Dec. 19, 1940: Stories featured in the Suffolk News-Herald 64 years ago…

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 19, 2004

`Night of Light’ requested on Christmas Eve

An almost universal demand on the part of several individuals of the city has resulted in Mary

and Jack W. Nurney calling on all citizens to observe a &uot;Night of Light&uot; Christmas Eve with lights of business houses, homes, churches, and other buildings ablaze with light from twilight to midnight as far as practical.

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The unique glorification of Christmas by a night of light was inaugurated last year by a national publication. Immediately it found favor with the public and extensive plans are being made for keeping it again this year.

Throughout all Europe blackouts are frequently necessary. With murderous airplanes roaring over cities and towns loaded with death dealing bombs, men, women and children run to hide in bombproof shelters and all the city observes blackout.

One little streak of light would be visible to the planes about. And one little streak of light this showing could be instrumental in destroying thousands of lives.

There is no necessity in Suffolk of running to cellars or other shelters when a plane passes over this Peanut City.

Seventeen join postal crew

Things are humming down at the Suffolk Post Office, but Postmaster S. S. Stallings said today that the office force was fully prepared to cope with the rush of Christmas mailing, although he issued an appeal to Suffolkians to get their mail in early, thereby relieving his help of extra burdens at the deadline Christmas Eve.

Postmaster Stallings said that he had 17 extra helpers hired for the Christmas rush and that the force would be increased if the need was indicated.

As a service to local people, the post office will remain open Saturday with window service until 6 p.m., he said.

There will also be mail delivery on Sunday.

Three days remain to contribute to city Cheer Fund

Monday morning the Chadwick Theatre will present a full program of shorts and cartoons with admission to this Barter Matinee being the eqivelent of a movie ticket in canned goods. All the food collected thiswill be turned over to the Cheer Fund.

Mrs. W. A. Brothers, city welfare director, has checked over the various lists of names turned into her by the charitable organizations of Suffolk and will be able to present to the board this afternoon complete information regarding each family’s needs.

Toys will be added to the food for children of the poor families. These toys were painted and repaired by Suffolk Boy Scout Troops.

Mrs. Ella Scott honored at

Party on Anniversary

Mrs. Ella Scott was guest of honor at a surprise birthday party in celebration of her sixty-fifth birthday anniversary given by Mrs. J. H. Dedord and Mrs. Ella Powell.

Christmas decorations were used in the living room. In the dining room the table was centered with a large birthday cake with lighted candles. Tapers in silver holders lighted the table.

In contests, prizes were won by Mrs. Earnest Cones and Mrs. Stanley Johnson. The hostess was assisted in serving delicious refreshments by Mrs. Stanley Johnson, Mrs. Raymond Eason and Mrs. O. B. Davis. Many lovely and useful gifts were received by the guest of honor.

Guests present were: Mrs. Wallace Wilkins, Mrs. Raymond Eason, Mrs. G. A. Smith, Mrs. Cora Herrick, Mrs. Stanley Johnson, Mrs. C. M. Mizell, Mrs. C. H. Deford, Mrs. John Miles, and Mrs. W. C. Barlow.

-Compiled by Jennifer Rose