Joseph Elias and Marie Accawie Saliba were the parents of former Dothan Mayor Alfred Saliba, Norma (Saliba) Hanson, and Joseph E. Saliba. Another son, Raymond, died in 1946. Their children dedicated the tree to their parents.
Joseph Saliba was a Dothan native (ca. 1907 – February 23, 1985) who was a 1925 graduate of the American University in Beirut. He returned to Dothan for two years, then went back to Lebanon where he and Marie Accawie married ca. 1927. Upon their return to Dothan they owned a grocery on North Cherry St., moved into dealing automobiles, then established Dothan Roofing and Remodeling. Mr. Saliba was very active in the Boy Scouts, as well as being a Mason, Shriner, and Elk. Both he and Mrs. Saliba were members of Dothan's First Baptist Church.
Marie Accawie Saliba (ca. 1911 – May 19, 1989) was a native of Lebanon who married Joseph Saliba at the age of 16 in ca. 1927. Common for her time after coming to Dothan, her principal occupation was homemaker, but with her husband owned the grocery on North Cherry Street. She was a member of Eastern Star. Mr. and Mrs. Saliba are interned at Memory Hill Cemetery, AL Hwy 52, Dothan.
[Sources: "Joseph Elias Saliba," Dothan Eagle, February 25, 1985, 2-A; "Marie Accawie Saliba," Dothan Eagle, May 21, 1989, 13-A.]
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“Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), also called evergreen magnolia, bull-bay, big-laurel, or large-flower magnolia, has large fragrant white flowers and evergreen leaves that make it one of the most splendid of forest trees and a very popular ornamental that has been planted around the world. This moderately fast-growing medium-sized tree grows best on rich, moist, well-drained soils of the bottoms and low uplands of the Coastal Plains of Southeastern United States. It grows with other hardwoods and is marketed as magnolia lumber along with other magnolia species to make furniture, pallets, and veneer. Wildlife eat the seeds, and florists prize the leathery foliage.” [Source - http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics_manual/volume_2/magnolia/grandiflora.htm ]
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