Digest of Charlton County Herald - January 1931

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays


Printed Friday of each week. Entered in Post Office at Folkston as second class mail matter. Subscription rates: six months, $1.00; one year, $2.00; two years, $3.00. Payable strictly in advance. Official organ of Charlton County, Ga. Published in the interest of the people of Charlton County, true to the faith of democracy. T.W. WRENCH, Editor.

January 2, 1931

JOS. P. MIZELL DROPS DEAD. Joseph P. Mizell, the last of the three Mizell brothers, dropped dead in the yard of his home Wednesday morning December 24th. Wednesday Mrs. Mizell desired to clean up around the cemetery and he wished for her to go so Mrs. George Stewart and Abe was with him. The grandson was cleaning up the yard and burning leaves. T.A. Scott passed with his oranges truck and Mr. Mizell bought the grandchildren a Christmas supply of fruit. Some few minutes later he walked off to the barn and his grandson went to see why he did not return and found him dead. He was the younger of three brothers that were born in Charlton. He was born at the old Mizell home near Burnt Fort 76 years ago, and with the exception of a few years spent in Florida he lived in Charlton all of his life. He owned a large plantation at May Bluff and lived there until a few years ago coming to Folkston to make this his home with his wife Mrs. Stewart Mizell. Surviving him are two sisters, Mrs. Felder Lang and Mrs. Gary Lang; one son Herbert Mizell; two daughters, Mrs. A.D. Williams and Mrs. A.P. Carswell. He served as County Commissioner, Mayor of Folkston, Elder and Lay Leader of the Methodist Church for many years. His funeral took place from the Methodist Church. A special choir of Marward Bedell, Mrs. J.C. Perry, Mrs. Sol P. Mills and Mr. Clark sang his favorite song. The burial was in Oak Grove cemetery in Folkston. [Leigh Cemetery].

GEORGIA BANKS CLOSED. State Supt. Mobley of the Banking Department announces that steps are being made to re-open banks at Douglas and Cochran which were recently closed because they fell below the requirements of capital kept on hand. Frozen assets were supposed to be the cause of their closing.

FRIENDS SEEKING BETTER HEALTH. Leonard O’Cain rented one of the Thomas Camp cottages and with Frank Murray will reside there for the purpose of wooing back good health. Here’s hoping Leonard wins.

WRIGHT MOTOR CO. BUILDING REMODELED. Carpenters are at work remodeling the front of the old Wright Motor Co. building where the newly organized Reliance Chevrolet Motor Co. will be in the future. A large showroom has been made with a glass front, an office railed in and a stockroom built to hold Chevrolet parts. A service station will be in front and a work station is to be in the rear with an open-shed workshop.

THIEF STEALS MEAT SUPPLY. Wilbur Thomas, who runs the filling station south of Folkston, lost his winter supply of bacon Tuesday night. He recently killed a hog, netting over 400 pounds, and cured the bacon with care as it was intended for the lady and children to satisfy hunger. During Tuesday night someone cut the wire netting, climbed through the cut hole and passed the meat out to another thief. They did leave one-half of a hog jowl. Wilbur said he has another one to kill and if the purloiner wants more meat, to come and get it.

January 9, 1931

SCHOOL MOVING PICTURE MACHINE. The moving picture machine purchased some time ago for the Folkston School’s use has been installed. The PTA ladies have the first call for a picture show and will make an announcement in a few days. The school is now fitted with a moving picture show and a radio.

NEW TOURIST CAMP BEGUN. Oscar Raynor has leased the old quarantine station where the med-fly people were stationed and has begun to arrange a tourist camp and build a bar-b-que stand. He will sell Pan-Am gas there. Work has already begun and the first structure is a cypress log cabin.

AIR PASSENGER SERVICE BEGUN. The Atlanta-Miami direct air service was launched New Year’s Day with two planes carrying seven passengers, mostly officials, on the test trip. The scheduled time is six hours and a half, and includes a 30 minute stop in Jacksonville. These planes pass over Folkston on these trips.

NEW HOMELAND OFFICIALS. The town council election at Homeland took place on New Year’s Day and the following officials were chosen: Mayor, Arthur Roberts; Town Councilmen: J.P. Garrison, Julian Crews, R.F. Wainwright, C.S. Bethel and Grover Guinn; Recorder, Sterling Ackerman.

MARTIN CHILD INJUURED. Master Gerald Martin, son of Otto Martin, had an unfortunate accident. The little fellow, just turned three was handling an ax which slipped and almost severed a finger. Dr. Fleming attended the child and reports it is healing, almost well.

WILLIS B. JONES, DISTILLER. Willis B. Jones, 14 years old, presented the editor of the Herald with a bottle of spirits of turpentine. Willis is turning the gum from Grandfather Baker’s place to the real thing. His still was made by Mr. Baker and Willis harvests and manufactures the products himself.

RADIO IS AWARDED SCHOOL. The Folkston School won a prize of an Atwater-Kent radio which will be installed in the auditorium. The students entered the Georgia Health Garden contest and with help from teacher Nettie Keene and county agent Hursey they won one of the top prizes in Georgia.

SCHOOL REPAIRS. Advantage was taken of the holiday vacation at the schools to oil floors, refasten desks to strips, resurface blackboards, clean yards and make repairs to buildings.

CARROLL WRIGHT TO BE STATION MANAGER. Carroll Wright and family have moved to the Mallard home. He will operate the Standard Filling Station.

FIRST BABY OF 1931. Charlton’s first-born reported to the Herald in 1931 is a fine young lady that arrived Wednesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Lyle at Newell. Dr. Fleming was the attending physician and says the young lady is a nice fine baby.

CAR SWAP. Ruth Dinkins and George Gowen traded automobiles Wednesday. Ruth is with the Folkston Grain, Grocery & Feed Co. and has moved into one of Tom Colson’s cottages. We suppose that in trading Ruth wanted a car that was used to stopping at the feed store.

CLASSIFIED AD. Will trade for 1930 two-door or four-door Chevrolet sedan the following property: One seven-room, two-story house, garage and four 25 foot lots in Homeland. No mortgages. Even trade. FRED KOTTMAN, Homeland.

January 16, 1931

ELDERS TO BE INSTALLED. After preaching services at the Presbyterian Church Sunday afternoon, George J. Stewart and T.F. Sullivan will be installed as Elders.

TWO YOUTH SEEK ADVENTURE. Henry Gibson and Ralph Wrench left Monday morning to see the world. They were high school pupils but came to the conclusion that life would not wait for them so they decided to leave school and home for the opportunities on the outside. As they are sixteen years old it is presumed they will be able to take advantage of every opportunity. We hope the world will deal gently with them and that they will have no cause to regret their hasty step.

TELEPHONE EXCHANGE CHANGES OWNERS. Folkston has a new citizen from the outside business world that has made an investment here. It is the purchase by Charles L. Underwood of Kansas City, Mo. of the Sikes Telephone Co. which consists of the Folkston, Nahunta, Hoboken and Hilliard exchanges.

HOUSE FOR BRIDGEKEEPER. The Charlton County Commissioners at a meeting this week decided to build a house for the bridge keeper at the Burnt Fort Bridge.

MIAMI BEACH BANK OPENS. The City Bank of Miami Beach opened for business Monday after a reorganization. They sad they were ready to pay 100% to every depositor.

DECEMBER MARRIAGES. William Huff and Loise Williams, both of Traders Hill, December 13th by Ordinary.

Johnie Williamson and Inez Milton, both of Folkston, December 23 by Ordinary.

M.A. Mizell and Miss Susie Leigh Saye, both of Tampa by W.A. Kelly, M.G. of Waycross.

Roland Dixon and Miss Nettie Cone, both of Toledo, December 24th by Ordinary.

DR. J.R. VINSON DIED. The Jacksonville Journal of Saturday reports that Dr. J.R. Vinson, recently a practicing physician of Callahan, died at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was brought back to his former home at Vienna for burial. He formerly lived at St. George where he did a good practice and owned some real estate and was also a turpentine operator.

NEW TOURIST CAMP. The new log cabin tourist camp south of town has been pushed to get in readiness for early business. Mr. Raynor and Mr. Kennison, with outside help are getting it ready for an opening date.

STANDAR STATION OPENS. The Standard Oil Station opened their Main Street station opposite the courthouse Saturday with Carroll Wright in charge.

EDITORIAL COMMENT. Uncle Newt Roddenberry is a trustful old fellow. He drove up to our place Wednesday morning and hitched his horse and wagon. What do you suppose it was loaded with? Hams, shoulders and bacon that he had in cold storage and was taking home. What got us was that he was so careless as to leave that by an editor’s shop!

BOUNTIFUL POTATO CROP. Tip Kennison was in town this week and told us to not worry about sweet potatoes as he still had 150 bushels to sell, that he had just banked 25 bushels of ruta bagas and had as many more to lay by in store for a hungry day. The worst of our troubles are over, as he promised us a supply the next day he comes in.

D.L. HEBARD VISITS. D.L. Hebard, one of the owners of the great Okefinokee Swamp property, was in Folkston the past week getting some sport out of a hunting trip. Plenty of ducks and game abounds in their property.

BANK FAILURE CAUSE OF DUEL. Wednesday at Cochran, L.S. Phillips and J.F. Abney engaged in a pistol duel after a bitter discussion of bank failures, the Cochran and Macon Luther Williams Bank figuring in the discussion. Phillips was killed and Abney was taken to the Macon hospital with three wounds. Phillips was a bank director and Abney is a farmer.

EASTERN STAR OFFICERS. At a recent meeting of Chapter 270 of Order of the Eastern Star, members were elected to various offices for 1931. They are D.W. Lane, Marion Pearce, Mrs. O.F. Wilson, Mrs. G.A. Dean, Mrs. C.J. Passieu, C.J. Passieu, Mrs. Mary Vickery, Mrs. Myra Williams, Mrs. Helen Robinson, Mrs. W.D. Thompson, Mrs. E.B. Stapleton, O.F. Wilson, Bernice Pearce, Mrs. O.E. Raynor, Mrs. W.J. Jones, Mrs. H.C. Page, Mrs. J.C. Littlefield and Mrs. L.W. Freeman.

WEDDING. Miss Rubye Myrtice Hodges of St. George and Frank Conner of the Florida side were united in marriage by Rev. W.O. Gibson on January 21st. The bride is the charming young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joel L. Hodges. She was dressed in a blue crepe dress with accessories to match. She is a brunette. The groom is the handsome young son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Conner and a prosperous young man. He is a blonde. They expect to make their home on the Florida side with the groom’s parents.

Issue of January 23, 1931 not on microfilm

January 30, 1931

SENIOR EPWORTH LEAGUE ORGANIZED. The Methodist Church organized the Senior Epworth League last week. Those taking various offices are: Mrs. James Wrench, Mary Jane Littlefield, Helen Mizell, James Wrench, Marion Pearce, Mayme Mills, Emily Gary, Helen Battle, Martha Stapleton, Gertrude Wildes, Annette Turner and Tom Gowen.

FENCE TO BE BUILT AROUND AVIATION FIELD. The contract for the aviation field fence was let Monday and Walter Huling got the job. Helping him are Leon Askew and P.C. Hall. It is to be a 26 inch fence with three strands of five point barb at the top.

WEDDING. Many friends in Folkston will learn with pleasure of the marriage of Alvin Stokes, former citizen, from a clipping from a Louisiana paper. The bride was Hilda Hickman from Amity, La.

CHARLTON’S FIRST DOUBLE FUNERAL. Mr. and Mrs. White at St. George. The funeral of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Capers White took place Saturday from the Methodist Church at St. George. They had lived in St. George and died suddenly in an automobile accident Wednesday at Callahan. Pallbearers were Fred Osterman, William Radcliff, Farley Crawford, L.E. Roberts, Charlie Hodges, A.B. Varn, E. Bell, W.C. Hopkins, W.T. Londeree, J.A. Barker, B.J. Fountain and Sam Cockrell. Interment was in Oak Grove cemetery. Survivors included Mrs. S.C. Waggoner, Mrs. Frank Engle, sisters of Mrs. White; Mr. and Mrs. J. Paul Stephenson, nephew of Mr. White.

GIFT FOR DR. Folks. W.O. Gibson brought in a shipment to Dr. Folks of Waycross of a winter squash weighing about thirty pounds. He heard the doctor was a pie eater, so he was desirous of filling him up.

STAVE MILL FOR FOLKSTON. Folkston’s newest industry is one that promises employment to quite a few. F.L. Williams of Braganza moved to Folkston with his family and rented the Buchanan property where the old canning factory was located, for a stave mill. He occupies the cottage there for a residence. He has contracted with E.B. Stapleton for the cottages owned by him for the use of his labor. The mill is being torn down in Braganza and will be brought here in a few weeks.

PNEUMONIA KILLS SEVEN IN ONE FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. A.S. Pitts returned to Winokur from Hawkinsville where they were called because of illness of her family where seven members died of pneumonia and measles. She became ill while there but is improving and is back at home.

Ninth grade leaders. Leaders were chosen in the 9th grade last week. They were Julia Jackson, Martha Stapleton, Mary Shivar, Earnie Lee Johns, Lorene Gibson, Proctor Hathaway, Aderine Wildes, Gladys Taylor, Nola Harris, Grace Harvey, Myrtie Harris, Juanelle Conner, Jewell Howard, Hazel Prescott, Flossie Floretta Robinson, Sarah Davis, Earnestine Prescott and Oree Roddenberry.

TWO STUDENTS DROP OUT OF NINTH GRADE. The ninth grade regrets the loss of two of their students, Winnie Prescott and Gilbert Mills. Winnie thought it best to stop and help his dad and Gilbert wanted to review the 8th grade before going on through the 9th.

MONEY OWED CHARLTON COUNTY SCHOOLS. The State of Georgia owes the public schools of Charlton County up to December 31, 1930, $11,625.11.

BARTER FOR SUBSCRIPTION. Walter Davis dropped in to see us this week and left us potatoes and meat for the paper. This was a treat, as several had been asked to bring in potatoes but it seems they had forgotten it.

SERIOUS CONDITION OF UNEMPLOYED IN NORTH. M.M. Johnson who has been wintering in Ohio has returned to St. George. He said the people in the south are lucky. He said the point has been reached in the north where people employed have been forced to short hours so as to pass around the jobs to the unemployed, else they would starve. So many are unemployed and without food and fuel that the condition is grave.

ARCH HADDOCK DIED. Friends of Arch Haddock, age 72, were shocked Thursday morning to learn of his death. He worked Wednesday in the field and complained that night of a hurting in his chest. He died the next morning and was buried at Buford Grove cemetery. He married a sister of Ed Davis of Folkston and nine children survive him, all being married but one.



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