March 4, 2010
Potts Camp News
Old landmark stills stands
We look forward to spring weather this year!
Recent guests of Bobby and Katie Smithwick were his sons, Walter and Clark Smithwick of Alabama.
Mary DeHart of Laws Hill visited Connie Work and Betty Fincher on Tuesday. She worked in Potts Camp School cafeteria with Connie several years ago. They enjoyed her visit.
Henry Tutor’s grandson, Allen Griffen of Pontotoc, who grew up here, visited him over the weekend. He was badly injured as a boy in a car accident and is still crippled in one leg. Another grandson, William Thompson, lives with Mr. Tutor, my neighbor, who will soon be 90 years old.
“Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” Matthew 28:20.
I. When life is hard and we have to go on, trust in God and have faith in Him; He will never leave you or forsake you.
II. Dear child of God, be not afraid, when shadows dark appear, and fear; hear His voice “Come, I will walk with you.”
III. As Christians, we should work for justice in our country, and banish prejudice and unfair attitudes in our lives.
IV. Love your neighbor as yourself and put God first always!
V. Emmerson said, “Material possessions are not really gifts. The only real gifts are a portion of yourself, love.” God is love!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6.
God has a specific call for each of us and wants to guide us where and how we can serve.
Trust more in God’s guidance for the future.
I love thee because thou first loved me and purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree. I love thee for wearing the thorns on thou brow. If ever I loved thee, Dear Jesus, is now.
Happy birthday to Chad Mayer on March 1; to Allyson Pipkin on March 5; to Pat Goode on March 6; to my niece, Pam Qualls, on March 8; to Makenzee Whaley on March 14; to Connie Work on March 15; and Kristie Fincher on March 16.
Prayer list: Charles Henderson, Linda Thieson, Gussie Davis, Doris Goode (friends from Hickory Flat), Lina Mae Rhea, Lena Faye Work (in nursing home), Connie Work, Diane Clayton, Sandy Byrd, Betty Fincher, Henry Tutor, L.D. Ford, Cathy Foreman, Mary Jarrett. Pray for Jamie Turnage, who had surgery last week.
Memories and History
The old landmark in Winborn is still standing! When Will Allen came to Potts Camp Depot in 1913 to pick up his order from Sears Roebuck and Co., he had to use a wagon and horses.
It was a two-story house, shipped in bundles and had directions for its assembly.
The first man who looked at the blueprint just walked away!
Memphis Mining Co. had ordered the house. At that time, iron ore had been discovered in the hills around Winborn, two miles from Potts Camp. After a few years, the mining company moved away, leaving the two-story house, made of redwood and brick, with seven rooms and a bath, for rent.
In 1915, my dad, Benton Potts, a young man, became depot agent at Winborn. He and my mother, Mae Harris Potts, who had just married, rented rooms in the two-story house, and my older brother, James, was born there in 1916. I was also born in Winborn in 1918 in another house. In 1920, my dad became depot agent in Potts Camp and we moved here, in the house I live in now.
In the Sears and Roebuck catalog in 1908 to 1937, Sears Roebuck offered houses from $600 to $2,500.
In 1920, Tony Nichols’ father bought or rented the two-story house until his death, then Tony Nichols and family lived there and reared a family.
Betty drove me to the two-story house and took pictures a few years ago. The owner said it was OK.
It is still a wonderful place.
Did you know?
Washington – he could have been king...
George Washington (1732-1799), the first president of the United States, was the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He was also a surveyor, a planter, and a soldier, as well as a statesman. He was also chairman of the Constitutional Convention;
George Washington was also an active Episcopalian. Considered the most popular man in the Colonies, Washington was described by Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee in his now famous tribute, as “First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.”
The son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball, George Washington was also a descendent of King John of England, as well as nine of the 25 Baron Sureties of the Magna Carta. His father died when he was 11 years old in 1743, and from then until the age of 16, George lived with his elder half-brother, Augustine, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, just 40 miles outside of Fredericksburg. Most of George’s education was through home schooling and tutoring. He received his surveyor’s license in 1749 from William and Mary College and later from 1788 until his death, was the college’s chancellor.
At age 15, George Washington copied, in his own handwriting, 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.
Among them were:
108) When you speak of God, or His attributes, let it be seriously and with reverence. Honor and obey your natural parents although they be poor.
109) Let your recreation be manful not sinful.
110) Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
When Washington left home for what would become lifelong service to his country, he recorded the parting words of his mother, Mrs. Mary Washington:
“Remember that God is our only true trust. To, Him, I commend you…My son, neglect not the duty of secret prayer.”
I hope you get some idea of the greatness of this man – George Washington, the father of our country. More about George Washington next week.
Did You Know On
Mar. 3, 1931 – “The Star Spangled Banner” was adopted as the national anthem.
Mar. 4, 1789 – The U.S. Constitution went into effect when Congress met in New York City.
Mar. 5, 1770 – British soldiers fired on colonists in what became known as the Boston Massacre.
Mar. 6, 1836 – A Mexican army overwhelmed the defenders of the Alamo.
Mar. 7, 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone.
Mar. 8, 1983 – President Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.”
Mar. 9, 1964 – The Ford Motor Company produced the first Mustang.
This Week’s Quiz
Did George Washington wear or use eye glasses?
Was George Washington ever asked to make himself King of the United States?
George Washington created the military award called the “Badge of Military Merit.” What is that award called today?
After George Washington died, who eulogized Washington at his funeral?
On what day did Washington and his Patriot army begin crossing the Delaware?
Answers To Last Week’s Quiz
The Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia.
Madison’s portrait was on the $5,000 bill.
Madison had 11 siblings.
False. Madison’s wife never owned a bakery.
The “Bill of Rights” went into effect on December 15, 1791.
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