Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Birthday Celebration for Mary Jane Alford Fortenberry, 1950 MS

I wish this newspaper article mentioned the date of Mary Jane's birthday. I know she was born in April but I don't know the day. She had a lot of guests to help her celebrate. I wonder what they served for dinner. I am always trying to learn more.



Mary Jane (Alford) Fortenberry

Born April 1868 MS - 1957

Daughter of Julius Newton Alford & Mary Margaret Brumfield

Wife of Pedro M. Fortenberry


My 1st cousin, 3 x removed

Progress News.


Mrs. Mary Jane Fortenberry, wife of the late Pedro Fortenberry, was honored Sunday with a birthday dinner on her 82nd birthday. The dinner was held in the home of her niece, Mrs. Vernon Schilling.


Those enjoying the day were the following nieces and nephews:


Rev. Albert Terrell


Mrs. Willie Terrell and son


And Mrs. Solomon Reeves of McComb


And Mrs. Lee Terrell and children of Progress,


Mrs. Bessie Lee Siler,


Miss Hazel Siler,


Mrs. Audrey Smith,


Huelene and Ronald Smith,


Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Schilling, all of Silver Springs,


Mr. and Mrs. Millard Schilling, and three children of Mt. Herman, La.


Friends present were:


Mr. and Mrs. L. Q. Fortenberry, [Lemuel Q. Fortenberry & Lillian Ellzey]


Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Fortenberry, [possibly Grover Cleveland Fortenberry] 


Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fortenberry and daughter,


Mr. and Mrs. Clay Schilling and son and


Rev. and Mrs. Clyde P. Jones and daughter.



Source: Progress News. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 4 May 1950) 7; digital image, accessed March 2021.

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