September 4, 2008
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10 Years Ago - September 3, 1998
Calls keep firemen on alert
Firemen managed to put out a blaze at the former home of the late Osborne Bell Jr. before the fire caused large-scale damage to the house on Park Avenue. The Holly Springs Utility Department also responded to cut off utilities and provide access to the attic with a HSUD bucket truck. The call was the third of a series of calls on Thursday afternoon.
County native Charlie Feathers, early rockabilly
A former Marshall Countian, who went on to become one of the early rockabilly icons, was buried at Hill Crest cemetery Tuesday. Charlie Feathers, 66, of Memphis, left a legacy of music which began at age 10 when he left Marshall County to work on oil pipelines in Texas and Illinois. He cut his first record, “I’ve Been Deceived” in 1955 on the Phillips’ Sun Studio label. He co-wrote “I Forgot To Remember to Forget” which was recorded by Elvis Presley.
25 Years Ago - September 8, 1983
Oscar Johnson Jr. dies in St. Louis
Funeral services for Oscar Johnson Jr. of St. Louis, a descendant of one of Holly Springs’ founding families, were held Aug. 31. Mr. Johnson, 78, died Aug. 28 at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis. He was the grandson of Col. Harvey Walter of Holly Springs, who died in the yellow fever epidemic of 1878. His father was one of the three founders of Roberts, Johnson and Rand of Holly Springs, which later became the International Shoe company of St. Louis. A native of Red Banks, his summer home for many years was Walter Place in Holly Springs.
Byers awarded recognition
Marine Cpl. Alvin Byers, son of Alvin Byers of Waterford and Annie Young of Abbeville, has been awarded a meritorious mast while serving with Marine Aircraft Group 42, Detachment B, Naval Air Station, Millington, Tenn. The award is official recognition from a Marine’s commanding officer for superior individual performance.
Batts given Army medal
Sgt. Charles Batts, son of Early and Olivia Batts of Holly Springs, has been decorated with the U.S. Army Commendation Medal at Ft. Bragg for outstanding achievement and meritorious service.
50 Years Ago - September 4, 1958
Marshall County’s first bale
The first bale of cotton reported to have been ginned in Marshall County was ginned last week at Waterford. It was raised by Clinton Miller, negro, and weighed 572 pounds. It was raised on the I.C. Levy farm. The crop is opening in a most satisfactory manner and soon the gins will be humming. Prospects for an exceptionally good crop is excellent.
Holly Springs lad gets fourth operation
Jesse Ray Luther, 12, of Holly Springs, was reported in good condition today at Baptist Hospital following surgery on both feet. It was the fourth operation for the youngster since he was stricken with polio in 1949. The disease left him crippled in both legs.
Fort Gholson honored on birthday
Mrs. Henry Fort Gholson entertained with a party Friday afternoon complimenting her son Fort on his seventh birthday. The back yard of the home was a most attractive setting for the party.
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