Digest of Charlton County Herald - March 1945
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
March 2, 1945
STATE GUARD EQUIPMENT. All former members of the Charlton County State Guard unit are requested by O.E. Raynor, former Captain, to turn in any equipment that may remain in their possession to the Folkston Grain and Grocery store for forwarding to headquarters. The family of any former members who may now be out of the city are asked to please attend to this matter for the absent one in order that proper credit may be given for equipment charged against them.
March 9, 1945
CARL LAYTON GOWEN MEMORIAL SERVICE. Memorial services will be held at Prospect Church March 11 at 3:00 p.m. in commemoration of Staff Sergeant Carl Layton Gowen, killed in action in the early stages of the Normandy Invasion. Speakers will be Rev. F.J. Gilbert and Rev. R.W. Waterman. Sgt. Gowen, the son of Mr. Andrew G. Gowen, entered the armed forces in 1941. After going overseas he was stationed in northern Ireland for several months prior to the Normandy Invasion, in which he lost his life in the service of his country on July 17, 1944. A native of Charlton County, he was born and reared near this city. He was 22 years old and one of the county’s most promising and highly-regarded young men. Two brothers are in the armed service, Sheppard Gowen, stationed at an army camp in the west and Louis Gowen, serving overseas in Italy.
DEVOY BROOKS WOUNDED IN ACTION. Information was received last week by P.G. Brooks that Pvt. Devoy F. Brooks had been slightly wounded in action somewhere in Germany. He left for overseas service in December and was wounded February 14th,
POLL TAX REPEALED. The Georgia General Assembly’s repeal of the one dollar poll tax relieved all Georgians of paying the levy this year.
THOMPSON – MADDOX WEDDING. Dr. and Mrs. W.D. Thompson announce the marriage of their daughter Willette to John Maddox of Port St. Joe, Fla. The ceremony took place March 1st in the Port St. Joe Methodist Church with the pastor officiating. The bride has been serving as a trained nurse in a hospital in Port St. Joe. Mr. Mattox is a pilot of vessels entering the port of Port St. Joe. March 16, 1945
MATTOX CROSSING SOLD. Last week L.H. Tucker sold the general merchandise store, filling station and garage business at Mattox Crossing to Robert N. Staton of Jacksonville, who will continue the operation of the businesses.
ROYAL L. CONE FIGHTING ON LUZON ISLAND. Pfc Royal L. Cone, son of Mrs. Joseph J. Cone, of St. George, is fighting with a Field Artillery Unit of the 25th Infantry Division on Luzon Island in the Philippines. He is in his third campaign with the “Tropic Lightning” Division. He has seen action on Guadalcanal and New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. He entered the Army in February, 1942. Christmas and New Year’s was spent aboard a troop ship. A brother, James, is with the Army Engineers in the Pacific Area..
BOY SCOUTS CAMP AT TRADERS HILL. The boys of the Folkston scout troop under the leadership of Scoutmaster William S. Smith, enjoyed a weekend outing at Traders Hill. The group included the following scouts: Lamar Gibson, Joe Stover, Tom Scott, Danny Dinkins, Jackie Bennett, Ronald Hall, Jake Smith, S.L. Pickren, George White, Clifford Mizell, Eugene Crews, Jimmie Brown, Robert Garrison.
W.L. BAREFOOT IS NEW AGENT FOR ACL. W.L. Barefoot, Sr. of Waycross, veteran employee of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, has this week taken over the railroad’s Folkston agency, succeeding N.V. Brown, who has been in charge of the work for the past several months. Mr. Barefoot comes to the local agency under the operation of the seniority rule. Agent H.C. Page, who has served the Coast Line here for nearly forty years, is on extended leave pending completion of arrangements for his retirement.
ALBERT B. CREWS KILLED IN ACTION IN EUROPE. Pfc Albert B. Crews, son of Mrs. Tena L. Crews, Winokur, has been killed in action in the European Theater of Operations, it was announced this week by the War Department. Details of action in which the young soldier lost his life has not been made public. Mrs. Crews was notified several weeks ago that her son had been killed and it is presumed that he fell in the fighting of Northern France or Belgium. The family of the soldier lived just across the Charlton County line in Brantley County but has been identified with this county, the young man having attended school in Folkston. He was a member of one of the most widely-connected families of the Winokur district. Besides his mother, he is survived by two brothers, Jesse Crews and Jimmie Crews as well as five sisters.
WARD – BINNS WEDDING. A marriage that will be of much interest is that of Miss Helen Ward, daughter of Mrs. Estelle Ward, to Joseph Morris Binns of the US Navy, stationed at Milton, Fla. which took place March 10th at the Methodist parsonage, with Rev. F.J. Gilbert officiating. The bride is employed at the office of a railroad contracting firm here. He is the son of Rev. and Mrs. J.H. Binns of Crawfordville, Ga. He is a graduate of Union Point high school and has been serving in the Navy during the war period.
March 23, 1945
SGT. SHIVAR HAS RETURNED TO STATES. Sgt. A.E. Shivar, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Shivar, has returned to the states, after serving for fifteen months overseas with the Army Air Force. A brother, Bernard Shivar, also is serving in the armed forces.
EUGENE WILLIAMS PROMOTED. With the Seventh Army, France – Eugene M. Williams has been promoted from Tech. Fifth Grade to Tech. Fourth Grade while serving with an Engineer Combat Battalion of the American Seventh Army in France. This corresponds to the rank of Sergeant. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. A.D. Williams of Folkston.
MYRON SCOTT RESCUED AFTER SHIP WAS SUNK. Myron L. Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Scott, and a former resident of Folkston, has been in the US Merchant Marine Service and has just returned from England after being rescued from the North Sea, when his ship was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine on February 6th. He and about fifty of his ship mates were rescued by a British mine sweeper within four hours after his ship was sunk. Twenty members of the crew lost their lives when the ship went down within four minutes. The young seaman contracted pneumonia as a result of his experience and for fifteen days was a patient at a British hospital. He is at home on a thirty day leave.
FRENCH – PURVIS WEDDING. The following marriage announcement has this week been received by friends of Devant Jan Purvis: “Mr. and Mrs. Sterling French announce the marriage of their daughter, Oletta, to Lt. Devant Jan Purvis, on the 3rd of March, 1945, Blytheville, Arkansas. Lt. Purvis has been stationed at the Blytheville Air Base for the past several months.”
March 30, 1945
CHANDLER LITTLEFIELD PROMOTED. Warren C. Littlefield, P-51 Mustang Fighter Bomber pilot, has been promoted to the rank of Captain. A veteran of over eighty sorties against the enemy, he is a member of the Ninth Air Force famed “Pioneer” Mustang Fighter Bomber group. His plane is the “Shooting Star”.
DR. FLEMING’S FLOWER GARDEN. The beautiful amaryllis garden developed over the past several years by Dr. A. Fleming is now in full bloom and presents a scene of beauty unequalled anywhere in this territory. Be sure to see the garden in the next few days while it is at the height of its flaming beauty.
DONALD LEE KENDRICKS KILLED IN ACTION AT IWO JIMA. Donald Lee Kendricks, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Kendricks of Racepond, has been killed in action at Iwo Jima while serving with the US Marine Corps, his parents were advised Wednesday. He was a member of the 1944 graduating class of Charlton County High School and has been in the armed services a little more than a year. No details were revealed in the brief official message. The young man had a wide circle of friends who will be deeply grieved to learn of his death in the service of his country.
PAUL LEWIS SEES ACTION AT IWO JIMA. Seaman first class Paul Lewis, a brother of C.H. Lewis, who entered the service from Folkston, took part in the naval action preceding the invasion of Iwo Jima. He is serving aboard the USS Pinckney, a troop carrier that became an evacuation ship for the wounded after the action began.
SCOTT GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. Mr. and Ms. B.F. Scott, Sr. celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary last Sunday, when they were honored with a surprise family gathering and dinner at their home here. Their wedding ceremony took place on March 24th, 1895.
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NEW BABY BOY FOR WRIGHT FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Wright announce the birth of a fine 9 ½ pound baby boy, born March 23 at the McCoy Hospital. He has been named Lester Edwin.
GIBSON – JOHNSON WEDDING. Miss Marjorie Gibson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Gibson, became the bride of Staff Sgt. Porter A. Johnson, U.S. Army, on March 25th in Donaldsonville. A local Presbyterian minister performed the double-ring ceremony. They will live in Biloxi, Miss. where Sgt. Johnson is stationed at Kessler Field.