Thursday, September 13, 2007
Marshall participates in artist program
Sheri Marshall, local potter, just returned from Acadia National Park, where she participated in the Artist in Residence program. The park was a two hour drive from the nearest airport, which was in Bangor, Maine. Artists are allowed a choice of accommodations - either a cabin or an apartment. Sheri chose a small, private cabin with a bath, kitchen and bedroom. She stated it was perfect but she didn’t spend that much time there. Most of her time was spent in her private art studio, at the education center, walking and driving around the park. The park is situated in the Schoodic peninsula and buildings were from a former top secret Navy “listening” base. Satellites have since put that heavily manned base to bed! The area was absolutely pristine, unspoiled and beautiful in every way.
Sheri spent time driving around and over to Stonington, Deer Isle, Northwest and Southwest Harbor, Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, and on up to St. Andrews; across the Canadian border. She ate at a lobster pound, had clam chowder at lunch and wild Maine blueberries at least twice each day. The food was wonderful, she reported.
As a result of her beautiful surroundings, she was inspired to study, research and work on her art. She came away rested, gained inspiration and had a renewed appreciation for nature.
The Artist in Residence program at Acadia National Park is a wonderful asset to artists who are looking for everything Sheri found while up there! If you are an artist and would like to apply for their program, go to the Acadia National Park website and click on the “Artist in Residence” program. The cost to apply is $25. You will send them a bio, other paperwork, the application and photographs of your work. A juried panel makes the decision on who gets selected. Notification is via email, with a snail mail packet chock-full of information about the park, surrounding areas and directions. I encourage every artist to apply for this program and get in touch with your creative side!
Carole Webb of Nashville, Tenn., was the guest of Vicki and Walter Webb this week.
Johnny and Rita (Cochran) Langus of Mobile, Ala., were the weekend guests of Becky Cupp. They travelled here to attend the Hummingbird Festival held at Strawberry Plains. While here, they also got to visit with Harriet Cochran, Doris Cochran and many of their friends.
Constance Ann Lanier of Olive Branch, was the Sunday afternoon guest of Kay and Laura Wheeler.
Donnie and Martha Mitchell just returned, via train, from a long weekend visit with J.J. and Steven Tutor and their children, Patsy, Mitch and Grace, in Hattiesburg.
Happy early birthday to Irving Hall, who will be celebrating with friends on Friday night. Have a great day, Irv!
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Stephanie Roman and Matthew Green to wed October 13 at the Memphis Zoo
Jose and Adriana Roman, of Olive Branch, announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Stephanie, to Matthew Lee Green, son of Jerry Lee and Karen Green of Potts Camp.
The bride-elect graduated from Olive Branch High School in 2003 and the University of Mississippi in 2007 with a degree in Spanish education. She is a Spanish teacher at Desoto Central High School.
The prospective groom graduated Potts Camp Attendance Center and attended Mississippi State University. He owns his own business, Green’s Roofing.
The wedding is set for Oct. 13, 2007 at the Memphis Zoo with the Rev. Larry Duke officiating.
After the wedding, the couple will honeymoon on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
Lauren Wilson and Casey Russell to wed September 15 at Slayden Baptist Church
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Wilson of Mt. Pleasant and Mr. and Mrs. Bryant Russell of Moscow, Tenn., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Lauren Elisabeth Wilson and Casey Bryant Russell.
The couple will exchange vows on Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. at Slayden Baptist Church. The Rev. Joel Strahan will officiate.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of J.T. Riley of West Memphis, Ark., and the late Gloria Riley Smith of Collierville, Tenn., and the late Mr. and Mrs. David Wilson of Collierville, Tenn.
Lauren is a 2004 graduate of Rossville Christian Academy and Southwest Tennessee Community College.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Russell of Moscow, Tenn., and Mr. and Mrs. James Biffle of Southaven.
Casey is a 2002 graduate of Marshall Academy in Holly Springs and a graduate of Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain. He is currently employed at Circle G Tractor Sales Inc. and also a youth minister at New Liberty Baptist Church in Glen.
The couple and their families would like to invite all friends and family to attend the wedding.
They will reside in Moscow, Tenn., following their honeymoon.
Caleb Holmes and his parents, Jacky and Lindy, are thankful for a new blessing to their lives, Charlie Reese Holmes.
She was born June 28, 2007 at 8:51 a.m. at Baptist Women’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She weighed six pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Her maternal grandparents are Lynn and Peggy McCallum of Potts Camp. Paternal grandparents are Jacky and Virginia Holmes of Holly Springs.
I love my job. A gentleman came by last month named David Stephens. He said he had been in a decade ago and I had helped him with information. He had bought a pair of dueling pistols in the original box in mint condition. Thank goodness duels are out of style. Looking back, it was so stupid and dastardly wasteful. One of the last duels to ever happen was here in Marshall County.
When Mr. Stephens began doing research on the pistols, it turned out that they were used in a dueling match in Marshall County on August 26, 1870 at sunrise. Dueling had been against the law in Tennessee since the early 1800s, but in Mississippi, it was legal so they chose this place bordering the Tennessee line. The field had been used before for dueling and was owned by Mr. Joiner whose home was close by. He was a lawyer in Memphis.
In the duel was Edward Lumpkin Hamlin who was born in 1845 in Marshall County at what was called Athenia, four miles south of town. Edward had attended Virginia Military Institute and was one of the students who were called upon to fight in the Civil War. In photos these young men looked like babies going out to play war instead of to meet hardened Yankee soldiers who were probably soft on them as the “babies” won the battle.
In the battle 10 cadets were killed and 47 were wounded out of a total of 247 Virginia Military Institute cadets. After the war Hamlin came to Memphis where he studied law and became a partner of Judge Henry G. Smith and then he practiced on his own. The Virginia Military Institute Alumni Association presented him with a bronze cross of honor for his war duties but whereabouts of it are unknown.
Edward Thomas Freeman was born in Virginia in 1841. He, too, attended Virginia Military Institute from 1859-1861. He went into the Confederacy and was captured at Island #10, Tennessee. Following the war he moved to Memphis where he became an accountant with Brooks & Company.
It seems the cause of the duel was a beautiful brunette named Lou Lenow who was born in 1850 in Memphis to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lenow, a very prominent family. A street in Memphis is named after them. There was an incident between the three of them that was undisclosed to the public.
When a duel was planned, “seconds” were friends who helped the participants. Dabney Minor Scales was Ed Hamlin’s second in the duel. He was born in Marshall County at Scales Depot in Hudsonville at a house called “Oakland.” Before the war, he attended Annapolis and therefore resigned to become maybe the only person from land-locked Marshall County who was in the Confederate Navy. He was on the cruiser “Shenandoah” which sailed the seas for seven months, not knowing the Civil War was over, finally ending up in England. He lowered the last Confederate flag to the British in November 1865. He came to Memphis and became a lawyer. He lived to be an old man.
The news of the duel had been in the news around town but things seemed to have been ironed out until Freeman wrote Hamlin and insulted him on August 19, 1870, so the duel was set up for the 26th of August, 1870. Both men practiced; Hamlin appeared to be an indifferent shot while Freeman seemed to be a fine shot. The meeting place was in an open field about 300 yards into Mississippi. Shortly after sunrise, the men took their stands, not a muscle moved and Scales asked, “Are you ready, gentlemen?” Each answered, “Yes.” Scales gave the words, “Fire, one!” As the two columns of smoke moved upward, Hamlin reeled and said, “I am hit!” and was removed to the Joiner house where he died.
The duel caused much sadness. Hamlin’s mother was wild with grief and died within a year. Ed Freeman, married Lou Lenow, who died on December 14, 1871 after giving birth to a daughter, Baby Lou on December 11, 1871. The child died the following June. Ed Freeman then married Lou’s sister, Elizabeth Lenow. Ed Freeman died on July 20, 1878, maybe from yellow fever, as it was raging in Memphis at that time, as it was here in Holly Springs.
Ed Hamlin’s father died in 1876. all of them are buried in Elmwood Cemetery. The only survivor of Ed Hamlin’s family was a brother, William Yates Hamlin, who dedicated a tall monument in the family plot to his mother, father and brother. He was a teller at the First National Bank at the time of the duel but nothing else is known about him. To this day, someone is putting flowers high up on this tombstone but no one knows who it is.
Ed Freeman is buried in the Lenow family plot along with Lou and Baby Lou. Where Elizabeth lies is unknown.
The information for this article came from David Stephens, the one who owns the dueling pistols. The purchase of the pistols has been an exciting and incredible history adventure for Mr. Stephens. If pistols could just talk, what a tale they could tell. The .50 caliber cap and ball pistols are French, marked LePage A Paris on locks and #1 on one pistol and #2 on the other. The barrels are marked Damos D’Acier De Paris in gold. The pistols were owned by Ed Hamlin originally.
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