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.
|This week's issue has a lot of ads about Truluck Ford's grand opening and one congratulating Gandy's Supermarket on its 12-Year Anniversary. Be sure to scroll past the ads, as there may be more news and more ads following them.|
|Ford Agency Changes Hands
Pictured above is the home of the New Truluck Ford Company, formerly the Havana Ford Company. The sale of the Ford agency to a local corporation was announced today by W. H. Truluck, president of the new firm.
Ford Agency Is Sold To Local Corporation
The purchase of the Havana Motor Company from Merrill F. Ellinor, at an undisclosed figure, was announced today, by W. H. (Bubba) Truluck, president of the new corporation which will be known as Truluck Ford company.
Negotiations for the transfer of the long established Ford agency here have been underway for several weeks and will be closed today, Truluck stated.
Associated with Truluck in the new enterprise are Cecil Butler, Henry Slappey, and Jimmie Taylor, Sr. Butler and Slappey are to be vice presidents and Taylor will be secretary-treasurer. All of the members of the new firm are well known and long time residents of Havana and this community.
Bubba Truluck has, for the past 10 years, been associated with the Shelfer and Ellinor company, where he has served in a sales and executive capacity. His experience has well qualified him to understand the service needs and desires of the public.
In announcing the policy of the new corporation, Truluck said that they plan to offer the very best of automotive service and sales. Up to date modern service equipment, which includes the recent installation of wheel alignment machinery, and experienced personnel will be available to serve the public at all times.
A cordial invitation was issued by President Truluck on behalf of himself and his business associates to automobile owners and their many friends to drop in and visit at the Truluck Ford company whenever they feel so inclined.
Full details of a special $100,000,000 contest will be announced in next week's Herald, Truluck said.
|The Office Cat
Mr. and Mrs. Boss blew in from their vacation Satruday, blew in literally, that is. The boss claims he didn't have to use his motor coming home from the beach. All he had to do was guide the car, and the hurricane did the rest. I don't know whether to believe him or not, since I wasn't along. He still signs the checks, however, so I guess it's a true story.
Just as I was thinking we might have one week with the entire Herald staff present and working, or at least present, all at the same time, Carolyn decided to take a short vacation. As if it weren't enough for me to be pressed into service as society editor, I also had to set most of the type because George wasn't well enough to work this week. ONE week we're going to have a staff reunion and get everyone together.
The volunteer firemen certainly did a heroic bit of work by rescuing Wilburn Wilcox from the schoolhouse roof Monday night. I suggested to the firemen that if he could get up there, he ought to be able to get down the same way. When they explained to me that it was a practice drill, however, I joined right into the spirit of the thing and directed the operations. The siren and the bell on the firetruck were also right down my alley.
Now that summer is practically gone and all the fashionable resorts are closed and I've spent all the money I saved up for my vacation, someone at last said those wonderful words to the boss: "Why don't you let that poor overworked Office Cat have a vacation? He deserves one, if anyone does." Of course, I had to pay plenty to get someone to say that, but it worked very nicely. You needn't even bother to get your paper next week, because the best part of the reading material (i.e., this column) probably won't be there. Since the hurricane season has set in, I plan to steer clear of the beach. There's no telling where I may go, but I'll try to find time to drop you a line and give you the low down on the vacation of THE OFFICE CAT.
|Yearly Red Cross Reports Given at Board Meeting
Last Tuesday, the Board of Directors of the Gadsden County Chapter of American Red Cross met at the home of Mrs. J. C. Jessup, executive secretary. The board members present were: Dr. B. F. Barnes, Chattahoochee, Mr. Wright Clark, Mt. Pleasant, Mr. Edward Fletcher, Greensboro, Mrs. E. D. Weatherly, Havana, Mr. E. C. Mahaffey, Quincy, Mr. Henry Weinberg, Quincy.
This was an open meeting and there were eleven others present because of their interest in Red Cross.
Minutes of the last meeting were read by the secretary, Mrs. E. D. Weatherly. Mr. E. C. Mahaffey, chairman, then called for reports of the various departments. The treasurer, Mr. S. W. Anderson, reported a balance on hand of $4,100.93, as of August 23, 1949. Lack of funds has made it necessary to sharply curtail the work of the local office.
Mr. Ned Hinson, Home Service chairman, reported 431 cases handled by the office since June, 1949. Each one of these cases represents service to a family, a veteran a serviceman, or a civilian.
Mr. Ned Faircloth, disaster chairman, is planning to more fully organize the Quincy committee for disaster relief in the near future.
The Volunteer Service Chairman, Mrs. William Lester, reported that eight layettes have been issued through the Health Center and Welfare office.
Miss Anne Crownover was introduced by Mrs. C. R. Shaw, Jr., chairman of the Junior Red Cross. Miss Crownover gave a lively and interesting account of her 10 days at the Junior Red Cross camp in July. Under the sponsorship of Mrs. Shaw, the Junior Red Cross is most active in Gadsden County schools.
A vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Tod Bell for his volunteer services as auditor of the chapter books. Mr. Bell made a thorough check of the finances and reported the records in good shape.
A finance committee was appointed by Mr. Mahaffey, as follows; Mr. Ned Hinson, chairman, Mr. Marcus Shelfer and Mr. Everett Morrow. Their duty will be to plan the budget for the chapter for the ensuing year, and also to select a chairman for the fund drive in March, 1950.
The meeting was adjourned, after which Mrs. Jessup served cold drinks, coffee and cookies.
|Bear Cats Lose 1 to Greensboro
The league leading Havana Bearcats eliminated the Methodists in the playoff last week and earned the right to meet their old rivals, Greensboro, in the finals.
In the first game, with the Methodists here on the local diamond, the Havana club, behind pitcher (Alex) McMillan's steady hurling jumped on Smith for nine hits and 13 runs to smother their hapless opponents 13-5. In the first game, Sylvester Yawn slammed out a homer as every one of his teammates except the pitcher collected a single. Doc Porter starred for the Methodists, getting three of their five hits.
In the second game a close and even pitcher's duel developed between (Garrett) Brooks for the locals and Hatcher for the Methodists with Brooks winning by a narrow 3-2 margin. Each pitcher gave up six hits. (Howard) Gray racked up two for the Havana boys and (Max) Walker, (David) Burns, (Garrett) Brooks and (Bobby) Benton added a single each to put the Bearcats in the finals.
Greensboro Takes First
Tuesday, Greensboro and several hundred loyal rooters, invaded the Bearcats home field and tucked a neat 4-0 victory under their belts to get an early lead, in the best three out of five for the county championship.
Clark allowed only three hits in setting the local nine down without a score. McMillan for the Bearcats, gave up only five hits but errors by his teammates kept him in the hole.
Timmons, heavy hitting second baseman, clouted a home run for Greensboro.
(Howard) Gray came through with a stellar throw from short field to nip off a runner at the plate in the first inning and repeated twice in the later frames, but (Dan) Miller was unable to hold the ball.
Benton, Gray and Atkinson hit safely for Havana and Sandy C. Green, H. Green and Timmons got all of Greensboro's hits.
|PTA Group Working For Lunch Room Funds
Members of the PTA executive committee are working this week with Mr. O. B. Tindel, representative of the Curtis Publishig company on securing magazine subscriptions from which a portion of the money to go to the PTA lunch room fund. Subscriptions to the Havana Herald are also begin taken with a percentage going to the fund.
This undertaking was decided on at a special called meeting of the group last Monday afternoon at the school lunchroom.
Mrs. G. H. (Jo) Loch, president, presented to the members other business of the PTA and a large part of the time was spent in naming various members to committees, which will be announced at the September meeting, Mrs. Loch said.
Attending the meeting Monday afternoon were the following chairmen: Mrs. Carl Mahaffey, Mrs. J. O. (Sarah) Boynton, Mrs. J. W. (Helen) Sapp, Mrs. Cecil (Frances) Butler, Mrs. E. D. (Pearl) Weatherely, Mrs. Alvin (Virginia) Stephens, Mrs. Duncan (Edith) Lester, Mrs. J. T. Davis, Mrs. John Keith, Mrs. Jack (Mattie Kate) Dudley and Mrs. Loch.
|Local Firemen "Rescue" Man in Four Minutes
John Blount, fire chief, reports this week that the volunteer fire dept had the best drill last Monday night that it has had since the new dept was organized. In a practive run, the crew reached the school house and "rescued" a man from the school house roof in exactly four minutes from the city hall.
Fourteen members of the dept were present at the meeting Monday night and plans were made for the organization to have a chicken supper and dance in the near future at the City Hall. Wives of the firemen are to be invited to the affair.
|New Officers Installed At W. M. U. Meeting
Mrs. W. A. Robinson conducted the installation of new officers of the Baptist W. M. U. last Monday afternoon at the regular meeting at the church with an impressive service. Mrs. Lester Griner was installed as the new president for the 1949-50 year and others to serve with her are: Young Peoples director, Mrs. Clark (Ruby) Plemmons; first vice president, Mrs. W. B. (Mary Frances) Haskins, second vice president, Mrs. L. W. Shelfer; secretary, Mrs. W. L. Williams, Sr.; treasurer, Mrs. T. E. Jefferson; circle chairmen, Mrs. H. N. (Dewey) Alewine, Mrs. Eugene Thompson, Mrs. J. E. (Valda) Robinson; stewardship chairman, Mrs. C. H. Darsey; community mission chairman, Mrs. Hoyte Herring; Baptist children's home chairman, Mrs. Bryant (Phoebe) Walsh; mission study chairman, Mrs. E. D. (Pearl) Weatherly; W.M.U. training school chairman, Mrs. J. T. Davis; social chairman, Mrs. W. D. Walker; and Southern Baptist relief chairman, Mrs. W. B. Haskins.
The afternoon program followed the installation with Mrs. M. D. Walker giving the devotional on "All Things in Common." Mrs. Lewis Shelfer had charge of the remainder of the program and discussed the topic "Christ Is The Answer to Communism."
Twenty one members attended the meeting.
|Gandy's Observe 12th Anniversary
Gandys Super Market is observing its 12th anniversary in Havana this week end and Mildred and Dick Gandy are inviting all their customers and friends in the area to come in the store and help them celebrate. Hot coffee and cookies will be served.
The Gandys are putting on a Special Anniversary sale for the occasion (see back page) offering unusual values in all departments of the store. "Giving the people of the community these values," Dick Gandy said this week, "is in keeping with our regular policy of giving the best products availabe for the best prices possible."
"We wish to thank our friends and customers for their steady and reliable patronage during the past year and we sincerely hope to keep on satisfying the people of the vicinity and to make new friends each year," the Gandys said in a statement to the Herald this week. "We are constantly working to keep our store a comfortable and easy shopping center for our customers and in evidence of this, we are proud to point to the improvement made in the store during the past year. The meat department has been enlarged as well as our magazine display racks and a new self service Dairy Products case has been added. Also for the convenience of mothers with small children, we have added new shopping carts designed to carry children in safety.
"We hope that the people of the community will take advantage of the values we are offering for the Anniversary sale and notice that some items are as much as 20 cents lower than at this same time last year. Butter, canned milk and shortening and many other items are from 5 cents to 20 cents cheaper, but due to the gradual drop, have hardly been notice by the customer."
The store will be closed Labor Day.
Seeking shade under an umbrella at the Anchorage Beach Colony at Daytona Beach, are Mr. and Mrs. H. W. (Henry and Jean) Slappey and their children, James Henry and Betty, of Havana. Mr. Slappey is vice president of the Havana State Bank.
|Informal Party Is Given For Visitors
Mrs. W. V. (Sara Lester) Smith entertained at her home Tuesday morning with an informal party complimenting her aunts, Mrs. E. B. Woodberry, Sr., of Quincy, and Mrs. R. W. Smallwood, of Opelika, Ala. Also sharing the honors were Mrs. Nickson (Sunnie) Lester and her daughter, Judy, of Tampa.
Guests were invited to call between the hours of 10 and 11 o'clock and about 35 friends came to meet the visitors during that time.
Assisting Mrs. Smith with the serving were Mrs. Duncan (Edith) Lester, Mrs. Sam (Mary) Lester, Mrs. Davis (Jo) Smith, and Misses Frances and Betty Jo Smith and Judy Lester.
|Mrs. Lester Honored On Her Birthday
A small family dinner party was given by Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Miller last week, the occasion being the birthday of their daughter, Helen Lester. After a delicious dinner, ice cream was served with the birthday cake and Mrs. Lester opened her birthday presents from the family. The evening was spent in playing games. Besides the hosts and honoree, Winona Miller, Jimmie Miller and Warren Lester were present.
|The Lloyd Greers Are Entertained At Party
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Lester entertained last Thursday evening with a dessert bridge party honoring Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Greer, who are leaving soon to make their home in Valdosta, Ga.
Tables were set up on the spacious screen front porch at the Arrington home and the guests enjoyed a series of games during the evening. Ice cream and cake were served as refreshments and salted nuts were placed on each table.
High score prize was won by Mrs. H. R. (Jean) Bert and second high was awarded to Mrs. Fred (Anne) Arrington.
Enjoying the party with the honorees and hosts were: Mr. and Mr. W. L. Williams, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Fred Arrington, and Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Bert.
|Birthday Is Celebrated by Neal McPherson
A party was given last week by Mrs. Truman McPherson in honor of her son's birthday. Neal was eight years old on Friday but the party was held on Thursday afternoon due to school registration on Friday.
Neal and his friends enjoyed an afternoon of fun and outdoor games, directed by Miss Millidean Cook.
The refreshment table was set up in the yard and drinks, ice cream and birthday cake were served from the table to the guests. Favors were bright colored paper party hats. Neal opened his many nice gifts from his friends after refreshments.
Attending the party were: Diane and Sunny Hall, Edwina and Elaine Hall, Thelma Todd, Carol Williams, Max Smith, Lavern, Jimmie and David Powell, Bobby and Myron Presnell, Rachael Brady, Delacy Peavy, and Mrs. T. N. McPherson of Hinson, and Mrs. W. L. Presnell of Chattahoochee, grandmothers of the honoree.
Misses Novena and Janeen Moore of McLeansboro, Illl., were visitors in Havana last week for a few days. They are the nieces of Miss Ruth Moore. On Friday, the visitors were entertained at a luncheon given by Miss Mary Scott, and later in the afternoon the party went to Wakulla Springs. In the group were Joyce May, Mary Scott, the guests and Miss Moore. The girls returned to their home on Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. VanLandingham and sons, Douglas, Lloyd and Leon have moved from Havana and are now making their home in Reno, Ga. Their many friends here will miss them.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Alston of Zepherhills, Fla., were visitors this week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. Reese.
Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Whipple spent the day Sunday in Chipley and were accompanied home by Mrs. Whipple's mother, Mrs. Z. R. Gilbert, and her sister, Mrs. Ruth Pickering. The group went to Enterprise, Ala., Tuesday and were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Gilbert.
Friends of Mrs. Jimmie Sullivan of Clewiston, Fla., will regret to learn that she is in the West Palm Beach hospital, a victim of poliomyelitis. Mrs. Sullivan is a niece of Mrs. M. D. Dees and will be remembered by friends in Havana as Miss Louise Hawkins. When she was a student at FSU, she spent a year here with the Dees.
Miss Rena Junkins of Milledgeville, Ga., was the overnight guest of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Plemmons at their home here, last Thursday.
Joseph Darsey of Birmingham, Ala., spent the week end in Havana with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. (Charlie and Mettie) Darsey.
Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Laing and Mrs. M. C. Williams of Attapulgus returned last Wednesday after a week's visit in Tampa, Avon Park and Lake Wales.
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. (Jim and Cliffie) Harris were guests of the R. H. (Bob and Thelma Harris) McDavids in Dothan, Ala., over the week end.
Visiors at the home of Mrs. Eva Haviland this week are Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Hall and Mr. Aldrich Half of Macon, Ga.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Sullivan announce the birth of a son, Robert Lee, on August 24, at the Tallahassee Memorial hospital. The baby weighed seven pounds and 14 ounces. Mr. Sullivan is the assistant manager of the Havana Super Market.
Mrs. Warren Baker of Dallas, Texas, is enjoying a visit here with her mother, Mrs. Halsted and her sister, Mrs. H. N. Alewine, and Mr. Alewine. Mrs. Baker plans to be here for two weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Shelfer and little daughter, Suzanne, were week end visitors in Albany, Ga., at the home of Mrs. Shelfer's sister and brother in law, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Smith. Mrs. L. R. Clemments returned to Havana with the Shelfers for a visit.
Mr. and Mrs. Check Dodson and family have moved into their new home in Lamberts Subdivision.
Mr. and Mrs. Burke Chester and children, DeLacy, Emily and Sherian, spent the weekend here with Mr. and Mrs. A. O. (Alvin and Virginia) Stephens. They were en route home from Atlanta, Ga.
Mrs. L. O. Cason returned to her home in Lakeland Monday after a visit here. She was accompanied by her niece, Miss Carolyn Tillis.
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Watson returned home last Friday after a two weeks' trip. They visited friends in Marion, C. C., Marietta, N. C., crossed the Smokey mountains and visited with their daughter, Mrs. C. D. Cottrell and family in Kingsport, Tenn.
Friends of Blanks Leverett will regret to learn that he has been ill while on a visit with relatives in Houston, Tex., and will undergo an operation before returning home. Mrs. Eugenia Leverett, his mother, is in Houston with him.
Mrs. A. J. Worthy, Mrs. Nellie Claitt and Mrs. Bert Watson were day guests at the McCorquodale cottage at Sunnyside, Fla., Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Phillips of Louisville, Ky., visited a few days the first part of the week with Mrs. Phillips' parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Blackburn, Sr., and other relatives here.
Mr. and Mrs. James Newton and son, Mickie and Mickie Craft, all of St. Petersburg are visiting this week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Yawn. Mrs. Newton is Mr. Yawn's sister.
Mrs. Julian Gibson and daughter, Beverly, of Madison, are guests this week at the A. M. Butler home.
|Teachers and Officers Meet at Lester Home
The church school teachers and officers of the Salem Methodist church met on Monday night at 8 o'clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Lester. Out of 17 teachers and officers there were 15 present. These included, Duncan Lester, general superintendent; Kelly goodman, assistant superintendent, and teachers, Mrs. L. W. Powell, Mrs. Harold Bert, Mrs. Duncan Lester, Mrs. Kelly Goodman, Mrs. Lamar Miller, Mrs. Elbert Poppell, Mr. C. O. Pearce, Mrs. R. C. Lambert, Mr. D. F. Burns, Mrs. George Gregory, Mrs. Ruby Womack, Mr. Elbert Poppell and the pastor, Rev. J. L. Hunter.
The meeting was opened with a devotional, led by Mr. Lester, and routine business was attended to and plans made for the work of the church school for the fall and winter season. Promotion Day will be observed the second Sunday in October. The teachers and officers willbe installed by the pastor on the evening of Oct. 2nd. The meeting was closed with a prayer by Brother Hunter.
Mrs. Lester served ice cream and cake to her guests. The cordially (sic) of the Lester home and the fellowship was enjoyed by the entire group.
By Jeannette Joiner
Rev. and Mrs. F. M. Pearl, of Stetson University, Deland, visited Rev. and Mrs. J. B. Coston and son, Jimmy, Friday night and Saturday. Rev. and Mrs. Pearl were on their way to Dallas, Tex., where Rev. Pearl will enter South-western Theological Institute.
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Perritt, of Tallahassee, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. (Clarence and Achsa Vickers) Perritt Saturday night and Sunday of last weekend.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Whitaker, of Bainbridge, visited relatives here Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles (and Ruth) Britt and young son, Mike, of Tallahassee, visited Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Perritt Sunday.
Mrs. W. A. (Amelia) Peavy entertained the Intermediate class of the Baptist Sunday School with an ice cream party at her home Tuesday night. The party was enjoyed by all who attended.
|Fidelis Class Meeting Held at Keith Home
A regular meeting of the Fidelis class of the Baptist Sunday School was held last Monday night at the home of Mrs. John Keith. Mrs. M. D. Walker presided at the business session and many activities of the class were discussed. Plans were made to serve the Men's Bible class and their wives, an outdoor supper at the Darsey home next Thurday. The class decided to sponsor a nursery hour at the evening services during the revival to be held soon at the Baptist church, and 45 contacts were reported as made during the month to absentees. The president appointed a nominating committee, for new officers, to report at the next meeting. The committee was named as follows: Mrs. Conrad Harrell, chairman, and Mrs. R. D. Blackmon and Mrs. T. E. Jefferson.
The program for the evening consisted of a day by day report of classes attended at Ridgecrest Assembly given by Mrs. W. A. Robinson.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mrs. Clark Plemmons, teacher of the class, gave definite plans for visitation in the community before the Baptist revival.
The hostess served sandwiches, potato chips, nuts and cold drinks to the following members: Mesdames Conrad Harrell, Mateau Smith, Guy Weeks, Sebe Yawn, T. E. Jefferson, R. D. Blackmon, Clark Plemmons, R. L. Gainous, Aubrey Walsh, W. A. Robinson, M. D. Peavy, Lester Griner and M. D. Walker.
The September meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. Lester Griner.
|Seeks Missing Person
Walter James, colored, age 51, is trying to locate his sister, Missouri James. When last heard of, in 1907, Missouri was working at the Owl Cigar Company in Quincy. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Missouri James, please get in touch with the Red Cross office, on the third floor of the Masonic Building, in Quincy, Florida.
|Following are a number of display ads from local businesses congratulating Truluck Ford on its grand opening.
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