December 17, 1918 - Willard's father, Richard Meader Jacobs, died. June 1919 - Gussie, Willard's mother, sells the family farm on RT 110 near Waverly, GA and moves to Waycross GA to her parents Willie Ammons & Martha Murray. Feb 1920, Willard is living in Waynesville with his mom, older brother (Monroe), younger brother (Woodrow), and younger sister (Meta). Monroe is incorrectly listed as Mamie on the 1920 Federal Census. Dec 1920 - Willard's Mom, Gussie and her parents move the family to Brunswick and reside on the corner of Union ST & L street in a two storied house, along with Gussie's sisters, Willie Mae & Cleo and her brother Steve Ammons. 1921 - Age 8 - Willard attends Purvis School on Norwich ST for his elementary education. 1923 - Age 10 - Willard remembers working at Mr. Newman's Grocery Store in the 2100 Block of Newcastle St. Sometimes he traveled with Mr W S Newman to Augusta, GA to pick up a load of vegetables for the store. 1923 - Age 10 - Willard lives with his mother, Gussie and Relvin Brooker, his step-father while working several jobs. 1924 - Age 11 - Willard remembers working at Abbott's Meat Market on Newcastle St. and Fletcher's Grocery Store. 1926 - Age 13 - Willard remembers working with the Savannah Dredge Co. along the coast. and with the CC's on Blythe Island, Brunswick, GA with the public works programs for a while. 1927 - Age 14 - Willard was a hard worker and always found job to work to support himself. He remembers shrimp fishing. 1928 - Age 15 - Willard hires on to an Oil tanker in Bwk. He works on the tanker as an Ordinary Seaman. The tanker carries him to Port Arthur, TX and then to Philadelphia, PA. Several of his friends decide to quit this job and he does also. 1929 - Age 16 - Willard remembers the Stock Market Crash and hearing that people were jumping out of windows. His tanker friends all go their own way and he hitches his from Philadelphia PA all the way back to Bwk with a few dollars in his pocket. 1930 - Age 17 - Willard works for a plastering contractor, Slim Kimberly. He continued learning his plastering trade from Homer and Wallace Ricketson. Homes were built using wood lath on which plaster was applied. 1930 - 1930 Federal Census, The family is living on Ellis St., Willard's occupation is listed as grocery store clerk. He worked at Mr Newmans Grocery Store on Newcastle St. He would travel to Augusta to pick up a load of veggies for the store. He also worked at Abbotts Meat Market. 1930 - Age 17 - Willard works for a plastering contractor, Slim Kimberly. He continued learning his plastering trade from Homer and Wallace Ricketson. Homes were built using wood lath on which plaster was applied. 1934 - April 10th, Willard and Barbara Virginia Brock are married by Judge Dart, Ordinary Office on Glynn Ave., Bwk. Barbara's Uncle, Gus Kaufman and Willard's brother, Woodrow are witnesses. Willard and Barbara live with Gussie on Norwich ST, Bwk 1936 - Willard is working at the local Pulp Mill. It is being constructed and he is "finishing cement". The 1937 Polk's City Directory lists Willard as a plasterer living at 2620 Newcastle St with his wife Barbara. 1938, Willard works at the local Shipyard. 1938-1939. In 1941, Willard leaves the shipyard to work construction in St. Mary's area. In 1943, Willard joins the Army, he is 30 yrs old. Camp Wheeler, GA was an Infantry Replacement Training Center where new recruits received basic and advanced individual training to replace combat casualties. The camp was divided into three major portions: a cantonment area, a maneuver area, and a main impact area. Willard described a "Day", We get up here at a quarter to seven, clean the barracks, eat, and fall out at 8:30. Then we go to the Pecan Grove and train until 12:00. We eat and fall in again at 1:30. We train again at or until 5:30. Then we eat and we’re off was an Infantry Replacement Training Center where new recruits received basic and advanced individual training to replace combat casualties. He recalled, "We double time (trot) about 100 yards every morning or afternoon with all that on. Then maybe we march about five miles with our packs and rifles or we may just drill. Sometimes we'd see movies or training films or listen to training lectures on first aid, military courtesy, or other important things. I’ll have to take my pack apart pretty soon and put the tent half along the side of my bed. Then tomorrow morning, I’ll have about 10 minutes to roll it again. A blanket, mess kit, tent half, tent pole, 5 tent pegs, underwear, handkerchiefs, toilet articles, raincoat, rope, bayonet, cartridge belt, first aid kit, cantee and 9 ½ pound rifle. I also got my gas mask. We’ll be going through the gas pretty soon, and they use some pretty deadly gases. One of the gases makes you vomit and it takes a stout-hearted man to vomit in his gas mask and still keep it on and breath." Willard serves in WWII in the Phillipines and onto Japan. He remembers being in Japan on Thanksgiving Day 1945. He was allowed to come home for furloughs during his service. Willard receives an honorable discharge for his WWII service. In 1947, Willard returns home from the Army and works with A.G. Brinkley, plastering with him for a number of years. Brinkley had a fatal car accident on the St. Simons Bridge. Willard finishes the existing jobs. He starts his own company and joined The Bricklayer's Union. In 1983, Willard retires but still works making tabby planters and decorative pots and enjoys gardening. In 1996, He received a plaque and pin to commemerate 50-year member of The Bricklayer's Union. He passed away in 1998.
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