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Digest of Charlton County Herald - April 1929

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

April 5, 1929

ADOPTION. During Superior Court Mack Loyd and Mrs. Dora Loyd petitioned for the adoption of Norma Corneal and an order for adoption was granted.

FATHER AND SON SENTENCED IN MURDER. During Superior Court, Homer Hickox, pleading guilty to murder on indictment of having slain Manning Hickox, drew a life sentence. In the case of his father, D.W. Hickox, who was charged with murder under the theory that he commanded and abetted the murder, the jury brought in a verdict of voluntary manslaughter with a sentence of one to four years.

WEDDING. A marriage of interest to their many Charlton County friends was the nuptials of Miss Birdie Prescott, daughter of Mr. Ollie Prescott, and Mr. Wash Davis Thursday at the home of Mrs. J.J. Stokes in Folkston, Rev. M.G. Davis officiating.

NEW FENCE AT ST. GEORGE CEMETERY. The effort last week to erect the new fence at the St. George Cemetery was a success, so far as it went, but there were not as many workers in evidence as there should have been. What few were on the ground did wonderfully well, nearly finishing the fence work.

STRANGE PLACE TO HATCH CHICKS. The other day while trimming trees, one of the sheriff's prisoners discovered in the branch of a tree something looking like a hen. When investigated it turned out to be just that, a hen setting upon a dozen eggs.

SCHOOLS ARE CLOSING. Schools in many districts are beginning to close, and after next week, all will be closed except Folkston and St. George.

LAST MEETING AT MASONIC HALL. The County Commissioners met at the Masonic Hall this week for the last time, with little business to do. The next meeting will be in the new courthouse.

MRS. BRYANT CREWS DIED. Mrs. Bryant Crews, 83, died last Thursday at the family home in the Cowhouse near Fort Mudge. She was the wife of Mr. Bryant Crews who is the elder brother of Mr. Hamp Crews of Uptonville. They had lived together 63 years. Mrs. Crews suffered a fall something over a year ago and the illness that caused her death was brought about from it. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church and was the mother of a large family. The body was laid to rest in the High Bluff Cemetery near Slaughterville, Rev. W.O. Gibson and I.T. Hickox officiating.

April 12, 1929

AVIATION FIELD NEARLY READY. Folkston will have its Aviation Field all ready by May 1st. Lights on the highway will be strong as signals for the field's edge. In front of the Quarterman's and Gibson's, similar lights will be put up so the man in the air can know the lay of the land. Some of the beacon lights will be erected. The big light will shed two million candlepower rays of light, making the field easily observed for landing. The squad will be here next week to put in beacon lights at Callahan, Hilliard and Racepond. Mrs. Lydia Crews has donated a lot at Racepond for the light. These beacon lights will be observed by airmen from one light to another, pointing the way. Only this week a plane flew low, circled the field and dropped a note, asking why it was it was not ready as he had to light some where and had no place to go.

LITTLE MARGIE ALLEN DIED. Tuesday the spirit of little Margie Allen took its flight back to the God that gave it life, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Allen at Woodbine. She had been ill for some ten days with colitis and having been an invalid for such a long while, its strength was not sufficient to combat the dread disease. Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Allen and Rev. W.O. Gibson went over on Wednesday to accompany the remains to the burial grounds at Smyrna in Brantley County.

MR. WILLIAM PETTY DIED. The burial of Mr. Wm. Petty, age 50, occurred Monday evening at the Folkston cemetery. He died at Silco of the after affects of Typhoid Fever. He was a stiller for the Reddick Turpentine Camp and was a brother of Lige and John Petty of this community. Rev. G.H. Jacobs officiated at the burial service.

BRANTLEY COMMISSIONERS VISIT HERE. Brantley County wants a new courthouse and to that end their commissioners visited our city Wednesday to give our new edifice the once-over. In the party were Commissioners D.T. Middleton, J.B. Strickland, V.E. Rozier, M.I. Hagen, Ordinary Ivy Dowling and Judge Roberson. They expressed themselves as being much impressed with the beauty and character of our courthouse, but thought they could, with slight changes, and with only one safety fireproof vault, build for their estimate of $50,000.00. A bond election for that amount is to be called shortly to cover the amount necessary to construct it.

INTERESTING STATISTICS. An inquiry has been made to the Herald as to Charlton's population at the last census. It was 4,536. You might also want to know how many cars are registered for license tags, which is 572. In 1928 there were 522. Folkston's population was 398.

April 19, 1929

BURNT FORT BRIDGE READY FOR USE. Contractor Emory Martin, who has been doing the finishing work on the Burnt Fort bridge, completed the job and Wednesday announced that the bridge was ready for use.

MRS. BOX DIED. Last Sunday the funeral services of Mrs. Box was held at Corinth, burial at the Corinth Cemetery. She died Saturday.

MRS. REESE RYDER DIED. The death of Mrs. Reese Ryder occurred Tuesday at their home near the Screven school and burial was at Sardis, Rev. W.O. Gibson holding the funeral services. She had been ill with pellagra for over a year.

LITTLE EVELYN GREEN BORN. Born to Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Green, at their home in St. George, a baby girl on April 5th. The little girl has been named Evelyn.

April 26, 1929

DISTRICT MEETING FOR W.O.W. HERE. Folkston will be host to the Woodman of the World of this district on May 23 in their annual Log Rolling contest. We may expect 1500 people here then. Interest in the local organization is enthusiastic as is attested by the new membership, some 25 having their applications in and five will ride the goat Friday evening. Local Consul C.S. Bethel will preside at this occasion. The Scott Building will be arranged for the noonday meal. Other amusements including a baseball game and a moving picture show are to be had.

ASKEW GROCERY CLOSES. Thursday of last week the Askew Grocery Co. closed its doors for the purpose of adjusting some financial affairs. Mr. Askew will not reopen, but someone else may.

MRS. EMMA IRENE ALTMAN GIBSON DIED. Folkston was shocked Monday by the announcement that Mrs. W.E. Gibson had succumbed to the summons from her Lord at 4:00 o'clock after an illness since l:00 o'clock in the morning from a hemorrhage. Her condition was not considered serious and Mr. Gibson had gone for the children at school to find that she had answered the Master's call during his few minutes absence and his mother and sisters arriving to see her shortly afterwards were filled with sorrow to find her asleep in Jesus. Mrs. Gibson was a quiet, home-loving type of woman who lived her life in goodly works in an unassuming way, a consecrated Christian woman. Her neighbors were devoted friends and two of them, Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Raynor were administering to her when she peacefully fell asleep. Mrs. Emma Irene Altman Gibson was the wife of Mr. W.E. Gibson, daughter of Mr. M. Altman, born 33 years ago near Folkston where she has resided practically all of her life. She is survived by Mr. Gibson and four children, Lorene, Wallace, Irene and little Marcelle; her father, M. Altman; two sisters, Mrs. John W. Colson and Mrs. J.A. Prevatt; five brothers, Rev. E.M. Altman, C.J. Altman, S.M. Altman, Ben A. Altman and twin brother Elbert Altman. The remains were laid to rest at Sardis cemetery. Funeral service was conducted by Rev. C.C. Coursey of Philadelphia Free Will Baptist Church, of which she was an active member.

AVIATION FIELD NEARLY READY. The county grader machinery was busy Monday getting the Aviation Field in shape for sodding and the report is that the landing of planes can be done safely on May lst. The stringing of the 46 lights and topping of trees over 35 feet high in close proximity to the grounds is now going on. At any rate, ships need not pass in the night as the haven is ready for those desiring to drop in on us.

CARPET GRASS EXPERIMENT. Walter Hopkins, down Toledo way, has agreed to plant ten acres in carpet grass seed, an idea of getting rid of wiregrass and also acting as a firebreak. When W.C. gets a good idea in his head, he sticks to it. May this ten acres grow into a hundred.

WEDDING. A wedding of interest to their many friends took place Saturday at the home of the bride, Mrs. L.S. Simpson, who was joined in wedlock to Mr. Ed Wainwright, formerly of Charlton County but now making his home here. The ceremony was performed by Rev. R.T. Peeples, local Baptist preacher. ---Southeast Georgian [Kingsland].

VAUDEVILLE COMING TO FOLKSTON. Amusements in Folkston have been the order of the day of late, especially on the weekends. Friday and Saturday nights we have a vaudeville this week at Paxton's Theater.

DR. McCOY IS NOW RETIRED ARMY DOCTOR. Dr. W.R. McCoy received advice last week from the War Department that he had been placed upon the retired Army list with the rank of Captain which gives him two- thirds pay of an officer of that rank. This is not only an honor but gives Dr. McCoy the distinction of being one of three officers in this district. Glad are we to know of his good fortune.

MR. HULING RECEIVES PENSION. Mr. W.L. Huling returned this week from Atlanta where he went before the Pension Board for examination concerning an application filed in 1920. He passed with a 45% disability which will give him $45.00 per month. Back pension due him amounts to $3,000.00. Walter suffered from shell-shock, with his hearing destroyed. We are glad that his just due has been recognized at last.

FORMER DEPOT AGENT VISITS. Mr. R.C. Carver, wife and small son were visitors in St. George last week. He was formerly depot agent at this point.

GEORGIA HOSPITAL DAY. May 5th is Georgia Hospital Day. Announcement has been made for a special collection on this day. It is possible that the young people of the Sunday Schools will sponsor an entertainment in the cause.

CEMETERY FENCE COMPLETED. Mr. Fred Osterman was busy the past week seeing those who contributed money towards erection of a new fence around the St. George cemetery. This time he was returning a goodly part of the contribution as the fence and material have been paid for, the fence has been erected with money to spare.

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