Thursday, November 15, 2007
Potts Camp News
We were saddened by the recent death of a dear friend and relative, Shirley Smithwick. We send love and sympathy to all her family.
John Mark Jarrett and Amber Dixon were dinner guests of Mary and Henry Jarrett on Monday night.
Congratulations to Tess Hill and Lori Brown from Potts Camp School, who participated in the University of Mississippi Summer Academy program.
Congratulations to Tony Fincher and Tammy Willoughly on their recent wedding. Connie and Andy Work and Betty Fincher attended the wedding ceremony in Memphis. The couple spent their honeymoon in Gatlinburg.
Haven Hale and Erwin Smith Jr. were both honored on Sunday, Nov. 12 with a birthday dinner in the home of Kerry and Lela Hale. Members of the Hale and Smith families attended.
Thanks to Brook Hale, who brought me some delicious dinner on Sunday.
We enjoyed the Heritage Newsletter. Sixteen members of the Marshall County Genealogical Society met in August. Jeanette Stone of Potts Camp was the guest speaker; she displayed some of her dyed yarns and fabrics. She has always been a special seamstress, making dolls of every kind and other wonderful things.
Since Johnnie Carter moved, Sylvia Akin, who grew up in Potts Camp, and my son Jimmy’s classmate will take the role of president of the Society. President Sylvia Akin presided over the October meeting, held at the library with 13 members present. Dr. Bob Tyson presented an interesting program. Congratulations to Sylvia Akin. I’m sure she will be a good president. We love her. Her late mother, Margaret Alvis Seymour, was one of my special friends.
1. The Bible tells us there is only one name we can call upon to receive salvation and admission to heaven. That name is Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12 says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men, by which we must be saved.”
2.God has no voice except our voice, and He has no hands but our hands. He can use us to speak uplifting words to people, and help the needs of the people. We are human beings with shortcomings and faults and problems but God can choose to work through us.
3. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 For when you give, not only the person you give to is helped, but God will give back to you much more than you receive. 4. Prayer: Lord, let me show compassion to a world that’s lost in sin; so when we share the gospel hungry souls for Christ we’ll win. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Poem “God Is Always Near”
I feel His spirit around me at the dawning of the day. His smile is the sunshine when night shadows melt away. I see Him in the noontime, in the blue skies’ sparkling glow, in every tree and flower or in winter’s sparkling snow. I sense His presence near me as the light of day grows dim, and all through the midnight hours, I rest safely, trusting Him.
Happy birthday to Clark G. Hollingsworth, my grandson of Starkville, on Nov. 22; to Jason Gurley on Nov. 22; and Jack Provost on Nov. 6; to Tyler Knight on Nov. 25.
Prayer list: Cecil Conlee, Mary Frances Clayton, Connie Work, Jean Derryberry, Diane Clayton, Adelle Hudson, Donna Marett, Maxine Thomas, Lina Mae Rhea, Juanita Howell, Lina Fay Work, T.M. Stone, Jamie Smith, Mary Jo McCallum, Martha Ross.
Memories & History
In the early ’30s, when I was young, there were 25 business establishments in town. People rode the trains because of the terrible roads and T Model Fords that didn’t start. Salesmen (called “drummers”) stayed at the hotel or boarding houses overnight, so they could visit all of the stores in town. Reids Hotel was across the railroad tracks, Williams Hotel was on Church Street and the Potts House was on Front Street. Doctors’ offices were located above the store on Center St; doctors traveled in buggies drawn by horses to visit their patients.
About 1931 the merchants in Potts Camp decided that the depression was over, so they had “Trades Day” on Saturday; the town was filled with people of all ages. They had games with prizes of money. I remember boys running a greased pig that was shaved.
It was hard to catch, but someone finally ran him down. Also, a greased pole with money on top was in the town’s square. Many boys tried before they won it. “Old man depression” made of rags and a board face was burned at the pole. The last prize was a barrel of flour for the largest family attending. They rode out of town with it in the wagon.
(The men were wrong about the depression being over. It lasted several years longer.)
In 1932 when President Roosevelt was elected, he began to change our country by giving jobs to people who needed them. The WPA and the CCC Camps were the ones I remember most.
Even through the president was crippled, the Lord used him to help the people of America! My dad drove us to Tupelo to hear him speak in his A Model Ford; he came on the back of a train and waved to us. It was 1935 when he was running for a second term. We loved President Roosevelt!
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