Thursday, September 6, 2007
Landmark still standing
Congratulations to the winners of the election on Aug. 28.
Pray for a friend, Gerry Vanzant of Hickory Flat, who has been very ill in New Albany Hospital. While walking with her dog to the mailbox, she fell in a ditch and was unable to get up for several hours in the hot sun. Finally a man heard her screams and took her to the hospital. We are thankful that she is improving. Among her recent visitors was her niece, JoAnn Potts, who is my sister-in-law from Olive Branch. JoAnn came to see me also; I was happy to see her. Her husband was the late Rev. Charles (Lindy) Potts. Jo is a retired school teacher. She brought me a new dress.
Those who celebrated their birthdays on Sept. 1 were friends Inez Jarrett and Berniece Young; on Sept. 3, my granddaughter, Vickie H. Winter of Nashville, Tenn., celebrated her birthday. She is a nurse and daughter of Martha and Jimmy Hollingsworth of Tupelo. Happy birthday to Ashley Colella, daughter of Sue Colella, and granddaughter of Shirley Smithwick. She is a college student at Northeast College in Booneville.
Happy birthday to Riley Dickey, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Dickey; Riley is in the U.S. services. Also happy birthday to Blake Randolph on Sept. 6, also to Anna Passons on Sept. 6.
Prayer list: Martha Ross, Jean Derryberry, Connie Work, Donna Marett, Juanita Howell, Henry Clifton, Adelle Hudson, Lena Fay Work, Ann Mann, Roy Foote, Willie Thomas Wicker, Jessie Pipkin, Hazel Foote, Diane Clayton, Henry Clifton, Betty Lee Maxey, the family of Charles Churchill in his death, Lina Mae Rhea and others who are ill.
Happy birthday to Amanda Worth, Sept. 8, granddaughter of George and Dorothy Dickey; Ross Dickey, Sept. 10, son of Joe Dickey; Charles Alan Potts, Sept. 12, my nephew, a radio announcer in Tupelo; and Charles Herman Hill, a nephew, on Sept. 15.
Congratulations to Mitch and Jeanette Stone on Sept. 13 on their wedding anniversary.
We are thankful that Connie Work received a good report on her foot when she returned to the doctor after having foot surgery.
The old landmark in Winborn is still standing!
When Will Allen came to Potts Camp Post Office in 1913 to pick up his order from Sears & Roebuck and Co., he had to use his wagon and horses. It was a two-story house, shipped in bundles and had the directions for its assembly. The first man hired to build it looked at the blue prints and walked away.
Memphis Mining Company ordered the house. At that time iron ore had been discovered in the hills around Winborn, two miles from Potts Camp. After a few years, the mining company moved away, and the two-story house made of redwood and brick with seven rooms and a bath was rented. About 1915 my dad, Benton Potts, a young man, became the depot agent at Winborn, so my parents rented rooms in the new two story house and my older brother, James Potts, was born there in 1916. I have a picture of James, a cute little boy, and my mother in front of the house and I was in a baby buggy nearby.
About 1920, Dad was hired at the Potts Camp depot so we moved here.
Daddy had grown up in the Potts Camp area and had met my mother in Plantersville, where he held his first job on the railroad, before moving to Winborn.
Sears & Roebuck offered houses in their catalog from years 1908 to 1937. They were priced from $650 to $2,500.
Tony Nichols’ father rented the entire two-story house for his family in 1920 and they lived there until his death. Then Tony and his wife, Eddie, purchased the famous house in 1945. They have one son, James Edward Nichols, who married Jean Simmons. They live in Oxford. Jean was the daughter of my friend, Mrs. Ethel Simmons.
The old landmark was the first house in that neighborhood to own a bathtub. (The Old Williams Hotel had the first one in Potts Camp.) Because of the power supplied by the mining company’s furnace, the old house was built complete with lights and running water, indoor plumbing and huge steam radiators. Mr. and Mrs. Tony Nichols were wonderful friends and neighbors to all who knew them. He never met a stranger.
Thanks extended to Jim for work
Snow Lake; Just down the road from the ordinary and oh, so sweet.
I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday at the lake this past weekend. What a great place to spend a few precious days with your friends and family. We are all so truly blessed to live in such a beautiful community.
Have you seen the new “library” at our town hall? Jim Wilson donated his time and built us a wonderful bookshelf that is already filled with books donated by Snow Lakers. Thanks, Jim. The library is open during town hall office hours, so come take a peak.
If you enjoy reading, please donate some of your books and check out some for your enjoyment. This is a nice addition to our community, which can be enjoyed by everyone, especially in the winter months. And it’s free!
A meeting was held last week to discuss how our community would celebrate July 4 next year. The tentative plans are for the “party” to start at 5 p.m. with hamburgers and hot dogs being sold at the community center. Boat rides around the lake, for a small fee, are also planned. The food and boat rides, plus the money received from newspaper ads will hopefully pay for the fireworks. Having a band is very desirable, but the cost is prohibitive… If anyone knows of a nice band that would like to donate their time, please call Bill or Becky Bledsoe. A boat parade was not discussed at this meeting, so for those who are interested in a parade, come to the next meeting on October 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Congratulations to our friends, Bill Stone who won the primary for the senate and to Don Jeanes who also won his race.
Bill, who is mayor of Ashland, has been a good friend of our community and has volunteered his expertise whenever we have needed a little help, as has Don. We wish Bill good luck in the November elections.
This month The Big Monthly Breakfast will be held on the 15th from 7-9 a.m., followed by the corporation meeting at 9. Pot Luck will be held on Saturday the 22nd. Breakfast is great, the corporation meetings are informative, and Pot Luck is delicious and fun, so mark your calendars, Snow Lakers.
I hope you have sent in your contribution to our wonderful miniature golf course that has been put on hold, because we have run out of money. We only need a few thousand dollars to purchase the green carpet for the holes. Volunteers have done a wonderful job for us in this horrible heat and hopefully their job will be completed in a few weeks. If every Snow Laker who lives here would donate just $20 our course will be ready by the cool weather for all to enjoy. Please mail or drop your contribution off at the corporation office.
Our beautiful leaves will soon turn and fall to the ground. As a reminder: we live next door to a large national forest and this year it has been very dry. Keep your leaves away from your house and from under your vehicles (a hot muffler can easily ignite the leaves and start a surprise fire). When you start to burn them, remember to keep a water hose close by.
Count down: Only four months until the lake is lowered for just a few weeks, to repair or replace your boathouse or dock. The lake is only lowered every five years, so if you have any work that needs to be done during this short period, make your plans now and have a good contractor lined up. There are several pontoons that have almost sunk, so if you are unable to have them removed from the lake due to health or financial reasons, please call the corporate office and your friends and neighbors will gladly help.
Pray for our sick and also for our young soldiers who are in harm’s way and also pray for their families.
Mary Jane Faulkner dies August 17
Mary Jane Faulkner died Aug. 17 at age 82 in her home. She was a faithful member of Hopewell No. 1 and a member of Missionary Society Bible class. The kitchen committee, of which she was a member, was honored at this year’s Men’s and Women’s Day, where she was awarded a plaque. She was a friendly person to everyone. Hopewell expresses their love and sympathy to the family. Services were held for her Wednesday, Aug. 22, 11 a.m. at Hopewell No. 1 with Pastor Leroy James officiating. Burial was in Union Valley Cemetery with Serenity Funeral Home in charge.
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