History

A Historical Event: County’s Historical Society Hosts State Federation

By Dave Hovey Yalobusha County Historical Society COFFEEVILLE – The August 16 hosting of the State Federation of Historical Societies in Coffeeville was quite impressive.  There were over 100 members and guests who enjoyed a fine lunch of poppyseed chicken, pasta, green pea and corn salad, dinner rolls, watermelons from Cave City Ark, both yellow and…

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‘No Place Like Home’ YHS Reports Speaker

By Joy M. Tippit Herald Contributor COFFEEVILLE – William Earl Gibson was the speaker for the March 15, Yalobusha Historical Society meeting. Mary Sue Stevens introduced him. Mary Sue shared the following information: Earl was born October 29, 1967 son of William Earl Gibson Sr. and Peggy Neil Graham Gibson.  Earl and his sister, Sherry…

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YHS Speaker Shares Details Of Quest To Confirm Legend Of Mary Magdalene

By Joy Tippit Herald Contributor COFFEEVILLE – Al Price spoke to the Yalobusha Historical Society (YHS) members and guests on September 21, and his topic was “In Search of Mary, the Magdalene.”  The summary of his presentation is as follows: Al and his son, Don Allen, investigated the events and the legends in the South…

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Shaw Traces Family Lineage, Early Mapping In County At YHS Meeting

Yalobusha County Historical Society Meeting of  June 15, 2017 Submitted by: Dave Hovey Our President Mike Ayers was absent due to a medical situation. Bobby Hutchins, Vice President did a fine job in his place.  Our Chaplin Laurence Litten opened with a word of prayer for Mike and for the family of good friend and member…

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Rich Denley History Shared At YHS Meeting

By Joy M. Tippit Herald Contributor COFFEEVILLE  – Lee Denley Faust shared her Denley Family research entitled The Denley Chapter with the Yalobusha Historical Society May 18, 2017. Lee’s research includes: The Denley name means ‘a clearing in the valley’. Denleys lived throughout England but primarily found in Oxfordshire, Gloucester-shire, and Kent counties. The earliest…

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YHS Speaker Explains How To Determine Historical Value Of Structures

Submitted by Joy M. Tippit Special To The Herald Let’s face it:  The label “historic””’ gets applied to so many different kinds of places – What is it that makes a place “historic”?  And who decides what’s “historic” and what isn’t”? From ancient ruins and seats of government to World War II battlefields and to…

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Account Of Dying Soldier’s Last Letter Home Shared At YHS Meeting

By Joy M. Tippit Herald Contributor GETTYSBURG – J. S. Gage died before my very eyes as Starke Miller read from The University Greys written by Maud Morrow Brown to the Yalobusha County Historical Society on March 16. ————————-  “Doctor, how long have I to live?” A very few hours,” I replied.  “Doctor, I am…

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Hawkins Shares Local History At YHS Meeting

By David Howell Editor COFFEEVILLE – As the guest speaker for February’s Yalobusha Historical Society meeting last Thursday, Calvin Hawkins shared details from two years of research as part of his ongoing project to record and preserve African American History in Water Valley. Hawkins told YHS attendees that he plans to publish the book, “Under…

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Lighted Phone Booth Was Installed In Town In 1967

10 Years—January 18, 2007 – John Hawkins, a 43-year-old Army and Navy veteran who suffered a debilitating stroke while living in Virginia got to return to his hometown, Water Valley, with the assistance of the American Legion, and others. He is the son of Pamela and James Harris.   Eddie Ray, Mechanics Bank President, and Cam…

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