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Digest of Charlton County Herald - April 1940

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

April 5, 1940

CENSUS TAKERS NAMED. The census enumerators for this year are Holland Brown and Owen K. Dinkins. Benny Smith also qualified but resigned when he was assigned to the lower end of the county. The taking of the census with an average of about 15 questions to be answered by the head of each family must be completed within 30 days.

NEW MEMBERS FOR METHODIST CHURCH. Eight additions on profession of faith were received last Sunday morning at Folkston Methodist Church. The following were received in this service: Kathryn Bolton, James Holland Brown, Jr., George Rhoan Gowen, III, Joseph Emmet Harvey, Jr., Joseph Carnie Littlefield, Jr., Thomas Arnold Scott, Jr., George William White and Mrs. H.H. Bolton.

DR. FLEMING LISTED IN NEW BOOK. Mrs. J.L. Walker, Ware County historian, has authored a booklet "Doctors of Primitive Times and the Horse and Buggy Days of Ware County" which was published this week. Of this group of distinguished south Georgians, only one is still living, Dr. Albert Fleming who has practiced here for the past twenty years.

PARENT-TEACHER GROUP MET. The Parent-Teachers Association met Friday with the best attendance this year. The subject of the program was Music and Art in the Home. A puppet show, "The Story of Tom Sawyer" was staged in a most realistic manner. The story was written in play form by Grade 7-B as an art unit. The puppets and stage scenery were also made. The first grade rhythm band put on a real show. Little John Southwell, Jr. was the director of the band composed of bells, drums, rhythm sticks, xylophone, clogs, cymbals, tambourines, piano, sand blocks, wood blocks, triangle and castanets. This was their first performance and a very impressive one.

NEW BABY FOR HICKOX FAMILY. A fine baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hickox in the Uptonville community last Saturday. The mother and baby are reported to be doing well.

WHOOPING-COUGH INFECTING LOCAL CHILDREN. Whooping-cough in the Camp Pinckney community is the most talked of thing among the children, there being several cases of the malady in this community.

April 12, 1940

NEW BABY FOR GAY FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Gay announce the birth at the Sawyer Hospital of a fine ten-pound baby boy who has been named Robert Brantley Gay. Mr. Gay is an employee of the signal department of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.

MRS. MARIE NORWOOD DIED. Mrs. Marie Norwood, 67, of Homeland, died in the Sawyer Hospital Wednesday after a long illness. She was the wife of M. Norwood who founded the New York Camp north of Homeland several years ago, coming here from New York state. The body, accompanied by her husband and son, Rudolph, was taken in the Adkins Funeral Home ambulance to Handcock, N.Y. They are expected to reach their location Thursday night. Besides Mr. Norwood and Rudolph there are two brothers and one sister who live in New York state. She was 67 years old and a life-long member of the Lutheran Church. She was born in Germany.

SEVERAL FROM UPTONVILLE FLEW IN AIRPLANE SUNDAY. Quite a few from Uptonville went to the local airport Sunday afternoon and took a ride in the big plane that was there over the weekend, taking up passengers.

NEW BABY FOR STOKES FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Noah Stokes announce the birth of a seven pound baby daughter born Monday at Sawyer Hospital. Mrs. Stokes is the former Miss Eva Mattox.

L.D. MAJORS HAS EYE SURGERY. L.D. Majors, popular mechanic at Passieu Chevrolet Co., accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Passieu, motored to Atlanta Sunday where he underwent an operation for the removal of his eye, the sight of which was lost as a result of an injury several weeks ago. They remained in Atlanta several days and after the surgery he had an artificial eye put in by a specialist. It is now possible to have an artificial eye so nearly like a real eye as to be almost impossible to detect the difference.

April 19, 1940

LINEN SALE FOR MAY. The Woman’s Missionary Society met at the Folkston Baptist Church last week. Among the business discussed was the pillow-slip sale. The members were asked to make a pair of pillow-slips to be put on sale for Mother’s Day gifts. Nothing is more acceptable than a pair of nice pillow-slips so buy your mother a pair for Mother’s Day.

NEW BABY BOY FOR LECKIE FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Powell Leckie announce the birth of a fine 9 - pound baby boy born April 17th at Sawyer Hospital.

MURDER AT HOWARD’S STILL QUARTERS. Willie Bell was shot and instantly killed by Creasie Johnson at Howard’s Still Quarters in Winokur Friday afternoon. A blast from a shotgun terminated a quarrel that had begun earlier in the afternoon.


April 26, 1940

ELLIS RIDER DIED. Ellis Rider, son of W. Reese Rider of the Pleasant Grove community was buried last Saturday in Sardis Cemetery. He was 33 years of age and had not married. He lived with his father, brother and brother’s family near the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church in the Cornhouse Creek Community. He had not joined the church had attended regularly since the Sunday School was established there. It is supposed that he died on last Thursday as he did not come home on Thursday night. His body was found by a neighbor Friday. An inquest was held Friday and the coroner’s jury returned a verdict of death by natural causes. His heart had been in a serious condition and his death was not entirely unexpected. He is survived by his father, Reese Rider; four brothers, Ralph, Doc, Rufus and Johnnie and one sister, Mrs. Harry Chesser. At the grave a favorite song of his was sung.

MR. SHERIDAN COOPER DIED. The funeral of Sheridan Cooper, age 71 years, was held Wednesday from Adkins Funeral Home, with interment in Homeland Cemetery. He had been in failing health for some time and had recently moved to Folkston from a farm on the Hebard Plantation. He came to Camden about 13 years ago and moved to Charlton about six years ago. It is understood that before the Florida boom he was connected with a large mill in Texas. He invested his money in the boom and lost everything in the crash. His sister, Mrs. Fannie B. Price, died five years ago and was buried in Homeland. Before he left for the hospital he turned his affairs over to his friend, M.G. White, with instructions in case of his death. He and J.W.H. Campbell, who operates the corn mill, were close friends.

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