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Digest of Charlton County Herald - March 1934

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

March 2, 1934

POSTAL TELEGRAPH OFFICE OPENS HERE. The Postal Telegraph Co. has opened an office here locating it in the courthouse with W.B. Smith in charge. This is quite a convenience being in the center of Folkston. Mr. Smith received tariff sheets and equipment the first of the week and has been sending out messages right along. He is one of the finest of the older telegraphers and can handle the job easily.

GRAND JURORS drawn to serve March Term Superior Court: G.A. Dean, O.A. Cassell, O. M. Prescott, T.H. McLean, Eli Waughtel, W.L. Chancey, Noah Stokes, J.P. Russell, Theo Dinkins, J. M. Crews, W.H. Mizell, Mose Hendrix, W.H. Prescott, O.K. Prevatt, V.A. Hodges, G.H. Guinn, C.E. Stroup, Mack Lloyd, Sr., J.T. Thrift, Louis Roberts, W.R. McCoy, Festus N. Stokes, E.N. Grooms, John S. Tyson, Jr., D.R. Wainwright, D.M. Mizell, R.A. Boyd, Ralph Knabb and M.G. White.

TRAVERSE JURORS drawn: H.O. Hannaford, Everett Prescott, Justin Cockrell, W.C. Stokes, J.W. Vickery, W.E. Gibson, J.S. Robinson, J.M. Wildes, J. B. Southwell, Paxton Stokes, J. Alfred Crews, P.G. Brooks, Richard C. Taylor, T.J. Postma, H.H. Crews, W.R. Wainwright, J.W. Dinkins, P.C. Hall, W.W. Chism, D.A. Royal, J. Marshall Crews, Grady R. Thrift, W.R. Catoe, Lewis Griffin, T.C. Gowen, G.B. Carpenter, J.D. Colson, Ralph Johnson, W.S. Stokes, Sam Jones, Curtis Dixon, Roland Dixon, G.C. Crawford, S.G. Gibson, W.D. Thompson, J.R. Woodward, W.O. Gibson, J.H. Canaday, J.V. Gowen, E.F. Dean, Jr., W.C. Hopkins, M. Combs, T.H. Colson, Ernie Bell, J.M. Wilson, Jr., J. Lester Johns, Archie Dinkins and W. B. Vickery.

REVIEW OF A WELL SPENT LIFE. Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Gibson recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of their marriage at their home at Folkston. Both were reared in Charlton County. Mr. Gibson was 81 years of age on the 29th of August and Mrs. Gibson who was before her marriage Miss Julia Ann Vickery, was 76 on the 17th of January. Besides a large number of their children and grandchildren several other relatives and friends spent their anniversary with them. They received many beautiful and valuable presents and many letters of congratulations. Mr. Gibson, who lost both his parents in early childhood, was denied the advantages of attending school except about nine months, though by close application to books he secured a fair education and several years of his life were devoted to teaching. He has also taken an active part in public and political affairs. At the age of 25 he was elected Justice of the Peace for the Centrevillage District of Charlton County. When he had served four years in this office he was appointed Tax Collector by Robert Hatcher, Ordinary, to fill the unexpired term of P.M. Courson, who had been elected to the legislature. At the close of this unexpired term he was elected to the same office for the succeeding term of two years. At the end of this term he was elected to the office of Ordinary. After serving four years in this office he moved to Brooks County where he spent one year farming and teaching school. Returning to Charlton County he was appointed by the federal government in 1890 as census enumerator for the entire county. In the latter part of that year he was elected county school superintendent and at the end of a four year term in that office he was elected to the General Assembly of the state and served in the sessions of 18941895. In addition to these offices he served two years as deputy clerk of Superior Court by the appointment of Jesse W. Vickery, Clerk of that court. After this he retired from public life as regards to political affairs and in February 1898 he was ordained an elder in the Alabaha River Primitive Baptist Association of which he has been a member since 1880. During these 54 years of membership he has represented Sardis Church as a delegate in 51 annual sessions of the Association and has served as Clerk 47 years. He has survived 104 others with whom he has served as a delegate. In recent years he has written several hundred poems, many of which have appeared in the columns of the Herald. Mrs. Gibson, who is a plain, intelligent motherly woman has been indeed an helpmeet for him. Her words and acts of encouragement have assisted him in overcoming many difficulties. Besides rearing ten of her own children, the death of their mothers placed two infants in her care from the time of their birth. One was Mattie, the daughter of Judge H.G. Gibson, a brother, who is now the wife of Mr. A.G. Powers of Waycross. The other is Marjorie, the daughter of Charles H. Gibson, the youngest child of these elderly people. She is now a girl of eleven years and is the sunshine of her grandparents' lives.

NEW BABY. Theodore Tucker was presented with a new daughter last Friday. Mrs. Tucker is reported getting along nicely.

LECKIE CUTTING PILING. T.E. Leckie was here this week looking after oxen for pile snaking use. He is now running a sawmill at his place in the Bend below Moniac.

CATTLE ROUND-UP. L.E. Stokes was down in the Bend this week rounding up his cattle. He reports losing some, presumably from eating mushrooms. The bad weather has been hard on wood cattle they say.

NEW BABY. Bill Bruschke has a new purpose in his farming, the arrival of a new baby boy last Friday being the inspiration. The report came in that Bill, Mrs. Bruschke and the boy were doing well.

WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Smith announce the marriage of their daughter Nellie to James Corbitt of Kirkland, Ga. on December 30, 1933. The ceremony was performed by Judge Henry Gibson.

CARTER FAMILY IMPROVING. The home of Hansel Carter, that has been a hospital with seven cases of measles, is again assuming a homelike appearance. Mr. Carter was seriously ill for a time with pneumonia but is now on the mend.

CHARLES ELLIS GIBSON DIED. Information was received Thursday that Charles Ellis Gibson, youngest brother of the Gibson brothers, died at a hospital in Charleston Wednesday. His home is at Young's Island. Rev. W.O. Gibson is the oldest brother. Judge H.G. Gibson will attend the funeral.

BULBS FOR SALE. Amarilla bulbs. Plants soon be blooming. Fine assortment. Dr. A. Fleming.

March 9, 1934

CHARLTON CAFE. The O.K. Lunchroom has been changed to the Charlton Cafe and Dr. W.R. McCoy becomes the proprietor of it. The help remains as it was with Mrs. McCoy handling the morning hours and Jessie May Davis the noon and afternoon hours.

WALTER RENSHAW IN FIRE TOWER. The steel tower for the range finders protecting the timber in south Charlton has been completed and Walter Renshaw placed in charge of it. It is 102 feet high and fires can be seen from afar. The CCC has already been called a half dozen times, the telephone being connected to advise of fire and its location.

TURNIPS SOLD BY TRUCK LOADS. George White reports sale of ten thousand bunches of the redtop turnip this season, and they are still moving. He is lined up with a truck from North Carolina. Three truck loads have been moved and they cart away 3500 bunches at a time.

FLORIDA FRUIT INSPECTED. The camp quarters of inspector George Gowen and Troy Jones has been located south of the home of Andy Gowen some two miles so that all trucks trying to dodge through the state without the inspection of oranges will be taken up. So far one truck escaped through a swamp road which has now been blocked.

SHOE REPAIR SHOP FOR HOMELAND. A.F. Hale of Homeland has opened up a shoe repair shop in the former A. Roberts home near the city hall. He is also prepared to repair old furniture and sharpen saws and tools.

PETITION FOR PARDON. A petition was circulated the past week by Dan Hickox asking for the pardon of his son Homer Hickox convicted some several years ago of the murder of his cousin at Uptonville. Quite a number signed the request for pardon.

S.M. GIBSON DIED. Emory Dean was here Tuesday attending business at the courthouse. He and Roscoe attended the funeral of Mrs. Gibson's uncle, Mr. S.M. Gibson, the Sunday previous, going over to see Mr. Gibson, not knowing he was dead until their arrival.

WEDDING. Miss Lillian Norman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N.J. Norman, became the bride of Raymond E. Ford on February 1st, the ceremony being performed at the Baptist Church at St. George by Rev. J.D. Poindexter.

NEW TOURIST COTTAGES. Wilbur Thomas has built several camp cottages south of Folkston for the convenience of the tourist trade. He built them on the opposite side of the highway from the former camp. He is now planning on rebuilding his home, making it further from the road and the camp

March 16, 1934

V.J. PICKREN, POSTMASTER. The appointment of V.J. Pickren as postmaster was sent to the Senate last Friday for confirmation. He was recommended by Congressman Deen. It is for a four year term of which he is now serving as temporary postmaster.

CORINTH CEMETERY CLEANING. The Corinth Church annual spring cemetery working has been set for Saturday before the fourth Sunday in this month, it being the 24th. All parties having relatives or friends buried there, or have an interest in having the cemetery kept in good shape, are requested to attend the working. Remember the date, Saturday March 24.

CCC COMING. With the closing up of the work in lower Charlton County, at least part of the CCC boys are expected to be brought to Folkston and placed in the Homeland Park. The extension department of forestry has promised its cooperation. Both Folkston and Homeland town councils have promised their aid in getting the boys properly located. Within the next two weeks the arrangements are hoped to be perfected and the boys located before April lst, enlistment day.

SCHOOLS INSPECTED. M. R. Little, State School Supervisor, was here Monday and Tuesday making the annual inspection of schools for the State Dept. of Education. He visited every school in the county while here.

TWINS FOR THE JULIAN CREWS FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Julian Crews of Homeland are the proud parents of a beautiful pair of girls, born last Saturday night. The twins and mother are doing fine and Julian is working harder than ever.

BAPTIST PARSONAGE. The remodeling of the Baptist parsonage has been made more comfortable with the addition of bathroom fixtures and accessories.

FLORIDA FRUIT INSPECTION. Inspector George Gowen held up his first truckload of oranges Wednesday that were being brought in to Georgia illegally. Mr. Gowen and Troy Jones, camping south of the Andy Gowen home, are heading off all orange trucks that come into Georgia that do not comply with the agreements of the government. It is a requirement that they be inspected before leaving Florida.

WEDDING. William M. Woodward and Miss Thelma Rhoden of Moniac were visitors to Folkston Tuesday, calling upon Judge Gibson where they were united in marriage in the judge's best style. Mr. Woodward has been a salesman out of Jacksonville and is figuring upon entering the naval store or lumber business in Charlton, probably near Folkston. He is an experienced man in both trades.

March 23, 1934

EDGAR MILLS SELLS FARM TO HEBARD. The farm of Edgar Mills located five miles east of Folkston and consisting of 1500 acres was sold Monday to Daniel Hebard, one of Charlton's largest property owners. This is a splendid farm and has some fine timber on it. Mr. Mills in making the sale of the property retains possession of the farm for another year.

CCC FIREBREAKS. The other afternoon we found J.V. Gowen rather red-faced and the answer to our question was that he had just returned from a short walk in the woods with Mr. Mizell, surveying firebreaks of the work of the CCC boys. Mr. Gowen remarked that he must have covered some 15 or 20 miles during the day, which is more noticeable to him now than a few years ago. The break measured was on the Ga.-Fla. Invest. Co. property at the Hill and near Uptonville. The CCC boys are now getting up this way with their work which is the reason for their probable removal to Homeland Park.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Gaston Davis are the proud parents of a lovely eight pound daughter born Thursday morning.

LOSES BEST COAT. Checking over some turpentine boxes the past week, Edgar Allen and Charles Crews, assisting L.E. Mallard, decided they could work better coatless, so hung their coats on trees and went checking their way. They noticed that fire was closing in where they had hung their coats and went back to make them safe, but found that both coats had already been burned. Mr. Allen was complaining that he lost his next best coat and Crews his only one.

LOCATES OFFICE HERE. The Ga.-Fla. Invest. Co. have had refitted the former office room of the Sinclair Oil Co. in their building in Folkston and will keep their business office here. Frank Murray has been laying a floor on the cement floor this week, also ceiling and painting the office room. Miss Eva Mattox will have charge of the office.

W.C. THURSTON DIED. The Times Union reports the death of a St. George resident who died in a Jacksonville hospital Tuesday as follows: Many persons throughout the south will regret to learn of the death Tuesday of W.C. Thurston, 68, former prominent business man. He died in a local hospital after an illness of several weeks. He was widely known throughout the south. He was a former cotton broker of Burlington, N.C. and associated with other large business enterprises. For a time he was connected in business with a son W.P. Thurston with the Thurston Construction Co. who has done much construction work for the Florida East Coast Railway and other Fla. companies. He moved to St. George several years ago and lived there until he became ill several weeks ago. He is survived by his widow of St. George; three sons, W.P. and R.H. Thurston and John Thurston; four daughters, Josephine Thurston, Mrs. J.D. Hightower, Mrs. Ruth T. Smith and Mrs. Imogene Dalton. The body was forwarded to Burlington.

LONNIE CREWS DIED. Lonnie Crews, the twenty-two year old son of Alfred Crews living near Uptonville died Monday night after a week's illness of measles. Mr. Crews, after a few days confinement was up and made a trip to the Swamp, the exposure bringing on pneumonia from which he died. He was a splendid young farmer, a good worker and had many friends to mourn his death. He is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters. The funeral was held Tuesday at the home with burial in High Bluff Cemetery.

MRS. SARA HOWARD O'BERRY DIED. Mrs. Sara O'Berry, age 74, one of Charlton County's oldest citizens crossed the Great Divide Wednesday morning after a few weeks illness at the old family home where her son John now lives. She was the widow of the late Sol O'Berry, nee Miss Sara Howard, daughter of the late Henry Howard. Two brothers, William and Allen Howard survive her and one sister, Mrs. Emily Googe. She also has four sons, John, Henry, Bob and Joe; two daughters Mrs. Elsie Highsmith and Mrs. E.A. Westberry. The funeral was at the Allen Cemetery with Rev. W.O. Wilson conducting the service.

March 30, 1934

FIRE AT METHODIST PARSONAGE. The fire alarm called out the department Monday to a small blaze on the roof of the Methodist parsonage where shingles had caught from a spark dropped on the roof. A garden hose had the fire out when the department arrived. Damage was immaterial.

NEW GAME WARDEN. G.A. Dean received a commission as Deputy Game Warden from State Commissioner Cravey on the 28th. He was given the position which was resigned by L.E. Mallard two weeks ago. Mr. Dean advises that his first work will be collecting the licenses on shad fishermen that have been neglected. J

ASPER STOKES. Jasper Stokes has accepted a position with the Gowen Oil Co. as their Florida truck driver.

LITTLE MARY JANE DAVIS. Mary Jane Davis is the christened name of the young lady that came last week to grace the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gaston Davis.

MRS. WILL DAVIS DIED. Mrs. Will Davis, 80, citizen of Brantley, just over the line, died Monday with measles. She was a daughter of Buddy Harris and a former Charlton County citizen.

PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT PASSES THROUGH FOLKSTON. President Roosevelt passed through Folkston Tuesday morning on his way to Jacksonville where he was met by a delegation and taken to the Astor Yacht for a week's fishing trip. As the time of arrival was not known, or that he would pass here, only a few were at the depot as the A.C.L. train passed.

MID-WIVES TRAINING. A nurse from the State Board of Health was here Tuesday holding a training period with the midwives of Charlton County. Fifteen were in attendance, but two of them white. Another nurse, Miss Emma Sparks, has been assigned Charlton County as a CWA worker, her duties being to organize "Little Mothers' Clubs" giving them training in health rules and sanitation. She will work in Charlton for six weeks.

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