Thursday, August 4, 2011
Former Holly Springs High School students come for joint class reunion
Rowan Thompson of Dallas, Tx., was the weekend guest of Kay and Laura Wheeler. He was in town to attend Holly High School’s 50th class reunion. It was a joint reunion, including 1960, 1961 and 1962.
Rita Cochran Langus of Mobile, Ala., was the weekend guest of Becky Cupp. She was also involved with the reunion.
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Miss Carole Webb and Jeremy Glidewell to wed September 17 at Christ Church
Mrs. Jackson Hudson Wittjen of Oxford and Walter Watson Webb of Holly Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Carole Lee, to Jeremy Michael Glidewell of Nashville, Tenn.
The wedding ceremony will be held at Christ Church in Holly Springs on September 17, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow in Hudsonville.
The bride-elect was graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. She is an event planner for Boxwood Bistro restaurant in Franklin, Tenn.
Miss Webb is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Silas Wesley Pearson Jr., of Oxford. She is also the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James David Webb of Louisville.
The prospective groom is the son of Mrs. Ben Frank Worsham III and Grady Mike Glidewell, both of Corinth.
Mr. Glidewell was graduated from the University of North Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. He is a claims analyst for Thomas & Thorngren Inc. in Nashville.
He is the grandson of Betty Lourie Gilmore of Corinth and the late Carroll Reese Gilmore. He is also the grandson of Grady Andy Glidewell, also of Corinth, and the late Iris Marie Glidewell.
Margie Brown and Brandon Havens say vows in sunset ceremony in Seagrove, Fla., June 11
A sunset ceremony in historic Seagrove, Fla., was the setting at 6:30 p.m. June 11, 2011, for the wedding of Margaret Rather Brown of Holly Springs to Joe Brandon Havens of Ridgeland.
Margie is the daughter of Margaret Sullivant Brown and Eugene Dabney Brown Jr. of Holly Springs.
Brandon is the son of Pamela Flemmons Havens of Batesville and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dunn Havens of Madison.
Fabulous arrangements of hydrangeas, calla lilies, delphinium, larkspur and ivory roses provided a grand entrance for the guests as they arrived.
Greeting guests were friends of the bride and her family. A saxophone player entertained with background music as the sun set and everyone gathered on the beach for the upcoming ceremony.
Officiating at the double ring ceremony was United Methodist minister The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Taylor of Panama City, Fla. A violinist provided the prelude and postlude music for the wedding party. A simple arbor of bamboo and organza, along with the wind and waves from the Gulf, was the background for the wedding.
Given in marriage by her father, and on behalf of her mother, the bride was stunning in her mother’s restyled wedding gown of satin chiffon. Pearled re-embroidered Alencon lace enhanced the Queen Anne neckline and a deep lace pyramid adorned the skirt front. The bodice of pearled Alencon lace was cinched at the waist by a wide silk ribbon, overlaid with the pearled Alencon lace. Matching lace bordered the hemline and appliqued cathedral-length train.
Her fingertip-length veil of illusion was bordered with pearled Alencon lace. She wore a single stem of miniature ivory orchids in her hair and antique diamond earrings that once belonged to her maternal great-grandmother, the late Mrs. Lytle Alexander Rather Jr. of Holly Springs. She also chose a double strand of pearls and a gold and aquamarine cuff bracelet. The bride carried a traditional bouquet of creme roses, ivory hydrangeas and miniature white orchids.
Mrs. Jonathan Diedrich Rowe of Memphis, Tenn., and Frances Dabney Brown of Holly Springs, sisters of the bride, served as matron and maid of honor. Their dresses were periwinkle blue gowns of satin chiffon and they carried matching bouquets of ivory hydrangeas and roses of creme and green. Each of the bouquets was wrapped with pearled Alencon lace from the sleeves of their mother’s wedding gown.
Cameos and antique brooches, belonging to their maternal grandmother, the late Mrs. Henry Paul Sullivant, and paternal grandmother, the late Mrs. Eugene Dabney Brown Sr., each of Holly Springs, were used to fasten the lace and accent the bride’s and her sisters’ bouquets.
Mr. Joe Dunn Havens of Madison served his son as best man. The groom’s son, Master Davis Brandon Havens of Madison, served as groomsman.
Immediately following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the beach home, Seaside Blitz, in Seagrove, Fla. Guests danced to music provided by Latitude Twenty-Nine.
Serving the bride’s cake were Erin Leslie Lomenick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lomenick, Peyton Conner Stephenson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Stephenson, and Sarah Grace Jackson, daughter of Holley Jackson and Ricky Jackson, all of Holly Springs.
On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a lovely poolside rehearsal dinner at Watersound Resort. Wedding guests and family enjoyed a nostalgic video presentation of the couple’s lives, then toasted the couple and enjoyed the casual setting.
The evening was closed by thanking the guests for attending the festive wedding weekend.
After a honeymoon in Negril, Jamaica, the couple is at home in Ridgeland, where the bride is a teacher at Rouse Elementary in Rankin County and the groom is an Alfa insurance agent in Jackson.
Tony Hood’s program set for August 15
We are changing geologist Tony Hood’s program to August 15, at 7 p.m. and everyone is invited.
He will tell about the great earthquake and then the meteorite that hit his farm in 1811. He will bring samples and interesting tidbits to show you. There is a $1 fee at the door.
Today we had the last casualty of the Civil War as our guest. He’s young and a Civil War reenactor and to make the setting real at his reenactment he planted little Civil War bombs around the setting and one of them blew up and blew him partially up. All he lost was his right hand. He had a prosthesis on his hand as that wicked newly made bomb blew up and nearly carried him to his Maker. The only thing I know that gets stronger with age is Civil War gunpowder. We are one of the few places in America who have had a war in our front and back yards.
Last week we had visitors from Michigan tracing their grandpa’s Civil War diary through the South. He was among the first of Grant’s army to come to Holly Springs in October of 1862. This is what Grandpa said about Holly Springs: “Situated on the Mississippi Central R.R. miles S. West of Ripley and 28 S. West of Grand Junction. The city is situated on a slight elevation and is named the Flower City. It is in truth the finest city of its size in the South. Its streets are neatly paved, ornamented with the finest kind of shade trees. It has a City Hall and large Court House, a splendid Depot, four churches, a College, 3 school houses, 2 flourmills, 2 banks and is noted for its splendid springs of water. The buildings are the most aristocratic kind. The population is 6,500 and seems to have been a considerable business place.”
After the Van Dorn raid on the town, this next excerpt was in his diary: “the Rebel General Van Dorn captured the place and one regiment of Illinois. The infantry, under the command of Colonel Murphy who cowardly surrendered his force to the enemy. Van Dorn burnt 2,000,000 rations, some government stores and burnt part of the city. The Federals afterward burnt more of it. Holly Springs is now nearly all in ruins and scarcely more than a sight of war desolations.”
Now 150 years later sometimes I like to think of Holly Springs as that Yankee soldier first saw it. Later from the other side of town: The Civil War boys from Texas came galloping into town and couldn’t believe this Utopia of a town. They described the beautiful houses (mansions they called them). Not only that, the women were hanging out of the windows, with long hair flowing in the breeze in their nightdresses (it was 3 o’clock in the morning) and they knew these men were their liberators (they were with Van Dorn’s troops.)
It was a sight they would remember forever when one of them wrote about it in 1910 and said it was his best memory.
July was really unusual as it had five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays. However, it will happen again in October and December.
We had a woman and her grandson come through the museum the day after we received the bear. We only had one name suggestion, which was “Monroe” so we named the bear, “Monroe.”
Anyway, she said the museum was so good she came back again yesterday and brought someone else with her. They went upstairs and came down and said, “Hey, did you know Monroe has moved across the room? Did he do it by himself? Or did you move him?”
I had to confess that I did have a part in moving Monroe to the other side of the exhibit. He’s awesome.
We are preparing for the incredible “Christmas In Holly Springs” tour and hope all of you prepare to come.
In order to create this great little tour, we need your blessings and your museum donations, which are tax free, like your church gifts.
We love “be-backers.” (people who come back) We need your donations for the tour now so when we make the brochure, we can give you credit. Without your generosity, we wouldn’t exist. Thank you for being our friend and helping us.
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