Digest of Charlton County Herald - June 1940
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
June 7, 1940
ERMINE McDUFFIE GETS NEW PEPSI COLA TRUCK. Having secured the sales agency in Charlton, Brantley and Camden Counties for the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Ermine McDuffie this week purchased a brand new æ ton Chevrolet truck which he has placed in service delivering bottled soft drinks to his customers. He has been engaged in this work for some time. He is a former employee of Sam Mills, the local Coca-Cola king, and it was while delivering Coca-Colas for Mr. Mills that he learned about the profits to be made from the soft drinks business. As Mills’ territory is confined to Charlton County and practically all his time and the full capacity of his truck is required to fill his orders for Coca-Cola alone, there will not be much competition between him and his former employee.
ROBERT MATTOX WILL ATTEND WEST POINT ACADEMY. Robert H. Mattox, son of the late Lt. Commander Robert Mattox, USN, and Mrs. Bessie Nye Mattox, has been ordered to report to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He won a presidential appointment in competition with young men from all over the United States. He is a graduate of Morrison High School and Columbia Prep School of Washington D.C. and lives with his mother in Washington. Young Mattox is a grandson of H.S. Mattox of Folkston.
METHODIST AND PRESBYTERIAN SHARE VCH. The annual Vacation Church School of the Methodist Church opens June 10th. The Presbyterian Church is cooperating in the school. Mrs. George R. Gowen, Jr. is superintendent. The adult classes of the Methodist and Presbyterian Sunday Schools are providing the refreshments for the children.
MR. MONROE M. JOHNSON DIED. Monroe M. Johnson, aged citizen of St. George, passed away at his home there last Thursday from a brief illness due to the infirmities of age. He was born and reared in Canon, Wayne County, Ohio, but had been a resident of St. George for the past 31 years, moving there shortly after the colony town was established. He celebrated his 84th birthday two months ago. A quiet, unassuming man, he was held in high regard by his friends. He was a member of the German Lutheran Church. Funeral services were held from the St. George Baptist Church and interment was in the St. George cemetery. Survivors include two sons, W.F. Johnson and E.M. Johnson; two daughters, Mrs. William A. Amessmer and Mrs. W.M. Barr; eleven grandchildren; one brother, J.E. Johnson and two sisters, Mrs. Clara Sell and Mrs. Stratton.
JEWELL PAGE AWARDED DEGREE AT PEABODY UNIVERSITY. Mrs. H.C. Page is spending a few days this week in Nashville, Tenn. where she went to attend the graduation at Peabody University of her daughter Miss Jewell Page who is being awarded a special degree in Public Health Nursing.
SCHOOL CLOSING ACTIVITIES. The final event of the week in connection with school closing activities in Folkston was the graduating exercise of the Jr. High School, held Thursday evening when a class of 45 boys and girls were given certificates of graduation and promotion to the Charlton County High School. The Charlton County High School had no graduating class because a change was made in the school organization by the addition of another grade.
AVIATION TRAINING SCHOOL AT DOUGLAS. The president of the South Georgia College at Douglas has received a wire from the Senior Flying Specialist Civil Aeronautics Authority stating that an Aviation Training School will be conducted at the college airport starting June 14, to be completed September 15th. The quota is set at 30 students, age limit 18-26. there will be no charge for the course. The South Georgia College is probably the only one in the United States owning a modern up-to-date airport. Young women are not eligible for the summer course.
GEORGIA SCHOOLS ARE SHORT OF FUNDS. Things don’t look so bright for the Georgia schools for the 1940-41 term next fall. The state is already indebted to the school teachers for four million dollars long past due, and funds in sight are only for a term of 4 - months next year. Finances this year, 1939-40, ran almost two million dollars short of needs and only a diversion of other funds enabled the schools to operate for six months and one week, insofar as state pay was concerned.
EDITORIAL. Readers of this column who may be interested in local society happenings are referred to the social columns of Georgia’s daily newspapers for next Sunday. The announcement of the engagement and approaching wedding of a prominent and popular young couple is to appear at that time. We know that some of our feminine readers will be almost overwhelmed with curiosity but they can use the intervening time speculating about the identity of the prospective newlyweds. They can get almost as much entertainment out of this as in solving the most difficult crossword puzzle. We are pledged to keep the matter a profound secret and are unable to give out even a hint as to the identity of this young couple who are planning to commit matrimony in the very near future. Of course the Herald hasn’t sufficient social standing to carry the original announcement. This must always appear in the big daily papers first, after which we are privileged to supply the more intimate and complete details. However this is nothing new as it has been the lot of the weekly home newspaper from time immemorial.
POSTMASTERS MAY RECEIVE PAY RAISE. A law has been proposed to raise the pay of postmasters of fourth-class post offices in Charlton County. Five fourth-class postmasters in Charlton County who would benefit by the legislation are Eli Waughtel, Homeland; Mack D. Thrift, Winokur; Mrs. S.M. Howard, Racepond; Mrs. L.E. Roberts, St. George and Mrs. D.W. Reynolds, Moniac.
NEW ROAD FOR UPTONVILLE. Construction of a road from Uptonville School to the highway is underway at last, which is greatly appreciated by the local people who use it.
TROOP RECRUITMENT ANNOUNCED. The most ambitious recruiting effort this country has ever attempted in peacetime, to carry out the president’s program of preparedness in national defense, was announced last week as authority was received from the War Department to furnish approximately 1650 additional men per month to form a new “streamlined” division, and supply troops. Men enlisting now will be in position to benefit by faster promotion and higher pay which runs as high as $157.50 per month, medical care, food and quarters furnished by the government.
June 14, 1940
ED MILLEN AND SAXOPHONE ENJOYED AT CHURCH. The song service at the evening service of the Folkston Methodist Church Sunday was very much enjoyed by the large congregation present. Edward Millen, of the Folkston Orchestra, accompanied the singing with his saxophone. Other members of the orchestra were prevented from taking part because their instruments were not tuned to the proper pitch with the church piano.
BOOKLET ON SWAMP PRODUCED BY ENGLISH CLASS. “The Okefenokee”, an attractive booklet illustrated with snapshot swamp scenes has been issued as an English class project by the third year class of the Charlton County High School. Entitled “An Okefenokee Swamp Broadcast”, it is a product of the school’s mimeograph printing plant. Members of the class who had a part in this project were: Juanita Aldridge, Jimi Allen, Bonnie Altman, Viola Mae Brown, Mildred Carter, Clora Lee Conner, Fred Crews, Lorene Crews, Velma Crews, Wanda Gibson, Annie Pearl Gowen, Barney Gowen, Harold Gowen, Elizabeth Hathaway, Merlyn Huling, Ruth Jones, Dallas Lloyd, Walter Mills, Cleo Quarterman, Bernard Shivar, Margaret Tison, Harold White, Harry Wildes and Billye Wrench. Others who worked with this group were Eunice Chute, project sponsor; Eunice Hunt, art director; John Harris, Supt. of Schools; Guy Bentley, principal.
OIL WELL CLOSED. Drilling has been discontinued and the pipe is being removed from the oil well between Folkston and Hilliard. Drilling was halted when a granite formation was struck, which made further progress impossible.
TEACHERS ELECTED FOR NEW YEAR. At a meeting of the Board of Education last week, the following teachers were recommended: Folkston: Mrs. J.D. Roddenberry, Mrs. D.F. Brown, Mrs. Ann Gowen, Mrs. B.B. Gowen, Mrs. Zelle Askew, Mrs. Mary Davis, Eunice Chute, Dortha Morgan, Eleanor Cockrell, Susie Johnson, Carlie Mae Stokes, Ruby Lockhart, Cleo Huling, Gladys Duncan, Frances Hines, Louise Bennett, Ella Belle Hughes, Sara Henderson, Eunice Hunt, Kathryn Raynor, Mildred Huling, Charlton L. Tolbert. St. George: Fannye Norman, Marie Norman, Elizabeth Bradley, Emily Stokes, Cora Edenfield. Moniac: Mrs. Imogene Sears, Thyra McDuffie, Mary Harden. Uptonville: Mrs. J.W. Johnson. Winokur: Rosa King.
ASKEW-BURNEY WEDDING. A marriage of interest to a wide circle of friends is that of Miss Mary Inez Askew and Dan Burney, both of this city, which occurred last Friday in Jesup with the Wayne County Ordinary officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Askew and Mr. Burney is connected with the State Highway Department. They are residing at the Davis Tourist Home.
CENTER LINE FOR HIGHWAY. As a safety measure for the control of traffic on heavily traveled US Highway No. One, a white center line is being painted on the highway the entire distance through Georgia. A big improvement in traffic conditions has already been noted as a result of the line, according to patrol officers.
TWIN SISTERS DIE OF PNEUMONIA. Friends and relatives here learned with sorrow the death in Jacksonville of three-months-old twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Wainwright. The little girls were stricken with pneumonia and one of them, Kay, died Monday with her twin sister, Faye, dying 24 hours later. Funeral services were held at Philadelphia Church and interment followed in Sardis Cemetery, the twin sisters being buried in a single casket.
ALL ALIENS MUST REGISTER. Troopers of the State Highway Patrol will be in Folkston at the courthouse, June 15th for fingerprinting aliens of this county. The fingerprinting of all aliens who have not applied for citizenship, is required under state law. There are but very few aliens in this county.
MIZELL-HOPKINS ENGAGEMENT. The following announcement which appeared in the Sunday daily paper will be of much interest to friends in Charlton County. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver C. Mizell of Folkston announce the engagement of their daughter, Jewell Alice to Alva J. Hopkins, Jr. The wedding will be June 20th at Folkston Methodist Church.
WORDIE LECKIE TAKING INSTRUCTOR’S COURSE. Wordie Leckie left Monday for Brevard, N.C. where he goes to attend a ten-days training course in the Red Cross Aquatic School. Upon completion of this he will be given a Water Life-Saving Instructor’s certificate. He was recommended for the course by the instructors who conducted the recent training course in Waycross.
FOUR NEW MEMBERS FOR GRACE CHAPEL. Rev. Hughie Dixon filled his regular appointment at Grace Chapel last Sunday and received Mr. and Mrs. P.G. Brooks and Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Howell as candidates for baptism.
THOUSANDS OF CCC BOYS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR MILITARY TRAINING. Georgia now has 7,872 boys enrolled in the CCC camps who would be eligible for non-combatant military training. Non-combatant training would be truck drivers, auto mechanics, cooks, stewards, photographers, bridge and road builders, radio operators, canteen managers and telephone line builders. There are 21 camps for white boys and 5 camps for Negroes located in Georgia. The average enrollment is 200 each.
THE FORD COMPANY READY TO PRODUCE PLANES. Edsel Ford said Tuesday after a conference with the National Defense Commission, that his company was ready to swing into mass production of airplanes as soon as the government grants its contract. The Ford Company president conferred for 2 - hours with the production member of the Commission. Ford said that the Army’s fast-pursuit plane, the P-40, which engineers of his company examined Monday, was found suitable for mass production, “depending on what you mean by mass production.” He declined to estimate how many planes he believes his company might turn out but Ford sources indicated previously they believed a production of 1,000 planes a day was feasible.
SINGERS REHEARSE. The Charlton County Singers met Sunday afternoon at Sand Hill at Racepond and had a couple of hours of good practice
ITALY ALIGNS WITH GERMANY IN EUROPEAN WAR. Secretary Hull said Monday that Italy’s entry into the war would “prove a great disappointment to people everywhere, and a great human tragedy.” The Secretary of State held his press conference a few minutes after Premier Mussolini had declared his alignment with Germany in the war against Britain and France. Hull said he had learned of Italy’s action only from someone who had listened to Mussolini’s speech on the radio and had not had time to study it.
FREE VEGETABLE PLANTS. Leading varieties of well-developed sweet peppers and tomato plants. Come and get them with my compliments. C.W. Waughtel.
June 21, 1940
EDITORIAL. While life here seems to be proceeding in the usual untroubled and uneventful way we are undoubtedly living right now through the most momentous days in all the world’s history. Events are taking place every day that will profoundly affect the lives of American citizens in all the years to come. It is plain that America must prepare to defend its borders and this hemisphere. This will call for patriotic self-sacrifice upon the part of all citizens. We must begin NOW to get ready to defend our ideals and the priceless heritage left us by our forefathers.
PASSIEU-MAJORS WEDDING. Miss Elizabeth Passieu and Mr. L.D. Majors were married early Sunday morning at the Methodist parsonage by the pastor, Rev. Swoll Sawyer. The wedding party consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Williams, Miss Mattie B. Roddenberry, Louie Passieu and Nick Quick. Mrs. Majors is the daughter of C.J. Passieu of this city. Mr. Majors is a native of Georgiana, Ala. He has been employed by the Passieu Chevrolet Co. for the past eighteen months. They will be at home for their many friends at their apartment at the P.O. Stokes Apartments.
BROCK-ALTMAN WEDDING. Many friends in Folkston will be interested to learn of the marriage of Miss Lillian Waunell Brock and Samuel Mathews Altman, Jr., both popular young people of this county, which occurred June 12 at Waycross, Judge J.M. Cox, Ware County Ordinary, officiating. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S.M. Altman and is an engineer of the ACL yard lifting crew in Waycross. Miss Brock is a 1939 graduate of Charlton County High School. They will make their home at 514 Oak Street, Waycross.
FOLKSTON GARDEN CLUB. The Garden Club met this week at the home of Mrs. C.S. Buchanan. The roll was answered by naming the Beauty Spots in Folkston. Hostesses were Mrs. H.J. Davis, Mrs. J.E. Harvey, Mrs. M.G. White and Mrs. Buchanan.
GIBSON-FRANICH WEDDING. Friends in Folkston will learn with interest of the marriage in Tacoma, Washington of Wallace E. Gibson, Jr., son of W.E. Gibson. He was married to Miss Emilie Franich of that city on May 18th, according to news received by the home folks this week. Young Mr. Gibson has been in the US Navy for the past three years and is stationed at San Diego, California.
REA POWER LINES. Uptonville: The progress of the REA power line construction seems too slow to have the line ready for service by July lst as has been predicted. But we are hoping to see brighter homes in this vicinity soon. The writer has noticed a long L-shaped table built under the large oak trees at the home of Mrs. J.W. Dinkins, for the many well-filled baskets expected to be there on next Sunday to provide food for those attending family reunion of the older Dinkins generation. Don’t feel slighted if you haven’t had a personal invitation for we are told that there is no limit to the invitations.
NEW SHIPS READY FOR ENGLAND. The U.S. Navy made twenty of its latest speedy motor torpedo boats and submarine chasers available to the British government Wednesday. The vessels under construction by the Electric Boat Corporation are scheduled for delivery starting next month.
REWARD FOR SPRING POLLUTERS. Reports have come to me that East Springs has become polluted and upset by trespassers. This spring has recently been equipped and made sanitary by the county for the benefit of the people. I will pay $10.00 reward for information that will convict anyone tampering with this spring or in any way impairing its condition. O.E. RAYNOR, Chairman, Board of County Commissioners.
June 28, 1940
GREAT DINKINS REUNION. Over 100 friends and relatives gathered last Sunday at the home place of the late J.W. Dinkins for the second reunion of the family of his father, Daniel R. Dinkins. Mrs. J.W. Dinkins and her children were hosts and many came great distances, L.J. Dinkins of Ohio coming the farthest. After dinner, Rev. Swoll Sawyer presided at an open forum for remembrances. Preference was given as to age. M. Altman a life-long neighbor of the Dinkins family was requested to speak first. He said he had known this family for five generations and had not known of anything against a one of them. He said they were of the finest and best of the land. Stanley Mattox spoke next and endorsed what Mr. Altman had said. One after another spoke in this happy vein, to the enjoyment of those assembled. The address of the day was delivered by Rev. E.F. Dean who preached a great sermon in the out-of-doors under the oaks. Rev. Dean began by telling where different ones lived fifty and sixty years ago, when he came to this county as a young Methodist circuit rider. The following are the living children of Daniel R. Dinkins, all of whom were present at this reunion: L.F. Dinkins, L.J. Dinkins, A.L. Dinkins, W.J. Dinkins, Ferman Dinkins, Mrs. Ida Dinkins Anderson, Mrs. Julia Dinkins Murray. The family circle was broken by the absence of the late J.W. Dinkins. Plans for next year’s reunion include services at the old home church, Bethel Methodist Church, about two miles from the J.W. Dinkins home.
REA MAY TURN ON POWER ABOUT AUGUST 1ST. The work of constructing the rural power lines through the county is progressing rapidly. The work of cutting the right of way to St. George is almost complete and erection of the poles is proceeding at a rapid rate. A crew of linemen is to follow close behind the pole-erecting crews stringing the wires and it is indicated the lines will be ready for the power to be turned on about August 1st.
PUBLIC LIBRARY OPEN. One of the summer activities offered the people of Folkston is a worth-while community service of the public library. Miss Susie Johnston is in charge of this work and has regular hours five days a week, 9 AM at the grammar school; 10:00 AM at the junior high school and 2:00 PM at senior high.
J.H. ZARFOS TO RETURN TO HOMELAND. J.H. Zarfos, one of the pioneer citizens of Homeland, after an absence of 23 years, returns to spend the remainder of his life here. He expects to build a house on the west side of the Dixie Highway in his pecan grove. It is to be a six-room bungalow. His family will come from Minneapolis to join him in October. He is now making his home with C.W. Waughtel. He has recently retired as a mail carrier. He is a brother of Norman Zarfos who was a teacher in the local public schools several years ago. The Zarfos brothers are direct descendents of the famous Zarfos Wagon builder for the General Braddock Expedition from Philadelphia into western Pennsylvania during the colonial days.
WORK PROCEEDING ON ROUTE 23. The actual work of paving State Route 23 is underway in Brantley County. The convicts in the Hortense Camp are doing the paving with a number of truck drivers employed to aid in the work. The new pavement is asphalt with sand base. The work of grading Route 23 in Charlton County is going forward rapidly. Bridges are being built and all the work on the entire road is proceeding at a rapid rate.