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Digest of Charlton County Herald - June 1943

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

June 4, 1943

NEW RATION BOOKS. Folks who didn’t get applications through the mail for War Ration Book No. Three can obtain them at the General Delivery window at the post office. Applications should be mailed before next Thursday. Some people have been sending them in without signing their names, which will delay delivery of their books.

STUDENT NURSES NEEDED. The federal government says that 65,000 student nurses must enter training during 1943 to meet the minimum requirements for the home and war fronts. The defense program has created an acute shortage of nurses. The recent graduating classes in every high school should furnish their quota of student nurses. Any local young lady contemplating this career should contact their family doctor or the county nurse.

REV. WAINWRIGHT MOVES TO EASTMAN. Rev. Lamar Wainwright has accepted a call to serve as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Eastman and left Tuesday to take up his work there.

BOB ALLEN TRANSFERRED TO FORT BENNING. Robert Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Allen, who has been serving in the Army at a post in Michigan, is being transferred to Fort Benning, Ga.

PURPLE HEART AWARD GIVEN TO SGT. CLARK. Staff Sgt. Lewis G. Clark who is serving in the Army Air Force in England has been awarded the Purple Heart Award according to information in a letter received by his mother, Mrs. Sibbie Clark. He served as flight engineer on several bombing missions over the western European area, and on one of these missions he received shrapnel wounds in a leg. The pilot also was wounded and the bomber damaged, but the crew was able to make a safe landing at their base in England.

LT. WHITE VISITING HOME FOLKS. lst Lt. John White of the Army Air Force arrived here to spend a ten-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.G. White. He is stationed at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

LISTEN TO RADIO AS YOU WORK. If you are one of those who dislike working in your Victory Garden in the cool of the evening, because you miss some of your favorite radio programs, why not put an extension cord on the radio and set it out in the garden. Music promotes better work.


June 11, 1943

NEW POSTMASTER TO BE CHOSEN. Tuesday was Postmaster Day in Folkston when appointment of a successor to Postmaster V.J. Pickren whose term has expired furnished the theme for a lively discussion.. A visit to Folkston was made by Congressman John S. Gibson, who came here Tuesday to get the sentiments of the patrons of the office as far as possible concerning the naming of the new postmaster. The eligible list was released several weeks ago and it has been generally understood that either Edgar F. Allen or Woodrow W. Pickren would be named as Folkston’s next postmaster. Congressman Gibson stated he expects to give the appointment careful consideration and will announce the decision within the next few days.

LOST MAIL SACKS RIFLED. Post Office inspectors and a special agent of the ACL Railroad were here this week to aid Sheriff Sikes in investigating the rifling of two mail sacks lost from the ACL mail train about a mile north of the St. Marys River bridge Sunday morning. Just how the mail sacks happened to fall from the train is not known. The mishap was reported from Waycross and the sacks were soon located but their contents already had been rifled and the mail scattered about the scene. Both sacks contained first class mail. Sol Williams was taken into custody. Williams and two young boys found the mail sacks while on their way fishing. Williams claims the sacks were left intact, but the two boys later returned to the scene and searched the letters for money.

SEVENTH GRADE GRADUATED AT MONIAC SCHOOL. The Moniac Consolidated School closed a successful term of nine months last week under Mrs. Ralph Knabb, principal. Other teachers were Mrs. Imogene Sears, Miss Mary Frances Davis and Miss Celeste Johns. Seven pupils completed the seventh grade and were promoted to high school. They were Mary Knabb, Louise Reynolds, Marie Burnsed, Lois Raulerson, Demaurice Gainey, James Raulerson and Jim Sands.

PVT. BUCHANAN STATIONED IN CALIFORNIA. Pvt. James Buchanan, son of Mrs. Ellen Buchanan, has qualified as an Army Air Force Technician, recently completing extensive training course at Glendale, California.

LITTLEFIELD - BOWEN WEDDING. The wedding of Miss Margaret Littlefield, daughter of Mrs. J.C. Littlefield, and Mr. Samuel Reese Bowen, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Bowen, of Hastings, Fla. were solemnized Saturday at the home of the bride, with Rev. George F. McInnis of Waycross, officiating. She is a graduate of CCHS and attended college at Valdosta and at Georgia. She has taught home economics at Sylvania, Calhoun and Folkston. Mr. Brown attended college at GMC, Milledgeville, Mercer and University of Ky. He is with the Army of Engineers in Panama City, Fla.

June 18, 1943

AMERICAN LEGION POST TO BE ORGANIZED. A movement has been launched to organize an American Legion post for Charlton County, and a meeting of all World War veterans of the county will be held at the courthouse Saturday afternoon when steps toward organization will be taken. All veterans of the county are urged to attend. There are approximately fifty veterans of the World War now residing in the county and as veterans of the present war are also eligible for membership, Charlton County should be able to have an active American Legion post.

WALTER THOMPSON IS STATIONED IN NORTH CAROLINA. Cpl. Walter H. Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Thompson, who is serving in the Marines, has been transferred to Motor Transport School at New River, N.C.

MRS. CAROLYN SOLLINGER DIED. Mrs. Carolyn Sollinger, 64, died at her home in St. George on June 4th. She moved to St. George three years ago with her husband, Stanley Sollinger from Winter Haven, Fla. She was born in Mariasville, Penn. and besides her husband is survived by a brother, sister and stepdaughter in Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Funeral services were conducted at the residence by F.W. Harvey and interment was in St. George Cemetery.

WAR DEPARTMENT LEASES BOMBING FIELD IN CLINCH COUNTY. The War Department has leased a large tract of land in Clinch County extending into the western part of the Okefenokee Swamp for use as a practice bombing field. The tract contains about 10,000 acres.

LIGHTNING STRIKES THREE AND DAMAGES HOUSE. During a thunderstorm Friday, lightning struck the home of Charlie Bunk Crews at Uptonville, entering the house over an aerial wire and striking three persons rendering them unconscious for more than an hour. Two daughters, Aleen, 12, and Zella Mae, 8, were in the kitchen preparing the evening meal when struck. The third person was a cousin, Claude Todd, 16, visiting at the home. He was sitting on the porch with Mr. Crews when the bolt struck a door post on which the boy was leaning. He was knocked unconscious and for a time Mr. Crews thought he was dead. He has recovered without any bad effects. The two little girls are in a serious condition. The younger is badly burned under the chin and her eyesight is greatly impaired, while the older girl suffers from shock. The cloth on the radio was set on fire. Small pieces of splinters were found at different places about the house.

HOMECOMING AT MOUNT ZION. There will be a homecoming day at Mt. Zion Church on June 20th. Several visiting preachers, including Rev. C.W. Burgess, a former pastor, are expected to be present. Rev. E.M. Batton, pastor, will preach the morning sermon and Rev. W.B. Hoats will bring the afternoon message. There will be an old fashioned basket dinner served on the church grounds at the noon hour.

MONROE - LITTLEFIELD WEDDING. Friends in Folkston will be interested in the announcement of the marriage of Lt. Candler Littlefield of the Army Air Corps to Miss Martha Mae Monroe, which took place Saturday at the home of the bride in Clinton, S.C. Lt. Littlefield, son of Mrs. J.C. Littlefield, has been a pilot for some time and is stationed at Cochran Field, Macon, where he is an instructor.

CONVICT CAMP FILLING UP WITH INMATES. After undergoing a general overhauling, including the repainting of the buildings inside and out, placing the stockade and surrounding grounds in first class condition, the state convict camp is the scene of busy activity. The convict forces began arriving Tuesday when 24 reached the camp and began getting things ready for others to follow later this week. By the end of the week a full crew of fifty men are expected.

TEACHERS FOR NEXT TERM OF SCHOOL. The following is a list of teachers chosen for the 1943-44 term: Principals, Miss Askew, Miss Chute, Miss Pearce, Mrs. Knabb and Mrs. Templeton. Teachers, Mrs. Bowen, Mrs. D.R. Brown, Mrs. Georgia L. Brown, Mrs. C.H. Gibson, Mrs. Ann Gowen, Mrs. B.B. Gowen, Mrs. Hannaford, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Hilda M. Jones, Mrs. Kathryn R. Jones, Mrs. Norman, Mrs. Nicholson, Mrs. Ratcliffe, Mrs. Roddenberry, Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Sears, Mrs. Vickery, Miss Cockrell, Miss Cobb, Miss Hatton, Miss Gibson, Miss Johns, Miss Johnson and Miss Stokes.

CONGRESSMAN GIBSON’S WIFE TO CHRISTEN SHIP. Mrs. John S. Gibson of Douglas, wife of the Congressman from the 8th Congressional District, will christen the sixth Liberty Ship, the John Catron, when it is launched at the J.A. Jones Construction Co. in Brunswick. The date of the launch has not been announced.

MRS. COLIN DIED IN HOMELAND. Mrs. Colin passed away late Saturday afternoon at the home of her son, Mr. Branch in Homeland.

June 25, 1943

WILDFIRE DESTROYS 2,000 ACRES. One of the most destructive forest fires reported in this county this year raged out of control for four days last week, sweeping over a large tract of timber owned by W.C. Hopkins along the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp. It is said to have been started by lightning last Wednesday. The flames burned over 2,000 acres of the heavily forested lands.

LARGE NUMBER OF MEN DRAFTED. A considerable number of young married men are included in Charlton County’s draft quota for July. Included in the group to report on July 15th are Woodrow Wilson Groover, Joseph Cannie Prescott, Thomas Wallace Askew, George Ben Hamilton, Lacy Conner, Frank Gilbert Crews, George Washington Chism, Jim Lee McKendree, Homer Chaice Fountain, Clinton Nipper, Waymon Bradley, Vickers Corbett, Leon Jefferson Norman, John Howard Woolard, Thomas Calvin Calhoun, Dean Madison Sikes, Riley Crews, David Green, Earnest Earl Mancil and Howard George Wrench. The following is a list of colored men told to report on July 19th: John Arris Harold, Eugene Jake Irving, Rufus H. Little, Jr., Clemon White, Charles Huey Wright, Jimmie Frazier, Rudolph Austin, Litus Conley, Solomon Preston, Frank Marcus Ammons, Willie Johnson, Robert McKay, Horace Jenkins, John Calhoun Wilson and Robert Lee Peterson.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO DOG OWNERS: In accordance with the laws of the city of Folkston, you are required to have your dog inoculated against Rabies to prevent them from having Rabies and as a measure of public protection. ,,,MAYOR AND ALDERMEN OF CITY OF FOLKSTON.

KIRBY JONES STATIONED IN CALIFORNIA. Pfc. Kirby R. Jones who has been serving in the armed forces arrived in Folkston for a short visit with the home folks. He is stationed at San Louis Obispo, California.

CONVICT CAMP MOVE NEARLY COMPLETE. The work of moving supplies and equipment from Hortense to the newly re-established State Road Camp near Folkston continued this week with only about half the crew here at this time. Warden M.A. Copeland, in charge of the new camp, states that he expects the work of moving will be completed this week. A pile driver and other bridge building equipment has been brought here for the construction of three bridges between Folkston and St. George.

ALTON MIZELL STATIONED IN MASS. Cpl. Alton Mizell is at home this week on leave from Camp Edwards, Mass. He is in the Corps of Engineers.

JESSE CREWS IS STATIONED IN KENTUCKY WITH ARMY MEDICAL CORPS. Pvt. Jesse Crews reached Folkston Monday from Camp Breckinridge, Ky. He is spending the week here visiting the home folks. He is with a hospital unit of the Army Medical Corps.

CONNER - STALVEY WEDDING. Miss Gladyce Jewell Conner, daughter of Mrs. L.S. Conner and Mr. Benjamin Franklin Stalvey, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Stalvey, of DuPont, were united in marriage June 12 at the home of the bride’s mother. Rev. Huey Dixon performed the ceremony. Mr. Stalvey is connected with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.

ALDRIDGE - BROWN WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. Neil Aldridge announce the marriage of their daughter, Louise, to Russell W. Brown of Cleveland, Ohio, on June 10th. He is serving in the army and is stationed in Jacksonville.
NEW BABY BOY FOR MOORE FAMILY. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Derrill Moore of Punta Gorda, Fla., a baby boy on June 16th. Mrs. Moore will be remembered as the former Miss Nancy Prevatt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Prevatt.

WANTED: Whoever “borrowed” my post-hole diggers, please return them to me. MRS. J.C. ALLEN.

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