School will start for the students on Aug. 22. Students in elementary and high school will have different start times this year. PK-5th grade classes will begin at the same time as last year, 7:55 a.m. Junior High and High School students’ first class will begin at 8:10 a.m. Meet the teacher night will be Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Junior High and High School students may pick up their schedules at that time, and all students can pick up their reserved copies of the 2011 yearbooks in the high school office. Parents and students are encouraged to come out and meet your teachers for the year.
Gail Garmon told me that her Aunt Emma Potts celebrated a birthday this week. She said, “Emma Potts will celebrate her 105th birthday on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at Carriage House Manor in Sulphur Springs. Emma was born Aug. 8, 1906, in Carter County, Wilson, Okla., to Henry Jackson Potts and Mandy Levena Ellen (Newsom) Potts. Emma is one of 13 children born to Henry Jackson Potts. Emma was about 5 years old when her father died and her mother started the long trip back to Hopkins County. She remembers the land was an open range as they traveled in covered wagons. Emma said, “I came to Texas in a covered wagon.” After settling in the Liberty community, Emma and her siblings attended the Liberty School. She said her mother worked hard in keeping up household chores and putting in a crop every year to support the large family. Emma grew up and helped out as much as she could. She later attended Greenview School. When her mother grew ill, Emma quit school and stayed home. She never married or had children of her own, but she was content to be a part of all her nieces’ and nephews’ lives.”
Emma has seen firsthand more than 100 years of changes. She can remember riding in her first automobile, and the development of indoor plumbing and refrigeration. She remembers when telephones and televisions became a part of people’s lives, but she admits she never did take much interest in watching TV. She would rather read her Bible or visit with family and friends. She attributes her good health and long life to her Heavenly Father as He has taken good care of her all these years.
Happy birthday to Madison Penny on Aug. 11 and Johnny Duckworth on Aug. 13.
Happy first anniversary to Clay and Dichele Smith on Aug. 7; happy third anniversary to David and Wendy Tipps on Aug. 8; and last but not least, happy 63rd anniversary to Jim and Mary Burns on Aug. 14 — 63 years is amazing! Congratulations to each couple!
Historical Note: Last week I said I would list a few of the folks that lived in our part of the county that served in the Civil War. I’m sure I won’t name all of them, but I do have a list of several to share with you. I mentioned last week about Will and Richard Proctor. Bartlet A. Brown, Levi Jordan Garrett, William Mark White, Thomas Fletcher Jones, Patrick Henry Oliver, Wesley Fletcher Taylor, J.H. Anderson, John H. Bailey and John A. Randall are all Civil War veterans that are buried in the Miller Grove cemetery. James Snow Pippin served in the Confederate States of America and is buried in the Pippin and Hill Cemetery. And Charles Wise was a man who came to this area from South Carolina and settled after the war. He is buried in a small cemetery called the Wise and Clifton Cemetery that is in the Greenview community.
Speaking of the Civil War, Deanna Hasten told me that her quilt guild is having a special show with two Civil War re-enactors at their quilt show during the Fall Festival this year. It will be held on Sept. 16-17 at the Sulphur Springs High School. The show will be called “Civil War Reflections.” There will be two Viewer’s Choice awards given out, one award in memory of Louise Garmon Stripling and the other in memory of Deanna’s mother, Grace Lindley Hamby. Louise’s children have given the award and prize money since Louise’s passing in 2005.