In the 1930s, four Ray City girls, Louise Paulk, Helen Swindle, Grace Putnal and Carolyn Swindle attended the Ray City School.
Louise Paulk and Helen Swindle were the older girls. They were team mates on the 1934 Ray City School girls basketball team. Grace Putnal and Carolyn Swindle were about five years younger. Louise, Helen, and Carolyn all lived within a few doors of each other on west Main Street in Ray City. Grace lived down Park Street just outside of town.
Louise Paulk, daughter of Gladys Daniel and James M. Paulk, was born about 1920 in Irwin County, GA. Her father died August 23, 1922 leaving Louise, her infant brother and mother on their own. In 1927, her mother married E.M. “Hun” Knight, a farmer and sometimes entrepreneur of Ray City, GA. Hun Knight was a widower with children of his own. The blended family made their home in Ray City, and Louise attended the Ray City School. She graduated with the class of 1938.
Helen Margaret Swindle was born and raised in Ray City, GA. She was the daughter of George Perry Swindle and Cynthia E. Pafford. Her father was a prominent businessman and employer, operating a general mercantile store. The Swindle home was on Main Street, and when Helen was growing up the Swindle family had neighbors like Dr. Lawson S. Rentz, pharmacist C.O. Terry, businessmen W.H.E Terry and Arthur Miller, and Mayor J. Lacy Moore, among others .
Grace Putnal’s parents were Ellen Gaskins and Wayne Putnal. Her father was a farmer and part-time barber of Ray City. Grace and her family have been discussed in this week’s posts (Wayne Putnal ~ Farmer/Barber of Ray City, Putnal Family ~ Town and Country, Obituary of Leston L. Putnal)
Carolyn S. Swindle was a daughter of Ora Cathleen and Henry Alexander Swindle. Her father was also a successful merchant of Ray City, and her grandfather, Redding Swindle, served as the town’s first mayor.
In the 1940s, the four young women made their way to Jacksonville, Florida. They appear enumerated together in the Florida census of 1945, living in Apartment #1 at 2926 Cook Street, , Jacksonville, FL. All of the girls were working, either clerking or bookkeeping.
At least three of the girls, Carolyn, Helen, and Grace were working for R C Motor Lines. R-C Motor lines was a large interstate trucking company based in Jacksonville. ( You can see additional images of R-C Motor Lines trucks at http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/gruin_r.htm) . Grace and Carolyn found work there as a bookkeeper, and Helen was a clerk. Louise was clerking for another firm.