November 11, 2010
Potts Camp News
“The train is coming!”
It was with much sadness we read about Bill Minor’s death. He was transportation commissioner from Holly Springs. He was a member of Potts Camp Baptist Church. Services were held in Holly Springs on Thursday with Rev. Joe Epting and Rev. Chuck Fowler officiating. We send sympathy to all his family.
We send our sympathies to the families of Oscar Tilden Ash and Ricky Harris, who died recently.
Pray for a friend, Verla Mae Stanton of Hickory Flat, sister of Joyce Clayton, who is very ill in Tupelo Hospital. They have been unable to find her trouble.
We are thankful that another friend, Nellie Dawson of Cornersville, has returned home from Tupelo Hospital after recovering from a fall. Betty Greer visited her and took her a gift.
Connie Work drove her mother to New Albany to visit her doctor on Monday. Get well to her. Betty’s son, Tony Fincher of Memphis, and his wife, Tammie, visited her recently. She is my friend.
Thoughts on faith
(1) Those who lay up treasure in Heaven are the richest people on earth. (2) Jesus whispers “I am with you in the hour of deepest need; when the way is dark and lonesome, I am with you; I will lead.” (3) If you want others to know what Christ will do for them, tell them what He has done for you. (4) “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, though he may die, he shall live. Job 11:25. (5) Pray for the sick and those who have lost loved ones. (6) Father, thank you for your touch in my life that makes me whole!
Take time to think; it is the source of power. Take time to play; it is the secret of youth. Take time to read; it is the fountain of wisdom. Take time to pray; it is the greatest power on earth. Take time to love and be loved; it is God’s given privilege. Take time to be friendly; it is the road to happiness. Take time to laugh; it is the music of the soul. Take time to give; it is too short a day to be selfish. Take time to work; it is the price of success. Take time to save; it is the foundation of your future.
Lives of great men all remind us,
Happy birthday to Amanda L. Qualls, my niece, on Nov. 10, and to a friend, Virgie Kelly on Nov. 13; to Nikkie Poole on Nov. 11; to Harold Greer on Nov. 12; to Carrie Jewell Taylor on Nov. 15.
Prayers: Mary Jarrett, Diane Clayton, Lena Faye Work, Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, Sank Owen, Betty Rose Jones, Doris Goode, Gussie Davis in the hospital (from Hickory Flat); Joanne Potts of Olive Branch, my sister-in-law (she plans to have back surgery soon).
We are proud of our fire department today! At one time, all we had to fight fires was a huge hose wrapped around two big wheels. In 1934, we had a football team at our school. One afternoon, while they were playing on the school grounds after school was out, someone yelled, “The depot is on fire.” My dad, Benton Potts, was the depot agent, so I ran there as fast as I could; so did the ball team. They hooked up the hose on wheels, but the depot was too far gone, so the boys wetted all the stores nearby. I looked for my dad, and I spotted him with some of the ball team bringing out his desk and important papers out of the burning building. Some explosives in two box cars nearby sent flames into the air, as the crowds of people rushed back. The football team was our heroes. They saved the wooden stores on Front Street.
For two weeks, my dad had to set up two box cars to work in between the railroad tracks until a new depot could be built. They used telegraphs to send messages. My dad worked there almost 50 years.
Did you ever wait at the old railroad station for the sounds of approaching trains? What an exciting time this was, especially during the early days of our town when everything was sent by rail and people rode the trains. Sometimes as children, we would watch down the long tracks and when we saw the headlights, we would yell, “The train is coming!” People would rush outside and after the large engine passed, it would stop for us to get on. My young brother would close his eyes until the engine passed.
After the Burlington Northern Railroad bought out the Frisco Railroad, they have no railroad stations or passenger trains.
We had a pass and could ride free of charge with our parents. We rode to Memphis Zoo and Fairgrounds and to Tupelo.
Did you know?
Remembering our veterans - November 11
In the early morning hours of November 11, 1918, representatives of France, Britain, and Germany met in a railroad car near Compiegne, France, to sign an armistice ending World War I, or the Great War, as it was known at that time.
The cease-fire took effect at 11 a.m. that day – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, up and down the trenches, after four long years of the most horrific fighting the world had yet known, the guns fell silent. “The roar stopped like a motor car hitting a wall,” one U.S. soldier wrote to his family. Soldiers on both sides slowly climbed out of the earthworks. Some danced; some cheered; some cried for joy; some stood numbed. The Great War had left some nine million soldiers dead and another 21 million wounded. No one knows how many civilians died. Much of Europe lay in ruins. But finally, with armistice, it was “all quiet on the Western Front.”
For many years November 11 was known as Armistice Day to honor those who fought in World War I. In 1954 Congress changed the name to Veterans Day to recognize all American veterans.
Every November 11 at 11 a.m., the nation pays tribute to its war dead with the laying of a presidential wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C.
But Veterans Day honors more than the dead. Memorial Day, observed in May, is for remembering soldiers who lost their lives in the service of their country. Veterans Day is set aside to honor and thank all who have served and are serving in the U.S. armed forces—particularly our 23 million living veterans. If you know a veteran or see a serviceman or woman thank them for their service to our country.
Did You Know On
Nov. 10, 1928 – Knute Rockne told his football team, “win one for the Gipper.”
Nov. 11, 1974 – The Altair 8800 kit, considered the first personal computer, went on sale.
Nov. 12, 1954 – After processing more than 12 million immigrants, Ellis Island closed.
Nov. 13, 1971 – Mariner Nine became the first satellite to orbit another planet, Mars.
Nov. 14, 1910 – Eugene Fly became the first pilot to take off from a ship, the USS Birmingham.
Nov. 15, 1777 – The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation.
Nov. 16, 1901 – Auto racer, A.C. Bostwick became the first American to exceed one mile a minute.
This Week’s Quiz
What was planted in Lafayette Square near the White House during the first Armistice Day celebration?
Who was the first professional football player? He played for the Allegheny Athletic Association.
What famous novel did Herman Melville write?
Where was the first library established in the American Colonies?
What cartoon character played in the cartoon “Steamboat Willie?”
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Kate Smith sang “God Bless America” on her radio show in 1938.
The Marine motto “Semper Fidelis” means “always faithful.”
Everett Alvarez was in a North Vietnam prison for 102 months.
Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms as president.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the two presidents that signed the Declaration of Independence.
Ref: The American Patriot by: William Bennett and John Cribb.
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