September 9, 2010
Potts Camp News
Mary Minor gets visit from former exchange student
A three-day revival was held at Open Door Baptist Church from Sunday through Wednesday.
Mary Fowler, Bro. Fowler’s wife, visited in my home on Friday. We enjoyed her visit.
On Saturday, Aug. 28, a Ladies’ Retreat was held at the Cornerstone Baptist Church. Many people from other churches attended, including Joyce Clayton and other women from Temperance Hill Baptist Church. Dinner was served and the singing was great.
Mr. and Mrs. George Dickey’s daughter, Sandra and her husband, Larry of Georgia, have been visiting them for a few weeks. They enjoyed the visit.
An exchange student, Ricki Speckmann of Germany, who lived here with Mary Minor in the ’90s, spent from Saturday through Wednesday visiting her. I remember those exchange students; they attended our Potts Camp Methodist Church.
The three churches on the Potts Camp charge met at Cornersville Methodist Church for services and dinner on Sunday. Rev. Don Newton is pastor of the three churches, Potts Camp, Bethlehem and Cornersville.
My younger son, Danny Hollingsworth, called from Morristown, Tenn., where he and Elizabeth and three sons live. All three boys, Luke, Clark and Jake, are attending college this year. I am proud of Danny and his family. Danny is business leader of Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City. Luke graduated at Miss. State in Starkville last year.
Mr. Tutor’s grandson, Alan, brought him home over the weekend from Ripley Nursing Home. They visited me. He has been my neighbor a long time. We miss him. I was happy to see him.
1. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” Romans 12:10.
2. When we show love and compassion to others, we are a part of God’s ministry. God often uses fellow believers to show His love.
3. Teach me to love is my prayer, as the compassion of thee I share, ready a cup of water I give, as for others I live.
4. “Because Christ is alive, we too shall live.”
More like the Master I would live and grow, more of His love to others I would show, more self-denial like His in Galilee, more like the Master, I would ever be.
1. When the Pharisees came to Jesus with a woman caught in adultery and ask Him what should be done with her, He knelt for a moment and scribbled in the sand. When they continued to ask him, Jesus responded in a short sentence, “He who is without sin among you cast the first stone.” John 8:6-11.
2. Jesus is not against wealth, but He is grieved by anything that we value more than Him. We can work hard and make money, but when these things are the main pursuit of life, then Jesus isn’t!
How hard is it for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of heaven? Mark 10:23.
We send special prayers for those who have lost loved ones.
Prayer list: Janis Alderson, Louise Evans, Katie Smithwick, Diane Clayton, Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, Betty Rose Jones, Sank Owen, Gussie Davis and Doris Goode of Hickory Flat, JoAnn Potts of Olive Branch (my sister-in-law), Connie Work, Mrs. Work in New Albany Hospital, Mary Jarrett.
Potts Camp’s famous landmark — the old coal chute
Many people today don’t remember Potts Camp’s famous landmark, the old coal chute, built in 1915 and demolished in 1977.
In 1950, when the last train with a coal engine passed through our town, it was no longer needed, so it became a landmark. It was the largest one on the Frisco line, and the only one between Memphis and Amory, so every train stopped for coal and water.
The old railroad depot (now demolished) and the Potts Camp coal chute were very important during World War II. The depot stayed open 24 hours a day; sometimes my dad, J.B. Potts, worked two shifts. Troop trains traveled 24 hours a day from one part of the country to the other.
Sometimes the soldiers would get off the train and admire the old coal chute. Jimmy and I had trouble finding a seat when we came home during the war. Local people were there to cheer them on.
Pictures of the old landmark were painted by artists; we could see it from our home and school; we thought it would always be there.
My grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Potts, lived near the structure, in their two-story “Potts House.”
One day, James and I climbed up on the old coal chute and looked over the town. It was fun. Then we climbed on the two ladders to the old round “Petticoat Junction” water tank and looked down at the deep, clean water. God was watching over us.
When they demolished the coal chute, we watched as they would swing a large ball against it, but they finally had to blow it up. It almost busted my ears. They buried the large structure near the railroad tracks. It was heavy.
I have a large framed picture of the old coal chute! I’ll never forget it!
Did you know?
Book seller to Secretary of War...
The cheers from the American lines were heard in Boston, when the men on Prospect Hill and Dorchester Heights saw what was happening.
Soon small boys ran across the Neck from Boston to deliver the news that the “lobster backs” were gone. The British troops had set up dummy hay bales with redcoats to try and fool the Americans into believing they were still in Boston. About 500 American troops marched across the Neck into Boston. Washington remained at Cambridge where he attended Sunday services conducted by the chaplain of Henry Knox’s artillery regiment, the Reverend Abiel Leonard of Connecticut, who chose for his text, Exodus 14:25: “And they took off their chariot wheels, that they drove them heavily; so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the Lord fighteth for them against the Egyptians.”
Washington placed General Nathanial Greene temporarily in charge of Boston while he went back to Cambridge to concentrate on the next move. There were a number of happenings following the victory at Boston. For the first time free men under arms had triumphed. Congress bestowed a gold medal on General Washington and Harvard presented him with an honorary degree.
As I had said in previous articles related to Dorchester Heights there were many heroes. Remember it was the book seller, Henry Knox’s brainstorm to go after the guns at Fort Ticonderoga to fortify the Dorchester Heights. So what happened to Henry Knox after Dorchester? There was the crossing of the Delaware on Christmas Eve. Washington ordered the crossing, and Henry Knox directed the task of crossing the troops and cannon without discovery. After the victory at Trenton, Knox was promoted to brigadier-general. General Knox was involved in the fighting at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. He was at Yorktown with his artillery when Cornwallis surrendered his troops. After the end of the Revolution, Knox served at West Point, and he was elected Secretary of War by Congress in 1785, and in 1789 he was appointed Secretary of War in Washington’s new cabinet.
General Knox and his family settled on an estate at Thomaston, Maine, in 1796, which he called “Montpelier.” Knox and his wife had 12 children. General Knox continued to serve his state in general court and Governor’s Council. General Henry Knox died unexpectedly in 1806 and is buried in Thomaston.
Did You Know On
Sept. 8, 1900 – The Galveston Hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, killing 6,000 people.
Sept. 9, 1956 – Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Sept. 10, 1955 – The TV show “Gunsmoke” premiered on CBS.
Sept. 11, 2001 – Terrorists hijacked four airliners for suicide attacks against the United States.
Sept 12, 1954 – The TV series “Lassie” premiered.
Sept. 13, 1788 – New York City was established as the temporary national capital.
Sept. 14, 1847 – U.S. forces including Marines, capture Mexico City and raise the flag over the “halls of Montezuma.”
This Week’s Quiz
What is the origin for the name of the state of Kentucky?
What species is the national tree?
When did Congress require the motto In God We Trust to appear on certain coins?
Who warned Thomas Jefferson that the British were coming?
What was the song Elvis sang on the Milton Berle Show in 1956?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Cal Ripkin, Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s record for playing in the most consecutive baseball games at 2,131.
The French Navy came to the aid of the Continental Army at Yorktown.
The Stars and Stripes first flew at the Battle of Gooch’s Bridge, Delaware, on September 3, 1777.
George Eastman patented the Kodak camera.
Will Tyler Page wrote the American Creed.
Ref: US History.org, The AmericanRevolution.org, Documents of The Continental Congress, American Patriots Almanac by Bennett.
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