Digest of Charlton County Herald - March, 1944

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

March 3, 1944

SIKES AND SMITH WINNERS IN COUNTY PRIMARY. For the two contested offices in the Primary election Wednesday, one of the incumbents was re-elected and the other lost to his opponent. Sheriff J.O. Sikes was the winner, defeating W.L. Thomas and County School Supt. John Harris was defeated by William S. Smith.

TUCKER OPENS STORE AT MATTOX. L.H. Tucker, who closed his general mercantile business at Mattox several months ago, returned to Charlton County and re-opened his store there Monday to serve the people of that community.

CLYDE GOWEN VISITS FAMILY. E.C. Gowen of the US Marine Corps, stationed at San Diego, arrived here Wednesday to spend a brief leave with family. On the long trip home Clyde traveled by the modern hitch-hiking method, catching an Army bombing plane to Kansas City where he made close connections with another Army plane to Tallahassee. He left San Diego Tuesday and reached Folkston Wednesday night, coming from Tallahassee by bus.

SUWANNEE STORE MOVES ACROSS THE RAILROAD. The Suwannee Store, a grocery, feed, seed, grain and general merchandise concern, operated here as a unit of South Ga. Grocery Co. under direction of C.H. Lewis, manager, this week moved from its former location next door to the Folkston Pharmacy into its new quarters in the corner building of the Wade Block.

MIZELL RESIGNS AS FOLKSTON’S MAYOR. After serving Folkston faithfully as Mayor for the past three years, William Mizell this week tendered his resignation to the City Council effective immediately. He turned over the mayor’s duties to Mayor Pro-Tem C.J. Passieu who will be his successor.

March 10, 1944

MAYOR PASSIEU BEGINS NEW TERM. At a special meeting of the city council Monday Mayor Pro-Tem C.J. Passieu took over the duties as Folkston’s mayor, succeeding Mayor William Mizell. The city council is composed of John B. Southwell, E.B. Stapleton, Theo Dinkins and H. Russell Johnson.

VICTORY GARDEN PLANTING TIME. The Folkston and Charlton County schools are closed this week for the regular spring vacation and many of the pupils are reported to be taking opportunities to plant their Victory Gardens.

MR. JOHN M. SIKES DIED. John M. Sikes, 72, died at his residence near Folkston last Friday after a short illness. Besides his widow he is survived by three sons, Dan M. Sikes, Dean R. Sikes and Wendell Sikes of the US Army in Italy; three daughters, Mrs. James V. Yeomans, Mrs. August Merkle and Mrs. E.D. Batten; a brother, Daniel Sikes and twelve grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Sardis Church with burial in Sardis Cemetery. Mincey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

ERNEST GIBBS KILLED FOLLOWING QUARREL. Ernest Gibbs, colored, age about 30, was shot and instantly killed by Fred Jackson, colored, at a Negro jook joint near Traders Hill Sunday morning. The fatal encounter is said to have resulted from a drunken quarrel.

POSTAGE RATE CHANGES. Three cents postage will be required on all first class local mail beginning March 26. Effective on the same date, all air-mail postage will be increased to eight cents per ounce. Until March 26 the postage rate for local mail will remain at two cents.

March 17, 1944

MR. COLONEL PETTY DIED. Colonel Petty, who is said to have been 74 years old, passed away at his home in the Cornhouse Creek community Wednesday of last week following an attack of paralysis of which he was stricken two weeks previously. A lifelong resident of Charlton County, Mr. Petty was one of the oldest citizens of the Traders Hill district. He had a wide circle of friends throughout the community who will learn of his death with sorrow. Funeral services were held at the graveside, with interment in Sardis Cemetery.

BABY CURTIS J. ELDER DIED. Curtis J. Elder, seven months old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Elder of St. George, died in a Waycross hospital Saturday. Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister Betty Jane, his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Elder and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. I.T. Hickox. Funeral services were held Sunday at Corinth Church with burial in Corinth Cemetery.

March 24, 1944

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY ORGANIZED. A special meeting of the American Legion Post was held Thursday at the courthouse when an auxiliary for the ladies was organized.FIVE & TEN CENT STORE

OPENS FOR BUSINESS. The newest enterprise for Folkston is a 5c and 10c store, which is to be opened for business Saturday in the Wade Building under the ownership of Mr. Lott who recently came here from Baxley.

NEW DAUGHTER FOR DASHER FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Dasher of Marlow, Ga. announce the birth of an eight pound baby daughter born March 18. The little girl has been named Peggy Elaine. Mrs. Dasher is the former Miss Althea Altman.

MR. CUBA CREWS DROWNED WHILE FISHING. Cuba Crews, age 40, well known resident of the St. George community, met death by drowning when he, in some manner unknown, fell into the St. Marys River while fishing from a boat last Thursday morning. A post mortem examination was conducted by a physician who stated there was no evidence of foul play and that he evidently fell into the river after suffering a heart attack. Funeral services were held in St. George with interment in Boones Creek Cemetery.

CHARLIE ADKINS ENLISTS IN NAVY. C.F. Adkins, formerly engaged in the undertaking business here, has been accepted in the US Navy and is to report for active duty early in April.

March 31, 1944

No interesting local news reported in this issue.

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