Old Post Files for May 15

Published 10:55 am Friday, May 15, 2020

Old Post Files is a regular feature within the pages of The Vicksburg Post’s print edition and digital e-edition. This feature looks back at some of the happenings from the pages of The Vicksburg Post over the past few decades. These are events that took place on or around May 15 of each year listed. Enjoy.


70 years ago: 1950

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In Washington, Mississippi Sen. John Stennis attacks the “much-heralded so-called civil rights bills.” They ought to be called “civil strife bills,” Stennis says.

60 years ago: 1960

The portrait of riverboat Capt. Tom Green is unveiled on the Steamer Sprague and is the latest addition to the River Hall of Fame.

50 years ago: 1970

Murray B. Lee dies. • James Stewart stars in “Bandolero” at Showtown USA. • Funeral services are held for Theon O. Payne. • Mr. and Mrs. Larry Craft of Utica announce the birth of a son, William Larry, on May 12.

40 years ago: 1980

Nikkiah Dean Mills celebrates her fifth birthday. • Mr. and Mrs. H. Stewart Patterson are the parents of a son, Benjamin Perry, born May 15.

30 years ago: 1990

Services are held for Mrs. Mildred Pierce. • Leroy R. Terrell dies. • Jennie Banks, Kristi Holman and Robyn Miller, all of Vicksburg are honored by selection to the state under-18 junior Olympics soccer team.

20 years ago: 2000

An empty school bus crashes into a utility pole after rolling from its parking spot on Walnut Street. • Mary Frances “Frankie” Pride dies. • Gretchen Wright is elected president of the Vicksburg Council of Garden Clubs.

10 years ago: 2010

The St. Al Flashes will have a shot to win two state championships in a row. The defending Class 1A champion earned a return trip to the state finals by beating archrival Cathedral 6-2. • Three-year-old Brice Derrington is pictured helping his grandfather, Jimmy Derrington, work in the garden. The elder Derrington grows corn, watermelon, okra, peas, peppers and squash at his Hayfield Road home.