Digest of Charlton County Herald - April 1935

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

April 5, 1935

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. The girls' basketball tournament ended Friday and the following were declared champions of their classes: First year, Jessie Colson; Second year, Elizabeth Passieu; Third year, Martha Cockrell; Fourth year, Meta Tracy. The finals will be played as soon as the gym is ready for use again.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Wright announce the birth of a fine baby girl Monday.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MAY HAVE MET. It was rumored that the Charlton County Commissioners held a meeting Tuesday at the courthouse but since the bulletin says nothing, neither can we. [Clerk of Commissioners posted minutes on courthouse door instead of having them printed in Herald.]

MR. JAMES NETTLES DIED. Winokur lost one of its most sterling young men, Mr. James Nettles, 32, last Friday after a week's illness with pneumonia fever. He became ill on Friday and was considered very sick from the first, Dr. Sawyer having been summoned to treat him. His condition was so serious that other doctors were called to aid in the fight of the disease but nothing seemed to avail and early Friday morning he succumbed to the dread ailment. He was single, living with mother and widowed sister, Mrs. Thrift just north of the Prescott settlement, being their main support. He was a farmer and an earnest worker being considered one of the finest young men of the district. He was buried at Corinth, Rev. Lester McDonald and Evans Hickox officiating. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Martha Nettles; sisters, Mrs. Trudy Thrift, Mrs. Macy Thornton, Mrs. Eva Smith, Mrs. Fannie Day, Mrs. Gracie Johns, Mrs. Essie Box. Mr. Nettles was taken in the Corinth church the past week, he having been an attendant of that church for some years.

MR. G.P. WAINWRIGHT DIED. The sad ending of the life of G.P. Wainwright, a former citizen of Homeland, took place last Thursday night near Nahunta by being struck by an automobile. It appears that he had sat down beside the road to rest his feet, he having a new pair of shoes. He had taken them off and was barefoot when struck. He had been to Waycross to visit his son Roscoe and was returning to his brother's home near Hortense but had fallen asleep in the bus and had over-rode his getting off place. The body was brought to Folkston and buried at Bethel cemetery, the Rev. R.E. Bolling reading the burial rites. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Wainwright and has four brothers, William, Hamp, C.W. and E.D. Wainwright; three sisters, Mrs. Joseph Smith, Mrs. G.E. Jones and Mrs. J.W. Green. He is survived by a wife and four children, three by a former marriage, Jerome, Roscoe, Dewitt and an infant child.

MRS. G.L. HARRIS DIED. After an illness of three weeks Mrs. G.L. Harris of Racepond passed away at a Waycross hospital Saturday and was buried Sunday at Sandy Hill cemetery in Brantley County. The survivors are the husband and two sons, Ulee and Edward Harris; five brothers, Hansel, John, Radford, Allen and Bud Carter; three sisters, Mrs. Everett Crews, Mrs. M.A. Howell and Miss Cindy Carter.

April 12, 1935

LANG MARTIN DIED. Lang Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Martin, was instantly killed when an automobile driven by Jack Brown fell from a Satilla river bridge near Atkinson Saturday just after dark. Mr. Martin fell from an open top car and was instantly killed. He was reared in Folkston and was 22 years old and was connected with the highway department. He was the only support of his mother. He was considered a hard worker and had many friends. The funeral was at the Folkston Baptist Church and burial was in Folkston cemetery. Survivors are his parents Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Martin; brother, Otto Martin; three sisters, Mrs. J.A. Hathaway, Mrs. H.J. Mays and Mrs. Arlie Newell.

RUN-AWAY CAR. Monday evening two Ware County women traveling southbound through Folkston stalled their Ford car on the Main Street railroad track. They saw a fast train approaching and immediately jumped from the machine. Seeing the train, a colored man driving in the same direction bumped the car from the track and as the leaping ladies had left the car in gear, it cranked up and started a rapid pace through Folkston, veering to the left. It took to the sidewalk in front of Dr. Thompson's drug store knocking down a sign and scraping a wall, then struck an awning rod in front of Stroup's Barber Shop. This last impact stopped the car. Frank Murray reports that Pete Stroup went out of his back door as the car seemed determined to give so many a close shave.

A MAN'S MONUMENT. Seaborn F. Mills, Sr., Representative, 1886-1887. There is a monument in the pages of the Acts of the Legislature dated back to 1886 that makes the memory of one of Charlton County's citizens stay green. That citizen was Hon. Seaborn F. Mills, Sr., the father of S.F. Mills, Frank D. Mills and Edgar Mills, Mrs. W.L. Jones, Mrs. H.A. Renfroe, Mrs. C.Y. McCullens and Mrs. J.B. Baker. That act is the passing of a law requiring Charlton County to collect a high license of $5,000.00 before any saloon or sale of spirituous liquors can be made in Charlton County. This has caused Charlton County to be without a saloon for the past forty-eight years. That act was the work of Mr. Mills who died February 7, 1929 at his home near Folkston. This information is important at this time when Georgia has just put on a campaign to repeal the prohibition law and this act will have to be killed by an act of the Legislature before any spirituous liquor can be sold legally in Charlton County. We honor the memory of a man who had the foresight fifty years ago to place a statute on the books that has become so alive at this date.

PROHIBITION MEETING. Those who are interested in fighting prohibition repeal are urged to attend a mass meeting Monday night at the courthouse when steps will be taken to further the campaign for the May 15th election. It is urged that both the men and ladies will come out to help further temperance in this state.

MONIAC TO HAVE FIRST CANNERY. Reports are that T.E. Leckie has offered the site and material for the construction of the Moniac district cannery which is to be established at once. Miss Ruth Smith advises it will be the first of the four to be built, the others to be at Folkston, St. George and Winokur. An expert canning man will have charge of the work so that the products can be sold. The CCC camp is to take much of the fresh garden stuff for immediate use.

TRAM LINE PREPARED FOR CROSS TIE MANUFACTURER. Mr. Fred Vining, representing J.E. Matthews of Valdosta, tie manufacturer contracted to supply the Southern Railroad System, is getting ready to lay five miles of railroad rails for the tramming of ties from the Swamp area. The camp will use some seventy-five laborers and will be located just north of the J.H. Johnson mill site. Mr. Vining said "The large section we are preparing to build the tram bed on must have piling placed so the tram can run about two feet over the surface [of the water]. We then snake the ties to the cars then bring them out to the camp. The debris from the cut trees soon makes it so they will have some good fishing." Mr. Matthews also has a lease on the south and west side of the Swamp for cutting ties. The work of putting down the tram has already begun.

A.C.L. PARK. Coast Line agent H.C. Page is off on a vacation and Mr. Frank Powell is acting in his stead. The other morning we found Mr. Page looking over the park and we spoke of the beauty of the large tree in the park. He said "Well, I planted that tree just 28 years ago, a small Switch." That just goes to show how time will make a small switch into a large fine tree that today measures nine and a half feet in circumference, four feet from the ground.

AMARYLLIS BULBS. George White received orders this week from New York and Philadelphia for a couple of dozen of amaryllis bulbs. Mr. White reports the sale of quite a few to travelers as well as the flowers. Dr. Fleming, one of the growers of amaryllis bulbs, reports that he has sold a sufficient amount to repay his original investment. He said the beauty of them, as well as the profit makes it pleasing to grow the flowers.

MRS. ROBINSON'S WORK PRAISED. The work being done by Mrs. W.H. Robinson in her classes is causing many pleasing expressions to be made of the good that she is doing. A sample of small floor rugs shown us made of waste rags are splendid samples of handiwork. We also hear the good of her efforts in instructing those who do not know how to read and write.

ADVERTISEMENT: Eat chicken. Steak's too high. Fat hen, dressed, ready for the oven. Leave your order Friday for Sunday chicken. Price: 75 cents.


ADVERTISEMENT: NOTICE: Don't throw your worn shoes away. Bring them to Suwannee Store and get them resoled with new rubber stick-on soles. Only twenty-five cents per pair. Suwannee Store. FRED ASKEW, Manager.

April 19, 1935

JACK BROWN DIED. Jack Brown, 22, of Folkston, died in a Waycross hospital Thursday from injuries sustained in a highway accident April 6th. Lang Martin was instantly killed in the crash, their car going twenty feet over a bridge near Atkinson. Brown and Martin were returning from Savannah when the car plunged over the bridge when trying to dodge a mule. Brown's mother, Mrs. J.L. Warren is a resident of Folkston. His father is T.J. Brown of Alabama. Both victims were employees of the State Highway Dept. Brown was buried Friday at their former home in Screven.

WEDDING. The marriage of two of Charlton County's young people took place Sunday night at the home of Judge H.G. Gibson. They were Charley H. Gay, recently removed to Stark and Miss Myra Kennison. He is a splendid young man, well liked and worthy and has won a charming wife who is the daughter of Tip Kennison. They left immediately for their new home in Florida.

GRADUATION PLANS. Five speakers have been chosen to represent the seniors at the Charlton County High School graduation: Marguerite Mills, Cleo Huling, Harley Lawrimore, Lena Guinn and Marian

AMARYLLIS BULBS. The large number of sales being made for the amaryllis encourages us to believe that we could make some good money by the pushing of the growing and sale of them.

WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Herrin of Winokur announce the marriage of his grandson, Mr. Jesse Strain to Miss Pauline Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Williams of Winokur.
AD: Amaryllis in assorted colors. One for 25 cents; three for 60 cents or five for $1.00. Come and get them for Easter. C.W. WAUGHTEL.

CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of the Citizens Bank of Folkston and Nahunta at close of business on March 30, 1935: Resources: $416,515.79.

April 26, 1935

THE CONNER COMPANY TO OPEN. The Conner Company, under the management of Mr. Troy Conner, former citizen of Folkston, opens its doors to the people of Charlton County this coming week. The Roney Building opposite Thompson's drug store has been remodeled and repainted and is being stocked with general line of merchandise, consisting of shoes, dry goods, notions and groceries. Troy Conner, who has been with the Conner Company, has moved to Folkston with his family and will manage the store.

MRS. RODDENBERRY'S MOTHER DIED. Mrs. Frances E. Welker of Ohio, widow of Dr. A.D. Welker, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Elizabeth Roddenberry. She was 82 years old. Since the death of her husband some years ago she has spent the winters here with her daughter and summers with her son in Ohio. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lee of St. Simons Island on April 20th, at the Methodist Church in Folkston, Dr. Lee using the Episcopal ritual throughout. Interment was in Folkston cemetery. Funeral arrangements were in charge of Oxley Funeral Home, Fernandina.

MISS LYDIA CHARGED WITH WOODS BURNING. Mrs. Lydia Stone Crews of Racepond, well known south Georgia landowner, was charged with woods burning in a warrant issued at Nahunta by Justice of the Peace C.W. Lary at the instance of the Brantley County Timber Protective Assn. She is charged with burning woods on the land of K.S. Varn Cattle Co. in Brantley County. --Waycross Journal Herald.

FIRE TOWERS COMPLETED. The TPO wooden towers at Winokur and Stokesville have been completed and are now in operation having had telephones installed and towermen employed.

MERCHANTS TAKE THURSDAY AFTERNOONS OFF. Notice is hereby given that beginning May 2nd the merchants will close their stores at l:00 on Thursday afternoons. This will continue through September.

MRS. ARABELLE KNIGHT COLSON DIED. The death of Mrs. T.J. Colson at the family home last Thursday night takes from the Traders Hill section a splendid woman who has lived in Charlton County for over fifty years. She has been a sufferer for the past several months and confined to her room for over a month. She was born November 12, 1858 and married T.J. Colson at Racepond April 17, 1883, therefore having been married 52 years the night before she died. Rev. E.F. Dean performed the marriage ceremony and also read the burial rites, assisted by Rev. Harrison Jacobs. Mrs. Colson was a member of Prospect Church. Her maiden name was Miss Arabelle Georgia Knight. Surviving Mrs. Colson is her husband, Thomas J. Colson; John Colson, Mrs. Susan Roddenberry, Hamp and Jim Colson, Mrs. J.M. Wilkinson, Joe Colson, Mrs. Mary Alvan Chancey and 36 grandchildren. The funeral was held at the grave at Sardis cemetery.

FORTY-FIVE FARM FAMILIES HELPED. A total of 1,447 families have been placed on Rural Rehabilitation Farms in the Waycross Division. All of these families have been taken off relief rolls. They are being placed on leased farms and are being loaned $400.00 and $500.00 for fertilizer, seed, livestock, tools and repairs. The loan must be repaid to the government. Subsistence crops including feed crops for the livestock, food crops for the family are required first. Then consideration is given cash crops such as cotton, tobacco and peanuts. There are 45 families on leased farms in Charlton County and 60 in Brantley County.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Gibson announce the birth of a fine
baby girl.

OLD PETTY HOUSE TO BE REMODELED. Mr. Julian Crews has bought the old Petty house in Homeland and is having it remodeled.

CLASS LEADERS. The following made the list of Who's Who in the Ninth Grade of Charlton County High School: Jessie Colson, Jewell Petty, Opal Howard, Mildred Wildes, Inez Askew, Doris Barnes, Jane Jones, Martha Sue Dean, Eunice Altman, Mabel Askew, Jeanette Altman, Kathryn Thompson, Elmina Crews, Jewell Russell, Elizabeth Passieu and Geraldine Waughtel.

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