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Digest of Charlton County Herald - July 1943

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

July 2, 1943

EDGAR F. ALLEN NAMED POSTMASTER. News came from Washington this week that Congressman John S. Gibson has recommended the appointment of Superior Court Clerk Edgar F. Allen as Folkston’s postmaster to succeed V.J. Pickren, whose term expired more than a year ago. Postmaster Pickren tendered his resignation effective July lst. Mr. Allen has not announced his permanent clerical staff but at the present is being assisted by Miss Audrey Mae Mizell and Mrs. Lillian Pearl Crews, both former clerks in the office. Mr. Pickren retires after serving as postmaster for almost ten years.

DR. FLEMING TO GIVE RABIES SHOTS TO DOGS. Dr. Albert Fleming announces that he will inoculate dogs at his office in the afternoons after 5:00 p.m. He has the rabies serum on hand and will furnish the required tags showing the dog has been properly inoculated as required by city ordinance. This will make it unnecessary for dog owners to carry their dogs elsewhere to get them inoculated.

AMERICAN RED CROSS MEETING. Members of the local Red Cross chapter will meet on July 8. Mrs. E.B. Stapleton, chairman of production, and her committee have agreed to make 144 service kits for the men in foreign fields. The chapter will provide the articles to make the kits for the men in service.

MRS. REYNOLDS IS NEW COURT CLERK. Mrs. Aderine Wildes Reynolds has been appointed by Ordinary A.S. McQueen to serve as Charlton County Clerk of Superior Court until a successor is duly elected. She was sworn in Wednesday by Judge McQueen.

ROBINSON FAMILY RETURNS TO FOLKSTON. Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Robinson and children who have lived in Jacksonville for several years, have returned to Folkston. He has accepted a position with Pickren Service Garage where he is in charge of the repair department.

CRAWFORD BANKS RECEIVES PROMOTION. Crawford Banks of the U.S. Coast Guard has been promoted to the rank of Ensign according to information received this week by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. W.E. Banks. He is stationed at Norfolk, Va.

MRS. MARIA STOKES VERY ILL. Mrs. Maria Stokes, 83 years of age, mother of P.O. Stokes is reported to be critically ill at her home in this city. At last reports her condition was said to be extremely grave.

July 9, 1943

HOUSEWARMING. The housewarming at the new home of Mr. and Mrs. Boy Lloyd last Saturday was well attended and they received many useful gifts.

MRS. J.J. STOKES IS CALLED BY DEATH AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS. Mrs. Maria Wainwright Stokes, age 83, widow of the late Judge J.J. Stokes, and one of the most widely known and beloved pioneer residents, passed away at her home here July 2nd after an illness of a little more than a month due to the infirmitivies of age. Born in Lulaton in Wayne County, she moved to this county with her family in her girlhood days and has been a resident of Folkston since soon after its establishment. Her husband, Judge J.J. Stokes, served as Charlton County’s Ordinary for several years. Besides her son P.O. Stokes, with whom she made her home, survivors include three daughters and three other sons; Mrs. E.F. Jones, Mrs. R.W. Baggett, Mrs. Ethel Hall and I.O. Stokes, U.O. Stokes and A.O. Stokes. Funeral services were held from the home with Rev. George F. Erwin, pastor of Folkston Methodist Church officiating in the absence of a minister of the Primitive Baptist faith, of which she was a member. Interment took place in Folkston Cemetery with Adkins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

BARNES - LITTLEFIELD WEDDING. The marriage of Miss Beryl Elizabeth Barnes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Gowen, and William McAdoo Littlefield, was solemnized July 3rd at the home of the bride. The ceremony was performed by Rev. George F. Erwin. Mrs. Littlefield is employed in the office of Hercules Powder Co. in Brunswick. The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. J.C. Littlefield.

FOLKSTON MAN HAS WON HIGH PLACE IN BRUNSWICK SHIPYARD. Carroll J. Wright has won rapid advancement in one of the top ranking positions in construction forces of the Brunswick shipyards. In recognition of the capable manner in which he handles his work he has been advanced to the position of Hull Quarterman, in charge of an entire ship with all construction forces under his direct supervision. He helped lay the keel on Ship No. One and has been on the job through all stages of its construction. He will be in charge when the 10,000 ton vessel is completed in the near future. Mr. and Mrs. Wright and children have moved to Brunswick.

WINNIE PRESCOTT PROMOTED. Winnie H. Prescott, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Prescott, has been commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Army after a course of training at the Adjutant General School at Fort Washington, Maryland.

JOHNNIE HARRIS DIED. Johnnie Harris, age 22, son of D.L. Harris and the late Mrs. Lucy Johns Harris and a lifelong resident of the Traders Hill district, died Sunday at the home of his brother-in-law, G.O. McClain after a brief illness of pneumonia. Stricken just five days previously, the pneumonia attack quickly proved fatal. The young man had been rejected for Army service just a few months ago because of physical disability and was not in robust health. Besides his father, D.L. “Buddy” Harris, survivors include three brothers, Marvin, Frank B. and Leavy Harris and three sisters, Mrs. Ovie Lee, Mrs. Audrey McClain and Mrs. Vineybelle Moncrief. Funeral services were held at the graveside in Sardis Cemetery with Rev. Grenade Hamlett and Mrs. Mary Aldridge officiating.

WHAT YOU BUY WITH WAR BONDS. Mosquito Bars: Among the casualties returning to the U.S. from the Solomons are the men who have lost their hearing, not from injury, not from shock but from attack by insects upon men who have been without mosquito bar protection. We never know how many lives mosquito bars have saved. You may never know how much good your purchase of War Bonds has done.

WILLIE CLARK PROMOTED. Willie Clark, son of Mrs. Sippie Clark, has been promoted to Sergeant, it was announced this week from Hunter Field, Savannah.

NEW BABY BOY FOR BRYANT FAMILY. Pvt. and Mrs. Jim Bryant announce the birth of a baby boy born July 1 at McCoy Hospital. It has been given the name James Harry. Pvt. Bryant is stationed at Camp Phillips, Kansas.

NEW BABY BOY FOR NETTLES FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Nettles of Homeland announce the birth of an eight pound, fifteen ounce baby boy born July 4th at McCoy Hospital. Mother and baby are getting along nicely

July 16, 1943

NEW RED CROSS OFFICERS CHOSEN. The Charlton County chapter of American Red Cross met last week. The following officers were named for the new year: T.W. Wrench, Chairman; W.E. Ratcliffe, Vice Chairman; Miss Cleo Huling, Secretary; Miss Helen Mizell, Treasurer; J.H. Johnson, Home Service; Miss Eunice Chute, First Aid; Mrs. E.B. Stapleton, Production Chairman; John Harris, Disaster Relief; Miss Gertrude Proctor, Nutrition; Mrs. S. Reese Bowen, Canteen.

HERCULES EXPANDS WORK IN THE BEND. Operations of Hercules Powder Co. in the lower section of Charlton County has been extended through the lease of extensive acreage of Oliver & Bell for stump removal purposes.

NEW BABY BOY FOR ROWELL FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Rowell of Nahunta announce the birth of an eight pound, four ounce baby boy born June 17. He has been named Bivian Brian. Mrs. Rowell will be remembered as Mrs. Hazel Prescott.

NEW BABY GIRL FOR LECKIE FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Powell Leckie of Alamo, Ga. announce the birth of a fine eight and one half pound baby daughter born July 14 in a McRae hospital. Mrs. Leckie is the former Mary Edna Rodgers. Mr. Leckie is the county farm agent for Wheeler County.

SCOTT - BANKS WEDDING. Friends of Ensign Crawford Banks will be interested to learn of his marriage to Miss Mary Scott of Willacoochee and Savannah which took place this weekend in Savannah. Ensign Banks is stationed in Norfolk, Va. where the young couple will make their home.

THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of The Citizens Bank at close of business June 30, 1943: Resources: $1,230,405.21.

July 23, 1943

ONLY TWO ACCEPTED FOR ARMY SERVICE FROM GROUP OF TWENTY. Charlton County’s quota of 20 white selective service inductees scored an almost complete rejection record, only two of the group being accepted according to reports. The July quota is made of up largely of older, married registrants. Among this group only one man Howard G. Wrench was accepted. The other selectee meeting the requirements was J.C. Prescott, who has just entered his 18th year. These two will report in two weeks to an assignment center.

JOHNNIE ALLEN RECEIVES HONORABLE DISCHARGE. Cpl. Johnnie Allen, who has been serving in the armed forces for more than a year returned home this week, having been given an honorable discharge. He was in the Army Air Corps, stationed at Santa Rosa, California. He made an excellent record while in service.

MISS DAVIS RECEIVES MEDICAL DISCHARGE. Miss Ruby Davis, S.2nd Class, U.S. Navy (WAVES), daughter of Mrs. H.J. Davis, arrived this week to be at home. She completed her basic training at Hunter College, New York City, after which she was given a medical discharge.

RALPH L. WAINWRIGHT AND WILEY D. CREWS STATIONED IN KENTUCKY. Pvt. Ralph L. Wainwright, son of Mrs. Katie Wainwright, and Pvt. Wiley D. Crews, son of Mrs. Sarah A. Crews, this week entered the Armored Replacement Center at Fort Knox, Ky. for a 15-week training program.

CITY PEOPLE HELP GEORGIA FARMERS. More than 4,500 town and city people are now actively working on Georgia farms to help produce and harvest 1943’s all-important food crops. Around 900 of this number are boys and girls.

NEW BABY BOY FOR JOHNSN FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Johnson announce the birth of a baby boy born July 17 at the McCoy Hospital. He has been named Reginald, Jr. Mrs. Johnson is the former Miss Mildred Johnson. Mr. Johnson is in the Navy, stationed in Jacksonville.

NEW BABY GIRL FOR HOWARD FAMILY. Pvt. and Mrs. Thomas M. Howard of Charleston, S.C. announce the birth of a fine baby girl born July 16 in a Charleston hospital. She has been named Barbara Ann. Mrs. Howard is the former Miss Lorene Gibson.

CREWS - MURRAY WEDDING. A marriage that will be of much interest is that of Miss Barbara Crews, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Crews and Mr. Wesley Murray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Murray, which took place Saturday at the home of the bride, with Rev. Ben Altman officiating.

July 30, 1943

DR. TAYLOR’S SISTER DIED. Mrs. Minnie Louise Barrett, widow of the late A.M. Barrett of New Orleans, died at the home of her brother, A.B. Taylor in Brunswick on July 16 after a long illness. She was a sister of Dr. J.S. Taylor. The funeral and interment took place in New Orleans, La.

AUGUST DRAFT QUOTA. Charlton County’s draft board has sent out official notices for its August quota which calls for twenty men, ten white and ten colored. Included in the group scheduled to leave for Atlanta next Wednesday are: Robert Hoyt Padgett, Oscar Eugene Pearce, Albert Fleming Gay, Paul Proctor Prescott, Dean Crews, Jesse Nipper, Lee Raulerson, Douglas William Decker, Guy Albert Gowen, Bert Lee.

CPL. NELL PEARRE RECRUITING FOR WACS. Cpl. Nell Pearre of the Women’s Army Corps, daughter of Mrs. T.L. Pickren, will join a group of recruiters in a tour of large cities. At the conclusion of the tour she hopes to be recommended for Officers’ Candidate School.

WALLACE GIBSON WRITES HIS FATHER FROM JAPANESE PRISON CAMP. Hearing from him for the first time since the fall of Corregidor, when he was taken prisoner by the Japs, W.E. Gibson this week received a postal card from his son, Wallace Elvie Gibson, Jr. of the Navy. The card was dated December 22nd, 1942 and was received here exactly seven months later, coming to Folkston through the Red Cross. The brief message printed on the card, signed by him: “Dear Father, I am well and safe in Japan. My health is usual. I have no news of the family since October, 1941. How are you and the family. Remember me to my wife whose address is 5317 North Ruby Street, Tacoma, Washington. Love, Wallace Elvie Gibson.” He is evidently being held in a prison camp somewhere near Tokyo.

NO MORE COFFEE RATIONING. President Roosevelt and the OPA Wednesday announced termination of coffee rationing, effective Thursday. Lifting of the restriction marked the first break in the nation’s rationing front. Mr. Roosevelt said the end of the restriction was “good news to civilians at home.”

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