August 28, 2008
Steven Elgin celebrates birthday in St. Louis
Steve and Kathy Elgin treated their son, Steven, to a weekend in St. Louis, Mo., for his birthday. Emma Elgin and Elgin and Mitchell Lafever also went to celebrate. They watched the Cardinals play baseball Friday and Saturday. Their fun-filled trip also included going up in the arch and riding the rides at Six Flags. Happy birthday, Steven!
How lovely it is to see progress being made in Holly Springs! There has been construction going on behind the square branch of the Bank of Holly Springs. It is coming together and now looks like more than construction vehicles on a lot!
One of the best things about living in a small town is the banks. You have the small town atmosphere, the wonderful smiling tellers anxiously awaiting to hear what you did over the weekend, or just asking about your family, and the beautiful appearance of them from the road. They are all so inviting with their meticulously kept landscapes.
Next time you are in your bank, be sure to give your teller a warm smile. After all, they are the bones that hold the bank together and keep the customers coming back time and again.
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Jennifer Wallace and Brian Perkins to wed August 30 in Byhalia
Brian Perkins and Jennifer Wallace are proud to announce their forthcoming marriage August 30, 2008.
Brian is the son of Rick Perkins and Patsy Perkins of Sardis. He has lived in Byhalia for 25 years.
Jennifer, formerly of Napa, Calif., is the daughter of Gary Wallace and Debbie Moshcatel. She lived in Washington State until 2006, when she moved south and met Brian at Talladega in 2007.
The couple began dating July 7, 2007 in Sardis at a Clydesdale Christmas Store fund-raiser. They became engaged and bought land in Byhalia in December of 2007.
Family and friends are all invited to join in their celebration of marriage. The wedding will be held at 256 Pine Hill Road in Byhalia at 6 p.m.
A reception will follow.
Couple to wed September 6
Danny and Carol Allen are proud to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Tiffany Magen Allen to Robert Perry Colston, son of Bobby and Mary Lynn Colston and the late Gail Staggs Colston of Hickory Flat.
Tiffany is the granddaughter of Martha Allen and the late Rudell Allen and Emogene Allen and the late Billy Allen. She is a 2007 graduate of Hickory Flat Attendance Center and is currently attending Northwest Community College in Southaven studying dental hygiene.
Perry is the grandson of Pauline Colston and the late Edward Colston and Oliver Staggs and the late Coleman Staggs and Kathy Staggs. He is a 2003 graduate of Hickory Flat Attendance Center and received a degree in agricultural technology from Northwest Community College in 2005.
The wedding will be held at the bride’s home at 2346 Clear Creek Road, Lamar, on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 6 p.m.
Following the wedding, a reception and dance will be held at the Oak Palace in Holly Springs.
All family and friends are welcome to attend.
Carole and Steven Elliott of Olive Branch announce the birth of a son, Jack McNeil Elliott, born Aug. 20, 2008 at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn. He weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces and was 21 inches long. Jack was welcomed home by his big brother, Charlie.
Maternal grandparents are John and Ruth Kloha of Holly Springs.
Paternal grandparents are Evelyn Elliott of Columbus and Mike and Patricia Elliott of Albany, Ga.
Personalities of the past
Let’s have a series of articles about personalities of the past from here and if you know of someone who should be written up for history, let us know at the museum. We will begin today with the stories of fascinating characters of the past.
Eons ago I went to see Eva Knott who lived down the street from me on College Avenue. Mr. Knott had a store behind the house at Van Dorn and Chesterman that we kids used to visit. Her only daughter Cecilia taught dancing here.
She tried to teach me dancing but I had two left feet; and besides, my mother wouldn’t let me appear on the stage in an abbreviated costume.
Cecilia married Clyde Woodward. When I went to see Mrs. Knott, I was impressed with her antebellum house and the fact that her curtains had come from the White House during a renovation. It was wintertime and there was a fire in the fireplace. She told me the story of her father.
She said he was born in Germany and was the eighth son of the King of Germany. Germany wasn’t as we know it. It was made up of many different provinces each with a king. Being the eighth son of the king, Albert realized he would never be king, so he migrated to America and came to Holly Springs and took the name “Herr” which in German means Mister.
His cousins, the Knables had preceded him here and had started the jug factory, which was across the railroad track. Albert Herr went to work there and later on owned it.
Later on, Albert became mayor of Holly Springs and Mrs. Knott lived in his house. His name is on the street steps.
Mr. Mickle said one day in 1876 when there was an east Holly Springs election box at the depot, political candidates came in on the train.
It was the campaign of Tilden, Democrat and Hays, Republican, running for president. Van Manning from here was a Democrat running for Congress. The Democratic Club from here was there with torches, uniforms and the Holly Springs Comet Band. General Featherston was the speaker.
They gave a royal welcome and flitched a cannon case at this time at the Berglund’s foundry, north of Salem Bridge (a remnant of the Jones McElwain Foundry) but it had not been tested. It was fired by a hot iron rod and as Albert Herr was about to touch it off, Bose Job snatched it from him and fired the cannon. Bose’s left leg was shot off and Albert was knocked silly for sometime. Bose wore a peg leg the rest of his life.
Mrs. Knott said one winter, Mr. Herr was very sick and was in the room with a fire going in the fireplace. He asked her to call his banker, (Harris Gholson) to bring him the contents of his safety deposit box. He brought them, which were his “royal” papers. His birth certificate and documents were big and elaborate.
Mr. Herr took them over to the fireplace to read by the light of the fire and then threw them into the fire. Mrs. Eva said, “Papa, why are you burning those papers?” He replied, “I gave up the royal life and I don’t want anyone trying to go back to it!”
Two of his brothers moved here to be with him as they weren’t to be king either. His great-grandson, Cecilia’s only child, speaks seven languages and teaches in China. He probably hasn’t been to Holly Springs in a long time.
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