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1924 – Logs at Bob Logan’s Mill

1924 – Logs at Bob Logan’s Mill

Oxen were often used to pull the heaviest loads, especially in muddy conditions, which were frequent since much of the land being cleared was along the river, and the river usually overflowed it's banks twice a year, contributing to the outstanding fertility of the...

1920’s – Huge Logs headed to the Mill

1920’s – Huge Logs headed to the Mill

The virgin timber harvest yielded gigantic logs, which were very difficult to remove from the bottomlands where they were cut.  Several small logging railroads solved the problem for many loggers of this era.  One such line, the Bonnerville and Southern...

1924 – Logs Headed for the Mill

1924 – Logs Headed for the Mill

This is a typical logging camp in which men would set up for a few days or weeks to clear the trees from an area and then haul them to one of the numerous sawmills in the county.  Mules were stronger than horses, though not as easily governed, and they were the...

1923 – Tom Thumb Wedding

1923 – Tom Thumb Wedding

In 1923, the ladies of the Presbyterian church sponsored this Tom Thumb wedding, directed by Mrs. John Stayton.  Pictured are, from left to right, (first row) Billy Stephens (ring bearer); (second row) Mary Wise, Fred M. Pickens, and Elizabeth Rossington; (third row)...

1921 – I.D. Price Book Store

1921 – I.D. Price Book Store

Bookstore owner I.D. Price Commissioned postcards of Newport scenes to be printed in Germany and sold in his store, along with books, musical instruments, and other paper goods.  Postcards from Price's store traveled all of the United States and are now valued...

1920’s – Newport’s Leading Men

1920’s – Newport’s Leading Men

Bookstore owner I.D. Price Commissioned postcards of Newport scenes to be printed in Germany and sold in his store, along with books, musical instruments, and other paper goods.  Postcards from Price's store traveled all of the United States and are now valued...

1920’s – Jacksonport Town Band

1920’s – Jacksonport Town Band

Some of Newport's leading men gather in front of one of their businesses in the 1920's.  From left to right are George L. Robinson, John Stayton, Joe Stayton, J.E. "Cap" Wilmans, Julian Logan, Sam Phillips, and Joe Walker.  Landowners all, they continued to sell their...

1910’s – Loading cotton at railroad depot, Tupelo

1910’s – Loading cotton at railroad depot, Tupelo

The Jacksonport Town Band seems to have been comprised mostly of youngster, although some grown men seem to have entered into the fun.  Probably a school group, this brass band surely made quite a spectacle when in march in parades or played for celebratory...

1917 – WWI Company E

1917 – WWI Company E

This man is loading cotton onto railcars at the Rock Island Depot in Tupelo.  Running south from Newport, the Rock Island Line provided a connection between the tiny agricultural settlements in that part of the county and the Iron Mountain Railway in Newport, for...

1917 – Swifton Soldier

1917 – Swifton Soldier

In World War I, Company E was a regiment that mustered out of Jackson County. Uniforms were not available; most of the men wore overalls and blue shirts. and Wolff-Goldman mercantile fave each man a cap.  Among the soldiers pictured here are the sons of the Shones,...

1918 – Aunt Caroline Dye

1918 – Aunt Caroline Dye

This World War I soldier is W.A. "Bill" Woods of Swifton.  Many young men from Jackson County volunteered when the United States declared war on Germany and it's allies in April 1917. And many more were drafted. (Courtesy of J.W. Hulen.)

1916 – The D.D. Camp Store

1916 – The D.D. Camp Store

"Aunt" Caroline Dye was known thoughout the region as a seer.  At the time of her death in 1918, Dye's estate included numerous farms and exceeded $100,000.  Memphis musician W.C. Handy sings about her in his 1923 "Sundown Blues": "I'm going to Newport,...

1915 – Surrounded Hill Church

1915 – Surrounded Hill Church

The D. D. Camp General Store in Grubbs, 18 miles east of Newport, was a favorite gathering place in this little farming community.  D.D. Camp stands on the left and Hendrix Williams stands on the right in this image captured in 1916.  The business is typical of...

1910’s – New Methodist Church

1910’s – New Methodist Church

In World War I, Company E was a regiment that mustered out of Jackson County. Uniforms were not available; most of the men wore overalls and blue shirts. and Wolff-Goldman mercantile fave each man a cap.  Among the soldiers pictured here are the sons of the Shones,...

1916 – Walnut Street School

1916 – Walnut Street School

This postcard shows the new Methodist church at the corner of Third and Beech Streets.  Built in a Greco-Roman style ( note the Doric columns supporting the pediment and the domed roof), this building still serves the local United Methodist congregation. ( Courtesy of...

1967 – Branch High School Class Picture

1967 – Branch High School Class Picture

The river flooded in February 916, emptying the new Walnut Street School, undoubtedly to the delight of the children.  Within a year, the City of Newport began in earnest to raise the existing low levees. But it was not until the late 1930's, after two more such...

1915 – Flood on Hazel Street

1915 – Flood on Hazel Street

Bookstore owner I.D. Price Commissioned postcards of Newport scenes to be printed in Germany and sold in his store, along with books, musical instruments, and other paper goods.  Postcards from Price's store traveled all of the United States and are now valued...

1910’s – Minnie

1910’s – Minnie

Some of Newport's leading men gather in front of one of their businesses in the 1920's.  From left to right are George L. Robinson, John Stayton, Joe Stayton, J.E. "Cap" Wilmans, Julian Logan, Sam Phillips, and Joe Walker.  Landowners all, they continued to sell their...

1914 – Louisiana Plantation Party

1914 – Louisiana Plantation Party

In 1923, the ladies of the Presbyterian church sponsored this Tom Thumb wedding, directed by Mrs. John Stayton.  Pictured are, from left to right, (first row) Billy Stephens (ring bearer); (second row) Mary Wise, Fred M. Pickens, and Elizabeth Rossington; (third row)...

1914 – Jackson County Fairgrounds Horse Race

1914 – Jackson County Fairgrounds Horse Race

The virgin timber harvest yielded gigantic logs, which were very difficult to remove from the bottomlands where they were cut.  Several small logging railroads solved the problem for many loggers of this era.  One such line, the Bonnerville and Southern...

1910’s – Jackson County Courthouse and Jail

1910’s – Jackson County Courthouse and Jail

"Aunt" Caroline Dye was known thoughout the region as a seer.  At the time of her death in 1918, Dye's estate included numerous farms and exceeded $100,000.  Memphis musician W.C. Handy sings about her in his 1923 "Sundown Blues": "I'm going to Newport,...

1912 – Jackson County Levying Court

1912 – Jackson County Levying Court

Some of Newport's leading men gather in front of one of their businesses in the 1920's.  From left to right are George L. Robinson, John Stayton, Joe Stayton, J.E. "Cap" Wilmans, Julian Logan, Sam Phillips, and Joe Walker.  Landowners all, they continued to sell their...

1910 – Southwestern Telephone and Telegraph Company

1910 – Southwestern Telephone and Telegraph Company

Described only as "Minnie," this beautifully dressed woman was Lady Elizabeth Watson's nursemaid.  All wealthy white Newport families hired African American nurses for their small children, and they liked to think they treated their maids as a part of the family. ...