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Friday, October 31, 2014

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This week in Oxford history

Back in 1995, Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi was about to begin a $22.6 million expansion, while in 1976, the town of Abbeville was born on Oct. 5. These are some of the highlights that took place in Lafayette County during this week in local history. (October 8, 2014, Page 1A)

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    ‘Lafayette County Heritage’ in 4th printing

    Looking for some general or detailed historical information about Oxford, one of the many communities in Lafayette County or the University of Mississippi? Look no further than “Lafayette County Heritage,” a 1986 book that’s in its fourth printing. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the popular resource book that’s available from the Lafayette County Historical and Genealogical Society. (January 24, 2011, Page 4)

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      First UM commencement didn’t have graduating class

      Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield, in honor of this week’s graduation at the University of Mississippi, takes a look back at the school’s first commencement exercises in 1849, a commencement without any graduates from the new school. (May 7, 2010, Page 2B)

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        Revolutionary War vet buried at St. Peter’s

        A SENSE OF PLACE — Oxford and Lafayette County may not have been settled until the 1830s, but a settler from an even earlier era lies in Oxford’s historic cemetery. Born in Virginia in 1759, Daniel Green McKie had reached age 77 — an achievement in itself in that time — when he arrived in Lafayette County with his family. He lived only three years more, and his unmarked grave was later given a headstone by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. (March 19, 2010, Page 2B)

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          Extinct town aimed to rival Memphis as port

          A SENSE OF PLACE — Wyatt is among several Lafayette County towns that no longer exist. While most survived until the 20th century, this town in northwestern Lafayette County lasted only a few years — although it predated Oxford and aimed to rival Memphis as a cotton port along the Tallahatchie River. (March 12, 2010, Page 3B)

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            Taylor lives, dies with advent, loss of railroad

            A SENSE OF PLACE — Jack Mayfield takes us back to the founding of Taylor in southern Lafayette County, tracing its growth into a bustling town which boasted shops and grocers and salons, and its decline into the quiet little village we know today. (February 19, 2010, Page 3B)

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