Digest of Charlton County Herald - October 1936

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

October 2, 1936

WEDDING. September 26th was an unusually busy day for Judge H.G. Gibson in his favorite occupation, performing marriage ceremonies. Among the several couples united were L.C. Larisey of Waycross to Miss Evelyn Crews of Uptonville.

MR. WILLIAM A. CREWS DIED. William A. Crews, 76, died Friday at the home of his son, Allen Crews, in Jacksonville. He was a native of Charlton County and engaged in farming in this county practically all his life. He moved to Jacksonville about sixteen years ago. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. W.J. Richardson, Mrs. W.E. Morgan, Mrs. T.H. Purdom and Miss Pency Crews; four sons, Walter C., Allen, Nathan and George P. Crews. The late Mrs. Noah Stokes of Toledo was his daughter. The funeral was held at the grave in Boone’s Creek Cemetery. Hardage and Williams were in charge.

FRANK MURRAY RECOVERING. Frank Murray, who suffered serious burns several weeks ago when a bucket of asphalt he was handling exploded and caught fire, was cordially greeted this week by his many friends when he made his first appearance on the streets since the accident. While he is still unable to get about much, he is well on the way to recovery.

PORTE TRACY VISITS. P.C. Tracy was an appreciated visitor at the Herald office Monday afternoon. Mr. Tracy is among the real pioneer citizens of this community, being well past the three score and ten mark, and having spent practically all of his life here. He entertained us with some interesting reminiscences of the early days of the county. Among others, telling about traveling seven miles on a pole car to cast his first vote in a presidential election for Grover Cleveland. While Mr. Tracy lives just across the St. Marys River on the Florida side, he is regarded as one of us Georgia “crackers”, all his business transactions being centered in Folkston.

NEW SUBDIVISION BEING DEVELOPED. L.E. Mallard purchased an interest in the Saulville Subdivision adjacent to Folkston this week. It is rumored that Mr. Mallard will subdivide this and sell it to the colored people as well as assist in erecting homes on the property. The colored school building, which is now completed, is in this subdivision, the land having been donated to them by Mr. Mallard.

CABBAGE PLANTS ARRIVE. A shipment of 84,000 cabbage plants consigned to County Agent W.D. Jones was received in Folkston this week for distribution to a number of Charlton farmers who expect to grow cabbage this fall for the market.

HADDOCK BABY DIED. The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Jennings Haddock will regret to learn that the infant born to them last Sunday morning died at birth. Reports are that Mrs. Haddock is getting along fine.

October 9, 1936

COMMUNITY CENTER IN HOMELAND. A community center has been established at the Homeland city hall, which began last Monday. The work is in charge of Mrs. Cason. Mrs. Warington and Miss Anderson, under direction of Mrs. Rudolph Mills who is in charge of this feature of the PWA program in Charlton County. It is stated that a community center will be established in St. George in the near future.

WEDDING. Albert Phillips, Jr. and Mrs. Mary Burch, both of Jacksonville, were united in marriage here October 3rd, the ceremony being performed by Judge H.G. Gibson. Mrs. Burch is a former resident of Charlton County.

NELSON PARKER IS HOME. Nelson Parker, who had been serving in a CCC camp in Auburn, Ala., has returned to his home here.

October 16, 1936

HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL. The following pupils made B or A on their reports: Fourth Year: Mabel Askew, Elizabeth Passieu, Martha Grace Wilson. Third Year: Valentine Altman, Hubert Bunn, Mildred Huling, Jewell Mizell, Kathryn Raynor, Elma Thrift, Lamar Wainwright. Second Year: Beryl Barnes, Pauline Lowther, John A. Mills, Sara Kathryn Mizell, Irene Gibson.

NEW GRAMMAR SCHOOL CLASSROOMS. Work was begun Monday on construction of two new primary rooms for the Folkston Grammar School. These are being built as a WPA project under direction of B.E. Roebuck, resident engineer. When the building was erected room was left on the south end of each wing for an additional room and these are merely a part of the original plan of the building. The rooms are 34 feet square, will have vestibules, outside entrances and will contain, besides a 27x32 classroom, locker space, boys’ and girls’ toilets and teacher’s room. Each will be connected with the main building by a door leading into the present washroom. Construction will be of a type to match the present building. Beginners can enter from the south street when these rooms are completed and will not be compelled to be with the larger pupils, only as may be desired.

JOHN HARRIS BUYS FOLKSTON PROPERTY. Supt. John Harris of the Charlton County School System has purchased the old Will Hathaway place located in West Folkston and is having the residence completely remodeled and it will be converted into an attractive modern home. Mr. Harris now resides in one of the most beautiful country homes in Charlton County near St. George.

DEAN HARDWARE IS PURCHASED BY MAYOR E.C. GOWEN. An important business change was announced this week with the sale of Dean Hardware to Mayor Gowen who plans to operate a high class hardware store carrying a complete line of hardware, building supplies and paints.

MRS. JOHN HOPKINS DIED. Many friends in this county were deeply grieved at the announcement of the death last week at her home in Waycross of Mrs. John M. Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins for several years had been employed as the superintendent of the Hebard interests in this county and he and Mrs. Hopkins made their home in Charlton County for a number of years. Besides her husband, Mrs. Hopkins is survived by a son and daughter.

THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of the Citizens Bank at close of business on September 30, 1936: Resources: $505,210.91.

WEDDING. Miss Susie Enyedy of St. George was married last Sunday in Jacksonville to Mr. Frank Osko of Miami.

STORM AT ST. GEORGE. Lightning struck at the edge of Wilbur Johnson’s house Friday, in the St. George area, going under the house and killing a chicken. Mr. Johnson was knocked from his chair in the dining room.

October 23, 1936

FLORIDA TURNS BACK INDIGENTS. Hundreds of Negroes and indigent white people have been turned back at the state line by the Florida border patrol in the past two weeks. The streets of Folkston have been crowded daily with these indigent “tourists” who were denied entrance to the land of sunshine and flowers. They are being dumped by the hundreds on the Georgia border counties where they must be cared for temporarily until they can make arrangements to return to their homes or to enter Florida by train or some other means. Most of those who really desire to go into Florida eventually get there anyway. Most who have been halted at the river bridge have returned to Folkston and resumed their journey south by train.

WEDDING. A marriage announcement that will be of widespread interest was that of Miss Geraldine Askew, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Askew, and Julian McCormick of Jacksonville, which occurred Sunday at St. Augustine. They will make their home in Jacksonville.

There was nothing of historical interest in the October 30th, 1936 issue.

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