Historic Stone County Post Cards – John Sharp

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Fun Fact: Cucumber Growth Encouraged

From Stone County Enterprise, February 15, 1928 (An announcement)

GROW CUCUMBERS

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

Fun Fact: Wiggins Fire of 1910

A History of Towns & Communities in Harrison & Stone Counties Mississippi

Compiled by LeRoy F. Eastes

In January , 1910 , there was a serious fire in the business district of Wiggins.  Three city blocks were consumed, while other buildings were dynamited to prevent the fire from spreading.  At 11 o’clock in the morning, a raging wind from the northwest swept the fire through the business center of the town, causing a property loss between  $100,000  and $150,000.

The Gulf Island Ship Island depot and Peoples Bank were destroyed.  Other businesses wiped out included, but were not limited to: Wiggins Mercantile Co.,  Foote & Bond Mercantile Co., W.W. Burnette & Co. (mercantile), The Burnette Hotel,  the Schwartz Dry Goods Company store,  two livery stables (owned by L.W. Davis and D.J O’Neal), and several small grocery stores  including Lindsay & Co. and Wiggins Grocery Co.

Three box cars were sent to Wiggins to be used as a temporary depot following the fire.

Fun Fact: Cicero E. Cunningham

We are the collective histories of our families. David Cunningham provided these photos of a business card that his Grandfather, Cicero E. Cunningham, made for his shoe store. that was located at the bottom of Pine Hill. Cicero Cunningham also wrote the poem on the back of the card.

The other photo is of his shoe collection. It has nicknacks of shoes, and baby shoes of different family members and of Ms. Belle Ingersoll, who played piano as background for silent movies.  The case with the shoes was always in the store and in his cobbler shop that was across from the store, next to the theater. Many of you will remember this, from going into the Cunningham Shoe Store during your childhood.

Fun Fact: The Stone County Industrial Board

The following is an excerpt from  “The Story of Stone County Industrial Board”  written by Brax H. Batson  (July, 2009):

The Stone County Industrial Board 

 The Stone County Industrial Board, which had a brief life of about  12 years from 1957 to 1969, but had a profound effect on the Wiggins and Stone county we know today.  It is a story of what can be done with good leadership and a group of civic-minded citizens, working as a team for the greater good.

The Board composed of ordinary business and professional men of the community, all volunteers, at times using their own money, facilitated the following projects between 1957-69:

 Wiggins Lumber Co. — employing 70 persons at the plant

Neely Lumber Co. — employing 30 persons at the plant

Brown – Miller Pickle plant expansion — saving 200 jobs for 30 years

Southern Paper Co. –employing  180 persons  (changed to Coastal Paper)

Kuttnauer Enterprises, a sewing plant –  employing 30 – 50 persons

International Plywood Mill  (Now Hood Industries)

International Wood Treating Plant

Wiggins- Stone Airport

Flint Creek Water Park

New Post Office Building

Fun Fact: Finkbine Double Line Skidder

Finkbine Double Line Skidder
Finkbine Double Line Skidder

Finkbine was known for being innovative in the use of technology to improve production.  Skidders were huge winches with long cables. These cables were attached to logs, and the winches dragged them to the railhead. Innovations like these cut logging costs and allowed for year-round operations.

 

Photo: Personal archives of Brax H. Batson

Other information: http://mshistorynow.mdah.state.ms.us/articles/171/growth-of-the-lumber-industry-1840-to-1930

Fun Fact: Stone County 2030 Comprehensive Plan

Did you know that Stone County has a comprehensive plan for economic development that takes into account our history? The plan includes many interesting details about us.

Cover - Stone County 2030 Comprehensive Plan
Cover – Stone County 2030 Comprehensive Plan