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Digest of Charlton County Herald, November 1937

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

November 5, 1937

COUNTY-WIDE RURAL ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT. A movement to secure a county-wide rural electrification project for Charlton County was launched at the regular monthly meeting of the Charlton County Chamber of Commerce last week, when a committee was named to obtain the necessary data for submission to REA officials. A committee from the Uptonville district, composed of Charles H. Gibson, Ruth Dinkins, H.P. McDuffie and Miss Eva Mattox, submitted a request that this organization sponsor the rural electrification project for the county.

YOUNG MAN FATALLY INJURED IN SKIDDER ACCIDENT. Theodore Rountree, 21, of Mershon, suffered injuries, that attending physicians say will very probably prove fatal, in an accident while assisting in operating a skidder for J.H. Johnson & Son near Racepond Tuesday afternoon. Reports are that the skidder cable slipped from the log, the recoil catching the young man around the neck, inflicting serious injuries about the neck and chest, resulting in paralysis of the throat. The accident happened in a swamp, several miles from the mill and it was some time before medical aid could be rendered. He was brought to the Folkston hospital where his condition was said to be extremely critical. He had been working at the mill for only ten days. His father and mother and other relatives from Mershon are at his bedside here. The doctors entertain but slight hope for his recovery.

LATER… Young Theodore Rountree died Thursday afternoon just as the Herald was going to press. The remains were taken in charge by Hawkins Funeral Home, to be prepared for burial at Mershon.

MRS. PERRY GRIFFIN DIED. Many friends were saddened by the death of Mrs. Perry Griffin of Winokur, which occurred Tuesday at the Folkston hospital, from complications resulting from childbirth. At last reports the infant was still living and had a good chance to survive. Mrs. Griffin was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Crews of Winokur and a niece of Mr. Pratt Crews. She was married only about a year ago to Mr. Perry Griffin, an employee of the Hercules Co. who shortly afterwards sustained serious injuries to his eyes in an accidental explosion of dynamite. The funeral was at Bethlehem cemetery in Brantley County and arrangements were in charge of Hawkins Funeral Home.

SEED FROM PINE TREES TO BE USED IN STATE NURSERY. H.T. Story of Albany, of the Georgia Forestry Service, was in Baxley last week to supervise the preliminary work of separating the seed from the burr of 11,000 bushels of pine cones drying on the ware house floors there. There are 9,000 bushels of slash pine cones and 2,200 bushels of long-leaf ready for the separator, with more to come. The seed will be sent to Albany for the production of twenty million seedlings to be used for re-forestration throughout South Georgia.

FOLKSTON TELEPHONE SYSTEM HAS NEW OWNER. The Folkston Telephone System, operated in the past by Mr. L. Parker, is under new ownership, having been taken over this week by Mr. Parker’s brother, Mr. B. Parker, of Ludowici, who will operate it in the future. Mrs. Estelle Ward will be in charge of operating the telephone exchange.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. E. Bell, St. George, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born October 31st as a Halloween present.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Champ Crews, St. George, are the proud parents of a baby daughter born last week. The little girl has been named Emma Jeanette Crews.

NEW AUTO FOR CREWS FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Julian Crews, Homeland, have been driving a new automobile for the past few weeks.

PARTY AT WAUGHTEL HOME. A number of the adult students and friends of C.W. Waughtel met at his home last Saturday night. Games, contests, wieners, apples, oranges and candy were the outstanding features of the evening. At a reasonable hour the guests departed voting this festive occasion a success.

November 12, 1937

W.E. ROGERS, FORMER RESIDENT, INJURED. W.E. Rogers of Ludowici, former citizen of Folkston, was accidentally shot Wednesday by R.S. Gordon while on a hunting trip in the woods near Ludowici. The load of birdshot took effect in his right arm.

L.J. NORMAN IS NEW JUSTICE OF PEACE. Leslie J. Norman was elected last week as Justice of the Peace of the St. George District, to fill out the unexpired term of Judge H.S. Hodges, who had removed from the district. He was unopposed.

PAVING MIXING PLANT BURNED. Fire of an undetermined origin completely destroyed the large mixing plant at Racepond installed for mixing the paving material used in the rebuilding of Federal Route One, about midnight, Tuesday night. The plant consists of boilers and tanks with a power plant. The storage tanks nearby was not burned.

NEW CLERK AT CCC CAMP. Miss Inez Askew has accepted a position doing clerical work with the CCC camp No. 1433 near Folkston.

November 19, 1937

BOX SUPPER AT UPTONVILLE. The newly organized church at Uptonville, Grace Chapel, wishes to call your attention to the Box Supper to be held Saturday night at the schoolhouse. The proceeds will be used toward purchasing a piano for this new church. Bring your friends with you and help along this worthy effort in this progressive community.

November 26, 1937

WEDDING. A marriage of interest to a wide circle of friends is that of Mrs. Ruby Mattox Roddenberry to Mr. W.L. Matthews which took place Monday night at the Methodist parsonage, Rev. J.E. Barnhill officiating. The bride is a native of Charlton County, being a member of a pioneer family. Mr. Matthews came to Folkston several months ago and entered the furniture business and has made many friends since coming here..

NEAL JACOBS SEVERELY INJURED. Neal Jacobs, son of Mr. Charlie Jacobs of Waycross, and brother of Miss Myra Jacobs, teacher in the local schools, was painfully injured Saturday when a hot water tank exploded in his home near Waycross. The heater crashed through double walls and hit young Jacobs as he was lying in bed. The front of his skull was crushed, it is reported. He was alone at the time and walked to the home of a neighbor from where he was carried to the Waycross hospital. Several pieces of furniture were damaged by the impact.

WAUGHTEL URGES PARTICIPATION IN ADULT CLASSES. The Adult and Community Advancement Classes meet at Camp Pinckney every Tuesday night from 7 till 9 and at Traders Hill in the M.E. Church every Wednesday night at the same hour. At these meetings, singing at sight is taught, learning new songs. Current events are discussed and reading in public is emphasized, as well as self-expression. The great goal to be reached by those who are making this program of self improvement possible is to make a well-informed, useful citizen out of everybody. Anyone interested in this program should get in touch with C.W. Waughtel, the adult teacher for this county.

COUNTY-WIDE ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT. Mr. Burgess, representative of the Ga. Power and Light Co., was in Folkston last week investigating the possibility of getting electric service for Uptonville, Sardis and Traders Hill communities. It seems the power company and the Public Utility Commission are working faster than the committee representing the communities.

FIRE DAMAGES EDGAR MILLS HOME. The fire alarm siren was sounded at noon Wednesday when telephone information was received that the home of Edgar Mills, two or three miles east of the city, was in flames. Several from Folkston went to render aid and upon arrival found that the sills had caught fire from the fireplace and the flames were rapidly spreading. Quick work on the part of the volunteer fire fighters soon had the blaze out. There was only slight damage to the building, according to reports.

MRS. C.E. ROY DIED. The people of Folkston were saddened and deeply grieved by the announcement of the death of Mrs. C.E. Roy who passed away Wednesday in a Waycross hospital after an operation. She was stricken last week and carried to the Ware Hospital where a major operation was performed. Complications ensued and she grew gradually worse until death came to end her suffering. Mrs. Roy was a daughter of the late Dr. Brockman and had been a resident of Charlton County for many years, coming here from her former home in Iowa. Funeral and interment will be at her former home in Ottumwa and the funeral party will leave here Saturday by train. Miss Louise Brockman, sister of the deceased, was also stricken with a serious attack of illness while at the bedside of Mrs. Roy and for a while it was feared that pneumonia would develop. However, she is said to be much better and will probably be able to accompany the funeral party to Iowa. Beside her husband, C.E. Roy, with whom she was associated in operating the Blue Willow Tea Room, Mrs. Roy is survived by two sisters, Helen Brockman and Louise Brockman and one brother, Charles Brockman.

BOX SUPPER FOR NEW CHURCH IS SUCCESS. In spite of the cold weather, the Box Supper given at Grace Chapel Saturday night by the Uptonville Singing Choir was a big success. The house was filled with young enthusiastic folks of the community. A Thanksgiving Service was rendered by the Adult Education Class. J.P. Conner led the singing. After the service the box supper festivities began. Spirited bidding was manifested by the young men who were determined to take lunch with their best girl. Hot dogs, cake and cocoa were served. Net proceeds for the piano fund amounted to $30.00. These young folks are already preparing for a pie supper to be held in the near future.

ANITA LOUISE HUGGINS. Mr. and Mrs. Lee Huggins announce the birth of a fine ten-pound baby daughter born November 23rd. Mrs. Huggins was formerly Miss Louise Kendricks. The baby has been named Anita Louise.

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