August 28, 2008
Potts Camp News
Jamie Cook honored on eighth birthday
We are thankful that Robert Hugh King is doing well after suffering a heart attack several months ago.
Jack and Merri (Pebble) Gadd and children, Cody, Jeanie Ann and Jacob of Hickory Flat, attended Potts Camp Methodist Church service Sunday with her mother, Annie Ruth Stone. Mitch Stone is the song leader at our church.
A recent gospel meeting Aug. 17-20 was held at Potts Camp Church of Christ with Rev. Larry Lott of Mantachie Church of Christ preaching.
We send special get well wishes to a friend, Dorothy White of Jackson, who had recent bypass heart surgery. Dorothy and her sister, Iva Brownlee Smith of Braxton, grew up in Potts Camp until 1950. They are daughters of the late Mr. and Mrs. Claude Brownlee. Claude was a policeman. They come to visit us once or twice a year, and attend a homecoming at Ebenezer Church. They are special friends of the Stones and Hollingsworths.
Say a special prayer for Jean Derryberry, who is very ill.
Many people in our town enjoyed seeing the antique car parade from Tupelo on Saturday. It passed through our town twice. I saw it from my window the first time; they were really special. Mary Minor and David Fuller sat on my porch to watch for them, others in front of the school.
Happy birthday to Don Randolph on Aug. 26; to Hanna Goolsby on Aug. 27. Happy birthday to Betty Fincher and Tom Dickey on Aug. 30.
Happy birthday to special friends Inez Jarrett and Bernece Young on Sept. 1 and to my sweet granddaughter, Vickie Winter in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 3. Happy birthday to Riley Dickey, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Dickey on Sept. 4 and Ashley Canerdy on Sept. 4.
Lynn and Martha Goolsby honored 8-year-old Jamie Cook with a birthday party on Saturday at Chuck E. Cheese in Tupelo. His birthday was Aug. 18. All the children who attended the party enjoyed the games and pizza.
Prayer list: Pray for friends who have lost loved ones! Also for the men and women in service and their families. Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Diane Clayton, Betty Fincher, Connie Work, Vicki Mae Rhea, Juanita Howell, Lena Fay Work.
History and Memories
Some of my fondest memories are growing up in Potts Camp, my hometown. Many times our parents wanted to take us fishing in the old creek across the railroad tracks. There was a boy’s swimming pool there; they had a rope hanging from a tree. They would swing out over the water before they jumped in to swim. Those were Depression years and hobos rode the trains and camped out near the old creek. Sometimes they came to our house to ask for food. Mother always made an extra pan of biscuits for them. We were not afraid of the men; they were good men out of work.
We had 25 business places in town; the largest ones were Greer and Greer two-story brick building and B.A. Edwards and Sons. They sold everything people needed, even furniture. They had warehouses for coal and grain.
The large stores were tall on Center Street, with offices for doctors and extra rooms upstairs over the stores and living quarters in the back.
I was afraid to climb the tall steps at the end of the stores.
In 1930, the businessmen in town thought the Depression was over, so they celebrated with a “Special Trade Day.” First they burned “Ole Man Depression,” from a pole made of rope. Several prizes were given away that day.
Next they greased a pig; and the boy who finally caught it could take it home. A greased pole with money on the top was a little harder to do; finally some one reached the prize. The family with the largest number of members rode out of town in a wagon with a barrel of flour as their prize. I enjoyed the fun that day, but the merchants were wrong. The Depression was not over!
It got worse, until President F.D. Roosevelt was elected in 1920 and started the “New Deal” program.
God always sends help when we pray. The Depression lasted many years after that.
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