Thursday, April 28, 2011
Potts Camp News
Rowland home setting for annual Easter festivities
Sunrise services were held at the Cornersville United Methodist Church on Sunday morning with a large attendance. Members of the charge presented very inspiring musical selections followed by a message brought by the pastor, Rev. Don Newton. Breakfast was served, following the outstanding Easter service.
Sunday dinner guests of Joyce Clayton were David and Miriam Hunsucker of Ashland; Tammie Cobb and son, Colton, of Myrtle; and Lynn, Martha, Jamie and Hannah Goolsby.
The large Gurley family met at the home of Bill and Sue Rowland in the Salem community for their annual Easter egg hunt and meal on Saturday. This year there were 80 in attendance and included family, friends, cousins, aunts, uncles, extended family members and guests. The children had a very good time looking for the candy filled eggs.
Happy Birthday to Holley Stone Muraco on May 1; Doris and Arthur Poole, May 1; Jim Hart, May 1; Robby Goolsby, May 2; Roxanne Rowland, May 2; and Benjamin Tate Rowland, May 7.
On Saturday, April 16, Joyce Clayton and her son, Lynn Goolsby, and a young relative, Jamie Cook, enjoyed a trip to Shiloh National Park. Jamie enjoyed having his picture taken there.
On Monday, Joyce Clayton drove her sister, Faye Stanton, to Tupelo to keep a doctor’s appointment. Get well to her!
Special friends Kathryn (Jones) Sundstrom and her husband, Terry, called from their home in Houston, Tx. Kathryn, a former airline stewardess, is the daughter of the late Harry and Rose Jones, who lived here. Her sister, Betty Rose Jones, is in rehab in Memphis, Tenn. Another sister of Kathryn is Francis Fitts of Dallas, Tx. We love that family!
An unknown relative from Gastonia, N.C., read my “History of Potts Camp” in The South Reporter and wrote to me. She wanted to know who our ancestors are. I answered her letter. You never know where The South Reporter goes.
On Wednesday, April 20, my friend, Sylvia Akin of Memphis, brought two relatives with her for a visit with me. They were daughters of a special friend of mine that I grew up with, the late Gerry Alvis. The pretty girls were Helen Medlock and Olivia Atkinson.
Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth, my son and his wife from Tupelo, came that day, also. Jimmy was Sylvia’s classmate at Potts Camp School, so they enjoyed a visit together.
Congratulations to Don Randolph, Marshall County Superintendent of Education, who will be one of the 15 athletic standouts inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 26. We are proud of Don Randolph; he and his wife are special friends.
We are proud of Potts Camp ball teams.
The Touch of the Master’s Hand
It was battered and scarred, and the auctioneer thought it hardly worth his while to waste much time on the old violin, but he held it up with a smile. “What am I biddin’,” he cried, “who’ll start the biddin’ for me?”
“A dollar, a dollar and who’ll make it two? Two dollars and who’ll make it three, going for three.” But no — from the room far back a gray headed man came forward and picked up the bow. Then wiping the dust from the old violin and tightening the strings, he played a melody pure and sweet as a caroling angel sings.
The music ceased and the auctioneer, that voice was quiet and low, said “What am I bid for the old violin,” and he held it up with the bow. “A thousand dollars and who’ll make it two, two thousand and who’ll make it three?” “Three thousand going once, going twice and going, gone,” he said. The people cheered, but some of them cried, “We don’t understand. What changed the worth?” Swift came the reply, “The touch of the Master’s hand,” and many a man with life out of time and battered and scarred with sin is cheap to the thoughtless crowd, much like the old violin. A mess of pottage, a glass of wine, a game and he travels on. He’s going once, and He’s going twice, He’s going and almost gone.
But the Master comes and the foolish crowd never quite understands. The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought by the touch of the Master’s hand.
Prayer list: Jimmy Hart, Mary Jarrett, Lena Faye Work, Charles Henderson, Diane Clayton, Henry Tutor, Sank Owen, Betty Rose Jones, Betty Fincher. Pray for those in the hospital and nursing homes, also those who have lost loved ones.
Memories and History
Many changes have been made over the years in our town. A small white building, known as the “mayor’s office,” was located where the telephone building is now located. We voted there and the town board met there.
In 1974, when Roger Clayton was the town mayor, a nice new city hall was built with a large dining area. Hot lunches were brought there for the senior citizens at noon, and Jimmy Collins, who later became our town mayor, drove the bus to pick them up and take them back later. Many of the women began making quilts at the food site. One special quilt was used to sell chances on, to make money for the program. Some of the quilters I remember were friends Ethel Simmons, Lucille Pierce (both lived to be over 100); others are also deceased, Lorene McClellan, Alyne Payne, Cora Mann, Relleo Smith, Merritta Walker and Josie Shaw. Inez Jarrett is the only one living today who quilted.
Jimmy Collins sold the most chances on the quilt. Kay Garrison won the quilt. It made $400.
Once a week, Jimmy Collins drove us to Holly Springs to the health department and shopping. That was a good program.
The first fire truck was bought and the fire department was started in 1974. J.C. Pruitt was the first fire chief, then Carey Mayer and later Billy Edlin. Until 1974, we only had a large hose wrapped around two large wheels to fight fires. Members of the board of aldermen in 1974 were Wilfred Boren, Fred Clayton, Henry Jarrett and Maurine Robison. Evelyn Whaley was the town clerk.
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Power and glory of the presidency
I read an article recently published in “Imprimis” a publication produced by Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. The article is adapted from a speech by Mike Pence, U.S. Representative, Indiana’s 6th Congressional District.
I wanted to share this article with you as my plan is to do a series of articles on the U.S. Constitution beginning this fall. I will be taking the summer off at the end of May and will return in September to begin the series.
Congressman Pence’s speech centered on the Presidency and the Constitution. The following comments are from his speech at Hillsdale College in September, 2010.
The presidency and its powers are vast and consequential, its requirements impossible for mortals to fulfill without humility and insistent attention to its purpose as set forth in the Constitution of the United States…Many seek the office without ever considering what they are seeking. If unconstrained by principle or reflection the new president can wield as an instrument with which to transform the nation and the people according to his highest aspirations. However the president is neither fit nor intended to be such an instrument. Impelled by the laws of nature and nature’s God – is that we as a people are not to be ruled and not to be commanded. The President should never forget this; that he has not risen above us, but is merely one of us, chosen by ballot, dismissed after his term, tasked not to transform and work his will upon us, but to bear the weight of decision and to carry out faithfully the design laid down in the Constitution in accordance with the Declaration of Independence…The presidency must adhere to its definition as expressed in the Constitution…Power is an instrument of fatal consequence…those entrusted with it must educate themselves in self-restraint.
A republic is about limitation, and for good reason, because we are mortal and our actions are imperfect…He may give to Paul, but only because he has robbed Peter…be wary of a president who seems to float upon his own greatness. All greatness is tempered by morality, every soul is equal, and distinctions among men cannot be owned; they are on loan from God, who takes them back and evens accounts at the end…The powers of the presidency are extraordinary and necessarily great, and great presidents treat them sparingly.
There is no finer, more moving, or more profound understanding of the nature of the presidency and the command of humility placed upon it than that expressed by President Coolidge. President Coolidge lost a child while he was president, a son of 16. “The day I became president, my son had just started to work in a tobacco field. When one of his fellow laborers said to him, ‘if my father was president I would not work in a tobacco field’ Calvin replied, ‘if my father were your father you would.” Young Calvin contracted blood poisoning in an incident on the South Lawn of the White House. President Coolidge wrote, “What might have happened to him under other circumstances we do not know, but if I had not been president…” And then he continued, in his suffering he was asking me to make him well. I could not. When he went, the power and glory of the Presidency went with him.”
This Week’s Question
What three species of trees are the tallest, most massive and oldest of all living trees and in what country are they found?
Answer to Last Week’s Question
The suggestion to recognize God on U.S. money came during the Civil War from Pennsylvania minister M.R. Watkinson in a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Samuel Chase. “From my heart I have felt our national shame in disowning God as not the least of our present national disasters.” Secretary Chase thought it a good suggestion and ordered the U.S. Mint to come up with a motto recognizing that “no nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense.” The resulting phrase “In God We Trust” was first used on two-cent coins issued that same year after Congress passed legislation on April 22, 1864, authorizing the use of the phrase. In 1955, Congress ordered the phrase used on all U.S. currency and, in 1956, Congress made In God We Trust the official national motto.
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