Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hilderbrand's Store, Whitehaven Tennessee

The back of the photo is annotated on the back:
"Mr. Hilderbrand's Store.  Property of Frances Devlin, 1895 Wilson Rd., Memphis, Tenn, 38116"

Benjamin A. Hilderbrand headstone
Edmondson Cemetery
Southaven, MS
Benjamin Hilderbrand was an early settler of what would become Whitehaven, Tennessee.  He was born in Mississippi in 1806.  In 1830 he applied for a grant of 7000 acres located in North Mississippi. What he received was a deed for land in south Shelby County, Tennessee.  He married Susan Robertson in Shelby County, Tennessee on March 28th, 1833.  According to the 1860 Census for Shelby County TN they had four children: William W. age 23, John age 21, Sarah E. age 19 and Benjamin age 17.  They also had a daughter named Mary Amand Hilderbrand who was born and died in 1854.

Benjamin Hilderbrand built a two-story house in 1838. The house survived until 1999 when the Airport purchased much of the adjacent property.  Prior to the demolition Weaver and Associates were hired to do "archaeological testing and data recovery".  In addition to the house Benjamin had a trading post which later became a store. There is a Historical Marker located in Whitehaven to mark the location of Hilderbrand's Trading Post. 

"Near this spot in 1819, Benjamin Hilderbrand, a trader from Natchez, Miss., built an outpost to trade with the nearby Chickasaw Indians and with numerous other tribes who used the trails to reach the great hunting grounds on Nonconnah Creek.  He later erected a corn mill about 100 yards to the south and, after receiving a deed to the site and some 200 acres, moved his family here in 1836, becoming one of the earliest permanent settlers in what is now the Whitehaven community."

Benjamin also owned a cotton gin which was in operation as late as the 1950's.  His son William received the house as a wedding gift in 1887.

William W. Hilderbrand was born in 1837 and died in 1919.  He married Susan McDaniel on Nov. 29, 1870 in Desoto County Mississippi. Their children were Lula, James Bell, Willie and Clayton Benjamin.

According to the Commercial Appeal dated Sept 3, 1962, the Hilderbrand store was built in 1908 by Clayton Benjamin Hilderbrand.  The History of Whitehaven by Nita Joy Goss says that the store was built by his father William W. Hilderbrand and that the woman on the horse is his wife, Emmye Bowe Hilderbrand.  Actually, Emmye was the wife of Clayton.  It's very possible that the old man with the white beard is William W. Hilderbrand who would have been in his 70's.

Clayton married Emmye Antoinette Bowe on December 12 1899 in Shelby County Tennessee. Their daughter was Mallouise born in 1912.  Mallouise married Thomas Milton Norton August 18, 1940, at the Whitehaven Methodist Church.

Many of the Hilderbrand family are buried at Edmondson Cemetery in Southaven, Mississippi. 

In July 2017, we attended an estate sale in the Whitehaven area.  The Hilderbrand photo was among many items of historic interest that we purchased.

Additional information:
Hilderbrand House, Library of Congress, Photographs from the Historic American Buildings Survey
Shelby County by Robert W. Dye
Edmondson Cemetery, Gravestone Inscriptions from Shelby County

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Memphis - Boston Confederate Battle Flag Connection, 1898

Cheered to the Echo in a Theater in Boston--Remarkable Demonstration
(Boston Telegram to the Chicago Inter Ocean)

For the first time in the history of the State of Massachusetts the Confederate battle flag has been publicly waved in the faces of the Commonwealth's people.  Instead of greeting it with hisses and cries of derision, they cheered it to the echo, while the orchestra played "Dixie."

This remarkable even took place at the Grand Opera House, before and audience of Bostonians that filled the big theater from the orchestra stalls to the topmost tier of gallery seats.  It came as a climax to an exhibition of National colors and the playing of patriotic music, which has been in vogue at the theater during the past week.

About ten years ago, when Manager Magee was paying a visit to Memphis, Tenn., he was entertained by the Chickasaw Guards, one of the best-known military organization of the South.  Before he left Memphis one of the members made him a present of an old Confederate battle flag.

Between the first and second acts of "darkest Russia," the orchestra struck up a medley of National airs, and the great American flag swung out in front of the curtain.  It was greeted with tremendous applause.

"The Star-Spangled Banner" was the first air in the medley, followed by all the old favorites, including "America," "Marching Through Georgia" and "Yankee Doodle."  Each one got its share of applause.

At last came the Strains of "Dixie."  As the music swelled through the great audience two more flags were suddenly flashed in front of the big one.  One was a smaller American banner, and the other was the old Confederate battle flag Mr. Magee brought back from Memphis ten years ago.  Between them hung a sign bearing the words:

In an instant the applause which had welcomed "Dixie" changed to a roar as the great audience cheered the sacred old flag.  Tears came to the eyes of veterans, who had seen flags like that when they were on the other side, and from half a dozen places in the house came the old "rebel yell."  For fully a minute the theater was in an uproar such as has never been seen in Boston.
Originally published in The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, KY, March 11, 1898

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Memphis Hospital Medical College, 1880

Among the many enterprises inaugurated in Memphis none is of more interest and importance to science than the organization and erection of the Memphis Hospital Medical College.  No location can possibly be better adapted for such an institution.  Memphis, situated in the center of the lower Mississippi valley, offers great advantages to medical students who intend practicing their profession in the southern section of the country.  They will be taught by professors who are in daily contact and who are practically familiar with those diseases which the young practitioner will have to confront when he enters upon the discharge of the duties of his high profession.  The Memphis Hospital Medical College offers superior clinical advantages, medical and surgical, owing to the location in the city of the city, county, and marine hospitals, and the material furnished from the private practice of the professors.

The college is situated on Union avenue, in front of the marine and Memphis City hospitals.  It is an elegant and imposing structure, built expressly for the purposes intended, and containing all the modern conveniences and improvements.  Indeed, it cannot be surpassed in these respects by any medical college in the United States.  It is supplied with an extensive laboratory, supplied with apparatus, a museum containing valuable specimens and models, a large dissecting-room, a library containing several hundred valuable works of reference, private dissecting and faculty rooms, and college dispensary, besides all the necessary rooms and vestibules for students.  The amphitheater is most comfortably located and will accommodate three hundred students.  So far as practical anatomy is concerned, and that is the foundation stone of all medical practice, the material for surgical operations and dissection upon the cadaver is abundant.  The faculty has determined not to neglect this very important department; hence every possible facility will be given students to become thorough masters of this most important branch of study.  The private surgical practice of the professors affords unusual advantages to students, who will be enabled to make diagnoses and sitness operations.  The clinical advantages of Memphis are superior--with forty thousand inhabitants and a vast number of cases coming from Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama where the poor and improvident are stricken with disease and anturally flock to Memphis to seek relief and hospital accommodations.  The faculty is as follows:  W.E. Rogers, M.D., professor of surgery--clinical, operative and genito-urinary; B.G. Henning, M.D., principles and practice of surgery; Heber Jones, M.D., professor of theory and practice of medicine and clinical lecturer on disease of the throat; F. L. Sim, M.D., professor of obstetrics and diseases of children; E. Miles Willett, M.D., professor of diseases of women; G.W. Overall, M.D., professor of physiology and diseases of the nervous system; Julius Wise, M.D., professor of materia medica and therapeutics and lecturer on clinical medicine; W. B. Rogers, M.D., professor of anatomy; Julius Fahlen, M.D., professor of chemistry and toxicology; W.D. Sinclair, M.D., professor of opthalmology and otology; A.D. Eakin, M.D., demonstrator of anatomy; W. E. Rogers, M.D. dean of faculty.

The college session will begin on the first Monday in October next, and will close the first of March, 1881.  Students can secure all necessary information by applying in person or by mail to the dean of the faculty, W.E. Rogers, M.D., No. 338 Main street, and from whom they will receive copies of the college announcement or prospectus, besides other information of value.  Already it is assured that the session will open with a large class of students.
Originally published in the Memphis Daily Appeal September 1 1880

The Memphis Hospital Medical College would later merge with the University of Tennessee Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy.

Other sources:
You can see a copy of the 1st Annual Commencement Program here.  Visit the Historic Memphis Website for more information about Memphis and her medical history.

Picture of a class of students at the Memphis Hospital College, 1901, and a cadaver.