March 30, 2011 

Dateline the mid-1940s — Worst vacation ever

A prominent Coast family sought to sojourn to Mexico for summer fun and warm memories. But halfway though the tour the father of the family passed away suddenly. When the wife began making arrangements to have his remains shipped back to the Mississippi Coast, all went well with Mexican authorities and the entire family was free to go. But at the border, the United States government would not allow the deceased to return to the United States because rigid health laws north of the border collided with insufficient sanitation regulations south of the border. So the trip ended in a family tragedy but with the full guarantee of visitation rights.

Sun Herald Memory Bank archives are researched and compiled by retired staff writer Jimmie Bell, whose reporting career at The Daily Herald and The Sun Herald spanned 30 years. Jimmie Bell is editor of Bell’s Letters poetry magazine, published in Gulfport. E-mail,

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