Crosswalk Brass Foot
Hattiesburg Area
Historical Society

 

 


HAHS Newsletter

The HAHS Newsletter is mailed to all registered members. Please click the Membership link and join our Society. Here are some samples of past newsletter issues.


Volume 20 - Number 1 - 2017

"A New Use For An Old Building"

In August of 1880, William Harris Hardy took a lunch break under a large Oak tree that stood just behind Hattiesburg's current City Hall. He was surveying for the NO & NE Railroad.

A look through old photographs, city directories, and telephone books provides evidence that businesses in early Hattiesburg frequently moved from one location to another.

After the great fire of October 11, 1893, a new ordinance mandated that all future downtown buildings be constructed of brick or stone. Many remain to continue a cycle of providing space for new occupants within their solid walls.

The old Federal Building, in this picture, was built on the lot where Hardy's lunch break Oak tree stood. It is one of these long-serving structures. After the latest remodeling it temporarly serves as the Hattiesburg Municipal Court.

This newsletter has more detail and is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.


Volume 19 - Number 1 - 2016

"Hattiesburg Public Schools - Part 2"

This issue continues the discussion of Hattiesburg Public Schools, a bit of their history, and how the schools got their names.

Before those who know the information are gone or someone wants the buildings renamed, the HAHS has compiled this information. If you have additional information please call or write us.

This newsletter has more detail and is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.


Volume 18 - Number 2 - 2015

"Hattiesburg Public Schools - Part 1"

The recent donation of a composite photo of the first Rowan High School graduating class and an inquiry about an elementary school's namesake were reminders that the HAHS needed to compile information about the people for whom Hattiesburg schools are named.

It was surprising how little was known about some of them and how few of our residents had actually known the individuals or the reason for their selection. This newsletter begins a two part series with some very interesting information.

This newsletter has more detail and is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.


Volume 18 - Number 1 - 2015

"In Honor and Memory"

If you have ever passed through downtown Hattiesburg, you have seen it.

It has stood beside the 1908 neo-classical revival style Forrest County Courthouse for the last 105 years.

Like thousands of others in both the South and the North, the monument recognizes the men and women who lived and died during the War Between the States.

This newsletter has more detail and is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.


Volume 17 - Number 2 - 2014

"Preserving History One Piece at a Time"

Old YWCA StatureEach week information and artifacts are added to the HAHS collections. These pieces woven together often tell the stories of Hattiesburg and her citizens.

In the Winter 2013 HAHS Newsletter we wrote about the YWCA statue and asked if anyone had additional information on this piece of local history. One of our HAHS members knew where it is now.

This newsletter has more detail and is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.


Volume 17 - Number 1 - 2014

"How Time Flies"

Hattiesburg Airport Dedication By December 17th of 1903, Orville and Wilber Wright made the first sustained, controlled, powered, manned flights.

In 1913 the Wright brothers actually flew from a board runway on a field in Hattiesburg and clipped the only tree in the field. It was not long before aircraft were being used by the military—first for reconnaissance, but soon for combat. Radiotelephones were explored on airplanes as communication between pilots and the ground became more important.

In 1917, a plane was seen on the Normal College (USM) campus next to Hardy Street. The pilot probably landed ont he street since the campus was covered with trees and stumps. Later that year, Ruth Law flew into Camp Shelby, and the public was invited to her show. The Hattiesburg Municipal Airport was completed and dedicated in 1930.

This newsletter has more detail and is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.


Volume 16 - Number 2 - 2013

"Do You Remember" Questions Are Common

YWCA Statue“Do you remember the statue of the lady in front of the YWCA on Hemphill Street?” asked one caller.

Those of us who do remember can not answer questions about why she was there or what she represented.

Homeowners, who lived across the street, did not know her importance. The most often seen photo of the YWCA shows a group of members standing in front of the statue. Unfortunately, they are taller than the statue, so it can’t be seen.

This newsletter has more detail and is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.


Volume 16 - Number 1 - 2013

History of Medicine in Hattiesburg

In 1884 Dr. Gillis opened the “Doctor Shop” up the path from Mobile and Front Streets. City counsel meetings and other civic affairs were held there in addition to the practice of the healing arts. Dr. Gillis was noted for his remarkable cures in the treatment of typhoid fever possibly more than any other disease. He continued his practice in the town until he grew too old to be active. He died March 14, 1901.

This newsletter has more detail and is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.


Volume 15 - Number 2 - 2012

If You'd Only Thought To Ask

It is not uncommon for the HAHS to receive questions about the past. New people, who move into town, want to know about buildings and locations. Researchers want to learn about area’s history and development. Lifelong residents, who see programs on the History channel that stir memories, call for help filling in the gaps. The Museum Staff does its best to provide the requested information.

Sometimes the answer is close at hand, but often research is needed. There are questions for which no answer can be found. Then there are others whose answers turn up unexpectedly months later. Today, we’d like to share some of the answers with you.

This newsletter has more detail and is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.


Volume 15 - Number 1 - 2012

History Is Bursting Out All Over

World War II PlaqueTourists, area students, and new residents inundate the HAHS Museum with questions about Hattiesburg’s history. They are amazed to learn that we are the only Hattiesburg in the world, excited to know that the Choctaw lived here first, and surprised that Hardy also founded Gulfport.

However, one does not have to visit a museum, read one of the numerous books about our area, or even go on line to view our history. Like the flowers of spring, pieces of our local history pop up all round us. In an age when “big bucks” or fame gets one’s name on the front of a building, it is easy to forget that some names are there to honor that person’s contributions of character, education, leadership, business, and community service.

This newsletter has more detail and is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.


Volume 14 - Number 2 - 2011

Hidden Treasure Found in Banker's Memorabilia

Doyle Downs, a 35 year Hattiesburg banker, donated this First National Bank memorabilia to the HAHS Museum. The collection includes embossing stamps, a coin counter, bank bags, photographs, desk supplies, a Model-T minature bank with the "First National Bank of Hattiesburg" long, and numberous other items.

This newsletter has more detail and is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.


Volume 14 - Number 1 - 2011

Recently, a photocopy of a 1908 Hattiesburg, Mississippi, promotional publication arrived at the museum. This Industrial Edition was published under the direction of the Hattiesburg Commercial Club and is so rare that even the Mississippi State Department of Archives and History does not have a copy. The publication filled in a blank for many people concerning the Hattiesburg Business College.

This newsletter has more detail and is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.


Volume 13 - Number 2 - 2010

It's The Little Things That Make Hattiesburg So Interesting.

Most of us have enjoyed ABC books. Although not intended solely for children, these books quickly became associated with simple teachings and early learning. From the 15th century through the 18th century the primer, for students of all ages, often opened with a page of the letters. In 1596, Shakespeare even mentioned the "Absey book" in King John.

Check this ABC variation related to Hattiesburg beginning with "H is for Hattie."

The newsletter is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.

 


Volume 13 - Number 1 - 2010

arnold meador cabinSaving a Family’s Heritage Provides a Look at Early Hattiesburg

The Arnold-Meador Cabin, a unique piece of area history, stands beside Highway 49 just north of the I59 interchange. The double pen dog-trot cabin is supported by twenty heart pine joists that measure 33 feet in length. The roof of hand split cedar shank shingles still protects the memories of seven generations of the Meador family. The exterior walls bear the “juggling” marks created while shaping beams by hand. Giant cedar trees on the property mark the trail wagons traveled, and the original water well stands in the yard.

This newsletter is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.


Volume 12 - Number 2 - 2009

Remembering the Past
Building the Future

Fire Station No. 1 at City Hall in 1953

Current Fire Chief David Webster said, “I believe that the new building will enhance the neighborhood. From this facility we hope to be able to build better relationships with the community as a whole and to aid in the revitalization and preservation of the downtown area.” The new station may open by December 2009.

Fires, in early days, were fought by neighbors and citizens who came when the fire call sounded. In 1893, a major fire destroyed 26 business houses in downtown Hattiesburg. By 1904, the Mayor and Board of Alderman decided a paid fire department was needed. On April 15, 1904, long-time volunteer A. F. Potter was selected as the first paid fireman and chief. He would remain Chief until his death in the line of duty in 1921.

This newsletter is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.


Volume 12 - Number 1 - 2009

A Little Something for Everyone

Barbara Merkel Johnson with sons, Steve and Ray, pose with their donation at the February 22, 2009, Grand Opening of the Hometown Heroes Exhibit.

The exhibit featuring Barbara’s father, WWI hero Edmo Merkel, tells the stories of a number of Hattiesburg natives who have made notable contributions to their communities.

There is something for everyone in this exhibit, so be sure to visit your museum soon. More informaton in the full article.

 


Volume 11 - Number 2 - 2008

Hometown Heros

This issue highlights the new Hattiesburg Area Historical Society Hometown Heros Exhibit. Take a look.

This newsletter is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.

Note: If you do not have the free Adobe Reader installed on your computer, you can download and install the program here.


Volume 11 - Number 1 - 2008

Come On In, And See What Develops!

Pieces of area history appear at the HAHS museum door daily. This newsletter issue features Pine Belt timbers used to repair the USS Constitution, a beautiful glass and gold leaf Citizens Bank sign, plus details about the Newman Lumber Company.

This newsletter is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.

Note: If you do not have the free Adobe Reader installed on your computer, you can download and install the program here.


Volume 10 - Number 2 - 2007

The Carter Building

Carter Building SignThe Carter Building was built in 1904-1905 for the Honorable John Prentiss Carter, a Hattiesburg banker, lawyer, civic leader, and former Mississippi Lieutenant Governor.

This newsletter is available for download in Adobe PDF format ... download here.

Note: If you do not have the free Adobe Reader installed on your computer, you can download and install the program here.


Volume 10 - Number 1 - 2007

Hattiesburg Downtown Post Office

Post OfficeThe Pine Street United States Post Office was built in 1934 and is listed on the Register of Historic Places. Its limestone, fine gray and pink granite, and art deco style (which it shares with the Saenger Theater and Forrest Towers) have helped make it a beloved landmark in downtown Hattiesburg.

In July of 1992, former Mayor Moran Pope wrote in the Hattiesburg American about the building as it received a much needed facelift and cleaning. The following information is based on his research and interviews with local architects. full article >>

Note: A detailed look at the cast metal friezes and other unique post office art work is available in the Gallery.


Volume 9 - Number 2 - 2006

Celebrating Our Heritage!

Recognition TeaThe Hattiesburg Area Historical Society and the three local Daughters of the American Revolution Chapters (John Rolfe, Norvell Robertson and Twentieth Star Chapters) held a Constitution Day Tea in the HAHS Museum on September 17, 2006, in honor of the 219th Anniversary of the United States Constitution. The community was invited.

In keeping with the HAHS purpose to promote better understanding of our American heritage and democratic way of life, a continuous slide show was presented by the HAHS. Guests mingled through a kiosk exhibit highlighting major milestones for the Bill of Rights and the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. full article >>


Volume 9 - Number 1 - 2006

It's Here!

Down at the HAHS Museum we've been anxiously waiting for our ship to come in. Finally, after several false starts, floating around paperless in the shipping system, and resting on a loading dock in devastated Gulfport, Mississippi, it landed upside down (fittingly) in Hattiesburg.

keelboat

What is it? It is a scale model of The Leaf, the circa 1830-1852 river craft found buried upside down in a Leaf River sandbar near New Augusta in the summer drought of 1990. full article >


Volume 8 - Number 1 - 2005

It's Not Your Grandparents' Depot Anymore!

Hattiesburg Train DepotThe New Orleans & Northeastern Railroad brought William Harris Hardy to our area, and it was Hardy who had the privilege of picking the spot for the station and naming it Hattiesburg.

Before the depot was even built, the first news of the 1908 Purvis cyclone arrived at this whistle stop, and the first help for that stricken community departed from here. After its construction in 1910, the Southern Railway Depot, along with the depots for other lines, soon made our town the Hub of South Mississippi's trade and transportation.

Troops by the thousands covered the platform as they disembarked here during two world wars. Hundreds of children have stepped from this pavement for their first ride on a "real train." full article >>


HAHS Museum
Post Office Box 1573
Hattiesburg MS 39403-1573
601-582-5460
Contact Us


| Home | History | Museum | Newsletter | Membership | Sales Counter |
| Donations | Gallery | Links |

 
Maintained by Friends of the Hattiesburg Area Historical Society