Digest of Charlton County Herald - November 1942

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

November 6, 1942

MR. JESSE W. VICKERY DIED. Jesse W. Vickery, age 66, one of Folkston’s most prominent citizens, and lifelong resident of Charlton County, died at his home Wednesday following a heart attack. He had previously suffered several light attacks. Stricken while chopping kindling at the woodpile he went into his room and Dr. Fleming, his physician, was summoned. He passed away within a few minutes. Born and reared in Charlton County, he spent many years in public service. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and in young manhood served as town Marshal of Folkston. He served several years as Clerk of Superior Court. Later he engaged in the general mercantile and livestock business and then entered the naval stores business, operating a plant at Mattox. He was a son of the late John Vickery, one of the county’s Confederate veterans who died a few years ago. He was a faithful member of the Folkston Methodist Church and belonged to the Masonic Order, Knights of Pythias and Eastern Star. Besides his wife, Mrs. Annie Gowen Vickery, survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Edgar F. Allen and Mrs. W.J. Smith; one son, J.W. Vickery, Jr.; two sisters, Mrs. Ernie Grooms and Mrs. Fred C. Bates. The funeral was conducted from the home and burial rites of the Masonic Order followed in the Folkston cemetery.

NEW TAX FOR CIGARETTES. A new half-cent per package tax on cigarettes became effective Monday. Folkston dealers have added a cent to the sale price of all brands of cigarettes for a single package. This means that cigarettes formerly selling for eighteen cents will now cost nineteen cents or two packages for thirty-seven cents.

RED CROSS DISTRICT MEETING. There will be a district meeting of the Red Cross in Waycross this week and the following are planning to attend: Mrs. D.L. Hebard, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Stapleton, Mrs. B.S. Johnson, Misses Bedell and Mizell and chairman T.W. Wrench. They will go in Mrs. Hebard’s station car.

WOMEN TO BE RECRUITED INTO WAR INDUSTRIES. Secretary of Labor Perkins said in Washington Saturday that at least 3,000,000 women will have to be “recruited” into war industries by December of next year. The “recruiting” of women into industry must correspond in speed to the drafting of male labor into the army she said.

WOODY SHUMAN IN SIGNAL CORPS. Pvt. Jacob Woodrow Shuman is now stationed at Camp Crowder, Mo. where he is assigned to the Signal Corps.

CANDLER LITTLEFIELD TO GET HIS WINGS. Lt. Candler Littlefield will receive the wings of a pilot of U.S. Army Air Force on November 10th. He completed primary flying school at Carlston Field, Fla. and basic training at Gunter Field in Alabama.

NINETEEN DRAFTEES LEFT THIS WEEK. Another group of Charlton draftees left Wednesday morning for Ft. McPherson, Atlanta. In making up the November quota the list of all available single white men was exhausted and the local Board found it necessary for the first time to call up married men for induction. Included in the group leaving Wednesday were Rudolph Archibald Norwood, Albert Kirkland, Buford Thrift, Enoch Burnsed, Hilton Crews, Earl Crews, Rudolph Crews, Maxie Sands, Ralph Tom Moore, John W. Crews, Robert Chesser, Carl Guinn, Mose Crews, Jesse Crews, Frank Crews, Ivey Crews, Woodrow Thrift, Sam Jones, Bud Cantrell.

ROAD PATROL STILL BELONGS TO THE COUNTY. The report appearing in the Herald last week that the county’s road machine, known as the road patrol, has been taken over by the Navy department for work on government war projects, is untrue according to Mr. A.C. Bryson of Jacksonville, who helped negotiate the contract for the lease of the machine some weeks ago. Mr. Bryson appeared before a meeting of the Board of Commissioners here Tuesday and stated the machine is still on the project it was leased to and that no notice has been served that it is to be taken over by the Navy as reported.

SCRAP COLLECTION IS BIG SUCCESS. The big scrap collection drive last Thursday showed a fine spirit of cooperation. The total poundage collected was more than 158,000 pounds. This does not include the more than 100,000 pounds already collected by the Folkston schools. There is also approximately 50,000 pounds out in the country, ready to haul and which no truck has been sent to pick it up.

ON THE HOME FRONT. Workers on WPA rolls are being reclassified. Some will be put to work on farms. Our second war-time holiday season will find coffee rationed, liquor and cigarettes more expensive and OPA price ceilings over plum pudding, fruitcake, apple cider and candied fruit. Men who enter military service must return their ration books to their local board. Use of these books for anyone except the person to whom it is issued is illegal.

SHELLED PECANS BRINGING GOOD PRICES. Several in Homeland are shelling pecans and shipping the meats to various concerns in the north. The prices paid are good, being nearly twice the price paid last year.

HAROLD GUINN IS IN ARMY. Harold Guinn of Jacksonville has volunteered for service in the Army and is now stationed at Camp Blanding.

November 13, 1942

GARDEN CLUB BUYS BONDS. During the business session of the Garden Club which met this week it was decided to buy two War Saving Bonds, $25.00 and $100.00.

BRIDGE GUARD GROUP DISBANDED. The detachment of Georgia State Guard troops assigned to guard duty at the St. Marys River railroad bridge for the past several months received orders Wednesday withdrawing them from duty there and ordering the unit disbanded. The detachment has been under the command of Sgt. Cribb of Ware County for the past few months. All camp supplies have been purchased in Folkston.

ALVIN CREWS IS IN THE NAVY. Alvin Crews, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Crews, recently completed training as an apprentice seaman at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola.

DISCARDED SILK STOCKINGS NEEDED. As a contribution to badly needed war supplies the women of the area are asked that worn-out or discarded silk or nylon stockings be put to a useful purpose. All ladies are asked to turn in these articles to their nearest dry goods store. These are to be made over into powder base bags for holding firing charges in the breech of heavy caliber guns.

PRESCOTT-MILLS WEDDING. A marriage that will be of interest to many friends is that of Miss Verdie Prescott to Mr. Willie Mills of Kingsland, which occurred Saturday at the home of Judge A.S. McQueen, with Rev. R.T. Peeples officiating. The bride is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.W. “Dock” Prescott, and made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Sol P. Mills for the past several months.

November 20, 1942

COLERAINE RETORT. Scrap iron salvage from the old retort at Coleraine, very generously donated by Mrs. D.L. Hebard, formed a considerable part of the really impressive scrap pile assembled in our recent scrap round-up, and it is said the salvagers were unable to remove but only a small part of the many tons of iron in the old abandoned retort. Twenty-five years ago this old retort was one of the county’s important industries and the unique manner of its operation attracted many visitors to the site. Supt. Spurlock, the operator, was a self-taught chemist with a natural talent for the work and he succeeded in extracting a wide variety of valuable products from the lowly pine tree. In fact, his crude retort turned out as many or more different chemical compounds than are produced by the large scientifically operated plants of today.

DRAFTEES FROM CHARLTON COUNTY. Up to September 30th Charlton County has sent 113 white men into the Army and 49 colored men. Eighteen have volunteered.

MR. AARON TAYLOR DIED. Aaron Taylor, age 63, a native of Charlton County who made his home here until about ten years ago, died in an Atlanta hospital Monday of injuries suffered when he was struck by a hit-and-run automobile near his home in that city. He had lost an arm in a sawmill accident here shortly before he left to make his home in Atlanta. The Taylor family lived in the Uptonville community. The body arrived here Wednesday and funeral services were held at Bethel Church. Interment was in Bethel Cemetery. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. L.J. Whiddon and Mrs. Gladys Brooks; three sons, A.L. Taylor, T.O. Taylor and D.F. Taylor; two brothers, H.B. and I.H. Taylor.

JIM PEARCE TAKING TRAINING. James B. Pearce, Jr., member of the local Georgia State Guards, left Sunday for Fort Benning, Columbus where he is to have a week’s intensive training in the Army school as an instructor for the local Guard unit.

ON THE HOME FRONT. No more safety razors will be made for civilian use. Blades, however, will still be manufactured. The use of stainless steel, which includes things from coffee pots and knives to farm machinery will be a thing of the past. No copper will be used in building from now on. All new farm machinery is frozen. Milk cans and all-wire fencing used on farms will soon be rationed. Use of burlap bags is going to be restricted.

SIX MEN IN WAYCROSS WORKING FOR UNION BAG. Harold Gowen, Norman Nicks, Carol Smiley, George Brock, Stacey Smiley and Vernon Brock left Saturday to work at Waycross, having completed a month’s work here for the Union Bag and Paper Co.

LT. LOUIS R. NORMAN MISSING IN ACTION. Mrs. Louis R. Norman this week received word that her husband, Lt. Louis R. Norman, has been reported missing in action in the service of his country. No further details were available. Mrs. Norman is the former Miss Martha Grace Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Wilson.

November 27, 1942

MRS. JAMES T. BELL DIED. Mrs. James T. Bell, age 67, mother of Mrs. O.E. Raynor, for several years a resident of this city, passed away at the home of her son, Claude F. Bell on the Satilla River near Atkinson, following a sudden heart attack. The funeral was held in Waycross and interment was in the Folkston cemetery.

BIRTH CERTIFICATES. Seventeen high school students and two supervising teachers have been assigned to night time duties at the State Department of Public Health in Atlanta in an effort to meet the increase in demand for birth certificates necessary for the war program. Twice as many birth certificates are being issued monthly as normal times.

ON THE HOME FRONT. The growing shortage of space on trains and buses has prompted the ODT to issue a “don’t travel” appeal and to launch a stay-at-home campaign. Civilians will be urged to stay put during the Christmas and New Years holidays so that soldiers may go home on leave. Pleasure trips must be put off until the day of victory. Umbrella production next year will be less that one-third of what it was in 1941. A reduction has been ordered in the number of styles and colors of wall paper. A program has been worked out for the production of ice boxes next year but there are no provisions for new mechanical refrigerators. Non-essential products made of wire have been banned by WPB. Decorative Christmas lighting will be out this year.

NO TOURIST TRAINS THIS YEAR. The A.C.L. Railroad’s fleet of tourist trains bearing winter visitors to Florida will not be operated this season, having been cancelled by the Federal Director of Transportation. Only two extra trains from the east to Florida will be permitted, one each over the Seaboard and the Coast Line and these are not for tourists but solely for the convenience of the armed forces. In past years the ACL has operated more that 50 trains daily during the winter season, most of them being for the tourist traffic. They are now being superceded by troop trains and trains transporting gasoline and other war materials.

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