1936: Hugh L. White inaugurated as Mississippi’s forty-fifth governor

Governor Hugh L. White (MDAH Collection)
Governor Hugh L. White

White served from 1936 to 1940.

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1936: Eudora Welty publishes first short story, “Death of a Traveling Salesman”

A few years later a collection of short stories, A Curtain of Green, was published. Born in Jackson in 1909, Welty wrote novels, short stories, essays, book reviews, and an autobiography in a career that spanned 65 years.

1936: State Legislature passes legislation to “balance agriculture with industry”

The BAWI legislation authorized local governments to issue bonds to attract industry.

1936: Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! published

1936: Dr. Leslie Vaughn Rush of Meridian performs first bone pinning operation in United States

This procedure greatly reduced the hospital stays for those with broken bones and led to the development of the Rush Pin, which is still in use today.

April 5, 1936: Tornado devastates Tupelo, killing over 200

Tupelo Tornado Flag
Tupelo Tornado Flag

The “Tupelo Tornado” is ranked as the fourth deadliest tornado in U.S. history.

Image:  This flag was flying at the  high school when the tornado hit Tupelo.

June 15, 1936: Homochitto National Forest, Holly Springs National Forest, and DeSoto National Forest established by Civilian Conservation Corps

CCC Dibble
CCC Dibble

Image: This dibble was used by the CCC to plant trees in the Homochitto National Forest.

June 22, 1936: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Flood Control Act of 1936

The act authorized the Corps of Engineers to build dams, levees, and dikes for flood control.  Sardis Dam in north Mississippi was part of the 1936 act, becoming operational in October 1940.

July 1936: Ellen Woodward becomes Director of Women’s and Professional Projects

Towels Given to Ellen Woodward
Towels Given to Ellen Woodward

Born in Oxford, Mississippi, Woodward became the third woman to serve in the Mississippi Legislature before moving to Washington, D.C. to work in the Roosevelt Administration.

Image: Handmade towels given to Ellen Woodward and her note explaining how they are to be kept together as a reminder of how much her work during the Great Depression meant to her.

August 31, 1936: Mechanical cotton picker demonstrated at Delta Experimentation Station near Leland

The demonstration by brothers John and Mack Rust attracted national press and signaled a dramatic shift in the future of cotton farming.

November 3, 1936: President Franklin D. Roosevelt elected to second term

Roosevelt Campaign Button
Roosevelt Campaign Button

November 23, 1936: Guitarist Robert Johnson has first recording session in San Antonio, Texas

The songs Johnson recorded in 1936 and ’37—“Crossroads,” “Love in Vain,” “Hellhound on my Trail,” “Dust My Broom” and others—are among the most powerful blues songs ever and remain widely influential today.

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