Over the course of the next few weeks, I am going to attempt to tell the story of Springfield's businesses, especially those during the years of the original Mars Theatre's operation.
The following is a first-hand account written by the late Maj. (ret.) Horace Berry in 2000, 50 years after he was called up with the National Guard in Springfield.
The 30th Military Police Company was mobilized for active duty Sept. 16, 1940. This was the National Guard unit at Springfield.
This is the rest of the story on Rev. Al Fernandez. Since I wrote his story early this year and so many of you, even from out of town, responded with donations to his "kidney fund," I choose today to run a thank-you from him. He successfully underwent transplantation and is now in the recovery phase.
On Sunday, May 4, the bell will toll for the 135th annual Sunday School Convention at the Effingham Methodist Campground in Springfield. Fifteen Sunday schools met on May 28, 1879, when Rev. P.H. Crumpler, a Methodist minister, is given credit for organizing the interdenominational gathering.
After 70 years since the Mars Theatre was built by J.R. Tebeau in downtown Springfield in 1944, the building is coming back to life as it was originally purposed. The theater, built with a balcony, seated about 300 patrons. It was owned and operated by brothers Jack and Harry Ramsey. The name of the theater came from the names of twin sisters who worked for the Ramsey brothers, Mary and Martha Mincey.
Guyton Georgia Confederate Cemetery was established to bury the dead from the Guyton Confederate Hospital, including 26 unknown soldiers who had died of illness during the Civil War. Most died of chronic dysentery, pneumonia, typhoid and yellow fever.
This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society using images from the HES book "Images of America – Effingham County."
Folks, a new annual activity will premier April 12 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Effingham Festival at the Living History Site will offer a great day for those in attendance. The date is that of the former Olde Effingham Days. The event will be held on Historic Effingham Society's Living History Site at the corner of North Pine and Early Streets in Springfield. The Effingham Museum in the Old Jail will be open for tours as well as their gift shop.
Effingham County produced large amounts of rice in the early days, according to the research by local historian Norman Turner. There were two types that were grown in Effingham.
Thanks to Kristin Everson for sharing photos from Sonny Zittrouer's collection.
Martha Zeigler is retiring after 15 years as curator of the Georgia Salzburger Museum at Ebenezer. The Georgia Salzburger Society presented a Resolution of Thankfulness and a reception in her honor at its last board of directors meeting.
On March 15, the Georgia Salzburger Society will hold its annual Landing Day Meeting at historic Jerusalem Lutheran Church at Ebenezer. I thought you might enjoy this article about Georgia Salzburger members who recently visited the homeland. The GSS continues to keep our Salzburger history and genealogy alive.
Recently a south Effingham County resident called the Effingham Museum and asked, "Who was Jabez Jones?" A road is named for this person is located in south Effingham connecting Georgia Highway 17 to Georgia Highway 30, not far from the South Effingham school campuses.
This week completes eight years of Echoes of Effingham in the Effingham Herald. With 52 weeks per year, that mounts up to a sizeable amount of weekly print deadlines. It has been a pleasure to bring you photos, stories told only on porches and over fences by those who share them, and items discovered and reprinted for your reading.
George M. Brinson came into Springfield, building his railroad about 1905, buying large tracts of land and selling lots, creating a big building boom in town. Brinson built his business offices on Laurel Street in 1907. This building is still standing in operation now as city hall in Springfield.
Springfield Baptist Church sat at the corner of Laurel and Franklin streets. The building in the accompanying photograph was the third in the history of the church founded in 1848. The building shown was constructed in 1909 and sat at the northwest corner of the lot.
The block between Second and Third streets facing Laurel Street now houses the Windstream Telephone Company service headquarters on the south side and a three-story former bank building and parking lot. The bank was built for C&S Bank. It operated later as Nations Bank, Bank of America and lastly as First Effingham Bank.
Effingham County United Methodists will convene Friday, July 18 for the 224th annual camp meeting. This traditional gathering's spirit has not been hindered by the fires of General Sherman, war, weather nor struggles of the faithful. It will meet under the tabernacle on South Laurel Street in Springfield, its home since about 1907 when the Brinson Railroad relocated the campground to its present location. The faithful gather in family tents around the campground, forgoing modern-day air conditioning, television and many of the comforts of home for a time of fellowship and renewal.
Just north of the Calhoun Tractor Company on the west side of Laurel Street in Springfield, a set of gas tanks was located beside the railroad. Coastal Gas, owned by Howard Haupt Sr., used these tanks for storage for butane and propane gas for their business.
In 1948, Calhoun Tractor Company opened for business in the building just north of BB&T Bank at the corner of Laurel Street and the original Stillwell Road. The business was owned by Lewis Calhoun and my grandfather J. Bruce Hinely. Bruce did not stay with the business very long.
In 1951 and 1952, Frank Arnsdorff and the Allen brothers (George and Albert Allen) bought the Springfield Lumber Company across from the Methodist Campground in Springfield. George Allman of Oliver had previously operated the mill. They also had a planing mill there in a building nearer the railroad on the back of the lot where they dressed lumber. Remnants of that building still exist in a thicket of underbrush.
The more this project unfolds, more and more is being shared about Springfield in the 1940s and 1950s. Note the additional information on Springfield Farm Supply. If you have any information on any of the old businesses, please share it soon.
A few more businesses in Springfield during the years of the Mars Theatre not located on Laurel Street have come to my attention, so I dedicate this week to their story.
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