Thursday, February 23, 2012
Paul Rose visits family in North Carolina
By MARY MINOR for
I had a nice telephone visit with Joann Gholston Cox of Memphis, Tenn., the other day. She was telling me about all of the newspaper clippings on Potts Camp that her late husband, Howard, collected. She will mail some of them to us for our files. She mentioned the “Gurley Blue” book, written by the late Evelyn Gurley Crockett, and how much she has enjoyed reading it. The book contains photos of Howard’s parents. The book will be passed on to a daughter who is very interested in her ancestors.
Spring is trying to arrive early this year, but we are sure to have some cold days yet. Someone mentioned that this has been a very wet winter. Our days of sunshine have been few and far between lately. I took a photo of jonquils in bloom on January 21 – that was very early. Once, I took photos of them in bloom on Feb. 1. There have been hyacinths in bloom as well, and a few blooms on the forsythia bushes have been seen. I even saw blooms on flowering quince or hawthorne the other day. There have been lots of robins, cardinals, bluebirds and blue jays, along with other birds. Spring fever comes early when the weather is nice.
Valentine’s Day was celebrated by several in the community. As the weather has been cooler, a pot of homemade vegetable soup with cornbread was just the thing. Several family members came to my house for a time of food and fellowship and brought part of the meal. We also enjoyed red beans and rice – Margaret’s specialty. It was good to see Mr. and Mrs. George Dickey who came as well.
Annie Ruth Stone spent several days recently with Tim and Cherrie Shaw and enjoyed visiting with the grandchildren. Her Sunday afternoon guests were Jack, Pebble, Cody, Jeanie Ann and Jacob Gadd.
Paul Rose visited his brother and family in Raleigh, N.C. recently. One day they went to the Cinemax where one of his brother’s grandchildren had a visual part in the play.
A preschooler was recently taken on his first trip to the movies to see Star Wars II. After a while he was ready for a change and asked, “Maw Maw, where is the remote for this big TV?” The grandmother said it was a movie and not a TV and he replied, “No, it’s not, it’s a TV, where is the remote?”
Happy birthday to Cody Gadd (March 1), and Sherry Colhoun (March 3).
Prayer List: W.R. Gandy, Jean Whaley, James and Thomas Ann Gray, Dorothy M. Rose, David Rooker, Mike Shaw, Lorette Overall, Rita Elliott, Ann Miller, Ann Allen, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Shirley Dillard, Jean Clayton, Mary Jarrett, Faye Turpen, and Craig Gurley.
“In God We Trust”
At one time, country schools were scattered all over this area. In 1930, they were closed; only people with a college education could teach school. Susie Henderson attended college later, so she could teach in Potts Camp School. She and her sister, Mattie Henderson, taught my dad in Hoggs County school. Miss Susie taught all our family (the J.B. Potts family).
When Miss Susie retired, we had a “Miss Susie Day” for her at our school. Over 500 people attended. She was a special teacher.
Some of the country teachers before 1930 were Addie Holliday, Susie Overton and Madge Overton, Lorene Boren, Evelyn Whaley, Vidal Mae Whaley, Link Alvis Morgan, two Stone girls, and many others. One of them rode a horse across Tippah River bridge to teach a school on Mr. Gurley’s farm every day.
The first two graduates from Potts Camp School in 1929 were Dallas King and Willie Mae Potts. Until then, we had only 11 grades at our school.
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