Digest of Charlton County Herald - August 1910

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

August 4, 1910

CIVIL WAR PENSIONS. Attention to pensioners: The Ordinary has received application blanks for pensioners under the new law recently put in operation by the legislature. Under the instructions given to Ordinary Stokes by the Pension Commissioner, the following persons are entitled to pensions: All soldiers who served in the Army or Navy of the Confederate States who are worth less than $1500.00. Under this class no soldier who had deserted or was away on furlough at the time the furlough had expired, or was absent from his command when it was discharged unless he was absent with permission, will be entitled. All widows must have been married prior to 1870


….SCHOOL. The new brick school building is nearing completion and is exciting a good deal of favorable comment. It is one of the prettiest school buildings in the state, considering the size of the town.

….TEACHERS. New teachers have been elected: Prof. Harris, Supt., Miss Mary Osterman, Primary; Mrs. J.C. Boughner, Assistant and music teacher.

….AUTOMOBILE. Mr. H.M. Gooden has purchased an automobile runabout and is enjoying the novelty of owning the first machine here.

….PIGS. Quite a number of the St. George progressives have been getting in fine pigs of late, which is a good example, and we hope will shame one of our razor-back owners.

….CRAWFORD INJURED. Dr. Strong was called to Moniac last Friday to attend Mr. J.E. Crawford, who had had his shoulder badly fractured by being thrown from a mule which became frightened by an old paper in the road.

NEW SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. Prof. J.S. Jennings of Cokesbury, S.C., has accepted the principalship of our school and will move his family here about September first.

GOOD PEAR CROP. Mr. C.C. Powell of “Ansonia Farm” in Uptonville was in town Friday. Mr. Powell says that he has already shipped something over 300 barrels of pears and that he is not near done. He said he is realizing more than a dollar a barrel net on them.

BENNIE WAINWRIGHT DIED. News has been received here of the death of Bennie Wainwright which occurred quite suddenly at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Wainwright in Tallahassee, Fla. on July 23rd. The deceased had many friends in this section.


….COTTON CROP. Mr. Henry Gibson, one of our most prosperous farmers, has about eight acres of Sea Island cotton that is said to be the finest in this section. It averages about four to six feet high and it is heavily fruited.

….NEW BABY. Among the recent arrivals at Mr. Newt Murray’s is a fine healthy boy baby. Newt says he is unable to tell from the baby’s conversations whether he is for Joe Brown or Hoke Smith for governor.

NEW BABY. Mr. H.C. Page is all smiles. There is a new girl at his house.

PASTOR TO MOVE. Rev. G.E. Jones has accepted a call to the pastorate of the Second Baptist Church of Waycross and will leave here about the first of November.

August 11, 1910

MEMBERS OF BOARD OF EDUCATION: T.L. Pickren, President; C.W. Waughtel; W.R. Keene; S.J. Smith from St. George and D.R. Wasdin from Winokur.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MINUTES: A settlement was made for the loss of a horse killed by falling in one of the bridges on the Burnt Fort Road, by paying $50.00.

CHICKENS. Mr. Jesse Grooms, our County Treasurer, has purchased a fine rooster of the barred-rock variety and will raise graded chickens for profit and pleasure.

DON’TS FOR AUTOISTS: Don’t smoke a cigar when filling the gasoline tank or you will be jammed through the pearly gates before you make your proper farewells. Don’t argue with the policeman who arrests you for speeding. He knows better and he won’t admit it if he doesn’t. Argument only excites him. Save your convincing appeal and tell it to the magistrate. Don’t run away if your machine injures a person. Every law of humanity demands that you do what you can to help the injured person whether the accident is the result of your own or the other fellow’s carelessness. Don’t get a swelled head just because you own or drive an automobile. Remember that every man, especially the one on foot, has as much right to the street as you have. Don’t continue cranking the engine after a kick-back without doing something to prevent another kick-back. It may mean a broken wrist. Don’t dismantle the engine entirely if it refuses to start. You may find you have not turned on the switch or the gasoline. Don’t chase back along the road looking for a missing cylinder. You will probably find the trouble right under the hood.

HIGH SCHOOL BILL. Within three hours after the Georgia Senate had passed the bill to permit county high schools, Governor Brown had advertisements of the proposed constitutional amendment on their way to every district.

McCLELLAND INJURED. Charley McClelland fell from a freight train here last Monday night and suffered a fracture of one leg and severe injury to one arm. According to the statements made by the injured man, he had gone down to Jacksonville and got robbed. and undertook to make his way back home. Upon reaching Callahan, he says he was told by someone to board a freight train, which he did, getting up between the tender and the first car. In alighting here, the train was moving faster than he thought and in getting off he fell against a pile of cross ties. The injury was reported to the General Supt. of the road, who ordered him taken to the hospital and given the proper care and treatment at the company’s expense.

BACHLOTTT NEWS. The people around in this vicinity are awful busy pulling fodder.

NEW BABY. Don’t be surprised at anything S.E. Cannon does or says. He has a new girl at his house.

August 18, 1910

ST. GEORGE SCHOOL. The trustees of the school have purchased handsome new desks for the school and they will be installed before it opens. The contractor will have the building ready for occupancy by the 22nd. The work of plastering and flooring is already completed.

BREAD FOR SALE. Mr. Cannon has a lot of good fresh light bread this week at his store.

WANTED: To purchase a large lot of cypress cross ties, inspection and settlement at point of loading on Atlantic Coast Line Railway. Address Gress Mfg. Co., Jacksonville.

SCHOOL. The fall term of school will open the first Monday in September. Mr. T.W. Vickery has the books for the common school’s classes and requests that some pupil of the high school department advise what books will be used in that department, in order that he may get them by the time school opens.

FIRST SWEET POTATO. The first new sweet potato of the season was brought in Monday morning by Tax Collector J.C. Allen. The sample brought in was fine and Mr. Allen says that he has plenty in his field like it.

TO JOIN RIVERS WITH A CANAL. Waycross, Ga. August 13th. Georgia’s geography is slated to undergo a change says the Waycross correspondent to the Savannah Morning News. The Satilla and St. Marys Rivers which flow within four miles of each other at a point 37 miles south of Waycross will within a few months be connected, forming a new waterway and one that will give easy access to some excellent timber and turpentine properties in Charlton and Camden Counties. John T. Myers, a former city judge of Waycross is promoter of the plan to make these properties easy of access and states that work will shortly commence. The hardest cutting necessary will be through the clay ridges of Cole Rain. The Satilla and St. Marys both have water averaging in depth from 28 to 31 feet in this area. The beginning of this work will probably be marked by a big fish fry which will be given by friends of Mr. Myers, Lewis and Sanders.

ST. GEORGE METHODIST. Rev. Dean spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday with us and preached two good sermons Sunday.

WEDDING. Miss Gussie Minchew and Matthew Smith were quietly married here last Sunday at the home of Judge T.W. Vickery who performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.I. Minchew of Winokur and the groom is the popular section foreman for the A.C.L. Railway Co.

August 25, 1910

STILL LAKE NEWS. Miss Alice Evetts, who has been teaching the O’Quinn school, closed the school last Friday. She only taught two months. Mr. Farley O’Quinn says he don’t guess we will have any wedding cake any time soon.

PROTRACTED MEETING. On account of the excessive rain and the illness of Rev. Blanton, the protracted meeting at Philadelphia Church was brought to a close Tuesday.

NEW HOME. B.H. Williams is moving his furniture into the house known as the Colson House. It is currently reported that he will soon bring a bride to his new home.

SCHOOL. The Folkston School will open September 5th and we would be pleased to see every child, young man and young lady in the district as a student. Under our excellent system it does not cost the parents any more to send their children to school than it does to keep them at home. We have the teachers to pay, we have to pay our school tax, then why not, instead of letting your children roam about the streets in idleness, send them to school and derive some benefit from the taxes you pay.

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