Digest of Charlton County Herald - October 1943

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

October 1, 1943

MRS. NICIE THRIFT DIED. Mrs. Nicie Thrift, age 56, wife of W.O. Thrift, died Wednesday in a Waycross hospital after a short illness. Beside her husband, survivors include six sons, a daughter, three brothers and five sisters. Mrs. Maggie O’Quinn is a sister. Final rites and interment were held at High Bluff Cemetery near Schlatterville.

NEW SCRAP DRIVE. A new drive for scrap metal began in Georgia Monday with the State Salvage Committee calling all citizens to “dig again and deeper” for war vital materials.

HARRY WILDES HOME FOR VISIT. Sgt. Harry Wildes, stationed at an Air Base at Sarasota, Fla., where he is serving as a Gunnery Instructor, arrived Saturday for a weekend visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Wildes. He made the trip to Folkston in one of the air base training planes which landed at the local airport. The pilot returned Sunday afternoon to take him back to his post.

J.S. HADDOCK MOVES CLEANING ESTABLISHMENT. The cleaning and pressing establishment operated for several years by J.S. Haddock in the Wade Building, was this week moved in the building on West Main Street formerly occupied by the Dixie CafÈ. A boiler room and laundry has been added at the rear of the building.

HELICOPTER AIRPORT PLANNED FOR FOLKSTON. Folkston’s excellent airport will very likely be made a regular station for a helicopter airplane service to be established after the war by the Southeastern Greyhound Lines, according to plans now under consideration by that concern. Fares will be based on prevailing prices, or between three and four cents per mile, approximately that of a railroad Pullman.

BAYNARD GOWEN HOME FOR VISIT. Petty Officer 3rd Class Baynard Gowen, who has been serving in the US Navy for more than a year, arrived Sunday to spend a 17-day leave here, visiting his parents. He is serving as a signalman aboard a destroyer and has had several months active duty at sea in the Atlantic.

October 8, 1943

AMERICAN LEGION ELECTS OFFICERS. The Okefenokee Post American Legion elected officers last week, which included the following persons: R.E. Player, Noah Stokes, Mack D. Thrift, Wilbur L. Thomas, O.C. Mizell, W.R. Allen, A.S. McQueen, John R. Banks, Mack Lloyd, E.C. Fletcher, W.D. Thompson, W.T. Johnson, Miss Ruby Davis, E.C. Aldridge, R.D. McQueen, Dr. A.D. Williams.

THIRD WAR LOAN DRIVE EXCEEDS QUOTA. Charlton County has again gone over the top with flying colors. The Third War Loan Drive beginning September 9 and closing October 1, with a quota of $114,000.00, brought in a total of $115,915.19. J.H. Johnson was chairman of this War Loan Drive. Assisting him were L. Knabb, Mrs. L.E. Roberts, J.A. Barker, Mrs. W.C. Hopkins, Mrs. J.B. Southwell, Mrs. Elizabeth Majors, Mrs. Everett Smith, Mrs. A.J. Hopkins, Mrs. E.B. Stapleton, Miss Helen Mizell, Mrs. Gertrude Johnson, Mrs. W.W. Pickren, Mrs. George White, Mrs. W.E. Gibson and T.W. Wrench.

HARRY HARVEY HOME FOR VISIT. Cpl. Harry Harvey, serving at a San Diego, California air base, arrived Tuesday to spend a short leave here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Harvey.

NEW HOME DEMONSTRATION AGENT HERE. Miss Dorothy McCrimmon of Mt. Vernon, Ga. arrived here this week to take over the duties of county home demonstration agent. She has previously been stationed in Grady County at Cairo, Ga. She is making her home here with Miss Marward Bedell.

HODGES - WILDES WEDDING. Friends throughout the county will be interested in the announcement of the marriage of Mrs. Nora Crews Hodges to Mr. A. Chastain Wildes which took place here Sunday at the home of Judge W.E. Banks in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives. She is the daughter of Tax Receiver and Mrs. H.H. Crews. Mr. Wildes has made his home near Alma for the past several years. He is a brother of J.M. Wildes.

KIMBLE - HARVEY WEDDING. A marriage that will be of interest to numerous friends was that of Miss Dorothy Marion Kimble of Quitman to J.E. Harvey, Jr. of this city, which took place Sunday in the Methodist Church with Rev. George F. Erwin officiating. The bride is a graduate of Quitman High School and has been employed as ACL telegraph operator at Racepond. The groom, a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Harvey, is a graduate of CCHS, class of 1939. He was recently discharged from the US Marine Corps and is now an employee of the ACL Railroad.

I know a boy who is very bad.
He always picks at a little lad.
When his mother tells him to take a bath
All he will do is go off and laugh.
He won’t let anyone play with his toys,
Not even tiny girls and boys.
He makes a noise by blowing horns.
When he passes women he steps on their corns.

--Mary Connie Sikes, age nine years

October 15, 1943

FIRE IN GIBSON’S STORE. Folkston’s volunteer fire fighting forces were called out early Saturday when a blaze was discovered in the store of W.E. Gibson by early risers enroute to the Brunswick shipyard. The fire began from an overheated motor in the refrigerating equipment. The refrigerator display case was a total loss. Merchandise and equipment were badly damaged by fire, smoke and water and will amount to several hundred dollars.

SCOTT V. KENNISON DIED. Stricken with a sudden attack while helping to install fixtures at the Haddock Pressing Club Thursday morning, Scott V. Kennison passed away at his home a few miles east of the city Thursday afternoon. The fatal attack is believed to have been caused by a ruptured blood vessel or a blood clot in the head. A native and life-long resident of this community, he was widely known over the county by a large number of friends who are deeply grieved to learn of his sudden passing. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Kennison, he is survived by his wife and three children, Virginia, Estelle and W.L. Kennison; three brothers, L.H. Kennison, S.F. Kennison and E.A. Kennison and four sisters, Mrs. R.L. O’Berry, Mrs. C.A. Sikes, Mrs. C.H. Gay and Mrs. Elmer E. Wieher. Funeral services were held at Braswell Cemetery near Kingsland. Mincey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

FORMER TEACHER PROMOTED IN WAVES. Miss Stella Massey, former teacher in the Folkston schools, has been commissioned as an Ensign in the WAVES after completing an Officer Training Course, her friends here will be interested to learn.

ALEXANDER CREWS KILLED IN TRAIN-TRUCK ACCIDENT. Alexander Crews, age 23, native of Charlton County, was instantly killed Tuesday morning when an ACL passenger train crashed into the truck he was driving at a crossing at Callahan. Young Crews had stopped his vehicle while a southbound train passed and drove directly in front of a northbound train when the first train had cleared the crossing. The truck he was driving is said to have carried a load of dynamite. He was employed in stump-removal operations and made his home in Callahan. Funeral services were held at Bethlehem Cemetery near Winokur. Beside his wife, Mrs. Mary Jane Crews and two children, survivors include his mother, Mrs. Rosa Lee Crews; one sister, Mrs. Cora Mae Kirkland and five brothers, James Crews, Melvin Crews, Henry Crews, Charles Crews and Olin Crews.

NEW WAR RATION BOOKS TO BE ISSUED. Officials of the local War Price and Rationing Board announced this week that War Ration Book No. Four will be issued to Charlton County people next Friday and Saturday at the school buildings. Ration Book Three, now in the hands of consumers, must be shown at the place of registration before Book No. Four can be issued.. Be sure to take Book No. Three with you when you apply for the new book.

IVEY CREWS TO OPERATE MOTOR PATROL. At the County Commissioners meeting last week it was agreed to pay Ivey Crews $4.00 per day for operating the County Motor Patrol.

HARRISON - GOWEN WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Harrison announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Ethel Harrison, to Mr. Albert Gowen. The marriage was solemnized October 9 at Trinity Methodist Church in Waycross with Rev. E.F. Dean, grandfather of the groom, officiating. She was a member of the 1943 graduating class of Charlton County High School. Mr. Gowen, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Gowen, Sr., graduated in the class of 1937 of Charlton County High School. He is engaged in agriculture and naval stores industries, being connected with the Gowen Turpentine Co.

October 22, 1943

JAMES OLIVER HADDOCK STATIONED IN ATHENS, GA. Pvt. James Oliver Haddock is now stationed at the University of Georgia where he is receiving training in basic engineering, under the Army Specialized Training Program. Facilities at the University have been turned over to the ASTP and the Army boys are regarded as regular students and are housed in the University dorms.

CLYDE GOWEN ENLISTS IN MARINES. E.C. Gowen, who requested to be assigned to the Marine Corps left last night for San Diego, California where he will receive basic training.

SENATOR RUSSELL SEES FOLKSTON BOY WHILE VISITING AUSTRALIA. While in Australia on a world-wide trip Senator Richard B. Russell contacted Junior Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Stewart while in Melbourne. He wrote a letter to Stewart’s parents, commending their son Layton on his war experiences in the Solomon Islands, which they received this week.

RECREATION CENTER AT HOMELAND PARK. At a meeting of the Okefenokee Post 130, American Legion last week it was decided to go forward with the development of a recreation center at the Homeland Park site in cooperation with the 4-H Club, as been authorized by the County Commissioners.

NEW BABY BOY FOR ANDREWS FAMILY. Cpl. And Mrs. Luke C. Andrews announce the birth of a son who has been named Luke William. He was born in the Ware County Hospital on October 9th. Mrs. Andrews is the former Miss Myrtle O’Quinn.

FRANCIS MURRAY WOUNDED IN ACTION. Charlton County’s first battle casualty of the war was reported last week. Mr. Ed Murray and Mrs. Jenny C. Murray were advised by the War Department that their son, Pvt. Carlton F. Murray, had been wounded in action in the southwest Pacific. No details were contained in the brief message to the parents.

October 29, 1943

ALVA HOPKINS PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN. Alva J. Hopkins, Jr. who is serving with the Army forces in Australia has been promoted to the rank of Captain it was announced this week. He has been stationed in Australia for the past several months, serving as a company commander in the Corps of Engineers.

NOVEMBER DRAFT CALL. Included in the draft call for November are the following: Clarence Bennett, Kennie Harrell, Alton B. Wainwright, Joe Griffis, Walton Ezekiel O’Quinn, Ivie Bernie Lloyd, Arthur Jones, John Ellis Prescott, Willie Leroy Crews, John Wesley Lyons, Jr., William Curtis Taylor, Robert O’Neal Giddens. They will leave November 2nd for Ft. McPherson.

PASCO BRYANT PROMOTED. Pasco Sidney Bryant, son of Mr. J.F. Bryant, recently graduated from the Aviation Machinist School at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville and was promoted to Seaman First Class in the Navy.

MILITARY WEDDING, HEALY - MIZELL. Greenwood, Miss. Army Airfield saw its first completely militarized wedding in the Post Chapel when Pvt. Erma Healy of the WAC detachment, joined hands with Sgt. Carl D. Mizell of the 907 Quartermaster of Folkston, Ga. The only feature of a regular wedding missing from the scene was the traditional white wedding gown for the new Mrs. Mizell was garbed in the summer khaki of the armed forces. Lt. Albert Northrup, Post Chaplain, performed the single ring ceremony. Sgt. Mizell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Mizell.


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