Digest of Charlton County Herald - July 1939

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

July 7, 1939

ORPHANS FROM BAXLEY TO BE GUESTS SUNDAY. The First Baptist Church of Folkston will be host to Dr. Z.C. O’Farrell of the Baxley Orphan’s Home and about twenty children from that institution next Sunday at the regular morning service. The children will have part on the program and the manager will tell of the great things that the Lord has wrought in that part of His vineyard. Several children from Charlton are being taken care of in this home and it is expected that they will be among those present next Sunday.

LITTLE EASON JOHNSON DIED. Mr. Wesley Johnson of the Sardis settlement received a telegram Wednesday from his son, Guy, who now resides in Los Angeles, Cal., telling of the death of their only son, Eason, age six, who died from the dreaded Infantile Paralysis. It is the intention of the parents to bury their son beside their other son, who died a few years ago of Meningitis and is buried in the Sardis cemetery. Announcement of the arrival of the bereaved family will be made later.

ALTMAN-LANE WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. B.A. Altman announce the marriage of their daughter, Leila Jeanette, to Carl Edward Lane of Hilliard on June 24th in Waycross. Ordinary John M. Cox performed the ceremony. She is the third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Altman, one of the oldest families of Charlton County. Mr. Lane is a native of Jacksonville and is employed with the Cobb Construction Co.

A.C.L. RAILROAD HIRING 100 NEW EMPLOYEES. Approximately 100 new employees reported for work Wednesday at the ACL Railroad shops in Waycross, beginning an extensive construction program on freight cars and passenger coaches. The July payroll will be boosted approximately $20,000.00 over recent months. Numbers of men are being called back to work who have been idle for many months and the news is being greeted with joy by south Georgia business circles.

4-H CAMP FOR GIRLS. Annual camp for 4-H girls of Charlton County will be held at Camp Hursey July 10 -12, Miss Gertrude Proctor announced this week She will direct the camp activities.

July 14, 1939

GEORGE O’QUINN HOME FROM HOSPITAL. George O’Quinn, son of Lester O’Quinn, who suffered a serious attack of tetanus resulting from an infested foot several weeks ago, has been brought to his home from the Waycross hospital. There is some improvement in his condition but he is still confined to bed and unable to sit up, but is now expected to recover. NEW BABY FOR PRESCOTTS. Mr. and Mrs. Owen Prescott announce the birth on July 12th of a fine baby girl weighing eleven pounds. Mother and baby are both reported to be getting along nicely.

JACK C. HOWARD AND THEO DINKINS AT WORK FOR FARMERS’ WAREHOUSE. L.C. Pruitt, owner of the Farmers’ Tobacco Warehouse, Waycross, made an announcement this week that Jack C. Howard of the Charlton County Board of Commissioners will be connected with that establishment again this season as Assistant General Sales Manager and Theo Dinkins as Assistant Sales Manager for Charlton County.

FUNERAL FOR LITTLE EASON JOHNSON. Eason Johnson, age 6, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Johnson of Los Angeles was buried at Sardis Monday afternoon, Rev. Swoll Sawyer officiating. The dread disease of Infantile Paralysis was the cause of the child’s death. He died July 3rd in Los Angeles. Survivors are his parents, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Johnson, his grandmother, Mrs. Mabel Eason of Princeton, Fla.

NEW BABY FOR HARKENRODE FAMILY, WENDELL ADRIEN HARKENRODE. Mr. and Mrs. Dan Harkerode announce the birth of a fine baby boy born July 9th, weight ten pounds. The baby has been named Wendell Adrien.

NEW BABY FOR PICKRENS, WOODROW WILSON PICKREN, JR. Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Pickren are being congratulated by their many friends upon the birth on July 12th of a fine baby boy weighing eight and one-half pounds. He has been given the name Woodrow Wilson Pickren, Jr.

MR. HENRY H. THOMAS DIED. Funeral services for Henry H. Thomas, age 65, who died Monday at Gardi, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.A. Shanklin, were held at St. George Wednesday, the funeral cortege passing through Folkston. Mr. Thomas was a native of Baker County and was a former resident of this county near St. George. He is survived by his wife and ten children; also by one brother, J.A. Thomas.

UPTONVILLE CAMP. The Uptonville Camp is now under new management. The new operator is Mr. Adkins’ father, the popular undertaker in Folkston.

July 21, 1939

MR. J.D. “DOCK” RODDENBERRY DIED. Mr. J.D. Roddenberry, age 71, prominent and widely known life-long resident of Charlton County, died at his home here early Wednesday morning following an illness of several days of high blood pressure. He had been in declining health for several months but had been able to be up and about two weeks ago when he was stricken with an attack which proved fatal. The son of the late Henry Roddenberry, Jr. who served as a lieutenant in the Confederate Army, Mr. Roddenberry was a member of one of the most prominent early families of Charlton County. He was known among his wide circle of friends as “Dock”. He was a faithful member of the Methodist Church. Besides his wife, Mrs. Belle Brantley Roddenberry, he is survived by one son, Brantley Roddenberry and one daughter, Mrs. J.C. Kirkpatrick, both of whom were at his side when the end came. Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. J.C. Wright and Mrs. J.W. Rodgers; one brother, Jet Roddenberry. Interment was in Folkston cemetery with Adkins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

RODGERS-LECKIE WEDDING. A marriage of much interest was that of Miss Mary Edna Rodgers to Robert Powell Leckie which took place July 15th at the Baptist pastorium, the ceremony being performed by Rev. R.W. Waterman. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mrs. J.W. Rodgers and is a graduate of Hilliard High School. Mr. Leckie is a graduate of Charlton County High and Abraham Baldwin College and of the University of Georgia. He is associated with his father, T.E. Leckie, in the operation of the Sunrise Dairy.

DUDLEY JONES AND JUNIOR STEWART RETURN FROM CAMP. Dudley Jones and Junior Stewart have returned from Fort Screven where they spent six weeks in training at the C.M.T.C. This was Dudley’s fourth and final year, completing the course with the exception of a brief study period required for the commission as Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves.

“PIN MONEY”. The meaning of “pin money”, meaning small change, originated in England in the fourteenth century. Pins were very rare and expensive. The good wives so desired them that many household budgets were wrecked. So the men restricted the sale of pins to two days a year. Then the women began putting aside small sums of money for those days with which to buy pins. To this day “pin money” means small change.

July 28, 1939

REV. MARSHALL KILLED IN ACCIDENT. Rev. M.M. Marshall, who was killed Saturday in an automobile accident, was buried at Quitman Monday. He was a well-loved pastor of the Methodist Church at Quitman for four years and went from there to Sandersville two years ago. He had planned to live at Quitman upon retiring. He served a short while as pastor of the local Methodist Church, going from here to Cuba.

MRS. BERTIE GROOMS GOWEN DIED. Mrs. Bertie Grooms Gowen, age 51, wife of Andrew G. Gowen, one of Charlton County’s most widely known and beloved ladies, died in a Waycross hospital Wednesday following a brief illness from pneumonia. She underwent an operation for a kidney ailment about two weeks ago and had almost recovered. She was preparing to return home and was allowed to sit out on the porch at the hospital Tuesday. However, Tuesday night she was stricken with pneumonia and rapidly grew worse until the end came the following night. She had been a life-long member of Bethel Methodist Church and was a member of one of Charlton County’s most prominent pioneer families. Beside her husband, survivors include a stepson, Cecil Gowen; four sons, Sheppard Gowen, Morris Gowen, Clayton Gowen and Louie Gowen; two daughters, Mrs. Althea Quarterman and Miss Grace Gowen; three brothers, Ernie Grooms, Ralph Grooms and Dock Grooms; two sisters, Mrs. Ollie Mattox and Mrs. B.F. Gay. The body was brought here by the Adkins Funeral Home ambulance. The funeral will be held, pending arrival of her son, at Traders Hill Cemetery.

NEW STORE FOR DELMAS RODDENBERRY. Mr. Delmas Roddenberry of Winokur has opened a new dry goods store in Nahunta. We wish him success in his new business.

NEW BABY FOR LEVY CREWS FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Levy Crews, Winokur, are being congratulated upon the birth to them on July 20th of a fine baby girl, weight six pounds. Both mother and baby are reported to be getting along nicely.

INSPECTION OF SWEET POTATOES. All persons wishing to have their sweet potatoes inspected must send a dollar to the State Board of Entomology, Atlanta, not later than July 30th for the protection of this crop which is attacked by many pests. The dollar will be returned if the potatoes are infested.


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