Digest of Charlton County Herald - December 1931
Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays
December 4, 1931
FIREBREAKS PREVENTING FIRES. Commissioner Hopkins reports that he has just completed sixty miles of firebreaks in his woods at Toledo. This firebreak has been made with a tractor that throws 66 inches at a time. He has had no fire on that tract. W.C., besides being pretty good himself, has a fine woodsman down there. Noah Stokes knows more about turpentine, timber and land that any other naval stores man in South Georgia.
CITY ELECTION. Although there were 223 voters qualified to vote in the election for the city officials last Tuesday only ten went to the polls. Alderman G.R. Gowen, O.C. Mizell and O.E. Raynor were unanimously elected.
AIR CIRCUS A SUCCESS. The Air Circus advertised for last Sunday drew as many as a thousand people to witness the flying and parachute jump. Many viewed Folkston from the air for the first time. The price dropped for the younger set to one cent per pound. The Reliance Motor Co. gave away quite a number of rides to gas-buyers.
NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. G.J. Stewart announce the birth of a fine ten pound baby boy on November 25th. He will be called David.
BRIDGE TENDER MOVES AWAY. Mrs. W.A. Rozier, who has been at the Burnt Fort bridge for the past year or so, left Tuesday for her new home in Waynesville. She has given universal satisfaction as bridge tender.
BURNT FORT FERRY. J.S. Shivar took over the conduct of the Burnt Fort ferry and is not putting them across. [This probably should have been "now" putting them across. But why would they have a toll bridge and a ferry at the same place?] A
LEX SIKES GETS DISABILITY PENSION. Alex Sikes, who is a World War veteran recently disabled by a stroke of paralysis, has been granted compensation of $40.00 per month.
NEW TICKET AGENT AT ST. GEORGE. J.C. Cochran, our new agent at the Southern depot at St. George, has moved his family there from Cordele.
WEDDING. A wedding of interest was that of S.L. Nobles, St. George, and Miss Eva Terry, which took place at Macclenney on November 21 at the home of Rev. A. Walters.
December 11, 1931
EDITOR TOURS ROUTE ONE. The editor was off on a trip over Charlton Friday and Route One was the way. The first stop was with R.S. Bryant. We found him up and about but his 80 years weighing heavily on him....Alex and Henry Bryant was "to home", Henry hewing out an axe handle and Alex bossing the job....Found Porte Tracy at the Ga.- Fla. Investment Co. and he was telling us of an experience of two travelers who came from Norfolk, Va. on a 25 foot beam boat. They rowed down and was 60 miles out to sea on one occasion. Porte says they were trying to get up the St. Marys to the Suwannee River and said they heard the canal could be used with a rowboat....The commissary has a fine clerk and keeper, none other than Miss Mattox who keeps things straight....We saw some fine swan geese, which must have weighed 15 pounds at T.T. Petty's. His wife raised 25 this year....They told us Demp Snowden was sick but we found him hog- hunting, so meat must be getting scarce there....Mitch Mizell was off on a similar jaunt so we missed him....Hamp Chesser was off to town and we missed his trail....D.L. Harris was chipping boxes so we caught him and they loaded us down with potatoes....Mrs. Mattie Rodgers welcomed us with a smile and showed us some extra fine grapefruit and had us sample them. She had raised them from seedlings....Hog-killing time was on at Jack Bennett's but Jack was away. They had killed nine and was rendering lard and grinding sausage. Four 50-pound tins were the net making. It smelled mighty good taking up cracklings....Jesse Mizell and Pratt Mizell were plowing up seed potatoes and the crop seemed scarce....Barney Gowen and L.A. Conner were making syrup. I drank my fill of cane juice and will have plenty of syrup if promised quantities are brought in....Dan Hickox was in his garden and was striping cane....If anyone on this route was hungry, we failed to notice signs of it....On the C.H. Gibson place and Walter Dinkins place we saw nice rye and oat patches....As the shades of night fell we wondered why the cry is of hard times when everything looked so plentiful in Charlton.
MRS. AGNES SNOWDEN PETTY DIED. The death of Mrs. Harry Petty, who lived in the Traders Hill district, occurred last Saturday at the home of her husband on Cornhouse Creek from cancer of the stomach. She was buried at Sardis Cemetery, Rev. G.H. Jacobs officiating. She was a daughter of Mrs. Demp Snowden, who survives her. Mr. Petty and several children were left to mourn her death.
MR. J.R. WASDIN, SR. DIED. In memory of J.R. Wasdin of Hosford, Fla., who was called suddenly on October 8, 1931. The remains were taken to Corinth cemetery near Folkston, the old family resting place near where he was born and spent part of his life. He was a member of the Baptist Church at Rocky Ford, Ga. Survivors, besides his widow, are one son, J.R. Wasdin, Jr.; one daughter Rheba; seven brothers, W.E. Wasdin, L.H. Wasdin, W.L. Wasdin, F.N. Wasdin, G.C. Wasdin, L.T. Wasdin, J.G. Wasdin; two sisters, Mrs. F.D. Mizell and Mrs. J.D. Herring; and father, D.R. Wasdin of Winokur.
PLANS FOR A JUNIOR COLLEGE IN FOLKSTON. At the December meeting of the Board of Education the president of the board was to select a committee to consider taking steps toward establishing a Junior College in Folkston. Also, permission was granted for a one hour practice by the high school basketball teams on Tuesday and Thursday nights on the court at the high school building, boys not to attend on Thursday nights and girls to absent themselves on Tuesday night.
NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Mizell are the proud parents of a baby boy, born December 2nd.
KATHLEEN CHAPMAN DIED. Kathleen Chapman, former Folkston colored girl, died here the past week after a sojourn of several months in Jacksonville, of childbirth. She was 17 years old and was buried in the colored cemetery here.
December 18, 1931
SCHOOL CHILDREN VISIT OLD IRONSIDES. Ten school buses and 15 automobiles took the local school children to Brunswick to visit the battleship, Old Ironsides, Monday morning. It was an event in the lives of the children.
MRS. LITTLEFIELD INJURED WITH LIGHT WIRES. Sunday night the lighting system at the home of J.C. Littlefield got out of fix. It began sizzling in such a fashion as if it were going to do something in the way of damage. Mrs. Littlefield caught the wire and pulled it loose. The insulation came off, burning her hands painfully. The disconnection ended the trouble with little damage other than the burns inflicted.
TRADERS HILL METHODIST CHURCH REPAIRS. There will be no services at Traders Hill until the church is finished...[From Methodist Calendar, H.C. Griffin, pastor].
MRS. P.G. BROOKS DIED. Mrs. P.G. Brooks, who has been a sufferer for the past several years, and who has only recently been seriously ill, died at their residence near the Paxton Place Thursday. She was an estimable woman, the mother of nine living children who survive her as well as her husband Grooms Brooks. The children are Mrs. Lloyd Crews, Mrs. Jessie Day, Mrs. J.C. Mock, Guy Brooks, Woodrow Brooks, Miss Ora Brooks, Miss Floy Brooks, Miss Irene Brooks, Master Eugene Brooks.
LITTLE WALTER LEE ROBERTS DIED. Walter Lee, year old child of Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Roberts of Homeland, died Thursday on the operating table at Waycross where it had been taken as a last means to save its life. Dr. Minchew operated but the child was too far gone to be saved. The case was well-developed diphtheria and the child was taken ill Tuesday. Burial was at Homeland cemetery.
GEORGE GOWEN TAKES ATTORNEY EXAM. Mr. George Gowen went up to Douglas Wednesday where he was to take an examination before Judge Dickerson to become a legal light. We understand that after due time he will hang out his shingle at Woodbine for the practice of his profession.
December 25, 1931
PRESCOTT CHILD DIED. The baby girl of Ben Prescott died last Saturday, of pneumonia.
JASPER STOKES VISITING. Jasper Stokes, employed in a Nahunta drug store, is home here for the holidays.
CANE SYRUP SENT NORTH. C.W. Waughtel shipped by parcel post two gallons of Okefenokee cane syrup in quart bottles to the Far North Tuesday from his office in Homeland. Postage alone for the merchandise was $1.76 per gallon.
TRADERS HILL METHODIST CHURCH REPAIRS. The Traders Hill Methodist Church, one of the oldest buildings for worshipping in, is being rebuilt. The rotten timbers have been taken out. Those that are substantial will be used again. The pastor, Rev. H.C. Griffin, at the last conference, secured aid for its rebuilding and with promised help hopes to have the church ready for use shortly. Until this is done, there will be no services at the Hill.