Hugh B. Wilson Manuscript
Scope and Contents
The collection contains one eight-page typewritten manuscript, covering the history of Handsboro, Mississippi, from 1840 to 1910 using “memorandums, news clippings, legends by old timers and personal recollections of the author”. It contains a hand drawn map of Handsboro, Sneed Wilson’s home and the Masonic Lodge, plus an index of people, places and events.
- Creation: 1978
Conditions Governing Access
Noncirculating; available for research.
Conditions Governing Use
This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).
Biographical / Historical
Hugh B. Wilson was born near Canton, Mississippi, on May 5, 1890, and grew up in Handsboro, Mississippi, from the age of thirteen. After World War I, he moved to El Paso, TX, and worked until retirement for the Southern Pacific Railroad.
Handsboro, Mississippi, now part of present-day Gulfport, was one of the early logging towns in the state. The sawmills near there were built on the banks of Bayou Bernard and were part of the Mississippi lumber boom in the mid-nineteenth century. However, later in the century, railroads were built to other lumber sites, bypassing Handsboro and crippling its economic growth. In 1966, Handsboro was annexed by the city of Gulfport.
Language of Materials
The collection consists of one eight-page manuscript titled History – Handsboro, Mississippi, which covers the history of Handsboro from 1840 to 1910.
Donated by Hugh B. Wilson in March, 1978.
- Hugh B. Wilson Manuscript
- Processed by Lauren White.
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