Digest of Charlton County Herald - September 1940

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

September 6, 1940

BETHEL CHURCH CEMETERY CLEAN UP DAY. A party of more than 75 workmen assembled at Bethel Church cemetery last Thursday morning for the annual clean-up and before the noon hour arrived the cemetery had been placed in first class condition, and the grounds given a thorough cleaning up. The basket lunch on the church grounds at noon concluded the morningís activities.

LITTLE MARGARET ROSE RODGERS BORN. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rodgers are being congratulated upon the birth on August 22nd of a fine 7 - pound baby girl, born at the Sawyer Hospital. She has been named Margaret Rose.

ELECTRICITY NOW AT WINOKUR AND BURNT FORT. Section ìBî of the lines of the Okefenokee REA project extending from Nahunta to Winokur and Burnt Fort were recently placed in service. The people of those communities are now enjoying the benefit of electric lights and power service. The Okefenokee REA lines extending from Uptonville to Traders Hill and to the CCC camp in St. George will be placed in service within the next few days. The current will be supplied by the Georgia Light and Power Co. A large number of homes along the lines have been wired and are ready for the juice to the turned on.

DEMOCRACY AND PATRIOTISM TO BE TAUGHT. School officials and teachers this week are making final preparation for the opening of the fall term on September 9th. In furtherance of the National Defense Program, Charltonís schools are to participate wholeheartedly. Among the plans to be followed are organization of a course of instruction in a study of Democracy, reaching from the first grade through the fourth grade of high school; a series of assembly programs on the advantage of living in a free democracy; analysis of propaganda will be undertaken so that a fair evaluation of newspaper comments and radio broadcasts may be made with a careful guarding against fifth column activities, and learning to sing patriotic songs.

HOME DEFENSE CORPS NAMES OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN. Captain E.B. Stapleton, Commander of Charlton Countyís unit of the State Home Defense Corps, announced that the local unit has been recruited up to its full authorized strength of six officers and twenty enlisted men. The group will be used to assist in the preservation of order and peace, protect vital installations and public works and keep activities of aliens in this section under observation. The complete roster of the local unit is as follows: Officers: E.B. Stapleton, Captain; O.C. Mizell, lst Lt.; Alva E. Wilson, lst Sgt.; W.R. Allen, Line Sgt.; E.C. Aldridge and Noah Stokes, Corporals. Enlisted men: C.J. Passieu, J.E. Prescott, H.O. Prescott, H.B. Rodgers, J.O. Hannaford, J.M. Crews, W.L. Thomas, A.A. Allen, Sol P. Mills, R.E. Tittle, L.E. Mallard, W.B. Vickery, J.T. Stover, Julian Crews, William Mizell, J.B. Southwell, J.V. Gowen, Sr., W.C. Hopkins, R. Ward Harrison and A.L. Askew.

GARDEN CLUB SPONSORING CLEAN-UP CONTEST FOR SERVICE STATIONS. The Roadside Development Committee of the Garden Club is sponsoring a contest and hopes to get all service stations and refreshment stands in the city to make some improvements toward beautifying their surroundings. The following is a scale for judging: Absence of all unnecessary advertising and signs; absolute cleanliness of station and surroundings; clean paint; attractive planting of trees, shrubs or flowers. The station meeting the requirements will be given the Award of Merit which is a circular metal sign hanging from a straight bar with National Council of State Garden Clubs in white lettering.

J.E. HARVEY, JR. WORKING IN SAVANNAH. J.E. Harvey, Jr. has accepted a position with the SAL signal department, starting work at Savannah last Thursday.

September 13, 1940

RED CROSS TO MEET CONCERNING MAKING REFUGEE CLOTHING. The Charlton County branch of the American Red Cross will hold a called meeting Friday night in the community room, for the purpose of arousing interest for the production of articles of clothing and surgical dressing to be used for the refugees in the war-stricken areas. The material will be sent here from National Headquarters and our members will make the garments, which are to be mostly for refugee children.

NEW INTERN AT ADKINS FUNERAL HOME. Mr. Billie Carter of Jesup, who has served as an apprentice mortician with a Jesup undertaking establishment for the past several months is now associated with Adkins Funeral Home in this city. He will complete his training as a mortician and embalmer with C.F. Adkins.

NEW TEACHERS AT CHARLTON SCHOOLS. Enrollment in the Folkston schools was 677 students, 392 pupils in the Elementary school; 146 in Junior High school and 139 in Senior High school. The new teachers were selected with great care as to qualifications in training and character. New teachers at Folkston are: Miss Jo Lee Mallory, of Madison, Ga. who teaches public school music. She will teach in all three buildings and in all grades. Miss Mary Eleanor McCoy will have charge of the art classes. She is from Lafayette, Ala. Lourilla Brooks of Avera, Ga. has classes in Senior High school. Miss Margaret Littlefield taught home economics here for several years and returns to take her former position. John Pryor Hays, of Atlanta. Miss Kathryn Raynor completed two years of college work and it entitles her to teach here. Miss Mildred Huling is another of our own girls, who did two years of work at Andrew and teaches under the rule permitting a home teacher with that minimum to be employed. Miss Alma Gainey of Cairo is a new teacher at Moniac. Another new teacher at Moniac is Miss Dorothy Reynolds, a resident of that district, who has never taught before. Miss Susie Mae Lewis who has been living here for a year is teaching at Uptonville. All the other teachers are the same as employed last year.

O.F. WILSON BUILDING NEW HOME. Construction was begun this week on a six room bungalow being erected by O.F. Wilson on his lot located along the highway opposite the N.V. Brown residence. Contractor E. W. Shivar is directing the work.

NEW WELFARE BOARD MEMBERS. The county commissioners appointed Roland Canaday, Moniac and W.H. Prescott, Winokur to the Charlton County Public Welfare Board to succeed L. Knabb and B.S. Prescott, who resigned.

MRS. MARY ALEXANDER DIED. People of Folkston and the community were deeply grieved by the news of the death of Mrs. Mary Alexander who passed away Saturday at the home of her niece, Mrs. E.M. Davis at Maysville, S.C., where she had been visiting. Her death followed a brief illness. She was 78 and her death was attributed largely to the infirmities of age. A native of Maysville, Mrs. Alexander had been a resident of Folkston for the past twenty years. She was the widow of the late E. Alexander, Folkston merchant, who died eleven years ago. A cultured gentlewoman of the old Southern type, she was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church. Her funeral was held at the Folkston Presbyterian Church Tuesday and interment followed in the Folkston cemetery. Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. W.B. Smith, Mrs. James Purdom and Mrs. O.V. Hamrick and a nephew, Everett C. Smith. Adkins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

ST. MARYS PULP MILL. Plans for construction of a large pulp mill in St. Marys, by the St. Marys Kraft Corp. were announced this week by Charles Gilman of New York, an officer of the concern. Costs of the plant will be several million dollars. It is expected to produce about 30,000 tons of wood pulp a year. Construction time was estimated at nine months. The mill site consists of 80 acres fronting on the North St. Marys River.

JOHN S. GIBSON ELECTED TO CONGRESS. Sol. General John S. Gibson of the Waycross Judicial Circuit, a native of Charlton County, won a sweeping victory in an election to Congress to succeed the late W. Ben Gibbs in Wednesdayís Democratic Primary. Reports from the 20 counties of the 8th District reveal that he won a plurality vote over his four opponents in thirteen counties.

J.B. SOUTHWELL ELECTED STATE REPRESENTATIVE. John B. Southwell, widely known Folkston business man, won a decisive victory over his opponent, Leslie N. Norman, St. George oil dealer, in the race for Representative of Charlton County. Final returns gave Mr. Southwell a vote of 698 to 388 for Mr. Norman.

ELECTRICITY FOR UPTONVILLE, TRADERS HILL AND ST. GEORGE. Charlton County made another big forward stride in its development this week when the current was turned on the recently completed rural electric lines extending through the county and serving Burnt Fort, Winokur, Uptonville, Traders Hill, CCC Camp and St. George communities.

September 20, 1940

CONSCRIPTION ACT IS SIGNED. President Roosevelt signed the Draft Act Monday and fixed October 16th as Registration Day for 16,500.000 young Americans now subject to compulsory military training. Excuses for failure to register will not be accepted. Those away from home can register at the nearest registration place and their cards will be forwarded to their home communities. Failure to register is punishable by five years in prison or a $10,000.00 fine, or both.

LITTLE LAURA GALE SMITH BORN. Clerk of Court Everett C. Smith and Mrs. Smith are being congratulated upon the birth on September 16 of a fine baby girl at Sawyer Hospital. She has been named Laura Gale.

CELEBRATION OF ELECTRICITY ON SEPT. 21ST. The entire system of rural electric lines constructed by the Okefenokee Membership Corporation with headquarters in Nahunta swung into action Wednesday when the juice was turned on the lines extending from Uptonville to St. George. Directors for the corporation for Charlton County are Charles Henry Gibson and N. J. Norman who have worked hard to bring to a successful conclusion this great forward step for the county. Formal dedication of the system will take place Sept. 21st with a big celebration to be held in Nahunta. A basket picnic dinner will be a feature of the occasion. People living along the lines are especially invited. Electrical appliances of all kinds will be on display and about a dozen prizes consisting of a radio, hot plate, ironing board, irons, coffee pot, toaster, waffle irons will be presented to holders of lucky tickets.

DR. WILLIAMS IS DELEGATE TO AMERICAN LEGION CONVENTION. Dr. A.D. Williams left Thursday for Boston where he will attend the annual national American Legion Convention which opens Sunday.

CONTRIBUTIONS FOR MILK, AND REFUGEE CLOTHING ARE RED CROSS LOCAL PROJECTS. At a meeting of the Charlton County branch of the American Red Cross held Friday night, attention was called to the fact that many children in our schools need milk. It has been decided to put milk bottles in the stores to allow everyone in the county to contribute to this worthy cause. They are sure that the bottles will soon be full of pennies and dimes, etc. The making of garments for refugee children was discussed and Mrs. John Southwell was named chairman of the production committee.

September 27, 1940

GRADING COMPLETE FOR STATE ROUTE 23. The grading of State Route No. 23 between Nahunta and Folkston has been practically completed, the state convict forces having nearly finished the work right up to the junction with Federal Route One in Folkston. The new route of the highway enters Folkston along the street running just east of the home of Dr. W.D. Thompson and intersects Route One at the Pickren Service Station corner, one block to the west of the present road. The thick swamp where the road enters the city has been cleared of all underbrush along the right of way, which is a decided improvement in that part of town.

CAMP PINCKNEY BAPTIST WELCOMES NEW PASTOR. Rev. Bradley, former pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, has been called to be pastor of the Camp Pinckney Missionary Baptist Church. The majority of the Mt. Zion membership has been moved to Camp Pinckney.

DINNER-ON-THE-GROUNDS AT CAMP PINCKNEY. There was a public fellowship dinner served in the woods near the church at Camp Pinckney last Sunday with lots of good eats and a large crowd of visitors to enjoy the occasion.

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