Nathan Andrew Musgrove was born July 18, 1839 in Fayette County. He died June 6, 1921, and is buried at Winfield City Cemetery. He married Harriet Susannah Smith, who was born on June 1, 1846 in Tippah County, Miss. She died on Oct. 25, 1921, months after Nathan did. She was the daughter of James and Loucinda Smith.
This photo was submitted by Gary Randolph, and those identified in the photo are, back row from left, Sudi Musgrove, Ella Paralee Musgrove, Nathan Musgrove and Harriet Musgrove. Front row from left are a Mrs. Smith (most likely Loucinda) and Clara Musgrove.
Nathan and his family moved to Winfield in its formative years. In fact, his brother William Musgrove was the one who named the town Winfield, as he was known as an admirer of Winfield Scott. Nathan and his family started and ran the two-story Musgrove Hotel for at least 30 years. It was located where the current row of buildings containing Gold Connection is now.
Harriet was known as “Aunt Harriet,” and her cooking and catering to the hotel residents were known far and wide.
“When at Winfield about meal time, don’t fail to call on Mrs. N.A. Musgrove, who will furnish you a meal consisting of everything the country afford prepared to perfection,” one newspaper reported in 1895. “Her prices are most reasonable.”
Nathan served as postmaster of Winfield from June 12, 1893 to May 13, 1897. In Aug. 1895, he moved the post office to the “Dickinson and Gamble old stand” for more room. In Dec. 1896, he moved the post office again into J.B. Whitehead’s Store.
See complete story in the Journal Record.