Digest of Charlton County Herald - November 1909

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays


November 4, 1909

HOMELAND SCHOOL. Our school is booming as well as anything we have in Homeland. More new scholars this past week, and more in sight. Another new teacher will have to be provided soon to take care of bigger attendance.

PAGE HOME. H.C. Page is building an additional room to his dwelling.

NEW BABY. A fine boy has arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. P.G. Harley.

SINDY KNIGHT DIED. Sindy Knight (col.) died Sunday night after a long illness of dropsy. Aunt Sindy was liked by the people here and all hate to learn of her death.

TYLER VISITS. W.W. Tyler, editor of the Blackville, S.C. Courier, and former editor of the Herald, spent Tuesday here. He was here looking over his property. We understand he is thinking of moving back to Folkston.

GRAND JURY PRESENTMENTS. We recommend the County Commissioners employ a civil engineer to survey a road from Folkston to St. George, and that the Raulerson Bridge, Reynolds Bridge and Smith Bridge be put in good shape at once.

November 11, 1909

EDITORIAL . Gentle reader, you who owe us for this paper you are reading, as well as for several of its ancestors: Did you ever see an editor’s pocketbook? It’s just as prone to emptiness as those of other common mortals. We have been patient, in some cases longsuffering, knowing that your pocketbook was about as lean and lank as our own, but now the harvest is past and some of you have sold your hogs. When the big round dollars begin to jingle in your breeches’ pockets, please remember that vacuum in the editorial purse!

GIANT SUGAR CANE. We have just received from Mr. M. Altman, one of our best farmers, a stalk of sugarcane that measures up to 16 feet; of it 8 feet is matured. It is 6 inches in circumference and weighs 8 pounds, 10 ounces.

NEW ROAD ALMOST COPLETED. We are now on record as having some of the best roads in the state. We want to mention our road that is being built from the Pierce County line to the Florida line, which will, within two months, be completed. This road is now within four miles of Folkston and is in first class condition. The bridges are built of solid timber, the best to be found. Every stump, root and palmetto has been taken from the right-of-way before grading. We notice that in places where the log teams have been on the road they, by reckless driving, have caused ugly places. The County Commissioners should see that the log men repair such places that are caused by carelessness. The work of our road is under the management of T.L. Pickren.

FRUIT GROWS GOOD HERE. W.H. Clay is demonstrating that fruit grows in Charlton County on trees set out on his town lots. He has peach, pear, Japanese persimmon, orange and sweet pomegranate on trees that were set out a year ago last February. Out of the 250 pecan trees set out last April by J.H. Zarfos and S.M. Yarber, all are doing fine.

NEW BABY. Professor VanVoorhis is all smiles. A ten pound baby boy arrived at his home last Thursday.

MRS. ALLEN HAS ACCIDENT. Mrs. J.C. Allen, while holding the bridle for her husband to doctor his horse last Tuesday p.m., had her hand broken, and one finger broken entirely off at the first joint. It was a very painful accident.

FREE FRUIT CAKE. Notice: We will give with every ten cent purchase and upwards, a voting coupon, one vote being for every cent of your purchase. On December 24th the person holding the largest amount of votes will be given free a ten-pound fruit cake. This offer begins Saturday November 13. Votes can be secured at the bakery. Yours for business, THE CITY BAKERY, D.H. Reeves, Manager.

November 18, 1909

RAULERSON FRUIT. We have received from Mr. James Raulerson of Moniac a nice bunch of oranges that grew on his farm. He is among our best farmers and made a good crop this year. He has several orange trees and each one has about five barrels on it.

EDITORIAL. There are a few people in this burg (and pretty nice people too) who will enter a grocery store, run their fingers into a barrel and lop off a couple of ounces of sugar, nibble at the back of a herring, eat a handful of nuts, cut off a slice of cheese, just to taste, and as a matter course must take a few crackers and perhaps before they have made up their mind to buy a bar of soap they have eaten up the profit on $2.00 worth of groceries. And to wind it all up they have it charged and the poor merchant perhaps realizes a profit of one cent. They leave the store munching a couple of apples. This is no dream but a reality, except sometimes they don’t buy any soap. But such is life.

EDITORIAL. Is no man so poor that he can’t afford tobacco? This is one of the things that is passing strange. You will often encounter a man who claims that he hasn’t eaten anything for three days and who holds a cigar in his hand while he makes the claim. On every block will be found the individual who would like to subscribe to the paper if he could afford it. He can afford to buy a chunk of tobacco as long as your arm three times a week but he can’t afford to store his mind with knowledge. Tobacco is a lovely and beautiful thing, but it takes a lot of money to keep a corncob pipe going for a year, even with cheap material.

A TRAGIC EVENT. She was a town girl and the same sad story that alas has often told and checkered many a young life and had its beginning in sunshine surrounded by luxury and the wealth of the world. Her eyes were now wild and staring, her face was flushed, her hands were nervously working, she was a deeply troubled and injured woman and we hear her saying “Oh cruel one, you have injured the very foundations of my being! Day by day you have tortured me yet I could not bear to give you up. When we first met how your ease and polish attracted me! When you became my own, how my friends envied me, but your understanding is too small for my large soul. You are opposed to my advancing myself. You have walked in peace, so now be gone! We part forever!” There was a moment’s convulsive breathing, gritting of teeth and a sharp sigh, it was all over. With a supreme effort she had pulled off her new shoes.

Oh, how we need rain!

AD. Don’t forget the Grand Cake Offer the City Bakery has made. Buy your bread and secure your votes.

WEDDING. Stork-Morrison marriage. [Note: The type on the microfilm is too indistinct to decipher anything but the headline.]

FRUIT CAKE OFFER. The City Bakery contest stands as follows: Mrs. J.R. Parker, 140 votes; Mrs. J.D. Moore, 85 votes; Mrs. Pearl Davis 40 votes; Miss Jessie Johnson, 35 votes; Mrs. J.W. Vickery, 20 votes. Get busy and buy bread, rolls, cakes and pies and get your votes!

November 25, 1909


A Thanksgiving turkey, fat, juicy and nice, but for an editor, I’m too high priced.

The poor old soul couldn’t find in his pocket, change enough to buy an old pewter locket.

So the rich man’s table I’ll have to adorn, and leave the poor editor hungry and forlorn.

To drink in his grief and dregs of the cup, howling each week that “Delinquents, pay up!”

SPATCHER FRUIT. A few days ago Hill Spatcher, one of our colored farmers, brought to town a barrel of grapefruit that was grown on his place. They were as fine as can be found anywhere.

SPELLING CONTEST. Forty-eight pupils entered the spelling contest at Rally Day last Saturday. There were about 300 people here. They came from every little town in the county and from the farms. They all spent the day pleasantly. The prizes were given by the Board of Education and were awarded as follows: Louise Smith, $10.00; Clyde Mizell, $5.00; Hilda Mattox, $2.50; Eunice Robinson, Alva Wilson, Willie Robinson, Ethel Williams, Marward Bedell, Albert Faircloth and Ethel Elliot, $1.00 each.


….SCHOOL. Our school children are happy. The new seats came last Friday. B.F. Granger assembled them and had them in place for Monday morning.

….ZARFOS VISITING. C.E. Zarfos and bride from Red Lion, Penn. arrived in Homeland Tuesday morning. Mr. Zarfos is visiting his brother, J.H. Zarfos and Bert Stein. Some lively times are expected.

BANK OF FOLKSTON. Statement of Condition of Bank of Folkston at close of business November 16, 1909: Resources: $46,750.31.

MRS. ROBERTS IS SICK. Mrs. J.E. Roberts from St. George who is ill is stopping at the Johnson Hotel and is under treatment of Dr. Wright. Her daughter, Miss Pauline, is here with her.

SWEET POTATOES FOR SALE. M.C. Chesser, living above Traders Hill, requests us to announce that he has 40 bushels of seed sweet potatoes that he will sell for 25 cents per bushel. They are of the Norton Yam variety.

FIRE. A few days ago E.C. Kennison, who lives five miles east of here, had the misfortune of having the kitchen near his dwelling burned. There wasn’t any of his kitchen furniture saved. He had just finished paying for a $75.00 range that was ruined in the flames. The total loss was about $400.00.

DONAHOO CHILD DIED. Tuesday morning, November 23, 1909 at 3:20 o’clock the Death Angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Donahoo and took therefrom little Ruby, their two-year-old daughter. She had been sick for over a month and died of bronchia pneumonia. The tender plant has been plucked from this home and carried to a brighter world above. It is no longer here to be cared for by a loving and affectionate father and mother, but heard the calling of Jesus and is now safe in His arms. The little girl often sang the song “Jesus is Calling” and now has answered this call by falling asleep in Him. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock at the Bachlott Cemetery, the services being conducted by Rev. G.E. Jones, pastor of the Baptist Church.

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