from the marker in "Friendship
In 1839, some 32 years before the creation
of Benton County, John M. Ferrell and his wife moved from Tennessee
to a site several miles west of present day Snow Lake Shores.
Among their ten children was a daughter Emaline who married
an Englishman, Mr. Joe Shone. They built their house about
two miles east of her father's home on what would come to be
known as Shone's Pond, known today as Snow Lake Shores. A 1950
survey shows Shone's Pond as Shone's Mill Pond. Historical
records show that one of Emaline's brothers ran a mill at Shone's
Pond and in recent years parts from an old grist mill have
been excavated below the spillway south of Highway 4.
Shone's Pond was then part of Tippah County.
Hoover road, which forms part of the west boundary, was the
county line between Tippah and Marshall Counties before Benton
County was formed. The area around Shone's Pond was mostly
marsh and cypress swamp. Two streams, the Still House Branch
and Snow Creek, emptied into Shone's Pond.
In 1947, Mr. Walter Utley of Utley Realty
moved to Marshall County from New York with high hopes to build
a resort development. He and friend George Bishop rented a
plane and begin their mission of finding the perfect place.
Mr. Utley spotted the Big Snow Creek with its three forks,
which looked to be a good prospect.
After a wet and miserable search of the
area by walking, they contacted Mr. John Farese for assistance
in buying the land from the owners.
The land was purchased from W.M. Fennell,
S.M. Fennell, R.U. Bond, and Walter Utley in the fall of 1957
Around 1956, a partnership among men named
Utley, Farese, and Gresham organized to develop the residential
subdivision of Snow Lake Shores. It took 30 to 40 thousand
gallons of diesel fuel to clear the land. Sixty people were
hired and they used heavy equipment from Will's Construction
Company in Corinth. Many Benton County residents worked and
sweated over clearing the land. Men such as Jody Pullium, John
E. Peeler, Waylon Collicut and so forth.
The year 1958 was the peak of Snow Lake
development. People came from all around, especially Memphis,
to buy their vacation get aways. Full-page ads ran in the Southern
Advocate allowing Benton, Marshall, and Tippah Countians first
selection of the available lots. The ad's promoted Snow Lake
as a private restricted resort subdivision with such wording
as "A paradise for the whole family, with the best of boating, swimming, and fishing,
with wide sandy beaches, safe for children. An opportunity
for a place to vacation the entire year around, that others
travel miles to enjoy".
Today, Snow Lake Shores is a thriving
community with both an Active Corporation and Town.