Digest of Waycross Herald - March 1938

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

March 4, 1938

GOVERNOR E.D. RIVERS FORMALLY PRESENTS CHARLTON’S TROPHIES. With more than one thousand people from all sections of the county and many distinguished visitors, Charlton County last Saturday celebrated its victory in winning both cups offered by the state committee in the recent state-wide campaign for funds to combat Infantile Paralysis. The cups were accepted on behalf of the county by Mrs. E.C. Gowen, county chairman of the campaign and by Supt. John Harris, who directed the campaign in the schools. The two beautiful silver loving cups with appropriate inscription will be placed in the glass case at the high school building as prized mementoes of the county and the school system. The celebration program began in the school auditorium with Editor R.Ward Harrison presiding and with L.E. Mallard, Mrs. E.C. Gowen and Mr. William Mizell, Jr. as speakers. Gov. Rivers was the principal speaker of the day, along with several other visitors. The guests were entertained with a fish fry at Burnt Fort that evening.

LEON ASKEW INJURED IN FALL. Contractor Leon Askew, who is directing the construction of the new Folkston hospital building, suffered painful injuries Friday when the scaffold upon which he was working gave way throwing him to the ground, a fall of about ten or twelve feet. He suffered severe bruises. However, after medical attention was given him, as the new hospital’s first patient, he was able to continue his work of supervision, leaving the actual labor to his helpers . W.B. Vickery was also on the scaffold, escaping with minor bruises.

FIRST CASE TRIED IN TRAFFIC COURT. Charlton’s new Traffic Court, which is presided over by Judge A.S. McQueen, Ordinary, was officially inaugurated Monday February 21st when O.G. DeLoach of Jacksonville was given 30 days in jail on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Other cases were also disposed of.

FRANCIS ASBURY RATCLIFFE, JR. KILLED. Francis Asbury Ratcliffe, Jr., former resident of St. George, was killed instantly when run over by an automobile while crossing a highway near New Orleans on February 20th. He was employed in the Louisiana oil fields. He was twenty-five years old and a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services were held in the Lakeland, Ga. Baptist Church. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Rev. and Mrs. F.A. Ratcliffe; a brother, Hugh C. Ratcliffe and a sister, Miss Mae Ratcliffe, all of Lakeland; a sister, Mrs. Henry Shearouse and a brother W.E. Ratcliffe.

BURNSED HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE. The home of G.W. Burnsed, about nine miles south of Moniac, was completely destroyed by fire caught from chimney sparks 9:00 last Saturday morning. He had the misfortune to lose practically all the contents of the building, only a few articles being saved.

MURDER CASE. At the spring term of Superior Court last week the trial of the State v Walter Melton for the murder of P.G. Mizell went to the jury and after only 26 minutes, the verdict was guilty, without recommendation of mercy. Sentence to death in the electric chair was immediately imposed, with execution date being set for April lst at the new state prison in Tattnall County. A motion for a new trial was immediately filed by the defense attorneys.

ST. GEORGE LIBRARY. The St. George Library, recently established through cooperation of the WPA, now has 500 volumes for the pupils of that community, as well as complete files for several different magazines, it was announced by Miss Ida Baugh, librarian.

TRACY TWINS WILL SOON BE NURSES. Misses Ada and Agnes Tracy were the Sunday guests of their parents Mr. and Mrs. P.C. Tracy and their aunt, Mrs. E.H. Johnson. The Misses Tracys have just completed their third semester at St. Luke’s Hospital, finishing with an average of 99% on some of their subjects. They have only three more semesters before they become Registered Nurses.

March 18, 1938

ELECTRICITY COMES TO SOUTHEAST GEORGIA. The first unit of the Satilla Rural Electric Membership Corporation, the biggest REA project in America, was energized Wednesday, sending electric current to more than 250 farms of Appling, Bacon, Pierce and Wayne Counties over a network of 107 miles of power lines.

MATTOX STATION REMODELED. An extensive program of repairs and remodeling work on the place of business of L.H. Tucker at Mattox has just been completed. The store, filling station and garage, operated by Mr. Tucker has all been remodeled.

WEDDING. A marriage of interest to friends was that of Miss Evelyn Rozier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Rozier of Folkston and Mr. James Johnson of Jacksonville which took place Tuesday in Jacksonville. She has been taking a course in a beauty shop in Jacksonville, having completed it a few days ago. They will make their home in Jacksonville.

March 25, 1938

OIL INTERESTS BEGIN DRILLING OPERATIONS AT OFFERMAN APRIL 2ND. The starting of the drilling of an oil well, the process known in oil circles as “spudding in”, in the southeast Georgia territory will be made April 2nd by the American Oil Co., it was announced Tuesday by George Crawley of Waycross, local representative of the American Oil Co. The well is to be located two and a half miles east of Offerman in Pierce County on Lot 329. It is in a block of 250,000 acres. The contract for boring the well has been let to Loffland Brothers of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Houston, Texas. The machinery is expected to arrive this week. The work of assembling the leases has been going on for more than two years.

THIRTY-EIGHT CHARLTON ADULTS CAN NOT WRITE THEIR NAMES. A canvass to ascertain the number of white adults in the county who can not write their name has been completed. Thirty-eight persons were contacted who could not write their own name, among these were a few who could read their name if written for them. An encouraging feature of this campaign is the fact that most of these folks are willing to begin work at once. Their ages run from 22 years old to 94. A new teacher, Miss Nettie Keene, has been added to the force of teachers to help make this county literate.

PROGRESS OF OIL WELL ON FEDERAL ROUTE ONE. The drillers of the test oil well six miles south of Folkston on Federal Route One has struck solid rock which they describe as “a lid over the oil strata” and expect the well to come in at any time now.

JAMES WRENCH IS WITH NEW INSURANCE COMPANY. James H. Wrench who was for many years Cashier at the Citizens Bank, and for the past year has been connected with a life insurance company as district agent, has accepted a position with the Title Trust Co. of Florida in Jacksonville.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stroup announce the birth of a fine eight-pound baby daughter born March 22nd at their home. Both mother and baby are reported to be getting along nicely. She has not yet been given a name.

NOTICE. This is to advise that I have sold fishing rights to Strain Lake, known as Widow’s Lake Slew to river included for year 1938 to Lewis Williams. All permits given by me are cancelled. L.T. WASDIN.

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