Mississippi House of Representatives member James Alexander Ventress, in early February of 1840, introduced a bill “to provide for the location of the State University.” He was chairman of the house committee on the seminary fund. The House passed the bill on Feb. 10 and then sent it to the state Senate. The Senate quickly passed the bill and sent it on to the Gov. Alexander G. McNutt, for him to sign into law. He signed the bill on Feb. 20, 1840. (August 20, 2010, Page 3B)
When I was a child growing up on South Lamar, a little way before you got today’s Highway 6 bypass, I first lived at my grandfather’s home and you could hear the hourly ringing of the town clock while sitting on the front porch. Later on, my mother moved my sisters and I a little closer to the Square on South Lamar just south of where Johnson Avenue comes into South Lamar. The chiming of the clock was even more audible.
It has been way too long since any of us has heard the clock strike any sort of sound. (August 13, 2010, Page 3B)
This Fourth of July weekend, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church invites the citizens of Oxford and Lafayette County to attend a celebration of their 150 years in their church building located on the corner of Jackson Avenue and North 9th Street. (July 1, 2010, Page 6B)
This weekend is the seventh grand reunion for the Oxford kids who attended University High School. This includes the classes from 1930 to 1967 who attended high school in the building built in 1929 on University Avenue just before you reach the Hilgard Cut on the University of Mississippi campus. (June 25, 2010, Page 2B)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Last week a decision was made by the Oxford Square Historic Preservation Committee to allow an 1895 building to be removed from 1006 Jefferson Ave. Hitsorian Jack Mayfield writes about another building in the district that was lost to the community — Oxford-Lafayette County Jail. (May 21, 2010, Page 3B)
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)