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The Stonewall Item

(October 25, 1956, Volume 1, Number 26, Stonewall, Mississippi)

Published at Stonewall, Miss., C. O'Neal Walker, Manager, Jim Halley, Editor, Subscriptions $1.50 per year, by mail

 [All Items Submitted by Debora Reese, unless noted otherwise]


Carnival Booth For S'wall PTA

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The annual Halloween Carnival will be held at Stonewall school next Tuesday, October 30, beginning about 5 p. m., Superintendent Fleming announced this week.  The Parent-Teachers’ Association will have a booth at The Carnival and will feature a “5c and 10c snack bar”, where coffee will be a nickel and everything else – pies, cakes, hot dogs will be only 10c an order.

Messrs. James Hayward and J. W. McLemore will be in charge of the coffee.  Sandwiches will be prepared by Mrs. O. C. Walker, Mrs. Jim Huddleston, and Mrs. Thelma James.  Cakes, by Mrs. C. F. Grimes, Mrs. D. C. Prince and Pauline Rathbun.  Pies, by Mrs. Rebecca Boyanton, Mrs. Lavonne Redmond, Mrs. Wilburn Smith, and Mrs. Jim Halley.  Hot dogs, and “the makings” will be donated by Mr. and Mrs. Glynn Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Fleming, Mrs. Pearl Ivey, Mr. McDonald, Mr. Thompson, Mrs. Stevens, Mrs. Dyess, and Mrs. Shirley.  The kitchen committee will be Mrs. Joe Williams, Mrs. Kate Cochran, and Mrs. Jack Privitt.  The general committee is Mrs. G. M. Greene, Jr., Mrs. J. E. Moon, Mrs. J. W. McLemore, and Mrs. J. C. King

Stonewall Beats Heidelburg 13-0 for Fifth Straight Victory

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Stonewall High School won her fifth straight victory of the season last Friday night when Coach McKee’s boys white washed Heidelberg 13-0.

Johnny Pritchett, full back, made the first score for Stonewall when he went off tackle for four yards in the second quarter.  At halftime the score was 6-0.

In the third quarter Maxie Combest scored another TD on a 3-yard run.  Bobby Milstead ran over for the extra point.  Stonewall picked up 200 yards rushing during the game and made 11 first downs to Heidelberg’s three.

At half time the Heidelberg band performed.  Thomas Fuller and Jimmy Halley called the game over the PA system.

Local Artist Guest at Lions

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Rueben W. Laird, known to his friends an co-workers in the finishing department of the Stonewall Division as “Woodie” was guest speaker at the meeting of the Lions Club last Thursday night at the Enterprise Community House.

Mr. Laird was introduced to the group by program chairman Lion John King.  When he rose to speak about his hobby, which is drawing, Mr. Laird confessed that he felt a bit nervous and was not used to public speaking.  But it turned out that besides being self-taught artist of promising talent Mr. Laird is also a fluent and capable public speaker.

Mr. Laird operates a folding machine in the finishing department, and in his spare time he likes to make pencil sketches.  He has an excellent sense of composition and a very light touch with the pencil that gives his work a very imaginative, impressionistic quality.  He had several framed drawings with him to illustrate his talk and he explained briefly how he developed each drawing.

There was one drawing of a scene on the coast showing a big live oak tree hanging with Spanish moss and under the tree a beached boat.  The whole drawing had a delicate rhythm pf movement as though the moss on the tree was responding to a light summer breeze, but the big old tree itself had a permanent twist which told the story of its years of battle with the prevailing winds.

Mr. Laird has never had any formal instruction in art.  He has read books on the subject and studied the work of others, but his style is his own and he developed it by experience.  He has four small children and the time he can devote to artistic pursuits is limited, but he certainly knows how to make the most of it.

Local Artist Guest at Lions

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This coming Sunday the annual “Laymen’s Day” will be observed at the Enterprise Methodist church.  The program will be in charge of the laymen of the church of whom Mr. J. O. Moore is lay leader.  Dr. J. P. Stafford, Mississippi Conference Leader of Cary, Miss., will preach the message at the morning service.

Of Poetry and Peanuts

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Last Friday afternoon Mr. Hugh Thompson, commercial teacher, and Jimmy Halley were bagging peanuts at the Stonewall hotel for the seniors to sell at the football game that night.  Their inventory of peanuts was in somewhat short supply due to the acute supply-and-demand situation in the local peanut market during football season.  So they decided that they would have to put one peanut less per bag than usual to make the supply go around.

“I feel bad about this.  We ought to include a note of apology in each bag”, Mr. Thompson observed dutifully.  Jimmy, who looks at things with a this-is-a-wonderful-funny-old-world approach, said, “That’s a nice idea, but if we do put a note in we should make it a good one”.

The two peanut baggers (not to be confused with carpet-baggers, dear readers) put their heads together and fetched up with a dreamy idea.  They would give their peanut munchers poetry with their peanuts!  After a proper amount of celebration, and invocation of the Muse they put together four lines of heart wrenching poetry something like this: The amount is small, but take heed you all, the Senior trip, depends on your tip.  M. I. P. (Munch In Peace).  Your reporter might have misquoted that a bit , but his intentions were honorable.  Then Mr. Thompson typed out the deathless rimes on note paper while Jimmy signed them with the names of various members of the senior class who knew not what was going on in the cloak-and-dagger purlieus of the Hotel.

The peanuts were sold out long before the game was over.  In fact some people bought extra bags to see what might yield in the way of poetry.  We always thought there was a connection between peanuts and poetry.

Brotherhood Meeting At Enterprise

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The Baptist Brotherhood of Enterprise Baptist Church held a supper meeting at the church on Wednesday night, this week.  Seventeen members were on hand to enjoy a delicious barbeque chicken supper prepared in the church social rooms by a committee made up of Messrs. W. H. Armstrong, John S. Nix, and Hubert Reed.

Mr. P. C. McBride, new president of the Brotherhood presided.  Immediately following the supper the usual Wednesday night family night was held.  The Brotherhood is working to focus attention upon the Wednesday night family meetings and they are meeting with gratifying success last week there was 60 persons in attendance.  This week attendance rose to 76.  Every member of the church is encouraged to take advantage of these regular weekly occasions to get together with his neighbor for prayer and fellowship.

Those on hand for the Brotherhood supper were Deacons W. H. Armstrong, W. E. Walker, and A. B. Davis; also H. M. Roberts, Otho Kidd, Rencher Dear, R. C. Goodin, T. W. Clay, Bobby Ray Kidd, J. R. Roberts, George Etheridge, Jerry Carlisle, Jim Short, Hubert Red, P. C. McBride, John S. Nix and Rev. Frank Rush.

Other News

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Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Walker and Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Moon attended the meeting of the Mississippi Manufacturers’ Association in Biloxi last week.


Dr, Thomas Preer, Student Council at Mississippi Southern, and Moderator of the Meridian Presbyterian Church, and his wife were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walker this Wednesday night.  Dr. Preer later took part in the last night of the Centennial program at the Presbyterian church in Meridian.  The Walkers attended the event.


Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Irby and family of Hattiesburg visited Mr. and Mrs. John S. Smith, Sr., in Enterprise last week.


Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Rolison and Sherry, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hamrick and family attended the Mississippi State – Arkansas game at Starkville last Saturday.

Local Woman Named Woman s Page Editor

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Mrs. Mamie Buckley Chisolm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Buckley, of Enterprise, has been named Women’s Page Editor of Panama Star-Herald.  This bilingual newspaper printed in English and Spanish in Panama City, Republic of Panama, is the oldest newspaper of its kind on the west coast of the Americas.

Engagement Announced

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Mr. and Mrs. Walter Allen Bonner of Enterprise have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Mary Ann Bonner to Dr. Richard Franklin Riley, son of Dr. and Mrs. Franklin Gail Riley of 23rd Ave., Meridian.

The wedding will take place Dec. 1 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Enterprise.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of he University of Alabama where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta, , social sorority, Alpha Lambda Delta,, Alpha Kappa Delta, honorary sociology society, and Phi Beta Kappa.  She is a member of the faculty of Stevenson School in Meridian.

Dr. Riley is a graduate of McCallie School for Boys and Vanderbilt University where he received his degree in medicine.  He holds a graduate degree in Medical Science from the University of Virginia where he interned and served four years’ residency in surgery.  He is a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, social fraternity, Phi Chi, medical fraternity, and Sigma Xi honorary scientific society.  Dr. Riley served in Germany as a First Lieutenant in the Army Medical Corp.  At present he is practicing surgery in Meridian.


Around the Town

By Mrs. Novaliene Rasberry

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Mr. William Turner of Needham, Ala., is spending a few days with his grandson, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Kelly and family.


Darryl Scott broke his leg recently and at last report was getting along well in Watkin’s Hospital.


Roland and David Kelly attended the Mississippi State – Arkansas game at Starkville last Saturday.


Mr. and Mrs, Lamar Milstead of New Orleans visited thier relatives here last weekend.


Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Robins of Meridian was a Sunday visitor with Mrs. J. D. Milstead and family.


Little Peggy Milstead us getting along fine after a recent tonsillectomy.


Mr. Edd Ward and Trudy were recent visitors to Biloxi where they visited Mrs. Charles Breckenridge.


Miss Dorothy Moffett, who is studying at University Hospital in Jackson spent last weekend with her parents here.


Mr. and Mrs. Artis James and family of Mobile were visitors here last weekend.


Mrs. Vernelle Meyers and three children of Clarksville, Penn., are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lewis here.


Mr. Jack Lewis is home and getting along well after a recent serious illness in Watkins Hospital.  His many friends are glad to see him home and moving about again.


The Harwell family held a reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Combest last Sunday.  There were some 65-guest on hand for the occasion, including the nine living brothers and sisters of the family; Messrs. Andy, Ora Leonard, and Earl Harwell and Madams Janie Bolar, Mary Bancroft, Belle Martin, Ethel Robbins, and Matt Combest.


Mrs. Bessie Hamrick, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hamrick and family spent last Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. J. H. McElhenny in Forest, Miss.  The occasion was the birthday of Mrs. Bessie.


Young Kenneth Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Williams is in Anderson Infirmary from injuries received when his bicycle dropped into an open manhole in Meridian throwing him to the street.


Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson, Mrs. Earl Floyd, Mrs. Alman Hayes, and Mrs. Thomas Dearman, all of Quitman, attended the Canton-Quitman football game at Canton last Friday night and while there met Rev. S. I. Smith and family who send regards to their many friends here.


Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Touchstone and family were visitors here from Mobile last Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Martin and family visited the Coast last weekend.


Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Hall, of Huntsville, Ala., are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Gilbert.


Mrs. James Sanders has been flown back to the Air Force Base at Topeka, Kansas.  She is getting along fine now after brain operations at the Base Hospital at Maxwell Field, Ala.


Mr. Mike Reed, of the Merchant Marine, is visiting his family here this week.


Mr. Mack Lewis and family of Mobile visited relatives here last weekend.


Mr. and Mrs. Leon Hamil of Brookhaven were visitors here last weekend.


Mr. H. C. Taylor is visiting his son in Washington, D. C. while on vacation.

Honored On 70th Birthday

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Mrs. Annie Slaughter was honored with a party at the home of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Mott, at Quitman last Sunday on the occasion of her 70th birthday.  A cake with 70 lighted candles was a feature of the party.  Present for the occasion were Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Slaughter, of Macon, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Slaughter and family, of Laurel, Miss., Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Slaughter, of Stonewall, and Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Mott.

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Rev. J. W. Brand, pastor of the Methodist Protestant Church in Stonewall will be 84 years of age this coming December 24.  He says that one thing about your birthday falling on Christmas Eve is that you can never forget it even when you want to.

Rev. Brand was born Dec. 24, 1872 in Calhoun County, Ala.  He married Mary M. Whitmire there in 1890 and moved to Mississippi about 1893.  Five daughters and eight sons were born of this union.

He joined the Methodist Protestant Church in 1911 and was licensed to preach in 1916.  During his 40-years in the ministry he has served charges at Coxburg, Quitman, McLain, Clara, Mosley’s Bridge and Stonewall.  He came to Stonewall over ten years ago and built the Methodist Protestant Church here.

Talking about the rugged life of a circuit preacher of more than a generation ago Brother Brand recalls a meeting in Philadelphia, Miss., He was living in Yazoo Community at the time and to get to the Philadelphia revival he hired a horse and buggy for $5.00.  His daughter accompanied him on the long trip and for the most part they had no difficulty feeding the horse or finding food and lodging for themselves during the two and a half days and two nights they spent on the road.  Folks along the way were usually glad to put up an itinerant preacher for the night, and they would feed his horse along with their own.

Just about noon the third day they arrived in Philadelphia and stopped at a place to have lunch.  The lunch for both cost them a total of 25 cents.  That night they opened the revival.  At the close of the meeting Brother Brand was paid $5.00 for his service.  On the long ride home he had time to reflect upon the difficult lot of a country preacher.  He was 25-cents in the hole on that meeting.

But in those days cash was even harder to come by than it is today.  Most of the farmers conducted all their business by barter and trade rather with cash.  On another occasion Brother Brand conducted a meeting sixteen miles from his charge and received a pretty, but inedible bouquet of flowers for his services.

One time he and his son Frank, who frequently assisted Brother Brand in his revival work, and his daughter Miss Buelah were on their way to a meeting.  It was during the rainy season and the roads were in terrible shape.  Their horse was a rather small one, and to make the job a bit easier for the poor beast Brother Brand and his party would dismount from the wagon when they came to a hill, and walk-up.  Sometimes when the wheels got stuck in the mud they had to help the horse pull the wagon loose.  When they’d get over the hill and take their places again in the wagon son Frank would cheer them up with one of his favorite hymns which went like this: “The toils of this road will seem nothing, when I get to the end of the way.”  Sometimes the visiting evangelist would be paid off in farm produce, chickens and rabbits.  But these hardships didn’t prevent the preachers of that day from carrying their gospel messages to the most remote backwoods areas.

Rev. Brand remembers his first pastorate at Coxburg which paid the sum of $200 per year – and in cash too!  He believes his most successful revival was one held in the Salem church in Wayne county when 50 members were received into the church.

Last year, on the occasion of his 83rd birthday members of his congregation and other friends in Stonewall honored him with a special party and a birthday cake.  Rev. Brand believes that the happiest year s of his ministry have been spent in Stonewall.  He loves the people here and says that living and working among them has been very rewarding and inspiring experience.

Enterprise News

By Joyce Walker

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Enterprise was jubilant over their 32 to 7 victory over Hickory last Friday at Hickory.

We expect more fine playing at our homecoming bout with Heidelberg this Friday.  Everyone is urged to come.  Halftime festivities, which will be enjoyable for all, have been planned.

The Bullpups suffered a 14 to 13 setback when they met Quitman on the home field Monday night, but they played a wonderful game and we are still lauding our big little team.

Enterprise Band went to “State” Saturday for High School Day.  They were disappointed in that they did not get to play because of excessive rain.  We agree with them and say the spectators missed a wonderful treat by not seeing our band and others perform.  The band members had a wonderful time on the trip even though they did not get to march.

The 7th through12th grades selected their class favorites Tuesday.  They are: 12th, Anita Roberts and Cliff West; 11th, Mae McKinney and Wallace Bogan; 10th, Claudie Mae Little and Dan Mott; 9th, Gail Middleton and Robert Morgan; 8th, Mary Jane Smith and Evan Mattox; 7th, Sandra Dearman and Fletcher Singleton.

Who’s Who’s in Enterprise High School have been elected for 1956-1957 and are as follows:

Miss EHS, Alice Moore; Mr. EHS, Kenneth Pouncey; Cutest, Kay Middleton and Charles Middleton; Most Popular, Anita Roberts and Edward Roberts; Neatest, Alice Moore and Jimmy McBride; Best All-Around, Anita Roberts and Edward Roberts; Best Athletes, Anita Roberts and Kenneth Pouncey; Most Likely To Succeed, Joyce Walker and Kenneth Pouncey; Most Fun, Gail Middleton and Mike Tew; Most Courteous, Judy Denham and Mike Tew; Friendliest, Kay Middleton and Mike Tew.

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