As reported in The Columbia News 49 years ago, Aug. 26, 1954:
At the recent Homemaking Education Conference held at the FHA camp at Lake Jackson, near Covington, a program covering every subject pertinent to this field of work was presented.
It is of special interest to the Harlem High School homemaking department that Miss Camilla Prather, teacher of homemaking in the school, was signally honored in being on the program on Monday afternoon at the first general session of the conference. She was in charge of the devotional period and gave the invocation.
New egg market
The Thomson Egg Market was formally dedicated at the Farmers Market on Augusta Highway outside Thomson, with Tom Linder, commissioner of agriculture and candidate for governor, as principal speaker.
Darrell F. Johnson, mayor of Thomson, opened the ceremonies. L.C. Bartlett, prominent in egg market planning, introduced Mr. Linder, who spoke of the need for farmers' markets, and the alleged perfidy of his political opponents.
Hard winds and blowing dust cut short his speech.
Contact school nurse
Mrs. Nell W. Woods, public health nurse for Columbia County, has stated that is important that parents having children who will enter school for the first time from Leah, Appling, Evans and Winfield communities to contact her before school opens this term.
Dr. Pierce Harris of the First Methodist Church in Atlanta will deliver his "Humorous Lecture" at the Harlem School Auditorium on Sept. 7, 1954.
Dr. Harris writes a column in the Atlanta Journal and is a lecturer of note in addition to his being a minister of eloquence and power. He has delivered this lecture in many cities throughout the Southeast to capacity audiences. The proceeds of Dr. Harris' lecture will be used for the benefit of the Harlem Methodist parsonage.
Cancer drive leaders
Columbia County led the state of Georgia in contributions to the Cancer Control Drive carried in April, 1954, the American Cancer Society has announced. Columbia County went 300 percent over the quota assigned. Last year, Columbia County went 200 percent over the quota.
The T.E.L. class of the Baptist Church in Harlem held their regular meeting at the home of Mrs. L.A. Melton on Louisville Street.
Mrs. Will Phillips as president conducted the business session, taking up all routine business and hearing reports from all officers present. The class has $25 in the treasury and this amount is to be sent to the Children's Home at Hapeville, Ga.
The following members, including one visitor, were present: Mrs. Will Phillips, Mrs. Mamie Thompson, Mrs. Aileen McKinley, Mrs. Dave Cliatt, Mrs. Charlie Moore, Mrs. Clio Verdery, Mrs. H.M. Verdery Sr., Mrs. Dessa Sleister, Mrs. J.E. Cook and Mrs. L.A. Melton.
A social hour followed the meeting in which the hostess served delicious refreshments.
Livestock producers in McDuffie and Columbia counties are looking forward to the short course on producing food for livestock, to be held Sept. 1, 1954, at the Winfield Community House in Columbia County.
Dr. Glenn Burton, agronomist at the Tifton Experiment Station, will be one of the featured speakers.
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