Searchable Digest of Charlton County Herald - June, 1931
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
June 5, 1931
REV. J.A. CLARK DIED. The lifeless body of Rev. J.A. Clark of Waycross, formerly of Folkston, was discovered by Editor Wrench of the Charlton County Herald in a toilet at the courthouse Thursday morning. He had been dead but a short time and Mr. Wrench notified officials. An inquest showed that Rev. Clark had died from a sudden heart attack. He was formerly pastor of the Folkston Baptist Church. He had arrived in Folkston only moments before his body was discovered.
SUPT. HARRIS ATTENDS COLLEGE. Supt. John Harris has been granted a leave of absence to attend Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville to study problems of education in the South. Miss Mayme Askew will be acting supt.
FIVE CENT LOAF OF BREAD. We announce with pleasure that Folkston is to have five-cent loaves of bread. The Suwannee Store has advertised that they will begin selling the five-cent loaf Saturday.
LIST OF SCHOOL TEACHERS. The list of teachers employed for the county school system has been announced: County High School, Principal, Mrs. J.D. Roddenberry, Velma Kemp, Myrtle Godley and Emily Gary. Folkston Consolidated: Principal, Mayme Askew, Byrdie Pearson, Annette Turner, Mary Jane Littlefield, Chloris Stapleton, Marion Pearce, Mary Stokes, Thyra McDuffie, Mrs. J.H. Wrench and Eunice Chute. St. George: Principal, Eleanor Cockrell, Ethel Brannon, Mrs. L. Norman, Lillian Norman. Moniac: Principal, Mrs. R.E. Knabb, Gyrtie Knabb and Marie Boyd. Uptonville: Mrs. B.B. Gowen and Hazel Player. Winokur: Nettie Keene, Leila Crews. Sardis: Irene Armstrong, Ena Gibson.
BOAT BUILT FOR MR. MIZELL. William Mizell is expecting to enjoy the waterways of Burnt Fort we should judge by the handsome boat made for him by local builders. W.H. Robinson and Leon Askew constructed the boat which is at the old Wright Motor Co. building. It is a hummer, neat and trim and it will be named "Uneeda", meaning it is needed to get the pleasure out of Burnt Fort and the Satilla.
PROGRESS AT 4-H CLUB HOUSE. Lumber for the flooring of the 4-H Club house in the park between Folkston and Homeland has been received and is on the ground. There has been a delay in receiving the roofing which was contracted some time ago. The annex is already covered but the main hall is still without protection. County Agent Hursey, from whom the project is demanding considerable attention, believes it will soon be ready for dedication for the hundreds of local 4-H Club boys and girls.
WEDDING. On May 30th, H.G. Gibson, Ordinary, joined the following couple in matrimony: L.E. Drury and Miss Maxine Wainwright, both of Winokur.
MELTON CREWS IS CONVICTED. JURY RENDERS VERDICT OF MANSLAUGHTER. DELIBERATED FORTY MINUTES. END OF LOCALLY NOTORIOUS CASE. The closing part of the trial of J. Melton Crews charged with the killing of Layton Hendricks held interest for the large number of citizens attending as attorneys began their arguments. Ladies were in the majority. The evidence of Mrs. Hendricks, widow of the man killed, Mrs. Bostwick, Mrs. O'Berry and Mrs. Turner was damaging to Crews. Mrs. Hendricks stated that she did not tell Crews that someone was trying to enter her house, but on the contrary she told him that the boys were out there and not to bother them. But he left with the gun and she and Mrs. Bostwick started toward the door of the Crews home, where they were when the shot was fired. The total number of witnesses used on both sides was about twenty. The jury took the case about 5:00 and the verdict was brought in at 5:45. Involuntary manslaughter with a sentence of fifteen to twenty years was its decision.
THE HARRIS'S LOVELY HOME. One of the beauty places of Charlton County is the lovely home of Mrs. John Harris at St. George. We speak of it this way because John is a school man and Mrs. Harris is the specialist who has wrought all of this splendor. The hedges around the driveway and the planting of grass for a lawn with the beds of flowers now in blossom is a beautiful set off of their charming home. The pool with its flowing stream and gold fishes and pond lilies and rustic places makes you want to spend an hour or so in dreamland.
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC. Since the privilege of fishing in Burnt Fort camp and lakes have been abused by commercial fishermen who are catching large quantities of fish and selling them on the market, no more permits will be issued to anyone this season. All permits are revoked. These lakes are private property and any further trespassing will be prosecuted.
BURNT FORT INVESTMENT CO. NEW SWIMMING POOL IN CAMDEN. Work is almost completed on the swimming pool at Island Grove Tourist Camp in Camden County under direction of Col. B.A. Atkinson who is the owner. This pool, when completed, will be 100 by 80 with a depth varying from 8 feet at the deepest end to 2 feet at the shallow end. It will be concrete all over and one of the prettiest in that section.
JESSE PETTY VISITS. Jesse Petty has returned to Norfolk, Va. where he is stationed at Ft. Bragg. He has been in the Army for 13 years.
NEW SHOE SHOP. Folkston boasts a new shoe shop and G.W. Davison is in charge. He is in the place next door to Murray's Barber Shop. He and Mrs. Davison are stopping with Mrs. J.C. Allen.
STORES CLOSING THURSDAY AFTERNOONS. The drug stores are following the Thursday afternoon closing plan and will close alternately. Folkston Pharmacy was closed yesterday afternoon and Stapleton's will be closed next Thursday.
MISS PICKREN RECEIVES DEGREE. Friends of Miss Claus Pickren will learn with pleasure that she will return home for the summer this week from Peabody College where she has been attending school and has received her degree.
SCHOOLS CONSOLIDATE. At the Board of Education meeting this week the consolidation of the Racepond District and part of the Uptonville District with the Folkston District was made permanent.
June 12, 1931
WEDDING. The quiet home marriage of Miss Iomy Highsmith and Mr. Fred Jacobs took place at the home of Rev. G.H. Jacobs last Tuesday. She is the daughter of R.E. Highsmith and was the housekeeper at the Jacobs home during the long illness of Mrs. Jacobs who died a few months ago. Rev. Jacobs performed the ceremony and the young couple will be at home to their friends at the Jacobs cottage.
CITY WATER SYSTEM READY. Folkston's water system is rapidly nearing completion. The water is obtained from a well more than 500 feet deep and is of excellent quality. The pump has been installed. The standpipe has received its coat of aluminum paint, the water mains and fireplugs are being placed. Two red lights will be put on top of the 150 foot standpipe. The engine and tool houses are built. Altogether, the plant is about ready to go.
RADICAL PLAN FOR CONSOLIDATION. Nahunta -- The Brantley County Grand Jury returned their General Presentments this week and recommended a consolidation of Pierce, Ware, Glynn, Camden and Brantley Counties with Nahunta as county seat of the new county. They suggested all courthouses be turned into schools.
THE LIBRARY IS OPEN. The Library at the Charlton County High School building will be open to the public from 2:00 till 4:00 P.M. Tuesday and Saturday afternoons each week this summer.
MRS. MAGDALENA SPYR DIED. Mrs. Magdalena Spyr passed peacefully away Sunday morning at 4:00 o'clock at her home in Homeland after an illness of three weeks with influenza and complications. She was one of Homeland's most beloved citizens. The weekly prayer meeting held in her home will be missed by her neighbors and friends. She was born January 30, 1854 in Lutterbach, Switzerland. She came to America in 1882 and passed away in Homeland June 8, 1931 at the age of 77 years. Interment was made in Homeland. She came to Homeland with her husband Johannes Spyr eighteen years ago. Her husband preceded her in death March 13, 1931. She leaves to mourn her, one son, William Spyr, who lives in Charles City, Iowa.
MR. JAMES MILLS DIED. James Mills of this county died at a hospital in Jacksonville last Thursday. His death was not unexpected, as he had been in poor health for some time. He was born near Kingsland on January 25, 1879, but has resided in this vicinity for many years. Among his relatives are three sisters, Mrs. W.G. Suniat, Mrs. E.H. Russell and Mrs. E.H. Wright; two brothers, Sam Mills and Sol Mills; his mother, Mrs. Kate Mills and eight children, Mrs. J.L. Wynn, Mrs. Albert Phillips, R.A. Mills, Woodrow Mills, George Mills, John A. Mills, Albert Mills and Ora Lee Mills.
MR. PERRY RHODEN DIED. Perry Rhoden, formerly of Charlton, son of Tom Rhoden of the Winokur district, died in Waycross Sunday of pellagra. He had been ailing for some time but got up and butchered a beef Friday, then went home and began taking medicine. He was taken to the hospital where death came to him. Mrs. Rhoden has just recovered from an illness and is now convalescent. There are five children, we understand, left with Mrs. Rhoden. The body was brought to Charlton and buried at Corinth cemetery. His father, Tom Rhoden and sister, Mrs. P.B. Higginbotham, survive him.
TENNIS COURT IS POPULAR PLACE. A splendid tennis court has been laid out on the local high school grounds and the young people are thus provided with healthful pleasure. Those who enjoy the game assemble there each evening until darkness drives them away.
CAMDEN DISCHARGES HOME DEMONSTRATION AGENT. Camden County, we learn, at the meeting of County Commissioners this week, discharged their Home Demonstration Agent. It is reported that the meeting was quite lively and many desired her retention but the money-savers won out in the argument.
AD: SAFETY GLASS. Ford cars are now equipped with safety glass in all doors and windows at a small extra charge. Triplex safety glass windshield has always been an outstanding feature of the Model A Ford. Now comes a further assurance of safety to every Ford owner. Polished plate safety glass in ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS at slight additional cost.
TENNIS CLUB TO BE ORGANIZED. All young people who are interested in tennis will meet at the tennis court on the school grounds Friday evening so that the Tennis Club can be organized.
CHARLTON ORPHANS IN MACON. Charlton County has six charges at the Orphans Home in Macon whom the county supports on a basis of $50.00 per head for the year. Rev. Harris was here the past week collecting the annual payment of $300.00.
BAPTISM AT BAPTIST CHURCH. Last Sunday was a happy day for the folks at the Baptist Church. After the evening service the ordinance of baptism was administered to Warren Cason and Woodrow Mills.
DO YOU REMEMBER? ...When the druggist asked if you brought a bottle to put the medicine in? ...When the folks cooked corn meal mush and liked it? ...When nearly every home with children received the Youth's Companion? ...When Peck's Bad Boy was popular juvenile reading? ...When Mary Pickford was with the old Biograph Players and that was the favorite film company? ...When choker collars and pompadours were the style?
June 19, 1931
GEORGIA GOLDENROD TO HELP EDISON. Thomas A. Edison has announced that his experience in rubber production from the goldenrod plant is a success and that only means of making the product commercially profitable are under consideration. It has been generally believed that the large acreage acquired by Edison's friend, Henry Ford, in Georgia, was for the purpose of producing goldenrod on an extensive scale.
WONDROUS CROP OF PEAS. C.H. Gibson, who farms as well as carries the mail on Route One, has a fine pea field. The seventy-five acre corn field on his farm being half planted in this splendid producer. Henry said it doesn't matter if he can't sell his peas as he can pick them dry and then turn under the foliage, however he says he can pick 50 hampers per day for at least 60 days before he was through.
DATE SET FOR PARK DEDICATION. Preparations are being made by County Agent Hursey for a notable day in Folkston on July 7th. On that day the dedication of clubhouse and park will occur. G.B. Cunningham, director of the Corn Clubs of Georgia will be the speaker.
WINOKUR TELEPHONE SERVICE. An effort is being made by some of the enterprising citizens of Winokur to procure telephone service. Poles are already up but too few subscribers so far have signed up to make the venture feasible.
WEDDING. The marriage of Miss Marie Cason of Hilliard and Mr. LeRoy Harvey, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Harvey, Tuesday at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Cason is of interest to their many friends in Folkston. They will make their home in Savannah where he is an operator for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
MRS. RALPH GROOMS DIED. Mrs. Ralph Grooms died Monday evening at her home in the Sardis neighborhood after an illness of several weeks. The burial was in Sardis cemetery. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Robinson and was reared in Charlton County. Besides her parents, she leaves her husband and six children: Hazel, 12; Ralph; Ross; Donald, Billie, and an infant to mourn her death. Also three sisters, Mrs. W.A. Pittman, Mrs. Bessie Gross and Mrs. Matilda Brown; four brothers, Walter, Everett, Hamp and Alvin Robinson.
CREWS RELEASED ON BOND. Melton Crews, recently convicted of the killing of Hendricks was released from jail last Friday after posting bond of $20,000.00, pending the result of an appeal to a higher court. His bondsmen are R.C. Ulmer, Carl Booker, B.C. Crews, father of Melton, M. Cox and F.W. Ivey.
ANOTHER BIRTHDAY. Well folks, we've passed another milepost on the way to fame and fortune and as this is written on Thursday June 18, we have reached the beginning of the existence of the 33rd year of the Charlton County Herald. Col. William Olliff established the Charlton County Herald in Folkston on June 18th, 1898, his intention was to effect the removal of the county site from Traders Hill and building of a new seat of justice here in Folkston. Folkston had already swallowed Centreville and was beginning to feel grown up. The paper was first printed in Waycross under contract with a printing office there but Benj. J. Sams, foreseeing Folkston's future, made a trade, bought the Herald and began to print it at home. A Washington hand press with the proverbial "shirttail full of type" constituted the equipment and a "patent inside" relieved him of half the drudgery in the mechanical and news gathering department. Col. Olliff continued as editor until W.W. Tyler bought it. Soon Eustace Wainwright took hold, then L.E. Mallard, then F.M. degraffenreid who died in harness and his daughter Miss Kathleen, who tried for a month to fill the demand. At this point enters for the first time T.W. Wrench, present editor and owner and after two years he sold the business to Mrs. W.H. Robinson who served the community for eleven years. Then the plant again fell into the hands of Mr. Wrench. In 1927 the present come-back period of Editor Wrench began.
MRS. LOU CARTER DIED. Mrs. Lou Carter, an aged citizen of Racepond District, died Tuesday at Coggin Turpentine Still in Ware County where she went to visit her son, Will Carter. She lived in the Mattox neighborhood and being in bad health, visited her son for recuperation when the end came. She was seventy years old and was the mother of Will and Lige Carter.
LANG IS BACK. Lang Martin is home after being fired. Reasons unknown.
June 26, 1931
CHARLTON MAKES HISTORY FOR 4-H CLUBS. For the first time in the history of Georgia a 4-H Club is to hold its camp on its own property and Charlton County has the honor of making this precedent. At 10:00 o'Clock on July 7th, the gates of Charlton County Forestry Park will be opened. The Forestry Park is located between Homeland and Folkston, about one mile distant from each town. The large cabin will not be completed by that date but near enough finished to keep those who assemble there safe and dry during the four days the camp will be active. County Agent Hursey expects every 4-H Club member in Charlton, Brantley and Ware Counties to be on the grounds that morning. On the first day there will be demonstrations of a practical nature. The boys will probably learn stump-blasting, landscaping, etc. It is hoped the kitchen attached to the clubhouse will have been outfitted and electrified. Work on the swimming pool and playground will go forward. The State Director of Agriculture Work, the State Boys Club agent, the landscape gardner for the Extension work and others will be here. The boys are to camp for four days, provision is made for moving pictures at night and the general public is invited. Since this camp's different from any ever before held, the small boys will return home after the first two days. Mrs. B.G. McDonald has donated the use of the Hotel annex for 25 girls at night.
NEW TENNIS CLUB. Folkston now has an active Tennis Club. James Wrench was made manager and Jewell Page secretary. Dues are $1.00. This will help equip the grounds on the high school property.
HEREFORD BULLS BOUGHT FOR MIZELL HERD. There was brought from Statesboro this week four thoroughbred Hereford bulls for the farm of Cliff Mizell located at Burnt Fort. The new arrivals will be held for a few days at the Mizell home here so those who are interested in fine stock may have an opportunity to admire them.
RAILROAD TIES DECLINE IN VALUE. The bottom has dropped out of the railway tie market. A few weeks ago cypress and oak ties were bringing as much as $1.00 per tie and the demand was fairly good. Now the best of them of either timber brings only fifty cents as a top price, and few takers. This note is recorded on the authority of C.S. Buchanan who in last week's issue of the Herald offered to trade a sedan car for ties, but the sudden slump put consideration of the swap out of the range of possibility. Railroads are making the old ties serve.
PROGRESS AT 4-H CLUB PARK. A fine flow of water was struck in the new well at Forestry Park at only seventeen and one-half feet, the water standing in the pipe within a few feet of the top. It is said to be the coolest of any here-abouts, and ample in supply. Boards for the roof of the park building are being placed on the ground now.
MRS. N.H. RODDENBERRY DIED. The remains of Mrs. N.H. Roddenberry were brought to Folkston from Nicholls and buried in the Allen Cemetery. She was upwards of 70 years of age, the mother of N.E. Roddenberry at Winokur, and had many other relatives throughout this section. She was one of the early settlers, was well beloved and leaves a multitude to mourn her departure.
NEW MANAGERS AT STAVE MILL. The Folkston Stave Mill is now managed by Barney and George Gowen. The mill appears to be doing quite a large business.
TELEPHONE EXCHANGE. Mr. and Mrs. Pope, formerly in charge of the telephone exchange in Nahunta are now local managers of the Folkston exchange. Mrs. Sikes, former manager had been called suddenly and without notice to Atlanta by Mr. Sikes. The Pope family occupy rooms in the exchange building.
500 SHEEP NEEDED. A request from an up-state county farm agent to agent Hursey here is for 500 sheep, or the purchaser might take a complete herd. Any one interested should contact Mr. Hursey at once.
LITTLE MARY JANE MILLS SWALLOWED NEEDLE. Last Sunday Mary Jane, three and one-half year old daughter of Royce Mills, who lives on Route Two, swallowed an ordinary sewing needle. Upon discovery the child was rushed to Dr. McCoy who at once took her to Jacksonville where a specialist applied an X-ray. It indicated the needle was in the child's throat and in a delicate surgery, he removed it. No bad effects seems to have followed the little one.
NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Yarber are the proud parents of a fine baby girl born June l.
MARKET PRICE FOR WOOL LOWERED. There is said to be here at this time about 7,000 pounds of wool, 4,000 pounds of which was held over from last year's clip, the growers refusing the 20 cents per pound at that time offered for it. This year the price is only twelve and a half cents and none of it will be sold. This is a product that can be held indefinitely. NEW BABY. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Thomas, St. George, on June 22nd, a daughter.