Digest of Charlton County Herald - May 1935

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays


May 5, 1935

PORTABLE CANNING MACHINE. A demonstration of the portable canning plant owned by the Relief Administration was given this week at the home of W. H. Robinson. Mrs. Ed Mizell brought in a fine lot of snap beans for the experiment. A dozen ladies were present and signed up for the work. The portable machine will be used until the district canners have been established. There will be four of them. The county must supply the machinery and the commissioners have agreed to do this.

NINETEEN JOIN METHODIST CHURCH. The Methodist revival ended its ten-day series of meetings Wednesday night. Eleven joined by confession of faith and were baptized Tuesday night. They were Jewell Demaris Johnson, Jacquelyn Sikes, Kathleen Stapleton, Evelyn Willette Thompson, Mary Edna Rodgers, Bertie Lorane Wright, Grace Leslie Wright, Carolyn Tison, Mandy Blanche Johnson, Eleanor Wright, Mrs. Charles M. Wright. Those joining by certificate were Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Hires, Mrs. Mary Frances Sawyer, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Smart, Ruth Smart, Sarah Smart and Edward Smart.

CCC CAMP MEMBER INJURED. John Henry Birdsong cut his big toe off Saturday before last. He was leading his section in the cutting necessary to prevent the spread of a fire they were fighting. Working at close quarters he gave one of those mighty heaves and the axe went right through the log, then through the heavy shoe. The big toe is on exhibit, pickled.

RENFROE BROTHERS HERE. There are many new men in the CCC camp including Rudolph Renfroe, of Quitman. He has several relatives, including his brother Riley, who is in Folkston for a few weeks as one of the highway department surveyors.

WEDDING. J.R. Smith and Mrs. Mary Prescott were made man and wife on March 31st, the announcement just made the past weekend.

WEDDING. On April 21st our esteemed fellow townsman C.J. Passieu and Miss Jane Lou Calhoun of Ware County were happily joined in wedlock at the bride's home by Rev. H.D. Minyard of Waycross. The bride possesses many fine qualities of womanhood and is warmly welcomed to her new home in Folkston. Mr. Passieu is one of our liveliest businessmen and also an alderman of Folkston.

MRS. CATHERINE WAINWRIGHT MILLS DIED. Mrs. Catherine Wainwright Mills, age 80, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.H. Wright, on April 27th after an illness of some time. Mrs. Mills was born in Charlton County on the old Wainwright place on June 20, 1855 and has made her home in Charlton County all of her life. She is the mother of Sam Mills and Sol Mills, Mrs. E.H. Wright and Mrs. Elizabeth Russell. She was a sister to W.R. Wainwright and Rooks Wainwright. She joined the Mount Zion Baptist Church when a young lady and held membership in that church throughout life. She was a consistent Christian and lived a useful life. Funeral services were in charge of the pastor of the Baptist Church, Rev. E.G. Kilpatrick. Services were held at the church with burial at Folkston cemetery.

IN MEMORY OF MRS. T.J. COLSON. On April 18 the soul of Mrs. T.J. Colson took its flight to the one who gave it. Before marriage she was Miss Arabelle Knight. She was married to T.J. Colson 52 years and one day at the time of her death. They reared a family of eight children. One daughter Mrs. Hamp Mizell, having died in 1912. She leaves to mourn her death an aged husband, three daughters and four sons J.W., T.H. and J.D. Colson, J.J. Colson, Mrs. J.M. Wilkinson, Mrs. G.S. Roddenberry, Mrs. M.A. Chancey. She was 76 years old and had been a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years. She was laid to rest in Sardis cemetery. Written by daughter-in-law Mrs. J.W. Colson.

May 10, 1935

CAMPAIGN AGAINST PROHIBITION. The campaign against repeal of the 18th Amendment will be carried to the voters strongly this weekend over the few remaining days before the election. Arrangements have been made for the presentation of facts showing that Charlton is dry and we want it to stay dry. Places of meeting are Traders Hill, Winokur, Bethel, Racepond, St. George, Camp Pinckney and Folkston. Please attend as many meetings as you can and hear good men present the issues showing what the repeal of this law would bring about.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH DEDICATED. An outstanding event of the season was the dedication service at the Presbyterian Church on Sunday May 5th. Those on the program included: Miss Bernice Pearce, pianist; Rev. M.P. Cain; Rev. F.H. Chapman, pastor of the church; Rev. A.L. Johnson, sermon; Rev. Louis C. Lamotte; remarks on the history of the Folkston Presbyterian Church since its organization on February 1, 1923 in the First Baptist Church of Folkston by Mr. B.D. Brantley.

FINISHING UP SCHOOL BUILDING. The Charlton County high school now presents an almost finished look to the project with the nice clean brick veneering of the old white brick. We have gone through the auditorium where the commencement is to take place and the walls are newly painted and trimmed.

ST. GEORGE POSTMASTER. Mrs. L.E. Roberts has been appointed permanent postmaster at St. George. She has been acting postmaster for the past six months and regulations require permanent officials after that date.

May 17, 1935

PROHIBITION REPEALED. Associated Press reports from 140 counties in Ga. reported that the repeal of the 18th Amendment had been voted in. This means that every county in the state will have to vote to decide whether each county will have the legal sale of whiskey. The vote in this county was for repeal 132, and against 144.

WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Askew announce the marriage of their son Newt Askew of Miami to Miss Elizabeth Mallory of Miami. The wedding took place last Monday at the home of Rev. E.G. Kilpatrick. After the ceremony the couple left for Miami where they will make their home.

SIDEWALK OF PECAN SHELLS. A friend of Editor T.W. Wrench wrote in an article concerning a trip to Folkston the following: "...The person who said there is nothing new under the sun should see the sidewalk paved with pecan shells in front of the office of Editor Wrench in Folkston. This use of nut shells was new to all our party. The shells came from a plant next door to Mr. Wrench's office where a large group of women were employed to shell the nuts for shipping in use in candies and cakes. Strange to say the nut shells made a most satisfactory paving and were not hard to walk on."

NEW MACHINERY FOR JOHNSON & SON. The skidder that was destroyed at the Johnson & Son tie camp in the Swamp the past weekend has been replaced and a new one is now in operation. The loss was something over $500.00.

May 24, 1935

H.S. MATTOX INJURED FIGHTING FIRE. For the second time this year the apartment house of H.S. Mattox caught fire Saturday with little damage. Sparks from the chimney fell on the roof and set it blazing. It was soon discovered and a few buckets of water thrown on it subdued the blaze before the fire department arrived. In toting a bucket of water Mr. Mattox tripped over a wire and fell on the bucket mashing it flat and hurting himself in the breast making it very sore for a few days.

GYM DEDICATED. The dedication was held Monday night of the new FERA constructed gymnasium, or community building, connected with the Charlton County high school.

CAROLYN HILL CONNER. Troy Conner is stepping higher these days. The cause has just become known to us. A lovely little Miss came to grace his home on May llth and it's made Troy brace up and do more business to support the addition to his family. She bears the name of Carolyn Hill.

MATING SEASON NEWS. Judge Gibson gives us the following who have gotten ahead of the June season of weddings: Ester Crews and Miss Daisy Conner of St. George, who were married on the 17th, the judge tying the nuptial knot. Luther Brown and Miss Mary Smith from Folkston were married on the same day, the 17th. Cliff Horne of Kingsland and Miss Lottie O'Quinn of Traders Hill got their license from Folkston and were married by a Justice of the Peace in Camden County on the 18th. Sylvester Wilson and Endoyle Houstin were married on the 18th.

May 31, 1935

MR. JOHN A. BARKER DIED. Mr. John A. Barker, one of St. George's most prominent citizens, died last Friday at the home of his son, C.O. Barker, in Jacksonville. He was taken down the first of the week as he desired to be with the boys, John having come to the hospital for treatment. Shortly after his daughter, Miss Louise, left him Friday to enter the house, he fell from his chair, dying instantly. He was in bad health and had been for some time from several ailments, including heart trouble. His body was taken to St. George and buried in the Oak Grove cemetery. He leaves his wife and three boys, J.A., Jr., C.O. and Colon; two daughters, Mrs. C.H. Gibson and Miss Louise. A host of friends attended the last sad rites.

CANNING INSTRUCTORS NAMED. On June 1st the National Relief program will begin in a new direction. Since some are not familiar with food preservation Miss Smith has trained the following women: Miss Georgia Simpson at Traders Hill, Mrs. Ocie Cason at Uptonville and Mrs. Herbert Huling, Folkston. These are to help with canning problems and their services are free. Miss Smith has six thousand free cans to be issued to clients as they make their appointments with the canning instructors.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. Graduation exercises were held for the Charlton County high school and those given diplomas by Board of Education chairman Stokes were: Delmus Roddenberry, Nelson Parker, E.J. Powell, J.A. Hathaway, Carlie Mae Stokes, Eula Wilson, Ruth Mizell, Lena Guinn, Ottelea Harden, Meta Tracy, Marjorie Mills, Marguerite Mills, Annie Jane Vickery, Marian Johnson, Harley Lowrimore, Everett Jones, Cleo Huling, Mae Jones, Elvie Mae Hickox, Maudria Johnson and Grover Kendrick. These received Honorable Mention because of high records: Carlie Mae Stokes, Cleo Huling and Marian Johnson.

QUILT FACTORY. A quilt factory has been working full time this week and the work has been stacked for the time when it will be needed. We learn that a division was to have been made, exchanging quilts for mattresses but so far we still have just quilts.

IN MEMORY. Mrs. Joseph Mills, or Aunt Kate as she was known, would have been eighty in June, departed this life on April 27, 1935. She had been an invalid for five and one half years, living with her daughter, Mrs. E.H. Wright. She was the widow of the late Joseph Mills who organized Mount Zion Church in 1903. They worked together faithfully in this church and community. She had been a member of the Baptist faith since 1876. She was the mother of eight children, four of whom had gone on before her. One daughter, Josie Schmidt who passed into the Great Beyond just five weeks before her. She died on her oldest son's birthday. She left four children, nineteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. The children who still survive her are S.M. Mills, Mrs. E.H. Wright, Mrs. Elizabeth Russell and S.P. Mills; two brothers, J.A. Wainwright, better known as Uncle Roox who is now an invalid and W.R. Wainwright who stood by her so faithfully. Her last words to him were "God bless your heart. I'm so glad you came to see me."

A BRICK YARD MAY BE FUTURE BUSINESS. Another venture for Folkston is rumored to be a brick yard. The clay is said to measure up to the standard of being next to the best to be had.


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