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Digest of Charlton County Herald April 1934

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

April 6

CLEAN-UP WEEK. Quite a number cleaned up their premises as requested by Dr. Fleming this week. Back yards, stables and outhouses should receive attention, then unsightly tin cans should be buried to keep down mosquito production.

VICKERY FARM SOLD. The old John Vickery farm, owned by J.W. Vickery, was sold to T.E. Newbold of Philadelphia, a friend of Mr. Hebard, who will use it for a winter home. Mr. Newbold's wife and son spent some time here this winter and fell in love with this section. He wanted a "camping place" and this lovely place attracted them.

ROWE ESTATE SOLD. At the administrator's sale Tuesday Andy Gowen bid in the I.G. Rowe farm south of St. George. The estate consists of over 200 acres and was knocked down to Mr. Gowen for $225.00. He was offered $50.00 for his bargain before the sun set.

FOLKSTON'S WATERWORKS EXTENSION. The mayor and council met this week to sign up the water extension contract with the Boyce Co. of Clearwater. Mr. Boyce was here and signed it, then went on to Atlanta to place his bond. Everything is ready for the start of work as soon as the money is received.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. Rev. A. Linton Johnson of Blackshear will conduct the services at the Presbyterian Church on Thursday evening. These services will be conducted every Thursday evening at 8:00.

TEACHERS TO BE PAID. Payment of February and March salaries to Georgia common school teachers was to be made this week from an $800,000 grant allotted by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. This will pay the teachers in full for February and March.

BOILS MAKE YOU SICK. Complaints known to man are many but the editor experienced one the past week that is an exception. His proboscis swelled up, became sore, then it was discovered that he had a nice little boil on the inside thereof. With a little touch of biliousness this laid him up for three days, but Monday he was getting spry again. Clyde Gowen said that his pets are on his arm, making that member unusable and with my sore nose we were both affected on our worse spots.

DEVICE ENABLES YOU TO PARK YOUR VOICE. Cambridge, Mass.--Now you can park your voice just as you park your car. The vocal parking space device has been exhibited at Harvard University. The parking space consists of a thin steel ribbon which flows along in plain sight at about one foot per second. Unlike any other form of recording speech it is not necessary to process the ribbon or treat it in any way. The voice is impressed upon it directly by means of two small magnets which produce a varying magnetization of the steel tape corresponding to the sound waves in one's speech. Any time the words parked are wanted for transmission, the ribbon is run through a second set of magnets and the speech is reproduced in the form of an electric current.

WEDDING. E.H. Jenkins and Ethel Johns, both of St. George, were married by Judge H.S. Hodges on March 31st at St. George.

WEDDING. Judge Gibson united in wedlock A.F. Hale of Homeland Mrs. Lula Petty of Thomas Camp Wednesday. The couple will reside in Homeland at the Bass cottage.

GOOD ROADSIDE BUSINESS. A roadside peddler of pecans in Homeland reports that only recently he sold $100. worth of pecans in one day. Just packages of them with $1.00 worth in each package to
highway traffic.

ANDREW A. PRITCHARD DIED. Andrew A. Pritchard, 58, of Homeland, died March 30 following an illness of several months. He was born in New York City May 25, 1876. He came to this country some thirty years ago. He was a member of the Baptist Church at Folkston. Funeral services were conducted at the home and interment was at Homeland Cemetery. Mrs. Pritchard is his only surviving relative here, but he has a brother living in New Jersey.

AD. Let us screen test your oil. It may need changing at once. This service is free. PICKREN SERVICE GARAGE.

April 13, 1934

AMARILLOS IN BLOOM. Folkston is becoming famous for its amarillo garden, and the beauty of them is now at the peak with many fine blooms and varied colors. The garden of Dr. A. Fleming is becoming the showplace of Folkston. George White, C.W. Waughtel and Mose Crews have abundant plantings of these beautiful lilies and we all point with pride to the show they make for our visitors. The sale of amarills are bringing a neat sum to those who show them in the restaurants and drug stores. Fifty cents per bulb being paid for them in neat boxes in full bloom.

LITTLE MITCHELL PRESCOTT DIED. The Death Angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Prescott Tuesday taking their little two-months old son, Mitchell. It died of pneumonia and was buried in the St. George Cemetery.

DEAD MAN'S CURVE AT MATTOX. A concerted movement has been launched for the correction for which has been termed a serious hazard on the Waycross-Jacksonville highway at Mattox. On "dead man's curve" at Mattox fourteen lives have been lost since the paving of the Dixie Highway. Two people lost their lives on the curve about three weeks ago and since that time a bus has turned over with a number of students narrowly escaping serious injury. A resolution of the county commissioners calls attention to this asking the state highway dept. to eliminate this perilous S curve.

REV. W.O. GIBSON WRITES. Editor of the Herald: This morning when the rural mail carrier passed our gate and put some letters in the mailbox I began again my "meditations" and to compare in my mind the present with the past.

When the Civil War was over mail facilities were restored and a system that was satisfactory then was established. What was the system. The mail was brought from St. Marys and Camden County to Centrevillage, a distance of 32 miles once a week with a horse and buggy. Sometimes when there was a heavier mail than usual there would be as many as fifty letters and perhaps half a dozen newspapers. Of course as conditions improved more letters were sent and sometimes an ordinary mail pouch would be half filled with letters and papers. It is safe to say that in those days three-fourths of the grown people in Charlton County did not receive a letter through the mails in a year. For some time Centrevillage was the only post office in the county and it was with some difficulty that this office was filled. Of the few men left by the war, none were republicans and of course democrats were not eligible. Finally an old man, who was a comical indifferent sort of a character, agreed to become a republican and he was appointed postmaster. He put Mr. John R. Bachlott in charge of the office. The "office" consisted of enough pigeon-holes to use all the letters of the alphabet that was supposed to begin proper names. The case containing these pigeon-holes was about four feet square and was set on the end of a counter near to the front door of a store. Very few, if any, went to the post office to inquire for mail, only on Saturdays when they went to town on other business.

In or about the year 1867, three gentlemen from middle Georgia, Capt. W.W. Parker and Capt. J.S. Tyner, who were officers in the Civil War, and a Mr. David Hill came to Coleraine and under the firm name of Parker-Tyner and Co. erected a sawmill at Muscogee Landing about 3/4 mile up the river from where Mr. Hebard's winter home is located. I learned in my childhood that here is where the Indians used to cross the river. Not long after the sawmill was put in operation, Mr. Hill who was afflicted with a severe case of asthma, ended his life by putting a pistol in his mouth and sending a ball into his brain. Capt. Parker soon sold his interest in the business to Capt. Tyner and returned to Macon where he engaged in the hardware business. Capt. Tyner, who was held in the highest esteem by all who came in personal contact with him, continued to operate the sawmill till the time of his death which occurred as the result of tuberculosis about the year 1875.

Perhaps very few of your readers know that if he had lived, no doubt Centrevillage would have been a railroad town long before Folkston was ever thought of. A company was organized under the name of the St. Marys and Western Railroad Co. having for its purpose the building of a railroad from St. Marys to Tebeauville which is now a suburb of Waycross called Old Nine. Capt. Tyner was one of the promoters of the enterprise and was the civil engineer who surveyed the line. Col. W.G. McAdoo, father of U.S. Senator McAdoo, was president of the company. Walter B. Baker, who was born and reared in Centrevillage and died in Fernandina a few years ago, and myself, were the chain-carriers. Walter and I were then about 19 years of age and Col. McAdoo assured us that if we remained with them and the road was built we would be advanced as rapidly as conditions and our ability would warrant. I can say with certainty that I am the only living person in this part of the state who ever knew the father of Senator William McAdoo of California, who in my opinion is one of the foremost statesmen of our country and who I hope will be President Roosevelt's successor

In my next, if I write again, I will have something to say about the sawmill at Coleraine and about matters and persons connected with it. --W.O. GIBSON

THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of the Citizens Bank of Folkston and Nahunta at the close of business March 31, 1934:
Resources, $379,373.76.

CCC CAMP. Elton Warren was home from CCC camp for the weekend and reports they are making a cook out of him. He says he likes that.

BAKER STAYS BUSY. J.B. Baker has returned from an eight day trip to Florida. During his trip he set one 30 barrel turpentine still at Baldwin, also four chimneys and repaired one still for Dixie Crews, the manager at Manning.

CCC CAMP. The CCC camp at St. George has had its personnel reduced by about fifty, some of the Folkston boys dropping out from one cause or another. They are to be recruited up to standard, we understand.

DEAD MAN'S CURVE. The first step towards remedying "Dead Man's Curve" at Mattox was made this week when an iron railing was put around the place so as to keep the automobiles on the highway. It will prevent the cars turning over anyway, they say.

HUNGRY TRAVELERS. If we are to judge from the business done by our restaurants, we would say that Folkston has enjoyed more business with the traveling public than ever before. Mrs. Banks tells us she has had to have extra help quite frequently, while the Charlton Cafe makes the same report.

M.J. PRESCOTT VERY ILL. M.J. Prescott had a serious operation last week. He is a splendid young man and well thought of by a host of friends. Only last Saturday he brought home a wife, having married the previous week Miss Ernie Johns, daughter of Jake Johns, well known Brantley County farmer. The marriage was performed at Nahunta and kept secret until he brought his wife home. His father Joe Prescott has been with him every day since the operation and reports he was in a coma Wednesday having failed to return to consciousness at that time.

CCC CAMP. Henry W. Davis from Jasper, Ga. is in charge of the training of the CCC camp boys at St. George. He is Educational Advisor and was this week meeting with ministers, educators and others who would cooperate in the work with these young men.

WEDDING. A surprise wedding of the past week was the marriage of Ray Harrison of the Woodbine CCC camp to Miss Gazelle Johnson, daughter of Judge and Mrs. Henry Johnson, at Woodbine by Judge Colson on April 5th. The charming young folks are to locate in Jacksonville, so we learn. A host of friends are congratulating them on the new step in their life and wishing them many blessings.


April 20, 1934

FLY OVER FOLKSTON. Men connected with the Federal Air Circus arrived here and made arrangements to do some airplane flying on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Folkston field. They will use the same type motor that Lindbergh used in his celebrated flight across the ocean. Arrangements have been made to carry passengers around in a circle over Folkston for fifty cents per passenger.

WEDDING. Fred Gordson and Gladia Henderson of Racepond were married by Judge Gibson on the 8th.

WEDDING. James W. Smith of Blackshear and Miss Fechy Henderson of Winokur were married at Corinth Church by Rev. W.O. Gibson on April 8th.

WEDDING. J.W. Shellman and Lottie Spatcher, residents of Traders Hill were made happy by Judge Gibson when he performed the ceremony that made them man and wife on April 7th.

LITTLE GENE OPAL GROOMS. Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Grooms moved to Homeland the past week and on April 12th a fine baby girl arrived at their house. She has been named Gene Opal.

FOREST FIRE BURNS HOME. Forest fires the past week gave us quite a scare, the one near Uptonville bringing the report that Mrs. B.B. Gowen's home had been burned. The timber burning was severe covering a territory that had been protected over fifteen years.

MR. J.M. PREVATT DIED. J.M. Prevatt, one of Charlton County's oldest citizens, passed over The River April 6th at the home of his son J.A. Prevatt in Folkston. He had been in failing health for several years. He was born in Baker County, Fla. on January 2, 1855, therefore he was in his 79th year. Soon after he married Miss Mary Ann Dowling he moved to Charlton County locating on what is now known as the E.F. Dean place. They reared a family of eight children, all living. The surviving members are Mrs. Sarah Hardinson, Mrs. Mattie F. Meehan, Mrs. Nora Nazworth, J.S., J.A., O.K. Prevatt, Mrs. Minnie Robinson and Mrs. Vera Reed. The funeral
was held at Sardis and burial at Sardis Cemetery beside his beloved wife that had passed on before him.‘

April 27, 1934

FOLKSTON WATERWORKS EXTENSION. Folkston scored first in actually getting the first P.W.A. money paid out in the state by the Atlanta Federal Reserve System, for an extension of our water system. Labor employed must be from Folkston first, then from the county, and state. Those to be employed must be registered.

AMARILLO SALES. Reports from those who have seen George White's amarillo gardens say that it is grand. George has a larger area planted than Dr. Fleming. There is money made on the production of these flowers. Mr. White has been having neat wooden boxes made, holding one or two of them, and retailing them at fifty cents per bulb. They sell themselves to travelers who can not help but stop to admire them.

CCC BOYS IMPROVE FIREBREAKS. The CCC boys from St. George have begun smoothing over the fire trail leading from the county road to St. George just north of Toledo making it into a trail for trucks to go to the Swamp. The trail will parallel the St. George road running east of the Swamp, also paralleling the Uptonville road leading by Bethel.

REV. W.O. GIBSON WRITES: Dear Editor of Herald, Instead of telling you about the sawmill at Coleraine I have something I prefer to write about at this time. Through the courtesy of L.E. Mallard I visited old Leigh Hill a few days ago. This old historic place is near the St. Marys River one mile above Coleraine. I say historic, for such it is to me. I spent the first 21 years of my life near its foot where my mother was born and lived and died. In January 1830 my grandfather James J. Leigh moved from Nassau County, Fla. to make his home in Georgia, his native state. He was born and reared in Liberty County and went to Florida in 1823. He stopped at Coleraine in order to select a location on which to build a home. He was at first attracted to the natural beauty of this hill and decided to make a home there but before building he changed his mind and selected a location near the public road one mile above Coleraine and opposite Leigh Hill and where he died in 1839.

I had not seen the old hill in nearly sixty years and naturally my emotions were stirred when I saw it. Instead of house and fields as I used to see it, Nature had been at work as time passed and had placed there a forest of oaks, pines and other trees that no hands beside hers could equal in beauty. The situation of the hill is not clearly seen on account of the dense undergrowth covering it. I could not venture an estimate of its altitude though it rises to a considerable height above the flat woods or pasture lands surrounding it. It is circular and formed with a gradual slope to the base which is something like one-fourth of a mile in each direction. The soil was very fertile when in cultivation and the finest peach orchard I have ever seen in south Georgia was on Leigh Hill when I was a boy.

What a wonder it is that this place has escaped notice for so long a time. With the proper clearing of undergrowth and the pruning of trees, Leigh Hill could almost rival Bonaventure in scenic beauty. Another fact that might make the word historic admissible is that on the river half a mile away is an old landing called the Sawpit Landing. I wonder how many of your readers know what the name implies. Many years ago an arrangement was made there for the sawing of such lumber as necessity really demanded, mostly for making coffins. A pit was made in the ground about 10 feet long and four feet wide with a depth of about five or six feet. Across this pit two logs were laid and the log to be sawed was placed on these and lengthwise the pit. Two sides of the log was slabbed and hewn with axes. It was then put in place and was of whatever length the boards were desired. With a "straight edge", a line was made with a piece of chalk where the saw was to run to make the board. If chalk was not convenient charcoal was used. One man stood on a frame above the log and another stood in the pit and with a common crosscut saw a board was made. It was slow, hard work but it was better than to have no lumber. 
The old pit is there yet but the men who worked and sweated in it have long been gone and most or perhaps all of them were buried in coffins made of lumber that was made by more modern methods, though it is safe to say none of them were put in what we now call caskets. If we could go backwards to those good old days when the tooting of an automobile horn would have alarmed us, fewer coffins and caskets would be needed, and the morals of the people would no doubt be several grades higher than they are.
--W.O. GIBSON

REGISTER NOW TO VOTE. Registering by paying poll taxes have been getting a few of our citizens this past week. Everyone should vote. It requires registration and poll tax paying to qualify you. Do it before May 5th.

AUNT LIZA THEAMUS DIED. Aunt Liza Theamus, age 65 years, who has been living on the highway north of Folkston, died Tuesday night at the home of Jane Williams in Folkston. She had been complaining for some time, but only took seriously ill Saturday.

MR. M.A. McQUEEN DIED. News of the death of M.A. McQueen, 68, one of the best known traveling men in Georgia, came Monday, he having died at Blackshear that morning. Mr. McQueen covered Georgia as
salesman for a casket company and it has been said about him that he knew more people in Georgia than any other man. He had not missed a Methodist Conference or Masonic Order meeting in the past 35 years. He was the only living uncle of Col. A.S. McQueen, Don and Mrs. T.A. Scott of this city.

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