Digest of Charlton County Herald - November 1943

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

November 5, 1943

LEON J. NORMAN DIED. Leon J. Norman, age 33, resident of St. George, died October 30 in a Jacksonville hospital following a brief illness from pneumonia. He had been in declining health for several months. A native and life-long resident of St. George, he had a large number of friends. He was a member of one of the county’s most prominent families and was a descendant of some widely known Revolutionary leaders of Liberty County. Besides his wife, Mrs. Marie Boyd Norman, survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N.J. Norman; two brothers, Leslie N. Norman and Pvt. William A. Norman; two sisters, Mrs. Raymond E. Ford and Mrs. Wilmer Jones. Funeral services were held at St. George Baptist Church. Burial rites of the Masonic Order were carried out at the graveside by Folkston Masonic Lodge, of which he was a member, with burial in the St. George Cemetery.

MRS. LECKIE TO PRESENT GOURD EXHIBIT. Mrs. T.E. Leckie will present her gourd exhibit to the public November 6th in Gowen Brothers old store building. The store will be open from 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. A demonstration on “The Gourd and Its Place in National Defense” will be given at 3:00 by Mrs. Leckie. She has a collection of a hundred or more unique, useful and beautiful articles to exhibit. Outstanding among her collection is a table lamp, a panorama victory garden scene, a number of carved articles, Rebecca’s pitcher and interesting doorstops representing pilgrims and Negro mammies. Pig banks made of gourds will catch extra coins to buy a bond and make donations to the local Red Cross. There will be a table of gourds and seed for sale.

NEW RECRUITS AT NAVAL TRAINING STATION. Lonnie G. O’Quinn, Paul Lewis, Lee Raulerson and Oscar H. Leckie are among the new recruits at the U.S. Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Ill. and are now receiving instructions and will soon be home for a nine day leave.

BURRELL CREWS ESCAPED, CAPTURED. Burrell Crews, serving a life sentence for a murder in Ware County, was one of the prisoners escaping from the State Road Camp at Cartersville and was captured near Macon last week He is a former resident of Charlton County and was sent up for the murder of his wife.

KEMP LITTLEFIELD IS GRADUATE OF GEORGIA TECH. Thomas Kemp Littlefield, son of Mrs. J.C. Littlefield, was graduated last week from Georgia School of Technology in Atlanta, with a degree in Public Health Engineering.

NEW POLICE OFFICER. Folkston now has a new police officer, Mr. “Red” Reynolds, of Moniac, having taken over the duties of this position Monday, succeeded Police Chief Huggins who tendered his resignation last week. Mr. Reynolds was formerly employed as a guard at the State Road Camp, and is on duty principally during the night hours, there being no officer on duty here during the day time.

JOHN WHITE RECEIVES PROMOTION. John White has received a promotion in rank and was last week commissioned as a Captain in the US Army Air Force. For the past several months he has been stationed at Long Island, Nebraska.

FRED BURNSED DIED. Fred Burnsed, 42, died in a Jacksonville hospital Sunday following a brief illness. He was a native of Moniac but had resided in Jacksonville for the past five years. Besides his widow, one son and one daughter, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Burnsed. Funeral and interment was at North Prong Cemetery.

OSGOOD CREWS KILLED IN ACTION. A brief message was received here last Friday from the War Department announcing that Osgood Crews, of this county had been killed in action on the battlefield in Italy. No details of the fatal casualty were contained in the brief message received here addressed to the father of young Crews, who is the first Charlton County soldier to be killed in battle during the present war. Father of the deceased is B.C. “Buddy” Crews, formerly residing in the Winokur district near the Satilla River. Miss Elmina Crews of Jacksonville is a sister. Several brothers are also among the survivors.

FLEMING HULING PROMOTED. Albert Fleming Huling recently graduated from the Aviation Machinist Mate School at Jacksonville Naval Air Station and was promoted to Seaman First Class in the Navy.

ALDINE TOMLINSON PROMOTED. Aldine Tomlinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isbon B. Tomlinson, recently graduated from the Aviation Machinist Mate School at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station and was promoted to Seaman First Class. Entering the Navy April 17, 1943, he received his recruit training at Jacksonville, later transferring to the Naval Air Technical Training Center there. He is now rated as a qualified Aviation Mechanic and probably will see early service with a naval air unit.

Do you go to school to learn to read and write?
Do you go to school to work with all your might?
If you don’t do these things today,
You better start right away.
Are you sometimes bad in school?
To other people do you appear a fool?
Or are you courteous, polite and good
And always act as you should?
If you do all these, and many more,
Good things the future will hold in store.
---By George Leonard Hannaford

November 12, 1943

FLOYD WILDES HOME FOR VISIT. Floyd Wildes, who has been in service in the US Navy for the past several years arrived here this week for the first visit to the home folks in more than four years. He has been in service in the Pacific Area since the beginning of the war and was a member of the crew of the carrier Hornet when that vessel was sunk by the Japanese. He has been in a number of heavy engagements. He will be home for several weeks.

HAROLD GOWEN IN NORTH AFRICA. Pvt. Harold Sidney Gowen has been serving in the armed forces for the past several months, has arrived safely overseas and is stationed “somewhere in North Africa”. His exact location is not known.

AMERICAN LEGION LEADS ARMISTICE DAY CELEBRATION. The 25th anniversary of Armistice Day was observed in Folkston yesterday as a full holiday. Practically all places of business in the city were closed for the entire day. The Okefenokee Post of the new American Legion unit led the community in celebration with a barbeque, fish fry and oyster roast staged at Homeland Park in the afternoon and evening. Commander R.E. Player, Dr. A.D. Williams, chairman of the executive committee and other officers worked hard to make the celebration a success.

LIONS CLUB ORGANIZED HERE. Preliminary plans for organization of an active Lions Club for Folkston were launched at a meeting held at the courthouse Wednesday, when temporary officers were named. Sixteen members signed up at the initial meeting. Temporary officers named were: Dr. A. Fleming, President; Dr. W.D. Thompson, Vice President; John B. Southwell, Secretary; William Mizell, Treasurer. For the first time in many years Folkston is without an active civic organization of any kind and the organization of a wide-awake Lions Club would be a big step forward in the progress of the city.

MR. GERMAN CREWS DIED. German Crews, a native of Charlton County and veteran of the last World War, died at the Veterans Hospital in Lake City on November 3rd. He was working in the St. Johns Shipyards in Jacksonville at the time he contracted pneumonia. Funeral services and burial were held in Boone’s Creek Cemetery. Survivors include five children, two girls and three boys. Mrs. Amanda Smith of St. George is one of the surviving sisters.

November 19, 1943

NEW PASTOR FOR METHODIST CHURCH. Rev. F.J. Gilbert, new pastor of Folkston Methodist Church, accompanied by Mrs. Gilbert, is expected to reach the city Thursday from Butler, Ga. their former home.

LOCAL PRISON CAMP CLOSED. The Charlton County State Highway Prison Camp here was closed Tuesday and the remaining forty or more convicts transferred to the state prison at Reidsville, following the escape of eight prisoners from the camp Sunday night. Director Wiley L. Moore acted swiftly to close the camp after being notified of the break, giving orders that the remaining convicts be transferred immediately to Reidsville. The escape here occurred while many of the prisoners sang loudly about 9:00 o’clock Sunday night. The eight men took advantage of the noise to bore their way out of the wooden bullpen with an auger. The escape was discovered Monday morning when the guards checked on the men. Automobiles were reported stolen at Homeland and St. George Saturday night and it was thought the escapees used these vehicles to make their get-away.

DRAFT BOARD’S DECEMBER QUOTA. Charlton County’s local Draft Board quota was for only eight white men for December. Included in next month’s quota are the following: John Ellis Prescott, Benjamin F. Herrin, John Robert Cooper, Fred Conner, Milledge Canaday, Noah Rhoden, Ellery Howard and Steve E. Conner.

ANDREW GOWEN NEW POLICE CHIEF. Mr. Andrew G. Gowen has accepted the position of Folkston’s Chief of Police, taking over his duties Tuesday.

November 26, 1943

PLANE CRASHED ON LOCAL AIR FIELD. A speedy Navy “Hell-Diver” plane based at the Waycross Army Air Field, after a forced landing due to motor trouble, cracked up late Friday afternoon on the Folkston landing field when the pilot applied the brakes to prevent the plane from crashing head-on into the airport fence. The pilot was pinned beneath the wreckage but onlookers who rushed to the scene were able to clear him of the wrecked craft. A wrecking crew from the Waycross Army Air Field came Saturday to pick up the aircraft which was almost completely demolished. Why a Navy craft happened to be based at an Army Air Field was not explained.

BOB ALLEN AND RAY GIBSON SAFE IN ENGLAND. Cp;. Robert W. Allen, Jr. and Sgt. Ray Gibson, local young men who have been serving in the armed forces for several months have arrived safely overseas and are now stationed “somewhere in England” according to information received this week by home folks.

CARLOS CREWS PROMOTED. Carlos L. Crews has recently been promoted to the grade of Staff Sergeant. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie L. Crews.

DICK MAYS STATIONED IN MIAMI. Aviation Cadet Richard Mays left Monday for Miami Beach where he will undergo flight training in one of the Army Air Force Training Centers.

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