Digest of Charlton County Herald AND the Folkston Progress (below) - May 1927
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May 5, 1927
1927 GRADUATING CLASS. The class which is to graduate from the Charlton County High School this month is made up of the following twelve students: Louis Elwyn Askew, Jewell Gladys Page, Lewis Jasper Stokes, Margaret Morrison Littlefield, Virginia Cassell, Mary Stokes, Jessie Mae Davis, Hattie Inez Mizell, Ena Elizabeth Gibson, Emily Josephine Gresham, Clyde Gowen and Reuben Raynor.
MRS. M.G. DAVIS DIED. Death claimed Mrs. M.G. Davis Monday night after months of intense suffering. Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband; four sons, Gaston, Frank, M.G., Jr. and Oscar; three daughters, Mrs. Walter Huling, Lilla Pearl and Sarah; her father and one sister. She had been a devoted member of the Baptist Church. Her funeral was held in the Baptist Church Wednesday morning with interment in the city cemetery.
PETTY BABY DIED. The little five months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Petty died Monday night and was buried at Beuford Grove Church Tuesday morning.
MISS LOTTIE BELL THRIFT DIED. Lottie Bell Thrift, 17 years, died in St. Luke's Hospital April 18th after an illness of four weeks. She attended Moniac school. Besides her father and mother, she is survived by seven brothers, Aaron, Nathan, Charlie, Josie, Earl, Lonnie and Paul; four sisters, Mrs. Jule Canady, Mrs. George Sands, Mrs. John Lyons and Mrs. Stanley Harris. Funeral services were conducted in Oak Grove Cemetery Tuesday evening.
NEW BABY. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Thomason, St. George, on April 7th, a baby girl.NEW BABY. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Silas Batten, St. George, on April 17, a baby boy.
FIRE AT HOPKINS HOME. Mr. J.K. Hopkins' house, St. George, caught fire Saturday from sparks but the fire was extinguished before it had caused much damage. Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins were in the yard when they noticed a small blaze near the chimney. Mr. Hopkins called for a bucket of water and put the blaze out with little trouble. They soon discovered a more serious fire on the other side of the roof. This time he called for help as well as water. The Hopkins are getting more than their share of this sort of thing. We understand that during a windstorm a week ago, a large tree fell on their kitchen roof.
HARVEY FAMILY MOVES HERE. Mr. J.E. Harvey and family moved from Hortense to Folkston this week. Mr. Harvey will be third trick operator.
May 12, 1927
MRS. H.S. MATTOX DIED. The sudden death of Mrs. H.S. Mattox this Thursday caused from a stroke of paralysis during the night was a shock to her friends. All her children except for Miss Dorothy were home for a family gathering.
NEW BUILDINGS. Domingo Stewart has begun erection of a bungalow across the street from Mrs. J.M. Roddenberry's home. Mr. L.E. Stokes has begun a bungalow on the lot adjoining the house he recently completed and sold to Jim Sikes. R.M. Roney is rebuilding the beautiful restaurant on Main Street which was destroyed by fire several weeks ago.
May 19, 1927
MRS. FRANCES HARDEE MATTOX DIED. The funeral of Mrs. H.S. Mattox who died early Thursday was held at the Methodist Church Saturday. She was buried in Folkston cemetery by the side of her parents Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Hardee who died several years ago. Mrs. Mattox was 58 years old and the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hardee. More than 40 years ago she was married to Mr. H.S. Mattox. To this union were born seven children, one dying in infancy. Surviving her is her husband; two sons, R.H. Mattox and A.B. Mattox; four daughters, Mrs. W.J. Jones, Mrs. Ayers, Mrs. Oscar Miller and Miss Dorothy Mattox, and grandchildren.
LADIES' HAIRCUTS AT BARBER SHOP. We wish to call the reader's attention to Mr. Leighton's barber shop in the Scott building on Railroad Street. He makes a specialty of ladies' bobs.
NEW BABY. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Silas Batten on April 30th, a boy.
NEW BABY. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ivy Rhoden on April 26th, a girl.
May 26, 1927
WEDDING. Miss Neal Joyner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Joyner and Mr. Finley Edwards of Jacksonville were married at the Methodist Church last Friday. Rev. L.E. Williams performed the ceremony.
TERRIBLE FIRE. At 3:30 this morning, Thursday, the alarm of fire awakened the people of Folkston and it was found that the blaze had gained such a headway in the furniture store of Hopkins and Vickery and the smoke had filled the Arnold Hotel to such an extent that it was impossible to save anything except the dining room and kitchen furniture in the hotel and part of the wearing apparel. All the beautiful furniture of the Hopkins and Vickery store was a total loss. The Arnold Hotel was insured for a small amount. The cause of the fire is unknown. This was the most destructive of fires that has been in Folkston.
FOLKSTON'S STREETS NAMED. At the May meeting of the Folkston Woman's Club the most important business was the naming of the streets of Folkston, this being a request of the city council.
Digest of FOLKSTON PROGRESS
Published every Friday at Folkston by Progress Printing Co. Alex S. McQueen, editor. Subscription $1.50 per year in advance.
May 6, 1927
SCHOOL AUDITORIUM CHAIRS. Opera chairs have been installed in the auditorium of Folkston's new $50,000.00 consolidated school building the past week. Chairs were purchased from the Southern Desk Co. A representative of the company has been here looking after the installation. The front rows are children's chairs and the back rows are for adults. The auditorium will seat 547 persons. Hat wires and row and chair numbers complete the equipment.
FOLKSTON PRESBYTERIANS ORGANIZE SUNDAY SCHOOL. With the installation of pews in the new Presbyterian Church completed during the past week, local members organized a Sunday School. E. Alexander will serve as Superintendent and Miss Smith, secretaryªtreasurer. Sunday School will be held Sunday morning at 10:00 o'clock in the church and will be followed immediately afterward with church services. Rev. Shedd of Waycross is serving as temporary pastor.
CANAL TO CONNECT SATILLLA AND ST. MARYS RIVERS. Information has been received that plans are being developed for a canal that will connect the waters of the Satilla and St. Marys Rivers. The route will be straight line from about May Bluff to Coleraine, about 8 miles long. The purpose of canal has not been learned.
BASEBALL CLUB TO PRESENT MOVIE. A moving picture comedy entitled "Oh, What a Nurse" will be presented at the Paxton Theater Thursday evening under auspices of the Folkston Baseball Club, proceeds to be used for the benefit of the club.
LITTLE ALBERT STEWART DIED. Little Albert Stewart, two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George J. Stewart, died at the home of his parents last Wednesday and was buried in the Folkston cemetery. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Shedd of the Presbyterian Church. This darling little boy is survived by his parents, several brothers and sisters, grandmother and several uncles and aunts.
THE PAXTON THEATER. The Paxton Theater, a well equipped moving picture house operated by Judge M.J. Paxton provides high class entertainment for the people of Folkston two nights each week. Judge Paxton erected last year a commodious building designed especially for use as a moving picture house which is equipped with comfortable seats. The movies are varied by boxing exhibitions and other amusement features.
BARNES AND BANKS SEE GEORGIA. Chief J.H. Barnes and Whit Banks carried an insane person to the state sanitarium in Milledgeville last week. The trip was made through the country and these men state they got to see a section of our state they had never visited before.
MRS. M. G. DAVIS DIED. Mrs. M.G. Davis, wife of Rev. M.G. Davis, died at her home here Tuesday after an illness extending over a period of several years. She was a consistent member of the Baptist Church and a lady of fine Christian character. Funeral was at Folkston Baptist Church and interment was at Folkston cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Rev. M.G. Davis and seven children. She is also survived by one sister who lives in Harris County, her old home.
IMPROVED SERVICE AT POST OFFICE. Due to the efforts of Postmaster B. Fay Mills, patrons of the Folkston post office will have improved mail service by the addition of two outgoing mails. He has received a notice that train 58 southbound at 7:20 a.m. will carry mail from the local office, also train 21 southbound at 7:00 p.m. will receive mail from this office.
May 13, 1927
PULP MILL COULD BE DEVELOPED HERE. The establishment of a pulp mill and paper manufacturing plant in Folkston is being agitated by public spirited citizens who point out that an industry of this kind could be developed in this section where the raw material is found in abundance and the supply can be maintained indefinitely.
1,000 SHEEP SOLD. A flock of sheep said to number 1,000 head belonging to O.M. Prescott and J.C. Littlefield was sold this week to Hundley and Mills, the price being $4.00 per head, and this after the sheep had been sheared.
FIFTY GALLONS BUG JUICE DESTROYED BY OFFICERS. Acting upon an order of County Judge Johnson, Sheriff Mizell and his deputies destroyed fifty gallons of contraband liquor during the noon recess of county court Monday. The illicit beverage had been accumulated at the jail as a result of recent activities in the suppression of moonshine operations. Judge Johnson ordered its destruction. The outlawed "bug juice" was contained in five glass jars which were emptied into a large hole in the ground in the rear of the courthouse while a group of sad-eyed onlookers viewed the proceedings with wistful expressions.
PLANT BUSINESS IS GROWING. An agricultural enterprise is being developed in Charlton County that is reaching considerable proportions and is bringing substantial returns. This refers to the plant industry which has been gradually built up in this county, particularly in Homeland where the total shipment of various plants will reach up in the millions. T.W. Wrench and C.W. Waughtel are the principal plant shippers, although others, including Arthur Roberts, are engaged on a smaller scale. Shipments are confined to tomato, potato and pepper plants this year. Wrench and Waughtel grow the largest part of the output but they buy some of the plants from neighbors. They have had orders this season for all the plants they could supply. Orders come from all parts of the country and plants shipped from this county are becoming known as the best that can be obtained.
NEW BUILDINGS. In spite of the rumors of hard times that are occasionally heard, building operations in Folkston continue active. A.W. Askew has just completed a handsome new bungalow on Folkston's east side and it is one of the most attractive homes in this section. D.L. Stewart has started the construction of a home on the lot next to the club house of the Woman's Club, which will be an attractive residence when completed. L.E. Stokes is building another new house in the Renfroe Addition.
RONEY BUILDING. Construction on rebuilding of the Roney Building, recently destroyed by fire, is now in progress under supervision of the owner, B.M. Roney, who expects to have it completed within thirty days. The people of this section will regret to learn that Mr. Roney does not expect to re-enter the restaurant business. The building will be for rent when completed.
NEW PASSIEU HOME. C.J. Passieu and family have moved into their new home recently completed on the Dixie Highway.
WATER SYSTEM FOR McDONALD HOUSE. B.G. McDonald is having a deep well sunk in the rear of the McDonald House and expects to install a complete water system in the hotel. J.B. May has contracted to install the pump and other machinery.
TELEPHONE SYSTEM NEARLY COMPLETED. With the construction work practically completed and the switchboard installed, Folkston's telephone system will be ready for active service in a short time. The work now remaining is the installation of instruments in homes and businesses. The wires reach practically every part of the city and service will be available to all who desire it. The system is being installed by the Union Telephone Co., the home office being at Hoboken. The lines extend from Folkston to Nahunta and Hoboken.
May 20, 1927
TELEPHONES. Manager Dell of the Union Telephone Co. announces that a crew is at work constructing the line from Folkston to Nahunta and Hoboken. When they are ready to begin operating, the lines to Traders Hill, Gowen's Still and Nahunta will be ready for service.
May 27, 1927
TELEPHONE SYSTEM. The Folkston exchange of the Union Telephone Co. will be placed in active service on June lst. The work of installing telephone instruments is now going forward and all who expect to become subscribers are urged to have their phones put in without delay in order that their names and number may appear in the first directory soon to be issued. The local exchange will have twenty-four hour service. The lines are connected with Southern Bell making long distance service available at all times.
ARNOLD HOTEL BUILDING COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY FIRE. Fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the Arnold Hotel in the early hours of Thursday morning. The flames were discovered about 3:30. [The rest of the article is almost the same as is in Charlton County Herald abstracts.]