Digest of Charlton County Herald - February 1932
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
February 5, 1932
KNABB TURPENTINE STILL BURNED. Reports of the burning of the turpentine still of L. Knabb came Tuesday. It was destroyed early Monday morning after an idle Sunday. The loss was approximately $2,000.00 and will be rebuilt at an early date. The manner of its catching was unknown as there was no fire about the place the day before.
OWNERSHIP OF LAKES DECIDED BY COURT. William Mizell, accompanied by J. C. Littlefield, L.E. Mallard and C.J. Passieu, went to Savannah last week to attend a hearing of the U.S. Engineers of the War Dept. on the question of the ownership of the two lakes at Burnt Fort. It was ordered that these waters were private property and the court issued a statement to that effect. We understand that in the future the free use of the waters as public fishing grounds will be stopped. It will save the spawning fish from bed fishermen.
HABITS OF DIAMOND-BACKS. My most recent experience with the Polston [Folkston?] people has been down in the Okefenokee Swamp, that old Seminole stronghold which stretches for 600 square miles between Georgia and Florida and is perhaps the wildest bit of virgin territory in eastern America. There I spent a week on a hidden island in the depths of the swamp with Uncle Billy Spaulding, a little gnome of a man with a white mustache and bristling white hair and who lives there all alone. The first night of my arrival at Secret Island I sat a long time gossiping with Uncle Billy and listening to the bellowing of the alligators all around us. At last it came time for me to leave Uncle Billy's cabin to go back to my camp. "Wait a minute and I'll light a lantern for you," said the old man. "I don't need a lantern, Uncle Billy," I assured him. "It's only a hundred yards to go." "Son," said Uncle Billy earnestly, "it ain't far but if you go without a lantern you're liable never to get there. You see that chap on the wall?" and he pointed out to me the skin of a magnificent diamond back rattler as wide as both my hands, with twenty one rattles and a button. "Well, sir," he continued, "them babies do their hunting at night. I was going along after dark on the patch you're going to take and I heard a rustling. It seemed to come from all around me and I stood like I was froze and yelled my head off for Rid Chesser, who was stopping with me. He came out with a torch and there with not a yard in front of me was coiled up the snake that owned that skin. Rid hit that snake a clip with his torch and broke his back. If I'd moved one inch after that old-timer's alarm clock went off, I'd be six feet under ground tonight. Yes," he went on, "you take a lantern and when you go through that patch of dwarf palmettos you step kind of high and proud." Samuel Scoville, Jr. --The American Boy
February 12, 1932
HENRY SMITH HOUSE DESTROYED BY FIRE. Henry Smith, who moved to Brunswick the past week, rented his home to Fay Brooks and Fitzhugh Murray to batch in and it was burned to the ground Saturday morning about 8:00 o'clock. It seems the boys left a fire in the fireplace and as it was rather chilly, had a good fire. The sparks ignited the roof and on account of the thick fog it was a well developed fire before discovered. It was totally destroyed. It was hard to see the fire about a block away. Insurance of $1,000.00 was carried so the loss will not be so heavy on Mr. Smith.
MOVING PICTURES. C.J. Passieu has contracted for a talkie of the latest model to be placed in the building next door to Stapleton Pharmacy at an early date. He advises he expects to have it installed on the basis of two shows a week with dates for neighboring towns for other nights.
DIXIE CAFE BEING REMODELED. Remedying a broken plate glass, the Dixie Cafe is having a glass front put in that helps by lighting up the interior with more daylight. This is a popular place for the traveling public and it is reported that when the work was going on, more folks stopped and ate with them than on any previous day.
SWEET POTATOES THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY. "Whoa, Beck" said a driver to a mule that stopped in front of our shop and out steps A.W. Askew who delivered to us a bushel of fine sweet potatoes. Now that is fine, a mule delivering a bushel of the best sweet potatoes reminds us of the olden times. Come again, says we.
WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. George Phillips of St. George, who were recently married, are now at home to their friends in the Farley Crawford home on Florida Ave.
February 19, 1932
MRS. LOUISE GUINN DIED. Mrs. Louise Guinn, wife of Alton E. Guinn, died Sunday in a Jacksonville hospital. Her funeral was held in Jacksonville. She was a member of the German Evangelistic Church. She was buried in Folkston cemetery where Rev. W.E. Hall conducted a service at the grave. Mr. Guinn, county employee, is the son of N.B. Guinn.
NO TAXES FOR HOMELAND. The city fathers of Homeland at their last meeting have given us an insight in the real way to aid the depressed, by taking off all ad valorem taxes for 1932. No taxes, and run a town government, sounds like good government. This will also aid the railroad as their action will save the Coast Line some $400.00 annually.
WEDDING. A Gretna-green affair came off Wednesday at the courthouse when R.W. Bruschke and Miss Helena Wunderlich were made man and wife by Judge Gibson. It was a runaway affair, the young lady going from school to the courthouse where the ceremony was performed. Mr. Bruschke has been a resident of Homeland for the past year, living with his parents while Miss Helena has been a resident for several years and one of the most studious of the senior class in the Charlton high school. They will make their home at Homeland we understand and their friends are wishing them all kinds of good luck.
DOUBLE FUNERAL. V.A. Hodges, who was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Smith, aged couple that died in Clinch County on February 5th, returned a few days ago from a visit there where he attended the funeral and aided in the arrangements where this notable old couple were laid to rest in the same grave. Mr. Smith died at 4:30 A.M. and Mrs. Smith passed away at 12:30. The coffins in which they were buried were made from hand drawn cypress lumber which the deceased and his father made in 1879. Mr. Hodges remarked that on their last anniversary when the family all gathered, a table was made under spreading oaks from these boards, which were held in reverence by Mr. Smith.
HISTORY BOOK. Col. A.S. McQueen, county historian of Charlton County, received the first allotment of his work this week and has been distributing it to subscribers at the price of $2.50 per copy.
NEW BABY. Marshall Crews is smiling extra this week, Mrs. Crews having presented him with a fine nine and 1/4 pound son. Mother and son are doing fine.
NEW SIDEWALK AT SCHOOL. Otto Martin has been building a cement sidewalk from one of the rear doors to the other at the consolidated school building, using as base, the brick from the old burned dormitory.
February 26, 1932
GRAND JURORS for March term Superior Court: N. J. Raulerson, Jessie P. Mizell, Albert Phillips, C.E. Stroup, Ralph Johnson, W.L. Suggs, Sol Burnsed, Ben T. Chesser, Fred F. Osterman, Rev, J.D. Poindexter, R.E. Player, M.D. Thrift, W.O. Gibson, L.E. Mallard, W.L. Chancey, C.W. Prescott, R.A. Boyd, J.M. Crawford, L.H. Wasdin, J.D. Burnsed, T.H. Colson, P.H. Liles, J.W. Vickery, C.J. Altman, J.T. Thrift, V.A. Hodges, N.J. Norman, J. Floyd Larkins, E.H. Johnson and L. Jasper Stokes.
TRAVERSE JURORS: Guy L. Johnson, S.M. Howard, H.S. Hodges, Ralph E. Knabb, L. M. Reynolds, N.M. Crews, J.A. Prevatt, S.A. Crews, R.L. Crews, B.H. Lowther, Ed Mizell, S.A. O'Quinn, W.F. Johnson, Arch Dinkins, J. Lester Johns, Jack Mizell, W.E. Gibson, G.H. Jacobs, W.J. Jones, Sam Jones, F.D. Mills, Jr., J.F. Bryant, J. Marshall Crews, Roland Dixon, Fred Thompson, J. Thomas Chesser, Richard C. Taylor, G.H. Guinn, J.S. Joyner, W.R. Rider, D.W. Hickox, Richard Stroup, Allen Carter, Joel Hodges, H.H. Crews, T.G. Brock, J.H. Jones, I.L. Jackson, W.W. Davis and Mack Lloyd, Sr.
PASSIEU'S THEATER SHOWS. C.J. Passieu has installed one of the latest machines producing movie and talkie combinations and the place between Stapleton's drug store and Passieu Motor Co. has been overhauled and is ready for the first attraction to be presented Friday. The name of this new amusement palace is Passieu's Theater Shows and shows will be presented every Friday and Saturday.
LITTLE ROBERT McINTOSH McQUEEN DIED. After having suffered a severe attack of pneumonia fever, Robert McIntosh McQueen, seven year old child of Col. and Mrs. A.S. McQueen, died from the weakened after effects Tuesday at the home of his parents. Little Mac has been in ill health for some time and was safely nursed through a spell of pneumonia fever and had begun to sit up. Sunday the little fellow showed symptoms of the battle he had fought, having no appetite and failing to recover his strength, his condition growing worse until the end came. He was buried in the Folkston cemetery Wednesday, Rev. H.C. Griffin officiating. His father and mother and one brother, Bill, survive him. His grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Rodgers and family were with him before he died.
MR. JOSEPH B. MAY DIED. Joseph B. May, 63, died Friday after a ten day attack of pneumonia at his home in east Folkston. Mr. May had refused to call the doctor until the trouble had fastened its hold on him to such an extent that it was impossible to save him. He was buried Sunday in the Folkston cemetery after services at the residence, Rev. H.C. Griffin officiating. Surviving him is his widow, Mrs. May; one sister Mrs. Sallie Summerall. He had two brothers living in Florida. Mr. May was a long time resident of Charlton, was well known and had many friends.
NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Josh Warren announce the birth of a fine baby girl February 19.
NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Owen Aldridge are the proud parents of a fine boy born February 22.
WEDDING. Announcement cards have been received by friends of Jacob Edward Smart of his marriage in San Antonio, Texas on the 20th of February to Miss Agnes Elizabeth Gohmert. He is now a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Corp and is stationed there.
HONOR FOR DR. WILLIAMS. Dr. A.D. Williams has been honored by having the Ambassadorship of the District Masons conferred upon him by the Savannah District.