Digest of Waycross Herald - December 1934

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

December 7, 1934

COUNTY AGENT HURSEY'S WORK DISCONTINUED. At the December County Commissioners meeting, County Agent Hursey was advised that on account of the financial condition of Charlton County and the fact that the majority of the people were opposed to his continuance in service, as of Jan. lst his services will be discontinued. He was voted appreciation from the Board for valuable service during his term of office.

WEDDING. Ordinary Gibson reports a marriage license was issued last week was to N.E. (Tobe) Robinson and Mrs. Zoe Trulock, both of Spanish Creek.

UNEMPLOYED HELPED TO GET JOBS. The unemployed and employers of Charlton County are being rendered a service by the Re-employment Service of the U.S. Dept. of Labor by placing workers on jobs. The registrars for Charlton are W.R. Allen, Folkston; Talmadge Petty, Uptonville; G.R. Whittle, Racepond. To get a good farm hand, a good farm family or a tenant or any other kind of labor, the employer does not have to hunt up and down the road. The Registrars have a list of every available hand in the county. Call on them, pick out a few names that look good to you and the Registrar will assist you in contacting them. This service does not cost you one cent and there are no catches to it of any kind. J.C. Littlefield, W.D. Thompson, Mrs. J.M. Roddenberry, Dr. A. Fleming, Noah Stokes and John S. Tyson, Jr. are looking after this work in Charlton County. They are the Re-employment Committee. None of them are receiving pay. They are just interested in seeing things get back to normal.

FOLKSTON CITY ELECTION RESULTS. Folkston's annual town election brought out a full vote this week. E. Clyde Gowen was elected Mayor. Total votes cast was 172. O.F. Wilson was elected city clerk. C.J. Passieu and Tom Gowen were elected councilmen.

MRS. LILLIE JOHNS SNOWDEN DIED. After a lingering illness of several months, death came to Mrs. Lillie Johns Snowden Tuesday night at the home of her husband Dempster Snowden. Mrs. Snowden was afflicted with a cancer on her face which has caused her untold suffering and she had been an invalid for quite a while. She was buried Thursday in the old Johns cemetery on Cow House Creek [Cornhouse Creek], Rev. E.F. Dean conducting the burial rites. She is survived by her husband and four sons, Harry, Frank, Jim and Charlton; three daughters, Mrs. Mat Rhoden, Mrs. Berry Cason and Miss Janie Snowden.

LAST OF THE WESTERN CATTLE. The last of the northwestern cattle brought here for pasturage was sent to the Waycross abattoir yesterday where they will be slaughtered and canned. The "experiment" is said to have been "satisfactory - better than expected". There remains some 30 milch cows to be given to farmers who are taking advantage of the government farm program.

O'CAIN'S STOVE. Leonard O'Cain has quite a neat street stove made by Lee Lloyd out of an iron oil barrel. It is quite a warm article, the door being cut in the side, a pipe hole on top with plenty of room for wood. Leonard entertains his friends on the vacant lot by his fish house daily with fireside tales.

MRS. JULIA GARRETT DIED. Monday Mrs. Julia Barrett, who made her home with Mrs. J.J. Mattox, died at the latter's home. Aunt Julia, as she was affectionately known by everyone, has made her home for years in the Mattox home, having no relatives of her own. She was a sister to the late J.J. Mattox's first wife. Interment was at Bethel Tuesday morning, services being conducted by the pastor, Rev. J.E. Barnhill.

WAUGHTEL TEACHING CCC BOYS. Prof. C.W. Waughtel began the school for boys of the Homeland CCC camp on the 19th with 24 signing up. The school has been maintaining an average of 28. The books are supplied to the camp free by the government and each boy is taught the thing he is most deficient in. There is much enthusiasm in the school which is held in the dining room.

COW EATS MRS. PURDOM'S VIOLETS. Another recruit to the growing army of indignant citizens was registered Wednesday when Mrs. Purdom, who had always taken pride in the surroundings of the Dixie Restaurant, discovered that a vagrant cow, during the night before, had made a meal of the beautiful blooming violets she had been carefully nurturing at the front door of the restaurant. "I'm mad, and I don't care who knows it!" exclaimed Mrs. Purdom.

PECAN FACTORY NEEDS MORE HELP. The increase in orders at the pecan factory indicates they need more workers, 34 being at work. Benches have been added to run the capacity to fifty workers.

THIEVES STEAL HENS, TOOLS. The chicken thieves are busy again. In St. George last Sunday evening as H.C. Parham and family were at church, someone visited his chicken house and took about nineteen of his hens. They also went in his barn and took some tools. It's too bad a fellow can't go to church without thieves visiting his premises.

December 14, 1934

WILLIAM CREWS IS NEW COMMISSIONER. The people of the Uptonville district have been granted the privilege of naming the prospective new commissioner of that district to represent them on the Board of County Commissioners. They met Saturday evening in the school house and named William Crews as their choice. Those present were T.J. Postma, J.W. Dinkins, A.R. Dinkins, Will Crews, John Petty, Orlie Petty, K. Johns, S.A. Lowrimore, Harvey Cason, T.H. Thrift, L.W. Kendrick, S.M. Howard, P.C. Brooks, D.L. Leonard, Riley Carter, Willie Bell, Elton Crews, Joe Carter, Lewis Crews, Ira Crews, John Carter, J.P. Conner, Woodrow Brooks, Hansel Carter, L.D. Hickox, Will Carter, H.M. Crews, Corbin Petty, Roy Miller, C.C. Crews, Alvin Batton and Representative T.W. Wrench.

SAFETY FIRST PROGRAM. A fine Safety First program was put on in our schools this week by Homer H. Broach, giving examples of the danger of dynamite caps and other dangers from explosives. He was in St. George and Moniac Tuesday and gave a demonstration in Folkston Thursday. He is with the Hercules Powder Co. and as they are moving their camp to Folkston early in the new year, these lessons are of great interest to all of our people. His safety first program is "Leave dynamite caps alone!"

FIRE DESTROYS HANNAFORD HOME. Early Wednesday morning the home of Oscar Hannaford was discovered to be ablaze by W.R. Wainwright, a near neighbor, and an alarm sounded. It was impossible to save it. Tuesday evening after the family had gone to Jacksonville, George Gowen, Sr. visited the home and found a few live coals in the fireplace, but extinguished them and later Rev. Kilpatrick visited them and found everything safe. The cause of the fire is not known. Someone may have entered the home for robbery and fired the structure to cover up their theft. The building was owned by H.B. Readdick of Silco and had some insurance on it. Mr. Hannaford's loss is total as he had no insurance.

VOLUNTEER FIREMEN AT WORK. Wednesday afternoon the siren sounded its second call of alarm and the firemen responded to the W.H. Mizell home where an outhouse was in full blaze. The bountiful water supply soon extinguished the blaze without much damage. The little house was almost destroyed but the residence, about ten feet away was only scorched, the fine water pressure showing to good advantage. These fires prove that when the boys get in action they are good fighters, but a lack of practice shows they need more experience. It has been suggested that some means should be provided to have the hose carts on hand as quickly as possible. Someone with a car should be assigned to get the hose reel to the fires as this can be done much quicker than the boys pulling them.

DISTRICT CENSUS ENUMERATORS NAMED. Mrs. Alma Harvey of Waycross, assistant to District Census Enumerator Pearson, was in Folkston Monday and took the names of applicants for districts in Charlton. It is understood that she recommended Louis Askew for Folkston and Winokur; West Johnson for Traders Hill; Miss Amanda Nobles for St. George and Moniac and P.G. Brooks for Uptonville.

BOARD OF EDUCATION. Commissions have been issued to the members of the Board of Education recently recommended by the Grand Jury. The complete membership is L.E. Stokes, J.V. Gowen, F.F. Osterman, J.M. Canaday and P.G. Brooks.

MRS. A.C. BLISS DIED. The news of the death of Mrs. A.C. Bliss came several days ago but was not given out as her daughter, Mrs. S.E. Ackerman, was seriously ill at the time. Mrs. Bliss was the wife of Dr. A.C. Bliss former citizen of Homeland, and her death occurred at their home in Minn. She died November 4th and was 52 years of age on February 22nd. She had many friends in Homeland.

JOHNNY MERCER. Johnny Mercer, popular song lyricist and radio star with Paul Whiteman's orchestra, was the guest of WTOC on November 1st while on a visit to his family in Savannah, his native city. He consented to an interview and hundreds of the Savannah boy's friends heard informally from him a good many facts about his career as a song writer and the making of such popular hits as "Lazy Bones", "Pardon My Southern Accent" and other tunes popular both here and abroad. Johnny left Savannah six years ago and since entering the song writing field he has composed lyrics to over 400 pieces. He admitted to 25 years, 19 of which was spent in Savannah preparing for the New York career which has brought him such signal success.

LITTLE FRANKLIN D. PARHAM DIED. On last Friday evening the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.D. Parham and took their little eighteen month old son, Franklin D. The little fellow was only ill a short while. He had a severe cold for several days but grew worse Friday afternoon and died before medical aid reached him as the doctor had to come from Macclenny. His funeral was held at the St. George Baptist Church. His remains were laid to rest in the cemetery here. He is survived by his father and mother, three sisters and three brothers.

HOMELAND LEVIES TAXES. The town of Homeland, having had no taxes for the past two years, have this year levied a 2 1/2 mil levy which must be paid by December 20.There are several in arrears for 1930, 1931 and 1932.

GOWEN BROS. HOLIDAY SALE AD: Santa Claus Headquarters, Coastal Wagons, Velocipedes, Kiddy Cars, Horns, Tea Sets, Drums, Balls and many other toys not listed.

LAWRENCE WILDES JOINS NAVY. Lawrence Wildes has been accepted in the Navy and has reported to Norfolk for service preparation. Lawrence will make a fine sailor and here is hoping he likes it.

FERA NURSE. Miss Leila Murray is now stationed in Folkston as a FERA nurse working with the County Commissioners and Board of Education. She is a graduate nurse and will hold a weekly clinic for treatment of hookworms.

December 21, 1934

DAMAGE FROM SCREW WORMS. Warden J.W. Vickery has just completed his survey among cattle men of Charlton County on the screw worm infection and the total shows some startling figures on the destructiveness of the disease. Out of the total of 3590 cases there were 1368 deaths from the screw worm, most of these being sheep.

POSTAL TELEGRAPH TRANSFERRED TO TELEPHONE OFFICE. The closing of the Postal Telegraph office at the courthouse was made effective Tuesday when the wires and instruments were taken out. However the transfer of the business to the telephone office makes provision for the receipt and forwarding of telegrams over the postal wires by telephone. Mr. Parker will handle the business in the future.

DRASTIC CHANGE IN FERA POLICIES. There has been a drastic change in the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. Salaries have been cut and new policies are in effect. In discussing it Miss Ruth Smith said she hoped some projects could be completed. The comfort-making that began the past week is under direction of Mrs. Frank Mills who has a force of eight workers, with Tom Merrow doing the heavy chores. Material for some 700 comforts for use in Charlton County is on hand, also enough to make some 500 for Clinch County. That county in return will make mattresses for use in Charlton County.

SALE OF TIMBER. Reports of sale of timber by the Hebard interests to the R.C. McLeod Lumber Co. is that a sale of some $25,000 worth has been contracted. This timber is to be used for the manufacture of lumber and the mill will be on the western part of the Swamp. The mill will begin operation just after the new year.

NEWT RODDENBERRY HAD PAINFUL FALL. Uncle Newt Roddenberry, who has spent some eighty odd years in this county happened to a painful accident last Monday when he fell from the porch of his son's home, Gad Roddenberry. He is laid up but we hear that he had no bones broken, but was badly shaken up. His daughters, Mrs. B.F. Scott and Mrs. Keene are helping nurse him back to health.

December 28, 1934

CCC BOYS HOME. Walter Murray and Jesse Mattox are at home after serving their enlistment in the CCC. They came home from Douglas last week.

MR. C.E. (BOB) KENNISON DIED. C.E. (Bob) Kennison, a Camden citizen living in Coleraine, died Tuesday of last week.

WEDDING. Willie Dixon and Miss Irene Crawford of Toledo were married by Judge Gibson on December 23rd.

GOWEN BROTHERS AD. Blue Serge Suits, suits for men, $12.50


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