Digest of Charlton County Herald - April 1943

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

April 2, 1943

CHICKENS ARE A NUISANCE TO GARDENERS. A great many Folkston people have this year responded to the pleas for Victory Gardens and they are going to have plenty of discouragement and backset to contend with without have to keep eternally alert and on guard to shoo away a flock of neighbor's hungry chickens which is always a losing game anyway. Anyone who allows their chickens to roam at large and damage the gardens of their neighbors commits a most inconsiderate and unneighborly act. Remember it is your duty to keep your chickens confined and not the duty of your neighbors to keep them off their property and out of their gardens.

DUDLEY JONES IN CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL. Dudley Jones who has been serving in the Navy since the outbreak of the war is now a patient at the hospital in San Diego, California. He has been under treatment in a hospital in the south Pacific for several months. He hopes soon to be transferred to a hospital nearer home.

ARMY AIR FORCE MAY HAVE BOMBING FIELD IN CHARLTON COUNTY. The site for a huge practice bombing field to be used by the Army Air Force may soon be located in Charlton County. Representatives of the War Department have been here investigating the possibility of locating such a field on extensive tracts of land belonging to Walter C. Hopkins in the Toledo district. Aerial photographs have been made of the site under consideration. The exact location of the land has not been revealed but it is reported that about 3,000 acres will be required.

TOLEDO CCC CAMP DISMANTLED. The old CCC camp about nine miles southwest of Folkston on the St. George highway is no more. Last week the buildings, left vacant on the site when the camp was abandoned, was torn down by a detachment of soldiers from Camp Stewart and moved by truck to the military camp near Hinesville. There were about a score of the old buildings, many of them said to be in excellent condition, and these structures are to be re-erected at Camp Stewart. A caretaker has been in charge of the old CCC camp site since the work there was abandoned. The removal of the buildings completes liquidation of the third and final CCC project, leaving the permanent buildings at Camp Cornelia.

MISS GIBSON VISITS FAMILY. Miss Marcelle Gibson, who has a position at the US Navy Yard in Charleston, spend the last weekend here with her parents.

April 9, 1943

SCHOOL PRINCIPALS CHOSEN. At the meeting of the Board of Education this week, the following were elected principals for the coming school year: Senior High School, Eunice Chute; Jr. High School, Mayme Askew; Primary and Elementary School, Marion Pearce.

BRAGG FAMILY MOVES TO FOLKSTON. Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Bragg and children arrived in Folkston last week from Milledgeville to make their home here. He has a position in the Brunswick shipyards.

FOLKSTON-TO-BRUNSWICK BUS IN OPERATION. A new inner-city bus line operating between Folkston and Brunswick was placed in service this week to transport local workers in the Brunswick shipyards. The service is operated by the U.S. Maritime Commission. The new service began Monday morning. There is only one round trip daily, leaving Folkston about 5:00 A.M. and returning about 4:30 P.M. A large number of Folkston people are employed in the Brunswick shipyards.

WAR LOAN DRIVE TO MEET NEW QUOTA. Chairman William Mizell of the Charlton County drive says he anticipates no difficulty in raising the $54,200.00 War Loan Drive quota assigned to this county. Charlton County has promptly met all previous War Bond quotas. Employees of Hercules camp have signed up almost 100 percent in the payroll deduction plan for war bond purchases. This is the second War Loan Drive.

April 16, 1943

EDWARD CRAWFORD IS PRISONER OF WAR. Cpl. Edward Crawford of St. George, reported missing in action in the North African battlefront several weeks ago, is a prisoner of war in an Italian prison camp, his parents Mr. and Mrs. George Crawford were advised Monday. He was taken prisoner by the Italians in an action on the Central Tunisian front when a number of American soldiers were captured.

ROBERT HARRISON SERVING IN NORTH AFRICA. In a letter to his parents, Robert W. Harrison, Jr. says he has been assigned to duty with the Administration Section of the 2nd Provisional Prisoner of War Battalion and is serving in North Africa. He reports that he and his coworkers will have their hands full in keeping records of the large number of enemy prisoners captured daily.

RALPH CHISM TRANSFERRED TO KEARNES, UTAH. Ralph A. Chism of Moniac is now stationed at the Army Air Force Basic Training Center at Kearns, Utah. The husband of Mrs. Gertrude Chism, Pvt. Chism has been in the Army Air Force since August, 1942.

DEATH LAST FRIDAY OF PORTE C. TRACY AFTER LONG ILLNESS. Porte Crayon Tracy, age 76, one of the most widely known and highly regarded pioneer citizens of this section, died last Friday afternoon, April 9, at his home just across the St. Marys River from Traders Hill after an extended illness. He suffered from a heart ailment and had been in declining health for many months. Born August 7, 1866 Mr. Tracy was a lifelong resident of this community, having been born and lived all his life in the old Tracy home where he died, which is well over 100 years old. Located directly across the river from Traders Hill it is one of the oldest homes in this territory. Mr. Tracy obtained his early education in Nassau County and also attended schools in Folkston and Waycross. In 1882, at the age of sixteen, he entered the Holy Communion Institute in Charleston, S.C., now known as Porter Military Academy. In 1894 during a severe Yellow Fever epidemic he was appointed as a government guard and assisted in construction of Camp Perry, a Yellow Fever quarantine station, near the St. Marys River. He also served as a member of the Waycross Rifles, now a part of the Georgia National Guard. In 1888 he joined the Traders Hill Methodist Church and was a faithful and active member up to the time of his death. In early manhood he joined the Masonic Order and at the time of his death was the oldest member of the Folkston Lodge. Mr. Tracy served as Postmaster of the Traders Hill Post Office from 1909 until it was discontinued. For many years he was a well known timber surveyor in Nassau and Charlton Counties, carrying on his work during a period when timber operations along the St. Marys River was at its height. In 1915 he was married to Miss Minnie Haddock, daughter of a well-known Nassau County family, who survives him. Other survivors include four daughters, Miss Ada Tracy of St. Marys, Mrs. V.J. Pickren, Mrs. E.A. Cushing and Mrs F.G. Davis of Jacksonville and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Traders Hill Methodist Church with Rev. George F. Erwin, local Methodist pastor, assisted by Rev. Henry Erwin and Rev. George Hodges officiating. The casket was embanked with the most lovely and beautiful floral offerings. Interment took place in the Traders Hill Cemetery with impressive burial rites of the Masonic Order at the graveside. Members of the Masonic Lodge formed an honorary escort and active pallbearers were Dr. W.J. Schneider, E.B. Stapleton, J.V. Gowen, Sr., Jim Gwynn, J.J. Gwynn and C.R. Towers. Burial arrangements were in charge of Hardage and Williams, Jacksonville morticians.

EUGENE WILLIAMS TRANSFERRED TO BALDWIN. Eugene Williams, who has served as foreman of Woods Operations for the Folkston camp of the Hercules Powder Co. for the past several months, has been transferred to the Hercules camp at Baldwin, Fla. where he will serve in a similar capacity.

DESTRUCTIVE TORNADO MONDAY. Swirling down out of a cloud-filled sky, a tornado of minor proportions swept through the area between St. George and Callahan Monday afternoon, demolishing at least one home and injuring ten persons. Mrs. Lula Rowe and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Kate Rowe, 56, near St. George, are in St. Vincentıs Hospital suffering from possible internal injuries. The Rowes, injured when their home was blown from its foundation, were first taken to Baldwin in the school bus and later transferred to the Jacksonville hospital in an ambulance. Six children who occupied a boarding house operated by Mrs. Jones sustained minor injuries.

NEEDED: MECHANICS AND TRAINEES IN METAL TRADE. The United States Employment Service with offices in Waycross is engaged in a very extensive campaign recruiting workers and trainees for war industries. There is a demand for mechanics and trainees in the metal trade. Both men and women are needed. Your country needs your services in the war industries NOW.

ON THE HOME FRONT. One of the unique demands resulting from the war is that of wives for wedding rings for their husbands in Uncle Samıs armed services. Macon jewelry stores report booming business with this article of jewelry for men. They are being bought for bridegrooms and for old husbands. So great is the demand that stores are now able to supply sixteen to twenty different styles. Etiquette demands that the wife select and pay for her husbandıs ring. ³In times like this,² said one saleslady, ³when all of the men are away from home, itıs important to have the married men look like married men!²

ST. GEORGE MEN IN ARMED SERVICES. St. George has given of her sons to the war. These boys are now serving as volunteers in different branches: Pfc. John K. Hopkins, Army Air Corps; Emmett Roberts, Army Cadet; Neal Crawford, Army Air Corps; Eli Thompson, Navy; Linton Braddock, Navy; Ulee Canaday, Navy; Lt. James Templeton, Army Air Corps.

REGISTER FOR SWIMMING CLASSES. The Red Cross swimming instructor has been chosen in the person of Woodrow Pickren. His assistant is Mrs. R.H. Bragg, who specialized in physical culture while attending college in Milledgeville. Arrangements will be made to give instructions as soon as the water is warm enough to indulge in outdoor swimming. In the meantime, list your name with the Red Cross secretary, Mrs. Gertrude Johnson at the courthouse.

LOST - One dark brown Jersey cow. Unmarked with fine bell. If anyone finds her, notify me and I will pay you for your trouble. P.S. Bradley, Folkston.

BUNNY CRAWFORD IN ORPHANS HOME. At the County Commissioners meeting it was agreed to pay Southern Industrial Orphans Home the sum of $3.00 per month for the care of Bunny Crawford.


April 23, 1943

SAVE TIN CANS, SILK HOSE. At the Garden Club meeting this week Miss Gertrude Proctor reported that the curb market had been painted and she urged the ladies to patronize the farmers who bring in their produce. She also urges all ladies of Folkston to leave their discarded silk and nylon hose at the L.E. Stokes store. This will be sent on, to be used in a war project. She stated that tin cans are still needed and should be left with any of the local merchants.

JIM BRYANT ON LEAVE. Pfc. Jim Bryant came home to spend a short leave with family and friends. He is stationed at Camp Phillips, Kansas.

DEVANT PURVIS ASSIGNED TO WOFFORD COLLEGE. After a period of basic training at Miami Beach, Cadet Devant Purvis has been assigned to Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C. where he will take a five months course in the Army Air Force as a flying cadet.

NEW ASSIGNMENTS FOR CHARLTON MEN. Several of Charlton's men in service have had new assignments. Sgt. George Brock who has been stationed at Fort Custer, Michigan, has been transferred to Camp Stoneman, California; Pfc. Rudolph Norwood has been transferred to Nashville, Tenn.; Harold Gowen is at Camp J.T. Robinson, Arkansas.

LOUIE PASSIEU HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO TEXAS. Having completed an advance course at the Boeing Aircraft factory in Seattle, Washington, Louie Passieu has been assigned to Sheppard Field, Texas where he began training as a Flight Engineer and a mechanical control officer on board the Army Air Force's giant new super-bomber.

ON THE HOME FRONT. Meat rationing didn't cause as much flutter in the South as some expected. But some housewives didnıt understand about chicken. No poultry is being rationed. Buy all you want. Despite recurrent reports, no more whiskey or other distilled liquors will be manufactured until after the war. Distillers are using all available facilities to produce industrial alcohol.

NEW BABY FOR DIXON FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Dixon of St. George announce the birth of a baby boy, born Monday at McCoy Hospital. The baby weighed eight pounds and 12 ounces.

PREVATT - BESECKER WEDDING. A marriage of interest was that of Miss Velma Prevatt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe A. Prevatt, and William E. Besecker, Petty Officer, 2nd Class, of Richmond, Va. which took place April 15. The bride is a graduate of Folkston High School, class of 1942 and just completed a business course in Massey Business College in Jacksonville. Mr. Besecker enlisted in the Navy two years ago. They will make their home in Virginia.

JEFFRY KNOWLES INJURED. Bro. Jeffry Knowles, of Camp Pinckney, was brought home from the pulp mill Monday with three of his toes broken.

SGT. SPRADLEY VISITING. Sgt. Oscar Spradley is at home visiting friends after arriving from the Hawaiian Islands.

April 30, 1943

FARMER WRENCH EATS HOME-GROWN FOOD. Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Wrench celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary on April 22nd, with a home-grown dinner and without a rationed article on the table. There were peas, Irish potatoes, cabbage and onion with strawberries for dessert. He forgot to say there was fried chicken on the table as well. "When a fellow is married for as long a period as 34 years," Mr. Wrench says "a fellow has to learn how to make ends meet in an emergency."

J.E. HARVEY, JR. DISCHARGED. J.E. Harvey, Jr., who has been serving in the U.S. Marine Corps returned here Tuesday, having been given an honorable discharge because of physical disability. He saw active duty with the Marines on Guadal Canal in the southwest Pacific.

RED CROSS WAR FUND CAMPAIGN. Miss Helen Mizell, director of the Charlton County Red Cross War Fund campaign, announced this week that the countyıs quota of $1400.00 has been oversubscribed. $1428.00 has been collected so far.

FIFTY-FIVE LIBERTY SHIPS TO BE BUILT AT BRUNSWICK. Contracts for construction of 460 additional merchant ships were awarded in Washington Saturday by the U.S. Maritime Commission. This included contracts for J.A. Jones Construction Co. at Brunswick, for 55 Liberty Ships.

SCOTT - CONNER WEDDING. A marriage that will be of much interest was that of Miss Margie Lynette Scott of Folkston and Miami, to Seaman 2nd Class James Freddie Conner, U.S.N.R., Jacksonville which took place at First Presbyterian Church in Waycross Saturday. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Scott and is a graduate of Charlton County High School. She is employed in the office of the Commandant of the Seventh Naval District in Miami. Seaman Conner is a son of Mr. and Mrs. F.R. Conner of Callahan.

PARTY FOR MISS McQUEEN. Little Miss Lynette McQueen entertained a group of her young friends Tuesday afternoon in celebration of her ninth birthday. They spent an enjoyable afternoon, after which ice cream and cake were served. Among those present were Joanne Passieu, Dot Powell, Joy Mills, Mary Connie Sikes, Trell Allen, Flora Ann Allen, Patsy Harrison, Billy Mizell, Thomas Player, Maurice Hannaford, Jay Powell, Norris Johnson and Lewis Davis.

EL BETHEL CHURCH NOW AFFILIATED WITH ASSEMBLIES OF GOD. It was decided on the night of April 17th by the members of the El Bethel Christian Church to affiliate with the Assemblies of God since their teachings are almost identical. It was decided that with their efforts consolidated, more could be done for the Masterıs cause. From this time on, the El Bethel Church of Folkston will be called the First Assembly of God.

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