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Digest of Charlton County Herald - August 1939

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

August 4, 1939

UNCERTAINTY ABOUT FUNDS POSTPONES SCHOOL DECISIONS. For the first time in many years the Board of Education failed to fix the date for the opening of school, and elect bus drivers. But this year, owing to the uncertainty of the school funds that can be reasonably anticipated from the state, the Board could do nothing but postpone this action.

DR. SAWYER PASSES FLORIDA MEDICAL TEST. Dr. James L. Sawyer is being congratulated upon having successfully passed the Fla. Medical Board’s examination for license to practice medicine in that state. He was notified last week that he was among the 143 doctors who passed the test.

MANY FAMILIES HELPED WITH COMMODITIES. Surplus commodities distributed in Charlton during June by the Dept. of Public Welfare reached 116 families with items having a total value of $1,280.54.

RAYNOR TO OVERSEE STATE PARK PROPERTY. O.E. Raynor, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners was this week appointed caretaker of the State Park property in this county, receiving a letter of authorization Wednesday. He urges cooperation of the citizens for the protection of fire hazards as well as any trespassing. He asked for each of us to protect all county property as some of the road crew’s equipment has mysteriously disappeared from time to time.

LARGE CROWD AT REVIVAL. Over 350 people were present at the Sunday night service at the Baptist Church revival. Other churches called off their services and attended the last night of the revival of the Baptist Church.

NO FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR COUNTY ROAD WORK. At their regular monthly meeting the Board of County Commissioners ordered all county road work, except that absolutely necessary, suspended effective immediately. This step was taken because of lack of funds needed to pay the workers, and the unwillingness of the majority of the board members to borrow money in anticipation of tax revenues to pay these expenses.

J.O. HANNAFORD IS NEW MANAGER OF SUWANNEE STORE. The active management of the local Suwannee Store was taken over Thursday by J.O. Hannaford, who will be glad to serve the public at this place of business.

RICH’S TO BRING TELEVISION TO ATLANTA. Rich’s in Atlanta will present a premier showing of the miracle of modern age in telecast during the week of August 7th. Rich’s is bringing television to Atlanta just four months after the launching of the first regular American service of television at the New York World’s Fair. The telecast will feature speakers of note, famous persons, radio stars, dancers, singers and dramatic fashion presentations for 1940. Twice daily between the hours of 9 and ll a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. performances may be witnessed in the studio which will be located on Rich’s sixth floor. Specially constructed rooms, where the public may sit in comfort, they can watch projected on the screen with sound, the entertainment being given. Hundreds of visitors are expected to attend this birth of a new industry.

FUNERAL FOR MRS. ANDREW G. GOWEN. Funeral services for Mrs. Andrew G. Gowen who passed away in Waycross last Wednesday, were held Saturday at the Methodist Church at Traders Hill. Interment followed in Traders Hill cemetery. Rev. Dean, who had known deceased all her life, paid a beautiful tribute to her useful life, and Christian character. The funeral was delayed pending arrival of her son Louis Gowen from New York City. Arrangements were in charge of Adkins Funeral Home.

FIFTY-SIX TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FROM MISSISSIPPI VISIT FOLKSTON. Forty-eight Future Farmers of America and eight teachers of Mississippi spent Thursday0 night in Folkston. They were traveling in two large all-steel buses and had been on an educational tour through Florida. They left Folkston early Friday morning for Waycross and Macon. Night catching them close to Folkston they arranged with Supt. John Harris of the county schools to spend the night in the high school shell. Each man carried his pallet and covering together with his personal baggage. They were in high spirits after their seven day experience with the fine hospitality found everywhere they stopped. At least half the boys attended the revival at the Folkston Baptist Church.

NEW BABY GIRL FOR THRIFT FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Thrift are being congratulated upon the birth on August 2nd of a fine baby girl weighing nine and one-half pounds. At last reports both mother and baby are getting along nicely.

FAITHFUL HORSE DIED. A solemn occasion at the home of W.R. Dinkins last Friday was the death of “Ole Dock” the faithful family horse.

WORK ON STATE ROUTE 23. The new highway is looking very progressive to the folks on Route 23. The construction work is now underway through Winokur by the State Convict forces.

NEW ICE ROUTE FOR WINOKUR. Mr. Fleming Allen is serving a new ice route through Winokur and on the Riverside.

MISS THRIFT IS HOME FOR THE SUMMER. Miss Elma Thrift is home for the summer months. She has been enrolled at the Perry Business School at Waycross where she took several studies.

PUBLIC ATTENTION: Public Greetings: There has been planned a movement for developing a library for the colored people here in the colored Mason’s Hall. We are asking the public for anything that anyone is in a position to give, such as money, books, maps, chairs, doors, windows, glass, pictures, paint, lumber, curtains or shades. Respectfully yours, J.H. JANKINS, Chaplain; JOHN BROWN, President; MISS JULIA ANN MILTON, Treasurer; ISIAH YOUNG, Asst. Sec.; CHARLIE SOUTHARD, Secretary; SAM CHAPMAN, Corr. Sec.

August 11, 1939

CHARLTON COUNTY SCHOOLS EXCELL. In John Harris’ annual report on Charlton County schools, it stated that the Folkston schools exceeded by from six to thirteen teachers a group of Georgia towns having around 2,000 population. Among these towns were Baxley, Eastman, Calhoun, Ocilla, Hazelhurst, Madison, Blackshear, Dawson, Ashburn, Vienna and Jesup. We equal the number of teachers used in a group of towns of approximately 4,000 population, such as Quitman, Statesboro, Douglas and Bainbridge. No town of so small population as Folkston in Georgia in any manner approached the schools here in physical plants or teaching force.

MRS. SARAH JANE SMITH DIED. Mrs. Sarah Jane Smith, widow of Arthur Smith, died August 6th at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C.E. Stroup. She was born February 11, 1851 in Marion, Ohio, being 88 years, 5 months and 25 days old. For about 25 years she has made her home in Folkston with her daughter, having come here after the death of her husband which occurred May 6, 1924 at St. George. Because of an injured hip, Grandmother Smith spent most of her time at home but was able to touch many lives in the community through her cheerfulness and friendly spirit. A short service was conducted at the home by Rev. R.W. Waterman. This was followed by a more extended service at the St. George Baptist Church with interment in the cemetery there where her husband and a son, Dustin Smith, had been buried. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Albert Kemp, Mrs. C.E. Stroup and Mrs. W.T. Londeree; one stepson, C.O. Smith; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Arrangements were under the direction of Adkins Funeral Home.

FIRE AT BLUE WILLOW CAFÈ. The Blue Willow CafÈ operated by C.E. Roy and Miss Louise Brockman, was the scene of a fire Thursday night, which but for the prompt and efficient work of the volunteer fire department, would have resulted in the destruction of the building. It originated from low voltage or short-circuit of a large electric refrigerator. The cafÈ was able to continue operating without interruption and the damage has now been repaired.

R.E. TITTLE IS NEW PRESIDENT OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. R.E. Tittle was elected president of the Folkston Chamber of Commerce at the meeting held Tuesday night in the community room of the high school. J.B. Southwell was elected secretary-treasurer. These officers succeed Dr. A. Fleming, former president and John Harris, former secretary.

FIRE AT OLD CASSELL PLACE. The Folkston Fire Department made a record run to the old Cassell Place in Homeland Wednesday. However, the blaze had been extinguished before their arrival. The shingle-covered roof caught from sparks from the kitchen chimney and the damage was slight. The house is owned by Van Dell Bennett.

JAMES BYRD IN HOSPITAL. Friends of James Byrd, Homeland, will regret to learn he was taken from the CCC camp No. 1420 and placed in a hospital in Fort Screven, Ga.

MRS. GEORGIA SMITH NORMAN DIED. Funeral services for Mrs. Georgia Norman of Jacksonville, who passed away in a Jacksonville hospital Wednesday, were held at Winokur Baptist Church and interment followed in Bethlehem Cemetery. The deceased was brought to Winokur on Train 76 at 9:30 Friday morning. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.V. Smith, former residents of Charlton County.August 18, 1939

TRUSSELL-THOMPSON WEDDING. A marriage that will be of much interest here is that of Miss Louise Trussell and Mr. Jack Thompson which took place Tuesday at the Methodist parsonage in St. Marys. The bride is Charlton County’s popular County Nurse. She has made many friends since coming here from Butler, Ga. Jack has been a resident of this section for a number of years and is a brother of Dr. W.D. Thompson. He is in business in Hilliard. They will make their home in Folkston.

EDITH LOWRIMORE TO ATTEND SUMMER CAMP. Edith Lowrimore, of Racepond, has won a free trip to the State Wildlife Conservation Camp at Camp Fulton near Atlanta, from August 28 - September 2. Other 4-H boys and girls who want to attend this camp and pay their own way should see W.D. Jones, county agent, at once.

CONTEST WINNER HAS GONE TO WORLD’S FAIR. G.A. Dean will leave today for a week’s visit to the New York World’s Fair. He is a salesman for the Gerlach-Parklow Advertising Co. of Joliet, Ill., and won this trip in a sales contest in the spring and summer months.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO MEET AT CCC CAMP. All members of the Chamber of Commerce are invited to be supper guests of Lt. Carson, at the CCC camp near Folkston August 24, when the regular meeting will be held there.

CEMETERY WORKING AT SAND HILL CHURCH. There will be a cemetery working at the Sand Hill Church yard near Racepond on August 26th. All persons interested in this cemetery are requested to come early. Bring tools and lunch as the work will go forward the entire day.


LITTLE ROBERT MERLIN BORN TO SYKES FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Sykes, of Winokur, announce the birth on the 8th of August, of a fine baby boy weighing nine and one-half pounds. He has been given the name Robert Merlin.

August 25, 1939

MR. PORTE TRACY HAS BIRTHDAY. Mr. Porte Tracy celebrated his 73rd birthday anniversary on August 25th at his home at Tracy’s Ferry. Mr. Tracy has the distinction of being born in the house that his grandfather built and that he has lived in for all of his 73 years. In the same home Mr. Tracy has duplicated his father’s example by marrying and raising a fine family in the old home. Despite his age Mr. Tracy is as spry as ever and can tell you where the best fishing holes are on the St. Marys River, also where the quail breed the best and where you can get a duck when you want one, in season. Mr. Tracy has known every settler for years and he can inform you on any past history of this community. Here’s wishing him many a happy birthday in the future. -Hilliard Enterprise

WILLIAM MIZELL IS SPEAKER AT CALLAHAN DEDICATION. Impressive exercises were held at Callahan Baptist Church last Sunday morning, dedicating the church’s new pipe organ. President William Mizell of the Citizens Bank of Folkston was the principal speaker at the dedication, speaking on the subject “Faith, Integrity and Honor, the Best Security on Earth”. The purchase of the organ was financed through the local bank. Many of the Callahan church officials are life-long friends of Mr. Mizell. The pastor is Rev. J. E. Poindexter, formerly of Folkston.

STAPLETON RESIDENCE COMPLETED. The modern new home erected by Pearce Stapleton on Main Street between residences of Mrs. Belle Roddenberry and E.C. Gowen, has been completed and Mr. and Mrs. Stapleton moved into their new home last week. Mr. Stapleton personally supervised construction of the building, the work being in charge of E.D. Shivar.

BROOKS-SMITH WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. P.C. Brooks wish to announce the marriage of their daughter, Lois, to Mr. Mahlon D. Smith. The marriage ceremony was performed in Waycross March 6, 1939. They expect to make their home here for the present.

J.W. VICKERY, JR. RECEIVES NEW APPOINTMENT. J.W. Vickery, Jr., who has served for the past 4 - years in the U.S. Merchant Marine Service, has received an appointment as an oiler on a government dredge and is located at Boca Grande, Fla.

WORK ON ROUTE 23. All houses, fences and other obstructions have been moved off the right of way on Route 23 through Winokur, preparing for the grading work.

FOR SALE: Ten acres of headright land close to Route 23. Price, $5.00 per acre. C.W. WAUGHTEL, Homeland.

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