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John Cofield's Oxford and Ole Miss: Paving Van Buren Avenue 1928

Mr. Ike Patterson (center, holding a dog) is foreman of the work crew and grandfather of former Oxford Mayor George Patterson.

“In the summer of 1927, there was a concerted effort by the Oxford town fathers to pave the major streets. No longer would citizens have to walk through inches of mud on the square left after every rain. Most Oxonians were delighted, but one — William Faulkner — opposed it because he saw it as the breaking of another link with the past.”


JohnCofield
John Cofield is a HottyToddy.com writer and one of Oxford’s leading folk historians. He is the son of renowned university photographer, Jack Cofield. His grandfather, J.R. “Colonel” Cofield, was William Faulkner’s personal photographer and for decades was the Ole Miss yearbook photographer. Cofield attended Ole Miss as well.
Stay tuned for more information on Cofield’s forthcoming book: Oxford, Mississippi ~ The Cofield Collection — a pictorial history book with John’s writing on the history to go along with the photos.
Contact John at Johnbcofield@gmail.com.

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