March 11, 2010
Potts Camp News
Jack and Linda Clayton visit with family over weekend
Jack and Linda Clayton of Paducah, Ky., came back to visit relatives in his hometown last weekend. They stayed overnight with Joyce Clayton. On Saturday night, they met with family members Mr. and Mrs. Roger Clayton, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Clayton, JoAnn Mayer and husband, Carey, and some of all their children, and Joyce Clayton at County Inn 2 in Ripley for supper. They are a special family who grew up next door to our family.
Connie Work and her mother, Betty Fincher, were in New Albany on Tuesday to see Dr. Creekmore for a checkup for Connie. Her foot is better. We are glad.
We look forward to spring. This cold weather has been rough on us all.
On Sunday, David and Teresa Hollingsworth (grandchildren) stopped to visit me. Their daughters, Suzette and Sarah Lambert, were with them. They had attended the Soccer 2010 Mid-South Championship Game in Germantown, Tenn. Sarah Lambert is on the Tupelo soccer team, who won first place. Congratulations to them!
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Mattie Evans Kirk, who died recently in Tennessee and was buried in Cornersville Cemetery. She grew up in Potts Camp and served in World War II as a sergeant in the Women’s Army. Jack Kirk was her late husband. Many friends here remember her. Betty (Kirk) Fincher remembers playing with her as a child.
1. Success is doing the best we can do, with the help of the Lord. Give Him first place in your life.
2. The Bible tells us to be thankful at all times and in all circumstances, especially for God’s greatest blessing, Jesus Christ and His amazing grace!
3. Let us resolve daily to use words of praise, encouragement, forgiveness and love.
4. God has a purpose for each of our lives.
5. Lord, help us to focus on loving and helping others and leaving the judging to you.
6. He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love. I John 1:8
When everything seems hopeless and life is hard to bear, just find a quiet corner and say a special prayer. Ask God to give you strength to see you through the day, for He alone can help you, He alone can pave the way. Believe in Him and trust Him. Let Him be your guide. Miraculous things can happen when He is by your side. Once your cross is lifted and you find that you can hope, be sure to thank Almighty God for giving you new hope.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Charles Henderson, Sandy Byrd, Lina Mae Rhea, Jamey Gournaze, Connie Work, Lena Faye Work, Betty Fincher, Henry Tutor, Mary Jarrett, Mary Lois Gurley (very ill). Pray for all who suffer, those who have lost loved ones and the sad and lonely; also pray for the people in the earthquake last week.
Memories and History
In last Tuesday’s Tupelo Journal, I enjoyed reading about President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the first lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s visit to Tupelo on Nov. 18, 1934. Tupelo was the first city to be supplied electricity by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
More than 75,000 people turned out to Robins Field, next to Church Street to hear him speak.
The Roosevelts also visited a New Deal affordable housing development near what is now the Natchez Trace Parkway headquarters.
I was a 16-year-old girl when my dad drove our family to Tupelo in his A Model Ford to hear the president speak that day. As he rode through Tupelo in the back of a train, he waved to us. My sister-in-law told her 8-month-old baby boy, Robert Arnel Potts, “Wave to the president!”
Those were happy days!
Did you know?
Saying no to a crown
After the Revolutionary War some Americans were having doubts as to the colonies being able to self-govern. George Washington was encouraged to make himself king. This came in the form of a letter from Col. Lewis Nicola. Nicola proposed to Washington that he use the Continental Army and make himself king of the United States. Washington responded sharply:
“With a mixture of great surprise and astonishment I have read with attention the sentiments you have submitted to my perusal. Be assured sir, no occurrence in the course of the war has given me more painful sensations than your information of there being such ideas existing in the army as you have expressed, (which are) big with the greatest mischiefs that can befall my country. If I am not deceived in the knowledge of myself, you could not have found a person to whom your schemes are more disagreeable…. Let me conjure you then, if you have any regard for your country—concern for yourself or posterity—or respect for me, to banish these thoughts from your mind.”
Even after Washington’s reply there were many who wondered if he would give up his power. He had the command of the Continental Army and the people adored him. General George Washington erased all doubts once and for all in late 1783 when he appeared before Congress, meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, to “surrender into their hands the trust committed to me” by resigning his commission.
King George had said that if Washington voluntarily gave up power, then he truly would be the greatest man on earth. Oliver Cromwell hadn’t done it, Napoleon would not do it. But Washington did. He might have had a kingdom for the asking. He was not interested. He put his country first, not himself.
Would it not be great if we had a George Washington among us today? Someone with a motive to serve the country and not have a goal of being a career politician. Well I will stop there. I promised I wouldn’t get into politics. Next week there will be more on Washington.
Did You Know On
Mar. 10, 1785 – Thomas Jefferson was appointed minister to France replacing Benjamin Franklin.
Mar. 11, 1888 – One of the worst blizzards in history hit the Northeast killing some 400 people.
Mar. 12, 1912 – Juliet Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts U.S.A. in Savannah, GA.
Mar. 13, 1868 – The Senate began the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.
Mar. 14, 1794 – Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin.
Mar. 15, 1919 – The American Legion was founded in Paris, France.
Mar. 16, 1802 – Congress authorized the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
This Week’s Quiz
Where was George Washington born?
What proclamation did Washington make on November 26, 1789?
In what speech did Washington say…? “let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”
Did Washington have any involvement in producing the first official “Stars and Stripes?”
What is the name of the first ship in what is called “Washington’s Navy?”
Answers To Last Week’s Quiz
On March 15, 1783 Washington used eyeglasses to read a letter to his officers explaining difficulties the government had in meeting their payroll.
Washington was asked by one of his officers, Col. Lewis Nicola, to use the army to make himself king.
“The Badge of Military Merit” is now officially “The Purple Heart.”
Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee eulogized Washington at his funeral.
Washington and his Patriot Army began crossing the Delaware on Christmas Day, 1776.
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