Jack Mayfield

Oxford Olden Days: The Formation and Naming of Oxford

Early settlers and land speculators started coming in this area of north Mississippi after the Chickasaw Cession of 1832. An act of the Mississippi...

Oxford Olden Days: Egg Bowl 2005

I can remember as a child in the 1950s and early 60s when a Saturday football game away meant that you would drive up...

Oxford Olden Days: The Formation and Naming of Oxford

Early settlers and land speculators started coming in this area of north Mississippi after the Chickasaw Cession of 1832. An act of the Mississippi...

Oxford Olden Days: The Construction of the First Lafayette County Courthouse

After accepting the donation of fifty acres in the geographical center of the new Lafayette County, the Board of Police (the forerunner of the...

The Organization of Lafayette County –– February 9, 1836

Lafayette County, Mississippi was given its charter by the state of Mississippi on February 9, 1836.  The Treaty of Pontotoc Creek in 1832 between...

Oxford’s Olden Days: He Played Football Without a Helmet

With the publicity that Oxford and Ole Miss received recently with the Mississippi Rising benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims and the start of the...

Oxford’s Olden Days: The 1920s Wreck of the Bilbo, Many Students Injured

In 1928 the roads leading to Oxford were mainly gravel and dangerously muddy after a rainstorm. Many of the Ole Miss students traveled by...

Oxford’s Olden Days: Nobel Laureate Speaks to University High School Commencement

It would be safe to say that no high school in the United States, or anywhere else in the world, has had a Nobel...

Oxford’s Olden Days: Local Writer Shoots his Wife’s Doctor

Since Oxford always has people visiting that are interested in the life and works of William Faulkner, I began looking for an interesting event...

Oxford’s Olden Days: City Marshal Kills Oxford Eagle Editor

From time to time old-time Oxonians call or write me about a piece of Oxford history that interests them. The idea for this column...