The traffic in Canton, MS, slowed me so that I didn't arrive on the Gulf at Biloxi, Mississippi, until after dark. By the time I got settled in at a motel it was too late to have dinner at the Blow Fly Inn in Gulfport. That was about the only disappointment of the trip.
The next morning I headed across the border into Alabama. I quickly noticed that the "Heart of Dixie" has been discretely minimized on the license plates and a slogan with broader appeal is emblazoned on the bottom.
I had emailed the Mobile Public Library to inquire about the availability of any Citronelle newspapers or the Mobile Register for 1896 to 1900. I soon learned that the Genealogy and local history works are actually kept in the modest building next door to the gleaming white library on Government Street.
Librarian Hesper Montfordhad a package of information waiting for me. She had two small books on Citronelle ready and got me onto a digital microfilm reader/printer to run through the Mobile Register.
I soon located two articles on the death and funeral of William S. Burroughs and another on the subsequent re-marriage of his widow. I was now ahead of schedule with a free afternoon ahead of me and only needed advice on where to find a good Red Beans and Rice lunch.
Before leaving the area, I strolled down Government Street to the Barton Academy where W.S. Burroughs' sons attended high school. It is a very impressive building.