Digest of Charlton County Herald - August 1945

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

August 3, 1945

MRS. LILLIE WHITE HOLTZENDORF DIED. Mrs. Lillie Holtzendorf, age 81, of St. George, one of the county’s most widely-known and highly respected women, died Monday in a Waycross hospital after an extended illness due to the infirmities of age. She was the widow of the late George Washington Holtzendorf and was the daughter of the late Rev. John M. White, Methodist minister of the North Georgia Conference and Frances Lyons White. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. S.R. DeJarnette, three nieces and four nephews. Funeral services were held at St. George Methodist Church and interment followed in the St. George Cemetery.

THOMAS H. CREWS HOME ON FURLOUGH. Pfc Thomas H. Crews arrived home Saturday to spend a thirty day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivey Crews after spending fifteen months in the European Theater of War. He served under General Patton.

TWO TRAFFIC LIGHTS INSTALLED. The City of Folkston has this week installed two traffic lights at the highway intersections in the city. For the present, the lights are being operated as caution signals only.

MESSAGE FROM WALLACE GIBSON, PRISONER-OF-WAR. Wallace E. Gibson, Jr., son of W.E. Gibson, who has been held as a prisoner of war by the Japanese since early 1942, is safe and well at a war prison camp in Japan, according to a message received from him last week. It was the first word received in many months. He advised that he was in a camp near Tokyo and asked the family to write often and send photographs.

FRANKLIN RODDENBERRY HOME ON LEAVE. Franklin Roddenberry reached Folkston Sunday to spend a thirty day leave here with his mother, Mrs. W.L. Matthews after serving 19 months overseas in the European Theater of War. He has been serving with a unit of Military Police. He has had active service in France, Belgium and Germany with the First and Third Armies.

JAMES T. PRESCOTT WILL BE HOME SOON. Pfc James T. Prescott is enroute home from the European Theater of Operations. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie H. Prescott, Route One, Winokur.

LAMAR WAINWRIGHT IS HOME ON FURLOUGH. Pfc. Ralph L. Wainwright has returned home after spending seven months in the European Theater of War. After his thirty day furlough is up he will go to Ft. McPherson for reassignment.

CREWS GUTHRIE WEDDING. A marriage that will be of much interest is that of Miss Leila Crews to Mr. G.W. Guthrie last Thursday afternoon in Waycross. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Crews of the Uptonville district and is a popular teacher in the Folkston school. Mr. Guthrie has been a resident of Folkston for the past several months and has been employed as cost clerk at the local convict camp. They are making their home in the Mattox Apartments.

August 10, 1945

NEW THEATER BUILDING BEGUN. Construction began this week on a modern new picture theater building for Folkston, to be located on the lot adjoining the Old Bank Building occupied by the telephone exchange fronting on Main Street. It is being launched by Theo Dinkins and Frank Walker of Waycross, owner of the property. It will have a frontage of 44 feet on Main Street and extend back 100 feet.

RUSSIA, BATTLE-TOUGHENED IN VICTORY OVER GERMANY, WENT TO WAR AGAINST AXIS JAPAN WEDNESDAY. America and her allies applauded and counted on the early doom of the enemy of the Pacific. Russia declared war at the request of the United States, Britain and China as of 5:00 p.m.., E.W.T. on August 8th. That was midnight in Russia. President Truman announced the decision in mid-afternoon.

JUNIOR RED CROSS SENDS SERVICEMEN KITS. Under the leadership of Mrs. Myrtle Renfroe, the Junior Red Cross unit has just completed and sent to area headquarters in Atlanta an assortment of excellent materials for the comfort and recreation of hospitalized servicemen. The following were included: one crocheted afghan, five decks of cards, eight writing portfolios, ten “Just For Fun” booklets, ten wire coat hangers, twelve ash trays, twenty bridge tallies, twenty score pads, twenty-one navy utility bags, twenty-five Mothers Day cards, thirty Easter cards, forty cross-word puzzles, fifty Christmas cards, fifty library cards and envelopes, fifty memo pads and fifty-four pocket-size books.

AMERICAN LEGION REORGANIZES. At a reorganization meeting this week of Okefenokee Post No. 130, American Legion, Dr. W.D. Thompson was elected Post Commander. Others selected as officers were R.E. Player, J.O. Hannaford, Will Johnson and Dr. A.D. Williams. The local post now has a membership of about fifty members.

GUY GIBSON STATIONED IN HAWAII. William Guy Gibson, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.G. Gibson, is now stationed at a submarine base in Hawaii. His wife, the former Annie Belle Lowther, and young daughter Barbara Ann are making their home in Jacksonville while he is serving in the Pacific.

BABY BOY FOR PRESCOTT FAMILY. Paul P. Prescott and Mrs. Prescott announce the birth of a son, Ronald Eugene, on July 27 at Lebanon Hospital, Lebanon, Virginia. Mrs. Mary Prescott and the late Mr. O.M. Prescott are the paternal grandparents. Prescott is serving on the USS Kermit Roosevelt and is at present in the South Pacific area.

BABY GIRL FOR CAUDLE FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Louis Caudle announce the birth of a daughter at St. Vincent’s Hospital on July 28. She will be named Maxine Margaret.

August 17, 1945

Wild rejoicing throughout the allied nations greeted announcement of the unconditional surrender of the Japanese at 7:00 p.m., Eastern Peace Time, Tuesday, August 14, ending history’s bloodiest and most costly war after nearly six years of world-wide conflict. Folkston and Charlton County joined in the jubilant celebration, a full holiday being observed here Wednesday with all local stores closed and business almost completely suspended. Normal business activities were resumed Thursday morning with the second day of the long-awaited postwar period. A two day holiday for all federal employees was ordered by President Truman and this is being observed by the local post office and rural mail carriers. The Citizens Bank also observed a two day holiday. Immediately following President Truman’s announcement Tuesday afternoon, Folkston’s fire siren was sounded, carried the glad tidings to every part of the community. Church bells rang and members of both the local Baptist and Methodist Churches gathered for services of thanksgiving in the churches.

MR. PETER S. SPRADLEY DIED. Funeral services were held Monday at Corinth Church for Peter S. Spradley, 83, who died Sunday at his residence in Homeland after an illness of two months. He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Cora Cooper; ten sons, Oscar, Lee, Harold, of the US Army, J.D. of the US Navy, Ed and Joe, Silas. Gus, Simpson and Sam; five daughters, Mrs. J.M. Boyce, Miss Gladys, Miss Nancy, Miss Lucinda and Miss Corene; 32 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Burial took place in Corinth Cemetery.

NO MORE GAS RATIONING. The rationing of gasoline terminated Wednesday and others will end soon. Now you can drive into a service station and tell an attendant “Fill ‘er up, please!”. The Office of Price Administration announced Wednesday the immediate termination of the rationing of gasoline as well as canned fruit and vegetables, fuel oil and oil stoves.

HERMAN LEE THOMAS WOUNDED. Pfc Herman Lee Thomas of the US Marine Corps who is listed as a resident of Folkston, was reported as Wounded in Action in the Navy Casualty List released this week. He was wounded while taking part in operations in the Pacific Area.

August 24, 1945

LOCAL POST OFFICE MOVED UP TO SECOND CLASS. Advancement of the Folkston Post Office to second class rating effective July l has been confirmed by officials of the post office department in Washington, Postmaster Edgar F. Allen announced this week. It will be good news to the people of the city and patrons of the office as it puts Folkston in line for a federal building at some future date, as well as free delivery service within the city limits. The stepping up of the Folkston post office to the second class group carries with it a substantial increase in the postmaster’s salary, gives the office an additional clerk and places the clerical staff on Civil Service status. Roswald Johnson has been employed as the new clerk. Mrs. J.B. Pearce continues her duties as Chief Clerk.

J.C. PRESCOTT HAD CLOSE CALLS IN WAR. Cpl. J.C. Prescott has written an interesting letter to his sister, Mrs. Mildred Wainwright in Brunswick, about his experiences on the battlefronts of Europe. “I never got a scratch, though I had several close calls,” he writes. His gun was knocked out by a direct shell hit. He is at a redeployment camp in France, awaiting orders to return to the U.S. He fought in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. His unit crossed the Elbe River during the final days of the war.

MR. HENRY FRANK STOKES DIED. Henry Frank Stokes, 75, of Hilliard, died at a Jacksonville hospital last Thursday, following a lengthy illness. He was a native of Charlton County. He had resided in Nassau County for many years. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Fred Thompson, Mrs. F.W. Yarbrough, Mrs. R.L. Canaday and Mrs. W.M. Canaday; one son, C.F. Stokes; four brothers, A.L. Stokes, R.J. Stokes, N.H. Stokes and E.M. Stokes; three sisters, Mrs. W.H. Privett, Mrs. J.L. Hodges and Miss Lillie Stokes; twenty-five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held at the graveside at Boones Creek Cemetery. Arrangements were under the directions of Giddens Funeral Home of Jacksonville.

LIONS CLUB TO MEET. The Folkston Lions Club will hold its regular meeting Monday night at the community room of the high school. While only routine matters are scheduled, plans for a post-war construction program for the community very likely will be discussed. There are a number of community projects pending, held up awaiting the close of the war.

RUSSIA VS. JAPAN WAS SHORT WAR. Russia’s war against Japan was the shortest ever waged between major powers. It lasted just six days, beginning midnight August 9, when Russia’s declaration of war took effect.

LONNIE WAINWRIGHT IS HOME FROM WAR. Cpl. Lonnie D. Wainwright has returned from Europe. He is a nephew of Mrs. J.B. Pace of Winokur, with whom he made his home prior to enlisting in the service.

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EARLY ST. GEORGE HISTORY, BY T.W. WRENCH.. Perhaps a little information about the early days of St. George might be of interest to your readers. In going through some old papers of mine the past week I ran across a notebook recording the events of the town in its formative stage.

The first step was getting a charter. A committee was appointed at a mass meeting consisting of John Harris, chairman; T.W. Wrench, secretary; D.C. Welch, A.H. McConahie, J.A. DaLee, C.E. Dunn, George Ketchum, J. C. Thompson, Amos Bennett and A.F. Carmichael. This committee met February 9, 1906 at colony headquarters, and formulated a charter which was secured through the legislature.

An election was then called and on September 17, 1906 the first council of the new town met and was organized. The election showed the following officers chosen to serve. Mayor: John Harris; Alderman at large, E.T. Torode; Alderman, A. J. Hickey, First Ward; D.C. Welch, Second Ward; J.U. Free, Third Ward; A.J. McConahie, Fourth Ward; T.W. Wrench, Clerk; J.A. Sage, Treasurer, A.J. Carmichael, Marshal. The body was sworn in by Justice of the Peace J.C. Thompson. The qualified voters taking part in the election were:

First Ward: Ed Anguish, Amos Bennett, John Chester, John D. Chester, F.F. Houston, R.R. Roraback and J.E. White.
Second Ward: S.A. Cross, Arthur Smith, C.E. Stroup, D.C. Welch.

Third Ward: James Clarke, A.T. Campbell, C.E. Dunn, C.F. Dunn, Dunk Davis, W.F. Donovan, F.E. Griffin, Riley Howard, A.J. Hickey, Frank M. Lawson, H.C. Myers, N.J. Norman, Aaron Rhoden, J.C. Thompson, H.D. Thomas, Daniel Stamm, Dr. J.W. Strickland, Jack Sellars, Joe H. Sutton, T.W. Wrench, J.D.E. Williams.

Fourth Ward: O.R. Anderson, J.F. Blake, A.F. Carmical, William D. DaLee, A.A. Day, R.R. Dean, John Harris, N.B. King, John T. Litts, James W. Moore, A.H. McConahie, S.J. Smith, J.A. Sage, E.T. Torode, Roy Terry, Benjamin Warren, James L. Wilkinson.

Of the above committee, only John Harris, T.W. Wrench and S.A. Cross are living. Of the voters, most have departed this life but I am not sure how many are among the living today considering the fact that at the time St. George boasted some five or six hundred population. Many had not lived in the state for a year and could not vote. They did however take part in the movement to get a charter for the town.

In the town’s records I have in my possession is also a list of all property owners due [to pay] taxes for the first year. In reading of these citizens of long ago, it brings to mind how few of us survived the passing of 38 years. The first white citizen of St. George was N.J. Norman, then the depot agent and telegraph operator, and F.E. Griffin, section master.

Yours truly, T.W. Wrench.

BABY GIRL FOR NOBLES FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Otis L. Nobles are the proud parents of a fine baby girl born August 21 at the McCoy Hospital. The baby weighed seven pounds, ten ounces. Mother and baby are getting along fine.

BABY GIRL FOR WADE FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Merl Wade announce the birth of a baby daughter born August 22 at the McCoy Hospital. The baby girl weighed eight pounds and has been named Carol Frances. Mrs. Wade is the former Miss Janet Wrench.

BABY GIRL FOR BIRDSONG FAMILY. A M M 2nd Class and Mrs. George Birdsong announce the birth of a daughter, April Penelope, born August 19 at McCoy Hospital. Mrs. Birdsong is the former Miss Mary Lou Stewart.

August 31, 1945

LT. LONNIE EMMETT ROBERTS, JR. KILLED. Lt. Lonnie Emmett Roberts, Jr., 25 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Roberts, Sr. of St. George was fatally injured in an accidental crash of a B-29 as the huge bomber was taking off from an air base in the Mariana’s Issslands on August 4, according to unofficial information received by the family this week. News of the tragic accident came in a letter received from an army chaplain in which the details of the crash were given. The letter revealed that young Roberts died in a hospital on August 4, about one hour after the accidental crash and was buried on August 5th with full military honors. He was one of the county’s most promising and highly regarded young men.

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