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Digest of Charlton County Herald - September, 1914

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

The Charlton County Herald covers Charlton and her neighbors. Kathleen DeGraffenreid, owner. T.W. Wrench, Lessee and Editor. Official organ of Charlton County and Town of Folkston. $1.00 a year in advance. Published every Thursday.

September 3, 1914

ST. GEORGE TAX SALE. St. George began enforcing the collection of city taxes Tuesday with the sale of 100 lots with more to follow next month,

NEW FOLKSTON SCHOOL. It is with great pride that we point to our new school building which is nearing the second story and contractor William O’Neil says they will have the building completed no later than November 1st. Built of white pressed brick and trimmed with blue slate, it is going to make its impress upon visitors.

CENTRAL HOTEL. Charles Sikes, a former resident of our town and owner of the Central Hotel, is making that hostelry very cheerful with a couple of coats of paint.

VERY SICK STRANGER. Some mother’s boy was picked up and brought into Folkston Wednesday by “33”. He was found in the ditch alongside of the A.C.L. north of Homeland in the throes of raging fever, having been deserted by two false companions. Dr. Williams took him in charge.

DR. WILLIAMS’ DRUG STORE. There is a reason why such up-to-date fixtures were purchased and installed this week in “The Coolest Place in Town” and that reason is Dr. Williams. The genius that he is, believes in Folkston and her future and he never does things by halves. These fixtures add tone and makes his a model little drug store and decidedly superior to may in larger cities.

CENTRAL HOTEL. Mrs. Derigo, of Jacksonville, will arrive Monday with her small child and mother to make their future home with us. She will assume charge of Hotel Central on the tenth.

McDONALD’S BUILDING. It is a magnificent, modern structure, a monument to a booster of faith in Folkston. When B.G. McDonald broke dirt and laid the cornerstone for his handsome, modern building he set his seal of approval upon the future of Folkston. Here in a town of less than a 1,000 souls he has had erected a building that would be a credit to a city of 10,000. Fronting 57 feet on Courthouse Street and 67 feet on the square and rising two stories toward the airships, it makes an impressive sight. Built of white pressed brick with a steel and glass front handsomely trimmed in green, and with a knobby balcony extending along the upper story on Courthouse Street it is in real city style. Double storerooms on the lower floor have conveniently arranged shelves and counters so that each department is just as desired making it a modern business house and one where it is a pleasure to do business in. The upper rooms are especially arranged for comfort and convenience of a family home. Big airy rooms, compact closets, bath and toilet rooms, kitchenette and the latest sanitary plumbing with hot and cold water just where wanted puts the finishing touches to this monument of Ben McDonald’s faith in Folkston.

NEW BUSINESSES FOR ST. GEORGE. N.J. Norman has built a plant in St. George which consists of a cold storage and refrigerator market, an electric light and ice plant, a modern store, ample ware room capacity and a large office room. There is yet to be added a grist mill. All this is housed in a modern constructed brick building 62 by 62 feet in size, located on Florida Ave. near the depot. The machinery is all set in cement and everything is built for a permanent business.

BURIED BY COUNTY. The poor wayfarer picked up by the Seminole died last night in the detention ward at the jail. His condition had been aggravated by lack of nourishment and he had to give up the ghost. John O’Jerry was his name.

FOLKSTON POST OFFICE. Unsurpassed is the mail facilities of Folkston. It is in a class to itself, giving us the big dailies for breakfast.

THE NEW MANAGEMENT. In assuming charge of the Herald it illustrates that early training makes its impress upon man. At eleven years of age I was a printer’s devil and served in all departments except the editor and now I shall attempt that. Having lived at St. George since February 14, 1905, the needs of this county are known to me and I shall always try to stand for the best interests of my people. T.W. WRENCH.

(No issue on microfilm for September 10, 1914)

September 17, 1914

TOLEDO SCHOOL. Miss Ethel Williams is teaching a fall term of school near Toledo.

HOMELAND SCHOOL. The Homeland school opened Monday with a splendid attendance under the leadership of Professor George N. White.

ST. GEORGE CHURCHES. The M.E. Church, South, which is gaining some strength at St. George, is preparing to build a new stone church and is putting the material on the ground for the early erection of a very substantial church building. St. George has two other splendid church edifices showing that they believe in worshipping the Lord.

COONER CHILD DIED. The home of F.A. Cooner has been bereft of that darling little angel sent only eighteen days ago to brighten their home. The little fellow was so bright but the voice of the Maker called and he is now shining in Heaven, his new home. He died Tuesday at noon and was buried Wednesday in the Folkston Cemetery. Freddie Lee was the name given him.

THE CITIZENS BANK. W.D. Brodwell is with us again and will take a position at The Citizens Bank. Statement of Condition of The Citizens Bank at close of business Sept. 9, 1914: Resources: $67,631.10

LIGHTS FOR ST. GEORGE. St. George will score one on Folkston when that city contracts for electric lights on the first of the month.

CEMETERY NEEDED. Folkston’s present cemetery, being in the center of town and being inadequate to our permanent needs, is amatter requiring some thought as looking into the future we see the need of the town owning one in a more suitable and convenient spot. The city in only a short while will have to discard the present 210 by 210 feet square so it behooves us all to look into this mater. Bear in mind that a town that looks after its dead looks after its own and that we who locate this cemetery are choosing the spot where one day our weary bones will rest.

September 24, 1914

FOLKSTON BOTTLING WORKS. E.S. Strickland has purchased the Henry Johnson interest in the Folkston Coco-Cola Bottling Works and has assumed active charge of it. Mr. Johnson will turn his attention to farming.

ELECTRIC LIGHTS FOR ST. GEORGE. The St. George city fathers at last night’s meeting of the Aldermanic Board granted N.J. Norman a franchise to establish an electric light plant.

NEW BABY. Sam Cockrell of St. George is wearing an eighteen karat smile, it’s a girl and both mother and baby are doing well.

ST. GEORGE SCHOOL. The first week of the St. George School had an attendance of 70 pupils.

WEDDING. On last Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Mizell, Sam Altman was happily united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Zadie Mizell. The rite was impressively performed by our veteran Ordinary, Jason Stokes. The bride was becomingly gowned in white embroidered voile and the groom wore a handsome dress suit. We wish the happy young couple sunshine and flowers all down the pathway of life.

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