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Digest of Charlton County Herald - August 1942

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays


August 7, 1942


MISS MILDRED HULING IN CRITICAL CONDITION. Miss Mildred Huling, a teacher in the local school, is reported to be in a critical condition at her home here. She is suffering from an ailment resulting from a tonsil operation several months ago. A blood transfusion was given her this week. Her condition is so grave that members of her family have been called to her bedside.

RALPH KNABB CAMPAIGNING FOR REPRESENTATIVE. Mr. Ralph Knabb is running for Representative of Charlton County in the lower house of the General Assembly of Georgia. He reports that he is meeting with gratifying encouragement in all sections of the county.

McCOY FAMILY MOVING HERE. Mrs. W.R. McCoy and children who have been making their home in Alma, are being welcomed as residents of Folkston by their many friends. They are making their home in the E.G. Mills residence just opposite the courthouse.

SCRAP MATERIALS ARE BEING COLLECTED. An active campaign is being launched this week throughout the county for the collection of scrap iron and steel, other metals of all kind, old rubber, rags, manila rope, burlap bags and all other scrap materials that may be converted in the manufacture of war materials. A salvage committee has been organized with P.O. Stokes as chairman. All scrap metals and other material contributed should be delivered to Mr. Stokes at the Okefenokee Station. The collected junk is to be sold to an established junk dealer and the proceeds donated to the Red Cross. Chairman Stokes may be contacted at the station or over phone number 20 for further information.

ELEVEN DRAFTEES LEFT THIS WEEK. Eleven young men left Folkston Thursday morning for the Army induction center at Fort McPherson. The contingent called for a total of twelve men but one of the men failed to report and will join the others later. James Franklin Roddenberry was placed in charge of the group. Included in the party leaving yesterday were Gilbert Green Spence, James Franklin Roddenberry, Baily Sikes, Robert Milton Elder, Lawrence Crawford Adams, Ulysees Gainey, Ralph Adrian Chism, Venton E. Johns, Alvin Harrell and Joseph David Goddin.

GEORGE M. BARBOUR DROWNED. George M. Barbour, age 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. Barbour of Jacksonville, former residents here, lost his life by drowning in a tide water river near Baltimore several days ago. He lived here about 15 years ago, and had many friends. He was employed as a defense worker in a bomber plant in Baltimore. Besides his widow, he is survived by his parents, a sister and three brothers, all of Jacksonville.

50,000 POUNDS OF SCRAP RUBBER COLLECTED HERE. After a check of all scrap rubber collected during the recent drive, it was announced this week by P.O. Stokes that more than 50,000 pounds had been contributed by the people of the county, far exceeding Charlton County’s allotment, being almost double the national per capita average. The greater part of the scrap rubber collected has been stored in the local pool room, Howard Wrench, the owner, having generously provided the free storage space. More than 17 tons have been stored there and more than half of it was moved out Saturday, three large trucks being required to take it to Atlanta.

SCHOOL TO OPEN ON SEPT. 7TH. At the meeting of the Board of Education this week, the day for opening school was set for September 7th. To the list of teachers previously selected, the following names were added: Mrs. C.L. Talbert, Mrs. W.C. Stokes, Mrs. T.A. Scott, Mrs. Holland Brown, Mrs. Hilda Jones, Mrs. Kathryn Jones, Miss Lucille Kerwin, Miss Elizabeth Grubbs, Miss Mildred Huling and Miss Mildred Hatton.

August 14, 1942

NEW BABY BOY FOR WILDES FAMILY. Mrs. Melvin Wildes and baby boy, born August 9th, returned to their home Wednesday from the hospital. Both are reported to be getting along fine.

NEW BABY GIRL FOR JONES FAMILY. Mrs. Carl Jones and baby girl, born August 9th, are now at their home at Traders Hill. Both are said to be getting along nicely.

NEW BABY GIRL FOR DINKINS FAMILY. Born August 10th to Mrs. J.T. Dinkins, a baby girl. Both mother and baby are said to be doing fine.

THE HOME FRONT. It’s no longer necessary for a fellow to have a string of academic degrees to become an army officer. The metal in the burned out light bulbs is worth saving. OPA has warned drug stores to discontinue the practice of charging a penny for paper cups in addition to the price of a drink.

OLD LODGE BUILDING IN ST. GEORGE SOLD. At the county commissioners’ meeting this week it was decided to sell the old W.O.W. lodge building in St. George, as it now stands, to L.E. Roberts for $20.00.

CHESTER A. BRYANT SAFE ABOARD OIL TANKER. A recent letter from Chester A. Bryant to his mother, Mrs. L.B. Bryant, has relieved the minds of the family as to his whereabouts as they have not heard from him in some months. He was serving aboard an oil tanker, and said he could not divulge the ports he visited. His friends will be glad to know he is still doing service for this country in this vital work.

August 21, 1942

VOTERS LIST COMPLETED. Charlton County’s Board of Registrars completed their work this week making up a list of voters for the September 9th primary. Final tabulation shows the list has 1,030 voters in the county qualified to vote in the forthcoming election.

MISS MILDRED HULING DIED. Miss Mildred Huling, 22, life-long resident of Folkston and one of the city’s most beloved young women, passed away Saturday in a Waycross hospital following an extended illness. She had suffered for many months from an ailment which developed from a minor operation for tonsillitis. In spite of her illness she was able to carry on her duties as a teacher in the local school for the past year. Her condition took a turn for the worse two weeks ago and she gradually grew weaker till death came Saturday. A daughter of the late J.O. Huling and Mrs. Huling, she was a member of one of the most prominent and widely-connected families of this community. Following her graduation at Charlton County High School, she attended Andrew College in Cuthbert. After completing her studies there she joined the faculty of the local school. Besides her mother, Mrs. J.O. Huling, survivors include two sisters, Cleo and Merlyn Huling; two half-brothers, Hiram and Herbert Huling; four brothers, Wilson, Morris, Howard and Fleming Huling. The funeral was held from Folkston Methodist Church of which she was a faithful member and interment was in the Folkston cemetery.

LT. JOHN WHITE RESCUED FROM GREENLAND ICECAP. Lt. John White of the Army Air Force, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.G. White, was safely rescued after being stranded eight days on the treacherous Greenland ice cap. Lt. White was a member of a crew of 13 men aboard a Flying Fortress which crashed 100 miles inland on the snow-covered icecap in the interior of Greenland. The stranded men, unable to get their craft into the air or to get out on foot spent eight days in their perilous and uncomfortable location, until a rescue party fought its way on skies through a heavy storm and brought them out to a small lake where they boarded a waiting plane. The rescue party was headed by Bernt Balchen, noted pilot of the early airplane days who located the stranded group from the air and landed his plane in a small rock-studded lake nearby. A full account of the daring rescue appears in this week’s issue of TIME magazine.

SERVICEMEN ARRIVING AT WAYCROSS ARMY AIRPORT. Waycross is said to be taking on an atmosphere of a military city, troops having occupied the Waycross Army Airport during the past few days.

COMMUNITY GARDENS SUPPLY SCHOOL LUNCHROOMS. In many Georgia counties the Extension Service reports that vegetables are being grown in community gardens for use in school lunchrooms.

August 28, 1942

NEW PASTOR FOR BAPTIST CHURCH ARRIVES. Rev. W.B. Hoats, new pastor of Folkston Baptist Church, with his wife and daughter, reached here this week from their former home at Brooklet, and have taken up residence in the Baptist Pastorium here.

WERDIE LECKIE GETS HIS WINGS WITH CANADIAN AIR FORCE. Werdie Leckie, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Leckie, recently completed his training and received his wings as a pilot officer in the Canadian Air Force.

ARGUMENT OVER $3.00 DEBT LEAVES ONE DEAD. An argument over a $3.00 debt led to the fatal shooting of Lawrence Wesley, 24, by Dorsey London, both Negroes, about 10:00 Sunday morning, the homicide occurring at the old White Place, just beyond Homeland, where London lived with his father-in-law. London had borrowed $3.00 from Wesley and promised to pay it Saturday night. When he failed to do so, Wesley went to his home Sunday and the fatal argument ensued.

AIRPLANE SPOTTERS GET NEW RULES FROM ARMY. This is to notify the public that by notice from Army Headquarters beginning August 28, all airplane spotters on duty at the local observation post must sign their names and times when going on and off duty. All spotters, who for any reason are unable to be at their watch, must find someone else to take their place. -- C.F. ADKINS, District Director

NEW BABY BOY FOR SWAIN FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Swain of Homeland are the proud parents of a baby boy, born Monday.

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