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Digest of Charlton County Herald - July 1933

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

July 6, 1933

NEWS FROM CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS, ST. GEORGE. Establishment of Civilian Conservation Camp No. 1450, under command of Capt. Henry E, Sowell is progressing rapidly. Located 22 miles south of Folkston, along the St. Marys River, the large camp site has been cleared of underbrush leaving the larger trees for shade and beauty. The river is used for swimming, boating and fishing. The company consists of three officers, four regular enlisted personnel and 193 enrolled members of the CCC. In addition 12 expert foresters, under R.E. Tittle, are in charge of the actual field work. The company arrived from Fort Benning, Ga. on June 25th. All men are temporarily housed in tents though some buildings such as mess hall and bath house are already nearing completion. Medical service is directed by the Camp Surgeon, Dr. W.R. McCoy. He is a retired Captain, Medical Corp, U.S. Army.

MISCHIEF-MAKERS. Young marauders who visited a nearby melon patch and wantonly destroyed the fruits of a hard-working farmer’s toil were subjected to righteous discipline this week, the father of one of the youngsters going so far as to cause his young son to procure a wheelbarrow, load it with melons he had helped to shatter and push it along Main Street in public view as punishment. Also, a crowd of young idlers who amused themselves by bombarding a gathering o negroes with paper sacks filled with sand, on the street Saturday evening, was herded before His Honor, the Mayor, by the Marshal. Mayor Thompson released them with a reprimand. This is one of the problems confronting a town with absolutely no provision for directing the natural excess energy of youth. A brass band, baseball club, Boy Scout organization…things of this sort would help.

MR. W.W. YARBER DIED. W.W. Yarber, for twenty-four years a resident, died suddenly at his home in Homeland Tuesday. His death was not unexpected, for he had long been troubled with an afliction of the heart. For several weeks he had been “poorly”. Just previous to the end he was moving about the home. Mrs. Yarber caught him as he fell when the summons came. The funeral of Mr. Yarber was Wednesday, Mr. Arthur Roberts pronouncing the service. He was buried at the Homeland Cemetery. Beside his wife, there is left several sons and daughters and two brothers, Marvin and John; three sisters, Mrs. Joe McMichell, Mrs. Julia Pegg and Mrs. Mattie Dalton; two daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Levercing and Mrs. Fannie Pulllman; sons, William, John and Louis. All were notified of his death and those who could, attended the funeral. Mr. Yarber was born in Ballplay, Tenn. On August 11, 1863 and was approaching his 70th birthday.

PRETTY FOLKSTON GIRL MAKING WAY TO THE FRONT IN MOVIES. Article on Lorena Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Jones of Miami. Some years ago the Jones family made their home in Folkston. She had been in movies and plays. [Pretty picture of her.]

WELFARE WORKER. Mrs. Edgar Allen is acting as Charlton County Welfare Worker.

NEW MOTOR BOAT. Verne Pickren is reported to have acquired a thirty foot motor launch which he will operate as a private pleasure vessel on the St. Marys.

MEASLES PUTS TWELVE CCC IN HOSPITAL. Thirteen members of the CCC at St. George have been transferred to a hospital, one of them for appendicitis and the others for measles.

CHARLTON BUSINESSES GET CCC CONTRACTS. Opinolia Farms, Henry Gibson, has a contract to furnish milk to the CCC camp at St. George and the Norman Grocery Co. another, for furnishing food and other supplies.

WEDDING. Ordinary Gibson was called upon Sunday to marry Inman Smith and Mabel Peacock of Traders Hill.

ANDREW CREW SUFFERS STROKE. Andrew Crews, a former citizen of Homeland, now a section foreman on a railroad out of Lake City, was reported yesterday to have suffered a stroke of paralysis from which his recovery is said to be doubtful.

REHAB FUND EMPLOYS TWELVE. About a dozen men have been employed in the vicinity of the public school building during the week, cleaning up and beautifying. Their pay, at the rate of fifty cents a day, comes from a government rehabilitation fund through the County Commissioners.

July 14, 1933

CLYDE GOWEN BUYS J.D. GOWEN’S INTEREST N OIL BUSINESS. Tuesday a deal was consummated wherein Clyde Gowen purchased the interest of his brother, Dean Gowen, in the Sinclair Refining Co. local business operating out of Jacksonville. Thomas Wrench is in charge of the delivery truck.

TEACHERS NAMED IN FOLKSTON AND MONIAC SCHOOLS. The local trustees of the Folkston Consolidated School met this week and acted upon resignations of Mrs. J.H. Wrench and Mrs. Gaston Davis. Miss Jessie Overstreet was given the first vacancy and Miss Irene Armstrong was given the other place. The teachers in the Moniac School are to be Eugene Shivar, Principal, Ruth Mallard; High School, Marie Boyd; junior grades and Mabel Smith, third and fourth grades.

CCC CAMP QUARANTINED. The forestry camp at St. George is tied up with quarantine on account of the measles. While only a few cases have occurred, the lines have been tightened and the boys have suffered from the restraint. The quota of the camp is minus some twenty-five.

1585 SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN IN CHARLTON. An enumeration of children of school age in Charlton County has just been completed and a total of 1585 enrolled, of whom 1185 were white children and 401 were colored.

BURGLAR ALARM SOUNDS OFF. For some undetermined reason the electrical burglar alarm attached to the Citizens Bank last Saturday morning about 7:00 o’clock set up a racket that aroused the neighborhood. An expert electrician had to be called to soothe and quiet the thing but there were no burglars roundabout.

MORE MEN QUALIFIED FOR CCC. Several new applications for the forestry camp have been placed on the qualified list. Louis Askew, Joe Londeree and one of the Sikes and Crews boys are listed.

MILLS FARM SOLD, HEBARD BUYS PROPERTY. The E.G. Mills property, consisting of the former estate of the father, S.F. Mills, was sold to D.L. Hebard, who will attach it to his present estate, now one of the most delightful summer and winter homes in Georgia. This property consists of something like 1100 acres and is noted as being the best turkey range in Charlton.

CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of the Citizens Bank of Folkston and Nahunta at close of business June 30, 1933: Resources, $341,114.00.

AD for Folkston Grain & Grocery Inc. included “…..We serve you promptly. Use the telephone. Phone 17.”

July 21, 1933

RUSSELL JOHNSON BADLY INJURED. Rushed to Folkston from the sawmill of J.H. Johnson & Son Monday, Russell Johnson was thought to be dying from loss of blood from a self-inflicted knife wound caused when a sharp knife in his hand slipped while he was trimming a belt. The knife jab was in his right leg striking a main artery; bringing a gush of blood that almost caused his death before the flow could be stopped. His brother Scott was at the mill and he with his father Henry Johnson rushed him to Folkston where Dr. Fleming rendered first aid. He was so weakened it was thought best to take him to the Ware County Hospital for a blood transfusion. Hinson’s ambulance was rushed toward Folkston but broke down at Racepond. Another was sent out and when it reached the limits of Waycross a tire blew out. Wednesday he had recovered his strength to such an extent that he was brought to his father’s home here for treatment. Some ten or twelve young men of Folkston went to Waycross to offer blood for transfusions. Rev. H.C. Griffin took Mrs. Johnson to Waycross. In the rush from the mill to Folkston over roads somewhat rough, Judge Johnson, who was holding Russell in his arms was thrown against the top of the car which brought blood and also bruised one of his ribs. His injury however left no after-results.

JACK MAYS TO BUILD IN HOMELAND. Jack Mays, well known retired railroad man from the transportation department was in Folkston Monday and closed a deal with the Citizens Bank for the old Bethel place in Homeland. This is a beautiful place for a home with a splendid grape vineyard. We learned that Mr. Mays will erect at an early date a beautiful bungalow home where he will make his future home with his family. Mrs. Jack Mays will be remembered as Miss Naomi Martin.

FOUR LOCAL BOYS ENROLLED IN REFORESTATION CAMP NO. 71. Four local boys are now members of CCC Co. 1450 in Camp No. 71 located four miles out of St. George. They are Louis Askew of Folkston, Joseph Londeree of St. George, Dan Sikes and Fell Crews of Toledo. The 25-year age limit has been removed and married men are now acceptable as replacements. Construction on the road from the camp site to the county road between St. George and Folkston is well underway. The clearing of a plot for a baseball park is also nearing completion. There are three details of fifteen men; each working on a fire break just north of Harris Creek, which when completed will serve as a combined fire break and road into the Trail Ridge section. There will be a fire break along what is known as the Jackson Trail which skirts the eastern edge of the Swamp. The first break crews are transported to and from work in trucks hired through N.J. Norman in St. George. This is a temporary arrangement which will be terminated upon arrival of regular trucks to be supplied.

TAKES OATH AS LAWYER. Cecil Roddenberry, son of Commissioner Eugene Roddenberry, was visiting Folkston the past week feeling like he has become a full grown man, the passing of an examination and being sworn in as a full fledged lawyer being the cause of the good feeling. He spent a few hours here then took the Boogey for Winokur for a short visit. So far he has not decided where he will hang his shingle, but says that he likes Douglas and may decide to stay there.

PROPOSED EXPANSION OF FOLKSTON WATERWORKS SUBMITTED. Mayor Thompson is feeling great and so is the council. Their dream of the completion of a water system of Folkston is about to be realized. Clerk Wilson, assisted by Alva Wilson, completed the paperwork and it has been forwarded to the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, a national government agency. This means the water system of Folkston will be completed so as to give a water main from the courthouse on Main Street to the Dixie Restaurant. This will give fire protection of some 3000 feet available to almost cover the central part of town.

CLEANING UP COURTHOUSE SQUARE. Someone has asked us if the intention is to remove the shade trees from the courthouse yard. We think not. The grass is all that will be torn up now and it is to be replanted after the yard has been plowed up.

A VISIT TO CCC CAMP. The editor accompanied Dr. McCoy to the CCC 1450 last week and found a delightful place well cleaned and almost completed. The camp is located under beautiful live oak trees, the mess hall, show room and toilet is almost ready, the four inch well at a depth of 165 feet will supply the water, the tank to hold the supply is being put together. Lights will be turned on Friday; the wiring was up in the library tent; a radio is also ready for opening day so the boys will have somewhere to be entertained every night. Rev Omer Jones was a visitor Sunday and preached that afternoon. The first work date at the camp was Thursday July 13th, but the road cut from Folkston to St. George indicated the boys had already been at work. The measles and mumps have run their course. A few light-duty boys were sufficient to keep the camp clean. Louis Askew joined the camp forces Saturday. Miss Mayme took him down and reports the camp to be a great camping ground. Joe Londeree was taken in Friday and two others, Fell Crews and ….. Sikes had already joined and were nursing sore arms from vaccinations.

J.C. MURRAY BADLY BURNED. While engaged in cooking the evening repast at his brother’s filling station in Jacksonville last Friday, J.C. Murray was badly burned when the stove exploded from a leaky gasoline pipe. He was at once enveloped in flames, his whole upper body being burned so seriously as to make his recovery a 50-50 chance. His mother, Mrs. Newt Murray, residing here, responded to the call, leaving at once for his bedside.

MAIL CONTRACT. Postmaster Mills will receive bids on behalf of the post office department from any who desire to carry the mail between the post office and the depot. Bids must be filed on or before July 28th.

MT. ZION BAPTIST CHURCH. The members of this church have set a time to meet for the purpose of revising the church roll. The time of meeting is Wednesday night, July 26, at the church. All interested in having their name on the revised list of active workers for Christ in this old church are requested to be present or let us hear from them. REV. LAMBERT JONES, Pastor

AD. Thompson Mineral Oil. For constipation. Pure white mineral oil for internal use. Tasteless and Odorless. Bottled by Folkston Pharmacy, Folkston, Ga.

WEDDING. A newspaper special gives the information that Roland G. McDonald, army officer of West Point and a native of Folkston Thursday obtained a license to marry Alice O. Coleman, 23, of New York.

NEW BABIES. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Coulson Sunday night a fine baby girl and to Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bryant early Monday morning, another young lady. Dr. McCoy was the stork in both cases, just returning from Mrs. Coulson in time to attend the call from Mrs. Bryant. Both mothers are getting along nicely.

AD. Strayed off in town. Three small male pigs. Color, white. Not marked. Finder to keep one, or other suitable reward. M.E. POWELL.

July 28, 1933

GEORGE W. ALLEN DIED. George W. Allen, well known farmer and resident of Charlton County for over sixty years died Tuesday just after eating a hearty dinner. Mr. Allen, with Osgood Altman, had been working in the field, pulling fodder, and after placing it in the barn they knocked off for dinner. Shortly after dining, Mr. Allen was sitting in the porch swing when Mr. Altman noticed him gasping and falling backward. He placed him upon a bed, the stricken man dying immediately. Mr. Allen settled just across the branch from his recent home after he had married Miss Julia Ammons on April 2, 1884 and had lived there until he moved upon the present farm. To this union were born seven children, six daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Mills, Mrs. Gertrude Altman, Mrs. Joseph M. Howard, Mrs. Nannie Sikes, Mrs. Kate Sikes, Mrs. Dora Thomas and A.A. Allen, his only son, living with him. He was born in St. Augustine December 18, 1861, the son of George W. “Dick” Allen and was 72 years of age in December. He is also survived by four brothers, C. Allen, J.C. Allen, D.B. Allen, and W.R. Allen and one sister Mrs. Eva Jordon. Funeral services were conducted under the large oak trees at the old Dick Allen home place near the Allen cemetery in which he was laid beside his wife who passed over the River a year or so ago. Rev. W.O. Gibson officiated at the services. He stated that he had married Mr. Allen and had known him all of his life, spoke of the splendid type of citizen he was and how everyone knowing him appreciated him as a friend. One of the songs sung, Mr. Gibson announced, was the first song used by him when he began his ministry over fifty years ago.

BIG FIG TREES. Lee Chancey was in to see us the other day. He was telling us of one of the largest fig trees on his place. The figs are a large purple variety and six or seven pecks are picked at a time. He says they are getting 75 cents per peck for them and the sales are good.

MANY WRECKS AT MATTOX. We have an almost daily report of automobiles turned over at Mattox. This week three are reported. Fortunately bad bruises and shaking up are the total of the week’s wrecking.

FENCING-IN FOLKSTON. Cliff Mizell began the first step toward the fencing in of the corporate limits of Folkston yesterday when posts and wire were placed in the part of town where he lives just south of the Herald office. This fencing will be from field to field and street to street with four strands of four-point barbed wire. J.H. Johnson and son have donated liberally lumber and material for gates and stock guards so that automobile travel will in no way be impeded. Where stock guards are placed it is proposed to place gates just off the road so the horses, wagons and driven cattle can use them. This work will continue around the town until completed.

COURTHOUSE YARD. Noticeable are the improvements around the courthouse and jail and the cleaning away of weeds and grass. The work of setting out St. Augustine grass in the front part of the courthouse yard will prove shortly what a fine lawn can be made from this quick-spreading grass. The intention of those in charge of the work includes putting in a wide cement walk from the courthouse to the sidewalk.

MRS. HATTIE BEATRICE ROWE DIED. Mrs. Hattie Beatrice Rowe, 35, former citizen of St. George, died in Jacksonville Sunday. She was a resident of Nassau County and the wife of W.M. Rowe. She is survived by her husband, seven children, mother, four sisters and four brothers. She was buried at Mill Creek cemetery near Hilliard.

WEDDING. Jacob Pearson and Gussie Collins, local residents of the colored population, were made joyful Saturday by having Judge Gibson tie them up for better or worse.

LOCAL CARPENTERS IN THE CCC. Ralph Burch, Carvy Davis and John Prevatt left for Jesup Tuesday and went ahead of the veterans of the World War, and are the first of that class to be admitted to the reforestation work from Charlton County. Their work will be the erection of fire lookouts however, whatever building is required, these men will do it, providing it is carpentering, which is their trade. Earl Garrison has been in camp for a week or more.

C.E. STROUP’S MOTHER DIED. Mrs. Cecelia Coffey Stroup, mother of C.E. Stroup, died in Putnam County, Ohio last week. She was buried at Columbus Grove Cemetery. Mr. Stroup went there for the funeral.

DOCTOR AT CCC CAMP. Dr Rose arrived one day last week and is stationed at the CCC camp.

CORINTH CEMETERY CLEANING. Friends and relatives are urged to come out with their tools and assist with the annual cleaning of the Corinth cemetery on the Saturday before the second Sunday in August, which will be the 12th. Meeting will be held on Sunday and the work needs to be done ahead of that day.

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