Digest of Charlton County Herald - October 1937

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

October l, 1937

GRAND JURORS FOR OCTOBER TERM, SUPERIOR COURT. J.A. Prevatt, T. Wainwright, J.M. Wilson, Sr., E.H. Johnson, Leon Askew, W.D. Thompson, Seward Lee, M.G. White, Theo Dinkins, R.H. Wildes, O.K. Prevatt, S.C. Stokes, J.B. Southwell, V.A. Quarterman, W.H. Prescott, S.T. Cockrell, R.L. Canaday, A.A. Allen, W.O. Raulerson, E.N. Grooms, R.L. Crews, N.J. Raulerson, Pratt Crews, A.D. Burnsed, Ben C. Chesser, T.E. Leckie, H.C. Page, J.T. Thrift, A.G. Gowen, B.S. Prescott.

TRAVERSE JURORS: S.P. Green, D.W. Reynolds, W.R. Crews, J.H. Warren, Everett C. Smith, R.W. Bruschke, W.W. Pickren, J.M. Crawford, T.G. Brock, C.S. Buchanan, E.C. Kennison , J.D. Roddenberry, Theo Tucker, Charlie Hodges, W.L. Suggs, W.L. Chancey, R.A. Bryant, J.H. Jones, S.M. Howard, H.L. O’Quinn, C.J. Passieu, Paxton Stokes, Sol Burnsed, Dr. A. Fleming, Julian Crews, Festus N. Stokes, T.C. Gowen, Ralph Johnson, F.D. Mills, J.L. Sawyer, J.M. Wildes, S.A. Larrimore, G.H. Guinn, Robert Chesser, Justin Cockrell, Orlando Roberts, E. Knowles, E.C. Gowen, J.H. Johnson, V.J. Pickren, Jeff Lloyd, Troy Jones, Thomas W. Askew, J.O. Hannaford, W.R. Allen, E. Bell, E.V. Hodges and J.B. Jones.

MRS. ALICE MARR DIED. Mrs. Alice Marr, about sixty years old, widow of the late Ike Marr, passed away at her home near Coleraine Thursday following a brief illness. She is survived by seven daughters and one son. She had many friends throughout this section who will learn of her death with sorrow. Funeral arrangements had not been completed yesterday.

NEW BAPTIST PASTOR. Rev. R.W. Waterman, new pastor of the Folkston Baptist Church, and family were tendered a shower and “get acquainted” reception Thursday in the church building by members of the congregation.

STATE SCHOOL SUPERVISOR VISITS. W.E. Pafford, State School Supervisor for Southeast Georgia, was in Folkston this week on a general inspection trip. He spoke in high terms of the Charlton County schools stating that Supt. John Harris was one of the “outstanding school men of the state, and so recognized by state authorities” and that he had Charlton’s schools started under a program that, when carried out, school patrons will be justly proud. He stated that the Folkston school plant was unequaled than any place he had visited ten times the size of Folkston.

GARDEN CLUB HELPS WITH COUNTY IMPROVEMENT CONTEST. The regular meeting of the Garden Club will be held at the home of Mrs. Albert Fleming on October 7. It is important that every member bring a written list of things planted during 1937. This information will go into a report in the Charlton County Improvement Contest.

LODGE BUILT AT MAY BLUFF. The development plans for the 5,000 acre May Bluff tract on the Satilla River, recently acquired by the Varn interests, are rapidly being carried out. The improvements include a twelve room club house located on the beautiful bluff site overlooking the river, now in the final states of construction. The house is built in rustic style of upright cypress logs, with three sides enclosing a giant oak tree, around which a table will be built for outdoor meals. A swimming pool 30 by 60 feet is to be constructed. The house is already occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Lester Varn of Jacksonville who will spend their weekends there. He operates the Varn Motor Finance Co. in Jacksonville.

WEDDINGS. Recent marriages of interest include that of Mr. Ralph Murray, son of Ed Murray of the Traders Hill district and Miss Cordie Higginbotham, daughter of Mrs. Burbridge Higginbotham of the Winokur district who were married last Sunday by Judge McQueen.

Mr. E.A. Kennison, son of E.C. Kennison, and Miss Magnolia Manning of Silco were married Wednesday of last week by Judge McQueen.

ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCED. Mr. and Mrs. B.A. Altman announce the engagement of their daughter, Eleanor Valentine, to Jerome Alva Wainwright of Jacksonville. The marriage will take place early in October.

October 8, 1937

FOUR GUILTY PLEAS FOR KILLINGS. At the October term of court, James Palmer entered a plea of guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced for 18 to 20 years in the pen. He was charged with killing his son Saturday night while shooting at another in an argument over a quarter. He was sentenced before the funeral of the victim was held.

A.C. Cooper pled guilty to murder and received a life sentence. Jesse Wright pled guilty to murder and received a three to five years sentence. Albert Gray pled guilty to murder and got a 20 year sentence in pen.

CHARLIE A. CREWS VERY ILL. At the time of going to press word was received that Charlie A. Crews of the Uptonville community is dangerously ill. His friends and relatives wish for him a speedy recovery.

October 15, 1937

CLYDE C. LOYD DIED. Clyde C. Loyd, Register of Deeds for Graham County, died Thursday at his home in the Tallulah section, five miles from Robinsville. He had been ill for 22 days. Funeral services were conducted at Robinsville Baptist Church. Interment was in Campbell cemetery on the Talullah River. Mr. Loyd was a native of Folkston and came to Graham County in 1920 as a convict guard for the N.C. Prison Dept. He helped to build the highway from Robinsville to Topton. In 1924 he served as chairman of the County Board of Elections and in 1930 he was appointed County Accountant and ran an unsuccessful campaign for Register of Deeds. In 1932 he was elected Register of Deeds and was twice re-elected to that post. His present term would not have expired until 1946. He was a member of the Camp Pinckney Baptist Church of Folkston. He was prominent in church and civic circles. He was married fourteen years ago to Miss Icie West, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter West of Talullah. She survives him, together with one son, Leonard Loyd; one daughter, Ruth Loyd; five brothers, Bernie, Ralph, Cecil , Frank and Chester; one sister of Tampa.

MR. JOSEPH M. “JODIE MAN” DIXON DIED. Mr. Joseph M. Dixon, age 72, and Miss Dollie Dixon were united in marriage, the ceremony taking place in the presence of a few relatives and friends at the home of the bride in the Sardis community with the Rev. W.O. Gibson officiating. Mr. Dixon, vigorous and spry in spite of his advanced age is known throughout southeast Georgia as “Jodie Man” Dixon. He was for many years one of the best known farmers of Pierce County where he has spent practically his entire lifetime. In recent years he made his home in Blackshear. The bride is a member of a pioneer Charlton County family, being the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Eli Dixon. Since the death of her parents she has lived with a hired woman companion at the family homestead, the old Soley Chancey place, where Mr. and Mrs. Dixon will make their home for the present.. The marriage was not exactly a December-May romance, the bride being in her middle fifties.

WAYNE WILDES, JR. IS VICTIM OF POLIO. Little Wayne Wildes, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Wildes of Jacksonville and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Wildes of Folkston, was stricken with an attack of Infantile Paralysis several days ago and has been under treatment in St. Luke’s Hospital. The latest reports are that the little sufferer is much improved.

WEDDING. The announcement Sunday morning of the marriage of Miss Ruby Harrison and Mr. J.V. Gowen, Jr., which occurred Friday afternoon at St. Marys with Rev. Herbert Etheridge, pastor of the Methodist Church there officiating, came as a complete surprise to the many friends of this popular young couple. After announcing their marriage Sunday morning and receiving congratulations from their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Gowen left for a trip to Florida. She is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mr. R.W. Harrison and a graduate of Kingsland High School and has served as assistant postmaster in the Folkston Post Office. The groom is the fourth son of Mr. and Mr. J.V. Gowen, Sr. and has been engaged in business here with his brother Donald in the Folkston Grain & Grocery Co.

NEW CCC ENROLEES ASSIGNED. Mrs. E.F. Allen, county welfare director, accompanied a group of Charlton County CCC enrollees to Valdosta yesterday for assignment to CCC camps. There were eleven boys in the group, nine white and two colored. Eight of the boys are to be assigned to camps and the other three are alternates.

October 22, 1937

REA PROJECT DISCUSSED. Mr. James Rossman, accepting an invitation of the citizens of the Uptonville community made through C.W. Waughtel, addressed a very enthusiastic meeting discussing the proposed Rural Electrification Project at the Uptonville schoolhouse Tuesday night.

TEST WELL DRILLING CONTINUES. Drilling operations on a test oil well located at a site along Federal Route One three miles south of the St. Marys River in Nassau County continues to go forward. It is understood that the contract calls for drilling to 4,000 feet.

MR. JAMES A. “UNCLE ROOKS” WAINWRIGHT DIED. Charlton County lost one of its oldest, most widely known and highly regarded citizens Sunday when the final summons came for James A. Wainwright, age 82, at his temporary home in Jacksonville. He passed away after a brief illness due to the infirmities of age, and had been in failing health for several months. He was a native of Charlton County and had spent practically his entire life in this county, being a member of a prominent pioneer family and one of the few remaining old citizens of the county. He was known to hundreds of friends as “Uncle Rooks”. He served as Sheriff for eight years several years ago and during his later years served several terms as Coroner. He celebrated his 81st birthday last February 24th. He was a member of the Baptist Church and of the Folkston Lodge F&AM. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Annie Wainwright; four daughters, Mrs. George S. Roberts, Mrs. Herman Buford, Mrs. George D. Green and Mrs. J.D. Moore; one brother, W.R. Wainwright; five foster daughters, Mrs. J.B. Morgan, Mrs. P.A. Conner, Mrs. B.H. Lowther, Mrs. C.S. Gibson and Mrs. L.M. Strickland. Funeral services were held at the Folkston cemetery and burial services were carried out by members of the Folkston Masonic Lodge.

October 29, 1937

NEW BABY. A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Hutson, St. George, on October 13th.

REV. GENERAL HARRISON JACOBS DIED. Rev. General Harrison Jacobs, age 77, beloved citizen of Charlton County for more than fifty years, passed away at the home of his son Curtis Jacobs at Hebardville Monday following a brief illness. Announcement of the death, while not unexpected, came as a shock to his many friends and brought deep sorrow to all who knew him. “A truly good and Christian man has gone to his reward,” was the comment heard on all sides. He was born in Robeson County, N.C. on November 29, 1859. In the days of his young manhood he came to Georgia and settled down in Charlton County where he made his home until his death. Shortly after coming to Charlton County he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Robinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Robinson. To this union were born eight sons and two daughters, four of whom have preceded him in death, his wife having passed away four years ago. Soon after his marriage he was happily converted and united in membership with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Old Prospect, then near Chesser Island. In connection with his conversion he felt a call to preach the Gospel and was licensed to preach, his long life in ministry throughout this section having accomplished much good for the spiritual welfare of the communities he served. Funeral services were held at Prospect Church. Hundreds of sorrowing friends attended the service. Interment was in the family burial ground in Sardis cemetery. His survivors include five sons, C.W. Jacobs, J.F. Jacobs, N.C. Jacobs, B.T. Jacobs, Fred Jacobs; one daughter, Mrs. R.F. Davis, also fourteen grandchildren.

UPTONVILLE WILL BE FIRST WITH ELECTRIC LINES. It was announced at the recent Chamber of Commerce meeting that a rural electrification line in the Uptonville district to serve forty or more families is being planned as the first unit in the county-wide project.

HITCH-HIKER KILLED IN WRECK. An aged hitch-hiker, identified as S.X. Bassett, 60 years old, of Forsyth, Ga. was instantly killed. The body of the dead man was brought to Folkston by the Hawkins Funeral Home ambulance. Authorities succeeded in establishing his identity and locating a brother in Forsyth. His relatives advised that his family was not financially able to have his body sent home for burial and the wreck victim was buried Wednesday in the Folkston cemetery at the expense of the county.

FOLKSTON FURNITURE AND HARDWARE MOVED. The Folkston Furniture and Hardware Co. operated here the past several months by W.L. Matthews, and which has been located in the Masonic Building next door to the post office, was this week moved to new quarters in the Wade Building next door to the pool room. Mr. Matthews has his new place attractively arranged and has a large stock of furniture and hardware well prepared to supply the wants of the people of this section.

WEDDING. The marriage of Miss Leila Bell Smith of Argyle to Bert Harden of Folkston was solemnized October 23rd at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Smith. The groom is the son of Mrs. Pauline Harden. He is engaged in forestry work on the Hebard property near Folkston. They will be at home to their many friends in the Stokes Apartments.

REMAINS OF MR. JACKSON NETTLES FOUND. The skeleton of a man who has evidently been dead for several months was found late Saturday by Harry Petty in the woods near the canal entrance to the Okefenokee Swamp at a place known as Clayhole Point. A jury was empanelled Monday. A verdict was rendered that the skeleton was the remains of Jackson Nettles, about sixty years old, who disappeared from his home in the Cornhouse Creek community last February and has not been seen or heard from since. Judge Banks, accompanied by A.S. McQueen, L.E. Mallard and E.B. Stapleton went to the point where the skeleton was found Monday and the remains were brought to the office of the Ordinary where the inquest was held. Practically all the clothing had been destroyed, only a belt, hat and shoes being intact, in fact, part of the skeleton was missing. Sufficient evidence was available to make certain that it was the remains of Mr. Nettles who was ill at the time he left home and evidently became lost in the woods.

FORMBYS MOVE TO WAYCROSS. Mr. and Mrs. George M. Formby who had been operating the Formby Pottery plant here for the past several months have moved to Waycross.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Harley Johns announce the birth of a baby girl on October 20th.

JOSEPH C. ALLEN DIED. Joseph C. Allen, age 64, passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Lake City Tuesday afternoon. He was stricken with an attack of pneumonia Sunday at Chiefland, Fla., where he had been employed the past few months, and was carried to Lake City. His family was notified Tuesday morning of his serious illness and members of his family left immediately but death came before they reached his bedside. He was a member of a pioneer Charlton County family and was a highly regarded citizen of this county nearly all his life. Son of the late George W. Allen he achieved prominence in the political life of the county, having served two terms as Tax Receiver, two terms as Tax Collector and four terms as Clerk of Superior Court. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. He married Miss Pencey Thomas and had eight children, four sons and four daughters, all of which survive him. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church and interment was in Folkston cemetery. Besides his widow, survivors are four sons, Edgar F., Johnnie, Lawrence and Homer Allen; four daughters, Mrs. J.S. Taylor, Mrs. J.A. Michaels, Mrs. Nelson Davis and Mrs. Earl Roberts; two brothers, Crum Allen and W.R. Allen; one sister, Mrs. Noah Jordan.

WEDDING. Mr. Hansel Sikes and Miss Irene Turner, St. George, were married Sunday in Folkston by Judge McQueen.

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