Thursday, September, 22, 2005

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Henry Tutor attends reunion in Pontotoc; huge crowd attends school P.T.O. meeting

Betty and David Greer attended “Grandparents Day” at West Union School on Monday, Sept. 12. Their grandson, Dave Greer, son of David and Amy Greer of Cornersville, is a new student there this year. His little sister, Mary Elizabeth Greer, is two years old. Many other grandparents were there also.

My grandson, David Hollingsworth, and Mr. Kidd returned from the Mississippi coast early Sunday morning, Sept. 11. They drove a truck load of supplies and saws there to help Sonya and Greg Kidd at Pass Christian. They had been unable to get out of their home and yard, because of the fallen trees.

Tuesday was a happy day for me. My cousins, Ernestine Gravatt and husband J.T. from Memphis and Mary Ann Millican of California came to visit me. They also visited the Potts Camp Cemetery where their parents, Grace and Ernest Watts, their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Potts, and other relatives are buried. Aunt Grace was my dad’s sister.

We send our love and sympathy to the family of Hazel Allene Cox, age 81, in her death on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of her funeral. (Hazel was my friend.)

The homecoming Henry Tutor attended was in Pontotoc, not Potts Camp. I’m sorry for the mistake. His grandson, who is visiting him, is a young man, William Thompson.

Heath Gray, grandson of Donna Marett of Cornersville, is on the Mississippi coast helping repair cables for TVS. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Gray of Hickory Flat.

Please pray for Minnie Lee Maxey, who will enter a Memphis hospital this week for tests and possible surgery. A.G. Maxey is her husband. Her sister will be with her.

A P.T.O. meeting was held on Thursday night at Potts Camp School; a large crowd attended. I sat on the porch and watched them.

Several people from here attended a homecoming on Sunday in Myrtle at “The Assembly of God Church,” including Henry Tutor and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clayton. My friend, Maxine Thomas, is a member of that church.

William Thompson, a young man who has been in college, has come to stay with his granddad, Henry Tutor. I knew him when he was a child; he has been doing a few jobs for me. We were happy to see him.


Take time to think
It is the source of power
Take time to play
It is the secret of perpetual youth
Take time to read
It is the fountain of wisdom
Take time to pray
It is the greatest power on earth
Take time to love and to be loved
It is a God given privilege
Take time to be friendly
It is the road to happiness
Take time to laugh
It is the music of the soul
Take time to give
It is too short of day to be selfish
Take time to work
it is the price of success
Take time to save
It is the foundation of your future
  —From Lindy’s Newsletter

(This prayer by St. Francis is one of my favorites)

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon, where there is despair, hope

Where there is darkness, light

And where there is sadness, joy

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand,

to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying we are born to eternal light.

Happy birthday to Shade White on Sept. 22, to Jacob Riley on Sept. 22. Happy birthday to Harley Riley on Sept. 25, to Judy Gurley on Sept. 26 and to Alea Gurley and Faith Gurley on Sept. 26.

Happy birthday to Anthony Fincher and Dene Randolph on Sept. 27, to John Nelson on Sept. 28, to Jan Pipkin and Dorothy Frazer on Sept. 29 and Georgia Calhoun on Sept. 30.

Prayer list: Jimmy Hollingsworth, Minnie Lee Maxey, Ann Feathers, Dovie Jo Humphreys, Dudley Thompson, Evelyn Bready, Lucille Hutchens, Martha Ross, Jean Derryberry, Maxine Potts, Tilden Ash, Ricky Clayton, Juanita Howell, Terrell Lowery, Lena Faye Work, Betty Fincher, Mary Jo McCallum, Lillie May Ford, Adelle Hudson, Dene Randolph, Willie Miller, Dorothy Forester, Ollie Mansel, Donna Marett, Mary Lois Gurley, Lucille Pierce, Sank Owen, Robbie Taylor. Remember to pray for the victims of the recent hurricane, and don’t forget to pray for peace in the world.


(Ads Taken from the Potts Camp School Catalogue 1913-1914)

1. J.W. Vaughan Drug Store

Headquarters for Pure Drugs, Cigars, stationery, perfume, drinks at the front.

(Dr. Vaughan was the first Potts Camp doctor; he owned the first telephone, and helped publish a newspaper for Potts Camp for two years. The drug store burned about 1916. Faye V. Peel and Mattie Jones were Dr. and Mrs. Vaughan’s daughter. I remember Mrs. Vaughan; she was a sweet old lady.)

2. “Greer and Greer,” Potts Camp

25 years in business Dealers in General Merchandise. Cotton and cotton seed buyers. “Fair dealing is our motto” Owners of Eagle Springs

(This was the first store of “Greer and Greer.” After they bought the two-story Laws store, this store was used as a sewing room during the war, and then it became the “Dixie Theater.”)

3. S.D. Laws Dry goods, Gents’ furnishings, groceries, hardware and furniture.

We pay high price for cotton, chickens, eggs, hide and furs. We sell goods as cheap as the cheapest.

(Mr. Laws’ wife, Birdie, had a stylish hat shop upstairs, I visited it with my mother once, and the hats were pretty, wide brim and decorated with flowers, ribbons. Mrs. Laws made them. They sold this store to the Greers in the early ’20s.)

4. Reid’s Hotel

Just across from the Depot; best place for traveling men. First class room and meals $2 a day. (It was a two-story hotel. This hotel was bought by Mr. A.C. Jamison for a family home in the ’20s. He built a store nearby. The old hotel burned about 1940. The late Mary Jamison Stone was a special friend.)

5. Potts House

While in town stay at the Potts House. Meals at all hours. 25 cents for meals, 25 cents for board.

(My granddad, J.A. Potts, built this two story house in 1910. My dad and most of the children who grew up on Potts Creek near town were grown and married and moved away. My aunt Mary and my uncle Peck were still at home. The house, almost 100 years old, has been bricked and still stands on Front St.)

6. Bank of Holly Springs

A.Q. Greer, president; B.A. Edwards, vice president; Clifton Jones, cashier.

Deposits July 1, 1913 were $50,000.00. We pay 4 percent on time deposits. “Safety is our motto.”

(When I was a girl, I remember when this bank was robbed; Mr. Robert Greer, banker, and Faye V. Peel, assistant, were locked in the vault; they pressed the alarm, and Mr. George Boren, druggist, next door called the police. Two men were arrested and the trial was held in the Potts Camp auditorium. That was the first trial I attended. I hated to leave for dinner, it was so exciting.

7. E.C. Young and Company

Ice Cream in season. Lyon special hats (men) Fancy Groceries. Dry Goods. Ice delivered 55 cents per hundred pounds.

(This store was located at the end of Center St., with a tall stairway outside, leading to upstairs rooms and doctor’s offices. I remember Mr. Young; he was nice. He was married to Mary Lou Anderson; he was her second husband, and he died one night suddenly. Mary Lou’s first husband was Cornelius Reid, son of Mary Reid. Mary Reid was the only daughter of Colonel Potts. She loved her son so much that she wrote a poem “To My Dear Boy,” and placed it in a Bible to give him as a gift. Mary Lou and Cornelius had one daughter, Warrine Reid Oakley. She was only 7 years old when he died suddenly in 1908, three months after her mother’s death. Mary Lou Young gave land for the First Baptist Church of Potts Camp in 1916. Mary Reid had given land earlier for the other churches and schools of both races.)

(To be continued next week.)

God bless you all.

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