Digest of Charlton County Herald - October 1929

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

October 4, 1929

GREAT STORM VISITS AREA. The threat of a cyclone for the past week has kept our people in a state of uneasiness. With the advice Tuesday that the storm would visit Folkston at 1:00 o'clock, the schools were dismissed and Conference in session at the Methodist Church was adjourned. Bro. Webb left immediately for Waycross. Folkston luckily missed the storm but the deluge of water beforehand had filled the woods, fields and streams until there is more water in Charlton than ever before. Commissioner Knabb reported water higher at Moniac by far than in years. Along the watersheds of the Satilla, so much water has fallen that the stream is breaking all records in volumes of water. It ran into the old Littlefield house at Burnt Fort for the first time in history. Mr. Howard has moved to the second story and has housed his poultry in the loft. The oldest inhabitants, with recollections dating back to 1871, say this is the highest water in history. Water overran the toll bridge [Burnt Fort] and covered the flat woods. Many sheep and cattle drowned. Sol Mills reported some 20 head of sheep, with over a hundred missing. He had his stock ranging there and has lost 20 to 30 head of cows. Friday a bolt of lightning flashed through the hall of the house occupied by Harley Johnson, running along an electric light wire, on out the back door and struck Mrs. Johnson who was standing near a pump. Several of the family were nearby. They summoned Dr. Fleming. She was brought to life but was so badly dazed that she didn't seem fully conscious of anything for some time. It appeared that her face had been struck, her hair was singed and her shirtwaist was in tatters. She was taken to the Waycross hospital. The bolt was discovered to have struck a small tree, scaling it slightly.

TWO AIRPLANES HIDE FROM STORM HERE. Folkston's Aviation Field came in handy last Thursday. Two ships dropped down for a stay. One from Jacksonville failed to light there, so came to our haven of refuge from the storm.

TYPHOID THREAT TO OUR CITIZENS. Dr. Fleming, County Health Officer, advises the Herald that in view of the continuous rain and to the extent that our drinking water may be polluted, it is safer that our people be given typhoid inoculation. Consult your family physician. Our people can not afford to neglect this matter.

BOXING MATCH. Folkston's first boxing match is to be staged at the Okefenokee Air Port Arena on Oct. 8th. Ringside seats, $1.50; general admission, $1.00. The card, as arranged, is Glynn Chancey, 175, Champion of Florida vs. To Be Decided for ten rounds. Four other matches will be fought.

STAPLETON'S PHARMACY PREPARES FOR CANDY WEEK. There seems to be a day or week set aside for every thing so the makers of candy have made the week of October 13-19 Candy Week. Stapleton's Pharmacy just received yesterday a handsome candy showcase, and are making a display of the most delicious candies ranging from the five cents bar to the daintiest boxes. From the looks of their display it is evident they intend having every day Candy Day. Anyway, if you are going to celebrate the week, there's no need to worry about where the candy can be had. Stapleton's is the place.

HERALD SUBSCRIPTION CAMPAIGN. The end is near. As the clock strikes five next Saturday afternoon, the Herald's subscription campaign will come to an end. Prizes will be awarded to those with the most votes [most subscriptions sold]. Wm. Mizell, Jr., O.A. Cassell and W.B. Happy Smith will award the prizes. The campaign will close at 5:00 P.M. Western Union Time at the Citizens Bank.

FOOTBALL GAME MAKES SATURDAY HOLIDAY. Georgia having gone partly wild over the football games, the last legislature made their first big season's game Saturday, October 12, a legal holiday. As the banks have begun celebrating the day in financial centers, the state banks are also closing for that day. The Citizens Bank will close on Saturday.

GOOD COTTON CROP. Mr. A.W. Askew, manager of the Folkston Gin, says that he has just ginned the fourth bale of cotton, for a Charlton County farmer, that was produced on five acres of land. The farmer has almost a half bale more to gin from the same tract. This cotton has already brought $440.00. The half bale and the seed yet unsold will total up $500.00 at least.

BUSY CHAMBER MEETING. During the Chamber of Commerce meeting this week, Dr. Williams led discussions of the poultry sale day, a potato curing house and a hotel.

EDITORIAL OBSERVATIONS. After a sultry night I was out early and drank in the breath of the pines and the fragrance of the wild flowers. Almost lost in the beauty of the morning the antics of a couple of calves and Old Jim, the mule, aroused my interest. They had been released from the stall and with frolicsome intent they ran pell-mell to the mule. They nosed him affectionately and he did them likewise in return, the caress being as from a long-lost brother. Then I was told this was their daily greeting. As if perchance they missed each other, the calves had bawled in discontent--they were buddies, we surmised. We later noticed as they were fed, Old Jim backed up to them and threatened to kick them if they did not give up their feed. --T.W. WRENCH

PRESCOTT SCHOOL. At the Board of Education meeting this week, a request was heard for the consolidation of the Prescott School and Folkston School.

October 11, 1929

MRS. SIKES WINS CHEVROLET. Saturday afternoon the Herald's subscription campaign was brought to a close. At 5:00 o'clock the judges opened the box and counted the cash and subscriptions. They declared the following to be winners: Mrs. J.O. Sikes, winner of the Chevrolet and Miss Bernice Pearce, winner of $200.00. Over $1500.00 in subscriptions was brought during this contest.

BOXING MATCH. The boxing match staged this week at Okefenokee Arena drew a fairly good attendance of over 300 spectators. A number of ladies were present.

MILK BOTTLE CAPS TO IDENTIFY DAIRIES. Effective October 1st, the law regulating the sale and production of milk within the state has aroused considerable interest among the public. One of the features of the new law is the requirement of producers, when bringing milk to the market, to have his name and address labeled on the bottle caps.

MURDER CASES DISPOSED AT COURT. Superior Court convened Monday with a large number of legal lights present. Some of the cases disposed were: Joe Smith, Murder, Plea of guilty, natural life. He killed a colored woman at Moniac with a hack. Annie B. Houston, Murder, Plea of guilty, Killed another colored woman at Hercules Camp, 5 to 10 years. Roosevelt Hatcher, Murder, Killed Mr. Woods, Suggs' turpentine woodsman when he went to call him to go to work, 20 years. "Slow John" Williams, colored turpentine worker, went to trial just before noon for the murder of a negro woman at Clarking. The case is in the hands of the jury and conviction is expected.

WATER STILL COVERS TOLL BRIDGE. The flood is over but the slowly receding water is still covering the toll bridge at Burnt Fort and much territory near the Satilla. Most of the patrons on Route Two have been cut off from the mail service and the Silco section has been isolated. Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Howard report the water is out of their home at Burnt Fort with the chickens still on the second floor. The Howards are still the guests of highland neighbors who rescued them with boats.

THE GRADY GIBSONS TO MOVE. The many friends of Mr. Grady Gibson and family regret very much to see them move from Charlton County. They are arranging to move to a farm near Hazelhurst. The 4-H Club wishes to thank them for the use of their home as a meeting place.

SOMETHING NEW -- RADIO BEACONS. Radio beacons are the latest things. They are being installed between Atlanta and New York. They guide planes on their direct course between stations and if perchance one gets off course an indicator shows it. They are like magnets.

October 18, 1929

AIRPLANE PILOT MOVES HERE. E.W. Hightower came down from Atlanta Thursday prepared to remain in Folkston to take care of the aviation part of the Okefenokee Air Port. He is an expert flyer, is a transport pilot and has never had an accident. He has the Waco plane in charge and will make Folkston his home. [photo of pilot]

NATIONAL AIR TOUR FLEET FLIES OVER. Saturday morning Folkston was entertained with the 1929 National Air Tour Fleet of 43 planes passing through. Most passed directly over Folkston, others to the eastward. Several of the largest type flew low and they gave the populace quite a thrill. The Waycross Journal Herald is responsible for the statement that Lindbergh and his wife passed over the same morning, returning from his South American tour.

BAPTISTS TO FINISH CHURCH. We understand that through an arrangement of financing the work for a four year period, that the Baptists of Folkston are now in a position to complete the rebuilding of their church.

COUNTY COURT IN SESSION. At the October term of County Court the case against ........., on a charge of driving while drunk, was nolle prossed. Affidavits were presented showing that he was dead.

BROOKS SCHOOL CHILDREN HURT. Sixty-five pupils and Supt. Gannell of Oak Hill school in Brooks County were hurt when the cry of "Snake!" by a laggard pupil caused a stampede of pupils as they rushed panicked from the building, causing the porch to collapse, burying the children beneath its roof. Supt. Gannell and six of the pupils were seriously hurt, others suffered minor cuts and bruises. Chapel was in session when the laggard pupil cried "Snake!" at the door.

WEDDING. Married October 15th at the home of Ordinary Gibson, Mr. Charlie Roden of Jacksonville and Miss Bennie Pittman of St. George.

STUDENT TEACHERS. Members of the senior class of the high school, who expect to teach next year, are being taken to some unit for a day's practice in order to permit the regular teachers to observe their work in some other school.

October 25, 1929

WOMAN'S CIVIC CLUB DONATES BOOKS TO SCHOOL. One of the largest gifts ever made to the schools was the delivery this week by the Women's Civic Club of approximately 1,000 volumes for the library. For a number of years the club has maintained a library, to which the school has had access. At a recent meeting the ladies decided to abandon their library and turn the books over to the school. As soon as the books can be catalogued and additional shelf room provided, announcement of the hours will be made. The general public will be given an opportunity to use all the books in the school library.

NEW FAMILY FOR FOLKSTON. The Herald welcomes Mr. J. Braddock and family as new citizens, he having been connected with the Coast Line for years. They occupy the new bungalow just completed by Mayor Stapleton.

LITTLE DORIS BROWN DIED. Doris Brown, age four, died at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Austin, at their home near Kent on Monday. The child was taken ill Sunday, pneumonia developed and death came on Monday. Interment was at St. George. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude D. Brown, live in Savannah. She had several sisters and brothers.

CRAWFORD BABY INJURED. The Farley Crawford baby got hold of some potash Saturday and burned its mouth badly. Fortunately medical aid was at hand and no serious results followed, though the child suffered a badly burned mouth and a high fever as late as Sunday.

LEWIS LONDEREE WORKING IN JACKSONVILLE. Lewis Londeree, who graduated high school last spring has gone to work for Cohens in Jacksonville.

NEW HEATING SYSTEM. The John Harris home in St. George has just installed one of those new heating plants which we are not up on. It looks too nice to be associated with wood or coal, but we were assured that it was expected to heat the entire house.

COL. MCQUEEN TO GET ARTIFICIAL LEG. Col. and Mrs. A.S. McQueen left on Thursday for Atlanta where the Colonel will have fitted a cork leg. The loss of his leg makes him unable to get around and his friends are hoping the artificial one will prove satisfactory.

WEDDING. The following marriage was recorded in the Ordinary's office the past week: James Johnson and Curtie Riley, both of Racepond, were married by Rev. W.C. Cooper.

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

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