Potts Camp News
Congratulations extended to Hailey Wilson
Emily Stone has returned home by plane, after spending a few days in California with her sister, Holley and Mike Muraco and two sons.
Henry Jarrett had recent back surgery and is feeling better. Pray for Mary and Henry. Their daughter, Mirian, has been helping them. We love them.
Joyce Clayton drove to Ashland on Tuesday to visit her daughter, Merion and David Hunsucker.
Tony and Tammie Fincher of Memphis visited his mother, Betty Fincher, on Tuesday. They also visited his sister, Connie and Andy Work. Connie will return to the hospital for foot surgery again soon. We pray that it will be a success.
Congratulations to Hailey Wilson of Potts Camp, daughter of Scott and Janet Wilson, who has been selected as a finalist in the Pre-Teen Mississippi Scholarship and Recognition Program from July 30 - Aug. 1 in Tupelo.
Mary Jo Whaley had recent eye surgery in both eyes and is doing well. We are thankful.
Candy Potts of Saltillo, formerly of Potts Camp, called with the following news. Her niece, Heidi Ray Brock and husband Bo are the parents of a baby girl, Lyla Marie Brock, born June 22, 2010 at the Tupelo Women’s Hospital. Baby Lyla weighed seven pounds, five ounces. Heidi is the granddaughter of the late Louis and Maxine Potts.
Birtie Sue Seitz of Osceola, Ark., spent several days in Potts Camp with niece Joan Gurley. While here she visited with several friends and family members.
My daughter, Betty and David Greer Sr. of Cornersville, visited me on Sunday. I see her every weekend. I was happy to see him. My family are all special.
For many years, we have enjoyed reading the Macedonia news in the New Albany paper by Haskel Rhea. I was sorry to read about her recent death in the “Tupelo Journal.” She will be missed.
A policeman was driving a lost child through the streets of a city trying to find her home. When she saw a church, she said, “There’s my church; I can always find my way home from there.” Yes, we can always find our way home in all the Christian churches.
We thank the good Lord for all the wonderful churches!
I. The Savior is waiting to save you and cleanse every sin stain away. By faith we can know full forgiveness and be a new creature today.
II. Happiness is something you can have for a day, but you may never keep it, if you forget to give it away.
III. Dear Lord, open our eyes and ears for those who cry for mercy all around us. Let our hands and voice be gentle as we encounter those who need your healing and your love. For Christ’s sake, amen.
IV. Christ showed His love for us by dying for us. We should show our love for Him, by living for Him.
V. Give Him first place in your life!
1. Jesus said, “Because I live, ye shall live, also.” (John 14:19). If Jesus’s resurrection is astonishing to us today, just think of the people of His time, those who talked to Him and walked with Him!
2. Christ still lives, but many people act like He is still in the grave. It is better to look beyond the empty grave to the one who can fill us with the power of the resurrection.
3. Jesus calls, “Come home.” You are never too far away or too far gone to come back to the Father’s love. He stands waiting like the father of the prodigal son did.
“When he was a great way off his father saw him and had compassion.” Luke 15:10
He rejoiced that his son was no longer lost. Luke 15:22.
Prayer list: Charles Henderson, Diane Clayton, Henry and Mary Jarrett, Connie Work, Jimmy Hart, Henry Tutor, Betty Fincher, Doris Goode of Hickory Flat, also Gussie Davis of Hickory Flat, G.R. and Ruby Thompson. Pray for those who have lost loved ones.
When the first city hall was built in our town in the 1980s, it had a large dining area. It is the new fire dept. Hot lunches were brought there five days a week for the older people who lived in this area. Jimmy Collins, who became our mayor later, drove a bus to pick up the people out of town who wanted to eat there. The women began to make lovely quilts while there. One special quilt was used to make money to help the food site; chances were sold on it. It brought $400. Kay Garrison won it and Jimmy Collins sold the most chances. Some of the quilters were Cora Mann, Alene Payne, Lorene McCallum, Josie Shaw, Lucille Pierce, Ethel Simmons, Inez Jarrett, Rello Smith and Meritha Walker. (A picture of the quilters and Jimmy Collins appeared in The South Reporter that week.) Inez Jarrett is the only one living today.
Did you know?
Facing tough times
Henry Knox had successfully reached Fort Ticonderoga and found the cannon and mortar he needed to help the American cause.
Now the huge task was to get the tremendous load transported back to Cambridge. The plan was to take the guns by boat down Lake George to its southern shore and then haul them overland as far south as Albany. From Albany they would turn east across the Berkshire Mountains toward Boston, a net distance of over 300 miles.
Knox had planned to drag the sleds overland, hoping for snow. Up to this time only a light dusting had fallen. Getting the guns turned out to be a monumental task. Dragging the sleds by manpower, horses, borrowed oxen and local volunteers, finally on December 9, three boats and the heavy cargo set sail for the 40-mile trip down Lake George.
Knox wrote in his journal that they had a fair wind the first hour and then they faced heavy headwinds for the entire trip. Hard rowing was the daily routine. Adding to the overwhelming difficulties one of the boats struck rocks and sank. The boat was close enough to shore that the men bailed it out. The boat was patched and again set sail without losing the precious cargo. The journey continued to face the strong headwinds and in places had to cut through ice.
Knox showed his planning skills when on the way to Fort Ticonderoga he arranged for heavy sleds or sledges to be built, 42 in all and to be on hand at Fort George at the southern tip of Lake George. Knox told the local officer “I most earnestly beg you to spare no trouble or expense in getting these.” With the sleds and 80 oxen he was ready to push on, trusting they would have a fine snowfall by this time, only to be greeted with an unusual thaw that halted the progress for several days.
The route south to Albany would require four crossings of the Hudson. The ice was too thin so the heavy caravan could do nothing but wait for a change in the weather. When the change came it was in the form of a blizzard. Three feet of snow had fallen beginning on Christmas Day. Colonel Knox was determined to go ahead to Albany, so he sat out on foot ahead of the train of cannon. Eventually the convoy pushed off from Fort George.
When the convoy reached Albany they found Knox cutting holes in the frozen Hudson to strengthen the ice. The idea was the water coming up through the holes would spread over the surface and freeze gradually thickening the ice. But again a change in the weather brought warm air and caused another thaw. But finally the temperature plunged.
On January 7 the first group of sleds with cannon crossed the river. After a dozen or so sleds made it across, suddenly one of the sleds caring the largest cannon fell through the ice leaving a 14-ft. hole. Is this the end for the caravan? We must leave Colonel Knox and his cannon until next week to see if he and the cargo make it to their final destination.
Did You Know On
July 28, 1945 – A U.S. bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building killing more than a dozen people.
July 29, 1958 – President Eisenhower signed legislation creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
July 30, 1956 – The phrase “In God We Trust” became the official national motto.
July 31, 1846 – The Donner Party left Fort Bridger, Wyoming.
Aug. 1, 1941 – The first Jeep rolled off the assembly line in Toledo, OH.
Aug. 2, 1776 – Members of the Continental Congress began signing an engrossed copy of the Declaration of Independence.
Aug. 3, 1492 – Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain, with the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria searching for a route to the Indies.
This Week’s Quiz
Henry Knox traveled to Fort Ticonderoga to retrieve 120,000 lbs. of powder. True or False?
What is the name of the oldest commissioned floating warship in the world?
In the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy” what does the word “doodle” mean?
After George H.W. Bush was shot down during WW II, what ship rescued him?
What famous man wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging him to develop the atomic bomb?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Pat Garrett killed the outlaw William H. Bonney.
The first women’s rights convention was held at Seneca Falls, N.Y.
Jim Thorpe was famous for his Olympic decathlon medal and football.
When Henry Knox and his wife Lucy left Boston, Lucy never saw her parents again.
Emerald City is the nickname for Seattle, Washington.
Ref: 1776 by David McCullough, American Patriots Almanac by William Bennett, US History.org
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