Digest of Charlton County Herald - April 1941

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays


April 4, 1941

MIZELL - DUNMAN WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse P. Mizell announce the marriage of their youngest daughter, Lucille Lee to Harry Dunman on March 23 in Fernandina, Fla, the ceremony being performed by Judge G.C. Burgess. Mr. Dunman, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Dunman of Fernandina is employed by the Kraft Corp. in St. Marys. They will be home to their many friends at Fernandina.

DRAFT BOARD SENDS THREE MEN. Charlton County’s Draft Board is this week sending its first April quota consisting of two white boys and one colored to the training center for a year’s army service. They are Elliot Wilson Allen and Colonel Morgan who left April 1 for Fort McPherson. Albert Hannan, volunteer registrant, will leave today for Fort Benning.

HENDERSON - HODGES WEDDING. A marriage that will be of much interest was that of Miss Sara Henderson and Mr. Edward B. Hodges which occurred March 29 at the Baptist pastorium in Folkston, Rev. R.W. Waterman officiating. The bride, whose home is at Weston, Ga. has been a popular teacher in the local school. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. V.A. Hodges and works for the ACL Railroad. They will be at home in the McDonald apartments.

ELIJAH PETTY DIED. Elijah Petty, age about 60, a lifelong citizen of Charlton County, passed away at his home Thursday following a heart attack. He was a retired employee of the ACL Railroad and had been in declining health for the past several years. He served for more than 30 years in the maintenance department of the railroad before being forced to retire on account of bad health. His home is reported to have been damaged by fire Wednesday and it is thought the attending excitement brought on the fatal heart attack. Besides his wife he is survived by several sons and daughters. Funeral arrangements are not complete.

LAND PURCHASED FOR TENANT FARMERS. The federal government has purchased a 6,000 acre tract of land in the western part of Wheeler County. The land was purchased to build houses for tenant farmers forced to move from the Hinesville area. This was the second purchase made by the government in Wheeler County for this purpose, 1200 acres having already been purchased. About 30 houses are under construction now. They are being constructed for temporary use. The tenants will be allotted 65 acres of land for farming.

April 11, 1941

TAYLOR - HARDEN WEDDING. The marriage announcement of interest to a wide circle of friends is that of Miss Lexie Taylor and Mr. Henry Harden which occurred March 29 at Hoboken, Ga. The bride is a daughter of Mr. D.M. Taylor of Patterson. Mr. Harden is one of Folkston’s widely known citizens, engaged in operating a service station near the courthouse. Mr. and Mrs. Harden are occupying an apartment in the old O.F. Wilson home.

PTA CONFERENCE HELD HERE. Approximately 110 people attended a PTA district conference held in Folkston on March 29th. During lunch, which was served in the school gym, the Rhythm Band of the first and second grades presented a program. Mrs. Troy Conner was chairman of arrangements for the meeting. Miss Susie Johnson assisted her.

LITTLE EDNA DELL BENNETT DIED. The funeral of little Edna Dell, baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vandell Bennett of Homeland was held from the home Wednesday. Interment was in Sardis Cemetery. The little baby died Tuesday after a long illness. Her father is well known in Charlton County. He is a mechanic with Okefenokee Station. Beside the parents one brother survives.

FOUR PRISONERS ESCAPE. A group of four convicts succeeded in stealing a truck from the State Road Camp early Thursday and lit out on a wild ride down the St. George highway. The men, all trustees, were in the stockade, broke into the storeroom and got civilian clothes before leaving the camp. Captain Tucker, the new warden, said it would be only a short time before they would be back.

MR. ELIJAH PETTY DIED. The funeral of Mr. Elijah Petty was held Saturday from Adkins Funeral Home Chapel and interment was in Folkston Cemetery. He was a member of Camp Pinckney Baptist Church and a life-long citizen of Charlton County. He is survived by his widow, seven children and two brothers and other relatives. Surviving him is his widow, Mrs. Lila Crews Petty; three daughters, Mrs. Jewell Popham, Mrs. Ruby Hodges and Mrs. Bertilie Cason; four sons, Wade, Oscar, Jesse and Clifton; two brothers, Sam and Tom Petty. At the funeral a quartet from Jacksonville sang two beautiful selections accompanied by an accordion.

MR. GEORGE WILLIAM DAVIS DIED. George William Davis, age 72, for the past 25 years a well known citizen of Folkston, passed away Tuesday morning following a brief illness. žUncle BillÓ as he was known to his many friends, made his home with his niece, Miss Mayme Askew and her family, for many years. He was born in Harris County, a son of the late George G. and Mary Davis. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, one daughter and one brother. Funeral services were held from the home and interment was in Folkston cemetery. His surviving children are Mrs. Ralph Robinson, Arthur W. Davis, A.N. Davis, A.D. Davis and many nieces and nephews.

NEW WARDEN FOR PRISON CAMP. Captain George W. Tucker arrived in Folkston this week to take over duties as newly appointed chief warden of the convict camp near this city. He succeeds Captain H.K. Persons who has been in charge of this camp for a long time. There are 141 prisoners in this camp. Over these, there are some 15 guards and officials.

FIVE MEN CALLED BY DRAFT BOARD. Charlton County’s second contingent of Selective Service registrants was called up this week by the local board. David Lee Powell will leave today for Fort McPherson and Marvin Jackson Chancey will be alternate if Powell is rejected. Arnold Gibbs, Louis Wells and Willie Lee Glover will report to Ft. Benning.

A BABY BOY FOR THE WILLIE PRESCOTT FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Willie Prescott announce the birth of an eight pound baby boy on April 8 at McCoy-Sawyer Hospital.

SAMMIE EUGENE HENDRIX IS BORN. Mr. and Mrs. Sammie Hendrix announce the birth of a son born on April 6. His name is Sammie Eugene.

MEMBERS CEILING THE CAMP PINCKNEY BAPTIST CHURCH. The members of the Camp Pinckney Baptist Church are to be congratulated on ceiling the church building. It is expected to have all the work finished by Saturday night. An invitation is extended to anyone handy with a saw or hammer to help out on the ceiling. Work every evening from six o’clock until tired.

April 18, 1941

PRIZES TO BE GIVEN THOSE WHO PLANT THE MOST TREES. The officers of the Garden Club ask that all who have competed for a prize for planting and having growing during the year magnolias, pines, hollies, dogwoods, redbuds, palms, etc. to send a list or phone Mrs. Shelton Monroe, at 87, in order that her committee may work on this. Prizes will be awarded at the spring flower show.

SYLVESTER CREWS DIED. The little village of Winokur was shocked Monday morning by the tragic death of Sylvester Crews, age 22, well known young man of that community who died instantly from a pistol bullet wound which a coroner’s jury said was self-inflicted. The young man, a bridegroom of only a few weeks, made his home with Mrs. N.E. Roddenberry, by whom he was employed. He was a son of Justice of the Peace Eddie Crews. Beside his parents and his young bride, survivors include three brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held Tuesday with interment in Bethlehem Cemetery.

SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR VETERANS TO MEET AT BURNT FORT. Charlton County will have as distinguished guests tomorrow the Spanish War veterans of the Southeast Georgia area when members of the Jordan F. Brooks Camp No. 16 will assemble at Burnt Fort for their annual picnic and get-together. Local Spanish War veterans who will assist Commander Wrench in entertaining the visitors include J.W. Vickery, J.V. Gowen, Sr., H.C. Page and Dr. Williams.

PROSPECT METHODIST CHURCH TO ORGANIZE SUNDAY SCHOOL. A Sunday School will be organized at Prospect Church April 20th at 3 P.M. More than 40 persons have pledged their support. Every one come, elect officers and take part in the classes. C.W. Waughtel, Community Service Teacher.

NEW POSTMASTER FOR HOMELAND. The appointment of Earl Garrison as postmaster of Homeland to succeed Acting Postmaster Eli Waughtel was announced this week. He will begin on May lst.

CONVICTS STILL AWOL. A quartet of long-term convicts who escaped from the State Road Camp last Thursday have apparently made a clean get-away as no trace of them has been obtained at last report. The men, all said to have been trustees, were listed as Clyde Smith Browning, J.P. Deen, Winston James and Albert Glover.

BAPTISMAL SERVICES AT RIVER. Baptismal services were held at the St. Marys River Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Lum Woolard of Camp Pinckney were baptized.

ARNOLD O’QUINN HAS A BRIDE. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold O’Quinn visited the homefolks Sunday. Arnold is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Silas O’Quinn and was recently married to a young lady of Jacksonville.

April 25, 1941

THREE PRISONERS ESCAPE. Three convicts, Albert Brown, Floyell Hill and Ernest Roberts escaped from the Charlton County Road Gang some time Monday afternoon while at work on the road. Two of the men have been recaptured but a third is still at large. Apparently the three walked away without being missed by the guards and their absence was not noted until 8:30 Monday night when the final check was made. Two were caught the next day and one is still at large.

DR. FLEMING’S AMARYLLIS GARDEN. The outstanding beauty spot of southeast Georgia at this season of the year is the amaryllis garden developed by Dr. A. Fleming on the grounds adjacent to his office and clinic. The garden is now in full bloom and at the height of its beauty. It is attracting widespread attention from local residents and from tourists.

TWO LEAVE FOR MILITARY SERVICE. Marvin Chancey is scheduled to leave this Friday for Ft. McPherson where he will be stationed for a year’s military training. Sammie Bonner left yesterday for Ft. Benning.

MRS. JOHNSON IS ACTING CLERK. Mrs. Gertrude W. Johnson has been hired as Acting Clerk of the Charlton County Commissioners until O.F. Wilson is well enough to return to work.

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