MA sixth graders enjoy field trip to Incredible Pizza
Dwana McAlexander flips a number this week! Big wishes for a fabulous day to someone who is truly a positive role model for all, friend to everyone and kindhearted soul. Cheers to you!
Everette Stubbs of Washington, DC., was lucky enough to spend his birthday in town with friends and family.
The sixth grade class of Marshall Academy was treated Monday to a fun day at Incredible Pizza. They were chaperoned by their teacher, Lauren Massey, and homeroom mother, Pam Burleson. This special group of young people includes Grady Brooks, Anushka Bhakta, Erin Burleson, Abbi Lay, Layke Foster, Michael Ragsdale, Sonni McKinney and Waylon Langston. They are leaving behind their elementary years to embark on the next chapter of their lives, junior high.
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Miss Ellen Gresham and Houston Dodson to wed May 31 at First Presbyterian Church
Mr. and Mrs. Steven McGill Gresham Sr. are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ellen Parrish, to Mr. William Houston Dodson, son of Jerry Wayne Dodson and Lisa Houston Dodson of Holly Springs. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Linwood Graham Miller and the late Mr. Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Sparkman Boothe Gresham, all from Holly Springs. Mr. Dodson is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Gray Houston and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Aubrey Dodson of Holly Springs.
Miss Gresham was the valedictorian of the Marshall Academy Class of 2008. She graduated from Mississippi State University, summa cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda and Kappa Delta Pi honor societies. She is currently continuing her education at Mississippi University for Women pursuing a degree in business administration and MIS. She recently received the Outstanding Student in Management Information Systems award.
Mr. Dodson is a 2007 graduate of Marshall Academy, where he was valedictorian of his class. He graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi State University with a bachelor of business administration in risk management, insurance and financial planning. He also earned a minor in economics history. He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Gamma Beta Phi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Gamma Iota Sigma honor societies. He is employed with Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company in Madison.
The wedding will be held on Saturday, May 31, at First Presbyterian Church in Holly Springs. The Reverend Doctor Robert Milton Winter will officiate the ceremony. The couple will reside in Canton.
Report from the Marshall County Museum
We’ve had a small, migrating roof-leak problem at the museum, but don’t be alarmed…with much thanks to the building’s owner, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors and prompt action from their head of maintenance Bill Kivelle, we are once again whole. Roofing has been repaired and a handy roof access hatch has been installed…so we don’t have to call Kenny Holbrook to get the fire department’s ladder truck out, whenever we need to check something on the roof, as the museum is a tall, three-story building. Need I remind you that our wonderful and diverse collection fills all three floors and if you have not been here, you are cheating yourself of one of Marshall County’s genuine treasures. For that, much thanks to the intrepid efforts of Lois Swaney Shipp and the vision of the Marshall County Historical Society, who own the museum’s holdings.
But back to our building. The roof leak’s intrusion of water was primarily limited to the third floor and then only in the room where the excellent exhibit on the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878 was installed by Robert Patterson of the Marshall County Library. This exhibit received some water damage, allowing us an opportunity of working again with Robert to revisit and expand the exhibit. Since that installation, Robert has continued assembling much more research on the topic and in the museum’s on-going inventory process, we have uncovered a plethora of historic materials from the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878, most of it being historic printed materials and personal accounts.
There was hardly a family in Holly Springs not directly affected by Yellow Fever. A case-in-point, in the Hugh Craft House where my little family lives, the effects were traumatic in the extreme. At the Craft household, three family members and one family friend died within the space of three weeks and therein lies a poignant story of love, devotion and pitiful tragedy. James Fort, Hugh Craft’s son-in-law, succumbed to the disease on 5 September with James’ eldest child, Robert Fort dying on 10 September. His older daughter, Fannie Blount Fort, was near death and the family had already prepared her grave at Hill Crest Cemetery. Glenn Fant, a family friend and Fannie’s beaux came to the house to offer assistance. He never left the house alive; Glenn Fant succumbed to Yellow Fever on September 27. As it turns out, Fannie recovered and lived until 1934 but her younger sister Lucy Fort took to the fever, dying on September 28 and was buried in the grave prepared for her older sister. Fannie went on to live a long life, to the healthy age of 83.
beautiful Hill Crest Cemetery, one has the experience of both strolling
through a 19th century garden festooned with elaborate stone sculpture
installations of the highest order and the discomfort of attending a
wake for fully one-third of the town of Holly Springs. If one takes
time to look closer and begin reading the stones…it becomes clear that
there are an appalling number of deaths in the fall of 1878…leaving a
deep inner sadness for the tragic tableaux that became Holly Springs’
ill-fated legacy and from which, in many ways, it never quite recovered.
Here at the museum, while we have much ephemera from that dark time, and as we plan on re-configuring the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878 exhibit, we are making a public appeal for tangible relics which help tell the personal story of this event which so altered the civic and social character of Holly Springs. If you have personal effects, photographs, letters or diaries that will help us interpret this story, please contact us. If you have any artifacts related to the Howard Association or the local citizens’ relief agency, both of whom wore identifying arm-bands as they provided relief to the stricken and survivors alike – we would sure like to hear from you.
Beyond that, we just completed our 2014 membership drive and as a result almost doubled the number of paid-up museum members, who can be looking for notices of special events to be feted at the museum in the near future. Due to our Internet presence, we’ve had a slight uptick in visitors here; recently had folks from Norman, Cache and Lawton, Oklahoma; had the Eldridge family through here from Ft. Sumner, NM, and had a Jamie Green and his family from as far away as Stockton, England…but I suppose the winner for hard miles travelled to our door goes to a bicyclist who stopped off here while pedaling his way from Colorado to Boston….and YOU feel tired?
The Marshall County Historical Museum is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m.-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.
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