Digest of Charlton County Herald - February 1942

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

February 6, 1942

NEW FEDERAL USE STAMPS. A well known resident of Charlton County evidently is completely baffled by the new Federal Use Stamps for automobiles. This citizen called at the Folkston post office and inquired of the Postmaster Verne Pickren if it was absolutely necessary for a person to buy “one of them $2.00 stamps.” The postmaster informed him it was a government requirement so he purchased the stamp and asked what he should do with it. Told to stick it on his windshield, the reply was “I ain’t got no car. All I got is a mule.” As the postmaster had no instructions covering the placing of the Use Stamps on mules, he concluded the only way out of the misunderstanding was to cancel the transaction.

RAYNOR IS NOW CAPTAIN OF GA. STATE GUARDS. County Commissioner O.E. Raynor has been appointed to serve as Captain of the local unit of the Georgia State Guards on duty at the ACL bridge to succeed O.C. Mizell who has tendered his resignation. The local unit has received its field kitchen and other needed equipment.

NEW BABY FOR TAYLOR FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Taylor are the proud parents of a fine 14-pound baby boy, born February 3rd. He happened to arrive on Mrs. Taylor’s birthday. Both mother and baby are reported to be getting along fine.

NEW HOME FOR RUSSELL JOHNSONS. Construction work is beginning to get underway on a modern new bungalow home being erected by Russell Johnson. It is to be a six room structure of attractive design and located directly across the street and in front of McCoy-Sawyer Hospital.

AUTOMATIC GUARD RAILS FOR MAIN STREET RR CROSSING. The installation of a signal light and crossing guard device at the Main Street crossing of the ACL Railroad is at last to be realized. Construction was begun this week.. In addition to the signal lights it will include automatically operated guard rails that lower themselves at the approach of a train, as well as warning bells. The guard rails extend only half way across the highway with separate rails for north and south bound traffic.

POLIO FUND CAMPAIGN COMPLETED. G.R. Gowen, Jr., county chairman of the Polio Campaign reports that the county has made a very creditable showing. He reported contributions from all sources amounted to about $140.00, with reports of some of the committees not yet in.

NO TOURNAMENT FOR SPORTS. The Board of Education at its meeting this week directed all schools to concentrate on regular school work from now on with war service as extra-curricular activities. Beginning next week school will open at 9:45 Eastern War Time, but will soon be set to open at an earlier time. All basketball activity will end for the year with the present schedule and no teams will be participating in basketball tournaments this year.

W.L. THOMAS HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO DRAFT BOARD. A change in the membership of the local Draft Board was announced this week. W.L. Thomas has been appointed to succeed R. Ward Harrison as a member of the board. The local Board is now composed of Dr. W.R. McCoy, L. Knabb and W.L. Thomas.

NEW BABY BOY FOR HILTON FAMILY. Born February 3rd to Mrs. Jesse Hilton of Racepond, a baby boy. Both are getting along splendidly.

HELP NEEDED FOR RED CROSS PROJECT. All ladies who will volunteer to knit for the Red Cross please notify Mrs. Shelton Monroe as she has a shipment on wool on hand. Phone No. 87. Your help is greatly needed by the Red Cross at this time.

NEW BABY BOY FOR DASHER FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Dasher announce the birth of a fine baby boy born January 31st at McCoy-Sawyer Hospital. He has been given the name George Terrell. Mrs. Dasher is the former Mrs. Althea Altman.

PRODUCTION ON CARS AND LIGHT TRUCKS STOPPED. Passenger automobile and light truck production for all practical purposes came to an end last Saturday. Even before the assembly lines stopped the nation’s great automotive industry was already producing tanks, aviation engines, bomber plane sub-assemblies and other military implements. It stepped up its tempo on these items, strange to its foundries and assembly plants. Some plants sent their last passenger vehicles down the assembly line Saturday and some shut down Monday. Propped against the windshield of the last car down one final assembly line Saturday was a placard reading “Our last great 1942 car. Our tanks and our guns will be great too. Then we’ll build great cars again.”

February 13, 1942

EQUIPMENT RECEIVED BY LOCAL STATE GUARDS. The local home defense unit of the Georgia State Guards has recently received its uniforms, army rifles and other necessary equipment. Weekly drills are being held every Monday night in the high school gym. Average attendance is at least 80 % of the membership.

STANDARD WAR TIME. Practically every time-piece in this city was moved forward one hour Monday morning and the nation’s new time schedule officially designated as Standard War Time, went into effect without causing a ripple. For the present Folkston is observing the regular old-time schedule for its business hours. The most annoying feature of the new time is waiting until one o’clock to go to dinner and being an hour late in closing for the day.

BABY GIRL FOR MERROW FAMILY. Mrs. Duncan Merrow and baby daughter left the hospital last Thursday for their home in Homeland. It is reported that they are getting along fine.
BABY GIRL FOR CARTER FAMILY. Born to Mrs. Charles Carter of Racepond, a fine baby girl. They returned to their home Friday.
BABY GIRL FOR HODGES FAMILY. Born February 8th to Mrs. Willie Hodges of St. George, a baby girl. They are getting along satisfactorily.

FIRES DESTROY MANY ACRES OF TIMBER LAND. Charlton County has just experienced a vile example of vandalism in the deliberate setting out of a fire in the woods without an excuse, resulting in the destruction of thousands of acres of valuable timber which can not be replaced and in the loss of thousands of dollars to young and growing trees. The burned-over area is under fence. The vandals chose Friday night when high winds prevailed to carry out their crime. The fires were started in numerous places over a distance of several miles. The owner of the largest tract of land, swept by the flames was owned by William Mizell.

RED CROSS RELIEF FUND DRIVE COMPLETED. The campaign to raise the county’s quota for the American Red Cross Relief Fund has been completed. The report for the county shows total contributions amounted to $690.99 which falls a little short of the assigned quota but is considered a very creditable record. The campaign was directed by E.B. Stapleton with the aid of Mrs. Louise Thompson and Mrs. Lois K. Daniels as field workers.

ROBERT STATON TO OPERATE DAIRY. A new dairy business to serve the Folkston community began this week to supply the customers formerly served by the Sunrise Dairy. The new dairy is being operated by Robert Staton who has moved from Jacksonville to the Soley Chancey place now owned by Mrs. J.M. Dixon. He has a small herd of excellent cows and plans to increase the herd as the demand warrants.

REGISTRATION PLANS COMPLETED. The Draft Board for Charlton County has announced that all plans have been completed for the third selective service registration to be held February 16 in accordance with the proclamation issued by President Roosevelt. Registration will be at community school houses including Moniac, St. George, Toledo, Traders Hill, Folkston, Johnson’s Mill and Paxton Place.

BETHEL METHODIST CHURCH. Improvements for Bethel Church building, a Charlton County landmark and the county’s oldest Methodist Church, is being planned by officials of the church. The repairs will include a new roof, complete repainting throughout and the building is to be put in first class condition in every respect. New windows were recently installed. Progress has been made in raising the necessary funds for the work. Judge J.H. Johnson is in charge of the finances and if you have not already contributed, see him at once or else the Judge will very likely call to see you.

PAT JOHNS DIED. Pat Johns, age 30, of Winokur, died in a Waycross hospital Saturday after a short illness. He is survived by his widow and one son, Alfred, also his parents Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Johns; also four brothers, Yulee, Mark, Joe and Ivey Johns; two sisters, Mrs. M.J. Prescott and Mrs. McKinley Flowers. Funeral services were held at Bachlott Cemetery near Hickox

MARTIN-McCLOY WEDDING. A newspaper published in Morgan City, La., received here this week, carried the announcement of the marriage in that city of Mrs. Arlean Brenda Martin and Sam McCloy on February 1st. Mrs. Martin is a former resident of this community, being the widow of the late Otto Martin and the announcement of her marriage will be of interest to many people here.

BABY BOY FOR BAXLEY FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Baxley announce the birth of a fine baby boy born February 8th at Dr. A. Fleming’s Hospital. Both mother and baby are reported to be getting along nicely.

TUBERCULOSIS CLINIC TO BE HELD. Charlton County is fortunate in securing a tuberculosis chest clinic each year through the efforts of Mrs. Louise Thompson, county health nurse. The county is limited to 80 patients. We are anxious to have every case that is recommended by a physician and those who are contacts to active cases. Mrs. Thompson will make appointments for the X-rays to be made Tuesday afternoon.


In 1942 there will probably be 15% less goods for consumers, 5% greater purchasing power and 15 to 20% increase in the prices as compared to 1941.
Plant something in the garden every week during the year and you will have something from the garden to eat at all times.
Save tobacco cloth this year. It may be hard to get next year.

SOME C.C.C. CAMPS TO BE DISBANDED. C.C.C. camps which are not engaged in war work construction or can not be transferred to such activity will be disbanded. Ten of 29 camps in Georgia are carrying out war construction while others are engaged solely in conservation work.

February 20, 1942

THIRD DRAFT REGISTRATION COMPLETED. Charlton County’s third registration for military service went forward Monday with smooth efficiency. The county’s enrollment will add 302 names to the roster available to be called up.

RYDER CHILDREN IN MACON CHILDREN’S HOME. Rev. J.A. Smith, agent for the Methodist Orphanage at Macon will preach at the local Methodist Church next Sunday. The Ryder children of this county will enter the Methodist Home at Macon today. The delay was caused on account of not wanting to separate the children, four girls and one boy.

IMPROVEMENTS MADE AT HOMELAND CHURCH. The WSCS of the Homeland Methodist Church has improved the church by placing a new altar rail near the pulpit, also covering the kneeling bench with felt. The work was done this week in anticipation of the regular communion service next Sunday. That day is also set aside for taking in new members recently converted and those brought to the church by letter.

BIG FISH CAUGHT AT BRIDGE. Snooks Jones and Dock Rowell, two of the bridge guards under command of Sgt. Harrison, landed a ten-pound catfish with rod and reel at the St. Marys River camp recently.

February 27, 1942

MR. HOKE SMITH CANADAY DIED. Mr. Hoke Smith Canaday, age 33, highly regarded resident of the Moniac community, passed away Wednesday morning at McCoy-Sawyer Hospital following a brief illness of pneumonia. Survivors include his mother; three brothers, Casey, Gus and Francis Canaday; three sisters, Mrs. Leonard Crews, Mrs. Susie Burnsed and Mrs. Cleo Raulerson. Interment was in the Canaday family cemetery.

FIFTY NEW CONVICTS AT LOCAL WORK CAMP. A crew of fifty white convicts was this week assigned to the Charlton County road camp in exchange for the fifty Negro convicts who were transferred to the state prison.

LT. JOHN WHITE IS COMBAT PILOT. Lt. John White has been given his “wings” as an Army Air Corps combat pilot. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. He is one of the first of the Folkston boys to be commissioned as a combat pilot.

STUCKEY PECAN STATION DESTROYED BY FIRE. The service station located on the west side of the highway just across the St. Marys River was destroyed by fire last Friday. It was operated by the Stuckey Pecan Co. The origin of the fire is not known.

BABY BOY FOR CHESSER FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Chesser announce the birth of a fine ten pound baby boy born February 23rd at McCoy-Sawyer Hospital. Mother and baby are reported to be getting along fine.
BABY GIRL FOR WOOLARD FAMILY. We are glad to welcome Mrs. Dayton Woolard and her fine new daughter, Fay Elizabeth, home from the hospital.
BABY BOY FOR LLOYD FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Duce Lloyd wish to announce the arrival of a 5 Ω pound baby boy, Ronald Layne, born February 18 at the home of Mrs. W.L. Matthews. Mother and son are doing fine.

BROTHER OF MRS. WAUGHTEL DIED. Mrs. C.W. Waughtel received a telegram Tuesday telling of the sudden death of her brother O.J. Cullison at his home in Magnolia, Ohio. He was 55 years old. Burial took place in the Magnolia cemetery. He had visited in Homeland during the early colony days.

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