Digest of Charlton County Herald - February 1913
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
February 6, 1913
TELEPHONE COMPANY. The telephone men are busy connecting with Homeland. This will benefit both of us. Albert Phillips is now successfully holding down the “hello” job for the Folkston Telephone Co.
WILLIAMS WORKING FOR HEBARDS. Nep Williams has gone up to Hebard’s Company to run a tram engine.
CENTRAL HOTEL. The Misses Denmark have given up the Central Hotel and are now taking a much needed rest having been actively and prominently engaged in the hotel business here for a number of years. Mrs. A.C. Stewart now has charge of the Central.
SCHOOLS. L.E. Mallard reports a consolidation of the Stokesville and Suggsville Schools in the Big Bend.
NEW BABY. Ned Rogers was in town on Monday and says he saw Henry Johnson Sunday and found out that another boy had arrived at Henry’s house on the previous night. Say, Henry, you can start up the bottling works again, as you have more help!
WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. James Dolphus McKibben of Locus Grove, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter Mary Lucille to Rev. Eustace Lawrence Wainright of Wrightsville, Ga., the marriage to take place at New Hope Methodist Episcopal Church on the afternoon of February 26.
MILLS’ ADVENTURE. F.M. Mills of Uptonville returned last Thursday from a hunting, fishing and prospecting trip in the Everglades. Mr. Mills visited Fort Myers and went on sixty miles below; going as far as the railroad would take him and then had to take it across country on foot. He says he began to feel curious as the sparsely settled country stretched before him and had to lay under palmettos when dark overtook him on his way to Fort Simon Drum and the Big Cypress Swamp. He says his fears ceased when he presented the letter of introduction he carried from Miss Martha Smith to her sister, Mrs. Sarah E. McLain, and that this good Christian lady was so glad to see someone from her old home county that she called the settlement together and they tendered Mr. Mills a royal reception. Mrs. McLain is one of the Smith sisters of this county who are noted for their sterling business ability and she is now pioneering in the Everglades, homesteading 160 acres near Fort Simon Drum and is clearing, planting, building on and improving it.
February 13, 1913
OOPS. We made a mistake last week in putting Nep Williams on a tram engine with the Hebard Company instead of a steam shovel with the Waycross and Western Railroad.
MRS. JOHNS DIED. Mrs. J.B. Johns died very suddenly at her home at Traders Hill Saturday night. She was in her usual health sitting up and talking with her family and a visitor until about nine o’clock when she retired. Shortly afterward she called for the camphor and expired without uttering another word. She was about 45 years old and is survived by her husband, five children, one brother and one sister. Peace to her ashes.
February 20, 1913
NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Shivar are the proud parents of a fine boy who put in his appearance Wednesday night of last week.
BOTTLING PLANT. Henry Johnson keeps on tacking patches of shingles to the bottling works’ new plant. Say, Henry, can’t you leave the shingles a while and fill up a few bottles?
February 27, 1913
ALTMAN’S STORE. Mr. Mills and Mr. Wildes are progressing rapidly with the erection of the Altman store.
BANK OF FOLKSTON. Mr. N. McQueen, of Ludowici, has been appointed Receiver for the Bank of Folkston and will proceed to wind up its affairs.
HORSE BITE. J.L. Sikes of Newell was in Folkston Friday to see a doctor about a very severely bruised arm which was caused from a horse’s bite. He has a blooded animal that no one around the premises can handle but him. The horse tried very hard to turn tables on Mr. Sikes while he was buckling a girth, reached around and caught him with his teeth causing considerable pain and the arm to become terribly swollen.
WEDDING. C.S. Wainright left Tuesday night for Locust Grove, Ga. where he attended the marriage ceremony of his brother Eustace to Miss Mary Lucille McKibben Wednesday afternoon.
CENTRAL HOTEL HAS GOOD HELP. Miss Mattie Denmark came up from Traders Hill Monday and will assist Mrs. Stewart at the Central until after court. We know Miss Mattie will feel at home and the Central will look natural with her there.
WAINRIGHT’S MULE. W.R. Wainright started out the other day to fertilize some of his pecan trees. Taking several balls of potash and an old gourd he placed them in a tin bucket, mounted his mule and started for the grove. While in the lane by the Stokes place the mule got tired of the rattle of the balls and gourd in the bucket and pitched Mr. Wainright over a ten foot wire fence into the middle of Mr. Stokes’ garden. Mr. Wainright got up unhurt, brushed the dirt from his pants then climbed over the fence ready to get on the mule again when someone called out “What’s the matter?” to which Mr. Wainright replied “Nothing much. This mule just TRIED to throw me, that’s all!”.
BAPTIST CHURCH. Miss Jinks of Atlanta gave a lecture at the Baptist Church last Tuesday evening and organized a Ladies’ Missionary Society with the following officers: President, Mrs. F.M. DeGraffenreid; V.P., Mrs. T.P. Reville; Secretary, Mrs. J.S. Mizell; Treasurer, Mrs. J.D. Donahoo; Publication Agent, Mrs. G.E. Jones.
STOKES OAKS. J.J. Stokes is kept quite busy these days improving the oak trees around his residence.
NEW STREET LAMP INSTALLED. A sample of Knights Boulevard Arc Light has been placed on the corner between the depot and McDonald’s store and will be kept there for thirty days. If the city is satisfied with it, they will purchase six of them. It is quite ornamental and one of the kind you can lean on in cases of emergency which is so much better than a swinging lamp with its ghost-like shadows when you are afraid to go home in the dark.