James Orland “Bud” Hasty

His family called him Bud, but he gave J. Orland Hasty to the city directory man. The oldest boy and second child of ten, Orland was born in 1886 in Kemper County, Mississippi. By 1900 his parents, James Scott Hasty and Mattie Ann Watkins, had moved their eight children across the county line to Daleville, Lauderdale, Mississippi. Orland was still in school at age 14, although his 16 year old sister Onie was working in a general store. Two years later the family moved to Meridian and got a house on Poplar Springs Drive, and the father went to work for the A. Gressett Music House. Orland gained two more sisters in 1903 and 1908, but he lost his baby brother Telius Algier to measles in 1904.

In 1907 Orland married Janie Clark, and in 1908 he appeared in the Meridian city directory as a harness maker for the Threefoot Brothers & Co. During that time a photographer named Hardt took this photo.

Orland in the 1908 Meridian city directory

Orland and Janie had no children. In December 1910 he died of tuberculosis at age 24.

The Flying Keys

If you Google “Flying Keys” today, you’re more likely to get references to a certain wizarding world.  Back in 1935, however, the Flying Keys were famous aviator brothers who made a record-breaking flight of 23 days over Meridian, MS and worked out a way of refueling in the air without setting their plane on fire.  Twenty years later, it seems they displayed the Ole Miss at Meridian’s Key Field one last time before flying her to Washington D.C. and turning her over to the Smithsonian.  My dad was on hand in 1955 and snapped these photos.

Key Bros Ole Miss airplane 1955 04

Key Bros Ole Miss airplane 1955 05

Thanks to Meridian residents who remember these folks, I can identify a few.  The man in the dark suit below, second from the right, was then the Mississippi Attorney General James P. Coleman (later Governor).  Al Key appears in his military uniform, and his brother Fred Key is the tall man beside Al, holding a hat.

Key Bros Ole Miss airplane and dignitaries 1955 01

Below, from left to right are:  Senator John Stennis, Congressman Jamie L. Whitten, unknown 1, Fred Key, Attorney General James P. Coleman, Al Key, unknown 2, unknown 3.

Key Bros Ole Miss airplane and dignitaries 1955 03