Thursday, September 20, 2007
Swords return from New York trip
Charlie Douglas and children, Chandler and Caroline, of Starkville, Ms., were the weekend guests of his parents, Leigh and Dick Douglas.
Bill and Virginia Lesley and son, William, just returned from a trip to the Northwest, Washington and Oregon. They visited Crater Lake, Spokane, some Indian reservations and took in all of the sights while they were traveling.
Vicki and Leslie Swords just returned from a fabulous trip to New York City. While there, the duo attended numerous Broadway shows and thoroughly enjoyed the New York shopping experience!
Becky Cupp attended a joint birthday party for her grandchildren, Cade and Lexi Cupp, in Collierville, Tenn., over the weekend.
Robert and Nancy Lane of Wichitas Falls, Texas, will arrive this week, to spend several weeks at their home in Waterford. Nancy has been recovering most of the summer from two knee replacements ,at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
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Morgan Griffin and Kenneth Ricks will exchange vows Saturday at Clear Creek Plantation in Slayden
Wade and Brenda Griffin of Holly Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Morgan Brenan Griffin to Kenneth Wesley Ricks. Wesley is the son of Kenneth and Dianna Ricks of Vaiden.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Nancy Bolton of Memphis, Tenn., Jim and Wanda Bolton of Naples Fla., Allene Griffin of Winona and the late Wade Griffin Sr. Morgan attended Mississippi State University and is currently employed at Cadence Bank in Starkville.
The prospective groom is the grandson of George and Ann Ricks of Greenwood, Helen Hollis of Teoc and the late Leroy Hollis. Wesley attended Northwest and is currently employed at Security Solutions in Starkville.
The couple will exchange vows September 22 at 7 p.m. at Clear Creek Plantation in Slayden with a reception following the service.
Jennifer Parham to wed Robert Schmalz September 29 at The Cadre in Memphis
Mr. and Mrs. James Braiden Garrett of Holly Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Robert Parham of Memphis, Tenn. are pleased to announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Renee’ to Mr. Robert Alan Schmalz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Terry Schmalz of St. Louis, Mo. and Mrs. Mary Ellen Schmalz of St. Louis, Mo.
The couple will exchange vows on September 29, 2007 at The Cadre in Memphis, Tenn. with the reception to follow.
Jennifer is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Edward Eason of Memphis, Tenn. and Mr. Robert Parham of Nashville Tenn. and the late Mrs. Dorthy Parham.
She is a graduate of Marshall Academy and received a BS degree in nursing at Baptist College of Health Sciences.
Miss Parham is a pharmaceutical representative with Inspire Pharmaceuticals.
Robert is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William Schmalz of St. Louis, Mo. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Toczylowski.
He is a graduate of Marquette High School in St. Louis, Mo. and Westminster College.
While at Westminster he received a BS in business management and management information systems.
He is a director of operations with Aldi Food.
The couple will honeymoon in the Riviera Maya region in Mexico.
Book review...Joseph Ingraham, rector of Christ Episcopal Church
Last Saturday Dural Pate from Nashville came to the museum with a purpose on his mind. He asked me if I had ever heard of Joseph Ingraham, to which I replied that he had been the rector of the Christ Episcopal Church here. He had a book that had been written by Reverend Ingraham and again, I told him that Ingraham was one of our incredibly talented writers of 150 years ago, that his books were novels written about biblical characters.
His grandson had been given this old book in Nashville because Mr. Pate is a theologian and a teacher and loves old books. He read the book and couldn’t believe what he was reading as it was like the fifth gospel.
Then he went to a Mennonite yard sale and bought another old book for $1, that was published in 1918 and it was about the end of the world coming. Mr. Pate read the book and to his astonishment the second book referred to the first book as the fifth gospel.
The books written by Reverend J.H. Ingraham were many but the three main ones were “Pillars of Fire”, “The Throne of David”, and “Prince of the House of David” and all local historians are familiar with his writings but few have read them, as the hardbound books are old, in tiny print and long.
Two thousand years ago there was a historian in the same vicinity as Christ, as the same time as Christ. He wasn’t included in the Bible but theologians are familiar with his writings. His name was Josephus.
These writings were saved and taken to England (I think) and some way Reverend Ingraham had the privilege of access to them and his book gives the ancient writer credit in the forward.
In Reverend Ingraham’s first book he tells about a group of Israelites going into Egypt to study and take the word there. One of them had his daughter Alena with him but sent her back to Israel where she wrote him every month about the happenings that were taking place in their homeland. It was at the time of Christ.
The book then tells of Alena seeing John the Baptist baptizing in the Jordan River and when he finished, he left to go back in the wilderness up the mountain. Alena and a man named John, who turned out to be the Apostle John and Joseph of Arimathea followed John the Baptist. He turned around to talk to them to tell them that he was preparing for the “Promised One”, then he turned to Joseph of Arimathea and said, “One day you will lay the Messiah on a slab. I can’t explain it but that will happen.” (Remember Joseph of Arimathea was the one who owned the new tomb and laid Jesus in it after the crucifixion.)
Alena also tells of knowing Lazarus and said that he worked himself to death working in the church. She wrote of miracles of Jesus that we never heard of and she wrote of the crucifixion and the resurrection.
Reverend Ingraham’s books were published before the Civil War, a real time of unrest and danger in this country. On December 18, 1860 (three weeks before the Civil War was declared) Reverend Ingraham was found in the Christ Church vestibule dead of a bullet wound to the head. It was always very mysterious. He was 51 years old. No one knows what happened, if the gun went off accidentally or if there was foul play. Mr. Pate said there was an anti-Christ movement around of people wanting to destroy all Bibles and the gospel word and the reverend was at the church alone and he definitely was spreading views.
Reverend Ingraham was a native of Maine and had studied theology. During the war there was a Northern general named Lew Wallace, who discovered “Pillars of Fire, “ from which he wrote “Ben Hur” based on Ingraham’s book. The movie made in 1959, “Chariots of Fire” was based on Ben Hur and Reverend Ingraham received credit on the screen for being the writer. The movie “The Ten Commandments” was also written based on Reverend Ingraham’s book “Pillar of Fire.
Reverend Ingraham’s son, Prentiss Ingraham was Mississippi’s most prolific writer, as he wrote over a thousand books. All of his books were adventure books, a lot of them set in the Wild West. He lived on the Mississippi coast but traveled all over the world.
See why I love my job? History is so exciting and never, ever boring.
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