Digest of Charlton County Herald - June 1935

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

June 7, 1935

FOLKSTON-ST. GEORGE ROAD IMPROVED. The latest project approved by the FERA is the county road from Folkston to St. George where a right of way forty feet wide is being stumped ready for grading. Some dozen men are on the work, this being approved as a Relief Project and it is expected to push the work right on down to St. George at once. The work is now some five miles south of Folkston, going southward.

WAR AGAINST SCREW-WORM. J.C. Bennett of Hazlehurst will be the Supervisor of the screw-worm control in this county. Saturday he will be at the courthouse to give out Pine Tar Oil and Benzol to farmers and stockmen. This is given to the farmers without cost. Mr. Bennett is connected with the federal government’s work and is anxious to contact all owners of cattle.

BEER LICENSE. The county commissioners have set the price of beer licenses at $15.00 per annum. The city of Folkston has also made the same price.

SANITARY PRIVIES RECOMMENDED FOR HOOKWORM CONTROL. In order to make the hookworm eradication in Charlton County a permanent work the FERA is prepared to help people construct sanitary privies as recommended by the State Board of Health. The people are to furnish the material and the unit will be constructed by FERA labor. We still have a large number of hookworm cases in the county and until we have better sanitation among the infected families we will still have children with hookworm because they will get reinfected again this year. For further information see Edgar Allen or Mrs. John Murray, Charlton County Hookworm Eradication Nurse.

CHARLTON TEACHERS NAMED FOR 1935-36. After a meeting of local trustees, Supt. Harris announced the selection of the following teachers: County High School, J.C. Adams, principal, Mrs. J.D. Roddenberry, Guy Bentley, Margaret Littlefield, Eunice Chute and Myra Jacobs. Folkston Consolidated School: Mayme Askew, principal, Mrs. B.B. Gowen, Eleanor Cockrell, Daisy Neal, Thyra McDuffie, Mary Jane Littlefield, Marion Pearce, Annette Turner and Myrtle Hayes. St. George Consolidated School: W.S. Smith, principal, Ethel Brannon, Aethada Suggs and Marie Boyd. Moniac Consolidated School: Leila Crews and Mabel Smith. Uptonville District School: Ernestine Prescott.

FOLKSTON DISTRICT CANNERY. The building of the community cannery for the Folkston district begins Monday at the old Johnson Commissary site in south Folkston, the old tin building site having been abandoned. The machinery is here and Edgar Allen advises the building will be ready within the week. The Moniac building is ready, so is the machinery, both outfits having arrived.

CCC CAMP. At the CCC camp at Homeland much has been done in the way of improvements. Near the main entrance a plot of ground has been enclosed by a rustic fence and planted in grass, rose bushes and other flowers with a sundial in the center, according to a plan laid out by forestry clerk C.E. Dell. The tennis court has been completed and much interest is being taken in the game.

MR. DAVE JOHNS DIED. Dave Johns, living in the Winokur district, died Sunday after an illness of several days and was buried at Bethlehem cemetery by Rev. McDonald. He leaves a wife and two children.

June 14, 1935

MR. DEMPSEY CARTER DIED. Dempsey Carter, 33 year old woodsman who died of a gunshot wound while being taken to a Waycross hospital Friday, shot himself through the head with a rifle, according to two women who saw him go into a room by himself at a turpentine camp near Racepond. They heard the gun discharge a moment after he went into the room and rushed to find him in a dying condition. He had previously threatened to commit suicide, according to members of his family. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. John Carter; three brothers, Bryant, Leon and Tommie Carter; two sisters, Mrs. Clifton Bailey and Mrs. Agnes Bagley. He was buried at Hepzibah Church cemetery.

MRS. NEILY RODDENBERRY DIED. Mrs. Neily Roddenberry, age 65, died at her home in Folkston Tuesday and was buried in the Folkston cemetery. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church with Rev. J.E. Barnhill reading the burial rites. She had been complaining for several days but did not give up until the later part of the week. She was the widow of James Roddenberry who died last year, and was a most estimable woman, well thought of by all of Folkston. She leaves two children, Mrs. P.C. Hall and Mrs. Orly Rowell. She also had three grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Sallie Bussie.

MR. JAMES SNOWDEN DIED. The death of James Snowden occurred last week in a Jacksonville hospital where he had been taken to undergo an operation after an accident near Yulee. Snowden was hauling logs when in some way the grapplers let go a long one, striking him with what was thought to be a minor injury. He died shortly after reaching the hospital and was brought to Charlton and interred in the Cornhouse Creek cemetery.

MR. SIDNEY NIPPER DIED. Sidney Nipper who had been working in the Roberts sawmill in the Thrift neighborhood, was seriously hurt last Friday when he fell across a log in the mill, losing a leg. He was taken to the hospital in Jacksonville but died before getting there. He was buried in the neighborhood cemetery.

MRS. EVERETT CREWS DIED. Final rites for Mrs. Everett Crews, 32, who died at her home at Racepond, were held with burial at Racepond cemetery, services being conducted by Elder McDonald. She was formerly of Appling County and is survived by her husband and one son, E.J. Crews; three daughters, Jewell, Lucille and Lindy Crews, five brothers, Raeford, Hansel, J.B., F.. and Allen.

PROPOSED BUYING OF OKEFENOKEE FAVORED BY SENATE. The purchase of the Okefenokee Swamp area by the government for retention in its natural state as a wildlife preserve is provided for in a bill favorably reported by the Senate Agriculture Committee. The bill authorizes an appropriation of six million dollars for the purchase of a series of such tracts over the country. Senator Walter F. George who asked for provision of the Okefenokee Swamp purchase to be incorporated in the measure, pointed out the region embraced in the Okefenokee is one of the most desirable in the country as wildlife preservation.

MCCOY FAMILY TO MOVE. Folkston is sorry to give up their friend, Mrs. and Dr. McCoy and family who are going to move to Alma the first of the week.

A.C.L. RAILROAD. The Coast Line is ballasting its roadbed between Folkston, Nahunta and Jesup. The bogey has been letting out a car of rock ballast every day for the past week or so and the bed is beginning to look rather solid.

MURDER. A lady who had spent fifteen consecutive days cleaning dirt out of her house felt somewhat ill and called on a physician. He told her she needed more exercise. The Masons had charge of his funeral.

COUNTY HEALTH NURSES. Miss Newton and Miss Murray, the nurses in charge of the health program in Charlton County reports they have given toxin to over 200 patients in the northern part of Charlton around Winokur and the Prescott settlement.

June 21, 1935

SCREW-WORM CUTS SHEEP FLOCK BY 75 PERCENT. The wool sale annually made at Folkston was not up to standard for the 1935 season because the screw-worm made its inroad in such manner as to reduce the farmers’ stock by 75%. At the depot Tuesday morning the farmers of Charlton, Brantley and Nassau Counties were weighing out their shearings and it was mournful to listen to their report of the loss of their sheep. T.H. Thrift, H.D. Thomas, M.G. White and W.R. Wainwright of Charlton County sold their wool. The Herald regrets to know that the loss of sheep has been so severe and this business so profitable to our farmers under ordinary circumstances has proved so disastrous under the onslaught of the screw-worm. Sheep are not easily handled in the freeing them of worms.

FOLKSTON CANNERY. The editor visited the new Charlton County cannery Friday and found a test of peas and corn. The corn was somewhat hard to can. The cannery is located just south of the ice house near the old Johnson commissary and it consists of a canning room and store room. The furnace is brick with steel steam compressors and similar to the one located in the Leckie neighborhood near Moniac.

NEW MEMBERS FOR RACEPOND CHURCH. Rev. E.G. Kilpatrick has closed a successful ten-day revival at Racepond. There were four who came upon profession of faith and will be baptized Sunday night at Folkston Baptist Church. Those coming for membership are Mr. ad Mrs. Jack Crews, Mrs. Jim Tucker and Miss Graham.

June 28, 1935

TREES IN A.C.L. PARK. Editor Wrench strolled down to the west side of the ACL Park and found the trees have taken on new life. That gave him a thrill, for in the long ago he had the strong desire to see trees grow and invested in fifteen to get a tree movement started. He got four citizens to take a tree. They were Seab Mills, then chairman of the county commissioners; Dr. J.A. Moore, then Mayor; B.G. McDonald and L.E. Mallard. The rest of the fifteen were set out in the park in a spot we desired shaded. We, with the help of B.G. McDonald and Dr. Brockman, a visitor here, set those trees out. It makes us have a yearning to sit under these trees now and think of our friends, three of them having crossed the River and are now where flowers bloom and cast off sweet scents all the while.

EDITORIAL. We have the desire to sate our appetites on the melons that our fields produce, but frankly it gets our temper out of shape to tolerate the lack of effectiveness of the town nuisance ordinance when we have to kick sour, nasty rinds off the sidewalk on the main street corner where someone too trifling and indifferent throws these rinds on the sidewalk.

BOYS OFF TO SEE THE WORLD. Paul White and Florney Wildes left Monday on a hitchhiking tour.

NEW EDITOR FOR HERALD. R.Ward Harrison was here the last of the week looking over arrangements to move his family here in the next few weeks. He is the new editor of the Herald and comes to Folkston bringing an interesting family to make their home with us.

WEDDING. Statesboro, June 22 – The marriage of Miss Ann Smith of Portal and Clyde Gowen of Folkston was celebrated Sunday at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Smith in Portal. Only members of the family were present. They will make their home in Folkston.

WEDDING. Colon Barker and Miss Nell Pernell of Jacksonville were married June 22nd. They will make their home in Jacksonville.

MR. JOHN WALTER DINKINS DIED. The news of the death of John Walker Dinkins who died in the Waycross hospital on the 22nd was not unexpected since he had been sinking for several days. He had been a sufferer for several months and a few days ago was taken to the hospital where he underwent an operation. He was a splendid citizen of Charlton County. He had lived at the home place since his marriage. His was considered one of our best families, one that made his living on the farm and kept even with the world. He reared an interesting family. Besides his wife he is survived by Theo, W.R., O. K.. and J.T. Dinkins and three daughters, Mrs. G.M. Mizell, Miss Bonnie Dinkins, and Miss Jessie Dinkins; five brothers, L.J. Dinkins, L.F. Dinkins, W.J. Dinkins, A.L. Dinkins; three sisters, Mrs. J.N. Murray, Mrs. J.L. Anderson, and Mrs. Raney. He was buried at Sardis cemetery beside his parents and other kinsmen. He was a member of Bethel Methodist Church.

WINOKUR-RACEPOND ROAD IMPROVED. Forester Rogers tells us he is using his crew of CCC boys in the Winokur district this week, making a truck trail out of the road that runs by the school house towards Racepond. He’s putting down two fifty-foot bridges and a twenty-foot one. This trail is for fire uses but will no doubt be converted into a regular road to connect at Racepond with the highway.

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