Digest of Charlton County Herald - November 1934

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

November 2, 1934

CCC CAMP AT HOMELAND PARK. The full company of CCC boys arrived Wednesday from the site near Waycross and are quartered in tents awaiting the erection of buildings that will house them for the winter. The buildings were purchased from Louisiana in ready-built style and the units were not shipped whole at the time. The artesian well struck water at 440 feet, pure sulfur water. The fire tower at Winokur is almost complete and already projects some 65 feet into the heavens and will be, when completed, 100 feet high. A tank for the water has been erected, 25 feet high on cypress piling buried in cement blocks. The tank is of cypress, holding some 3,000 gallons.

LOCAL BOYS IN CCC. Howard Wrench and Walter Murray from Douglas CCC camp were home for a few days this week.

FIRESTONES VISIT HERE. Mr. and Mrs. John Firestone from Spence, Ohio were down a couple of days ago visiting Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Buchanan. Mr. Firestone is one of the celebrated automobile tire making family and is related to the Buchanan family.

MR. WUNDERLISCH IS HOME FROM THE FAIR. Wm. Wunderlisch returned Wednesday from Chicago where he visited the World's Fair and relatives in other sections of the northwest. He said it was a great visit and show to him.

UNION WORKERS HOLD MEETING. The State Unemployment Council being organized by S.A. Douglas of Jacksonville will hold a meeting this Saturday night at the home of Ed Mizell. They held a meeting last Saturday at the home of Mrs. Oliver Hickox.

MEAT CURING AND STORAGE. I have purchased the cold storage business in Folkston and am in a position to cure and store all of your meats at reasonable prices. S.M. ALTMAN, manager.

November 9, 1934

HERCULES COMPANY BUILDING NEW HOMES. An announcement was made this week by the Hercules Company that they were giving out contracts to the lowest bidder for 45 new cottages just south of Folkston on Route One, also a deep well, indicates we are on the eve of a building development. Contractor J.P. Broxton will bore the well beginning at once. The cottages are for the help of the Hercules Co. that will come within a short while. The cottages will be in three, four and five room patterns and will hold an average of three persons.

JOBS FOR WOMEN WILL BE AVAILABLE. Forty-eight women workers of Charlton County are to be given an opportunity to earn by the establishment of the Relief Administration of a system of spread or quilt making in Folkston at an early date. It will be divided into shifts of 16 each, each shift to be employed for a thirty-hour week.

FOLKSTON PECAN CO. BEGINS OPERATIONS. The Folkston Pecan Co., after weeks of preparation, began operations Monday with a force of fifteen genuine Georgia crackers, women and girls, cracking and shelling pecans and a helper or two besides the management, Mr. and Mrs. Hennig and Ermon McDuffie. The plant, located in the Wade Building, corner of Main and Railroad St. is practically complete in all of its appointments.

ON RELIEF ROLLS. During October 124 Charlton County families were on the Federal Relief rolls. For November the number has been reduced to 114.

LOCAL MEN AT HOMELAND CCC CAMP. Sixteen local men were added to the Homeland CCC this week. They are men who are familiar with the topography of this section and were chosen without reference to their age, some being more than fifty years old.

BETTIE JOE McCOY. Miss Bettie Joe is the name of the young lady having taken up her abode with Dr. and Mrs. W.R. McCoy.

HARRISONS VISIT HERE. Ward Harrison, wife and mother were visitors to Folkston Saturday. Mr. Harrison is one of Camden County's live wires.

FORESTRY TELEPHONE CONNECTIONS. A telephone line from Folkston via Homeland Park to Winokur forestry tower has been poled for a line and will be connected up by the time the tower is completed.

WESTERN CATTLE AT SLAUGHTERHOUSE. It is expected by Mr. Bunn, supervisor, that within three weeks all the cattle shipped into this section from the drought-stricken northwest will have been slaughtered and canned at the Waycross abattoir. At this time the average number of cattle slaughtered daily is 300 and only those in Camden and Charlton are still to be canned.

CLYDE GOWEN BUILDING HOME. Steve Gibson has contracted with C.E. Gowen for the building of a neat six-room cottage on Main Street next door to his father's [J.V. Gowen's] home and the work began with a rush. Mr. Gibson has with him Mr. Huling and Ed Murray as joint helpers.

DR. J.W. BUCHANAN DIED. In the death of Dr. J.W. Buchanan Folkston loses a citizen that has always been one of our most loyal boosters. He passed Sunday morning after a lingering illness of over a year. Since a stroke of paralysis in 1924 he has been suffering but kept up his activities until a couple of years ago. He is one of the largest landowners adjacent to Folkston, was the prime mover of several industries that made starts to success but his health caused them to be money losers to him. He was donor of the property on which the Folkston Airport is located. He came to Folkston from Wayne County, Ohio where he practiced medicine in Worchester. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and active in Knights of Phythias and held office in that lodge. His body was taken to Waycross for preparation for shipment to Ohio for interment in the family burial ground. He is survived by his widow of Lakewood, Ohio; one son, Clarence Buchanan of Folkston; two daughters, Miss Daisey Buchanan and Mrs. Alexander Heggie of Gary, Indiana; one brother Edward F. Buchanan of Chicago and a sister Mrs. Allie Piper.

THOMAS W. VICKERY DIED. Thomas W. Vickery died Friday night, November 2nd, at the home of John Crews of Uptonville after a lingering illness. He was buried in Folkston, Rev. H.C. Griffin, pastor of the Methodist Church conducting the burial ceremony. He was born in Charlton County June 15, 1865 and has always lived in the county. He had been afflicted with rheumatism since he was eight years old and since March 14 of last year has been an invalid, he having been run down by a passing automobile in front of Banks Restaurant while crossing the street, and severely injured. One leg was broken and he was otherwise hurt. He was Justice of the Peace for the Folkston district several years, and held postmastership for eight years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. A.B. Vickery, two married daughters and two sons. During the past several months he has been attentively taken care of at the home of John Crews by his brother J.W. Vickery who has made every effort for his comfort.

MRS. MISSOURI ROBINSON PITTMAN DIED. The death of Mrs. Missouri Pittman, wife of W.A. Pittman, occurred on October 2nd at her home in Jacksonville after a lingering illness of some months. Mrs. Pittman was the older of children of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Robinson of the Traders Hill district and was a splendid woman. For some time she had been very sick and suffered intensely from a malady unknown to physicians. Her remains were laid to rest in the Sardis cemetery with the pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville conducting the burial rites. The sympathy of the community goes out to her aged parents and husband who survive her.

EIGHT FARM FAMILIES GIVEN NEW START. Eight Charlton County farmers have been recognized and located upon farms in the county under plans of the Rehabilitation of the U.S. government and the eight families have been placed in position to take care of themselves. Each farmer is provided with a mule, cow, fertilizer and feed for themselves and animals for six months in lieu of "relief" heretofore afforded them by the same authority. Eight other farmers have applications pending. It is expected that twenty-five families will thus be provided for by Christmas according to Mr. Bunn, the supervisor. Those who have been offered care, some of them already own the land upon which they live, and this was leased to the government.

November 16, 1934

NEW SERVICE STATION. Edgar Mills is constructing a handsome brick service station on the Wilson corner near the courthouse, the work having begun this week. It is to be a modern Amoco station.

REV. BOLLING BUYS LLOYD HOME. Rev. R.E. Bolling, who retired from the pastorate of the Central Baptist Church of Jacksonville four years ago has purchased the Lloyd home in Homeland on New Park Ave. and is remodeling it for a home. He is also a contractor and builder and has the contract to build the Mills service station.

MOST WESTERN CATTLE IN CANS. Reports are that over one-half the government pasture cows have been shipped out of Charlton. The number of helpers on this project has been reduced. The canned product is coming in and is meeting an emergency demand, being a part of the relief food given out weekly. A visit to the abattoir the past week convinced us that we are better off by not being on the rolls for government canned meat. We, being liberal minded, are having our portion given to the most needy.

FONCY MOODY KILLED. Will Muldro shot and killed Foncy Moody at the Muldro home in east Folkston Monday. The fatal shot was fired during a fight between the two men and was from a revolver. The two had frequently quarreled and Moody had been warned to keep away from the Muldro home. He is held in jail pending a hearing.

JOHNNY PRESCOTT RESIDENCE DESTROYED BY FIRE. Fire on Tuesday of last week destroyed the two-story residence occupied by Johnny Prescott and family on the Wm. Mizell, Jr. estate at Burnt Fort with a loss of several hundred dollars above the insurance of $600.00. It has been stated that sparks from a shuttered chimney probably fell into the garret, thus starting the blaze which was uncontrollable. The Prescotts removed most of their furniture and clothing, much of it damaged, all of it without insurance. A small fire had been made in the fireplace to heat irons, Mrs. Prescott being engaged in laundry work at the time.

UPTONVILLE FOUNDLING TO BE ADOPTED BY PLAYERS. Saturday morning when Freeman Crews went to the Uptonville camp store to get some bread he noticed upon the doorstep a basket in which a baby was kicking up its heels. Mr. Crews called Mrs. Petty's attention to the fact that her baby was acting as if very chilly and was astounded to find that the child was a foundling and its presence unknown to Mrs. Petty. Mr. Crews took the child home with him but later it was taken in charge by Sheriff Sikes and through the office of Ordinary, Judge Gibson and County Attorney McQueen placed with R.E. Player of Uptonville who took out adoption papers for it and took possession of it. It was found that the baby had been left at the camp only a few minutes before being found and that a car had driven from the Waycross direction, put out the child and turned back, going in the same direction. It appeared to be about five weeks old and was a healthy, good-tempered child. Mr. and Mrs. Player are both pleased over the new addition to their family and R.E. says it's the finest baby in the county.

MRS. ROSA KEENE JOHNS DIED. St. George was shocked last Saturday when Mrs. Rosa Johns, wife of Riley Johns, died after a few hours illness. She is survived by her husband and six children, Mrs. E.J. Jenkins, Edna, Ruth, Fred, Joseph and a baby girl just six months old, all at home; three brothers, Archie and Arlie Keene and Dan Keene; one sister, Mrs. Ada Johnson and her mother, Mrs. Ellen Johnson. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lewis Offerd and interment was in Emmeaus cemetery.

WEDDING. Miss Sarah Belle Sikes, St. George, and Mr. Oliver Davis were quietly married Sunday afternoon.

WILTON COLSON IN COLLEGE. Wilton Colson left this week to enter Abraham Baldwin College, having secured an opportunity to work for his board and room. We wish him success.

HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING. The school building is going on and the brick work is about one-fourth complete.

HANCE HARRIS SUGAR SHELTER BURNED. The refining syrup shed of Hance Harris burned Wednesday night causing a loss of twenty gallons of new made syrup and over 400 bottles. He got to the fire in time to save several adjoining buildings, the hen house and pig sty.

CCC CAMP AT HOMELAND. The report from the CCC this week is that every body is busy and the camp quarters are almost complete. The well has been sunk 520 feet but not a satisfactory stream has been reached. Our citizens should drop around and see the boys.

NEW BABY. Born to Mr. and Mrs. F.D. Parham, St. George, on November 9th, a fine boy.

CHARLIE HODGES IN CCC. Charlie Hodges, St. George, left last week for the CCC camp in Homeland.

C.W. BUSSEY IN DOUGLAS CCC CAMP. C.W. Bussey of the CCC camp in Douglas spent the weekend at home.

EDDIE RAULERSON IN CCC CAMP. Eddie Raulerson of the CCC camp spent the weekend at home in St. George.

WEDDING. Tommie Maxwell and Louise Dasher, leaders of Traders Hill colored community, were joined in wedlock on the 28th by Judge Gibson.

November 23, 1934

HOMELAND PARK CCC CAMP IS READY FOR USE. The Herald man has been keeping up with the work at the CCC camp in Homeland and finds the building program is almost complete. The first office quarters right at the entrance to the camp is ready for winter weather. The office room with sleeping quarters for every one of the officials is complete. In the first tier row we find foresters' working quarters and other buildings wherein the working head men can be found. In a square we found four large bunk buildings ready for use, they being 130 feet by 20 feet. The mess hall which we understand is the largest one built for the CCC boys is 180 feet long. Two hundred men can be seated without crowding. Other buildings housing different personnel runs the total number up to 14. The company has its electrical lighting system, also water system. The bathing and toilet houses are almost complete. The work of cleaning up the quarters has demonstrated the fact that no filth is allowed and everything is spick and span. To keep order among these 200 young men one of their number Thomas F. Martin has been sworn in as Marshal of the camp and of Homeland as well. This camp will cost about $5,000.00.

ROOMS TO RENT. The Herald has had requests for information as to where one could get a room to rent. We have plenty of feeding places but the supply of sleeping quarters is scant. If any of our people have spare rooms to let we would be pleased to have them drop us a card with that information. --T.W. WRENCH.

ARTESIAN WELL FOR HERCULES CAMP. The boring of an artesian well at Hercules Camp south of Folkston began Tuesday. Jules James of Waycross, contractor for erection of 45 cottages, began the job Tuesday and if he completes the work as specified he will have to build a house a day before January lst, the time set for their occupancy.

LEWIS BRADLEY DIED. Lewis Bradley, 20, committed suicide November 14 at the Enyedy home near St. George by shooting himself just behind the ear. Justice of Peace Hodges and several citizens composed a jury which decreed he died of self-inflicted wounds. The funeral will be held in Norfolk, Va. The young man had been sent to St. George for his health and he had been there about three months.

UNION COUNCIL MEETING HELD. The Union Council meeting at the courthouse Saturday night was attended by 100 people. Four talks were made by the visitors from Jacksonville. They contend that union wages of not less than thirty cents should be paid, which is rather out of harmony with prevailing wages paid by private interests. Officers have been elected but no reports have been sent in to the Herald.

FOLKSTON PECAN CO. PRODUCT ON THE MARKET. The first toasted pecans were placed on the market Saturday by the local company and the dainties were sold out in a few hours. They have the taste that lingers and calls for more. Monday two big truckloads of pecans were unloaded here and the estimate has been made that it will require 18,000 pounds of pecans to keep the factory going until January lst.

EMERGENCY RELIEF ADMINISTRATION CROWDS COURTHOUSE. When Engineer Wright, here to do some surveying for the highway department, applied for an office room at the courthouse he found five of the rooms occupied by the FERA of the federal government.

J.W. DINKINS' MULE DIED. A fine mule belonging to J.W. Dinkins died Tuesday evening. The mule had worked in the cane mill but took sick after supper and died a short time thereafter.

BRING GIFTS OF CLOTHES, FOOD FOR ORPHANS' HOME. Donations for the car going to the Ga. Baptist Orphans' Home on November 29th can be left at the store with L.E. Stokes. Help the cause with something to eat or wear.

November 30, 1934

FOLKSTON CITY CLERK. Ben F. Scott, one of the oldest of Folkston's citizens, qualified Saturday for City Clerk offering to accept the job for $300.00 per year, a saving of $120.00 per year over the present salary.

WEDDING. Ernest Dasher and Mary Lambert, both of Traders Hill, were married by Ordinary Gibson on November 24th.

HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING. J. Dean Gowen was awarded the contract to furnish 4,000 feet of maple flooring for the high school.

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