Thursday, May 10, 2012
Martha Mac – a shining light will be sadly missed
Empty chair at the lunchroom table, empty parking spot at front, someone taking the empty spot in the classroom. Martha McAlexander has left a tremendous void at Marshall Academy.
Just two weeks ago, Mrs. Mac was roaming the halls and teaching her classes. She suddenly left with very little complaint of illness. The next thing everyone knew, she left us for a better place. All of that in the span of a few days.
You always say “what a way to go”...no pain, no suffering, no burden on your loved ones. When saying that, we never think of those left behind. Those who have no time to grieve or to prepare.
Martha Mac was a shining light that was dimmed way too early. She taught both of my children, having Grady just this year. His little class is just at a loss, as is the entire school.
She will be missed badly and will hold a special place in the hearts and souls of everyone lucky enough to know her. She will shine on us from Heaven and rejoice in the fact that she made an impact on so many lives.
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Miss Anna Caroline House and Andrew Svarney to wed June 30 in Mooresville, Ala.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Allan House of Decatur, Ala., announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna Caroline House, to Andrew Christopher Svarney of Birmingham, Ala.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Oliver Manning Burch III of Holly Springs, and the late Carrie Hurdle Burch and Mrs. William Richard House of Decatur and the late Mr. House.
She is a graduate of Decatur High School and the University of Alabama with a degree in advertising and public relations. She is currently employed at Luckie & Company in Birmingham.
The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Paul Svarney of Decatur. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Carden of Binghamton, N.Y., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Svarney of Johnson City, N.Y.
Andy is a graduate of Decatur High School and the University of Alabama with a degree in finance. He is employed by Northwest Mutual in Birmingham.
The wedding will take place at Creekside Plantation in Mooresville, Ala., on June 30, 2012.
Jennifer Greer to wed Jerry McCullar June 9
John Robert Greer of Oxford, and Leanne Bounds Greer of Holly Springs are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Jennifer Regel, to Jerry Hilton McCullar III, son of Jerry Hilton McCullar II of Batesville and Melanie Leak Hurdle of Vero Beach, Fla.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Aquilla Greer of Holly Springs, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Holder Bounds of Holly Springs.
She is a graduate of Marshall Academy, and Mississippi State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a minor in public relations. Jennifer has spent past years working in the corporate hospitality industry specializing in weddings, family reunions and corporate social events.
The prospective bride-groom is the grandson of the late Jerry Hilton McCullar of Batesville and Irma McCullar Hill of Jackson, Tenn., and Robert Joseph Leak and the late Dorothy Cole Leak of Lamar.
He is a senior at the University of Mississippi pursuing a degree in managerial finance with an emphasis in corporate analysis and a minor in real estate. He currently serves as a petroleum landman for Angelle & Donohue Oil and Gas in Baton Rouge, La.
The couple will exchange vows at 6:30 p.m., on June 9, 2012, at Montrose, antebellum home, in Holly Springs.
Lots of visitors at ‘best museum in U.S.’
Last week I forgot to tell you about the last Indian who lived here. She lived on my daddy’s farm (which is now in the city limits, where the Woods live across from the closed Holly Springs Country Club).
She was tall, bronze and topped with a mop of straight white hair. She was the last Chickasaw in Marshall County. I looked up the deed to find her name but evidently she was just living there and her name wasn’t recorded on the deed.
Dr. Ira Seale owned the farm before my daddy bought it and the Chickasaw came with the farm. The time was 1930. I have always wondered why she was left behind.
After the 1832 Treaty of Pontotoc, the United States government paid all Indians with a section of land, with a widow receiving two sections. Once they ceded their land, they began the westward trek to Oklahoma on the noted “Trail of Tears.”
A few years ago an Indian princess from Oklahoma came here, to the Marshall County Historical Museum, and gave us a program on the “Trail of Tears.” She said her grandfather was on the “Trail of Tears,” and what he remembered was how quiet it was walking through the forests not making a sound all the way to Oklahoma.
He also remembered helping make a big raft and riding it across the Big River. All that was in the 1830s.
Royal Indians didn’t leave here until 1842 and one of their descendants told me proudly that his ancestors were royal and they didn’t go to Oklahoma on the Trail. They went on a train. However, it was in a boxcar. But riding in a boxcar would be better than walking to Oklahoma.
I can’t think of any trains that were built that early in that western direction. The reason they were later leaving was because the earlier migrants were going into unknown territory and savage warring tribes of Indians were attacking them as they arrived in Oklahoma.
We have a beautiful 46-star flag from 1907 when Oklahoma was the last state at that time. It is a very rare flag as it was only used for five years. Oklahoma has a very unusual history and began with a wagon race. Three million acres were available. Whoever got there first won the land they could stake out in 160-acre plots, except for the Indian reservations which were set apart.
Later when they drilled for oil, the only oil was on the Indian reservations so the Indians became rich. It was like a delayed underground payment for their old homeland.
This morning on my desk was a box of Indian arrowheads from someone who found the Indian dump heap which was where they threw discards. The things included petrified wood, flint rock from up river Illinois or Missouri, Arkansas quartz and one rare mini ball.
A peddler from here came in last week and I bought some arrowheads to sell, so, if you want to buy arrowheads, come see us. We will sell you great 2,000-year-old flints or B.C. pottery for your collections of rare artifacts.
Today from Oregon came Jackie Jones’ husband. It was nice to see him again. An Oak Ridge worker came in and, after looking at our uranium glass display, told me about having to be checked for radiation all the time. Once he was radioactive and his clothes had to be cut off him on one occasion.
One couple visiting came down and said that this was the best museum in the United States and we think so, too.
When Chesley Smith died last week, she was nearly 102 years old. She was an encyclopedia of Holly Springs history. Once I asked her her earliest memory and this story is what she told me. When she was about 4 or 5 years old, she was a friend of Mrs. Helen Anderson, who was the town historian at that time. Helen played the organ for the Presbyterian Church. One day she was going to the church to practice and Chesley asked if she could go with her, which she did. While the music was expounding, Chesley began wandering through the church. When Helen finished her practicing, she forgot about Chesley and left the church, locking the door behind her. Then Chesley realized she was in that big church alone and dark is on the way. She didn’t panic. She crawled up into the two-foot window ledge by the rear side door and waited.
It was nearly twilight. Finally a black man came walking by and she began to pound on the window to catch his attention. Chesley just lived across the street at the Fort Daniel house and the hero who discovered her plight got her released by going to getting her mother and the preacher with a key.
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