Potts Camp News
Birthday celebration June 27 will honor Annie Ruth Stone on 90th
A birthday party to honor Annie Ruth Stone will be held on Sunday afternoon, June 27, in the Potts Camp School cafeteria to celebrate her 90th birthday. Friends and relatives are all invited. The hours are 2 to 4 p.m. We love her and all her family.
David Greer Jr. and Amy and three children of Cornersville have returned from a recent vacation trip to the Smoky Mountains. Others who joined them were Amy’s parents, Troy and Janie Williams of Pinedale, and Amy’s sister, Emily Carwyle and her family of the Enterprise Community. David Greer Jr. is my grandson.
Hanna Goolsby and friends, who graduated from Potts Camp High school recently, are driving to college every day. They have to get up early.
God didn’t promise days without pain; laughter without sorrow or sun without rain. But God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and a light for the way and for all who believe in His Kingdom above, He answers their faith with everlasting love.
Sue Rowland celebrated her birthday June 1. Happy birthday to Mary Jo Whaley on June 11; to Patrick Gurley on June 14; Mark Murphy on June 15; happy birthday to Steve Gurley on June 18; also to Jordan Muraco, son of Holley and George Muraco, on June 28. He will be 8 years old. His mother, Holley, is the daughter of Mitch and Jeanette Stone.
Prayer list: Henry Tutor, back in the VA Hospital in Memphis; Charles Henderson; Diane Clayton; Lena Faye Work; Louise Pruitt; Gussie Davis; Connie Work; Mary Frances Clayton; Betty Fincher; L.D. Ford; Betty Rose Jones; Jean McAlexander King.
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. And where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not seek so much to be consoled as to console. To be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
History and Memories
Many of us have happy memories of the Potts Camp Memorial Museum built by Dallas King and wife Louise. The couple met in 1927 when he was attending Ole Miss and she was a nurse. Later, she saw in the paper where his brother, C.C. King, had been killed during the war in a flight accident.
We loved Dallas King; he came to our home with my brother James to listen to the Grand Ole Opry on a battery radio on Saturday night. I was a child. He taught our children in Potts Camp School. He was principal of the grammar school and showed magic acts to them.
His dad, Maude King, was mayor of Potts Camp at one time. He fell dead on a Potts Camp Street.
Dallas began collecting history of Potts Camp when he was mail carrier. Louise was a nurse in Holly Springs for many years.
If C.C. King, my classmate, had not been killed serving our country, there would not have been a museum. When visiting the museum, the first thing you would see was a picture of C.C. King under a burning light on the door. Then there were pictures of the servicemen who had died for our country. Pictures were everywhere! One special one was Colonel Potts, first settler of Potts Camp (my great-grandfather).
Mr. King told the story of a badge he had, known as the Badge of the Seven Confederate Knights, who were captured at the battle of Lookout Mountain and sent to prison at Rock Island, Ill. His grandfather was one of the prisoners. They were offered a pardon if they would take an oath of the U.S. government and go west to fight the Indians. They refused, and they made a badge to show that they refused. Only two badges exist today. Dallas had one.
A few years after the museum was opened, visitors from 32 states, Canada and the District of Columbia had visited there. Two file cabinets were filed with records and family history. I enjoyed the items in the glass cabinets. There was a large room with tables in the back of the museum, a good place for meetings and dinners. There was also a bedroom, kitchen and table. It closed after his death.
Dallas was the grand marshal in the 100th birthday parade of Potts Camp in 1988. His wife, Louise, rode beside him.
After the death of Mr. King, the museum was sold. It was a special place to visit.
Many of the items are in the library at Holly Springs. The building was sold to the Ch`urch of Christ next door.
Did you know?
Ministers make war...
Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg is the second son of a Lutheran pastor, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. Frederick and his brother John Peter Muhlenberg were sent to school in Germany at the University of Halle. When they returned John disappointed his father by becoming a merchant, but later did become a minister. When Frederick returned he was ordained a Lutheran minister. He married Catherine Schaeffer, the daughter of a wealthy sugar refiner, David Schaeffer. Frederick served congregations in the Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania, area before accepting a call to New York City.
Last week we learned of John Peter Muhlenberg, also a preacher, discovering the liberties Americans were enjoying being taken away. British soldiers’ through raids on private homes and businesses’ were taking their properties, especially the guns and ammunition. At the end of his sermon John charged his congregation, revealing his military uniform when he quickly removed his black robe. Reading from the book of Ecclesiastes 3 – and then he said, “It is time to fight,” and asked, “Who will go with me?” Some 300 men met him at the back of the church.
It wasn’t long before John’s brother Frederick Muhlenberg got word of his brother’s activities. Frederick scolded John and told him he should not leave his pulpit, the church should not be involved in such matters. That seemed like good advice until the British arrived at Frederick’s church and threw him out. He stood outside while the soldiers desecrated his church. Frederick had this epiphany and said, maybe I ought to get involved as well or I’m going to lose my liberties.
John Peter became a major general in the revolution, one of Washington’s top generals. Frederick got a little involved. He moved with his wife and children to Pennsylvania. He became a member of the Continental Congress in 1779. He served as speaker of the Pennsylvania General Assembly for three years. He presided at the state convention to ratify the U.S. Constitution. He was elected as a representative to the first U.S. Congress in 1789 and was chosen to be the first speaker of the house.
During this period the joint resolution of Congress proposing 12 amendments to the Constitution, like the laws of the first Congress, was engrossed on a single parchment sheet by a congressional clerk, William Lambert, in September 1789. The speaker of the house, Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg, and the president of the Senate, John Adams, signed it. By 1791 three-fourths of the states had ratified articles three through 12 and they became the first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights. Frederick Muhlenberg and John Adams are the only two signers.
We are a nation of religious people, of morals and of God. God gave us the rights and the land.
Did You Know On
June 23, 1683 – William Penn signed a friendship treaty with the Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania.
June 24, 1949 – Hopalong Cassidy the first TV western began airing on NBC.
June 25, 1876 – Sioux and Cheyenne Indians killed Lt. Col. George Custer and more than 250 soldiers at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in Montana.
June 26, 1844 – John Tyler became the first U.S. president to get married while in office.
June 27, 1652 – New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacted an early traffic law: “No wagons, carts, or sleighs shall be run, rode or driven at a gallop within this city.”
June 28, 1939 – Pan Am’s Dixie Clipper left Port Washington, New York, for Lisbon, Portugal, with 22 passengers beginning transatlantic passenger air service.
June 29, 1925 – Most of downtown Santa Barbara, Calif., was leveled by an earthquake.
This Week’s Quiz
What was the Gadsden Purchase?
Where was the first American roller coaster opened?
In what U.S. Document are the words, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor?”
What is the inscription on the tomb of the “Unknown Soldier?”
What is the motto of the U.S. Navy?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
A deist is a person who believes that God exists and created the world but takes no part in its functioning.
False. Then President Ronald Reagan told Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”
Fauntleroy is Donald Duck’s middle name.
Thomas Jefferson penned the “Declaration of Independence.”
The Salem Witch trials were held in Massachusetts.
Ref: National Archives, University of Pennsylvania, Wallbuilders, Fox News, American Patriot Almanac, Speakershouse.org.
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