Digest of Waycross Herald - March 1939

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

March 3, 1939

ACCOUNT OF DAMAGE DONE BY SUNDAY’S TORNADO. A party consisting of Miss Gertrude Proctor, Miss Louise Trussell, Mrs. William Mizell, W.D. Jones and Rev. Swoll Sawyer left Monday morning to see what was needed in the tornado-stricken area near Moniac. No unusual damage was seen until five miles south of Moniac when they came to the home of Ralph Gainey. The home looked as though dynamite had scattered it in every direction. The next house, not far away, of Lonnie Canaday, a two-story building looked as though a great knife had cut the upper story off and carried it to parts unknown. Canaday, his wife and three children were practically unhurt, but bruised and sore. A brother in law, Earl Gainey, was blown out of his house and suffered injury to his hips. Then they went about a mile to where the two-story home of Allen Rhoden had stood. Mrs. Rhoden and the children were in the house, but strange to say, they and the dog were standing clear of the debris and practically unhurt. Their small child was blown out of Mrs. Rhoden’s arms. The roof of the home was seen at least a quarter of a mile away. Nothing of the furnishings of the house remain. Next came the home of Farley Johns where the tornado tore up a Model-A Ford. The engine fell in the pond, the rear end in another place, the transmission in yet another and part of the frame was in a distant pond. Six people escaped what seemed certain death. A baby three years old was blown out of its father’s arms and through the building and into the field, and found unhurt. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bennett and baby were visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Farley Johns. Nothing remains of this house except scattered wreckage. The corn crib, built of logs, was demolished. The last home, that of Russell Raulerson was where serious injury to people was done. Mrs. Raulerson was seriously hurt and is in the hospital with broken collar bone and pelvis bone. At first it was thought their baby would die but it has rallied and seems on the way to recovery. This two-story building was crushed in as though a great hammer had hit it and Mrs. Raulerson was pinned under the wreckage. Mr. Raulerson released her and the baby and then went for help. During the time before and after the disaster it rained, hampering the work of relief. Neighbors hastily summoned help from Moniac and the injured were carried to the doctors at Macclenny. The old Reynolds Place, said to have been over a hundred years old, was one of the historic landmarks of Charlton County. This old house bore the marks of bullets fired during the Indian War. Its joints, sills and big timbers were mortised and dove-tailed together. Huge wooden spikes were used in place of nails. The debris was not over five feet high, so completely had the building been wrecked. This was the home of Russell Raulerson.

MR. GUY BROOKS DIED. Friends and relatives of Guy Brooks, age 33, were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected death which occurred Sunday at Sarasota, Fla. as a result of a heart attack. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. P.G. Brooks. He spent his boyhood and young manhood in this county and had been a resident of south Florida for several years where he was a barber. The body reached Folkston Tuesday on the A.C.L. train 76 and was in charge of Adkins Funeral Home. Interment was in Hickox Cemetery. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.G. Brooks; seven sisters, Mrs. Loyd Crews, Mrs. J.G. Day, Mrs. J.A. Mock, Mrs. L.G. Strickland, Mrs. Oscar Mayo, Miss Irene Brooks and Miss June Brooks; six brothers, Woodrow, Eugene, Edo, Glenn, Bill and Victor.

MRS. VIOLET BACHLOTT SIRMANS DIED. Mrs. Violet Sirmans, 56, died in a Waycross hospital Wednesday following a long illness. She was a daughter of the late J.R. Bachlott, a former resident of Folkston. He was one of the first persons buried in the Folkston cemetery and it is said gave the land for the original cemetery tract. She is survived by three sons, four daughters and two sisters, Mrs. P.H. Baker of Gainesville, Fla. and Mrs. Lillian Love of Kirkland, Ga. The funeral was held at Trinity Methodist Church in Waycross and interment in Folkston cemetery.

FITZPATRICK-MILLS WEDDING. A marriage of much interest here is that of Mrs. Fitzpatrick of Alma and Mr. Edgar G. Mills, citizen of Folkston. The marriage took place Friday at the home of the bride in Alma.

MRS. VERDIE CARTER HOWELL DIED. Mrs. Verdie Howell was buried at Sand Hill Cemetery Thursday of last week. She was a sister of Hansel Carter.

LECKIE BUILDING A SERVICE STATION. Work is progressing rapidly on the service station being erected by T.E. Leckie on the highway at the top of the hill just beyond his home at the Sunrise Dairy.

March 10, 1933

BELOVED CITIZEN IS CALLED TO REWARD. Mr. James Purdom, age 59, beloved citizen of Folkston for the past 27 years, passed away Sunday at the ACL hospital in Waycross after an extended illness of Bright’s Disease. He was a native of Volusia County, Fla. and had been an employee in the signal department of the ACL railroad for the last forty years. He was assigned to the work in Folkston 27 years ago. He was a devoted member of the Baptist Church and served as chairman of the Board of Deacons for a number of years. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows and at one time served as a member of the Folkston city council. Besides his wife, survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Addie Price and Mrs. B.B. Raulerson; two brothers, W.P. Purdom and T.E. Purdom; also a number of nieces and nephews. Interment was in Folkston cemetery with Tanner- Poindexter Funeral Home, Waycross.

D.R. WAINWRIGHT BUILDING HOME FOR MOTHER. An attractive bungalow home is being erected by D.R. Wainwright on the lot directly in front of his residence for his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Wainwright who has made her home in Jacksonville the past several years.

MRS. ARA WILDES DIED. Mrs. Ara Wildes, 35, of Jacksonville,. died Tuesday in a Jacksonville hospital following a brief illness. She was the wife of William O. Wildes, native of Charlton County and a son of J.M. Wildes, by whom she is survived. The funeral was held in Jacksonville and interment was in Edgewood Memorial Cemetery.

MRS. G.S. ALDERMAN DIED. News was received here Tuesday of the death of Mrs. Alderman, wife of Dr. G.S. Alderman, who passed away at her home in Miami Monday following a brief illness.

TEACHERS RECEIVING THEIR PAYCHECKS. The Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday, relying on the promise of the General Assembly to provide funds for paying teachers’ salary for the remainder of the school year, released checks paying all bills due the teachers and others to date.

ISAAC SIMS SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR FOR MANSLAUGHTER. At the brief session of Superior Court held this week, Isaac Sims, who was charged with the murder of Boogie Dasher on February 20, 1938, pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was given a sentence of one year.

MR. W.L. MATHEWS BUILDING HOME. Construction was begun this week on a small bungalow home which is being erected by W.L. Mathews of the Folkston Furniture Co. and when completed will be occupied by Mr. Mathews and family. The new home is located fronting the highway just north of the old Roddenberry residence now owned by L.J. Stokes.

No issue for March 17th, 1930 on microfilm.

March 24, 1939

MRS. ROBINSON HEADS CANCER CONTROL CAMPAIGN. Mrs. W.H. Robinson has been named Captain for this county in the Cancer Control Campaign which will take place during the month of April. She will be assisted by a group of women all over the county.

SCHOOLS TO ENFORCE AUSTERITY MEASURES. At a meeting of the Board of Education held yesterday, it was decided to keep the schools open for the full nine months by reducing the teaching force and curtailing the service to the absolute essentials.

PEANUT POPPING AT THE WAINWRIGHTS. A pinder-popping at Mr. Tim Wainwright’s near Uptonville last Friday night was enjoyed by all present.

CHURCH LADIES TO HELP AT GRACE CHAPEL SATURDAY. The ladies of the community have decided to meet at Grace Chapel next Saturday and assist in cleaning the grounds at the new church house while the men are busy on the building. A cordial invitation is extended to everyone to come and bring a basket lunch.

LOWTHER-MIZELL WEDDING. An event of importance to their many friends was the wedding of Miss Willie Maude Lowther and Mr. J.P. Mizell, performed March 10th at the residence of A.S. McQueen in the presence of a few close relatives and friends. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Ms. B.H. Lowther of Traders Hill. Mr. Mizell is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse P. Mizell and is connected with his father in farming and livestock. They will live on the Jackie Mizell Place.

March 31, 1939

MONEY STILL IN SHORT SUPPLY AT SCHOOLS. The school situation in Charlton County remains about as it was last week. The schools will remain open for the full length of time as planned. Fifteen white teachers and nine Negro teachers were relieved of work this week and the load upon the other teachers increased accordingly.

MR. HARRY WOOLARD KILLED IN ACCIDENT. Harry Woolard, 37, employee of the Fernandina Construction Co., was killed last Saturday when he was struck by an automobile as he walked along the highway near Fernandina. He was a native of Charlton County and moved to Fernandina 16 years ago. Survivors include two brothers, Hardy Woolard and Henry Woolard. Funeral service and interment were at Corinth Cemetery.

MR. ELZIE RUFUS HIGHSMITH DIED. Elzie Rufus Highsmith, age 59, well known Charlton County farmer, passed away at his home in the Prescott Community Monday following a brief illness of pneumonia and heart trouble. He died suddenly. He was in Folkston Monday afternoon to see a doctor and passed away about 7:00 Monday night shortly after returning home. A native of Wayne County, where he was born in 1880, he had been a citizen of Charlton County for more than thirty years. Besides his wife, Mrs. Artie O’Berry Highsmith, survivors include two sons, Everett and Raymond Highsmith; four daughters, Ruth, Evelyn and Mamie Highsmith and Mrs. Ioma Jacobs; one brother, Cecil Highsmith; one sister, Mrs. Ruth Davis; his stepmother, Mrs. Laura Highsmith; four half brothers, Henry, Felix, Joe and Jasper Highsmith; three half sisters, Mrs. Lillie King, Mrs. Martha Warren and Miss Zincie Highsmith. Funeral services were held with interment in the Allen cemetery.

MAUND-PHILIPS WEDDING. The marriage of Miss Ella Ligon Maund, daughter of Mr. J.B. Maund of Junction City, Ga. to James Clinton Philips of Andalusia , Ala. is of interest to a wide circle of friends. The ceremony was performed in the Folkston Methodist parsonage by Rev. Swoll Sawyer on March 27th. Both Mr. and Mrs. Philips have been teachers in the St. George school for the past year.

GRACE CHAPEL SERVICES. There will be church at Grace Chapel Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock. Everyone is invited.

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