Congratulations, Kati Schneller, on your graduations from Furman Univ.
Kathy and Emma Elgin traveled with Karen and Bill Schneller to Greenville, S.C., to attend Kati Schneller’s graduation from Furman University. The Elgins stayed with Mr. and Mrs. John Wavro and daughters Chandler, Wesley and France in Greer, SC. Mrs. Wavro is the former Lisa Fitch, daughter of W.O. Fitch and the late Clydean Fitch. The group had a wonderful time visiting with old friends and watching as Kati received her degree.
The Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery was all a flurry with activity Saturday night with the 2010 Art Gala.
People from near and far came to help support the art gallery, which relies on the proceeds from this benefit for the upkeep. Guests were greeted by a photographer from the Memphis magazine, Click, as they arrived.
The tables in the grand tent were transformed with gorgeous centerpieces, designed by master floral designer Carl Isom from Mt. Pleasant. He used a variety of light green and white to make them come to life. He had low and high pieces, giving just enough variety to spice it up a bit.
The food was provided by Boonie Mae’s out of Batesville. Guests enjoyed a variety of meat offerings, vegetables with a wonderful sauce and spectacular desserts.
The live auction was the hit of the evening. Steve Utley did a phenomenal job, as he was the auctioneer. He kept the pace going and looked dapper doing it, decked out in his tuxedo. Kudos to him for making the evening a wonderful one with the money raised during the live auction!!
The silent auction went really well, with a large amount of different things - there was something there for everyone!
The evening was topped off with a live performance by the fabulous Bouffants. They passed out tambourines to the crowd so they could beat along with the music. They put on a wonderful show, as always, and had the entire crowd out on the dance floor! At one point, they even pulled guests on stage to sing and dance along with them!
It was a magical night for all who attended, and for all who worked so hard to make it a raving success. A huge thank you to all of the supporters, both in town and out, who attended or helped with sponsorships. For those of you who missed it, maybe we will see you in the next four years?
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Miss Allison Scott to wed Daniel Worsham June 5
Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Scott of Nesbit are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Allison Paige Scott, to Daniel Bryant Worsham. The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. on June 5, 2010 at Maples Memorial United Methodist Church in Olive Branch.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Lee Scott of Hernando and Jerry Averett and the late Nancy Averett of Nesbit. She is the great-granddaughter of Johnnye Harrell of Nesbit.
She is a 2003 graduate of SBEC and received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Mississippi in 2007. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She is currently working on her master’s degree in education. The bride-elect teaches algebra at DeSoto Central High School.
The prospective groom is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Donald Worsham. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Worsham and the late Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bryant. He is a 2000 graduate of Potts Camp High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education with an emphasis in kinesiology from Mississippi State University in 2007. He currently coaches track and basketball at Lewisburg High School and teaches driver’s education.
Katelyn Scott will be the maid of honor and Don Worsham Jr. will be the best man. The wedding will be officiated by the groom’s father, Rev. Donald Worsham, with the reception immediately following the ceremony.
Following a Caribbean cruise, the couple will reside in Olive Branch.
Marshall County 1939...
In 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was installed as president of the United States. In order to bring employment to the people, he had the New Deal vision of creating jobs for the 35 million unemployed by instigating the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) who built fantastic projects, planted eight million trees, built bridges, roads, and needed government buildings and more. It taught new skills of every kind. It also created the largest New Deal Agency, the WPA (Works Project Administration) which included women.
Nettie Fant Thompson wrote up history stories of the houses around town which has been very helpful to us. The New Deal fed children, clothed and gave them housing. The WPA especially benefited rural areas.
When World War II came, not as much employment was needed because of military enlistment. The WPA lasted until 1943 and had serviced over eight million jobs to otherwise unemployed people during those years. In 1935, 20 million people had been on relief in the United States.
By the end of the decade, we were beginning to emerge from this saga but when World War II burst forth in 1941, the world changed. Everybody was outraged over what made it happen and absolutely everybody was wildly patriotic. Thousands of Southerners moved north to work in the new defense plants and thousands more joined the Army or Navy.
In 1939, Marshall County was an agrarian county, and cotton and corn were main products; and this year the weather made good crops in everything. On the west side of the square there were two cafes, one on each end. That year Congressman Wall Doxey and his brother, Hindman Doxey, bought the Elks Club and made it into Hotel Van Dorn. They connected it to an antebellum house next door to the west where lived Mr. Mackie, the candy man who had a candy store there.
The candy store became Leo Leibson’s new shoe store. Mr. Mackie dressed up every day in a high detachable stiff collar, a bow tie and a bolo hat, ready to serve his little customers and the world, if need be.
Farm income, however, was lower than in many years because of the price of cotton and cotton seed, and because of the small crops. Travelers Inn was another hotel of my childhood and it was located on the north end of the post office block. In 1939 it was redecorated.
Bonnie, Virginia, Elizabeth, and Raymond Franklin’s mother ran the hotel. After World War II, Traveler’s Inn burned and one guest burned up in it and it was no more.
We had two car dealerships here, Chevrolet on Van Dorn and Ford on North Memphis. There were six banks in Marshall County in healthy conditions with combined deposits of $2,653,720 (Mr. Mickle said).
Several dirt streets were black-topped that year which was a great accomplishment. Much employment in 1939 was due to the construction of Highway 78 in and out of Holly Springs.
I was absolutely shocked in 1940 when everybody was cheering for Wall Doxey for senator when he ran against Jamie Whitten to fill the place of Pat Harrison, who had just died in the middle of the term. I was in the Holly High band and the band went along on the campaign trail.
One place we stopped was Ripley and it was so rural it had board sidewalks.
Electricity was urgent and TVA was voted in during these years, giving us cheap electricity. This raised the standard of living and lowered farm costs and increased efficiency overall.
Miss Stile, whose first name escapes me, was the new home demonstration agent and she taught Marshall County women to preserve and can farm produce, and to sew their own clothes. So did Lessye Lee Davis who was the home demonstration agent for the blacks. She was like Mother Superior to the blacks as she was an angel helping people who needed help.
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