Digest of Charlton County Herald - March, 1928

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

March 2, 1928

DOUGLAS MAN KILLS HIMSELF IN STORE. Mr. Robert Price of Douglas shot himself in Dean & Gowen store Monday with suicidal intent, above the heart, dying within a few minutes. Entering the store he asked to see a pistol and Mr. Dean showed him the only one he had. He said he would take the gun, loaded it, stepped back, placing it over his heart and fired. He was attended by Dr. McCoy.

MRS. EMILY THOMAS DIED. Death visited the home of Mr. J.C. Allen Monday, taking from this life one of our old-time citizens, Mrs. Emily Thomas, age 81, wife of the late Riley Thomas of the Big Bend. She was born in Lowndes County, Miss Emily Thomas, and was married to Riley Thomas in 1863. From this marriage eleven children were born and nine survive her. She has been a consistent member of the Primitive Baptist Church for 45 years and for the most part of her married life, a resident of this county in the Big Bend section. Funeral was from the Allen home and burial was at Mill Creek Church, six miles from Hilliard. Mrs. Thomas left nine children, sixty-six grandchildren and thirty-six great-grandchildren.

MANY ADJUSTMENTS NECESSARY BECAUSE OF COURTHOUSE FIRE. Announcement was made last Thursday that Charlton Superior Court was adjourned until the third Monday in May. This was the easiest way out of the dilemma we were in as the jury had been drawn and other matters held over. The destruction of the courthouse by fire furnished a good excuse. In the meantime a straightening-out process of papers and records has kept officials busy. Temporary offices were partitioned off in the corner Masonic Temple store room. This coming week will see officials in their own offices. The adjuster has been here and instructed Clerk O.F. Wilson to supply them with a list of fixtures destroyed. The rebuilding of the courthouse will be taken up by the commissioners at their meeting Monday. A new building probably will be planned, using the foundation of the old building with entrance placed in the center of the archway, allowing for better arrangement of the office rooms. Another change suggested is the placement of a gallery in the courtroom, giving a much needed increased seating capacity.

OAK HILL STATION SOLD. Edgar Allen believes in the old hometown. Saturday he purchased the Oak Hill filling station property, some twenty acres, from A.L. Barbour for $3,650.00.

FRUIT TREES PLANTED IN BIG BEND. Oliver & Bell, a firm composed of two progressive, public-spirited men, has received a shipment of 100 Satsuma trees and about half as many Japanese persimmons and papershell pecans which they have planted on their lands near St. George.

NEW BABY. A fine baby boy was born to Mrs. Carroll Wright last Friday.

STAPLETON PHARMACY IN NEW BUILDING. Stapleton Pharmacy has moved into their own building, being seven feet wider, the same depth, new and just painted with their handsome fixtures and fridge air fountain. We would not recognize the place if it were not for the greeting of Miss Bernice Pearce as you enter.

NEW OFFICE FOR CHARLTON LOCATING CO. Mr. M. DeWay has secured the old Stapleton drug store building for an office of the Charlton Locating Co.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Powers, Sunnyside, Waycross, announce the birth of a daughter February 16, to be called Martha Annette.

CLEANUP CONTINUES ON HOTEL ARNOLD SITE. Hamp Wainwright will top work the burned Hotel Arnold walls for the reconstruction of one story buildings at a later date.

SPECIAL FISHING LAWS. Special laws are confusing and especially so on fishing. Camden and Charlton are lined together, for a wonder. So as to set you all right we will state that during the spawning season from April lst to July lst, you can only fish on Tuesdays and Fridays. However, you are not compelled to fish at all, and some seem to think that fishing is compulsory on those days. The law says you must have the written permission of landowners before fishing.

BUILDING TO BE REMODELED. Charlie Passieu plans to remodel the front of the old Stapleton Pharmacy corner into a drive-in filling station, converting the next store into a show room with a plate glass front.

EDITORIAL COMMENT. Did you ever notice how attractive the bank corner is at night with its cluster of lights. The idea struck me that with three more on opposite corners of that block, it could be a real white way.

LOST. Heavy blue sweater, left on a post in front of Arnold Hotel during fire. Please return. JOHN RUSSELL.

March 9, 1928

POST OFFICE PETITIONS. Petitions for and against removal of the post office have been in circulation for the past ten days. The much needed improvement of the present place has been promised.

CUCUMBER AGENT HERE. We met Mr. J.A. McGregor, the gentleman that contracted with Charlton farmers to grow 75 acres of cucumbers for him this season. He urged that seed be planted this week if possible. He was sure we could market them by the first of May.

GEORGE GOWEN BUYS INTEREST IN STORE. An interest in the Folkston Grain & Grocery Co. has been sold to Mr. George Gowen, who will assume management of the business the first of the month.

CENSUS OF SCHOOL CHILDREN. Mr. Wrench will have charge of the Charlton School Census, which has been ordered by the state supt. of schools. He will have someone in each district assist him.

BURNT FORT FERRY TO BE REMOVED. The Commissioners took final action on the construction of the Burnt Fort bridge Monday when they ordered advertisement for bids for the removal of the Burnt Fort ferry.

OLIVER AND BELL PURCHASE LARGE TRACT. One of the largest real estate deals was recorded in St. George when Oliver and Bell, turpentine operators, purchased about 2,000 acres of land near St. George. It is understood the purchase price was $16,000.00.

MR. NAT RHODEN DIED. Nat Rhoden, living near Toledo, died February 29th after an illness of several months. A slight stroke of paralysis began the illness which terminated in death. Interment was in Johnson Cemetery. He was survived by one brother, Matthew Rhoden and two sisters, Miss Laura Rhoden and Mrs. Pomp Crews.

CUCUMBERS ARE BEING PLANTED. Cucumber planting has been going on briskly during the past week and we understand some forty acres have been planted.

OLD HOMELAND POST OFFICE SUFFERS FIRE. The usual every-other-Sunday fire failed to glow last Sunday although it happened at the noon hour. Live sparks fell on the roof of the old post office building in Homeland, now occupied as a residence by Bud Guinn, and caught some punky shingles. A handy ladder and a few pails of water saved the day with a small loss. All effects were removed from the house.

PAUL CRAIG KILLED. Paul Craig, former citizen of Homeland, fell from an airplane in California this week and was killed.

DIAMOND PAGE IS HOME. Diamond Page returned from a Texas trip. He said that Hoke Rogers caught a trip to Antwerp and France on a freighter and is in for quite a trip.

March 16, 1928

MANY FARMERS PLANTING NOW. Up till Saturday 68 acres of cucumbers were in. Cucumber planters be advised that after this week the unsold seed will be returned. Edgar Mills is planting 40 acres of watermelons; Frank Mills, five and A.W. Askew, Bill Davis, Jim Huling, Walter Huling and Johnny Wilson will plant their usual acreage.

THIEF ENTERS NORMAN'S STORE. We learn that a thief entered the N.J. Norman store at St. George last week lifting the cash register, taking it off to riffle it at leisure.

THIEF STEALS MEAT AND POTATOES. Demp Snowden was in town Saturday, bewailing the loss of his supply of meat -- five hogs butchered and cured and a kit of lard was the thief's harvest. Demp traced the car track from near the smokehouse toward St. George, but at Toledo he lost the scent in a maze of other car tracks. He also reported that D.M. Mizell had a bank of potatoes go the same way.

RESTAURANT CONSTRUCTION BEGUN. Brick walls of the old Scott hotel have been reduced to safety and rebuilding on the restaurant portion has started. This work will progress now as far as the first story but with walls and timbers heavy enough to later carry another story.

THIEF ROBS STORE AND DEPOT. The forcing of the rear door of H.J. Davis' store Saturday night and the robbing of a small quantity of shoes, hats and other wearables indicates that the thief must have been just replenishing the family wardrobe. The cash register was taken out and beaten open with an axe. The depot was also entered and outside of Mr. Harvey's watch, which had been left for repair, nothing else was missed.

LITTLE GENEVA WOOLARD DIED. Just as we go to press, we learn of the death of the little daughter of Mr. Steve Woolard, who was bitten a few weeks ago by a bulldog at the power plant. The child's wound had healed and treatment given for rabies, and it was assumed to be getting along all right until last night when it had a serious attack that led to its death. We sympathize with the bereaved parents. Her name was Geneva and she was seven years old.

GOWEN HOME BEGUN. The contract for Mr. George Gowen's residence was let this week to Mr. P.C. Hall. This will be a large six-room dwelling of the bungalow type.

POULTRY ASSOCIATION ORGANIZED. Monday the Poultry Association was formed in County Agent Hursey's office with T.L. Pickren, chairman and J.C. Allen, secretary.

WEDDING. Ethel Crews, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Crews, and Mr. Josie Canady were quietly married in St. George Sunday. Mr. Staten Hodge performed the ceremony.

CRAWFORD INFANT DIED. Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. Crawford on February 29th, a baby boy. The child lived only a few days. The mother is doing well.

WEDDING. Ordinary H.G. Gibson has been out of practice in the matrimony business since the fire, until Saturday. He united in marriage Saturday evening at his home, Miss Sadie Walker and Mr. R.M. Lloyd.

MRS. MARY PETTY DIED. Mrs. Mary Petty, age 81 years, widow of the late Ed Petty, died Friday in Centersville at the Lige Petty home and was buried Saturday in the Folkston cemetery. She was mother of Lige, John, Tom, Sam and William Petty, all surviving her.

March 23, 1928

MORE BRICK ORDERED FOR CHURCH. 30,000 brick, an installment for the proposed remodeled Baptist Church, has been ordered and paid for. It's due to arrive most any time.

COLD NIGHTS. Three frosty nights this week may have hurt the cucumber plantings.

MR. GEORGE CRAWFORD DIED. Mr. George Crawford, living near Moniac, died very suddenly Tuesday morning at his home. He had been in ill health for some time, but his condition was not considered serious. He arose, as usual, Tuesday morning, built a fire and laid down again and died in a short time. He is survived by his wife who was Miss Villa Crews and several children. Interment was at North Prong Cemetery Wednesday.

MR. JOHN WAUGHTEL DIED. Mr. John Waughtel died at Homeland Thursday. Daddy Waughtel is dead. He has crossed the Great Divide. He was one of the pioneer settlers of Homeland and became a resident in 1906 and had served as councilman a great part of that time. Surviving him is his wife, his sons, C.W. and Eli and several relatives in Penn. Services will be held Friday at the Homeland Methodist Church with interment at his old home in Red Lion, Penn.

ANOTHER STEP TOWARD REBUILDING COURTHOUSE. Steps were taken Wed. by the commissioners toward the rebuilding of the courthouse. The adjustment of the loss by the insurance company gives the county $15,550.00 and the material on hand as the starter on the new one. T.J. Darling of Waycross said that by using the present foundation and vaults as the base for reconstruction, we could rebuild for from $19,000.00 to 23,000.00. The work of cleaning brick will begin Monday. The commissioners agreed to pay $2.50 per thousand for cleaning and stacking them.

WEDDING. In the Licensed to Wed items of the Sunday Times-Union, were the names of Delmer Hodge, St. George and Rachael Rowe.

March 30, 1928

CUCUMBER REPORT. The cucumber planters, whose plants had come up, were busy last week replanting them.

MR. DAVID M. MIZELL DIED. The sudden death of an original Charlton County citizen occurred last Wed. afternoon when Mr. David M. Mizell, age 78, dropped to the ground in his yard and expired almost instantly from a heart attack. No one was at home at the time of his death but a granddaughter, who summoned aid. Mr. Mizell was in Folkston Tuesday, apparently in normal health and had not complained of any ill feelings. He had been connected with the development of Charlton, having settled on the old James L. Johns place near Moniac, which he opened up, and afterwards settled up several places in different sections of the county. He was an expert woodsman with the instinct of an Indian. He could go directly to any point. It has been our pleasure to be with him, and wonder how he could go as straight as a compass to a given point. He lost his wife some two years ago and leaves four boys and three daughters surviving him. The boys are Sheriff W.H., Mitchell, Jackson and Edward. Daughters are Mrs. Lizzie Chesser, Mrs. Sarah Cason, and Mrs. Laura Raulerson. Funeral was at Sardis Thursday with W.O. Gibson officiating.

FARMERS INTERESTED IN PUREBRED STOCK. On a recent trip over the county, Agent Hursey and his friends, boosting good bulls, enlisted one of Charlton's women cattle raisers who owns some 600 head of range cattle. After talking to her for a few minutes about the proposal to bring in an improved purebred stock she said "Well, I'll take ten." {Note: This was probably Mrs. Lydia Stone as in another article it states Mr. Hursey visited recently in the Racepond area.}

COURTHOUSE PLANS. Contractor Darling of Waycross was in Folkston this week getting data for plans for the new courthouse. He will put up two sets of plans, one based on using the foundation of the old structure and the other a modern building to be submitted for the Commissioners' approval.

HANDSOME NEW COURTHOME PLEADED FOR AT CHAMBER MEETING. A splendid outpouring of Charlton's citizenry was at the Chamber meeting this week, where several speeches were made. Col. D.M. Parker of Waycross made the chief address; Col. McQueen also spoke on legal ways and means of constructing a new courthouse. "It's a state requirement that counties have to meet, and can be financed by direct taxation or by voting bonds" he said. Mr. S.C. Brock of Hilliard responded with a talk painting the picture of a future where anything else but a beautiful courthouse would spoil the setting of what will be an avenue with beautiful homes all the way from Waycross to Jacksonville and that Folkston would be the bright spot of the way. Mr. Littlefield, Mr. Londeree, Mr. Wrench and Mr. Harris responded endorsing Brock's view. Mr. Harris introduced a resolution for a better building. It passed by unanimous vote. Chamber president Mizell appointed a committee composed of William Mizell, Sr., J.V. Gowen, L.E. Mallard, Mayor Stapleton and Judge Henry Johnson.

AD. J.D. Wildes, Blacksmithing and Horseshoeing. Prompt attention given all work entrusted to me. Shop is on corner opposite Dr. Williams' residence.

PEANUT POPPING. Among those popping peanuts at the Dixon Thomas home near St. George Thursday were Mr. and Mrs. Domas Parham, Zuedie Parham, H.C. Parham, Mrs. Ivy and Miss Lola Ivy.

PEANUT BUTTER BEING MADE LOCALLY. Arthur Barker, St. George, has been experimenting making peanut butter from home-grown peanuts, turning out a good product. Sandwiches made from it were served at the Chamber of Commerce meeting and were delicious. Many people buy this; why can't we make it at home in the Big Bend.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO EVERY OWNER OF A MODEL-T FORD. Henry Ford announced that he will continue to make parts for the Model-T Ford. He said "The Model-T was a pioneer. It broke down the barriers of distance in rural sections and brought people closer together. Over one-third of the automobiles in use today are Model-T Fords. The Ford Motor Co. will continue to make replacement parts for these cars until the last Model-T is off the road. We believe that when a man buys one of our cars, we should keep it running for him as long as we can and at the lowest cost." These replacement parts are made of the same material and in the same way as those from which your car was originally assembled.

NEW RESTAURANT. Joists were placed in position for the ceiling for the new restaurant building this week, so it will be ready for the roof.

FLOWERS TO BLOOM BY RAILROAD. Roadmaster Hodges has been having a flower garden planted on the railroad square.

NICE DISPLAY AT STORE. Clean tooth and the sweet tooth are appealed to by the window display at Stapleton Pharmacy. Colgate toothpaste and Nunnally's candy are the goods.

FUNERAL OF MR. JOHN WAUGHTEL. The funeral services of Mr. John Waughtel was held at the Homeland Methodist Church Friday with Rev. C.L. Nease reading the services. The splendid Christian life of the deceased was the subject of the sermon by the pastor. Mr. Waughtel lived an exemplary life, over fifty years of it being as a consistent Christian character. A goodly crowd of friends filled the church and escorted the remains to the depot, from whence they were sent to his former home in Red Lion, Penn. to rest in the family burial ground.

BRICK ARRIVES. A car of brick has arrived for the Baptists and another car is enroute. This is part of the material to be used in the reconstruction of the new church shortly to be started.


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