Digest of Charlton County Herald - December 1927

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

December 2, 1927

MATTOX STORE BEGUN CONSTRUCTION. The contract work for the handsome, up-to-date brick highway store of J.W. Vickery was no sooner let than work began on it. Mr. Barbour and Larkin went to work to complete the building this year. The site is a splendid one, located on the highway at the Mattox station on the Atlantic Coast Line, in a good farming neighborhood. It also serves a turpentine outfit.

EDGAR ALLEN IS NEW PARTNER. Edgar Allen purchased the interest of W.C. Hopkins in the furniture business of Hopkins & Vickery.

OAK HILL STATION. The wayside station that makes home folks proud is the Barbour Brothers Oak Hill station on the Dixie Highway north of Folkston. It is a handsome brick one, electric lighted, handling the Standard Gas and Oil, also a line of fruits and lunch goods to serve the hungry that travel his way.

PICKREN SERVICE STATION. The new service station of Verne Pickren, now completed, enters the rank of "business-getters" Saturday with a grand opening day.

NEW SCHOOL. In the center of the new subdivision of Folkston, Saulville, for colored people, is located on a beautiful tract, a handsome new school building complete and now ready for dedication, the inspection and accepting of the plant by one of the aides in its construction, the Rosenthal Fund representative, who in conjunction with the trustees of the Folkston District, made its erection possible. They gave their approval of the building and paid their agreed amount. The plan is a two-teacher one, well-built with brick as the foundation, and when equipped properly will be a $4,000.00 investment. The colored people around Folkston are justly proud of this modern school building. Saulville is just east of the limits of Folkston, being put on the market by the Mallard Investment Co.

COTTON GINNED. Cotton ginning in Charlton was the lowest of years. Only forty bales were ginned here in the season just closed.

NEW BAPTIST MEMBERS.Dr. and Mrs. W.R. McCoy and Rev. J.D. Poindexter and son Edward were received into full membership of the Baptist Church last Sunday by letter.

AUTOS COUNTED. The Highway Department check of cars passing on the highway at Homeland as counted by Mrs. C.D. Bethel the past week were: Friday, 541; Saturday, 601; Sunday, 670. this made a total of 1812 cars for the three days, a good record of travel and indicates a normal going southward this fall.

MRS. TOY ENTERTAINS. There was a big smile on the Folkston spot of old Earth's face over the Dixie Cafe last Saturday evening. Mrs. Rosa M. Toy entertained a delightful dinner party honoring Mrs. Dona Williams and Mrs. Linnie Clark, mothers of Brother and Sister L.E. Williams. The table arrangement of drapery, gleaming crystal and silver, the lovely centerpiece of roses and cute place cards were beautiful. The feast was a dream of culinary art. The favors were small baskets of nuts and candies. The service at this "homey" cafe is perfect. The best enjoyment of the hour came in reminiscent talks "When We Were Girls" comparing the advantages and luxurious living of girls of today with desolate, spartan lives of girls 60 to 65 years ago. The consensus of opinion was that the contented joy of honest home life, the wholesome, healthful recreation of living close to nature, the real fun at the log school house with puncheon floors, log seats, book racks made of two rough hewn boards, was health and true living in the Lord, in the spirit of those pioneer days. The invited guests were Mrs. Dona Williams, Mrs. Linnie Clark, Mrs. Susie J. Mizell, Mrs. Dora Pickren, Mrs. Amanda Mizell, Mrs. Martha Pearce, Mrs. Anna Wright, Supt. and Mrs. John Harris.

(No issue on microfilm for December 9, 1927)

December 16, 1927

SYRUP MAKING TIME. An output of over 3,000 gallons of pure new Japanese syrup has just been completed by Norman and Coleman, St. George. The sample tried out proves it to be a fine flavor, delightful to the taste and uniform in grade. Norman and Coleman have found a ready sale for their product at a fair price.

GOOD MEAT PRODUCED HERE. Edgar Mills, Steve Gibson and Pratt Mizell are meat producers in this county who are putting a product on the market equal to so-called "western meat". When you want a nice juicy steak or roast, try one from Jones Market and you will appreciate what good meat we produce at home.

NEW RESTAURANT UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Dr. and Mrs. W.E. Banks will have charge of the new restaurant on East Main Street. Contractor Ed Shivar, with his force, broke dirt Tuesday on the lot adjacent to Jones Market and will erect a model restaurant 25x40 feet for use early in the new year. The structure will be of brick and is being built by Stapleton, Mallard, Mizell and Littlefield, owners of the property.

HOMELAND IS BUSY. Homeland is putting on airs since they have mowed off the streets, plowed up the town square and cleaned about their town hall. They're calling a caucus for Monday evening to put out a ticket for the city election. Well, since Homeland is to be put on the map, why not nominate a progressive ticket. John Loyd, having taken unto himself a wife, is making another move in the right direction. He has the foundation down and the framework started on a neat cottage. This is a good move -- a good wife, a nice home and many hopes for the future and we say good luck to this happy pair.

KEENE HAS SERVED MANY YEARS ON BOARD. Mr. W.R. Keene has served on the Board of Education for twenty-years. The gratitude of the public is given to him for work he has put on this task.

UNLUCKY DAY. Tuesday the past week was Unlucky Day for two people in St. George. Mrs. Scovill was so unfortunate as to lose an old gold brooch which was a keepsake, as well as valuable. And Mr. Albert Kemp lost an African garnet, the setting in a ring. The stone was valuable, being a rare gem. So far neither the brooch or the stone has been found.

MRS. RILEY CRAWFORD DIED. Friends of Mrs. Riley Crawford were shocked to hear of her sudden death Saturday afternoon. She died quite suddenly while seated in a chair. Mrs. Crawford has been in ill health for some weeks but has never been robust, but her death was unexpected and particularly sad as she leaves an infant child as well as little Violet, age 3. Interment was at Mill Creek Cemetery in Nassau County. Besides her children, Mrs. Crawford leaves a husband and mother, Mrs. Belle Bradley.

NEPHEW VISITS MRS. TOY. Mrs. Toy very unexpectedly enjoyed a day's visit with her nephew, Mr. Lester C. Peterman of New York City Tuesday. Mr. Peterman is an electrical engineer supplying four carloads of machinery and motors to Hattersburg, Louisiana sent by boat from New York and reshipped from Savannah by railroad to Hattersburg. Not having seen him for twenty-five years the meeting was in the nature of a joyous reunion.

December 23, 1927

MISS ROGERS IS HEAD NURSE. Miss Bernice Rogers, member of the Folkston high school graduating class of 1921, has just been made Head Nurse of the U.S. Marine Hospital in Savannah. The school is proud of the success achieved by this worthy young lady.

HOMELAND CAUCUS NOMINATED TICKET. There was a goodly number at the mass meeting Monday evening at the Homeland town hall called to nominate a ticket for city officials for 1928. The present incumbent, Mayor K.C. Bass, who has served for the past two terms so efficiently was renominated without opposition and the Alderman ticket composed of Louis Roberts, R.E. Condon, Fred Kortman, J.P. Garrison and Mrs. Carrie McLeod with Mr. T.H. Willey as recorder. With the anticipated activities of development of Homeland next year, these gentlemen are all capable of rendering good service, as well as the lady nominated. Homeland is in a splendid condition financially -- no debts, the town owning a $2,000.00 city hall, a town square, a sixty-acre park, and money in the treasury. It is certainly in good shape.

NEW BABY. Mrs. Fred Askew has a bouncing baby boy. He is to be called Fred, Jr.

LITTLE ZEDIA MAY LLOYD DIED. Little two-year old Zedia May Lloyd, daughter of Lee Lloyd, died on Friday evening after a short illness and was buried Saturday in the family cemetery in the Scrubb.

KENNETH CHASTAIN SUSTAINS INJURY. The injury to Master Kenneth Chastain, which was a broken leg received when a gate fell on it, is not doing so well.

HEBBARDS TO VISIT. Word has been received from Mr. Daniel Hubbard that himself and wife will arrive on January 4th from Pennsylvania for a stay in their cottage on Floyd's Island. Ducks in large numbers are reported in the lakes and Mr. Hebbard will entertain duck hunting.

THEATER WARMED UP. A big heater has been added to the moving picture theater, making it more comfortable during the cold spell.

PASSING TRAIN EMPTIES WATER SYSTEM. A passing train Saturday night struck the water spout that supplies water to the Coast Line system, disjointing it and emptying the storage tanks and making a small flood for a short period.

NEW RESTAURANT. Brick work for the new restaurant being built for Dr. W.E. Banks is going right on up. The size of the building has been increased to 25x50.

NEW ARNOLD HOTEL. A more comfortable place than the office and dining room of the New Arnold Hotel is hard to find. It is roomy and a big heater warms it up quickly.

December 30, 1927

MR. JOSEPH CANADY DIED. One of The Bend's most prominent citizens, Joseph Canady, died from an attack of pneumonia fever last Thursday after an illness of less than 48 hours. Mr. Canady was fond of coon hunting and had been out several nights previous and on Monday night had spent the entire night hunting coons. Returning home in the morning he complained with severe pains and asked that the family be summoned. Efforts were in vain to save him. He died Thursday afternoon. He was buried Friday at Big Prong Cemetery. Mr. Canady left a wife and some four or five children to mourn his death. He was born in The Bend, was a good farmer and citizen and was well known all over the county. He served last year as county commissioner from the Moniac District.

WORKER BURNED TO DEATH. Saturday night one of the shanties at Snowden's Camp east of Folkston was destroyed by fire. It was discovered afterwards that one of the workers had been burned to death. It is supposed that he had been intoxicated and had fallen asleep, and was caught before becoming aroused. He moved here from Hilliard a few weeks ago.

WEDDING. A wedding of much interest to their friends was the marriage of Miss Lena Rivers Brock to Mr. E.M. Mizell on December 23 at the home of Rev. G.H. Jacobs on the highway. Mr. Mizell is the son of Mr. Pratt Mizell and an employee of Ga.-Fla. Investment Co. Miss Brock is one of Charlton's sweetest home girls, the daughter of Mrs. F.E. Brock of Traders Hill.

COUNTY AGENT FOR CHARLTON COUNTY. Last week District Agent Brown of the State Extension Board was in conference with Chairman Littlefield of the county commissioners, and a definite understanding was reached as to the employment of a County Agent.

REPORT ON BRIDGE AND NEW NAHUNTA HIGHWAY. The handsome concrete bridge presents a beautiful picture majestically spanning the St. Marys River, as yet detached from the river banks. It's twenty-four feet in the clear and has a 400 foot span. The Florida fill is almost complete but the Georgia side but half done. Work on the Nahunta highway is proceeding fine. Stumps have been cut out and the road has been graded beyond Newell. The roadbed is thirty feet wide.

RALPH BURCH SETTING UP STEAM LAUNDRY. Folkston's latest industry is a steam laundry. The venture is one that ought to prove a success. Mr. Ralph Burch, who lives just south of Folkston on the highway is the owner and manager of the industry. He has installed one of the latest Maytag electric washers and has an ironer and dryer coming.

WEDDING. A quiet wedding was solemnized Christmas morning when Mrs. Susan Scovill and Mr. J.W. Spencer were united in marriage at the bride's home on Johnson Street. Only the immediate families of the couple were present and after congratulations had been offered the entire party attended morning service at the M.E. Church.

ST. MARYS RIVER BRIDGE OPEN FOR TRAFFIC. As many as a thousand cars passed over the river bridge on the 26th, 400 being local cars showing that our people are enjoying the Christmas season.

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