Digest of Charlton County Herald - November 1927

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

November 4, 1927

GREAT FUTURE SEEN FOR HOMELAND. Homeland is to be given a boost by promoters. U.G. Staton, president of U.G. Staton Co. of Orlando, and others, were in our city this week looking over properties which the Staton Co. owns in the town of Homeland, which consists of some 600 residence and business lots. Homeland has a post office, three stores and two garages, a depot for passenger, express and freight service on the Waycross line and while only the local trains serve the town, some forty trains are scheduled daily and you can catch them at Folkston. Bus service has a schedule to both Waycross and Jacksonville. A special school bus carries the school children to the Folkston Consolidated School where a dozen teachers are employed. Homeland has a two-story brick town hall and is governed by a mayor and five councilmen. There are fifty odd families living within its limits. The Central Dixie Highway passes through the western boundary and the new highway to Savannah has just been surveyed on the east side. Plans are underway now to connect the two highways through the heart of Homeland. Already the connecting street is graded and clayed to the center of town. The editor lives on the highway within the Homeland limits and this makes it a delightful place to live.

NEW MINISTER AT BAPTIST CHURCH. The Baptists are pleased over the arrival of their new minister, Rev. P.D. Poindexter, who arrived Wednesday, and is at home in the parsonage with his young son. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Phillips are occupying half the parsonage, having moved in this week. Rev. Poindexter will be joint pastor here and at Hoboken.

SMITH CHILD NEEDED DOCTOR. Sunday Mr. Matt Smith of Winokur was in Folkston, bringing his small daughter to a physician, she having a bead in her ear and it was giving annoyance. Dr. McCoy gave medical attention.

WOMEN'S CLUB ENTERTAINMENTS. The Folkston Woman's Club at their meeting this week decided they would christen Pickren's Garage with a carnival in November. One of the most enjoyable entertainments of the club, was held last week at the Masonic Hall. It was a Halloween event with many masquerade costumes. The Persian costume worn by Miss Marion Pearce was voted the prettiest while Morris Mills carried off the prize for being the cutest.

VERNE PICKREN'S GARAGE. The beautiful brown pressed brick front already completed shows what an addition Verne Pickren's cash garage will be to that part of town. The building sets back twenty feet from the sidewalk curb. It is 50x70 feet built of brick, steel window framing and bars with cement floors and fireproof roofing, extension hip roof annex approach in front and a parking place for cars. It's located on the corner of Fourth and Main.

CHARLTON COUNTY POWER CO. Mrs. Davis Lane has taken charge of the office of Charlton County Power Co. as manager, and Carl Scott as chief engineer.

MRS. LATISHA DAVIS INJURED IN FALL. Mrs. Latisha Davis, St. George, and widow of the late S.L. Davis, was seriously injured last Tuesday when she fell while about the yards. It is feared that the bones of her leg are fractured. Owing to her extreme age and weakness brought on by the shock of the fall, it has been deemed impossible to use an anesthetic. She is at the home of Lewis Batten, surrounded by relatives who are keeping her as comfortable as possible.

WEDDING. One of the prettiest home weddings in St. George in many years took place October 27th when Miss Mary Enyedy was united in marriage to Mr. Frederick J. Yontick, Rev. L.E. Williams performing the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gabor Enyedy and has lived in St. George the most of her life. Mr. Yontick is a prominent business man of Miami.

BIG BIRD. A huge eagle was killed last week on the Cornhouse Creek. It measured about eight feet from tip to tip.

NEW MANAGER FOR GA.-FLA. INVESTMENT. Mr. Ruth Dinkins is now with the Ga.-Fla. Investment Co. in charge of the commissary at the Paxton Place.

November 11, 1927

UNCLE BILLY SPAULDING SUBJECT OF ATLANTA ARTICLE. Col. A.S. McQueen had an interesting article in the magazine section of the Atlanta Journal last Sunday. It had a vivid swamp scene and a view of Uncle Billie Spaulding and his humble abode, Uncle Billy being the subject of the writeup. He was pictured the lonesomest man in Georgia, the only human on Floyd's Island which is four and a half miles long and three-fourths of a mile wide. "Uncle Billy" lives on the island to protect a restricted area of the swamp against trespassers, for which he receives a small salary and is allowed trapping privileges. Mr. W.L. Chancey carries him in supplies and on one of his trips Col. McQueen accompanied him. A cat and a flock of chickens are his only company but the wild animals vary the monotony once in a while. He loves to read and has a stack of books and magazines which help while the time away.

EDITORIAL COMMENT. There are 45 business interests in Folkston, and we wonder if they all belong to the Chamber of Commerce.

WONDERFUL NOVEMBER CUSTOMS. Grinding cane is now in full swing and the most sociable time of the year is at hand. Neighbors visit neighbors to help with the "bilings". The young folks with candy- pullings drink the golden juice, while the others drop over suggesting the way to dispose of the skimmings. And a good time is had by all!

MRS. LATISHA DAVIS DIED. Mrs. Latisha Davis, widow of the late S.J. Davis, passed quietly into the Great Beyond just after midnight November 3 at the home of Mr. Lewis Batten, where she had been surrounded by loving members of her family since the accident which caused her death. Mrs. Davis, while at the home of Mr. Batten, fell nine days previous. The fall broke her leg and the shock undermined the frail body to such an extent that she was not able to rally, her death coming as a relief to her suffering. Interment was at Emmeaus Saturday. Among the out of town relatives were G.W. Batten and James Batten, brothers of the deceased; James Batten and George Batten, nephews; Mrs. Francis Johns, a niece and L.F. Batten, a grandson. Mrs. Davis' only near relative is Mr. N.L. Batten, a son, whose family has resided here for some years but she leaves numerous other relatives. ommunity Sunday Schools are a fine thing.

NUMBER OF AUTOS PASSING THROUGH HOMELAND REGISTERED. Representing the Highway Department, Mrs. C.M. Bethel checked passing cars Monday and Tuesday at Homeland from six to six and the results were 553 and 450. She will check two more days next week on different days.

November 18, 1927

MRS. JANIE MAY VIRGINIA LANG BEDELL DIED. The death of Mrs. Lucious Bedell Wednesday afternoon at the family residence in Folkston, ended the life of a patient sufferer and a loveable Christian character whose life has been spent in this and Camden County. Mrs. Bedell's maiden name was Miss Janie May Virginia Lang and she was born in Camden County in 1858. Mrs. Bedell had been confined to her room for years. She was 70 years of age, the wife of Mr. Lucian L. Bedell and the mother of Miss Mallie Bedell who lives with them, but has raised a charming family of girls who are unmarried, but which we failed to get. The funeral will occur at 9:30 at the residence and the burial will take place at St. Marys.

WANTED: 300 POUNDS PECANS. The Herald has a request for 300 pounds of Grade A pecans. If you have them, we might sell them for you. They must measure up to the sample as a whole.

OLD BANK BUILDING SOLD. One of the largest real estate transfers of late was the sale of the old bank building, the title to 105 feet on Main Street. Dr. J.W. Buchanan was the owner and Mr. J.K. Larkin, the purchaser, is a capitalist and the Herald is glad to have him interested in Folkston. The Union Telephone Co., W.J. Jones and the Texaco Oil Co. have leases on the property which prevents immediate improvements. The purchase price was $10,500.00.

VICKERY SELLS TURPENTINE INTERESTS. Mr. J.W. Vickery closed a deal the past week with the Racepond Turpentine Co. transferring his turpentine leases and 40 acres upon which the still and cottages are located. He retains the Mattox store and the new owners have contracted with Mr. Vickery for their commissary supplies. He intends to build a brick building at once for his mercantile business.

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR. The Folkston chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, was instituted with 27 members last week. The following were elected officers in the organization: Mrs. D.W. Lane, Mrs. L.E. Mallard, Mrs. W.A. Wood, Miss Georgia Littlefield, Miss Mayme Askew, Miss Marion Pearce, Mrs. O.F. Wilson, Mrs. L.E. Williams, Mrs. W.B. Vickery, Mrs. W.J. Jones, Mrs. Verne J. Pickren, Mrs. J.C. Littlefield, Mrs. E.B. Stapleton, Mr. B.A. Altman.

WEDDING. Mr. M. Altman and Miss Minnie Lloyd of Homeland were united in marriage Wednesday at Waycross by Ordinary Charley Mattox. Both parties have been residents of this community all of their lives and have a host of friends who wish them well in their happy marriage.

BUY PAN-AM GAS. R.E. Player, of Racepond, went to Boston, Ga. on seven gallons of Pan-Am gas which was 135 miles. He filled on Gulf on the return trip, retracing the route to Racepond. He ran out of gas at Fort Mudge. He made the trip with a Chevrolet truck.

BOTH HOWARD TWINS INJURED. It has just been learned that Gordon L. Howard suffered a serious accident some weeks ago in Douglas. His leg was crushed badly. At the same time, word was received that the other Howard twin, Gordon C., St. George, is suffering with a broken arm.

SYRUP-MAKING IN THE BEND. Cane-grinding is well under way in the St. George section. N.J. Norman has already made over 500 gallons. Others who are making a large crop are Dixon Thomas, I.G. Rowe, the Suggs Brothers, Oliver & Bell, the Stokes and others. Across the river the Conner brothers have already delivered syrup to the chain stores in Jacksonville.

ST. GEORGE HONOR STUDENTS. The honor pupils in the St. George high school for October, Eula Batten, Janie Fountain, Vera Gooden, Ida Rang, Louise Barker, Rena Batten, Susan Enyedy, Lillian Norman, Maggie Stokes, Ethel Rang, Wilton Stokes and Lewis Londeree.

FALSE REPORT. The report of a case of diphtheria at Winokur turned out to be a myth. Just a swelled throat, now well.

MISS ENA GIBSON TEACHING AT MONIAC. Miss Ena Gibson has gone to Moniac to teach in that school. Attendance has reached a point where two teachers can not look after the work. Three years ago this was a one-teacher school. Miss Ena is the 15th home teacher now employed in the local system.

November 25, 1927

HOMELAND'S PARK AND TOWN HALL. One of the most beautiful natural parks in South Georgia is the sixty odd acres in that of the Homeland town park. It's beautiful with its primeval forests of pines, oaks, wild vines and palms. Some of the trees are three and four feet in diameter. Virgin pines and spreading oaks make it an extremely impressive piece of woodland. That Homeland has such a beautiful park of its own is because of the foresight of some of the citizens in its early days. Originally when given to the town, its value was negligible. But now it is important, likewise its ownership of the two-story brick town hall, the latter being constructed for a school building and when consolidation took place, luckily the town was in shape to finance the buying of it.

WEDDING. Dr. J.R. Taylor and Miss Myrtle Allen sprang a surprise on their many friends last Sunday when they were married at the home of Mrs. A.N. Davis, the bride's sister, in Hardesville, S.C. They motored home Monday and are at home in rooms in the Rodgers block. Miss Allen is the charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Allen.

NEW MINISTER FOR METHODISTS. Rev. C.L. Neese is the new Methodist minister, sent here by the Conference held in Valdosta last week.

NEW CHEVROLET FOR REV. WILLIAMS. The esteem which Rev. L.E. Williams was held by the people of Folkston was demonstrated upon his return from Conference Monday. He was presented with a Chevrolet sedan and has been enjoying it to the fullest. When a community speeds the departing guest in this manner, one can only realize the great love and esteem in which they are held.

SYRUP-MAKING AT THE JESSE MIZELL FARM. The editor and his brood took advantage of the occasion last Friday evening to attend a cane- grinding and "bileing" at the home of Mr. Jesse Mizell and was just as tickled as could be with the delightful hospitality of this good farmer and his splendid wife. We found a bonfire brilliantly lighted, lighting the blue canopy and fifty spirited youngsters making festive the occasion, also plenty of taffy and juice to satisfy sweet tooth and palate. It made us feel as frisky as a colt turned out in spring oats. Mr. Mizell had just built a new shed and installed a new boiler, and took out the fifth boiling of the day, of the most satisfying and delightful flavored syrup as the test of the sample given us proved. The young folks have been enjoying the "bilings" nightly and Thursday night had an oyster roast. There's no occasion more lively and enjoyable than these, with lurid bonfires throwing shadows through the forest while the inner circle is as light as day. Life in the rural districts now is the life worth living! NEW BABY. Born to Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Canady, at Moniac, on November 2nd, a boy. Mother and child are doing nicely.

MR. OLIVER HURT. Mr. J. M. Oliver was in St. George during the week. While there Friday he burned his hand severely with boiling syrup.

BARBOUR'S NEW GARAGE. "Oak Hill" is the name of the Barbour Brothers new garage on the Dixie Highway.

H.D. THOMAS IS BUSY FARMER. Our old friend, H.D. Thomas and good lady, was in the city this week shopping and had some labels printed for some of that good syrup Dixon makes. As a good farmer ought to do, he also brought along some rice to be thrashed out at Dean's rice mill. With something like a thousand gallons of syrup to be made up, and a field full of hogs to kill, this farmer keeps very busy. Long live his kind!

GOOD FRIENDS HELP EACH OTHER. Mr. and Mrs. John D. Mizell, who have been living in rooms at the home of Mrs. J.M. Roddenberry since the destruction of their home by fire, have moved back home, their house having been rebuilt. It's certainly nice to have your friends take you in like Mrs. Roddenberry did them.

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