce their forthcoming marriage on Aug. 25, 2007 at 4 p.m.
The ceremony will take place at St. Matthew MB Church in Byhalia. The reception will be held at the Tennic Center in Southaven.
Saturdays in Holly Springs...
Last Saturday I went to the museum early and to my surprise, there were people everywhere, which is unusual. Five people from London were here to celebrate Elvis’ death anniversary. Other people were around too.
Then there was a wonderful antique car parade! It consisted of about fifty antique cars. They were all painted, polished, and perfect. There were all makes of cars - Fords, lots of 1957 and 1958 Chevrolets, Jeepsters, Buicks, one English car with the steering wheel on the wrong side.
At noon, I was driving by Graceland, Too, and there must have been 50 people standing in triple digit heat waiting to get into Graceland, Too. Then over in the shade across the street, there stood Elvis Presley! He had on a bell bottomed white suit complete with jewels. I wished I had had my camera to have captured this phenomena standing in the shade on the sidewalk of Holly Springs. But he probably wouldn’t have let me because his pompadour hair-do might have been melting in the intense heat.
Saturdays in Holly Springs used to be different than the Saturdays today. When I was a child, Saturday was the biggest business day of the week. Everybody did their shopping on Saturday. I remember people being on the square so thick that you could hardly walk through them. At that time, every store had benches in front to “Sit a Spell” (or interpreted as “Sit awhile.”) Business started early and lasted until nine or ten at night.
Glenn Fant said when electricity came to town around the turn of the twentieth century, electricity was only used at night when it was needed and was never wasted on daylight. Can you imagine having a store full of people and no lights on?
The courthouse was open every Saturday for legal purposes until the 1970s. On the courthouse lawn were benches and some form of tables and men played checkers. I don’t know if other games were played but I think maybe the famed “horseshoes” was enjoyed at an earlier date. Sounds like every Saturday was like a fair on the square, doesn’t it?
At an earlier day, there were wagons with horses and mules tied to the fence of the courthouse and it was precarious to walk without being careful.
When Vadah Cochran was chancery clerk, in order to keep the grass cut was a task, so he put on the lawn his Nubian goats to keep the grass down. However, a loud noise or a scare would frighten the goats, and they would faint and it looked like they had fallen over dead. A person would think that they were responsible for killing the herd of goats but then after a while, they came back to life.
When I was growing up, there were two movie houses on the square. Mr. Wade, who was a pharmacist and also the city clerk, owned a theatre on the north side of the square, where Scott Robinson’s Pharmacy is today. It had a balcony that was used by blacks. Mr. Parham (from Ashland) owned a bigger theatre, which was on the south side of the Gibson Auto Parts place on the west side of the Square.
Each movie had the same schedule. On Monday and Tuesday one movie would be shown, on Wednesday it changed to another movie, then on Thursday and Friday a different movie would be shown and on Saturday there was always a double feature, two movies plus a serial.
Sometimes on Wednesday would be a serial, which kept you going. Everyday matinees were shown and again at night. The movie fee was a dime. No movies had ratings. They were all for general audiences and aimed at family entertainment. We went to the movies to enjoy it.
Quite often, movie dates were the only place to go, but when I was young, never on Sundays were movies shown. That was the Lord’s Day and we actually tired to keep it holy. After frantic Saturdays, that were so business filled, everybody went to church on Sunday mornings and night and rested in between.
Later on, matinees were shown on Sunday. I was quite a movie fan and knew all the movie stars. I went every afternoon to the movies. I remember writing my favorite movies stars, (Robert Taylor, Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Jackie Cooper) and asking for an 8 x 10 glossy photo signed by the stars for which I paid a dime each. Sometime later I lost those wonderful photographs. They are probably in some antique shop and I wish I had them back. Later in life when I met Jackie Cooper, I nearly swooned. He’s still around. I saw him on TV the other night.
Chesley Smith said that there was a silent movie theatre upstairs on the south side of the square where Nancy Hutchens’ business is today.
I was later than the “flickies” which were the early silent movies. However, to go with the flickies, came a local piano player. In our case it was Janie Lyon. Her daughter was Janie Junior and she could play the piano better than her mother. Words were written on the flickies screen so you would know what was going on.
Another time, movies were shown outside in a tent in what is now the Bank of Holly Springs parking lot but my mother wouldn’t let me go to those as they were only night movies with benches across the grass. That didn’t last long. I guess nobody else went either.
Awhile back at the museum, Leslie Loudermilk from Byhalia brought in one of the first movie projectors ever made that was electrical, and it had film in it. I called the Archives in Jackson to come get the film out. Even though the projector was in perfect condition, the film was very brittle.
The Archives took the film, developed it, and made us a new film. I couldn’t wait to see the film. It was a commercial. They had a bi-plane (with two wings), put a mattress on it, took it up in the air and dropped it on a field and if the mattress was good -- it didn’t break!
Correction to last week’s column: Frank Strickland only had an imaginary dog, not a mangy one.
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