October 7, 2010
Baby Caroline Tolsdorf born
JJ and Stephen Tutor and children, Patsy, Mitch and Grace, of Hattiesburg, spent the weekend with Martha Mitchell and Jamie Brigance and children, Stevie and Drew. Sadly, Donnie Mitchell passed away while they were here. Funeral services were Sunday afternoon. Heaven received another angel Friday.
Ben and Ann Seale and son, Ayden, of Jackson, were the weekend guests of Ben and Robin Seale. While here, they attended the Ole Miss - Kentucky face-off in Oxford Saturday.
Welcome to the world, Caroline Slayden Tolsdorf! Baby Caroline was born last week to proud parents, Bea and Drew Tolsdorf of Jackson. Alex McCrosky, proud uncle, and Ann Yager Hamlin, proud aunt, were both there from Kentucky for the exciting event. Well wishes to all and cannot wait to squeeze those little cheeks!
Don’t forget to go down to the Oak Palace Saturday night for the Dance of the Decades! Tickets are $35 each at the door. Friends of Marshall Academy are hosting a wonderful event which will submerge party-goers into a blast from the past! Music will be played from all decades, along with festive party food from days gone by. There will be lots of fun activities that include a silent auction with loads of wonderful items to pick up for that special someone (or to treat yourself) and also a live auction. Come dressed in attire from your favorite decade, or perhaps you just want to go as “you from 2010” - that’s great, too! Put on your dancing shoes and boogie on down to the Oak Palace Saturday night for a groovy time! Remember - you must be 21!
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LeKisha Finley and Desmond Jeffries to wed October 16 at Mt. Peel
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Finley Jr. are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, LeKisha Kenyatta Finley, to Desmond Devaris Jeffries, son of Verna Jeffries Strickland of Ashland.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mammie D. Thompson Malone of Waterford, the late Jessie Malone Jr. of Aurora, Ill., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Finley Sr. of Holly Springs and Henderson Miller of Waterford.
LeKisha is a 2002 graduate of Byhalia High School. She attended the University of Mississippi and is currently employed at Byhalia Elementary School.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Dedrick Jeffries of Holly Springs. He attended Ashland High School and is currently employed at the Holly Springs Utility Department.
The couple will exchange vows at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at Mt. Peel MB Church, 1050 Mt. Peel Road in Laws Hill. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony at the Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs.
Claudia Watson and Alvin Gipson to wed at New Hope in Memphis; reception following in Holly Springs
Viola Watson and the late Oscar D. Watson of Holly Springs are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Claudia Watson, to Alvin Gipson of Memphis, Tenn.
The wedding will be held Oct. 9, 2010, at New Hope MB Church, 2731 Enterprise Ave., Memphis, Tenn., at 12:30 p.m.
A reception will be held at the Holly Springs Shrine Club in Holly Springs, 5 p.m.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Watson of Red Banks.
Alvin is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Gipson of Holly Springs and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gipson of Holly Springs.
Great collection of relics
Remember Wilbur “Red” Brown? He used to have a weekly newspaper column called “Ramblin Around.” On July 7, 1938, Red wrote about Buss Irby, who lived on Van Dorn Avenue, played trumpet in the Old Miss band, and spent his life looking for relics when nobody else was.
Dr. Edward Thorne was also interested in Indian relics and later bought some of Buss’ collection which we have here at the museum. It is great!
In describing the relics, Red said that Buss had a mortar and pestle, and a round rock. The round rocks were for games. The Mormons say that the 10 lost tribes of Israel, formed the five civilized tribes of Indians: Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks, Seminoles, and Cherokees.
They came in Egyptian-like boats across the ocean and landed in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico in 550 B.C. From there they walked up through Mexico looking for their “Promised Land.” Each tribe had a leader and each night they placed a staff in the ground and if the staff was leaning then they followed the direction of the staff.
When the Chickasaws reached this section of the world, they chose this land (where we are) as their promised land. The Chickasaws were here until the Treaty of Pontotoc in 1832. At this point they sold their land to the United States government. The Oklahoma Territory was set aside for the Indians.
Each Indian received a section of land and widows received two sections. The heads of the tribes sent others first as there were already Indians in Oklahoma who weren’t happy to see them. One Indian who visited the museum told me his forebears didn’t go to Oklahoma until 1842 and they went by rail (meaning boxcars). However, I don’t know where the rails came from that early.
An Indian princess who also visited here told me she talked to her great-grandfather who was a small boy when he was on the Trail of Tears and what he remembered was crossing the great river on a log raft.
The main thing he remembered was the utter silence of walking through the forest; there was no sound. I remember the last Indian from here. She lived on the Woods farm on old, old Highway 78 across from what used to be the country club. My daddy brought that farm from Dr. Seale about 1932.
Since the Indian woman lived there I thought she owned the farm, but when I looked up the deed to see what her name was, she didn’t own the land.
She left the land when my Daddy took over. She probably went to Oklahoma, 100 years after all her relatives! She was bronzed colored, had snow white hair and was tall.
Today the museum has visitors from Pacso, Washington, next to the big Columbia River, where all the salmon spawn. Our visitor was looking for her ancestors, who were here in 1944, ’45 and ’46 and their names were Ingram and Allen. I knew nothing about them. Maybe you did, let me know.
She brought to us a menu from Stafford’s Café about the middle forties. T-bone steaks could be had for 60 cents. All drinks were a nickel except hot chocolate which was a dime. Everything was a’ la carte (one thing at a time). A hamburger was ten cents, home-made pies were ten cents a slice, wheat cakes cost 15 cents.
The lady brought the menu here from Washington state and was going to trade it for a meal but she couldn’t find the restaurant. Stafford’s Café was on the southwest corner of the square and was the meeting place of the town. It was the bus station and it’s where the clubs met. They didn’t have a key to the door and it was never closed.
Aunt Montie (my daddy’s youngest sister) and Uncle Gordon started the café about 1916 behind Tyson’s Drug Store and they lived in the apartment above the café. It burned in 1962 when a pan of grease caught fire.
When he first started out, Elvis Presley used to play his guitar out in front of the café and always drew a crowd.
Today visitors are from Australia and one from Africa. They traveled half way around the world to get here. The last one is from California and is writing a book about Holly Springs, set after World War II, so it’ll be different. (We are getting famous.)
This guy says he uses his GPS which is a satellite that pinpoints where anybody is at any minute. He says his preacher friend says the GPS is like Jesus and we need to pinpoint him and stay on course so we don’t get lost.
Sorry about the fall history tour. We didn’t get enough reservations to go next Saturday, so we have postponed the county history tour until the spring.
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