53 Years Ago

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 3, 2006

Suffolk airman witnesses Greek earthquake damage

A Suffolk airman was among those who witnessed earthquake wrack the islands of Greece over the past month. Second Class Joel S. Davis recently wrote to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.B. Davis of Jackson Street. &uot;I have been alert for the last two weeks, but am now off alert for a few weeks,&uot; he wrote. &uot;The mail wasn’t held up any by the earthquakes, but things sure were in a stir out at the field for a few days. Seeing the destruction on the islands was a real experience, but one I hope I never have again. Though the larde towns drew the most attention, small farmhouses scattered over the countryside were crumbled as if they had been hit by bombs.&uot;

Soldier in Korea looks for local pen pals

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An Ivor solider, 19, stationed in Korea with the Fifth Air Force, wants feminine correspondence for his three buddies from girls in the area. Signed, &uot;Ivor, I have three buddies over here that are very lonely and would like to get mail from the United States. Since I’m from there, I know there are some nice girls at the Louise Obici nurses home and around the Suffolk Community.&uot; The name of his three friends were Joe Forman, Dale Johnson and Richard Osborn.

Jarrett promoted in Seaboard Railroad

Henry Jarrett, assistant to the chief mechanical officer of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, has been assigned the additional responsibilities of jurisdiction over all car department matters for the line. A native of Nansemond County, Jarrett began his career with the Seaboard in 1908, when he became a helper and apprentice at the company’s store in Portsmouth. In 1945, he became assistant to the chief menchanical officer with headquarters in Norfolk.

Cotton farmers told &uot;Pick it dry&uot;

&uot;Pick it dry&uot; was a recurring bit of advice to cotton farmers yesterday at a forum held by the Nansemond County courtshouse yesterday. With a big crop this year and last a sizeable carryovers from previous years, the secretary of agriculture almost certainly will declare marketing quotas for cotton, said district extension agent J.W. Rodgers. The crop for 1953 is expected to reach 14,500,000 bales. If picked by hand, the crop should be spread in a sheet and permitted to dry before being put in a bag.

Scrimmage leave unanswered questions

Suffolk High’s football hopefuls staged another scrimmage under the lights at Peanut Park last night, and left a lot of folks wondering what the Raiders would use for an offense this year. No backs broke loose for any lengthy runs in the 60-minute event, and when the first-line players took to the defense, they stopped the reserves cold. Perhaps coaches Dick White and Art Jones will get a better indication of what their boys can do tomorrow when they scrimmage the Crimson Wave in Petersburg.