Photos/Audio: Letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt celebrating Kosciusko’s Centennial donated to City


A letter sent to a former Mayor of Kosciusko from President Franklin D. Roosevelt celebrating Kosciusko’s Centennial has been donated to the city.

The letter, and a program from the 1934 celebration, were presented to Mayor Tim Kyle from former Kosciusko resident Stokes McMillan, author of the book “One Night of Madness.”

McMillan said the two documents have been passed down through his family but he felt it was time to donate both of them to the citizens of Kosciusko.

The letter from the Roosevelt is addressed to L. S. Sanders, who is McMillan’s grandfather and the man who started The Star-Herald newspaper.

Kyle said the plan is to have both documents framed and put on display at city hall.

Audio: Randy Bell’s feature story with quotes from both McMillan and Kyle

  1. Brenda Rhodes
    Brenda Rhodes
    October 25, 2023 at 4:23 PM

    Very interesting. I did not know all of this. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Ann Breedlove
    Ann Breedlove
    November 8, 2023 at 5:26 PM

    At the Attala County Library, we have a program like the one shown here, and a letter from FDR, but I’m not sure, without looking, who it was sent to. Zaida Woodward Newell was in charge of the Centennial Celebration. I have copies from the newspaper and pictures of some of the floats in the parade.


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