Digest of Charlton County Herald - March 1933
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
March 3, 1933
V.A. QUARTERMAN MOVES. Folkston this week gave up one of its most useful citizens in the person of V.A. Quarterman, superintendent of the stave mill who resigned to accept a similar position with a bigger stave factory at Brunswick.
MISS WILLIE MYONESE McDUFFIE DIED. Miss Willie Myonese McDuffie, fifteen year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. McDuffie of Uptonville, died Friday from a relapse of pneumonia. Miss Willie was a popular member of the eighth grade at Charlton County high school and her class members attended the last solemn rites in a body. Funeral services were at the Baptist Church and interment at Folkston cemetery. Miss Willie was the youngest of eight living children of her parents, the eldest of the family, a brother, having also passed over the River. Those surviving her are her father and mother; three brothers, H.P. McDuffie, H.E. McDuffie and K.E. McDuffie; four sisters, Mrs. F.K. Trogden, Thyra McDuffie, Monnie McDuffie and Verona McDuffie and her grandmother, Mrs. Z.M. Powell.
NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mizell announce the birth of a nine pound baby boy born Monday.
FOLKSTON GRAIN & GROCERY. Frank Murray has completed the inside painting of the new Folkston Grain & Grocery Co. store. The new blue front looks nifty and the white inside finish shiningly clean.
March 10, 1933
LAST VET DEAD. The last remaining Confederate veteran living in Charlton County answered the last roll call at 11:00 o'clock Wednesday night at the home where his father settled over a century ago just two miles east of Folkston. In his 93rd year, veteran John Vickery has answered the Final Summons of his Master after a life of usefulness. He was the youngest child in his family. During the Confederacy he was a member of the First Fla. Cavalry, then later with the Georgia Cavalry. He was wounded in the Battle of Chicamauga but remained in active service. During his residence in Charlton County he served as Sheriff in 1873 for a term. He was married to Miss Ellen Conner, a member of a pioneer family. To them were born seven children. He is survived by two sons, Thomas W. and Jesse Vickery; daughters, Mrs. E.M. Grooms with whom he lived, Mrs. T.E. Wainwright and Mrs. Victoria Bates. Outside of about two years he lived and farmed upon the place where he died. The funeral service hour has not been set.
GOVERNMENT CLOSED BANKS. Charlton County had it's usual short session of Superior Court Monday, made shorter perhaps by the fact that the nation's business had been halted by the closing of banks and was at a virtual standstill by Government Order.
CITIZENS BANK PRESIDENT MIZELL COMMENTS ON BANK CLOSINGS. President William Mizell and vice president Albert Mizell have been conferring with the Jacksonville banks through which they clear their business and as a result have declared that they will open for business under the rules set forth by the Secretary of the Treasury. At Noon Thursday the bank opened for business. Previous accounts will remain as they are. For several days no checks can be cleared so everything must be paid in cash or post office money orders. Mr. Mizell stated that the withdrawal of gold for foreign transmission was the cause of the closing of the banks. He assures us that the promptness of President Roosevelt impresses the banking public of his intention to protect American industries.
CHAUNCEY BARBER SHOP. Warren Chauncey has reopened the barber shop next door to Stapleton Pharmacy.
AMARYLLIS BULBS FOR SALE. Several hundred highbred bulbs for sale. My own growing bulbs range in size from two to five inches starting to bloom. Variegated colors. DR. A. FLEMING, Folkston.
MR. I.G. ROWE DIED. Mr. I.G. Rowe died at his home Sunday following an illness of several months. He was 79 years of age and had resided here all of his life. "Uncle Garnee" as he was lovingly called. Funeral services were held at the grave in Emmeaus cemetery. Rev. Strickland from the Florida side had charge of the services. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Rowe; two daughters, Mrs. S.J. Burnsed and Mrs. Stella Rhoden; one son, A.P. Rowe; two sisters, Mrs. Lillie Bradley and Mrs. Bell Bradley; one brother, John Rowe, and several grandchildren.
March 17, 1933
SCHOOL EMERGENCY. The announcement was made that under circumstances of which the authorities had no control, it would be necessary to discharge three teachers in the Folkston school. With this announcement came a suggestion from the teachers that they would be willing to divide their salary to meet the emergency so that all teachers might be retained. Three teachers were to be let out to meet the shortage of money to satisfy the payroll. Supt. Harris then stated the emergency could be met on that basis. Aiding the movement to retain all the teachers, several offered to board the three teachers which were subject to dismissal so that those teachers would be taken care of free. Miss Overstreet will be the guest of Mrs. J.H. Wrench, Miss McDuffie of Mrs. E.B. Stapleton and Miss Battle at the home of Mrs. L.E. Stokes and Mrs. J.C. Littlefield. Teachers intend to share whatever salary they get with them, guaranteeing each of them $25.00 a month and board.
CLIFFORD HARRIS IS HOME. The prodigal has returned to his St. George home. Clifford Harris has come back to live with his parents.
HIDDEN MONEY DUG UP. Last week one of Tom Crawford's boys was engaged in removing a stump when his shovel struck something hard. It was found to be a can which held $1200.00. The lad took it home and hid it but it was too much good luck to keep, so it was whispered to friends and thus it became common property. Soon one of the neighbors sought his hiding place where he had kept his hoarded wealth but found it missing. He straightway sought Mr. Crawford and his son, explaining he had been saving his money, placing it there for safekeeping. When he described the money, it was given to him. It belonged to a Mr. Batten.
CITIZENS BANK. The Citizens Bank received a wire from the Superintendent of Banks dated March 14 permitting them to resume business on March 15 on an unrestricted basis.
WARDEN W.C. WHITE KILLED. W.C. White, 34, Warden of the Charlton County chain gang was shot and instantly killed Tuesday evening at 9:00 at his Homeland home, by a charge of buckshot fired through a glass pane of the door 15 feet from where he sat. Coroner J.A. Wainwright empaneled a jury to hold an inquest. After viewing the body and taking evidence they adjourned till Wednesday. The jury is composed of G.A. Dean, foreman; J.H. Wrench, Clerk, L.J. Stokes, D.A. Royal, H.R. Johnson and S.M. Altman. Mr. White has been road supt. and warden in Charlton County for the past three years, having come here from Nassau County. His widow, four children and four stepchildren survive him. His children are Garrison, Mablene, Hollis and Coy; stepchildren are Paul, Charlie, T.H. and Waymon Dudley. His father, mother, three sisters and one brother also survive. The funeral will be at Folkston Baptist Church and burial at Folkston cemetery.
DRAWDY WAINWRIGHT BUYS HOME. Drawdy Wainwright has purchased the Sol Mills home on Second Street just back of the Methodist Church. He has been repairing it and building a garage in preparation of moving to it at an early date.
NEW SAW MILL AT SWAMP CANAL. Encouraging reports during the past week of a new lumber industry are promised this section by the start of construction of a sawmill at the head of the Okefenokee Canal near the old turpentine camp. The Brinson Lumber Co. of Jacksonville has leased Bugaboo Island and the timber adjacent and will shortly place 100 tie choppers in the woods with six trucks to haul the ties to market. The saw mill will also use a large force of hands to keep a train of four trucks carrying the lumber to market. Manager Phillips is in charge of the construction of the saw mill and has men engaged in cleaning out and opening up waterways to float out logs from Bugaboo Island section.
ROYAL JOHNS ARRESTED. The arrest and placing in jail of Royal Johns was effected near his home in Homeland Thursday morning by a posse scouring the woods for the murderer of Warden W.C. White. He was carried to the Ware County jail.
TWO MILLION BORROWED BY GOV. TALMADGE TO KEEP SCHOOLS GOING. Announcement was made Thursday that Gov. Talmadge had secured a loan of two million dollars from three Atlanta banks at 5 1/2 % and has been turned over to School Supt. Collins for the various schools throughout the state. This loan will prevent closing numerous schools throughout Georgia.
DRASTIC ECONOMY MEASURES BY SCHOOL BOARD. At the Board of Education meeting this week, it was decided to reduce the expenses as low as possible by the elimination of teachers and buses where attendance has fallen off and by reduction of salaries in an attempt to continue school for the full term. They reported cash on hand of $128.11.
THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of the Citizens Bank of Folkston and Nahunta called for by Supt. of Banks on March 6th, 1933. Resources: $362,239.84.
BURIAL SERVICES FRIDAY OF COUNTY'S LAST OLD SOLDIER. The burial rites of Charlton County's last remaining Confederate soldier, veteran John Vickery, were conducted Friday by Rev. H.C. Griffin assisted by Rev. G.C.G. Brooks. Services were conducted at the grave where a large number of citizens attended paying him the last earthly respects. The surviving members of the family were all present and one beautiful incident of the occasion was the massive blanket of flowers given by the sons and daughters of former Confederate veterans. This useful life was first begun October 10, 1839 at the home where he died last Wednesday night. Charlton County has had no citizen to ever before live that length of time within its boundaries and perhaps never will. With his death the last surviving member of the Confederacy in Charlton County has passed out of this life.
NEW TURPENTINE STILL. The Peagler Naval Stores men are putting up a turpentine still near the depot.
REVIVAL. Holy-Roller preaching has been going on in Homeland this week with a small attendance.
WEDDING. The wedding of John Heck Petty and Mrs. Mayme Wingate of Nassau County is reported having occurred this week, the marriage rites being done by Judge H.G. Gibson. They have purchased a home near Mattox where they will reside.
March 24, 1933
FANNY JOYNER MILLS. The birth of a fine baby daughter is an event in the life of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Mills Monday night. She arrived at the midnight hour and the little maid has been named Fanny Joyner Mills and March 21st is her birthday. She will be nicknamed Joy.
BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS. Two of the most beautiful examples of the amaryllis shown on the local market coming from the gardens of Dr. Fleming and C.W. Waughtel are being shown at the Citizens Bank and Folkston Pharmacy. They certainly delight the eye of lovers of the beautiful.
WEDDINGS. Judge Gibson advises that March marriages were recorded as follows: Talmadge Petty and Margery Wingate, Charlton County, on the 7th by Judge Gibson. Oleo King and Mildred Roddenberry, both of Traders Hill, on the 15th by Judge Gibson. This was an early morning marriage, the judge performing it at 3:00 o'clock, and that too while he was ill and in bed.
J.C. BRADDOCK DIED. News reached Folkston Tuesday morning that a man was found dead near St. George. He was said to be a stranger, but it turned out that he was a young man of 23 named J.C. Braddock, who had been working for the Suggs turpentine people for the past several years. Justice of the Peace H.S. Hodges held an inquest and reported that he came to his death from natural causes. Burial took place Tuesday at Emmeaus Church burial grounds south of St. George.
CORONER'S JURY CHARGES JOHNS. Concerning the murder of W.C. White, warden of the Charlton County road gang, the coroner's jury met again Friday and brought in a verdict charging Royal Johns with the murder and his wife, his brother Oscar and D.G. Parrish as accessories before and after the fact.
NEW WARDEN IS J.F. MELTON. J.F. Melton of Hilliard was given the job made vacant by the death of Warden White, by the County Commissioners at a called meeting Tuesday.
March 31, 1933
MRS. LOU M. RODDENBERRY DIED. Mrs. Lou M. Roddenberry, relict of D.F. Roddenberry, a former official of Charlton County who died about twenty years ago, burned to death at her farm home in the Sardis neighborhood Tuesday evening. Mrs. Roddenberry who was 77 years old was burning some trash in the field preparing to have some gardening done and Mrs. Gad Roddenberry had dropped in and was with her at the time. It seems that the old lady had lighted a pine splinter and in some way caught her clothes afire. Mrs. Gad Roddenberry tried to get her to lay down in some fresh plowed ground but she was so confused that she could not do anything to help herself and as the flames had enveloped her completely, she was powerless to render aid. She lingered three hours before dying. She was widely known and had many relatives in this section including two sons, George at Perry, Fla. and John at Moniac; three daughters, Mrs. Lyn Murhee, Mrs. Oscar Kelly and Mrs. McMillan. She was a sister of Jim Robinson and had three brothers in Savannah, Joseph A., Jesse M. and Owen Robinson, M.F. Robinson and A.J. Robinson. An amazing coincidence in this connection was that about twenty years ago in the same field in the same month, at about the same hour of the day, a daughter of Mrs. Roddenberry met the same fate by fire initiated in the same way. Burial was in Sardis cemetery.
MRS. OSIE SURRENCY DIED. Mrs. Osie Surrency died in a Jacksonville hospital Monday and was buried in Virdie, Fla., her home. She was the eldest of twelve children of the late Baily Gay and the first death among them. She is survived by her husband and four children, her mother, Mrs. Gay, five sisters and six brothers, most of whom live in this community.
ROYAL JOHNS HOME BURNED. Friday evening about 9:30 the place formerly occupied by Royal Johns in Homeland, and in which most of his household goods were stored, was destroyed by fire. Neighbors reported that someone driving an automobile was seen to stop in front of the house and hastily leave, flames shortly thereafter showing the house to be fully ablaze.
SPRING FLOWERS. The widespread display of phlox on and about the railroad's depot shows how beautiful the vacant lots about our town could be made at low cost.
WEDDING. Judge Gibson united in marriage Fred Privett of the Toledo neighborhood and Miss Nancy Raulerson of St. George Sunday at his home in Folkston.
TRADERS HILL METHODIST CHURCH. Rev. H.C. Griffin and J.V. Gowen were in Waycross this week securing material to complete the Traders Hill Methodist Church. Work has begun and is being rushed to completion.