February 17, 2011
Potts Camp News
Welcome Ash family to neighborhood
We welcome new neighbors who have purchased the house next door. They are Mr. and Mrs. Danny Ash and three children.
I was happy to see my grandson, David Greer Jr. of Cornersville, come on Sunday; also David Hollingsworth of Tupelo on Tuesday. They both have a family. I love them very much.
The next meeting of the Marshall County Genealogical Society is scheduled for March 26. The new editor is Sylvia Akin, my friend. We miss the former editor, Ann Dean Babin, who died last year.
Lo, I am with thee always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:20.
Dear child of God, be not afraid when shadows dark appear, and fearful you must go on, remember God is near. Although His face you cannot see, for day has turned to night. Look up and trust for you may walk by faith and not by sight. He will not let you walk alone, the darkest valley through. So while you journey, hear His voice, “Come, I will walk you through!”
Just take His hand and let Him lead; be not afraid, I pray! For long ago on the cross, He opened the way!
O give thanks to God for He is good. His love and kindness go on forever. Chronicles 16:14. Life is God’s gift to us; how we live it is our gift to Him!
Thoughts I have learned over the years
1. If you depend on others to make you happy, you will be disappointed!
2. Being a good mother is the best occupation you can find.
3. Love is a great investment; no matter who you give it to, it returns great dividends.
4. If love is not taught in the home, it is difficult to find it anywhere else.
5. The magic key to open the door to happiness is “love.” If we learn to give of ourselves, forgive others and live with thanksgiving, we will never have to search for happiness.
We are looking forward to spring!
Prayer list: Sank Owen, Betty Rose Jones, Pauline Hutchens, Hazel Foote, Charles Henderson, Mary Frances Clayton, Henry Tutor, Mary and Henry Jarrett, Jimmie Hart, Diane Clayton, Betty Fincher. Pray for those who have lost loved ones. Special prayer for Jo Ann Potts of Olive Branch, my sister-in-law, who is having back surgery.
Memories and History
I grew up during the Great Depression in the early 1930s when people were out of work and many of them were hungry. God blessed us when Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected our president.
He started programs to help the people (The New Deal). Suddenly, our town was filled on weekends with these strong CCC boys. They couldn’t own cars and their check was sent to their home, all but $5, so they walked. They played ball on weekends on our ball field, and attended our churches and programs at school. Camp Wall Doxey, the CCC Camp about 1-1/2 miles from Potts Camp, became a part of the National Forest Service in DeSoto County. They planted trees and built towers to spot fires. We ran to the top of the town and looked out to see our home and countryside nearby. It was fun. Soon they stopped that. Only workers could use the towers.
The only time we saw our wonderful president was when he came to Tupelo to tell the people about his part in the TVA to make electricity cheaper and to run for president a third time. He died before he served a third term. No other president served that long.
He waved at us when he came through Tupelo in the back of a train. We were on the street. My sister-in-law was holding her baby. She told him to wave to the president. We all loved him. He was great.
One project my late husband L.D. helped build while in CCC Camp was Wall Doxey State Park. At one time, it was call “Spring Lake.” They dug out the pond to make a huge lake, built brick buildings, water fountains and bathrooms. Over the years, people have enjoyed it. We cried when FDR died.
Did you know?
“To the shores of Tripoli”
The Barbary States on the coast of North Africa had licensed pirates to raid and capture merchant ships in the Mediterranean. Not only did the pirates take the booty, they sold the crews in the market as slaves.
The European nations and the young United States had been paying the Barbary rulers great sums of money to “protect” their ships from the pirates. When Thomas Jefferson was elected president he refused to pay the tribute. The Bashaw of Tripoli declared war, and other Barbary rulers followed. In response, Jefferson sent Navy ships to the region. In 1803 the USS Philadelphia ran aground off Tripoli’s harbor and the Barbary pirates captured it.
So on February 16, 1804, to stop the Barbary pirates from using the ship, a young Lt. Stephen Decatur and his men who included several U.S. Marines—sailed into the Tripoli harbor, boarded the Philadelphia, attacked its crew, set the ship ablaze, and sailed away. The British Admiral Horatio Nelson called the raid “the most bold and daring act of the age.”
The next year a small army of U.S. Marines, sailors, and Greek and Arab mercenaries marched 500 miles across the Libyan Desert, and with the help of three U.S. warships took the town of Derna on the shores of Tripoli.
The words “to the shores of Tripoli” are familiar words to most Americans. Well, at least those of us that are over the hill in age know the words are part of the “Marine Hymn.” The words “to the shores of Tripoli” reflect the success of who small army of U.S. Marines, sailors, and Greek and Arab mercenaries. Marine officers still wear Mameluke swords shaped like Arab scimitars.
By the summer of 1805, the rulers of the Bashaw of Tripoli had had enough. Thomas Jefferson’s willingness to stand up to the Barbary rulers and the pirates gave America its first victory over terror in the Middle East.
Did You Know On
Feb. 16, 1945 – American troops recapture the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines almost three years after the infamous Bataan Death March.
Feb. 17, 1817 – The first public gas streetlight in the United States was lit in Baltimore, Maryland.
Feb. 18, 1885 – Mark Twain published his novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
Feb. 19, 1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order authorizing the internment of Japanese-Americans.
Feb. 20, 1839 – Congress outlawed dueling in the District of Columbia.
Feb. 21, 1878 – The first telephone directory was issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
Feb. 22, 1879 – Frank Woolworth opened his first “five cent store” in Utica, N.Y.
This Week’s Quiz
Where was the first traffic light in the United States?
Where was the first parking meter in the United States?
Where was the first drive-in movie theatre in the United States?
Where was the first city parking garage in the United States?
Where was the first municipal subway in the United States?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Martin Van Buren was the first U.S. president to be born a U.S. citizen.
John Quincy Adams was the only president to later become a member of the House of Representatives.
Andrew Johnson was the only former president to become a U.S. Senator.
William H. Taft was the only former president to become the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Andrew Jackson was the first U.S. president to be born in a log cabin.
Greenfield Black History Program February 27
Love fulfills God’s requirements
Owe no man anything but to love one another, for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
For this, thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness. thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor. Romans 13:8-10.
We are in sympathy with the bereaved families of friends Floyd Miller, Mary Byers, the Crum and Finley families, Mandy E. Wilson and Helen Rayford, who lost loved ones recently.
Happy birthday to all our February honorees.
Order of services at Greenfield
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m., worship services, 11 a.m. Bible study every Wednesday, 7 p.m. You are welcome to come and worship with us.
Sunrise Chapter #166 O.E.S. P.H. A black history program was held at Waterford Lodge Hall Feb. 13 at 2 p.m.
The program was as following: Devotion Sunrise Chapter #166 and Waterford Lodge #450; M.C. Rev. Evelyn Elliott, welcome. Sis. Mattie B. Jeffries, response, Patricia Pegues, Beverly Chapel. Song, “This Little Light of Mine.” Reflections of black history, Sis. Wilmer Jones. Selection, congregation. Fin-ance committee in charge. Introduction of speaker, Rev. E. Elliott. Speaker, evangelist Sharon White. Selection, “Let Us Go Back to Old Land Mark” Word of thanks, Sis. Callie Lay. Announcements. Closing song, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” by minister Delois F. Moore. Benediction, Rev. Elliott.
Greenfield Church Black History program will be held Sunday, Feb. 27, during the morning service.
Greenfield Church family would like to thank several former members and a former Vacation Bible School student and friend of hers for their generous donation for the church.
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