Digest of Charlton County Herald - October 1928

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

October 5, 1928

DISTRICT MEETING OF I.O.O.F. AND REBEKAH LODGE. The largest and most delightful occasion ever enjoyed in the history of Folkston among the secret societies was that of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodge Tuesday night. It was a meeting of the First Division of International Order of Odd Fellows Grand Jurisdiction and Rebekah Assembly of Georgia with the Folkston Lodges. Over 100 Odd Fellows and Rebekahs came, Jacksonville sending a crack team to initiate five candidates into the order. The town was turned over to the visitors, each of three restaurants preparing a banquet for them, the local order being the hostess for the occasion. Mrs. Rosa M. Toy was introduced as a Rebekah of fifty years, who responded in a feeling manner of her years in the great work of the order from her early days back in Ohio down to date despite her 80 odd years and showed her splendid vigor. She was given rapt attention and spontaneous applause. The five candidates taken into the Rebekah Lodge were Annie Faye Rodgers, Jessie Mae Davis, Mrs. Harry Condon, Clyde Gowen and George Gowen.

NEW COURTHOUSE. The laborers at the courthouse site are cleaning away the debris and getting ready for work. Artis Nobles has the contract to haul gravel and sand for the work and is putting it on the ground in a hurry. Face brick ordered are expected in a day or so and are going to be a rich chocolate red. Foreman Collins is domiciled in camp right on the spot, taking his meals at restaurants.

COLORED SCHOOLS TO OPEN. At the meeting of the Board of Education, it was decided that all of the colored schools would open on the last Monday in November and that teachers would be paid on a basis of attendance.AD. In an ad for Crosley All Electric Radios: "You don't know what you are missing. Get the daily events all over the country. What is better than this -- we heard Al Smith in Oklahoma City last week as plain as if he was in the place where the radio was speaking. All of us want the chance to hear him many times. Save yourself from reading the newspaper. Get it from the air!"

EDITORIAL COMMENT. Every community should have a Radio and listen to what is happening to the outside world.

YOUNG MEN HAVE FOUND JOBS. Folkston's two young prodigal sons, Joe Stewart and George Mills have at last reached their Utopia and report with jobs in Toledo, Ohio.

FRANK RAULERSON DIED. Clerk John Raulerson returned the first of the week from Moniac, whence he had been called by the death of his brother, Frank. The death was sudden, being from a heart attack, it coming on after he had retired for the night. An unusual noise was made by Mr. Raulerson and attracted his wife from an adjoining room, but too late to render aid. He died in a few moments. He was buried at North Prong Cemetery.

October 12, 1928

WEDDING. An interesting event of the week was the marriage of Mr. J. Melton Crews, age 22, son of Mr. Bryant Crews, who resides on the Little Okefenokee, to Mrs. Lydia Stone, a blushing bride of 63 years, who is the best known character of Charlton County, being the owner of some 17,000 acres in the Racepond section of the Okefinokee Swamp, an accumulation of her own honest toil and frugal habits. The ceremony was performed in the courtroom at Masonic Hall by H.G. Gibson, Ordinary before an audience of a hundred and fifty friends and well-wishers of the happy couple who showered upon them their hearty congratulations. The groom has been assisting with the care of the large interest of Miss Lydia's for the past year or so and proved his ability in taking care of her interest in such a splendid way and won the esteem and affection of the lady. The bride, it is stated, said that having laid by in store a plenty for rainy days intends to enjoy her remaining years with her husband as their desires prompt them, the income being sufficient, while the landed estate will be kept intact. A lease on a part of the timber the past week supplied some $2,000.00 for honeymoon expenses and a handsome Chevrolet Sedan purchased by the bride for that occasion brought them to the wedding place and more than happily on their way back to their home near Racepond. The Herald wishes them all the joys that life has in store for those that can and are able to enjoy it.

U.D.C. MARKER AT ST. MARYS BRIDGE. The Florida celebration in honor of the Confederate dead, was given by the United Daughters of the Confederacy Wednesday in Jacksonville. At 3:00 o'clock they held a ceremony at the St. Marys River uncovering a marker as "A memorial to our beloved chieftain General Robert E. Lee." The police band rendered inspiring music for the occasion.

NEW BABY. Gilbert Mizell is as proud as a citizen can get to be, the reason is that a charming guest has arrived at their home, arriving last Wednesday. She is a beautiful young lady, tipping the beam at 11 pounds. Mother is doing fine.

WORLD SERIES GAMES. The World Series Games were received by Radio at both drug stores.

JOHN GROOMS DIED. John Grooms, age 60 years, who had been living at Burnt Fort with his sister, Mrs. Lang, died Tuesday and was buried in a neighborhood cemetery.

Issue of October 19, 1928 not on microfilm

October 26, 1928

MRS. SARAH WHARTON HARRIS DIED. Mrs. Sarah Charlotte Harris, who died October 17th at her home here after a short illness, was laid to rest by the side of her husband who had preceded her long ago. The services conducted by her pastor, Rev. E.F. Dean, assisted by Rev. B.A. Chastain, was simple in accordance with her expressed wish. "Mother Harris" as she was known to her many friends, closed her life's chapter here as she must have wished. This summer, in speaking to an old friend, she expressed the wish that she might be taken "while the home flowers were in bloom". In this her wish was fulfilled for the lovely home of the Harris' is a gorgeous mass of autumn blooms. During her illness her room and house was kept filled with the lovely masses. Later her slight form was all but concealed by the many floral offerings. Stricken in the midst of a busy, happy life, she was ill but a few days and was not called on to suffer long. She was born February 14, 1847 in Saline County, Missouri. She was married on March 2, 1873 at Marshfield, Missouri to Jacob S. Harris. They had one son, John Harris, who lives at St. George. Mr. and Mrs. Harris came to St. George in 1907 and lived here until February 16, 1914 when Mr. Harris died. Since that time the widow has made her home with her son and his family. She was 81 years of age.

MRS. MARTHA ANN RAULERSON YARBOUGH DIED. Mrs. Martha Ann Yarbough died at her home near St. George October 17th after an illness extending over a period of many months, if not years. She was buried at the Boone Creek Cemetery with a simple service by her family and friends. Martha Ann Raulerson was born in Charlton County and lived here all of her life. She was married to Ben Yarbough and was the mother of six children: Wirth, Clara, Frank, Paul and Viru. She leaves also a number of sisters and brothers, Mrs. J. Phillips, Mrs. L.V. Dykes, Mrs. Thrift, J.R. Raulerson, Mose Raulerson, Dan Raulerson, J.R., N.J. and W.O. Raulerson.

MR. JACK SELLARS DIED. Mr. Jack Sellars died at the home of Joel Hodge near St. George on October 15th after a long illness. He was buried at Emmeaus Church cemetery. Mr. Sellars was born in Charlton County, as were his father and mother before him. He lived here all of his life except short periods when he visited in the homes of relatives in Jacksonville. He contracted a serious ailment some time ago which resulted in his death. Mr. Sellars was married to Miss Francis Thomas, sister of H.D. Thomas. Three children were born to them: Burto, West, Mrs. D.M. Mallard and Mrs. C.L. Babb. Two brothers, Jesse Aldrich and Berry Aldrich. Two sisters, Mrs. R. Hickock and Mrs. Charles Chesser. He has made his home for a number of years with a cousin, Mrs. Joel Hodges.

MRS. HENRY B. O'BERRY DIED. In the death of Mrs. Henry B. O'Berry on October 18th in Folkston, there passes to the reward of the faithful another estimable native-born citizen of Charlton County. She was a sister of the late Mr. Andy Gowen and born 68 years ago on the old original Gowen place in the Traders Hill district. She was ill some two weeks and all that love and care could do failed to stay the illness that stilled her voice. Beside her husband, there survives her, Messrs. Albert Mizell, Owen K. Mizell, W.G. Mizell, J.C. Mizell and B.G. Mizell and three daughters, Mrs. Georgia McClain, Mrs. Agnes O'Berry and Mrs. Katie Woolard. Funeral was conducted at Folkston cemetery by Rev. M.G. Davis and Rev. C.A.Neese.

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