As reported 50 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, May 9, 1957:
Columbia and McDuffie counties are the only counties in the 10th District that show a net gain in population since the census of 1940.
The census of 1950 shows that Columbia County's population increased from 9,433 to 10,900, while McDuffie County's population rose from 10,878 to 11,900.
Neighboring counties show a net loss. Lincoln County, for example, dropped from 7,042 to 6,100 between 1940 and 1950; Wilkes from 15,084 to 10,800; Taliaferro from 6,278 to 3,400; and Warren, from 10,236 to 7,900.
Honor grads named
Miss Helen Brown of the Appling Elementary School has been chosen valedictorian of the graduating class of 1957. Chosen as salutatorian is Miss Patricia Reed. These young ladies, having completed the seventh grade in the Appling School, will be entering high school in the fall term.
Brown is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mac Brown, and Reed is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Reed.
Polio vaccination below average
The overall percentage of children immunized to polio in Columbia County is 70 to 80 percent, which is below the state average, according to the Columbia County Health Department.
The average is much higher in the school group than the preschool group. Grovetown has the highest average among white pupils; Harlem and Appling are about the same, with Evans somewhat lower.
Negro children in the county average about 95 percent, with high school pupils being about 100 percent.
The Health Department here has been able to keep an adequate supply of Salk vaccine on hand at all times, and will give injections to any child or eligible adult during clinic hours.
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