Thursday, March 8, 2007
Big mill in operation again
We are thankful that the big mill, once located across the railroad tracks, is in operation again. It is a big help to people who need jobs. The Merrills of Germantown, owner of the land, had signed with a new company.
Mary Louis Merrill, daughter of Warrine and Fred Oakley, is the great-granddaughter of Mary A. Reid, only daughter of the first settlers in this area, Colonel E.F. and Elizabeth Potts. Mary Reid had given land for the right-of-way for the Frisco Railroad to come through Potts Camp, also for the Potts Camp Cemetery and the land for churches and schools of both races. Mary Reid School and Reid’s Gift CME Church are both named for her.
The depot and town were named for our great-great-grandfather, Colonel E.F. Potts.
The Fred Whaley family, the Cecil Johnsons, Janice Canerdy and Catherine Edwards are also descendants of the first settlers. They live in our town.
We are thankful that Ann Mann, a friend, and the sister of Doris Goode and Jerry Vanzant in Hickory Flat, is improving after having a stroke a few months ago. Her sisters visited her in rehab recently in Memphis.
We were saddened by the recent death of Al Beard, a member of the town board, and a friend to all who knew him. We send our love and sympathy to his family. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 3. His late wife died several years ago. She was really nice. We send our love and sympathy to his family.
We are thankful for the new Dollar General Store located near Flick’s Place. It will save us from making many trips to larger towns.
If you visited a city where a friend lives, and called for directions to his home, he might say, “Stay where you are and I will come and show you the way.” That is what Jesus is saying when He spoke those beautiful words in John’s gospel.
Jesus said unto him, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh to the father, but by me.” John 14:6. Jesus not only gives us words to live by; He literally takes us by the hand and leads us. He is the way, and we cannot be lost when He walks with us. He strengthens us; He guides us in the real way.
Prayer: Help us, O God, to faithfully follow Jesus in all the activities of our life. Help us to accept Him as the way, the truth and the light. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Happy birthday to Sylvia Phillips on March 11; to Wendy Westmoreland on March 12; to Cory Henderson on March 13; to Melinda Poole on March 13 and Ella Rea Whaley on March 15. Happy birthday to Makenzee Whaley on March 14; to Connie Work on March 15 and to Kristie Fincher on March 16.
We need to pray for all who suffer, those who have lost loved ones and are sad, for homeless people and those who are without jobs or unable to work, also for anyone who is hungry or broke. We also need to pray for the men and women on the battlefield fighting and the leaders of our country, that they will make the right decisions.
The Marshall County 4H Club girls spent a wonderful week in the old Synodical College in Holly Springs back in the ’30s. We packed our bags and my dad drove several of us to the college where we met many friends. It was called “short course.” The entire second floor was filled with girls from Potts Camp. Some of them were Quinn Holley, Bessie Evelyn Bellew, Ruth Watson, Mary and Margaret Alvis (twins), Rosalie James, Geraldine and Louise Alvis (sisters), and my roommates. Ida Haddock, daughter of our 4H leader in Potts Camp, Mrs. Rogers, was our supervisor. She was only doing her job, but we gave her a rough way to go.
Lights were out at 9 p.m. but we laughed and talked until 12 midnight. They told us not to take food to our room, but many girls did anyway. Gerry, my roommate, got a glimpse of Ida coming around the corner in the hall, so she started running and fell, spilling popcorn and cookies on the floor. She wasn’t hurt. (I laughed at her.)
The older girls cooked the food. We enjoyed them; they taught us to make rolls, pies and cakes. We set the table three times a day and helped prepare the food. Everything we did was fun; we laughed a lot!
Lectures were held by club leaders several times a day; many girls hid in their rooms and didn’t enjoy it; they taught us many important projects we needed to learn.
Potts Camp School turned out earlier than Holly Springs, so some of the adult club leaders took us to the high school to enjoy the senior play. I became friends with some of the Holly Springs girls so they invited me to attend their recital the next night with them. They were in the recital.
I put on my best dress and went along; it was wonderful! But when I returned to college, my Potts Camp friends told me that I was in big trouble. I worried about it, but we went home the next day. I believe the girls who invited me asked if I could go with them. It was a wonderful week; I’ll never forget it!
Advice to young girls, “Learn all you can, but have fun along the way. Life is short.”
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