Thursday, February 27, 2014
Memories, Ponds and Graveyards
This past week I spent a couple of days with my brother and his wife in
. Sorry to say it was not a fishing trip. The purpose
of the visit was to clean up an old Trussell cemetery that was located in the
back woods of Mississippi in the Northeastern part of the state. We spent the
better part of the morning moving small trees and brush from the 15 ft. by 30
ft. area. The cemetery is actually where my Great Great Grandpa is buried with
his wife, one of their sons, and three other unknown individuals. Their graves only
had rock markers with no names. During that day and time, the cemetery was usually
located near the home. Choctaw County
We used marker tape to fence off the perimeters of the area so the timber company wouldn’t destroy the place later this summer. We will go back in a few weeks to place a permanent enclosure around the area. The graves date back to the 1840s.
This is a long inscription here on my Grandpa’s grave describing what he expected in the here after.
While we were in the area we decided to ride by our old home place about 10 miles from the cemetery. The house was located on this hill. We were both raised up here as boys and had fond memories of fishing in the pond that was located down below our house.
It had been over 40 years since my brother and I had seen this pond. A lot had changed as far as the area itself, but the memories remained where we went swimming, caught some of those large bass and super size bluegills. This pond is where Dad taught my brothers and me to fish.
I can still see my Mom landing huge bluegills using green grasshoppers that my younger brother and I would catch for her to bait the hook. We would bait the hook for her and she would let us land the fish. We were no more than 5 years old. A long cane pole taught me the art of playing a fish then.
The spring that feeds cold clear water into the pond was still pumping. We drink a lot of water from this spring over the years while fishing on those hot summer days. I know one can never go back in time, but if I could this would be one place I would surely visit.