Potts Camp News
Clark Orman honored with birthday celebration
Henry and Mary Jarrett celebrated the fourth of July with the S.E. Orman family in the home of Mark and Tina Orman. On Sunday the Jarretts hosted a birthday dinner for their son-in-law, Clark Orman. Family members were all present.
Thelma Ford and other relatives met last week in Petal for a family reunion. She enjoyed seeing many relatives she hadn’t seen in 30 years.
We send love and sympathy to the family of Cecil Gandy in his recent death.
Happy birthday to Joan Gurley on July 16; to Kerri Murphy on July 17 and Taylor Poole on July 19. Happy birthday to Emily Stone, daughter of Mitch and Jeanette Stone on July 22 (I’ve always loved Emily, since she was a child and I kept her while her parents and sister, Holley, attended ball games; she is very talented).
Get well to Jean Derryberry, Diane Clayton, Mary J. McCallum, Lina Mae Rhea, Juanita Howell, Lena Fay Work, Alene Randolph, Roy Foote, Henry Tutor, Steve Price.
History and Memories
I grew up during the Great Depression when people were selling apples and pencils on the street to try to feed their families. Thousands of people were out of work; some people were going hungry. President F.D. Roosevelt was our “Angel of Mercy” when he became president in 1932. He started the New Deal, a program to help the people. Many of us listened to his speech on radio promising “action now.”
The WPA and the CCC Camp were the programs I remember best. The WPA employed the grown men; they built playgrounds, roads and other things.
The CCC Camps were the most familiar. Wall Doxey CCC Camp was organized June 1, 1933. The boys lived in tents near Myrtle until the camp could be completed; it was located between Potts Camp and Winborn.
Suddenly our town was filled on weekends with these young boys. They played baseball on our school ground.
My dad drove a group of us (girls) to open house at the new CCC Camp. We saw the young men dressed in white in the Miss. hall, then enjoyed meeting the officers in the recreation hall where music was being played. As we left, the boys in the barracks waved at us.
Every day, as we were going to school, truck loads of the CCC boys would pass and wave to us. They were working on projects.
When the U.S. Forest Service took over the camp in 1934, it became headquarters for the Holly Springs Unit of Desoto National Forest. The first projects were to plant trees and build towers to spot fires. We would run up to the top of the tower, named Winburn Tower, located near here. It was fun to look out over the country and our towns. They later stopped people from climbing this tower (only workers).
The CC road the CCC boys built has been a help over the years. They also made the former “Spring Lake” into Wall Doxey State Park.
They improved other roads and built strong bridges. The boys were not allowed to keep a car, so many of them rode home on freight trains to get their checks; it was sent to their families.
Many CCC boys walked 1-1/2 miles to Potts Camp to attend church and basketball games with us. They had their own baseball team. President Roosevelt was crippled; he could not stand without braces on his legs. In 1935 my dad drove us to Tupelo to hear him speak.
He rode into town on the back of a train and waved to us. He was re-elected. Happy days were here again.
Many of us married CCC boys and had a happy life together.
Miller’s Court No. 301 hosts 48 angels program Sunday
Rev. Coker George delivered an inspiring sermon at Greenfield Church Sunday, July 13 and every Sunday. He used for a subject “What type of soil are you?” taken from Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Those that have ears hear the word, the words are the seeds, you are the soil.
Miller’s Court No. 301, Heroines of Jericho will render a 48 Angels program July 19, 6 p.m. at the Mt. Comfort CME Church. The public is invited to come be an angel.
Miller’s Court’s next regular meeting will be held Thursday, July 24, 6 p.m. Bring a covered dish.
On the 4th of July family and friends were gathered together in all areas around here.
Levi Gladney and sister sponsored a get-together at the old home place on Old Oxford Rd. Several out-of-town family members were present, some who hadn’t been here childhood.
Elmira and Elcue Curry and Evelyn Curry Elliott had a glorious time one Saturday afternoon with out-of-town guests. They sang many old-time spirituals.
Annie B. Miller spent the 4th of July with Elmira Marion and family and visited other families and friends while here. She also attended church services at Hamilton Chapel CME Church.
Holly Springs News
Hopewell No. 1 hosts three- night revival, July 16-18
Holly Springs Marshall County Baptist Association executive board meeting will be Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. at the Association Building. The same day the Minister Alliance will meet at 8 a.m.
Hopewell No. 1 will have a revival for three nights July 16-18. The evangelist will be out of Memphis.
The Tiplers had a family reunion Saturday, July 5. at a park on U.S. Hwy. 72. They were present from North Carolina, Illinois, Nebraska, Tennessee and Mississippi and local communities. The park manager took them on a tour of the park. They all had a good time.
Marshall County Retired Education Personnel will meet Friday, Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Marshall County Library. Laverne Jones, president.
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