Week of April 29, 1943

These articles are provided courtesy of The Gadsden County Times newspaper, Quincy. www.gadcotimes.com

This article was photographed by Angela Cassidy and typed by Eunice Herren. The remainder of this week's
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Quincy Casket Company Gets Contract for Ammunition Boxes
Plant Facilities to be Expanded Further as Rapidly as Practical to Allow for Increased Production

The Quincy Casket Company has been awarded a government contract for the construction of ammunition crates and will begin production within the next few days. E. E. Gay, owner of the business, said the present contract calls for the construction of about two carloads of the boxes each week. Two carloads will be about 1,000 boxes. Other contracts are pending. For the duration of the war, Mr. Gay says the company will discontinue the manufacture of caskets. The crates to be manufactured for the government under the present contract will be used for shipment of bombs. They will be about six feet long and about 24 inches high. They will be shipped unassembled to save shipping space. Eleven new machines have been installed in the plant to speed production and Mr. Gay estimates that he will employ 15 men when work begins. The Quincy Casket Company has been a growing business here for the past five years. Until two years ago it was located on West Jefferson street before the new plant was constructed on South Stewart Street. Other than the lumber and canning industries of Gadsden County that are operating almost exclusively on war production, this is the county's only war industry. Mr. Gay said his business is making a relatively small beginning in the undertaking but plans for expansions in the near future. About 250,000 feet of lumber will be used in the first contract.

Mrs. Laura Loyd, 87, Is Dead

Mrs. Laura Spencer Loyd, 87, died at her home in Havana Friday afternoon. Funeral services were held Monday at the graveside with Rev. E. F. Quarterman and Rev. K. Hollister officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery at Havana. Mrs. Loyd was a native of Henderson, Ala. She moved to Havana 35 years ago. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church at Troy, Ala. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. J. H. Rollo and Mrs. F. A. Whittle, of Havana, and Mrs. T. B. Folsoam, Augusta, Ga., and several great and great great grandchildren. Pallbearers were R. S. Spooner, Barney Whittle, Hubert Whittle, Horace Head, H. C. Gray and T. B. Folsom. Butler-Morgan Funeral Home was in charge.

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