Thursday, May 5, 2011
Potts Camp News
Margaret Wilson graduates from Mississippi State
After looking forward to a wonderful springtime, the sudden storms and high winds have almost ruined our happy days. We are sorry for the people in the places that have been damaged. Pray for the people where it hit.
Bob Hollingsworth, youngest brother of my late husband, L.D., is a patient in Tupelo Hospital after suffering a stroke. Get well wishes to him! Relatives visited him.
Thanks to neighbors Joyce Clayton, Ethel Ash and Lela Hale, who delivered me delicious food last week.
Family members Betty Greer, David Greer Jr. and Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth visited their uncle Bob Hollingsworth in the Tupelo hospital last week. We are thankful that he is improving.
Congratulations to the Potts Camp boys and girls track teams who took top places in the Division 2-1A track meet at Byhalia recently. Karen Green is the coach. We are proud of the track teams and the boys and girls baseball teams.
Margaret Hart, Cindy Passons, Sherry Colhoun, John, Judy and Ashley Forester attended graduation services for her granddaughter and their niece and cousin, Margaret Wilson, from Mississippi State University last Saturday.
When the world falls down around you, and a prayer will see you through, say an extra prayer for someone who may need it more than you. For who knows what hearts are breaking in the silence of the night. Just an extra prayer you whisper may help someone see the light. Every time you help a stranger with an extra prayer or two, you are building secret blessings that will all come back to you.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Doogie Howell who died recently. His parents were friends, the late Lester and Juanita Howell. Relatives of Lester and Juanita Howell are Lloyd and Virgie Kelly.
We send our love and sympathy also to others who have lost loved ones.
Happy birthday to Lela Hale on May 1. Happy wedding anniversary to Mable and Lamar Day on May 1. Happy birthday to Arthur and Doris Poole on May 5. Happy birthday to George Dickey on May 3. Happy birthday to my grandson, Luke Hollingsworth, on May 4. He is a college student, and the son of Danny and Elizabeth Hollingsworth. They will move to northern Georgia in June, where Danny will become president of Piedmont Graduate College.
Memories of the Past
Many of you may remember the Old Dixie Theater, located on Front Street where the first Greer and Greer store was once located. The Greers bought out the two-story store from Douglas Laws and wife Birdie. In the 1950s, a man from Memphis rented the old store for a theater. He would bring out the newest colored pictures and show them on a huge screen every weekend. One Sunday, my late husband kept the two younger children so I could go and see “Gone With the Wind.” I won the door prize, $10. That made me happy. A teenager, Charles Burris, ran the projector and Willa Floyd sold the tickets.
Charles bought a new motorcycle with some of his money. One Sunday, he passed our house on it. He was riding fast as he passed our house. My late husband remarked, “That boy is going to get killed.” That very day, he ran into a car and died a short time later.
The funeral was sad; he was the age of my brother and sister, Ann and Lindy (both deceased).
Mr. and Mrs. Burris were our friends. We were so sorry for them. He had one brother, Edward Burris.
Mrs. Burris lived to be 107 years old. She raised African violets. We loved the Burris family. He ran a business in town.
Did you know?
It happened in America
On May 1, 1884, construction began on the Home Insurance Building in Chicago. When it was finished in the fall of 1885, people gathered to gasp at the 10-story-high building. On May 1, 1931, President Herbert Hoover dedicated the 102-story-high Empire State Building in Manhattan by pushing a button in the White House that turned on the skyscraper’s lights. Measuring 1,250 feet from the sidewalk to roof, it was the world’s tallest building. It happened in America.
On May 2, 1939, the crowd at Yankee Stadium heard the announcer say Lou Gehrig would not be in the day’s lineup. He had played in 2,130 consecutive games. Gehrig held a lifetime batting average of 340, hit 493 home runs, including 23 grand slams, and averaged 147 RBIs per season. He was known as the iron horse. A disease sat him down that day and on Independence Day of July 4, 1939, Gehrig stood on the field of Yankee Stadium to say goodbye. He said; “I consider myself to be the luckiest man on earth.” It happened in America.
On May 3, 1923, Air Service Lts. Oakley Kelly and John Macready landed at Coronado Beach, California, completing the first transcontinental nonstop flight in 26 hours, 50 minutes. It happened in America.
On May 4, 1961, thirteen men and women, black and white, boarded a bus in Washington, D.C. and set out for New Orleans. They were met near Anniston, Ala., by firebombs, beatings and eventually in Jackson, Miss., they were placed in paddy wagons and carried away. The Freedom Riders never made it to New Orleans, La., but they accomplished their mission. In 2001 on the 40th anniversary bus trip the mayor of Anniston, Ala., met them with a key to the city. It happened in America.
President Ronald Reagan designated the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer. Today, May 5, 2011. is the National Day of Prayer. It happened in America.
On May 6, 1896, Samuel Langley demonstrated his “aerodrome,” the world’s first mechanically propelled, heavier-than-air machine; driven by a small steam engine, flying it more than three-quarters of a mile. It happened in America.
On May 7, 1789, the first American inaugural ball was held for the first American president in the first really free country called United States of America. It happened in America, the greatest country ever.
This Week’s Question
Name the following movies.
Starring Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Harold Russell, Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo and Cathy O’Donnell. Three soldiers return home after WW II and struggled to pick up the threads of their lives.
Starring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, and Dan Aykroyd. A story about a rich Jewish widow and her black chauffeur and how their relationship developed over a 25 year period.
Starring June Allyson, Margaret O’Brien, Elizabeth Taylor, and Janet Leigh. A story set in the Civil War period and how four sisters learn about family strength.
Answer to Last Week’s Question
The tallest trees are found in an area from southern Oregon to central California. The redwood tree can grow to more than 360 feet. In 2006 researchers found a tree in the California Redwood National Park to be just over 379 feet tall. Think about a building that is 36 stories high and you get the picture. This tree has been nicknamed Hyperion the world’s tallest tree. Giant Sequoias are the most massive trees and are found on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. The largest tree is named General Sherman standing just over 275 feet tall; measuring 103 feet around its trunk is estimated to be over 2,000 year old. The Great Basin Bristlecone Pine trees are among the world’s oldest trees. They live in the high altitudes in Utah, Nevada and California. The oldest known living brimstone pine called Methuselah, lives in the White Mountains of eastern California. It is estimated to be about 4,800 years old. All three species are found in the United States.
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