Digest of Charlton County Herald - August 1943

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

August 6, 1943

AIRPLANE REPORTING SERVICE RESUMED FROM FOLKSTON POST. The airplane reporting service of the Ground Observer Corps for Charlton County, was resumed Saturday from the observation post on top of the county courthouse after being suspended for the past several months. A new list of observers has been compiled, each observer taking a two-hour shift weekly. For the convenience of those manning the post, a list of observers has been posted in the observatory atop the courthouse. C.F. Adkins has asked to be relieved from the post as Chief Observer and Truman E. Pease has been named as his successor. The work is part of the activities of the First Fighter Command with headquarters in Jacksonville.

FOSTER - HOWARD WEDDING. Miss Madeline Foster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Foster of Center Hill, Fla. was married July 24th to Osworth Howard in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Petree in Callahan. Rev. T.R. Spell officiated. The bride works for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. The groom is also an employee of the ACL RR and is a telegraph operator. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S.M. Howard of Racepond. The couple will live in Racepond.

August 13, 1943

WILMER HICKOX DROWNED. Wilmer Hickox, 11, of Jacksonville, was accidentally drowned at Six Mile Creek in Florida last Wednesday. He was a native of Kingsland and moved to Jacksonville one year ago. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving is his mother, Mrs. Janie Hickox, one sister and four brothers. Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church of Folkston and burial took place in the Folkston Cemetery.

MISS PROCTOR RESIGNS. Miss Gertrude Proctor, who has served as Home Demonstration Agent for a number of years, tendered her resignation to the Board of Commissioners last week. It is understood that she will return to Woodbine and become a teacher in the Woodbine school.

LONNIE E. ROBERTS STATIONED IN KANSAS. Aviation Cadet Lonnie E. Roberts, Jr., 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Roberts, Sr. of St. George, arrived at Garden City Army Air Field in Kansas to begin the basic phase of flight training. He received his primary pilot’s training at Chickasha, Oklahoma.

PICKREN FAMILY MOVES TO BRUNSWICK. Mr. and Mrs. V.J. Pickren and little son, Verne, Jr., are making their home in Brunswick while Mr. Pickren is employed in the shipyards.

August 20, 1943

WILLIAM H. MIZELL DIED. William Harley Mizell, 71, life-long citizen of Charlton County, passed away at his home here Sunday night after an extended illness. A son of the late David M. Mizell, he was a member of one of the county’s prominent pioneer families, born and reared in the vicinity of the Okefenokee Swamp and for a number of years was an employee of Hebard lumber interests in that area, having a wide knowledge of the great swamp. Elected Sheriff of Charlton County in 1910 he served for 24 consecutive years, a longer time than any other man has served in that capacity. He was a member of the Folkston Methodist Church. He was a member of the Folkston Masonic Lodge and a former Mayor of the City of Folkston. He was also County Game Warden. Besides his wife, Mrs. Novenia Roddenberry Mizell, survivors include one daughter, Mrs. G.S. Rasmussen, a step-son, Albert Phillips; three brothers, D.M. Mizell, Jack Mizell and Ed Mizell and two sisters, Mrs. W.J. Chesser and Mrs. S.A. Cason. Funeral services were held from Folkston Methodist Church and interment took place in Folkston Cemetery with members of the Masonic Lodge forming an escort. Commitment rites of the Masonic Order were carried out at the graveside.

WALLACE GIBSON HEARD OVER RADIO. Petty Officer First Class Wallace E. Gibson, son of W.E. Gibson, was recently heard in a brief talk over short wave radio from the prison camp in Japan where he is being held as a Prisoner of War, according to numerous letters received by his father from various sections of the country. It is not known whether young Gibson’s talk was heard by any local residents, but he was said to have reported that he was getting along as well as could be expected under the circumstances.

BOY SCOUTS COLLECTING FUNDS FOR AIRPLANE OBSERVATION POST. Local Boy Scouts are collecting funds this week for operation of the observation post. Kenneth Harrison, assisted by George White, Johnny Tyson and James Oscar Hannaford will be in charge of this work. Mrs. H.J. Davis and Mr. “Pop” Adkins have expressed their willingness to take an eight-hour shift each. Due to the fact that sufficient money can not be raised to take care of the third shift it will be necessary to fill out one period in the same manner being used now. Plans for the construction of the observation tower are progressing. Funds for labor are not available. It is desired that men of the community who are willing to contribute a day more or less, inform J.H. Johnson of their willingness to help. This is a community project.

ADKINS FUNERAL HOME SUSPENDS OPERATIONS. The Adkins Funeral Home which has operated here for the past several years has suspended operations in Folkston, Mr. Adkins having sold his ambulance and closed out his interests for the duration of the war. They left last week for Fort Valley, Ga. where he has formed business connections in the undertaking field.

WOODY SHUMAN PROMOTED. The many friends of Cpl. Woodrow Shuman, son of Mrs. H.S. Mattox, who has been serving in the Signal Corps will be interested to learn that he has recently been promoted to Sergeant.

GUY GIBSON ACCEPTS JOB WITH OKEFENOKEE STATION. Mr. Guy Gibson, who has been making his home in Jacksonville, has accepted a job with the Okefenokee Station, succeeding Winston Hall, who resigned.

GEORGE BENJAMIN CARPENTER DIED. George Benjamin Carpenter, age 86, recently passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.H. Wilkerson, in Panama City, Fla. He was a resident of St. George for many years. He was a native of Mentor, Ohio. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ora Welch Carpenter. Interment took place in a Jacksonville cemetery.

PICKREN - BELL WEDDING. At a ceremony on August 18th, Miss Marion LaVerne Pickren became the bride of June Parker Bell of Waycross. The ceremony was performed in Calvary Baptist Church in Jesup by Rev. R.W. Waterman. Mr. Bell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Bell of Waycross. He is connected with the Cochran Flying School, Inc., Cochran, Ga. where the young couple will make their home.

August 27, 1943

LOUIE PASSIEU IS FLIGHT OFFICER. After completing the final course in the bomber section of the Army Air Force Training Command, Louie Passieu has been commissioned as a Flight Officer, a rank corresponding to 2nd Lt. He is stationed at Salinas, Kansas.

DRAFT BOARD ORDERS MEN TO REPORT. Official notices have been sent out by the draft board to registrants to report on September 3rd at Ft. McPherson in Atlanta. Included in the group are: Jimmie Crews, Johnnie Edward Johns, Scott Petty, George Washington Morgan, Jim David O’Quinn, Cleon Clayton Thompson. Ten colored registrants are scheduled to report later in the month and they will go to Ft. Benning, Columbus.

AMERICAN LEGION POST ORGANIZED. Okefenokee Post No. 130 is the official designation for Charlton County’s new American Legion unit which is being organized, with a charter membership of 28 already signed up. Dr. A.D. Williams is serving as temporary Post Adjutant. Included in the list of charter members are the following veterans of World War One: Ernie Bell, J.C. Rewis, Noah Stokes, Edgar G. Mills, Earl M. Garrison, Mack D. Thrift, Joe Hendrix, Taylor L. Pickren, John R. Banks, Dr. Walter R. McCoy, William D. Thompson, Walter L. Huling, R.E. Player, Alex S. McQueen, W. Robert Allen, Dr. A.D. Williams, E.C. Fletcher, O.C. Mizell, Thomas A. Scott, R.D. McQueen, J.O. Hannaford, Mack Lloyd, Jeff Lloyd, William J. Johnson, Wilbur L. Thomas, Jim B. Pearce and Royal H. Snowden.

AMERICAN SCRAP METAL COMING BACK AS SHRAPNEL. The scrap metal we sent to Japan is coming back to us in shrapnel wounds. Lt. Col. W.J. Carrington, Chief of Surgical Service at General Hospital, Clinton, Iowa told newsmen touring army installations in that state. “In our surgery we often find shrapnel in which we identify pieces of American-made razor blades and pop bottle caps,” Col. Carrington said.

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