Congratulations – graduating class
Congratulations to all of the graduating seniors in our area. What a wonderful ride all of y’all must have had through high school. Now your journeys will truly begin - you will meet friends you will hold dear for a lifetime, make memories which will forever stand out in your mind and also give you a true appreciation of those who helped you get that far -- teachers.
It is hard to imagine when you are in high school that you will ever miss it. All the long days of doodling in your notebook, thinking of what your plans are for the weekend when your science teacher is lecturing, looking forward to the end of the year, etc.
Never was I more appreciative of teachers than when I entered the auditorium in college for a class. Coming from a small high school and being thrust into college life is a rude awakening. Being used to having a little over a dozen students in class to having several hundred makes one really value the one on one offered by our local schools.
“A, S, D, F, J, K, L, semi-colon, return” resonnates in my head as I type daily. I was fortunate enough to have my Momma (Kay Wheeler) as my typing teacher in school - as were many of you who are reading this. You never think you are going to use that home row ever when you get out of high school but now everything is computer geared and trust me, when you have to key in a paper it helps to know your home row. If not, you will be missing all of those late night parties in college because you are still going to be sitting in front of your computer hunting and pecking, trying to get your paper keyed in for the next day’s class.
English is also a class that most take for granted. After all, we all know how to speak correctly and form decent sentences, right? True for the most part, until you write something that your high school English teacher snatches up and corrects you in saying, “A lot is two words, not one...” Vicki Webb implemented the school newspaper at Marshall Academy when I was there (many moons ago). It started by being a page in The South Reporter. It has graduated to a self-sustaining publication, The Patriot Press. If it were not for Vicki, it may not have come to pass!
Enjoy the ride, college freshmen, but take with you the memories of the teachers who made have ridden you a little harder than most just to push you to do your best. I assure you that one day, probably not in the near future but soon enough, you will want to come home, hug the neck of your favorite teacher and tell her (or him) “thank you, you made a difference in my life.” I know the teachers I had did and those are the ones I fondly remember!
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Ceirra Harris and Jarvis Luellen to wed May 22 at Union Valley
Penny Harris and Johnny Porter are proud to announce their daughter Ceirra Harris’s marriage to Jarvis Luellen.
Ceirra is a native of Holly Springs. She is the granddaughter of James Houston and the late Gladys Harris and Jimmie Mae Porter. She is the mother of a daughter, Jada Jeffries.
Jarvis is a native of Collierville, Tenn. He is the son of Thurman Wright and the late Debra Luellen-Stone. He is the grandson of Helen Luellen and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lester. He is the father of a son, Jayden Luellen.
The couple will wed on May 22, 2010 at 4 p.m. at Union Valley MB Church in Byhalia
Miss Margery Selden to wed Steven Gresham Jr. June 19
Mr. and Mrs. Tait Owens Selden of Tunica, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Margery Amanda Selden to Steven McGill Gresham Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven McGill Gresham Sr. of Holly Springs.
The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Winfrey Mayers of Germantown, Tenn., James Crosby Taylor of Tunica and the late Mr. and Mrs. Bard Edrington Selden of Hollywood, Miss.
Masey is a graduate of Tunica Institute of Learning and the University of Mississippi, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. While at Ole Miss, she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. She is currently employed by Custom Fabricators Inc. of Holly Springs.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Linwood Graham Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Sparkman Booth Gresham, all of Holly Springs.
He is a graduate of Marshall Academy in Holly Springs and the University of Mississippi, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance. During his years at Ole Miss, he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He is currently employed at the Bank of Holly Springs.
The couple will exchange vows at six o’clock in the evening on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at the Tunica United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the Tunica RiverPark.
Following a honeymoon in Jamaica, the couple will reside in Holly Springs.
A Prussian Prince lived here once
A hundred years ago in Europe, the King of Prussia, a part of Germany at that time, had eight sons. Times were hard, even for prince-lings who might lose their heads in periods of political unrest. One of these sons left his stately castle and stowed away on a ship to come not only to America, but to Holly Springs. He wanted to show the world that he could fend for himself. He took the name of “Herr,” which in German means “mister‚” (a common man with no title). Albert Herr founded a clay factory and furnished clay products for the area for the next seventy five years. He built himself a home with his money, acquired a wife and raised a family. He became mayor of the town. At an ancient age he was stricken with influenza. He sent his daughter to call the banker to come to his home to bring the contents of his safe deposit box from the bank. As requested, the banker brought the important papers. From among them, Mr. Herr took a parchment with red, blue and gold printing and asked to be led over to the fireplace. When he got to the fireplace, he threw the paper onto the flaming logs. “Why did you do that, Papa?” cried the daughter. “That was my royal birthright, and since I forsook all of that way of life, I want none of my heirs to try to capitalize on that heritage, and now all proof of it is gone forever!” His daughter was Eva Knott.
Mr. Herr then brought a couple more of his brothers who would never be king to live in Holly Springs. His sponsors for him to get to Holly Springs were his cousins, the Knables. Actually they had begun the jug factory when they first came. Mr. Knable was so thankful to be in America that when the Civil War came to Holly Springs he refused to fight against the United States, so in town he wasn’t considered a popular fellow as he wouldn’t fight for the Confederacy.
It’s nice to have friends; we couldn’t live without them. Roy and Eleanor Ray are our friends and recently brought us a Slayden School desk made of metal. It belonged to Eleanor’s mother, Lois Mackie, who taught school there for a long time. Included with the gift was a photo of Roy when he was in the third grade in Mrs. Mackie’s schoolroom by this very desk.
Joe Cox from Waterford brought us by a lovely exhibit that he made of a dioramic poster of World War II history when he was in the war and a triangle case with a folded flag in it. It is a beautiful exhibit. His interest has been in trains and he created a display of Casey Jones on Engine Number 382.
Ira Shipp has planted an exhibit of cotton in the front yard of the museum. It is up about five inches and it is wonderful. Also, Ira brought us the first composite picture of the school that used to be where the museum is now. There are 98 girls in it and one of them was Mrs. Andrew Cochran, who was Octie Power when she was in school here. She was also Ira’s mother-in-law. The picture is beautiful but had no date on it. I figured that it was probably 1903-04.
Don Smith is a Mississippian living in Memphis who has a new book, “The Boy Who Would Be King.” In spite of the title, the book is about a girl who graduates from Rust College and goes on to an important post in the nation’s capital. Drop by the museum to see the other great books by local authors.
We were planning a history tour of the county, but I couldn’t get in touch with everybody. The Lord was taking care of me as a history tour on May 1 would have been disastrous because on May 1 we had 20 inches of rain. It probably broke all records of having that much rain at one time. It overflowed my rain gauge. Thank goodness Holly Springs is on a hill.
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