Lily and Lane Carpenter celebrate birthdays in Grandma Ann’s home
Rowan Thompson of Dallas, Texas, arrived Thursday afternoon for a brief visit with Kay and Laura Wheeler before quickly departing to Oxford, where he met up with some of his Ole Miss fraternity brothers for a fun-filled Double Decker weekend.
Banner Gwin of Venice Beach, Ca., was the guest of his parents, Laurie and George Gwin, over the weekend. While here, they attended a wedding at the Memphis Zoo.
Lily and Lane Carpenter celebrated their birthdays Sunday afternoon at their Grandma Ann’s (Carpenter) house. Lily turned 4 and Lane turned 2. Those who attended were Byrne Carpenter, their daddy, Andrea Chrestman, Jane Ann Autry and children, Kelley and Maura Jane, Virginia Mitchell, and naturally, their Grandma Ann! Everyone had a grand time at the party! Happy birthdays!
Maura Jane Autry and Darcie Gibson traveled to Tunica with the North Mississippi Shockers 10U Softball Team to participate in the Duel on the Delta tournament. The Shockers brought home the second place trophy, due to rain-out.
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Whytnie Howell and Jeremy Jeffries to wed May 4 at Mt. Peel MB Church
Dornetta W. Howell, along with George and Pamela Young, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Whytnie R. Howell to Jeremy J. Jeffries, son of Brenda and Wayne James and Rudolph Stevenson.
A small ceremony is planned for May 4, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Peel MB Church in Laws Hill.
Whytnie is a graduate of Holly Springs High School and Northwest Community College. She is currently employed at Hawkins Family Medicine in Holly Springs.
Jeremy is a graduate of Holly Springs High School and is currently employed at Nike Logistics in Memphis, Tenn.
The couple are the proud parents of DaMarian Howell.
Miss Hannah Shown and John Rodgers to wed May 24 at Slayden Baptist Church
Hannah Elizabeth Shown of Lamar, and John Allen Rodgers of Olive Branch, announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Cheryl Shown of Memphis, Tenn., and Harry Shown of Lamar. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Kelley of Memphis; and the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shown of Memphis.
The prospective groom is the son of Connie Rodgers of Memphis, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rodgers of Barton. He is the grandson of Bobbie Bishop of Memphis; and the late Mr. and Mrs. George Rodgers.
Miss Shown attended Gateway Christian Schools.
Mr. Rodgers attended Wooddale High School and Southeast College of Technology, where he received a technology degree in electrical engineering. He is currently employed by Milwaukee Tool, Olive Branch.
The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Slayden Baptist Church, Lamar.
The couple would be honored to have all friends and family present as they unite as one in Christ. If you are unable to attend, the couple requests your presence in thought and prayer.
Miss Ashley Price and Brandon Staggs to wed May 17 at Hope Church in Tupelo
Mr. Michael Price and Ms. Vickie Price of Tupelo announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Michelle Price of Tupelo to Brandon Tyler Staggs, son of Bruce and Linda Staggs of Houston.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Elwood and Ruby Price of Guntown, the late Victor Hubler of Johnson City, Tenn., and Bill and Betty Smith of Johnson City, Tenn.
She is a 2004 graduate of Saltillo High School where she graduated with special distinction. She was the president of the Spanish Club; a member of Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Who’s Who Among American High School Students. She attended Itawamba Community College (ICC) where she graduated with an Associations of Arts degree and graduated with honors. While attending ICC she was a member of Indian Delegation, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Student Body president, and was on the President’s List. She will graduate from the University of Mississippi on May 10 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with Cum Laude. While at Ole Miss, she was a member of the Exercise Science Club. She will pursue a second bachelor’s degree in nursing beginning in July at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Herbert and Carol Staggs of Red Banks, and Jimmy and Mary Ella Lancaster of Van Vleet.
He is a 2004 graduate of Houston High School where he was an honor graduate and member of Beta Club, Student Council, French Club and Who’s Who Among American High School Students. He attended Itawamba Community College (ICC) where he graduated with an Associate of Arts degree and graduated with honors. While attending ICC he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and on the National Dean’s List. He will graduate from the University of Mississippi on May 10 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. While at Ole Miss he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda Leadership and Honors Organization and on the National Dean’s List.
couple will exchange vows on May 17, 2008 at Hope Church in Tupelo at
2:30 p.m. A reception will follow at the church. Family and friends are
Sarah Davidson and David Norris to wed June 28
Sarah Beth Davidson and David Gary Norris will exchange wedding vows in the presence of God, and their family and friends on June 28 at Central Church in Collierville, Tennessee.
Davidson is the daughter of Arla and Dan Davidson of Barton. She is the granddaughter of Roberta Williams of Barton and the late Rev. Alfred Allen, and the late Edsel and Bea Davidson.
She is a student at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting and will graduate in 2010. She graduated from high school in 2006.
Norris is the son of Patti Blake of Ottawa, Kan., and Gary Norris of Holiday Island, Ark. He is the grandson of the late Marjorie and Fred A. Norris of Green Forest, Ark.
He is a student at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. He will graduate in May 2009 and plans to follow on to Officers Training School in the United States Air Force. He is a 2005 graduate of Green Forest High School.
Sarah and David were childhood playmates in Olive Branch until they were separated by a family move. They reestablished their friendship after almost ten years and look forward to a lifetime of happiness together.
The couple will reside in Russellville until their graduation from Arkansas Tech.
The day the circus came to town
One of the greatest days in Holly Springs was the day the Three Ring Circus came to town in 1962. They had a pre-circus parade around the square and then down College Avenue turning onto Walthall, then Salem, on to West Street.
The big tent was set up on the Fairgrounds, right where Van Dorn’s men had disturbed those sleeping Yankee troops who had their campgrounds there, and this time, a hundred years later, we were celebrating this triumph-de-arc.
My children and I stood on the corner by Kate Clark’s house and watched spellbound, open-mouthed, big-eyed as this phenomena unfolded in front of us. It was very impressive. They had tigers in cages, eight big elephants, lots of clowns, a calliope making that marvelous music as they proceeded up the street; the trapeze artists were the stars of the show later that night.
There was a big elephant track in the mud and I thought it should be saved and preserved showing that an elephant had walked here. But it wasn’t. That wasn’t so long ago (only 46 years ago) so I’m sure everyone remembers that gala occasion as that was the “Big Time” in little Holly Springs.
Another thing that happened not so long ago was West Boone was driving down College Avenue to the compress to see her husband, Elliott. When she got past the little Catholic Church, she couldn’t believe what she saw. There was a huge rattlesnake slithering across the street. She ran over it and raced down the street to tell Elliott. He didn’t believe it until West brought him back and showed him the snake on College Avenue. It turned out it was Mack Buchanan’s pet snake that had gotten loose. Can you imagine?!
It was at about this same spot on College Avenue where my friends and I would run out to catch a ride on the ice wagon. Jesse was the iceman and we were always glad to see him.
Everybody had an icebox, which was a revolutionary invention, as refrigerators hadn’t been invented. A sign denoting how many pounds they wanted was hung on a hook by the front door. Jesse went to the kitchen door and put the ice in the icebox. (Now that’s service!)
He came several times a week and would let us ride on the running board of the wagon and, oh, what fun we had riding on the wagon running boards like we could prognosticate our days were numbered and it wouldn’t last forever.
But all good things have to come to an end. One day Dolly’s toe got under the wheel and blood was shooting everywhere. Jesse was frightened to pieces and we could ride the ice wagon no more. It was over.
Chesterman Street, a block from my house, was half new and half old. The newer part was the section between College Avenue and Salem Street. The south section of Chesterman is an original street of Holly Springs and name for Mr. Alonzo D. Chesterman. (Mr. Chesterman was the assistant principal of the Holly Springs Institute. ) His antebellum home is still there.
There was a CCC Camp on Chesterman; another in-town CCC Camp was on those fairgrounds I talked about earlier. The Boatwrights had a big farm that ended at Chesterman Street. It was one of the few big farms left.
After living for eight decades, if I had my life to live over I would pick more daisies, ride more merry-go-rounds, eat more ice cream, climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I asked Miss Stanley Brown, age 97, mother of John Dabney and Doris, if she could live her life over, would she do anything differently. She thought for a minute and then she said, “I would do a lot less ironing!”
Did you know there’s a street in Holly Springs called “Bethlehem Street?” When I was a child it had no name for me, at least. It was named after Bethlehem Academy that was once at the north end. The street connects Van Dorn to Salem skipping College.
The compress used to ship cotton to places all over the world and was our most important industry for 150 years. Now we are nearly out of the cotton business. Just as soon as we learned to eradicate that tiny little giant of a boll weevil along came the tobacco worm, for which there is no eradication. It is also called a bollworm and it turns into a beautiful moth! I did love that beautifulgreen Luna moth until it did us in.
A few years ago in Marshall County, we grew and harvested about 400 bales of cotton. All the gins in the county have gone out of business now. When we were new, before the Civil War, Marshall County produced more cotton than any other place in the world, per capita, with one quarter of a million bales produced a year. Cotton was King and his name was White Gold.
Bethlehem Street isn’t the prettiest street in town and never was, but has interest for us. Of all the beautiful streets in town, Bethlehem Street was chosen for the shooting of the movie “Cookie’s Fortune.” We were definitely showing we had a seamy side.
Louis Hurdle said that between the railroad tracks used to be the beehive ovens for the local jug factory and more were north of Salem Bridge. The jug factory was located on the eastern side of the railroad tracks. There they made jugs, churns, and pots of all descriptions. Once we went down there with my wagon, crossed the railroad tracks to get big chunks of clay to make all sorts of interesting shapes and things.
At its heyday the factory belonged to Mr. Albert Herr. (The prince from Germany whose name in German meant “Mister.”)
North of the jug factory was the original St. Thomas Hall School site where Tom Boone lives now. Unfortunately, there are no existing photos of the original St. Thomas Hall that I know of. It was placed there when the town began until it moved catty-cornered across from the Salem Bridge in 1890. This school was where all the boys went to school if they lived on the east side of town.
Swanee’s Good News Happy Hour
Swanee’s Good News Happy Hour at WKRA 1110 AM on your dial will be celebrating May on Thursday, May 1 at 2 p.m. The show will be repeated on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
Guests will be John Boyuka telling us about the café business, the community clean-up program and the Humane Society. B.C. Crawford, poet laureate of Benton County and Marshall County too, will read us poetry. Jack Billyard of Hernando, will tell us of nuclear cooling of the earth. In 2020 the atmosphere of the earth will begin to change, so let’s hear about it. Hope Al Gore listens.
Happy listening on Thursday!
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