Digest of Charlton County Herald - February 1929

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

February 2, 1929

EXTRA HOMEWORK FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. Because of so much missed school time caused by the flu epidemic, parents are asked to cooperate by seeing that high school pupils stay at home six nights during the week to put full time on their studies.

LITTLE MOTHERS LEAGUE TO BE ORGANIZED. "Little Mothers Leagues" are to be organized in the schools under direction of the State Board of Health for the purpose of giving instruction in the care of babies to girls over 10 years old, as one death out of three is a child under five years old. This training will reduce the rate considerably.

WEEKEND HOMEWORK FOR STUDENTS. It was decided to assign weekly homework to all pupils on Friday afternoon, returnable Monday morning, equal in value to a day's work, thus each pupil will get credit for six days' work each week.

CHARLTON'S RECORDS OF 1928 MAKE FAVORABLE SHOWING. The annual report of the schools by Supt. Harris shows 1193 pupils, 604 boys and 589 girls. There were 97 deaths and 191 births recorded. Marriage licenses recorded were 110 and only 2 divorces. Thus we make a very good showing.

POST OFFICE IN NEW LOCATION. Folkston's Post Office moved late Tuesday night and the greeting callers got Wednesday morning was a score or more box holders trying to learn the combination on the automatic keyless lock boxes which have been installed. The Money Order and Delivery windows are larger and conveniently placed nearer the door. Two handsome oak desks are in the lobby for use of the public. Mail going out and coming in is handled through the rear entrance, which is more convenient for all. A small lad inspecting the outfit wondered how it was to be paid for. A bright kid suggested "It was bought like a Ford, a payment now and the box rent paying the installments." The old office has been dismantled and contractor Hall is getting it in shape for the new Askew grocery business. The rear extension will require several weeks as it will be built from the foundation up.

HERCULES CO. TO MOVE. With this week the work of the two big $16,000.00 stump-pulling machines of the Hercules Co. ends and they will be transferred to Lanier County 18 miles west of Homerville. We learn with regret that this means the removal of Manager D.W. Lane and his family from our midst early in June.

PETITIONS AGAINST COUNTY COURT. The Herald learns that petitions are being circulated by those that are in opposition to the county court. Some 75 signers have been secured and this will be presented to the next Grand Jury. As that body created the county court, it is presumed that the life of the court depends upon their action.

HEAVY RAINS WASH AWAY BUCHANAN DAM. The floodgates of Heaven opened for a while Sunday afternoon. It filled the branches and streams and the quantity was such as to overfill the Dixie Lake and carry away the dam under construction there. The water took with it a span of the bridge from the east side. School has had to detour to the Aviation Boulevard on that account.

JUDGE ROBERT LANG DIED. Judge Robert Lang, 84, died at Waverly on the 17th. He was one of Camden's pioneer citizens and had a large circle of warm friends throughout this section.

NEW KITTEN FOR MRS. LONDEREE. Mrs. W.T. Londeree is the proud owner of a silver Persian kitten, it having been presented to her by a friend in Orange Park.

ST. GEORGE STUDENTS. Young people from St. George newly enrolled in high school in Folkston include Lillian Norman, Susie Enedy, Lewis Londeree and Ethel Rang.

BRIDGE GUARD VISITS. Mr. I. Simowitz of Jacksonville, who was remembered as the Sergeant stationed at the bridge during the war was meeting old friends here this week.

COW DIP DAY. Last Thursday was cow dip day in Folkston, which happens every 21 days.

NEW EQUIPMENT FOR PASSIEU MOTOR CO. The Passieu Motor Co. has received one of the new patent "Lift A Car" jacks that is a dandy. Roll the car on, up it goes.

JANE JONES WINS IN OCTAGON COUPON CONTEST. In the coupon gathering contest for the Orphan's Home, Mr. Raynor tells us Jane Jones won the prize for the highest number, 400 being her score.

SWAMPLAND OWNER VISITS. Mr. W.C. Brooks of Snider, Texas dropped in Saturday to look up some property that he traded for, sight unseen, and found it, Lot 124, nestling on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp.

AVIATION FIELD ACTIVITY. Airplanes are continuously coming up from Jacksonville and inspecting the local field, flying low over the course the past week, doing so only a few feet over it. A photograph has been taken from the air showing Folkston in the distance. This field has been designated as No. 37 and classified D.

MINGO STEWART HAS THE FLYING BUG. Mingo Stewart is studying to be an aviator. While taking a mail course, he has taken two lessons in the air. He said they wouldn't let him fly under a thousand feet, so that the teacher would have time to right the plane if control was lost. Mingo has had the flying bug in his head for some time.

February 8, 1929

MR. SEABORN F. MILLS DIED. As dawn was ushered in Thursday morning, Mr. Seaborn F. Mills, for 86 years a citizen of this community and one of three surviving Confederate veterans in Charlton County, answered the long last roll, dying on the place where he was born and had lived a life of great usefulness, and as he is lowered into a vault in the little family cemetery, he shall leave behind a truly remarkable record. When we say he has lived on this place, we recall a conversation we had with him some time ago, he stating that he always produced plenty of meat, farm products for home use and an overplus to sell. When he is laid to rest by the side of his wife in the earth he loved so well, he will truly represent a life well spent and lived as a man that loved his home and loyal to all the traditions of being true to his country. For some time Mr. Mills has been ailing but not a sufferer until on Sunday he got up and in walking across the room he stumbled and fell, dislocating his hip. His frail condition brought about the results that caused his death. His wife died some eight years ago. Surviving him are four daughters, Mrs. J.B. Baker, Mrs. H.A. Renfroe, Mrs. Martha Jones and Mrs. C.Y. McMullins; three sons, Seab F. Mills, F.D. Mills and Edgar Mills. As Mr. Mills was a charter member of Folkston Lodge F and A M and past Master Mason, he will be buried with Masonic honors. While he never aspired to public office he was several times chosen as county commissioner and chosen of chairman the board. Mr. Mills was a subscriber of the Herald from the date of its establishment, showing his interest in the community welfare.

TWO HOUSE FIRES. Saturday evening about 7:00 o'clock, the roof of the E.B. Stapleton home was discovered in a blaze, caught from a spark on the shingle roof. Billy Robinson happened to be the right man at the right place, scaled the roof, outing the blaze which did about a yard of damage to the roof. Sunday afternoon the B.F. Scott home was discovered burning on the roof, caught from an ember from the chimney. One of the telephone crew, nimble in climbing, was tearing off the burning shingles in a jiffy, with the result of a quick out and little loss. Arnold was on a couch in a pensive mood, recovering from a good dinner's drowsiness, when Dean Gowen turned loose a pistol volley alarm to stir the folks to fire fighting.

NEW COURTHOUSE FURNITURE. At the county commissioners' meeting the American Seating Co. captured the order of 255 opera chairs for the courtroom and 40 of them for the balcony.

RR FOREMAN WINS GOLD. Mr. E.W. Ellis, foreman of the St. George section on the G. S. & F. R.R. won first place for condition of his section of the railroad for the past year. Mr. Ellis was presented with a $20.00 gold piece from the road officials. He has won this three times in the past six years.

MR. GEORGE TODD DIED. George Todd of Uptonville, living with Mr. Taylor, died Sunday night and was buried Monday there.

TRACTOR TROUBLE. The tractor on the road work in the Moniac district got stuck in a roadside pond this week. They ought to put duck feet on it.

DR. McCOY VISITS. Dr. McCoy came down to see his Folkston friends last Sunday--has to taper off, you know. He says he likes his new home in Jesup very much.

CAR COUNTING DAY. Monday was travel-checking day on the highway, the checking point being C.S. Bethel's store. The report shows passing Georgia cars, 139; trucks, 43; foreign cars, 203; trucks, 29; all other vehicles, 4.

JIM GOWEN IS BETTER. We are sorry to learn that J.V. Gowen is still confined to his room with the flu. He is not quite as sick as he once was. That reminds us of a good joke played on him by the doctor. As everybody knows, he is full of energy as well as of business and he was threatened with fever in a busy season. He told the doctor to get him up, spare no expense, if necessary get two nurses. Well, they got him up and about and the doctor put it on the bill. J.V. complained of the bill, of course, but was reminded of his instruction. "But I was out of my head then," he asserted. "and now I'm in my mind, and only want to pay what it's worth."

WEDDING. Ordinary H.G. Gibson united in marriage Theodore Tucker and Miss Macie Crews both of Racepond Sunday at his home. This happy young couple will make that place their love nest so we understand. Here is congratulations to them.

MR. ROBERT B. CREWS DIED. Mr. Robert B. Crews, 44, youngest son of Hamp Crews, of Uptonville, died at home in Hilliard from the result of a stroke of paralysis. Some time ago he was stricken and has been a semi-invalid until this stroke came, ending his life. He was buried at Bethel Cemetery near Dyal Station Monday with Masonic honors. His wife and four small children survive him. Hardy and Hamm Crews are his brothers and Mrs. L.S. Conner is his sister.

February 15, 1929

MR. S.F. MILLS' FUNERAL. The funeral of Mr. S.F. Mills occurred last Friday afternoon at home and was conducted by Rev. C.L. Nease of the Methodist Church, of which he was a consistent member. The Masonic Lodge afterwards took charge of the remains and conducted it to the family lot in Mills Chapel Cemetery. He served in the state legislature well, and was chairman of the Charlton County Commissions. Mr. Mills some days ago selected a neat twin stone marking the spot where Mrs. Mills was buried six years ago. The stone carries the date of his birth, October 22, 1842, leaving a blank line for death to be marked, February 7, 1929. Attending his funeral were his three daughters, Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Renfroe and Mrs. Jones. Mrs. McMullin was unable to come on account of illness; his three sons, Seab Mills, Frank Mills and Edgar Mills and a number of Camden relatives. His comrade of the Confederacy, Mr. John Vickery, who celebrates his 90th birthday in October, was also present. Mr. Mills' will was probated on Saturday, his property going to his daughter, Mrs. Martha Jones. Mrs. Jones came from her Virginia home and took care of her father for almost two years.

SINGER SEWING MACHINES IN STOCK. The Allen Furniture Co., having taken over the agency for the Singer Sewing Machine for Charlton and Camden Counties, has received several models and would be pleased to have the ladies call for a demonstration. There is nothing more pleasing to a woman than a light running Singer in the home.

MR. SOL HIGHSMITH DIED. Mr. Sol Highsmith, who our old citizens will recall as a former citizen in Folkston, died Saturday in Jacksonville of paralysis. His wife is Miss Eunice Tyler, oldest daughter of former Herald editor Tyler, who survives him. Mr. Highsmith was 60 years old and had a successful furniture business in Jacksonville.

OKEFENOKEE MAY BE A U.S. FOREST RESERVE. Senator Harris has endeared himself to South Ga. by his introduction of a measure to make the great Okefenokee Swamp a U.S. Forest Reserve. The measure to create this forest reserve was introduced in the Senate last week and has the backing of Senator George.

FLYING LESSONS FOR MINGO. Mingo Stewart was a weekend visitor to Jacksonville taking his seventh lesson up in the air.

BUCHANAN DAM BEING REPAIRED. The rebuilding of the Buchanan Dam goes merrily on, without regard to a washout now and then.

February 22, 1929

NEW COURTHOUSE. The plastering gang has the lower floor of the new courthouse completed and will probably complete the upper within three or four days.

NEW SUBDIVISION NAMED BLACKBOTTOM. Contractor Martin, with assistants Pace and Wunderlich, have completed the tenth cottage in the Addition to Folkston which was opened up by Mayor Stapleton. It has been nicknamed "Blackbottom" and has rapidly filled up. It was a long-felt want, as the colored people were badly cramped for a place to live.

AVIATION FIELD FIXTURES. Part of the fixtures of the Aviation Field, which is for the beacon light, has arrived. We understand the field is to be surrounded by an iron fence. Last week an inspecting plane was here from Jacksonville surveying the field from only a few feet in the air. He did not, however, light.PROF. HARRIS TO TEACH. School Supt. John Harris has again been assigned by the State Department of Education to conduct classes at South Ga. Jr. State College in Douglas from June through July.

EXPERIMENTAL CROPS. H.M. McKay, horticulturist from the College of Agriculture, spent two days with County Agent Hursey the past week. He was here to locate a plot of land in which new kinds of fruits, especially figs, could be tried out. He inspected many miles of our soil and found the best in the Sardis community. He made a trade with Mrs. Mattie Rodgers for a plot 125 by 70 yards on the road from Uptonville to St. George, the Old Blackshear Road. They will try out various fertilizers and soil building crops, along with fruits.

NEW BABY. Another operator for Folkston. He is a junior to Jack Woodard and started in life the first of the week, weighing 11 pounds. Mrs. Woodard is getting along nicely.

LITTLE GEORGE O'QUINN INJURED. George, the small son of Lester O'Quinn, was brought in this week for attention for a mule kick in the face. Dr. Williams dressed the wound.

WEDDING. The marriage of Thomas Jones and Laura Edwards Saturday will be of interest to their many colored friends. Both were reared in Folkston and are well thought of. Rev. P.H. Hodges performed the ceremony at his home.

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