There was a lot going on in the county in August 60 years ago. Everyone was preparing for the county fair to be held September 30. Miss Miriam Edwards was chair of the exhibiting committee and Bill Zorn was general chairman.
A larger tent was ordered due to increased premiums and a separate poultry tent was planned for the first time. The 4-H Club was preparing a poultry show.
Areas of competition included five Japanese persimmons; five-stalks green sugar cane; three-stalks red sugar cane; a display of fresh vegetables not over 3x3 feet square such as greens, peas, carrots, egg plant, okra, etc.; one quart kumquats in a glass jar; one grapefruit; one cushaw; one clear glass jar any variety pickles or relish; one pair pillow cases embroidered; one luncheon set or table cloth, crocheted; one hook rug; cypress knee or driftwood article; single cockerel, single hen; bantams (pairs); one goose; one rabbit.
Does anybody remember when the last Franklin County fair took place? If so, please contact the Times at 653-8868 or contact Lois Swoboda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following selection of articles from the Times’ August 13, 1954 edition should give you a feel for some other things people were thinking about in 1954.
Channel cut through on Wednesday
The cut through St. George Island is thru.
Those are the words that this county has been waiting for many years.
The McCullough Dredge let the Gulf water into the channel at 11:18 on Tuesday night August 10 with a good array of spectators. Two boatloads of people from this city were there, having gone to the island in boats belonging to Fred Sawyer Jr. and Mannie Brash.
However, the dredging is not completed, as they still have to run out into the Gulf approximately 300 feet before the work is finished.
This dredging has created a lot of interest in folks hereabout and almost daily, somebody has been on the scene, watching the activities.
However, there are a number of people who cannot get to the island and it is believed that if some boat owner would start an excursion he could make him a profitable sum taking passengers to the island.
Tasso Russo slugged last Saturday night
Last Saturday night, about 9:30, as Tasso Russo entered his home, unknown assailants slugged him on the head, inflicting a gash on his forehead and caused him to have a very badly bruised eye.
It is believed that the motive for the slugging was robbery, but the person or persons who did the work escaped without taking the money from Mr. Russo’s person.
Officers investigating the crime arrested three suspects but were later released. Mr. Russo says he has no idea who the persons were.
Too late to classify
Well, it seems that the “Flying Saucer” season is on again. I’m still one of the few individuals that hasn’t seen one. Since I last mentioned the subject, I have listened to lectures on the subject, read half a dozen books dealing with the mysterious unidentified objects appearing in the skies throughout the world and watched diligently to no avail.
However, I am convinced that they do exist and believe that sooner or later we will have the answer. A press report from Delray Beach last week tells of flying saucer sightings over the Atlantic.
Getting closer to home, my son-in-law vacationing at the Gulf Beaches reports sighting a strange light in the sky over the Gulf. He is a pretty levelheaded chap and not inclined to go off Half-cocked about anything. He watched the light thinking it might be a star or meteor. It was close and too bright for a star and, unlike a meteor, it traveled across the sky in a horizontal position wobbling as it moved. No sound of any kind could be heard.
In Jacksonville, a good friend of mine, an official of the Florida Greyhound Lines, sighted a weird object traveling over the St. John’s River. From Miami comes a report from another reputable official of a radio station of saucers seen in the area.
I have just finished reading “Flying Saucers from Outer Space” written by Major Donald Keyhoe of the U.S. Marine Corps. His amazing book is based on official reports of the U. S. Air force, and the Department of Defense in Washington credits him with being a reasonable accurate reporter who has cooperated effectively with the Air Force in its study of unidentified flying objects.
The Air Force and its investigating agency, “Project Bluebook” are aware of Major Keyhoe’s conclusion that flying saucers are from another planet and does not deny that this possibility exists. Some of the personnel believe that they may be strange natural phenomenon completely unknown to us but that if the apparently controlled maneuvers reported by many competent observers are correct, then the only remaining explanation is the interplanetary answer.
Hundreds and hundreds of sightings have been reported from every section of the globe. Major Keyhoe has personally contacted and interviewed many of the people responsible for these reports. The pattern is uniform enough to indicate that whatever was seen in the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Korea, Austria, Germany and elsewhere is of a similar nature. The behavior of these flying objects is similar and would indicate that the Earth itself is under careful study and observation by intelligent beings who are concerned with life on this planet.
It is not unreasonable to assume that life exists on other planets and that inhabitants of such planets have advanced in knowledge to a point where they have been able to conquer the problem of space3 travel. It is equally reasonable to assume that before attempting to land or contact us they would gather all possible data before attempting a landing.
It is interesting to note that as far as the United States is concerned, most sightings have occurred over military bases particularly those identified with atomic research activity. This seems to hold true in other countries, indicating that our visitors from outer space are alert to our military activities and are interested in the progress we have made.
It does not appear that those strange visitors are unfriendly; on the contrary, they avoid contact and get out of the way in a hurry when we try to intercept them. They have paced our airlines and military planes on numerous occasions only to speed off at such a rapid rate that pursuit is impossible.
Like you, I don’t know the answer, but I am convinced that there is one. It certainly feeds the imagination and I’m sure that it is nothing any of us need be afraid of.
The following week, there was excitement in Carrabelle when a prominent citizen was nearly killed in a freak accident.
Deputy Curley Messer nearly drowns Monday
Deputy sheriff Curley Messer escaped drowning and electrocution Monday in an unusual accident.
Curley was working with an electric drill on the dock when the extension cord dropped into the water thereby shocking him so severely he could not release the drill, and knocked him into the water.
His wife, who was standing nearby, grabbed a stick and knocked the cord from the socket, then lifted his body from the water. He was taken immediately to Tallahassee hospital.