Jewish life in Yazoo City seems to have peaked in the 1940s, and by the 1950s the Jewish community had begun to decline. In the early 1950s a young Jewish girl by the name of Gracie Myron won the local school’s Christmas door decorating contest. There were 61 Jews in the city by 1937. Dover Society. Barbour, the former governor of Mississippi, grew up in Yazoo City and has a home on Wolf Lake, a lake north of Yazoo City. Eventually, he came to Yazoo City to stay with brother, Joseph, and attend school. View 33 photos, price history and more on homesforsale.century21.com. Heidel, Jimmy – (Director of the MS Department of Economic and Community Development) Helferich, Gerard – (Author) Helton Family – (Business and Civic Leader) Henick Auto Supply – (Local Business) Henry Family. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 28,065. The 1,307 sq. Yazoo City is also known as the "Gateway to the Delta" due to its location on the transition between the two great landforms that characterize the geography of Mississippi (the western part of the city lies in the Mississippi Delta and the eastern part lies in the loess bluffs that characterize most of eastern Mississippi). My father sold Yazoo's through the 1950's and 60's to people around the area who knew the advantages of a Yazoo and wern't afraid to mow with one. The Governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour, toured the area in a National Guard helicopter and held a news conference on the disaster at 3:30 pm. 2409 E Clubview Cir , Yazoo City, MS 39194-2004 is currently not for sale. In the winter of 1970, white and black students in Yazoo City went to school together for the first time. As the Jewish population grew it became easier and more attractive to hold onto Jewish traditions. Yazoo City Jews served in the military throughout history. Yazoo City became the county seat in 1849. Though their numbers declined, the remaining Yazoo City members stayed active and visible, with Jewish citizen Harry Applebaum serving as mayor from 1954 to 1960. The Yazoo Herald, is Yazoo County's only daily newspaper. The Federal forces returned again on May 19, 1864, doing more damage to the town.[8]. http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2011/mar/02/integrating-yazoo-race-and-change-in-haley/, “Over Half a Million Jewish People in the Armed Forces.”, Sharff, Erin “A brief sketch of Research on Jewish Community of Yazoo City, MS”. Treasurer David McRae today announced the State Treasury has returned $18 million in missing money to Mississippians, the highest amount returned in a calendar year in recent state history. Yazoo City is a U.S. city in Yazoo County, Mississippi. Jews living in the Bible Belt had to contend with an overtly Protestant culture. About 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. Yazoo County High School, outside of the city limits and a part of the Yazoo County School District, does not serve areas in the Yazoo City city limits.[17]. A correspondent for the t, Bertha Schaefer was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, in 1895. This 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom Single Family for sale is located at 2429 Ridge Rd, Yazoo City, MS 39194. Ante-bellum homes and sacred Indian mounds, Wildlife and agriculture, Civil War History and the Yazoo River… All can be found where the Delta meets the rolling hills in colorful Yazoo County. The city sits in the west-central part of the state, about 40 miles north of Jackson, the state capital. Yazoo County is colorful, authentic, and unique…just like you! The racial makeup of the city was 82.0% Black, 16.1% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian and 0.5% from two or more races. It is the county seat of Yazoo County and the principal city of the Yazoo City Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Jackson–Yazoo City Combined Statistical Area. The racial makeup of the city was 28.73% White, 69.68% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. On April 14, 2014, Diane Delaware was sworn in as Yazoo City’s first female mayor. Members Reinhold and Fisk offered themselves to read the different prayers. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.49. It is the county seat of Yazoo County and the principal city of the Yazoo City Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Jackson–Yazoo City Combined Statistical Area. Her firm and gallery featured American and European paintings and sculpture, and she helped to launch the careers of many artists and designers. It is said that in the Indian vernacular Yazoo meant death. During her short career, the Arkansas challenged the Union navy's control of the Mississippi River and helped avert the early fall of Vicksburg. [9] According to a local legend, the fire was caused by a witch avenging her death. 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Vision: Yazoo City is an epicenter of economic growth driven by high quality education and progressive, sustainable community living. A new era begins. You are here: Home » Visit Yazoo City » The History of Yazoo City. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,403 people living in the city. For every 100 females, there were 112.1 males. A strong tornado, rated EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale and with a path width of 1.75 mi (2.82 km), hit Yazoo County on April 24, 2010. Perform a free Yazoo County, MS public genealogy records search, including genealogy ancestry histories, family search histories, and family trees. This could have been due to the European stories of the Holocaust that had trickled into Yazoo City or the prominence of Jews within their own town. Yazoo county and river derived their name from a tribe of Indians who inhabited They were a brave, fierce, intrepid and warlike people. On Monday, Republicans in the U.S. House blocked consideration of a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office with nine days until the Inauguration Day for President-elect Joe Biden. Barbour is Chairman of Drive for Jewish Relief.”. Yazoo City is served by the Yazoo City Municipal School District;[17] Yazoo City High School is the public school of this district. The 1860 U.S. Census Slave Schedules for Yazoo County, Mississippi (NARA microfilm series M653, Roll 604) reportedly includes a total of 16,716 slaves, ranking it as one of the highest County totals in Mississippi. In conflict with other tribes it was to victory The county seat is Yazoo City. Contact Info. In her own work, Schaefer promoted functional and economical lighting fixtures, focusing specifically on decorative interior fluorescent lighting. It also shows that Yazoo City Jews observed the high holidays even though they did not have a synagogue or congregation of their own. Yazoo Mills, Inc. was founded as a yarn and textile mill in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1902. Situated in the west central part of the state, the county has some of the most fertile soil in Mississippi. It is named for the Yazoo River, whose name, legend has it, comes from an Indian word meaning "River of Death." Yazoo County is a county located in the state of Mississippi. Even though the company has evolved through many changes since those early beginnings, it has always retained the name Yazoo Mills, derived from its original location in Yazoo City. A town site on the Yazoo river, to be named Manchester, was thoroughly surveyed and designed on paper to fit the contour of the site. Two bridges now cross the Yazoo River at Yazoo City. [14], The Federal Bureau of Prisons operates the Federal Correctional Complex, Yazoo City, which consists of FCI Yazoo City Low, FCI Yazoo City Medium, FCI Camp, and FCI USP Yazoo City. Federal troops occupied the town in September and again in October 1863. It meanders about 190 miles (306 km) generally south and southwest, much of the way paralleling the Mississippi River, which it joins at Vicksburg. In addition to Solomon S. Zelnicker's service during the Civil War, Frank Rakowski served as a volunteer in the Spanish-American War. It was named after the Yazoo River, which, in turn was named by the French explorer Robert La Salle in 1682 as "Rivière des Yazous" in reference to the Yazoo tribe living near the river's mouth. This home was built in 1983 and last sold on for. The median age was 32 years. Yazoo River, river formed by the confluence of the Tallahatchie and Yalobusha rivers north of Greenwood, Mississippi, U.S. The population density was 1,349.2 people per square mile (521.1/km2). born June 26, 1825, in Charleston, South Carolina as the seventh child of David and Rachel Salomon Lewis, French and Italian Jews. Regardless of the reason for publishing the article, it displays Jews in a very positive light, and suggests that positive relationships existed between Yazoo City Jews and their neighbors. In the early days Yazoo county abounded in more numerous and perhaps more varied wild animals than did any other section of the State. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 7.47% of the population. After their capture of Vicksburg in July 1863, another Union raid briefly occupied Yazoo City, but this time the Union ironclad USS Baron DeKalb was sunk by a mine. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 did much damage to the entire Delta, but Yazoo City was restored and is now protected by an effective flood-prevention system. ©2020 Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities, Oral History Guide - Notes and Appendices, Virtual Road Trip Through the Jewish South, Service Learning & Alternative Break Tours, Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities -. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.9 males. The old highway segment, renamed Mississippi Highway 149, passes through Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the communities of Louise and Midnight before reconnecting with the new US 49W at Silver City, 7 mi (11 km) south of Belzoni. “Henry Clay Lewis, 1825-1850 and Felix Octavius Carr Darley, 1822-1888.” Accessed February 19, 2015. http://docsouth.unc.edu/southlit/lewis/summary.html, http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/schaefer-bertha. According to the 2010 census, the population was 11,403.[6]. He moved to Louisville, Kentucky to enter Louisville Medical College in 1844. McLaughlin, Lacey, “Race and Change in Haley Barbour’s Hometown. Yazoo County Health Department 230 East Broadway St., Yazoo City 39194 Phone (662)746-3713. It was stopped by a canal, which saved the new courthouse (built in 1872 to replace the one burned by the Union forces) and 10 antebellum homes nearby. For some, it … When he turned 16, he apprenticed with a local doctor named Washington Dorey. https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Yazoo_County,_Mississippi Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Yazoo City using the Yazoo City Station. By the 1820 Treaty of Doak’s Stand, the Choctaw Nation sold their northwestern lands to the United States, and for the first time the large area of Mississippi in which Yazoo City was to be located was opened to settlement by white and black Americans. She earned a B.A. While Jews never formed a congregation in Yazoo City, they maintained a Jewish community in this southern Delta town for well over 100 years. [15], The mayor of Yazoo City is[when?] Yazoo City, Mississippi downtown tour.Yazoo City is a U.S. city in Yazoo County, Mississippi. The. EARLY HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF YAZOO COUNTY (continued) Page 2. As time went on they became much safer and the S model built in the 1980's had a stamped deck. The area which is now Yazoo County was acquired by the State of Mississippi from the Choctaw Indians in 1820. [10] In reality, a boy playing with matches accidentally set a house ablaze. 211 East Broadway St., Yazoo City, MS 39194 Phone (662)746-1872 Fax (662)716-0113. Yazoo City, city, seat (1848) of Yazoo county, west-central Mississippi, U.S.It lies along the Yazoo River, 47 miles (76 km) northwest of Jackson.Founded as a planned community in 1826, it was later called Manchester; it was renamed for the Yazoo Indians in 1839. View 37 photos for 202 Springridge Pl, Yazoo City, MS 39194 a 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,872 Sq. On May 21, 1863, as a Union fleet steamed up the Yazoo River, the Confederate forces burned down the shipyard to keep their foes from capturing the vessels being built there. Routes 49, 49E, and 49W, and MS Highways 3, 16, and 149, on the banks of the Yazoo River, near the Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. from Mississippi State College for Women and a degree in interior design from the Parsons School of Design. Yazoo County covers about 1,018 square miles (625,000 acres), most of which is used for farming. The Federal forces then burned down the sawmill and lumberyard before withdrawing. The Jewish story of Yazoo City was one of acceptance and assimilation, and in several cases, intermarriage and conversion. Yazoo Delta Press: Yazoo City, Mississippi, 1976. The Amtrak station is located at 222 West Broadway. Lynne W. Jeter of the Mississippi Business Journal said in 2001 that the county airport "may have played an important role in landing the multiphase federal prison project that is currently under expansion. The sketches followed a young swamp doctor named Madison Tensas, and several were published under the pseudonym "Madison Tensas" in New York's, On August 29, 1875, the Jewish community of Yazoo City elected to form a congregation called “Benai Israel.” The 30 member congregation designated Emil Schaefer as President and Louis Wise as Secretary. As of the census of 2000, 14,550 people, 4,271 households, and 2,968 families resided in the city. The community now known as Yazoo City was founded in 1824 with the name Hannan's Bluff. By 1937, the Jewish population rose to 61 people. Following his graduation, he moved to Louisiana to practice medicine in Madison Parish on the Tensas River. The Jews in the community did not create a congregation, and the nearest houses of worship were, in the mid-20th century, in Jackson and Greenwood. A yellow fever epidemic struck Yazoo City in 1853. Zillow has 29 homes for sale in Yazoo City MS. View listing photos, review sales history, and use our detailed real estate filters to find the perfect place. The United States Postal Service operates the Yazoo City Post Office.[16]. Yazoo City is located 40 mi (64 km) northwest of Jackson at the junctions of U.S. Henson Family. fought always to the death, unless victorious. During the American Civil War, the Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas was completed at a makeshift shipyard in Yazoo City after the Confederate loss of New Orleans and Memphis. The fire quickly spread, and three-fourths of the town was destroyed, including most of the homes. Divorce Records - Prior to 1859, divorce proceedings were introduced as private bills in the Mississippi State Legislature. Yazoo County Historic Sites & Events The largest county in Mississippi has a vast abundance of historical sites. All existing Yazoo County marriage records for any date not listed above (and for the dates listed above for that matter) may be obtained from the Yazoo County Circuit Clerk's office. Institute of Southern Jewish Life Archives. [12] The tornado and the aftermath were shown in an episode of the Discovery Channel series Storm Chasers, and several YouTube videos show considerable detail and descriptions. On May 25, 1904, a fire destroyed much of central Yazoo City. It was named after the Yazoo River, which, in turn was named by the French explorer Robert La Salle in 1682 as "Rivière des Yazous" in reference to the Yazoo tribe living near the river's mouth. In 1941 the Yazoo City Herald announced that, “Many of the Yazoo members of the Jewish faith will be out of the city Wednesday that they may have the privilege of worshiping in the synagogues of Jackson, Greenwood, and other cities. Free Search. Genealogy Records Search. His brother went bankrupt in 1837, and to support himself financially, Henry began working in the cotton fields. The section of MS 3 in Yazoo City is called Haley Barbour Parkway. The new highway makes the town of Carter so near, it might be considered for annexation by Yazoo City. U.S. Route 49 (part of which was formerly U.S. 49E) through Yazoo City is named Jerry Clower Boulevard, after the famous comedian, a former resident of Yazoo City. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.9 sq mi (28 km2), of which 10.8 sq mi (28 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) (1.19%) is covered by water. ft. single-family home is a 3 bed, 2.0 bath property. Their places of business will be closed between sundown Tuesday and sundown Wednesday.” Though the article does not mention how many stores were closed, the presence of the article shows that Jews represented a prominent position in the commercial livelihood of Yazoo City. View more property details, sales history and Zestimate data on Zillow. “Hotty Toddy Hometown: Yazoo City, Mississippi.” Accessed February 19, 2015. http://hottytoddy.com/2014/03/18/hottytoddy-hometown-yazoo-city-mississippi/_br, “J.F. 0.7% were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Yazoo City Mississippi File. Yazoo City Tourism: Tripadvisor has 787 reviews of Yazoo City Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Yazoo City resource. Yazoo City, Yazoo County, Mississippi, 1891 Leave a Comment / History / By Mississippi Genealogy The site of Yazoo City, the justice seat of Yazoo County, was an Indian reservation, entered by Greenwood Le Fleur in 1827, under the provisions of the treaty of Washington, concluded January 20, 1825, with the Choctaw Indians. In the city, the population was distributed as 29.0% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. Around 8:05 pm local time, Yazoo City was struck by two tornadoes: first, an EF-2 tornado 3 mi (4.8 km) southwest of town, then a second EF-2 within the city limits, causing significant damage to several downtown buildings. Yazoo County, Mississippi was created on January 21, 1823 from Hinds County.The county was named for the Yazoo Native Americans .. Yazoo County is bordered by Humphreys County (north), Holmes County (northeast), Madison County (east), Hinds County (south), Warren County (southwest) and Issaquena County (west), Sharkey County (northwest).. Yazoo County Cities and Towns include Yazoo … Yazoo City was rebuilt, but yellow fever struck and took more victims in 1878. The first county seat was at Beattie's Bluff, Mississippi. History of Yazoo County. Diane Delaware. The Wise Brothers’ Store was founded in 1875 by Herman Wise, and existed as a fixture of Yazoo City up until 1969 when it was sold by their descendants. The article asserts that over half a million Jewish men served in all branches of the military, and nearly 26,000 had earned citations for valor and merit. He eventually produced popular literary sketches based on his life in the Louisiana frontier. Of the 4,271 households, 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.5% were married couples living together, 32.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were not families. Another occupation resulted in the Battle of Yazoo City on March 5, 1864 between the Union troops and Confederates led by Robert V. Richardson and Lawrence Sullivan Ross. Males had a median income of $26,109 versus $18,650 for females. Louis and Herman Wise had married their cousins, Julia and Eugenia, and arrived in Yazoo City around 1870. It was not uncommon for Jews to support their Christian friends when they celebrated holidays. The History of Yazoo City. Ft. single family home built in 2001. Excerpt of Yazoo County History from the book "A History of Mississippi" YAZOO COUNTY was established January 21st, 1823, taken from Hinds, and at the time of its organization embraced a large area of territory of what is now Madison, Holmes, Washington and Issaquena counties. Yazoo County, Mississippi: Including Its History, the Holly Bluff Site, the Mississippi Blues Trail, and More by Sandra Wilkins it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating Yazoo City is a U.S. city in Yazoo County, Mississippi. Yazoo City is known as the gateway of the Mississippi Delta, the fertile strip of land between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. It was later renamed Manchester, then changed to Yazoo City in 1841. Yazoo County, Mississippi Yazoo County Education, Geography, and History. Yazoo County was established January 21, 1823 as the state's 19th county and is the largest county in Mississippi. Often their financial stability depended on railroad commerce, and as the value of this trade dwindled, Jewish residents of Yazoo City gradually moved away in search of better opportunities. WBYP and WYAZ, both FM, are two local radio stations. This article challenged the anti-Semitic stereotype that Jews weren’t courageous or patriotic enough to fight for their country. U.S. Route 49W provides a fairly direct link between Yazoo City and Belzoni. In 1829 the county seat was moved to Benton. Liverpool Landing. The Union troops held their ground but departed the following day. The Institute of Southern Jewish Life stated that the Jewish community has been characterized by assimilation and was "small, but influential". [14] 44 Jews lived in the community in 1878, but a flood of the Mississippi River in 1882 meant that additional Jews displaced by the flood came. The three private schools are Thomas Christian Academy (Pre-K–12), Manchester Academy (Pre-K–12), and Covenant Christian School (K–6th grade). A capacity crowd was present to … The Yazoo County Genealogy Search (Mississippi) links below open in a new window and take you to third party websites that provide access to Yazoo County public records. About Yazoo County, Mississippi... 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