Searchable Digest of Charlton County Herald - April 1931

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

April 3, 1931

MRS. CHARLES CASON DIED. Mrs. Charles Cason died Monday from pneumonia. She became ill the past week, just before the death of her husband, and while her case was not considered dangerous, the illness of a son and a daughter seemed to aggravate her case, and the worry caused her temperature to rise and Death came to relieve her Monday. She was buried Tuesday at the Thompson Cemetery beside Mr. Cason who was buried last week. Both parents having died, there are now four orphans, the oldest son, 17, being seriously ill and a small daughter ill who occupied the same bed when her mother died. The Baptists have been looking after the family keeping nurses there. The family, being very poor, Mrs. Cason aided support of the family by working, pulling turpentine boxes and cutting wood.

COMMUNITY RALLIES AROUND SICK ORPHANS. When Mrs. Cason died Monday there were four children left orphans: Warren,the eldest, being quite ill with pneumonia, was growing worse, so Rev. Poindexter, who has been looking after the family, made a way for him to be taken to the hospital in Waycross. His son came down from Baxley with his ambulance and took Warren to Waycross. The other three children have been placed as follows: Roscoe, 15, has been placed with Sammie Altman; Irene, 13, was placed with Dr. and Mrs. McCoy and Dozier, ll, was taken in charge by Rev. J.D. Poindexter. Warren, 18, is considered so ill that his recovery is doubtful.

MILTON CREWS CASE RECESSED. Jurors for Superior Court were recessed until April 6th to give Milton Crews, charged with the murder of Layton Hendrix, a trial without keeping him in jail until the regular Fall Term, and give his attorney time to prepare the case. Crews is now in jail, as well as two witnesses who were sent for in another county, after they had left as Mrs. Lydia Crews, wife of the defendant, had been cited for contempt as having had something to do with their disappearance.

JOKES ON APRIL FOOL'S DAY. Wednesday was All-Fools Day and as usual the school boys played hookey. Some, with a sense of humor, played a joke on several of our business men. Tom Gowen got a message from Raynor's Station that someone there was trying to cash a check signed by him. Tom told them it was a forgery and he would be right down -- and it was a joke. The same stunt was pulled on Oscar Raynor and he went running to get his man. LaVerne Pickren left his dinner taking his wrecker to pull a fellow out of the ditch, to find it a joke.

NEW BARBER. Fitzhugh Murray has taken charge of the barber shop in the Passieu Building and is now holding down the job. Fitz is said to be a good barber.

SUNDAY SCHOOLS ARE GROWING. The interest in the Sunday School at Uptonville has been growing steadily. Supt. Eli Waughtel has been receiving aid from several of the church workers in Folkston. The work of getting rural children to Sunday School is one that has been receiving attention, the school bus having been put on from the Traders Hill section, bringing the children to Folkston.

April 10, 1931

CAR SALES ARE VERY GOOD. The Passieu Motor Co. claims the distinction of outselling any other Ford agency in these parts. In the past 30 days they have recorded the sale of 35 cars.

LEONARD O'CAIN IS BACK. "Just can't stay away," said Leonard O'Cain to the Herald man this week. "Folkston is too much of a real home and drifting back is natural. Don't forget to change my address back!" Leonard is giving his time to the proper construction of the foundation upon which the big water tank is to be built.

4-H CLUB PARK HAS VISITORS. The first visitors to the 4-H Club Park came Friday. Mr. Hursey was present at the meeting and said they had been hearing of our new 100 acre park and many expressed the desire to visit it. Three carloads came and inspected the site and building now in progress. The old swimming hole was visited and the lay of the land for a pond was shown. Mrs. B.G. McDonald and Mrs. C.E. Roy, with a group of 4-H Club girls, served a luncheon of hot coffee and sandwiches. One of the visitors, County Agent Hyde of Ware County, says that the park is the greatest work of any county agent.

LARGE PLANE LANDS HERE. Last Sunday one of the large seven-passenger planes flying south was unable to land in Jacksonville on account of low hanging clouds and rain. It just doubled back to Folkston, landed and was housed in the shake of a goat's tail. The Standard Oil people gassed it up and it was shortly ready to go again. This plane was 60 feet from tip to tip and seems to take less landing and rising space than the smaller planes. When it took to the air it rose aloft in less than 100 feet, made a wide circle, struck its course and was off to Florida.

THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of The Citizens Bank at close of business on March 25, 1931: Resources: $395,182.66.

TRIAL MAY BE DELAYED. Col. John Gibson was down Wednesday conferring with his client, Milton Crews. Col. Gibson tells us that Col. Blalock is suffering from an infected foot which is causing him much trouble. This may cause the trial to be postponed.

VISITOR OF NOTE. The younger W.K. Vanderbilt was a stopover shopper in our town this past weekend. He seems to be a regular guy, bought some lunch goods from Gowen Bros. store and acted as if he was just one more human being passing this way.

RATES LOWERED. The gas rates were cut in Georgia cities to eighteen cents per gallon this week.

BAPTIST CHURCH ORGANIZED AT WINOKUR. The revival at Winokur has been one of the best ever conducted in the county. At every service the house has been packed. Rev. Poindexter, pastor of the local church, and Rev. T.W. Calloway of Waycross have delivered messages. Thirty- two have united with the church and were baptized Thursday afternoon. The organization of the church was perfected Thursday night.

WEDDINGS. During March, eight births and four deaths were recorded in the Ordinary's office. March marriage records are as follows: ....Sterling Nobles and Effie Boyd, Newell, on the 14th. ....One couple that had romance in it did not wish names known at present. They were married by Rev. H.C. Griffin on the 15th. ....Dewey Brown and Ruth McVean, on the 13th by H.S. Hodges. ....Carswell Johns and Miss Louise ......, Winokur, on the 28th, by Eddie Crews.

MR. WILLIAM H. TAYLOR DIED. Mr. William H. Taylor, age 78, citizen of Charlton all of his life, died at the home of his son, Richard Taylor, Saturday. He had been seriously ill for some five weeks. He was buried at Sardis, Rev. W.O. Gibson and Rev. I.T. Hickox officiating, he being a member of the Primitive Church. He is survived by his wife and two sons, John Taylor and Richard Taylor; and six daughters Mrs. Sallie Cooper, Mrs. Grady Thrift, Mrs. H.M. Griffin, Mrs. Azzie Thrift, Miss Malinda Taylor and Miss Carrie Taylor. He had been a resident of the Sardis neighborhood all his life, reared a family of eight and has always been considered a good citizen.

April 17, 1931

WATER TANK INSTALLATION. The work on the big water tank is going on under the direction of Leonard O'Cain and E.L. Martin. The big steel uprights are being put on concrete base that piling were driven down 25 feet underneath. These big beams will push the tank 100 feet in the air so that there will be pressure to send water with force all over the town.

WEDDING. Mr. Lewis H. Hardin, now of Perry, Ga., with the highway department, was married to Miss Goldie Crews, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Crews, a Brantley County farmer, on Easter Sunday. They will make their home at Perry.

HUMPHREY A. McCRANIE DIED. Humphrey A. McCranie, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus A. McCranie, died at an early hour yesterday after a brief illness of pneumonia at the King's Daughters Hospital in Waycross.

WEDDING. A quiet wedding was celebrated on April 9th when Mr. John L. Wynn of St. Petersburg, Fla. was married to Miss Julia Catherine Mills, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mills. They will make Florida their home.

L.E. STOKES TO BUILD HOME. Our fellow townsman, L.E. Stokes, chairman of the Board of Education, will shortly start to build an eight room home on property owned by him near J.C. Littlefield's home. The house will be a one story structure and will be started shortly, so we learn. Mr. Stokes and his interesting family are at present living in the Dormitory.

April 24, 1931

APPLICATION FOR BAIL REFUSED. The application for bail for Milton Crews, charged with murder, was heard before Judge Dickerson at Douglas, and refused.

CONFEDERATE VETERANS' PENSION. Ordinary H.G. Gibson delivered the February pension money to our two Confederate veterans Monday. This makes two payments of $30.00 each for this year. Both of them live in the same home and the judge delivered the pension in person, taking their receipt as required, as they rarely ever get to Folkston. [Mr. John Vickery and Mr. Jesse Grooms].

MR. KENNETH HOPKINS DIED. Mr. Kenneth Hopkins died at his home at Toledo last Friday after an illness of something like two years, of Bright's Disease, the last six months of that confined to his bed. He was connected with his brother, W.C. Hopkins, in the turpentine business. He was buried in the old family burial grounds two miles from Burnt Fort in Camden County. The service was read by Rev H.C. Griffin. His six brothers, W.C. Hopkins, Alvin Hopkins, Tim Hopkins, Morris Hopkins, Robert Hopkins and Lee Hopkins were pallbearers. Besides the brothers Mr. Hopkins leaves a wife and small son and daughter and three sisters. Many friends from St. George and Folkston attended the last rites and were met at the cemetery by a large number of Camden County friends and relatives.

MRS. HARRY RODDENBERRY DIED. Mrs. Harry Roddenberry died at Lumber City and was buried at Corinth Cemetery Friday a week ago. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lige Wasdin, formerly of this county. The funeral service was held at the grave by Rev. J.D. Poindexter. Four children and her husband survive her, also her parents who now live near Lumber City. [Mrs. Iona Wasdin Roddenberry].

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