Digest of Charlton County Herald - May 1944

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

May 5, 1944

TIRE THIEF AT WORK. Local automobile owners have been made jittery this week by a series of bold tire thefts which indicate an accomplished thief or gang busily at work in this community. The systematic collection of auto tires was launched Sunday night when the filling station operated by E.H. Wright was entered and four new tires were stolen. Monday night the garage of William Mizell was broken into but the thief was either frightened away or unable to remove the tires from his cars. At the garage of E.B. Stapleton the thief also failed in his efforts to steal tires. Tuesday night the Chevrolet belonging to Bernice and Marion Pearce was stolen from their garage and was found stripped of its tires and the spare tire was also stolen. The same night the garage of Sidney Robinson was entered and three good tires were removed from his car. The fourth tire, not so good, was left on the car. Since the rationing program was launched the place of business of every tire dealer in Folkston has been broken into and their stocks of tires stolen.

ARGUMENT ENDS WITH KILLING. Robert Stafford, colored, was shot and instantly killed Saturday at Carter’s Mill quarters below St. George as a result of an argument with John Spencer over ownership of a phonograph. Details of the fatal encounter were not available but it is said that both men were armed with shotguns.

DAVID LITTLEFIELD COMPLETES TRAINING. Staff Sgt. David W. Littlefield has completed his combat training at the Mountain Home, Idaho Air Field prior to an overseas assignment. He is a tail turret gunner in a Liberator bomber.

TEACHERS OF FOLKSTON SCHOOLS NAMED. The Board of Education Tuesday elected the following teaching staff of the Folkston schools. Administrative Staff: W.L. Brown, Miss Eunice Chute, Miss Mayme Askew and Miss Marion Pearce. Teaching Staff: Mrs. J.D. Roddenberry, Mrs. Myrtle P. Renfroe, Mrs. Kathryn R. Jones, Miss Esther Carter, Miss Eleanor Cockrell, Mrs. B.B. Gowen, Miss Susie Johnston, Mrs. Mildred H. Mizell, Mrs. Georgia L. Brown, Mrs. Willye J. Nicholson, Mrs. Jewell B. Gibson, Mrs. J.O. Hannaford, Mrs. Mary B. Vickery, Miss Emily Stokes, Miss Geraldine Stokes, Mrs. Kate K. Johnson, Mrs. Hilda M. Jones, Mrs. Mary Scott and Mrs. Imogene Sears.

HOME DEMONSTRATION AGENT RESIGNS. Miss Dorothy McCrimmon who has served as the county Home Demonstration Agent for the past several months, submitted her resignation, effective immediately, to the Board of County Commissioners. She stated that she deeply regretted giving up her work here, but that her brother has been called into the armed forces, making it necessary for her to return to her home in Mt. Vernon, Ga. to look after his business interests there.

MR. CLARENCE BAGLEY DIED. Clarence Bagley, age about 45, of Miami, a brother of Mrs. J.E. Harvey died in a Ware County hospital Wednesday as a result of a hemorrhage. He had been ill for some time and had been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Harvey here. Besides his sister, survivors include his wife and a brother, Harry Bagley. Funeral services and interment will take place at Telmore in Ware County.

MARVIN M. GIBSON AWARDED MEDICAL DOCTOR DEGREE. lst Lt. Marvin M. Gibson, son of Congressman John S. Gibson of Douglas, received his degree as a Doctor of Medicine from Duke University in Durham, N.C. on March 24th. Following his graduation he was commissioned a 1st Lt. of the US Army Medical Corps.

BURNT FORT BRIDGE NOW TOLL-FREE. The Satilla River bridge at Burnt Fort, located on the short route road between Folkston and Brunswick, which has been operated on a toll basis since its establishment several years ago, was made toll-free by the Board of County Commissioners this week. A movement has been on foot for some time to make this bridge toll-free and it has recently been sponsored by the local Lions Club. It was pointed out that considerable trade from the east side of the river very likely was prevented from coming to Folkston by the toll bridge barrier and the Board decided to discontinue tolls. Receipts from toll charges have been used to pay the expense of operating the draw span. The bridge-keeper [Mr. J.D. Mizell] in the future will be paid by the county, with the bridge opened to free use by the public. This removes the last toll bridge in this area.

STEWART - BIRDSONG WEDDING. Miss Mary Lou Stewart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Stewart became the bride of George Neal Birdsong, of the US Navy, the marriage taking place on April lst in Waycross. Mr. Birdsong has been serving in the Navy for the past 2 years. He is stationed at the US Naval Air Base in Jacksonville.

May 12, 1944

GENE WILLIAMS VISITS. Eugene Williams who has been serving in the armed forces for the past several months arrived last weekend to spend a leave here with his family. He is stationed at Nashville, Tenn. where he is attached to a Combat Battalion with the Corps of Engineers.

PVT. JAMES WOODROW MILLS STATIONED IN MISS. Pvt. James Woodrow Mills, son of Mrs. Lizzie Mills, has reported at Kessler Field, Miss. and is undergoing Army processing.

May 19, 1944

FORMER FOLKSTON RESIDENT, EDWIN SMART, KILLED IN ACTION. Major Edwin Smart, son of Roadmaster Smart of Jesup, has been killed in action while serving in the US Air Forces in Italy. He formerly resided in Folkston, having spent his childhood days in this city. He was a graduate of West Point and had been serving as a combat pilot in the Army Air Force since the beginning of the war.

LAMAR GIBSON FIRST PLACE WINNER IN CONTEST. Lamar Gibson, fifteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Gibson, was the winner of First Place in a state wide essay contest of the State High School Association held recently in Macon.

GRADUATION AT ST. GEORGE. The St. George School will hold its commencement exercises this week. Members of the graduating class are Evelyn Stokes, Valedictorian, Annette Smith, Salutatorian, Inez Sands, Lois Suggs, Evelyn Raulerson, Sarah Rewis and E.J. Moore. Graduation is scheduled for Thursday night beginning at 9:00 o’clock.

HURST’S CAFE - Hurst’s CafÈ is a new business enterprise in Folkston, having opened for business this week in the Wade Block Building, formerly occupied by Haddock’s Pressing Club. It will be operated by Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Hurst who came to Folkston from Blackshear.
ENSIGN CHESTER BRYANT VISITS. Ensign Chester Bryant of the US Merchant Marine arrived this week to spend a short leave with the home folks. He has just completed training at New London, Conn. and received his commission.

RED CROSS NEEDS VOLUNTEER KIT MAKERS. All ladies of the community who will volunteer their services of cutting and sewing material for the Red Cross chapter are asked to please notify Mrs. E.B. Stapleton, production chairman, who has accepted another service kit assignment for the local chapter.

May 26, 1944

NEW BABY FOR JOHNSON FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Johnson of Sylacauga, Ala. announce the birth of a fine 7 pound baby boy born May 12, 1944. He has been named James Henry Johnson, Jr. Mrs. Johnson is the former Miss Mable Askew, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Askew.

NEW OFFICERS FOR LIONS CLUB. The Folkston Lions Club met at the school lunch room with Lion president, John Harris presiding. The following were nominated as officers for the new year. P.O. Stokes, president, E.B. Stapleton lst V.P., Theo Dinkins 2nd VP, John Harris Secretary, W.D. Jones Lion Tamer, William Mizell Treasurer and L.E. Mallard Tail Twister.

R.A. BOYD VISITS. R.A. Boyd, Jr., who recently completed his Navy boot training at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, visited his parents here this week.

GIBSON - WILLIFORD WEDDING. A wedding that will be of much interest to their friends here was that of Miss Lois Marcelle Gibson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Gibson, to Mr. Eugene Boyce Williford, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Williford of Fort Mill, S.C. The ceremony was performed May 21 at First Baptist Church by Rev. F.J. Gilbert, pastor of Folkston Methodist Church.

LAND - WHITE WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. R.G. Land of Seminole, Oklahoma, announce the marriage of their daughter, Gladys, to Captain John C. White, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.G. White on May 21st at the First Baptist Church in Seminole. She is employed by First Baptist Church of Seminole. Captain White is stationed with the Air Force at Bowman Field, Louisville, Ky.

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