Digest of Charlton County Herald - May 1909

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays


May 6, 1909


… CIGAR FACTORY. A U.S. Revenue Collector was here inspecting our cigar factory.

…NEW FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Taylor of Red Lion, Penn., arrived here Monday morning. They came from Baltimore to Savannah by steamer and report they encountered a storm on the way. He has been engaged by the Homeland Cigar Co. as the head cigar maker.

…ELECTION. On May 1st Homeland held its first election. No party, no faction, no strife. It was a case of the office seeking the man. Elected were Mayor, W.H. Thompson; Recorder, S. Fink; Councilmen, John Waughtel, J.A. Thompson, W.H. Bruce, Ed Holtzeider, C.W. Waughtel.

…LAND SALES. W.H. Clay, president of the 1906 Colony Co. is still doing business at the old stand, emigrating northern people to the sunny southland. He has recently sold 14 ten-acre tracts and 10 city lots.

WEDDING. Saturday evening J.B. Morgan and Miss Maggie Strickland were united in marriage. The groom is an employee of the A.C.L. Ry. Co. holding a responsible position in Florida. The bride is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Strickland. The happy young couple left Sunday morning for their home in Florida.

SCHOOL. Miss Pearl Wright returned from Maxey where she has been teaching for the past four months.

JOBS AVAILABLE. C.S. Wainwright, who has been working for F.D. Mills as cross tie inspector, has now accepted a position with H.A. Cannon as woods rider. Clyde says he had several offers for positions and anybody can get a job if they want to work.

AD. R.F. Hall, Jeweler. All kinds of work promptly and satisfactory done. Watches and clocks guaranteed for one year. Office in Bank Building, Folkston.

BANK OF FOLKSTON. Statement of condition of Bank of Folkston on April 28, 1909. Resources: $46,255.45.


May 13, 1909


…HOME IMPROVEMENTS. M.J. Fieber has had his front porch screened, and B.F. Granger is going to build an addition to his bungalow and is also having a well put down. B.F. Davis is building a picket fence around his lot on Penn Ave.

…VISITOR. Jacob Unruh of Kansas is in town with a view of locating here. He is satisfied we can raise sweet potatoes and turnips and is taking samples back with him.

…MORE IMPROVEMENTS. Harry Taylor is having the stumps taken out of his lots in the center of town.

…KEEPING THE LUMBER COMPANY BUSY. The Hickox Lumber Co. received an order from Homeland last week for three carloads of finished lumber. We wish it could have been ten cars.

NEW DENTIST. Dr. Malone of Homerville came here last week looking for a location. He has decided to make Folkston his headquarters and will work the different towns of this county. The doctor is a good dentist and comes well recommended.

IT’S PICNIC TIME. A picnic was given at Petty Landing on the Satilla River last Friday by the people of that vicinity.

EDITORIAL. The deep sands, whirlwinds, the school of do-nothing, the hands of idleness and the “knocker” have buried the electric light plant Folkston had in the air two months ago.

ARTESIAN WELL. The artesian well pump continues to run. The water is brought from beneath 400 feet and forced 40 feet into the air. The only way you can get a drop is to turn the faucet at the well. Is it a fact that Folkston will never be piped and with water connections in the homes?

NOTICE: All pupils who have been enrolled in the Folkston Public School at any time during the present school year will be required to pass the final exams if they desire to be promoted. Positively no promotions made to anyone who does not take and pass these exams. –J.R. VANVOORHIS, Principal.


May 20, 1909


…CHURCH LAMPS. At last the lamps for our church will be ready for use next Sunday. They were shipped to Homeland, Florida by mistake.

…LAND FOR PARK GIVEN BY COLONY CO. The 1906 Colony Co. held its regular meeting May 17. They set aside about 65 acres of land for a park. It is one of the finest natural parks that can be found and is only a ten-minute walk from the public square..

…HOTEL MANAGER. Mrs. M. Strong of Hudson, Wisconsin, arrived this week to take charge of the new hotel which will be open for business.

LITTLE MARGARET CAROLYN PICKREN DIED. On Sunday May 16th at noon the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. T.L. Pickren and took little Margaret Carolyn who had been sick for more than a month. This little girl was the youngest member of the family and was one year and eight months of age. She was the wellspring of joy in the household and was loved so dearly but this tender plant has been plucked from this home by the Saviour who doeth all things well. Many sorrowing and sympathizing friends were present at the residence to offer help and support and a large audience assembled at the cemetery to witness the funeral services, all of which indicated their warm affection for the dear departed little girl. The funeral took place on Monday morning at the Bachlott Cemetery conducted by Rev. I.R. Kelley, pastor of the Methodist Church.

DON’T BOROW NEIGHBOR’S PAPER. A man who is too economical to take his home paper sent his little boy for a copy taken by his neighbor. In his haste the boy ran over a $4.00 stand of bees and in ten minutes looked like a watery summer squash. His cries reached his father who ran to his assistance and failing to notice the barb wire fence, ran into that, breaking it down, cutting a hand full of flesh from his anatomy and ruining a $5.00 pair of pants. The old cow took advantage of the gap in the fence and killed herself eating green corn. Hearing the racket the wife ran out upsetting a four gallon churn of rich cream into a basket of kittens, drowning the whole flock. In her hurry, she dropped a $7.00 set of false teeth. The baby, left alone, crawled through the spilled milk into the parlor, ruining a brand new $20.00 carpet. During the excitement the oldest daughter ran away with the hired man, the dog broke up eleven setting hens and the calves got out and chewed the tails off of four fine shirts. Moral: Don’t borrow your neighbor’s paper. Subscribe for one yourself.

SUMMER NORMAL SCHOOL. The summer Normal School to be held here for a term of four weeks conducted by Prof. J.R. VanVoorhis, assisted by Prof. L.E. Mallard opened Monday with 19 in attendance. Those in attendance are as follows:

From Traders Hill, Miss Anna Dean. From Winokur, Miss Rozella Crews. From Newell, Misses Vannie Allen, Eula Allen, Katie Kesler. From Homeland, W.A. Yarber. From Hoboken, Miss Rena Smith. From Blackshear, Miss Mary King. From Folkston, Misses Pearl Wright, Nellie Mattox, Edna Mott, Lessie Govie Jones, Nellie Davis, Hilda Mattox, Lois Mattox, Mary Kelly, Audrey Scott, Jessie Johnson, Essie Robinson, and Messrs. W.H. Clark, J.C. Robinson, Clyde Mizell, Alva Wilson.

TLEPHONE. There is some talk of putting in a local telephone system in Folkston. It is hoped it will be secured.

NOTICE: Don’t turn to the right or turn to the left, but stay in the middle of the road when you drive over the new public graded roads. Driving from one side to the other will make the road in bad condition. Stay in the middle!

BUSY DAY FOR FOLKSTON. Last Saturday was a day in which things were moving in Folkston and everyone seemed to be busy and on the go.

First. There were all the farmers with their corn to grind but nothing could be done for them in the forenoon because a part of the mill crew had business in court.

Second. W.E. Sapp had John Hatcher arrested and brought to Folkston for a trial, charged with entering Sapp’s field and raising a row in which Hatcher shot at Sapp. The case was dismissed.

Third, J.A. W…… was up before the Mayor for being drunk and disorderly. J.P. Robinson preferred charges. Case dismissed.

Fourth. J.A. W…… strikes J.P. Robinson several licks at the courthouse with fist, causing a few bruises, but the fight didn’t amount to much.

Fifth. Town Marshall is fined by Mayor $10.00 for leaving the courthouse after court had been dismissed. How can such fine be collected?

Sixth. J.A. W…… had J.P. Robinson before the Mayor, charged with fighting. J.A. W…… had J.P. Robinson before the Mayor, charged with fighting. J.A. W…. was fined $10.00, J.P. Robinson was released.

Seventh. A young man by the name of Wilson was in town with a balky mule. By spells he drove through Folkston, crossing sidewalks and striking fences and posts. He beat the mule severely with whips and even tried to buy an ax handle but one of our good merchants refused to sell. Before he could be arrested, the animal was ready to go and Wilson was not seen again until Monday morning when Constable J.W. Swearingen arrested him and brought him before the court.

NEW BABY. A baby girl arrived at the home of F.A. Thomas last Sunday.

RODDENBERRY LIVERY STABLE. Uncle John Roddenberry had the misfortune to lose his horse last week. Then he bought two and is now ready to take you anywhere at any time. His son John is driving and says he has the best rigs in town.


May 27, 1909


…LADIES’ AID. The Ladies’ Aid Society met Wednesday evening and elected the following officers: Mrs. Armbruster, Pres.; Mrs. J.A. Thompson, V. President; Mrs. Frances Johnson, Sec.-Treas.; Mrs. M.J. Fieber, chairman of works committee.

FIRST WATER PIPES LAID. Col. W.M. Olliff is running a pipeline from the artesian well to his residence and will use the water in his home, in his garden and for watering his stock. For some time the people have expected the town to be piped but nothing has been done by the city council, so Col. Olliff will soon have his own piping in the ground and plenty of water at his home.

SUNDAY SCHOOLS. In Folkston we have two Sunday Schools, both with a large membership. the Baptist meet in the forenoon at 10 o’clock and the Methodist in the afternoon at 3:30.

MARSHAL RESIGNS. A.B. Wainwright has resigned as Town Marshal and will leave the first of June for middle Florida where he has accepted a position as a civil engineer. He wants ten to twenty good men to go with him at $1.50 per day.

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