Digest of Charlton County Herald - September, 1944

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

September 1, 1944

CHARLTON COUNTY CHAPTER OF GEORGIA FARM BUREAU ORGANIZED. One of the most promising developments of the year in our county was the recent organization of the Charlton County chapter of Georgia Farm Bureau Federation. Much of the preliminary work has been carried forward by Harry Johnson, Ruth Dinkins and Charles H. Gibson. The efforts of these men resulted last night in a permanent organization of the Charlton County chapter with E.H. Johnson, president; J.P. Conner, vice president and Theo Dinkins, secretary and treasurer. The active cooperation of county agent W.D. Jones, as well as other county officials, has been pledged.

LABOR DAY PICNIC. The Labor Day celebration in Folkston on Monday, Sept. 4th will be featured by an old fashioned basket picnic, fish fry and dance to be held at Homeland Park, sponsored by Okefenokee Post 130 American Legion. It will begin at 1:00 in the afternoon. An interesting feature will be the explaining of the provisions of the “G.I. Bill of Rights” for the benefit of service men and their families. All places of business will be asked to close their doors Monday at noon and declare a holiday for the remainder of the day. The business men have signed a petition agreeing to close as requested. The dance will begin at 9:00 P.M. at the clubhouse, with Dell’s Orchestra of Waycross providing the music.

OVERSEAS CHRISTMAS GIFTS. Although Postmaster E.F. Allen has warned local people that Christmas parcels for those in the armed forces must be mailed before October 15th, it remained for the Office of War Information (OWI) to compile a list of things desired by the service folks. A poll conducted by the OWI showed soldiers want money orders and wallets, razor blades and shaving kits, while sailors would like alarm clocks and bedroom slippers. Army nurses preferred coats and navy nurses desired Christmas tree decorations. WACS would rather have elastic girdles.

FARM BUREAU TO SPONSOR BAR-B-QUE. On September 14th the Charlton County Chapter of the Farm Bureau is sponsoring a county-wide program to be held at the 4-H Club Park. A bar-b-que dinner will be served and all citizens are invited to attend. The purpose of it is to acquaint all citizens with the activities of the Farm Bureau, from national to state and county levels. The Charlton County Chapter now has 31 paid-in members. They are assisting farmers in securing seed oats at this time.

RICHARD MAYS STATIONED AT POST IN CHINA. Dick Mays, son of Mrs. H.J. Mays, who is serving in the Army Air Force, recently received orders for overseas service and is now stationed at an army airbase in China. He is on duty in the radio communication service and spent a short while in India before being transferred to the post in China where the Army Air Force is carrying on active operations against the Japanese homeland.

PVT. WRENCH RECOVERING FROM INJURIES. Pvt. Howard Wrench, serving in the armed forces at Camp Gruver, Oklahoma, arrived this week to spend a 10 day leave here. He suffered a serious back injury while on maneuvers soon after he entered the service. He has recovered sufficiently to be assigned to light duties.

METHODIST FINANCE COMMITTEE TO MEET. A meeting of the Finance Committee No. Four of the local Methodist Church Building Fund organization is set for Wednesday evening at 9:00 o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. O.C. Mizell. This is to be an important meeting and plans are to be worked out to raise funds. Included on the membership of the committee are: Clifton Gowen, chairman; Jewell Hopkins, treasurer; Kathryn Thompson, vice chairman; Kenneth Harrison, Dorothy Powell, Thomas Scott, Jr., Kathryn Bolton, Barbara McKendree, E.M. Mizell, Sarah Kathryn Mizell, Billy Haddock, Annie Lou Boyd, Billy Clark, J.S. Haddock, Jr., Jackie Robinson, George White, Jr., Bobby Adkins, Frances Mizell, Sue Dee Wainwright, Morris Powell, Jr., Rebecca Jean Bonner, Betty Pearce, Madria Mizell, Bobby Ruth Sikes, Zilphia Crews, Cleo Huling, Billy Mizell, Jean Thompson, Shorty Mizell, Mrs. Kathryn Jones.

LITTLE OWEN VERNON WILDES KILLED IN ACCIDENT. Owen Vernon Wildes, four-year-old son of C.C. Wildes, Jr., former residents of this county, was run over by a log truck and instantly killed in front of his home in Andrew, S.C. on August 23rd. It was an unavoidable accident and no charges were made against the driver. Funeral services were held at the graveside in Andrew, S.C. by the minister of First Baptist Church. He is survived by his mother and father; one brother, C.C. Wildes III; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Wildes, Sr.; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Courson and great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Wildes.

September 8, 1944

PURPLE HEART AWARDED HAROLD BROWNING. Pfc. Harold Browning who was wounded in action while serving with the paratrooper forces in France soon after D-Day, has received the Purple Heart Award which has been sent to his mother, Mrs. Imogene Sears. He was wounded in the leg by shrapnel and was sent to an Army hospital in England. He has recovered from his injures and has rejoined his company in France.

POLIO CASES DELAY OPENING OF SCHOOL. The opening of Cook County schools Monday has been postponed, and a county-wide revival which was to open Wednesday night has been put off indefinitely because of two cases of Polio in the county, it is reported from Adel.

DOUGLAS R. BROWN KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE. Cpl. Douglas R. Brown of St. George was killed in action in France on August 15, according to a message received by his family from the War Department. No details concerning the action in which he lost his life were revealed. Cpl. Brown entered service at Danville, Va. and received his training at Camp Lee, Va. He saw active service in the African Campaign, the Invasion of Sicily and Italy and in southern France, where he was killed. Survivors include his wife, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Griner of St. George, and a teacher at the St. George school.

MISS MIZELL TO TEACH IN NORTH CAROLINA. Miss Sarah Kathryn Mizell has accepted a position on the faculty of the Forest City, N.C. high school and is to begin her work as a teacher there on September 13th.

DONALD G. RODDENBERRY INJURED IN ACTION IN FRANCE. NOW IN THOMASVILLE HOSPITAL. Pfc Donald G. Roddenberry, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jones, is convalescing at Finney General Hospital, Thomasville, Ga. from battle injuries received at Cherbourg, France. He was injured on June 20, 1944 by shrapnel from a German shell. Following hospitalization in France and England, he was flown to the U.S. and sent to Finney. Pvt. Roddenberry formerly attended Folkston High School. He entered the service in 1942.

MR. HARRIS OPENS SCHOOL WITH BOBBY SQUIRREL. The Folkston Consolidated Schools opened Monday morning with an assembly and talks by Mr. Harris and Mr. Bowen. Mr. Harris told one of the interesting stories of Bobby Squirrel to the boys and girls. The enrollment was First Grade 71; Second Grade 58; Third Grade 65; Fourth Grade 58; Fifth Grade 67; Sixth Grade 50; Seventh Grade 54; Eighth Grade 37; Ninth Grade 42; Tenth Grade 27, Eleventh Grade 35.

INFANT’S FUNERAL HELD. Funeral services for baby Sandra Gowen, born to Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Gowen, Jr. on September lst, were held at the Folkston Cemetery Saturday morning by Rev. F.J. Gilbert.

LLOYD - ENGLISH WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Lloyd announce the marriage of their daughter Patricia to Seaman first class Joseph Carlton English, U.S. Navy, of Vero Beach, Fla. The marriage ceremony was performed in the Presbyterian Church at Sebring, Fla. on August 26, 1944.

NEW BABY, MICHAEL LAYTON WILDES. Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Wildes announce the birth of a baby boy born September 2nd. The baby weighed six pounds, 12 ounces and has been named Michael Layton.
NEW BABY, JOHN D. MORGAN. Mrs. J.S. Morgan announces the birth of a baby boy born September 3rd. The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces and has been named John D. Morgan. Mother and baby are reported to be getting along fine.

MRS. GERALDINE GREEN ESCAPES DEATH BY LIGHTNING. Mrs. Geraldine Green of St. George was struck by lightning Friday afternoon and had a narrow escape from death according to reports. Her clothing was burned entirely off, it is said and she was thrown from the back porch into the yard. At last reports she was said to be recovering from her injuries.

September 15, 1944

MRS. ROSA WILSON ROBINSON MOVES TO N.C. Mrs. Rosa Robinson, one of Folkston’s pioneer residents who spent practically all her adult life in this city, left this week for Charlotte, N.C. where she will make her home with her daughter Mrs. Louie Pleasants, the former Miss Essie Robinson. Miss Rosa is in declining health, was born and reared in this community and is the sister of the late J.M. Wilson.

JEANNIE THOMPSON TO STUDY PHARMACY AT U. OF GA. Miss Jeannie Thompson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. W.D. Thompson, leaves this Sunday for Athens to enter the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy. Last year she attended Young Harris College, taking special courses in physics and chemistry in preparation for taking up the study of pharmacy.

PLANS BEING MADE FOR V-DAY. Plans have been launched for the people of the community to observe V-Day as an all-out holiday when that momentous event is officially announced. Reports from the battlefields of Europe indicate the possibility that it may come any day now. Mayor C.J. Passieu has this week issued a proclamation calling on the people of the city to cease all their regular activities when the unconditional surrender of the Germans is announced, and to join in the general celebration of the ending of the long-drawn-out and bloody struggle. While the present military situation indicates the day of decision is near, it is pointed out that weeks may elapse before the Germans are finally defeated if they choose to fight to the bitter end. It is urged that there be no let-up in all-out support of the war program until the final victory is won.

DEVANT PURVIS PROMOTED; VISITS HERE. Devant Purvis last week completed training at an Army Air Field near Blytheville, Ark. and has received his commission as a second lieutenant and combat pilot in the Army Air Corps. He is visiting his foster parents here, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Guy.

MRS. MARY E. CASON HATHAWAY DIED. Mrs. Mary E. Hathaway, 91 years old, died Friday at her home in Jacksonville, following a long illness due to the infirmities of age. She was born in Charlton County, daughter of Hillary H. and Isabelle Cason, pioneer residents of this section. She was the widow of J.H. Hathaway who died 31 years ago, and was a resident of this city during practically all of her married life. Following the death of her husband, she moved to Jacksonville where she has made her home since 1913. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Lillian Arnette, Mrs. Belle Gill, Mrs. Susie Smith and Mrs. W.R. Ivey; two sons, H.H. Hathaway and J.A. Hathaway; one brother, W.W. Cason and many grandchildren. She has five grandsons in the armed services, four are overseas. Funeral services were held here at the graveside in the Folkston Cemetery.

MYRON SCOTT JOINED MERCHANT MARINES. Myron L. Scott, 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Scott, and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Robinson, has entered the US Maritime Training Station at St. Petersburg, Fla. where he will undergo a training course for a career in the US Merchant Marine Service.

HAROLD GOWEN RECEIVES COMBAT AWARD. With the Fifth Army in Italy: Pvt. Sidney Harold Gowen of Folkston has been cited by his regiment of the 88th Infantry Division, and awarded the combat infantryman badge for participation in combat with the enemy on the Fifth Army front in Italy. Standards for the badge are high. This decoration is awarded to the infantry soldier who has proved his fighting ability in combat. He has been serving overseas in Italy since soon after the Invasion and has taken part in some of the hardest fighting of the entire war.

HUGH DORSEY GEORGE VISITING HERE. TSgt. Hugh Dorsey George of the Army Air Force, returning after eleven months of overseas service in the Italian Theater of Operations, arrived at home last week and will visit his mother during an extended leave.

NEW BABY, HELEN FRANCES BAREFOOT. Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Barefoot, Jr. of Jesup announce the birth of a daughter at the Colvin-Ritch Hospital in Jesup on Thursday, August 24th. She has been named Helen Frances. Mr. and Mrs. Barefoot are former residents of Folkston, he having been employed by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad here.

S.M. ALTMAN, JR. JOINS U.S. NAVY. Samuel M. Altman, Jr., 23, of Folkston, is receiving a Navy indoctrination at the US Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill.

KEMP LITTLEFIELD VISITS HOME. Pvt. Kemp Littlefield, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, spent several days this week with his mother Mrs. J.C. Littlefield. He is being transferred to Camp Barkley, Texas.

September 22, 1944

NO MEN CALLED FOR OCTOBER DRAFT. For possibly the second time since the Selective Service Law went into effect, Charlton County’s local draft board will not be required to call up any of its registrants for the October induction, it is revealed by Clerk Richard B. Stroup. Charlton County to date has sent into the armed forces a total of 390 men, 250 white and 140 colored.

MRS. ELIZABETH RODDENBERRY, FORMER TAX COLLECTOR, DIED. Mrs. Elizabeth Welker Roddenberry, widow of the late John M. Roddenberry, and for many years Tax Collector of Charlton County, passed away Sunday at her home in Mt. Vernon, Ohio following an extensive illness. A native of Ohio, she came to Charlton County in 1907, made her home here until about a year ago. She succeeded her husband as Charlton County’s Tax Collector working faithfully in this office for nearly twenty years. She was more than 70 years old and a life-long member of the Catholic Church. Funeral services and interment took place in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

LT. CHANDLER LITTLEFIELD GETS TWO ENEMY AIRCRAFT IN ONE DAY. First Lt. Warren Chandler Littlefield now a Ninth Air Force Mustang pilot, with the famous “Pied Piper” Squadron in Normandy, had the best day of his flying career recently when he knocked down two enemy aircraft. These were the first for Lt. Littlefield in over twenty combat missions. A former student at Ga. Tech, he began his flying career in June 1942 at Napier Field, Ala.

MISS THOMPSON COMPLETES NURSING COURSES. Miss Willette Thompson returned to her home here this week having completed advanced training courses for registered nurses at the Crawford W. Long Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

NEW BABY BOY, CLIFFORD GARY ROGERS. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Rogers announce the birth of a baby boy born September 15th at the McCoy Hospital. The baby has been named Clifford Gary. Mrs. Rogers is the former Miss Hazel Nobles.

NEW BABY GIRL, RUBY GALFORD. Mr. and Mrs. Okie Galford announce the birth of a baby girl born September 18th at the McCoy Hospital. The baby has been named Ruby. Mrs. Galford is the former Miss Mamie Knowles.

HARRELSON - TAYLOR WEDDING. Haynes W. Harrelson, formerly of Conway, S.C. this week announces the marriage of his youngest sister Jessie Mae to James Howard Taylor of this city. The wedding took place in Alma, Ga. on September 17th. The young couple will make their home here, as Mr. Taylor is employed with the J.A. Jones Construction Co. in Brunswick.

September 29, 1944

METHODIST CHURCH BUILDING FUND BEGUN. An active campaign has been launched by Folkston Methodist Church for the purpose of raising funds to build a modern church building to cost approximately $25,000., construction to be deferred until after the close of the war. The plan is to raise the funds and have the cash available to build the church when conditions become more nearly normal. It was decided to build an entirely new church instead of repairing the present structure, as was first proposed. Plans for the fund-raising campaign have been carefully worked out with committees set up headed by R. Ward Harrison, general chairman and Mrs. William Mizell as general treasurer. There are five committees with a chairman and secretary for each. The first report was made last Sunday when a total of $9,465.00 in pledges was reported. Of this amount, $5,000. in cash has actually been paid in. The committees are as follows: No. One: M.G. White, chrm., D.R. Wainwright, sec. No. Two: Mrs. A. Fleming, chrm., no secretary. No. Three: E.H. Johnson, chrm., O.W. Leighton, sec. No. Four: Clifton Gowen, chrm., Mrs. Alva Hopkins, sec. No. Five: Rev. F.J. Gilbert, chrm., George Rhoan Gowen, sec. The campaign will be continued until the full amount is in hand, and the time comes to let the church contract. Reports will be made every three months.

TWO THANKSGIVING DAY HOLIDAYS. There has been much controversy over whether Georgians will observe the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day or whether it will be the fifth Thursday. Governor Arnall settled the matter once and for all when he announced “Georgia will have two Thanksgiving Days this year and if the war ends during November we will have three! Congress has designated the fourth Thursday, November 23rd, as Thanksgiving Day throughout the nation. I will proclaim that date as a legal holiday in Georgia. But the Georgia law fixes the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. The last Thursday falls on November 30 so I will also proclaim that date as a legal holiday. Georgians may observe both holidays or take their choice.”

BROTHERS SPEND FURLOUGH AT HOME TOGETHER. Pvt. James S. Wainwright who is stationed at Phoenixville, Penn. and Pfc. Ralph L. Wainwright, stationed at Fort Knox, Ky. had the privilege of spending their leaves at home together recently. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. T. Wainwright of the Uptonville community.

AMERICAN LEGION SPONSORS DANCE THURSDAY NIGHT. So much interest was shown in the Labor Day entertainment dance staged at Homeland Park sponsored by the local American Legion that it was decided to hold a weekly American Legion Jamboree at the park every Thursday night, officials of the Post announced this week. There will be dancing with hot dogs, cold drinks and other refreshments available. The public is cordially invited to attend.

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