In the early 1880s, L.Q.C. Lamar was thinking about retirement from public life. He started purchasing land in the small town of Taylor, just south on Oxford. By 1882, he had acquired 550 acres along the Mississippi Central Railroad. On a hill overlooking the farm, he had a small wooden frame home built in the New England farmhouse style. There were also barns and shelters for the stock, and a dairy barn.
He wrote to his farm manager, William Knight, “that place is to be my future home at the end of my services here, I shall go to that place and spend the remainder of my life. You see, therefore, that you are not merely in charge of a nice farm and fine stock, but that you will contribute much to my future comfort.” (October 22, 2010, Page 2B)
When I left home at the age of 23 to go to Caracas, Venezuela, I took two large cardboard boxes with me containing school supplies (as I was going to teach fourth grade), linens, a few books and some clothes. I also took my grandmother’s 1950 Betty Crocker cookbook.
My roommate and I ate out most of the time, but when we did decide to stay home we each had our cooking strengths. She could make chili and I could make popcorn and chocolate chip cookies. We lived together for three years and never made a proper meal — and my cookbook was never opened. (October 22, 2010, Page 2B)
The seventh annual Barktoberfest Beer Tasting will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at The Library Sports Bar. Barktoberfest is a beer tasting event where connoisseurs are invited to taste beers from Craft, the United States, Germany, Canada, Mexico and Jamaica among other places.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at The Frame Up on the Square and at the Library Sports Bar on the night of the event. Attendees will receive a complimentary glass from Lazy Magnolia and the opportunity to sample over 20 varieties of beer from all over the world.
Come and enjoy pizza, provided by Domino’s, door prizes, and a raffle. Long and short-sleeved T-shirts will be available for attendees. Proceeds raised will be used for the daily operation of the shelter. (October 22, 2010)
No obituaries were submitted today to The Oxford EAGLE for publication. (October 22, 2010, Page 2A)
A 31-point outburst that stretched from the midway point of the second half to the midway point of the fourth quarter propelled the No. 5 Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers to a 38-13 win over Holmes Thursday night.
The win kept the Rangers undefeated on the season (8-0) but it also earned them at least a share of the MACJC North Division title. NWCC, which is 5-0 in the North Division, will finish up the season at home Thursday against Itwabama and a win over the Indians would give them the title outright. (October 22, 2010, Page 7A)
The Mississippi Walk for Diabetes, hosted by the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, will be held in Oxford on Sunday, Oct. 24.
The walk will take place on the Oxford Square. Registration begins at 1 p.m. in front of Oxford City Hall and the walk will begin at 2. Family-fun activities include a visit from the Rancor Raiders Garrison of Mississippi with special friends such as Darth Vader and several other Star Wars characters. Proceeds will benefit The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi.
The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is the state’s only nonprofit health organization that provides diabetes information, patient services, advocacy, and research to the 346,500 Mississippians with diabetes. Every dollar raised by the DFM stays in the state to support these efforts. In addition, 89 cents of every dollar raised goes toward the organization’s charitable purposes.
For more information on the walk or to make a donation, log onto www.msdiabetes.org or call 1-877-336-2873. (October 22, 2010)
Oxford School District voters will weigh in Tuesday on whether to support the effort to expand district facilities, including the construction of a new high school, by voting on a $30 million bond issue. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Oxford Activity Center. (October 22, 2010)
The University of Mississippi Amateur Radio Club will hold ham license testing for all levels, including technicians, general and extra, at 1 p.m. Saturday in Room 112 of Bishop Hall. The cost of each test is $15. For more information, call 236-7817. (October 22, 2010)
Regents School of Oxford invites everyone to its Autumn Fair from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. The fair will feature old-fashioned activities such as hay rides, pumpkin bowling, cake walks and face-painting. (October 22, 2010)
Bramlett Elementary School will have its annual Octoberfest on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $5 at the door. A few of the many features at Octoberfest are games, prizes, concessions, door prizes, cake walk, moon bounce, dunking booth, face painting and art auction. (October 22, 2010)