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Digest of Charlton County Herald - August 1936

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

August 7, 1936

EVERETT GOODING HAS LEG AMPUTATED. Everett Gooding, well-known citizen of St. George who has recently been employed at the Pickren Garage in Folkston was stricken with an attack of thrombosis or blood clot in the leg Tuesday and was taken to a Jacksonville hospital where it was found necessary to amputate his leg. The attack was similar to that from which Col. McQueen suffered several years ago, resulting in the loss of his leg. This is a rare disease.

FOLKSTON BEGINS WEEKLY GARBAGE REMOVAL. Beginning Tuesday on the east side of the railroad and Wednesday on the west side, and each Tuesday and Wednesday thereafter, the city has contracted with Lee Austin to remove garbage and trash from residences and places of business. Citizens are asked to provide suitable containers and have the garbage placed in a convenient place for removal. By order of the Mayor and Councilmen. O.F. WILSON, Clerk

HONOR PUPILS ON GEORGIA TRIP. The school pupils of the county scoring highest on fifty points of excellence left Monday morning, in charge of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Adams, for a week’s trip through Georgia. They rode in Bus No. Four, driven by Mr. D. Lloyd, a driver experienced in bus-driving in the mountains. Those making the trip were Jewell Conner, James Pearce, Jr., Marguerite Osterman, Nellie Smith, Rosalee Southwell, Marcetta Suggs, Mildred Prescott, Verle Ackerman, Helen McLean, Vanice McLean, Harry Wildes, J.R. Thrift, Elizabeth Passieu, Eunice Parham, R.A. Boyd, Jr., Cleo Quarterman, Fred Crews and Elizabeth Hathaway.

SWEET POTATOES NEEDED. County Agent W.D. Jones reports that he had an order last week for a carload of sweet potatoes. He says “I am sorry that I am not in a position to fill this demand. I hope to organize a Truck Growers League in this county is order to grow enough truck crops to warrant cooperative sales.”

HOT DOGS ON ELECTION DAY. The ladies of the Methodist Missionary Society will serve cold drinks and hot dogs on Election Day on the courthouse grounds for the benefit of the parsonage.

DENIES PAYING MONEY FOR PARDON OF HUSBAND. Racepond, Charlton County, Ga. August 6, 1936. To whom it may concern: I am informed that reports are being circulated over Charlton County and other parts of South Georgia that I have made the statement that I have paid to Charley E. Stewart and Governor Eugene Talmadge certain sums of money and certain promissory notes for the pardon of my husband. I hereby brand any such reports as being absolutely false. I have never, until today, met Mr. Charley Stewart and I have certainly never discussed the matter of a pardon with him for my husband or anyone else. I also brand as falsehoods the reports that I have paid Governor Talmadge any sum of money whatsoever for the pardon of my husband. The only money I have paid in this matter has been attorney fees to my regularly retained attorney. Signed LYDIA A. CREWS. Witness, J.H. Brooker and J.B. Roberts.

BETHEL METHODIST CHURCH CEMETERY. The cemetery working at Bethel Thursday morning got the cemetery in excellent shape. The yearly workings at this place indicates much interest in the burial place of former church members in this oldest burial ground of the Methodists in Charlton.

HOMELAND HOTEL BEING REMODELED. The old hotel building at Homeland is being overhauled for occupancy by C.W. Waughtel and family.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Allen Nazworth announce the birth of a seven and a half pound baby boy born Saturday morning at 1:30. He has been named George Allen Nazworth.

VOTERS LIST. More poll taxes have been paid this year than in several years past. The Moniac district is reported to have 83 on the registration list and there is a heavy registration in all the other districts.

O.K. DINKINS IS HOME. Mr. O.K. Dinkins, who has been spending some time at Alto, has returned home and while ordered to stay in his bed, is seemingly very much improved. He is cheerful and the sanitarium director stated he could get along as well at home as in Alto if he rested and took care of himself.

HOBO PARTY. Miss Viola Brown entertained a number of her friends with a hobo party Friday night. The hobos had to parade through the home of Dr. Sawyer where one was chosen as the Best Hobo. After leaving there the hobos walked through the freight yard and up to the tower where they worried Mr. Brown. After leaving there they went back to Mrs. Brown’s home where they played bunco and jackstones, after which delicious refreshments were served.

August 14, 1936

MRS. FANNIE DAVIS ASKEW DIED. The people of Folkston and the community were deeply grieved by announcement of the death of Mrs. Fannie Askew, age 69, widow of the late A.W. Askew, who passed away at her home last Thursday night after a lingering illness extending over several months. She never recovered from the severe shocks occasioned by the deaths in a short interval of her husband and her son Hoke Askew and has been confined to her bed practically ever since. She was born near Chipley and has been a resident of Folkston for more than twenty years. She was a faithful member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Burch and Miss Mayme Askew; six sons, Roy, Louie, Leon, Fred, Newton and Willis Askew; two brothers, G.W. Davis and A.D. Davis. Funeral services were in Folkston Methodist Church and interment was in Folkston Cemetery with Oxley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

HAWKINS FUNERAL HOME ESTABLISHED HERE. The Hawkins Funeral Home of Jesup has established a branch in Folkston occupying the O.F. Wilson residence near the courthouse, which has been nicely fitted up as a funeral parlor. The new enterprise is in charge of Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Adkins, experienced morticians and licensed embalmers who came here from Jesup where they had been associated with Hawkins Funeral Home for the past six years. This is the first venture of this kind ever established here. The equipment includes a new modern ambulance of the latest model and ambulance service will be available day and night. The telephone number is 100.

BOARD OF REGISTRARS MEET. A total of 982 Charlton County voters are qualified to participate in the September primary. The Board of Registrars is composed of E.F. Dean, Sr., G.R. Gowen, Sr. and R.A. Boyd. Mr. Boyd was recently appointed to succeed Jasper Stokes as Clerk. The Board was in session for several days this week completing the work of revising the list.

DAVE THRIFT MORE CHEERFUL THIS WEEK. Postmaster Thrift at Winokur has been having a very sick wife but having sold $370.00 worth of tobacco from an acre and a half and Mrs. Thrift getting up and about, he is feeling more cheerful.

HOMELAND HOTEL IS NOW A HOME. C.W. Waughtel and family have moved into the old Homeland Hotel building, which was repaired and put into condition for their use.

MARVIN LOUIS WOOLARD DROWNED. Marvin Louis Woolard, age 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Houston Woolard, of Jacksonville, died Friday afternoon by drowning in the St. Marys River near Camp Pinckney. He was visiting relatives here and was swimming with friends when he drowned. Besides his father and mother he is survived by one sister, Doris Woolard; one brother, Kermit Woolard and by his grandmother, Mrs. Lula Woolard. He was formerly a resident of Folkston but the family moved to Jacksonville about ten years ago. Burial was in Folkston Cemetery with Hawkins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

ADDITION TO MIZELL HOUSE. Extensive additions and remodeling work is now in progress on the home of William Mizell, Jr., already one of Folkston’s most attractive residences. When the work is completed this comfortable home will be one of the real showplaces of this section. A spacious verandah constructed of brick and cement is being added to the south side of the house, with other alterations and repairs being made, the work being in charge of contractor Ed Shivar. The beautiful grounds surrounding this attractive home contains a large variety of trees, shrubbery, plants and flowers and is one of the most beautiful spots anywhere in this section.

TEACHERS FOR NEW SCHOOL TERM. Supt. Harris has announced the following list of teachers with assignments: County High School: J.C. Adams, teaching, principal, math, library and girls P.E.; Mrs. J.D. Roddenberry, English and Latin; Margaret Littlefield, home economics and biology; Eunice Chute, commercial subjects and office secretary; Guy Bentley, English and boys P.E.; G.B. Hutchinson, history and science. John Harris Jr. High: Mayme Askew, teaching, principal; Ruth Mallard, Eleanor Cockrell, Mildred Simpson, Mrs. B.B. Gowen, Eunice Hunt. Folkston Elementary: Marion Pearce, teaching and principal; Annette Turner, Myra Jacobs, Daisy Neal, Susan Johnson, Gladys Duncan, Jessie Overstreet, Zell Ross, Mary Leverett, Myrtle Hayes. St. George Consolidated: William S. Smith, teaching, principal, math and science, boys P.E.; Ethel Brannon, English , Latin; Helen Staples, English, history; Helen Bruschke, Thera Hambrick, Aethada Suggs, Marie Boyd. Moniac Consolidated: Thyra McDuffie, teaching, principal; Leila Crews, Ernie Lee Johns, Ethel Youngblood. Uptonville: Sallie Prescott, Hazel Prescott. Winokur: Nettie Keene. The Jr. High School will have a student counselor. Much of the work will be woven around the idealistic motto of the building “We become like that which we constantly admire.” This motto is connected with the Seminole Indian legend of Shilofohaw, the Okefenokee water lily, which word and flower are symbols of the school.

August 21, 1936

WORK OF PAVING KINGSLAND HIGHWAY NOW IN PROGRESS. The work of paving the Charlton County section of the Folkston-Kingsland highway is now actively underway. Only a small crew of workmen have been secured but it is planned to increase the force rapidly. According to reports the contractors are paying but $1.25 per day for ten hours work. Considering the present cost of living this wage scale is certainly inadequate and it is hoped the contractors will see fit to grant an increase.

MRS. GENEVA MIZELL MONROE DIED. Last Monday night this community was saddened when the news came that Mrs. Geneva Mizell Monroe had been called to her reward at her home some miles from Folkston. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Mizell of Burnt Fort. She was a consistent member of the Philadelphia Freewill Baptist Church. Besides her husband she is survived by one daughter, Marjorie, and her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Mizell of Burnt Fort. The funeral was held at Philadelphia Baptist Church and interment was in Sardis Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

THOMAS J. CREWS IS WORKING ON A SHIP. Thomas J. Crews, young son of Tax Collector Hardy Crews, is now employed on the SS Chilbar of the Gulf Shipping Co. operating out of New Orleans.

NEW SCHOOL BUILDING READY FOR USE. The John Harris Junior High School building has been completed and is ready for use in the coming term of school. [Very good picture of school.]

IMPROVEMENTS AT ST. GEORGE SCHOOL. Extensive improvements are underway at the plant of the St. George Consolidated School. A new gravity water supply system is being installed using a deep well already drilled. New walks are being constructed from the road to the main building, thence to the auditorium. The addition of two new teachers gives opportunity for an extension of the work to include four years of high school in addition to seven years of elementary work.

MR. WILLIAM GUY THOMAS DIED. William Guy Thomas, 84, pioneer resident of this section, known to a host of friends as “Uncle Bill”, died last Friday at his home five miles east of Waycross. His death removes one of the oldest residents of Ware County. He was member of a family that has been prominent in the affairs of this section for several generations. Besides his widow he is survived by ten children: Mrs. E.L. Martin of Folkston, J.B. Thomas of Waycross, W.L. Thomas of Waycross, Mrs. G.W. Green of McAlpin, Fla., Mrs. Wilbur White of Dowling Park, Fla., Clinton Thomas of Waycross, Mrs. E.B. Newton of Hoboken, Mrs. Tillman Rogers of Waycross, Edgar Thomas of Americus and Dewey Thomas of Waycross. He was a brother of the late Banner H. Thomas of Waycross who for many years was a public official of Ware County.

August 28, 1936

SY. GEORGE ROAD PROJECT. The workers on the road project south of St. George have carried the work to a point near the Suggs place. The road has been prepared for stump pulling and widening to forty feet. It will not be ready for the school opening as expected.

GIFT OF LAND TO ST. GEORGE SCHOOL. The school trustees in the St. George district have been given four lots in Block 57 in St. George, which are adjacent to the school, for playground purposes, by T.W. Wrench, a former citizen.

MRS. EVERETT J. MIZELL DIED. Folkston people learn with regret of the death at her home in Jacksonville Sunday morning of Mrs. Everett J. Mizell. Mr. Mizell is a former resident of Folkston and is a nephew of Mrs. L.E. Mallard. A number of Folkston people attended the funeral held at Riverside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, of which she was a member.

LITTLE RANDAL JAMES DYAL DIED. R.J. Dyal, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Dyal, of Homeland, died Tuesday of last week in a Waycross hospital of lockjaw. R.J. had stuck a small piece of glass in his heel but the wound had quickly healed up. On Friday before he died he celebrated his eighth birthday with several youngsters and they had given him eight birthday “slaps”. That night he complained of his back and it was thought that in wrestling with his young companions he had sprained his back. However, next day he kept complaining and the doctor was called in. Monday he was given serum to prevent blood poisoning but the dread disease had already developed. He lived only a few hours after being taken to the hospital. He was buried in the Mill Creek Cemetery in Pierce County. He is survived by his parents, four brothers and five sisters.

MR. TOM E. WAINWRIGHT DIED. Many of the older citizens of Charlton County will learn with sorrow of the death of Mr. T.E. Wainwright, for many years a prominent citizen of this county, which occurred at his home near Sanford, Fla. last Thursday from an extended illness. At one time Mr. Wainwright, known as Tom Wainwright, was one of the most extensive landowners in the county. He disposed of his holdings here more than twenty years ago, moving to Tallahassee to educate his daughters at the college there. Later he moved to the Sanford section where he engaged in the lumber business for several years. In recent years he has made his home on a farm near Oviedo, Fla. where he died. His first wife was a sister of J.W. Vickery. Mrs. J.J. Stokes is a sister and he had numerous other relatives and friends in this county. Funeral and interment took place at his Florida home.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bell of Waycross, formerly of Folkston, announce the birth of a 7 pound boy born August 10th. He will be called James Franklin.

TEACHERS FOR NEW SCHOOL TERM. At the Board of Education meeting last week, the financial report showed that cash on hand July lst, 1936 was $99.06. The following teachers were elected: John Harris Jr. High, Eunice Hunt and Mattie Simpson. Folkston Consolidated School, Gladys Duncan, Susie Johnson, Mary Leverett. St. George, Martha Wood, Thera Hambrick. Moniac, Ethel Youngblood.

HANDCRAFTS BEING TAUGHT AT CENTER. The Community Center teachers are planning something new with simple woodwork, rugs made with burlap bags and small scraps, weaving chair seats, learning sewing, knitting, crocheting, weaving baskets. Other handcrafts are taught at the center and is free for all who care to learn.

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