In 1947 the war had ended and there were still county residents deployed overseas crafting the peace. Here stateside, the “Greatest Generation” was busy bringing a bumper crop of Baby Boomers into the world and building a middle-class lifestyle more affluent than anything ever seen of either side of the Atlantic. It was all about the family in 1947.

Our Chasing Shadows question for the week: Who was Apalachicola’s Santa Claus in 1947?


Letter From Dear Old Santa Claus To His Children

North Pole, December 18, 1947

My dear children:

I know you will be delighted to learn that I will make my annual visit to Apalachicola to see you all next Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in front of the Jaycee Club.

It is always a pleasure to visit Apalachicola and enjoy the hospitality of its wonderful people.

I have received all of your letters and I want to reassure you that my Headquarters is paying especial attention to all of your requests.

Wishing all of you a very merry Christmas and hope to see you all next Sunday, December 21.

Affectionately yours,


P.S. Due to the high cost of Reindeer Feed, the Jaycees have requested me to urge your folks to hurry and help fill those Christmas jars. S.C.


Buses will leave 13-Mile and the Bluff at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon and will make two trips if necessary. They will take care of all the children enroute from the two places so be on the highway so that you will not be left out.


Large egg is turned in at Times office

One of the largest hen eggs this editor has ever seen was turned in to the Times office this week by Mr. Jake Freeman, who stated that it was laid by one of his leghorn pullets, that just started laying about two months ago.

The egg weighs seven ounces, one ounce less than one-half pound, and measures eight inches in circumference and is five inches from tip to tip.

Anyone doubting the size may call at the Times office to see it.


The newspaper will run letters to old Santa

From now until Christmas, for the pleasure of the children of Franklin, Liberty and Wakulla where the Apalachicola Times and the Liberty County Journal are circulated, this newspaper will be glad to print for the pleasure of the children, all letters they care to write to Santa from now until the week before Christmas.

The Editor of these newspapers realizes that many of the children have not completely made up their minds and want to notify Santa before the deadline, so if we receive the letters in the next three weeks, we will certainly send them on to Santa Claus Land before Christmas so that everyone may have their list before Santa by Christmastime.


Electricity not available to heat with

“Heat your home with oil or some other fuel,” W. C. Buzzett of the Florida Power Corp. declared yesterday. Mr. Buzzett pointed out that the extensive use of electric heaters during cold snaps was creating a serious situation with the utility and it may result in the overloading of neighborhood transformers, thus causing them to burn up and interrupt service to a great many families.

Florida Power is in the middle of a huge expansion program, which has been delayed due to continued shortage of generating equipment and other electrical apparatus.

“The cooperation of every customer in the conservation of electricity, especially during evening hours will help prevent a breakdown in service which would be a serious inconvenience to them and their neighbors,” Mr. Buzzett emphasized.


Night Service Christmas Eve

The annual midnight Christmas Eve service will again be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Dec. 24 starting at 11:30 p.m. There will be Christmas music, a celebration of Holy Communion and a Christmas sermon by the rector. This service has always been popular with the people of Apalachicola and we expect a large congregation this year.

A cordial invitation is extended to all Christian people to join us in this service of welcome to the New Born King. For those unable to come out at night, there will be a service of Holy Communion on Christmas Day at 10 a.m.


C. of C. called on for aid

The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce this week was asked by the Florida C. of C. to assist it in the preparation of its 1948 Industrial Directory, by impressing upon manufacturers and others receiving the state questionnaires the necessity of returning the data promptly to the organization.

The directories, according to the State Chamber have been instrumental in developing business for Florida firms engaged in processing and manufacturing and are of great value to the state’s economy generally.

A list of Apalachicola’s industrial plants was furnished the State Chamber by the local chamber recently and data forms have now been mailed these firms by the State Chamber.

“Naturally we want each Apalachicola firm listed in the statewide directory,” said Carl A. Pierson, manager of the local chamber,” for the distribution of the directory is nationwide and issues of the past have meant much to us.”

The forms sent out to the State Chamber and for certain data not now in the hands of the organization, but essential to the publication of the directory.



Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Norred spent Wednesday and Thursday of this week in Mobile, where they accompanied their son Willie Leon to take a train to the West Coast where he is stationed with the US Navy after spending about three weeks here at home with the folks.


The WSCS of the First ME Church had a Christmas party Monday evening at the church annex.

Each member brought a gift for the new kitchen. The recreation room was artistically decorated for the occasion with Xmas poinsettias and greenery.

The buffet table covered with a white cloth had for a centerpiece a miniature of Santa Clause flanked by tall red candles and decorated mints from which was served several dainty sandwiches, fruit cake and coffee. Fifty members of the society enjoyed the occasion.


Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fitzgerald and daughter, Sally, spent the Thanksgiving weekend with relatives in Tallapooka, GA, Anniston, AL and their son and daughter-in-law in Auburn, where Fred is a student at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute.


Miss Polly Marks is spending the weekend in Gainesville attending the Fun Follies and is the guest of Raymond Thigpen.


Nice record is made at new bus station

Thirty-four days have lapsed since the local bus station moved into their new location in the former Maxwell service station on Market Street and during this time there has not been a pencil mark made in the station, including the restrooms, according to Miss Howard, manager.

The new station was remodeled almost completely for the new bus stop and Miss Howard gives the citizens of Franklin County, including both white and colored, credit for this fine record so far.

It was also said that when the proper equipment can be procured, sandwiches and coffee will be served until late each evening


News from Carrabelle

Reported by the Witherspoons

Basketball opens with a bang this week. The two town girls’ teams clash in the School Auditorium tonight and then will play Sopchoppy Tuesday night of next week. The boys also have games slated to start in the next few days. Both are practicing hard and will offer some good games.


We are happy to note the great improvement of Mrs. H. R. Maige, who has been quite ill recently. She is now getting about like a young person and we hope will be spared for many years among those who love her.


We mention with regret the serious illness of Mrs. Wilson Messer. Now in the Port St. Joe Hospital and reported very sick. We hope to have a more favorable report for next issue.


We learn with interest of the marriage of Miss Janice Layton to Robert Taylor at Pelham, GA. We are told they still reside in St. Petersburg. Best wishes to the young couple.


We are hoping that something will develop to change the picture for our fishermen and families, but at present, days are dark and it looks rather blue with Christmas only a few weeks off. The season has been a poor one and with the high prices prevailing at home, most of these boys are in debt and now with a closed season coming on for 40 days, we face an alarming condition with nothing else in sight to fall back on. Our hearts go out to those in this line of work and trust that the good Lord will provide that they all have a happy Christmas day.