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Digest of Charlton County Herald - January 1938

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

CHARLTON COUNTY HERALD. Printed Friday of each week. Entered at the post office at Folkston as second class mail matter. Official organ of Charlton County, Georgia. Not responsible for views of correspondents. Member Georgia Press Association. Member Eighth District Press Association. Advertising rates furnished on application. R.Ward Harrison, Editor.

January 7, 1938

MR. PRATT G. MIZELL MURDERED. Folkston and Charlton County were stirred to the highest pitch of excitement and indignation ever before known last Saturday by the foulest crime that has ever marred the good name of this law-abiding county, when Mr. Pratt G. Mizell, age 58, well known and highly regarded citizen, was brutally murdered by a Negro prisoner in a successful attempt to escape from the county jail. Mr. Mizell had been employed in recent months as caretaker at the county courthouse and was in temporary charge of the jail during the absence of Sheriff J.O. Sikes. At the noon hour he went into the jail to carry dinner to the prisoners and it was then that the crime occurred. Under the pretext that the toilet was stopped up, the Negro, who gives his real name as Walter Melton, about 30 years old, originally of Americus, induced Mr. Mizell to unlock the cell door and enter the cell block. It is believed that he immediately knocked Mr. Mizell unconscious by a blow in the face. The victim was then securely bound. A rag was rammed into his mouth as a gag and a heavy blanket was tightly wrapped about him. The Negro then made his escape. Officers with dogs finally tracked the fugitive to Boulogne where he had made up a small fire between the railroad tracks. He was quickly captured there. Sheriff Sikes took the prisoner to an undisclosed south Georgia jail where he is being held for trial on a charge of murder.

FOLKSTON CONSIDERS FIRST TRAFFIC LIGHTS, TROY JONES NAMED AS POLICE CHIEF. The installation of traffic lights at three of the busiest street intersections in Folkston was considered by city council at a special meeting this week. The council also named Troy Jones as Chief of Police to succeed Chief J.H. Barnes.

REV. GIBSON CRITICALLY ILL. The many friends of Rev. W.O. Gibson will learn with regret of his critical illness at the home of his son, Charles H. Gibson near Folkston. He recently had the misfortune to lose his home and cherished belongings by fire and it is thought that his health has been adversely affected by brooding over this loss. His many friends are deeply concerned over his condition because of his advanced age, being well over 80.

COMMITTEES SET UP FOR RAISING FUNDS FOR WARM SPRINGS. Mrs. E.C. Gowen, chairman of the Charlton County committee to arrange for the celebration of President Roosevelt’s birthday on January 29, has named district committees to plan programs for each district of the county. The celebrations will raise funds for Warm Springs Foundation where victims of Infantile Paralysis are given treatment. Charlton County’s quota has been set at $200.00, being based on the sum of five cents per capita according to the 1930 census. The committees are: Folkston, Mrs. O.C. Mizell, Mrs. William Mizell, V.J. Pickren; Uptonville, Velma Crews, Lois Brooks, Pearl Conner; Homeland, Geraldine Waughtel; St. George, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Smith, Mrs. W.C. Hopkins.

FUNERAL OF MR. PRATT GROOMS MIZELL. Funeral services for Mr. Pratt Grooms Mizell, age 58, highly regarded citizen of Charlton County, who was murdered Saturday by a prisoner at the jail were held from the home here with Rev. J.E. Barnhill officiating. Mr. Mizell was a member of one of the county’s most prominent pioneer families and had a host of friends who were deeply shocked and grieved by his tragic death. While not a member of any church, he subscribed to the Primitive Baptist faith and interment was in Sardis Cemetery with Hawkins-Adkins Funeral home in charge of arrangements. Besides his widow, survivors include four sons, Gilbert, Eustace, Ward and Jim Mizell; two daughters, Audrey Mae and Sallie Lou Mizell; two brothers, Jesse P. Mizell and E. T. Mizell; three sisters, Mrs. S.M. Altman, Mrs. Charlie Altman and Mrs. Ben Altman.

MRS. ALICE WAINWRIGHT DIED. Mrs. Alice Wainwright, 75, widow of the late Frank R. Wainwright, and life long resident of Charlton County until recently, died Tuesday at the home of her son, Robert, at Hortense after a long illness. She had made her home in Brantley County for the past year having formerly resided at Homeland for many years. She was a native of Charlton County, having been a Miss Booth before her marriage. She is survived by three sons, Robert, Hamp and Oscar Wainwright and two daughters who live in Florida. Funeral services were conducted at Bethel Methodist Church with Rev. E.F. Dean officiating and interment was in the church cemetery.

MORE TRAINS ADDED FOR WINTER TRAFFIC. With the inauguration Monday of five crack winter tourist trains operated through Folkston over the Atlantic Coast Line and Southern Railways, preparations are being made to handle the heaviest winter travel in history, railroad officials say. Two other tourist trains, the Florida Special and Everglades, established in 1888, the Florida Special was the first all-Pullman-vestibule electrically-lighted train between New York City and Florida. Several years ago another innovation was added in the form of specially designed recreation cars with full fledged musicians to entertain the passengers. This year, for the first time, the showing of motion pictures will be an added feature.

MRS. LYDIA STONE CREWS DIED. Mrs. Lydia Stone Crews, 73, life-long resident of Charlton County and one of the most picturesque characters in Georgia, died at her home in Racepond Tuesday after a prolonged illness. She has for many years been engaged in timber and tie operations, naval stores and livestock business, conducting the business under her own direct supervision. She performed the duties of woods rider and manager of her properties until within a short time of her death. Her only immediate survivor is her husband, J. Milton Crews. She is also survived by two nieces Lydia V. Crews and Mrs. Buddie Crews of Winokur; two nephews, Gordon Johns and Kiley Johns. Funeral services were held at High Bluff Cemetery conducted by Rev. W.L. Sweat of Hebardville.

NOTICE: Have on hand a bunch of fresh HORSES and MULES at the right prices. Come look them over. All stock guaranteed to be as represented. M.G. WHITE, Folkston.

MISS STOKES CHOSEN AS TEACHER. Miss Maggie Stokes has joined the faculty of the local school, succeeding Miss DeShields, who failed to return after the holidays, wiring her resignation to Supt. Harris.

CONFEDERATE VETERAN WIDOWS. Only one pensioner was placed on the pension roll of Charlton County under the recently enacted law which makes widows of Confederate veterans who were married prior to January l, 1920, eligible for a pension, according to Judge A.S. McQueen. Mrs. Lucy M. Lang, widow of the late Garie Lang, deceased Confederate veteran is a Charlton County pensioner made eligible by the new law. She is an aunt of Mrs. B.G. McDonald.

ALVIN HUGGINS IN CCC. Mr. Alvin Huggins of the CCC camp at Balson Grove, N.C. is spending several days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Huggins.

January 14, 1938

PAN AMERICAN COMPANY WILL DRILL OIL WELLS. The Pan American Production Co. will drill several deep wells in southeast Georgia soon, one of the wells being near Hortense in Brantley County. The company has leases or options on land in Brantley, Wayne, Coffee, Pierce and Charlton. In Brantley County the taking of leases continues rapidly, several new leases having been signed recently. Already 128 citizens of that county have leased mineral rights of their land. All Brantley County officials have signed up except one and he will sign in a few days, it is reported. L.E. Mallard who is in charge of the work of securing the leases says he expects the year 1938 to show marked development in oil activities in southeast Georgia.

MEMORIAL SERVICE. A memorial service in honor of the late Mrs. Lydia Stone Crews, who died a week ago, will be held at her home at Racepond Sunday morning, January 30, beginning at 10:00 o’clock, it is announced by the Rev. W.L. Sweat, pastor of the Congregational Methodist Church of Hebardville.

WARM SPRINGS FOUNDATION FUND DRIVE. Charlton County’s full quota for the Warm Springs Foundation will be paid if every section of the county shows the enthusiasm manifested in the Camp Pinckney settlement. The committee there, composed of Mrs. Herbert Huling and Mrs. Mack Lloyd are busy raising their quota and will make their first report next Tuesday. The Uptonville community is already at work. The committee consists of Velma Crews, Pearl Conner and Lois Brooks. Homeland with its 176 inhabitants will attempt to raise it full quota of $8.75.

THOUSANDS OF FISH RELEASED. Eight thousand bream have just been released in the Satilla River near Folkston, it is revealed by Joe D. Mitchell, Wildlife Director for Georgia. They were released in the vicinity of Buffalo Creek. It is the second consignment of fish “planted” in the Satilla in recent weeks. Several thousand black bass were released a few weeks ago.

NEON SIGNS AT MATTOX CROSSING. Two large neon electric signs are to be installed within the next few days at the Mattox crossing at Federal Route One and ACL Railroad. They will show the dangerous nature of this crossing and will add to the other safety devices already in use at that point. They are donated by the Neon Company and will be installed and maintained by the State Highway Dept. with L.H. Tucker, Mattox business man furnishing the electric current free of charge.

AD. Hawkins and Adkins Funeral Home. Folkston. In charge of experienced morticians. Lady Attendant. Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Adkins in charge. Day and night ambulance service. Phone Number 100.

THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of the Citizens Bank of Folkston and Nahunta at close of business on December 31st, 1937: Resources, $634, 818.96.

HONOR ROLL AT ST. GEORGE. The pupils in the St. George High School who are on the Honor Roll are: 11th Grade, Eula Hodges. 10th Grade, Emma Crawford, Frona Hodges. 8th Grade, Nellie Smith, Marguerite Osterman.

ST. GEORGE SCHOOL. Much progress is being made on the new St. George school building now being erected. Most of the workers employed at the school are moving their families to St. George.

January 21, 1938

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Barker are the proud parents of a baby girl born last week. The baby will be named later.

SARDIS ADULT EDUCATION CLASS. The people of the Sardis community will have their first meeting in Adult Education Friday night and will meet at Philadelphia Church, with C.W. Waughtel, teacher.

CAMP PINCKNEY CITIZENS RAISE QUOTA. The citizens of Camp Pinckney community are jubilant because they have raised their quota of 100% for the Infantile Paralysis Fund. Mrs. Mack Lloyd and Mrs. Herbert Huling are committee chairmen.

MRS. WELCH DIED. Mrs. Welch, about 65 years old, who has been living at the home of Mrs. W.M. Schneider in Homeland for the past several months, died Friday morning after a brief illness of nephritis. She was a member of the Catholic Church and a priest from Waycross came down Friday afternoon and conducted the last rites with burial in Homeland cemetery.

January 28, 1938

EVERETT C. SMITH IS NEW CLERK. Everett C. Smith was named as Clerk of Superior Court in the special election held to fill the unexpired term of the late W.B. Smith. He had no opposition.

COMMITTEE APPOINTED FOR SARDIS COMMUNITY. The Adult Class in Education met at Philadelphia Church and discussed the Infantile Paralysis fund campaign. The following committee was appointed: Mrs. J.W. Colson and Eunice Altman.

NEW STATE HOLIDAY. On Saturday, January 29th the Citizens Bank will observe for the first time Georgia’s newest state holiday, President Roosevelt’s birthday, which was recently proclaimed a state holiday by Governor Rivers. The bank will close all day Saturday in observance of this occasion.

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