Digest of Charlton County Herald - APRIL 1944


Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

April 7, 1944

DR. W.R. McCOY BUYS LOCAL HOSPITAL. One of the most important local real estate transfers in recent months was announced last Friday with the purchase of Dr. W.R. McCoy of the home and hospital building of Capt. James L. Sawyer, now serving in the Army Medical Corps in England. Dr. McCoy and family moved to Claxton, Ga. several months ago and they will return to Folkston as permanent residents. The hospital, which has been closed for the past several months, will be reopened.

C.H. LEWIS ENLISTS IN NAVY. C.H. Lewis, manager of the local Suwannee Store, whose family consists of a wife and six children as well as a young sister living in his home, has been accepted for service in the US Navy and expects to be called soon to report for duty. While entering the service will represent a considerable business sacrifice for him, he expresses himself as ready and willing to respond to the call for duty.

RED CROSS COMPLETES OVERSEAS KITS FOR ARMED SERVICES. The local Red Cross chapter has completed preparation of 288 overseas kits. These articles are now ready for shipment to soldiers leaving for overseas service. The kits were made, and most of the contents supplied, by members of the local chapter under direction of Mrs. E.B. Stapleton, production chairman.

April 14, 1944

O.K. LOWTHER COMPLETES RADIO COURSE. O.K. Lowther, well known resident of the Winokur district, has completed a course in Practical and Theoretical Radio and Television and has been awarded a diploma from the National Radio Institute of Washington, DC. He finished the prescribed course of technical studies with creditable grades and is to be congratulated upon his achievement. He is a school bus driver for the county school system.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. City Supt. of Schools John Harris announced plans for the Senior High graduation activities. The class this year consists of Annie Lou Boyd, Euretha Carter, Martha Crews, Zilphia Crews, Louise Hendrix, Pauline Herrin, Roswald Johnson, Donald Jones, Donald Kendrick, Bobby Kirkland, Vanice McLean, Pauline Nobles, Bobby Robinson, Marguerite Shivar, Geraldine Taylor, Thelma Taylor and Helen Ward.

WILLETTE THOMPSON TO RECEIVE REGISTERED NURSE DIPLOMA. Miss Evelyn Willette Thompson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. W.D. Thompson will complete her training course at Crawford W. Long Hospital in Atlanta and will get her diploma as a Registered Nurse in graduation exercises on April 29th.

April 21, 1944

FRESH COWS FOR SALE TO FAMILIES WITH SMALL CHILDREN. FitzHugh Murray has asked the Herald to announce that he has a herd of eight fresh milk cows which he will be glad to sell individually to families with small children who may be needing a dependable source of milk supply. Mr. Murray says he has no particular desire to sell his cows but will do so as a service and convenience to any family needing one. If interested, see him for further particulars.

April 28, 1944

FIRE SIREN TO SOUND WHEN INVASION BEGINS. At the moment news is received in Folkston that the long-awaited European invasion has been launched, the city fire alarm siren will be sounded as a signal to our tensely expectant people that the greatest battle in the history of the world has been started. This has been authorized by Mayor C.J. Passieu who warns the public not to become unduly alarmed. The invasion signal will be preceded by two short blasts in order it not be mistaken for a regular fire alarm signal. Mayor Passieu suggests that when the signal is heard, everyone in the community pause in whatever they may be doing at the time for a moment of silent prayer for our boys who will be going ashore on the European beachheads into whatever dangers may await them.

DR. H.H. BOLTON DIED. Dr. Harry Howard Bolton, age 57, passed away Saturday at his Crystal Springs home just across the St. Marys River after a long illness. He was born in Meridian, Miss. and reared in Mobile, Ala. He was a graduate of the class of 1914 of Emory University Medical School in Atlanta. Besides his wife and daughter, Miss Kathryn Bolton, survivors include four brothers and six sisters. Funeral services were conducted from the home and interment followed at Folkston Cemetery. Kyle Morticians, Jacksonville were in charge of burial arrangements.

MR. FRANK NEMETH DIED. Frank Nemeth, age 32, well known and highly regarded resident of St. George, passed away Saturday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Jacksonville, following a brief illness. He has been a resident of St. George only a few years but made a wide circle of friends in the community who are deeply grieved by his untimely death. He is survived by his wife and three small children. Funeral services were held at St. George Methodist Church of which he was a member and interment followed in the St. George Cemetery.

TWO ALTMAN BROTHERS MEET IN ITALY. Somewhere in Italy on April 6th Pvt. Raymond M. Altman and Cpl. Hubert H. Altman, Charlton County brothers, had the pleasure of meeting each other for the first time in two years and nine months. They spent seven hours together, during which time they also had lunch together. Raymond has been in the foreign service twenty-six months and Hubert twenty months. Neither of them had seen a familiar face in that time. On April 24, their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Altman, received letters from each of them, telling of their meeting. They had three days leave and met each other half way. Pvt. Morris J. Altman, another brother, entered the armed services four weeks ago and is now stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.

ALLEN-BONNER WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. William R. Allen, Sr. announce the marriage of their daughter, Rebecca Jean, to J.E. Bonner of the Jacksonville Naval Air Station and Atlanta, Ga. The marriage took place April 22nd at the Methodist Parsonage, Rev. F.J. Gilbert performing the double-ring ceremony. Mr. Bonner is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Bonner of Carrollton, Ga. and has served in the US Navy for three years.

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