February 10, 2011
Potts Camp News
David Greer places in spelling bee
Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! Potts Camp is a wonderful town; we are thankful for our town leaders, churches and schools. God has blessed us!
Congratulations to David Greer, age 10, a fifth-grade student at West Union School. He placed second in a spelling bee held recently at the Union County Courthouse. David is the son of David and Amy Greer of Cornersville; his grandparents are David Sr. and Betty Greer (my family).
Tony and Tammie Fincher of Memphis were recent visitors of his mother, Betty Fincher, in Potts Camp, also his sister, Connie and Andy Work.
We are tired of this cold weather, and looking forward to spring.
Happy birthday to friends Colette Young on Feb. 3, and Lora Brown of Michigan City on Feb. 7; to Lamar Day on Feb. 9; Lauren Brooke Potts, a relative, on Feb. 10; and Lisa Raynes on Feb. 10; to a special cousin, Sank Owen in Amory on Feb. 12; to grandchildren, Sonya Kidd of Pass Christian, on Feb. 13; also David Hollingsworth and wife Teresa on Feb. 13.
Happy birthday to Terri Kitchens on Feb. 14.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Julie Clara Garrison, age 92, a friend who died last week.
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 come back to you.
I Carry a Cross in My Pocket
I carry a cross in my pocket, a simple reminder to me of the fact that I am a Christian, no matter where I may be. The little cross is not magic, nor a good luck charm. It isn’t there to protect me from any physical harm. It’s not identification for all the world to see. It’s simply an understanding between my Savior and me. When I put my hand in my pocket, to bring out a coin or key, the cross is there to remind me of the price He paid for me. It reminds me to be thankful for my blessings day by day and to strive to serve Him better in all I do and say. It’s also a daily reminder of the peace and comfort I share with all who know my Master, and give themselves to His care. So I carry the cross in my pocket, reminding no one but me. “That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life, if I’ll let Him be.”
“To My Dear Boy”
(This poem was written by Mary Potts Reid, only daughter of the first town settler, Col. E.F. Potts. It was placed in a Bible and given to her only son, Cornelius.)
When tempted, Son, to go astray, pause, pause, my dear child, and turn away, from sin’s alluring form. Go to thy chamber and when there, check in thy mother’s gift, a prayer, a refuge from the storm.
Read my dear boy, believe and live, then not in vain this book I give, to my own darling boy, ‘Twill smooth for thee life’s stormy path, teach thee to shun thy Master’s wrath, and wear His crown of joy.
When grief shall check thy young son’s mirth, to weep that she who gave you birth, has passed into the skies. Then ponder o’er thy mother’s gift. It will thy drooping spirit lift and dry those weeping eyes.
And, as your hands the pages turn, resolve, dear boy, of Christ to learn; Be lowly, meek and mild; Remember she who gave this book may unseen, upon you look, rejoicing in her child
Mary Potts Reid, 1904
(I found this poem in an old book given to me by Warine Reid Oakley, a dear friend and relative, many years ago. It may have been the Bible. Mary Reid and her son, Cornelius, died the same year while he was young.
I don’t remember what year. Reid’s Gift Church and Mary Reid School are named for Mary Reid. She gave land for the schools and churches for both races and a right-of-way for the railroad so the Frisco Railroad would come through Potts Camp.
Charlie Reid was her husband.)
Did you know?
Mississippi’s history of the “teddy bear”
I just returned from shopping to make the annual purchase of Valentine cards for my family. When I checked out I had spent a few dollars.
Remember when you could get nice cards for 15 cents? I really don’t regret the cost because it is another opportunity to tell the wife and family that I love them. Take that, guys. There are many ways to say I love you, be it in a card, a box of candy, flowers or a stuffed animal.
You know there is a little history about stuffed animals that happened right here in Mississippi. In 1902 President Teddy Roosevelt came to Mississippi for a bear hunt. The president was known to be a good hunter, but he was having bad luck. It is said that one of his guides cornered a small black bear, wounded it and tied it to a tree. The president was called in to shoot the helpless bear, but he refused. The nation appreciated the president sparing the life of the bear and in short time it became the story of “Teddy’s bear.”
By 1903, Russian entrepreneurs Morris and Rose Michrom were making and selling stuffed “teddy bears” in their Brooklyn shop. A toy company, FAO Schwarz of New York, began selling plush teddy bears made in a German toy factory. One hundred and eight years later it is easy to find a stuffed teddy bear sporting a big red heart ready to say “I love you.” Happy Valentine’s Day!
Did You Know On
Feb. 9, 1942 – Daylight Saving Time went into effect for the first time. It was initiated to conserve fuel during WW II.
Feb. 10, 1942 – Glen Miller received his first-ever gold record for selling 1.2 million copies of “Chattanooga Choo-Choo”.
Feb. 11, 1752 – Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital to open in the United States, opened in Philadelphia.
Feb. 12, 1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.
Feb. 13, 1935 – Bruno Richard Hauptmann was found guilty for the kidnapping and death of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s infant son.
Feb. 14, 1849 – James Polk became the first president to be photographed in office.
Feb. 15, 1933 – President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami.
This Week’s Quiz
Who was the first U.S. president to be born a U.S. citizen?
Who was the only president to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives?
Who was the only former president to become a U.S. senator?
Who was the only former president to become chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?
Who was the first president to be born in a log cabin?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
New Amsterdam was the original name for what is now New York City.
Thomas Edison designed and completed the first movie studio at West Orange, N.J., in 1893.
The civil rights sit-in was staged at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, NC.
Buddy Holly was the rock star who died in the plane crash with Ritchie Valens and J.P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson.
“The Beatles” made their first U.S. appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.
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