Eva Jasper took her granddaughters Alice and Marce to Quitman, MS every summer for about two weeks to visit Amanda Jasper (Grandma Mandy), their great-grandmother. Alice had mixed feelings about the summer visits to Quitman. I think the girls really enjoyed spending time with their grandmother and great-grandmother, but Quitman was so different from Mobile, AL. Quitman was truly the country!
Alice remembers riding the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio (GM&O) Railroad to Quitman. The train was like a greyhound bus that made many stops along the way. People could bring chickens, goats or sheep on the train and Alice was afraid of anything with feathers. See the GM&O map below. When Momma Eva, Alice and Marce arrived in Quitman, Grandma Mandy came to pick them up in a horse and buggy.