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Ask Rufus: Art, Hurricanes and French Explorers

Posted 9/19/2020 in Local Columns

It is amazing how people, places and events are so interconnected.

 

Ask Rufus: De Soto's Tombigbee crossing

Posted 9/5/2020 in Local Columns

Lately the ghost of Hernando de Soto has popped up on Facebook. I have seen several comments about where his expedition crossed the Tombigbee River, probably on December 16, 1540.

 

Ask Rufus: The Legacy of Joe Duck

Posted 8/22/2020 in Local Columns

When hurricanes head into the Gulf, we all start to wonder when, where and how bad will landfall be. The storm updates and forecasts we keep up with have a lot to do with the legacy of Col. Joseph Duckworth.

 

Ask Rufus: The Last Combat Mission of World War II

Posted 8/15/2020 in Local Columns

Seventy-five years ago, the 43rd Bombardment Squadron was part of the last combat mission of World War II. Today, the 43rd is a flying training squadron at Columbus Air Force Base.

 

Ask Rufus: Stories from Friendship Cemetery

Posted 8/8/2020 in Local Columns

Columbus' Friendship Cemetery is most noted for its association with the Civil War and Memorial Day, but there is a lot more history than that to be found there.

 

Ask Rufus: The Lost Fort of Plymouth Bluff

Posted 8/2/2020 in Local Columns

In early August 1813, hostilities with the Creek Indian Nation were rapidly escalating. John Pitchlynn's residence at Plymouth Bluff was the closest Choctaw settlement to the Creeks, and in response he fortified his residence. It became known as Fort Smith.

 

Ask Rufus: A Town Called West Port

Posted 7/25/2020 in Local Columns

West Port was an early 1800s town located where the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway channel now cuts old Highway 82 to make The Island. The town arose in the 1830s as an alternative river port across from Columbus.

 

Ask Rufus: A Gift of Memories

Posted 7/18/2020 in Local Columns

On Friday I went out to Caledonia with Danny Coggins to take a gift from James Farmer to Bradford Freeman.

 

Ask Rufus: Lost Graves and the Confederate Monument

Posted 7/11/2020 in Local Columns

Last week the subject about possibly relocating the Confederate monument at the Lowndes County Courthouse to a possible location at Friendship Cemetery came up.

 

Ask Rufus: Real Heroes

Posted 7/4/2020 in Local Columns

This Fourth of July weekend we celebrate America's independence as a holiday weekend. At a time when heroes are needed, we are now prone to judge those of the past by the standards of today and we are seeing efforts to tear down or remove memorials to Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Jefferson.

 

Ask Rufus: Flags and Heritage

Posted 6/27/2020 in Local Columns

The 1st Mississippi Regiment, better known as the Mississippi Rifles or Riflemen, stood fast at the Battle of Buena Vista and scaled the walls of a Mexican fort at Monterey during the Mexican American War in 1846 and '47.

 

Ask Rufus: The Mississippi Flag

Posted 6/20/2020 in Local Columns

It was almost 10 years ago that I first wrote a column on the state flag and the need to look at changing it.

 

Ask Rufus: The Twist and Turns of History

Posted 6/13/2020 in Local Columns

One of the things that makes history so interesting to me are all the strange twist and turns that you find when you dig into it.

 

Ask Rufus: What Brave Noble Fellows They Were

Posted 6/6/2020 in Local Columns

They were America's "Greatest Generation" and 76 years ago they stormed the beaches of Normandy.

 

Ask Rufus: Early Roads

Posted 5/30/2020 in Local Columns

The last several weeks I have spent many days walking and enjoying the almost five miles of trails through woods and sloughs at MUW's Plymouth Bluff Center.

 

Ask Rufus: Remembering Memorial Day

Posted 5/23/2020 in Local Columns

Memorial Day weekend is the grand opening of summer. A time when, hopefully practicing social distancing, family and friends take to the river, the beach, play golf or go fishing. A time for beer and backyard barbecues or family picnics with iced tea and fried chicken. But we all need to stop, reflect and remember.

 

Ask Rufus: The Hitch Lot Farmer's Market sits on a story

Posted 5/16/2020 in Local Columns

With the recent reopening of the Hitch Lot Farmers Market, the fascinating history of its location comes to mind. The area now commonly referred to as the Hitch Lot -- or soccer complex -- is the location of the earliest known industrial site in Columbus.

 

Ask Rufus: Unsung American Heroes

Posted 5/2/2020 in Local Columns

This is a story of men, who in spite of discrimination at home, become heroes in defense of America's freedom either in combat or in support of those who were.

 

Ask Rufus: Cordials to Kool-Aid

Posted 4/25/2020 in Local Columns

Last week I wrote of old Columbus porches and some of the beverages served there.

 

Ask Rufus: Stories on a Southern Porch

Posted 4/18/2020 in Local Columns

It was not long ago that sitting on a porch sharing stories seemed to have become a relic of former days. That is no longer necessarily the case.

 

 

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