April 22, 2010
Potts Camp News
Get well wishes to Sank Owen
Many of you will remember Sank Owen, our cousin, who taught English in Potts Camp School when he was younger. He fell recently in his home in Aberdeen and broke several bones. Sank is a patient in Aberdeen Hospital. He enjoys The South Reporter. He our a New Year’s newsletter to us every year. Pray for Sank.
The Potts Camp girls have a winning softball team this year! One of the seniors this year, Hannah Goolsby, my friend, is on the team. She visits me often.
Joyce Clayton’s sister-in-law, Betty Smith of Southaven, visited her on Tuesday. They drove to New Albany to visit Betty’s brother, Donald Parker, in the assisted living area.
My son, Danny, called from Morristown, Tenn. He and his wife Elizabeth have a son, Luke, who graduates from Mississippi State University soon, and also another son, Jake, who graduates from Morristown High School soon.
Another son and his wife, Jimmy and Martha, are camping out with a group in south Mississippi.
I have no hands but your hands to do my work today. I have no feet but your feet to lead men on their way. I have no tongue but your tongue to tell men how I died. I have no help but your help to bring men to your side.
Kneel with your Master
Weary and tired of life’s full day, silently now I kneel to pray, and after a moment of peace, I arise; ready to meet life’s onrushing tides. I face the world today bravely as from a tall spire. So, friend, when you are tired at heart, kneel with your Master, and get a new start.
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. He alone can help you; He 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 can find that you can hope, be sure to thank almighty God for giving you new hope.
Prayer list: Sandy Byrd, Elaine Jarrett, Lena Faye Work, Mary Jarrett, Charles Henderson, Diane Clayton, Henry Tutor, Connie Work, Gussie Davis, Betty Fincher, Mary Frances Clayton, Betty Rose Jones, L.D. Ford and wife Thelma.
Memories and History
A third grade history teacher asked her Potts Camp students one day who the governor of Mississippi was. One boy held up his hand and said, “I know, it’s Harry Jones.” He knew that Harry was the man his mother paid her light and gas bills to, and also owned a garage and filling station where she bought gas.
Harry Jones was once a famous Frisco brakeman on the railroad. His wife, Rose Jones, as we called her, was a third grade school teacher. They were active members of Potts Camp Methodist Church. She taught Sunday school for 50 years.
When a train stopped at the railroad crossing, Harry was always there. People would say, “There comes Harry!” He also watched after the churches and water tanks. If a stranger went to one of the churches in town, Harry would go to see what they wanted.
When Burlington Nor-thern Railroad bought out the Frisco Railroad in the ’60s, a Special Train By Design invited a group of people to take a trip from Memphis to Amory and return later that day. Harry Jones was one of the special guests.
They had a special dinner in the large dining car for the guests.
When the train passed through Potts Camp, people said, “There goes Harry!”
One day, Rose Jones decided to take her third grade students on a train trip; many of them had never been on a train. Our son, Danny, was in the group; also Rodney Whaley and Betty Churchill.
Did you know?
John Adams – fairness wins him great respect
It was night on March 5, 1770; a crowd began to taunt some British guards at the royal Customs House. The colonists were angry at London for imposing taxes when the colonists had no voice in the Parliament. The king had sent troops to keep an eye on the unruly Americans. The crowd began calling the soldiers names while brandishing clubs. The soldiers fixed bayonets and the colonists responded by pelting them with trash, oyster shells, and snowballs. The crowd pressed and the soldiers had their backs to the Customs House.
Feeling hemmed in, the frightened soldiers opened fire on the crowd. When the smoke cleared, five colonists lay dead or dying. Paul Revere, a silversmith, engraved a print that made the killings look like a slaughter. Samuel Adams quickly distributed the image as part of his effort for American liberty. John Adams, Samuel’s cousin, was asked to defend the soldiers at trial. This was a job no one wanted.
John Adams was anxious to prove that every man has a right to a fair trial in an American courtroom. Adams took the job and quickly the suspicions and prejudices grew against him. Adams argued that the unruly colonists provoked the soldiers and that hanging the Redcoats would disgrace Massachusetts’s name in history. Of the eight soldiers tried six were found not guilty and two were convicted of manslaughter, for which, as punishment, they were branded on their thumbs.
John Adams’s show of fairness in the trial won him a great deal of respect. He later called it “one of the best pieces of service I ever rendered my country.”
Next week I will take up the writing of the Declaration of Independence and how John Adams was involved. Until then here are other quotes by John Adams.
On July 4, 1821, John Adams declared;
“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”
“From the day of the Declaration…they (the American people) were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of the Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledge as the rules of their conduct.”
Did You Know On
April 21, 1856 – A train crossed the Mississippi River for the first time on a new bridge between Rock Island, IL, and Davenport, IA.
April 22, 1864 – Congress authorized the use of the phrase In God We Trust on U.S. coins.
April 23, 1789 – President-elect George Washington and wife Martha moved into the first presidential mansion, The Franklin House, in New York City.
April 24, 1898 – Spain declared war on the United States in what became the Spanish-American War.
April 25, 1959 – The St. Lawrence Seaway, linking the Atlantic Ocean and Great Lakes, opened.
April 26, 1607 – English colonists came ashore at Cape Henry, Virginia, en route to founding Jamestown.
April 27, 1887 – Philadelphia surgeon George T. Morton performed the first appendectomy.
This Week’s Quiz
Who killed John Wilkes Booth, the assassin who killed Abraham Lincoln?
Did Abraham Lincoln ever serve in the military (militia)?
What song did Elvis Presley reach #1 on the billboard charts?
How long did federal troops occupy the south after the Civil War?
When did the United States end its occupation of Japan?
Answers To Last Week’s Quiz
John Adams was a member of the Federalist Party.
John Adams had a nickname of “Atlas of Independence.”
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826.
John Adams’ religious denomination was Unitarian.
John Adams was 5’ 7” in height.
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