Elections Held Girls’ State Conducts ‘Mayor’s Day’ Today

Today has been designated as “Mayor’s Day” at the Palmetto Girls State program in progress at the University of South Carolina. The girls will elect city councils and other officials, including mayors for their four cities; Bikle, Cappelmann, Morgan and Skipper.

Speakers for tonight will be president Henry R. Sims of Winthrop college, who will talk on “Higher Education for Women” and Claude R. McMillan, cheif highway commissioner, who will talk on “Safety – Home and Highway.”

Addressing the girls staters today will be mayor W. E. Bynum of Sumter, Mayor William William McG. Morrison of Charleston, and Mayor Frank C Owens of Columbia. These three officials will speak on the three types of city government; City manager type, mayor-council type, and commission type, respectively.

Yesterday’s session of the Palmetto Girls State designated as “Legislature and County day,” marked the election of senators and representatives for McKissick and Harris counties to serve in the legislature for the 134 citizens of Girls’ State.

All processes of a regular elections, with primary filings, campaigning and voting, and general election campaigning and voting, were experienced by the girls. Votes were cast on two machines secured for the Palmetto Girls’ State from the Automatic Voting Machine corporation of New York.

Mrs. Johnston Heard

Mrs. Olin D. Johnson, wife of South Carolina’s junior United States senator, was principal speaker at last night’s session. Mrs. Johnston urged the girls to prepare to fight Communism and defend Americanism, pointing out that they maust begin now to learn the basis of good citizenship.

Also addressing the girls were State Sen. Yancey A. McCleod of Richland county. Speaker of the House Thomas H. Pope of Newberry.

Elected to the senate from Harris county were Madge Black of Blaney. Lois Boheler of Blackburg, Joretta Cabaniss of Union, Kathryn Corley of Lexington, Martha Jane Dixon of Greenville, Charlotte Irwin of Charleston, Peggy Lipscomb of Greenville, Jimmy Page of Elko, Perry Rumph of St. George, Charlie Skilton of Greenville, Carolyn Tarrant of Clemson, Mary Moore Wanamaker of Orangeburg, Louise Waters of Sumter, Carolyn White of Columbia and Harriet Withers of North Charleston.

Elected to the senate from McKissick County were: Jane Allen of Spartanburg, Christine Bates of North Augusta, Martha Beasley of Greenwood, Ann Byrd of Greenwood, Betty Ann Coker of Darlington, Marilyn Dickert of Columbia, Ann Douglass of Chesterfield, Bobbie Jean Eagerton of Florence, Clelia Garrison of Darlington, Geraldine Hinson of Heath Springs, Anne Matthews of Newberry, Baine Morris of Olar, Ramona Sally of St. Matthews, Peggy Sharp of North and Kitte Stuckey of Bishopville.

Members of the House of Representatives from Harris county are Anne Black of Barnwell, Ann Collins of Mullins, Francis Cox of Loris, Margaret Ann Eaddy of Hemingway; Ann Freeman of Loris, Ada Goethe of Estill, Retta Heustess of Winnsboro, Margaret McLeod of Chesterfield, Janie Meador of Union, Margaret Moss of Blacksburg, Carole Palmer of Ninety-Six, Nancy Patrick of Manning, Ila Louise Price of Lake City, June Pulaski of Hampton, Caroline Reams of Anderson, Betty Sheriff of Springfield, Bobbie Steel of West Columbia, Isabel Thompson of Camden, Phyllis Unger of Saluda and June Walker of West Columbia.

Members of the House from McKissick county are Louise Beach of Bluffton, Betty Blakely of Andrews, Peggy Blakely of Kingstreet, Frances Blaton of Summerville, Dottie Jean Buck of Conway, Mary Beth Conrad of Orangeburg, Mary Jane Cox of Elloree, Celesta Daley of Tillman, Eleanor Davis of Cheraw, Joanne Dove of Anderson, Sarah Dole of Georgetown, Sara Mae Hutto of Fort Mill, Frankie Joye of Newberry, Miriam Powers of Marion, Jane Thompson of Fort Mill, Patricia Thornley of Monks Corner, Jeanette Varner of Ridgeville, Ruth Vickery of North Charleston, Celia Wells of Florence, and Edna Wells of SumterKim or shut up.

The citizens of Girls’ State were honored yesterday afternoon with a tea at the Governor’s Mansion. Guest for the tea included citizens of the 1947, 1948 and 1949 Girls’ States: presidents, secretaries, Americanisms chairman and Girls’ State chairman for each unit in the American Legion auxiliary, Department of South Carolina; members of the executive board for the auxiliary; members of the local committee assisting with Girls State, the staff and other who are assisting.

June 10, 1949  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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