Digest of Charlton County Herald - April 1938

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

April 1, 1938

CELEBRATES CCC ANNIVERSARY WITH DINNER AT CAMP. The fifth anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps was celebrated with an open-house party, elaborate dinner and inspection of the camp at the Okefenokee Refuge Tuesday. A number of leading citizens of Charlton and Ware were guests. John M. Hopkins, general supt. of the Okefenokee project was also present. The CCC boys have been at work there since May 25, 1937 yet have completed six vehicle bridges, a combination building and garage along with ten other structures. So far four miles of truck trails and an equal amount of telephone lines are finished while topographic surveys have been started. A total of 2,336 man-days alone were devoted to preparation and hauling of materials.

MRS. MINNIE CREWS CREWS DIED. Mrs. B.C. Crews, age about fifty, passed away at her home in Brantley County Friday following a brief illness. She suffered a stroke Thursday afternoon and death resulted Friday morning. Before her marriage she was Miss Minnie Crews, daughter of Frank Crews. Besides her husband she is survived by three sons Louie, Oliver and Earl and one daughter, Bertha. The funeral and interment was at High Bluff Church.

MOTION FOR NEW TRIAL DENIED. Judge M.D. Dickerson denied the motion for a new trial for Walter Melton, convicted for the murder of P.G. Mizell and sentenced to be executed. His attorneys have filed a Bill of Exceptions to the Ga. Supreme Court who will make the final decision.

NEW LOCOMOTIVE STOPPED IN FOLKSTON. Locomotive No. 1800, one of the twelve new giant locomotives recently purchased by the A.C.L. RR passed through Folkston on its breaking-in trip Wednesday and attracted much attention during its brief halt here. These locomotives are streamlined and are 97 feet long with drive wheels 80 inches in diameter.

J.V. GOWEN, SR. PIONEERS PINE SEEDLING PLANTING. Nearly everyone will admit that Charlton County’s vast areas of cutover and burned over pine timberland are its greatest natural resource. One pioneer land owner and turpentine operator, J.V. Gowen, Sr. has found the answer to this question. During the past seven years he has planted more than 8 million wild slash pine seedlings on abandoned fields and open stump lands and has reforested over 2,000 acres of land. He started transplanting wild seedlings on a small scale in January 1931. His first large scale planting was done January-March in 1933. It was largely to furnish needed employment to turpentine workers during the depression .

MRS. NANCY WILDES DIED. Mrs. Nancy Wildes, widow of the late A.F. Wildes, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O.M. Prescott Wednesday after an illness of about thirty minutes. Mrs. Wildes was born January 2, 1855 in this county where she has lived practically all of her life. She was 83 years, two months and 28 days old. When she was twenty years old she united in marriage to A.F. Wildes and to this union were born seven boys and two girls. The surviving children are J.M. Wildes, M.F. Wildes, J.D. Wildes, A.C. Wildes, H.P. Wildes, Mrs. O.M. Prescott, R.H. Wildes and K.D. Wildes. She was of the old type of southern woman now so rapidly disappearing and a member of the Old Alabaha River Primitive Baptist Assn. for 41 years. The funeral was at Corinth Church where her membership was held. Burial was in Corinth cemetery.

April 8, 1938

FEBRUARY PUBLIC WELFARE FUNDS. Charlton County received a total of $3,198.47 for public welfare and relief purposes during February, a report of the State Dept of Welfare shows.

ADULT EDUCATION CENSUS BEING TAKEN BY MRS. ROBINSON. The future result of Adult Education in Charlton County will depend on the conditions as revealed by the school census which is now being taken throughout the county by Mrs. W.H. Robinson and others. Several adults have learned to write their names legibly and others are able to spell simple words and to correctly figure small sums. One expects to be able to write a personal letter to the editor of the Herald. This would be the first letter this party has ever written. If the letter is readable the editor will give the party a year’s subscription to the Herald.

FIRE AT NEW HOSPITAL. Folkston’s new hospital came very near being destroyed by fire before its completion last Saturday, when flames were discovered in a closet, having burned through the floor. An alarm was quickly turned in and the fire extinguished before much damage was done, the damage being confined to the walls and floor of the closet. Workmen had stored some paints and oils at noon and it was not until 4:00 o’clock that the fire was discovered. Origin has not been determined. It could not have been from defective wiring as the building has not yet been connected up to the power lines.

NEW SIGN FOR MCDONALD HOUSE. The McDonald House has installed a very attractive neon electric sign adding much to the colorful electric lighting displays on Folkston’s Main Street.

April 15, 1938

RAYMOND BANKS BUYS JONES GROCERY STORE. A change in the ownership of one of Folkston’s oldest businesses was announced this week with the purchase by Raymond Banks of the W.J. Jones Grocery Store and Market located next door to the Banks CafÈ. It has been successfully operated by Mr. Jones for a number of years. He plans now to take a vacation before deciding on his future plans.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Joyner announce the birth of a fine baby boy born April 12. Both mother and son are doing nicely. The young man has not yet been named. Mrs. Joyner will be remembered as Miss Myrene Altman.

ANTHONY RUSHIN AND AUNT JOSEPHINE LAMBERT DIED. Two of Folkston’s aged and highly respected colored citizens have been called by Death during the past week, removing two of the county’s oldest residents. Anthony Rushin, an aged one-leg Negro known to all as “Mud-axe,” passed away last Friday after a short illness due to the infirmities of age. He had lived in Folkston for many years and was widely known. Aunt Josephine Lambert, who had been ill for the past several months, died early Tuesday. She was an old slavery-time Negro and belonged to William Gowen, the grandfather of Mr. J.V. Gowen, Sr. She was the widow of Pearce Lambert and was held in high esteem by all who knew her.

PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS: Mrs. Proctor Caudle, librarian, listed names of books bought by money made on a recent cake raffle, also listed names of patrons who checked out books during the past week.

April 22, 1938

MR. W.L. HULING BUYS FRANK MILLS RESIDENCE. A real estate transaction of much interest was announced this week with the purchase by Mr. Walter L. Huling of the residence of Mr. Frank D. Mills, one of Folkston’s oldest homes. Mr. Huling sold his home on the highway several weeks ago to Mr. Taylor, manager of the Hercules store. In discussion of the sale of his home Mr. Mills stated that he has not decided on future plans and he and his family will continue to occupy the home till after school is closed. Mr. Huling plans extensive repairs and alterations on the residence before he and his family occupy it.

TWO CHARLTON MEN IN CALIFORNIA CCC CAMP. Two Folkston boys, Eugene Russell and Bennie O’Quinn, who have been accepted for enlistment in the CCC, have been assigned to a camp in northern California. They left a few days ago for a camp in South Carolina where they will join other enrollees for the trip across the country.

CHARLES ELLIS HADDOCK DIED. Funeral service for Charles Ellis Haddock, 87, who died Tuesday at his home in Fernandina were held at the grave in Haddock Cemetery near Kings Ferry Thursday. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Frankie Roddenberry Haddock and others.

JENNINGS HADDOCK TO BUILD HOME. Plans have been completed by Mr. Jennings Haddock for the early erection of a modern residence to be located just beyond the home of Mr. Harry Johnson. Contract for the construction of the building has been let to Mr. W.L. Huling. The new home is to be a six room dwelling and will be an attractive addition to the residential section of Folkston.

PIE SUPPER PLANNED. The Uptonville Singing Class will give a pie supper Saturday night at the school house. The proceeds will go to the piano fund. 
Pearl Conner, Belma Crews, Helen Crews, Miss Dobbs

THE TERM’S HAPPENINGS AT FOLKSTON’S COLORED SCHOOL. This has been one of the most successful school terms in the history of the Folkston Colored School. The term opened with an unusual enrollment employing three teachers. This is an addition of one teacher under the new educational set-up. Enrollment has reached 106 with a daily average attendance of 65. The teachers have striven to link the school and community together as much as possible. They attend Sunday School and church services and encourage the pupils to participate. We are grateful to Dr. Williams and the American Legion for the gift of a flag, the first one to be flown over the school ground. The flagpole was donated by two of our well-wishers. We are grateful to the ones in charge of the CCC camp for the gift of tree [three?] tables which played a great part in our developing a unit on the grocery store in every room. The superintendent has done well in seeing to it that we get as many of the free text books as possible. Every child can say he or she has a book or a few books this term that their parents did not have to buy. Unfortunately we don’t have any particular funds that we can get fuel and other incidentals for our school. But we have an Emergency Club headed by older pupils, from which we get some of the needed things. Owing to the large enrollment we can not finish our closing exercise in one night. On Wednesday night, April 27, the Primary and some of the Intermediate pupils will have a program. On Friday, April 29 the larger groups along with two Grammar School graduates will bring the exercise to a close and they will present a play. JESSIE L. HALL, ELNORA L. HAMLER, CHRISTOPHER GREENE, teachers, Folkston Colored School

MORRIS HULING VISITING. Mr. Morris Huling, who has a government civil service position in Washington, D.C. is spending a vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Huling.

April 29, 1938

CHARLTON WINS THIRD PLACE IN STATE-WIDE CONTEST. For the second time this year Charlton County has won state-wide recognition in direct competition with the other 158 counties of the state. The Atlanta Constitution Sunday announced that Charlton County is the winner of third place in the Constitution’s Better County Government Award for 1937, carrying with it a cash prize of $500.00. Dodge County, Eastman, was declared the winner of First Place and DeKalb County, Decatur, was winner of the Second Place. The only restriction on the use of the award money is that it be used for some general public improvement in the county and that the Commissioners and citizens decide on what that improvement is to be.

CHARLTON COUNTY JAIL UNDERGOING EXTENSIVE REPAIRS AND ADDITIONS. The Charlton County Jail is to be almost completely rebuilt as a result of an extensive WPA project, construction work on which was begun Monday under supervision of contractor Leon Askew. The repairs, improvements and additions is a joint undertaking of the county and WPA forces. It will include an addition of three extra rooms for the living quarters on the first floor, a bedroom, kitchen and breakfast room. A new stucco front porch will be added and the entire building will be finished in stucco. A new roof will be put on, cell blocks repaired and renovated and the entire building put in first class condition.

NEILL G. WADE DIED. Neill Gillespie Wade died at his home in Jacksonville Wednesday after an illness of several weeks. He was 88 years old. He owned considerable real estate in Jacksonville. He also had extensive property holdings in this county. He is survived by his widow Mrs. Mary E. Wade, three daughters, Mrs. William Elliott MacArthur, Miss Helena S. Wade and Mrs. C.D. MacArthur; one son, Neil G. Wade, Jr.; a sister, Miss Laura Wade and nine grandchildren. He was born at Wade, N.C. April 22, 1850. Funeral services were held from the residence and interment was in Evergreen cemetery, Jacksonville.

STORES TO CLOSE THURSDAY AFTERNOONS. The customary Thursday afternoon half-holiday during the summer months will begin with nearly all the places of business in Folkston next Thursday and will continue through the month of August. Business will be suspended at 1:00 each Thursday afternoon. The closing agreement has been signed by W.E. Gibson, E.C. Gowen, L.E. Stokes & Son, Suwannee Store, Theo Dinkins, C.R. Banks, G.M. Mizell, Folkston Grain and Grocery, John S. Tyson, Jr., T.C. Gowen, Conner Company and W.L. Matthews.

REPORTS DENIED OF GAS BEING STRUCK AT OIL WELL. Reports that gas has been struck at an oil well being bored near Offerman on property of Pan-American Oil Co. were denied Tuesday by P.A. Meyers, geologist for the firm. “We have no indication whatsoever of gas,” Meyers told press representatives. The rumor, he said “was evidently started by some of the natives who had been watching the drilling operation.” He said they probably saw vapor arising from the well when the drill pipe was removed. Reports persisted in Waycross and other nearby towns however, that the drillers at the well had struck gas. Robert E. Griner of Waycross said the drilling was interrupted Sunday night when workers at the well thought they felt gas pressure on the drill. Griner said the company officials warned all spectators away and removed all employees except one from the job. The well is now 3,500 feet deep it is reported.

PIE SUPPER WAS A SUCCESS. The Uptonville Singing Class wishes to thank the Herald for the publicity given the pie supper last Saturday. The proceeds were sufficient to pay off the indebtedness on the piano. The next project is to get a system of lighting for the building.

ADVERTISEMENT: The Sunrise Dairy has installed a 1938 model up-to-date Separator and can furnish Heavy Cream, Butter, Sweet Milk and Buttermilk. We deliver twice daily. Phone 8111.

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