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Digest of Charlton County Herald - January 1930

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

January 3, 1930

LANG JOHNS FOUND DEAD. Mr. and Mrs. T.T. Petty found the body of Lang Johns in the road near their home on the night of December 23rd, returning from a visit to the home of Demp Snowden. The body was laying in the road when discovered and one of the party thinking he was intoxicated, tried to lift him. He found blood on the clothes and the body lifeless. He had been dead for some time. He had called by home to see his mother, Mrs. T.T. Petty, who was absent, got his double barrel shotgun, put two shells in, giving the other to his sister and told her that he would not need them anymore. "When Mother comes home, tell her she will find me down near the bridge," was his remark on leaving. Later he went to Demp Snowden's called Jim Cason and gave him his notebook stating there was something written there that he wished him to attend to. This gave an account of some money due him, ending with the statement that he would not see him any more. Coroner Wainwright held an inquest and the verdict was suicide. He was buried in the old family graveyard near where they live, on Christmas Day. He was a brother to Mr. Johns killed at St. George two years ago.

JIM RODDENBERRY'S BARN BURNED. Last Saturday the first woods fire of the season caused the burning of Jim Roddenberry's tobacco barn. A worker cutting wood nearby set fire to some rough places, then acting the part of carelessness, left after cutting the wood, and paid no heed as to the fire. It caught the grass and was carried hence to Mr. Roddenberry's barn, destroying it and the contents of about thirty bushels of potatoes, fodder and hay, amounting to $200.00 damage.

MRS. J.C. WAINWRIGHT DIED. Mrs. J.C. Wainwright, 18, of Charlton County, died Thursday in a Waycross hospital after an illness of five weeks. She was a daughter of the late J.A. Strain. She is survived by her husband and one young son, James Wainwright; also a brother, J.J. Strain of Winokur and a sister Miss Mary Strain of Winokur. The remains were sent to Hickox for funeral services and interment.

WEDDINGS. Marriages performed by Judge Gibson:
Luke Jenkins and Minnie Dasher of Traders Hill jumped the broomstick on December 22nd.
On December 26, J.C. Jones, son of Jim Jones, Traders Hill, took as his bride, Miss Agnes Jones of Hickox. They will live near the Hill, so we hear.

January 10, 1930

OUR LAST TWO CONFEDERATE VETERANS. The Times-Union of Sunday had the pictures of two "Southerners of War Time Days" in which we recognized the features of Charlton County's only two living Confederate veterans, Mr. John Vickery and Uncle Jesse Grooms, 96 and 86 years young. With their pictures was a sketch of their life supplied by their granddaughter, Mrs. James A. Hickox, nee Grooms, who resides in Jacksonville. We intend giving a history of these interesting old gentlemen shortly. Mr. Vickery was born where he now resides October 10, 1833. Mr. Grooms first saw the light in Tattnall County on June 23, 1843. Both served four years with the Confederacy and are now enjoying the same home with Mr. Vickery's daughter and Uncle Jesse's son, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Grooms.

ASKEWS MOVE. Leon Askew has moved to the old Barbour Home on the highway, which they have recently acquired.

FOLKSTON FINANCES. Financial statement for City of Folkston for 1929: Received $8,136.52. Expenses $6,884.69. Balance $1,251.83.

January 17, 1930

BROOM FACTORY. Folkston has a new industry, a broom factory which began operation the first of the year in the Nobles Garage building on the highway. M.H. Jordan is the owner. He is a blind man making first class brooms and mops.

LARKIN SEES SWAMP FROM THE AIR. Two trips were made to the Okefenokee Swamp by airplane Sunday, Floyd Larkin being the first Folkstonite to see the Swamp from the sky.

BOWLING ALLEY TO COME HERE. Folkston will be enlivened for the younger set next week by the addition of a bowling alley, the Scott Building having been secured for that purpose. Mr. Strickland of Waycross is the new proprietor.
WEDDING. An announcement that surprised the many friends of Russell Cassel was the item published in the papers the past week announcing his marriage to Miss Allie R. Waters of Nichols on January 3rd.

THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of the Citizens Bank of Folkston at close of business on December 31, 1929: Resources: $480,418.23.

January 24, 1930

POWER RATE HEARING SET. The Mayor and Council of Folkston made application to the Ga. Public Service Commission for a reduction of electric power rates now being charged by Charlton County Power Co. and a hearing has been set for Jan. 28th.

RURAL ROUTE FOR ST. GEORGE. Arrangements have been made by the St. George Post Office for a rural route from there to the south end of the county and to overlap Florida. It is urged that all concerned take an interest in this matter, and qualify as patrons at the St. George post office. 130 families must certify for this by March 15th.

BAND TO ENTERTAIN. A free concert given by the Georgia Industrial Home Drum and Cornet Corps of Macon will be given at the school auditorium Friday. The program is unique in that all the music is produced by the boys on drums and cornets. Sixteen boys, all orphans, make up the band and they range from 10 to 16 years old. During their stay here they will be entertained in our best homes.

CHARLTON COUNTY'S ONLY TWO VETERANS. Charlton County's only two Confederate veterans now in the land of the living are residing in the same home, bound together by the marriage of a son of one and a daughter of the other are veterans John Vickery and Jesse Grooms, a good likeness of which we present herewith. [Pictures of John Vickery and Jesse Grooms.]

The Herald man [Mr. T.W. Wrench] dropped in to see these two beloved citizens Monday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earny Grooms, now residing at the homeplace of Uncle John, where he first saw the light 90 years ago. I was greeted by Uncle Jesse who ushered me into the sitting room, where we were again welcomed by Mr. Vickery, who was not so frisky, having suffered a fall a few nights ago by misjudging a step when going out. We found them both in good spirits and fine health and enjoyed hearing them tell of the many interesting events of their careers.

Mr. Vickery, who is a real native son, our oldest citizen as well, first saw the light of day on the 10th of October, 1839, being the 10th child of Thomas and Mary Vickery, who were the parents of 15 children, and Uncle John is the sole survivor, ten resting in the Vickery cemetery, another at Sardis and three in Virginia. His father, a native of England, ran away from a vessel at Brunswick at the age of 17, securing employment with a Mr. Ginliat on a Satilla plantation, with whom he stayed 17 years. Then after marriage to Miss Mary Cooper he came to Charlton, buying the farm where both of these old veterans now live, from Jimmie Wainwright, a brother-in-law. Of his life, it has been that of a good honest farmer and as he said he knew nothing else and always made a living. "I was Sheriff one term and got enough of politics" Uncle John told us, and added "I tried out a venture in Waycross, but a year there cured me and brought me back to the farm. You see, I was 60 and couldn't be weaned away." He served four years in the war as a Private in Co. G, lst Fla. Calvary. An accident deprived him of some fingers, which kept him out of service a few months, which caused him to rejoin a Georgia command, later being transferred to his old company and saw service in the Battle of Chicamauga. Mr. Vickery married Miss Ellen Conner in 1860 and by this union 6 children were born, four survivors being Thomas W., Jesse W., and Mrs. Ora Grooms of Charlton and Mrs. Carry Bates of Plant City, Fla. There are 22 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren representing this good citizen now enjoying a ripe old age.

Uncle Jesse Grooms, the other veteran, came to Charlton with his parents from Tattnall County, where he was born June 23, 1844. Uncle Jesse was then 12 years old. Like Mr. Vickery, he was a farmer and first settled in the Racepond section. Mr. Grooms was more susceptible to a political life and was a squire [note: Justice of the Peace] at an early age of the 1193 G.M. District, which was an honor in those days. From that post Judge Grooms was elevated to the County Treasurer's office where he served for some half dozen terms. He resided on the Paxton Place for 22 years before locating on a place of his own. He served four years with Co. K, 4th Ga. Cavalry and also saw service at the Chicamauga front. In 1870 he was married to Miss Vinie Riggs who was a native of Tattnall County. By their union ten children were born, the six survivors being Earny Grooms, with whom both veterans reside, Mrs. Allie Mattox, Mrs. Andrew Gowen, Ralph Grooms of Charlton County; Mrs. Della Gay of Kingsland and L.E. Grooms of Savannah. Uncle Jesse has 39 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. We have in these estimable citizens, two great characters as they represent over 100 years in the history of this section and yet they enjoy the pleasure of your company now as if they were still more actively engaged in the pursuit of life. And to veterans like these, our laws grant aid, but it is too bad that this pension is so tardy in its coming. In speaking of it, Uncle Jesse said "It's good when it does come and we appreciate it." With the new year they are to have a dollar per day and it is to be paid monthly. Thus do we show the appreciation of our veterans of the "lost cause".

POISON POINTER. Mrs. Edward Darling, a Blackshear teacher, was presented a pointer which she and the pupils used in blackboard work. When their faces and hands began to swell it was discovered it was made from poison ivy. No serious results occurred but looks were marred for several days.

WHITE CHILD CHRISTENED. One of beautiful ceremonies of interest to all was the christening of infant son of Mr. and Mrs. M.G. White Sunday preceding church services at the M.E. Church. His baptismal name given was George William White.

EDITORIAL COMMENT. The report of the new doctor and an undertaker are still just reports. In the meantime everybody seems not to worry as conditions seem to be "distressingly healthy".

BOWLING ALLEY. The equipment for the bowling alley arrived on time, but being required to pay a yearly license of $150.00 in advance, stored the equipment and went back to Waycross to think it over. We hear they will open soon.

January 31, 1930

ELECTRICITY RATE HEARING. Folkston was much interested in the rate hearing this week before the Ga. Public Service Commission at the courthouse. Col. McQueen, city attorney, introduced testimony from consumers showing what they contended were excessive charges. Dean and Gowen, the largest user, set forth that their bill of over $100.00 a month was excessive, as did the drug stores. To compare, L.E. Mallard paid over $6.00 per month for a six room house, while across the street a satisfied customer, Owen Wilson, testified that his bill averaged less than half of that for a larger house, but said Mr. Wilson, "We turn out the lights except when in actual use."

TRAIN-CAR CRASH KILLS BRYANTS. News of the death of Henry Bryant and child and Mrs. Elizabeth Remling and child, both children of the late J.W. Bryant in an automobile wreck at Tampa last Saturday week was received the past week. It seems that Mr. Remling with his wife and his brother-in-law, Mr. Bryant, wife and child were out motoring and when crossing a railroad was struck by a train, destroying the automobile and killing the four people. Mr. Remling and Mr. Bryant's wife were both badly hurt.

HOMELAND TOWN COUNCIL. The old town council of Homeland ends its regime next week as the new city dads take up the burden of control. Mayor Bass and his Board steps down and Mayor Waughtel and his new crew picks up their oars and begin to steer the ship of state over the rough spots.

NEW RAILROAD SIDING. A siding has been put in at Winokur for loading purposes. The lack of accommodation had been before the Public Service Commission and recently they ordered it put in.

FIRE DESTROYS MONIAC SCHOOL. Thursday night the third largest school unit of the Charlton County system, at Moniac, burned to the ground. Cause of the fire is unknown. The building was erected at a cost of $4,000.00 during the war period and was a commodious wooden structure with three rooms and hallway. It was equipped at a cost of $500.00 more. Everything went up in flames as it happened at a late hour and no one lives very near. It was partially covered with insurance of $2,000.00. Supt. Harris has been busy the past week trying to secure seats to refit the old Canaday School building for temporary use. There has been a discussion of rebuilding nearer Moniac and a bond issue election is to be called at an early date.

EDITORIAL COMMENT. Folkston stuck to its $150.00 license on the bowling alley and sent them out of town. Now if they will make war on gambling and other immoral practices, we'll add a few more words of commendation.

U.S. CENSUS TAKERS. One hundred thousand census enumerators are about to swarm over the land, ringing doorbells and asking questions. Doubtless millions of housewives are wondering how to act when the Census Man calls. Here's how: tell him everything he asks. If he seems to ask questions that are not any of Uncle Sam's business, make him show you that question on the official list. The rest of your conduct is optional. You can keep him standing in the doorway or invite him into the parlor and serve him ice cream and cake. They will be around early in April.

ANNOUNCEMENT. The marriage of Thomas Brock and Miss Thelma Jones, daughter of Mr. Jim Jones is announced to occur shortly.

NEW ATTORNEY HERE. Col. Van C. Wall, junior partner of the firm of McElreath & Wall, of Kingsland, has moved to Folkston and will practice law.

SNOW FELL IN FOLKSTON. Snow, beautiful snow, dropped down on us Thursday for a few fleeting moments. Snow was on passing trains that day and gave us the shivers.

PRESBYTERIANS TO DISBAND. The small membership of the Presbyterian Church and their inability to pay off the indebtedness due for its construction, has caused them to liquidate by disposing of the building, and the members to join the other churches.

FRUIT BASKET TURN OVER. Folkston folks have been moving around. Dr. McCoy has moved into the Wainwright home on Main Street. Morris Powell moved into the McQueen home vacated by the doctor. Then O.E. Raynor moved to the Roddenberry place Morris vacated.

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