Articles by Rufus Ward
The old Gilmer Hotel Block downtown is one of Columbus’ most historic city blocks and traces the early history of the town. Its legal description is fitting, Block 1 North of Main Street.
History is never simple and can be awfully confusing, especially when you fall down a rabbit hole.
This year’s New Year’s Day arrived with more than a fair share of worries.
As Christmas approaches, one of the most popular holiday topics is always food.
Names preserve a place’s story and history. Many local roads and streams actually have real stories to tell.
Last week I was in Alexandria, Virginia, for a family visit. It turned out my granddaughter’s school class was studying the Indians of Virginia. We had planned on spending a few days in Yorktown sightseeing, and so the timing was perfect for a side trip to Jamestown.
Thanksgiving has now passed, and Christmas is fast approaching, which raises that perennial holiday beverage controversy: What is the favored Christmas Holiday’s libation, eggnog or milk punch?
Three weeks ago, I was at a luncheon at the Aliceville Museum. Linda Anderson and her sister Bonnie Anderson Hariton had come from California to present to the museum a collection of silverware their father had sent home at the end of World War II.
Last week I was talking about Columbus history with Mayor Keith Gaskin, and he mentioned that on November 18 there would be the pardoning of a Thanksgiving Turkey in Columbus. That made me think about early Columbus and the turkey lore I have heard or read. That lore has roots in Alabama and Mississippi which go back for centuries, extending even into prehistoric times.
We are in the middle of football season with a lot of interest not just in high school and college games but also in the NFL. While Mississippi has never had an NFL team, there have been pro football teams from minor or indoor leagues.
From 1823 until about 1920 steamboats plied the Tombigbee between Columbus and Mobile. For many of those years the river was Columbus’ principal artery of commerce. Those times brought many steamboat accidents and accidents involving people living and working along the river.
This evening from 6:30 till 9:00 at the Black Prairie Blues Museum in downtown West Point there will be a music event not just to hear but to experience.
On Aug. 23, 1972, a time capsule was buried at Leigh Mall in front of Sears with instructions to open it during Columbus’ bicentennial in 2021.
When researching local history, you never know what rabbit hole you might fall into.
Through spring and summer, we have been enjoying the vivid display of color of our common flowers, many of which are native to this area.
Last weekend I was visiting my friends, Bruce and Faye Bennett, in Pine Apple, Alabama. Bruce and I were talking about how there is so much of our history people do not know. The topic of how German U-boats operated in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II came up.
Last week I helped Nancy Carpenter and Visit Columbus show our town to a German travel writer who was on a tour of Mississippi. I found his comments about Columbus and what appealed to him as a tourism asset most interesting. It was the walkways, historic vistas and slices of natural history that surround downtown or are only a short drive away.
The steamer Magnolia was a survivor.
Thursday was a day of mixed feelings. The day started when I attended the Change of Command of the 43rd Flying Training Squadron at Columbus Air Force Base.
Last week I started the story of Dr. Frank M. Bell who was born and raised in Columbus, was an aviation pioneer, a “leading spirit” of the Catalina Island sailing community, had the first automobile in El Paso, was the hero of a trainwreck in Kansas, was tried but acquitted of murdering his brother-in-law in San Francisco and died in 1914 after an “aeroplane accident” in Meridian.