Digest of Charlton County Herald - September 1933

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

September 1, 1933

GOWEN FAMILY MOVES TO FOLKSTON. The J.V. Gowens moved into town this week from their country home at Traders Hill, locating in their Main Street bungalow.

HIGH SCHOOL SIDEWALK. The new sidewalk in front of the high school building makes an attractive improvement.

SYRUP-MAKING TIME. Mack Wildes has begun syrup making, sorghum being the sweetening grown to supply sap to cook.

MIDWIVES TAKE COURSE. Miss Abercrombie, the state health nurse, made a trip to Moniac Thursday to meet with midwives there and give an instructive course about their business.

WELFARE WORK FOR UNEMPLOYED. Mrs. Fields, agent for the Welfare Work For Unemployed was here last Friday and laid off Edgar Allen, leaving the future work in Charlton County up to Mrs. Edgar Allen.

September 8, 1933

ROBERT S. BRYANT DIED. The death of Robert S. Bryant at Traders Hill Sunday afternoon removed a native Charlton County citizen that was born, near where he died, December 12, 1851. For the past several years Mr. Bryant has been ailing and his bad health has kept him at home most of that time. Sunday evening he answered the Summons and passed over the River. He was the son of a former sheriff of Charlton County, J.E. Bryant and had two brothers, Alex and Henry Bryant, residents of The Hill. Fifty-nine years ago he applied to Ordinary Wiley P. Mattox for a license to wed Miss Sallie E. Mattox, Judge Mattox performing the ceremony. Living members of this union are two daughters, Mrs. J.L. Williams and Mrs. L.E. Allen; five sons, J.E. Bryant, Dolph Bryant, Oscar Bryant, Lonnie Bryant and Bloomer Bryant. Mr. Bryant lived all these years within a half mile of the place of his birth, having engaged in the business of farming. He was a member of the Methodist Church at Traders Hill and the funeral was held at the cemetery nearby, with Rev, H.C. Griffin preaching the services. Mrs. Bryant survives him with six children and two brothers.

HIGH PRAISE FOR LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEM. State School Supt. Collins has written Supt. John Harris giving praise to his program in establishing the Charlton County System as being among the best in the state. He will use Mr. Harris’ plan as a model for other schools to go by.

FIVE STUDENTS LEAVE FOR COLLEGE. Five colored children left Sunday for Cordele where they will enter Gillespie Normal Industrial College for the term. They were Annie L. Burgin, Lillie Mae Burgin, Thornton Brown, Catherine McKinnon and Margaret Attaway.

WEDDING. A surprise marriage took place last September 3rd at the residence of the bride’s parents, Judge and Mrs. H.G. Gibson when Miss Ena Gibson and Stafford Nelson were united in the holy bonds of matrimony by Rev. L.M. McDonald of Nassau County. Mr. Nelson is an industrious farmer of Nassau County where he has built a splendid new home on his farm. Miss Gibson has been teaching school for the past several years.

WEDDING. Hubert Battle and Ottis Mae Riley, both of Folkston were married by Judge Gibson on September 2nd.

WEDDING. J.D. Washington and Mary Lee Wilson were married by Rev. P.H. Hodges on September 6th.

September 15, 1933

DISTRICT LODGE MEETING. The 28th annual meeting of the 11th District Masonic Convention is to be held in Folkston Wednesday of next week. Preparations are underway for the forty-six lodges and meetings will be held at the local lodge rooms of Folkston Lodge No. 196.

CHARCOAL SOLD IN JACKSONVILLE. C.S. Buchanan is delivering charcoal to the colored population of Jacksonville, taking the timber from the Buchanan lands west of town. The output is about 350 bushels per week but as the weather cools off this will be increased to at least double in the near future.

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT FIGURES. Public schools of the county are now functioning in good order. The enrollment shows the number of students to be as follows: County High School, 130; Folkston Consolidated, 406; St. George, 110; Moniac, 109; Uptonville, 51; Winokur, 36; Sardis, 16; a total of 858.

LOCAL CARPENTERS WORKING AT CCC CAMP. Capt. M.S. Patton, in charge of improvements at the St. George CCC camp, was in the city this week employing carpenters who will be engaged immediately in the construction of several buildings on the camp ground. Plans call for three buildings to be used as barracks. Each of these will be 20 feet wide by 136 feet long. A recreation hall is also to be erected so the boys will have comfortable quarters to pass idle hours in reading and appropriate games. Lumber was placed on the grounds yesterday and seven carpenters under their foreman, P.C. Hall, began work upon the improvements. The carpenters were all found in this immediate vicinity.

REV. OMER JONES RESIGNED. Rev. J. Omer Jones, who for the past year has served the people of Folkston and vicinity as pastor of the local Baptist Church, recently resigned and he and Mrs. Jones left this week for Louisville, Ky. where he will study at the Baptist Theological Seminary. For an indefinite period, the pulpit will be occupied by Rev. E.G. Kilpatrick.

SCHOOL ROOF TO BE REPAIRED. Investigation of a leak in the roof of the Folkston High School building a few days ago led to the discovery that the only possible repairs would be an entirely new roof. Supt. Harris, surprised at the disclosure, was in Waycross Tuesday providing for the new roof. The cost will be approximately $500.00 and the improvement undertaken at once.

NOTICE TO THE BAPTISTS. We are to have the Piedmont Association meet with us on October 5th and 6th. This is a request that the Baptists of the county including Winokur, Mt. Zion, Camp Pinckney, Uptonville, Racepond, Toledo and St. George bring baskets to help out with the dinners. Folkston Baptists will greatly appreciate their help. ---Committee in Charge.


September 22, 1933

NEW RELIEF COMMITTEE. The appointment of a new Relief Committee to take charge of the Federal Relief in Folkston was announced this week. The new committee is composed of J.C. Littlefield, chairman, W.D. Thompson, Mrs. J.M. Roddenberry, Dr. A. Fleming and Noah Stokes. The work was slightly changed inasmuch as the cleaning up the town was their work for two days this week. The county welfare worker is Mrs. Edgar Allen, with Edgar Allen in charge of the work. Johnny Allen was the foreman this week and had quite a number making the two days allowed under the fund. Another $900.00 has been appropriated to aid the unemployed.

PEANUT BOILING. Miss Ida Mae Altman entertained her many friends with a peanut boiling last Friday evening at her home.

WEDDING. Miss Cecilia Crews, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hardy Crews, was married Sunday to Howard Thomas of Hoboken, by Judge H.G. Gibson at the Gibson home.

STANDARD STATION IN HOMELAND. John Haley, who has been in charge of a filling station in Florida for the past few years, has opened the Standard Filling Station in Homeland. His sister came with him to establish a home for him.

HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING ROOF. Edwin and Wilbur Stokes are putting on a new roof to the Charlton County High School building this week, laying asbestos shingles. This will make quite an improvement over the old type regular roofing which has proved quite unsatisfactory and costly, it having required almost annual painting. The new mixed colors of shingles add attractiveness to the structure

TO THE EDITOR OF THE HERALD: A few days ago, when I stepped into the Citizens Bank a photograph hanging on the wall attracted my attention and the features so familiar to me seemed to say “Come in, Owen. I’m glad to see you.” Standing before and looking at it I began to meditate as I always do when something I see or hear stirs my emotions.

The photograph was of William Mizell, Sr. whose life in later years it is unnecessary for me to speak, for others knew him too. But as there are only two living persons whose acquaintance with him antedates mine, these two persons are his sisters, Mrs. Martha Lang and Mrs. Lucy Lang.

I wish to say a few words concerning his early life and in doing so I wish to compare conditions then with those of the present time.

In my meditations, memory carried me back about three-fourths of a century to the first school he and I ever attended. That school was in a small building out in the woods and was built of pine logs from which the bark had not been removed. A door in one end was the only opening and the seats were puncheons near the wall on each side and across the back end. The floor was a few square feet of the dry land that appeared when the world was only three days old. The teacher was Mr. Peter deYoung, a well-educated Frenchman who spoke good English and the scholars were Martha, Lucy, Everett and Billy Mizell, Lizzie and Seaborn Mills, Kate and Sol Vickery, John and Tom Kennison and Jimmy Hagin and myself.

Where are they now? Everett Mizell and Sol Vickery have lain under the soil of Virginia since the fearful destruction of human life in the Civil War. Billy Mizell is resting in Folkston Cemetery, Lizzie and Seaborn Mills are peacefully sleeping in the family cemetery almost in speaking distance of the spot of their birth. John and Tom Kennison are taking their rest near their home in life. Jimmy Hagin lies besides his mother in an old cemetery near the place where the school house stood, and Kate Vickery is taking her last long slumber in Sardis Cemetery while Mrs. Martha and Mrs. Lucy Lang and myself are the only survivors of that school and we are past our four score years.

Few indeed were the years that Billy Mizell spent in school, but he acquired sufficient learning to accumulate honest dollars and to use them in a way to benefit others as well as himself.

When he was a young man he could convert a raw deer skin into as fine a piece of dressed leather as ever left the hands of a Seminole Indian. He was an expert in laying off straight rows with a plow across his father’s field and on through life he continued to plow a straight row. And the building and business where I stood in meditation near his picture will stand as a monument to his honesty and integrity when the marble in the cemetery may have been forgotten.

The transition of the schools from the little log house in the woods to the brick buildings in town is all right, but it remains to be seen how many boys who spend a half dozen or fewer hours in these buildings and have it called a day in school and perhaps think as much or more about baseball, basketball or radios than they do about books will leave behind them the name that my friend and schoolmate Billy Mizell has left behind him. –W.O. GIBSON.

MALLARD’S FIRE. Monday the serenity around Stapleton’s Pharmacy was suddenly shattered when Mrs. Davis phoned her brother to rush Cootey there as they smelled burning rags and a search of the house failed to disclose from whence the aroma came. E.B. and Cootey automobiled out in a jiffy. It seems that L.E. Mallard who lives across the street from Mrs. Davis’ home was over to borrow use of the phone and just like a man put his pipe, which happened to be lit, in his hip pocket while phoning. Talking, he forgot it but the pipe was busy heating up his hind quarters and soon was burning its way. Upon arrival the fire fighters found the source of fire, it having reached the hot stage. Mallard’s shirt tail was burning. In the excitement he was thinking of saving the house, not his shirt. The fire was soon outed.

CECIL RODDENBERRY, NEW ATTORNEY. A new law partnership was formed in Douglas last Tuesday when C.M. Roddenberry was admitted to the firm of Sapp & Barnes. The new firm will be known as Sapp, Barnes & Roddenberry. Mr. Roddenberry has been reading law in the office of Mingledorf and Gibson. He was admitted to practice last month, making a very fine mark. His father is N.E. Roddenberry, well known in this county.

September 29, 1933

FOLKSTON POSTMASTER. The term of office of the present postmaster, Mrs. Fanny Mills, will expire October 1. No announcement of examination has been made and it is supposed that if any change is made at this time, that an acting postmaster will be appointed. It is assumed in some quarters that V.J. Pickren will be named as Congressman Deen’s selection.

PASSIEU NOW SELLS CHEVROLETS. The Passieu Motor Co. has signed up to handle the agency of the Chevrolet, two new cars having been brought in this week. This leaves Folkston minus a Ford agency. The new Chevrolet signs have been painted upon the Passieu windows.

SIMMONS BABY DIED. The eleven day old infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clive Simmons died Wednesday morning. Burial was at Homeland cemetery.

CCC RECRUITS. The CCC recruits of the county will have served their first six months enlistment Saturday. It is thought that most of them will enlist for the second period.

NEW POST OFFICE CLERK. Miss Lillie Pearl Davis is now assisting at the post office as clerk.

MATTRESS REPAIR. Bob Allen has opened up his mattress repair and restorer shop in the Wade block.

WEDDING. Lemon Douglas and Sylvia Gadsens of Racepond were married this week by Rev. James Feede.

MISS PAGE TO STUDY NURSING. Miss Jewel Page left this week for Hoyoke, Mass. where she will enter a hospital for a three years training course.

CCC CAMP CARPENTERS. Leon Askew and S. Ackerman were weekend visitors from Camp 1450 near St. George Saturday where they are engaged in helping with construction of winter quarters for the camp boys.

MRS. JOHN B. LLOYD, AGED RESIDENT, PASSES. In the death of Mrs. Ada Raulerson Lloyd Sunday after an illness of some six weeks at the old home where she has resided since her marriage to John B. Lloyd on May 6, 1882, this community loses a splendid character which has been exemplified in the raising of a fine family consisting of one daughter, Mrs. I.L. Rogers and six living sons, C.W., Jeff, Mack, H.S. and Brantley of Folkston and Lester Lloyd of Tampa. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Billie Harris and a brother, Joe Raulerson of Macclenny. The services were held at the Baptist Church with Rev. M.G. Davis officiating. Burial was in Folkston cemetery, the body being laid to rest by the side of her son Bruzzer Lloyd who lost his life some seven years ago while working with the Bell Telephone Co. by coming in contact with a live wire.

C.W. LLOYD DIED. The shadow of death has hung over the home of John Lloyd twice this week. Two answered the Final Summons. Tuesday night C.W. Lloyd, eldest son of Mr. Lloyd answered the Death Summons which his mother had answered only two days previously. Mr. Lloyd has been a resident of Jacksonville the past several years and only recently came home seriously ill. He was in his fiftieth year. The funeral was held at Pigeon Creek Church in Florida and the body interred by the side of his wife who died six years ago,

LEWIS HENDERSON DIED. Lewis Henderson, a resident of the Winokur district, died last Friday evening after a few hours illness having been taken ill soon after returning home from work. Dr. McCoy was called in but the disease had such a serious hold as to render attention of little value. He lived on the old Bird place, farming for a livelihood. He leaves a wife and four children.


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