Digest of Charlton County Herald - January 1940
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
Charlton County Herald, established June 1898. Printed Friday of each week. Entered at the post office at Folkston, Ga. as second class mail matter. Not responsible for views of correspondents. R. Ward Harrison, Editor. January 5, 1940
SOCIAL SECURITY PLAN HAS STARTED. The Social Security plan starts January lst. Thousands of men and women 65 years of age or older in all parts of the nation became eligible at midnight Sunday for government pensions of from $10.00 to $41.60 per month. The first checks will be mailed out about February lst.
FOLKSTON CITY COUNCIL SWORN IN. The new members of Folkston city council were installed this week. The complete roster of the city officials for 1940 include V.A. Hodges, Mayor; C.J. Passieu, J.B. Southwell, E.H. Wright, Theo Dinkins and E.C. Gowen, City Councilmen; George R. Gowen, Jr., City Attorney; O.F. Wilson, City Clerk and Troy Jones, Chief of Police.
W.L.SUGGS HOME DESTROYED BY FLAMES. The home of W.L. Suggs of St. George was completely destroyed by fire Monday night. It is thought to have originated inside the chimney. It is reported that practically all the contents of the home were destroyed in the flames, the family barely escaping with their lives. All that was saved was the family clothing that had been sent out for laundering.
ELLIS HUGGINS JOINS CCC. Ellis Huggins accompanied James Carter and Eugene Russell to Blythe Island where he expects to enroll as a CCC employee.
REV. DEAN IN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT. Rev. E.F. Dean filled his regular appointment at Grace Chapel Sunday afternoon and as he started on his way home a passing car clipped his front bumper off as he drove onto the highway at Uptonville. He was unhurt and his car practically undamaged while the other car was almost totally wrecked and one of the occupants badly injured.
January 12, 1940
MRS. SARAH JANE LOWTHER CREWS DIED. Many friends throughout the county were deeply grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. Sarah Jane Lowther Crews who passed away Saturday at the home of her only son, T.H. Lowther near Winokur, following an illness of pneumonia. Born May 5, 1862, Mrs. Crews was 77 years, 8 months and 1 day old at the time of her death. She was a member of a prominent pioneer Charlton County family and spent practically all her life in this county. Mrs. Crews was first married to the late O.K. Lowther. Several years following his death she married the late H.M. Crews, Sr., better known as Uncle Hamp. Surviving is an only child, T.H. Lowther; three grandchildren; three step-children, H.H. Crews, Mrs. Mary Conner and H.M. Crews, Jr. She was a faithful member of the Primitive Baptist Church for the past 48 years. Funeral services were held at Corinth Church and interment following in the Corinth cemetery.
MR. P.C. TRACY ILL WITH HEART ATTACK. The many friends of Mr. P.C. Tracy and family will learn with regret that he was recently stricken ill with a heart attack. He was taken to Jacksonville for examination and treatment at the St. Lukes Hospital where his two daughters are nursing. He was removed to the home of Mrs. A.E. Cushing, his daughter, and on Wednesday returned to his home on the St. Marys River. His condition is much better.
NEW MEMBERS FOR HOMELAND TOWN COUNCIL. The annual town election of Homeland will bring three new members of the council for 1940. They are Earl Garrison, H.G. Wrench and Vandell Bennett. Mayor Wrench will return as Mayor this year. Two returning members of the council, M. Norwood and M.M. Toy were again chosen. Recorder Waughtel was elected.
MRS. GENEVA MIZELL CARSWELL DIED. The remains of Mrs. Geneva Mizell Carswell of Palatka, sister of Mrs. A.D. Williams, were laid to rest in the Folkston Cemetery Tuesday. The funeral cortege arrived following services in St. James Methodist Church of Palatka. She has lived there for the past twenty years. She died Sunday following a heart attack. She was a native of Folkston and was 58 years old. Survivors are a husband A. Pratt Carswell; one daughter, Mrs. F.J. Carney; two sons, W.A. Carswell and J.P. Carswell; one sister, Mrs. A.D. Williams and one brother, H.M. Mizell. She was also a step-daughter of Mrs. Joe P. Mizell.
MR. PRESTON WILDES DIED. Many friends in this county learned with deep sorrow of the death of Mr. Preston Wildes of Blackshear, who died Tuesday of last week in a Waycross hospital, following an operation for appendicitis. He was a native of Charlton County, being a brother of J.M. Wildes and having a number of other relatives here. Besides his wife, Martha Clark Wildes, survivors include one son, Clark; seven daughters, Mrs. Ed Martin, Mrs. Lester Dowling, Misses Madilee, Mary Emma, Josephine, Margaret and Jeannette Wildes; six brothers, J.M. Wildes, M.F., J.D., R.C., R.H. and K.D. Wildes and one sister, Mrs. O.M. Prescott. Funeral services were held at Antioch Church and interment in Antioch cemetery.
NAHUNTA SCHOOL FREE LUNCHES. The WPA lunchroom at the Nahunta school has increased from 40 pupils fed to 160 with prospects of growing larger. Some receive their lunches free and others pay five cents for a meal or its equivalent in commodities.
THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of the Citizens Bank of Folkston and Nahunta at the close of business on December 30, 1939: Resources $705, 789.55.
January 19, 1940
MRS. LILY JOYNER POWELL DIED. Mrs. Lily J. Powell passed away Saturday in a Waycross hospital following an illness of several weeks. She was a former resident of Charlton County, being a daughter of J.S. Joyner and a sister of Mrs. R.C. Tillman. Funeral rites were held in First Methodist Church with burial in Oakland Cemetery in Waycross. She is survived by her husband, Frank Powell, dispatcher for the ACL RR; four children, Frank, Jr., Vernice, Toby and Bob Powell; her father, J.S. Joyner; four sisters, Mrs. Daisey Bryant, Mrs. R.C. Tillman, Mrs. J.A. Lewis and Mrs. R.S. Edwards.
TURNIP FARMERS TO SELL CROPS. The local Chamber of Commerce through P.O. Stokes, chairman of the publicity committee, has completed arrangements for the sale of at least part of the turnips grown by local growers as part of a program sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. He has contracted truckers who will be here Tuesday morning to look over the turnips. They will make arrangements to pick them up Tuesday afternoon. If satisfactory they will continue to buy turnips in lots of 90 to 100 bunches each Tuesday until the entire crop has been disposed of.
EASTERN STAR INSTALLS OFFICERS. The local Eastern Star installed new officers Tuesday night as follows: C.H. Quick, Mrs. Butts, J. Crews, Mrs. Hattie M. Stokes, Maudria Conner, Lillian Davis, Margaret Wright, Janie Lou Passieu, Eva Harrison, Willie Quick, Hazel Stapleton, Bernice Pearce, Sallie Wilson, Estelle Ward, Zelton Conner, Alma Conner and Erma Smith.
HICKOX - DINKINS WEDDING. A wedding of interest in the Uptonville community was that of Mr. J.T. Dinkins and Miss Vera Hickox. The ceremony was performed by Judge P.G. Brooks at the home of the bride’s parents. It was a quiet wedding with only members of the immediate family present.
January 26, 1940
MRS. DANIEL LLOYD DIED. Mrs. Daniel Lloyd passed away at her home at Newell Sunday following an extended illness and funeral services were held at Folkston cemetery with Rev. G.E. Hodges of Hilliard officiating. She had been ill since the birth of a child about nine months ago. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Johnson of Newell, both of whom survive her. Other survivors include her husband Daniel Lloyd, a nine-months old son and several brothers and sisters.