Thursday, September 6, 2012
Welcome home to Tommy and Phoebe Stewart
Tom and Linda Stewart tailgated in the Grove Saturday with their daughter, Brittney, who is a freshman at Ole Miss. They were joined by J.C. Holmes and girls from Brown Hall.Full Story
Callie Upchurch and Adam Shaffer to say vows September 22 at First Baptist Church, Holly Springs
Mr. and Mrs. Parker Robinson of Hernando and Glenn (Chip) Upchurch of Greenwood are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Callie Elisabeth Upchurch, formerly of Greenwood, to Adam Carl Shaffer of Waterford.
Miss Upchurch is the granddaughter of Carolyn Tumminello of Hernando and the late Santo Tumminello of Greenwood and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Upchurch Sr. of Greenwood.
She is a graduate of Hernando High School and the University of Mississippi, where she received a degree in managerial finance. She is employed by M & F Bank in Oxford.
Mr. Shaffer is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Shaffer of Waterford. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Carl C. Shaffer (Ruth) of Ruleville and Holly Springs, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jim Fonte of Grenada.
He is a graduate of Marshall Academy in Holly Springs and attended the University of Mississippi. He is currently employed by Jon Woods Construction Com-pany.
The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Holly Springs.
Ashley Utley and Joshua Walker to wed at Union Ave. Baptist Church
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Douglas Utley of Germantown, Tenn., are honored to announce the marriage of their daughter, Ashley Renee Utley, to Joshua Paul Walker on Saturday, September 8, 2012, at Union Avenue Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn.
Ashley is the granddaughter of Vermelle Utley and the late Walter Utley of Holly Springs; Cleonae Reid and the late Robert Reid of Wesson; and the great- granddaughter of Esther Farmer of Wesson.
Joshua is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Powell Walker Jr. of LaGrange, Tenn. He is the grandson of John Powell Walker Sr. and the late Elizabeth Walker of Memphis; Priscilla O’Connel of Memphis, and the late Paul McKell of Munford, Tenn.
Joshua and Ashley attended Briarcrest Christian School where the pair first met in eighth grade, but remained only good friends until two years ago, when they began dating.
Ashley is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority, and earned a degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in business administration. She is the director of business development, sales, and leasing at Utley Properties.
Joshua holds a degree in criminal justice from the University of Mississippi where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He is an estimator at Walker-J-Walker, Inc.
The maid of honor is the bride’s sister, Crystal Michelle Utley of Jackson, and the matron of honor is Katherine Ashley Matthews of Memphis. The best man is Joshua’s father, John Powell Walker Jr.
The ceremony will be officiated by the Rev. Dr. Eli Morris of Hope Presbyterian Church and a reception will immediately follow at The Columns of One Commerce Square in downtown Memphis.
The happy couple will honeymoon in Hawaii.
Ellen Buchanan to wed Matt Staten Sept. 29 at Oak Grove Chapel
Mr. and Mrs. George McAfee Buchanan III of New Albany, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ellen Ferris Buchanan, to Henry Matthew Staten, both of New Albany.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George McAfee Buchanan Jr. of Holly Springs, and Wesley Hardy Ray of Holly Springs, formerly of Slayden and the late Althea L. Ray.
Ellen is a 2002 honor graduate of New Albany High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 2007 from the University of Mississippi where she was a four-year member of the Lady Rebel women’s basketball team. She is currently employed in insurance and investments at BNA Bank in New Albany.
The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Michael Staten of New Albany. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Van Staten of New Albany and Mr. and Mrs. James F. Faust of Columbus, and the late Barbara H. Faust.
Matt is a 2001 graduate of New Albany High School and an Eagle Scout award recipient. He received a bachelor of business administration in 2006 from Mississippi State University. He is currently employed in sales for Imperial Food Distributors in New Albany.
The couple will exchange vows September 29, 2012, in a private ceremony at Oak Grove Chapel in New Albany with Rev. Dr. William Giles Lindley officiating. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a reception at 7 p.m. following the ceremony in honor of the couple at the Tupelo Country Club, 4462 Winged Foot Road, Belden.
Foundry converted into Armory - first guns and cannons for Confederacy made here
There used to be a foundry north of Salem Bridge which made the beautiful fences around town, finials over windows around the square, buggies, wagons, tools, fireplaces, iron mantles, railroads, everything metal for the town.
When the Civil War began in 1861, it converted into an armory and the first guns and cannons for the Confederacy were made here in Holly Springs. They had a cache of rifles to repair so they finished them and they became “The Marshall Guns.”
The guns carried a logo on them that matched the center of the gates at Airliewood, as the fence and gates also came from the foundry there in the northeast corner of Holly Springs.
On October 2, 1862, after realizing the Northern army was in Tennessee, heading this way, the Foundry-Armory picked up and moved to Macon, Georgia, (where they were in business until several years ago -- we lost that business early, didn’t we?). When the Federals arrived around the first week in November, 1862, they discovered the armory’s three empty buildings each 200 feet long. They started equipping the buildings for a hospital which they planned to open on the 21st of December.
However, Confederate General Earl Van Dorn came to town on December 20 and blew up everything that had “Yankee” on it. The remains consisted of three huge chimneys, the brick flooring in a herringbone pattern and the foundation outline were there and a pond in the front by the railroad track. Forty-five years ago, I wanted to make this area into a Civil War park, put it on the map, and invite the world to see why we should be famous.
However, a new owner bulldozed it all up and now nothing is there but an empty lot with lots of debris. I took my metal detector out there and it went crazy. When I went to dig, there were little chunks of iron, but the thrilling thing I found were the remains of medicine bottles from the Northern army.
The Marshall County Historical Museum once had a visitor from Colombia, South America. She was a beautiful lady and when she came in she said, “My grandfather was born in Holly Springs in 1858 and I’m trying to find out why, as his parents were from New York. We figured her great-grand-father was a gun maker and he had come to Holly Springs to make guns.
After the Civil War, Confederates were moving away to Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, too. When her ancestor moved to South America, he bought 4,000 acres of Colombia on the very top of that country by the ocean, and it is still in the family today. She also said she had a place in New York where she lived part time. _
There are lots of reasons for coming to Holly Springs but I heard a new one today. People are coming to Holly Springs to buy gasoline that doesn’t have ethanol in it. Gasoline has 15 percent ethanol in it and it destroys rubber parts in lawn mowers and other machinery. However, there is a gas station in Holly Springs that sells ethanol-free gasoline, so people come here to buy this special gas.
Where on earth does it come from?
Get ready, everybody, to take part in Holly Springs’s 175th birthday party the first of December. It will be great.
A California family came in last year to celebrate their great-grandfather’s 170th birthday. His name was James J. House. He lived in the Fant House, Mae Alice Booker’s house and Gray Gables, which he doubled in size. He built a streetcar that traveled from the depot to the square and back.
He built a new “modern” stable for that day which later became the Ford Motor Company. The family wanted to celebrate his birthday with a party so I ordered a birthday cake from Big Star with 170 candles on it. The next day I went to pick up the cake. It only had 70 candles on it and I protested to the young clerk, “No, it needs to have 170 candles on it.” And wide-eyed she said, “Is he really 170 years old?”
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