Digest of Charlton County Herald - August 1933

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

August 4, 1933

FENCING FOLKSTON IN. The cow owners have all joined in the movement, so we understand, and the work of putting up a barbed wire fence around Folkston goes right along. Last week 18 cows from one herd were impounded and that stimulated action right smart. We are glad to note the fencing movement.

REPORT FROM TOLL BRIDGE KEEPER. J.S. Shivar who is always enjoying the life down at Burnt Fort and incidentally keeps the toll bridge open, writes us that more middle Georgians are enjoying the fishing this week. He sent a list of those fishing there.

FRANK RATCLIFF MISSING. Frank Ratcliff, a twenty year old youth, operator for the N.J. Norman canteen at the St. George CCC camp, disappeared Tuesday evening at about 8:30 and has not been seen since. Young Ratliff who has been living with his brother, W.E. Ratliff, well known citizen of St. George, has been employed at the camp canteen for several weeks. Tuesday he complained of feeling badly but went to his duties. Mr. Norman generally sends for him every evening but he advised him on this occasion to wait and return with the ice man. C.H. Gibson, delivering milk to the camp, offered to take him to St. George about 7:00 but young Ratliff said he would not go then. Lt. Rose, physician in charge of the hospital next to the canteen said that he saw Ratliff around 8:00 but noticed the canteen closed at 8:30. Ratliff is about six feet tall and slender, has a dark complexion and a pleasing personality. Information concerning him will be appreciated by his brother and Sheriff Sikes.

MANY NEW MEMBERS FOR BAPTIST CHURCH. The two-week revival at Folkston Baptist Church had several overflow nights. The following joined the church during this time: For baptism: Doris Barns, Beryl Barns, Valentine Altman, Garrison White, Ann McCoy, Irene Gibson, Wallace Gibson, Bessie Askew, Mabel Askew, Morris Mills, Mrs. J.S. Taylor, Juanita Aldridge, Jewell Petty, Ruby Petty, J.W. Petty, Oscar Petty, Mrs. Nellie Petty, Malcolm Scott, Lottie O'Quinn, S.A. O'Quinn, Elva Mae Hickox, Lannie Hickox, Homer Allen, D.L. Stewart, Ralph Wrench, Robert Holley. By Letter: Mrs. Orlando Roberts, Mrs. W.W. Yarber, Mrs. Irma Douglas. Baptism will take place at 5:00 Sunday evening at Scotts Landing at St. Marys river, by pastor Omer Jones.

GIBSON-NELSON ENGAGEMENT. Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Gibson of Folkston announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Ena Gibson, to Mr. Stafford Nelson of Hilliard.

CLYDE GOWEN VISITS BULLOCH COUNTY. Clyde Gowen, quite fond of Georgia Belle peaches, was in the county of Bulloch last weekend looking over the crop. What he has contracted for is none of our business.

MONIAC SCHOOL BEGINS NEXT WEEK. Moniac school starts August 7th so that school may get in its seventh full month before spring crops call the rural boys from their studies. Trustee Leckie who was here this week tells us everything has been arranged except the bus route. The school is expected to open with 140 pupils.

August 11, 1933

COLLEGE GIRLS. We are pleased to note that Miss Oree Roddenberry and Miss Helen Bruschke have entered the Abraham Baldwin College at Tifton.

WEDDINGS. Ordinary Gibson reports having issued marriage licenses during the week to Fred Conner and Miss Marie Hodges, both of St. George, also to Fred O'Berry and Miss Polly Coppel, both of Burnt Fort.

MRS. SALLIE ROBINSON DIED. Mrs. Sallie Robinson, 79, died and was buried at Naylor this week, having passed into the Great Beyond on Sunday. She leaves one brother and a sister besides five daughters and one son. This good lady has lived a life of usefulness and will be missed by her friends.

August 18, 1933

TOBACCO GROWERS. The estimates of the value of tobacco growing in Charlton County, according to those in the know, is that some twenty growers are $10,000.00 better off for its planting this season.

FEDERAL RELIEF FUND IS $1,900.00. In the federal allotment to Georgia for the reduction of unemployment and relief of the indigent, the Federal Relief Fund for Charlton County for this month is $1,900.00. Most of it has been disbursed at fifty cents per day to workers but recent orders make it mandatory that workers be paid not less than thirty cents per hour.

GASOLINE THEFTS. Reports of gasoline stealing have been plentiful the past week. Those suffering were Mrs. Lizzie Roddenberry, C.E. Roy, G.A. Dean and several others. C.E. Roy also lost some chickens.

PAYDAY AT CCC CAMP. Monday was payday at CCC camp 1450 near St. George. It is said the camp brought something like $15,000 to the recruits and to those who furnished supplies, about $6,000 of which was distributed among the workers and their dependents.

NO MAN TEACHER EMPLOYED. Supt. John Harris reports that negotiations looking to the employment of a man teacher in the local high school has failed. Only women and girls will therefore direct the destinies of Charlton County's future citizens, under the supervision of Mr. Harris, of course.

END OF USEFUL LIFE OF MRS. ROSA M. TOY AT FOLKSTON HOME. Mrs. Rosa M. Toy, the oldest resident of this community, passed to her reward at her home at Homeland late Saturday evening as the sun set in the western horizon casting its fading blue over the death scene. Her death came suddenly although she had been in failing health for several months past. Of late she had spent most of her time sitting on the front porch of her home watching the passing days go by, On Saturday evening she had planned to go to town and had bid her son to feed the poultry and while he was doing so she was seized with a coughing spell. Calling him she tried to return to her place when she fell to the floor and died before he could reach her. Her life had passed out with a hemorrhage, ending after 85 years 3 months and 9 days of usefulness, she having been born on May 3, 1844. Mrs. Toy was one of those who came to Folkston with the founding of Homeland in 1905, she becoming a resident in 1910. She devoted her life to many things of a civic nature and was ever alert to doing some worthy act for human good. Her death coming as it did so suddenly with only her son with her was not known by many until Sunday morning. The funeral took place at the Baptist Church at 5:00 o'clock PM Sunday and her body was laid to rest in the Folkston cemetery. Rev. Omer Jones read the burial services and officiated at the last rites over the grand old woman whose every thought was for the good of others. Mrs. Toy came here from Lima, Ohio where she was reared. Surviving her are two other sons besides M.M. Toy of Folkston, N.O. Toy and W.R. Toy and one daughter Mrs. L.T. Applas, all of Lima, Ohio; one brother, Eland Champe, is living in Indiana; two sisters, Mrs. D.C. Peterson and Mrs. A.O. Champe in Groveport, Ohio.

DEPRESSION NEWS. Five thousand young people of both sexes applied for jobs in a cigar factory in Jacksonville Monday. Seven hundred of them were successful. Tampa put nine hundred cigar workers back to work this week.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jacobs are the proud parents of a baby girl born on Friday of last week.

August 25, 1933

SCHOOLS TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 4TH. Public schools of Charlton County will open Sept. 4th. Teachers for the new term are: Charlton County High: Mrs. J.D. Roddenberry, Velma Kemp, Margaret Littlefield, Eunice Chute and Rabun Battle. Folkston Consolidated School: Mayme Askew, Byrdie Pearson, Annette Turner, Mary Jane Littlefield, Marion Pearce, Mary Stokes, Thyra McDuffie, Ann Smith and Jesse Overstreet. St. George Consolidated: Eleanor Cockrell, Ethel Branson, Lillian Norman. Moniac Consolidated: Eugene Shivar, Mable Smith, Marie Boyd, Ruth Mallard. Sardis: Alyse Robinson. Uptonville: Mrs. B.B. Gowen and Monie McDuffie. Winokur, Nettie Keene.

MISS ROSE CHESSER DIED. Miss Rose, 34 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B.A. Chesser, living at Traders Hill, died Saturday night of heart trouble. She was buried Sunday at the Traders Hill burial ground. Rev. H.C. Griffin officiated at the last rites. Miss Rose has been an invalid all of her life, but has been able to move about the house until the past three days when her malady became serious.

CCC CAMP 1450 HAS VISITORS. Editor Wrench, Ralph Wrench, Brantley Lloyd and Edwin Stokes were visitors to the Big Bend last Friday. They visited farmers and also CCC camp 1450. They found the camp on the eve of changing officers, a new set being ordered to report. The present staff, except for Lt. Ford is ready to go somewhere else. This camp seems to be in excellent shape. It is to our notion the most delightful looking camp we've seen. Some of the boys were reported to have been celebrating the past week, causing a few to be sent home, as Capt. Sowell gives them to understand they can not be rowdy and get away with it.

SICKNESS AT CCC CAMP. Reports from the CCC Camp at Coleburg last weekend was that some 95 of the boys had a slight case of ptomaine poisoning. Some were made very sick, several going home on a week's vacation. A few received treatment in Folkston having become sick on the way over from camp. The cause was traced to eating meatloaf cooked and placed in tin mess kits hot, possibly slightly tainted also. This is the first trouble and from the looks of the boys, they have been getting good food.

NEW SAWMILL AT RACEPOND. Another large sawmill is to locate in Charlton County this side of Racepond just across the railroad from John Carter's place. It will be run by the Three K Co. composed of several mill men, among them Alex Sessoms and John King, the automobile man. They are already making crossties and have a force of hands engaged in cutting them.

FALL TERM SUPERIOR COURT. Traverse jurors for September term Superior Court: John S. Tyson, Jr., J. Elbert Crews, M.D. Thrift, W.O. Raulerson, A.L. Thrift, Morris E. Powell, B.S. Prescott, N.J. Norman, Mose Hendrix, James Nettles, B.H. Lowther, J.H. Johnson, M. Altman, S.M. Howard, Charley Hodges, G.S. Roddenberry, Richard Stroup, G.H. Guinn, H.P. McDuffie, R.L. Chesser, W.W. Davis, R.B. Johns, E.F. Dean, Sr., Allen Carter, Ralph Burch, Mose Crews, Jr., Earnie Dickson, Sol P. Mills, H.C. Parham, J.M. Wilson, Sr., Willie Prescott, T.E. Sikes, Lewis E. Stokes, N.A. Thrift, W.C. Leckie, T.E. Leckie, T.W. Wrench, F.D. Mills, O.C. Mizell, Ben Bryant, C.S. Buchanan, J.J. Johns, O.E. Raynor, S.A. Crews, W.R. Dinkins, H.A. Shrive, C.M. Scott and B.J. Fountain.

Grand Jurors for September Term: John D. Mizell, C.J. Passieu, Fred J. Osterman, W.R. Wainwright, N.J. Raulerson, E.B. Stapleton, E.F. Allen, S.F. Canady, C.J. Altman, G.W. Allen, Sol Burnsed, Charles H. Gibson, John A. Barker, Jr., Richard C. Taylor, L.E. Mallard, R.E. Player, Farley Burnsed, Charlie Hodges, S.G. Gibson, T.L. Pickren, J.C. Littlefield, Jr., P.G. Mizell, J.W. Dinkins, H.C. Page, G.C. Hodges, S. M. Mills, W.D. Thompson, William Mizell, Jr., E.W. Shivar and Dr. A. Fleming.

FOLKSTON IS FENCED IN. Folkston has now been fenced from the county by the barb wire cattle fencing so as to keep the country cattle from trespassing. The highway north is the only unfenced avenue through which they can enter the town limits. Entering town there are pipe guards with gates on the sides for teams to enter the town.

PIANO RECITAL. Announcement is made that Julian E. Peagler of Tampa, whose musical skill is well known here, will while on a visit to his sister, Mrs. V.A. Hodges, give a piano recital at the high school auditorium Tuesday evening.

POTATOES STOLEN. Fred Gay reports that someone robbed his potato patch last weekend at his Coleraine home. This is one good way for someone to get shot as it is hard labor to produce a crop then have someone steal it.

WEDDING. George Edwards and Mary Branch, both of Folkston were married July 29 by Judge H.G. Gibson at the courthouse.

WEDDING. C.C. Aldridge and Miss Beulah Altman, residents of Folkston district were married in Waycross August 20th by B.D. Warren, Justice of the Peace. They will make their home here, occupying rooms in the Mattox Apartment House.

WEDDING. Osborn Lee and Miss Annie Mae Johns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Johns, both of Winokur, were united in marriage by Judge Gibson on August 20th at the courthouse. They will make their home on a farm in that district.

WEDDING. Alva Knox of Nahunta and Miss Arleen Mills, daughter of Mrs. Jim Mills were united in marriage on the 21st by Judge H.G. Gibson at the courthouse. They will live at Nahunta.

WEDDING. Clarence Jones and Laura Hammon, residing at the Paxton Place, were in to see Judge Gibson Monday and united in marriage. Quite a number of their friends came in to see the knot tied. They will remain at the Paxton Place.

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