April 1, 2010
Potts Camp News
First Baptist Youth hold fund-raiser
Happy Easter to everyone. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16.
Wednesday guest of Joyce Clayton was her sister-in-law, Betty Smith of Southaven. Pray for friends Andy Work, who had surgery on Wednesday in New Albany Hospital; also for his wife, Connie Work, who had her toes removed a few months ago. Get well to them.
Also remember a dear friend, Linda Theison, in your prayers, who is a patient at Desoto Hospital in Southaven and is very ill. She will be moved to Baptist Hospital in Memphis soon.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Thomas Moody, age 61, of Etta in his recent death. Relatives and friends from here attended his funeral at United Funeral Home in New Albany March 22. two of his grandchildren, Kayla and Austin Foreman, are from this area.
Love and sympathy to the family of Billy Wayne “Backhoe” Smith who passed away last week. He was my next-door neighbor at one time and was a very good neighbor.
Several from the community attended the second Home and Garden Show in New Albany at the Extension office and fairgrounds on Saturday. This was the project of the Union County Master Gardeners. Program topics included: Plants from Grandma’s Garden, Colors and Textures using actual Plant Material, Art in the Garden, Artistic Garden for the Wild Side, Cooking with Fresh Vegetables, Container Gardening, Native Plants, and Growing Tomatoes. Vendors brought their plants, yard art, lawn furniture, lawn equipment, and tools for display as well as for sale. Attendees are already making plans to attend next year’s event.
Get well wishes to Cindy Hart Passons who recently broke her elbow and is recuperating at the home of her parents.
Anna Passons spent the weekend with her mother, Cindy, while her father and brother drove to Columbus where Thomas had an interview at the Math and Science School.
First Baptist Church Youth held a fund-raiser spaghetti supper for Haiti on Saturday evening.
Dear Lord, I pray at the close of the day you’ll find I’ve help someone, somehow, some way; that I’ve not failed by word or deed to lighten the heart of someone in need. Though my talents be few, I pray that you will find me a credit to you.
God did not promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow or sun within rain. But God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and a light for the way. And to all who believe in His Kingdom above, He answers their faith with everlasting love.
Yea, Though I Walk
“Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” Matthew 28:20.
Dear Child of God, be not afraid when shadows dark appear, and fearfully you must press on, remember God is near. Although His face you cannot see, for day has turned to night. Look up and trust, for you may walk by faith and not by sight. He will not let you travel alone, the darkened valley through, so while you journey hear His voice, “Come, I will walk with you!” Just take His hand, and let Him lead. Be not afraid, I pray, for long ago upon the cross, He opened the way!
Dave Greer, my great-grandson, was 10 years old on March 20, not March 9 as I reported last week. He is the son of David Jr. and Amy Greer of Cornersville. He had a happy birthday!
Happy birthday to Charles Henderson, a friend who celebrated his birthday on March 28. Happy wedding anniversary to Bill and Terri Kitchens on March 28. Happy birthday to Julie Elliott, the former Julie Mayer, on March 29.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, Lina Mae Rhea, G.R. and Ruby Thompson, Thelma and L.D. Ford, Janey Turnage, Mary Jarrett, Gussie Davis, Sandy Byrd, Betty Fincher, all service men, Elaine Jarrett, Mary Frances Clayton, Pauline Hutchens. Those who have buried loved ones.
History and Memories
Our town has changed over the years! A small house known as “The Mayor’s Office” was located near the site of the present telephone building.
The town council met there, and we voted there. In 1974, when Roger Clayton was the mayor of our town, a nice new city hall was built. Now it is used by the fire department.
Members of the town board in 1974 were George (Wilfred) Boren, Fred B. Clayton, Henry Jarrett, and Maurine Robinson; Evelyn Whaley was the town clerk.
The Potts Camp Fire Department was chartered that year, also a nice, new fire truck was purchased. It was parked near the city hall. The Potts Camp Bank, located on Center Street, was renovated that year.
Now, years later, thanks to the Bank of Holly Springs, they built a nice, new Potts Camp Bank on the highway, and gave the older one on Center St. to the town for a city hall. The first city hall became the fire department building. J.C. Pruitt was the first fire chief, followed by Carey Mayer and later Billy Edlin. It is made up of volunteers. Until 1974, we had only a huge fire hose wrapped around two large wheels.
I remember in 1934, when someone yelled “The depot is on fire!” My dad, J.B. Potts, was the depot agent. The boys on the football team were on the ball field. They rushed to the scene and saved the town stores by wetting all the nearby stores with the hose on wheels and keeping the fire down with the water. They helped my dad get out his desk and important records. I was there, looking for my dad. I’ll never forget it. A new depot was built.
My dad had to use two box cars to work in until a new depot could be built. He was depot agent for 42 years in Potts Camp, 60 years in all. He was also a member of the school board to help elect teachers for our school. Each town elected their own teachers then.
Did you know?
It had been three years since the “Boston Massacre” and Samuel Adams continued to be a strong advocate for independence. One has to believe he jumped at every chance to point out the oppression by the British government. At the time of the massacre, Paul Revere, a silversmith, made a print of the massacre. Samuel Adams widely distributed the print and used it as a battle cry for American liberty.
It is notable that Samuel Adam’s cousin, John Adams, defended the British soldiers at their trial. The jury found six of the eight soldiers tried not guilty and two were convicted of manslaughter. Their punishment was being branded on their thumbs. At some point I will attempt to fill in the events during the three years between these happenings. When the “Boston Tea Party” took place, the British Parliament reacted by passing a set of laws that became known as the “Intolerable Acts.” The British restricted meetings of the colonials and closed the Boston Harbor. Samuel Adams was active in urging a general boycott of British trade by the American colonies.
Samuel Adams was an activist for sure. It must be noted that he was also a very devout Christian man and urged others to live virtuous lives. As the Declaration of Independence was being signed, Samuel Adams declared:
“We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.”
Adams also stated: “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader…If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.
“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”
Did You Know On
Mar. 31, 1896 – Whitcomb Judson patented the “hookless fastener,” an early zipper.
Apr. 1, 1996 – Taco Bell announced they had bought the Liberty Bell and renamed it the Taco Liberty Bell. Thousands believed the April Fools joke.
Apr. 2, 1917 – Woodrow Wilson called for a declaration of war against Germany.
Apr. 3, 1860 – The Pony Express began service between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California.
Apr. 4, 1968 – The Reverend Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, TN.
Apr. 5, 1614 – John Rolfe, a Jamestown, Virginia colonist, married Indian princess Pocahontas.
Apr. 6, 1862 – The Battle of Shiloh, in Tennessee, began.
This Week’s Quiz
Samuel Adams graduated from what university?
Did Samuel Adams support the Constitution of the United States of America?
Samuel Adams served as governor of what state?
What was the vocational trade of Samuel Adams’s father?
At the Boston Tea Party what were the colonials protesting?
Answers To Last Week’s Quiz
John W. Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981.
The United States went off the gold standard in 1933.
Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle led the 16 B-25 Bombers on the first bombing raid of the Japanese mainland.
The United States and Cuba were the two countries involving “The Bay of Pigs” invasion.
Robert E. Lee turned down the field command of the United States Army before he became the Commander of the Confederate Army.
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