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Oxford’s Olden Days by Jack Mayfield

OxfordOldenDaysJack Lamar Mayfield is a fifth generation Oxonian, whose family came to Oxford shortly after the Chickasaw Cession of 1832, and he is the third generation of his family to graduate from the University of Mississippi. He is a former insurance company executive and history instructor at Marshall Academy in Holly Springs, South Panola High School in Batesvile and the Oxford campus of Northwest Community College.

In addition to his blog here, Mayfield is also the author of an Images of America series book titled Oxford and Ole Miss published in 2008 for the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is responsible for restoring the post-Civil War home of famed Mississippi statesman, L.Q.C. Lamar and is now restoring the Burns Belfry, the first African American Church in Oxford.


Oxford Olden Days: Egg Bowl 2005

Oxford Olden Days: Egg Bowl 2005

I can remember as a child in the 1950s and early 60s when a Saturday football game away meant that you would drive up to the Square and park your car over by Neilson’s, and try to face the Courthouse with the front of the car. The “City Fathers” in their great wisdom played a […]…

November 27, 2015 with 0 Comments
Oxford Olden Days: The Formation and Naming of Oxford

Oxford Olden Days: The Formation and Naming of Oxford

Early settlers and land speculators started coming in this area of north Mississippi after the Chickasaw Cession of 1832. An act of the Mississippi legislature formed twelve counties from this cession and on February 9, 1836, Lafayette County was chartered. A group of member of a Presbyterian Church had first moved into the area from…

November 26, 2015 with 0 Comments
Oxford Olden Days: The Construction of the First Lafayette County Courthouse

Oxford Olden Days: The Construction of the First Lafayette County Courthouse

After accepting the donation of fifty acres in the geographical center of the new Lafayette County, the Board of Police (the forerunner of the present day Board of Supervisors) authorized the plotting and selling of lots within the new city limits. This was on June 22, 1836, and the first public auction was to be […]…

November 4, 2015 with 0 Comments
Oxford Olden Days: The Formation and Naming of Oxford

Oxford Olden Days: The Formation and Naming of Oxford

Early settlers and land speculators started coming in this area of north Mississippi after the Chickasaw Cession of 1832. An act of the Mississippi legislature formed twelve counties from this cession and on February 9, 1836, Lafayette County was chartered. A group of member of a Presbyterian Church had first moved into the area from…

November 3, 2015 with 1 Comment
Oxford’s Olden Days: Taking a Tour on Double Decker Bus

Oxford’s Olden Days: Taking a Tour on Double Decker Bus

Take a trip back in time and learn some history of Oxford and the University that you may not find in the history books. We will take a ride around the streets of Oxford and the Ole Miss campus and relive some of the past of Oxford and the University. Little known facts and parcels […]…

September 16, 2015 with 0 Comments
Oxford’s Olden Days: Shoe Tying–the Southern Way

Oxford’s Olden Days: Shoe Tying–the Southern Way

During the wee hours of the morning of August 5, 2007, my youngest granddaughter, Emma Mae Scott, age 4 remarked…in the throws of sleep while reclining on a mattress from a trundle bed, placed in front of the TV…with her arms folded behind her head she said…(at my house, noters)…Pop when we go to Sunday […]…

September 9, 2015 with 0 Comments
Oxford’s Olden Days: Scoutmaster William Faulkner Tricked by His Scouts

Oxford’s Olden Days: Scoutmaster William Faulkner Tricked by His Scouts

As a child growing up in Oxford, William Faulkner enjoyed most any outdoor activity. One of the outdoor activities that he and he brothers all enjoyed was scouting. He had always loved camping, and the woodcraft and Indian lore taught in the scout patrols appealed to the young man. During the summer of 1924 he […]…

August 24, 2015 with 0 Comments
Oxford Olden Days: Buried Treasure Near Tallahatchie River

Oxford Olden Days: Buried Treasure Near Tallahatchie River

In the early part of the nineteenth century when the area of Lafayette County was being settled by the white man there were still a great many Chickasaw Indians in the area. Two different tribes were in the area. The Yocona River was the dividing point between the two tribes. Some time in the early […]…

August 17, 2015 with 1 Comment
Oxford’s Olden Days: The Beginnings of Oxford and the J. E. Neilson Company

Oxford’s Olden Days: The Beginnings of Oxford and the J. E. Neilson Company

In your mind’s eye try to look back and what Oxford was like in, say 1839. Picture yourself walking along the top of a ridge that would later become North Lamar or South Lamar. This ridge runs almost a mile and it is a place the founding fathers of Oxford picked for their town, county […]…

August 10, 2015 with 3 Comments
Oxford’s Olden Days: Jacob Thompson’s Gardener’s Home—The Gatekeeper’s Lodge

Oxford’s Olden Days: Jacob Thompson’s Gardener’s Home—The Gatekeeper’s Lodge

During the twelfth annual Oxford Pilgrimage an unusual home was added to the homes open to visitors to Oxford. This time it was not an antebellum home of the rich or famous, it was a servants home that had been built for him by the man that brought him over from Scotland. The man for […]…

July 27, 2015 with 0 Comments
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