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
Things were lively in Carrabelle that week.
On Sunday, July 1, a fight broke out at
Samuel Whatley came home on furlough and married Miss Robbie Sue Cain.
Wilton Cook fell from a ladder while painting at the school and had to be sent to
Dr. McKissack was remodeling his building next to the drug store as a bus station with drinks, sandwiches, a nice line of confectionaries and “separate waiting rooms for white and colored with up to date restrooms for both.”
On the front page of the Times, the following story ran in the first column.
Our boys and girls in the service
They were two hard-fighting Marines from the same time and had gone through boot training together and then separated. One had been through the hell of
Junior Montgomery, who has been in the navy from
Casper Allgood of Carrabelle, the boy who helped take
Norton Kilbourn who has been with the Seabees is now stationed on Tinian Island where they have been building airbases for those mighty B-29s that have been doing so much to destroy plenty of little brown devils. It’s about time for Norton to be getting a furlough here.
Points, points and points to the hungry. It’s red and blue to the boy in the service; it’s how many have you. We’re happy to report that during the last month approximately a dozen have been discharged as having completed their service to our country. They are back home and have jobs. It’s hoped that there will be a place for everyone as they return and that most of them may be able to stay with us.
We have been advised that those members of Co. E. 106th Engineers, who are receiving their discharges, are not discharged from membership in the National Guards.
Sgt. Kenneth Tucker of Eastpoint was in to see us the past week and having done 35 missions as a tail gunner in the Italian area, reports that it’s good to be back home on furlough and it is hoped rotation to an easier job in the States. Kenneth has a number of decorations and battle stars. Nice going for a good gunner.
Reports from abroad, we have letters from Friedburg, from
And news comes that S-Sgt Lawrence A. Scott, has received a Citation and awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Lawrence entered military service from this city and everyone of Audie’s friends congratulate him on this deserved recognition of what we all know he has in the way of courage and ability. Late reports received are that he expects to leave for home or has already left.
We have word this week from Lt. TE Warren that her organization, the 41st Evacuation hospital will definitely go to the Pacific area. TE does not know if she will come via the States with a short furlough or direct thru the
Friends and relatives of Douglas Calloway, who has been at
We learn this week that Percy Oliver Mock, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Mock of Carrabelle is receiving his initial naval indoctrination or “boot” training at Great Lakes,
And Jimmie Nichols, who spent a 30-day furlough at home after spending many months overseas in the African, Italian and
And news comes that Thomas E. Dyar of Carrabelle has been promoted to the rank of second Lieutenant upon graduation from Infantry OCS in the European theatre of operations. He was a member of the fourth class to complete the course, and was assigned immediately after graduation as an infantry platoon leader. His many friends will rejoice with him in his promotion.
Pfc Wilton E. Brackin, USMCR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mancil Brackin of
Overseas 20 months, he is a veteran of Guam and the