transcribed from Autrey William Mangumʼs book entitled
Down Memory Lane: A History of Iuka, Mississippi, 1915-1983
by RaNae Vaughn.
have been a vital link in the history of Iuka, Mississippi.
Strong emphasis should be put on local color in order for us
to appreciate the contributions which all people have made
to the great melting pot. So the names of some people who
were hard-working spiritual leaders in Iuka and were an
inspiration to the youth of Tishomingo County are included
in this brief history.
Clement was an African American gentleman who owned a farm
near Eastport. He was a man with vision. When others were
ready to throw up their hands in despair, he saw hope in the
future. There was not a local high school for African
American at the time, but he sacrificed out of his meager
earnings to send his children off to get an education. All
of his offspring made good citizens and made substantial
contributions to this area.
Mr. Moses Mitchell
worked miracles in a one-room school with many children. He
was a conscientious teacher, one who could inspire when
there seemed to be no hope. Many young people were given a
good foundation for adulthood by this man. His daughter,
Eva Ford, also taught in our public school system.
Another man whom
everybody knew was Mr. Oscar Rogers. He worked at the local
railroad station during the days of steam engines. This man
knew how to live. He would cut hair at the station and
would give young people sound advice on how to live as a
Mr. Sam Fordʼs
name was synonymous with the local newspaper during the days
when G. W. Dudley and Mr. Sparks were editors of The
Vidette. His son, Sam Ford, Jr., was also associated
with his father. Few men in Iuka were more intelligent and
better informed than big, jolly Sam Ford.
In the field of
religion, Mr. Clarence Hill, who worked for the J. C.
Jourdan Lumber Company, was a deacon in the Baptist Church.
His spiritual counsel was sought by those who needed
direction on how to live the good life. He served his
country in the Army in World War I.
Others inducted in
the Armed Forces who served with distinction in World War I
include Floyd Patterson, Jim Moody, Percy White, Bernie
McMillian, Clarence Hill, Puch Duckett, and Bob French.
known by nearly everyone in Iuka was a grave digger at the
Oak Grove Cemetery. He probably dug more graves in Iuka
during the early 1900s than any other man. His first name
may have been Andrew.
Mr. Bob French
raised a good family in Iuka. He married the daughter of
Mr. Henry and Sarah Cummings. On small earnings, he sent
his daughters to college. One of his daughters, Helen
Rogers, earned a M.A. degree from Roosevelt University.
Mr. Tobe and Adda
Smith were good people with Christian backgrounds. They
worked unselfishly with children in the community.
woman was Mrs. Victory Hogue. Everybody in the area called
her Aunt Vick. She was an ex-slave and an unlettered woman,
but she was extremely intelligent. She raised six or seven
children with almost nothing. The Johnsons of Riverton,
Ala., and Iuka are related to her.
John Clark is
another African American man that cannot be excluded.
Although he could not read and write, he was an intelligent
man. He was calm under pressure and lived a long life in
Mr. Henry Cummings
was a good city of Tishomingo County. He raised a family in
Iuka. He was also a home owner, and his offspring made good
citizens in various parts of the United States.
American family in Iuka that had a man of draft age
volunteered or was drafted in World War II. These
individuals include the Slaughter brothers, James, William,
and King; the Hill men, Louis, Clarence, Benny, and Frizer;
Thomas Jenkins; Bill Kilgore; and Oscar Rogers.
mentioned above did not expect to be given a spot in the
history of Iuka. These families made major contributions,
not only to Iuka, but to our nation as well. African
Americans have been a vital force in shaping the history of
Iuka and Tishomingo County.
of Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical Society.