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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Sense of Place

Lewis family has longtime roots in Oxford

Historian Jack Mayfield spends time this week on the history of Oxford’s “oldest department store in the South,” Neilson’s Department Store which is celebrating its 175th anniversary. (September 14, 2014, Page 3C)

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    More ‘early recollections’ of Oxford by the Rev. E.A. Smith

    Historian Jack Mayfield shares some more of the Rev. E.A. Smith’s thoughts from 1910 about Oxford’s past. (September 7, 2014, Page 2C)

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      ‘The Square is a horrid sight’

      Historian Jack Mayfield continues his series this week about the burning of Oxford in 1864. (August 29, 2014, Page 3C)

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        Battle of Hurricane Creek and Battle at Weldon Railroad

        Historian Jack Mayfield takes us back to two battles during the Civil War in and near Oxford. (August 15, 2014, Page 2B)

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          The Yankees are in town!

          Historian Jack Mayfield writes this week about Union Gen. Edward Hatch moving troops from north of Oxford into town in the summer of 1864. (August 8, 2014, Page 3B)

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            ‘It’s the end of the world and I ain’t repented yet!’ — The Crater

            One hundred and fifty years ago this past Wednesday, an event happened in the trench earthworks the Confederates had to fortify Petersburg, Virginia, just a few miles down the road from Richmond. If Gen. Ulysses Grant’s men had taken advantage of the event, they may have hastened the end of the Civil War by nine months. (August 1, 2014, Page 2B)

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              Scenes of Oxford on the eve of the ‘Grand Conflagration’

              Jack Lamar Mayfield writes about more old Oxford homes including the home of William S. Neilson, who opened the still-open Neilson’s Department Store. (July 25, 2014, Page 3B)

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                Untold story: High school football player who died after 1961 homecoming game injury remembered at 50th class reunion

                In November of 1961, students of the predominantly black Oxford Training School, that would be renamed Central High School in 1962, paraded around Oxford square with floats to the beat of a marching band showing their school pride and purple and gold colors. (more…) (July 23, 2014, Page 1)

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                  Early recollections of Oxford by the Rev. E.A. Smith

                  Historian Jack Mayfield revisits columns from another EAGLE writer, the Rev. E.A. Smith, who wrote several columns for the paper about Oxford’s history in 1910. (July 18, 2014, Page 2B)

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                    Teach your children well, or business as usual?

                    Milly West covers politics, birth control options and environmental policies in this week’s Teaming Up column. (July 11, 2014, Page 3B)

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