Excerpted, with permission, from the Havana Herald, Havana, FL. www.HavanaHerald.net
Articles were photographed by Donna Warlick and typed by Eunice Herren. Where the full names of people are known,
they have been added in parentheses by Angela Cassidy.
11th Anniversary To Be Observed By Gandy's Super Market
This week marks the 11th anniversary of Gandy's Super Market, owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Norman F. (Dick) Gandy.
The store was opened under the name Gandy Brothers in 1937 at the present location of the Southern Auto Associate Store. Mr. and Mrs. Gandy had arrived in Havana three years prior to that, when Mr. Gandy came from Marianna to manage the Suwannee Store here. He had formerly been connected with the A & P Co., at Marianna.
Gandy Brothers featured only groceries and meats when it began. Dick and Mildred Gandy were assisted in running the store for the first few years by Dan Walsh, and during the two years her husband was in service, Mrs. Gandy operated the business with the help of Mrs. Louise Shaffner and Miss Katherine Peabody.
In 1946, the Gandy's built the modern 50 x 70 foot brick building which is now the home of Gandy's Super Market. The building was completed in August of that year, and the super market enjoyed a gala opening the first of September. A line of dairy products, frozen foods, and a newsstand of popular magazines had been added to the stock of groceries and meat.
M. D. Walker, who has worked with Mr. Gandy on week-ends for the past eight years, is employed in the meat department, along with R. V. Scott, who has been connected with the department for a year and a half. David Burns has been a part-time employee of the store since 1943.
Gandy's Super Market carried in its stock many nationally advertised brands. Featured also are several varieties of Le-Ko canned goods, packed by the local firm, Havana Canning Co. Other locally produced items sold at the store are Shelfer Dairy products, and many vegetables and meats grown by farmers of this area.
Mr. and Mrs. Gandy and their children, Mary Lou and Richard, own an attractive home here, and Mary Lou and Richard attend the local school. The family has made many friends in Havana who wish them continued success in their business.
Elsewhere in this issue will be found a full page advertisement of the special which will be featured at Gandy's Super Market during their 11th Anniversary sale.
|The Office Cat
There's nothing like a nice vacation to make a person come back to work fired with energy. I almost came back from mine to find myself fired, period. For some reason, the boss didn't seem to approve of my impromptu vacation, and not one of the staff seemed glad to see me back. And, WHERE, I ask you, was the band that should have greeted me on my return?
One of the nicest things about a vacation is that you can, if you set your mind to it, acquire lots of new ideas about how to get out of working. I've spent most of the week going around town enjoying myself, while apparently getting up news. I watched the man putting the new sign above Penn's with a great deal of interest. He began with Coco-Cola, and then added bus stop, Western Union, chocolates and fountain service. I tried without success to bribe him to add "Havana Herald Cheap" to the list.
I went to the Planter's Exchange to register for selective service (and on the right day, too!) but was informed that my valuable experience was needed elsewhere. I'm still wondering what they meant by that.
On Monday, I went to school with some of the first graders but here again found my plans thwarted. The teacher found out who I was and suggested that kindergarten might be more on my level. Sometimes, I think I should have stayed on vacation where my talents were appreciated. I am a living proof of the old saying, "A prophet is not without honor save in his own country."
It was very sad to come home and learn of my friend Brownie's death, but I was glad to hear that he was given a fitting funeral by Town Marshal Blount.
Yesterday, there came the greatest blow of all. Elbert Poppell, whom I have always considered my friend, brought Mrs. Boss a puppy. Not a big strong dog that I could have fun fighting with, but a tiny, weak, lonely-looking pup that whimpers everytime I look at him straight. This makes the boss suspect me of scratching him when she's not looking, so all she does is sit at the desk and hold little "Kluge" (he's been named for our automatice press, because they're not at all alike) in her lap, making me do twice as much work as I normally do. But if she ever asks me to become a baby sitter for Kluge when she wants to go out at night, that'll be the last straw for THE OFFICE CAT.
Board Registers 118 for Selective Service Here
In the first three days of registration for the nation's first peacetime selective service program, 112 young men living in this area registered at the Planters Exchange, local registration center.
N. L. Edwards, chairman of the Gadsden county selective service board, reported a total of 564 registrants at the three centers in the county through Wednesday night.
Up until 10 a. m., today a total of 118 registrants had been recorded by Fred E. Williams, registrar at the center here.
Heaviest registration took place here Monday, when 50 men appeared at the center to present the required information. Numbers have decreased daily with 38 reporting Tuesday, 24 Wednesday and up until 10 a. m. today. Fred reports that the majority of the registrants here are colored and many are veterans.
The first man to register at the Planters Exchange Monday was Wallace Nunn, of Rt. 1, Havana.
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|400 Students Enroll Here Friday For School Term|
Record Registration of 471, 000 for State Expected
The total enrollment for the fall term at the Havana school is around 400, according to a report from D. F. Burns, principal.
Of this number, 170 are registered in the high school and the remainder make up the elementary grades. Twenty eight youngsters are starting with Mrs. Jeffus in the first grade.
This enrollment represents the average, Mr. Burns said, allowing for the usual transient pupils during the year.
We are happy to have several new teachers with us this year, Mr. Burns announced, they include: Mrs. Alma Alligood, 2nd and 3rd grade teacher; Mrs. Irene F. Yearty, third grade; Mrs. Hugh Zeigler, fifth grade; Miss Estermary Brown, librarian; Miss Hilda Grant, Home Economics, and Mr. Henry Blake, Band Director.
Florida's 1,700 school centers and 16,881 teachers are awaiting record school enrollments as vacation time is over for some and draws to a close for some 471,000 school children in the state.
Although some counties opened their schools Monday, August 30, the bulk of Florida's school population will return to classes on Tuesday, September 7, the day after Labor Day.
School attendance this year is expected to hit a new high.
The Department of Education reports a steady increase in enrollment since 1944-45 with only 397,364 children in school that year, followed by 416,864 in 1945-46, 428,489 in 1946-47, and 448,908 in 1947-48.
With the increase in enrollment, there will also be an increase in the number of Florida school teachers, earning more money than ever before.
And preliminary estimates by county school superintendents, indicate no serious teacher shortage this year due to the salary increases and the "learn more-earn more" features of the 1947 school law.
But some counties do report difficulty in gettng qualified teachers for primary classes and some rural counties are having trouble luring good teachers to their schools. Teachers would rather teach in the big cities, it seems.
Thousands of them flocked to summer school during vacation time to earn more credits toward higher ranking and higher paying teacher certificates. And many of them also attended pre school conferences in their counties prior to the opening of school.
English said 10,410 of the 12,801 white teachers have degrees and among the 4,080 Negro teachers, 2,762 hold four year college diplomas.
|Havana Warehouse Buys Local Property
Purchase of Havana Warehouse Company of an entire block of store buildings fronting Main St., and Seventh Avenue was announced this week by E. B. McFarland, manager of the company.
The property, which includes the buildings occupied at present by Havana Dry Cleaners, Havana 5 & 10, Penn's Drug Store, Bernice's Beauty Shop, and Shelfer & Ellinor Co., was formerly owned by E. B. Shelfer of Quincy, and was a part of the estate left to his heirs at his death.
Havana Warehouse Co., is a subsidiary of Shelfer & Ellinor Co. Details of the transaction, which was completed Tuesday, are not known, but the amount of the sale is reported at more than $20,000.
Aside from minor repairs needed to put the buildings in good condition, no immediate changes are comtemplated by the company, Mr. McFarland announced. Some of the repairs have already been begun this week.
|Two Escaped Convicts Are Shot To Death
An inquest held last Monday afternoon in Judge Throwers office on the death of Oliver Campbell and Melvin Brown, revealed that the negroes died as a result of gun shot wounds inflicted by county officers in attempting to retake the escaped prisoners.
The shooting occurred about a mile south of Quincy on the Talquin highway at 9:45 p. m. last Friday.
The escaped men were shot when they attempted to flee from officers after they had been told to halt. One of the negroes had a shotgun he had previously taken, along with some clothes from a nearby negro house.
The two were listed as Olvier Campbell, 26, serving a six year term from Jefferson county on charges of assault with intent to murder and Melvin Brown, 23, under a two year sentence from St. Johns county for auto theft.
They had escaped from a prison camp near Chattahoochee last Friday.
|Ruling Is Asked On Orchard Pond
[Note: This article included because Orchard Pond was the favored swimming hole of teens and families in Havana and Concord up until this time. It is located on Ayavalla Plantation in Leon County off of Orchard Pond Road just past the Ochlockonee River at Old Bainbridge Road.]
Tallahassee: Leon county Attorney J. Lewis Hall has asked the internal improvement commission to determine whether or not Orchard pond is on public or private property.
The Leon county commission last week asked the attorney to obtain the ruling which will govern whether or not the county maintains access roads to the lake. The county maintains access road only in the water is open to the public.
|Baptists Blast Greensboro For Championship
The Baptist are Gadsden county's playoff champs. A stubborn hard playing Greensboro team went down to defeat by a narrow one run margin in their fifth and final encounter with the Baptist in Quincy Thursday night.
After their upset victory of the league leading Havana Rappers in the semi finals, the Greensboro club edged to a two game lead on the Baptists only to see their opponents come from behind to tie the game a two all Wednesday and crash through behind pitcher Dixon for their third win, 5-4 and the series, the following night.
A barbecue and get together for all the players, officials and spare parts of the men's softball league will be staged at the American Legion hall in Quincy tonight. Chow line in the vinicity of 8 o'clock. Come early if you've a lot of games to replay.
Greensboro got off to shaky start spotting the champs three runs in the first innng and one in the second and the third. They settled down after that to steady ball and managed to score one in the fourth and three in the fifth, but the rally fell short and Dixon held them well in hand with only one runner reaching second base in the seventh inning when Timmons singled with two out and Watson grounded out to end the season.
Dixon struck out six, walked two and allowed the Greensboro boys six hits. Clark fanned one, walked one and gave up 11 hits, the most of any game of the four he pitched in the series. Greensboro made three miscues and the Baptists two. Bauldree and Ware garnered three base hits in the final game and Peacock and Timmons chalked up a double apiece.
Estimated attendance by the league officials for the five game series was 10,000.
Home runs, Godwin; 3 base hits, Sandy, Clark, Bauldree, Story, Stoutamire, Watson, Bauldree, Ware; 2 base hits, Stoutamire, Wells, Watson, Story, Timmons, Peacock.
Pitching record: Baptist, Dixon, 25 innings, allowed 14 hits, stuck out 32, walked 8. Mears, 10 innings, allowed 12 hits, struck out 1, walked 1. Greensboro, Clark, 27 innings, allowed 23 hits, struck out 4, walked 4, Bryant, 8 1/3 innings, allowed 12 hits, struck out 6, walked 4.
|Edmunds Home Scene of Birthday Dinner
Mrs. Roy Edmunds was hostess to a group of friends at a dinner party given Saturday night at the Edmunds home in honor of the birthdays of Mr. Edmunds and Milton Poppell.
The living room was attractive with arrangements of summer flowers, and the dining table, at which the guests were seated, was centered with a floral decoration in pink and green.
Mrs. Edmunds served a delicious dinner of fried chicken, English peas, potato salad, tomatoes, rolls and ice tea, with cocoanut cake for dessert. Afterward, a large birthday cake was place on the table, and gifts were presented to the honor guests.
Later in the evening, the party enjoyed dancing at Edgewood in Tallahassee.
Those attending the function with Mr. and Mrs. Edmunds and Mr. Poppell were Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Blount, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Hall, Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Henderson, Miss Anita Tullos, Bill Miller, Grady Poppell, Miss Jeanelle Haire of Quincy and Miss Beth Fincher of Tallahassee.
Dr. Taylor Will Practice In Quincy
Doctor W. Forrest Taylor has announced the opening of offices in Quincy for the practice of general denistry. He is associated with Doctor Fred L. Rowan in offices at 215 1/2 North Madison street.
Widely known in the county, Dr. Taylor was reared near Quincy, being a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Taylor. His wife is the former Miss Josie Blitch of Quincy.
A graduate of Gadsden County High School, class of 1941, the young dentist is a 1947 graduate of Emory University School of Denistry. While at Emory, he became a member of Phi Delta Theta, social fraternity and Psi Omega, professional fraternity.
Following his graduation, Doctor Taylor was engaged in the practice of his profession in Bainbridge, Georgia for about a year.
|Birthday Party Given For Guinn Haskins
Guinn Haskins celebrated his 12 birthday at a party given at his home Saturday afternoon by his mother, Mrs. W. B. Haskins.
A number of children who were invited enjoyed playing several games outdoors, after which Guinn opened the useful gifts he received.
Favors of chewing gum, candies and novelty balloons were given to the guests, and punch was served with the birthday cake which Guinn cut after blowing out the candles.
Those celebrating the occasion were Carol Jean Graham, Mary Jean Butlelr, Julie Griner, Mary Ann Butler, Joyce May, Jane Gregory, Pastsy Fischer, Patsy McCall, Miriam Cowart, Betty Shelfer, Sara Ruth Shelfer, Annette Whigham, Sylvia Sapp, Patsy Staggers, Millard Harrison, Sheldon Loch, Charles Noack, Kenneth Haskins, Charles Dudley, Kenneth Thigpen, Leon Whigham, Wayne Gregory, Bobby Arrington, Bobby Scott and Lucille Mills.
|John, Helen Woodbery Celebrate Birthdays With Swim Party
The Woodbery home on Lake Talquin was the scene, last Friday afternoon, of a swimming party, honoring John and Helen Woodbery whose birthdays occur within the same week.
John was celebrating his 8th birthday and Helen, her 10th.
Guests were served watermelon on arriving and during the afternoon enjoyed swimming in the attractive lake pool.
An unusual round birthday cake with merry go round figure decorations was the center attraction on the long table set out in the yard. A musical rounda-lay of "Happy Birthday" was played.
Ice cream was served with the birthday cake and balloons were given as favors.
About 38 little friends of the honorees from Quincy and Havana enjoyed this delightful party.
|Buffet Supper Honores Miss Frances Powell
Miss Frances Powell was honored Friday evening with a buffet supper given by her mother, Mrs. L. W. Powell, in the garden of the Powell home. The party was in celebration of Miss Powell's birthday, which was the following day.
Guests were invited for six o'clock, and were served a delicious supper of ham, potato salad, tomatoes, rolls and iced tea from a table placed on the lawn. The young people were seated outdoors on lawn furniture.
Those enjoying the party with Miss Powell were Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Suber of Greensboro, Misses Deede Robertson, Billie Willis, Sarah Routon, Virginia Bert, Anita Tullos, Margaret Miller and Carol Ellinor; Bill Spooner, Pat Butler, Bill Miller, Fred Williams, Donald Williams, Bobby Miller, Dan Miller and Howard Gray.
|Bill Williams Has Party On 2nd Birthday
Mrs. W. L. Williams, Jr., entertained Tuesday afternoon at her home with a birthday party for her son, Bill, who was two years old.
The tiny guests enjoyed playing with toys outdoors, and later were invited into the house, where the hostess served refreshments of birthday cake, cookies, and ice cream.
Bill was presented with attractive gifts by his friends.
Those invited to the party were Mary Gregory, Margaret Arrington, Beth Truluck, Paula Walker, Betty Jo May, Betty Jo Smith, Denise Boynton, Anne Bert, Charles Tullos, Greg Goodman, Freddy Shelfer, Jimmy Stephens, Don McEwen, Tommy and Johnny Fischer and Buster Standley.
By Jeannette Joiner
Mrs. J. E. (Mary Ella) Vickers entertained with a birthday dinner Sunday for her husband. Those attending the occasion with Mr. and Mrs. Vickers were Mr. and Mrs. Millard (and Grace Vickers) Harrison and son (Millard), of Havana, Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Bob and Sarah Vickers) Perkins and children of Tallahassee, Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow (and Gertrude Vickers) Lowe, and children and Russell, Leonard and Council Vickers and Miss Elsie Walsh all of Concord.
Mr. and Mrs. L. S. (Toby and Elizabeth) Scoggins and infant son, Ronny, of Bainbridge, visited Mrs. Ettie Joiner Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. B. H. (Hardy and Ada) Vickers visited relatives in Tallahassee and Panama City last week-end.
Lessie Myrl Gray was the guest of Mary Ed Hartsfield Sunday.
Little Miss Sandra Herring of Atlanta, is visiting her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hoyte Herring for several weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. James Wilcox of Tampa were one day visitors here Tuesday, at the home of Mrs. Ruby Womack, Mr. Wilcox's cousin.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Tillis are vacationing this week in south Florida. They will spend a few days at Safety Harbor.
Mr. and Mrs. Luther Spooner have named their infant daughter, born August 20th, Helen Ann.
Misses Marilyn Morgan and Nell Gray, teachers in Panama City, spent the past week-end at their homes here.
Bobby Miller, student at Emory University, is spending his vacation period between semesters with his parents here.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd King Gregory are happy to announce the arrival of a son, born August 27th at Gadsden County Hospital. The baby has been named George B. Gregory.
Gene Leverett left last Saturday for a two weeks visit with relatives in Houston, Tex.
Mrs. Kelly Goodman is confined to her home with mumps.
Miss Lola Miller, has taken up her duties at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., where she is Student Worker. She will also be connected with the First Presbyterian Church there as Young Peoples Worker.
Mr. Jess Pulliam was a recent visitor here at the Fletcher home.
Miss Mary Zell Haskins spent last week-end in Tallahassee, as the guest of Miss Mary Boynton.
Miss Audrey Ann Blackmon, who visited her grandmother, Mrs. Mary J. Blackmon in Mobile last week, attended the Teen-Age Fashion Show at one of the local department stores Saturday morning. Music was furnished by Dean Hudson and the singer was Andy Russell, current idol of Teen-Agers clubs.
Mrs. Fred Butler and children, from Rochester, Minn., are visiting relatives here and in Quincy.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Bowen of Atlanta are visiting at the home of Dr. and Mrs. J. W. (Winston and Helen) Sapp.
Mr. and Mrs. Harris Spence and children are now residing in Havana having moved here from Tallahassee the first part of the week. Mr. Spence is the manager of the Havana Super Market.
Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Leonard had as their guests from Sunday through Tuesday, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Sansom, of Chattanooga, Tenn. Mr. Sansom and Mr. Leonard were in service together for three years.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Robinson have returned from a two weeks' vacation in the Smoky Mountains. They stopped in Clanton, Ala., on their return trip and were accompanied home by Miss Zonia Robinson, who will visit them for a week.
Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Etter of Dupont, Ohio, are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Watson and Mrs. Ruth Staggers. Mrs. Etter will be remembered as Miss Dot Wells.
Mrs. Nettie Alderman of Bainbridge was the week end guest of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Laing.
Mrs. Amanda Dessomes has returned to her home in Ocean Springs, Miss., after a month's visit here with her daughter, Mrs. G. E. (Kettie) McEwen and family.
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Gray visited Miss Pet Howren Friday evening of last week. They were accompanied by their daughter, Mrs. Tom Agerton and her two children, Tommie and Carole, of Winter Haven, Fla.
Friends of Mrs. Lee Arrington will regret to learn that she has a sprained ankle due to a fall last Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Brink Poppell and Larry are enjoying a two weeks vacation in Miami, Fla., as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Paltridge.
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