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The Baker County Historical Society dedicated the live oak tree that welcomes visitors to the society headquarters on McIver Street to the late World War II veteran Elgin Barnes last month.
Mr. Barnes served in the Army’s 79th Infantry Division that landed in Normandy, France on June 11, 1944. He was wounded in battle about a month later at age 19.
“The family and I are thankful Elgin was the man he was that others remember him with words and monuments,” his widow Dorothy Mobley Barnes said after the dedication.
“The historical society has been and remains a large part of the Barnes family’s life and Baker County. The tree is a rather young oak, as oaks go, that will give beauty and shade for all who have eyes to see,” she said.
Mr. Barnes received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals as well as the French Legion of Medal of Honor just a few years ago.
He died in 2011 at 85 years old.
Hailey Hodgson, 10, of Glen St. Mary decided to cut off 10-plus inches of her silky brunette locks for charity last weekend.
“She just wants to help other little girls feel pretty and if giving her hair does it, she’s willing to give it,” said her mother, Rachel Hodgson. “She is already excited to do it again.”
Children’s illusionist Louie Mabrey (left), also known as the Great Loudini, entertained and educated a large group of children at the Woman’s Club the morning of June 25 with tricks, word games and comedy as part of the Emily Taber Library’s summer reading program.