The Oxford Square, mid to late 50s, on less eventful days was the scene of many a serious domino game and a lot of town business. The man in the center of the photo with white hat and hands on table is Noel M. Hodge. Blaylock’s Drug Store (Square Books) with the Fortune’s Ice Cream [...]
It was during Frederick A.P. Barnard’s tenure as rector that St. Peter’s Episcopal Church building, chancel and nave were erected. The lot was purchased on November 19, 1855, for $600 from Philip A. and Mary D. Yancey. The structure, built by William Turner, was completed in 1860, and the first sermon preached in the church [...]
Several generations of Oxonians have great stories from their time hanging out at the statute of the Confederate soldier in Oxford. It’s been going on for 100 years among young and old alike. This great photo from the Square is from the early 1980s. From left to right is Mr. Ed Elzey, Judge Boatwright and [...]
Estelle Oldham as she appeared in the 1913 Ole Miss annual. In high school Billy Falkner fell in love with Estelle, whose family had moved to Oxford in 1903. In 1918 when Estelle began wearing William’s school ring, her parents, Judge and Mrs. Lem Oldham, expressed disapproval of him because of his desire to become [...]
Oxford draws artists of all kinds from around the country. Whether they come to study at Ole Miss, work in Oxford or to see Faulkner’s hometown, they stay. And as with Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, a novel that won The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, they all end up with two [...]
Barnard Observatory was a U.S. astrophysical observatory owned and operated by University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. Completed in 1859, the building was part of the astronomy focus that Chancellor Frederick A.P. Barnard had for the school. As a result of the outbreak of the Civil War, though, the purchase of the..
The State of Mississippi seceded from the Union on January 9, 1861. On May 4th, nearly the entire student body and many of the professors at the University of Mississippi formed ranks on the grounds in front of the Lyceum, left school and enlisted in the Conferderate Army. Only four students reported for classes in [...]
Delta Gamma was founded in December 1873, in Oxford, Mississippi, at the Lewis School for Girls near the University of Mississippi. The group was founded by Mary Comfort Leonard, Eva Webb Dodd and Anna Boyd Ellington. The early growth for Delta Gamma was confined to women’s colleges in the Southern United States. But within a [...]
Oxford, Mississippi, has produced many leaders, icons and famous citizens. But some were…infamous! Motee Daniels led a colorful life to say the least. A Lafayette county native, Motee owned several businesses, including a general store and a road house juke joint. But perhaps he is best known for being William Faulkner’s..
In tribute to Ole Miss legend Archie Manning, the speed limit on the University of Mississippi campus is 18 mph. Born Elisha Archibald Manning on May 19, 1949, he is the son of Jane Elizabeth and Elisha Archibald Manning, Jr. and a native of Drew, Mississippi. He was elected Colonel Rebel in 1971, and is [...]
Love him or hate him, like it or not, Marshall Henderson EXPLODED Ole Miss basketball onto the national stage this season. It started, more or less, with 1.3 seconds left in the Vandy game and that 37 foot buzzer-beater to send the game to OT and the win! I loved listening to David Kellum [...]
Sadly, most generations have a “where were you” moment. Pearl Harbor, Kennedy in Dallas, Reagan shot or 911. I was almost ten years old in the first week of April, 1968. I don’t know if youth groups still meet in the basement of First Pres., but back in the day, many groups had their meetings [...]