Digest of Charlton County Herald - January 1929
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
January 4, 1929
POST OFFICE TO MOVE. The removal of the post office from its present location means that Folkston will have another business. H.J. Davis and Fred Askew have formed a co-partnership, will renovate the store building and open up a first class meat market and grocery store as soon as the post office moves into the Masonic Building.
FLU EPIDEMIC AFFECTS LOCAL SCHOOLS. The spread of flu all over the country has run the number of cases up well over the million mark. While it does not seem to be as fatal, it is closing the schools and curtailing business. The school authorities think it is unwise to begin school here on Monday and unless weather conditions are better, there will be no school till January 14.
MR. HENRY MOODY GOODEN DIED. The entire community was saddened as Christmas Day drew near to learn that Mr. H.M. Gooden, one of St. George's most beloved and respected citizens, had suffered an attack of acute indigestion on December 21 and was not responding to treatment. All efforts failed, and on Christmas morning at 9:40, surrounded by all members of his family he passed out into the Great Beyond. Funeral services were held from the house and at the St. George cemetery. Rev. E.F. Dean officiated, assisted by a choir. The services were simple, as all members of the family were on the verge of prostration. Owing to a family reunion at Christmas, all members of the family were at the bedside during the last hours. This included the daughter with her husband, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Boughner and son, Mr. E. Gooden. Henry Moody Gooden was born September 19, 1852 at Beverly, Ohio. He was married to Jane Tilton October 3, 1872. The couple lived in Zanesville, Ohio for 30 years and in West Virginia, coming to St. George in 1910, where they have since made their home. October 3, 1922 they celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary. He was a member of the Baptist Church of St. George and has been on the Board of Deacons for many years.
REV. NEASE HAS NEW FORD. Rev. C.L. Nease, having grown tired of the kicks from his old Ford, is now filling appointments in a new 1929 Ford Coach.
KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS TO REORGANIZE. The re-organization of the Knights of Pythias in Folkston is being discussed and the old members are united in putting the order back on its feet. It's financial condition is the best, there being about $1,000.00 in its treasury.
COUPLE MEETS AND MARRIES IN ONE WEEK. When W.F. Pullian of Thomas County visited Folkston last week and met Miss Ethel O'Quinn of Traders Hill for the first time, though they were engaged, having been in correspondence for the past couple of years, the meeting brought about the speedy marriage of the couple. Friday they were married in the office of Ordinary Gibson and the happy couple departed for their new home in Thomas County, where we hope their joys will last for many years. Miss O'Quinn is 28 years of age and the groom is 42.
WEDDING. Saturday night at the home of Ordinary H.G. Gibson, the marriage of two of our young people was celebrated when H. Russell Johnson, son of H.J. Johnson was wedded to Miss Bertha Rogers, daughter of Mr. J.R. Rogers. Mr. Johnson is associated with Johnson & Son, lumber dealers. Miss Bertha is a charming young lady of the Charlton County High School and has many friends interested in her marriage to this popular young man.
ROPE FROM 1903 HANGING FOUND. A curio that attracted much attention Saturday was a hangman's knot recovered by Joe Allen from some old savings of the courthouse fire. It was kept in the clerk's office and in looking over some papers and rubbish saved from the fire, Joe ran across this old piece of rope with the hangman's knot. It was used by H.S. Mattox when he was sheriff, in the execution of two negroes, Stack, who killed his wife near Winokur and Julius Crawford who killed Marshall Tom Robinson at Winokur. These men were executed in 1903 so we understand.
January 11, 1929
FLU EPIDEMIC EXCEEDS 1908 RECORD. Washington furnishes the alarming information that the South has had an extra-large increase of the flu epidemic now raging over the country. Out of the 195,553 new cases reported in the past week, Georgia supplied 11,711. The attempt to open schools resulted in Uptonville, Sardis and Racepond adjourning for another week. Conditions may cause even another further extension. Folkston schools will not open for another week. The flu situation in Folkston has reached the point where it exceeds the number of cases of the epidemic in 1908. St. George has also adjourned its school as conditions are also bad there.
ALBERT PHILLIPS IS NEW GAME WARDEN. Albert Phillips has been appointed Game Warden for Charlton County. You will find him at his place of business at his filling station.
FIGHTER DEMPSEY PASSES HERE ON TRAIN. Jack Dempsey, the noted fighter, passed through Folkston Friday on the Dixie Limited, going to the bedside of his friend, fighting promoter Tex Richards.
GEORGE STEWART HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE. Monday afternoon the residence of George J. Stewart was discovered to be on fire. While response to the alarm was quick, the house, an old one, was soon enveloped in flames with nothing but a pump to supply water to fight the fire with. The ready response of the people soon emptied the house of most furniture and household articles, and even a hot kitchen stove was removed. This was the old Stewart home, built 35 years ago and was totally destroyed. We understand the insurance was $1500.00 which partially covers the loss. Both Mr. and Mrs. Stewart were ill with the flu.
STANLEY MATTOX MARRIES MRS. BROWN. Many of the friends of H.S. Mattox, were surprised this week when the announcement came from Waycross that he was married to a charming lady, Mrs. Brown, of Ovieda, Fla. We understand Mrs. Brown was proprietor of a boarding house at Ovieda and Stanley fell a victim to her good cooking.
TWO CHILDREN BURIED SUNDAY. There was a double funeral at Mt. Zion cemetery Sunday, near Moniac. The three-year-old daughter of Mr. Joe Crawford and the two-year-old son of Mr. Silas Crawford, both living just across the river in Baker County.
MRS. CLEMENTINE ROBINSON WELCH DIED. Mrs. C.E. Welch died at her home in St. George Friday. She had been ill for nearly three months and the end was not unexpected. Interment was at St. George Sunday morning with Rev. E.F. Dean in charge of the services. Clementine Ellen Robinson was born in Dearborn County, Indiana October 11, 1842. Her husband was D.C. Welch. The couple came to St. George 24 years ago, Mr. Welch having been resident manager of the 1904 Colony Co., which promoted the town of St. George. Mr. Welch died January 20, 1910 and the widow retained her residence here. She was 86 years old. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Emma Ketchum, Mrs. E.H. Wilkerson and Mrs. G.B. Carpenter.
BUSY DAY FOR PLANES. Five airplanes made the trip over Folkston Sunday.
TWINS FOR THE WARREN FAMILY. Twins were born to Mrs. Josh Warren Tuesday, a girl and a boy. The mother is getting along nicely and Josh is stepping high.
SOAP WRAPPERS BUY REFRIGERATOR. The Methodist Orphans Home of Macon has secured a three-door porcelain General Electric refrigerator for Octagon Soap wrappers supplied by the Sunday School children of the state. It took 126,900 of them to turn the trick. They hope to get enough to equip the kitchen.
ROBERT TUCKER DIED. Robert Tucker, a long time colored resident of St. George, died Saturday and was buried Sunday at St. George.
DAVID STOKES DIED OF FLU. There have been several deaths across the river from Moniac with the flu, but so far, only two colored people have died on the Georgia side, the latest being David Stokes, 28, who worked for L. Knabb.
January 18, 1929
POST OFFICE TO MOVE SOON. The post office will move as soon as the safe arrives. This means that the present location will be remodeled with a new glass front and steel ceiling. The removal of the post office to the Masonic Block will have as its closest neighbor the grocery department of Dean & Gowen's big store.
MR. J.P. FRANKS DIED. The remains of Mr. J.P. Franks, former Uptonville citizen, recently removed from there, was brought back for interment by the side of his wife in the Folkston cemetery Wednesday. He passed away Tuesday at the home of his brother-in-law, Albert Mizell, at Willacoochee, after quite a while of bad health. The remains were brought here by Mr. Mizell and the funeral was well attended by many of his old friends.
MRS. ADA MITCHELL KENNISON DIED. The sad death of Mrs. Scott Kennison, 22, a bride since last August, occurred in Bainbridge Tuesday of pneumonia which developed from flu. She was the daughter of W.T. Mitchell, formerly of Uptonville and married Scott, the son of Mr. E.C. Kennison. She was buried in the Vickery burial ground where some of the Kennisons now rest. On account of flu none of her people were able to come with the body except Mr. Kennison himself. She was Miss Ada Mitchell who had many friends who will sympathize with her family.
NO SCHOOL AGAIN NEXT WEEK. On account of the flu, school will wait again and begin on January 28th.
READY FOR COURTHOUSE ROOF. Mr. W.T. Londeree is a hustler of the right sort. Got on the job raising steel at the courthouse Friday and says the work will be ready for the roof squad this week. A Chicago concern has that job and they expect to do the work in another week. The place for the clock will be elevated from the steel work and be seen from a distance, and heard from a greater distance.
POST OFFICE FIXTURES INSTALLED. Some steel fixtures for the post office were received Friday and the work of setting them in place has been completed. The boxes are to be three sizes, adapted for personal, business and larger demands. Formerly a hundred boxes were used and now newly installed are 225 boxes, which Postmaster Mills expects to fill. NEW BABY. There is another pumping engineer in Folkston, just a youngster, tipping the beam at nine pounds. He was born to Mrs. Arlie Rowell Tuesday.
FLU EPIDEMIC IS CENTER OF ATTENTION. The main thing of interest happening to our people now is "Who has the flu?", "Who is up and out?" and "How many cases were there in the family?"
MRS. BELLE BRADLEY GETS MIDWIFE CERTIFICATE. A nurse from the State Board of Health was in St. George last week to instruct midwives. Only a few attended, and one, Mrs. Belle Bradley, attended the classes two days, met the requirements and was granted a certificate to practice.
CRAWFORD INFANT DIED. Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Crawford of Moniac on January 10, a baby. The little one died after only a few hours of life and the mother, who has been suffering with flu, is making progress.
WEDDING. A wedding of interest was of Miss Arline Wright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Wright and Mr. Edgar Stewart of Douglas last Saturday in Jacksonville. They will make their home in Douglas.
January 25, 1929
DR. McCOY TO MOVE. There was much regret over the news that Dr. W.R. McCoy will move this week to Jesup to make his home. He has been with us a little over a year and in that time he has built up a good practice and endeared himself to many citizens.
MR. NORWOOD BUILDS FILLING STATION. There has been built a neat combination home and filling station just north of Homeland by Mr. M. Norwood.
LITTLE VIRGINIA PRESCOTT DIED. The six-months-old daughter, Virginia, of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Prescott, died of flu Tuesday at the home of its father on the Mills' place after a week's illness. Little Virginia was blind from a previous illness and was not in good enough physical health to withstand the flu. She was laid to rest in the High Bluff cemetery by the side of one of Everett's children that had preceded it across the Great Divide.
TRAIN WHISTLE STUCK. The whistle on the Southern passenger train last Thursday night got stuck and tooted for about an hour before means to stop it prevailed. The train was sidetracked here.
NEW BABY. Uptonville has a new citizen who arrived the 19th. He took up his abode with Jesse Hilton as a star boarder. Mrs. Hilton is doing nicely.
NEW BABY. Julian Crews is working overtime now as he has another boarder at his home. It's a boy, and registered on January 22nd. Mrs. Crews is getting along fine.
REV. JACOBS PLANTING PALMS. Rev. G.H. Jacobs has been doing a worthwhile work around town. He is getting some of the palms from the woods and planting them out for those of our citizens that appreciates improving their yard. Dr. Fleming, O.F. Wilson, Joe P. Mizell, C.E. Stroup and several others are among those having them planted.
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