Digest of Charlton County Herald - February, 1944

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

February 4, 1944

NEW YORK CAMP BURNS DOWN. The New York Camp, a roadside filling station and refreshment stand located about a mile north of Homeland was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon, the main building and its contents as well as the cabins and outbuildings being a total loss. The building was occupied as a residence by R.M. “Duce” Lloyd and family, who were not at home at the time. The establishment has not been operated in recent weeks but Mrs. Penny Carter was employed as caretaker. The fire origininated from a burning trash pile. The property was owned by O.E. Raynor.

ALTON CARTER VISITS HOME. Alton Carter, who is attached to a Military Police unit at an army post near San Francisco, Cal., is spending a two-weeks leave visiting his family in the Racepond community.

TRACY - GREENE WEDDING. A wedding marked by simplicity and beauty was that of Miss Ada Byron Tracy, daughter of Mrs. P.C. Tracy and the late Mr. Tracy to Douglas Carlyle Greene, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Greene of Screven, Ga. on January 30 at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. E.A. Cushing, Jacksonville. Rev. G.E. Shaffer officiated at the double-ring ceremony. Mrs. Greene is a graduate of Charlton County High School and the St. Luke School of Nursing. Mr. Greene is a graduate of Screven High School, attended Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton and the University of Georgia, Athens. He is a veteran of World War Two and is a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.

February 11, 1944

LOCAL LIONS CLUB PRESENTED CHARTER AT SPECIAL MEETING. Folkston’s newly organized Lions Club was presented its charter at a special meeting last Thursday in the high school dining hall. A dinner was prepared and served by the Home Economics Class and was an enjoyable feature of the event. A large delegation of the Waycross club came to Folkston for the occasion and the charter was presented to Dr. A. Fleming, president of the local organization by H.A. Stallings, associate editor of the Waycross Journal Herald on behalf of the Waycross Lions Club, sponsor of the new Folkston club. Due to extremely bad weather, the attendance was limited to only a few of the charter members and invited guests but the new organization was launched under promising prospects. The new club begins with a charter membership of about 25 and is Folkston’s only active civic organization at this time. The first regular meeting of the club was held last night in the Masonic Hall

REV. WATERMAN RETURNS TO SERVE AS PASTOR OF FOLKSTON BAPTIST CHURCH. Rev. R.W. Waterman was back home again Sunday, preaching from the home pulpit as pastor of Folkston Baptist Church by virtue of his acceptance of the church’s call to the Folkston pastorate. He will not be able to resume his work here until the first or second week in March.LOCAL CONVICT CAMP REOPENED. The State Highway Department’s road camp near this city was reopened Tuesday when a crew of Negro convicts was sent here from Covington Camp with Warden W. N. McHan in charge of directing the work. There were only 33 men in the crew reaching the camp Tuesday but officials stated that about 40 additional convicts would be sent here in the next few days.

REGISTRAR’S NOTICE: Please pay your poll tax and register on or before February 21 as this is the final deadline for qualifying to vote in the March 1, 1944 Primary. L.E. MALLARD, Tax Collector.

February 18, 1944

EVERETT HERRIN INJURED AT WORK. Mr. Everett Herrin of Homeland, who works with the forestry crew of Charlton County’s TPO was the victim of a very painful accident last week. He drove his tractor against a dead tree, when a limb was knocked off, fell on him, breaking his arm in two places, and otherwise bruising him up. He is reported to be getting along very nicely at the present time.

FIREMAN HORACE EDWARD CREWS VISITS. Horace Edward Crews, now serving as a Fireman First Class on a US Navy war vessel, has returned to the states after a tour of sea duty in the Atlantic. He is the 19 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hardy H. Crews and is spending his leave here visiting his parents. Since entering the Navy in June, 1942, he has seen anti-submarine warfare in the Atlantic, including convoy duty on destroyers.

February 25, 1944

MR. SOLOMON BURNSED DIED. Mr. Solomon Burnsed, age 84, member of one of the most prominent and widely connected pioneer families of The Bend section, passed away at his home in Glen St. Marys, Fla. on February 16 after an illness due to the infirmities of age. He had lived all his long life in that area and was one of the most prominent and highly regarded citizens of this community. He was the father of B. R. Burnsed, well known Baker County attorney and County Supt. of Public Instruction. Survivors include two other sons, J.D. and A.D. Burnsed as well as three brothers, J.N. Burnsed, John Burnsed and G.D. Burnsed; one sister, Mrs. Eliza Nipper. Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of which he was a member. Interment took place in the Mt. Zion Cemetery with Wilson Funeral Home of Lake City in charge of the arrangements.

KIRBY JONES NOW IN NEW GUINEA. The many friends here of Pfc Kirby Jones, who has been stationed in the Hawaiian Islands for the past several months, will be interested in learning he was recently transferred to the New Guinea area. He writes that his new location is interesting but even hotter than his former post.

TO THE VOTERS: Please carry your poll tax receipt with you when you go to vote so that if your name has been left off the list through error, presentation of your poll tax receipt will entitle you to vote. We hope we have not made any mistake, but errors are always possible. L.E. MALLARD, Tax Collector.

R.H. WILDES VISITS. R.H. Wildes of the Seabees, now attending Aviation School in Virginia, is spending a few days here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hattress Wildes.

GEORGE BROCK, HOMER PRESCOTT AND CLYDE BROOKS VISIT HERE. Sgt. George Brock, Pvt. Homer Prescott and Pvt. Clyde Brooks of Fort Custer, Michigan are spending 15-day leaves here with their families

DAVID LITTLEFIELD VISITS. Pvt. David Littlefield returned to his duties at Mt. Horne, Idaho Monday, after a short visit with his mother, Mrs. J.C. Littlefield.

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