November 4, 2010
Potts Camp News
Potts Camp Fun Day Saturday
Don’t forget Fun Day at Potts Camp Baptist Church Parking Lot, Saturday, Nov. 6, sponsored by the Town of Potts Camp. There will be free food and drinks for the children, lots of fun and a cake walk. Come ride the little train, Obie.
I’m glad they have opened the front gate of Hill Crest Cemetery in Holly Springs. The son of my great-great-grandfather, Colonel E.F. Potts, the first Potts Camp settler, is buried there, near the gates. He is James Benton Potts (same name as my dad). He was injured in the Civil War, where he was a veteran and died young. I’ve visited his tall veteran’s marker at Hill Crest many times.
Buy a brick to go in the new building being built at Mary Reid School. Put your name on it. Mary Reid School was named for my great-aunt, Mary Reid, only daughter of the first Potts Camp settler, Col. Potts.
Joyce Clayton and her son, Lynn Goolsby, and her daughter, Merion Hunsucker, spent the weekend on vacation in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
The town of Potts Camp was a busy place recently with its haunted house in the Potts Camp Fire Department building.
Tony Fincher of Memphis, Tenn., visited his mother, Betty Fincher, and his sister, Connie Work, on Wednesday. Betty has been on the sick list; get well to her.
We are proud of our Potts Camp cross country running teams, both boys and girls. Karen Green is their coach. Good luck to them on Nov. 6 at Mississippi College at Clinton.
Happy birthday to my grandson, Jake Hollingsworth of Morristown, Tenn., on his birthday Nov. 1. He is the youngest son of Danny and Elizabeth Hollingsworth. He is in the first year of college and an Eagle Scout. Happy birthday to Rodney Whaley, our banker, a special friend and relative on Nov. 5; also to Amanda Whaley on Nov. 6.
Happy birthday to my granddaughter, Dr. Liesa Blond in Austin, Tx., on Nov. 8. She is the only daughter of Betty and David Greer Sr. Happy birthday to Martha Hollingsworth on Nov. 8. She is my daughter-in-law (wife of Jimmy.)
Happy birthday to my special friend, Virgie Kelly, on Nov. 13.
Only God Knows
I do not know what lies ahead; the way I cannot see; but one stands here to be my guide, and I know He holds my hand. With God things don’t just happen; everything by Him is planned; so as I face tomorrow with its problems great and small, I’ll trust the God of miracles and give to Him my all.
God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow or sun without rain. But God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and a light for the way, and for all who believe in His Kingdom above, He answers their faith with everlasting love.
God Bless You
It’s a little prayer, “God Bless You.” But it means so much today. It means may angels guard you and sunshine light your way. God’s love surrounds you, peace unfolds, never to depart. It’s a little prayer, “God Bless You.” But it comes right from the heart.
10 Steps to Happiness
(1) Accept Christ as your Savior and make Him Lord of your life! (2) God has a purpose for your life; if you don’t fill that purpose, no one will. (3) Every person is unique; there is no one exactly like you. (4) Look for the beauty in others; overlook the flaws. (5) Study God’s word and pray. Meditate on God’s plan for you. (6) Show people you love them everywhere you go. (7) Help those in need. (8) Smile, laugh and make people happy; make friends wherever you go. (9) Visit the sick and help them if you can. (10) Have hope for tomorrow, faith in God and trust Him and your fellow man.
History and Memories
In 1935, we printed a Potts Camp School newspaper called “The Windy Waves.” I was one of the reporters in the 11th grade. The editor was the former Juanita Umburger, who later was Juanita Jones, who owned a furniture store with her husband in Holly Springs.
The first school newspaper had an article about the first PTA meeting that year. Mrs. Fred Oakley was the president. Speakers were Rev. Dennis Renick and principal R.A. Butler on “Founding a Family.” They both said to always put God first.
Women in charge of the social and refreshments were Mrs. Curtis Greer, Mary Lester Cox, Mrs. Harry Jones and Mrs. R.A. Butler.
Teachers Mrs. Dunn, commercial, and Miss Stroupe, English, were in charge of the paper. Managers of “The Windy Waves,” a monthly paper, were C.B. Bennett, business; Edward and Molly Frances Farr, circulation; Russell Kidd, printer; Pauline Brownlee, art editor; Bennie Potts (my brother), sports. Those were happy days!
P.S. Mrs. Dunn married Mr. Curd, superintendent of education. He bought out “The South Reporter” about 1936, and she quit teaching to help him with the paper. We always read it. She wrote about us.
I graduated in 1936.
Did you know?
Voting – it is and was your duty
I am sure you have heard the words, “I just don’t know who to vote for; they are all crooks; it doesn’t matter, they will do what they want anyway” and so on.
I hope you did not allow yourself to fall into this passive trap. Voting is, in my opinion, the most important right we American citizens have. The following is a radio message given on November 3, 1924, from one of our former presidents, Calvin Coolidge, reminding Americans of a solemn duty:
All the opportunity for self-government through the rule of the people depends upon one single factor. That is the ballot box…The people of our country are sovereign. If they do not vote they abdicate that sovereignty, and they may be entirely sure that if they relinquish it other forces will seize it, and if they fail to govern themselves some other power will rise up to govern them. The choice is always before them, whether they will be slaves or whether they will be free. The only way to be free is to exercise actively and energetically the privileges, and discharge faithfully the duties which make freedom. It is not to be secured by passive resistance. It is the result of energy and action….
Persons who have the right to vote are trustees for the benefit of their country and their countrymen. They have no right to say they do not care. They must care. They have no right to say that whatever the result of the election they can get along. They must remember that their country and their countrymen cannot get along, cannot remain sound, cannot preserve its institutions, cannot protect its citizens, cannot maintain its place in the world, unless those who have the right to vote do sustain and do guide the course of public affairs by the thoughtful exercise of that right on election day.
Did You Know On
Nov. 4, 1939 – The Packard Motor Company exhibited the first air-conditioned car.
Nov. 5, 1889 – Wyoming citizens approved the first state constitution granting women the right to vote.
Nov. 6, 1869 – Rutgers defeated Princeton 6 – 4 in the first intercollegiate football game.
Nov. 7, 1916 – Republican Jeanette Rankin of Montana became the first woman to be elected to Congress.
Nov. 8, 1942 – U.S. and British forces landed in French North African during WW II.
Nov. 9, 1872 – A three-day fire in Boston destroyed 775 buildings.
Nov. 10, 1775 – The Continental Congress founded the U.S. Marine Corps.
This Week’s Quiz
Who introduced Irvin Berlin’s song “God Bless America” by singing it on her network radio show?
What is the meaning of the Marine’s motto “Semper Fidelis”?
How long was Everett Alvarez held prisoner in North Vietnam?
What U.S. president served two non-consecutive terms?
Which presidents signed the Declaration of Independence?
In the old days when folks built and lived in log cabins, most had dirt floors. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Thus came the saying “dirt poor.” Some folks had slate floors and during bad weather such as rain and snow the floors would become slippery. To avoid accidents they began to place thresh (straw) on the floors. As winter wore on they would ad more thresh until when you opened the door it would slip outside. So the pioneers placed a board in the entrance way. Hence came “the thresh hold”.
Ref: The American Patriot by W. Bennett & J. Cribb
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