Thursday, September 15, 2011
Potts Camp News
Reception honors Whaleys on 50th anniversary
Congratulations to Edgar and Sue Whaley on their 50th wedding anniversary. Their children gave a reception for them at the Temperance Hill Baptist Church fellowship hall on Sunday, Sept. 11. A large crowd attended.
Happy birthday to Edna Dorris Butterfield, a former Potts Camp resident, Jennah Morris, Alex and Analisa Smothers, Jean Gurley, Shade White.
Happy anniversary to Mitch and Jeanette Stone and also to Harold and Nancy Green.
Several from the community attended the annual Hummingbird Festival over the weekend. Among those attending were Jean Gurley and grandchildren, Madisyn and Landon Cobbs, and Mary Minor.
A large crowd of parents and teachers enjoyed open house at Potts Camp High School one night recently.
Many friends and relatives met at the home of Betty Fincher on Saturday to enjoy a huge fish fry. Some of them came from Memphis, Tenn.
On Sunday afternoon, Joyce Clayton’s granddaughter, Tammie Cobb, and two children Kinsey and Colton, of New Albany, visited her.
My daughter, Betty Greer, spent Labor Day at my home.
God did not promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain. But God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and a light for the way. And for all who believe in His kingdom above, He answers their faith with everlasting love.
Congratulations to Mitch and Jeanette Stone on their wedding anniversary on Sept. 13; also to Dene and Don Randolph on their wedding anniversary on Sept. 15. They are all my special friends. We love them!
Happy birthday to Mable Day, another friend, on Sept. 19.
I thank the Lord every day for my wonderful friends and loved ones!
Get well wishes to Henry Tutor, a former neighbor in the Ripley Veterans’ Home; pray for a friend, Diane Clatyon, who is not well; also Charles Henderson, a friend who is housebound. He helped me and others.
History and Memories
The Potts Camp depot was built in 1886, two years before the town was started in 1888! Mary Potts Reid, daughter of the first settler, Colonel E.F. Potts, gave the land for a right-of-way so the railroad would come through Potts Camp. She also gave land for churches and schools of both races. Reid’s Gift Church is named for her, also Mary Reid School.
Did you ever wait at a railroad station for the sounds of an approaching train? What an exciting time this was, especially in the early days of our town when every item, large and small ,was shipped by rail, and people rode the trains. The roads were too bad, and the cars wouldn’t crank.
I can almost see the friendly faces and hear the laughter of the friendly crowd as they waited in the waiting room near the potbellied stove!
Large boxes stood on the platform near the large baggage car.
They were all waiting for the train.
We would run outside as children and watch for the train lights, then run to tell others, “The train is coming.” People rushed outside. As the train stopped, you could hear the chuff, chuff, chuff of the air pumps as the train stopped. My little brother would hide his face until the train stopped. Many sad farewells and happy reunions took place at the old railroad station, where my dad, J.B. Potts, was depot agent for 40 years, and we rode the train free of charge. The train would stop at the old coal chute for coal and water in the early days. Later it become a landmark and had to be destroyed because it was dangerous.
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