Thursday, March 24, 2011
Potts Camp News
David Greer celebrates birthday
Last week’s South Reporter was wonderful! We enjoyed it!
The children and teachers of Potts Camp enjoyed spring break last week.
Mr. and Mrs. David Hunsucker of Ashland visited her mother, Joyce Clayton, on Sunday.
Joyce Clayton attended the 80th birthday party of a friend in Southaven on Saturday.
Weekend guests of Connie and Andy Work were Nancy and Michael Greer, longtime friends from El Dorado, Ark.
Betty Greer placed flowers on all the graves of relatives in Potts Camp cemetery on Sunday.
Congratulations to Dr. Danny Hollingsworth, Morristown, Tenn., who has been named the next president of Piedmont College, northern Georgia, in June. He is my youngest son and the son of the late L.D. Hollingsworth.
Happy birthday to grandchildren Dave Greer on March 20 and Carl Blond on March 23. Happy birthday to Charles Henderson, a friend, on March 28, and Julie Mayer Elliott on March 29.
On Saturday, March 19, Mitch Stone was invited to sing for a fund-raising fish fry at Ebenezer Methodist Church. It was a big success.
Dave Greer was honored on his 11th birthday, March 20, with friends and family at his home in Cornersville. He is the son of David and Amy Greer and grandson of my daughter, Betty and David, Sr.
Mitch Stone visited me on Sunday afternoon and sang several hymns for me as he played his guitar. He and his family are special friends.
My grandson, David Hollingsworth of Tupelo, came on Saturday and built a ramp for me. I am so thankful for it.
A revival was held last week at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hickory Flat. Many people from here attended.
Take time to think; it is the source of power.
“God Is Always Near”
I feel His presence around me at the dawning of the day. His smile is in the sunshine when night shadows melt away. I see Him in the noontime, in the blue skies’ sparkling glow, in every tree and flower and winter’s gentle snow. I sense His presence near me as the light of day grows dim, and all through the midnight hours I rest safely trusting Him.
Pray for the sick.
We were saddened by the recent death of Edwin Churchill, age 69. Graveside services were held in New Albany on Wednesday. His wife, Polly Churchill, died recently.
Prayer list: Henry Tutor, Charles Henderson, Mary Jarrett in Tupelo Hospital, Diane Clayton, Bobbie Price, JoAnn Potts.
Dr. and Mrs. Vaughan were among the first Potts Camp settlers to arrive in our town, after the first depot was built in 1886. He built the first drug store, had the first phone and helped publish a newspaper (with help). The couple had two daughters, Mattie Jones and Faye V. Peel. Mattie married Bernard Jones; she operated a library on wheels (she took it on country roads). They had three sons, Harry, B.G. and Jack Jones, also a daughter, Aileen Jones. Faye Peel’s husband brought the first car to town; he died young, and she was working in the Potts Camp Bank with banker Robert Greer when two robbers came in at noon and robbed them and put Miss Faye and Mr. Greer in the vault and locked them there.
They pushed the alarm and George Boren in the drug store next door called the police, and they let Miss Faye and Mr. Greer out of the vault, and then followed the robbers to their home and arrested them.
I was just a girl, but I remember it. Money was all over the bank floor and doors were wide open.
A trial was held at Potts Camp School auditorium. I stayed there all day. I had never seen a trial before. They were sent to jail (20 and 40 years). The older one had a longer sentence.
Miss Faye became the postmaster at our Potts Camp post office in 1932. She had studied music and played the organ at Potts Camp United Methodist Church and taught an adult Sunday school class.
She served as postmaster all during World War II, helping people contact their sons if they were needed at home.
In 1960 when Miss Faye retired, she was called by Postmaster General Summerfield to a postmasters convention in Jackson. She was surprised when they started showing slides of her childhood in “This Is Your Life.” We will never forget how wonderful Faye Peel was in our town and church. Descendants of the Vaughans and daughters of Rose and Henry Jones are my friends: from Memphis, Tenn., Betty Rose Jones; Frances Fitts, Dallas, Tx.; Kathryn and Terry Scarbrough of Houston, Tx.
Did you know?
Rationing stamps in difficult times
On March 29, 1943, America began to use ration stamps to purchase certain food items such as sugar, meat, fat (used to make explosives) and cheese.
Also items such as shoes, rubber tires, bicycles, and gasoline were rationed. Necessary items that were rationed were to assure that our troops would have enough for the war effort. Rationed items were assigned a price in points and Americans were given books of ration stamps to buy things. You could order a pair of shoes from Sears using War Ration Stamp No. 17 from your War Ration Book No. 1 (sugar and coffee book) and attach it to your order.
Items such as new cars and appliances were not available. The factories that normally produce these items were turning out planes, tanks and bombs.
If your family did not own a car you simply traded your gasoline stamps to someone for a ration stamp you needed. The people simply walked to work when possible. It was a time when walking home after work the folks would stop and sit on a porch to talk about the war.
Personally I was not old enough to enlist as a soldier but I do remember the war effort at home. Everyone had victory gardens, raised chickens for meat and eggs, most back yards had rabbit pens and the communities had areas for raising hogs. Children would collect newspapers and metal of all kinds. We kids would stomp the tin cans flat and tie them in bundles then cart them to a collector for the war effort. You could earn a few pennies for heavy iron.
It was a difficult time for the country but the folks at home gave their all for the troops who were dying on the front. It is a good thing to remember and say thanks to a great generation.
Did You Know On
Mar. 23, 1857 The first passenger elevator began operation in New York City.
Mar. 24, 1958 – Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army for two years.
Mar. 25, 1965 – Martin Luther King ended his civil rights march at the capitol steps of Montgomery, AL.
Mar. 26, 1982 – Groundbreaking ceremonies began the construction of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Mar. 27, 1939 – Oregon defeated Ohio State 46 – 33 to win the first NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Mar. 28, 1979 – The nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island malfunctioned, causing thousands to flee.
Mar. 29, 1848 – An ice jam at the source of the Niagara River caused the Niagara Falls to stop flowing for the first time in recorded history.
This Week’s Quiz
Who was the first U.S. physician to perform surgery using ether as the anesthetic to kill pain?
What is the name of the man who shot and seriously wounded President Ronald Reagan?
Whitcomb Judson patented a “hookless fastener,” known as a ______?
What is the name of the first U.S. national forest?
Who patented the pencil with an attached eraser?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
All the quotes were made by Ben Franklin.
Greenfield hosts special program Sunday
The Qualification of Worship - Leaders
I Timothy 3:1-3 – The saying is sure: whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task. Now a bishop must be above reproach, married only once, temperate, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an apt teacher, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and not a lover of money.
We give thanks to God for the beautiful weather we are blessed with now, and we are praying for others in places experiencing difficult weather, etc.
We are praying for the students and teachers as they are returning back to school this week.
Minister Alvin Curry was the guest speaker at Greenfield Church on Sunday morning. He used for a subject “Various Trials and Tests.” He spoke on three trials and tests.
1. Sickness and poor health, 3: John 1:2; Isaiah 55:3.
2. Your children and grandchildren out of control, Ex. 20:3-6 and Prov. 22:6-15; 23:13.
3. I need more money. Haggai 1:1-10. Time for you and your house. Go up to the mountain and bring wood, and build the house and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord. Malachi 3:8-10. Will a man rob God? II Cor. 9:6-8.
Sunday morning liturgist, deacon Robert Curry.
Scripture reading, deacon Robert Curry and min. Dorothy Palmer; song leaders, Bro. Elcue Curry and Bro. Ontario Fitts.
Several members from Spring Hill MB Church were our guests.
Sunday, March 27, at 3 p.m., all roads lead to Greenfield Presbyterian Church for 100 Men and Women Day program. Come one and all.
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