Nationalities

The white population of Quitman County is 7,915, of which number, eight are Italians, six are Assyrians, three are Swedes, and twenty-five are Chinese.  The Jewish citizenry is the highest type, most of them being American born.  (Fitting respect is paid L. Marks, German-Jew, elsewhere in these pages.)

Though, as shown above, the biggest part of Quitman County’s population is white and black, the few foreigners who have cast their lot here have been an asset of no little value; they are, to the letter, good citizens.

Among these is Mrs. Rosa Narmour, of Swedish parentage, who came to Quitman County from Leflore [County].  She qualified some years ago as a social worker and was designated to New Mexico as a field supervisor, but during her stay here she served as Red Cross Secretary for an extended time and was identified with the service and cultural clubs.1  Two others of this same nationality, A. O. Peterson and Frank Johnson, have prospered for themselves and have contributed much to the welfare of the community in a social and economic way.

Running true to form one foreigner, a Russian, is a merchant and trader.  During the trapping and hunting season “Papa Lipson,” as he is affectionately called by the townspeople of Marks, hangs out a sign–“Furs and hides bought here”–meaning in his store, where he spends his time supervising his business.2

Chinese

One Chinese family has contributed a big part in the progress of Quitman County:  Pang Lou Sang came here thirty years ago, and conducted a business profitably; he was intelligent and becoming naturalized, took a keen interest in helping to build the town of Marks.  Several children were born to him and his wife in the back part of the store, where they had a living apartment; of these, Pang Kee graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1932 in Marks High School, and a daughter attended Woman’s College at Hattiesburg, preparing for the teaching profession.  One of the sons recently married a prominent and rich girl in Chicago; a number of invitations printed on red paper with white ink, were issued to the citizenry of Marks, and a number of them attended both the wedding and the feast, which was served at Dublin, Quitman County, after the couple arrived in Mississippi.  The young bride, innately refined and having the advantage of fine schools and contacts, is very cultured.  The marriage ceremony was performed by the City Judge of Chicago, he being a good friend of her father, both personally and from a business standpoint.  In keeping with her American-Chinese custom, she has two names which are significant:  Her American one is Virginia, meaning precious and good.  About 20 other Chinese live in the community, all engaged in their usual business, mercantile; all are good citizens.2

1Mrs. Blanchard Ingram, Lambert, Mississippi
2Mrs. Blanche Denton, Jackson, Mississippi

Works Progress Administration for Mississippi, Source Material for Mississippi History, Quitman County, Vol. LX, Compiled by State-Wide Historical Research Project, Susie V. Powell, State Supervisor, Illustrated 1936-1938, Addenda

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