Digest of Charlton County Herald - March, 1931

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

(Issues for March 6th and March 13th not on microfilm)

March 20, 1931

MR. JOHN SPYR DIED. The death of Mr. John Spyr occurred in Homeland Sunday at their residence. Mr. Spyr was 87 years old in July, a Swiss, and never spoke anything but his native tongue, although a citizen of Homeland for the past fifteen years. He was a good man and attended to his own affairs. Despite the fact that he couldn't speak English, he had many friends. His funeral took place Sunday with Rev. Griffin officiating at the burial which was at Homeland cemetery. He is survived by his wife and one son who lives in Charles City, Iowa.

ARTESIAN WELL. Contractor Connally has an agreement with the city of Folkston to drill an artesian well near the present tank. E.L. Martin has the job of putting down the foundation. He will drive piling 25 feet down and pour a cement base for the tank.

CAR TAG INSPECTOR. Fellows who walk to work are having fun this week. The tag inspector from the state department is giving the cars here the "once over". They got after one fellow who had received his tag but had not had time to put it on, and got him so befuddled that he actually paid for another tag. Quite a number of the late tag buyers were given a warning slip and made to pay the penalty.

NEW STAVE MILL OPERATING. The Herald man visited one of the newest industries this week, the new stave mill. We found the two Mr. Williams on the job, working a force of 12 men. They are all living in Folkston, most of them for a good long while. This mill adds $40.00 or $50.00 per day to the business of the town. J.V. Gowen, who was the moving force of bringing this business here, supplies the logs for the stave-making and it is to his credit that we have this industry.

LITTLEFIELD CHILD INJURED. Master Candler Littlefield had an accident with an axe and struck his foot, nearing severing his toes. Dr. Fleming sewed them back on, feeling sure they would grow back on one so young as Chandler.

U.S. SENATORS VISIT SWAMP. A group of U.S. senators were here last week and were taken through the Swamp with Daniel Hebard and local guides. The guides were Gad Roddenberry and his son Lanier, Doc and Rufus Rider, Ott Hendrix, Will Davis and Harry Chesser.

SCHOOL NEWS. Adult classes for women have begun. There are 36 pupils at Folkston, 15 at Uptonville and 16 in St. George. Another class will be organized at Moniac within a few days.

LEONARD O'CAIN MOVED. Leonard O'Cain moved this week to Jacksonville, taking his prize flock of Rhode Island chickens. He left Tuesday morning.

DEAN BUYS NEW CAR. E.F. Dean, Jr. was down from Waycross this week. He drove a new Ford car back, purchasing it from Passieu Motor Co.

BRIDGEKEEPER'S HOME FINISHED. The cottage built by the county at the Burnt Fort bridge is now ready and Mrs. A.J. Howard will move in shortly. Mrs. Howard tells us that her mother, Mrs. John Prescott and Miss Mae Howard will make their home with her.

FIRE AT LONNIE WASDIN'S. Friday, in some mysterious manner, the home of Lonnie Wasdin in Winokur caught fire. It began in the smokehouse, which had not been used in some time. It also burned the woodshed and burned the rear of the house. Mrs. Wasdin and neighbors put out the fire after the house had been badly scorched.

CMTC TRAINING CAMP. Three boys have been accepted in the C.M.T.C. training camp, T.W. Wrench, county representative of the C.M.T.C. announced this week. They are Roy Hodges, Ralph Wrench and Bert Hardin. Several others have applied and as soon as they have complied with the vaccination requirement, will probably be accepted.

CAR SALES ARE UP. "Speaking of good times," said Charlie Passieu, "we had just begun to think that we were talking to keep our courage up when Saturday broke the recent sales. Sold five cars and received deposits on two more." That is a good day's sales for a town the size of Folkston. Charlie has a live wire salesman in Elbert Altman.

March 27, 1931

CMTC TRAINING CAMP. The following boys from Folkston have been accepted by the CMTC training camp: Frank J. Prescott, Charles P. Stapleton and J.W. Vickery, Jr.

HEBARD WINTER HOME BEGUN. The work on the winter home of Dan Hebard at Coleraine is going forward and it is commencing to look like a real home. The building is to contain eighteen rooms and is located on the site near the landing. Seven miles of fencing is being put up around the tract and corn, peas and grain is to be planted for game preserves.

G.A. DEAN REPRESENTS DELCO. G.A. Dean of the Dean Hardware Co. has been looking for light work, so has taken the agency for the Delco light systems in Camden, Charlton and Nassau counties. This will make your work light as well. Many are seeking a reasonably priced system for use on the farm.

ARTESIAN WELL. Contractor Connelly has begun the drilling of the new artesian well for Folkston's water supply. The well is on the lot of the old water station.

NO MORE TICKS IN GEORGIA. Valdosta--"There is not now a cattle fever tick in Georgia as far as inspection and general reports show," said R.B. Thompson, Supervisor of Tick Inspection while in this city yesterday. He has been in the tick work since it commenced years ago and went through all the hard south Georgia campaigns when dipping vats were blown up and objectors to dipping engaged in frequent gun battles over the government work.

MILTON CREWS MURDER CASE. We understand that Col. A.S. McQueen has become associated with Col. Allen Spence to aid the prosecution in The State v. Milton Crews, charged with murder. This case will be tried on April 6th in Charlton Superior Court.

ADVERTISING ON A TREE PAYS. Two automobiles were sold in Folkston by the Sheriff from an advertisement posted on a tree, for $15.50. One brought $10.00 and the other $5.50. It pays the one who goes around, looks up the tree advertisements and takes advantage of the others who don't know.

TWO FOLKSTON FAMILIES LOSE HOMES IN SAWMILL FIRE. News of the burning of the big sawmill at Millsville has reached Folkston. Two former citizens of Folkston, Will Clark and Herbert Mizell, lost their homes when the flames spread to adjoining buildings. Some twenty were made homeless and our information is that they lost everything in their homes.

HISTORY OF OKEFENOKEE SWAMP FOR SALE. McQueen's history of Okefenokee Swamp is selling for $1.00 each. Anyone who wants one can send an order to the paper or direct to Col. McQueen. It is worth your reading.

CLUB HOUSE READY FOR ROOF. County Agent Hursey told us about the 4-H Club park building. The logs are some forty feet long that are used in the main room of the club building, with an ell twenty feet deeper, making the camp's cook room and the store room. Mr. Hursey and his committee decided that an old fashioned board roof built of three foot boards from heart cypress would be best. He located some timber on the land of J.C. Littlefield at Traders Hill and has shingle makers at home hewing them out.

CHARLES CASON DIED. Chas. Cason, about forty years of age, a native of this county reared in the Toledo district, died at his home in Homeland last Friday night from pneumonia. Charles will be remembered as having been shot in the leg a year or so ago near Traders Hill, and since that time has had a hard time making a living for the large family he had. He was buried in the Thompson Burial Ground at Toledo, Rev. J.D. Poindexter officiating. Mrs. Cason and several children survive him besides one brother, Jim Cason, who lives at the Hill. We understand that Mrs. Cason and several of the children are very sick with the flu and the good people of the community placed a nurse there, Mrs. Leon Askew, to attend their needs.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Moris Powell announce the birth of a daughter, born last Sunday. Several names have been chosen from which the final names will be selected but so far none seems to fit the young lady.

MRS. B.B. KING APPOINTED POSTMASTER. Mrs. B.B. King has received her permanent appointment as Postmaster of the St. George office. This was a fine appointment as Mrs. King is a deserving woman.

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