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Digest of Charlton County Herald - March 1943

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays


March 5, 1943

RATION BOOK TWO ISSUED. The issuing of War Ration Book Two was carried out successfully by the teaching staff on Thursday and Friday afternoons after school and on Saturday. The teachers gladly made this contribution and deserve the words of praise given them by the general public. In the Folkston area the number of books issued was: Folkston white, 2,222. Folkston colored, 967. Traders Hill Colored, 186. St. George Colored, 267. Moniac Colored, 75. Complete reports are not in. The outstanding features of the work was the willingness with which the people accepted rationing and the large number of county families having home-canned vegetables available for use.

MRS. DINKINS RECEIVES PROMOTION. The many friends of Mrs. Tracy Stewart Dinkins will be interested to learn that she has been promoted to the post of Head Dietitian at McCall’s Hospital in Rome, Ga., where she has been employed the past several years.

ZELTON CONNER IS IN THE NAVY. Zelton Conner, one of Folkston’s well-known young businessmen, who recently enlisted for service in the US Navy, is undergoing boot training at the Bainbridge, Maryland Naval Station, according to a card received this week.

NEW BABY GIRL FOR JONES FAMILY. Mrs. W.R. Jones and baby daughter returned from McCoy Hospital to their home in Coleraine Sunday. Both are said to be getting along well.
STAMP 19 IS A COFFEE STAMP. Stamp Number 19 in War Ration Book One has been officially designated as a Coffee Stamp. It is to be used exclusively for that purpose, according to Miss Marward Bedell, Clerk of the Rationing Board. This will correct the widespread impression that Stamp 19 has been assigned as a Shoe Stamp, Miss Bedell emphasizes.

NEW BABY BOY FOR WILLIAMS FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Williams of Glynnmore, La. announce the birth of a fine baby boy, born February 26th. The baby weighed 10 pounds and 5 ounces. Mrs. Williams will be remembered as Miss Oree Roddenberry.

ON THE HOME FRONT. Though collection of iron and steel scrap is vital, WPB says copper will be the number one scrap problem for this year. The armed services has been catching so many fishermen that those remaining can’t catch enough fish. Last year catches of this important food declined more than a billion pounds and aid is now being sought from the War Manpower Commission. General Marshall’s grocery bill for our five million heavy-eating enlisted men runs $2,800,000.00 a day. This is only 56 cents per soldier and the food is mighty good. A pound of meat, one egg, a pint of milk, 10 pounds of vegetables, bread, butter, sugar and coffee. The size of matches will be cut to save lumber this year. About a quarter of an inch will be snipped from the end of the familiar kitchen match.

March 12, 1943

CPL. J.E. HARVEY, JR. IS IN CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL. Cpl. J.E. Harvey, Jr. of the U.S. Marines, is now recuperating in a Long Beach, California hospital after active service with the Marines in the Solomon Islands. He advised his father Wednesday that he will soon get an assignment as Recruiting Officer for the Marines.

DRAFTEES RECEIVE NOTICE. At a meeting of the local Draft Board this week, the April contingent was chosen. Formal notices were sent out to the following white group: Decatur Franklin Edmondson, Joe Morgan, Adrian Donald Hickox, Jesse Edward Crews, William Arnold Norman, William James Raulerson, Fulton Flowers, James Nathaniel Riggins, Sidney Harold Gowen and Sidney Wilson Huling.

INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS TO SEND WAR PRISONERS PACKAGES. An eleven pound package the Red Cross plans to send every American war prisoner in enemy camps throughout the world will contain white powdered milk, one pound; processed American cheese, 9 ounces; oleomargarine with vitamin A, 1 pound; pork luncheon meat, 12 ounces; corn beef, 12 ounces; liver paste, six ounces; salmon, 8 ounces; dried prunes, one pound; soup; orange concentrate, 4 ounces; white sugar, 8 ounces; biscuits, 7 ounces; soluble coffee, 4 ounces; two chocolate bars, two soap bars and four packages of cigarettes. Mrs. Frank Shepard, regional chairman of the new Red Cross project in New York, in which the food will be packaged for shipment abroad in Mercy Ships, said that volunteers working in a converted warehouse will produce two million packages a year. They will be distributed to prison camps through the neutral agency of the International Red Cross.

POSTMASTER IN HOSPITAL. Postmaster Verne J. Pickren is a patient in the St. Luke’s Hospital in Jacksonville where he underwent a minor operation. At last reports he is said to be getting along well. During his absence from duty the business of the post office is being handled by the regular clerical staff, Miss Marion LaVerne Pickren and Mrs. W.L. Barefoot.

CONVICT CAMP TO BE RETURNED TO CHARLTON. Charlton County’s State Convict Camp, which was ordered closed and the personnel and equipment transferred to Telfair County in the final days of the Talmadge administration, will be reassigned to its former site at an early date. The stockade buildings and other permanent fixtures were not torn down and removed when the camp was closed. The camp is to be reassigned to this county for the sole purpose of completing construction of Route 23 through the county.

EVIN HICKOX OVERCOME BY FUMES. Evin Hickox of Homeland, employed as a guard at the ACL St. Marys River bridge, was found in the watchtower at the bridge early Saturday morning in an unconscious condition, having been overcome by the fumes from a coal fire in a bucket. The guard had been overcome by the fumes sometime during Friday night, the small tower being almost air-tight. He had fallen against the hot bucket and suffered severe burns on his leg. He was found unconscious when Herbert Harvey arrived to relieve him Saturday morning. He quickly revived after being moved to the open air. He was given first aid treatment by Dr. McCoy and was taken to the Coast Line hospital in Waycross.

DUDLEY JONES IN NAVY HOSPITAL IN THE PACIFIC. Sunday Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Jones established contact with their son, Dudley Jones, who is serving in the U.S. Navy. He is a patient in a Navy hospital somewhere in the Pacific area where he is undergoing treatment for injuries. He had not heard from his parents in several months. The help of the Red Cross was enlisted in getting a message through. Details of the nature of his injuries and exact location were not made public.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT. Mr. and Mrs. Randall W. Gowen announce the birth of a baby boy born Saturday, March 6 at the McCoy Hospital. The baby weighed 8 pounds and has been named James Furman. Both mother and baby are getting along fine and they returned home Wednesday.

ON THE HOME FRONT. Fresh vegetables are expected to be scarcer during the coming summer than ever before in our history. People who never thought about planting a vegetable garden are making plans for one this year. WPB says cigarette production is running at an all-time high. The boys in uniform like their smokes and there’s no prospect of a shortage for them or for civilians.

March 19, 1943

SGT. WORDIE LECKIE, CANADIAN AIR FORCE, KILLED IN ACTION. Charlton County’s first fatal casualty of the present world-wide war was reported last Friday when Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Leckie received a message from the Canadian War Department announcing that their son, Sgt. Wordie Leckie, of the Canadian Air Force, had been killed in action on March 10th. Details of the action in which he lost his life were not revealed in the brief message. He was a member of the crew of a big bomber serving in the exposed position of Top Gunner and it is presumed he was killed in combat action somewhere in England or western Europe. Another message received later in the day announced that funeral services for Sgt. Leckie would be held Saturday, March 13th at 3:30 o’clock, 8:30 Eastern War Time, with interment to take place in Nipon Cemetery, Yorkshire, England. Born in Texas 26 years ago next June, young Leckie had been a resident of Charlton County since his boyhood days. He was a graduate of Charlton County High School and on his last leave home was baptized as a member of the Baptist Church by Rev. Waterman. Modest and unassuming, he was one of Folkston’s most highly regarded young men and the announcement of his death occasioned widespread sorrow throughout the community. Volunteering for service in the U.S. Air Corps, young Leckie was rejected because of a slight physical ailment. He entered the Canadian Air Force in November 1941 and received his wings and was commissioned as a Sergeant Pilot in August 1942. He arrived in England in 1942. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Leckie, survivors include two brothers, Professor Norman Leckie of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Powell Leckie, Wheeler County Farm Agent of Alamo, Ga.HE WAS A PATRIOT. The flash of the cable telling of the death and burial in foreign lands of our esteemed young friend, Wordie Leckie, came to his family here last Friday. We feel that Wordie showed the real spirit of patriotism that in fact in his death a great patriot has passed on to the realms of eternal life. What more can a man do than give his life in service for his country. His father said that Wordie worried somewhat over the fact that his health kept him out of the service of his native country, but not to be outdone he volunteered for service with the Canadian air force service. His affliction, asthma, being somewhat relieved by the change in climate. Twice his service was not accepted in his country, yet he determined to serve the democracies of the world. We can not place a wreath upon his grave but we can shed a tear for this brave boy who so willingly gave his life that we might enjoy the future years of life without fear of dictators. God bless his family and may memories always be a blessing to them. T.W.W. [T.W. Wrench]

SCHOOLS TAKE SPRING HOLIDAYS TO MAKE VICTORY GARDENS. When school is dismissed this Friday, it will be the beginning of the spring holidays. These holidays are given so that children may help in the making of Victory Gardens. The schools were called upon by the government to see that the home garden was planted by every family this year, and that the school pupils be permitted by their parents to assist in the planning, making and cultivating of these gardens as well as canning of all surplus vegetables.

MRS. ROBINSON’S BROTHER DIED. Mrs. W.H. Robinson last week received the sad news of the death of her brother Professor Thaxton, who passed away at Milledgeville after an extended illness. He was an instructor for many years at the Ga. State College for Women and a native of Jackson, Ga. where funeral services and interment were held.

MISS THRELKELD FOUND SAFE IN HOSPITAL. When Miss Cumire Threlkeld, niece of Mrs. Scott Johnson, failed to return to her home here last Saturday as expected, Mrs. Johnson contacted her boarding house in Jacksonville and learned she had been missing for several days. Alarmed at the unexplained disappearance, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson left for Jacksonville and with the help of the detective bureau, began a search for the missing girl. She was quickly located in a Jacksonville hospital where she had gone for minor treatment after consulting a doctor. The doctor had promised to notify her boarding house but for some unexplained reason, had failed to do so. Miss Threlkeld recently completed a business course at Massey Business College in Jacksonville and is now employed in that city.

EDWARD CRAWFORD IS MISSING IN ACTION. Mr. and Mrs. George Crawford of St. George were last week officially advised by the War Department that their son, Edward Crawford, serving with the American Army Expeditionary Forces in North Africa, had been reported missing in action since February 17th. Young Crawford had been serving with the Army forces engaged in battle in the central Tunisian front where the Germans made a temporary break-through in the American lines. Just a few days previously his parents had received a letter from him written from a shell hole in the battlefield. More than 1,000 American soldiers have been reported to have been captured by the Germans in this action and it is presumed that young Crawford is a prisoner of war in the hands of the Germans, although this has not been confirmed.

ON THE HOME FRONT. Folks who lose their ration books can apply for replacement at the local ration board, but if the board finds that it was lost or stolen through negligence it may hold up the issuance of a new one for sixty days. Owners of roadside tourist camps must now offer their cabins at monthly rates. OPA says that some auto court landlords have been charging daily rates to tenants who were forced to live in camps because of crowded housing conditions in booming war towns.

NEW BABY GIRL FOR PETTY FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Wade Petty announce the birth of a baby girl born Tuesday at the McCoy Hospital. She weighed seven pounds and six ounces.

March 26, 1943

DIMOND PAGE IS HOME FROM PACIFIC. D.L. Page, who has been located the past several months in the Hawaiian Islands where he was employed as a machinist in the US Navy Yard at Pearl Harbor, arrived in Folkston this week to spend a few days with his parents. Dimond said he has had some interesting experiences during his stay in the Pacific. While there he saw Homer Allen and Elliott Allen who are serving in the U.S. Army. He reports both are getting along well. He will soon leave for Norfolk where he will resume his normal work in the shipyards there.

VIRGIL COLSON IN ARMY AIR FORCE. John Virgil Colson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Colson, of Route One, Waycross, former residents here, is now enrolled as an aviation cadet in the Army Air Force Preflight School for Pilots at Maxwell Field, Alabama. In private life he was a detail assembler at Lockheed Aircraft Corp.

CREWS - BENNETT WEDDING. A marriage that will be of interest to many friends is that of Miss Nellie Crews, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Crews of Hoboken, to Arthur Bennett of the US Navy, which took place last Sunday at Melbourne, Fla. He is a son of A.J. Bennett of Folkston and is stationed at Yellow Water, Florida. He recently completed a training course in Chicago and is now serving at the Florida post as a Gunner.

JULIAN WILDES JOINS NAVY. Julian Wildes, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Mack Wildes, left Sunday for Jacksonville where he reported for enlistment in the U.S. Navy.

M.J. PRESCOTT KILLS WIFE, THEN HIMSELF. M.J. Prescott, a former resident of Charlton County, died Monday in a Miami hospital of bullet wounds after shooting and killing his wife in that city according to reports from the Miami Police Department. Neighbors called police who broke a window to enter the apartment. Mrs. Prescott was dead and Mr. Prescott was unconscious and died after reaching the hospital. His body reached this city Wednesday and was taken in charge by Adkins Funeral Home. Burial services were announced for Thursday afternoon in the Burnt Fort cemetery. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Prescott, who survive him. He is also survived by a brother, Hamp Prescott of Miami.

FRANK RODDENBERRY STATIONED IN MICHIGAN. Franklin Roddenberry, who is serving in the US Army, stationed at Fort Custer, Michigan, arrived this week to spend ten days with home folks here.

SGT. L.G. CLARK RELEASED FROM ARMY HOSPITAL. Sgt. Lewis G. Clark who was slightly wounded while serving in the Western European area, has been released from the hospital, his mother, Mrs. Sibbie Clark, was advised this week by the War Department. He is not yet able to resume active duty.

ON THE HOME FRONT. A complete uniform for a WAAC costs approximately $170.00. The quartermaster’s department must supply thousands of them. Folks who live far from the store are now authorized to apply for extra canned goods - fishermen, forest rangers, men at logging camps, missionaries, etc. Stove pipes and elbows will undoubtedly be scarce next fall, so folks who are taking theirs down for the summer should save them.

NURSE DOBBS ACCEPTS POSITION IN HINESVILLE HOSPITAL. Miss Maggie Dobbs left this week for Hinesville where she is to be in charge of Nursing Activities at the Davis Hospital in that city. She has had extensive experiences as a nurse having been connected with the McCoy Hospital here since its establishment.

TWO FOLKSTON GIRLS ENLIST IN WAACS. Two Folkston girls, Miss Alma Foster, a niece of Dr. W.R. McCoy, and Miss Jewell Taylor, daughter of Mrs. Herman Eskew, left yesterday for Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., after enlisting for service with the WAACs. They are the first young ladies from this county to enlist in this organization.

BOOKS ARE BEING COLLECTED FOR SERVICE MEN. The Victory Book Campaign for the American Red Cross has begun to function. The request was for 3,400,000 books, but so far only 700,000 have been reported in hand. The chapters have been slow in naming their book chairman which is the main cause of the lack of books. Mrs. J.E. Harvey, local chairman of the book committee, will appreciate any books that can be spared from your library that will prove of interest to the boys at the front.

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