Friday, October 17, 2008

Hauling Bales of Cotton From the Gin to the Railroad ca. 1917

Pictured above is a postcard of Tupelo, Mississippi entitled “The way we do things in Tupelo, Mississippi.” The postcard was mailed to Jessie Davis Moore while he was in military service during World War I, from his brother Audie Ellis Moore. Showing a wagon loaded with cotton bales the handwritten note reads: This is the way we may do it next fall, only on a smaller scale. A.E. Moore”

Fifteen-year-old Jessie Davis Moore is listed in the 1910 Itawamba County census as living in the Greenwood community with his parents, Charles D. and Lizzie Simmons Moore. Jessie was the grandson of Samuel Branch Moore, a native of North Carolina who came to Itawamba County during the early 1840’s. Samuel Branch Moore (born February 21, 1808, died December 2, 1898, buried Keyes Cemetery) married Frances Jane Galloway in Itawamba County on April 20, 1842. She was the daughter of early Itawamba settler, Levi Galloway.

Jessie Davis Moore, born March 2, 1895, married Fannie Lee Loden in Itawamba County on September 20, 1925. She was the daughter of Jeddeah Buckston Loden and Emma Sheffield.

The society would like to thank Brenda Moore Franklin of Oxford for sharing this unique postcard, and several other family heirloom photographs, with fellow Oxford resident Mona Mills and the society. A special thanks to Mona Mills for scanning the collection.

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