Digest of Charlton County Herald - March, 1930
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
March 7, 1930
CAR SPACES PAINTED. Mayor Thompson announces that street work, for the present, will stop. A noticeable improvement is parking places for automobiles. Frank Murray is marking off spaces so that every car will have a painted place to park in. Cars park right or left as indicated. The regulation of traffic is a much-needed thing.
McCLAIN CHILD BURNED. Little Vanice, the small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.H. McClain, living at Hopkins Camp, was badly burned by having her clothes catch fire while playing near the stove. Her left cheek and left side of her body was badly burned. Dr. Fleming was called and dressed the wounds. While very painful, no bad results outside of ugly scars are expected.
BUCHANANS TO BE HERE SOON. Hamp Wainwright has been busy re-covering the Buchanan house on the Dixie Highway near the Aviation Field. We learned that goods belonging to C.S. Buchanan, his son, have arrived and that he will soon be here from his Colorado home.
HOUSE DESTROYED BY FIRE. The cottage belonging to Walter Huling south of town was destroyed by fire Monday evening. A spark from a defective flue was probably the cause. The house was being used by mattress makers in remaking them. They saved the work in their charge. Insurance lapsed in February so Mr. Huling suffered a loss of $1,000.00.
WORK COMPLETED AT CORINTH CHURCH. Contractor Ed Shivar has completed the work on Corinth Primitive Baptist Church located in the Prescott settlement. This structure was built of timbers specifically selected and sawed for the building and is very well built. Services will be held in it the next meeting day in April.
PROHIBITION LAW STRESSED BY JUDGE. The Spring Term of Superior Court was only of two days duration. The Grand Jury listened to a charge delivered by Judge Dickerson in which he stressed the importance of the Prohibition Law, stating that when the people wished this law to be enforced, there would be no trouble in its being enforced.
MRS. RHODEN ADOPTS CHILD. At Superior Court an order was signed granting adoption of a child to Mrs. J.L. Rhoden.
GRAND JURY CONCERNED ABOUT BRIDGES, BALL GAMES AND CUSPIDORS. The Grand Jury has recommended the County Commissioners build a bridge over Mims Creek near St. George, where it is reported that it is very dangerous for the passing of the school truck. It was also recommended that the Commissioners make at least one crossing over Spanish Creek that would be considered a full-time crossing, placing the necessary bridges and fills to accomplish this. It was also recommended that the playing of basketball games during school hours be curtailed. The Grand Jury also recommended that sufficient cuspidors be placed in the courthouse and that heaters be placed in the jury rooms.
APPROXIMATELY 100 ADULTS BEING TAUGHT TO READ AND WRITE. It is estimated that 100 illiterates are taking regular instruction in Charlton now, with quite a few receiving instruction from private sources, their own children for instance, who are offered $5.00 for each adult they instruct to read and write. The colored people are taking a decided interest.
NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Mills are the proud parents of a fine baby boy, born February 25th.
TWIN BOYS BORN TO WRIGHTS. Born February 26, to Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Wright, twin boys. It is announced that mother and boys are doing nicely.
MILLS CEMETERY CYPRESS MARKER. A marker on a cypress board in Mills Cemetery which was placed there 90 years ago has been attracting some attention of late on account of the manner in which it retains a painted epitaph and its well preserved condition. The tradition of the Mills family is that the board was placed over the grave of Mrs. Carolyn King, aunt of the late Mr. S.F. Mills at the time she died 90 years ago. The words are easily read and have never been retouched since painted originally.
CLYDE CHESSER DIED. Clyde Chesser, who was one of the young men injured in the wreck of an oil truck at Waycross two weeks ago, was buried February 26th at Oak Grove Cemetery in Brantley County. He was the son of W.C. Chesser of Charlton County. WEDDING. A wedding united a Charlton County young man, Mr. Sam Wainwright, son of Irwin Wainwright, and Miss Winnie Walker, daughter of James D. Walker of Brantley County, at the home of the father of the bride, Rev. W.O. Gibson officiating. The bride was only fourteen years old, the youngest bride led to the altar in some time about here.
STOKES FAMILY MOVES. The R.E. Stokes family has moved to Argyle. We are sorry to lose these good people from our midst.
FEBRUARY MARRIAGES: Willie Bowers and Mary Williams, both of Folkston. R.L. Canaday of Moniac and Miss Ida Stokes. E.C. Altman and Miss Etta O'Quinn by Rev. G.H. Jacobs. Cris Mitchell and Lois Williams of Folkston.
MIZELLS MOVE TO WAVERLY. Pratt Mizell has ordered his paper changed to Waverly. We are glad he did not move far away.
March 14, 1930
MONIAC SCHOOL BOND ISSUE FAILS. The surprise of the day was the result of the school bond election that occurred in the Moniac school district Monday. Since destruction of the school building by fire some three weeks ago, it was considered sure that the voters would support the bond issue inasmuch as it meant a four-teacher school for that community. However, some discussion arose as to moving the school site into Moniac. Discontent over the matter caused some to refuse to support the issue. The vote was a 50-50 affair, the anti-bond voters being slightly in excess of supporters. No report of numbers voting has been made on account of the issue failing.
BOX SUPPER HELPS CEMETERY FUND. Friends gathered at the Uptonville school house last Saturday evening for the purpose of having a box supper to raise funds to fence the Bethel cemetery. The sale of boxes netted $24.00. A contest voting the prettiest girl with a delicious cake netted $15.20 with Miss Ora Roddenberry being declared the prize beauty.
CHAIN STORE ISSUE TO BE DISCUSSED. The merchants of Folkston have invited Senator Ed Rivers to speak here and discuss the evil of the chain store manner of doing business. Come to Folkston Monday night and hear this discussion.
THREE MEMBERS OF CARTER FAMILY DIED. The attack of measles on the Carter family at Racepond has resulted in three deaths since last Saturday when the twenty-year-old sister of Mrs. Frank Carter died. The second death, Sunday, was the nine-year-old daughter of Frank Carter. On Monday, the death of his brother, Riley, age 45, took place after he contracted pneumonia fever. We understand that at present Mr. Carter and two children are very sick with measles.
POOR MAN'S CLUB BUYS CAMP SITE. Some of our good folks have organized a "Poor Man's Club", the intent is to build a camp on the salts for pleasure purposes. Tuesday a committee of Mayor Thompson, L.E. Mallard, J.W. Vickery and C.J. Passieu invaded Camden County and viewed with longing the property of William Pacetty at Cherry Point. When the boys came home they were joyous with the good news that a deal had been made. Some twenty have intentions of joining this social club.
MURSON HOTEL MANAGER APOLOGIZES. Manager Rawlings of the Murson Hotel writes that the cards given out advertising his hotel and advising tourists "not to stop in Folkston" was not with his permission. He regrets this and want his friends here to know he will cooperate at all times. He enclosed a letter showing the discharge of the offender.
1930 CENSUS ENUMERATORS. The enumerators for the Charlton County Census have not as yet been appointed. The work of gathering the business census was begun yesterday by C.W. Waughtel and the Herald filled out the first return. We understand that Rev. E.F. Dean will be one of the enumerators.
RAILROAD WATER TANKS. The Coast Line tank gang is here rebuilding the water tanks. The one opposite the Herald office is having some new wooden legs put on, not to walk about on, but to stand up under its heavy liquid.
March 21, 1930
1930 CENSUS. Census taker C.W. Waughtel, who has been taking the business census of Charlton, finished the lower end of the county Tuesday, getting that part done just ahead of the rain. He has every part of the county covered except Winokur.
ST. GEORGE POST OFFICE. The St. George postmaster has been advised that the rural route will be established on April 2nd. Indirect information is that the present postmaster, John A. Barker, will be transferred, which will call for the appointment of another postmaster.
SENATOR RIVERS SPEAKS ON CHAIN STORES. The meeting Monday night at the courthouse was a good one, as those there listened to a good talk by Senator Ed Rivers. In a short talk, William Mizell stated that bankers all over the country were not seekers for chain store business and showed where several of the larger banks had refused to carry their accounts. The Herald was glad to hear Senator Rivers' speech on chain stores which dodge tax laws. The senator also attacked the mail order business and chain store for lack of interest in handling home products. It is in line with our attitude, and like him we will go to extremes to force such methods of doing business out of our community. The Independent Merchants Association entertained Senator Rivers with a meal at Banks' Restaurant.
L.E. MALLARD INJURED. L.E. Mallard was painfully hurt last week when he stepped from a freight car to a dump truck. The catch was loose and down Mr. Mallard went with such force as to render him badly dazed and cause a severely sprained ankle. This kept him in bed for several days. At the time he was hurt he was superintending the unloading of fertilizer.
GET RID OF FLIES AND MOSQUITOS. Swatting flies and mosquitos is the thing. Do it early, do it now and do it often. Bury tin cans. Drain stagnant water. Use lime. Screen the house. Good health is the prize, whatever the cost.
TELEPHONE EXCHANGE. Floyd Larkins is here this week supervising the installing of our new telephone exchange.
MRS. TOY. Mrs. R.M. Toy was a pleasant caller at our office Tuesday, just as spry as one could be at 82 years young. She had just recovered from a ten weeks' illness caused by ptomaine poisoning. As she discussed a planting program, the pulse of spring is in her being. Here is good luck to this wonderful old lady.
March 28, 1930
1930 CENSUS. Our county does not seem to be complete in qualified nose-counters but we understand that Rev. E.F. Dean has qualified for Folkston, C.W. Waughtel was offered Uptonville and Winokur and Arthur Roberts has also qualified.
McCOY FAMILY MOVES. Dr. W.R. McCoy left Thursday for Boston, Ga., where he goes to locate and practice his profession. He has been a citizen here for the past several years but now goes to seek a wider field of activity. The family will be missed by a wide circle of friends.
FLOYD WARD DIED. Floyd Ward, former citizen, died Sunday in Jacksonville from an attack of asthma from which he has long been a sufferer. He was 49 years old. The body was brought to Folkston Monday and buried in the Folkston cemetery, Rev. G.R. Wilson officiating. The funeral party consisted of Mrs. W.W. Ward, wife of the deceased; daughter, Alma Ward; mother, Mrs. Alma Ward; nephew H.B. Ward and many other relatives and friends.
SUSPICIOUS DEATH IN SWAMP. Three men in a boat, W.C. Anderson, Ed Lindsey and John Lovell from Waycross went to the canal Saturday on a fishing jaunt. Despite the high water and bad weather they persisted in taking the trip in a motor boat. Lindsey and Lovell returned later and stated that Anderson had fallen overboard and was never seen again. They left without assisting in recovering the body. A party later discovered the body, led by A.E. Hickox and J.B. Rider. The body was lying on the lake, face upwards. When examined traces of blood were discovered on the nose and mouth. Mr. Anderson's brother came from Waycross and insisted on a coroner's inquest. When it was found that it happened just across the Ware County line they met with Jack and Willie Davis, Noah Lee, Milton Brock, Brantley Gay and A.G. Gowen as a jury. They left it up to Ware County to handle the case.
NEW BABY. Born to Mr. and Mr. M. Altman a fine 12 pound baby girl on March 21st. She has been named Vicey.
WHOOPING COUGH. Whooping cough is becoming prevalent in Folkston. It is a bad time to contract such disease as weather conditions might indicate trouble with the flu. The school is trying to have those affected remain at home during the contagious period.
ED SHIVAR INJURED AT WORK. Ed Shivar and Fell Murray have been doing some building over at Woodbine. Tuesday while putting up a joist, Mr. Murray happened to release his hold while nailing it in place and it slipped and fell striking Mr. Shivar on the nose, skinning it up and giving him two black eyes.
MR. FRANKLYN JOHNS DIED. Mr. Franklyn Johns, age 70, died on the 23rd at his home near Bachlott where he was a pioneer after a several months illness from the result of paralysis and a cancer. He was buried the next day at Hickox. He suffered a stroke of paralysis several years ago and since that time he has not been so active. He was one time a County Commissioner of Charlton County. Having known him for the past thirty years we regret his passing and sympathize with the bereaved family. Surviving him are five sons, Ben Johns, Art Johns, Jess Johns, Ward Johns and Walter Johns; three daughters, Mrs. Mark Wildes, Mrs. B.W. Minchew and Mrs. E.P. Higginbotham, all living in this section.