Digest of Charlton County Herald - June 1933

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

June 2, 1933

BLUE WILLOW EATS SHOP. Miss Louise Brockman stated that they are going to open the Blue Willow Eats Shop on Saturday at noon. The new eating place has been completed and it is decorated in tasteful colors.

ATTENTION, HOMELAND PEOPLE: There will come up for discussion Wednesday evening at the council meeting of the town of Homeland a question in which all of the people of the community are vitally interested. The citizens should attend and show their desire in this matter.

MISS NETTIE SIKES DIED. Elbert Nettles tells us he denies the report of his death, that it is an exaggeration and he is a living witness to it. He was in town this week from the Sikes settlement, whence he has moved. He told us that his wife’s sister, Miss Nettie Sikes, died and was buried Monday. She was twenty years old.

LITTLE CAROLINE CREWS DIED. Caroline, the fifteen month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Crews, died Thursday morning before day, after a month’s illness from the effects of having fallen backward out of a small wagon drawn by a child in the yard. Her death was caused by congestion of the spine. The burial will take place from Bethel with Rev. H.C. Griffin officiating.

HOLIDAY. Saturday being Jeff Davis’ birthday, it will be a legal holiday and the Citizens Bank will be closed.

FUND SET UP FOR NEEDY FAMILIES. Clerk O.F. Wilson received information from the State Relief Superintendent in Atlanta that Charlton County has been approved for $702.00 for the first fifteen days in June. This goes to those who have been aided in the past by flour and cloth from the Red Cross. The per-day allowance is made upon a basis of six hours work at ten cents per hour. The fund is limited to needy and out-of-job men.

NINE ARE AT REFORESTATION CAMP. The Charlton County boys chosen to join the reforestation camp were called to Waycross this week for examination and all stood the test but one, Lang Martin. He was declined on account of a defect in his eyes and bad teeth. Homer Allen will go, we understand, as his substitute. Those accepted were Winnie Prescott, Robert Cooper, George Mills, Randal Smith, T.N. Nipper, J.A. King, Benny Brock and Leeman Huggins. The boys were sent to a training camp at Fort Screven.

DR. McCOY BACK AT HOME. Dr. W.R. McCoy, after a prolonged stay at the Veterans’ Hospital in Atlanta, has returned home much improved in health. For the present he will maintain his office at his home.

WEDDING. Announcement was made that Miss Beatrice Johnson and Maxine Walker were married at Green Cove Springs on April 18th. Particulars are lacking but it seems that Miss Johnson visited the Walker home, the guest of Mrs. Walker and the daughters, and that she and Max just decided to get married, and did. They will reside in Jacksonville.

WEDDING. Miss Mary Shivar, one of the sweet girl graduates of Charlton County High School, surprised her class with the announcement that she was married and that she would go with her husband after the closing exercises. She was married December 20, 1932 in Jacksonville to W.W. Wright of Burnt Fort. They are located at that place now and we wish them all the joys of their new life.

WEDDING. Miss Proctor Hathaway, a senior of the 1933 class, was married to J.W. Caudle last Saturday evening by Rev. H.C. Griffin. The happy couple left Sunday to make their home in Cataula, Ga.

June 9, 1933

BEAUTIFUL HOMELAND PARK BUTCHERED. [Four pictures of Homeland Park showing destruction by timber cutters.] These four scenes were photographed at Hursey Park, formerly Homeland Park. The citizens of Homeland who donated the park for specific purposes are bitterly resenting the so-called “improving” of that beautiful stretch of forest. Through a sale made by A.B. Hursey, County Agent, to J.C. Littlefield, Sr., Chairman of the County Commissioners, the beautiful woodland tract has been butchered during the past several weeks. One tie-chopper at work on the trees stated that 1,000 ties were to be taken but the forester reduced the number when he was here yesterday to only those trees marked by him. Large piling as long as 90 feet and huge poplar trees have been cut and taken away. One stump of a poplar tree measured 53 inches across, where it was cut. That is not the worst of it. In cutting ties sometimes only one or two are taken and the remnants lie dying. The Herald has insisted that this area be handled by a park commission and taken out of the hands of a man hired by the board of commissioners whose chairman has now taken so much of this timber that destroyed so much of the former woodland beauty of the park.

HOMELAND CITIZENS ENRAGED OVER PARK CONDITION. The citizens of Homeland arose en masse Wednesday evening after Mayor Waughtel gave an account of the slaughter going on in Homeland Park. They decided to bring an injunction against J.C. Littlefield and County Agent Hursey to stop the cutting of timber in the park and signs have been posted.

TEACHERS SELECTED FOR NEXT TERM OF COUNTY SCHOOLS. The list of teachers for the next school term was given out this week by Supt. Harris. They are: County High School, Mrs. J.D. Roddenberry, Velma Kemp, Margaret Littlefield, Eunice Chute and Rabun Battle. Folkston Consolidated School: Mayme Askew, Byrdie Pearson, Annette Turner, Thyra McDuffie, Mary Jane Littlefield, Chloris Stapleton, Marion Pearce, Mrs. J.M. Wrench and Mary Stokes. St. George Consolidated School: Eleanor Cockrell, Ethel Brannon and Lillian Norman. Moniac Consolidated School: Eugene Shivar, Mabel Smith and Marie Boyd. Uptonville School, Mrs. B.B. Gowen and Ena Gibson.

VOLUNTEER FIREMEN HELP AT TWO HOUSE FIRES. The shack known as Bill Douglas’ place just west of the depot caught fire in some mysterious way while the tenant was away and was destroyed. Embers fell on the depot starting a small blaze that was quickly subdued. Shortly thereafter the old Lowther place across the railroad occupied and owned by Jim Roddenberry was discovered ablaze on the roof and it was put out. Lack of proper training delayed the fire fighters a little but they did fine work when they did get the stream playing upon the blaze. The play of the stream of water upon the building knocked shingles from the roof, showing the extent of the pressure the new system has. Neither of the houses carried insurance. Both are numbered among the very oldest in Folkston.

WEDDING. The marriage of Miss Jewel Wainwright and John Roberts of Jacksonville, took place in the home of Judge Gibson Sunday. She is the charming daughter of Mrs. Rooks Wainwright and finished school in Folkston in 1931. Mr. Roberts is an engineer on a steamboat plying the St. Johns River and is well thought of by his employers. They will make their home in Jacksonville.

QUINCEY HARRIS DIED FROM SNAKE BITE. Sunday afternoon while picking blackberries Quincy, the nine year old son of Otis Harris, living in the Sardis section, was struck by a rattlesnake. He was taken to Folkston where Dr. McCoy gave treatment and rushed the lad to Waycross for serum treatment. However the child died that night. The funeral was in Sardis cemetery.

FIRST REFORESTATION CAMP TO BE IN NAHUNTA. The first camp to be established under the reforestation plans of the government was placed at Nahunta this week, within the city limits, where buildings will be constructed and everything made ready for the coming of the unit which will be over 100 men.

JUANITA BROWN DROWNED IN ST. MARYS RIVER. The St. Marys River claimed another victim on May 23. Juanita Brown, eleven year old granddaughter of Mr. Austin who lives on the Florida side, lost her life by drowning. She was drowned up the river just a short distance from where William Kerti was drowned on May 12th. She is survived by one sister and one brother, her mother and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Austin. The remains were laid to rest in the St. George cemetery.

NEW BABY. Born to Mr. and Mrs. F.D. Parham on June 1st, a fine boy. He has been named Franklin Dumas.

June 16, 1933

WOOL PRICE REACHED TWENTY CENT LEVEL. Charlton County wool raisers are enthused over reports of rising market prices on wool. The harvest in Charlton should reach something like six or seven thousand pounds this season.

WEDDING. The announcement has been made that Gaston Davis, son of our fellow townsman, Rev. M.G. Davis, and Miss Chloris Stapleton of Weston, Ga., a teacher in the local school for the past two years and sister of E.B. Stapleton, were married last Tuesday week at Macclenny. Mr. Davis gets his vacation this week and will go to Weston for his bride.

WEDDING. Birmingham, Ala. The marriage of Miss Dora Leigh Vickery, youngest daughter of Mrs. A.B. Vickery, of East Lake, to Frank L. Hill was solemnized May 27 at the First Methodist Church.

WEDDING. Judge H.G. Gibson united in wedlock Willis O. Hodges and Miss Mabel Crews, both of Jacksonville June 10th at his office. They will make their home in Jacksonville.

NEW BABY. Mrs. Hamilton Cason announces the birth of a fine baby boy June 3rd. Mrs. Cason will be remembered as Miss Grace Harvey.

TEACHERS FOR NEXT TERM. At the Board of Education meeting this week recommendations of teachers were received from local trustees and the following were elected for the coming school term: County High: Mrs. J.D. Roddenberry, Velma Kemp, Margaret Littlefield, Eunice Chute and Rabun Battle. Folkston Consolidated: Mayme Askew, Byrdie Pearson, Annette Turner, Mary Jane Littlefield, Chloris Stapleton, Marion Pearce, Mary Stokes, Thyra McDuffie and Mrs. J.H. Wrench. St. George Consolidated: Eleanor Cockrell, Ethel Brannon and Lillian Norman. Moniac Consolidated: Eugene Shivar, Mabel Smith and Marie Boyd. Uptonville, Mrs. B.B. Gowen and Ena Gibson.

THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of the Citizens Bank at close of business on May 31, 1933: Resources: $352,136.27

June 23, 1933

CHARLTON COUNTY’S FORESTY CAMPSITE IS SELECTED. Supt. R.E. Tittle, who is in charge of the forestry camp in the southern part of Charlton County, told of the work he has undertaken. The camp site is on the old Tomlin place, about midway between St. George and Toledo on the St. Marys River. There will be a mess hall 118x20 feet and an 80 feet deep well will be drilled, this work to be done by men of the regular army. The foresters will devote themselves to the construction of about 300 miles of firebreaks, 150 miles of telephone wires installed and erection of three watchtowers.

WOOL SOLD AT GOOD PRICE. Yesterday was wool day in Charlton County. Fifteen growers brought 10,000 pounds to Folkston and sold it to the highest bidder, M.M. Monroe of Waycross, at an average price of 26 cents per pound which is considered a very good price. The wool will be shipped to Boston, Mass.

FORESTRY CAMP AT ST. GEORGE COMES TO LIFE. There are now at the forestry camp at St. George 175 recruits. They were brought there from Fort Screven a few days ago prepared to enter upon the program outlined in the Herald last week. They came from everywhere originally, except this territory. The camp is suffering from an epidemic of measles. Dr. W.R. McCoy has been named as temporary camp surgeon and has made a few visits there.


June 30th issue of Herald not on microfilm.

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