Bess Simmons grew up in Liberty, Mississippi during the 1920s and 30s. In this episode, she recalls riding to school on her sister’s pet donkey and later, in a homemade school bus. Simmons had a chance meeting with her future husband when he came to her school for an FFA event. She explains why they didn’t start dating until years later.
In the early 1950s, Simmons worked as a substitute teacher, and with various civic groups. She remembers welcoming new McComb residents as a member of the Howdycrats.
As a longtime resident of McComb, Simmons met many interesting people and wrote about them in her weekly newspaper column. She recounts the story of Ms. Eddie Newman, known far and wide as a talented seamstress.
PHOTO: McComb, Mississippi in the 1950s.