September 9, 2010
Happy 50th Keith!
Andy Seale of Nashville, Tenn., and Ben Seale, Jr., and son, Ayden, of Jackson, were the weekend guests of Robin and Ben Seale. While here, they also visited with other friends and family and attended the Ole Miss ballgame Saturday.
J.J. and Steven Tutor and children, Patsy, Mitch and Grace, of Hattiesburg, visited this weekend with Jamie Brigance and children, Drew and Stevie, and Martha Mitchell. J.J. visited with her daddy, Donnie Mitchell, who was transferred Tuesday from the Tupelo Hospital to St. Frances Hospital in Memphis.
Get well wishes go out to Devin McGregor and Brian Novarese, who were involved in an ATV accident over the holiday weekend. Both are on the mend - here’s to a speedy recovery!
Keith Owens was surprised Sunday evening with a 50th birthday party at his home. Party-goers were treated to a vast array of wonderful food, live music and dancing. Happy half a century!
Early birthday wishes go out to Judge Gene Brown, who will celebrate his birthday Friday. Hope it is a good one!
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Mackenzie Mitchell to wed Andrew Burns Jr. December 11
Lynn Fitch and Tucker Mitchell announce the engagement of their daughter, Mackenzie Fitch Mitchell, to Andrew James Burns Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew James Burns of Natchez.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of William Otis Fitch and the late Clydean Fitch of Holly Springs, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mitchell Sr. of Cleveland.
The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Parnell Burns of Natchez, and Mary Agnes Carter and the late Dannie Havard Carter of Natchez.
Miss Mitchell is a 2005 graduate of Madison Ridgeland Academy. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Mississippi State University in 2009 where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She is a graduate student at Mississippi College in the Master’s of Teaching Arts program.
Mr. Burns is a 2005 graduate of Cathedral High School. He attended Mississippi State University and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He graduated in 2010 with a degree in management of construction and land development and is associated with Mississippi Department of Transpor-tation in Jackson.
The couple will exchange vows December 11, 2010 at 5 p.m. at Dunleith Plantation in Natchez.
Tiffany Ragsdale and Salvador Arcos to wed September 18 at Hillcrest
Tiffany Ragsdale of Byhalia and Salvador Arcos of Guanajuato, Mexico, will be married Sept. 18 at Hillcrest Baptist Church.
She is the daughter of Michael Ragsdale and Debbie Weatherly. Her grandparents are the late Jack Brigance and Mary Brigance of Byhalia, the late Edward (Scooter) Ragsdale and Margaret Ragsdale of Olive Branch. She graduated from Byhalia High School in 2000. She enrolled in Colorado Technical University and is working on her Associate’s degree in criminal justice. She has been employed with Byrd Services for seven years.
Salvador Arcos is the son of Fermin Arcos and Carmel Ledesma of Guanajuato, Mexico. His grandparents are Daniel Arcos, Luz Bolanos, Lorenso Medrano, and Teresa Ledesma. He received his eduation at Ignacio M. altamiraro. He has been employed with Chandler’s Lawn Service for two years.
There will be a reception at Watson Community Center. Family and friends are cordially invited.
The first airship to visit Holly Springs
When I was a child, every time an airplane would fly over, we would all run out in the yard (or the street) to see the phenomena - the airship in the sky. There weren’t many sightings in those days.
However, let me tell you about the first airship that we know about that landed here on March 7, 1918 and approached Holly Springs from the west about 1:30 in the afternoon. It landed in the rye field of W.H. Hurdle, on the old fair grounds property. This plane was from Millington.
The South Reporter clipping says that the car (the airplane) was piloted by a student aviator with an instructor as a lookout. The landing was an emergency landing. Then it attempted to rise again and before going a great way, the propeller struck a fence post and immediately broke the wings and some of the airplane “gear.” They were considerably shaken up when the ship struck ground. The student was slightly scratched about the face and lost two or three teeth. Mechanics came from the camp (probably Millington) to repair the machine for the return trip to be made, but as it was not practical, it was loaded on a truck and carried.
Large crowds came from town out to see the airship as it was the first opportunity many of them had to see one close up. It was regretted that the accident, as trivial as it may be, should happen to the first airship that came to Holly Springs.
The South Reporter said, “The coming of the airship has suggested that it will be a good idea if the businessmen of Holly Springs should provide a field for the landing of these aviators and keep a standing invitation open for them to visit our town.”
In the early 1930s my daddy and I went out to a field just north of town, maybe where the prison is now, to take an airship ride. The pilot was there with his wonderful open cockpit plane with two seats and he was giving everybody (who wanted one) a ride in the sky for a dollar. (If they had a dollar -- it was during the Depression). My daddy and I got into the back seat. I think he was buckled in but he was holding me in his arms. He wore the goggles and helmet as they were too big for me. I remember taking off from the ground and flying over town and looking down and seeing the little bitty houses and tiny cars and minute little people walking around. Then the ride was over and it was the adventure of a lifetime.
At the museum, about 30 years ago, Leslie Loudermilk from Byhalia brought us an electrified movie projector. I’m sure it was one of the first ever made. We used to have one earlier that projected by gas. I guessed the date on the electric one to be about 1918. It came in a beautiful leather case and in the projector was film. I called the archives in Jackson and said to please come get the film and develop it.
They did, then sent us the film. The film turned out to be one of the first commercials ever made. In the film it showed a mattress being loaded onto an antique airship, then take off, then the film imprinted the words saying the plane went to 2,500 feet, then they dropped the mattress and it didn’t even break! So it was really a good mattress. The only place this commercial could be shown was at the movie house, so people had to go to the movies to see the commercial.
It was still that way during World War II. There was no television to share the news, but there was radio. At the movies they had newsreels with world happenings on them. Incidentally, if people would obey the Ten Commandments, there would be no 10 o’clock news.
We received 18 of Sam Gholson’s paintings and three of his sculptures. You should see them! Today Sam lives in Dallas and is 92, so he sent his paintings home and we are happy they are here. Sam’s father was Dr. Norman Gholson and they lived in the house at the northwest corner of Chula-homa and Craft. His older brother was Dan Penick and his sister was Mary Caruthers.
People have been coming to the museum because they heard our broadcast on Michael Feldman’s show. Listen again this Saturday on PBS at 11 a.m.
It’ll be coming from Strawberry Plains.
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