Digest of Charlton County Herald - July 1934

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

July 6, 1934

RELIEF ADMINISTRATION. We are very fortunate to increase our office staff by appointment of Miss Brunnelle Deal as County Aid. She will work with the clients in Charlton County and make a close study of each individual on relief. I ask my clients to cooperate with her in her field study. – RUTH S. SMITH, County Relief Admr.

DRIVEWAY TO HOMELAND PARK WIDENED. At the City of Homeland’s monthly meeting a resolution was passed requesting the property owners along the driveway to the Homeland Park to donate twenty feet of their acreage for the broadening and proper grading of this avenue. Mayor Wrench agreed to give the twenty feet of his tract, the first one on the paved highway. The question of having the public square around the town hall cleaned up was discussed and Mr. Garrison was told to have the work done by those owing taxes if possible.

OUTSTANDING AWARD FOR HERALD. The Charlton County Herald received an award for the best editorial page of any paper in the State if Georgia. Congratulations came in from all over the state and county including New York City and Washington. Letters were also received from the president of the Associated Press and president of the Washington Evening Star congratulating Mr. Wrench.

4-H CLUB. Charlton County’s 4-H Club members held a four day camp at Homeland Park last week. Among the workshop leaders were Mr. Hursey, Aaron Thrift and Helen Bruschke.

FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT. Mayor Thompson said this week that the hose reels had been received and had been placed in the two little red fire houses. There is a movement to organize two companies, one for each side of the town.

NEW HOME FOR WILBUR THOMAS. Carpenters are rushing to completion the new residence of Wilbur Thomas south of Folkston, the old home having been torn down and the new one almost completed.

WEDDING. Lehman Huggins and Miss Louise Kendrick of Racepond were happily married Saturday night at the home of Judge Gibson by the Judge. This splendid young couple will make Folkston their home. Miss Huggins is a part owner of the Charlton Café.

STEVE GIBSON’S TOBACCO BARN DESTROYED BY FIRE. News of the burning of the [tobacco] barn of Steve Gibson near Folkston early Thursday morning was brought in by Mr. Gibson who stated that he had noticed the blaze in the barn and opening the door to fight it found the blaze shooting high toward the roof. It was filled with the best of his crop and it was practically cured. This is a severe loss to him, the tobacco being worth at least $200.00 and the value of the barn much more. There was no insurance on it.

JOE PREVATT SELLS BUSINESS. Joe Battle, son of Mrs. D.A. Royal, who has only recently come to Folkston, purchased the business of J.A. Prevatt Monday and took charge of it, renaming it the Folkston Grocery Co. Joe Prevatt will become a partner with his brother O.K. Prevatt in the naval stores business.

MISS ASKEW WINNER OF BEAUTY SHOW. Last week Folkston was entertained with a beauty show, the performance being sponsored by the P.T.A. There were forty local beauties on the stage and Miss Geraldine Askew., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Askew walked away with the prize. As winner she will get a free trip to Atlanta and perhaps participate in a grand show in Atlantic City.

WEDDING. Monroe Robinson and Mary Benton were married June 23rd by the Ordinary H.G. Gibson.

WEDDING. Lige Gresham and Gertrude Underwood, both of Folkston, were married by Judge Gibson on June 30.

WEDDING. E.W. Davis of Winokur and Miss Ruby Hodges of Hilliard were married at Judge Gibson’s home by Rev. W.O. Gibson on July lst.

WEDDING. Hilton Todd and Miss Inez Carter, both of Racepond, were married by Judge Gibson at his home on July lst.

WEDDING. Fordy Johns and Miss Pearl Branch, both of Racepond, were married by Judge Gibson on July 1st.

July 13, 1934

RAILROAD PARK HAS SPECIAL TREES. The grading and leveling of the west side of the railroad park has been going on for the past two weeks and it’s beginning to take on life showing the palms planted to be growing fine. The Editor planted nine trees in this space some years ago and eight of them are living. That shows what a little thing like planting a tree will do. Three of those were paid for by citizens of the town of that day, they were Dr. J.A. Moore, then Mayor, S.F. Mills, then county commissioner and L.E. Mallard. Dr. Brockman, B.G. McDonald and the Editor planted the trees the occasion being Arbor Day.

CANDIDATE WILLIAMS HOME FOR A WEEK. Dr. Dallas Williams, Folkston physician, was in town this week, returning from a trip covering the Eighth District as a candidate for Congress.

WESTERN CATTLE UNLOADED HERE. Two thousand head of western cattle from the plains where the drought had starved them out arrived in Georgia early Wednesday morning and Folkston got some 500 head. They were unloaded at the special chute prepared by Road Supervisor Hodges south of Folkston and were transferred to the E.F. Dean, Jr. place where they will be kept until treated as required by law.

ANOTHER CCC CAMP PROMISED FOR CHARLTON COUNTY. The recent discharge of those who had served their enlistment left the CCC camp at St. George almost bare of boys. It was given a full enlistment Wednesday when some ninety boys arrived from Valdosta where they had been mustered in. The pledge of another camp in October to complete the work in north Charlton and placing the camp in the Homeland Park is encouraging to the timber organization.

THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of the Citizens Bank of Folkston and Nahunta at close of business June 30, 1934: Resources: $381,645.75.

TOBACCO LOST IN FIRE. Robert Catoe and J.M. Wilson lost part of their tobacco crop in the burning of farmer Steve Gibson’s tobacco barn last Thursday.

COWBOYS FOR WESTERN CATTLE. The cowboys handling the drought-stricken cattle are to get $50.00 per month and furnish their own pony to ride the herd.

EDITORIAL. The annual nuisance of throwing watermelon rinds on the street corners and in vacant lots has begun much to the annoyance to those who dislike to see them souring and throwing bad odors. A barrel to throw them in or an enforcement of the ordinance forbidding such things would be an improvement to those desirable of a decent town.

CHURCH COMMITTEES TO ASSIST RELIEF ADMR. The Methodist have appointed a committee to serve with Miss Smith, County Administrator consisting of Rev. H.C. Griffin, Tom Gowen, G.A. Dean, Mrs. H.J. Davis and Mrs. Wm. Mizell, Jr. This committee is to aid those needing help of any kind. The committee serving from the Baptist Church are Rev. E.G. Kilpatrick, J.S. Tyson, Jr., Mrs. L.E. Stokes, Mrs. C.E. Stroup and Miss Chute.

CCC BOYS RELEASED. The Folkston boys having served full time in the CCC camp in Camden and released are Ben Brock, Lee Huggins and Robert Cooper. Winnie Prescott has been detained at Fort Screven to complete some office work and will be released about the 15th as they can not reenlist after a year’s term of service.

MELONS FOR SALE. Watermelons are now ten and fifteen cents each with the best selling for a quarter. A.W. Askew reports that the best in his patch fell below normal this year, just weighing sixty pounds.

BIRTHDAY PARTY. Betty Southwell celebrated her sixth birthday with a lawn party Wednesday. Those present were Madria Mizell, Edd Kilpatrick, Carroll Wright, Jr., Vivian Wright, Ann Hopkins, Betty Pearce, Rita Aldridge, Eugenia Aldridge, Grace Russell, Betty Tyson, John Tyson III, Myrene Scott, G.C. Scott, Betty Jean Barnes, Fay, Walter and Robert Jacobs, Rosalie and John Jr. Southwell. Ice cream and cake were served. Mrs. W.C. Hopkins of Toledo assisted Mrs. Southwell in entertaining these happy youngsters.

SIXTIETH WEDDING ANIVERSARY. Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Robinson celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their Sardis home last Sunday.

MR. JAMES H. RODDENBERRY DIED. A peaceful end came to the useful life of James H. Roddenberry, age 65, July 7th just after the noon hour. He had been in ailing health for some time and only a few months ago spent five or six weeks confined to his home with some ailment that seemed to sap his life. Last Saturday a week ago he was up and drove out to his little farm. The effort seemed to have weakened him to the extent that he was forced to take his bed. The several days intervening were such as to cause the summoning of his people to his bedside, his life being despaired of. When the end came, Mrs. Roddenberry, both of his daughters, Mrs. Mary Hall and Mrs. Hattie Belle Rowell and their families were present. The funeral was held at the Methodist Church and burial was in Folkston cemetery. He was born on September 1, 1869, just 65 years ago this coming September. His parents were Mr., and Mrs. George Roddenberry and his birthplace where J.M. Wildes now lives. He married Mrs. Nellie Hewitt, nee Miss Nellie Tooke, settled in Folkston and has lived in Charlton County all of his life. He was a consistent member of the Methodist Church. Members of the Bible Class were pallbearers, C.W. Waughtel, O.E. Raynor, L. E. Mallard, D.R. Wainwright, George Gowen, Sr. and H.C. Wunderlisch. Surviving Mr. Roddenberry are members mentioned above and three sisters, Mrs. W.H. Mizell, Mrs. Ed Davis and Mrs. Henrietta Sheffield; one brother Riley Roddenberry.

July 20, 1934

NEW CCC RECRUITS FROM CHARLTON. July is the month for discharging all CCC boys that had served as many as six months with the corps. Charlton County was allotted a quota of eight with two alternates. On Thursday the following boys reported to the Brunswick recruiting station: Morris Huling, Crawford Banks, Jessie Cooner, Louis Yarber, Dayton Woolard, Gilbert Mills, Woodrow Mills, Roy Aldridge. Benny Smith and D.F. Taylor are alternates. Jessie Cooner returned to Charlton because of a physical defect. They were sent to a camp on Blythe Island with the exception of Crawford Banks who was sent to the Coleburg Camp as bookkeeper and stenographer.

EDITORIAL. After this week the Herald will have little to say in reference to the Relief Administration in our county. We have not got a degree but we have got to live. We have tried in vain to cooperate with the Administration but we are not going to be such a fool as to print what little matter they give us to print, and then be informed they have their printing done at a Jew shop in Jacksonville, where they can get it done cheaper. The fact of the matter is that we have been disgusted with an office force skimming the cream off of money sent down here for relief, the said force getting more money than all of the relief and NIRA workers combined.

NEW COTTAGE BUILT BY L.E. STOKES. L.E. Stokes has begun the erection of a cottage in the Renfroe Addition, facing the Kingsland Road. It will have six rooms and will be ready for occupants at an early date.

CCC BOYS MOVED TO Douglas. A caravan of trucks loaded with human freight passed through Folkston Monday going to Douglas. This mass of humanity dressed in service shirts was the CCC camp 1450 being removed to fields anew and pastures green. Some 60 of the boys were left at the camp site.

MR. HENRY P. BRYANT DIED. Henry P. Bryant, born December 21, 1863 at the old Elbert Bryant home at Traders Hill, died suddenly Monday after a short chase of some pigs from his potato field just two miles from his place of birth. He had worked in his field until noon, planting and working potatoes. Some pigs had gotten into the field and he went to run them out when after a short chase his wife saw him fall on his hands and knees and sink slowly to the earth. She ran to him but was unable to lift him and saw that he was dying. Her calls failing to bring help, she went to the nearest neighbor Robert Greer just as a hard rain began to fall. Securing help they went to the spot and found him dead. He had lived his life at the Hill, farming for a living. In recent years he had a hard time making a living but had always stood for those fine principles that makes people love their neighbor. He was a hard worker and held the office of Justice of the Peace for some thirty years. He has only one brother living, Alex Bryant, beside his wife, who was Miss Clara Stafford of Evans County. The funeral was held from the Methodist Church at Traders Hill and the burial was at Traders Hill cemetery where his first wife was buried, she being Miss Mary Mattox, sister of H.S. Mattox. The Masonic order held a service at the grave.

WARNING. Permission to fish in Widow’s Lake or slews reaching to Satilla River generally known as Strain Lakes, whether written or verbal, are hereby canceled. –L.T. WASDIN, Owner.

WESTERN CATTLE BROKE FROM RANGE. Some 200 head of cattle placed in Charlton for pasturage broke from their range and came to the cattle guards of Folkston early Wednesday morning.

WEDDING. Eustis Gardner and Bessie Mae Phillips of Newell came down on July 16th and had the judge tie them up in wedlock for better or worse. They will live at that place.

CRAWFORD BANKS IN CAMDEN CCC CAMP. Crawford Banks is now located with the Camden County CCC boys as company clerk, secured through special request. Crawford has had training and will make good.

WORK STOPPED ON SCHOOL ADDITION. The work on the school building is again at a standstill. The excuse given is that only so much money comes to the county and the drought-stricken cattle coming has cut down the expenses for the school project. This is unofficial, just a report.

July 27, 1934

NEW TEACHERS. Selection of the following additional teachers for Charlton County schools is announced by Supt. Harris: J.C. Adams, principal, from Hart County, Frank L. Logan will be librarian and teach English and History, and Clifford G. Hale will be physical director and teacher.

OLD DAVE MIZELL HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE. Matthew Rhoden had the misfortune to lose all of his household goods by fire Sunday afternoon when the cottage on the Mitch Mizell place near Cowhouse [Cornhouse?] Creek was totally destroyed by fire. He left home about 6:00 to be gone for the day and there was no fire in the house at the time they left. The fire was discovered in the early afternoon and while just started when noticed, burned so fiercely that no one could aid in the rescue of anything in the house. He thinks it was set afire. This property is the home of the late Dave Mizell and was purchased by Mitch Mizell when the estate was divided and occupied y Mr. Rhoden. The loss was a total one as no insurance was carried.

WEDDING. George W. Moncrief of Hamilton, one of the CCC boys from the St. George camp and Miss Vinnie Harris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Harris, of Traders Hill were united in marriage by Judge H.G. Gibson on July 20th.

WORK RESUMES ON HIGH SCHOOL. The Herald happily announces the fact that the NIRA forces of men that have been working on the school were placed at work Wednesday morning. The necessity of the completion of the school being urgent if school commences on time, the Board of Trustees decided they would finance the operation if there was no other way. The agreement is the men will work 24 hours a week and that this time will be paid for by the school. If the money comes, the [Relief] Administration will repay the obligation.

MRS. AARON TAYLOR DIED. Telephone messages from Atlanta Wednesday gave the story of the death of Mrs. Mary Taylor, wife of Aaron Taylor of Uptonville. She had been in the hospital for treatment for several weeks, the trouble being designated as a tumor on the brain. Her body was brought to Folkston Wednesday and laid to rest in Bethel cemetery, Rev. H.C. Griffin officiating. Mrs. Taylor has been a sufferer for some time. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Farley Anderson and was born near Hickox some 45 years ago. They have been long time residents of Uptonville. Besides Mr. Taylor she leaves five children: A.L., Troy, D.F. Taylor, Mrs. Hazel Peterson and Mrs. Gladys Brooks.

HAPPY DAY AT TIP KENNISON’S BIRTHDAY DINNER. All of you that think old time hospitality is dead should have been numbered upon those who spent the day at the home of E.C. “Tip” Kennison on last Sunday. A number of his long time friends gathered at his home to celebrate his birthday. The figures on the cake said 68. My, what a jolly time we all had, talking on their long cool porches while Miss Myra and a young man helped keep music going in the kitchen with the pots and pans. At half past twelve we were all invited into the dining room and after that the young folks took charge of the dining room and there was such a chattering going on all over the place till 5:30 when we were all called back to the dining room for a huge supply of iced milk and fine cake. When that was devoured, all said goodbye and left for home.

NEW TELEPHONE OPERATOR. There is a new operator at the telephone station, Miss Doris Nazworth having taken up the job this week.

STORE REPAIRS. The store of the Grain and Grocery Co. is undergoing some repairs to make convenient for their growing business.

REPAIRS TO CAFÉ. The window cut in the Charlton Café makes that place cooler and more enjoyable to the host of patrons. Doc Huling did the work Wednesday.

LITTLE MISS MARY FRANCIS HARDEN. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Harden on July 24, an eight and one half pound baby girl. She has been christened Mary Francis. Mother and baby are getting along fine.

AD. Chrysler-Plymouth agency. We wish to announce to the public we are now dealers for Chrysler-Plymouth cars. See us before you buy. –PICKREN MOTOR COMPANY.

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