Thursday, February 15, 2007
Potts Camp Methodist Church hosts Valentine dinner with area churches as guests
We were saddened by the death of a friend on Monday, Feb. 5; she was Nancy L. Rhew of Holly Springs. Nancy grew up in Potts Camp; she was the daughter of neighbors, the late Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Lewis. We send love and sympathy to her family.
We send our love and sympathy to the families of John L. Ford of Bethlehem, and Mary Jane Husbands of Hickory Flat in their recent deaths.
Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo visited me on Monday; I was glad to see them. Jimmy enjoyed seeing the pictures of his former classmates in the Heritage News; Sylvia Akins was his classmate. The couple are parents of four of my wonderful grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The auction house in town will be open again on weekends. Sometimes they have singing there also. People enjoy it.
A relative of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clifton who was visiting them from New Hampshire, Isabel Whitmore, suffered a heart attack. Get well wishes to her.
I. When the curtain falls at the end of the day, there are no reruns in life’s drama, so enjoy life every moment and praise the Lord.
When the world falls down around you, And a prayer will see you through, Say an extra prayer for someone Who may need it more than you. Every time you help a stranger With an extra prayer or two You are building secret blessings That will all come back to you. (Lindy’s newsletter)
III. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
IV. All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord made them all.
Poem: I do now know what lies ahead; The way I cannot see, But one stands near to be my guide, and I know He holds my hand. With God, things don’t just happen. Everything by Him is planned. So as I face tomorrow with its problems large and small, I’ll trust the God of miracles, and give to Him my all. (Lindy’s Newsletter) Take time to pray; it is the greatest power on earth.
Nadine Vest fell recently and hurt her head; she was rushed to the doctor, who took several stitches. Get well wishes to her! (She had just lost her husband.)
A Valentine dinner was held at Potts Camp Methodist Church on Sunday after church services, with Bethelehem Methodist and Cornersville Methodist Church invited to come. Pastor of Potts Camp Charge is Rev. Don Newton.
Nine-month-old Brandon Manning Clifton was pictured in the Daily Journal on Sunday because his name is Manning. He has a twin brother named Miles. They are the grandsons of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Mills and the Henry Clifton family. Many of us have been sick this week with colds; some of them have the flu. I hope I don’t catch it. Get well wishes to those who are sick. Many children at Mary Reid School had the flu.
Wall Doxey CCC Camp was organized on Jan. 1, 1933. The boys lived in tents near Myrtle until their camp near Potts Camp could be completed. I remember my dad taking a group of us girls to attend open house there on Sunday afternoon. We saw the cooks in their white uniforms in the mess hall, and talked to them, then we enjoyed meeting the officers in the recreation hall, where they had music and singing. The boys waved at us in the barracks as we were leaving.
In 1934 the U.S. Forest Service took over the camp; it became headquarters for the Holly Springs unit of Desoto National Forest. The first projects were to plant trees and build a fire tower to spot fires. Winborn’s tower was built near Potts Camp. I remember how we ran up to the top of the tower when it was finished and looked over the surrounding area, including our town Potts Camp. It was exciting! Later they stopped people from climbing it, except the workers.
The CCC boys rode through the town on trucks every morning about time for us to go to school. They waved at us.
The CCC boys also built roads and new bridges. Some of them are used today. (They also rebuilt Spring Lake into Wall Doxey Park.) They couldn’t own cars, so they walked 1-1/2 miles to Potts Camp. They played baseball on the Potts Camp ball field and attended basketball games in the new and now demolished gym to cheer on the Potts Camp Cardinals, who won first place in State in 1936 under coach Carver. They attended our churches, also. Many of the girls married the CCC boys. L.D. and I were married 47 years until his death.
In 1935, President F.D. Roosevelt traveled throughout the country on the back of a train, seeking re-election. Daddy drove our family to Tupelo in his Model A Ford to hear him speak. In 1936 he was re-elected!
Happy days were here again! (But the depression wasn’t over.)
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