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Digest of Charlton County Herald - May 1937

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

May 5, 1937

ROAD BUILDING MACHINE PURCHASED BY COUNTY. The County Commissioners at their monthly meeting placed an order with the Yancey Tractor Co. for a new road building machine which has already been delivered and will be put in service immediately. It is a new LeTourneau scraper which works behind a tractor and it is operated by one man, the tractor driver.

HERCULES BUILDS EMPLOYEES DWELLINGS. The Hercules Company has this week erected two or three small portable houses on the vacant lot in the rear of the John Tyson store, which it is understood will be occupied by employees engaged in loading operations here. A small tool house has also been erected. The buildings were moved here from a previous location and were erected within two or three days.

STORE-KEEPERS TAKE THURSDAY AFTERNOON OFF. The customary Thursday afternoon half holiday through the summer months will again be observed by the Folkston merchants beginning this Thursday and continuing through August. The following merchants signed the closing agreement to date: W.E. Gibson, Theo Dinkins, T.C. Gowen, W.L. Mathews, E.C. Gowen, J.V. Gowen, Jr., The Conner Co., Suwannee Store, G.M. Mizell, W.J. Jones and John S. Tyson, Jr.

CARL SCOTT FAMILY TO MOVE TO WAYCROSS. Folkston people will learn with regret that Mr. and Mrs. Carl Scott and children expect to leave for Waycross next week where they will make their home. He has been superintendent of the local light and power plant for a number of years and will continue his work with the Georgia Light and Power Co.

1936 POLL TAXES MUST BE PAID. Poll taxes for 1936 must be paid by June lst if citizens are qualified to vote in the special election for prohibition repeal, social security and other important amendments. It was pointed out that a voter must pay 1936 poll tax as well as that for former years before he can vote on the amendments. Many Georgia voters will find themselves disenfranchised in so far as the special election is concerned, if they have not paid their 1936 poll tax by June lst.

THIEVES STEAL RAILROAD IRON. The boldest thieves in the history of Brantley County are alledged to have stolen 450 feet of railroad tracks some time between Friday night and Monday. Brantley Spur, a small station three miles west of Nahunta on the B & W line was deprived of its spur and railroad officers were shocked at the enormity of the crime. It was attributed to the present demand for junk.

OSCAR LECKIE VISITS. Mr. Oscar Leckie from the Fargo CCC camp was visiting home folks the past weekend.

May 14, 1937

ESCAPEE ROYAL JOHNS IS CAPTURED. RAIL STEALING CASE SOLVED. Royal Johns, convicted in Charlton Superior Court for the murder of Warden W.C. White and who escaped from the Jenkins County chain gang was recaptured by Ware County officers last Friday . He was located at the home of his wife in Waycross. During the brief time he was at liberty, Johns is charged in the stealing of several hundred feet of railroad track from a spur in Brantley County. His brothers, Oscar and Gordon Johns are also said to be involved in the track-stealing case. The railroad iron was brought through Folkston and carried to Jacksonville where it was located by officers. It is said a Folkston citizen saw the truck loaded with the rails when it was driven through this city by one of the Johns boys.

MOTHER’S DAY FLOWERS IN MEMORY OF MRS. MARTHA MIZELL LANG. A bowl of beautiful white flowers was placed in the Methodist Church on Mother’s Day by Mrs. B.G. McDonald in memory of her mother, Mrs. Martha Mizell Lang, who was born and reared in Charlton County and spent the greater part of her life in this vicinity, moving to Miami in January, 1906. She died there January 29, 1936 at the age of 89 years, 11 months and 15 days. She now sleeps in Woodlawn Park in Miami. Mrs. Lang had been a member of the Methodist Church for 67 years.

CHICKEN SUPPER TO HELP SCHOOL FUNDS. A chicken supper, sponsored by the PTA will be held at the school dining room Wednesday evening. Proceeds will be used in paying for lunches given to underprivileged children during the past school term.

NOTICE: The following described cattle have been missing for some time and are believed to have strayed somewhere in Nassau County. Any information as to their whereabouts will be appreciated. Cow, dun colored. Cow and yearling, red and white prided. Heifer, red. Heifer, white with black sides. Heifer, brindled. Heifer, frosted sides. Cow, red and butt-headed. Heifer, black. Cow, brindled with two inches sawed off of horns. Cow, white and dun pided. Cow, white with red head. Most of these are marked ”Underbit and swallow-forked” in one ear and “Underbit and smooth crop” in other ear. Some have other marks and some are unmarked. Will very much appreciate any information as to whereabouts of these cattle. A reward of $25.00 will be paid for penning the above cattle. Write or notify H.G. Gibson, Folkston.

MARKERS ORDERED. At the County Commissioners meeting this week, acting upon instructions of the WPA, the commissioners authorized the purchase of two markers bearing the inscription “BUILT BY W.P.A. 1936-1937”, one to be placed at the beginning of the Folkston-St. George road and the other at the beginning of the St. George-Moniac road.

EDWIN ELWOOD HOWARD. Mr. and Mrs. Grover Howard are the proud parents of a son born April 26th. He is to be named Edwin Elwood.

May 21, 1937

HOMER L. LOYD DIED. Homer L. Loyd, age 34, prominent lumber man and sawmill operator, passed away at his home in Folkston Thursday morning following a brief illness of heart trouble. He was a native of Thomasville, Ga. He came here a few months ago from Volusia County, Fla. where he was engaged in the lumber business.

NEW SCHOOL ROOMS NEARLY FINISHED. The two-room addition to the Folkston Grammar School which has been under construction for the past several weeks as a WPA project has about been completed and the new rooms will be ready for use in the fall.

FOLKSTON-KINGSLAND HIGHWAY BEING PAVED. Taking advantage of the ideal weather conditions now prevailing the Manley Construction Co. is working two crews in night and day shifts in an effort to complete the paving of the Folkston-Kingsland highway before the work is interrupted by rain.

CHARLTON COUNTY NURSING COUNCIL ORGANIZED. The Charlton County Nursing Council was organized in a meeting held this week for the purpose of assisting doctors and nurses in the promotion of health and prevention of diseases. The Council consists of the following members: Mrs. William Mizell, Mrs. O.E. Raynor, Mrs. J.S. Tyson, Mrs. Albert Fleming, Dr. Albert Fleming, Jewell Page, Dr. and Mrs. J.L. Sawyer, Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Hebard, Mrs. W. R. Wainwright, Ruth Smith, Gertrude Proctor, S.G. Gibson, John Harris, E.B. Stapleton, J.C. Howard, A.L. Thrift, W.C. Hopkins and W.D. Jones.

COLORED ADULT CLASSES TO PRESENT PROGRAM. The Colored Adult Classes of Folkston will sponsor a program at the school Friday night. There will be short plays, readings and songs by this group. Come out and have a night of enjoyment and the pleasure of seeing what is being done by the teachers. This program will give all an insight on what the WPA officials are anxious to have done in this community. -- E.C. HAMLER, teacher

JOHN BARRYON CREWS DIED. John Barryon Crews, age 34, former resident of Charlton County, was fatally injured Saturday during an altercation with another man in Jacksonville. Funeral services were held at Racepond Monday. Mr. Crews died of a broken neck, it was revealed by an autopsy, when he was knocked to the sidewalk by Eddie Gilbert. The survivors include three brothers, Royal, Raymond and Cleve Crews of Waycross; his wife, Mrs. Mildred Crews; his father, L.D. Crews and several brothers and sisters living in Jacksonville.

SEWING PROJECT HAS STARTED. A new sewing room project has been authorized for Folkston and community by WPA officials and the work is already underway under the direction of Mrs. T.A. Scott. A number of ladies of this community are employed in the project. It is located on the second floor of the Rodgers Building.

HICKOX BABY DIED. Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hickox of Uptonville were made sad to hear of the death of their baby.

May 28, 1937

STOKES APARTMENTS ARE COMPLETED. Construction work on the modern new apartment building by P.O. Stokes who had the old J.J. Stokes residence rebuilt and remodeled, has been completed. There are three- room apartments on the second floor and living quarters for Mr. Stokes and family on the first floor as well as the Sunrise Beauty Parlor operated by Mrs. Stokes.

NEW GAME WARDEN. Edgar G. Mills has been appointed as Game Warden for Charlton and Camden Counties. He has already received his commission.

TWO YOUNG MEN KILLED IN TRAIN-CAR WRECK. Simon Petty, 26, was instantly killed; Horace Johnson, 17, suffered injuries from which he died a few hours later and Tommie Rhoden, 18, was painfully injured when the Pineapple Special, the fast Atlantic Coast Line Fruit Express crashed into the automobile in which they were riding at the Main Street crossing in Folkston Saturday afternoon. The three young men were residents of the Cornhouse Creek community, young Johnson being a nephew of Petty. Simon Petty who was enrolled in a CCC camp near Lakeland, was home on a brief vacation. Petty is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.T. (Colonel) Petty and three sisters. He had two half-brothers who met violent deaths in the past few years, one of them being killed at St. George and the other committing suicide. Horace Johnson is survived by his step-father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Odus Peacock and a half-brother. Tommie Rhoden is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Rhoden. Funeral services were conducted at Sardis Cemetery with Rev. W.O. Gibson officiating. The victims of the wreck, who had been inseparable in life, were buried in a single grave. Arrangements were in charge of Hawkins Funeral Home.

MR. AND MRS. RUTH DINKINS ENTERTAIN YOUNG PEOPLE. The young people of Uptonville met at the home of Ruth Dinkins to the number of forty Saturday night. Eighteen quarts of ice cream were consumed. Games and singing were a part of the program. At a late hour the crowd departed, after expressing their gratitude to Mr. and Mrs. Dinkins for the evening’s entertainment.

SCHOOL BOOKS ARE NOW FREE. Free school books will be provided to all public school children from the first grade to the eleventh for the next school year. Each school system will be given an allotment of state funds for free books. Superintendents may order through the State Department of Education the books they will need, up to the amount of money that has been set aside. State funds will be available to buy the basic books needed.

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