Digest of Charlton County Herald - January 1941

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CHARLTON COUNTY HERALD. Printed Friday of each week. Entered at the post office at Folkston as second class mail matter. Member Georgia Press Association. Not responsible for views of correspondents. R. Ward Harrison, Editor.

January 3, 1941

NOISY NEW YEAR. Folkston gave the new year a noisy welcome at midnight Tuesday. Promptly at midnight a charge of dynamite was exploded somewhere in the city and from the noise a great many citizens thought that the war had already been moved to our city. Pistols, shotguns and firecrackers joined in the “celebration of sound.”

CHARLTON COUNTY’S OFFICIAL FAMILY. This year there are only two new officers in Charlton County’s official family, L.E. Mallard who succeeds Mrs. J.M. Roddenberry as Tax Collector and Ralph Davis, new member of the Board of County Commissioners, succeeding S.G. Gibson.

EVERETT MIZELL, JR. KILLED IN AUTO WRECK. Everett Mizell, Jr., age 26, a son of Everett Mizell, Sr., Fernandina banker and a grand nephew of the late William Mizell, Sr., was fatally injured in an automobile accident on the highway between Jacksonville and St. Augustine Tuesday. He was connected with a St. Augustine bank. He was a graduate of the University of Florida. Funeral services were held at the home in Fernandina. William Mizell and other Folkston relatives attended the service. Survivors include his parents; one brother, Jackson Mizell and a sister, Mrs. James T. Stringfield.

DR. SAWYER CALLED TO SERVICE IN MEDICAL CORP. Dr. James L. Sawyer, Folkston’s new Mayor-elect, has been ordered to report for a year’s active service in the Army at Camp Jackson, S.C. on February lst. He holds the rank of Captain in the Army Medical Reserve Corp. He will not ask to be deferred, but will report for duty on February l.

January 10, 1941

JOHN GIBSON IN WASHINGTON. John S. Gibson of Douglas, the Eighth District new Representative in Congress, was sworn in and took up his duties when Congress convened for the new session Monday.

HOMELAND’S CITY COUNCIL. Mayor T.W. Wrench was re-elected to serve another term as Homeland’s mayor. Eli Waughtel was elected to succeed Van Dell Bennett as a member of the council. The other members are M. Norwood, M.M. Toy, Earl Garrison and H.G. Wrench. C.W. Waughtel was re-elected as town clerk, a post he has held for many years.

DRAFT BOARD CALLS THREE MEN. Charlton County’s second contingent registrants for selective training service in the defense forces will report at Fort McPherson next Monday for assignment to an army training center. As was the case in the first quota, the second contingent is composed entirely of volunteers. They are Seaborn Foster Kennison, Oscar Underwood Davis and Thomas Knowles. They are scheduled to leave by bus at 8:20 Monday morning.

EDITOR HARRISON IS CHOSEN AS CHAIRMAN OF DISTRICT FOR PRESIDENT’S BIRTHDAY. Ward Harrison has been named as Chairman of the 8th District in the 1941 celebration of the President’s birthday. The eighth annual celebration of the President’s birthday will be held in all ten of Georgia’s congressional districts with each of the 159 counties participating on January 30. It will be the president’s 59th birthday. Proceeds of the various types of celebrations will be used to fight Infantile Paralysis.

SOUTHWELL FAMILY TO STAY IN ATLANTA DURING SESSIONS. Mr. John B. Southwell, who will represent Charlton County in the General Assembly, which convenes in Atlanta Monday, will leave Saturday to take up his duties. He will be accompanied by Mrs. Southwell and all the children except Miss Rosalie, who will remain here to continue her school work.

NEW MANAGER AT KOZY KABIN KAFE. Miss Louise Brockman, who has extensive experience in the restaurant business, has leased the Kozy Kabin Kafe at the tourist camp operated by Ralph Johnson. She was formerly associated with the Blue Willow CafÈ.

NEW CAR. Mrs. Roy Miller, Uptonville, is driving a new Ford, having traded for it in Brunswick Saturday night.

January 17, 1941

FLU EPIDEMIC FORCES SCHOOL TO CLOSE. Because of the influenza epidemic reported throughout the county, School Supt. John Harris at noon Tuesday authorized the temporary suspension of classroom work and all school activity until there is a noticeable improvement in the situation. For the past several days there has been a gradual decrease in the daily attendance until Tuesday more than 25 percent of the total enrollment was reported absent from their classes. After authorizing a temporary suspension of the local schools Tuesday noon, Supt. Harris himself fell a victim to the malady and is now confined to bed at his home. It is not regarded as serious, his friends will be glad to learn.

FOLKSTON CITY OFFICIALS ORGANIZE. Dr. James L. Sawyer, Folkston’s new mayor, qualified to succeed retiring mayor Hodges, and will actively serve in this capacity until he is called into Army service, about February lst. At that time, it is understood that he will ask for a year’s leave-of-absence and the mayor pro-tem will serve in his absence. The new members of the council are William Mizell and Zelton Conner, succeeding councilmen C.J. Passieu and E.H. Wright. Holdover members are J.B. Southwell, Theo Dinkins and E.C. Gowen. William Mizell was named Mayor pro-tem. City Attorney George R. Gowen, Jr., Police Chief Troy Jones and City Clerk O.F. Wilson were re-elected for another year.

AMERICAN RED CROSS. The American Red Cross members met Monday night at the Folkston Health Center and elected the following officers for the new year: Mrs. D.L. Hebard, chairman; Mrs. Jack Thompson, vice chairman; Mrs. Scott Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer and Mrs. Marion Pickren, chairman of production.SEABORN F. KENNISON RETURNS HOME. Seaborn F. Kennison, one of the volunteers making up Charlton County’s second draft quota, failed to pass the physical examination when he reported Monday and returned to his home here. His failure was because of defective vision. Two other volunteers, Oscar (Buck) Davis and Thomas Knowles, passed the exam and have been accepted for service.

STEWART HOME BEING REMODELED. Construction work is now underway on remodeling the home of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Stewart. It consists of a single story structure, two or three rooms and sun porch, being constructed on the north side of the present two story residence.

SPORTSMEN CLUB ORGANIZED. Plans were launched this week for the organization of a Sportsmen Club at a meeting held Friday night. Dr. W. R. McCoy was elected president; G.R. Gowen, Jr., vice president and Theo Dinkins, secretary-treasurer. A board of directors, representing all sections of the county was appointed. The club was organized for the purpose of cooperating with the State Wildlife Division for the protection of game and fish in this county.

THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of The Citizens Bank of Folkston and Nahunta at close of business December 31, 1940: Resources: $809,812.36.

MAKE LARD AT HOME. Many Charlton farmers are buying shortening and at the same time failing to take advantage of making lard at home. Lard, County Agent W.D. Jones points out, is wholesome, rich in vitamins and not difficult to render. Fat meat for lard purposes should be cut in small pieces, about one inch square. For best results rendering should be carried out over a medium hot fire. Frequent stirring is required at the beginning to keep the cracklings from sticking. Rendering is complete when the brown cracklings float on top and no steam comes from the boiling lard. The lard and cracklings are then dipped into a lard press which may be obtained from a hardware store for a few dollars. Following the pressing the lard is strained through a muslin cloth. The shortening should be stored in lard cans and pails with tight covers.

RALPH WRENCH IN ARMY AIR CORP. Ralph Wrench passed through Folkston Tuesday, enroute to Tampa where he has been assigned for service in the U.S. Army Air Corp after enlistment at Charleston, S.C.

January 24, 1941

SHELTON MONROE CHAIRMAN OF FUND CAMPAIGN. Charlton County’s Infantile Paralysis Campaign, held in connection with the President’s birthday, was launched this week with the appointment of Shelton Monroe as Chairman for this county. He immediately got busy with the work of organizing the campaign for funds.

SCHOOLS TO RE-OPEN. Folkston’s schools will be reopened Monday, January 27th, after having been dismissed for ten days on account of the flu epidemic.

SPORTSMEN CLUB FORMALLY ORGANIZED. The new Sportsmen’s Club for this county initiated at a recent meeting of the Chamber of Commerce was formally organized last week with Tommy Carter as president, Ralph Johnson, vice president, Theo Dinkins, secretary-treasurer, and a Board of Directors composed of J.V. Gowen, Sr., George R. Gowen, Jr., D.L. Hebard, W.C. Hopkins, E. Bell, J.H. Brown and J.P. Mizell. A committee to draw up a constitution and by-laws were named as follows: G.R. Gowen, Jr., E.C. Aldridge, W.E. Gibson, J.T. Conner and R. Ward Harrison. One of the first objectives of the club will be the erection of a club house on the State Park Tract and the installation of a rearing pool for fish.

DECISIONS OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. At the monthly meeting of the county commissioners they decided to designate W.R. McCoy as County Physician for next two years, retain W.D. Jones as County Agent, Gertrude Proctor as Home Demonstration Agent, Louise Thompson as County Nurse, J.D. Mizell as bridge keeper for $25.00 per month, and J.H. Jenkins, courthouse janitor at $25.00. Among other receipts, bridge tolls were $17.50.

January 31, 1941

CITY BUYS NEW TRUCK. A brand new Chevrolet pickup truck has been purchased by Folkston city officials which will be used to keep the city free of trash. This work remains in charge of Lee Lloyd who drives the new truck with considerable more dignity than he was able to muster when the former old dilapidated old “wreck” was the sole vehicle for this work.

MISTAKEN IDENTITY. While the Herald editor’s car is an old model of the vintage of 1936, it is still a pretty lively piece of machinery and we have become greatly attached to it, and would regret very much to lose it. But that’s nearly what happened Tuesday night when we parked it in front of the picture theater while seeing the show. But for the fortunate fact that we make an invariable practice of removing the key, it probably would have been gone when we got out of the show. Much to our surprise we found Snooks Jones busily at work trying to start up the motor, and a strange man and his family seated in our faithful old Ford. Investigation developed that Tom Harris, a Hercules employee, happens to own a Ford, a similar model, almost identical in appearance. He had mistaken our car for his own and had loaded his family therein preparing to head for home. Being unable to start the motor minus the key, he had drafted the service and ingenuity of Snooks to help him get it started, and the old engine was endeavoring to sputter under the ministrations of Snooks when the editor put in an appearance just in the nick of time. Explanations were made, Mr. Harris transferred his family to his own car parked nearby and the incident thus ended happily for all. Just another case of mistaken identity.

LOCAL CONVICT CAMP NOW HAS 111 CONVICTS. The convict forces, numbering 111 men formerly stationed at the Hortense camp, were this week transferred to the new State Road Camp. A work order has been received from the State Highway Department, assigning the crew to construction work on Route 23 between Folkston and St. George.

WAUDELL BARNEY VICKERY DIED. Waudell Barney Vickery, age 38, life-long resident of Folkston and one of the county’s most prominent families passed away Monday following a heart attack. His sudden and unexpected death profoundly shocked his many friends and brought sorrow throughout the community. He was born in Folkston and spent his entire lifetime in this community. He was one of the county’s most widely-known and highly-regarded young men. His brother, J.W. Vickery, Jr., who is an engineer in the U.S. Merchant Marines just happened to be aboard a steamship that arrived in Jacksonville Tuesday morning. The sad news of his brother’s sudden death awaited him on his arrival. He was met at the pier and brought here for the funeral. Besides his parents, J.W. Vickery and Mrs. Annie Gowen Vickery, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Banks Vickery, one brother, J.W. Vickery, Jr., two sisters, Mrs. Bernice Allen and Mrs. Annie Jane. Interment was in the Folkston cemetery with Adkins Funeral Home in charge of burial arrangements.

MRS. ANNIE RODDENBERRY WRIGHT DIED. Mrs. Annie Wright, age 71, member of one of Charlton County’s most widely connected pioneer families, and widow of the late Dr. J.C. Wright, passed away at her home here last Friday. She was stricken with paralysis several months ago and has been confined to her bed for many weeks. A life-long resident of Charlton County, she was a daughter of a distinguished officer of the Confederate Army, Lt. Henry Roddenberry. Immediate survivors include one son, James C. Wright; one sister, Mrs. J.W. Rodgers; a brother, Jett Roddenberry and a sister-in-law, Mrs. J.D. Roddenberry; two step-sons, E.H. Wright and Charles M. Wright; five step-daughters, Mrs. Carrie Wilson, Mrs. Frank D. Mills, Mrs. Herbert Mizell, Mrs. Maude Clarke and Mrs. H.J. Davis. Funeral services were in the Adkins Funeral Home chapel. Interment followed in the Folkston cemetery.

DR. AND MRS. SAWYER AT FORT JACKSON, S.C. Dr. and Mrs. J.L. Sawyer left for Ft. Jackson, S.C. where he has been called into the Army for a year’s service in the Army Medical Corp. They will make their home there while he is in the service. They have closed their Folkston home during their absence from the city.

NEW STAGE EQUIPMENT INSTALLED AT GRAMMAR SCHOOL. The new stage equipment is being installed in the grammar school. It includes a fine velour curtain, an encore curtain, a cyclorama and three sets of painted scenery with additional pieces. The PTA is paying $660.00 for this equipment, and is to include new lighting equipment being paid for with funds that have been accumulating for several years.

WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC STORE IN MASONIC BUILDING. Theo Dinkins has rented the store room on the first floor of the Masonic temple building next door to the Post Office, formerly occupied by a beauty parlor. He will use the front end of the building as a display room for Westinghouse electrical appliances, for which he is the dealer in this territory. The beauty parlor is now in the building recently completed on the Folkston-Kingsland street by L.E. Stokes.

PTA SPONSORS BOX SUPPER. On February 14, the Folkston PTA will give an old-fashioned box supper in the school auditorium, for the purpose of raising the money to pay the balance due on the new stage setting. It’s intended as a plan to avoid going to the business men for contributions to pay this balance.

THIEF STEALS MEAT. Mrs. B.B. Gowen of Uptonville and family visited relatives in Mayport Saturday and while they were gone, someone visited their smokehouse and took a large quantity of their meat. The thief has not been identified.

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