As reported 64 years ago in The Columbia News, Oct. 19, 1939:
Mrs. Lucinda Frances Stephens, one of Thomson's most beloved citizens, observed her 90th birthday Oct. 17, 1939.
Mrs. Stephens is a native of Columbia County. For many years, she made her home in Crawfordville where on Dec. 11, 1867, she was married to Dr. Linton A. Stephens. In Crawfordville, she was active in religious, social and civic activities.
On her birthday she visited Augusta and on Wednesday of this week accompanied her pastor and several friends to the Georgia Baptist Association in Lincolnton.
On Oct. 24, 1939, supper will be served in the Josie Dozier Community House in Winfield from 6 until 9 o'clock. Oysters may be had in any form desired. Price is 50 cents for adults, 25 cents for children.
Much interest was manifested at the final meeting of the Winfield Community Club which ended the fiscal year of work under the direction of Mrs. W.R. Story.
A resume of the financial calendar disclosed items obtained principally for the "Soup Kitchen," Community House and teacher's cottage. The more recently acquired articles consisted of twin beds for the cottage.
Refreshments, consisting of delicious home-made tea cakes and hot-chocolate with marshmallows were served.
During the past 30 days, according to figures released by District Commodity Supervisor, Claude E. Zachary, the county of Columbia received and distributed commodities having a total value of $815.86.
Surplus food commodities are issued to and consumed by needy and indigent persons on the county relief rolls. In Columbia County, a total of 355 families participated in and received a portion of these commodities.
Of interest to many is the number of young people from Columbia County who are in attendance at the University of Georgia in Athens.
These students listed according to their classes are: Seniors, Milton Tankersley, Ruel Morris, Lester Norris and Emma Mundy; juniors, Paul Knox, Jabie Morris, George Polaty, Leonard Norris, Evan Kelley, Jeff Owens, Hamilton Verdery and Gene Eubank; sophomores, Barney Kemp, Betty Gibbs, Doris Bennett, Billie Herrington, Marguerite Mundy; and freshmen, Charles Allen, Billy Kemp and Lloyd Yelton.
The majority of these students are engaged in subjects related to the farm and home and should prove most useful to the county.
Seven new members of the Harlem Future Farmers of America Chapter received the Greenhand initiation in Dearing recently. Boys from Thomson and Dearing also received the initiation.
The district initiating team from Adrian carried out the initiation and later a picture showing the FFA at 10 years of age was shown.
Several of our boys are making application for the Junior Farmer degree. We hope that we may produce and American Farmer from our chapter in the near future.
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