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Ask Rufus: Newspapers, a window on the past

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

When working on my weekly Dispatch column, I often rely on period newspapers for primary source information. That creates a real problem for me, as I almost always get sidetracked.

 

Ask Rufus: The Columbus landscape of 1817

Posted 12/11/2017 in Local Columns

The first Anglo-American settlement in northeast Mississippi occurred at Cotton Gin Port on the Tombigbee (near present day Amory) in 1801. Following that settlement, John Pitchlynn established his residence at Plymouth Bluff, four miles north of present-day downtown Columbus in 1810.

 

Ask Rufus: How Grant saved Columbus

Posted 12/2/2017 in Local Columns

On Thursday, Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University celebrated the grand opening of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana.

 

Ask Rufus: The Vienna and the story its photo tells

Posted 11/25/2017 in Local Columns

The Vienna was a 176 ton, 155-by-26-by-4.5 feet stern-wheeler built in 1898.

 

Ask Rufus: 200,000 Cousins

Posted 11/18/2017 in Local Columns

With Thanksgiving approaching, preschools and elementary schools always have their Thanksgiving programs.

 

Ask Rufus: Documenting early Columbus 1817-1821

Posted 10/28/2017 in Local Columns

It was 200 years ago, probably in October or November 1817, that the first house within the original town limits of Columbus was built.

 

Ask Rufus: Passing Thoughts of Long Ago

Posted 10/14/2017 in Local Columns

Sometimes being away from home reminds you of home in a very poignant way.

 

Ask Rufus: Preserving History

Posted 10/8/2017 in Local Columns

In 1917 Jullian Street wrote an article about Columbus for Collier's Weekly Magazine. Street and a Collier's artist were visiting cities and towns across the country for a series called "American Adventures."

 

Ask Rufus: The City Halls of Columbus

Posted 9/23/2017 in Local Columns

The recent completion of the restoration of Columbus City Hall has brought to mind the fascinating stories of earlier buildings that served as city hall.

 

Ask Rufus: A grand Air Force heritage

Posted 9/16/2017 in Local Columns

The heritage of the Air Force in the Golden Triangle runs deep.

 

Ask Rufus: Lt. Col. Duckworth and the 'Surprise Hurricane' of 1943

Posted 9/9/2017 in Local Columns

As Hurricane Irma tracked across the Caribbean last week, we got frequent updates of where it was and where landfall might be.

 

Ask Rufus: The legacy of Madam John's Legacy

Posted 9/2/2017 in Local Columns

One of the earliest styles of architecture in the south and the style of the some of the oldest surviving houses in Columbus is the raised cottage.

 

Ask Rufus: The blues

Posted 8/26/2017 in Local Columns

I grew up claiming the Black Prairie as home. Named after its rich black or charcoal colored soil the Black Prairie stretches in a crescent shape from northeast Mississippi to south west Alabama.

 

Ask Rufus: Lost churches of Columbus

Posted 8/19/2017 in Local Columns

Lately I have been asked about some of the old church buildings of Columbus that have been lost to so-called progress.

 

Ask Rufus: 'What brave noble fellows they were'

Posted 8/12/2017 in Local Columns

The past few days have been fun, informative and poignant for me.

 

Ask Rufus: The Columbus Bicentennial

Posted 8/5/2017 in Local Columns

Apparently there is confusion over the year in which Columbus should celebrate its bicentennial.

 

Ask Rufus: Footprints of Columbus' earliest days

Posted 7/29/2017 in Local Columns

Offset streets and city blocks across South Side and along Military Road and Waterworks on North Side show the footprints of Columbus' earliest days.

 

Ask Rufus: Highway 45 North to the Ocean

Posted 7/22/2017 in Local Columns

My grandchildren Harper and Sykes are visiting from Virginia and wanted to go hunting, dinosaur and shark hunting.

 

Ask Rufus: The local press

Posted 7/15/2017 in Local Columns

In history books we read the big picture of important events, but all too often the details and working personalities behind those events are overlooked.

 

Ask Rufus: Treasures from camp

Posted 7/8/2017 in Local Columns

Last week, I ventured south to spend a day at Episcopal Camp Bratton-Green, 9 miles north of Canton, at Way.

 

 

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