January 21, 2010
Get well wishes to Patricia Selman
Birthday wishes go out to Kay Wheeler, Jack Green and Mary Neely Jones. Kay celebrated with a family dinner.
Bea and Jimmye Dale Green travelled to Oxford to celebrate Jack’s birthday with him Monday afternoon.
Get well wishes go out to Patricia Sellman, who is currently in Houston at MD Anderson. Hope all goes well with her and here’s to a very speedy recovery!
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Miss Ferriday Mansel and Charles McClatchy Jr.exchange vows June 13, 2009 in Oxford
Ferriday Mansel and Charly McClatchy were united in marriage on June 13, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church in Oxford. The double ring ceremony was performed by the Reverend John Semmes. The Very Reverend Ollie Rencher from The Church of the Holy Communion assisted in the service. It was attended by friends and family from Oxford, Holly Springs and surrounding areas.
The bride’s parents are Dr. and Mrs. Keith Mansel of Oxford. The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. C.B. McClatchy of Holly Springs. The bride is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Dubberly of Greenville, the late J.H. Mansel Jr. of Oxford, and Mr. and Mrs. Grover Greer of Brandon. The groom’s grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rather Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. McClatchy Sr., all of Holly Springs.
The bride wore her maternal grandmother’s wedding gown of bridal satin and Chantilly lace. She wore a cathedral veil of Belgian lace, handmade in Brugge. It was fastened with a diamond and sapphire bar pin, a gift from the groom’s mother. It had belonged to the groom’s maternal grandmother. Wearing these beloved heirlooms, the bride proceeded down the aisle on her father’s arm.
Surrounding the bride and groom at the altar were her maid of honor, Jane Mansel, sister of the bride; and bridesmaids Nelms McClatchy, sister of the groom; Kristen Allen; Tyndale Brickey; Lara Britt; Jane Drennen; Claire Howorth; Ashley Mackenzie; Rebecca Mitchell and Kathryn Simmons. Honorary bridesmaids were Sidney Allen, John Herzog, Keith Studdard and Matt Wise. The groom’s father, C.B. McClatchy, served as best man. The groomsmen were Justin Beard, Kyle Buck, Jason Burch, Allen Crain, Peyton Everett, Ben Jones, Simmons Lauderdale, Ryan Revere and Slates Veazey.
Attendants were Carrie Benoist, Molly Eaton, Taylor Kilgore and Meyer Seligman. The bride’s proxy was Marjorie Kilgore. The bride’s cousin, Preston Dubberly, was flower girl, and her big brother, Hays, was junior groomsman. Dr. Sarah Crain and Rainey-Mills Turner read selections during the ceremony.
The reception was held at the historic Lyric Theater next door to the church. The Bouffants, from Memphis, performed at the reception.
The young couple left the reception in a 1987 Chevy Silverado decorated by actress Joey Lauren Adams. Joey Lauren is a next door neighbor to the Mansel family. It was adorned with proclamations that said “Honk 4 Love” and “We in Love Y’all.” After a farewell twirl around the Oxford square, the McClatchys set off for a honeymoon in Santorini, Greece.
On Friday evening before the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents. It was held at the Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery in Holly Springs. As tornadoes tore across the northwestern part of the state, including Byhalia, the couple rehearsed their ceremony. As the wedding party boarded a bus, chartered by the groom’s parents, a funnel cloud passed in front of the bus. Reverend Semmes ordered the group to enter the basement of the church. Once everyone was safe from the storm they proceeded to Holly Springs for a beautiful dinner.
Elias Cottrell – he had a dream
Elias Cottrell was a born a slave on a plantation on the old Sylvestria Road. He was so smart, he was sent north to be educated. When he came back after the War, he became the bishop of the CME Methodist Church. I knew Bishop Cottrell by sight. I knew he was important even then. He lived in a big roundish house that sat catty-cornered at Chulahoma and West Boundary and it was there until it was torn down about 1950.
He had a big car with a chauffeur, but so did the president of one of the banks, When I was young, my daddy took me to a football game behind Mississippi Industrial College between Rust College and MI.
It grieves me to see that we are losing our historical Mississippi Industrial College.
Only one building is antebellum and that is the one being town down. For 170 years it has been on an elevated plain overlooking the city of Holly Springs. In 1880 the house was owned by James M. Taylor, who willed it to his sister, Eliza M. Fant. She left it to her daughter, Lillie Fant Howard, according to court house records.
Elias Cottrell had a dream...
In 1897 Bishop Cottrell bought from L.W. Lawrence land for his dream which became Mississippi Industrial College for $2,600, money he had borrowed from H. S. Dancy.
Mississippi Industrial College came into being in 1905. It began as a liberal arts college and the “industrial” part of the name indicated trades were taught there.
This school invited anybody, old and young, male and female, to come to school here to learn to be educated and make a living.
Originally the property encompassed 110 acres (now only 65 acres). At that time, then, the only building was “Catherine Hall,” the one now being torn down. Cottrell named it after his wife, Catherine. Wings were added to the second and third floor of Catherine Hall to be used as dormitories.
Washington Hall was erected in 1910 and named in memory of Booker T. Washington. This building was used as the administration building and contained offices, classrooms, and a large chapel.
Under the entire building is a large basement where industrial arts were taught.
The next building is Carnegie Hall, built in 1923 in honor of Andrew Carnegie, the Pennsylvania steel magnate, who donated $25,000 toward construction of the building.
The first floor was the dining hall with seating capacity of six hundred. On the second and third floors the literary arts were accentuated. This building has the largest auditorium in town then and now, that seats well over 2,000.
It also houses the Carnegie Library, the physical and chemical laboratories, lecture rooms, and music rooms.
Hammond Hall was built as a boys’ dormitory in 1907. It was named in honor of Dr. J.D. Hammond, who had been secretary of the board of education of the Methodist Church, South. It was recently the police headquarters of Holly Springs.
On the south end of the row stood the president’s house, which was named “Randalia.” It was built in 1919 and named for Bishop Randall A. Carter.
It was beautiful, too, but it was the first to deteriorate from willful neglect. Now it’s a pile of rubbish.
Holly Springs is so special to me. Holly Springs is special, but the reason we are special to the world is because of our visible history. Holly Springs is unique in the world because we have an antebellum past. Without these antebellum structures, all slave made, we would or will be like all other small towns in the United States. If we don’t protect, even pamper our history, it will be gone with the wind and we’ll be nothing. In the past twenty years, we have lost eight antebellum structures here in town. In the county we have lost even more. Since World War II we have lost at least sixty antebellum houses. During the Civil War, the only things destroyed were where Federal supplies were stored, no houses were lost to the War. The Northern officers were using the homes as residences.
Some people have no vision. They can’t see beyond the end of their noses, usually their utterly selfish noses. Rust College now owns Mississippi Industrial College. Rust College belongs to the Methodist Churches of America and people all over the United States contribute to Rust College. Mississippi Industrial College belonged to the CME Methodist Church of Mississippi. MI was the only identity in the world completely owned by blacks. Mississippi Industrial College is on the National Register of Historic Places and also the Mississippi State Historical Register.
Antebellum is Latin for before the Civil War. All the structures were made by slaves. It’s part of black history and the blacks should be proud of these buildings as monuments to their ancestors but instead, some of them want the buildings torn down. You can’t build an “antebellum” building. These buildings at Mississippi Industrial College are works of art.
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