Many of our readers already know George M. Denson. We hope many more will form his acquaintance. George first saw the light of day back in 1866. in Morgan County, Alabama. In 1872, his father, William C. Denson Sr. decided to come to Prentiss County. In 1873 he bought the place near New Site where George now lives and has lived since that time. George was the youngest of five brothers and his early life was spent much as that of other boys. He went to school in the old-time schools of the county and at the age of 17 he secured the necessary license and became a schoolteacher. He taught in the rural public schools of east Prentiss County for 40 consecutative years. He stood by the schools when $50 per month for 4 or 5 months" term was considered a princely salary. Many men and women in the county look back with pleasure to their school days with Mr. Denson as teacher.
Like others, he married early in life and with the added responsibility had to do much careful figuring to break even at the end of the year, even though he was getting the princely salary of those days. He has seen the passing of the old-time schools and with it the old-time teacher and in their stead has seen the consolidated school, transportation wagons, and the added requirements for the school teacher. He has always believed in giving the boy and girl the best opportunity that circumstances would permit. He has just had the pleasure of seeing his two youngest daughters graduate from the Thrasher High School.
He saw the condition of the farmer as brought about by the one-crop idea and had a vision of what might be accomplished on a Prentiss County farm. He had a beautiful, well-located farm, with unlimited productive powers, if properly developed. He began to broaden his vision and today has one of the biggest enterprises in the county. The Evergreen Farm, which is sending out millions of potato plants every year and his dairy herd is being built up and in a few years, this will be one of the best farms in the state. His son, William, lives nearby, has a fine farm and is going forward at a good rate.
Mr. Denson is pleasant and honorable in his dealings. He will be glad to great you at his home. When you take your Sunday afternoon drive, don't fail to see the Evergreen Farm and look at his wonderful development and the wonderful possibilities for the future. See the vision he has caught and the admirable way in which he is bringing his ripe experience into place in its development.
Mr. Denson loves his family and his home. He believes in the church, the school and the home and if it county had more people such as George M. Denson, and his estimable family the future of the county would be safe.
To them we extend our congratulations and the hope, that prosperity will smile on them as they go forward to greater and better things.
Source: The Booneville Independent 31 May 1929
Note in 1931 Mr. George M. Denson was elected to the State House of Representatives . The Farm passed at his death to his son George B. Denson and now George B. has passed on and his daughter owns the place.
Submitted by: Ruby Rorie
James Madison Carpenter first saw the light of day near Blackland nearly forty years ago, the son of J.F.H. and Sallie Bartlett Carpenter. His early life was spent in that community on the farm where he attended the public schools. He was left fatherless at an early age and later went to Haynesville, La., where he worked and attended high school. He afterwards entered the State U at oxford, still working his way through. He took his B.A. and M.A. degrees there. He was a member of the North Mississippi Conference for several years, filling several pastorates, among them that of the Second Church at Columbus.
Having aspirations for higher education, he resigned
his ministerial work and marticulated at Harvard near Boston. He has been
there for several- years working toward a Ph.D. degree,
which he will receive this summer. He recently completed the required thesis, of more than 600 pages. He has been instructor in various lines of educational work during this time, special-izing in English. He won a scholarship last year, which gave him four months', travel in Europe. He has recently been awarded a Sheldon Fellowship, the highest honor given at Harvard. This will enable him to spend a year abroad with all expenses paid. He will leave in a short time, and still pursue his studies while abroad.
He has won his education by hard work and stands today as, perhaps the most educated man from Prentiss County. He has made the best use of every opportunity and will devote his life to higher educational work.
His aged mother, two brothers and two sisters
still reside in Prentiss County, while one sister Mrs. Lanning lives in
Corinth. He is a nephew of the late Tise Carpenter. He is Unmarried.
His many friends here will watch his further career with the greatest interest.
SOURCE: The Booneville Independent 3 May 1929
Submitted by: Ruby Rorie
Thirty-eighth years isn't a very long time, but plenty long enough for a man to make good.
Back in 1891 J. Alvin Bolton was born over in the south-eastern part of the county, near Marrietta, the youngest of ten children. He received a grammar school education in the Booneville schools and spent a year in college at Henderson, Tenn. At the end of that time, in 1908, his father, Mr. J.H. Bolton, one of the hardy and well-loved pioneers, passed away and Alvin was forced to quit college. His schooling however, had done him good and he accepted a position with the Tays Gin as bookkeeper, serving in that capacity for eleven years.
In 1925, Mr. Bolton, with his brother R.L. established
the Bolton Brothers electric cotton gin in East Booneville and since that
time he has been in active charge of the business. During the five seasons
they have been operating they have ginned a total of approximately 17,000
Besides the cotton business, Mr. Bolton has the local Whippet Agency and conducts a garage and service station in connection. Since taking over this Agency he has sold a great many Whippets, although he has not been pushing the sales end very streanously for the past several months on account of other business occupying his time.
In 1911 Mr. Bolton was united in marriage to Miss
Anna Jameison of Henderson, Tenn., who has been a faithful helpmet. To
them have been born four children, three of whom are living. They have
a fine home near his place of business which makes it convenient for him
in his work.
He has recently erected several other business next to his garage, including a grocery store, lunch room and barber shop. These he had rented out to active, wide awake men who are doing fine business.
During the years Mr. Bolton has been in contact with the public he has met practically every man, woman and child in Prentiss County, and having a knack for remembering names and faces, he seldom has to ask a man who he is or where he resides.
It is needless for us to say Mr. Bolton has made good. Judging from his well-established business connections he has made a financial success, and every citizen of the county will agree with us that he has made a host of true friends. If he were to list his tangible assets he could doubtless make an attractive showing, but besides this he has something perhaps more valuable the friendship of hundreds who believe in him and who patronize him, not alone because of the service he gives his customers, but also because he has won, through honesty and fair dealings, the highest esteem of those with whom he comes in contact.
SOURCE: The Booneville Independent 29 November 1929
Submitted by: Ruby Rorie
Mrs. C.W. Rugg was before her marriage, Miss Maggie McLeran the daughter of Mr. William and Mrs. Mattie Cogdell McLeran, who resided about one and a half miles north of Booneville, where Mrs. Rugg reside until her marriage. She was educated in the Booneville Schools and began teaching at the age of Seventeen. For ten years she followed this profession, teaching at Gaston, Petty, Blackland, Burcham, Burton, West and Dumas. She was married to C.W. Rugg of Thrasher in 1902, at which place they have lived since that time.
Mrs. Rugg is the mother of three children, two daughters, and one son, Mary and Martha and Frank, and since they were small she has mothered Gladys and Herman Rugg, took them into her home after the death of their parents, and they were really and truly adopted. All the girls of the family have already graduated from college. Herman Rugg has been attending A & M College and Frank graduated from Thrasher High School at the close of its last session, being a member of the first class to graduate since the school was elevated to the 12th grade.
In 1911 Mr. & Mrs. Rugg purchased their first purebred leghorns. In 1923 they began the poultry business in earnest. They began with 200 hens and purchased a 600-egg incubator. In 1925 they bought and put in operation a 700-egg incubator, and the following year their business demanded an additional 300-egg capacity machine. In order to take care of the local patronage they now have a 10,000 egg capacity hatchery. Their business extends to other countries adjoining Prentiss. As time went along they found that the dairy business would go well with the chickens and they added a dairy and as a further side line they raised purebred Eskimo dogs for which they find a ready sale. Mrs. Rugg looks after the incubators in the main. We could multiply other things that Mr. & Mrs. Rugg have done, and point out sufficient good traits to fill a book, but we have enough to draw some conclusions and to show why Mrs. Rugg deserves a high place in "Who's Who" in Prentiss County.
In the first place she was a teacher of real ability. She had an insight into human values; she led her pupils out and developed them, taught them to think for themselves, inspired them to greater efforts by her own enthusiasm. She is a person of vision, of energy, of practical application. No one thing is counted common or small importance by Mrs. Rugg. She has dignified Industry. She has a world vision, she studies and knows human values and the value of education, and she knows the minutest detail of the diversified industry, which she helps to promote. Difficulties flee before her like a "haunt" before a rising sun. Five children, three college graduates and the other two destined to be, and with all the multiplied duties. No days were taken out of school. If multiplied thousands of Mothers could only have the vision; could only weigh problems in their true light as has Mrs. Rugg. Where hundreds are saying it can't be done. Mrs. Rugg has done it. Mentally and Physically alert and with strong religious convictions, she has displayed courage and demonstrated strategic talent equal to any soldier who ever fought on any battlefield. The govern-ment of the United States should recognize such characters, and place a cross of honor upon their shoulder. It is the person like Mrs. Rugg who can keep up the morale and do little things in a big way in the small place, that the world needs today to transform it mentally, morally and economically. Mrs. Maggie
McLeran Rugg, the woman of vision, of inspiration, of application, of accomplishments, the woman with a high sense of human values and with the practical ingenuity to force conditions favorable to the growth and the development of the best there is in those under her charge.
SOURCE: The Booneville Independent 19 July 1929
Submitted by: Ruby Rorie
As far as we are informed the oldest woman in Booneville yet
the youngest to her age is Mrs. Annie Johnsey. She is a character, choice,
unique and set apart. Before her marriage at
nineteen Mrs. Johnsey was Miss Vaughn. She was born at Jackson Port, Arkansas in 1830. Her mother died at her birth. She does not remember seeing her father. At five years of age she was brought to Mississippi by her grandparents on her Mother's side, Wootens. She boared for a number of years in the home of Col Taylor of Rienzi and with Mrs. Jennie Ross. She was married to Mr. Holmes Johnsey in 1858. When the sound of arms came in 1861, Mr. Johnsey answered the call. He spent four years in the combat. He served under Gen. M.P. Lowrey, the "Fighting Parson", a part of the time. He was wounded at Gettysburg. Mr. Johnsey engeged in business in Booneville for a number of years. He passed away to his reward thirty years ago, in 1900. To this union only one child was born, which died.
Mrs. A.E. Hollandsworth of Jacinto, and with whom she spends some time , is her cousin. She has a cousin Mark Majors, of Port Arthur, Texas, brother to Mrs. Sollandsworth and her favorite cousin, although not blood kin, D. J.A. Majors of Dallas Texas. She never forgets "Albert" and "Albert" never forgets "Aunt Annie". Dr. Majors operates two large medical books supply houses. He travels quite a bit; he knows more Physicians perhaps, by name than any other person in the United States, but no matter where he goes nor with whom he is, nor how pressing his duties, he never forgets "Aunt Annie" and he never fails to visit her. Other relatives of Mrs. Johnsey are Mrs. Ira Taylor and Mrs. Sid Stephens.
For a number of years Mrs. Johnsey kept a boardinghouse in Booneville, She mothered a number of young men, some of whom have passed to their reward. Among the number she speaks of are the names P.J. Foster, "Bud" Holley, John Buchanan, Hon.J.E. Berry (deceased).
On the sixteenth of next month Mrs. Johnsey will be ninety one years young. But with her years don't count. She has the ability of the average person of fifty. Her mind is alert, interested and active. Only a few months ago she made a visit to Texas. She keeps up with the general news of the country. She is scarcely ever sick, except an occasional sore throat, tonsillitis, like many children are subject to. And we venture to say if they get to bothering her too much she will have them clipped out. Her health was a bit delicate when she was about 45 years of age, but for the past 45 years she has been in fine health. She loves her friends and they love her. When she was asked how she accounted for her youthful appearance at 91 she said she hardly knew. She said that she had never had a hard time, has always been well cared for, never overworked - just taken things easy, eats regularly and gets plenty of sleep, and that she did not worry. It is said that she scarcely ever misses a mel, and yet she is not a heavy eater. She eats very little between meals. She usually gets 8 or 9 hours sleep at night and then a good nap after dinner at noon. She has soft, warm. youthful skin, and her hair is glossy with life. She is about normal in weight, maybe a bit sub-normal. "Miss Annie" has been a member of the Methodist Church for more than half a century.
"Miss Annie" is a person who will never grow old, no matter how many milestones she passes. Her friends, and she has no enemies, are hoping and expecting her to round out the full century in the youthful manner in which she is finishing the first year of the last decade on it. We believe she will do this and enter upon the Second Century much stronger than upon the first. Mrs. Johnsey is an optimist. She radiates sunshine and exuberancy. Her wisdom, her counsel and her nature and sound judgment is blessing Booneville and Prentiss County, yes, our State and our nation each day. In her youthful manner may she continue to laugh at the years as they glide by and may she continue to scatter her sunshine and multiply her blessings upon her friends who are legion.
SOURCE: The Booneville Independent 21 January 1930
Submitted by: Ruby Rorie