Thursday, August 16, 2012
New faces on Patriot team
Friday night lights will be shining on the field this week at Marshall Academy, as they face AAA school Magnolia Heights. The team and coaches have been hard at it all summer in preparation for the season. There are a lot of new faces on the Patriot team, all of whom bring their own special talents to an already extraordinary group of players. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to come out, yell loudly and root the Patriots on to victory!
Get well wishes go out to Frank Swords. Here’s to a speedy recovery!
With all of our area schools getting back into full swing, drivers need to be especially mindful in the hours before school and soon afterwards. A lot of our students walk home or to the square. Be sure to keep your eyes out, as some of them are younger and may not be wise to sidewalk safety.
Happy birthday wishes go out to Paige Foshee. She celebrated her birthday Monday, with the first day of school!
Recently I ran into someone I had not met yet, who is relatively new to Holly Springs. In the course of our conversation, a cousin of mine was mentioned. Not knowing me, it was an honest err in judgement in discussing things which had transpired between the two. When you first meet someone, how would you know someone’s family tree? I found it amusing, as my great-grandfather paved the roads of Marshall County. I am by far not saying I know everyone who lives around here and by far am not kin to many. It just made me think while I was listening when I first meet someone to watch what I say. Lifelong Holly Springs residents pretty much have their thumbs on the heartbeat of what goes on around here, especially when loved ones are concerned. Throughout the years, tales have been told and I would imagine a lot embellished. I found it highly fascinating that a “newcomer” was telling me things about residents who have been in the life of my family for generations.
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Katherine Dendy McClatchy and Michael Boerner to wed August 25 at Christ Church in Holly Springs
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Power McClatchy Jr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Dendy McClatchy, and forthcoming marriage to Michael Warren Boerner, son of Mr. and Mrs. William David Boerner of Brookhaven.
Miss McClatchy is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Coleman Carlisle Sr. and the late Dr. and Mrs. Sam Power McClatchy, all of Holly Springs. Mr. Boerner is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bruce J. Boerner of Brookhaven and the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Russell Sr. of Vicksburg.
Kate is a graduate of Houston High School, a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Psi Chi Honor Society, Dean’s List, Chancellor’s List, and she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and political science from the University of Mississippi. She was a member of Moot Court at Mississippi College, where she recently received a juris doctorate.
Michael is a graduate of Brookhaven High School, and he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Millsaps College, where he was a member of the tennis team, a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and he has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mississippi State University. Michael is a principal in Weir-Boerner Architects in Jackson.
The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 25 at Christ Episcopal Church in Holly Springs, followed by the reception at Montrose. The couple will reside in Jackson.
Salem bridge cornerpoint
Salem bridge is the cornerpoint of the city of Holly Springs. The bridge was built in the 1850s to cross safely over the railroad. The train, the Illinois Central, connected the north with the south. It made us a major point during the Civil War. We didn’t have a river so the railroad was utterly important. When Northern General U.S. Grant moved in here with 64,000 troops, their job was to protect the railroad as it was the mainline south into Mississippi. Mounds of dirt were built on both sides. Tressels were all up and down our hilly terrain and were heavily guarded to prevent sabotage and cutting the rail flow. Mounds of fortress like dirt were built from the depot to Salem bridge then upward and downward, also extending into Salem east. Can’t you just imagine handsome Confederate General Earl Van Dorn and his men galloping across that bridge from the east all giving the banshee-like rebel yell, coming to rescue Holly Springs and capture General Grant? (This didn’t happen - as he was in Oxford.) However, it was 3 a.m. in the morning and the women looked upon them as deliverers. All the men in Holly Springs were at war; only old, old men and very young boys were left to guard the women, who were all Southern spies. That’s how Van Dorn knew when to come. The women associated with the officers at parties and soirees and conversations, gleaning bits of information to pass on to their sweethearts, brothers and friends.
Van Dorn’s raid was December 20, 1862, early in the war and Holly Springs suffered as many as 62 little skirmishes during the whole war. Holly Springs suffered greatly from a war in our yards.
Because of our prestigious beginning, Marshall County furnished 11 bona fied Confederate generals and nine members of the Confederate congress, more than any other one place.
In the museum, all of this is written in history books that are for sale. Their cost is low and they are real keepsakes for your library.
They were printed in the form of seeing Holly Springs and Marshall County through windows and they were done in a series – Windows I, II, III, IV, V and another through columns I’ve written. However, Windows I and VI are sold out already.
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