Digest of Charlton County Herald - February 1931

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

February 6, 1931

BIG BUSINESS DEALS. Hard times talk has been given a tremendous knock in Folkston this week when in three days, deals were made totaling over $125,000.00. That, at what we term forced sales, as the largest land deal recorded in Charlton County in the present generation, was made. A.D. Powers, Admr. Estate of Richard Powers, sold at public outcry a tract of land in the Moniac district, containing over 6,000 acres for $80,000.00, or over $13.00 per acre. T.J. Knabb, naval stores operator of Macclenny was the buyer. Mr. Knabb said he made a deal with Macclenny Sawmill for a sale of 1200 of the largest pine trees at $3.00 per tree, or $36,000.00. The administrator of the W.N. Stokes Estate disposed of a tract of cut-over land near St. George at $2.80 per acre. There are over 700 acres in this tract. Then J.C. Littlefield announced that his firm had closed on a sale for 15,000 cross ties at a camp near Lake City. The price paid was in excess of the market price.

PINE SEEDLINGS TO BE PLANTED. K.S. Trobridge of the Forestry Dept. has advised County Agent Hursey that he will be in Folkston this week with 10,000 pine seedling trees to plant in the Homeland Park. The 4-H boys will plant the trees. From the low part, over 75,000 feet of pine timber has been removed. A large lake will be built for bathing and fishing. During the past year several clubs from adjoining counties camped there.

TELEPHONE COMPANY NEWS. Charles L. Underwood, new owner of the telephone system, is here and making his home at the McDonald House pending arrival of Mrs. Underwood and the children.

NEW RESIDENTS FOR FOLKSTON. Mrs. Anna Proctor of Camden County has purchased the Stokes property on the Kingsland highway near the home of George Gowen, her brother. She is moving here to make it her home. Her sister will also make her home with Mrs. Proctor.

ALVIN STOKES MARRIED. Mr. Alvin Stokes and Miss Hilda Hickman were married in Amite, La. on January 15th. She is a trained nurse from New Orleans. They returned there after the ceremony.

EDITORIAL COMMENT. Charlie Cason says he believes in keeping the home fires burning. He brought us in a good supply of wood [barter for one year subscription to county paper]. He now supplies folks with wood the first of the week and fish and oysters the last of the week. That's not a bad combination to make a living on.

ACTION OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. Judge Dickerson appointed Simon Green as a successor to L. Knabb of the Moniac district as county commissioner. At the commission meeting a contract for building the bridgekeeper's home at Burnt Fort was given to Hall and Huling as the lowest bidders. They bid $425.00 for the complete job, including material.

LOUIS GRAY DIED. Judge H.G. Gibson advises us he received a letter from the son of Louis Gray, who owned the Roddenberry farm on the Henry Johnson Road. The letter said the father died ten days ago at his home in Ohio.

GRAND JURY for Spring term Superior Court: John S. Tyson, Jr., W.O. Raulerson, J. Lester Johns, Charles H. Gibson, E.H. Wright, Henry Mansel, G.C. Hodges, T.E. Bryant, J.M. Wilson, S.C. Stokes, Hamp Mizell, W.W. Chism, R.L. Crews, G.W. Allen, J.H. Rogers, V.A. Hodges, Ralph Knabb, J.T. Thrift, O.K. Prevatt, N.J. Norman, James Raulerson, J. Floyd Larkins, S.F. Canady, A.A. Allen, R.L. Chism, W.H. Quarterman, V.A. Quarterman, Noah Stokes.

PETTY JURY. Dr. W.R. McCoy, M.M. Crews, Jr., J.B. Southwell, C.G. Howard, S.T. Cockrell, J.M. Crawford, W.C. Hopkins, J.H. Johnson, E.F. Robinson, Mose Crews, Sr., O.F. Wilson, W.H. Privett, M.D. Thrift, L.E. Mallard, J.B. Carter, Hiram Huling, Leon Askew, M. Combs, N.A. Thrift, S.C. Stokes, R.A. Boyd, I.T. Hickox, L. Knabb, Jack Thompson, E.F. Dean, Jr., O.C. Mizell, B.J. Fountain, J. M. Crews, E.P. Stokes, J.M. Canady, Wm. Davis (Bill), James H. Wrench, Steve Woolard, J.M. Wilson, Curtis Dixon, G.S. Roddenberry, Scott Johnson, G.A. Dean, Paxton Stokes, J.V. Gowen, M.E. Powell, H.J. Davis, Seward Lee, D.L. Leonard, Richard E. Chesser.

PET TURKEYS BRING GOOD PRICE. William Schneider of Homeland raised several fine Mammoth black turkeys at his home. He fed them by hand and brought them up as pets. The past week he took them to Jacksonville to market and took them seated in the back seat of his automobile. As he drove through the streets their heads were out of the car windows, attracting a lot of attention. When he drove up in front of the store, he got out, so did the turkeys. He walked into the store and the gobblers followed at his heels. People gathered to watch the weighing proceedings. The turkeys walked up to the scale and Schneider put them on, tipping the scales at 27 pounds each. It was quite a show to those who saw this. It would interest our people to know that he got 28 cents per pound or a total of over $15.00 for the two birds.

CHEAP ORANGES. Porte Tracy was in to see us Friday bringing the nicest looking oranges we have seen this season. They were grown at his home at Traders Hill. But, oh what a difference in the flavor! Porte commenced talking about selling them at fifty cents per hundred and we were just about to take his crop when he told us they were sour oranges for preserving purposes. So any of you folks that want them can have them, as we're looking for the sweet things in life.

BANKS ARE CLOSING. Several of our neighbors are having banks to close. Douglas had their Union Bank close. Some of its citizens then began using the Fitzgerald Bank, then two of them closed in that city. However, most of the Coffee County people are using the Brunswick Bank, making it the county depository. This past week the Bank of Homerville closed, leaving one bank there which withstood a run and is getting along fine. The reports from these banks indicate they will have little loss as they have assets collectable and the depositors will get 100 cents on the dollar.

FREE MEDICINE MAN SHOW. The free negro minstrel show, supposedly advertising some herb medicine, held sway the past week in Folkston every night. Despite the hard time cry, over 500 packages of prize candy were sold Saturday night at ten cents per package. This was $50.00. The candy in the boxes was of the sort sold in stores at ten cents per quart, and in the boxes, there was from six to ten pieces. We would be glad to have the names of all local people who got prizes.

SCHOOL NEWS. The ninth grade pupils gave Winnie Prescott a hearty welcome because of his return to school. He decided he could not do without school work and school friends. Tenth grade pupils miss the smile of Clarence O'Quinn and hope he is enjoying farm work as well as he did school work.

NEW BABY. The birth of a fine baby boy has been announced by Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Brown. He was born Monday at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Littlefield.

SUGAR AND RYE SOLD. The sale of sugar and rye at the courthouse gave the boys an opportunity to get some cheap sweetness and rye. The thousand pounds brought around $25.00. Consumers purchased most of it for household use. [This was probably evidence taken from recent moonshine still sites.]

JANUARY MARRIAGES: Cliff Brown and Mary Scott of Mattox, by Elder T. Taylor.
Noah Lee of Blackshear and Miss Ovie Harris of Traders Hill, January 9th by Judge Gibson.
Francis Conner of Hilliard and Miss Rubye Hodges of St. George on January llth by Rev. W.O. Gibson, D.C. Crews of Nassau County and Miss Velma Smith of Charlton County by Rev. J.A. Strickland on January 14th; D.R. Dinkins and Miss Celeste Bennett, both of Traders Hill, on January 17th by Judge Gibson. There was another wedding on January 23rd but the couple requested that no announcement be made of it at this time. The Ordinary tied the knot.

CROSS TIES SHIPPED DOWN THE RIVER. The tugboat, Wayland, Jr., cleared port at Burnt Fort Tuesday for Jacksonville with a tow of two lighters and about 2500 cross ties, shipped by J.C. Littlefield to Coney Extine Co.

SICK CAR. Mrs. Mollie Howard took her old Ford down to Passieu's auto hospital for an examination for high blood pressure. She was advised to leave it for further examination and treatment. It's probably wormy.

BURNT FORT BRIDGE PAINTED. Earl Johnson has just completed painting the span of the Burnt Fort bridge.

ADVERTISEMENT. City Shoe Shop. Men's half-soles 75 cents and $1.00, etc. Shoes, Grips, Handbags dyed any color. Guaranteed not to crack or peel. Phone 692.

February 13, 1931

BEEF FOR SALE. The first full load of butchered beeves passed through here Wednesday when a truck loaded with 13 head of butchered cattle came through on their way to Jacksonville. They were quartered and sewed up in netting. We observed them hanging up and asked for information. The gentleman was a Wayne County farmer and he had 52 quarters hanging up in the truck. This demonstrates the fact that there's a saleable product in every southeast Ga. county.

MALLARD TO SELL FERTILIZER. Our farmers have been asking who will represent the fertilizer companies in Folkston this year and the Herald is glad to report L.E. Mallard has made arrangements to handle this.

COLERAINE TRACT SOLD. The Coleraine tract has been sold by G.W. White to D.L. Hebard of Hebard Lumber Co. He owns a large part of the Okefenokee Swamp. With the transfer of ownership, immediate steps were taken to protect the tract of over a thousand acres. Burn strip fire breaks 20 to 30 feet in width have been constructed near the Folkston-Kingsland road, where this property borders. John Hopkins, representative of the Hebard interests, is in charge of this property.--Georgia Forest Lookout.

TREE-PLANTING TIME. To plant a pine tree has become the vogue. The past weeks not less than 20,000 have been planted. The 4-H Club boys planted 10,000 in the park and Racepond Turpentine Co. planted 8,000 this week. The Ga.-Fla. Investment Co. has been using spare-time men under the direction of Clyde Gowen, setting out some of their own seedlings having planted over 3,000. They report plenty of the seedlings available for their own use.

FOLKSTON CEMETERY CLEANED UP. Folkston's City of the Dead has been cleaned up and laid off in lots. The old cemetery with the present addition presents quite a different picture. The new fence has steel posts and with white concrete markers at the corners of the lots and showing the run of the lanes, everything is spick and span. The lots are to be sold and the funds received will be held for the future upkeep of the cemetery.

HAMP MIZELL KEEPING WOODS FIRE-FREE. Hamp Mizell is employed as patrolman and firebreak burner for the Brunswick-Peninsular Co. lands of the Okefenokee TPO in southwest Ware County. He is a swamp guide and conservationist living on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp. Hamp is chief patrolman and has one assistant on 4,000 acres of cut-over flat woods. He has convinced many of the men living in this territory that burning the woods is bad for cattle and timber. He has adopted a scheme whereby each cattle owner who feels he must have a little "cattle burn" is given a small area of waste land to burn, which is done under Hamp's supervision.

FRUIT FOR INMATES. In Folkston, some of the boys who play poker decided that oranges were selling so cheap that jail prisoners should be given enough to fill them up. Out of each pot a percentage was taken and the oranges purchased and one of the men delegated to take them up. When the prisoners asked him who the donors were he said "The poker players, but I do not know who we are."

INDIAN SKELETON FOUND. Learning that one of the Chessers had dug up a tomahawk, several of our young men went out to Bill's Island last Sunday to inspect some of the Indian mounds. Kennison and Fay Brooks dug into a mound and found an iron pot but it was empty, then ran across the skeleton of an Indian and brought it to town. The bones seemed to be in a good state of preservation until they were exposed to the air and began to fall to pieces. They were left at Raynor's filling station.

LAYTON HENDRIX WOUNDED AT RACEPOND. Sunday night, along about midnight, a shot rang out at Racepond and Layton Hendrix fell wounded so seriously that his right leg will have to be amputated. He was shot by Milton Crews. The truth of the affair seems to be clouded somewhat and several stories are afloat as to just how it happened. It was told that Mrs. Hendrix, who cooks for Mrs. Crews, came over and stated that someone was trying to break in the house and Mrs. Crews told her husband to investigate. He picked up his gun and noticed someone trying to get in a door and as he turned to leave the porch, Crews fired a full load hitting him in the leg. Some claim the shot man was left quite a while before his wounds or identity were investigated. Then Waycross was called and an ambulance was sent for Hendrix. Mrs. Hendrix, it was told, stated that the truth of the affair has not been fully told. So far no action has been taken in the matter, pending the outcome of Hendrix's wounds. The fact that he was trying to get in his own home ought to have called for caution by Crews.

CLASSIFIED AD. Fresh milk, delivered twice a day. Milked on concrete floor and cooled. 12 and one-half cents a quart. Butter, 35 cents a pound. Buttermilk, 8 cents or 2 quarts for 15 cents. Folkston Dairy Farm. Mrs. J.M. Crews

BLANKETS MADE FROM CHARLTON COUNTY WOOL. Wyley Wainwright says he will sleep warm. He received from Winston-Salem this week three pairs of all-wool blankets, made from his own raising of wool. The price of wool on the market now is twenty cents per pound. He got three blankets and a lap robe from 100 pounds. We saw the blankets and they were certainly the real things, all wool and double blanket wide.

February 20, 1931

FOLKSTON TO PURCHASE WATER TANK. Following up on the offer of a 75,000 gallon steel water tank and equipment made the town of Folkston by the Power and Light Co., the city fathers passed a resolution to borrow $5,000.00 for its purchase. The money will be supplied by the Citizens Bank and the water rent should repay this loan. Monday, Mayor Thompson, Aldermen Passieu and Raynor with J.M. Hopkins visited Hebardville, former headquarters of the Hebard Cypress Co. and inspected some water mains belonging to that company which were not in use and made a trade for about 4,000 feet of eight-inch mains. These will be laid from the power company's plant, where the tank will be installed connecting with an artesian well there.

NEW SAWMILL AT RACEPOND. Racepond will have a new sawmill within the next week. G.H. Lewis and R.H. Caldwell from Alabama arrived this week and are installing the mill. These families are stopping at Mrs. J.C. Allen's home. They have leased the timberlands of G.H. Howard and will also cut over the lands of the Racepond Turpentine Co.

DEATH CLAIMS GEORGE W. HOLZENDORF. Mr. George W. Holzendorf, for 22 years a citizen of St. George, passed away suddenly at his home in that city Sunday evening at dusk. He had not been so well for some time and his condition was considered serious, but at the time of his passing he was up and about the house. He was doing some light chores of the evening and had just brought in an armful of wood when he was seized with a dizzy spell and sat down and leaned his head over on the table. He was assisted to the bed but it was too late as he was taken in the throes of death and passed away as gentle as in a sleep. He had been suffering for some time with heart trouble. He had talked to several callers and the family a few minutes before his death. In the morning he had attended Sunday School and church as was his custom. He had been in the turpentine and lumber business for years in Otter Creek, Fla. and St. George. A few days ago when one of the rooms at school chose a mentor, they chose Mr. Holzendorf. He married Miss Lillie White and they settled in St. George. He has been a citizen of prominence and a civic leader since that day. He was the leading member of the Methodist Church. Besides Mrs. Holzendorf, there is one sister, Mrs. Emmie Johnson surviving. Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, with Rev. H.C. Griffin reading the burial service.

BALTIMORE WOMAN HELPED HERE. A genteel looking woman, appearing to be about thirty, fainted in front of Pickren's Service Garage Sunday morning. A local physician attended her and found that she had left Miami for her home in Baltimore. She had denied herself food and was weakened and almost starved, yet she had $8.00 in her purse. She said she did not wish to spend any more than she could help as that was all she had. She was fed and a small purse given her to add to what she had and was given a lift on to Waycross. Perhaps she was saving the money to ride home on for the last lap.

GUY DEAN TRUSTS FELLOW CITIZENS. "Folkston is an honest town" said a gentlemen to us this morning. "Guy Dean left his tool display case out all night last night and see, not a hoe, rake, shovel or axe was bothered." "Yes," spoke up another, "but don't you know that some folks will not steal anything that is made to work with?" Which just goes to show that there's always some fellow to take the joy out of life or of a neat speech.

FIRE PATROL WATCHES WOODS. The Ga.-Fla. Investment Co. is keeping a fire patrol out in their woods most all of the time now. Mr. Gowen told us that there is more damage done annually to the naval stores industry from forest fires than any other way.

CREWS' GARDEN DOES GOOD. Little Mose Crews, as he is called, is coming in daily with loads of cabbage and turnips neatly tied up, supplying the stores with the best looking stuff that we see on the market. Mose says that he did not get a good stand with the amaryllis seed, but hopes to make them grow.

NAVAL STORES BUSINESS FIGHTING WOODS FIRES. The Racepond Turpentine Co. and S.M. Howard have posted their Racepond holdings and are warning trespassers to keep off their land. They are also advising that all those setting out fires will be prosecuted. There is a concerted effort on the part of the naval stores people to fight the burning of the woods and one can readily see the whyfores of that idea if they just drive the highway and see the scorched and wilted pines in the pathway of the fires.

SHRUBBERY FOR COURTHOUSE. At the County Commissioners meeting this week it was decided to buy some shrubbery for the courthouse yard. It was also decided to give the contract to Hall and Huling for the building of the bridgekeeper's house at Burnt Fort for $450.00, they furnishing all material and work.

POST OFFICE MOVED AT ST. GEORGE. The St. George post office is now in new quarters, having moved the past week into the King building, across the street from the former site. It has been remodeled and refitted. Mrs. King is aided in the conduct of the office by her son, John Allen King.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Taylor are the happy parents of a bouncing baby boy, the first boy in the family. Two young ladies graced the family group and the latest addition is a happy event. The Herald hopes he will be a chip off the old block.

MRS. JOHN REYNOLDS DIED. Mrs. John Reynolds, widow of the late John Reynolds who died at Moniac some 30 years ago, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Berry Raulerson, in Jacksonville Saturday and was buried at North Prong Church near Moniac Sunday. She had one daughter, Mrs. Raulerson and one son, Dan Reynolds, Moniac.

HEBARD PLANS HOME AT COLERAINE. Mr. Dan Hebard has been here the past week looking after the preliminaries toward building a summer home near Coleraine.

NEW MEMBERS FOR METHODISTS. The night service at the Methodist Church was an occasion with some special features. Two children, daughters of Mrs. Tison, were baptized and the four members of the family of J.E. Harvey were taken in by letter. Mr. Harvey joined the church at the Wednesday evening service which has become one of the best services of the church. Rev. Griffin is pastor.

February 27, 1931

NEW TOURIST STATION. The latest addition for business for the traveling public is the barbecue stand opened just south of Folkston at the old Med fly station. Oscar Raynor built it and Seab Kennison is the barbecurer. The building where gas and oil are sold was built of logs, neatly peeled and skinned and also provides living quarters for the operator. A free camp has been cleared up under the shade of the pines and anyone that wishes can have a good camping place for the night. Cottages are being built for those who prefer the indoors.

EDITORIAL COMMENT: "The finest lot of timber we ever got" said the Johnsons the other day, "was the flat woods pines from the Homeland Park." And then comes along the forestry man and plants 10,000 more in lieu of what had been cut. That is what we call good business, planting so many where so few stood before.

NEW RESTAURANT. Charlie Passieu is having good luck. Just rented his barber shop to a new man, and the other part of the store to the new restaurant. C.P. Davis will run the lunchroom, a meal for 25 cents and sandwiches at all hours. He opens up Saturday, ready for court business.

ILLEGAL TIMBER CUTTING. From some mysterious source, the news leaked out that someone was cutting timber on the lands of John C. Allen. Soon after Deputy Sheriff Wright was on the way to investigate and found Brownsley Crawford and two workers cutting ties from the land, brought them to Folkston and locked them up. Crawford admitted taking the timber and the workers stated he had hired them at $1.25 per day to cut them.

...Thomasville:- The Board of County Commissioners has voted to allow the sheriff 45 cents per person per day for feeding prisoners effective March lst.
...Callahan:- Callahan has cut off its street lights until the people pay up their taxes.
...Waycross:- Plans for the new Ware County Hospital have been approved by the Ware County Medical Society and the State Examiner for Registered Nurses, who complimented them highly.

SMART CHILDREN. Children making satisfactory grades for the fifth month at Uptonville School are: Horace Crews, Ivy Crews, Ziphia Crews, Jewell Conner, Anna Lou Johns, Janie Crews, Walter Crews, Eldo Brooks, Carlos Crews, Doris Murray, Mildred Johnson, Celio Crews, Annie B. Lowther, Eugene Brooks, Evelyn Robinson, Reuben Thrift, Clyde Brooks, Harley Larimore, Raleigh Crews, Jeff Crews, Ruby Hickox, Basil Crews, Maudria Johnson, Willie Maude Lowther and Helen Crews.

COLLIERS ADOPT CHILD. Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Collier of Homeland has adopted a little five year old boy, Arthur Gays, of Jacksonville.

NEW BARBER SHOP. J.W. Ficklen has opened up a barber shop in the old shop that Mike used to run. He is next door to the Passieu Motor Co.

WILBUR COOPER VERY SICK. The report from the bedside of Wilbur Cooper is that he is growing worse and that he can live only a short time. He has been bed-ridden for some time and is in very bad health.

HOWARD WRENCH IMPROVING. Howard Wrench is enjoying a pair of crutches presented him by Jim Roddenberry. His leg is knitted together fine and he is pert as a grasshopper and almost as spry considering the use of the crutches and one leg.

GOWENS UP NORTH ON BUSINESS. Thomas Gowen of the Folkston store and Barney Gowen of the Woodbine store, accompanied by J.O. Sikes, left Monday for Baltimore and the markets to buy their fall stock of goods.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jones of Traders Hill announce the birth of a beautiful daughter, christened Margerette Jones. She tipped the scales at 7 pounds. Born Friday, February 20th.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McClain, of Hopkins, at Suwannee Camp, are the happy parents of a handsome daughter, weighing eight and one-half pounds, born Wednesday, February 25th.

MARSHALL PAXTON DOING FINE. J.B. Baker was a visitor to Jacksonville last Sunday. He tells us that Marshall Paxton is getting along fine, has a regular job and is sticking to it.

COL. A.S. MCQUEEN APPOINTED. News from Atlanta is that Col. A.S. McQueen has been appointed Solicitor of the Charlton County Court by Governor Hardman. No opposition to his confirmation was presented.

LITTLE JEWELL RUSSELL IN HOSPITAL. The little daughter of John Russell, Jewell, was taken to Waycross last week and placed in King's Daughters' Hospital by Rev. J.D. Poindexter for an eye operation. The school children helped defray the expenses, raising $17.00.

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