March 13, 2008
Community NewsPotts Camp News
Rodney and Betty Whaley, Kent, Amanda and Jack Whaley Smith vacation at Disney World recently
Berniece Beaird, the former Berniece McLeroy, a special friend, who lived here for many years, wrote from Mobile, Ala., where she is living with her daughter, Cheryl, a college teacher. Cheryl plans to have knee replacement while out of school this year. Get well wishes to Cheryl. Berniece’s late husband was Mack Beaird, a railroad man. We loved Mack and Berniece!
We ask for special prayers for Pauline Hutchens, a friend, who has been hospitalized twice lately in New Albany. She is suffering from shingles.
Potts Camp banker Rodney Whaley and Betty Whaley and Amanda and Kent Smith and Jack Whaley, age 3, returned Friday from a vacation to Disney World in Florida. They had a wonderful time.
Get well wishes to Dorothy Frayser, who was badly injured in a car accident last Wednesday. She returned home from Oxford hospital; pray for her.
We hope the Potts Camp School students and teachers have a nice, safe “spring holiday” this week.
Bro. Steve and Pat Wilson just returned from a week’s trip to Eureka, Calif., to visit their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, Jon and Stephanie McDonald, Sydney and Symon.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Wharey Reed, age 79, of Pulaski, Tenn., a former Potts Camp resident, who died on March 4. Those who traveled there to attend his funeral on Saturday, March 8, were relatives, Kerry and Lela Hale, Knowlton and Betty Shaw, Bobby and Katie Smithwick, Johnnie and Lela Stevens, and from Longview, Tx., Bradley and Loretta Rudy.
Bobby and Katie Smithwick and Betty and Knowlton Shaw spent the first weekend in March in Kosciusko with their sisters, Barbara Wasson. On Saturday night, they enjoyed attending the Blue Grass Festival.
Joyce Clayton and Verla Mae Stanton visited their brother, Wayne Smith, in Southaven on Friday. He is very ill. Pray for him.
Happy birthday to Cory Henderson, grandson of Charles Henderson, on March 13; to Makenzee Whaley on March 14. Happy birthday to Connie Work on March 15 and Kristie Fincher on March 16; to Bob Young on March 17 and Lindsey Sanders on March 17. Happy birthday to Melanie Poole on March 13.
Prayer list: Hazel Foote, Henry Tutor, Pauline Hutchens, Roy Foote, Lina Mae Rhea, Donna Marett, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Wayne Smith, Dorothy Frayser, Nadine West.
History and Memories
In the early days of our town the people had to haul water. Later in the afternoon a line of wagons drawn by horses had barrels on them on Front Street. They were waiting their turn to fill the barrels at the overflowing well. A trough made of wood held water for the horses.
Two of the town leaders, Dr. F.P. Boatner and A.Q. Greer, the first Potts Camp banker, were instrumental in having our village of Potts Camp changed into a town, so money could be borrowed to put down a deep well. By 1916, water was piped to the homes in our town. Concrete side walks were also built in our town.
People rode the trains during the early years. By 1920 there were many business establishments in town (about 25).
Drummers (salesmen) would come in a train and stay in town several days to visit the store. They would stay at “Reid’s Hotel” (across the railroad tracks), “Williams Hotel” or the “Potts House.”
My granddad, J.A. Potts, moved to town in 1910 and built the “Potts House” on Front Street. The coal chute was built near the overflowing well in 1915. The Potts house has been bricked and is still there. My dad owned it until his death.
One reason people rode the trains was because of the old T Model Ford; they wouldn’t crank in cold weather, and the roads were in a bad shape. My dad had a T Model Ford; we rode to Holly Springs in it once a week. Daddy broke his hand on the front crank, and James drove the car at age 12.
Sometimes we had to get out and push the old car up a hill, then run and jump in and away we would go. It had a fabric curtain to use if it rained. Old Tippah River bridge was made of wood. I was afraid when we crossed it; the boards would pop and shake, and the water was deep.
Finally, my dad bought an A Model Ford. He drove us everywhere we needed to go. I remember going to Tupelo to hear President F.D. Roosevelt speak in 1936.
He rode in on the back of a train and waved to us. Happy days were here again!
The Depression lasted many years after that. But things got better by the ’40s, then the war started.
Snow Lake News
Big monthly breakfast set for Saturday; board to meet
What a super winter surprise! Snow at Snow Lake! We certainly enjoyed our winter white covering that was blown in last week. And I mean blown in! We took pictures, as I am sure that a lot of people here at the lake did; so we could reminisce in the heat of the summer as to how beautiful it was the first few days in March in our winter wonderland. Although brief as it was with a warm breeze taking away our little snow (lake) man, it will be remembered for quite a while.
With snow still on the ground, and warm breezes blowing, we did see several fishermen trying their luck after waiting patiently for the water to rise once again to the good fishing level. John caught fish two days in a row after finally launching his pontoon and Hubby and son caught several nice bass this past weekend.
For those of you who haven’t had the chance to ride the lake as yet, when you do, you will be happily surprised at the facelift of many docks, decks and boathouses. Much, much work was done by lakesiders to make their properties look so much better from the water. We all can be happy about that. It’s coming along folks and it’s going to get a lot better, as time goes by.
If you are someone who enjoys singing and cordial fellowship, come and join your neighbors from Snow Lake and Ashland in a new singing group that is being formed this month. It’s just for our own entertainment and fun as well as an occasional trip to a nursing home to make some “shut-ins” have a nice day! For those who are interested, call Larry or Mary Jane Woodford, here at the lake, for details about joining friends and future friends in a worthwhile endeavor. You don’t have to be a Mario Lanza or Beverly Sills to sing with us; everyone is welcome. In fact, when we have enough, you’ll blend in with the rest of us that just want to have fun
This coming Saturday is Big Monthly Breakfast day and we all know what that means: good friends joining together at the Community Center for a great breakfast. After breakfast, be sure to stroll over to the corporation office and auditorium for our monthly board of directors meeting. Your input is welcome at the appropriate time.
Don’t forget to come to potluck the following Saturday night at 6:30. Once again, good friends and good food (is that all we do at Snow Lake is eat?)
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