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.
Dr. and Mrs. H. H. Sapp (seated), celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at an impressive ceremony and reception, attended by more than 200 friends and relatives, at the Havana City Hall, December 23. Rev. J. E. Ellis, pastor of Salem Methodist Church, read the service, and they were attended by their son, Dr. J. W. Sapp of Havana, and daughter, Miss Helen Sapp of Washington, D. C. Herald Photo.
|Golden Wedding Rites Marked by H. H. Sapps
A brilliant and outstanding social event of the holiday season was the golden wedding celebration of Dr. and Mrs. H. H. (Harmon and Hattie Adams) Sapp, December 23, at the Havana City Hall.
Two hundred friends and relatives witnessed the impressive ceremony and congratulated the couple during the reception which followed.
The hall was resplendant with gold carnations, chrysanthemums, gold candles and banked ferns. A raised platform, before which Rev. J. E. Ellis performed the ceremony, was covered with a blanket of artificial greenery and on both sides were bronze floor baskets filled with large yellow chrysanthemums. A white wrought iron love seat was placed in the center of the platform, in which the couple were seated during the ceremony and reception, and two white standards holding gold candles were on each side of the love seat and effective before the background of Boston and maiden hair fern.
Immediately preceding the ceremony, Hugh Moreland and Winston Sapp, grandsons of the honor couple, lighted the candles.
Dr. Winston Sapp accompanied his father to the platform and stood at his right side. To the strains of the traditional wedding march, Mrs. Sapp entered with her daughter, Miss Helen Sapp, who walked with her mother to the platform and stood at her left side.
Rev. J. E. Ellis, pastor of the Salem Methodist Church, read the impressive golden wedding service, during which the couple said their vows and exchanged gold wedding rings. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Mrs. Lamar (Mabel) Miller sang "I Love You Truly," accompanied by Mrs. H. C. (Jean) Bert at the piano.
Mrs. Sapp was lovely in her wedding dress of white duchess satin made on becoming lines and having a train. The sleeves were long and pointed at the wrist and fastened with tiny self covered buttons. A marquisette yoke was attractively outlined with gold and natural seed pearls. A short finger tip veil of illusion, held to the head with a coronet of seed pearls completed the lovely costume. The bridal bouquet was centered with a gold orchid surrounded by small yellow mums and tied with gold ribbons. The entire bouquet was centered in a fan of white tulle.
Miss Helen Sapp was attractively gowned in an aqua, ankle length ballerina dress of silk faille featuring a shoulder drape with a fan of lace at the neck line. Gold slippers and a corsage of yellow roses completed the costume.
Mrs. Carl (Rosalie) Moreland, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Sapp, wore an attractive long dress of the new winter red shade with a double draped skirt. Special attraction of the dress was a sequin shoulder decoration in the same shade as the dress. She wore a sequin ornament in her hair and gold slippers.
Mrs. J. W. Sapp, daughter in law of the honor couple, was lovely in a long dress of pink faille of the "off shoulder" design and featuring a lamp yoke skirt. Her slippers were of silver and she wore a corsage of pink carnations.
The wedding table was beautiful with a white madeira, lace trimmed cloth and centered with the three tiered wedding cake. Gold lighted tapers flanked the cake and two silver services were at each end of the table. The cake was white and embossed with roses. A wreath of gold leaves held the numerals 50 in the center and was topped with a tiny gold wedding bell. Yellow carnations and chrysanthemums with fern were arranged attractively around the base. Dr. and Mrs. Sapp cut the cake during the reception.
Serving at the silver services were Mrs. Potter Woodbery, Mrs. L. W. Powell, Mrs. J. E. Robinson and Mrs. Russell Dasher of Pelham, Ga.
Mrs. Marvin (Thelma) Miller greeted the guests at the door and Mrs. Robert (Thelma) McDavid was second door hostess. Mrs. James Nicholson was floor hostess and Mrs. George Gregory kept the guest book.
Junior hostesses included Misses Mary Lou Gandy, Mary Ann Butler and Marjorie Moreland, who served the cake, and Misses Iragene Harrell and Sylvia Sapp, who served the mints.
Presenting the music during the evening were Miss Marilyn Morgan, Mrs. H. C. Bert and Mrs. J. G. (Grace)Fischer. Assisting with the serving were Mrs. Bess Masters, Mrs. Edith Daniels and Mrs. John (Sarah) Boynton.
Out of Town Guests
Out of town guests for the occasion included: Mrs. Russell Dasher of Pelham, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Adams of Bainbridge, Ga., and their daughter, Mrs. Thomas Penton of Dothan, Ala., Mr. and Mrs. Harry Johnson of Bainbridge, Mr. and Mrs. Pascall Sapp of Tallahassee, Mrs. Helda Dennard of Bainbridge, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Waddell of Tallahassee, Dr. and Mrs. R. F. Goddard and daughter of Quincy, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Sapp of Los Angeles, Calif., Ray Carlton Maxwell of Bainbridge, Mrs. Irene Strickland of Bodne, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lester and Mr. and Mrs. Preston Lashley of Quincy, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lashley of Bainbridge.
Couple Married in Pelham, Ga. Dr. and Mrs. Sapp were married in Pelham, Ga., December 23, 1897. At this time Dr. Sapp had not completed his medical education, so he returned to Emory University where he later graduated. The young couple started out their married life at Dr. Sapp's first practive in Vada, Ga., later moving to Camilla. Before coming to Havana in 1909, Dr. and Mrs. Sapp were for a while in Attapulgus, Ga. Dr. Sapp has been in continuous and active practive since coming to Havana and the couple have made thousands of friends here and in the surrounding territory.
|Nell Gray Attends Youth Conference in Cleveland, Ohio
Miss Nell Gray of Havana, representing the Salem Methodist Church, is in Cleveland, Ohio, this week attending the Methodist Youth Conference being held there from December 20 to January 2. The conference will bring together 100,000 Methodist young people for the four day conference in Cleveland's municipal auditorium. The theme of the conference is "Christ Above All."
Three train cars carrying the Florida delegation joined other cars from the north and South Georgia conference at Atlanta, forming a special train load of young people from the ages of 15 to 23, to the conference.
Joining Miss Gray on the trip were Misses Nancy Wyatt, Mary Munroe and Betty Strom of Quincy, and from Trinity Church in Tallahassee, Jac Sauls, Elizabeth McLean, Wilda Larson, Frank Cotton and Rev. Ralph Huston.
On the return trip a day will be spent in Washington, D. C., sightseeing. The group is expected back on Sunday, January 4.
|"The Office Cat"
The holly is dead; The money's spent. Christmas has came, And now it's went.
I'm not really so cynical about Christmas as the above poem (Poem? Ed.) might lead you to believe, because I received all sorts of gifts and wishes to bring me holiday cheer. The nicest gift I received was an ash tray with a fine looking cat on it. Best of all, it was accompanied by the following note:
Dear Pussy; Will you accept this little statuette as a token of my admiration for you; it is the work of a famous California sculptor who had only your picture in the Havana Herald to copy. We think here that you are the finest cat columnist in the U. S. and hope you'll be able to spend one of your nine lives in California. (Signed) A Great Admirer.
Local readers, take notice. My public extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific, so there, too. Another nice gift we received was a bag of delicious satsumas from Tom DeLacy, who wished us a very merry Christmas. Which we had, incidentally.
I received a report from a friend of a certain navy man (now here on leave from Texas) to the effect that said navy man wishes it known that he is foot loose, fancy free, and raring to go. All women please note. This is all I know about the situation, I am simply relaying the information his friend gave me.
You'd all feel I hadn't done my duty if I didn't make some New Year's resolutions and predictions like other columnists. So here are a few I'm making:
1. I will not let anyone hurt my feelings (especially our man Dode) by means of slurs or unkind remarks about me. My motto will be "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."
2. This year I'll get even with that old dog that hangs around the post office corner.
3. Finally, I resolve that I will continue to enter places by means of their back doors, because the information I pick up that way is usually more interesting than any other kind. I promise that I will snoop faithfully in people's affairs, and report faithfully to my readers. I predict that my coloumns next year will be more interesting if the editor will stop cutting out the juciest items.
Yours for a newsy New Year
|Berts Entertains On Silver Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Harold C. Bert entertained members of their families with a dinner party at their home in Scotland last Saturday noon, celebrating their silver wedding anniversary.
As Ella Jean McDavid, Mrs. Bert married Harold C. Bert in the Hinson Methodist Church, December 27, 1922. Shortly afterward, the couple moved to Scotland, which has been the family home ever since.
The party on Saturday, in addition to the wedding anniversary, was the Bert's annual Christmas party for members of the families.
The home was festive with Christmas decorations and the dining room table where the guests were served was especially attractive with a silver and white color scheme. The centerpiece was a silver basket artistically arranged with white camellias, narcissus and fern. White candles in silver holders and arrangements of silver balls completed the attractive setting.
Members of the families presented the honorees with many lovely gifts of silver to commemorate the anniversary. Following the dinner, motion pictures were taken of Mr. and Mrs. Bert and other members of the family.
Enjoying the occasion with Mr. and Mrs. Bert were Mr. and Mrs. Gus (Gus and Bessie) Bert and Jack, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rogers (Harold and Doris) Bert and daughter, Ann, Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Bob and Thelma) McDavid and Terry, Mr. and Mrs. Harry (Harry and Elizabeth McDavid) Ellinor of Mobile, Ala., Mrs. A. J. (Boone McDavid) Gomila of Atlanta, Mr. H. H. McDavid and son, J. T. McDavid of Atlanta, Mrs. Ola M. Flowers of Dothan, Ala., Miss Ruby McDavid, Mrs. Charles (Jimmie McDavid) Smedley, Mrs. Louis De Jarnette and Virginia and Harold Bert, Jr.
|Mrs. Ida Laffitte Taken by Death
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in Lloyd Methodist Church for Mrs. Ida Lee Laffitte, 81, mother of Rondeau Garvin Laffitte of Tallahassee, who died Sunday morning a the home of her daughter, Miss Pearl Laffitte of Jacksonville. Rev. W. F. Dunkle conducted services.
Mrs. Laffitte, widow of Rondeau Boyd Laffitte of Lloyd, Jefferson County, was a former resident of Leon County. She was born in King William County, Va., and came to Florida in 1887. She taught for several years in the public schools here.
Mrs. Laffitte is survived by a brother, Eugene B. Snyder of Richmond, Va., two sisters, Mrs. J. W. White and Mrs. J. E. Spainhour of North Wilkesboro, N. C., three sons, Dr. L. Snyder Laffitte of Jacksonville, Rondeau Garvin Laffitte of Tallahassee and David Montague Laffitte of Quincy, two daughters, Miss Elise N. Laffitte of Quincy, and Miss Pearl G. Laffitte of Jacksonville and five grandchildren.
|VFW to Start Building Home Here Soon
Building plans of the local VFW post received a healthy boost last week with the acquisition, through the courtesy of friends, of a lot on which to build and a barracks building to form the nucleus of their proposed home.
Plans were initiated by the organization members attending the last regular meeting Monday night to begin actual construction of the long talked of home in the immediate future.
Named to the building committee by the commander were Harold Bert, chairman; W. L. Williams, Jr., and Bubba Truluck.
An active interest on the part of all members was urged by Commander Dudley in pointing out that a great deal of work and effort will be needed to complete the project that the post has now undertaken.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry (Harry and Elizabeth) Ellinor arrived from Mobile Christmas night for a few days visit with relatives.
Mrs. Russell Harrell (the former Miss Ellie Mae Woodberry) of Norfolk, Va., enjoyed the Christmas holidays in Quincy with her sister, Mrs. A. D. Sapp. During her stay, Mrs. Harrell visited friends in Havana.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Daniels left Sunday on a trip down the West coast through South Florida. During the trip they enjoyed a visit with Mrs. Daniels' family at Nichols.
Mrs. Ola Flowers of Dothan was the guest of the McDavid family during the holidays.
Mrs. R. L. McFarland, Sr., of Leesburg, spent Christmas day through Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. E. B. McFarland.
Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Hinson and two children, Frank and Edward, of Orlando, visited Mrs. Bessie Jones during Christmas.
Margarita Furgerson of Costa Rica, South America, arrived in Havana Tuesday for a short visit with her mother, Mrs. Jewel Sharland, and her sister, Mrs. J. B. Watson.
Miss Pet Howren spent Christmas in Tallahassee with her nephews, R. A. and Joe H. Gray.
Mrs. Nellie Cliatt and Bert were guests of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. (Malcolm and Mary Emma) McCorquodale for Christmas dinner.
Mr. Drew Shelfer enjoyed Christmas week in Tallahassee visiting his sons and daughters.
Mr. and Mrs. Bly Wilcox announce the birth of a little daughter, December 29, at Gadsden County Hospital.
College students who are spending vacation at home are Virginia Gregory, Joe Darsey, Fred Williams, Edgar Gunson, Pat Butler, Marilyn Morgan, Nell Gray, Jewel Dees, Sarah Routon, Donald Williams, Bill Spooner, Kenneth Martin, Monty Haskins, and Marilyn Hartsfield, from St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville.
Latest mumps victims: Kenneth and Billy Cowart, Dan Smith, Reyn Carroll, Kenneth Davis, Denise Boynton, Miss Mary Nicholson, Betty, Sara Ruth and Mary Howard Shelfer, Mrs. N. R. Roddenbery.
Mr. and Mrs. William Laing had as their guests Christmas Eve Miss Lillian Belleau and Leon Weaveane of Quincy and Robert Laing of Havana.
Mrs. E. J. (Eulalia) Stephens and Miss Virginia Gregory spent Sunday and Monday in Travares, where they visited Mr. and Mrs. Burke Chester.
Mr. Emory Sapp of Columbus, Ga., was the guest of Dr. and Mrs. H. H. Sapp during the holidays.
Mr. and Mrs. Bryant Singleton and children of Green Cove Springs spent a few days last week with L. D. Singleton.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Tillis had as their Christmas guests Mr. and Mrs. Clifford E. Tillis of Lakeland and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Beasley and son Larry of Tampa. Frank Tillis arrived Sunday from the Naval Air Station at Corpus Chrisit, Texas for a week's visit with his parents.
The Bryon Ellinor family of Pensacola were in Havana for Christmas and the holidays.
Mr. Tom Cone of New Orleans was the guest of Misses Emma and Betty Fletcher during the holidays.
Among the holiday visitors were Bill and Virginia Dunnavent of Monticello, who visited friends here Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Slappey had as their guests Christmas day Mrs. Slappey's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Youmans, and her brother, Jim Youmans of Bainbridge.
Mr. O. W. Marshall, Mrs. G. H. Hobby and her son, Stevie, of Macon spent several days this week with Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Womack.
Luther Fortson of Atlanta spent Sunday through Wednesday here as the guest of Fred Williams.
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Henderson of Jessup, Ga., visited Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Henderson during the holidays.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Griner had as their guests Sunday Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Raley of Thomasville, Mrs. P. H. Willis of Miami, and Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Rawls of Cairo.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Roddenberry and baby of Gainesville spent the Christmas holiday here with Mr. and Mrs. N. R. Roddenberry.
Mrs. Clarence (Mamie Miller) Boynton and her daughters, Carrie Kate and Mary of Tallahassee spent Christmas holidays here with Mrs. Claude Arrington.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Peabody spent Christmas day with their son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Ross, in Camilla, Ga. They were accompanied home by their grandson, Joe Ross, who visited here until Sunday.
Mrs. William Peavy will return home Sunday after a two weeks visit with her mother in Atlantic Highlands, N. J.
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Yates of Tallahassee were the dinner guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dudley.
Mrs. Jeanette Baird and daughter, Lucia, Miss Mary Ferguson of Petersburg, Va., and Commander F. Brinton were Mrs. Bess Masters' guests for the Christmas holidays.
Holiday guests of Mr. and Mrs. George Kemp and family were Mr. and Mrs. John T. Vason and daughters of Jacksonville and Mr. G. G. Kemp of Dalton, Ga.
Sgt. Alton M. Lambert, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Lambert, is stationed at Tachikawa, Honshu, Japan, being assigned to the Far East Air Force. Since Sgt. Lambert has been in Japan he has been working in the JAMA Motor Pool as property clerk. He expects to return to the States in February, 1949.
Miss Lillian Day spent the Christmas holidays with her family in DeFuniak Springs.
James L. Ferguson of Tampa spent the holidays here with his mother, Mrs. Jewell Sharland.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl F. Lewis and son, Freddy, of Cartersville, Ga., were holiday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Lewis.
Mrs. Ruby Womack and Mrs. W. M. DeCostas enjoyed the holidays with W. B. Wilcox in Tampa.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Bob and Lavern) Laing announce the birth of a son, Robert Lee, Jr., at Gadsden County Hospital on December 24. The baby weighed 7 pounds. Mrs. Laing is the former Laverne Dalton of Cairo, Ga.
|Former Quincy Man Dies In New York
Peter Miller, a former resident of Quincy, died in a New York hospital Sunday. Burial will be this Friday with services at the residence of C. R. Shaw at 10:30 in the morning. Interment will be in the local cemetery.
Miller came to Quincy as a young man in 1887 and made his home there until 1917 when he moved to New York. Since then he as returned to the county seat on many visits and while he was a resident there he was associated with the old Owl Cigar Company.
He is survived by his widow, the former Ethel Haines.
|Lewis Family Entertain With Christmas Party
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie M. Lewis entertained members of their family and a few friends with their annual Christmas party last Friday night.
The home was lovely with Christmas decorations and guests were invited into the dining room where supper was served buffet style. Several card games were enjoyed during the evening. Attending the party were: Mr. and Mrs. Earl F. Lewis and son, Freddy, of Cartersville, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Belk and son of Tallahassee, Bobby Belk of Cairo, Mr. Leon Ferguson of Tampa, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Glenn and children of Madison, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Ward and children, Roy Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Vickers, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Stalvey and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Barber and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Doll, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Watson, Mrs. Jewel Sharland and Mr. and Mrs. Glover Kemp and sons.
|Sports in 1947
Old man "winner" rode the shoulders of the Havana basketball and softball aggregatins through their 1947 seasons.
Enthusiastic followers of the Bears voted to build a $60,000 gymnasium and lunchroom by the overwhelming majority of 172 to 2 out of 200 qualified voters.
The winning bass of the season tipped the scales at 12 pounds and the largest bream to fall prey to a Havana angler's hook ran the pointer up to one pound and six ounces.
Havana's sharpshooting cagers piled up 946 points to their opponents 453 in winning 19 and losing on before they went on to win the Chipola conference and then the state championship. Dan Miller, Don Williams (all state), Pat Butler (all state0, Buddy Robertson, Dick Fischer, Bobby Miller, Harold Bert, David Burns, Jim Morgan and Howard Gray carried the colors for the Bears under Coach Fred Strange.
Proving worthy of their name, the Rappers slugged their way through the regular season, racking up 28 wins to four losses. Walker lead his team at the bat with a healthy .356, closley followed by Pat Butler, .347, Jack Bert, .322, and Herring .299.
H. R. Bert, Bernard Harrison, Donald Williams, Dan Miller, H. C. Bert, Jr., Duncan Lester, Max Walker, Edwin Herring, Pat Butler, Alex McMillan, Bill Dunn and Jack Bert teamed up under the management of Gus Bert and Mascot Charles Lester to form the winning softball combination. (photo) (photo) (photo)
|Looking at 1947 (Each of the captions below went with a photo that was already shown during the year.)
Kings and Queens, May Festivals, weddings, civic club activities, the Future Farmers, fires, construction and oil wells among many other things marked the passage of 1947 for the residents of Havana.
Havana's fine 40 piece high school band received their new uniforms and went to the Sixth District Music Festival to win two first place division ratings in concert and marching.
Pretty Nell Haviland was crowned Queen of the 1947 Gadsden County Tobacco Festival to rule over the four day festivities.
May Festival Queen Marilyn Hartsfield and King Pat Butler and their royal retinue ruled jointly over the May Day festivities, colorful with their gaily decorated floats from many lands and the costume dances of the children.
The Tullos-Peabody wedding was one of several local marriages during the past year which took place at the Baptist Church last August.
Worm's view of oil well operations which came and went during 1947.
The Havana Equipment Company, one of several firms and new business that opened their doors in Havana during the year.
Framework and a giant fertilizer mixer that was completed and put into operation by the Planters Exchange to serve the tobacco growers and producers of this section.
Remains of the Attapulgus theater which was completely destroyed by a night fire.
Havana Future Farmers Don and Pat Butler exhibit their prize winning entries in the third annual Fat Stock Show and Sale at Quincy last March. Future Farmers and their dads get together at their annual banquet.
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