Thursday, July 29, 2004

Tribute to a Tunica Teacher

Read the life and times of a teacher who taught for 50 years--49 of those years in Tunica in the Tunica Times.  "Miss Dot" was a much beloved teacher.

Vets Talk About World War II Memorial

Some veterans who attended the dedication of the World War II memorial in Washington, DC spoke to a local group in Calhoun City.  The Monitor Herald included a feature story on their account.

In Ruleville another veteran spoke about the dedication.  The Bolivar Commercial has a feature story on this.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Speculated "Deep Throat" Dies

Fred LaRue who is often thought to be "Deep Throat" from the Watergate Era died in Biloxi of natural causes.  Read about it in the Clarion Ledger.

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church - 124 Years Old

The Delta Democrat Times has a story about the 124th anniversary of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.  Founded in 1880, the church has relocated and rebuilt in its history.

WWII Canteen Corps

Today's Amory Advertiser had an article about the Canteen Corps, a group of volunteers affiliated with the American Red Cross, who provided refreshment for soldiers coming through town.  You can read about this volunteer organization and find a listing of known members on the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal web site.  The Mrs. Hosmer mentioned is Mary Irene "Marie" Lantz Hosmer.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Hernando National Guard History

Read about the history of Hernando's National Guard unit in the DeSoto Times.

Civil War Interpretative Center

Read about the opening of the Civil War Interpretative Center in Corinth in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, Miss.)

Civil War sites in Northeast Mississippi

In an article in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, Miss.), several battlefields including Brice's Crossroads, Okolona, and Iuka were discussed.

North Mississippi Pioneers

Phyllis Harper is one of my favorite newspaper columnists in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, Miss.).  Today's column talked about a lot of things those researching family history can appreciate! 

Friday, July 23, 2004

Monroe County Historical Society Reorganizes

The Monroe County Historical Society held a reorganizational meeting Thursday July 22 in Aberdeen at the old theater.  They are now accepting new members.  Dues are $10 for students, $12 for individuals, and $15 for couples.  Dues may be mailed to Monroe County Historical Society, 30062 Sandhill Road, Aberdeen, MS  39730.  (Please include your name, address, phone number, and email with your dues.)  A date will be announced later for the next meeting which will take place in Amory, probably in October.  Several committees were appointed to assist in the reorganization.  The 1997 issue of Journal of Monroe County History of Mississippi is now at press.  It is expected that two issues of the annual volume will be issued per year until the publication schedule is caught up.  More information will be forthcoming!

72 Year Old African-American Church to be Torn Down

The Madison County Journal reports that St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church will have their 72 year old building torn down with a new building to replace it on the same site.  Non-subscribers have to pay to read the full article.

Mullins Cemetery - Bolivar

More than 275 graves at the Mullins Cemetery on Laughlin Road near Bolivar are "soft."  This abandoned cemetery has stones dating back to the 1800s.  Read about them in the Bolivar Commercial.

Fort Maurepas Requests Funding from Ocean Springs

The Fort Maurepas Foundation is seeking funding from the city of Ocean Springs, but aldermen appear to be split on whether or not to grant funding to French Fort replica.  The fort was the first capital of the Louisiana Territory.  Read about it in the Sun Herald.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

World War II Airman to be Remembered in Greenwood

Read about the memorial planned for Staff Sgt. Marvin Myers of the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II in Greenwood in the Greenwood Commonwealth.

Monday, July 19, 2004

New Hope Christian Church (Monroe Co.) - 100 Years Old

[July 2004] The building of New Hope Christian Church, located about six miles north of Aberdeen on Coontail Road, is 100 years old. The congreation will be celebrating this anniversary with some special events over the next few months. Public announcements will be made regarding these events.

The land for the church was donated by Jimmie D. Bryan on November 13, 1903, and the building we know today came to be fully used in 1904 as the Christian Church and as a community center. Building on the article by Mrs. T. K. Howell in the 1970s and a picture of the Bryan Reunion gathering in 1905, we will be collecting as much information as possible about the founding and early days of the church and the construction of the building. The Bryan Reunion was a gathering of the entire Coontail Community, whether a Bryan relative or not.

In addition to Bryan, some other family names associated with the early days of the church are: Green, Hill, Holmes, Adams, Meek, Jones, Jackson, Howell, Blackwell, Chism, Finley, Kidd, Kelly, Bowen, Harris, Morgan, Wamble, Seavy, Stout, Sturdivant, and Sullivan.

We are asking descendants of early church members to share any pictures or other information with us. You may write: New Hope Christian Church, P. O. Box 173, Aberdeen, MS 39730 or call one of the following numbers: (662) 369-2085, (662) 369-8151, or (662) 256-2250. If you would like to receive information about planned events by direct mail, please phone or write and give us your name and address.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Holcomb Family from Pontotoc County

Katherine Holcomb Parks of Belden is seeking information on her Holcomb family from Pontotoc County, Mississippi.  Read more about her family and her search for her ancestors in today's Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, Miss.)

Friday, July 16, 2004

Philadelphia-Neshoba County Historical Museum Council Appointments

Earlier this year, the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Historical Museum asked the city of Philadelphia and county of Neshoba to take over.  A council is in the works comprised of two city representatives, two county representatives, and one Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians representative.  To read about it, check out the article in the Neshoba Democrat.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Amory Regional Museum To Expand

Amory Regional Museum is planning an expansion.  Read about the plans in the Amory Advertiser on the Daily Journal's Web site.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Choctaw Indian Fair

The Choctaw Indian Fair began today. The Meridian Star will be covering this event in Thursday's paper.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Delta's First Skyscraper to be Renovated

The Grover Hotel in Cleveland has a new owner and plans are underway to renovate this place that was once known as the Delta's first skyscraper. Read about it in the Bolivar Commercial.

Natchez Trace Nears Completion

The Natchez Trace Parkway is nearly complete and plans are underway for a celebration to commemorate this event. Read about them in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, Miss.). The Trace used to be a quite dangerous road for our ancestors to travel as there were many highwaymen along its course.

Monday, July 12, 2004

1974 Slaying of Warren County Jailer

Today's Vicksburg Post recalls the jailer who lost his life thirty minutes after he reported to work.

Chicago Blues Exhibition in Clarksdale

The Clarion Ledger reports that the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale will be hosting an exhibition called "Sweet Home Chicago: Big City Blues 1946-1966".

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Mississippi Encyclopedia to be Published in 2006

The Daily Mississippian reports that the Center for the Study of Southern Culture is working on a new encyclopedia of the state of Mississippi to be released in 2006. The most recent encyclopedia of the state was published in 1907. It is something to which Mississippi researchers can look forward.

Strawberry Missionary Baptist Church - 139 Years

The July 8 edition of The South Reporter (Holly Springs) includes an historical sketch of the Strawberry Missionary Baptist Church which celebrated its 139th birthday this weekend.

Battle of Corinth & Civil War Interpretative Center

Today's Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, Miss.) features an article called The Battle of Corinth giving a brief summary of that conflict (taken from National Park Service publications) and an article about the Civil War Interpretative Center which is scheduled to open in Corinth this month.

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Morganton Baptist Church

Morganton Baptist Church is 50 years old according to a news article in the Natchez Democrat. The church has grown from a few members who met under a pecan tree to 680 members today.

Winston County Confederate Women Memorial

The Winston County MSGenWeb site has a new picture of the memorial to Confederate Women in that county. It's neat that a county takes the time to remember the women who took care of things at home while the soldiers served.

Tishomingo County Archives & History Museum

Tishomingo County now has an Archives and History Museum located in the old Tishomingo County Courthouse. You can find out more about it at the Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical Society Web Site. They are very excited about their new facility which opened in late spring.

Itawamba Historical Society July Meeting

Roy Turner will speak on "Preservation Techniques for Archival Photographs and Family Records" at the July 20 meeting of the Itawamba Historical Society. The meeting will be at the society's headquarters in the George Poteet History Center in Mantachie at 7 p.m.


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