Looking back: Ray receives his wings
Published 9:41 am Friday, August 4, 2017
August 4, 1942
Lieutenant John E. “Jack” Ray III, son of Dr. and Mrs. Burton J. Ray of Franklin, won his wings at Kelly Field in special graduation exercises held there on Wednesday of this week. Kelly Field is one of seven advanced flying schools of the Gulf Coast Army Air Force Training Center, and is located in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. and Mrs. Ray were at Kelly Field for the exercises Wednesday.
HASSETT IS AVIATION CADET
Private First Class Jay Hassett of Franklin, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Hassett of Petersburg, who is now an aviation cadet candidate at Randolph Field, Texas. Private Hassett was formerly a merchant here and was associated with the partnership firm of Hassett’s Dollar Savings Stores.
RED CROSS OFFICERS CHOSEN
At a recent meeting of the Southampton County Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Courthouse in Courtland, Mrs. T.B. Bell of Courtland who has served faithfully and efficiently for a number of years as County Chairman, offered her resignation.
Mrs. H.B. McLemore Jr. of Courtland was elected to succeed her. Mrs. Bell, however, will continue as Home Service Chairman.
Other officers elected were Mrs. R.L. Johnson of Sedley, Vice Chairman; Mrs. M.D. Grizzard of Drewryville, Secretary; and J. Fenton Matthews of Franklin, Treasurer.
W.O. BRISTOW JR. COMMISSIONED
W.O. Bristow Jr., of Franklin, has received a commission as Lieutenant (JG) in the United States Navy Reserves. He reported to Washington, DC this morning for a month’s training after which he will go to Ithica, New York for further instruction. He spent last night here in Franklin with his sisters Mrs. G.E. Pillow, Mrs. Marion Whitfield, and Miss Virginia Bristow.
OWEN IS WITH U.S. ARMY
C.B. Owen Jr., formerly of Sedley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence B. Owen of that town, is now with the U. S. Army Air Corps Ferry Command. He is stationed at the Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Michigan. He entered the Ferry Command Service last March.
ELLIOTT WHITFIELD, AVIATION CADET
Navigation Cadet Elliott Whitfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Whitfield of Franklin, has been transferred from Maxwell Field, Montgomery, Alabama to Turner Field, Albany, Georgia where he will receive final training as an aviation cadet. Turner Field is an advanced flying school, and is one of the few navigation training schools in the United States.
CHESAPEAKE-CAMP GETS WAR-BOND BANNER
Hugh D. Camp, General Manager of Chesapeake-Camp Corporation, who is Chairman of the Southampton County War Savings Committee, recently presented a “Minute Man” flag to James L. Camp Jr., President of the Corporation. The banner is the U. S. Treasury Department’s award to firms having over 90 percent of their employees participating in the Payroll Allotment Plan for war-bond purchases. Ninety-three and one-third percent of Chesapeake-Camp employees are participating in the plan.
Chesapeake-Camp will get another flag for investing more than ten percent of its gross payroll in war bonds and stamps. Employees of the Company are now averaging a deduction of ten and two-third percent of the gross payroll.
In the picture, left to right, are R.A. Landry; C.C. Gouldman, Chairman of the Industrial Division of the Franklin War Savings Committee; K.M. Thorsen; James L. Camp, Jr.; S.E. Eubanks; J.L. Johnson, President of the Chesapeake-Camp Workers Council; S.D. Hellberg; W.J. Coward, Jr.; S.A. Lipscomb Jr., Chairman of the Franklin War-Bond Savings Committee; and Hugh D. Camp.
CLYDE PARKER is a retired human resources manager for the former Franklin Equipment Co. and a member of the Southampton County Historical Society. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org