(34) The Pageant Of Hinesville

 

The American flag is raised as the band plays "The Star Spangled Banner."

 

Episode I - The Settling of Hinesville

 

Scene 1: Heralds enter followed by the spirits of Liberty County, Sunbury, Riceborough , and Hinesville. Heralds sound trumpets and announce: "The year 1837."

Narrator: From the time the Puritans landed in Midway in the year 1752, little settlements were made along the coast and on the higher ground that were healthier. In 1777 the county of Liberty was formed from the parishes of Saint John, Saint James, and Saint Andrew, with the county seat at Sunbury.

(The spirit of Sunbury passes ledger to the spirit of Rice­borough.)

At this time the majority of the voters of the county were living in what was called the "upper part of the county," Taylors Creek, Gravel Hill, and Walthourville. This necessi­tated a more central location for the seat of justice. By an act of the legislature on December 30, 1836, the commissioners, John Shaw, Enoch Daniel, Edwin H. Bacon and William J. Way were appointed to select a suitable site for the new courthouse.

 

Scene II: The commissioners enter as names are called.

Plans are discussed for the removal of the courthouse.

Narrator: The site of Hinesville is selected and named in honor of Charlton Hines, an early settler.

 

Scene III: Charlton Hines is greeted by the commissioners.

Narrator: The commissioners purchased twenty-five acres of land from James E. Martin, William G. Martin, Martin H. Martin, Eliza Martin, and Sara A. Martin, heirs of John Mar­tin, for the town of Hinesville.

 

Scene IV: The deed to the property for the town of Hinesville is signed by the heirs of John Martin.

Narrator: The surveyor of Liberty County, John W. Stacy, laid off the lots for the town of Hinesville according to the plan given by Enoch Daniel, John Shaw and Newman Bradley, the committee.

 

Scene V: The town of Hinesville is laid out by the surveyor John W. Stacy and the committee.

Narrator: There were sixty lots. Fifty-four of the lots were sold at public outcry to the following: Angus Martin, Andrew Floyd, James Brewer, Edward Way, Robert Hendry, Enoch Daniel, William Hope, E.H. Bacon, James E. Martin, Charlton Hines, William N. Way, L.B. Daniel, William I. Way, Joseph F. Gammon, Rhea Floyd and John Shaw. The other six lots were reserved for public buildings. The justices of the Inferior Court of Liberty County, Enoch Daniel, S. Spen­cer, E.H. Bacon, William Way and E. Stacy, were ordered to move the records from Riceborough to the courthouse in Hinesville on September 12, 1837.

 

Scene VI: The justices of the Inferior Court take the ledger from the spirit of Riceborough and place it in the hands of the spirit of Hinesville. The spirits of Liberty County and Hinesville are seated on front stage. The spirits of Sunbury and Riceborough on back stage.

Characters:

Heralds - Carroll Ryon and Olin Fraser

Spirit of Liberty County - Elizabeth Bacon Mclean

Spirit of Sunbury - R.A. Calder

Spirit of Riceborough - Mrs. John Frank Browning

Spirit of Hinesville - Donald Hines Fraser

Narrator - W.C. Hodges

Charlton Hines - Robert Charlton Hines

James E. Martin - Marion Fleming Martin

William G. Martin - Wallace Fleming Martin

Martin H. Martin - Charles J. Martin

Eliza Martin - Bessie Love Shaw

Sara A. Martin - Eliza Mary Fraser

Surveyor - John W. Stacy - Herbert Lowry Stacy

Justices of the Inferior Court: Enoch Daniel - J. Bruce Daniel; S. Spencer - Carroll Sidney Hendry; E.H. Bacon - Beverly McDonald; William Way - Albert M. Way, and and E. Stacy - Herbert Lowry Stacy

Commissioners: John Shaw - G. Edwin Wheeler; Newman Bradley - John D. Bradley; Enoch Daniel - J. Bruce Daniel; Edwin H. Bacon - Beverly McDonald, and William J. Way - Albert M. Way

 


Episode II - The Church Scene Leader - Mrs. C.M. Brown

Narrator: During the same year that the town of Hines­ville had its beginning, the persons purchasing lots began building houses. One of the first buildings to be erected was the Methodist church. The first families attend church.

 

Scene I: The first families attend church. After prayer the congregation sings "Faith of Our Fathers." Benediction.

Characters

Sallie Ashmore, Tillou Bacon, Hazel Bagley, T.H. Bagley, John D. Bradley, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Brewer, Pascall Brewer, Mrs. Lettie Brown, Alethia Brown, Marion Brown, Joe Brown, Mrs. Paul Caswell, Tommy Caswell, Mrs. Florence Caswell, Mrs. Hugh V. Cook, Rosa Daniel, 1.B. Daniel, 1.B. Daniel, Mr. and Mrs. O.C. Darsey, Clem Darsey, Ben Darsey, Martha Sue Darsey, Mrs. 1.A. Davis, Virginia Fraser, Eliza Mary Fraser, Mrs. Ethel Davis Hack, Jane Bacon Hack, Orion D. Hack, Fred Courtland Hack, Mrs. Stella Hendry, Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Hendry, Sidney Hendry, Dr. Charles W. Hendry, Enoch L. Hendry, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Hendry, Betty 10 Hendry, 1.C. Hines. Robert Charlton Hines, J.I. Martin, Mrs. N.A. Jelks, Mrs. A.C. Laing, Carrie Brooks Miller, Mrs. B.C. McCall, Mary Edna McCall, Flo McCall, Mrs. B.A. McDonald, Bessie Hines Morgan, Peggy Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Norman, Betty Louise Norman, Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Norman, Mrs. Fraser Rambo, Billy Ryon Rambo, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Ryon , Bob Ryon, J.G. Ryon, Olive Ryon , Mrs. G.C. Saunders, Mrs. Paul H. Sikes, Flo Sikes, Bobby Sikes, Mrs. Charles U. Smith, H.L. Stacy, Mrs. J.D. Stafford, Carl Varnedoe Jr., R.M. Varnedoe , Mary Varnedoe, Mrs. Otis Waters, Sara Louise Waters, Albert M. Way, G. Edwin Wheeler, and D.E. Zoucks.

 


Episode III - Educational Development Bradwell Institute Parents-Teachers Association Leader - Eliza Martin

Narrator: Along with the building of the house of worship in 1837-1838, was the building of an educational center, the Hinesville Academy, with James Sharp Bradwell as prin­cipal. In 1872 the school was incorporated under the name of Bradwell Institute by Samuel Dowse Bradwell. It has always been one of the outstanding high schools in this section. The graduating classes meet for a reunion.

 

Scene I: The graduates present from each class enter as the narrator announces the year of their graduation. A reunion of the graduating classes and faculty members of Brad­well Institute. The "Alma Meter" is sung.

Characters

Class of 1879. Mrs. H.D. Lee (Maggie Sheppard) and Rever­end Donald H. Sheppard.

Class of 1888: Dr. Charles W. Hendry.

Class of 1889: Mrs. R.I. Quinn (Ora Bradwell), Mrs. H.C. Smith (Winifred Hendry), and Mrs. Willie Sipple (Annie Wade).

Class of 1914: Joseph Bacon Fraser.

Class of 1916: Mrs. L.C. Groover (Thelma Folker).

Class of 1918: Mrs. Hugh V. Cook (Lennox Fraser), Mrs. James L. Stewart (Avadell Caswell, Mrs. Leonard G. Buckner (Gladys Hendry), and Mrs. Charles U. Smith (Ruth Stafford).

Class of 1920: Carroll Sidney Hendry. Class of 1921: S.B. Brewton Jr.

Class of 1922: Florence Ashmore and Mrs. Clarence Green­lee (Gladys Gainey).

Class of 1923: Mrs. Otis Waters (Ouida Darsey), Mrs. M.W. Johnson (Malena Joyner), Mrs. Fraser Rambo (Louise Ryon), and Fraser Rambo.

Class of 1924: Mrs. Carroll Sidney Hendry (Mary Alice Shave), Mrs. Leland Crowley (Eva Ashmore), and George Quarterman.

Class of 1925: Mrs. Olin Strickland (Bessie Ashmore), Paul Caswell, and Dekle Darsey.

Class of 1926: Mrs. Julian White (Mary Bagley), Mrs. H.A. Bacon (Jordye Mae Mcl.amb), and Mrs. Wesley Johnson (Mary Folker).

Class of 1927: Mrs. Mellie Butler (Esther Ashmore), Mrs. Walter Salter (Tisha Beasley), Mrs. Walton Deal (Adene Fletcher), Mollie Ashmore, Elizabeth Clark, Fraser Martin, Herbert Stacy and W.T. King.

Class of 1928: Mrs. Robert Hendry (Ruth Wilcox), Mrs. Chester Smith (Margaret Bagley), Mrs. Fleming Stevens (Grace Martin), and Mary Ellen Dean.

Class of 1929: Mrs. Abbott Waite (Mary Fisher).

Class of 1931: Hazel-Bagley, Lawton Dasher, and Fred Hack. Class of 1932: Mrs. Harry Parker (Ethel Mae Clark) and Mrs. Freeman Smith (Thelma Smiley).

Class of 1933: Effie Ashmore, Edith Bagley, Orion Hack, Ida Bell Floyd, Harvey Salter, Mrs. Percy H. Perkins (Mary Louise Martin), Olive Ryan, Virginia Fraser, and Kate Jones.

Class of 1934: Mrs. Herbert Norman (Elizabeth Martin), Margaret Wilcox, Frances Fletcher, Madeline Groover, Lucille Mclntosh, G.B. Eunice, Grady Stacy, Donald Wells, Randolph Rowe, and Harrison Gibson.

Class of 1935: Mrs. Lupert Dasher (Lucille Salter), Mrs.

Casper Long (Mary Miles), Mrs. Mike Hendrix (Grace Smiley), Lois Todd, Doris Mobley, Bertha Mobley, Fran­ces Morgan, Frances Lockett, Odell Flowers, Carroll Ryon, Archie Smiley, James Mclean, Harry Dasher. and William Martin Jr.

Class of 1936: Jamie Bagley, Edith Groover, Frankie Smiley, Davis Dawson, John Overman, Allen Stafford, and Otis Parker.

Class of 1937: Mary Stacy, Marjorie Hodges, Kathleen Way, Martha Miles, Louise Gibson, Evelyn Averitt, Mildred Eunice, James Brown, Olin Fraser, Horace Wells, Augustis May, Russell Smiley, and Leslie Long.

Former Faculty Members: Laura Martin Fraser, Mary Fraser, Eliza Martin, Mrs. C.J. Martin, Mrs. A.G. Overman, Mrs. James L. Stewart, Mrs. Harold N. Stafford, Mrs. Donald H. Fraser, Mrs. E.V. Martin, Florence Ashmore, Olive Ryon, Virginia Fraser, Mr. J.B. Fraser, A.G. Overman, and Ormande Martin.


Episode IV - A Quilting Party and Square Dance Hinesville-Flemington Womens Club Leader - Mrs. D.F. Martin Sr.

Narrator: A favorite entertainment in the early days was the quilting party, where the ladies gathered to work and play. In the evening others came, old and young, and danced the square dance.

 

Scene I: An old-fashioned quilting party. In the evening others arrive and dance the square dance. They depart singing "Aunt Dinah's Quilting Party."

Characters

Tillou Bacon, Mrs. Lettie Brown, Mrs. Robert H. Brown, Mrs. Florence Caswell. Flo Sikes, Mrs. Paul Caswell, Tommy Caswell, Martha Sue Darsey, Sara Louise Waters, Jean Flem­ing, Mrs. A.O. Flowers, Mrs. J .B. Fraser s-. Charles Fraser, Lily Mae Fraser, Jane Hack, Fred C. Hack, Mrs. Franklin Hendry, Mrs. Eula Laing, J.J. Martin, C.J. Martin, Mrs. B.C. McCall, Mary Edna McCall, Flo McCall, Mrs. B.A. McDonald, Carrie Brooks Miller, Mrs. C.C. Mobley, Norman Mobley, Betty Lou Norman, Mary Helen Rahn, Mrs. R.M. Ryon, Bob Ryon, Mrs. J.D. Stafford, Bessie Hines Morgan, Peggy Morgan, Betty Stacy, Mrs. Ola Stewart, Norma Martin, Mary Elizabeth Varnedoe , Elizabeth Martin, Mrs. J.R. Waite, Isabelle Welborn, and D.E. Zoucks.

Square dancers: Mrs. H.C. Norman, Mrs. Floyd E. Miller, Oliver Ryon, Mrs. Fred W. Mingle dorff', Mrs. Herbert Nor­man, Mrs. Dana Stevens, Mrs. O.A. Amason, Mrs. Jack W. Winn , Mrs. Hugh V. Cook, Virginia Fraser. H.C. Norman, Roger Youmans, W.F. Martin, Fred W. Mingledorff, Herbert Norman, Ballard Jones, R.M. Varnedoe, 1.R. Waite, 1.M. Fleming, and W.F. Mills.

 


Episode V - A Plantation Scene

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Leader - D.S. Owen

Narrator: The chief industry before the war was agricul­ture. Cotton was planted on all plantations around Hinesville and was one of the most profitable crops.

 

Scene I: A cotton field on a plantation. The Negroes represent the part they had in plantation life. They sing the spirituals as they leave the cotton fields after a day's work.

Characters

Ernest Bacon, Inez Carter, Jack Carter, J .B. Benjamin, Charles Morris, Ella Tarver, Rosina Singleton, Edward Single­ton, Thomas Singlton , 1 ulius Singleton, Mary Singleton, Viola Singleton, Ira Mae Jones, Clifford Taylor, Ralph Taylor, Florence Morris, Anna Nunn, Mitt Fabian, Maggie Tay lor, Ella Stewart, Regis McMillan, Romena Shipman, Anna Lambert, Enoch Miller, Walter Taylor, Junior Roberts, Charles McMillan, Ella Duggan, Anna Stewart, Amanda Taylor, Stella Wilson, Katie Hill, Sam Hargrove, Ada Mc­Millan, Phoebie Lee, William Hillery, Jewel Thomas, Lucille Tarver, Florine Tarver, Lenator Singleton, Mary Maize, Pearlie Miller, Okie Mae Quarterman, Liege Hines, J.B. Benjamin, A.L. Quarterman, Theron Lee, Edell Martin, Lonnie Shaw, Charles Bradley, Solomon Stewart, Daisy Hillery, Edna Fennell, Professor Tarver, and Reverend Pierce.

 


 

Episode VI - The Period of the War Between the States Liberty County Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy

Leader - Mary Fraser The heralds announce "The Year 1861."

Narrator: The year 1861 found Hinesville assembling her men to answer her first call to war.

 

Scene I: The soldiers assemble and depart for war. Some on foot, some on horse-back. The band plays "Dixie."

Narrator: During the long struggle of the Sixties the women of this section, like all southern women, bore their hardships with courage. Many days and nights were spent in sewing, weaving and knitting for their men in grey. During Sherman's march through Georgia, the federals, under the command of General Kilpatrick, raided the town and sur­rounding settlements. The Confederate flag which the women had made was torn down, the jail was burned, and everything of value was stolen or destroyed.

 

Scene II: The women gather to make the flag and raise it. The band plays "The Bonnie Blue Flag." The women knit, weave and spin. News comes that Sherman is coming. The women frantically try to hide everything of value. The army approaches. The flag is torn down. Horses and other animals are carried off. The jail is burned.

Narrator: Four years pass. The surviving soldiers in grey, with saddened and gladdened hearts, return to their homes.

 

Scene III: The soldiers return. The band plays "Massa's In the Cold, Cold Ground."

Characters

Mrs. Enoch H. Caswell, Mrs. Ola Stewart, Mrs. J .B. Fraser Sr., Mrs. Joseph B. Fraser, Mrs. H.C. Laing, Mrs. A.G. Over­man, Mrs. H.N. Stafford, Mrs. F.W. Mingle dorff, Mrs. G.P. Browning, Mrs. C.S. Hendry, Mary Daniel, Olive Ryon, Ruth Martin, Mary Stacy, Mary Vanedoe, and Jamie Bagley.

Confederate soldiers: Herbert P. Norman, George Quarter­man, Raymond Morgan, Sam Slade, Hubert Salter, Jack Floyd, W.P. Williamson, Floyd Way, J.B. McLamb, J.S. Shruptrine , J .B. Bradley, Loye Martin, and Alex Ervin.

Union soldiers: Guy P. Browning, Milton Garrison, Robert Todd, Oscar Wells, Bleese Porter, Jay Wells, Pratt Wells, Harry Wells, W.T. Mcl.amb, Paul Williamson, Edmond Way, William Way, Gordon Howell, and Lonnie Lynn.

 


Episode VII - The First Newspaper in Established

Narrator: In the year 1871 Captain Samuel Dowse Brad­well established a newspaper, The Hinesville Gazette. The motto for this paper "There is Life in the Old Land Yet," appeared as a headline on each copy of the paper, expressing the feelings of the people, in spite of the difficulties and hardships that had been theirs in the years following the war. The citizens anxiously awaited the first publication of The Hinesville Gazette.

 

Scene I: Captain Samuel Dowse Bradwell presents the first newspaper to the citizens.

Narrator: For many years The Hinesville Gazette served several counties as the official organ, among them were Bryan, Tattnall, McIntosh and Liberty. In 1893 the name was changed from The Hinesville Gazette to The Liberty County Herald, with Robert Moody Martin as editor. In January 1837 the American Press Association awarded The Liberty County Herald a gold seal certificate for fifty years of contiuous service. Among the editors helping to make this award possible were S.A. Calder, who succeeded Captain Bradwell, Robert Moody Martin, Mrs. Estelle Martin Rimes, Mrs. Inez Martin Perry, Robert S. Martin, Frank A. Majors, and M.F. Clark Jr.

 

Scene II: M.F. Clark Jr., the present editor of The Liberty County Herald, exhibits the certificate to the former editors who helped make this award possible. The citizens congratu­late the editor on having received this award.

Characters

Captain Samuel Dowse Bradwell - Oliver C. Darsey. Citi­zens of 1871: Newman Bradley - John D. Bradley; Enoch Daniel - J. Bruce Daniel; Edwin H. Bacon - Beverly Mc­Donald; William J. Way - Albert M. Way; Charlton Hines - Robert Charlton Hines; William G. Martin - Wallace Fleming Martin; John W. Stacy - Herbert L. Stacy; David Zoucks - D.E. Zoucks; Dr. Alfred Iverson Hendry - Enoch L. Hendry, and John Shaw - G. Edwin Wheeler.

Former editors: Mrs. Estelle Martin Rimes and Mrs. Inez Martin represented by Ruth Martin and Frank Majors. Robert M. ("Bob") Martin represented by E.W. Martin.

Citizens of 1937: D.F. Martin Sr., D.S. Owen, T.W. Wel­born, T.H. McDowell, Edna R. Fennell, Mrs. D.F. Martin Sr., Sallie Ashmore, and Mrs. F .L. Ginter.


Episode III - Industries

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Leader - D.W. Owen

Narrator: Lumbering and naval stores have long been among the chief industries of this immediate section. The part that the Negroes have in the development of these industries is represented by them.

 

Scene I: The Negroes on timber carts hauling logs from the forest meet the hands coming in after a day's work in the pine forests. The Negro spirituals are sung as they work.

Characters The same as in Episode V.

 


Episode IX - The Liberty Independent Troop The Liberty Independent Troop Leader - Colonel Joseph B. Fraser

Narrator: The Liberty Independent Troop, the oldest cavalry troop in 'Georgia, is located here. Being moved from the old parade ground at Goshen in 1902. Since its organiza­tion on May 1, 1787 the Troop has celebrated all patriotic occasions with parades and tournaments. This is probably the only Troop in the United States that still holds the block and ring tournament. The old custom of presenting medals and cakes to the winners is still in use. The Liberty Indepen­dent Troop celebrates with a block and ring tournament.

 

Scene I: The Liberty Independent Troop celebrated with a block and ring tournament. Medals and cakes are presented to the winners. The ladies present their cakes.

Characters

Tilters: H.C. Norman, J.R. Waite, C.J. Martin, Herbert P. Norman, and Colonel Joseph B. Fraser.

 


Episode X - The Incorporation of Hinesville The Town Council

Leader - Mayor T.W. Welborn Heralds announce "The year 1894."

Narrator: After an election held by the citizens of Hines­ville to incorporate the town, the Superior Court of Liberty County at the November term 1894, ordered the charter to be granted. The first city officials were: Mayor, Dr. Alfred Iverson Hendry, Councilmen, 1.B. Fraser. T.S. Layton. 1.D. Marlow. 1.M. Caswell, C.W. Hendry. and S.B. Brewton. Recorder. At the first meeting of the council the charter was presented to Mayor Hendry by George M. Mills. clerk of Superior Court. 1.R. Bagley was elected Marshal and the subject of improving the streets was discussed. The first meeting of the Town Council is held.

 

Scene I: The first meeting of the council. George M. Mills, clerk of the Liberty County Superior Court. presents the mayor with the charter. 1.R. Bagley is elected Marshal and takes his oath of office.

Characters

Mayor Alfred Iverson Hendry - Enoch L. Hendry; Coun­cilmen: 1.B. Fraser - Joseph Bacon Fraser; T .S. Layton - Donald A. Fraser; 1.D. Marlow - Roy Brewer; 1.M. Caswell - Enoch H. Caswell, and Charles West Hendry - C.W. Hendry. Recorder S. B. Brewton - S.B. Brewton Jr.; Marshall .R. Bagley - Thomas H. Bagley, and Clerk of Superior Court George M. Mills - Wallace F. Mills.

 


Episode XI - Liberty County Chapter, United Daughters of Confederacy

Liberty County Chapter, United Daughters of Confederacy Leader - Mrs. W.A. Rimes

Narrator: At a reunion of Confederate veterans in 1 une 1901 in Hinesville, the Liberty County Chapter. United Daughters of the Confederacy. was organized. A group of women composed of Mrs. L.H. Raines. Mrs. A.F. Marmel­stein, Viola Kennedy and Katie Latham of Savannah assisted in organizing the chapter. The following officers were elected:

President, Mrs. 1.C. Norman; Vice President, Mrs. H.C. Reppard; Treasurer. Laura Martin Fraser; Secretary, Mrs. Mamie Brinson, and Historian, Mrs. Theodore N. Winne The Liberty County Chapter, United Daughters of the Confeder­acy is organized.

 

Scene I: The organization of the Liberty County Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy. After the song "Dixie" the veterans relate experiences of the war. Collection is taken for the charter.

Narrator; Since its organization the Liberty County Chap­ter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, has been one of the most active and outstanding organizations in the county. Only three presidents have served the chapter: Mrs. 1.C. Norman, Mrs. H.C. Reppard and Laura Martin Fraser.

 

Scene II: The presidents pass in review.

Narrator: Laura Martin Fraser was elected president in 1912. It has been under her leadership that objectives of the organization-memorial, historical. benevolent, educational and social-have been fully realized. One of the most out­standing achievements of the chapter was the erection of the Confederate monument on courthouse square in lanuary 1928.

 

Scene III: A procession of the present officers and mem­bers of the Liberty County Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Laura Martin Fraser Chapter of Children of the Confederacy. The band plays "Dixie."

Characters

Members of Savannah Chapter: Mrs. L.H. Raines - Mrs. Phoebe Elliott; Mrs. A.F. Marmelstein - Mrs. W.A. Sturte­vant; Viola Kennedy - Mrs. C.G. Stegin , and Katie Latham - Mrs. R.J. Travis.

Officers first elected: President Mrs. 1.C. Norman - Mrs. Louis Law; Vice-President Mrs. H.C. Reppard - Mrs. Travis Slayden; Treasurer Laura Martin Fraser - Laura Martin Fraser. and Secretary Mrs. Mamie Brinson - Mrs. Otis Waters.

Veterans. J. Bruce Daniel, Ralph L. Dawson, H.C. Nor­man, J.M. Fleming, J. Madison Smith. R.M. Varnedoe , and Herbert Stacy.

Charter members: Mrs. Laura Norman. Mrs. Louis Law, Mrs. Mamie Brinson, Mrs. Otis Waters, Mrs. Addie O. Flem­ing, Mrs. P.H. Perkins, Mrs. Sophie Fentress, Mrs. W.E. Den­nis. Mamie Daniel. Mrs. R.M. Martin. Mrs. 1.M. Caswell, Mrs. P.H. Sikes, Addie Caswell, Mrs. F.F. Rambo, S.L. Rep­pard, Susie Reppard, Addie Daniel, Josephine Daniel, Maggie Sallette, Mrs. 1 ulian White, Mrs. Leslie Floyd, Sallie Hook, Mosina Laing. Ernestine Hendry, Mrs. Rosa N. Reppard , Mrs. Travis L. Slayden. Mrs. Theodore N. Winn, Mary Fraser, Mrs. Carrie B. Miller. Mrs. F .E. Miller. Mrs. Louisa 1. Laing, Meta Hendry, Mrs. 1.B. Martin, Mrs. W.M. Winn. Laura Mar­tin Fraser, S.A. Reppard , Mrs. B.A. Mclronald. Mary Reppard, Mrs. 1.M. Fleming, Rosa Daniel, Lizzie Dean. Mrs. Brough­ton Graddy, Tillie Laing, and Gladys Dubose.

Officers in 1937: President, Laura Martin Fraser; Vice­President, Mrs. R.M. Martin; Vice-President, Mrs. W.A. Rimes; Treasurer. Mrs. G.B. Hack; Recording Secretary, Vir­ginia Fraser; Corresponding Secretary, Olive Ryon, Historian, Mary Fraser, Publicity Chairman, Mrs. A.G. Caison; Custo­dian, Lily Mae Fraser; Director of the Laura Martin Fraser Chapter, Children of the Confederacy, Mrs. H.N. Stafford, and Registrar, Mrs. D.F. Martin, Sr.

 


Episode XII - The World War

Leaders - Laura Martin Fraser. W.F. Mills and C.J. Martin The heralds announce "The Year 191 7."

Narrator: Hinesville again sends forth her men to battle.

This time to the world conflict.

 

Scene I: The soldiers march to the Flemington, Hinesville & Western Railroad where they left by train. The band plays "Over There."

Narrator: A chapter of the Red Cross was organized with Laura Martin Fraser as president. During this time the work of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was discontin­ued and the women turned to the work of the Red Cross.

 

Scene II: The Red Cross headquarters. The women busy making hospital supplies and articles for the soldiers. The band plays "Keep the Home Fires Burning."

Narrator: After months of service, the soldiers returned home, and were given a welcome that has never been equalled.

 

Scene III: The soldiers return. The band plays "When Johnny Comes Marching Home."

Narrator: Several weeks after the return of the soldiers a horse and wagon driven by an old colored man brought up from the station, Wallace F. Mills, who was the last man to return.

 

Scene IV: The horse and wagon driven by an old colored man drives Wallace F. Mills into town.

Characters

Soldiers. Donald F. Martin, Joseph B. Fraser, Floyd E. Miller, Dr. A.C. Colson, Charles J. Martin, Donald A. Fraser, T.H. McDowell, Fred L. Ginter, Julius P. Martin, Fred W. Mingledorff, J.G. Barber, lim Dasher, H.I. Rahn, H.A. Bacon, Frank Butler, Mellie Butler, A.W. Ashmore, J .A. Johnson, T.B. Dean, E.P. Floyd, E.P. Way, Ralph Groover, L.C. Groover, T.A. Groover, G.H. Groover, J.H. Smiley, J.W. Cameron, J .E. Hook, Manton Smiley, J .H. Heath, B.A. McDonald, W.F. Mills, Harry Adams, B.M. Day, J.H. Gibbs, L.J. Bacon, Ballard Jones, Otis Quarterman, Lester Shaw, and E.H. Willingham.

Red Cross members: President Laura Martin Fraser, Mrs. Floyd E. Miller, Mrs. J.B. Fraser Sr., Mrs. B.A. McDonald, Mrs. H.L. Stacy, Mrs. W.A. Rimes, Mrs. D.F. Martin Sr., Mary Fraser, Mrs. B.C. McCall, Mrs. J.G. Ryon, Mrs. R.M. Martin, Mrs. J.G. Ryon , Mrs. Eula Laing, Mrs. G.B. Hack, Tillou Bacon, Mrs. C.W. Fraser, Mrs. C.J. Martin, Eliza Martin, Mrs. D.J. Martin, Mrs. F.W. King, Lily Mae Fraser, Mrs. J.R. Bagley, and Mrs. C.B. Jones.

 


Episode XIII - Progress

Narrator: Let us call the last episode "Progress." Since the World War there have been events and developments in the City of Hinesville that denote progress, but which cannot be represented realistically.

From 1919 to 1929 the majority of the schools in Liberty County were consolidated with Bradwell Institute, thereby placing the central high school in Hinesville.

In 1925 a forty thousand dollar school building was completed. This year an enrollment of nearly four hundred students and a faculty of seventeen denotes the educational progress that has been made.

In 1926 a modern fifty thousand dollar courthouse replaced the old frame building which had stood since the beginning of the town in 1837.

In 1931 Georgia Power supplied electric current for the town.

In 1934 the Oglethorpe Highway was completed through Hinesville. In addition to lumbering, agriculture and naval stores, the industries of the town and county, Hines­ville has a modern Coca-Cola Bottling plant and ice plant.

The Hinesville Bank, established in 1911, is one of the strongest banking institutions in this section. Good schools, churches and roads, together with the civic and cultural organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, the Womens Club, the Liberty County Chapter, United Daugh­ters of the Confederacy, the Parents-Teachers Association of Bradwell Institute and the church organizations make Hinesville and liberty County one of the most progressive sections of the state.

 

Recessional

 


From "Sweet Land of Liberty, A History of Liberty County, Georgia" by Robert Long Groover; Appendix Number 34, Page(s) 186-191; Used by the permission of the Liberty County Commissioners Office

 

 

 

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