Outstanding Citizen – July 2011

 The history of Cedar Hill is no mystery to Dr. Joe Potter.  In 1865 the Potter history began in Cedar Hill and has continued through today.  Reared in Cedar Hill when there were only about 300 people in town, and with a heritage of grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, it was only natural that Dr. Potter would grow up loving this community.

Family businesses were in his blood working in his fathers lumber yard and before that his grandmother’s downtown grocery.  In those days, you knew everyone and everyone knew you.

So when it came time to settle down after college and dental school, the only place Dr. Potter could choose to set up his practice was Cedar Hill.  This was no surprise to his friends since they had often heard him refer to Cedar Hill as the “hub of the universe”.  And so it began….thirty nine years of practicing dentistry and serving the people of the community he cares for so much.

He and his wife, Sylvia, set up their home in Cedar Hill.  Sylvia taught for seven years at Bray and Plummer Elementary Schools following in the footsteps of Dr. Potter’s mother who taught here for 25 years.  They and their children, Clay aand Claire, have many happy memories of attending church at Cedar Hill Church of Christ where Dr. Potter was a Deacon, enjoying the lifestyle of Cedar Hill through city activities like Country Day on the Hill and establishing lifetime friendships both new and old.  They have always considered it a beautiful place, much like the hill country around Austin.

Dr. Potter invested both his time and belief in the city of Cedar Hill as a wonderful place to live.  He served on the City Council from 1980-1984 and was on the board of Directors for the Cedar Hill National Bank.  In 1976, he and Dr. Clark built their first office together moving from the old bank building downtown.  It was during those next years that Dr. Potter went on to serve as President of the Chamber of Commerce, Sec/Treasurer of the Chamber, Chairman of both the American Heart Assoc.of Cedar Hill and the United Way of Cedar Hill.

When Lake Joe Pool was being considered, Dr. Potter attended a Senate/House Subcommittee on Appropriations meeting in Washington, DC representing the citizens of Cedar Hill.  A favorite keepsake is the picture of Dr. Potter and his son standing in the dry lake bottom the day the dam was dedicated.

Today Dr. Potter practices dentistry in his newest investment in the community, his new office on Belt Line Road.  The office was built with the belief that the people of Cedar Hill will continue to care for and support each other.  And so, the history continues.

     Cedar Hill is blessed the Potter family continues to make Cedar Hill their home.

Our Next Event

The Cedar Hill Museum of History board meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at 607 Cedar Street. 

Now on Display

Charles E. Finsley
Memorial Fossil Exhibit

Friday through Saturday
11 am to 3 pm
by Alan Peters,

Paleontologist Alan Peters with Museum visitor Josh Porter