Digest of Charlton County Herald - March 1942
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
March 6, 1942
BABY BOY FOR SANDS FAMILY. A fine baby boy was born Wednesday night to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Sands of Moniac. She will be remembered as Miss Thyra McDuffie.
BABY BOY FOR LANE FAMILY. Born Monday to Mrs. Bobbie Lane of Racepond, a 9-pound baby boy. Both are reported doing fine.
GAINEY CHILDREN HAVE SURGERY. The Gainey children of Moniac have returned home from the hospital after having their tonsils removed Saturday.
March 13, 1942
BROCKMAN FARM SOLD TO TOM GOWEN. A real estate transaction was announced this week with the purchase by T.C. Gowen of the Brockman place containing 214 acres, located four miles northeast of Folkston. This farm was developed several years ago by Dr. Brockman who set out an extensive pecan orchard. The place now contains more than 1,000 bearing pecan trees. It is the largest pecan orchard in Charlton County.
NEW LIBRARY BOOKS. The recent plea for money for library books has met with a generous response. The play given to raise this money was well attended and many new books have already been added to the collection. Beginning Monday the library will be open to those in the community who would like to use it from 4:00 until 5:00 on Monday through Friday afternoons.
TWELVE DRAFTEES LEAVE FOR SERVICE. Charlton County’s draft board in complying with its March quota call, last Thursday sent 12 white registrants to Fort McPherson. The group was headed by Homer Allen who reported safe arrival at the Army Induction Center. Included in the group were Joseph Lawrence Howard, Forrest Thrift, Sam Crews, Walter Raleigh Padgett, Joseph Brown Harden, Louie Lee Gowen, Aaron Marvin Johns, Silas Carl Padgett, Oscar Lee Crews, Willie Elbert Clark, Carl David Mizell and Homer Wilson Allen in charge of the detachment.
DIXON-GIBSON WEDDING. A marriage that will be of interest is that of Miss Jackie Dixon and Mr. Glenn Gibson which took place Sunday at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jasper G. Dixon in Blackshear. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S.G. Gibson. They will make their home with the groom’s parents near Folkston.
CRAP METAL DRIVE A SUCCESS. A parade of school children was the ending yesterday of the McArthur Day drive for scrap metal. The total collected was 47,295 pounds. Charlene Quick was Queen and Virgil Nobles was King and they rode in state on a decorated float at the head of a procession. The metal will be sold and the money used to buy something needed for the school.
NEW RAILROAD CROSSING SIGNAL IN OPERATION. The guard rail and crossing signal light project installed at the Main Street crossing of the railroad was placed in service last Friday morning.
BABY SON FOR MUSGROVE FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Musgrove announce the birth of a son on March 7 in Crawford W. Long Hospital, Atlanta. Prior to her marriage she was Miss Vera Haddock of Folkston.
BROOKS-STOKES WEDDING. On March 6th, Miss Lourilla Brooks became the bride of Wilton C. Stokes in a ceremony at the home of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Stokes. Rev. Waterman, pastor of First Baptist Church officiated. Miss Brooks is the daughter of Mr. A.J. Brooks and Mrs. Sina Adams Brooks of Avera, Ga. For the past two years she has been a member of the high school faculty in Folkston.
NEON WARNING SIGNS AT MATTOX. At the county commissioners meeting this week, it was decided to pay the electricity bill for the operation of neon signs [warning of dangerous crossing] at the Mattox railroad crossing, providing the Ga. Power and Light Co. will put in a meter and make the bill direct to the county. The installation of the signs was done without cost to the county.
NELSON EDDY CONCERT. Several ladies from Folkston attended a Nelson Eddy concert in Savannah last week.
NEW MEMBERS FOR GRACE CHAPEL CHURCH. Rev. O.C. Smith, pastor at Grace Chapel, conducted baptismal services at Traders Hill Sunday afternoon. Mr. Corliss Crews and Miss Alice Carter were the candidates.
NEW ROOF. P.G. Brooks, of Uptonville, is honoring his front porch with a new roof this week.
March 20, 1942
REV. WATERMAN TO MOVE TO JESUP. Rev. R.W. Waterman, pastor of First Baptist Church for the past four and a half years, has accepted a call by Calvary Baptist Church of Jesup. He will take up duties there on April lst.
CLYDE GOWEN TO MANAGE LOCAL LINES. The Ga. Power and Light Co. announced this week that E.C. Gowen, has been employed to have charge of repairs and maintenance of the local electric power and distribution lines.
KEENE HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE. The home of Miss Annie and Miss Nettie Keene in the Traders Hill community was completely destroyed by fire Monday night. It is thought to have originated from a defective flue. Very little of the furniture and household goods were saved.
GRIFFIN-GROOVER WEDDING. A marriage of interest was that of Miss Willie Mae Griffin and Mr. Boaz Groover of St. Marys, which took place at the home of Ordinary A.S. McQueen. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Mary E. Griffin and a member of the Junior class of Charlton County High School. Mr. Groover is connected with the pulp mill in St. Marys. They will make their home in St. Marys.
March 27, 1942
ANOTHER REGISTRATION FOR DRAFT. President Roosevelt last Friday set April 27th for the registration of men age 45 to 64. This will be the fourth registration during the current war emergency since the war actually engulfed the United States.
CHARLTON COUNTY DEFENSE ORGANIZED. The organization of Charlton County Defense setup has been completed under direction of William Mizell, county chairman and weekly drills and classes are being conducted every Wednesday night with State Patrolman A.M. Williams as instructor. The control center has been established at Atkins Funeral Home and all activities will be under direction of Chairman Mizell as Commander. The following is personnel of the various committees ready to function at a moment’s notice: CHARLTON COUNTY DEFENSE COMMITTEE: William Mizell, John Harris, J.T. Conner, T.C. Gowen, C.F. Adkins, E.B. Stapleton, O.C. Mizell. RATIONING BOARD: Zelton Conner, chairman, E.C. Gowen, J.H. Brown, S.T. Cockrell. CONTROL CENTER: C.F. Adkins, William Mizell, commander. CHIEF WARDEN: C.F. Adkins, fire chief, O.C. Mizell, POLICE CHIEF: J.O. Sikes. EMERGENCY MEDICAL DIVISION: E.B. Stapleton. PUBLIC WORKS AND UTILITIES: E.C. Gowen. AUXILIARY FIREMEN: Vandell Bennett, Allen Nazworth, Alva Hopkins, Otis Nobles, P.O. Stokes, C.J. Passieu, L.D. Majors. AUXILIARY POLICE: R.E. Player, Troy Jones, Carroll Wright, Ralph Knabb, B.G. Harden, W.L. Thomas, W.R. Allen, E.L. Braddock. AIR RAID WARDENS: J. Hathaway, Sol P. Mills, C.E. Roy, J.H. Jones, J.V. Gowen, Sr. DOCTORS: Dr. McCoy, Dr. Fleming, Dr. Schneider, Dr. Williams. DEMOLITION SQUAD AND BLACKOUTS: J.M. Wilson, Jr., Morgan Chesser, Kirby Jones, Baynard Gowen. RESCUE SQUAD: Dr. Taylor, J.V. Gowen, Jr., Leonard Woolard, J.T. Conner, O.K. Prevatt, Henry Webster, Wash Stafford, Lonnie Stafford, Joe Haywood. BOMB SQUAD: C.H. Quick, M.T. Guy, Oscar Petty, Pratt Crews, F.J. Guy, Willie Green. FIRE WATCHERS: Ralph Johnson, Edgar Allen, Edgar Woolard, M.G. White, W.J. Jones, E.H. Wright, O.K. Prevatt. NURSES: Miss Dobbs, Mrs. J. Thompson, Mrs. E. Garrison, Miss Lucille Crews, Mrs. Matthews, Mrs. Erwin, Mrs. L. Askew. NURSES AIDS: G.W. Bentley, C.P. Stapleton, Dr. Thompson, Miss Littlefield, Miss M. Pearce, Miss Chute. ROAD REPAIR CREW: E.M. Baxley, Hamp Robinson, Jack Davis. DEMOLITION AND REPAIR SQUAD: Henry Webster, Joe Haywood, Wash Stafford, Louie Stafford. EMERGENCY FOOD AND HOUSING: Miss M. Bedell, Mrs. O.C. Mizell, Mrs. E.B. Stapleton, Mrs. Marion Pickren, Mrs. C.J. Wright, Mrs. Alva Hopkins, Mrs. Scott Johnson. AMBULANCE DRIVERS: Mrs. C.F. Adkins and Miss Helen Mizell.
MRS. HENRIETTA RODDENBERRY SHEFFIELD DIED. News of the death of Mrs. Henrietta Roddenberry Sheffield, age 67, which occurred Saturday morning was received with much sorrow by her many friends. She was born near Folkston, a daughter of the late George W. and Mary Hatcher Roddenberry. She was a devout member of the Kingsland Methodist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. J.T. Stover and Mrs. E.C. Wells; two sisters, Mrs. Ed Davis, Mrs. W.H. Mizell and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Kingsland Methodist Church. Burial was in the Sheffield family cemetery near Kingsland.
JOHNSON LUMBER CO. TO CLOSE. The big sawmill plant of the Johnson Lumber Co. near Racepond, which has been engaged in cutting cypress timber on extensive tracts extending several miles within the Okefenokee Swamp for the past several years, has suspended operations and it is said the plant will very likely be dismantled and sold. Judge Johnson, head of the big lumber concern, gave no reason for the suspension of operations but it is said that all the timber accessible to the tram road extending for several miles into the swamp has been cut and further extension is costly to construct and would not be profitable. A large crew of men, numbering more than 200 were employed in various phases of the mill and logging operations.
BRUNSWICK GETS HISTORY-MAKING CONTRACTS. Contracts for construction of ships and waves amounting to more that 56 million dollars have been awarded to the Brunswick Marine Construction Co. by the U.S. Maritime Commission. Contracts call for 32 cargo ships costing 50 million dollars and construction of new waves and navy yard improvements costing 6.5 million dollars. It’s expected that ten thousand men will be given employment in the undertaking, the largest of its kind in the history of Brunswick.
CLYDE GOWEN HIRED BY GA. POWER. The Georgia Power and Light Co. this week announced that E.C. Gowen, local electrician, has been employed to have charge of repairs and maintenance of the concern’s local light and power distribution lines.
KEENE HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE. The home of Miss Nettie and Miss Annie Keene was completely destroyed by fire Monday night. It is thought to have originated with a defective flue as the flames had considerable headway when found. Very little of the furniture and household effects were saved.
GRIFFIN-GROOVER WEDDING. A marriage of interest was that of Miss Willie Mae Griffin and Mr. Boaz Groover of St. Marys which took place Sunday at the home of Ordinary A.S. McQueen. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Mary E. Griffin and a member of the junior class of Charlton County High School. Mr. Groover is connected with the pulp mill in St. Marys. They will make their home in St. Marys.