Digest of Charlton County Herald - June 1934

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

June 1, 1934

NEW PASTOR. Folkston Presbyterians have just been given a new pastor, Rev. J.H. Chapman, who is now pastor of the St. Marys and Folkston churches and is located at St. Marys.

DANCE AT CCC CAMP. Arrangements are being made for an anniversary dance to be held June 2nd at the CCC camp at St. George. Music will be by members of the corps, who will provide lively tunes. Refreshments will be served.

TRAM ROAD FOR JOHNSON AND SON. J.H. Johnson and Son are laying steel for a tram road to a part of the Swamp that they have under lease. The rails have been carted out and are now being laid. The cross-tieing has reached the proportion that this will relieve dragging for some extent. The Johnson mill will soon start up we understand.

FIVE GIRL BABIES TO ONE MOTHER. Callender, Canada has been placed upon the map this week by the birth of five girl babies to one mother. Ernest Dionne, frail French Canadian and his wife, Olive, have been feeding them all the week with an eyedropper but the little darlings have begun rearing for more food and they are getting it. The mother is only 24 years old.

NEW HIGH SCHOOL ADDITION. The new unit of the Charlton County school system being constructed out of CWA funds in Folkston as part of the county high school is progressing fine. Twenty workers are on the job and the only shortness of labor is the bricklayers, only two being on the job and they are limited to 32 hours a week. The huge auditorium will hold almost 1,000 people.

EDGE FAMILY MOVES HERE. T.W. Edge and family have located in Folkston and are living in the Walker home on the east side. The family consists of Mr. Edge, wife and one daughter.

MISS SMITH GRADUATES. Friends of Miss Loyselle Smith are pleased to know of her graduation from the Training School for Nurses at James Walker Memorial Hospital, Wilmington, N.C.

June 8, 1934

CCC CAMP DANCE. Approximately 300 people were at the CCC dance last weekend. Punch was served and souvenirs were given the old guard who had served for twelve months.

POSSIBLE SUICIDE NOTE. Several young men were swimming at Scott Landing Wednesday and found a note below stuck to a cap hung on a palmetto bush. There seems to be several families of the name around here but we have been unable to locate the one so named. We give the note as was found written upon a piece of brown cardboard, written in a clear hand: “Goodby. No use living. Hard times caught up with me. No use to drag river as alligator has me by now. J.B.RHODEN.” This piece of cardboard has been handed to the Herald. We are printing this note and if someone by that name is missing, this information may be of help.

CHARLIE KEENE MOVES GACK. Charlie Keene, former citizen of Charlton County, moved back from Camden County where he has lived for several years. He is located at the Hill with his family.

WEDDING. J.C. Colson and Miss Bernice McAllen of Hilliard were married on June 3rd by Judge Gibson.

THE CHARLTON CAFÉ. A change in management of the Charlton Café occurred on the first of June, Mrs. Fitzhugh Murray and Miss Louise Kendrick taking the business over.

WEDDING. Two of Uptonville’s popular young people were married Sunday when W.M. Brooks and Miss Gladys M. Taylor were wed. Justice of the Peace, P.G. Brooks, father of the groom, performed the ceremony. They will make their home at Uptonville where they have many friends.

WEDDING. A surprise marriage Sunday was that of Owen K. Dinkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Dinkins of Uptonville and Miss Tracy Stewart of Folkston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.J. Stewart. These young people left Sunday morning presumably for a visit to friends in Waycross but journeyed to Blackshear where they were happily married. They wired home from Jesup telling of the event.

ENGAGEMENT NOTICE. Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Stokes of Folkston announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Mary Hazel to Frank Davis of Folkston.

June 15, 1934

MATTOX CROSSING MAY BE ELIMINATED. Responding to a call made by L.E. Mallard, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, several citizens met Thursday evening and discussed the reported change in the routing of the highway from Mattox. The Highway Commissioners desire to cut out the railroad crossing at Mattox. It is calculated that the new road will eliminate the crossing at Mattox as well as the one on Main Street in Folkston. The proposed route would run down the railroad a short distance then veer westward and go through the heart of Homeland coming into Folkston on the street that enters Folkston by Thompsons, Wrights and the garage of V.J. Pickren. It would continue south down that street connecting with the old highway just south of town. The purpose of the meeting was to object to the removal of the highway because of so many built up stations and businesses that take care of highway traffic, and that its removal would work to their injury.

TO THE PEOPLE OF CHARLTON COUNTY. As your new Relief Administrator I wish to tell you that I am permanently located. I am delighted to establish a new residence and begin work among the citizens. I am here to help you put over your Relief Program. ---RUTH S. SMITH, Administrator for Charlton.

CCC MEN TAKE LIFE SAVING COURSE. Some twenty-five boys of CCC camp 1450, accompanied by the Educational Advisor, made the second of a series of trips to Jacksonville Beach last Sunday to receive instructions on the Art Of Lifesaving and began taking tests for the course. It is sponsored by the Red Cross Life Saving Corp.

TEACHERS ELECTED FOR NEW YEAR. At the Board of Education meeting last week the following were elected teachers for the new year: County High School, Mrs. J.D. Roddenberry, Eunice Chute, Margaret Littlefield. Folkston Consolidated School: Principal, Mayme Askew; Teachers, Byrdie Pearson, Annette Turner, Thyra McDuffie, Mary Jane Littlefield, Jessie Overstreet, Marion Pearce, Ann Smith, Myrtle Hayes. St. George Consolidated School: Principal, Eleanor Cockrell. Teachers, Ethel Brannon, Aethada Suggs, Marie Boyd. Uptonville District School, Mrs. .B. B. Gowen. Winokur District School, Nettie Keene. Mr. Norman went on record at the meeting as opposing the employment of more than one teacher from a family. The setup for all schools for the coming year was placed at six months.

TWO FIRE HOUSES FOR FOLKSTON. To qualify for a reduction in fire insurance it was necessary for Folkston to have two fire houses inside the limits, one on each side of the railroad. Foundations were laid this week for them, one in the rear of Tyson’s store and the other west of the courthouse on the corner opposite of the school house. Cement foundation with steel structure is the specification, both to be fireproof and fitted up with hose reel trucks.

FIRST TEST OF FIRE QUIPMENT. Monday a noon-day fire alarm brought the fire department out in a hurry and before the blaze could get a start, water was cooling the blazing roof of the Mattox Apartment House. In moving to other quarters some of the tenants were disposing of some old papers in the fireplace and it caused the embers to fall on the dry roof with the result of a blaze. Mrs. Powell across the street happened to be sitting on their front porch and saw it start burning, thus a quick alarm and the fire extinguished without much loss. Quite a number present enjoyed the first test of the new fire-fighters and waterworks.

NEW FIRE TOWER NEAR STOKESVILLE. The men at the CCC camp at St. George have been getting an acre cleared south of St. George near Stokesville on the Powell-Ray land for the new tower to be constructed. The timbers for the tower are being cut by L.T. Wasdin at Winokur and will soon be ready for placing. Slag is being placed for the foundation work. The work in the south end is being rushed so that it will soon be completed so that the men can be placed to work near Folkston. The rumor persists that Homeland Park will be used and that some building will begin there to get the camp in readiness for the boys.

MRS. LIZZIE LOWTHER DIED. Mrs. Lizzie Lowther, 83, widow of James Lowther who died the past year, succumbed last Thursday to an illness of several weeks at her home near Winokur. She was buried at Corinth by the side of her late husband, Rev. H.C. Highsmith officiating. She is survived by two sons, Berry and Rufus and one daughter, Mrs. Wm. Crews. She was a splendid citizen of the county, one of our oldest residents and of a Christian character.

JULE H. THOMPSON DIED. Reports coming from St. George are that Jule H. Thompson, an old citizen of Charlton, reared in the lower end of the county, died Wednesday. He was very ill for several weeks and was reported to be so low as to be unable to survive.

TRAM ROAD FOR DEAN GOWEN. Dean Gowen is putting in a tram to the Swamp section for the purpose of getting the ties and is now laying the rail and getting an automobile fixed up with flanged wheels to do the hauling.

NEW BABY. Dr. A. Fleming was called to Toledo Wednesday and brought the information that Noah Stokes was stepping high, a fine boy being the cause of his gaiety. Mrs. Stokes is doing fine. We record the event with pleasure as some more young men like Noah are needed at this particular time.

NEW ADMINISTRATOR FOR RELIEF COMMISSION. Miss Ruth S. Smith of Madison, Ga. arrived in the city Saturday and has taken over the CRA and Relief Administration for the government and Charlton in lieu of Mrs. [Bernice V.] Allen, former administrator. Miss Smith is studying the situation and will have an assistant to canvass the county while she remains in the office.

GOWEN-UPCHURCH LUMBER CO. The Gowen-Upchurch Lumber Co. has begun operations in the Swamp section and now has orders for as much lumber as they can cut. They are working full time.

TRAM BUILT FOR NEW RACEPOND SAWMILL. The new sawmill near Racepond is assuming the look of completion, several camp houses having been built and the mill is almost ready for machinery. This mill will use Swamp timber and they have a rail laid into the Swamp to haul the logs to the mill.

June 22, 1934

BEEF CATLE FROM DROUGHT-STRICKEN WEST. Georgia will probably only get beef cattle from the Midwest drought area so FERA officials said in Atlanta Monday. Miss Ruth Smith, local administrator investigating the matter said that Charlton could accept 2500 on a basis of fifty cents per month pasturage. Those putting in bids for cattle in Charlton were W.C. Hopkins, J.V. Gowen, E.B. Stapleton and O.C. Mizell. They said they would take and care for 2500. The cattle are allotted to those who have enclosed, watered pasturage land or will have cowboys to care for them on open range.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Caudle announce the birth of a fine baby girl last week.

CCC CAMP MAY BE MOVED TO HOMELAND PARK. The TPO had an interesting meeting Monday with the question as to whether to move the CCC camp to Homeland Park or to Douglas. Under the rules of the War Department they will not invest any more money in a camp until the beginning of a new year, which comes October 1st. The Forestry Dept. has placed it up to Folkston that if they finance the removal of the buildings from the present site, they will move to Folkston shortly after July 1. J.V. Gowen and E.B. Stapleton are the committee that will visit the business men of Folkston and attempt to raise the amount needed for the removal of the camp. This means the placing of at least 150 men here for a year or more. Folkston cannot afford to miss this opportunity.

TRAM TO SWAMP FOR WRENCH AND ALLEN. J.H. Wrench and Edgar Allen are getting ties out of the Swamp near Uptonville, going into the swamp on a tram recently laid by them. Edgar Allen has the work in charge and has been placing their ties at Uptonville for loading.

June 29,1934

NEW CCC CAMP PROMISED FOR HOMELAND PARK. It seems that the government has already decided to remove the CCC camp from St. George to Douglas. The present camp will move next week to Douglas but will leave 60 men to continue work and help build the fire towers. We were promised a new camp, located at Homeland Park at the beginning of a new period, at the government’s expense.

FIRST SHIPMENT OF WESTERN CATTLE DUE THIS WEEK. The coming of 2500 or more cattle from the drought-stricken West to Charlton County marks the largest allotment made to any Georgia county. The first shipment is expected to arrive this week. Through the courtesy of V.A. Hodges, Roadmaster of the ACL Railroad, arrangements are being made to have these cattle unloaded south of the city limits through gaps to the O.C. Mizell pasture lot. The first allotment of cattle go to W.C. Hopkins. J.V. Gowen and others will receive theirs from following shipments. These cattle remain the property of the federal government.

FIRST VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL. Folkston’s first daily Vacation Bible School was held the past ten days at the Baptist Church through the cooperation of the Methodist Church and was a great success. Average attendance was 100.

CHARLTON COUNTY RELIEF OFFICE. The personnel of the Charlton County Relief Office is as follows: Ruth S. Smith, Administrator; Jessie M. Davis, general secretary; Mrs. Rudolph Mills, assistant bookkeeper, R.A. Boyd, head bookkeeper.

CCC CAMP WILL BE MISSED. The loss of the CCC camp will hurt those who have been supplying them with milk and other products.

TWO FIRE HOUSES. The two red fire houses have been placed on foundations this week and now all we have to do is place the reel cars in them. Then we will be ready for every eventuality.

WEDDING. On June 21st, Miss Mary Stokes and Mr. Frank Davis were quietly married at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Ms. L.E. Stokes.

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