And Photos Needed
Last Updates: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Anyone wishing to Contribute to the Vaiden Page is encouraged to do so.
If you have information or photos concerning
If you send photos or information via e-mail, PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:
Send all photos in a .gif or .jpg, .tiff or .bmp format (.gif or .jpg would take less time to send). Send all typed information in Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect format. Save your document in the .doc format (Word) or the .wpd format (WordPerfect). DO NOT convert a document into Web Page format (.htm or .html). Please make the pictures as large as possible; I would rather have to reduce them in size, than make them grainy in appearance by enlarging them.
Also, please understand that I am not a Genealogist (at least, at the moment). I will be glad to help in any way I can, but you would be better served by contacting the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the MS GenWeb Project, Lineages, or the Mississippi Department of Vital Records. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT ME asking for help with your computer. I work on computers all day on my job. Sorry, but the last thing I want is to have to spend my off-time solving computer problems. If you’ve gotten this far and you’re having computer problems, you should be able to solve them yourselves.
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“It’s not Heaven, but they both have the same Zip Code”
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CHARGE TO YOU:
I am doing this free of charge, and have spent endless hours in the process.
Spend a few of your own, and record your history for generations to come.
My theory is this: One day we will all be gone. Future generations of our family (or strangers, robbers, etc.) will find photos of Vaiden in our closets, will not know what they are, and the glorious photos of Vaiden – the town and its people – will be thrown in the garbage. HELP PRESERVE OUR TOWN. A copy of the VAIDEN Site will be periodically given to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History on a CD or DVD, to be enjoyed by generations to come.
Do You Know Whose Store This Is ? (CLICK HERE)
[Ed. Note: This
photo was sent to me by Genie Buffaloe.
The man on the left is thought to be William A. Buffaloe or Rufus
Franklin, and the other next to him could be his half-brother, Thurman. Rufus
NOTE: THE ITEMS IN BLUE ARE NEEDED THE MOST
Anderson’s Dry Goods
Vaiden Post Office (when
it was on
Holmes’ Drug Store
Braswell’s (in the old Vaiden, Kopperl & Hawkins Building – or the building itself) – also, when was this torn down?
Law Offices (Shands/Boykin/Gilmer) (the one by the front street Post Office, the one over Lee’s Grocery, and the one on the 2nd Floor of the 1905 Courthouse.
Smith’s Furniture (by Palmertree’s Barber Shop and the one closer to
Herman Johnson’s Service Station – I believe it was a Pan-Am station
Pool Hall (back street and later, on front street after the one on back street burned)
Saloon under Crooks/Weir’s/W.W. Milner’s
Photos of benches on
The Vaiden Depot
Any pictures of the older gentlemen sitting on the benches whittlin’ or chewin’
Summers’ Grocery (before it burned in
The old “outhouses” behind Roscoe Rosamond’s Barber Shop/Holmes’ Drugs/the Theater/Cearly’s Grocery
Buildings next to Summers’ Grocery on Back Street – Pool Hall, etc. WHEN DID THEY BURN ?
Vaiden Bank (present site of City Hall) – ALSO – The “fence and spikes” that were on top of the teller windows (reached almost to the ceiling)
Back Street Life – “whittlers sitting on benches”
Austin’s Dry Cleaners
Hambrick’s Blacksmith Shop
Caddess’ Television Repair
Hearse House (located where Water Department is now)
Courthouse on busy days (elections, during trials, etc.)
Gristmill (behind Summers’ Grocery) – It sat on the lot now occupied by the Vaiden Bank Parking Lot
Boykin’s/Lee’s Grocery (while in operation)
Any pictures of the older gentlemen sitting on the benched whittlin’ or chewin’ or just shootin’ the breeze
ANY pictures of the band The “Livin End” (Photo 1 – Photo 2) or “Magnolia Blue.” The Livin End included Jack Fullilove, Ronnie Collins, Kenny Loftin, Van Simpson and Mike Simpson. Magnolia Blue included Kenny Loftin, Larry Parker, Van Simpson, Eddie Mikell, Earl Bishop Aldridge and Ronnie Collins. These photos can be of a live event, or just an individual or group photo.
Any pictures of the band “Coldfire.” Coldfire included Kenny Loftin, James Allen Gant, and Ronnie Collins.
Pictures of the
Pictures of the original
Photos of the “Franklin” house, formerly located where the current (2007) Vaiden Library is
Pictures of your Class Rings (if you’d like, I’ll take the pictures, if you still have the rings)
Copies of School plays, or other functions
Words to Football/Basketball cheers
Does anyone reading this page have ANY films of Vaiden High Bulldogs football games? – NOTE: the following Monday after a game, the football players would sometimes gather and watch films of the game to point out any mistakes that were made and to improve the offense/defense for future games. Where did these films go? Do you have a copy? If they still exist, a copy of them would be great. When I was in the 10th Grade (1969-1970), I was manager of the Vaiden Bulldogs Football Team. My Assistant Manager was Kenny King. I can distinctly remember sitting through several of these.
“Donkey Basketball, ” “Tom Thumb Weddings,” “Womanless
Weddings,” “Powder Puff Football,” “Mess
Pictures of any Vaiden Graduation – no matter what year it is.
Football, Basketball, & Track schedules & records with wins/losses & scores for as many years as possible, including any bowl bids – pictures too !!!
Pictures of Dr. Vaiden & Mrs. Vaiden
Yearbooks (“Annuals”) of the Vaiden School – I already have the issues for 1957, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970. Any issues other than the ones I have would be greatly appreciated. You will get these back, but it may take a while for me to scan them. Each and every page of each and every Vaiden School annual that is available is currently being scanned and posted to the website by the years as listed on the annual covers. See these at http://www.vaiden.net/vaiden_annuals.html. Some years might not have yearbooks, but I’ll post them if they exist. Specifically, the yearbooks (annuals) that are needed – if they exist - are for all years BEFORE (but not including) 1957 and 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1997 and 1999 (Vaiden’s last year). Vaiden’s first school opened in 1860 – the same year the Civil War started.
If you once lived in Vaiden (or still do), this will apply to you: Some of the older homes had FAMILY NAMES on the steps in front of them, or the sidewalk in front of them. Did yours? Do you have a picture of this? Often, the family names would be on the top step or on the sidewalk leading up to your house. One example of this can still be seen (I believe) on at the start of the sidewalk going to the house of the former Herman and Vera Johnson. This house sits directly behind the Vaiden Presbyterian Church (a picture of this will be provided at a later date).
List of Burials in Colored Cemetery Section (Vaiden Community Cemetery)
Pictures of Doctors/Dentists/Veterinarians/Outlaws/Town Leaders
Pictures of Law Enforcement/Political Figures and Elected Officials
Pictures of the Vaiden Colored School, formerly located on the hill by the Vaiden Cemetery and later (around 1964-1967) to Highway 51 north, where it was used as the Vaiden Community Center (by the baseball field) and any school “annuals” or student pictures that might be available.
Any pictures you have of
Pictures of the baseball field and/or any games being played there
Pictures taken at football games that show the bleachers, concession stand, football field, etc.
Tickets to football/basketball/track or any other sport or play that was played in Vaiden
Vaiden Homes – ANY !!! -- interior or exterior – pictures of former or current residents/owners can be included
Pictures of Black/African American Businesses and/or their owners
Pictures of Mr. & Mrs. Ruffin and/or Ruffin’s Bakery
Pictures of Clinton Weeks, Percy Hathorn, Herbert Cross, Terry Harris (especially any of Terry on the Cearley’s delivery bicycle), Silas Weeks, Ethel Maude Williams, Rial Woods, Lena Greer, Anther Roberts, John Hull, Johnnie Watson, Louis (Lewis ?) Hughes, John H. “Shonk” Coker
Any pictures of merchants, customers, stores, visitors, etc.
Barber Shop under Lee’s Grocery/Boykin’s Store
Roscoe Rosamond’s Barber Shop
The “mail catcher” arm on the railroad track
Vaiden Gin (any of the gins)
Vaiden Lumber Company
John Z. Herring House (at
intersection of Hwy.
Mr. Hammond Conner’s House
Mrs. Lynn C. Hodges’ house
House on south side of street (across from Mrs. Lynn Hodges’ house)
House on east side of Mrs. Lynn C. Hodges’ house – I believe that Attorney Luther Gilmer lived in this house for a while)
Small house directly across the street from the house listed above).
Glenn Mann’s house (was next to/west of Mrs. A.C. Long/Mary Ann Long’s house)
Pat Riley’s house (burned in 1964)
Houses at corner of Hwy.
Pictures of Shongalo spring
Pictures of Shongalo Junk Yard
Pictures of Taylor Everett House
Pictures of any of the
houses that were blown away in the
Mr. Jimmy Fullilove’s house
Mr. Bingham’s house
Mrs. Ely’s house (later Bobo Welch’s house)
John D. Hawkins’ house
Old houses along Hwy
Nelms’ Grocery on Hwy.
Briarwood Plantation (this is the house that we always called “The Haunted House” – east of Vaiden)
Vaiden House (
The Ice House – this sat at the end of the driveway of the Canon house (now the Heritage house) – it had a drip pool underneath that had large red fish in it
Armstrong House/Old Baptist Sunday School/Educational Building
Information on or pictures
Information on the Applewhite Guards
Information on the
Information on the town of Gerenton
Information on the town of Shongalo
Information on the town of Middleton
Businesses down Highway
Smith’s Grocery (Mart
Vaiden Cotton Warehouse (by old Vaiden Bank)
Vaiden Train Derailment/Fire of
Vaiden Ice Storm of
Information about the stagecoach routes through Shongalo and the Vaiden areas – where did they originate; where was their destination; when did they run; who drove them; how long were they in business; did they carry money as well as passengers ??
Information on the old
Vaiden/Winona road (about
Glenn Mann’s /Boyles DX
station on Hwy.
Pictures of old highway
ANY old road routes
ANY houses that are no longer standing
Sound Like a lot ?? You ain’t seen nothing yet !!!