Thursday, February 2, 2012
Support MA Mock Trial Team
Marshall Academy’s Mock Trial team will be having an exhibition Thursday night. The teams, under the supervision of Tony Farese, Sarah Taylor and Phillip Knecht, have been vigorously working for months in preparation for their competition, which is this weekend. Please come out and support these young children! The exhibition begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in courtroom B on the square.
Holly Springs lost another valued member last week with the death of Joyce Beck. The majority of you reading this will remember her from the health department, where she worked for countless years. There probably isn’t a person in our area who hasn’t been given a shot of some sort by Joyce! She was one of the best stickers in Marshall County! Not only did she stick you well, she would always have kind and encouraging words to say during the visit! She was a wonderful and sweet person who touched so many lives. Her precious face with her small nose holding up her large framed glasses is an image I will carry with me always! She was one special lady who will never be forgotten!
Beverly Fitch of Olive Branch was here Monday attending the funeral of Joyce Beck.
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Marshall County Museum creates movie display
The Van Dorn History Tour was great! Jimmy Thomas, our narrator, our history expert, has made a study of this and was very well informed of what happened here.
The weather was perfect for this tour. There was not a cloud in the sky and it was absolutely frigid. You needed a fur coat and sunglasses.
Each tour since 1964 when the tours began has been incredible and each is completely different.
Guides change, times change, but the basic history doesn’t change. Our history is better than a novel. We never need to forget our history and we are making new history every day.
The ghosts of the past caught up with us at the trysting place of Van Dorn and his fellow officers. As Jimmy expounded, he made us feel the presence of those gallant men and we could even feel the earth beneath us tremble from those past horses’ hooves stomping the ground.
Movies were invented in 1890 by Thomas Edison and they have revolutionized the world. At first films were black and white and silent with the words written at the bottom of the screen. Then in 1927, “talkie” films with the actors speaking were invented. Color films came in with “Gone With the Wind” in 1937.
Holly Springs had a silent movie house on the south side of the square, upstairs. Janie McLyon played the piano along with the film. In 1936 John Wade, pharamacist, opened his drug store on the north side of the square where Robinson’s Drug Store is today.
In the front room was his drugstore; behind it was the theatre. It had a balcony for blacks. Many public events were held here with the stage being the elevated space between the front of the screen and the audience. Public events were held here such as beauty contests, political events, etc. Once Buford Pusser, maligned sheriff from Tennessee, was there with his “Walking Tall” movie.
About 1937 Mr. Parham from Ashland opened another theatre on Memphis Street in the 1890 building across from the post office. Movies had no ratings; they were all family oriented and for everybody. Each theatre had feature movies five times in a week. I went to the matinee every day.
However, there were no movies on Sunday. That was the Lord’s Day and we didn’t want to disrespect the Sabbath Day.
A feature was shown at each theatre on Monday and Tuesday. Another on Wednesday, another on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday there was a double feature, one of which was always a western and a serial along with the main feature.
Remember, it was during the Great Depression and these movies were aimed to get people’s minds off their troubles. The movies were entertaining, often funny, and the admission price for everyone was a dime. On Wednesday afternoon, it was a nickel.
I knew all the movie stars and I wrote many of them, sent them a dime, and received an 8x10 glossy photo with their autographs on them. I don’t know what happened to my collection. My favorites were autographed pictures of Tyrone Power and Clark Gable.
At the Marshall County Historical Museum we are creating a new movie display of movies made here. The movies were “Home from the Hill,” “Cookie’s Fortune,” “Heart of Dixie,” and “Big Bad Love.” We are a great place for depicting the South.
I had a thrill last week when a Civil War buff came in with a buckle he had dug up. The buckle was an 1840 brass square buckle with an applied pewter star in the center, made for the Mississippi Militia buckle by a Massachusetts manufacturing firm.
It literally made my hair stand on end. I was so elated with it and wish all could have seen it, too. He didn’t give it to us. He was just showing it to us.
Mississippi was the first state to have the Lone Star, but when the Civil War came, Texas literally adopted the Lone Star and it became the Lone Star State and we let them have it.
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