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Digest of Charlton County Herald - May 1934

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

May 4, 1934

FOLKSTON'S NEW WATER SYSTEM. Contractor Boyce began the ditching of the water extension this week by putting a force of some thirty men to work, all available from the CWA roll. Others registered and now two shifts are working a five hour schedule per day with twenty men on each crew. The work on Main Street was the first begun, going toward the courthouse from Gibson's corner. Another group took up the work from the Hodges' corner going north. Pipes and water plugs were all laid Tuesday - nice, bright red top plugs with new pipes. With the force of men working on the school annex building this will increase the payroll of the town at least $1,000. per week.

GOODYEAR BLIMP SALUTED. The Goodyear blimp passed over Folkston Wednesday night riding low. The aldermanic body at Homeland gave it a passing cheer just as the meeting adjourned for the night.

PEAGLER STILL DESTROYED BY FIRE. The still used by the Peaglers near the depot caught fire about 4:00 Friday morning from an overflow of resin and before help could arrive, burned to the ground. J.B. Baker, the still-building expert has been rebuilding a 25-barrel new one this week and he said that there will be no more danger from overflowing liquid. The loss was about $500.00.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. A surprise birthday party was given Mr. M. Altman Sunday on his 68th birthday. Most of his family were there. He has 41 living grandchildren. The crowd numbered about 75.

NEW BABY. Happiest of the parents of the past week were Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Taylor who reports a big fine boy born on Saturday. Doctor McCoy was attending physician.

LITTLE KATHLEEN LYNETTE McQUEEN. "The finest girl in town," comes the report from Col. A.S. McQueen himself about the young lady born at his home Friday night. Dr. McCoy represented the stork on the occasion. The young lady has been named Kathleen Lynette.

NEW BABY. Sheriff J.O. Sikes was brought home the first of the week from the hospital. He could not stay away, even though ill, when the news reached him that a fine young lady had been born Saturday. Dr. Fleming was the physician attending Mrs. Sikes.

WEDDING. Jake Layton came to town Saturday night from Hilliard on his regular visit. But that isn't the story we are telling. It's what he did after he arrived that is news. Accompanied by Miss Jessie Gowen, the popular young lady assisting at Banks Cafe, they called upon Judge H.G. Gibson and were happily married.

May 11, 1934

MRS. ROBERT O'QUINN DIED. Mrs. Robert O'Quinn, 68, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elbert Altman, Wednesday and will be buried in Sardis cemetery. Mrs. O'Quinn has been a long time resident of Traders Hill and has two daughters, Mrs. Elbert Altman and Mrs. W.T. Pulliam. She also has two sisters surviving her, Mrs. Sallie Dowling and Mrs. Etta Altman.

MR. WEST RHODEN DIED. One of our oldest citizens, West Rhoden, who has lived in the Bend just north of St. George for quite a long time and who has been an invalid for the past ten years, died Sunday and was buried at the Thompson cemetery just north of Toledo. Mr. Rhoden was one of the old timers and was born just over the line in Nassau, we understand.

A.C.L. FLOWER GARDEN. Noticing a force of hands laying iron posts and railings about the railroad square through which the Coast Line runs, we investigated and found that Supt. McCranie had ordered the two sides fenced to protect the flowers. We were also given a tip that Mr. McCranie was "foolish on the subject of flowers and parks". The coverage of the lawn with phlox and other flowers are now in full bloom. It appeals to us as the most beautiful and pleasing sight travelers can see. Editor of the Herald: In a recent communication I promised to say something about the sawmill at Coleraine and the people connected with it. I have already stated that not long after it was put in operation Capt. J.S. Tyner became the sole owner of the business. Persons who are not familiar with conditions existing at that time would be astonished to know how much timber was wasted in getting the logs for the mill. Except for an area of a few thousand acres in the vicinity of Camp Pinckney where Mr. Edward Buck operated a turpentine business and another near Uptonville operated by Baker, Jones and Co. and one at the place where the home of E.F. Dean, Jr. is located, operated by John D. Jones, round pines covered the woods and in cutting the trees for mill logs usually about 2/3 of the length from the butt to the limbs was the part used, leaving to lie and rot on the ground enough timber without limbs or knots to please the eyes of a sawmill [owner] of our day. When the mill got into action Capt. R.H. Bachlott was the first sawyer. Mr. Sampson Barfield was the first engineer and Mr. John G. Wickes was the first lumber inspector. Capt. Bachlott was also foreman of the mill. Almost every young man in the community at some time during the operation of the mill worked in it, besides a great many others from other sections. I had the distinction of being the first "sawdust roller". Except engineer and sawyer, I occupied every other place in the mill and after the death of Capt. Tyner when the business was purchased by J.L.K. Holtzendorf I left the steamboat where I had been working and accepted the position of lumber inspector and foreman which I held during the period of Mr. Holtzendorf's ownership and when he closed the business and sold the machinery to the firm of J. Mizell & Bro. of Kings Ferry pulled the wire that sounded the last whistle of the sawmill that was ever heard at Coleraine. Of all the men under whom I worked and of all who worked under me, not one is living that my recollection can recall. Referring further to steamboats and water, the sawmills and turpentine plants on and near the St. Marys River required many vessels to carry lumber and naval stores to the markets and where these products were sold. The firm of S.L. Burns & Co., who operated the largest sawmills on the river except those of J. Mizell & Bro. owned and operated two steamboats. One was the Flora Temple, a side wheeler. The other was the C.T. Sheppard, a propeller driven boat. It was the Sheppard on which I worked between the periods of my work in the sawmill for Capt. Tyner and Mr. Holtzendorf. If I had the physical ability it would indeed be a pleasure to me to make one more trip on the St. Marys and Nassau rivers and on the sounds between them and across the lapse of time I could still handle the wheel of a steamboat. When these steamboats had been in use a number of years, like all other things they yielded to the hand of time and service and they were overhauled and rebuilt and the name of the Flora Temple was changed to Athlete and that of the C.T. Sheppard to Gladiator. These boats and their names have long passed into oblivion and perhaps all except myself whoever handled their wheels their throttles and their ropes have gone with them out of existence. Memory carries me back through the space of these many years to one of the grandest sights that my eyes ever met. One bright fair day when a stiff gale was blowing and the waves were rolling high we were towing a big bark out to sea. As we were going seaward the Lizzie Baker, an ocean steamer, was coming in from New York to Fernandina. As the steamers passed each other and each blew three long whistles of recognition I was thrilled with awe and pleasure as I watched the beautiful white monster plow her way through the waves, her bow raising and splitting a heavy roll of sparkling spray. --W.O. Gibson

BEANS-IN-NOSE CHILD TREATED. Little three year old Si Tom Johns, son of Oliver Johns, was brought in Monday to Dr. Fleming for treatment. It seems that the little fellow got hold of a sack of beans while his mother was planting them and proceeded to fill his nostrils with them. The only hurt done was scaring Grandpa and Grandma Prescott pretty badly.

WEDDING. Arthur Jones and Thelma Hammons, residents at the Paxton Place, came in on May 5th to be married by Judge Gibson.

WEDDING. Goodrich Riggins of Pierce County and Miss Verdie Prescott, one of Charlton County's fairest flowers, were united in marriage by Rev. I.T. Hickox on May 6th. They will make their home in Pierce County.

May 18, 1934

MOTHERS DAY PROGRAM. The younger element of Homeland greeted their mothers with a program last Sunday night at the Methodist Church, Miss Geraldine Waughtel being the leading inspiration. In the Primary play were Clarence Harden, Harold Guinn, James Guinn, Verle Ackerman, Joan Ackerman, Willie Knowles, Odell Martin, Charles Roberts, Linzie Russell. In the Junior play were Geraldine Waughtel, Beulah Lee Waughtel, Lena Guinn, Jewell Russell, Lillie Knowles, Lyndoll Noshbaum, Ruth Weaver, Mildred Lloyd and Mavise Newsome.

WATER PROJECT COMPLETED. Folkston is now under water pressure from the new Federal Aid project just completed by the Boyce Co. of Clearwater, Fla. All pipes were laid before quitting time Saturday night and this week paving has been replaced and cleaning up of odds and ends of the job. Yet to be built are three small fire houses to house fire-fighting equipment, one at the central station, one south of Folkston while the west end gets the third one. The fireplugs are stationed so that any home can be reached with the hose. With the organization of a good fire-fighting company Folkston will be ready to meet the fire emergency in first class condition. The final cost is estimated to be $10,500. with the Federal Aid paying the rest of some $4,500.

MANY BOOKS READ. The sixth grade of the Folkston Consolidated School has read 513 books this session of the 1933-34 term taking advantage of a fine library.

EXCUSE US. The Herald comes out this week a day late. As this is the second time this has happened in seven years there is no need of an apology. But a word of explanation might explain a lot. The linotype operator got sick, then an extra leaf of two pages was made necessary, so there you are. Don McQueen who has helped us as well as the editor has not been as pert as usual, but we have gotten you out a newspaper, so you can pass judgment on the work of the decrepits.

May 25, 1934

CCC CAMP. Instructor H.W. Durdin of the CCC camp located near St. George reminded us that this camp will have been in existence one year on June 2nd. He tells us of a fine program arranged for that day. Recent activities include a dance, games, baseball and boxing match. A moving picture course in automobile mechanics is taught twice a week and thirty-eight men are taught music each night by an expert on steel guitar.

BABY REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN. Registration of every baby born in Georgia within the past 12 months is the object of a campaign launched in Georgia this week by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. This week 600,000 cards, one to every Georgia family, will be mailed from Washington. Families are requested to fill out these cards and drop them right back into the mail, no postage required.

The cards will then be referred to the Ga. State Board of Health where they will be checked against birth registration records. Georgia is the only state in the nation to be thus honored by the special attention of the Bureau of the Census.

MEMORY OF DR. CRAWFORD W. LONG HONORED. A gavel of wood from the mulberry tree in Jefferson, Ga. under which Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation with the aid of anesthesia, was used by speaker Rainey when he called to order the joint session of Congress last Sunday. The gavel was presented to Speaker Rainey by Rep. John S. Wood of Canton, Ga. in whose congressional district Dr. Long practiced his profession. Following its use in Washington it was placed in the Georgia exhibit of the World's Fair in Chicago.

SCREW WORM THREATENS LIVESTOCK. Several reports of screw worms have reached the Herald from various parts of the county. The aggressiveness of stock owners at this time would save much money and labor and stock if a systematic campaign was begun to remove their source of increase and the carcass of the stock.

TOM ASKEW TAKES OVER STORE. Relieving his father Fred Askew for a month as manager of Suwannee Grocery Co. Monday morning on account of his health, Tom has been busy this week getting the hang of the job as manager. He has been assisting his father for some time and now just graduating from high school he is stepping out to manage a grocery business.

CABBAGE SOLD FROM COLERAINE FARM. George White sold three truckloads of cabbage this week from his Coleraine farm.

LEE PRESCOTT IN TRAINING. Lee Prescott will start to work Monday with the Hinson Funeral Home in Waycross to learn the undertaking and embalming business. He is a graduate of the Charlton County high school the past year.

GRADUATION EXERCISES. A large number of patrons attended the graduation exercises of Charlton County High School as it closed it 1933-34 session. There were nineteen in the class, more boys than girls. [No list of graduates.]

MRS. MARTHA LLOYD DIED. Mrs. Martha Lloyd, wife of Alfred Lloyd, died at their home on the Old Yarber Place early Wednesday after an illness of several months duration from dropsy. Mrs. Lloyd was 72 years old. The funeral was conducted by Rev. G.H. Jacobs with burial at Pigeon Creek cemetery. Surviving Mrs. Lloyd were her husband; sons, John, Jack and Dee Lloyd; daughters, Mrs. Turner Knowles, Mrs. Scrap Simmons, Mrs. A. Roberts and Miss Belle Lloyd. Mrs. Lloyd was a native of Nassau County, coming to Homeland several years ago. She was a member of the Pigeon Creek Missionary Baptist Church and a most esteemed woman.

LITTLE COY WHITE DIED. Little Coy White, three year old son of Mrs. W.C. White, died Thursday morning at its mother's home in Folkston after an illness of several weeks of whooping cough. The little tot has suffered quite a lot during the past few weeks and death has relieved the mother's darling of its earthly troubles. It will be buried in the cemetery by the side of his father, who was murdered in Homeland a year ago. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E.G. Kilpatrick.

LITTLE LEONARD SPENCE DIED. Leonard Spence, three year old twin son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Spence of Homeland, died Sunday morning after an illness of several weeks, and was buried at Sardis cemetery, Rev. H.C. Griffin conducting the service. The other twin is very sick, as is one or two of the other children.

TOM GOWEN, JR. Tom, Jr. is the name of the young man born to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Gowen on Wednesday of the past week. Here is hoping that he will be a good business man just like his Dad. W

EDDING. Lorrie Cason of the CCC camp at Baxley was married to Miss Eula May Petty of Mattox by Judge Gibson Sunday night. They will locate at Baxley.

WEDDING. On May 12th Willie McDouglas and Aggie Brown of Traders Hill were married by Judge Gibson. They will make their home at the Hill.

WEDDING. Freeman Reed and Beulah Reed, prominent among the colored people at Traders Hill, were married last Sunday by Rev. G.C. Johnson. They will continue as residents at the Hill.

IRMA LEE BELLE WINS CONTEST. The popularity contest carried on by the St. George school proved to be very successful. The girls running were Irma Lee Belle, Pearl Valler Champ, Dorothy Stokes, Dorothy Leckie and Alsine Suggs. Irma Lee Belle won the contest.

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