Thursday, November 24, 2011
Potts Camp News
Congratulations Mary Houston, new mayor of Potts Camp
Congratulations to the new town mayor, Mary Houston, elected on Nov. 15 in a special election. She was an alderman when Ricky Lesure was mayor
On Wednesday, Joyce Clayton and her sister Faye Stanton drove to Collierville, Tenn., to visit their cousin Ferrell Thompson, who had just lost her son. We send her our deepest sympathy. They also visited another cousin, Nadine Thompson, who stayed in her home most of the time.
On Saturday night, Joyce Clayton and her friends attended a singing of The Master’s Quartet Homecoming in Booneville.
Get well to the sick and bless those who have lost loved ones.
Get well to Don Jamison, who had open heart surgery in Memphis, Tenn., recently. We are thankful that he is getting better.
God bless your days with everything a rich rewarding life can bring, a joyful life and heart of love to share, family and friends to always care. God bless your life with wisdom too. Strength to see each problem through. The happiness for which you strive and faith to keep your dreams alive. God’s blessing be with you.
Dear Lord, I pray at the end of each day you’ll find I’ve helped someone, somehow, some way. That I’ve not failed in word or deed to lighten the heart of someone in need; though my talents be few, I pray that you will find me a credit to you.
Happiness is something you may have for a day, but you can never keep it if you forget to give it away.
I have no hands but your hands to do my work today. I have no tongue but your tongue to tell men how I died. I have no help but your help to bring men to God’s side.
History and Memories
When Will Allen came to Potts Camp Depot in 1913 from Winborn (two miles from Potts Camp) to pick up his order from Sears Roebuck and Co., he was in a wagon. It was a two-story brick-red wood house, shipped in bundles, with directions for assembly. The first man hired to assemble the house looked at the directions and walked away. The house was bought by Memphis Mining and Manufacturing Co. At that time, iron ore had been discovered in the hills of Winborn, but it only lasted two years.
Sears Roebuck & Co. sold mail-order houses from 1908 to 1937. A three-room cottage was priced at $650, and a two-room brick-red wood house was $2,500.
The one in Winborn has seven rooms and a bath. It is a landmark! (It is on a hill.)
My parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Boatner Potts, rented rooms in the famous house when my dad became the depot agent at Winborn (his second station) in 1915. My older brother James Potts was born there in 1916.
I have a picture of Mother, James and me in a buggy in front of the house. I was born in Winborn in 1918 also, but not in the big house.
My dad’s first job as a depot agent was in the small town of Plantersville where he met my mother. He was born and grew up in the Potts Camp area.
After the mining company moved away, the house was rented a few years, then sold to Tony Nichols.
It was the first house in this area to have electric lights and running water, bathroom and huge steam radiators.
We visited the large old house last year, and Betty took my picture on the porch. It is a wonderful house.
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