Federal agents, assisted by Stone County Sheriff Eldon Ladner, seized a giant whiskey still in Stone County Thursday morning. They confiscated 320 barrels of sugar rye mash. Located about three miles west of Bond, the still is believed to have been one of the largest ever found in the state. Two men from Saucier were arrested.
From Stone County Enterprise, February 15, 1928 (An announcement)
We have examined and considered the America Pickle and Canning Company proposition to the farmers in the Wiggins Territory and give it our endorsement and support.
We urge every farmer in the Wiggins territory to put in some cucumbers for the factory
KENNEDY & COMPANY, KEW MERCANTILE, CO-OPERATIVE COMPANY, WIGGINS DRY GOODS CO., E.A. BOND GROCERY, JITNEY CAFE, BANK OF WIGGINS, BRELAND MERCANTILE CO., WIGGINS DRUG STORE, DUGGAN’S RESTAURANT, FARMER’S DRUG STORE, JOES THE TAYLOR, MARTIN BROTHERS, L.A. WALLER, JEWELER, E.R. SMITH HARDWARE, STONE CO. ENTERPRISE
First Baptist Church Wiggins (FBCW) hosted Bethlehem Revisited several times during the early 1980′s. In the late 1990′s, FBCW began hosting Bethlehem every other year. Now, it is hosted annually.
Bethlehem involves over 200 people( ages 2 weeks to 80+ years) in the village and behind the scenes. In the most recent years, over 1000 people per year toured Bethlehem. Church volunteers spend several days building the city on the parking lot across from the Sanctuary. Local farmers provide a host of animals… sheep, goats, donkey, chickens, horses, llamas, cows and geese. The city is open for walking tours where visitors can experience the sight and sounds of Bethlehem on Saturday night and Sunday night. In the church Sanctuary is a live Nativity. Local musicians play Christmas music as visitors approach the manger.
Bethlehem is a gift to the community from the members of First Baptist Church. Through Bethlehem they share the real meaning of Christmas. Join them this year on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8.
Wiggins is in the midst of a “scarecrow event” called THE SCARECROW CONVENTION (This is also known as “Scarecrows on the Hill”. This event is now three years old and headed up by “The Pine Hill Ladies (Mary Webb, Nina Shaw, Ruth Ford, Norma Batson, Christa Tanner Seals, Carole, Edyth Baer, and Mike Cain.)
Many of the scarecrows reflect on Stone County history. Rosie, the Riveter, pictured below, represents women from our community who were real-life Rosie’s at the Pascagoula Ship yard during WWII.
The other photo is old Fine Engine #3, the icon of The Museum.
An Evening on the Hill” was hosted by the Old Firehouse Museum in Wiggins on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Events included a meal (pre-purchased tickets) at Serendipity, local entertainment, hotdogs, drinks, popcorn, and snacks, a live auction, and a silent auction. Luckily, Tropical Storm Karen did not attend and a great time was held by all who attended.
Entertainment included everything from dulcimers to “Patsy Cline”. Supper, served both inside Serendipity and on the Hill was delicious. Both the Live Auction (held on Pine Hill) and the Silent Auction (held in the Over the Top building) were a great success.
Thanks to the great support of the community, The Museum raised sufficient funds for a large format printer and a fireproof storage container for The Museum. The Museum Board is “amazed and delighted” and says thanks to all for supporting this great evening.
The Old Firehouse Museum sells historical calendars to raise funds for the Museum. The 2014 calendars are now available. These may be purchased for $8 at the Museum on Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week. There are still a few 2013 calendars available for $4 each.
You may also order by mail but please include an additional $1 for postage and handling for each calendar ordered. Please send your order to: The Old Firehouse Museum, Attention: Calendar Sales, 117 First Street North, Wiggins, MS 39577.
Be sure to include your check made payable to The Old Firehouse Museum and your mailing address.
Perhaps these trees do talk back! In January 1971, Astronaut Stuart Roosa selected seeds from five different trees to take to the moon on Apollo 14. Upon their return to earth, some of the seeds were sent to Bill at the Harrison Experimental Forestry Station in Gulfport, Mississippi. The seeds were planted, celebrated and continue to share their story; “moon trees” and their direct descendents (baby moons) are planted across the world. Some trees were planted in 1976 to celebrate our Bicentennial. Another moon pine was planted in honor of Bill Mauldin in McHenry, Mississippi at the George Austin McHenry House and yet another in honor of Astronaut Fred Haise on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College — his alma mater.
The “moon trees” continue to flourish, a living monument to our first visits to the Moon and a fitting memorial to Stuart Roosa, Bill Mauldin, and our space program.
“This story was told in its entirety as part of the Telling Treesstory gathering project in Stone County, MS with assistance from the MS Humanities Council and the National Humanities Council.” Kathryn Lewis, project director.