Digest of Charlton County Herald - March 1935

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

March 1, 1935

GRAND JURORS for Spring Term of Superior Court: L. Jasper Stokes, M.M. Crews, Jr., S.M. Mills, R.E. Player, Wm. Mizell, Jr. E.B. Stapleton, L. Knabb, J.M. Crawford, S.G. Gibson, W.O. Raulerson, Leon Askew, W.L. McDuffie, Earnie Bell, S.M. Howard, Festus N, Stokes, G.A. Dean, J.T. Thrift, A.G. Gowen, W.E. Ratcliffe, E.F. Allen, Steward Lee, A.L. Thrift, J.O. Hannaford, O.M. Prescott, L.E. Mallard, O.C. Mizell, G.B. Carpenter, V.A. Hodges, G.R. Gowen, Sr. and S.T. Cockrell.

TRAVERSE JURORS: Fell Crews, S.A. Larrimore, Oliver Johns, G.C. Hodges, A.D. Burnsed, T.C. Gowen, Scott Johnson, J.B. Jones, H.J. Davis, Robert Chesser, Sam Jones, Ira Crews, E.F. Dean, Sr., Fred Osterman, J.H. Johnson, Charles H. Gibson, Clarence O'Quinn, R.H. Thrift, L.T. Wasdin, Justin Cockrell, L.J. Stokes, R.A. Bryant, M.D. Thrift, W.O. Gibson, E.W. Shivar, M. Altman, P.G. Mizell, S.G. Stokes, Louie Askew, V.A. Quarterman, J.A. Prevatt, John Harris, J.W. Dinkins, W.J. Jones, John H. Gardner, E.H. Wright, T.G. Brock, Wash Davis, Theo Dinkins, Dr. W.R. McCoy, Jesse P. Mizell, D.O. Oxley, John A. Barker, Jr., N.J. Raulerson, W.R. Dinkins, F.D. Mills, L.W. Freeman and B.J. Fountain.

4-H CLUB SCHOLARSHIP. Preliminary plans for disposition of a scholarship contributed by members of the 4-H Clubs of Charlton County were made at the office of County Agent Hursey last week at which G.V. Cunningham, chief of activities of 4-H clubs of Ga. and assistant Lucille Turner were present with a number of local club boys and girls.

FOLKSTON PECAN COMPANY CLOSES FOR SEASON. Folkston Pecan Company Monday made its last shipment of shelled pecans and closed its doors for the season. During the four months it was in operation it has distributed in wages alone to girls and women in excess of $5,000.00. It paid higher wages than any other cracking plant in the U.S. during that time. The Hennigs, proprietors, are satisfied with the results even though they made no excessive profits. They managed to come through their first season without loss. Their plan is to reopen again October lst better prepared to meet a constantly growing opposition in the general markets.

EDITORIAL. A gentleman just returned from a tour of a section 100 miles north of Folkston was astonished to be able to count nineteen Charlton County farmers idle on the streets of this town last Tuesday. He said the farmers, large and small, in the section just visited were all very busily engaged in cleaning out fence corners and other chores, and that day, Tuesday, was an especially fine day for farm work of any kind.

GOVERNMENT SURVEYORS HERE. A tented "city" sprang up without warning within the Folkston limits last Saturday. Eighteen or twenty of these cloth shelters now occupy vacant lots just south of the Methodist Church including a headquarters tent and a cook tent for the 28 people who occupy them. This is a contingent of the Coast and Geodetic Survey of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They are making a complete survey establishing lines for permanent records of the government. They have twelve steel towers reaching upward 113 feet within which is a second steel tower for their use in their very particular mathematical work.

HIGHWAY ONE RELOCATION. No definite information concerning the relocation of Highway One seems to be available at this time. Rumors and guesses are plentiful.

WEDDING. Virginia Rogers and Hoke Smith Griffin of Miami were married on February 2 at the home of Rev. J. E. Barnhill. They will make their home in Miami.

NEW BABY. Born to the wife of Owen Dinkins on February 26, a boy. Mrs. Dinkins is remembered as Miss Tracy Stewart.

SOME CCC BOYS LEAVE. It is reported that at least 25 percent of the recent additions to the CCC camp at Homeland Park have resigned their connections with that institution. Many reasons are given for the disaffection among the boys.

AIRPORT GETS PAINT JOB. A force of four painters dropped into Folkston last Saturday for the purpose of brightening up the airport property with fresh paint. For two of the men, local relief workers were assigned to take their places and they left for other points.

LOTS OF MECHANICS. Folkston has gained the reputation of having the largest number of real auto mechanics of any town of similar size in this part of the country. The Roberts-White Company constantly employs five experts; Passieu, three or four and the other three establishments two and three.

LANDSCAPING THE OUTDOOR STAGE. The work of landscaping the Folkston school grounds begun some years ago has been continued this week by the planting of more trees. A background of camphor trees for the outdoor stage between the two buildings has been planted. This stage will be 108 feet long and 36 feet wide and three feet high, made of earth and sodded with grass. The background will be high in the center tapering to each end with arch entrances east and west. The trees are being planted one meter apart so that they will form a close hedge soon after growth begins. The walk from the elementary school building to the dining room in the high school building will run just in front of the stage. Within a few years this planting will begin to show up nicely. Planting additional camphor trees along Highway 40 was continued this week. It makes a continuous row of evergreen along the north side of the school property for 790 feet, planted 12 feet apart so as to form a screen to shut out noise and dust. The trees have been donated by Supt. Harris.

FIRST GAME IN NEW GYMNASIUM. The Folkston high school gym floor has been completed and was initiated Friday when Kingsland and Folkston basketball teams met. Those taking part in the games were McAdoo Littlefield, Elliott Allen, R.A. Boyd, Colquitt Hopkins, Floyd Wildes, George Brock, Carlie Mae Stokes, Marian Johnson, Jane Jones, Maudria Johnson, Mae Jones, Joan Barnhill, Inez Askew, Mabel Askew, Doris Barnes, Annie Jane Vickery, Martha Grace Wilson, Elmina Crews and Essie Wilson. Cheerleaders were Audrey Mae Mizell and Ruth Mizell, very attractive in their red and black bellhop suits.

March 8, 1935

MOVING DAY. Monday was "moving day" in Folkston. It is not certain that all the moves are here recorded but it is enough to justify the name. Tom Gowen moved into the Stokes home vacated by J.B. Southwell who moved into a Stapleton property. J.O. Hannaford who last week moved into the Fannie Mills cottage vacated it and now occupies the home Tom Gowen released while L.E. Mallard took over the Mills home. Milt Peagler bought the Jackson property from James Wrench and now occupies it. Gilbert Mizell moved into the George Gowen property and Wilbur Wright moved into his mother's home. Maybe there were other shiftings.

WEDDINGS. During February Ordinary Gibson issued licenses to marry to the following: Louis Lepke, Fernandina and Laura Belle Crews, Winokur; Harvey Belche and Leehart Jordain, both of Folkston; Mersal Prescott and Juanita Gay, both of Folkston; Wilmar Jones and Marie Norman of St. George; Phillips Brown and Maggie Coffin of Folkston.

ED MIZELL FARMING. Ed Mizell has taken over the Mrs. F.D. Brock farm under the government's rehabilitation plan it is said.

DR. MCCOY. Dr. W.R. McCoy was here from Alma Monday. He is very well satisfied with his location and practice there.

FOLKSTON PECAN CO. The Folkston Pecan Co. this week bought a new Ford truck preparatory to the work it has outlined and pecan cracking will begin in a few weeks.

CCC CAMP LANDSCAPED. WELL DECLARED SAFE. Ten of the boys heretofore at work in the woods have been given duties on the CCC Homeland Park grounds. Those in the camp now number 207. Three acres of ground upon which are located the buildings were plowed up with a tractor a few days ago. The land is to be landscaped and beautified. Water from the deep well recently placed at Homeland Park, at first declared to be unfit for all purposes, on second examination was pronounced to be potable. It now supplies all the needs for the camp.

OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL. Mrs. W.H. Robinson announces she will probably open an "opportunity school" at the Methodist Church in Homeland next week which women and girls may receive practical instructions in various lines of work.

CCC MAN INJURED. Didus Atkinson, a member of the Homeland CCC, while working with a companion in the woods had the right hand thumb severed from his hand by the blow of an axe. The injury was given first aid at the camp and the young man was soon able to resume his duties.

March 15, 1935

CARPENTERING, GRAFTING CLASSES AT CCC CAMP. C.W. Waughtel has begun a class in building and in grafting fruit and nut trees at the CCC camp.

CCC BOYS HERE. Oscar Leckie and Eddie Raulerson of the CCC camp at Douglas visited relatives over the weekend.

March 22, 1935

COOKING CLASSES. Fifteen women on the Relief Rolls for this vicinity met at the home of Mrs. W.H. Robinson yesterday to witness a demonstration in cooking practice by Miss Ruth Smith. Today a similar demonstration will be made for the women of Moniac at the home of Mrs. Ralph Knabb and another next week in Winokur. This service is being rendered by the FERA.

REV. DEAN RESIGNS POST WITH LOAN ASSN. Because of ill health E.F. Dean, Sr. resigned the secretary-treasurership of the local branch of the Federal Farm Loan Assn. and his son Guy A. Dean was selected in his place. The elder Mr. Dean, in his 83rd year, was recently stricken with something like the flu and he felt that he should retire. He has always been an active man and knows practically everybody in the vicinity, all of whom are wishing for his early recovery.

MRS. JOSIE MILLS SCHMIDT DIED. Relatives received wired information Wednesday of the sudden death of Mrs. Josie Schmidt, formerly of this city, on that morning. Later arrangements were made for her burial here and her body is expected to arrive tomorrow, Saturday. Mrs. Schmidt was the daughter of Joseph Mills and was reared in this vicinity, moving to Toledo, Ohio some ten or twelve years ago. A fitting obituary will be in the Herald next week.

THIRTY-NINE FARMERS ARE BEING HELPED. Farm expert Jones with the FERA reports that up to this date the government has approved thirty-nine farmers for rehabilitation in Charlton County. They have been loaned the necessary equipment and all have gone to work in earnest to build themselves up into independence. Much ground has been turned and considerable planting has been done. Each of these farmers agreed to put in a garden of one acre from which they may soon begin to gain a large part of their sustenance.

MR. OSCAR F. BURCH DIED. Oscar F. Burch, for about twenty years a citizen of Folkston, died last Monday at age 54. His funeral was Wednesday morning at the Methodist Church of which he was a member. He was a native of Fayette County. Beside his widow he is survived by two brothers, H.W. Burch and G.R. Burch; four sisters, Mrs. E.A. Shivar, Mrs. A.V. Elliott, Mrs. J.W. Hightower and Mrs. W.E. Touchton.

JOHNSON TO BUILD TOURIST COTTAGES. It is reported that A.R. Johnson, who operates a filling station on the south part of town, is arranging for the erection of six cottages for tourists on the lot across the highway from his present location.

HARRIS SHINGLE AND LATH CO. In legal ads is petition of R.C. Harris, T.R. Harris of Crisp County, R.R. Harris of Ware County and A.S. McQueen to incorporate the Harris Shingle and Lath Co. whose office will be near the village of Racepond.

GENE WILLIAMS WORKING FOR HERCULES. Gene Williams is now driving one of the Hercules trucks and enjoying the job.

FOLKSTON STAVE FACTORY RESUMES WORK. The whistle of the Folkston Stave factory is once more heard three times a day. It resumed operation this week.

FOLKSTON PECAN CO. The Folkston Pecan Co. is rearranging the interior of its establishment, gaining more room for the operations department.

U.S. SURVEYORS FINISH JOB. The corps of the U.S. Coastal and Geodetic Survey is nearing the end of its stay here and will move to Waycross soon.

WIND PLAYS TRICK WITH COPY. The heavy wind on Tuesday of last week tore from the Herald's local copy hook a batch of local items. Their loss was not discovered until too late to remedy. That's why this column was so short last week.

March 29, 1935

MRS. R.T. BRYANT DIED. The body of Mrs. R.T. Bryant, age 80, was brought from Miami and buried near her old home at Traders Hill last Sunday. She had lived in this county nearly all her life until about two years ago when she moved to Miami to make her home with a son, Dolph Bryant. Her death occurred there last Friday. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Barnhill in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends.

HIGH SCHOOL GYM NEAR FINISHED. The carpenters are at work ceiling the gym at the high school, and laying brick. It is thought the job will be finished this time without any further delay.

PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT PASSED THROUGH FOLKSTON. A special train bearing President Roosevelt and party passed through Folkston Tuesday afternoon. A few who knew of its coming gathered at the Main Street crossing to see it. There are those who say he looked up from a book he appeared to be reading and waved at them as the train passed by.

RAILROAD PARK FLOWERS BEAUTIFUL. The phlox and verbena in the railroad park show what might be done toward beautification of the town with a little energy. They show up handsomely.

NEW BABY, RICHARD BIVINS JONES. Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Jones announce the birth of a son, Richard Bivins, on March 16, St. Lukes Hospital, Jacksonville. Mrs. Jones, prior to her marriage was Miss Leslie Littlefield.

NEW BABY, PATRICIA ANN HARRISON. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Harrison announce the birth of a daughter, Patricia Ann, March 21st, in St. Lukes Hospital, Jacksonville. Mrs. Harrison will be remembered as Miss Gazelle Johnson.

MRS. LEE HARRIS DIED. Mrs. Lee Harris, age 40, daughter of the late Jack Carter, died last Saturday and was buried at High Bluff Cemetery. Besides other relatives and many friends, she left twin daughters, age about ten.

MRS. JOSIE MILLS SCHMIDT DIED. The funeral of the late Josie Schmidt who died in Toledo, Ohio, occurred Sunday and was conducted by Rev. Kilpatrick and Rev. Poindexter. She left many relatives and friends here to mourn her departure.

GARDENS TO HELP THOSE ON RELIEF ROLLS. Mrs. Lucille Pearce has entered upon her duties of supervising the planting and cultivating of 72 gardens in Charlton County undertaken by men and women on the FERA Relief Rolls. This should reduce the government expense of caring for these unfortunates.


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