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Articles were photographed by Angela Cassidy and typed by Eunice Herren. Where the full names of people are known,
they have been added in parentheses by Angela Cassidy.
Hooked in Lake Jackson--Sized to fit Larry's and DeLacy's dreams, this 10 pound 3 1/4 ounce bass landed on the hook of J. M. Sasser this week, and is the largest bass entered to date in the Shelfer & Ellinor fishing contest. Left to right, Larry Stephens, J. M. Sasser, DeLacy Chester.
|Joseph H. Sappington Passes Away Here
Joseph Hayes Sappington, 70, of Havana, died at his home here June 16 following a long illness.
He was born at Perry, Fla., and came to Havana in 1921. He served in the Spanish-American War, and until his recent retirement, was active in the lumber business here. He was a member of Havana Lodge 167, F. and A. M. (Masons) and the Salem Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the Salem Methodist Church, Rev. J. E. Ellis officiating, assisted by Rev. J. D. Willingham, Baptist minister, and Rev. E. F. Quarterman of the Presbyterian Church. Interment was at Woodland Cemetery.
Active pallbearers included W. L. Williams, D. F. Burns, B. E. Leverett, Cecil May, Alvin Stephens and A. B. Smith. A number of friends of the deceased served as honorary pallbearers.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. J. H. Sappington; three daughters, Miss Rachael Sappington, of Tampa, Fla., Miss Christine Sappington of Atlanta, Ga., and Mrs. K. L. Goodman of Jacksonville, Fla.; four sons, B. E. Sappington, of Vero Beach, Fla., Rev. C. M. Sappington of Columbia City, Fla., J. H. Sappington, Jr., of Tampa, Fla., and J. R. Sappington of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and four grandchildren.
Other out-of-town relatives attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. W. R. McDaniel, Sarah and John McDaniel, of Alamo, Ga.; Miss Mary Catherine McDaniel, of Atlanta; Mr. H. Peacock, Mrs. Maude Calhoun, Mrs. Ione Prince and Mrs. W. A. Kelly, all of Perry, Florida.
|The Office Cat
I am one pleased pussy cat this week. Tuesday I received a letter from a cat way out in California. He can't write, but he has a secretary who really types a nice letter. (Why couldn't I have thought of getting me a secretary?)
This California cat says that he would like to be famous like me (which is understandable) but that no one will publish his stuff. He wants a few pointers on how to be a success as a columnist, and since there are probably other aspiring young kittens among my readers, I will give you the secrets of becoming a successful writer.
1. Enroll now in my writing course entitled "You Too Can Write." It consists of 26 lessons and covers everything from A to Z. The course may be taken by correspondence only, as my retiring and shy nature makes me prefer to remain incognito. There is a small charge of 15 cents per lesson, and for an additional $5.00, I will furnish the pencil. (Paid adv.)
2. Write something. Any old thing will do, just so long as it contains no words of less than four syllables. DO NOT pay any attention to minor details like grammar, punctuation, or spelling. If anyone notices a mistake (which probably no one will as no one will read it anyhow), call it a typographical error.
3. Take your finished product to an editor. If you don't know any editors, get a classified phone directory and look them up. Let the editor read your masterpiece, and he will be sure to appreciate its literary merits, especially if you tell him about seeing him with the blonde the week before. Occasionally the presence of a .45 in his back will give weight to your arguments. Be nonchalant; use psychology on him, and above all, be sure to untie him the minute he agrees to take the story--bad manners are never excusable at any time.
Don't be modest--when he offers you the $10,000, take it.
It's as simple as that. Just follow these instructions and you can go places. The fact that you can go places is a sure thing, because places you'll go at not guaranteed.
I hate to stop short like this, but I'm going out right now and catch a fish bigger than that little minnow J. M. (Sasser) caught last week. See you later.
|East Gadsden Gatherin Excellent Tobacco Crop
East Gadsden County is now harvesting one of the finest tobacco crops ever raised in this section. Mother Nature has been especially kind to "the 90-day wonder" this year, and the farmers are taking full advantage of her leniency.
"Tobacco fever" is here in epidemic form and the conversation of the day concerns it price, cost, quality and maturity. Expectations are high and most of the local growers have good hopes of harvesting an excellent crop.
Cecil Butler and Tom DeLacy say "it is one of the best in years." Wallace Shelfer states "the best prospect in years, so far."
Weather condtions were not too good when the young plants were first set out, but a big rain gave them the necessary boost about the second or third week. Since then conditions have been excellent, and the crops have grown by leaps and bounds.
Most farmers have a good stand and are being troubled less by budworms and hornworms than ever before. Growers state that aphids are causing some trouble in scattered areas but at present are no real menace to the majority of the crops.
Thus far there has been no hail, no scalded tobacco and very little wind. Last week a thunder storm accompanied by a small wind caused a little damage.
Cecil Butler pointed out that labor this year is more plentiful than it has been since before the war, possibly because of increased wages. Stringers are being paid in the neighborhood of 80 cents per 100 sticks which is a 100 percent increase over a five-year span. An increased scale in all other types of tobacco jobs is comparable to that of the stringer. Growers estimate that the cost of producing an acre of tobacco is several hundred dollars more than that of last year. Most of this increase in cost is taken up in wages.
The outlook for the price of tobacco is excellent. It is estimated that good tobacco will bring better than $2 a pound. Even conservative estimates place the price on a par with that of last year's.
Tobacco farmers expect the demand for good tobacco will be excellent, but "poor" tobacco will have a very hard time finding a market this year.
The price is high and the quality must be good to be accepted. Salesmanship has come back since the war is over and good cigars, in competition with other cigars, require fine, well cured wrappers.
At the present time the majority of farmers are priming middles. These middles constitute the largest and best leaves on the stalk. Possibly the greatest danger in the future will be a shortage of barn space. The leaves are maturing so rapidly that very little barn space will be available for usage a second time. In past years two or more primings have been cured and taken down in time for later primings to be hung in their place. Very few growers have been forced to stop gathering to wait on greater maturity of the leaves.
All things considered, the outlook for this year's crop is excellent.
|Over The Editor's Desk
Editor Havana Herald,
Dear Mr. Dudley:
Everyone enjoys the ball games at the school so much, however there is one thing lacking--we need a nice score board. Am sure that many would agree that this would add interest to the spectators and players as well.
In line with the Herald's usualy policy of furthering Havana's progressiveness, I would like to ask if you would be agreeabale toward accepting contributions from all who would like to see the score board obtained, and with our school principal and coach to make the selection, we feel that this could soon be installed.
As a started on this fund, am enclosing my check for $5.00.
Yours very truly,
EDITOR'S NOTE--Thanks, Mrs. Stephens, for the compliment, for the $5 check and for this great idea to get a score board for the ball fans. Any thing that will add to the wholesome pleasure of our youth, and the older folks for that matter, is a step in the right direction. Who will be next?
|Louise Brantley Circle Meets With Mrs. Haskins
The Louise Brantley Circle of the Havana Baaptist Church met Monday afternoon at the home of Mrs. W. B. Haskins with 15 members and one visitor present. Mrs. Hobson Alewine had charge of the program, "Our Duty to Our Colored Neighbors." Mrs. D. F. Burns gave the devotional and Mrs. Conrad Harrell had charge of the meeting. The hostess served ice cream and chocolate milk during the social hour.
|Lucia Baird Has Birthday Party
Little Lucia Baird, granddaughter of Mrs. Bess Masters celebrated her fifth birthday last Sunday and her grandmother complimented her with a party at her home in the afternoon. Little friends enjoyed playing in the playground in the yard where the table was set up that held the refreshments. Sweet peas were used to decorate the birthday cake and a beautiful bowl was placed on the table with the punch bowl. The cake was white and displayed five green candles. Guests were Betty and Victor Butler, Bernard and Mary Edith Lester, Dottie and Ann Denson, Patsy, Tommie and John Fischer, Bo Winburn of Jacksonville, Margaret Weatherly, and Lucia's great grandmother, Mrs. D. M. Simpson. Lucia is the daughter of Mrs. Jeannette F. Baird of Jacksonville.
|Mrs. Oliver Hunt Feted at Surprise Party
Mrs. Robert (Lavern) Laing, Mrs. Jonnie Cook and Mrs. Joe (Dixie) Carroll were were joint hostesses at a surprise miscellaneous shower last Thursday, complimenting Mrs. Oliver Hunt (Roseline McGill). Guests had assembled in the living room at the home of Mrs. Cook, when Mrs. Hunt came in. Mrs. Hunt was presented with many attractive gifts, including pieces in her chosen pattern of silver, crystal and several gifts of linen. Refreshments were served to Mesdames (the plural of madams) Marvin (Essie) McGill, Bart (Pauline) Hinson, King (Dorothy) Gregory, Ed (Ruby Lee) Bell, C. W. (Ruth) Tullos, Carl (Alice) Laing, M. L. Dalton of Calvary, Ga, Lewis (Hazel) Graham and Miss Eula Stallings.
Jimmie Dolan is in Cairo, Ga., this week visiting friends.
Miss Maryzell Haskins reports a very interesting 8-day stay at the DeLand Assembly.
Joseph Darsey left Wednesday for an extended trip out West. He plans to visit with friends in Denver, Col.
Rev. J. D. Willingham and family enjoyed a trip last week to LaFayette and Lineville, Ala. They visited Mr. Willingham's mother and Mrs. Willingham's sisters and parents.
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Stalvey and family left last Saturday for Madison, Fla., where they will visit Mrs. Stalvey's brother, Woodrow Glenn.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Tillis have returned from a visit with their son and family in Lakeland. They also visited in Tampa, Bradenton and Tarpon Springs.
Mrs. O. B. Harrison returned to Orlando and Hines City last week with her son and his family. She plans to be away for ten days.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stephens, of Columbus, Ga., were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin (Alvin and Virginia) Stephens on Friday.
Miss Virginia Gregory flew home from Atlanta to spend the week-end with her parents, Mr and Mrs. R. R. Gregory. Miss Gregory graduated recently with honor in a class of 800 from Duke University.
Mrs. C. T. Bartlett, of Lakeland, came home with Mrs. O. M. Tillis and Carolyn for a few weeks' visit. Mrs. Bartlett is the mother of Mrs. Tillis.
Mrs. R. R. Gregory enjoyed a visit from her aunt, Mrs. L. V. Porter, of Climax, Ga., last week.
Miss Montez Haskins has returned from a week's visit in Jacksonville with friends and relatives. She was accompanied home by Miss Clarice Robins who will be here this week.
W. L. Williams, Jr., and Fred Williams are visiting this week in Arcadia. They will be accompanied home by Mrs. W. L. Williams and the baby.
Donald Williams was a councilor at the Boys State meeting in Tallahassee last week.
Mrs. Ben Gregory has her mother, Mrs. Tom Wight, with her for a few weeks' visit. Mrs. Sight is from Cairo, Ga.
Marvin Miller, C. W. Tullos, O. M. Tillis and Bud Henderson enjoyed fishing at Ted Roberts' camp Monday and Tuesday.
Mrs. Burke Chester and children, DeLacy, Sherry and Emily, of Tavares, arrived last Sunday afternoon for a visit with Mrs. Chester's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Stephens.
Winston Sapp, Jr., was in Lakeland last week-end.
Mr. and Mrs. William Doris and baby, of Dahlonaga, Ga., were guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Stephens Sunday.
|Hendersons Hosts To Bridge Club
The Weekly Bridge Club met with Mr. and Mrs. Bud Henderson last Wednesday night. Refreshments of chocolate cake and ice cream were served before the playing started. Bennie McFarland won high score prize at the conclusion of the games. John Blount was presented the galloping prize and Spencer Scott was awarded second high prize. Players were Mr. and Mrs. E. B. McFarland, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Blount, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Scott and the hosts.
|Mrs. Ruby Womack To Take Extensive Vacation
Mrs. Ruby Womack is planning to leave Friday for an extended trip to the west coast. She will travel by bus and plans to visit Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico and other scenic spots along the way. She will visit her mother's brother, R. A. Peters, in San Diego, Calf., for a few days. She will be away about three weeks.
|King-Ellinor Wedding A Recent Event
Miss Janis Gwendolyn King, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. King, and David Allen Ellinor, of Havana, were wed in a double-ring ceremony on June 9 at the First Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Dr. Harold G. Sanders officiating. The bride was given in marriage by her father, and Miss Bonnie Lynn Craft of Pensacola, the bride's aunt, was maid of honor. J. O. Ellinor was his brother's best man. Ushers were Bennie McFarlan, Gene Leverett and Billy Spooner, all of Havana. The bride wowre a two-piece suit of white wool with a brimless hat of pink grosgrain ribbon and pastel flowers. Other accessories were pink, and her corsage was of orchids. Miss Craft wore a two-piece suit of aqua gabardine, a brimless hat of white stra with a navy veil, white accessories. Her corsage was of white carnations. The church was decorated with greenery and white gladioli and lighted tapers. Miss Fawn Trawick, organist, played the wedding music and Miss Alice Wheeler sang "Because." The bride is a graduate of Leon High School, class of 1947, where she was active in DCT. The bridegroom is a graduate of Havana High School, of the class of 1945, and served in the Army one and a half years, one year overseas. He is now a pre-medical student at FSU. A reception in the community hall was held immediately after the wedding ceremony. The couple is at home in Havana.
|The Cottrells Honored At Dinner
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Watson enteretained for their daughter (Nina) and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Cottrell, last Monday evening at their home with a chicken pileau supper. Friends enjoying this evening with the Cottrells included Mr. and Mrs. L. M. (Leslie and Jessie) Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. John (and Grace) Ward and children, Mr. and Mrs. Glover Kemp and children, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Belk and son of Tallahassee, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Doll, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Doll. Mr. and Mrs. Cottrell left Tuesday morning for Daytona Beach, and after a short stay there will return to their home in Kingsport, Tenn.
|West Havana News|
By Mrs. E. S. Holman
Mr. E. S. Holman of Havana, Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Holman and children, Waynn and Teresa Ann, and Miss Clara Medlock, all of Montgomery, Ala., and their mother, Mrs. S. J. Holman, of Dothan, Ala., are spending this week on the beach at Clearwater, Fla. Mr. and Mrs. Leon Strickland, of Tampa, will join them at the beach. Mrs. Strickland was formerly Miss Irene Holman.
Mrs. Bill Maxwell has her father, G. W. Rehburg, of Reno, Ga., with her this week.
We are sorry Mrs. George Ponder hurt her leg. l Hope she will soon be well.
Miss Gail Cooper has been visiting her grandmother, Mrs. C. C. Morris, in Georgia this week.
|Presbyterian Auxiliary Holds Monthly Meeting
The Presbyterian Auxiliary held its regular monthly business meeting Monday afternoon at the church. Regular business was conducted and a Bible study enjoyed by the members present. They were: Mesdames E. F. Quarterman, O. M. Tillis, J. L. Reinhardt, D. A. Butler, and Miss Louise Quarterman.
by Mrs. Marvin Barber
Mr. and Mrs. Audrey (Aud and Rossie) Walsh, of Havana; Mrs. Neal (Wylene) Bass and little daughter, Dianne, of Havana, and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Vickers and little daughter, Linda Jean, of Tallahassee, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. B. H. (Hardy) Vickers last Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Harrell and Misses Jackie and Betty Ruth, of Akron, Ohio, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Stephens.
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie A. (Charlie and Joyce) Bell and little son, John L., of Tallahassee, visited her mother, Mrs. Ettie Joiner, this week-end.
Mrs. Ettie Joiner spent Sunday (the 8th) with her daughter, Mrs. Toby (Wissie) Scoggins, of Bainbridge, Ga.
Miss Ruth Perritt of Tallahassee spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. G. (Clarence and Achsa Vickers) Perritt.
Mr. and Mrs. D. Savage, of Tallahassee, visited Sunday with her mother, Mrs. Claude Gray.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Strickland, of Tallahassee, visited in Concord Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace D. Lewis, of Tallahassee, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Carl (and Flonnie) Barber Sunday.
Miss Pearlie Mae Poppell, of Tallahassee, spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Poppell.
J. E. Poppell, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Poppell, is visiting his sister, Mrs. Andrew T. Harrison, in Tallahassee.
|Rappers Increase Lead With Two Close Wins Over P-Es, Greensboro
Havana copped No. 10 last Monday night in Quincy by eking out a 4-2 victory over the improved P-Es. (Harold) Bert and Godwin pitched excellent ball, allowing only 2 and 4 hits respectively. There were two outs, two men on base, and the Rappers were trailing by one run in their half of the seventh when Dan Miller came through with a single to tie the county. A two-base error on this scored another run, and Coach Walker's timely single pushed Miller across the platter to give the local boys a 2 up lead which would not be overcome by the opposition.
The hitting of Miller and Walker, coupled with the great defensive play of Miller and J. (Jack) Bert, were highlights of the game.
Havana: Runs-4, Hits-4, Errors-1
The Rappers came from behind for the second time in two days to close the door on a fighting Greensboro outfit in the final inning of last Tuesday's night game in Havana. Two men crossed the platter in the final frame to break up a great pitching duel between Bert and Keith. A perfect sacrifice hit by (Edwin) Herring and a double base by (Donald) Williams in the final frame were the deciding factors of the game.
Havana: Runs-2, Hits-4, Errors-2
Doubles--Walker 4, Harrison 3, Butler 2, Williams 2, Herring 1, J. Bert 1, Dunn 1, Thompson 1
Rappers' Batting Average
(Submitted by the ladies of Woodbery & DeLacy Tobacco Company)
Here it is Wednesday again and raining. Our visitor today was Mr. Ed Wilcox from Ft. Meade. We were all glad to have him visit us.
Since our time goes in today we will tell you who our leading lady is. She is Mrs. Annie Harvell. Our visitors today were Mr. and Mrs. Harrison and son, and Mrs. Ford, all from Haines city. We enjoyed having them.
Friday brings more rain. We did not have any visitors today. Lillian, you surely do seem to be enjoying that bubble gum.
Today surely is a beautiful day. We are glad to have Mrs. Gainus back with us again. We have missed her.
Today like Monday, was a beautiful one. Mrs. Carter, it does look like Mrs. Doll could have spared a few more hands of that tobacco, doesn't it? After all 30 hands isn't so bad, but we enjoy 18 through 22 better, don't we?
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