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Digest of Charlton County Herald - July, 1944

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

July 7, 1944

THE CITY MARKET. Manager C.H. Lewis of the local Suwannee Store announces that he has just installed a modern refrigeration unit and will add a Market Department to the store’s general grocery and feed business. The new department will be known as The City Market and will be under the management of Mr. Lewis with L.D. Majors as joint owner, independently of the grocery store.

WATER RATES, ANIMAL POUND DECISIONS MADE BY COUNCIL. At the meeting of the Mayor and City Council this week it was decided to set the city water rent at a flat rate of $2.00 per month instead of the $2.50 rate now in effect. It was also decided to fence a section of an unused street in the rear of the home of Police Office Andrew Gowen to be used as a City Pound. Officer Gowen is to have full charge of the Pound and has been instructed to take up and impound all cows and hogs found roaming the streets.

GILBERT SPENCE RECEIVES SPECIAL COMMENDATION. Pfc Gilbert G. Spence of this city has received a letter of commendation from his commanding officer for outstanding performance of duty while on active service on the battlefield in the Pacific area. He was a member of a detail of seven men which was left behind at a cove to guard the property of Battery A. Upon receiving orders to move it to another cove to get aboard a transport, this detail of only seven men proceeded in moving four 105 mm Howitzers to another cove over extremely difficult and dangerous terrain in the rain, fog, mud and darkness in time to get the four Howitzers aboard the transport.


July 14, 1944

WIRE FENCE TO BE BUILT AROUND FOLKSTON. In an effort to end the menace of cattle and hogs roaming the streets, plans have been launched to build a livestock-proof wire fence entirely around the city, the cost to be borne jointly by Folkston and Charlton County. The public, especially those directly concerned will be expected to contribute the fence posts and the labor of erecting the fence. A wire fence was built around the city several years ago but this has been broken in several places and it will be necessary to almost completely rebuild it.

BAPTISM SUNDAY NIGHT AT FOLKSTON BAPTIST CHURCH. A large class of candidates will be baptized into membership of Folkston Baptist Church next Sunday night at the close of the evening service. The names of the candidates are Hon. J.B. Southwell, Miss Margie Solomon, Master S.L. Pickren, Miss Juanita Hathaway, Mrs. Willie Mae Groover, Miss Beverly Ann Burch, Master Ronal Hall, Miss Marguerite Eunice, Master Joe Stover, Mrs. Jimmie Lee McKendree, Miss Lorene Blocker and Mrs. Earl Garrison. The general public is cordially invited to attend.

CARD OF THANKS. I wish to take this means of thanking the people of Folkston and vicinity for their donations and helpfulness in enabling me to secure an artificial foot. Everything is very deeply appreciated. --- IRA DOBBS.

NEW SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Bowen and their young son Billie arrived in Folkston this week and have rooms in the residence recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Gowen, Sr. Mr. Bowen is assuming charge of the Folkston Consolidated School and comes from Chester, Ga. where he has been Superintendent of Schools. His office will be downstairs in the Sr. High School Building on the northwest corner, next to the library.

NEW BABY BOY FOR GIBSON FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Glynn Gibson announce the birth of a fine baby boy born Tuesday, July 4th. He has been named George Russell Gibson and weighed nine pounds at birth. Both mother and baby are getting along fine.

FOR SALE: Fine full-blooded Jersey bull. Age, two years. As pretty as a picture. If interested, see Wilbur Thomas, Folkston.

THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of the Citizens Bank of Folkston and Nahunta at the close of business June 30, 1944: Resources $1,491,199.82.

IT’S POLIO SEASON AGAIN. The dread germs of Polio are on the loose again, the Georgia State Dept. of Health warns this week. From now till the end of September, Infantile Paralysis is prevalent and health authorities urge parents to be on the alert for early signs of illness. It was emphasized that expert medical care, given in time, may prevent crippling deformities. It was urged that every case of suspected polio be reported immediately to the health authorities. There are no known preventions or protections against polio. Don’t become hysterical if cases enter your community.

July 21, 1944

JUNIOR STEWART RECEIVES PROMOTION. Domingo Layton Stewart, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Stewart, Sr., who has been serving with the famous First Marine Division in the Pacific Area for more than two years, has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant according to information received by his parents. He has been serving in the Marine Corps for nearly four years. Junior’s many friends here will be glad to learn of his well-merited advancement.

DR. SAWYER PROMOTED TO MAJOR. Dr. James L. Sawyer, who entered the Army from Folkston as a First Lieutenant in the Medical Corps early in the War, and who later was promoted to Captain, has been advanced to the rank of Major, according to information received by friends here. He is attached to a combat unit and has been stationed in England for the past year. He landed in France with the American forces on D-Day and has been serving with an advanced medical unit on the battlefield.

LIONS CLUB TO RECEIVE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER. The first edition of The Monthly Bulletin, a mimeograph publication dedicated to promoting the work of the Lions Club, made its appearance this week designed to circulate among the membership and businesses of the city. The Bulletin is issued by Lions’ secretary, John Harris.

CREWS BROTHERS MEET IN ENGLAND. Sgt. Carlos L. Crews, who is serving with the U.S. Air Force at some place in England, met his brother, Cpl. Julius E. Crews, who is also serving in England with the Army Medical Corps. After not having seen each other in more than two years the brothers were very much pleased over their meeting.

FOREMAN ALDRIDGE TRANSFERRED TO NEW JOB WITH ACL. E.C. Aldridge, who has served as Section Foreman for the Atlantic Coast Line here for the past several years, has at his own request, been transferred to a new position with the railroad. He is now serving as foreman of a track-laying crew engaged in putting in new rails along the line between Folkston and Jacksonville.

PRODUCTS MADE BY BLIND WORKERS ARE USED BY ARMY. Blind workers will produce all of the 4,500,000 mops and more than sixty percent of the 5,000,000 corn brooms slated for the Quartermaster Corps to keep army buildings clean, it was announced Monday. Blind workers will also make 1,200,000 mop handles and no procurement of such articles as mops, brooms and handles will be made from other sources until all production of the blind has been exhausted.

PVT. RICHARD MAYS HAS VISITORS. Mrs. H.J. Mays and son Jack spent the past weekend in Tampa with her son, Richard, who is stationed at Drew Field. He is serving with a radar unit with the Army Air Corps.

EDITOR HARRISON IS DELEGATE TO CONVENTION. R. Ward Harrison, Editor of the Herald, has been named as one of the 32 Georgia delegates to the Democratic National Convention and is attending the meeting in session this week in Chicago.

July 28, 1944

KINGSLAND WOMAN KILLED BY TRAIN AT ROAD CROSSING. Mrs. Joanna Mills Brown, wife of Crawford A. Brown of Kingsland, met instant death last Thursday morning when the auto she was driving was struck by a southbound Seaboard Air Line passenger train at a road crossing about two miles north of Kingsland. According to reports, Mrs. Brown’s car stalled on the railroad tracks and was hit by the speeding train while she was attempting to get it started. Two children in the car with her succeeded in getting clear of the vehicle before the train struck. Mrs. Brown was a member of the widely known Mills family and had a number of relatives and friends in this city who learned of her tragic death with sorrow. She was about 60 years of age, and besides her husband is survived by two sons and one daughter. Funeral services were held at Ruhamah Baptist Church. Burial took place in the Camden County’s Clark’s Bluff Cemetery,

CITY HEALTH OFFICER APPEALS FOR ALL-OUT WAR ON MOSQUITOES. Dr. A. Fleming, Folkston’s City Health Officer, this week called upon the people of the community to declare a little private war of their own---an all-out fight against mosquitoes---not only a nuisance of the first order but a deadly menace to the community’s health. Dr. Fleming points out that since the heavy rains of last week mosquitoes are taking the town. Most of them “are those small fiery devils that set you afire when they bite”, but undoubtedly some of the Malaria kind are mixed in with them. The pests cause a great deal of suffering for adults as well as children. Dr. Fleming urges the public to cooperate 100% in eliminating standing water around premises, thus getting rid of mosquitoes breeding places.

PROCTOR PRESCOTT VISITS HOME FOLKS. Proctor Prescott, son of Mrs. O.M. Prescott arrived this week to spend a fifteen-day leave with the home folks while recuperating from injuries sustained in an accident while on active duty at a naval station in England. Young Prescott is serving with a hospital unit with the Navy forces that has been stationed with the European Area. He suffered severe injuries when struck by a truck while riding a bicycle. At the conclusion of his furlough he will report to a hospital at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station.

PFC. HAROLD BROWNING HAS SURGERY IN ENGLAND. Pfc Harold Browning, son of Mrs. Imogene Sears, who suffered shrapnel wounds in the legs during the early stages of the European Invasion, last week underwent an operation for appendicitis in the hospital in England where he is under treatment for his battle wounds. He is reported to be making satisfactory progress. An Army paper credits the unit to which young Browning is attached, with wiping out an average of three enemy troops each in the fight for Carenton. He was wounded the day the paratroopers entered the town and his outfit is credited with its capture.

HURST RESTAURANT CLOSED. The restaurant operated the past several weeks in the Wade Building by Mr. and Mrs. Hurst of Blackshear, closed its doors Monday, the business having been discontinued. Mr. Hurst also operated the D&B bus lines to St. Marys. This has been transferred to The Service Lines. With discontinuance of the bus line, Mr. Hurst decided to close the restaurant as they were operated in conjunction with one another.

SGT. DAVID LITTLEFIELD AWARDED AIR MEDAL. Sgt. David Littlefield, son of Mrs. J.C. Littlefield, serving as a rear turret gunner with a Liberator Bomber crew, has been awarded the Air Medal for outstanding service. He is stationed in the European Area, being attached to the Third Bombardment in his division.

POST-WAR PLANS FOR REAL ESTATE. Federally owned real estate no longer needed after the war will be sold in family-size parcels to purchasers who will put the land to productive use under a plan set forth by the Surplus War Property Administrator. W.L. Clayton, Administrator announced Saturday that large areas such as camp sites or air fields, will be subdivided in consultation with local authorities and surplus agriculture land will be sold as family-size farms. Former owners will be given an opportunity to repurchase their land at current market value.

SIXTEEN GERMAN GENERALS URGE NATZIS TO END WAR. The statement declared that the signers, through long service in the German army in two wars, had come to the conclusion that the present struggle is hopeless. They appealed directly to the German army to: (1) Break with Hitler immediately; (2) Denounce all orders from him or his henchmen; (3) Bring to an immediate end “this senseless bloodshed.” The Russians took care to see that the statements would reach Germans, broadcasting it over short-wave radio and dropping thousands of printed copies from planes in German-held territory. The Russians said the German army should know of the appeal of the generals who declared that their action was voluntary and was prompted by the love of their country.

GENE PEARCE WOUNDED IN ACTION IN ITALY. Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Pearce received official announcement from the War Department Tuesday, advising that their son, Eugene, had been seriously wounded in action on July 8th while serving on the battle fields of Italy. Young Pearce, known to his friends as “Gene” is 19 years old and entered the armed forces by voluntary enlistment about a year ago. He has been serving in Italy for the past several months taking part in the bitter fighting just previous to the fall of Rome. He is attached to the Infantry forces. Mr. and Mrs. Pearce have another son, J.B. Pearce, Jr. serving in a Western Army camp.

ALBERT GAY VISITING HOME FOLKS. Seaman first class Albert Gay is spending a 20-day leave here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Brantley Gay. He has been serving on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific for the past eight months.

“THE FRIENDLY CORNER”. Manager C.H. Lewis of the local Suwannee Store and City Market has designated his new location in the Wade Building as “The Friendly Corner.”

OSWORTH HOWARD IN ATLANTA HOSPITAL. Pfc James Osworth Howard, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.M. Howard, is a patient in the Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta, suffering from an abdominal ulcer. He received his basic training at Camp Seibert, Ala. and had been sent to Atlanta for three months medical training, when he became ill.

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