August 27, 2009
Potts Camp News
Get well wishes to Inez Jarrett on a speedy recovery
Singers from Temperance Hill Baptist Church visit Trinity Mission Nursing Home every Thursday to sing for them. They enjoy it.
Joyce Clayton and Verla Mae Stanton drove to Byhalia on Tuesday to visit their younger brother, Jamie Smith, who is ill; pray for him.
The old Greer home has been demolished! It was the largest older house in town. A.Q. Greer, the first banker, and one of Potts Camp’s first families, came here about 1888. This was their second home.
Inez Jarrett fell recently and injured her shoulder very badly. She was sent to rehab in New Albany (near a nursing home) for treatment. Inez is one of my special friends. Pray for her.
Susan Ash, granddaughter of Etoyle Ash, left recently to train for the Navy. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Ash.
My son, Jimmy Hollingsworth, spent a few days in Tupelo hospital last week after having surgery. Get well wishes to him! (He has returned home; he talks to me on the phone.) They live in Tupelo.
I enjoyed a visit with Jeanette Dunning on Monday. She came bringing ice cream and other goodies from the store. I am so glad she and Ralph, my friends, both have completely recovered and are feeling well.
Thanks to Fred Whaley for taking some more articles about the past to the Potts Camp Room in the three-story Marshall County Historical Museum in Holly Springs for me.
I hope others will check their pictures and memories to find history of the past to send them.
I am enjoying the Church Channel on 22 - Booneville.
1. In a world that offers preferential treatment to the famous and wealthy, it is encouraging to know that every child of God has equal access to the Father in heaven.
The psalmist said, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
2. Salvation is the first step in the journey of a lifetime. Our relationship with God will become stagnant if we don’t talk with Him, grow in knowledge of Him, and increase our love for Him.
3. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ love and righteousness. I do not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
4. The apostle Paul wrote, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12
It Shows in Your Face
You don’t have to tell how you live each day; You don’t have to say if you work or you play; A tried, true barometer serves in the place — However you live, it will show in your face.
The false, the deceit that you bear in your heart, Will not stay inside where it first got a start; For sinew and blood are a thin veil of lace — What you wear in your heart, you wear in your face.
If your life is selfless, if for others you live, For not what you get, but how much you can give; If you live close to God in His infinite grace — You don’t have to tell it, it shows in your face.
Happy birthday to Elinor Edwards and Korbin Stanton on Aug. 25; to Don Randolph on Aug. 26. Happy birthday to Hanna Goolsby, teenage granddaughter of my neighbor, Joyce Clayton, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Goolsby. Happy birthday to Betty Fincher, a special friend, on Aug. 30; also to Tom Dickey on Aug. 30.
Prayer list: Charles Henderson, Mary Jo McCallum, Mona Dickey, Henry Tutor, Diane Clayton, Lina Mae Rhea, Mary Jarrett, G.R. Thompson, Donna Marett, Lena Faye Work.
Memories and History
Many changes have been made in our town over the years! At one time, a small, white building we called “the mayor’s office” was located where the telephone building is now. The town council met there and we voted there.
In 1974 when Roger Clayton was town mayor, a nice, new city hall was built. Members of the board of aldermen that year were Wilfred Boren, Fred Boren, Fred B. Clayton, Henry Jarrett and Mauriece Robinson; Evelyn Whaley was the town clerk. The Potts Camp Fire Dept. was chartered that year and became a part of the city hall.
Hot lunches were brought to the senior citizens for five days a week and served in the large dining area. Jimmie Collins, our former Potts Camp mayor, drove the bus to pick up those who lived too far to walk. Most of them are deceased today.
Many of the women began making lovely quilts at the food center. One special quilt was used to make money to help the food site. Tickets were sold for $1 each. Kay Garrison won the quilt and Jimmie Collins sold the most tickets. It brought $400. Pictures of some of them were in “The South Reporter.”
Some of the quilters were Ethel Simmons, Lucille Pierce, who both lived to be over 100 years old. Others were (also deceased) Alene Payne, Lorene McClellan, Cora Mann, Pelolla Smith, Merritha Walker and Josie Shaw. Inez Jarrett is the only one living today.
Once a week Jimmie Collins drove a bus load of us older people to Holly Springs to buy groceries, go to the health department, etc. It was a good program! My friend, Gladys Wilson, deceased, always ate at the food site; she walked.
J.C. Pruitt was the first fire chief, then Carey Mayer and then Billy Edlin. Until 1974, a huge hose on wheels was used to put out fires. We are proud of our fire department today - it reaches across the railroad tracks with a fire truck there.
We are thankful to the Bank of Holly Springs, who built a nice bank (Potts Camp) on the highway, and donated the first one to the town for a city hall. It is located in an ideal place. We are proud of our town. The Potts Camp Country and Town Park (ball field) has been cleaned recently. Thanks to the new officers.
North Marshall News
Hang up that cell phone
School is back in session and the children are all exited about seeing their friends from school days past.
It is different for all students depending on what grade you are in. If you just started elementary and you’re in the first grade there is so much to learn. Just think, the 6-year-old has to remember how to find his room, his teacher’s name and which row or table he or she sits on or at. One has to remember not to talk (can you imagine?) when the teacher is speaking.
With so much to remember and think about, the young student may not have his or her mind on being safe. Many of the students ride buses or are in some mode of transportation other than walking. However, there are a good number in many places that are afoot. We as parents and students who drive need to be ever so cautious when near or in a school zone.
Please give some serious thought to your speed and your attention to driving. I ask you this question, “would it be so hard not to talk on your cell phone, not to read text messages, and not to text anyone while you are in a school zone?” I would be in favor of a law that would make it illegal to use a cell phone in a school zone while operating your vehicle and make it a double fine if caught speeding while using a cell phone. We want you and the students to live to experience their school days.
Did You Know On
August 26, 1873 – The first public school kindergarten was established by the St. Louis board of education.
August 27, 1859 – Edwin Drake drilled the first successful commercial oil well at Titusville, PA.
August 28, 1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King delivered the famous “I have a dream” speech at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
August 29, 2005 – Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast killing 1,800 people.
August 30, 1967 – The U.S. Senate confirmed Thurgood Marshall as the first black justice on the Supreme Court.
August 31, 1955 – General Motors demonstrated the first solar-powered car in Chicago.
Sept. 01, 1972 – Bobby Fisher defeated Boris Spassky of the U.S.S.R. to become the first American to win a world chess championship.
Sept. 02, 1945 – Japan formally surrenders aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay ending World War II.
This Week’s Quiz
Where was the first railroad station built and who built it?
In 1906 the Victor Talking Machine manufactured a product that made them famous. What was the product?
Who was president when the British captured the White House and what war was it?
In what U.S. city was the first zoo opened?
What does the name Pennsylvania mean and who is the state named for?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
The name of the steam engine was Tom Thumb.
St. Lawrence seaway links the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.
Thomas Jefferson was elected president by a vote of the House of Representatives due to a tie in the electoral votes.
Pat Tillman’s nickname was “Braveheart” which proved appropriate.
The USS Monitor was sunk by a storm.
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