The Hilda Hoffmann Memorial Archive

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New Library Brochure

The Brochure shown below is now available to showcase the Clunie / Hoffmann Heritage Library. It presents a quick overview of the contents and history of the Library.

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2013 Chairman’s Report

2013 Chairman’s Annual Report

My role today as former Chairman of the Board of Directors, is to summarize the accomplishments of the Archives for the last year. Nothing was done without the help of the Board of Directors and most importantly the volunteers.

The Archives faced serious financial problems in January 2013. I began to raise money as quickly as possible by taxing the Board members for the privilege of serving on the Board. They could recruit two new members or donate $50.00. Most of the Board complied. Continue reading

May 3, 2012 New City Hall Dedication


May 3, 2013 was a very interesting day. It was the dedication of the new City Hall and was attended by Gov. Bryan, Sen. Palazzo and notables down the line. Dr Ed Pinero, Mayor and City Mgr. Jim Luke did a fine MC job and the speeches were appropriate and notably short. The Flag raising went well and the Wm. Carey quartet and band from Picayune High School performed . A large, enthusiastic crowd filled the area. A light sprinkle cut the program by about 10 minutes. One could take in the entire proceedings from our front porch. Continue reading

2013 Picayune Street Fair

The Picayune Street Fair was Saturday and there seemed to be more booths and old cars than in years past. The street was very active.

Helen and I got to the Williams Street house at 8:30 and found the two tents up and the volunteers busy setting up. Ed was the only able bodied man and was much in demand. If I counted right there were 9 worker bees. There was an amazing amount of stuff on display. The street was closed to traffic and the Church parking area was much in use. The foot traffic was drawn in by the clever signs made by Lorraine, our banker. The pricing of water and cokes was a bargain compared to the stuff on the street. Continue reading

Old Granny Bounds Cemetery


by Sara Sheldon


Granny Bounds was Fereby Dearman Ei aunds born 1774, who was the mother of Frances “Franky” Bounds who married Hiram Stewart about 1820. It is for Fereby this old cemetery was named.

This section is to record my visit to Granny Bounds Cemetery in Forrest County, MS and the interview I had with Mr. Ernestine Thompson, author, artist and historian who accompanied me from her home nearby. April 17, 2007.

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Dale Family Cemetery by Sara Sheldon


A partial listing for an infamous little cemetery ,

by Sara Sheldon

Re: JAMES A HARVEY, WAGES AND McGRATH burials. (James Copeland)

I, Sara Sheldon, am the first cousin of Polly Stewart Ray who wrote the book, “Bilbo and Kin” in 1985. . Polly was born Moloie L’ese “Polly” Stewart on 6 October 1922 and she died in 1997. She was the daughter of Louie Ellis “Pinky” Stewart (1898-1963 and Beulah Mae Blab° (1901-1994 Her father was my mother’s brother, both children of Jesse Stewart (1858-1931 and Martha Ora Byrd (1864-1938). She wrote the following to me after finding the final resting place for Wages and McGrath of the Copeland Clan and what turned out to be a long-time temporary resting place for James A. Harvey who shot and killed the two at “the Battle of Harvey”. Excerpts from her letter to my mother, Verna Stewart Dillingham in January of 1996:

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