From Press Reports
Lavelle McAlpin’s Local Culture class at East Webster High School has written a book titled “Window into Webster: A History of the East Webster Communities.”
The book is the result of a year’s worth of research into the communities and schools. The book begins with an introductory chapter that describes the first settlers in the area, a brief history of the formation of Old Choctaw County, the Civil War and how Sumner (later to be called Webster) County was formed.
The second section contains a brief history of these communities’ formation and development: Mathiston, Spring Valley, Clarkson, Maben, Dancy, Cumberland, Mantee and Hohenlinden.
Next is a history of Cumberland and Mathiston schools and of Bennett Academy/Wood Junior College.
The book concludes with oral history interviews, including Dr. Leon Wilson’s discussion of Mathiston, Charlotte Ray’s account of Cumberland and East Webster, and Ruth Ann Oswalt’s account of the Great Depression and growing up during the World War II years.
The book is approximately 170 pages in length and contains photographs from the schools and communities. Orders are being taken. To order, contact Lavelle McAlpin before June 10 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 662-263-7007. The cost is $15.