Ray City Home of Myrtle Hawk and W. R. McClure

Myrtle Hawk and W. R. McClure

Ray City Home of Myrtle Hawk and W. R. McClure.

Ray City Home of Myrtle Hawk and W. R. McClure.

By 1945, William R. McClure, his wife Myrtle Hawk McClure, and daughters Reba and Sarah were living at Ray City, GA.  W. R. McClure was employed as the principal at the Ray City School and Myrtle McClure, wife of W. R. McClure was a math teacher.

Myrtle Hawk and William Russel McClure

Myrtle Hawk and William Russel McClure

In the photo above, the McClures pose in front of their car, apparently dressed for a social occasion.  When teaching, Mrs. McClure normally wore a business suit with a high neck blouse.

As school let out for the summer of 1947 W. R. McClure resigned his position as principal of the Ray City School to go into business for himself.  The business, a bookkeeping service called “Mail-Me-Monday.  Some time after 1950 the MClures moved to Valdosta where W. R. McClure continued his business.   Reba McClure married J.I. Clements who went on to become a baseball coach at Georgia Southern University.  Sarah  became a bookkeeper in Valdosta.

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A Shower for Frances Clements

Frances Clements, 1939 high school photo,  Ray City, GA

Frances Clements, 1939 high school photo, Ray City, GA

An old Valdosta Daily Times newspaper clipping tells about the time the women of Ray City, GA threw a shower for Frances Clements, soon to be wed to Lawrence Carter of Valdosta.  The hostesses for the occasion were Mrs. Yance Carter, Bertie Moore, Dora Bradford, Inez Purvis, Mrs. Jim Paulk,  Gladys Knight, Hazel Bradham, Cynthia Swindle, Mrs. J.H. Swindle, Mrs. W.R. McClure, all of Ray City, GA and the groom’s mother, Bertie Carter, of Valdosta.

Frances Clements was the daughter of Hod P. Clements (Hosea Peeples Clements) and Alma Florence May.  She was the sister of Mildred Lorene Clements and James Herman Clements.

    Miss Frances Clements, bride elect, was the inspiration of a miscellaneous shower Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. E. M. Knight, prior to her marriage to Mr. Lawrence Carter of this city [Valdosta, Ga].
    This attractive home was thrown en suite for the occasion and bouquets of mixed garden flowers were used to advantage in the living room. The attractively appointed refreshment table was overlaid with a white cutwork cloth, and was centered was an erpegne, a gift from Germany. Dainty white flowers encircled the punch bowl which was flanked by candelabra holding white tapers. Crystal platters held a variety of sandwiches, dainty sweets and tidbits.
    Punch was served by Mrs. Peggy Carter, Mrs. Bill Bradham, Mrs. Jim Paulk, and Mrs. Leon Bradford.
    The brides’ book was kept by Mrs. Mildred Moore, sister of the bride to be.
    For this event the future bride was attired in green. Complementing her costume were brown accessories with a corsage of talisman roses.
    Hostesses for this occasion were: Mrs. Y. F. Carter, Mrs. F.C. Moore, Mrs. Leon Bradford, Mrs. G.L. Webb, Mrs. H. P. Giddens, Mrs. Bill Bradham, Mrs. Artis Purvis, Mrs. Jim Paulk, Mrs. E.M. Knight, Mrs. G. P. Swindle, Mrs. J.H. Swindle, Mrs. L.L. Carter, Mrs. W.R. McClure.

After marriage, Frances Clements and Lawrence Carter built this homeon Bemiss Road, Valdosta, GA.  At the time of construction,  the home was located on the outskirts of the town.

After marriage, Frances Clements and Lawrence Carter built this home on Bemiss Road, Valdosta, GA. At the time of construction, the home was located on the outskirts of the town.

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Mail Me Monday

Mail Me Monday

One of the historic businesses of Ray City, GA was a mail order accounting service called Mail-Me-Monday.

1948 Classified Ad for "Mail-Me-Monday", Ray City, GA

1948 Classified Ad for “Mail-Me-Monday”, Ray City, GA. The business was owned by W.R. McClure.

Mail Me Monday was a business franchise that was created by Jack Hession to provide bookkeeping services for small businessmen. “They needed it badly because 1) most of them didn’t know how to keep books and 2) they couldn’t afford a part-time bookkeeper to do the job.  Why not, thought Hession, a mail order service which would charge a small fee to keep the books?”

The Mail-Me-Monday franchise in Ray City was owned by William R. “Mac” McClure. The business was located on the second floor over the Victory Soda Shop on Main Street.  Mr. McClure served as principal of the Ray City School.  His daughters were Reba and Sarah.   Reba married J.I. Clements who went on to become a baseball coach at Georgia Southern University.  Sarah  became a bookkeeper in Valdosta.   The McClures lived on the Teeterville Road, right on the edge of town.

1947 advertisement for "Mail-Me-Monday" franchises.

1947 advertisement for “Mail-Me-Monday” franchises.