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Digest of Charlton County Herald - March 1940

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

March 1, 1940

MR. MOSE CREWS DIED. Mr. Mose Crews, Sr., who was in a serious condition, suffering probably from pneumonia, requested a few of his friends and relatives and Rev. R.W. Waterman to assemble at his bedside and have a brief service last Thursday night. Rev. Waterman failed to show up but friends went to Waycross and got the Rev. Hughie Dixon to come and at midnight have a short service, after which Mr. Crews united with the church. His many friends will regret to know that he continued to grow worse and Sunday afternoon passed away. He was in his 82nd year.
Mose M. Crews, Sr., age 82, one of the county’s most widely known citizens passed away at his home near Winokur Sunday after a brief illness due to the infirmities of age. He was a resident of Charlton County all his long life. He was a farmer and stock raiser and owned a plantation between Mattox and Winokur where he made his home. Funeral services were held at the home and burial was in Bachlott cemetery in Brantley County. Survivors include his widow and ten children, William Crews, Eaton Crews, Mrs. Alfred Crews, Bert Crews, Mrs. S.A. Johns, Robert Crews, Arch Crews, Mrs. Ailey Crews, Mrs. Allen Kirkland and Rufus Crews; sixty-six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

MIZELL - WILLIAMS WEDDING. A matter that will be of much interest to a wide circle of friends is that of Miss Sallie Lou Mizell and Mr. Eugene Williams which took place February 18 at Blackshear where they motored to have the ceremony performed. The marriage was not announced to friends until last Friday. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. P.G. Mizell and the groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. A.D. Williams. They are making their home at the residence of the groom’s parents. He is an employee of the Hercules Powder Co.

ARCH CREWS DIED. Arch Crews, age about 57, lifelong resident of Charlton County, died Saturday night at the home of Buddy Harris under somewhat mysterious circumstances. Justice of the Peace W.E. Banks empanelled a jury with Dr. W.R. McCoy acting as medical advisor. The coroner’s jury recommended that Buddy Harris, his son Johnnie Harris and Herman Lee Thomas, a 13 year old boy, be taken into custody. Funeral services for the deceased, who is survived by his widow and several children, were held Monday with interment in the Green cemetery near Kent, Fla.

CREWS HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE. Mr. H.H. Crews, county Tax Receiver, suffered a complete loss by fire of his large two story home a week ago this afternoon. News of the fire reached Mr. Crews at the courthouse too late for him to do anything about it other than rush to the scene. His home was about a mile and a half west of Folkston. He and his family are now living in the Riley Roddenberry home. Practically nothing was saved from the building, which was too far gone when discovered. A boy plowing in a nearby field first noticed the fire and gave the alarm. By the time anyone could reach the building it was burning too briskly to enter and bring out anything except a small amount of bed covering. It is supposed that a faulty flue was the cause of the fire. Mrs. Crews first information of the danger in which she stood was the alarm given by the plow boy.

PLEASANT GROVE CHURCH TO HAVE ORGAN. An Estey organ was purchased for Pleasant Grove Okefenokee Mission. It is expected to have the organ for use in the Sunday afternoon service. Anyone charitably disposed can give their donation to the editor of the Herald. Amount yet due on the organ is $5.00.

POLL TAX DUE. Citizens of Charlton County who have not yet paid their poll tax for 1939 are again reminded this tax must be paid on or before May 5th in order to qualify as a voter in the state primary to be held in September.

NEW BABY GIRL FOR WRIGHT FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Wright of Burnt Fort announce the arrival of a baby girl born at Brunswick hospital on February 26th. Mrs. Wright will be remembered as Mary Frances Shivar of this city.

March 8, 1940

MR. JAMES PINCKNEY GARRISON DIED. This community suffered a distinct loss on the death of James Pinckney Garrison, 78, who passed to his reward Saturday at his home in Homeland. He had been confined to bed since last August from a stroke of paralysis. The funeral was held from First Baptist Church of which he was a member. Interment followed in the Folkston cemetery. He was given a Masonic burial, being a member of that order for over a quarter of a century. He came to Homeland more than twenty-five years ago from South Carolina. He served seven terms as city councilman. He leaves a wife; three sons, Lewis, Paul and Earl Garrison, and a daughter, Mrs. Carroll Wright. He also had one brother living in South Carolina.

MR. GLENN W. GOWEN DIED. Mr. Glenn W. Gowen, age 65, passed away at his home in Hilliard Friday after being stricken with a heart attack. He was a native of Charlton County and engaged in the naval stores business. Funeral services were held from Hilliard Methodist Church and interment was in Traders Hill Cemetery. Besides his widow, Mrs. Minnie Gowen, survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Rotha Cohron, Mrs. Edna Smith and Mrs. Vera Scott; three brothers, J.V. Gowen, Sr., Andrew Gowen and half-brother, Willie Vernon; five sisters, Mrs. Laura Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Flora Copeland, Mrs. Katie Casey, Mrs. Annie Vickery and Mrs. Mary Brock.

March 15, 1940

DAVID J. RATCLIFF DIED. David J. Ratcliff, age 14, died at his home in St. George after a long fight with serious heart trouble. He had been in a Jacksonville hospital where he had been given several blood transfusions. The funeral was in the family home and interment in a family lot in a Savannah cemetery. The funeral party passed through Folkston Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Ratcliff, father and mother, survive their son, as three brothers, James, William E., Jr. and George Holtzendorf and a sister, Betty Ratcliff. He is a grandson of Rev. F.A. Ratcliff, retired Methodist preacher. His father is a mail clerk, running between Jacksonville and Atlanta [probably in mail car on train]. Adkins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

JOSEPH C. GUINN DIED. The funeral and interment of Joseph C. Guinn was held Sunday in the Folkston cemetery. He died Saturday morning after a short illness, following a stroke of paralysis. He was 62 years old and spent his entire life in this section. He is survived by a large family including his widow, six daughters, Mrs. Leroy Knowles, Mrs. Ernest Knowles, Mrs. Edgar Woolard, Mae Guinn, Helen Guinn and Alice Guinn and two sons, E. L. Guinn and Carl Guinn.

March 22, 1940

MRS. ANNIE B. SYMONDS FOUND DEAD. Annie B. Symonds, a Negro woman about seventy years old was found burned to death in the ruins of her home at Winokur last Sunday. The house had burned during Saturday night. The body was found near the back door. Her husband who is employed by Hercules Powder Co. was not at home.

COMMISSIONERS USE PRIZE MONEY FOR CLINIC. The commissioners decided to donate $500.00, the amount received from the Atlanta Constitution as the third award in its Progressive Government Contest, toward equipping the county clinic.

TWIN DAUGHTERS FOR WAINWRIGHT FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Wainwright of Jacksonville, announce the birth of twin girls born Monday morning at their home. They have been named Kaye and Faye. Mrs. Wainwright is the former Miss Valentine Altman.

March 29, 1940

MRS. ANNA HARRIS MURCHISON DIED. The funeral of Mrs. Anna Murchison of Eastman, was held in the Folkston Methodist Church Monday and interment was in Corinth cemetery. She returned to her father’s home about a week ago, seriously ill and continued to grow worse until her death Sunday. She is survived by her father, Jasper H. Harris; one brother, T.W. Harris; four sisters, Mrs. W.P. Rhoden, Mrs. B.M. Prescott, Mrs. Lelia Harris, Miss Eunice Harris. Mrs. Murchison recently lost her husband. Adkins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

BARNES - GOWEN WEDDING. Mrs. Inez Barnes and Mr. Andrew G. Gowen were married Saturday evening at the Baptist pastorium, Rev. R.W. Waterman officiating. Mr. Gowen is foreman at the CCC camp.

NEW BABY BOY FOR JONES FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Jones announce the birth of a fine baby boy March 25 at Dr. Fleming’s Hospital. Both mother and baby are reported to be getting along well. The new arrival has been given the name Johnnie Mack in honor of his maternal grandfather, Mr. J.M. Wildes.

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