History of Utica Mississippi
big mike dillon

Jacksonville, FL

#62 Oct 16, 2010
The old Woody's Chevron station building is located on Main Street west of the Depot St. intersection next to the library. Thank you for the kind words and all hope all is well with you and yours.
Fisher Ferry outlaw

Lindale, TX

#63 Feb 3, 2011
Ive lived in Utica for a while in fact IM one of the many decendents of one of the founders of Utica,Ms and to tell you the truth the drugs took over the town to many crack addicts running around.Until you take care of that problem your not going to get anywhere.
Happy camper

Redmond, OR

#64 Feb 5, 2011
My father who worked for the Mississippi Forest Commission said that Utica used to be strictly segregated down the main street. Negroes would shop on one side of the street; whites the other. Can anyone collaborate this?
Obie

Denham Springs, LA

#65 Jul 2, 2011
I recently camped at Rocky Springs campground. I had to go to Utica for supplies ( ice, ice and ice)
Was told to go to the Sunflower. best (only) place to eat. I fell in love with the lil town that seems to be caught in the twilight zone of time. Not knowing the history, but being a senior citizen, one can feel Utica being passed by like so many other places on the trace. I wish it well, love the atmosphere, and hope all people in area will come together for the growth of this special place. Good luck, would love to retire in that area.... I will return to learn about the Jewish history and camp, the history of blacks, Noticed no black graduated from Utica in 1963, where did they go??????

Utica bound for glory, Obie
James Blackwell

Florence, SC

#66 Aug 30, 2011
Greetings. My father-in-law was John A.R.(Johnny)Goodwin who died in 1995 in Alexandria, Va. while pastoring our church, Groveton Baptist Church. I am writing an article on him and am interested in what folks who were present thought of his 1953 Utica High School Valedictory speech. I would also like to know the name of the newspaper(s) that served Utica between 1950 - 1960. I appreciate any help anyone may offer. i can be reached at [email protected]
Former Mississippian

Atlanta, GA

#67 Sep 30, 2011
I did my practice teaching at Utica High School in 1979, and loved the place. I could look out my classroom window and see a white two-story house with a mass of azaleas. In 2009, I came through Utica and was sadden to see the school closed and the building going to rack and ruin.
John Smith

Chesapeake, VA

#68 Nov 29, 2011
Well I am disappointed about the school system,I am. A1981 graduate of Utica High School and very upset about the school closing
John Smith

Chesapeake, VA

#69 Nov 29, 2011
C.Myers keep up the good work ,I lived in Utica for 18 years,until my father passed away,His name. CARLVIN SMITH SR. AND ROSIE SMITH MY MOTHER
Carmelita Myers

Chicago, IL

#70 Nov 30, 2011
Thanks so such for your words of encouragement, I am working with your brother Carlvin Smith Jr to try and rebuild the property on Depot street, which was known as the Bottom, we have some obstacles to get in the way but we are moving foward in hopes of making this project a success. I will also be making some major improvements on the property in Hinds County. Take Care, It was really nice to hear from you, please keep in touch!
Don Thorson

Saint Robert, MO

#71 Jan 28, 2012
I was told you have a famous mail carrier, a former college linebacker, I forgot his name.. Anyone ?
Zeno Wall

Atlanta, GA

#72 Feb 4, 2012
Does anyone remember Carpenter Baptist Church? Carpenter is down the road from Utica. I believe it burned after I moved away in the early 80s. I have some pictures of it. I think it was built in 1903.
randyintunica

Tunica, MS

#73 May 22, 2012
Utica was chartered as Cane Ridge, Mississippi back in the 1800's because of the sugar canes that grew in the area. People were always traveling there to harvest them for their sugar and as fishing poles. I don't remember any specific dates. I am from Vicksburg, MS and we used to have a Cane Ridge Road (off Hwy 61 S) that went straight to the downtown. The name was changed in honor of the first mayor's home town of Utica, New York.
Carmelita Meyers

Chicago, IL

#74 May 23, 2012
Utica is moving up, it is not sleep anymore, moving up with new stores I would like to lease some of my land in Utica. Please let me know if you know how this can be done. I have property downtown Utica and Highway 27 and Highway 18
Thanks
retired postal worker

Milwaukee, WI

#75 Jun 10, 2013
left Utica more than 40 yrs ago would love to see investors help build the town I grew up.UJC was a good college for starters.
Carmelita Myers

Chicago, IL

#76 Jun 11, 2013
I own some proterty in Utica and I am interested in selling the property call da bottom it is on Depot Street in Downtown Utica, anyone interested please contact me at [email protected]
TaylorBlessed

Florence, MS

#77 Feb 13, 2014
I live in Utica and I am proud to say that I do, I work at the college and we have been trying for years to revitalize the area. I believe (know) that the community wants something better but it just appears that no one will help. I know that a subway and other places such as that would be an asset and we have a doctor and a dentist but the people have to use these places in order for them to stay in the area. If any of you can help us why don't you.
Hometown Girl

Richland, MS

#78 Jul 31, 2014
Most of these posts are old but in reading them I felt I had something to say on the matter. I have lived near Utica all of my life as have generations of my family before me. My grandfather was a farmer. He wasn't what the world would call wealthy and he lived in a plain, simple house that he himself built. He and my grandmother raised 7 children from what they could make themselves on a small farm. Shoes were bought for the winter months. The rest of the year the kids were shoeless. Life was hard in those times and it was hard for almost everyone unless they were just plain wealthy. I was fortunate enough to be born a little past these hard times but remember very well when a Sunday meal was what we raised and not from a store. There was no air conditioning either. Not at home and not at school. We raised the windows and we learned! But this really isn't the point. As a Utica area resident for the whole of my life, I can remember some of the prosperity of the town. We rarely left it to go to the larger surrounding towns. We had all we needed right here but then they took our hometown school (high school) and moved it to Raymond. When you gut the town of its school, you gut the progress/prosperity of the town. Suddenly kids are thrown into schools with kids they didn't grow up with and who do not live in their "hometown". I can remember the manicured lawns, going to town on Saturday and how full the streets were. Would I like to see some of this come back, yes. I would love to be able to purchase what I need here and not have to travel 22-30 miles to find it! Do I think it needs to be rebuilt on grant money, etc....no. Why? Only when you work for something are you truly interested in it and only then will you take care of it. This can be witnessed in the condition of many of the homes that are government funded. I do think grant money could be used for the water and sewer systems. The taxpayers give away a lot of money and a lot of it seems to be abused. I think helping a town get decent water and decent sewer systems isn't a waste or abuse but as far as the buildings are concerned, the money needs to come through contributions and donations. That's my humble opinion.....
Hometown Girl

Richland, MS

#79 Jul 31, 2014
Obie wrote:
I recently camped at Rocky Springs campground. I had to go to Utica for supplies ( ice, ice and ice)
Was told to go to the Sunflower. best (only) place to eat. I fell in love with the lil town that seems to be caught in the twilight zone of time. Not knowing the history, but being a senior citizen, one can feel Utica being passed by like so many other places on the trace. I wish it well, love the atmosphere, and hope all people in area will come together for the growth of this special place. Good luck, would love to retire in that area.... I will return to learn about the Jewish history and camp, the history of blacks, Noticed no black graduated from Utica in 1963, where did they go??????
Utica bound for glory, Obie
Obie, at that time in the history of the town, there was a white school and a black school. This was very common everywhere during this time in history. I believe the black children had two choices for schools, the Agricultural school (a high school) and there was a black school on Chapman Road that I have no idea how long it operated but the other one for the black children was out close to the highway.
Sharon Parson Enterprises

Chicago, IL

#80 Feb 9, 2015
A PRODUCT OF 5920 MINERVA
Except page 70 ; A Product of 5920 Minerva written by Sharon Parson
"Emerging from the house with open hands, Mrs. Beulah Bradley. Finally, I would meet my father’s mother. In the darkness, I had never seen so much emotion and love – hugs and tears. My father was a cry baby. He and his mother, they both cried. She patted him continuously on his back, they rocked left to right, continuously. It was so beautiful! Then she’d hugged my mother and then hugged me, then Etta and “Smitty” as Etta called him. Cry Baby Adults. Everybody was crying. I cried because I thought something was wrong.“ Why is daddy crying momma ” She told me that he was happy to see his mother. All the while, more and more people, Uncle Lawrence, Uncle Essie and Uncle Howard. would emerge from the little white house in Utica Mississippi.
She was a wonderful woman.“ Don’t call me Mrs. Beulah, I’m your grandma, you call me Big Momma ” Big Momma had brown paper sac colored skin and an ever so noticeable hook on her nose..."
" They would talk for many hours, upon this already late night. Finally ending in the wee hours of the morning. The next day she was up, making this Immense Breakfast. It looked like a Breakfast bar. She’d gotten up and got a head start before all the other women. Colleen had gotten there to great her brother and his family. Aunt Nan had come too. This Breakfast buffet was just unbelievable. Fresh Steaks, Sausage, Mounds of Eggs, at least three dozen Homemade Biscuits. Lawrence and Dad said this was nothing, this was just the way she cooked for them all of the time, and they laughed."
Except page 110 ; A Product of 5920 Minerva written by Sharon Parson
" And finally Uncle Mok’s and Aunt Mozells. Uncle Mok had been deceased for some time now. Uncle Mok had the deepest voice that I’d ever heard. My father’s voice was deep, but wow, this guy, sounded as if was coming from under the ground, as Baritone to the core. Moses Bradley stood around 6’ 4”- 6’ 5” He and Mozell were about same skin tone. He too had a mustache, but he wore a thin Goatee for a beard, just as my father would often wear. He too had beautifully smooth skin. That same Adam’s Apple with his laughter, also caught your eye. Unlike any of the other Bradley men, Uncle Mok wore side burns like Elvis Presley It was only Mozell’s really. But, it was, in the past, always Moses and Mozella. Mozel, appeared to love Moses Bradley. It also appeared, by the provision that “ HE ” Mok Bradley made for his wife , that he Loved Mozell too. Indeed, Moses Bradley was a husband on a grander scale than many men, black or white.
To tell it to you straight, Mok, knew that he was dying, but worked an additional year to make money before informing his wife of the true health dangers he was facing. It’s my thought, but knowing Mozel and being a nurse in the field, I don’t believe that he really could have hidden anything from her. Plus, they were married for 35 years or more. "
Except page 51; A Product of 5920 Minerva written by Sharon Parson
" There would come a summer in the future that I would have an opportunity to ride a horse for the first time. Alonzo Bradley or Lonnie as we called him, my father’s youngest brother was a professional Basketball player in the NBA and played for the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz, owned a horse and had him down south. Aunt Johnnie Mae’s husband, for whom her pet name was “ Robinson ”, was short and stocky, was caring for Lonnie’s and his own horse. It was great riding with him through the back country, and hills of Utica, Mississippi. We would brushed and fed him throughout that summer. I would ride several times with Robinson, and once or twice on my own. Even to this day, I vowed to secure a horse "
Carmelita

Roy, UT

#81 Feb 9, 2015
There is nothing like memories, my family is from Utica and I have wonderful memories of them!
Sharon Parson Enterprises wrote:
A PRODUCT OF 5920 MINERVA
Except page 70 ; A Product of 5920 Minerva written by Sharon Parson
"Emerging from the house with open hands, Mrs. Beulah Bradley. Finally, I would meet my father’s mother. In the darkness, I had never seen so much emotion and love – hugs and tears. My father was a cry baby. He and his mother, they both cried. She patted him continuously on his back, they rocked left to right, continuously. It was so beautiful! Then she’d hugged my mother and then hugged me, then Etta and “Smitty” as Etta called him. Cry Baby Adults. Everybody was crying. I cried because I thought something was wrong.“ Why is daddy crying momma ” She told me that he was happy to see his mother. All the while, more and more people, Uncle Lawrence, Uncle Essie and Uncle Howard. would emerge from the little white house in Utica Mississippi.
She was a wonderful woman.“ Don’t call me Mrs. Beulah, I’m your grandma, you call me Big Momma ” Big Momma had brown paper sac colored skin and an ever so noticeable hook on her nose..."
" They would talk for many hours, upon this already late night. Finally ending in the wee hours of the morning. The next day she was up, making this Immense Breakfast. It looked like a Breakfast bar. She’d gotten up and got a head start before all the other women. Colleen had gotten there to great her brother and his family. Aunt Nan had come too. This Breakfast buffet was just unbelievable. Fresh Steaks, Sausage, Mounds of Eggs, at least three dozen Homemade Biscuits. Lawrence and Dad said this was nothing, this was just the way she cooked for them all of the time, and they laughed."
Except page 110 ; A Product of 5920 Minerva written by Sharon Parson
" And finally Uncle Mok’s and Aunt Mozells. Uncle Mok had been deceased for some time now. Uncle Mok had the deepest voice that I’d ever heard. My father’s voice was deep, but wow, this guy, sounded as if was coming from under the ground, as Baritone to the core. Moses Bradley stood around 6’ 4”- 6’ 5” He and Mozell were about same skin tone. He too had a mustache, but he wore a thin Goatee for a beard, just as my father would often wear. He too had beautifully smooth skin. That same Adam’s Apple with his laughter, also caught your eye. Unlike any of the other Bradley men, Uncle Mok wore side burns like Elvis Presley It was only Mozell’s really. But, it was, in the past, always Moses and Mozella. Mozel, appeared to love Moses Bradley. It also appeared, by the provision that “ HE ” Mok Bradley made for his wife , that he Loved Mozell too. Indeed, Moses Bradley was a husband on a grander scale than many men, black or white.
To tell it to you straight, Mok, knew that he was dying, but worked an additional year to make money before informing his wife of the true health dangers he was facing. It’s my thought, but knowing Mozel and being a nurse in the field, I don’t believe that he really could have hidden anything from her. Plus, they were married for 35 years or more. "
Except page 51; A Product of 5920 Minerva written by Sharon Parson
" There would come a summer in the future that I would have an opportunity to ride a horse for the first time. Alonzo Bradley or Lonnie as we called him, my father’s youngest brother was a professional Basketball player in the NBA and played for the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz, owned a horse and had him down south. Aunt Johnnie Mae’s husband, for whom her pet name was “ Robinson ”, was short and stocky, was caring for Lonnie’s and his own horse. It was great riding with him through the back country, and hills of Utica, Mississippi. We would brushed and fed him throughout that summer. I would ride several times with Robinson, and once or twice on my own. Even to this day, I vowed to secure a horse "

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