Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A little tongue-in-cheek look at BHS football in the 50s from Robert Hamlin... 


--To be read atthe dedication of the Slewfoot statue
                                    on Main Street in Baldwyn, Mississippi,
                                    duringthe 2012 Okeelala Festival
Muse of football jocks and fans,
Of epic contests, fierce and gory,
Give me words to sing in praise
Of Slewfoot’s claim to fame and glory.
Two great teams—Bearcats and Aggies—
Locked in scoreless, mortal fight;
To claim the prized Tombigbee crown
Would be the victor’s hard-earned right.
Homeric strife as gridiron foes
Up and down the field collide,
Passes caught and tackles made,
With no clear edge to either side.

Until, the Bearcats backed against their goal,
First and ten too far away,
But Bearcats’ fans need have no fear,
Slewfoot’s leg would save the day.

Slewfoot was the Bearcats’ punter,
An awesome, mighty leg had he,
And when he put his foot to ball
’Twas a marvelous sight for all to see.

Heflin‘s snap was straight and true,
Slewfoot’s catch was just as fair.
But when he stepped to kick the ball,
His foot found only . . . empty air.
Rise up, Outlaw, Reynolds, Christian,
And all the gallant Bearcat band,
You must now save your buddy Slew
From infamy with a goal-line stand.
And that they do. They stop the Aggies,
Then Rutherford breaks a touchdown run.
The Bearcats win!  And Slewfoot’s gaffe
Proves no disgrace, but only fun.

More Tombigbee titles would be won,
But Slewfoot’s feat fans still recall:
Batters, even golfers, whiff, but only once
Has punter flat out missed the whole dang ball!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Union Soldier Grave near Baldwyn

East of Baldwyn, near the Hopewell community, is a grave unknown or mostly forgotten by many Baldwynians. This grave is on the side of the road and was almost removed and relocated once due to being on a new right-of-way, but Charlie Murray Gordon who was supervisor at the time worked out a new route and left it intact.

For many years a mystery person decorated the grave, but was never identified. The grave is still kept cleaned and decorated by "concerned citizens" as depicted on the marker.

Thanks to Henry Outlaw for these photos, made on Okeelala Festival Day, 2011. Pictured are Henry and Doug Pruitt of Baldwyn. Sorry I failed to ID them previously.

Old Basketball Newspaper Item

I don't remember if I sent ya'll this article or not, but here it is anyway. Back in the day, Daddy was a "stringer" for one of the Memphis newspapers and occasionally sent in articles that they published.  I'm not sure, but I suspect the "Evening Appeal" was a predecessor to the "Commercial Appeal".  I found this interesting in that they actually played Ole Miss AND BEAT THEM!  This was a semi-pro team I believe that got together and played in the area.  I think that the Grisham mentioned was Forest Grisham.  The last name, Blackard, I think was Arnold Blackard, who later owned a restaurant/hamburger shop next to Daddy's pool room in Tupelo across from the courthouse next to where the "Stables" restaurant is now located.  The others I just don't know about.  Maybe some of your readers can answer some of these questions.

From Robert H. Palmer. Thanks, Robert. Hope the image size is OK, I have to get the size right for this and mobile devices also, and sometime it is a guess only situation. -CH

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Baldwyn Businesses - 1950s

From Robert Palmer:

I just found this. It's hard to see, but there is a sign sticking out from the front of the building that says "Shoe Shop" and you can see the rims of the chairs in the window where Robert Finger had a place for folks to sit while he worked on their shoes. If I recall correctly, the chairs had a chrome metal railing and the seats and backs and armrests were a maroon or burgundy color. That memory just hit me when I saw this picture. The building was originally Orr's Cafe.

Mr. Finger's shoe shop at one time was located under the bank building (Farmers and Merchants Bank) and after he left there a Mr. Boggs had a shoe repair business in the same place (or do I have that backwards?)
I remember Mr. Finger had a Dodge pickup truck to commute in. He gave me a ride one cold morning and I noticed he had a kerosene heater sitting on the floorboard hump, and it really felt good! - Carl