December 5, 2013
Fant clan visits for the holidays; attend Egg Bowl at Miss. State
Tara, Tim and Trevor Howard from Cary, NC, Brent, Erin and Tate Fonville from Moncure, NC, Lauren Walker from Memphis, Tenn., Robin, Dana, Tanner and Grace Fant from Starkville and Lauralee Fant from MSU spent the Thanksgiving holidays with David, Dianene, Tucker and Winston Fant and Bobby and Martha Fant, as well as her family.
They all came in Wednesday and tailgated Thursday for the Egg Bowl. Everyone left Sunday heading back home.
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Miss Nealy Jones to wed Kerry DeShazo Dec. 28
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Jones proudly announce the forthcoming wedding of their daughter, Nealy Kate Jones, to Kerry Austin DeShazo.
Nealy is the daughter of Chris and Lisa Jones of Slayden and the granddaughter of Betty Jones of Slayden.
She is a 2008 graduate of Marshall Academy. In 2012 she received a bachelor of science in elementary education from Delta State University. She is currently employed as a teacher at DeSoto Central Elementary in Southaven.
Kerry is the son of Kerry E. DeShazo of Memphis, Tenn., and Nannette DeShazo of Olive Branch. He is the grandson of Dorothy Pearson of Olive Branch, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pearson of Bald Knob, Ark., and Mr. and Mrs. Waymon DeShazo of Olive Branch.
He is a 2008 graduate of Olive Branch High School and is receiving his associate of applied science in paramedic technology from Northwest Community College. He is currently employed at MedStat EMS, Inc. in Byhalia.
The couple will exchange vows at Slayden Baptist Church in Slayden on December 28, 2013, at 3 p.m.
Miss Hanna Goolsby and Dustin Minor to wed Dec. 21 at First Baptist Church in Potts Camp
Lynn and Martha Goolsby of Potts Camp announce the engagement and forthcoming wedding of their daughter, Hanna Goolsby of Potts Camp, to Dustin Minor of Waterford.
Hanna is the granddaughter of Joyce Goolsby and the late James Goolsby of Potts Camp, and James and Betty Cook of Potts Camp.
She is a 2010 graduate of Potts Camp High School, and a 2013 graduate of Delta State University, majoring in elementary education.
Dustin is the son of Danny and Cana Minor of Waterford and the grandson of Ray Minor and the late Margie Ann Minor, and Doug and Betty Smith, all of Waterford.
He is a 2009 graduate of Potts Camp High School, a 2011 graduate of Northwest Community College, and a 2013 graduate of Delta State University, where he majored in physical education and coaching. He is a P.E. teacher and coach at Potts Camp High School.
wedding will be held at 2 p.m.
on Dec. 21, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Potts Camp. Family and
friends are cordially invited.
Archiving the School Room
For the last month, the quiet of the Marshall County Historical Museum’s third floor has given way to the sound of shuffling paper. The scratch of a pen often follows it, and stops. Then starts again.
Down the hallway where the typewriter collection sits, there’s a room with thousands of books and periodicals. They wrap around the walls, and more are piled onto desks, just below a chalkboard. Two large portrait paintings of Holly Springs’ school officials hang with authority over a small row of empty benches. This is the School Room, and Martha Fitch is at work, leaning over her notebook.
An homage to old fashioned, single-room schools, the “School Room” isn’t an exact replica of an old schoolroom. However, with three desks, it is arranged to embody the spirit of one. The room houses the bulk of the museum’s education-related items, including law books, encyclopedias, and vintage classroom photographs.
If you find the theme a bit strange, in the context of the Marshall County Historical Museum, it makes perfect sense. Each room of the museum displays a different theme, from the medical room, to the kitchen, and yes, even a “bathroom” (note, not the actual bathroom, that’s downstairs), where visitors can view what’s said to be the first ever bathtub installed in Marshall County.
As one of the museum’s docents, Fitch knows a bit about everything, and does a bit of everything at the museum from giving tours, to the basic caretaking of the facility. Today, and for the last four months, she’s been up to her nose in artifacts. The school room is her project, and she’s documenting every book, magazine, and scrap of paper there.
“I’ve been through three notebooks, so far,” says Fitch. But that’s not at all a complaint. “I’ve always loved history. I love doing this. I told Chelius (Chelius Carter, the director of the Marshall County Historical Museum) that I’ve found my calling.”
The scholarly environment of the school room somehow suits her. Though not a school teacher per se, Fitch has been an active member of her church for many years, teaching a range of activities including Bible School and choir. She’s also been a devoted mother, a proud grandmother, and more recently, a great-grandmother.
Like others working to preserve Marshall County History, Martha Fitch’s commitment to the project is coupled with concern for future generations. There’s a growing anxiety among devoted locals in Holly Springs that our youth aren’t catching the history-bug.
In fact, it’s become a recurring topic in the feedback received for the Museum Report. With many of our community leaders well into their golden years, the concern is that we could face a great loss if the inheriting generation doesn’t take an interest in their heritage soon.
While this concern is mainly for the born-and-raised, who anticipate raising their own children in Marshall County, the future preservationists at Rust College, many of whom have moved here for a short time to study, have taken an interest in our community. The museum is proud to say we have two new volunteers from Rust: Mario Robinson and Kandace Pearson.
Still, an eye on the future is the driving force behind the last four months of the museum’s inventory work. The museum is looking forward to having a detailed record that may easily be passed down and researched. This means filing the artifacts one-by-one in the museum’s new computer, recently purchased by the Marshall County Board of Supervisors, and drafting spreadsheets with details about the artifacts, including names of previous owners, dates, and item descriptions.
Jennifer Bone, who has been with the museum for 10 years, stated that when she transcribed the items in the wedding room, the data occupied a 28-page spreadsheet. She expects the page count to be more for the school room.
She doesn’t yet have an estimate of how many items the museum may have in total.
So, Martha Fitch keeps digging.
Items that date back the furthest in the School Room go back to 1840, with the latest being surprisingly modern. There are a handful of 1990s Mississippi Magazines, for example. Among the items Fitch has personally discovered is a portfolio of Kate Freeman Clark’s original drawings and etchings.
“I just think it’s a wonderful asset to the town,” says Fitch. “For a while, I’d be here and look up, and see something I’ve never seen before. It’s hard to take in because it’s all up the walls. You can’t see it all in one visit.”
She continues, “I’m really enjoying working here, I really am.”
The strangest thing she’s found so far is a 1930s scrapbook filled with gum wrappers. But other interesting items have surfaced. A Cornell football program from Nov. 1894, complete with photos and biographies of each player, a box of WWI United States War Bond certificates, and a children’s cloth scrapbook, have been interesting finds as well.
Fitch loves this process of discovery. “When you just go through the museum, you can look in, but you’re not supposed to touch,” she says. “Because we’re doing inventory, we get to touch everything and look at it, find out whose it was, and the date on it. I’ve seen so many wonderful things.”
When asked if her perspective of possessions has changed through this process, she laughs. “It really has in that I think everything that you have, you probably need to put your name in it, and need to put a date on it,” she says. “Where, later, if someone is looking at it they won’t have so much trouble trying to figure out what it is.”
The museum plans to finish with the inventory process before the New Year.
Meanwhile, you can visit the museum anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturdays are by special arrangement, but you can call 662-252-3669 for details.
And don’t forget to mark your calendar for December 7-8, for the 25th annual Christmas Tour of Homes! It’s the museum’s sole fund-raising event to benefit future exhibit and educational programs, not to mention a great place to meet and greet your neighbors. For information about the Christmas Tour, please visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/mchistoricalmuseum
Tickets for the Christmas Tour can be ordered online via credit card or through Paypal: at http://www.preservemarshallcounty.org. Or you can pick them up directly at the Marshall County Historical Museum.
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