Thursday, February 17, 2005

Potts Camp News
By Dale Hollingsworth

Youth from Temperance Hill enjoy Valentine’s celebration

Mark and Vicki Jarrett of Tupelo hosted a birthday celebration for their son, John Mark, and great-niece, Abby Coker, on Sunday, Feb. 13. Other guests were Henry and Mary Jarrett, Clark and Marion Orman of Hickory Flat, Angela Orman of Jackson, Jennifer Coker of New Albany, Trey and Courtney Wildman of Tupelo and Josh and Allison Rakestraw of Blue Springs.

The youth of Temperance Hill Baptist Church enjoyed a trip on Saturday night to The Red Lobster in Tupelo to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The leaders are Phillip and Perri Brock. Fifteen young members attended the event.

The first day of Lent was observed in many churches on Sunday, Feb. 13.

Happy Birthday to Korrie Stanton on Feb. 23, to Richard Phillips on Feb. 24, to Megan Watkins on Feb. 25, also Jacob Christopher Gadd, son of Pebble and Jack Gadd, on Feb. 25, and Denise Gurley Wilson on Feb. 28.

Thanks to friends and relatives for the pretty Valentines, flowers and gifts I received recently.

Congratulations to Richard and Susanne Watkins and daughters, Macy and Megan, who have a new baby girl (pictured in The South Reporter); her name is Marlee Paige.

Get well wishes to Staci Boone, who was injured in a recent automobile accident. The fish fry benefit for her on Saturday night, Feb. 19, at First Baptist Church of Potts Camp was a big success.

We send our love and sympathy to the family of Louise King in her recent death. She was a dear friend; I loved her very much. Dallas and Louise King built the famous “Potts Camp Memorial Museum,” now used by the Church of Christ for a fellowship building.

Thoughts

1) During Lent (40 days before Easter), many Christians follow the practice of giving up something and take that time to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself. To Christians, Easter is the most important day of the year (the day Jesus arose from the grave).

2) When dread and anxiety take over your life God says, “Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

3) My daily creed:

Let me be a little kinder, Let me be a little blinder
To the faults of those about me, let me praise a little more.
Let me be a little meeker, with the brother who is weaker.
Let me think more of my neighbor, and a little less of me.

4) Help us, O Lord, to live our lives
So people clearly see
Reflections of your caring heart
Your love and purity

5) I believe that a friend who arrives at your door when you really need them are angels sent by God!

We are thankful that Mr. Tutor is feeling much better after suffering a blood clot in his leg.

Pray for people who are sick and sad, and those who have family problems, and also money problems. We pray for strength, and compassion for those who need our prayer. We ask this in Christ’s name. Amen.

Prayer list: Sandy Byrd, Talmadge Edwards, Ann Feathers, Gracie McCallum, Chloe Paton, Ladine Randolph, Ollie Mansel, Willa Floyd, Ruthie St. John, Dorothy Forester, Maxine Potts, Donna Marett, Lena Fay Work, Jene McCallum, Betty Fincher, Mary Poole, Louise King, Mr. Tutor, Lucille Hutchens, Roy Foote, Evelyn Bready, Jean Derryberry, Lucille Pierce, Mary Jo McCallum, Adell Hudson, Annie Spears, Doris Goode, Ella Rea Whaley, Willie Thomas Wicker, Terrell Lowery and Sue Whaley, Staci Boone. Pray for our men in service. We hope they will all be home soon.

Memories of Potts Camp
(Eagle Springs)

While sitting on the front porch one night, I began reminiscing about the days of my childhood when I sat on the same porch with my family after the evening chores were done.

Looking out into the distance the top of Sand Hill can be seen plainly from my home. Children never tire of watching the lights at night as cars traveling that road reach the hill top.

Sometimes my father would tell us about the large two story hotel once located near Sand Hill and the cottages grouped around the spring below. Older people told of eagles nesting in the trees nearby, so they named the health resort Eagle Springs.

Scientists of the day lectured throughout the county about the medicinal qualities of the water from the springs causing it to become famous. The Hills who moved to Eagle Springs because of Mr. Hill’s failing health, had no idea what a thriving business the hotel management would become.

As the popularity of the health resort grew, people came in buggies, wagons, on horse back, trains and later in cars to drink and bathe in the magic water. Sometimes people would cover their bodies with mud and wait for hours expecting a miracle. It was known as a cure-all for every ailment.

On Sunday mornings, a train would bring a load of people from Memphis to visit Eagle Springs and return for them in the afternoon. Many of the visitors walked the boarded, elevated walk to the springs and others visited the livery stable to hire a horse and buggy with a driver.

It must have been very exciting to watch the people dressed in their Sunday best as they walked to the springs after getting off the train. (Mr. D. Wright Greer told me about them before his death.)

People of society from large places, including Birmingham and New Orleans, spent weekends at the Hill Hotel where they played cards, tennis, croquet, and attended dances. Mrs. Hill was noted for the delicious food she served at the hotel.

Mrs. Fred Oakley told about her mother, the former Mary Lou Anderson, visiting the hotel many times with her friends from New Albany after arriving by train.

Many Marshall County picnics were held at Eagle Springs, with large crowds attending. Among the famous men who spoke there were Governors Harrison, Bilbo and Vardaman; also Wall Doxey, who became a U.S. Senator, was a regular speaker there during his political career.

The Greer families bought the famous Eagle Springs in the early part of the century and later the hotel burned and was never rebuilt. I remember what fun it was to attend picnics at Eagle Springs when I was a child. The world would probably be a better place if we had places similar to Eagle Springs today.


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