Digest of Charlton County Herald - March, 1924

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

March 7, 1924

JUDGE A.G. GOWEN PASSED AWAY. Mr. A.G. Gowen, age 85, died at his home at Traders Hill Wednesday and was buried Thursday with Masonic honors. He is survived by his widow; four sons, G.W. Gowen, B.B. Gowen, J.V. Gowen and A.G. Gowen, Jr.; five daughters, Mrs. J.W. Vickery, Mrs. Mary Brock, Mrs. Katie Casey, Mrs. Flora Copeland and Mrs. Laura Kirkpatrick. His life of over 67 years in Charlton has been full of activity and many honors have been his, having served as Superior Court Clerk, Representative, Judge of the county court and was a school trustee at the time of his death. His friends are legend and his life is a record of good works, and interesting from a historical point of view of this section.

HEALTHMOBILE TO BE HERE. The Healthmobile sent out by the State Board of Health from the Division of Child Hygiene, will be in Charlton County March 17th and 18th. They will be in St. George, Folkston and Racepond. The Healthmobile is in charge of a doctor and he is assisted by a nurse.

ST. GEORGE SCHOOL. According to unforeseen and heavy expenses the St. George School Trustees have found it necessary to reduce the length of time by one month this year. Under this arrangement, the school will close March 28th.

March 14, 1924

CAMDEN SCHOOLS CONSOLIDATE. The report on the survey of Camden County shows that all of the white schools of the county, originally 33, have been consolidated into five, one each at St. Marys, Kingsland, White Oak, Waverly and Woodbine. Through aid from the Rosenwald Fund the negroes have erected a school building at Kinwood near Kingsland.

GEORGE WHITE INJURED. Mr. George White is nursing a broken arm, a result of too intimate association with a Ford.

WEDDING. A marriage of interest to the many friends here of the groom was the wedding of Mr. James T. Wildes of Folkston and Miss Clarabell Howard of Blackshear where the happy event occurred on the 12th. They are at home to their friends at Homeland.

MR. ED. PETTY KILLED. The remains of Mr. Ed. Petty who was accidentally killed near Live Oak, Florida Tuesday by being caught in a drum of a skidder were brought here Wednesday and taken to the home of his father in the Traders Hill district. The interment took place Thursday at Sardis. He leaves a wife and two children and a large number of relatives to mourn his tragic end.

MR. R.T. THOMAS VISITS HERE. Mr. R.T. Thomas, of Callahan, is visiting his daughter Mrs. J.C. Allen this week. He is a pioneer citizen of Charlton County having moved here with his parents from Bullock County during his childhood. He has reached the ripe age of 78 but looks more like a man 60. He has 56 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Mr. Thomas served with distinction in the Confederate War and is a man greatly beloved by our people.

March 21, 1924

REPORT ON CHARLTON SCHOOLS. State School Supervisor E.A. Pound, in his report on Charlton County, in the survey on Georgia State Schools, says there are in the county 17 white schools and 3 colored schools. There are less than 400 colored children in the county. The colored school at Traders Hill and the Folkston colored school should be combined and the money secured, perhaps from the Rosenwald Fund, in order to develop a good school and first class building. The county has discontinued all eighth grades in country schools and is transporting all of the high school pupils to the high school.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Pearce announce the birth of a fine baby boy at Jesup last week.

MR. LEONARD HARRIS DIED. Mr. Leonard Harris, age about 80 years, died at his home near Traders Hill Tuesday afternoon and was buried at Sardis Cemetery Wednesday morning. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist church for many years and was devoted to his church.

MR. C.A. HOWARD DIED. Mrs. B.G. McDonald has returned from Bradford, Fla. where she was called on account of the death of her brother-in-law, Mr. C.A. Howard. Mr. Howard, at one time, lived in Charlton County near Uptonville. In April 1888 he married Miss Lillie Lang who survives him.

March 28, 1924

MAD DOG BITES RESIDENTS. A mad dog was on the streets Friday night and bit Mrs. W.E. Banks and Sue Jack Littlefield. The dog's head was sent to Atlanta for examination and Tuesday Dr. Banks received a telegram stating that there was positive evidence of hydrophobia and treatment was being sent. The city council met Monday and passed an ordinance prohibiting dogs from running on the streets without muzzles.

WAINWRIGHT HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE. The home of Mrs. Lizzie Wainwright was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon supposedly caught from burning grass. The house was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Lassiter. The entire contents were saved, except some of Mrs. Wainwright's furniture, which had been stored in a room while she was away. We understand that the loss was covered by insurance.

END OF SCHOOL PARTY. The ladies gave Miss Mayme Askew and Miss Mary Banks a surprise party at the Moniac Ridgewood school house where the young ladies were teaching their last days of school last week.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Pearce are the proud parents of a fine baby girl, born in Jesup Tuesday.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Domingo Stewart announce the birth of a fine baby boy born March 23.

WILSON BABY DIED. The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wilson will sincerely sympathize with them in the death of their baby girl born March 4th.

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