January 29, 2009
Potts Camp News
Eagle Springs known for cure-all
When Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, we had no idea President Barack Obama would become so famous all over our country today as our first African-American president. We wish him every success!
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Lloyd Duane Day in his recent death. His late mother, Virdie Day, was one of my special friends, and fellow church members. I love the Day family!
We were saddened by the recent death of a friend, Betty Lou Cox, age 65. We send our love and sympathy to her family.
Joyce Clayton’s daughter, Miriom and her husband, David Hunsucker of Ashland, were dinner guests of her on Jan. 16.
I was happy to see Jewell and J.B. Work when they came to visit me on Tuesday. They are special friends.
We always enjoy “The Heritage News” published by The Marshall County Genealogical Society. New officers of 2009 are: president, Becky Trafford; vice-president, vacant; secretary, Martha Fant; treasurer, Marie Smith; editor, Ann Babin.
Several new books have been purchased by the Marshall County Genealogical Society, one written by Hubert H. McAlexander in memory of Dr. Robert (Bob) Tyson. I appreciate them using some of my “Memories” from The South Reporter. The next meeting was held on Jan. 24.
Prayer list: Mary Jo McCallum, Sue Watson, Diane Clayton, Mae Wynn Wren, Gail McRay, Charles Henderson, Robert Hugh King, Henry Tutor, Mary Jarrett, Jeanette and Ralph Dunning, Lina Mae Rhea, Lena Fay Work, Mary Jo Whaley, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, Hazel Foote, Mary Jarrett, family members of pastor Don Newton, who is in the hospital.
Memories and History
Sometimes I sit on my front porch and begin reminiscing about the nights my dad would tell us about Potts Camp when he was a boy.
Looking out in the distance we could plainly see the car lights as the cars reached the top of the hill. He told us about the large two-story hotel once located there; eagles nested in the nearby trees, so they called it “Eagle Springs.”
Scientists of the day had lectured throughout the country about the medicinal quality of the water from the Eagle Springs, causing it to become famous.
The Hills, who bought the hotel because of his failing health, had no idea it would become so famous. The water was known as a cure-all for every ailment!
My grandfather, J.A. Potts, and family lived on Potts Creek, about a mile from the famous springs; he would have drinking water from Eagle Springs for his family. People came from everywhere in buggies, wagons, horseback and by train to drink and bathe in the magic water. Some of them stayed a week. They came from Birmingham, Tupelo, New Orleans, among other places, by train. You could rent a horse and buggy in town, or walk the elevated plank walk to the springs. A train would come from Memphis in the morning and come back to pick up that afternoon. Wright Greer said it was a sight to see them all dressed up in Sunday clothes.
The late Frank Freer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Greer, was our friend. He served on jury duty with my late husband, L.D. He told us about the Greers buying Eagle Springs about 1900, but the hotel burned and was never rebuilt. Frank went to Arkansas on a trip; he was once a banker there. He told about visiting a nursing home and meeting an old man there who had spent two weeks at Eagle Springs one time. When Frank came home, we went out to the springs and filled several jugs with the magic water and took it to the old man. That made him happy.
In 1910, Grandpa Potts built a two-story house on Front St. The house has been bricked and still stands. My dad owned it until his death. By 1910 he was old to become a depot agent. Plantersville was his first railroad station, when he met my mother. Winborn was his next depot, when James and I were born. He finally became Potts Camp depot agent.
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