Thursday, October 25, 2007
Grady Brooks celebrates 6th birthday
Grady Brooks, son of Mary Clay and Gene Brooks, celebrated his 6th birthday on Sunday afternoon. His granddaddy, Hank Wheeler, of Newnan, Ga., spent the weekend with him and joined in the festivities. The hit of the party was a moon bounce which had a slide attached and was provided by Jumping Bean Inflatables! After everyone was finished with bouncing, the party moved to the backyard, where cake and ice cream were enjoyed by all while dipping their toes in the pool. To top the afternoon off, each child got a swing at a huge pinata filled with all sorts of goodies! Those who attended were Jacob, Caleb, Thomas, Kaylee, Cassidy, Amanda, Bowen, Mabry, Mary Neely, Erin, Paige, Lindsey, Jake and Grady’s big sister, Caitlyn.
The square is all abuzz with the upcoming Kudzu Festival! The carnival rides have already begun to take shape around the courthouse. Just seeing the funnel cake trailer would make any mouth water with anticipation! The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce has worked really hard this year to provide a weekend jam-packed with fun activities for young and young at heart. As one may be fretting with all of the rain we have gotten, let us all be thankful that the weekend is looking great - well, according to the local forecasters.
If you do not have any “in stone” plans for the weekend, be sure to come to the square in Holly Springs. It is going to be something spectacular! How fantastic is it that our square is going to be alive on a weekend? Please show your support for our beautiful town and our Chamber of Commerce by coming to the square this weekend. It promises to be an enjoyable time.
We need more things like this to happen on our square! I commend the committee who chose to have the venue on our square. It has not been utilized in such a “fun fashion” since the days of the Ben Franklin when, on a Saturday, you could barely get your bike across the street for all of the traffic! Relive your childhood, make new memories with your own children, show our out-of-town guests how Holly Springs is the best kept secret in the South! Also, do not forget to shop your local merchants around the square. I am sure that there will be fabulous finds all the way around!
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Marco and Tungyel Findley of Olive Branch are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Makhi Alexander Findley born on August 29, 2007 at 1:06 p.m. at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women in Memphis, Tenn. He weighed seven pounds and fourteen ounces and was 20.5 inches long.
Proud grandparents are William and Linda Malone of Holly Springs and Henry and Shirley Garrett of Olive Branch.
Great-grandmothers are Modena Malone of Holly Springs and Nadie Mae Findley of Como.
Also welcoming the new baby home is big brother Marco II.
Crump Place on Christmas Tour
The marvelous “Holly Springs Holiday Houses” will launch the holiday season on December 1 and 2. The sponsor of the tour is the Marshall County Historical Museum and the money goes to support the museum and keep it open all year. So when you buy a ticket, realize that you are contributing to the upkeep of your museum for the next year. Your museum is quite an asset to our community and for the future and our children’s future.
One of the incredible houses on our tour this year is “Crump Place.” It was first opened to the public in 1936 for the Holly Springs centennial, exactly a century after it was built in 1836 by Samuel McCorkle. Mr. McCorkle was one of the town’s founders and was the first banker. The bank was in a room underneath his dining room where it would be safe and he could watch it carefully.
The house was built of bricks made on the premises, beams were hand-hewn oak and the floors were heart pine, so the termites have left them alone. Adze marks can still be seen in the beams. It is very well constructed.
The original kitchen was connected to the main house by a latticed breezeway, which could be easily chopped down in case the kitchen caught on fire. In wintertime the basement was used for a kitchen.
Later on, in 1840 Crump Place became the home of the McCorkle relatives, the Crumps of Hudsonville. E.H. Crump was the mayor of Memphis and a representative in Congress in Washington, D.C. for Tennessee and was a political leader there in Memphis. He used to visit his mother here every Sunday and when she died in 1940 at the age of 98, she had one of the largest funerals ever in this town.
The front yard was a garden and was always a showplace. The flowerbeds were laid out in different shapes; a diamond shape, heart shape, round shape, rectangular shape, and square shape. The gardens extended down into the road in front of the house.
When the city paved the roads into streets, about 1930, the street interfered with her lawn and she really let the city officials know that they were infringing on her property for the Gholson Avenue right-of-way for the new avenue.
Other owners of this house have been the Randolph Holts and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Woods.
Today the house is owned by David Person. David’s grandparents lived in Airliewood and he wanted to come back to his Holly Springs roots. He is from San Antonio, Texas, and we are so happy that he has chosen to come home and join us in this wonderful place. He used to visit here as a child.
This year we have created something new, “Christmas in Marshall County Tour” of four great homes in the county.
One of these beautiful houses is “Solitude,” home of Mr. and Mrs. Hank Thomas and family. Mr. Thomas built the house in 1999. First, they built a lake and then built the house overlooking the lake.
At the present the house is surrounded by a forest of multi-colored trees, which will enhance its beauty at all seasons. Mrs. Thomas has the unusual artistic ablility to decorate in her own intrinsic capacity and her house throughout is very pleasing to the eye. The Thomas’s live here with their sons and daughter who fill the house with friends and family and live in every inch of their house with an ambiance that permeates the holiday season.
Hey! Look what we have to sell in our Mississippi Shop! Come to the Marshall County Historical Museum and check out our new selection of Mississippi-made jellies. We have just gotten a shipment of locally made Kudzu Bloom Jelly, Muscadine Jelly, Sweet Potato Butter and a delicious sounding Christmas in a Jar (blackberry) Jelly. These 8-ounce jars of delicious spreads are available at $6 each plus tax. These are wonderful over steaming hot biscuits, bagels, toast, and cornbread. The Christmas in a Jar is recommended over a bar of cream cheese with crackers. Yummy! These will make a delightful addition to your dining table and a wonderful gift for that something different. You can get these for a secret pal, add one to a gift basket, or just set on the table for a special treat.
Don’t put off getting your tickets! Advance tickets are available now at $25 per ticket and for groups of ten or more tickets are $22 each. If you wait until after November 24, those tickets go up to $30 each. You can get tickets only at Marshall County Historical Museum, 111 Van Dorn Ave., Holly Springs by cash, check or credit card, or you can order them over the phone with Visa or MasterCard only at 662-252-3669.
Don’t forget, be sure to remember on Thursdays, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. on WKRA AM 1110 radio will be the “Swanee’s Mississippi Good News Happy Hour”, a call-in show of local people and talent, politicians, local music even! Guests this week will be Bill Stone, Ed Overall and John Helmert; and Alice Long will tell us a ghost story. I give easy recipes, good weather and health advice. We need your input so please listen and call in.
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