Potts Camp News
Remember fathers Sunday; Hill Country Picnic and Music will be held June 25-26
Thanks to Mary Minor for bringing me a delicious plate of lunch after the Potts Camp Reunion on Saturday.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads on June 20! I’ll never forget my wonderful father, J.B. Potts. He worked as depot agent and telegraph operator for 42 years at Potts Camp Depot for the Frisco Railroad. He always paid the church first and said the blessing at every meal.
The Hill Country Picnic and Music in the Potts camp area will be held on June 25-26. Many people from other towns join in the music and fun. You can hear them for miles around the picnic. I can hear it from my front porch.
Kneel with Your Master
Weary and tired of life’s full day, silently now I kneel to pray, and after a moment in peace, I arise, ready to meet life’s onrushing tides; I face the world bravely, as from a tall spire. So friend, when you, too, are tired at heart, kneel with the Lord and get a new start.
I have no hands but your hands to do my work today. I have no feet but your feet to lead men on my 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 God’s side.
I Carry a Cross in My Pocket
I carry a cross in my pocket, a simple reminder to me of the fact that I am a Christian, no matter where I may be. The little cross is not magic, nor a good luck charm. It isn’t there to protect me from any physical harm. It’s not identification for all the world to see. It’s simply an understanding between my Savior and me. When I put my hand in my pocket, to bring out a coin or key, the cross is there to remind me of the price He paid for me. It reminds me to be thankful for my blessings day by day and to strive to serve Him better in all I do and say. It’s also a daily reminder of the peace and comfort I share with all who know my Master, and give themselves to His care. So I carry the cross in my pocket, reminding no one but me. “That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life, if I will only let Him be.”
Prayer list: Betty Fincher, who visited her doctor in New Albany on Wednesday; also Connie Work, who uses an electric chair to get around. Others, Charles Henderson; Henry Tutor, Lena Faye Work (who has been in the hospital in New Albany); Louise Pruitt; Mary Frances Clayton; Jean McAlexander King; Diane Clayton; Mary Jo Whaley, who had eye surgery; L.D. Ford; Gussie Davis of Hickory Flat; also Doris Goode of Hickory Flat. Pray for all who have lost loved ones.
History and Memories
Potts Camp Bicentennial
The grounds surrounding Potts Camp Bank on Center St. was the setting for the Potts Camp Bicentennial on July 3, 1976.
Mayor Roger Clayton showed his bicentennial spirit by growing a handsome beard for the celebration.
Potts Camp School principal A.L. Sanders was the master of ceremonies. He introduced the new Potts Camp Methodist pastor, Marlin Raines, who said the invocation. Dallas King led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, followed by Mayor Clayton with the welcoming address. Mr. King gave a brief history of our town.
Miss Irene Wilson (now Mrs. Strickland) led the crowd in the national anthem, accompanied by Gerry Sparks at the piano and Keith Watkins at the drums. Mitch Stone Jr. concluded the opening ceremony by shooting a muzzle loaded gun, a replica of one used in 1776. Next the fund-raising games and exhibits were open with arts and crafts on display. Paintings were by Marsha Shaw and Bobby Mitchell of Holly Springs, Larry Crockett of Oxford and Charley Brown of Potts Camp; also Mrs. Noel Akins of Marshall County Extension Service showed several arts and crafts.
Prizes given were Potts Camp Lions Club: (1) a radio won by Carbott Maslon Jr. of Potts Camp; (2) Potts Camp Civic Club, a cookware set, won by Jimbo Gilliam; (3) Potts Camp Fire Department, a homemade afghan, won by Emma Mayer. In the fiddlers’ contest, both Frank Bennett and S.W. Henson were both awarded an electric drill.
About 25 ladies, coordinated by Irene Wilson, modeled their bicentennial costumes. Escorts for the ladies were Roger Clayton, James Carl Pipkin, Cary Mayer, Robert Luther, Donald Randolph and J.C. Pruitt from the fire department and A.L. Sanders from the Lions Club.
A barbecue supper, prepared by chief Pruitt, was enjoyed by all.
Entertainment throughout the day was provided by David Dee of Memphis and Dennis Henderson of Holly Springs.
The day was climaxed by an old fashion square dance led by Pop Berryhill of the Bethlehem Community. This was without a doubt one of the most memorable days for Potts Camp’s history. Many people who took part are deceased. We will always remember them.
Did you know?
The Black Robe Brigade
Doing research on the Founding Fathers is a road to new and unexplored territory to me and most everyone with whom I discuss the findings. There are so many roads to travel in my efforts to discover facts regarding the men and women who are so important to the forming of our country.
Most people accept the 55 delegates that attended the Constitution Convention as the Founding Fathers although only 39 signed the Constitution. I would include them all and many others who were not present.
Several weeks back while researching material, I ran across the words “Black Robes” when reading about some of the early politicians and/or revolutionaries finding some were ministers by vocation. I did some searching first just using the words “Black Robes” and after some time I found John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg.
He was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of a minister and had a brother by the name of Frederick Augustus. For their formal education John and his brother were sent to Europe to study at the University of Halle. His father had hopes that John would become a minister but John had other interests and worked as an apprentice merchant. John felt he was being cheated of his labor and ran away to join the Royal American Regiment of Foot in the British Army. He was later honorably discharged in 1767.
John finally turned his attention to the study of theology and became a Lutheran minister in 1769. At first he assisted his father and was later called to a church in Woodstock, Virginia. Muhlenberg pastored two churches and was also a member of the legislature. It is said that Muhlenberg became a follower of Patrick Henry.
During this period prior to signing of the Declaration of Independence, the British soldiers began going to private homes, taking things, especially guns and ammunition. Patrick Henry gathered 5,000 farmers and went after the 200 British soldiers and got all their stuff back. Pastor Muhlenberg on the other side of the state heard of the events and on a Sunday morning he preached a sermon from Ecclesiastes 3 and read the verse 3:8b “there is a time for war and a time for peace.” When he read this, he said, “Brethren, this is no longer a time of peace. This is now a time of war.” And he gave them a news flash. The men were stunned and were wondering, “what do we do?”
Then Muhlenberg, instead of what he always did (have a dismissal prayer, go to the vestment room and disrobe,) he started undressing right in front of the congregation and when he jerked off his “black” clerical robe, underneath, he was wearing the full dress uniform of an officer in the Continental Army. He then dismounted the pulpit and went to the back of the church preaching as he went.
He said we came here to practice our liberties and if we don’t get involved, we’re going to lose our liberties. Now who is going with me to defend them?” Three hundred men got up and met him at the back of the church. Next week we will see Frederick Muhlenberg, also a preacher opposing his brother.
Did You Know On
June 16, 1884 – The first American roller coaster opened at Coney Island, New York.
June 17, 1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City in sections aboard a French ship.
June 18, 1983 – Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
June 19, 1910 – Father’s Day was celebrated for the first time in Spokane, Washington.
June 20, 1975 – The movie “Jaws” was released.
June 21, 1788 – The U.S. Constitution became the law of the land when New Hampshire became the ninth and final state to ratify it.
June 22, 1970 – President Richard Nixon signed a bill lowering the voting age to 18.
This Week’s Quiz
What is the definition of a deist?
President Bill Clinton told Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.” True or False?
What is Donald Duck’s middle name?
Who penned the Declaration of Independence?
In what state were the Salem witch trials held?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
James Madison wrote the “Bill of Rights”.
Edward White of Gemini 4 was the first American to walk in space.
Daniel Boone opened the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap.
Ford Motor Company produced the Model T.
Bonnie Parker was the crime partner of Clyde Barrow.
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