(The Daily Star published a special edition Friday, March 26, 2004, to celebrate the newspaper’s 150th birthday. Eight sections in this Profile Edition featured “The Heritage of Grenada.” A picture with caption on page F15 shows Spring Lake, which is the subject of today’s articles and gives the location of the lake. The caption reads: “Long Gone. The Spring Lake Club House was the scene of many a party in its heyday in the first half of the last century. It has long since rotted away, but the two-story structure was located on the east side of Highway 51, north of the Yalobusha River in the big cypress swamp”. Accounts of Spring Lake picnics are recorded in the Grenada Sentinel as early as 1881, which is one of the earliest of the newspapers on file in the Grenada County Chancery Clerk’s office.)
The Grenada Sentinel
Friday, April 9, 1909
Spring lake club opened. The club house and the lake are delightful retreats.
The Spring Lake Club was formally opened last Saturday. The work of erecting the Club House, of preparing the grounds and improving the lake has been in progress for more than six months and the promoters of this enterprise may congratulate themselves upon their work. The Club House is a handsome structure of seven rooms situated on an island of five acres. The beautiful driveway, the crystal waters of a lake, one-half mile long, upon whose bosom float a number of row boats, the rippling waters that flow in copious quantities from three artesian wells into the lake, the singing of the birds and other surroundings in general serve to make the place an enchanting one. It is but one mile from the corporate limits of Grenada and will no doubt be a most popular resort for the Club members and their families. There are perhaps few places in the state that will excel the Club House and grounds in attractiveness.
The Grenada Sentinel
Friday, March 12, 1909
Almost a drowning. Mr. A.S. Bell and wife fall into overflow. How it happened.
On Thursday of last week Mr. A.S. Bell and wife drove across the Yalobusha River Bridge and made a circuit of the grounds surrounding the Spring Lake Club House for the purpose of ascertaining how the high water was affecting the club grounds. The river was unusually high and in driving along the dump built from the public road to the Club House, one of the front wheels dropped suddenly into a washout at the edge of the road. Mr. Bell was thrown into the overflow, in water eight or ten feet deep, his wife also fell out of the buggy but fortunately landed in water not more than waist deep. Her presence of mind prompted her to protect herself against the buggy, which was upturned and about to fall upon her. Mr. Bell had in the meantime struggled to terra firma and come to the rescue of his wife. His horse had remained perfectly quiet and never seemed to take the least fright at the beaver-like maneuvers of his master.
After Mr. and Mrs. Bell had gotten back into their buggy and each observed the others somewhat dampened garments, they both enjoyed a vociferous laugh at what came near being a serious catastrophe. Had the buggy fallen upon Mrs. Bell, she would no doubt have been pushed off into the deep water and possible both of them been drowned.
(Mr. A.S. Bell was a former Mayor of Grenada.)