Digest of Charlton County Herald - November 1933
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
November 3, 1933
JUST A MOMENT PLEASE. This editor is just back from the two greatest cities in America where he mingled on high with the birds and air currents, rode high, stepped high, viewed from 102 story buildings the Washington Monument and saw many things of interest. We are deeply indebted to many for such a great time. We shall be telling you the story next week just as soon as we catch our breath. It was the greatest episode in our life and we hope to make the best of it in our story to our readers.
PTA MEMBERS HELPING WITH TAX COLLECTIONS. The committee of the PTA having in charge the matter of boosting the payment of school taxes has been working this week on those assigned to them. It is hoped that all will qualify for the honor of having "I Paid My Taxes" sticker on their cars. It's a nice idea to pay them and better still, to help the movement to keep the schools going.
CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY AROUSED OVER SCHOOL MATTERS. Citizens of a serious mind met Friday at the high school auditorium. The object of the meeting was consideration of the predicament in which the schools of Charlton County is found by reason of the inability and failure of about l,000 taxpayers to pay taxes due the state, county and school districts for 1930, 1931 and 1932, a condition if not immediately remedied will result in the closing of all the schools in a few days. It was explained that the emergency existed here, as elsewhere throughout the state, because of the leniency of tax collectors who sacrificed the public welfare for personal political advantage sought to curry favor with voters by failure to enforce the collection law. It was agreed that each year made it more difficult for the taxpayer to meet his growing obligation. The accumulated delinquency now extended over three years amounts to between $3400 and $3500 due from about 1,000 taxpayers, a sufficient sum if collected now to bridge the gap between the present and the collection of this year's taxes. Citizens were appointed from each militia district to see as many of the delinquents as possible and make them acquainted with the necessity of immediate payment of the school tax, which has been separated from the state and county taxes. Those appointed were: Winokur, Jake Littlefield and Eugene Roddenberry; Uptonville, J. W. Vickery and John Carter; Traders Hill, J.V. Gowen and Jesse P. Mizell; St. George, N.J. Norman and Fred F. Osterman; Moniac, Ralph Knabb and Dan Reynolds; Folkston, E.B. Stapleton, W.D. Thompson, J.H. Johnson and Tom Gowen. Almost immediately effects of the drive became apparent and at this writing indications show that funds will be forthcoming to avert the impending disaster of closed and locked school houses in Charlton County.
FLORIDA SENDS PERISHABLES NORTH. Long trains of yellow refrigerator cars, empties going south, fruit and vegetables going north, pass through Folkston several times a day at this season.
HALLOWEEN PRANKS. The roof garden effect of benches and tables planted upon Banks Restaurant and W.J. Jones store was the good feeling of the youngsters over Halloween.
J. MELTON CREWS PARDONED BY GOVERNOR. J. Melton Crews, serving a fifteen to twenty year manslaughter sentence on the Pierce County chain gang was pardoned by Governor Talmadge Tuesday following a recommendation by the Prison Commission. Crews was represented by attorney Lee Purdom of this city in his pardon application. Crews, the husband of Mrs. Lydia Stone, well known resident of the Okefenokee section was convicted of slaying a man in Charlton County less than two years ago. Returning with the pardon papers Tuesday night, attorney Purdom delivered the freed man to his home Wednesday morning. It is understood that neither the jury, Solicitor or Judge recommended that Crews be given his freedom. -- Blackshear Times. The above story of the pardon was the first news the Herald heard of the release of Crews. It has been known for some time that every effort was being made to free him, although it was given out that little encouragement was given by authorities in Charlton County.
MR. GEORGE LEE DIED. George Lee, 75, brother of Mrs. H.G. Gibson occurred at Manor Monday and he was buried at Mt. Olive Church. He leaves a wife and several grown children. Mrs. Gibson and Beck Lee, sisters, attended the funeral, Miss Lorene Gibson taking them up.
November 10, 1933
SCHOOLS TO CONTINUE FOR NOVEMBER. The Board of Education at its meeting this week decided to continue school with the expectation that many more people will pay taxes shortly. The amount collected fell about $1,000 short of meeting the current payroll but a number of bills will not fall due until the 15th of the month. Since numerous persons have said they would pay by that date it was decided to rely on these promises to meet these bills.
CIVIL SERVICE TO EXAMINE APPLICANTS FOR LOCAL POST OFFICE. To fill the vacancy of postmaster in Folkston the U.S. Civil Service Commission has announced an examination to take place December 9th.
PICKREN IS ACTING POSTMASTER. Information was received by Laverne J. Pickren yesterday that he had been appointed acting postmaster at Folkston. Notice came from Congressman Deen. The resignation sent in Sunday night by Mrs. B. Fay Mills has not been acknowledged by the department but she has been ready to turn the office over to the new appointee as soon as advised to do so.
CLIFTON HARRIS IS ILL. Supt. John Harris has taken out natural guardian papers over his ward, Clifton Harris. The latter is ill in the hospital with malarial fever.
November 17, 1933
R.L. DYAL KILLED IN ACCIDENT. An unfortunate accident occurred Tuesday at Racepond when an automobile driven by Bryant Carter struck R.L. Dyal, ten year old school boy, crushing his head and killing him instantly. Young Dyal had only a short while previously been left at his home by the school bus driven by Ivey Carter which proceeded on and unloaded at Racepond. Upon the return of the school bus the lad went out and flagged it to give the driver a message. He then turned, went around the bus and started across the highway, running in front of a car driven by Bryant Carter. He is the son of R.L. Dyal employed by T.L. Player at Racepond and was a student at Folkston Consolidated School.
CHANGE IN POSTMASTERS. The change in postmasters was made in Folkston Saturday evening, the newly appointed acting postmaster Laverne Pickren taking over the duties of that office. Miss Lilly Pearl Davis, who served under Mrs. Mills is acting as assistant to Mr. Pickren for the present.
CCC CAMP AT ST. GEORGE. The St. George reforestation camp received as additions from Charlton County this week Jesse Mattox, Joe Hardin, Walter Murray and Francis Gowen. News that Arthur Nazworth has been transferred to the veterans' camp at Jesup came this week. These recruits will be taking it easy the next few weeks, having been vaccinated.
BETTY RUTH DINKINS BORN. Mr. and Mrs. Ruth Dinkins are the proud parents of a baby girl born November 8th. The little girl will be called Betty Ruth.
CORNELIA IDYL BUIE BORN. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Archie Buie a baby girl on November 11. Mrs. Buie will be remembered to her many friends as Miss Sarah Davis. The baby has been named Cornelia Idyl.
November 24, 1933
BEAUTY PARLOR PLANNED FOR GIBSON HOME. Mrs. J.M. Turner is making preparation to open a beauty parlor at the home of her father, Judge H.G. Gibson, next Wednesday.
YOUNG GIBSON INQUISITIVE ABOUT PRINTING PRESS. Young Lamar Gibson, five year old son of C.H. Gibson, insisted upon coming to the Herald office with his grandfather W.O. Gibson. He wanted to see the machinery in operation. Lamar is somewhat of a mental prodigy, especially in mathematics and a bright little fellow besides.
ADULTS TO HAVE TWO-HOUR CLASSES. The war on illiteracy has begun and Charlton County has been given an appointment by which it may be stamped out in this area. C.W. Waughtel of Homeland has been given the appointment to organize a class in this community or in the county where as many as ten can be got together, the program to include at least a two hour session per day.