Dr. B. J. Marshall, dentist, came to Marks from Natchez in 1910, and has always ranked as a leader in the community. He organized the Marks Business League and served as secretary for several years. At one time he was secretary of the Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners, and has served as a member of the Board of Aldermen, and as a member of the Board of School Trustees. He has taken an active and leading part in every improvement the town has undergone and continues his capacity as the town's best qualified "booster." He has seen Marks grow through its busiest and largest development, and is one of the best informed men in the community on the affairs of the town.
Among his poems are: "A New Deal," "A Thought of Mother," and "A New Day." His poem, "Old Friends and New", has been widely read and enjoyed.
"Old Friends and New"
What thought could there more pleasant be,
Than friends of by-gone years?
Such brings a compensation for life,
Sorrow, gloom, and tears.
Yet friends of now, the faithful few,
And real ones whom we trust,
Breed hope and love and charity for mankind oft unjust,
Yet old or new, if friends endure,
Existence seems worthwhile
And tho' some claim but two or three,
The world should seem a smile.
From: WPA History of Quitman County, MS
Now mouth hygiene has been given by dentists of the county in nearly all of the schools here. This work was organized by Dr. B. J. Marshall, of Marks, in 1911, he being the first dentist in the state to volunteer without the supervision or direction from the State Dental Society or State Board of Health to examine the children's mouths. Much corrective dentistry has been done following this examination.
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