Thursday, October 11, 2012
Wishes to Laura Wheeler for a speedy recovery
Laura Wheeler had her hip replaced Thursday in Oxford. Get well wishes and hoping she is up and going really soon!
Friday night, Mother Nature let everyone know shortly after half-time of any football game, that it was definitely time for fall! I received a text from someone who was down on Beale Street asking if we had any rain. Well, nothing but a little smattering of nothingness. It wasn’t 10 minutes later, I received another text from someone who was in Marvell, Ark., who asked if the cold had hit. At that point, not at all. Shortly thereafter, the flag on the pole at Patriot field started whipping about wildly and the wind definitely could cut glass. Finally, football weather has arrived!
Marshall Academy had their homecoming game Friday night. The days’ festivities began early in the morning with a parade of floats made by each grade from seventh-12th. Each float depicted a particular super hero and they all looked wonderful! They continued the fun day at lunch, with class picnics on the grounds and then moved over to the football field for all sorts of games. Both the junior high and high school cheerleaders led the pep rally after the introduction of the homecoming court.
The Friday night match-up had the Patriots playing the Lions from H.W. Byers. It didn’t take long to see the Patriots were definitely in control of the game, making wonderful plays over and over again. Each player gave it all, especially the seniors who played in their last homecoming game on Patriot field.
Right before the half, a Lion went down and was taken away in the ambulance. I certainly hope that the player is OK and heals quickly!
Congratulations to Lori Simpson, who was crowned queen by last year’s queen, Emma Elgin. Emma returned from Sewanee, The University of the South, to attend the event. Lori was also named Miss Marshall Academy and Aaron McAlexander was named Mr. Marshall Academy.
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Jennifer Hux and Brandt Edwards to wed October 20 in Oxford
Mr. and Mrs. Gene Hux of Oxford announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Hux, to Brandt Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Edwards of Byhalia.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Margie Bowman and the late Howard Hux, Georgine Kennedy Reed and Melvin Dillion, all of Tylertown.
Miss Hux is a graduate of McComb High School, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Mississippi Graduate School. She is employed with United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County.
The prospective groom is the grandson of the late James and Helen Edwards of Byhalia, and the late Eva Jane North of Ripley, Tenn.
Mr. Edwards is a graduate of Olive Branch High School and Mississippi State University. He owns Fencing Solutions and Construction in Byhalia.
The couple will exchange vows on October 20, 2012, in Oxford.
Ingraham helps construct Christ Church
The phone calls that are coming in are so intriguing. One last week was from a man telling me about Joseph Holt Ingraham, who was the rector here in the 1850’s. The man told me that Ingraham was born in Portland, Maine, in 1809 where his father was a ship builder and Joseph spent his summers on ships. In the 1830s he sailed to New Orleans and when he was there, he heard of the majesty of Natchez, so he moved there. There, he fell madly in love with a local girl and married her. They had two children, a boy and a girl.
Joseph was quite a storyteller and wrote at least 80 books plus numerous others under pseudonyms. In 1852 Bishop Green of Holly Springs ordained Joseph an Episcopal priest and he may have helped construct the Christ Episcopal Church, which is one of the most beautiful churches in America.
Joseph became the rector of the church in the 1850s. Everybody long ago had a gun and he had had his gun repaired. It had just been returned to him and he went to the church to check things out. When he opened the door, papers on the table were blown off onto the floor. As Joseph bent over to retrieve the papers, the gun slipped out of his hand and dropped on the floor, discharging and shooting Ingraham in the thigh. He lived a few days and died.
Joseph Ingraham was the first person to fictionalize the Bible. In the 1950s Cecil B. DeMille made several of his stories into movie epics; “The Ten Commandments,” Samson and Delilah,” “Chariots of Fire,” were some of his stories, always giving Ingraham the credit.
His son, Prentiss Ingraham, may have been the world’s most prolific writer. He wrote 900 books, 400 novelettes that we know of, but he, too, used pseudonyms.
He was a Confederate veteran and he adored Jefferson Davis. At the end of his life when he became ill, he and his wife moved to Biloxi into Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis home on the coast for Confederate veterans. He died in 1904 and is buried there.
Joseph Ingraham was a friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and a note in Emerson’s diary mentions Joseph and he told James Fenimore Cooper about him. Even Joseph’s tombstone in Hill Crest Cemetery is outstanding as someone ordered a yew tree from England for his tombstone. In England the yew tree grows like our mighty oak tree and usually the yew tree needs a cool temperature. I have a chair that is carved yew wood and it is beautiful. The yew tree here grows over an underground river and it sustains it.
We received another amazing phone call this morning. This one was from Ned Lester who lives in San Diego, California. He is John Lester’s son and finished high school here in 1956. He sounds as incredible as his father, who was the first soldier captured by the Germans in World War I in Strahn, Germany. Ned has always been in the military and helped set up the first computer system when it had four employees. He also flew 73 combat missions. He has done a lot in his life.
He is going to help us retrieve the photo of John Lester in Germany. Ned said 11 Americans were captured at that time but John was the only one injured, so he was on the back of the truck and the others were marched behind the truck through the town as the Germans were showing off their captured prey.
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