Digest of Charlton County Herald - February 1935

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

February 1, 1935


MEMORIUM. Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth O. Braddock, 77, who died at her home on Lem Turner Road Sunday was held at the Live Oak Baptist Church in Dyal Tuesday. She was born in Scotland but had spent practically all of her life in this country. She was the mother of Mrs. L.E. Stokes of Folkston. Mrs. Stokes had been at her bedside for several days until the end. A number of relatives from here attended the funeral.

PECAN MARKET IS QUIET The Folkston Pecan Co. is now working on the last of the present supply of nuts with only a few girls employed in the cracking department. The demand for nuts in the northern market appears to be as good as can be expected at this season. The local company has many unfilled orders on hand which it has to hold back because growers are demanding a price in excess of what the market seems to justify, jobbers having forced the price to an unsatisfactory point, but the Hennings feel sure these marketing conditions will soon adjust themselves and that the factory will, a little later, again employ many people. Up to this time the concern has handled about 200,000 pounds of shelled nuts.

The quarantine which has been in effect at the Homeland CCC camp for several weeks because of the flu was raised Thursday of last week. The camp is in an excellent condition speaking of health.

There is an individual living near Folkston who claims to be an attorney in fact for Jehovah, and to have transferred by warranty deed, title to a farm upon which he and his family reside. To the Herald, Mr. Pulliam stated that he did this to obtain immunity from all laws relating to debt and taxes. Backing his claims on statutory laws releasing church property as the property of the Almighty, he states that some of the best lawyers in the state contend that his position is strictly legal.

A string of several new school buses from the North, bound for Florida, passed through town Sunday.

Mrs. Joseph Mays, 79, died at her home in east Folkston last Saturday. She has lived in this vicinity for many years.

Considerable improvement in the way of tree planting has been done by Arthur Roberts along the streets of Homeland.

L.W. Freeman and family have moved from Winokur to Folkston and now occupy rooms at the Mattox Apartments.

Dr. McCoy reports the safe arrival of a new baby boy at the home of Charles L. Crews at Uptonville. The event occurred January 25.

A flue burning at the home of Grover Guinn, Homeland, Wednesday for a time threatened destruction but the flames were brought under control before material damage was done.

County School Supt. John Harris is driving a new Plymouth car replacing one that took to the woods near St. George a few weeks ago and thus came to an untimely end.

AD: No. One Cypress Shingles, $4.50. No. Two Cypress Shingles, $3.00. Have 'Em On Hand. L.T. WASDIN, Winokur, Ga.

FOR SALE; Twenty-five pound turkey gobbler. One year and eight months old. J.M.WILSON.

OVERHEARD. During the long months of the depression we have been saving up a nervous breakdown to have just as soon as we can afford it.

February 8, 1935

Fire was discovered in the attic of the F.M. Mills residence near the post office Sunday noon. The city siren called a crowd of workers together and the flames were quickly extinguished without great loss.

Word was received by relatives here early in the week of the death of Terrell C. Pickren, age 21, who was a member of the U.S. Marines en route to Porta Rico. He was the son of Mrs. C.C. Pickren, postmaster at Hickox and a nephew of Verne J. Pickren, postmaster at Folkston. The body of young Pickren arrived at Hickox yesterday and the funeral will be there Friday afternoon at 2:00.

CHARLTON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REORGANIZED. Elected officers: Clyde Gowen, John Southwell, M.G. White, James Wrench, A.B. Hursey, T.W. Wrench, Dr. Fleming, Dr. McCoy.

County 4-H Club members had another fund-raiser and now have $150.00 for a revolving scholarship fund. Asked State Club Leader to meet with them and help get it so placed that it will ever remain intact to be used by boys and girls of Charlton County for years to come.


Prevatt file........ O.K. Prevatt thank you note for friends' concern in their son's sickness and death, Casper Prevatt.

The big hangar at the Folkston airport is in the process of being torn down.

Two crews of the Homeland CCC camp fought fire near Newell all night Sunday night.

John Roddenberry spent the weekend with his parents. He is a member of the Douglas CCC and says he has only sixty days more and would like to re-enlist.

The Sinclair Basketball Team, after a losing game at Nahunta and on the way home late Friday night discovered a railroad trestle on fire. They drove to Waycross and notified railroad officials probably averting a catastrophe of some sort.

Mrs. W.H. Robinson has been placed in charge of the school for adults at Homeland and has entered upon her duties this week with enthusiasm. The school is the same character as the CCC camp which continues under the supervision of Mr. Waughtel and others.

James E. Johnson, age 49, died at his residence in Savannah on January 29th. He had been in very poor health for the past four years, suffering a serious operation and three strokes of paralysis. The last one struck him January 19th. He had lived most of his life in Charlton County. He was married to Miss Maggie Williams on June 14, 1904. They lived most of their married life in Charlton County, moving from Folkston to Savannah in 1928. He is survived by his wife; five sons, Odis E. Johnson, Aubrey Johnson, Emery Johnson, James E. Johnson, Jr., and Arlie R. Johnson; four daughters, Mrs. R.P. Kessler, Miss Alma Johnson, Miss Bernice Johnson and Miss Carlene Johnson; three brothers, T.W. Johnson, G.E. Johnson and J.C. Johnson and five grandchildren.

February 15, 1935

WHOLE FRONT PAGE, OKEFENOKEE WONDERLAND, Map of Swamp, Picture of Hebard lodge on Floyd's Island, picture of prairie. Lots of good narrative probably from reporter for Atlanta Journal.

What is said by them to be the largest American-built airplane in the U.S. brought pilot Art Rigney and wife, a co-pilot and mechanic to Folkston from St. Augustine Monday morning. The ship is 92 feet wing-width, weighs 18,000 pounds and is said to have cost $102,500 to build. It is powered with two 650 horsepower motors, has a radio and is nicely furnished to carry eighteen passengers.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Johnson on February 9th, a girl.

HOWARD FILE.............. Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Howard had reunion. Some of those there: Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Howard, daughter, Mrs. Ethel Stowers Howell Howard, Mrs. W.G. Nobles, Justin Cockrell, Alex Hodge, Mrs. C.W. Bussey

Mr. Pulliam who gave land to God had another article in this issue, supposed to clear up the first article.


The work of putting down the maple floors of the gymnasium of the county high school was begun Monday morning. The work is in charge of P.C. Hall who is being assisted by volunteer labor, members of the Alumna Assn. and by the bus drivers. The prospect of securing FERA labor was so uncertain that the floor is being put down prior to the completion of the rest of the building.

As a result of the recent play given by the Alumna Assn, four dozen new chairs have been placed in the school dining room. This makes half enough chairs to seat the dining room. The dishes are yet to be secured.

Mack Wildes and Roy Hodges were here over Sunday from Waycross. They are employed by the Hercules Co.

Francis Gowen, a CCC boy located at Douglas, spent the weekend with relatives. Uncle Newt Roddenberry, one of Charlton County's oldest and most highly respected native citizens, died last Sunday at age 83. A fitting obituary will appear next week.

Four hometown boys with the CCC on Blythe Island spent last weekend with relatives. They are Bennie Smith, Roy Aldridge, Woodrow Mills and Lewis Yarber. They seem well pleased with their work in camp.

Column about Spences who deeded land to God, gave reason, etc. 4 paragraphs.

February 22, 1935

The uncertainty which has for some months disturbed a considerable portion of the people regarding Highway One was dissipated this week by the discovery that right-of-way men had arrived and were busy taking over by purchase and gift the necessary land for the relocation of the highway between here and beyond Mattox for the purpose of avoiding railroad crossings and building it on the east side of the railroad. The old highway is to be abandoned.

Under instructions from Washington Dr. A. Fleming has been engaged this week in examining the mental and physical condition of all people in the county who are on the relief rolls. He has examined about fifty persons and is making up reports from them now.

Work is to be undertaken at once on the old Wade Canal constructed in 1912 by N.G. Wade while he was engaged in large plantation plans near Winokur. The canal has been virtually abandoned for many years but a large body of land has been taken over by the government to further its plans of farm rehabilitation through which it runs. The government will now dredge and widen the bottom of the artificial stream for about twenty miles for the benefit of the farmers who are to be placed there. It is said that there are about 25 farmer applicants who are to take advantage of these plans. Nothing definite is known about the details but it is said that there are about twenty-five hundred acres involved and it is generally considered good farmland.

Mr. Hursey announces that a meeting of the members of the 4-H Clubs of the county will be held at his office Saturday to determine who will receive the honor of the first scholarship, for which they have all been working for some time

On February 10th, 1935 Mr. Newton Roddenberry, "Uncle Newt", the last member of a large family, passed peacefully to his reward at the home of his son G.S. Roddenberry, where he had made his home since the death of his wife several years ago. Brother Roddenberry was born in Camden County, later Charlton, near Traders Hill on January 25, 1852, making him 83 years and 15 days old at his death. His six brothers, John W., George, Henry Jr., Frank, Robert and Seaborn and three sisters, Mary Ann, wife of the late Eric Johnson, Martha (Mrs. Rhoden) and Nancy, wife of the late A.J. Wainwright, all of whom preceded him to their Reward by several years. By reference to Col. McQueen's History of Charlton County, Henry Roddenberry, Sr. and father of this large family was born in Bulloch County in 1803 and in the days of his early manhood he moved to Camden County and settled near Traders Hill. Charlton was formed from Camden in 1854 and Henry Roddenberry, Sr. became the first Tax Collector for the new county and first Senator to represent the county in the Georgia legislature. Brother Newt Roddenberry was a highly respected citizen and took deep interest in the economic welfare of the county. He was elected to office of Tax Collector and served on the Board of County Commissioners. Back in the '70s Brother Roddenberry was married to Miss Martha Lowther, daughter of the late K.S. Lowther. To this marriage were born two sons, Malcolm C., deceased and G.S. Roddenberry; two daughters, Mrs. B.F. Scott and Mrs. Bertha Keene. Mrs. Roddenberry preceded her husband to her Reward by fourteen years. He was a constant member of Philadelphia Free Will Baptist Church, the prime founder of the church. He was buried at Sardis Cemetery. --E.F. Dean, Sr. (MUCH LONGER.)

Dred B. Allen, a well known and successful farmer of Brantley County, died at his home Saturday at the age of 60. He was an excellent man and beloved neighbor. The funeral was at the Baptist Church of Hoboken. He was born and reared in Charlton County, being the son of the late Mr. Dick Allen. When a young man he married and settled near Hickox where he lived a useful and exemplary life. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Charity Allen; five sons, J.C., S.K., J.A., C.F. and V.H. Allen; three daughters, Mrs. P.F. Chatman, Mrs. J.A. Smith, Miss Mary Grace Allen; three brothers, Capt. Allen, W.R. Allen and J.C. Allen and one sister, Mrs. Eva Jordan.


Dr. James Sawyer, an able young man who has been serving as intern at the railroad hospital in Waycross after his graduation from Johns Hopkins University has located in Folkston and is associated with Dr. Fleming for the general practice of medicine. He comes highly recommended. The flu epidemic, never very severe but certainly annoying, has subsided. Born to the wife of Prof. J.C. Adams, principal of the Folkston Public School, on Friday, a fine boy. Mr. and Mrs. John Robert Joyner announce the arrival at their home Monday night of a fine baby girl.

MILLS. S.M. Mills, S. M. Altman and J.W. Cooper attended a Coca-Cola meeting at Waycross Wednesday evening and enjoyed contacts with many salesmen and dealers from this section of the state as well as a fine dinner at the Plant Cafe.

Mrs. George Young wants the Herald to thank the public for their many kindness to her during the recent death of her husband and especially W.L. Thomas, the family with whom she is now living. She is in very bad health but in a highly appreciative mood.

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