September 20, 2010
Thank you to Coach Rodgers
Congratulations to three Lady Patriots, junior Chelsey Gilliam (third base), freshman Elizabeth Skelton (short stop and pitcher) and eighth grader Kat Moore (catcher). These three ladies were chosen All Conference in softball. Kudos to all three of them for working hard all season long and being team leaders.
An era ended Tuesday night last week in Batesville, at the North Delta softball field. It was the last softball game for Coach Susan Rodgers. She announced to the team Monday that she was retiring from coaching.
For three seasons, I have watched my daughter grow as a softball player and a better person by playing under Coach Rodgers. I will never forget the first week she practiced with the Lady Patriots - she cried every single day, begging to quit. Now, years later, she cried because Coach Rodgers was no longer going to coach.
Time is a funny thing. In Caitlyn’s case, it allowed her the opportunity to play under a great coach, learn from her and improve as a player. She learned the value of being a team player, friend and mentor to the younger players. She learned that showing up early for practices and working at home would make her a better player. For those things, I thank Coach Rodgers.
The Lady Patriots will sorely miss Coach Rodgers, but I have no doubt she will be the loudest cheerleader at future softball games!
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Chickasaw descendants visit museum
Last week we had visitors who were Chickasaw descendants from Oklahoma. The lady had done extensive research on her family tree and she was from the Royal Indians, who were the Colberts.
James Logan Colbert was reared in the French royal court. His mother was lady-in-waiting to the queen and he went to school with the Dauphin Prince, receiving the highest education that was available in the world at that time.
When Colbert was young, a revolution hit and Colbert fled to Scotland, but it wasn’t long before he migrated to America. The French were out of favor at that time in America, so he claimed to be from Scotland. He had a very impressive countenance, as he was tall, very intelligent and very good-looking.
When he landed in the Carolinas, about 1740, possibly with English traders, he heard about the Chickasaw tribe, which was renowned for their physical beauty, beautiful maidens, fighting ability and hospitality. He joined the Chickasaws and married three Chickasaw princesses. They produced eight known children.
Colbert taught them all, boys and girls, to read and write and do arithmetic. Thirty to 40 years later when the white settlers came, the Colberts were better educated than the settlers. Four of his sons became chieftains. The one who was chief of what is now Marshall County was named Levi.
William Faulkner wrote fiction but used reality for his stories. In one of his books he told the story of several Chickasaw warriors going to France to visit the king to show what real live Chickasaw Indians looked like. One of the Indians brought back a pair of dainty French slippers for his mother.
She had never had a shoe on in her life and her foot wouldn’t go into the shoe, so she had a slave carry the shoes around on a pillow for all the tribe to see.
In the year 1783, a Spanish noblewoman dared to make the trip from New Orleans to St. Louis up the Mississippi River. She was going to meet her husband, who was Lt. Governor of North Louisiana. With her were her four children, the slaves, household things, and 4,500 pesos to pay the Spanish soldiers in her husband’s army, along with a large quantity of munitions.
When the boat arrived at the Chickasaw Bluffs (Memphis) a band of British soldiers took them hostage. Their leader was a white man, dressed as an Indian. Through an interpreter, he introduced himself as James Colbert. He said he was a professed member of the Chickasaw Indians and a British officer.
With great courtesy, he told the noblewoman she need not be afraid -- no harm would come to them. He gave her his quarters (a hut) up the Wolf River (they called it the Margot). As the lady and her entourage were prisoners of war, the captors took her silverware, slaves, munitions and the 4,500 pesos that were meant as the Spanish soldier’s pay, and divided it among themselves.
She was sent back to New Orleans. Colbert thought it might not be safe for her to go on to St. Louis, as the soldiers upriver might not treat her as gently as he had. He took everything she had, but no physical harm had been done to her.
In years later, Colbert died when his horse threw him, before his servant could assist him. His slave Caesar was reported to have returned to the Chickasaws with the news.
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