DRY CREEK COMMUNITY
(Taken from the Prentiss County History Book published by Curtis
Publishing in 1985. This article was written by Mrs. Mills & Mrs. J.J.
Dry Creek Community is situated along a creek which runs north along
the north end of the western boundary of Prentiss County, Township 4,
south, range 6, east with Mississippi Highway 4 crossing it.
This creek was somewhat dry until it was dredged years later. Hence,
the name "Dry Creek" not only for the creek, but also for the
community and the road on the west side of the creek which was the
division line of Prentiss and Tippah counties.
Beginning with Highway 4, the Dry Creek road runs south about two
miles to the Marion Cartwright place where it turns westerly into
Tippah County. Then about a mile farther it turns southward and
continues about five miles. These people along Dry Creek in Tippah
County consider themselves as part of Prentiss County. They do
business in it and have Prentiss County telephone service.
Families settled along both sides of the creek. North of Highway 4 in
Prentiss County one of the early families was Columbus "Pluck" Eaton.
Aaron Green lived farther north in "Sugar Orchard" along the creek
before it runs into the Hatchie River.
Settlers along the southend were: Ed Carpenter, Jim Ledbetter, Dee and
Sanford Jumper, Jim Hicks, Joe Michael, Marion Cartwright, John Henry
Green whose sons were Willie, Sam, Joe and Lloyd. The Blassingames had
sons Buddie, Ed, Arthur, Alec, and Dr. Charlie of Memphis. There was
Madison Kuykendall and wife, Nora Ledbetter, daughter of Jim and
Fannie (Carpenter) Ledbetter.
The Hugheys who settled at the head of Dry Creek had a son, George.
Jim Grisham, Clinton Criswell, Mark and Blake Rinehart, Homer Green,
Jim Davis were some of the Tippah County Dry Creek families; also,
Jess Harden, Noah Morgan, Bob Murley, Arthur Anderson, Baxter
Anderson, Tom Cox, John Dee, and Josh Tollison were others. The Wallis
families were Leon, Arthur and Fate.
The churches, schools, and stores were in Tippah County. The churches
were Mt. Hebron Methodist and Paul's Chapel Methodist which church was
served by the Rev. Jim Gullett for many years. Bro. Joe Crawford was
pastor of Concord Baptist Church several years. The County Line
Cemetery is near Blackland.
The first school was the Jumper School, a one teacher school. The
second was Dry Creek Grammar School. Some of the teachers were: Dalton
Wallis, son of Fate, Miss Myrtle Bartlett, Mrs. Velma Green, Mrs. J.J.
Harden, R.C. Prather, Lloyd Saylors and Grady Tollison.
Arthur Wallis had the first store which was on the south part of the
creek. Will Jumper had one in Tippah County about the middle of the
creek but lived across the road in Prentiss County. Later, Tom Cox had
a store near Concord Church. Another store was owned by Jodie Wallis.
Sanford Jumper bought the Cox store which was built across the road
from the Wallis store. In later years Mrs. Velma Green owned a store
across the road from Paul's Chapel, northeast of Concord Church.
Jessie James Harden operated a store on the south end of Dry Creek on
land formerly owned by Baxter Anderson.
Early doctors were: Dr. Green once lived at the Mark Rinehart place
about one mile south of the Concord Church. Dr. Holman lived near Dry
Creek. He was a medical doctor as well as a chiropractor. After others
doctors left, Dr. Whilhite came in as a chiropractor. Dry Creek
schoolhouse is now used as a Community Center called "Tippah County
Development Club (TCDC). The Blue Grass Festival is held every July in
this clubhouse. The Festival was founded by Mrs. Leola (Tollison)
This history given by Mrs. Mills who now lives at 213 Felker Street,
Booneville, Mississippi, and Mrs. J.J. Harden who lives in Tippah
County Dry Creek.