Digest of Charlton County Herald - April 1945

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

April 6, 1945

GRADUATION PLANS. The Senior Class of CCHS has selected Rev. F.J. Gilbert to preach the commencement sermon and William S. Smith to deliver the graduation address on May 28. They also chose Betty Southwell to give the welcome address and Lamar Gibson to give the farewell address.

NORMAN CHESSER SERIOUSLY WOUNDED IN ACTION. Sgt. Norman Chesser, 27, was seriously wounded in action in Germany on March 18, his brother, Morgan Chesser, was advised in an official War Department telegram received this week. He is under treatment in an army field hospital. He enlisted in the Army in 1937 and has been overseas only about two months, serving with the 23rd Infantry in the Invasion of Germany.

SCOUTS TO HELP LIONS CLUB IN CLOTHING DRIVE. The United Nations Clothing Collection campaign, to be in progress throughout the nation during April, is responsible locally by the Lions Club according to secretary C.H. Lewis, who says arrangements for the campaign have been completed. The Lions are asking the people of the county to donate every old piece of clothing they possibly can spare, to aid the destitute millions in the war-devastated countries of Europe. Persons desiring to contribute used clothing of any kind are asked to call phone number 52 at the high school and Scouts will be sent to your home to pick up the bundle.

TEACHERS ELECTED FOR NEW TERM OF SCHOOL. At the Board of Education meeting this week the following teachers were elected for 1945-46: Folkston: Mayme Askew, Georgia L. Brown, Esther Carter, Eleanor Cockrell, Leila Crews, Jewell Barker Gibson, Mrs. B.B. Gowen, Mrs. Thelma Hannaford, Mrs. J.W. Johnson, Susie Johnston, Hilda M. Jones, Kathryn Jones, Mildred H. Mizell, Marion Pearce, Mrs. J.D. Roddenberry, Mary Scott, Imogene Sears, Emily Stokes, Geraldine Stokes and Mary Vickery. St. George: J.T. Lee.

RED CROSS FUND GOAL EXCEEDED AGAIN. Under the able leadership of Mrs. George R. Gowen, Jr., chairman of the Red Cross War Fund committee in Charlton County, it has again met its full assigned quota of $1900.00. The quota has been exceeded with additional amounts expected to be added later.

IRA ROGERS, JR. WOUNDED IN ACTION ON IWO JIMA. Mr. and Mrs. Ira Rogers have been advised by the War Department this week that their son, Ira Rogers, Jr., has been wounded in action at Iwo Jima. Details of the young soldier’s injuries were not disclosed.

April 13, 1945

YULEE CITIZEN DIED WHILE SHOPPING IN LOCAL STORE. E.C. Griffin, 52, of Yulee, Fla. was stricken with a heart attack while shopping in the Shannon Grocery Store here Saturday, and died almost immediately. Dr. W.J. Schneider was summoned from his nearby office to attend the stricken man, but found him dead when he reached his side. Mr. Griffin’s wife was standing nearby and she stated he suffered from a chronic heart ailment. The body was taken to Yulee by Oxley Mortuary of Fernandina.

ELLIOTT ALLEN HOME ON LEAVE. Sgt. Elliott W. Allen reached his home in Folkston this week to spend a 30-day leave with his parents, after a 38 months active service overseas in the southwest Pacific theater of operations.

DALTON WILKS, WOUNDED, IN DAYTONA HOSPITAL. Daytona Beach, Fla. April 4: T-4 Dalton Wilks, formerly of Folkston, has recently arrived at Welch Convalescent Hospital, the Army’s new reconditioning center at Daytona Beach. The son of Dalton Wilks, he entered the Army in March, 1941 and has served two years in the European Theater, where he was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action.

VIRGIL COLSON IS PRISONER OF WAR IN GERMANY. Lt. John Virgil Colson, a B-24 Liberator pilot, who was reported by the War Department as missing in action over Germany on November 30, 1944, is now known to be a prisoner of the Germans. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Colson, Waycross, have received a direct message from him revealing that he is in a Nazi prison camp. The War Department has confirmed that he is a prisoner. His message discloses that he is getting along very well and that his wounds have almost healed. It is the first indication received that he had been wounded. He has been awarded the Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters, for action accomplished with distinction in missions over enemy-occupied Europe.

ALDRIDGE – PROCTOR WEDDING. The marriage of Miss Jackie Aldridge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Aldridge, to Marion Proctor of Blackshear, was announced this week The ceremony took place March 31. They will make their home in Blackshear,

April 20, 1945

CHARLTON MOURNS PASSING OF PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT. Last Thursday afternoon, just as the final paper of the week’s issue was being mailed, the shocking news reached the Herald office that our beloved President Franklin D. Roosevelt had passed away at Warm Springs, Ga.

BELOVED PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT DIED. The news came as a deep shock to the people of Folkston and the country and citizens in every walk of life expressed their sorrow at the passing of a great and beloved leader. No event in recent years has had such a profound impact upon the public consciousness. The long and colorful public career of Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to an abrupt end just as the nation’s thirty-first president seemingly was about to see the fruition of his plans for bringing lasting peace to a war-ridden world. He was 63 years old last January 30. The president’s death came unexpectedly at 4:35 P.M., E.W.T. last Thursday April 12, two and a half hours after he was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage. Three hours later, Vice President Harry S. Truman was sworn in by Chief Justice Stone of the U.S. Supreme Court, to succeed him as President of the United States. The death of President Roosevelt has been more deeply and generally mourned by the people of Charlton County than has the passing of any other public figure in the history of the county. The Folkston public schools were dismissed at 11:00 Friday morning for the remainder of the weekend in honor of the dead president. Saturday afternoon every place of business in Folkston was closed between three and five o’clock while funeral services were being held for the president in the famous East Room of the White House. Sunday morning at 10:00 o’clock interment took place in the family cemetery at Hyde Park, New York with simple ceremonies marking the commitment of his body to the earth. Brief tributes were paid to the departed leader by the pastors of the local Methodist and Baptist Churches at the regular Sunday morning services.

HIGH SCHOOL QUARTET SINGS IN JACKSONVILLE. The Folkston High School quartet, composed of Dorothy Mizell, Jean Pickren, Vivian Wright and Margie Solomon, with Mrs. R.R. Renfroe as director, sang at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville Tuesday night in response to an invitation.

VIRGINIA MAN KILLED AT MATTOX CROSSING. Frank Adams, 56, of Bristol, Virginia died in a Waycross hospital Sunday of injuries sustained when his vegetable and fruit truck overturned on the curve at Mattox Crossing Saturday night. Another occupant of the truck was injured.

EDWARD JACOBS DISCHARGED. Edward D. Jacobs was honorably discharged from the Army at Fort McPherson Separation Center, after serving four months. At the time of his discharge, he was serving as a private in a trainee group at Fort Bragg. Before entering the service he was employed by William Bailey at Folkston.

MR. A.C. “TEET” CREWS DIED. Mr. A.C. “Teet” Crews, widely known citizen of Winokur, died Wednesday after a long illness. The last five years he has suffered from a cancer which is ascribed as the cause of his death. He was about fifty years old and was a brother of S.A. Crews of Winokur. Mr. Crews recently sold his farm and was making his home in Winokur. Survivors include his wife and one son, Donald Crews. Funeral services and interment took place Thursday, details of which were not available.

AGENT H.C. PAGE RETIRES FROM A.C.L. R.R. After nearly forty years continuous service as the Folkston agent for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, H.C. Page last week went on the permanent retirement list, arrangements having been completed for his retirement under provisions of the railroad retirement act. W.L. Barefoot of Waycross succeeds him as the Coast Line’s local agent. Entering the service of the Atlantic Coast Line 42 years ago at Fayetteville, N.C., he came to Folkston on June 4, 1906 and has served continuously since that time as the local agent. A native of Dillon, S.C. he spent most of his youth in Robeson County, N.C. He will remain a resident of Folkston.

LAMAR GIBSON TO RECEIVE EAGLE SCOUT AWARD. Lamar Gibson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Gibson, the first Eagle Scout to ever qualify for this coveted rank in the Camden District, will appear before the Court of Honor on April 27th at 8:00 p.m. in the Folkston School Building, it was announced this week by Scoutmaster William S. Smith. The highest rank of Scouting is that of an Eagle Scout and only two percent of the boys of America ever reach this coveted rank, which makes young Gibson’s record an outstanding achievement.

BRYANT HOME AT TRADERS HILL DESTROYED BY FIRE. Pvt. George Neal Bryant has returned to his post at Fort Mead, Maryland after spending a ten day emergency leave here with his wife and family. Their home at Traders Hill was destroyed by fire on March 30.

A BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR EVERY BABY IN THE USA. To give effect to the President’s Child Health Day on April 9th, many state health department’s Bureaus of Vital Statistics, particularly in the south, will carry out intensive birth registration campaigns. These two agencies are joint sponsors of this year’s observance of Child Health Day on May lst. One out of every thirteen babies born each year is not registered. Of the bumper crop of ten million infants born since Pearl Harbor, over 700,000 have not yet received their first “citizenship papers”.

April 27, 1945

CITY INSTALLS WATER METERS. Water meters purchased several months ago by Folkston city officials are this week being installed. Mayor Passieu announces the city’s water system will be placed on a strict meter basis as soon as this work is completed. The meters are being installed at a cost of $12.50 each to the consumer.

LONNIE WAINWRIGHT AWARDED BRONZE STAR MEDAL. Pfc Lonnie D. Wainwright, Field Artillery, US Army, of Winokur, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service and courage under fire during the fighting near Bastogne, Belgium. Previous to entering the service the young man made his home with his aunt, Mrs. Zoie Pace of Winokur. He attended school in Folkston and had many friends here who will congratulate him upon the fine record he has made in the service of his country.

JOSEPH VANDELL CHANCEY MISSING IN ACTION IN EUROPE. According to information given the Herald a War Department message was received Wednesday announcing that Joseph Vandell Chancey, son of Alvin M. Chancey, of St. Marys, is reported missing in action in the European Theater. Young Chancey has been serving in the US Navy and is the grandson of W.L. Chancey of Charlton County.


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