March 19, 2009
Congratulations to Erin Lomenick on the birth of her brother, Eli Carson, last week. Proud parents are Bob and Penny Lomenick. He is at home and doing very well. Welcome home, Eli!
Leigh and Dick Douglas just returned from a quick trip to Perdido Key, Fla.
Mike Kazemba flew home Monday after spending the weekend in Salisbury, NC.
JJ Tutor and children, Patsy, Mitch and Grace, of Hattiesburg, are the guests this week of her parents, Martha and Donnie Mitchell, and sister, Jamie Brigance. Martha and Donnie drove back with JJ after their visit with them in Hattiesburg over the weekend. While here, they got to see Stevie Brigance play baseball for the Hickory Flat Rebels.
Laura Wheeler is recovering nicely after minor surgery. Get well soon!
Charlie Douglas and children, Caroline and Chandler, of Starkville, were the Tuesday guests of Leigh and Dick Douglas.
Grady Brooks spent a few days at “Camp Baboo” during spring break. He went to see a movie, played golf and rode his bicycle throughout the neighborhood.
Vicki and Walter Webb travelled to Birmingham, Ala., over the weekend to visit Patrick Carlton and twins, Mary Grace and William.
Meredith and Remy Collins and Grace Dunlap, along with Meredith and Remy’s mom Dana, were in Hot Springs last weekend for the Rebel horse race at Oaklawn.
Mabry Freeland of Water Valley, was the weekend guest of Amanda Barnett.
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Craig and Stephanie Wells of Potts Camp are proud to announce the birth of their son, Braydon Ross Wells. He was born December 31, 2008 at 2:52 p.m. at Germantown Methodist Hospital. Braydon weighed six pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Kerry and Patty Williams of Potts Camp, and Spanky Skelton of Lamar. Paternal grandparents are Rickey and Paula Wells of Lamar.
Maternal great-grandparents are Gene and Helen Reece of Holly Springs, the late Samuel and Estelle Skelton of Lamar, Carolyn Williams of Oxford, and the late Larry Willliams of Potts Camp.
Paternal great-grandparents are the late Sandra Gatlin of Byhalia, the late William Neismith of Newton and Harold and Tommy Wells of Olive Branch.
Braydon was welcomed into this world by all his loving uncles – Chris, Kevin, and Kolby Wells.
The trolley line...named after local lawyer
When people dig, they never know what they might find under the ground. Several times in the last fifty years, trolley line tracks have been dug up proving that we were really a special place, important enough for a trolley line.
The trolley line was built in the 1870s by James J. House, a local entrepreneur. It ran on tracks with the assistance of a mule team. That was something good happening to Holly Springs after the Civil War and ten years of Reconstruction.
We high-hatted the surrounding towns outrageously by out-doing them with our new street car. James J. House named the street car after local lawyer, J.M. Scruggs. It traveled from the depot to the square via Falconer Avenue and went back to the depot via Van Dorn Avenue.
One time the diggers fixing the back of the original Merchants and Farmers Bank building dug down to the trolley line tracks that were there in the 1870s. Forty years ago these same tracks were uncovered when they were demolishing the telephone company that used to sit on this lot and then carefully were covered again but not disturbed.
The tracks have been uncovered from time to time in other sections of towns. (For instance, behind Bill Fitch’s Van Dorn building and behind Charles Dean’s house, Airliewood. )
The trolley lasted until the yellow fever epidemic and was probably one of the “saffron knight’s” victims.
James J. House then moved to Jackson, Tenn., and that was the end of many good things House had started.
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