Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 12, 2013

Alan Anderson: Historic tidbits — July-December 1953

AMERICUS — July 1, 1953: Preston photographs and article

July 2, 1953: William A. Poole Sr‘s. letter from Hawkinsville in “Voice of the People” cited Speer’s and Clayton’s chinchilla enterprise

July 8, 1953: “Mrs. Sam Gunn and Tommy Gunn, Mrs. Earl Hatcher and Herschel Hatcher and Cpl. Georgia Nan Gunn, of Ft. Hood, Texas, spent the weekend in Vidalia, where they attended the Meadows family reunion.”; “Pvt. 2 Sam. C. Gunn Jr., is spending three weeks at the National Guard Camp at Ft. Myers, Delaware. His address is: AS24792823 Hdq. and Hdg. Det. State D.C.N.G., Ft. Myers, Del.”

July 13, 1953: “Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Mayes and family, of Cairo, Ill., are spending their vacation with Mr. Mayes’ mother, Mrs. D.B. Mayes, at her home on Furlow street.”; “Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Bass and Mrs. John Ed Young attended the funeral of Curtis Hamilton in Dublin today. Mr. Hamilton was a former Americus resident.”; “Sgt. And Mrs. Andy Anderson and children, David and Alan, were weekend guests of her sister, Mrs. Jimmy Bass and Mr. Bass. They will leave Columbus Wednesday for Stuttgart, Germany, where Sgt. Anderson is stationed at a nearby base. Sergeant Anderson was recently called home because of the critical illness and death of his father in Milwaukee.”

July 14, 1953: obituary of Jeffie Johnson, Mrs. L.S. Mathews, died July 13th, aged 85

July 21, 1953: Miss America Neva Jane Langley, a Macon native, was guest of honor at “Manufacturers Day” celebration in Americus; panoramic view of Lamar and Lee in April 27, 1916 photograph, Americus Police Dept., Americus and Sumter County Hospital, J.P. Luther, Americus Fire Department; Manhattan Shirt Company, Tom Marshall, Heys McMath Jr., Americus Merchants Association, Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Fred P. Bowen, J. Frank Myers Jr., Hospital Authority, “Smokey Bear Will Appear in Parade”; photograph of “Jaycee President - Leonard Waitsman, president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, who was one of the persons most instrumental in securing the events for “Manufactures’ Day” here.”; “Pictured above is Russell Thomas, general chairman for the Jaycee “Manufactures Day” program here today putting on his Kimco bowtie, manufactured here in Americus by the Kinnebrew Manufacturing Co. Everyone is urged to wear some local article during the festivities today.”

July 22, 1953: “J. Earl Carter, Sumter Co. Rep., Dies in Plains”; obituary of Georgia Teresa Sullivan Scott, died July 21

July 23, 1953: photograph of Americus Jaycees who sponsored “Manufacturers’ Day”; “Mrs. Ellinor T. Pruitt and Miss Lubel Speer left yesterday for Chicago, where they will spend ten days. Enroute they will stop over for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Vivien Mayes, in Evansville, Ind.”

July 28, 1953: “Mrs. W.C. Sullivan Jr., Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Sullivan III and family and Miss Vivian Sullivan have returned from Tampa, where they attended the funeral of Mrs. G.C. Scott.”

Aug. 3, 1953: “Mr. and Mrs. George Worthy and children, Emily and Andy, and niece, Miss Betty Jean Worthy, of this city, and Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Snider and children, Cynthia, Angela and Jimmy, of Atlanta, left today for St. Petersburg and other points in Florida, where they will spend a week’s vacation.”; photograph of Americus Arrows baseball team with the Five Star League

Aug. 4, 1953: “Mrs. Ellinor T. Pruitt and Miss Lubel Speer have returned from a visit to Chicago and Evansville, Indiana.”; “Coleman Speer is spending his vacation at Daytona Beach.”

Aug. 8, 1953: Sumter Shrine Club organized, L.D. Kay, president, Theo Baldwin, vice-president, Earl Williams, secretary-treasurer; “Leslie News - Mr. H.L. Speer who has been in the Gainesville, Ga. Hospital for several months, was moved to the Griffin and Spalding Co. Hospital July 13. He is reported as doing very well. He enjoys receiving cards from his friends.”

Aug. 10, 1953: “Corporal Nan Gunn, of Ft. Hood, Texas, is spending a 15-day leave with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gunn.”

Aug. 12, 1953: “Miss Rose Mary Giddings left today for Tampa to spend ten days with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell A. Miller.”

Aug. 15,1 953: “Mrs. M.T. King honored Mrs. Judson Strong, of Albany, with a surprise birthday party last night at the Elk’s Club … ”

Aug. 18, 1953: “Mrs. A.B. Howard, of Vidalia, is visiting her niece, Mrs. Ethel Robinson, on Oak avenue.”

Aug. 19, 1953: “BIRTHS - Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Schneider, of Chattanooga, announce the birth of a daughter, Monday, August 17, at Erlanger Hospital, who has been named Patricia Elaine. Mr. Schneider is a former Americus resident and the baby is the granddaughter of Mrs. C.A. Schneider of this city.”

Aug. 20, 1953: “GIDDINGS TO RECEIVE DEGREE ON SATURDAY - Marvin Alvin Giddings Jr. will receive an A.B. degree in Chemical Science from Emory University … Mr. Giddings, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Giddings of this city, will enter the medical school at Emory August 25.”; “Miss Rose Mary Giddings has returned from Tampa … ”

Aug. 22, 1953: “Spud Bass, who has been attending the naval officers’ candidate school at Long Beach, Calif., has returned home.”

Aug. 25, 1953: Harrold Bros. business records, 1859-1953, four tons worth, donated to Emory University; “Mrs. Sam Gunn and Tommy have returned from a visit in Virginia and Washington, D.C.”; “Cpl. Nan Gunn has returned to Ft. Hood, Texas, where she is stationed after a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gunn.”; “Sam Gunn Jr., of Washington, D.C., is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gunn.”; “SERVICE NEWS - The Reserve Officer Candidate course has been completed by Spud Bass, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.S. Bass Jr., of 10 Cornelia Drive, Americus, Ga. Bass is in his first year as an ROC candidate at Alabama Polytechnic Institute at Auburn … ”

Aug. 26, 1953: photographs of Harrold donation of business records

Sept. 1, 1953: “Sam Gunn Jr. has returned to Washington, D.C. after a visit with his parents … on Oglethorpe avenue.”; “2nd Lt. Theron Joyner, Joel Joyner and Venita Bradshaw, have returned to Vidalia after spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gunn …”

Sept. 4, 1953: photograph of 1953 Americus High School Panthers football team

Sept. 5, 1953: “Mrs. Charles Monroe Hale announces the marriage of her daughter, Barbara, to Raymond Lee Kinnamon, of Cartersville, the marriage having been solemnized on Saturday morning, September 5th, at eleven o’clock at Grace Methodist Church, Atlanta ... Only the parents were present … Mr. Kinnamon … is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lee Kinnamon, of Cartersville … ”

Sept. 9, 1953: Russell Speer, et. al., guests at Pamela Peters’ sixth birthday party Sept. 8th

Sept. 14, 1953: “Mrs. J.L. Snider and children, Bobby, Cynthia and Jimmy, of Atlanta, spent the weekend with her mother, Mrs. O.S. Bass Sr., and other relatives here, coming for the Bass-Mundy wedding.”; marriage of Omer Stevenson “Spud” Bass III and Miss Barbara June Mundy Sept. 12th

Sept. 25, 1953: “Tri-County News Ends Publication - … was suspended today … by the publisher, Rawdon Barnes … Mr. Barnes stated that the commercial printing end of his business will be continued in the same location 118 South Jackson Street. Only the newspaper is being discontinued. The Tri-County News was established in 1933 by the Gammage Print Shop. Mr. Barnes and associates in the West Georgia Publishing Co., Inc., purchased the newspaper and printing plant four years ago.”; “Mrs. Ellinor T. Pruitt and Miss Lubel Speer spend Wednesday in Atlanta on business.”

Sept. 30, 1953: “HOSPITAL NOTES - Hugh Rushin is undergoing medical treatment at Americus and Sumter County Hospital.”

Oct. 12, 1953: “The Central Baptist Church has purchased the Bailey property adjoining the church … ”

Oct. 21, 1953: “Plans for the publication of a weekly issue of the Times-Recorder were announced today … scheduled to make its appearance next Friday, Oct. 23 … ”

Oct. 26, 1953: “VIEW OF HOSPITAL WING - This aerial view shows the colored wing addition to the Americus and Sumter County Hospital. The unit has a 35-bed capacity and was built at a cost of $250,000 through city, county, state and Hill-Burton Act hospital funds. Formal dedication for the structure was held Sunday with 2,000 persons attending … colored persons appearing on the program were Oscar Maxwell, master of ceremonies; Rev. R.L. Freeman, who gave the revocation; J.E. Brown, who presented the speaker; Rev. C.L. Daughtery, who gave the benediction; and Rosalyn Purdy, who directed the music. The Staley High Chorus sang … Colored Hospital Auxiliary conducted tours … Chairman of the 250-person auxiliary is Lenora Lambert … ”

Oct. 27, 1953: Susan Cobb, et. al., guests at Patsy Binkley Gillespie’s third birthday party Nov. 6,1953: photograph of “High School Bulging At Seams - AMERICUS HIGH SCHOOL is bulging at the seams … At right in the above picture is shown the group or number of students which the high school building can competently accommodate. At left, kneeling down, is shown the overflow, or the number of pupils which must be housed at the school because no other facilities are available for them.”

Nov. 7, 1953: photographs of newly completed Sunday School building for First Presbyterian and Religious Education building (formerly original 1870s library); “Mr. and Mrs. Q.E. James and children, Libby and Frances, of Albany, are spending the weekend with relatives here.”

Nov. 10, 1953: “Work has started on renovating the old Americus and Sumter County Hospital building on Dodson St. for use as the Sumter County health center … ”

Nov. 14, 1953: “COLEMAN SPEER IS APPOINTED TO NATIONAL BOARD (American Legion’s National Rehabilitation Advisory Board)”

Nov. 16, 1953: “NEGRO HOSPITAL WING OFFICIALLY OPENED MONDAY - … with the admittance of 17 patients. Hospital Administrator James Williams announced that the colored patients were removed from the old hospital on Wild St. and taken to the new site by ambulance … under the supervising of Mrs. Stuart Prather. Dr. W.H.C. Dudley will be in charge … 35-bed unit houses a separate operating and delivery room … with the same laboratory and X-ray units being used … ”

Nov. 18, 1953: “Fourth Baptist Church Will Be Organized Here - … church will be known as the W.F. Cheek Memorial Baptist church in honor of Mr. Cheek, Friendship Association field worker, who passed away earlier this year. It is located at the intersection of Tripp and Felder … R.H. Comer is Sunday School superintendent and Edgar Dalton, Training Union Director.”

Nov. 19, 1953: “Hundreds Of Indian Relics Form Hobby Of Americus Man - W.T. McMath of Americus is of the opinion that if you want a hobby that combines intellectual stimulation with physical relaxation, then try walking over the fields looking for Indian relics … ”; “John D. Rushin is a surgical patient at Americus and Sumter County Hospital.”

Nov. 21, 1953: photograph of “MAIN ENTRANCE COLORED HOSPITAL”

Nov. 24, 1953: photograph of Lott Bros. 41st anniversary “ … taken in front of Lott Brothers Service Station in the early 1930s. The business was located then in the … corner of Lamar Street and Cotton Avenue. Those shown in the picture … J.W. Lott, J.B. Hand, C.B. Gibson, the late Roy Parker, Melvin Tye, Tony Pantone and Fred Chappell. The colored porter at the right is M.C. Glass.”; “Bob Bass and Jack Moon are spending this week in Atlanta, serving as pages in the General Assembly. Bob is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Purvis while there.”

Nov. 25, 1953: “ … Tuesday a jury ruled in favor of the defendant, the Seaboard Air Lines Railroad Co., in a case brought by H.L. Speer. Mr. Speer was suing for damages in the amount of $1,500 for the burning of a two-room tenant house near Sumter City … ”

Nov. 27, 1953: “Mrs. Ray Kinnamon, of Cartersville, is spending a few days with her mother, Mrs. C.M. Hale.”

Nov. 28, 1953: “Name Annex For Rev. Davenport - The proposed new annex at the Benevolence Methodist Church will be named the Davenport Annex in honor of the Rev. T.E. Davenport. The 92-year-old minister who serves as assistant pastor of the church, is credited with helping the group to reorganize. It is located on the Albany road … ”

Nov. 30, 1953: at November grand jury “ … The next case heard was State vs. C.E. Purvis - charged with failure to pay for agricultural products. The case had not been finished at press time … ”

Dec. 1, 1953: “ … In the case of the State vs. C.E. Purvis … the defendant changed his plea to guilty and will by sentenced by Judge Reese Friday.”; photographs of runway enlargements at Souther Field; “Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Lister have returned from Atlanta, where they went to be with Mr. Lister’s brother, O.P. Lister, who underwent an operation at Piedmont Hospital.”; “Mrs. O.S. Bass Sr. has returned from a visit with her daughter, Mrs. J.L. Snider and family, in Atlanta.”

Dec. 2, 1953: “ … In the case of State vs. C.E. Purvis … It was erroneously stated in The Times-Recorder earlier that the defendant entered a plea of guilty. The account should have read that the defendant entered a plea of nolo contendre … ”

Dec. 8, 1953: photographs of constitution service and new sanctuary of Wallace F. Cheek Memorial Baptist Church (photograph of Rev. W.F. Cheek on pg. 8)

Dec. 17, 1953: “Mr. and Mrs. Spud Bass Jr., of Atlanta and Auburn, are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Mundy and Mr. and Mrs. Spud Bass Sr.”

Dec. 18, 1953: school consolidation meeting (announcement of Jan. 8 referendum Dec. 22)

Dec. 21, 1953: photograph of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Sanborn on their 60th anniversary; “Sam Gunn Jr., of Washington, D.C., is spending the Christmas holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gunn, Oglethorpe avenue.”

Dec. 29, 1953: “Mr. and Mrs. Theo Bass and Theo Jr., have returned to their home in Savannah after a visit during holidays with relatives here.”; “Mrs. O.S. Bass Sr. is able to be out after an illness of influenza.”; “Mr. and Mrs. Quention James and children have returned to Albany after spending Christmas weekend with relatives here.”; “Miss Sally Daniel and Billy Daniel, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, grandchildren of Mrs. O.S. Bass Sr., are visiting relatives here.”; “Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Bass and children, Beth and Tommy, spent Christmas weekend in Atlanta with her brother, Gilbert Purvis, going to attend the wedding of Jimmy Purvis to Miss Barbara Hollingsworth which took place Saturday afternoon [Dec. 26] at the Baptist Tabernacle.”; “Mr. and Mrs. Judson Rushin, Bob Bass and Marsha Jean Millwood spent Christmas weekend with relatives at Pompano Beach and Miami, Florida.”

Dec. 31, 1953: “Mr. and Mrs. Spud Bass, of Atlanta and Auburn, are spending the New Year’s weekend with their parents … ”

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

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