Digest of Charlton County Herald - May 1913

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays


May 1, 1913

DR. WILLIAMS. Just look at Dr. Williams’ drug store and catch the idea of how to be progressive. The doctor has set a pace that, if followed, will soon make us a thriving city.

EDITORIAL. Do you think it is fair to your child to give him three or four months’ schooling each year while other communities are giving six or eight? A small levy on all railroads’ and non-residents’ property would more than double our funds for schools. Let every boy and girl have an equal showing. County tax.

DANIELS CHILD DIED. Mrs. Lydia Stone sent down to F.A. Thomas Tuesday to have him make a coffin for the infant of Bob Daniels, who lives on her place in the Cow House. The child has been always sickly and was found dead in bed Monday.

MISS MARTIN FINISHED COLLEGE. Miss Nita Martin who has been attending the business college at Waycross has finished and is now a full-fledged stenographer. She is spending a while here with home folks before entering active service. Miss Nita deserves credit and we wish her success in her chosen vocation.

BUSY TIE BUSINESS. F.D. Mills is busy these days and so are his boys loading ties for shipment and if the boys keep on they will yet make as solid pieces of energy as the old flock. Jack Harden is piling ties right beside Frank, and Jim Gowen right below Jack. When returns begin to come in these gentlemen will have helped Folkston in a way that counts. The men who create payrolls are the mud sills to a community.

BOXING MATCH. We learn that our prize ringers had a bout Sunday and it is said that for a while it was quite lively but at the third, our all-round middle weight Col. Murray failed to rise when the tenth stroke of the gong rattled off and our handsome heavyweight Capt. Roddenberry was declared the winner. They will try it over on July 4th and the Colonel promises us a free ticket to the grounds and guarantees to stand up for at least ten rounds.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING. It was agreed that the Road Hands in the various districts be summoned out and that the alternate road law be enforced. It reads in part as follows: Each road hand 21 years of age be required to work four days or in lieu thereof, pay the sum of $3.00.

TEACHERS’ INSTITUTE. A committee composed of John Harris, Alice Averitt and Julia B. DeGraffenreid drafted a resolution which included the following: We urge upon the Folkston District the advisability of the erection of a modern school building at the county seat in keeping with the progress of our county as the present building is inconvenient, unsightly, not properly heated, lighted nor ventilated, and works an injustice upon the pupils attending school as well as bringing disgrace upon our great county.

EDITORIAL. Wasn’t that a beautiful description our teachers gave the Folkston school building in their resolution last week. If you have any pride, or love your children, you will build a new schoolhouse. If not you will let that old THING on the hill opposite the courthouse stay there!

May 8, 1913

SHEEP SHEARING TIME. Wiley Wainright was shearing sheep last Thursday.

NEW SIGN. Folkston Grocery Company now has a neat sign in front painted by Mr. McAllister.

DR. WILLIAMS’ DRUG STORE. Dr. Williams’ new lights are the best we have in Folkston yet that we have seen. They give off a soft glow that is resting to the eyes, yet are as bright as could be wished. Whenever the doctor puts in anything it is always the best and you can see the tact and taste of the man behind it.

MR. ANDERSON DIED. D.F. Anderson died at his home at Uptonville last Friday p.m. Deceased was stricken with paralysis about two years ago from which he never fully recovered, although he was able to get around up to a very short time before his death. He is survived by a widow and several children who have our sympathy.

BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The ladies of the Baptist Missionary Society have decided to have their ice cream and cake festival at the courthouse instead of the church. Don’t forget the date, Saturday night. Be on hand ready to aid this cause and refresh yourself at the same time!

CONE HAS ACCIDENT. J.J. Cone of Silver Hill was very badly hurt on Monday night while riding a box car from the main line to the mill. Some cross ties were projecting too close to the track and Mr. Cone, not seeing them, was knocked from the car and sustained a fracture of the left leg besides other minor but painful injuries. Dr. Williams was summoned about midnight and dressed the injuries but it will be several weeks before Mr. Cone will be able to be out again.

7 TL 7 Y A L U. This is as near as we can come at it with type. What does it mean? Perhaps some of you older people can figure it out. J.B. Lloyd brought it to us the other day and states that while getting out ties recently he came across these characters 22 feet up on logs and that while not right direct in a line he came across them ever now and again until he came to a swamp too dense to enter. Is it a landmark? Or is it some Indian marks to a hidden treasure in the swamp that he did not enter? If we knew it was the latter we’d join a searching party.

WILSON SAWMILL BURNED. Last Friday morning as Owen Wilson stepped from the train in Boulogne to attend the gala day activities the anticipated enjoyment of the day was knocked from him by seeing that his saw mill shed and wooden works had been swept away by flames during the preceding night. Mr. Wilson lost about $800.00. He has not yet made up his mind as to starting up again. He has been a great help to this community in erecting houses, sawmills and creating payrolls and it is hoped that his mishap hasn’t dampened his ardor.

BOULOGNE GALA. Last Friday was a gala day in the thriving little city of Boulogne with a large crowd of 400 or more people there from surrounding neighborhoods. The whole of Folkston was in attendance with the exception of the editor of this paper and Jesse Brooks. We heard one party state that one lady from here was enjoying it to the extent that she ran her mother’s timepiece back in order to miss [train] 22. The prize winners from Folkston were: sack race, Roy Mizell; boys foot race, Everett Mizell and Edgar Allen; girls race, Floy Wilson; high jump, Frank Roddenberry; broad jump, Gad Roddenberry.

May 15, 1913

SCHOOL CENSUS. Look out for L.E. Mallard and his assistants. They are taking the school census.

AD. Don’t forget there will be music Saturday night at The Drug Store, the coolest place in town.

BAPTISM. There were baptismal rites out at Camp Pinckney last Sunday. Mrs. Jones, daughter-in-law of Rev. G.E. Jones being the candidate.

CHILDREN TAKEN TO ORPHANS HOME. Rev. G.E. Jones returned from the Baptist Orphans Home last Saturday morning where he had been to place four of Charlton’s children.

SIDEWALKS NEED WORK. The city of Folkston needs some work done on its sidewalks. Have you ploughed to the Post Office recently? It is certainly time for something doing in this matter.

STEWARTS IN FLORIDA. Buttus Stewart went back with Oscar to Majette, Fla. and will spend several weeks there. Buttus carried three hats with him in order not to be caught bareheaded while off the home grounds.

MRS. ALEXANDER DIED. Mrs. B.F. Alexander passed to the Great Beyond Monday night after an illness of some years duration. She was a consistent Christian lady who could be seen at first glance by everyone and after an exemplary life, it went out as a morning star. Her death leaves a husband and several children who have our sympathy. Her remains were carried to Sparks, Ga. for burial.

BAKER HAS ACCIDENT. J.B. Baker was in the city Tuesday to see a doctor about an arm he carried in a sling. He was marking cattle some time ago and shivered his arm and did not know it till it kept getting worse every day.

EDWARDS, THE STAVE MAKER. Nep Edwards, an old familiar and well known colored citizen, informs that he “drawn and rived” one thousand staves last Tuesday and when he went to cash in that day he drew eight of Uncle Sam’s pictures of the goddess that everyone loves.

GENEROUS NEIGHBOR. When we got up Wednesday morning we found a great big pile of new Irish potatoes in the kitchen and the lady who lets us stay around informed us that they were presented by our good neighbor Wiley Wainwright.

SHEEP SHEARING. We stated last week that W.R. Wainwright was shearing sheep on Tuesday and we should have added that he would be at it for a week. We learned that he clipped about 13 pounds from one big sheep he had in his flock last week.

AD. Musical recital by the Boulogne Orchestra at The Drug Store (the coolest place in town) Saturday May 17th at 7:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited to come and enjoy some real music. Free!

May 22, 1913

NOTICE: All boys bathing in the wash hole in Folkston Branch must put on bathing suits. /s/ E.L. Martin.

DR. WILLIAMS VISITS. We glanced at an item in the Valdosta Times which said that Dr. Williams has been making some fine remarks before the Lowndes County Medical Society.

WAREN ANDERSON DIED. Warren Anderson died Sunday morning with heart trouble. He was in good health up to that time but over exertion from heading off some oxen brought on his death. We truly and feelingly sympathize with the bereaved in this sudden trouble.

BILLYS ISLAND CASE SETTLED. The Billys Island land case involving the ownership of Billys Island in the Okefenokee Swamp was settled Wednesday of last week. The Lee family accepted $1,000.00 cash and life privileges on the island for farming purposes.

BOB GUINN SPOILS TRIP. J.B. Morgan, Henry Smith and Bob Guinn went fishing and caught all they needed but it is said that Bob spoiled everything by falling overboard in 15 feet of water and losing the coffee, pot and all, and the screams and gestures he put up for help were something fearful.

SAWMILLL BEING REBUILT. Owen Wilson, that little hustler that pays no attention to the ups and downs nor cross-licks or side swipes, started fixing up for new business at his charred mill site Tuesday and it won’t be long before he will put Jim Alex Thomas to ripping up logs again.

WEDDING. Married Last Sunday afternoon at the residence of Ordinary Stokes, C.M. Wyneberg of Kingsland to Miss Maggie Drury of this place. The couple left immediately after the ceremony for Kingsland which will be their future home.

GOOD VEGETABLE GARDEN. J.P. Robinson shipped off three crates of squashes recently and received returns of $2.00 per crate. We see he has sent off a number of crates this week.

JAILBREAK. About two weeks ago Henry Jones, who boards in the Christy Hotel, that brick house in the corner of the courthouse yard, took a notion that he did not like the fare or the repute of the house and left very suddenly. Sheriff Mizell went over to Orange Bluff Monday to see about it. He spied Henry at dinner, allowed him to get through, feed his dogs, etc. then Henry went out for a walk and stared right into the muzzle of the Sheriff’s gun. “Hello, Henry, what are you doing here?” asked the sheriff, whereupon Henry replied that he had come over to look for a lawyer. He was then asked if he saw one down the sheriff’s gun barrel. “Yes sir,” said Henry “and the judge, jury and coroner too!” Henry is safe behind bars again.

SHEFFIELD TWINS VISIT. Mrs. Henrietta Sheffield and her pretty little twins, Lucille and Lillian of Kingsland left last Friday after spending some time quite pleasantly with her sister Mrs. W.H. Mizell and other relatives.

MUSIC RECITAL. Miss Cutler, pianist, Mr. Kolar, violinist and Mr. Abbot, cornetist and vocalist were at The Drug Store Saturday night and gave the people some real music. It was a treat that was enjoyed and appreciated.

NEW BUILDING. B.F. Scott & Co. has purchased from Mrs. Henrietta Sheffield the beautiful lot just to the west of the Central Hotel on Courthouse Street. He will erect a handsome two-story corrugated iron structure to take up the space of 50 by 65 feet, finished off in front with four long sliding doors. The new building will be run as the part of the business that will handle the hardware, buggies, wagons, farming implements, wire fencing fertilizer and heavy goods.

May 29, 1913

SCHOOL CENSUS. Little John Roddenberry is busy helping little Mallard in the School Census these days.

RAILROAD. J.H. Bryan, the man behind the fencing of the A.C.L. right-of-way, has moved his family up to Newell and will make this section his headquarters.

BAPTISM. The baptizing out at Camp Pinckney last Sunday morning was well attended. Ida May Womble, Cleo Mizell, Edna Taylor and Eda Jones were the candidates.

OOPS. We made a mistake last week. We should have said that Scott and Co. bought their building lot from Miss Isabella Sheffield instead of Mrs. Henrietta Sheffield.

BETHEL SUNDAY SCHOOL. There has been organized a Sunday School out at Bethel which meets every Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Mr. Lem Dinkins is superintendent.

NEW BABY. E.L. Martin was a very proud old man Saturday over the arrival of a new boy at his house and had Sheriff Mizell cornered the evening of that day trying to make arrangements to get the boy sworn in as deputy.

THECITIZENS BANK. Statement of Condition of the Citizens Bank at the close of business May 22, 1913: Resources: $62,474.01.

VERNE PICKREN’S FIRST FISH. The fishing spirit seems to be catching in this place. Last week Mrs. T.L. Pickren, who is hard to get out of her front yard, got the idea in her head and went down and got Mrs. Womble and went out to the river. They caught a sufficiency to the notch. Verne went along and landed his first fish. Verne stuck his pole in the bank – fishing is too quiet for this boy—and when he got back from taking in each detail of the river bank he found a big redbreast on his hook.

SUNBEAM BAND. The Folkston Sunbeam Band is advancing in progress right along. Our Band was organized March 8th with 12 members. We have had weekly meetings since then and the regular attendance is from 40 to 60 members.

AD. Tell your wife to tell the cook to tell the grocer that this is the flour you want: BALLARD’S OBELISK sold in Folkston only by the Folkston Grocery Co.

A NEAR FIRE. There came near being a conflagration in the store of J.C. Allen Tuesday night, but there wasn’t and we are glad. Fred Cranford had just put clean dry sawdust in the spit boxes and someone threw a cigar stump into one of them which caused a slow charring fire. It burned a hole in the floor about 2x2 and as big a one in the counter. You could see that lack of air in the building caused the fire to die out.

WORKING ON SIDEWALKS. E.L. Martin and Frank Murray are working on the sidewalks. This we know is an appreciated piece of news to all who have had to plough through. It is being made of Folkston clay which has just enough sand in it to keep it from being sticky. Frank Murray is digging it from the Martin field at the rate of five tons a day, more or less. Now don’t kick on paying your street tax – it takes money to pay Martin and Murray.

PROMINENT HOMELAND MARRIAGE. At the People’s Church by the pastor, Rev. C.T. Rogers, Sunday morning J.L. White and Mrs. Bertha A. McPhail were united in holy wedlock. The church was packed and the decorations were indeed a feast to the vision. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Peck of Toledo, Ohio. She is a florist commercially and has lived in Homeland for six months at which time she has gained numbers of warm friends. The groom is a native Georgian but lived several years in Texas, stock-raising and fruit-growing and has been a prominent man of this county for four years, chairman of the school board and a very active church worker. The happy couple is now at home to their friends in the beautiful residence of the groom at Homeland.

CIVIL WAR REUNION. Jesse W. Vickery and his father Mr. J. Vickery left Sunday night for Chattanooga, Tenn. where Mr. Vickery, Sr. goes to attend the reunion of the Boys Of ’63 and Jesse has gone to see sights and scenes he never saw before.

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