Digest of Charlton County Herald - January, 1936

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

January 3, 1936

Charlton County Herald. Printed Friday of each week. Entered at the post office at Folkston, Ga. as second class mail matter. Official organ of Charlton County, Ga. Published in the interest of the people of Charlton County true to the faith of democracy. Subscription rates, two years: $3.00. One year: $1.50. Six months, $1.00. Payable in advance. R. Ward Harrison, editor and owner.

DEPUTY ORDINARY BEGINS SERVICE. Owing to the recent illness of Judge H.G. Gibson, Ordinary of Charlton County, whereby he is unable to attend to his duties regularly, Jesse W. Vickery has been appointed and made bond and began service Monday. He is well informed as to the duties and will make a fine Ordinary-Pro tem. He can be found at the Ordinary’s office daily.

NEW ATTORNEY IN FOLKSTON. Col. Martin Selson of Atlanta came to Folkston last Saturday and has located here to practice his profession as attorney. He is a graduate of the Union University of Albany, N.Y.

TEACHER RESIGNS. At the Board of Education meeting held in December, the resignation of Ernestine Prescott as teacher of Uptonville was presented and accepted.

HOMELAND CITY ELECTION. The annual election at Homeland is being held today. There are no candidates except the “old guard” which will hold over. Recorder Ackerman having declined to stand for reelection, the ticket is being completed by the people as they see fit, B.W. Kennison having been drafted to run.

January 10, 1936

LOCAL MASONS ELECT OFFICERS. Folkston Lodge No. 196 F&AM elected and installed the following members as officers for the new year: L.E. Mallard, W.R. Allen, V.J. Pickren, E.B. Stapleton, William Mizell, Jr., W.H. Mizell, H.S. Mattox, V.A. Hodges, W.D. Thompson and Jim Crews.

NEW FARM SUPERVISOR. Charlton County is lucky in securing the services of H.D. Bunn from Ware County as its new farm supervisor. He assumed charge of the work here on January lst. Since the government has granted funds for the development of farm marketing, Mr. Bunn feels assured that Charlton County can come under this new program and farmers should take advantage of it.

PEARCE STAPLETON NOW A LICENSED DRUGGIST. Friends of C.Pearce Stapleton have received news of his graduation and being licensed to practice pharmacy. The tedious examination, which Pearce successfully passed, was held late in December by the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy. He is a graduate of the Folkston High School in the class of 1931. It is not known yet if Pearce will take charge of his father’s prescription counter or will enter business for himself.

FOLKSTON CITY OFFICIALS SWORN IN. Folkston’s newly elected officers were installed in office Tuesday night at the courthouse. There were three new officers, but only two new faces, V. A. Hodges having served with the body previously. Cashier James Wrench and oil magnate John Southwell are now in the councils of government. City Clerk Wilson swore them in. The government was organized with the election of the Town Marshal J.M. Barnes receiving three votes. Attorney George Gowen was chosen city attorney.

CARL THOMPSON DIED. Carl Thompson, 25, of St. George, accidentally shot in the back of the left leg after a hunting trip Sunday near his home, died Wednesday in a Jacksonville hospital. Thompson and a companion had returned home from the hunting trip and he was accidentally shot while his companion was attempting to unload a shotgun. The wounded man was rushed to the hospital but complications resulting from the wound caused his death. He was born and reared in St. George. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mattie J. Thompson; a son Floyd; his mother, Mrs. E.P. Thompson; four sisters, Mrs. Bart Dale, Ethel Thompson, Hazel Thompson and Mary Thompson; five brothers, Barton Thompson, Ray Thompson, B.L. Thompson, John Thompson and Ely Thompson. He was buried in Boone’s Creek Cemetery.

UPTONVILLE ADULTS GO TO SCHOOL. The Uptonville Vocation Class of adults has a good time going to school at night. Last week the class studied the theory of propagation of fruits and nuts.

THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of the Citizens Bank of Folkston and Nahunta at close of business December 31, 1935. Resources: $461,430.88.

January 17, 1936

NEW TEACHER. Miss Helen Bruschke has been added to the faculty of the St. George school. She teaches sixth grade and some science and home economics.

ST. GEORGE HONOR ROLL. The Honor Roll at the St. George school for December is Marguerite Osterman, Fred Johns, Alta Mae Bradley, Ruby Combs, Clella Mae Crawford, Eula Mae Crews, Ellen Hodges, Earl Hutson, Annette Smith, Marie Bussey, Betty Ratcliff, Rudolph Raulerson, Mary Sikes, Earl Stokes and Myrtie Hutson.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nazworth of Winokur are the proud parents of a fine baby boy born Monday, A.M.

January 24, 1936

FORMBY POTTERIES NEW LOCAL VENTURE. Employing eight or ten men is a new local industry that will soon begin operations of turning out clay turpentine cups and other pottery specialties. The first venture in making products is to be 160,000 turpentine cups already ordered. The factory building is already constructed on the highway in Homeland just north of Roberts store. It is an all-metal building, a part of the whole to be built. The kiln is being built now to cure the cups and pottery. Material for the crusher that will soon be installed and the mixer also to be used is be put in position for use. G.M. Formby has been spending the past six months investigating the clays near here and has discovered fine ball clay, the first discovered in this state, with plenty of material for bricks and tilings. Within the next sixty days a three-shift working force of at least ten men, which will be clay diggers, timber cutters and wood haulers will be busy. The advance order for cups is something to start the factory to going. Room has been left in front of the factory structure for showrooms and display yards.

MRS. THAD SIKES DIED. Mrs. Thad Sikes died at her home near St. George Thursday. She was laid to rest in the Emmaus Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Thad Sikes and several children.

NEW SCHOOL BUILDING STARTS. L.E. Moore, resident engineer for P.W.A. (Public Works Administration) projects in this part of the state was here Monday and gave orders for work on the new Junior High School building to begin. The contractors have trenches dug, forms placed for the foundation work and other arrangements made for the pouring of the concrete. This building is a modern structure, planned for the special kind of work to be carried on in it. The cost is to be $33,947. This includes heating, plumbing and lighting. There are eight rooms and the cost is about $4,200 per room.

GLEN GOWEN LAID TO REST TUESDAY. Folkston and Charlton County was saddened Sunday when news came of the tragic death of Glen Gowen of which a coroner’s report was a self-inflicted wound. The deceased is a son of the late B.B. Gowen and Mrs. Nona Gowen. His mother before marriage was Nona Hayes. His entire life was spent in Charlton County near the old home place where he was born. He obtained his education at Folkston high school. For the past several years he has been engaged in operations of naval stores at Mattox. He was a member of Bethel Methodist Church. His untimely death came in the prime of life, he being 21 years old. He is mourned by a host of close personal friends. He is survived by his stepmother, Mrs. B.B. Gowen, a teacher in the Folkston school and who formerly was Miss Josie Dobbs; two brothers, Kline Gowen and Frances Gowen; two half-brothers, Barney, Jr. and Farris DeWitt Gowen; sisters, Miss Alma Gowen, Mrs. Frank Mills, Jr., Mrs. Jim Mizell, Mrs. Jake Layton and Miss Jane Gowen. The funeral and interment was at Traders Hill Cemetery. Oxley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. [Note: See addition to obituary on next page.]

NEW BABY. The news is that Louis Roberts has a new siren sounder for his Ford. It is weightier than most alarm calls, weighing ten pounds. It is a girl wonder and Louis thinks it’s the picture of perfection. She has been named Lillian Berdeni Roberts and promises to be a good assistant in the sales department of the Ford agency. The mother is doing well.

COMMUNITY CENTER PROJECT. The beginning of a new adult educational program is contained in the Community Center Project organized under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in cooperation with the National Youth Administration. Plans are for centers to be at Folkston, St. George and Moniac. The Folkston center is on the first floor of the Telephone Building while those at St. George and Moniac are at school buildings. Classes will be offered in Basketry, Rug making, Crocheting, Homemaking, Health, Parenting education, Gardening, Orcharding, Sewing, Recreation and Pre-school. Two full time workers, Mrs. J.B. Pearce and Mrs. Olivia Crawford are connected with the project.

KERMIT E. McDUFFIE DIED. This community was grief stricken when news came that Kermit E. McDuffie, 27 years old, of Uptonville, died Tuesday in a Waycross hospital of pneumonia. Several weeks ago he was stricken with pneumonia and shortly afterwards he was taken to a Waycross hospital where he stayed until Tuesday when the Death Angel called. The deceased is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. McDuffie; two brothers, H.P. McDuffie and H.E. McDuffie; four sisters, Mrs. F.K. Trogdon, Thyra McDuffie, Monnie McDuffie and Verona McDuffie. Miss Thyra McDuffie is a teacher at the Folkston High School and Miss Monnie is a teacher in the Moniac School. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. His untimely death came in the prime of life. He is mourned by scores of friends. His funeral was at Folkston Baptist Church and interment was at Folkston Cemetery.

January 31, 1936

WEDDING. A wedding of much interest is that of Miss Annie Jane Vickery to Mr. Bill McQueen which took place at Fernandina Monday. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse W. Vickery and the groom is the son of Col. and Mrs. A.S. McQueen. Friends are wishing for the happy young couple a happy and prosperous future.

NEW CCC CAMP. News comes this week that Charlton will in the near future have a side CCC camp at the site at Homeland Park where the original CCC camp was located. There will be some sixty boys transferred from the Camden County camp. The side camp is being established for the purpose of seeding the firebreaks with carpet grass. The seed has been obtained by the T.P.O. It is not known as yet who will be in charge of the work.

BOX SUPPER AT TRADERS HILL METHODIST CHURCH. Everyone is cordially invited to come and bring a box to the box supper to be held at Traders Hill Church Saturday night. The purpose of the supper is to repair the organ, buy lamps and new song books for the church. We do not wish to interfere with the regular services at Philadelphia or elsewhere. Attend your service and come to Traders Hill afterwards. After getting books and repairing the organ we plan to organize a singing class.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Harford Russell are the fond parents of a nine-pound son born January 27th.

ADDITION TO GLEN GOWEN OBITUARY. In our account of the death of Glen Gowen last week it was not reported that he was survived by a wife. This was due to the fact that we were unable to learn more than street talk that Glen was married. We now have an authentic report that he was married in Waycross Saturday night before his death Sunday to Miss Addie Crews. We were glad to get this information and make a report of it.

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