It fell to Lisa Brasher to sort out her mom's effects after her mom passed away. And in an old suitcase she found this. A program for the Mize Watermelon Festival from over 30 years ago. A photograph of her mom's family before her mom was born. And a reprint of a magazine article that was put out by Al's Supermarket in Mize. And although the date on the cover says 1945, Al's didn't open until the late 70's. So either the article is from 1945, or that's when the picture on the front was taken, or both. Lisa's mom was a Sullivan, so she was interested in the article.
Lisa Brasher: I sat down and I read the whole book and it was very interesting to me because 'cause it was talking about the Sullivan's of Sullivan's Hollow back in the 1800s.
Walt: The hollow is still there, of course. And there's still a bunch of Sullivan's living in it. Quick thumbnail of the family, it was started by Tom Sullivan who, according to Lisa's booklet, had two wives who bore 11 children each. And then all 22 of them had large families and by the third generation were marrying cousins and such, because other Sullivan's were pretty much all who lived there.
Some of the old houses still stand. Wild Bill Sullivan's house is still there. Back when I was looking in to the Sullivan Hollow Saga, I found out the same things Lisa had heard from family stories.
Lisa: They were very hard working, church going Baptist and they were also very mean backing the 1800s. There were some shootin's and hangings and stuff back in the 1800s.
Walt: And the article Lisa found back's that up with dates, names and place. Whisky seems to be the difference. When they were good, they were very good. But let some moonshine get lose and someone was going to end up hurt or dead. Now, all Sullivan's weren't that way. The article describes a "Preachin', Teachin'" branch of the family, too. And then there were a bunch of what they call "regular" Sullivan's. Lisa's family seems to have been regular.
Lisa: They were, you know, pretty laid back and church going people and that kind of thing.
Walt: Lisa says she plans on keeping the original article and making copies for anyone in the family who wants one. That would be several thousand copies by now. There's that many Sullivan's. So ain't the rest of us glad they stopped feuding. They outnumber us, now!
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:38:10 GMT
Ridgeland Police are looking for an unidentified woman who tried to use a stolen credit card at a local business. The woman tried to buy over $900 in gift cards and other merchandise.The woman was wearingMore >>
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:34 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:34:37 GMT
The Alabama Department of Public Safety has issued a Missing Child Media Alert after a 2-month-old baby was allegedly taken by a 14-year-old girl early Monday morning from Birmingham. Police say 2-month-oldMore >>
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:53 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:53:05 GMT
Jury selection for the Casey Mark Burgess trial was scheduled to get underway Monday afternoon in Brandon. Thirty-six year-old Burgess is charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault in the attemptedMore >>
Judge John Emfinger has sentenced Casey Mark Burgess to 20 years for aggravated assault and 10 years for attempted kidnapping. A jury found Casey Mark Burgess guilty of those charges Wednesday, in the attempted abduction of a woman in the Castlewoods area in September of 2011.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:14:24 GMT
There's a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck lodged on the east bank of the Pearl River, just below Interstate 20, in Rankin County. It is not clear how the truck got there, or exactly when.The truck was reportedMore >>
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:24:37 GMT
The Adams County Sheriff's Office is searching for a fugitive on the run. Deputies say two men stole more than $3,000 worth of merchandise from their employer and one of the culprits is still loose.PublicMore >>
The Adams County Sheriff's Office is searching for a fugitive on the run. Deputies say two men stole more than $3,000 worth of merchandise from their employer and one of the culprits is still loose.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:42 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:42:49 GMT
Pearl police say they seized several pounds of marijuana after a Florida man was found smoking the drug in a restaurant parking lot. Matthew Leonard, 31, of Gainesville, FL has been charged with the intentMore >>
Pearl police say they seized several pounds of marijuana after a Florida man was caught smoking the drug in a restaurant parking lot.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:31:40 GMT
Ridgeland police officers and Madison County sheriff's deputies have surrounded a house on Bryceland Drive in Ridgeland. Lt. John Neil with the Ridgeland Police Department says a resident called policeMore >>
Ridgeland Chief of Police Jimmy Houston said the standoff in Ridgeland is resolved.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:10 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:10:32 GMT
Some Jackson business owners called 3 On Your Side about an intersection that has had more than it's share of traffic accidents. It's located in an area known as 5-points where Bailey Avenue crosses WoodrowMore >>
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