Thursday, December 27, 2012
Vivian Smith honored with surprise birthday celebration
Bea and Drew Tolsdorf of Jackson were in town over the weekend to attend some festive events.
Everette Stubbs of Washington, D.C., spent Christmas with Linda and David Seale. While here, he visited with family and friends.
Hank Wheeler of Newnan, Ga., arrived Sunday to spend Christmas with Mary Clay and Gene Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady. He also visited with Kay and Laura Wheeler.
Stefanie and Charlie Douglas and children, Caroline and Chandler, of Jackson were the Saturday guests of his parents, Leigh and Dick Douglas. They had their family Christmas before heading back.
Tammy and Billy Cupp and Becky Cupp attended the Cupp family Christmas. It was hosted by Jenny and Christopher Cupp and daughter, Emma, in Olive Branch.
Vivian Smith was treated to a wonderful surprise birthday party Thursday night. John and Paula Farese and children, Emma Reed, Ellis and Stannard, Lea and Jason Farese and children, Luke, Lexa and Layla, all of Oxford, Pam and Jack Michael and children, Evan and Chandler Grace, Travis and Jean Smith, all of Memphis, Tenn., Gerri and Mike Cammurati of Olive Branch, and her wonderful husband, Smitty, as well as close friends, were all there to wish her a very happy birthday!
Andy Seale of Nashville, Tenn., Ben Seale of Jackson, and Hamilton Seale and Jim Moriarty, both of Bentonville, Ark., were holiday guests of their parents, Robin and Ben Seale, as well as Charlotte Walker.
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A wonderful Christmas present arrives early
One hundred and fifty years ago today, that dashing, handsome, daring hero of yesterday, Confederate General Earl Van Dorn, galloped into town to liberate Holly Springs from the Yankees. It was swift and thrilling with a little fright mixed in.
All who were left in town were women and children and all the men were at war except for one or two who were infirm in some way. All the ladies were spies – that’s how Van Dorn knew when to come.
On December 20, 1862, at 3 a.m. the ladies were wakened by the banshee-like yell of the Confederates galloping into town.
In 1913 a visitor from the North came into the town and said that he was in the Northern band that was here that day that was barracked into the City Café, which had been Major Strickland’s law office before he joined the Confederacy.
The visitor said that the front windows were covered with curtains. He was awakened by all the yells and noise. He climbed up to the window to peek over the top of the curtains. There he saw in the middle of the street a magical figure that was Van Dorn with his plumed hat and raised sword. His men were following him, galloping up Depot Street, (now Van Dorn Avenue.)
Other Confederates came in from the northeast direction and landed at the fairgrounds, which now would be West Street across from the Catholic school. The railroad tunnel wasn’t there until 1885.
There was one known casualty of Van Dorn’s Raid. Ironically, that was a 9-year-old boy with a head full of yellow curls. His daddy was sheriff and they lived on West College Avenue in a house that’s gone now. I think it stood where Carlisle’s parking lot is now.
He heard all the commotion going on at the square and in front of his house so he ran out onto the porch to see what was going on. A stray bullet hit him in the forehead. His daddy pulled him into the living room where he died in a few minutes. He is buried by the last Hill Crest Cemetery gate on Center Street.
As I am writing this, I am wishing each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Of course, December 21 is when the world was supposed to end, according to the ancient Mayan calendar of long ago. I’m expecting you to read this next week. In this case, what the end of the world means is that we will be given a chance of a new life to renew happiness, love, sharing, giving and acknowledging Jesus who should be our life-center. Make your life wonderful by living like Christ and be happy. He’s giving us a second swipe at life. The world has grown so bad and unforgiving, so let’s begin our new life today. What a great time to begin again at Christmas and New Year.
Today, I have never before seen the way the wind is blowing at 40 or 50 miles per hour. We’ve been expecting the earth to start shaking and that part hasn’t happened as of today. Pray, pray, pray! We are still connected to the Lord, if we care to be.
I know it is more blessed to give than to receive but the Marshall County Historial Museum has been on the receiving end lately and it has been wonderful. This past week we have been given a beautiful player piano, plus a box full of rolls for the piano. Then, yesterday, we were given an eight- foot-tall wooden, antique ladder, which is beautiful as far as ladders can be beautiful.
While I am reflecting on the spirit of the season, I would like to express my appreciation to the generous benefactors who made donations in my honor. I am humbly grateful. Alfred and Betty Cowles, Donna and Bill Stark, Steve and Melody Golding have given generously to the museum and I truly appreciate their show of support. We are strictly a non-profit organization, although we work all the time to keep this going.
Guess what I got for Christmas? Friday I received the best gift that can be given; it is a new baby granddaughter! What could be better than this?
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