Monday, June 25, 2018

Matchbook Monday

It's time for Matchbook Monday.  Some real Jackson history is posted below.  Feel free to add your stories or any information about them in the comments section as you enjoy these blasts from the past. Readers can email copies of any old matchbooks to

Once upon a time there were establishments called "full-service gas stations."  One such station was on West Capitol Street. 

We've mentioned the Green Derby before in a previous post but here is another matchbook of the storied restaurant.

Jackson actually once had a flour company.  A search of old newspapers yielded no information about P.P. Williams Flour but here is it's matchbook.

Old-timers might remember the Sirloin Room.

Some old newspapers provide some more information about this restaurant.

The Sirloin Room closed within two years after it's reopening. 


Anonymous said...

I am not native to jackson ,,where is 5 points???

Anonymous said...

5 Points is in the war zone now. I wouldn't go out that way unless I was armed and ready.

Is Tony's Tamale's still over there?

Anonymous said...

Where Woodrow Wilson, Medgar Evers, Gordon St and Livingston Rd all intersect.

Full Service said...

I'll never forget "Mr. Robert", a diminutive older black gentleman with a high pitched voice that ran the Shell station on the corner of Northside and Old Canton. My Dad would take his car there to have the suspension lubed and he'd tell Robert to "take it easy on the grease, don't blow out the rubber boots!" and every time Robert would blow them out. Dad would always chide Robert about doing it but they always parted business with a handshake and laughter. And Dad always went back.

Back in about 1978, Peters Chevron on the corner of I-55 and Briarwood where the IHOP is now was THE place for a 15 year old kid to have a summer job working the full service pumps especially on a Saturday morning. When the old guy eased up in his monster Chrysler Imperial to have you put $3 worth of gas in it THEN check the tires, check the oil, check the coolant, check the battery, check the transmission fluid, clean the windshield.....we all RAN. But we knew sooner or later the smoking HOT lady in the black Corvette with her high heels and panties in the back of the car would show up soon, and she would get the cleanest windshield in town, with a full tank of gas of course...!

Anonymous said...

Tony's Tamales is located in a kiosk on Old Canton Road near the reservoir. I love them, buy them frozen, and thaw as needed. They're Delta tamales, a slightly different variation of Mexican tamales.

Do businesses still hand out matchbooks or are these the last ones in history? I saw some in NYC restaurants last year which surprised me.

Anonymous said...

Tony's Tamales use to right off 5 points on Livingston Rd. I use to go there when McCarty-Holman was blowing and going and a excellent place to work.

Anonymous said...

Interesting bit of history. I assume the the "Negro Applicant Still Interested" in 1961 is James Meredith. (Bottom right on the second page.)

Anonymous said...

Oh, the memories. The Sirloin Club made us all feel like Jackson was becoming a CITY. Dance music all week long -- probably closed on Mondays.

I notice one of the matchbooks was made in Columbus, MS. How about that?

Mr. Original said...

Where Woodrow Wilson, Delta Drive, Gordon St and Livingston Rd all intersect.

Anonymous said...

Oh the memories indeed

Page 16 - The Negro Applicant is Still Interested

Always interesting nuggets when KF shares these old articles

Louis LeFleur said...

No memory of any of these places other than The Green Derby, which as noted has been discussed before. Full Service, I have not so fond memories of working in two such places about 10 years before you. The last one was Chuck's Citco on the corner of Triangle Drive and Northview, now a U-Haul place. At 3 miles north of 5 Points on Hwy 49, or then Delta Drive before it became Medgar Evers Blvd, that would have been right about the intersection of Northside and Delta drives. In 1957 that would have been out in the boonies. We moved here in 1962, right off Northside in north Jackson, and they told us Northside hadn't even been paved very long before that.

Anonymous said...

Some details of the P.P. Williams Co. courtesy of a United States Tax Court Decision from August 1963:

" The P. P. Williams Co. was a Mississippi corporation organized in 1886, with its principal place of business at Vicksburg, Miss. It was engaged in activities consisting of the conduct of a wholesale grocery business throughout Mississippi, and the operation, under the name of Hill City Mills, of a feed mill, a flour-blending plant, a cornmeal plant, and a seed-processing plant. Substantially all the stock of the Williams Co. was owned by various members of the Fitz-Hugh family. The Fitz-Hughs also owned substantially all the stock of another corporation, the Magnolia Fertilizer Co., but in different proportions from the ownership of the Williams Co.

In September 1944, the Russell Co. purchased a feed mill in Meridian, Miss., which it operated until October 1949, first as a partnership
[40 T.C. 812]
and later as a subsidiary corporation, under the name of Meridian Grain & Elevator Co. This mill was sold in 1949 and thereafter the Russell Co. continued to purchase feed and flour supplies from it under contract, but this arrangement proved to be unsatisfactory. As a result, in 1950 representatives of the Russell Co. commenced negotiations with Alexander Fitz-Hugh to lease the feed mill, as well as the flour-blending, cornmeal, and seed plants, operated by the Williams Co. The parties could not agree on a satisfactory leasing arrangement but at Fitz-Hugh's suggestion they commenced, in the fall of 1950, negotiations with respect to the purchase by the Russell Co. from the Fitz-Hughs of the entire businesses of both the Williams Co. and the Magnolia Fertilizer Co. These negotiations continued until January 15, 1951, when representatives of the Russell Co. and of the Fitz-Hugh family met in Jackson, at which time a proposal was made by the Fitz-Hughs for the sale of all the stock of the two corporations to the Russell Co. The representatives of the Russell Co. took the proposal under consideration, and within a few days B. L. Davis, then vice president of the Russell Co., orally accepted the terms of the Fitz-Hugh's offer on its behalf. This oral agreement was to be reduced to writing and signed by the parties as soon as the attorneys for the parties could prepare the necessary documents and the Russell Co.'s accountant could verify the financial statements of the two corporations as of December 31, 1950.1

On March 26, 1951, the shareholders of the Williams Co., individually, and a representative of the Russell Co.,2 executed a contract and agreement accurately reducing to writing the oral agreement of January 1951 between the parties, whereby the former agreed to sell and the Russell Co. agreed to buy all the stock of the Williams Co."

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