Jack Mayfield

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: The Civil War Hospital, War Purposes for University

Three different times during the Civil War the University of Mississippi campus buildings were used as a hospital for sick and injured soldiers. The...

Oxford’s Olden Days: Blind Jim Ivy, Honorary Dean of Freshman

A great many Ole Miss fans will remember the booming voice of Rebel cheers that were led by Blind Jim Ivy. For over fifty-eight years...

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: 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: Kennedy-Price-Shaw House 1860 Hidden on East Jackson Avenue

Local brick-maker David Kennedy built his home in 1860, high on the next ridge over from the town Square on the Pontotoc Road. This...

Oxford’s Olden Days: 30,000 Yankees Encamped at College Hill

In December of 1862, Grant was making the first of three attempts to capture the Gibraltar of the South, Vicksburg. His plan was to...

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...

Mayfield: The Magnolias aka The Honeymoon Cottage

The sixth annual Oxford Pilgrimage had two new additions to the homes open for viewing by visitors to Oxford. The Magnolias, which was built...

Reform or Removal—The Fate of the Chickasaw Nation

Over the last few weeks, I have endeavored to give you some historical information on the Chickasaw Nation and the people who were the...