February 18, 2010
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - February 17, 2000
City purchases house
The Spires-Boling house, which sits at the head of Salem Avenue on Randolph Street, will be purchased by the City of Holly Springs to house the Ida B. Wells Family Art Gallery, according to a vote by the board of aldermen. It is believed that Wells, originally from Holly Springs, who led a crusade for rights for African Americans, may have been born somewhere on the property. It is also likely that her father had a hand in building the home.
St. Joseph chosen to be Shrine Pilgrimage Church
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Holly Springs has been designated by the bishop of the Jackson Diocese to be a Shrine Pilgrimage Church for the Jubilee Year, which occurs every 50 years and is a year of prayer, reconciliation and peace.
25 Years Ago - February 14, 1985
Wells-Sims art collection in library display
The Marshall County Library will exhibit works from the Ida B. Wells - W.T. Sims art collection of Leona Harris during February. The collection, begun by Mrs. Harris around 1970, features works by both African and Afro-American artists in a variety of styles and materials. Harris, a native of Holly Springs, says her interest in art began with a childhood acquaintance with Kate Freeman Clark.
Expect higher utility bills due to record cold temps
The Artic cold air, which has brought record temperatures to the county is also responsible for sharply higher bills to electric heating customers. According to the electric department manager, it is entirely because of the cold and not to higher rates.
A twin-engine airplane from Jackson made a no-wheels landing at the Holly Springs Hospital Friday afternoon. The electrical system failed. The pilot was not injured.
50 Years Ago - February 11, 1960
Contract let for factory construction
Contracts have been let for the construction of the Metalcraft Corp. factory to be constructed here. The new factory is to manufacture small household electrical appliances and other kindred articles.
The Rev. Osborne Moyer elected to honored post
The Rev. Osborne Moyer, rector of Christ Church, Episcopal, Holly Springs, has been selected as the chaplain of the Variety Club, Tent No. 20, of Memphis, Tenn. Leon Rountree, local theatre operator, member of the Variety Club, sponsored Rev. Moyer’s selection. Tent 20 of the Variety Club, is one of the operators of the Children’s Heart Institute. Two children from Marshall County have been beneficiaries of the aid of this hospital.
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