Digest of Charlton County Herald - February 1943

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

February 5, 1943

DR. WILLIAMS SPOKE AT CHILD WELFARE CONFERENCE. Dr. A.D. Williams, American Legion Child Welfare Chairman for Georgia, made a stirring address at a Child Welfare Conference in Louisville, Kentucky last week. In his address Dr. Williams deplored the practice of advertising for young girls to attend dances at training camps for soldiers and pointed out some of the evils of this practice. His talk has been widely commended in the daily press and he has received many letters from all parts of the nation.

"SWAMP WATER" SHOWN HERE. A large number of pupils from the Folkston and Uptonville schools were given an impressive lesson on the characteristics of this area when they attended the showing of the feature picture "Swamp Water" depicting scenes in and around the Okefenokee Swamp at the Ritz Theater Wednesday afternoon.

FOLKSTON IS NOT ON CENTRAL WAR TIME. Folkston timepieces, the courthouse clock and all businesses and other activities continue to operate on Eastern War Time in spite of the fact that the Georgia legislature has made the Central War Time the legal time for the entire state of Georgia, which would move the clocks back one hour. Indications at this time are that no time change will be made locally in the immediate future.

CHARLTON’S QUOTA FOR THE RED CROSS WAR FUND WILL BE $1400.00. March has been designated as "Red Cross Month" for the raising of the War Relief Fund and a proclamation has been issued by President Roosevelt for this purpose. Miss Helen Mizell is Chairman of the local Red Cross War Relief Fund Campaign. The quota for the Charlton County chapter this year is increased to $1400.00 from $800.00 last year. Part of this amount will be used for the budget of the Charlton County chapter.

TITLE TO THE PARK TRACT BACK IN CHARLTON COUNTY’S NAME. Title to the tract of land containing more than 1,000 acres, known as the State Park Property, located southwest of Folkston, conveyed to the State by Charlton County for the development of a state park project, has been restored to the county by legislative enactment, according to information received by the Herald. A resolution authorizing transfer of title to Charlton County was passed by the Senate Tuesday and Governor Ellis Arnold immediately signed a deed conveying the 1,000 acre tract to the county. It was purchased by the county at a cost of more than $6,000.00 and turned over to the State upon pledges of its development as a shad hatchery and a park project. The State failed to carry out any of its commitments and the Board of Commissioners asked that it be returned to the county.

SEWING MACHINE CLINIC AT UPTONVILLE. There will be a sewing machine clinic at Uptonville School building on February 20 beginning at 10 o’clock and lasting until 4 o’clock. The public is invited to attend. Each lady attending should bring her entire machine, both head and stand, also a screw driver, oil and oil can, and tools ordinarily used on the machine, rags to wipe up oil and dirt in cleaning, some scraps of cloth to stitch in adjusting the machine and a spool of thread. Each lady should wear a work dress. This is a good chance to get your sewing machine cleaned and adjusted free of charge.

DRAFTEES LEFT TUESDAY. Groups of 12 white and 19 colored selective service registrants making up Charlton County’s February quota left Tuesday morning on special buses for the Army induction center at Fort McPherson.

CANNED GOODS TO BE RATIONED. The public sale of canned fruits and vegetables will stop throughout the nation at midnight, February 20 and will resume on a tightly rationed basis on March lst. Canned goods rationing will involve a dual currency system. Starting March lst, every time a housewife goes to the store for canned goods, she will have to pay not only the usual money price but also coupon points. For March, the first ration period, she will have 48 points for every member of the family to spend on rationed goods. She will have to budget herself on canned goods according to her family’s likes and dislikes.

BULLETIN BOARD OF ARMED SERVICES MEMBERS. The Board of County Commissioners at the regular meeting Tuesday approved a project for erection on the courthouse grounds of a bulletin board to be 8 by 10 feet in size, upon which will be inscribed the names of all Charlton County residents now serving in the nation’s armed services. The project is to be carried out under supervision of John Banks, well known local World War One veteran, who suffered disabling injuries in an airplane crash while serving in France.

TWO HAVE RETURNED HOME. County Commissioner Ralph Davis and Clifton C. Gowen, who underwent physical examination for Army service in Atlanta this week, returned home yesterday, having been found physically disqualified for service. No reports have been received concerning others.

NEW BABY BOY FOR MURRAY FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Murray, Homeland, are receiving the congratulations from their many friends upon the arrival of a second son. The baby was born February 2nd at the McCoy Hospital.

ON THE HOME FRONT. The WPB says there is an immediate need for lumber from the south. Timber will do more good as ammunition boxes and crates for shipping war goods than standing in the creek bottoms. Folks who can sell timber are urged to write the War Production Board in Jacksonville. The OPA says prices of canned tomatoes, peas, snap beans and sweet corn will remain about the same during 1943. Fresh fruits and vegetables, uncontrolled by OPA have gone up rapidly while foods under price ceilings have advanced very little in price to date. When "point rationing" comes, folks who have more than five cans on their shelves for each person in the family, will have points deducted from their book. With snow covering much of the country scrap collecting is almost impossible up north. Right now it is up to us southerners to keep it moving to the steel mills. War production can’t wait on the uncertain thaws of a northern Spring. Aggressive steps are being taken to stamp out social diseases. Some abandoned CCC camps are being turned into hospitals for this purpose. Doctors say thousands of teen-age girls with a misguided sense of patriotism toward boys they didn’t know will be cured under the program. Medical science has developed almost certain cures and new centers have been approved for the south.

February 12, 1943

SCHOOL CHILDREN CONTRIBUTE TO THE PRESIDENT’S BIRTHDAY FUND FOR FIGHTING INFANTILE PARALYSIS. School pupils were asked to contribute (not solicit) $2.00 per room to the President’s Birthday Fund for Fighting Infantile Paralysis. This called for $40.00 from Folkston; $18.00 from St. George; $10.00 from Moniac and $4.00 from Uptonville. $72.00 in all. The following sums were contributed: Folkston primary, 18.70; Junior High, $14.40; Senior High $11.80, total $44.90. St. George, $11.93. Moniac, $11.00. Uptonville, $4.00. Grand total, $71.83.

LEGISLATOR URGES WOMEN TO SERVE ON GEORGIA JURIES. Citing the critical ėmanpower’ condition in this country, Representative Ross Thomas of Chattanooga County, proposed legislation this week to require that women serve on juries in Georgia. Courts in some sections have gone to six-men panels and that is being considered seriously in many other sections. "Women are already doing a magnificent job in evening the employment pressure." Thomas said "If Georgia ever is to allow its women to serve on juries, now is the time to make that provision. Females already are entitled to the privilege of elective franchise, to hold any civil office in the same manner enjoyed by any male citizen." His bill would make jury service mandatory under the same conditions as males.

FOLKSTON BOYS MEET AT USO CLUB IN CHICAGO. Private Benny Smith and A.T. Bennett of the US Navy, both of Folkston, now stationed in the Chicago area are able to see each other every weekend in spite of the fact that they are in different branches of the armed forces. In an interview at a USO club they told reporters that they have been very close friends for many years, both attended Charlton County High School in Georgia. They like Chicago they said but they don’t like the cold weather. Private Smith is in the Army Air Force and is stationed in the former Stevens Hotel here. He is studying radio operation and mechanics. He is the son of Frank Smith of Folkston. Fireman Bennett, son of A.J. Bennett of Folkston is stationed at Navy Pier where he has learned to be an aviation mechanic.

WAR RATION BOOK TWO TO BE EXPLAINED. A Field Representative of the District OPA office in Savannah will be in Folkston Friday for the purpose of explaining details of the new point rationing program concerning War Ration Book No. Two.BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE. The Board of County Commissioners at last week’s session reappointed Noah Stokes and W.H. Prescott to serve another two year term as members of the Board of Public Welfare. The Board, which Dr. W.D. Thompson is chairman, is made up of five members. Other members include Jesse P. Mizell and Roland Canaday.

SHOES TO BE RATIONED IMMEDIATELY. James F. Byrnes, director of Economic Stabilization announced Sunday that shoes are to be rationed immediately at the rate of three pair per person per year. The order covers all kind of leather shoes except house slippers and soft soled infants’ shoes. The first ration coupon for shoes will be 17 stamp in War Ration Book One, now used for sugar and coffee. That stamp will be good for one pair of shoes until June 15th. Another stamp will be designated later for the next pair in approximately four months.

NEW BABY BOY FOR GROOMS FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Grooms announce the birth of a baby boy, born Wednesday morning in McCoy Hospital. He weighed eight pounds.

ON THE HOME FRONT. Compared with a year ago, traffic on country roads is off nearly fifty percent. Despite rumors to the contrary, it now looks as though circuses and carnivals will be permitted to operate during the coming season. Much of the equipment owned by them is unsuitable to be converted to war usage. Traveling shows, however, won’t be eligible for tires and those who move by rail will have to take their chances about schedules. America launched 106 vessels last month. There’s a shortage of photographic film but WPB says newsreels must suffer as little curtailment as possible because they are a vital organ of public information.

For Sale: A few good young mules. Right kind, right price. M.G. White, Folkston.
For Sale: Work horses and mules cheap. For cash or trade. See W.L. Thomas, Thomas Camp, Folkston.

February 19, 1943

THE SENTINEL. An interesting school publication, The Sentinel is being issued monthly by the sophomore English class of Charlton County High School with Mary Vickery, the teacher, as the sponsor.

COLLECTION OF CLOTHES FOR RUSSIANS. The school children of Georgia are collecting two million pounds of clothes and shoes for the Russians. The pupils of the Charlton County school system have a quota of four pounds each at the Grammar School building by February 23. These will be packed and started on the way to Russia before winter is over. The need in Russia is for all kinds of clothes and shoes for men, women and children.

SCOUTS ARE SERVING AS PAGES IN ATLANTA. A group of six members of the local Boy Scout troop left Sunday for Atlanta where they are serving as pages at the State Capitol, three in the State Senate and three in the House of Representatives. O.E. Raynor and Ralph Knabb extended an invitation to the boys. The group of scouts, all high school students, include James Oscar Hannaford, J.S. Haddock, Bob Adkins, Morris Powell, Bill McCoy and Kenneth Harrison. They were selected by Rev. W.B. Hoats, local scout master.

THREE GUARDS EMPLOYED BY ACL RR. The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad this week established continuous guard service at the bridge across the St. Marys River south of Folkston, the guards being on duty 24 hours each day. It has been left unguarded since withdrawal of the detachment of the Georgia State Guard troops last fall. The railroad has employed three men to serve as guards for eight hour intervals. They are Herbert Harvey, Randal Gowen and Evin Hickox.

ON THE HOME FRONT. We need lots of fighting men. 12,000 a day will be inducted this year. That is more per day than all the soldiers George Washington had at Valley Forge in 1777-1778. There are about two hundred million pairs of new shoes in the country. Shoes are being rationed while there are still enough for everyone. Stamp 17 entitles any member of the family to buy a pair, either from a store or a mail order house. Got a railroad watch? An acute shortage of accurate timepieces has now prompted WPB to ask folks who don’t need theirs to sell them for war use. Any jeweler can furnish details. Some new alarm clocks are being made and will be on the market in April. In 1942 more wool went into the armed forces than the entire country had ever consumed in a single year. The OPA now permits increases of three cents a quart for peach wine. Stories that distilleries will be allowed to make some alcoholic beverages are unfounded. The entire distilling instustry is at work making alcohol to be used for smokeless powder, synthetic rubber and war chemicals. More farm machinery and equipment will be produced soon.

GOURDS MAKE GOOD CONTAINERS. With the supply of metal for utensils becoming more limited each day the cutting and cleaning of gourds for use in the home should be put on the list of essential practices, Miss Gertrude Proctor, Home Demonstration Agent said this week. Because of their long-lasting hard shells, gourds are very useful for many household uses. Years ago, families kept flour in the giant gourds, which hold a half bushel; lard in the small ones and the baby ones were used for sugar and salt bowls. They should be planted early this spring. It takes about a six months growing season and they require rich, moist soil and plenty of sunshine.

WHOOPING COUGH. The baby of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Nettles, Homeland, is sick with Whooping Cough. Parents are urged to prevent children from being exposed to this contagious disease.

NEW BABY BOY FOR KNOWLES FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Jeffry Knowles are proud to welcome a new son who arrived at their home on St. Valentine Day.

February 26, 1943

MRS. MORRIS RESIGNED AS WELFARE DIRECTOR. Mrs. Grace Morris, who has served as Charlton County’s Welfare Director for the past several months, last week tendered her resignation, effective immediately. She will move to Macon. Miss Cleo Huling has been named as her successor and has already taken over her duties.

ROZIER HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE. Just before press time, news came to the Herald that the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Rozier at Homeland had been completely destroyed by fire. The origin was not learned, neither was it learned if any insurance was carried. All the furniture and household belongings were completely destroyed.

NEW BABY GIRL AT STOKES HOME. Mr. and Mrs. P.O. Stokes announce the birth of a baby girl born February 22nd at Dr. Fleming’s hospital. The baby weighed eight pounds and has been named Kay Rosemary.

TAYLOR-GIBSON WEDDING. Of interest to many friends is the marriage on February 20th of Miss Helen Lera Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield Taylor of Vidalia, to Mr. Benjamin Simon Gibson of Folkston and Swainsboro. The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride with Rev. Gower Latimer officiating.

ALTMAN-OVERSTREET WEDDING. The marriage of Miss Leila Mizell Altman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Altman, to Mr. Leroy Estes Overstreet of Gainesville, Fla., of the U.S. Navy was solemnized February 6th at Macclenny. They will live in Jacksonville.

LOCAL RED CROSS IS READY TO BEGIN ITS 1943 CAMPAIGN. Charlton County people are urged to respond liberally to the call upon their patriotism and generosity in order that the county’s quota of $1400.00 may be subscribed in full to help carry out the vital services of the American Red Cross. Campaign leaders are pointing out that this increased asking is needed for the greatly accelerated war needs and will call for an increase in the individual contributions over that of previous years. The campaign setup is as follows: T.W. Wrench, President of Charlton County Chapter. Miss Helen Mizell, Chairman of the War Fund Drive. Publicity Committee, Mrs. William Mizell and R. Ward Harrison. Fund Raising Committees: Folkston, L.E. Stokes, Mrs. W.E. Gibson, Mrs. J.B. Southwell, Mrs. W.D. Thompson and Miss Bernice Pearce. Hercules, Mrs. F.J. Guy. Moniac, Mrs. Ralph Knabb. Toledo, Mrs. Walter Hopkins. Racepond, Mrs. S.M. Howard. Winokur, Mrs. L.T. Wasdin. Uptonville, Miss Martha Lee Wainwright. Homeland, Mrs. Rudolph Norwood. Coleraine, Mrs. H.T. Higginbotham. Traders Hill, Mrs. Carl Jones.

ROBERT W. HARRISON, JR. REACHES NORTH AFRICA. Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Harrison Tuesday received a letter from their son Robert, stating that he arrived safely somewhere in North Africa where he is stationed with the expeditionary forces with the U.S. Army. He was not permitted to give his exact location.

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