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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.


Ask Rufus: A Walk Through Time

Posted 4/11/2020 in Local Columns

Several years ago, I wrote about how the Riverwalk is not only a touch of natural beauty at the edge of downtown but also a place steeped in history. I have expanded that old column further describing how history merges with the beautiful natural landscape along the walkway.


Ask Rufus: Palm Sunday, Holy Week and an Easter Feast

Posted 4/4/2020 in Local Columns

Today is Palm Sunday with Holy Week and Easter to follow. In reviewing Columbus newspaper accounts of Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter there were actually little mentioned until the early 1900s.


Ask Rufus: A Walk Through 200 Years of History

Posted 3/28/2020 in Local Columns

One of the highlights to have been included in this year's Pilgrimage was an Architectural History Walking Tour of Southside by Ken P'Pool, retired deputy state historic preservation officer and longtime head of the Division of Historic Preservation for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.


Ask Rufus: An 1828 Choctaw Account of Creation

Posted 3/21/2020 in Local Columns

A fascinating article on the Choctaw account of creation was written by Rev Alfred Wright, a missionary at Mayhew, for the Missionary Herald and published in the July 2, 1828, Cherokee Phoenix of New Echota, Georgia.


Ask Rufus: 'All the Beauty and Innocence of Eden'

Posted 3/14/2020 in Local Columns

So often when we think of the grand beauty of nature, we think of impressive sights such as Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon. While those are truly world class wonders, the countryside around us is filled with wondrous beauty and fascinating sights only on a lesser scale.


Ask Rufus: The Presence of History

Posted 3/7/2020 in Local Columns

Sometimes when you are walking across a piece of property, the land seems to speak. There seems to be almost a spiritual presence as though it is a special or holy place. Often that piece of earth is the location of some historic event or of religious significance.


Ask Rufus: The Story of the Columbus Pilgrimage

Posted 2/29/2020 in Local Columns

In the mid-1930s, my grandfather, T.C. Billups, who was circulation manager for The Commercial Dispatch, was seeking ways to promote Columbus. He observed the success of Natchez and several other Southern towns in using a spring pilgrimage to attract tourists and promote community development.


Ask Rufus: Happy 200th Birthday to the Columbus Post Office

Posted 2/22/2020 in Local Columns

Last Dec. 6 was the bicentennial of the official recognition of the Town of Columbus. However, as the Mississippi-Alabama line had not been surveyed, it was believed Columbus was in Alabama and the act mentioning Columbus was passed by the Alabama Legislature.



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