Digest of Charlton County Herald - October 1938

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays


October 6, 1938

MASONIC LODGE SERVICE. Next Sunday night Folkston Lodge 196, F and AM will be guests of the Folkston Baptist Church at a special Masonic meeting, at the school auditorium. It will be held there in order to accommodate the large attendance expected. The Methodist Church will join in this service.

MRS. A.J. SOUTHWELL DIED. Mrs. Mary Rena Southwell, 66, wife of A.J. Southwell, died at her home in Woodbine Saturday morning at 3:00 o’clock after a lingering illness. Mrs. Southwell was well known and had many friends in this section. She was born in Charlton County but for the last forty-five years she has made her home in Woodbine. She was the mother of Mr. John B. Southwell, prominent Folkston oil dealer. The Herald joins his many friends in extending sympathy in his bereavement. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock at Oak Grove Cemetery near White Oak with Rev. R.W. Waterman, pastor of Folkston Baptist Church officiating. Besides her husband she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. L.W. Robinson of Waynesville and Mrs. Henry Thrift of Woodbine; two sons, J.R. Southwell of Woodbine and J.B. Southwell of Folkston; two brothers, Jesse Wainwright and Jack Wainwright, both of Hickox, besides ten grandchildren and a number of other relatives.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. J. Dean Gowen announce the birth of a fine 8- pound son born Thursday afternoon September 29th at their home. He has been given the name J. Dean, Jr. Both mother and baby are reported to be getting along nicely.

WALTER MELTON RESENTENCED. Walter Melton, 28 year old Negro who was convicted at the March term of Charlton Superior Court for the murder of Pratt G. Mizell, was resentenced by Judge M.D. Dickerson in Superior Court here Monday. The date for his execution has been set for Friday October 28th.

WEDDING. A wedding of interest to many friends was that of Miss Jessie Mae Mizell and Mr. Henry Thomas of Cumberland Island, the ceremony being performed at the home of Col. A.S. McQueen Saturday morning at 8:15 in the presence of a few friends and relatives. The bride is the charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jessie P. Mizell. Mr. Thomas, formerly of Cornwall, England is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Thomas.

APRON SALE. The Presbyterian ladies will have an Apron Sale on Saturday afternoon from 3 till 6 o’clock to be held in the vacant room below the telephone exchange, proceeds to be for the benefit of the local church.

October 13, 1938

HERBERT S. LLOYD DIED. Herbert Seals Lloyd, 45, died in an Atlanta veterans hospital Monday after a long illness. He was born and reared near Folkston and had lived here till he went to St. Marys four years ago. He was a member of the Baptist Church and also a member of the Masonic Order. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Pearl Lloyd; his father, John B. Lloyd; four brothers, Jeff, Mack, Leslie and Barney Lloyd; one sister Mrs. Ira Rogers. Funeral was held at the First Baptist Church in St. Marys and burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery at St. Marys. Burial services were conducted with Masonic rites.

NEW PARSONAGE FOR BAPTIST CHURCH. A modern new seven room parsonage is being erected by the congregation of the Folkston Baptist Church for occupancy by their pastor. It is located just south of the church. Construction is underway under direction of contractor W.L. Huling. The present parsonage, a two story residence directly in the rear of the church, will be rented.

STATE LEASES BIG FEDERAL LAND TRACT NEAR WAYCROSS. Leasing of the 32,284 acre Coastal Flatlands Land Utilization Project near Waycross by the federal government to the state of Georgia will not interrupt the development program which will convert the sub marginal area into a showplace of the South, it is assured by directors of the program. Announcement of the leasing of the project to the Georgia Natural Resources Dept. was made last week in Washington. The lease extends for fifty years. The huge tract of land lies in Ware and Brantley Counties and includes Cowhouse Island and a circle of the Flatwoods skirting the eastern edge of the famous Okefenokee Swamp. Farmlands which have not been productive and cut-over timber lands that were of no practical value are being converted into young forests, pasturage for livestock, refuge for birds and game and demonstration areas which show the value of modern reforestation methods. Five towers have been erected to protect the area from fire hazards. A deer corral has been built on Cowhouse Island and a causeway has been constructed connecting the historic island with the outside world. Streams have been stocked with fish and the wooded areas have been stocked with deer, turkey and quail. Work centers have been erected and telephone lines connect the work centers and fire towers. Pasture fences surround the growing areas of carpet grass and pasture crops. One of the most important phases of the program is the creation of the Laura Walker Park which is located in the center of the area about midway between highways leading Waycross to Brunswick and Waycross to Jacksonville. A 130-acre lake is under construction.

WEDDING. A wedding of interest to a large circle of friends is that of Miss Ivie Lea Dyal, 22, to Mr. Raymond L. Hall, 24, of Jacksonville. The wedding was an event of October 6th in Jacksonville with only the witnesses present. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Dyal of Homeland and has been in Jacksonville for several months. They will make their home in Jacksonville.

LIBRARY BOOKS AVAILABLE. Several circulating library books are located at the home of Mrs. Carrie McLeod in Homeland. Any one desiring to look over and read some of these books will be given prompt attention by seeing Mrs. McLeod.

STOKES BUILDING APARTMENTS. A modern garage apartment building is being erected by Paxton Stokes near his home in the eastern section of the city. Construction is in charge of contractor W.L. Huling.

October 20, 1938

EVERETT T. JOHNS DIES SUDDENLY AT PRINCETON, FLA. Everett T. Johns, former citizen of Charlton County, died suddenly Friday afternoon, October 7th at Princeton, Fla. while at work as a carpenter. He suffered a hemorrhage of the head and passed away before medical aid could reach him. Mr. Johns was born and reared in the Traders Hill district near Folkston being a son of the late J.B. and M.L. Johns. For the past twenty years he has been a member of the Philadelphia Freewill Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the World War. He was married twelve years ago to Annie Davis, also of Traders Hill, and since that time has made his home at Princeton, Fla. He is survived by his wife and six children, three of his own and three stepchildren: Wade 11; E.J. 8 and Carl 5; Mrs. Lynn Lonsberry, Mrs. Jack Brannan, Miss Winnifred Davis; one brother, J. Lester Johns; one sister, Mrs. Muriel Bryant. Funeral services were held at Homestead Missionary Baptist Church with interment at Naranja Cemetery near Homestead.

CHARLTON STATE PARK PROJECT NOW A CERTAINTY. After many months of persistent effort on the part of L.E. Mallard, chief promoter, and other citizens, Charlton County’s proposed State Park project is now a certainty. Formal transfer of title to the l,000 acre tract of land for the park site having this week been made by the property owners to the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources. At a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners held Monday, a resolution was unanimously passed authorizing purchase by the county of the 1,000 acre tract and appropriating sufficient county funds to pay for the property in full. The land lies along the St. Marys River about one mile southwest of Folkston. Spanish Creek flows through the middle of the property which is ideally situated for development.

WEDDING. Miss Elvira Mattox, daughter of Mrs. J.J. Mattox, and Mr. Everett Thomas of Glen St. Marys, Fla. were united in marriage Saturday evening at the Methodist parsonage, Rev. J.E. Barnhill officiating. The Herald joins their many friends in extending congratulations and best wishes.

CARNIVAL QUEEN AND KING TO BE CHOSEN. In a drive for PTA funds the local schools are sponsoring beauty contests which will be climaxed at the Halloween carnival on October 28. Senior High School will select the Queen of the Carnival from the following contestants: Jeannette Thomas, Marion Pickren, Julia George, Nell Brock, Wanda Gibson. Tommy Gowen, Norris Johnson, George Rhoan Gowen and Lewis Davis are competing for the Kingship, while one of the following will be selected as Baby Queen: Edna Mae Gibson, Flora Ann Allen, Susan Jane Jones, Carole Conner, Mary Connie Sikes, Linnie McQueen, Patsy Ruth Wright and Merle Hannaford. Bring your pennies to the carnival and vote for your favorite as each penny means a vote.

TOLL BRIDGE RECEIPTS. At the county commissioners meeting it was reported that the amount received from the toll bridge for the month of September was $34.85.

BRIGHT PROSPECTS FOR TEACHERS’ PAY. State School Supt. M.D. Collins Monday described as “brightÓ the prospects for paying common school teachers and bus drivers in full and on time for at least the first two months of the current term. The Board also considered the formal adoption of a new state flag. This flag must be displayed over every public school house in the state system. If it is not the state board of education has the authority to hold up salaries of teachers.

CONFEDERATE VETERANS’ REUNION. The forty-fifth annual reunion of the Georgia Division of the United Confederate Veterans ended in Atlanta Friday after two days of colorful entertainment for the old soldiers who left vowing that they expect another reunion next year.

October 27, 1938

LITTLE CHARLES KNOWLES DIED. Charles Knowles, seven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Knowles of Hilliard, former residents of Charlton County, passed away at the Sawyer Hospital Wednesday following an extended illness from a heart ailment. Survivors include, besides his parents, three sisters, Bula Mae, Inez and Geraldine; three brothers, Thomas, Lonnie and Manuel; his grandparents and many other relatives. Interment was in Folkston Cemetery. Adkins Funeral Home was in charge.

MRS. HEBARD AT COLERAINE. Mrs. D.L. Hebard, who has been spending the summer at Marquette, Michigan, returned this week to her winter home at Coleraine where she will be joined by Mr. Hebard for the winter months.

HERCULES POWDER CO. BACK IN CHARLTON. The Hercules Company today moved their loading machine from Dyal, Fla. back to Folkston and will resume stumping operations in the Folkston territory for the present. Work was halted in Florida because of wet weather.

NEW WAGE-HOUR LAW CLOSES DOWN SAWMILL OPERATIONS. Sawmill and timber operations in Charlton County including the cross-tie industry have been hard hit by operation of the new wage-hour bill which went into effect Monday. The most important suspension in this section is the shutting down of the extensive sawmill operation of J.H. Johnson and Son in the Racepond area. He announced that he could not operate under the provisions of the law and his mill has been closed down for the present. It is said that cross-ties can not be marketed at the present prices if the wage-hour law is complied with. The production of cross-ties in this section is on a piece basis but the industry is subject to the provisions of the new law. More than 125 men were released from the Johnson mill alone.

BABY TROUT AND BREAM NOW SWIM IN SPANISH CREEK. While in Atlanta last week L.E. Mallard launched a program to restock Spanish Creek with fish and put in an immediate requisition with the State Fish Hatchery. A shipment of 2,500 baby fish, trout and bream, were received Saturday and were at once released in the waters of Spanish Creek. Mr. Mallard plans to make Spanish Creek the favorite fishing stream for local people.

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