Digest of Charlton County Herald - May 1941

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

May 2, 1941

DEFENSE BONDS AND STAMPS. New defense bonds and stamps issued by the U.S. Treasury in connection with financing plans of the national defense program went on sale this week. The stamps are issued in amounts of ten cents to five dollars and the bonds in denominations of five dollars to ten thousand dollars. Postmaster V.J. Pickren, who will handle the sale of these, states that a very gratifying start has been made. Among the first purchasers are Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Stapleton, Miss Bernice Pearce, C.P. Stapleton, Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Passieu, Miss Leila Tracy, Miss Audrey Mae Mizell, and Postmaster Pickren himself. Some purchases are said to have been for very substantial amounts.


LAMAR GIBSON WINS PRIZE. Lamar Gibson, twelve year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Gibson, is a proud owner of an autographed book won as a prize in a contest conducted by Robert L. Ripley of “Believe it or not” fame. Lamar, an unusually bright and studious youngster, was one of 100 winners of books for submitting the best explanation to the question “What cow stands on its tail?” The book, autographed by Ripley is highly prized by the little lad. Lamar’s answer, which appeared in the Times-Union on April 21st was the manatee or sea cow.


RALPH KNABB IS NEW MEMBER OF DRAFT BOARD. Chairman E.B. Stapleton of the local Draft Board has tendered his resignation in complying with the regulation providing that no relative of a board member be employed by the board. The appointment of Ralph Knabb to succeed him has been announced.

MR. GEORGE LESTER STOKES DIED. George Lester Stokes, age 48, a native of Charlton County, brother of L.E. Stokes, passed away April 24 at Rochester, Minn. where he had been under treatment at Mayo Clinic. He had lived in Haines City, Fla. for the past several years and worked with the A.C.L. Railroad. Beside his wife, immediate survivors include one daughter and two sons. Funeral services and interment took place at Brandy Branch Cemetery in Nassau County, the old Stokes family cemetery.

NEW POSTMASTER FOR HOMELAND. Earl Garrison, Homeland’s new postmaster, began his duties May lst. Since E;I Waughtel’s retirement, Owen K. Dinkins has served as acting postmaster. Mr. Dinkins was not an applicant for the permanent appointment.

LITTLE EVALINA HADDOCK. Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Haddock, of Kings Ferry, announce the birth on April 27th of a baby girl, weighing six pounds, six ounces. She has been named Evalina.

ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES SUSPENDED. The Adult Education work which has been carried forward with such splendid results in Charlton County by C.W. Waughtel for the past several months has been temporarily discontinued, Mr. Waughtel having completed the 18 months service allowed under WPA regulations. Unless some other qualified resident of Charlton County applies, the work will probably be reinstated with Mr. Waughtel within a short time.

May 9, 1941

NORMAN JAMES KILLED HENRY TIMMONS. During a violent argument Henry Timmons was shot to death by Norman James Sunday afternoon in Blackbottom. He also shot Henry Williams, a friend of the deceased and injured him so badly his left arm was amputated. James reported to Sheriff Sikes at the jail and said he had just killed one person and may have killed another one.

JUDGE JOHNSON HOSTS EXCURSION INTO SWAMP. The “Daybreak Special”, a modern gas engine-driven “streamliner” operated by the Johnson Lumber Company to carry its work crews into the interior of the Okefenokee Swamp, scene of logging operations, had a full passenger list when it pulled out from the sawmill near Racepond early Wednesday morning. With Judge J.H. Johnson as host a large party of excursionists, made up of leading citizens of Charlton, Camden and Nassau Counties were taken into the swamp on a sight seeing trip, leaving soon after daylight and returning the middle of the afternoon. The logging road that the company built on piling extends into the Okefenokee about fifteen miles. The area includes some of the wildest and most inaccessible territory in the Swamp.

DAVIS – CREWS WEDDING. The marriage of Miss Lilly Pearl Davis and Mr. Jesse Crews which occurred Saturday evening at the Baptist pastorium with Rev. R.W. Waterman officiating, was received with much interest by their many friends. The bride is a daughter of the late Rev. M.G. Davis. Mr. Crews is a valued employee of the Hercules Powder Co. They are making their home at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Allen.

GOETHE LUMBER COMPANY LOCATING SAWMILL NEAR BAILEY BRANCH. The Goethe Lumber Co. a Jacksonville concern with sawmill plants at various points in Florida, is this week installing a sawmill on the J. Mizell & Bro. tract east of Folkston, for lumber operations to get underway at an early date. It will be located near Bailey Branch on the Burnt Fort road.

NEW CHICKEN FARM. The general farm of J.P. Conner seems to be changing into a chicken farm, he having purchased 2,000 baby chicks last Saturday.

May 16, 1941

DANIEL L. HEBARD DIED. Daniel L. Hebard, 66, prominent and wealthy lumberman who for many years directed timber operations in the Okefenokee Swamp, later selling the great Swamp to the government, died Tuesday in a Jacksonville hospital, following a brief illness. Death was attributed to coronary thrombosis. Since his retirement several years ago he has made his home during winter months at Coleraine Plantation. He has contributed very generously to many civic projects in Charlton County. He was a member of an old New England family, son of Charles and Mary Case Hebard. His father was a pioneer lumberman in Michigan. He was a graduate of Exeter Academy and Yale University. Survivors are his widow, the former Julia Kennedy Vanuxem; two daughters, Mrs. John Sise and Mrs. John Corning; one son, Frederick V. and a sister, Mrs. Biddle R. Marsden. The body was brought to Coleraine Plantation where friends attended a brief funeral service. Following the service the casket was brought into Folkston and placed aboard the Tamiami to be carried to Philadelphia where funeral services were held Friday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, with interment in the family lot at Whitemarsh.

TWO MEN DRAFTED THIS WEEK. Two draft registrants have been notified to report for duty. Thomas Lewis Sikes goes to Ft. McPherson and Arleous Hall goes to Ft. Benning on May 21.

NEW GARAGE BUILDING. Construction began this week on a modern fireproof brick garage building being erected on the lot north of the new residence of O.F. Wilson and facing US Highway No. One. It is being built by G.R. Gowen, Jr. and Theo Dinkins under direction of contractor P.C. Hall. They will operate a general service station and garage business. The main building is 60 by 80 feet in size with the front canopy giving the structure an overall length of 104 feet. The new garage is so located that if and when the route of the highway is changed, the erection of a canopy on the west end will give the building frontage on the new highway route.

THREE WERE BAPTIZED AT RIVER. Baptism services were held at the St. Marys River in which Miss Tessie Chesser, Miss Doris Huling and Miss Nadine Woolard were baptized.

OUR SILVER SPRINGS TRIP. We left Jr. High School at about 8:45. Our bus was noisy but nevertheless we made good time. Everyone was in good spirits. At Callahan we turned off and went to Baldwin. And from Baldwin to Starke. From Starke we went to Gainesville. It was such a beautiful city that everyone was impressed.

Somewhere between Gainesville and Ocala we stopped to get gasoline and to eat our lunch. After eating, we started on and went through Ocala. About 1:30 we reached Silver Springs and found many people around.

Part of the pupils got on a boat immediately after arriving. It was only about five minutes until there was a boat for the others. Only a few had been there before. We went into a submarine-like boat first. Part of it was underwater and had clear glass portholes. We saw many large and small fish. We were in this boat only about ten minutes then we were transferred to glass-bottom boats. From these boats we saw a top view of the fish. We went over catfish hotel. There were about twenty large catfish. We saw several mud turtles. The sun’s rays made some of the water plants look many colors. There were catfish that weighed 18 to 20 pounds. There were two little Seminole Indian boys getting moss or something of the sort from the bottom.

Also at Silver Springs we saw a reptile farm. Many snakes were there. Alligators were for sale. It cost thirty cents and I think it was well worth it.

We started back at about 3:15. On the way back we got terribly thirsty. Finally gasoline gave out just a short ways from a filling station. We bought the man out of cold drinks and ran up his water bill a good bit. We traveled, and about ¾ of a mile from Crystal Springs we gave out of gasoline again. All of the boys got out and pushed it to the filling station. Then we reached home without further incident.

We wish to thank Mr. Harris who made this wonderful trip available to us. Thank you, Mr. Harris! --LAMAR GIBSON

May 23, 1941

MISS RUBY LOCKHART DIED OF INJURIES. Injuries sustained in an automobile wreck near Folkston Tuesday of last week by Miss Ruby Lockhart, a popular teacher in the local school, proved fatal. She passed away Tuesday in a Waycross hospital after making a brave fight for life for several days. Funeral services were held at her home near Tennille, Ga. from the Piney Breeze Methodist Church. Interment was in the family lot at Warthen, Ga.

GRADUATION EXERCISES OF CHARLTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL. Graduation exercises of Charlton County High School will take place June 2. On the program will be Juanita Aldridge, honor pupil; Margaret Tison, Cleo Quarterman, Billye Wrench, Merlyn Huling, Barney Gowen, Elizabeth Hathaway, Jimi Allen and Fred Crews. The members of the class are Billy Carter, Fred Crews, Barney Gowen, Harold Gowen, Walter Mills, Bernard Shivar, Harold White, Harry Wildes, Juanita Aldridge, Jimi Allen, Bennie Altman, Viola Mae Brown, Mildred Carter, Clora Lee Conner, Lonera Crews, Nellie Crews, Wanda Gibson, Annie Pearl Gowen, Elizabeth Hathaway, Merlyn Huling, Ruth Jones, Cleo Quarterman, Margaret Tison and Billye Wrench. Friday night the alumni banquet – senior class night will be held. Tuesday morning the class will leave for a trip to Atlanta and Chattanooga.

ST. GEORGE SCHOOL GRADUATION. The graduation exercises of the St. George High School will be held June 3. Members of the class are Charles Chism, Jr., Iva Pauline Bell, Anna Belle Hutson, Marguerite Osterman, Margaret Parham, Nellie Smith and Geraldine Stokes. The seventh grade of the Moniac School will present a program on May 28.

BERT HARDEN IS NEW GAME PROTECTOR. Mr. Bert Harden, well known and highly regarded Charlton County citizen has been appointed by Governor Talmadge to serve as Game Protector for the district comprised by Charlton and Brantley Counties, with headquarters in Folkston.

NEW MANAGER FOR BLUE WILLOW CAFÉ. Mr. and Mrs. Herman Eskew from Alma took charge of the Blue Willow Café this week and plan to make their future home in this city.

GLASS JARS NEEDED. W.D. Jones, County Agent reports: I realize there is a shortage of glass jars with a number of families and efforts are being made to collect all glass containers for distribution to families needing them. I am appealing to families in the towns of Folkston, Homeland, Winokur, Racepond, St. George and Moniac and those who live in the county who have a surplus of glass jars, pickle jars, mayonnaise jars. If you do not need these containers, please save them. Take these jars to your merchant. Some family wants them. They are needed and can be used.

NEW BABY BOY FOR STEWART FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Stewart announce the birth of an eight pound baby boy, born May 22. Both mother and baby are getting along nicely.

MT. ZION CHURCH HAS BEEN RE-ORGANIZED. The Herald has been asked to announce that the Mt. Zion Church has been reorganized and preaching will be held on the first and third Sundays. Through unavoidable circumstances the pastor, Rev. E.M. Batton, of Jacksonville, was unable to be there last Sunday. Arrangements for a substitute preacher had been made but for some reason he failed to appear and the congregation that gathered for the service was disappointed. This is very much regretted and the people of the community are notified that the pastor will be there in the future on first and third Sundays of each month.

BURGLARY AT GRAIN AND GROCERY STORE. Last Thursday night the Folkston Grain and Grocery was entered by burglars and a large quantity of merchandise of a wide variety was removed and hidden in an oak grove about one block in the rear of the store. Through persistent work and investigation the stolen merchandise was located in its cache back of the store during the day Friday by Ray Gibson, son of Mr. S.G. Gibson. Young Johnnie Harris who returned on Friday night to the place the merchandise was hidden was captured by Sheriff Sikes, police chief Troy Jones and Ray Gibson who aided the officers in rounding him up.

May 30, 1941

CLARENCE C. LLOYD CALLED BY DRAFT BOARD. Clarence Columbus Lloyd, a volunteer, has been designated by the Draft Board to fill this week’s quota for June. He has been ordered to report to Ft. McPherson.

DIXIE CAFÉ UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT. Beginning this week the Okefenokee Shoppe, formerly the Dixie Café, will be in charge of Mrs. Elma Westberry. This eating place has been operated the past year by Mrs. Leon Askew who gives it up to assume charge of a new café near her home at the airport.

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