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Digest of Charlton County Herald - February 1928

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

(No issue on microfilm for February 3, 1928)

February 10, 1928

CITY CAFE AND DWELLING BURNED. The City Cafe and frame dwelling adjoining the Arnold Hotel was completely destroyed by fire Friday morning. Being vacant and as the fire started in a closet this indicates the fire was set. No insurance and loss was $1500.00. Wet blankets and tin sheeting were used to protect the hotel.

NEW ARNOLD HOTEL BURNED. Folkston's most serious conflagration occurred Sunday afternoon when the handsome New Arnold Hotel was reduced to ashes. Miss Martha Grace Lang discovered smoke issuing from an upper window and gave the alarm. Some dozen men, basking in the sun in front of that popular hotel, rushed to the second story to investigate and found a blaze in the loft, eating through the roof. An opening to the roof letting the smoke escape allowed the removal of furniture, but the fire ate it way through steel, ceilings, and floors to the brick walls. The James Co. storeroom was saved with little damage as was the Scott residence. The furniture was removed from the residence and the stock from the storeroom. About half of the furniture of the hotel was saved. Mr. Arnold Scott had no insurance and his loss is about $1,000. The hotel was owned by B. F. Scott, representing an investment of $25,000.00 with insurance of $10,000.00.

WILKINSON ESTATE SOLD AGAIN. A deal transferring the old Wilkinson Estate, 654 acres, was transferred from William Mizell, Sr. to Walter C. Hopkins this week. Mr. Hopkins paid $5.25 per acre for this.

PLANS FOR NEW BAPTIST CHURCH. On exhibition at the Folkston Lunch Room is a profile of the new Baptist Church. The plans provide for a $15,000.00 structure. The main auditorium with a basement for the baptismal and Sunday School use will be built first.

LEIGHTON BARBER SHOP MOVED. The Leighton, a barber shop, has opened in Mr. Gowen's office next to Wright's Motor Co. He wants to thank the citizens of Folkston for saving his equipment from the fire Sunday during his absence.

ROAD TO CAMDEN. The county road to Camden is being surveyed by a state crew. They came in last week and have been at work on the survey since that time.

MRS. KATHERINE LEE DIED. Mrs. Katherine Lee, wife of Mr. Noah Lee, age 29 years, died at their home last Friday, after an illness of some two weeks, of uremic poisoning. She was the only daughter of Mr. W.W. Davis. Two small children and her husband survive her.

AD. Murray's Market. F.L. Murray, proprietor. Meats. Located with the James Grocery Co. A store complete in food supplies for families and farms. Scott Building on Main Street.

February 17, 1928

NEW FREE BRIDGE OPENED AT LAST. Without pomp or ceremony or bugle blast, the bars of the new $100,000 Federal Aid Bridge was thrown down last Friday and traffic began to wend its way across as free as the birds of the air. Traveling over the new bridge is easy despite the incomplete approach. The passing of this toll bridge marks the passing of the last toll bridge over the Central Dixie Highway in Georgia.

MULES FOR CHARLTON'S FARMERS. Mr. L.E. Mallard and Mr. J.C. Littlefield left Monday for Atlanta to buy a few carloads of mules for Charlton County farmers. To successfully farm, a good mule is a necessity.

KENDRICKS SAWMILL. The Kendricks sawmill near Racepond school is now running full time turning out quite a quantity of lumber.

NEW BARBER SHOP FOR ST. GEORGE. Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Laragione of N.J. have located in St. George and have opened a barber shop in the rear of Mr. Farley Crawford's attractive building on Florida Ave. They plan to use the front store for lunch stuffs and cold drinks.

{NOTE: No issue for February 24, 1928 was on microfilm, however a very historic event took place that week in Charlton County -- the courthouse was destroyed by fire. Perhaps because of the confusion of trying to save all the records of each office, no one kept a copy of the county paper. (Most of the issues on microfilm had been stored in the Ordinary's office.)}

The following is an article from the Waycross Journal-Herald dated February 20, 1928.

FIRE BUG HITS FOLKSTON HARD

CHARLTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE TOTALLY DESTROYED, RECORDS ARE SAVED,
PYROMANIAC BELIEVED TO BE AT WORK IN THE TOWN

Folkston, Ga. Feb 20 - (Special) - Either a fire bug, or a fire jinx, is playing a high hand in Folkston, and the general opinion seems to lean toward the fire bug theory. The total destruction of the Charlton County court house Sunday afternoon is the result of activity on the part of a pyromaniac, is the sentiment expressed here today. The large brick building was a total loss, flames gaining rapid headway after the fire was discovered shortly after the noon hour. Practically all county records and a large portion of the office furniture were saved. Two weeks ago the Arnold Hotel was destroyed by fire and other business buildings were threatened. Several weeks prior to that date the hotel had been barely saved from flames, and two adjoining buildings were destroyed. The fire Sunday was the fourth serious blaze which has occurred in Folkston in the past three weeks.

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