Thursday, February 2, 2006
Stone home setting for family celebration
On Saturday, Jan. 21, the large family of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone met at their home for a dinner and celebration, to honor T.M. Stone, Mitch Stone Jr. and wife Jeanette Stone, who all have January birthdays. Some of those attending were other family members, Tommie and Gale Goode of Greenwood; Tim and Cherrie Shaw of Waterford; and Pebble and Jack Gadd of Hickory Flat, and their families.
Sylvia Akin called from her home in Memphis. Her aunt, Rhetta Lou (Boots) Alvis and her uncle, C.M. Alvis, have returned home to Olive Branch from the hospital. We are thankful that they are all right. Their family all grew up in Potts Camp.
A large crowd attended the revival at First Baptist Church in Potts Camp last week.
We send love and sympathy to Shirley Smith in the recent death of her husband, Carl Smith.
We ask for special prayers for Larry Rhynes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Rhynes, who is very ill.
Get well wishes to Lena Fay Work, who had tests in Oxford Hospital last week. She is a special friend; pray for her.
Happy birthday to Martha Ross of Byhalia, daughter of Bernice Young, on Feb. 1; to Lucille Isom and Jessica Bridges on Feb. 2; to Colette Humphreys on Feb. 3 (daughter of Bernice Young also). Happy birthday to Terri Kitchens on Feb. 4 and to her dad, Lamar Day on Feb. 9; also to Edward Gurley on Feb. 9; to Lisa Rhynes on Feb. 10; also to a relative, Lauren Brook Potts on Feb. 16.
Linda Gay Alexander, daughter of Madylenne Ash, had bypass heart surgery on Monday, Jan. 23. We are thankful that she is recovering. Pray for her.
Happy wedding anniversary to Jon and Jennifer Rowland on Feb. 5. They were married in the year 2000.
Prayer list: Minnie Lindsey, Thurman Clayton, Evan Watts, Lena Fay Work, June Pearson, Roy Foote, Larry Rhynes, Linda Gay Alexander, Jean Conlee, Ruthie Mayers, Martha Ross, Dorothy Forester, Donna Marett, Willie Miller, Betty Fincher, Juanita Howell, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Lillie Mae Ford (age 97).
In the early years of our town, a three-room school with a stage was located on Church St., near the lovely, old, white frame Methodist church with a steeple, built in 1904 by my grandfather, J.A. Potts. Land for the school and church was donated by Mary A. Reid, only daughter of Colonel Potts, the town’s first settler.
By 1913 over 130 students were attending the school, some of them boarded in town, walked or came in wagons. Miss Faye Vaughan was the music teacher; she was the daughter of the first Potts Camp doctor, J.W. Vaughan. She presented many interesting programs.
The business men in town had a vision for a larger school. Across the road from my home now was a larger lot, with only a saw mill on it; so the board of trustees, Will Potter, L.W. Brown and Dr. Boatner, worked with the other men to purchase the larger lot. In 1917 a two-story brick school was built there; many of my aunts and uncles attended the new school.
In 1918, an airplane landed across the railroad tracks near the school. At that time, many people had never seen an airplane. Children started jumping out the windows and doors of the school; the teachers were unable to stop them as they went running to see the plane. Merchants closed their doors to join them, and people left the cemetery where a child was being buried.
When my family moved to Potts Camp, about 1920-21, my brother, James, was old enough to start school and my dad became depot agent. I would sit on the steps waiting for him to come home. In 1924 I started to primary there, but that spring the building burned. I remember the smoke blowing over our house and others some of them caught fire. Mother and I ran out to bring in the white sheets and Daddy’s white shirts off the clothes line. We had no fire department then.
In 1925 a new school was built (part of the present school) on the lot. Before then, our school only had 11 grades.
Now we had 12. The first two graduates in 1926 were Dallas King and Willie Mae Potter. We are proud of our Potts Camp Schools!
Mary Reid Elementary School was named for Aunt Molly, also. That’s what we called Mary Reid.
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