We have all read or have heard stories about malicious mischief by college students around the United States. The students of the University of Mississippi have also, over the years, been accused of perpetrating mischief during their years on campus. The following is an event that happened in April of 1852. It concerns one of the first trustees of the Ole Miss, Col. James Brown, and his horse, while it was hitched in front of the Lyceum.
First I would like to give you a little background on Col. James Brown. Brown came to Lafayette County in 1836 and was an extensive purchaser of Indian lands in the county. He paid $11,040 for 11 and a half sections of land by 1837. A section of land is 640 acres.
This was in the first two years after the Chickasaw lands were opened up for sale by the government. His purchases were widely scattered over the area, but mostly located in those parts of the county where large land purchasers were operating. His holdings were considered extensive for the day as they would be today.
Brown being one of the original setters of Lafayette County and one of the wealthiest landowners, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the university in 1846. He was very active in the governance of the university and served as a trustee until 1870, when the Republican legislature reorganized the board. (November 12, 2010, Page 2B)
A few months ago I wrote an article entitled, “Waiting for Shirley Cate.” In it, I described my excitement surrounding the arrival of my first born child. Ironically, that same week the article was published, our little girl arrived.
She was healthy and oh-so-adorable. Since then, every morning I can’t wait to discover more about my little daughter. As our baby grows, becomes more chubby, makes more noises and funny faces, I get to learn more about the little girl who melts my heart. As a parent, all you want is for that baby to smile at you. She smiles and all in the world is right.
So far, Aunt Fanny is one of Shirley Cate’s favorites. Aunt Fanny has the uncanny ability of making Shirley Cate giggle and smile every time. Don’t get me wrong, Shirley Cate loves to look at her Mommy and Daddy too. Sometimes I look for excuses to wake her up so I can see her smile. (By the way, side note — ever wake a sleeping baby. Smiling is the furthest thing from that scenario. Trust me.) Fanny, though, has the power of hilarity and entertainment, at least for a four-month-old. I haven’t been too sure of what it is or why Shirley Cate thinks Fanny is so funny, but she does. (November 12, 2010, Page 3B)
The Water Valley Blue Devils ended a four-game losing streak to Coffeeville Thursday with a 47-31 win over the Pirates in the Charleston Round Robin. The Lady Blue Devils weren’t as fortunate as they fell 57-51. (more…) (November 12, 2010, Page 6A)
No obituaries were submitted for publication today. (November 11, 2010, Page 2)
Tonight will be the start of the Mayors Championship Series, postseason play that will decide the winner the top overall teams in the Oxford Park Commission’s youth flag football league. The top four teams from each division will advance into the playoffs. (more…) (November 11, 2010, Page 8)
The mass media doesn’t always give a true look at black girls and women, and that’s why Beverly Bond has founded Black Girls Rock! Inc. – to help black girls move beyond stereotypes and labels. Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a closer look at the non-profit organization and introduces the community to one of its own female champions. (November 11, 2010, Page 4)
Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at how we’ve dealt with our fallen military men and women through the years, and wonders why we don’t always seem to have as noticeable of a welcome back for returning servicemen and women. On Veterans Day, he urges us to take care of all of our veterans. (November 11, 2010, Page 4)
John-Ray Sockwell writes to thanks those who helped with his Eagle Scout project to build a fence at the Veterans Memorial Park, while J.M. Kiger writes to say that we need to find a way or certain times to allow pets to use Lamar Park. (November 11, 2010, Page 4)
Trained docents will lead guided Double Decker bus tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. The tours will go through Oxford and the University of Mississippi. Tickets can be purchased at Oxford City Hall prior to the tour or the day of the tour beginning at 10 a.m. in Skipwith Cottage. Tickets are $5 for adults, and $2 for children 12 and under. Space is limited. For more information, call Mary Allyn Roulhac at 232-2477. (November 10, 2010)
The Oxford Holiday Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Oxford Conference Center. More than 40 retails and individual artists will participate. Other features include pictures with Santa, on site monogramming and gift wrapping. Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased at Oxford City Hall or the Oxford Conference Center. For more information, contact Hayden Hiter with the Oxford CVB at 232-2367. (November 10, 2010)