Carroll County Genealogical Society Observes the 100th Anniversary of United States in World War I

The Carroll County Genealogical Society recently organized for display at the Neva Lomason Library many items from World War I.  These items are available for public viewing at the entrance to the library. Some of these items are from the personal collection of Hellen J. Jackson, retired Assistant Professor of History from the University of West Georgia. She has graciously given these items to Donald Levans for donation to the local American Legion post. These items were used by her father, Pvt. Erby Lorenzo Jackson, during his World War I service  in France. Pvt. Jackson’s U.S. Army helmet and gas mask are on display. Mrs. Jackson stated her father suffered from respiratory problems after the war due to being gassed.  One somber item is the folded American flag which covered the casket of her father who died on Memorial Day, May 26, 1975. Pvt. Jackson is buried at Magnolia Cemetery, Hartsville, South Carolina; and his grave is marked by a VA military grave marker honoring his WWI service. Take time to visit the library and view these special items from World War I.

Hellen J. Jackson

Pvt. Erby L. Jackson Discharge Certificate

The American Flag used to cover the casket

of Pvt. Erby Lorenzo Jackson