Digest of Charlton County Herald - May 1936
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
May 1, 1936
TEST OIL WELL. The work of erecting the steel derrick and putting up other machinery for the drilling of a test oil well just beyond the St. Marys River in Nassau County, got underway Saturday. Mr. Woolsey, an experienced oil well worker from Texas, has arrived and is in charge of the drilling rig. He has a crew on the job and progress is being made. It is estimated that three weeks will be required to complete the work, after which drilling operations will commence. Otis Nobles and Sol Mills have completed their contract to move the 150 tons of modern drilling machinery from a point near Swainsboro, the last load having been moved Saturday. The site of the test well is located 1.8 miles from the St. Marys River bridge at a point about 100 yards west of Route One.
FOLKSTON’S FIRST FLOWER SHOW. Folkston’s first flower show was an outstanding event. There were hundreds of visitors to see the enchanting beauty of spring’s fairest flowers. Mrs. V.J. Pickren’s purple and white larkspur was the winner of the Sweepstakes Prize. This may be an annual event. It was sponsored by the Folkston Garden Club and was held in the high school gym Wednesday afternoon and evening. There were many out of town visitors. The flowers were judged by a committee from Waycross.
OIL BURNING REFRIGERATOR. The Folkston Grain & Grocery Co. was this week named as the local dealer for the Superfex Refrigerator, an oil burning refrigerating unit that is proving economical where electrical current is not available. An interesting feature is the liberal financing policy as the purchaser can make a modest down payment and pay the remainder on easy monthly terms. Mayor Clyde Gowen is manager of the Folkston Grain & Grocery.
McCOY FAMILY TO LIVE IN SCOTT HOME. Dr. and Mr. W.R. McCoy of Alma were visitors in Folkston Tuesday completing arrangements to move back. They have secured an apartment in the old Scott home recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. George Hennig who have returned to their former home in the east.
MR. HENRY DOUGLAS DIED. Henry Douglas, 94, resident of Brantley County, near Hoboken, died yesterday at his home. He was born April 2, 1842, near Waycross. He lived in the Cowhouse Island section of the Okefenokee Swamp. In his youth he moved, sixty years ago, to Brantley County. He was turned down for service in the Confederate Army because of ill health. He was one of the few men known to medical science to actually “sweat blood”. Although apparently in ill health as a young man he lived to be one of the oldest residents of South Georgia. He was extremely active until a few weeks ago. He settled on a farm in Brantley County, which he continued to occupy until his death. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. Funeral and burial were held at High Bluff Cemetery.
FOLKSTON’S FLOWERS. New beauty spots found this week are the Dorothy Perkins roses on Miss Marward Bedell’s fence; the sparkleberry trees out at Camp Hursey and the pink poppies in Mrs. Billy Mizell’s garden.
SCHOOLS EXTEND SCHOOL TERM. The Board of Education of Charlton County met this week with the local trustees of Moniac and St. George Consolidated Districts, who made requests for extension of high school work in the south end of the county to include full four years work. An agreement between the two districts was approved.
May 8, 1936
OIL WELL DERRICK ERECTED. Drilling for oil on the Florida side of the St. Marys River will begin within thirty days according to J. Eugene Brown, geologist and oil prospector. Erection of an eighty-two foot all-steel derrick was completed last Saturday. Material weighing about 150 tons valued at about $45,000. has been moved to a location atop a knoll about six miles south of Folkston where five geologists have said there are structural indications of oil. The test well will be drilled by the St. Marys River Oil Corp. Enough pipe is on hand to sink a well about 9,000 feet.
WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. K.G. Bass announce the marriage of their daughter, Maybelle Elizabeth Smith to Mr. J. Paul Morton, which took place in Waycross December 25th, 1935.
MRS. KIZZIE M. ANDERSON DIED. Mrs. Kizzie M. Anderson, 79 years of age, died Sunday at her home in Hickox. She was the widow of the late W.R. Anderson, who died twelve years ago on March 12, 1924. She had lived in Charlton and Brantley Counties all her life and had a wide host of friends. For more than thirty years she has been a faithful member of the Baptist Church. During the past two years she has been in ill health and has been making her home with her son, M.L. Anderson, living on the Nahunta rural route. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:00 at the Hickox Baptist Church with Rev. W.R. Bell of Millwood, Rev. A.M. McCool of Hoboken, and Rev. A.J. Harper of Jesup officiating. Burial was in Hickox Cemetery. She is survived by three sons, W.L. Anderson of Pritchettville, S.C.; R.L. Anderson of Hortense and M.L. Anderson of Nahunta; four daughters, Mrs. A.M. Rozier of Campville, Fla,; Mrs. L.T. Wasdin of Winokur; Mrs. N.E. Roddenberry of Winokur; Mrs. J.L. Raulerson of Hortense; one sister, Mrs. Emmie Dowling of Moniac and one brother, Bryant Crews of Hoboken, who is 92 years of age and is the only surviving Confederate veteran in his county; and by a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
DAVID QUARTERMAN KILLED. David Quarterman, 49, a former resident of Folkston and brother of V.A. Quarterman, was killed in an accident at the Charleston Navy Yards Monday. He was formerly the foreman of the Gowen Bros. Stave Mill here. Reports are that he was a civilian in charge of construction work at the Navy Yard when a piece of timber, used as an outrigger on a piled river, fell and crushed him. He was born in Brunswick in July, 1886 and spent most of his life there. The funeral was in Brunswick.
WEDDING. The marriage of Miss Mary Cockrell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.T. Cockrell of St. George and M. Slayton Daughtry of Moniac, took place in the Methodist Church in St. George May 3rd. The ceremony was performed by the brother-in-law of the bride, Rev. J.B. Smith of Ringgold.
MRS. ALMA O’QUINN BROWN DIED. Mrs. Alma O’Quinn Brown died at her home Friday after a short illness of pneumonia. She was 36 years old and lived in Brantley County until several years ago, then moving to Raulerson Chapel and lived there until her death. She is survived by her husband, P.F. Brown, two daughters, Alice and Ruth Brown; three sons, Sterling, Clinton and Colan; her father, J.J. O’Quinn; three sisters, Mrs. James Lee, Mrs. Zettie Griffin, Mrs. Evie Roberts; three brothers, Freddie, Clarence and Cecil O’Quinn. She was a member of the Church of God for several years. Funeral service was at Church of God at Raulerson Chapel, burial was in Raulerson Cemetery.
May 15, 1936
MRS. WILLIAM MIZELL, SR. DIED. Friends in Folkston and throughout this section were shocked by the sudden, unexpected death of Mrs. William Mizell, Sr. who passed away at her home Monday after a brief illness. While she had been in failing health for the past several months her condition had not been considered critical. She suffered a serious attack Sunday and was able to be up on Monday. Another attack came on Monday noon and death resulted a short while later. Before her marriage to the late William Mizell, Sr. on July 15, 1884, she was Miss Susie J. Sandiford, a native of St. Marys. She was born at Charleston, S.C. September 13, 1859 and was 76 years old at the time of her death. She was at the center of a South Carolina family, being orphaned by the Civil War, her father being killed at the Battle of Petersburg. Her mother died a year afterward. As a small child she came to St. Marys to live with her uncle, R.B. Sandiford. Her early married life was spent at Kings Ferry where her husband was engaged in the lumber business with his brother the late Jackson Mizell of Fernandina. Moving to Folkston eighteen years ago she made her home in this city. She was a member of the Folkston Methodist Church. She was the mother of nine children, eight of whom survive her, as follows: four sons, Howard, Albert, William and O.C.; four daughters, Mrs. Ernest Davis, Mrs. W. Chester King, Mrs. Albert Fleming and Miss Helen Mizell. Funeral services were conducted from the residence and interment was in Folkston Cemetery.
MURRAY DRINK STAND CHANGES LOCATION. The beer and cold drink business operated by J.C. Murray, which has been located in the Passieu Motor Co. building, is now occupying new quarters in the Wade Building on the corner, formerly occupied by the office of the Folkston Pecan Co.
SCHOOL CLOSING EVENTS. The closing exercises of the county high school will begin with the Senior Banquet on May 15, the Junior-Senior Reception on May 22, Commencement Service Sunday morning May 24, Graduation Exercise on May 27 at the Grammar School auditorium. The seniors are to wear caps and gowns this year. On Thursday night the Alumnae Banquet will close the year’s exercises.
ST. GEORGE SCHOOL. The closing exercises of St. George Consolidated School will be May 25th. There will be a play on May 22nd.
R.F. WAINWRIGHT DIED. R.F. Wainwright, 75, was buried at Bethel Church Monday. He was a native citizen, born just east of old Centreville while his father was in the service of the Confederacy. He united with Bethel Church 55 years ago and celebrated his 56 wedding anniversary Friday, the day before his death, he having died Saturday night after an illness of a week. He was well known throughout this section and had legions of friends. He is survived by his wife; four sons, W.H. Wainwright, W.R. Wainwright, E.D. Wainwright and C.O. Wainwright; two daughters, Mrs. J.N. Smith and Mrs. W.D. Jones; 18 grand children and 21 great grandchildren. All of the children were present at the funeral and most of the grandchildren. He served several terms as councilman of Homeland and the Board attended the funeral in a body.
May 22, 1936
DRILLING OPERATIONS WILL BEGIN NEXT THURSDAY. The “spudding in” or beginning of drilling operations of the test oil well in Nassau County will take place May 28th and it will be marked by a big celebration.
GRADUATION CHURCH SERVICE. Sunday morning, May 224th the church service connected with the class graduation will be held in the Grammar School auditorium. The regular ritualistic service of the Methodist Church will be used, the sermon being preached by Rev. J.E. Barnhill. The public is invited to come and make it a solemn service of worship omitting the hum of conversation before the service and following the order of service without announcements having to be made.
EIGHT MEN RECRUITED FOR CCC. On May 7 the War Department called for more CCC enrollees. Charlton County was allotted eight. A telephone call Friday morning gave instructions for the boys to report to the recruiting station in Valdosta on May 10. Those going were James Nelson Parker, Harold Tison, J.A. Hathaway, L.G. Clark, Jr., Lonnie Guinn, George A. Mills, Reuben Crews and Otis Lane. News received here since is that Parker and Tison were recruited to Lakeland; Hathaway and Clark to Louisiana and Guinn, Mills and Crews to Blythe Island. Lane failed in examination, details not yet learned.
ENTIRE LIGHTING PLANT STOLEN. About the most ambitious robbery ever reported in this county took place Saturday night at Connors Mill when the entire lighting plant belonging to R.E. Player, well known turpentine operator, was stolen and carried away. The plant, of the Delco type, consisted of quite a lot of machinery and must have required a large truck to transport it.
LINOTYPE MACHINE INSTALLED. The Herald has this week installed a modern Linotype machine to replace the typesetting machine formerly used in setting up the paper, which was owned by Editor Wrench of the Brantley Enterprise. Mr. Wrench will probably move his machine to Nahunta to use in getting his paper out.
PEANUT-POPPING ENJOYED. The Peanut-Popping given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Thrift at Winokur Friday night was enjoyed by all that attended.
May 29, 1936
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. Graduation exercises of the Charlton County High School were held Wednesday. The class was one of the largest in the school’s history. Graduates are Jessie Mae Harrison, Joan Barnhill, Christine Askew, Marcella Chancey, Martha Cockrell, Lois Brooks, Ada Tracy, Agnes Tracy, Essie Lee Wilson, Audrey Mae Mizell, Mildred Wainwright, Annie Belle Lowther, John M. Barnes, Colquitt Hopkins, Emmet B. Stapleton, Jr., McAdoo Littlefield, Raymond Highsmith, Everett Highsmith, R.A. Boyd, Jr., Cornelius Johnson and Elliott Allen.
WEDDING. In the presence of a few friends and relatives Miss Mildred Mijjette Wainwright and Herman Fuqua Buford were quietly married April 18 in the home of Ordinary H.G. Gibson. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Wainwright and is a graduate of the 1936 class of Charlton County high school. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Buford of Hilliard and is employed by the state road department.
SINCLAIR SERVICE STATION TO OPEN. The formal opening of the new Sinclair service station will be Saturday says Richard B. Stroup, manager. It was built at a cost of more than $3,000. and is equipped with all the latest devices for dispensing gasoline and oil. Ray Banks will be assistant manager.
OIL WELL DRILLING HAS BEGUN. A gala celebration marked the beginning of the drilling operation for oil in Nassau County. The St. Marys River Oil Corp., which has installed $40,000 worth of equipment, began drilling at 1:00 o’clock, according to schedule. Operations will continue without interruption until oil is found or it is demonstrated that the project is a failure.
UPTONVILLE SCHOOL CLOSES FOR TERM. The Uptonville School was brought to a successful close Tuesday with a basket dinner at noon followed by a program in the afternoon. About 150 people attended. Plays were given followed by songs and speeches. The program was brought to a close by a yell from the Uptonville School. The school has had a successful term under direction of Miss Sallie Prescott, Principal.
CYPRESS STOOLS MADE BY 4-H MEMBERS. Making stools of green cypress and weaving the seats of dried corn shucks have been taught to all 4-H Club girls in the county. Each club girl has been asked to make two stools for Camp Hursey, one for herself and one for a visitor.
AD: Announcing the opening of a shoe agency at Pickren’s Garage, for American Shoe Factory. It will have Shoe Rebuilding, Shoe Lasting, Shoe Dying, Shoe Stretching. All work guaranteed.
THRIFT’S CROSS TIE BUSINESS. M. D. Thrift of Winokur is still in the cross tie business and is getting along fine.