Since the Natchez Printing and Stationery Company donated over 2,000 printer’s negatives to the Natchez Historical Society, Society members have been cleaning and sorting the negatives. They culled the collection for the best images to make a new volume, which is now available from the Natchez Historical Society. Jean Simonton, historian at Grand Village of the Natchez Indians for many years, with the help of her sister Dot Sojourner and other Society members, worked over 30 years on the project at Jefferson College, where the negatives were stored. Don Simonton, Jean’s son, then compiled the images and designed the book.
This recently published volume commemorates the tri-centennial of Alabama’s oldest city by reprinting seventeen of the best articles on Mobile published over the years in the Gulf Coast Historical Review (now the Gulf South Historical Review). This book of readings begins with precolonial days and extends to World War II.
The book was compiled in grateful recognition of the tremendous accomplishment of those who fought in the Second World War. Especially for those who died in it, starting with Cecil L. Covington, identified by The Meridian Star as the first fatality from Lauderdale County, Mississippi, and Richard P. Molpus, first fatality from Meridian.
Compiled by Jim Dawson. Many of those who had ties to the county’s first brick school brought out old treasured photos of teachers and students, to share with friends through publication of this volume, which also reprints extracts from A Girl Graduate’s Journal of 1929.