Pittsboro resident recalls courthouse fire of 1922

“When I got there the fire hadn’t reached the chancery clerk’s office but it was full of smoke and fumes.” Ches Ellard, Pittsboro, recalled of the fire that destroyed the Calhoun County Courthouse 40 years ago.
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Early history of Bruce School

The construction of the school building in Bruce was begun in 1929, and the 1929-30 term was first taught in the Bruce school district. When time came for school to begin the building was incomplete, so the high school students started to school in city hall, which is now a dwelling in the Bruce building. When the building was complete, many patrons and students met at the school building and spent the day cleaning the building and the campus.
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Irish immigrant Finn was first to settle at Banner

The fate of the 120-year-old Banner Lodge was originally tied to that of a Methodist Church, both of which were delayed for almost 10 years by the outbreak of the War Between the States.
Also figuring prominently in the story is one of Calhoun County’s most famous historians, Dr. M.D.L. Stephens, The Rambler, whose stories about his travels in the area inspired him to write stories for the newspaper at Pittsboro which have been many times told and retold.

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The Hanging of Dock Bishop In 1886

The information I have here was collected from many different people and papers. Some of the main ones were the Hon. John Going, an eye-witness, Mr. Lonnie D. Hardin, Mr. Walter Mitchell, Rev. Leslie E. Roane. Also Mrs. Clyde Goodson let me borrow her scrapbook which contained the story of the “Hanging of Dock Bishop.” I also talked with others who had exciting stories about him to tell. I became interested in this story when writing a mid-term composition in English the first semester. Mrs. Josh Adams also helped with this report of an event of long ago. Glenda Murphree.
Dock Bishop was a man of striking appearance--more than six feet tall, coal black hair and eyes, a handsome face, fine personality. He was from Lafayette County.

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Derma founded along railroad in 1905

Incorporation of the one-square mile that was to be Derma, MS, was made official on Nov. 21, 1905 by the signature of Gov. James K. Vardaman.
Also incorporated about the same time were Calhoun City (1906) and Vardaman (1904), all in response to the Mobile and Ohio Railroad building a line from Okolona and Houston into Calhoun County.

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John Ellard recalls Pittsboro of the 1930s

On a Sunday afternoon in early April, as we left the restaurant in Pittsboro, John Ellard pointed to the center of the square, where the courthouse had burned in early 1920s.
The curbing around the building and the well in the front were not removed until 1938, he said as we sat in his car before beginning a tour. Jo Ann sat in front and led the conversation, while I sat in back and took notes.

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Big Creek dates back to flat boats on the creeks and rivers

The business district of Big Creek has been purchased by two Calhoun County men, with ties to the village, whose goal is to rebuild the area to its original appearance.
Nathan Harrison and Carter Burns, major stockholders in Cottage Lane Furniture east of Derma, are working from a 1909 picture post card of the business district, starting with the three remaining buildings.

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