August 12, 2010
Potts Camp News
Smithwicks enjoy family reunion at Chewalla
Two sons of Bobby Smithwick, Sam and Shay Smithwick spent two happy weeks with their dad and wife, Katie. They live at Kennebunk, Maine. On Saturday, the enjoyed a family reunion at Chewalla Lake. (I have always loved Bobby Smithwick and his family before him. They were special friends.)
The three churches on the Potts Camp Methodist charge, Bethlehem Methodist, Cornersville Methodist and Potts Camp Methodist, met Sunday at Cornersville Church for a singing. Rev. Don Newton is pastor of the three churches.
I was happy to receive a letter from a special friend, Sylvia Akin of Memphis. They had taken their grandson on a trip to Gatlinburg. They stayed in a cabin in the mountains. Sylvia grew up in Potts Camp and was my son Jimmy’s classmate.
Friends from Houston, Tx., Kathryn and Terry Scarbrough, visited me on Thursday and then went on to Starkville to visit relatives. They had been to Maryland earlier visiting Sarah Powell-McNealy, a friend from Potts Camp. They celebrate their birthdays together.
We were sorry to hear about the recent death of Ann Babin, age 80, editor of the Heritage News. I have been missing her newsletter. We hope her daughter will take her place.
Forty-five members attended the Hollingsworth reunion on Saturday in Monroe County. My family members who attended were Betty Greer, Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth and some of my grandchildren and their family. They stopped in Amory to visit a favorite cousin, Sank Owen. He is in assisted living, after falling and breaking a bone.
Many of you from Potts Camp might remember when Sank Owen was a young man. He taught high school English in our school and later became principal at Aberdeen and Amory School.
We send get well wishes and love to Sank! He attended my 90th birthday party at Potts Camp School cafeteria. He enjoys The South Reporter.
The Lord blesses each of us with unique gifts that can and should be used to honor God. We all have the ability to serve others and praise the Lord. The love of Jesus Christ gives us the desire to love each other.
God bless your life with everything; a rich, rewarding life can bring a joyful heart and love to share, family and friends who always care. God bless your life with wisdom, too; and strength to see each problem through. The happiness for which you strive, and faith to keep your dreams alive. God’s blessing be with you!
Happy birthday to Dorothy Dickey, a dear friend, on Aug. 13; to a niece, Carol Jean Potts, in Tupelo on Aug. 15; to Cherrie Shaw on Aug. 18.
Congratulations to Tommie and Gale Goode on their wedding anniversary on Aug. 20; also Billy and Ann Edlin on their wedding anniversary on Aug. 20. Happy birthday and get well prayers to Mary Jarrett on Aug. 22.
I. Jesus asks us to “Go into the world and preach the gospel to all people.” Mark 16:15.
Can we do less than Jesus calls us to do?
Most of us are unable to go ourselves, but we can pay to send missionaries and Bibles to other countries.
II. Taken from an old English prayer:
Take time to be friendly; it is the road to happiness. Take time to dream; it is hitching your wagon to a star. Take time to love and be loved; it is a special privilege. Take time to laugh; it is music of the soul. Take time to pray and love God. It will make your life complete.
III. I have no hands but your hands to do my work today. I have no feet but your feet to bring me to thy side. I have no tongue but your tongue to tell men how I died. I have not help but your help to bring men to thy side.
Prayer list: Henry Tutor, Charles Henderson, Mary Jarrett, Connie Work, Pauline Hutchens, Hazel Foote, Diane Clayton, Gussie Davis of Hickory Flat, Doris Goode of Hickory Flat. Pray for those who have lost loved ones.
History of Potts Camp and Memories
In 1912, Potts Camp was changed from a village to a town, making it possible for a deep well to be put down in 1916, with water piped to the homes. Dr. F.P. Boatner and A.Q. Greer were instrumental in achieving this goal. Our town was one of the first this size on the Frisco Railroad to have running water and concrete sidewalks.
Before 1916, late every afternoon, you could see a line of wagons drawn by horses waiting their turn to draw barrels of water from an overflowing well, located near the railroad tracks on Front Street. A wooden trough was built for the horses to drink water, also.
We are thankful for our water department and fire department today!
Dr. Boatner was a great old timey doctor, who served two terms in the Mississippi Senate in the ’20s. A.Q. Greer was one of the first settlers of our town and the first banker. I knew Dr. Boatner well. He came to our home and saved my dad, Benton Potts’s, life by staying all night and keeping his nose packed; he was bleeding. Now we have vitamin K for that.
I remember him coming to see me when I was sick at home. We loved him!
Did you know?
Determination and staying power
Colonel Henry Knox took on seemingly an impossible task of retrieving 42 cannons and mortars weighing over 120,000 lbs. and bringing them by sled and oxen over land and across rivers a distance of some 300 miles.
The purpose was to get them to Cambridge and General Washington to strengthen the American forces that faced the overwhelming numbers of professional soldiers and cannon. The British Army was well entrenched in Boston. Gen. Washington needed an advantage in an offensive position and the cannons that were on the way would hopefully be the solution.
We left Henry Knox and his party just as they were crossing the Hudson and the largest of the cannons, an 18-pounder had fallen through the ice. Colonel Knox was not defeated. He at once set about retrieving the cannon from the bottom of the river. With the assistance of the people of Albany they succeeded, although they lost a full day in the effort. The expedition pushed on from the eastern shore of the Hudson, with more than a hundred miles still to go. Snow was thick as needed but the mountains were steep and the valleys narrow. Knox wrote of climbing peaks “from which we might almost have seen all the kingdoms of the earth. It appears to me almost a miracle that people with heavy loads should be able to get up and down such hills.”
To slow the descent of the heavy loads down slopes as steep as a roof, check lines were anchored to trees. Drag trains and brush were shoved beneath the runners. Knox noted that some of his teamsters refused to go any further, afraid of the risk. Knox argued and pleaded and finally they agreed to head on.
News of the advancing procession raced ahead of the lead sleds, and people began turning out along the route to see the guns from Ft. Ticonderoga. As they reached the town of Westfield there was great curiosity over the armament. Many of the inhabitants had not ever seen cannons. When the party reached Springfield, Knox changed from oxen to horses to quicken the pace. The number of onlookers grew day by day. At last about 20 miles west of Boston at Framingham, the guns were unloaded. Knox rushed on to Cambridge. Knox’s “noble train” had arrived intact. Not a single gun had been lost. Hundreds of men had taken part and their labors and resilience had been exceptional.
But it was the daring and determination of Henry Knox that had counted above all.
The 25-year-old Boston bookseller had ideas, the leadership, and the staying power to carry through. General Washington immediately put Knox in charge of the artillery. To all who had come out to see the guns, it was clear that the stalemate at Boston was about to change. Can they get the guns to Dorchester?
Did You Know On
Aug. 11, 1992 – The Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States, opened in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Aug. 12, 1658 – The first police force was established in New Amsterdam (now New York).
Aug. 13, 1860 – Anne Oakley was born in Darke County, Ohio.
Aug. 14, 1945 – Japan surrendered unconditionally, ending WW II.
Aug. 15, 1914 – The Panama Canal officially opened to traffic.
Aug. 16, 1977 – Elvis Presley, age 42, died at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.
Aug 17, 1969 – More than 250 people were killed when Hurricane Camille hit the Gulf Coast.
This Week’s Quiz
What was the original name of the Purple Heart Medal?
How many ships were involved when Christopher Columbus in 1492 sailed for the Indies?
How many rivers in the United States exceed 1,000 miles in length?
Who recommended the phrase E Pluribus Unum to Congress as part of the design for the seal of the new United States?
Which president signed legislation ending lifetime Welfare benefits?
Answers To Last Week’s Quiz
President Polk signed legislation creating the Smithsonian Institute.
The United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan during WW II.
President Ronald Reagan appointed Lauro Cavaros as Secretary of Education, the first Hispanic to serve in a president’s cabinet.
The reverse side of the $2 bill displays the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Missouri River is the longest river in the United States, exceeding the Mississippi by 200 miles.
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