October 21, 2010
Fund-raiser very successful and enjoyed by everyone
Friends of Marshall Academy hosted a Dance of the Decades event at the Oak Palace in Holly Springs on October 9. The event, which included delicacies from different decades, a live and silent auction and a dance, was enjoyed by everyone who attended. It was fun to see former Marshall Academy students return to help support their alma mater. New friendships were made, old friendships rekindled and fresh faces embraced. Congratulations to the steering committee of this wonderful event and a highly successful undertaking!
Last week, a neighbor and his dog were attacked by a pitbull, which pulled itself off of a chain to go after them. Mr. Ward was walking Sam, as most of you have seen either Mrs. Ward or him do daily down Salem Avenue. All of a sudden, and out of nowhere, a pitbull emerged, chasing the two. Sam suffered a non-life threatening injury to her neck and, thankfully, Mr. Ward only suffered fright.
There are many children in this neighborhood who ride bicycles, play and walk their own animals in the afternoon. It is a chilling reminder that there are vicious dogs out there and now, apparently one in our own area. It is sad to know that children cannot freely roam the streets without worrying about some crazed dog attacking them. Owning a dog with a sweet disposition is one thing, but when one breaks free from a chain in the yard with the specific intent of harming another animal and their human is another. Not to mention the dog broke free, unprevoked, and made a bee-line for them! Something must be wrong with that dog for it to be in attack mode.
There are many responsible pet owners who keep their dogs either in a fenced yard or on a leash when outside. One man in particular walks his dogs (a Jack Russell terrier and a little white fluffy dog) regularly in this neighborhood. Both dogs are on leashes. Samuel and Wood Morris walk their little pug many times in a single day - he, too, is on a leash. The Wards always have Sam on her leash and, if there is a cat in the vicinity, sometimes Sam is walking them!
Be responsible if you are going to be a dog owner. Make sure your dog is up to date on his or her shots. Enjoy your pets inside your home, out in your fenced back yard or on a leash. There is no need for this nonsense to happen again! Things could have been a lot worse for the Wards and little Sam! Here is to a quick recovery for Sam!
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Blair Moore and Cole Childers to wed Nov. 6 at First Baptist Church
Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Dean Moore of Potts Camp announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Blair Elizabeth, to Alan Cole Childers, son of James Childers and Anita Childers, both of Ripley.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of James and Louise Daniels Jennings of Potts Camp, Joe and Loyce Moore Cox of Waterford and the late James Lee Daniels and Melvin Lee Moore.
She attended Potts Camp High School and Northwest Community College, where she received a degree as a certified LPN. She is currently employed at Olive Branch Family Medical Clinic.
The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Elmer and Susie Childers of Walnut and Mary Bryan and the late Dan P. Bryan of Ripley.
He attended Ripley High School and is currently employed at Ashley Furniture Company and Tippah County Co-op in Ripley.
The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Holly Springs. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.
All family and friends are invited to attend.
“Christmas in Holly Springs” tour
We are preparing for the magnificent “Christmas In Holly Springs” tour, which is so delightful.
The Marshall County Historical Museum is the sponsor of this fund-raiser for the museum and this is the 22nd season we have been enjoying it. The date is December 4 and 5.
There are six great houses, all antebellum, dressed in Christmas splendor, plus the old Catholic Church, now the “Church of the Yellow Fever Martyrs,” that will be on tour.
There will be a Christmas concert at the new St. Joseph Catholic Church at 2 p.m. Saturday. The local musicians are Gary Adams and His Friends.
Featherston Place was built by Alexander Calvin McEwen, who came here in 1834 when the newly opened territory had opened with the Chickasaw Cession. He is credited with giving Holly Springs its name.
He shipped the first bill of merchandise that was ever sent to Holly Springs before the town was laid out.
Alexander McEwen was a man of importance as he was altruistic. He was one of the commissioners to mobilize the Indian Territory. He went into business with John C. Walker.
Then he was induced to embark in the banking business. When it failed, McEwen surrendered all he owned to the bank’s creditors. His father-in-law, Colonel Byers of Virginia, bought the home from the creditors and deeded it to his daughter, his only child.
One of our Confederate generals, Winfield Scott Featherston, married the McEwen daughter Elizabeth in 1858. They lived here and raised a large family until the 1900s when Oscar Johnson acquired the house.
In 1900, Oscar Johnson inherited the Walter Place and at the same time he bought Featherston Place, Polk Place, Dunvegan and Alicia (three of these are raised cottage type houses).
Johnson incorporated them into guest houses for his overflow of guests who would come on the train in his private car from St. Louis for his grand parties at Walter Place.
All the houses were rescued from obscurity as Johnson employed one of the leading architects in the nation, Theodore Link, of St. Louis. He put his magic touch on Holly Springs.
One of his trademarks was on the porches – all the posts are two square and one round or vice-versa. He put dry moats around each house. Theodore Link also put his genius on the St Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Railway Station, the Mississippi State Capitol, and our museum building where we are now.
In 1916, Oscar Johnson died and his widow sold the property to M.A. Greene, who in turn sold it in 1918 to George Buchanan. Mr. Buchanan was the mayor of Holly Springs for many years.
The banquet-size dining room downstairs served as a showplace for dignitaries visiting the mayor for many years. The mayor’s son, Jim Bright Buchanan, was in the Air Corps in 1941. His squadron was flying into Pearl Harbor as the Japanese were finishing their devastation, but his plane wasn’t equipped to down the Japanese. A year later he was afloat at sea for a week.
The whole town prayed for him and he came home safely. Then he became the mayor of Holly Springs.
The house is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lynn. Advance tickets for the tour can be bought cheaper if you purchase them before November 27. Single tickets may be purchased for $18, tickets of ten or more may be purchased for $15 each. The week of the tour tickets are all $22.
Tickets are available through the museum only. Call 662-252-3669.
This week at the museum, hometown folks Aubrey and Patsy Boone were visitors. We loved having them. A man from Wisconsin sent us a Pepsi-Cola bottle as we didn’t have one. He first heard of us because of the “What’d You Know” radio program. Then he drove down here on his way to South Carolina so he came to see us via a “square root.”
Come see us, we are fabulous!! We’re at 220 East College Ave., 662-252-3669. We are open five days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays, we are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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