Tag: Tunica County

  • Comes a Preacher: Jaquess Family in Tunica County

    Comes a Preacher: Jaquess Family in Tunica County

    After the Civil War, a man came to live in Tunica County with his family who was bigger than life.  His name was James Frazier Jaquess.  He also brought his son William Garrison Jaquess along.  Although he would not remain in Tunica County long, his family would live out their lives here and become prominent […]

  • Michael Deering

    Michael Deering

    Helena, Arkansas About three years before the Civil War there was a famine so desperate that thousands of the Irish people came to the United States to earn a livelihood.  Among these people was a young man from the north of Ireland named Michael Deering.  He had been educated by the Catholic Church as a […]

  • Trotter’s Landing (Glendale). Tunica County

    Trotter’s Landing (Glendale). Tunica County

    The area of Southern Tunica County and Northern Coahoma County directly across from Helena is known as Trotter’s Landing.  Through the years, the region has been referred to as Glendale, Mississippi as well.  On an early map of Tunica County, there are several place names including Trotter’s landing, Trotter’s Point,  and State Levee.  This was […]

  • Dundee. Tunica County

    Dundee. Tunica County

    Dundee was founded around 1885 in Southern Tunica County along the Yazoo and Missouri Valley Railroad.  Since J.B. Carnes owned most of the land in this area, the community was named Carnesille.  He gave land for the site of the first depot. The name was changed though because there was confusion with another community named […]

  • Dubbs. Tunica County

    Dubbs. Tunica County

    Dubbs was founded in 1873 and first known as Slab town.  Slab town drew it’s name because the buildings were made of slabs from the nearby saw mills.  The new name came from the hickory tree.  Children in the community called the twin nuts produced by the hickory trees dubbs, so the people decided to […]

  • Maud. Tunica County

    Maud. Tunica County

    Maud was a flag stop on the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad about 8 miles south of Tunica.  It was originally called Busby when a post office was located there in 1899.  When it was found that there was already a post office called Busby, the place name was changed to Maud.  Maud was named […]

  • Dr. Johnson’s Home

    Dr. Johnson’s Home

    Dr. and Miss Hal Glenn Johnson of Dundee built their home in the Old English rambling type architecture.  It was built of Klinker brick and is copied form an Old English home in England.  It had hand hewn timbers in the sun parlor and entrance that led to the living room.  The home was beautiful […]

  • The Burning of the Kate Adams 1

    The Burning of the Kate Adams 1

    Taken from the St. Paul Daily Globe on December 24, 1888 Memphis, TN December 23: The elegant passenger steamer Kate Adams, running as a semi-weekly packet, between Memphis and Arkansas City, burned this morning near Commerce, Mississippi 40 miles south of this city.  She was en route to Memphis and had about 200 people aboard, […]

  • The Glory of the Past, Steam Boat Day

    The Glory of the Past, Steam Boat Day

    Taken from the Historical Records Project #2224, Mrs. Hattie Johnson, Mrs. Louise Richards, Mrs E.H. Craves: circa 1939,  I have added in some additions and corrections. Since Tunica County has a frontage of about sixty five miles on the Mississippi River, steamboats are a big part of her history. As many our older citizens recall […]

  • John H. McMullen

    John H. McMullen

    John H. McMullen was born March 5, 1923 according to his tombstone, but on the application for a headstone, it was changed in ink to 1922 so the year could be either one.  In the 1930 U.S. Census, his birth year is listed as 1922.  John McMullen enlisted for the duration of the war at […]