Digest of Charlton County Herald - July 1935

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

July 5, 1935

The Charlton County Herald masthead includes R. Ward Harrison, Editor and Owner.

BOWERY LANE CLAYED. The CCC boys are doing a good work at Homeland as they are claying Bowery Lane, the street leading to the camp. It is an improvement over the sand, lately thrown up.

ST. GEORGE ROAD. Good news has come to the Herald with the approval of the project to widen the Folkston-St. George road to forty feet. Some twenty-five hands are employed on the work to put it through. The work began at a point near Traders Hill and is going toward St. George as rapidly as the force can carry it.

THE NEW EDITOR ARRIVES. With this issue of the Charlton County Herald goes the veteran editor who has been with the paper for many years, T.W. Wrench. And in comes another name at the head of the editorial column, none other than R.W. Harrison, better known as “Ward”. We, having purchased the Herald June 18th, for business reasons were unable to get here sooner.

CANNERIES ARE BUSY. The cannery of Charlton County has begun to show up in its fullest measure having reached the limit of 350 cans per day with storage of some 2,000 cans for the past week. The cannery is now running full time and making up such products as corn, tomatoes, beans and peas. Miss Smith informs us they have three portable machines for canning, with aides that know the use of them, to go in communities where they cannot easily reach the cannery in Folkston or Moniac.

EDITOR AND FAMILY. Editor and Mrs. Harrison have been over from Kingsland this week trying to get located. So far they have found no house to live in.

DUTCH TAVERN. The Dutch Tavern is the latest venture in business in Folkston, taking the place of the Charlton Café. Mr. and Mrs. George Hennig are managing it. Beer and lunches will be served, also pies and drinks.

JOHN M. HOPKINS VISITS. John M. Hopkins was down from Waycross this week and reports that he is checking upon business with an idea that the Swamp is to pass into government hands.

ANNUAL 4-H CLUB CAMP. The annual 4-H Club camp will be held at Burnt Fort the last week in July. All members from fourteen years up are expected to attend. If younger ones come they should have older brothers or sisters to take care of them while camping.

July 12, 1935

KINGSLAND HIGHWAY RIGHT-OF-WAY DEEDS. Good news comes from the Board of County Commissioners that all deeds for the highway to Kingsland have been secured but one, which will be gotten as soon as the party returns to Folkston.

POST OFFICE MOVES NEXT DOOR. Folks getting their mail today will find their post office moved to a new location, that of the storeroom adjoining the old post office room in Masonic Hall. The moving started Thursday evening and the corner room promises more ventilation and other conveniences, making it more to Postmaster Pickren’s liking.

MRS. TAYLOR AT SANITARIUM. Mrs. J.S. Taylor was taken to Alto this week by Dr. Taylor. Her health has been bad for several months and it was deemed best to have her take the rest cure of the higher altitudes at the sanitarium there.

OKEFENOKEE SWAMP PURCHASED BY GOVERNMENT. The measure requiring purchase of the great trembling earth area has been finally signed by President Roosevelt and for the past week estimators from the engineering office and botanical department in Washington have been going over the timbered lands making the estimating worth of timber, that being the basis of value from the standpoint of the buying by the government.

TYPHOID FEVER SHOTS. Miss Newton who has been conducting an aggressive campaign inoculating against the typhoid fever has treated over 100 at Folkston.

COLERAINE FARM SOLD. M.G. White has just closed what is considered a large real estate transaction in the selling of the 1,000 acre farm at Coleraine to E.G. Mills of Folkston. This farm is considered one of the most valuable pieces of property in this section. It lies adjacent to the St. Marys River.

NEW MANAGER FOR SUWANNEE STORE. Gerald F. Burke of Willacoochee, an experienced grocer man, has taken over the management of the Suwannee Store in Folkston since Mr. Askew has become so ill as to be unable to continue. He is a special young man and a hustler.

NEW JOB PROJECTS. A statement comes from Atlanta that the Federal Works Relief has awarded Charlton County two additional projects, the county road leading to St. George which gets $2,2280.00 and $910.00 and sanitation which gets $438.00 and $300.00. These projects will be supervised by a district labor leader and it will be necessary for those who are unemployed and needing this work, to register.

THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of the Citizens Bank of Folkston and Nahunta at close of business June 29, 1935: Resources: $409,638.34.

COOPER VISITS FAMILY. Billy Cooper of Douglas CCC camp is visiting his mother here tic week.

July 19, 1935

ALUMINUM PARTY. Our people are enjoying some of the most delightful parties in the way of dinner parties. The most recent one was given at the home of Mrs. V.A. Hodges Wednesday night. The young man that sells the new Everwear aluminum cooking utensils, who is a most excellent cook, acted as chef, with Mrs. Hodges as hostess.

TURPENTINE WORKER INJURED. Emanuel Sims, a turpentine worker with the Ga.-Fla. Investment Co., cut himself with a hack while working in the woods Thursday. Dr. Fleming was called in and succeeded in stopping the flow of blood after a loss of much of it. Little damage is expected outside of weakness from loss of blood.

HERCULES WORKER INJURED. Alonza Davis, a wood chopper for Hercules Co., got too near a stump loaded with dynamite to be blown up and was seriously hurt Thursday. The stump blew up and he got some bad bruises, mangling him up so bad that Dr. Fleming had him sent to a hospital for treatment.

GOOD RAIN. L.E. Mallard, back from Waycross Wednesday evening, reported the biggest rain of the season. Said it just poured down.

July 26, 1935

ST. GEORE LIQUOR DEALERS MAKE GUILTY PLEAS. Wholesale liquor operations in the St. George section, extending across the Florida line, was unfolded in U.S. District Court in Waycross this week when seven defendants entered pleas of guilty. The cases resulted from liquor raids made February 27 and 28 by Georgia and Florida investigators when fourteen men were arrested and 2,314 gallons of liquor was seized in one of the most spectacular tax-enforcement broadsides fired since the repeal of the federal prohibition law. The cases were made after a federal investigator in the guise of an Atlanta bootlegger had gone to the St. George section and bargained with the owners of the large quantities of liquor. The price asked for the tax unpaid ranged from 70 cents to $2.00 per gallon. It was seized by raiding agents as the owners were in the act of making deliveries to the disguised investigator.

HOWARD VISITS FAMILY. Howell Howard from the CCC camp at Pearson spent the weekend with his parents Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Howard at St. George.

MR. TOM SIKES DIED. Mr. Tom Sikes, St. George, died last Saturday after a long illness and was buried at Sardis cemetery. Friends sympathize with the family on the loss of their father.

BANK KEYS NEEDED. A.S. Mizell, vice president of the Citizens Bank at Nahunta, took the keys of the bank along with him when he left Saturday night for his vacation. He had made arrangements for

J.H. Wrench, cashier of the Folkston Citizens Bank, to relieve him. Mr. Wrench, when arriving Monday morning, found the main door of the bank safe locked. All the time-locks were functioning perfectly but entrance was barred to the main door. Mr. Mizell was finally reached by long distance telephone and he mailed the key back. In the meantime, money was sent over from the Folkston bank and business was as usual after a few hours delay.

BURNT FORT RETREAT. The editor of the Herald together with others attended a fish fry at Burnt Fort Saturday. There were thirty-two present. This camp is owned by William Mizell, Jr. and he has it well equipped for comfort. The camp houses are well built with screens and good sleeping quarters. Nature has made this spot one of the most beautiful in South Georgia with large lake frontage.

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