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sports • B1 Topic • C1 Dumped Jefferson Davis Miss. State collapses in loss to Auburn ‘Greatest and Noblest man of the age’ SUNDAY, f e b r uar y 13, 2011 • $1.50 www.v ick sbu rg p Ever y day Si nCE 1883 200 watch Davis bid farewell to Vicksburg Gypsy Rose Vintage 1938 Airstream travel coach built in Vicksburg up for auction By Ben Mackin By Pamela Hitchins Gypsy Rose is a grand old lady, and she was born in Vicksburg. The 73-year-old Art Deco “M” System travel coach is listed on eBay and can be taken for a ride — or even a vacation — if the price is right. The coach was built by Joe Bonelli, • Additional phograndfatos, coach dether of the scription and Vicksbid process at burg, then tractor of type in 1938 Mthe same System name, and • A extensive colthe North lection of phoWashington Street tographs and company period ads for he opervintage travel ated for 15 trailers can be years. viewed at allDubbed manufacturedGypsy Rose, the trailer is owned by C.T. “Charlie” Hanchey, a Ruston, La., pastor for whom restoring old recreational vehicles is a “passionate hobby.” “I have owned and have hands-on restoration experience with many vintage Airstreams, Silver Streaks and Streamlines,” Hanchey writes on Gypsy Rose’s eBay listing page. “None come close in any way to this coach. She is without peer.” Hanchey is seeking $125,000, with an immediate down payment of $500, but is also accepting offers. “I’m sure my grandfather would have loved to have sold them for that price,” the younger Bonelli said with a little laugh. “It looks like he’s done an extraordinarily fine job of restoring it.” Bonelli, who has only seen the photos on eBay, said he hopes to drive to Ruston this week for a firsthand look at Gypsy Rose. The eBay auction runs through ‘I have owned and have hands-on restoration experience with many vintage Airstreams, Silver Streaks and Streamlines. None come close in any way to this coach. She is without peer.’ C.T. “Charlie” Hanchey Gypsy Rose owner Online In front of about 200 onlookers Saturday, Jefferson Davis walked to his perch in the balcony of the Old Court House and bid the City of Vicksburg farewell. The Confederate President, played by local stage actor Jack Burns, delivered the address to a crowd on the East Lawn of the Old Court House on Cherry Street one day after the 150th anniversary of Davis’ original speech. On Feb. 11, 1861, after being told he had been named President of the Confederacy, Davis, who lived south of Vicksburg, stepped off a boat at the Jackson Street landing where he gave his farewell speech before departing for Montgomery, Ala. To celebrate the occasion Saturday, about 40 reenactors, and many more onlookers, turned out in full military and civilian attire. The event, sponsored by the Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, is one of many events throughout the See Davis, Page A12. KATIE CARTER•The Vicksburg Post submitted to The Vicksburg Post Above, C.T. Hanchey sits inside the Gypsy Rose. Below, the “M” System Mfg. Co. logo with Vicksburg engraved on it. Jack Burns, dressed as Jefferson Davis, greets guests as he makes his way to the Old Court House Museum on Saturday. Barbour: Obama paying lip service to job creation By The Associated Press Friday night. Hanchey purchased the trailer in early 2010 from a friend in Seattle and towed it 2,538 miles to his home in Ruston. The outside of the Gypsy Rose “It was in a covered shed,” he said by phone. “Thank God for that. It had a nice coating of dust but had been covered up for probably 20 years, and that helped preserve it.” Photos of the coach’s namesake, singer, burlesque star and actress Gypsy Rose Lee, adorn the walls, and its MissisSee Gypsy, Page A2. WASHINGTON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is accusing President Barack Obama of paying lip service to job creation. The Republican governor, who is considering running for president, told a conservative gathering Saturday that the Democratic president’s economic policies have been more hostile to job creation than any other Gov. Haley Barbour administration he’s seen. See CPAC, Page A11. WEATHER Today: Sunny, highs in the mid-60s Tonight: Patchy fog after midnight, lows in the upper 30s Mississippi River: 16.4 feet Rose: 1.4 foot Flood stage: 43 feet A11 VOLUME 129 NUMBER 44 4 SECTIONS DEATHS • Edna Lee “Charlie” Claiborne • Dewey P. “Boonie” Sellers Jr. A11 TODAY IN HISTORY 1861: Abraham Lincoln is officially declared winner of the 1860 presidential election as electors cast their ballots. 1945: During World War II, Allied planes begin bombing the German city of Dresden. The Soviets captured Budapest, Hungary, from the Germans. 1961: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced that three statues in its collection, supposedly Etruscan terra cotta warriors, were, in fact, forgeries. 1991: During Operation Desert Storm, allied warplanes destroy an underground shelter in Baghdad that had been identified as a military command center; Iraqi officials said 500 civilians were killed. 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