Thursday, January 9, 2014
Jennifer Roberts and Robert Bonds to wed February 15 at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Jackson
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Edward Roberts Jr., of Jackson, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Woody Roberts, to Robert Hastings Bonds, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Douglas Bonds of Byhalia.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. John M. Bass III and the late Ouida Woody Bass, and Mrs. Dorothy Ewell Roberts, all of Jackson.
Miss Roberts is a 2007 graduate of Jackson Preparatory School. She attended the University of Mississippi where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. She graduated from Ole Miss in 2011, receiving a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and psychology. Miss Roberts is a personal trainer and the assistant softball coach for Ensworth High School in Nashville, Tenn.
The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Rook Moore Jr. of Byhalia and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hastings Bonds of Holly Springs.
Mr. Bonds is a 2007 graduate of Marshall Academy, and a 2011 graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he received a bachelor’s degree in marketing. At Ole Miss he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. He is an account manager with Insight Global of Nashville, Tenn.
The couple will exchange vows February 15, 2014, at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Jackson, with a reception to follow.
Christmas trees carry Jesus in every home
By LOIS SWANEE SHIPP
Happy New Year. Enjoy it, there’s lots to be done. My holidays were wonderful. I went shopping and bought some beautiful wrapping paper, brought it home and tape wouldn’t adhere to it. Next thing I asked Ira, when he went shopping, was to buy some candy canes to go in a package to go in the mail. When he came home, the candy canes were sour candy canes. I didn’t know sour canes existed. Some sweet person bought me beautiful tree ornaments but no hangers. But then, I wrapped the tapeless gifts with ribbons and they were beautiful. I hung the canes on the tree and I used paper clips for hooks. Every problem has an answer.
Christmas was fantastic. At this eighth phase in my life, I have no worries. I just turn them over to the Lord and let Him handle them for me. It’s wonderful. Ira and I are in business in Farrah’s Mall and have had the best time selling our old stuff and passing it to somebody else to enjoy.
Time moves rapidly. We live in a place that’s like a grand hotel and it is like being on a cruise. We have three delicious meals a day so I have quit cooking. I have a stove but no pots. Our apartment is on the third floor and has a balcony that hangs over the winter woods. Activities are planned around the clock with really good entertainment, music, games, movies, speakers. No more ironing, I just wear wrinkled clothes, out of style, but who cares?
Everyday, we have prayer times. God gave us a five-sided room lined with mirrors and comfortable furniture. This is the prep school for heaven and we are looking forward to it.
We were so blessed during Christmas to visit with 67 of our family. Together we have 10 children and 51 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all beautiful, cute and smart.
One of the greatest gifts I received was a note from one of them, telling us how great we were. I had another thrill going to the grandson’s birthday party. He had received a new keyboard which was on the coffee table. One of his cousins on the other side was there. She was born blind. She was 7 years old. She sat down at the keyboard and played “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” It was touching and miraculous.
Christmas was truly a joy. The only mishap that happened was Grandpa got locked in the bathroom and it took the engineers in the family to get him out without kicking in the door.
I still love Holly Springs and you all.
One of the gifts I received for Christmas was the story of the Christmas tree.
Chopping down the tree represents the death of Christ. Putting the tree back up again represents the resurrection of Christ. Lights on the tree reminds us that Jesus is the Light of the World. The Star of Bethlehem represents Christ being born. Angels make the glorious music of Christmas. Gifts under the tree represent the Wisemen’s gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, the sweet smell of Christmas. Wreaths that we hang are never-ending circles that represent eternity. Candy canes were made to look like shepherd’s crooks and the colors red, Jesus’s blood, and the white, Jesus’s purity. Garlands around the tree are you and me, as we are embracing the celebration of Christmas, the birth of our Savior and Lord. God has sent Christmas trees around the world so that everyone may enjoy Christmas. Balls on the tree represent the apples in Genesis in the Garden of Eden. The Christmas tree carries Jesus into homes everywhere and people celebrate and may not even know it.
“A mystery solved” – a question not asked of the right people
The Marshall County Historical Museum said goodbye to 2013 with a list of accomplished goals, and hello to 2014 with a mystery solved.
Since the museum docents first began taking inventory of the items in the museum’s collection (as covered in the past article, “Archiving the School Room”), it’s been a mystery as to who labeled the books and photographs from the estate of artist Kate Freeman Clark.
Initially, it was assumed that a relative of Clark’s catalogued the books on her behalf. The artist had a private library of over a 1,000 books, plus hundreds of periodicals, so it wasn’t a huge stretch.
However, the collection was impressively well organized. This mystery organizer was somewhat educated in library science. Each novel, photograph, and scrap of paper was filed with its own accession number. The books were labeled as if they were from a public library.
Like the organizer, an accompanying card catalogue was never found.
When the inventory process continued into the director’s office last week, the answer presented itself. Buried under piles of paperwork, it came in the form of a blue binder labeled “1975-1976.” Inside the binder, the missing inventory list from Clark’s library, which would have been the “card catalogue,” with the corresponding accession numbers. Also attached was a name.
Although, I suppose, to a select few reading this, this would not be a mystery at all. In fact, a couple of our locals could have solved it much sooner, but the question was never asked of the right people. Such is the way of history in a small town.
The mystery organizer, as it turns out, was Mary Eleanor Wyatt, who had been the director of the museum in the early 1970s.
For additional context, Chelius Carter, the museum’s current director, contacted Holly Springs’ local Gwen Wyatt, Mary Eleanor Wyatt’s daughter. She informed him that Mary Wyatt had acquired the collection for the museum during the mid ’70s (or 1975, according to the binder).
The collection included Kate Freeman Clark’s library, photographs, and art supplies. At that time, the collection resided with Gholson, who was the trustee of Clark’s property.
Until Wyatt, the collection had been stored in the servant’s quarters behind Clark’s home. Gholson was interested in tearing this structure down, but recognized the historical value of its contents. He offered it to the museum. The collection was so extensive that books were reportedly piled inside the chimney.
To distinguish Clark’s books from the museum’s existing collection, Wyatt labeled the books and began the inventory list.
And so, the mystery is solved.
The discovery of Wyatt’s blue binder is expected to save the museum several weeks of inventory work.
When the inventory list is complete, the Marshall County Historical Museum anticipates having a set of hard-copy books detailing the museum’s contents. The artifacts will also be listed online as a searchable catalogue when the museum’s official website launches this spring.
If you would like to learn more about Marshall County history, you can visit the museum anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Sat. are by special arrangement. Call 662.252.3669 for details.
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