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 Post subject: Meridian History
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2005 9:53 pm 
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Everyone, please post information on Meridian history here.

Ok, Jeff, you are the site historian. Please post your knowledge of Meridian history here. We won't mind if you repeat yourself from the other message board!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:38 pm 
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NICE PICTURES DENT. NOW WHERE IS YOUR HISTORY ABOUT THE TWO PLACES ? :)

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you may be old enough to remember those site, so I will defer to you. :twisted:

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 2:26 pm 
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Naughty, Naughty :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 2:31 pm 
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I SEE DENT IS BACK UP TO PAR.
I'LL LEAVE THAT INFO TO OUR HISTORIAN AS I MAY GET SOMETHING WRONG. :lol:

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Dent's first postcard appears to be the original downtown Meridian Post Office. My mother says that it was on the northeast corner of 22nd Avenue and 8th Street, a half block south of The Meridian Star in the same block. It was torn down in the early to mid '30s.

His second postcard is of Merrehope, an antebellum home which was spared by General Sherman's torch. I heard that he spared it because of its beauty. It is near downtown at 905 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. I think that street is the south end of 29th Avenue. It is open for tours, weddings, and private parties. I don't know if the hours are set or by appointment. I've never been inside of it.

I appreciate John and Judy's confidence, unmerited as it is. I do know and remember quite a few things about Meridian. There are lots of things that I don't know. Sometimes my memory fails me. I don't mind being corrected.

Contrary to what Dent jokes (jokes?) about, Judy and I didn't wave to Sherman as he passed through in 1864 on his way to Atlanta. :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:04 pm 
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jeff -

merrehope is located on mlk [aka 31st ] between 9th and 10th streets. 29th avenue runs parallel to 31st [mlk]. down close to the interstate is where 29th and 31st share about a block then 31st splits off to the northwest and 29th runs north.

merrehope is run by the meridian historical foundation. it is open for tours every day. there is a charge. at christmas they have the 'trees of christmas' display and there are several activities in connection with the holidays. many people use merrehope for weddings, parties, etc.

it is a beautiful place but very expensive to keep in shape.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:56 pm 
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OK, I'll contribute some history here. My great grandfather, W.D. Cameron was Circuit Clerk in Meridian for 35 years. Was elected in 1875 and served until he died in 1909. My grandfather, C.B. Cameron was an atttorney in Meridian and my dad, E.P. (T) Miller was a federal deputy marshal for over 30 years. I grew up in the Highlands, down the hill and up the hill from Highland School and Wall Drug Store. :D that I've seen you all post about on here. 19th street and 36th avenue. My mother, B Miller died in 2001 at the age of 90 so I haven't been back to Meridian much since then. Still enjoy reading about the Queen City though!

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Thanks, Martha. My mistake hit me this morning as I was getting ready for work. I realized that it is 2 blocks west of 29th Avenue. That common block is what threw me off.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2005 3:22 pm 
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I do remember Merrehope, at one time, was used for boarding rooms
or apts. I can remember visiting a great Aunt there when I was a
child. She lived on the second floor, to the right, in a huge room
on the front. I have ofter wondered who owned the house then.
Does anyone know?

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I don't blame you Jeff, I wouldn't have waved at Sherman either. :lol:

Unfortunately they couldn't run him out on a rail either; seeing as he destroyed the railroad. That's ok though, our little town has long outlived the Good General.

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Tidbit,
The Tibbet's owned the house from around 1946 to 1968. I think that his first name was Otto. He was the sixth owner of the house, and had it previous to the Meridian Restoration foundation.

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I had heard that Judy threw rocks at him. :shock: I don't get too deep into the War of Northern Aggression to deeply because my family traces back to the wrong side. U.S. Grant's wive was Julia DENT. :oops:

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Dent Cermak wrote:
I had heard that Judy threw rocks at him. :shock: I don't get too deep into the War of Northern Aggression to deeply because my family traces back to the wrong side. U.S. Grant's wife was Julia DENT. :oops:

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"He Who Feels No Pride In His Ancestors Is Unworthy To Be Remembered By His Descendents"


We'll let you slide on that rule Dent. :D

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I GUESS THE ROCKS I THREW WERE NOT LARGE ENOUGH. THEY DID NOT SEEM TO TURN HIM AWAY.
DON'T TELL ME WE ARE RELATED. THE JULIA FOR MY NAME & THE DENT FOR YOURS. NOT ME. I WILL NEVER CLAIM YANKEEHOOD :roll:

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Oh, I don't claim it, but is still there. Now the haunting thought that we may be related!! It's all too much!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

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where did the "edit" button go????

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