Digest of Charlton County Herald - December 1944

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

December 1, 1944

NATHAN CREWS ARRIVES IN ENGLAND SAFELY. Pfc Nathan Crews has arrived safely in England. He will be stationed there pending his transfer to the fighting front in France and Germany.

CAPTAIN JOHN C. WHITE KILLED IN ACTION. Captain John C. White, 25 years old, was killed in action November 14 in the China-India Area, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.G. White were advised in an official message received from the War Department on November 24. The message was sent to his wife, Mrs. Gladys Land White of Seminole, Oklahoma and was relayed by telephone to his parents here. No details concerning the manner in which the young officer lost his life was contained in the message. When his parents last heard from him a few days ago, Captain White was stationed at an army air base in India, where he was assigned to duty as pilot of a C-47 transport plane in service between India and China with the Air Transport Command. His plane carried war supplies to China and brought back injured soldiers. The route covers the most dangerous flying terrain known and transport planes are unarmed and are frequently the target of Japanese air raiders. Captain White was born and reared here and was one of Charlton County’s most promising and highly-regarded young men. He was a graduate of Charlton County High School and attended Abraham Baldwin College. Entering the armed forces three years ago, Captain White completed training as a pilot and through his faithful service rapidly won promotion to the rank of Captain. His death has brought the deepest sorrow throughout the community. Besides his wife, Mrs. Gladys Land White, to whom he was married about a year ago, survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.G. White; two brothers, Harold White of the US Navy now serving in the Pacific and George White. The grief-stricken family will have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their sorrow and bereavement.

HOMELAND POST OFFICE MOVED. The Homeland Post Office has been moved from its former quarters to a new location in a building next door to the home of Postmaster Earl Garrison. The post office has ample space in its new quarters and Postmaster Garrison announces he will operate a grocery store in the same building.

DANCE AT MONIAC SCHOOL FRIDAY. There will be a dance at the Moniac school building Friday evening. Music will be furnished by the Lake City, Fla. band and a very pleasant evening is anticipated.

LIONS CLUB SPONSORS BOY SCOUTS. The local Lions Club is sponsoring the Boy Scouts. The Scout committee is composed of Lions J.B. Hinson, R.E. Player, J.B. Southwell, W.D. Jones, Troy Conner and W.W. Pickren. William S. Smith will serve as Scoutmaster. He has had extensive experience with scout work.

HAROLD GOWEN GETS RATIONS AND SUPPLIES TO FELLOW SOLDIERS IN MUDDY MOUNTAINS. With the Fifth Army, Italy ˝ Pfc Sidney Harold Gowen is one of a group who has led mule packs carrying supplies through the Apennine Mountains of the Gothic Line in Italy with the Blue Devil Division of General Mark Clark’s Fifth Army. Harold has trekked up and down some of the roughest, highest and muddiest mountains in which troops have ever fought. Bringing rations, water and ammunition to infantrymen fighting on high peaks has been his great task as his fellow-troops of the "Kraut-Killer" regiment slug their way through the muddy crags. Because of the nature of the terrain and proximity to enemy lines the trains usually travel by night to avoid being spotted by the Germans. Supplying fighting men by mule-pack is a slow and difficult process but it has proved to be the only certain method of supply through the rugged, rain-soaked mountains.

ELECTION OF CITY OFFICIALS NEXT WEEK. Folkston’s annual city election is set for next Tuesday when the mayor, three city councilmen and the city clerk are to the named. The present staff of city officials has qualified as candidates for re-election without opposition, the only new name on the list is that of William Mizell as candidate for city council to succeed Councilman Passieu. The candidates to be voted on in Tuesday’s election are: Mayor, C.J. Passieu; City Councilmen, E.B. Stapleton, Russell Johnson and William Mizell; City Clerk, Mrs. Gertrude Johnson. The holdover members of the council are John Southwell and Theo Dinkins. George R. Gowen, Jr. city attorney and W.T. Johnson, chief of police complete the roster of city officials.

LOUIE PASSIEU AWARDED AIR MEDAL FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE. Flight Officer Louie Passieu has won the Air Medal Award for outstanding service as a Flight Engineer aboard a B-29 Super-Fortress Bomber in the China-India Theater of Operations. He has seen service on a number of bombing missions over Japan and Japanese-held territory. He recently aided in landing a huge B-29 from a height of ten thousand feet, with all engines dead, a feat that was believed to be impossible. The service of young Passieu has also merited an oak-leaf cluster but the official orders for this have not yet come through.

SGT. BILL McQUEEN IS STATIONED IN MARIANA ISLANDS. S.Sgt. William A. McQueen is now stationed at an Army Air Base in the Mariana Islands, serving with the Army Air Transport Command. The island of Saipan is one of the Mariana’s group where a new B-29 super-fortress base has recently been established and from which bombing missions on Tokyo have already been carried out.

GEORGIA PRODUCTS DINNER SERVED TO LIONS. Tuesday night was Ladies Night for the Lions Club and the dinner was served by the homemaking education department of the high school in the school dining room was a "Georgia Products Dinner." The menu included baked turkey and dressing, turnip greens, pears, cornbread, sweet potato pie and milk. If that isn’t a meal "fit for a king", you name it.

HARRY QUICK STATIONED IN NEW GUINEA. Harry Quick has arrived at a naval base somewhere in New Guinea. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Quick of Waycross, formerly of this city. He was employed with H.H. Burnett of Waycross before entering the service.

LIONS SPONSOR CLEAN-UP AND RAT-KILLING CAMPAIGN. The Lions Club at its meeting Tuesday night accepted a campaign for an activity to clean up unsightly places and eradicate rats in Folkston. The plan is to divide the club into two teams, responsible for cleaning up half the town and eradicating rats in the area. They will compete and their work will be judged on December 19th. The losing team will roll the winner through the streets in wheelbarrows, accompanied by a parade of the losing team. The losers will entertain all with stunts at the Lions Club meeting immediately following. The town is divided by the railroad with the Reds responsible for the east half and the Blues for the west half. Lion Jones is the captain of the Reds with Lions Johnson, McCoy, Mallard, Mizell, Stapleton, Fleming, Passieu, Smith, Sikes, Harrison and Mesdames E.B. Stapleton, Southwell, McCoy, Lillian Crews and Fleming. Blues ˝ Lion Harris, captain, Lions Dinkins, Hinson, Lewis, Pickren, Stokes, Southwell, Gilbert, Bowen, Player, Bragg, Mesdames Dinkins, Raynor, Gibson, Bowen and Pickren. On Thursday afternoon, December 7th everybody is to help sweep the street from the courthouse to the Okefenokee Station. The interest and help of everyone in the city is requested in this city-wide program.

DOUGLAS R. BROWN AND IVEY WALKER KILLED IN ACTION. The casualty list released this week by the War Department contains the names of two soldiers from this area who were reported as killed in action. They are Cpl. Douglas R. Brown of St. George. Next of kin is listed as Mrs. Carmen G. Brown, wife. He was killed in the European Area.
Pfc Ivey Walker. Mrs. Alice Walker is his mother. He was from Hickox. He was killed in the Mediterranean Area.

NEW BABY BOY FOR HALL FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Winston Hall announce the birth of a baby boy born November 26th at the McCoy Clinic. The baby weighed 8 Š pounds and has been named Dale Wallace Hall.

December 8, 1944

DR. SAWYER AWARDED BRONZE STAR MEDAL. Major James L. Sawyer, formerly a Folkston physician, now serving with the Army Medical Corps in the drive on Germany, has been awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement during June 14 to September 25 in France, Belgium and Holland.

B.A. ALTMAN AND SON TO ESTABLISH SHOE REPAIR SHOP. The people of Folkston are notified that in the near future Folkston will have a much needed, modern and up to date shoe repair shop. The machinery is being purchased this week and will be installed by the first of the year. It will be operated by B.A. Altman and Son.

PRIVATE EZEKIEL CAYTON TO VISIT HERE. Pfc Ezekiel Cayton of the Quartermaster Corps has returned to this country after 28 months service overseas in the Asiatic and Pacific Theaters of Operation. He is expected to arrive here soon to visit his sister, Mrs. Isabel Crews.

GENE WILLIAMS HAS ARRIVED SAFELY SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND. Cpl. Eugene M. Williams has arrived safely in England. Prior to his entry into the armed forces he was employed by the Hercules Co. at Baldwin, Fla.

JUNIOR STEWART IS VISITING HOME FOLKS. Sgt. Domingo Layton Stewart, Jr. of the famous First Marine Division reached Folkston this week for a 30-day visit with his parents after nearly 30 months of active service in the hard fought campaign for the Pacific Islands. The last campaign in which Sgt. Stewart’s outfit fought was the capture of Peleliu Island in the Palau group. The division has made an outstanding record in the Pacific Island campaign. He arrived in San Diego fourteen days ago where he was processed for reassignment. At the expiration of his leave he will report to Quantico, Virginia Marine Base. Junior was one of the first of the Folkston boys to enter the armed forces. He is being warmly welcomed home by his many friends.

FOLKSTON CITY ELECTION. In Folkston’s annual city election Tuesday C.J. Passieu was named to serve as Mayor for a two-year term. Elected with him were three members of the city council, E.B. Stapleton, Russell Johnson and William Mizell. The hold-over members of the board are J.B. Southwell and Theo Dinkins. Mrs. Gertrude Johnson was re-elected to serve as City Clerk.

LOTT FIVE AND TEN CENT STORE MOVES TO EAST SIDE OF TOWN. The Lott Five and Ten Cent Store has been moved into the building vacated by Mr. Gibson and formerly occupied by the Suwannee Store. The building in the Wade Block vacated by the Ten Cent Store has been rented.

DAVIS - JACOBS WEDDING. Mrs. H.J. Davis announces the marriage of her daughter Ruby Beatrice to James Perry Jacobs of Hilliard. The ceremony took place December 1st in the study of the Methodist Parsonage. Miss Davis was reared in Folkston and attended Andrew College and Virginia Intermont. Mr. Jacobs has been in the employ of the government as an engineer in Trinidad and points on the west coast. He is connected with his brother in law in business at Hilliard. The young couple are residing at the home of Mrs. Davis, the bride’s mother.

KIRBY JONES RECEIVES PURPLE HEART AWARD. Pfc Kirby Jones who is in service in the Pacific Theater of Operations received a Purple Heart Award for slight wounds received in action. Friends of the young soldier will be glad to learn that he was not seriously wounded.

December 15, 1944

SCHOOL TRUSTEES TO BE ELECTED. Charlton County’s school trustees are to be elected on December 18th in all the local school districts. In the Folkston District candidates qualified to be voted on include O.C. Mizell, Harry Johnson, J.A. Prevatt, W.W. Pickren and S.M. Howard. In the St. George District, the candidates are E. Bell, Frank Conner and Noah Stokes. This is the first election for school trustees held in a number of years, the terms of all present Board members having expired.

MRS. GERTRUDE WALKER DRURY DIED. Mrs. Gertrude Walker Drury, 76, of Jacksonville, died Monday following a long illness. She was a native of Brantley County and had been a resident of Jacksonville for 27 years. She was the mother of Mrs. S.A. O’Quinn and is survived also by four other daughters and four sons.

SCHOOL CENSUS TO BE TAKEN. The schools of Charlton County will be closed Friday for a two-day holiday while the teachers are taking a county-wide school census. A house-to-house canvas of the county is to be made by the teachers. It is the purpose of the census to contact every family and secure detailed information as to the educational status of both children and adults.

BLUE WILLOW CAFE CLOSED FOR REDECORATING. The Blue Willow Caf╚ has been closed while the interior of the building has been repainted and redecorated. It is now under the management of V.J. Pickren, owner of the building.

LIONS CLUB CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN SUSPENDED. The present cold wave collided head-on with the Folkston Lions Club clean up and rat killing campaign with the result that activities of the drive have been temporarily suspended. However, the warden of the local convict camp came to the rescue and a crew of his work men have been assigned to the job of cleaning up Main Street through the business district. This work is now in progress and the street is being given a thorough cleaning, including the sidewalks.

TIMOTHY HAYWOOD SERVES ON FEDERAL JURY. Charlton County jurors serving in the United States Court for the Southern District of Georgia in Waycross this week include P.O. Stokes, W.L. Thomas, Troy Conner and Timothy Haywood, colored. This is the first time a Charlton County Negro has served as a juror in a Waycross Federal Court so far as this paper has been able to learn.

JAMES RIGGINS VISITING HERE. SPV 3-C James Riggins of Patuxent, Maryland spent the last week here with friends and home folks.

EDWIN STOKES VISITING PARENTS. T. Sgt. Edwin Stokes, stationed at a post in New York arrived this week to spend a leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Stokes.

COLD WEATHER. Unusual weather has frozen up social activities in Folkston this week to such an extent that everyone remained at home by the fire, leaving this paper a column to fill with nothing to fill it with. Perhaps the populace will thaw out sufficient to provide us with a little news for next week’s paper.

December 22, 1944

MR. CLINTON L. JOHNSON DIED. Clinton L. Johnson, 85, a resident of Folkston for more than forty years passed away Saturday at the home of his daughter Mrs. T.J. Gardner in Baxley. He had been in declining health for some time but was stricken with a sudden attack two weeks ago. A native of Camden County, he spent his entire lifetime in this section, moving to Folkston from Nassau County more than forty years ago. He would have celebrated his 85th birthday in January. He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Margaret Williams; two sons, Harley Clinton Johnson and James Clyde Johnson with the US Navy; three daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Davis, Mrs. T.J. Gardner and Mrs. J.C. Guinn; grandchildren and great grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Kate Williams. Funeral services were held at Folkston Baptist Church and interment took place in Folkston Cemetery.

MR. JAMES ALTMAN KILLED IN ARGUMENT. James Altman, 75, well known Pierce County farmer, father of Ozzie Altman, was shot and fatally wounded at his home near Blackshear Wednesday. He was shot just below the heart and died a few hours later in a Waycross hospital. The fatal encounter resulted from an argument near the Altman home between him and Walter Peace and L.P. Grainger, turpentine operators. Besides his son Ozzie Altman, survivors include four daughters and two other sons, Joe Altman and Curtis Altman. Funeral services were held at Alabaha Free Will Baptist Church in Pierce County.

MRS. LOMIE ELIZABETH DRURY DIED. Mrs. Lomie Elizabeth Drury, sister of Mrs. J.C. Allen, passed away Tuesday at her home in Jacksonville. She was a native of Charlton County and has been a resident of Jacksonville for 23 years. Besides Mrs. Allen, she is survived by another sister and five brothers as well as four daughters and three sons. Funeral services were held at Mount Zion Church near Macclenny, Fla.

METHODIST CHURCH TO HAVE SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM. The Christmas cantata "Noel" will be held at the Methodist Church this Sunday night in observance of Christmas. The regular evening service at the Baptist Church has been cancelled and their congregation will join the Methodists in attending this special musical program. It will be directed by Miss Bernice Pearce at the piano. Those singing in the cantata will include Misses Vivian Wright, Frances Mizell, Jean Pickren, Betty Southwell, Joyce Brown, Nancy Hinson, Marjorie Solomon, Mrs. Alva Hopkins, Mrs. Kirby Jones, Mrs. L.D. Majors and Mrs. Myrtle Renfroe.

OSCAR E. STEWART ARRIVES SAFELY IN DUTCH EAST INDIES. The friends of Mr. and Mrs. George J. Stewart of Savannah, will be interested to learn of the safe arrival of their son, Sgt. Oscar E. Stewart somewhere in the Dutch East Indies. Another son, Sgt. A.H. Stewart is also with the armed forces, stationed at Mt. Home, Idaho. The boys are grandsons of Mrs. Joseph P. Mizell.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES BUY WAR BONDS. The Sunday School classes of the Methodist Church of Homeland purchased two $25.00 bonds for use on an after-the-war building program.

SGT. WILLIE E. CLARK VISITS HERE. Sgt. and Mrs. Willie E. Clark of Hunter Field, Savannah and Mildred Clark of Charleston were weekend visitors of Mrs. Sibbie Clark.

STUDENT NURSE BETTY TYSON VISITS HERE. Miss Betty Tyson, student nurse in the Army Nurse Cadet Corps at Crawford W. Long Hospital in Atlanta, has arrived to spend the Christmas holidays with her parents.

CHRISTMAS ADVERTISEMENTS. During this war-time holiday season, there were no Christmas ads in the Charlton County Herald concerning merchandise of local stores.

December 29, 1944

J.C. JONES DIED IN HOME FIRE. J.C. Jones, colored, about 35 years old, met a flaming death when his home in Black Bottom section was burned to the ground last Saturday. He was employed at the St. Marys Pulp Mill. He was alone in the home at the time. His wife said he had been drinking and had lost considerable sleep working at night. The fire started while the man’s wife was up town on an errand.

BRUNSWICK SHIPYARD WORKERS VOLUNTEERED. More than 1500 Brunswick shipyard employees voluntarily gave up their Christmas holiday to work without pay on a cargo-carrying vessel as a Christmas gift to the men on the fighting fronts. An additional 500 volunteers worked on the night shift.

BEAUTIFUL MUSICAL SUNDAY EVENING. At the union service Sunday night the Christmas cantata "Noel" was presented by a number of young ladies of the Methodist and Baptist churches under direction of Miss Bernice Pearce. This was one of the most enjoyable musical programs ever presented in Folkston and the young ladies who took part were highly commended by all present.

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