Digest of Charlton County Herald - February 1945
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
February 2, 1945
WHIP-O-WILL CAF╚ OPENS. The Whip-O-Will Caf╚ is the name of the new Folkston eating establishment which has opened for business in the place occupied the past several years by the Blue Willow Caf╚. It will be under the management of Verne J. Pickren, owner of the building.
SURGEONS TAKE PEANUT FROM CHILD'S LUNG. Little Tommy Allen, eighteen months old son of Mrs. Hugh Allen, was operated on in St. Lukes Hospital, Jacksonville, Saturday for the removal of a peanut from his lung. The child's condition was critical and friends of the family will be glad to learn the operation was successful.
RHYMER HOWELL IN HOSPITAL IN NEW YORK. Sgt. Rhymer R. Howell, son of Mrs. H.N. Crews, who was wounded in action in France on November 3rd has been sent back to the United States and is now a patient in Halloran General Hospital, Staten Island, New York, his mother here has been advised. He was wounded in the arm and shoulder and has been under treatment in a hospital in England. He served overseas the past three years in England and France.
TUBERCULOSIS HOSPITAL NEEDS EMPLOYEES. Of the 527 beds available for treatment of tuberculosis victims in the state sanitarium at Alto, Ga., 87 were vacant on Friday. Vacancies recently have run as high as 125, with the result that Speaker Roy Harris of the Ga. House of Representatives has demanded that officials remedy this situation within two weeks or get out of office. Dr. T.F. Abercrombie, State Health Director, says the beds are vacant because the sanitarium is short 60 employees required in treatment and maintenance of patients.
RED CROSS DISTRICT MEETING. Rev. F.J. Gilbert and Mrs. Gilbert, Mrs. J.B. Hinson, Mrs. George Gowen, Mrs. T.C. Gowen and Mrs. D.L. Hebard and publicity chairman T.W. Wrench attended the district Red Cross meeting in Waycross Tuesday and report a splendid meeting. They heard an address by Red Cross worker Jones who just returned from England. She told the thrilling story of how the Air Force has accomplished so much toward victory in the European Area.
February 9, 1945
RACEPOND SCHOOL BUILDING SOLD. At the Board of Education meeting last week it was agreed to sell the Racepond school building to the Sand Hill Missionary Baptist Church for ten dollars and the cost of the transaction. The colored teachers were granted an increase of five percent of basic pay for February with an additional five dollars for the principal.
WILLIE EUGENE NELSON DIED OF WAR WOUNDS. Willie Eugene Nelson, colored, 25 years old, of Traders Hill, died in a Veterans Hospital at Oteen, North Carolina on January 20 from wounds received in action while on combat duty in one of the Pacific islands. Nelson is Charlton County's first Negro soldier to be reported killed as a result of action on the battlefield. He was among the first to enter the armed forces from this county, having been inducted on February 1, 1941. He saw active service in the Pacific Area for two years. Details of the action in which he was fatally wounded were not available. He was the oldest son of Delia Nelson. He is survived also by his wife. He was a native of Charlton County, being a life-long resident of the Traders Hill community. Funeral and interment took place at Traders Hill on January 24th. The family received a letter from the military authorities stating that the wounded soldier had been given the best of medical care and that he died respected by all, after faithful service in the armed forces of his country.
L. KNABB RESIGNS FROM DRAFT BOARD. L. Knabb of Moniac, member of Charlton County's local Draft Board since the beginning of the Selective Service System, this week tendered his resignation to Governor Arnall, to be effective immediately. In submitting his resignation he stated his business affairs now require him be in Jacksonville most of the time and he no longer has the time to devote to this work.
MAJOR HOPKINS HOME ON LEAVE. Major A.J. Hopkins, Jr., who has been serving overseas for the past two years with the Corps of Engineers in the Australia and New Guinea Campaigns, came home to Folkston Saturday to spend a brief leave with the home folks.
NEW BABY BOY FOR JONES FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Troy Jones announce the birth of a baby boy born January 31 at the McCoy Hospital. The baby has been named Troy Edward.
NEW BABY GIRL FOR FORE FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Fore are the proud parents of a baby girl born February 8 at the McCoy Hospital. The baby weighed seven pounds. Mrs. Fore is the former Miss Lois Anderson.
MEAT MARKET CLOSED IN SUWANNEE STORE. The local Suwannee Store has discontinued the meat market department recently installed by manager C.H. Lewis. The fixtures have been sold to a Waycross concern. Inability to obtain a sufficient supply of meat is the reason for discontinuing the service.
ELLIOTT ALLEN TO RETURN HOME LATER. A letter was recently received by Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Allen from their son Sgt. Elliott Allen stationed somewhere in the Philippines stating he had been given the opportunity to come home on a furlough but that he had decided to remain until he could come home to stay. He has been serving overseas in the Pacific Area for nearly three years.
February 16, 1945
DOUBLE TRACK FOR JESUP SHORT LINE. The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad has just awarded a contract for a huge construction program. The most important feature is the double-tracking of the Jesup Short Line which calls for the construction of a new track all the way from Folkston to Jesup. Work on this project is now going forward. A large crew is being engaged in building the roadbed.
CHARLIE BYRD VISITS HOME FOLKS. Pvt. Charlie C. Byrd who has been stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas spent the past week here with relatives and friends. He left Sunday to report to Fort Ord, California.
TOMMY MIZELL VISITS HERE. Pvt. Tommy Mizell of Fort Bragg, N.C. spent a few days here with relatives last week.
DEVOY BROOKS ARRIVES SAFELY OVERSEAS. Friends of Pvt. Devoy F. Brooks will be glad to learn he has arrived safely overseas He entered the armed forces last June and received his basic training at Camp Blanding, Fla.
FRANK WALKER BUYS OLD BANK BUILDING. Sale of property known as the Old Bank Building, occupied by the local telephone exchange, and adjoining store buildings was announced Wednesday by J.K. Larkins who has owned the property for several years. Frank Walker, well-known business man, was the purchaser.
SMOKERS WANT MORE CIGARETTES. The Federal Trade Commission told harassed smokers Tuesday that one of the many reasons they can't get enough cigarettes is because they want so many. Furthermore, the present shortage won't improve this year and it may even get worse. The Commission, which knows just about everything that makes American business tick, investigated the cigarette shortage when Congress got hot under the collar about it. They found that a lot of smokes are going to the armed forces, one of the biggest causes of the scarcity but not the only one. Another answer is too much prosperity. People with more money who never indulged have taken up the habit. Habitual smokers are smoking more and hoarding has become commonplace. The Commission's investigators gave manufacturers, jobbers and retailers a clean bill of health. They are providing more cigarettes than they ever did.
TRADERS HILL ROUTE GETS NEW SCHOOL BUS. A modern new school bus with a capacity for transporting sixty to seventy pupils has been added to the fleet operated by the Folkston Consolidated School District. The new vehicle has been placed in service this week, it was announced by county school supt. William S. Smith. The new bus has been assigned to the Traders Hill route, along which the largest number of rural school children live.
ROBERT BARNES DIED, POLIO VICTIM. Funeral rites for Robert Barnes, age 19, who died Friday at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. were held at the grave site in Folkston Cemetery Sunday, conducted by Rev. F.J. Gilbert and Rev. R.W. Waterman. Stricken with infantile paralysis when seven years old, he had been practically an invalid since that time. He was born in Melbourne, Fla. and moved to Ft. Lauderdale with his parents in 1938. He was a member of the Oakland Park Methodist Church. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.S. Barnes, survivors include two brothers P.S. Barnes, Jr. of the US Army and Edward Barnes, also his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. V.A. Hodges as well as other relatives in this city.
MISS MATTOX FEATURED IN ATLANTA PAPER. Miss Frances Mattox, a former Folkston girl, daughter of Mrs. A.M. Mattox of Toccoa, Ga., who spent her childhood days in this city, was featured in last Sunday's issue of the Atlanta Journal Magazine. Her picture appeared with a group of Georgia girls who made good as professional models in New York City, where she is making her home with an aunt. She is a niece of Mrs. W.J. Jones of Folkston.
DR. TAYLOR BUYS WILSON HOME PLACE. A real estate transfer of interest in Folkston was the purchase this week by Dr. J.S. Taylor of the old Wilson home located at the Main Street corner directly across from the county courthouse. Located on the property is a two-story residence with a small filling-station on the corner. It was originally built by the late O.F. Wilson and was later owned and occupied by E.F. Mills and family and purchased a few years ago by Judge J.D. Blalock of Waycross, from whom it was acquired by Dr. Taylor.
DRAFT BOARD SENDS GROUP OF ELEVEN MEN. Charlton County's local Draft Board sent a group of eleven white men to the induction center at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Monday.
February 23, 1945
HUBERT ALTMAN VISITS HOME FOLKS. Cpl. Hubert H. Altman, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Altman, arrived here last week after thirty months service overseas. He has served in England, Africa and Italy with a Heavy Bombardment group of the 15th Air Force.
W.L. HULING, JR. GETS ANOTHER MEDAL. At 8th Air Force Bomber Station, England ˝ An Oak Leaf Cluster to his Air Medal has recently been awarded to Staff Sgt. Walter L. Huling, Jr., 22, for meritorious achievement while participating in heavy bombing attacks against military and industrial targets in the Reich and enemy installations in the path of the Allied Armies in Western Europe. Sgt. Huling is waist gunner on an 8th Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress bomber.
MISS PLAYER VISITS HOME FOLKS. Miss Bobbie Ruth Player, an employee in the office of the Eastern Air Lines in Atlanta, spent the past weekend here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Player.