Webster County Kin from the Webster
by Louis Taunton
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Column Appearing, Week of Aug 16, 2000
Several weeks ago I started
the obituary of Dr. BERRYHILL and other items came along and it was
interrupted. This week I will continue the obituary of Dr.
Berryhill: William Albert BERRYHILL was the fourth child of the
McDOWELL-BERRYHILL union. Hence when the Yankees came just nine days after
his father had died leading a charge at Nashville, Tenn., for
Rights, he was only five years old. But he considered himself a
person of great importance that day because while his older brothers were
searched by the soldiers, his own pockets bulged with all the family fortune in
Confederate money. That was but the first of a long series of
responsibilities for William Albert BERRYHILL. Christmas Day in 1864
dawned on a BERRYHILL home with the whole harvest either carried away or
destroyed, nothing left but a roof and a young widow who had not yet learned of
her bereavement with her seven orphans ranging in age from 13 years to five
months. Indomitable spirit that has seen Americans through other crises
prevailed. Young Willie, as he was called by his family took his turn with
his brothers at holding the torch high while his mother sewed night after night
for corn to make bread or for fresh pork, teaching school by day.
eight years old he was doing regular farm work and worked for a Mr.
with a compensation of $8.00 a month. Later at about fourteen
years of age he pulled corn from "sun to sun" for 75 cents a day and received
his pay in "shin plasters," a paper money issued during the hard times of 1873
or thereabout. Five years ago Dr. BERRYHILL made a professional call on
the same place and remarked "Wages have advanced considerably."
He joined his older brothers in building contracting for a time and then when his borther John published the Walthall Warden, a forerunner of The Webster Progress, he took over as printer's devil. During those years school was limited but the BERRYHILL boys rarely went to bed at night without studying for an hour or two. Will was perhaps the best penman, writing a fine Spencerian hand up to the day of his last accident. He became well versed in Bible and classical novels and keeping commercial law and practical mathematics. In comparatively recent days his eyes twinkled merrily when an industrial college graduate asked him to "rule off" some doorsteps he wanted to build.
While William Albert BERRYHILL was clerking for the late Wister HAYS at Walthall, he began to read medicine, as was the custom of that time, with Dr. A. H. BAYS. Some of his friends jokingly told him he was likely to spoil a good clerk to little avail. To this the prospective doctor replied, "Well, maybe so, but I'll tell you I am already fine on fits, and the first thing that I'll do will be to throw my patient into fits and then I'll cure them. Trained to study after labor, as he was, he made remarkable progress, so that soon after bringing his bride, the former Miss Julia PEARCE, of Montgomery, Alaama, to Eupora in 1890, he took time out from his bookkeeping for T. W. FOARD, to finish out his medical studies in Memphis, Tenn. He passed the medical state board examination and began his professional career.
Since that time he has been of untold service to the town of Eupora and to the community at large and no man has ever passed on that can most truthfully be said of him, he has served well and his death is a loss to the community for he was a true old southern type of gentleman. Dr. William Albert BERRYHILL died at age 91 on 22 July 1950. Funeral services were held at the Eupora Methodist Church and burial was in the Eupora Cemetery. Survivors were his wife, Mrs. Julia PEARCE BERRYHILL; one son, I. W. BERRYHILL of El Paso, Texas; two grandchildren, Mrs. Joe GIMLER, Monroe, La and Billy BERRYHILL, El Paso, Texas; one sister, Mrs. Mattie SMITH of Mathiston, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Column Appearing, Week of Aug 30, 2000
Column Appearing , Week of Sept 6, 2000
Last week we started an article on Dr. William Littleberry STOVALL, which was submitted by Judith RIDDLE PARKER, 6273 Red Hollow Road, Birmingham, AL 35215-1077, phone 205-681-0454. This week the article is continued: Dr. William L. and Serena had four children, all born in the Bellefontaine, MS community. (1) Emma Apalona STOVALL, born 14 Mar 1869, died 16 Nov 1948, Denver, CO, interred North Union Cemetery, Bellefontaine, Webster County, MS. She married first, A. J. NORWOOD, 19 Dec 1888, second, W. B. VINSON, 15 Nov 1898, and third, A. SHAW (TN). She is interred as Emma A. VINSON. (2) John Albert Littleberry STOVALL, born 8 Dec 1872, died 29 Apr 1934, Memphis, TN, a victim of homicide while working as a night watchman. He married "Tennie" ____. (3) Alice Lee Dorabelle STOVALL, born 27 Mar 1876, died 28 Apr 1928, married James Thomas POUNDS, Sr. (born 30 Sept 1872, MS, died 12 Aug 1954, Birmingham, AL) on the 18th of October 1894, MS. They are both interred at North Union Cemetery, Bellefontaine, Webster County, MS. (4) Coralie Elmirah STOVALL, born 14 Jul 1879, died 25 Aug 1960, San Pedreo, CA. Married first 3 Feb 1903 in Memphis, TN, a ships' captain, James Henderson JOHNSON/JOHNSTON (born 26 Apr 1874, Hamburg, IL, died 29 Sept 1922, Los Angeles Co, CA, interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Los Angeles Co., CA). Married second, James A. SIMMONS in June of 1925, (CA) who preceded her in death. She is also interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery. Dr. William Littleberry STOVALL and wife, Serena, are interred at North Union Cemetery, Bellefontaine, Webster County, MS. Dr. STOVALL was loved and respected by family and friends for his compassion and generosity toward his fellow man. He contributed to the construction of the Bellefontaine School in 1886, as noted in, "The History of Webster County, Mississippi," page 160, paragraph three. He often received in lieu of payment for medical treatment; livestock, vegetables, eggs and sometimes dry goods. He rode his horse, Jessie, to and from house calls. He was known to sleep on the way home, after giving her the command, "Home, Jessie." It was on such a trip, one cold and rainy night, that Dr. William L. STOVALL, caught pneumonia, thus ending his life of 83 years, on the 29th of January, 1908. Dr. STOVALL's grandfather (his namesake) Littleberry STOVALL, born 1763-1765, Cumberland County, VA, died 18 Oct 1832, Powhatan County, VA, married Elizabeth PROSSER (daughter of William PROSSER and Elizabeth OTEY) the 29th of December, 1786, Henrico Parish, VA. Littleberry STOVALL served in the VA Militia in the Revolutionary War, marching under Captain Richard CRUMP, General GATES, Colonel GOODE and Captain MEREDITH, respectively. His last tour of duty was as a guard at Manokin Town Ferry until the surrender of Cornwallis. ("Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War," by J. T. McALISTER, page 158, Section Number 202.) The STOVALL family and their descendants have proudly served the great country of the United States of America for ten generations. This information was compiled by the great-great- granddaughters of Dr. William Littleberry STOVALL, Judith RIDDLE PARKER of Birmingham, Alabama, descendant of Alice Lee Dorabelle STOVALL/POUNDS and Karyl Tomicich HARTSOG of Coulterville, Greely Hill, California, descendant of Coralie Elmirah STOVALL/JOHNSON (JOHNSTON)/SIMMONS. Our thanks to Mrs. PARKER for sending this article to be shared with the readers of The Progress. I hope that other families of Webster County will be inspired to share their family stories with our readers in the future.
75 Years Ago - September 3, 1925 - The Webster Progress
Bellefontaine News: Mr. and
Mrs. Jessie WEEKS have moved back to Weir where Mr. WEEKS will teach
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. HITT are entertaining a fine new 11 pound boy which made its appearance in their home on Thursday of last week.
Mr. Seymour GERREGANO of Nashville spent several days recently here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. J. GERREGANO.
Mr. Towns LEIGH of Florida was the guest here for several days recently of his sister, Mrs. O. C. LEIGH.
Miss Labonne DALTON left last week for Birmingham, Ala., where she will make an extended visit.
Hohenlinden News: Dr. Rena CRAWFORD of new Orleans was called to see Mrs. LOGAN, who is ill.
Fame News: Messrs. Lester and Aubrey WEBB have returned to Bennett Academy.
Clarkson News: Mrs. Edd MURRAH is now visiting in the Delta.
Tomnolen News: Mr. Alton McLEMORE and sister left Monday to enter school at Kilmichael.
Pine Forest News: Mrs. R. E. THARP is visiting her children in the Delta.
Pine Forest News: Mr. and Mrs. Donald SELLARS are the proud parents of a fine girl who arrived the 27th.
Union News: Mrs. J. W. SPENCER of Jackson is spending a few days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. REED. She will go from here to Moorhead and Columbus.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. PEARCE are now domiciled in the Pittman dwelling. They were joined Sunday by their two children and Mrs. PEARCE's mother, Mrs. CHILDRESS, of near Batesville.
50 Years Ago - September 7, 1950 - The Webster Progress
Bellefontaine News: Mr. and
Mrs. Donald McDADE of Marietta, Georgia spent last weekend with Mr. and Mrs. R.
Double Springs News: Cpl. Thomas B. SHEPHERD has been transferred to Kentucky from Ft. Ord, Calif. His wife and children will spend a month here with relatives, until he can get settled.
Miss Peggy FOARD will leave this week to teach in the Drew Schools.
Mr. S. T. (Til) MOORE, longtime Webster countian, now of Wellington, Texas, is here for a visit with his many friends and relatives. He is a house guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. WOFFORD.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben HALL from Somerville, Tenn., spent last week with the ROSS families.
Mr. and Mrs. W. O. WILSON have recently moved into their residence on Gold Street, purchased from W. A. SAVAGE.
Hohenlinden News: Mrs. T. P. McCULLOUGH and children, Jane and Gene, from Alexandria, Va. are spending the week with parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. BALL.
Sunset News: Mrs. Letha SINGLETON is visiting her granddaughter, Mrs. Willie CLARK of Memphis.
Clarkson News: Mr. and Mrs. J. T. CURRY spent Monday of last week with Mrs. Edna WALKER in Walthall.
Cross Roads News: Miss Allene DORROUGH enjoyed Labor Day holidays in the C. B. HENLEY home. She is employed in Memphis.
Shady Grove News: Mr. Fate JONES and wife of Elaine, Ark. visited his mother, Mrs. Roxie CHANDLER, Sunday night.
Alva News: We regret to lose from our vicinity Mr. and Mrs. Alvin CRICK and Lawain, who are moving to Memphis this week.
Column Appearing , Week of Sept 13, 2000
A. Jones, needs help researching a relative by the name of Barnett H. JONES/ Baronett H. JONES/Barnett Hereford JONES, or B. H. JONES who came from Calloway County, KY to Choctaw County, MS (now Webster County) in the early 1860s and married there to Artie HARRISON. He enlisted in the CSA on 5 April 1863 at Ft. Hudson, LA. joining Co. "G", 7th KY Regiment Infantry while they were based 400 miles from his home. According to information received, it states that he is buried in Peeples Cemetery near Stewart, MS. It is believed that he did not live long after the Civil War. He and Artie had at least one child, Allen Malcon JONES born 26 Dec 1866 at Stewart, MS and died 8 Jan 1937. Some information on Barnett's grandchildren and great grandchildren has been collected and any help would be greatly appreciated.
Wanda Henson Carlton, one of Webster's most ardent supporters and contributors on the internet, sent the following query: I am the great-great-great granddaughter of Nicholas and Temperance (Unknown) LAMB. I am seeking siblings of Nicholas LAMB: Nicholas was born 1 Nov 1777 in Dinwiddie County, VA., and died 20 Mar 1861 and is buried in the Lamb Family Cemetery in Eupora, Webster County, MS. He married Temperance (last name unknown) who is believed to be from Delaware; but, the possibility exists that she could be from Delaware County, N. Y. as the LAMBS are believed to have migrated from Englnad through the Port of New York. Temperance is also buried in the Lamb Family Cemetery. There are pictures of the headstones of Nicholas and Temperance in the "History of Webster County, MS" which was published in 1985 by the Webster County History Society. Nicholas migrated from Virginia and is known to have been living in Jasper County, GA by 1800. The 1830 Jasper County, GA census gives: Nicholas, a wife, four males and two females. By 1835 Nicholas had moved to Randolph County, AL and appears on the 1840 Census. Others shown on the census are William, Green, and Joshua LAMB. According to historians in Webster County, the LAMBS arrived by ox wagon in Choctaw (now Webster County) in 1848. In the 1850 Choctaw County census, household #757 shows Nicholas and Temperance with daughter, Martha, and three grandchildren. In Household #771 there is a J. E. LAMB, born ca 1814 in GA, which would fit into Nicholas' family. However, we do not have any further records of J. E. In 1850 and 1862 Nicholas and Temperance are buried in the LAMB Family Cemetery. The location of this cemetery is known by Albert Latham, great-great grandson of Nicholas, who currently lives in Eupora, MS. The village of Grady, MS (on Highway 82) in Webster County was formerly known as Lamb, MS., named for the descendants of Nicholas. Nicholas' children who lived in Choctaw and Webster Counties are as follows: Isaac LAMB, Sr., born 1799 in Jasper County, GA married Frances NIX on 14 Aug 1822 in Bibb County, AL. John Wesley LAMB, Sr., born 1802 in Jasper County, GA and died 26 Sept 1874 and is buried in Lebanon United Methodist Church in Eupora. John was one of the founders of this Church and his portrait hangs in the Church. He married Lucinda DIGBY on 15 Nov 1825 in Jasper County, GA. Millie LAMB born ca 1804 in Jasper County, GA and died ca 1826 married Absalom NIX on 25 Dec 1822 in Bibb County, AL. William E. Lamb born ca. 1808 in Jasper County, GA and died before 1860 in Chickasaw County, MS married Jane KIMBROUGH on 7 Sep 1830 in Jasper County, GA. Martha LAMB born 5 May 1810 and died 29 Aug 1878 and is buried in North Union Cemetery at Bellefonatine, Webster County, married (Unknown) McCLENDON. The 1840 Randolph County, AL census shows Martha to be in the household with Nicholas with her daughter, Albany McCLENDON. Green Berry LAMB born 27 Aug 1812 in Jasper County, GA and died 15 Dec 1891 and is buried in North Union Cemetery married Mary Ann JACKS in 1840. Joshua Thompson LAMB born 12 June 1816 in Jasper County, GA and died 27 April 1893 and is buried in Athens, Henderson County, TX and married Lucinda REEVES on 2 Nov 1838 in Al. Nathaniel LAMB born ca. 1814 married Cynthia CRENSHAW ca. 1837. Wanda states that her area of interest would be to find the siblings of Nicholas with the hope of finding his parents in VA. She has many gaps and missing data on the children of Nicholas and Temperance and is interested in finding any descendants of this LAMB Family for the purpose of including them in the LAMB FAMILY HISTORY.
50 Years Ago - September 14, 1950 - The Webster Progress
Cadaretta News: Mr. and Mrs.
Clifton CURLE from Belzoni, Miss. visited relatives of this
community this week.
Montevista News: Mrs. Lois HELMS is visiting her brother, Mr. Watson SCARBROUGH and family at Calhoun City.
Clarkson News: We are sorry that Mrs. Henry MERIWEATHER is at Grenada for treatment. We hope she will soon return home.
Center News: Mrs. Loyd WALKER from Gilbert, Ariz., visited last week with Mr. and Mrs. John PITTMAN and in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. GARY.
Alva News: The Joe STEWART and ROBERSON families have moved to the Delta.
Bellefontaine News: Mr. W. I. BARRON visited his brother, Mr. C. C. BARRON at Booneville Sunday.
Mrs. Ruth WILSON and daughter, Connie, went to Ft. Riley, Kansas last week to be with their husband and father, Mr. Rusty WILSON.
Mrs. Myrtle SORRRELL from Jackson has been here this week visiting her sisters, Mrs. T. L. DENTON and Mrs. J. H. BROWN.
Haven PAXTON, who is with the U. S. Navy had a 30 day leave, and has been with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. PAXTON, and his sisters at Summit, Mathiston and Columbus. He has been in the Navy for five years.
Bellefontaine News: Mr. and Mrs. Billy HARDY of Liberal, Kansas and Mr. and Mrs. R. C. HARDY, Jr. of Charleston, Miss., were last weekend visitors with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. HARDY.
Sunset News: Mrs. O. M. HERRING left Saturday for her home in Canton after spending two weeks visiting with relatives in Choctaw and Webster Counties.
75 Years Ago - September 10, 1925 - The Webster Progress
accident occurred just south of town last Thursday when the motor truck driven by Albert TENHET turned over and off the road embankment
killing him instantly. He was the son of Mr. Tom TENHET who lives just
over the line in Choctaw County. He was 18 years old and burial was in the
Mrs. J. W. SAVAGE spent several days last week visiting her brother and sister in Choctaw County.
Mr. Dewitt LAMB and son, Victor, of Mexia, Texas are spending several days in the county looking up relatives and visiting them. Mr. LAMB was born in this county but left here about thirty years ago when he was three years old and this is his first trip back since that time. He and his son are enroute to Florida to look over that country.
Hohenlinden News: The many friends of Crawford LOGAN formerly of this place, but now of Tchula, will be pleased to learn of his marriage in Memphis on the 8th. Owing to the recent death of his aunt, the wedding was very quiet.
Clarkson News: Mr. Lexie BRITT of Carrolton, Ala. spent last Wednesday night in the home of Mr. Miller NRITT.
Bellefontaine News: Mr. Billy SPIKES has returned from a visit to the Delta. He was accompanied home by Mr. Pap MITCHELL.
Mr. H. V. MORTIMER and two sons of Lambert, were here Tuesday as guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. AVENT of Eupora.
Rev. Joel DORROH was here Monday enroute to Jackson where he was called to his son, Grady DORROH, who was injured in an auto accident. The extent of the injuries was not learned.
Column Appearing , Week of Sept 20, 2000
Several of our readers have suggested that I print the obituaries or a brief synopsis of the obituaries in The Progress for some of the early years. So I will start with 1925 and as time permits will print these for Webster County that were in The Progress.
75 Years Ago - September 24, 1925 - The Webster Progress
Mr. W. W.
LAMB succeeded Mr. C. E. HUBBARD as reporter for Webster County of giving
reports of cotton ginned for each week.
Mathiston News: Mr. LEWIS and daughter visited his daughter in Texas last week. They brought her home with them.
Hohenlinden News: Dr. CRUMBY and family from near Vardaman were visitors here recently.
Mrs. Hol. HOOD of New Orleans arrived Sunday for an extended visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John SHAW of Embry.
Mr. and Mrs. E. T. CRISS attended the dedication ceremonies of the new Baptist Church at Calhoun City last Sunday. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Grady COOK.
Bellefontaine News: Miss Gladys SIMPSON left Monday to attend school at Grenada.
Tomnolen News: Mr. Albert McCAIN arrived home last Thrusday after spending several weeks in the Delta.
Tomnolen News: Miss Alice LAMB of Edgeworth is visiting in the home of Mr. John McCAIN this week.
Hettie LOWRIMORE wrote a tribute of memory to her grandmother, Nancy Louisa CARR, who had died on June 26, 1925.
Mrs. Lou EUDY, Miss Minnie EUDY and Mr. J. E. EUDY and little Miss Rose EUDY visited friends in Winona Tuesday.
Mr. S. G. THREADGILL of Kilmichael spent last Sunday here in the home of his son, Mr. J. L. THREADGILL.
Miss Lillie LAMB and Edna SMITH visited relatives in Stewart last Sunday.
50 Years Ago - September 21, 1950 - The Webster Progress
Jimmie Rose GORE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. GORE of Walthall, has enlisted
in the Woman's Army Air Force and will leave Monday for training at Lackland Air
Field in Texas. She is a graduate of Eupora High School and was a nurse at
Birmingham at South Highland Infirmary.
West Shady Grove News: Mr. and Mrs. Het DEAN and son visited relatives in our community Sunday.
Center News: Mr. Robert FOWLER from Memphis is visiting in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Laudie FOWLER.
East Mt. Zion News: Mr. George SWINDOLL, near Embry, spent Sunday with the SWINDOLL family here and Mr. and Mrs. FILES had dinner with the SWINDOLLS Sunday.
Cross Roads News: Mrs. Kathleen WOODS is here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ezra KOLB while her husband is in the Army.
Old Field News: Mr. and Mrs. W. C. SIBLEY returned home Saturday after a week's visit with parents in Leland.
Springhill News: Mrs. Irby SHAW and Mrs. Vesta Riley visited Mr. Holland AVERY Sunday.
Alva News: Mrs. Dora RATLIFFE has gone to Tuscaloosa to her brother's funeral.
Walthall News: Quite a few from here attended the funeral for Mrs. Ada WILSON at Montevista Tuesday of last week.
Sunset News: Mr. and Mrs. Burns BAGWELL and children spent the weekend with Mrs. Mary Lou STARKS and other relatives in Bywy.
Lebanon News: Visitors on Friday in the Lansing LAMB home were Mrs. Velma BRIGHT and Mrs. Mae Zell STOKES and daughter, Wanda.
Column Appearing, Week of Sept 27, 2000
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75 Years Ago - October 1, 1925 - The Webster Progress
Tomnolen News: Mrs. WYITH
left Monday for Kentucky where she will spend some time visiting
Tomnolen News: Mr. and Mrs. HIDE of Memphis are visiting the latter's mother, Mrs. J. T. LAMB.
Hohenlinden News: J. C. DAVIS of near Mantee has opened up a general merchandise store here.
Hohenlinden News: Several from here attended the Zion Association at Spring Hill Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl SHAW are entertaining a fine boy which made its arrival in their home on Thursday last week.
Dr. and Mrs. T. O. DOUGLAS are among those attending the big far at Memphis this week.
Mrs. J. E. THOMAS and Miss Bessie ABERNETHY visited friends in Greenwood one day last week.
Mrs. D. T. PALMER spent several days last week visiting her children near
Maben and Starkville.
Mrs. J. A. TRAVIS and son, Jack, of Blue Mountain spent a short time here
Mr. and Mrs. H. H. LAWLEY, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. LAWLEY and Mrs. Frank COOPER, Jr. of Columbus were guests of friends here last week.
Clarkson News: Mr. Miller BRITT visited in the Delta last week.
Thos. L. LAMB is the Executor in the estate of Mrs. Mary E. AMOS, deceased.
Union News: Mr. J. L. MEECE and son, Freddie, Messrs. L. F. MITCHELL and Herman REED motored down to the Delta last week.
Union News: Mrs. Victor LANDRUM is in the Baptist Hospital at Jackson where she has undergone an operation.
Double Springs News: Master J. B. SPRUILL spent last week in the home of J. M. SCARBROUGH.
Double Springs News: Mr. E. D. GAGLE and family visited in the home of J. T. JENNINGS Thursday.
Union News: Mr. William CAMPBELL left Friday for Stewart, Florida.
Fame News: Mrs. Mary WRIGHT is visiting relatives in the Delta this week.
Fame News: Mr. and Mrs. R. T. WRIGHT and family are visiting relatives at Carrollton this week.
West Embry News: Mr. Albert WEBB and family moved into the Abb PEEPLES house here last week. Mr. and Mrs. WEBB will teach our school this winter.
West Embry News: Mr. Glenn GENTRY has been visiting Blytheville, Ark. He returned with Messrs. Bud PARKER and J. HEMPHILL, who made a business trip home last week.
50 Years Ago - September 28, 1950 - The Webster Progress
24 the BARTON Family enjoyed a reunion in celebration of the visit of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. BARTON and Mr. and Mrs. A. C. BARTON from
Texas. Mr. R. E. BARTON, who left Webster County 56 years ago, when he was
only eleven years old, was making his first visit back home. Mr. A. C.
BARTON moved to Texas when he was only two years old, but had made one visit
back eleven years ago.
Alva News: Mrs. Jack HIGHTOWER moved to Eupora Saturday and Mr. and Mrs. COHE of Grenada have purchased the J. A. HIGHTOWER residence and store and will be moving soon.
Sunset News: Several from this community enjoyed a birthday party Saturday night in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe FLETCHER, in honor of Miss Dorothy FLETCHER's and Miss Charline MEDDER's birthdays.
Sunset News: Mrs. Emma BAGWELL and Mrs. Coleman BAGWELL and son visited Mrs. Louise GRAVES and Mr. and Mrs. L. L. STROHM of Ackerman a while Friday afternoon.
Hohenlinden News: Mr. and Mrs. Curtis BALL are entertaining a new baby girl, born at the Houston Hospital on Tuesday. Mr. BALL once lived in this community.
Mantee News: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur BARTON and Mr. and Mrs. Emmett BARTON of Erath, Texas vsiited in the Drummond NEAL, E. L. BARTON homes last week.
Cadaretta News: Mr. and Mrs. Werner WOODS went to Memphis Sunday to get her mother, Mrs. Dora HIGHTOWNER, who has been a patient in the Baptist Hospital.
New Hope News: Mrs. Ray DAVIS and little Lynn are at home with her parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Britton GREGG. Mr. DAVIS left home Sept 21 to enter service in the Armed Forces.
Spring Hill News: Glad to report little Jackie GARY doing fine after being hurt. Eight stiches were taken in his head.
Old Field News: Mrs. Clara VAUGHN is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Louis LOLLAR, this week.
Walthall News: Miss Hilda CROWELL of Terrell, Ark. and Miss Ruth SUGG of Columbus visited during the week in home of their parents.
Bellefontaine News: Mr. Carl CLANTON of Kiser, Ark., visited his aunt, Mrs. BETTERTON, Sunday night.
Montevista News: Mr. Joe WILSON and family spent Sunday in Houston. They went especially to see little Robert DUNN, baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob MITCHELL.
Column Appearing, Week of Oct 4, 2000
For the time being I will continue with the obituaries of 1925 for Webster County and hope that everyone is finding items that you need for your research.
75 Years Ago - October 8, 1925 - The Webster Progress
Webster Aggies trounced the Houston Football team by a score of 62 to 0 last
Mrs. John L. TAYLOR left last week for a visit with her daughter, Mrs. W. E. SCOTT, Jr., at Cleburne, Texas.
Mr. J. M. WATTS recently accepted a position as clerk with the C. & G. Railroad at Carrolton and is there now holding down his job.
Mrs. H. M. EARNEST spent several days last week visiting friends in Memphis and in the Delta.
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. PATTERSON are moving this week to Texas where they will make their home for an indefinite time.
Mr. Jess FULCHER was quite severely injured on Thursday of last week at ELKIN's Sawmill several miles northeast of here. He came in contact with a circle saw, substaining a long cut along the left shoulder and arm.
Mrs. J. W. BUCHANAN left Tuesday to spend several weeks with her daughter, Mrs. M. A. MEEK at Senatobia and to visit friends at Memphis.
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. CARPENTER of Macon were here visiting friends Sunday.
Center News: Mrs. R. C. POWELL who spent last week with her father, Mr. H. COOPER, left for Bellefontaine to spend a few days with her sister, Mrs. G. W. ALLEN.
Hohenlinden News: Sheriff FEW of Walthall was here last week on official business.
Hohenlinden News: Our school under the leadership of Prof. Floy MILLER and his able assistants are doing excellent work.
Mathiston News: Miss Claudia McCAIN from Mathiston has recently entered Brenau College at Gainsville, Ga., where she will persue her college work during the coming year.
Mathiston News: Mr. Levi GRIFFIN had the misfortune of losing two fine mules Sunday night, which were struck by lightening.
Mathiston News: The public school is so large here that they have called in the third teacher.
Double Springs News: We are sorry to have lost Mr. SLADE and family from this community. They moved to Forest, Miss. last week.
Cumberland News: Mrs. Hugie CRUMBY from Birmingham, Ala. is spending several days with her mother, Mrs. VAIL.
50 Years Ago - October 5, 1950 - The Webster Progress
Bellefontaine News: Mr. and
Mrs. Tildon HOOD of Wynne, Ark. and Mr. and Mrs. Howard PHILLEY of Greenwood
were weekend visitors of Mr. and Mrs. John HOOD.
Walthall News: We extend sympathy to Mrs. John WOODS in the loss of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Pat CAFFEY who was buried Tuesday in the Red Hill Cemetery.
Hebron News: Mrs. John HILLHOUSE has been in a hospital, but is at home now and recovering. Her mother and sister from Gulfport are here for a few days visit.
Montevista News: Mrs. Ella WILLIAMS spent last week at Fernbank, Ala. with her children, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny WILLIAMS.
Center News: Miss Mozell DUNCAN from Vicksburg is enjoying her vacation at home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee DUNCAN.
Hohenlinden News: Mr. Joe B. WOFFORD attended the barbecue over at the old THOMPSON place near Pheba this week.
New Hope News: Mr. and Mrs. Willie B. GREGG from Pittsboro spent the weekend with parents and in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Britton GREGG.
Mr. and Mrs. Bryan HITT of Benton, Ark. were guests of Mrs. HITT's brother, Col. and Mrs. A. D. HITT last week.
Mrs. Fred RAY of Clinton, La. was a visitor with friends and relatives the past week.
Mr. James TRIMM has been here this week with his mother, Mrs. Byron BELL, and his brother, Mr. Fred TRIMM.
Mr. and Mrs. Tony RAGAS of Hattiesburg were weekend visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Russell SHAW and Mrs. TURNER.
Mrs. J. T. LATHAM and Miss Blanche McMULLEN visited at Reform, Ala. Sunday afternoon.
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Anita Davis, or
are searching for anyone who has in their possession old
photos and/or artifacts of old Bankston, Huntsville, Stewart, Keneco, Greensboro
and Lodi in the Choctaw County area. They are willing to copy photographs
and photograph any artifacts that anyone is willing to share with them.
They also would love for anyone to share memories of family members or events
that they can recall from these areas. As most are aware, the town of
Stewart that was located west of Tomnolen and Eupora is no more since the
construction of the new four lane Highway 82 through that area. Mr. Jim
BAILEY, whose family played a very important part in the development and history
of Stewart is desperately trying to locate pictures and family stories regarding
Stewart and its early families. Stewart is just one of several small towns
in Choctaw County that no longer exist, but these small towns were once thriving
communities which helped to form Choctaw County (some of which are today in
Webster County). It is with this thought that Mr. BAILEY and several
others are trying to capture the histories of these communities before they are
no longer remembered. They would like to
begin a collection of items that may be housed at the local library at
Ackerman where they can be shared and enjoyed by all citizens of Choctaw and
surrounding counties. If anyone has any old photographs or artifacts or
family memories or stories that they would like to share, please contact either
of these ladies who are
undertaking a very worthwhile project that would benefit everyone
interested in the by-gone days of this area.
James Robert Thomson, Jr. is researching the PEAY Family of Oktibbeha and Webster Counties. Mr. THOMSON said that many people have already been of great help, but he needs more help. He would appreciate any information that anyone has to share.
Continuation of the obituaries from The Webster Progress - May 7, 1925:
Mrs. W. H. OSWALT, wife of Mr. W. H. OSWALT, died at their home near Bellefontaine on April 15. Interment: Bluff Springs Cemetery. Survivors: husband, seven children: Mrs. W. M. SHAW, Blytheville, Ark; Miss Georgia OSWALT, Parkville, Ark; Mr. Silas OSWALT, Plains, Kansas; Messrs. Henry, Rube, William and Paul all living in Webster County. One sister, Mrs. Cal SHAW of Columbus.
May 14: Mrs. Sallie STRICKLAND, 54, died at the home of her son, Willie, near Cross Roads Church. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church at Elbethel. Burial: Clarkson Cemetery. Survivors: four children: Mrs. Jess CUMMINGS, Misses Elsie and Myrtle and Mr. Willie STRICKLAND, one stepson, Johnie STRICKLAND, two brothers, Messrs. Austin and Robert HARDY, a half- brother, Nathan HARDY, five sisters: Mrs. Russell Lewis and Mrs. Walter LEWIS, Mrs. J. G. HENDRIX, Mrs. Ciscero KIMBRIEL of Gunnison and Mrs. Bill HARRISON of Clarksdale, and three grandchildren.
In Memory: Rev. H. G. McCAIN, a Baptist Minister, died 31 December 1924, aged 72 years old. Survivors: wife and five children. He had been a Baptist Minister for fifty years. Written by his daughter.
May 21: Henry Vernon FINCH, 64, died at his home on last Tuesday morning. He was a native of Webster County and worked for C. & G. Railway. Survivors: wife and children: Mrs. Jim PITTMAN, Walthall, Mrs. Tip COOPER, Columbus; Mrs. Fox HIGH, who lives in the Delta; brothers and sisters: Kirk FINCH, Mathiston; Augustus FINCH, Parkdale, Ark; Oscar FINCH, Louisiana; Charles FINCH, Montevista; Mrs. Clara McBRIDE, Tupelo; Mrs. STEVENS of near Sapa; Mrs. COOPER of Winona. Interment: Local Cemetery.
Hohenlinden News: We were saddened to learn of the death of Mrs. Dan DAVIDSON of Woodland who died very suddenly.
75 Years Ago - October 15, 1925 - The Webster Progress
Clarkson News: Mr. and Mrs.
J. S. FONDREN of Aditon, Miss. were guests of Mrs. M. M. CUMMINGS last Tuesday
Shady Grove News: Mr. and Mrs. Wesley McCain have returned home after several weeks at Hollandale and other points in the Delta.
Reed's Chapel News: Earnest BOATMAN who has been sick with typhoid fever is recovering.
Dr. and Mrs. B. J. MITCHELL of Oklahoma City, Okla., spent last Sunday here with friends. Dr. and Mrs. MITCHELL lived here for several years leaving in 1918 for Oklahoma.
Rev. and Mrs. Henry M. FOSTER of East Springfield, Penn. are visiting relatives in this county for a week or two.
Tomnolen News: Mr. Victor REED of South Carolina is visiting his sister, Mrs. V. E. FOX, this week.
Montevista News: Mr. Matt LOVETT returned to Arkansas last week after spending several days with relatives.
Hohenlinden News: Hugh LOGAN, Sr. of Kerns, Texas visited his brother, Ed, and other relatives at Mt. Plain and Houston.
Pine Forest News: Miss Idel PEACOCK of Stewart spent Saturday night with her mother, Mrs. Lizzie MAY.
Mt. Pleasant News: Married at the bride's sister, Mrs. B. P. COLEMAN, Miss Ruth COUSINS to Mr. Jim SPRUILL, Oct. 9th by Rev. B. P. COLEMAN performing the ceremony.
Fame News: School is progressing nicely under the splendid management of Mr. LAMB and Miss SWINDOLL.
Bellefontaine News: Mr. Bart NORWOOD of Drew came out to see his parents last week. His mother and Opal McKEE returned with him for a three week's stay.
50 Years Ago - October 12, 1950 - The Webster Progress
Mrs. J. H. THARP of Stewart have been notified by the Secretary of the Army that
their son, PFC Woodie THARP, was wounded in action in Korea on September
24. He is recovering in an Army Hospital.
William R. (Bill) WRIGHT, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. WRIGHT of Cumberland, has just been promoted to the rank of Sergeant since lasing in Korea a few weeks ago.
2nd Lt. Myron R. WILSON of Eupora, was commissioned upon his graduation from OCS, Ft. Riley, Kansas recently. His wife is the former Miss Ruth PEEPLES of Eupora.
Montevista News: Dr. YORK from Texas was a dinner guest last Wednesday of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. HOOD.
Mr. and Mrs. Drew LAMB and son, Jimmie DREW, from Ashland, Oregon were here for the HALTOM-LAMB wedding and on their airplane trip back home were accompanied by Miss Sallie SYNOTT. Miss SYNOTT, an aunt of Mr. LAMB, had been making her home with Miss Corinne LAMB, a sister of Mr. Drew LAMB, at Walthall.
Sunset News: Mr. and Mrs. Roy GUNTER, former residents of Choctaw County, but now living at Oak Grove, La., came for the funeral of Mr. John Sid GUNTER, last Saturday.
Mt. Zion News: Mr. and Mrs. Joe RICO and Mrs. Lizzie RICO and girls and Mr. Herbert RICO visited in Greenville last Monday.
Sunset News: Mr. W. B. DEAN visited recently with his sister, Mrs. Walter
BURCHFIELD, in Stewart.
Gum Springs News: Mr. and Mrs. Stanley PITTMAN and Joyce spent Sunday in Memphis at the Kennedy General Hospital, with their son and brother, Sgt. Wardell PITTMAN, who is a patient there.
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I would like to remind the readers of this column that queries are
lifeblood of any genealogical column. If you have queries, please
send them to be published. Also, family information, lineages, Bible
records, cemetery records, or Church records are always welcomed and will be
published. Send any items to me at P. O. Box 400, Louisville, MS
39339-0400 or email me at: <email@example.com>
Roena A. Garrett, is researching the parents of James William AYRS, born 25 July 1860 and died 15 March 1931. His death certificate shows born in MS, but the certificate just gives a check mark for first name and AYRS as last name of his father and his mother is listed as not known. James W. AYRS married Texie J. WALDREP and both are buried at the Clear Springs Baptist Church Cemetery on the Maben Sturgis Road. Postcards that Mrs. GARRETT has refer her to the BEVILL, WILSON, DAVIS surnames. One postcare from J. G. BEVILL addresses J. W. AYRS as "Hello Brother". On this post card he had written McCain, MS on the top of the card, there is no postmark or date on the card. She has only located one reference to a McCain, MS and that was in the old Maben/Sturgis newspapers where there was a note about a John McCAIN from McCain, MS. J. G. BEVIL wrote a card to Rosie AYRS, which is signed, "Your uncle, J. G. BEVILL." A card from Annie BEVILL, dated 3 March 1910 postmarked Bellefontaine, MS states "Aunt Molinda WILSON is dead 21 of Feb." and a postcard from Annie BEVILL postmarked 1909 from Walthall, MS. She also has a postcard written in 1913 from Carrie DAVIS, which states our dear sister, Ida DAVIS, is dead. Any information on these people: J. G. BEVILL, Annie BEVILL, Molinda WILSON, Ida DAVIS, Carie DAVIS or Callie DAVIS, and James William AYRS would be greatly appreciated.
Vanessa Hunter, is searching for any information on the history of Webster County around 1890 and before. She is searching for information on the surnames of GRIFFIS and WARFORD of Webster County. Any help would be appreciated.
75 Years Ago - October 15, 1925 - The Webster Progress
Obituaries of The Webster Progress of 1925
May 28, 1925: H. H. STARNES, one of Mathiston's prominent citizens died at his home on May 14. He would have been 77 on May 15. Survivors: wife, daughters and sons. From Maben Press.
George JACKS died at Morgan City on May 23. Burial: Sarepta Cemetery. Survivors: widow, who was the former Miss Minnie JONES, three young daughters, three brothers and one sister.
The baby of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. ROWELL died at their home in Blytheville, Ark. on Monday. The body was brought here and interred in the cemetery at Mt. Vernon.
Mrs. Jerry POWER died at Weir on Tuesday. She formerly lived at Mathiston. Survivors include a son, Mr. S. M. POWER, of Eupora.
West Embry News: Mr. Bob CANNON one of our oldest citizens died on May 16. Survivors: several children, one being Mr. Will CANNON of Eupora, and grandchildren.
June 4, 1925: Mr. Nelson Carroll "Dick" EUDY died at his home Sunday. He was born 2 April 1854 just one and a half miles south of the present town of Eupora, in what was then Choctaw County. The home where he died was the place where he was living when the town was established nearly 40 years ago. Mr. EUDY had served as Marshall of Eupora; served on the official Board of the Methodist Church; was one of the first aldermen of Eupora. Survivors: wife, Mrs. T. C. Eudy, one sister, Mrs. Ike BRIDGES of Louise, two brothers, A. L. and J. F. EUDY of Eupora; two daughters, Mrs. G. W. BOOZER of Boyle and Miss Minnie EUDY of Eupora; two sons, J. E. and J. O. EUDY of Eupora. Interment was in the local cemetery.
A message was received by Mr. John GUNTER on Monday notifying him that his son, Sam, had been found dead in Memphis.
Hohenlinden News: Pat BINGHAM, an old Anti-Bellum Black man died here on May 23 at a very old age.
75 Years Ago - October 15, 1925 - The Webster Progress
Mt. Pleasant News: Miss
Mallie DAVIS is teaching at Center again this term.
Fame News: Mrs. Susie FAISEN has returned from a visit to Missouri.
Double Springs News: Mrs. J. T. JENNINGS visited Mrs. R. L. BERRY Friday.
Bellefontaine News: Mr. Bart NORWOOD of Drew came out to see his parents last week. His mother and Opal McKEE returned with him for a three weeks stay.
Bellefontaine News: Miss Myrtle WEEKS is teaching near Grenado.
I. L. NABORS, named as the administrator of the Estate of I. J. NABORS, is in a lawsuit with Mrs. L. C. NABORS, et al.
Thos. L. LAMB was named as the executor of the estate of Mrs. Mary E. AMOS.
Pine Forest News: Mr. Edgar MAY and sister, Lizzie BELL, spent last week with their uncle at Merigold.
Mr. E. LOVETT, the veteran editor of the Maben Press, was a visitor here last Saturday. He has been publishing The Maben Press for more than 21 years and has made the paper a very important institution to the town of Maben - much more important, we think, than the people of the town realize.
The Webster Aggies won their second game of the season, making them 100 percent. The game was played here last Firday with the Calhoun boys from Derma, the score being 13 to 0 in favor of the local team.
Mrs. H. M. EARNEST is now working at T. B. FOARD's store and will be glad for her friends to call on her there.
50 Years Ago - Octoer 19, 1950 - The Webster Progress
Lebanon News: Last Tuesday
several ladies of this community enjoyed a canning party in
the home of Mrs. Zadie SCHAEFER and Mrs. Helen McCAIN. During the day they prepared and canned 46 quarts of green peas.
New Hope News: Relatives and friends of Mr. Charlie GREGG are very much concerned over his serious illness at his home in Hughes, Ark.
Montevista News: Mr. Jack WILLIAMS and family spent Sunday in Choctaw County.
Springhill News: Mr. and Mrs. Griffin SHAW and Mr. and Mrs. Billy SHAW visited Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARY and boys Sunday.
Alva News: We deeply regret to hear of the death of Mrs. Finus CARVER, Sr., of Vardaman who passed away at her home Monday and was buried at Bethel Tuesday.
Mrs. Sallie WHITTLE and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph WATTS visited in Dallas, Texas, during the weekend. Mrs. WHITTLE visited her daughter, Mrs. Billie WHITTLE and Mr. and Mrs. WATTS visited Mr. WATTS' brother.
Mr. and Mrs. A. D. HITT, Jr., and Arnold HITT of Washington, D. C., arrived Saturday for a visit with parents and grandparents, Col. and Mrs. A. D. HITT, Sr.
Walthall News: Pvt. John Richard ELKINS left Sunday for Killen, Texas, where he is now stationed. He was here several days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest ELKINS.
Bellefontaine News: Mr. Tom McCAIN of Warren, Ark., and his sisters, Mrs. Henry HADDTOX and Blanch McCAIN of Crossett, Ark., were visitors of Mrs. J. L. BLACK Sunday and other relatives this week.
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75 Years Ago - October 22, 1925 - The Webster Progress
Hohenlinden News: The 29th annual session of the Trinity
Association convened with the local Church the 17th and
18th. There was a small representation with only six churches being
Mt. Pleasant News: Mr. John SEAY and family of Houston were Sunday visitors here.
Montevista News: Mrs. L. S. HADEN of Moorhead and Miss Estell EILAND of Stewart visited their sister, Mrs. Hubert LOVE, the past week.
Lollar's Grove News: We are enjoying having relatives of Mr. Charlie HAWKINS and Mrs. Milard GOLDEN with us.
Mr. Joe SHAW and wife have motored from California via Oklahoma and got Mr. SHAW's father and brought him to Mississippi with them.
Mr. Moore LAMB left last week for Lafayette, La., where he has a position.
Reed's Chapel News: Maurice REED spent Sunday with his grandmother, Mrs. Mary BOATMAN.
Clarkson News: Mr. Frank BREWER visited in Greenwood last week.
Bellefontaine News: Mr. and Mrs. R. C. POWELL who have been visiting Prof. and Mrs. ALLEN left the 8th for their home in Fla.
Tomnolen News: Mr. Earl COLLUM of Memphis is visiting relatives here this week.
Miss Lucile McDANIEL left a few days ago for a visit with friends in Memphis, Tenn. and Hughes, Ark.
Mrs. Grady COOK is in Houlka this week, visiting her mother.
Mr. Wyatt FOARD was here from Blue Mountain first of the week and returned home Tuesday.
50 Years Ago - October 26, 1950 - The Webster Progress
Bellefontaine News: Mr. and
Mrs. Bryant WATSON of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Mr. Price WATSON of
Mrs. R. E. BROWN and Mr. W. F. HOOD of Eupora and Mrs. Henry McKEE, Mrs. Johnny CRUTCHFIELD and Rev. and Mrs. J. V. WILSON of Bellefontaine spent Thursday of last week with Mr. and Mrs. E. J. HOOD. There was much rejoicing together with sadness among the older set who had not see one another in fifty years.
Stewart News: Members of the family met on Sunday, Oct. 15 to celebrate the 83rd birthday anniversary of Mrs. C. Y. GREEN.
Lollar's Grove News: Mr. and Mrs. Thad VERHINE from Michigan visited here this week in the C. B. GOLDEN home.
White Hill News: Sunday visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Earl SHELBY were Mr. and Mrs. Neubern SHELBY of Summit and Mrs.Ada BURLESON of Birmingham.
Lebanon News: Visitors over the weekend with Mrs. Viola LAMB were Mr. and Mrs. Leland SELLARS, Mr. and Mrs. Lansing LAMB, Mrs. Zaddie SCHAEFER and Mrs. Helen McCAIN.
Alva News: Mr. Dewitt FUNDERBURG visited the J. C. FUNDERBURG family at Elliott Saturday.
Gum Springs News: Mr. and Mrs. Robert KELLY of Greenwood were recent visitors with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Travis STONE.
Fame News: Mrs. Luther BROWN of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is visiting her mother, Mrs. R. T. WRIGHT.
Montevista News: Mrs. Lois CHAPMAN of Clarksdale is spending some time with her sister, Mrs. Cora HOLLOWAY.
Mt. Zion News: Mr. and Mrs. Thurman GATLIN spent last Sunday night with Mr. and Mrs. Willie SIBLEY and family.
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75 Years Ago - October 29, 1925 - The Webster Progress
M. McEACHERN of Sunflower is here the guest of relatives.
Mrs. John L. TAYLOR returned first of the week from a visit with her daughter, Mrs. W. E. SCOTT, Jr., in Cleburne, Texas.
Tomnolen News: Mr. Jack CRIMM spent a few days in the Delta last week.
Mathiston News: Mr. Edgar MOODY was in town this week.
Lollar's Grove News: Mr. Joe SHAW, wife and father left Thursday for San Francisco, Calif., after several days visit here.
Union News: Mr. and Mrs. W. E. RAY spent last weekend in Choctaw.
Hohenlinden News: Announcement has been made of the arrival of another boy in the home of Mr. and Mrs. HARRIS of Arkansas. Mrs. HARRIS will be remembered as Miss Pearl WOFFORD.
Reed's Chapel News: Mr. Edd MEECE spent Thursday with his sister, Mrs. Georgie BOATMAN.
Walthall News: Our honor roll for the first month is: Seventh Grade: Ada Ruth TABB; Mildred PITTMAN. Eighth Grade: Jessie HOOD; Bertha LOVE, Russel CAMON; Irene REED.
Cumberland News: Honor Roll, lst Grade: Sherman COLE; Laverne EDISON; Edward BURGES; Gaynell COLE; James E. STALLINGS; Myra McGEE; Thomas G. McGEE; Edna GIBSON; Mallie SNYDER; Lester WILLIAMS. Second Grade: Ida Male FARLEY; Phelia WHITE; Emma MASON. Third Grade: Brownie BUSE; Hurrot B. BERRY; Rose Bud GIBSON; Mary Ellen EARNEST; Thurman McMULLEN: Edwin SNYDER. Fourth Grade: D. W. SNYDER; Clatie BLAND; Madie BLAND; Claudie LOGAN; Curry MERIDETH; Clinton McMULLIN; Irene STALLINGS; Mary E. EDISON; Opal BLAND; Mavis EARNEST; Hilda BOYETT; Mary L. GIBSON; Jean MASON.
50 Years Ago - October 26, 1950 - The Webster Progress
October 15 at their home in Alva Mr. and Mrs. T. E. SLEDGE celebrated their
golden wedding anniversary, entertaining with an open house to about 200
guests. Their daughter, Miss Patti LEDGE, received the guests as they
Mr. J. C. McCORKLE and Mrs. W. H. LAMB spent last Tuesday in Memphis. Mrs. McCORKLE went to see her mother, Mrs. W. C. TAYLOR, who was sick and Mrs. LAMB visited Mr. and Mrs. Bob HALTOM.
Mr. and Mrs. T. E. VERHINE from Detroit, Mich., were guests last week of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. VERHINE. While here they all visited Mr. and Mrs. Charles JONES andsons, Don and Benny HENLEY, in Texarkana, Texas.
Mrs. Taffie Gore GRIFFIN has recently purchased the former HANEY Cafe on Roane Avenue.
Private Billy Rodgers MITCHELL from Keesler Air Field spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. E. MITCHELL, Jr., at Mitchell Town.
Mrs. M. R. McREE had as her guests Sunday her mother and sister, Mrs. LEWIS and Miss Josephine LEWIS, from Jackson.
Mr. Tom MCCAIN of Warren, Ark., with his sister, Mrs. Blanche HADDOX of Crossett, Ark., visited friends and relatives in and out of town last week. They with their father and family left Webster County in the late Nineties to make their home in Arkansas. This is Mrs. HADDOX's first trip back home and Mr. McCAIN's second visit. Their nearest relatives are cousins, among whom are Mrs. T. W. GARY, Bellefontaine, and Mrs. Gus PHILLIPS of Route 2, Eupora.
Mr. Joe ROSS, student at State College, was at home during the weekend.
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Continuation of deaths which appeared in The Webster Progress in 1925.
75 Years Ago -November 5, 1925 - The Webster Progress
Hohenlinden News: Miss Myrtle COBB has accepted the position as assistant
teacher at Double Springs to commence Nov. 2.
Mathiston News: Mrs. BOOTH gave a party at her home for the senior class Friday night.
Pine Forest News: Mr. and Mrs. Joe T. CLARK and daughter, Ruby, returned to their home here last week after spending a few days in Cleveland, Tenn.
West Embry News: Our school is progressing nicely with Mr. and Mrs. Albert WEBB as teachers.
Shady Grove News: Mr. and Mrs. John Lee PEEPLES have returned from the Delta.
Mr. R. E. McCAIN returned Sunday from Belen where he had been for several weeks.
Mr. C. A. LAMB left Tuesday for Grenada to be present at the North Mississippi Conference.
Montevista News: We are sorry to loose Mr. Loyd JONES and family from our community as they are moving to Iuka.
Cumberland News: Mr. Hughie CROWLEY has returned from Birmingham to begin mercantile business in the house formerly owned by Mr. Andrew DOSS. He begins his work Monday.
Cumberland News: Mr. Charlie BLAND has in a new radio.
Reed's Chapel News: Mr. Jack BOATMAN spent Monday with his uncle, Mr. Jessie MEECE.
Miss Mary SHAW was over from M.S.C.S. spending the weekend with her parents.
Mr. J. L. McCORKLE of Cleveland spent the past weekend here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. McCORKLE.
50 Years Ago - November 2, 1950 - The Webster Progress
Springhill News: Dr. and
Mrs. WILSON spent last Thursday night with Mr. and Mrs. John HEMPHILL.
Montevista News: The community was made sad on Wednesday when news came of the death of Hugh Love ROSS of Clarksdale. His family made their home here for many years. He was buried here on Thursday.
Mt. Zion News: Mr. Tom THARP was at home with his son last week after visiting his children in different parts of Arkansas and the Delta.
New Hope News: Mrs. Eula SKELTON was called to the bedside of her brother, Kennedy VALENTINE, at Soso, Miss.
Mrs. Lou KILPATRICK of Mobile, Ala., left last Thursday after a weeks visit in the home of her brother, J. E. PEEPLES, and other relatives in the county. While here she attended the funeral of her nephew, Mr. Jim Andy HARLOW.
Bellefontaine News: Mr. and Mrs. Billy SHAW and children of Charleston visited last weekend with the Price SHAW family.
Shady Grove News: Miss Annie VICKERS of Birmingham, visited her mother, Mrs. Kate VICKERS, Sunday.
Peppertown News: S/Sgt. and Mrs. Jimmy JOYNER of San Antonio, Texas, were visitors with parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wade PEPPER, last week.
Sunset News: We are sorry to learn of the deaths of Mr. Lewis BALL and Mr. Walter BURCHFIELD of near Tomnolen.
Lebanon News: Last Sunday was homecoming day with several of the children and their families of Mr. and Mrs. Henry MCCAIN.
Northeast Alva News: Mr. Odus HOOD made a business trip to Jackson this week.
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Lisa Sheppard, is searching for information in Webster County. James "Mr. Jim"SCARBROUGH was born in Virginia in 1801, the son of ThomasSCARBROUGH and his wife, Sarah. He arrived in Chickasaw County, MS between 1848 and 1850, being listed on the 1850 federal census as James SCARBRA. He was then married to his second wife, Elizabeth HILL. The SCARBROUGH children at that point were William (1825-1916) who married Harriett E. ????; Mrs. SHEPPARD's ancestor - Samuel Edward "Edd" (1827 - before 1880) who married Sarah CROWLEY; Lavicey (1831-1897) who married Bennett O. CRAWFORD; Sara E. (born 1833) who married a HILLHOUSE; James Maxey (1835-1863) who died in the Civil War; Margaret Ann (1836-before 1850); Mary Elizabeth (1837-after 1860) who married a LOVE; John (born 1841); Francis Pippin "Doc" (1842-1925) who married Nancy KIMBRIEL. Mr. Jim was listed as a widower in the 1860 and his daughter, Sarah, was keeping house. But in 1868 he married again to Sarah Washington TAYLOR widow of John David WELLES. Sarah had a daughter, Mary E. WELLES. Mr. Jim and his third wife, Sarah, had the following children: RobertGreen (1869-1940) who married Martha Eula BINGHAM; Effie (1870-1944) who married Bob MOORE; Virginia Florence "Flora" (1873-1934) who married Bill REEDY; George Henry (1874-1900) and Alice (1877-1955) who married Lonnie HARELSON. Mr. Jim SCARBROUGH died in 1889 and is buried in the Mabry Cemetery at Chestnut Springs. His third wife, Sarah, died in 1919 and is buried at Oak Springs Cemetery in Calhoun County. It is unknown when and where his second wife, Elizabeth, died.
Samuel Edward "Edd" SCARBROUGH served as a private in Co. F, 6th Miss. Cavalry during the Civil War. About 1856 he married Sarah CROWLEY, widow of Jesse GRIFFIS. Sarah had two sons, Josiah "Joe" GRIFFIS (1854-1957) who married Lillian R. EATON, and Jesse Thomas GRIFFIS (1856-1957) who married Alice V.MANN. Ed and Sarah SCARBROUGH had six more children: (Mrs. SHEPPARD's ancestor) James Washington (1857-1941) who married Carrie California WALKER; William M. (1859-1921) who married Martha FOSTER; Robert Osborne (1863-1930) who married Mary Alice MABRY; Mary "Mollie" (1863-after 1920) who married William A. SLOAN; Samuel Edward "Sam" (1868-1959) who married Margaret CARLISLE Harriett Tabitha "Bytha" (1870-after 1920) who married John G. WINGATE The sons JamesW. and William migrated to Navarro County, TX in the late 1880s. Robert O. and his family stayed in Calhoun or Webster County, MS. The last three children Mollie, Sam and Bytha migrated to Navarro County, TX, then later to Oklahoma, settling in what is now Choctaw County, Okla.
Mrs. SHEPPARD would like to know what happened to Elizabeth HILL SCARBROUGH, who must have died between 1850 and 1860. Where is she buried? Her Ed SCARBROUGH was on the 1870 Census in Sumner County, but by 1880 his wife was widowed. When and where did he die? Sarah CROWLEY GRIFFIS SCARBROUGH seems to have gone to Navarro County, TX before 1893, but no one can find her grave anywhere in TX or Okla. Who is the Mrs. Sarah SCARBROUGH who was a founding member of Hohenlinden Baptist Church, and shows up in Webster County on the 1900 federal census? She does not match any Sarah in Mrs. SHEPPARD 's files.
Mrs. SHEPPARD is interested in connecting and corresponding with any SCARBROUGHS who stayed in MS. She knows some of the children of all these listed, names and births, but not all, and does not have spouses or death information on all. She has also done significant research on HILL, WALKER,
CROWLEY, JENNINGS and other connecting lines and am willing to share. All clues and information would greatly be appreciated.
75 Years Ago - November 12, 1925 - The Webster Progress
Reed's Chapel News: J. T.
PEEPLES, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam PEEPLES was brought up from the Delta
and laid to rest in Serepta Cemetery last Friday.
Walthall News: Mr. W. T. McQUARY has moved to his place south of town and Mr. B. O. TABB has moved into the residence vacated by Mr. McQUARY.
Montevista News: Honor Roll: 6th Grade: Lois SUTTON; Willie B. STURDIVANT. 7th Grade: Sybel CRUMBY, Homer LEWIS, Johnnie HARDIN; Lou Tee HOLLOWAY.
Tomnolen News: Mr. BENNETT of Pheba is relieving Mr. McLEMORE as Depot Agent for a few days.
Tomnolen News: Mr. T. U. McGARRH of Merigold spent a few days here on business last week.
Mrs. L. B. ARNOLD left Tuesday for Meridian where she will spend several weeks visiting her son, Dr. H. L. ARNOLD.
Mrs. N. L. WISE of Inverness spent several days here recently the guest of her sister, Mrs. Mallie Mae TURNER and other friends and relatives.
Mathiston News: Miss ADAMS spent a few hours here the past week enroute to India where she goes as a missionary.
Mt. Vernon News: Mr. Alford PEEPLES of Schlater is visiting relatives here this week.
Center News: Everyone enjoyed the parties given by the different families in the community, honoring Mr. PALMER's visit among us. He is a fine musician and Uncle Dick COOPER said it makes him feel like sifting sand to hear him play the violin.
50 Years Ago - November 9, 1950 - The Webster Progress
A. WEAVER, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. D. WEAVER, Route 2, Mathiston, who was a
prisoner of war in Korea, has been liberated after 28 days as a prisoner.
He is now at the 128th Station Hospital in Japan.
West Shady Grove News: Mrs. Ezra SPARKMAN is in Baltimore, MD this week, a guest of her daughter, Mrs. Ann Riesner, and her new granddaughter.
Mt. Zion News: Mr. and Mrs. Dewey WATSON and family have recently moved into our community.
Bellefontaine News: Mr. and Mrs. Earl HODGES and children of Camden, Tenn., were weekend visitors with parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. HOOD.
Old Field News: We are glad to have Mr. and Mrs. Billy TRULL back in our community. They have moved back from the Delta.
Clarkson News: Mr. Cecil JOHNSON of Shreveport, La. was a recent guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dave JOHNSON.
Walthall News: Mr. and Mrs. W. C. FONDREN and daughter, Ann, of Ruleville were recent visitors with Mr. and Mrs. N. C. BRELAND. Mrs. Ida FONDREN returned home with them for a visit.
Gum Springs News: Sunday visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Stanley PITTMAN and Mr. and Mrs. Robert MAY were Mr. Alva WOODS and family; Mrs. James McNAIR and sons from the Delta and Mr. Willard RAY and family of the Mt. Zion Community.
Alva News: Mr. and Mrs. J. C. FUNDERBURG and family of Elliott were
Sunday visitors in the Dewitt FUNDERBURG home.
Lebanon News: Mr. and Mrs. Everette BRIGHT visited on Sunday afternoon in the Ben MCCAIN home.
Column Appearing, Week of Nov 22, 2000
In looking back at the 1925 personal roll of taxes for Webster
County, many interesting items appear.
Tax Assessor W. A. McDADE had completed his assessment and assisted the Board of Supervisors during the first two weeks of July in revising the amounts on the books. Personal valuations for 1925 showed an increase over 1924 of over $100,000 in the county, the figures for 1925 being $736,140 in this class of property. The totals showed 1747 white males assessed with poll tax and 1628 white females. Black males assessed with poll tax showed 383 and black females 334. One thousand five hundred three were assessed with road tax. Male dogs assessed were 968, while female dogs totaled 254. Sheep and goats numbered 324 and hogs 3746. Mules taxed 2863, exempt 299. The value of mules taxed $177,970. Cows taxed 2863, cows exempted 5776. Value of cows taxed $5205. Horses taxed 1099, exempt 61. Value of horses taxed $48,360. There were 58 oxen in the county valued at a total of $980. Motor vehicles numbered 609 with a valuation of $113,200. Other vehicles in the county numbered 1379 with a valuation of $32,875. There were 112 pianos worth $13,325. Organs and telephones numbered 324 worth $6,540. Eighty-two people living in the county owned pistols, all of them worth $880. Citizens owning watches numbered 160, worth $1,430. Diamonds on the rolls were valued in 1925 at $2,175, an increase of several hundred per cent over 1924. Other totals included household furniture $1,175; heating and lighting systems $400; office and store fixtures $15,345; merchandise $142,050; machinery $68,485; lumber $40,325; supplies manufactured $2,000; telephone and lights $3,900; notes held with interest at a rate of more than 6 per cent $3,450; money on hand $224; bank capital $55,180.
In 1925 C. M. LOLLAR, the County School Supertintendent and the
trustees were letting out contracts to the lowest and best bidders to transport the pupils on routes for schools listed below:
Slate Springs School: Route 1: Beginning at the bridge west of Henry KNIGHT's, thence direct over regular traveled road to Slate Springs School. Number of pupils about 16. Distance about 4 miles. Route 2: Beginning at Elmer ALLEN's, thence direct over regular traveled road to Slate Springs School. Number of pupils about 10. Distance about 2-1/2 miles.
Center School: Route 1: Beginning at Dan LATHAM's place then to Roan HOOD's, thence to Center School over traveled route followed in session 1924-25. Distanc about 4 miles. Number of pupils 15. Route 2: Beginning at C. O. CHRISMOND place, thence to Center School over traveled route followed in session 1924-25. Distance about 4 miles. Number of pupils about 12. Route 3: Beginning at big gate on Mrs. Sallie HOOD's place, thence through J. S. HOOD's field, then follow same route as for session 1924-25. Distance about 4-1/2 miles. Number of pupils about 25. Route 4: Beginning at Leonard HOOD's place, thence east to J. L. McGAR's mail box, thence north to J. J. EDWARD's pasture, thence to public road to M. L. EDWARD's, thence to Center School. Distance about 5 miles. Number of pupils about 20. Route 5: Beginning at J. O. PEEPLES' mail box, thence to John JOHNSON corner, thence to Center School. Distance about 4-1/2 miles. Number of pupils about 20.
Cumberland School: Route 1: Beginning at D. D. BURGESS' place, thence to Old Cumberland by J. E. STALLINGS, thence over Cumberland and Clarkson Road to Cumberland School. Distance about 5 miles. Number of pupils about 13. Route 2: Beginning at Jim CROWLEY's place, thence to J. E. MEREDITH's, thence to Cumberland School. Distance about 4 miles. Number of pupils about 21. (School routes will be continued next week.)
75 Years Ago - November 19, 1925 - The Webster Progress
Bellefontaine News: Mrs. Fannie
LAMB of Water Valley is here visiting her daughter, Mrs. Eloyd GARY.
Walthall News: Mr. Berry OSWALT and Miss Ina Lou BAILEY were married here Saturday.
Mr. Clyde LOLLAR and Miss Arma JENNINGS were married Tuesday.
The Cumberland Telephone Company this week contracted out the local telephone office, the contract being let to Miss Lillie JONES. Mr. A. M. BURROUGHS of Winona was here Monday and elected the transfer. The old reliable, Mr. J. Horace NEBLETT, will continue in his former position as night operator.
The stork made a visit to the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. HODGES Monday night, bringing them a little granddaughter, born to Mrs. Howard SPRINGER.
Tomnolen News: Mrs. Queen NOLEN of Stewart was a guest of Mrs. Lou PHILLIS a few days this week.
West Embry News: Dr. F. L. McGAHEY of Oakvale spent last weekend with his father and other relatives here.
Hohenlinden News: Sheriff FEW and Deputy WELLS were here last week summoning jurors and witnesses for the fall term of court.
Clarkson News: Mr. Irvin GARDNER and family of Arkansas are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. POLK.
Mt. Vernon News: Mr. and Mrs. Berry TABOR of Tomnolen were visitors in our community Sunday afternoon.
Mt. Pleasant News: Messrs. Bunyan SKELTON and Tom PULLY have recently returned from the Delta.
Cumberland News: Arthur SCOTT was thrown from his horse Saturday night. We are glad to note that his injuries were not serious.
50 Years Ago - November 16, 1950 - The Webster Progress
New Hope News: Mr. and Mrs.
W. C. McGAUGH and little son from Summit visited parents and grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. J. B. LANGSTON recently.
Lebanon News: Mr. and Mrs. Henry McCAIN had several of their children visit them during the weekend. Their son, H. L., Jr. has his call to the service.
Montevista News: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth DAVIS visited recently in Memphis with their children, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph SWINDLE.
Hebron News: Mr. and Mrs. Carroll SIBLEY of Leland spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. W. C. SIBLEY.
Double Springs News: Mrs. Hubert RUNNELS and children from San Francisco, Calif., are enjoying an extended visit here with relatives. Hubert is serving in the Navy and is assigne to duty with the Pacific Fleet.
Mrs. John T. WOODS was honored Sunday on her 68th birthday with a dinner in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lester C. WEBB.
Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord NOFTSGER, Miss Nancy NOFTSGER, Mr. and Mrs. Tom FLETCHER and Mrs. A. H. SEALY, all of Oklahoma City, visited in the home of Mrs. Louella McMULLEN last week. Mrs. SEALY, who is a sister of Mrs. McMULLEN, remained for a longer visit.
Bellefontaine News: Mrs. Mamie EMBRY is visiting her brother in Hamilton, Ohio, this week, who had the misfortune of losing both legs while working the railroad yards.
South Union News: Mr. and Mrs. E. E. McGARRAH accompanied by Mrs. Atlee PEEPLES were weekend visitors with Mr. and Mrs. R. T. TIDWELL in Pascagoula.
Clarkson News: Mrs. Ed MURRAH has returned home from Tippo.
Column Appearing, Week of Nov 29, 2000
Bernice Newman is trying to find information on relatives that use to live in
Webster County. Her grandfather, Oscar MORRIS, was born in 1877 in MS and his
parents were, according to the census, born in MS. What were the
names of his parents? OscarMORRIS was listed on the 1900 Webster County,
MS census as a servant of James A. CHANDLER. On 6 June 1901 Oscar MORRIS
married her grandmother, Della Lorene COLE. She was a sister of James A.
CHANDLER's wife, Mary Catherine COLE CHANDLER. Mrs. NEWMAN's father, Otha
Revis MORRIS, was born 4 November 1902 in MS. Reportedly her grandfather,
Oscar MORRIS, died in 1903 in Webster County. She also needs information
on her great grandmother, Mary A. LOFTON (LOFTIN) born 1849 in what is today
Webster County. She is also looking for information on two of her
grandmother's sisters, Julia F. COLE FORTNER who married John W. FORTNER in
Webster County on 14 August 1887 and Mary Catherine COLE CHANDLER who married
James A. CHANDLER on 29 December 1895 in
Webster County. Any information would be greatly
Webster County has a rich tradition of having had many newspapers in the past. Does anyone have copies of the following newspapers? Also, what happened to the file copies of the newspaper at Maben when it combined with The Webster Progress? If anyone knows of any copies, please contact me at P. O. Box 400, Louisville, MS 39339, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 662-773-5078. These newspapers contain much valuable information on days gone by in Webster County. The newspapers of Webster County listed in the Mississippi Department of Archives and History of Webster County that they have microfilm copies are: The Progress Warden (9 Jan 1908-26 Dec 1918); The Sun (21 Feb 1895-3 Jan 1896); The Times (1895); The Tri-County TImes (1964-1968); The Webster County Times (1915-October through December); The Maben Meteor (1909); The Maben Press (1910-1953); The Maben Press and The Sturgis Messenger (Jan 1964-Dec 1964); The Maben News-Press (2 Oct 1975-10 June 1976); The Mathiston Press (28 Jan 1910-29 Sep 1911); The Mathiston Times (3 March 1961-2 Feb 1962); The Voice of the People, Mathiston, MS (1892); The Industrial Enterprise, published at Cumberland (28 Feb 1894-11 Apr 1894); and The Mississippi Populist (26 April 1894-28 June 1894): and of course, The Webster Progress.
The former editor of the Mississippi Genealogical Exchange (1978-1985), Ronnie Faris McGINNIS, is resuming publication of a quarterly magazine targeted toward anyone having genealogical links to Mississippi. The new magazine is called the Mississippi Genealogical Connections (MGC), and the 2001 subscription cost for four issues is $24 postpaid. A limited number of pre-reserved copies will be printed each quarter, based on subscribers registered prior to December 31, 2000. Examples of quarterly articles include, but are not limited to, county and state documents, family papers, previously unpublished records and research aids, and book reviews. Subscribers may submit unlimited queries, cemetery and Bible records, family ancestor charts and group sheets, and family histories. All must show a Mississippi connection. All submissions other than queries must be mailed flat, without folding, for publication reproduction purposes. Make check payable to Ronnie Farris McGinnis, Editor, and mail it prior to December 31, 2000 to Mississippi Genealogical Connections, 1500 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS 39211-6321, phone: 601-981-2277, email: email@example.com A footnote to his publication announcement is that I will be contributing previously unpublished articles on Winston, Choctaw and Webster from time to time. This magazine is a much needed publication for the State of Mississippi since there is not a strong state wide publication in the genealogical field for Mississippi. It is my hope that everyone will support Ronnie's efforts in this genealogical venture.
75 Years Ago - November 26, 1925
Mt. Pleasant News: Dr. H. F.
CRUMBY and family spent Sunday in the home of their brother, J. I.
Mathiston News: Mr. Ballard FONDREN and his mother of Birmingham were visitors here this week.
Mrs. R. S. WHITTLE of Helena, Ark., spent a few days here last week visiting her sister, Mrs. J. F. WOFFORD.
Tomnolen News: Some fine weather we are having for hog killing.
Mr. Perry SIMPSON spent several days here and other places in the county this week visiting relatives. He has been in California and other distant places for the past eleven years - this being his first visit home in that time.
Dr. B. J. SHAW of Slate Springs was a visitor in Eupora Monday.
Montevista News: Mr. Macon CRUMBY and wife have moved to their new home.
West Embry News: Mr. Henry HAZZARD and wife of Blytheville, Ark. visited in the home of Mrs. Cora HEMPHILL Sunday.
Center News: Mr. Richard COOPER spent the weekend with his sister, Mrs. Vandora WOOD.
Mt. Vernon News: Mr. Lee WOODS and sons of Merigold are spending the week with relatives and friends here.
Bellefontaine News: Mr. Charlie BOUCHER was absent from school Friday on account of sickness.
West Embry News: Mr. L. B. BINGHAM and W. O. GARY are attending Court this week as jury men.
Mr. Jim THERRELL has received the appointment as carrier of the mails from the post office to the railroad station, he assuming his duties first of this week.
50 Years Ago - November 23, 1950 - The Webster Progress
BOZEMAN has opened a modern market at Hoover's Grocery and invites his friends
to call on him.
Lebanon News: Mr. and Mrs. C. P. RUSSELL are visiting the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Noel POGUE and other relatives in this community this week after which they will return to San Diego, Calif., where Mr. RUSSELL is stationed in the service.
Shady Grove News: Mrs. Ora KING of Dallas, Texas visited Mrs. Ora MORGAN a while Wednesday.
Walthall News: Mr. and Mrs. Wayne KEMP of Tullulah, La. are visiting this week with Mr. and Mrs. V. C. HILLHOUSE.
Mr. and Mrs. L. C. LATHAM from Vicksburg were recent visitors with relatives here.
Mr. and Mrs. Alton HARRISON visited in Memphis last week and with the Claud WOOD family in Jonesboro, Ark.
Alva News: Frank JOHNSON, Carl O'NEAL, Venice COOPER and Mutt KELY were home from Camp for the weekend.
West Shady Grove News: Weekend guests in the J. E. BAILEY home were Mr. and Mrs. Edd WHEELER and children from Jackson and Mr. and Mrs. Jeems BAILEY and grandson from Hazelhurst.
New Hope News: Mrs. Edgie SKELTON from Clarksdale visited Mr. and Mrs. James GREGG a while Thursday.
Alva News: Mr. and Mrs. Bill MARLOW are visiting relatives in Alabama; also Mrs. Hassie ROBERSON and sons, J. D. and Jerry, are visiting relatives in Alabama.
Cadaretta News: Visitors in the home of Mrs. Ivy CLARK Saturday night were Mr. and Mrs. J. D. TAYLOR of Grenada and Joe Ann SWINDOLL of Springhill.
Column Appearing, Week of Dec 6, 2000
75 Years Ago - December 3, 1925 - The Webster Progress
Howard SPRINGER returned last week from an extended stay in Texas where he has been working with McELWRATH and ROGERS.
Miss Mary PHILLIPS, who is teaching at Boyle, spent Thanksgiving here with her parnets, Mr. and Mrs. L. B. PHILLIPS.
Montevista News: Mr. Blanton WILSON who is teaching at Cadaretta spent Thanksgiving at home.
Mt. Pleasant News: Mr. C. C. WARD is carrying the school wagon for his brother, Lorin WARD, while he makes a trip to the Delta.
Dr. I. I. Pogue of Scott was the guest here of Mr. and Mrs. J. Y. POGUE last week.
Hohenlinden News: J. D. WHITTLE and H. A. WOMACK were in attendance at court this week.
Tomnolen News: Miss Amanda BLAINE who teaches near Coffeeville spent Thanksgiving with homefolks.
Mt. Vernon News: Mr. J. L. STEPHENSON and son visited relatives at Kilmichael Friday.
Cumberland News: Miss Grace SHEEDY spent Thanksgiving with her parents at Ruff in Choctaw County.
Bellefontaine News: The box supper and play at the school house last
Wednesday night was well attended and enjoyed by all.
Montevista News: Honor Roll: 10th Grade - Armalee HOLLOWAY, Wincy SUTTON; 9th Grade - Crade Moree HOLLOWAY; 7th Grade - Loutee HOLLOWAY, Sybel CRUMBY, Exa SUTTON; 6th Grade - Lois SUTTON, Willie B. STURDIVANT, Inez STURDIVANT; 5th Grade - Jewel THOMPSON, Glidwell HODGES; 4th Grade - Louise NEIGHBORS, Bonnie BRIDGES, Daisy SUTTON, and Joe Willie WILLIAMS.
50 Years Ago - November 30, 1950 - The Webster Progress
fourteen top teams entered in the Invitational tournament at Cumberland, the home teams of the Cumberland boys and girls were
victorious. In the championship game the Cumberland boys defeated Algoma
44 to 38 and the Cumberland girls won over Algoma girls by a score of 44 to
Seaman Frankie McCARTER from the San Diego, Calif. Naval Academy is here for a visit with his mother, Mrs. Mattie WRIGHT, and his brother, Mr. R. L. McCARTER.
Here during the Thanksgiving season were Mr. and Mrs. B. MURRAH and children, Scotty and Lynda, from Dyersburg, Tenn.
Mr. Rudolph McREE from Bessmer, Alabama was at home during the Thanksgiving season.
East Webster News: There was a large crowd at Mrs. Alice SARLEY's burial at Old Cumberland Sunday afternoon.
Bellefontaine News: Mr. and Mrs. William EVANS of the Delta visited Mr. and Mrs. Talbert EVANS last week.
Peppertown News: Mr. and Mrs. Clovis PEPPER and children of Jackson spent several days with their grandmother, Mrs. J. A. PEPPER, last week.
Hohenlinden News: We are glad to welcome Mr. and Mrs. John FRANKS into our community. Mr. FRANKS has bought Mr. J. B. WOFFORD's store and has a nice line of groceries in.
Lebanon News: Mrs. Wilford DESKIN of California was a guest in the Lansing LAMB home last Wednesday. On her return home, Mrs. Lena DESKIN accompanied her for an indefinite visit.
Sunset News: Mr. and Mrs. M. H. BAKER and Mr. W. BAKER of Cleveland were here for the funeral of Mrs. Emma BAGWELL last Saturday.
Information from the Maben Press on
WATSON, SUGG AND COOK families The following article was
originally printed in the Maben Press in 1925. Mrs. W. C. SUGG wrote the
article for her grandchildren and I have copied the article as it appeared in
Hearing my little grandson read his history lesson, brings to mind traditional facts concerning war which might be of interest to some.
My children's great great grandfather WATSON fought in the War of 1812. Tradition says marching he picked up a live gosling (young goose) ate it raw and relished it as the best he ever ate - Such is war. He was present when CORNWALLIS delivered his sword to George WASHINGTON, stuck his sword in the ground between them, embraced each other and wept like children. As the old adage goes, I imagine there they "Buried the hatchet."
Down the line of this great warrior, WATSON, are two great- great- grandsons,Wiley Calhoun and William G. SUGG, who entered the Civil War. Wiley C. SUGG enlisted in the 43rd Mississippi Infantry May the 8th, 1862 - wounded at Corinth, Miss. on Oct. 3, 1862 - Lay on the battlefield from three o'clock in the afternoon until eight at night. Our good friend and townsman, Mr. ELKINS still kept watch over him through the night, rendering such comforts as he could. This makes a tie that binds. W. C. SUGG said why he was not killed while laying on the battlefield was a mystery. Bullets knocked dust over him. Such is the tragedy of war. W. C. and W. G. SUGG each had a son to enlist in the World War (World War I).
My father, W. P. COOK, missed all war as far as fighting. He was born in 1810, too young for the War of 1812, too old for the Civil War though he played his part heroically at home attending government issues to the soldiers. Collect tax in kind, it was called. This consisted of produce brought in by the farmers such as corn, wheat, oats and meat. He had three sons in the War Between the States. John WILLIAMS and Vincent WILLIAMS died at Fort Henry in 1863. I feel that my grandchildren can at least claim an ancestry loyal to their country.
of 1925 school route:
Cumberland School: Route 2: Beginning at Jim CROWLEY's place then to J. E. MEREDITH's, thence to Cumberland School. Children: about 21. Distance: about four miles. Route 3: Beginning at W. W. DOSS' place, thence over to Cumberland and Mathiston Road to Cumberland School. Children: about 12. Distance: about four miles. Route 4: Beginning at J. R. GIBSON's, thence over to Cumberand and Maben Road to Cumberland School. Children: about 9. Distance: about three miles. Route 5: Beginning at George COLE's and follow the regular traveled route to Cumberland School. Children: about 14. Distance: about three miles. Route 6: Beginning at T. F. EIDSON's thence direct to Cumberland School. Children: about 17. Distance: about 5 miles.
Maben School: Route 1: Beginning at W. M. STALLING's then direct to Maben School. Children: about 5. Distance: about four miles. Route 2: Beginning at C. H. McMULLEN's then direct to Maben School. Children: about 5. Miles: about 2-1/2.
Alva School: Route 1: Beginning at T. T. CANNON's place and direct to Alva School. Children: about 18. Distance: about 7 miles. Route 2: Beginning at W. L. TINDALL's place, thence to Alva School. Children: about 18. Distance: about seven miles. Route 3: Beginning at A. B. MIDDLETON's place then to Alva School. Children: about 17. Distance: about 4 miles. Route 4: Beginning at fork of road below E. L. SALLEY's place, then to Alva School. Children: about 15. Distance: about 4 miles. Route 5: Beginning at Maurice LUSK's place, then to Dewitt GOLDEN's, thence over the Winona and Walthall Road to Alva School.
Children: about 11. Distance: about 4 miles.
I will continue and pick up with Bellefontaine School Bus Routes later.
Column Appearing, Week of Dec 13, 2000
Donna Crabb is searching for information on Isaac LAMB, born about 1799 in Jasper County, GA. He married Frances NIX born ca 1807 in Bibb County, Ala. Isaac's parents were Nicholas and Temperance LAMB. Isaac and Frances were on the 1850 Oktibbeha County, MS census. After 1850 there is no record of them since. Mrs. Crabb would like to know where they died and where they are buried. Her grandfather was John Jackson LAMB. She would appreciate any help anyone can give on this family.
In 1925 Mr. E. Mason BLAYLOCK of Washington, D. C. made a brief visit with relatives in the Edgeworth Community. He was a certified public accountant having followed that profession for 15 years (in 1925). At that time he was an official of the income tax unit of the Treasury Department. According to The Progress, Mr. BLAYLOCK was born in Webster County and his ancestors had lived in the vicinity since 1830. This was his first visit in many years, his family moved to Utah and Idaho in the early 1880s. The principle object of his visit was to gather family history, since he has been especially interested in genealogical research for many years and has traveled extensively in the U. S. and several foreign countries in connection with the completion of a family history. He has traced the family genealoby for several hundred years, the first ancestors of the family came to Virginia three hundred years ago, from Scotland and Ireland. Does anyone know if the BLAYLOCK Family history was ever published?
In 1925 in the West Embry News the following article was printed: "In our section lives a man so much out of the ordinary till we feel that the people would be interested to know about him. Mr. John SHAW is in his 91st year and still a good farmer. He made 100 bushels of corn, 50 bushels of potatoes and 50 dozen oats, besides working his garden and doing the jobs common on the farm. He rides horseback to go where ever he has business away from home, he has all of his natural teeth, and his mind is as strong as ever, can talk intelligently about any subject either of the past or present. He is the father of nine children, six sons and three daughters, all of whom have families of their own." The column continues with this: "There is also a woman living a few miles west of here, Mrs. Annie LIPE, who last Wednesday passed her 90th birthday. She lives with her son-in-law, Mr. Jim WOOD, and is the grandmother of Mrs. R. C. DOOLITTLE of Cadaretta. These old people surely must have scored equal to Inez HARDIN in their young days else they could not have lived so long.
Wanda Henson Carlton is seeking information on John STEVENSON who is listed int eh 1880 Choctaw County Census as family #63. John was born either 1820 or 1840 and has a wife, Matilda ??? with children Junetta born 1880, Leon born 1864, and Alex born 1867. Any data on this STEVENSON family would be appreciated. Wanda also is seeking data on Nancy WEAVER who married Daniel Newton SEGLER. She believes that Nancy had a sister who married Edmond MALONE and they moved to Polk County, TX. She is in need of any data on Daniel and Mary.
of Bus Routes in 1925:
Bellefontaine School: Route 1: Beginning at R. I. OSWALT's thence to E. B. EMBRY's big gate on the top of the hill south of house, thence to John and Henry HITT's places, thence to public road direct to schoolhouse. Children: about 16. Miles: about 4. Route 2: Beginning at Mrs. H. D. WEEK's place thence to Bud MOORE's, thence direct to school. Children: about 16. Miles: about 4. Route 3: Beginning at Montevista and Walthall Road east to J. A. PEPPER's place, thence to J. A. SPIKE's, thence to school. Children: about 17. Miles: about 4. Route 4: Beginning at John MITCHELL's, thence over the Slate Springs and Bellefontaine Road direct to school. Children: about 16. Miles: about 4. C. M. LOLLAR, County Supt. of Education.
75 Years Ago - December 10, 1925 - The Webster Progress
West Embry News: Aubrey GRAY
had the misfortune to get his arm broke Sunday while trying
to crank a car.
Mt. Vernon News: Mrs. Floyd McCAIN and children of Stewart spent last week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. M. WILLIAMS.
Fame News: Mr. Drew LAMB and uncle made a business trip to Mantee Saturday.
Embry News: Miss Lottie McDADE has accepted the place of Miss BLAIN in the school here.
Embry News: Mrs. Ella SHAW had the misfortune of getting badly hurt when the team which they were driving ran away.
Mrs. Frank McELWRATH of Brownsville, Texas came Monday for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. PEERY.
Mrs. Lettie BELL of Leake County is the guest here of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. SAVAGE.
Mt. Pleasant News: We are sorry to lose Mr. and Mrs. Aubry LEWIS who have moved near Atlanta, but glad to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Boyle BINGHAM who are occupying the place vacated by them.
Hohenlinden News: Mr. R. D. SCOTT has sold his farm to H. G. WRIGHT of Derma, the former is planning to move to Eupora.
Reed's Chapel News: Mrs. Frank GREEN and little daughter, Eunice, spent last week with her daughter, Mrs. Andrew GREEN of Choctaw County.
Tomnolen News: Miss Kitty McGOVERN of Philadelphia is visiting her sister, Mrs. Carl TABOR, this week.
Bellefontaine News: Mrs. Sallie NORWOOD has returned after spending a week with her sister, Mrs. Bettie VANCE.
Clarkson News: A fine baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert AVENT on the 24th.
50 Years Ago - December 7, 1950 - The Webster Progress
Bellefontaine News: Mr.
Tremont DORROH of Portland, Oregon; Mr. Charley GREGG of
Hughes, Ark. and Mrs. Lois WEST of Slate Springs were last week visitors with
Rev. Joel DORROH and family.
Gum Springs News: Mr. and Mrs. Dock COOPER of Prairie visited with Mrs. Mary Lou COOPER and Mr. and Mrs. George COOPER over the weekend.
McCain Town News: Mr. Hulett MOORE from Detroit, Michigan, Joe Reece MOORE and Mr. Willie STODDARD visited Mrs. Dora and Mae Belle MOORE Friday afternoon.
Montevista News: Mrs. Alta BOWEN spent part of last week visiting friends at Magee.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis FOWLER from Hattiesburg were here during the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Grady DOSS.
Mr. W. H. LAMB and Mr. James Aubry LAMB were at home during the weekend from Summit.
Alva News: Mr. Tom THORNBURG was a weekend visitor in the Raymond WILSON home, from the Delta.
Sunset News: Clyde R. MEDDERS and family of Camp Hood, Texas are enjoying a furlough visit with relatives here.
Clarkson News: Mr. Otis SCHMITZ spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. J. SCHMITZ.
Guests of S1c Frankie McCARTER during the weekend were Randall LYNN and Paul DENNY. They all returned to their San Diego Naval Base on Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford GARY spent Monday in Memphis.
Letters to Santa Claus were received from Brenda Joyce JOHNSON, Mary Ellan SEWELL and Jenette CUMMINGS.
Column Appearing, Week of Dec 20, 2000
More death notices form the 1925 Webster Progress.
August 13, 1925:
Fame News: The sad news was received here last week of the death of Miss Hazel WRIGHT of Shaw. Miss WRIGHT was crossing the river in a boat which turned over. All were saved except her. She was the daughter of Rev. E. L. WRIGHT and has a host of relative and friends here.
August 20, 1925:
From The Ruleville Record: Mrs. H. G. COOPER, 67, of Eupora, Miss. died Sunday, Aug. 2 in the sanatorium at Jackson. The deceased was a native of Webster County, having been born on 11 March 1858. Mrs. COOPER was the wife of Ex- Sheriff H. G. COOPER of Webster County and is also survived by three daughters, one son and fifteen grandchildren. The children are: Mrs. J. C. WIGGINS, Ruleville; Mrs. R.C. POWELL, Palataka, Fla.; and Mrs. G. W. ALLEN and Mr. Chas. C. COOPER of Eupora. Burial was at South Union Cemetery.
The young son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. BOOZER of Boyle died at their home on Tuesday and the body was brought to Eupora on the noon train on Wednesday. Burial was in the Eupora Cemetery.
August 27, 1925:
Died on August 15: Mavis Vera SELLARS, seven weeks old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harmon SELLARS. Burial was in the Pine Forest Graveyard.
September 3, 1925:
Mrs. Yancy CRAWFORD LOGAN, 63, wife Mr. J. E. LOGAN, died at their home at Hohenlinden on Monday night. She was the daughter of the late N. B. CRAWFORD of Houston. Survivors include husband, five children: Mrs. W. S. SLAUGHTER of Jonestown; Mrs. J. R. STEVENS of Mathiston; Mrs. J. E. CARR of Ackerman; Hugh LOGAN of Hohenlinden and C. L. LOGAN of Eupora. Burial was in the Woodland Cemetery.
A tragedy occurred near Stewart last Friday morning when Mr. Tom PEARSON was shot to death. The killing occurred east of Stewart just over the line in Webster County. The affair follow a quarrel between the two men, the details of which are unknown.
Dr. A. H. BAYS, for many years a leading citizen and prominent figure in this section of the state, died at his home at Woodland last Friday. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery about three miles from Eupora. Dr. BAYS was born in Webster County in July 1850 just a few hundred yards from the place where his body now rests. There he spent his early boyhood. He practiced medicine for many years in this county, at Bellefontaine, Walthall and Eupora. Survivors: children: Mrs. J. F. MARSHALL, Miss May BAYS, Mrs. J. P. ARNOLD of Memphis; Mrs. Lula MAGNESS of Forrest City, Ark.; Barry and Speed BAYS of Woodland.
September 17, 1925:
In Memory: Mrs. M. E. AMOS, 78, died on August 30. She was laid to rest in the Peeples Cemetery on August 31. Revs. HOLLINGSWORTH and SIMPSON conducted the funeral service. Survivors: her aged husband, granddaughter, Mrs. Bessie RILEY of Winona and a brother, W. A. PEEPLES of Mathiston.
Union News: We are sad to learn that Edgar MANSKER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will MANSKER has died.
September 24, 1925:
In Memory: Nancy Louisa CARR died on June 26, 1925. Written by her granddaughter, Hettie LOWRIMORE.
In Memory: Winston LOWRIMORE died Dec 7, 1924. Written by his sister, Hettie LOWRIMORE.
October 22, 1925:
Many people in this county learn with regret of the death of Mr. Jones HARVEY which occurred at his home in Winona last week. Mr. HARVEY was a brother of Mr. B. F. HARVEY and Mrs. H. C. TABB of Walthall, and Mr. W. S. HARVEY of Mathiston.
October 29, 1925:
Mathiston News: Mr. Bob SHAW was buried today. He had been ill for many months.
November 12, 1925:
The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. PERRY of Walthall, sympathize with them in the loss of their infant son, Paul Hood PERRY. Burial was in the Walthall Cemetery.
75 Years Ago - December 17, 1925 - The Webster Progress
Double Springs News: Mr. M.
A. JENNINGS of Drew is visiting relatives here.
Embry News: Mrs. Jennie HANNAH left Sunday for Shawnee, Okla. for an extended visit.
Center News: Mr. John HOOD of Kilmichael spent Saturday in the home of his brother, Mr. J. S. HOOD.
Hohenlinden News: Several from here attended the dedication excercises of the Maben Baptist church Sunday also the ordination of Bro. O. P. BRELAND.
Montevista News: Mr. Bunyan Lee HOOD of Norfolk, Va. is visiting his many friends and relatives here.
West Embry News: Mrs. Thad STODDARD of Hughes, Ark. is visiting her son here.
Fame News: Miss Clytee SWINDOLL spent the weekend at home.
Mt. Vernon News: Mr. and Mrs. Bryant PEEPLES and children spent the weekend with relatives at Stewart.
Reed's Chapel News: Mrs. Georgia BOATMAN spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. Ida MITCHELL.
Edgeworth News: Mr. Dewitt LAND and mother returned home Saturday from a few days visit to relatives in the Delta.
Montevista News: Mr. Loyd JONES returned to Iuka Sunday and was accompanied by Messrs. Joe WILSON, G. S. SUTTON and son.
Center News: Mr. Ed JUSTICE moved to his old home near Walthall Saturday.
Embry News: Messrs. William SHAW and Chas. MCCAIN of Blytheville, Ark. are here this week.
Double Springs News: Mr. Bunyan HOOD of the U. S. Navy is visiting his sister, Mrs. J. M. SCARBROUGH.
50 Years Ago - December 14, 1950 - The Webster Progress
Cross Roads News: Mr. and
Mrs. E. J. PENNINGTON have received an announcement from
Anchorage, Alaska announcing the arrival of a new grandson, Gary Elmer, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Kirkum PENNINGTON of that city.
Fame News: Mr. Leroy PUGH left Saturday for a visit with relatives in Georgia.
Shady Grove News: Mr. Pat EDWARDS and Mr. Chess WELLS of Alabama spent the weekend with friends and relatives here.
Double Springs News: Sgt. T. B. SHEPHERD and family are visiting here with parents, Mr. and Mrs. Z. W. SHEPHERD. Sgt. SHEPHERD has been stationed in Kentucky.
Gum Springs News: Mrs. Anna PEEPLES and son spent last weekend with their son and brother in Alabama.
Hebron News: Mrs. Harold BROWN and Joyce are visiting a few days in Fermband, Ala.
Mrs. Bill SISSON from Amarillo, Texas is visiting Mr. and Mrs. SANSING in Mathiston and Miss Earline SANSING in Eupora. Mrs. George GREENLEE and children from El Dorado, Ark. have also been recent guests in the SANSING home.
Letters to Santa were received from: Leonard Ray GISHER; Larry PEEPLES; Bernice HARVILLE; Shirley ALLDAY; Daniel HERARD; Norma Dale PEACOCK; Jimmy HENLEY; Bettie JEAN, Joe ELLIS, Danley K. Lonnie SHAFFER; Dorothy HODGES; Donald POGUE and Joe WILLIAMS.
Spending Saturday here were Mrs. Bob HALTOM and Miss Lynda CLAYTON from Tupelo. Mrs. HALTOM was a guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. LAMB and Miss CLAYTON visited Mr. and Mrs. LEE.
Column Appearing, Week of Dec 27, 2000
Copied from 1950 files of The
Believe it or not, but a great battle was once fought on Webster County soil. Most people have always held the belief that the territory comprising Webster County was inhabited first by Choctaw Indians with the Chickasaws occupying what is now the northeastern corner. But careful historians inform us that this is not true, that this section was occupied by the Chocchumas, a once powerful tribe which originated around the headwaters of the Tallahatchie River. This tribe was sometimes known as the "bee martin tribe" because it used as a kind of banner a little bird house mounted on a tall pole.
About the same time that the Choctaws and Chickasaws came across the Mississippi River from the west, the former settling at Nanih Waiya in what is now Winston County, and thE latter on Pontotoc Creek, near the present town of Pontotoc, the Chocchumas migrated to the Yazoo and Yalobush valleys, and eventually occupied the narrow strip of country lying between the Choctaw and
Chickasaw nations and extending from the Yalobusha River to the Prairies about West Point, where there was an important and well marked buffalo trail running many miles north.
The Chocchumas had two principal villages. One was on the Yalobusha River, probably between Grenada and Greenwood, and the other was on the south side of Line Creek, on Lyon's Bluff, about eight miles northeast of Starkville, in what is now Clay County. This latter village was visited by DeSoto on his expedition to the Chickasaws in 1540-1541, and was the most southerly point ever reached by the Spaniards in East Mississippi and west of the Tombigbee.
The hunters of the Chocchumas often intruded on the hunting grounds of the Choctaws and Chickasaws in the Tombigbee River country between Columbus and Macon. The warriors of these two tribes jointly attacked the Chocchumas on one of their hunting forays, and killing many of them, threw their bodies in a river where they lay unburied. From this incident the river received its name the Noxubee, which means "Stinking Bullet Water."
About two miles south of West Point the Choctaws and Chickasaws had a great battle. After the fight, which seemed to have been about equal on both sides, they made terms and buried their dead in two mounds about one hundred yards apart, which may still be seen there. From this battle, they named the creek, where it was fought, the Oka-tibbe-ha, or Fighting Water.
Chulahoma, or Red Fox, was the most famous warrior of the Chocchumas, and he lived about six miles west of Bellefontaine, on the old Grenada Road, on land that was later owned by C. M. ROBERTS. Here the combined Choctaws and Chickasaws attacked him in his village, and all but a few women and children were killed.
This was continued in the village on Line Creek, where the decisive battle was fought. The Chocchumas were situated on Lyon's Bluff, a high promontory that had been the burying place of the Mound Builders who were here long before the Indians. The Choctaws approached the bluff from the South, while the Chickasaws cut off any retreat from the north. The siege continued for days, until all the Chocchuma braves were killed. The fight was then taken up by their women, who resisted their attackers until most of them were slain. This practically exterminated the Chocchuma Tribe. This battle took place in 1770.
In 1830 an old half-breed named Coleman COLE lived on the site of Red Fox's village west of Bellefontaine, and he claimed to be the last of the Chocchumas.
Can anyone add anything to this story or give the location of it in Webster County today?
75 Years Ago - December 24, 1925 - The Webster Progress
Hohenlinden News: R. W. HITT has contracted to finish the auditorium and has secured the
services of some of the school boys, and work will be pushed till
Embry News: Mr. Griffin SYNNOTT of the University of Alabama and brother, Ovid, of Bennett Academy are at home for Christmas.
Two business changes of interest occurrred here the past week. One was the purchase of the Star Cafe by Mr. D. V. PHILLIPS from Mrs. WHITT. The other was the opening of a new cafe by Mr. Alvin McGAUGH in the building formerly occupied by Mr. John POLLAN.
Montevista News: Mr. J. S. LOVE and family and Mr. R. T. WELLS and family spent Saturday and Sunday night in Choctaw County.
Tomnolen News: Mr. Jim PEEPLES and family of Schlater are visiting relatives in and near here this week.
Clarkson News: Misses Ina Lou BREWER and Nannie Mae SPRINGER made a flying trip to Alabama recently.
Lollar's Grove News: Mr. and Mrs. Joe McBRIDE and children from Indianola are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. HAWKINS.
Clarkson News: Miss Zona HARDY is visiting Mr. and Mrs. R. C. HUBBARD at Greenwood.
The following is the Honor Roll of students in the Webster A.H.S. (the High School) for the third month: Dick BELL; Kreth McKEE; Winnie LEIGH; Ferman PITTMAN; Fannie AGWELL; Ruth PHILLEY; Mary GARY; Maurine WISE;and Sallie Wes GORE.
Hohenlinden News: Mr. ROSENBURG has charge of the WHITTLE sale, now on in full blast at the latters store.
Embry News: Mrs. Wiley SUGG of Shaw is visiting in the home of her brother, Mr. O. O. SCOTT.
50 Years Ago - December 21, 1950 - The Webster Progress
Mrs. John Sylvester LOVE will celebrate their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary on December 24. They were married on Dec 23, 1900 at
the residence and by S. B. HOOD, Justice of the Peace in the Montevista Community. Mrs. Love before marriage was the former Miss
Minnie Lee HOOD, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Austin Erwin HOOD. Mr.
LOVE is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Isom Jefferson LOVE. They are the parents
of five sons.
Private First Class Herbert R. (Buddy) OWEN, son of Mrs. Vera OWEN of Route 2, Mathiston, died from wounds in Korea on Dec. 2. He is the first casualty in the Korean Conflict from Webster County.
Fame News: Rev. and Mrs. E. M. GORDON and son and Miss Nora Lee HOOPER returned home Sunday after a visit with Mr. and Mrs. J. G. AVENT in Houston, Texas.
Old Field News: Mr. and Mrs. Carl CARVEN from Leland visited Mr. and Mrs. Bedford TRULL on Sunday.
Cadet First Classman John Cooper POWELL of West Point, New York will arrive by plane Sunday to spend the holidays with his mother, Mrs. Lorene Cooper WALKER and his brother, Billy POWELL.
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. GARY are expecting Mrs. Jack BATTON and Miss Alta GARY home fro the Christmas holidays from their home in Florida.
Sunset News: Mr. Vernice SINGLETON of Flint, Mich., is spending the Christmas holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ewart SINGLETON.
Lebanon News: Mrs. Viola LAMB visited from Monday until Friday of last week in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Noel POGUE.
Hebron News: Mr. Rexal SWINDLE is spending several days with his parents.
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