Digest of Charlton County Herald - May 1932

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

May 6, 1932

POWELL LECKIE RECEIVES 4-H HONOR. Powell Leckie of Moniac will represent the state of Georgia at the National Assembly of 4-H Club leaders in Washington for a week in June.

DR. WILLIAMS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS. Dr. A.D. Williams, who is a candidate for Congress from this district, is leading the fight for the Soldier Bonus and is making speeches in Savannah, Milledgeville and other important places. He makes some strong points in favor of paying the Soldier Bonus at this time.

MRS. JUDIE ANN AMMONS ALLEN DIED. The death of Mrs. Judie Ann Allen, wife of George W. Allen, occurred at their country home near Newell Friday night after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Allen had been in ill health for the past year or more. She was born in Pierce County on October 12, 1858 and was married to George W. Allen in 1884. From this union there was born the following survivors: Mrs. Lizzie Mills, Arthur A. Allen, Mrs. Vannie Sikes, Mrs. Katie Sikes, Mrs. John Allen Altman and Mrs. Josephine Howard who lives with her father, George W. Allen. Mr. and Mrs. Allen came to Charlton County shortly after they were married and settled in the Allen neighborhood where they have been fine neighbors and outstanding citizens all these years. She was Judie Ann Ammons and Mrs. C.W. Prescott is her sister. The burial was at Allen cemetery and funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.O. Gibson.

WAYCROSS JOBLESS FURNISHED PLANTS. The jobless of Waycross are planting sweet potatoes furnished by the Chamber of Commerce which has also procured free ground for the planting.

MRS. ED MIZELL BURNED. Mrs. Ed Mizell was the victim of a kitchen fire a few days ago, her clothing being destroyed and her body painfully scorched. The accident occurred at her home.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Stewart of Waycross announce the birth of a son on April 29. He has been named Edgar Tracy Stewart, Jr. Mrs. Stewart will be remembered before her marriage as Miss Arline Wright.

DR. McCOY'S PATIENT. The lad walked into Dr. McCoy's office and stood with hat in hand. The doctor was talking to someone and finally he turned and told the lad, "Sonny, you have showed your politeness. Sit down." "It is not politeness," the lad replied, "It's a boil!"

JOHN HARRIS WAS MYSTERY SPEAKER. [In the previous paper it was announced that a "man of mystery" would speak at the Folkston Baptist Church the following Sunday evening.] Those who did not enjoy the surprise with us last Sunday evening certainly missed a wonderful treat. Mr. John Harris spoke to the large congregation. If it had been known he was to speak, no doubt standing room would have been at a premium. His subject was "Forces That Shape Life" and the thoughts he brought out made an everlasting impression on the hearers. If all surprises are as satisfying as this one, and the mystery speaker as interesting, we may have another.

May 13, 1932

WEDDING. The marriage of a popular couple was celebrated Sunday in Jacksonville at the home of the bride's father, Mr. R.A. Shackelford, when Miss Evelyn Friar Shackelford and George R. Gowen, Jr. were married by Rev. Rawls. She is a former citizen of Folkston and Mr. Gowen is manager of the Folkston Manufacturing plant, also a law student and is considered one of our most popular young businessmen.

NEW ATTORNEY FOR FOLKSTON. Col. J.D. Braswell of Dublin was in Folkston this week making arrangements to move here June 1st to begin the practice of law. We learn that he has the reputation of being an excellent attorney. He is married and has one child, a son, and they will occupy the residence where James Wrench now resides. Mr. Wrench will move to the Dr. Fleming home and Dr. Fleming will make the Wm. Mizell home his abiding place.

CARLOAD OF FLOUR ORDERED FOR NEEDY. Tuesday Chairman Littlefield, Rep. Mallard and County Agent Hursey visited the Red Cross headquarters in Waycross and placed an application for a carload of flour that is being donated to the needy through the Red Cross by the Farm Board. The flour will be distributed through the PTA and all cases must be investigated and proved worthy.

TRADERS HILL METHODIST CHURCH. Announcement of an open air meeting at Traders Hill Sunday afternoon has been made.Rev. H.C. Griffin will preach at the 3:00 o'clock hour. The new church building construction has been proceeding slowly and the members in that vicinity have not been able to attend divine worship as often as they wanted to. As the weather has been so beautiful, it was thought that an open air service would be enjoyable.

WEDDING. Richard Spatcher and Julia Hutchins were married May 8 by Rev. H.W. Kimball.

JUNIOR-SENIOR-PROM NEXT WEEK. The Folkston school Junior-Senior prom party will be given Monday evening on the lawn of the residence of Mrs. E.B. Stapleton.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. Rev. M.P. Cain of Waycross has arranged for the local Presbyterian congregation for regular morning services in Folkston on second Sundays in each month.

NEW FINANCIAL POLICY. The County Commissioners, meeting this week, established a new policy: Owing to the increasing demand by the poor for financial help, the amount set aside under the county levy for this purpose is almost exhausted. It is necessary for the Board to deny assistance in the future except to those actually in a destitute condition. The Board feels that anyone having relatives should look to them rather than call on the County for support therefore the Board is forced to refuse assistance in cases of this kind in the future.

May 20, 1932

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES. Charlton County High School has twelve graduates this year. They are: Julia Juanita Stokes, Thomas Edwin Stokes, Carrie Belle Williams, Ada Louise Kendrick, Kathleen Idella Wildes, Polly Ruby Petty, Sidney Wilson Huling, Claude Raymond Banks, Jessie Marie Dinkins, Arminta P. Murray, Verona McDuffie and Leona Miller.

TRADERS HILL METHODIST CHURCH. The services at Traders Hill last Sunday afternoon were well attended. Seventy-five attended and Rev. Griffin preached.

NITROGEN PLANT SEED DISTRIBUTED. County Agent Hursey has just received 400 pounds of crotalaria, a vegetable nitrogen plant which he is distributing among those who wish to improve their land at the low cost of 15 cents per pound, ten pounds are required to an acre.

ALEX BRYANT IS REBUILDING. The material for rebuilding the home of Alex Bryant has been purchased and laid down. E.L. Martin has been getting it in shape for the rebuilding program. We are glad to know Mr. Bryant will soon be back in his own home.

MRS. THERESA PRITCHARD WILLEY DIED. Mrs. Theresa Willey, wife of T.W. Willey, died May 16. Mrs. Willey fell down the stairway on February 2nd. At the time of the fall the attending physician expressed little hope of her recovery. During the last few weeks she took a turn for the worst and death came to her in the presence of her husband, daughter and nephew. She was born in New York December 25, 1855. Her maiden name was Theresa Pritchard. She leaves one daughter, Mary E., wife of B.W. Kennison of Homeland; her husband T.W. Willey who is 82 years old. They were married 55 years. She is the last member of the Pritchard family. The Willeys came here from the North many years ago and are highly respected by all those who know them. The funeral was conducted at the house in Homeland by Rev. Poindexter and interment was in the Homeland cemetery.

FIRE STILL IN SWAMP. Hamp Mizell, patrolman for the Brunswick Peninsular Co. lands along the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, reports that he and a crew of men are camping on a fire just inside the Swamp. The only method of fighting this fire is trenching into the deep muck. He hopes to keep the fire from backing out on the hill land and thus save a stand of pines adjacent to the fire area.

SOME DENIED RIGHT TO VOTE. The present condition of finance is depriving many a man of his legal vote. A leading citizen of a community of some 300 people tells the editor that only two business men in that place were able to pay their taxes so the rest are barred from voting in the election this fall. [Poll tax had to be paid in order to vote.]

NEW FORDS GO FAST. The new Ford has been tested out in Folkston and from what we hear it has made a record of seventy miles per hour. With a car that can make that speed and drivers that can get it out of it, folks tell us that it is a case of "Now you see it and now you don't". Some of our boys have had a hair-raising experience trying it and it has been said of this number more than one have not got the color back in their face yet.

May 27, 1932

MR. BENJAMIN G. MCDONALD DIED.Folkston was shocked and grieved beyond expression by the announcement last Thursday evening that Benjamin G. McDonald had passed away quietly at his home from an acute indigestion attack. He had complained and Mrs. McDonald had gone to the drug store for medicine, and he, while going from one room to the kitchen fell from an attack. He was placed in bed and Dr. Fleming summoned who found that life was extinct upon his arrival. His death brought a large number of friends to the home as school exercises were in progress at the moment and the news quickly spread. Other exercises were recessed until after the funeral. The funeral occurred from the home Sunday afternoon where Rev. H.C. Griffin officiated assisted by Rev. J.D. Poindexter. Burial was in Folkston cemetery. He was born in Waresboro February 6, 1866 and he came to Folkston in September, 1885 and was employed in the business conducted by his uncle L.M. Bedell. He later purchased this business when Mr. Bedell moved to Burnt Fort. In 1896 he was married to Miss Lucy Bernice Lang, daughter of the late Felder Lang, who represented Charlton in the legislature and secured a charter for the Town of Folkston. Mr. McDonald was honored by being made first Mayor of the new town. After serving in this capacity several terms as an alderman, he was Ordinary from 1896 to 1900, also from 1904 to 1908. He served as county commissioner several terms and for a number of years was on the school trustees board. He was chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee for twelve years and was for years vice-president of the Citizens Bank. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Martha Grace Lang and a sister Mrs. D.O. Pearce.

HAMPTON CREWS DIED. Hampton Crews, born near Hoboken on September 12, 1852, died at his home near Uptonville Sunday evening. Last rites were held at the chapel at Sardis, Rev. W.O. Gibson, pastor officiating, Rev. Lester McDonald and Rev. I.T. Hickox assisting. Interment was at Sardis cemetery. Mr. Crews came to Charlton County in 1898 and located on the farm where he died. He made a splendid citizen and successful farmer and had always borne the reputation of being a straightforward and upstanding citizen. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Sallie Crews; three sons, H.H. Crews, H.M. Crews and R.C. Crews; one daughter, Mrs. L.S. Conner; two brothers Bryant Crews now 86 years old and Ban Crews. He had two sisters, Mrs. K.M. Anderson and Mrs. Emily Dowling. The material from which his coffin was made was selected by Mr. Crews some time back and the men he chose made it as he had directed. It was made from heart cypress grown near Winokur.

HERCULES MAY MOVE OPERATIONS HERE. C.W. Lane, manager of the field forces of the Hercules Co. was in Folkston this week making an arrangement for the lease of some 5,000 acres of cut-over land for the purpose of stumping for turpentine retort wood. He advised that he was anxious that this would be the next point to which to move. The move would mean approximately $20,000 worth of taxable assets to Charlton besides the force of hands which would put their monthly stipends in the channels of trade.

FLOUR FOR POOR TO ARRIVE SOON. County Agent Hursey has received instructions from the Red Cross that the car of flour assigned the poor people of Charlton County would be shipped from the Birdseye Mills of Macon. This flour will be plain, made from government wheat. Those in need should make their application to Mr. Hursey or through the P.T.A. There are to be 220 barrels and it is hoped every worthy family will receive a supply to help them over this scant period.

BILLYS ISLAND. Sheriff Mizell, Ed Mizell and R.L. Bunkley, district game warden, went to Billys Island Tuesday where the sheriff served warrants for trespassing on Dan Steedly and Farley Steedly and against the former for violating the game law by fishing with traps and seines. The two were brought back and jailed. Harrison Lee, also wanted, was not found. The sheriff dispossessed his prisoners and had their belongings hauled from the island.

SARDIS SCHOOL. Miss Armstrong has completed her term as teacher at Sardis School.

SCHOOL BUSES. The bodies of the school buses were dismantled Wednesday and stored in the warehouse of the City Service Garage until the next term. Those having had contracts [to transport pupils to and from school] are now wanting hauling to do [with their flatbed trucks].

NEW RR WATER TANK MEANS JOBS FOR BOYS. The Atlantic Coast Line placed material in Folkston for erection of a new water tank. Work of demolishing the old tank will begin at once. This will give a few boys a job as common laborers, and they are thankful for that.

WEDDING. A quiet wedding was performed by Rev. W.O. Gibson at his home Tuesday evening when he united in wedlock P.G. Brooks of Uptonville and Miss Ila Herrin of Brantley County, a daughter of Sherred Herrin. Mr. Brooks is one of our best farmers who lives at home and attends to his own business and makes a success out of it. She will make a good helpmeet for this splendid farmer.

GRAMMAR SCHOOL GRADUATION AT ST. GEORGE. A successful term of school ended in St. George Friday with graduation of five pupils from grammar grades. They were Douglas Londeree, Ralph Hodges, Algie Rhoden, Colquit Hopkins and Frona Hodges.

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