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Digest of Charlton County Herald - September 1932

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

September 2, 1932

NEW CONSTABLE. Henry O'Berry has been made Constable to serve in the Justice Court of Judge W.E. Banks.

CONFEDERATE VETERANS. The two old vets of Charlton received their pension checks last Friday for August, just a few days late, but welcomed just the same. We understand that they have been suffering from a case of sore eyes but otherwise are getting along nicely.

NEW BALLOT BOXES, BOOTHS. The county commissioners let the job of building the booths and poll boxes to W.H. Robinson for $63.00, for 8 booths and 6 boxes, to be delivered by the 8th. These booths will be placed in the six precincts, one in each except Folkston which will have three booths.

OCTOGENARIAN CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY. On Monday the 29th instant, relatives and friends numbering about seventy made a surprise visit to the home of W.O. Gibson to spend with him his 80th birthday. Many were the beautiful presents showered on this aged man, and his wife was not forgotten either. In commemoration of the occasion Mr. Gibson composed a poem "My Eightieth Birthday."

GOOD FARM INCOME FROM PEAS. Tuesday we ran upon a home market crop wherein some forty farmers and children were employed in the shelling of acre peas. It opened our eyes to the possibilities of this fine vegetable. In the Reynolds neighborhood we heard folks talking of the daughter of Lemmie Reynolds being the champion pea sheller in this section. We wondered where all these peas went. They had a contract with a man of Macclenny who came every day and took the peas to the Jacksonville market. We discovered that those living in that home and on down to the Thrift neighborhood were all raising these and engaged in shelling and selling 150 to 200 quarts of peas daily, sold at a ten cents per quart. That means $20.00 per day. The truck man also took their eggs and chickens and farm crops. We are rather surprised that there has not been any news leaking out from that neighborhood of that famous vegetable.

AUTOMOBILES. An automobile is neither pushed nor pulled. Pushing and pulling implies some outside force. An automobile is driven. Its power is an internal combustion engine.

WEDDING. A surprise to the friends of the couple was the marriage of Troy Jones and Bernice Mattox just as we went to press. Rev. H.C. Griffin performed the ceremony.

TWO JESSIE MAYS. Miss Jessie May Mizell is now at the Dixie Restaurant on the day shift in the absence of Miss Jessie May Davis, now taking her vacation.NEW CAFE. Mrs. Bob Williams of Kingsland has leased the Roney building and is having it cleaned up, preparing to open a first class cafe. This will fill out the empty store buildings in that block.


September 9, 1932

SCHOOLS OPENED. All schools in the county except for Moniac opened for classroom work Monday morning. The attendance was as follows: Folkston 540; St. George 123; Uptonville 49; Winokur 22 and Sardis 20.

GENE RODDENBERRY. The fact that Gene Roddenberry has been in business in Winokur for the past five years seems to be the subject of some talk that he is a stranger to Charlton County. The fact is that Mr. Roddenberry was born just a few miles east of the settlement and is a son of Seaborn Roddenberry. He is native born, knows farming and merchandising and is fitted for duties in every possible way. [He was running for county commissioner against Mr. O.M. Prescott.]

ANDY GOWEN AT HOBOKEN STAVE MILL. Andy Gowen has resigned his county police job and accepted a position managing the Hoboken stave mill. He is a good sawmill man and we hope will make a success out of the venture. The Gowen interests that control the Folkston factory have secured the control of that plant.

BAPTIST PASTOR RESIGNS. Rev. J.D. Poindexter, now in Crawford, Tenn., writes that his health has not improved, and he thinks it is best that he gives up his Baptist Church pastorate here, so tendered his resignation. Rev. Omer Jones has been supplying.

WEEDS CUT. City authorities have had unsightly weeds cut from vacant places in town this week. Some of the cutters paid their taxes in this excellent manner.

AD. Miss Belle Lloyd at Homeland wants laundering to do. Home near Mrs. Toy.

NEW BABY. Born a fine baby girl to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Jones on September 14th.

OTIS MOODY DIED. Otis Moody died Thursday in the Stapleton quarters. He leaves a wife and eight children. He drove a turpentine truck for the Peaglers.

September 16, 1932

EYE REMOVED FROM SNOWDEN CHILD. Little John Everett Snowden, four year old son of John Snowden of the Traders Hill district who has been suffering for more than a year from an unknown trouble was taken to Waycross for treatment and had one eye completely removed. The other eye did not appear to be affected and the little fellow seems well on the road to good health.

NEW TABLE FOR CHURCH. Mrs. William Mizell, Sr. is the donor of a handsome tablet topped communion table to the local Methodist Church. She has for many years been a consistent member of that body and the gift is highly appreciated by the entire congregation, among whom none stand in greater esteem.

YOUNG MAN DROWNED. Henry Huber, 18, of Buffalo, N.Y. walked into deep water at the Florida-Georgia bridge on Highway One Saturday and was drowned. He could not swim and was unaware of the depth of the water. The body was found and removed from the river by Porte Tracy who among others from the vicinity had gathered at the scene. It was only a few feet from where it was seen to sink.

NEW PASTOR FOR BAPTIST CHURCH. Rev. Omar Jones of Waycross who has preached at the Baptist Church for several Sundays in the absence of Rev. J.D. Poindexter, who has since resigned because of ill health, has been chosen as pastor of the local Baptist Church.

FOLKSTON SCHOOL SENIORS. Who's Who in the Senior Class of 1932-33 of Folkston Consolidated School listed the following: Sara Davis, Eugene Williams, Martha Stapleton, Mary Shivar, Alva Hopkins, Chandler Littlefield, Lorene Gibson, Hazel Prescott, Myrtle Harris, Henry Gibson, Grace Harvey, Oree Roddenberry, Juanelle Conner, Helen Bruschke, Earnestine Prescott, Aderine Wildes, Shepherd Gowen, Brooks Griffin, Nola Harris, Earnie Lee Johns, Proctor Hathaway, Winnie Prescott, Mattie Carter and Owen Braddock. --Helen Bruschke, class reporter.

MR. JESSE GROOMS VERY ILL. Uncle Jesse Grooms, aged veteran of the Confederacy, is seriously ill at the home of his son, Ernie Groom east of Folkston and is lying in a comatose state. He is gradually growing weaker and as he is 89 years of age, doubts of his lasting long are expressed. Until a few weeks ago he has been able to be about and enjoying fair health.

DEPRESSION DEEPENS. The railroad shops at Waycross are ordered to close down for an indefinite period, beginning Friday.

No issue on microfilm for September 23, 1932.

September 30, 1932

VOTES AGAINST CONSOLIDATION. The election called last Saturday and held in the Winokur and Folkston precincts resulted in a vote against the consolidation of that part of the Winokur district known as the Roddenberry school district. The vote in Folkston favored the district remaining as it is now. A new teacher will be assigned soon.

FOLKSTON PARENT-TEACHER ASSN. This year the Folkston PTA will meet every Friday afternoon at 3:00 and will present a program to entertain all coming out.

ROSE CAFE OPENED. The Rose Cafe, operated by Mrs. Robert Williams, opened up Friday with Myrene Altman and Mrs. Solomon as assistants. The cafe is next to Gowen Brothers store.

MR. JESSE S. GROOMS DIED. Honorable Jesse S. Grooms, son of one of the earlier settlers of Charlton County, Peter Grooms, came to this county from the county of Tattnall in the fall of the year in 1849 and settled in the Paxton Place neighborhood, a youth of about 5 years. Uncle Jesse as he was called, served with distinction during the war of the Confederacy and was one of the two last survivors of that civic trouble. His death last Wednesday and burial Thursday leaves only one lone veteran survivor, Mr. John Vickery who is nearing his 94th birthday. Uncle Jesse long served Charlton County as county treasurer and was one of our county's outstanding original pioneers. His life was lived in the main on the farm and he always remained faithful to that inheritance. He married Miss Vinie Riggs of Tattnall County and settled in the Sardis settlement where he raised a family of five children who survive him. They are E.N. Grooms, Ralph Grooms, Mrs. J.J. Mattox, Mrs. B.F. Gay and Mrs. A.G. Gowen, all of whom reside in this county. His funeral was held at Bethel, Rev. H.C. Griffin in charge. He was laid to rest beside Mrs. Grooms who preceded him several years ago.

RED CROSS FLOUR. The second car of Red Cross flour has arrived. It will be handled somewhat differently, Mr. Hursey tells us.

MRS. EOLIA RODDENBERRY MURPHY DIED. Mrs. Eolia Murphy, nee Eolia Roddenberry, born in Charlton County April 29, 1878, died Tuesday of last week at her home in Sebring, Fla. from a sudden apoplexy stroke. A message to Mrs. Lizzie Roddenberry, a sister-in-law, brought the sad news. The death of Mrs. Murphy recalls the fact that her brother, the late J.M. Roddenberry, a tax collector of Charlton, died in the same manner about two years past, a sudden stroke and death within a few hours.

WEDDING. Thomas E. Gasken of Racepond and Miss Idolen Frazier of Mattox were tied in the bonds of wedlock by Judge Gibson at his office on September 24th. They will make their home at Racepond.

SHERIFF MIZELL IS ALSO STATE GAME WARDEN. Sheriff W.H. Mizell has received an appointment as State Game Warden for this district. It was received September lst and he is now on the job.

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