Digest of Charlton County Herald - October, 1944

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

October 6, 1944

DEVANT PURVIS TO TEACH PILOTS. Second Lt. Devant Purvis has arrived at Randolph Field Texas for training as a Pilot Instructor of the Army Air Forces Training Command. He is one of several hundred pilots selected for their flying proficiency, and ability to teach, who will take a month’s course in Randolph Field’s Central Instructors School.

BEN HULING VISITING. Petty Officer Ben Huling, of the US Navy, who has been on active overseas service at a naval base in Italy for the past year, arrived in Folkston this week to spend a 30-day leave with his parents.

BENNIE SMITH VISITING HERE. Sgt. Bennie Smith spent the past weekend here with his father and visiting friends.

ASKEW -WILSON WEDDING. A marriage announcement of interest is that of Miss Bessie Askew, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Askew and Lodric Wilson of Carrollton, Ga. The marriage took place in Marion, Arkansas last December 26th, 1943. Miss Askew graduated from the Charlton County High School and has been employed by the DuPont Co. in Alabama since that time. She is now with DuPont in Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Wilson is serving in the US Navy and is stationed in Memphis, where he is studying radio.

October 13, 1944

COLD STORAGE PLANT TO OPEN. A modern meat-curing and cold storage plant to serve Charlton and the surrounding counties has just been completed in Folkston and will be open for public inspection on October 19th. The plant has been installed by the Folkston Ice and Cold Storage of which J.B. Hinson is the owner. The large building housing this modern plant has been remodeled, with the outside walls of stucco, and the interior divided into compartments.

WAR FUND DRIVE COMMITTEE IS ORGANIZED. Chairman M.G. White announced that the county-wide campaign for the Community and War Fund drive is to begin Monday. The committee is as follows: M.G. White, Chairman; T.W. Wrench, Secretary-Treasurer; Folkston, Mrs. C.J. Passieu, Mrs. Jessie Crews, Mrs. R.H. Bragg; St. George, Mrs. Leslie Norman, E. Bell, Arthur Barker; Uptonville, Clora Lee Conner, Mrs. Tucker; Racepond, Melton Crews; Moniac, Ralph Knabb. The quota has been set at $1,000.00. The money raised is to be used in USO and other war service organizations.

JACK MAYS JOINS NAVY. Jack Mays, 18, son of Mrs. Naomi Mays, has volunteered for service in the US Navy, enlisting last week at the Navy Recruiting Station in Jacksonville. He has been employed as the operator of the moving picture machine at the Ritz Theater. His brother, Dick Mays, already in the armed forces, is serving in China.

NEW SAWMILL PLANT DISMANTLED BEFORE OPERATIONS BEGIN. A large new sawmill plant, completely equipped and set up down to the last detail with a brick dry kiln and more than a score of houses for the operatives, has been abandoned near Folkston and the plant is being dismantled without ever having been operated a single day. The plant was installed several months ago by the Goethe Lumber Co. interests of Jacksonville on the tract known as the J. Mizell & Bro. land purchased by this concern with plans to conduct extensive lumbering operations. Just why the concern decided to abandon the project is not known and the tract has since been transferred to new ownership. The modern plant located near Bailey Branch on the Burnt Fort Road about five miles east of Folkston is being dismantled, the sawmill machinery already having been moved away. The new two and five-room houses that never had a tenant, have been purchased by J.B. Hinson, who is offering them for sale, to be torn down and moved from the site.

FOR SALE. 21 Houses Newly Built. Two to Five Rooms. Located near Folkston. Must Be Dismantled And Moved at Once. For full information, see J.B. Hinson at Folkston Ice and Cold Storage Co. Phone 103.

MRS. J.P. WALKER DIED. Mrs. J.P. Walker, 50, mother of Mrs. Harold Guinn, died suddenly Tuesday morning in Waycross as she was walking uptown from her home. She is survived also by her husband who is connected with the Atlantic Ice and Coal Co., as well as three brothers and four sisters.

ONLY TWENTY-TWO CONFEDERATE VETERANS LEFT. Only 22 Confederate soldiers were still living in Georgia at the close of the fiscal year on June 30th. Four of the veterans resided at the Soldiers Home in Atlanta and eighteen lived with their families and were paid pensions of $50.00 per month. Those at the home get $5.00 monthly for spending money. Surviving widows of veterans who receive $30.00 per month numbered 1,171.

October 20, 1944

CRUTCHES FOR BROKEN LEG. Copied from Banks County Journal ņA man made the rounds of this section some time ago collecting money to buy crutches for his father who he said had broken his leg. A little later the daddy came to town and when asked about his broken leg, the old fellow said he never had a broken bone in his life. Of course old people often suffer broken bones and this fellow who collected the money for the crutches loves his father and was looking out ahead for his comfort and general welfare. He well knows that his beloved father is liable to have an accident at any time and have one leg or perhaps both legs broken. So he wanted to have the crutches ready in case. A loving son like that may be admired by many people, and again he may not. Take your choice.

ADVERTIZING PAYS ! Warden Charlie Dean of the Cook County farm, near Adel, advertised feeder pigs for sale. The following night the entire lot was stolen.

WIND AND RAIN BRING DESTRUCTION TO COUNTY. Gales swept the county all day Thursday. Beginning about 2:00 A.M. high northeast winds of gale force swept Folkston and Charlton County and continued until well into the night without ceasing. Driven by the wind heavy rain fell steadily throughout the day, bringing practically all traffic and business activities to a standstill. The disturbance resulted from the Florida hurricane which passed into the Atlantic Thursday afternoon in the Jacksonville-Fernandina area, after crossing Florida and leaving heavy damage to the citrus crop. Many trees were uprooted here and serious damage was made to the roads and bridges in all sections of the county. Some communities and families were still isolated late Friday afternoon.

W.L. HULING’S FLYING FORTRESS MAKES 85TH MISSION TRIP. The dramatic story of the 85th successful mission of the faithful old Flying Fortress known as “Rum Dum” was told by Sgt. Walter L. Huling, Jr. in an Associated Press dispatch from London which appeared in Monday’s Atlanta Constitution. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Huling. The Associated Press story is as follows: London -- October 15 (A.P.) “Rum Dum”, faithful old Fortress flew her eighty-fifth mission today, Sgt. Walter Huling, Folkston, Ga. radioman said. “We put the old Fort through her record mission without any trouble. She never turned back once and is still as good as ever!”

ALBERT GRIFFIN DIED IN ACCIDENT. Albert Griffin, age about 37, a resident of this city, was found dead on Kings Road in Jacksonville Wednesday and is presumed to be a victim of a hit-and-run auto driver. Indications are that the man was hit by a car while standing along the road trying to catch a ride to his home here. He has been a resident of Folkston for the past several years and was a former employee of R.E. Player. He is a son of Louis Griffin, also of Folkston, who survives him. He is survived also by his wife and six children as well as two brothers. The body was brought here and funeral services are to be conducted Saturday at Bethel Church with interment in the church cemetery.

HOME DEMONSTRATION CLUBS MEET. The Sardis and Homeland Home Demonstration Clubs met in the community room of the Folkston High School last Friday for a program on nutrition. Mrs. C.W. Waughtel, president of the Homeland Club led the business session. Following the program Bobbie Ruth Sikes and Dora Nell Higginbotham served refreshments consisting of cookies, brownies and Coca-Colas. Members attending were Mrs. W.S. Smith, Mrs. F.J. Gilbert, Mrs. Ellene Ruskin, Mrs. John Harris, Mrs. T.E. Leckie, Mrs. O.W. Layton, Miss Vinnie Mattox, Mrs. Jesse Mattox, Mrs. Jim Colson, Mrs. M.E. Clay, Mrs. W.D. Jones, Mrs. A. Rogers, Mrs. Bill Bruschke, Miss Esther Carter, Miss Edwina Cox.

BAYNARD GOWEN VISITS. Seaman 2nd Class Baynard Gowen arrived here Sunday to spend a short time with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.R. Gowen, Sr. He left enroute to his base in Boston today.

NEW BABY BOY FOR CHANCEY FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Chancey announce the birth of a 9 pound, 2 ounce baby boy, born October 14th. He has been named Marion Dewey. Mother and baby are getting along nicely at last reports.

LOST: Somewhere near Suwannee Store last Saturday night, a package containing a rose colored night gown, a big yellow flowered skirt and black eyeglass case with blue lining. Finder please leave at Suwannee Store. --- Estelle Woolard.

FORMER ST. GEORGE CITIZEN DIES AT JACKSONVILLE. Fitzgerald Osteen, 46, of Jacksonville, died Friday in a hospital in Jacksonville after a brief illness. He was a native of Charlton County and went to Jacksonville about 32 years ago. He was an employee of the Jacksonville Health Dept. Survivors include his wife, four daughters, four sons, four sisters, four brothers and four stepchildren.

October 27, 1944

PURPLE HEART AWARD GRANTED FOR EUGENE PEARCE. The Purple Heart Award has been posthumously granted for Pvt. Oscar Eugene Pearce who died in Italy July 12th as the result of being wounded in battle the previous day. The beautiful medal, inscribed with his name has been received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Pearce. The Infantry Combat Badge has also been posthumously awarded, but this has not yet arrived.

CLOTHING SENT TO WAR VICTIMS IN EUROPE. The boxes of clothes collected here last week for the needy of Europe were on their way to a port in South Carolina Monday. They will be shipped with all those from the southeastern states to the countries of greatest need. There were seven boxes, weighing 313 pounds containing 455 garments of all kinds.

KINGSLAND HIGHWAY UNDER WATER. Swollen by the recent heavy rains, the St. Marys River is reported to be out of its banks in the vicinity of Coleraine and almost a mile of the Kingsland Highway has been under water for the past several days. Traffic has been completely halted. The flood waters were reported to be receding yesterday.

STORM DAMAGED LOCAL TELEPHONE SYSTEM. Folkston’s telephone system was hard hit by last Thursday’s storm, a large number of phones were put out of service due to damage to the lines. Mr. B. Parker, owner of the system, has been handicapped in restoring service because of his inability to secure workmen for the job. He operates telephone systems at Ludowici and Reidsville which were also damaged by the storm.

SCOTT BROTHERS MEET IN PACIFIC AREA. Carl Jr. and Malcolm Scott, brothers, had the unusual experience of meeting “somewhere in the far-away Pacific” during October and enjoyed several days of being together. Both are Navy boys but had not seen each other since June, 1943. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Scott of Waycross, former residents of Folkston.

HEAVY RAINFALL DAMAGED PECAN CROP. Last Thursday’s storm was accompanied by a rainfall that measured just under ten inches, it is reported by T.W. Wrench, volunteer weather reporter who maintains a rain gauge at his home. The ten-inch rainfall was for a 24-hour period and is believed to be almost a record. The pecan crop of this community suffered heavy damage, many immature nuts being blown from the trees, and large quantities of mature nuts washed away from the flooded groves.

RAY GIBSON AWARDED MEDAL. The Army Good Conduct Medal was presented to Sgt. Leston R. Gibson, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.G. Gibson in a ceremony somewhere in England. He is with the 8th AAF Fighter Wing in England. This medal is awarded on completion of one year of active military service during a state of war to enlisted men. Sgt. Gibson is a radio operator in the 8th Fighter Command Operation Control Fighter Wing.

NEW BABY BOY FOR PAGE FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Page announce the birth of a baby boy weighing 8 pounds, born October 25 at the Woodbine Hospital. The baby has been named Franklin Lawrence. Mrs. Page is the former Miss Annie Pearl Gowen.

FOR SALE. One good eight-day mantel clock. B.W. Kennison, Folkston.

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