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Digest of Charlton County Herald - August 1929

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

August 2, 1929

L.E. STOKES BUYS DAVIS STORE. Mr. H.J. Davis, one of Folkston's old-time merchants, is off on a vacation. Having built up a good business at the risk of breaking down his health and made a success of that business, he is, upon the advice of his physician, taking a real vacation. Mr. L.E. Stokes, a good, substantial businessman of Charlton, purchased the business and will continue it at the old stand. This sale to Mr. Stokes means that this splendid family will become permanent citizens of Folkston.

WEDDING. A marriage of interest to many friends took place in Jacksonville Monday. It was the marriage of Mrs. Kate Crawford of Toledo to Mr. Ed Stokes, formerly St. George turpentine operator, now a resident of Lakeland. Both have lived in the county many years and by this marriage combine two families, making it twelve persons. Mrs. Crawford, a widow with four children, and Mr. Stokes, a widower, the father of six. We see two brave hearts that would dare anything for happiness, which we wish for them in abundance.

WEDDING. Wedding bells are ringing. Married on July 27th at the home of the Ordinary, with him officiating, Mr. A.O. Black of Traders Hill and Miss Viola King of the same place. Mr. Black has lived at the Hill a short while but is an industrious worker.

August 9, 1929

OUR BOYS IN THE SERVICE. Joe Stewart who signed up for Foreign Service a few weeks back wrote his mother from the Canal Zone saying he is enjoying army life and getting along fine. C.I. Jones, who was chief engineer of the moving picture machine at Paxton's Theater, joined the Army and is located at Fort Benning. C.I., in a letter to Mrs. Paxton, did not express any enthusiasm for the life, being rather homesick when writing. Raleigh Postma has just returned to Fort Benning after a furlough to Uptonville, helping his father out with the tobacco crop. He is getting along fine. He went to be content and is.

CHARLTON COUNTY SCHOOLS. Additional teachers were elected to teach in the county schools as follows: County High School, Velma Kemp. St. George Jr. High, Eunice Chute. Uptonville, Ena Gibson. St. George, Mary Stokes. Moniac, Annie Gowen and Mable Smith. Winokur, Nettie Keene and Gussie Carter. Racepond, Thyra McDuffie

THOMAS CREWS INJURED. Thomas, twelve-year-old son of Buddy Crews, living near Winokur, came down with his folks Sunday to watch the air traffic on the Folkston field. Running out from behind his father's car to cross the highway he was struck by a car, driven by Cecil Gowen, knocked down and his leg broken below the knee. He was taken to the Waycross hospital for treatment.

MACK KING DIED. Mack King, an aged negro, passed away on July 22nd at Hilliard. He was reared in Charlton and respected by many of our citizens. As a lad he began work with Mizell Bros. on their property near Burnt Fort. He grew up in their employ and then labored with other men in this section. He earned his start in life by raising cattle and even to his death he sold a herd almost annually. When he died he had over 200 head ready for sale. He was frugal, amassing property and always having money in hand. Speaking of Mack, William Mizell, Sr. said "He was as good a man as I ever knew, always truthful, honest and sincere with his friends." On his deathbed he expressed his desire to be buried at Traders Hill by the side of an only child, so he was. He leaves a wife, and left her all his property, consisting of a small farm near here and some property near Hilliard. It is reported that in 
cash, he had some $20,000.00.

August 16, 1929

J.B. WOODS KILLED AT SUGGS MILL. A message came early Thursday morning of last week to Sheriff Mizell that the woodsman, J.B. Woods, was killed by a negro at Suggs Mill. A posse trailed him and he was run down on an island in the St. Marys River.

AVIATION FIELD LIGHTS. Friday night the electric lights were turned on at the Aviation Field. The flashing of the beacon light, with the field all lighted up, gave a welcome signal. The heavy weather of Friday caused the mail plane to light here, and it spent some thirty minutes waiting till the rains and wind ceased. The order has come that the field should be lighted nightly. The Racepond light was also turned on so that now the range lights light the way from Waycross to Jacksonville. Hangers are planning to be built the coming week.

SUNRISE SERVICE AT BAPTIST CHURCH. The sunrise service at the Baptist Church Monday morning was an inspiring celebration of the breaking dirt for their new Sunday School annex. Twenty members of the church were present as Rev. J.D. Poindexter led the devotional. Brick and foundation material is on hand. The annex will be constructed immediately at the rear of the church facing the street. It will be 30x40 feet.

WEDDING. On August 10th at the office of Ordinary Gibson, R.C. Wilds and Miss Emma C. Carter, both of Winokur, were united in the bonds of holy wedlock.

MRS. DOROTHY G. MOSELEY DIED. Mrs. Dorothy Gooden Moseley died August 2nd at Jacksonville after an illness of several weeks and was buried in St. George. Dorothy Helen Gooden was born at Clarksburg, Va. on May 28, 1908. She moved with her family when small and has lived here since, till a few years ago when she lived in Jacksonville. She was married to Mr. W.C. Moseley. She leaves an infant son; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Gooden; her grandmother, Mrs. Jane Gooden; three sisters, Mrs. J.M. Brown, Mrs. Otto Phillips, Vera Gooden and a brother, W.D. Gooden. She possessed unusual beauty and charm and was a member of the Baptist Church.

August 23, 1929

DR. THOMPSON STARTS MOVING MERRY-GO-ROUND. The sale of the residence of Col. A.S. McQueen was announced yesterday with Dr. W.D. Thompson as purchaser. This sale started a series of movings, Col. McQueen having leased the J.W. Rodgers building and forcing Chief Barnes to vacate. The Barnes moved into the Martin cottage, the Martin family moved to the Smart home. Dr. Thompson moving into the McQueen place and left a vacant place which Jake Littlefield immediately rented. Thus the merry-go-round will take place next week.

WILL DAVIS DIED. Will Davis, an old darkey who has lived in this section for many years, was found dead Saturday at his cabin at Suggsville. Death was due to natural causes. He was buried at Saucer Branch Cemetery Sunday.

FOLKSTON TELEPHONE CO. J.P. Dell, formerly in charge of the construction work of the telephone system here, has again been given the job. He will make Folkston his headquarters and as Mrs. Kitchen had resigned, Mrs. Dell will be the operator in Folkston.

STANLEY BRANCH BRIDGE. At the county commissioners' meeting, it was decided that Commissioner N. Roddenberry was not to pay over seventy-five cents per foot for building the bridge over Stanley Branch.

MARTIN HOUSE. The store part of the Martin property recently purchased by Mayor Stapleton has been torn down and the residence annex improved. It is to be repainted also and Chief Barnes will move in.

August 30, 1929

NEW BABY. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thompson, St. George, on August 24th, a baby girl. Mother and child are doing nicely.

NEW BABY. Born to Mr. and Mrs. I.V. Rhoden, St. George, on August 20th, a baby boy. The little fellow has not been named yet.

FISH AND GAME WARDEN. Albert Phillips received his commission of reappointment this week for Fish and Game Warden for Charlton County for 1929-30.

MURDER AT MONIAC. Deputy Sheriff Crawford brought Joe Smith, a negro, up from Moniac Sunday, charged with having killed a woman at that place. Mary Cook was acting as peacemaker in a disturbance between a man and woman when Smith appeared from around a house with a hackcutter in his hand. There had been no trouble between them before and Smith did not even know her.

FOLKSTON CAN BE SPOTTED BY AIR PLANES. Postmaster Mills, having noted instructions in the postal bulletin, has had painted the name of the town FOLKSTON in letters seven feet in length and four feet in width on top of the Masonic Building, spaced so as to run the entire length of the building. Folkston can now be easily spotted from the air.

O.K. JOHNS KILLED BY SON, ROYAL JOHNS.O.K. Johns, who has been in the limelight of court proceedings in Charlton County for a year or so, was shot and killed by his son, Royal Johns, in Bashlott Saturday afternoon. Young Johns immediately surrendered to Sheriff Newton and was placed in the Nahunta jail. Johns, it seems, has led a checkered career for the past few years and was held in fear by officers. Young Johns admitted the act, claiming self-defense, and also defending his mother.

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