Wednesday, March 17, 2010

L. B. Davis homeplace

In this aerial photograph shared by Melissa White Harwell, you can clearly see the Leon Burg Davis homeplace and farm that was located south of Fulton. To the rear of the house is the shop where Uncle Burg kept his road graders, trucks and other equipment for use in his responsibilities as Supervisor for the Fifth District of Itawamba County, a position he held for three terms. The Burg Davis home is gone, but today you can see where it used to be along Highway 25 South, next to the Fulton Medical Clinic and across from the Fred's Shopping Center. The small house in the bottom left of the picture may still be standing.

Click on the photograph to enlarge it, and you can spot a small figure crossing the field between the two houses. Perhaps Aunt Emma?

It is hard to imagine that this location would have been out in the country during its time since today it is a busy part of town. Uncle Burg and my Pa Davis were brothers, sons of J.W.A. Davis and Annaliza Morrow. See previous days' posts for more information on this family.

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Itawamba County Times
April 11, 1946
Reunion Is Held in L. B. Davis Home

The L. B. Davis home was a scene of gaiety Sunday, April 7, with all nine children together for the first time in over four years. The children are: Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Grissom, Martha Ann, Sarah, Wayne and Judy; Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Davis and Benny, Mr. and Mrs. Leon B. Davis, Jr. and Stacy, Mr. and Mrs. Julian T. Davis and Pat, Miss Mary Anna Davis of Mobile, Ala, Kathleen, Frank and Joe Davis.

The visitors were Mrs. Lel Grissom and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wiygul and Patsy.


Ma Jean said...

No, that small white house is gone now. It use to stand just to the right of the street that turns to the Family Med Clinic. Some Browns rented that house when I was in HS. We use to stop and pick up Nellie. If you look in the lower rt hand side of the picture, you can see the edge of old hwy 25. There was a big red clay bank going up the side of the hwy

Anonymous said...

Mona and "Ma Jean", do you know if the trees "all lined in rows" in the pasture were a peach or maybe an apple orchard? I first thought pecan trees but I'm not too sure if pecans were a successful commerical business in northern MS. Oh, I do know that they grew that far north because the house where I grew up in Winfield, AL had at least 6, maybe 8 pecan trees - most of them along the east side of the house, but there were pecan trees alternating with peach and apple trees along the back yard. I'm pretty sure these trees were planted just for the shade from that hot afternoon sun in the bedrooms.

I never realized how many pecans those trees produced until one Sunday when we had to make an emergency drive out to Bexar, and a neighbor man watched as all the 7 kids from across the street brought a large wash tub and sticks of fire wood to toss into the trees to shake the pecans down. He knew they were getting a bunch and walked over to where they were busy and he said the tub was full of pecans and he believes that they would have gone for another tub if he hadn't told them they had more than they could eat.

We had to pick the wood out of the driveway before daddy could drive on into the yard.

"Ma Jean", isn't it wonderful that Mona is bringing back so many memories for all of us? Anyway, Happy St. Parick's Day - bettye (more Scotch than Irish!)

Anonymous said...

I shouldn't reply to blogs with a son yakking to me!! I do know my east from my west - those pecan trees were REALLY on the west side of the house! bettye

Anonymous said...

I shouldn't reply to blogs with a son yakking to me!! I do know my east from my west - those pecan trees were REALLY on the west side of the house! bettye