Seventy years ago this week

Soldiers standing in front of barracks at Camp Gordon Johnston. Note the duck sign.

Soldiers standing in front of barracks at Camp Gordon Johnston. Note the duck sign.

Florida Memory Project
Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 01:31 PM.

Seventy years ago this week, Independence Day had been an official national holiday for three years.

The Times came out a day late on Thursday, July 5, because the editor decided everybody needed a day off.

“The day was quietly spent with a large number going to the beaches, many going fishing and others visiting friends and relatives. Practically all the stores in the city were closed, including two downtown cafes and both drug stores. No accidents were reported during the day in this section.”

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sawyer, Sr. had been honored the previous week with a surprise party at their home to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Friends and neighbors decorated for the party while the happy couple took in a movie. When they returned, “The living room was ablaze with yellow flowers. The golden decorations of the many beautiful gifts added to the lovely setting for the center table on which stood a silver candelabra with seven candles decorated in gold and white frosting surrounded by crystal baskets filled with mints.”

The Lookout Mountain Hotel in Chattanooga , Tennessee advertised for experienced maids and waitresses. The jobs paid $75 monthly plus meals, a room and private bath and meals. “Prefer middle-aged schoolteachers who have previous experience.”

Things were lively in Carrabelle that week.

On Sunday, July 1, a fight broke out at McKissack Beach . Trouble erupted between Camp Gordon Johnston Soldiers and local men when some money went missing from the bathhouse. One soldier was cut with a beer bottle and several Franklin County residents spent the rest of the weekend locked up in “Bragdon’s Boarding House.” (The Carrabelle jail)

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