Potts Camp News
Anthony and Felicia Fincher move to new home in Byhalia
We extend deepest love and sympathy to special friends in the recent death of their loved one, Charles Gurley, 61.
Bonnie Gurley, Mary Francis, Leo Clayton and Louise Pruitt went to Byhalia to visit Felicia and Anthony Fincher in their new home.
Vickie Clayton and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clayton visited Cecilia Clayton in Ripley on Wednesday.
School will be starting soon. I’ll be glad. I enjoy seeing them across the road, as I sit on my front porch.
We send our love and sympathy to the family and loved ones of Sandy Byrd in his recent death.
On Wednesday, July 14, Mitch and Jeanette Stone drove their daughter, Holley and Mike Muraco and sons Jordan and Colton, to Memphis to the airport. Holley’s sister, Emily Stone, went with them for a visit in California. The boys stayed with their grandparents and others while their parents were on a trip. Annie R. Stone is Mitch’s mother. Jeanette brought the boys to see me. They are sweet.
Two special granddaughters came to my home on Tuesday for a visit; they are daughters of Jimmy and Martha. I was happy to see them. They brought nice gifts. Tracy and Bobby Pipkin live in Tupelo and Sonya and Greg Kidd live in Pass Christian. Other children of Jimmy and Martha are Vickie Winter of Nashville, Tenn.; and David Hollingsworth of Palmetto.
Betty Fincher visited her doctor in New Albany. We hope she feels better after a recent fall.
Hanna Goolsby brought her little brother, Jamie, to visit me. She starts college at Northwest soon; he starts fourth grade at Potts Camp School. I enjoyed their visit.
I love Thee because Thou first loved me and purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree. I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thou brow. If ever I loved thee, dear Jesus, it is now.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6.
Dear Child of God, be not afraid, when shadows dark appear, and fear; hear his voice, “Come I will walk with you!”
“Love your neighbor as yourself and put God first always. God has a special call for each of us, and wants to guide where and how we can serve Him.
Happy birthday to Joan Gurley on July 16; to Taylor Poole on July 22; to Betty Maxey on July 27, to Mitchell Gurley on July 31. Happy birthday to Mary Elizabeth Greer on her 7th birthday on July 30. She is the daughter of my grandson, David Greer Jr. and Amy of Cornersville.
Take control of my thoughts today, let my mind be stayed on Thee, that I may know the perfect peace, thou O Lord, has promised me. Take control of my words today, they tell of thy great love, and may the story of thy grace turn someone’s heart to you. Keep it filled with joy and promise and gratitude for the good thou bestowest all my days. Let thy will be always mine. That in each thought and word and deed I will be forever thine.
Times have changed since I was a child, where we had local pastors visit our schools and talk to us about the love of God. Also we had song books with “God Bless America” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and other hymns about God.
On the courthouse walls we could read The Ten Commandments. Now it is against the law.
Every morning, when we arrived at school, our coach, who kept the study hall the first period, read a chapter in the Bible. We sang a song like “God Bless America” and he prayed. We never had crime in our schools.
People should worship our Lord Jesus Christ every day.
Prayer list: Jimmy Hart, Henry Tutor, Diane Clayton, Pauline Hutchens, Charles Henderson, Mary Jarrett, Louise Pruitt, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, Henry Jarrett, Doris Goode.
Memories and History
My high school days at Potts Camp High School were happy days! When the commercial department was added to our school, we had a special teacher, Mrs. Dunn. She helped us write a Potts Camp School newspaper every month. I was one of the typists and reporters. We called it “The Windy Waves.” Juanita Jones was the editor and chief; our English teacher, Miss Stroupe, encouraged me to write. She would use articles I had written in her class in “The Windy Waves.” Every department had a reporter.
Mr. Curd, superintendent of education in Marshall County, would visit our school. He bought out “The South Reporter” and married Mrs. Dunn, a widow. She quit teaching and moved to Holly Springs to help him publish The South Reporter. Many times, she would write about us when we visited Wall Doxey Park and other places. We loved her and all the teachers.
Did you know?
Good idea or impossible task
Just three days after taking command of the army, General Washington met then Colonel Henry Knox. Washington was inspecting the defenses at Roxbury and was impressed by the work of Knox and later was called to confer at headquarters.
The British held Boston and things were pretty much a standoff for the American forces. They were greatly outnumbered by as much as two to one. Then there was the fact of the trained British troops and their heavy artillery. Washington needed a trump card and felt if he could take Dorchester Heights he would have an advantageous position and would be able to rout the British from Boston.
The Americans were facing a couple of problems. One was getting their troops undetected to Dorchester Heights and when discovered would they have enough fire power to hold their position. It was Henry Knox who first suggested going after the cannon at far-off Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain. The undertaking would be enormous and filled with difficulties that most felt made it impossible. Fort Ticonderoga had been captured from the British by Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold and a few Green Mountain Boys earlier in the year. The captured artillery had been abandoned and still remained at the fort.
When Knox told Washington he was confident he could retrieve the guns and bring them overland to Cambridge, Washington agreed and put young Colonel Henry Knox in charge of the expedition. If Henry Knox had been a British junior officer his idea probably would have never been heard, let alone considered. It is evident in Washington’s command that everyone’s idea was worth hearing.
By November 16, Knox was on his way, accompanied by his 19-year-old brother, William, and with authority to spend as much as $1,000. Knox wrote to his wife, Lucy, telling her not to be afraid as there was no fighting in the assignment, saying he was upon business only.
While Colonel Knox was on his journey to Fort Ticonderoga the first snow fell in Boston on November 21. There was hunger by both the Americans and the British. Desertion was a constant problem. Most of the American enlistments were up and many refused to reenlist. Out of 10,000 American troops only 2,540 reenlisted. Fighting broke out among the American regiments and the young officers had trouble keeping order. Clothing was scarce and diseases rampant. On most days only 20 percent of the troops were fit for battle. To add to their difficulties the British gathered from Boston some 300 hungry and diseased men, women and children by way of the Back Bay and deposited them on shore for the Americans to contend with.
Meanwhile Colonel Knox reached Fort Ticonderoga on December 5 and immediately began the seemingly impossible task of bringing back the needed cannon. Colonel Knox selected 58 mortars and cannon. The whole lot was believed to weigh over 120,000 pounds. Knox and his cannon are needed at Cambridge. Can he move such an enormous load overland? Next week we will look at Knox’s effort to get back to General Washington and the American army.
Did You Know On
July 21, 1997 – A restored USS Constitution set sail from Boston under its own power for the first time in over 100 years.
July 22, 1893 – Kathy Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful.”
July 23, 1715 – Massachusetts authorized the building of the Boston Light, the first lighthouse in America.
July 24, 1904 – Charles Menches invented the ice cream cone at the St. Louis World’s Fair when he put two scoops of ice cream into a pastry cup.
July 25, 1952 – Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.
July 26, 1788 – New York became the 11th state to ratify the Constitution.
July 27, 1940 – Bugs Bunny made his debut in the cartoon “A Wild Hare.”
This Week’s Quiz
Who killed the outlaw William H. Bonney?
Where was the first women’s rights convention held?
Jim Thorpe was a world famous soccer player. T or F?
When Henry Knox reported to General Ward, his wife Lucy went to live with her parents in Boston. T or F?
What is the nickname of the city of Seattle, Washington?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Speaking at a women’s rights convention, Cady Stanton said “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.”
The Viking I was the first space craft to land on Mars
Ulysses S. Grant was inspired to write his memoirs when he learned that he had terminal cancer.
Virginia Dare was the name of the first child born in America of English parents.
Andrew Jackson commanded the American forces at the battle of New Orleans in the war of 1812.
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