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Digest of Charlton County Herald - November 1945

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays


November 2, 1945

BRAND NEW FORD ON DISPLAY. The first new automobile to be shown in Folkston since the beginning of the war is being displayed this week in the showrooms of the Folkston Motor Co. The handsome new model Ford went on display here last Friday and has attracted the admiring attention of large numbers of prospective buyers, according to G.R. Gowen, Jr., owner and manager of the local concern.

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL A SUCCESS. The Halloween Carnival at the high school Friday night was a real success, in the amount attending and the money collected. $785.13 was made at the carnival. Plans now are to spend this on the library, the science lab and the home economics department. The library and science lab are the two departments the Accrediting Commission said must be improved if we are to stay an Accredited High School.

NEW HOMES UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Several new residences are under construction in Folkston. Theo Dinkins is building a new home on Main Street near the Tillman home. Work is underway on four small homes to be built by Judge A.S. McQueen In his new subdivision recently opened. Construction is in the final stages on the new residence of R.B. Stroup.

MRS. MARY E. TODD DANIELS DIED. Mrs. Mary E. Daniels, who was perhaps Charlton County’s oldest resident, passed away at the home of her grandson, Frank Todd at Racepond on October 23rd, following a long illness due to the infirmities of her advanced years. Authentic family records establish Mrs. Daniels as having reached the remarkable age of 105 years. Survivors include four sons, Jake Daniels, Robert Daniels, George Daniels and Eddie Todd; one daughter, Mrs. Aggie Johns; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; one brother, John Todd and one sister, Mrs. Emma Harrell. Funeral services were conducted at the Racepond Church and interment took place in Sardis Cemetery.

NEW BUILDING FOR JOHNSON BROTHERS. Johnson Brothers is assembling material on the site for the early construction of the large new business building to be located on the tract known as the Bank Cafe property and adjoining the old cafe building. The building is to be a two-story structure and its location at the intersection of Main Street and the new route of US Highway One makes it one of the most desirable business sites in this city.

SERVICEMEN COMING HOME. Among Charlton County’s servicemen arriving home this week were: Ralph Wrench, Louie Passieu, Charles Adkins and A.J. Hopkins, Jr.

ST. GEORGE HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL. The Halloween Carnival held at St. George school Wednesday evening was a successful event. A total of $483.05 was realized for the school’s improvement fund. In the popularity contest, Juanita Raulerson won first place and Burnell Thompson, second place for the high school group. Shirley Rhoden won first place and Lillian Dixon won second place in the grammar school

ABE MATTOX VISITS HERE. Abe Mattox arrived here this week to spend a short while with Folkston friends and relatives. He has been employed at the atomic bomb project in Tennessee, according to reports.

NEW BABY GIRL FOR MIZELL FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mizell announce the birth of a seven pound baby girl born Sunday night at the McCoy Hospital. The baby has been named Hilda Grace. Both mother and baby are getting along nicely.

MISS SOUTHWELL TO BE MARRIED. Miss Rosalie Southwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Southwell, left last Friday for Berkeley, California where she will meet Ensign R.L. O’Neal of Uvalda, Ga. who has just returned from naval duty in the Pacific. They are to be married there. Miss Southwell was accompanied by her sister, Miss Bettye Southwell and Miss Eloise O’Neal, sister of Ensign O’Neal.

November 9, 1945

SPECIAL ARMISTICE DAY PLANS. Plans are complete for the special Armistice Day program to be held Sunday afternoon, November 11th in the school auditorium. Principal Greene says he is anxious to have as many of the boys and girls who have served and are now at home, and the families of those who have not yet been able to come home, present for the occasion.

MEMBER OF FOLKSTON’S FIRST FAMILY PASSES AT GAINESVILLE, FLA. Mrs. Leonilla Baker, 81, a native of Folkston and whose father, John R. Bachlott, built the first residence to be erected in this city, died at her home in Gainesville last Friday. Mrs. Baker who had spent her girlhood days here had resided in Gainesville since 1905. The Bachlott family constituted Folkston’s first settlers, Mr. Bachlott having built his home on the site where the county courthouse now stands about 1883. With the coming of the railroad shortly afterwards Folkston quickly developed into the county’s chief town, much of Centrevillage being transferred to the new site on the railroad. Mr. Bachlott donated the land for the city’s original cemetery and he and his wife are buried there. Mrs. Baker was the widow of the late P.H. Baker who had large turpentine and farming interests in the Gainesville section of Florida. Funeral services were held in Gainesville with Rev. Jack Anderson, Methodist minister officiating. The body was brought to Folkston where committal services were held with Rev. F. J. Gilbert, Methodist pastor, officiating. Mrs. Baker was a member of the First Methodist Church of Gainesville. Survivors include two sons, R.B. Baker and H.L. Baker; one daughter, Mrs. E.A. Taylor and one sister, Mrs. L.A. Love.

ROBERT HARRISON TO BE HOME SOON. A message was received this week advising Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Harrison that their son, Robert W. Harrison, Jr. had sailed from Italy and was expected to reach home by Thanksgiving Day. Robert has not been home since volunteering for duty, having been ordered overseas immediately after completing his basic training.

NEW BASKETBALL COACH. George N. Birdsong is the new basketball coach of the Charlton County High School. He is also to drive one of the school buses and help put on a physical education program. He also is interested in getting the Manual Arts Department in shape so that courses can be given to students in this field. He is now working on a schedule of games for both boys and girls teams. The school is fortunate to have this young man on its staff.

SERVICEMEN COMING HOME. Charlton County servicemen in increasing numbers are returning from the war’s battlefronts. Among the group reaching home the past few days are: Franklin Roddenberry, Edwin Stokes, Louie Gowen, J.M. Vickers, Charles F. Adkins, Emory Westberry, S.M. Altman, Jr., J.R. Thrift.

NEW HOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Among the construction now underway in Folkston is a new home being built by Gilbert M. Mizell located on US Highway One just north of the residence of S.M. Mills. Work commenced last week and rapid progress is being made.

THOMPSON - WILDES. Dr. and Mrs. W.D. Thompson announce the marriage of their daughter Kathryn to Floyd C. Wildes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Wildes. The wedding took place at the Methodist parsonage on November 3rd with Rev. F.J. Gilbert officiating.

November 16, 1945

RICHARD MAYS HOME FROM THE WAR. Pfc Richard Mays, son of Mrs. Naomi Mays, reached his home here this week after sixteen months overseas service with the 14th Air Force in China. Richard was assigned to duty as a radar operator at an army air base in the interior of China, which was frequently bombed by the Japs. He completed his radar training in Florida before being assigned overseas. He had some interesting and exciting experiences in China, but is glad to be home again. He is being welcomed by his friends.

MR. ARTHUR E. NAZWORTH DIED. Injuries sustained when he was run over by a truck near his home at Winokur two weeks ago proved fatal to Arthur E. Nazworth who passed away in a Waycross hospital last Friday. George Nazworth, a brother, and one of the young sons who also suffered painful injuries in the accident, is reported to be making favorable progress. The accident occurred when Brunson Thrift, son of postmaster M.D. Thrift, and a nephew of the deceased, driver of a truck, apparently lost control of the vehicle which left the road and ran over the three men walking along the highway. The deceased, a native and lifelong resident of Charlton County, was a veteran of World War One. Funeral services were held at Sardis Cemetery. Besides his wife, survivors include six sons, Edward and Roland of the US Army, Eugene, Frank, A.L. and Norris; four daughters, Misses Louise, Estelle, Erline and Bonnie Fay Nazworth; his mother, Mrs. Sarah Jane Nazworth; three brothers, Corbett Nazworth, George Nazworth and Roy Nazworth and two sisters, Mrs. George Carter and Mrs. Harry Evens.

BRAND NEW CHEVROLET ON DISPLAY. The 1946 Chevrolet will be on display this Saturday in the showrooms of the Passieu Chevrolet Co. Mr. Passieu has repainted and redecorated the showroom in order to provide a fitting setting to display a new Chevrolet. He invites the public to come in and see what the Chevrolet has to offer them in motor transport.

ARMISTICE DAY PROGRAM. The county’s war dead were honored in a program for Armistice Day last week. The roll call of Charlton County’s honored war dead was read by Supt. William S. Smith of the county schools and included the following group of young men who gave their lives on behalf of their country: Osward (Buddie) Crews, Douglas R. Brown, Wordie Leckie, of the Canadian Air Force, John White, Lee Petty, Eugene Pearce, Clayton Gowen, Donald Kendrick, Avener Holt, Gilbert Spence, Clyde Green, Albert B. Crews, S.F. Wildes and Lonnie Emmett Roberts.

MR. W.J. JONES DIED. The people of Folkston were deeply shocked and grieved by the news of the sudden death of W.J. Jones, age 70, retired merchant and resident of the city for 35 years, which occurred Thursday morning at his home. Mrs. Jones, a teacher in the local school, found her husband dead when she returned home for the noon lunch hour. Death had resulted from a sudden heart attack. A native of Ridgeland, S.C. Mr. Jones was formerly an employee of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Upon his retirement from the railroad he entered the mercantile business here in which he was engaged for several years, retiring because of ill health. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Hilda Mattox Jones, a daughter, Mrs. Jane Hudson, a son Dudley M. Jones and one brother, Berry Jones. Funeral plans are incomplete at press time.

REV. GILBERT RETURNS TO FOLKSTON. Rev. F.J. Gilbert, pastor of Folkston Methodist Church for the past two years, was assigned to serve as pastor of the local church for the third year, at the annual meeting of the South Georgia Conference of the Methodist Church in Waycross last week.

SERVICEMEN RETURN FROM WAR. Two of Charlton County’s war veterans who have recently returned from the war are Robert Chesser and Barney Nelson, both of the Traders Hill community.

MARTIN - WINDHAM. A pretty home wedding was an event of the past week in the home of the bride’s aunt, Mrs. Naomi Mays, when Miss Odella Arlena Martin was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Sgt. Fred M. Windham of Jesup, by Rev. R.W. Waterman, pastor of the Baptist Church. Immediately after taking the vows the happy young couple left for Jesup where they were entertained by the mother of the groom. From there they took a bridal trip to Memphis, Tenn. These happy young people are both employees of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad as operators where they met prior to the groom’s entry into the service of his country. A notable and important feature of the marriage is the groom’s foresight in saving to build their own home in Jesup when released from the service. The bride matching him to furnish the home as she wishes it to be furnished. Property for this purpose has already been secured and ready for the building through the thoughtfulness of the groom. ---Written by T.W. Wrench who has known the bride all her life, at the request of her grandmother.

SOUTHWELL - O’NEAL. Miss Rosalie Southwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Southwell became the bride of Ensign Robert Lester O’Neal, Jr. USNR, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.L. O’Neal of Uvalda at a ceremony November 4th at the First Baptist Church in Everett, Washington, Rev. Arthur Rewis performing the double ring ceremony. After the ceremony the couple left for Seattle, Washington where they spent their honeymoon.

WOOLARD - BRADLEY. News has been received of the recent marriage of Miss Thelma Woolard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Woolard, to Rev. J. Lory Bradley, formerly of this city, which took place at Valdosta.. Previous to her marriage the bride has been attending the business school in Jacksonville and it is understood the couple are making their home in that city.

November 23, 1945

W.J. JONES FUNERAL. Funeral services for W.J. Jones who died suddenly at his home last Thursday, were held Sunday from the residence. Interment took place in Folkston Cemetery.

SERVICEMEN RETURNING HOME FROM WAR. The following are a few of Charlton County’s war veterans who have been released from service in the past few days: Baynard Gowen, Fred M. Crews, James F. Holt and Clarence O’Quinn.

NEW HOME BEING BUILT. Construction was begun this week on the new home of C.H. Lewis to be located in the eastern section of the city. The is only one of a number of new homes now being built in Folkston.

NEW BABY BOY FOR BROCK FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Brock announce the birth of a fine baby boy born November 16th. The new arrival has been named Tony Eugene. Mr. Brock is serving with the Army Occupation Forces in Korea.

NEW BABY BOY FOR GIBSON FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Gibson announce the birth of a baby boy born November 18th at the McCoy Hospital. The baby weighed 8 pounds and has been named Walter Charles.

NEW BABY GIRL FOR CARTER FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Carter announce the birth of a daughter born November 19th at McCoy Hospital. Weight 8 pounds, one ounce. The baby has been named Phyllis Ann. Mother and child both reported to be doing nicely.


November 30, 1945

MR. SAMUEL ALLEN PETTY DIED. Funeral services for Samuel Allen Petty, 70, who died Friday at the home of his son Parker Petty in Jacksonville were held at Philadelphia Baptist Church with interment following in nearby Sardis Cemetery under direction of Estes-Kraus Funeral Home. His death came as a result of a sudden attack. He was a native of Charlton County and has been a resident of Jacksonville for about a year, going there from Doctor’s Inlet, Fla. where he had resided for many years. Besides his son he is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mattie Petty; two daughters, Mrs. G.L. McClain and Mrs. J.W. Thompson; three sisters, Mrs. James Jones, Mrs. Robert Jones and Mrs. Elbert Hodges; a brother, Harry Petty and two grandchildren.

FRANCIS MURRAY IS HOME FROM THE WAR. A wounded veteran of the war in the Pacific, Carlton Francis Murray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Murray, recently returned home after receiving his discharge from the service.

SERVICEMEN COME HOME. Flight Officer Louie Passieu returned to his home here this week after being discharged from the service. Another local man released from the armed services is Radioman J.A. Hathaway, Jr. Both returned veterans are being welcomed home by their friends.

NEW HOME FOR STROUP FAMILY. The attractive new home of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Stroup has been completed and Mr. and Mrs. Stroup and little daughter Peggy moved into their new residence this week.

FOLKSTON CITY ELECTION. Folkston’s annual city election is scheduled to be held December 4th, when two members of the council are to be named to fill the terms of councilmen John B. Southwell and Theo Dinkins, expiring January 1, 1946. Mrs. Mae J. McKendree, serving by appointment as City Clerk will be formally elected for a two year term without opposition. Folkston’s city government which is to continue in office for the ensuing year is composed of C.J. Passieu, Mayor, William Mizell, E.B. Stapleton, Russell Johnson, J.B. Southwell and Theo Dinkins, Councilmen; Mrs. McKendree, city clerk; George R. Gowen, Jr., city attorney; R.E. Player, chief of police.

MRS. WILDES RESIGNS FROM DRAFT BOARD. Mrs. Floyd Wildes has tendered her resignation as Clerk of Charlton County’s local Draft Board and Miss Eunice Thrift, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Thrift, has been named as her successor. The Board’s office will remain in its present quarters on the second floor of the Folkston Pharmacy Building.

CHRISTMAS SEAL CAMPAIGN. The annual Christmas Seal sale, proceeds of which are used in the fight against Tuberculosis, is being directed locally this season by Mrs. William S. Smith, county chairman. Seals will be mailed out to the regular contributors and others will be available at business houses.

LT. PURVIS VISITS FAMILY. Lt. Devant Purvis, a patient at the Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta for the past several months, is home on leave while awaiting discharge from the Army Air Force.

NEW BABY BOY FOR MAJORS FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Majors announce the birth of a baby boy born November 21 at McCoy Hospital. He has been named Charles Henry. Both mother and baby are getting along nicely.

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