October 7, 2010
Potts Camp News
Jewell and J.B. Work visit writer recently
My neighbor for many years, Henry Tutor, is very ill in Ripley Nursing Home. Last week, pastor of the Assembly of God in Myrtle, T.M. Wigington, and the church members visited Mr. Henry. He was a regular member of the church. He needs our prayers!
Jewell and J.B. Work, special friends, visited me. I was happy to see them.
Several people in this area are planning a cruise on the Caribbean soon. More about it later.
1. Peace on earth cannot be found until we meet on common ground and all men become brothers, who worship God and love each other.
2. Love is a great investment, no matter who you give it to, it returns great dividends.
3. If you depend on others to make you happy, you will always be disappointed.
4. Try to make each day better than the day before, as we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
I have no hands but your hands to do my work today. I have no feet but your feet to lead men on the way. I have no tongue but your tongue to tell men how I died. I have no help but your help to bring men to my side.
Dear Lord, I pray at the end of the day you’ll find I’ve helped someone, some how, some way, that I’ve not failed in word or deed, to lighten the heart of someone in need. Though my talents be few, I pray that you will find me a credit to you. For Christ’s sake, amen.
My older son, Jimmy Hollingsworth, celebrated his birthday in Tupelo on Sunday, Oct. 3. Many of Martha and Jimmy’s family attended the event. Happy birthday to him.
Happy birthday to my nephew, James Dean Potts, on Oct. 5; to Margaret Wilson on Oct. 10; to Margaret Hart on Oct. 11; to Madysin Cobbs on Oct. 13; to Bobby Smithwick on Oct. 15.
Happy birthday to my younger son, Danny Hollingsworth in Morristown, Tenn., on Oct. 18.
Pray for those who have lost loved ones. Pray for Henry Tutor, Gussie Davis of Hickory Flat, Jo Ann Potts of Olive Branch, Doris Goode, Charles Henderson, Sank Owen, Betty Rose Jones, Mary Jarrett, Diane Clayton, our churches and schools, Bro. Charles Fowler.
History and Memories
Many years ago, there were no banks, so people buried their gold and silver, especially during the Civil War. When A.Q. Greer, Potts Camp’s first banker, moved here, he built a home on Pontotoc Street. Lester Greer was their first child, born in 1887, one year after the first railroad depot was built in 1886 and named Potts Camp. The first board meeting was held in 1888. As Mr. and Mrs. A.Q. Greer’s family grew, he built a lovely large home on Mulberry St. and rented their first home. The large house has been demolished.
Dave Hamilton was plowing in his field near town and found a box of money. He drove to town in his wagon as fast as he could and took it to the bank. Mr. Greer sold him their first home. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton had one daughter, Nellie. They moved to town and became members of the Christian church near Boren’s two-story house. They were happy for many years; then, Mr. Hamilton died, leaving his wife and child. In 1950, gas was piped to our town.
Mrs. Hamilton became ill and had to depend on Nellie. She collected things. She attended Potts Camp School. One day after the gas was put into their home, Nellie turned on the heater, but her match went out. She left the gas on as she hunted for another match. When she struck it, the house blew up. Both Nellie and her mother died within a few days. It was a sad day in our town in 1950. We loved that family.
Did you know?
Advice for political candidates
Coming elections are on our minds and the candidates are all about trying to capture our favor persuading us to place a vote that either elects them to an office or worse, sends them home.
Candidates run television ads and mail literature to sell their story. It is known that a picture is worth a thousand words.
It may be this thought that young Grace Bedell, age 11, of Westfield, New York, had when she wrote to a young Republican nominee for president, a clean-shaven man, with some advice. In her letter she explained that she thought that his face was very thin and that he should grow some whiskers. She told the candidate that she could get her brothers to vote for him and that all the ladies liked men with whiskers. Young Grace promised that the ladies would then persuade their husbands to vote for him and then he would be president.
Grace ended her letter to the young candidate saying, “I must not write any more, answer this letter right off. Good Bye. Grace Bedell.” On October 19, 1860 the candidate wrote back:
Despite his answer, Lincoln began growing a beard. The next year, on his way to the White House, he stopped in Westfield, gave Grace a kiss, and thanked her for her advice.
Any of you candidates willing to hang up the razor for a few weeks?
Did You Know On
Oct. 6, 1780 – Patriot Henry Laurens of South Carolina was captured at sea and imprisoned in the Tower of London; after Yorktown, he was exchanged for British General Charles Cornwallis.
Oct. 7, 1780 – Patriot militia forces annihilated the Loyalist army at Kings Mountain in South Carolina.
Oct. 8, 1918 – Alvin York almost single-handedly killed two dozen German soldiers and captured 132 prisoners in France’s Argonne Forest.
Oct. 9, 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell in Boston, and Thomas Watson, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, held the first telephone conversation over outdoor wires.
Oct. 10, 1845 – The U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Maryland, with 56 students.
Oct. 11, 1811 – The first steam-powered ferryboat, the Juliana, designed by John Stevens, began operation between New York City and Hoboken, New Jersey.
Oct. 12, 1892 – In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s landing, American schoolchildren first recited the newly written Pledge of Allegiance.
This Week’s Quiz
What was the original name of the Hoover Dam and when did it go into service?
When did the first “Air Force One” begin service?
Who was the first pilot to break the sound barrier?
Who played in the first baseball World Series?
Who played in the first televised pro football game?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Cyrus McCormick invented the mechanical reaper.
Robert H. Goddard invented the rocket engine.
Martin Cooper invented the cell phone.
Thomas Edison invented the incandescent lamp.
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