As reported in The Columbia News 60 years ago, Feb. 5, 1942
County farmers to save burlap bags
Entirely too many Columbia County farmers think the war is a far away conflict that will not affect them.
County Agent W.E. Still stated today that in traveling over the county it is no uncommon sight to see good burlap bags thrown out in the field to rot. As an example of the urgency for the conservation of these bags, the GFA Peanut Association has offered to pay the farmers 18 cents each for all peanut bags returned to the dealer by May 1, although this only deals with the bags put out by the GFA Peanut Association and other burlap bags are just as valuable.
The reason for the shortage of these bags is the fact that cotton can be used in the making of army tents, uniforms and sand bags.
Local farmers to aid defense
As their part in the Department of Agriculture's war effort, Columbia County farmers who participate in the Farm Security Administration program have been asked to raise their food production sights higher than ever, Lewis H. Montgomery, supervisor, said today.
To match the new goals for America's farms as set by Secretary Wickard, the FSA farmers in this county are accepting the following minimum food quotas, which are based on the average family production: two cows, one brood sow, 150 baby chicks, three acres of wheat, 2 1/2 acres truck and garden, one acre cane and four acres grain sorghum.
Books, magazines for the soldiers
The Spiritual Life group of the Woman's Society of Christian Service are interested in collecting magazines and books to be donated to the men in the service at Camp Gordon.
Everybody has books that have been read, placed on shelves and will probably never be opened again. These books will help many an otherwise idle and dull moment for some soldier boy who may be lonely and homesick. Magazines, not over four months old, will be appreciated. Copies of Life and Reader's Digest older than four months will be acceptable, as these magazines do not become out of date.
Registration for civilian defense
The registration for Civilian Defense took place at the city hall on Saturday. The list will probably be kept open and any who failed to register can still do so.
There is some work that every person can do and this is a duty and a responsibility for our own protection.
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