Digest of Charlton County Herald - November 1929

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays


November 1, 1929

KU KLUX KLAN CREATOR SPEAKS HERE. Some fifteen citizens went to the courthouse Friday evening to hear Col. Simmons, the originator of the Ku Klux Klan, deliver a lecture on the "White Band", another organization of his creation. He has broadened the scope of his membership, and its principal purport is to "keep inviolate the sanctity of the white race." Col. Simmons is an eloquent speaker and he gave some interesting facts in reference to inter-racial activity. He stated that over forty million dollars was being used in an effort to break down the political and social barriers.

JANIE GWINN DIED. Janie, the daughter of Mr. G.R. Gwinn of Homeland died Tuesday in Brunswick and was brought here for burial. The body was interred in the Homeland cemetery. Miss Gwinn had just budded into womanhood and the friends of the family sympathize with the bereaved parents.

NEW ENTERTAINMENT. The Yo-Yos have reached Folkston and now the sidewalks on Sunday afternoon present the spectacle of many contests.

AVIATION FIELD IMPROVEMENTS. A neat bridge covers the ditch in front of the Okefenokee Inn indicating it will soon be ready for business.

RESOLUTION OF MRS. EULA ALLEN CATOE. In remembrance of our beloved sister: On September 4, 1929, the lord saw fit to gather another precious one for his Kingdom so he took our sister, Mrs. W.R. Catoe. She was, before her marriage, Miss Eula Nola Allen. She was born September 17, 1891 and united with Mt. Zion Baptist Church on February 16, 1908, was baptized on March 17, 1908 by Rev. G.E. Jones. She was married to Mr. W.R. Catoe November 2, 1910. She was buried in Allen cemetery. She leaves a husband and ten children, father, mother, six sisters, one brother. Signed by Mrs. Lydia V. Crews, Miss Stella Jones, Miss Jewell Jones, Mrs. Leila Blount, committee.

CONVICT DROWNS. As Captain Guy Dean was coming up the St. Marys River last Thursday on their regular trip with the freighter, they observed a corpse of a man face down in convict garb floating in the river near Camp Pinckney. Attaching a rope, the body was towed to the highway bridge. The Warden was notified and took the body in charge. The convict, named Davis, up for 90 days for vagrancy, had escaped Tuesday. The current no doubt carried him down when he attempted to swim the river.

BIG FIRE IN BRUNSWICK. Two buildings and a large store room were burned in Brunswick recently when a hot rosin barrel exploded.

THEO DINKINS MANAGING GROCERY STORE. Theodore Dinkins took over the local management of the James Grocery Co. Tuesday. Mr. Dinkins, who takes over the Folkston store, is a splendid business man and is well acquainted with the trade in this territory.

EDITORIAL COMMENT. When Folkston gets its highway to Kingsland and the one to Jesup via Nahunta, we shall have a good road system then.

DEPRESSION WOES. The forced sale of stocks on Wall Street worked havoc and it will work havoc in other sections if banks see fit to call loans that bad business has made, those owning them unable to meet their obligations. Depressions ruin more men than any other thing in the universe. It is not so much the property they lose in forced settlement as it is the breaking of the spirit of men.

KANGEROO COURT. To our mind, it is inconceivable how any Georgia town will treat strangers as some of our smaller towns do. Only recently the editor of this paper in company with Representative Mallard and three young men made the trip to a neighboring city and in the course of events we passed through Baxley. Though we may have erred in driving through that town at a 25 miles speed we feel that we got a dirty deal from Mayor Minchew because some simpleminded nitwit turned across the highway in front of us, stopped his car and we butted into him. We were hauled into court, tried and fined $11.00 for speeding. After three attempts we managed to have the native docketed and the evidence showed our contention. The brilliant judicial mind passed this wisecrack "That the defendant violated the traffic laws in stopping across the highway. We will not fine him as he stopped to keep from running over a man." Yet we were fined because this nitwit stopped in front of us without a sign and were advised we were going too fast on our "crowded thoroughfare". Expressing ourselves mildly we say that the judicial mind of that judge is only fit for a mock trial at a Hickville court. Afterwards a state warrant was sworn out for our driver for the same offense and it was hinted that if we settled for the damage to the car, we would be released. Just blackmail, that was all. If it had not been for three Baxley friends we perhaps would have been jailed.

JOSEPH LONDEREE HAS GOOD JOB IN OHIO. Joseph Londeree, who with Mr. Harold Davis, went to Ohio recently writes from Cleveland that he likes the climate very much and that snow has already fallen. He is employed in a chain factory and says he has just the kind of job he has always wanted.

JACKIE VANHOOK INJURED IN FALL. Little Jackie VanHook, St. George, suffered the misfortune of a badly broken arm last week while he and two other boys were riding the Farley Crawford pony. While rounding a corner at high speed, all three boys fell off and Jackie landed on a root. Dr. Prescott was out of town so the injured child was taken to Jacksonville where an X-ray picture was taken and the broken bones set. The patient goes down every day for an adjustment.

CEMETERY FENCE FOR SALE. The undersigned will receive bids for the sale of the picket fence enclosing the Folkston cemetery. Address Mrs. J.W. Vickery, chairman of the cemetery committee, Folkston.

BANK AD. The Citizens Bank had a large ad which advised that it would begin charging for checking accounts and for cashing checks from another bank.

November 8, 1929

CHARLTON'S CHOICE FOR NATIONAL FLOWER. In the poll for the National Flower contest taken in the schools last week, the Wild Rose leads by a big majority. Columbine and Goldenrod were second and third choices.

LITERARY SOCIETY ORGANIZED. At the County High School, a new society called the Folkstonian Literary Society was formed with the following members: Edgar Anderson, Henry Gibson, Virginia Rodgers, Raymond Banks, Helen Battle, Shepherd Gowen, Louise Barker, Ruby Petty, Maud Crews, Jessie Smith, Althea Gowen, Jewell Mizell, Jessie Gowen, Thelma Jones, Eunice Johnson, Aderine Wildes, Bessie Murray, Ernestine Prescott, Monnie McDuffie, Owen Braddock, Lester Quarterman, Sarah Davis, Edward Poindexter, J.W. Vickery, Wilbur Wright, Jack Quarterman, Thomas Wrench, Winnie Prescott, Woodrow Braddock, Nola Harris, Flyin Higginbotham, Edwin Stokes, Edrie Quarterman, Francis Gowen, Pearce Stapleton, Frank Mains, Glynn Gowen, Randle Gowen, Proctor Hathaway, Myrtle Harris, Bernice Mattox, Estelle Bennett, Gertie Conner, Ernest Smith, Jewell Wainwright, Cline Wilson, Mollie Prescott, Harold Roberson, Juanita Conner, Louise Kendrick, Verona McDuffie, Flossie Robinson and Kathleen Wildes.

BRUNSWICK CLOCK COMES APART. The counter-balance of the city clock fell from the tower in the city hall in Brunswick last week, crashed through the second and first floors and buried itself in the ground.

PEOPLE'S TICKET NOMINATES CANDIDATES. Some thirty citizens met at the courthouse Tuesday night and nominated a ticket for city officials to vote for at the city election on December 3. It is designated the "People's Ticket" and is supposed to be antagonistic to the present administration. It is as follows: For Mayor, C.J. Passieu; For Aldermen, H.J. Davis, W.D. Thompson, J.S. Purdom, S.M. Mills; For Clerk, W.B. Smith.

SWEET POTATOES SOLD. Jesse Mizell took a load of potatoes to Jacksonville Tuesday and reports the market at 80 cents [per bushel]. He says the market is being plentifully supplied. Judging from the trucks going down, we surmise it is true. He brought back a truck of bottles for the purpose of putting up syrup.

LACK OF FUNDS CLOSES SCHOOLS. The Supt. of Education of DeKalb County is reported to have ordered all public schools of his county closed until January lst, unless state aid is given in the meantime. The State Supt. of Education said the position of schools in several other counties was "threatening."

BAPTIST CONGREGATION WORSHIPS AT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. Work on the Baptist Church having started again, services will be held at the Presbyterian Church until the church is useable again. This applies to prayer meeting, Sunday School and Sunday services.

JUDGE GIBSON TO MOVE INTO FOLKSTON. The recent sale of the M.J. Paxton property to the Gibson brothers of Waycross and the sale of the residence part to Judge H.G. Gibson will give Folkston another new citizen. He has rented his farm to Gilbert Mizell who will move from Mattox to that place at once. Mr. Gibson will move within the next ten days to the Paxton homeplace as soon as he can renovate it. This gives Mr. Gibson a lovely home close in where it will be convenient for the call to duty in the Ordinary's office. Mr. J.W. Vickery will move his family to his old home, that Mr. Mizell has been occupying, for the winter months.


Contractor Hall has the contract for moving the cottage on the theater lot to the opposite corner on Main Street from where it is now located. He also has the contract to move the Paxton Theater building from its present place to the corner now occupied by the cottage facing the highway. We understand a filling station and storage garage is to be made of it and the theater abandoned.

CHARLTON TEACHERS ARE PAID. The Board of Education of Charlton County did an unusual thing for a Georgia county this week. It announced that arrangements are being made to pay our teachers up to date. Supt. Harris found a way, the Board sanctioning the move. $4,000.00 may not be much money but it will at least lighten the teachers' burden. So we say "Hurrah for Charlton!".

NEW CEMETERY FENCE. The cemetery fence now looms up as a splendid achievement of the Women's Civic Club. It is a neat iron fence with posts set in concrete, a fence that will endure for ages.

OLD LIBRARY BUILDING SOLD. The Woman's Club building has been sold to Mr. H.C. Page and has been moved to his premises across the street. The ladies are this week calling for sealed bids on the lot. This is an opportunity to secure a choice lot for an attractive home.

WEDDING. We wish to announce the marriage of Miss Lula Mae Strickland to Mr. G.H. Smith of Philadelphia on October 24th, 1929 in Palatka, Fla.

November 15, 1929

REPAIRS TO MCDONALD HOUSE. The McDonald House, under the skillful touch of W.H. Robinson and E.L. Martin has been undergoing repairs the last ten days. The reception room has been made larger, a new flue built and heater installed, adding to the comfort of that already cozy abiding place.

AVIATION FIELD IS ACTIVE PLACE. Monday the Aviation Field presented a lively appearance with a turkey shoot in the afternoon and a dance and reception in the evening. Many friends came up from Jacksonville and a party of fourteen were served dinner. The airplane was kept busy Sunday afternoon taking sight-seers over Folkston. Manager deway advises us that he has two more planes scheduled to be here shortly and after that the schedule to the Okefenokee Swamp will be started. Two emergency landing places are to be established, one of which is to be near Hopkins Camp.

FOLKSTON GETS EVENING MAIL TRAIN. The Herald is glad to state that the Coast Line has given Folkston an evening northbound mail train. This enables us to get all our county mail "on the rail" on Thursday evening. The paper should reach our subscribers on Friday.

WINOKUR POST OFFICE MOVED. Winokur postmaster Thrift has purchased the L.T. Wasdin store building and stock of goods and has moved the post office there. He also purchased the home adjoining the store and resides there now.

BANK STAFF TOOK HOLIDAY. The Citizens Bank closed for Armistice Day. Mr. Mizell rested at home. Miss Wildes spent her holiday in Jacksonville and James Wrench and R.A. Boyd a-fishing went and had good luck.

JUDGE GIBSON MOVED TO NEW HOME. Judge H.G. Gibson has moved to his new home, the Paxton homeplace. He purchased this property when the Gibson brothers purchased the Paxton estate. This is most convenient for the Judge in the practice of his matrimonial rites where two hearts are made to beat as one.

WRENCHES TAKE PLANE RIDE. Editors are like other people, sometimes rise to an occasion. With the good wife, we had the pleasure of going up in the plane last Sunday. We enjoyed it from the moment the lady got her nerves quieted. Folkston looks good from the air. The winding roads are like tiny threads weaving in and out around the homes. It is a good way to inspect a community as you can see everything going on if you do not get too high. We looked for B. Fay Mills' sign on the post office and it looms up fine. The business part of town impresses one as of a good big town. We got quite a thrill out of the plane bucking the wind on a curve and felt a little funny when it dipped a little. Take a ride, folks! It is a novel experience.

WEDDINGS. Marriages performed this month are as follows with Ordinary H.G. Gibson in each event pronouncing the words that united them:Tray Carter of Racepond and Elizabeth Simmons of Homeland. They will reside in Folkston. They were married November 2nd. Henry Davis and Hilly Young from Uptonville were married November 8th.

November 22, 1929

THEATER BUILDING MOVED DOWN THE BLOCK. The old Paxton Theater building was moved to the Main Street part of the block facing the Dixie Highway. It will be on a new foundation in a few days. Contractor Hall has the work in charge and will soon have it converted into another garage and a Sinclair filling station.

TIE CHOPPER KILLED IN MONIAC. In an altercation Sunday afternoon at Moniac a tie chopper named Robinson was stabbed in the neck by J.M. McGrief. McGrief told the Herald representative that Robinson, who was drinking, began abusing him without cause. When he remonstrated, Robinson started toward him as if he were going to draw his knife. "I was whittling on a stick" McGrief said "and when he closed in on me I stabbed him once in the neck and he died in a few minutes." He said he was sorry he had to do it but Robinson had chased his wife with a threat to cut her so he felt he had best kill than be killed.

TELEPHONE REPAIR GANG HERE. The Bell Telephone repair gang has been here all the week going over the lines and putting in new ones. They are always welcomed on these trips by many friends, they being a clever bunch of fellows. They are taking meals at the Banks Restaurant.

MR. WILLIAM MIZELL, SR. SUFFERED STROKE. With sorrow, all of Folkston heard Tuesday of our beloved citizen, Mr. William Mizell, Sr., suffering a stroke of paralysis. The stroke came on him at home about 8:00 o'clock. He attempted to raise his left hand to draw himself up and could not lift his arm. His son, William, Jr., supported him to his couch. Dr. Fleming had left for Miami that morning and Dr. Bradley of Waycross was called. While the stroke came easily and without pain, Mr. Mizell has been very restless in his waking periods. His son, Albert, came down from Nahunta and was with him Tuesday and Wednesday, the presence of home folks making him more comfortable. Mr. Mizell has always led an active life and enjoyed hunting, he had recently purchased himself a horse and tried it out Monday, coming in expressing exhilaration but a little sore from the ride. As he is 77 years old, this may have had a tendency to bring on the stroke.

AGENT PAGE RIDES THE RAILS. Agent H.C. Page covered his regular monthly trip on his division as Claim Prevention Agent for the Coast Line this week. His division lies between Jacksonville and Waycross.

BURNT FORT TOLL BRIDGE KEPT BUSY. The bridge keeper at Burnt Fort had the pleasure of lifting the draw for three different boats this week, Captain Gray making two trips.

November 29, 1929

GEORGIA POWER COMPANY MAY COME HERE. Folkston has had some dozen representatives of the Mid-West Utility Co. investigating the Charlton County Power Co. the past week, which we understand intend to take over the franchise. This company is the parent organization of the Ga. Power Co. If the franchise and equipment meet with approval, Folkston will shortly feel the effects of being served with this corporation.

METHODIST PASTOR RECEIVES POUNDING. Our Methodist minister has been smiling a broad smile this week on account of the pounding which the ladies of the church engineered the past week. Monday night they all gathered at the home of L.E. Mallard where friends had been sending packages all that afternoon and proceeded en masse with some of the men folks to storm the parsonage. After filling the pantry with all the good things to eat, spent a short time with the pastor, Rev. C.L. Nease and the good lady. Several envelopes contained the means to fill in the shortcomings.

PAXTON MOVIE MACHINE TO BE USED AT SCHOOL. Through the efforts of a few of our public-spirited citizens the moving picture machine of the old Paxton Theater has been taken to the school for school use and public entertainment. Supt. Harris will have the outfit installed in the auditorium. This is a fine machine and one of the best silver screens and gives our school additional equipment to be proud of. The offer, made by C.E. Gibson, gave the opportunity desired and B.G. McDonald, J.V. Gowen, John Harris. E.B. Stapleton and T.W. Wrench put this deal over this week.

CONFEDERATE PENSIONS PAID. Ordinary Gibson advises us that the third quarter pension checks have come and were paid Monday. While we have only three of these old veterans left in Charlton, John Vickery, Jesse Grooms and Mrs. Privett, we are glad to know they have gotten their pittance and wish they had a dozen or more.

STATE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT SECURES LOAN. Governor L.G. Hardman secured a loan of a half million dollars for the school fund. This is a fine Thanksgiving for the teachers of the state. While Charlton teachers have already been paid all salary due them, this will ensure further payments without straining the efforts of the local board to borrow it. The governor had to go out of the state to secure the loan, New York bankers agreeing to advance the money.

THANKSGIVING TURKEYS SOLD IN JACKSONVILLE. Mrs. J. Hardin took a fine lot of turkeys to Jacksonville Tuesday. Robert had his display coop on the front of his car as an attractive way of showing them to prospective buyers.

NEW ADDITIONS TO AVIATION FIELD. Manager deway of the Aviation Field has added new signs and a PanAm filling station this week.

SEAL SELLING BEGINS FOR WELFARE PURPOSES. The Folkston Women's Civic Club will sponsor the Christmas Seals sale under the head of Public Welfare. The work is volunteer for the benefit of State tuberculosis work. Mrs. Rosa M. Toy is the county chairman. Sales open on December 2nd through the holidays.

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