Digest of Charlton County Herald - July 1931
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
July 3, 1931
TURPENTINE MARKET. The turpentine market does not appear thriving to any marked extent. Prices are low, $12.00 per barrel. Rosin is selling in Jacksonville from $2.50 per barrel for common to $7.00 for finest.
STAVE MILL PROGRESSING. The Folkston Stave Mill is making satisfactory progress, finding a good demand for its product, though the price received is low. V.A. Quarterman, well known to most of our people, will superintend the operations and will come here from Helena, Ga.
FEED FOR WILD BIRDS. Dan Hebard, "Prince of Okefenokee", a few days ago received a carload of grain for planting on his extensive Swamp holdings for the benefit of the wild fowl. The food is provided by Mr. Hebard to encourage more ducks, geese, pelicans, cranes and herons to become his guests.
STOKES & SON HAS NEW ADDITION. L.E. Stokes & Son has added a meat department at the popular general merchandise establishment.
UNEXPECTED HONEY. The felling of one tree caused it to fall against another, the hollow of which was filled with honey gathered by wild bees at a point south of town. Sam Council harvested a full gallon of the sweet.
HOT WEATHER IS HERE. Mrs. Mollie Howard was in the city from Burnt Fort. She reports that a thermometer under the shade of the front porch of her house Tuesday noon registered a temperature of 110 degrees. This terrible heat persisted for a short time only. Heat records all over the South were broken Tuesday. Folkston, with a reported temperature of 104 degrees was in line with other communities but Monticello took the palm leaf fan with 108 degrees.
EDITORIAL. There is no use for us to evade the issue. There's only one of two things we can do: Move the plant [Charlton County Herald] to where we can make ends meet or allow ourselves to go bankrupt. Next week we will cut the paper to four pages. The lack of advertising is reducing our revenue to such an extent that its impossible for us to keep the paper going and pay the bills.
NEW PIANO FOR CHURCH. A piano was installed in the Methodist Church in St. George last week. A group of members headed by Mrs. Frank Lewis is responsible for the improvement.
MR. J.W. MILLS DIED. Mt. Zion Church in Charlton County, Piedmont Association, lost one of its most faithful members by death, Mr. J.W. Mills on June 4th. He fell asleep between the suns. Brother Mills was born in Camden County near Kingsland on January 25, 1879 and died in a hospital in Jacksonville. He joined the Baptist church at Ruhamah at the age of 14. He was married to Miss Lizzie Allen on February 11, 1903. To this union eight children were born, five boys and three girls, all of whom are living. He had been in failing health for more than two years and his going was not a surprise to his family.
IMPOSSIBLE ADVENTURE ACCOMPLISHED. The impossible has happened again. In less than nine days two aeronauts, Wiley Post and Harold Gatty of Oklahoma, flew completely around the globe arriving safely at Roosevelt Field, New York on Wednesday. It was a wonderful adventure of greatest importance.
July 10, 1931
A HUNDRED HAPPY CHILDREN. Four trucks and two automobiles transported officials and members of the Salvation Army and 100 underprivileged boys and girls from Waycross to Fernandina Beach Saturday, where a whole day was spent in recreation and pleasure. The cavalcade passed through Folkston that morning with a waving of flags, blowing of trumpets, laughter, cheers and songs that indicated happiness galore.
BOSS GOODMAN DIED. Wednesday evening when Boss Goodman, age 75, failed to return from his work of dipping gum there was an alarm and his friends started out on a hunt to see what was wrong. Knowing his health was not the best something radically wrong was suspicioned after an all-night search. It was remembered that a lad named Buddy Davis had worked with him the day before. He led them to the trail he worked on the day before and near a pine tree the body of Boss lay. He had evidently died from a heart attack. He was an old time citizen and well thought of here.
CITY PLACING METERS THIS WEEK. The water and light committee began placing meters this week. There was a little hitch at first on account of the employment of out-of-town labor, but it was adjusted and Otto Martin has been given the job, promising to see that it is done right, and on time.
MRS. VIRGINIA W. ROBINSON DIED. Folkston was shocked last Saturday to learn of the sudden death of Mrs. Virginia W. Robinson at the home of her mother, Mrs. Charles E. Knowles in Petersburg, Va. the evening before. A Petersburg paper gives these particulars: "Mrs. Robinson arrived in the city several days ago to spend the holidays. Yesterday was spent in visiting friends about the city and returning home in the afternoon, she ran into the house and fell dead before medical aid could be summoned. Mrs. Robinson is survived by her mother and stepfather, three brothers and two sisters. The funeral was held by the pastor who on March 15th last united Mr. and Mrs. Robinson in marriage." Mr. Robinson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Robinson of Folkston.
NEW BABY. Born to the wife of E.C. Altman on July 5th, a nine pound boy to be known as E.C. Altman, Jr.
THREE OCTOGENARIANS AT CELEBRATION. It was noticeable that there were three octogenarians at the Camp Hursey celebration Tuesday. Mrs. Toy, the youngest, 83, presented the flag to the 4-H boys with a neat little talk. The others were Mrs. "Grandma" Waughtel, 86, of Homeland and Mrs. Lang, 86, of Waycross, aunt of Mrs. B.G. McDonald.
July 17, 1931
AUCTION IN ST. GEORGE. The home furnishings of Mr. and Mrs. M.C. White, who were killed in an automobile accident, are to be sold at auction Saturday in St. George.
HENRY GIBSON IS GOOD FARMER. This prosperity we hear talked of "around the corner" may not be so distant if we would listen to the tune of some of our friends. Henry Gibson told us that he had gathered 100 bushels of peas of the black-eyed sort, dry and ready to keep for winter food. He had kept some fellows busy picking fresh peas at fifty cents per 100 pounds. "I had sold something like $60.00 worth at $1.50 per hundred pounds delivered in Jacksonville. It was too expensive so I decided to pick them dry." Now there is hardly anybody going to starve with 100 bushels of peas on hand and with plenty of pigs growing on the place, and that's just what Henry has.
WATER METERS. Otto Martin and Joe May have been placing city water meters here and there about town. They tell the Herald the job will be completed this week, by which time 65 of the meters will have been placed. Having these instruments means there will be no robbing of Peter to pay Paul. The minimum water rate has been placed at $1.50 per month with a maximum allowance of 3,000 gallons for that sum. It is generally considered quite fair.
M. ALTMAN'S TOBACCO BARN BURNS. Fire destroyed a tobacco barn on the farm of M. Altman two miles west of Folkston. The barn was about 2/3 full of leaf which was curing at the time. Half the tobacco belonged to Sam Altman, a son, and he was in charge of the furnace. The loss on building and leaf was probably $1500.00.
MULES AND HORSES DYING. Reports of loss of farm animals the past week have run up to as many as a half dozen. Among those losing mules or horses were J.M. Wilson, Ed Murray, J.V. Gowen, Newt McDonald, Jack Bennett, Big John Roddenberry and Owen Prescott. Several others are reported sick with the ailment called staggers.
MR. OWEN MADISON GIBSON DIED. News of the death of Owen Madison Gibson came Tuesday from Mrs. Gibson, who had just received a wire from the hospital in San Angelo, Texas, where he had been taken only the previous day. He was in government service and went west for his health. He had been a sufferer from asthma. Mrs. Gibson and the children only recently returned from the west as Mr. Gibson had applied for leave to return to Fla. He was in his 35th year. He had been in the Income Tax department for several years. Mrs. Gibson, formerly Miss Mamie Reynolds, and three children, Herbert, Helen and Katherine survive him as well as his parents, Rev. and Mrs. W.O. Gibson; five brothers, William, Grady, Steve, John and Charles H. Gibson; four sisters, Miss Alice Gibson, Mrs. Simon Prescott, Mrs. Gussie Howard and Mrs. Julia Griffin. He will be buried in Sardis Cemetery.
MR. R.T. O'QUINN KILLED. Last Saturday R.T. O'Quinn, former citizen of Charlton County, was shot by an enraged negro at a turpentine camp near Jasper, Fla. and instantly killed. Silas O'Quinn, brother and E.C. Altman, brother in law, left immediately for Jasper where they attended the funeral on Sunday. Besides his wife he leaves four children, two brothers, Lester and Silas O'Quinn; three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Page, Mrs. Ethel Pulliam, Mrs. E.C. Altman; and his stepmother, Mrs. R.T. O'Quinn of Folkston.
MRS. MINNIE HADDOCK ROBINSON DIED. Mrs. W.L. Robinson, nee Minnie Haddock, former Folkston citizen, died in Andrews, S.C. Wednesday and will be brought here for interment. She was the daughter of the late G.W. Haddock. Surviving her are Mr. Robinson and five children: Wendall, Davis, Mary, W.L., Jr. and Dewitt. She was a sister of Mrs. J.S. Mizell, Mrs. J.M. Ogilvie, Mrs. C.L. Mattox, Mrs. A.L. Loupo and G.W. Haddock, J.A. Haddock, King and Bert Haddock. Interment will be at the Folkston cemetery.
THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of The Citizens Bank of Folkston and Nahunta as of June 30, 1931: Date of bank's charter, Dec. ll, 1911; Date began business, Jan. 4, 1912. Resources: $400,842.04.July 21, 1931
ROSIN AND TURPENTINE SHIPPED TO ENGLAND. The naval stores market was reported as "firm" yesterday. Spirits were quoted at 31 1/4. A feature of the day was the loading of 14,000 barrels of rosin and casks of turpentine upon two ships at Jacksonville destined for Liverpool and Manchester.
DR. FRANCIS HARPER SPEAKS ON SWAMP. An interested audience that fairly well filled the high school auditorium Friday listened for more than an hour to a descriptive lecture covering some of the less known features of the Okefenokee. The speaker was Dr. Francis Harper, naturalist who is connected with Swarthmore College in Penn. His visit to Folkston last week was the concluding event pertaining to a three-week stay in the Okefenokee accompanied by Mrs. Harper and a daughter. He had maintained an outdoor camp, following his usual custom. He was introduced by Col. McQueen.
LEWIS BABY DIED. Friends of the family will be sorry to learn that the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Lewis died in Brunswick July 24. Mrs. Lewis will be remembered as Miss Pearl Joyner.
July 24, 1931
DRURY LEE PROCLAIMED A PRODIGY. A musical prodigy apparently destined to fame has been discovered in the person of Drury Lee, an 18 year old boy whose home is at Winokur. He has for several years been an active member of the 4-H Club and was a leader in school. So far he has been able to demonstrate that there is almost no musical instrument that he can not almost instantly command, from jew's harp to violin. It's all the same to him. He has been in demand at local entertainments.
OWEN MADISON GIBSON FUNERAL. The funeral of Owen Madison Gibson Friday at Sardis Cemetery, conducted by Rev. I.T. Hickox was attended by a large number of friends. Ten automobiles came from Jacksonville. After the service and as the body was being interred the little daughter of Mrs. Gibson fainted and it required the service of Dr. McCoy to bring the child back to life. Flowers covered the beautiful casket and as the body was returned to earth near where he was given life some 35 years ago his friends stood sorrowing over the end of one who had been cut down in the very prime of life.