Thursday, April 21, 2011
Birthday wishes to Laura Wheeler
Happy birthday wishes go out to Laura Wheeler, who celebrated Tuesday with a family dinner.
Holly Springs lost yet another valuable member when Patricia Selman lost her battle with cancer. She was such a driving force in our community, professionally and personally. She always had a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face no matter where she went. She worked tirelessly on trying to make Holly Springs a better place for everyone and fair treatment for all. The love she showed towards people was given back to her Saturday as cars lined the streets for her funeral. Our town will feel her loss for years to come. She will be remembered as a fine community leader, one who had integrity, morals and good values. My heart goes out to her family - she will be missed by those who knew and loved her.
Congratulations to the Marshall Academy JV softball team, coached by Marcus Moore and Carlton Gibson. The girls travelled to Carroll Academy, Saturday, to participate in a tournament. They won three out of four games, losing only by one run the last game of the day. Kudos, girls and coaches, for a job well done!
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Tonya Garrett and David Ash Jr to wed April 23 at Salem Baptist
Together with family and friends, Tonya Marie Garrett and David Lloyd Ash Jr. will join together in a celebration of love, during which they will exchange marriage vows on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 12 noon at Salem Baptist Church, Hwy. 349 in Potts Camp.
Tonya is the daughter of David and Thedy Cornelius of Hickory Flat and Tiny and Linda Garrett of Ingomar.
She is a 2004 graduate of Hickory Flat Attendance Center and is currently employed at Ashley Furniture Company in Ecru.
David is the son of Betty Ann Ash of Hickory Flat and David Lloyd Ash of Walnut. He is a 2005 graduate of West Union Attendance Center and is currently employed at Contract Fabricators Inc. in Holly Springs.
Come see our new airplane
One of the most famous regiments to come out of the Civil War was the 17th Mississippi Infantry of which General Featherston was the Colonel (later he became the General). The unit was formed on June 4, 1861. They were immediately sent to Pensacola, Fla., for two weeks to train for war.
Then they were sent to northern Virginia. They thought the whole war would be fought in northern Virginia and that it would be over in 90 days. The troops were so brave and courageous that today there are 17th Mississippi Regiments all over the United States, even from Canada, who try to emulate the original troops in their re-enacting.
They distinguished themselves in the battles of First Manassas, Leesburg, Savage Station, Malvern Hill, Maryland Heights, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Knoxville, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Berry Hill, Cedar Creek and Seven Forks.
The winter of 1863 was terribly hard. Half-starved, half naked, down to each man the whole regiment re-enlisted for 40 years or the end of the War.
Again they went to Virginia and fought gallantly for another year and a half. Cliff Valentine helped with this information. At Appomattox when Lee surrendered the Southern Army on April 9, 1865, the 17th Mississippi was there but their ranks were thin.
Only 64 men of the Regiment, once a 1000 men, remained to stack arms. The War had taken its toll on this gallant band of brothers. Only 35 remained out of 400 Marshall County boys to come home. The War had been costly to defend against the Northern invasion of the South.
Bobby Mitchell discovered this on the Internet -- in 1936, four Holly Springs boys bought a dilapidated model-T Ford. They worked hard on it all that summer and finally got it to running. Then they decided to take a trip in their automobile and go to Texas to celebrate the Centennial.
The boys were Claude Smith Jr. (brother to Shep Sr., twin to Lurline), Harry Orr, Ben Cochran and Steve Holland. It was a great adventure but on the way home, their money just about run out. When they got home, Mary Walker Gatewood said they and all their friends enjoyed the car before facing the world after high school right before the Big War.
The Depression was still going on. Gas was 25¢ a gallon and they thought that was high. This was part of the Great Generation who were self reliant, honorable, noble and honest. They could make do for themselves and take care of the world, too, because they could think clearly.
In the museum we have a transportation wall and we needed an old-fashioned airplane for it. The only plane we have is the Enola Gay with the atom bomb precariously hanging from the release hatch but it’s in the War Room.
So Harvey Payne gave us the cutest little airplane that he made in 1975 when he was in the armed service. He made it from a jeep spark plug and some barbed wire. It looks like the Wright Brothers first airplane and it‘s a great piece of folk art.
Come and see us and bring your relatives and friends.
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