Thursday, March 1, 2012
Congratulations MA Patriots on winning state championship; great weather for MA baseball/softball
Kirk Academy gym in Grenada was loaded with Patriot fans Saturday for the AA State tournament. The Patriots played Brookhaven for the championship game. After four quarters of hard play and plenty of sweat, the Patriots took the championship! Four of the Marshall players were named all tournament – senior Kevin Fitzpatrick, juniors Brad Bennett and Peyton Lewis and freshman Dakota Dailey. They are in Jackson this week fighting for the opportunity to win the overall state tournament. Good luck!
Check the sports section for baseball and softball schedules. This weather is conducive for getting out and enjoying a good game or several!
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Johnelle Grigsby to wed Christopher Robinson April 14
Shirley Washington-Grigsby of Chicago, Ill., (the late John Grigsby) and Hattie Washington of Red Banks (the late Roy Washington) announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Johnelle P. Grigsby of Southaven, to Christopher M. Robinson, also of Southaven. He is the son of Bernice Brown of Memphis, Tenn., and Tommy and Gwendolyn Robinson of Lake Center.
Johnelle is the granddaughter of Jennie Washington and the late Joseph Washington and the late George and Beatrice Grigsby.
She is a 2006 graduate of Germantown High School.
Christopher is the grandson of Bessie Mae Perry, the late Tom Brown and the late Mr. and Mrs. Dan Robinson.
He is a 2002 graduate of Holly Springs High School.
The wedding will be held at 5 p.m. on April 14, 2012 at New Dimension Salt and Light Ministry, 565 Neely Ave., Holly Springs. A reception will be held immediately after at the Multi-Purpose Building on Memphis St.
Family and friends are cordially invited.
We are preparing for the history tour we hope to have on March 17, weather permitting. On the tour we are traveling up the old Sylvestria Road following Van Dorn’s route out of town and then to Davis Mill. Before the tour, the route has to be mapped so we will know where to take you history lovers.
This trip is another no-frills tour. It will last only a couple of hours and be in the afternoon to start at 1 p.m. There will be no rest stops and no tea party but the tour is guaranteed to be fascinating.
We are going to map the headwaters of the Wolf River, so pray for me. Remember history doesn’t change and remember to wear boots for protection of your feet. Reservations must be made in advance as seats are limited. Our telephone number is 662-252-3669. There is a $10 fee.
In the Marshall County Historical Museum, last week, one of our visitors was telling me that he was writing a book about his father. I asked, “What did your father do?” and so he told me his father was born an identical twin but the twins were separated at birth and each was adopted by different families.
His father was named Keith. When Keith was 14 years old, he went with his basketball team to another town to play. Keith was standing there in the gym with some of his friends when the coach of the opposing team walked up to him and said, “Johnny, you are supposed to be downstairs in the locker room with the team, not up here.”
To which Keith replied, “My name is Keith, not Johnny.” The coach couldn’t believe it, neither could Keith or Johnny. That was their first meeting and they were so excited.
They were identical, good looking, tall and looked like movie stars. Needless to say, neither played very well that night at the game. The boys kept in touch and a few years later, at age 18, they decided to join the Navy together as World War II had begun.
The story goes on through the war; the Navy was elated with them, too, and wanted to use them for recruiting. Back in those early war days, a person could switch from one service branch to another and the twins decided to switch to the Army Air Corp.
There they were assigned to be with the general who was going to China to be with Chiang-Kai-shek on Taiwan. Johnny got sick and was sent to the hospital in Singapore. Keith was assigned to be the general’s chauffer and they were going to Singapore. He told the general he had a brother in Singapore and wanted to see him. The general said, “Fine, you go and see your brother and I’ll make my rounds and meet you later.”
The general was making his rounds which included the army hospital. As he walked through and he got to a bed with Johnny in it, the general said, “Keith, what are you doing in that hospital bed? Get up from there! I just saw you an hour ago and you were OK.”
Their whole lives were like that and Keith is still living and going strong. If you are interested in people, each one has a tale to tell and the tales are fascinating.
Another visitor said he was from Wheaton, Illinois, west of Chicago, where Billy Graham went to school. He said there were 54 churches in the small perimeter of this town, more than any other small space in the nation.
I am going to Fort Delaware in the summer to visit where my grandfather was imprisoned by the Yankees. It’s only open for three or four months of the year.
The prison is on Pea Patch Island in the middle of the Delaware River. He would turn over in his grave if he knew his granddaughter was going there.
For your information, if there is a lull in the conversation, think about this; from history you know that Edison invented the phonograph, Bell the telephone, Marconi the radio, etc., but do you know who invented the computer?
It was Dr. Zuse, from Germany in 1936, where he was in Hitler’s army. Hitler realized how smart he was and piled the work on him. In order to get all the work done, he invented the computer. Now you know.
Leap Year was invented by Julius Caesar, who was trying to simplify the calendar by adding days to different months. This year there will be a new crop of babies born on this special day and won’t that be great?
I was enthralled with William Faulkner’s tale of “The Sound and the Fury” which told the story of my expression teacher, “Miss Pearl.” She was Major Strickland’s daughter and lived in “Strickland Place” which used to sit where the Catholic Church is today. It was the first two-story house in the county. She was an old maid and then she found (or was it vice-versa) Gerald Badow, who was a German immigrant. (During World War I he was questioned about being a German spy but wasn’t arrested.) The true story was that they married and went to Europe on their honeymoon to collect the vast fortune from his rich relatives that he said owed him. It didn’t work. They came home even more broke than before they went. In order to finance the honeymoon, she had to sell “The Hanging Woods,” a plot of ground at the end of Van Dorn Avenue where people were hanged. (It’s still there.)
We have Miss Pearl’s suitcase upstairs with her initials on it, that she took on her honeymoon.
Faulkner told about Frank, too, in “The Sound and the Fury” that his character ‘Benjy,’ who was a mentally impaired man, actually was Miss Pearl’s brother Frank. Benjy drank too much champagne at the wedding and accidentally rolled down the hill to the spring. The hill is Maury Street. The spring is still there.
Sixty years ago Queen Elizabeth was crowned Queen of England. When I was a child my mother tried to get me to write the little princess and be her pen pal as she was just my age, but I was too busy playing. But half a century later at Windsor Castle she snubbed me and didn’t even speak. I thought of what my mother said.
Sixty years ago, I was living in Vet-Village at Ole Miss. I was the only one with a television so I invited all of our neighbors to come over to my house at seven in the morning to see the inauguration on the new thing called television. I served them homemade donuts and coffee and it was a great way to start the day.
Next week we will lose an hour to Daylight Savings Time. I remember how much I missed this hour when I lived in Gray Gables which was on the Pilgrimage each year.
The change always came the last Sunday in April and every minute counts when your house is on tour.
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