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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jack Lamar Mayfield

Origins of Ole Miss Rebels and Colonel Rebel

Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a look back to the 1930s when the University of Mississippi nicknamed its athletic teams the Rebels and created a mascot named Colonel Rebel. (April 16, 2010, Page 2B)

Garden Club presents ‘A Standard Flower Show’

Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a closer look at the 50-plus year history of the Oxford Garden Club as it prepares for an upcoming flower show. (April 9, 2010, Page 3B)

Before we were the Ole Miss Rebels

Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a look back at who the Ole Miss Rebels were before they were Rebels. He traces them back to their days as the Red and Blue and then the Mississippi Flood, a name picked in a contest in the 1920s. (April 2, 2010, Page 3B)

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)

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)

Harmontown and local Indians

A SENSE OF PLACE — According to Lafayette County folklore and tradition, the Harmon family settled the county’s northwestern corner and became friendly with the local Chickasaw Indian chief, Toby Tubby. Local historian Jack Lamar Mayfield traces the history of Harmontown as his series on Lafayette County communities continues. (March 5, 2010, Page 3B)

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)

Abbeville named for former home of settlers from South Carolina

Jack Mayfield continues his series on the history of local communities with a visit to Abbeville. The old McEachin home, destroyed by a tornado in 1929, was the site of Union occupation during the Civil War — and possibly of the first surgical operation performed in north Mississippi. (February 5, 2010, Page 2B)

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