January 29, 2009
Community loses a super man; C.D. will be fondly remembered
Friday night, my family and I, along with Maura Jane Autry, were treated to the best entertainment we have had in a long time. We all went to the gym at Holly High School to watch the Hawks square off with North Panola, an obvious rival.
When we arrived, the girls game was just beginning. That was one of the best basketball games I had seen in a long time. There was no pushing, no shoving and hardly any jump balls called. The girls were there for one reason - to play basketball. It was a hard-fought battle for the Hawks, who fell short three points. They were tough and have tremendous talent on their team.
The boys lined up to come onto the court. The North Panola team looked enormous in height - very daunting. Having only beaten them by one point the last time they played, we knew it was going to be a barn burner. Once the game got underway, we were proven wrong. The Hawks were on fire - hitting three-pointers left and right. They schooled the team from North Panola.
It was interesting to see the difference in the boys’ game and the girls’ game. A couple of times during the boys’ game, there were “double fouls” called. We had to ask a gentleman behind us what that was, as none of us had ever seen that. Apparently, a defensive player and an offensive player (neither of whom had the ball) were “roughing up one another” by pushing off. There was even a double technical called for the same thing! And all this time, I thought that was how basketball was meant to be played - touching and pushing off of the other team members.
The Holly High Hawks taught all of us something Friday night. It was a great way to spend an evening. Their teams played so well together and really know the game. I hope to catch another game soon!
A wonderfully crafty, yet quite eccentric, member of our community passed away over the weekend, C.D. Green. If you ever had a chance to meet him, you should consider yourself a lucky soul.
I never knew C.D. until he did some work for my grandmother. He was so meticulous in his work that it took him a while to finish the job. He strived for perfection. During his time there, both of my children would beg to “go to Nonnie’s” so they could visit with “Mr. C.D.” They just adored him and he was so very sweet to them, although they got underfoot quite a lot! He never said a cross word to either one of them.
Our community has lost a super man. C.D. will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.
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Miss Emery Carrington to wed Michael Newsom February 28 at Byhalia United Methodist Church
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Emery Carrington III of Byhalia announce the engagement of their daughter, Emery Katherine, to Michael Marlow Newsom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dewayne Newsom of Duck Hill.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Emery Carrington Jr. of Byhalia, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Irving Weeks of Hernando.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jerald Dewayne Newsom of Bolton, the late Mrs. Faye Boatner Newsom of Terry, and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Brandon Marlow of Duck Hill.
Miss Carrington is a graduate of Marshall Academy in Holly Springs and the University of Mississippi, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Mr. Newsom is a graduate of Maranatha Christian Academy in Minter City and the University of Mississippi, where he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Dr. James Biedenharn Jr. will officiate the 6 p.m. ceremony at Byhalia United Methodist Church on February 28, 2009.
Following their honeymoon, the couple will live in Biloxi.
History of the Marshall County Museum
The Marshall County Historical Museum will be 39 in March. I was president of the Historical Society at the time. The vacant Mississippi Synodical College building came up about to be razed as it wasn’t conducive to office space. We, the Historical Society, went to the owners, who were the supervisors of Marshall County, and asked for the building’s use to make a much needed museum for this historic place. Surrounding lesser towns all had museums and we needed one.
The supervisors turned down our request. We went back again and again. After four rejections, we decided to try one more time and when we did they said, “OK you can have it for a museum.”
I remember walking out of the court house thinking, “Oh no, how do you start a museum?” (Be careful what you ask for as you might get it!) “Maybe the community isn’t ready for a museum,” I thought. But it was!
The creation of the museum was miraculous. We did it without a penny. People went home and cleaned out their attics and trunks of incredible treasures, giving us great things that we never could have afforded if we had had to buy them. Then they pitched in and helped with the work. Without the help of all the citizens the museum couldn’t have been established.
The Marshall County Historical Museum was begun in 1970 by the Historical Society, a group of futurists who also love where we’ve been in the wonderful history of our county and our city.
Everything in the museum has been given (plus a few things on loan). Since we did all this without a penny, it makes the museum even more incredible. All the artifacts are from around here. We created the “Mississippi Shop” when we started the museum to pay our bills. We always have, and still do, have a fee at the door.
Our museum is a reflection of our charming community, our beautiful state, but mainly a reflection of our most valuable resource, our wonderful people, who have maintained and nurtured our history, heritage, and culture and passed it on to us to do the same thing for our future generations. We have a distinct culture here; there is nowhere in the world where heritage is so ingrained or so prevalent as here. The museum is the keeper of the county’s treasures and the keeper of our culture, past, present and future.
We do have an incredible cultural heritage! What is culture? And what role does the museum play in the development of culture in the refinement of minds, morals and taste? Culture is the enlightenment of our historical past.
If we didn’t have a museum, who would tell the children that during the Civil War, we suffered 62 raids or that after the War, Vicksburg, Jackson and Holly Springs were the only United States towns to ever be federally occupied in the 19th century? And we were federally occupied for ten long years during Reconstruction. Who would tell our children how we high-hatted the surrounding towns scandalously in the 1870s by having a street car that went from the depot to the square and back and every now and then the rails are dug up?
If we didn’t have a museum, who would tell them of our Sherwood Bonner, our local belle, who became Longfellow’s secretary, or of Kate Clark, who bequeathed her fortune to the city, along with 1,052 fabulously beautiful paintings? Or of Hiram Revels, the first black senator or of Bennie Monroe, twice champion bicycle rider of the world in 1907 and 1908? Or that General Arthur McArthur (father of our General Douglas McArthur) was the last commanding officer during Reconstruction. These are just a few examples of our colorful past that makes us different, unique, interesting and a cultural asset and necessity to the community!
We have artifacts from ten wars. We have one of the first tricycles ever made, wooden carved dolls, fashion dolls, wax dolls; and a few years ago we inherited some gorgeous doll houses that are fascinating.
It is the responsibility of everyone in the community to assist our museum in the task of preserving what has been and what is to be and to teach our children to feel the same sense of history that we have come to love and to cherish.
We advertise with Triple AAA with a 4-Star rating and it goes all over the world, so we have visitors from all 50 states and many foreign countries.
We have been written up in the New York Times and many magazines and newspapers. One national magazine listed the four best museums in the United States and we were one of the four. Some of our visitors have been senators, governors, movie stars, scientists, grandchildren, and grandparents. Schools from here and surrounding places send their school children here for tours.
Five and a half years ago the 100-year old building’s roof sprang a leak that fell to the first floor of that three-story building and we had to move out completely to put on a new roof. We were offered a space to perch while the work was being done, but it would only hold a third of the artifacts. So I brought my favorite things to the Square Museum and it is truly incredible.
Within the next few months, we will be moving back into our beautifully renovated building on College Avenue. We have found out that our Mississippi Synodical Building and surrounding buildings were designed and built by the famous architect Theodore Link. In 1903 it was built and Oscar Johnson’s daughters paid for the construction, as they were friends of the famous architect. The building is already on the National Register but now it will be elevated to higher national status. Discovering history is like uncovering gold nuggets.
We are accepting treasures and artifacts if you care to have your things preserved for posterity and for future generations to enjoy. Marshall County Historical Museum, 111 Van Dorn Avenue, 662-252-3669, firstname.lastname@example.org email or web address www.mchmuseum.org.
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