Digest of Charlton County Herald - January 1943

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

CHARLTON COUNTY HERALD. Printed Friday of each week. Entered at the Post Office at Folkston, Ga. as second class mail matter. Not responsible for views of correspondents. R. Ward Harrison, Owner. R. Ward Harrison, Editor.

January 1, 1943

EDITORIAL. Today begins the new year bright with the promise of better things to be and with hopes renewed for decisive action toward final victory and the ending of the world-wide war strife and bloodshed before the closing of 1943. Events on the battlefields during the closing days of 1942 has been such as to wipe out the defeats and backsets of the departing year and enables our people to enter the new year with renewed hope and confidence. The year A. D. 1943 will in all probability be one of the most momentous and decisive periods of history and while the bitter struggle with many perils and hardships remain to be faced and overcome, the days of victorious achievement are certainly not far in the future.

AVERY ROWELL WINS EXPERT RATING. Private Avery Rowell of Lulaton, who formerly served in the state guard unit on duty at the St. Marys River bridge, was a high man in a four-battery marksmanship contest at Camp Wallace, Texas according to reports received by friends here. Pvt. Rowell won expert rating by making a score of 190 out of a possible 200. He made 37 bulls-eyes out of a possible 40. He fell only one point short of the highest record ever made at Camp Wallace and won a number of prizes for high scores. He did some excellent target shooting while with the bridge guard detail here.

FLAG HONORING SERVICEMEN. Dedication of a beautiful Service Flag honoring young men of Folkston Baptist Church now serving in the armed forces will be featured in ceremonies next Sunday.

NEW MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION. New members will take their places on the Board of the Charlton County Commissioners. They are R. Harvey Thrift, Folkston District, who succeeds O.E. Raynor; W.R. Dinkins, Uptonville District, who succeeds P.G. Brooks and George W. Crews of the Winokur District. Other members are W.C. Hopkins, Chairman, A.L. Thrift and Ralph Davis.

CITY OF FOLKSTON OFFICIALS. Folkston’s official family will meet Tuesday night to reorganize when Mayor William Mizell will formally take over for a two-year term. The only new member of the city council is E.B. Stapleton. Other members include Zelton W. Conner, Theo Dinkins, J.B. Southwell and C.F. Adkins. Mrs. Gertrude Johnson will begin a new two year term as city clerk.

MISS BEDELL IS NEW CLERK OF RATIONING BOARD. Miss Marward Bedell this week formally took over the duties as clerk of War Price and Rationing Board, succeeding Mrs. Lucille B. Pearce. She will be helped by Miss Elizabeth Hathaway who will continue to serve as Assistant Clerk.

MRS. SARAH ROBERTS COCKRELL DIED. Mrs. Sarah Roberts Cockrell, 66, wife of S.T. Cockrell of St. George, one of Charlton County’s most beloved women, passed away Monday at a local hospital. She had been in declining health since last January when she suffered a stroke of paralysis. She has been a patient in the hospital here for the past six weeks. She has been a life long member of the Methodist Church, being a daughter of a Methodist preacher. She has been a resident of St. George since December 1913, following her marriage to Mr. Cockrell. Beside her husband, survivors include one son, Justin W. Cockrell; four daughters, Miss Eleanor Cockrell, Mrs. J.B. Smith, Mrs. M.S. Daughtry and [illegible] . Funeral services were held at St. George Methodist Church and interment took place in St. George cemetery.

PILOTS LITTLEFIELD AND TEMPLETON FLY THEIR PLANES HOME. Lt. Candler Littlefield, pilot in the Army Air Force, gave a thrilling exhibition of army flying maneuvers in the air over Folkston Sunday afternoon. He is stationed at Maxwell Field, Ala. and came home for the weekend, landing his plane at the Waycross air field as the local airport was too small. On his return trip Sunday he flew over Folkston giving the people of his home town the opportunity to see how it is often necessary to pilot an army bomber in combat action. Lt. Jim Templeton, Army pilot stationed in South Carolina, also made a weekend trip home in a bombing plane to visit his mother.

ON THE HOME FRONT. There will be more car-sharing in 1943. The ODT has announced that more than 200 insurance companies have agreed to protect policy holders who share their cars. Many school kids will have to walk farther to school this year for ODT is anxious to reduce school bus mileage. With much war construction completed, and private building almost halted, lumber consumption for 1943 is estimated at 31 billion board feet compared with 40 billion in 1942. Fruit and vegetable packers have been asked to salvage all types of wooden containers to meet an anticipated heavy demand.

January 8, 1943

COLONEL McQUEEN’S SUCCESSFUL RECORD. County Attorney A.S. McQueen, reelected for another two years, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, has served continuously for more than 25 years. Beginning in September 1917 when he was first elected, he has served as Charlton County’s attorney and the county board’s legal advisor without interruption since that time. Obtaining a leave of absence as County Attorney, Judge McQueen volunteered for active service in World War One. While in the army he was stationed at Fort Screven near Savannah, and came home on brief leaves to attend practically all meetings of the county board during that period. In his more than a quarter of a century of service here, he has failed to attend less than a half dozen meetings of the county board. During all the years he has served as county attorney, Charlton County’s affairs have been conducted without legal entanglements or difficulties of any kind. Judge McQueen may well take justifiable pride in his successful career of public service.

WALLACE GIBSON IS JAPANESE PRISONER OF WAR. Wallace Gibson is being held as a prisoner of war by the Japanese according to a message received yesterday by his father W.E. Gibson from Congressman John S. Gibson. Congreeman Gibson stated in his message that he has been advised by the War Department that young Gibson is being held in the Japanese prison camp at Taiuan, Japan. Mr. Gibson has received no direct information concerning his son since last February when he was reported to be on the island of Corregidor in Manila Bay.

THE CONNER COMPANY CLOSES FOR DURATION. The Conner Company, one of the leading mercantile establishments operated here as a branch of the Conner Company at Callahan, this week closed its doors and suspended operations for the duration of the war. For the present Troy Conner plans to give all his time to the management of his poultry business which is producing eggs at about 1,000 dozen eggs per week. Zelton Conner expects to enter the armed services in the near future.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ORGANIZE. At the setup meeting of the Charlton County Commissioners, W.C. Hopkins was selected as chairman, Ralph Davis as vice-chairman, A.S. McQueen, County Attorney and Gertrude W. Johnson, clerk of the board. County Agent W.D. Jones and Miss Gertrude Proctor, Home Demonstration Agent, and Commissioner R.H. Thrift was re-employed as the county road superintendent and as operator of the county road patrol machine.

DENTAL CLINIC. A resolution was approved at the County Commissioners meeting, sponsoring a joint county-state dental clinic for under privileged children. The State Board of Health will pay Dr. Taylor for his professional services.

DRAFTEES LEFT THIS WEEK. The Draft Board ordered a group of white registrants to report Wednesday to the induction center at Fort McPherson. They are Jim Bedell Pearce, Jr., Ralph Marvin Lloyd, Billy Karr Leckie, Lewis Lee, Melvin Frank Thomas Conner, Bryant Crews, Wilton Peacock, Clarence Crews, Ralph Daniel Starling, Alton Matthew Mizell, Reuben Crews, Everett T. Highsmith, William Hansford Johnson, Rufus Thrift, Francis Patrick Flynn, William Cecil Raulerson, James Guy Chesser, Charlton Lewis Talbert and Guy Woods Bentley.

NEW CHIEF OF POLICE, BRADLEY. Chief of Police Troy Jones has tendered his resignation and Mayor Mizell was authorized by the City Council to employ J.L. Bradley as his successor.

BAPTIST SERVICE MEN HONORED. When the Baptist service flag was dedicated Sunday the following members of the Folkston Baptist Church were honored: James Askew, Homer Allen, Wallace Gibson, J.A. Hathaway, Jr., Everett Jones, Wendell Powell, Eugene Russell, Edwin Stokes, Ralph Wrench, K.O. Braddock, Alton Carter, Elliott Allen and John A. Mills.

REV. E.F. DEAN CELEBRATES 90TH BIRTHDAY. There was a Union Service at Folkston Methodist Church last Sunday evening in observance of the 90th birthday of Rev. E.F. Dean, Sr. He preached an inspiring sermon. Many friends gathered to do him honor on this unique occasion.

LT. GOWEN IS CAPTAIN OF GEORGIA STATE GUARDS. Lt. Emory C. Gowen has been placed in command of the Charlton County unit of the Georgia State Guards to succeed Captain O. E. Raynor, who has resigned to take up his duties as State Senator.

ON THE HOME FRONT. Coal and oil stoves are being rationed under a new OPA order. We are being asked to conserve matches. Boarders who eat 14 or more meals a week at the same place must loan their ration books to the provider of sugar and coffee. For the first time since anyone can remember, New Years Day won’t be a holiday for government workers or factory workers engaged in war production.

January 15, 1943

GRADUATION DIPLOMAS ISSUED EARLY. A group of young men in the Senior Class of Charlton County High School whose ages come within the selective service limits, have been given graduation certificates by Supt. John Harris in order that they may enter the service without further delay on account of school duties. Included in this group are Jimmie Conner who has already enlisted in the Navy, Charles Quick, Devant Guy, Fleming Huling, Aldine Tomlinson, Calvin Crews and R.H. Wildes. These young men, who would have graduated at the end of the term, passed tests and are now ready to take up duties in the armed forces.

NEW BABY BOY FOR PICKREN FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Verne J. Pickren announce the birth of a fine boy who arrived January 8, 1943 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Jacksonville. The baby weighed seven and one-half pounds and has been given the name Verne Johnson Pickren, Jr.

FIRE AT DAVIS HOME. Folkston’s second fire alarm signal was sounded about ten o’clock Sunday night when passersby discovered a brisk roof blaze at the home of Ed Davis, and promptly turned in the alarm. The flames were quickly extinguished by neighbors, a few buckets of water proving effective. It was not necessary to move fire-fighting equipment to the scene. Damage was confined to a small area of the roof which became ignited by sparks from the chimney.

TIRE INSPECTIONS. Miss Marward Bedell, clerk of the Rationing Board has asked the Herald to urge all Folkston and Charlton County auto owners to have their tires inspected immediately in compliance with the tire-rationing requirements. It was pointed out that all tires must be inspected on or before January 31st.

NEW BABY BOY FOR NOBLES FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Otis Nobles announce the birth of a fine eight pound baby boy born Saturday at McCoy Hospital. Mother and baby are both doing fine.

ON THE HOME FRONT. The pleasure driving ban which has brought war another step closer to the eastern states amounts to a minor social revolution. No more driving to bridge parties, the movies, sporting events or dashing to the country club. But folks can use their cars to do necessary shopping, drive to work, rush to the doctor or go to church. Even in the east, harder pressed than elsewhere, life in wartime America is far happier than the struggle for survival being suffered by the balance of the world. Commercial production of ice cream and frozen desserts like custard have been reduced again. The butter shortage is very much in evidence in many places in the south. It is acute in the northern cities. Food, wearing apparel and other familiar products will be packaged in new paper boxes and some things won’t come in packages at all before long. The use of tin in packaging many items like tobacco is prohibited. Hang on to gift boxes. A brand new lot of wood and coal stoves have been released. The wood burners are inexpensive and not rationed. Coal burning stoves are being rationed by the local board. A shortage of doctors in the south is reported by the War Manpower Commission, which is urging people to learn the rules of health: plenty of sleep, proper food, plenty of fresh air, exercise and recreation. The WPB says we will have to save thumb tacks, because like everything made of steel, they are getting scarce. Production of sewing machine needles have been cut twenty-five percent. Further restrictions have been placed on metal plumbing fixtures.

January 22, 1943

THE CITIZENS BANK REACHED ANOTHER MILESTONE. The regular financial statement of The Citizens Bank showing conditions as of December 31, 1942 reveals that the bank has passed the million dollar mark in total resources for the first time in its history.

GARDEN CLUB URGES ALL TO SAVE TIN CANS, PLANT VICTORY GARDENS. At the Folkston Garden Club last week Miss Proctor was asked to make some definite plans for the collection of tin cans that everyone is urged to save. She will report her plans through the Herald and everyone is asked to cooperate. Our defense program calls for every can that we usually throw away. For those planting Victory gardens, Miss Proctor stated that now is the time to plant beets, mustard, English peas, onions, collards, cabbage, lettuce, turnips, radish and carrots.

SGT. LEWIS G. CLARK WOUNDED IN ACTION. Mrs. Sibbie Clark Tuesday received a message from the War Department, advising that her son, Sgt. Lewis G. Clark had been slightly wounded in action in the Western European Area on January 3rd. Details were not given but it said that reports would be forwarded when received. It is presumed that he was wounded while on a bombing mission over France or Germany. Sgt. Clark is the first Charlton County resident to be officially reported as an Army casualty in the present war.

DRAFTEES. Included in a group of white registrants called up for February by the Draft Board were the following: Clifton Carney Gowen, James Edgar Nazworth, Claude Marvin Johnson, James Lewis Crews, George Washington Morgan, Marion Jackson Kirkland, Ralph Davis, Wiley Otis Wainwright, Wonnie Lewis Lloyd, Jr., Corliss Crews, Charles Henry Quick, Jr., John Warren Brown.

BARNEY L NELSON PROMOTED. Barney L. Nelson, grandson of Kemp Chesser, has been promoted from Pvt. First Class to Corporal, effective January 11th, at Fort Screven, Ga. Nelson is 28 years old and has two years of service in the Army.

THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of Condition of the Citizens Bank of Folkston and Nahunta at the close of business December 31, 1942: Resources, $1,106,332.17.

ON THE HOME FRONT. Gas rationing has cleared the streets and highways of so much traffic that some stop-go lights are as out of date as hitching posts. Because of the housing shortage OPA ruled that owners of trailers can get extra gas when it’s needed to tow them to a new location.

January 29, 1943

NEW BABY FOR GOWEN FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Gowen, Jr. announce the birth of a fine baby girl born January 23rd at Dr. Fleming’s hospital. The baby weighed seven pounds and 14 ounces and has been named Mary Eve.

LITTLE BETTY JEAN IVEY DIED. Betty Jean Ivey, age 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Ivey, former residents now living in Savannah, died Friday in Savannah from injuries received when she was knocked down by a car Wednesday night near her home in that city.

J.E. HARVEY, JR. IN HOSPITAL IN CALIFORNIA. The Herald this week received a card from J.E. Harvey, Jr. advising that he had just returned from duty in the South Pacific and is convalescing at the Naval Hospital in Long Beach, California. Junior Stewart and Elliot Allen have also been stationed in the Pacific Area.

TIN CANS ARE BEING COLLECTED. The merchants of Charlton County have pledged their aid in the tin can salvage campaign and will be glad to receive all tin cans brought to their places of business. Every patriotic housewife in the county is saving her tin cans, cutting both ends out, taking off the label, washing and drying and mashing the can flat. She then takes them to the merchants she buys from.

SGT. RALPH WRENCH STILL IN BRITISH ISLES. Sgt. Ralph Wrench, aviation mechanic, is still stationed somewhere in the British Isles, according to a letter received this week.

ON THE HOME FRONT. Some expected a nice big government check for that old tire which went in the nation’s reserve. Unless it really was in good shape, half the turned in casings, which have so far been examined by experts, are in such sorry condition, they are being paid for at scrap-rubber prices. Seamen in the Merchant Marines are going to be supplied with free cigarettes to smoke on the long voyages.

MRS. BAREFOOT IS SUBSTITUTE CLERK AT POST OFFICE. Mrs. W.L. Barefoot is this week serving as clerk in the post office in the absence of regular clerk, Miss Marion LaVerne Pickren, who is recuperating from an attack of Brill’s Fever.

RUG-WEAVING PROGRAM. Mrs. R.W. Bruschke, with the help of Miss Beulah Lee Waughtel, is rethreading the looms in preparation for the rug weaving program in Homeland.

NEW BABY BOY FOR WOOLARD FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Lum Woolard, Camp Pinckney, are proud of their baby boy who arrived Tuesday morning..

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