In the fall of 1907, when the University of Texas lured Stark Young away from Oxford, William Faulkner had not risen to fame as Oxford’s well-known author of the first half of the 20th century. Neither had Young been recognized as an author, playwright or drama critic.
Their time was yet to come. (June 18, 2010, Page 3B)
Most people I know do not realize I have not always lived in Mississippi. I lived in Florida up until I was about 4 years old. And one of my family’s favorite past times was fishing in the Gulf of Mexico — the Gulf that is now filled with millions of gallons of crude oil. (June 18, 2010, Page 2B)
A tree has its own memories — its own stories. If it could share its story, the magnolia tree in front of the U.S. Federal Building on Jackson Avenue could help solve a mystery of when it was planted. (June 18, 2010, Page 1B)
One of the most distinguished graduates of the University of Mississippi was also a resident of Oxford.
Although Stark Young was born in Como, he would later move with his family to Oxford. Young was born in 1881 and in 1890 his mother died. A few years later, his father, also a graduate of Ole Miss, would remarry and move to Oxford. (June 11, 2010, Page 3B)
Alexe van Beuren got tired of driving to Oxford from Water Valley whenever she ran out of her favorite milk from the Brown Family Dairy or some home-grown produce.
To rectify the situation she took matters into her own hands and opened her own grocery store. (June 11, 2010, Page 1B)
Going up 146 stairs to the Statue of Liberty’s crown to rescue someone who has fallen ill or suffered a heart attack can be a grueling climb.
Getting the patient back down those same stairs in a timely fashion is an even bigger challenge.
But for Oxford native Spurgeon Petty, one of eight U.S. Military West Point Academy engineering cadets who were commissioned by the National Park Service to create a safer way to evacuate seriously sick or injured tourists, the challenge was one he welcomed. (June 4, 2010, Page 1B)
This year, persistent rains played serious havoc and frustration with my usual gardening schedule and routines. A good friend, and fellow Master Gardener, mentioned she was attempting to simplify her gardening. Shortly thereafter, a highly praised and widely recommended book came to my attention. The book is, “The New Low Maintenance Garden” by Valerie Easton. (June 4, 2010, Page 2B)
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was making his first of three attempts to capture Vicksburg. This attempt would be over land from Tennessee after the Battle of Shiloh. He was following the railroad line that ran from Jackson, Tenn., to Holly Springs and then connected at Grenada with a line that ran from Memphis to Jackson. (June 4, 2010, Page 3B)
While the Square is no stranger to dogs and their owners during the day, another breed of four-legged friends have been sharing the sidewalks and streets with the usual nighttime crowds.
Oxford Police Department’s Mounted Patrol has been out and about the Square since being approved by the Oxford Board of Aldermen earlier this year. (May 28, 2010, Page 1B)
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant learned that his army could live off the land when he attempted his first capture in 1862 of the Gibraltar of the South in Vicksburg, after the Battle of Shiloh. This was significant for the citizens of Oxford and Lafayette County. His troops would plunder the homes and farms around Oxford for not only food supplies but also for personal items. (May 28, 2010, Page 3B)