As reported 33 years ago in The Columbia News, Oct. 7, 1970:
Through a joint effort of the Harlem Jaycees, Harlem Jaycettes and the Columbia County Health Department, the new rubella vaccine is being offered to pre-schoolers in the Harlem area. The Jaycees and Jaycettes will assist the Health Department in giving the vaccine.
Draft No. 153
Local Draft Board No. 37 Executive Secretary Miriam T. Lewis announced that random selection number 153 is the highest lottery selection number reached in 1970 in Local Board 37 as of Sept. 30, 1970.
However, the board spokesman said, it may be necessary to go to a higher random selection number than the number 153 in order to satisfy the remaining 1970 draft calls.
PTA President Marie McDaniel of South Harlem Elementary School announces that there will be a fall festival held at the school on Oct. 10, 1970. Featured will be booths, a fire engine, pony rides, a fish pond, a horror house and games. Homemade cakes and a refreshment stand will also be there.
The Martinez Volunteer Fire Department has come a long way since it was incorporated by the state in 1959. It started out almost entirely through the efforts of Hartwell H. Morris Sr. and Burl Keen. The original building, made of wood, was built by volunteer labor on some property Morris owned. Morris donated the land and a local railroad gave them some secondhand lumber.
That was in 1958. By 1961, the new building was constructed. Most of it too was built by volunteer labor, which worked days, nights and weekends to finish it within 90 days. The station stands on Washington Road across the street from Morris' store, and it contains 4,000 square feet of floor space, houses seven vehicles, an office, sleeping quarters, a kitchen, conference and recreation room.
Martinez United Methodist Church held an auction at Gibbs Ball Field to raise money for their new organ. Everything imaginable was up for bid, from a 1963 Plymouth to wooden bowls to cologne. According to pastor Jim Ransom, the auction raised $1,300.
The annual initiation ritual of the Evans High School Future Homemakers of America was held on Sept. 26. Both old and new members were taken to a secret destination where the old members got to initiate their "little sisters." The fun and very successful initiation was under the supervision of Priscilla Watkins, FHA adviser, and FHA officers.
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