Managing Editor’s note: J.H. Phillips was one of the first black columnists in early 20th century Grenada publications.
(J.H. Phillips was an educator in the Grenada School system and he also wrote a column for The Grenada Sentinel. This 1929 article may be of interest to local citizens and genealogists, as Mr. Phillips gives detailed information on the happenings around Grenada. Occasionally, as in this article, other writers submitted items of interest to Mr. Phillips for publication.)
The Grenada Sentinel
January 25, 1929
Column About Black People of Grenada County by J.H. Phillips
Uncle Robert Fletcher, one of our time-honored citizens, has been critically ill with pneumonia for several days but at this writing is on the mend. Considering his advanced years we think he has made a splendid fight against this dreaded disease. Mrs. Eliza Fletcher of Chicago and his daughter of New Orleans are here with him. His daughter is a trained nurse at her home in the Crescent City and came to visit him at a time when she could be of much help to him in getting back to health. She is reputed to be skilled in caring for the sick. We hope to see Mr. Fletcher well in a few days.
Mr. Dan House, of Detroit, Mich., is in the city visiting his sister, Mrs. G.M. Chisholm, wife of the pastor of Vincent M.E. Church. He recently buried his wife at Pickens, Miss., his native home, and his two young children are here with their aunt.
The Parent Teacher Association of our group will convene at the school auditorium on Friday evening at 7:30. Mrs. Bohanan, the president, is hoping that all the officers as well as patrons and friends will be present. You are not compelled to have children in the school to become a member and participate in the efforts that the association is making. All friends who desire to see the school grow in importance and efficiency are invited and made welcome to do any good possible for its advancement. Our children need the same things that any other children need for comfort, utility and pleasure. Let us give it to them even at a sacrifice. Some day the fruits of our efforts will be regarded as blessed.
It seems hard to yield to the inevitable demands of the course of nature and the edict - that man is born to die. We are at this season faced with a heavy toll by the grim reaper. Many in our group have had cause to mourn his ravages. While it is not confined to any particular age or race we observe that it seems to be among the older people, white and colored. Some of our most outstanding citizens give us much concern and regret. In the course of only a few months such men as Judge Mclean, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Kimbrough, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Perry and others of our white friends have crossed the river. We feel very keenly this great loss in the rank and file of these good men and cannot find language to express our grief, as a group, in this loss, because they were our friends. We loved them for they stood for the things that were vital to our race and at all turns evinced their interest in our welfare. We mourn our loss and join in condolence and sympathy for those most intimately connected.
The following submitted by Wm. Jolliff:
Miss Willie Mae Caffey died Jan. 1, 1929. She was born in 1910. She was the daughter of Tom and Maud Caffey. She was a good girl and was loved by all who knew her. She was a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. Willie Mae was a faithful worker for the cause of Jesus Christ. She leaves a father and mother, 8 brothers and 6 sisters and a host of relatives.
The members of Union Hill A.M.E. Church had the misfortune of their church burning on Jan. 4. Several of the members were present when the church burned.
On Jan. 12, Mrs. Mary Crowder had the misfortune of loosing her house and everything to fire. Her aged grandmother was living with her and was the only one there when the house burned.
On Jan. 13, Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church lost one of its oldest deacons, Square Eskridge who was about 80 years old and had been a member of the church 35 years. There was a splendid program rendered at his funeral. Square Eskridge leaves an aged wife and children and a host of grandchildren and many friends to mourn his loss.
On Jan. 13, Sam Hughs wife died. She had pneumonia. She was about 80 years old. She had been married about 50 years. Elizzie Hughs was a member of Union Hill A.M.E. Church. She was a good Christian woman. She will be missed by all who knew her. She leaves a husband, several children and grandchildren to mourn her loss.