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Digest of Charlton County Herald - May 1943

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

May 7, 1943

NEW BABY GIRL FOR GLENN GIBSON FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Gibson announce the birth of a fine baby girl, weight 6- pounds, born May 2nd at the McCoy Hospital. The little lady has been named Glenda Louise. Mother and baby are reported to be getting along nicely.

RED CROSS WAR FUND DRIVE ACCOMPLISHED. The Red Cross War Fund drive ended this week with the following collection report: Uptonville $117.00; Racepond $50.45; Winokur $7.00; Homeland $41.00; Coleraine $17.00; Traders Hill $24.00; Moniac $46.00; Toledo $56.18; St. George $140.02; Hercules $35.60; Folkston $765.75; Charlton County Commissioners $100.00. Total $1400.00.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Owing to the worn condition of our city’s deep well pump, we are experiencing great difficulty in keeping sufficient water in the tank to supply our customers. We caution you to use our water supply very carefully. We are trying to get parts and a new pump but any kind of equipment is hard to obtain at this time. The pump was purchased in May 1931. Water service will be discontinued at 10:00 at night until about 7:00 in the morning and the water will be cut off. This is necessary in order to keep water in the tank in case of fire. By order of the Mayor and Council, City of Folkston. William Mizell, Mayor.

PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICE DISCONTINUED. Because so few people call for books from the high school library, the service to the public will be discontinued. The demand on the part of the public does not justify the cost of keeping the librarian for the two afternoons the library was open.

NEW TIRES STOLEN. Some time during Wednesday night burglars broke into Passieu Chevrolet Co. and stole 19 brand new automobile tires. Mr. Passieu has posted a reward of $50.00 for information leading to the identify of the guilty parties.

FOOD RATIONING. Exactly a year ago, May 5th, came sugar rationing. Then a novelty it touched off the now familiar barrage of OPA food restriction orders which have changed the eating habits of all of us. Coffee followed sugar and it is now announced that rationing has reduced coffee consumption by a third.

MEMORIAL FOR WORDIE LECKIE. A beautiful memorial cross, suitably inscribed was this week received from the Canadian government by Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Leckie in commemoration of the death of their son, Sgt. Wordie Leckie, who lost his life several weeks ago in the crash of a bomber at a Canadian Air Base in England. The cross was awarded by the government of Canada and bears the inscription “Sgt.-Gunner Wordie Leckie, one who died in the service of his country,” It will be a highly prized memento for the family of the deceased. A letter giving details of the crash in which Sgt. Leckie lost his life was recently received by his parents. The bomber crew, of which he was a member, had just taken off on a routine training flight when a wing of the huge aircraft suddenly gave way. The bomber crashed into the edge of the hangar as it fell to the ground. All eight members of the crew were instantly killed. Sgt. Leckie served in the exposed position of top gunner. Memorial services for Sgt. Leckie will be held at Calvary Baptist Church at Jesup on the third Sunday in May.

BENNIE SMITH STATIONED IN ORLANDO. Cpl. Bennie Smith, son of Mr. Frank Smith was graduated recently from Chanute, Illinois Field School of the Army Air Force Technical Training Command. He passed through Folkston last week on a troop train enroute to Orlando where he has been assigned a new post.

May 14, 1943

INFANT SON OF MR. AND MRS. ARTHUR DIXON DIED. The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Dixon will sympathize with them in the death of their infant son which occurred May 8. Funeral services were held Sunday with Rev. Ralph Duggan of Homeland officiating. Interment was in Sardis Cemetery.

J.S. HADDOCK BUYS DIXIE CAF… BUILDING. The brick structure located on West Main Street owned by Mrs. James Purdom and known as the Dixie CafÈ building, has been purchased by Jennings S. Haddock. He plans to have repairs made to place the building in first class condition. He will operate a cleaning and pressing establishment.

MRS. BERTIE LEE PETTY CASON DIED. Funeral services were held last Friday for Mrs. Bertie Lee Cason, age 37, who passed away at her home in Jacksonville Tuesday following a brief illness. Burial took place in Folkston Cemetery. She was the wife of Wilton L. Cason, composing room employee of the Jacksonville Times-Union. A native of this county, she was a daughter of the late Lige Petty and Mrs. Ida Petty. She made her home in Jacksonville since 1931. Survivors beside her husband include her mother, Mrs. Ida Petty; one daughter, Mildred; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Hodges and Mrs. Audrey Popham; four brothers, Oscar, Wade and Clifton Petty and Lt. Jesse Petty of Camp Polk, La.

WAVES UNIFORM. The Women’s Auxiliary Volunteer Emergency Service, more familiarly known as WAVES, has been established as a part of our Navy. They are doing a great work relieving many men from office to active service. Cost of a WAVE uniform, exclusive of accessories, is $137.35. This includes suit, skirt, hat, overcoat, raincoat and service bag. Your purchase of war bonds helps pay for uniforms for these patriotic women.

DEFENSE WORKERS NEEDED. Immediate employment. Able-bodied women age 20-50. Able men, draft exempt, for electric sewing machine operators. Grommetting machine operators, etc. Manufacturing army tents. Forty hours a week. Good pay. Apply in person. Write, wire or phone for application. No experience necessary. --RIGGIN BAG AND TENT COMPANY, Fernandina, Fla.

SOLDIERS’ CANTEENS. One of the most essential articles of equipment for our soldiers is his canteen. They are particularly important for our fighting men. The canteens are largely being made of plastic at a cost of about 43 cents. The canvas cover costs about 41 cents or eighty-four cents in all. The purchase of war bonds will buy many of these for our men in the Solomon’s or in Africa where they are badly needed.

May 21, 1943

ON THE HOME FRONT. Farmers are asked to increase milk production. The need for nurses is acute. High school graduates are being offered scholarships to study nursing. June brides won’t find so wide a variety of silver patterns to chose from this year. Silver has become too important a war metal. Rationing of wood, gas and kerosene heating and cooking stoves will begin in June.

GEORGIA HAS RECEIVED THE MOST AIRCRAFT CONTRACTS. Southerners have received six billion dollars worth of war contracts, five percent of the national total. Georgia has received the most aircraft contracts since the beginning of the war. A milestone has been reached in the war program. We have been building new shipyards, factories, army camps and now WPB announces that there will be less development and greater output. Emphasis will change from building to producing. There will be no reduction in the demand for labor. For the first time, America is ready to deliver the war goods at full volume.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SGT. WORDIE LECKIE. Impressive ceremonies marked the memorial service held at Calvary Baptist Church, Jesup, last Sunday for Sgt. Wordie Leckie who lost his life several weeks ago serving in the Canadian Air Force. Folkston and Charlton County were represented on the program and many of his Folkston friends attended the service.

RATIONING BOARD REORGANIZED. Charlton County’s rationing board has recently been reorganized with the appointment of E.B. Stapleton, Chairman, R.E. Player and McAdoo Littlefield.

J.B. CHANCEY RECEIVES PROMOTION. J.B. Chancey, a native of Charlton County and brother of W.L. Chancey, has been promoted to First Assistant Chief of the Jacksonville Fire Department.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PLANS. Graduation exercises for Charlton County High School will be held in the school auditorium on May 28 when eleven young ladies of the Senior Class will receive their diplomas. The boys of the class were given mid-term certificates of graduation in order to enter the armed services and will get their diplomas in absentia. Many of the events usually held in the school’s closing exercises have bee0n cancelled due to the war conditions.

NEW FOOD COMMITTEE ORGANIZED. A Local Food Advisory Committee for Charlton County with John S. Tyson, Jr., local merchant, as chairman has been set up to operate under the office of the Food Distribution Administration. Others on the committee are C.H. Lewis of the Suwannee Store, Mrs. W.E. Gibson, L.E. Stokes, J.V. Gowen, Jr. and Tom C. Gowen.

EDITOR HARRISON APPOINTED TO STATE POST. R. Ward Harrison has been appointed by Governor Arnall to serve as Director of State Parks. His term runs for four years.

May 28, 1943

CREWS FAMILY HAS SENT MANY MEMBERS TO ARMED SERVICES. Clerk Dick Stroup, of the local draft board, reports he is finding it increasingly difficult to fill the monthly quotas the county is called upon to furnish for induction into the army. In sweating over his June list of prospects, Dick commented that if he ever ran out of Crews’s, he would just have to shut up shop. The Crews family has certainly furnished a sizeable share of the county’s representatives in the armed forces.

ST. GEORGE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. Graduation exercises for St. George High School were held last week. The class roll is Ernest Bell, Jr., Lonnie James Taylor, Aubrey Spivey, Dorothy Spivey, Beatrice Crawford, J.C. Rewis and Leon Burnsed.

DRAFT BOARD QUOTA FOR JUNE. The group of white men ordered by the Draft Board to report June 16 at Fort McPherson includes the following: Jesse W. Hendrix, James A. Spivey, J.B. Crews, Newton W. Roddenberry, Lonnie J. Taylor, James C. Rewis, William R. Morgan, Ernest Spence, Harold C. Crews, Hurder F. Colson, Raymond W. Driskell, Ralph L. Wainwright, Jake W. Carter, Wiley D. Crews, Ira L. Rogers, William B. Ratcliff, Ponce D. Burnsed, Tommie Mizell, Norman Crews, Edward D. Jacobs, Dan Raulerson, Charlie C. Byrd, Robert J. Southwell, William B. Morris. Houston B. Braddock, Leroy O’Berry, Reuben Crews, Ernest Nipper, Lawrence M. Allen and E.L. Guinn.

MISS DAVIS ENLISTS IN WAVES. Mrs. Ruby Davis, daughter of Mrs. H.J. Davis, has enlisted in the service of the WAVES, national auxiliary for women and has been assigned to a naval training school in New York for basic training.

CHARLTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. The graduation exercises of Charlton County High School will be held May 28th. Members of this class are Rebecca Jean Allen, Gladys Clark, Mildred Clark, Louise Crews, Marcell Gibson, Jane Gowen, Ethel Harrison, Margaret Harvey, Helen McLean, Frances Mizell and Sue Dee Wainwright. The young men, whose diploma will be given to some member of their family, are James Conner, Devant Guy, Ben Huling, Fleming Huling, Charles Quick, Harry Quick, Aldine Tomlinson and R.H. Wildes. Calvin Crews leaves in June at which time his diploma will be delivered. Devoy Brooks will be issued a diploma upon completion of certain work.

BERNARD SHIVAR VISITS. Bernard Shivar arrived this week to spend a brief leave with his parents Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Shivar, having completed basic training for the Navy.

SNOOKS JONES GETS PROMOTION. Everett “Snooks” Jones, who is serving in an amphibian command of the Corps of Engineers at Fort Ord, California, has been promoted to Corporal.

NEW BABY BOY FOR WILLSON FAMILY. Tech. Sgt. and Mrs. Charles Willson announce the birth of a fine baby boy, weight 7 pounds, 10 ounces, born May 23 in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville. The baby boy has been named Charles Proctor Willson.

TWO HOLIDAYS CANCELLED. Labor Day and Jeff Davis’ birthday have been eliminated as legal holidays in Georgia. The change was by action of the recent legislature.

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