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Digest of Charlton County Herald - September 1931

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

(No issue on microfilm for September 4, 1931)

September 11, 1931

LISTON O'BERRY DIED. Liston O'Berry, born at Burnt Fort, this county, 36 years ago, died at Jacksonville Sunday after a short illness and was buried at Allen Cemetery. Mr. O'Berry, except for a period spent in France in defense of his country, has been employed by the Jacksonville Traction Company for more than 20 years, entering the service of that company when a small boy. His fatal illness was a result of injuries received in France. He married Miss Elma Prescott in 1926. Besides his wife he leaves his mother, four brothers and two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Westberry and Mrs. Elza Highsmith. His brothers are John, Joseph, Henry and Bobby.

DAVIS ENLARGING ROOMING HOUSE. H.J. Davis has carpenters at work adding four more rooms with baths to his rooming house on the highway this week. They will be ready for occupancy within a short time.

WINOKUR BAPTIST CHURCH. We want to announce in the Herald that we are going to have no preaching Saturday night. The dedication service will be 11:00 Saturday A.M. We will have dinner on the ground. Everyone invited to come and bring full baskets. We will continue with revival for a week. N.E. Roddenberry and M.D. Thrift.

EDITORIAL. In telling the story of the fire and the pile of melted glass in the ruins, Wilbur Johnson made the statement that his wife had put up over 600 jars of fruits and vegetables and it was all lost in the destruction of his home. The story of frugality remains, even though it was all lost.

MISS PICKREN GRADUATES COLLEGE. Miss Closs Pickren, who has been spending the past year at the Peabody Institute in Nashville attaining an A.B. degree, having completed her work there, has accepted a position in the North State Teachers' College at Denton, Texas.

FOLKSTON GROWS. The election on the new charter, enlarging Folkston's limits from a half mile to 5700 feet, was held Tuesday. The results were 115 to 94. By this added territory, fully 300 population is annexed, along with extended limits. The carrying of the charter amendment also elected for the year 1932 as holdovers, Mayor Thompson, Aldermen C.J. Passieu and V.A. Hodges and Clerk O.F. Wilson. The other aldermen will be elected this fall.

R.P. LICKES DIED. In a private letter to the editor we have the information that R.P. Lickes, a large property owner of St. George, died in June in Ohio. His nephew, George Lickes, writes he intends visiting the community soon.

SCHOOL LUNCHES. A feature which has been added to the school this year is the serving of lunches by the home economics department. The idea is to furnish something wholesome to the pupils at a reasonable price and at the same time the girls in the home economics classes will be getting training. Orders are given teachers in the mornings and the department then knows how many lunches to prepare. The addition of a refrigerator will make it possible to serve milk with the meals.

ORANGE BUS BODIES FOR SCHOOLS. One of the most appreciated improvements made yet by the Board of Education is the addition of the bus bodies on the transportation equipment. These orange colored bodies, substantial, dry and comfortable, will ensure the health and safety of the children.

SCHOOL GROWTH. The school assembly Friday showed just how large the school here has grown. When all the pupils and teachers were seated in the auditorium, there was but little room left. It is quite a step from a total enrollment of 80 to 500 in the Folkston schools, and there are numbers of people here who have seen that growth take place.

MEMORIAL LIBRARY ESTABLISHED FOR SCHOOL. In the St. George School the books of the late Mrs. M.C. White are to form the foundation for a school library to be known as the "Bender Memorial Library". As soon as shelving is arranged the books will be installed. Miss Brannon is to be the librarian.

HIGHWAY WORKERS HELP ECONOMY. The first payday of the highway department was Thursday and more money than usual was put in circulation.

NEW SCHOOL BUSES FOR FLORIDA. Five school buses from North Carolina, for Florida schools, passed through Folkston Tuesday, identical to our new bodies. They were all mounted on Chevrolets.


September 18, 1931

MRS. WILLIAM KNOX DIED. Mrs. William Knox, 33, died Friday in a hospital in Jacksonville of meningitis, she having been rushed there the day before in an effort to save her life. She had been complaining with a trouble in her head which doctors diagnosed as bad tonsils and she was under treatment to get her in condition for an operation when the serious illness occurred that took her life. She was laid to rest in Sardis Cemetery, Rev. W.O. Gibson conducting the last rites. Besides Mr. Knox, there are four small children left to mourn her death. They are Edward, Myrtle, Virgil and Rubye. Mrs. Knox also leaves four sisters, Mrs. Charley Altman, Mrs. S.M. Altman, Mrs. B.A. Altman and Mrs. R.L. Prescott and three brothers, Pratt Mizell, Jesse Mizell and Elsie Mizell.

WINOKUR CHURCH DEDICATED. The Winokur Baptist Church, recently completed, was dedicated Sunday, the sermon preached by Rev. J.D. Poindexter. He concluded the dedication services, turning the church keys over to the deacons, N.E. Roddenberry, M.D. Thrift and Mr. Crews. An old fashioned basket dinner was served on a long table in the church yard. In the afternoon the ladies met for a short service led by Mrs. W.R. Wainwright. They will meet later to organize a W.M.U. The Winokur church began about two months ago and is a beautiful country church painted white, well finished and furnished, lighted by seventeen windows, a door in the rear and a double front door with cement steps leading into the vestibule.

SWEET POTATO FIELDS INSPECTED. Inspector Tom O'Neil of the Entomology Dept. has been here for several days this week inspecting potatoes, and has covered Charlton from Moniac, St. George and this end. We understand that he found one field slightly infected and condemned it.

MURDER AT TRADERS HILL. The aftermath of a Sunday night frolic at Traders Hill was the stabbing of Snap Lambert by Leither Hatcher who stabbed him to death with a thrust over the heart. Snap and Leither were sweethearts, so the story goes, and both were at the home of Rosa Sims. Dr. McCoy was summoned but the loss of blood and other conditions were such that life soon ebbed away. Leither has not been apprehended at this time.

SUPERIOR COURT JURORS. Grand Jurors for Fall Term Superior Court: D.M. Mizell, S.M. Mills, H.C. Page, J.D. Roddenberry, O.A. Cassell, W.E. Gibson, P.G. Mizell, Dr. W.R. McCoy, N.E. Roddenberry, H.C. Parham, G.W. Chisholm, W.H. Robinson, Dr. A. Fleming, E.W. Shivar, W.L. McDuffie, E.G. Mills, S.G. Gibson, J.H. Cannady, J.P. Russell, S.T. Cockrell, O.C. Mizell, W.R. Dinkins, V.J. Pickren, L.J. Stokes, J.W. Johnson, E.B. Stapleton, J.B. Southwell, L.S. Conner, Jasper L. Stokes and Willie Prescott.Petit Jurors: J.C. Littlefield, Jr., W.R. Wainwright, C. W. Petty, John S. Tyson, Jr., G.W. Allen, R.H. Thrift, C.E. Roy, Charles Hodges, H.D. Thomas, T.E. Sikes, James Purdom, S.M. Altman, W.W. Chisholm, Lewis E. Stokes, J.M. Wildes, Befay Mills, Fred S. Osterman, F.D. Mills, A.C. Crews, R.E. Player, Hamp Crews, Sr., Grady R. Thrift, Ben H. Hodges, J.T. Thrift, Erny Dickson, Mack Lloyd, Jr., Earl Johnson, E.N. Grooms, J.H. Roddenberry, E.H. Wright, Ben M. Prescott, Farley Crawford, J.D. Colson, C.E. Jones, J.D. Burnsed, T.T. Lowther, C.J. Altman, Jack Woodard, Albert Kemp, William Mizell, Jr., J.W. Dickson, Ralph Johnson, Ralph Burch, R.B. Johns, J. D. Poindexter and R.L. Prescott.

CROOKS APPREHENDED. County Officer Jim Sikes made a haul of three men Tuesday escaping from Florida with a stolen car and plunder taken from Lake City. Sikes says that this is the second lot in the past few weeks that he has taken upon radio advice. As Gainesville radios the calls out three times daily Jim is going to have it duly recorded so that he will know the crooks are coming.

LITTLEFIELD AND LAUGHTER. We have often heard it said that a fellow can laugh until his sides hurt, but we have an illustration this week of other things a laugh will do. Mr. J.C. Littlefield was discussing ways of meeting conditions in the present emergency when, as usual, a little fun had to be picked into the conversation. J.C. became so tickled that he fell out of a wheelbarrow he was sitting in and rolled over among some agriculture tools. Aid rushed to assist him, thinking he was wounded, but not so. He was up and still laughing when help got to him. If there is a moral to this story, it's to take your laughs standing up and not in wheelbarrows.

O.C. MIZELL SUFFERING FROM INFECTED EAR. Alderman O.C. Mizell has been having a time of it this week, suffering with a risen in his ear. It is quite painful and makes him feel uncomfortable.

TELEPHONE SERVICE. Long distance phone service is now at Pickren's Garage.

PINEY BREEZE CAMP UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT. Albert Kennison and his sister has charge of the Piney Breeze Camp south of town now.

McDONALD HOUSE ROOF. Workmen are doing repair work on the roof of the McDonald House preparatory to wintry weather.

BAD ECONOMIC TIMES. We are scarce of news this week except the whining and complaining of hard times, which we do not care to give extended notice about.

NEW STOKES HOME. The Stokes residence now under construction is nearing completion and is beginning to look like somebody will soon be at home to their friends.

BAPTIST LADIES HELP WINOKUR CHURCH. The ladies of the Folkston W.M.U. will go to Winokur Tuesday afternoon and help organize a W.M.U. at the Winokur church. Mrs. Larkins will carry her little Sunbeams to demonstrate the beauty of the Sunbeam work.

ANOTHER CLASS AT MONIAC SCHOOL. At the Board of Education meeting last week the addition of one years' high school work was authorized at Moniac as long as an average attendance of eight pupils could be maintained in that grade.

September 25, 1931

TIMBER PROTECTION ORGANIZATION. Mr. Barnard Heale, organizer of the Forestry Dept. of Georgia, will hold an organizational meeting on Friday at St. George to organize the south end of the county. L. Knabb, Oliver & Bell and the Naval Penn. Co. have already signed up. It is requested that all the small owners come out and join the association for the protection of timber.

WOOL SALE. Wiley Wainwright arranged with the wool-growers of Charlton County to dispose of their wool Saturday. M.M. Monroe of Waycross being the highest bidder at 15.5 cents got the crop of some six thousand pounds. Several refused to take the offer and are holding it. Last year they refused 20 cents for the wools, electing to carry the crop over. While the price was low, the growers were disposed to let the crop go, the experience of last year indicating too clearly the lack of profit for holdovers.

HARMONICA BAND AT SCHOOL. The harmonica band practice is getting under way at the school. Twelve boys met Monday for their first practice.

NEW CAR FOR THE DOCTOR. Dr. W.R. McCoy is sporting a new Ford despite the depression and healthy condition of the community.

LESTER QUARTERMAN HAS FOOT TROUBLE. Lester Quarterman had the misfortune to stick a needle in his foot a few days ago. Upon arising and feeling the sting, he rubbed his hand across the sole of his foot and broke the needle off. So far the point has not been gotten out although Dr. McCoy probed for it. He feels no discomfort from it except the knowledge that it is in his foot.

TELEPHONE COMPANY. J.K. Larkins was here this week on business connected with the telephone company. There seems to be some difficulty in the change of ownership in the matter of keeping up payments, so while here Floyd Larkins was placed in charge pending a settlement of the difficulty. The long distance service had been disconnected, but was again connected Tuesday, so you can now get your service from your own phone.

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