Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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November 26, 2013

Alan Anderson: Historic tidbits — January-June 1963

AMERICUS — Jan. 4, 1963: “MISS WALTERS NOW RETIRED AT PLAINS - Miss Nell Walters, beloved local citizen, has gone into retirement after 42 years in association with an insurance business here, both as an employee and owner. Miss Walters entered the insurance business in 1920 when she was employed by the late W.L. Thomas. On his death in 1939 the business was purchased by the late Earl Carter, who died in 1953 and left the firm to Miss Walters … it was purchased by the late Mr. Carter’s son, Jimmy Carter … ”

Jan. 17, 1963: “FORMER LOCAL RESIDENT DIES - W.W. Daniel, 58, a former Americus resident, died in a hospital in Algona, Iowa about 8:30 a.m. Thursday [Jan. 17th] following a heart attack suffered there several days ago … Survivors include his widow, the former Virginia Mae Bass of Americus; also his mother-in-law, Mrs. O.S. Bass Sr., of this city … ”; “HOSPITAL NOTES - … admitted … Mrs. John Rushin … ”

Jan. 19, 1963: “Last rites for William Walter Daniel Sr. … president of the Wiedenkoff Corp., of Algona and vice-president of the Snap On Tool Corp. … Survivors include … two daughters, Mrs. Michael Wahl, Urbana, Ill., and Mrs. Larry Harris, Chicago, Ill.; one son, Dr. W.W. Daniel Jr., Chicago; one sister, Mrs. T.P. Ball Sr., College Parker; one brother, John W.L. Daniel, Fernandina Beach … three grandchildren … Active pallbearers include Theo Bass, Jimmy Bass, O.S. Bass Jr., T.P. Ball Sr., George Worthy, Quention James and Jimmy Lowe Snider … ”

Jan. 21, 1963: “HOSPITAL NOTES - … Dismissed … Mrs. John Rushin … ”

Jan. 28, 1963: “Mrs. C.M. Hale and Miss Laura May Hale have returned from East Point, where they spent two months with Mrs. Hale’s daughter, Mrs. Ray Kinnamon and Mr. Kinnamon.”

Feb. 4, 1963: “T-R Editor To Be President‘s Luncheon Guest - James R. Blair, editor and publisher of The Americus Times-Recorder, has accepted an invitation from President John F. Kennedy to be guest of the President at lunch at the White House … The president’s invitation reads: “It would be useful to me to have an exchange of views with you on state, regional and national problems. Therefore I would be pleased to have you as my guest at luncheon … February 7th at 1:00 P.M. at the White House. I hope it will be possible for you to attend.”; “Miss Synthia Snider, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Lowe Snider, of Atlanta, was married to Charles G. Foshee of Atlanta … at the Druid Hills Methodist Church … Among the attendants … was little Mary Elizabeth Bass, of Rome, formerly of Americus … bride is the granddaughter of Mrs. O.S. Bass Sr. … Among those from this area attending … Mr. and Mrs. George Worthy, Emily and Andy Worthy, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Bass and Mrs. O.S. Bass Jr. … ”

Feb. 6, 1963: “Mr. and Mrs. Blair Mayes and Mrs. G.L. Cooper, of Miami, and Douglas Mayes, of Jacksonville, are visiting their mother and sister, Mrs. D.B. Mayes, who underwent major eye surgery yesterday … ”

Feb. 12, 1963: photograph of Americus Boys Choir, with names

Feb. 14, 1963: “HOSPITAL NOTES - … admitted … Garrett Purvis … of Americus … ”

Feb. 16, 1963: Jimmy Bass, et. al., pallbearers at funeral of Mrs. W.R. Ryals, died Feb. 14th, born Feb. 20, 1877

Feb. 18, 1963: “HOSPITAL NOTES - … admitted … Charles Speer … ”

Feb. 19, 1963: “HOSPITAL NOTES - … dismissed … Garrett Purvis … ”

Feb. 20, 1963: “The Americus branch of the American Association of University Women met … Wilbur Giddings presented an informative program, discussing the historical background of art in this community. He stated “Americus is endowed with more culture than most towns that I know of.” … ”

Feb. 21, 1963: photograph - “METHODIST NURSING HOME - Above is the architect’s drawing of the $1,700,000 nursing home which will be constructed here in connection with the separate $2 million South Georgia Methodist Home for the Aging, Inc., on Lee Street Road. Actual construction will begin about mid-March and the nursing home will be open Jan. 1, 1964 … The facilities will be housed on a 392-acre tract across from the Americus County Club. Magnolia Manor will be ready to accept first guests about Sept. 1.”

Feb. 22, 1963: “HOSPITAL NOTES - … admitted … J.T. Bass … ”

Feb. 27, 1963: “HOSPITAL NOTES - … Dismissed … James T. Bass … ”

March 5, 1963: “Arnold E. Durham, 914 Post Way died about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday [March 5th] at the Americus and Sumter County Hospital. Survivors include … Dennis A. …, Americus … ”

March 6,1963: “Herbert Watson Moon Sr., 69, of 731 Wheatley St., prominent local civic leader … died at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus about 6 a.m. Wednesday [March 6th] … The World War I veteran is survived by … daughter … Mrs. Hugh Rushin, Americus … ”

March 9,1963: “The local Phi Mu Alumnae chapter observed Founder’s Day of the Sorority … at which Mrs. C.M. Hale, who has been a member for fifty years, was honored. Mrs. Tom Marshall Jr., president, presented Mrs. Hale a Golden Shield, a 50-year certificate. Mrs. Hale, the former Laura Ansley joined the sorority while a student at Wesleyan College in 1912 … Mrs. Hale’s mother, the late May Speer Ansley was a member of Philomathian as were her cousins, the late Mary Lou Ansley and Mary Granberry, who served as president … ” [photograph 3-11-63]

March 11,1963: “Jonathan Rowland, 13-months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Whitney Thornton Rowland, of Savannah and former Americus residents died at mid-morning Monday [March 11th] … child’s mother was the former Saranne Rushin … survivors include maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Rushin … paternal great grandfather, J.H. Rushin … ”

March 12,1963: “Coleman Speer, of Americus .. will be one of four participants in a panel discussion … at the American Legion’s National Rehabilitation Conference in Washington, D.C..”

March 15,1963: “100-CAR PARKING LOT PLANNED IN AMERICUS - On S. Jackson Street just one-half block from Lamar … will have a frontage of 105 feet on Jackson street and will be 335 feet deep … ” razed Barrow House and Bynum house just north; “HOSPITAL NOTES - … admitted … Mrs. J.D. Rushin … ”

March 21,1963: groundbreaking ceremony for Magnolia Manor [photograph 3-22-63]

March 22,1963: “HOSPITAL NOTES - … Mrs. J.D. Rushin … ”

March 26,1963: City Court: “Mrs. Stella T. Purvis, improper driving, 1 mo. or $56.50”

March 28,1963: “ROBIN RUSHIN IS FETED ON BIRTHDAY - Mrs. Olin Rushin honored her son, Robin, with a … party Tuesday afternoon [Mar. 26] at the Country Club the occasion being a celebration of his 12th birthday … ”

March 29,1963: Americus native Robert M. Seig appointed to Chatham County Board of Education

April 5,1963: “HOSPITAL NOTES - … admitted … Mrs. Jimmy Bass … ”

April 8,1963: photograph - “STRONGMAN PAUL ANDERSON - Georgia‘s Paul Anderson - ‘Strongman‘ to Visit Civitan Club Tuesday … ”; “HOSPITAL NOTES - … admitted … C.E. Purvis, of Charing … ”

April 11,1963: “HOSPITAL NOTES - … Dismissed … Mrs. Jimmy Bass … ”

April 12,1963: “HOSPITAL NOTES - … admitted … Mrs. Hugh Rushin … Dismissed … C.E. Purvis, Charing.”

April 15,1963: “Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Bass honored their daughter, Nancy, with an Easter party Saturday afternoon [April 13th] at the home of Mr. and Mrs. O.S. Bass Jr., on Cornelia Drive, the occasion marking her 5th birthday anniversary … ”; “Ralph Nelson Jr., student at Riverside Military College, Gainesville, spent Easter weekend with his mother, Mrs. Olin Rushin.”

April 16,1963: “SERVICE NEWS - Douglass Morrow, son of Judge and Mrs. T.G. Morrow of Ellaville, has recently been promoted to the rank of Captain. Captain Morrow, his wife and baby reside in Columbus while he is presently stationed at Fort Benning.”

April 18,1963: photograph - “JOANNA MOORE - LOCAL ACTRESS WEDS - Ryan O’Neal, who plays the last of the Garrets on “Empire” and Joanna Moore, above, the lovely actress from Americus, disclosed that they were secretly married in Las Vegas April 3. They met when she guested on the series in an episode called “Green, Green Hills.” Joanna, who is known here as Joanna Cook Carrison, is the niece of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Gaston of the Friendship community. She attended the local schools and formerly sang in the choir at the First Methodist Church.”

April 19,1963: “Seeking Industry - Negro Citizens Purchase Industrial Tract Land - A group of Americus Negro citizens has purchased a 10-acre tract of land for purposes of establishing an industrial tract and will go ahead with plans to form an Industrial Development Corp. it was announced today. The acreage was purchased from the Staley estate is located about three miles from Americus on the Souther Field Road. The overall plan follows that of the industrial tract developed by white citizens some years ago on the Leslie Road … ”

April 20,1963: “Mrs. C.M. Hale and Miss Laura May Hale have returned from a visit in East Point. Mrs. Hale’s daughter, Mrs. Ray Kinnamon and son [sic], Ansley, accompanied them home for a visit.”

April 22,1963: “Mrs. O.S. Bass Sr. and Miss Nell Walters left today for Atlanta to spend a few days as the guests of Mrs. Bass’ daughter, Mrs. J.L. Snider and Mr. Snider.”; “HOSPITAL NOTES - … Dismissed … Mrs. Hugh Rushin … ”

April 23,1963: Mr, and Mrs. Marion B. Folsom, Pres. Eisenhower’s H.E.W. secretary, visited her sisters, Mrs. Lee Hudson and Mrs. Sam Leonard; “ELLAVILLE, GA. - It was a happy occasion for Mr. and Mrs. John Hugh Robinson … Saturday afternoon, April 13, at their home in celebration of their golden wedding anniversary … Mrs. Stanley Green, niece of Mr. Robinson, met the guests at the door … In the receiving line … Mrs. H.M. Mills of Albany and Mrs. Troy Morrow of Ellaville, sister of Mr. Robinson … Out of town guests … Capt. And Mrs. Douglas Morrow and daughter, Ft. Benning; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Morrow and children, Warner Robins; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Morrow and children, Columbia, S.C.; Mrs. Ethel Robinson, Americus … ”

April 26,1963: “First Methodist Church To Observe 128th Year … it having been established in 1835 by Rev. J. Edwards, a Methodist circuit rider of that day. This date was only four years after Americus was laid out and incorporated as a town. In the year 1845 the first Methodist Church building in Americus was erected. The pastor at that time Rev. R. Menafee was responsible for the erection of the unpretentious frame building. Prior to its erection services were held on North Lee Street by members of different faiths … ”; “Student Reports Beating In City - A field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee reported he was beaten and kicked by a white man here Thursday after taking a Negro woman to register to vote. The field secretary, Ralph Allen … ”

May 2,1963: obituary of David Dixon Usry, died May 1st, age 53, of Smithville


May 9,1963: “HOSPITAL NOTES - … admitted … Mrs. Ethel Robinson … ”

May 10,1963: “ … Work is to be started in the near future … on extension of Prince … from East Forsyth … in an arc to North Jackson … ”

May 11,1963: Russell Speer, et. al., treated to overnight canoe trip for having 6 months perfect attendance at Central Baptist Sunday School

May 14,1963: “Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Smith Jr., of Jacksonville, were called here to be with her mother, Mrs. Ethel Robinson, who underwent an operation yesterday. Mr. Smith returned home today and Mrs. Smith remarried to be near her mother for several days longer.”; “HOSPITAL NOTES - … admitted … Garrett Purvis … of Americus … ”

May 17,1963: “HOSPITAL NOTES - … Dismissed … Garret Purvis … ”

May 20,1963: “Sam Gunn Jr. and Tommy Gunn, of Atlanta, spent the weekend with their mother, Mrs. Sidney Lawless.”

May 29,1963: photograph of Plains High School graduates

June 1,1963: “Colored Hospital Notes” discontinued

June 3,1963: photograph of Americus High School graduates; photograph of Union High School graduates; “Tommy Gunn and Miss Joyce Scott, of Atlanta, were guests of his mother, Mrs. Sidney Lawless Friday, coming for the former’s graduation from Georgia Southwestern College.”; “HOSPITAL NOTES - … admitted … Miss Marie Purvis … ”

June 5, 1963: “Ralph Nelson Jr., student at Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, has arrived to spend the summer with his mother, Mrs. Olin Rushin,”

June 6, 1963: Johnny Rushin, et. al., active pallbearers at funeral of J.G. McArthur, died June 4th, age 59

June 10, 1963: “Mr. and Mrs. Blair Mayes, of Miami Springs, are visiting his mother, Mrs. D.B. Mayes, South Lee Street.”

June 11, 1963: “Mr. and Mrs. George Worthy and Andy Worthy attended the graduation exercises at Emory University last weekend. Miss Emily Worthy, who received an A.B. degree in English and Humanities, accompanied them home for a few weeks before going to Savannah, where she has accepted a position with the Savannah News Press.”; “Miss Nan Gunn, of Baltimore, is visiting her mother, Mrs. Sidney Lawless and Mr. Lawless, Oglethorpe avenue.”

June 29, 1963: “Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wahl and children, David and Tim, returned to their home in Urban, Ill., today after a visit with her grandmother, Mrs. O.S. Bass Sr., and other relatives here.”; Joanna Moore co-starred with Fred McMurray in Disney’s “Son of Flubber” movie.

Alan Anderson, archivist of the Sumter Historic Trust, lives in Americus.


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