Digest of Charlton County Herald - October 1942

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

October 2, 1942

ROYAL JOHNS ESCAPED. Royal Johns [James R.], under life sentence for murder from Charlton County, escaped from a Georgia road gang several months ago, was recaptured in Florida early this week. He has been returned to the State Prison Authority. Prior to his escape he had an excellent prison record and had good prospects for an early parole. He was convicted here for the ambush slaying of Warden White. He had been serving at the Reidsville State Prison.

NEW BABY BOY FOR HICKOX FAMILY. Born September 28th at McCoy-Sawyer Hospital to Mrs. D.L. Hickox of Folkston, a baby boy. Both are doing well at last reports.

NATIONAL JUNIOR ARMY ORGANIZED. The boys and girls of the county schools are part of the National Junior Army which will begin a great attack on October 5th when they launch their offensive against the metal shortage. They are going to bring in the things of which tanks and ships are made rusty pipes, broken bedsprings, air guns that won’t shoot any longer. The local regiment is headed by John Harris, county school superintendent, who ranks as a Colonel in the Junior service. Each school principal is a Major and the teachers are Captains. School pupils will be Lieutenants, Sergeants, Corporals and Privates for the Junior Army. Those who do well will be promoted just like real soldiers in the fighting army.

MANY GEORGIA VEHICLES HEADED FOR SCRAP PILE. James Brady, regional chief of WPB’s auto graveyard section, announces that the Board has set out to move 40,000 Georgia automobiles from the highways and into the war scrap pile. He says 20% of them are unfit to be on the highways. He urges owners to sell them to the auto graveyard so they can be used for scrap flowing into war production.

SGT. EMMET STAPLETON ASSIGNED TO DUNCAN FIELD, TEXAS. Emmet B. Stapleton, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Stapleton, has been promoted to Sergeant. He is serving at Duncan Field, Texas where he is assigned to office work in the personnel department of the Army Air Force.

FOLKSTON POOL ROOM CLOSES. The Folkston Pool Room, operated the past five years by Howard Wrench, this week closed its doors and suspended its operations, being another local business concern listed among the casualties of the war. Several filling stations, restaurants and similar enterprises had already closed their doors here because of war conditions.

SPEED LIMIT OF 35 MILES PER HOUR. A national speed limit of 35 miles per hour for all rubber-tire vehicles has been ordered into effect beginning October 1. Joseph Eastman, director of Office of Defense Transportation, says the new war-time speed limit was necessary to save rubber and tires.

GOAL OF 100 POUNDS OF SCRAP METAL PER PERSON. One hundred pounds of scrap metal from every person in Georgia is the goal set for the 3-week campaign led by newspapers in the state which will open next Monday. That’s a lot of scrap! Westbrook Pegler in his newspaper column suggests that autoist give the bumpers off their automobiles. The weight of an average pair of automobile bumpers will go a long way toward that required hundred pounds. Pegler says auto bumpers are only decorative nowadays for careful drivers. And there are fences, metal fences, which some houses could spare without loss. One hundred pounds of scrap per person in Georgia means 150,000 tons and that means that when made into new steel 300,000 tons of steel is made of 50% pig iron and 50% scrap.

SILVER REPLACING COPPER IN WAR INDUSTRIES. The U.S. Treasury is loaning all its free silver to war industries. It is going to replace copper as a conductor of electricity in airplanes and tanks. That’s how desperate the metal shortage is now.

ON THE HOME FRONT. Too many folks are traveling on weekends, jamming trains and sagging the tires of overloaded buses. One reason for the bottleneck is that soldiers get leaves on the weekend. Civilians who can travel on any day can help a lot by arranging their trips between Mondays and Fridays.

NEW BABY GIRL FOR MAJORS FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Majors announce the birth of a baby daughter, born September 29 at Dr. Fleming’s Hospital. The baby has been named Elizabeth Dow.

October 9, 1942

CONVICTS TRANSFERRED FROM FOLKSTON CAMP. Folkston’s nearby convict camp site will soon present the appearance of a deserted village, the large crew of convicts having this past week departed to Tattnall Prison and to a newer camp site. However we still have the buildings left on the site, which may be developed into an attractive park and recreation area.

ROSS JOHNSON MURDERED. The dead body of Ross Johnson, Negro turpentine worker, was found in his cabin early Sunday morning having been brutally murdered some time Saturday night. He lived alone, his wife having been convicted two years ago for killing another woman and she is now serving a gang sentence. His fellow workman, Eustis Gardner, was indicted for murder Monday by the Grand Jury in this case.

NEW CLERK FOR DRAFT BOARD. Richard B. Stroup has been named as the new clerk for the Charlton County Draft Board, replacing R. Ward Harrison. The office of the Board has been moved from the Herald building, where it has been located for the past several months, to the Sinclair Station, operated by Mr. Stroup. Miss Kathryn Thompson will continue to serve as assistant clerk.

WOODROW SHUMAN ENLISTS IN ARMY. Woodrow Shuman left Monday for Ft. McPherson where he reported for induction in the U.S. Army after recovering from a serious ear ailment. He volunteered for service and in his physical examination about a month ago he received an injury to his ear which had serious effects. He is an expert radio repair man and hopes to be assigned to that service.

MR. NICHOLAS THOMAS DIED. Funeral services were held Wednesday in Jacksonville for Nicholas Thomas, 60, who died at his home in Jacksonville Tuesday. The burial was in Verdie Cemetery. He was a native of Charlton County but had made his home in Jacksonville for the past 25 years. He served as a police officer for 14 years.

ON THE HOME FRONT. New tires have been long frozen and the rubber situation is so critical that restrictions have been placed on the sale of used tires and tubes. Frozen in the hands of the present owners, it is against the new war restrictions for anyone to sell a used tire to anyone else unless it is a tire on a car that’s being sold. Next year women will have to get along with only one-fourth the bobby and hair pins they used this year.

October 16, 1942

EDITOR’S COMMENT. It may seem trite to say that we are living in the most epoch-making period in the history of the world civilization, yet it is true. No one will deny that the coming of tomorrow will bring a new world nationally, geographically, politically, socially, economically, etc.. No one knows what tomorrow’s dawn will bring for it will largely be determined by the outcome of the war and the formulation of the peace to follow. The United Nations are pledged to give the four freedoms to all people. The alternatives as promised by the Axis powers for us are (in order of barbarity) robbery, death, slavery, rape. To retain the good in our present way of life and to add to it the advances that may seem wise, requires the winning of the war at the earliest possible hour. Whatever it takes of money or sacrifice of life must be given., not by one, not by a few, but by all, and the quicker, the better.

NEW SCHEDULES FOR GREYHOUND BUS LINES. Effective midnight, October 14, all bus schedules of the Atlantic Greyhound Bus Corp. were reduced to a rate not to exceed 35 miles per hour. This action was taken in accordance with orders issued by the Office of Defense Transportation and means that previous connections can not be maintained until new schedules are worked out. In the meantime the Greyhound Lines does not guarantee connections.

CRAWFORD BANKS ENLISTED IN COAST GUARD. Crawford Banks, son of Dr. and Mrs. W.E. Banks, last week received a commission as a Warrant Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Service and has been assigned to the clerical and finance department. He will be stationed at Norfolk, Va.

LARGE GROUP OF DRAFTEES LEFT THURSDAY. Another large group of single white registrants were sent to the Army induction center at Fort McPherson Thursday. They are Raymond Bruce Flansburg, Eulie Cecil Byrd, Wheeler Crews, Lanford L. Sullivan, Johnnie Earl Harris, Liston Cleveland O’Berry, Allen Harrison, Charlton Snowden, Jesse Wilbur O’Quinn, Arel Hickox, Harold O. Herrin, Clarence Warren Carter, John William Pilkington, Rossie Nipper, Gordon L. Spence and James Wesley Murray.

DEAN GOWEN NAMED HEAD SURVEYOR OF UNION BAG. J. Dean Gowen, who recently accepted a position with Union Bag and Paper Corp., has been named to head the surveying activities of that big concern, with headquarters in Waycross, where he and Mrs. Gowen are now making their home. He is an experienced engineer and surveyor and is especially talented in map work and plat making.

ON THE HOME FRONT. Women will soon make up two-thirds of the war workers in the municians plants. Scrap metal is rolling toward the mills but WPB says there must be no let down in our salvage efforts. The steel mills are hungry, our soldiers are impatient to get more arms for use against the enemy.

SAND HILL CHURCH PIE SUPPER. A Pie Supper is to be held at the Sand Hill Church in the Racepond community Saturday night and the people are cordially invited. The supper is being held to raise funds to buy song books for the church, and any surplus will be sent to Rev. Hugh Dixon who is being treated at the Baptist Hospital in Atlanta.

WORDIE LECKIE IS SAFE OVERSEAS. A cablegram received from Albert Wordie Leckie announced his safe arrival overseas. He is serving in the Canadian Air Force.

QUILTING DAY AT BAPTIST CHURCH. The ladies of the Baptist Missionary Society will again meet at the church October 20 for another quilting day. The tops were given to the society by Mrs. Rosa Robinson. Two quilts were finished last week, have been folded and are ready to send to the Orphan’s Home. The tops were donated by Mrs. Jim Crews and Mrs. E.H. Wright. All quilters are invited to join us next Tuesday. A covered dish luncheon will be served at noon..

NEW BABY GIRL FOR DOWLING FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Dowling, Homeland, are the proud parents of a 13 Ω pound baby daughter, born October 9. Both mother and daughter are doing nicely.

October 23, 1942

STORES TO CLOSE FOR NATIONAL SALVAGE CAMPAIGN. In an all out effort to complete Charlton County’s quota for the national salvage campaign, a general holiday has been declared throughout the county on October 29th when all places of business including the restaurants, drug stores, bank and possibly post office and schools will close for the day and all citizens of the county join in the concerted scrap roundup. The one-day drive will be directed by the county salvage committee. A committee will be named to secure trucks to be used for hauling the scrap to some central location in each district, and to the concentration point. An official weigher will be stationed at each scrap pile and issue receipts for scrap brought in. The county’s quota has been set at 100 pounds for each person as shown by the last census. This means a total of 526,700 pounds for the county. To every county in America contributing 100 pounds of scrap per capita, a pennant will be awarded. This pennant is to be mounted on top of the county courthouse.

MR. ALVIN ROBINSON DIED. Alvin Robinson, age 46, passed away Saturday at his home in Hilliard following an extended illness. He had been in declining health for many months suffering from Bright’s Disease. He was a native of this county, being a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James E. Robinson. Survivors include his wife, the former Miss Minnie Prevatt; three sons, A.R., A.L. and Harold Robinson; three brothers, C.H., J.W. and N.E. Robinson and one sister, Mrs. M.A. Brown. Funeral services were held at Philadelphia Freewill Baptist Church, where he was a member. Burial took place in Sardis Cemetery.

MR. JAMES HOLLAND BROWN DIED. James Holland Brown, 48, member of a prominent Camden County family, and for the past several years a highly regarded citizen of Charlton County, passed away Friday at the home of Mrs. J.C. Littlefield, after an extended illness from a brain ailment. Born May 1, 1894 at Midriver, Camden County, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Brown. In 1918 he served in World War One. In 1928 he married Miss Georgia Littlefield who survives him. He leaves three small children, James Holland, Jr., 11; Georgia Mallette Littlefield, 9, and Julia Louise, age 4. Survivors also include five brothers and one sister, B. Clyde Brown, William Houston Brown, Ralph H. Brown, Sidney H. Brown and Thomas R. Brown; and Mrs. Dwight L. Hood. He was closely related to the Gowen and Hopkins families of this county. For the past seven years the family has made their home at Newell. Funeral services were held at Folkston Methodist Church and interment took place in Folkston cemetery.

ON THE HOME FRONT. Manufacturers of overstuffed furniture will be halted November lst. Repair parts for golf clubs are out for the duration. All hunters are asked to pick up all discharged rifle and shotgun shells and give them to scrap collections. Bird hunters are requested to save down feathers and to retrieve crippled water foul. Deer hunters are asked to save venison fat.

October 30, 1942

NEW BABY BOY FOR STOKES FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. L. Jasper Stokes announce the birth of a fine six pound baby boy born Saturday at McCoy-Sawyer Hospital. Mother and baby are doing fine.

NEW BABY GIRL FOR CREWS FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Crews announce the birth of a fine 8 pound baby girl born Wednesday at McCoy-Sawyer Hospital. Both are doing nicely.

COUNTY-WIDE SCRAP IRON ROUNDUP. All the usual business activities in Folkston and throughout the county were suspended Thursday as they closed their doors for the day and the entire populace joined in a county-wide roundup of scrap iron and other materials in an all-out effort to attain the county’s quota of 100 pounds per capita. An air of grim determination was in evidence with everyone working at top speed. Scrap began rolling in early in the morning and throughout the day there was a steady procession of trucks bringing the material in. A number of old boilers and other heavy, discarded machinery were located.

JOHNSON-STANLEY WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Johnson announce the marriage of their daughter, Jewel Demaris, to Dale W. Stanley, U.S. Navy, son of Mrs. A.R. Stanley of Bangor, Maine. The ceremony took place August 22 in Jacksonville. He is stationed at the Naval Air Base in Jacksonville.

NEW PASTOR FOR PHILADELPHIA CHURCH. Philadelphia Free Will Baptist Church has a new pastor, Elder J.R. Graham. Their preaching time has been changed from the second Sunday to the first Sunday in each month, in order to enable him to serve them.

NAVY COMMANDEERED CHARLTON’S ROAD MACHINE. The county road patrol, an expensive machine used for road maintenance which had been leased to a private contractor engaged in a navy construction project in Jacksonville, has been taken over by the Navy in the use of government projects. The machine, while under lease, has been operated by R.H. Thrift and the county officials expected that it would be returned to the county when the present lease had expired. However, Navy officials have commandeered the machine as necessary for construction work on war projects. Details of the transaction are not available, but the county will be paid for the machine if it is not returned.

JUNIOR ARMY OF AMERICA EXCEEDS QUOTA. The Folkston regiment of the Junior Army of America closed its drive for scrap in connection with the National Salvage Campaign last week. The amounts brought in by the three battalions made a highly credible record. There was a total of 97,120 pounds. This makes an average of 157.8 pounds per pupil.

WALTER LAMBERT ERWIN ENLISTS IN ARMY. Walter Lambert Erwin, son of Rev. and Mrs. George Erwin, reported to Camp Blanding, Fla., this week, where he enlisted in the QMC of the U.S. Army.

COFFEE IS TO BE RATIONED. Coffee rationing starts November 29th. One pound every five weeks will be allowed for every person who was fifteen or over when sugar rationing began. This works out to slightly over one cup per day. It will still be possible to get a cup of coffee in a restaurant, regardless of how much is used at home. The sugar ration book will be used for coffee so no registration will be needed.

ON THE HOME FRONT. Bad news for Hitler. New ships are being launched at an average of three a day. Soldiers overseas will appreciate a Christmas gift, and he won’t get it unless it is mailed in the next few days. Homemade candy can be sent if it is sealed in a tin coffee can with adhesive tape to keep it air tight. By the end of the year nearly half of all of our available resources will be going to war. We’re going to get along with less and less on the home front. Restaurants are going to continue to serve regular orders of meat and will offer half portions for reduced prices in order to cut down on meat consumption. Circuses and carnivals must get off the road by December. It looks as if it’s their last go-round until after the war.

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