Thursday, April 24, 2014
Laura Wheeler celebrates birthday
Lauralee Fant of Starkville was the weekend guest of her parents, Dianene and David, and brothers, Tucker and Winston.
Congratulations to Sam Smith, who was christened Sunday in Christ Episcopal Church.
Clancy’s in Red Banks was packed Easter Sunday. Our group had 23 in it, including Cupp families from both Memphis, Tenn., and Collierville, Tenn. Everyone ordered something different, as the menu offers a wide variety of food. We all had a wonderful time visiting with each other and enjoying fabulous food.
Happy birthday wishes to Will Kazemba, who celebrated over the weekend.
Luke and Lauren Mitchell of New York, and Carole and Jeremy Glidewell of Oxford were the Saturday guests of Vicki and Walter Webb.
Laura Wheeler celebrated her birthday Saturday in her home with a get-together hosted by her mother, Kay Wheeler. Earlier in the day, she was treated to the Ole Miss-LSU baseball game by Midge Bagwell. Although the Rebels did not get the W, the duo had a marvelous time!
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Marshall County Museum report
When one drives up Depot Street (the street which extends from the intersection of Chesterman Street and Van Dorn), under the bluff where the Albert Herr House is, between Grover and Eva Knott’s old store at the corner and “Hillside,” there is an odd declivity in the bluff with a set of steps that go nowhere.
This is the site of the long-departed Albert Herr Confederate Museum, which was a project envisioned by the Marshall County Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and occupied a small two-room log structure once located there, owned by Grover and Eva Knott. Grover and Eva Knott, now long passed, remain indelible images who are fondly remembered of the street scene that was Holly Springs; both were quite petite in stature and Mr. Knott was known as a dapper dresser, always wearing a dress coat, fedora hat, sported a bow tie – all capped off with a stylish pencil-thin moustache and rode a bicycle about town. Eva Knott gave the Marshall County UDC permission to use their log structure for their museum of Civil War relics with the provision that it be named “The Albert Herr Confederate Museum” for her father Albert Herr, who immigrated to Holly Springs with his brother in the 1870s, was a former Mayor of Holly Springs and for a time ran the Holly Springs Stoneware Company or “jug factory” as it was commonly called. The Albert Herr Confederate Museum opened in the late 1930s and provided a place for local families to proudly display relics of the Civil War either related to members of their family who served in the Confederate Army or items either left in the Holly Springs area by both Union and Confederate soldiers here or were brought home from the war.
As we continue the tedious process of reconstructing all museum files, more fascinating items are being re-discovered. One that piqued our interest was an article from a Memphis newspaper (no date) which talks glowingly about the first four months of the Albert Herr Confederate Museum and the fine artifacts displayed there.
As the Marshall County Historical Museum’s director, I am particularly interested in the history of this predecessor museum in Holly Springs and more than a little interested in what became of its holdings. As we work towards upgrading the Civil War collection in our museum with more artifacts directly related to Marshall County, we were intrigued by this vintage news article which in describing its contents – “Swords, scabbards, bayonets and other items associated with the Civil War adorn the museum, each with an interesting history behind it.”
One item cited is “a Yankee cap, taken from its owner by a Holly Springs soldier at the Battle of Shiloh.” We would really like to know what became of that piece of captured uniform. To help our inquiry, the officers of the Marshall County UDC sponsoring the old Albert Herr Confederate Museum were: Mrs. L.L. Woods, President; Mrs. Horace Brown, first vice president, Mrs. Lester Greer, second vice president; Miss Sadie Wells, recorder; Mrs. H.A. Harris, historian; Mrs. Robert Reed, secretary; Mrs. Gus Branch, registrar and Mrs. James Arrington, treasurer.
We are hoping the readers of The South Reporter might assist in this request for information about relatives and/or friends of these ladies of the Marshall County UDC and shed some more light on this long past but admirable effort to preserve those tangible relics that interpret an important chapter in Marshall County and Holly Springs’ history.
The Marshall County Historical Museum is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday by advance notice. Call 662-252-3669 for arrangements. For more information about the museum, visit and “like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mchistoricalmuseum
Visit our website for programs; become a member or make a donation: marshallcountymuseum.com.
Infant baptism held at historic First UMC April 6
Jason Case Rhea, infant son of Cameron and Jason Rhea, received the Sacrament of Infant Baptism, Sunday, April 6, 2014, at First United Methodist Church. The Reverend Jeff Dalton officiated. Molly Grace Burch sang “Jesus Loves Me” with Lee Bell accompanying her at the organ. Matthew Hayner directed the Chancel Choir who sang “What Wondrous Love.”
Emma and David Woods of Red Banks were named godparents. Altar flowers were in honor of the Woods and also Paige Gholson Brewer of St. Louis, Mo., Anna Greer Giachelli of Tupelo and Jeffry David McAlexander, godparent of Case’s sister, Marlee Wilson Rhea.
The entire church family and a host of close friends enjoyed lunch in the fellowship hall after the service. In absence of Kenny Dickerson, Bobby Harris and his team prepared a delicious buffet. Assisting Mr. Harris were Betty Burch, Diane Greer, Holly Johnson and Joni Ragsdale.
Jason Case is the grandson of Carolyn and Van Malone, Liz and Odis Rhea and Irene and Ronnie Strickland. His great-grandmothers are Mrs. James Michael Haffey of Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. Wes Strickland and Mrs. J.F. Wilson of Carrollton.
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