Excerpted, with permission, from the Havana Herald, Havana, FL. www.HavanaHerald.net
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.
Pretty Nell Haviland of Havana is crowned Queen of the 1947 Gadsden County Tobacco Festival by Lewis Gregory, Jaycee president, at a banquet and coronation ball climaxing the four day festival. The festival was the fifth that the county has held and the first since the war. Queen Nell was sponsored by the Havana Kiwanis Club and will be the honor guest at their Ladies' Night meeting next Tuesday.
|Nell Haviland Crowned Gadsden County Tobacco Queen|
Four Day Festival Draws 42,000 People to 1st Post War Event
Nell Haviland, one of Havana's attractive and pretty contestants, was crowned Queen of the 1947 Gadsden County Tobacco Festival Friday night at the coronation ball at the Sawano Country Club.
Miss Haviland, 17 year old high school senior, was adjudge the most beautiful by a panel of unannounced, out of town judges from a field of eight contestants at the opening of the four days of festivities Wednesday.
Estimated attendance at the four day festival was 42,000, the biggest in festival history, Lewis Gregory, Jaycee president, announced.
Miss Haviland, daughter of Mrs. F. P. Haviland of Havana, and Miss Orien Womack, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Womack of Havana, were both sponsored by the Havana Kiwanis Club.
Dick Shinkle, chamber of commerce manager, acting as master of ceremonies, announced the eight girls as they entered the spacious ballroom carrying bouquets of yellow mums decorated with Quincy made cigars.
Miss Haviland was crowned by President Lewis Gregory of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, sponsors of the fifth annual event which was suspended during the war years.
Jaycees presented each member of the queen's court with a sterling silver tea ball. The queen received an engraved gold watch.
Immediately following the coronation there was a queen's dance participated in by her court and their attendants.
Hundreds crowded the country club to witness this crowning.
Mrs. Sol Owens and Mrs. Mark Munroe, Jr., were the artists who decorated the attractive throne and conceived the idea of the tobacco studded bouquets.
Lewis Gregory expressed his thanks and appreciation for the fine work and splendid displays engineered by all those taking part in the festival, and stated that they had the appreciation of the officers and all the members of the Jaycees.
The festival ended Saturday night with a huge crowd attending an old fashioned square dance.
Eight beautiful Gadsden County high school girls were contestants for the title of 1947 beauty queen of the postwar tobacco festival which closed a four day jubilee in Quincy last week. By the decision of out of town, unannounced judges, Miss Nell Havaland was chosen queen of the festival which was climaxed with a dance and coronation of the winner Friday night. Shown here, left to right, are the contestants as they lined up for the judges. Miss Orien Womack, Havana; Miss Jacqueline Potter, Chattahoochee; Miss Miriam Edwards, Greensboro; Miss Betty Lou Morris, Quincy; Miss Nell Haviland, Havana; Miss Caroline Shaw, Quincy; Miss Jacqueline Rice, Chattahoochee, and Miss Evelyn Gray, Quincy. Photo Ben Kearce.
|Rappers Close Season With 10 Inning Win Over Herndon's
The Havana Rappers finished the '47 season with one of the best records in North Florida. In the final game of the season last Thursday night, they defeated Herndon's of Tallahassee for the second time. After ten innings of battle with the star studded champs from Tallahassee, the local boys broke a 5-5 deadlock to win 6-5. This gave them a season record of 28 wins and only four losses.
After Dunn had collected his second single of the night and had been sacrificed to third, H. R. Bert brought him home to break the tie with a base knock to left field. In all the Rappers collected only six hits, two by Dunn and one each by H. R. Bert, Herring, McDavid and Williams. The losers got 9 hits off of Bert, two by A. Ranew and two by Oliver.
Team Has Steak Supper
After the game, the players were treated to a steak supper by the Bert brothers. A speech thanking the boys for their earnest participation during the season was made and a ball was autographed by the entire group.
|Rapper Skipper Pleased
Manager Gus Bert received a pen and pencil set from his players yesterday. We quote him:
"There comes a time in every man's life when joy knows no bounds and this time happened yesterday when I was presented with a beautiful pen and pencil set from the boys and personnel who made up the organization known as the Rappers, my cup runnth over. Thanks a million for a million dollar team."
1947 Team Batting Averages
|David Burns Elected to Head FFA Chapter
The Havana chapter of the Future Farmers of America elected David Burns president for the coming year at their first regular fall meeting last Tuesday.
Fellow officers of the chapter elected to serve with him were Charles Stallings, vice president; Dan Miller, secretary; Joe Cantey, treasurer; Buddy Robertson, reporter; and Jimmey Boynton, watch dog.
Standing committees named were as follows: initiation, Charles Stallings, Dan Miller, Bobby Harrell, Joe Cantey and Carl Driver; program, Wister Willis, Dick Williams, Winston Sapp. The executive committee is made up of the regular officers.
Regular meetings are to be held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
Thirty five members and five visitors were present at the meeting.
By Jeanette Joiner
Miss Corene Walsh of Washington, D. C., is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. H. (Miles Hobson and Eva Laing) Walsh.
Mrs. Lester Scoggins and Mrs. Tom Funderburke of Bainbridge visited Mrs. Ettie Joiner Saturday afternoon.
Miss Ellen Moore visited Miss Elsie Walsh Sunday.
Miss Lillie Poppell spent Saturday night in Whigham, Ga., with Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Hawthorne.
Miss Dolly Bell of Tallahassee spent the week-end with her mother, Mrs. Claudia Bell.
Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Walsh had a family reunion at their home Sunday. All their children and grandchildren were present.
Vernon Taylor Bell of FSU is spending his vacation with his mother, Mrs. Claudia Bell.
Many people vacationing at Panama City had the opportunity of seeing Ella Raines the famous movie star. Many people did not know that the attractive starlet was in their midst but, as always is the case, word got around and she did the rest of her sunbathing in a midst of camera fans. Incidentally one of the most rabid of these snapshot artists was Robert Harrell, a student at Havana High. Miss Raines was very kind about posing and autographing as I think Bobby will tell you.
Her husband is a major in the Air Force and was instructor at Tyndall Field. As usual no one bothers to ask the husband his name. In my opinion he is the unsung hero.
Among the people that viewed Miss Raines whose picture is on the frontispiece of a recent Life magizine, were many people from Havana. I think the males are the ones who paid the most attetion to her actions and so I think it proper to call a few names so you may question them about her. They were as follows: Mr. Aurbrey Butler, who rented her apartment after her departure and had the pleasure of sleeping in the bed that Ella slept in, Mr. Conrad Harrel, who had the house in front of hers, Dr. Winston Sapp, who also lived in front of her, Mr. Henry Slappy, who strangely enough had a pair of binoculars, and last, but not least, Pat Butler, Bobby Harrell, and Winston Sapp, Jr. There were also a few boys from Quincy that were interested.
To prove that we aren't just dreaming, Bobby has submitted one of his prized snapshots to be printed so that you unfortunate people may at least see a second hand editon of what we say. Boy oh boy!!!!
Recently pictured at Panama City Beach with Ella Raines, movie actress, are Bubba Dyal of Quincy, Bobby Miller of Havana and Pat Butler of Havana. The autograph says, "Hi fellas--wasn't this something? Ella Raines."
|Havana School News
We started to school this year on the 30th of August with the highest enrollment Havana High has ever had. This will make the work harder on the teachers and pupils. This will call for more cooperation from everyone, since we still have the same size building, play grounds and equipment to work with, but if everyone tries we can still make a go of it.
We have 37 new students in the first grade, 40 in the second grade, 10 which are enrolled in our school for the first time.
The following is a list of students from the 3-12 grades:
39 in the third, of which 4 are new; 49 in the fourth, which only one new one; 32 in the fifth with only 1 new one; 29 in the sixth with 1 new one; 37 in the seventh with 4 new ones; 29 in the eighth with 2 new ones; 30 in the ninth with 7 new ones; 25 in the tenth with 1 new one; 21 in the eleventh with 1 new one; 15 in the twelfth with one new one.
Among the younger generation of the school is a cute little redhead. In describing her, I would say she is about five feet five
inches and weighs about one hundred pounds. Other things which would help you to identify her are that she is in the eighth grade,
she is seen just about as often on a horse as off, and she has freckles which she is very self-conscious about. If you haven't
guessed who she is by now, I would say that your I. Q. is dangerously low.
Lunch Room Gab
With a clatter of dishes and the rattle of pots and pans the lunch room opened Monday, September 1, 1947. The enrollment this year exceeds that of last year by nearly 20 students, as a result three shifts have been arranged in stead of two.
Due to the high cost of groceries our lunch room is buying its groceries wholesale.
A number of our regular school boys are assisting with the meals in order to obtain kitchen experience.
All the students and teachers as well as Mrs. Joiner are anxious for the construction of a larger and more convient lunch room.
New Teachers Interviewed
Mr. O. E. Yearty is serving Havana in the capacity of Agriculture teacher. Also he keeps two study halls and presides over the tenth grade as home room teacher. In the school year of 1945-1946 he taught school in Gilchrist County at the Trenton High School, Trenton, Florida. From there he went to work in soil conservation service. In this he remained until he came to do his best for our school. He has expressed the opinion that he thinks the program for both the teachers and the students is going to result in better cooperation. With Mr. Yearty at Mrs. Haviland's is his wife and small daughter.
Miss June Powell, our new fourth grade teacher, is putting into practive, for the first time, the principlas that Florida State University required her to know when she graudated in June, 1947. Although her acquaintance with her pubils and the faculty has been short, she thinks the school is fine and that she will like it.
Mrs. Eleanor Forman, who graduated from Florida State University in June, 1947, is serving Havana High School in the capacity of Home Economics and Chemistry teacher. She is also the eighth grade home room teacher. Her home, at the present time, is in Tallahassee from which she drives her car every day. Since she teachers Home Economics, you can readily see she must like homemaking.
Havana High Wins Trophy
The Havana High School Bears were recently awarded a trophy for being runners up for District Two, in baseball.
The Havana Team which played games with Leon High of Tallahassee and with a "Town" team from Havana, had hopes of winning the district championship but due to schedule games, Havana was only able to play Leon High from this district. The Bears were victorious in one of the two contests with the Leon Lions but this was not quite enough margin to make the Bears the district champs. The reason for this was that the Leon Lions played the only other team from this district and defeated them twice. This gave Leon a higher percentage than Havana and therefore made them the champs. Havana was next in percentage, reveived the Runner's up Trophy.
The team hardly expected a Trophy as a result of their playing and were therefore greatly surprised to receive the beautiful trophy which was awarded to them.
|The Alvin Stephens Hosts to Low Score Club
Last Saturday evening members of the Low Score Bridge Club were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Stephens at a buffet supper and bridge party at their camp home, Hickory Hill.
Guests drew tallies for their bridge and dinner partners and served themselves buffet style from a table of delicious food including ham, potato salad, picked peaches, baked beans, roll, iced tea and cake.
Members of the club and their husbands present were: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Arrington, Mr. and Mrs. King Gregory, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Lester, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Butler, Mr. and Mrs. Davis Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bert, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Tullos,and Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Williams, Jr. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Ben Peabody and Miss Carolyn Tillis and Mr. Guy Crumpley of Tallahassee.
Mr. Cecil Butler was presented with low score prize at the conclusion of the bridge games, Mrs. Williams received galloping prize and Mrs. Warren Lester won high.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Causey on the birth of a little daughter on September 7 at Gadsden County Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Robinson on the birth of a son, September 7, at Gadsden County Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Dodson on the birth of a son on September 3, at Gadsden County Hospital.
|P. T. A. Hold First Meeting, Sept. 9th
The first fall meeting of the Havana P. T. A. was held Tuesday afternoon Sept. 9th, at the school auditorium with Mrs. E. D. Weatherly, president, presiding.
Miss Ruth Moore, program chairman, presented Rev. J. E. Ellis who gave a short talk as the devotional.
The minutes of the May meeting were read and approved and the Treasurers report was read showing a balance of $390.01 at the beginning of this month.
The members were then asked to consider and vote on five recommendations from the executive committee which met an hour preceeding the P. T. A.
All recommendations were approved and passed and were as follows: First, that the regular meeting day of the P. T. A. be changed from the second Tuesday to the first Thursday in each month and that there will be three night meetings, in November, January and March.
Second, it was decided to have printed programs for the year to be distributed to all parents.
Third, money was appopriated for material for new lunch room curtains.
Fourth, P. T. A. will still serve the Kiwanis Club suppers on every third Tuesday night, with each committee taking a turn for responsibility.
Fifth, the P. T. A. will sponsor the Faculty Reception, Friday night at the City Hall.
Mrs. Weatherly announced that the lists of Chairmen and committees for this year have not been completed, but would be completed by the October meeting. Any member wishing to be placed on a desired committee should contact Mrs. Weatherly before next meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 5 o'clock.
|Mrs. Frank Searcy Honored at Luncheon
Mrs. Frank Searcy, sister of Mrs. L. W. Powell of Havana, was honor guest Saturday at a bridge luncheon at the home of Mrs. Earl Routon. Mrs. Marvin Miller was cohostess.
Mrs. Searcy has just returned to the United States from Germany where she has been with her husband, Col. Searcy, who is in the regular army.
Guests enjoying the luncheon and bridge with the hostesses and honoree were Mrs. Van Cole of Tallahassee, Mrs. James Johnson of Quincy, Mrs. Sam Higdon of Quincy, Mrs. Lamar Miller and Mrs. L. W. Powell of Havana.
Mrs. James Johnson won high score prize of Mrs. L. W. Powell was awarded cut prize. The honoree was also presented with a gift.
Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Perce of Havana announce the marriage of their daughter, Martha Elizabeth, to Harold J. Norman of Birmingham, Ala. The ceremony was performed at the Norwood Baptist Church in Birmingham Saturday, August 30, at 8 o'clock in the evening.
Miss Jewel Dees is on a vacation trip this week and is visiting in New Smyrna Beach, Titusville and Cocoa, Fla.
Mrs. E. L. Cox of Perry, Mrs. Warren Barber and Mr. J. J. Dees of Mayo were guests of Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Dees Sunday.
Miss Virginia Gregory is at home for a few days visiting her parents. She has just received her BS degree from Duke University and is completing her nursing training period this month at Emory Universiy.
Kenneth Martn visited in Talbotton and Pine Mountain, Ga., last week.
Mrs. H. C. Morgan and Miss Pet Howren spent the day in Quincy last Friday, visiting Mrs. Morgan's son, Gene Morgan, and family.
Mrs. Pearl Carroll has been in Tallahassee for the past two weeks visiting her son, Roland Carroll, and family.
Mrs. Earl Williams is improving satisfactorily following an appendectomy on Friday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee.
Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Walker spent Sunday in Monticello.
Miss Sarah Lambert is visiting her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Lambert, Sr., this week.
Mr. and Mrs. King Gregory spent a few days in Tavares this week attending the wedding of one of Mrs. Gregory's classmates. While they were away, little Miss Margaret Gregory was the guest of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Miller.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Womack accompanied their daughter and family home to Macon, Ga., and will visit there for two weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. Fulton Shaw and son, Arnold, of Quincy spent the day Sunday with Mrs. O. B. Harrison.
Mrs. Nellie Cliatt and Mrs. Lee Morgan visited Bert Cliatt in Bainbridge Saturday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. James Goff and little daughter, Patty, of Monticello left Friday for Fayeteville, Ark., where Mr. Goff will enter the university. They stopped for a short while in Havana to see Mrs. Goff mother, Mrs. Nellie Cliatt.
Mr. and Mrs. Truman McPherson and son, Neal, are stopping at Mrs. Cliatt's home until their house is finished. Mr. McPherson is with the Chevrolet company here.
Mr. Albert J. Ward of Ridgedale, Mo., and Mr. George E. Kemp were honored by their families on their birthday, Thursday, September 4. A number of relatives and friends enjoyed a picnic style supper, which was served on the lawn.
The occasion marked the 65th birthday for Mr. Ward and the 75th birthday for Mr. Kemp.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Ward were honored with a picnic dinner at Sandy Beach on Orchard Pond Sunday. Those enjoying the picnic with the honor guests were Mr. and Mrs. John W. Ward and children, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Belk and son of Tallahassee, Mr. Roy L. Lewis, Mr. Sam Etter of Dupont, Ohio, and Bobby Belk of Cairo.
Bob Ellinor is slightly indisposed this week due to an injury to his foot.
Mrs. Hugh Plemmons of Falkville, Ala., and Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Clower and daughter, Gennie, of Atlanta are guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Plemmons this week.
Mr. B. A. Barineau, who has been ill at Marianna Sanitarium for a year, is expected to return to his home in October.
|Auxiliary Met Monday Afternoon
Members of the Presbyterian Woman's Auxiliary met at the home of Mrs. M. E. (Mary Emma) McCorquodale Monday afternoon for their regular business and social meeting. The program included a mediation given by Mrs. Don (Grace) Penn, a devotional by Mrs. Cecil (Frances) Butler and an article from the Presbyterian Survey Magazine presented by Mrs. Inez Eubanks. Usual business was transacted.
The following members were present: Mesdames Henry (Maggie) Walsh, Inez Eubanks, Ed (Ruby Lee) Bell, John Dolan, J. L. Reinhardt, J. S. Cantey, E. F. Quarterman, O. M. (Elma) Tillis, Cecil Butler, Don Penn and the hostess, Mrs. McCorquodale.
Carolyn Lynda Brundyge died shortly after birth, September 2 at Gadsden County Hospital. Funeral services were held at the graveside at Havana cemetery at 5 o'oclock, September 2, with Rev. F. E. Quarterman giving the service. Butler-Morgan Funeral Home was in charge. Surviving are the mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Brundyge, and two brothers, W. H., Jr., and Leland Brundyge, all of Havana.
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