Digest of Charlton County Herald - June, 1944

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

June 2, 1944

RALPH BURCH AWARDED $100. FOR LABOR-SAVING IDEA. Ralph Burch, Folkston carpenter who is employed in a supervisory capacity in the Brunswick shipyards, has worked out a labor-saving device which not only saves time but speeds up the building of ships. Mr. Burch is to be awarded $100.00 in recognition of his ingenuity and contribution to the nation’s shipbuilding program. The labor-saving device credited to Mr. Burch consists of a hinged scaffolding which can be folded back, ready for use on the next ship. Previously it had been necessary to tear down the scaffolding and build new ones for each ship as construction proceeded.

ALVIN HARRELL WOUNDED IN ACTION. Alvin Harrell, Private First Class, whose next of kin is listed as McKinley Harrell, a brother of Folkston, has been wounded in action in the Asiatic Area according to War Department Official Casualty List released Saturday. No further details were contained in the brief message received here. Investigation locally disclosed that McKinley Harrell, brother of the wounded man, is no longer a resident of Charlton County.

MISS JEANIE THOMPSON AND MISS BETTY TYSON GRADUATE AT YOUNG HARRIS COLLEGE. Mrs. W.D. Thompson and Mrs. John S. Tyson and son Johnny Tyson, went this week to Young Harris, Ga. where they will attend graduation exercises of Young Harris College which will be held Saturday. Miss Jeanie Thompson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. W.D. Thompson and Miss Betty Tyson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Tyson, Jr. are members of the graduating class.

ROBERT WILSON JOINS U.S. NAVY. Robert Wilson, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Wilson, left last week to report to the Selective Service Induction Center at Fort McPherson in Atlanta. He has been assigned to service in the US Navy and has been sent to Camp Perry, Va. for boot camp training.

AMERICAN LEGION POST OFFICERS. At its last regular meeting the American Legion Post re-elected its present staff of officers to serve another term. The following is the official staff: R.E. Player, Post Commander; Noah Stokes, Vice Commander; Mack D. Thrift, Jr., Commander; W.T. Johnson, Adjutant; O.C. Mizell, Treasurer; W.R. Allen, Historian; A.S. McQueen, Judge Advocate; J.O. Hannaford, Chaplain; Mack Lloyd, Custodian; E.C. Fletcher, Sgt. at Arms; W.D. Thompson, Service Officer; Dr. A.D. Williams, Chairman Executive Committee.

MISS SARAH KATHRYN MIZELL GRADUATES AT SHORTER COLLEGE. Mr. and Mrs. William Mizell were in Rome Saturday to attend the graduation exercises of Shorter College, their daughter Miss Sarah Kathryn Mizell being a member of the 1944 graduating class. She has completed the four-year course at Shorter, one of the outstanding colleges for women in the south.CARL HERRIN JOINS U.S. NAVY. Carl Herrin, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Herrin, volunteered last week at the Naval Recruiting Station in Jacksonville for service in the US Navy. He has been assigned to Camp Perry, Va. for training.

CRAWFORD S. BANKS IN SOUTHWEST PACIFIC WITH COAST GUARD. News has been received here that Lt.j.g.. Crawford S. Banks is now on duty in the combat waters of the southwest Pacific Area. A photo showing Lt. Banks soaking up sunshine was included in the news story. He is a son of Dr. and Mrs. W.E. Banks and is attached to a Coast Guard Transport unit.

MISS BRADDOCK WORKING AT SODA FOUNTAIN. Miss Barbara Neal Prevatt has accepted a position as soda dispenser at the Folkston Pharmacy during the summer months.
THREE FOLKSTON YOUNG MEN ENLIST IN NAVY. Monroe Altman, Wilbur Thomas, Jr. and Bobby Robinson went to Jacksonville Wednesday and enlisted for service in the U.S. Navy.

NEW BABY BOY FOR HODGES FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Hodges of Pembroke, N.C. announce the birth of a fine, seven pound baby boy born May 24th. Mr. Hodges is the son of Mr. and Mrs. V.A. Hodges. Mrs. Hodges is the former Miss Sarah Henderson, who before her marriage was a teacher in the Folkston schools.

QUINTUPLETS GET PONY FOR BIRTHDAY. The Dionne quintuplets were ten years old on Sunday, May 28th and they received a gift for which they have been clamoring for more than a year - a pony.

June 9, 1944

PREMATURE FIRE ALARM ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN INVASION. When Folkston’s fire alarm siren sounded shortly after 4:30 Saturday afternoon to announce the European invasion this community jumped the gun by only a brief period in announcing that momentous event, it has been disclosed by subsequent developments. The news flash, later announced as an error was received over the radio at the Folkston Pharmacy. Dr. W.D. Thompson promptly relayed the flash to Mayor C.J. Passieu and in less than a minute the siren was going full-blast with the mayor in person at the control switch. The promptness with which the false news flash was announced to our people by the prolonged blasts of the siren indicated Mayor Passieu had planned well to get the great news to all within hearing distance. When the real news of the invasion reached our people early Tuesday morning, it was received calmly and quietly with no spirit of rejoicing or celebration. There was a general feeling that the greatest and most far-reaching battle in all human history had begun and while there is confidence in eventual victory, it is realized that our soldiers are facing grave perils and hardships and there will be heavy casualty lists soon.

PAUL PROCTOR PRESCOTT SERIOUSLY WOUNDED IN ACTION. Paul Proctor Prescott, son of Mrs. J.M. Prescott, has been seriously wounded while serving aboard a hospital ship in European waters, his mother was advised by the Navy Department Saturday. Details of the action in which the young man was wounded was not revealed in the brief official notice. In the second message received Tuesday, Mrs. Prescott was advised that young Prescott had suffered compound fractures and his condition was considered serious. The many friends of the young man will learn of his injuries with deep regret and will join in the hope for his complete recovery.

KU KLUX KLAN HAS BEEN DISBANDED. Dr. James A. Colescott, Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan has announced that the organization has been disbanded. “This means the suspension of all operations throughout the country,” he says. “We have closed our main office in Atlanta and have dissolved all local units.” When asked for reasons why, Colescott said “The reasons are well known to all the members but I do not believe they have any public interest.” He denied however that the Klan disbanded because of a report that the organization owed the government $600,000. in taxes covering the period of 1915 to the present. “At our national convention in Atlanta on April 23” he said, “the delegates from all the units unanimously voted to suspend the constitution and the laws of the organization, and to revoke all charters.”

INCREASE IN CITY WATER RATES. At a special meeting of the Mayor and City Council held Tuesday, a resolution was approved providing for an increase in city water rents from $1.50 per month, the present rate, to $2.50 per month, effective July lst.

WALTER LOWELL EUNICE DIED. Walter Lowell Eunice, 28, died Friday at his home at the Hercules Camp after an illness of only a few hours. He was an employee of the Hercules Powder Co. and had been stationed at the Folkston camp for some time. He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Rodanne Walden of Pierce County; one young son, Robert; three young daughters, Laurelle, Cleo and Barbara; six brothers, J.L. Eunice, Elmer Eunice, Henry Eunice, Joe Eunice, George Eunice, and Carl Eunice of the US Army stationed in Italy; also a sister, Mrs. Robert Strickland. The funeral was held at High Bluff Church and burial was at High Bluff Cemetery.

DR. McCOY HAS WONDER DRUG, PENICILLIN, AVAILABLE. Dr. W.R. McCoy announces that penicillin, the wonder drug that has been in such widespread demand throughout the country in recent months, is now available for administering to patients in this area who may need that type of treatment. Dr. McCoy says he has a limited supply on hand at the local hospital and can obtain the drug in amounts needed. He has already tried out this marvelous new remedy with highly successful results. It is used in the treatment of infectious diseases.

NEW HOME DEMONSTRATION AGENT. Miss Edwina Cox of Nahunta has taken up her duties as Charlton County’s new Home Demonstration Agent. She is making her residence at the home of Mrs. H.J. Davis.LITTLE HULING DAUGHTER DIED. The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dock Huling, who has been seriously ill for the past several months, passed away at the home of her parents Wednesday. The grief-stricken parents will have the sympathy of their many friends in their bereavement.

MR. GEORGE D. COONER DIED. George D. Cooner, 42, of Jacksonville, died Thursday in a Jacksonville hospital following a brief illness. He was a native of Folkston, having moved to Jacksonville twenty years ago. He had been employed by the Merrill-Stevens Co. as a welder and was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Jewell Cooner; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James M. Cooner; five sisters, Mrs. Hattie Gill, Mrs. Nettie Savery, Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson, Mrs. Maude Green and Mrs. Annie Mae Walker; two brothers, James H. and Mack Cooner. Funeral services were held in the Memorial Chapel of Seasholts Funeral Parlor and burial took place at Pigeon Creek Cemetery.

POST-WAR PLANNING PROGRAM LAUNCHED. A post-war planning program for Charlton County and this area of Georgia was launched at a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners when a resolution was approved by the Board. They agreed to participate in a state-wide organization for this purpose. H. J. Friedman, planning engineer, appeared before the Board and outlined the planning details. Charlton is to be included in a unit composed of Charlton, Camden and Brantley Counties. This will be launched by the federal government.

NEW BABY BOY FOR ROBINSON FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Robinson announce the birth of a nine pound baby born Monday June 5th. The baby has been named John Sydney Robinson, Jr.

June 16, 1944

I love my Mother dearly, since she’s sweet as she can be,
I think of many hours she’s worried over me.
But what about my Daddy? I love him just as well.
The love I have for both of them, no human heart can tell.
Some people praise Mothers and never speak of Dad
But take it to yourself and think, it hurts him mighty bad.
Oh, yes I love my Daddy and I can truly say
If there ever was a Christian, my Daddy’s one today.
Don’t you love yours too?
Written by a son that really loves his Daddy.
James M. Altman

June 23. 1944

REVIVAL AT METHODIST CHURCH. Revival services in progress at Folkston Methodist Church for the previous ten days came to a conclusion Sunday evening. During the progress of the meeting there were two additions to the church, Dr. J.S. Taylor and Mr. J.S. Haddock who will be formally received into the church next Sunday morning.

SIKES - LIPETSZKY WEDDING. A marriage that will be of interest to many friends was that of Miss Jacquelyn Eleanor Sikes to Lt. Vincent Albert Lipetzsky, USMC, Cherry Point, N.C. which took place in the Catholic Church in Newbern, N.C. on June 13th. She is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Sikes. He is a pilot in the Marine Air Corps. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Lipetzsky of Clemments, Minnesota.

THRELKELD - DRAKE WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Wildes announce the marriage of their granddaughter, Cumire Beatrice Threlkeld to Sgt. Lynn Drake of Camp Howze, Texas and Howland, Maine. The marriage was solemnized June 14 in Gainesville, Texas. Miss Threlkeld is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Onez C. Threlkeld and has since infancy lived with her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Wildes. Sgt. Drake is the son of George C. Drake of Howland, Maine and has been serving in the US Army for four years. He is an instructor of field artillery at Camp Howze, Texas.

RODDENBERRY - JONES WEDDING. Mrs. W.L. Matthews announces the marriage of her daughter, Ruth Roddenberry to Ronald Jones of Fernandina whose marriage was solemnized in Folkston Methodist Church on June 15th. He served in the US Navy, having taken part in the Sicilian Invasion and received a Purple Heart award. He now has a medical discharge. The couple will make their home at Fernandina Beach.

NEW OFFICERS FOR RED CROSS. The Charlton chapter of American Red Cross held its annual meeting last week for purpose of electing officers. The following were elected: Rev. F.J. Gilbert, Chairman; T.W. Wrench, V. Chairman; Mrs. B.S. Johnson, Treasurer; Cleo Huling, Secretary; Henry Johnson, Home Service Chairman; Mrs. C.J. Wright, Mrs. E.B. Stapleton, Production Managers; Miss Edwina Cox, Nutrition; John Harris, Disaster; Eunice Chute, First Aid; Esther Carter, Canteen; L.E. Mallard, Prisoner of War chairman. A vice chairman was elected from each district: Mrs. Zarfos, Homeland; Mrs. L.E. Roberts, St. George; Mrs. Ralph Knabb, Moniac; Mrs. Mary Player, Winokur; Mrs. S.M. Howard, Racepond and Mrs. Lonnie Tucker, Uptonville.
J.E. HARVEY ON VACATION. J.E. Harvey started Wednesday his long-needed twelve-day vacation. He expects to visit and fish at Hortense and Brunswick and then the last days will be spent on the St. Marys River with a riverbank fish fry for his friends here. All those who have been real nice to him during the past year will no doubt be invited to participate.

O’QUINN BROTHERS MEET IN AUSTRALIA. Somewhere in Australia on June 6th Cpl. Clarence O’Quinn and S.lst Class George O’Quinn met each other after two years of separation. They had seven days together during which the brothers celebrated their reunion. Clarence has been overseas for eighteen months and George has been overseas for five months. Their parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.L. O’Quinn were very happy to receive this news.

June 30, 1944

MRS. MATTIE HADDOCK ROGERS DIED. Mrs. Mattie Rogers, 81, widow of the late John Rogers of Folkston and a member of one of the most widely connected pioneer families of this section died Sunday in a Waycross hospital. Funeral services delayed, pending the arrival of relatives from distant points, will be held Sunday afternoon in Sardis Cemetery. The funeral cortege will leave her home in this city at 2:00 and the services will be conducted at the graveside. Mrs. Rogers was a native of Nassau County, being a member of the widely-known Haddock family. Practically all her adult life was spent in this community. She had a large number of friends who are deeply grieved to learn of her death. Survivors include one son, J.W. Johnson; three grandsons, Guy L. Johnson, Herman Johnson and Roswald Johnson; one granddaughter, Mrs. J.D. Colson and five great grandchildren, also a number of nieces and nephews, among them being Mr. and Mrs. Harry Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Haddock. Interment will take place in Sardis Cemetery.
NOTICE: Three small pigs shut up at my place. No mark. Owner can get pigs by paying me for damage done by them and for this advertisement. - M.E. POWELL.

COLONEL EDWIN SMART IS PRISONER OF WAR IN GERMANY. Colonel J. Edwin Smart, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Smart of Jesup, and a former resident of this city, who was recently reported killed in action, is alive and is a Prisoner of War in Germany, his parents were advised last week. Since last May his parents and numerous friends have felt much apprehension over his fate because of a report that his plane had been wrecked while on an engagement over Europe and it was feared he had been killed. The news concerning Col. Smart’s safety was sent by his wife who resides in San Antonio, Texas and it previously had been sent to her through the Red Cross. Further details will be sent later, it was said. He spent his childhood days in this city, was a graduate of West Point and was only recently promoted to the rank of Colonel.

HAROLD BROWNING IN ENGLISH HOSPITAL WITH WAR WOUNDS. Pfc Harold Browning, son of Mrs. Imogene Sears, a teacher in the Moniac School and a former resident of Folkston, was wounded in the early stages of the European Invasion, his mother was advised in a message received here this week. It did not disclose the extent of his injuries but said that he was not badly hurt. He has been sent back to England and is now in a British hospital. Young Browning is a paratrooper and was in one of the first American units to land in France.

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