Jack Mayfield

Spartans of the Miss. Valley

Last week I wrote about the arrival of the Chickasaw Indians into this area of north Mississippi. If you will recall, there were two...

Oxford’s Olden Days: The Beginnings of Oxford and the J. E. Neilson Company

In your mind’s eye try to look back and what Oxford was like in, say 1839. Picture yourself walking along the top of a ridge...

Chickasaw/Spanish Part Company

Last week I ended my column with the Chickasaw being given an object lesson by the Spanish. If you will recall, the Spaniards caught...

Oxford’s Olden Days: Home Depicts Not So Glamorous Lifestyle of Old South

In the spring of 1979, during the sixteenth annual Oxford Pilgrimage, two homes were added to the list of homes to be viewed by...

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: 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 Olden Days: Buried Treasure Near Tallahatchie River

In the early part of the nineteenth century when the area of Lafayette County was being settled by the white man there were still...

Mayfield: Oxford’s Lost Antebellum Homes

In 1984, Jack Case Wilson, a native of Greenville and Ole Miss graduate, published a book on the history of Oxford homes. The book...

Oxford’s Olden Days: 1865 Grenada Home Reconstructed in Oxford

The 20th annual Oxford Pilgrimage saw the addition of a home that had stood in Grenada since 1865. In 1983 the home of Dr....

Oxford’s Olden Days: Scoutmaster William Faulkner Tricked by His Scouts

As a child growing up in Oxford, William Faulkner enjoyed most any outdoor activity. One of the outdoor activities that he and he brothers...